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Bleak year for staff as UK ranked worst for pay growth
29 Dec 2017 at 5:01am
THE UK is in the ?economic relegation zone? as new analysis says British workers face the worst pay prospects in 2018 of any employees in the world?s most advanced economies.

Corbyn fails to rule out holding second vote on UK's EU membership
28 Dec 2017 at 3:50pm
JEREMY Corbyn has failed to rule out holding a second EU referendum if Labour gained power.

SNP lays down olive branch to rivals in bid for soft Brexit
28 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
THE SNP leadership today urges its Westminster rivals to put party politics aside and unite at a New Year summit to see off a "catastrophic" hard Brexit, which it warns would threaten Northern Ireland's peace process.

Boris Johnson condemns ?despicable? terror attack in Kabul which killed dozens
28 Dec 2017 at 5:01pm
At least 41 people died and more than 80 were injured in the atrocity.

Corbyn says porridge and energy bars could provide recipe for campaign success
28 Dec 2017 at 10:53am
The Labour leader says he has the energy to continue leading his party years into the future.

Ministers warned growing automation could increase inequality
28 Dec 2017 at 5:01am
THE UK Government is being urged to intervene to ensure that the growing use of robots in the workplace does not result in rising levels of inequality across Britain as new analysis suggests automation could account for a third of all jobs in the future.

New call for Government to release Brexit impact assessment reports
28 Dec 2017 at 12:10am
The Government is facing new calls to release confidential studies drawn up by officials looking at the potential impact of Brexit on the economy.

Facebook claims it helped SNP to near clean sweep at Westminster in 2015
27 Dec 2017 at 12:17pm
FACEBOOK claims it helped the SNP clinch a near clean sweep in the 2015 General Election.

Police probe allegations of illegal Boxing Day hunts in England and Wales
28 Dec 2017 at 12:10am
Allegations of illegal Boxing Day hunts are being investigated by police.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says party does not back second Brexit referendum
28 Dec 2017 at 8:55am
The Labour leader also denied his party?s Brexit stance is confusing.

Analysis: Britain rails against Russia while helping its rulers launder their...
27 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
Russia, says Theresa May, is a ?hostile state?. Over the last few months Britain?s Prime Minister has ramped up the rhetoric against the regime of President Vladimir Putin.

Council bosses splurge £600 million on staff departures in just six years
27 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
COUNCIL bosses have splashed more than £627 million on exit packages for staff in the last six years.

Scots ambulance crews lose 20 days in five years thanks to hoax 999 call-outs
27 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
SCOTTISH ambulance crews have spent the equivalent of around 20 days over the past five years responding to hoax 999 calls.

SNP cuts to rural services budget risk devastating Scotland's farms, Labour says
27 Dec 2017 at 7:29am
Scottish Government budget cuts to rural services risk "devastating" Scotland's farms, Scottish Labour has warned.

Labour MPs urge Government to release confidential studies on impact of Brexit
27 Dec 2017 at 7:39am
The Government is facing new calls to release confidential studies drawn up by officials looking at the potential impact of Brexit on the economy.



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Brexit: More than a fifth of Irish passports claimed by UK residents
29 Dec 2017 at 8:36pm
More than a fifth of all Irish passports issued in the last year went to people living in the UK in a surge directly linked to Brexit.

Lord Adonis resigns: ?Brexit is nationalist spasm worthy of Trump?
29 Dec 2017 at 6:39pm
Theresa May’s infrastructure chief has quit and delivered a scathing attack on the Prime Minister’s handling of Brexit.

2017 in review: 12 of our most read stories this year
29 Dec 2017 at 1:20pm
It was a year that saw a terror attack in Manchester, Donald Trump’s inauguration and calls for a second independence referendum.

Mike Russell: Scotland?s brands must be protected during Brexit
29 Dec 2017 at 10:08am
Scotland’s food and drink brands must be protected and be given a prominent position in the Brexit negotiations, says Mike Russell.

