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Theresa May 'staring defeat in face' in vote on her Brexit Plan, warn Scots T...
5 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
Theresa May is ?staring defeat in the face? when she resurrects the Commons vote on her Brexit Plan later this month, Scottish Conservative sources have insisted.


Dead mouse inside can of lager among food standards complaints
5 Jan 2019 at 5:00am
A DEAD mouse inside a can of lager and an insect-infested bag of supermarket macaroni are just some of the grisly complaints flagged up to council food inspectors in the last five years.


UK economy 'grinds to a halt' amid Brexit uncertainty
5 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
Britain's economy has ?effectively ground to a halt? because of the uncertainty over Brexit gripping consumers and businesses, a range of statistics has suggested.


Vince Cable urges Theresa May to end 'brinkmanship' over security in N Ireland
5 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
UK ministers have been urged to end their ?brinkmanship? over security in Northern Ireland after it emerged police officers from Scotland and England were to be trained for deployment there should Britain crash out of the EU without a Brexit deal.


Whitehall to stage 'live test' of no-deal road disruption with 150 lorries
5 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
WHITEHALL is to use up to 150 lorries in a major stress-test of its plans for UK border disruption in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU without a Brexit deal.


Brexit analysis: Brussels offers fig leaf but it won't spare Theresa May's bl...
4 Jan 2019 at 7:31pm
IT has been dubbed ?Operation Fig Leaf,? a promised move by Brussels that will help Theresa May push her Brexit Plan through the Commons molasses flood.


Government plan 'live test' of disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit scenario
4 Jan 2019 at 3:24pm
The Government is to use up to 150 lorries in a major test of its plans for UK border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Majority of Tory members want Theresa May's plan ditched for no-deal Brexit, ...
4 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
MORE than half of grassroots Conservative members want Theresa May's Brexit Plan to be ditched in favour of a no-deal, a survey suggests today.


Arran hotel facing challenges recruiting staff from within the European Union
4 Jan 2019 at 5:09am
Auchrannie, the Isle of Arran hotel and leisure destination, has underlined the challenges it is facing recruiting staff from within the European Union (EU) after new accounts show it hiked profits by nearly one-third in its most recent financial year.


Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence
3 Jan 2019 at 7:03pm
Nicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered Scotland the chance to ?aim higher and do better?.


Stephen Barclay warns UK would become even more divided if People's Vote happ...
4 Jan 2019 at 12:50pm
BRITAIN would become even more divided if there were a People?s Vote, Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, has warned.


Brexit uncertainty sees UK economy grind to a halt
4 Jan 2019 at 12:20pm
Britain's powerhouse services sector stumbled at the end of last year while job creation almost ground to a halt as the uncertainty over Brexit gripped consumers and businesses across the UK.


DUP's Brexit spokesman: 'There's no way we can support Theresa May's Brexit d...
4 Jan 2019 at 11:15am
The DUP's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson has said "there's not" any way in which his party can support the Prime Minister's Brexit deal.


Hundreds of Scots patients wait more than a year for hospital treatment
4 Jan 2019 at 12:00am
Hundreds of patients have been waiting more than a year for treatment, it has emerged ? sparking claims the SNP?s legally-binding promises are being routinely breached.


ScotRail IT blunder sees children charged extra
4 Jan 2019 at 7:33pm
SCOTRAIL has blamed ?IT issues in certain areas? after commuters were forced to pay full price when they tried to take advantage of its new Kids for a Quid deal.

 

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Russia and China ?using Scotland as backdoor to influence British policy?
5 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm
A foreign affairs expert has claimed China and Russia are using Scotland as a backdoor to influence British policy.

Brexit: Theresa May faces battle to save deal as Commons showdown looms
5 Jan 2019 at 2:31pm
Theresa May will continue efforts to win over Tory critics of her Brexit deal as MPs return to Westminster, but both wings of the party warned that the plan is unlikely to receive support.

Are ?five giant evils? returning to UK? ? Christine Jardine
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
The 20th century saw great Liberal reforms to address the ‘five giant evils’ of squalor, idleness, want, disease and ignorance but there are signs they are returning, writes Christine Jardine MP.

Lawyer says race was ?elephant in the room? throughout Sheku Bayoh case
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
The family of a man who died in custody have said he would not have been treated the same way had he been white.

Sajid Javid cannot end right of asylum ? Brian Wilson
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
It has been a difficult week for Sajid Javid, the ambitious Home Secretary who cut short his safari holiday to take command of an over-hyped “major incident” in the English Channel, writes Brian Wilson.

ScotRail: Why nationalisation isn?t the solution ? John McLellan
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Amid anger over ScotRail’s punctuality problems and fare increases, John McLellan says the loss-making Prestwick Airport shows why state ownership of our transport infrastructure isn’t necessarily value for money.

