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Peerage for the man who warned against currency union with an independent Sco...
4 Aug 2016 at 8:10pm
David Cameron?s controversial resignation honours list was rushed out last night just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May was drawn into the growing controversy.

Bank of England predicts nightmare for savers after interest rates cut
4 Aug 2016 at 5:42pm
Unemployment will rise and wages and house prices fall but Britain should narrowly avoid another recession the Bank of England predicted as it delivered more bad news for savers and pensioners by unveiling the lowest interest rates in history.

Owen Smith: Tories have destroyed Labour's legacy
4 Aug 2016 at 7:31pm
Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has accused the Conservative Government of "destroying Labour's legacy" and said he is the man to beat.

SNP hits out as BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie loses seat at London top...
4 Aug 2016 at 12:57am
A BBC move to axe its Scottish director from its top team is a "backwards step" that undermines promises made by the broadcaster, the SNP?s culture secretary has claimed.

Political allies and aides among David Cameron's resignation honours list
4 Aug 2016 at 7:48pm
David Cameron's controversial resignation honours list has been published, with gongs for political allies, Downing Street aides and prominent supporters of the campaign to remain in the European Union.

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Calls for rethink as SNP says Brexit legal advice 'must not be published'
4 Aug 2016 at 12:57am
LEGAL advice regarding Scotland's future relationship with the EU will never be published, the Scottish Government has suggested.

Coburn suggests he could have stood for Ukip leadership if he'd known Farage ...
3 Aug 2016 at 5:27pm
David Coburn has said he would have stood to lead Ukip had he known the favourite to succeed Nigel Farage would be barred from the race.

Ukip 'split' warning as leadership favourite Steven Woolfe barred from race
3 Aug 2016 at 8:03pm
Ukip is facing a "fight for survival" after popular leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was excluded from the race to replace Nigel Farage, it has been claimed.

Business lobby hopes firms will not lose customers after entering political d...
4 Aug 2016 at 12:57am
BUSINESS leaders should not have to fear boycotts after accepting invitations to get involved in political debate, a major body representing private companies has said.

Smith steps up warnings over possible Labour split warning party could 'disap...
3 Aug 2016 at 6:37pm
Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has stepped up his warnings about possible split within the party, warning it could even 'disappear' entirely.

Opposition parties welcome MacAskill's tax policy conversion
4 Aug 2016 at 12:13am
HOLYROOD parties that backed tax rises ahead of the Holyrood election have welcomed the backing of SNP grandee Kenny MacAskill for the principle of their policy.

Interest rate cut 'will not be enough', experts warn
4 Aug 2016 at 7:29am
An emergency cut in interest rates later today (Thu) will not be enough to prevent an economic downturn, an influential think tank has warned.

MSP defends Barrhead Travel boycott and warns businesses to keep out of politics
3 Aug 2016 at 12:24am
A ROW has erupted after a nationalist MSP revealed that he boycotts a travel firm due to its founder's opposition to independence and warned other business leaders they should fear the consequences of expressing political views.

Britain heading for marked economic slowdown after Brexit, warns think-tank
3 Aug 2016 at 12:07am
BRITAIN is heading for a ?marked economic slowdown? in the wake of the Brexit vote with an evens chance of a recession over the next 18 months, an influential think-tank has predicted today.

 

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Republican frustrations with Donald Trump mount as morale slides
4 Aug 2016 at 7:07pm
Republicans’ frustration with Donald Trump has reached new heights, with party leaders scrambling to persuade their presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale.

SNP raises £6 million in Westminster landslide year
4 Aug 2016 at 6:46pm
The financial power of the SNP in Scotland has been set out in new figures which showed the party raised more than £6 million last year when it claimed a Westminster landslide - topping the combined efforts of its political opponents.

Video: Protesters gather outside flagship Glasgow hospital
4 Aug 2016 at 4:07pm
A UNION has claimed the Scottish Government is “underfunding” the country’s largest health board and not doing enough to protect services from cuts.

SNP?s Tommy Sheppard urges review of independence white paper
4 Aug 2016 at 1:08pm
The SNP must review its “White paper” blueprint for Scottish independence if another referendum is to be held, according to one of the party’s deputy leadership candidates.

Revealed: Hillary Clinton?s Scottish roots
4 Aug 2016 at 12:33pm
Donald Trump’s links to Scotland have been well-documented since the businessman entered the race to be the next President of the United States.

Leaders: Common sense dictates a relaxation of the rules
4 Aug 2016 at 12:00am
The issues surrounding the Brain family remaining in Scotland need to be looked at with a pragmatic, not a political, eye

Scots drivers facing crumbling motorways amid budget cuts
3 Aug 2016 at 10:35pm
The surfaces of Scotland’s motorways are in worse condition and deteriorating faster than other roads, public spending watchdogs revealed today.

John Swinney told monitoring of school bullies ?vital?
3 Aug 2016 at 10:25pm
Human rights campaigners have urged Education Secretary John Swinney to force education authorities to monitor school bullying based on race, religion, gender or sexuality.

Fringe chief Shona McCarthy vows to build bridges after Brexit
3 Aug 2016 at 9:49pm
The Edinburgh Festivals are to embark on a “vociferous” campaign to bolster their international links in their 70th anniversary year in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote.

