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Senior Labour official: anti-Semitism row 'stirred up' to attack Corbyn
30 Mar 2018 at 7:05pm
A SENIOR Labour official has sparked outrage after claiming the row over anti-Semitism in the party is being ?stirred up? to attack UK leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Tory councillor criticised for 'bigoted and racist' Facebook posts
30 Mar 2018 at 3:40pm
A CONSERVATIVE councillor has come under fire after posting pictures on social media accompanied by ?bigoted and racist? comments.

Firm registered in tax haven snaps up land earmarked for five-star Virgin Hotel
30 Mar 2018 at 5:00am
CAMPAIGNERS have reacted with anger after land earmarked for one of Edinburgh's highest-profile developments was bought over by a company registered in a tax haven.

May uses Brexit tour to pledge more resources for NHS and schools
30 Mar 2018 at 3:17am
Theresa May has insisted EU withdrawal will mean more money for the NHS and schools, but avoided branding that a ?Brexit dividend? on her whirlwind tour of the country.

FMQs sketch: Easter dregs
30 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
IT was Brexit day at FMQs. In truth, every day has been Brexit day since June 2016, it being Nicola Sturgeon?s go-to answer when facts are not an option.

May tells Sturgeon there is no ?power grab? from Holyrood by Westminster
30 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May has insisted there is ?no power-grab? by Westminster from Holyrood as David Mundell dismissed the continuing intergovernmental row as a ?pinhead argument?.

MPs pile pressure on Corbyn to suspend Shawcroft from Labour?s governing body
30 Mar 2018 at 8:11am
Christine Shawcroft resigned as chairwoman of Labour?s disputes panel on Wednesday.

MP: My uncle saw the Loch Ness monster ? but revealed it was fake at his funeral
30 Mar 2018 at 3:36am
A Tory MP?s uncle claimed to have seen the Loch Ness monster and only revealed it was fake at his funeral, the Commons has heard.

Disgraced MSP?s return to Holyrood ?may put off? future victims
30 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
DISGRACED former minister Mark McDonald?s return to the Scottish Parliament in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations may discourage future victims coming forward, a senior civil servant has admitted.

Jeremy Corbyn ?encouraged and endorsed? anti-Semites, Labour peer claims
30 Mar 2018 at 8:17am
Jeremy Corbyn has ?encouraged and endorsed? anti-Semites, a Labour peer has claimed.

Cambridge Analytica files outline tactics to influence foreign elections
30 Mar 2018 at 3:29am
Cambridge Analytica?s parent company boasted that it had influenced voters across the world ? including one claim that ?anti-election rallies? had been held to discourage people from turning out at the ballot box in Nigeria.

Labour peer accuses Jeremy Corbyn of not taking anti-Semitism seriously enough
30 Mar 2018 at 3:06am
A prominent Labour peer has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for not contacting him after he said the party leader was shown an anti-Semitic email he received.

Mundell: row over Brexit powers is "pinhead argument"
30 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
DAVID Mundell has dismissed the row over Brexit and devolution as a ?pinhead argument?.

MSP delivers Holyrood address in Gaelic
30 Mar 2018 at 3:52am
An MSP has called for Gaelic to be given Unesco status as she delivered an entire Holyrood speech in the language.

New welfare powers will be used to introduce income supplement
30 Mar 2018 at 3:56am
The Scottish Government is to use new welfare powers to introduce an income supplement as part of a range of measures to tackle child poverty.



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British soldier dies fighting ISIS in Syria
30 Mar 2018 at 8:31pm
A member of the UK armed forces has been killed in a bomb blast while on an anti-Islamic State operation in Syria.

Jeremy Corbyn's Passover message mired in anti-semitism row
30 Mar 2018 at 1:31pm
Jeremy Corbyn has addressed the growing anger at Labour's handling of anti-semitism claims within the party in his Passover message to British Jews, saying it is "sometimes harder to see it when it is closer to home".

RAF veteran held in Great Escape war camp proud of centenary
30 Mar 2018 at 1:23pm
An RAF veteran who was shot down and imprisoned in the Great Escape prisoner of war camp has said he never imagined he would see the centenary of the service.

Demand for high-rises in Scotland remains ?strong? post-Grenfell
30 Mar 2018 at 11:15am
The demand for high-rise living remains strong despite a national debate on building safety following the Grenfell fire, Scotland’s largest social landlord has said.