SNP warned wealthy could leave Scotland as top wages decline in real terms
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
High earners in Scotland have suffered a “real terms” fall in wages in recent years while lower-paid workers have seen their pay go up, new research has shown.

Brian Wilson: Why Scottish Parliament must rule out independence
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s 20th anniversary, Brian Wilson says it will never achieve its full potential until independence is ruled out.

House-price growth slows to six-year low amid weak confidence
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
House price growth slowed sharply as 2018 drew to a close, with the UK recording its weakest annual growth in nearly six years.

If black lives matter, Sheku Bayoh?s death demands an inquiry ? Aamer Anwar
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
A public inquiry must be held into the death of Sheku Bayoh after he was restrained by the police officers in Kirkcaldy, writes human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.

Nicola Sturgeon isn?t doing enough on gender equality ? Susan Dalgety
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Susan Dalgety challenges First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to do more for gender equality – and urges girls to ditch the pink fluffy unicorns that have become a ‘grotesque symbol of modern femininity’.

Ian Blackford: No-deal planning a ?wake up call? for MPs
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Accelerating work to prepare for a no-deal Brexit should act as a “wake-up call” for MPs, the SNP’s Westminster leader has said, warning that a chaotic and damaging exit from the European Union was looming without swift action.

2019 world news preview: Elections and asteroids could dominate headlines
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
With a year of ­global political turmoil behind us, it is not easy to look ahead and hope for anything much more upbeat in world news during the coming 12 months.

Brexit: It is MPs? patriotic duty to be brave ? leader comment
5 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Politicians must be prepared to cross party lines to prevent a no-deal Brexit to avoid the risk of a recession on a par with the 2008 crash.

Alastair Stewart: Machiavelli ? moralist of people power
4 Jan 2019 at 11:55pm
The word “Machiavellian” is one of the most thrilling adjectives in the English language. From Othello to House Of Cards to Game Of Thrones, hundreds of shows have entertained their audiences with their intrigues and power plays.

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Return of the boat people
by Chris Cairns
5 Jan 2019 at 6:59am

Taking back control
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2019 at 4:47pm
We’ve got no words for this, so we’ll let it stand by itself. Because 55% voted No. Welcome to Brexit.

Gloom-tinted glasses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:34pm
STV News gets the new year off to a cheery start today: The headline, as alert readers will be accustomed to by now, is a flat-out lie. As far as the article reveals – and there’s nothing on the company’s website offering any more detail, nor in the longer quotes we found elsewhere – chartered …

The one we?ve waited for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jan 2019 at 11:29am
The last two years, particularly 2018, have been a pretty miserable time in the annals of Scottish independence. Not because support has fallen – it hasn’t budged an inch, however much Unionists might try to desperately convince themselves otherwise – but because there hasn’t, in essence, been anything we could usefully do. Faced with a …

The broken telescope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2018 at 5:36pm
An alert reader spotted this today: Because with Scottish Labour, lying is for life, not just Christmas. The bit that particularly caught our spotter’s eye was the claim – attributed to Shelter and accompanied by a blink-and-you’ll miss it graph that’s onscreen for less than a second – that “As Tories pose at foodbanks and …

The Homecoming
by Chris Cairns
29 Dec 2018 at 6:59am

Merry Christmas, England
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2018 at 9:44am
There’s a digital edition of the Times out today, but the normal Scotland section doesn’t make the cut. (There’s normally an Ireland section too – although it doesn’t get billed on the Contents list – which is also missing today, and there’s never a Wales section for some reason.) Maybe if we all keep really …

The stupidest year in history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2018 at 1:08pm
We can think of no better illustrative metaphor for the brain-withering idiot festival that was 2018 than page 16 of today’s Sunday Mail, which in the space of a single inch of newsprint predicts both SNP gains at any new general election, and then SNP losses to the exact same Labour and Tory parties that the editorial on the …

Satan?s Little Helper
by Chris Cairns
22 Dec 2018 at 8:02am

Embarrassment Of The Year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2018 at 8:21pm
Okay, it’s only the 19th of December, but we don’t think there’s any chance of this one being beaten by the time it’s 2019. As expected, Labour bottled the chance to call a vote of no confidence in the UK government today, refusing to support a motion tabled by four other opposition parties last night and …

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Criminal record 'tick box' condemned
4 Jan 2019 at 9:48am
Asking about criminal convictions on job application forms does little to predict the risk of someone re-offending, a study says.


ScotRail 'rip-off' rail fares condemned as tickets increase by 2.8%
2 Jan 2019 at 11:04am
The rail operator defended the hike and said it was investing in the best railway "Scotland has ever had".


Vaping kits for prisoners to cost £150,000
2 Jan 2019 at 12:09am
The Scottish Prison Service has paid for about 7,500 vaping kits after a smoking ban came into force in November.


Prestwick Airport's government debt rises to £38.4m
1 Jan 2019 at 1:55pm
The amount owed to the Scottish government by the publicly-owned facility went up from £30m last year to £38.4m.


