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May snubs Sturgeon by not responding to famous letter calling for power to ho...
4 Oct 2017 at 5:53pm
THERESA May has snubbed Nicola Sturgeon by not formally replying to the First Minister?s famous letter, which called on the UK Government to facilitate a second independence referendum.

Security review underway after serial prankster interrupts PM's conference sp...
4 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
A MAJOR security review is underway after a prankster was able to lunge towards Theresa May as she delivered her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Richest MSP formally sanctioned over code of conduct breach
4 Oct 2017 at 5:17pm
HOLYROOD?S richest MSP has been banned from asking written parliamentary questions at Holyrood for two weeks after twice breaching the parliament?s code of conduct.

How Herald reporter Michael Settle experienced bizarre P45 prank
4 Oct 2017 at 3:22pm
IT was the day when Theresa May?s British Dream turned into her political nightmare.

Who is the prankster who targeted Theresa May?
4 Oct 2017 at 2:34pm
THE prankster at the centre of incident involving Theresa May is no stranger to humiliating some of the world's most famous people on television.

Watch: Theresa May faces prankster as she says sorry to Tories
4 Oct 2017 at 12:23pm
Theresa May has apologised to her party for her performance in the botched campaign for this year's snap election.

Boris should be sacked for 'Libyan bodies' jibe, say Tory MPs
4 Oct 2017 at 9:49am
BORIS Johnson is facing calls for his sacking after saying a Libyan city could become the next Dubai once it had cleared the dead bodies away.

Video: High-profile gaffes which have landed Boris in hot water
4 Oct 2017 at 6:48pm
The Foreign Secretary has been criticised after saying Sirte could become the next Dubai once it had cleared away the dead bodies.

New Scotland-only options for Universal Credit begin
4 Oct 2017 at 2:36pm
PEOPLE receiving Universal Credit in Scotland now have more options aimed at stopping debt and homelessness.

May urges Conservative Party to "shape up" and do its duty by putting concern...
4 Oct 2017 at 12:10am
Theresa May will today urge her party to ?shape up? and ?do its duty?.

Johnson pledges loyalty to May as he makes upbeat Brexit message: "let the li...
4 Oct 2017 at 12:10am
Mrs May was not in the conference hall for Mr Johnson?s speech

Scottish ministers ban fracking amid 'overwhelming' public opposition
3 Oct 2017 at 2:43pm
The Scottish Government has announced a ban on fracking.

Davidson unveils new economic think-tank to make Scottish Tories government-r...
3 Oct 2017 at 12:43pm
RUTH Davidson has unveiled a new economic think-tank tasked with producing fresh ideas to help the Scottish Conservatives become a ?strong, capable, credible alternative government for Scotland? in time for the 2021 Holyrood elections.

Scots Tory MP dubbed "pointless politician" for Commons snub
3 Oct 2017 at 3:01pm
A SCOTTISH Tory MP who failed to vote in the EU referendum has been dubbed a ?pointless politician? after boycotting a Commons tradition.

Sketch: Boris on Jezza: 'That Nato-bashing, Trident-scrapping, would-be aboli...
3 Oct 2017 at 5:26pm
AS a Labour-bashing, Corbyn-bashing, McDonnell-bashing turn, Bozza took the cigar at the Toryfest.



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What an independent Catalonia could look like
4 Oct 2017 at 6:07pm
Catalonia’s regional leader Carles Puigdemont says he will unilaterally declare independence from Spain following a “yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum.

Catalan officials poised for independence declaration
4 Oct 2017 at 5:51pm
Catalonia’s regional government is mulling when to declare the region’s independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain’s most serious national crisis in decades.

Older Scots ?don?t have enough time at pelican crossings?
4 Oct 2017 at 5:03pm
Older Scots are being discouraged from leaving their homes and visiting town centres as they struggle to operate pelican crossings, new research has found.

Ministers under new pressure to shelve planned air tax cut
4 Oct 2017 at 4:08pm
New pressure to shelve air tax cuts has come ahead of ministers updating MSPs on the plans tomorrow.

Energy cap 'could raise bills' warn consumer groups
4 Oct 2017 at 3:51pm
Theresa May has revived the idea of an energy price cap which she says will save 12 million householders an average of £100 a year.

Theresa May's 'British Dream' turns into a nightmare
4 Oct 2017 at 3:12pm
Theresa May's keynote speech to her party and the nation became a nightmare as she was handed a P45 by a prankster then lost her voice.

10 things we learned from Theresa May?s conference speech
4 Oct 2017 at 1:23pm
‘What a mad conference speech this is,’ observed senior SNP MP Pete Wishart as Theresa May addressed Conservative members in Manchester today. It was certainly memorable - but not for the reasons her aides would have hoped. “Gruelling” was the immediate summary by the BBC.

Watch Lee Nelson hand Theresa May P45 during keynote speech
4 Oct 2017 at 12:30pm
Theresa May’s keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester was interrupted after a man emerged from the audience and handed her a sheet of paper marked P45.

Scots economy falls behind UK with 0.1% growth
4 Oct 2017 at 10:31am
Scotland's fragile economy has suffered another period of weak growth after GDP grew by just 0.1% between April and June this year, it has emerged.

Anger over Boris Johnson?s Libya ?dead bodies? gaffe
4 Oct 2017 at 8:43am
Boris Johnson is facing calls for his sacking after saying a Libyan city could become the next Dubai once it had cleared the dead bodies away.

