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Supreme Court ruling in favour of MSPs having vote on PM's Brexit strategy co...
4 Dec 2016 at 3:29pm
A ruling by the UK Supreme Court in favour of MSPs having a vote on Theresa May?s Brexit strategy could spark a constitutional crisis, which might be a "good thing? as it would put Nicola Sturgeon and Holyrood in an extremely powerful position, Alex Salmond, the former First Minister, has said.

Boris pours cold water on suggestion Britain could pay to have single market ...
4 Dec 2016 at 12:17pm
BORIS Johnson has played down suggestions that Britain could continue to pay Brussels access to the European single market following Brexit as he predicted some ?hairy? times ahead in the negotiations with the European Union.

Independent Van der Bellen wins Austrian presidency, early projections suggest
4 Dec 2016 at 5:03pm
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat in Austria's presidential election to left-leaning independent candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen.

PM orders crackdown on Whitehall leaks - a leaked memo reveals
4 Dec 2016 at 12:40pm
THERESA May has ordered an urgent crackdown on unauthorised ?corrosive? leaks by UK Government ministers and civil servants with a warning that culprits will face instant dismissal if they are caught - a leaked memo has revealed.

Dugdale to back more powers for Holyrood in major constitutional speech
4 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will this week support new powers for Holyrood as part of a call for a reformed United Kingdom.

Dugdale expected to talk up prospect of a more federal UK in London speech th...
4 Dec 2016 at 5:32pm
KEZIA Dugdale is expected this week to give her support to establishing a more federal UK with greater powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Abbott accused of Labour "confusion" after she disagrees with senior colleagu...
4 Dec 2016 at 4:43pm
DIANE Abbott has risked stoking Labour tensions over the party?s approach to immigration after disagreeing with some of her senior colleagues and Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman.

Live from Westminster, the Supreme Court and Brexit
4 Dec 2016 at 12:11am
IT will be the biggest televised televised British court hearing in legal history and undoubtedly one of the most important.

Wealthy Tory MSP reigns in outside interests after party double-job row
4 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
A WEALTHY Tory MSP has scaled back the amount of time he is putting into his businesses amid a growing row over Conservative double-jobbing.

Unspun: the political diary
3 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
SCOTTISH Labour?s disconnect with the voters grows fatal, we fear. Spindoctor Alan Roden last week issued a breathless press release stating, in its entirety: ?NEWS FROM SCOTTISH LABOUR. EMBARGO: IMMEDIATE. NEW POLL REVEALS PUBLIC.? Those who already knew the public exists were unimpressed. Red Roddo duly took to Twitter to apologise: ?It?s gonna be a long day. Sadly this was all down to my fat fingers.? Or did he mean cat singers?

Nicola Sturgeon returns fire over Brexit to accuse Hammond of 'arrogance'
3 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused the UK government of ?arrogance? and warned it is increasing the likelihood of independence after it ruled out a bespoke Scottish deal on Brexit.

UK Government lawyers urge Supreme Court judges not to stray into politics bu...
3 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
UK Government lawyers have swept aside Holyrood?s Brexit fears and urged the UK Supreme Court judges to ?resist the invitation? from the Scottish Government to make a political judgement and stick to the law.

Scotland takes in highest number of Syria refugees, new figures show
3 Dec 2016 at 12:02am
SCOTLAND has taken in more Syrian refugees than any other part of the United Kingdom in the first year of the UK Government?s expanded resettlement scheme, new figures show.

Scottish Labour split over adulation for Castro
3 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has refused to defend her deputy after he signed a parliamentary motion which praised Fidel Castro and ignored human rights abuses in Cuba.

Nicola Sturgeon condemns 'arrogant dismissals' of Scottish Brexit deal
2 Dec 2016 at 5:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at "arrogant dismissals" of a separate Brexit deal for Scotland after it was ruled out by Chancellor Philip Hammond.



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Boris Johnson quits TV interview over world leaders ?quiz?
4 Dec 2016 at 6:22pm
Boris Johnson walked away from a television interview after he was challenged to name the president of South Korea.

Nicola Sturgeon hails ?diversity? after Glasgow mosque visit
4 Dec 2016 at 6:01pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged people from all communities to promote tolerance and diversity after a visit to a mosque attended by murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.

World media banned as Castro?s ashes are interred in private
4 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Fidel Castro’s ashes were interred in a private ceremony yesterday morning after Cuban officials made a last-minute cancellation of plans to broadcast the events live on national and international television. International media were also barred from the ceremony.

Alex Salmond: ?Constitutional crisis? looming over Article 50
4 Dec 2016 at 2:46pm
The triggering of the Article 50 process without a legislative consent motion (LCM) from the Scottish Parliament would “result in a constitutional crisis”, Alex Salmond has said.