Papers reveal 2003 probe into contaminated blood claim
1 Jan 2019 at 2:27am
The claim suggests that officials were made aware of an allegation that contaminated blood was being "knowingly supplied".


Dunblane 'cover-up' concerns revealed in official papers
1 Jan 2019 at 2:49am
Public perception of a "cover-up" over the mass murder needed to be "closed down", government papers reveal.


New year messages: Scottish leaders focus on Brexit
31 Dec 2018 at 12:40am
Scotland's political leaders outline their hopes for 2019 in their new year messages.


Fishing: New EU rules could have 'grave' impact on UK industry
31 Dec 2018 at 5:39am
Fishers can no longer discard fish to avoid busting quota - but that could put boats off the water.


Scotland's first low-emission zone launched in Glasgow
31 Dec 2018 at 10:10am
The first phase will set standards which must be met by 20% of buses going through Glasgow city centre.


Queensferry Crossing 'improving reliability'
28 Dec 2018 at 4:25pm
The bridge stayed open in the kind of windy conditions which would have shut the Forth Road Bridge.


Bullying in NHS 'hitting patient care', says BMA
27 Dec 2018 at 12:06am
The head of BMA Scotland says widespread bullying and harassment is "a scandal".

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Welcome to the year in which Nicola Sturgeon will *probably* renew her demand...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2019 at 6:29pm
As I've said a number of times, political prediction is usually a mug's game, and that could hardly be more true than at this exact moment.  Britain might be about to leave the European Union, or t...

How will Nebulous Theresa answer the Lorraine Mann Question?
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2018 at 5:20pm
Over at Stormfront Lite, Alastair Meeks has made a set of rather bold political predictions for the coming year - including that Britain won't leave the European Union on schedule in March, and tha...

What happens if a "People's Vote" is won by Leave?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2018 at 7:09pm
Quite often when the SNP introduce a new policy or strategy that I'm not sure about, I "sip it and see", and end up realising it was a good idea all along.  But with this whole "People's Vote" thin...

The controversial journalist David Leask, and the notes from THAT shady meeti...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2018 at 1:19am
You probably saw yesterday that CommonSpace had some rather uncomfortable questions for controversial "alt-journo" David Leask, who in recent years has moved to the fringes of media discourse as he...

No, Mr Kellner, support for staying in the EU has not "rocketed"
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2018 at 4:42pm
Just a quick one, because I see Peter Kellner has gone into full-blown propaganda mode on behalf of the "People's Vote" campaign, and is using his status as a prominent former pollster to attempt t...

Nebulous Theresa has made a U-turn, so it must be Wednesday
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2018 at 3:50am
The BBC are reporting that Theresa May has changed her mind (yet again) and is now planning to hold a series of indicative votes in parliament on various alternatives to her own deal.  When that id...

Is Jeremy Corbyn unwittingly saving us from ourselves by frustrating the push...
by James Kelly
18 Dec 2018 at 6:31pm
Quite a few people have been wondering aloud whether Labour are holding off from a proper no confidence motion because they don't want to be in power at the moment Britain leaves the EU, and end up...

Just for the record...
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2018 at 7:25am
Those of you who are active on Scottish political Twitter may be aware of a very unpleasant long-running saga involving David Hooks (aka PoliticsScot) and someone called Pauline.  There are allegat...

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Sir Billy Connolly sorry for 'depressing' fans.
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5 Jan 2019 at 8:37pm
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For the special people you know.
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5 Jan 2019 at 7:38pm
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Loch Ness on New Years Day
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5 Jan 2019 at 3:05pm
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Edinburgh Castle
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5 Jan 2019 at 2:43pm
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Making Scotland?s Landscapes: a brilliant 5 part series about the human impac...
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5 Jan 2019 at 1:17pm
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Ireland loves exactly what Britain hates about Europe.
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Police on standby for deployment in Northern Ireland in case of no-deal Brexit
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Brian Wilson: Why Scottish Parliament must rule out independence
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Scotrail wearing a half and half kit
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Is this Scottish Forestry Commission Civil Service salary a living wage?
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4 Jan 2019 at 6:38pm
We?re looking at a slew of career type jobs on the Forestry Commission website, but for the same hours/commitment/education and responsibility they seem underpaid in comparison to those positions i...

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Hi everyone, I'm trying to find out where this picture was taken from. It should be somewhere between Drumnadrochit and Kyle of Lochalsh, before Strathcarron, possibly via Beauly at the start. It w...

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Violence erupts in France as yellow vest protest numbers soar again
by dailyrecord
5 Jan 2019 at 7:06pm
Trouble broke out in Paris while further clashes took place between police and protesters in other cities around France


Donald Trump wall funding rejected by Democrats as they bid to end government...
by Natalie Evans
4 Jan 2019 at 10:57am
The President's plan to build a border wall between the US and Mexico suffered a blow as House Democrats flexed their muscle.


