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Teaching job advertised six times without success amid schools crisis
5 Jan 2018 at 5:05am
A TEACHING post in the north of Scotland has been advertised six times by desperate council bosses ? attracting just two applicants.

'Draconian' immigration policies are tearing families apart, say SNP
5 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
FAMILIES are being torn apart by ?draconian? immigration policies that separate parents from their children, it has been claimed.

Eight NHS boards employ no specialist staff to help grieving parents
5 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
MORE than half of Scotland?s fourteen NHS boards employ no child bereavement counsellors ? leaving women and couples who have lost a baby with little internal support.

2017: Corbyn and Labour emerge from wilderness
5 Jan 2018 at 5:00am
JEREMY Corbyn began the year under a political cloud.

SNP warns of "unanswered questions" over Brexit impact on farming
4 Jan 2018 at 4:49pm
UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has left ?too many questions unanswered? about the impact of Brexit on farming subsidies, his Holyrood counterpart has claimed.

PM slaps down Windsor council boss over call to clear homeless for royal wedding
4 Jan 2018 at 2:56pm
?Important that councils work to ensure that they are providing accommodation for homeless,? says May.

British Government offers no absolute protection for the Union, says Gerry Adams
4 Jan 2018 at 4:56pm
The Sinn Fein president issued the warning as the British and Irish governments look set to make a fresh bid to kickstart stalled powersharing talks.

I know it?s frustrating and I apologise, says May as struggling NHS cancels ops
4 Jan 2018 at 3:02pm
Theresa May has apologised for delays to operations and hospital admissions as the NHS in England struggles to cope with mounting winter pressures.

Blair urges Labour to abandon its "timidity" and oppose Brexit
4 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
LABOUR should take the political ?high ground? and oppose Brexit otherwise its ?timidity? will be seen as ushering in Britain?s departure from the European Union, Tony Blair has said.

Calls for a new ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia
4 Jan 2018 at 5:06am
A NEW ferry route between Scotland and Scandinavia would boost tourism and exports in the face of Brexit, it has been claimed.

Half of all Tories back the return of the death penalty
4 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
MORE than half of Conservatives and almost a quarter of Nationalists back the death penalty as punishment for some serious crimes, a major study of political activists has found.

10,000 ambulances dispatched with just one crew member on board
4 Jan 2018 at 5:10am
MORE than 10,000 ambulances have been dispatched with only one crew member on board in the last four years ? despite promises to end the practice except in ?exceptional circumstances?.

Figures show growing 'culture gap' between rich and poor Scots
4 Jan 2018 at 5:07am
SCOTS from the most deprived areas of the country are far less likely to read books, play musical instruments or take part in plays than their wealthier counterparts.

Councils struggle to fill thousands of teaching posts
4 Jan 2018 at 5:04am
MORE than 2,200 teaching posts have had to be re-advertised in the last three years because no-one could be found to fill them.

Conservatives need to re-engage with young voters or face "terminal decline,"...
3 Jan 2018 at 3:11pm
THE Tories need to re-engage seriously with young voters or face ?terminal decline,? a Scottish Conservative MP has warned as the party?s appeal to the under-40s has reached an historic low of below 10,000.

 

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Education ?crisis? as Scottish school forced to advertise six times for new t...
5 Jan 2018 at 8:22am
A high school has advertised six times for an English teacher, prompting fresh claims the government is presiding over a “crisis” in education.

MPs call for 25p ?latte levy? on disposable coffee cups
5 Jan 2018 at 8:16am
Coffee drinkers could be hit with a 25p “latte levy” if they buy their favourite brew in a throwaway cup, under new recommendations put forward by MPs.

Joyce McMillan: World is turning blind eye to its biggest catastrophe
5 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Diphtheria is easily preventable but in war-ravaged Yemen it is now a death sentence as the United Nations and the world turns a cynical blind eye, writes Joyce McMillan.

Police Scotland issued hundreds of personal safety and threat notices
5 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Police have issued ­hundreds of warnings to members of the public over threats to their lives and personal safety.

