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SNP Health Secretary under fire over 'occasional' reviews of NHS boards
30 Dec 2018 at 12:10am
HEALTH Secretary Jeane Freeman has been criticised after the SNP Government failed to carry out a majority of the ?annual reviews? of NHS boards this year.


Paul Hutcheon: Brexit has masked the failures of the SNP Government
30 Dec 2018 at 12:10am
LATE December is a dry period for stories, but the days leading up to Hogmanay allow journalists to step into a time machine for a few hours.


SNP Government told to change Budget to include £5 child benefit rise
30 Dec 2018 at 12:06am
SCOTTISH ministers have been urged to rewrite their Budget after new research showed a £5-a-week boost to Child Benefit would make nearly 300,000 families better off.


SNP Government urged to fund car parking refunds for NHS staff
30 Dec 2018 at 12:06am
NHS staff should receive a refund for the cost of parking at hospitals, according to the Scottish Conservatives.


Liam Fox: Post-Brexit trade deal could boost whisky exports
30 Dec 2018 at 12:05am
EXPORTS of Scotch whisky could be boosted if the UK joins a trans-Pacific trade agreement after Brexit, according to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.


Cuts to cultural services are entrenching inequality, says Labour
30 Dec 2018 at 12:05am
AROUND £90 million has been cut from cultural services budgets across local authorities in Scotland since 2011, according to Scottish Labour.


Youth roar. What the young would change in 2019.
30 Dec 2018 at 12:06am
SOME of the strongest, most passionate voices in 2018 have been those of the young.


More than 10,000 Scots disqualified for drink driving
29 Dec 2018 at 5:10am
MORE than 10,000 Scots have been disqualified for drink driving in the last four years.


MPs to probe health impacts of 'addictive' tech such as smartphones and tablets
29 Dec 2018 at 5:00am
SMARTPHONES, laptops and tablets are to be at the centre of a new probe into how addictive technology is affecting people?s health.


Around 10 patients a week have a limb amputated in Scotland
29 Dec 2018 at 5:00am
Around 10 patients a week have a limb amputated in Scotland, new figures reveal.


Government spends £100m on extra ferries to ease no-deal Brexit pressure
29 Dec 2018 at 7:15am
The Department for Transport has taken action to prevent backlogs at Dover.


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe spends 1,000th day detained in Iran
29 Dec 2018 at 4:22am
Amnesty International said it marks ?another extremely depressing milestone? for the British-Iranian mother and her family.


One in 10 Scots would reject MSPs from different religions
28 Dec 2018 at 5:00am
ALMOST one in 10 Scots would reject their MSP if they were a different religion to them, a survey of attitudes across Scotland has revealed.


Knighthood for prominent Brexit supporter who twice ran for Tory leader
29 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Campaigners for a second EU referendum said the gong for John Redwood was a sign of Theresa May?s weakness.


Minister to discuss migrant crisis with Channel border officers
29 Dec 2018 at 4:10am
Caroline Nokes?s visit to Dover comes after Home Secretary Sajid Javid declared the spate of attempts to reach the UK by boat a ?major incident?.

 

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SNP?s top Europhile Smith urged to take on Davidson
29 Dec 2018 at 11:59pm
One of the SNP’s leading voices on Europe has been approached to stand against Ruth Davidson in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

Silent scream from libraries as councils forced to axe £319m
29 Dec 2018 at 11:53pm
Libraries have been among services worst hit by £90 million of cuts to cultural services across Scotland in recent years, analysis by the Scottish Labour Party has revealed.

Catherine Stihler: Sad withdrawal from EU peace process
29 Dec 2018 at 11:45pm
It’s easy to be angry. As we enter 2019 and the final countdown to Brexit, I share the sense of deep frustration felt by many.

Make hospital parking free for all NHS staff, say Tories
29 Dec 2018 at 11:31pm
NHS staff in Scotland should be refunded the cost of parking at hospitals, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

?Sexist? Highland Games urged to bring in gender balance
29 Dec 2018 at 11:23pm
They were ancient gatherings dating back hundreds of years where clan chiefs tested the strength of their warriors to choose their closest messengers and bodyguards.

Channel migrants: Sajid Javid declares ?major incident? as he returns to work
29 Dec 2018 at 3:55pm
Two inflatable boats carrying 12 men from Syria and Iran have been intercepted in the English Channel.

HES collapse: Waste firm ceases operations after backlog controversy
29 Dec 2018 at 2:16pm
A disposal company facing a probe over a pile-up of waste from the health service has ceased operations.

John McLellan: 2019 predictions likely to be less crazy than reality
29 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
No-one knows what will happen next year, so guess away – the truth is likely to be stranger than fiction, says John McLellan

Ten Scots a week facing amputation as obesity soars
29 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
About ten Scots a week have a body part amputated as the country battles a diabetes and obesity crisis, it has emerged.