Hackers steal data as 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts breached
30 Mar 2018 at 7:54am
More than 150 million user accounts of popular diet and fitness application MyFitnessPal have been hacked.

NHS Tayside board ?misled? over finances, MSPs told
30 Mar 2018 at 6:01am
The NHS Tayside board was “misled” over the state of the organisation’s finances, a Holyrood committee has heard.

New Scots welfare payments unveiled
30 Mar 2018 at 6:01am
New welfare payouts are to be introduced for the poorest families in Scotland using Holyrood’s recently acquired socila security powers as part of a national drive to tackle child poverty.

Joyce McMillan: Britannia?s sad procession towards Brexit
30 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Joyce McMillan imagines Theresa May is joined on her lightning tour of the home nations by the embodiment of Britain, Britannia herself.

Jim Duffy: World leaders need to find Ronald Reagan?s brain
30 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Many of you will remember President Ronald Reagan. He was a Republican US President who served two terms in office in the White House. I must admit, my endearing memory of him was the ITV Spitting Image puppet. It was so life-like. Not only in how it looked, but how it sounded.

Brian Wilson: Extremism is becoming mainstream in the UK
30 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Maybe it’s down to all these films about Churchill but there seems to be an unhealthy desire to revert to the language of a dark era without much regard for the cataclysmic forces that created it.

SNP MP says sorry for Jacob Rees-Mogg ?Catholic Brexiteer? joke
29 Mar 2018 at 9:10pm
SNP MP Peter Grant has apologised for making a Brexit-related joke at the expense of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Catholicism.

Theresa May vows to rebuild Scottish fishing industry post Brexit
29 Mar 2018 at 7:05pm
Theresa May pledged to rebuild Scotland’s fishing industry as she reassured fishing communities she would not relinquish control of British waters to Europe post Brexit.

MP calls on Home Office to resolve cannabis legalisation case
29 Mar 2018 at 6:52pm
An Edinburgh MP has called on the Home Office to step in and resolve the case of a five year-old with epilepsy whose mother says cannabis oil is the only treatment that can ease his suffering.

MSPs to get training to recognise when ?banter? crosses line
29 Mar 2018 at 6:36pm
MSPs will be given training on inappropriate behaviour and use of “banter” as Holyrood chiefs seek to deal with the fall-out of the sexual misconduct row.

Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit campaign spending claims need ?serious investigation?
29 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm
Scotland’s First Minister has called for a “serious and in depth investigation” in to claims the officially designated Brexit campaign “cheated” during the European Union referendum.

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The rule of law
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2018 at 1:04pm
A large and imposing statue built in 1974 still stands today on Clyde Street in Glasgow. It depicts a woman called Dolores Ibarruri, known as “La Pasionaria”, who was one of the heroes of the anti-fascist resistance in Spain in the 1930s. The statue was funded by “the British Labour Movement”, but Conservative councillors in the city …

The clanging chimes of doom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Mar 2018 at 10:22am
There’s an interesting article on the Holyrood Magazine website today with some fascinating background details about how Scottish (and Welsh) devolution came into being almost 20 years ago, so we thought you might like to see this piece from the time, not least because we suspect it might also be the first recorded citation of …

Break out the whitewash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 12:17pm
Last week we dropped the Electoral Commission a short line to see if there’d been any progress in their investigation into our revelations of last December about the extremist loongroup Scotland In Union’s funding. Today we got a reply: So just to clarify: an organisation whose specific stated purpose is to fight elections, and which has been a registered …

If the Scots had won
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 11:46am
There was (unintentionally, we presume) a very revealing turn of phrase used by Tory MEP Jacqueline Foster on today’s edition of Good Morning Scotland: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 March 2018) . “Scotland held a referendum on independence a couple of years earlier, and if the Scots had won that referendum to leave the United …

With a weary sigh
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Mar 2018 at 11:11am
This is a grim and dispiriting time to be monitoring the Scottish political media, even by its normal low standards. So little is happening that Unionist newspapers desperate for any kind of SNP BAD story are scraping the residue from the scrapings from the barrel that they scraped away to splinters months ago. A case …

The winds of change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2018 at 10:36am
Remember that time, barely over a decade ago, when the readers of the Scottish Daily Express came out for independence despite national polls only showing support in the 20s, the paper sold over 80,000 copies a day (now just 38,000) and Severin Carrell of the Guardian reported that it was about to adopt independence as …

The dragon fighters
by Chris Cairns
24 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

Pie in your face
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
With regard to this, some important commentary: (And some more.)