Brian Wilson: Why UK is going to have to swallow EU?s agenda on Brexit
5 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
I’m not sure why, but I took part in a BBC Radio Ulster discussion to mark this week’s 45th anniversary of UK accession to the European Community and consider parallels with current events. They are quite useful as a guide to what happens next.

Morale of Scots small firms sinks over Brexit and GDP fears
5 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Morale among smaller firms has sunk to a near record low with a “long-term optimism gap” widening between businesses in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Leader comment: All we are saying is give new Irn-Bru a chance
5 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
The decision to lower the sugar content of Irn-Bru, Scotland’s “other national drink”, could improve the state of our nation’s health.

Brexit: Nigel Farage to meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier
4 Jan 2018 at 8:18pm
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is set to meet the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to represent “the views of the 17.4 million”.

Six explosive claims made in the new Donald Trump book
4 Jan 2018 at 5:43pm
Few political books are likely to cause as much controversy in 2018 as Fire and Fury, a new account of life in the Trump White House by American journalist Michael Wolff. Extracts have been widely shared around the world in the past 24 hours and set social media ablaze. Here are six of the most explosive claims.

Video: Why Scottish bank notes are not legal tender
4 Jan 2018 at 4:26pm
We hate to break it to you, but Scottish bank notes are not, nor ever have never been, legal tender.

Scotland Office dismisses SNP hospitality claims as ?nonsense?
4 Jan 2018 at 2:55pm
The UK Government has dismissed claims made by the SNP in a row over hospitality spending at the Scotland Office as ‘utter nonsense’.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins subject to formal probe
4 Jan 2018 at 12:20pm
A senior Police Scotland officer suspended from duty last year is now the subject of a formal misconduct investigation.

Councillor asks police to clear rough sleepers before Windsor royal wedding
4 Jan 2018 at 10:10am
A council leader has been branded “abhorrent” after calling on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding.

More than half of Conservatives ?back the death penalty?
4 Jan 2018 at 8:26am
More than half of Conservatives back the death penalty as punishment for some serious crimes, a major study of political activists has found.

Kenny MacAskill: Age of Uncertainty may see SNP wipeout or a new Trump
4 Jan 2018 at 7:00am
A new year has arrived but it’s the Age of Uncertainty that’s dawning. Received wisdom is failing to provide answers and old certainties are falling by the wayside. Events that could never have been imagined, let alone predicted, have become reality. Welcome to the new world in which we live.

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Off the Bru
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2018 at 11:11am
As if we hadn’t had enough controversy this week, it’s time to tackle the big issues. The Scottish Sun’s been running stories for the last couple of days about the heresy that’s shortly going to be committed against Scotland’s most legendary iconic brand. Penny-pinching Cumbernauld drinks giant AG Barr – which carefully avoided getting involved in the …

The law that nobody wants
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2018 at 11:25am
On a number of previous occasions we’ve highlighted the weird discrepancy between the undivided loathing of the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act in the Scottish media and the Act’s overwhelming popularity with the Scottish public. You will struggle to ever hear a voice anywhere in the media in favour of it, yet there has never been …

A request for clarification
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2018 at 4:59pm
Below is a letter that we sent this week to the Electoral Commission. We thought you might be interested in it. Dear Sir/Madam, I wonder if you could clarify some matters for me with regard to the political campaign group “Scotland In Union”, specifically in regard to the registration of large donations. According to …

Who governs the governed?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2018 at 9:26am
More data from our latest poll: Almost 30% of No voters still believe the decision on whether Scotland should vote on independence again should be a matter for the Scottish Government (which already, as we know, has a Parliamentary mandate for it), not the UK government in London. Very nearly half of 2017 Labour voters (excluding …

The father of the thought
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jan 2018 at 12:49pm
In the Guardian today: If only we had some data on that oh wait of course we do. Our latest Panelbase poll, fieldwork 15-20 December 2017: Labour voters are in fact split almost exactly evenly across age groups, while the youth vote is massively SNP, with more than twice Labour’s support. Sorry, grandad. In fairness, though, …

