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Yousaf demands Home Office foots £5m policing bill for expected Trump visit t...
29 Jun 2018 at 6:20pm
HUMZA Yousaf has called on the Home Office to foot the full £5 million policing bill for the expected visit of Donald Trump to Scotland next month.

SNP at Westminster reshuffles pack to face challenges of 'Brexit shambles'
30 Jun 2018 at 12:02am
IAN Blackford has followed Nicola Sturgeon and reshuffled his frontline team at Westminster, underlining the SNP leadership?s move to put the party on a war footing in preparation for a second bid for Scottish independence.

Tom Gordon: Unforced error exposes Sturgeon to lethal line of attack
30 Jun 2018 at 5:12am
IT was not the summer send-off Nicola Sturgeon had bargained on. Her wide-ranging reshuffle was supposed to round off the parliamentary year with a flourish.

Unspun: the political diary
30 Jun 2018 at 5:11am
THE reshuffle kerfuffle prompted an unusually sombre performance for Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw. Mayfly minister Gillian Martin?s 2007 blog about ?American blacks? was ?shocking?, he tutted. Unspun wonders how he?d feel about the clown who told Tory activists in 2005: ?The only person recorded as saying de-feat is marvellous is Robert Mugabe's chiropodist.? Oh yes, that would be Jackson 'I apologise unreservedly' Carlaw.

Four Scottish NHS boards will need Government loans to balance the books
30 Jun 2018 at 5:12am
FOUR NHS boards across Scotland will need loans to balance the books this year, it has emerged.

Holyrood bosses attempt to stamp out anti-bullying stunt, citing rules breach
30 Jun 2018 at 5:00am
HOLYROOD bosses tried to stamp out an anti-bullying stunt which saw MSPs from across the political spectrum don rainbow-coloured ties.

One in five children denied mental health treatment after GP referrals
30 Jun 2018 at 5:00am
ONE in five children have been denied specialist mental health treatment after being referred by their GP or teacher ? leaving hundreds of desperate families with nowhere to turn.

Demand to improve help for female addicts as drug deaths soar in Scotland
30 Jun 2018 at 5:12am
A COMBINATION of prolonged physical and mental health problems, including the trauma of having children removed, may be behind a surge in female drug deaths in Scotland, researchers have said.

Theresa May warned by EU's Donald Tusk she faces 'last call' on Brexit
29 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
THERESA May has been warned by impatient EU leaders that she faces her ?last call to lay the cards on table" on Brexit if she hopes to achieve a deal on the UK's future relationship with Brussels by October.

Greens demand details on £30m loan to Sturgeon adviser's business
29 Jun 2018 at 5:13am
THE Scottish Greens have demanded more information about a taxpayer-funded £30m loan to a business bought by one of Nicola Sturgeon?s economic advisers.

May hails £20bn frigate deal as biggest naval defence contract for decade
28 Jun 2018 at 6:48pm
THERESA May has hailed a shipbuilding contract worth up to £20 billion between BAE Systems and the Australian Government as the biggest naval defence contract for a decade.

EU tells May to produce ?realistic? Brexit proposals
29 Jun 2018 at 10:58am
Prime Minister Theresa May said she hoped Brexit talks would accelerate after the publication of the forthcoming White Paper.

European leaders concerned at lack of progress on Irish border
29 Jun 2018 at 1:37pm
The EU urged the UK to intensify its efforts so a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement can be concluded as soon as possible.

Public views sought on proposed pavement parking ban
29 Jun 2018 at 4:26am
MSPs are seeking public views on a proposed new transport law which includes a ban on pavement parking and double parking.

May says UK and EU27 keen to worker at 'faster pace' to secure Brexit deal
28 Jun 2018 at 3:26pm
THERESA May has said Britain and the European Union are both keen to make "faster" progress on Brexit negotiations as she arrived in Brussels for a meeting with leaders from across the bloc.



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Record numbers of women dying from drugs in Scotland
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland has seen a dramatic incease in the proportion of women being killed by drugs, a new Scottish Government report has found.

May faces Cabinet showdown over Brexit as EU door left ajar for deal
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Theresa May has been issued a “last call” for her government to agree what kind of Brexit deal it wants after EU leaders left a summit in Brussels voicing concern at the lack of progress and warning that is running out.

Meadowbank move clears its final hurdles but public trust has fallen
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Meadowbank Stadium will have a “fit for purpose” sports centre after councillors approved plans for an overhaul of the iconic former Commonwealth Games arena.

Leader comment: Trump?s immorality may be his downfall
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
US taxpayer-funded trips by Eric Trump to Turnberry in sign his father is ‘normalising kleptocracy’, says campaigner for good government.

