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No 10 makes clear UK Government's "overwhelming" preference is for diplomatic...
4 Sep 2017 at 1:56pm
DOWNING Street has restated the UK's "overwhelming" preference for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the crisis over nuclear tests by North Korea.

No 10 brushes aside as "speculation" suggestions PM is set to end the seven y...
4 Sep 2017 at 1:38pm
DOWNING Street has described as "speculation" reports that Theresa May is preparing to end the long-standing one per cent cap on pay rises in the public sector.

Soubry calls on Tory Government to end its "macho" posturing on Brexit repeal...
4 Sep 2017 at 1:22pm
THE leading Remainer Tory, Anna Soubry, has called on the Conservative Government to end its ?macho? posturing and made clear no Tory MP was planning to defy Theresa May over the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill at its first Commons vote next week.

Anti-Brexit British Tory MEP secures Irish passport "to stay EU citizen"
4 Sep 2017 at 7:15pm
A ?pretty angry pro-European? British Conservative MEP has secured an Irish passport out of disgust at Brexit.

Scottish Labour leadership contenders declare support for Corbyn as PM
3 Sep 2017 at 5:58pm
LABOUR leadership contender Anas Sarwar has said the forthcoming race ?will not be about the direction of the UK Labour Party? as his opponent Richard Leonard set out his left-wing vision of redistribution of wealth and nationalised industry.

Tom Gordon: Scottish Labour's numbers don't add up
2 Sep 2017 at 12:09am
SCOTTISH Labour?s biennial leadership crisis is upon us again.

SNP to scrap pay cap for public sector workers
3 Sep 2017 at 12:09am
THE take-home pay of hundreds of thousands of public sector workers in Scotland will be boosted next year by the scrapping of the one per cent cap on wage rises.

Kezia Dugdale: the wasted talent who left her party in the lurch
3 Sep 2017 at 12:08am
SCOTTISH Labour?s away day in an Edinburgh hotel on Friday was supposed to be a relaxing affair, but the MSPs, MPs and councillors who bothered attending must have wished they'd stayed at home.

David Davis accuses Brussels of "silly" approach to Brexit talks
3 Sep 2017 at 9:53pm
DAVID Davis has accused Brussels and its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier of having a ?silly? approach to the talks on the UK?s withdrawal from the European Union.

'Ruth Davidson runs an autocratic party'...Senior Tory claims Conservatives i...
3 Sep 2017 at 12:08am
A SCOTTISH Tory stalwart, who was blocked from taking a vacant seat in the European Parliament, has branded Ruth Davidson's party ?autocratic?.

North Korea 'new order of threat' warning from Boris Johnson after nuclear test
3 Sep 2017 at 2:03pm
North Korea could present a "new order of threat" if it succeeds in producing a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit on a missile, Boris Johnson warned following the country's most powerful nuclear test yet.

Top Scottish Labour donor backs millionaire Sarwar as next party leader
3 Sep 2017 at 12:10am
ONE of Scottish Labour?s biggest donors has backed Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar to succeed Kezia Dugdale as party leader.

David Davis accuses EU of ?silly? approach to Brexit talks
3 Sep 2017 at 10:39am
David Davis has accused Brussels and its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier of having a ?silly? approach to the talks on the UK?s withdrawal from the European Union.

Theresa May bids to prevent Tory rebellion over Brexit ahead of Repeal Bill v...
3 Sep 2017 at 2:29am
Theresa May is attempting to prevent a Tory rebellion over Brexit ahead of the first Commons votes on the legislation to withdraw from the European Union.

Revealed: controversial 'fast track' teacher training charity funded by big b...
3 Sep 2017 at 12:09am
A CHARITY behind a controversial ?fast track? teacher training course has accepted millions of pounds in donations from banks with a chequered financial past.

 

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Q&A: Where the UK stands on North Korea?s nuclear tests
4 Sep 2017 at 8:13pm
As tensions heighten after North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful test of a nuclear device, here’s a look at what the UK’s involvement might be if the crisis escalates.

Britain becoming a ?godless society? according to survey
4 Sep 2017 at 7:31pm
Britain is becoming an increasingly godless society, with more than half of the population now describing themselves as having “no religion”, new figures reveal.

First conviction in Scotland under new ?revenge porn? laws
4 Sep 2017 at 5:07pm
A man who threatened to put intimate footage of a former partner online has become the first person to be convicted in Scotland under new tougher legislation.

Seven myths about being an alcoholic
4 Sep 2017 at 3:36pm
An Alcoholics Anonymous member uses their experience to bust some of the common myths surrounding alcoholism as AA launches its first London-wide advertising campaign.

Anas Sarwar announces he will stand for Labour leadership
4 Sep 2017 at 11:23am
Anas Sarwar has today announced that he will be a candidate in the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

4 in 5 Leave voters ?happy? for continued EU migration
4 Sep 2017 at 10:13am
Four in five Leave voters would be happy for the migration of high-skilled EU workers to remain at current levels or increase, according to new research.

Uncertain post-Brexit fortunes of British businesses
4 Sep 2017 at 10:11am
Stuart Lucas, chief executive of share-trading platform Asset Match, looks at the effect of the general election on investor sentiment towards the UK leaving the EU.