Scots parents face highest holiday childcare bills in UK
3 Aug 2016 at 9:43pm
Working parents in Scotland trying to arrange council childcare for their youngsters during the school holidays face the highest costs in Britain, it has emerged.

Bill Jamieson: City gearing up for a busy August
3 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
But reports of the death of the British economy, lazily blamed on Brexit, may well prove to be greatly exaggerated, writes Bill Jamieson

Tom Peterkin: Boycotts and bleating get in the way of governing
3 Aug 2016 at 9:30pm
Talk of referendums and their consequences should be put on hold, argues Tom Peterkin

Former communist leader elected Prime Minister of Nepal
3 Aug 2016 at 6:39pm
Nepal’s parliament has elected a former communist rebel leader to lead a coalition government as the country’s new prime minister, a move that will likely mean the continuation of political instability in the Himalayan nation.

Donald Trump taunts senior Republicans as party split widens
3 Aug 2016 at 6:31pm
US presidential nominee Donald Trump says there’s “great unity” in his campaign despite growing dissent and turmoil among his fellow Republicans.

Scottish Jews ?afraid? to lead lives in Scotland
3 Aug 2016 at 2:53pm
Scottish Jews are so “afraid” to go about their day-to-day lives that one in six hide their identities, according to a recent study.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The Formula
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Aug 2016 at 2:42pm
Have you ever wondered how you try to poison and shut down a debate and a political environment that you fear you’ve found yourself on the losing side of, readers? Well, it’s funny you should ask, because as it happens we’ve got a visiting professor – an expert authority on the subject – with us today to …

The cybernat in the trees
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Aug 2016 at 7:55pm
A parable of internet abuse. Acknowledgements to Alan Moore and Frankie Boyle. Dedicated to David Torrance, Susan Calman, Johanna Baxter and Angela Eagle.

Until your ship comes in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Aug 2016 at 10:45am
There’s been a statistic released in Scotland, so obviously there’s a crisis. Anarchy on the streets can only be moments away. A five-year (or six-year) low sounds pretty bad. But just how bad is it? Oh. The actual number of police officers in Scotland compared to a year ago has dropped by just 30 out …

The shopping monitors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Aug 2016 at 2:17pm
The mad explosion of news that consumed most of July has largely abated. The Tories have a new leader, Labour are settling in for an insanely destructive and bitter two-month factional war in order to (almost certainly) re-elect the same one they only elected 10 months ago, and Brexit is on hold until next year. …

About time, frankly
by Ray McRobbie
31 Jul 2016 at 10:35am
In December 2013, the editor of this site – who knew nothing of the secret this article is about to reveal – tweeted “When we write the chronicles of independence, I hope there’ll be a whole chapter on @A_DarlingMP”. Well, this is as close as we’re going to get. @A_DarlingMP (which morphed into @A_LordDarling last year) was …

When time stood still again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2016 at 1:06pm
Yes supporters are currently holding what seems to be a very well-attended march from Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens to a rally in George Square, with thousands more people seemingly turning up than even the organisers’ highest pre-event estimates. We could verify that with footage from the Labour-controlled City Council’s webcam at the square, if it hadn’t …

Slow train coming
by Chris Cairns
30 Jul 2016 at 6:55am

An empty quiver
by Dr Craig Dalzell
29 Jul 2016 at 11:23am
This week I published, through Common Weal, a discussion paper on the potential currency options for an independent Scotland in light of the material changes in circumstances caused by the Brexit vote. This paper examines some of the options open to an independent Scotland and concludes that, on balance, the best option for Scotland would be a Scottish currency, …

A great day for child abusers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2016 at 9:53am
Well done to everyone concerned. Paedophiles and the Daily Mail will be partying hard tonight. Although as it later transpired, only for a while. The Supreme Court ruled that while the Named Persons legislation needed a small tweak on data-protection grounds which will most likely delay it for a few months, condemning more children to …

The darling of the comrades
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2016 at 5:34pm
A new YouGov poll of Scottish voters was released today. It had no voting-intention figures, and concerned itself mostly with people’s assessment of the main Scottish and UK party leaders. The Labour-voters column was interesting to say the least. That’s rather a lot of love for a Tory PM from people who voted Labour at …

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'Urgent action' needed on Scottish roads
4 Aug 2016 at 8:46am
Urgent action is needed to improve the condition of Scotland's road network, the country's spending watchdog warns.


Zika outbreak: 'Small number' of cases found in Scotland
4 Aug 2016 at 2:29pm
A number of people in Scotland have been diagnosed as having the Zika virus, the Scottish government confirms.


Keith Vaz: Scotland 'leading the way' in resettling refugees
3 Aug 2016 at 10:04am
Scotland is "leading the way" in the UK's efforts to resettle Syrian refugees, according to the chairman of an influential Commons committee.


Better Together donor turns down 'honour'
2 Aug 2016 at 11:12pm
Businessman Ian Taylor, who was reportedly in line for a knighthood in David Cameron's resignation honours list, says he does not want his name to go forward.


Australian family facing deportation given job offer hope
3 Aug 2016 at 5:09pm
An Australian family facing deportation from the UK say they have been given hope of a job offer which could potentially keep them in the country.


