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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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POLITICAL ROUND UP
30 May 2015 at 6:16pm
[BLOB] Tory employment minister Priti Patel previously worked for lobbyists Shandwick helping a tobacco giant linked to the brutal military regime in Burma.

Cameron gets boost from Berlin but setback from Warsaw on his long road to re...
29 May 2015 at 6:16pm
DAVID Cameron has received a boost from Europe's powerhouse after Germany's Angela Merkel said that treaty change, seen as essential to the Prime Minister's plan for reform, was "not totally impossible".

Burnham tells business leaders they're heroes as Labour's frontrunner says he...
29 May 2015 at 6:16pm
ANDY Burnham, frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, has hailed Britain's entrepreneurs as heroes as he and the other main candidates hit the campaign trail emphasising their ordinariness.

Voters asked to 'love' European Union ahead of referendum
29 May 2015 at 6:16pm
THE UK Government hopes to convince more voters to love the European Union in its bid to secure victory in David Cameron's pledged referendum on UK membership.

Scotland Office denies SNP claim that Keen appointment is signal of backtrack...
29 May 2015 at 6:16pm
THE Scotland Office has insisted there will be no backtracking on more powers for Holyrood after the SNP claimed the UK Government appointment of top Tory Richard Keen as Advocate General was a "clear signal" that there would be.

The EU must be flexible and imaginative enough to help Britain get the reform...
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has warned that the EU must be "flexible and imaginative enough" to respond to Britain's demands for change as Cabinet colleague Philip Hammond insisted that without reform the UK would leave the 28-member Brussels bloc.

Salmond warns Cameron renewal of Trident would be "fatal mistake"
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
ALEX Salmond has warned David Cameron that pushing ahead with the renewal of Trident would be a "fatal mistake" Scotland would not tolerate.

Speaker applauds the non-clapping Nationalists for their show of solidarity
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
WHAT a difference a day makes.

Ministers 'drop push for abortion law to be devolved'
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
The Scottish Government has quietly dropped its push for abortion law to be devolved to Scotland.

Cameron brands Miliband "a joke" for agreeing to interview with outspoken com...
28 May 2015 at 1:40pm
ED Miliband has been branded "a joke" by David Cameron after the Labour leader subjected himself to a politically risky interview with the idiosyncratic comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand.

Britain will have tougher immigration system without Lib Dems, says May
28 May 2015 at 1:05pm
BRITAIN will have a "tougher, firmer and fairer" immigration policy now that the Conservatives are governing alone and no longer encumbered by the Liberal Democrats, Theresa May has told MPs as she outlined the justice and home affairs offer in the Queen's Speech.

First Minister to quiz Police Scotland about face recognition technology, as ...
28 May 2015 at 11:55am

Emboldened Cameron says packed Queen's Speech golden opportunity for Britain'...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
With Labour in disarray and the Liberal Democrat ball and chain discarded, David Cameron looked like a man rejuvenated, declaring that the Queen's Speech was a "golden opportunity" to renew Britain.

Salmond calls for investigation as Cameron seeks to bring about Evel without ...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
A NEW constitutional row is brewing after the Commons Speaker agreed to investigate the UK Government's plan to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs not through a Bill but by simply changing parliamentary procedure.

Amid the ermine, diamonds and pearls of the Lords, there wasn't a Scottish Na...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
TIARAS, top hats and turbans - but not a Scottish Nationalist in sight.


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Scotsman

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Ruth Davidson challenges rivals over tax increases
30 May 2015 at 7:01pm

THE Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, yesterday challenged rival political parties to rule out tax increases when new powers come to Holyrood.



I?ve lots of support, Alistair Carmichael insists
30 May 2015 at 6:40pm

THE former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael yesterday claimed he had a “lot of ­support” to remain as a member of parliament ­despite facing intense pressure to give up his Westminster seat following the leak of a controversial memo.



SNP postpones FFA push in battle for ?Smith plus?
30 May 2015 at 6:39pm

THE SNP is expected to ditch plans to push for full economic powers for Holyrood in the Scotland Bill and will instead concentrate on strengthening the package offered by the UK government.



Twice as many deadlines missed for cancer tests
30 May 2015 at 6:25pm

THE number of patients missing Scottish Government waiting time targets for life-saving cancer tests has more than doubled over the last year, new figures have revealed.



Elderly abuse victims ?need payments now?
30 May 2015 at 6:14pm

PRESSURE is growing on the Scottish Government to make interim compensation payments to elderly victims of historical child abuse amid fears many of them will not live to see the conclusion of a public inquiry.