Javid migrates to the right with tough line on channel 'invasion'
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Home Secretary Sajid Javid summoned the National Crime Agency, the Border Force and senior Whitehall officials to an emergency meeting.


It's out with the old and in with the old again as Scotland runs out of ideas
by Darren McGarvey
3 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Our columnist Darren McGarvey argues that we are less concerned about the Scotland of today and more fascinated by the myths of what Scotland used to be.


British women forced into marriage abroad 'left destitute' after being made t...
by Dan O'Donoghue
2 Jan 2019 at 10:04pm
MPs have demanded answers after it emerged that victims have to either pay for plane tickets, basic food and shelter themselves or, if they're over 18, take out emergency loans with the Foreign Off...


Scottish Labour admits not enough was done to prevent manufacturing job losses
by Andy Philip
31 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said Labour failed to stop 36,000 manufacturing job going in the last decade


The political resolutions we need to make to ensure a better future for all
by Ian Blackford
31 Dec 2018 at 4:30am
For many of us, the New Year provides an start afresh by setting goals for the year ahead - here are Ian Blackford's three New Year’s resolutions for the Tory Government


Watch Nicola Sturgeon's New Year message in full as she vows to 'protect Scot...
by Paul Ward
31 Dec 2018 at 12:01am
Scotland's First Minister emphasised the importance of maintaining the country's reputation as a hospitable nation in her New Year message.


Universal Credit callers being 'palmed off' by DWP staff using set texts
by John Ferguson
30 Dec 2018 at 8:30am
Labour MP Danielle Rowley asked for the information after complaints from claimants.


EU immigrants are being humiliated to satisfy Brexit Britain's vanity
by Mail Opinion
30 Dec 2018 at 8:26am
The Tory Government are to charge EU immigrants in the UK £65 to stay post Brexit.

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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

Who Has Most Per Head?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jan 2019 at 11:24am
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The Spider?s Web ? Britain?s Second Empire
by michaelgreenwell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm
?Over and over again, we have seen that there is a power in this Country, other than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests is able to assert itself against the Government of the Country. Those who control money, are able to …

David Mundell, Brilliant As Ever
by michaelgreenwell
10 Dec 2018 at 10:03pm
England’s man in Scotland David Mundell, simultaneously showing how much he is in the loop, and the quality of his powers of political prediction…

Scottish Media Reaches A New Level of Absurdity
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2018 at 3:40pm
If you had asked me before today what the most absurd thing I had seen in the Scottish media was, I would have shown you the piece below. Not a political piece, although it mentions politics, just thoroughly ridiculous… However, I think the Sunday Mail has just topped its sister paper the record, or at …

Theresa May?s Message to Scots (with honest subtitles)
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2018 at 9:09am
From the excellent Sarah Mackie. See more videos here.

An Odd video to use as pro Scottish Independence (but it perfectly illustrate...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Nov 2018 at 11:41pm
Here is an English woman conversing with an English man. The man in this video is a wonderful pianist. He does videos surprising the public with his piano playing (jazz, boogie woogie, blues) and there are lots of videos where he makes the passing punters happy, and even teaches some of them how to play …

Republican (with some Tory) Jesus
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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An Alternative for Scotland: the investment-led model
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2019 at 12:41pm
The future is arriving faster than most people think. When we look around us, we see that digital technology is woven into the fabric of our lives. Where the pace of change is accelerating and the trajectory has become exponential. We are now living in a looking glass world where everything we think we know …

Profanity Filter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2019 at 11:28am
Fuck this shit. As elite rule takes a turn towards chaos and authoritarianism, ruling class barbarism and increased social violence, it seems we are getting more potty-mouthed in our response. This is long overdue. Way back in December 2018, your digitally-addled mind may faintly recall, Jeremy Corbyn got into trouble for allegedly calling Theresa May a …

A Guid New Year tae yin and a!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jan 2019 at 4:07pm
Stewart Bremner?s posters an cairds brocht a smile tae mony and the ?Spirit O Scotland? is kenspeckle to a they fowk that cam oot for the Scottish indy referendum o 2014. Lang afore that, Ia mind hoo ma faither had a braw grasp o the Scots leid, but he rarely spak it in his ain …

Will 2019 see the Beginning of the End for the Euro?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2019 at 5:02pm
WHAT are the prospects for the global economy in 2019? First Europe. The German economy, the very beating heart of the eurozone, is slowing palpably, taking the rest of the continental EU with it. In the third quarter of 2018, German output declined, as a result both of a contraction in both exports and in …

Crisis, What Crisis?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2019 at 2:55pm
If the season of goodwill seems to have come to an abrupt end (unless you’re an ambitious ferry start-up business with friends in the right places), it has. Look no further than the British State’s hysterical reaction to a handful of desperate people making landing on the south coast of England. For those who regularly …

