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The beginning of the end as Theresa May triggers Brexit
30 Mar 2017 at 12:10am
After 44 years in the EU, a bloc covering 500 million people and 28 countries, a letter 6 pages long from a British Prime Minister begins the process that in 2 years will see the UK leave the body credited with ensuring 60 years of European peace

Sturgeon out of tune with Scots on bespoke Brexit and immigration, survey finds
30 Mar 2017 at 12:06am

No turning back, insists Theresa May, as she triggers Britain's long divorce ...
30 Mar 2017 at 12:02am
THERESA May has begun the historic process of cutting Britain loose from the European Union, making clear there is now ?no turning back?.

Analysis: Theresa May?s optimistic letter leaves plenty of reasons for Scotla...
30 Mar 2017 at 12:10am
by Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

European Parliament resolution makes clear PM's double deal on withdrawal and...
30 Mar 2017 at 12:02am

Labour defection to SNP over constitution as Dugdale pushes federalism
30 Mar 2017 at 12:06am
A FORMER Scottish Labour candidate has defected to the SNP over the constitution on the same day Kezia Dugdale tried to advance her plan for a federal UK.

SNP Economy Secretary apologises over sham £10bn China deal
30 Mar 2017 at 12:06am
KEITH Brown has escaped a formal censure by Holyrood after apologising for the SNP Government being suckered by a sham £10 billion investment deal with China.

May has taken a "leap in the dark" with Brexit says Sturgeon
30 Mar 2017 at 12:06am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused the Prime Minister of taking a ?leap in the dark? by triggering Brexit without knowing what it will mean for the economy and society.

Brexit view: UKIP MEP David Coburn
30 Mar 2017 at 12:06am

Nicola Sturgeon accuses Theresa May of taking a 'leap in the dark' by trigger...
29 Mar 2017 at 4:58pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused the Prime Minister of taking a ?leap in the dark? by triggering Brexit without knowing what it will mean for the economy and society.

May warned Brexit stance will make independence 'inevitable'
29 Mar 2017 at 6:00pm
Theresa May has been told her refusal to give Scots a vote on independence before Brexit will make the break-up of the UK inevitable.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown apologises for role in China deal collapse
29 Mar 2017 at 7:24pm
Economy Secretary Keith Brown has apologised for his role in the collapse of a possible £10 billion agreement with two Chinese companies.

Ruth Davidson urged to apologise after mocking accent of SNP MSP amid heated ...
29 Mar 2017 at 12:08am
RUTH Davidson has been urged to apologise after mocking the accent of an SNP MSP, amid claims the language of the second referendum debate is already ?divisive? and ?disgusting?.

First Minister will not meet Donald Trump during US visit
29 Mar 2017 at 6:19pm
Nicola Sturgeon will not meet Donald Trump when she visits the United States next month.

Sketch: Unite, she said.
29 Mar 2017 at 3:40pm
Come together, Theresa May said. She did not add: "Right now, over me". But she may as well have.

 

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Poll: majority of Scots don?t want separate Brexit deal
30 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Scottish voters share similar views on Brexit as those in the rest of the UK, showing little demand for a special deal north of the border, new research suggests.

John Curtice: Scots attitudes to Brexit in line with rest of UK
30 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Scots are looking for similar outcomes from Brexit as those living elsewhere in the UK, writes Professor John Curtice

All to play for in unpredictable Edinburgh council election
29 Mar 2017 at 11:55pm
Ruth Davidson winning Edinburgh Central was one of the bigger surprises of last year’s Holyrood elections.

Leader comment: Security warning sets ominous tone for Brexit
29 Mar 2017 at 9:00pm
Given the error-strewn path taken by the UK government since last summer’s EU referendum, it should come as no surprise that on the day Article 50 was triggered, there were further gaffes.

Leader comment: School inspections just don?t work
29 Mar 2017 at 9:00pm
Ask any education professional with experience of a school inspection and the chances are they will recall a scenario not dissimilar to a royal visit. There is a period of intense pressure during which classrooms are spruced up and lesson plans finely honed, all for the sake of one day. Inspectors, like the monarch, would be forgiven for thinking the world smells of fresh paint.

Keith Brown apologises for role in China deal collapse
29 Mar 2017 at 7:51pm
Economy Secretary Keith Brown has apologised for his role in the collapse of a possible £10 billion agreement with two Chinese companies.

How EU countries view Britain?s triggering of Article 50
29 Mar 2017 at 6:03pm
“Thank you and goodbye.” Those were the words of a clearly emotional Donald Tusk, the President of the Council of Europe after Theresa May’s letter announcing Britain’s departure from the European Union was given to him.

Greens field ?record number of candidates? at council elections
29 Mar 2017 at 5:54pm
The Scottish Greens have confirmed their biggest ever council campaign, with a record 219 candidates standing in May’s local authority elections.

Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage trade insults in Brexit clash
29 Mar 2017 at 5:28pm
As the Prime Minister prepared to trigger Article 50, Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage got into a heated exchange on live radio.