Major incident declared after string of migrant Channel crossings over Christmas
28 Dec 2018 at 8:09pm
The Home Secretary has declared the rising number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel a “major incident”.

Over 68,000 newborns benefit from Scottish Government?s baby box
28 Dec 2018 at 10:32am
More than 68,000 babies in Scotland have received a baby box since the policy was introduced in 2017.

Scotland?s GPs are getting younger as population grows older
28 Dec 2018 at 8:46am
Scotland’s family doctors are getting younger, according to analysis of latest workforce statistics over the past ten years.

Scotland?s first disability cohousing community planned for Edinburgh
28 Dec 2018 at 8:20am
Proposals to build Scotland’s first cohousing community for people with disabilities are set to be handed over to planners in the new year.

Co-operation on Kintyre Chinook crash welcomed
28 Dec 2018 at 6:05am
Irish sympathy after a helicopter crash in Scotland killed the cream of British military and policing intelligence showed how much security co-operation had improved, British officials said.

Don?t believe Brexit backstop lies - Joyce McMillan
28 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
Like the Wizard of Oz, it’s all smoke, mirrors and illusion when it comes to Brexit, writes Joyce McMillan.

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The broken telescope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2018 at 5:36pm
An alert reader spotted this today: Because with Scottish Labour, lying is for life, not just Christmas. The bit that particularly caught our spotter’s eye was the claim – attributed to Shelter and accompanied by a blink-and-you’ll miss it graph that’s onscreen for less than a second – that “As Tories pose at foodbanks and …

The Homecoming
by Chris Cairns
29 Dec 2018 at 6:59am

Merry Christmas, England
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2018 at 9:44am
There’s a digital edition of the Times out today, but the normal Scotland section doesn’t make the cut. (There’s normally an Ireland section too – although it doesn’t get billed on the Contents list – which is also missing today, and there’s never a Wales section for some reason.) Maybe if we all keep really …

The stupidest year in history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2018 at 1:08pm
We can think of no better illustrative metaphor for the brain-withering idiot festival that was 2018 than page 16 of today’s Sunday Mail, which in the space of a single inch of newsprint predicts both SNP gains at any new general election, and then SNP losses to the exact same Labour and Tory parties that the editorial on the …

Satan?s Little Helper
by Chris Cairns
22 Dec 2018 at 8:02am

Embarrassment Of The Year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2018 at 8:21pm
Okay, it’s only the 19th of December, but we don’t think there’s any chance of this one being beaten by the time it’s 2019. As expected, Labour bottled the chance to call a vote of no confidence in the UK government today, refusing to support a motion tabled by four other opposition parties last night and …

The alliance of silence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2018 at 11:49am
It’s fair to say, readers, that Wings Over Scotland is somewhat cynical about the UK and Scottish media. It’s pretty much our thing. Very little about it behaving maliciously, untruthfully or incompetently genuinely shocks us. But today is one of those rare days. Votes of no confidence in a UK government are even more uncommon. The last …

Bluffs and calls
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2018 at 12:51am
This was the Daily Record’s front page on Tuesday: It wasn’t true. Corbyn DIDN’T, in fact, table a vote of no confidence in either the Prime Minister personally (a meaningless and non-binding gesture even if she’d lost it) or the government. But tomorrow he may actively prevent one. May had dared Corbyn not to table the meaningless …

Coming through the field
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2018 at 1:37pm
To anyone observing Scottish politics with even half a keen eye, it was obvious from very early on that former athlete Brian Whittle was one of the stupider and nastier elements of the 2016 crop of new Tory MSPs, having been thrashed by more than 12,400 votes in the election but foisted on taxpayers anyway …

Independence for England
by Paul Millar
16 Dec 2018 at 2:05pm
The great frustration of the current Brexit shambles is that we’re being told there are no viable options. But that isn’t true. This site has already put forward one perfectly workable proposal, and here’s another. Before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Scotland was told that if they left the UK, they would automatically leave the …

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Queensferry Crossing 'improving reliability'
28 Dec 2018 at 4:25pm
The bridge stayed open in the kind of windy conditions which would have shut the Forth Road Bridge.


Bullying in NHS 'hitting patient care', says BMA
27 Dec 2018 at 12:06am
The head of BMA Scotland says widespread bullying and harassment is "a scandal".


ScotRail ordered to improve by government
24 Dec 2018 at 3:04pm
The rail operator is given eight weeks to turn around its performance, following a series of cancellations.


Cell phones 'would help prisoners maintain family links'
24 Dec 2018 at 1:03am
Minister said English jails where prisoners have in-cell telephones are "calmer" and function better


Parking firm urged to stop pursuing staff at Glasgow hospital
22 Dec 2018 at 12:54am
The health secretary asks the company managing parking at Glasgow Royal Infirmary to stop pursuing staff over charges.