Theresa May cracks down on Government moles..leaked memo reveals
4 Dec 2016 at 2:23pm
Theresa May has ordered a crackdown on unauthorised leaks by ministers and civil servants with a warning that culprits will face instant dismissal if they are caught ... a leaked memorandum has revealed.

Euan McColm: Dublin love-in keeps indyref2 hopes alive
4 Dec 2016 at 11:42am
Whether or not it was the First Minister’s intention, her reception in Ireland has raised expectations of an early indyref2, writes Euan McColm.

Analysis: Holyrood will not win veto in complex Brexit contest
4 Dec 2016 at 9:26am
The UK Supreme Court will this week hear the most significant constitutional law case in decades, on whether the UK government can use the royal prerogative to give notice to leave the EU, via Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, without a need for legislation.

Former SNP chief: I will vote No in indyref2
4 Dec 2016 at 9:05am
A former deputy leader of the SNP has said he will vote against independence if the Scottish Government calls a second referendum in the next two years to keep Scotland in the EU.

Leader: New ban will help foster smoke-free generation
3 Dec 2016 at 11:55pm
Smoking has been under attack for decades now, ever since it became clear that there are significant health concerns for both smokers and those who inhale second-hand smoke.

Stuart MacLennan: Hurdles too high for EU wild goose chase
3 Dec 2016 at 11:44pm
Membership of the single market has become a red-line for the First Minister. Of course, two years ago the SNP was happy enough to risk Scotland’s membership of the EU without being able to offer a single guarantee – there was every chance that an independent Scotland could have been out in the cold for years. But the First Minister is a nationalist, and nationalists exist to stand up for the interests of their nation.

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Ruth Davidson for Brexit ?sell-out?
3 Dec 2016 at 11:36pm
Nicola Sturgeon has accused the Conservatives of silencing Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU on the eve of the most contentious constitutional court case for generations.

Smoking ban in cars: Another nail in the coffin of our No?1 killer
3 Dec 2016 at 11:30pm
It was once a fug which hung in the air wherever we went, a near universal scent of everyday life so commonplace as to be unnoticed or ignored.

Man arrested after ?Jo Cox? Twitter threat to MP
3 Dec 2016 at 9:05pm
A man has been arrested following investigations into an allegedly threatening Twitter post that called for people to “Jo Cox” an MP.

Police probe launched after ?Jo Cox? threat to MP Anna Soubry
3 Dec 2016 at 12:31pm
Police are investigating after an MP was sent a threatening message on Twitter - calling for someone to “Jo Cox” her.

Network Rail stripped of control running UK?s railway tracks
3 Dec 2016 at 12:08pm
Network Rail is to be stripped of its control over Britain’s railway tracks, with new powers being passed to the train operators, in a major reorganisation of the system, it is reported.

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There?s no other way
by Chris Cairns
3 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 677
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2016 at 12:49pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale at FMQs today. Just for fun, let’s do the sums again, shall we? As the FM pointed out, when Labour were last in power 85% of patients were treated within 18 weeks. The figures since the SNP took power are 96% within 12 weeks. But since Kezia Dugdale is apparently unable to …

The passing of sentence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm
The Prime Minister of the UK, whose party has one MP in Scotland, officially tells the Commons that she doesn’t believe people on benefits should be able to survive. Happy St Andrews’ Day, readers.

The patron saint of North Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 11:03am
St Andrew is of course the patron saint of ALL of Scotland. He doesn’t belong to the SNP, or to nationalists, but to everyone in the country. So it hardly even seems worth pointing this out, really. Obviously there’s famously no political dispute over the monarchy. Nobody in Scotland minded this in the slightest either. …

Men without honour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2016 at 10:58am
I wasn’t going to mention this on the site because it’s basically a personal matter, but as most readers don’t use Twitter or Facebook it probably ought to be briefly filed for the record, given the amount of media coverage there’s been. It won’t take long. Earlier this year I entered into wagers with a couple …

Hitler elected again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Nov 2016 at 12:24pm
Paul Nuttall (pictured below playing “Eddie Hitler” in the BBC sitcom “Bottom”) has just been elected by a landslide as the new leader of UKIP. We’ve never felt more British, frankly. You Yes Yet, readers?

Comment superfluous
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Nov 2016 at 11:21am

Don?t spend it all at once
by Chris Cairns
26 Nov 2016 at 6:55am

What they expect you to believe
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2016 at 11:26am
For some reason the Unionist community has this week been turning the bullhorn up to maximum on the subject of pensions. Most likely provoked by the publication of Dr Craig Dalzell’s fascinating “Beyond GERS”, the usual suspects have returned to the scaremongering tactics deployed during the indyref, attempting to terrorise the elderly with blood-curdling threats …

Out of the cave
by Dr Craig Dalzell
24 Nov 2016 at 5:39pm
Readers of this site will be well aware of the many failings and limitations of GERS, aka Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland – the document which serves as the informal accounts of a devolved Scotland but tells us next to nothing about the finances of an independent Scotland, as noted just a few weeks ago …

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Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland'
4 Dec 2016 at 5:12pm
A constitutional crisis over Brexit could be an "extremely good thing for Scotland", according to Alex Salmond.

