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Sturgeon to step up demand for 'soft Brexit' for all of the UK
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon has issued a demand for the UK to remain in the European single market after a landmark High Court ruling threw Theresa May's Brexit strategy into chaos.

Inside Track: Grim reality not glory awaits the winners of next May's elections
4 Nov 2016 at 12:05am
THERE is little glory to be had in the world of local government. Believe me, I?ve sought it for a decade.

MoD Clyde announcement expected
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to unveil long-awaited good news for shipbuilders on the Clyde today.

Council tax bills to rise after SNP forced to swallow its pride
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
COUNCIL tax bills for around 550,000 households across Scotland are to rise after the SNP was forced to sign up to criticism of its own policy.

I, Daniel Blake write launches attack on minister following Holyrood grilling
4 Nov 2016 at 12:11am
THE writer of an acclaimed film that savages Britain's welfare regime has accused the UK Work and Pensions Secretary of talking "guff" during a showdown with MSPs.

SNP in u-turn as betting shop clampdown brought back from the grave
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
MINISTERS will resurrect a crackdown on high street betting shops that was abandoned less than two years ago.

Households to suffer prices and jobs blow
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
HOUSEHOLDERS face a double whammy with higher unemployment and soaring inflation making food and other goods far more expensive next year.

Nicola Sturgeon rounds on "inept" Ruth Davidson over Brexit
4 Nov 2016 at 12:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Ruth Davidson of being ?inept? and ignoring the chaos created by her party after the High Court upended Theresa May?s timetable for Brexit.

Former minister to join Brexit 'awkward squad' as SNP divisions spill into open
3 Nov 2016 at 12:14am
SNP tensions over Brexit have spilled into the open with a former minister set to join a Holyrood 'awkward squad' embracing EU withdrawal and a key party donor saying risks have been overblown.

MSPs vote to raise top four council tax bands
3 Nov 2016 at 5:41pm
Opposition parties have struck the Scottish Government a blow as MSPs approved reform of the council tax system which will see those living in more expensive homes pay more.

Scottish Government will consider 'actively opposing' Brexit judgment appeal
3 Nov 2016 at 1:45pm
The Scottish Government could become involved in the legal challenge resulting from the Brexit vote, the First Minister revealed as she described the High Court's verdict that MPs must consent to the triggering of Article 50 as "hugely significant".

Government to appeal after court rules PM can't trigger Brexit with prerogative
3 Nov 2016 at 10:40am
Ministers will appeal against a High Court ruling that Theresa May does not have the power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Brexit, a Government spokesman said.

The Midge: 'This epitomises why we need a Scottish Six'. Row over BBC Scotlan...
3 Nov 2016 at 7:09am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Politicians across Ireland need to establish Brexit priorities, says Irish PM
3 Nov 2016 at 8:52pm
Politicians across Ireland need to maintain focus on establishing the island's priorities in the Brexit process despite the High Court decision in London, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted.

UK nations and regions should call for own 'a la carte version of Brexit'
3 Nov 2016 at 6:05pm
The nations and regions should be given powers allowing them to negotiate directly with the European Union over parts of the Brexit settlement, Gordon Brown has suggested.



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Warnings over Brexit risk to defeating organised crime
3 Nov 2016 at 5:56pm
Scotland’s police and prosecutors say they must be able to retain relationships with their European counterparts post-Brexit if they are to tackle serious organised crime.

University of Edinburgh to hold US election event
3 Nov 2016 at 4:34pm
More than 1,000 students will congregate at the University of Edinburgh for the result of the US presidential election.

Poll: majority of voters now want UK to remain in EU
3 Nov 2016 at 4:09pm
A majority of voters now want Britain to remain in the European Union, according to a poll.

Brexit court ruling: Sturgeon considers ?actively opposing? appeal
3 Nov 2016 at 3:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon is threatening legal action against the UK government’s efforts to overturn a court judgment that has thrown Theresa May’s Brexit plans into disarray.

Nicola Sturgeon on collision course with Theresa May over Brexit judgement
3 Nov 2016 at 2:38pm
Nicola Sturgeon is considering legal action to oppose any attempt by the UK Government to overturn a court judgement which states that triggering EU withdrawal must be supported by MPs.

Setback for News Group in Tommy Sheridan defamation case
3 Nov 2016 at 2:00pm
Judges have refused News Group permission to approach the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a jury’s decision to find the News of the World guilty of defamation against Tommy Sheridan.

BoE warns of sharp rise in prices as rates kept on hold
3 Nov 2016 at 12:36pm
The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold and raised its economic outlook for this year and next, but warned that tough times were still ahead with lagging growth and a jump in inflation set for 2018.

Green rejects "suicide" claims over benefits cuts
3 Nov 2016 at 11:55am
Claims that Scots have been driven to suicide by cuts to the benefits system were today slammed by Westminster works and pensions secretary Damian Green as he appeared before MSPs.

Scotland could be docked World Cup points for wearing poppy
3 Nov 2016 at 9:28am
Scotland and England could be deducted World Cup qualifying points if their players defy Fifa and wear poppies.

MSPs vote to approve council tax rises
3 Nov 2016 at 9:23am
Thousands of households will see their council tax bills rise after MSPs voted for

Union puts case for Scots farming to Andrea Leadsom
3 Nov 2016 at 8:45am
With Andrea Leadsom, the UK government secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, refusing to comment on agricultural issues during her first official visit to Scotland yesterday, it was left to NFU Scotland to highlight their concerns over Brexit.