Nazi pugs? Fuck off!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 5:22pm
The text in the image below might be the scariest words we’ve ever read. If you’re not sure why, read a little closer. Do you remember that law being passed, readers? Do you remember the huge public debate about whether it should be possible for the police to arrest, charge and convict people who even …

The right thing to do
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Mar 2018 at 12:32pm
One perspective: Another perspective:

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Meals on wheels service is phased out
30 Mar 2018 at 12:16am
Deliveries have now ended in many areas and there will be no service in Scotland by the end of the year.

Theresa May: 'There is no Brexit power grab'
29 Mar 2018 at 12:27pm
The PM again stresses that leaving the EU will give the Scottish government more powers than it currently has.

Health board 'misled' about finances
29 Mar 2018 at 2:04pm
Health service chief tells MSPs that he and other senior figure were not told about budget concerns.

'Record' year for renewable electricity generation
29 Mar 2018 at 5:42pm
UK government statistics show renewable electricity generation increased by 26% in Scotland last year.

Clara Ponsati: Arrested Catalan politician released on bail
28 Mar 2018 at 4:19pm
Clara Ponsati is being sought by Spanish authorities over her role in the Catalan independence referendum.

Will Scottish gin find Brexit a tonic or a bitter lemon?
29 Mar 2018 at 1:12am
How will the export of Scottish gin to the trendy bars of Vienna be affected by Brexit?

Glasgow City council 'not housing homeless quickly enough'
29 Mar 2018 at 2:48pm
The Scottish Housing Regulator also found people in Glasgow are spending too long in temporary accommodation.

Glasgow man loses 10-year council tax battle
28 Mar 2018 at 4:47pm
Mohammed Aslam's bid to have his case heard at the UK Supreme Court has finally been rejected.

Scottish social security system plans at 'critical point'
28 Mar 2018 at 12:08am
Audit Scotland calls for greater transparency over costs and plans for Scotland's new social security system.

'Clutter' of strategies stifling Scotland's growth, say economists
28 Mar 2018 at 12:06am
A leading think tank criticises the number of initiatives and advisory groups looking at Scotland's economy.

East Dunbartonshire strike action by teachers to begin
27 Mar 2018 at 12:25am
The strike is going ahead despite a legal challenge by East Dunbartonshire Council to prevent the action.

Ex-Catalan minister to hand herself in to police on Wednesday
27 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Clara Ponsati's lawyer says she will hand herself into police in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning.

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It's time to get up off our knees
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2018 at 3:27pm
Yesterday a junior minister in the UK government shocked people who believed "The Vow", by haughtily dismissing the Scottish Government as a body that is roughly equivalent to Lincolnshire County C...

It's fine, don't worry about it, just go back to sleep
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2018 at 6:56pm
I stand corrected.  I had formed the firm impression on Friday that the only TV camera crew in attendance at the Hands Off Our Parliament rally was from a Chinese channel, but as you can see from a...

Hands Off Our Parliament
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2018 at 3:02am
So as I mentioned in the previous post, I spent a few hours at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event at Holyrood yesterday.  I was even invited to make a short speech - as you can see for yourself, ...

SNP p-p-p-pick up a Penicuik in crucial by-election GAIN
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2018 at 12:46pm
I'm not sure if I've been the only person at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event today who spent half the time frantically searching his phone for the word 'Penicuik', but the news was good in the...

If you want to get a Section 30 order, you first have to be serious about hol...
by James Kelly
22 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
My interest was caught by Peter A Bell's blogpost the other day about Green MSP Ross Greer's comments on Indyref 2, and not for the first time I find myself half-agreeing with Peter and half-disagr...

Senior BBC journalists are completely losing the plot in their posture toward...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2018 at 8:11am
If you haven't seen/heard Alex Salmond's exchange with the BBC's John Sweeney yesterday, it's worth following this link and having a listen, because it's one of the most extraordinary things I've e...

No, the OBFA repeal was not a surprise, and nor was it a victory for the litt...
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2018 at 7:07am
For some reason Angela Haggerty seemed to be going out of her way to wind up supporters of the SNP yesterday with a number of goading tweets.  Most obviously, there was her jubilation at the repeal...

More on that 48% Yes vote...
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2018 at 7:42am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article in The National, with more analysis of yesterday's sensational Ipsos-Mori poll that put support for independence at 48%.  You can read the art...