Susan Dalgety: King Donald the 45th wages war on an all-American icon
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Donald Trump’s threats to destroy Harley-Davidson raise fears of tyranny, finds Susan Dalgety.

John McLellan: A strange obsession with expensive trams
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Sydney’s tram system may be even more expensive than the new one in Edinburgh, where the city council is ignorning the potential of other investment opportunities, writes John McLellan.

Leader comment: Lives of misery behind surge in drug deaths among women
30 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
It is a document that sheds light on lives of abject misery. A Scottish Government report into the reasons behind a staggering 169 per cent rise in the number of drug-related deaths among women over the last decade tells of violent beatings by men, sexual abuse, children taken away and mental illness.

Thousands of children left in limbo says audit of mental health care
29 Jun 2018 at 10:10pm
One in five children who seek help from Scotland’s mental health service are rejected for treatment leaving thousands of children in limbo, a new report has disclosed.

Donald Trump?s son linked to £10,000 US State Dept payments to Turnberry resort
29 Jun 2018 at 10:00pm
Donald Trump has been accused of overseeing a culture of “kleptocracy” at his flagship Scottish resort after federal receipts passed to The Scotsman show the US government is bankrolling trips connected to his son’s visits to the luxury property.

Government?s lack of progress on Brexit ridiculous, says Corbyn
29 Jun 2018 at 7:20pm
Jeremy Corbyn has said the government’s failure to produce a white paper on Brexit is “ridiculous”.

David Cameron refuses to comment on Danny Dyer calling him a ?t**t?
29 Jun 2018 at 6:29pm
David Cameron has refused to rise to the bait after being subjected to a brutal tongue-lashing from actor Danny Dyer over his part in Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn to highlight pressures facing NHS services in Scotland
29 Jun 2018 at 6:25pm
Jeremy Corbyn will highlight the pressures facing GP practices and other NHS services on a visit to Scotland.

Four Scottish NHS boards in need of government loans this year
29 Jun 2018 at 5:33pm
Four health boards will require Government loans to balance their budgets this year, ministers have confirmed.

North Sea oil and gas boost ?could drive Scottish economy growth?
29 Jun 2018 at 1:49pm
A boost in the fortunes of the North Sea oil and gas industry should drive stronger growth in the Scottish economy but Brexit continues to pose a risk, a new report has said.

Legalise cannabis and reap £1bn tax reward, Government told
29 Jun 2018 at 1:37pm
Legalising cannabis could bring in more than £1 billion a year in tax revenues, a think tank has claimed.

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Scotland?s alternative
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jun 2018 at 11:00am
Political pundits on both sides on the border often marvel at how the SNP appear able to defy the normal rules of electoral gravity, still holding a comfortable double-digit lead in the polls after more than 11 years in power. But there’s no great mystery to it, and the answer is simple, in several senses of …

The half-full electorate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2018 at 11:04am
As alert readers will know, we’ve heard little from the Unionist parties in Scotland over the last couple of years but “SCOTLAND SAID NO!”, “SCOTLAND DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER REFERENDUM!” and “WHAT PART OF NO DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?” That clutch of blunt, angry slogans was (and remains) pretty much the entire Scottish Conservatives manifesto, for example, and it rests on …

Going strong
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2018 at 7:17pm
We’ve just got the results back from a new Panelbase poll of Scottish voters. As ever there’s some fascinating stuff in there, but we’ll start with the headline voting numbers: HOLYROOD VOTING INTENTION (excl DK, chgs vs Dec 2017) SNP 41 (+2) Con 27 (-1) Lab 22 (-3) LD 6 (-) Grn 2 (-) (1018 …

If you don?t want to know the TRUTH
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2018 at 2:08pm
…look away now.

One story, two spins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2018 at 10:43am
Part 1: the story. This year’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found, yet again, that Scottish people trust their government in Holyrood vastly more than they trust the one in Westminster. The figures transcend party loyalties, with far more people saying they trust the Scottish Government than vote for the SNP. Trust in both governments was …

Whose mayhem is it anyway?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2018 at 11:47am
Leaflets being given out by Labour today in Scotland and England respectively: But for some reason there don’t seem to be any going around in Labour-run Wales. We can’t think why. Because it’s certainly not that the problems identified by the cards – fare increases, overcrowding, delays and cancellations – haven’t been happening in Wales too, as you …

Being our own media, part 26
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2018 at 9:50am
Michael Gray and Robert Somynne’s Scotia Live, episode 1:

