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Corbyn adds fuel to independence row
31 May 2017 at 12:20am
Jeremy Corbyn has added to Scottish Labour?s woes by refusing to say that he would block another independence referendum.

Corbyn would be "alone and naked" in Brexit talks, insists May, in personal a...
31 May 2017 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn?s position on Brexit would leave him ?alone and naked? in the EU withdrawal talks with Brussels, Theresa May has said as she made a direct personal attack on the Labour leader?s ability to govern.

Election Unspun: the political diary
31 May 2017 at 12:07am
UK LibDem leader Tim Farron has been getting grief over his beliefs on homosexuality. But help is at hand - from Scotland?s Orange Order. Poor Tim has been ?hounded for being a Christian? in an ?age of rampant atheism and secularism?, says the latest lodge newsletter. ?You have to feel sorry for him.? After that endorsement, we?re sure many people will.

Rennie to call for police and fire services to keep £35m VAT a year
31 May 2017 at 12:08am
THE Scottish LibDems will today launch their election manifesto with a call to let Scotland?s police and fire services keep the £35m they lose each year to the Treasury in VAT.

Sturgeon asks for referendum "triple lock" but admits timing may slip
31 May 2017 at 12:08am
AN SNP election win will seal a ?triple lock? on a second independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said, while admitting her proposed timetable could slip beyond spring 2019.

The SNP manifesto at-a-glance
31 May 2017 at 12:08am
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Sturgeon asks voters to help her stop Tory assault on welfare state
31 May 2017 at 12:08am
NICOLA Sturgeon has urged voters to help her restrain a Conservative party hell-bent on undermining the welfare state and stigmatising people on benefits.

Herald election interview: Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie
31 May 2017 at 12:08am
WHAT his party lacks in MPs, Willie Rennie certainly makes up for in chutzpah and cheesy photo ops. So far in this election, he?s been pranged by a ram, frolicked with alpacas, visited a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker, and posed in a DeLorean dressed as Marty McFly from the Back to the Future movies.

Davidson urged to take part in STV leaders debate
31 May 2017 at 12:07am
THERE was a question mark last night over the final TV debate of the election for Scottish leaders, after it emerged Ruth Davidson had not signed up.

SNP hits back at 'pathetic' criticism over use of NHS logo in election graphic
30 May 2017 at 7:17pm
Opposition parties have criticised the SNP for its use of an NHS logo as part of its General Election campaign.

Election Analysis: Corbyn's gaffe on childcare numbers undid the benefit of a...
30 May 2017 at 4:36pm
HAROLD Wilson?s famous aphorism needs to be rewritten to say not a week but a day is a long time in politics.

Constituency profile, East Renfrewshire: Can Blair McDougall survive the chal...
30 May 2017 at 8:56am
BLAIR McDougall can stake a claim to be the man who saved the UK. 

SNP would prop up Jeremy Corbyn in 'coalition of chaos', Tories warn
30 May 2017 at 5:35pm
The SNP would do a deal with Labour that could see a "shambolic" Jeremy Corbyn leading the UK's Brexit negotiations "propped up by a coalition of chaos", the Conservatives have claimed.

Party leaders invited to rescheduled STV General Election debate
30 May 2017 at 5:19pm
The leaders of Scotland's four main political parties have been invited to take part in a live televised debate two days before the General Election.

New SNP rulers in Glasgow sued over Labour's IT privatisation
30 May 2017 at 9:00am
Scotland's biggest council is being sued over its controversial privatisation of IT.

 

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Theresa May: Jeremy Corbyn ?not ready to govern or lead?
30 May 2017 at 10:18pm
Theresa May launched an assault on Jeremy Corbyn’s credibility yesterday as the Labour leader struggled with the cost of a key manifesto commitment.

SNP under fire as figures show hospital waiting times rising
30 May 2017 at 10:08pm
Waiting times for hospital treatments and tests on the NHS have got worse over the past year, leading to accusations that the Scottish Government is being distracted by calls for a second independence referendum.

UK demand for Irish passports surges in wake of Brexit
30 May 2017 at 9:43pm
Applications for Irish passports from people based in Britain are up by 70 per cent this year, the Republic’s ambassador to the UK has said. Dan Mulhall added that applications for Irish citizenship through grandparents had also increased “quite dramatically” since the UK’s vote last June to leave the European Union.

Leader comment: Sturgeon seeks way out of a tight spot
30 May 2017 at 9:38pm
Ever since the polls indicated that the SNP’s hoped-for increase in support for independence has not materialised since Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon has needed to find a way out of the corner she had backed herself into. The First Minister’s pursuit of a second referendum has left her in a tricky situation, because even the Prime Minister’s denial of a Scottish Parliament vote for a second ballot was not enough to shift support in Ms Sturgeon’s direction. If contrast, the campaign for a second referendum has cost the SNP support in this election campaign.

Court sides with Glasgow Council women staff in pay dispute
30 May 2017 at 9:22pm
Thousands of women workers at Scotland’s largest council are set to receive extra cash after a senior judge ruled in their favour in a long running pay dispute.

Children exploited by traffickers for sex and slave labour
30 May 2017 at 5:39pm
Children sold into sex slavery were among 150 potential human trafficking victims identified in Scotland last year, figures show.