Andrew Wilson: Holyrood must show the way forward
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

HOLYROOD in the best position ever to transform the nation, writes Andrew Wilson



Insight: Attitudes to terminal illness are changing
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

DESPITE Holyrood’s decisive rejection of the assisted suicide bill, its supporters believe attitudes to terminal illness are changing, writes Euan McColm



Leaders: Bigger picture of failure | Aid workers
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

MISSED target for cancer screening a warning that SNP must change its priorities



George Thomson: We must shift focus to volunteers
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

We must respond to the needs of volunteers – not the organisations, says George Thomson



4,243 migrants rescued off Libya in one day
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

MORE than 4,000 migrants have been rescued off Libya’s coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy, Italian coastguards said yesterday.



Dani Garavelli: ?Hard-working? doctrine is a lie
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

THE “hard-working” tag has been used to create division between the worthy and the unworthy poor – the industrious versus the idle, strivers versus skivers – and to stigmatise the jobless, writes Dani Garavelli



Drumlanrig: SNP MPs | Alex Salmond | Question Time
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

Surprising champion talks up SNP MPs



Euan McColm: Labour infighting suits nationalists
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

LAST-minute squabble over Labour crown just plays into hands of the nationalists, writes Euan McColm



US warn China over South China sea land reclamation
30 May 2015 at 6:00pm

CHINA’S land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won’t expand
its sovereignty, US defence secretary Ash Carter warned yesterday.



Scottish Parliament to consider using income tax powers
30 May 2015 at 8:13am

A Holyrood committee is to consider if new powers should be used to raise or lower income tax in Scotland.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

Playing tricks on memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2015 at 6:59am
In its kneejerk “SNP BAD” reaction to the Alistair Carmichael affair, the Unionist establishment – politicians and media alike – has furiously tried to divert attention from Carmichael’s smear and attempted cover-up by harking back to an incident in 2012, when the press gave vast amounts of coverage to a claim that Alex Salmond had “lied” about […]

Another question answered
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2015 at 3:59am
The Scottish Conservatives last October: And how it panned out in reality: Oddly, there seems to be no quote from the Tories on that story.

A dereliction of duty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 7:19am
An alert reader today drew our attention to a detail we’d missed in a recent article in the Shetland News. It concerned Alistair Carmichael’s leaking of a false memo in order to smear Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP while the Orkney & Shetland MP was still Secretary of State for Scotland, and took the form […]

Power retained
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 4:57am
Most of today’s papers quote an unnamed Scotland Office spokesman on the subject of the Scotland Bill 2015, and in particular its clauses concerning welfare powers: “It is factually wrong to claim there are vetoes in the Bill. These are sensible, practical arrangements to ensure the transfer of new powers smoothly.” We’ll let readers judge […]

Hide the tiger
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 7:01am
Earlier today we noted that the indyref had empowered the Scottish people to an extent that they seemed very reluctant to give up on. But plutocracies don’t become the establishment by giving up their thrones lightly, and so today we get this: The above is a passage we selected completely at random from the Scotland Bill 2015, the […]

The People Versus Plutocracy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 5:30am
Just a quick update on the Alistair Carmichael fundraiser: In barely 48 hours, almost £37,000 has been raised by the general public to challenge the election of a British MP under false pretences. We don’t believe there’s any sort of precedent for that. It would now seem beyond any reasonable doubt that there will be […]

Michael White?s Moustache
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2015 at 4:21pm
Hats off to the Daily Reckless: . You thought you’d never even heard of me But I’ve been patronising Lesley Riddoch on TV I’m defending all the liars but it’s really not fair All you notice is my farcical facial hair Michael White’s moustache, Michael White’s moustache It’s a right stramash, a right stramash And […]

Something less than an answer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2015 at 11:00am
The current Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, on Politics Scotland earlier today: “I was not convicted”, of course, isn’t quite the same thing as “I didn’t do it”.

How not to lose the EU referendum
by Douglas Daniel
27 May 2015 at 8:10am
The UK’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership was enshrined in the Queen’s Speech today, and it seems likely that the “Yes” side will be those arguing for the UK to stay in the EU. That’s a good thing. However, it’s difficult not to get flashbacks to 2011 when various unionist idiots were insisting that the Yes option […]

Moodievision: Picture This
by Greg Moodie
27 May 2015 at 6:00am


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BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


EU membership 'vital for jobs'
30 May 2015 at 7:01pm
Membership of the EU is vital to Scottish jobs and the economy, Nicola Sturgeon will tell an audience in Brussels later this week.


'Named person' campaign steps up
30 May 2015 at 7:05pm
Opponents of plans to appoint a "named person" for every child in Scotland step up their campaign ahead of legal action.


Dugdale: Give EU nationals vote
30 May 2015 at 11:43am
EU nationals living in the UK should be able to vote in the referendum on Europe, according to Scottish Labour leadership candidate Kezia Dugdale.


Remote rural areas get 5p fuel cut
31 May 2015 at 4:37am
Motorists in some of Scotland's most remote mainland areas now paying less for fuel after a Treasury discount scheme is extended.


Tax powers move considered by MSPs
29 May 2015 at 7:59pm
MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's finance committee are to to consider if new powers should be used to raise or lower income tax in Scotland.