Number of police officers in Scotland falls
2 Aug 2016 at 3:38pm
Police officer numbers in Scotland fall to their lowest level since 2010 but remain more than 1,000 higher than when the SNP came to power.


Croft House Grant funding for 21 crofters
4 Aug 2016 at 11:37am
More than 20 crofters are to share a £705,000 grant to improve their housing.


Belfast Pride: NI will endorse same-sex marriage, says Ruth Davidson
2 Aug 2016 at 10:48pm
Same-sex marriage will soon be endorsed in Northern Ireland as public support overwhelms opposition to it, the openly gay leader of the Scottish Conservatives says.


Westminster culture committee backs 'Scottish Six' plans
2 Aug 2016 at 10:12am
MPs on Westminster's culture committee say the BBC should press ahead with proposals for a 'Scottish Six' news programme.


Accident and Emergency waiting time target met
2 Aug 2016 at 11:05am
More than 95% of patients attending accident and emergency departments across Scotland were seen within four hours during June.


Better Together donor on leaked Cameron 'honours list'
1 Aug 2016 at 10:44am
Ian Taylor, who donated £500,000 to the Better Together campaign, is to be knighted according to a newspaper leak of David Cameron's honours list.


Bid to scrap Offensive Behaviour at Football Act launched
1 Aug 2016 at 1:36pm
An official bid to repeal the Scottish government's Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is launched by a Labour MSP.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

YouGov poll has a painful message for the Labour plotters - they actually nee...
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2016 at 11:00pm
One of the main justifications for the moral compromises of Blairism was/is that Labour "have to live in the real world", and can't win elections without putting forward policies that appeal to Mid...

Majority for independence in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 3:45pm
We've now had enough post-EU referendum polls on independence to make it worthwhile reintroducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls.  I'm going to tweak the rules slightly, though.  As before, the he...

Journey into the bizarre as Herald describes an increase in support for indep...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2016 at 1:17am
A new YouGov poll on independence has been released, and in line with the other three credible polls to be published since the EU referendum, it shows an increase in support for Yes...Should Scotla...

Three simple reasons why the Labour plotters will be more responsible than Co...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2016 at 4:22pm
1) Even in southern England, there is one factor that is a far bigger voter-repellent than a radical left party leader - and that's disunity.  According to YouGov, Labour went from enjoying a 3% le...

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"
by James Kelly
24 Jul 2016 at 3:48pm
Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref...

One Country, Two Systems : How Scotland can remain in the EU
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2016 at 2:59pm
A guest post by Alasdair StirlingIt is an understatement of some magnitude to say that the words of the ancient Chinese curse - ?may you live in interesting times? ? are apposite today.The EU refer...

The middle ground between "veto" and "locked in" that the unionist media are ...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2016 at 3:16pm
It can't have escaped your notice that the unionist media are trying to present Nicola Sturgeon with a false binary choice - either she has a 'veto' over Brexit, or she will be 'locked in' to an ag...

Labour members say Carry On Corbyn as incumbent leader opens up huge lead ove...
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2016 at 10:45pm
Corbyn v Smith :Jeremy Corbyn 56%Owen Smith 34%Corbyn v Eagle :Jeremy Corbyn 58%Angela Eagle 34%The million dollar question that formed in my mind as soon as I saw this poll was whether YouGov had ...

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Edinburgh Fringe kicks off annual tosspot migration
by /u/clareFerguson
4 Aug 2016 at 8:29pm
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Scottish Greens target action against 'Unhealthy impact of food system'
by /u/CaptainHaribo
4 Aug 2016 at 8:05pm
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Foreign Office tell Sturgeon she WON'T be able to negotiate directly with EU
by /u/marco8
4 Aug 2016 at 6:11pm
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No options off the table - Labour Hame
by /u/dfmacca
4 Aug 2016 at 5:50pm
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Google is seeking thick Scottish accents
by /u/baconboy007
4 Aug 2016 at 4:37pm
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The Formula
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4 Aug 2016 at 2:54pm
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Truly that difficult finding work in Scotland?
by /u/LeonDeka
4 Aug 2016 at 2:29pm
Going out on a limb with this post as I?m not sure where is best to ask, but I really need some clarification as I?m really unsure if it is me or the current climate. A bit about me: I?m a recent M...

Zika outbreak: 'Small number' of cases found in Scotland
by /u/bottish
4 Aug 2016 at 11:10am
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Scottish windfarms have 'no effect' on tourism, report finds
by /u/bottish
4 Aug 2016 at 11:04am
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John McTernan on Twitter | "Greens are as much enemies as Tories - we seek to...
by /u/dinnaegieafuck
4 Aug 2016 at 10:08am
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SNP hits out as BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie loses seat at London top...
by /u/ewenmax
4 Aug 2016 at 10:00am
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Cybernat twits rob their party of the chance to evolve - David Torrance's "Wh...
by /u/bottish
4 Aug 2016 at 9:55am
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River City star was hauled in and censored by BBC over indyref tweeting
by /u/bottish
4 Aug 2016 at 9:17am
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Watchdog calls for urgent action to improve road conditions
by /u/allytibbitt
4 Aug 2016 at 9:10am
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George Osborne and Michael Fallon to receive honours in David Cameron's resig...
by Kate Ferguson
4 Aug 2016 at 6:40pm
THE news comes after mounting criticism that the outgoing Prime Minister used his resignation honours to reward his political allies.


