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Theresa May records Russell & Bromley discount card in MPS' register
3 Aug 2017 at 5:16pm
Theresa May has been given a discount card from high-end shoe retailer Russell & Bromley, according to the latest register of MPs' interests.

Ken Livingstone ?did not advise Venezuelan government to kill oligarchs?
3 Aug 2017 at 3:40pm
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has stressed he did not advise the Venezuelan government to ?kill all the oligarchs? who oppose the socialist regime.

SNP?s Brexit minister launches outspoken attack on David Mundell
3 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE SNP?s Brexit minister has launched an outspoken attack on David Mundell, accusing the Scottish Secretary of ?peddling false reassurances? about life outside the EU.

Crown drops case against former SNP MP Michelle Thomson
1 Aug 2017 at 3:30pm
Criminal proceedings against former MP Michelle Thomson will not go ahead.

All-male LibDem MSP group urged to join Holyrood maternity deal
3 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE leaders of the UK Liberal Democrats have been urged to make the party's all-male MSP group sign up to new Holyrood arrangements on maternity leave.

Job advertised for post at proposed watchdog to police post-Brexit trade
2 Aug 2017 at 7:54pm
The advert reveals Liam Fox's Department for International Trade is setting up the new body.

SNP demand end to austerity as deficit plan stretches out again
2 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE SNP has called on the Tory government to end its ?damaging obsession with austerity? amid reports the Chancellor is preparing for almost two decades of spending squeezes.

Labour claims SNP benefit timetable will hurt tens of thousands
1 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
In May, MSPs obtained the power to legislate in respect of a range of welfare benefits worth £2.7bn

SNP MSP refuses to discipline aide guilty of homophobic abuse
2 Aug 2017 at 5:30pm
AN SNP MSP has refused to discipline a staff member fined £400 for homophobic abuse.

Defamation reform inches closer
1 Aug 2017 at 12:07am
Scotland?s main legal reform body has proposed new defamation laws campaigners believe will help stop ?vanity cases? designed to silence critics.

SNP government accused of watering down second adviser report
2 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE Scottish Government is facing claims it watered down a second report by the First Minister?s independent poverty adviser after it highlighted college funding cuts.

Kenny MacAskill: Scottish Labour has chance against "moribund" SNP
1 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
He said Labour remained a shell of its former self north of the border

Pro-Remain stance behind SNP losses in General Election
1 Aug 2017 at 3:28pm
MANY SNP supporters were ?driven away? by the party?s strong anti-Brexit stance, leading to ?heavy losses? at the General Election, the definitive study of the vote has confirmed.

Boris Johnson slams Venezuela president in Twitter outburst
1 Aug 2017 at 8:18pm
Boris Johnson accused Venezuela's president of behaving like the "dictator of an evil regime" after two of the country's leading opposition leaders were seized from their homes at night by state security agents.

Sturgeon attacked over latest spin doctor appointment
1 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been criticised after hiring a failed SNP MP as a special adviser, taking the bill for her spin doctor team to more than £1m a year.

 

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UK?s leading universities demand Brexit clarifications
3 Aug 2017 at 7:59pm
Britain’s leading universities want the Government to urgently clarify the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals immediately to allow the sector to plan “with confidence”.

Michael Gove sparks storm over post-Brexit fishing access
3 Aug 2017 at 6:55pm
Michael Gove has sparked anger by promising that Danish fishing vessels would still be allowed to catch “large amounts” of fish in British waters after Brexit.

Ruth Davidson pokes fun at Theresa May with ?field of wheat? picture
3 Aug 2017 at 1:05pm
Ruth Davidson has taken the mickey out of the Prime Minister by running through a wheat field.

UK government aims to ?drive down? whisky tariffs post-Brexit
3 Aug 2017 at 7:46am
The UK government is determined to “drive down” tariffs on the sales of Scotch whisky overseas in the wake of Brexit.

Edinburgh International Festival future plans put on hold due to Brexit uncer...
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Fergus Linehan has admitted his plans for future events have had to be put on ice due to uncertainty over the impact of Brexit.

Tom Peterkin: New powers at Holyrood, but same old arguments over process
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Controversy surrounding what Scottish Government can and can’t do is frustrating for those needing help says Tom Peterkin

Leader comment: Defusing the age time bomb will rely on immigration
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Most of us will have seen advertisements for cruises and hotels featuring a clientele of “still young” retired people dancing the night away, golfing or enjoying some fine dining while the sommelier hovers nearby with the wine.

Bill Jamieson: Book now for La Forza del Trumpo
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
This fictional opera has an incredible storyline that seems far-fetched, but it’s unfolding in real life, says Bill Jamieson

Kenny MacAskill: The Tories have clawed their way back, but to what purpose?
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Tories have come a long way since being wiped out in 1997’s election, ironically saved by devolution. David McLetchie and Annabel Goldie’s wit steadied the ship, Ruth Davidson energised them and the independence referendum revitalised them. 20 years on they’re the principal opposition in the Scottish Parliament and ensconced in the UK Government.