Song calling Theresa May ?liar? hits Top 10 in Singles Chart
30 May 2017 at 4:37pm
A song which labels Theresa May a “liar” is heading for the Official Singles Chart Top 10.

Scotland?s new social security benefits revealed
30 May 2017 at 2:19pm
Financial support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said.

Sketch: Hacks play pantomime villains at SNP manifesto launch
30 May 2017 at 1:51pm
It’s no secret that the SNP has an extraordinary number of paid-up members. But until you’ve seen them stretch for almost a quarter of a mile down Mill Street in Perth city centre, it’s hard to visualise such a mass of independence supporters.

SNP manifesto: the ten key pledges
30 May 2017 at 1:09pm
Ten main points from the launch of the SNP’s general election manifesto today.

May and Corbyn both branded ?losers? after TV Q&A
30 May 2017 at 10:05am
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have both been branded “losers” by the Liberal Democrats after their TV clash.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Terror debate shows Tory weakness
30 May 2017 at 8:55am
The hollow response to Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy claims is symbolic of campaign problems, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

Sturgeon: Timescale for indyref2 could be pushed back
30 May 2017 at 7:54am
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is ready to push back the timing of a second independence referendum and said it will not happen until “the end” of the Brexit process.

Luke Davis: Government must look beyond Brexit for SMEs
30 May 2017 at 7:46am
With the general election fast approaching, the UK’s major political parties have ramped up their campaigns as they compete for the opportunity to lead Britain through one of the most significant political and economic transformations in modern history.

Lawyers warn new domestic abuse law ?will punish rows?
30 May 2017 at 7:09am

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We?ve thought of a way
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 11:26pm
“It couldn’t be clearer than that” was Kezia Dugdale’s assertion tonight on the subject of whether a Labour UK government would block a second independence referendum, during her “Ask The Leader” interview with the BBC’s Glenn Campbell. She’d insisted explicitly several times that a Jeremy Corbyn administration WOULD block a new indyref, even after being shown …

Scottish Labour indyref clarity grows
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 7:36pm
Today’s Daily Record has a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn for, well, let’s call them “mixed messages” over a second independence referendum. It suggests his Scottish branch manager Kezia Dugdale would have “her head in her hands” over his latest comments, which is a bit rich considering Dugdale’s own history on the subject. And since her …

Sub-topical analysis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2017 at 11:37am
Apologies in advance about this, folks, but it’s driving us mad. We got into a Twitter argument with some Tory balloon last night and this morning, and to cut a long story short it got us looking at the 1951 UK general election result. History records it as a Tory majority, securing just over half of …

Fleeing England for their lives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2017 at 3:35pm
From the Victoria Derbyshire show today in Dunstable. “This election is life or death for us.” The Oxford University research she’s talking about, and the Napier and Heriot-Watt Universities research into the mental health impact of Work Capability Assessments.

Once in a lifetime
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2017 at 12:36pm
Tremendous news for the rest of Scotland’s football clubs as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers promises never to win the treble unbeaten again, even if his side score more goals than the other team in all their matches. That’s how it works, right? (And presumably, of course, if they’d lost the cup final against Aberdeen yesterday, they’d …

The right way to go for Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 6:30pm
No.13: James, Aberdeenshire. Please help make more of these brilliant films. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Once in a generation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2017 at 9:25am
…is roughly how often Aberdeen get to the final of the Scottish Cup these days. The last time was 17 years ago – a tournament which started in the last century and ended the year Rangers started paying their players with EBTs – when SFA rules meant that they had to play almost the entire game without …

Ruth Davidson?s Immigration Hokey Cokey
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2017 at 12:54pm
You want the immigrants in: You want the immigrants out: You want the immigrants around the same, but shaken all about: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 26 May 2017) . You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around: And that’s what Ruth is all about. Oy! So in the last couple of weeks …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 682
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2017 at 7:12am
We hadn’t been planning to talk any more about the curious case of Claire Austin, the suddenly publicity-shy Edinburgh nurse who – how can we put this? – seemed a rather ill-chosen figurehead for the good cause of getting more pay for a group of people who are rightly well-regarded by the public. But yesterday, …

Tunes for Yoons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2017 at 8:56pm
Politics is still on hiatus after the dreadful events of Manchester, so we’ve taken the chance to go and enjoy the sudden summer weather while nothing was happening. And today, as we (“Drove at a legal speed” – Ed) across the pretty hills overlooking Bath in an inexpensive convertible, a song came on the stereo that made …

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First hearings in child abuse inquiry to get under way
31 May 2017 at 12:23am
More than 60 institutions including residential schools and church bodies are being investigated.


Election 2017: Scottish Liberal Democrats vow to create 'united' country
31 May 2017 at 12:26am
Scottish Liberal Democrat manifesto to oppose an independence referendum but support another one on Brexit.


Election 2017: Labour 'clear' on independence referendum opposition
30 May 2017 at 8:59pm
Kezia Dugdale denies she and Jeremy Corbyn hold different positions on blocking an independence referendum.


Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process'
30 May 2017 at 4:45pm
Nicola Sturgeon says referendum should be held "not now, but when the final terms of the deal are known"


Independent care system review group set up
30 May 2017 at 7:48pm
Nicola Sturgeon says young people who have been in care are at the heart


MSPs renew calls for Scottish Police Authority chief to go
30 May 2017 at 7:01pm
MSPs renew calls for Andrew Flanagan to leave his role as Scottish Police Authority chairman.