Best of Bella Women Writers of 2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jan 2019 at 12:06pm
Continuing our series of reviews and listicles here’s some of our best women writers of 2018 … covering opinion, news, review and international reporting. Later this month we’ll be announcing the Bella Guest Editor project for 2019. Get in touch if you have ideas to take over Bella for the day, or just want to …

The Top Twenty Five Bella Articles of 2018
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jan 2019 at 2:07pm
The Top Twenty Five Bella articles of 2018 … SCL ? a Very British Coup by Liam O Hare Revealed: The emails between Boris?s Foreign Office and Analytica by Liam O Hare Artwash, Over-Tourism and Edinburgh by Mike Small Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence by Gerry …

Diary of a Bad Year
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Dec 2018 at 5:00pm
January: I read J.M Coetzee?s Diary of a Bad Year, a novel in which two parallel texts occupy the same page, one about the writer?s life, another about the characters in the story he has written. Coetzee remarks somewhere that the novelist must attempt something new when he writes but I wonder is such a …

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We must pull ourselves together and stop fretting about the truth | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
23 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
The Tories can only be admired for their ability to explain away the effects of their policiesConservatives are known to occupy a universe where several laws of nature appear not to apply. The most important one is the law of cause and effect. This is my favourite law of nature because it leaves ...

Scotland must commit to helping beavers make a comeback | Letter
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21 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
Environmental organisations say beavers breathe new life into landscapes by creating dynamic woodland and wetland habitatsThe clock has run out on the statement, made by the Scottish government on 20 December 2017, that legislation to make beavers a protected species in Scotland would be laid bef...

Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons he did not call May a 'stupid woman' - as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Dec 2018 at 6:00pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Sajid Javid publishing the immigration white paperJeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a ?stupid woman?May?s cabinet split over £30,000 immigrant salary thresholdKey points: post-Brexit immigration at a glanceP...

Senior Tory suggests he would vote with Labour in no confidence motion to blo...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Dec 2018 at 7:02pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including ministers discussing planning for a no-deal BrexitFull report: No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standbyNo 10 lobby briefing ? snap summaryAfternoon summaryTell us: how are you preparing for a no-deal Brexit? 5....

The Guardian view on Scotland?s tax and spend: democracy in action | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Dec 2018 at 6:24pm
Like Holyrood, English councils ought to have more control over how they tax and spend. People might then bother to vote for themBefore Scotland got its own parliament in 1999, Tony Blair upset the country of his birth by answering the question of whether Edinburgh should have tax-raising powers....

Nicola Sturgeon to decide whether to save unlawful Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Dec 2018 at 5:25pm
Holyrood bill breaches law and Westminster holds sway over EU powers, supreme court rulesNicola Sturgeon is facing an urgent decision on whether to salvage an emergency bill on Brexit after the supreme court ruled the Scottish legislation was unlawful.The court, in a significant setback for the f...

May roundly condemned by MPs after delaying Brexit vote to seek fresh backsto...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Dec 2018 at 11:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBrexit deal: May admits she would have lost vote by large marginPound hits 20-month low amid Brexit confusion ? Business liveEU figures rule out concessions and express bewilderment at decision 11.29pm GMT We?re going to close dow...

Brexit: MPs rail against backstop plans in second day of debate on May's deal...
by Patrick Greenfield (now) & Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
5 Dec 2018 at 9:31pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s politics, as full legal advice released ahead of second day of Commons debate on Brexit dealBrexit legal advice warns of UK trapped in talks by Irish backstopPMQs verdict: Corbyn has upper hand but fails to land knockout blow 9.31pm GMT We?re done for the day. But do...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A two-way street
A guest post by Samuel Miller Respect (Noun) 1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. 3. a particular aspect, point, or detail. Lot of talk of respect doing the rounds in 2018. Seems the …

Twas the night before
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto. I’ve got the same artisanal baps on order that we had last year and Mrs M. will be making what is probably the world’s most potent (lethal) brandy butter to hide the taste of the shops own Crimbo pud. The turkey (small budgie) is being artfully prepared to …

Breaking up isn?t always hard to do
Opponents of independence have got a new argument against independence. It’s not much of an argument, but then the British establishment is increasingly clutching at ever more desperate straws. The argument goes that Brexit has shown how difficult it is to leave a union, and therefore Scottish independence is likely to be even worse as …

Stupid is as stupid does
The British government unveiled its new immigration policy today, and as we’ve come to expect from this government it’s petty, cruel, restrictive and nasty. EU citizens will in the future have to earn over £30,000 a year in order to apply for residency in the UK. What the government didn’t say was that UK citizens …

The definition of tyranny
Despite the fact that it is clear to everyone that there is no support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Parliament, the Prime Minister blindly and stubbornly refuses to countenance any alternatives. We have a Prime Minister who heads a government which has, at every turn, attempted to block the MPs the people have resturned …