New limit leads to drink-drive fall
29 May 2015 at 4:15pm
Drink-driving offences have fallen in Scotland following the introduction of a lower alcohol limit, new figures show.


Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP
29 May 2015 at 9:43am
Campaigners hoping to overturn the election of Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael launch a legal challenge at the Court of Session.


QC becomes new Advocate General
29 May 2015 at 8:31am
A leading Scottish QC who is also chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party is to become the new Advocate General.


Presiding officer to retire as MSP
29 May 2015 at 9:47am
Holyrood's presiding officer Tricia Marwick announces she will step down as an MSP at next year's Scottish election.


Teachers 'work an extra 11 hours'
29 May 2015 at 6:04am
Teachers in Scotland are working an additional 11 hours a week on top of their contracted hours, according to a survey by a union.


Lib Dems leave SNP-led coalition
29 May 2015 at 10:39am
The Liberal Democrats walk out of the SNP-led coalition running Highland Council.


Sturgeon critical of Scotland Bill
28 May 2015 at 8:55am
The first minister criticises the Scotland Bill but the UK government believes it fulfils promises made after the independence referendum.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
28 May 2015 at 8:21am
Nicola Sturgeon says no young person will be disadvantaged by the Maths Higher exam.


VIDEO: Sturgeon on full fiscal autonomy
10 May 2015 at 5:15am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes David Cameron has to go beyond the Smith Commission proposals, giving Scotland greater fiscal autonomy.


VIDEO: 'Scotland's voice will be heard'
9 May 2015 at 5:46am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has joined her newly elected SNP MPs for a photocall.


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Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

REVEALED : The long-forgotten newspaper article in which Kenny Farquharson di...
by James Kelly
30 May 2015 at 11:45am
Some people were very sceptical when I reminded them that Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson had d...

The biggest ever test of the Lib Dems' commitment to Home Rule : will they us...
by James Kelly
29 May 2015 at 12:05pm
I've just been refreshing my memory of the details of the Salisbury Convention.  Although the Lor...

YouGov poll hints at further movement to the SNP since the general election
by James Kelly
27 May 2015 at 12:43pm
I've just been belatedly catching up with the datasets for the YouGov poll that was published in ...

The country that forgot it was lunchtime
by James Kelly
26 May 2015 at 10:53pm
As you may be aware, Michael White's comments on the Alistair Carmichael scandal became ever more...

Looking for male victims of domestic violence to share their experiences
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 7:22pm
My friend Anita is currently conducting research into incidents of domestic violence involving ma...

Holyrood prediction
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 11:17am
A guest post by Ben Roberts

So Westminster?s done and dusted for another five years and we?ve alre...

Tally ho, laddie!
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 8:07am
It's an embarrassment for The Guardian, but Michael White is surely the London media's biggest di...

Lib Dem efforts to save Carmichael descend into farce, as they insist he must...
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 12:31pm
You really know that Alistair Carmichael's political future is hanging by a thread when quite lit...

YouGov poll : UK support for staying in the EU drops slightly
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 10:16am
As things stand, it looks possible that we're going to face a long-running indyref-style lack of ...

We're gonna ra-ba-bab, ra-ba-bab, we're gonna ra-ba-bab tonight
by James Kelly
23 May 2015 at 7:09pm
So Sweden have overtaken Luxembourg, the UK and France to become the outright second most success...

Eurovision 2015 prediction : Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 10:07pm
I must report that I still haven't made up my mind whether I'm going to be watching the final liv...

Will the Spectator apologise for continuing the lies about Nicola Sturgeon?
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 12:07pm
This is absolutely extraordinary.  Even after Alistair Carmichael's grovelling apology to Nicola ...

Now this is rare - I actually thought Carmichael was better than this. I'm t...
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 9:44am
Am I alone in being genuinely flabbergasted to discover that Alistair Carmichael was directly res...

How I fell out of love with George Galloway
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 8:42am
A guest post by Alex Skinner

My first clear memory of George Galloway is of him being interviewed ...

And before I leave, let me show you Tel Aviv
by James Kelly
21 May 2015 at 5:11pm
Disaster struck within ten minutes of me sitting down to watch the second Eurovision semi - it su...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.


Scotland has the lowest rate of female unemployment of any country in Europe
31 May 2015 at 4:38am
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London should be treated as a city state
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Protesters at Dungavel call for end to immigration detention
31 May 2015 at 4:07am
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The Scotland Bill is a Tory trap - and SNP MPs need to get to grips with it f...
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A Tory party in thrall to Ukip, a PM heading for disaster ... but Scotland be...
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Tory appointed Scottish Attorney General branded politically clueless | Heral...
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Help pronuncing "Cha bhith a leithid ann tuilleadh"
31 May 2015 at 12:16am

Hello everyone. I am attending a memorial service tomorrow and I wanted to toast the departed wit...



