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Johnson accused by Corbyn of having "egg on his face" over Novichok source claim
4 Apr 2018 at 7:01pm
BORIS Johnson has ?egg on his face,? Jeremy Corbyn has insisted, as the Foreign Secretary was accused of misleading the public over the source of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

NHS Tayside: Health Secretary urged to investigate 'shocking' claims over fun...
4 Apr 2018 at 1:55pm
THE Health Secretary is under pressure to launch an urgent investigation into "truly shocking" revelations that a cash-strapped health board used charity money to fund IT systems.

Last-day surge shows almost 10,000 firms published gender pay gap figures
4 Apr 2018 at 7:17pm
A final day surge has meant almost 10,000 firms across the UK have posted their gender pay gap figures.

Scotland's economy continues to lag behind the rest of the UK
4 Apr 2018 at 4:53pm
SCOTLAND?S economy grew at less than half the rate of the wider UK last year, new figures show.

Momentum membership has topped 40,000 members, making it bigger than Greens
4 Apr 2018 at 7:02pm
MOMENTUM, the grassroots movement set up to support Jeremy Corbyn, now has 40,000 members, overtaking the membership of the Green Party.

Analysis: Johnson appears to snatch diplomatic defeat from jaws of victory
4 Apr 2018 at 7:01pm
IT was with a deal of understatement that the Whitehall insider admitted this week?s revelation from Porton Down was ?not ideal?.

Rees-Mogg threatened with court action over Beano character impersonation
4 Apr 2018 at 11:54am
JACOB Rees-Mogg is in trouble.

May deadline looms to get London-Edinburgh deal on Brexit Bill
4 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
UK ministers have until Tuesday May 8 to agree a deal with their Scottish counterparts on the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill or face a major constitutional crisis.

Funding cuts to big city councils cost £200 a head
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
FUNDING cuts to council budgets have cost residents in Scotland?s two biggest cities more than £200 a head on average, it has been revealed.

Government rushed to blame Putin for Salisbury attack, says Diane Abbott
4 Apr 2018 at 10:07am
Labour has accused the Government of rushing to blame Vladimir Putin for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, after scientists at Porton Down said they had not verified that the substance came from Russia.

WATCH: Corbyn brushes off criticism for attending radical Jewdas Passover dinner
4 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn has insisted he has no regrets about dining with a radical left-wing Jewish group after he was accused of "deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community" by doing so.

Six schools and a nursery among buildings hit by construction defects
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
SIX schools and a nursery are among a number of public buildings in Edinburgh where construction defects have been found following the shock closure of 17 schools two years ago.

Firms face fines of thousands of pounds for missing pay gap deadline
4 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
SCORES of Scottish firms are each facing thousands of pounds in fines by not disclosing their gender pay gap figures by tonight?s deadline.

Porton Down scientists not able to say Salisbury nerve agent came from Russia
4 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
SCIENTISTS at the Porton Down military research facility are not able to say that the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning came from Russia.

Sir Vince Cable to hail Lib Dems as ?secret phenomenon in British politics?
4 Apr 2018 at 3:45am
Sir Vince Cable will hail the Liberal Democrats as the ?secret phenomenon in British politics? as he launches the party?s local elections campaign.



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Gender pay gap: What happens to firms that miss deadline?
4 Apr 2018 at 7:06pm
At 11.59pm on Wednesday, the deadline will pass for an estimated 9,000 employers to submit details of their gender pay gap to the Government - but what happens to those that break the law and miss it?

North Sea oil wealth fund would be worth ?over £500 billion?
4 Apr 2018 at 1:56pm
A UK sovereign wealth fund would today be worth more than £500 billion if Westminster had followed the example of Norway by investing North Sea oil revenues, a think tank has found.

Scots economy enjoys full year of growth
4 Apr 2018 at 11:09am
Scotland's economy grew by 0.3% in the final three months of 2017, marking a full year of continuous growth, official figures today show.