Ban on smoking in cars with children to come into force
4 Dec 2016 at 9:11am
A new law making it illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18 will come into force in Scotland from midnight.

Nicola Sturgeon visits Ahmadiyya Mosque in Glasgow
4 Dec 2016 at 3:09pm
Nicola Sturgeon visits the mosque that was attended by murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah later.

Plan to boost Scots disability support
2 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
Measures to halve the employment gap for disabled people are part of a 93-point Scottish government action plan for disability support.

ScotRail fares decision 'before year-end'
2 Dec 2016 at 1:31pm
The Scottish government promises a decision on rail fares before the end of the year.

Scottish MSPs in dispute over Fidel Castro legacy
2 Dec 2016 at 1:40pm
Scottish MSPs clash over the legacy of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Sturgeon calls for unity against far-right politics
2 Dec 2016 at 5:21pm
Nicola Sturgeon calls for progressive parties to unite against the rise of far-right politics, in a speech to the European Greens conference.

Lord Wallace: Holyrood may have Brexit legal role
2 Dec 2016 at 1:00am
Former Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace argues there is a "clear role" for the Scottish Parliament in the Brexit process.

Scottish government to raise age of criminal responsibility
1 Dec 2016 at 3:10pm
The Scottish government is to introduce a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from eight to 12.

Borders flooding fight continues one year after storms
2 Dec 2016 at 1:13am
Nearly a year on from the first of a string of major floods to hit the Scottish Borders, what progress has been made to address the issue?

Philip Hammond rules out Scottish Brexit deal
1 Dec 2016 at 4:50pm
The UK Chancellor appears to rule out a special Brexit deal for Scotland after saying it was "not realistic".

UK urged to ratify Istanbul Convention by Scottish government
1 Dec 2016 at 1:10am
Scotland's communities secretary urges the UK government to ratify the "Istanbul Convention" on violence against women.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

Scot Goes Pop mourns the passing of Fidel Castro
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2016 at 8:35pm
We interrupt your normal programming with a special message for our resident troll, who had this to say earlier -"Not even a mention of Fidel on this fash right wing Nat si blog."Consider Fidel men...

To state the bleedin' obvious : yes, the US presidential polls were wrong
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2016 at 10:43pm
As GA Ponsonby wittily put it a couple of hours ago -"The social media relationship between James Kelly and Stuart Campbell has broken down. Yet another reason for Humza to resign quite frankly."Ye...

The corner of Scotland that will be forever Trumpton
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2016 at 6:08pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the terrifying lessons Scotland has learned about Donald Trump from our own ill-fated dalliance with him ...

Winning With Willie (again)
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2016 at 5:57pm
Much of the mainstream media breathlessly and uncritically reported Willie Rennie's claim at the weekend that the Scottish Liberal Democrats were "winning again".  For those with short memories, he...

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Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland' - BBC News
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4 Dec 2016 at 5:42pm
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Nice wee pipe opener up the fells today!
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4 Dec 2016 at 5:28pm
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Can we expect to be inspired by Kezia?
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4 Dec 2016 at 5:00pm
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Just wondering how others view Scotland after reading this in r/nostupidquest...
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4 Dec 2016 at 3:47pm
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Enjoying winter in Scotland (oc)
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4 Dec 2016 at 3:09pm
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Former SNP chief: I will vote No in indyref2
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4 Dec 2016 at 2:52pm
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Iona's Christmas tree [facebook]
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4 Dec 2016 at 11:41am
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"Internal Scottish Labour polling puts it at its worst ever showing.Many vote...
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4 Dec 2016 at 11:00am
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Online delivery website?
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4 Dec 2016 at 2:44am
Hi there, My girlfriend is sick and I'd like to send her a care package. I live abroad. In North America we use Amazon a lot and I noticed the UK also has one so I figured I'd use the website, but ...

Bought this shirt in a charity shop today, but it turns out I had absolutely ...
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3 Dec 2016 at 10:32pm
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how to get to loch ness / skye
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3 Dec 2016 at 9:10pm
hey guys, the gf and i are from new zealand and are in the middle of a world trip. just heard from the rental company that it will be 30gbp extra each day because i am under 25. we were going to h...

Moving from Edinburgh to Dundee, help.
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3 Dec 2016 at 8:27pm
Hi everyone, I'm planning on moving to Dundee from Edinburgh for work with my friend. I was just wondering how much on average the bills come to? (gas, council tax, internet, electricity, rent) I ...