Union argues more resources needed to make Named Persons work
4 Oct 2017 at 8:13am
A teaching union has said more teachers and office staff are needed to deliver the Scottish Government’s named person scheme.

Leader comment: Fracking lacks public and political support
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
At long last, we have a decision on fracking in Scotland. As it was put, charitably, by Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur, the Scottish Government took the scenic route to get there, but in the end there was only one possible destination.

Martyn McLaughlin: Neil Oliver appointment is populist, not political
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The angry protests over the pro-union broadcaster’s new heritage role are ill-founded, says Martyn McLaughlin

Chris Marshall: Scrap football act and start again
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
In football terms, Celtic’s 1-0 victory over Rangers in March 2011 has long since been forgotten about. But the political fall-out of the so-called “shame game” continues to be felt more than six years on.

Leader comment: Leisure centre closures would further widen health gap
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Hardly a day goes by without Scots being encouraged to eat more fruit and vegetables.

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Reader?s digest
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2017 at 12:39pm
All anyone will remember of Theresa May’s speech to the Tory conference:

Have I Got Evasion For You
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Oct 2017 at 10:33am
We referenced this a few days ago because we definitely remembered it happening, but we’d been unable to actually locate the evidence, and at Wings Over Scotland that sort of thing bothers us. After a very considerable amount of effort we’ve now tracked it down, so we’re bunging it up here to preserve it for the record. …

The accidental truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2017 at 9:56am
Amid the horror of events in Catalonia yesterday, the Prime Minister of the UK – quite unintentionally – said something during an interview on the Andrew Marr Show which was highly pertinent not only to the Catalan referendum but to British domestic politics too. We thought it needed saving for the record. We couldn’t agree …

Homage To Catalonia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2017 at 11:06am
We’ll be keeping this post updated throughout the day with news as it comes in. Remember as you look at these images: this is a modern European state reacting to an entirely peaceful democratic movement and process in 2017. Sorry but this looks like fascism. #CatalanReferendum ? Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) 1 October 2017 This …

Place don?t close until they wanna leave
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2017 at 6:55am
What’s going on in Catalonia today: This site can’t claim to know enough about Spanish and Catalan politics to have an opinion about whether independence for Catalonia is a good idea or not. All we can say is that democracy is a good idea, and the draconian and extreme attempts of the Spanish government to suppress the …

Keep the red fists flying
by Chris Cairns
30 Sep 2017 at 6:55am

Here?s to you, Mr Robinson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2017 at 8:38pm
It’s always interesting to make the news. But the BBC man seems a little confused. Interestingly, the Guardian report of Robinson’s comments – due to be made tonight at the first Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture – completely omits the ostensible point of the speech, but it is mentioned in the Press Gazette’s coverage: Apparently he’ll tell …

The papier-mache press
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2017 at 11:23am
As readers who were once children will probably recall, papier-mache is a substance in which incredibly flimsy material – such as tissue paper or newspaper – is turned into something rather more hard and durable by dint of combining multiple layers of it with a simple flour-and-water solution. What’s less well-known is that the process also …

Nothing like the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2017 at 12:28pm
The Scottish Daily Mail almost explodes with fury over new crime statistics today: Which is weird. Because there’s less crime in Scotland than there’s ever been at any time in modern history. How do we know that? Because the Mail tells us so. The paper’s strapline and opening paragraph make a huge deal over the …

From March to September
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2017 at 9:23am
It’s embarrassing to even have to point it out, to be honest. Yet just six months later, with nothing having changed, everything had changed: But when it comes to Unionist politics in Scotland, embarrassment is the default state.

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Miscarriage surgery wait 'an isolated case'
4 Oct 2017 at 5:07pm
The health secretary was speaking after it emerged a woman faced a five-week wait to have the foetus removed.

Scotland's economy grows by 0.1%
4 Oct 2017 at 11:39am
Scotland's latest GDP figures show economic growth slowed between April and June.

Bid for SNP conference to debate dog tail docking
4 Oct 2017 at 4:42pm
SNP branches have signed up to a motion seeking the reintroduction of a blanket ban on tail docking in Scotland.

Time bar on child abuse payouts lifted
4 Oct 2017 at 1:21am
Survivors of abuse which happened after 1964 previously only had a three-year window to pursue damages.

Scottish government backs ban on fracking
3 Oct 2017 at 3:35pm
Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse tells MSPs that fracking "cannot and will not take place in Scotland".

Scotland and fracking: How did we get here?
3 Oct 2017 at 2:42pm
The background to the Scottish government confirming it is to effectively ban the controversial technique.

MSPs call for halt to rollout of Universal Credit
3 Oct 2017 at 6:27pm
The Scottish Parliament votes to call on UK ministers to halt the rollout of the new benefits payment system.

John Swinney: New regional education bodies to operate by end of year
3 Oct 2017 at 5:49pm
Six new regional bodies are being set-up to help improves schools and support teachers.

Theresa May invites Nicola Sturgeon to Brexit talks
3 Oct 2017 at 1:35pm
The UK government formally offers Scotland's first minister face-to-face Brexit talks with the prime minister.

MSPs: Public sector 'must learn from Oxgangs wall collapse'
3 Oct 2017 at 1:24am
MSPs say the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary was "an embarrassment for the construction industry".