New social security payments outlined by Angela Constance
30 May 2017 at 4:16pm
Extra support for carers and a new maternity grant will be among the first payments made by the Scottish government.


Number of sex crimes reported to Police Scotland at record high
30 May 2017 at 5:03pm
Much of the increase, detailed in reports by Police Scotland, comes from non-recent cases and online offences.


Election 2017: Corbyn refuses to rule out referendum during Brexit process
30 May 2017 at 1:50pm
Labour leader would allow vote "if the Scottish people want it" but would argue for it to take place after Brexit.


Women win Glasgow City Council equal pay fight
30 May 2017 at 3:25pm
The Court of Session rules that female workers at the authority have been excluded from bonuses for years.


Print error found on Dumfries and Galloway postal vote papers
30 May 2017 at 12:37pm
An ink run means a small number of documents have been reissued in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency.


Willie Rennie: Scots don't want second independence vote
29 May 2017 at 8:50pm
The Scottish Liberal Democrats leader says voters "decisively" rejected independence.

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The campaign has moved onto the SNP's ground
by James Kelly
30 May 2017 at 6:17pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times to mark the SNP's manifesto launch.  It argues that the campaign's reversion to a traditional battle ...

Ice-cold ICM poll sends chill down Tyrannical Theresa's spine
by James Kelly
30 May 2017 at 5:44pm
I'm just back from the SNP manifesto launch in Perth.  I don't suppose I learned anything that I wouldn't have done from watching on TV, but there was that unmistakeable frisson of excitement in se...

Indications that the new Survation phone poll may show Tory lead dropping to ...
by James Kelly
29 May 2017 at 3:22pm
I'm going out on a limb with this one because these figures aren't officially confirmed yet, but having done a bit of Kremlinology on Twitter I'm inclined to believe they're probably accurate.  The...

Full-scale Scottish poll from SurveyMonkey gives SNP a 10% lead over the Tories
by James Kelly
28 May 2017 at 2:41pm
Today brings word of the first full-scale Scottish poll for quite a while, but frustratingly it's from SurveyMonkey - they have little track-record in Scotland and therefore it's very difficult to ...

Tyrannical Theresa finds it too close for comfort as average of tonight's fiv...
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 11:04pm
You're way ahead of me here, guys.*puts on Canadian accent*It's another terrrrr-ible night for the Conservative party.So far there have been five new GB-wide polls published this evening - three of...

Scottish Tories remain below 30% in latest subsample average
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 6:40pm
Given the distinct lack of full-scale Scottish polls at such a crucial stage of the campaign (you'd hope there might be one in the Sunday papers but I haven't heard any rumours), it probably makes ...

SurveyMonkey subsample finds 54% of Scottish public want independence
by James Kelly
27 May 2017 at 2:51pm
I'm not sure if we're ever going to see datasets for last night's GB-wide SurveyMonkey poll for The Sun, but one person who clearly has seen more detailed results is Hugo Gye, a political correspon...

Fresh blow for Tyrannical Theresa as up-to-date SurveyMonkey poll shows anoth...
by James Kelly
26 May 2017 at 9:31pm
The second poll to be conducted after the suspension of campaigning has been released by the US outfit SurveyMonkey.  They've made a small number of previous forays into UK political polling, but w...

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Ruth Davidson criticises SNP for publishing manifesto 9 days before the elect...
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31 May 2017 at 1:14am
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Need rain gear suggestions for hiking Scotland's Highland Way in September
by /u/GazpachoZen
31 May 2017 at 12:48am
We've done multi-day hikes in the past (mostly Ireland), but have been generally lucky with the weather. This time, we'll be hiking the Highland Way in Scotland, followed by another 3-4 days on the...

We?ve thought of a way
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31 May 2017 at 12:19am
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If ony o ye are interested a huv reviewed Logan
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30 May 2017 at 11:29pm
Afore a start here hud on a minutey noo. Is is ma first review sae if it pure reeks o pish keep yer opinions tae yersels ye whingin erseholes. And aye a huv typed a heap an pure blethered an but if...

The clearest clarity ever (Kezia Dugdale on Labours position to a referendum)
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30 May 2017 at 10:39pm
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Times on Twitter: we reveal YouGov's first seat by seat projection of the cam...
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30 May 2017 at 10:25pm
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Ruth Davidson: No indyref2 mandate even if 50% vote SNP
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30 May 2017 at 9:59pm
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Inherited some lobster pots can I legally just chuck them in thsea?
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30 May 2017 at 9:52pm
I've inherited 20 lobster pots, is it illegal if I just chuck them into a random sea loch? submitted by /u/cynical_response

Any guesses as to who might be running anti indy push polling?...
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30 May 2017 at 9:32pm
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Party Election Broadcasts: Scottish National Party
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30 May 2017 at 8:08pm
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We need tot get to Kinlochewe next Wednesday, Citylink and Westerbus don't ge...
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29 May 2017 at 10:14pm
As I said, my girlfriend and I want to get from Dunfermline to Kinlochewe. We will arrive in Inverness at 12:28, where we will take the bus to Dingwall where we arrive at 13:05. Westerbus leaves fo...

reducing an independant scotlands deficit.
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29 May 2017 at 10:49pm
1 Introduction Suppose that Scotland became independent in September 2014 - That Coalition practised Shimomuran-Wernerian no-cost investment credit creation economics What might its first budget lo...