SNP need to be match fit for second referendum, says deputy leader hopeful To...
by Katrine Bussey
4 Aug 2016 at 12:59pm
THE MP, who is bidding to become deputy leader of the party, says the SNP need an 'organisational upgrade' after its massive growth in membership.


Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill rocks SNP boat as he calls to raise ...
by David Clegg
4 Aug 2016 at 9:14am
THE former SNP government minister questioned the First Minister's refusal to increase income tax on the wealthy when Holyrood gets the powers in April.


School holiday childcare costs Scottish parents as much as heating, eating an...
by David Clegg
4 Aug 2016 at 8:16am
SHOCK figures show the average single parent will spend almost 20 per cent of their income on publicly funded school holiday childcare for each child this summer.


David Cameron dishing out honours to all his chums really sticks in my craw, ...
by Shari Low
3 Aug 2016 at 5:44pm
SHARI disagrees with George Osborne receiving a Companion of Honour title and thinks it’s only fair that everyone is given the chance to thank their nearest and dearest.


Grudge-bearing MSP John Mason is in need of professional help after petty Bar...
by Record View
3 Aug 2016 at 4:45pm
RECORD View believes the Glasgow Shettleston MSP's decision to snub the travel agent because of their boss's opinion on independence in 2014 is staggering in its idiocy.


Scotland made room for refugees but new report reveals Tory bigwigs kept door...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Aug 2016 at 10:07am
THE Prime Minister and her Cabinet cronies have been named and shamed for failing to keep promises to offer refuge to 20,000 people fleeing war.


Brian Wilson: The SNP's mantra of competence in Government is all an illusion
by dailyrecord
3 Aug 2016 at 6:00am
FORMER Labour MP and minister Brian Wilson is mystified at the SNP spin when the evidence suggests otherwise.


Pay rise for five million: Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith to pledge 'tr...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Aug 2016 at 9:26pm
SMITH will pitch radical plans for a revolution in workers’ rights and fairer social ­security in a campaign speech tomorrow.


Scottish Six can work and critics need to get with the programme, says Joan M...
by Joan McAlpine
2 Aug 2016 at 7:33pm
JOAN backs a “Scottish Six” programme and believes the current news often centres around English schools and hospitals which have no relevance north of the Border.

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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

The Scottish Independence Podcast 129 ? March For Independence 30/07/2016
by michaelgreenwell
3 Aug 2016 at 2:37pm
For the 129th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went along to the March For Indy in Glasgow on Saturday 30th July. Somewhere north of 5000 people walked from the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow to George Square, where there were stalls, speeches and an appearance from Bikers for Indy. A fair few of them …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 128 ? Paul Kavanagh aka Wee Ginger Dug
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jul 2016 at 12:22am
For the 128th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went to Wee Ginger Dug Mansions to speak with the writer that also happens to live there, Paul Kavanagh. Paul has been one of the most insightful, strident and funniest people writing about the Scottish Independence debate for a number of years. He started this …
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If You Were On It, You?ll Be In It
by michaelgreenwell
28 Jul 2016 at 2:07pm
Yesterday, I went to this place… To sign this contract… And so, if you were on the Scottish Independence Podcast any time before the referendum, you’ll be in the National Library of Scotland Referendum Collection from around September.    

Little Statistics Can Mean A Lot
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2016 at 2:41pm
The pods will be back very shortly, I have already recorded one this week and will also be recording two specials. In the meantime, have a little think about what this says…  

God, Thatcher, Junk Science & An End To Workers Rights
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 9:04am
At the moment a lot of people are asking who Andrea Leadsom actually is. Well, a few folks have been digging around her blog and some of her statements, and it’s possible to see something other than what the Telegraph chose to publish in this piece. Let’s start with science… Journalist Frank Swain tweeted a …

Ken Clarke Ridicules Tory Candidates
by michaelgreenwell
6 Jul 2016 at 8:39am

Universal Stramash
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:12pm
It seems we are in a moment of worldwide stramash. In such times it is of some comfort to think that some people really do have (or had) an idea what the hell is going on and even though the heads of the brexit campaign might not like to admit it, some of those were …

Just In Case You?ve Never Heard It
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jul 2016 at 8:50am
I didn’t make this video. If I had made it, I wouldn’t have put that music on it for a start. Anyway, just in case you’ve never heard it, here is the phone call between Darius Guppy and Boris Johnson in which Guppy tries to get Johnson to find him the number of a journalist …

Bella Caledonia

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

The Way of the World
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 6:01pm
This is not an opinion piece; at least it is written simply in the form of a timeline, and for the most part it uses the words of the principals where possible (or provides primary sources to be read, or heard/watched by the reader), or of official reports, or of news reports. It offers no …

Jeremy Corbyn: What Was Done
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 5:48pm
A ruthless & uncompromising satire from the creators of ‘Jim Murphy – Saviour of the Union’ – from Bonnie Prince Bob (& pals). Please support this great project… Likes(9)Dislikes(4)