Jim Duffy: Has the time come for a modern-day, businesslike Robin Hood?
29 Dec 2017 at 8:08am
A new state agency with real power to tax the highest earners could transform the country for the better, writes Jim Duffy

Brian Wilson: SNP dogma on university fees is hitting higher education
29 Dec 2017 at 7:00am
The SNP’s policy towards university fees is damaging Scotland’s higher education system, argues Brian Wilson.

Thatcher demanded nuclear plans after ?shambles? Chernobyl response
29 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Margaret Thatcher demanded the government draw up new contingency plans for a major nuclear incident after the response to the Chernobyl disaster was branded a “farce” and a “shambles”.

Real wages will continue to fall in 2018, warns TUC
29 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Real wages are set to fall again in 2018 - leaving the UK bottom of the league for pay growth compared to other countries, a new study predicts.

Scottish Government gives go-ahead for gender neutral school uniforms
29 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Schools across the country should consider making uniforms gender-neutral rather than forcing girls to wear skirts and boys to wear trousers, the Scottish Government has said.

Police Scotland squandered thousands on legal fees, say Tories
28 Dec 2017 at 10:38am
Police Scotland has spent tens of thousands of pounds in the last three years on legal costs challenging Freedom of Information requests.

Facebook: Our work with SNP helped them get landslide 2015 win
28 Dec 2017 at 10:28am
Facebook have told how they helped the SNP secure a landslide victory in the 2015 general election.

SNP seeks a united cross-party push for soft Brexit
28 Dec 2017 at 9:15am
The SNP’s leader at Westminster has invited Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn to a new year cross-party summit on retaining membership of the single market and customs union.

Kenny MacAskill: We need to protect most vulnerable children
28 Dec 2017 at 7:00am
Named Person Legislation isn’t about a Nanny State and it most certainly isn’t about a state-imposed nanny, writes Kenny MacAskill

Bill Jamieson: We can?t take another year like 2017
28 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
It might seem quiet right now, but we have every right to fear a continuation of last year’s mayhem, says Bill Jamieson

Leader comment: NHS targets are not hitting the mark
28 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
In every occupation, there has to be an ability to measure achievement or progress, to ensure that business requirements are being fulfilled.

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Not minding your language
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
In our latest Panelbase poll, as usual we took the opportunity to ask various social-attitudes questions as well as political ones, and some which span both categories. One of the most controversial posts ever on Wings addressed the subject of Gaelic, and having given everyone two-and-a-bit years to calm the hell down we thought we’d see what the …

Friendly neighbourhood rival fans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Dec 2017 at 11:50am
Not too many surprises here. (Except, perhaps, the 18% of respondents who claimed to be football fans yet also said they had no interest in the World Cup.) Excluding the disinterested the numbers were: England 24% England’s opponents 38% Others 40% And for people actually born in Scotland the figures came out at England 20% England’s …

The Green Ink Gang
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Dec 2017 at 8:40pm
Readers, have you ever noticed how the letters pages of Scottish newspapers are full every day of the same names, a clutch of a couple of dozen super-hardcore frothing ultra-Yoons tirelessly and reflexively raging against independence, the SNP and pretty much anything without a Union Jack on it? Have you ever found yourself thinking it must …

The zero-faced liars
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Dec 2017 at 5:28pm
So this isn’t true, any more than it was when Labour first promised it 22 years ago. But the sheer number of ways in which it’s a lie is quite the thing. Firstly and most obviously, Scottish Labour can never enact such a policy. They could win every single seat at Holyrood and still be …

The not-so-nearly man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Dec 2017 at 11:12am
We were having an idle browse on Google Play Books this morning for some bargain holiday reading when we happened upon a startling new cover for Chris Mullin’s 1982 classic A Very British Coup. We found ourselves thinking “rise to what, exactly?” And as it happened, we had some new Panelbase polling data on that. …

Fight and you may die
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Dec 2017 at 10:21am
Scotland’s favourite Scottish movie is still Braveheart, folks. But the devil, as always, is in the detail. We asked Twitter users to name their favourite “Scottish” films – we didn’t specify what we meant by the term, leaving interpretation as open as possible – and put the 20 most popular answers into our latest Panelbase …

Not much longer now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
Have a great one, readers.