Ferguson Marine says it will lose £40m on new CalMac ferries
20 Dec 2018 at 2:17pm
The Inverclyde yard posts a £60m loss following major cost overruns on deal to build new ferries.


UK government to pay £105,000 over Brexit case
20 Dec 2018 at 1:59pm
The UK government is ordered to pay legal fees after losing its case over whether the country can unilaterally cancel Brexit.


May urges Scottish and Welsh ministers to back Brexit deal
19 Dec 2018 at 5:41pm
The leaders of the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments meet for Brexit talks at Downing Street.


Councils make improved pay offer to staff
19 Dec 2018 at 4:03pm
The largest council union, Unison, says it will urge its members to accept the proposed deal.

Scot Goes Pop

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How will Nebulous Theresa answer the Lorraine Mann Question?
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2018 at 5:20pm
Over at Stormfront Lite, Alastair Meeks has made a set of rather bold political predictions for the coming year - including that Britain won't leave the European Union on schedule in March, and tha...

What happens if a "People's Vote" is won by Leave?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2018 at 7:09pm
Quite often when the SNP introduce a new policy or strategy that I'm not sure about, I "sip it and see", and end up realising it was a good idea all along.  But with this whole "People's Vote" thin...

The controversial journalist David Leask, and the notes from THAT shady meeti...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2018 at 1:19am
You probably saw yesterday that CommonSpace had some rather uncomfortable questions for controversial "alt-journo" David Leask, who in recent years has moved to the fringes of media discourse as he...

No, Mr Kellner, support for staying in the EU has not "rocketed"
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2018 at 4:42pm
Just a quick one, because I see Peter Kellner has gone into full-blown propaganda mode on behalf of the "People's Vote" campaign, and is using his status as a prominent former pollster to attempt t...

Nebulous Theresa has made a U-turn, so it must be Wednesday
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2018 at 3:50am
The BBC are reporting that Theresa May has changed her mind (yet again) and is now planning to hold a series of indicative votes in parliament on various alternatives to her own deal.  When that id...

Is Jeremy Corbyn unwittingly saving us from ourselves by frustrating the push...
by James Kelly
18 Dec 2018 at 6:31pm
Quite a few people have been wondering aloud whether Labour are holding off from a proper no confidence motion because they don't want to be in power at the moment Britain leaves the EU, and end up...

Just for the record...
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2018 at 7:25am
Those of you who are active on Scottish political Twitter may be aware of a very unpleasant long-running saga involving David Hooks (aka PoliticsScot) and someone called Pauline.  There are allegat...

Do the Tory Brexiteers care more about Brexit than they do about their own ca...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2018 at 4:52am
Reading the front page story in the Sunday Times today, I could for the first time just about start to see a semi-plausible scenario under which a "People's Vote" could take place on Theresa May's ...

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OC: Scottish wildcat, playing with their food - Camperdown Park
by /u/ZombieSazza
30 Dec 2018 at 2:30am
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Any SNP-Leave voters around?
by /u/Lexiteer
30 Dec 2018 at 1:38am
Labour leave voter from South of the border here. Was wondering if there were any left wing leavers on this sub. If so, what do you make of your party's brexit policy? submitted by /u/Lexitee...

Stornoway Harbour in July
by /u/sldkeen
30 Dec 2018 at 12:44am
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Falkirk. ??
by /u/juza83
29 Dec 2018 at 11:48pm
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Seal colony, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire
by /u/Tuna_Stubbs
29 Dec 2018 at 8:50pm
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Had this up on anther post. Thought you guys might like a peep too. Yesnaby, ...
by /u/scotgirl87
29 Dec 2018 at 8:13pm
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The Moon Ascends the Clyde Inversion (Moonrise on Christmas Eve)
by /u/ayrshirephotographic
29 Dec 2018 at 7:09pm
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Lady?s tower where lady Jane Anstruther would skinny dip
by /u/butt-liquor2
29 Dec 2018 at 6:24pm
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Glasgow set for potential windfall as part of Scottish cities scheme
by /u/chopchopped
29 Dec 2018 at 4:58pm
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In a perfect Europe...
by /u/juckrebel
29 Dec 2018 at 3:24pm
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#stopACTA2 ? for freedom of speech, against internet censorship ? The EU Copr...
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29 Dec 2018 at 1:11pm
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Interview with Brit-pop esque three-piece DMA?s, before their memorable gig a...
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29 Dec 2018 at 12:54pm
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Can I go to the mountains and shoot cans with a pellet air rifle?
by /u/Nasionboy
29 Dec 2018 at 12:46pm
I live in Aberdeen and I would like to purchase an air rifle to shoot some targets such as cans or papers hanging of trees. Is that legally possible if I go to the fields or the mountains and ther...