Brexit court defeat: Theresa May could call snap election in 2017
3 Nov 2016 at 8:42am
The High Court has ruled that the UK government must consult Parliament before triggering the formal process for leaving the European Union.

Brexit: independence ?less viable? if UK leaves single market
3 Nov 2016 at 8:07am
Scottish independence would be less “viable” if the UK exits the EU’s single market, according to academics.

US election: Donald Trump says he needs to be ?nice and cool?
3 Nov 2016 at 7:37am
Donald Trump has stayed on message in recent days - and is revealing why.

Martin Flanagan: Aberdeen taps bond market for £370m
3 Nov 2016 at 7:17am
Aberdeen City Council’s £370 million bond issue to drive major infrastructure projects in the city is enterprising stuff.

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RICS rolling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Nov 2016 at 1:09pm
Here’s Ruth Davidson at FMQs today, telling the chamber that “last week the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said the real problem facing investment and jobs in Scotland was Nicola Sturgeon’s threat of a second referendum”. Would you like to know how many actual people that was, readers? The RICS’ latest quarterly survey of its …

God have mercy on us all
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2016 at 2:00pm
Following our news report at the weekend that Kezia Dugdale had gone to the USA to help Hillary Clinton, a concerned reader etc etc with inevitable results etc. It’ll be fine, though. We’re expecting Clinton to release a “Vow” at any moment. For the first time ever, we hope Kezia Dugdale is right about something.

Delivering for indy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2016 at 10:19am
Anyone who’s donated to this site’s fundraisers in the past will be familiar with the excellent work of AyeMail, the not-for-profit fulfilment company set up to help all sorts of pro-independence groups raise money by taking care of all the tedious admin and letting them get on with their campaigning. They’re also raising money themselves …

Opposition For Cowards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2016 at 1:37pm
Just over three and a half years ago, we ran an article about how being an opposition MP or MSP is the cushiest gig in politics. You get all the pay, benefits, holidays and status, but you don’t have to actually do very much except whinge about how rubbish the government is, which most people are …

The hungry gamekeepers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Oct 2016 at 6:24pm
Old media and new media spoke with one voice in Scotland today: But for once it was the dead-tree press that held the moral high ground. Labour MSP James Kelly today published all the responses to his consultation on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act, which poll after poll has consistently shown as one …

Writers of fiction
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2016 at 4:16pm
We were hugely excited earlier on today to receive news of a long-hoped-for team-up between two of our very favourite people on the internet: catastrophically thick Daily Express hack Siobhan McFadyen and popular lawsuit enthusiast JK Rowling. What we hadn’t expected was a starring role. The alliance in question took the form of an article in today’s Sunday Express. …

The results we?ve come to expect
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2016 at 8:12am
Saturday 11.34am: Saturday 8.02pm: Wow, that’s fast. We can only assume she took John McTernan with her. EDIT: She did.

Trick or treat
by Chris Cairns
29 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

The not-so-Specials
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2016 at 3:05pm
Hmm. Anyone missing?

A matter of competence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2016 at 5:25pm
Back in May we wrote this: The prediction duly came true, as most of ours do. Sometimes we hate being right. Because today in Parliament this happened: The assertion of Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles that a second indyref bill legislated by Holyrood without first having been sanctioned by Westminster would be “universally recognised as being outwith the …

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Unions hoping for timetable on Type 26 Clyde frigates
3 Nov 2016 at 10:16pm
Unions representing Clyde shipbuilding workers say they are expecting a "massive announcement" from the defence secretary.

MSPs vote to raise top four council tax bands
3 Nov 2016 at 6:53pm
MSPs vote to increase the council tax in the top four bands - despite the final order criticising the government.

Sturgeon welcomes Brexit court ruling
3 Nov 2016 at 1:28pm
Nicola Sturgeon welcomes as "hugely significant" a court ruling that parliament must vote before the UK can start the process of leaving the EU.

Scottish Labour to launch fracking ban members bill
4 Nov 2016 at 12:30am
Scottish Labour is to launch a Holyrood members bill aiming to ban fracking north of the border.

Brexit court defeat for UK government
3 Nov 2016 at 5:22pm
The UK government must consult MPs before triggering Article 50 to leave the EU, a court rules.

Article 50 author Lord Kerr says Brexit not inevitable
3 Nov 2016 at 12:06am
The Scottish cross-bench peer who wrote Article 50 believes the UK could remain in the EU even after exit negotiations are triggered.

IndyCamp bid for Supreme Court appeal against eviction
3 Nov 2016 at 4:26pm
Camping independence campaigners apply for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court against their eviction from Holyrood.

Damian Green given signed I, Daniel Blake book
3 Nov 2016 at 4:57pm
MSPs give the UK government's work and pensions secretary a signed copy of the I, Daniel Blake book as they criticise him over benefits reforms.

Scottish government and doctors agree GP funding deal
3 Nov 2016 at 8:45am
The Scottish government and the British Medical Association reach an agreement over the future of GP services in Scotland.

Union protest outside new Dumfries hospital
3 Nov 2016 at 2:39pm
A protest is held on the site of a new Dumfries hospital over claims of an "aggressive anti-union attitude" at construction firm Laing O'Rourke.