To have and to have not
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jun 2018 at 11:31am
The Sunday Times puts some poll results in an interesting frame today: And readers who’ve learned anything at all from this site over the last six years will be looking at that tweet and immediately wondering “what AREN’T we being told there?” Because the paper – not Wings Over Scotland, not the Scottish Government, not …

Sauces for the geese
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jun 2018 at 12:03pm
Willie Rennie in the Daily Record today: And to be absolutely fair to the Scottish Lib Dem leader, he’s always been consistent in his beliefs, such as the view that elected members should be given a second chance when they’ve committed a minor misdemeanour, and NOT have to (for example) stand down and face re-election. Oh, …

Heads up
by Chris Cairns
23 Jun 2018 at 6:55am

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DUP leader Arlene Foster to attend Orange parade in Fife
30 Jun 2018 at 12:31am
Northern Ireland politician Arlene Foster will be the guest speaker at the Battle of the Boyne march in Cowdenbeath.

Four health boards need £71m government bailout
29 Jun 2018 at 6:48pm
Loans are being provided to boards with the largest funding gap for this financial year.

Minister warns over President Trump trip cost
29 Jun 2018 at 7:58pm
Humza Yousaf insists the UK government should pay for the cost of policing President Trump's visit to Scotland.

New £5m taskforce to improve child mental health care
29 Jun 2018 at 6:59pm
Incoming health secretary Jeane Freeman said the current referral system is "completely unacceptable".

Home Office to meet Glasgow 'hunger strike' family
28 Jun 2018 at 4:46pm
Kamil family say they have been seeking permanent residency in the UK for the last 14 years.

MSP dropped as new minister over 'offensive' blog post
28 Jun 2018 at 4:56pm
Gillian Martin loses her ministerial job before even being confirmed by MSPs over "offensive" blog posts.

Scottish government fails to meet its RET deadline
29 Jun 2018 at 7:49am
Road Equivalent Tariff subsidies are designed to mitigate the extra costs of travel to and from island communities.

MP Danielle Rowley says she's on her period and highlights 'unaffordable' pro...
28 Jun 2018 at 12:24pm
Danielle Rowley tells MPs she is on her period and highlights the "unaffordable" cost of sanitary products.

Guidance on community buyouts of neglected buildings
29 Jun 2018 at 11:46am
The Scottish government has published the advice to help community groups planning to make a purchase.

Councillors back 'buffer-zones' after anti-abortion vigils
29 Jun 2018 at 1:55pm
Councillor Elaine McSporran claimed women, visitors and NHS staff felt traumatised by anti-abortion vigils.

Views on organ donation opt-out plans to be sought
28 Jun 2018 at 6:36am
Government proposals would change the system of organ donation in Scotland to mean people had to opt out.

Former minister barred from Holyrood over sexual harassment
27 Jun 2018 at 4:41pm
Mark McDonald will be banned from Holyrood for a month after the summer recess for sexual harassment.

Scot Goes Pop

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Anguish for mystery man Leonard as Scottish Labour slump to THIRD in new Pane...
by James Kelly
28 Jun 2018 at 12:34am
Tonight has seen the publication of a new full-scale Scottish poll, conducted by Panelbase and commissioned by Wings Over Scotland.  Funnily enough, I had advance warning this was coming, because o...

The momentum is now unstoppable as the previously unionist Mail on Sunday dem...
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2018 at 11:01pm
You've probably already seen this, but it has to be one of the all-time classic newspaper front pages.  Today's Scottish edition of the Mail on Sunday declares that Scotland is an "OPEN DOOR FOR TE...

Is there a strategic advantage to what happened yesterday?
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2018 at 1:53pm
Obviously we all wanted the government to lose in the Commons yesterday, but now that they haven't, I'm trying to work out whether in the long run that will prove to be good or bad news for the SNP...

Sturgeon marches on: new Panelbase poll confirms SNP are on course for gains ...
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2018 at 4:33pm
Today brings word of a new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase.  In one sense it repeats the recent findings of YouGov (albeit in less dramatic fashion) because it shows the SNP on the up, and ...

This may seem impossible, but the UK government is even less committed to the...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2018 at 6:39pm
David Mundell's statement to the House of Commons today was extraordinary.  It wasn't simply that he failed to strike a conciliatory tone or offer any path towards compromise.  It wasn't simply tha...

12.06.18: The day the calling of a pre-2021 independence referendum became in...
by James Kelly
13 Jun 2018 at 12:49pm
Huge respect to Ian Blackford for taking a stand at Prime Minister's Questions and sending the message that the unprecedented breach of the Sewel Convention that occurred yesterday, with the mass-s...