On the Scottish Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Aug 2016 at 5:38pm
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Fighting State-Sponsored Starvation in ?Red Yes City?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2016 at 11:01am
This week the Tribe of Moles is very pleased to present a guest post by Tony Cox, a Dundee-based activist in the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network. The SUWN are carrying out inspiring frontline advocacy work at jobcentres and disability benefits assessments centres, in defiance of arrests and convictions ? on 21 July Dundee Sheriff Court …

The Scots Festival
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2016 at 10:51am
Alistair Heather previews the Scots language shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Anithir Festival Fringe lours. Curtains are tae raise aa ower Embra as thirty thoosan fowk, performin in twa thoosan shaws tak the stage. Whiles walein a shaw fae oot the thrang can be a guessin gemme. Tae help yis oot, wiv previewed a mixter-maxter …

Mùirn Mhurchaidh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2016 at 8:36am
Nuair a chuala Mairead NicLeòid guth Mhurchaidh MhicPhàrlain airson a? chiad uair, cha robh dòigh fios a bhith aice air a? bhuaidh a bheireadh esan air a beatha-se (agus a? bhuaidh a bhiodh aicese airsan). Thachair seo aig pàrtaidh ann am flat air sràid Belmont an Glaschu san t-Samhain an 1970. Mar a tha Catriona …

Hillary and the Balloons
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jul 2016 at 8:45pm
I’m looking at the pictures of Hillary among the balloons…as a theatre type…and thinking to myself, a bit uncomfortably… “She may have intelligence and experience and ruthlessness going for her, but she is a TERRIBLE actor. I mean, just…God help us…” (A bit like Gordon Brown…when compared to Tony Blair…only being America. the contrast with …

Perspective
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jul 2016 at 8:18pm
This looks like an excellent addition to the emeregnt new media landscape from the talented Phantom Power Films… “PERSPECTIVE is a new regular documentary series that covers politics, art and culture in Scotland in the 21st century. From Phantom Power Films, the team which brought you Altered State, comes a powerful new documentary format shot …

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SNP MEP calls for vote on monarchy in event of Scottish independence
by Press Association
2 Aug 2016 at 3:54pm
Alyn Smith says people of Scotland should decide whether country continues as a monarchy or republicAn MEP vying to be deputy leader of the SNP has called for a referendum on the monarchy if Scotland becomes independent.Alyn Smith said the people of Scotland should decide whether the country cont...

'No real shift' towards Scottish independence since Brexit vote - poll
by Nadia Khomami
30 Jul 2016 at 12:12pm
Despite YouGov?s findings, the SNP?s business convener Derek Mackay says many voters in Scotland are reconsideringScottish voters are reconsidering their opposition to independence after the Brexit vote, the SNP?s business convener, Derek Mackay, has said, despite a poll that found a majority sti...

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agencyThe Scottish government will consider abandoning the words ?benefits? and ?welfare? because of their negative connotations, as it begins the process of shaping the country?s first ever s...

Corbyn can stay on Labour leadership ballot, court rules ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jul 2016 at 3:58pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 3.58pm BST It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe or withdrawing from the world. Britain will remain an outward-looking nation, a strong v...

Scottish farms face losing millions in subsidy after Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jul 2016 at 3:13pm
UK government would need to increase funding to match common agricultural policy levels, Holyrood committee hearsScottish farmers face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidy after Brexit unless the UK government increases funding for Holyrood, a Scottish parliament committee has been to...

Scottish independence protesters ordered to close Holyrood camp
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm
IndyCamp, a collection of caravans and tents, has been set up in grounds of the Scottish parliament since 2015A group of hardline independence activists have been told by a judge they must abandon a protest camp in the grounds of the Scottish parliament. Holyrood officials said they would open ta...

SNP MP says Westminster needs to be more child friendly
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 7:08pm
Kirsty Blackman highlights lack of flexible childcare at parliament, with nursery only available for London full-timersAn MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee he...

SNP MP censured for bringing her children to Commons committee
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2016 at 11:49am
Kirsty Blackman hits back with Daily Record article on why Westminster should adopt a more family-friendly approach An SNP MP has called for the Westminster parliament to adopt a more family-friendly approach after she was censured by Commons authorities for bringing her children to a committee h...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The things you miss when you?re away doing a talk for CommonWeal Moray in Elgin
On Tuesday I packed the dug into the car and drove to Elgin for a talk for Common Weal Moray. There was a great crowd, we had some fantastic craic and a few laughs, and the dug and I were lucky enough to benefit from the hospitality and kindness of Common Weal Moray members and …

Wullie Rennie?s magic wand
Poor Wee Wullie Rennie. He’s terribly upset that a party dedicated to the proposition of Scottish independence won’t rule out independence as an option in order to deal with the assault on Scotland’s democratic wishes that is the Brexit vote. Wullie doesn’t actually have any other ideas on how it might be possible to square …

Creating a country that is fit for a dignified people
Yesterday I had the pleasure of addressing the crowd at a massive pro-independence rally in George Square in Glasgow. I’ve spoken to small audiences before, but never had to speak in front of thousands of people in the very heart of Glasgow. It was an experience I’ll never forget. It was a fantastic day, meeting …

Independence Podcast by Michael Greenwell
Earlier this week I was interviewed by Michael Greenwell for his IndyPodCast series. There’s a link to his blog here, https://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/the-scottish-independence-podcast-128-paul-kavanagh-aka-wee-ginger-dug/ where you can download and save the podcast to listen to later offline, or you can listen to the podcast by clicking on the link.