Hogmanay no-fly zone will forbid drones in Edinburgh
by /u/pyrocattuesday
29 Dec 2018 at 10:05am
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UVF leaders and IRA Army Council had secret talks over federal Ireland
by Aoife Moore
28 Dec 2018 at 5:15pm
The leadership of the Loyalist paramilitary group and their Republican rivals held discussions in 1988 thanks to Maze Prison chaplain.


School recruitment crisis as £60million spent on supply teachers
by Sarah Ward
28 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Critics say the rise of £900,000 is due to staff shortages with around 700 vacancies available for teachers in Scotland.


All is not well in public services as Scotland papers over the cracks
by Record View
28 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Record View highlights two significant problems which should have alarm bells ringing.


The Queen's funeral planned by Scottish civic leaders at secret summit
by Mark McGivern
28 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Operation London Bridge, involving provosts from main cities, discussed "very sensitive issue" on what would happen if Elizabeth II dies at Balmoral.


British fury at Bill Clinton over 'murderer' Gerry Adams' trip to USA revealed
by Thomas Hornall
28 Dec 2018 at 2:31am
UK told President IRA had killed a member of Royal Family, one Cabinet Minister's wife, two close advisers to Margaret Thatcher, two British ambassadors and small children.


Grief for Tom Leonard is hypocritical - he was marginalised by those now laud...
by Darren McGarvey
27 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
We prefer artists dead because we can attribute a meaning to their work that politically suits us, writes Darren McGarvey.


Donald Trump's tweets send stock markets into free fall in latest loudmouth b...
by Charlie Gall
26 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Trump is being blamed for a plunge in Asian money markets - which comes after Wall Street losses on Christmas Eve.


Jobs blow at Kaiam shows why new industrial strategy is needed in Scotland
by Record View
26 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
The company dumped 300 Scottish workers on the dole on Christmas Eve after being given a £850,000 Scottish Enterprise grant in 2014.


David Mundell blames big thumbs after embarrassing 'd**k suck' Twitter gaffe
by Record Reporter
25 Dec 2018 at 5:06pm
Social media users were quick to notice the Tory MP liked the raunchy Christmas tweet.


Nicola Sturgeon urges Scots to 'look after mental health' in positive Christm...
by Nicholas Keyden
24 Dec 2018 at 9:54am
The First Minister took time to highlight the importance of mental health over the festive period, stressing that it is "okay not to be okay".

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

David Mundell, Brilliant As Ever
by michaelgreenwell
10 Dec 2018 at 10:03pm
England’s man in Scotland David Mundell, simultaneously showing how much he is in the loop, and the quality of his powers of political prediction… Advertisements

Scottish Media Reaches A New Level of Absurdity
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2018 at 3:40pm
If you had asked me before today what the most absurd thing I had seen in the Scottish media was, I would have shown you the piece below. Not a political piece, although it mentions politics, just thoroughly ridiculous… However, I think the Sunday Mail has just topped its sister paper the record, or at …

Theresa May?s Message to Scots (with honest subtitles)
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2018 at 9:09am
From the excellent Sarah Mackie. See more videos here.

An Odd video to use as pro Scottish Independence (but it perfectly illustrate...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Nov 2018 at 11:41pm
Here is an English woman conversing with an English man. The man in this video is a wonderful pianist. He does videos surprising the public with his piano playing (jazz, boogie woogie, blues) and there are lots of videos where he makes the passing punters happy, and even teaches some of them how to play …

Republican (with some Tory) Jesus
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 172 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
13 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm
The 172nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a speech given by Clive Ponting. Ponting is a famous whistleblower who exposed the UK Government over the sinking of The Belgrano, an act many believe to be a war crime. He has also authored a number of books exposing various levels of skulduggery and/or incompetence …
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Journey To Yes 22 ? Clive Ponting
by michaelgreenwell
12 Nov 2018 at 10:01pm
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. This time it is Clive Ponting, a man who really knows what the British Government tends to get up to and why. It’s partly an interview and partly taken from a talk. I am pleased to announce that in a sort of double feature, the new episode …

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On the McClatchy story about Cohen going to Prague
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Dec 2018 at 8:37pm
As we tip into the New Year it’s worth reading this thread on the latest of the Trump debacle … Thread by @SethAbramson: “(THREAD) What’s happening with the McClatchy story about Cohen going to Prague is what happened with the Kavanaugh hearings: journalists are ?”