Wanting to move to Scotland
30 May 2015 at 6:40pm

Hello. Lurker of this subreddit here. My husband and I have been wanting to move from the US to t...




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Anniversary Project
30 May 2015 at 6:01pm

My 7th anniversary is on July 17th. I'm working on a project to give to my wife, a "dream destina...




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Why I was kicked out of The Labour Party on Livestream
30 May 2015 at 5:39pm
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Could someone shed some light on the disability benefit assessment process? G...
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The People Versus Carmichael
30 May 2015 at 3:55pm

I just got this from the Indiegogo ?The People Versus Carmichael? campaign


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Arm's length organisations set up to deliver public services are keeping too ...
by Mark Aitken
30 May 2015 at 6:01pm
CRITICS say Scotland's Freedom of Information act is past its sell-by date and needs to be reviewed.


Gerry Hassan: The Scots might want to be in Europe now but plenty of us wante...
by Gerry Hassan
30 May 2015 at 6:01pm
WE'RE going to see a high-wire political act in the period prior to the referendum on Europe reck...


Torcuil Crichton: Can SNP match Tory offer of low taxes as Austerity 2.0 begi...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 May 2015 at 3:06am
TORCUIL CRICHTON ponders what might happen if the Tories make Scotland?s middle classes an offer ...


MSP hits out at Education Secretary Angela Constance over budgets: 'Fix the t...
by Andy Philip
29 May 2015 at 2:47pm
CONSTANCE has been under pressure for days over the SNP?s education record across Scotland.


Scotland are playing Qatar? Tartan Army hit out at SNP sport spokesperson Joh...
by dailyrecord
29 May 2015 at 8:17am
MEMBERS said East Dunbartonshire MP Nicolson's lack of football knowledge was embarrassing for hi...


Fartgate: New SNP MP Patricia Gibson flinched in disgust after one of her col...
by Stephen Stewart
29 May 2015 at 3:58am
SHOCKED Patricia was caught on camera recoiling in horror when Labour rival Richard Burgon let of...


David Clegg: Tricia Marwick is undervalued treasure in Scottish politics
by David Clegg
29 May 2015 at 3:38am
Maybe retirement from frontline politics will finally bring Tricia Marwick the recognition she de...


SNP back down on demands for Scotland to set own abortion laws
by Torcuil Crichton
28 May 2015 at 4:30pm
TALKS over Holyrood demands to be given more control over abortion law have been quietly dropped.


Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick steps down from frontline politics
by Record Reporter
28 May 2015 at 4:30pm
TRICIA Marwick is to step down from her role as presiding officer in the Scottish Parliament.


"I'm standing for Mayor of London": Controversial ex-MP George Galloway annou...
by Joe Churcher
28 May 2015 at 9:21am
GEORGE Galloway has informed his Twitter followers that he will stand for Mayor of London in 2016...


SNP MP Mhairi Black aims to make an impact in House of Commons 'boy's club'
by Lynn Jolly
28 May 2015 at 7:25am
THE SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South is settling into her new job despite the antiquated...


Record View: How will the SNP use the powers in The Vow to change Scotland fo...
by Record View
27 May 2015 at 3:25pm
RECORD VIEW walks you through the thinking, the implementation and today's execution of The Vow D...


How now crown vow: The Queen unveils Scotland Bill to ensure referendum Vow o...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 May 2015 at 3:01pm
THE Prime Minister says he's delivered on the terms by putting the Scotland Bill as the centrepie...


The Queen's Speech: Recap updates as Tory plans were revealed in State Openin...
by Mikey Smith
27 May 2015 at 7:05am
Her Majesty has revealed the agenda of the first majority Tory government in almost two decades. ...


Record View: Employers should rise to the challenge
by Record View
27 May 2015 at 2:29am
RECORD VIEW says the living wage can grow the economy ? and that is good news for everyone.


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EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...

Those pesky Natz are half way there in their efforts to challenge the Imperia...
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27 May 2015 at 6:49am
Those pesky Natz are half way there in their efforts to challenge the Imperial Master of Orkney a...

Following on from our SHOCKING but TRUE tale behind Nickyleaks, the Nickyfoll...
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26 May 2015 at 1:51pm
Following on from our SHOCKING but TRUE tale behind Nickyleaks, the Nickyfollowers are begging in...

EXCLUSIVE: Read the SHOCKING but TRUE story behind the Nickyleaks affair.
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25 May 2015 at 1:02pm
EXCLUSIVE:
Read the SHOCKING but TRUE story behind the Nickyleaks affair.


The decline and fall of...

EXCLUSIVE: Read the diaries they tried to ban! This week we continue our seri...
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22 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: Read the diaries they tried to ban!
This week we continue our serialisation of the dia...

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20 May 2015 at 4:31am
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David Cameron Pardon the Trident whistleblower
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A big thanks to all our 9000 Facebook fans. Over on Twitter, they're already...
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19 May 2015 at 10:52am
A big thanks to all our 9000 Facebook fans.

