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Labour election plan to turn Growth Commission against SNP
4 Jun 2018 at 3:05pm
SCOTTISH Labour are preparing to weaponise the SNP?s Growth Commission report in an early election campaign by saying it proves the Nationalists are ready to embrace austerity.

Ruth Davidson hated 'the Vow' made before 2014's referendum, new book claims
4 Jun 2018 at 11:31am
RUTH Davidson hated "the Vow" promising more powers for Scotland ahead of 2014?s independence referendum and was furious with her counterparts in London for pushing on with it regardless.

May insists she is not preparing for 'Brexit Armageddon' if there is no deal ...
4 Jun 2018 at 12:56pm
THERESA May is not preparing for a ?Brexit Armageddon,? No 10 has insisted as it gave a cast-iron guarantee that Britain would be prepared for all eventualities, including a ?no deal? scenario, when it left the EU next March.

May tells Trump steel tariffs "unjustified and deeply disappointing"
4 Jun 2018 at 5:04pm
THERESA May has told Donald Trump that US tariffs on EU steel are "unjustified and deeply disappointing", Downing Street has said.

May attacked as MPs to consider all 15 Lords Brexit Bill defeats in one day
4 Jun 2018 at 8:06pm
THE UK Government has come under fire for its ?shameful? decision to consider all 15 amendments to the Brexit Bill, on which it was defeated in the House of Lords, in just a single day of debate in the Commons.

Javid expresses 'sympathy' to student nurse battling to stay in Scotland
4 Jun 2018 at 6:03pm
THE prospects of a student nurse, originally from Africa, staying in Scotland to fulfil his dream of a career in the NHS appear to have risen after Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, said he was ?very sympathetic? to his case.

New Zealand MP: SNP should be wary of following my country's model
4 Jun 2018 at 12:20pm
INDEPENDENCE campaigners should be wary of looking to New Zealand as an economic model to follow, one of the country?s politicians has said.

Reducing security co-operation post-Brexit would be 'wrong and reckless,' say...
4 Jun 2018 at 7:36pm
ANY unnecessary reduction in security co-operation with the European Union post-Brexit would be ?wrong and reckless,? Sajid Javid has insisted.

Analysis of SNP Growth Commission warns of rising debt
4 Jun 2018 at 6:40pm
PUBLIC spending in an independent Scotland would be relatively lower and debt higher than in the rest of the UK, under the SNP?s Growth Commission, an economist has said.

MI5 intelligence to be shared outside security services in counter-terrorism ...
4 Jun 2018 at 1:45pm
MI5 intelligence will be shared with bodies outside the security community in a drive to stop terror suspects before attack plots can crystallise, the UK Government has announced.

Grayling faces MPs' anger over continuing rail disruption
4 Jun 2018 at 1:26pm
CHRIS Grayling, the UK Transport Secretary, is due to face the wrath of MPs this afternoon as No 10 made clear the continuing train delays and cancellations faced by passengers in northern England was ?totally unacceptable?.

Sturgeon branded 'delusional' amid Growth report splits
4 Jun 2018 at 12:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has been branded borderline delusional after describing the reaction to the SNP?s Growth Commission as ?heartening?.

Labour claims SNP and Tories now in austerity alliance
4 Jun 2018 at 5:13am
RICHARD Leonard will today attempt to capitalise on Nationalist splits over the SNP Growth Commission, accusing Nicola Sturgeon of aligning with the Tories on austerity.

Corbyn urged to change Brexit stance as poll suggests most Scottish Labour vo...
4 Jun 2018 at 4:00am
JEREMY Corbyn is called on today to reconsider his pro-Brexit position after research showed that the vast majority of Labour voters in Scotland voted Remain.

MI5 and police to get faster alerts on suspicious buys under terrorism plan
4 Jun 2018 at 3:22am
MI5 and police will be alerted to suspicious purchases more quickly under the Government?s new blueprint for tackling terror.



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Paris Gourtsoyannis: Canadian voters confront their own Trump
4 Jun 2018 at 7:41pm
If the lack of voting has you craving some real-life absurdist comedy, tune in for the finale of what has to be the craziest campaign anywhere since our own unfathomable general election last year.

Growth Commission is 'second biggest mistake of Nicola Sturgeon's career'
4 Jun 2018 at 6:12pm
Nicola Sturgeon has ?panicked? and committed ?the second biggest mistake of her career? by publishing a report suggesting an independent Scotland faces a decade of belt-tightening, Willie Rennie has said.

Donald Trump: I can pardon myself if I want
4 Jun 2018 at 5:02pm
US President Donald Trump has asserted his presidential power and escalated his efforts to discredit the special counsel Russia probe, declaring he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself.

