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Wave of sadness and affection sweeps British politics at death of political g...
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
A wave of sadness and affection has swept over the world of British politics after the tragic death of Charles Kennedy at the age of just 55.

From youngest MP to the Liberal Democrats most successful party leader, Charl...
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
When he was first elected as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) MP for the area Mr Kennedy was the youngest member in the House of Commons at that time.

Tributes pour in for Kennedy, a political giant, who was admired across the p...
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
TRIBUTES from across the political divide have poured in for Charles Kennedy, underlining his popular appeal not just in Scotland but throughout the UK as a whole.

Labour seek to challenge SNP over controversial tax and spending plan
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR will seek to challenge the SNP over its policy of full fiscal autonomy as MPs debate the Queen's Speech today.

Malcolm Bruce: My memories of a great politician with a unique gift
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Sir Malcolm Bruce.

Chatshow Charlie was huge Have I Got News for You hit
2 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
Charles Kennedy's ready wit was never more obviously on display than during several appearances on satire show Have I Got News For You - and he appeared so often he was dubbed "chatshow Charlie".

A thorough Highland gentleman
2 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
In the early hours of May 8 Charles Kennedy's remarkable 32 year career as an MP ended at the General Election Count in Dingwall when e saw his 13,000 plus majority disappear.

Highland community describes Charles Kennedy's death as akin to a family bere...
2 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
The news of Charles Kennedy death stunned the Highlands, particularly his native community in Lochaber.

Government 'buying' policy support
2 Jun 2015 at 11:50am
OPPONENTS of plans to appoint a named person for every child in Scotland have accused the Scottish Government of trying to "buy public support" for the policy.

Foreign Secretary says quitting European Convention on Human Rights not an op...
2 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is not "on the table" following reports of a Cabinet rift over the issue.

Former Tory Scottish Secretary calls for rethink on 'half-baked' proposals fo...
1 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
A former Conservative Scottish Secretary has savaged David Cameron's 'One Nation' slogan as he called on the Prime Minister to rethink 'half-baked' plans for extra devolution to Scotland.

David Cameron accused of a lack of respect over new Trident committee
1 Jun 2015 at 6:11pm
The SNP has accused David Cameron of a lack of respect towards Scotland after the Prime Minister ministers created a new cabinet sub-committee on Trident.

Second independence referendum "unstoppable" if Scotland is forced out of EU ...
1 Jun 2015 at 6:10pm
A SECOND independence referendum will be "unstoppable," Nicola Sturgeon will warn today, if Scotland is forced to leave the EU despite a majority voting to remain part of the bloc.

No 10 rules out child benefit cuts
1 Jun 2015 at 11:45am
David Cameron's government has ruled out cuts to child benefit to help ministers slash £12 billion from the welfare bill.

Former Ukip candidate convicted after he forged grandmother's signature
1 Jun 2015 at 11:05am
A former Ukip parliamentary candidate has been ordered to complete community work after admitting an electoral fraud involving his own grandmother's forged signature.


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Churches ?let off the hook? by child abuse inquiry
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

SURVIVORS of historical child abuse say Scotland’s churches have been “let off the hook” by a national public inquiry set up to investigate the issue.



Kennedy hailed as a brave and principled leader
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

Charles Kennedy was marked out for political greatness from a young age.



Teachers vote on exams boycott over spiralling workload
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

Scotland’s teachers are to vote on calls for boycott of the national exams system amid growing concerns over spiralling workloads.



SNP challenged over failing emissions record
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

THE Scottish Government was accused of presiding over a “deeply worrying” failure to meet Scotland’s legal obligation on greenhouse gas emissions, as it was suggested ministers no longer viewed their own targets as achievable.



Trains to run on historic Waverley line again
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

TRAINS will run on the historic Waverley route next week for the first time in nearly 50 years.



Lord Wallace: Charles Kennedy spoke while others spun
2 Jun 2015 at 6:00pm

I WAS giving a BBC interview as the newly elected MP for Orkney and Shetland, when the interviewer told me my colleague had won in Ross, Cromarty and Skye.



Alastair Campbell?s tribute to Charles Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 5:21pm

FORMER Labour Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell has written an emotional tribute to the late Charles Kennedy following the announcement of the Scottish politician’s death.



Obituary: Charles Kennedy, Scottish politician
2 Jun 2015 at 5:21pm

BORN: 25 November, 1959, in Inverness. Died: 2 June, 2015, in Fort William



Politicians pay tribute to the late Charles Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 5:21pm

POLITICIANS from all parties yesterday paid tribute to the former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy after his sudden death at the age of 55.