Over on Twitter, they're already past 10,000 followe...

Please vote in our new poll: "Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 May 2015 at 5:57am
Please vote in our new poll:
"Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by the Speaker and exclu...

EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 May 2015 at 2:09pm
EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.


Polling disaster ? ?It w...

EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 9:24am
EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen to a new nadir as t...

SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE Makeup staff doing final preparation before Ji...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 7:47am
SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE

Makeup staff doing final preparation before Jim Morphy will be goi...

BREAKING NEWS Mags Curran being question by Police Scotlandshire following a...
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16 May 2015 at 7:42am
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Mags Curran being question by Police Scotlandshire following an attempt to smuggle...

BREAKING NEWS Jim Morphy announces his candidacy to be First Minister in 201...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2015 at 6:58am
BREAKING NEWS

Jim Morphy announces his candidacy to be First Minister in 2016 Holyrood election.


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Bella Caledonia

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To the Bashful Conservative
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2015 at 1:38pm
By Gillian Cummings A note to the bashful conservative, don’t worry no one knows your name… Well,...

Ch ch ch Changes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2015 at 11:43am
Without wanting to get all Tony Blair and, ‘you know’, clutch a coffee cup and say ‘we’re listeni...

The Cloud Chamber
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2015 at 6:48am
By George Guyou Cultural renewal is a process of uncovering our own mislaid and neglected history...

Westminster, the Bomb and the SNP
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2015 at 4:58pm
By Bill Ramsay The significance of the fact that the first outing of the new SNP Westminster parl...

We the People of Shetland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2015 at 6:09am
AN OPEN LETTER from the pressure group “We the People of Shetland” calling on political parties i...

What Is Scotland? A National Identity Crisis in a Moroccan Bank
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2015 at 4:45am
By Karen Emslie @damnrebelbitch The clerk in the bank in Chefchaouen, a Moroccan town in the Rif ...

Britain?s European Affair
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2015 at 7:31am
Agnieszka Karasiewicz is a European citizen living and working in Scotland. This is her response ...

We Are Many
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2015 at 5:26am
WE ARE MANY tells the untold story of the biggest protest in history ahead of the Iraq war, and h...

Confessions of a Justified Singer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2015 at 3:24pm
By Mike Cullen You?re driving along the motorway in a line of cars in the outside lane and everyo...

The White Stuff
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2015 at 9:49am
By Mike Small Michael White of the Guardian yesterday gave us all a master class in elite media c...


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Scotland and Independence

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Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

BBC News

Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland?
BBC News
The Scotland Bill will be based on re...


Scottish independence: Poll shows that more Scots would vote Yes than at last...
25 May 2015 at 11:13am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Poll shows that more Scots would vote Yes than at last ...
T...


Tom Devine: Scottish independence 'more likely than ever' - BBC News
24 May 2015 at 1:29pm

BBC News

Tom Devine: Scottish independence 'more likely than ever'
BBC News
The historian told Bill ...


Scottish independence is real danger to UK, Tories warn - Telegraph.co.uk
8 May 2015 at 12:41pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is real danger to UK, Tories warn
Telegraph.co.uk
The astonish...


Why Scottish independence would be good for Scotland and the rest of Britain ...
15 May 2015 at 4:34am

The Week Magazine

Why Scottish independence would be good for Scotland and the rest of Britain
The ...


Alex Salmond declares he will see Scottish 'independence in my lifetime' - Da...
9 May 2015 at 12:36pm

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond declares he will see Scottish 'independence in my lifetime'
Daily Mail
Scotl...


JK Rowling tells Twitter user to 'get facts straight' over Scottish ... - Tel...
4 May 2015 at 5:22am

Telegraph.co.uk

JK Rowling tells Twitter user to 'get facts straight' over Scottish ...
Telegraph.c...


As Nicola Sturgeon demands more powers, is a second Scottish independence ......
18 May 2015 at 1:22am

City A.M.

As Nicola Sturgeon demands more powers, is a second Scottish independence ...
City A.M.
Bu...


Sturgeon: Scots must not exit EU against our will - Scotsman (blog)
26 May 2015 at 3:45am

Scotsman (blog)

Sturgeon: Scots must not exit EU against our will
Scotsman (blog)
The prospect of a ...


Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m - BBC News
14 May 2015 at 4:39am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m
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Campaigners spent £6.7m a...



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SNP call for scrutiny on change to Commons rules - SNP (press release)
31 May 2015 at 4:48am

SNP call for scrutiny on change to Commons rules
SNP (press release)
The Scottish National Party to...


New data highlights UK food poverty - SNP (press release)
31 May 2015 at 4:19am

New data highlights UK food poverty
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today highlighted the ?national...


Cut deficit in EU savings - Bromsgrove Advertiser
31 May 2015 at 4:13am

Bromsgrove Advertiser

Cut deficit in EU savings
Bromsgrove Advertiser
WE SHOULD all thank the SNP fo...


