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Schoolboys find hidden camera in sports centre changing room in Edinburgh
3 Mar 2016 at 10:20am
Schoolboys found a hidden camera in the ceiling of an Edinburgh sports centre changing room as they got ready for PE.

Glasgow councillors told 'set budget or face sanctions'
3 Mar 2016 at 9:51am
Councillors in Glasgow have been told that they must set a budget or face sanctions which could see the spending gap increase by £40million and council tax rise by 78%.

Permanent deal on Holyrood funding 'could again go down to the wire'
3 Mar 2016 at 2:19pm
Negotiations to find a permanent model for Scotland's funding once new powers are handed to Holyrood could again go down to the wire, the Deputy First Minister has warned.

Sturgeon: Faslane has a future without Trident
3 Mar 2016 at 2:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted Faslane could continue as a naval base without nuclear weapons - despite union and opposition warnings that it is "pie in the sky" to believe the current highly paid and skilled jobs can be maintained.

Lib Dems condemn 'timid' council tax reforms
3 Mar 2016 at 2:14pm
Plans to reform the council tax are "timid and tardy" and could have been implemented sooner to help school children, according to the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader.

Labour: SNP must give 'straight answers' on NHS services
2 Mar 2016 at 11:00am
Labour has called on the SNP to reveal whether it plans to cut NHS services ahead of the Scottish election in May amid reports some wards and hospitals face closure.

Scottish Government urges Holyrood to approve Scotland Bill
1 Mar 2016 at 2:24pm
The Scottish Government has urged MSPs to approve a package of new powers for Holyrood.

Chief constable: no evidence to suggest malpractice in police unit
1 Mar 2016 at 2:31pm
Police Scotland's chief constable has said he has seen no evidence to suggest the force's counter-corruption unit (CCU) is operating as "a law unto themselves".

Analysis: SNP poll dominance is not surprising but will EU referendum campaig...
1 Mar 2016 at 2:07pm
It is worth pausing for a minute to recognise that a political party polling at around 60% is not a major talking point.

MSPs 'baffled' by discrepancy in college reform progress
1 Mar 2016 at 2:20pm
College reforms have progressed unevenly in Scotland's two biggest cities, with Glasgow College "forging positively ahead" while Edinburgh College is still wrestling with the "significant transformational change", MSPs have heard.

Veteran broadcaster: Scots should have their say on Scottish Six bulletin pro...
1 Mar 2016 at 11:09am
A veteran broadcaster has said that Scots should be given their say on controversial plans to create a Scottish Six news bulletin.

Former Scottish secretary: Scottish Six plans will pave way for 'descent into...
29 Feb 2016 at 10:27am
Plans for a Scottish Six news bulletin will pave the way for a 'descent into inward-looking parochialism', according to a former Scottish Secretary.

Dugdale happy to campaign on pro-EU platform with Sturgeon
29 Feb 2016 at 1:48pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said she would happily share a platform with Nicola Sturgeon in the fight to keep the UK in the European Union.

Dugdale condemns SNP's 'cruel and unnecessary austerity budget'
29 Feb 2016 at 1:31pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has attacked the "shameless dishonesty" of the SNP's "cruel and unnecessary austerity budget" and has pledged to invest in public services with her proposal to levy an extra penny on income tax.

Politicians urged to help us walk back to health
29 Feb 2016 at 12:10am
SCOTLAND'S political parties are being urged to use to invest in walking and outdoor activities to ensure that more people start walking across the country's landscapes



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Leaders: Cameron?s bid for second place in Scottish elections
4 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
PRIME Minister’s attack on the SNP is aimed at convincing voters that the Conservatives are the only viable opposition in Scotland

Laggan village shopkeepers face deportation after visas run out
3 Mar 2016 at 11:51pm
A family who run the only shop in a tiny village are being kicked out the country by immigration officials.

David Cameron attacks SNP?s Holyrood record in ?one-party state?
3 Mar 2016 at 11:38pm
The Prime Minister will today mount a blistering attack on the SNP’s record in government pledging to hold the party to account for its “litany of ­failure”.

France?s Francois Hollande warns UK of Brexit ?consequences?
3 Mar 2016 at 11:05pm
French president Francois Hollande has said he hopes Britain will vote to stay in the EU in the 23 June referendum and warned of “consequences” if the UK voted to leave.

Jim Duffy: President Trump would be really bad for business
3 Mar 2016 at 9:41pm
HE’S used to calling the shots making deals and quick results, writes Jim Duffy. He would find the White House so, so dull

Joyce McMillan: Clean for the Queen or vent our spleen?
3 Mar 2016 at 9:37pm
THE promotion of this weekend’s clean-up campaign shows a ruling elite that is out of touch, writes Joyce McMillan

Tommy Sheridan mocked for ?peanut butter and Nutella? campaign video
3 Mar 2016 at 6:21pm
POLITICIAN Tommy Sheridan has been mocked online after he posted a bizarre video comparing his Holyrood election campaign with peanut butter and Nutella.

MSPs debate quality of free coffee in Holyrood meetings
3 Mar 2016 at 4:23pm
EUROPE, council tax reforms, looming elections - there’s plenty to occupy the minds of politicians these days - but MSPs took time in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon to debate the quality of the coffee they are served at committee meetings.

Scots civil servants to back staying in Europe campaign
3 Mar 2016 at 4:22pm
Scottish Government civil servants are working on a “Scotland’s Future” style white paper on the case for the country staying in the EU, it has emerged.

Kezia Dugdale: I will outlaw fracking in Scotland
3 Mar 2016 at 3:13pm
LABOUR has pledged an outright ban on fracking going into the May Holyrood election and warned the SNP Government is poised to life the current moratorium on the controversial practice.

FMQS: ?Scottish Six? backed by Nicola Sturgeon
3 Mar 2016 at 1:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon has backed the proposed introduction of a stand-alone BBC “Scottish Six” evening news bulletin - and pledged not to attempt to “influence” the stories it covers.