Hiking on Arran
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3 Dec 2016 at 5:54pm
Hi all! I am planning to do a 7 day hike on Arran in a couple months But i'm not sure where to go yet. I got recommended the "coastal way" but i think walking along the coast will get boring after ...

Students call for nap pods at Edinburgh University
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3 Dec 2016 at 5:47pm
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Alex Salmond warns triggering Article 50 without Scottish Parliament consent ...
by dailyrecord
4 Dec 2016 at 3:37pm
The former First Minister believes a Scottish vote against triggering Article 50 will allow Nicola Sturgeon the chance to include the country's interests in Brexit talks.

Brexit was as solid as a sand castle - Indyref2 debate needs to be built on f...
by Alex Bell
4 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Alex Bell says Brexit made too many false promises and it's time to hold a referendum in Scotland on facts alone.

Giving rampant Tory Louise Mensch Twitter access is like giving a machine gun...
by John Niven
4 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Mensch is one of these people – like Donald Trump – who shouldn’t be allowed within a hundred miles of a Twitter account.

Nicola Sturgeon slams Scottish Tories for abandoning Europe and trying to sil...
by dailyrecord
3 Dec 2016 at 3:23pm
The First Minister believes Ruth Davidson and her cronies are putting an extremist faction of their party before their country by supporting a hard Brexit.

Boris Johnson quotes Rabbie Burns - who would be turning in his grave
by Stephen Stewart
3 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
BORIS quoted the Bard in his first major speech - but failed to grasp that his lines of poetry were the exact opposite of what he was getting at.

Mhairi Black shoots down Tory MP accused of saying benefit claimants are 'ter...
by Dan Bloom
2 Dec 2016 at 2:53pm
Youngest MP Mhairi Black, 22, hit out as David Nuttall was accused of shouting the heckle during a debate on the hated sanctions regime

"Straw clutching" Nicola Sturgeon told by top Tory plans for a Scottish deal ...
by David Clegg
2 Dec 2016 at 1:15pm
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond used a whistle-stop visit to the Scottish Parliament that Sturgeon's demands for a separate Scottish EU deal is not a realistic prospect.

Shocking case of paralysed ex-squaddie trapped in hospital shows human side o...
by Record View
2 Dec 2016 at 12:00pm
GEORGE Imrie has been languishing in a hospital ward for seven months because council budgets can't stretch to providing a care package for him.

From Dundee to Dijon, working class communities are struggling to resist allu...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Dec 2016 at 11:59am
TORCUIL reflects on what appears to be a global crisis affecting socially democratic political movements, from former steel communities, all the way to France.

Strictly business: Ed Balls would 'love' to return to politics following danc...
by Gavin Cordon
1 Dec 2016 at 12:48pm
The former shadow chancellor, whose dance routines were wildly popular with viewers, admitted to hankering after a return to the corridors of power.

Michael Greenwell

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

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …

My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

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 …

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A Year on Acid: From the Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Dec 2016 at 3:08pm
The Australian Marxist archaeologist (now there?s a wonderful mix) V. Gordon Childe, in his Rhind Lectures of 1944, which became the book ?Scotland Before the Scots?, observed that history comes not so much in ?ages? as in ?stages?. As December kicks in and the year begins to end it is, I suppose, a good time …

Dreaming of a Yellow Christmas
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Dec 2016 at 9:55am
There?s a revolution going on in the Scottish music scene, writes Ruth MacGilp. So rarely does a musician truly mean it when they claim they aren?t in it for the money. But Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 value their fans on another level. When you listen to their upbeat, genre-defying sounds, you become the?6th …

Getting Our Ducks in a Row
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2016 at 1:42pm
“Many other people are falling and yet some of us have not yet noticed that the ground has dropped away. A handful of us believe that we are flying.” – A.L. Kennedy Mad Dogs and Englishmen Yesterday Zac Goldsmith completed his descent from eco-friendly Tory MP to racist mayoral campaign to losing a parliamentary majority …

Caring for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2016 at 12:34pm
There are plenty of ‘wicked’ problems in UK and Scottish public policy of which the crises in care and affordable housing are perhaps the most intractable. My generation ? at the tail end of the Baby Boom ? benefited through no effort on our part from massive unearned gains in land values due to successive …

A Message from Theresa May
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2016 at 10:50am
Theresa May’s St Andrew’s Day address sounds like it was written by Frankie Boyle and Alan Bissett on a big night out, but apparently it’s for real. Namedropping engineering, inventing the telephone and penicillin its like she’s reading off the back of a teatowel from 1974. You half expect her to slip on a See …