Kezia Dugdale: Independent Scotland wouldn?t be a socialist utopia
4 Jun 2018 at 3:58pm
I’m buying a flat at the moment. They say that after a death in the family, moving house is one of the most stressful experiences you can have and I’ll vouch for that.

MI5 intelligence to be shared with local councils
4 Jun 2018 at 3:16pm
MI5 intelligence will be shared with bodies outside the security community, such as councils, local police or government departments, in a drive to stop terror suspects before attack plots can crystallise.

Council accused of putting Fringe security concerns at risk ?for sake of pizz...
4 Jun 2018 at 1:23pm
Councillors have been accused of putting a licence for pizza vans ahead of security concerns as a row erupted over the management of the Royal Mile during this year’s Fringe festival.

More than 10,000 take part in pro-independence march in Dumfries
4 Jun 2018 at 12:53pm
Pro-independence campaigners have staged a march in Dumfries, weeks after a similar event in Glasgow attracted a record number of participants.

New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP
4 Jun 2018 at 9:45am
Campaigners for Scottish independence should think twice about holding up New Zealand’s economic record as an example to follow, a Kiwi MP has warned.

SNP aims to turn ?hopes for Scotland into reality? as conference looms
4 Jun 2018 at 9:33am
SNP leaders say they will seek to turn their “hopes for Scotland into a reality” with the prospect of a second independence referendum poised to dominate the party conference next week.

Ruth Davidson ?furious? about Vow during independence campaign
4 Jun 2018 at 9:08am
Ruth Davidson was against ‘The Vow’, promised to Scotland during the end of the 2014 referendum campaign but was overruled by party chiefs in London who insisted the pledge be made.

Number of homeless Scots living in hostels soars
4 Jun 2018 at 7:57am
The number of homeless households living in hostels has increased by 43% since 2010, a new report has found.

Lesley Riddoch: Doomsday report exposes Brexit vulnerability
4 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
The leaked Doomsday report underlines how vulnerable Scotland’s economy is to Brexit, writes Lesley Riddoch

Brian Monteith: Nationalism is no longer Nicola Sturgeon?s poodle
4 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Some believe indyref2 is within touching distance. But Brian Monteith argues the movement is about to crumble

Scottish Government urged to ensure army school visits are ?appropriate?
4 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
MSPs have called on the Scottish Government to ensure messages given to children by military officers on school visits are “appropriate” following concerns about pupils being encouraged to leave school and join the military.

Labour ?only anti-austerity party? after Growth Commission report
4 Jun 2018 at 6:00am
Richard Leonard will seek to capitalise on criticism of the SNP’s Growth Commission from the left, with the Scottish Labour leader saying in a speech today that independence would deliver the “austerity economics of nationalism”.

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Our man on the inside
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jun 2018 at 1:06pm
I hope you’ll forgive a personal indulgence here, folks. Especially alert readers may recall that just before the independence referendum in 2014 I came home and attended a number of events, including being smuggled into a huge, fascinating and enlightening Muslim Friends Of Labour meeting at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow just a few days ahead …

A whiff of something fishy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2018 at 1:09pm
We must admit, folks, that our initial reaction to this Scotsman headline from a couple of days ago was simply a weary sigh of “Oh FFS, here we go again”. Blaming the Scottish Government for a private company’s decision to close down its plant and make hundreds of Scottish workers redundant is just the sort of …

The turncoat
by Chris Cairns
2 Jun 2018 at 6:59am

Walking like a peasant
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2018 at 6:23pm
So this story is the front page of tonight’s Evening Times. It’s a pretty slim piece deploying a Glasgow mother to attack the SNP-run city council over a recent increase in nursery fees, and it sounds like the new higher cost might be a pretty big deal to her. “Marisa Murdoch, a TV production worker from the …

Anatomy of an embarrassment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2018 at 8:33pm
And no, we don’t even mean the FOUR spelling mistakes in this 42-word tweet. We mean the bit that we’ve highlighted above in blue. Because what Scottish Labour’s lowest-watt bulb was gloating about earlier today was that Lord Bracadale concluded there’d been no gap created in the law by the Kelly-driven abolition of the OBFA. And …

Being silenced is golden
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2018 at 11:13am
The findings of Lord Bracadale’s report into hate-crime law in Scotland were published today (tl;dr version: OBFA’s coming back), and we couldn’t help observing them in the context of an interesting Guardian article on the alt/far right yesterday. Because we’ve discovered something slightly odd about the subject. As it happened, offensive speech was another of the …

The Too Wee Club Redux
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2018 at 9:30am
Returning to a theme. (Original series here.)