Leonard: Scottish Labour failed to ?pick up? Corbyn bounce
4 Sep 2017 at 10:08am
Scottish Labour failed to capitalise on a so-called “Corbyn bounce” during the general election, according to an MSP bidding to become the party’s new leader in Scotland.

Kirsty Gunn: Multiple reasons to feel dismayed by our monoculture
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
I’ve just had an interesting letter from a writer friend. We have both been in discussion about this year’s Booker Prize for novels and he, as a distinguished and well known author who has been shortlisted for the Booker in the past, along with a whole welter of literary awards including a great a great number that he has also won, was telling me how disillusioned he was by the entire process of prizegiving and its effect on our understanding of literature. “When did it all get so dull?” he said. “I suppose when literature was signed up as a polite, vaguely liberal, conscience-salving instrument of western globalisation.”

Supporters of Labour front-runners warned against xenophobia
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Supporters of the front-runners to succeed Kezia Dugdale as Scottish Labour leader have been warned not to trade in “xenophobia” as the campaign threatened to turn nasty before it even begins.

Brian Monteith: Sturgeon?s economic strategy is more like a PR strategy
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Unless she’s trying to take us all for mugs, the First Minister should hand over responsibility to Alex Neil, says Brian Monteith

Leader comment: Rate Leonard on his actions, not his accent
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Even before the official campaign has begun within Labour to select a leader to replace Kezia Dugdale, a nasty personal campaign has ­surfaced. Unnamed opponents of Richard Leonard, one of the ­candidates, claim the fact that he is English and that he is private school educated, would count against him. Supporters will loudly ­protest that such personal characteristics should have no place in a ­contest that should surely focus on the ­policies of the candidates.

Lesley Riddoch: New Towns can?t solve Scotland?s housing problems
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
It’s crazy to think our housing needs can only be delivered in large dormitory-like estates, says Lesley Riddoch

EU is being ?silly? over Brexit cash, David Davis claims
3 Sep 2017 at 5:56pm
David Davis has denied the UK Government is hiding plans to pay the EU a £50 billion Brexit settlement, and said Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was being “silly” by insisting on dealing with money as a priority in talks.

Curriculum reforms are a ?disaster? for poor pupils
3 Sep 2017 at 5:29pm
One of Scotland’s leading education experts has claimed reforms are “dumbing down” the national curriculum and warned the impact on children’s futures could be “disastrous”.

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Surging into convalescence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2017 at 11:18am
We have a contest, ladies and gentlemen. If only there was some way to illustrate that revitalisation, eh readers? Job done!

Mining the playing field
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2017 at 12:00pm
This week’s publication of party accounts by the Electoral Commission, along with a string of recent stories about election expenses, served as a reminder to anyone who might have forgotten that the SNP are still, despite 10 years in power, the massive underdogs in Scottish politics. Labour and the Tories, in particular, can always rely …

Motes and beams
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2017 at 11:00am
The Times today carries an article sparking the annual revival of one of the evergreen mysteries of Scottish politics: just how many (or more accurately, how few) people are in the Scottish Labour Party? The piece sees leadership contest avoider Alex Rowley crowing about a fall in the SNP’s membership income, based on this year’s …

Eyes on the prized
by Chris Cairns
2 Sep 2017 at 6:55am

Didn?t you spill my pint?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2017 at 10:48am
Ruth Davidson finally emerged today from a summer of hiding from press stories about her racist and sectarian councillors and MSPs to give a bizarre, nervy and gabbling interview to Good Morning Scotland. Highlights included calling Show Racism The Red Card an “anti-Semitic” organisation and proposing the building of eight entire new towns in Scotland …

Another surprising development
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2017 at 12:57pm
Last year: That’ll definitely have been done, then, right? Who could ever have suspected, etc?

Waving goodbye
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Aug 2017 at 9:55am
When all the media spin – and boy are there ever some examples around today – is said and done, one cold fact will remain: Kezia Dugdale inherited the main opposition party in Scotland, and bequeathed her unlucky successor a third-placed irrelevance. Before Dugdale took over two years ago this month, Labour had NEVER finished third …

One two-hundredth
by Chris Cairns
30 Aug 2017 at 6:55am

Broken news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2017 at 11:12pm

True nature
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2017 at 4:24pm
What Tories are, in two images from one week. Never forget it until the day you die, readers.

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MSP Anas Sarwar launches Scottish Labour leadership bid
4 Sep 2017 at 11:04am
MSP Anas Sarwar announces his candidacy for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party.


Sepsis decision 'putting lives at risk'
4 Sep 2017 at 1:25am
A call for a national campaign to raise awareness of sepsis is rejected by the Scottish government.


Back to work: What's coming up at Holyrood?
4 Sep 2017 at 1:39am
Scotland's politicians are getting back to the day job after the summer recess - what will be on their agendas?


Cancer charity calls for action on junk food multi-buys
4 Sep 2017 at 11:59am
Almost two-thirds of Scots are overweight or obese which charities say can be linked to 13 types of cancer.


Scottish Labour leadership: Richard Leonard confirms bid
3 Sep 2017 at 10:47am
In a newspaper article MSP Richard Leonard says Scotland needs a "united Labour Party committed to bold change".