Cut deficit in EU savings - Droitwich Advertiser
31 May 2015 at 4:07am

Droitwich Advertiser

Cut deficit in EU savings
Droitwich Advertiser
WE SHOULD all thank the SNP for ...


MSP demands action on unfair transmission charges - SNP (press release)
31 May 2015 at 4:03am

MSP demands action on unfair transmission charges
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has...


Dugdale: Give EU nationals vote - BBC News
31 May 2015 at 3:11am

BBC News

Dugdale: Give EU nationals vote
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Stephen Gethins MP, the SNP's Europe spokesman at ...


EVEL, Brexit, and the SNP: what does the 2015 election mean for the House of ...
31 May 2015 at 2:03am

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EVEL, Brexit, and the SNP: what does the 2015 electio...


Ruth Davidson challenges rivals over tax increases - Scotsman
30 May 2015 at 7:10pm

Scotsman

Ruth Davidson challenges rivals over tax increases
Scotsman
Davidson attempted to move the ...


"Stop bleating" about Scotland Bill, Mundell's professor tells SNP - Herald S...
30 May 2015 at 7:09pm

"Stop bleating" about Scotland Bill, Mundell's professor tells SNP
Herald Scotland
Because these re...


Tory appointed Scottish Attorney General branded politically clueless - Heral...
30 May 2015 at 7:09pm

Tory appointed Scottish Attorney General branded politically clueless
Herald Scotland
Richard Keen ...



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Dugdale: Give EU nationals vote - BBC News
31 May 2015 at 3:11am

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Dugdale: Give EU nationals vote
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EU nationals who have made the UK their home shoul...


EU referendum: In-out vote in May 2016 too soon, says electoral commission - ...
30 May 2015 at 3:45pm

The Independent

EU referendum: In-out vote in May 2016 too soon, says electoral commission
The Inde...


Now SNP claims Scotland should be able to veto EU result ? with just 8 per .....
28 May 2015 at 11:09pm

Express.co.uk

Now SNP claims Scotland should be able to veto EU result ? with just 8 per ...
Expres...


Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exi...
26 May 2015 at 7:01pm

Huffington Post UK

Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exit
H...


Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

BBC News

Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland?
BBC News
The Scotland Bill will be based on re...


UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Closer ... - ...
9 May 2015 at 7:25am

International Business Times

UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Close...


Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum - ITV News
10 May 2015 at 11:27am

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Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum
ITV News
Respect and trust should be...


EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French...
25 May 2015 at 10:03am

The Independent

EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French ...
T...


SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum - Dai...
14 May 2015 at 5:07am

Daily Mail

SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
'Publi...


EU referendum question revealed as Bill goes before parliament - stv.tv
28 May 2015 at 11:30am

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EU referendum question revealed as Bill goes before parliament
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"The SNP will argue the...



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Give EU nationals referendum vote, says Scottish Labour leadership candidate
by Press Association
30 May 2015 at 8:23am

Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish party?s current deputy leader, will say it is unfair to exclude citizens from other EU countries living in the UK from the in/out vote

EU nationals living in the UK shoul...



Surviving Scots Lib Dem MP faces judgment call of the isles
by Libby Brooks in Lerwick
29 May 2015 at 10:24am

Alistair Carmichael?s leaked memo on Nicola Sturgeon makes him Orkney and Shetland?s ?lame duck MP? and he should submit to a re-election process, say activists

A few weeks before the general electi...



Scotland bill may give Holyrood veto over Human Rights Act repeal
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
28 May 2015 at 8:24am

Provision in bill will establish in law a convention that Westminster seeks consent for legislation relating to Scottish matters

David Cameron has strengthened the ability of the Scottish government...



Threat to exit human rights convention must be dropped, Tories tell Cameron
by Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
27 May 2015 at 2:21pm

Senior party figures say talk of ECHR withdrawal is ?deeply offensive?, as delay to repeal of Human Rights Act draws spotlight away from Queen?s speech

Senior Tories are telling David Cameron he mu...



Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 12:41pm

MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate

The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legisl...



Alex Salmond challenges Tories' plan for English votes for English laws
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent and Frances Perraudin
27 May 2015 at 12:15pm

Former Scottish first minister asks the Speaker, John Bercow, to look into claims that proposals would breach principle of MPs? equality

Alex Salmond, the former Scottish first minister, has challen...



SNP dissatisfied with devolution of powers outlined in Queen's speech
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 11:09am

Nicola Sturgeon says general election results were mandate for measures beyond those recommended by the Smith commission and contained in the Scotland bill

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ?dramaticall...



Alistair Carmichael has let me down, says former Scottish Lib Dems leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 8:35am

Tavish Scott questions former Scottish secretary?s behaviour over Nicola Sturgeon memo leak, but warns against giving in to ?mob rule? by resigning

A former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats ...