Catholic Church in Scotland accused of 'ignoring' abuse report
3 Nov 2016 at 11:59am
The Catholic Church in Scotland denies claims that it has failed to implement changes after the publication of a report into child abuse.

Scottish veterans need 'more help' to find jobs
3 Nov 2016 at 12:19am
Veterans of the armed forces should be given more help to find meaningful employment after they have left the services, according to a report.

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Why I held my nose and voted for Hillary Clinton
by James Kelly
29 Oct 2016 at 6:21pm
I've voted in every US presidential election since 2004.  I could have voted in the Bush v Gore election in 2000 as well, but irritatingly I didn't even realise I was eligible to vote until several...

Support for independence stands at 47% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
28 Oct 2016 at 4:41pm
An otherwise surprisingly fair piece in the Economist about the prospects for Scottish independence is slightly tarnished at the start with a statement about the current polling situation which is ...

Throw Scotland out! Take your blasted oil away! And give us our nukes back ...
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2016 at 4:51pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article on the TalkRadio website, about the epic pleasures of the #ThrowScotlandOut hashtag, and the petition that inspired it.  You can read the...

A question for Theresa May
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2016 at 4:50pm
"The UK must speak with one voice on Brexit.""In all of its public statements, the Scottish Government must loyally support the single UK negotiating position.  If they do not, they will be undermi...

Siobhan McFadyen and "hitting the nail on the head" : how do you actually arg...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2016 at 3:09pm
As shockingly documented by Wings Over Scotland today, Siobhan McFadyen of the Express is one of the most cynical, disreputable and dishonourable "journalists" currently working for the British pre...

No, the Westminster government cannot prevent Holyrood from voting on whether...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2016 at 3:02pm
In case you're wondering, the story that appeared on the Courier website last night about the draft indyref bill is a monumental red herring.  Basically the claim was that the Scottish Government w...

Are we closer to discovering the boundary between "small" and "decisive" in B...
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2016 at 2:29pm
As we all recall, the BBC seemed to have a strategy in the immediate aftermath of the independence referendum for preventing a narrative from taking hold that the vote had in any sense been a close...

With just a single touch, JK Rowling can cure any journalist of his misogyny
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2016 at 10:42pm
You've probably heard by now about Nick Cohen's batty piece which depicts STV's Fox News-style columnist Stephen Daisley as a modern-day Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who has been "silenced" by the total...

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The story of Michael Forbes is being streamed now; You've Been Trumped Too.
by /u/Andarne
4 Nov 2016 at 1:13am
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Documentary on Speyside Whiskey
by /u/ersanb
4 Nov 2016 at 12:33am
Hey! End of this month me and few other filmmakers are flying out to inverness to make a documentary on the beauty of Scottish Whisky. Going to be looking at Speyside whiskey in particular. Is ther...

Alex Neil: Several SNP MSPs secretly voted for Brexit
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3 Nov 2016 at 11:08pm
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MoD to make announcement on Type 26 Clyde frigates - BBC News
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3 Nov 2016 at 9:35pm
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3 Nov 2016 at 8:40pm
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Prospect of early general election increases after High Court rules Governmen...
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3 Nov 2016 at 7:03pm
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Legal challenge after horse removed from Lewis house
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3 Nov 2016 at 7:02pm
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Jeremy Corbyn snubbed by Kezia Dugdale over Scottish Labour gala dinner
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3 Nov 2016 at 6:45pm
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MSPs vote to raise top four council tax bands - BBC News
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3 Nov 2016 at 5:50pm
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I have a question for all Scottish people.Maybe a question that has been a li...
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3 Nov 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm curious to know, what does it mean to be Scottish, for you? submitted by /u/Sir_Hope

Philip Sim on Twitter: "Andy Wightman's amended motion passes, 92 votes to 35...
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3 Nov 2016 at 5:29pm
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Anyone else finding that porn mode is no longer effective on The Herald?
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3 Nov 2016 at 5:10pm
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The Grand Tour on Twitter - Loch Ness - Deadline 23:59 GMT on 04 November
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3 Nov 2016 at 4:00pm
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Escaping the Mire
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3 Nov 2016 at 3:27pm
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Brexit blow as court slaps down Government bid to bypass Parliament and trigg...
by John Aston
3 Nov 2016 at 10:59am
JUDGES rule that the Tories can't use Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the process of leaving the European Union without the consent of Parliament.

Scottish Labour slams Health Secretary Shona Robison: 'You're out of your depth'
by Andy Philip
3 Nov 2016 at 7:45am
ROBISON'S been accused of not being in control of the crisis in Scotland's NHS following shock waiting time figures.

Scotland faces a 'groundhog decade' of constitutional infighting unless they ...
by Debbie Jackson
3 Nov 2016 at 7:28am
THE Former PM writes for the Record, saying a People's Constitutional Convention could bring powers and resources to nations and regions.

Tory shame as disabled people pay for premium rate calls as fat cats querying...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Nov 2016 at 6:00am
FURIOUS SNP MP Chris Stephens has hit out at Tory PM Theresa May after revealing that a number of constituents have been forced to pay £9 to query their status.

Ken Loach hits back at minister's claims over 'monstrously unfair' movie port...
by Record Reporter
2 Nov 2016 at 9:37am
WORK and Pensions Secretary Damian Green dismissed award-winning I, Daniel Blake as fiction.