Tavish Scott: Kennedy a man never underestimated
2 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

FORMER Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott on the Charles Kennedy he knew



Leaders: No platitudes just genuine praise for Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

POLITICIANS of all parties always unite in tribute following the death of a colleague. With the tragic passing of Charles Kennedy at the age of 55, there is a significant difference: on this occasion, the well-chosen words all sound sincere and recognisable.



Allan Massie: Do we have the stomach to fight IS?
2 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

OUR OWN forces are insufficient and our proxies are inefficient but the battle needs to be fought, argues Allan Massie



Sepp Blatter quits as Fifa president amid scandal
2 Jun 2015 at 11:55am

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will resign from football’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.



SNP government attacked over its record on tackling greenhouse gas emissions
2 Jun 2015 at 8:51am

THE Scottish government was accused of presiding over a “deeply worrying” failure to meet Scotland’s legal obligation on greenhouse gas emissions, as it was suggested ministers no longer viewed the targets as achievable.



SNP challenge Tories over English NHS record
2 Jun 2015 at 8:20am

THE SNP has laid down a challenge to the Tories over “English only issues” as it used its newfound status as the third party in the Commons to tackle government ministers over NHS spending in health questions.




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Under rocks and slime
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2015 at 5:52am
I had no time for the way that Charles Kennedy conducted himself in the referendum campaign and it would be hypocritical to pretend that I did. But before that he was one of the main reasons I voted Lib Dem for over 20 years – a compassionate, principled man who took some difficult stands and […]

Quick fact check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2015 at 6:26am
Because the media†in Britain is now basically just a giant gossip circle repeating each other’s stories, pretty much every newspaper today repeats Michelle Mone’s tiresome publicity-seeking whinge about “cybernats” from the Mail On Sunday. One of them is the Herald, whose piece contains a quote suggesting that Mone – who appeared to think that flitting […]

The awful truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2015 at 8:30am
This is Robert Hutton – UK political correspondent for Bloomberg News and author of the book “Would They Lie To You?” – and former Labour spin doctor Damien McBride on Radio 4†this morning, discussing the fate of Alistair Carmichael. (The Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4, 30 May 2015) . That’s going to be an […]

The brain of Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2015 at 4:47am
Michelle Mone, the titular head of a loss-making underwear company mostly owned by a shady Sri Lankan business group, who’s spent much of the last eight years trying to blackmail Scots by threatening to punish them with†hundreds of job losses if they don’t vote the way she tells them to, has a 1400-word whine/house advert […]

Playing tricks on memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2015 at 6:59am
In its kneejerk “SNP BAD” reaction to the Alistair Carmichael affair, the Unionist establishment – politicians and media alike – has furiously tried to divert attention from Carmichael’s smear and attempted cover-up by harking back to an incident in 2012, when the press gave†vast amounts of coverage to a claim that Alex Salmond had†“lied” about […]

Another question answered
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2015 at 3:59am
The Scottish Conservatives last October: And how it panned out in reality: Oddly, there seems to be no quote from the Tories on that story.

A dereliction of duty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 7:19am
An alert reader today drew our attention to a detail we’d missed in a recent article in the Shetland News. It concerned Alistair Carmichael’s leaking of a false memo in order to smear Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP while the Orkney & Shetland MP was still Secretary of State for Scotland, and took the form […]

Power retained
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 4:57am
Most of today’s papers quote an unnamed Scotland Office spokesman on the subject of the Scotland Bill 2015, and in particular its clauses concerning welfare powers: “It is factually wrong to claim there are vetoes in the Bill. These are sensible, practical arrangements to ensure the transfer of new powers smoothly.” We’ll let readers judge […]

Hide the tiger
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 7:01am
Earlier today we noted†that the indyref†had empowered the Scottish people to an extent that they seemed very reluctant to give up on. But plutocracies don’t†become the establishment by giving up their thrones lightly, and so today we get this: The above is a passage we selected completely at random from the Scotland Bill 2015, the […]

The People Versus Plutocracy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 5:30am
Just a quick update on the Alistair Carmichael fundraiser: In barely 48 hours, almost £37,000 has been raised by the general public to challenge the election of a British MP under false pretences. We don’t believe there’s any sort of precedent for that. It would now seem beyond any reasonable doubt that there will be […]


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Laid-up nuclear submarines cost £16m
2 Jun 2015 at 6:29pm
Storing and maintaining Britain's 19 laid-up nuclear submarines cost taxpayers nearly £16m over the last five years, it emerges.