Number of Scottish children in care falls for fourth year
29 Mar 2017 at 5:02pm
The number of looked after children in Scotland has declined for the fourth year in a row, with two per cent of the nation’s youngsters either in the care of a local authority or on the child protection register.

Brexit: what happens now that Article 50 has been triggered?
29 Mar 2017 at 3:04pm
A day that has been described in one pro-Brexit publication as one of ‘freedom’ has finally arrived as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

Read Theresa May?s Brexit letter to EU in full
29 Mar 2017 at 1:13pm
Here is the full text of Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk informing the European Council of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.

Brexit begins as Article 50 letter is handed over
29 Mar 2017 at 12:37pm
The scale of the task facing the UK to untangle its 44-year relationship with the EU was made clear today as a row erupted on the first day of the formal Brexit negotiation period over the future of security cooperation in Europe.

Brexit: EU ?prepared to walk away from talks with no deal?
29 Mar 2017 at 12:30pm
The European Union will respond to the triggering of Article 50 by saying it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, according to reports.

Blair McDougall: SNP on wrong end of its own angry populism
29 Mar 2017 at 10:46am
Nicola Sturgeon will have you believe that everything has changed since more than two million Scots gave her a clear No in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

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The Tory Calculator
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Mar 2017 at 10:57am
The figure below is my own, but it’s also remarkably typical: Click the pic to get yours. (It actually feels like a lot more than that – quite possibly because I have, in fact, not for one minute of my entire life been represented by a government at Westminster – or anywhere else, come to …

Under the Ridge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2017 at 10:27am
One of the favourite sneering Unionist memes of the independence referendum was the mocking dismissal of claims by some Yes supporters that there might be “secret oil fields” in a location off the west of Shetland known as Clair Ridge. So amused were the Unionists by this notion that they were still sniggering about it regularly years …

The same old songs again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Mar 2017 at 11:29am
As the Prime Minister prepares to meet the First Minister and doggedly give her “now is not the time” mantra another few dozen run-throughs for the cameras, we thought that you might enjoy a little trip down Memory Lane. Ah, the old days. Get on with the day job, now is not the time, you don’t have a …

The sense of welcome
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2017 at 2:55pm
No.10: Jackie Kemp, journalist. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Stacking the odds
by Chris Cairns
25 Mar 2017 at 10:53am

The Liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2017 at 2:16am
Normally the amateur blogger, unqualified would-be economist and unsuccessful dog-food salesman that BBC Scotland and the Daily Record employ on a regular basis to openly troll Yes voters restricts himself, when attacking this site, to crude abuse or smear and innuendo like the below, tweeted on Holocaust Memorial Day last year: Last night, implausibly, he sank …

If it hits you in the eye
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Mar 2017 at 12:06pm
There’s a new hot buzz-phrase in the Yoonstream: “GERS deniers”. It’s actually been around for quite a few months – coincidentally since this site started exposing the true nature of the figures – but has become a constant mantra recently, in particular since the intervention of an actual proper expert who doesn’t sell cat litter …

How the times do change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2017 at 12:17pm

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 679
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2017 at 11:22am
Sky News earlier this morning: Our ears always prick up when Kezia says she’s counted something herself. Dugdale’s comment is absolutely unambiguous that what she’s talking about is the period of campaigning before the first referendum on 18 September 2014. So how has she arrived at a figure of 847 days? – The SNP won an overall …

The highlights reel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Mar 2017 at 9:20pm
Today the Scottish Parliament spent several hours heatedly debating a motion to call for a second Section 30 order to enable a new independence referendum (several more will follow tomorrow before the vote). We watched all of it so you didn’t have to, and are delighted to present you with a few clips that probably won’t …

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Scottish referendum date 'will have to be negotiated'
29 Mar 2017 at 9:13pm
Scottish government minister Mike Russell says a date for a second independence referendum "will have to be negotiated".


Article 50 a leap in the dark - Sturgeon
29 Mar 2017 at 4:56pm
First minister claims Theresa May still cannot answer basic questions on what Brexit will actually mean.


Keith Brown 'sorry' over China investment memo
29 Mar 2017 at 7:25pm
Economy Minister takes "full responsibility" for handling of collapsed investment pact.


Scottish Parliament backs referendum call
28 Mar 2017 at 5:37pm
It is agreed by 69 votes to 59 that Nicola Sturgeon should make a request to the UK government.


Scottish independence: Sturgeon to set out 'next steps' in April
28 Mar 2017 at 3:15pm
Nicola Sturgeon to reveal next month how she will respond if UK government blocks an independence referendum.


Advisers appointed to tackle NHS Tayside financial 'challenges'
29 Mar 2017 at 6:27pm
It follows the health board being told it needs to make £175m savings over the next five years.


Queensferry Crossing set for further delay due to adverse weather
28 Mar 2017 at 3:54pm
The opening of the new Queensferry Crossing is to be further delayed due to adverse weather, it is confirmed.


Police to patrol outside Holyrood with Tasers
28 Mar 2017 at 3:53pm
Police officers carrying Tasers will patrol outside the Scottish Parliament following the Westminster attack.


Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon meet ahead of Article 50
27 Mar 2017 at 5:39pm
The prime minister holds talks with Scotland's first minister as she prepares to trigger Article 50.