New curriculum could be 'disastrous', says education expert
3 Sep 2017 at 11:10am
Education expert Prof Lindsay Paterson says the Curriculum for Excellence may also widen inequality in Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon 'to scrap public sector pay rise cap'
3 Sep 2017 at 2:15pm
It is understood the measure will be announced when the first minister reveals her programme for government on Tuesday.


Ruth Davidson says Scotland 'should build more new towns'
1 Sep 2017 at 12:40am
The Scottish Conservative leader says radical action is needed to help young people buy their own home.


MSPs call for action on Scottish teacher shortages
1 Sep 2017 at 12:39am
MSPs on Holyrood's education committee set out more than 30 recommendations to tackle teacher shortages.


Scottish independence rally held in Berlin
2 Sep 2017 at 5:05pm
The event, outside the Reichstag building, was organised by Germans for Scottish independence.


Ruth Davidson defends MP over Gypsy Traveller comments
1 Sep 2017 at 10:51am
The Scottish Conservative leader said Moray MP Douglas Ross was reflecting local concern about the issue.


Gay men to receive 'Turing Law' pardons
31 Aug 2017 at 5:59pm
New bill would give formal pardons to gay men convicted of same-sex acts that are no longer illegal.

Scot Goes Pop

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Sarwar is seething, Leonard is livid and Rowley is raging as two new subsampl...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2017 at 6:02pm
I find it pays to aim for maximum alliterative inclusivity at moments of particular chaos for Labour.The Scottish subsample from the new Britain-wide Survation poll shows something quite rare and e...

Can a Leonard change Labour's spots?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2017 at 3:48am
We've all been having tremendous fun over the last week with the almost comical obscurity of Richard Leonard, a man who somehow stands on the brink of becoming leader of the third-largest party in ...

Murdo Most Foul
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2017 at 2:09pm
Just a quick note to let you know that, if you're a subscriber to iScot magazine, you can find an article by me on pages 40 and 41 of the September edition.  It's an appeal for greater tolerance an...

Kezia Dugdale's electoral record is mostly grim
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2017 at 6:02am
There's a tiresome article on LabourList which can basically be summarised as: "Kezia Dugdale is a woman, so if you were critical of her leadership, you're a misogynist".  It starts off with the fo...

Disbelief as Dugdale dream is dramatically discontinued
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2017 at 10:53pm
I suppose I should be claiming the prediction of the year, because I did say when the general election was called in the spring that Kezia Dugdale's days as Scottish Labour leader were probably num...

It was short-sighted, it was suspicious, and it was Swinson
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2017 at 7:35pm
With thanks once again to John Motson for inspiring the title, here is a quick note to let you know I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the mystery of the Lib Dem "invisible money" ...

Sub-British nationalities are just a pretend thing
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2017 at 3:46pm
I spent some time at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow last week, which was another pleasing reminder that the Commonwealth Games was not quite the one-off event that it appeared at the ...

Tommy Sheppard is wrong : the independence referendum should be held before t...
by James Kelly
27 Aug 2017 at 6:41pm
I've only just discovered, via Peter A Bell's blogpost, that Tommy Sheppard used his Thomas Muir memorial lecture the other day to argue that there should not be an independence referendum until af...

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Received this yesterday, it's the 5th or 6th so far. Is this a legit threat o...
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4 Sep 2017 at 8:26pm
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Sepsis decision 'putting lives at risk' - BBC News
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4 Sep 2017 at 8:18pm
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Railcards for 16-25, strict?
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4 Sep 2017 at 8:02pm
Me again - travelling to Scotland in September a week after my 26th birthday. Will I be thrown into some kind of holding cell if I purchase a 16-25 railcard? submitted by /u/antidotem [lin...

The Arbroath RNLI Boat Station. Great place with great people.
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4 Sep 2017 at 7:02pm
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"That face when yer just pretending to like the monarchy for the votes."
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4 Sep 2017 at 6:56pm
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My thanks to the Fraser of Allander for agreeing I am right on GERS. Now let?...
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4 Sep 2017 at 6:46pm
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First person convicted under new 'revenge porn' law
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4 Sep 2017 at 5:50pm
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Angus Council to cut 800 jobs over next three years
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The manufactured outrage in this Daily Mail report on Nicola Sturgeon "TOUCHI...
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STV News Tonight to be streamed live over Facebook
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4 Sep 2017 at 2:39pm
I am moving to Glasgow in a few days beause I'll be studying at the UoG for the next few years. I will definitely need a bank account and a British SIM card. Can any of you recommend something? I t...

Scotland 2nd in Rough Guides Best Countries list for 2017
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Oil and gas firm donation to Scots Tory election candidate sparks call for la...
by David Clegg
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Balmoral Offshore Engineering received a £1million grant from Scottish Enterprise in May just weeks before parent company Balmoral Comtec donated £5000 to Scottish Conservative Ross Thomson.


Tories are to blame for human catastrophe facing UK's disabled - Mhairi Black
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The MP believes the UK Government is leaving behind some of the very most vulnerable people in our society.


Who will replace Kezia Dugdale? Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar give their pi...
by Record Reporter
3 Sep 2017 at 11:28am
After the Scottish Labour leader's surprise resignation the path is clear for a new candidate to step up to the podium.


Scots set to miss out on BILLIONS as EU bank axe UK funding amid Brexit talks
by Mark Aitken
3 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The decision will see an end to funding that has backed projects including work at Edinburgh Sick Children's and Dumfries and Galloway hospitals.