Sensational YouGov poll suggests SNP would make sweeping gains in a snap gene...
by James Kelly
8 Jun 2018 at 11:42am
For the first time in months we have a full-scale Scottish poll.  This one has certainly proved worth the wait, because on Westminster voting intentions it shows the SNP opening up an enormous seve...

This barefaced hypocrisy from Ruth Davidson cannot be allowed to stand. Not ...
by James Kelly
31 May 2018 at 3:42pm
I've always thought that equal marriage and abortion law in Northern Ireland are the ultimate tests of how committed you really are to devolution.  You may think you believe that any Westminster in...

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How does the reduced sugar irn bru compare to the zero version?
by /u/bhavv
30 Jun 2018 at 3:48am
I still havent tried it, and irn bru zero is already the only sugarfree drink I can chug endlessly by the gallon full (though I'd rather not because every mental disorder under the sun & aspartame ...

Question for Scots; how do you feel about independence at this point?
by /u/Vaperius
29 Jun 2018 at 10:23pm
Your last referendum was in 2014 correct? I am wondering how in hindsight you guys are feeling now that Brexit is becoming all but assured. Guys over in r/askeurope suggested I ask here. submitt...

I love Scotland! View like this make the rain worth it :)
by /u/Ishallbetoolate
29 Jun 2018 at 9:42pm
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Zero-hours worker wins shift case
by /u/_soapdodger
29 Jun 2018 at 8:35pm
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(National): Queensferry Crossing's wind barriers have prevented 14 closures
by /u/StairheidCritic
29 Jun 2018 at 8:17pm
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Beautiful day in Troon
by /u/drugenthusiast94
29 Jun 2018 at 8:17pm
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Wings Over Scotland on Twitter | Top-notch Photoshopping, lads.
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29 Jun 2018 at 7:11pm
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Drone footage of the Jacobite steam train. The Harry Potter one.
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29 Jun 2018 at 6:20pm
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Velocity Racing, an all-girl group from Inveralmond High School in Livingston...
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29 Jun 2018 at 6:16pm
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[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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29 Jun 2018 at 6:10pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

ALDI buys up Scottish strawberry glut | The Scottish Farmer
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29 Jun 2018 at 5:57pm
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Scottish independence march Bannockburn 2017
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29 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
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Cancer treatment waiting times 'worst ever'
by /u/abz_eng
29 Jun 2018 at 5:32pm
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Stunning panoramic footage of 80 George street in Edinburgh.
by /u/edinburgh_lass
29 Jun 2018 at 3:52pm
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Playing the security card in the Brexit negotiations is a dangerous game: Mir...
by Jason Beattie
29 Jun 2018 at 8:47am
Theresa May says the EU's refusal to co-operate on security will put lives at risk. It is a high-stake negotiating tactic.

Tory 'rape clause' claims 190 victims as shocking child benefit stats revealed
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
New figures show the number of women who have had to disclose their sex attack ordeal in order to claim child tax credit.

Tories must scrap horrific rape clause and stop seeing welfare benefits as a ...
by Record View
29 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
The UK Government see welfare as free money for people who can't be bothered working rather than as a lifeline for the most vulnerable.

NHS is at critical point and needs money now just to stand still
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Torcuil Crichton says the NHS needs a minimum five per cent increase in funding every year.

Theresa May insists she wants 'faster' Brexit deal progress at EU summit
by Ben Glaze
29 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
The call came as European leaders lined up to criticise the pace of negotiations at a meeting in Brussels.

Theresa May hails £20bn BAE warship deal but union blast Tories for neglectin...
by Peter Davidson
28 Jun 2018 at 10:21pm
BAE Systems will supply nine Type 26 submarine hunter ships for the Royal Australian Navy – but they will be built Down Under.

Gillian Martin axed from Scottish Government post over offensive blog post mo...
by Lynsey Bews
28 Jun 2018 at 2:40pm
Nicola Sturgeon named the former college lecturer as minister for further education in her reshuffle on Wednesday but her nomination has now been withdrawn.

'I'm on my period' - Labour MP Danielle Rowley's refreshingly honest speech t...
by Dan Bloom
28 Jun 2018 at 11:03am
"I think there is still a taboo," Danielle Rowley told the Mirror

Kezia Dugdale splashed I'm A Celeb cash on FLAT after saying it was for charity
by Record Reporter
28 Jun 2018 at 8:46am
The former Labour leader has fessed up to how she spent her £70,000 fee.

SNP Westminster leader warns hard Brexit deal will lead to IndyRef2 vote
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Ian Blackford says that leaving the single market and the customs union will trigger demands for another referendum.