T2 - Trainspotting. Probably late to the party here, but just wanted to let e...
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30 May 2017 at 7:26am
I'm sure some don't like it. It's a different vibe from the first. A lot more comedy in this one I find. But holy shit did I love Begbie. SPOILER: [When Begbie catches Renton in the shitter, sees h...

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30 May 2017 at 1:33pm
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Shock poll claims Tories could LOSE seats and fail to win a majority in the 2...
by Dan Bloom
30 May 2017 at 10:54pm
If the eye-catching YouGov projection came true, Theresa May's party would still win the most seats but could be narrowly defeated on key issues


7 'did that just happen?' moments from Jeremy Corbyn's interview on The One Show
by Dan Bloom
30 May 2017 at 8:37pm
The Labour leader rarely mentions his personal life. Now he's talked about manhole covers, jam and chicken-slaughtering in Jamaica ahead of the general election


When is the UK general election 2017? Dates and full timetable as Britain hea...
by Dan Bloom
30 May 2017 at 2:55pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


Nicola Sturgeon unveils SNP manifesto and urges voters to back IndyRef2 mandate
by Katrine Bussey
30 May 2017 at 2:27pm
First Minister insists that if her party wins the most seats in Scotland then it would be "democratically unsustainable" for Tories to block another referendum.


Writing is on the wall for MSP John Mason after latest Twitter gaffe
by Record View
30 May 2017 at 8:22am
Record View says that Mason's latest blunder where he said there was no need to achieve higher literacy standards among school students is the latest in a long line.


Jeremy Corbyn sends Labour IndyRef2 stance into disarray as he pledges to 'op...
by David Clegg
30 May 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour leader suggested he may cave into Nicola Sturgeon's pressure for another vote.


Judgement day is nearing for Nicola Sturgeon's failing government
by Kezia Dugdale
30 May 2017 at 6:00am
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale feels the First Minister's words following the 2015 election may come back to haunt her.


Election debate verdict: Strained Theresa May's authority dented in live TV s...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 May 2017 at 6:00am
In the first of their TV specials for the election campaign the Labour leader bested the Tory Prime Minister in front of an audience of voters.


Theresa May heckled during election debate as PM and Jeremy Corbyn are grille...
by Record Reporter
29 May 2017 at 10:17pm
The Tory and Labour leaders were pressed by an audience of voters and political host Paxman in a crucial general election debate.


Theresa May hounded by furious anti-fox hunting protesters in her own constit...
by Dan Bloom
29 May 2017 at 7:26pm
The Prime Minister was questioned on why she wants to bring back the bloodsport when the vast majority of Brits back the ban.

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Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

Sanders Spells It Out
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2017 at 8:51pm

Journey To Yes 11
by michaelgreenwell
17 May 2017 at 6:15pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do.

A Fundamental Error of Judgement
by michaelgreenwell
16 May 2017 at 8:09am
Worth reading and sharing…

Journey To Yes ? New Series
by michaelgreenwell
11 May 2017 at 8:58am
Can’t wait…

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The Battle for No 10
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2017 at 12:04pm
At one point in last night’s awful #BattleforNo10 experience, the artist formerly known as Strong and Stable uttered the immortal lines, with teeth and fists clenched in barely restrained fury, as if to explain everything: “We have a situation where there is a devolved government in Scotland”. Sadly, we do Dear Prime Minister. The event was …

Foot Stompin?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 May 2017 at 7:07am
Here’s a great new podcast from Hands Up for Trad featuring the Elephant Sessions, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Saltfishforty, Karine Polwart, Peter Mallan, Ross Ainslie, Jeannie Robertson, Twelfth Day, Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss, Jenna Cumming and Tom Orr Band … More about Hands Up for Trad here. Previous playlists are here: Podcast Playlists

Catastrophic Tory TV
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2017 at 2:20pm
Catastrophic Tory TV appearances are becoming a daily occurrence. Michael Fallon moved quickly to double-up his epic disaster-zone interview with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy  – with this head-bangingly stupid tête-à-tête with Robert Peston.  Britain in early summer 2017 is a very weird place to be. In a wonderfully British piece of absurdism M15 today begins …

Hope in the Dark (and Trump bog roll)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 May 2017 at 12:25pm
Bella Postcard: a new series of micro blogs. A (very) random ‘best of the web ‘ in under 250 words. Donald Trump has to have some uses, right? It seems he really does with Boing Boing reporting this brilliant new Mexican product, a Trump toilet paper, with 30% of the profits going towards helping migrants. …

Iraq, the 4th Estate and Media Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2017 at 10:55am
This is an extract from What was Done, the prescient satirical film that’s making waves. We were wondering why the media didn’t want to cover it … @robn1980 @georgegalloway And Iraq, the fourth estate has a lot to answer for…..clip taken from (Jeremy Bernard Corbyn 'What Was Done' YouTube. funny but poignant. pic.twitter.com/gVnd9q6hBD — Tony …

Silence Listening to Silence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 May 2017 at 10:14am
John Cawley reflects on Scottish politics as a spectator sport. The revolving doors between politics and commentariat are at the heart of a closed world where media, public relations firms and politicians rule over a broken system. As a boy, I loved Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I still love it …