The staggering cuts to welfare benefits over the last seven years mean that m...
by Record View
2 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The challenge the Scottish Government have to face up to as they prepare to take over welfare powers is how to address the issue.


Nasty Tories' benefit axe targets single parents to leave them £4k a year wor...
by David Clegg
2 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The attack by Theresa May's cruel Government will leave low income families hardest hit.


The oil crash has killed the economic case for independence - it's time to mo...
by Record View
1 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
As the price of a barrel plummeted public finances have taken a hammering, according to Record View.


£6million snatched from multiple sclerosis sufferers in cruel Personal Indepe...
by John Ferguson
1 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Almost one in three people who received the highest rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance had their payments downgraded under the new system.


Next Scottish Labour leader must stay in the middle if they want to come first
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil Crichton gives his analysis on Kezia Dugdale's reign as party leader and sets out the steps her replacement must take if they are to be a success.


Kezia Dugdale claims magazine outed her as gay before she could reveal sexual...
by David Hughes
31 Aug 2017 at 9:50am
The former Scottish Labour leader said she had to "make some phone calls" to inform people about her sexuality before they read the interview.

Michael Greenwell


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

Playing Ball
by michaelgreenwell
18 Aug 2017 at 1:59pm
At the moment polls are still fluctuating between a small lead for independence and a small lead for staying in a rapidly failing state (I know, I know). That obviously means just over or just under half of the Scottish population support independence, and although people who work in some industries may be more one …

The Trouble With Corbyn
by michaelgreenwell
17 Aug 2017 at 6:03pm
The latest film by Phantom Power (you can find them all here) features writer Alan Bissett explaining the trouble with Corbyn…

A Basic Level
by michaelgreenwell
7 Aug 2017 at 11:06pm
I may be about to make the first  statement that won’t be taken as controversial on the internet in the last 5 years…. Whoever or wherever it is, and even if you disagree with them on many things, I think everyone in the world would like the leader of their country to be an intelligent …

Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

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Fight back Against McJobs
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Sep 2017 at 4:39pm
Strikes at McDonalds in Crayford and Cambridge – where the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) balloted for strike action and received an overwhelming 95.7 per cent vote in favour – could spread as the reality of exploitation in the food industry is exposed. As Michael Calderbank writes in Red Pepper: “A global fightback …

Scents & Sensibility
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Sep 2017 at 10:57am
Commentator and novelist, Sara Sheridan, found her voice as an activist during Indyref. Afterwards she set up a pioneering company making feminist perfume. Yes, you read that right… 2014 was a huge year and after Indyref, like many people, I was gutted. It was a shock when only days after the result, people were talking …

Hacking History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Sep 2017 at 9:39am
The issue of statues monuments and who owns public space has come alive as the US implodes over the issue of whether to take down monuments to the supporters of slavery and appears not to have found closure to its own Civil War (which was supposed to have ended in 1865). Anyone watching Kathryn Bigelow?s …

The Complex Case of Modern Nationalism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Sep 2017 at 8:24pm
Nationalism was the defining organisational principle of the 20th century – from Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress right the way through to Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party. But the age of nationalism, of all those sorts of nationalisms, as we have known them, is drawing to an end. We …

A Crack in History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2017 at 6:02pm
Like many of the political events of recent years, the surge in support for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn at the UK general election was supposed to be ?impossible? until it happened. Soon after the election, Dougald Hine and Keith Kahn Harris began this exchange, asking whether recent developments vindicate an earlier optimism about the potential …

Trickle Down Violence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2017 at 4:02pm
State violence seems endemic in the west, given legitimacy by the language of those in power and emboldened by a shrill off-the-leash media desperate for clicks and readers in a bear-pit – a downward spiral of circulations and viewers. It starts at the very top and trickles down to the cop, the security guard, the …

Sea Prayer
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2017 at 3:35pm
It’s the second anniversary of the death of three-year old Alan Kurdi. Now it’s estimated that over 8,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to cross the Mediterranean fleeing war-torn crisis. Author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), has written a short story about a Syrian father and son facing an uncertain future on a …

The Real World of the Decentralized Autonomous Society
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2017 at 2:38pm
?But where change exists, so too do possibilities?? Murray Bookchin (2015, 54). Although it is still in its early stages, many commentators have been quick to note the revolu- tionary potential of the second wave of blockchain innovation. Bitcoin 2.0 technology, as it has come to be called by many, refers to the combination of …

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Nurses could take industrial action if government refuses to lift pay cap, sa...
by Andrew Sparrow
4 Sep 2017 at 7:38pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.30pm BST The UK government has no interest at all in any kind of power grab. We want and expect more powers to be devolved to Wales after Brexit ... A lot of the ...

Sarwar and Leonard confirm bids for Scottish Labour leadership
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Sep 2017 at 6:36pm
Former deputy leader of party and ex-trade union organiser announce they will stand in election to replace Kezia DugdaleA former deputy leader of Labour in Scotland will go head to head with a former trade union organiser standing for the party?s pro-Jeremy Corbyn wing in the battle to take over ...

Aberdeen joins councils raising money by selling bonds as cuts bite
by Richard Partington
31 Aug 2017 at 8:49pm
Panel of economic experts hired, but move raises risk speculators could bet against council should oil prices wobbleAberdeen city council has taken the unusual step of appointing economic advisers to assess its prospects for the bond market, as a growing number of local authorities turn to the wo...