The Year That Perished
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jan 2018 at 10:10am
The latest Wings Over Scotland annual readership stats are in: 2017 average monthly unique visitors: 303,719 2016 monthly average: 286,162 2015 monthly average: 290,522 (pre-2015 stats from different provider not comparable on a like-for-like basis) That’s a 6% increase year-on-year, which is pretty respectable going for the dullest 12 months in Scottish politics since this site started (and particularly given …

The Tools Of The Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Dec 2017 at 10:18am
Alert readers will have noted that last night we took down our story about Scotland In Union‘s spreadsheet of all the various super-wealthy Dukes, Duchesses, Viscounts, Earls, Marquesses, Countesses, Sirs, Lords, Ladies, Colonels and Brigadiers who fund their “grassroots” anti-independence operation. (AGM pictured below.) We believe we’re entitled under the law to run the article, …

The end of a bad song
by Chris Cairns
31 Dec 2017 at 6:55am

It?s the love that makes it worthwhile
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Dec 2017 at 9:00pm
Scottish people are the BEST at compliments ?

Not minding your language
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
In our latest Panelbase poll, as usual we took the opportunity to ask various social-attitudes questions as well as political ones, and some which span both categories. One of the most controversial posts ever on Wings addressed the subject of Gaelic, and having given everyone two-and-a-bit years to calm the hell down we thought we’d see what the …

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Teaching union 'prepared for industrial action' over pay
5 Jan 2018 at 12:57am
The EIS union wants teacher pay restored to "pre-austerity levels" at talks later this month.


'Unanswered questions' over post-Brexit farming funds
4 Jan 2018 at 2:54pm
The Scottish government says Michael Gove's farming plans leave "far too many questions unanswered".


Health board apologises to patients for 'lengthy' waiting times
4 Jan 2018 at 7:41pm
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde blames hospital delays on the high number of cases of flu, respiratory infections and norovirus.


Isle of Man accused by Scotland over new scallop fishing rules
4 Jan 2018 at 3:47pm
Hundreds of Scottish fishing jobs are put at risk by new rules introduced by the Manx government, it is claimed.


Thousands of ambulances dispatched with single crew
4 Jan 2018 at 12:18am
More than 10,000 vehicles were dispatched with one crew member on board in the past four years.


Carbon footprint of Scottish households 'falls by 25%'
4 Jan 2018 at 12:23am
Environmentalists say climate change legislation has helped cut carbon emissions since 2009.


Orkney ferry workers vote for industrial action
3 Jan 2018 at 5:31pm
Ferries in Orkney could face disruption to services after two unions vote for industrial action.


Baby box bids open for Scottish companies
3 Jan 2018 at 6:12am
Firms can now bid to provide items for the Scottish government's gift to newborns


'Violent Scotland' comment in 2002 smacking ban discussions
1 Jan 2018 at 12:13am
A senior politician said Scotland was a violent country in discussions in 2002 about a smacking ban.


New year messages: Scottish leaders focus on young people
31 Dec 2017 at 12:03am
Young people and upcoming events feature in the Scottish party leaders' look ahead to 2018.


Polling expert John Curtice gets 'unanticipated' knighthood
30 Dec 2017 at 3:40pm
The political scientist has been involved in election analysis for decades and is a regular on TV.


Scotland's economic forecasting chief made a dame
29 Dec 2017 at 10:35pm
Susan Rice says the honour given for work in business, culture and the arts gives her "great pride".

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Do the SNP have three times as many members as the unionist parties combined?
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2018 at 4:35am
Just thought I'd pass on a snippet of information sent to me by Stuart Dickson.  He spotted on Stormfront Lite that the ESRC-funded Party Members Project has found that 5% of Labour members live in...

Cable to the unknown
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2018 at 6:11pm
Just for the sake of completeness, and also because it happens to be a favourable one, here's what is presumably the last Scottish subsample from a GB-wide poll that was conducted during 2017.  It'...

To lead or not to lead - that is the question
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
As you may have seen, there's been a new outbreak of the intra-Yes culture wars today, triggered by a post on Wings about another question from the Panelbase poll, showing that by a margin of 58% t...

"Don't you DARE try to stop us!" say Scots in landmark Panelbase poll that RE...
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2018 at 10:17pm
OK, you've probably already seen this story earlier today on Wings, but you know me - I just couldn't resist the headline.  (It's a fond tribute to a characteristically unhinged headline that was r...