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Hellish Glasgow homeless hostel at centre of tough action call at Holyrood
by Peter Davidson
30 Mar 2018 at 6:09pm
Shettleston MSP John Mason wants to see improvement at the squalid hostel which homes homeless people in Glasgow.

Labour are no longer champions of the underdogs
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Anti-Semitism and racism appear under both left and right-wing guises. Leadership requires guarding against twisted stereotypes and stamping out intolerance.

United front shows Scotland will not stand for racism or Islamophobia
by Record View
30 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon supported Labour MSP Anas Sarwar in Parliament yesterday.

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy 'to face trial' on corruption charges
by Mikey Smith
29 Mar 2018 at 3:14pm
The 63-year-old was questioned in police custody last week, over irregularities in his campaign finance

SNP MP apologises for tweet mocking Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg over his religiou...
by David Clegg
29 Mar 2018 at 2:54pm
Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Peter Grant said he “intended no offence” with his attempted joke about the arch Brexiteer, who is known to be a devout Catholic.

'Is she feart?' Scottish Twitter reacts to Theresa May's flying visit to Scot...
by Aoife Moore
29 Mar 2018 at 1:38pm
The Prime Minister spent one hour in Scotland on her whistle-stop tour of the UK.

Watch Tory minister turn air blue after dropping glass during Brexit debate
by Record Reporter
28 Mar 2018 at 8:46pm
Scots toff's outburst causes storm online after he dropped a glass of water in chamber.

Cops must prove invisible spray plan actually deters anti-social yobs
by Record Reporter
28 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Marker spray plans spark concern over where this kind of policing method is heading.

Exiled former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati to hand herself in to police in ...
by Andy Philip
27 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Her lawyer Aamer Anwar will fight extradition and claims the independence supporter's right to a fair trial cannot be guaranteed in the Spanish courts.

Brexit will cause a political and economic crisis when we leave a year from now
by Kezia Dugdale
27 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
On Thursday it will be one year till the United Kingdom quits the European Union.

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When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
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An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
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27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

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Keep the Heat on Cambridge Analytica
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Mar 2018 at 10:24am
Investigative journalism takes time and resources. The British state and the political elite is reeling from the deluge of revelations about the connections between private firms, political parties and electoral deception and manipulation. We are trying to give the space and profile to Liam O Hare to continue investigations. Liam writes: “Journalism at its core …

Nothing Exceptional: Scottish Housing Associations and the Erasure of Scottis...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Mar 2018 at 10:12am
Housing Associations (HAs) have long been promoted as an affordable and viable solution to the housing question. But it is now abundantly clear that they increasingly function as a Trojan Horse for privatisation and housing financialisation, exacerbating rather than mitigating the erasure of public and social housing. Despite protestations to the contrary, this is as …

My Precious
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2018 at 12:19pm
Brexit will strengthen the bonds of “our precious Union” and make it more prosperous and secure, Theresa May has improbably declared as Tories huddle together in an obscure location in Scotland for fear of meeting the public. A year ahead of Liberation Day, in an enthusiastic report Michael Blackley gushes warning: “The SNP Govt had …

Online. Always.
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Mar 2018 at 9:59am
Long gone are the days of actually ?going online? – or, perhaps more pertinently, going offline. We are just “on” all of the time. Eve Livingston puts the #DeleteFacebook crisis in the perspective of the ubiquitous internet. At the start of 2018, I made a resolution that would have sounded absurd fifteen years ago. I …

The Time for Action is Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2018 at 11:41am
As former Catalan Education Minister, Clara Ponsati, hands herself in to Scottish police after Spain reissued an extradition warrant for her arrest, the truncheons of Spanish police still reign down on the innocent civilians in Catalonia who dare to stand up for their rights. Despite violent oppression taking place since the independence referendum in October, …

Shadow Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 11:49pm
Liam O’Hare delves into how the Strategic Communication Labs/Cambridge Analytica scandal which leads to the heart of the British establishment …

What?s British Democracy Worth? About £20k
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 6:26pm
So it turns out Brexit Means Doping and what we are seeing is the secret state in operation argues Mike Small. As the DUP march against racism – and the Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll is issued, the world is crazier than ever. British politics is broken from top to bottom from East to West from …

Indy Pledge
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Mar 2018 at 9:14am
A new grassroots initiative just launched aims to “reflect the Scotland we want to be” and sets out simple positive principles with “the intention to encourage people to be mindful of how our actions, in person or online, can impact positively or negatively on the independence movement.” This is a really great and overdue move which …

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May refuses to back Boris Johnson's claim there will be 'Brexit dividend' - P...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Mar 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s tour of the UK to mark Brexit now being just one year awayJohn McDonnell?s morning interviews - SummaryTony Blair?s Brexit Q&A - SummaryTheresa May?s BBC interview - SummaryMay refuses to back Boris Johns...