Police investigate Alistair Carmichael over memo leak
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 May 2015 at 4:12pm

Inquiries undertaken by Police Scotland to establish whether there was any criminality in actions by Liberal Democrat MP

Police Scotland have confirmed that they are investigating whether a crime w...



Do our MPs lie? Yes, copiously and consistently | David McKie
by David McKie
26 May 2015 at 2:44pm
In defending his Lib Dem colleague, MP Malcolm Bruce admitted what we all know. No wonder voters are so disillusioned

The Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has admitted he lied over the claim ...



The Guardian view on Alistair Carmichael: he should stay ? for now | Editorial
by Editorial
26 May 2015 at 2:07pm
The former Scottish secretary?s lie should be condemned. But it also raises wider questions about political culture and pluralism that are not so easily answered

Many people, politicians included, t...



Welsh first minister attacks Labour's strategy in Scotland
by Jessica Elgot
26 May 2015 at 11:25am

Carwyn Jones says Scottish Labour failed to learn from party?s fight against rising nationalism in Wales, and might struggle to recover

The Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones, Labour?s most senior ...



Alistair Carmichael?s political survival has become a matter of principle
by Michael White
26 May 2015 at 6:34am

While Scotland?s last Lib Dem MP has shown poor judgment over the Sturgeon memo leak, his fate should not be decided by an SNP-inspired lynch mob

I have been in trouble with zealots in the Twitter p...



Nicola Sturgeon attacks UK government's spending cuts
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
26 May 2015 at 4:18am

Scotland?s first minister says cuts will hit economic growth and deficit reduction and says the Scottish government will campaign to stay in the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has attacked the ?scale and speed?...



Sir Malcolm Bruce: Commons would empty very fast if lying MPs had to quit
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
26 May 2015 at 3:52am

Former MP insists lying is widespread as he attempts to defend Alistair Carmichael?s conduct in relation to leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

Sir Malcolm Bruce, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Dem...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Apres moi lied the stooge
by weegingerdug
29 May 2015 at 9:55am
So he’s still there. Aliestair Koalamichael hasn’t resigned and shows no inclination to accept the proper consequences for his wrong doings. He’s doing his damnedest to keep out of the public eye, ...

A parp in a bin and clapping chagrin
by weegingerdug
27 May 2015 at 7:28pm
Fluffy Mundell, the original Scottish political panda, was proving as evasive as the fluffy black and white variety on Wednesday as he avoided giving a straight answer to a simple question. His att...

Malkied by Malkie and primed by Primula
by weegingerdug
26 May 2015 at 5:44pm
So Aliestair’s still there, clinging onto the face of Scottish politics like a particularly obstinate plook despite the increasingly intense squeezing of ordinary Scottish punters who are not enamo...

Westminsteritis and hyperkenezia
by weegingerdug
25 May 2015 at 12:49pm
So the dishonourable Aliestair Koala has told the BBC that he’s got no intention of resigning his seat and allowing voters in Orkney and Shetland the chance to decide whether they want a liar and s...

The dishonourable dissembler for porkies and scrote-lying
by weegingerdug
23 May 2015 at 6:47pm
The Dishonourable Dissembler for Porkies and Scrotelying is still occupying his ill gotten seat, the one the representative for the Northern Isles got by misrepresenting himself to the Northern Isl...

These things happen
by weegingerdug
22 May 2015 at 6:50pm
Not even Rona can help him now. The last shreds of Alistair Koalamichael’s credibility have gone the way of Danny Alexander’s career in politics, shot down in the flames of public disgrace. Althoug...

It?s a dog?s life
by weegingerdug
20 May 2015 at 4:54pm
According to Wednesday’s Herald, a group of “experts” on devolution have said that there should not be another independence referendum for at least fifteen years. So that’s us telt then, the expert...

Sitting uncomfortably
by weegingerdug
19 May 2015 at 11:06am
Are you sitting comfortably? This past week has given us a few significant news stories. There’s the Royal Navy whistle-blower who has revealed that weapons designed to blow up half the planet and ...

Unleashing the dogs of woe
by weegingerdug
18 May 2015 at 10:38am
It says a lot about the priorities of our Tory overlords that one of the first votes in the Commons is to be a vote to legalise the barbaric cruelty of tearing apart creatures they don’t control wi...

How to kill a coyote
by weegingerdug
16 May 2015 at 1:48pm
You can’t kill the Coyote. Throw him off an electoral cliff so he plunges into a deep canyon which is impossible to climb out of, crush him under a boulder of votes, run him over with the on-coming...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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Dare to raise your voice for the voiceless people of Britain help to e
29 May 2015 at 9:32am

Dare to raise your voice for the voiceless people of Britain help to empower the People - the country belongs to.

Britain is passing through a crucial time and is in imminent need for change of system, instead of change of faces, let the people of Britain, the country belongs to be empower them t...



How very Daily Mail
29 May 2015 at 4:39am

Not just win a house, win a house and be someone's landlord. 

