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Ruth Davidson tells independence supporters: give me a chance to hold SNP to ...
4 May 2016 at 2:51pm
Ruth Davidson has called on independence supporters to vote Conservative to hold the SNP to account for their "lack of leadership" in government.

Tories have 'one in four chance' of beating Labour, according to election for...
3 May 2016 at 2:08pm
The Scottish Conservatives have a one in four chance of either beating Scottish Labour or finishing on an equal number of seats, according to a new election forecast.

Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.

Labour 'to finish behind Conservatives' in Holyrood election, according to poll
27 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish Labour are set to finish third behind the Conservatives in the Holyrood elections, according to a new poll.

Childcare plans will save parents £3,000 per year, Nicola Sturgeon says
27 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Drugs mule Melissa Reid could find out when she will return to the UK in the next few days as her appeal to be expelled from Peru is considered by a judge.

Ruth Davidson: SNP want to keep wounds of independence debate open
26 Apr 2016 at 2:23pm
The SNP want to ?keep the wounds of the independence debate open?, according to Ruth Davidson.

David Cameron said he didn't care about Scotland days after independence refe...
25 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
David Cameron said that he did not care about Scotland days after the country voted to remain part of the union, according to a former Liberal Democrat MP.

Natalie McGarry MP faces being sued after mistakenly accusing pro-Union campa...
25 Apr 2016 at 1:21pm
NATALIE McGarry MP faces being sued for up to £30,000 after mistakenly accusing an pro-Union campaigner of being a Holocaust denier, it has been reported.

Live Q&A: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
25 Apr 2016 at 2:20pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP must earn right to propose second indyref
20 Apr 2016 at 2:29pm
Nicola Sturgeon has conceded it would be "wrong" to set a date for a second referendum on independence before a majority of Scots back the country leaving the UK.

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will oppose renewal of Trident in manifesto
19 Apr 2016 at 1:36pm
Opposition to the renewal of Trident will be included in Scottish Labour's manifesto for the Holyrood election, leader Kezia Dugdale has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: Tories will back Labour members who want Trident renewal
18 Apr 2016 at 11:49am
Tory leader Ruth Davidson has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Labour members and trade unionists who want the UK to retain its Trident nuclear deterrent.

Live Q&A: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
18 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Scottish Parliament staff agree pay deal
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
A union has welcomed a pay deal for Scottish Parliament workers worth at least 2% a year.



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Scottish Labour councillor suspended over anti-semitic allegations
4 May 2016 at 4:23pm
A Labour councillor in Scotland has been suspended from the party while claims that he made anti-semitic comments are investigated.

Holyrood 2016: Who should I vote for?
4 May 2016 at 4:03pm
STILL undecided on who to vote for in the Holyrood elections?

Holyrood 2016: Marginal constituencies at a glance
4 May 2016 at 3:42pm
OPPOSITION parties must win a minimum of nine constituencies on May 5 to prevent the SNP from winning a majority of seats from first-past-the-post votes alone.

Holyrood 2016: 21 of the best pictures from the campaign trail
4 May 2016 at 2:16pm
As the Scottish party leaders frantically canvas for votes on the final day of campaigning, we look back at some of the best moments from the election build-up.

Video: Nicola Sturgeon?s final election speech disrupted
4 May 2016 at 2:15pm
Nicola Sturgeon has appealed for Scots to “come together” and elect a Government for all the nation in her final speech before tomorrow’s election - and laughed off a union jack waving stunt from a lone protester.

What time do polling stations close in the Scottish Parliament election?
4 May 2016 at 10:49am
The Scottish Parliament election takes place tomorrow at polling stations all across Scotland.

Donald Trump nears Republican nomination as Ted Cruz suspends campaign
4 May 2016 at 10:33am
Donald Trump has all but clinched the Republican US presidential nomination with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race and cleared his path to a likely November showdown with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Ruth Davidson clashes with party over human rights
4 May 2016 at 9:32am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has clashed with the Tory Home Secretary over her call for the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), regardless of the outcome of June’s referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon faces claims SNP tax regime ?harms firms?
4 May 2016 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon has faced claims that Scottish businesses are being “run into bankruptcy through no fault of their own” by the SNP’s tax regime, during an address to industry leaders.

Chris Marshall: Still too early to judge Pirc?s effectiveness
4 May 2016 at 12:00am
In the year since the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh there has been much claim and counter-claim, but his family continues to wait for the definitive version of what happened to him.

Bertie Arnmstrong: Careful legislation needed for fishing industry
4 May 2016 at 12:00am
Practical help is needed to support communities, writes Bertie Armstrong

On this day: Margaret Thatcher became Britain?s first female PM
4 May 2016 at 12:00am
Events, birthdays and anniversaries on 4 May

SNP sidelines party activist over antisemitic online posts
3 May 2016 at 9:51pm
The SNP was tonight embroiled in an antisemitism row when it emerged that a party activist has been sharing offensive anti-Israel material on Facebook.