Scotland facing ageing population timebomb
2 Aug 2017 at 9:10pm
Scotland is facing a demographic time bomb in the coming decades with a sharp rise in the older population, prompting fears over how hard-pressed services will cope.

Alex Salmond calls Trump an ?utter nincompoop? for indyref2 comments
2 Aug 2017 at 6:25pm
The former First Minister of Scotland has slammed Donald Trump for his comments on the prospect of a second independence referendum.

European Championships the latest major sport event to visit Glasgow
2 Aug 2017 at 4:46pm
It’s no secret that elite-level sporting events do more for host cities than simply allowing residents the chance to witness star names in action.

Anti-immigration group ?confuses bus seats for terrorists?
2 Aug 2017 at 3:03pm
An anti-immigration group on Facebook has been widely mocked - after its members confused empty bus seats for women wearing burkas.

Scotland?s population grows to 5.4 million due to migration rise
2 Aug 2017 at 1:59pm
Scotland’s population has grown to a record 5.4 million following another rise in migration.

Edinburgh Castle to simulate aircraft carrier during Tattoo
2 Aug 2017 at 8:53am
Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade will be transformed into an aircraft carrier flight deck as this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo puts the Royal Navy centre stage.

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All the way down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Aug 2017 at 10:08am
Today’s edition of The Times contains a textbook example of a phenomenon that we highlight regularly: how newspapers gradually unpick their own dishonest headlines to grudgingly admit a truth which is often the polar opposite of the initial claim. Or as we more punchily tend to put it, “The Headline Is Always A Lie”. This …

The bad losers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Aug 2017 at 9:19am
The BBC’s Reporting Scotland is, in our view, directly responsible for at least 80% of Yes supporters’ belief that the UK’s state broadcaster is biased against independence. Almost all of the worst examples of unbalanced or downright dishonest coverage over the last five years come from the flagship teatime bulletin. But last night’s edition made …

Choco ration soars again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2017 at 4:03pm
There’s been some breaking news. Or rather, there hasn’t. Because there never WAS a “fraud case against former MP Michelle Thomson”. Michelle Thomson was never charged with fraud. She was never arrested. She was never even questioned as a suspect. She gave a voluntary interview to police as a witness in a case against someone …

The Too Wee Club #3
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2017 at 11:59am
A series inspired by a Unionist blog insisting that “On a practical level, I do not believe for one moment that Scotland could thrive alone”, and which led to our thinking about some of the world’s other independent nations. NO. 3 – LUXEMBOURG Above is a picture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Central Europe. Below is what it would look …

Turning wheels
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2017 at 10:09am
Just a quick one-week-on update: thanks to your incredible support, our fundraiser for legal action now stands at a phenomenal £14,683 including all sources. We’re well beyond the initial target of £5000, but since even a modestly-eminent QC costs slightly over £8 a minute, every extra penny helps. Click pic to go to the Indiegogo fundraiser page, …

The Too Wee Club #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2017 at 11:00am
A series inspired by a Unionist blog insisting that “On a practical level, I do not believe for one moment that Scotland could thrive alone”, and which led to our thinking about some of the world’s other independent nations. NO. 2 – ICELAND Above is a picture of the Nordic island of Iceland, shown adjacent to and at the same …

Actually doing it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2017 at 10:09am
The Yes movement, like almost all movements, is plagued with a small but incredibly loud faction of intolerant, destructive extremists. Alert readers will have noticed that this site has again been the victim of them this week, but we’re not alone. They’ve also gone after two print publications – The National and iScot – over …

McCain?s Mutiny
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2017 at 6:55am

When Scotland Voted Leave
by Dr Craig Dalzell
28 Jul 2017 at 11:34am
Last month saw the first meeting between the UK Brexit delegation and the EU’s, and by many accounts it fell far short of the UK?s expectations. David Davis spent months drumming up the ?strong and stable? approach which would see both the divorce deal and the subsequent post-Brexit trade deal negotiated simultaneously. He was told by …

The Too Wee Club
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2017 at 9:13am
Millionaire-funded diehard loyalist forelock-tugging faction Scotland In Union published an extraordinary blog post yesterday. Its 606 words comprised a sort of Caledonian Cringe Greatest Hits, allegedly penned by someone called Fiona Annesley (of whom we’re told nothing else, and who has no detectable online presence), but the line that particularly caught people’s eye was this: “On a practical …

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Brexit: Gove confirms foreign access to UK fishing grounds
3 Aug 2017 at 2:35pm
Danish fishermen are told that some foreign trawlers will still have access to UK waters after Brexit.