The Brexit Absolution is Coming ? and We Must Stand Up to It
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Dec 2018 at 7:05pm
Absolution. Alongside hypocrisy it?s a key characteristic of Brexit and has been since day one. David Cameron sought to absolve himself of, for him, uncomfortable responsibilities as a party leader, wanting to resolve internal Tory infighting with a national referendum on Britain?s EU membership. Leave leaders like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart sought …

The EU Lies of Daniel Hannan and Ruth Davidson
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Dec 2018 at 12:49pm
As we slide into the annual feast of cronyism, backslapping and institutionalised corruption that is the “Honours” system, the Brexit moment hits a new low. Not just with the predictable packing of the Lords with pro-Brexit “bastards” like John Redwood to grease-through May’s discredited deal, but with three other Tory appointments to the privy council, including Edward …

Radge Against the Machine: Deid Wirds, Deid Warlds, an Why Scots Maitters
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Dec 2018 at 9:10pm
Ah ken we’ve still the stoppage time tae rin, but in review, 2018 wisnae a bad wee year for Scots. Kick things aff wi Matthew Fitt’s gallus translation o Harry Potter, that threw doon ilka rule aboot sale fígures for buiks in Scots an danced jigs on thaim, an fínish up wi Ally Heather’s BBC …

BUTTERCUPS AND DAISIES: From The Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Dec 2018 at 8:27pm
Nuclear waste, don?t you just love it? It is going to be spread all over the north coast of Scotland like radioactive pollen but there are no drone-bees left to love it. Cavendish Nuclear and Nuvia (UK) have been ?awarded? multi-million-pound contracts to demolish the old test reactor (the one that looks like an ice …

Nebulous Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Dec 2018 at 3:29pm
Two short video clips summed up the weird world we inhabit, the swirling mess of lies and political failure that seem to engulf us. The first was the cinematic glory of a film-maker being ushered out of a building in Brussels where Theresa May harangued Jean-Claude Juncker for calling her nebulous was the star moment …

Bella?s Top Scottish Alternative Media 2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Dec 2018 at 11:59am
We spend a lot of the time slagging off the old tired media, quite rightly, for reasons too often repeated to go into right now. But we probably spend too little time celebrating the newer alternative media and flourishing of small print, zines and podcasts, independent film-makers and publishers. Earlier in the year we asked …

The Bonfire of the Red Tape: the Reckoning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Dec 2018 at 6:43pm
It is a standard trope of neo-liberal, Brexit, and often Unionist ideology that all our ills require but a single solution: the bonfire of ?red tape?. Britain is open for business, it is claimed in this seductive story; but business is drowning in red tape, and the solution is combustion: the bonfire of ?red tape?, …

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We must pull ourselves together and stop fretting about the truth | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
23 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
The Tories can only be admired for their ability to explain away the effects of their policiesConservatives are known to occupy a universe where several laws of nature appear not to apply. The most important one is the law of cause and effect. This is my favourite law of nature because it leaves ...

Scotland must commit to helping beavers make a comeback | Letter
by Letters
21 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
Environmental organisations say beavers breathe new life into landscapes by creating dynamic woodland and wetland habitatsThe clock has run out on the statement, made by the Scottish government on 20 December 2017, that legislation to make beavers a protected species in Scotland would be laid bef...

Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons he did not call May a 'stupid woman' - as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Dec 2018 at 6:00pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Sajid Javid publishing the immigration white paperJeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a ?stupid woman?May?s cabinet split over £30,000 immigrant salary thresholdKey points: post-Brexit immigration at a glanceP...

Senior Tory suggests he would vote with Labour in no confidence motion to blo...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Dec 2018 at 7:02pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including ministers discussing planning for a no-deal BrexitFull report: No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standbyNo 10 lobby briefing ? snap summaryAfternoon summaryTell us: how are you preparing for a no-deal Brexit? 5....

The Guardian view on Scotland?s tax and spend: democracy in action | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Dec 2018 at 6:24pm
Like Holyrood, English councils ought to have more control over how they tax and spend. People might then bother to vote for themBefore Scotland got its own parliament in 1999, Tony Blair upset the country of his birth by answering the question of whether Edinburgh should have tax-raising powers....

Nicola Sturgeon to decide whether to save unlawful Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Dec 2018 at 5:25pm
Holyrood bill breaches law and Westminster holds sway over EU powers, supreme court rulesNicola Sturgeon is facing an urgent decision on whether to salvage an emergency bill on Brexit after the supreme court ruled the Scottish legislation was unlawful.The court, in a significant setback for the f...

May roundly condemned by MPs after delaying Brexit vote to seek fresh backsto...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Dec 2018 at 11:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBrexit deal: May admits she would have lost vote by large marginPound hits 20-month low amid Brexit confusion ? Business liveEU figures rule out concessions and express bewilderment at decision 11.29pm GMT We?re going to close dow...