Tories accused of pressing ahead with Trident
3 Mar 2016 at 12:24pm

The UK Government is under pressure to “come clean” on Trident spending after it emerged that another £640 million is set to be devoted to the nuclear weapons system before renewal is voted on in the House of Commons later this year.

MSPs expected to pass Bill regulating E-cigs
3 Mar 2016 at 9:24am
LEGISLATION restricting the sale of e-cigarettes is expected to be passed by MSPs at Holyrood.

Last St Kilda residents listed on family history website
3 Mar 2016 at 8:42am
THE last people to live on the remotest outpost of the British Isles, St Kilda, will appear on a list of more than 2.5 million Scots on the Government’s family history website.

Medics warn NHS will crumble ?if care integration fails?
3 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
Flagship plans to integrate health and social care within weeks must be embraced or the Scottish health service will crumble,top medics have said.

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The off-message journalist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2016 at 10:56am
We thought you might like to see this snippet from a recent edition of the BBC News channel’s newspapers round-up, spotted by an alert reader. We particularly enjoy the obviousness with which presenter Martine Croxall is being fed random titles into her earpiece by a panicking producer in response to freelancer stringer Matthew Green’s unexpected observation.

The resource collective
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2016 at 9:03am
28 days remaining. Total at 9am today: £59,470 (Last 24 hours: £2,830)

Together in unity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2016 at 8:57pm
Weirdly, right after seeing this earlier this afternoon, we sat down to watch an episode of The Professionals on ITV4, which contained what seemed a rather apt segment. We don’t think it’s a younger Iain Martin of the Telegraph (accompanied by colleagues Alan Cochrane and Tom Gallagher), but don’t make us swear to it.

This can only end well
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2016 at 4:12pm
Goodness gracious.

The lonely onlys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2016 at 10:57am
As we’ve explored many times on Wings, one of the many reasons you should never trust a newspaper’s headline is that even the ones that are technically true can be painting a highly (and deliberately) misleading picture. For example, more than two years ago we pointed to a Scotsman story that blared “A THIRD OF …

Performance review day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Feb 2016 at 9:59am
Well, it’s that time of year again, folks, when you get to decide whether you want there to be a Wings Over Scotland for the next 12 months or not. Gulp. Click here to make it happen.

Presented without comment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2016 at 12:14pm
A little snippet from a corner of today’s Scottish Mail On Sunday.

Shoulder to shoulder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2016 at 9:55pm
The dogged determination of Scottish Labour to insult the Scottish electorate is a source of constant slack-jawed astonishment to us. Over the years we’ve lost count of the number of times the party’s politicians have effectively said “People are just too stupid to vote for us”, in the apparent belief that abuse is the way …

Ken Loves Laura
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2016 at 1:15pm
If you’ve ever heard people talking about the “Scottish cringe” but don’t really know what it is, you could do a lot worse for an example than this: Jeez, Ken, Valentine’s was a fortnight ago, you had your chance. As we noted yesterday, we couldn’t give a monkey’s about a BBC “Scottish Six”. But that’s …

Future Shocks
by Chris Cairns
27 Feb 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

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Questions over SNP fracking stance
3 Mar 2016 at 2:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon insists fracking "ain't allowed to happen" as Scottish Labour claim the SNP are preparing to "give the green light" to it.

Row over 'private' fiscal deal papers
3 Mar 2016 at 11:48am
Treasury chief Greg Hands rebuffs calls from MSPs to publish papers from the early stages of the talks over Scotland's devolved funding.

MSPs call for a 'decent cup of coffee'
3 Mar 2016 at 4:02pm
Holyrood hears a plea from MSPs for better coffee to be served to them during committee meetings.

Backing for e-cig sales ban to under-18s
3 Mar 2016 at 5:32pm
Holyrood passes the wide-ranging health bill which includes a ban on e-cigarette sales to under-18s and puts limits on their advertising.

Sillars urges Yes voters to back Brexit
3 Mar 2016 at 12:08pm
A former deputy leader of the SNP launches a campaign urging independence supporters to vote to leave the EU.

Farmers to be offered cash support
3 Mar 2016 at 10:08pm
Thousands of farmers are to be offered cash support within weeks while the Scottish Government gets to grips with complex new European funding rules.

Fallon: 'Labour threat to Trident jobs'
3 Mar 2016 at 12:00am
The UK defence secretary says Labour's divisions over the renewal of Trident could endanger thousands of Scottish jobs.

South Ayrshire Council agrees £9.4m cuts
3 Mar 2016 at 12:44pm
South Ayrshire Council agrees to make cuts totalling £9.4m in order to balance its budget for 2016/2017.

Highest council tax bands 'to pay more'
2 Mar 2016 at 12:01pm
People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under proposals announced by Nicola Sturgeon.

New agency to deliver Scots welfare
1 Mar 2016 at 5:38pm
The Scottish government is to set up a new agency to deliver social security payments when new powers are devolved.

Scots economy 'failing to pick up' pace
2 Mar 2016 at 12:38pm
Growth in the Scottish economy is failing to pick up pace, according to one of the main forecasters.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Put your questions to Ruth Davidson
29 Feb 2016 at 4:42pm
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Building a new blueprint for Scotland's education system
29 Feb 2016 at 12:11am
What a Scottish billionaire found when he went into the country's schools

VIDEO: Lego explains the fiscal framework
19 Feb 2016 at 1:07pm
Lego explains the fiscal framework

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Dazzling double-header of Holyrood polls suggests SNP support is soaring into...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2016 at 10:30am
We knew that the monthly TNS poll of Holyrood voting intentions would turn up sooner or later, but today unexpectedly brings word of two polls, as the Record's regular pollster Survation starts up ...

"Leave" campaign narrows the gap to just 6.4% in latest EU referendum Poll of...
by James Kelly
29 Feb 2016 at 5:16pm
Happy Leap Day, everyone (or whatever it's called). Obviously I've done the prudent thing today and stayed indoors, because I can't be bothered having to fend off the hordes of women proposing mar...