New Year hammerblow for the pro-nuclear wing of CND as Leonard fails to move ...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2018 at 2:40pm
I'm fairly certain I've never done this on New Year's Day before, but here is the latest Scottish Parliament voting intention poll, gleaned from datasets published today on Wings.Scottish Parliamen...

Jo Swinson CBE - is this some sort of joke?
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2017 at 11:34pm
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the news leaked out that Nick Clegg was to be knighted in the New Year's Honours list.  He is, after all, the man who inherited a party that won a post-war...

Was the SNP's victory in June 2017 the last time Scotland will participate in...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2017 at 6:21pm
You might remember that a few months ago Alastair Meeks royally entertained us by claiming, in all apparent seriousness, that the SNP could never even hope to 'recover' from the terrible setback of...

Momentous Panelbase poll suggests Brexit could lead to majority support for i...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2017 at 6:09pm
You've probably seen by now that Wings has a new Panelbase poll out.  It looks like this is merely the first of several questions from the poll that will be published over the coming days (making i...

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Got a Scotrail smartcard for no more paper tickets
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5 Jan 2018 at 8:29am
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Dream destinations in Scotland: Iolaire Monument, Cape Wrath, Cullen, Plockto...
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5 Jan 2018 at 1:09am
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Abandoned 600 years old
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post-Brexit Farm/Ag Subsidies Update from Michael Gove
by /u/asterisk2a
4 Jan 2018 at 10:31pm
So. Michael Gove got an update for us all (I am not a farmer but EU ag subsidies are a big lifeline for many): The environment secretary told farmers the government would guarantee subsidies at th...

Glasgow or Edinburgh for Late 20s Couple?
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4 Jan 2018 at 9:40pm
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Alistair Heather: First Meenister maun get Act thegither fir Scots leid
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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m
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Lighthouses: Muckle Flugga, Bell Rock, Skerryvore
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4 Jan 2018 at 3:52pm
I am planning a trip from the USA, and am keen to see the following lighthouses: Muckle Flugga, Bell Rock, Skerryvore. Is there a group/organization that I can contact to inquire about the logistic...

Irn Bru panic as 'fans' stockpile drink!!
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4 Jan 2018 at 12:33pm
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Ancient stone slabs could be linked to lost Kingdom of Strathclyde
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David Mundell slammed over Scotland Office's 585% budget rise
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Brexit set to hit Scottish seafood businesses hardest
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Author of explosive Trump book 'has hours of tapes' as lawyers dismiss Presid...
by Natalie Evans
4 Jan 2018 at 10:55pm
Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fire: Inside the Trump White House" has sparked a furore in the US


Donald and Melania Trump's bizarre nightly routine - pair have 'separate bedr...
by dailyrecord
4 Jan 2018 at 10:37am
Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House reveals juicy details about the POTUS and his wife's nightly routine


Donald Trump 'goes to bed with cheeseburgers at 6:30pm and shouts at cleaning...
by Natalie Evans
4 Jan 2018 at 9:33am
The US president allegedly said 'if my shirt is on the floor, it's because I want it on the floor' while obsessively stripping his own sheets through fear of being poisoned


Melania's tears, Ivanka for President and the secrets of THAT combover: Most ...
by Natalie Evans
4 Jan 2018 at 5:45am
In "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", Michael Wolff gives a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign and tumultuous first months of the administration


Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable says he could use House of Lords to block Brexit
by Shaun Connolly
3 Jan 2018 at 7:47am
Despite being a vocal critic of the upper house of Parliament, Cable said he would use the Lords to derail Brexit.


New year same Donald Trump as president kicks off 2018 by ranting about other...
by dailyrecord
2 Jan 2018 at 6:00am
Trump attacked Pakistan and Iran in angry online outburst before wishing 'enemies' and the 'dishonest Fake News Media' a Happy New Year.


My New Year's resolution is to hold the Tories to account when they let Scotl...
by dailyrecord
31 Dec 2017 at 8:50pm
Our columnist Mhairi Black offers Ruth Davidson some not-so-friendly advice for the year ahaed.