The unwitting midwives of independence
Do you know your place yet Scottish people? The media and the Tories would like you to believe that the Scottish government was slapped down by the UK Supreme Court this week. The Court struck down important parts of the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, passed with the support of all parties except the Tories, …

That?s a fine forfochten fanklefyke the Tories have got us into
Yesterday the story could have been Labour’s to tell. Jeremy Corbyn could have stamped the Labour party’s mark on Brexit and alongside the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, and the Greens he could have brought forward a motion of no confidence in the government and shown that there is substantial and principled opposition within …

Knowing our place
According to the BBC political editor Nick Watt, a senior Conservative spoke to him about his frustration at the way Brexit has been going. What this Tory grandee was specifically upset about was the amount of power and influence that Dublin has had in the Brexit negotiations. Dublin has been able to lay down the …

The National

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DUP say 'no way' in fresh blow to Theresa May's Brexit deal
THE DUP?s has renewed its opposition to Theresa May?s Brexit deal less than two weeks before it is due to face a crunch vote in the Commons.

Angus Robertson: Ireland and Austria show the big power of a small country
THE year 2019 started in Europe in the same way things had been throughout the past 12 months, with smaller countries at the heart of European Union decision-making.

Poll says 57% of Tory faithful prefer no deal to Theresa May's Brexit plan
THERESA May?s bid to get Tory MPs to back her Brexit plan suffered a new blow yesterday when a poll suggested more than half of Conservative Party members would prefer a no-deal withdrawal from the EU than what the Prime Minister has come up with.

SNP activists urge Tories not to get rid of MP Ross Thomson
TORY party members are being urged by SNP activists not to ditch their contro- versial MP. A senior insider in Aberdeen said last night he was not surprised local Conservatives were looking to replace Ross Thomson with another candidate to fight the next General Election.

Merkel among German politicians targeted in mass leak of data
AN email address and fax number belonging to Angela Merkel, along with several letters to and from the German Chancellor, were reportedly among personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others that have been posted online.

Scotland goes its own way on approach to international aid
THE Scottish Government is rejecting the UK Government?s trade-based approach to international aid, otherwise known as Overseas Development Assistance.

Scotland-Scandinavia ferry link call
AN SNP MSP has called for the return of a direct passenger link between Scotland and Scandinavia, as he appealed to ferry companies to take advantage of the success of Scotland?s tourism industry.

Fewer on ?toxic? zero-hours contracts in Scotland
THERE were 8000 fewer people working on zero-hours contracts in Scotland in 2018 compared to the previous year, latest figures show.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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 ...

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Books of 2018
My Favourite Books of 2018 December 22nd 2018 Gerry Hassan This is a list of my favourite books of the year. It is a totally subjective and idiosyncratic list: made up things I have read, come across, been involved in or inspired by and which have stopped me and made me think. There is a …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018 December 21st 2018 Gerry Hassan This is my fourth year of doing a comprehensive music list of thing I have bought, been listening to, and had come my way in the past year. It has been as usual an eclectic year musically but highlights include the Southside Record …

Memorable Moment of 2018 and Anticipation for 2019
Memorable Moment Living with Two Gentle Giants: Salt and Pepper Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 19th 2018 I have lived with cats since a teenager, but this year I ventured into completely new territory by getting two cats at the same time. They are brothers, from the same litter, half Maine Coon, and were one …

Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist?
Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 12th 2018 As the United Kingdom seemingly collapses and its political class shows unprecedented incompetence, where stands Scotland? Where is that much talked about sentiment that we are radical, different, and more left-wing than the rest of the UK? For some …

The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain
The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 5th 2018 Last week I attended an event at Dundee University on the ideas and impact of the Scottish thinker Tom Nairn. Many of his books were discussed, including his critique of the monarchy, and the insularity of …

This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t
This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 28th 2018 This should be the moment for Corbyn?s Labour. They face a divided, incompetent Tory Government. A party that has lost nine Cabinet ministers in the last year, which has no domestic agenda to speak of, …

The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The Whi...
The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The White Album? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 20th 2018 The Sixties never really went away. We have had the baby boomers and their endless nostalgia about themselves and their youth – followed by the soft disappointment for many of the decades that …

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence -...
Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered?

'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendu...
'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendum  Sputnik InternationalScotland held the first referendum in September 2014, with 55 percent voting "no" to independence. The UK government's poor treatment of Scottish concerns ...

UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote - Reuters
UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote  ReutersGLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party does not rule out allowing another Scottish independence referendum should it be voted into ...

Letters: Time for Scottish Government to focus on the problems at home - Hera...
Letters: Time for Scottish Government to focus on the problems at home  HeraldScotlandTHE current crisis in Scottish schools just became even worse ("The vicious circle of ill health for staff at our schools", The Herald,?