Sturgeon at the Seanad
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2016 at 11:13am
The Seanad?s enthusiastic reaction to Sturgeon?s speech reflects a shift in Irish attitudes towards Scottish constitutional politics since the European referendum argues Jamie Maxwell. Nicola Sturgeon?s speech to the Seanad yesterday was the first any foreign leader has given to the upper chamber of the Irish parliament. The Seanad is tucked away in a far …

Lessons from Anacostia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Nov 2016 at 10:09am
Linda Tirado looks at a broken America. “I don?t call for unity. There can be no unity with people who oppose your existence.” Follow her   @killermartinis and here. I wasn?t planning to vote at first. Not in the presidential race. I think of the federal races as rich-person Kabuki for the most part. We rarely …

An Evening for Alasdair Gray
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Nov 2016 at 4:11pm

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Scotland to raise age of criminal responsibility to 12 years
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:40pm
Legislation will end ?national embarrassment? of having lowest age of responsibility in Europe, eight years of ageScotland?s minimum age of criminal responsibility will be raised to 12 years, in line with UN standards, after the current minimum age of eight, the lowest in Europe, was labelled a ?...

UK government lawyers dismiss Scotland and Wales's article 50 fears
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
Row erupts before supreme court case over claims by devolved administrations that they should have say on triggering BrexitA constitutional row over devolution has erupted ahead of next week?s article 50 case in the supreme court, setting the attorney generals in London and Belfast at odds with t...

Scotland will not get Brexit concessions, says Philip Hammond
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Dec 2016 at 6:00pm
Chancellor dismisses Nicola Sturgeon?s attempt to secure favourable deal after Scotland?s emphatic rejection of leaving EUThe chancellor, Philip Hammond, has ruled out any prospect of Scotland winning special concessions on trade or immigration in the Brexit deal, despite its strong vote in June ...

EU chief criticises UK's Brexit stance, telling MPs their argument has 'nothi...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Nov 2016 at 5:59pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenGuardian/ICM poll gives Tories 16-pt lead over LabourLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.45pm GMT Bringing private companies into the PLC rule book strikes one as a move so targeted at a particular series of events, that it w...

Sturgeon confirms Scottish talks on free abortions for Northern Irish women
by Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
29 Nov 2016 at 11:18am
Women from the province, where there are strict curbs on terminations, currently refused free abortions on mainlandNicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the Scottish government is to explore how to allow Northern Irish women to obtain free access to abortions in Scotland?s NHS hospitals.Scotland?s f...

Unions warn of 'massive betrayal' if shipbuilding contracts leave Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Nov 2016 at 8:22am
Government?s delayed shipbuilding strategy to be unveiled amid fears that future contracts could go outside UKUnion leaders are warning of a potential ?massive betrayal? of working-class communities in Scotland if the Westminster government?s delayed national shipbuilding strategy, expected to be...

Scotland stands to gain 'significant powers' from Brexit, claims minister
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Nov 2016 at 12:06am
Scottish secretary David Mundell suggests Brexit talks could result in new powers over areas such as fisheries and justiceBrexit will bring about fundamental changes to the devolution settlement across the UK, making possible the return of ?significant powers? from the EU to Scotland, according t...

English nationalism is a growling dog with no bite and no bark | Editorial
by Editorial
27 Nov 2016 at 10:01pm
Ministers? messy devolution plans might be less provocative than critics feared. However, England?s role will have to be reassessed and arguments about nationalism may become sharper as Brexit loomsIn the June referendum, majorities in England and Wales voted to leave the European Union, while ma...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The rights and wrongs of apathy
I’m an atheist. Well no, that’s not strictly true. Some atheists can be a bit shouty and Richard Dawkinsish. I used to be an atheist when I was young, mainly because I enjoyed winding up the priest and the RE teacher when I was at Catholic school. I’ve mellowed a lot now and converted to …

The sour Tory milk of human unkindness
Can Scotland get a special Brexit deal? Can Boris Johnson survive the Brexit process without pissing off a major European country? Can the adolescent supporters of the alt-right ever actually get laid, and will they ever realise that masturbating in front of internet photos of Pepe the Frog doesn’t really count as a sexual encounter? …

British Mortification
At long last we finally know what the hitherto meaningless phrase Brexit means Brexit means. Thanks to some Tory aide who wandered out into Downing Street clutching some briefing notes which were accidentally, or possibly accidentally on purpose, on show, the world has discovered that what we all thought all along is actually true. Brexit …

Westminster occupation therapy
The Unionist parties have been having a rough week. Admittedly that’s a bit like saying that Nicholas Witchell has a brown stain on his nose, or that Donald Trump has contradicted himself again, so it’s not exactly news. This week it’s become clearer than ever that there’s no positive case for the Union, all there …

Malvados cibernaces and a blow for Ruth Davidson
The problem for the Unionist media when they try to big up some comments from a right wing Spanish politician as a major blow for Nicola Sturgeon is that it only encourages the malvados cibernaces. That’s evil cybernats who speak Spanish, in case you were wondering. Because rather than take the word of publications like …