More school inspections to be carried out
3 Oct 2017 at 5:59pm
Inspectors will visit around a third more schools across Scotland annually than they do at the moment.

Theresa May says election result in Scotland 'saved the union'
2 Oct 2017 at 7:23pm
The prime minister says the Conservatives didn't get the overall result they wanted in June, but did "save the union".

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Homage to Catalonia
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2017 at 10:51am
So I was just doing some basic sums.  A little under 92% of Catalan voters who turned out yesterday voted in favour of independence.  The overall turnout, suppressed by Spanish state violence, was ...

More misery for beleaguered Ruth Davidson as Tory vote collapses in Tain by-e...
by James Kelly
1 Oct 2017 at 11:19pm
I'm not quite back from my travels yet (although I'll be darkening your doors very shortly), so apologies for being a couple of days late with the intriguing result of the Tain & Easter Ross by-ele...

Davidson's despair deepens as latest batch of subsamples shows the SNP ahead ...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2017 at 11:30am
I'm still in foreign climes, so I haven't been staying on top of the Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls.  But here's a round-up of the subsamples that have been published since my last upd...

The other type of 'winner'
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2017 at 8:47pm
After the result of the German federal election became clear last night, I posted a couple of tweets about the BBC's misleading headline reporting of the subject."My standard complaint about BBC re...

Land of the valiant, reciprocator of firm friendship
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2017 at 2:10pm
As you know, I'm out of the country at the moment (albeit not in Indonesia, as someone thought on the previous thread).  So I do hope you're duly appreciative of the fact that I forewent my siesta ...

Crisis mounts for embattled Ruth Davidson as three more subsamples put the SN...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2017 at 3:22pm
Just for the sake of completeness, here are the three most recent Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -ICM: SNP 34%, Conservatives 32%, Labour 21%, Greens 4%, UKIP 4%, Liberal Democrats 4%Y...

Sensational poll suggests SNP would make sweeping GAINS in an early Westminst...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2017 at 4:11pm
Rarely have I been so delighted to be proved wrong.  I had suspected that last week's Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times contained a Westminster voting intention question that was being withheld u...

Massive boost for Sturgeon as Survation confirm SNP have staggeringly sizeabl...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2017 at 2:27pm
Hot on the heels of Panelbase's first Scottish Parliament poll in an eternity comes the same from Survation.  The findings of the two polls are strikingly similar on the constituency ballot (which ...

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Patient took own life after discharged with Yellow Pages
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4 Oct 2017 at 8:28pm
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Scottish Review: Kenneth Roy [The lost profession - teachers]
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4 Oct 2017 at 8:21pm
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Scottish nationalists may turn out to be the real winners from the Catalan re...
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Theresa May snubs Nicola Sturgeon by not responding to famous letter calling ...
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Moving to Glasgow in January - What are my must haves?
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4 Oct 2017 at 7:32pm
I'll be moving to Scotland as an expat from America in January of next year. When I hear Scotland, I instantly think of the lush green landscape and its temperate climate. I want to learn from the ...

Theresa May "The case for a second Scottish Independence Referendum denied.."
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4 Oct 2017 at 6:48pm
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Scottish Person Reacts To Stupid Americans
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4 Oct 2017 at 6:09pm
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Catalonia independence referendum: Former Scottish presiding officer Tricia M...
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4 Oct 2017 at 4:59pm
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Halt this shambolic roll-out of universal credit NOW, Scotland tells Tory Gov...
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I think we have just seen Theresa May's fanny
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SNP minister claims Scottish economy growing by 0.1 per cent is 'good news'
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Kind of disappointed by the fracking ban. Not so much that it's happened but ...
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4 Oct 2017 at 3:19pm
Before kicking the ball, I'm not saying I'm right on any aspect of this, just painting the picture as I see it. When I say "the public" I don't mean everyone but I'm not too far off confident that ...

Archaeology worth £4m to Western Isles' economy
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: I'll ban Scottish Episcopal Church aft...
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Tories trolled on social media after faulty sign sums up Theresa May's disast...
by Record Reporter
4 Oct 2017 at 7:21pm
The Prime Minister was handed a P45 by a comedian, suffered a coughing fit and had the letters fall off the sign behind her to top off a dismal day.

Who is Lee Nelson? Character who stormed Theresa May's Tory Conference speech...
by Claire Rutter
4 Oct 2017 at 1:16pm
The British funnyman has pranked several celebrities in the past.

Theresa May handed P45 during conference speech prank by comedian Lee Nelson
by Andrew Woodcock
4 Oct 2017 at 12:39pm
Nelson joked that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had asked him to perform the stunt.

Who is Lee Nelson? Simon Brodkin's character who stormed Theresa May's Tory C...
by Claire Rutter
4 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
The British funnyman has pranked several celebrities in the past

Donald Trump compares Puerto Rico crisis to 'real catastrophe like Katrina' a...
by Natalie Evans
4 Oct 2017 at 8:00am

 The President bragged about his administration's relief efforts and told officials on the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria that Puerto Rico had 'thrown his budget out of whack'

Boring Boris fails to 'let the lion roar' as tepid Brexit speech falls flat a...
by David Clegg
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Boris Johnson failed to fire up the party faithful with a very dialled down keynote speech.

Fracking ban was 'act of self sacrifice' by SNP as party side with majority
by Record View
4 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The ban campaign mobilised the population, whether it was for environmental concerns or impact on communities, says Record View.