Cancer treatment target times missed for fourth year in a row
28 Mar 2017 at 12:42pm
Waiting time targets for cancer treatments in Scotland are missed for the fourth year in a row.


Mesh implant campaigners 'betrayed' by report publication
27 Mar 2017 at 5:15pm
Two campaigners against mesh implants say they are "dismayed and disgusted" at the publication of a "watered down" report into their use.


Scotland's chief education inspector says education needs to improve
27 Mar 2017 at 9:47pm
Scotland's Chief Education Inspector Bill Maxwell says key aspects of education need to be improved.

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Theresa May tried her best to say nothing in Scotland - but we did learn a li...
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2017 at 6:32pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about what we learned from Theresa May's visit yesterday - even though it was like trying to get bloo...

It's official, it's decisive : an independence referendum is the will of the ...
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2017 at 5:09pm
Scottish Parliament vote on holding an independence referendum :Yes 69 (53.9%)No 59 (46.1%)The BBC argued that the 55%-45% vote against independence in 2014 was "decisive", so as this is very much ...

Should a national list be top of the list?
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2017 at 5:28pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at The National, pondering what the effect might be if the Holyrood regional lists were replaced by a national list (as Alex Salmond has ...

If Ukraine don't back down, they must be banned from their own Eurovision
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2017 at 6:41pm
Apologies for a Eurovision post as early as March, but the events of the last couple of days have been truly extraordinary.  First of all, the Ukrainian authorities announced that the Russian entra...

If Theresa May can only "win" a referendum by stopping it taking place, then...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2017 at 6:22pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about Theresa May's outrageous bid to overturn the long-standing British government policy that Scotland can onl...

CONFIRMED : Last night's ludicrous Sky "poll" was not weighted by EU referend...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2017 at 12:03pm
As you may have seen, Sky News made an exasperating attempt last night to distort the referendum debate with a wildly unreliable online "poll", conducted by themselves and using their own paying cu...

The Greens' vote in favour of an independence referendum is fully consistent ...
by James Kelly
20 Mar 2017 at 6:41pm
The latest desperate tactic of unionist politicians and journalists is to attempt to deligitimise the Greens' forthcoming vote in favour of an independence referendum by suggesting that it is someh...

HALF of Scottish public want an independence referendum within just TWO YEARS...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2017 at 2:24pm
Today brings word of the first full-scale Scottish poll to be wholly conducted since Nicola Sturgeon fired the starting-gun for a second independence referendum.  It's a Panelbase poll for the Sund...

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Why would the EU pick a fight with Britain?! Andrew Neil SAVAGES Eurocrats wi...
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30 Mar 2017 at 12:26am
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An independent Scotland, new citizenship laws, and old issues...
by /u/_Ulfhednar
29 Mar 2017 at 10:28pm
I've seen a lot of chatter about how citizenship may be handled post-brexit. Most of the conversation revolves around how it will play out with the EU residents, and the UK (if Scotland gains indep...

Scottish referendum date 'will have to be negotiated' - BBC News www.bbc.co.uk
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29 Mar 2017 at 10:27pm
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"What an absolute, honking, clanging donkey. An embarrassment to Scotland."
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29 Mar 2017 at 10:10pm
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Scottish accents in Frontier
by /u/alantrying
29 Mar 2017 at 9:03pm
Has anyone seen the second episode of frontier? It focuses on a few Scottish men at the start of the episode and I can't tell if ANY of the actors are actually Scottish the accents are so off. It's...

Keith Brown 'sorry' over China investment memo - BBC News
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29 Mar 2017 at 8:11pm
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I see Reporting Scotland has a new intro featuring that great Scottish landma...
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29 Mar 2017 at 6:42pm
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The Sayin' Stuff podcast thanks you!
by /u/daedae2506
29 Mar 2017 at 6:06pm
Hello lads and lassies just wanted to say cheers to everyone who listened to the podcast from my post last week(smashed the highest listened to episode). Seen a few comments about it being a bit ro...

Ofcom to force BBC to spend more outside London | Media
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29 Mar 2017 at 5:53pm
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Question Time panel for tonight. Think I will be giving this one a miss
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29 Mar 2017 at 5:46pm
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Merkel rejects May's call for parallel talks on EU-UK ties
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29 Mar 2017 at 5:43pm
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A thought for today
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29 Mar 2017 at 5:18pm
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Sturgeon: May cannot now preach to Scotland about self-determination | Nicola...
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29 Mar 2017 at 4:35pm
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What are we?....Lemmings???
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29 Mar 2017 at 4:05pm
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'There is no turning back': Watch Theresa May address MPs after triggering Br...
by Record Reporter
29 Mar 2017 at 1:43pm
The Prime Minister spoke in the House of Commons as a formal letter confirming the UK's intention to leave the EU was handed to European Council president Donald Tusk.


Nicola Sturgeon's IndyRef2 truce is shrewd move as Easter break puts focus on...
by Record View
29 Mar 2017 at 10:58am
The First Minister set the political dial to 10 with demand for a second independence referendum and will benefit from ratcheting down a notch, says Record View.