The incredible sulks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2018 at 2:11pm
This is from one of the first ever articles we wrote on Wings, just a couple of weeks after the site’s launch way back in November 2011: Depressingly, some people still don’t get it. The publication of the long-awaited Growth Commission report has done what it set out to do – kicked off some modest …

The frying pan and the fire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2018 at 6:11pm
We’ll keep this one brief, because it’s a bank holiday. We asked our Panelbase poll of English voters this month who they thought – regardless of respondents’ own politics – was doing the best job of leading their party. These were the results, in descending order of perceived competence: 1. Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) Net rating: -5 (32% good, …

Ruth Davidson Lie Watch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2018 at 12:52pm
So it appears that Ruth Davidson has been lying again. And as is so often the case, the lie is easy to expose. Because as Davidson herself notes – while apparently claiming some sort of special exemption from accountability on the grounds of being four months pregnant – the man in question was filming her. And he’s released …

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Leonard: 'Give trade unions a central role in economy'
4 Jun 2018 at 12:07pm
The Scottish Labour leader sets out his alternative to the SNP's growth commission proposals.

Home Office has 'no plans for fix rooms'
4 Jun 2018 at 1:05pm
Glasgow City Council supports the creation of drug consumption rooms, but they need UK approval.

What's on at Holyrood? Gay pardon bill and hate crime debate
4 Jun 2018 at 1:04pm
A symbol of progress for gay men and updating Scotland's hate crime laws will dominate proceedings this week.

School meal smoothie ban in obesity fight
4 Jun 2018 at 11:21am
Fruit juices could also disappear from school lunch menus, while the amount of fruit and vegetables increase.

Rise of 43% in homeless households in hostels
4 Jun 2018 at 12:28am
A report commissioned by Social Bite recommends less use is made of "stigmatised" temporary accommodation.

DUP leader Arlene Foster to attend Orange parade in Fife
1 Jun 2018 at 4:31pm
Arlene Foster will be the guest speaker at the Boyne march in Cowdenbeath later this month, her party confirms.

Grenfell: Calls to waive VAT on removal repairs
3 Jun 2018 at 2:58pm
Scotland's housing minister does not want the Treasury to profit from cladding removal work.

Dumfries marchers show support for independence
2 Jun 2018 at 3:28pm
The All Under One Banner event through Dumfries is one of a series being held across the country.

Extra places on 'innovative' courses to attract more into GP careers
1 Jun 2018 at 12:09am
Three universities will share 85 places designed to attract more students into GP careers.

Scottish economy faces 'subdued' growth for years to come
31 May 2018 at 5:16pm
The Scottish Fiscal Commission forecasts slow growth in the economy, wages and productivity over coming years.

Brexit: Scottish Engineering calls for 'rapid' progress
1 Jun 2018 at 12:18am
The new head of Scottish Engineering says basic details to give firms clarity "seems no closer".

Family wants fishing boat Speedwell raised from seabed
1 Jun 2018 at 12:40am
Scott MacAlister's parents say the wreck may shed new light on the fatal sinking off Argyll in 2013.

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This barefaced hypocrisy from Ruth Davidson cannot be allowed to stand. Not ...
by James Kelly
31 May 2018 at 3:42pm
I've always thought that equal marriage and abortion law in Northern Ireland are the ultimate tests of how committed you really are to devolution.  You may think you believe that any Westminster in...

Earl of Dumbarton ROCKED by new SHOCK poll that suggests monarchy could be DO...
by James Kelly
21 May 2018 at 3:30pm
There's a new poll out today that has a bit of something for everyone - republican-minded Yessers are delighted that it shows only a minority of the Scottish public are in favour of retaining the m...

Twitter poll suggests a virtual three-way tie in the SNP depute leadership co...
by James Kelly
20 May 2018 at 5:01pm
Just out of curiosity, I decided to run a poll on Twitter yesterday to see how people were planning to vote in the SNP depute leadership election (or how they had already voted).  I genuinely had n...

The case for Chris McEleny
by James Kelly
18 May 2018 at 5:19pm
As you probably know, voting is now open in the SNP depute leadership election, and if you're part of the 2%+ of the entire population of Scotland that are members of the SNP, you have until 8th Ju...

Is Sarah Smith auditioning (again) to become Scottish Tory press officer?
by James Kelly
15 May 2018 at 6:31pm
As you probably know by now, the Scottish Parliament voted at 5pm today to deny legislative consent for Westminster's EU Withdrawal Bill, and did so by a thumping 93 to 30 margin.  It would be an u...