The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
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20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

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You?ll have had your unity then
A guest post by Samuel Miller Yesterday oor PM, Treeza of the ‘strong and stable’ party, marked the Uk’s one year to Brexit countdown with what was called a whistlestop tour of the UK. This apparently, in order to promote unity within her presiousss, presciousss union. By whistlestop what they mean is basically back hame …

As others see us ? com les altres ens veuen
A Scottish court has had the good sense and common decency to free Clara Ponsatí on bail while she fights the extradition order brought against her by the Spanish government seeking to prosecute her on politically motivated charges which could potentially result in the former Catalan education minister facing up to 30 years in a …

Getting pecked to death by a chlorinated chicken
There’s a lot of very serious stuff going on. It’s being alleged that Cambridge Analytica and the Vote Leave campaign stole the EU referendum and it’s entirely possible that the UK is being dragged out of the EU on the basis of a fraud. It’s bad enough that the Conservatives have decided after the event …

Defending democracy
Today, Sunday, came the news that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been arrested by German police acting on a European warrant issued by the Spanish authorities. Puigdemont had fled to Belgium after Spain announced that it was seeking to arrest him and members of his pro-independence government. Spain filed an international arrest warrant …

Nae fish and yer passport is French
For the rest of the UK, and particularly for those people in England who voted to leave because they really believed in the myths of British exceptionalism, the entire Brexit process must be very like discovering what it feels like to be the Scottish fitba team. There they were, chanting Eng-er-land Eng-er-land and looking forward …

HOOP: Hands Off Our Parliament
There’s an important event taking place in Edinburgh tomorrow. HOOP, Hands Off Our Parliament is a demonstration outside Holyrood to show the Conservative government that we the people of Scotland value the devolved parliament which we voted for, and that we will not sit back quietly while Theresa May and her minions use Brexit, something …

The Great British Boak Off
You might be forgiven for thinking, given that the promise to stand up for the interests of the Scottish fishing industry was the only commitment made by Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives? during last year’s General Election that consisted of saying more than “We don’t want another referendum”, that the Scottish media would now be hounding …

Gutted like a fish
“Well that was totally unexpected and absolutely no one could have predicted that it would happen. I never saw it coming,” said the guy who walked out into the middle of the M8 during rush hour and was run over by a fish lorry. That’s pretty much the response of Scottish Conservative supporters to the …

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May denies Brexit 'power grab' in flying visit to Scotland
THERESA May made a flying visit to Scotland yesterday as she undertook a one day whistle stop tour of the UK to mark a year?s countdown to leaving the European Union.

Labour members apologise over anti-Semitism
LABOUR members in East Renfrewshire have written to local Jewish groups to apologise over anti-Semitism in the wider party.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to 'stand united' against Islamophobic campaign
NICOLA Sturgeon has said Scotland will ?stand united? against those behind a campaign urging people to ?punish a Muslim?.

Income supplement announced to help tackle child poverty in Scotland
MINISTERS are to use new welfare powers to introduce an income supplement as part of a range of measures to tackle child poverty.

Angus MacNeil backs underdog for SNP depute leader post
ONE of the longest serving SNP MPs has given his support to Chris McEleny in the contest to become the next party depute.

Scotland Office spends £50k on pro-Union social media adverts
THE Scotland Office spent £50,000 of public money telling Scots that trade with the rest of the UK is worth four times more than trade with Europe, documents reveal.

Probe into ?Smash a Fenian Day? after email sent to James Dornan
POLICE have launched a probe after a SNP MSP has reported plans for a violent ?Smash a Fenian Day? with ?extra points? for ?acts perpetuated on Muslims and Scottish Nationalists?.