Nicola Sturgeon issues Easter ultimatum to Theresa May after snub over IndyRe...
by Andy Philip
29 Mar 2017 at 6:50am
The SNP will hope the sight of a Tory Prime Minister ignoring the elected Scottish Government will boost support for independence.


Goodbye EU: Theresa May signs historic letter that officially triggers Britai...
by Jack Blanchard
28 Mar 2017 at 10:00pm
As she triggers Article 50 Mrs May will urge our divided nation: “Now the ­decision has been made to leave the EU, it is time to come together"


Scottish Parliament says YES to second Independence Referendum - but not for ...
by Record Reporter
28 Mar 2017 at 5:20pm
MSPs have backed Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on leaving the UK.


Watch IndyRef2 debate resume as MSPs expected to back Nicola Sturgeon's plans...
by Record Reporter
28 Mar 2017 at 2:04pm
Talks about a second independence referendum resume at the Scottish Parliament after last week's debate was halted in light of the terror attack at Westminster.


SNP should focus more on the day job, and less on tearing the UK apart
by Kezia Dugdale
28 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
The Scottish Labour leader argues in her column that the political leaders involved in this constitutional upheaval, both SNP and Tory, will cause great harm to our country.


IndyRef2 is distracting MSPs from hard graft, says David Mundell
by dailyrecord
28 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
Scotland's only Tory MP is dismayed that MSPs aren't spending this week debating Holyrood’s huge swathe of new powers and how they could be used to improve our lives.


Tragedy! Press waiting for Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow get STE...
by Mikey Smith
27 Mar 2017 at 8:42pm
The press pack was poised to capture the First Minister and PM emerging from their meeting outside a city hotel, but finding the 90’s pop treasures was probably the Last Thing on their Minds.


Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May meet in Glasgow as Prime Minister prepares to...
by Lynsey Bews
27 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm
The Tory leader and First Minister met at a hotel for around an hour with May making it clear before the meeting that now is not the time to talk about IndyRef2.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 148 ? Sweeties
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 12:11pm
I had just put together and mastered episode 148 of the Scottish Independence Podcast before Sturgeon announced that we’re going for Indyref 2, so it doesn’t have any of that in it. I hope you’ll still find it funny and/or infuriating though. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . …
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Journeys To Yes ? This One Not By Phantom Power
by michaelgreenwell
13 Mar 2017 at 8:51am
Some slightly uncomfortable faces in the crowd as the young man makes his speech…

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Theresa May severs ties with the EU #Brexit #Article50 #BrexitDay
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2017 at 1:58pm
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: Theresa May severs ties with the EU #Brexit #Article50 #BrexitDay pic.twitter.com/lLia5is9J6 ? JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) March 29, 2017 Likes(46)Dislikes(2)

Celtic Isles
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2017 at 1:08pm
Laurie Fraser’s weekly diary. On this historic / tragic day, I give you Dubliner Graham O?Malley’s unique 12 Point Plan to fix everything … We save up all our pocket money and buy a giant scissors. Like one at least 2km long. We take our scissors on the ferry over to Scotland as a gift for …

London?s anti-Brexit march
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2017 at 12:09pm
The pro-Europeans make their voice heard ? London?s anti-Brexit march March 25th was the EU?s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations. Initially organised by Unite for Europe, supported by European Movement and the 3 Million group of EU citizens living in the UK, there were some unhappy arguments about whether …

Vote Yes to Community Ownership
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2017 at 11:07am
Justin Kenrick celebrates the first ever successful urban community right to buy in Scotland. Since March 20th the citizens of Portobello have been receiving ballot papers asking whether they support Action Porty?s community buyout bid for Bellfield Old Parish Church and Halls: a bid to stop them from being lost to private developers. Action Porty?s …

Trigger Happy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2017 at 10:10am
Yesterday was a desperate day for the Scottish Unionist bloc. Cornered, frightened and facing obvious defeat, the Conservatives, Liberals and Labour united to try and set the terms of any future referendum to exclude young people and EU nationals from participating. Thankfully this disgraceful form of gerrymandering was over-ruled. Whilst the Section 30 vote was …

Pop Up Dictatorship
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2017 at 3:03pm
That the Prime Minister (you know, the one with legs) is about to accord herself the powers of a renaissance monarch, might give you pause for concern. This was after all the Prime Minister who tried to push through the Article 50 by Royal Prerogative, until, she got called on that. At first it was tempting …

Legs-it
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2017 at 9:46am
For those who have only just noticed that the British tabloid press is institutionally misogynist, well done! The idea that the ONLY thing wrong with the media is its pro-union bias is incredibly parochial and one-dimensional. The problems of the media, and the tabloid media in particular, is the concentration of power and how it has …

Plan for Britain?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2017 at 7:22pm
What fresh hell is this? Blink and you may have missed the Prime Minister’s visit. Channeling Hakim Bay Theresa May promised ‘temporary powers’ for Scotland like sweeties. In a botched appearance, which had all the openness and transparency of a late-period Ceau?escu, the Prime Ministers visit was riddled with contradictions and flaws. First as the First …

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon to press on with referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Mar 2017 at 7:49pm
First minister condemns Theresa May?s decision to trigger article 50 and dismisses promise of new powers for ScotlandNicola Sturgeon has pledged to press on with a fresh independence referendum after dismissing Theresa May?s promise of substantial new powers for Scotland after Brexit.The first mi...