Scotland's political leaders release New Year messages to the nation
by Record Reporter
31 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
From the European Championships in Glasgow to Scotland's Year of Young People – 2018 will be a busy year.


Lord Adonis calls on Remainers to speak out over Brexit as he quits top role
by David Hughes
31 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour peer claimed Theresa May had sided with UKIP and the 'Tory hard right' over Europe as he quit as her infrastructure tsar.


Only An Eckscuse? Jonathan Watson set to lampoon Alex Salmond in hit Hogmanay...
by Steve Hendry
30 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The comedian will play a range of characters from Pedro Caixinha to Rag 'n' Bone Man.

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …
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Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …
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Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …
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Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Bella Caledonia

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Your Land is My Land: Perspectives from an Immigrant
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2018 at 9:20am
I live in Shetland. I am a Black woman in the middle of the North Sea, raising wild children in a wild place where the winds can be so strong, you can?t stand up. If the weather is bad, your boat literally doesn?t come in and the shelves in the local shops lay bare. Here, …

Bella?s Tenth Anniversary Concert
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jan 2018 at 7:16pm
I can’t quite believe it’s been ten years. In searching for ways to commemorate and celebrate this I decided to abandon the politics and go for song and poetry. After a decade it’s better to say nothing at all. I am amazed and delighted to be able to invite you to join Liz Lochhead, Siobhan …

Options for Phase II of England?s Crisis
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jan 2018 at 11:29pm
Jeff Bezos of Amazon has a great line about basing your strategy on things that won’t change, like customers wanting lower prices, more choice and faster delivery. Let’s try it on Brexit. The EU’s economy remains much larger than the UK’s. The structural power in trade relations comes from relative size, and all the UK’s …

Good Scots
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jan 2018 at 9:53pm
The long tail of Anglo-British Nationalism which erupted into consciousness in 2017 seemed to come out of nowhere. But the signs were visible for a long time. A sense of national decline (‘forty years of hurt’), identity collapse, economic uncertainty, military ridicule and a political leadership unable to innovate so increasingly reliant on Blame Culture …

Scotland in Union Data Dump
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Dec 2017 at 11:59am
The Scotland in Union data dump isn’t just about that single organisation, it’s about political support from the super-rich and landed classes to the parties and movements that sustain their power. This is the Anglo-Scottish aristocracy and their nexus of friends and stenographers laid on a table for dissection. It details donations to the Labour, …

Wha?s Like Us?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Dec 2017 at 10:02pm
The differences atween, say, the Yes muivement an Make American Great Again are that plain an that pautent as tae want further owergaun. We?re no this, we?re no that, we?re no sic an sae. Weel, aye. But unfocus yer een fae the policies an keek at jist the colours o the thing. The language. For ?Drain the Swamp?, read ?Wastemonster?. For ?Lock her up?, see ?Ruth the Mooth?. The mairches, the rallies, the enshrined notion o an unjustly marginalised community. Abuin aw, the scunneration wi whit presents as oor democracy, the up-dander at a hyne awa government that conteenually reneges on its c...

Wiping History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Dec 2017 at 11:51pm
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present.? – George Orwell, 1984 On the …

2017 in Excruciating Detail, a Cofveve Review
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Dec 2017 at 1:50pm
In a year with so many memorable moments (I’m assuming here that by now we all know that ‘memorable’ is code for ‘cathartically, mind-blowing awful’) – one in May stands out. The Prime Minister had just announced a U-turn on her plans to make people pay more for social care just days after they were …

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Teachers in Scotland warn of strikes without above-inflation pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jan 2018 at 12:01am
Educational Institute of Scotland, a union representing four-fifths of Scottish teachers, demands end to years of pay freezes and capsScotland?s largest teaching union has said there will be industrial action in schools this year unless teachers are given significant pay rises.The Educational Ins...

Young people see Labour as Scotland's radicals, new leader says
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jan 2018 at 11:59am
Richard Leonard also hits out at SNP linking of second independence vote to Brexit and defends voting for article 50 in first newspaper interview since his electionYoung people now see Labour as the radicals in Scotland, according to the party?s new leader, Richard Leonard.In his first UK newspap...