In case you missed it : the debate on the voting system between myself and To...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2016 at 10:10pm
If you didn't catch the live debate about the Holyrood voting system between myself and Tommy Sheridan earlier, it's available to watch at your leisure HERE.The rest of my evening has been dominate...

Friday, 6.45pm : I'll be debating Tommy Sheridan on live-stream
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2016 at 9:26pm
Just a quick note to let you know that if everything goes according to plan (and obviously I'll let you know if it doesn't), you'll be able to watch a live-stream of an Independence Live debate bet...

Cacophonic ComRes contribution conceivably confirms that the EU referendum ga...
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2016 at 2:59am
The first referendum poll to be conducted after the Brussels agreement on Friday night wasn't terribly helpful, because it was the first in a new series of telephone polls from Survation, meaning t...

Yes campaign's legacy is now secure
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2016 at 5:35pm
Although pro-independence people on social media have appeared to be united in their reaction to the UK government's intransigence over the fiscal framework, I think there's actually been a subtle ...

For the attention of Boris Johnson : your cut-out-and-keep guide to the overw...
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2016 at 3:14am
I'm getting the slight impression that the outgoing Mayor of London may have read one too many of those endless "Scottish public opinion is basically the same as English public opinion" articles fr...

VOTE : Have you changed your mind about the EU referendum?
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2016 at 4:10pm
A few months ago, I posed the EU referendum question in a readers' poll, and was quite startled that there was an overwhelming vote (in the region of 85% to 15%) in favour of Remain.  Perhaps that ...

Implausible Welsh figures put a slight question mark on first post-agreement ...
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2016 at 6:11am
The first EU referendum poll conducted since the Brussels deal was finalised on Friday night has already been released, and strangely it's not all that helpful.  It's a Survation telephone poll, an...

A short EU referendum campaign doesn't shut down the risk for the Tory party
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2016 at 6:31pm
Last night, I happened to stumble on a Twitter discussion in which Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson and Paul Sinclair swapped examples of lessons that the Prime Minister had supposedly learned fro...

OK, OK, Donald Trump might start a nuclear war, but at least that'll "stabili...
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2016 at 9:26pm
When I was at university, I remember reading a book about nuclear weapons that had been written in the early 1980s.  (It's quite a famous book, I think, but the name of it temporarily escapes me.) ...

SNP's spectacular by-election gain is an oceanic Oban occasion
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2016 at 11:59pm
The SNP have gained a local council seat in the Oban North and Lorn by-election, which was bizarrely the third by-election to be held in the same ward since the 2012 election.  It's a genuine gain ...

Claire Smith ATOMISES hapless Irishman with the best tweet ever
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2016 at 2:58pm
Fans of Claire Smith from Oldham thought they were having a great day anyway - but then came the icing on the cake.  Claire's ex-boyfriend, an Irishman called Aidan Brennan, made the mistake of try...

Sumptuous Survation survey suggests SNP still lead by 31%
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 10:22pm
With these Holyrood polls, you are spoiling us, Mr Ambassador!  This must be the fourth in what, a couple of weeks?  It's the latest from Survation, who now seem to have firmly revived their monthl...

Is it suspicious that a former Tory strategist is trying to mislead SNP voter...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2016 at 9:51pm
A number of people have pointed me in the direction of comments made the other day by former Tory strategist Andy Maciver, who claimed that if SNP voters didn't switch to the Greens on the list, th...

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Want to Build a Strong Fortress? Set It On Fire
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Buckfast-flavoured Easter Eggs
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Robin McAlpine | Apolitical Podcast
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Beavers and the conflict in the Scottish countryside
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We need to build a wall.
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MSPs Spent Time Complaining How Terrible Their Free Coffee Is
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Scottish village in Italian Alps where residents wear kilts and play bagpipes...
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Scottish Labour would ban fracking
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Scots Secretary David Mundell: Coming out as gay felt like going 15 rounds wi...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Mar 2016 at 10:12pm

 IN his first TV interview since going public about his sexuality in January, Mundell said: “I’m absolutely clear it was the right thing to do. I’m glad that I did and that I’ve done it.”...

Thinking outside the box: Party leaders put aside rivalries to back Scots cha...
by Paul O'Hare
3 Mar 2016 at 6:34pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour’s Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie of the Lib Dems turned out at Holyrood to support SCIAF’s Wee Box campaign.

Apocalypse Now.. Vote Later: Anti-nuke fury as Defence Secretary announces Tr...
by Record Reporter
3 Mar 2016 at 5:00pm
SPENDING on the upgrading of Britain's Nuclear deterrent has now reached nearly £4bn, but the CND are furious that a Commons vote still hasn't taken place.

MSPs spend five minutes debating standard of COFFEE they are served in Holyrood
by Karrie Gillett
3 Mar 2016 at 4:40pm

 TORY MSP Mary Scanlon claimed the coffee served up in the parliament was fit for the bin but Linda Fabiani said MSPs are "very lucky getting coffee in committees" in a time of austerity.

Scottish Politics Today: Nae danger of nuke negotiations and totally tiny tax...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Mar 2016 at 10:57am
OUR top team take you through the biggest political stories of the day as the Tories push ahead with Trident renewal plans and the council tax is replaced with the cooncil tax.

Record View: Nicola Sturgeon has played a cautious game over tax.. and it is ...
by Record View
3 Mar 2016 at 9:15am
The SNP leader wants to spend the expected £100million windfall on education, a key priority as she heads into the election.

Never mind the apocalypse: Tories press on with nuke renewal plans - before v...
by Record Reporter
3 Mar 2016 at 8:19am
The Babcock yard in Rosyth, Fife, is to get a £136million contract for the new submarines.

It's up to you Hillary: Only you can prevent the nightmare of a Donald Trump ...
by Christopher Bucktin
2 Mar 2016 at 7:39pm
THE big-haired buffoon has won a string of victories in his fight to be Republican candidate and frightened people around the world are looking for a hero who will finally stop him.

Scottish Politics Today: Council tax reform, undercover cop cover-up and PMQs
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Mar 2016 at 1:50pm
OUR top team give you a round up of all today's politics news as Nicola Sturgeon addresses the dreaded council tax issue and MSPs call for transparency over police spying.