Sturgeon: May cannot now preach to Scotland about self-determination | Nicola...
by Nicola Sturgeon
29 Mar 2017 at 4:22pm
The prime minister has hailed Brexit as an exercise in autonomy. To prevent Scotland from seeking the same would be indefensibleThere are days that are seen by history as truly defining. They shape the eras that fall on either side of them and come to be judged as the pivot points on which histor...

Steve Bell's If ? Sturgeon takes the Brexit fight to May
by Steve Bell
29 Mar 2017 at 6:20am
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Scottish parliament votes to seek new referendum ? video
by Guardian Staff
28 Mar 2017 at 7:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon speaks to the press after MSPs voted 69-59 on Tuesday to back her call to ask the British government for an independence vote. The first minister says Scots must be given the chance to vote on their future before Britain leaves the European Union, adding outside Holyrood that she ...

Scottish parliament votes for second independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Mar 2017 at 6:34pm
MSPs pass motion to give Nicola Sturgeon the authority to begin negotiations with UK parliament on breakaway voteNicola Sturgeon has won a key Holyrood vote on her plans for a second independence referendum, triggering accusations from UK ministers that her demands are premature.Sturgeon won by a...

UK government signals it will block second Scottish independence referendum u...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Mar 2017 at 6:09pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryMundell signals London will block second referendum until early 2020sScottish independence debate - Summary 6.02pm BST Well, there has indeed been a surge in support. But it?s not a surge in support for independen...

Theresa May takes empty rhetoric to a new level | Ros Coward
by Ros Coward
28 Mar 2017 at 5:39pm
The prime minister?s motivational generalities over Brexit and beyond may be about to tip over into something darker ? authoritarian delusionsBefore meeting Nicola Sturgeon on Monday, Theresa May insisted she would ?never allow the UK to become looser and weaker?. But how, precisely, will she acc...

What the Daily Mail means when it talks about May and Sturgeon?s ?pins?
by Zoe Williams
28 Mar 2017 at 2:33pm
The language used in the newspaper?s coverage of the two most powerful politicians in the UK is a by-numbers attempt to reduce women to objectsJust for the avoidance of doubt, those things that Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon both share, the ?finest weapons in their physical arsenal?, as the Dail...

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Off the Brexit cliff
The Tories and their little helpers in the Labour party in Scotland have shown themselves in their true colours. The Tories with their arrogant contempt for democracy and refusal to accept votes which don’t go their way, and a Labour which is so blinded by its tribal hatred of the SNP that it’s acting as …

Now is the time
The Scottish Parliament has voted to press ahead with a new Scottish independence referendum. The unstoppable farce of Theresa May’s arrogance has crashed into the immovable objections of a Scotland that seeks a different path. Green and SNP MSPs stood up and one after another spoke about a better Scotland, a Scotland that has a …

Innovative jam 2.0
There’s been a visit! It’s a bit like when they say “there’s been a murrdurr” on Taggart, and when it’s a visit involving Theresa May it’s equally corpse like. Our Prime Minister is travelling to the small end of the weather map of her Precioussss Union on Monday, and according to the Scotland on Sunday …

Journey to Yes, N°10
Jackie says Yes. As more Scots who voted No to independence reconsider their decision, we follow their journey to Yes and self-determination for Scotland. Jackie Kemp is a writer living in Edinburgh and author of ‘Politics on the Hill, an Edinburgh View’, a stunning essay reflecting on Scotland’s changing post-Brexit identity that has resonated with …

The GERS fundamentalists
The Unionists have got a new phrase, “GERS deniers”. It’s a nice wee soundbite which attempts to equate people who view the GERS figures with suspicion, and people who deny the reality of climate change. But as ever, our Unionist friends are not comparing like with like. Climate change is based upon multiple scientific works …

Normal service will be resumed
We had thought that by this time the Scottish Parliament would have voted in favour of holding a second independence referendum, and the Scottish Government would be formally requesting a Section 30 Order from Westminster. Due to Wednesday’s tragic events in Westminster, that hasn’t happened yet. According to reports, the Holyrood debate is due to …

How to terrify a Tory
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Scottish parliament is debating the bill to bring about a second Scottish indepedence referendum. The first day of debates was mature and thoughtful, allowing the advocates of Scotland remaining a part of the UK to introduce the truly vital and important arguments for their case. Arguments like those of Labour …

The things Theresa forgot
That Mike Russell’s pretty pissed off, and quite right too. There he was, hanging on the phone on David Davis’s Brexit hotline and never getting an answer and being kept on hold, because now that the UK hate foreigners they had to give up their contract with the call centre in Mumbai, and then he …

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No going back: Europe reacts as May triggers Article 50
BRITAIN is leaving the EU.