The BBC, Scotland?s public self-serving broadcaster
Yesterday we witnessed another article appearing in the mainstream media to tell people who are not fairly represented in the mainstream media to stop complaining that they’re not fairly represented in the mainstream media, because the mainstream media is quite properly doing its job of not fairly representing people outside the media mainstream. And can …

Labour?s suicide pact
Every time you think that the Labour party in Scotland might just possibly see that there’s a glimmer of a path to redemption, it ties a red white and blue flag over its eyes as a blindfold and preaches to Scotland about solidarity with people who never manage to demonstrate any solidarity with Scotland. Which …

Not a threat but a promise
Nicola Sturgeon has made a statement giving the Scottish government’s response to the Brexit process. It’s a statement which reflects, only in far more diplomatic language, the response of most of Scotland to the megamidden into which the Conservative party has dumped the entire UK. And that response to the UK government was along the …

Self-determination starts with the determination to do things for yourself
Self-determination starts with the self being determined. It begins with the personal decision of an individual to take action to determine the shape of their future, and not to sit passively while decisions are made on their behalf. There’s a lot of talk about when Scotland might have a second independence referendum, or rather, about …

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400 oil workers on seven Shell platforms in the North Sea to strike
AROUND 400 offshore workers on seven Shell platforms in the North Sea were due to start a 48-hour stoppage this morning in an ongoing dispute over pay cuts and changes to conditions by their employer, Aberdeen-based Wood Group.

Bees suffer significant decline in bad winter
HUNDREDS of honey bee colonies failed to survive the winter last year, according to an international study.

A nation of internet addicts admits it is affecting their lives
A QUARTER of Scotland?s internet users have ditched their devices to undertake a ?digital detox? to help strike a better balance between their online and real lives, according to new research.

Performers in top gear for the Tattoo
HUNDREDS of performers from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have taken part in a rehearsal of the world-famous spectacle.

Which? report: Supermarkets fail to promote healthier food
SUPERMARKETS in Scotland have been criticised for promoting less healthy food as the country battles obesity.

Stephen McTaggart: High days and holidays
AFTER another supercomfy sleep in the bosom of Maggie, our comely campervan, we woke to clear blue skies at Sango Sands Caravan Park where the owner James gave us some details on the impact the North Coast 500 route has made on his business. T

£2,000 fine driver who plunged bus into floodwater
A BUS driver who risked the lives of passengers during Storm Frank floods has been fined £2,000 and nine points slapped on his licence for careless driving.

Andy Murray's Wimbledon final shirt auction raises £10,000 for malaria charity
THE T-shirt worn by Andy Murray when he won Wimbledon last month has raised £10,000 for charity. Proceeds from the sale of the signed and framed shirt will go to Malaria No More UK, via CharityStars, which works to bring an end to the preventable di

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Dugdale defects to the USA ? New Labour survival guaranteed
                  30 June 2016: Dugdale off to the USA attending an indoctrination course – But her deputy Alex Rowley is not fit to lead the party in her absence Dugdale?s attendance on the US State Department?s International Visitor Leadership Program this month may also create a headache …

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 …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

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...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland?
The Named Persons legislation and who stands up for liberty in Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 31st 2016 The summer of 2016 is proving dramatic and historic. Brexit, David Cameron resignation as PM, Theresa May becoming the new PM, Jeremy Corbyn?s travails. That?s just Britain. Across the world there is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, …

Confiscating the nationalist halo: Review of Independence of the Scottish Mind
Gerry Hassan, Independence of the Scottish Mind: Elite Narratives, Public Spaces and the Making of a Modern Nation, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-41413-7 Reviewed by Scott Hames Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Summer 2016 The feverish upheaval of Scottish politics has gradually become its own kind of normal. On 5 May the voters practically …

The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesnt have a right...
The Labour Party: that pillar of the British constitution doesn?t have a right to exist Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 25th 2016 Politics requires a credible opposition that holds government to account. One that offers the prospect of an alternative government ? but now, and for the foreseeable future, Scotland and the UK is without …

Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics
Remembering childhood holidays in Scotland and my first venture into politics Gerry Hassan July 20th 2016 Everybody?s first experiences of summer holidays are always likely to be special – tinged with evocative memories and memorable moments. My earliest recollection of a summer holiday was the sojourn from Dundee to Girvan in 1969, just before I …

A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK
A Very British Coup: The rise of Theresa May could see the end of the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 17th 2006 Theresa May became the UK Prime Minister this week ? elected on a mandate of 199 Tory MPs in what amounted to a very British coup. She is only Britain?s second ever …

After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like?
After Cameron, Boris and Corbyn: What will Tomorrow?s Leaders Look Like? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 14th 2016 Leadership in the modern world is cited as the answer to nearly every issue, problem or area of life ? from business, to turning round failing organisations, to the success of football clubs. In the last month, …

This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly being found out
This is the Age of Groupthink Britain and it is increasingly been found out Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, July 10th 2016 When has British politics ever been in such a state of flux? The Tories, UKIP and English and Welsh Greens in leadership contests; the Labour Party in a series of convulsions from top to …

The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair
The anger about the Iraq Disaster isn?t just about Iraq and Blair Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, July 7th 2016 It is hard to envisage now but once upon a time Tony Blair was an eager to please, likeable, pragmatic politician. In 1997 he caught the mood of the times and led Labour to an election …

Scotland and Independence

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SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independ...