Brexit: MPs rail against backstop plans in second day of debate on May's deal...
by Patrick Greenfield (now) & Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
5 Dec 2018 at 9:31pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics, as full legal advice released ahead of second day of Commons debate on Brexit dealBrexit legal advice warns of UK trapped in talks by Irish backstopPMQs verdict: Corbyn has upper hand but fails to land knockout blow 9.31pm GMT We?re done for the day. But do...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A two-way street
A guest post by Samuel Miller Respect (Noun) 1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. 3. a particular aspect, point, or detail. Lot of talk of respect doing the rounds in 2018. Seems the …

Twas the night before
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto. I’ve got the same artisanal baps on order that we had last year and Mrs M. will be making what is probably the world’s most potent (lethal) brandy butter to hide the taste of the shops own Crimbo pud. The turkey (small budgie) is being artfully prepared to …

Breaking up isn?t always hard to do
Opponents of independence have got a new argument against independence. It’s not much of an argument, but then the British establishment is increasingly clutching at ever more desperate straws. The argument goes that Brexit has shown how difficult it is to leave a union, and therefore Scottish independence is likely to be even worse as …

Stupid is as stupid does
The British government unveiled its new immigration policy today, and as we’ve come to expect from this government it’s petty, cruel, restrictive and nasty. EU citizens will in the future have to earn over £30,000 a year in order to apply for residency in the UK. What the government didn’t say was that UK citizens …

The definition of tyranny
Despite the fact that it is clear to everyone that there is no support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Parliament, the Prime Minister blindly and stubbornly refuses to countenance any alternatives. We have a Prime Minister who heads a government which has, at every turn, attempted to block the MPs the people have resturned …

The unwitting midwives of independence
Do you know your place yet Scottish people? The media and the Tories would like you to believe that the Scottish government was slapped down by the UK Supreme Court this week. The Court struck down important parts of the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, passed with the support of all parties except the Tories, …

That?s a fine forfochten fanklefyke the Tories have got us into
Yesterday the story could have been Labour’s to tell. Jeremy Corbyn could have stamped the Labour party’s mark on Brexit and alongside the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, and the Greens he could have brought forward a motion of no confidence in the government and shown that there is substantial and principled opposition within …

Knowing our place
According to the BBC political editor Nick Watt, a senior Conservative spoke to him about his frustration at the way Brexit has been going. What this Tory grandee was specifically upset about was the amount of power and influence that Dublin has had in the Brexit negotiations. Dublin has been able to lay down the …

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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 Books of 2018
My Favourite Books of 2018 December 22nd 2018 Gerry Hassan This is a list of my favourite books of the year. It is a totally subjective and idiosyncratic list: made up things I have read, come across, been involved in or inspired by and which have stopped me and made me think. There is a …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018 December 21st 2018 Gerry Hassan This is my fourth year of doing a comprehensive music list of thing I have bought, been listening to, and had come my way in the past year. It has been as usual an eclectic year musically but highlights include the Southside Record …

Memorable Moment of 2018 and Anticipation for 2019
Memorable Moment Living with Two Gentle Giants: Salt and Pepper Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 19th 2018 I have lived with cats since a teenager, but this year I ventured into completely new territory by getting two cats at the same time. They are brothers, from the same litter, half Maine Coon, and were one …

Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist?
Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 12th 2018 As the United Kingdom seemingly collapses and its political class shows unprecedented incompetence, where stands Scotland? Where is that much talked about sentiment that we are radical, different, and more left-wing than the rest of the UK? For some …

The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain
The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 5th 2018 Last week I attended an event at Dundee University on the ideas and impact of the Scottish thinker Tom Nairn. Many of his books were discussed, including his critique of the monarchy, and the insularity of …

This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t
This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 28th 2018 This should be the moment for Corbyn?s Labour. They face a divided, incompetent Tory Government. A party that has lost nine Cabinet ministers in the last year, which has no domestic agenda to speak of, …

The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The Whi...
The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The White Album? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 20th 2018 The Sixties never really went away. We have had the baby boomers and their endless nostalgia about themselves and their youth – followed by the soft disappointment for many of the decades that …

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

 

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News
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Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown - Th...
Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown  The NationalANALYSIS has revealed that support for independence continues to increase, ahead of a year in which a no-deal Brexit could trigger a second?

This is how the new Scottish Independence Foundation has made a huge impact -...
This is how the new Scottish Independence Foundation has made a huge impact  The NationalTHE Scottish Independence Foundation was launched during the summer with the specific aim of providing moral and financial support for the broader?

Labour rules out any deal on new Scottish independence vote: The Times - Reuters
Labour rules out any deal on new Scottish independence vote: The Times  ReutersBritain's opposition Labour Party has ruled out a deal with Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon that would deliver a second referendum on independence for ...

UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote - Reuters
UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote  ReutersGLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party does not rule out allowing another Scottish independence referendum should it be voted into ...

These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence - The National
These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence  The NationalTHE Sunday Times newspaper is not at all pleased. After its sister paper The Times reported last week that Theresa May was not disposed to grant a?