How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics
2 Aug 2017 at 1:34pm
The British Election Study reveals how referendums "completely transformed" Scotland's party system.


Trump: Scottish independence vote 'would be terrible'
2 Aug 2017 at 10:03am
Donald Trump voices fears about the future of the Open golf championship if Scotland were to become independent.


Michelle Thomson: Fraud case against former SNP MP dropped
1 Aug 2017 at 4:04pm
The Crown Office says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Michelle Thomson over mortgage fraud claims.


Consultation on sentencing guidelines for Scots courts
1 Aug 2017 at 12:15am
People will be asked to choose sentences they would give if they were the judges in real cases.


Scotland's A&E departments meet waiting times target
1 Aug 2017 at 11:52am
It is the first time Scotland's emergency departments have hit the target since July 2016.


Fresh call to scrap Scottish police and fire VAT bills
1 Aug 2017 at 1:27am
Police Scotland and the Scottish fire service became liable for the tax after becoming national bodies.


Patient care 'compromised' by staff shortages, says RCN survey
31 Jul 2017 at 2:46pm
The extent of the problem emerged in a nationwide survey of nurses and healthcare support workers.


Lib Dems back end of short jail terms
31 Jul 2017 at 1:52pm
The party says it would support the Scottish government if it tries to end prison sentences of less than 12 months.


Salmond's Edinburgh Fringe show sells out
31 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
The former Scottish first minister has sold 5,250 tickets for his Alex Salmond Unleashed shows.


Plea to ban mountain hare culling in Scotland
31 Jul 2017 at 12:02am
Campaigners say at least half of all mountain hares in Scotland are either killed for sport or in a cull.


Tourist tax suggested for Isle of Skye
31 Jul 2017 at 12:33pm
A Skye businessman says a small charge would help pay for improved facilities for the thousands who visit the isle.

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But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2017 at 3:14am
I'm indebted to a certain controversial rapper, because if I hadn't randomly followed a link in one of his tweets, I would be unaware of the fact that Allan Moore has charged me with (almost) singl...

The easily distracted
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2017 at 1:58am
Angela Haggerty is well within her rights to use her Sunday Herald column to further exacerbate the feud between CommonSpace and Wings Over Scotland if that's what she wants, but in doing so she's ...

Why should a citizen exercising his legal rights cause a "schism"?
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2017 at 6:49pm
As a result of last night's bizarre episode, I was left with little option but to block another batch of 'trendy Yessers' on Twitter, so perhaps now I have even less to lose by saying what I think ...


More inspiring civility from our friends on the radical left...
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2017 at 12:02am
It's genuinely quite disconcerting when half a dozen people you don't know from Adam suddenly launch a downright nasty, childish tag-team attack on you on Twitter for no apparent reason.  These are...

#50YearsLegal (except for readers in Scotland)
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2017 at 5:42pm
As you probably know, today is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual sex between men in England and Wales.  It was part of a sweeping range of 'permissive' reforms introduced ...

Next time we're going to party like it's 1987
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2017 at 6:31pm
Stormfront Lite is beside itself with excitement this afternoon about a Populus analysis suggesting that the SNP would lose all but six of its seats at the next UK general election if it found itse...

Has Colonel Ruth FALLEN OFF HER TANK? Another day, another third place for t...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2017 at 4:27pm
In the continued absence of any full-scale Scottish polling, arguably the most meaningful guide to the state of play is the Scottish subsamples of YouGov's GB-wide polls - the reason being that You...

Logic problems
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2017 at 11:53pm
I'm confused, and I'm wondering if you can help me out. We've been repeatedly told over the last few days that people are "damaging the Yes movement" by criticising Cat Boyd for voting Labour. Impl...

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Pronounciation of -shire (Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Ayrshire, ...)
by /u/geebr
3 Aug 2017 at 9:27pm
Down south, everyone pronounces it as sher (Yorkshire and all that). In Aberdeen, people say Aberdeenshire as you would say "shire" on its own. So that got me really interested in how this varies a...

Jakey bites another jakey's finger off on Inverness high street.
by /u/CharlieFubashir
3 Aug 2017 at 9:06pm
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[TOURISM] Redditors of Scotland, what are some places in Scotland that one sh...
by /u/mylercia
3 Aug 2017 at 8:50pm
Are there any castles, parks, cities, lakes, beaches etc that are definitely worth seeing? P.S. Apologies if this has been asked many times before, I'm new to this subreddit. submitted by /u...

Translation request - English to Scots
by /u/VulcanTrekkie45
3 Aug 2017 at 8:19pm
I originally posted this on /r/scots, and they said to try over here since there are so few people on the Scots subreddit. I was hoping you could translate something for me into Scots. I'm playing ...