Have the Sunday Herald built bridges after last week's misjudgements? (Spoil...
by James Kelly
13 May 2018 at 6:10am
You might remember a while back that CommonSpace took a brief financial hit after running an attack piece about Wings Over Scotland that had a particularly ill-judged and highly provocative headlin...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
12 May 2018 at 5:43pm
So I got a slightly patchier 7 out of 10 qualifiers right on Thursday.  The three I didn't pick out were the Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia.  Country music isn't really my thing (as I discovered ...

How does the SNP's near-total exclusion from BBC Question Time compare to the...
by James Kelly
11 May 2018 at 6:54pm
There's an indisputable fact of political arithmetic that our broadcasters need to be urgently reacquainted with.  The SNP are not only the third largest party in the elected chamber of the UK Parl...

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Restored ROC Post - Skelmorlie
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4 Jun 2018 at 7:53pm
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I was Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig on Saturday.
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4 Jun 2018 at 7:16pm
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New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP
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4 Jun 2018 at 7:09pm
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Leonard: 'Put unions at heart of economy'
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4 Jun 2018 at 6:17pm
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Amidst all the World Cup Friendlies, it's time Scots started on their own Wor...
by /u/throughthisironsky
4 Jun 2018 at 4:49pm
So with that in mind, here's a selection to kick us off, feel free to contribute. ? David Blaine is reportedly furious after England crashed out of the World Cup ? his record of doing absolutely no...

Nick Eardley on Twitter | Withdrawal Bill back in Commons next Tuesday... so ...
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4 Jun 2018 at 4:23pm
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Dirty nappy among missiles launched at road workers
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4 Jun 2018 at 3:56pm
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Bracklinn Falls at Callandar, during those intense thunderstorms. I held the ...
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4 Jun 2018 at 3:01pm
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Boy aged 10 faces deportation after being orphaned. A 10-year-old boy who has...
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4 Jun 2018 at 2:51pm
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Union warns of new Brexit threat to shipbuilding. Being locked out of a new E...
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Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds? cries
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John Kay is wrong: currency is very definitely tied to nationality. It takes ...
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4 Jun 2018 at 10:26am
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Kevin McKenna exposing all the wit and humility that makes him a world class ...
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4 Jun 2018 at 9:21am
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Plan to reopen airport on Skye nears takeoff
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4 Jun 2018 at 8:29am
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Donald Trump claims he has right to pardon himself if found guilty of wrongdoing
by dailyrecord
4 Jun 2018 at 5:50pm
The US President asserted his presidential power as he slammed the "witch hunt" against him over his links to Russia.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard predicts snap election and constitutio...
by Laura Paterson
4 Jun 2018 at 5:15pm
Speaking in Glasgow he said the final deal negotiated by the Tories will "almost certainly be voted down in parliament."

Ruth Davidson reveals she was 'f***ing furious' at The Vow during SNP's Yes c...
by Kathleen Speirs
4 Jun 2018 at 12:25pm
The Vow was put to Scottish voters two days before the independence referendum in 2014.

Food banks, rape clause, sterilisation, deportation.. The truth about Ruth Da...
by dailyrecord
4 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist insists that when it comes to progressive policies, cynical Tories talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.

Donald Trump's reckless trade policies could hit Scotch whisky industry hard
by Record View
2 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
Scottish steel and whisky exports are at risk in America's trade war with the EU, says Record View.

SNP warns Scottish whisky industry could be hit by Donald Trump's trade war
by David Clegg
2 Jun 2018 at 4:30am
The EU has imposed tariffs on US bourbon to spark fears Trump will target Scotch whisky.

Sturgeon defends blueprint for Indy ref despite fears over years of austerity
by Andy Philip
31 May 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP-commissioned blueprint for independence recommended public spending cuts to reduce the deficit.

Theresa May too busy listening to 'mad Brexiteers' instead of the UK?s best i...
by Andy Philip
29 May 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister criticised Tories, including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg, after meeting with EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels yesterday.

'Independent Scotland will keep the pound' First Minister Nicola Sturgeon say...
by Alastair Macdonald
28 May 2018 at 11:24am
The First Minister saw 'absolutely nothing' stopping the country keeping the pound and said joining the EU currency is not a requirement for membership.

A paralysing Brexit and callous Tory Government won't bring us Scots down
by dailyrecord
28 May 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says that while Brexit is getting "scarier by the day" people in Scotland have the chance to build a brighter future.