When a blow is not a blow
Here we go again. According to assorted reports in the Unionist media, especially its frothier end (which these days is getting more frothy than a capuccino made with fairy liquid) Scotland’s got no chance of remaining in the European Single Market because Spain says no. This is, apparently, yet another major blow for Nicola Sturgeon …

The embarrassadors
A couple of days ago Nigel Farage got to meet the Amphibian Prince, the man that America kissed but it turned out he was a poisonous toad. The world got to witness two venomous creepy creatures in a gold plated elevator, which is the kind of thing you don’t otherwise see outside a James Bond …

Tell me why. I don?t like fundilymundillies.
And you thought that after the deaths of a whole lot of celebrities who were actually talented but Ed Balls doesn’t get voted off Strictly, Scotland getting ripped out of the EU despite the fact we voted to remain, and the election as US president of a serial groper and narcissist who’s appointing outright fascists …

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Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee ? Remaining With th...
        The vast majority of pensioners rely on the State pension for survival         Pension Payments are Unsustainable and Invite Radical Change The cost of pension support to the UK exceeds £110bn annually. Expenditure will automatically uplift by at least 2.5% each year (up to 2020) meeting the Tory … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee – Remaining Wi...

The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics ? But Stupid and Dangerous ? Not a...
      The Mundell political Dynasty           25 October 2016: Mundell’s son (the MSP) says that the SNP’s pursuit of a ‘Norway-style’ deal with the EU could force a Scottish English Border He said: “This is yet more evidence that the SNP are only interested in breaking up our United … Continue reading The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics – But Stupid and Dangerous – Not at All Funny – Th...

Lucy Frazer ? Tory MP ? Destined for Greatness ? Jewess ? Strangely Seemingly...
                Lucy Frazer (1972), is a Conservative Party politician. Born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire. She is the descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants. (Frazer is a common Jewish surname) Her paternal Great Grandfather was Jewish immigrant: Barnet Frazer. ( A tailor to trade, Russian born (1880-1933) settled in … Continue reading Lucy Frazer – Tory MP – Destined for Greatness – Jewess ...

1919 ? Westminster Placed Scottish Troops on Lock-Down in Their Barracks ? Il...
          Scotland’s – Claim of Right Act 1689 states: “That the sending of an army in a hostile manner upon any part of Scotland in peacetime is contrary to law”               The Birth of Red Clydeside Before and during the First World War, there was … Continue reading 1919 – Westminster Placed Scottish Troops on Lock-Down in Their Barracks – Illegally Deployed An English Battle Group to Scot...

Good News ? Labour Party Control of BBC News & Current Affairs in Scotland is...
              Gary Smith – BBC in Scotland’s Head of News and Current Affairs The new Head of News at BBC in Scotland, (succeeding “bully boy” John Boothman) is a 54-year-old Scot who grew up in Glasgow and attended Kelvin-side Academy. He went on to study English at Glasgow University … Continue reading Good News – Labour Party Control of BBC News & Current Affairs in Scotland is being removed...

The Scottish Holocaust ? Murderers and Thieves Should Not Be Allowed to Benef...
    A young Duchess of Sutherland: Between 1811 and 1820, about 15,000 crofters were forcibly removed from their Sutherland-shire homes, opening up thousands of profitable sheep-farming acres. The statue of the 1st Duke near Golspie – “The Mannie” – is regularly vandalised to this day.           Scotland’s Holocaust Throughout the … Continue reading The Scottish Holocaust – Murderers and Thieve...

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"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 ...

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...

Gerry Hassan

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

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America
How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 10th 2016 America has shaken itself and the world. Something seismic has happened which has compounded experts, the political classes, and observers all round the world. But in this year of revolt and surprises – from Leicester City and …

What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics
What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 8th 2016 This has been a fascinating election; a true rollercoaster of emotions – of hope and fear, the spectre of bigotry and violence, and the flames of intolerance, and even insurrection, raised in some right-wing circles. Here …

Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland
Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, November 6th 2016 This weekend I attended a Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire. It was a surreal experience – of a Presidential candidate who isn?t a professional politician, who has a limited conventional manifesto, and is running on what …

Fear of a Trump Planet
Fear of a Trump Planet Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 4th 2016 Could Donald Trump actually pull off the biggest election shock in post-war US politics? One week ago the US Presidential election was meant to be over. Now the weekend before the election things look very different. For the past week the Clinton campaign …

Scotland and Independence

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A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish inde...

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A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish independence
Business Insider
A new YouGov poll put support for Scottish independence at 44% ? its lowest level since the September 2014 referendum, when 45% voted to remain part of the UK. In an August YouGov poll, support for the "Yes" vote was 46%, 2 points higher than ...