Beano accuses Jacob Rees-Mogg of impersonating Walter the Softy
4 Apr 2018 at 10:59am
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted he his ?flattered? after the creators of the Beano asked him to stop impersonating their long-running character Walter the Softy.

Cameron Wyllie: SNP seems to think school is like a Coke advert
4 Apr 2018 at 7:00am
Putting children with learning difficulties in ‘mainstream’ schools may not be good for anyone, writes Cameron Wyllie.

?Smoke-free Scotland? goal stalls as one in five fail to quit
4 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
The number of Scots trying to quit cigarettes has fallen to a record low, sparking concerns over the flagship ambition to create a “tobacco-free” generation by 2034.

Council budget cuts cost city residents £200 a head
4 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
Cuts to local authority budgets have cost residents in Scotland’s two largest cities more than £200 per head since 2013/14, new analysis has revealed.

David Mundell: Don?t believe SNP, it?s a power boost not a power grab
4 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
UK will protect its common market, while respecting devolution, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell.

Ayesha Hazarika: How an immigrant won over Enoch Powell?s supporters
4 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
It’s easy to think of the trade union movement as big, burly, shouty, white, working-class heroes. And indeed, most of them were. But the history books don’t always capture all the players and sometimes figures are hidden – particularly women and people of colour.

Leader comment: Wonder drug can make Scots happier, healthier, richer
4 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
“I believe that if physical activity was a drug it would be classed as a wonder drug,” wrote Professor Dame Sue Bailey in a 2015 report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges called “Exercise: the miracle cure”.

Ex-health minister wants bowel cancer test age reduced
3 Apr 2018 at 6:19pm
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley has revealed he is being treated for bowel cancer and is blaming Tory budget cuts for it not being found earlier through screening.

Kezia Dugdale admits presence of ?abhorrent views? in Labour
3 Apr 2018 at 6:08pm
Former Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has taken a swipe at the party’s handling of the anti-semitism row, admitting to the presence of “abhorrent views” towards the Jewish community.

Commonwealth Games: Does the event have a future beyond 2022?
3 Apr 2018 at 5:10pm
The run-up to each new Commonwealth Games brings with it a host of familiar talking points. Questions over the event’s relevance in the 21st century, the reluctance of some star names to take part, and the usual dominance of the same few countries at the top of the medals table all threaten to overshadow the sporting extravaganza before the first starting gun is fired.

Fresh Jeremy Corbyn row after Labour leader meets ?fringe? Jewish group
3 Apr 2018 at 1:27pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to tackling anti-Semitism was questioned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews as the Labour leader defended his decision to attend a Seder with a radical Jewish group.

Guitarist who featured in Alex Salmond Fringe show dies aged 21
3 Apr 2018 at 11:52am
Former First Minister Alex Salmond has led tributes to a talented guitarist who died suddenly of a suspected heart attack, aged just 21.

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Filling in the gaps again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2018 at 11:59am
The Scottish Daily Mail’s never-ending quest to find the very bottom of the SNP BAD barrel reached a new record depth today, somehow managing to blame the Scottish Government for… whiplash injuries. But as ever, it turned out the Mail’s story was missing some key data. As with the Herald’s front page yesterday (which couldn’t …

29 Years Later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2018 at 7:53pm
You’ve got to give them credit for audaciously shameless timing. 3 April 1989 3 April 2018 Still, though 29 years (and counting) is quite a while, it’s not even nearly a record. The Scottish Parliament took them 111 years: And as for the House Of Lords, well, this poster is from 1910 and they’ve promised to abolish …

Buying democracy
by Dr Craig Dalzell
3 Apr 2018 at 10:40am
“There now follows a party election broadcast by the…” click The political broadcasts at election time are a time-worn tradition in the UK (as is our reaction to them) but not too many people really understand why political campaign broadcasts take this form, nor why it’s actually quite important that they do. In the UK, …

The tracks are always greener
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2018 at 11:42am
Stuck for any actual news at the tail of the Easter weekend, today’s Scottish Daily Mail reaches once again into the bag marked “Emergency Barrel Scrapings” and comes up with that old faithful beloved of all newspapers, a shock-horror “OMG LOOK HOW EXPENSIVE THE TRAINS ARE!” story. It’s always an easy hit – partly because …