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

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

Bella Caledonia

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Defending Leith
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jun 2018 at 4:06pm
Queen Victoria sits to the side, shifted some years ago from her central spot gazing up to the city. She was moved to accommodate the arrival of a metallic cone, a ?whale?s tusk?, emblazed with New Kirkgate on it, a fitting upgrade taking the foot of Leith Walk into the 21st century. Sadly, the whale?s tusk …

Murray Bookchin: the May-June 68 Events in France
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jun 2018 at 10:25am
Murray Bookchin’s classic short essay on France 1968 which would “shake the foundations of bourgeois society in France”, it raised issues and posed solutions of unprecedented importance for modern industrial society. Lately I have been focusing on recent events in France ? the conclusion to the Tarnac trial and the police attack on the ZAD autonomous zone near Nantes. …

Afrîn and Manbij ? a Tale of Two Cities
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jun 2018 at 9:01pm
Earlier this year, the world learnt briefly about a place called Afrîn. There was even a discussion in the House of Commons, though with no motion and no vote. And the BBC was forced to interrupt its coverage of the fight between Assad?s government forces and militant Islamists in Eastern Ghouta to take note of …

Deferring to Old Masters
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jun 2018 at 6:18pm
Scotland is a nation full of contradictions. The Growth Commission report acknowledges some of them. The line: ?Scotland is a wealthy nation, with 1 in 4 children living in poverty? exposes our national paradoxes. But Scotland?s fault lines don?t just manifest socially, they mark our political landscape too. And these are undoubtedly exposed in the …

Beyond the normal: why the technocrats won?t set you free
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jun 2018 at 5:30pm
?Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on? is an odd rallying cry for a national movement. It is not a ?free or a desert? demand to cast off oppression, and it doesn?t contain anything of the claims to blood-right and purer heritage that have coloured the character of nationalisms the world over. It certainly …

The Full English
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jun 2018 at 12:02pm
Food, or the lack of it, is emerging as a key issue in the ongoing Brexit omnishambles. Imagine being so immersed in a fantasy that you would carry out a policy that undermine your own ability to feed yourselves? The Sunday Times maps out a scenario being written up by civil servants: ?A source said: …

Faroe Islands ? the Connected Nation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2018 at 9:20am
A Phantom Power production with Lesley Riddoch – the first in a series of films looking at the sense of possibility drawn from the example of Scotland’s Northern neighbours. “The Faroese community connects in all kinds of ways – through tunnels that join the separate islands, by air to the rest of the world with …

No Breathing Space ? V&A, Artwashing and the Theft of Robin Hood Gardens
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2018 at 12:01am
Stephen Pritchard unpicks the poverty porn and artwashing of the V&A’s theft of Robin Hood Gardens.  The V&A claims to be ?the world?s leading museum of art and design?. Its mission is ?to enrich people?s lives?. As a ?non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport?, it is part of the UK …

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Arlene Foster to lead Orange Order parade in Scotland
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jun 2018 at 10:51am
DUP leader criticised for ?unprecedented? decision to attend Boyne march in FifeThe leader of the Democratic Unionist party, Arlene Foster, has been warned to be sensitive to Scottish politics after it emerged that she will lead an Orange Order parade in Fife at the end of June.Robert McLean, the...

Scottish government faces £1.7bn shortfall in public finances
by Libby Brooks
31 May 2018 at 6:57pm
Scottish Fiscal Commission predicts economic growth will lag behind UK?s over the next five yearsThe Scottish government is facing a £1.7bn shortfall in public finances over the next five years, according to its own independent economic forecaster.The Scottish Fiscal Commission predicts that redu...

The answer to the menopause taboo? Start with a cafe | Libby Brookes
by Libby Brooks
31 May 2018 at 6:00am
In a bid to destroy stigma, women across Scotland have been galvanised to openly discuss symptoms and supportFor those who still think that the menopause is the punchline to a joke (albeit told by someone who has never experienced a night sweat), the advent of a men-only menopause awareness sessi...

Voters getting more pessimistic about Brexit impact on economy and UK general...
by Andrew Sparrow
30 May 2018 at 4:51pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenVoters have become more negative about Brexit, poll suggestsAfternoon summary 4.23pm BST The uninterrupted flow of goods is essential to both the EU and UK economies. This must be frictionless as with a customs union. We need clar...

STV is making a profit. So why take the axe to its excellent current affairs ...
by Kevin McKenna
27 May 2018 at 6:54am
The new CEO, Simon Pitts, has announced that 59 jobs are to go, most of them in news ? and all of the STV2 channelScotland was treated to a rare but timely reminder last week of how industrial relations were conducted in the Victorian era. Perhaps we have become so accustomed to the benefits of w...

SNP's economic plan for independence means 'decade of austerity', says Scotti...
by Andrew Sparrow
25 May 2018 at 3:42pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 3.42pm BST 3.42pm BST Here is some more reaction to the SNP?s sustainable growth commission report.From the Scottish Liberal Democrats.@willie_rennieresponds to the #GrowthCommission: "Scotland should not jump f...