SNP tell Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions that independence is ?inev...
THERESA May has been told independence is ?inevitable? if she continues to deny people in Scotland a choice on the country?s constitutional future.

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will have a referendum on independence before B...
NICOLA Sturgeon has insisted Scotland will be given a choice between a ?hard Brexit? and independence.

Lesley Riddoch: Scotland faces a race against time now that Article 50 has be...
FOR a certain generation, space has always been the final frontier.

?EU transition arrangement to end by 2022?
THE UK will not be given a free trade deal by the EU in the next two years, and a transition arrangement to cushion its exit after 2019 can last no longer than three years, a European Parliament resolution has stated, in the first official response by the EU institutions to the triggering of Article 50 by Theresa May.

#ThatLettersNoMine trends in Scotland after May triggers Article 50
ARTICLE 50 was triggered today after Theresa May's letter annoucning the beginning the UK's exit from the European Union was handed to European Council president Donald Tusk.

Kevin McKenna: Ten top tips for the Unionist parties as they lurch into the S...
I WORRY about the mental and physical welfare of assorted senior members of the Labour Party in Scotland; I really do. Ever since the end of the first referendum on Scottish independence they have been forming a disorderly queue to reveal their terror at the prospect of a second referendum. As each of them slopes forward, their hands shaking and their whispered voices barely audible, they descr...

Kirsty Strickland: Rampant sexism is about more than one headline
JUST when you thought we?d heard the worst of the linguistic Brexit adaptations, along comes ?Legs-it? and blows them all out of the water. ?Never Mind Brexit ? Who Won Legs-It!? was the headline on the English Daily Mail?s front page yesterday alongside a photo of Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May and yes ? their legs.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

?Naebody?s nails can reach the length o? Lunnon?. Sir Walter Scott ? Scots S...
            England Blackmails Scotland There were a number of poor harvests in Scotland in the 1690s and Scotland’s economic position was then drastically worsened by the ill-fated Darien Scheme to create a Scottish colony in Panama. Scotland lost 25% of its liquid assets. The Act of Union undertook to pay …

Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia ? Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up ...
                      Oil Finds In the Scottish Continental Shelf –  Billions of Barrels to be Recovered From Fields Off the Shetlands Only with independence will Scotland benefit from the abundance of oil yet to be recovered from the Scottish Continental Shelf. Delays will only benefit the …

Willie Rennie and His Phony Manifesto ? He Does Not have the Authority of the...
            The Scottish Liberal Democrats Independence and Europe I am bewildered and exasperated by the opposition party’s in Scotland. It is painful to watch once great party’s completing Hari-Kari in the arena of political challenge. Lagging hopelessly behind in last place in public support, seemingly oblivious to the danger of …

Scottish Tory Party-Representing Holyrood-Involved in Diplomatic Incident Bac...
              Abuse of Holyrood Parliamentary Protocols by the Tory Party in Scotland February 2015: 700+ artistes (authors, poets entertainers,lecturers) formed a group “Artistes for Palestine” and announced a boycott on Israel cutting all cultural ties until such time as they complied with all UN resolutions. October 2015: Israel hit …

The Tudor Legacy Still Besets Scotland- Time For Scots to Cast off the Yoke ...
            This England (Shakespeare) 1603 “This royal throne of kings, this scept?red isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone …

Brian Wilson ? Labour Party Agitator ? A Sad and Deluded Ex Politician ? Who ...
            Celtic Chief Brian Wilson (In Yet Another of his Sleekit Innuendo’s) Seeks to Accuse the SNP of Attempting to Sectarianise Scottish Politics Spouting his latest fantasy at a fringe meeting of the Labour party he said “nationalists are importing loaded political language from Ireland, which carries the risk of …

Murdo Fraser ? Deputy Deadwood ? 18 Years An Unelected MSP ? Spongebob Person...
            The Near Death and Signs of Recovery of the Tory Party in Scotland Murdo Fraser first stood for election to Holyrood in 1999 but was unsuccessful. Undeterred he turned his sights to bigger things and fought for a seat in the Westminster election in 2001(and failed). Never one to …

Bank of England Sacrifices Scotland?s Economy to Protect the Overheated Londo...
          5 November 1999: Scotland ‘Sacrificed’ as Interest Rates Rise The Bank of England was accused yesterday of sacrificing Scotland’s economy after slapping on another interest rate rise to stop the over heating in the London property market. Scotland’s hard pressed business community said the result of the boom in house …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain?
Indyref2 is coming but can we do better than two versions of Little Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 15th 2016 The ides of March 2017. One single day – Monday March 13th – will go down as an epic day in the fragmentation of the United Kingdom. The Brexit Bill passed through all its …

Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are ...
Nationalism ? Scottish or British ? is never enough. It always says: ?We are the Good Guys? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 8th 2017 Nationalism is one of the defining features of Scotland and modern Scotland. Last week UK Prime Minister Theresa May came north to the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow, asking the Scots …

The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All
The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 1st 2017 Political parties rise and fall. They have no permanent right to a lease on the terrain they occupy and the voters they appeal to. Scottish politics has seen the decline of many once powerful forces – the …

Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack
Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 22nd 2017 The past is a powerful force and that is even more true in the strange times we are living in. Take the waves of reaction and revulsion emerging last week after Tony Blair came back from …

The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Scotland and Independence

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Take two
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And while Brexit has created an opening for a renewed push for Scottish independence, it has also fractured the country's political landscape by cutting a new fault line across the issue ? turning some of the unionists of 2014 into fervent advocates ...
The Ukrainian Argument for Scottish IndependenceBloomberg
'Why can't you wait?' SNP MP put on the spot over Scottish in...