Michael Greenwell

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

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

Bella Caledonia

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Out with the Old
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2018 at 10:37pm
Mirroring the militarisation of society seen in Britain, and further revealing his true political persuasion, Emanuel Macron has reintroduced national service in France. Rory Steel reports. Macron has managed to see through plans to reintroduce national service in France for 16 year olds with the aim to promote civic duty and social cohesion ? an …

Podemos and Post-Rajoy Centrism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2018 at 12:43pm
Tommy Greene reports from Madrid on the challenges ahead for Pedro Sánchez?s party and the movement for change in Spain. At the start of this month, an unexpected vote of no confidence put a swift end to 7 years of Rajoy-led Partido Popular (PP) rule in Spain. These successive terms were characterised largely by a brutal austerity programme, …

BBC Scotland 2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jun 2018 at 3:11pm
Fitba coverage is an airt whaur Scotland absolutely excels. Fir in-depth coverage o the gemme, humour, tactical analysis an baith guid- an ill-natured blethers forby we are heid an shouders abuin maist o oor neebors. Ilka nicht on the radio ye hae Sportsound wha, wi their unparalleled access tae the inner sanctum o maist dressin …

Ocasio Cortez: Grassroots politics for a brighter future in Bronx and Queens
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jun 2018 at 9:52am
An amazing result for Ocasio Cortez @Ocasio2018 who has just beaten Joe Crowley in the #NY14 primary at just 28 years of age. It’s an incredible result for a self-described ‘girl from the Bronx’ and avowed Democratic Socialist who is likely to win in November on the most ambitious climate platform of anyone in her …

The US Embassy on Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jun 2018 at 9:31am
This is from the Channel 4 documentary ‘Inside the US Embassy’ and has more than a little of the Hitler Bunker scene about it as the eyes dart back and forth… THE most brutal assessment of #BrexitShambles by the US embassy in London – the economy is gonna tank – the British Government isn’t interested …

Tolerating Intolerance
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jun 2018 at 9:54pm
Cameron Archibald (who tweets at @MammothWhale) unpicks the issues after the AUOB Stirling march. Many people who advocate a political vision do so from an experience they once had or still witness. Perhaps a member of the Conservative party once visited an ex-communist state and witnessed its economic/social problems. Perhaps a Labour member has lived or seen first hand poverty stricken …

Media Coverage of the Glasgow Arms Fair
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jun 2018 at 9:19pm
Activist groups from the Glasgow Against the Arms Fair campaign held a rally on Saturday the 23rd of June at the Buchanan Street Steps. The event included a number of speakers who raised awareness against the three-day UDT Arms Fair in Glasgow at the SEC, initiative that has drawn widespread condemnation and is backed by the Council. Jay Sutherland of Scotland …

Heathrow as a sign of Political Failure and Exercise in Mass Delusion
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jun 2018 at 10:54am
This isn’t really about Boris, who we know is a liar and a hypocrite and a coward. This is a multi-party failure, a generational disgrace and a deluded fantastical boost to the hyper-capitalism that is destroying our planet. The vote for Heathrow Expansion is a travesty but it is a revealing one about our cultural …

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MSPs demand action over use of Scottish airports for rendition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2018 at 2:49pm
Calls for public inquiry after report reinforces concerns over refuelling of CIA flightsMinisters in Edinburgh have been urged to step up their investigations into the use of Scottish airports to support CIA rendition flights.The Scottish Greens and Labour said a damning report into the UK govern...

Theresa May criticised for lack of progress on Brexit as EU summit begins ? a...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the start of the EU summit in Brussels.Afternoon summary 5.43pm BST If I can deliver a humanitarian operation and it is cost appropriate and effective for me to seek the use of UK military assets to do so, then I will....

MP breaks House of Commons taboo by discussing her period
by Sarah Marsh
28 Jun 2018 at 4:38pm
Danielle Rowley highlights period poverty during debate on cost of sanitary productsAn MP has been praised for breaking a taboo by talking about being on her period during a debate over the cost of sanitary products, which many women cannot afford. Scottish Labour?s Danielle Rowley, who represent...

Edinburgh pushes for legal powers to impose tourist tax
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2018 at 3:01pm
Council calls for levy on hotel rooms as city struggles to cope with surge in visitorsEdinburgh is poised to become the first city in the UK to introduce a special levy on tourists as it struggles to cope with a surge in visitors. Related: Edinburgh is magical. But a tourist tax could break its s...