Nobody Knows Anything
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2017 at 5:08pm
It may be only for this weekend, it may be an anomaly in the polling, it may not take account of the fearsome intelligence of local campaigning in key marginals as practised by the dark artists of the Tory Party Machine?but what was universally assumed to be a Dead Cert Tory Landslide in the General …

Willie Goes for a Small Walk with the Alpacas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 May 2017 at 10:57am
“Willie Rennie will use a campaign visit to an alpaca farm to challenge the SNP to cancel their divisive independence referendum” #GE17 The world of Scottish politics is a weird place. There is nothing stranger than the Liberal Democrats. At 1.45 today Willie Rennie will go to a secret location in the Pentlands where he …

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General election: Jeremy Corbyn interviewed on The One Show ? as it happened
by Chris Johnston (now), Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps (earlier)
30 May 2017 at 9:05pm
All the latest from the campaign trail, as SNP launches its delayed manifesto, and May and Corbyn focus on Brexit and childcare respectivelyThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?sMay says she wants to ?shift balance in favour of working people?Corbyn?s Woman?s Hour intev...

The Guardian view on the SNP manifesto: a step back for Sturgeon | Editorial
by Editorial
30 May 2017 at 8:12pm
After 10 years of remarkable success, Scotland?s biggest party is not having everything its own wayThe Scottish National party?s manifesto, which was launched in Perth on Tuesday, is a sign that politics in Scotland is changing in important ways. The change is summed up in the statistics in party...

Nicola Sturgeon proves two can play at being Supreme Leader | John Crace
by John Crace
30 May 2017 at 4:09pm
SNP wants everyone in the UK ? yes, you in Totnes even ? to look on its MPs as their guardian angelsSay what you like about the Scottish National party, you can?t deny they know how to enjoy themselves. There were no semi-comatose cabinet ministers dressed as Stepford Husbands as there had been a...

SNP general election manifesto: key points and analysis | Alan Travis
by Alan Travis Home affairs editor
30 May 2017 at 3:30pm
Scottish National party makes ending the Tory austerity programme its top priority as an independence vote slips down the list? General election 2017 - live updatesThe SNP manifesto does not, as might be expected, place independence at its heart but instead puts pledges to ?roll back the impact o...

Sturgeon steps back from independence referendum demands
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
30 May 2017 at 11:58am
First minister sidelines quest for second independence vote in favour of attack on Tory austerity in SNP manifesto? General election 2017 - live updatesA second Scottish independence referendum should be held after the Brexit process is complete, Nicola Sturgeon has said, signalling a significant...

Why ?keep the Tories out? won?t work in Scotland this election | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
29 May 2017 at 12:00pm
Old tribal rivalries have come to the fore in England, but north of the border, Brexit and independence are what people really care aboutIn the BBC?s Scottish leaders debate last week a frustrated Nicola Sturgeon turned on Tory leader Ruth Davidson when the latter accused her of obsessing about i...

SNP MPs would support 'progressive alliance' in a hung parliament
by Press Association
28 May 2017 at 9:26pm
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, says MPs in Westminster would work with others to implement ?progressive policies?Nicola Sturgeon has said Scottish National party MPs would ?look to be part of a progressive alliance? at Westminster if the general election resulted in a hung parliame...

In Glasgow East, the election is between Sturgeon and May
by Lisa O'Carroll
26 May 2017 at 1:38pm
In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the UK to find out what matters in your area. In our third visit to Glasgow East, Lisa O?Carroll observes a focus group who appear to find consensus on one point: in Scotland, it?s SNP v Tories. P...

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?Mon then if ye think ye?re haurd enough
The gloves are most definitely off now. The Tories decided that they’re going to fight this general election on a platform of implacable opposition to another independence referendum. It’s their sole policy. It’s the only thing that they talk about. The Tories don’t want to mention Brexit or say what they’ll do to avoid the …

That?s bollocks
The signs and omens were poor from the start as Theresa May prepared to go not quite head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn. She had at least conceded to appear in the same television studio as him, although not at the same time. Emborissing Johnson was deeply discountenanced by the leaderene’s woeful refusal to do what every …

Vote to close your eyes
There are people are considering voting Tory, even people who live in working class communities blighted by poverty and the searing destruction of the soul that deprivation engenders. They’re considering voting Tory because they don’t want another independence referendum, because they don’t want to think about the calamitous consequences of even a supposedly successful Brexit, …

The incompetent bossiness of Theresa May
Theresa May is bossy and controlling. She’s secretive. She’s manipulative. She’s all the worst aspects of management rolled into a designer clown suit with extremely expensive shoes. What she isn’t is competent. Theresa May isn’t competent. You only need to look at her record as Home Secretary to see that. To see that she’s incompetent …

Journeys to Yes, 11, 12, & 13
While I was away a few more of Phantom Power’s excellent videos in his Journey to Yes series have been released.  Help to make some more of these videos which are a wonderful campaigning tool to persuade wavering voters to come to yes – contribute here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/journey-to-yes-film#/ Number 11 – Kathi Kathi left East Germany …

Looking at the bigger picture
I’m not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn as far as Scotland is concerned. On topics Caledonian, he channels the knuckle-dragging careerist element of Labour in Scotland and since Scotland’s movement for self-determination isn’t sufficiently glamorous or unambiguously anti-colonialist, it’s the only movement for self-determination he won’t support. If only Scotland had more fields of quinoa …