Fracking to be banned in Scotland in victory for environmental campaigners
by Laura Paterson
3 Oct 2017 at 5:43pm
SNP Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse says unconventional oil and gas extraction will not take place in Scotland.

Catalonia crisis continues as people take to streets during general strike
by Record Reporter
3 Oct 2017 at 1:47pm
Police violence against voters during Sunday's referendum appears to have fuelled support for independence.

Labour leadership race offers opportunity to reset party direction but we nee...
by Kezia Dugdale
3 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour leadership candidates should be getting their calculator and moral compass out to refine new policy, says Kezia Dugdale.

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Sky Falling On Our Heads
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2017 at 7:56am
Just very occasionally when you turn on Sky News it seems like their reporting can be reasonable, and sometimes it even seems to be the best of the bad bunch that we have. However, other times it is so far wrong that it undoes any good work they may have done… Source Advertisements

Scottish Independence Podcast 158 ? How Bad & Incompetent The UK Government Is
by michaelgreenwell
30 Sep 2017 at 1:14pm
In the case of Brexit, I heard assurances throughout the course of the mission and yesterday at the human rights council from the government that Brexit would not lower protection from environmental threats. However, I also heard, or actually did not hear any clear assurances of how that would be the case. There have been …

Liz Castro On Catalonia
by michaelgreenwell
30 Sep 2017 at 9:20am
The latest film by Phantom Power is out now, and it is an interview with writer Liz Castro on the situation in Catalonia…

Worth A Post of Its Own ? 2
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2017 at 9:40am
A little reminder of who wanted what extra powers for the Scottish Parliament. One party in particular doesn’t seem to want to be responsible for anything…

A Long Time Ago In A Labour Conference Far Far Away
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2017 at 12:59pm

Better Together?s Broken Promises in Four Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2017 at 8:42am
This is from last year, think how many more you could add now…

Power Grab
by michaelgreenwell
24 Sep 2017 at 10:26am
The latest film by Phantom Power examines the very real threat posed to the Scottish Parliament by recent events at Westminster.  

Another Day, Another Better Together Idea Rubbished
by michaelgreenwell
23 Sep 2017 at 8:30am

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Car Crash with Lozenges
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2017 at 6:14pm
It’s rare you see a speech so bad it should be career-ending. But that was what Theresa May ‘delivered’ today in so much as she delivered anything other a dose of phlegm and a textbook case in botched event planning. The critics haven’t been kind. Abi Wilkinson called it: “an appropriate end to a conference …

The King?s Speech
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2017 at 5:38pm
Most people probably know the story of Don Quixote, the old Spanish gentleman who lives ?somewhere in La Mancha? and who, driven mad by reading too many books about tales of chivalry, rides out on his horse to seek adventure and right wrongs in the world in the name of his damsel, Dulcinea, along with …

All Points North
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2017 at 5:06pm
The Nordic neebors and wir brother Balts … Friday last the Scottish Government released All points north: The Scottish Government?s Nordic policy statement. An it is a page turner. Fae the bonnie map oan the front, showin Scotland as pairt o a Northern Europe o similar nations, tae its cantie contents it is easily the …

Lunch Postponed
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2017 at 12:10pm
Get this: fracking as an answer to fuel poverty makes as much sense as GM technology as an answer to food poverty. This is a defeat of corporate exploitation and a victory for environmental justice. 

3 Reasons to Back Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2017 at 5:46pm
BREAKING THE GRIP OF THE RIGHT WING PRESS Our politics have been contaminated by our press for too long. Relentless smearing and shaming of minority groups and the endless spreading of fear have been the dominant messages for many years. But the tabloids grip is loosening as scandals have exposed their corrupt practices and online …

Interview with Mireia Vehí, from the CUP
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2017 at 4:56pm
The day after the incredible events of the Catalan referendum, and the day of a general strike called to challenge the Spanish state?s violence, David Whyte asks Mireia Vehí, Member of the Catalan Parliament for the CUP (The Popular Unity Candidacy) about the strategy of the left independence movement. The  CUP is the largest anti-capitalist …

Trafalgar, Magna Carta, Waterloo
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2017 at 2:26pm
The despondent Tory cult gathering in Manchester has given the world some extraordinary rhetoric this week as they try to come to terms with their own internal civil war, the debacle of Brexit they have created and their own lame duck leader they are trying to kill-off quietly in some political back-alley and not in …

Addicted to Power
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2017 at 8:48am
Catalan Referendum: an Anarchist Perspective

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Counter-terror exercise simulates vehicle attack in Edinburgh
by Alan Travis, home affairs editor
3 Oct 2017 at 5:00pm
Residents warned to expect gunshots as emergency services are tested over three days in Scotland and north-east EnglandA three-day national counter-terrorism exercise in which a vehicle attack on the Royal Bank of Scotland?s HQ is being simulated is under way in Edinburgh.The exercise, designed t...

Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Oct 2017 at 3:08pm
Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse says allowing unconventional extraction of coal and gas would put climate goals at riskThe Scottish government has banned fracking after a consultation found overwhelming public opposition and little economic justification for the industry.Paul Wheelhouse, the Scot...