Chancellor Philip Hammond's tax boost for the rich slammed
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Nov 2016 at 9:19am

 PLANS to raise the personal tax allowance (PTA) to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 will deliver a cash boost of up to £765 per person by the end of this parliament.

Study finds that brutal reality of benefit sanctions is even worse than films...
by dailyrecord
2 Nov 2016 at 6:00am
DR Sharon Wright comments on a study that found that the Tory benefit sanctions system is causing brutal hardship for many and failing by its own standards.

Tell Damian Green what YOU really think of Tory cuts that deny a widower the ...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Nov 2016 at 6:00am
THE RECORD calls on Scots to tell Pensions Minister Damian Green what we think of benefits cuts after callous ruling on gran Alison Shaw and her grieving husband Isaac.

Belligerent brutality of Tories in case of tragic Alison Shaw is the last str...
by Record View
2 Nov 2016 at 6:00am
WE have reported on the story of Mrs Shaw, who donated her organs after extending her life, which cost her family £2000 thanks to DWP beurocrats.

Clinton isn't perfect but she Trump isn't close to being fit for the Presiden...
by Joan McAlpine
2 Nov 2016 at 12:01am
JOAN reflects on a bitter battle for the White House, and can barely comprehend why a sensible person would even consider voting for the Dangerous New Yorker.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …

Frankie Boyle on JK Rowling
by michaelgreenwell
19 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
This was tweeted by someone this morning but has actually been on youtube for over a year. It’s short and to the point…

Perspective ? Taster Show
by michaelgreenwell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:55am
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but here is the taster show of the new series Perspective. These are made by one of the most talented people in the Indy movement, Phantom Power. He is also on twitter here and facebook here. Amongst others, this taster show features the community fightback to …

The Likely News ? One ? 5th May 2017
by michaelgreenwell
8 Oct 2016 at 1:02pm
5th May 2017 – Glasgow City Chambers and the surrounding area has been cordoned off for reasons of public safety. The drama began early this morning. After emerging victorious in the Council elections and winning control of Glasgow City Council, new SNP councillors entered the City Chambers and began to look at files previously unavailable …

The Hounds Unleashed
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation. One of them hit me tonight. Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a …

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …

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Winds of Change
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Nov 2016 at 4:07pm
On 2nd November, 2016 BBC Radio Scotland ?Good Morning, Scotland? broadcast an interview on renewable energy wind-turbine subsidies with Alexander Burnet MSP, who is apparently the Scottish Conservative Party nergy Spokesman. This followed a brief interview with Keith Anderson of Scottish Power, representing the renewables sector. The onshore-wind sector has received subsidies to encourage investment …

Three Lions Led by Donkeys
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Nov 2016 at 9:51am
Great to see that the SFA, which can’t organise a fixture list, security at a cup final, discipline its own clubs or broker a broadcast deal worth more than a toffee chew has at last acted with swift and bold decisiveness … about poppies. I do hope all the people who tut-tutted Celtic fans showing …

Michael Moore on Why Trump Will Win
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Nov 2016 at 3:28pm
The very real possibility of ‘shy Trumpeteers’ is terrifying (‘Polls don’t capture secret Trump vote’), and although Florida suggests different (‘Florida poll: 28 percent of GOP early voters picked Clinton’) … we have no idea if Florida is representative. It’s worth looking at the faces in this audience listening to Michael Moore explain why Donald …

The Real Mystery of Flannan Isle
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Nov 2016 at 5:33pm
So the fantastic tale of the Flannan Isles lighthouse is going to be made into a film directed by the award-winning Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, and starring Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan. It sounds like a big-budget movie that manages to steer away from the one-dimensional ‘gritty urban realism’ trope and has attracted both box-office stars …

Women of the Hill
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Nov 2016 at 2:25pm
From Hanna Tuulikki: “As the festival we now call halloween approaches, marking the beginning of winter, and the nights begin drawing in, the veil between this world and the otherworld becomes thin… …in the spirit of guising, I’m putting the film of last year’s ‘WOMEN OF THE HILL’ online for a few days, to celebrate …

England to Leave the UK
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Nov 2016 at 10:36am
Breaking Up Britain was always too big a job for the Scots. It was always a job for the English writes Peter Arnott. Well, now it’s happened. It starts off as a thought experiment. What if Scotland, with Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, and the Channel Islands, and all the other territorially distinct bits of the …

Here Come the Pirates
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Oct 2016 at 4:02pm
In June 2014 we brought Smári McCarthy from Iceland to speak about post-Yes constitutional options and learning from our northern neighbour. He later joined our editorial board and he’s just been elected for the southern constituency of the Icelandic Parliament for the Pirate Party. This means we have a Pirate on board. As John Rodgers …

This Explains Everything
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Oct 2016 at 11:02am
...we are now living in an era of binary, tribal politics, when we desperately need to remember that we live in an analog world, where just because someone disagrees with you, they're not necessarily involved in an evil conspiracy with everyone else who disagrees with you....

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Nicola Sturgeon deciding whether to join article 50 legal battle
by Severin Carrell, Jessica Elgot and Henry McDonald
3 Nov 2016 at 6:57pm
First minister hints that SNP MPs would vote against triggering Brexit and says UK government is in ?total chaos?Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish government will ?actively consider? whether it will formally join in the next legal battle over the right of MPs to vote on article 50 after the B...