Drunken sailors on rampage as frightened Faslane locals claim Navy bosses hav...
by /u/falconhoof
3 Aug 2017 at 6:31pm
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Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years: "Scotland's baby b...
by /u/mankieneck
3 Aug 2017 at 6:16pm
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Scotland need never be beholden to financial markets
by /u/been_zhak_unt
3 Aug 2017 at 5:02pm
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Looking to wild camp with kayak.. suggestions?
by /u/InsidetheCentre-
3 Aug 2017 at 5:02pm
Me & some friends are going to take kayaks on a camping trip, anyone know any bits of coast or lochs that are scenic and quiet? submitted by /u/InsidetheCentre-

Get the currency and the tax system right and an independent Scotland could f...
by /u/been_zhak_unt
3 Aug 2017 at 4:49pm
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Scottish people, which country(es) are your favourite besides Scotland and why?
by /u/_alba
3 Aug 2017 at 4:43pm
Just to spice things up a wee bit, tired of the political shite submitted by /u/_alba

JK Rowling's return to Harry Potter makes her world's richest author in 2017
by /u/sausagesthecat
3 Aug 2017 at 4:02pm
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Edinburgh Scientists Think They're on to a Cold Cure
by /u/templepark
3 Aug 2017 at 3:32pm
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Darren McGarvey: We have to stop allowing facts to be taken hostage by our po...
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3 Aug 2017 at 3:22pm
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'Clueless police call handler didn't know A90 - then sent woman on hour-long ...
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3 Aug 2017 at 3:08pm
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Jeremy Corbyn's holiday is so Jeremy Corbyn it's incredible
by Mikey Smith
3 Aug 2017 at 10:26am
The Labour leader has been unusually quiet in recent days - but some eagle eyed Brits have spotted him in Eastern Europe


Union slams 'scandalous' wage gap as ordinary worker would take 159 YEARS to ...
by Adam Bennett
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
GMB general secretary Tim Roache said workers are suffering a squeeze in living standards while bosses splash their cash on luxuries.


Scotland facing Brexit population crisis with too many OAPs and not enough wo...
by Andy Philip
3 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Official figures have revealed the impact of a rapidly ageing population with complex health problems.


Turn in the scum who trashed charity workshop for traumatised veterans
by Record View
2 Aug 2017 at 8:15am
The ex-serviceman and women who attend RE:tune are worth 100 of the brain-dead knife-wielding morons who smashed windows and daubed paint on walls.


Futile, bloody battles that rank among 'greatest disasters of the war' are no...
by Joan McAlpine
2 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Our columnist argues that there is a huge difference between sombre commemoration of fallen soldiers and the glorification of war.


Former SNP MP Michelle Thomson in clear after property fraud probe
by Andy Philip
1 Aug 2017 at 8:41pm
Nearly two years after police inquiries began, the Crown Office said there was an “absence” of credible evidence.


JK Rowling apologises for accusing Donald Trump of snubbing disabled child
by Joe Nerssessian
1 Aug 2017 at 10:33am
The Harry Potter author blasted the 'horrible' President after footage appeared to show Trump refusing to shake a youngster's hand in the White House.


British Gas branded part of a 'cartel' as it hits 3million customers with 12....
by Dan Bloom
1 Aug 2017 at 9:01am
Labour slammed Tory broken promises and claimed British Gas was part of a "cartel" over the "extortionate" tariff rise hitting 3million customers


Government must give poor the benefit of devolved powers and it's time for th...
by Kezia Dugdale
1 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says the SNP and Tory attempts to balance the books by slashing funding to public services and social security payments is increasing poverty in Scotland.


Theresa May insists free movement will end in March 2019 as chancellor's Brex...
by Jack Blanchard
1 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Philip Hammond had said free movement of people from Europe could continue for up to three further years in a “transition period”.

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Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

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Red Tape, Brexit, Shock and Bluff
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2017 at 2:51pm
As the Brexit ‘negotiations’ begin (or ends?) we are drawing on academic experts to try and cut through the spin and political fog to understand the issues. Here is constitutional lawyer, Professor Michael Duggan of Liverpool University, on the Brexit process. He is the editor of  a collection of essays: “THE UK AFTER BREXIT”. He …

Syria?s Disappeared
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2017 at 1:45pm
I was first confronted with the fate of political prisoners in Syria fifteen years ago. To this day, I am grateful for the conversations with lawyers such as Anwar al-Bounni who is in attendance today and Razan Zeitouneh, who was abducted in 2013. One day, Razan Zeitouneh took me along to meet Fares Mourad who …

Happy Meals Bella Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2017 at 2:15pm
  Lewis Cook and Suzi Rodden are Glasgow cosmic-pop duo Happy Meals. On August 12 at Kinning Park Complex they present Full Ashram Sleep Garden, ?12 hours overnight communal sleep zone-out/in/out/in assembly? with all profits going to CalAid, a charity who work with refugees in Greece. All of the artists involved and Milk Cafe, who …