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Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

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Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
The Independent
Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest s...

A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' sup...

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A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' support for Scottish Labour
Business Insider
So what's happening? The question of Scottish independence is back on the table since the UK voted to leave the EU. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argues that a "material change in circumstances" gives her the mandate to call a second independence ...
Dugdale accus...

Nicola Sturgeon faces dilemma over anti-Brexit push - Financial Times

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Nicola Sturgeon faces dilemma over anti-Brexit push
Financial Times
Monica Frassoni, European Green party co-chair, said she was ?not generally in favour of new countries popping up?, but that the Brexit vote had clearly given Scottish aspirations for independence a ?different dimension?. Joachim Denkinger, a Green ...
Euan McColm: Dublin love-in keeps indyref2 hopes aliveScotsman
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Poll finds pound would still be favoured currency under Scottish independence...

The Courier
Poll finds pound would still be favoured currency under Scottish independence
The Courier
A further 24% of people said they would prefer to create and use a new currency while 12% would want Scotland to use the euro. Nicola Sturgeon has set up a taskforce to consider currency options should a second independence referendum be held.

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Zurich: Scottish independence could hit advisers harder than Brexit - Money M...

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Zurich: Scottish independence could hit advisers harder than Brexit
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If Scotland takes to the polls for another independence referendum, a leave vote could have graver ramifications for advisers than Brexit, according to Zurich. A draft bill for a second Scottish independence referendum was published last month, after ...

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Scottish Independence bid sunk? £1.9bn British warship contract to ... - Inte...

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Scottish Independence bid sunk? £1.9bn British warship contract to ...
International Business Times UK
Britain will start construction of a £1.9bn warship contract in Scotland next year, despite uncertainty about Scottish independence. In a joint statement between ...

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Independence a boon for Scots lawyers, says top QC - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Independence a boon for Scots lawyers, says top QC
Herald Scotland
SCOTTISH independence may provide a financial windfall for lawyers who would ?grab some of that practice cake? that currently migrates to London, a leading QC has insisted. Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, said seceding from the UK ...


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Tory MSP scales back his working hours on his businesses amid double-jobbing ...

The Courier
Tory MSP scales back his working hours on his businesses amid double-jobbing row
The Courier
The SNP say Holyrood Tories have form in missing parliamentary duties because of other paid-for commitments. Sir Edward is a partner at Delfur Farms Farming Partnership in Moray and on his original declaration of interests said he received between ...

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Ruth Davidson for Brexit 'sell-out' - Scotsman

Nicola Sturgeon attacks Ruth Davidson for Brexit 'sell-out'
In a speech to the SNP's National Council in Perth, Sturgeon said Scottish Conservatives were guilty of ignoring the wishes of the 62 per cent of Scots who voted to Remain in the June referendum. ?The Scottish Tories are not just putting party before ...

Supreme Court ruling in favour of MSPs having vote on PM's Brexit strategy co...

Herald Scotland
Supreme Court ruling in favour of MSPs having vote on PM's Brexit strategy could spark constitutional crisis, says ...
Herald Scotland
The former SNP leader told Sunday Politics Scotland that the Conservative Government looked "increasingly boxed in" as it went to court to have overturned the earlier High Court ruling, which said MPs should have a vote on Mrs May's Brexit strategy....

Salmond: Holyrood 'could provoke crisis' over Brexit - BBC News

Salmond: Holyrood 'could provoke crisis' over Brexit
BBC News
The Scottish parliament could provoke a constitutional crisis over Brexit, says former first minister Alex Salmond. Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: "The SNP is quite happy with constitutional upheaval so long as it forwards its ...

Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland' - BBC News

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Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland'
BBC News
UK chancellor Philip Hammond angered the Scottish government last week when he appeared to rule out a special deal for Scotland in Brexit negotiations during the visit north of the border. Mr Salmond, the SNP's foreign affairs spokesman at Westminster, ...

Euan McColm: Dublin love-in keeps indyref2 hopes alive - Scotsman

Euan McColm: Dublin love-in keeps indyref2 hopes alive
Will No voters be swayed by seeing Sturgeon hailed by Irish politicians who draw comparisons between the SNP and those behind the Easter Rising of 1916? I don't anticipate a bounce in support for the break-up of the UK being created by the First ...

WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. (WVE) Reviewed By Analysts - The De Soto Edge

WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. (WVE) Reviewed By Analysts
The De Soto Edge
In Huntington's disease, it has programs that target HTT SNP-1 and HTT SNP-2; in DMD, it targets Exon 51, and in IBD, it targets SMAD7. It has selected lead product candidates in its programs targeting HTT SNP-1 and Exon 51. It has late-stage discovery ...

Neal Lawson: Progressive Alliance led by Labour the only hope for the country...