Letter: Why Ireland should not be held up as example for Scottish independenc...
Letter: Why Ireland should not be held up as example for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanIreland is often mentioned as an example for Scottish independence.

Scottish independence 'better than Brexit' | Scotland - The Times
Scottish independence 'better than Brexit' | Scotland  The TimesA majority of Scots believe Scottish independence would be better for the country than staying in the UK after Brexit, a new poll reveals.The Panelbase survey of ...

Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown - Th...
Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown  The NationalANALYSIS has revealed that support for independence continues to increase, ahead of a year in which a no-deal Brexit could trigger a second?

This is how the new Scottish Independence Foundation has made a huge impact -...
This is how the new Scottish Independence Foundation has made a huge impact  The NationalTHE Scottish Independence Foundation was launched during the summer with the specific aim of providing moral and financial support for the broader?

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SNP warned wealthy could leave Scotland as top wages decline in real terms - ...
SNP warned wealthy could leave Scotland as top wages decline in real terms  The ScotsmanHigh earners in Scotland have suffered a ?real terms? fall in wages in recent years while lower-paid workers have seen their pay go up, new research has ...

SNP Transport Minister admits rail travellers being hit with 'unwelcome' fare...
SNP Transport Minister admits rail travellers being hit with 'unwelcome' fare rises for substandard service  Telegraph.co.ukScotland's Transport Minister has admitted rail travellers have been hit with "unwelcome" fare rises this week despite receiving a substandard *service* from ...

'Nothing SNP can do!' Sturgeon's stunt SHUT DOWN as anti-Brexit video goes vi...
'Nothing SNP can do!' Sturgeon's stunt SHUT DOWN as anti-Brexit video goes viral  ExpressNICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP saw their latest anti-Brexit stunt dismantled after reporter Kate Partridge reminded the party they have no authority to stop the UK ...

More than 15,000 Scots miss out on university place as SNP government 'cap' c...
More than 15,000 Scots miss out on university place as SNP government 'cap' criticised  Telegraph.co.ukThe SNP's cap on the number of Scottish students who can win a university place has faced more criticism after it emerged that more than 15000 applicants ...

SNP MPs call on UK to grant Asia Bibi and her family asylum - The Guardian
SNP MPs call on UK to grant Asia Bibi and her family asylum  The GuardianScottish National party MPs have written to Theresa May calling on the UK to grant asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi and her family, who have been in ...

Falkirk MSP says social homes success proves SNP opponents ?failed? - Falkirk...
Falkirk MSP says social homes success proves SNP opponents ?failed?  Falkirk HeraldTens of thousands of new affordable homes have been built since the SNP came into power in 2007, and last year alone saw a rise of over a fifth in the number ...

Jewish widower of Auschwitz survivor accuses SNP Westminster leader Ian Black...
Jewish widower of Auschwitz survivor accuses SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford of 'ignorance'  Daily MailThe widower of an Auschwitz survivor has accused SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford of 'ignorance' by comparing EU withdrawal arrangements to the ...

SNP Government told to change Budget to include £5 child benefit rise - Heral...
SNP Government told to change Budget to include £5 child benefit rise  HeraldScotlandSCOTTISH ministers have been urged to rewrite their Budget after new research showed a £5-a-week boost to Child Benefit would make nearly 300000?

Referendum (Google News)

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'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendu...
'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendum  Sputnik InternationalScotland held the first referendum in September 2014, with 55 percent voting "no" to independence. The UK government's poor treatment of Scottish concerns ...

UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote - Reuters
UK's Labour not ruling out another Scottish independence vote  ReutersGLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party does not rule out allowing another Scottish independence referendum should it be voted into ...

Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence -...
Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered?

Letters: Time for Scottish Government to focus on the problems at home - Hera...
Letters: Time for Scottish Government to focus on the problems at home  HeraldScotlandTHE current crisis in Scottish schools just became even worse ("The vicious circle of ill health for staff at our schools", The Herald,?

Almost 60% of Scots think independence better than no-deal Brexit ? poll - Br...
Almost 60% of Scots think independence better than no-deal Brexit ? poll  BreakingNews.ieMore than half of Scotland believes independence would be better for the country than remaining in the UK after Brexit, a new poll has indicated. Almost three in ...

'Nothing SNP can do!' Sturgeon's stunt SHUT DOWN as anti-Brexit video goes vi...
'Nothing SNP can do!' Sturgeon's stunt SHUT DOWN as anti-Brexit video goes viral  ExpressNICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP saw their latest anti-Brexit stunt dismantled after reporter Kate Partridge reminded the party they have no authority to stop the UK ...

Russia and China ?using Scotland as backdoor to influence British policy? - T...
Russia and China ?using Scotland as backdoor to influence British policy?  The ScotsmanA foreign affairs expert has claimed China and Russia are using Scotland as a backdoor to influence British policy.