Corbynites in Scottish Labour call for 'comradely' leadership battle
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Aug 2017 at 7:14pm
Campaign for Socialism urges supporters to prevent repeat of civil war that split UK party, as list of likely candidates shrinksAn influential pro-Corbyn group inside the Scottish Labour party has urged its supporters to avoid a civil war in the contest to succeed Kezia Dugdale. The Campaign for ...

Kate Evans on Kezia Dugdale and the Scottish Labour leadership ? cartoon
by Kate Evans
30 Aug 2017 at 8:34pm
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Corbynites hope leftwinger will emerge to stand for Scottish Labour leadership
by Heather Stewart and Severin Carrell
30 Aug 2017 at 7:25pm
Senior Westminster figures hope for influx of new members into Scottish party following Kezia Dugdale?s surprise departureJeremy Corbyn is hoping a leftwing candidate will emerge to stand for the leadership of the Scottish party, after Kezia Dugdale unexpectedly announced her resignation.Labour?s...

The Guardian view on Kezia Dugdale?s resignation: good for her, not for Scotl...
by Editorial
30 Aug 2017 at 7:03pm
She was the party?s eighth leader in 18 years. She lost many big battles. But she also showed Scottish Labour a way backKezia Dugdale?s resignation as leader of Scottish Labour is not in the best interests of her party. For the first time in the most dismal decade in its history, Scottish Labour ...

EU Brexit chief suggests talks being held up because UK won't clarify its pos...
by Andrew Sparrow
30 Aug 2017 at 5:17pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenFull text of Kezia Dugdale?s resignation letterTheresa May?s TV interviews in Japan - SummaryAfternoon summary 4.53pm BST Negotiations ongoing: #EUCO guidelines are designed for serious and constructive negotiations, but we need c...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Looking under the bonnet of language
Who needs linguists eh? Who needs to bother with all the bother of the academic study of language when we have the wit and wisdom of Stephen Daisley and his continuing crusade to deny the existence of the Scots language. It’s not a “real language” according to the erudite Daisley, it’s merely “slang English”. It’s …

Business as usual
Huge thanks to Macart for keeping you all amused and informed in my absence, but now I’m back and all refreshed. Or at least as refreshed as it’s possible to be when you have to delve into the jaded and miserable world of British nationalism in Scotland. It’s only when you escape it for a …

All you hoped for
A guest post by Samuel Miller Two referendums in two years, the backgrounds of which this site and many another have gone over pretty extensively. Two winning campaigns roundly criticized for their negativity, lack of clarity, lack of honesty and ultimately their ability to deliver on their pledges and assurances. I can’t quite put my …

The footnote
A guest post by Samuel Miller This will be short. You know, it would be easy and very tempting to list the record of exiting leader Kezia Dugdale’s gaffs and errors over the past near three years. Just as it’s tempting to give in to jibes and jokes at her departure. So I’m going to …

Somebody say something
A guest post by Samuel Miller In the past few weeks of the silly season we?ve seen some pretty weird articles out there folks. There have been twatter spats, reversals, exposures and even whistle stop tours by the perenially confused. Media darlings of yesterday become today?s pariahs and yesterday?s pariahs become today?s media darling. We?ve …

A kinder politics
A guest post by Samuel Miller This week Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, has been touring what he hopes are winnable marginal seats in Scotland. His intent, to raise his and his party?s profile north of the border and of course apparently do some damage to Labour?s political opponents along the way. So …

Oh the irony
A guest post by Samuel Miller A few articles this week have caught my eye and more than one have a hint of irony about them, not to mention a soupçon of ‘who knew?’ First up was a piece on Fishing grouds/rights which is apparently causing a bit of a fallout between Messrs Hammond and …

W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G
A guest post by Samuel Miller So basically First Minister Nicola Sturgeon whilst attending an Edinburgh Festival event said that the word “national” could be “problematic” and that with a bit of twenty twenty hindsight, naming her party differently ninety years ago might have been a good idea. Anyone associated with the SNP, indeed anyone …

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George Kerevan: Summer has exposed the lazy Brexiteers who were tipped to gra...
THE Westminster Parliament resumes this week after the summer hols. You know that because the English public school break is also over and the doings of the House of Commons are synchronised with Eton and co. So what is there to expect?

Nicola Sturgeon to ditch public-sector pay cap and end six years of stagnation
NICOLA Sturgeon looks set to top up the wages of Scotland?s public-sector workers by scrapping the one per cent pay cap as part of her programme for government.

Carolyn Leckie: Ruth Davidson has learned much from the alt-right
ROGER Stone is not exactly a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but a few details about his history give you a measure of the man.

Greg Moodie: The Labour Baton
Kezia Dugdale looks to her colleagues for a replacement.

Vonny Leclerc: The Earth is not disposable ? we must act now to halt climate ...
TAKE stock of the many headlines attesting to Harvey?s devastation and there is a yawning absence. Climate change deniers have such a control of the popular narrative that it was barely mentioned. When it was, it was an addendum, treated as if the increasing severity of extreme weather events are a whim of nature and beyond our control.