Bloody rebels
by Chris Cairns
31 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

The rule of law
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2018 at 1:04pm
A large and imposing statue built in 1974 still stands today on Clyde Street in Glasgow. It depicts a woman called Dolores Ibarruri, known as “La Pasionaria”, who was one of the heroes of the anti-fascist resistance in Spain in the 1930s. The statue was funded by “the British Labour Movement”, but Conservative councillors in the city …

The clanging chimes of doom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Mar 2018 at 10:22am
There’s an interesting article on the Holyrood Magazine website today with some fascinating background details about how Scottish (and Welsh) devolution came into being almost 20 years ago, so we thought you might like to see this piece from the time, not least because we suspect it might also be the first recorded citation of …

Break out the whitewash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 12:17pm
Last week we dropped the Electoral Commission a short line to see if there’d been any progress in their investigation into our revelations of last December about the extremist loongroup Scotland In Union’s funding. Today we got a reply: So just to clarify: an organisation whose specific stated purpose is to fight elections, and which has been a registered …

If the Scots had won
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Mar 2018 at 11:46am
There was (unintentionally, we presume) a very revealing turn of phrase used by Tory MEP Jacqueline Foster on today’s edition of Good Morning Scotland: (Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 March 2018) . “Scotland held a referendum on independence a couple of years earlier, and if the Scots had won that referendum to leave the United …

With a weary sigh
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Mar 2018 at 11:11am
This is a grim and dispiriting time to be monitoring the Scottish political media, even by its normal low standards. So little is happening that Unionist newspapers desperate for any kind of SNP BAD story are scraping the residue from the scrapings from the barrel that they scraped away to splinters months ago. A case …

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Row over Tayside health board's use of charity fund
4 Apr 2018 at 4:04pm
Shona Robison is urged to intervene in a row over the use of a charity endowment fund by NHS Tayside.

Scottish Help to Buy scheme extended for two years
4 Apr 2018 at 12:20am
A total of £100m will be invested by the Scottish government, helping up to 4,000 households to buy a new home.

Scottish economy 'grew throughout 2017'
4 Apr 2018 at 11:45am
Scotland's economy grew for a fourth consecutive quarter, official figures show, but still lags behind the UK.

Glasgow Games had little impact on sport participation, report says
3 Apr 2018 at 9:36am
Report says Glasgow's still benefiting from Commonwealth Games but no "step change" in physical activity levels.

Defects found in 19 Edinburgh council buildings
3 Apr 2018 at 1:47pm
A report says the buildings have similar defects to those that caused the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary school.

Fair Start Scotland employment service begins work
3 Apr 2018 at 8:50am
Fair Start Scotland is a voluntary scheme aimed at helping those furthest from getting steady work.

Funding boost for human trafficking support groups
2 Apr 2018 at 1:25am
Two support groups are to receive more than £3m over three years from the Scottish government.

Bottle return scheme 'should be UK-wide'
1 Apr 2018 at 12:24pm
Scottish environment secretary wants ministers throughout the UK to work together to improve recycling.

Holyrood committee to review Police and Fire Reform Act
1 Apr 2018 at 12:41am
Holyrood's justice committee wants to examine how effective legislation has been over the last five years.

Parents to benefit from new neonatal fund
31 Mar 2018 at 1:21am
The fund will help pay the expenses of families whose sick or premature babies have to stay in hospital.

Meals on wheels service is phased out
30 Mar 2018 at 12:16am
Deliveries have now ended in many areas and there will be no service in Scotland by the end of the year.

Theresa May: 'There is no Brexit power grab'
29 Mar 2018 at 12:27pm
The PM again stresses that leaving the EU will give the Scottish government more powers than it currently has.

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A right of reply to Pete Wishart: why "losing is not an option" is an immatur...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2018 at 12:15am
As you may have seen doing the rounds on Twitter, the letters page of this month's iScot magazine contains a contribution from Pete Wishart MP, billed as a "right of reply response to James Kelly's...