Alex Cole-Hamilton Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2017 at 10:53am
The prissy, easily-upset and extravagantly-funded Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton tweeted this this morning: Now, we’re not sure “you’ve had the government you’ve voted for about half the time in a two-horse race” would be all that great a selling point in the first place, but shall we see if it’s actually true, readers? SPOILER: IT’S …

How the Scottish media works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2017 at 12:39pm
Our poll story yesterday was a pretty interesting piece of politics news considering it’s the Christmas dead season. We put an interesting new angle on the independence question, and posted all the poll data so that reporters had plenty to get their teeth into. And we released it at lunchtime so they had plenty of …

A Christmas presence
by Chris Cairns
23 Dec 2017 at 6:55am

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Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood
29 Dec 2017 at 10:33pm
The political scientist has been involved in election analysis for decades and is a regular on TV.

Scotland's economic forecasting chief made a dame
29 Dec 2017 at 10:35pm
Susan Rice says the honour given for work in business, culture and the arts gives her "great pride".

Watchdog slams Scottish Police Authority's complaints procedure
29 Dec 2017 at 4:27pm
A report criticises the way complaints against officers and staff at Police Scotland are handled.

Brexit: SNP calls on Labour to keep UK in single market
28 Dec 2017 at 2:26pm
The Scottish party wants to co-operate with Labour to prevent the "catastrophic damage" of hard Brexit.

Doctors' union calls for 'fundamental shift' over NHS targets
28 Dec 2017 at 5:09am
The chairman of the British Medical Association's Scottish Council says there is an "over-reliance" on targets.

Training for police to identify 'insidious' abuse
28 Dec 2017 at 5:08am
Officers will be prepared for the introduction of proposed changes in the law on domestic abuse.

Leaders pay tribute to festive workers
24 Dec 2017 at 12:07am
Scotland's party leaders use their Christmas messages to thank emergency service workers and volunteers.

Waits increase amid surge in A&E demand
27 Dec 2017 at 12:53pm
Waiting times in Scotland's emergency units reached record levels as icy weather caused a surge in demand.

60% of rubbish in waste bins 'should have been recycled'
26 Dec 2017 at 12:11am
Zero Waste Scotland says sending this rubbish to landfill is costing councils about £54m a year.

Trump Turnberry will no longer get business rates relief
24 Dec 2017 at 1:18pm
The US president's golf resort in South Ayrshire had previously received business rates relief of more than £100,000.

MP campaigns to end unpaid 'trial shifts'
24 Dec 2017 at 12:07am
Glasgow South MP Stewart McDonald is urging his colleagues to back a Private Members' Bill.

New fund to help parents of premature babies in hospital
22 Dec 2017 at 9:50am
The money is to help with additional costs such as travel to the hospital and food and drink.

Scot Goes Pop

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Jo Swinson CBE - is this some sort of joke?
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2017 at 11:34pm
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the news leaked out that Nick Clegg was to be knighted in the New Year's Honours list.  He is, after all, the man who inherited a party that won a post-war...

Was the SNP's victory in June 2017 the last time Scotland will participate in...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2017 at 6:21pm
You might remember that a few months ago Alastair Meeks royally entertained us by claiming, in all apparent seriousness, that the SNP could never even hope to 'recover' from the terrible setback of...

Momentous Panelbase poll suggests Brexit could lead to majority support for i...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
You've probably seen by now that Wings has a new Panelbase poll out.  It looks like this is merely the first of several questions from the poll that will be published over the coming days (making i...

Catalan election dramatically reinforces mandate for independence
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2017 at 11:03pm
With almost all the votes in, this looks like being the result -Pro-independence parties: 70 seatsAnti-independence parties: 57 seatsNeutral party: 8 seatsPro-independence parties: 70 seatsAll othe...