Record View: We were promised a revolution in democracy - but Holyrood is not...
by Record View
2 Mar 2016 at 1:49pm
WHEN our Parliament was set up, we were promised a revolution in democracy, but that system, which is supposed to encourage detailed scrutiny, has been found wanting time and again.

Derek Bateman

I Demand a Rebate
by derekbateman1
2 Mar 2016 at 1:23pm
Remember the rates? They caused uproar across the country until replaced by the community charge which offended every democrat (who wasn?t saving hundreds a year) and helped to usher out Margaret Thatcher. Council tax, dating from the early nineties, may be as unpopular but it has one strength ? the collection rate is over 95 …

I?m With Yanis
by derekbateman1
29 Feb 2016 at 1:32pm
And I thought the Holyrood elections would take precedence over Europe?no sooner do I write it than the First Minister does exactly the opposite, proving how out of touch with the Sturgeon leadership I am. Off she goes to the enemy capital to encourage raging English Kippers to embrace refugees and whistle Ode to Joy. …

But Is It News?
by derekbateman1
25 Feb 2016 at 1:14pm
Ah, the Scottish Six of fond memory. In the 90?s a group of us presenters were actively encouraged by the  management at Queen Margaret Drive to campaign for it?John Milne, Ruth Wishart, Lesley Riddoch, myself and others appended our names. Against all BBC rules on impartiality and contractual clauses barring us from publicly commenting on …

Star Letter !
by derekbateman1
24 Feb 2016 at 4:20pm
From MBC I?m half Norwegian and spend a lot of time in Norway where we have a home. The main reasons Norway has rejected membership of the EU is from the left. You will note the gentleman Derek quotes is a Conservative, from the business class in spohisticated metropolitan Oslo, and he seems to be …

Another View
by derekbateman1
24 Feb 2016 at 11:23am
( This is a guest column from Professor Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy at the LSE?s European Institute. Prior to joining LSE, he was Professor of International Economics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian parliament from 1991 to 2003). The discussions about Brexit have centered …

Bella Caledonia

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The trouble with the council tax is the sound your buzzer makes
by Alistair Davidson
3 Mar 2016 at 5:40pm
The trouble with the council tax is the sound your buzzer makes. Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. The trouble with the council tax is that the top decile of the income distribution pay 2%, while? No. The trouble with the council tax is the sound your buzzer makes. The brilliant thing about council tax reform is that …

Supportin Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2016 at 4:23pm
Gin ye hink the dool o the referendum wis the lowest Scotland could mak ye feel, Ah?d say ye?ve hud it easy. Fir longevity an hopelessness o suffrin, ye cannae beat the bitter passion o supportin Scottish Rugby. Nae wins in the Six nations in twa year, an no a decent showin fir a lang …

Micky Mouse Politics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2016 at 1:30pm
George Osborne has mocked Labour for receiving economic advice from Yanis Varoufakis and broadcaster Paul Mason, suggesting they were chosen because ?Chairman Mao was dead and Mickey Mouse was busy?. Paul Mason’s reply to George Osborne is worth a read … Yesterday the British chancellor George Osborne accused me ? from the front bench and under …

Vacuum your Villages!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2016 at 11:40am
For months everyone thought it was a Little Britain spoof, or maybe a Rory the Tory project, but no, now it seems that Clean for the Queen  is not a comedy meme but an actual thing, in the real world, in the 21st Century, in the country you live in. It’s the cringeworthy embodiment of everything …

Cat Boyd, Naomi Klein, Bill Gates and You
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2016 at 8:41am
New polls show Scots want renewable energy prioritised (“a new poll published today will show that renewables are the top energy choice for Scottish people, with a large majority of Scots hoping the next Holyrood government will make renewable energy development a priority“). Here @kittycatboyd points out the world’s biggest billionaire is now to the …

Gaelic education in Edinburgh and Glasgow
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2016 at 4:20pm
It?s a positive indicator of the health of the Gaelic language, that over the past week we have heard news that not just one of Scotland?s dedicated Gaelic Medium Education (GME) schools, but two are bursting to full. GME is and should be open to all, and in my experience welcomes children and families from …

It?s Drumpf versus Clinton (but not as you think)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2016 at 9:32am
I think people are being premature in anointing Hillary the nominee, though sadly that’s not true for Drumpf.  But as the ever-dumb Piers Morgan continues his life-mission to ingratiate himself with the most unpleasant people in the known universe. life goes on. Whether The Donald is a chummy-deal maker, a dangerous bigot, a narcissistic psychopath, or as Amanda …

A Socialist Case for Leaving the EU
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Mar 2016 at 5:15pm
Faced with the impending referendum on British membership of the European Union (EU), and the reactionary arguments which dominate on both sides, socialists might be forgiven for echoing Mercutio?s dying cry in Romeo and Juliet of ?a plague o? both your houses? and opting for abstention. It is certainly true that the radical left cannot …

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Scotland to campaign officially to remain in the EU
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Mar 2016 at 12:27pm
Nicola Sturgeon?s government to present a pro-EU position to Scottish voters but ex-SNP deputy says it would harm independence causeNicola Sturgeon?s government is to campaign officially to remain in the EU, with civil servants already writing a pro-EU position paper for voters, her spokesman has...

Sturgeon's council tax changes do not go far enough, say critics
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2016 at 4:17pm
First minister ends freeze on council tax rates in Scotland but local authority leaders accuse her of sidestepping major reformsCouncil leaders and opposition parties have derided Nicola Sturgeon?s changes to Scotland?s council tax system as muddled and timid after she sidestepped calls for funda...

Scottish government to set up benefits agency to streamline welfare
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Mar 2016 at 5:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon hopes strategy, which will see new agency running benefits devolved to Holyrood, will boost SNP lead in pollsNicola Sturgeon?s government is to set up a new Scottish benefits agency to oversee and simplify more than £2.7bn of welfare spending.Scottish ministers say the new agency,...

