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Scotland will become an independent country after shock Brexit result, Alex S...
27 Jun 2016 at 7:50pm
SCOTLAND will become an independent country as a result of the shock Brexit result, Alex Salmond has predicted.

Prime Minister David Cameron warns leaving the EU is an 'irreversible decision'
20 Jun 2016 at 12:09am
LEAVING the EU is an 'irreversible decision' that would do lasting damage to the UK economy, David Cameron has warned.

Brexitstential angst: interview with Aberdonian Vote Leave campaigner Michael...
20 Jun 2016 at 9:31am
WHERE better to rendezvous with Michael Gove than on his home turf of Aberdeen? It is the last but one Sunday before the referendum which will decide whether we opt to stay in the European Union or bid auf wiedersehen, au revoir and ? why not! ? arrivederci to ?dictatorial Brussels? (copyright the Sun) and its faceless, numberless, self-serving, over-paid, multi-lingual fat cats. As time drifts by and D-Day looms, things are turning ever nastier, ever more vindictive. The latest Brexit-supporting broadside has been issued by actor John Cleese, ?a prominent Liberal Democrat supporter? (copyright the Daily Express), who says that in order to reform the EU we should ?hang? Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Which, if nothing else, confirms that Basil Fawlty was probably based on personal experience.

In with the Out crowd: on the streets with Ukip's David Coburn
18 Jun 2016 at 12:19am
?Make sure you don?t make me look like Margaret Rutherford,? hoots David Coburn as our photographer starts clicking away. I can see what he means. Ukip?s jowly Scottish spokesman is wearing a full-length tweed coat with matching bunnet, set off by a bawdy yellow and purple scarf ? party colours ? and matching rosette. I must say, I?m more reminded of Toad of Toad Hall than Ealing-era cinema?s battle-axe-in-chief, but there you go.

How Brexit could provoke a crisis for the UK, even without a second independe...
17 Jun 2016 at 7:23am
NEXT week's EU referendum is not about Scottish independence, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been at pains to point out this week.

Ministers planning for all EU poll eventualities, MSPs told
16 Jun 2016 at 3:04pm
The Scottish Government is carrying out "appropriate planning" to prepare for the economic shock that a vote to leave the European Union (EU) would cause, the First Minister has said.

How Brexit could open up new constituency of support for independence among m...
16 Jun 2016 at 3:37pm
In September 2014, Scots voted by a clear majority to remain within the United Kingdom. Less than two years on, might a vote for the UK to leave the European Union trigger a second independence referendum and the potential break-up of the UK?

Ministers hail 'productive' talks over transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood
16 Jun 2016 at 3:07pm
Scottish and UK government ministers have held "very productive" talks over the transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood.

Mark Millar: Scotland needs to get out of Europe while it still can
15 Jun 2016 at 10:50am
Mark Millar has said that Scots 'needs to get out of Europe' while they still can as he backed Brexit.

Watch: Zippos circus returns to Glasgow
15 Jun 2016 at 2:22pm
Acrobat Boris Borissov displayed his remarkable horsemanship as Zippos Circus began its latest run in Glasgow.

Scotland meets climate change targets for first time
14 Jun 2016 at 2:01pm
Scotland has met its annual climate-change target for the first time, the latest greenhouse gas emission figures show.

SNP accuse Michael Gove of 'nonsense' over immigration
14 Jun 2016 at 7:16am
NICOLA Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have clashed angrily with Michael Gove after the leading Leave campaigner claimed Holyrood would gain new powers over immigration if Britain left the EU.

SNP fail to meet socially-rented housing manifesto target
14 Jun 2016 at 1:54pm
The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year, official figures show.

As Others See Us: the world wakes up to the "spectre" of post-Brexit Scottish...
10 Jun 2016 at 3:53pm
German news magazine Der Spiegel is all red, white and true British blue this week. "Please don't go," its splash headline reads in English against a Union flag backdrop. "Bitte geht nicht," it repeats in its own language.

MPs voice BBC independence fears amid shake-up
8 Jun 2016 at 10:16am
THE SNP voiced concern at the scope of the broadcaster's shake-up being pushed through by ministers.

 

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Lesley Riddoch: Can SNP save the UK from Brexit?
3 Jul 2016 at 10:51pm
Could an alliance with a post-Corbyn Labour Party on a ‘Rejoin Europe’ ticket deliver the goods in the event of an autumn general election? asks Lesley Riddoch

Brian Monteith: Andrea Leadsom offers Tories a fresh start
3 Jul 2016 at 9:52pm
She didn’t sit on her hands (like May). She’s not divisive (like Gove). And she would win over lost voters, says Brian Monteith

Trump is a feminist who has lived gender equality, says daughter
3 Jul 2016 at 2:43pm
US presidential candidate Donald Trump is a feminist who has “lived” gender equality, his daughter has said.

Second Indyref should not be blocked, says Ruth Davidson
3 Jul 2016 at 2:14pm
THE UK Government should not block a potential second Scottish independence referendum, Ruth Davidson has said, although she would argue against holding one.

Plaid Cymru vow to hold the Leave campaign to account
3 Jul 2016 at 12:18pm
PLAID Cymru have vowed to “leave no stone unturned” in holding the Leave campaign to account on their referendum promises.