Teachers in strike threat over pay
2 Jun 2015 at 6:29pm
Teachers could be set to strike if they fail to get a "satisfactory outcome" in talks over pay, union leaders warn.


Tributes paid to Charles Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 12:34pm
Colleagues, friends and political adversaries pay tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, after the 55-year old's sudden death.


Row over education budget claims
2 Jun 2015 at 12:47pm
A row breaks out between the Scottish government and the Conservatives over claims councils have slashed their education budgets.


Watchdog to investigate Carmichael
2 Jun 2015 at 7:13am
The MPs' standards watchdog announces a formal inquiry into the conduct of the former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.


Sturgeon warns of EU exit 'backlash'
2 Jun 2015 at 10:50am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns of a "strong backlash" if Scotland were to be taken out of the EU by a UK-wide referendum.


Lamont: 'No quick fix' for Labour
1 Jun 2015 at 11:39pm
Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says there can be "no quick fix" for her party if it is to survive, in her first broadcast interview since resigning.


Organ donor 'opt-out' bill published
2 Jun 2015 at 9:55am
Plans to introduce a "soft opt-out" system for organ donation in Scotland are published at Holyrood.


FM backs more powers for islands
1 Jun 2015 at 6:41am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants the country's island communities to have more devolved powers to "grow their economies".


Purvis sets out constitution plan
1 Jun 2015 at 11:30am
Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis has set out plans for a new constitutional convention for the UK.


Funding for early years teaching
1 Jun 2015 at 10:54am
The Scottish government announces £1m will be earmarked for early years education staff development.


Benefits recipients 'living in fear'
31 May 2015 at 6:12pm
UK government welfare reforms are making people live in "constant fear" of cuts to their benefits, according to a new study.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
2 Jun 2015 at 9:06am
Richard Lochhead defends his government's record on climate change.


VIDEO: Charles Kennedy's life in politics
2 Jun 2015 at 1:30pm
A look back at the political life of former Liberal Democrat Party leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.


VIDEO: Kennedy 'a most talented politician'
2 Jun 2015 at 5:20am
Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy saying he was "one of the most talented politicians of his generation".


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

"There's no precedent for that in a UK-wide vote"
by James Kelly
2 Jun 2015 at 11:44am
I'm not having a go at Huw Edwards, who is one of the good guys, but it has to be said that the o...

Charles Kennedy's two major legacies - and the third he was denied
by James Kelly
2 Jun 2015 at 8:51am
When I did the Scottish Politics module at Glasgow University, one of my perennial sources of amu...

YouGov's first post-election Scottish subsample hints at increasing support f...
by James Kelly
1 Jun 2015 at 11:34am
The dearth of polling data since the general election has been almost unbelievable.  YouGov's dai...

The Cult of "Tactical Voting on the List" : No Dissent Will Be Tolerated
by James Kelly
1 Jun 2015 at 8:49am
Nigel Mace asked me on the previous thread to have a look at the 'EU Citizens for an Independent ...

This is why Labour may never recover
by James Kelly
31 May 2015 at 12:24pm
If you want a startling insight into the comprehensive failure of commentators down south to "get...

REVEALED : The long-forgotten newspaper article in which Kenny Farquharson di...
by James Kelly
30 May 2015 at 11:45am
Some people were very sceptical when I reminded them that Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson had d...

The biggest ever test of the Lib Dems' commitment to Home Rule : will they us...
by James Kelly
29 May 2015 at 12:05pm
I've just been refreshing my memory of the details of the Salisbury Convention.  Although the Lor...

YouGov poll hints at further movement to the SNP since the general election
by James Kelly
27 May 2015 at 12:43pm
I've just been belatedly catching up with the datasets for the YouGov poll that was published in ...

The country that forgot it was lunchtime
by James Kelly
26 May 2015 at 10:53pm
As you may be aware, Michael White's comments on the Alistair Carmichael scandal became ever more...

Looking for male victims of domestic violence to share their experiences
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 7:22pm
My friend Anita is currently conducting research into incidents of domestic violence involving ma...

Holyrood prediction
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 11:17am
A guest post by Ben Roberts

So Westminster?s done and dusted for another five years and we?ve alre...

Tally ho, laddie!
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 8:07am
It's an embarrassment for The Guardian, but Michael White is surely the London media's biggest di...