SNP says Scotland should delay launching own currency
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 May 2018 at 12:06pm
Sustainable growth report warns an independent Scotland would need ?robust? spending controlsAn independent Scotland would need to cut spending, delay launching its own currency and offer tax cuts for migrants, a long-awaited Scottish National party report has said.The sustainable growth commissi...

Being excluded from EU Galileo satellite system creates 'irreparable security...
by Andrew Sparrow
24 May 2018 at 4:17pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 4.17pm BST 4.05pm BST Ipsos MORI has released some polling today.Half think #Brexit is working out as expected while 4 in 10 think it is worse; confidence in the PM to get a good Brexit deal remains low: new @st...

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You can?t buy this
A guest post by Samuel Miller Been quite the weekend on the news front readers, but we’ll get to that real news in a moment. Also? Briefly on another tangent entirely and very much in the vein of WHO KNEW? Apparently there’s been a government leak which sez a no deal Brexit will be very, …

Adéu Mariano Rajoy, Catalonia won?t miss you
So it’s adéu Mariano Rajoy. Catalonia, and the rest of Spain for that matter, won’t miss you. The Spanish Prime Minister, whose sole political talent is to make Theresa May seem like she’s listening, has lost a vote of no-confidence in the Cortes, the Spanish parliament. The vote came after the conclusion of a long …

We need to learn from Catalonia. Catalonia provides an inspiration to Scotland, but it also provides a warning. Catalonia gives us a warning about what happens when an independence movement falls prey to infighting and internal divisions and doesn’t keep its eye focussed on the main prize, the prize of the better country that can …

Nation : Faroe Islands, the connected nation
Here’s the first episode of the new series I’ve made with Al of Phantom Power about the Faroes – one of Scotland’s successful and inspiring wee European neighbours. I hope you enjoy it. If you do please share it – especially to friends and family. We are hoping to make another 4-5 films about other …

We all own this movement
Not everyone in the independence movement is thrilled by the Scottish Government’s Growth Commission report. Mildly left of centre and fiscally timid party produces mildly left of centre and fiscally timid economic report, shock horror. Imagine that eh, the SNP hasn’t come up with an economic plan that adopts all the measures favoured by the …

An open letter to Ruth Davidson
Dear Ruth, You’re very fond of addressing the nation from the pulpit of the national press, but you’re not so good at responding to questions from your constituents, and you run and hide whenever you’re faced with something that can’t be answered with “Scotland doesn’t want another referendum.” Your myth is the biggest myth to …

The choice of challenges
As was entirely predictable, opponents of independence have spent the past couple of days frothing at the mouth. And as was equally predictable, not one of them have proposed any plans of their own for boosting Scotland’s economy within the UK. For a bunch of people who are very keen on telling Nichola Sturgeon that …

Not asking permission
I’m trying to get a whole load of Gaelic maps parcelled up, labelled, and posted off. So there’s a lot to do today. However like a lot of independence supporters, I’m also trying to get through the 354 pages of the Sustainable Growth Commission report which was published today – to the predictable harrumphery of …

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Andrew Wilson interview part II: Brexit, Salmond and indyref2
Andrew Wilson?s Growth Report has been praised by some, criticised by others, but few would deny that it has reinvigorated the independence debate. In part two of his first major newspaper interview since it was published, he talks to Kathleen Nutt about Brexit, Salmond and indyref2.

Spain's new government urged to clean up Mariano Rajoy?s mess
SPAIN?s new government will be judged by the freedom of Catalonia?s political prisoners and the return of its exiles, according to Catalonia?s new foreign minister.

Thousands rally for indy through former No town
TURNOUT for the independence march in Dumfries on Saturday hugely exceeded expectations with 10,000 people taking to the streets in glorious weather.

Leonard to make audacious pitch to disheartened Yes voters
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard will today make an audacious pitch to Yes voters disheartened by the SNP?s Growth Commission.

MSPs urge SNP to tighten rules on MoD school visits
THE Ministry of Defence should reveal details of school visits, MSPs say ? and child wellbeing checks should be carried out before they take place.

Scottish schoolboy?s life at risk if deported, minister says
DEPORTING a 10-year-old orphan from Scotland to Georgia would put his life at risk, according to the minister leading the campaign to keep him in Glasgow.

Jeremy Thorpe scandal resurfaces as suspect is tracked down alive
POLICE have said they intend to interview a key suspect in the Jeremy Thorpe scandal after it was revealed he may be alive and living under an assumed name.