Flaming Kingfishers and Fields of Wheat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2017 at 10:49am
Bella Postcard: our weekly micro blog, a (very) random ?best of the web? brought to you by Bonnie Gallagher. As old Edina girders her loins for the incoming throng, this week is an unashamed choice cut of arts, mostly. News that Alasdair Gray, who created Bella’s masthead and logo specially for them way back in …

Young Fathers on Power Race and Privilege
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2017 at 6:58pm
“The Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers perform a response to Looking Good, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition exploring male image, identity and appearance. Their commentary is part of a contemporary response to themes about male representation and explores issues around privilege and inequality and conventions of historic portraiture and its display.” We covered the …

We?re in the Army Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2017 at 5:16pm
We are witnessing the Fringe, with the support of Summerhall and Creative Scotland, become the latest creative partners to support the mainstreaming of militarism within UK culture argues Catrin Evans. The Edinburgh Fringe is here, and for all the aspects of the Fringe that I find difficult ?inaccessible ticket prices, domination of white middle-class (male) …

Journey to Yes 18
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Aug 2017 at 4:34pm
The latest from Phantom Power’s Journey to Yes series features Chris Wilson is rising star in the Scottish Liberal Democrats …   * We really need your support to develop though and we?d like to ask you to support us by donating to us here. We?ve got big plans to launch our new site, to launch new …

Der Schrei der Natur
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Jul 2017 at 3:21pm
  If anything captures the mood of the nations (s) and the madness infecting Anglo-British politics, this image of the Tories seated in front of Edward Munch’s The Scream is it. The painting which was given the original German title by Munch as Der Schrei der Natur (“The Scream of Nature”) has become an icon …

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Trump interview: golf, Brexit and why you don't hear about Britain any more
by David Smith in Washington
2 Aug 2017 at 8:17am
Full transcript of last week?s Wall Street Journal interview shows Trump appeared more keen to discuss golf than specifics of post-Brexit trade dealFor Britain it seems to be a case of: he?s just not that into you. Except when it comes to golf.Donald Trump seemed less than awestruck when talking ...

Prosecutors drop fraud case against former SNP MP
by Caroline Davies
1 Aug 2017 at 6:10pm
Michelle Thomson says she has been exonerated by inquiry into solicitor she used and will consider her next stepsA fraud case against the former SNP MP Michelle Thomson has been dropped because of ?an absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence?.Thomson, who represented Edinburgh West, w...

Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit but all British cities will suffer ? report
by Elle Hunt
27 Jul 2017 at 3:58pm
Analysis from the Centre for Cities thinktank finds urban areas are likely be hit hardest by the increased trade barriers under both hard and soft BrexitsNew research examining for the first time the potential impact of Brexit on cities and towns has found Aberdeen could be the hardest hit by hig...

When will the SNP tackle Scotland?s shaming poverty? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
The party should focus on revolutionising life for the poorest instead of promoting feeble initiatives on gender and climateThe first sparks of social awareness to pierce my comfortable world came early and were delivered in the classrooms of the west of Scotland Catholic primary schools I attend...

Scotland and Wales formally call for funding boost after DUP deal
by Frances Perraudin
19 Jul 2017 at 10:01pm
Holyrood and Cardiff argue they should receive an extra £2.9bn and £1.67bn respectively under Barnett formula rulesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have joined forces to launch a formal dispute process over Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party.Following last month?s general ele...

Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
by Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill and Peter Walker
14 Jul 2017 at 5:59am
Great repeal bill rejected by Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones over concerns about human rights and Westminster ?power grab?Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bi...

Scottish and Welsh governments threaten to refuse repeal bill legislative con...
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jul 2017 at 5:36pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including publication of the Brexit repeal bill, and Theresa May?s first proper broadcast interview since the general election5 things we?ve learnt from Theresa May?s Radio 5 Live interviewAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST Just talke...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

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Blood?s A Rover
The Wee Ginger Fundraiser has exceeded its target by an amazing amount, so it’s only right that I give some space to some other projects which are worthy of consideration and support. We all know that the Scottish film industry is struggling, movies made in Scotland, about Scotland, and starring Scottish actors, are few and …

Golf club rules
It’s getting more and more difficult to come up with novel and witty descriptions of the many splendoured screw up that is our Conservative government. While the SNP government in Holyrood gets castigated and thrashed in the press for being less than perfect, even when the Scottish public service in question is out-performing its equivalents …

Time for some tough talking
It’s been a bruising and bloody week in the world of Scottish independence. Not because of anything that the Unionists have done, they’ve been sitting back with the popcorn while they watch the independence movement tear itself apart with mutual recriminations, insults, abuse, and aspersions being cast like stones. I’ve been attacked. The National has …