Fresh blow for Leask as "Kremlin-backed alt-Nat TV show" conquers the ratings
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2017 at 6:05pm
You might be interested to know that the Alex Salmond Show have issued a press release that deals robustly with a couple of taunts that have been directed against the programme - firstly that it ha...

A gentle word in the ear of Tommy Sheppard: let's get real
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2017 at 9:52am
My jaw has just dropped to the floor upon reading an article in The National in which SNP MP Tommy Sheppard argues that if Kezia Dugdale defects from Labour to the SNP, she should be required to st...

Ruth Davidson set for "future of demeaning irrelevance" as yet another Scotti...
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
Stuart Campbell of Wings has tweeted the following Survation polling figures, which appear to be from a new full-scale Scottish poll.  I can't find any other reference to them yet, so I suppose the...

It's IMPOSSIBLE for a devolved parliament to have a Brexit veto (except when ...
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2017 at 12:36pm
In my last blogpost, I posed the question: given the entrenched positions of the DUP, the Irish government and anti-European Tory MPs, how was it even possible for a deal to be reached?  Ireland re...

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Yeah, yeah, Rule 1. If this isn't a Scottish movie it should be for the title...
by /u/ewenmax
29 Dec 2017 at 11:20pm
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Fossil discoveries in the past 30 years
by /u/ScottishGeology
29 Dec 2017 at 9:00pm
Do you know any interesting fossil discoveries in Scotland in the past 30 years? I think I know about the main ones, but surely I must have missed a few. Someone asked me to make up a map of the in...

Classified Lockerbie bombing files released after 25 years
by /u/abz_eng
29 Dec 2017 at 5:07pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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29 Dec 2017 at 5:07pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

The 2018 quiz of the year. So what of 2018? I know no better than you. But he...
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29 Dec 2017 at 4:09pm
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Robert Somynne: Why has Guy Verhofstadt taken the side of Madrid over Catalonia?
by /u/cenuij
29 Dec 2017 at 3:35pm
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Loch Eriboll, Ard Neakie September 2017
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29 Dec 2017 at 3:06pm
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As a Yank, is there a Scottish charity that's a thorn in Trump's side to whic...
by /u/Tom_Surfboard
29 Dec 2017 at 2:25pm
Bonus if the charity has an affiliated organization in the U.S. that has 501(c)(3) status so that I might get a tax deduction. (NB: If I'm not mistaken, Irish-Americans managed to funnel dollars to...

by /u/14-28
29 Dec 2017 at 1:34pm
Wee birds in my garden are starving so am out rolling bit snowballs to clear the grass, so when I throw peanuts out they can actually get them. Wee Robins n sparrows lookin at me like "here pal ! G...

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29 Dec 2017 at 1:24pm
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Number of available hospital beds plummets in five years
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29 Dec 2017 at 10:10am
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Not sure if someone was playing around or struggling up the road this morning
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29 Dec 2017 at 10:02am
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Scottish Cities Alliance looks to boost its Smart Cities and hydrogen initiat...
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29 Dec 2017 at 1:01am
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Which seats AND which day would you recommend me at the Tattoo Military Festi...
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29 Dec 2017 at 12:47am
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Facebook claims work with SNP allowed them to win landslide in 2015 general e...
by Andy Philip
28 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The social media giant is using the result as an example of a 'success story'.

Politicians' seasonal excuses a cold comfort for patients and staff
by Record View
28 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that the Scottish Government setting extremely tight targets while failing to adequately fund services and staff is a recipe for an unsustainable future.

Opposition parties hit out at SNP government for 'failing to get a grip of th...
by Andy Philip
28 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Only six of Scotland’s 30 emergency departments made the target of 95 per cent.

Former Chancellor George Osborne admits he was 'not keen' on decision by Davi...
by dailyrecord
27 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Mr Osborne said he had not wanted to create difficulties for David Cameron who remained a close friend and ally.

Row breaks out as Labour accuse SNP Government of failing to fulfil promise t...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay promised new measures last year to settle more bills on time.