Scott Macnab: Indyref2 debate is new reality ? so get used to it
3 May 2016 at 9:00pm
Pro-Union leaders may mump and moan all they like but the calls for Indyref2 are not going to go away, writes Scott Macnab

Indiana primary: Tough test for Ted Cruz in last chance to halt Donald Trump
3 May 2016 at 8:17pm
Republican Ted Cruz faces a high-stakes test for his slumping presidential campaign in Indiana primary – seen as the last opportunity for him to halt Donald Trump’s stunning march toward the party’s presidential nomination.

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

The independence dividend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2016 at 10:08am
In so far as this Holyrood election has been a battle at all, the battleground for it has been tax. Not only the Unionist opposition but the pro-indy left have attacked the SNP for timidity over its plans to keep income tax rates the same as the rest of the UK, with only a tweak …

The football under the carpet
by Donna Babington
3 May 2016 at 2:54pm
During this election campaign, there’ve been the usual bouts of political sparring, the tit-for-tat point-scoring frenzy played out through a plethora of media. One particular battleground, though, had a special resonance for me – the “Named Person” scheme. I’m a former ?looked-after? child. I’ve suffered the abuse and neglect that this scheme is intended to help protect children from. Having scrutinised …

Twisted blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2016 at 10:21am
The rise of the SNP has so bewildered the metropolitan commentariat that even almost a decade after the party won its first Scottish election pundits still barely know which way to face to confront it. A case in point can be found in today’s Times. That was a quick switch. A casual reader would reasonably …

Fully represented
by Chris Cairns
3 May 2016 at 6:55am

The Howling Of The Furies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 May 2016 at 11:01am
It’s been quite a 24 hours for watchers of the UK media. The Sunday papers saw two of the most demented rants to have been committed to print about Scottish politics since the independence referendum. One came from Neil Oliver in the Sunday Times – painting a blood-curdling picture of a “second hate-fest” should Scots ever …

A gap in our memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 May 2016 at 10:57am
We must confess, we don’t recall when this happened. If anyone can help us out, please do.

Generation and stimulation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Apr 2016 at 2:18pm
Yesterday we noted that we still hadn’t received a reply to a complaint we made to the BBC about a false assertion by David Dimbleby on Question Time over six weeks ago, despite the fact that it’s only supposed to take 10 working days. By coincidence we got the reply today, 36 days late, and it wasn’t worth the …

Four minutes of fun
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2016 at 12:57am
This evening’s Question Time saw one of the most incident-packed passages on the show in recent memory. From left to right onscreen the panellists were Paul Marshall (hedge fund manager, head of a chain of academy schools and co-author of the Lib Dems’ infamous “Orange Book”), Alex Salmond, Tory minister Greg Clark, Labour’s shadow home …

Scene missing again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 12:44pm
We’d hoped to be bringing you in-depth analysis of the Scottish Labour manifesto by now, readers, but a couple of hours after their launch event there’s still no sign of it anywhere (we’ve checked their website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, all blank). So we’re going to nip out to the shops for a bit. …

It?s Scottish Labour Manifesto Day!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 9:25am
We have high hopes. Well, high-ish.

BBC Scotland

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Final day of Holyrood election campaign
4 May 2016 at 12:50pm
Scotland's political leaders look to rally supporters on the final day of the Holyrood election campaign.

How to vote in the Holyrood election
4 May 2016 at 5:19pm
A quick guide to voting in the Scottish Parliament election on Thursday 5 May.

VIDEO: Do local issues influence the way we vote?
26 Apr 2016 at 12:10pm
The BBC's Kenneth Macdonald looks at the statement that "all politics is local".

Health matters and the Holyrood election
29 Apr 2016 at 1:01am
Polls suggest that the health service is one of the issues which matters most to voters. Here, BBC Scotland's health correspondent Eleanor Bradford looks at some key questions.

Campaign focus on jobs and education
3 May 2016 at 1:28pm
Jobs and education are the focus of the penultimate day of campaigning for the Holyrood election.

Independence row dominates TV debate
2 May 2016 at 8:56am
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence dominates the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties.

Call for new tax and welfare department
2 May 2016 at 12:01pm
The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood, a think tank suggests.

UKIP in Scotland 'close to civil war'
2 May 2016 at 3:02pm
A leading UKIP candidate says the party in Scotland is close to "all-out civil war" and calls for a change in leadership.

Industrial action threat over new exams
1 May 2016 at 11:13am
Scotland's largest teaching union plans to ballot its members on industrial action over new school qualifications.

Sturgeon expects second indyref vote
1 May 2016 at 3:41pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she expects a second Scottish independence referendum while she is first minister.

Business rates discussed in campaigns
29 Apr 2016 at 2:10pm
Scotland's political leaders discuss their business policies after calls for a "comprehensive" review of rates.