Scotland calls for halt on universal credit
by Michael Savage Policy editor
1 Oct 2017 at 12:05am
Northern Ireland also expresses concerns, putting launch of flagship welfare reform in doubtMinisters were under mounting pressure last night to slam the brakes on their radical welfare reform after the Scottish government called for a pause and their Northern Irish partners in parliament raised ...

Delving deeper into the BBC?s idea of impartiality | Letters
by Letters
29 Sep 2017 at 6:28pm
Readers respond to Nick Robinson?s recent Guardian article about the mainstream media winning back trustNick Robinson?s article asserting that Nigel Lawson should be corrected but not silenced by the BBC on climate change (Silencing the disagreeable won?t work. Put them on air, 28 September) sugg...

In defence of referendums ? they?re unpopular, but we need them | Richard Rus...
by Richard Russell
28 Sep 2017 at 1:41pm
Brexit and the Calatonia vote have shown how bitter and divisive referendums can be, but without them, anger bottles up and politics gets stuckReferendums seem to be everywhere at the moment, Kurdish people voting on independence: the Irish getting a say on abortion, and there are still calls for...

Labour conference: Corbyn says Brexit has some 'positives' and he's not plann...
by Andrew Sparrow
26 Sep 2017 at 6:27pm
Rolling coverage of events at the Labour conference in Brighton 6.27pm BST 6.17pm BST A delegates comes up to point out that Watson?s speech was only supposed to last five minutes, but stretched to 22 minutes.Watson had been expecting to speak mid afternoon, but then it was decided that he would...

Climate experts criticise Scotland's greenhouse emissions cuts strategy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Sep 2017 at 8:23am
Committee on Climate Change says policies needed to reach 2050 goal of 90% reduction are too weak and ill thought outClimate experts have warned the Scottish government its ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions lack credibility and risk stalling unless its strategies improve dramaticall...

Barnier tells May UK will have to obey EU rules during transition - politics ...
by Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
21 Sep 2017 at 7:28pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMichel Barnier?s speech - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.28pm BST We?re going to close this blog for today. Thanks so much for joining us and for all your comments. Join us again tomorrow, which is set to be an interesting day with Th...

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A lesson from Catalonia: self-determination takes determination
There’s an important lesson for Scotland from this week’s events in Catalonia. It’s a lesson that the independence movement in general, and the leadership of the Scottish government in particular, would do well to pay heed to. The lesson is that you don’t achieve self-determination without determination. You don’t become independent unless you think independently. …

Tory fantasy politics in an empty room
David Mundell gave a speech to the Tory party conference, but no one was really paying any attention. Well, I say “gave a speech to the Tory party conference”, but the vast majority of the conference was elsewhere when Fluffy was fluffing. They were off doing more important things like seeing how far they could …

The Internationale ? Scottish Labour version
A reworking of the Labour anthem the Internationale for all those Scottish Labour people who were acting on social media yesterday as apologists for the brutality of the Spanish state.  Internationalists my arse.   The worker’s flag is deepest red, but this song’s just a figurehead, Cos when the people fight the state SLab cheers …

The day that Spain died
Can you imagine the outrage and shock if Westminster imported 6000 armed police officers from the rest of the UK in order to prevent the people of Scotland peacefully and democratically exercising their right to determine their own future? Can you imagine those police officers causing hundreds of injuries? That’s exactly what’s going on in …

Castro on Catalonia
The latest in Phantom Power’s Perspective series. Castro on Catalonia, an exclusive interview with writer Liz Castro on Catalonia’s historic independence referendum. Liz gives her insight into the history and politics behind the vote including Catalonia’s complex relationship with Spain, the rise of the independence movement, campaign strategy, parallels with Scottish self-determination and wha...

Taking the Jackie Baillie out of Labour
At the very moment that Jeremy Corbyn gave a rousing speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton and said that the party had never been more united, supporters of Richard Leonard, one of the candidates for leadership of the party’s Scottish accounting unit, released a statement to the press entitled “Comment on Jackie Baillie …

The avocado toilet suite of politics
Don’t you kind of yearn for the days when it was the SNP that the media told us was a sinister cult? Now we’ve actually got real cult at the heart of British politics, and the sound of silence is deafening. Because when you’ve got people chanting Oooooh Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-Brexit rally, such …

Having their Corbyn cake and eating it
It’s getting insane now. Even those of us who specialise in hyperbole are running out of hyperbolic adjectives and similes to describe just how divorced from the real world British politics and the British state have become. I’ve given up watching the Labour party conference. It seemed to be being beamed to us directly from …

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Millionaire Tory MSP handed two-week Holyrood ban for not declaring interest
Millionaire Tory MSP Alexander Burnett has been sanctioned by Holyrood after he failed to register an interest when asking questions at the Parliament.

Author attacks English nationalism's suppression of Scottish culture and 'lic...
A SCOTTISH author is launching a double-barrelled attack on English domination of Scottish language, history and culture, with ?peelie-wallie politicians and lickspittle journalists? chiefly in his firing line.

This is not fake news: Salmond set for comedy showdown with special guest
IT?S official and confirmed that President Donald Trump will be in Aberdeen in nine days? time, and he will be out to give former First Minister Alex Salmond a roasting.

Wee Ginger Dug: There is now no place in Spain for Catalonia
THE events in Catalonia are distressing to anyone who supports a peaceful and democratic movement for self-determination and independence. They?re especially distressing to me personally, having lived in Spain for over 15 years where I learned Spanish and Catalan and came to love the country. I felt as much at home in Spain as I do in Scotland, and even after returning to Scotland in 2013 I?ve ...