Winning With Willie: The Naked Truth
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2018 at 7:48am
It's amazing how often a full-scale Scottish poll has been published on Easter Sunday, and this year is no exception, courtesy of YouGov.  Unfortunately, however, the poll doesn't have any voting i...

It's time to get up off our knees
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2018 at 3:27pm
Yesterday a junior minister in the UK government shocked people who believed "The Vow", by haughtily dismissing the Scottish Government as a body that is roughly equivalent to Lincolnshire County C...

It's fine, don't worry about it, just go back to sleep
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2018 at 6:56pm
I stand corrected.  I had formed the firm impression on Friday that the only TV camera crew in attendance at the Hands Off Our Parliament rally was from a Chinese channel, but as you can see from a...

Hands Off Our Parliament
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2018 at 3:02am
So as I mentioned in the previous post, I spent a few hours at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event at Holyrood yesterday.  I was even invited to make a short speech - as you can see for yourself, ...

SNP p-p-p-pick up a Penicuik in crucial by-election GAIN
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2018 at 12:46pm
I'm not sure if I've been the only person at the 'Hands Off Our Parliament' event today who spent half the time frantically searching his phone for the word 'Penicuik', but the news was good in the...

If you want to get a Section 30 order, you first have to be serious about hol...
by James Kelly
22 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
My interest was caught by Peter A Bell's blogpost the other day about Green MSP Ross Greer's comments on Indyref 2, and not for the first time I find myself half-agreeing with Peter and half-disagr...

Senior BBC journalists are completely losing the plot in their posture toward...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2018 at 8:11am
If you haven't seen/heard Alex Salmond's exchange with the BBC's John Sweeney yesterday, it's worth following this link and having a listen, because it's one of the most extraordinary things I've e...

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It is not anti-Semitic to abhor Israeli oppression of Palestinians - It is th...
by Annie Brown
4 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
At least 18 Palestinians were killed when Israeli forces fired on protests near the Gaza border last Friday as part of Land Day.

Council cuts cost Scots £137 as devastating blow on local pockets laid bare
by David Clegg
3 Apr 2018 at 8:57pm
Analysis commissioned by Labour shows cuts to local authority budgets in the last five years have cost Scots hundreds of pounds.

Never forget politics is truly a force for good and can achieve great things
by Kezia Dugdale
3 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale looks back at the amazing ways politics has helped people who need it most.

Tories think they can do anything they want with Scotland and get away with it
by dailyrecord
2 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Mhairi Black says Scotland should be treated better than an English County Council.

Former Catalan Minister Clara Ponsati raises £225,000 for extradition legal f...
by Aoife Moore
1 Apr 2018 at 1:02pm
The 61-year-old handed herself in to police in Edinburgh last week and has vowed to fight her extradition.

How controversial hit song Blurred Lines sparked debate that brought sexism i...
by Mark Aitken
1 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Robin Thicke's hit started national discussion about sex and consent.

Jeremy Corbyn must eradicate anti-Semitism from Labour or pay the price
by Mail Opinion
1 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
The Labour Party leader has come under fire for the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Alex Salmond's LBC radio show comes to an end after just seven months
by dailyrecord
31 Mar 2018 at 11:21am
It comes as Mr Salmond faces criticism for continuing to host a political show on RT following the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Ferret Fact Check examines UK housing minister's claims about homelessness in...
by dailyrecord
31 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Are UK housing minister Heather Wheeler's claims about homelessness in Scotland correct?

Labour blast SNP Health Secretary over £360m bed blocking failure
by Record Reporter
31 Mar 2018 at 4:30am
Anas Sarwar has hit out at Shona Robison after she vowed to abolish bed blocking three years ago.