Back home now
I’m home now, back from visiting my significant other in the USA. One of the best things about going abroad is realising that other countries’ politics are just as childish and dysfunctional as the Scottish variety. We’re often accused of parochialism in Scotland, but our news and current affairs concerns are cosmopolitan and outward looking …

G.Y.V.O.
A guest post by Samuel Miller In the posts of the past week or so I’ve written a goodly amount on concerns over a Conservative ideology dominated future. I’ve provided a fair few links on not just current examples of policies to date, but on policy pledges which should provide the reader with a real …

The National

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Environmental groups urge Scottish Government to prohibit fracking
ENVIRONMENTAL groups have called on the Scottish Government to ban fracking and unconventional oil and gas extraction because of risks to our climate, environment and public health.

Robison gives £50m injection for health boards as patients wait longer for tr...
SCOTLAND?S health boards are being given an extra £50 million to help cut waiting times after new figures showed more patients having to wait longer for treatment and tests.

Poorer families to be better off under new system pledges Angela Constance
FINANCIAL support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said.

Scottish Government launches strategy to combat human trafficking
THE Scottish Government has launched a new strategy aimed at eliminating the ?appalling? crime of human trafficking.

Labour in turmoil as Jeremy Corbyn says yes to indyref talks days after Kezia...
LABOUR were in chaos ? again ? last night after Jeremy Corbyn undermined Kezia Dugdale and his party?s Scottish manifesto when he suggested Nicola Sturgeon could have a second independence referendum after Brexit negotiations had concluded.

Nicola Sturgeon: Only the SNP can stop the Tories from reversing the gains of...
ONLY the SNP can stop the Tories diminishing the powers of the Scottish Parliament and reversing ?the gains of devolution,? Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.

The SNP manifesto launch in photos
IN PERTH today the SNP launched their manifesto for the upcoming snap General Election.

Patrick Harvie says Scottish Greens are 'ready for a breakthrough? with Westm...
PATRICK Harvie says the Greens are on course for a ?breakthrough? at next week?s General Election.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Sheila Low ? Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian ? Political Purpose ? Prot...
    The Low Family Sheila Catriona Dorothy Low (nee Mackie) DOB: June 1964. Education University of Aberdeen, Degree Law 1982 ? 1985 In 1991 Sheila married William Low of the Dundee based Low family, who sold out their chain of supermarkets to Tesco for approximately £1Billion (in today’s terms) in 1994. His parents then … Continue reading "Sheila Low – Tory Party Candidate For East Lothian – P...

Kirstene Hair ? A Little Sweetheart ? From a Good Looking Rich Landowning Fam...
The Hair Family     The Hair Family – Landowners and Electricity Providers Two brothers Hair (James and John) are third generation major landowners owning: Smithfield Electricity Production at Farm Monikie, (East Drums Wind Turbine) valued in excess of £1million and a large farm at Mains of Ardovie, value in excess of £1million. James is … Continue reading "Kirstene Hair – A Little Sweetheart –...

Little Rich Girl ? Grace Okeeffe ? Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North ? Her Wi...
    Robert & Julia Grace and boyfriend     The Okeeffe Family – Born to Rule Over Us Grace Okeeffe has been selected by Ruth Davidson to stand for the Aberdeen North seat on 8 June 2017. An examination of her track record reveals little since she has not been in the public political … Continue reading "Little Rich Girl – Grace Okeeffe – Tory Candidate for Aberdeen North – Her Wish is to be Succ...

Ross Thomson & Braden Davy ? Charlatans Both ? Surely the Scottish Electorate...
            April 2017: Scottish Tory candidate selections proceed apace using fast-track rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm … Continue reading "Ross Thomson & Braden Davy – Charlatans ...

Tory Or Labour ? Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland ? C...
          Jock – The Labour Party in the West of Scotland Was Never Entirely Reliant on the Orange Order Vote – Willie You are Confused You are correct but with an added fact. The Labour Party was always to the fore in the West of Scotland but the Tory’s held the … Continue reading "Tory Or Labour – Which One is the Natural Party of Government in Scotland – Calton Jock’s Letter to Willie"

The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotla...
          Political Fun and Games Much has been made in the Unionist press and media of a resurgence in the fortunes of the Tory Party in the local Council elections. Some political pundits attribute the change to a transfer of allegiance by the Protestant Orange Order away from the Labour Party … Continue reading "The Unionist Protestant Orange Order Helped Create the Labour Party In Scotland ...

Katie Mackie ? Tory Born and Bred ? Twice Rejected by Edinburgh Voters ? Got ...
        April 2017: Scottish Tory Candidate Selections Proceed Apace Using Fast-Track Rules Whereas in England and Wales there?s a competitive process for most Tory held and target seats (unless CCHQ and the Association agree to automatically reselect a previous candidate), the Scottish Conservatives have opted to make it the norm to offer … Continue reading "Katie Mackie – Tory Born and Bred –...