Green motion to scrap council tax system defeated
THE Scottish Government, backed by the Conservatives, has defeated a Green motion to scrap the council tax system.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

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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

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In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Scotland and Independence

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Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence
Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence  The ScotsmanHere's how changing the narrative will secure us a Yes vote  The NationalFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Clara Ponsati: Arrested Catalan politician released on bail
Clara Ponsati: Arrested Catalan politician released on bail  BBC NewsCatalan fighting extradition from Scotland poses nationalist dilemma  ReutersFormer Catalan minister to oppose extradition from Scotland  Gibraltar ChronicleFull coverage

Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?
Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link
Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link  The NationalFull coverage

Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Kenny MacAskill: Stop treating Catalonia as a proxy for Scotland
Kenny MacAskill: Stop treating Catalonia as a proxy for Scotland  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Catalan struggle leaves Scotland in tight spot
Catalan struggle leaves Scotland in tight spot  Reuters TVDefiant #Catalan academic #Ponsati granted bail in fight to avoid Spanish extradition  EU ReporterWhere is the UK while Scots stand up to Spain?  The NationalCatalonia - Bloomberg  BloombergFull coverage


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The SNP has a job opportunity. So why do none of the top talent want it?
The SNP has a job opportunity. So why do none of the top talent want it?  New StatesmanSNP accused of registering website for Indyref2 campaign  The ScotsmanEconomic growth 'held back by SNP confusion'  The TimesFull coverage

SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system
SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system accused of registering new website for Indyref2 campaign  The ScotsmanWhy the SNP had to be brilliant at social media  The NationalFull coverage

SNP MP says sorry for Jacob Rees-Mogg 'Catholic Brexiteer' joke
SNP MP says sorry for Jacob Rees-Mogg 'Catholic Brexiteer' joke  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP MSP delivers entire Holyrood speech in Gaelic
SNP MSP delivers entire Holyrood speech in Gaelic  The ScotsmanSNP MSP Kate Forbes to give Holyrood address in Gaelic  The Sunday PostFull coverage

SNP MP apologises for Jacob Rees-Mogg 'Catholic Brexiteer' jibe
SNP MP apologises for Jacob Rees-Mogg 'Catholic Brexiteer' jibe MP apologises for tweet mocking Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg over his religious beliefs  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP and Tories team up to defeat Green call to scrap council tax
SNP and Tories team up to defeat Green call to scrap council tax  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Angus MacNeil backs Chris McEleny for SNP depute leader post
Angus MacNeil backs Chris McEleny for SNP depute leader post  The NationalFull coverage

SNP 'open to council tax reform'
SNP 'open to council tax reform'  The TimesFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigge...
The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigger a second Brexit referendum  Business InsiderFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Ex-Catalan minister surrenders to authorities in Scotland
Ex-Catalan minister surrenders to authorities in Scotland  Aljazeera.comCatalan independence: Wanted ex-minister Clara Ponsati posts bail in Scotland  Deutsche WelleDefiant Catalan academic Ponsati turns herself in to fight Spanish charges in Scotland  Channel NewsAsiaDefiant Catalan academic Ponsati granted bail in fight to avoid Spanish extradition  ReutersFormer Catalan minister to oppose ex...

Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'
Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'  The ScotsmanThe original remainers: how 1975 produced a successful pro-Europe referendum campaign  New StatesmanLabour MEP says second EU referendum 'only fair course of action'  BT.comLetters: Why we need a second and more representative EU referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?
Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link
Cambridge Analytica's shock independence referendum link  The NationalFull coverage

Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be ...
Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be investigated  The Sunday PostFull coverage

'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'  BBC NewsProtests in Catalonia after independence leaders held  The Express TribuneFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

The Scottish Government has been running a consultation on the potential use of fracking and coal bed mining in Scotland. Today is the last day if you want to express your views on it: ...

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 ...

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!

Richard Leonard
I think Dick Leonard now deserves a thread of his own. Managed to catch up with yesterday's FMQ's  and Leonards'  performance was as bad as I've ever seen.  I'm going to state he is the worst leader of Labour in Scotland since the parliament was set up. That's quite some achievement given...

The Official President Trump thread

The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


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

Yes, The Blood, It Is My Victory
"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24        

Board is now almost unreadable - jumping up and down to whatever ad is the flavour of the day Posting this was also difficult

The walking dead
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode.  At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol) 

Authoritarian Scotland?
So the Scottish Courts rules that context in a joke is irrelevant. The state convicting "Count Dankula" for offence. Ruling the context of a joke is irrelevant and potentially jailing him. I could write reams about this, but i'll see if anyone is interested before wasting my time. Really ...

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Team GB Football - Again
English FA are going to put forward a womans team for the next Olympics and will as usual ride 'rough shod' over any objections so it will happen this time. (followed by a men's team soon after without a doubt.  The online article on BBC had a comments page and this one just about summed it al...

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

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

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The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…