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SNP MSP John Mason still boycotting travel agency over 2014 Scottish independence opposition
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A senior SNP MSP has been called ?petulant beyond belief? after he disclosed he has boycotted a major Scottish travel agency for more than two years because it opposed independence before the 2014 referendum. John Mason, the deputy convener of the ...
'Unacceptable' Fury as S...

Sturgeon told she's living a FANTASY as SNP plot to tie second independence v...

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Sturgeon told she's living a FANTASY as SNP plot to tie second independence vote to Brexit
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned ?all options are on the table? as she battles to retain Scotland's EU membership despite June's UK-wide Leave vote. This includes a possible second ballot on Scottish independence, the SNP leader has said.
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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds ...

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No boost in support for Scottish independence despite Brexit, new poll finds
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Britain's decision to leave the EU has not triggered a boost in support for Scottish independence, according to a new YouGov poll that undermines the SNP's push for a second referendum. Some 53 per cent of Scottish voters oppose independence while 47 ...
Scotland's papers: Independence polls...

Scotland's papers: independence march and shamed lottery winner - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: independence march and shamed lottery winner
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An independence rally in Glasgow and a shamed lottery winner feature on the front pages of Scotland's Sunday papers. The Sunday Herald features a large photo of the Glasgow rally, which saw thousands march through the city before gathering in George ...
Thousands of pro-independence supporters march through GlasgowDai...

Support for Scottish independence is growing since Brexit - Financial Times

Financial Times
Support for Scottish independence is growing since Brexit
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Supporters of Scottish independence argue that the only way now to guarantee continued EU membership is to leave the UK and there are signs that Scots who voted no to independence in September 2014 are beginning to switch. Three polls since the EU ...
Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence may offer 'greatest ...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

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Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
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Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...

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Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader - Telegr...

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Scotland on the brink of independence, says SNP's Westminster leader
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Scotland is on the brink of independence, according to the SNP's leader at Westminster. Angus Robertson said the party must focus on persuading voters that independence is right for Scotland as he launched his campaign to be Nicola Sturgeon's deputy.
Alyn Smith MEP: EU open to Scottish independence ...

Independence May Bring Scotland Bitcoin-like Cryptocurrency - CoinTelegraph

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Independence May Bring Scotland Bitcoin-like Cryptocurrency
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In the paper Dr. Dalzell discusses the ramifications of a possible Scottish currency after Brexit. There have been calls for another Scottish referendum seeking independence from the United Kingdom, after the UK in its own referendum voted to leave the ...



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A Buy Rating on This Stock is the Sell-Side Consensus: China Petroleum & Chem...

A Buy Rating on This Stock is the Sell-Side Consensus: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP)
TGP
Wall Street analysts are holding on to a Buy rating on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP). Using the following ratings scale: 1.0 Strong Buy, 2.0 Buy, 3.0 Hold, 4.0 Sell and 5.0 Strong Sell, analysts have an average recommendation of ...

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Is the Sky the Limit For This Stock? Analysts See Upside to China Petroleum &...

Is the Sky the Limit For This Stock? Analysts See Upside to China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP)
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Brokerage firm analysts on Wall Street believe that shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) have significant upside based on current levels. The average price target of all polled analysts stands at $82.05. Compared to the most recent bid ...

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Update on China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) for the day - Twin Coun...

Update on China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP) for the day
Twin County News
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP), from Basic Materials sector has been doing well recently. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. has been operating with a total market capitalizations of 87837.79 and has reported a price of 71.88 today, ...

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Labour, SNP, Lib Dems welcome BOE decision but demand action from Hammond - L...

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Labour, SNP, Lib Dems welcome BOE decision but demand action from Hammond
Left Foot Forward
Voices from across the political spectrum have welcomed the Bank of England's decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25 per cent, and to expand quantitative easing to counter the economic effects of the Brexit vote. 'Following the United ...

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The SNP should admit it was wrong and scrap the Football Act - STV News

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The SNP should admit it was wrong and scrap the Football Act
STV News
It's time for the SNP to show some humility and accept they got it wrong. In the Scottish Government's own analysis of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act (or the Football Act for short), there is a graph which shows ...

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SNP's Tommy Sheppard urges review of independence white paper - Scotsman

SNP's Tommy Sheppard urges review of independence white paper
Scotsman
The SNP must review its ?White paper? blueprint for Scottish independence if another referendum is to be held, according to one of the party's deputy leadership candidates. Edinburgh MP Tommy Sheppard says the 650-page ?guide to an independent ...

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Gordon Lindhurst: The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should be repealed ...

Gordon Lindhurst: The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should be repealed
Scotsman
Of all the acts the SNP majority government passed in the last parliament, the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act stands out as one of the worst. It became law in 2012, in spite of serious concerns on its provisions expressed by many organisations ...