Solidarity calls for independence vote
28 Apr 2016 at 11:30am
Solidarity launches its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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Burning questions for tomorrow - and a few tentative answers
by James Kelly
4 May 2016 at 6:26pm
Will the SNP remain the largest single party?Yes.Will Nicola Sturgeon remain First Minister?Yes.Will Labour suffer a net loss of seats?Highly likely, barring very significant polling error or an im...

It's a firm "No" from me to Jonathan Rimmer's demands, and to creeping fascis...
by James Kelly
3 May 2016 at 6:34pm
You've probably seen that CommonSpace have today published an extraordinary opinion piece from RISE supporter Jonathan Rimmer (who I recently had a run-in with over the tactical voting issue, and i...

Proposal for a reformed voting system : the Single Proxy Vote
by James Kelly
3 May 2016 at 4:18pm
A guest post by John S SharpWe get a lot of speculation (including much self-interested misinformation) on the effect of different voting strategies under AMS for the Scottish Parliament; and beyon...

Merciless electorate metes out more misery to Kalamity Kez as bombshell Surva...
by James Kelly
2 May 2016 at 10:56pm
What I presume will be the last pre-election edition of Survation's regular series of polls for Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters has been released tonight.  As they've done before, the Record have chose...

The Sunday Herald's advice to voters is, quite simply, contradictory
by James Kelly
2 May 2016 at 7:53am
Not for the first time in this campaign, the Sunday Herald's lead story yesterday was hugely controversial, with the claim that Nicola Sturgeon was setting her sights on a second referendum now tha...

Mayday! Mayday! She cannae take anymore, cap'n! Pitiless Panelbase poll pu...
by James Kelly
1 May 2016 at 6:11pm
May Day is of course International Workers' Day, and it shows you just how catastrophically Scotland's very own "workers' party" (ahem) has fallen that a new poll putting Labour TWENTY-SIX points b...

Desperate Dugdale ducks for cover as latest polls reveal the Scottish people'...
by James Kelly
30 Apr 2016 at 6:23pm
Apologies for the three days of radio silence, during which we've had a couple of new Holyrood polls with slightly conflicting messages.  The TNS poll shows the SNP slipping down to comfortably the...

NEW FILM : How the voting system for the Scottish Parliament works, and why "...
by James Kelly
27 Apr 2016 at 3:01pm
A couple of weeks ago, I jetted off (if you can jet off by train) to a top-secret mystery town somewhere between Dunblane and Bannockburn (it's got a big castle in it) to record a video about the H...

Latest EU referendum telephone poll shows slight improvement for Leave
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2016 at 3:27pm
It's been ages since I last posted anything about EU referendum polling, which is probably just as well, because I've been exasperated at the acres of drivel that have been written on the subject o...

Reader's questions : a Patrick Harvie conundrum
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2016 at 5:18pm
Niall posed an interesting question on the previous thread, which I thought might be worth responding to in a bit of detail..."You know, these kinds of discussions usually take place between people...

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Checked out the r/The_Donald today and apparently we live in an Islamic nation.
by /u/DanFras
4 May 2016 at 9:06pm
It's true because Bill fae Wisconsin said so submitted by /u/DanFras

Video: Nicola Sturgeon?s final election speech disrupted
by /u/MadameSaddam
4 May 2016 at 8:34pm
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9 Reasons To Vote SNP x 2 In The Scottish Elections
by /u/thindenimguy
4 May 2016 at 8:19pm
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I've not got a clue who to vote for..
by /u/Chazmer87
4 May 2016 at 8:02pm
I don't want to vote SNP because my MP hasn't replied to any correspondence I've sent to him (not my MSP's fault.. but still) I'm not too keen on voting Labour I'm not voting Conservative and nobo...

Neil Slorance Sketch: One thing all politicians agree on
by /u/the_oncoming_storm
4 May 2016 at 7:54pm
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Manifesto Check: How Do They Measure Up On? Housing?
by /u/moh_kohn
4 May 2016 at 7:36pm
submitted by /u/moh_kohn

General question on vote counts and their timings
by /u/slapbang
4 May 2016 at 7:34pm
I had a great night staying up at the General Election last year (think I made it to 5.30am) and I'm just wondering if it's worthwhile staying up for the Scottish ones - will they even count them o...

Alex Salmond: Boris as PM 'could trigger another independence vote' (From Her...
by /u/throwawaythreefive
4 May 2016 at 7:26pm
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Help: Person finder online?
by /u/Feedthemonkeys
4 May 2016 at 7:24pm
Hi, so I'm new to Scotland and I need to find a person by address, but can it really be that you don't have websites where you can find a person by phone number, address or name? If I try online, I...

3 Days Hiking (new Fort William)
by /u/joelito-bambito
4 May 2016 at 6:58pm
Hey, I've hiked the West Highland way twice before as a tourist from Canada, and I'm planning on going back to Scotland again for some hiking this summer. However, this visit I don't have as much t...