As Scotland relaunches its independence bid, Catalonia has its own plan - Was...

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As Scotland relaunches its independence bid, Catalonia has its own plan
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Unlike their English counterparts, a majority of Scottish voters wanted to remain in the European Union last summer. Sturgeon and her Scottish National Party have channeled their ire to revive Scotland's independence bid, which was defeated in a 2014 ...

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Theresa May: Britain will be an 'unstoppable force' if Scotland stays post-Br...

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Theresa May: Britain will be an 'unstoppable force' if Scotland stays post-Brexit
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Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon (R), greets Britain's new Prime Minister, Theresa May, as she arrives at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain July 15, 2016. Reuters. LONDON ? Prime Minister Theresa May will tell Scots that Britain ...
Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon a...

'Sit down!' Yes, it's another calm and respectful debate on Scottish ... - Te...

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'Sit down!' Yes, it's another calm and respectful debate on Scottish ...
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The SNP government, protested the Tories' Ruth Davidson, had got its priorities all wrong. It should be focusing its energies on urgent problems, such as the ...

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Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest - New Statesman

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Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest
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She would rather divide our country with the arguments of the past, than get on with tackling the problems Scotland faces. Another reason may be, grimly, more political ? there is now no credible argument for independence ending austerity. The paper ...
Flimsy reasons for another Scottish independence voteThe Courie...

Scottish independence might hurt defense industry more than Brexit - DefenseN...

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Scottish independence might hurt defense industry more than Brexit
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While the timing of any new referendum remains uncertain, and it's possible it may never take place at all, senior defense sector figures here are already warning the impact of Scottish independence would likely be far more damaging than Britain's ...
Scottish independence referendum debate to resume ...

'Largest discovery' of oil off Scottish coast could raise chances of independ...

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'Largest discovery' of oil off Scottish coast could raise chances of independence
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?While Brexit has, of course, added a new dimension, the economic concerns that led the majority in Scotland to vote to remain a part of the UK have not disappeared,? said Dean Turner, an economist at UBS Wealth Management, according to the ...

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Scottish Independence Can Wait - New York Times

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Scottish Independence Can Wait
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Negotiations will determine the relations Britain will have with the Continent after the formal parting. Ms. Sturgeon, who heads a minority government in Scotland, would like an independence referendum sometime in the last months of negotiations ...
Scotland's independence not economically viable this time aroundIrish Times
Brexit makes Sc...

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John McLellan: If the cap doesn't fit on the doorstep - Herald Scotland

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John McLellan: If the cap doesn't fit on the doorstep
Herald Scotland
OUT canvassing on a quiet street in Craigentinny, the polite lady at the door was just telling me that hers was an SNP household when her baseball-capped 30-something son appeared on her shoulder. ?You Tories should get back tae England where you ...



PM presiding over constitutional chaos, warns SNP minister - shropshirestar.com

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PM presiding over constitutional chaos, warns SNP minister
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PM presiding over constitutional chaos, warns SNP minister. Theresa May is presiding over "constitutional chaos" across the UK on the day the Article 50 letter is signed, Scotland's Brexit Minister has warned. Scottish Brexit Minister Mike Russell said ...

Sturgeon unconvinced by PM's talk of extra devolution post-Brexit - Sky News

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Sturgeon unconvinced by PM's talk of extra devolution post-Brexit
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Too few powers repatriated from the EU in areas such as agriculture, fisheries and environmental protection will feed into the SNP's charge that Westminster will use Brexit as a power grab. Accordingly, the SNP-led Scottish government was dismissive of ...

EDITORIAL - Telling the whole story at SNP - The Daily Progress

EDITORIAL - Telling the whole story at SNP
The Daily Progress
Most visitors see most of Shenandoah National Park, one of the country's great treasures, from behind the windshield of a car. Those who log miles on its many trails and fire roads experience very different encounters with the park's natural and human ...



'A 21st-century Gloriana!' Tories worship Theresa May... while the SNP rage -...

Telegraph.co.uk
'A 21st-century Gloriana!' Tories worship Theresa May... while the SNP rage
Telegraph.co.uk
A ?great national moment?, declared Theresa May, ?needs a great national effort.? That meant unity, cooperation, and an end to the hostility between Brexiters and Remainers. ?It is time,? she said, ?to come together.? Perhaps that will happen outside ...



FORTY-Six Candidates To Fight Council Elections - Inverclyde Now

FORTY-Six Candidates To Fight Council Elections
Inverclyde Now
FORTY-six candidates have put their names forward to contest the 22 seats on Inverclyde Council in next month's election. The SNP have fielded the most candidates -- 12 -- and are the only party which could win outright control of the council. Labour ...