Truth behind Tory employment stats shows the daily uncertainty faced by thous...
by Record View
26 Dec 2017 at 7:57am
The stewardship of the economy under Theresa May provides neither strength, nor stability to thousands of Scots at this time of year, says Record View.

More than £300m worth of Christmas gift cards lost each year as customers sho...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The SNP has called for greater protection to consumers by banning expiry dates altogether or introducing a minimum five-year period.

'Twas the night before Brexit
by Lesley Roberts
24 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Lesley Roberts has penned an EU alternative to a Christmas classic.

The Tories are getting a bit over-excited with some Brex-rated content
by Des Clarke
23 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Des Clarke talks Theresa May's 'exciting' Brexit and recalls some fields of wheat...

Nicola Sturgeon dismisses Brexiteers in Twitter spat over 'blue passport-obse...
by Gavin Cordon
23 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The British passport covers will change from burgundy to blue once we leave the EU in 2019.

Michael Greenwell

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …

Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …

Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Bella Caledonia

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it's time to get above ourselves

Wha?s Like Us?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Dec 2017 at 10:02pm
The differences atween, say, the Yes muivement an Make American Great Again are that plain an that pautent as tae want further owergaun. We?re no this, we?re no that, we?re no sic an sae. Weel, aye. But unfocus yer een fae the policies an keek at jist the colours o the thing. The language. For ?Drain the Swamp?, read ?Wastemonster?. For ?Lock her up?, see ?Ruth the Mooth?. The mairches, the rallies, the enshrined notion o an unjustly marginalised community. Abuin aw, the scunneration wi whit presents as oor democracy, the up-dander at a hyne awa government that conteenually reneges on its c...

Wiping History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Dec 2017 at 11:51pm
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present.? – George Orwell, 1984 On the …

2017 in Excruciating Detail, a Cofveve Review
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Dec 2017 at 1:50pm
In a year with so many memorable moments (I’m assuming here that by now we all know that ‘memorable’ is code for ‘cathartically, mind-blowing awful’) – one in May stands out. The Prime Minister had just announced a U-turn on her plans to make people pay more for social care just days after they were …

Bella Caledonia 2017
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Dec 2017 at 9:34pm
On the first Saturday of the month we publish a print magazine in collaboration with The National newspaper. This is a 24 page supplement that comes free with  the newspaper and combines commentary, features and opinion on politics and culture as well as listings, tv and arts coverage. Articles are then published online here. The …

The end of the ?Nation State??
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Dec 2017 at 10:08am
Government, as it has developed historically in the West, is now being undermined. I would point to Richard Murphy?s telling article in his Blog ?Tax Research UK? (21st December) on the failings of HMRC over Uber, titled ?HMRC should be hanging their heads in shame over Uber” (The EU has just decided that Uber is …

The Green Brigade: Football Hooligans or Gateway Politicos?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2017 at 6:35pm
. Celtic?s Ultras division, The Green Brigade, have been criticised by the mainstream press for some of their activities. But they?ve also been praised by many for their staged political actions and food bank drives. Jonathan Rimmer investigates which narrative is more accurate?   Football in Scotland remains massively popular, even in spite of rising …

Cheese Patriots
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2017 at 10:12am
The call to arms from Michael Gove for mass Cheese Patriotism is not just a slap in the face for the Lactose Intolerant Community but raises some diffcult questions about rennet and takes us perilously close to Cheddar Gorge. The chief Brexiteer who will bring Chlorinated Chicken to your table seems confused about cheese and …

British Sea Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Dec 2017 at 2:09pm
At the launch of the gigantic HMS Queen Elizabeth back in July there was much talk about being an “Island Nation” and “Projecting Power” across the globe. Gavin Williamson, the (brand-new) Defence Secretary, said: ?Today marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy, and indeed the nation, as the future flagship is commissioned …

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Scottish police to be trained to spot new domestic abuse offence
by Libby Brooks
28 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm
The ?course of conduct? offence will target small, seemingly innocuous actions that together form psychological abuse or coercive controlAround 14,000 Police Scotland officers are to receive specialist training in preparation for a new domestic abuse crime coming into force in Scotland, which is ...