Sturgeon seeks guarantees on rights of EU nationals in Scotland
3 Jul 2016 at 11:53am
NICOLA Sturgeon has called for “immediate guarantees” on the residency status and rights of European Union nationals living in Scotland.

Angus Robertson confirms he will run for SNP deputy leadership
3 Jul 2016 at 11:33am
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has confirmed he will run for the party’s deputy leadership.

Jimmy Buchan: Embrace Brexit for the sake of fishing industry
3 Jul 2016 at 9:44am
It’s time for a change and the UK is leading the way, writes Jimmy Buchan

Scotland set to lose £200m a year in funding after UK leaves EU
2 Jul 2016 at 11:54pm
SCOTLAND faces losing more than £200 million a year if the country’s threatened EU exit pulls the plug on European funding.

Dani Garavelli: Unholy mess will make next vote much easier
2 Jul 2016 at 11:54pm
THE only source of consolation in these dark days is the prospect of another chance to cut our ties with Westminster’s ship of fools, writes Dani Garavelli

Leader: Don?t Leave rural communities without a lifeline
2 Jul 2016 at 11:52pm
THE impact of the referendum vote to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union continues to reverberate, ten days after the historic verdict shook the country’s political and economic foundations.

Leadership fight puts fortunes of Scots Tories on a knife edge
2 Jul 2016 at 11:41pm
CONSERVATIVES MSPs were relieved to see the back of Boris, but they find other candidates in the race to succeed David Cameron equally scary, writes Euan McColm

Euan McColm: Labour meltdown couldn?t have happened to a nicer man
2 Jul 2016 at 11:31pm
THE decency of Jeremy Corbyn is a canard that encourages blind loyalty and enables him to crush those who want to rescue his party from oblivion, writes Euan McColm

Separatist fears make indyref 2 the best bet for EU future
2 Jul 2016 at 11:27pm
DESPITE warm words for Sturgeon’s Brussels mission the chances of keeping close ties from within the UK are slim.

How should investors weather the Brexit storm?
2 Jul 2016 at 11:14pm
Investors have been piling into safe havens in recent days in response to the volatility that followed the EU referendum.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Toga party
by Chris Cairns
2 Jul 2016 at 6:55am

All things are relative
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jun 2016 at 1:33pm
Of the UK’s potential next Prime Ministers, Theresa May is the nice one. We’ll just leave you to ponder that for a bit.

The new national anthem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jun 2016 at 12:44pm
Boris Johnson is NOT standing for Prime Minister. Sup up your beer and collect your fags There’s a row going on down near Slough Get out your mat and pray to the West I’ll get out mine and pray for myself Thought you were smart when you took them on But you didn’t take a …

The suicide squad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jun 2016 at 12:29pm
The UK is currently a non-functioning democracy. The Prime Minister has handed in his notice and has no nominated successor. The leader of the Opposition has just been served with a vote of no confidence by 80% of his own MPs. Parliamentarians are openly discussing overturning the result of a democratic referendum. People are pretending …

The bookies are never wrong
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2016 at 6:21pm
We’re currently trying to write an article summarising the state of UK politics, but our brains keep exploding two sentences in. So in the meantime we thought we’d share this just-released image from YouGov with you, for the benefit of anyone dim enough to ever put any stock by bookmakers’ odds as predictors of the …

Song For Today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2016 at 12:00pm
We’ve been watching the news all morning, and there’s only one sane response.

Notes from the madhouse
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2016 at 11:39am
The people (of England) have spoken, and their elected representatives are freaking out all over the shop. Several senior Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have openly called for the result of a democratic referendum to be overturned by Parliament against the wishes of voters. The Prime Minister has quit, the Chancellor is expected to follow …

A blast from the past
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2016 at 11:06pm
We were startled to see an old face make a bit of a comeback to the Scottish political scene this evening, when BBC Scotland dug up the former “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall to urge Scots not to do anything hasty in the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote. And it led us, by …

Getting ourselves together
by Eric Joyce
25 Jun 2016 at 1:34pm
So it?s all over for the United Kingdom. Scotland (overwhelmingly) and Northern Ireland (less so) have voted to stay in Europe while England (decisively) and Wales (narrowly) have voted to leave. Northern Ireland has its own choices to make, but Scotland must now hold a second referendum. The Scottish Government said before the referendum that …

Lions and children first
by Chris Cairns
25 Jun 2016 at 8:26am

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Ruth Davidson: Independence questions 'utterly different'
3 Jul 2016 at 5:04pm
A possible second independence referendum should not be blocked but would raise "utterly different" concerns, the Scottish Conservative leader says.


Nicola Sturgeon seeks guarantees on rights of EU nationals
3 Jul 2016 at 5:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon calls for "immediate guarantees" on the residency status and rights of European Union nationals living in Scotland.


Angus Robertson to stand for SNP deputy leader role
3 Jul 2016 at 10:12am
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has confirmed he is standing for the party's deputy leadership.


Queen urges calm in 'challenging world'
2 Jul 2016 at 1:16pm
The Queen speaks of the difficulty of "staying calm and collected" in an "increasingly challenging world" as she opens the Scottish Parliament.


English MP Dave Anderson is shadow Scottish Secretary
1 Jul 2016 at 6:15pm
Labour MP Dave Anderson is to be the party's new shadow Scottish Secretary, a senior source tells BBC Scotland.