Case for independence 'feeble', says Carmichael following Holyrood vote - She...

Shetland News
Case for independence 'feeble', says Carmichael following Holyrood vote
Shetland News
Speaking after the debate, Carmichael said: ?If this debate has shown us anything it's that the SNP and Greens' case for yet another independence referendum is increasingly feeble. ?The SNP refuse to guarantee EU membership while the Greens are now ...

Scottish Greens field 219 candidates for council elections - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Scottish Greens field 219 candidates for council elections
Herald Scotland
SNP business convener Derek Mackay said: "I am proud to see so many candidates going forward for election, and especially to see a near doubling of female candidates - 41% of all SNP candidates - seeking to represent the party in council chambers ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish referendum date 'will have to be negotiated' - BBC News

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Scottish referendum date 'will have to be negotiated'
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Scottish government minister Mike Russell has said a date for a second independence referendum "will have to be negotiated". He was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May refused to be drawn on whether she believed in the "principle" of a fresh vote.
Scotland Votes to Demand a Post-'Brexit' Independence ReferendumNew Y...

Scotland votes for referendum post Brexit - Reuters

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Scotland votes for referendum post Brexit
Reuters
Scotland's parliament has voted to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's bid to hold a new independence referendum in late 2018 or 2019, once the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union have become clearer. Saira Jaffer reports. ? Hide Transcript.



Scotland's MPs back independence referendum - Sky News

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Scotland's MPs back independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon says she has a mandate for a second referendum but Theresa May has already said she will block it during Brexit. 22:25, UK, Tuesday 28 March 2017. Independence supporters gather in George Square following today's announcement ...



Scottish Parliament votes in favour of a second independence referendum - New...

New Statesman
Scottish Parliament votes in favour of a second independence referendum
New Statesman
The Scottish Parliament has voted for a second independence referendum by a margin of 10 votes on the eve of Westminster triggering Article 50. After hours of debate - postponed after last week's terrorism attack at Westminster - the MSPs voted 69 to ...

Scotland and Turkey mean the talk in Brussels is all of referendums - euronews

euronews
Scotland and Turkey mean the talk in Brussels is all of referendums
euronews
One day before triggering article 50 of the EU Treaty to start negotiations to leave the bloc, what is really at stake not only for the EU but also for the UK is unity. British PM Theresa May went to Scotland, just days after Nicola Sturgeon said she ...
UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence...

Scotland backs independence referendum - Seeking Alpha

Scotland backs independence referendum
Seeking Alpha
Scottish lawmakers have voted 69-59 to seek a new referendum on independence within the next two years, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it pushes the EU exit button. "The mandate for a referendum is beyond question, ...



Scotland to hold another referendum on exiting UK - St. Thomas Times-Journal

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Scotland to hold another referendum on exiting UK
St. Thomas Times-Journal
EDINBURGH, Scotland ? Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. The Edinburgh-based ...



Bangor Daily News - Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily News
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EDINBURGH ? The Scottish parliament on Tuesday backed a bid to hold a new independence referendum in 2018 or 2019, but the British government immediately rejected the proposal. The standoff further complicates the United Kingdom's political ...



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Sturgeon out
She has her own agenda and must go.

No Voters - what say you?
I want to hear the thoughts of people who intend to vote No when the time eventually comes. I ask of you two things: What are the main reasons as to why you are against independence? Can you present a solid case for Scotland to stay in the UK? Lets have a leveled, dignified discussion...

English Nationalism
We have really seen the ugly side of English Nationalism over the last 9 months. Watching QT last night and seeing some cs spewing about the EU, Scotland etc.... whilst pushing a 1800s colonial agenda was cringe.
This inward looking vile trait is completely opposite to the outward inclusive Sc...

Time for Sturgeon to Step Up
Can she continue to stomp around like a child at a nursery who's had her favourite toy taken away? Her obsession with independence means she is neglecting the day job and Scotland is suffering as a result. Her refusal to engage constructively with Theresa May over Brexit has been a monume...

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

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

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Council elections
Just noticed that nominations in Aberdeenshire closed today ( https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/local-government-elections-2017/# notice) thought I'd start a thread for the fellow election fans on the board.  Somewhere to discuss an upcoming  election vote with ...

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...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Alexander Blackman
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39417239 Not a great surprise that these things happen. Doesnt send a great signal of British Ideals though, he should still be in jail IMO.

LOST PHONE
I know this isn't what the forum is for but I lost my phone at the game sunday night and was wondering if anyone came across it , its a galaxy 7 tried phoning all the boozers I was in no one handed it. If you have found it please get in touch my email is daviefleming@blueyonder.co.uk ...

Hangovers
What's the worst one you've had and how long did it take to pass?
  Why did you bevvy so much in the first place?
  And do they get that much worse the older you get?

Wedding lists
What's folks opinions on wedding lists?    I've to traipse round a department putting shit I don't need on a wedding list, apparently its the best thing to do nowadays.   And what about getting vouchers to pay for the honeymoon?  it all seems a bit cheeky to me.

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Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...