Alison Phipps: The success of the far right in Germany is nothing compared to...
TODAY the greeting at breakfast in the guesthouse, was ?Euer Brexit ist eine Katastrophe? ? Your Brexit is a catastrophe. Then: ?Schottland muss in Europa bleiben. Der einziger Weg fuer die Demokratie.? ? Scotland must remain in Europe. It?s the only democratic way.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Independence has not ?gone away? ... only the people of...
YOU could hear a pin drop at David Mundell?s party conference speech this week, but for all the wrong reasons. As the Scottish Secretary took to the stage to a rustle of lacklustre applause, his rhetoric and bluster echoed round a near-empty hall. The only prop missing was some tumbleweed.

Theresa May insists she?s still the boss amid talk of Boris Johnson challenge
THERESA May has insisted she is ?in charge? as she continued to resist pressure to sack Boris Johnson over his interventions on Brexit.

Warning of ?gap in the law? if bid to kill football Act succeeds
SCOTTISH Labour MSP James Kelly?s bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act will leave a gap in the law, according to prosecutors.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Contract...
        2 Oct 2017: Kick in the Teeth for the Farmers Union as Tory Party Contracts Foreign sugar company to sponsor its conference The Conservative Party is under fire from angry farmers after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester. US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, … Continue reading "National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Co...

Post Brexit ? Food Standards to be Compiled ? Introduced and Monitored Throug...
          2000: New Labour created a non-ministerial government department ? the Food Standards Agency (FSA) After the collapse in public trust triggered by a number of high-profile outbreaks and deaths from food borne illness including the BSE crisis, civil servants within the then Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries were perceived … Continue reading "Post Brexit – Food Standards to be ...

BBC Environment Podcasts ? Informative If Biased ? Well Worth Listening In ? ...
          Environment reporting by the British Biased Corporation (BBC) Audio podcasts covering the daily news of food, farming, fishing, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC’s experts in the field. An extract of podcasts reporting on subjects relevant to Scotland. Listeners should track to the subject … Continue reading "BBC Environment Podcasts – Informat...

Tales From the Backside ? Lies Spies and Naked Thighs ? News and Current Affa...
          20 Sep 2017: BBC News and Current Affairs Scotland Staff and Presenters Are Guilty of Presenting Information Biased Against Scotland Eleven years after exposure to the public that blatant bias is doctored into news bulletins and documentary reports the BBC News & Current Affairs Division of the corporation still actively … Continue reading "Tales From the Backside – Lies Spies and Nak...

People of Influence ? Richard Leonard ? The Likely Lad From Yorkshire Thinks ...
      Richard Leonard       Family Background – Richard Leonard – Labour Party (List) Member of Scottish Parliament Richard’s 3rd Great-grandfather, (Roman Catholic), Francis Leonard, his wife Jane and 4 children left Co Tyrone around 1850 and took up residence in Whitfield, Yorkshire. Francis was a stone cutter to trade. His two … Continue reading "People of Influence – Richard Leonard – The L...

Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural Policy Will be Decided in London a...
          28/11/13: Scotland?s Farming and rural Constitution and democracy The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, outlined some of the benefits of independence for Scottish farming including the EU rule that by 2019 no member state would receive farm payments of less than ?196 per hectare ? … Continue reading "Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural P...

Twins of Distrust ? The Tory Party and the Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Le...
        22 Sep 2017: Fishermen of Shetland Press Lord Duncan for answers on Brexit plans and get the usual waffle Shetland fishermen reiterated their desire to see the UK take control of its waters post-Brexit after meeting with Scotland Office minister Lord Duncan. The Association chairman said Brexit presented an opportunity for … Continue reading "Twins of Distrust – The Tory Party and the S...

The Unionist Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mis...
              The Laws of the Sea Convention The Convention allows countries to establish an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. When UK leaves the EU it will have control of all fish within this zone. But, there are “riders”, the laws place a commitment … Continue reading "The Unionist Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mists of Uncertaint...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself
Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 26th 2017 This week the Labour Party Conference gathered in Brighton. It hasn?t been in such good spirits for many a year – with the highest membership of any party in Europe, and the biggest increase …

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind
Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind Gerry Hassan The Guardian, September 11th 2017 Twenty years ago today Scotland voted 3:1 for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. It was clear the old Westminster system of governing Scotland was discredited. Voters recognised it was undemocratic, and produced bad politics and legislation. The case for …

Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top?
Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 6th 2017 Scotland has had much media prominence in the last few days. The new Queensferry Crossing opening across the Forth; Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world according to ?Rough Guide? readers, while even the …

Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next?
Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 30th 2017 Scottish Labour used to offer certainty. It had its differences and divisions, but it was in the business of running Scotland, dominating local government and town halls, and was concerned with administration, holding office and doing practical things. That seems …

Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street?
Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 28th 2017 Jeremy Corbyn has been causing waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. A five-day visit has seen him get lots of coverage and in places crowds, while annoying his political …

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Event in Dundee to celebrate idea of Scottish independence - Evening Telegraph

Evening Telegraph
Event in Dundee to celebrate idea of Scottish independence
Evening Telegraph
An event has been planned in the Douglas area of Dundee to celebrate the idea of Scottish independence. Locals are invited to attend Douglas Community Centre on Sunday October 22 for Imagine Indy, which organisers say is a ?cultural and community? ...