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When is the Scottish election? Date, time and all you need to know ahead of t...
by Ross McCafferty
4 May 2016 at 6:30pm
What time do the polls open? Do I need my polling card? Why are there two ballot papers? Get all the information you need as we elect 129 MSPs to use the new powers Scotland has.

It's Official: Donald Trump is Republican candidate and moves a step closer t...
by Mikey Smith
4 May 2016 at 5:59pm
THIRD-place challenger Kasich pulls out of the presidential race and gives Donald Trump a clear run to November's US election.

Scottish Politics Today: Polling stations will soon be open with Nicola Sturg...
by David Clegg
4 May 2016 at 12:06pm
THE SNP look on course to pull off the incredible feat of winning another Holyrood majority under a voting system designed to deliver coalition governments.

Record View: Nationalists need to learn vital lessons about schools ? not tak...
by Record View
4 May 2016 at 11:26am
TEACHERS have been robbed of classroom assistants in primary schools, of specialist support teachers in music and the arts, and have seen council budgets cut to the bone, says RECORD VIEW.

Watch Ted Cruz elbow his wife in face as he concedes defeat to Republican Pre...
by Graeme Thomson
4 May 2016 at 10:23am
THE White House hopeful was forced to suspend his campaign last night after losing in Indiana but his day got even worse as he TWICE bashed his wife's face on podium.

Scottish election: We look at five vital seats that show how parties are fari...
by David Clegg
4 May 2016 at 9:43am
YOUR guide to the constituencies that count – and the Daily Record predictions on the outcomes.

Holyrood election: Giving the next Scottish Government something to think abo...
by dailyrecord
4 May 2016 at 9:38am
SNP's iron grip on Holyrood is a recipe for the abuse of power says former Government minister BRIAN WILSON.

Voters warned not to let Tories 'anywhere near' new Scottish benefits system
by Torcuil Crichton
3 May 2016 at 11:20pm
A THINK tank chaired by former Conservative minister David Willetts says Tory benefit reform could leave millions of working families worse off.

Clock ticking for Labour as new poll shows Tories could still nab second plac...
by David Clegg
3 May 2016 at 4:45pm
NEW figures show Labour and Tories' fight for second place isn't over yet with just 48 hours until Scotland takes to the polls as the parties are virtually neck and neck.

Spelling error on Nicola Sturgeon election campaign poster leaves SNP bosses ...
by Record Reporter
3 May 2016 at 2:38pm
THE mistake was pounced upon by social media users.

Michael Greenwell

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

Bernie Sanders Is Not A Radical
by michaelgreenwell
4 May 2016 at 10:16am
Noam Chomsky pointing out that not so long ago, Sanders positions would not have been considered radical at all…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 126 ? Who Were The Yes Campaigners? ? with ...
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 11:23am
We all remember the people we met, campaigned, and often made friends with during the referendum campaign. However, were the people we met representative of the campaigners as a whole? Who were they all? If the Telegraph were to be believed then the whole campaign was just that one muscular guy in a kilt with …

The Trump V Sanders Debate
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 8:28am
The Trump V Sanders debate. Some funny moments, some not so funny, but it is worth the watch…

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

Pro-Indy Parties In ??Want You To Vote For Them? Row?
by michaelgreenwell
25 Apr 2016 at 6:32pm
Advanced silliness on the Scotsman site yesterday, with no named journalist. A row has broken out in the pro-independence camp over a giant SNP billboard campaign urging voters to use both of their votes to protect Nicola Sturgeon?s majority at Holyrood. … But Greens elections convenor Sarah Beattie-Smith said: ?Greens agree a better Scotland is …

A Simple Solution
by michaelgreenwell
21 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
We’ve all been hearing about the great sacrifices that Her Bettiness has made and all the difficulties she has had in guiding the country through such diverse times. I for one would like to take those things into account, so here is your simple solution… Let’s retire the position. If we do that, then she …

Meter Blown
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2016 at 2:26pm
On this episode of BBC Hardtalk with Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the IMF, the journalist who was interviewing her had this to say on the subject of Brexit (at around 11 minutes)… “Are you comfortable with the idea that the IMF is now making statements which clearly play a huge political role …

Bella Caledonia

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Utopian Adjuster (Scotland)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 May 2016 at 6:09pm
This may help, in the last few activist hours. At least it isn’t 2050, when the robots will do it all for us…

Manifesto Check: How Do They Measure Up On? Housing?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 May 2016 at 1:01pm
Liz Ely from Living Rent examines housing policy in the Scottish manifestos. Living Rent doesn’t support any one party; they have the support of the youth wings of most of the major political parties. This piece is Liz?s personal view. Scottish National Party 50,000 new homes to be built, with 35,000 for social rent Fee …

Manifesto Check: How Do They Measure Up on? Welfare?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 May 2016 at 10:50am
Ellenor Hutson puts the parties’ welfare plans under the microscope Social Security is under unprecedented attack in the UK – both the payments and the principle of the thing. Sick and disabled people face and uphill struggle through flawed assessments to even qualify for benefits. The onward march of ?conditionality? leaves almost all working age …