 

   

 

 



Standing for Election
28 May 2015 at 9:20am
I know there was a thread about this a couple of months ago, but I can't seem to find it. Have many people here stood for election before? Whether it be for parliament or for councils or town councils (or whatever the Scottish version is)? And what were your experiences?

I quite fancy standing fo...

Tony Blair resigns as "Middle East Pesce Envoy"
28 May 2015 at 4:22am

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32905468

 

 

Perfect man for the job



Queen's speech
27 May 2015 at 7:27am
So are we happy with the new devolved matters and what will happen with income tax and passenger duty? Up or down ?

Which party is worse?
26 May 2015 at 7:54am

Which of the 2 political f**k ups are worse?

 

Labour for the pledge stone, getting into bed with the Tories during indyref, telling lies, Jim Murphy etc etc etc.  Or Lib Dems for being the Tories bitches for 5 years, for f**k ups such as Carmichael and Malcolm Bruce and completely losing the tru...



Endemic Corruption
26 May 2015 at 6:03am

I've long despised politicians and this is an example why. Please leave aside party allegiances and concentrate on the inherent corruptness involved because that is my concern, not the parties involved.

 

The Scottish Government spent £10 million on the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last year and, as a...



How close was the election vote?
25 May 2015 at 5:18pm
We're the three lost seats close? We're the SNP lucky in others? I never did get to see the numbers vote

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK
25 May 2015 at 6:46am

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK.

United Kingdom is passing through a crucial situation with external pressure and internal flux and anguish within the rank and file of the people.

 

United Kingdom is in drastic need of change, from contemporary or established...



Cunninghame North - 2007
23 May 2015 at 6:58am
The SNP won Cunninghame North by just 46 votes in 2007, which in effect allowed them to govern. If this didn't happen Labour would have controlled Holyrood until 2011, therefore as the SNP would not have proved that they are competent in government any victory then would be a minority one. That m...

Nicola & the french ambassador (revisited)
22 May 2015 at 12:59pm

Here's a letter that Carmichael has sent to the first minister today



Just in time for the long bank holiday weekend!



Pickles
22 May 2015 at 7:46am

Eric Pickles to become a knight.

 

 

Arise, Sir Cumference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#£76kOnBiscuits



Irish Equal Marriage Referendum
21 May 2015 at 5:35pm

With the general election taking centre stage, this one kind of crept under the radar over here. I didn't realise this was happening until I saw it on the news this morning.

 

Opinion polls suggesting it could be close to 70-30 in favour of Yes. Basically everyone except the catholic church is ca...



Labour: Not even pretending
21 May 2015 at 11:30am

Is there anyone in Scotland who's still voting for these wallopers?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/21/liz-kendall-labour-leadership-election

 

 

The MP for Leicester West has previously made it clear that she would reverse Miliband’s opposition to holding an EU referendum and disa...



John Bercow
21 May 2015 at 9:21am

What are your thoughts on the bold speaker, P&B?

 

I had a grudging admiration for him on the last day of the last Parliament, when he fought off an attack from the Tory front bench.

 

He seems not a bad sort and annoys a few of his own party, which is no bad thing.  He pledges to give backbenche...




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Scottish Star Wars
30 May 2015 at 4:39pm



Punishing The Clubs For Sectarian Fans
30 May 2015 at 9:56am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32929665

I don't have a problem with the majority of this but Im undecided on whether you can blame the clubs for what is a bigger issue within Scottish society.
I'm more inclined to have the Police actually do their job more forcefully on match days and actual...

The Talkies
30 May 2015 at 7:23am
Motion pictures

Pete The Jakey
30 May 2015 at 3:04am
RIP

Scottish Album Of The Year?
28 May 2015 at 7:36pm

so, the 20 longlist become the 10 shortlist

 

big surprise some of the albums that did not make the cut......

 

www.sayaward.com



Dennis Skinner
28 May 2015 at 5:01pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vy40p

I'm not sure if the link will work so if not, go to today's Jeremy Vine programme (hosted this week by Vanessa thingmy) on radio 2 and go to 1hour 9 minutes in. Piece is about Dennis Skinner and the seat situation and Dennis is not playing the msm game.

Tommy Sheppard
28 May 2015 at 9:02am

Don't know too much about Tommy apart from seeing one of his speeches from the SNP conference. Just watched his maiden speech in the House of Commons - excellent, passionate and stirring. Look forward to seeing more of him. 



George Galloway
28 May 2015 at 8:08am

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Laptop Charger Help
27 May 2015 at 4:45pm
I have an Acer laptop with a 11.1v battery, the old charger stopped working and I'm looking to buy a new one. Will a 19v charger be ok as that seems to be the only ones available?

Thanks

Dvd Player With Usb
27 May 2015 at 8:18am
Just bought a Sony one and it's saying device not supported when I attempt to plug in my external hard drive - 2TB My passport.

Is there something I can do to the hard drive to make it work?


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