Lib Dem efforts to save Carmichael descend into farce, as they insist he must...
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 12:31pm
You really know that Alistair Carmichael's political future is hanging by a thread when quite lit...

YouGov poll : UK support for staying in the EU drops slightly
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 10:16am
As things stand, it looks possible that we're going to face a long-running indyref-style lack of ...

We're gonna ra-ba-bab, ra-ba-bab, we're gonna ra-ba-bab tonight
by James Kelly
23 May 2015 at 7:09pm
So Sweden have overtaken Luxembourg, the UK and France to become the outright second most success...


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2 Jun 2015 at 4:51pm

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Joan McAlpine: How old Auntie Beeb turned anti-democracy
by Joan McAlpine
2 Jun 2015 at 4:47pm
JOAN returns to the referendum, when Peter Mullan witnessed the BBC be used as a 'political cudge...


Lib Dem Charles Kennedy dies at home aged 55: Latest updates
by Record Reporter
2 Jun 2015 at 4:42pm
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for ex-Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy after he died at hom...


Record View: Lib Dem's Charlie Kennedy was one of us
by Record View
2 Jun 2015 at 4:06pm
RECORD VIEW pays a poignant tribute to the late Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.


Charles Kennedy found dead at his home by his partner - the widow of his life...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Jun 2015 at 12:15pm
THE former Highland MP and Liberal Democrat leader?s body was discovered yesterday by Carole MacD...


Deep-fried Mars bar given a posh twist for MSPs
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2 Jun 2015 at 11:19am
DESPITE the posh nosh being on sale for a special occasion, a canteen staff member thinks Jim Mur...


Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland could call for second independence vote if rest of ...
by David Clegg
2 Jun 2015 at 8:03am
THE First Minister has warned that she would demand a second indy ref if most Scots vote to stay ...


Tom Brown: Charles Kennedy was a politician with a huge heart.. but ultimatel...
by dailyrecord
2 Jun 2015 at 7:57am
VETERAN political commentator TOM BROWN remembers Charles Kennedy as a red-haired student with gu...


Alistair Carmichael facing formal probe over leaked memo intended to damage N...
by Record Reporter
2 Jun 2015 at 7:30am
CARMICHAEL is facing a probe over the leaking of a memo which claimed that the First Minister was...


Alistair Campbell reveals close friendship he had with Charles Kennedy was bu...
by David Hughes
2 Jun 2015 at 6:27am
IN a personal tribute, Alistair Campbell revealed how he had worried about the impact losing his ...


Torcuil Crichton: Death of Charles Kennedy is a tragedy.. he was one of the m...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Jun 2015 at 6:17am
WESTMINSTER editor TORCUIL pays a heartfelt tribute to former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy who ...


Heartless benefit sanctions leave struggling mum unable to pay heating bills ...
by Andy Philip
2 Jun 2015 at 3:57am
THE mum, from Fife, was left without money for a month because she stopped to take her four-year-...


George Osborne expected to lay out plans to sell off taxpayer stake in Royal ...
by Record Reporter
2 Jun 2015 at 3:41am
THE Chancellor is expected to outline how the Government will sell off the 79 per cent taxpayer s...


Record View: Tory crackdown is ruining lives
by Record View
2 Jun 2015 at 3:30am
RECORD VIEW says Kayleigh Haggo and the struggling mum are exactly why we need a compassionate we...


Nicola Sturgeon: EU vote could spark public demand for second independence re...
by David Clegg
2 Jun 2015 at 1:53am
THE First Minister will demand a second independence vote if a majority of Scots elect to stay in...


Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy dies at home in Fort William, ...
by Keith McLeod
2 Jun 2015 at 12:17am
KENNEDY, an MP since 1983, led the Lib Dems to their best election result in 80 years at the 2005...


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Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
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1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

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30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
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29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...

Those pesky Natz are half way there in their efforts to challenge the Imperia...
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27 May 2015 at 6:49am
Those pesky Natz are half way there in their efforts to challenge the Imperial Master of Orkney a...

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26 May 2015 at 1:51pm
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EXCLUSIVE: Read the SHOCKING but TRUE story behind the Nickyleaks affair.
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25 May 2015 at 1:02pm
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19 May 2015 at 10:52am
A big thanks to all our 9000 Facebook fans.

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Please vote in our new poll: "Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by t...
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18 May 2015 at 5:57am
Please vote in our new poll:
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EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.
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17 May 2015 at 2:09pm
EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.


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EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen...
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16 May 2015 at 9:24am
EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen to a new nadir as t...

SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE Makeup staff doing final preparation before Ji...
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16 May 2015 at 7:47am
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Bella Caledonia

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The Radical Animal
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jun 2015 at 9:27am
Humans are both natural and unnatural. It’s time to reunite our two extremes by reconnecting with...

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ?Power?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jun 2015 at 9:25am
By Lesley Docksey Or should that be the language of ?assumed? power? The United Kingdom has been ...

On Scale versus Size
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jun 2015 at 12:54am
By Mike Small These are just some fleeting notes in response to an article by Emily Bell where sh...

Backing Bella for a new Scottish Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2015 at 12:27pm
The first of our series of short films from people who are backing Bella. Here Lesley Riddoch out...

From the Province of the Cat #40 ? The harness of Necessity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2015 at 11:57am
by George Gunn This is the story of two working class soldiers who both died in battle. One was a...

You are Not an Individual ? You are a Data Cluster
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2015 at 7:04am
This film explores privacy, technology, surveillance and social change. The Alternet by Sarah T G...

Swimming Against the Tide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2015 at 4:51am
By Jim Monaghan In 2001, when Glasgow City Council made the decision to close the public baths in...

Stepping off the Schadenfreude Express
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2015 at 4:00am
By Mike Small Hatred and ridicule, when beautifully rendered, can be wonderful things.† The last ...

The Paradox of Unionism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 May 2015 at 4:00pm
By John S Warren The Cuthberts? Paper published here ?Smith Commission: why the economic and fisc...

To the Bashful Conservative
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2015 at 1:38pm
By Gillian Cummings A note to the bashful conservative, don’t worry no one knows your name… Well,...


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British EU exit could provoke new Scottish independence vote - Sturgeon - Reu...
2 Jun 2015 at 7:57am

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British EU exit could provoke new Scottish independence vote - Sturgeon
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Gordon Wilson: SNP has sidelined independence in favour of federalism - Heral...
2 Jun 2015 at 10:57am

Scotsman (blog)

Gordon Wilson: SNP has sidelined independence in favour of federalism
Herald Scotla...


Scottish independence is real danger to UK, Tories warn - Telegraph.co.uk
8 May 2015 at 12:41pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is real danger to UK, Tories warn
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The astonish...


Scottish independence: Poll shows that more Scots would vote Yes than at last...
25 May 2015 at 11:13am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Poll shows that more Scots would vote Yes than at last ...
T...


Michelle Mone quits Scotland over 'vitriolic hatred' of independence supporte...
31 May 2015 at 12:00pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Michelle Mone quits Scotland over 'vitriolic hatred' of independence supporters
Tel...


Tom Devine: Scottish independence 'more likely than ever' - BBC News
24 May 2015 at 1:29pm

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Tom Devine: Scottish independence 'more likely than ever'
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The historian told Bill ...


Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

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Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland?
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The Scotland Bill will be based on re...


Martin Hannan: Could the Fifa debacle aid the case for Scots independence? - ...
31 May 2015 at 1:39pm

The National

Martin Hannan: Could the Fifa debacle aid the case for Scots independence?
The Nationa...


Alex Salmond declares he will see Scottish 'independence in my lifetime' - Da...
9 May 2015 at 12:36pm

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond declares he will see Scottish 'independence in my lifetime'
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Why Scottish independence would be good for Scotland and the rest of Britain ...
15 May 2015 at 4:34am

The Week Magazine

Why Scottish independence would be good for Scotland and the rest of Britain
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The Scottish National Party Reportedly Acting Like Hooligans - Town Hall
2 Jun 2015 at 7:35pm

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The Scottish National Party Reportedly Acting Like Hooligans
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The new UK parliame...


Labour seek to challenge SNP over controversial tax and spending plan - Heral...
2 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

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Labour seek to challenge SNP over controversial tax and spending plan
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Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Droitwich Advertiser
2 Jun 2015 at 6:51pm

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Bromsgrove Advertiser
2 Jun 2015 at 6:47pm

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Winsford Guardian
2 Jun 2015 at 6:47pm

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Critics say Ed Miliband's decision to join the C...


Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News
2 Jun 2015 at 6:44pm

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Critics say Ed Miliband's decis...