Gove: Brexit vote raises 'profound questions' for Scotland
1 Jul 2016 at 1:59pm
Michael Gove says the Brexit vote raises "profound questions" for Scotland, but that he does not think there will be a second independence referendum.


Brexit: Holyrood leaders use FMQs to turn on Tories over EU vote
30 Jun 2016 at 2:21pm
Scotland's First Minister and three opposition leaders turn on the Conservatives following a UK-wide vote to leave the European Union.


Scottish fishing industry 'wants out of EU'
1 Jul 2016 at 12:47pm
The fishing industry wants out of the EU in the face of Scottish government efforts to keep the country in, ministers are being told.


Brexit: Scottish independence 'simplest EU option'
30 Jun 2016 at 1:47pm
Independence would be the "simplest and most obvious way" for Scotland to remain in the EU, a Holyrood committee has heard.


Conservative leadership race: Scottish Secretary Mundell to back May
30 Jun 2016 at 12:02pm
Scottish Secretary David Mundell says he is ready to back Theresa May in the Conservative Party leadership race.


EU students free tuition to continue this year
1 Jul 2016 at 4:35pm
Free tuition will continue for EU students who are enrolled or preparing to study in Scotland this year


In pictures
2 Jul 2016 at 2:09pm
A selection of pictures as the Queen opens the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
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Fears ease that unionist MPs will require more than one taxi as palpably plea...
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2016 at 7:04pm
One of the many, many peculiar things about the impact of the EU referendum result is that it's short-circuited a subtle change in the narrative of Scottish party politics that we had all been comi...

How Scotland voted in the EU referendum, according to Adam "IT'S THE LAW!!!!!...
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2016 at 7:04pm
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?Remain a member of the European Union : 1,661,191 votes (62%)Leave the European Union : 1,018,322 votes (...

Labour coup attempt : have we just seen the most ludicrous misrepresentation ...
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2016 at 5:05pm
There's a new YouGov poll of Labour members which contains relatively good news for Jeremy Corbyn, even if it suggests he's no longer as wildly popular as he was last summer.  It shows that he has ...

Will Michael Gove's Scottish accent count for anything?
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2016 at 6:42pm
It's only a week since the betting markets (or rather the notion that they are some sort of predictive God) faced their Waterloo, but it looks to me like it could easily happen all over again.  As ...

Dramatic Survation online poll confirms the telephone findings : there is now...
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2016 at 12:56pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (Survation, online, 24th-28th June)Yes 53% (+5)No 47% (-5)As this is an online poll, the percentage changes above are measured from the last directly comp...

What will Project Fear look like in Indyref 2?
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2016 at 7:21pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, entitled 'After Brexit, London can no longer scare Scotland into remaining in the union'.  You can r...

Decisive majority for independence in sensational post-referendum Survation poll
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2016 at 11:45pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (Survation)Yes 54% (+6)No 46% (-6)The percentage changes are from a Survation poll in April, which as far as I can see is the last time the firm polled on...

Earth to Planet Boris, Earth to Planet Boris : There was a majority in favour...
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2016 at 11:45pm
In perhaps the most bizarre statement of his political career to date (and that's quite an effort), Boris Johnson is saying that he "does not detect any real appetite" for a second independence ref...

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Top Gear S23E06 - 10:30 A894/NC500 in a Mustang
by /u/abz_eng
3 Jul 2016 at 11:12pm
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If Scotland gets independent and joins the EU, can Michael Gove still be an e...
by /u/the_phet
3 Jul 2016 at 10:30pm
Gove is born in Edinburgh. He is a British citizen. If Scotland gets independent we can assume he would be an Scottish citizen. He can later on apply for the English citizenship, but there will pro...

Nicola Sturgeon's EU membership discussed by Spanish Commentators (Subtitles)
by /u/Malthus0
3 Jul 2016 at 10:03pm
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RIP Iceland, the Vikings fought hard against the Gauls
by /u/AranACC
3 Jul 2016 at 9:48pm
For a brief moment you gave us hope, but it won't be forgotten! submitted by /u/AranACC

In 2014 I voted against independence? Brexit has changed my mind
by /u/autonomyscotland
3 Jul 2016 at 9:20pm
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Lads we're getting a fucking humping in the football right now :-(
by /u/gregbenson314
3 Jul 2016 at 9:20pm
Someone hold me, tell me it'll be OK. submitted by /u/gregbenson314

Some nice chilled Icelandic tunes to go with the football.
by /u/jasongilmour
3 Jul 2016 at 8:29pm
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The suicide squad
by /u/Radical_Rick
3 Jul 2016 at 7:37pm
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England is sinking while Scotland rises above sea levels, according to new study
by /u/bottish
3 Jul 2016 at 6:49pm
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A query for our multilingual friends: have the Sunday Herald managed to get y...
by /u/famousnovel
3 Jul 2016 at 6:43pm
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A survey on proposed anti-litter measures in Scotland - looking for respondents
by /u/cragglerock93
3 Jul 2016 at 6:13pm
I have made a survey to gauge attitudes to various anti-litter measures which have been proposed for Scotland. Some of these proposals are my own, while others aren't (I do not necessarily agree wi...