Withdrawing our labour from Labour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 May 2016 at 8:22am
The decline of the Labour Party, in Scotland and the UK, has deeper roots than we usually imagine, says Michael Gardiner. And their misreading of “nationalism” is key.  For years now, every new failure in the Labour Party in Scotland has been taken like a “warning” – a demand for soul-searching, yielding access to values …

Can The SNP renew itself in government?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2016 at 6:36pm
If you?re a party member, pounding the pavements in the last few days, we at Bella Caledonia salute you. It ain?t over till the D?Hondt ratios calculate? And no matter your particular reading of the electoral math, nothing happens if voters aren?t pulled out over their doorsteps. So all hail youze. But there are those …

Talking To Power? Tok?n Tae Powur? A? Bruidhinn ri Cumhachd
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2016 at 4:06pm
On the power struggles that lie beneath our recent language debates – and the concepts that help us reveal them, from Joe Crawford Recently we?ve heard vociferous objections to the attempts of some sections of the Scottish population to have the language they speak recognised as ?legitimate”. How do we make sense of this question mark …

It?s Time to Open the Books on PFI
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2016 at 8:45am
?It?s not been great, has it?? is a common refrain I?ve heard about this election campaign. The General Election last year had a certain insurgent, watershed-moment dynamic that this campaign was never going to replicate. However, we probably all thought that there would be something more interesting than political interviews by Gary: Tank Commander to …

Picture Imperfect
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2016 at 1:22pm
In the same week as the Hillsborough Inquest finally delivered its verdict, to an outpouring of solidarity and shared celebration; the same week in which we saw renewed vilification for the slimy sods of News International – Nicola Sturgeon poses for THAT picture. Holding up a copy of the Sun, endorsing it as it endorses …

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Scottish economy grows far more slowly than UK as a whole
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 May 2016 at 6:56pm
Analysis finds Scottish GDP has grown by 4% in cash terms since 2008, compared with 23% for Britain as a wholeThe Scottish economy is growing at a far slower rate than the UK as a whole, with the North Sea oil slump leading to a fall in GDP last year, the latest data shows. Scotland?s gross domes...

Dugdale: antisemitism row damaging Scottish Labour's election hopes
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
4 May 2016 at 2:30pm
Party leader admits controversy is affecting voters who have been raising issue on the doorstep during Holyrood campaigningKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has admitted the furore over antisemitism within Labour after Ken Livingstone?s remarks last week has damaged her party?s chances i...

Scottish Lib Dems try to shake off Clegg's legacy and challenge SNP
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 May 2016 at 6:00am
Leader Willie Rennie hopes party can hold on to its five Holyrood seats in Thursday?s Scottish parliamentary electionsWillie Rennie is on home turf, putting his fate as Scottish Liberal Democrat leader in the hands of people with whom he grew up and went to school. An hour knocking on doors in Cu...

Look away from London for your May election action
by Michael White
3 May 2016 at 2:41pm
The media are fixated on the mayoral mudfight, but let?s focus on the important ballots going on elsewhere in the UKFed up with seeing the 2016 local and devolved elections through the narrow prism of a squalid mudfight to become London mayor? Or through the point-scoring manoeuvres of the UK and...

Conservatives will beat Labour in Scotland, says Ruth Davidson
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
3 May 2016 at 2:31pm
Scottish Conservative leader claims party?s polling shows it is on course to become official opposition to SNP in Holyrood The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has predicted her party will beat Labour into third place for the first time in the history of the Holyrood parliament.With just one...

Don't patronise us, Scottish teenagers tell politicians bidding for their votes
by Libby Brooks
3 May 2016 at 2:26pm
Decision time for 16- and 17-year-olds in Scotland allowed to cast their ballot for the first time in parliamentary electionsThere was an initial shudder of shyness through the young audience, and then the questions fired like pinballs. First-time voters at Rosshall academy in Glasgow intelligent...

The Guardian view on the local elections: ignore England at your peril | Edit...
by Editorial
2 May 2016 at 7:10pm
The whole British electorate has a vote this week. But the key signals about the next general election will be the state of opinion in the rest of England, rather than London or ScotlandThis week?s local and devolved elections have inevitably been overshadowed by next month?s EU referendum. Never...