END OF UK? Scottish independence support SOARS amid no deal Brexit fears - sh...
END OF UK? Scottish independence support SOARS amid no deal Brexit fears - shock poll  Express.co.ukALMOST 60 percent of Scots believe it would be better for their country to gain independence rather than remain in the UK after a no-deal Brexit, a new poll has ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The Official President Trump thread

What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Thinking politically of course, 2 obvious suggestions immediately spring to mind. Corbyn may very well get his wish for a GE granted sometime during the next 12 months. I'm quite sure that would result in a hung parliament (they should be hung) but if the SNP can win 56 seats again wiping out...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

Newspapers.
Looking at the comments on the Brexit and other threads on newspapers, I'm wondering how many out there in P&B land pick up a daily rag every morning and are influenced by it? Personally I gave up buying a paper on a daily basis ever since Andrew Neil and Fraser Nelson turned the Scotsman int...

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

Bilingual ma arse...
So today, I drove my mum to a funeral. A very dear friend of hers passed away. The funeral was in Gatineau, Quebec. Just across the river from Ottawa where I live. In Ontario, all traffic signs are in English and French, it's the law. In Quebec, it's French only. What a fuckin disgrace. I got cau...

French Protests
Been watching the protests in France over the past couple of weeks. Got me wondering why the French react to tax rises etc the way they do and we (UK) just sit and accept 10 years of austerity without the scenes we see in Paris (not condoning the violence). Personally i think we have suffered mor...

all sparkys out there
In a nutshell, I retired 2 years ago with a pension after 30 years in the public sector, pensions not enough to keep me afloat I served my time as a sparky and continued to do "electrical work" throughout my public sector career. I have city and gulids parts 1 and 2 (1979-80) I al...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Billy Connolly... it's OK relax
Saw his telly prog last night. Seemed in not bad nick, certainly better than I've seem him previously and better than the Parkinson story a few months back. There was current footage and old reminiscence footage. It's was nice to see him on telly again but it did give the impression he was tidyin...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Turntables And All Things Vinyl
Bought a record player today. The Rega RP1 performance pack. Seems an impressive turntable for the price. Got a Cambridge audio amplifier and Focal Chorus 807 speakers. Sold my collection a few years ago, a disaster in hindsight but slowly building up a collection again.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??
      Tory Party Hard Right Wing Views on Society Exposed in New Poll Ruth Davidson’s views on society are at odds with her colleagues and her future in the Party is uncertain in the event of a leadership election should Teresa May resign given the findings of a new poll … Continue reading "Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??"

Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Sc...
        Impact of the 2014 and 2016 referendums In the 2014 referendum the affluent North East of Scotland constituencies voted to remain in the UK Union. In the 2016 referendum they voted to leave the EC. In 2016 the Tory party concentrated their political campaigning in the North East … Continue reading "Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Scottish...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
  Truth Will Out The wall of silence may not be able endure much longer. Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan ordered an official investigation into the Institute, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, a target of the Initiative’s critical tweets, seized the issue with some gusto. In a parliamentary debate December 12, she noted the “Integrity Initiative’s” use … Continue reading "red...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
    The “Institute For Statecraft” and “Shared Outcomes Initiatives”   In a summary of a “private discussion” between Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” and retired British Army officer Gen. Sir Richard Barron, the British Army’s Twitter and Facebook wing, the 77th Brigade is praised for its “exploitation of … Continue reading "reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
      13 Dec: 2018:  British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft Craig Murray published his take on events in his blog: (https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/). Stating: “Having been told where the “Institute for Statecraft” skulk, I...

Reds Under the Beds ? McCarthyism at Fever Pitch Yet again ? Democracy in Da...
    10 Dec 2018: “Anonymous”  Exposes UK’s Cyber Warfare Project On 5 November 2018,  The international hacktivist group “Anonymous” exposed the UK’s “Integrity Initiative” to be an offshoot of the “Institute for Statecraft”. The “Institute”, backed by the secret service was created by London to meddle in other states? domestic affairs.  More details … Continue reading "Reds Under the Beds ...

All you need to know about Unionist rudeboy Andrew Skinner ? The guy from Hag...
  Andrew Skinner   5 Mar 2015: The 2015 General Election Unionist supporters strategy for the 2015 General Election included tactical voting in 30  constituencies aimed at defeating the SNP and stemming the nationalist tide. A group of young Labour party activists, led by Andrew Skinner, spent a morning distributing Tory election campaign leaflets … Continue reading "All you need to know abou...

In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, encumbered by a large group...
      Nov 2014: The 2014 Referendum In the Scottish Independence referendum the voter list included anyone over the age of 16, entered on the current electoral roll, whose place of residence was in Scotland, regardless of nationality. The usual caveats about Service personnel also applied. Voter turnout was 84.59%. The … Continue reading "In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, ...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

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