EU referendum: why is Sturgeon crying foul over remain campaign?
by Michael White
1 Mar 2016 at 11:37am
It is possible Scotland?s first minister really wants the UK to leave Europe, setting up another Scottish independence referendumChin up, the EU referendum campaign will be all over in only 16 weeks. When genies are let out of bottles it?s hard to stuff them back. I?m already fascinated by the sh...

EU referendum: Boris Johnson dismisses Cameron's 'Project Fact' claim as 'bal...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Feb 2016 at 6:09pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political events as they happen, including the latest EU referendum developmentsNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryCameron?s EU Q&A - SummaryAfternoon summary 6.06pm GMT I think there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about, indeed everything to g...

Sturgeon: 'Cameron's EU deal is underwhelming for undecided voters'
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
29 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
Scottish first minister warns PM against making the case to remain in EU with a ?miserable, negative, fear-based campaign?Nicola Sturgeon has poured scorn on David Cameron?s EU deal, suggesting undecided voters will be disappointed with the lack of substance and that his demands for cuts to migra...

Nicola Sturgeon predicts UK will vote to stay in EU ? video
by Guardian Staff
29 Feb 2016 at 12:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon predicts voters will opt to remain in the EU, but says the referendum allows us to debate the future of the UK. Speaking at a Resolution Foundation event in London on Monday, Sturgeon rejects claims that it would take 10 years to for the UK to exit the EU following a vote to leave...

The EU referendum is already following the Scottish playbook, Project Fear 2....
by Ruth Wishart
26 Feb 2016 at 11:38am
In 2014 the government set about frightening voters about the apocalypse that would follow an end to the union ? and now it?s doing the same for EuropeLet?s call it Project Fear 2.0. As the remain campaign moves up the gears, it has the considerable advantage of a road-tested playbook.In the run-...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Dancing on a full head of spin
by weegingerdug
3 Mar 2016 at 6:59pm
A couple of weeks ago Labour peer George Foulkes wrote to Nicola Sturgeon in his capacity as chair of the Labour Movement for Europe to complain that despite the stated intention of the SNP to campaign for the UK to remain in the EU, the SNP are still really, really bad. As an unelected, indeed …

We?re not going back to sleep
by weegingerdug
1 Mar 2016 at 5:35pm
The Scottish public will wake up to the SNP eventually, is the soothing mantra that the Unionist commentariat tell themselves so they can get to sleep at night. Soon, soon, it’s just around the corner. Won’t be long now. Won’t be long. Hush now Daily Mailster and don’t cry. It won’t be long until Scotland …

That?s a fact
by weegingerdug
29 Feb 2016 at 8:17pm
It’s not Project Fear, it’s Project Fact, said Davie Cameron as he threatened a gathering of students with mass unemployment and rampant debt if they vote to leave the EU. Although to be honest threatening students with unemployment and debt is like telling smokers that a 20 fags a day habit is risks cancer and …

Great British Brain Eaters
by weegingerdug
28 Feb 2016 at 4:58pm
It’s difficult to get overly enthused about proposals for a Scottish Six, an hour long Scottish news programme to replace the BBC Six O Clock London News With The Occasional Nod To The Provinces and the sub-tabloid Reporting Scotlandshire, a news show which makes the Sunday Post seem like Woodward and Bernstein. Asking the BBC …

What makes Scots special?
by weegingerdug
25 Feb 2016 at 8:52pm
There’s been another wee outbreak of Scots-isnae-a-language-itis on social media of late. It’s a bit like gonorrhea, you think you’ve got rid of the disease then some wee dick comes along and infects everyone again. There’s a peculiar affectation amongst those who deny the existence of Scots as a language. Because they speak English they …

Yo minister is so nasty ?
by weegingerdug
24 Feb 2016 at 3:59pm
Today we learned that David Cameron thinks that the correct response to legitimate criticisms about his government’s woeful handling of the NHS in England is to tell his critic that his mother would expect him to put on a proper suit and do up his tie. Because, obviously, criticisms are more valid when they issue …

Ripping a Christmas cracker from the cold claws of a corpse
by weegingerdug
23 Feb 2016 at 10:24pm
You’ll have had your vow then Scotland. On Tuesday the UK and Scottish governments finally reached an agreement on the fiscal settlement underpinning the Scotland Bill, bringing to a conclusion the exercise in misbegotten mendacity begun by Gordie Broon with his front page spread in the Daily Record. The image of Gordie spreading is enough …

Scotland?s super power
by weegingerdug
22 Feb 2016 at 9:25pm
Amidst all the hoo, the ha, and the Borisoid crikeys about the EU referendum, there’s another date with destiny that’s being overlooked. Time is running out for the UK and Scottish governments to reach agreement on a financial settlement to underpin the Scotland Bill. No agreement, no bill, and the Smith Commission is deader in …

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Council blames Holyrood for its cuts to services for the disabled and library...
4 Mar 2016 at 12:04am
A COUNCIL leader hit out at the ?punitive? settlement from the Scottish Government yesterday, as his administration cut support for disabled people and shut libraries.

Formula 1 great David Coulthard to star at Glasgow motoring festival
4 Mar 2016 at 12:03am
MOTOR RACING star David Coulthard is gearing up to take part in Glasgow?s first ever street circuit this summer.

Sign language service contactSCOTLAND to be extended
4 Mar 2016 at 12:02am
A VITAL sign language service is being extended to communities, charities and social enterprises across Scotland.

Teen only trying to ?scare? pupil with knife
4 Mar 2016 at 12:02am
A TEENAGER accused of murdering a pupil at one of Scotland?s highest-performing state schools told police he didn?t mean to stab him, a court heard yesterday.

St Kilda's final residents put on digital register for the first time
3 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
NAMES of the last inhabitants of St Kilda before the evacuation of the island in 1930 have been digitally recorded for the first time.

Postal workers to be balloted in dispute over sacked colleague
3 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
THOUSANDS of postal workers in Scotland are to be balloted for strikes in support of a sacked colleague.

Sturgeon gives backing to breast cancer campaign
3 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
THE FIRST Minister has committed to leading the way in stopping women dying from breast cancer by 2050.