High court says parliament must vote on triggering article 50 - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
3 Nov 2016 at 5:34pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including the high court ruling on whether parliament should get a vote on triggering article 50Article 50 court ruling - Summary and analysis 5.32pm GMT Here are the Guardian?s main stories on today?s article 50 court rulin...

Nicola Sturgeon: UK government lacks ?coherent position' on Brexit ? video
by Guardian Staff
3 Nov 2016 at 3:09pm
Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says the Scottish government will protect Scotland?s interests and place in the EU. Speaking from Holyrood during first minister?s questions, Sturgeon said the British government?s attempt to refuse the House of Commons a vote on article 50 was because th...

Labour MP cleared of kicking Scottish independence campaigner
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Nov 2016 at 5:20pm
Marie Rimmer walks free from court after sheriff says allegations of assault on day of 2014 referendum were ?a storm in a teacup?A Labour MP has walked free from court after a sheriff described allegations that she had assaulted a Scottish independence campaigner as ?a storm in a teacup?.Sheriff ...

Labour MP 'shocked' to be accused of kicking yes campaigner
by Press Association
1 Nov 2016 at 8:40pm
Marie Rimmer, on trial for allegedly kicking Patricia McLeish on day of Scottish referendum, cleared of abusive behaviourA Labour MP has told a court she was ?shocked? to be accused of kicking a yes campaigner outside a polling station on the day of the Scottish independence referendum. Marie Rim...

The SNP has forgotten how to fight for social justice | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
30 Oct 2016 at 12:04am
After so long in power, it is in thrall to vested interests rather than serving ordinary peopleWhen the SNP finally wakes up and realises that it had better fire the starting gun soon on the second independence referendum, it will be faced immediately with some decisions that will have a signific...

Scotland to pardon gay men convicted under outdated laws
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Oct 2016 at 5:08pm
Holyrood announces ?Turing law? to pardon men convicted of same-sex sexual activity that is no longer criminalMen convicted of same-sex sexual activity on the basis of outdated and homophobic laws will receive a full pardon, the Scottish government has announced.Holyrood?s justice secretary, Mich...

Steve Bell on Brexit and state of the union ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
24 Oct 2016 at 9:53pm
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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Extrahitis urinam
It’s the start of Boris Johnson’s Titanic success, May’s Brexit plans have collided with the iceberg of the courts. The High Court has decided that Britain isn’t a dictatorship after all. The Court has ruled that Theresa May doesn’t get to decide that Brexit means Brexit means whatever she wants it to mean all by …

The annual rant about poppies
November has begun, which means the official commencement of the annual season for opinion articles about poppies. Although like Christmas, poppy-shaming has been starting earlier and earlier every year. Poppy shaming now starts so early that it has managed to go back in time and now starts before the actual start of WWI in 1914. …

Self-defeating behaviours
Oh here we bloody go again. Now you might have thought that the Scottish independence movement was motivated by the democratic deficit in this country, which leads us to have Tory governments we didn’t vote for, and which takes us out of the European Union even though we voted to remain by a considerably larger …

The paradoxical truth of independence
Brexshit just gets worse and worse. According to Universities Scotland and the Research Council UK, Brexit could leave Scotland as intellectually impoverished as the Labour party’s Holyrood front bench. Academics who are EU citizens won’t want to teach or study at Scottish universities, and Scottish students won’t be able to study abroad so easily. Because …

Put it on a billboard
There’s been a whole lot of shouting of late over a wee project that a few grassroots indy supporters have embarked upon entirely on their own initiative. A group of independence supporters who are convinced that the BBC doesn’t give the case for independence a fair hearing, despite the fact that via the licence fee …

Hutu radio broadcasting
Well there ye go. I do another piece supporting and promoting the Gaelic language, and now I discover that I’m a blood and soil nationalist, a fascist, and am all but indistinguishable from a Hutu radio broadcaster calling on people to slaughter their neighbours because they belong to a different tribe. That last is courtesy …

National languages for a whole nation
Since publicising on this blog that I’ve been doing Gaelic maps of Scotland, I’ve experienced a considerable amount of abuse on social media from people with a political motive for denigrating Scotland’s distinctive linguistic history and traditions. Strangely, these very same people accuse me of politicising the Gaelic and Scots languages by attempting to use …

Getting the tools to get the job done
Kezia Dugdale was open to the idea of independence a few weeks before the Brexit vote, saying that a Scotland that was being dragged out of the EU might cause her to reconsider her opposition. Thankfully everything that’s happened since has reassured her that staying a part of a UK that’s dragging Scotland out of …

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Don?t miss out! The National?s calendar for 2017 is now available
FOLLOWING on from the huge success of our Scottish Passport wallet offer, The National team has come up with some other great gift ideas in the run-up to the festive season.

The National Roadshow: Thanks from the editor
THE National Roadshow has attracted a phenomenal amount of interest from our readers and we want to thank everyone who has already called and emailed with a host of amazing ideas on where our team should visit on our tour of Scotland.

Tory minister is put in the picture as protester gets shirty
YESTERDAY?S appearance in the Scottish Parliament by Tory work and pensions minister Damian Green was hijacked by supporters of the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, writes Andrew Learmonth.

Sex-worker charities at loggerheads over work with police
TWO Scottish sex worker charities have clashed ? with both accusing the other of endangering women.

MSPs back council-tax reform but ?tepid? SNP plan is slammed
OPPOSITION parties have struck the Scottish Government a blow as MSPs approved reform of the council tax system which will see those living in more expensive homes pay more.