Germany considering allowing young Brits to gain dual citizenship, keeping th...
by /u/IrnBruManiac
3 Jul 2016 at 4:11pm
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Ruth Davidson: Independence questions 'utterly different'
by /u/Banternomics
3 Jul 2016 at 3:54pm
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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked, according to R...
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3 Jul 2016 at 3:45pm
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Could David Cameron be moving to Scotland? Prime Minister and his wife eye up...
by Charlie Gall
3 Jul 2016 at 10:48pm
THE outgoing Prime Minister and his wife Samantha Cameron are rumoured to have set their sights on Tillypronie, a 15,000-acre estate near Tarland, Aberdeenshire.


It's May Day for Tories as Theresa storms ahead in leadership race
by dailyrecord
3 Jul 2016 at 10:10pm
THE Home Secretary is backed by 59 per cent of Tory voters – well ahead of second-placed Michael Gove on 15 per cent and Stephen Crabb on 13 per cent.


Second independence referendum should not be blocked by Westminster, says Sco...
by Paul Ward
3 Jul 2016 at 3:33pm
NICOLA Sturgeon could call a new poll in advance of Britain's official exit from the EU - and Davidson said today that the UK government should not stand in its way.


These are the twilight days for British politics as we attempt to make sense ...
by Gerry Hassan
3 Jul 2016 at 12:41pm
GERRY Hassan is hopeful a future can be carved following Brexit but how can politics begin to move forward?


Just why are Scotland's Labour members turning against Kezia to support Corbyn?
by Mail Opinion
3 Jul 2016 at 10:23am
IN A WEEK of back stabbing Scottish Labour’s deputy leader Alex Rowley, alongside fellow MSPs Neil Findlay and Richard Leonard, have defied their leader. 


John Niven: Leave voters can?t think far enough ahead to take their trousers ...
by John Niven
3 Jul 2016 at 6:00am
We desperately need unity in the midst of racist attacks and must rise up against the leaders who got us in this mess.


Watch moment Jeremy Corbyn is held back by his aides after reporter asks if h...
by Record Reporter
2 Jul 2016 at 9:05pm
THE Labour leader reacted furiously to the question at a Love Islington, Say No To Hate Crime rally in his north London constituency this morning.


Queen tells leaders at the opening of Scottish Parliament to 'make room for c...
by Katrine Bussey
2 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
THE Queen opened the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament with the message to political leaders in an "increasingly complex and demanding" world.


Sneaky Tory Michael Gove makes George Osborne look decent, says Record View
by Record View
2 Jul 2016 at 11:16am
RECORD VIEW believes Gove doesn’t have the qualities required to be Prime Minister - he is a snide, deceitful, scheming and obnoxious charlatan.


Chilcot report lays blame for Iraq War dodgy dossier on MI6 chiefs
by Jason Beattie
2 Jul 2016 at 9:56am
FORMER spy boss Sir Richard Dearlove 'thrown to the wolves' for intelligence failures, with Tony Blair and generals also blasted by Chilcot.

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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

Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest
by michaelgreenwell
1 Jul 2016 at 8:13am
It was a little surprise to find this talk given by Larry Bogad on the TED talks list. Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance. Scots may remember him being in the Clown army when the G8 came to Gleneagles. In this talk he talks about how creative actions are highly …

From Parody to (in part) Prescience
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:39pm
I just watched the last episode of the New Statesman again. From 1992. What they did as an extrapolation of all the worst possible bits has more or less come to pass.

Worth a Post of its Own
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jun 2016 at 10:28am

A Little Selection
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jun 2016 at 7:24am
  In the light of all the above… Images from the excellent Zarkwan

The More Things Change?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
So it’s going to be all change. A period of major turmoil is about to begin. The pound has fallen dramatically, oil prices have gone up and markets are falling. If this happens the way Farage, Gove etc want, “taking back control” and the “seismic change” people are talking about is going to involve stripping …

Remain
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 10:12pm
I haven’t campaigned on it at all, which I may come to regret. I must say however that I’m voting remain even though the remain people have done a terrible job, not because they have done a good one.

Eagerly Awaiting
by michaelgreenwell
22 Jun 2016 at 9:05am
Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences.  It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines.  We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of …

Audience Views on the New Scottish Media
by michaelgreenwell
19 Jun 2016 at 1:53pm
A recent film from Phantom Power which talks of the importance of the new Scottish media. If you’d like to hear the interview I did with the filmmaker then you can get that here.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
"The UK Scotland voted to stay in doesn't exist any more"

Time for Rajoy to Show Scotland Some Respect
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2016 at 1:55pm
The chief political virtue of acting Spanish President Mariano Rajoy is a negative virtue and consists of doing nothing, or as little as possible, of watching and waiting, of holding your cards close to your chest and remaining silent, until finally your opponent makes a move, and stumbles and falls into error. This tactic doesn?t …

Brexit Immigration Lies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jul 2016 at 1:44pm
To begin, I will start by stating that I am mixed race, half Scottish, half Pakistani. I have been on the receiving end of racism, though thankfully that has not happened much in my 30 years. I say this not to make any claims to speak for anyone else, but to make clear I know …

Scotland is my home
by Alistair Davidson
3 Jul 2016 at 1:30pm
It felt like the sun had broken through the heavy clouds of an unexpected storm when Nicola Sturgeon made her statement the morning after the Brexit referendum. As a New Scot and EU migrant, her direct message to us brought a tear to my eye ? and I know many Scots, old and new, felt …