MP steps up campaign for release of anti-piracy soldier
3 Mar 2016 at 12:28am
SNP MP Kirsten Oswald has stepped up her fight to help bring a Scots pirate hunter home after he was jailed for five years in India.

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Peat Worrying at DeclarationFest
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Mar 2016 at 11:45am
As reported in the National this morning (thanks for the punt, lads), in Glasgow tomorrow, I'm compeering a session as part of a new human rights festival - Declaration.  Each of the sessions is organised around one of the Articles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Mine is Article 10 - the right to a fair, public hearing. We've inter...

Assisted dying: bringing a little light
by Lallands Peat Worrier
25 Feb 2016 at 10:55am
Last week, the Court of Session made an important decision on the law on assisted dying in Scotland. Gordon Ross - sadly now deceased - challenged the Lord Advocate to produce guidelines on what might happen, if a family member or a friend helped him to end his life. The outcome of this case was generally written up as a failure for Ross. The co...

by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Feb 2016 at 3:17pm
Inevitably, much of the political coverage this morning has descended into a game of personalities. Its detail undigested, interest in the achievements and failures of David Cameron's apparently hard-won European Union deal has already dissipated. The papers and politics shows are full of who is backing who, and the high ambitions and low animal...

In praise of a man
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Feb 2016 at 11:46am
My alma mater, the University of Edinburgh, wants to do a bonny thing.  Seven years after his death, their School of Law wish to mark the life of former SNP MEP, Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, with a brace of busts to set at the entrance of the School, and two more, in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery...

Weekend Reading
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Feb 2016 at 12:16pm
It is a bit of a mystery. Why is the Scottish Government blowing the PR war about the Higher Education Bill?  Those of you with faith in the power of the dark arts might attribute this to the influence of Kevin Pringle. The long-term SNP spinner and Sunday Times columnist recently joined public affairs consultants Charlotte Street Partners, and ...

Carmichael: The Saga Ends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
And that, as they say, is that. Barring any unexpected developments, yesterday decision by Lady Paton and Lord Matthews on liabilities for legal expenses brings the Alistair Carmichael election petition saga to its conclusion. In the National this morning, I have a wee reflection on the whole enterprise, and its various twists and turns. An exce...

"On HM Advocate v Charles Green, Craig Whyte et al..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Feb 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm not a football man. I have no team. I have never been to a football match. I have no intention of extending the frontiers of my experience in this regard. But I am interested in law, and in free speech, online media, and fair trials. In the life of this blog, legal issues and football have seemed increasingly to converge. From the Offensive ...

Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...

Gerry Hassan

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

Fear, Loathing and the Problem of ?Sovereignty? in the EU Referendum
by Gerry
3 Mar 2016 at 9:00am
Fear, Loathing and the Problem of ?Sovereignty? in the EU Referendum Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 2nd 2016 After years of second guesses and a rising tide of Europhobia and scare stories, finally the UK faces the certainty of a vote on June 23rd on whether or not it remains a member of the European ...

Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty
by Gerry
28 Feb 2016 at 9:30am
Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 28th 2016 Politics and public life are meant to follow neat, tidy, predictable patterns. Experts and forecasters are supposed to be able to give informed analysis on future change. This doesn?t always work out. Even experts have a continuity bias, while sudden ...

Britain?s Elites can no longer control our politics: The European Vote will c...
by Gerry
27 Feb 2016 at 9:00am
Britain?s Elites can no longer control our politics: The European Vote will change Britain and Scotland Forever Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, February 26th 2016 The European referendum is a milestone for Scotland and the UK. It is impossible to understate the historic times we are witnessing – a British establishment and political elite no longer ...

The ?War? on Free Speech and Free Thinking in Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
25 Feb 2016 at 8:18am
The ?War ?on Free Speech and Free Thinking in Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 24th 2016 Freedom of expression and thought are cornerstones of any ?free society?. Who could disagree with such an uncontentious statement? It is not quite as simple. There are always going to be tensions and conflicts, but ...

The European debate begins but what about a debate about Britain?
by Gerry
22 Feb 2016 at 8:00am
The European debate begins but what about a debate about Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 21st 2016 After months of rumours the official countdown to the European referendum on June 23rd begins. This is David Cameron?s triumph, the high point of his Premiership, and the beginning of the end for him. Whatever the merits ...

The Last of the True Believers: Comrades of the World Unite!
by Gerry
18 Feb 2016 at 9:25am
The Last of the True Believers: Comrades of the World Unite! Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 17th 2016 The age of insecurity has turned out to be an age of rage and anger. Yet, so far, a near-decade of economic collapse, turmoil and corporate deception hasn?t led to a widespread revival in the fortunes of ...

Are Scotland?s true Tartan Tories finally finding their voice?
by Gerry
15 Feb 2016 at 9:43am
Are Scotland?s true Tartan Tories finally finding their voice? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 14th 2016 For years the Scottish Tories have been in retreat and decline. Until now. A succession of Scottish Tory leaders from David McLetchie to Annabel Goldie have gained numerous plaudits, but not changed the political weather. Ruth Davidson has looked ...

The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us
by Gerry
11 Feb 2016 at 9:00am
The Real Glasgow Effect on all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 10th 2016 Glasgow is many things. It is a place, an idea and a story. Willie McIlvanney once captured this writing: ?Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is handsome. Glasgow is ugly. Glasgow is kind. Glasgow is cruel.? ...

Scotland and Independence

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Would Brexit lead to Scotland leaving the UK? - Financial Times
1 Mar 2016 at 8:37am

Financial Times
Would Brexit lead to Scotland leaving the UK?
Financial Times
Jim Sillars, a former SNP deputy leader, rejects the notion that a UK decision to leave the bloc would lead to Scottish independence. ?I don't think it stands up to very serious analysis,? he says, arguing that many Scottish voters would balk at the ...
Scotland's papers: Brexit independence 'threat' and ex-Celtic star on...