SNP invites opposition leaders to summit to fight hard Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Dec 2017 at 10:16am
Ian Blackford urges rivals to attend cross-party talks to help safeguard membership of single market and customs unionThe leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has invited opposition leaders from across the Commons to a new year summit in order to coordinate cross-p...

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Dec 2017 at 5:00pm
Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party supportUniversal basic income is, according to its many and various supporters, an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular pay...

Legal action over whether UK can stop Brexit gets go-ahead
by Severin Carrell and Jennifer Rankin
22 Dec 2017 at 10:44am
Group of Scottish politicians want EU court to rule on whether Britain can halt process without other member states? approvalThe court of session in Edinburgh has said a legal action can go ahead to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop the Brexit process if British voters decide the fin...

Scotland bans use of wild animals in travelling circuses
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Dec 2017 at 6:27pm
Animal welfare groups welcome decision of Scottish parliament and call on Westminster to follow suitScotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.Animal welfare campaigners said the legislation, which was passed by the Scottish parliament on...

Scottish government welfare plans flawed, say anti-poverty groups
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2017 at 11:27am
Organisations ?disappointed? by lack of clarity and no pledge to uprate payments in bill to enact newly devolved powersLeading anti-poverty groups have expressed concerns about the Scottish government?s plans for newly devolved welfare powers, as the bill to enact them reaches its first debate st...

Scottish Labour leader open to all-female shortlist for deputy's post
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
18 Dec 2017 at 2:26pm
Richard Leonard says there should be a gender balance after his previous deputy resigned over misconduct allegationsRichard Leonard, the new leader of the Scottish Labour party, has said he is sympathetic to having an all-female shortlist for the vacancy as his deputy leader.Senior Labour sources...

SNP told to find extra £150m for councils or lose Greens? support
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
15 Dec 2017 at 5:48pm
Scottish Greens tell Nicola Sturgeon they will not back Holyrood budget without real-terms rise in fundingNicola Sturgeon?s minority government has been told it must increase funding for Scottish councils by at least £150m to get its budget passed by Holyrood.The Scottish Green party said its six...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Reasons to be cheerful in 2018
Sorry about the lack of blog posts over the past week or so. On a whim I decided to spend Christmas with my significant other in the USA because otherwise it was looking like I would be spending the holiday by myself. So thanks to @PaulaHoneyRose the Belle of Brechin who agreed on extremely short …

The season of good will
A guest post by Samuel Miller This’ll be short and sweet, so pay attention at the back. 2017, the year where Brexit, austerity legislation, societal disenfranchisement and the empowerment of the nastier side of right wing demographics started to really deliver on it’s inevitable payoff. The economy of the UK, so far as the vast …

Are we there yet?
A guest post by Samuel Miller 2017… It’s a bit of a badly written disaster movie, isn’t it? What is it they call them? Mockbusters? Politics and its institutions falling apart and brought into disrepute near daily. Economy teetering on the brink of brexitmageddon. A society constantly having their frustrations, anger, fears and uncertainties stoked …

The evils of the Net tex
Darling, it’s just awful. As I was saying to Clarissa and Farquhar just the other day, we may have to forgo our second skiing holiday this year because of that horrid Sturgeon woman and her Net Tex. Or worse, we could end up having to go to some inferior resort in Austria instead of our …

How to train your bandwagon
This week we learned about the real priorities of the British nationalists in Scotland. We learned what they get really outraged about. Apparently it’s far more worthy of condemnation that a comfortably off person has to pay £30 a year more in tax than it is that a person struggling to get by on disability …

A dictionary of British politico-speak
Theresa May suffered her first big Commons defeat on Brexit this week. David Davis said that he was disappointed, which is politico-speak for banging your head off a wall until it bleeds while screaming for your mother. This isn’t the usual definition of disappointed, but when British politicians say words those words don’t usually mean …