Everything?s Falling Apart
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jul 2016 at 10:53am
There are moments in history, two now, in my lifetime when everything falls apart and, conversely, everything seems to fall into place. 100 years ago this, at the battle of the Somme, the international system that had lasted since Waterloo, more or less, came to symbolic and actual bloody and catastrophic grief. Those years of …

Your Next Prime Minister
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jul 2016 at 9:20am
* I have decided – reluctantly but firmly – that this is hilarious. The Tory right, having sabotaged Britain for their bitter ideology are now destroying their own party. Oh sweet karma. Alpha Oaf Boris has zip-wired into such chaos that even a battery of ridiculous photo opportunities can’t save him, and we the Great …

New Yes 1
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2016 at 6:07pm
The first in our new series inviting people who have only recently come over to supporting independence to describe their own personal and political journey. The Indy ref in 2014 was joyous, tense, and stressful. I lived in London and because of this I felt deeply conflicted about it. It seemed that almost all the …

PIP assessors, #DoNoHarm!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2016 at 2:03pm
The news is dominated by Brexit. The referendum result is producing damaging divisions between different sections of working class people, even outbreaks of outright racism.However the Tribe of the Moles wants to forcibly drag the conversation out of the comfort zone of parliamentary discussions and constitutional debates, to explore one of the many grey zones of …

Weather the Crisis, or Deal with the causes?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Jun 2016 at 10:17am
Do we need a far far deeper transition than the paltry options we are given? If people are so desperate, do we need to make far larger changes? Do we need to begin by listening to those who we find intolerant and repugnant, to understand what is hurting so bad? The posh boys from their …

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Brexit: Scotland rejected the mantra of fear and loathing | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
3 Jul 2016 at 12:02am
This campaign was about creating a foe for the working class to blame while their real enemies pursued their endsA sort of mental paralysis grips many of us on the left, does it not, when we encounter the ?immigration? question in conversations about UK politics? The phrase ?something must be don...

Nicola Sturgeon?s plea to EU leaders meets with sympathy but little hope
by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels, Severin Carrell in Edinburgh, and Philip Oltermann in Berlin
29 Jun 2016 at 6:36pm
First minister, in Brussels to lobby for remaining in EU, finds officials reluctant to enter talks on separate future for ScotlandNicola Sturgeon?s hopes of gaining support for her bid to keep Scotland in the European Union despite the UK?s vote to leave have been dealt a blow after the Spanish p...

Nicola Sturgeon in Brussels to press case for keeping Scotland in EU
by Press Association
29 Jun 2016 at 8:27am
First minister to meet EC president Juncker, saying ?everything must be on the table to protect Scotland?s place in Europe?Nicola Sturgeon is to hold talks with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in Brussels as she attempts to keep Scotland in the European Union.The first min...

Scottish newspapers warm towards a second independence poll
by Roy Greenslade
29 Jun 2016 at 8:22am
Nicola Sturgeon gets tentative backing from previously unionist pressAs Nicola Sturgeon begins her diplomatic mission to Brussels in an attempt to maintain Scotland?s place in the European Union, is it possible for her to secure independence in a second referendum? Polls reported by two newspaper...

EU referendum morning briefing: Cameron waves farewell to Brussels, as Sturge...
by Claire Phipps
29 Jun 2016 at 7:19am
First minister to hold talks with Juncker about Scotland?s future in the EU ? as Labour and the Conservatives must decide what their futures look likeFollow all the day?s news on the live blogNot for ever ? yet. After his one-day trip to the two-day Brussels summit, David Cameron is back in Londo...

The Guardian view on Scotland and Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon speaks for Britain ...
by Editorial
28 Jun 2016 at 8:05pm
The leave vote has loaded fresh pressure on the future of the United Kingdom. Scotland?s anti-Brexit anger puts federal options for Britain back on the tableThe United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last week. But a very disunited kingdom is now left to pick up the pieces of that disma...

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland's remain vote must be heard ? video
by Guardian Staff
28 Jun 2016 at 4:00pm
Scotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the Scottish parliament in Holyrood on Tuesday. Sturgeon says Scotland?s wish to remain in the European Union acknowledged and expresses her disappointment at the rest of the UKBrexit news live: Corbyn facing secret ballot of MPs Continue read...

Sturgeon calls for unity in Scotland and tells UK government: 'Get a grip'
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Jun 2016 at 3:50pm
First minister urges MSPs to vote to protect country?s place in Europe and confirms she will travel to Brussels on WednesdayNicola Sturgeon, Scotland?s first minister, called on Scotland to move forward ?in a spirit of unity and national purpose? as she condemned the leadership vacuum in Westmins...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Project Fear?s poverty porn
We’re just one week after the UK’s decision to nuke itself in the foot with Brexit, the Scottish Government hasn’t made any decisions about how Scotland is going to respond, but already the British establishment is mounting Project Fear Mark III in an attempt to prevent any possibility of Scotland going independent. They seem even …

A wee ginger book launch
The two new volumes of the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug (volumes 3 and 4) have now been ordered from the printer and should be in stock by early in the week starting 11 July. I’ve also ordered a fresh batch of volumes 1 and 2. There’s still time to get your advance …

A bad boy done it and ran away
Never in the political history of the United Kingdom has the phrase “a bad boy done it and ran away” been more appropriate. Boris Johnson, who leapt on the EU referendum as a bicycle booster to his hopes of leading the Tory party, has looked upon the EUrine stained wreckage he has wrought and decided …