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What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
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When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

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An Open Letter to John Swinney
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Apr 2018 at 4:34pm
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 An open letter to John Swinney, Deputy First Minister with responsibility for Resilience Dear Mr Swinney I am writing on behalf of Scottish CND to share our concern about the continuing and regular transport of the UK’s nuclear weapons on Scottish roads. Our objection to this traffic is twofold. The movement …

On Scottish Fishing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2018 at 8:57pm
Living in Moray, I found it infuriating to see placards everywhere depicting a smiling Haddock draped in the Union Jack proclaiming that a vote to leave the EU would ?Save Our Fishing?. Moray was the closest-run district in the whole of Scotland in the EU referendum, with entire family dynasties with links to fishing casting …

Duncan Adrift
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2018 at 3:45pm
Now that the clocks have sprung forwards an hour, the nights are getting shorter and actual blue-sky days are no longer a rarity, many of us will be turning our thoughts to the impending Summer and the much-needed fortnight?s holiday, spent according to budget. Given the continuing economic climate many will opt for the perfectly …

Donald and the Easter Bunny
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2018 at 1:57pm
Easter is a confusing time. The dates change and the interface between chocolate, the Judeo-Christian faith and bunnies is vague at best. What has become clearer this holiday however is that the United States of America is governed by an imbecile. It’s not entirely understood who Donald Trump’s Easter message was aimed at, but it …

Europa and the bull(shitters)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Apr 2018 at 4:37pm
Douglas Ross, the Tory MP for Moray, can kick back. His place in history is assured by his golden phrase: a cold sick Brexit. Us SNPers want the softest possible Brexit, because our border with England will be a European border, and we wish the freest, most open relationship across it. A vindictive England could …

This is Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Apr 2018 at 4:28pm
America’s in deeper trouble than you thought … Dear Sinclair: As a scholar of democracy & authoritarianism, I can assure you that your top-down, scripted attack on America's free press by turning newscasters into Trumpian parrots is what is "extremely dangerous to our democracy." — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 2, 2018

Deid huddies an the Moray Eel
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Apr 2018 at 3:56pm
Onybody fir a pint o cauld sick? Or hou aboot some deid huddie? If naebody?s up for it puir wee Dougie Ross will juist hae tae blaw his wheestle oan it an fling the hale lot intae the Thames. The pairt time fitba referee an Conservative Member o Parliamint fir Moray was gien the boak …

Keep the Heat on Cambridge Analytica
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Mar 2018 at 10:24am
Investigative journalism takes time and resources. The British state and the political elite is reeling from the deluge of revelations about the connections between private firms, political parties and electoral deception and manipulation. We are trying to give the space and profile to Liam O Hare to continue investigations. Liam writes: “Journalism at its core …

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May refuses to back Boris Johnson's claim there will be 'Brexit dividend' - P...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Mar 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s tour of the UK to mark Brexit now being just one year awayJohn McDonnell?s morning interviews - SummaryTony Blair?s Brexit Q&A - SummaryTheresa May?s BBC interview - SummaryMay refuses to back Boris Johns...

The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

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Mushroom farming the population
A guest post by Samuel Miller From the lack of serious Scottish political news out there you’d be forgiven for thinking that bugger all is happening. Not to mention you may be feeling a bit frustrated, anxious or downright borderline paranoid. Perhaps worth remembering, that one way or another this is going to be a …

To whom it may concern?
A guest post by Samuel Miller To most folk it must seem that the world has gone a bit on the pure mad mental side out there at the moment. Our political systems? Our government and practice of politics? Y’know, those institutions we look to for the administration and management of our needs and our …

You?ll have had your unity then
A guest post by Samuel Miller Yesterday oor PM, Treeza of the ‘strong and stable’ party, marked the Uk’s one year to Brexit countdown with what was called a whistlestop tour of the UK. This apparently, in order to promote unity within her presiousss, presciousss union. By whistlestop what they mean is basically back hame …

As others see us ? com les altres ens veuen
A Scottish court has had the good sense and common decency to free Clara Ponsatí on bail while she fights the extradition order brought against her by the Spanish government seeking to prosecute her on politically motivated charges which could potentially result in the former Catalan education minister facing up to 30 years in a …