5 May: your guide to this week's local and mayoral elections
by Jamie Grierson
2 May 2016 at 11:16am
Here?s a breakdown to the votes happening across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandThe biggest set of elections, outside of a general election, for some time will be held on 5 May in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm. You can ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Let?s dream of unicorns
It took hundreds of years to trap the unicorn. There was the hammer of the Scots that broke on the anvil of Bannockburn, there wis the flooers o the forest that wede awaa, there was the queen who lost her head and the tongue tied son who fled south to the riches of London and …

Davie Cameron doesn?t think
David Cameron doesn’t think that the Scottish government will have a mandate for another independence referendum. That sentence would be a whole lot more accurate if it ended at the word ‘think’. Scotland rarely fires any synapses in the brain of our Prime Minister, and on the rare occasions that it does his neural pathways …

Scottish democracy will not be silenced
So what’s more democratic? Would it be option a) allowing the people to have a say on a topic when there is clear evidence that public opinion has shifted, or would it be option b)insisting that the result of a previous vote must be cast in stone and preserved forever? Or at least for as …

The direction of respect
It would appear, according to the bunch of torn faces collectively known as Scotland’s Unionist parties, that there’s only one sort of respect that needs to be demanded in Scottish politics. That’s the respect that independence supporting parties are required to show the result of the referendum in 2014. Funnily enough, there doesn’t appear to …

Vote for the good guy
I’ve written before that Scotland needs a majority SNP government, preferably with a large contingent of Greens, after the Holyrood elections in order to ensure that we maintain the pressure for a second independence referendum. We also need the SNP to maintain its majority in government in order to ensure that the Unionist media doesn’t …

Death by LOLkat
Sometimes you feel like poking your eyes out with a rusty knitting needle. Either that or developing a deep empathy with those Russian Old Believer peasants who set off to live in cabins in the frozen depths of the Siberian taiga so that they could escape from the trivialisation of life produced by modern civilisation. …

The opposite of blaming the English
The other night on Newsnight on BBC, arch conservative David Frum, a former speechwriter to George W Bush, made the ludicrous claim that Scottish nationalism was being funded by the Kremlin. Being a former speechwriter to the president whose only redeeming feature is that he was merely off the planet and not actually out in …

Vote for the plaster, or vote for the cure
Kezia Dugdale finally got around to unveiling the Labour manifesto for Scotland yesterday, and it was received with rapturous applause and a renewed enthusiasm for the peepul’s party from the massed ranks of the Scottish working classes in Kezia’s imagination. That was jist fabby Kezia hen, said one of her synapses. Gaun yersel Kezia you’ve …

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Police probe claims of hate crime attack on burns boy Mohammad Sudais
HE WAS dubbed ?Scotland?s baby? after being flown from Pakistan for life-saving surgery when he was just four months old.

Thriving Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival plans to serve up mini autumn repeat
WHISKY festival bosses are planning another round this autumn, just days after closing a record event.

Force is strong in Star Wars fan taking on highest peaks challenge for cancer...
A STAR Wars fan who scaled Ben Nevis while dressed as a stormtrooper is set to tackle England?s tallest mountain to raise money for cancer charities.

Porridge boss will help feed poor children
AN ethical small business owner is serving up good old-fashioned porridge to customers from an old police box in Scotland?s capital to help feed some of the world?s poorest children.

Singer/songwriter Karine Polwart to make theatrical debut
SCOTTISH singer Karine Polwart is to make her first foray into theatre with a piece about the yearly flight of 2,500 pink-footed geese between Greenland and Edinburgh.

MPs call for independent probe into 'forgotten' war in Yemen
MPs are calling for an independent investigation into the war in Yemen amid a growing humanitarian crisis facing 20 million civilians in the country.

Bake Off stars help Low Moss Prison's Freedom Bakery to raise dough
SCOTLAND?S only prison bakery cooked up a fundraising boost yesterday ? after targeting the stars of the Great British Bake Off.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ? Cameron and His Much...
        Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). (The first attempt at TTIP) In 1995, (MAI) appeared as a draft agreement, negotiated by OECD members. The mission statement: “To develop multilateral rules ensuring that international investment would be governed in a more systematic and uniform way between states.” Developed in secret the draft was …

There?s a cuckoo in the nest ? The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over S...
    There’s a cuckoo in the nest – The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over Scotland I wrote to the subject recently giving warning of the future shape of the UK now that independence has been rejected and the Scottish government has been bought off with increased powers making it the most …

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Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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Whatever happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution?
What happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 1st 2016 There is a Scottish election going on ? played out in TV and radio studios, photo-ops and the occasional party leader debates. Its main contestants are the party leaders, no one else from the main parties, and perhaps more ...

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 29th 2016 A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the ...

What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults?
What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 24th 2016 All the party manifestos are out – bar Labour. But the only really important one – that of the SNP – emerged this week. It was an event. A spectacle. A cross between an American ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 20th 2016 I am a European. I believe in Europe as an idea. And for all of my life I have felt an affinity and connection with the notion of greater European integration. Now I ...

The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future
The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 17th 2016 The Scottish election is underway – the winners already decided, the European referendum casting a shadow, and all the parties having difficulty shifting from the land of milk and honey to austerity and cuts. One seasoned observer ...

Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question
Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 13th 2016 Dundee, Scotland?s fourth city is on the move. It is often forgotten about or even patronised by those in the Central Belt – ?it is a place I have only passed through? is a regular refrain I have heard ...

Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation
Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 10th 2016 One theme has dominated this week in Scotland and the UK – taxation. From April 6th 2016 the Scottish Parliament gained powers over a Scottish rate of income tax representing half of all income tax raised ? and from next year ...

Rainbow Nation Scotland
Rainbow Nation Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 6th 2016 Scotland is a land of tolerance and acceptance in at least one respect. Four out of six leaders of our main political parties are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Plus the Secretary of State for Scotland. This is a far cry from the Scotland of old. ...

Scotland and Independence

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It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play - Bloomberg

It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play
Scotland's drive for independence was supposed to run out of road after voters rejected it in the September 2014 referendum, the economic case hollowed out as the price of oil the nationalists said would underpin growth collapsed. Less than two years ...
Has Scottish politics changed since 2014 referendum?BBC News
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BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push - Wall St...

Wall Street Journal
BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push
Wall Street Journal
LONDON?BAE Systems PLC Chairman Roger Carr on Wednesday said a British exit from the European Union harbored risks to the U.K. weapons maker, including potentially spurring independence sentiments in Scotland. Mr. Carr said the risk to BAE ...
BAE Systems lifted by contract wins as chairman w...

UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU: poll - Business In...

Business Insider
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU: poll
Business Insider
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britons are more worried about the prospect of Scotland gaining independence than of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a poll published on Tuesday found. A BMG poll in Scotland's Herald newspaper found that 68 ...
Poll: UK voters more worried about Scottish independen...

Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - EurActiv

Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU
Britons are more worried about the prospect of Scotland gaining independence than of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a poll published Today (3 May) found. A BMG poll in Scotland's Herald newspaper found that 68% of voters cited Scottish ...

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP - Newsweek

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP
Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is taken out of the European Union "against our will," the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said on Sunday. Facing a British referendum on whether to stay ...
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Sco...

Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show - Breitbart News

Breitbart News
Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show
Breitbart News
According to the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), a new referendum on Scottish independence would ?almost certainly? be triggered by the UK voting to leave the EU against Scotland's will. In her opinion the move would be justified by such ...
Theresa May warns Brexit could lead to Scottish indepe...

Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says - Bloomberg

Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says
Scots overwhelmingly favor remaining in the EU, and if Cameron fails to carry the day in the June 23 vote on an EU exit it would convince more Scots of the need for independence, Salmond said. Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year ...
Scotland in the euro zone? Gordon Brown outlines another Brex...


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Labour And Tories Fight For SNP's Scraps - Sky News

Labour And Tories Fight For SNP's Scraps
Sky News
It brings to an end a six-week campaign in which opinion polls have consistently suggested the Scottish National Party is well ahead. Nicola Sturgeon is on course for an outright majority in her first Holyrood election as party leader. The SNP first ...

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North of the Scottish border, the Tory clan is stirring -
North of the Scottish border, the Tory clan is stirring
Granted, neither the Tory party nor Labour is likely to come anywhere near Nicola Sturgeon's SNP in the Scottish Parliament election ? but the idea that the heirs of Margaret Thatcher could finish ahead of the party of Gordon Brown and all those other ...

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Scottish Parliament interviews: Roderick Campbell, SNP - The Saint

The Saint
Scottish Parliament interviews: Roderick Campbell, SNP
The Saint
The SNP is very proud at having delivered free education in Scotland and about having benefited 120,000 students to the tune of £27,000 of not having to pay tuition fees. I respect that the fact that in St Andrews there are a lot of students from other ...

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SNP bar activist over hate posts - Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Chronicle
SNP bar activist over hate posts
Jewish Chronicle
The Scottish National Party has barred a party activist from taking part in campaigns after his antisemitic Facebook posts were revealed. Amjed Hussain, who campaigned alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her manifesto launch for this week's ...

Labour admits anti-Semitism row is damaging Holyrood election chances - Teleg...
Labour admits anti-Semitism row is damaging Holyrood election chances
The Nationalists are also targeting the seat and Nicola Sturgeon made it one of her final stops of the campaign. However, it also emerged that the SNP has barred a Muslim supporter from further party events for allegedly posting offensive anti-Jewish ...

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Scottish Parliament election 2016: Poll projections and previous results - Te...
Scottish Parliament election 2016: Poll projections and previous results
The road to Holyrood looks set for Nicola Sturgeon's SNP party, according to consensus across the polls. The fifth ever Scottish Parliament elections are all about the race for second place, with the SNP looking to retain - and probably increase - its ...

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Parties last ditch effort to convince voters - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Parties last ditch effort to convince voters
Glasgow Evening Times
THE SNP and Labour made their last day bids to convince the voters on the streets of Scotland's two main cities. Nicola Sturgeon rallied her campaign troops in Glasgow city centre on the final day of campaigning. The SNP leader urged people to vote to ...