Base death soldier is named as Lance Corporal Joe Spencer
A SOLDIER who died during a training exercise at an RAF weapons range has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Living further north could accelerate onset of MS, say scientists
LIVING in northern locations could trigger the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) earlier than in southern cities, a study shows.

Public warned over underworld links as police seize £7m of counterfeit goods
POLICE took almost £7 million worth of dodgy goods off the streets last year, and have warned the public that buying fakes funds serious organised crime.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Westminster Behind the On-Going Gerrymandering of the Scottish Parliamentary ...
    The first parliament         Gerrymandering the Newly devolved Scottish Parliamentary Electoral System In recent times Unionist party MSP and activists have been constantly bleating about the unfair electoral system in Scotland which they allege has allowed the establishment of an SNP one party state. But they had been hoisted on … Continue reading Westminster Behind the On-Going Gerrymande...

Scottish Soldiers ? Past ? Present and Future ? From the Dole to the Battlefi...
            So You Want To Be A Soldier – The Recruiting Process – Streaming by Ability An understanding of the recruiting policies of the British military is necessary so that any judgement of soldiers in the Scottish regiments can be arrived at from a position of knowledge. At the recruitment … Continue reading Scottish Soldiers – Past – Present and Future – From the Dole to the Battlefield –...

In Bed With the Unionist Scottish Tories ? Rangers Football Club Supporters r...
            In Bed With the Unionist Scottish Tories – Rangers Football Club Supporters reveal their hand The 2016 Scottish Cup Final was marred by the bad conduct of a large section of Rangers supporters who, throughout the match baited Hibernian fans with sectarian chants The songs (clearly audible to television … Continue reading In Bed With the Unionist Scottish Tories – Rangers Football Cl...

Get to Know Chancer Prof Adam Tomkins ? the Tory List MSP is the Brains Behin...
                Professor Adam Tomkins – A Visionary or a Plonker? – The Scottish Jury Is Still out – But a Verdict is expected Very Soon (Part 1) Professor Adam Tomkins ? A Visionary or a Plonker? ? The Scottish Jury Is Still out ? But a Verdict is expected … Continue reading Get to Know Chancer Prof Adam Tomkins – the Tory List MSP is the Brains Behind the Scottish Tory deferendum Campaign

UK and the City of London ? Dirty Money Laundering Capital of the World ? Spr...
              UK and Tax Haven’s “Land Registry” figures show UK real estate worth more than £170bn is held by nearly 40,000 secret tax haven companies and “The National Crime Agency” believes up to £100bn of tainted cash could be passing through the UK each year. Much of it ending … Continue reading UK and the City of London – Dirty Money Laundering Capital of the World – Spreading the Disease...

Scottish Affairs Committee Recommend Changes Strengthening the Role of the Re...
    James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry (1662-1711) Secretary of State for Scotland, 1709-1711.  procured the signing of the 1707, Treaty of the Union           Secretary of State for Scotland – About the post The post was created soon after the Union of the Crowns, but was abolished in 1746, … Continue reading Scottish Affairs Committee Recommend Changes Strengthening the Role of the Redund...

Baroness Helen Liddell ? Stalin?s Granny didn?t just bake the (l)Pies ? She h...
      The blessed Helen and even more blessed Tony     Baroness Helen Liddell of Coatdyke  – The Scottish Referendum Helen Lawrie Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Monklands East from 1994 to 1997, and then for Airdrie and … Continue reading Baroness Helen Liddell – Stalin’s Granny didn’t just bake the (l)...

Syria ? Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ? Ignore the Hype
    Tuesday 18 October 2016: Aleppo Update – Do Not Believe the Hype -These are the facts Terrorists of Al-Quaeda (recently renamed Al Nustra) in East-Aleppo are boxed in with nowhere to go. The Syrian army is steadily reducing terrorist held areas engaging in close combat, house to house fighting. Syrian and Russian air-forces … Continue reading Syria – Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Gerry Hassan

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

Imagination: Scotland?s Festival of Ideas with Electoral Reform Society Scotl...
Imagination: Scotland?s Festival of Ideas with Electoral Reform Society Scotland Scotland and the UK after the IndyRef and Brexit Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6HT Friday November 25th-Sunday November 27th Friday Nov. 25th: 6.00-7.00pm: Arrival 7.00-8.00pm: Evening Meal 8.00pm: Welcome: Gerry Hassan and Willie Sullivan 8.05pm: The State of Britain?s Politics after Brexit John Harris, ...

An Empire in Decline: Hillary Clinton, Trump, ?Nasty Women? and Kabuki Politics
An Empire in Decline: Hillary Clinton, Trump, ?Nasty Women? and Kabuki Politics Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 26th 2016 The US Presidential election is everywhere you turn in the States. That much is familiar and reassuring, but so much else this year – and in the longer-term -points in the exact opposite direction: a country …

The Big Stakes at Play in the US Presidential Election
The Big Stakes at Play in the US Presidential Election Gerry Hassan October 20th 2016 The US Presidential election has been mesmerising, compelling and a warning from a future that doesn?t work. As with every recent US election we have had wall-to-wall UK broadcast media coverage. Often this has been presented as a fantasyland larger …

High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign
High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 17th 2016 The SNP?s rise to become Britain?s third party ? in parliamentary seats and mass membership ? has corresponded with its annual conference adopting the importance, scale and feel of one of the two UK big parties This …