World leaders call for tougher action as North Korea brands latest nuclear te...
SECRETIVE state North Korea was facing global condemnation last night after describing its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yesterday as a ?perfect success?.

Mark Ballard and Robert McGeachy: Want a bolder Holyrood legislative programm...
THE Scottish Parliament restarts after its summer recess this week, in what is likely to be a busy parliamentary session for MSPs. We can expect to see the high-profile debates on health, education and the economy, and the Scottish Government will make an announcement about the new bills it plans to introduce.

?I want Scotland to shape the future? says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in ...
NICOLA Sturgeon has announced £45m of extra funding to help Scotland?s high-tech firms find ways to ?lead the key technological and social changes? and ?shape the future? of the world.

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The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Pe...
            King William 3rd of England and 2nd of Scotland – and the The Nine Years’ War (1688?97) The War of the Grand Alliance was a major conflict between France and a European wide coalition of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain, England, Scotland, and Savoy. … Continue reading "The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Perth Petit...

The True Story of Darien ? King William and Westminster Duplicity ? The 1701 ...
  Patrick Earl of Marchmont       The Darien Scheme – Scotland Betrayed by a Monarch Who Had Their Trust On Friday 7 January 1701 The Scottish Chancellor sent a Scottish parliament address to King William, in London concerning events in Caledonia. The duplicity of the King and his support of England against Scotland … Continue reading "The True Story of Darien – King William and Westminster Dup...

Scots ? Heed and Honour the Words of Your Antecedents Who Petitioned the Scot...
    James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry     ?Wha Daur Meddle Wi Me? Petition from the people of Fife to the Scottish Parliament 9 January 1701 To his Grace his majesties High Commissioner (James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry) and the right honourable Earls and representatives of parliament, we submit this humble address … Continue reading "Scots – Heed and Honour the Words of Your Anteced...

Owners of Tracts of Forested Land in Scotland larger Than Renfrewshire ? the ...
    Welby       Who Owns Scotland? The ever increasing calls for independence and land reform from Scots, fed up to the teeth with a grossly unfair feudal system of land distribution is the cause of desperation amongst those who fear they have most to lose. The “old school” comprising dukes, peers and … Continue reading "Owners of Tracts of Forested Land in Scotland larger Than Renfrewshire – t...

Baron Fraser of Corriegarth ? Tory Unionist ? Bought and Sold for Anybody?s G...
    Baron Fraser     Alexander Andrew Macdonell Fraser, Baron Fraser of Corriegarth Born in 1946, he is a treasurer of the Conservative Party and from 2016, (courtesy of David Cameron’s much criticised Resignation Honours list) a life Peer member of the House of Lords also called “God?s waiting room.” The World’s second largest … Continue reading "Baron Fraser of Corriegarth – Tory Unionist – B...

Glenfiddich Malt Whisky- Proudly Associated With Scotland ? The Distillers ? ...
  William Grant and Wife                        Austerity – A word foreign to the Estate owners of Scotland The Austerity years (2008 – 2030): Scots are burdened with the impossible task of breaking free of many years of austerity forced upon them by the criminal excesses of bankers and financial investors seeking to add … Continue reading "Glenfiddich Malt Whisky- Proudly Associated With Scotl...

Swiss Born Henry Angest ? Tory Party Financial Backer ? Scottish Estate Owner...
      Henry Angest       Swiss Born Henry Angest – Tory Party Financial Backer – Scottish Estate Owner Registered in Jersey – Donated £100,000 to the Better Together Campaign. Claims nearly 58,000 farming subsidy from the Scottish Taxpayer. Henry Angest is a Swiss born banker. He was an international executive with The … Continue reading "Swiss Born Henry Angest – Tory Party Financial Backer – ...

Direct Descendent of The Scottish Chancellor That Signed the Treaty of Union ...
                  2014 Scottish Referendum and the Earl of Seafield The Earl of Seafield, a peer of the United Kingdom confirmed his family ties to the Tory party remained as strong as they were when his forebear signed the 1707 Treaty of Union against the wishes of the … Continue reading "Direct Descendent of The Scottish Chancellor That Signed the Treaty of Union Confirms the Family Links to ...

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Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next?
Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 30th 2017 Scottish Labour used to offer certainty. It had its differences and divisions, but it was in the business of running Scotland, dominating local government and town halls, and was concerned with administration, holding office and doing practical things. That seems …

Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street?
Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 28th 2017 Jeremy Corbyn has been causing waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. A five-day visit has seen him get lots of coverage and in places crowds, while annoying his political …

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and th...
The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and the Future of Our Nation Sunday Herald, August 20th 2017 Gerry Hassan SCOTTISH politics feels, and looks on the surface, becalmed at the moment. This is an age of permanent disruption ? of populist movements, protests, anger, indignation, dismay and social division. This …

Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism?
Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 16th 2017 All political leaders have a certain limited shelf life. If they are very successful and lucky they win elections, hold power and make decisions, but the public eventually grow tired and wary of their constant public presence. …

From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Stu...
From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 15th 2017 Alex Salmond is one of the big beasts not just of Scottish, but British politics and the defining figure of modern Scottish nationalism and the SNP. He has been …

A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement
A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement Gerry Hassan Sceptical Scot, August 9th 2017 It isn?t a happy time for the Scottish independence movement. To some it seems like the silly season; to others a summer of discontent. But clearly something is going on which matters for the state of Scottish politics and the …

A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow
A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 9th 2017 Summer, Scotland 2017. Edinburgh comes alive and Glasgow has the start of the football season to look forward too. A tale of two cities and two very different experiences. Edinburgh Festival Time. In the immediate weeks before hundreds of …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence activists hold rally in Germany - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scottish independence activists hold rally in Germany
The Scotsman
Scottish independence activists based in Germany have staged a rally in support of another referendum in Berlin. The speeches and music were held outside the Reichstag building and were organised by little-known campaigning group ?Germans for ...
Scottish independence rally held in BerlinBBC News

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IN PICTURES: Germans for Scottish Independence rally takes to streets of Berl...