Letters to The National, June 3 - The National
2 Jun 2015 at 6:42pm

The National

Letters to The National, June 3
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Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Belfast Telegraph
2 Jun 2015 at 6:40pm

Belfast Telegraph

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push - Clacton and Frinton Gazette
2 Jun 2015 at 6:39pm

Burnham urges Labour pro-EU push
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Scottish leader warns of backlash from British EU referendum - Toronto Star
2 Jun 2015 at 3:06pm

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UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Closer ... - ...
9 May 2015 at 7:25am

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Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum - ITV News
10 May 2015 at 11:27am

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Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum
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Scottish vote has important lessons for the EU referendum - Financial Times
29 May 2015 at 4:39pm

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Scottish vote has important lessons for the EU referendum
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SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum - Dai...
14 May 2015 at 5:07am

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SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exi...
27 May 2015 at 6:02pm

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Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exit
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EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French...
25 May 2015 at 10:03am

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Peter Mullan Criticises BBC For 'Horrendous Anti-Independence Bias' During .....
1 Jun 2015 at 8:39pm

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Peter Mullan Criticises BBC For 'Horrendous Anti-Independence Bias' During ....


How now crown vow: The Queen unveils Scotland Bill to ensure referendum ... -...
27 May 2015 at 3:06pm

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Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years - Herald Scotland
19 May 2015 at 7:09pm

Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years
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Charles Kennedy confidante: 'He had so many tragedies thrown at him'
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
2 Jun 2015 at 4:11pm

Veteran Liberal Democrat activist Celia Munro reveals she had painful conversations with late party leader about alcoholism

A veteran Liberal Democrat activist who helped select Charles Kennedy on t...



Andy Burnham pushes Labour to set up separate pro-European Union campaign
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
2 Jun 2015 at 4:00pm

Labour leadership contender believes backlash against Labour in Scotland after the independence vote was caused by campaigning alongside the Tories

Andy Burnham, the frontrunner for the Labour leade...



Steve Bell on Charles Kennedy ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
2 Jun 2015 at 2:03pm
Continue reading...

Constituency mourns Charles Kennedy, 'a very Highland gentleman'
by Ewen MacAskill
2 Jun 2015 at 1:15pm

Former MP was much-admired and one of their own, his family having lived on the shores of Loch Linne for more than 200 years

There were clouds on Tuesday hanging over Ben Nevis, which overlooks Char...



Campbell unhappy with Salmond remarks about Charles Kennedy
by Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
2 Jun 2015 at 12:45pm

Suggestion that Kennedy was an unenthusiastic supporter of the Better Together referendum campaign upsets Sir Menzies Campbell

Sir Menzies Campbell has accused Alex Salmond of being ?out of order? ...



The Guardian view on Charles Kennedy?s legacy: Lochaber no more | Editorial
by Editorial
2 Jun 2015 at 12:19pm
The former leader?s death is another blow for the Liberal Democrats, yet the next leader can learn much from his boldness

These have been truly brutal days for the Liberal Democrats. And the brutali...



Charles Kennedy death: politicians pay tribute to former Lib Dem leader
by Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
2 Jun 2015 at 10:25am
Political world shocked by sudden death of Charles Kennedy?We?re being bulldozed into war?: Kennedy on Iraq in 2003

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Charles Kennedy?s death a tragic loss for British politics, says David Camero...
by Guardian Staff
2 Jun 2015 at 9:42am
David Cameron pays tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died at his home in Fort William. The prime minister says the 55-year-old's death is a tragic loss for both his...

Alistair Carmichael may have breached ethics code with anti-Sturgeon leak
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
2 Jun 2015 at 8:44am

Parliament?s standards commissioner is investigating former Scottish secretary for approving release of memo intended to damage SNP leader

The former Scottish secretary, Alistair Carmichael, is bein...



Nicola Sturgeon warns of Scottish backlash if UK exits Europe
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter and agency
2 Jun 2015 at 8:09am

SNP leader says there will be ?unstoppable clamour? for second independence vote if Scotland is taken out of EU by UK-wide referendum

Nicola Sturgeon is warning that there will be an ?unstoppable cl...



Peter Mullan: BBC showed 'horrendous bias' in Scottish referendum coverage
by Press Association
2 Jun 2015 at 3:31am

Harry Potter actor says he is a supporter of public broadcasting, but the reporting of the independence vote ?broke his heart?

Harry Potter actor Peter Mullan has criticised the BBC for ?horrendous ...



Charles Kennedy, a truly authentic politician who rose above the crowd | Mart...
by Martin Kettle
2 Jun 2015 at 1:55am

Whatever his inner demons, the former Lib Dem leader was one of the few politicians of the modern era to whom ordinary Britons could relate

Authenticity is the most elusive but the most precious of ...