The bucket of crabs
Britain is continuing its not so stately descent into madness. The thing about collective madness is that when everyone else around you is behaving like a crazy, then that legitimises craziness. That’s how you end up with a situation where Boris Johnson is tipped as next Prime Minister, Nigel Farage is a respected elder statesman, …

Don?t let Scotland down now, part 2
Right, where were we? Oh aye, we were spinning our heids trying to keep up with what’s going on and failing miserably. There have been a whole load of new developments in the few short hours since the last post. Probably by the time I actually manage to get this blog post finished and published …

Don?t let Scotland down now
It’s only lunchtime and I’m still trying to catch up with the events of this morning. The gods alone know what will have happened by teatime. The only thing that I’m sure of is that it’s looking increasingly likely that the UK’s tea is oot. There was a fun morning in the European Parliament. For …

Let?s get organised
Does anyone have any idea yet of what’s going to happen to the country over the coming weeks, even the coming days? Because the British government and the official opposition sure as hell don’t. They’re more concerned about their own parties and their own careers than they are about Britain’s impending flouncing off from the …

Fine dining with Donner party Britain
Like most of the rest of the country, I’ve been struggling to keep up with developments as Britain discovers that Boris Johnson, that famous scholar of the Classics, failed to explain before the referendum that Brexit was actually Ancient Greek for “ohmygod, I don’t have a clue what to do now”. To put it briefly, …

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For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU ? This might just pr...
    Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed   Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track         27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says …

Hope not Hate ? Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate
      A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.   ?A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor …

Jo Cox ? Her Favoured White Helmets ? Why does it Take an Australian Female p...
                Jo Cox’s Fund Wow ? a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud. The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It …

Jo Cox ? The Truth ? If you can handle it
  The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox     An opinion In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every …

Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services
    Revealed: How the world gets rich ? from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ?Scandal? of UK citizens? millions that go to foreign state-owned public services Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain?s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies …

The European Integration Project ? Never heard of it? Read on McDuff
      7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   An annual workshop Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s …

Oh! what a tangled web they weave ? The rich elite get richer- screw the many...
      Joanne Hammerman Alter   The start and expansion of a Dynasty Joanne H Alter (nee Hammerman) 1927 – 2008 was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother Celia K. Hammerman, was an immigrant who fled the riots in Czarist Russia. Her father, Sol Hammerman, worked for J.K. Industries in …

2016 Scottish Election ? Did SNP Blunders Allow this lot Win Their Seats?
              Is anyone analysing the outcome of the marginals in the 2016 Scottish election? It is imperative the SNP learn from the strategic error of relying on a blanket, “one message fits all approach” when the electorate of a number of marginal constituencies were clearly in need of a …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

What would Brexit mean for devolution?
As we hirple towards the EU referendum finish line, I'm often asked a question. What would a Brexit vote mean for devolution? If we crash out of the European Union, would Holyrood - in a trice - become more powerful? The Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, toyed with this kind of rhetoric last week, claiming that unprecedented immigration powers woul...

Stone cold morons
The indycampers are morons. There's no getting around it, no sugar-coating it: stone cold morons. In -- legitimately -- resisting the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's attempt to expel their small camp from Holyrood's grounds, the group have argued their case in a fashion which has lapsed from the divinely ridiculous to the grotesquely ins...

AWOL
May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

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...

Gerry Hassan

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Is this the beginning of the end of Britain?
Is this the beginning of the end of Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 3rd 2016 It may not be the beginning of the end of the UK quite yet. But it is the end of British politics – and Britain, as we know it. The British state faces its biggest geo-political set of challenges …

Nine Months in the Death of Labour: A Response to the Corbynistas
Nine Months in the Death of Labour: A Response to the Corbynistas Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2016 These are surprising times in Britain and its politics. Cameron gone. England and Wales dragging the UK out of the EU. The England football team defeated by Iceland. And somehow Jeremy Corbyn was meant to be …

This is the world of little Britain and Scotland wants no part
This is the world of little Britain and Scotland wants no part Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 26th 2016 This is what the death of a nation looks like – petty nationalism, populism, fact-free politics, and surprises everywhere. This is the world of ?little Britain? – and it isn?t pretty. These are unpredictable times. There …

Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building
Whatever happens, Britain has already left the building Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 22nd 2016 The UK has already left Europe. It never really joined in any real sense. National debates like this reveals much about the psyche of a country, and how it sees its collective hopes and fears. For one, it illuminates a …

The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign
The Historic Tragedy of Jo Cox and the European Referendum Campaign Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2016 Sometimes we should struggle to find the appropriate words. This is such a time and moment. A campaign that has already reached new lows plummeted to depths previously unimaginable with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. …

This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland
This campaign is a future warning from a British Trumpland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 19th 2016 The Euro campaign has been without any joy or love, and has reached depths unseen for decades in British politics ? reducing complex subjects to the gutter. This last week has been a humbling one. The tragic death …

Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox
Are We Better Than This? The Tragic Killing of Jo Cox Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 17th 2016 This is an attack on all of us. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is an assault on parliamentary democracy but disgracefully not as much a shock as it should be. Part of British politics have …

What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland?
What Future is there for Young Working Class Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 15th 2016 There is something about Scots and class, and in particular about working class identities. Many Scots define themselves when given a choice as working class, yet in terms of occupations and status, on any definition, a majority would be …

Scotland and Independence

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Ruth Davidson: Next PM should not block Scottish independence referendum
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Ruth Davidson has said that she would advise the next Prime Minister not to block a request by Nicola Sturgeon for a second independence referendum in the wake of the vote for Brexit. The Scottish Tory leader said it was ?incredibly premature? and ...
Why Brexit Means Scottish Independence Is Of...