Edinburgh and South West ? Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Uni...
          Miles Edward Frank Briggs – His Family Heritage Miles was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1983. His parents are James Edward and Jean Briggs (nee Haliwell). He has a sister Christina Helen Briggs who was also born in Preston, in 1979. In the mid-1980’s his mother had charge of the … Continue reading "Edinburgh and South West – Tory Party Put Up the Jolly Green English Born Unionist Gia...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain
Time for the SNP and Labour to break with the failed policies of divided Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 28th 2017 Until last week this election was one in which nothing seemed to be happening. All of that changed with the horrors of Manchester. Such atrocities test the fabric of our democracy and civic …

Is it time to think of independence for London?
Is it time to think of independence for London? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 24th 2017 Every day in so many ways the UK becomes more obviously divided and fragmented. The current UK general election campaign showcases this – with the absence of any real national UK politics beyond the theatre of Westminster with instead …

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland
Sorry seems to be the hardest word in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 17th 2017 Power and privilege seldom likes to have to openly reflect on its place in front of others. Instead, power likes to present its position as a natural state of affairs ? to just be, manifesting and imbuing a sense …

The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era?
 The Winner Doesn?t Take It All: Phoney War or the Beginning of a New Era? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 10th 2017 Scotland?s permanent political campaign continued last week with the local elections. These were important for who runs Scotland?s 32 councils, local services and what passes for the remnants of local government, after decades …

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon promises second independence referendum: 'There is too much a...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon promises second independence referendum: 'There is too much at stake for Brexit to be imposed on ...
The Independent
?There is just too much at stake for Brexit simply to be imposed on Scotland, no matter how damaging it turns out to be,? Sturgeon, also leader of the devolved Scottish government, told supporters at the launch of the SNP'S policy document ahead of a ...

If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote...

Reuters
If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote -Sturgeon
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, arrives for a photocall with the SNP Westminster Group, following Tuesday's announcement that a general has been called for June, in Westminster, central London, Britain April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville.

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight o...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week eight of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

Reuters
Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
Reuters
... independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent ...
Theresa May moves to postpone second independenc...

Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent' ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Tory manifesto: No Scottish independence referendum without 'public consent'
Telegraph.co.uk
In a direct attack on Nicola Sturgeon, the manifesto said the demand for the referendum came from those who ?would disrupt our attempts to get the best deal for Scotland and the United Kingdom? in talks with the EU. Instead it argued that all parts of ...
Tory manifesto places 'double lock' ...

Scotland's political party leaders clash over independence and Brexit during ...

Scottish Daily Record
Scotland's political party leaders clash over independence and Brexit during first live TV debate
Scottish Daily Record
In a heated exchange, Nicola Sturgeon accused the Scottish Conservative leader of using independence as a smokescreen for "toxic" policies. She said: "Ruth Davidson says I talk about nothing else, the truth is she talks so much about independence ...
The Sc...

Scotland Will Never Get What It Wants Unless It's Independent - Observer

Observer
Scotland Will Never Get What It Wants Unless It's Independent
Observer
The U.K. general election and last year's Brexit vote have led to new calls by the Scottish government for a referendum on independence. The desire to depart the U.K. enjoys the support of almost half the Scottish population, but it is viewed with a ...



Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit - iNews

iNews
Russia 'set to oppose Scottish independence' after Brexit
iNews
Russia is poised to change its stance on Scottish independence and oppose the country's withdrawal from the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, a closed-door meeting at the Scottish Parliament has been told. The Kremlin was previously sympathetic to the ...
Russia 'set to U-turn on support for Scottish independence' - The ...The S...

SNP

SNP - Google News
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How Sturgeon and SNP plan to impose 50p tax on the UK - Daily Mail

Daily Mail
How Sturgeon and SNP plan to impose 50p tax on the UK
Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon will use her stranglehold over Jeremy Corbyn in a 'coalition of chaos' to force up income tax across the whole of the UK, it was claimed last night. The SNP manifesto said the party wanted to see the additional rate of income tax rise ...

General Election 2017: SNP accused of 'misusing' NHS logo to attack Conservat...

The Independent
General Election 2017: SNP accused of 'misusing' NHS logo to attack Conservatives
The Independent
Scottish opposition parties have criticised the SNP for its use of an NHS logo as part of its general election campaign. The SNP, which currently holds 56 of 59 Scottish seats in Westminster, posted an image on social media which showed an NHS logo ...

Ruth Davidson: No indyref2 mandate even if 50% vote SNP - STV News

STV News
Ruth Davidson: No indyref2 mandate even if 50% vote SNP
STV News
The SNP will not have a mandate to hold a second independence referendum even if they win half of all votes cast in Scotland at next week's general election, the Scottish Conservative leader has said. Ruth Davidson has supported the Prime Minister's ...

Nicola Sturgeon insists election victory for SNP would 'provide yet another m...

The Scottish Sun
Nicola Sturgeon insists election victory for SNP would 'provide yet another mandate for IndyRef2'
The Scottish Sun
NICOLA Sturgeon was given a standing ovation yesterday as she declared a General Election win for the SNP will ?triple-lock? her demand for IndyRef2. The First Minister said she'll consider her plans approved for a third and decisive time if the Nats ...

SNP under fire as figures show hospital waiting times rising - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
SNP under fire as figures show hospital waiting times rising
The Scotsman
Scottish Conservative health spokesman Donald Cameron said: ?These figures reveal that the SNP are continuing to let down patients, while showing a complete lack of urgency when it comes to sorting out the blatantly obvious problems which beset the ...

SNP criticised by opposition parties over its use of an NHS logo as part of G...