Election swing Labour needs for majority has doubled, study finds
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
1 Jun 2015 at 1:42pm

Boundary changes have pushed majority further from opposition?s grasp, with party needing to gain at least 106 seats in 2020, Fabian Society says

Labour will need to gain at least 106 seats in 2020 ...



Nicola Sturgeon lines up Daily Show appearance during US trip
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
31 May 2015 at 9:09am

Scottish first minister to follow Tony Blair and Gordon Brown by appearing on Jon Stewart?s hugely popular satirical news programme

Nicola Sturgeon is hoping to introduce herself to the American pub...



Give EU nationals referendum vote, says Scottish Labour leadership candidate
by Press Association
30 May 2015 at 8:23am

Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish party?s current deputy leader, will say it is unfair to exclude citizens from other EU countries living in the UK from the in/out vote

EU nationals living in the UK shoul...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

An update to yesterday?s blog post
by weegingerdug
2 Jun 2015 at 11:22am
I just thought I’d post a brief update to yesterday’s blog post. The young gay man has contacted me to say that he’s now staying with a relative. Things were pretty rocky with his brother, but he’s...

An email from a homophobic bigot
by weegingerdug
1 Jun 2015 at 7:15am
So here we are, slapping ourselves on the back about how Ireland has joined Scotland, England, and Wales in legalising gay marriage. Look at us, telling ourselves that we’re all so progressive and ...

Internalised Scottophobia and self-inflicted rhinectomies
by weegingerdug
31 May 2015 at 11:08am
The Labour party has expelled a member in Glasgow because he said on social media that he intended to vote SNP at the election. That’s fair enough you might think, when you join a political party y...

Apres moi lied the stooge
by weegingerdug
29 May 2015 at 9:55am
So he’s still there. Aliestair Koalamichael hasn’t resigned and shows no inclination to accept the proper consequences for his wrong doings. He’s doing his damnedest to keep out of the public eye, ...

A parp in a bin and clapping chagrin
by weegingerdug
27 May 2015 at 7:28pm
Fluffy Mundell, the original Scottish political panda, was proving as evasive as the fluffy black and white variety on Wednesday as he avoided giving a straight answer to a simple question. His att...

Malkied by Malkie and primed by Primula
by weegingerdug
26 May 2015 at 5:44pm
So Aliestair’s still there, clinging onto the face of Scottish politics like a particularly obstinate plook despite the increasingly intense squeezing of ordinary Scottish punters who are not enamo...

Westminsteritis and hyperkenezia
by weegingerdug
25 May 2015 at 12:49pm
So the dishonourable Aliestair Koala has told the BBC that he’s got no intention of resigning his seat and allowing voters in Orkney and Shetland the chance to decide whether they want a liar and s...

The dishonourable dissembler for porkies and scrote-lying
by weegingerdug
23 May 2015 at 6:47pm
The Dishonourable Dissembler for Porkies and Scrotelying is still occupying his ill gotten seat, the one the representative for the Northern Isles got by misrepresenting himself to the Northern Isl...

These things happen
by weegingerdug
22 May 2015 at 6:50pm
Not even Rona can help him now. The last shreds of Alistair Koalamichael’s credibility have gone the way of Danny Alexander’s career in politics, shot down in the flames of public disgrace. Althoug...

It?s a dog?s life
by weegingerdug
20 May 2015 at 4:54pm
According to Wednesday’s Herald, a group of “experts” on devolution have said that there should not be another independence referendum for at least fifteen years. So that’s us telt then, the expert...


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Can we trust our people to rule this country?
2 Jun 2015 at 6:10am

 Can we trust our people to rule this country?

 

The gloomy and uncertain situation face by the people of United Kingdom is the result of wrong policy adopted and implemented by the ruler of our country, for their interest to grip and exploit the power but not for the National interest. People ar...



orangefest 2015
2 Jun 2015 at 4:43am
http://athousandflowers.net/2015/06/01/orangefest-set-to-take-over-glasgow-this-saturday/


Being addressed by none other than honest Mike mccurry.

Who's all going?

Charles Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 12:04am
BBC reporting he has died at home aged 55.
Shocking for his age

Unite don't miss and hit the wall with Slab
1 Jun 2015 at 10:40am

Bitch. Slapped.

 

http://labourlist.org/2015/06/setting-the-record-straight-over-scotland/

 

Setting the record straight over Unite’s position in Scotland

 

In a few weeks’ time, Jim Murphy will submit his ideas on how to revive Labour’s fortunes in Scotland. He will then leave the office of l...