'Reverse Greenland:' Scotland prepares options for its next independence refe...

'Reverse Greenland:' Scotland prepares options for its next independence referendum
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Sturgeon, a pro-independence nationalist, stressed during her visit to the EU capital on Wednesday that she was keeping an open mind and simply wanted "all of the options for Scotland" considered once a new British government starts negotiations on ...



Will 'Brexit' lead to Scotland's independence? - DesMoinesRegister.com

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Will 'Brexit' lead to Scotland's independence?
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The U.K. vote to leave the European Union may well prompt a second referendum on Scottish independence. Scotland, along with Northern Ireland and the city of London, voted ?remain? rather than ?leave.? Scottish independence failed a referendum in 2014 ...
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Scotland will vote for independence within three years, JP Morgan predicts - ...

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Scotland will vote for independence within three years, JP Morgan predicts
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Malcolm Barr, an economist at the Wall Street bank, said that ?pressure to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence? would come as the UK seeks to establish a new position for itself after this month's Brexit vote. Mr Barr said that Scotland ...
Scotland expected to vote for independence...

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Queen appears to issue cryptic warning about rushin...

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Queen appears to issue cryptic warning about rushing for Scottish independence in ...
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The Queen today made a thinly veiled reference to Scottish independence as the country's leaders continue to clamour for another vote. She warned those in Holyrood that they must carefully contemplate any major decisions which could determine the ...
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An island within an island, Scotland's independence day next? - euronews

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An island within an island, Scotland's independence day next?
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The only other islands of Remain support were London and Northern Ireland, and there are already calls of independence for the British capital and for Belfast to have its own referendum, so how has Scotland reacted to the news? Farting against thunder.

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Winning Scottish independence will be even harder than before - but it may be...

New Statesman
Winning Scottish independence will be even harder than before - but it may be the only choice
New Statesman
However, as with the economy and Europe, the constitutional relationship between Scotland and England is now in uncharted seas. Potential support for independence may be higher, but the challenges are arguably bigger than before. The difficulties are ...
Scotland considers flexi...

EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave - BBC News

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EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a media conference a second independence referendum was "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU. The SNP manifesto for May's Holyrood elections said the Scottish Parliament should have the right ...

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Lesley Riddoch: Can SNP save the UK from Brexit? - Scotsman

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Lesley Riddoch: Can SNP save the UK from Brexit?
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EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall has already threatened to move her company s HQ from Luton to a European city. Picture: AFP/Getty Images. Lesley Riddoch. 22:51 Sunday 03 July 2016. 0. Have your say. Could an alliance with a post-Corbyn Labour Party on ...



Watch SNP vs STZ 6th Match Live Score Prediction Result Highlights CPL 3rd Ju...

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Watch SNP vs STZ 6th Match Live Score Prediction Result Highlights CPL 3rd July 2016
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Watch SNP vs STZ 6th Match Live Score Prediction Result Highlights CPL 3rd July 2016:-The 6th match of Hero Carribean Premier League will be played between the St. Kitts Patriots and St. Lucia Zouks. 217381.3 ...

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Scottish Independence: a referendum too far? - Cherwell Online

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Scottish Independence: a referendum too far?
Cherwell Online
The surprise loss of the SNP majority at Holyrood and the surge in Conservative support in the elections of earlier this year seemed to point to an interesting coming term. The SNP not only had no clear mandate for their proposed second referendum on ...

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Angus Robertson early favourite to become SNP deputy leader - The Guardian

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Angus Robertson early favourite to become SNP deputy leader
The Guardian
Robertson immediately won a range of endorsements from prominent figures in the SNP, including the former Scottish agriculture secretary Richard Lochhead and Joanna Cherry QC, its Commons justice spokeswoman. The post of party deputy leader ...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked, according to R...

Glasgow Evening Times
Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked, according to Ruth Davidson
Glasgow Evening Times
He added: "But let me also put a shot across the bows of the SNP - we are not ready for independence, even if that was a reality. We have nation-building to do, we've got questions over the currency and fiscal deficit and what Brexit has shown us is ...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson
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The SNP manifesto for the 2016 Scottish parliamentary election said a ''significant and a material change'' of the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014 could trigger a second referendum. Scotland's First Minister has ...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson
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The SNP manifesto for the 2016 Scottish parliamentary election said a ''significant and a material change'' of the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014 could trigger a second referendum. Scotland's First Minister has ...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson...

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Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson
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The SNP manifesto for the 2016 Scottish parliamentary election said a ''significant and a material change'' of the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014 could trigger a second referendum. Scotland's First Minister has ...

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Second independence referendum should not be blocked by Westminster, says Sco...

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Second independence referendum should not be blocked by Westminster, says Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP manifesto for the 2016 Scottish parliamentary election said a "significant and a material change" of the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014 could trigger a second referendum. We revealed last week that Sturg...

'Reverse Greenland:' Scotland prepares options for its next independence refe...