The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the f...
The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 12th 2016 The SNP have played a huge role in getting us to where we are today. They are central to where Scotland goes in the future – but they on …

Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism
Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 7th 2016 The Tory conference tried to sail on as if the sea wasn?t turbulent and choppy, with the ship heading for the rocks. Tory statecraft, élan, even class confidence, have all contributed to this along with …

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

Scotland and Independence

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'What is your coherent plan?' Salmond grilled over Sturgeon's independence pl...
'What is your coherent plan?' Salmond grilled over Sturgeon's independence plot
ALEX SALMOND was grilled by an LBC caller who demanded him to explain Nicola Sturgeon's ?coherent plan? for Scottish independence. By Joe Barnes. PUBLISHED: 06:01, Thu, Nov 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14, Thu, Nov 3, 2016 ...
Former Scottish Government minister: Several SNP MSPs secretly voted fo...

Scottish independence 'greater threat to financial services industry than Bre...
Scottish independence 'greater threat to financial services industry than Brexit'
Scottish independence poses a greater threat than Brexit to Scotland's £8 billion-a-year financial services industry because of its reliance on English customers, according to a report by two of the sector's most eminent figures. Jeremy Peat, the ...
Ewan McGregor reveals he would have ...

Is there demand for a second independence referendum? - Scotsman

Is there demand for a second independence referendum?
Demand for a second referendum on Scottish independence is strongly linked to voting intentions, with Yes supporters most likely to back a potential indyref2. But opposition to a rerun of the 2014 plebiscite has hardened, with the number of Scots ...

Survey: Scottish independence threat causing more economic damage than Brexit...
Survey: Scottish independence threat causing more economic damage than Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon's threat of a second independence referendum is inflicting more damage than Brexit on business demand for office, factory and shop space in Scotland, chartered surveyors have warned. A major report by the Royal Institution of Chartered ...
IndyRef2? The thorny question of Sc...

New Scottish independence bill published - BBC News

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New Scottish independence bill published
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The Scottish government has published its draft bill on a second independence referendum. The move does not mean another referendum will definitely be held. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland should be ready to hold a vote before the UK ...
Scottish independence vote would need British permissionUSA TODAY
I used to be against S...

North Sea Fields Flag, Denting Prospects for Scottish Independence - New York...

New York Times
North Sea Fields Flag, Denting Prospects for Scottish Independence
New York Times
The September 2014 referendum on Scottish independence was a raucous and emotional affair, but one of the central questions was whether an independent Scotland would thrive economically or become poorer than now. And the key element to that ...

Marie Rimmer, Labour MP, Cleared Of Scottish Independence Supporter Assault C...

Huffington Post UK
Marie Rimmer, Labour MP, Cleared Of Scottish Independence Supporter Assault Charge
Huffington Post UK
A Labour MP has been cleared of assaulting a Scottish independence supporter outside a polling station on the day of the 2014 referendum. Marie Rimmer was cleared of assault after Glasgow Sheriff Court found the case not proven on Wednesday.
Labour MP Marie Rimmer cleared of atta...

Tartan blood and Scottish independence - BBC News

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Tartan blood and Scottish independence
BBC News
The Scottish Government has published a bill outlining provisional plans for another referendum on Scottish independence, plans which some believe coincide with a renewed sense of Scotland's separate identity. There are pubs where they play music and ...
Has Brexit made Scottish independence more likely?The Student
Everything You Need to Know ...


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MSPs back council-tax reform but 'tepid' SNP plan is slammed - The National

The National
MSPs back council-tax reform but 'tepid' SNP plan is slammed
The National
The SNP proposals, which will see charges increase for properties in bands E to H, raising an extra £100 million a year, were voted through at Holyrood. But the opposition parties combined to pass an amendment from the Scottish Greens which made clear ...

Patrick Harvie: Timid try to change council tax is a missed opportunity - The...

The National
Patrick Harvie: Timid try to change council tax is a missed opportunity
The National
So it was exasperating to see Holyrood struggle to even make a decision, with the SNP playing a strange game and threatening to vote against their own changes to the council tax ? a modest adjustment that we accept will raise more money for local ...

Scottish Labour to launch fracking ban members bill - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish Labour to launch fracking ban members bill
BBC News
The Scottish parliament actually voted to support an outright ban on fracking in June, although SNP members abstained from that vote. Ms Beamish said the "climate science and evidence is clear" about fracking. She said: "Scotland relying on fracking ...

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: High Court Brexit ruling could bring huge opportunity ...

The National
Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: High Court Brexit ruling could bring huge opportunity for SNP MPs
The National
Surely now those calling for an early Scottish independence referendum and claiming the SNP were waiting too long will see the sense in understanding the battlefield and allowing the Brexit vote chaos to die down before launching a campaign enabled by ...

Council tax bills to rise after SNP forced to swallow its pride - Herald Scot...

Herald Scotland
Council tax bills to rise after SNP forced to swallow its pride
Herald Scotland
COUNCIL tax bills for around 550,000 households across Scotland are to rise after the SNP was forced to sign up to criticism of its own policy. Legislation that will see the multiplier increase for those in bands E to H, costing between £2 and £10 more ...

SNP in u-turn as betting shop clampdown brought back from the grave - Herald ...