The Scottish Sun
SNP criticised by opposition parties over its use of an NHS logo as part of General Election campaign
The Scottish Sun
THE SNP has been slammed for its use of an NHS logo as part of its General Election campaign. The Scottish Tories said the party had ?wrongly appropriated the NHS for its own political ends?, while Scottish Labour said the material was part of a ?scare ...

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SNP manifesto General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary - Teleg...

Telegraph.co.uk
SNP manifesto General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP manifesto General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during the launch of the SNP General Election manifesto at Perth Concert Hall. Credit: PA. Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor. 30 May ...

The Guardian view on the SNP manifesto: a step back for Sturgeon - The Guardian

The Guardian
The Guardian view on the SNP manifesto: a step back for Sturgeon
The Guardian
The SNP exists to achieve Scottish independence. Its run of electoral successes from 2007 to the present, and even its failure in the 2014 referendum, have redefined Scottish politics from a focus on economic questions to a focus on Scotland's ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process' ...

BBC News
Election 2017: SNP manifesto calls for referendum 'at end of Brexit process'
BBC News
Opposition to an independence referendum will be "democratically unsustainable" if the SNP wins a majority of Scottish seats, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader was speaking in Perth as her party's general election manifesto was published.
SNP plan another Scottish referendum after Brexit negotiaton...

Election 2017: Corbyn refuses to rule out referendum during Brexit process - ...

BBC News
Election 2017: Corbyn refuses to rule out referendum during Brexit process
BBC News
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say he would block another Scottish independence referendum before the Brexit process is complete. The Labour leader said he would allow a second vote "if the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people want it".

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight o...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week eight of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week eight of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide - B...

BBC News
General election 2017: Scotland's split exposes a new UK political divide
BBC News
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has argued the vote by 62% of Scots to remain in the EU last year means there should be a second independence referendum, and that an independent Scotland could stay within the EU. Will education be the key factor?
Willie Rennie calls on SNP to scrap referendum plansGlasg...

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out:...

Reuters
Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May
Reuters
... independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent ...
Kevin McKenna: Tories have gift-wrapped Sturgeon...

'There's too much else going on to worry about instead of another ... - Times...

Times & Star
'There's too much else going on to worry about instead of another ...
Times & Star
Should Cumbria be troubled by the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence?

No independence referendum 'anytime soon', says Ruth Davidson - Herald Scotland

No independence referendum 'anytime soon', says Ruth Davidson
Herald Scotland
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson insisted there will not be a second referendum on independence "anytime soon" as she accused the SNP of "quietly ditching" the policy as a campaign tool in the General Election. Ms Davidson said she did not accept ...

Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition - BBC News

BBC News
Election 2017: Scottish Labour 'guarantees' indyref2 opposition
BBC News
Speaking at the event in Edinburgh, leader Kezia Dugdale gave a "cast-iron guarantee" that her party will oppose a second referendum. She accused the SNP of prioritising independence over education and health. And she said Scotland was already divided ...
Tories cannot block another independence referendum, says Rober...

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June 8th General Election
It's on.

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

The Official President Trump thread

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 ...

BBC Scottish Leaders Debate (21/05/17, 19:30)
Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Kezia Dugdale, Patrick Harvie, Willie Rennie and perhaps even David Coburn will be debating on our telly boxes at half 7 tonight, BBC1. 
How do we see this one going? Sturgeon was strong on the ITV debate without really going for the jugular but there were no Tori...

Stephen Daisley
Here's what the current darling of the Britnat media has written about Gerald Kaufman, less than a week after his death. Classless doesn't even begin to cover it.

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Glasgow - The World's Greatest City
Is Glasgow (Georgie Sq in particular) on a hot, sunny day not just the finest place to be on earth ? Embra, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth - can you beat it ? Don't you love Glasgow ? I'm bored, so let's see who bites shall we ?

Manchester Arena Explosion
Ignoring the fake pictures on twitter but it looks grim There are some amount of ambulances in attendence and Greater Manchester Police have described it as a serious incident The only hope is that casualties are more to do with the panic rather than a real explosion

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

March for Independence
https://www.facebook.com/events/403552719768881/?acontext={"action_history"%3A"{\"surface\"%3A\"page\"%2C\"mechanism\"%3A\"page_upcoming_events_card\"%2C\"extra_data\"%3A}"%2C"has_source"%3Atrue} This Saturday, meet 10.30 at Kelvingrove Park ( Kelvin Way entrance). March leaves 11am going...

Scottish second sight
Does antone believe that Meadiums have the ability to see into the future? Therea a local medium who has a fantastic reputation for giving accurate readings, i ahave always been tempted to go but am a bit scared to be honest. I have read a few articles regarding the "scottish foresight" and how a...

2017 running thread
So, what does everyone have planned for the year ahead? So far, I'm in for the following: 22nd Jan - Westhill Duathlon 25th Feb - National XC  22nd Apr - Balmoral 10k 21st May - Stirling Scottish Marathon 27th Aug - Great Aberdeen Half Marathon 24th Sep - Loch Ness Mar...

Postal vote question
Quick question, I'm hoping someone might know the answer to.... I currently live down in England and have applied for a postal vote for the general election as I'll be away from home  (currently in the process of moving back to Scotland!) But.... I'm going away tomorrow, and my postal bal...

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw ...

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

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