A sense of perspective
There are some people who want to spend their time obsessing over how nasty a certain independence blogger has been on Twitter. They’d prefer to vilify anyone who has dared to point out that the nasty thing he said was not nasty in the way they’d like it to be nasty. They’re obsessed with getting …

A huddle in a befuddled muddle
You would imagine that by some fifteen months after the Brexit vote, that some sort of clarity would have emerged by now about what was going to happen after the UK had left the European Union. But no, this is Britain. This is the country of muddling through. Only this time the muddle isn’t getting …

Rebooting Ruth
We learned something very interesting last weekend. We learned that if you want to start a blog which claims to give a platform to voices that aren’t usually heard in the traditional media and puts forward radical and challenging ideas, it’s best to start a right wing blog and claim that members of the Conservative …

Journey to Yes, 18 ? Chris?s story
The latest edition in Phantom Power’s compelling Journey to Yes series. Chris says Yes. 17 year old Chris Wilson is rising star in the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Central Scotland Youth Officer for the party. Chris’ home town of Motherwell was devastated by the Conservative’s deindustrialisation policies under Margaret Thatcher and John Major in the …

Wee Ginger Thank You
It’s been only a few days since the launch of the Wee Ginger Fundraiser, and the wonderful readers of this blog have truly blown me away with your generosity and support. The fundraiser hasn’t just reached its target within a few days, the target has been utterly smashed. Although the target had been set at …

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Richard Murphy: Get the currency and the tax system right and indy Scotland c...
A SCOTTISH tax system after independence should look very different from that used in the rest of the UK if Scotland is to be the successful independent country it can, in my opinion be. There are, however, some pre-conditions to this success.

Lesley Riddoch: Prison reform is a perfect example of how Scotland can succee...
SUMMER 2017 is fast becoming the season of pernickety discontent.

Rab Wilson: Cosmic Cape Canaveral veesit wis oot o this warld
FOLLAEIN oan frae lest week?s spiel anent oor holidays in Florida ah?ll aiblins tak the chaunce this week tae hae ane mair mindin o wir time in America. This wis oor veesit tae Cape Canaveral an the Kennedy Space Center, situated oan Merritt Island.

Kevin McKenna: The SNP need to stop letting Ruth Davidson dictate when and wh...
THE NATIONAL?s front page splash last week about Nicola Sturgeon holding a summit with the leaders of the Scottish Independence Campaign was an important development. A few of us have wondered why this hasn?t happened long before now. The unexpected loss of 21 seats at a General Election tends to sharpen your focus; you become a little less choosy about who you seek advice from.

Ross Greer: The National?s front pages hurt its credibility as a serious news...
LAST week I tweeted my belief that a discussion is needed on why The National often does more harm than good to the cause of independence. This brought out some pretty strong reactions all round. Some were perfectly rational in agreeing or disagreeing with me, others proclaiming the kind of conspiracy-theory paranoia which has sadly coalesced into a tiny, loud fringe since 2014.

Wee Ginger Dug: Gay or straight, we must all be proud of progressive Scotland
THERE has been a lot of celebration in the media of late to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality with the passing of the Sexual Offences Act on July 27, 1967. However that act only had effect in England and Wales. The original 1967 act wasn?t extended to Scotland due to the opposition of Scottish MPs, both Labour and Conservative. Scotland, they claimed, need...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Drama at the White House is a horror show, not a soap o...
IT?S increasingly difficult for newspaper columnists to write about day-to-day events at the heart of the Trump administration in Washington DC. No sooner have you chosen a current topic for dissection, than the President has managed to usurp that particular disaster or mis-step within a matter of hours with yet another breathtaking decision or outburst. And so it?s been this week with the late...

Alyn Smith: We must work together to correct harmful immigration falsehoods
IN the last few months I?ve grown really weary of unthinking tribalism in Scottish politics. Like many SNP types, I started my political journey identifying most closely with the Labour Party. I never joined the party, as my time in Brussels and London that crystallised my view that Scotland could be better independent, but I still rejoiced at the 1997 election when Tony Blair?s Labour swept aw...

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Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the Aim of...
          Rooth the Mooth Is Determined to Improve the Quality of Tory MP and MSP’s and Introduces Intellect Testing of Potential Candidates Just before the last election potential candidates were gathered and put to the test. Davidson briefed those gathered: “As you know I am about to be promoted by her … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the ...

Saudi Arabia ? A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble ? Things You Sho...
              The Ottoman Empire and the Growth of Wahhabism The Ottoman Empire held sway over much of Arabia up to 1800, but due to perpetual unrest within the country they were forced to concentrate their forces in fortified towns and the city of Mecca. Around 1730, Muhammad ibn Abd … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia – A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble – Things You Should Know But D...

Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit ? The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lass...
  Timothy – May – Hill         Special Advisers – SPAD’s SPAD’s were created by “New labour” at the start of their period in government in 1997. There was a great furore at the time. The press and public believed the new posts to be entirely political and that apart from that … Continue reading "Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit – The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lassie From Greenock – A Wa...

David Mundell Promoted Yet Again ? He is Now the Official Guardian of Scotla...
      David Mundell Officially the Guardian of Scotland – and that’s Youse telt The recent release of important information from Downing Street to the press (through an unnamed Westminster political source) was seized upon with hearty gusto and hit the front pages of just about every major newspaper in the UK. The headline; … Continue reading "David Mundell Promoted Yet Again – He is Now the O...

State Pension Qualifying Age Increased ? Yet Again Scots Get Hammered by the ...
          State Pension Qualifying Age Increased. Yet Again Scots are Hammered by the Little Englander Chancellor Those who have paid their national insurance contributions throughout their working life build an entitlement to a state pension and politicians should not seek to find ways to deny them it. But the UK government … Continue reading "State Pension Qualifying Age Increased – Yet Again...

UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

2017 General Election ? Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party ? The SNP C...
            Devolved Government in Scotland The 1999 introduction of a Scottish parliament, with devolved powers (forced on the UK government by the EC) should have been a game changer. For the first time in 300 years Scots had a forum allowing discussion of matters local to Scotland over which their … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party – The SNP...

Theresa May Forging Ahead with her Totalitarian State ? All Private Informati...
          Spying on all of the Queen’s subjects is OK – But Not Westminster MP’s and the Lords The only amendment to the government?s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-only-amendment-politicians-have-submitted-to-controversial-bill-is-to-stop-mps-a6948211.html   ...

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Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

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The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics
The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2017 These are serious and dangerous times across the globe. There is the instability and gangland nature of the Trump administration, its ?America First? isolationism, disparaging of traditional allies, and open admiration for autocrats such as Putin …

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future
Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, July 26th 2017 The past is always around us in what passes for modern Britain. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it seems more omnipotent and increasingly problematic. From politics to culture and most aspects …

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

Scotland and Independence

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Trump's biggest fear about Scottish independence appears to be about golf - CNBC

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Trump's biggest fear about Scottish independence appears to be about golf
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A transcript of a Wall Street Journal interview with President Donald Trump has revealed his concerns about what Scottish independence would mean for The Open golf championship. "Is Scotland going to go for the vote, by the way?" Trump asked a Wall ...
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Scottish independence 'business opportunity of a lifetime', says influential ...

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Scottish independence could provide ?the business opportunity of a lifetime? in the event of a UK hard Brexit from the EU, the head of an influential Yes group has said. Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, chief executive of Business for Scotland (BfS), said the ...
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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal.

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Thousands of Scottish Leave voters deserted SNP in general election 'thanks t...

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Thousands of Scottish Leave voters deserted SNP in general election 'thanks to EU support'
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Thousands of Leave voters deserted the SNP in June's general election thanks to Nicola Sturgeon's pro-EU stance and attempts to force a second independence referendum, according to an academic study into the party's mauling. Research conducted by ...
Darren McGarvey: We have to...

SNP's pro-EU stance contributed to general election losses - The Scotsman

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SNP's pro-EU stance contributed to general election losses
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The EU referendum cut across divisions over Scottish independence and led to a number of those who had previously backed the Nationalists switching their votes to the Conservatives or Labour, according to a post-election analysis by the University of ...
Scotland's population rise down to immigration but Brexit...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 16 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Scotland's papers: 'Sailors on the rampage' - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: 'Sailors on the rampage'
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The Herald reports that Business for Scotland, a group which supports Scottish independence, has urged the SNP to balance "fairness in society" with support for entrepreneurs. Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has called for jail terms of less than ...

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Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence - The Corner - The Corner ...

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Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence - The Corner
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Are Scotland and Catalonia willing to do what it takes to achieve independence?

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A historic date with Bratislava - Deccan Herald

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A historic date with Bratislava
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I had booked a private room for the family at Art Hostel Taurus (through hostelworld.com) which is located in the historic old town area, minutes away from the iconic Bratislava Castle and the 'Most SNP' bridge over the Danube. The facilities provided ...

Michael Gove sparks storm over post-Brexit fishing access - The Scotsman

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Michael Gove sparks storm over post-Brexit fishing access
The Scotsman
SNP MSP for Banff and Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson attacked Mr Gove's comments. ?You cannot trust the Tories to stand up for rural Scotland's interests,? he said. ?They might well be trying to keep voters and fishermen sweet at home with all sorts of ...

Cot death charity disputes claim baby boxes reduce infant mortality as SNP ro...