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IN PICTURES: Germans for Scottish Independence rally takes to streets of Berlin
CommonSpace
A RALLY held to raise awareness for Scottish independence took place in Germany on Saturday. Germans for Scottish Independence (GFI) held the march in Berlin that attracted around 150 supporters from both Scotland and Europe as Scottish expats joined ...



Berlin prepares for pro-Scottish independence rally this weekend - CommonSpace

CommonSpace
Berlin prepares for pro-Scottish independence rally this weekend
CommonSpace
The event in Berlin has been organised by Germans for Scottish Independence (GFI) and will begin at Brandenburger Tor close to the UK embassy at 11am before finishing near Bundestag at 4pm. Speakers include German MP Stefan Liebich, Tommy ...



Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence - Financial Times

Financial Times
Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence
Financial Times
An enthusiastic army of online supporters was seen as a major strength for the Scottish independence movement in the run-up to the failed referendum three years ago. Now many of the same campaigners are turning their ire on each other as a furious ...



Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream'
Telegraph.co.uk
Far from revivifying the independence dream there is now the very real prospect that Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and consequently from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), could actually trigger its demise.



Pro-Scottish independence blogger arrested for alleged harassment - Telegraph...

Telegraph.co.uk
Pro-Scottish independence blogger arrested for alleged harassment
Telegraph.co.uk
Stuart Campbell, who runs the Wings Over Scotland website, was arrested on Friday at an address in the Avon and Somerset area and bailed pending further enquiries. Police said the arrest was "on suspicion of harassment and malicious communications".

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 19 of T...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 19 of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 19 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Special report: Brexit will lead to Scotland's independence in four years, Sa...

Herald Scotland
Special report: Brexit will lead to Scotland's independence in four years, Salmond claims
Herald Scotland
He insisted the people of Scotland will vote Yes and said Brexit will determine the timing of another independence referendum. His comments came as Scotland's leading historian Tom Devine suggested there is a ?slowly opening window? of opportunity to ...
Alex Salmond: Scots will...

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Tenkan Sen Bullish Chart Revealed For SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (...

Tenkan Sen Bullish Chart Revealed For SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE)
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SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG (SHF.DE)'s moving averages reveal that the Tenkan line of the shares are above the Kijun-Sen line, indicating potential upward momentum building in the bullish chart. SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG moved ...

Female MPs were sent 25000 abusive Twitter messages in just six months - with...

Telegraph.co.uk
Female MPs were sent 25000 abusive Twitter messages in just six months - with half of them directed at Diane Abbott
Telegraph.co.uk
It's personal.? Other female MPs subjected to the most abuse included Joanne Cherry, the SNP MP, Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, Jess Phillips, a Labour MP and Anna Soubry, a Tory MP, were subject to the next highest levels of abuse.

and...

This Scottish Labour leadership candidate just proved he could make Jeremy Co...

The Canary
This Scottish Labour leadership candidate just proved he could make Jeremy Corbyn prime minister
The Canary
Scottish Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard has already proved he could make Jeremy Corbyn prime minister. Given Labour has lost most its Scottish seats to the SNP, Scotland is key to the party winning the next election. But a right-wing-led ...

Global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping market 2017-2021 Forec...

Global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping market 2017-2021 Forecasts and Analysis
Medgadget (blog)
The research report of global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping market examines the current and futuristic development estimate of the market. This report offers a complete detail about the Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping ...



Henry McLeish praises Kezia Dugdale for making 'real progress' with Scottish ...

Henry McLeish praises Kezia Dugdale for making 'real progress' with Scottish Labour
The Courier
Mr McLeish said there was now an ?unparalleled opportunity? for the other parties, including Labour, to contest the SNP. But more importantly, he said, they had to come up with some fresh ideas. He added: ?We have a shortage of ideas in Scotland. ?A ...



Unions react to end of public sector pay cap: "This is only the beginning of ...

CommonSpace
Unions react to end of public sector pay cap: "This is only the beginning of the fight"
CommonSpace
Ahead of the SNP's announcement of the next programme for government on Tuesday, at the outset of the new Scottish parliamentary session, a Scottish Government source told the Sunday Herald: ?The programme for government will make clear that the ...

Anas Sarwar enters race for Scottish Labour leadership - Holyrood.com

Holyrood.com
Anas Sarwar enters race for Scottish Labour leadership
Holyrood.com
Entering the campaign, the party's former deputy leader outlined his vision of a ?united Labour Party in Holyrood that is fighting the SNP and ready to form Scotland's next government?. Sarwar, currently the Scottish Labour health spokesperson, has ...

The China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receives Consensus Recommend...