Scottish police to be trained to spot new domestic abuse offence
by Libby Brooks
28 Dec 2017 at 1:46pm
The ?course of conduct? offence will target small, seemingly innocuous actions that together form psychological abuse or coercive controlAround 14,000 Police Scotland officers are to receive specialist training in preparation for a new domestic abuse crime coming into force in Scotland, which is ...

SNP invites opposition leaders to summit to fight hard Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
28 Dec 2017 at 10:16am
Ian Blackford urges rivals to attend cross-party talks to help safeguard membership of single market and customs unionThe leader of the Scottish National party at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has invited opposition leaders from across the Commons to a new year summit in order to coordinate cross-p...

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Dec 2017 at 5:00pm
Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party supportUniversal basic income is, according to its many and various supporters, an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular pay...

Legal action over whether UK can stop Brexit gets go-ahead
by Severin Carrell and Jennifer Rankin
22 Dec 2017 at 10:44am
Group of Scottish politicians want EU court to rule on whether Britain can halt process without other member states? approvalThe court of session in Edinburgh has said a legal action can go ahead to establish whether the UK can unilaterally stop the Brexit process if British voters decide the fin...

Scotland bans use of wild animals in travelling circuses
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Dec 2017 at 6:27pm
Animal welfare groups welcome decision of Scottish parliament and call on Westminster to follow suitScotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.Animal welfare campaigners said the legislation, which was passed by the Scottish parliament on...

Scottish government welfare plans flawed, say anti-poverty groups
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2017 at 11:27am
Organisations ?disappointed? by lack of clarity and no pledge to uprate payments in bill to enact newly devolved powersLeading anti-poverty groups have expressed concerns about the Scottish government?s plans for newly devolved welfare powers, as the bill to enact them reaches its first debate st...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Telling them why
There was an interesting Twitter exchange the other day which in a single word illustrated all that is wrong with the Scottish media. The estimable Lesley Riddoch tweeted a link to her latest article in the Scotsman, a plea to the Scottish media that when they engage in their regular bouts of slagging off NHS …

When even astroturf is too common
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Scotland in Union and its claim to be a grassroots organisation. Poor sowels. There you are, telling anyone who’ll listen that you represent the voices of grassroots supporters of the British state and along come those pesky cybernats with their Scoobie Doo impressions who bust you and …

Reasons to be cheerful in 2018
Sorry about the lack of blog posts over the past week or so. On a whim I decided to spend Christmas with my significant other in the USA because otherwise it was looking like I would be spending the holiday by myself. So thanks to @PaulaHoneyRose the Belle of Brechin who agreed on extremely short …

The season of good will
A guest post by Samuel Miller This’ll be short and sweet, so pay attention at the back. 2017, the year where Brexit, austerity legislation, societal disenfranchisement and the empowerment of the nastier side of right wing demographics started to really deliver on it’s inevitable payoff. The economy of the UK, so far as the vast …

Are we there yet?
A guest post by Samuel Miller 2017… It’s a bit of a badly written disaster movie, isn’t it? What is it they call them? Mockbusters? Politics and its institutions falling apart and brought into disrepute near daily. Economy teetering on the brink of brexitmageddon. A society constantly having their frustrations, anger, fears and uncertainties stoked …

The evils of the Net tex
Darling, it’s just awful. As I was saying to Clarissa and Farquhar just the other day, we may have to forgo our second skiing holiday this year because of that horrid Sturgeon woman and her Net Tex. Or worse, we could end up having to go to some inferior resort in Austria instead of our …

How to train your bandwagon
This week we learned about the real priorities of the British nationalists in Scotland. We learned what they get really outraged about. Apparently it’s far more worthy of condemnation that a comfortably off person has to pay £30 a year more in tax than it is that a person struggling to get by on disability …

A dictionary of British politico-speak
Theresa May suffered her first big Commons defeat on Brexit this week. David Davis said that he was disappointed, which is politico-speak for banging your head off a wall until it bleeds while screaming for your mother. This isn’t the usual definition of disappointed, but when British politicians say words those words don’t usually mean …

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Posh canape scandal is nonsense, claims Mundell
THE Scotland Office has accused the SNP of spreading ?utter nonsense? over claims David Mundell?s hospitality budget had jumped massively.