Scottish independence camp sets up in Glasgow's George Square - Scotsman
2 Mar 2016 at 12:09pm

Scottish independence camp sets up in Glasgow's George Square
Campers braving the elements for the Scottish independence cause have succumbed to factionalism with independence supporters in Glasgow declaring their independence from independence supporters in Edinburgh. The burgeoning movement of ...

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Tony Blair: Brexit could lead to Scottish independence - Scotsman
2 Mar 2016 at 1:02pm

Tony Blair: Brexit could lead to Scottish independence
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said that a vote to leave the EU could push Scotland towards independence. Mr Blair, Speaking at the NBAD Global Financial Markets Forum 2016 in Abu Dhabi, said Britain would be hit by a fresh wave of ...

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Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now -
4 Feb 2016 at 7:44pm
Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now
If an independence referendum ends in a vote to leave, subsequent negotiations can take some time ? so Alex Salmond was keen to make sure that, in Scotland's case, talks would not drag on too long. He set March 24 2016 as Scotland's Independence Day.

Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum -...
21 Feb 2016 at 1:18pm

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Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
A second independence referendum will "almost certainly" be demanded by Scots if the UK votes to leave the EU but Scotland does not, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr many people in Scotland would object to being ...
Brexit against Scotland's wishes would 'almost certa...

Brexit Would Make Scottish Independence More Likely, Says Poll - Newsweek
10 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm

Brexit Would Make Scottish Independence More Likely, Says Poll
18/09/14_Bagpipes A bagpiper in front of the Houses of Parliament on Westminster Bridge in London September 18, 2014. Scotland would be more likely to vote to leave the U.K. in the event of a Brexit, a poll has found. Reuters/Luke MacGregor.
North Sea makes only £7 million 'Scottish' tax per
Poll: 5...

SNP MP claims austerity will cause 2nd Scottish independence referendum - Sco...
26 Feb 2016 at 8:56am

SNP MP claims austerity will cause 2nd Scottish independence referendum
He said the SNP faces a problem of ?slowing down the march to independence? with its grassroots keen for a quick re-run but polls suggesting ?Scottish people actually have no stomach for another referendum despite the nationalist ascendancy?.

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Alex Salmond: Queen said she didn't 'purr' after Scottish independence no vot...
17 Feb 2016 at 5:30pm

Alex Salmond: Queen said she didn't 'purr' after Scottish independence no vote
Alex Salmond has said the Queen ?assured? him she had not ?purred down the line? to David Cameron as the Prime Minister had claimed after Scotland voted against independence. Mr Salmond said that the Queen had denied she expressed a view on the ...

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David Cameron: Tories can stop Scotland being one-party state -
4 Mar 2016 at 12:01am

David Cameron: Tories can stop Scotland being one-party state
The First Minister has signalled she intends to put the NHS at the centre of the SNP election campaign, arguing in leaflets distributed to homes across Scotland that her party ?will always stand against the creeping privatisation that is threatening ...

David Cameron attacks SNP's Holyrood record in 'one-party state' - Scotsman
3 Mar 2016 at 11:43pm

David Cameron attacks SNP's Holyrood record in 'one-party state'
In a hard-hitting critique of the SNP's domestic record, Mr Cameron will say efforts to improve children's educational attainment were ?stagnating?, while college student numbers were falling. He will draw attention to the recent revelation that the ...

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Sturgeon tells Sillars: vast majority of SNP members back EU membership - Her...
3 Mar 2016 at 11:07pm

Herald Scotland
Sturgeon tells Sillars: vast majority of SNP members back EU membership
Herald Scotland
THE vast majority of SNP members want to campaign for a 'remain' vote in the EU referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Her chief political spokesman dismissed calls by Jim Sillars, the party's former deputy leader, for supporters to shrug off their ...

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)'s EPS Target Set At 3.79 - ...
3 Mar 2016 at 9:01pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)'s EPS Target Set At 3.79
Vanguard Tribune
In today's session, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP)'s stock opened at 61.59 and it was trading at 62.10 as this article goes online. As of now, the stock has registered a high of 62.11 and low of 61.31. As per the last price, the ...

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Alex Salmond helps broker moves to end death penalty in Iran -
3 Mar 2016 at 8:03pm
Alex Salmond helps broker moves to end death penalty in Iran
The former SNP leader discussed the issue with a senior Iranian government official while leading a delegation to the country before Christmas. Figures published by Amnesty International last year showed that in the first six months of 2015, Iran ...

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SNP bypasses flawed £178 million IT system to pay farmers -
3 Mar 2016 at 7:37pm
SNP bypasses flawed £178 million IT system to pay farmers
SNP bypasses flawed £178 million IT system to pay farmers. Richard Lochhead announces the Scottish Government is to start rolling out £65 million of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) money to hill and sheep farmers based on their 2014 ...

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SNP fails to deliver on its pledge to scrap council tax - Socialist Worker
3 Mar 2016 at 5:41pm

Socialist Worker
SNP fails to deliver on its pledge to scrap council tax
Socialist Worker
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has proposed minimal changes to the deeply regressive council tax system which could have been implemented under existing powers years ago. STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's ...

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Democracy Requires Mainstream Brexit Case ? Ex-Scottish Party Leader - Sputni...
3 Mar 2016 at 5:38pm

Sputnik International
Democracy Requires Mainstream Brexit Case ? Ex-Scottish Party Leader
Sputnik International
EDINBURGH (Sputnik), Mark Hirst ? His comments come on the same day former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars published a pamphlet calling on Scottish independence supporters to back the so-called Brexit. "With only two percent of parliamentary ...

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EU referendum: Does Brexit - Scotland = indyref2? - BBC News
29 Feb 2016 at 1:53pm

BBC News
EU referendum: Does Brexit - Scotland = indyref2?
BBC News
She confirmed to her London audience that she remained an advocate of Scottish independence. She repeated, further, that Brexit without Scottish consent might well lead to pressure for a second independence referendum. And so we have a constructed ...
Nicola Sturgeon urges Britons to STAY in EU...and then Scotland will quit UKExpre...