Nicola Sturgeon carries out major reshuffle of Scottish cabinet
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Jun 2018 at 7:09pm
Shona Robison?s exit from health among changes made as education reform bill is shelvedNicola Sturgeon has carried out a comprehensive reshuffle of her cabinet, replacing her longstanding but beleaguered ally Shona Robison, who has resigned as health secretary.After announcing a purge of six vete...

Nearly 150,000 Scottish NHS staff offered minimum 9% pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Jun 2018 at 2:38pm
Nurses, midwives and paramedics all included in most generous NHS deal in UKScottish nurses, midwives and paramedics are on course to receive a minimum pay rise of 9% over the next three years, ending nearly a decade of pay restraint.Health service unions have recommended their members back the d...

Scottish independence supporters march to Bannockburn
by Patrick Greenfield
23 Jun 2018 at 10:57pm
About 8,000 people head to site where Robert the Bruce triumphed over English armyThousands of Scottish independence supporters have marched from Stirling to Bannockburn. About 8,000 people took part in Saturday?s march to the site where Robert the Bruce claimed victory over Edwards II?s English ...

Holyrood standards watchdog says MSP Mark McDonald should be suspended
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Jun 2018 at 1:34pm
Scottish parliament standards committee proposes sanction for former minister over sexual harassmentThe Scottish government?s former childcare minister Mark McDonald faces suspension from the Holyrood parliament for a month after the public standards watchdog found him responsible for sexual hara...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The shitty shreds of May
Sometimes you can progress just by standing still. Sometimes you can win by doing nothing much at all. Sometimes you win by holding firm to your beliefs and allowing your opponents to destroy themselves. The writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, once said that people have an infinite capacity for taking things for …

Respect starts with self-respect
This week was the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum. Twenty four months down the line and any reasonable person would have expected that any halfway competent government would have used this time for careful planning, highly detailed project management, and comprehensive decision making, all of which should have laid out a clear road map …

Reclaiming the future
Opponents of independence are very keen on attacking visions of an independent Scotland. They tut and they tsk. They tell us a million and one reasons why Scotland can’t possibly achieve things that any normal country can achieve. They insist that uniquely amongst the nations of Europe, Scotland is incapable of having money, of running …

Falbhaibh is gabhaibh ur gnùisean airson càca
At the All Under One Banner marches and rallies there are many people with whom to disagree. Disgreeing with people is part and parcel of any grassroots movement. There are plenty of people who disagree with Tommy Sheridan, both with his politics and with his person. There are plenty of people who disagree with the …

Bringing Theresa May down to earth
Tomorrow, Monday, there’s a vote in the House of Commons on the expansion of Heathrow airport. Until recently the measure was going to be backed by the SNP because even though it’s a Conservative government measure, it was going to come with promises attached that should the SNP vote in favour, then Heathrow Airport Ltd …

The heart that beats stronger
Chris Deerin, yes that Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin of “voting No is the moral choice” Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin the apologist for British nationalism because it’s not nationalist at all Chris Deerin, Chris Deerin who’s never come across any mud he’s been incapable of slinging at the independence movement Chris Deerin, has just published an …

Lies, damned lies, and newspaper headlines
When you see a newspaper headline that baldly states, “Court rules fracking is not banned, despite SNP rhetoric,” what are you going to think? What are you going to think happened in court this week when you know that the chemical giant Ineos has been taking legal action to challenge the Scottish Government on fracking …

Accept no substitutes
In recent days there’s been a suggestion on social media that there’s some wizzard wheeze that means that Scotland can legally unchain itself from Westminster rule and leap free in a single bound. This kind of thing surfaces pretty often amongst certain circles within the Scottish independence movement. This time the claim is that because …

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Alex Salmond: The Vow DID swing independence referendum result
ALEX Salmond has questioned Murray Foote?s claims the Vow was not responsible for the Yes side losing the independence referendum in September 2014.

UK refusal to support Police Scotland on Trump visit ?completely unacceptable?
IT is ?unacceptable? for Police Scotland to be footing the bill for Donald Trump?s visit, the new Justice Secretary has said.

Barnier makes final call to May to set out her Brexit proposals
DONALD Tusk has issued a ?last call? to the UK to ?lay the cards on the table? if a Brexit deal is to be done in time.

What next for the Tories on the bumpy road to Brexit?
THE Brexit endgame is fast approaching and the UK is months away from leaving the EU on March 29 next year.

Ian Blackford calls for probe into £160m Scottish farming cash grab
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded Michael Gove start the long promised review into an Westminster?s £160 million EU farming money cash grab immediately.