Tories slated for ?obsession? with rigid immigration rules
RESTRICTIVE income thresholds and the Tories? obsession with draconian immigration rules will result in many families facing a bleak 2018 separated from their loved ones, the SNP has warned.

Scotland Office 'posh canapes' hospitality budget increases by 585 per cent i...
DAVID Mundell has been accused of ?partying on the public purse? after the Scotland Office?s hospitality budget jumped by 585 per cent in a year.

Lesley Riddoch: Why Neil Oliver is not the biggest problem for NTS
SO 170 people have quit the National Trust for Scotland over its decision to appoint Neil Oliver as president. Is that all? Some suggest the real number is higher ? others think Yessers are less likely to have joined the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) in the first place since the charity is still strongly associated with stately homes and Victorian mansions.

Fighting for indy means campaigning on issues like austerity ? now
I?VE been campaigning for Scottish independence forever. It?s what caused me to join the SNP more than half my lifetime ago. I work for it every day, but that?s not the end of the journey. After independence there will still be work to do to ensure we have a socially just Scotland and that?s the end point I?m working towards.

Jailed Catalan vice-president appears in court to bid for freedom
CATALONIA?s jailed vice-president ? incarcerated by the Spanish Government ? will appear before the country?s Supreme Court today to seek his release on bail.

Scottish seafood firms' fear over Brexit
SCOTTISH seafood firms are more reliant on European workers than other processing firms in the rest of the UK, according to new figures.

Scotland in Union in crisis after donor details are leaked
ANTI-INDEPENDENCE campaign group Scotland in Union has been thrown into crisis and could face a significant fine after the private details of donors were leaked to Yes-supporting websites and newspapers.

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Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

Luke Graham ? Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire ? Yet Another Political ...
            The Graham’s of Swindon Paul Sean Graham was born in the USA in 1958 USA. He married an English girl, Suzanne Elizabeth Graham (nee Wheeler) in 1984. At the time of the marriage he apparently had a son Daniel Aaron Graham b 1975. 15 Dec 1998: The Graham family … Continue reading "Luke Graham – Tory MP for Ochil and South Perthshire – Yet Another Political Carpetbagger Imported From ...

UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2017 December 19th 2017 NEW ALBUMS The Visitor ? Neil Young and Promise of the Real Neil Young?s roving and rocking spirit look at the America of today. Hit and miss in places – but some hard rock and roll such as opener ?Already Great?. Dark Matter ? Randy …

My Favourite Books of 2017
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017 December 15th 2017 Here is a selection of my books of the year. By its nature, this is subjective – made up of books I have read, enjoyed and been impressed by, and isn?t thus an attempt to comprehensively cover every subject. While the vast majority of books listed were …

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland
Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra ? musician, artist and force for good ? was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at …

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

Scotland and Independence

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Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it
Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it  The NationalFull coverage

Fb boasts it helped the SNP win election in Scotland
Fb boasts it helped the SNP win election in Scotland  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Letters: British nuclear idolatry must rule out the federal option
Letters: British nuclear idolatry must rule out the federal option  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

How is Scotland's build-to-rent market faring?
How is Scotland's build-to-rent market faring?  Property WeekFull coverage

Jim Doherty: Criminals pay for autistic youngsters to take their first steps ...
Jim Doherty: Criminals pay for autistic youngsters to take their first steps into work  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Letters: Must a federal government always be a pipedream?
Letters: Must a federal government always be a pipedream?  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Corbyn surge sees Labour's leader threaten Theresa May's grip on No.10 Downin...
Corbyn surge sees Labour's leader threaten Theresa May's grip on No.10 Downing Street  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Lockerbie bombing, Pan Am 103 and their links to Namibian uranium
Lockerbie bombing, Pan Am 103 and their links to Namibian uranium  New EraFull coverage

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Scottish farmers challenge SNP to set out post-Brexit subsidy plans
Scottish farmers challenge SNP to set out post-Brexit subsidy plans  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP Health Minister: Scottish flu cases have doubled but NHS problems here no...
SNP Health Minister: Scottish flu cases have doubled but NHS problems here not as bad as England's  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