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Cot death charity disputes claim baby boxes reduce infant mortality as SNP rolls out scheme across Scotland
Telegraph.co.uk
A cot death charity has said the evidence does not prove that baby boxes reduce infant mortality as Nicola Sturgeon's government prepares to roll out the scheme across Scotland. The Lullaby Trust said it was not ?factually correct? to directly link the ...

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EU fishing boats can still operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove - The...

The Guardian
EU fishing boats can still operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove
The Guardian
The comments from Gove, recounted by Danish fishing leaders after they met the environment secretary, prompted complaints from the Lib Dems and SNP that the government's stance on the issue was confused. In July, Gove said Britain was ?taking back ...

Genetic Variation Impacts Pharmacokinetics of Exemestane - Doctors Lounge

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Genetic Variation Impacts Pharmacokinetics of Exemestane
Doctors Lounge
3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The OATP1B1 c.521>C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) influences exemestane pharmacokinetics in healthy postmenopausal women, according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and ...



SNP group urge North Lanarkshire Council leader to stand down amid corruption...

Scottish Daily Record
SNP group urge North Lanarkshire Council leader to stand down amid corruption allegations
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP has called for the leader of North Lanarkshire Council to step aside while police investigate allegations of fraud against him. The Advertiser previously reported how Police Scotland are investigating Councillor Jim Logue following the ...

Gavin Newlands MP comments on the IFS report confirming pension poverty trap ...

Gavin Newlands MP comments on the IFS report confirming pension poverty trap for women
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Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has commented on a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) saying that it confirms that the rise in the state pension age for women has hurt over a million women, with some now in a ...



Keeping Tabs on Technicals for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) - Hayden...

Keeping Tabs on Technicals for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Hayden Business Journal
Investors may be closely watching technical levels on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). In terms of Relative Strength Index, the 14-day RSI is currently resting at 39.82, the 7-day is 38.88, and the 3-day is standing at 32.19. The RSI ...

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Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referen...

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Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referendum comments
The Independent
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has described Donald Trump as ?a complete and utter nincompoop? after the US President said a second referendum on Scottish independence would be ?terrible? for the country. ?The Grand Canyon is a minor ...
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How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics - BBC News

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How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics
BBC News
The referendums on independence and Brexit have "completely transformed" the party political system in Scotland, a new analysis has concluded. The British Election Study charted how the party order has switched over the three general elections since ...
SNP's pro-EU stance contributed to general election lossesThe Scot...

Brexit won't lose Labour seats, but it will shred its manifesto promises - iNews

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Brexit won't lose Labour seats, but it will shred its manifesto promises
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The only place where a pro-European party can hope to do real damage to Labour without letting in a Conservative MP is Scotland, where the shadow of the independence referendum makes the SNP an uncomfortable home for most Labour voters.

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 16 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 16 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum - BBC News - BBC News

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Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum - BBC News
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Morton Fraser said the referendum had led to "a notable increase" in corporate and property transactions.

George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ... - The Nat...

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George Kerevan: Scotland should hold a unilateral referendum on ...
The National
THERE is a general feeling of disorientation among SNP activists following the General Election. I'm blaming no-one: politics is a rough?

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence - Fair Observer

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence
Fair Observer
In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland's independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in Catalonia and actually held unofficial ...

MSPs clash over referendum consultation spending - Irvine Times

MSPs clash over referendum consultation spending
Irvine Times
West of Scotland Tory MSPs Jamie Greene and Maurice Golden have called upon the SNP's Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South, to oppose the use of public funds to support another independence campaign. But the Irvine MSP accused her rivals of ...



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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

JK Rowling meltdown
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. ...

Jez and the next General Election
Question for the P&B masses- Jez Corbyn (motivator of the youth) is 68 years old. If the next General Election goes ahead when scheduled, can you see him fighting for PM come that time? Or do you think he is simply a replaceable leader of a movement to remove influence of blairites from within th...

Anas Sarwar
This man has to be the biggest lying duplicitous shit in Scottish politics. Currently posting on Facebook about SNP trolls targeting him. No Anas you block anyone who dares question you like I did last week. I'm not a member of the SNP. I'm not a troll. However, you are a ct of the first degree...

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Tamb - where did it all go wrong?
Worst day I have ever seen on the board. Seems to be spiraling.  So few threads dominating and they are toxic ones. Grim.

Weird Car Insurance Claim
Was wondering if anyone knows or has had an experience of something like this? My wife was involved in a car accident, pretty clear cut non fault claim, car ran into the back of her, and another into the back of them. She thought she'd done everything correct got all the drivers details etc. ...

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
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The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Game of Thrones
What a season that was...

Combating comfort eating?
As some folk on here will already be aware, I've had a battle with mental health issues over the last year, which eventually saw me on anti-depressants. I came off of these maybe a month ago now as they were leaving me totally lethargic and feeling really hungry all the time. This, coupled wi...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

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The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…