Trump visit will cost Scotland £5 million .. and the UK may not pick up the tab
CASH-strapped Police Scotland will have to find an extra £5 million to pay for the policing of a visit by Donald Trump.

Ex-Record editor says The Vow will be a stepping stone on path to Scotland?s ...
THE architect of the Vow, which promised more powers for Holyrood if voters backed Scotland staying the Union in September 2014, has said he believes it will ultimately be a stepping stone to independence.

Call for probe into ?dodgy money running rampant? in Scots Tories
THE Electoral Commission has been urged to investigate claims that ?dodgy, dark money... is running rampant? through the Scottish Tories.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Party ? The Tory Party ? Scotland?s ...
        2007: Scandal and abuse of power – Buzzwords summarising the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP in Northern Ireland In 2005 the DUP became the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, replacing the the Ulster Unionists who had dominated the unionist vote since the partition of Ireland. Introducing a new approach and ignoring … Continue reading "Ulster-Orange Order- Democratic Unionist Pa...

NHS Scotland Funding Debacle ? My September 2014 Blog Gave Warning Of A Futu...
            September 2014: If you are English and sick you are in trouble A letter, supported by 95% of Doctors in England, signed off by the leader of the BMA has this week been sent to Mr Cameron warning that the sick, frail and elderly are being failed by Westminster. … Continue reading "NHS Scotland Funding Debacle – My September 2014 Blog Gave Warning Of A Future Tied to England – Blame ...

Ten Days Before the 2014 Independence Referendum ? Polls consistently Showing...
    13 September 2015: Tom Gordon, Scottish Political Editor of the Sunday Herald – The Willie Rennie Interview Listening to Willie Rennie recall the Better Together campaign is like eavesdropping on a therapy session as he wrestles with a half-buried trauma. The misery simply pours out of him. The No side was ?shambolic in … Continue reading "Ten Days Before the 2014 Independence Referendum – ...

Boris Johnson Avoids Heathrow Runway Vote to Commit More UK Soldiers to the K...
        15 Feb 2008: Poor equipment kills British soldier The first casualty of Britain’s deployment in Helmand was Captain James Phillipson, who died in June 2006 when rescuing ambushed colleagues. The ministry of defence admitted he lacked “mission essential equipment”, like night-vision goggles. Today a coroner damningly concluded that Captain James Phillipson … Continue reading "Boris Johns...

A General Election Looms ? Will Labour be Returned to Government? ? Heed the ...
        20 Sep 2015: The British Army could stage mutiny if labour form a government under Corbyn A senior serving general has reportedly warned that the general staff would begin directly and publicly challenging a Jeremy Corbyn government if it tried to scrap Trident, pull out of Nato or announce any plans … Continue reading "A General Election Looms – Will Labour be Returned to Government? –...

Willie (Lonesome) Rennie ? Sleaze ? Not Me!!! Yes Willie ? You!!!
          William Cowan Rennie ? Liberal Democrat Became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dunfermline and West Fife in a by-election, in February 2006. Removed from office in the 2010 GE.       July 2009: Willie Rennie in Expenses sleaze probe A Parliamentary sleaze probe is to be held investigating … Continue reading "Willie (Lonesome) Rennie – Sleaze – Not Me!!! Yes Willie – You!!!"

Afghanistan ? Revealed ? Retired US Army General Accuses UK General of Failin...
    U.S. General Daniel Bolger (pictured) has claimed his British counterpart was a ?peppy, pushy fellow?   Sir Nick Carter     17 Nov 2014: British troops died because of UK general, say...

An Independent Scotland Faces a Dystopian Future if the DUP is to be believed...
      Arlene Foster DUP Leader     Arlene Foster – Leader of the DUP in Ulster “Nationalism is narrow and exclusive whilst Unionism stands for pluralism and multi-culturalism, there is no place in Ulster for intolerance in 2018”. But in her follow up, she confirmed the “narrow and exclusive” policies of the DUP … Continue reading "An Independent Scotland Faces a Dystopian Future if the DUP is t...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Scotland and Independence

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Ex-Record editor says The Vow will be a stepping stone on path to Scotland's ...
Ex-Record editor says The Vow will be a stepping stone on path to Scotland's independence  The NationalFull coverage

11 English Scots for Yes tell us why they back independence
11 English Scots for Yes tell us why they back independence  The NationalFull coverage

Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum
Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

Thousands march for Scottish independence
Thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Ugly ideas of a minority fringe do not define the Yes movement
Ugly ideas of a minority fringe do not define the Yes movement  The NationalFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence'You only want another referendum because you lost the last one': Tory MP slams Sturgeon's latest Scottish ...  Daily MailNicola Sturgeon accused of appeasing 'independence army' at Scotland's expense  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn
Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn  The ScotsmanThousands stage march to Bannockburn in support of Scottish independence  The Sunday PostFull coverage