Nicola Sturgeon rejects idea of independence without Indyref2 - HeraldScotland
Nicola Sturgeon rejects idea of independence without Indyref2  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has trashed suggestions that the SNP is considering trying to achieve independence without a second referendum.

Scottish independence 'better than Brexit' | Scotland - The Times
Scottish independence 'better than Brexit' | Scotland  The TimesA majority of Scots believe Scottish independence would be better for the country than staying in the UK after Brexit, a new poll reveals.The Panelbase survey of ...

SNP's Westminster Leader Threatens Second Scottish Independence Vote If Brexi...
SNP's Westminster Leader Threatens Second Scottish Independence Vote If Brexit Happens  LBCThe SNP's leader in Westminster says Scotland could seek a second independence referendum if the UK leaves the European Union.

SNP

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SNP accused of ?kneecapping? Fife Council over budget - The Courier
SNP accused of ?kneecapping? Fife Council over budget  The CourierThe Scottish Government has been accused of ?knee-capping? Fife Council through its budget settlement. Conservative group deputy leader Linda Holt has ...

SNP Health Secretary under fire over "occasional" reviews of NHS boards - Her...
SNP Health Secretary under fire over "occasional" reviews of NHS boards  HeraldScotlandHEALTH Secretary Jeane Freeman has been criticised after the SNP Government failed to carry out a majority of the ?annual reviews? of NHS boards?

SNP MPs call on UK to grant Asia Bibi and her family asylum - The Guardian
SNP MPs call on UK to grant Asia Bibi and her family asylum  The GuardianScottish National party MPs have written to Theresa May calling on the UK to grant asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi and her family, who have been in ...

SNP can dine out on Tories' troubles ? unless Salmond saga is top of menu - T...
SNP can dine out on Tories' troubles ? unless Salmond saga is top of menu  The TimesAt the end of May, after 1050 days in office, Theresa May will no longer be the prime minister with the shortest tenure this century, writes John Boothman. That is ...

Brown: dysfunctional year at Westminster makes the case for independence - Th...
Brown: dysfunctional year at Westminster makes the case for independence  The NationalSNP DEPUTE leader Keith Brown has claimed the ?abject failure? of the ?Westminster establishment? over the last year has boosted the case for Scottish ...

SNP breach mental health waiting time for Scots kids by 1.7MILLION days as po...
SNP breach mental health waiting time for Scots kids by 1.7MILLION days as politicians slam Nats for putting  The Scottish SunPOLITICIANS have slammed the figures claiming Nats were putting kids at risk. Lib Dem figures showed kids have waited 1715190 days over the 18-week ...

SNP accuse Tory government of allowing shops to fleece punters out of £300mil...
SNP accuse Tory government of allowing shops to fleece punters out of £300million a year in expired gift  The Scottish SunResearch reveals more than six million people have lost out through vouchers passing use-by dates or firms going bust.

SNP Government urged to fund car parking refunds for NHS staff - HeraldScotland
SNP Government urged to fund car parking refunds for NHS staff  HeraldScotlandNHS staff should receive a refund for the cost of parking at hospitals, according to the Scottish Conservatives.

Referendum (Google News)

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Google News

UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote - Reuters
UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote  ReutersGLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party does not rule out allowing another Scottish independence referendum should it be voted into ...

Labour rules out any deal on new Scottish independence vote: The Times - Reuters
Labour rules out any deal on new Scottish independence vote: The Times  ReutersBritain's opposition Labour Party has ruled out a deal with Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon that would deliver a second referendum on independence for ...

Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown - Th...
Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown  The NationalANALYSIS has revealed that support for independence continues to increase, ahead of a year in which a no-deal Brexit could trigger a second?

Scottish leader says path to independence is via proper referendum - Reuters UK
Scottish leader says path to independence is via proper referendum  Reuters UKScotland's pro-independence leader has ruled out seeking to secede from the United Kingdom in any other way but through a properly agreed referendum.

These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence - The National
These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence  The NationalTHE Sunday Times newspaper is not at all pleased. After its sister paper The Times reported last week that Theresa May was not disposed to grant a?

Scotland does not need Tory approval for a referendum - SNP
Scotland does not need Tory approval for a referendum  SNPWe are getting to the crunch point of what my colleague and friend Michael Russell calls the ?Brexit bourach?.

Almost 60% of Scots think independence better than no-deal Brexit ? poll - Br...
Almost 60% of Scots think independence better than no-deal Brexit ? poll  BreakingNews.ieMore than half of Scotland believes independence would be better for the country than remaining in the UK after Brexit, a new poll has indicated. Almost three in ...

Nicola Sturgeon rejects idea of independence without Indyref2 - HeraldScotland
Nicola Sturgeon rejects idea of independence without Indyref2  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has trashed suggestions that the SNP is considering trying to achieve independence without a second referendum.

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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!