Dare to raise your voice for the voiceless people of Britain help to e
29 May 2015 at 9:32am

Dare to raise your voice for the voiceless people of Britain help to empower the People - the country belongs to.

Britain is passing through a crucial time and is in imminent need for change of system, instead of change of faces, let the people of Britain, the country belongs to be empower them t...



How very Daily Mail
29 May 2015 at 4:39am

Not just win a house, win a house and be someone's landlord. 

 

   

 

 



Standing for Election
28 May 2015 at 9:20am
I know there was a thread about this a couple of months ago, but I can't seem to find it. Have many people here stood for election before? Whether it be for parliament or for councils or town councils (or whatever the Scottish version is)? And what were your experiences?

I quite fancy standing fo...

Tony Blair resigns as "Middle East Pesce Envoy"
28 May 2015 at 4:22am

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32905468

 

 

Perfect man for the job



Queen's speech
27 May 2015 at 7:27am
So are we happy with the new devolved matters and what will happen with income tax and passenger duty? Up or down ?

Which party is worse?
26 May 2015 at 7:54am

Which of the 2 political f**k ups are worse?

 

Labour for the pledge stone, getting into bed with the Tories during indyref, telling lies, Jim Murphy etc etc etc.  Or Lib Dems for being the Tories bitches for 5 years, for f**k ups such as Carmichael and Malcolm Bruce and completely losing the tru...



Endemic Corruption
26 May 2015 at 6:03am

I've long despised politicians and this is an example why. Please leave aside party allegiances and concentrate on the inherent corruptness involved because that is my concern, not the parties involved.

 

The Scottish Government spent £10 million on the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last year and, as a...



How close was the election vote?
25 May 2015 at 5:18pm
We're the three lost seats close? We're the SNP lucky in others? I never did get to see the numbers vote

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK
25 May 2015 at 6:46am

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK.

United Kingdom is passing through a crucial situation with external pressure and internal flux and anguish within the rank and file of the people.

 

United Kingdom is in drastic need of change, from contemporary or established...



Cunninghame North - 2007
23 May 2015 at 6:58am
The SNP won Cunninghame North by just 46 votes in 2007, which in effect allowed them to govern. If this didn't happen Labour would have controlled Holyrood until 2011, therefore as the SNP would not have proved that they are competent in government any victory then would be a minority one. That m...

Nicola & the french ambassador (revisited)
22 May 2015 at 12:59pm

Here's a letter that Carmichael has sent to the first minister today



Just in time for the long bank holiday weekend!




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The Establishment
2 Jun 2015 at 4:15pm
Tomorrow. Corrupt. That is all.

Missing Teenager Amber Peat...
2 Jun 2015 at 3:19pm

Reports coming in that there has been a body found as police search for the missing teenager...Horrible turn of events



Scots Mp's And Health
2 Jun 2015 at 1:41pm
Any avoidable connection for Scots in high political office or just the same old lessons for us all?

John Smith 55
Charles Kennedy 55
Robin Cook 59
Donald Dewar 60

All were Scottish and members of the Labour Party at one time but I doubt that's it

Can't Find The Friday Thread
2 Jun 2015 at 5:01am



Charles Kennedy
2 Jun 2015 at 12:08am
Dead.

Most Dangerous Woman In Britain
1 Jun 2015 at 3:20pm
Just watched a programme on Nicola Sturgeon with the above title.

Think she came across really well and it's clear there is a lot of Southern people scared of her as she has the potential to break the Union.

Anyone else see it ?

I thought it was very good for people to actually see her as a perso...

Franz Ferdinand And Sparks
31 May 2015 at 8:26am

On the off chance anyone has a spare ticket for the FFS gig in Glasgow....I'm huge fan of Sparks and sat for hours on the sh*te Ticketmaster site trying to get one.



Ebay
31 May 2015 at 7:40am
Selling my first thing on eBay (iPhone 5) and some bint bought it or so I thought.....

First she asked for more photos,which I sent,and then three hours later she asked for more photos again ASAP,which I sent.

I sent her an email last night asking if she still wanted it and she said yes but she w...

Scottish Star Wars
30 May 2015 at 4:39pm



Punishing The Clubs For Sectarian Fans
30 May 2015 at 9:56am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32929665

I don't have a problem with the majority of this but Im undecided on whether you can blame the clubs for what is a bigger issue within Scottish society.
I'm more inclined to have the Police actually do their job more forcefully on match days and actual...


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