'Reverse Greenland:' Scotland prepares options for its next independence referendum
Business Insider UK
Crucially for her charm offensive in a city that rebuffed Scots' appeals for assurances of EU membership during their 2014 independence referendum - a reflection of fears of secession in other EU states such as Spain - Sturgeon kept the secession card ...



Scotland WILL hold second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon urged to...

Mirror.co.uk
Scotland WILL hold second independence referendum as Nicola Sturgeon urged to call poll before Brexit
Mirror.co.uk
As Sturgeon yesterday began her Brussels charm offensive to keep Scotland in Europe, she was secretly mulling over a plan to hold a referendum by 2018. Voters are likely to be asked whether we should continue as an EU member ? or leave with the rest of ...
Brexit: Will Sco...

Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson...

Second Scottish independence referendum should not be blocked - Ruth Davidson
The Argus
On the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland programme, Ms Davidson was asked about the prospect of a second referendum. She said: "I have never said it should be denied, I didn't say it the last time either. "But I believe it's so premature for the First ...



Brexit: Scotland could lose £200m each year in EU funding due to EU referendu...

International Business Times UK
Brexit: Scotland could lose £200m each year in EU funding due to EU referendum result
International Business Times UK
Scotland will lose out on more than £200m ($265.46m) every year in funding from the European Union, once the UK formally uncouples itself from the economic and political bloc, it has been calculated. Jobs, infrastructure, green energy, scientific ......

EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave - BBC News

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EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave
BBC News
Scotland has voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing Remain. But the UK as a whole has voted to Leave - raising the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will. First Minister ...

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Queen Urges Pause For Thought By Leaders - Sky News

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Queen Urges Pause For Thought By Leaders
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While the majority of people across the UK backed splitting from Brussels, most voters in Scotland supported Remain leading to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to state a second independence referendum is "highly likely". In her speech, the Queen said ...
Queen opens Scotland parliament calling for Brits to 'keep calm and carry on' after...

Scotland expected to vote for independence and introduce its own currency aft...

The Independent
Scotland expected to vote for independence and introduce its own currency after Brexit, JPMorgan says
The Independent
Scotland is on course to hold a referendum to vote for independence and introduce its own currency before the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, JP Morgan has said. Malcolm Barr, an economist at JP Morgan, said that there will be ?pressure to hold a ...
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Hilary Clinton
The FBI are to (correctly) investigate aspects of her personal email account and possible misdemeanours.  Shame this same selective shower of do-gooders didnt find or deem it necessary to investigate Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Silverstein et al following the 9/11 false flag atrocities.   Oh wait, . . ...

English MP Dave Anderson is...
English MP Dave Anderson is shadow Scottish Secretary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-36688370   The Labour MP for Blaydon, Dave Anderson, is to be the party's new shadow Scottish Secretary, a senior source has told BBC Scotland. The job has been vacant since Edinburgh MP ...

Who believes this pish?
What I mean is, who believes the pish that politicians spout about anything? I've been hearing folk say they were 'duped' by the EU leave campaign as over claims such as the £350M a week to the NHS bollocks. I've heard people say they feel 'betrayed' over 'The Vow' after the Independence Referend...

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago I discussed remain or leave with friends, workmates, family etc, out of 50+ people of all ages, races, professions, life situations everyone was pretty much maybes aye, maybes naw. Nobody really seemed that fussed. Its hilarious on here that it seems now like a matter of life and deat...

Kicking oot the foreigners
From what I understand, once the UK leaves the EU, all non Brits will be kicked out.... When this happens, because its totally what is going to happen, there must be people you would be glad to get rid of, I'll start the list with;   Graham Norton  - Irish Mark Lawrenson, Andy Townsend,Tony Casca...

Leave voters, genuine question
How do you feel now that the EU members have said to get access to the free market the UK is going to have to allow the free movement of people that so many on your side foamed at the mouth about during the campaign?

chilcott report July 6 cook/kelly/corbyn
Is Jeremy Corbyn hanging on as Labour leader until this date. He might know that he will lose a future Labour leadership election but will still be leader on July 6th when the report gets published perhaps ensuring that Tony Blair gets put in jail or will he meet a timely death while walking just...

Who should be Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition
The SNP have 54 MPs which is more than have any confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

Obviously the vacancy is only going to be there till Labour sorts itself out again but I reckon Salmond could hold the bridge more than adequately on a caretaker basis.    

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

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

Istanbul Airport
Two explosions & gunfire heard. Suicide bombers apparently blew themselves up at the x-ray machine.  10 dead apparently.  Mental world we live in. 

Fkin Beeeeeeeeeee!
Magic First bee of the year, was a Bombus Pratorum queen, time to get the boxes ready Happy day!

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...

Jim Sibbald - Armadale Sons of Wallace
Hi guys.  Don't know if you knew Jim but he passed away last night.  He owned the Highlander Hotel in Armadale and was an SNP councillor for many years.  Him and I decided to form the club in 1999 when we were in Tallin.  People blame us for starting it as we havent qualified for a tournament sin...

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Trumpton creator dies
I used to love these programmes - Chigley, Camberwick Green and Trumpton. Very influential too - Radiohead's recent video was a Trumpton take off. A good innings for him but another piece of childhood lost.   https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2016/06/30/trumpton-crea...

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Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...