Number of homeless people in hostels shoots up 40% in seven years
MORE than 10,000 homeless Scots stay in hostels, B&Bs and other temporary accommodation each night after a rise the use of impermanent addresses, it is claimed.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Energy Production ? Scots Are Getting Ripped Off By Westminster and it will G...
      Scottish Electricity Generation – The Black Start Scotlands increasing reliance on renewable electricty generation places the Scottish grid at risk of “blackout” in the event of a prolonged period of calm conditions. The risk is partially reduced by the output from the Peterhead gas power station (0.55GW) which is capable of sustaining … Continue reading "Energy Production – Scots Are Get...

Better Together ?Bash Street Kids? Team Resurface 3 Years After the 2014 Scot...
      Policy Exchange   Better Together “Bash Street Kids” Team Resurface and Cause Mischief 3 Years After the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum On 22 May 2018 “Policy Exchange” hosted a major conference in London considering the future of the United Kingdom. Keynote speeches were delivered by: Ruth Davidson, Michael Gove, Arlene Foster, Brandon … Continue reading "Better Together “Bash Str...

Scottish Secretary of State ? David Mundell MP ? Clueless Bunch of No-Hoper -...
            March 2007: Tory MSPs Are Clueless No-Hopers – According to Conservative MP David Mundell. Murdo Fraser MSP had raised the spectre of a split from Westminster control so that the Party in Scotland would be able to decide upon policy. Countering the Fraser challenge Mundell delivered a damning statement … Continue reading "Scottish Secretary of State – David Mundell MP – Clueless Bun...

Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland Conspiracy Pact...
        BBC – Labour Party Bias ? Not Us!!! In denying the Scottish public their right to active promotion, through broadcasting of cultural diversity with other parts of the United Kingdom the UK government and its centrally controlled BBC is in breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of … Continue reading "Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland C...

Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to Trust the Westminster G...
          The Application of Laws in England and Scotland before 1707 The principles of Roman Law, a system of ‘rights’ and ‘obligations’ prevalent in European countries was used to develop Scots law over many hundreds of years before 1707. Whilst, in England, lawmaking evolved by writing “Common Law” into statute, using … Continue reading "Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to ...

1820 Scottish Rising ? Scots Betrayed Yet Again By Unionist Spies Acting for ...
        The 1820 Scottish Uprising James Wilson, Andrew Hardie & John Baird (all weavers) were accused by the Crown of being leaders of the ?1820 Rising?, a group of Scots campaigning for universal male suffrage, better working conditions and a Scottish parliament. They, together with 19 others, mostly weavers: Thomas M?Culloch, Benjamin … Continue reading "1820 Scottish Rising – Scots Betrayed...

The BBC is the Most Powerful Government Mouthpiece in the World and Its Biase...
        1 May 2018: BBC Bias is Well Capable of Swinging an Election or Referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news could potentially have significant effects on election/referendum results. In 2017, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat, economists from the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? … Continue reading "The BBC is the Most Powerful Gove...

Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government Attacking Proposals For Safe Dr...
          Drug-Control Policies in Britain The late Prof Geoffrey Pearson was an eminent and highly respected Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young. In his journal, The New Heroin Users (1987) he gave a voice to users and addicts, confounding many stereotypes concerning this demonised group, who were … Continue reading "Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government ...

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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

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind
Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 13th 2018 Scotland and the UK feel in hiatus and stasis – awaiting the unfurling and unraveling of Brexit. Some people are marching. Last Saturday?s gathering was significant given the lack of SNP and Scottish …

The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia
The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 9th 2018 Nostalgia is everywhere. The past seems all around us ? alive, noisy, ever-present, and more relevant and dynamic than the voices of today and the concerns of tomorrow. Take a couple of examples. The British Labour …

Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life
Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 2nd 2018 How many times do you hear people say that these are ?grim times?? It has become commonplace ? but a bit of perspective and history is needed. These aren?t after all as grim times …

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comSturgeon tweets Growth Commission defence  BBC News'You only want another referendum because you lost the last one': Tory MP slams Sturgeon's latest Scottish ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Scotland builds its economic muscle to fight again for independence
Scotland builds its economic muscle to fight again for independence  Financial TimesGrowth Commission shows independence can end austerity for good  The NationalAs Ireland embraces the future, Scottish Nationalists merely embrace the (flawed) present  Open DemocracyFull coverage

Nationalist agitator faces expulsion from Scottish Resistance after quitting ...
Nationalist agitator faces expulsion from Scottish Resistance after quitting independence movement  HeraldScotlandBrian Monteith: Nationalism is no longer Nicola Sturgeon's poodle  The ScotsmanAuthor of new independence blueprint says the last one failed to convince voters  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Dumfries marchers show support for independence
Dumfries marchers show support for independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Thousands march for Scottish independence in Dumfries
Thousands march for Scottish independence in Dumfries  ITV NewsFull coverage