Scottish independence has "gone away," claims Theresa May as she claimed with...

Scottish independence has "gone away," claims Theresa May as she claimed with Ruth Davidson to have saved Union
THE issue of Scottish independence ?has gone away,? Theresa May has claimed as she said the Tories might not have won a Commons majority at the election but they had saved the Union. Addressing a packed Scottish reception at the Conservative Party ...

Nicola EXTINGUISH second independence vote! Sturgeon told to 'get on with wha...
Nicola EXTINGUISH second independence vote! Sturgeon told to 'get on with what matters'
Scottish Secretary David Mundell told Scottish voters that by voting for Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to be the next First Minister they would avoid a fresh vote on independence. Mr Mundell also used his speech at the Tory Party conference to ...

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The delayed launch of Outlander, Scotland's independence referendum and the o...

The delayed launch of Outlander, Scotland's independence referendum and the objectivity of the UK media
Even without the revelation that David Cameron reportedly betrayed his Scottish ancestry by meeting Sony representatives with a view to delaying the launch of the Outlander series in the UK until after the referendum on Scottish independence, one would ...

Theresa May snubs Nicola Sturgeon by not responding to famous letter calling ...

Theresa May snubs Nicola Sturgeon by not responding to famous letter calling for power to hold second independence ...
This requested the FM seek the power from Westminster ? which is the UK's constitutional authority on referendums ? to hold a second independence poll. At the time, Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government had mandate to seek discussions with the UK ....

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Independence has not 'gone away' ... only the people of...

The National
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: Independence has not 'gone away' ... only the people of Scotland can decide, not David Mundell
The National
The PM may have been celebrating her mistaken opinion that Scottish independence has ?gone away?, but her Cabinet man up north knows otherwise. Picking apart his speech, it was just a re-run of every other speech he's given in the last few years ? all ...


Catalonian independence vote reignites Scotland's call for UK split - RT

Catalonian independence vote reignites Scotland's call for UK split
The campaign for Catalan independence has reignited the desire for a Scotland separated from the rest of the UK. Scots took to Twitter to call for another referendum on leaving the United Kingdom, despite the 'no' vote in 2014. Scottish people gathered ...
If David Cameron had treated Scotland like Spain treats Catalonia, eve...

Strong chances of Brexit no deal, but UK government may collapse: Scottish mi...

Strong chances of Brexit no deal, but UK government may collapse: Scottish minister
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland's Brexit minister believes there is a ?pretty strong? chance Britain will leave the European Union with no deal, but that the UK government could collapse before then. Michael Russell said the devolved pro-independence ...

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SNP - Google News
Google News

Bad news for pizza rat: Researchers find New York rodents are showing genetic...

Daily Mail
Bad news for pizza rat: Researchers find New York rodents are showing genetic signs of diabetes and obesity from ...
Daily Mail
The researchers compared these variations in the mice's genomes against a neutral SNP dataset under an inferred demographic history for these mice, which are native to this part of North America. They also tested whether candidate genes were associated ...

and m...

Security review underway after serial prankster interrupts Theresa May's conf...

Security review underway after serial prankster interrupts Theresa May's conference speech
Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster said: "Theresa May's speech, beset with problems and protests, proved the 'British dream' is a Tory nightmare for families and communities hit by years of endless austerity, cuts and low economic growth.?.

Stock Concentration on China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares - Rives J...

Stock Concentration on China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares
Rives Journal
Active traders may be zooming in on certain technical indicators for stock assessment. Currently, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of -73.57. The CCI technical indicator can be used to help determine if a ...

Why is Peruvian anchovy used for feed and not as food? - FIS

Why is Peruvian anchovy used for feed and not as food?
To answer this, IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation, and Peru's National Fisheries Society (SNP) have developed a factsheet covering the main issues in this complex subject, as an aid to understanding the reasons why the market is the way it is.

Catalonia to South Sudan: A world of separatist movements - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle
Catalonia to South Sudan: A world of separatist movements
Deutsche Welle
They already have their own parliament, and the Scottish National Party (SNP) has been pushing for full independence. A referendum in 2014 failed to achieve that, but independence sentiments were again stoked by the Brexit result in 2016. Scotland's ...

Causeway Capital Management Cut By $475800 Its China Pete & Chem (SNP) Positi...

Causeway Capital Management Cut By $475800 Its China Pete & Chem (SNP) Position; 7 Bullish Analysts Covering ...
Key Gazette
Causeway Capital Management Llc decreased China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) stake by 11.57% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Causeway Capital Management Llc sold 6,100 shares as China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP)'s stock rose 4.36%. The Causeway ...

Bid for SNP conference to debate dog tail docking - BBC News

BBC News
Bid for SNP conference to debate dog tail docking
BBC News
SNP activists are mounting a campaign for the party to reintroduce the ban on tail docking of dogs in Scotland. The outright ban on tail docking was relaxed in June when MSPs backed a change to existing laws - but the vote saw splits in the governing ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum
Financial Times
A Scottish business campaign group is stepping up preparations to oppose a future independence referendum, warning that supporters of union with the UK ...