The Westmonster Raving Yoony Party
It’s been a week for space geeks. It is deeply reassuring that the rest of the world is catching up because everyone in the UK has been living in a dystopian sci-fi nightmare for quite a while now. Who needs lizard alien overlords when you have the Conservatives? Scientists are investigating a strange object which …

Botchland Uber allies
That didn’t last long did it. The Conservatives’ newly found Brexit unity has gone up in flames faster than a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Despite the claims on the Tory benches on Friday that Theresa May had won a great victory for Britain by conceding everything that the EU had been demanding in the first …

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Michael Russell: Brexiteers want to turn Scotland back into North Britain
LIKE everything else in Brexit, the effect of leaving the EU on some of Scotland?s most iconic ? and successful ? products was never even considered by the ?little Englanders? who pursued a vitriolic and overwhelmingly untruthful anti-European campaign for many years.

What Ireland's 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland

Scotland's £1bn brands facing huge risks in 2018
BREXIT minister Mike Russell has made a plea for Scotland?s vital food and drink brands to be protected after Brexit and to be given a ?special place? in negotiations.

Scotland in Union's cabal of letter writers exposed in leaked email
ANTI-independence group Scotland In Union have boasted of dominating the nation?s letter pages, after managing to have 5000 missives posted in the country?s newspapers in less than three years.

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Overcoming people's fear of change will win indyref2 ?...
IT looks like 2018 will be a pivotal year in Scottish political history. Most people are still in denial about the problems not only with Brexit itself but also the dangers of the political direction, of which Brexit is just an early symptom. As the year progresses I believe people will come to realise that leaving the EU is a mass of chaotic change and uncertainty, and it will then backfire on...

Shona Craven: Nobody is trying to ban free speech at universities
THERE?S always one, at Christmas time: a relative or family friend who, after a sherry too many on Boxing Day, commences a setting-the-world-to-rights speech. ?The problem these days ... ? he or she will bray, before comparing the status quo unfavourably to some rose-tinted notion of the past.

Tories want your spare change to pay for new royal yacht
TORY MPs are asking the British public to put their hands in their pockets and buy the royal family a new boat.

Davis denies speculation that he has been sidelined
BREXIT Secretary David Davis is so bad at his job he?s been secretly replaced by a civil servant, according to reports.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

Jack Straw to Colin Powell ? A Few Weeks After the 7 Years In the Making Chil...
  ?To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.??Nuremberg Trial Proceedings   1 million march on Westminster to stop the invasion of Iraq       … Continue reading "Jack Straw to Colin Powell – A Few Weeks After the 7 ...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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 ...

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

Scotland and Independence

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Your most-read Scottish stories of 2017
Your most-read Scottish stories of 2017  BBC NewsHolyrood ERUPTS as shameless Sturgeon tries to assert independence ISN'T her first precedence  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Scotland in Union's cabal of letter writers exposed in leaked email
Scotland in Union's cabal of letter writers exposed in leaked email  The NationalFull coverage

Facebook claims credit for SNP landslide win
Facebook claims credit for SNP landslide win  The AustralianFull coverage

Russia have 'arrange store' in Scotland to FORCE second independence vote, US...
Russia have 'arrange store' in Scotland to FORCE second independence vote, US senator says  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Cry Freedom for Tabarnia, a country that has never existed
Cry Freedom for Tabarnia, a country that has never existed  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood
Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood  BBC NewsFull coverage

What Ireland's 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland
What Ireland's 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland  The NationalFull coverage

Joyce McMillan: How will Scots react to this nostalgic vision of merry old En...
Joyce McMillan: How will Scots react to this nostalgic vision of merry old England?  The ScotsmanFull coverage


SNP - Google News
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SNP invites opposition leaders to summit to fight hard Brexit
SNP invites opposition leaders to summit to fight hard Brexit  The GuardianFull coverage

Facebook claims credit for SNP landslide win
Facebook claims credit for SNP landslide win  The AustralianFull coverage