The China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Receives Consensus Recommendation of ?Hold? from Analysts
BangaloreWeekly
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) has earned an average recommendation of ?Hold? from the seven analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish Labour Party Seeks Fourth Leader Since 2014 Referendum - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Scottish Labour Party Seeks Fourth Leader Since 2014 Referendum
Bloomberg
Dugdale took over from Jim Murphy, a former Labour minister who led the Scottish wing of the party from December 2014 to June 2015. Murphy was preceded by Johann Lamont, who quit shortly after Scotland's independence referendum in September 2014.
Corbyn tightens grip with resignation of Scottish Labour leaderReuters...

MSP Anas Sarwar launches Scottish Labour leadership bid - BBC News

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MSP Anas Sarwar launches Scottish Labour leadership bid
BBC News
... in constitutional politics we find ourselves in." Mr Leonard said he "campaigned hard" for a No vote in the 2014 independence referendum, but said the party could attract Yes voters by putting forward a "vision of hope" and "progressive change".
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Ten years after SNP surged to power ? Nicola Sturgeon MUST get a grip before ...

The Scottish Sun
Ten years after SNP surged to power ? Nicola Sturgeon MUST get a grip before Scotland grinds to a HALT
The Scottish Sun
... others who used to say that Brexit was a disaster based on a lie ? like Labour and the Tories ? changed their tune. Maybe Ms Sturgeon really believed that the logical end point of her fight to save Scotland from Brexit was another independence ...
SNP accused ...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 19 of T...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 19 of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 19 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum
The Scotsman
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had initially hinted at a second referendum being held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. But following the SNP's loss of 21 seats in June's general election, the timeframe was pushed back to 2021. RBS chief Ross McEwan ...
RBS share price: Group takes precautions against potential ...

Ditch threat of referendum before Brexit, Tommy Sheppard tells ... - The Times

The Times
Ditch threat of referendum before Brexit, Tommy Sheppard tells ...
The Times
Nicola Sturgeon should abandon the threat of an independence referendum this decade and instead seek an unequivocal mandate in 2021, one of her most ...

Scots and English hold similar views on immigration - poll - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scots and English hold similar views on immigration - poll
The Scotsman
The poll, conducted in June, found only 37 per cent of Scots would vote Yes in an independence referendum if one was held tomorrow ? compared with a No vote of 53 per cent and 11 per cent don't knows. British Future director Sunder Katwala said: ?There ...



When Can I Vote 'No' To More Referendums? - HuffPost UK

HuffPost UK
When Can I Vote 'No' To More Referendums?
HuffPost UK
The year 2013-14 came with a reputation building licence for many who were trying to break into Scottish politics. Amidst the febrile atmosphere of the referendum, individuals from both sides, who were previously only known to political anoraks, became ...



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Stephen Daisley
Here's what the current darling of the Britnat media has written about Gerald Kaufman, less than a week after his death. Classless doesn't even begin to cover it.

Kezia Dugdale
Resigning tomorrow, per sky news.  Would be shocked if Ian Murray isn't the new leader, given his massive majority in the GE.

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

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

The Official President Trump thread

Students are the new masters and the result is campus tyranny
In a few weeks, a new intake of students will arrive, all fresh-faced and excited, at universities around the country. They?ll be thrilled at the prospect of escaping the wagging finger of mum and dad, eager to absorb new ideas. But I?m afraid they are in for a rude awakening. Unless they?re very...

Present Korea Crisis
For much of my working life I worked, travelled and lived in the Far East so I have some understanding of what lies beneath the present tension. What most people in the west are not aware of is that Japan is despised in most of the countries throughout the far east, especially in China, most ...

Friends with your enemies
Labour MP Laura Pidcock has caused controversy by stating that she "will never be friends" with Conservative MPs. Pidcock said she thinks that Conservatives are the enemies of lots of women and classes. Several Tory MPs have been quoted denouncing her remarks and they certainly go against how ma...

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

Dug-gone
The Dug has quit. What now for Scottish Labour, whatever is left of it...?

Forth Road Bridge Closed
From midnight until its fixed, at least 24 hours. Good luck traveling in the east tomorrow!!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35001277

Porridge
Right we've all been told milk in porridge is soft and English etc etc. and true Scots eat it with manky salt and water Assuming our starving ancestors made it, I really doubt they wouldn't use milk for extra nutrition, I mean if you are desperate enough to add blood and invent black pudding,...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

Scots language
Scots language 'helps pupils in English exams' http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15510561.Scots_language__helps_pupils_in_English_exams_/ Seems there is still disagreement over Scots: language, dialect or English not spoke proper?  

Game of Thrones
What a season that was...

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

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Has Kezia Dugdale been pushed into supporting Independence?
So, did Jeremy Corbyn merely partake in an embarrassingly badly attended 5-day tour to remind everyone of his lack of support in Scotland? Or did he have plans to wish Kezia Dugdale well in whatever she chose to do next? For me, it was the later. I don?t think she so much ?passed the baton?…

The Endocannabinoid System ? A Wee Primer
This is just a basic primer and bullet points of the mechanics and pictures of moments and systems, in time. They do not explain the full function of the EC system which is always on the quest for homeostasis, balance, equilibrium? and through this, allows us to be fully engaged in the flow of life.…

The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…