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Publicly provided child care more expensive in Scotland - Press and Journal

Press and Journal
Publicly provided child care more expensive in Scotland
Press and Journal
Iain Gray, the party's education spokesman, said: ?There has been a comprehensive failure in delivery after a decade of SNP Government. ?The summer holidays are a difficult time for working families. ?Accessing and affording good quality childcare is ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit? - Betting.betfair

EU Referendum: Will Scotland leave the UK over Brexit?
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One of the questions on many people's lips since the EU Referendum in June is how leaving the union would affect relationships between the different countries within the UK. After all, only England and Wales supported Brexit; Scotland and Northern ...

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SNP calls for END OF MONARCHY: Now MEP wants referendum on Queen as head of S...

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SNP calls for END OF MONARCHY: Now MEP wants referendum on Queen as head of Scotland
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He said: "I want to see the people of Scotland in charge of Scotland's future, so once we regain independence I would be up for a referendum on the subject and the people will choose, but let's do it after independence so we can have a proper debate ...
SNP's Alyn Smith backs referendum on mo...

Time to listen Sturgeon! 90 percent of SCOTS say independence referendum is N...

Express.co.uk
Time to listen Sturgeon! 90 percent of SCOTS say independence referendum is NOT a priority
Express.co.uk
The YouGov survey for pro-UK campaign group Scotland in Union also found that a third of Scots (32 per cent) want to wait until Britain's deal on quitting the EU is clear before deciding on another referendum. Just 16 per cent want a snap poll, while a ...
Third of Scots want Brexi...

Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ... - The Independent

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Alex Salmond sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish ...
The Independent
Any second Scottish independence referendum would have to take place promptly ?within the Brexit timetable?, Alex Salmond has said. The former Scottish first ...

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Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in...

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Shameless Salmond's shock claim on how Sturgeon will DEFY EU Brexit result in TWO years
Express.co.uk
During her first PMQs, Mrs May told Parliament: ?I do find it a little confusing given that only two years ago in the Scottish referendum the Scottish National Party was campaigning for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, which would have meant ...
Scotland could hold 2nd independen...

Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum? - Newsweek

Newsweek
Is the UK Set For Another Scottish Independence Referendum?
Newsweek
The British government would need to allow another referendum for it to be legitimate; if it didn't, Spain, which recently saw an illegitimate independence vote in Catalonia, would be all but certain to veto an independent Scotland's right to ...
Scotland Minister: 'There is no mood for second independence referendum'ITV ...

It's a big Yes2 a second referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
It's a big Yes2 a second referendum
Herald Scotland
THOUSANDS of Yes supporters marched through the streets of Glasgow yesterday in what was the biggest pro-independence demonstration in Scotland since the 2014 referendum. Colourful Yes Scotland banners, Saltire flags and campaign placards were ...
Thousands of pro-independence supporters march through GlasgowDaily Mail
Some 7000 Sco...

Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call for 2nd referendum if Brexit weakens Scotlan...

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon says she'll call for 2nd referendum if Brexit weakens Scotland
Daily Mail
Scottish voters backed remaining in the EU by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent in the referendum, while the UK as a whole voted by 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave. Ms Sturgeon met with the Prime Minister in Edinburgh earlier this month, with ...
Sturgeon blames austerity for Brexit vote, r...

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Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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 ...

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

Indyref2
Thursday 15th June 2017.  

Good move by the SG moving the GERS publication figures till next August - and therefore not providing airtime to idiots arguing the future of the nation on the basis of a single year.  

Bring it on.  

team #Yes  team #Scotland

Why no polls?
With speculation over a second Independence Referendum and an alleged surge in support for Yes, is anyone else surprised that there haven't been more opinion polls?Does anyone know if there is any coming up?

Nuclear vs Renewable
Surprised there hasn't been a thread about this. Where do people stand on this?

Personally I think the new nuclear power plant will prove to be completely impracticable and will shoot up energy prices right across the UK. It's not the direction I believe we should be going in. Not to mention the...

Lesser Scotland
If Scotland were to suffer independence it will obviously suffer negatively from it's sheer geographical size in comparison to it's  near stagnant population growth and economic torpor. Would it therefore not make sense to return North Nothumbria back to England , if not the whole of Southern...

Great Britain
Does the name need to be scrapped?Whilst we are in this political union of erm equals, then surely our cousins over the Irish Sea (the north part) must feel left out.UK surely is the term that should be used (yes I get the bit about UK of GB and NI), but let's just say UK. The term GB should real...

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Cut to 0.25% http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36976528  

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Dugs
After months of consideration, I got myself a dog today. A red cattle dog. 9 month old rescue type but happy temperament and fully housetrained. A great wee bitch. Bonnie as anything. I named her Alba.  What fancy dog breeds are favourites of the TA and any funny tales?   

Rio 2016
Unlikely to be seeing scenes like this...  

Glasgow Subway Pub Crawl
My mate is planning on doing the Glasgow Subway Pub Crawl (visit a pub by every subway exit on the circle), however he has heard that the Louden by Ibrox station is only open on matchday. We don't plan to do it on a matchday, so can somebody confirm if it is closed on non-matchdays, and if so...

Named Person Act
"From 31 August of this year, a "named person" will be appointed to monitor the welfare of every child in Scotland. Opponents of the scheme are attempting to have it quashed by the law courts, arguing that the legislation amounts to a "Big Brother" scheme that will undermine parents, breach a...

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.

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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 ...