Brian Wilson: SNP dogma on university fees is hitting higher education
Brian Wilson: SNP dogma on university fees is hitting higher education  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Facebook boasts of helping SNP get 'landslide' victory in 2015 election
Facebook boasts of helping SNP get 'landslide' victory in 2015 election  The Sun9 ways we've stood up for Scotland this year  SNP (press release)Full coverage

David Torrance: SNP could be about to gift the centre ground to the Tories
David Torrance: SNP could be about to gift the centre ground to the Tories  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP accused of milking chocolate 'bombshell'
SNP accused of milking chocolate 'bombshell'  The TimesFull coverage

Kevan Christie: SNP target-driven medicine is failing to cure seriously ill NHS
Kevan Christie: SNP target-driven medicine is failing to cure seriously ill NHS  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Clydebank community groups face funding cut in SNP budget plans
Clydebank community groups face funding cut in SNP budget plans  Clydebank PostFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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'Reset' referendum has to be resolved soon
'Reset' referendum has to be resolved soon  The TimesFull coverage

Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood
Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood  BBC NewsFull coverage

2017 in review: 12 of our most read stories this year
2017 in review: 12 of our most read stories this year  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says party does not back second Brexit referendum
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says party does not back second Brexit referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

What Ireland's 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland
What Ireland's 80-year-old constitution might teach a new Scotland  The NationalFull coverage

Gibraltar MUST change into a part of UK to cease EU utilizing the Rock as a B...
Gibraltar MUST change into a part of UK to cease EU utilizing the Rock as a Brexit 'pawn', Farage says  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Russia have 'arrange store' in Scotland to FORCE second independence vote, US...
Russia have 'arrange store' in Scotland to FORCE second independence vote, US senator says  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Catalonia's Crisis Is Just Getting Started
Catalonia's Crisis Is Just Getting Started  Foreign Policy (blog)Full coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 ...

The Official President Trump thread

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!

2018 Political Predictions
So what's your predictions on what will happen politically in 2018?  I can't think of a time when the future is so unpredictable. For Scotland independence still remains at the core of everything; add a dash of Brexit   and who knows what will happen?   Nicola Sturgeon is still a popular ...

The Alex Salmond Birthday celebrations thread
The big man turns 62 tomorrow.    Here's to the last 62 years and the next 62.   


RISE - The "Scottish Syriza" SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

Benefit sanctions
How many more stories like the below are we going to have to hear about? I realise the Conservatives poor-bashing is entirely ideological but how long is this going to fucking continue for? These stories make my blood boil. Mark Robot Arm @MarkRobotArm 14h My partner - ...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Boxing day, time to relax??????????
Ah well, another Christmas day over with. Just up, house a mess, dishes to be done, left overs to be nibbled at. Day to relax and watch the football and horse racing. I wish, grandson coming over at lunchtime, not seen him yet. Let the carnage start again. The joy's of the festive holidays. Hope ...

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

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.

Only An Excuse (not as funny as it used to be)
Crap Trump, crap Brendan Rogers, some pish sketch that still has Perdo Caixinha as manager of Rangers even though he was sacked months ago. Oh and Frank "Frankie Boy" "Macca" McAvennie even though the last time he was on TV was probably last year's OAE. 

We're told this is supposed to be the season that the Roman Catholic Church decided to set aside to remember that the Second member of the Trinity took on flesh in the form of a newborn (nearly 2,000 years ago) with the purpose of reconciling man with God.  Jesus would become the perfect sacr...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

U2 at the BBC
Possibly the most nauseating piece of television I've seen since 'When Ant n Dec Met the Prince'.

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...

Holyrood Magazine


Edinburgh Airbnb boom fuelled by investors, new research shows

Leading tech entrepreneur urges Scottish Government to abandon requirement fo...

Out in the cold: homelessness

Ian Blackford calls for cross party talks to stop hard Brexit

Scottish universities improving gender balance on governing bodies

Scotland's new child poverty laws and the Holyrood baby

Scotland?s landscape ?under attack? from climate change

Nick Clegg to be considered for knighthood

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Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

Independence Live Accounts

President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…