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SNP at Westminster reshuffles pack to face challenges of 'Brexit shambles'
SNP at Westminster reshuffles pack to face challenges of 'Brexit shambles'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Colleague defends axed SNP minister as 'tremendously talented'
Colleague defends axed SNP minister as 'tremendously talented'  Press and JournalFull coverage

SNP MPs abstain in Heathrow third runway vote
SNP MPs abstain in Heathrow third runway vote  BBC NewsSNP changes its mind on Heathrow runway  The Times'Lost all credibility' - SNP slammed for Heathrow vote abstention  The ScotsmanSNP, vote no to Heathrow expansion ? or betray everything you stand for  The GuardianFull coverage

Is the SNP planning more disruption at Westminster?
Is the SNP planning more disruption at Westminster?  BBC NewsScottish independence march keeps pressure on the Tories...and the SNP  Socialist WorkerSNP Westminster Business spokesperson backs call for Scottish Govt to support workers' ownership including for big ...  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Leader comment: SNP politician's blogging history raises serious questions
Leader comment: SNP politician's blogging history raises serious questions  The ScotsmanScottish Minister Sacked One Day After Job Announcement For Saying These Words About Transgender People 11 ...  The Daily CallerFull coverage

New SNP education minister dropped over blog mocking transgender students
New SNP education minister dropped over blog mocking transgender students  HeraldScotlandBrown's role as campaign director is clear signal of new vote  The NationalFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon appoints new generation of SNP ministers
Nicola Sturgeon appoints new generation of SNP ministers  The NationalNew faces won't change Sturgeon's vision of SNP, says Alan Cochrane Stand: SNP gears up for indyref2, homeless war hero  STV NewsSNP behaved like 'bairns' over Heathrow vote that was vital for Scotland coverage

Labour councillor who 'shouted sieg heil' at SNP says 'it just came out'
Labour councillor who 'shouted sieg heil' at SNP says 'it just came out'  The NationalFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum
Scotland split down the middle on timing for next independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

11 English Scots for Yes tell us why they back independence
11 English Scots for Yes tell us why they back independence  The NationalFull coverage

What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?
What does Brexit mean for Scottish independence?  The TimesFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comDO YOUR JOB! Sturgeon accused of putting independence dream ahead of governing Scotland faces five years of anaemic economic growth  Financial TimesFull coverage

Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?
Will there be another Scottish independence referendum?  Al-ArabiyaFull coverage

Ex-Record editor says The Vow will be a stepping stone on path to Scotland's ...
Ex-Record editor says The Vow will be a stepping stone on path to Scotland's independence  The NationalFull coverage

No change in support for Scottish independence
No change in support for Scottish independence  The TimesSturgeon starts new route to Scottish independence after setbacks  Reuters'More certain than ever' Sturgeon vows SNP will achieve Scottish independence after Brexit'Stop obsessing' on timing of second Scottish independence vote, Sturgeon says  Gibraltar ChronicleIain Macwhirter: The SNP was roaring ahead even before the Gro...

Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn
Thousands march in Scottish Independence rally in Bannockburn  The ScotsmanThousands stage march to Bannockburn in support of Scottish independence  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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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!

The Official President Trump thread

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


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

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

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

Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Scots words
So, from time to time you see a Scots/Scottish word written down you'd never seen written down before, or suddenly hear a Scots word on radio or TV that you'd never heard broadcast before, your realise you'd only ever heard it word of mouth. So it can feel strange out of context (which may ha...

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.

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

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

Glasgow School of Art
On fire ..again And it looks real bad

So I See The Uk And America Have Pulled Out Of Yemen As It Erupts Into Civil War
A couple of hundred special forces and drone programme personnel have fled Yemen as it goes tits up there too. The Houthi's have taken 9 of the 21 provinces and the President has had to move the Capital to Aden, Special forces fleeing Aden?? Deja Vu indeed.Seems a significant increase in activity...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

Jeane Freeman: CAMHS referral system ?completely unacceptable?

Interview: Fergus Ewing on what Brexit will mean for Scotland's rural economy

The Scottish Government reshuffle that became the news ? for all the wrong re...

Martyn Wallace named Digital Leader of the Year at the Holyrood Connect awards

MSPs call for views on the Transport Bill

NHS boards warn they will require more in emergency loans than last year

UK on track to miss legally binding climate targets, Committee on Climate Cha...

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

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

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

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…