Sean Clerkin suspended from Scottish Resistance
Sean Clerkin suspended from Scottish Resistance  The ScotsmanFull coverage

New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP
New Zealand model may not be right for Scotland, warns Kiwi MP  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scottish independence report calls for oil and gas fund
Scottish independence report calls for oil and gas fund  Upstream OnlineFull coverage


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SNP aims to turn 'hopes for Scotland into reality' as conference looms
SNP aims to turn 'hopes for Scotland into reality' as conference looms  The ScotsmanNew Zealand MP: SNP should be wary of following my country's model  HeraldScotlandAlex Massie: Will the SNP turn left or muddle on?  The TimesFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comSNP under fire as devolved tax receipts hit by £1.7bn downgrade  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon criticised on 'Trump-like' defence of SNP report  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP urged to back campaign to axe abortion law that criminalises women
SNP urged to back campaign to axe abortion law that criminalises women  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP changes tack on economic case for independence
SNP changes tack on economic case for independence  Financial TimesSNP currency proposals 'disastrous' for an independent Scotland's economy papers: Split views on SNP economics and car crash killer  BBC NewsFull coverage

Ruth Davidson reveals she was 'f***ing furious' at The Vow during SNP's Yes c...
Ruth Davidson reveals she was 'fing furious' at The Vow during SNP's Yes campaign  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP Westminster group was "split" on plan to regulate the press
SNP Westminster group was "split" on plan to regulate the press  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP slams 'extortionate' 148 per cent increase in immigration fees since 2014
SNP slams 'extortionate' 148 per cent increase in immigration fees since 2014  CommonSpaceFull coverage

No significant donations for SNP at start of 2018
No significant donations for SNP at start of 2018  The ScotsmanSNP hit by first donations drought in 12 years  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland builds its economic muscle to fight again for independence
Scotland builds its economic muscle to fight again for independence  Financial TimesFull coverage

SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence
SNP report outlines new prospectus for Scottish independence  Aljazeera.comDO YOUR JOB! Sturgeon accused of putting independence dream ahead of governing Scotland Sturgeon accused of appeasing 'independence army' at Scotland's expense  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ruth Davidson 'furious' about Vow during independence campaign
Ruth Davidson 'furious' about Vow during independence campaign  The ScotsmanRuth Davidson hated 'the Vow' made before 2014's referendum, new book claims  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence
Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence  Novinite.comScotland will consider independence vote after Brexit clarity, says Sturgeon  POLITICO.euNicola Sturgeon says she will 'restart' debate on Scottish independence in coming weeks  The IndependentIain Macwhirter on Nicola Sturgeon, Indyref2 and Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

English Scots for Yes condemn Oliver Mundell's indy march comments
English Scots for Yes condemn Oliver Mundell's indy march comments  The NationalFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon's new arguments for Scottish independence sound as bad as tho...
Nicola Sturgeon's new arguments for Scottish independence sound as bad as those for Brexit  The IndependentFull coverage

SNP changes tack on economic case for independence
SNP changes tack on economic case for independence  Financial TimesScotland should keep pound for transition period after independence - report  Reuters'Do your day job!' Nicole Sturgeon under fire over Scottish independence 'obsession' Contempt for our EU vote demands a new independence ballot  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote
Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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

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!

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

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

Votes for prisoners
Surely not. If they try and force this through then it is a BIG mistake.

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 ...

The TSB scandal
A massive story which still really hasn't peaked or hit the headlines yet. Their IT switchover last month left millions unable to log on or do any internet banking, for about 4 weeks , this of course has left to great distress and fuckoffedness , with people not knowing what's been paid and w...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

I though this deserved a thread of it's own as there is no way the Colonial media in Scotland will give it the coverage it warrants

Happy Royal Wedding Day Fellow Plebs

Kev Umnio
Still can?t believe you spent an entire evening in Mexico trying to convince me that Ruth Davidson was worth a poke. 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

James Tavernier
What an evil bastard. God forbid he gets a tattoo on his leg though

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

Holyrood Magazine


Kirsty, the Holyrood baby, turns two: childcare choices

Third round of Scottish Government CivTech challenges launched

Associate feature: Taking action for a sustainable future

Theresa May expected to lift visa cap on non-EU doctors

Shona Robison: change in the NHS takes longer than I would like, but it?s hap...

The NHS is at a milestone and must embrace realistic medicine

UK to negotiate keeping current trade deals with non-EU countries weeks befor...

Scottish Government to fund research into barriers to children being heard in...

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FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

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…