Getting pecked to death by a chlorinated chicken
There’s a lot of very serious stuff going on. It’s being alleged that Cambridge Analytica and the Vote Leave campaign stole the EU referendum and it’s entirely possible that the UK is being dragged out of the EU on the basis of a fraud. It’s bad enough that the Conservatives have decided after the event …

Defending democracy
Today, Sunday, came the news that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been arrested by German police acting on a European warrant issued by the Spanish authorities. Puigdemont had fled to Belgium after Spain announced that it was seeking to arrest him and members of his pro-independence government. Spain filed an international arrest warrant …

Nae fish and yer passport is French
For the rest of the UK, and particularly for those people in England who voted to leave because they really believed in the myths of British exceptionalism, the entire Brexit process must be very like discovering what it feels like to be the Scottish fitba team. There they were, chanting Eng-er-land Eng-er-land and looking forward …

HOOP: Hands Off Our Parliament
There’s an important event taking place in Edinburgh tomorrow. HOOP, Hands Off Our Parliament is a demonstration outside Holyrood to show the Conservative government that we the people of Scotland value the devolved parliament which we voted for, and that we will not sit back quietly while Theresa May and her minions use Brexit, something …

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Former health secretary says Treasury cuts hindered cancer treatment
IT was supposed to be a huge PR coup for the Westminster Tory government when it announced yesterday the roll-out of 10 new ?one-stop shops? for treating cancer in the NHS in England.

MP tells Rajoy to ?let Catalonia go or face dire consequences?
SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is being urged to acknowledge that Catalan independence has gone global and that Spain?s actions are being monitored worldwide.

'Fail' for Leonard after he attacks the SNP on zero-hours contracts
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard has come under fire after he attacked the Scottish Government over zero-hours contracts.

Anti-Semitism in Labour ?on bigger scale? than thought
ANTI-Semitism is more widespread within the Labour Party than was thought, and complaints cannot be dismissed as right-wing smears, the leadership of the Jeremy Corbyn-backing Momemtum movement has said.

Ministers defend plan as figures show kids are behind break-ins
MINISTERS have defended their stance on youth crime after it emerged hundreds of children, including some eight-year-olds, have been reported for housebreaking in the past three years.

Australian growth hormone beef may be part of future trade deal
AUSTRALIA is preparing to demand the UK accepts hormone-treated beef as the condition of a post-Brexit trade deal.

Demands for Davidson to clean up her party after latest revelations
RUTH Davidson must clean house ? and expel ?prejudiced? councillors, a prominent MSP claims.

Who?s all in Ruth Davidson?s Hall of Conservative Shame?
THE shocking scale of the Tory party?s problem with its MPs and councillors can be seen in the roll-call of those who have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May?s Ac...
        Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002 The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme. As the dossier sets out, … Continue reading "Porton Down Director Distances His Es...

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Scotland and Independence

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Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence
Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence  The ScotsmanHere's how changing the narrative will secure us a Yes vote  The NationalThe SNP has a job opportunity. So why do none of the top talent want it?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Scottish nationalists angry at extradition order for Catalan professor
Scottish nationalists angry at extradition order for Catalan professor  Financial TimesCatalan fighting extradition from Scotland poses nationalist dilemma  ReutersCatalan independence: Wanted ex-minister Clara Ponsati posts bail in Scotland  Deutsche WelleFormer Catalan minister to oppose extradition from Scotland  Gibraltar ChronicleFull coverage

EXCLUSIVE: Independence campaigners speak out from Catalonia about Spanish po...
EXCLUSIVE: Independence campaigners speak out from Catalonia about Spanish political repression  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence
Darren McGarvey: Why I'm not a traitor to Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?
Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?  BBC NewsFull coverage

Spain will fight to bitter end over Clara Ponsati
Spain will fight to bitter end over Clara Ponsati  The NationalGerman prosecutors file for extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont  ReutersGerman prosecutors call for Puigdemont's extradition to Spain  New EuropeFull coverage