Neal Lawson: Progressive Alliance led by Labour the only hope for the country's future
Labour at this point seem more keen at going for it than in the past (although they are likely to be somewhat split on it like in 2011) and its likely the SNP, Lib Dems, UKIP and the Greens will be for it. Its only really the Tories that would oppose ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

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Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ind...

SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum - The Times (subscription)

SNP filling war chest to fund second referendum
The Times (subscription)
... development confirmed suspicions that the Nationalists were intent on holding a repeat of the 2014 referendum, despite Nicola Sturgeon's insistence that independence was not her ?starting point? in her efforts to protect Scotland's relationship ...

Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland' - BBC News

BBC News
Salmond: Brexit constitutional crisis 'good for Scotland'
BBC News
"It's true that the House of Commons could try to invoke an override clause but of course you've got to remember that the House of Commons, the MPs, are more or less lined up in favour of Brexit because of the result of the referendum. "But that's an ...
Nicola Sturgeon faces dilemma over anti-Brexit pushFinancial Times

There's no good time to call a referendum - The Times (subscription)

There's no good time to call a referendum
The Times (subscription)
Apply this logic to the most tantalising question in Scottish politics and the result is illuminating. The question of the moment is this: will Nicola Sturgeon call a second referendum on independence? Try to break down the first minister's decision ...

Europe holds its breath as Italy votes in key referendum -
Europe holds its breath as Italy votes in key referendum
But the campaign has also sent many voters back to their high school textbooks to reconsider the merits of a much-loved constitution, producing an invigorating national discussion that has recalled Scotland's 2014 independence referendum more than the ...
I Can Vote In Italy's Referendum - Why Are So Many Others Still Disenfranc...

'We will not be DRAGGED out' Alex Salmond warns of Scottish referendum after ...
'We will not be DRAGGED out' Alex Salmond warns of Scottish referendum after 'hard Brexit'
... anything else, this is part of that manifesto of the re-election ? Nicola Sturgeon said 'look if Scotland is dragged out of the European Union, against the will of the Scottish people, then the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold ...
'Hard' Brexit will spur 2nd Sc...

Independent Scotland could take UK's place in EU says European Green Party co...

Financial Times
Independent Scotland could take UK's place in EU says European Green Party co-chair
The National
It is the largest meeting of European politicians to take place in the UK following the EU referendum result in which Scotland voted 62 per cent to Remain while the UK as a whole voted narrowly to Leave. Frassoni, a former Italian Green Party MEP ...
Hammond says Scotland will have no sp...

Unionists call for referendum 'fact?checkers' - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
Unionists call for referendum 'fact?checkers'
The Times (subscription)
Unionist campaigners are calling for a ?truth commission?, which would independently check the veracity of any claims made around Scottish independence. They have urged the SNP government to set up such a body ahead of any future referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon needs to GET OVER being on the losing side of B...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

East Ayrshire and Midlothian are the worst for homophobic, racist and sexist...
BBC - "The UK's worst area for homophobic, sexist and racist tweets is East Ayrshire, a study has claimed. Twitter users in East Ayrshire and Midlothian posted more racists comments than anywhere else in the UK. Dundee topped the table for homoph...

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 ...

Bought time that fake cow Davidson was called out
Well done Nic!!

Capitalism vs Socialism
Would like to see where people stand on this. I've seen some interesting arguments for and against both economic ideologies. Where do you stand and why?

Also, what direction would you see an independent Scotland take when it inevitably happens in the next few years?

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

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up..

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

Teenage fanclub
Anyone got any spare tickets for Glasgow? Some on Stubhub for 50-odd quid but don't wanna see them that much. 

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

The Vow - Delivered
Queen's speech today.Quite surprised to read that Holyrood will get full control of APD?Tax powers raised..... and Barnett reduced accordingly.Hmmmm - this doesn't seem like the home rule Gordon Brown promised us?

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

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...

Minimum Price For Alcohol
Can anyone work out why the SNP are pushing for a minimum alcohol price of 50p a unit instead of increasing tax on alcohol?Increasing tax would mean that not only would alcohol become more expensive which would achieve the aim of hopefully reducing demand through price out would also raise more m...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Fidel Castro...
...dead at 90. The curse of 2016 strikes again. Another one taken before his time. 90 is no age. Tragedy.  Thoughts with any of the Castro family who read the TAMB.

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty at six months: Early enquiry

Football could be the conduit for breaking down barriers to tackling child abuse

Integrated health and social care budgets need better coordination, warn MSPs

Children in care - how many reviews are needed before we get it right?

Kirsty at six months: Dad faces obstacles

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond is merely a passenger

Tech 100: ?To persuade those in the public sector of the benefits of change, ...

?No final decision? on rail fares in Scotland

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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 ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...