Herald Scotland
SNP in u-turn as betting shop clampdown brought back from the grave
Herald Scotland
Early last year, the SNP government performed a u-turn over plans to change planning legislation after a consultation over measures to prevent so-called 'clustering' of betting shops produced mixed views and opposition from the gambling industry.

Labour to launch fracking ban bill - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Labour to launch fracking ban bill
Herald Scotland
However Nicola Sturgeon later modified this to ?substantial risk?, raising fears among some SNP members that the party leadership views fracking as a useful source of jobs and taxes. Ms Beamish,Labour's environment and climate change spokesperson, ...

Fracking ban bill to be put before MSPs by Scottish Labour - The Courier

Fracking ban bill to be put before MSPs by Scottish Labour
The Courier
Labour is to heap pressure on the SNP Government by putting forward its own plan to MSPs to ban fracking. The SNP says it is weighing up the evidence before making a decision on whether to impose an outright ban on the controversial energy extraction ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Is there demand for a second independence referendum? - Scotsman

Is there demand for a second independence referendum?
?But irrespective of Brexit, and what Nicola Sturgeon is or isn't going to do, the referendum left Scotland divided down the middle on the subject and therefore the debate is continuing.? READ MORE: Could a second Scottish independence referendum be ...

At-a-glance - Draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill - BBC News

BBC News
At-a-glance - Draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill
BBC News
The Scottish government has published draft legislation for a second independence referendum for consultation. Here are some of the key points from the consultation document and draft bill, which sets out how any potential referendum would be organised.
Scottish Government to publish plans for second independence ...Sky New...

Will pens replace pencils in another independence referendum ... - Herald Sco...

Herald Scotland
Will pens replace pencils in another independence referendum ...
Herald Scotland
Pens could join pencils in the voting booth in time for a second independence referendum.

Scotland to Consider New Independence Referendum Bill - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Scotland to Consider New Independence Referendum Bill
Wall Street Journal
Scotland will publish a new independence referendum bill for consultation next week, part of its efforts to push for Scotland's interests to be taken into account as Britain negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union, Scottish First Minister ...
Scotland considers 2nd independence referendumCNN

Sturgeon tells May she's 'not bluffing' over referendum - BBC News

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Sturgeon tells May she's 'not bluffing' over referendum
BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned Theresa May she is not "bluffing" over her promise to hold an independence referendum if Scotland's vote against Brexit is "not respected". After talks in Downing Street, she said she was not prepared to see ...
Second independence referendum looms as Brexit minister rules out separat...

Scotland Could Buck 'Brexit' with New Independence Referendum -
Scotland Could Buck 'Brexit' with New Independence Referendum
Scottish voters may get to reconsider whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom, following an announcement by the country's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 13 October 2016. Sturgeon's plan to publish an independence referendum bill is ...
Scotland's papers: Referendum stand-off and dodgy police cars...

Luxemburger Wort - Scotland publishes independence referendum bill - Luxembur...

Luxemburger Wort - English Edition
Luxemburger Wort - Scotland publishes independence referendum bill
Luxemburger Wort - English Edition
Scotland voted by 55% to stay part of Britain in 2014, but then voted by 62% to remain in the European Union in June, sparking a political crisis after Britain as ...

How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit ...

Scottish Daily Record
How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit position, says Joan McAlpine
Scottish Daily Record
We also need substantial powers devolved to our Scottish Parliament over workers' rights, currently guaranteed by the EU. If Brexit happens, those powers will revert to a perpetually Tory Westminster. We also need powers to allow Scotland to make ......

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

Official USA Election Prediction Thread
Trump - 48% Hitlery Klingon - 44% Dumbass Gary Johnson - 5% Commie Jill Stein - 2% Edit: Sorry to all the folks who saw the original title to this thread.

Asher's Bakery Belfast - Lose Court Appeal Over Gay Wedding Cake.
Appeal lost and £88,000 anticipated in Court Costs.Is this a breach of the owners religious rights (and Christian beliefs) or did the Judge rule correctly in that baking a cake for a same sex couple wasn't an endorsement of their sexual preferences and lifestyle.Was the intention to purposefully ...

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

A group of protesters have set up camp at the site of the Scottish Parliament and have said they are staying until Scotland is independent. Unsure why they've started camping now more than a year later. Also, camping in Edinburgh i...

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 ...

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

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

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Trainspotting 2 - Official Trailer
    canny wait

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

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

It really is a dreadful service. Late to work. Late home to miss kids bedtime. Pish after pish after pish. Gets worse than better.

Worst 5 pubs you've been in
Killing time at work and having a look through Old Glasgow pubs. Got me thinking about the worst 5 pubs I've been in...   In no particular order... 1. The Glaswegian, Bridge Street, Glasgow....Only ever went there once during a subcrawl in 2006 or 2007. Everyone there just looked like...

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

Holyrood Magazine


Her chances, your choices - Introducing Kirsty, the Holyrood baby

Council tax payers seeking to avoid the SNP's higher band hike face a Kafkaes...

SNP government defeated on football sectarianism act debate

SNP council tax plans face vote

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Brexit: Article 50 ?not irrevocable?, says its deviser Lord Kerr

SNP find Tory allies for disability benefits debate

Local government group calls for devolution deals for Scotland?s city regions

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Still Fighting?
What can I say…. my body is broken, my mind is awake and my heart is wide open… I see a future a positive future for all of us. We fight because we believe, that change can happen.. so we made it so. We can and will be a positive beacon for the world… Dont ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...