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Scottish voters could sway Britain's EU future - Chicago Tribune

Scottish voters could sway Britain's EU future
Chicago Tribune
The SNP's membership has quadrupled since the independence vote, and it won all but three of the 59 Scottish seats in the U.K. parliament in last year's national elections. Understandably, the separatists have no intention of holding a second ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Has Scottish politics changed since 2014 referendum? - BBC News

BBC News
Has Scottish politics changed since 2014 referendum?
BBC News
The independence referendum is the will-o'-the-wisp of the Scottish election campaign. It's there, and, then, it isn't. The last one hangs over this campaign - but the next one is a mirage. This is the conundrum that has troubled all the parties in the ...
Summer battle looms over future of Scotland after referendum pledgeScotsm...

UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - poll
Reuters UK
The Scottish National Party, expected to easily win elections for Scotland's devolved parliament on Thursday, has pledged another independence vote if Scotland is forced out of the EU "against its will" through a referendum on Britain's membership of ...
Will Scotland Vote for Independence in First Post-Referendu...

Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence - Seeker (registration) (b...

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Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence
Seeker (registration) (blog)
The outcome dashes the hopes of the hundreds of thousands of Scots who voted to break away on Thursday in an unprecedented vote that ignited debate about governance in Britain but will reassure those worried about the economic risks of a break-up.

Alex Salmond: Boris as PM 'could trigger another independence vote' - Herald ...

Herald Scotland
Alex Salmond: Boris as PM 'could trigger another independence vote'
Herald Scotland
Alex Salmond has suggested the appointment of Boris Johnson as prime minister could be the "material change of circumstances" that triggers another independence referendum. The former Scottish first minister said Mr Johnson, who is widely tipped as a ...

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Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Inside Track: The inbuilt dangers of holding a referendum
Herald Scotland
RESEARCHERS from the British Election Study and the University of Manchester this week released an interesting report on how the Scottish independence referendum affected voting patterns. Its findings, they believe, suggest that just as 2014's vote had ...
Percentage of Scottish people who want to remain in EU...

Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum - BBC News

BBC News
Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum
BBC News
Solidarity has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years. The socialist party, which is headed by Tommy Sheridan, is fielding 40 candidates across the eight ...
Holyrood 2016; Solidarity vow second indyref 'within 2 years'Scot...

Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon
Reuters UK
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Scottish National Party head says Scotland should hold new r...

Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scots pe...

Business Insider
Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scots persuaded
Business Insider
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her pro-independence Scottish National Party would not press for a second independence referendum until the majority of Scots wanted to leave the United Kingdom. "If there is to be a ...
Sturgeon: Independence pol...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

How to make the Most of Your List Vote

Here is a recent opinion poll from a couple of weeks ago which I've set out in a way that shows how the constituency seats and the list votes are combined to work out the awarding of List MSPs.
It shows that in most areas outside the Highlands and Islands that an SNP list vote is heavily diluted...

Election Gambling
Anyone having a flutter on the polls? I haven't looked far but Ladbrokes seem to have a few markets including most seats, constituencies, and so on.   Avoided the 1/20s and so on. A lot of these are *pardon the pun* a gamble, and at times 2 plus 2 equalling five, but I did pretty well last year, ...

Councillor Terry Kelly suspended for anti semitism
wot a shame!

So we all know that the SNP are going to win the most votes and seats, but what people are forgetting is that AMS is designed to avoid majorities. Is the SNP likely to get their majority again (could be crucial in event of brexit) and if they don't, is a coalition with the greens going to be viab...

How will the reign of the SNP come to an end?
What goes up must come down and everything ends eventually. How do you think the fall of the SNP will come about? What will be the main drivers?

nice news story

I would like to see similar compassion and humanitarianism in the judicial system of every country, perhaps it could be standardised through the Eu?

Weirdo zoomers decide to manipulate 2p coins        

BBC Hopetoun House Debate Thread
Buckle up. 

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

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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

Ken Livingstone
I see Ken Livingstone has been labelled antisemitic for saying Hitler supported Zionism. It seems to have caused quite a stir , John Mann went mental and called him "Nazi Apologist" Here is what he said  "When Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Is...

Started making pakora after finding out that my wee one (3) can eat it - gram flour (chick pea), as she is allergic to wheat. Felt like the best Dad in the world when we all sat down at the table and she could have exactly the same as us - Mum/Dad/ Brother 5yrs. Any tips/recipes etc ? ...

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

Game Of Thrones
What a load off shite

Just Finished Breaking Bad Season 5
Lots of twists and turns.Full of suprises and would definately recommend this TV series.Has anybody watched the spin off, "Call Sall" ?

Sir William Wallace Monument St Barts
First time there today,drew a few curious folk in who were thinking what are they getting their photo taken at.

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David Cameron dismisses concerns over TTIP as ?the reddest of red herrings?

Scottish Parliament election campaign reaches final day

Jeremy Corbyn hits back over leadership challenge rumours

Ruth Davidson distances herself from Theresa May over call to leave European ...

Full suite of CfE exams underway for the first time

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Electoral Reform Society Scotland and Bite the Ballot call for voter registra...

UK Government backtracks on rejecting lone Syrian refugee children from EU

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