Nicola EXTINGUISH second independence vote! Sturgeon told to 'get on with wha...
Nicola EXTINGUISH second independence vote! Sturgeon told to 'get on with what matters'
Mr Mundell also used his speech at the Tory Party conference to urge the SNP administration at Holyrood to work together with Westminster to get Scotland "Brexit-ready". He also praised Prime Minister Theresa May for facing down Nicola Sturgeon's ...
Call for Nicola Sturgeon to 'rule ...

Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown...

New Statesman
Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown
New Statesman
Scottish indyreffers have long seen Catalonia as a common cause. Catalan independence activists turned up to campaign in the 2014 referendum, and Scottish independence activists fly the Catalan flag at demos. There are certainly parallels. Both espouse ...
Dugdale calls for second EU referendum...

Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum - Herald...

Comment: Why Scots should not get dewy-eyed about Catalan referendum
I get questions on why could Spain did not "do a Scotland" and hold a referendum on secession. There is a lot of global and Scottish criticism of Spanish measures in Catalonia. This criticism is partly thanks to the very skilful communication campaign ...
Catalonia: The messy reality of the referendum...

Did The Independence Referendum Cement Human Rights in Scotland? - RightsInfo

Did The Independence Referendum Cement Human Rights in Scotland?
?We're a bit more mindful of it and we don't have the negative press surrounding human rights. With the independence referendum, that whole debate was about what kind of country do you want Scotland to be.? ?There was a big element of that in town ...

Catalan contagion? Independence movements in Europe take note after vote - FR...

Catalan contagion? Independence movements in Europe take note after vote
After a defeat for the independence camp in the 2014 Scottish referendum, Scotland could set the table for a second vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stumped for a new referendum after Europhile Scottish voters rejected Brexit only to see it prevail ...
How Catalonia's bid for autonomy compares with...

Catalan referendum: What Scottish politicians have said - The ... - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Catalan referendum: What Scottish politicians have said - The ...
The Scotsman
Catalonia's regional Government leader has now claimed that the area has won the right to statehood after violent clashes over a referendum.

Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum
The Scotsman
The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resonated with Kurds said Zandi, with many of those living in Scotland actively campaigning for a Yes vote. He added: ?But the referendums in Scotland and Kurdistan were two very different models, but the ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

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 ...

The Official President Trump thread

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

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 🏻

MSP Expenses
Congratulations to our worthy MSP's regarding their expenses.  Why put your hand in your pocket when the taxpayer can stump up. Special congratulaions to SNP John Mason who saw fit to claim 45p for a pint of milk and Greens Patrick Harvie who climed £35 for an Ikea kitchen trolley.  Hope some...

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

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Theresa May
Anyone watching the Tory conference? Does she smoke? Sounds like me after a duty free spree.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting
It's been a few months since the last one  20 dead at the moment  Would appear not to be ISIS related as Trumpy would have tweeted if it was 

Bring Back The TAMB's Convenient Scapegoat
It would be nice to allow Jude21 a chance to say good-bye to the TAMB considering how prominent she used to be on here (not to mention how unfairly she was treated). Thoughts?

Tom Petty
Dead after being taken off life support. Found unconscious earlier. 

Catalonia & the UK media blackout of events
What is this so called free press that we hear about ? It is quite something

TAMB Closure part 2
Is it not about time the admin/owners gave an update considering the closure posts have been deleted?

Going vegan.
First came across veganism in the 80's  via anarchism music. There was a non violence view against killing all living things, to eat meat you've got to be violent and kill something. Not got a problem eating animals,we are evolved to eat a mixed diet. However factory farming of animals Is...

I had to get a medical at the hospital earlier today. They asked for a urine sample, stool sample and a semen sample. I just gave them my pants ????? the old ones are the best 

Holyrood Magazine


Theresa May urged to sack Boris Johnson over 'dead Libyans' remark

SNP members call for debate on reversal of puppy tail docking decision

Education regional collaboratives to be established this year

Scots 'heaviest since 2003' as public health challenges highlighted by Scotti...

COSLA once again a ?unified? voice after a turbulent few years

Theresa May announces plans for energy bill cap

Streaming terror propaganda online will be a criminal offence after fresh cra...

Ruth Davidson suggests she would have sacked Boris Johnson over Daily Telegra...

Independence Live

The Independence Live Blog
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An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…

Catalunya wins independence vote
A very warm welcome to the independent Republic of Catalunya. Total votes: 2,262,424 Yes: 2.020.144 (90,09%) No: 176.565 (7,87%) Blank: 45.586 (2,03%) Null: 20.129 (0,89%)  

Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…

Spain Threatens to Take Control of Catalunya?s Finances
The measure is to ‘guarantee that no euros are spent on illegal activities’, said Spanish Treasury Minister In a desperate flail the out of touch Madrid Government have snatched at the purse strings of the aspiring Catalan Autonomy. Vilaweb have reported today that Spain is out to ensure that not a single penny more of…

Has Kezia Dugdale been pushed into supporting Independence?
So, did Jeremy Corbyn merely partake in an embarrassingly badly attended 5-day tour to remind everyone of his lack of support in Scotland? Or did he have plans to wish Kezia Dugdale well in whatever she chose to do next? For me, it was the later. I don?t think she so much ?passed the baton?…

The Endocannabinoid System ? A Wee Primer
This is just a basic primer and bullet points of the mechanics and pictures of moments and systems, in time. They do not explain the full function of the EC system which is always on the quest for homeostasis, balance, equilibrium? and through this, allows us to be fully engaged in the flow of life.…