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Scotland's slow growth puts pressure on SNP
Scotland's slow growth puts pressure on SNP  Financial TimesConcern over 'disappointing' economic growth  Jersey Evening PostTax rises kick in this week as Scottish economic growth branded 'pathetic'  The CourierFull coverage

SNP complacency risks reversing 'great strides' in cutting smoking, the Torie...
SNP complacency risks reversing 'great strides' in cutting smoking, the Tories warn  The CourierFull coverage

Alison Thewliss backs Julie Hepburn for SNP depute
Alison Thewliss backs Julie Hepburn for SNP depute  The NationalFull coverage

Cameron Wyllie: SNP seems to think school is like a Coke advert
Cameron Wyllie: SNP seems to think school is like a Coke advert  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP accused of 'great train robbery' over Scottish rail fares
SNP accused of 'great train robbery' over Scottish rail fares  The Scotsman'Great train robbery' for Scottish commuters is politics as we've never seen it before  The TimesFull coverage

Sluggish growth is the SNP's taxing problem
Sluggish growth is the SNP's taxing problem  The TimesFull coverage

'STOP agitating!' Tory MP brilliantly SHUTS DOWN SNP colleague complaining ab...
'STOP agitating!' Tory MP brilliantly SHUTS DOWN SNP colleague complaining about Brexit coverage

SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system
SNP ministers yet to work out cost of new Scottish social security system chiefs insist SNP and Tories left households 'paying the price' after council tax overhaul shot down  The Scottish SunHuge challenges on devolved social security, watchdog warns  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigge...
The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigger a second Brexit referendum  Business InsiderFull coverage

EXCLUSIVE: Independence campaigners speak out from Catalonia about Spanish po...
EXCLUSIVE: Independence campaigners speak out from Catalonia about Spanish political repression  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'
Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'  The ScotsmanThe original remainers: how 1975 produced a successful pro-Europe referendum campaign  New StatesmanLabour MEP says second EU referendum 'only fair course of action'  AOL UKLetters: Why we need a second and more representative EU referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be ...
Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be investigated  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Poll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years
Poll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The Scotsman22 per cent of Scots support second independence referendum in three years as a result of Brexit  HeraldScotlandBrexit 'not a game changer on Scottish independence'  iNewsFull coverage

'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'  BBC NewsProtests in Catalonia after independence leaders held  Channel NewsAsiaFull coverage

Technology start-ups in Scotland surge
Technology start-ups in Scotland surge coverage

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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 ...

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

Beano takes piss out of Rees-Mogg   Beano sends cease-and-desist letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg asking him to stop masquerading as one of their characters Posted about 3 hours ago by Mimi Launder in offbeat ...

The Official President Trump thread

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


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

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

Childhood memories?
When i was a boy action man was a macho toy (for a doll). Money supermarket advert has taken that memory from me. Ah well.  

Yes, The Blood, It Is My Victory
"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24        

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Miserable Albums...
I've been listening to The Twilight Sad recently; a band whose own Twitter page describes them as a 'Scottish band who enjoy making miserable music.'   Which got me thinking; which miserable albums do you actually enjoy listening to?   I'm going to go for some early Cure; a band I...

Cambridge Analytic
No one been following the cambridge Analytica. How it was meant to be the Russians influencing the elections but it was actually an English company the Tories had used twice?  

Israel using snipers and tanks on protestors.
Just been watching videos of the "clashes" between Palestinians and Israeli troops. Israel decided to use .22 calibre rounds as they consider them non-lethal, killed 15 and injured over a thousand with approximately 100 amputations carried out as life saving measures. Also used a Drone to gas...

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Majority of councils using hybrid cloud and on-site data storage, SOCITM and ...

Scottish Parliament committee to consider national outcomes for communities

Perception is everything: how politicians, public servants and corporate boss...

Scottish Government announces sixth round of funding for digital inclusion

Theresa May commits to tackling 'burning injustice' of gender pay gap as dead...

Brexit committee split over 'Norway-style' trade proposal

UK Government seeks city to lead large-scale urban 5G test project

Jeremy Corbyn criticised for attendance at left-wing group's Passover event

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The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…