China Petroleum & Chemical (SNP) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA
China Petroleum & Chemical (SNP) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA  NasdaqChina Petroleum & Chemical (SNP) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research  Dispatch TribunalBreaking down the stats in today's market share for: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)  The News JournalFull coverage

Labour, Lib Dem and SNP members want second Brexit vote
Labour, Lib Dem and SNP members want second Brexit vote  Financial TimesBrexit: SNP calls on Labour to maintain UK in single market  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Scotland Office dismisses SNP hospitality claims as 'nonsense'
Scotland Office dismisses SNP hospitality claims as 'nonsense'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Survey of Britain's party members reveals glaring contrasts between Tories an...
Survey of Britain's party members reveals glaring contrasts between Tories and other parties  QMUL (press release) (blog)Half of Conservative members oppose gay marriage and want the return of the death penalty  Business InsiderFull coverage

SNP under fire after 10k ambulances dispatched with one crew member
SNP under fire after 10k ambulances dispatched with one crew member  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP makes weighty claims over building strong nation
SNP makes weighty claims over building strong nation  The TimesFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Corbyn surge sees Labour's leader threaten Theresa May's grip on No.10 Downin...
Corbyn surge sees Labour's leader threaten Theresa May's grip on No.10 Downing Street  HeraldScotlandJeremy Corbyn denies Labour is confused about Brexit  Kaplan HeraldFull coverage

Lesley Riddoch: Why Neil Oliver is not the NTS's biggest problem
Lesley Riddoch: Why Neil Oliver is not the NTS's biggest problem  The NationalFull coverage

Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it
Westminster is a dead space for Scottish politics ? and 2017 proved it  The NationalFull coverage

How is Scotland's build-to-rent market faring?
How is Scotland's build-to-rent market faring?  Property WeekFull coverage

National Trust members quit over pro-Union president Neil Oliver
National Trust members quit over pro-Union president Neil Oliver  The TimesFull coverage

SNP warns of "unanswered questions" over Brexit impact on farming
SNP warns of "unanswered questions" over Brexit impact on farming  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Forget talk of a soft Brexit, there must be no Brexit
Forget talk of a soft Brexit, there must be no Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland in Union in crisis after donor details are leaked
Scotland in Union in crisis after donor details are leaked  The NationalFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

The Official President Trump thread

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

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 ...

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

2018 Political Predictions
So what's your predictions on what will happen politically in 2018?  I can't think of a time when the future is so unpredictable. For Scotland independence still remains at the core of everything; add a dash of Brexit   and who knows what will happen?   Nicola Sturgeon is still a popular ...

The Alex Salmond Birthday celebrations thread
The big man turns 62 tomorrow.    Here's to the last 62 years and the next 62.   

  






Iran
What?s going on in Iran these days? Reports of a bunch of people shot but nothing in the media. Does it need Donny T to go in and sort them out?  

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Interview with guy who ran US UFO Unit
Just a wee interview that i found interesting. No real evidence as of yet, but these RADAR and eyewitness incidents are pretty crazy, although explainable without recourse to aliens.  

The all new Irn Bru
Forget minimum pricing for alcohol, there will be civil war if Barrs dont get this right. Hope they make a better job of it than Lucozade did of their Energy Orange.  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2050674/irn-bru-petition-recipe-change-sugar-tax/

God????
Only there to keep the olden day working man in his place?? Discuss. 

Freemasonry influence stopping Met police change.
Freemasons are blocking reform, says Police Federation leader Steve White, stepping down as chair, says the society is thwarting progress of women and BAME people   Reform in policing is being blocked by members of the Freemasons, and...

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.

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

Only An Excuse (not as funny as it used to be)
Crap Trump, crap Brendan Rogers, some pish sketch that still has Perdo Caixinha as manager of Rangers even though he was sacked months ago. Oh and Frank "Frankie Boy" "Macca" McAvennie even though the last time he was on TV was probably last year's OAE. 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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Winter demand on NHS Scotland higher than expected

Scotland 'needs ferry route to Scandinavia' says Angus MacDonald MSP

SMEs invited to bid for baby box contents

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Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…