EU referendum: Jim Sillars urges Yes voters to back EU exit - BBC News
3 Mar 2016 at 12:09pm

BBC News
EU referendum: Jim Sillars urges Yes voters to back EU exit
BBC News
A former deputy leader of the SNP has launched a campaign urging independence supporters to vote to leave the EU. Jim Sillars said he wanted the SNP to win the Holyrood election on 5 May despite being "certain that their position on the EU is wrong".
EU Referendum: Beware The Scotland ParallelsSky News
The UK's European Re...

Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum -...
21 Feb 2016 at 1:27pm

BBC News
Sturgeon: EU exit could trigger demand for Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
A second independence referendum will "almost certainly" be demanded by Scots if the UK votes to leave the EU but Scotland does not, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC's Andrew Marr many people in Scotland would object to being ...
Brexit against Scotland's wishes would 'almost certa...

EU referendum: where do Scotland's political parties stand? - Scotsman
26 Feb 2016 at 1:27pm

EU referendum: where do Scotland's political parties stand?
?The question of Scotland's constitutional future now stands at the forefront of Scottish politics. ?RISE is standing for election with a clear commitment to a second independence referendum. ?It would be unacceptable for Scotland to be dragged out of ...

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Scaremongering in EU referendum won't be accepted in Scotland - Scotsman
23 Feb 2016 at 5:25pm

Scaremongering in EU referendum won't be accepted in Scotland
Ms Hyslop pledged that a positive campaign to remain in the EU would be run in Scotland, claiming her approach would contrast with the No campaign during the Scottish referendum. Speaking at Holyrood, Ms Hyslop also expressed frustration that 16 and ...
British government agrees deal with Scotland over new spending powe...

Scots election weariness may affect EU referendum, peer warns - Scotsman
27 Feb 2016 at 1:14pm

Scots election weariness may affect EU referendum, peer warns
Election weariness could play a part in determining the result of the European Union referendum as the ballot is taking place only weeks after the Holyrood poll, a veteran Liberal Democrat has warned. Lord Wallace, a former Scottish deputy first ...

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Brexit 'could trigger second Scottish referendum' - The Times (subscription)
1 Mar 2016 at 7:07pm

The Times (subscription)
Brexit 'could trigger second Scottish referendum'
The Times (subscription)
David Cameron yesterday urged voters across the UK to head off the threat of a second Scottish independence referendum by backing Britain remaining in Europe. The prime minister said that he was well aware of demands for a rerun of the 2014 referendum ...
Risks and rewards of Britain's EU referendumM...

SNP MP claims austerity will cause 2nd Scottish independence referendum - Sco...
26 Feb 2016 at 8:56am

SNP MP claims austerity will cause 2nd Scottish independence referendum
An SNP MP has said continued austerity will fuel demand for another independence referendum and has resurrected Alex Salmond's ?dark star? of London rhetoric. Glasgow South West MP Chris Stephens also drew parallels with Glasgow and US city ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

New Day - A new newspaper?
29 Feb 2016 at 1:10am
According to Sky News' press preview tonight, "New Day" is the first new newspaper (no qualification about 'daily') to be launched since "Today" in the 1980's.   I was convinced there had been a few since then.   From memory, I would suggest the Independent (and the 'I'). the Sunday Herald, the N...

Sir Tom Devine, changes his mind again
27 Feb 2016 at 6:16pm   I've always had a lot of respect for Tom Devine as a historian, and political commentator. I was slightly surprised when he came out for the Yes campaign in the referendum, so listened ...

Irish Dail Elections
26 Feb 2016 at 2:16pm
Elections take place today. Departing gov was coalition between Fine Gael and Labour. They inherited a bad situation and seem to have done OK. It's expected that Fine Gael will probably be biggest party with Labour suffering badly as junior parties usually do.
PR system in place so another coali...

Scottish Six
25 Feb 2016 at 8:37pm
On the way, finally. If BBC Alba can do it then surely BBC Scotland can too.   Good reading here from Stuart Cosgrove in Bella. Interesting stuff. Something Labour supported though they may abstain on that as well now.   With BBC central embroiled in paedo and abuse scandals, is the news with a S...

Should we leave the EU?
24 Feb 2016 at 3:48pm
Surprised no one has done this... Let P&B speak!

EU in/out Referendum - 23 June 2016
20 Feb 2016 at 9:03am
Date to be confirmed after Cabinet meeting this morning:   23 June 2016.

Fiscal framework
16 Feb 2016 at 10:33pm
I won't pretend to fully understand the detail but seems like a deal is becoming less and less likely.

I'm sure I read even SLab have backed the SNP position in face of a rather obvious trap from the Tories.

Can we expect holyrood to vote down the Scotland Bill?

Why is Shitebaggery a national trait in Scotland?
14 Feb 2016 at 5:50pm
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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Question Time Tonight
25 Sep 2014 at 7:14pm
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Oscars Race Card Fiasco
23 Jan 2016 at 7:22pm
What a load of absolute bollocks, maybe if the black/ethnic/coloured/people of colour* actors and actresses had put in Oscar winning performances then they would have been nominated by their peers. They should sit doon and shut up. *delete as offended

Vinyl TV Show
3 Mar 2016 at 11:38am
Three episodes in and it's on it's way to being the best TV show I have ever seen.   if you haven't been watching it then you need to catch up.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?
15 Jan 2016 at 1:06pm

How often do you wash your car
25 Feb 2016 at 8:23pm
I don't do mine very often but the neighbour along the road from me washes his cars at least 3 times a week, and he goes to the car wash as well,he has 3 cars on his drive,he recently got a brand new Audi and washed it the next day, 

Freezing beer
1 Mar 2016 at 10:25am
Times are bit strained in the household this month, but have free tickets for Kelso races on Saturday and as I've still to tick that course off, so I'm keen to go anyway. We need to head off about half eight in the morning and was considering (rather than buying pints at circa £4.50 a time) t...

"Chicken Dance" SNP councillor cleared
1 Mar 2016 at 6:44am      

Mother's Day....from the Bairn(s)
2 Mar 2016 at 6:53pm
Do you buy a gift from the Bairn, and if so, what you getting? 

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