Newspapers.
Looking at the comments on the Brexit and other threads on newspapers, I'm wondering how many out there in P&B land pick up a daily rag every morning and are influenced by it? Personally I gave up buying a paper on a daily basis ever since Andrew Neil and Fraser Nelson turned the Scotsman int...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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 ...

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

The Official President Trump thread

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

The secretary of state for Scotland.
What the feck is the point of this office?  the present incumbent comes across as a Buffoon on TV interviews  and appears more like a bewildered hamster the more I see the twat. We have a Scottish Government and Civil Service which do liaise with the central government meanwhile so what does ...

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

Merry Christmas, Everyone!
After we throw out Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, everything commercial, the date December 25th, and the fact that there are no Biblical instructions for an annual celebration of the Birth of Jesus... He still came to make a way for us.  He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant. That is,...

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Kilt adjustment
Hi, and apologies for a new thread ; but maybe this can be the new kilt thread (if there ever was/is one). If you need your kilt adjusted (unfortunately for putting on pounds) would you take it in to a retailer, or buy one of these strap extenders? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kilt-Strap-Buckle-E...

The Flu
This is a bad one. Was out with my work last night and had to leave the pub and go home at 9pm after my temperature suddenly went through the roof. I've been in bed shivering all day, still wearing my clothes from yesterday. Fingers xd I'm a bit more compos mentis tomorrow there's too muc...

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

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.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
  Truth Will Out The wall of silence may not be able endure much longer. Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan ordered an official investigation into the Institute, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, a target of the Initiative’s critical tweets, seized the issue with some gusto. In a parliamentary debate December 12, she noted the “Integrity Initiative’s” use … Continue reading "red...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
    The “Institute For Statecraft” and “Shared Outcomes Initiatives”   In a summary of a “private discussion” between Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” and retired British Army officer Gen. Sir Richard Barron, the British Army’s Twitter and Facebook wing, the 77th Brigade is praised for its “exploitation of … Continue reading "reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
      13 Dec: 2018:  British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft Craig Murray published his take on events in his blog: (https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/). Stating: “Having been told where the “Institute for Statecraft” skulk, I...

Reds Under the Beds ? McCarthyism at Fever Pitch Yet again ? Democracy in Da...
    10 Dec 2018: “Anonymous”  Exposes UK’s Cyber Warfare Project On 5 November 2018,  The international hacktivist group “Anonymous” exposed the UK’s “Integrity Initiative” to be an offshoot of the “Institute for Statecraft”. The “Institute”, backed by the secret service was created by London to meddle in other states? domestic affairs.  More details … Continue reading "Reds Under the Beds ...

All you need to know about Unionist rudeboy Andrew Skinner ? The guy from Hag...
  Andrew Skinner   5 Mar 2015: The 2015 General Election Unionist supporters strategy for the 2015 General Election included tactical voting in 30  constituencies aimed at defeating the SNP and stemming the nationalist tide. A group of young Labour party activists, led by Andrew Skinner, spent a morning distributing Tory election campaign leaflets … Continue reading "All you need to know abou...

In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, encumbered by a large group...
      Nov 2014: The 2014 Referendum In the Scottish Independence referendum the voter list included anyone over the age of 16, entered on the current electoral roll, whose place of residence was in Scotland, regardless of nationality. The usual caveats about Service personnel also applied. Voter turnout was 84.59%. The … Continue reading "In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, ...

Scotland in Union ? Intent On Keeping Scotland Prisoners of An Enforced Union...
    Alistair Cameron – Scotland in Union – Change Management Network In part two of my recent briefing article I alluded to an obvious experience mismatch between members of Scotland-in-Union and Alastair Cameron. I am also inclined to the view that his family heritage is at odds with his outspoken support of … Continue reading "Scotland in Union – Intent On Keeping Scotland Prisoners of An...

Exposing ? Yet Another Westminster Conspiracy ? Scotland in Union ? Part Two ...
    Kinloch Rannoch     The Camerons of Rannoch Clan Cameron is a West Highland  Scottish clan whose boundaries range from Aberfeldy to Locaber. Alastair Cameron’s family are from Rannoch. Excellent review here: (https://www.electricscotland.com/history/rannoch10.htm)     The lineage of Captain Alastair James Cameron 7th Grandfather: Donald Cameron: b1700. Born: Dull, … Continue reading...

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Practical measures to heal the NHS in Scotland

Bullying ?widespread? in NHS Scotland, claims BMA

Green MSP to publish consultation on fox hunting ban

Holyrood Magazine issue 415 / 17 December 2018

Small businesses unprepared to cope with climate change, study finds

Carnoustie Open generated £120m for the Scottish economy, study finds

Theresa May is blackmailing the UK with the threat of a no-deal Brexit

Environmental groups question delay in beaver protection

Independence Live

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…