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Tusk lifts Brexiteers's spirits by saying EU is offering Canada+++ deal
4 Oct 2018 at 8:01pm
DONALD Tusk has boosted the spirits of Brexiteers by suggesting a so-called "Canada plus plus plus" deal was on the table.

Lab-SNP post-election 'arrangement' raised with Nationalist price: scrapping ...
4 Oct 2018 at 8:01pm
THE SNP?s Stewart McDonald has raised the prospect of a post-election pact between his party and Labour with the price of the Nationalists? involvement being a Jeremy Corbyn pledge to scrap Trident.

Salmond intervenes on Indyref2 ahead of SNP conference
4 Oct 2018 at 3:04pm
ALEX Salmond has dramatically intervened on the eve of the SNP conference to promote a second independence referendum through his Kremlin-TV show.

Hunt warns Russia it could face more sanctions after latest evidence of cyber...
4 Oct 2018 at 1:56pm
JEREMY Hunt has said Russia could face further sanctions in the wake of "hard evidence" that its military spies tried to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog investigating the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

May begins big diplomatic push on Brexit as Brussels optimistic deal can be done
4 Oct 2018 at 12:07pm
THERESA May today begins a major diplomatic push to seal a Brexit deal in time for the European Council summit in two weeks? time.

Sarwar and Baillie out in "chaotic" Scottish Labour reshuffle
4 Oct 2018 at 6:32pm
RICHARD Leonard?s attempt to assert his authority over Scottish Labour has descended into farce, after one of his MSPs learned of his sacking from Twitter.

Edinburgh and Skye 'are Scotland's Barcelona and Venice and should tax tourists'
4 Oct 2018 at 2:28pm
SKYE should be considered Scotland?s Venice and Edinburgh the country?s answer to Barcelona, a best-selling guide book author has said.

Leonard in turmoil as spin doctor quits after less than six months
4 Oct 2018 at 1:28pm
RICHARD Leonard?s chief spindoctor has quit after less than six months in the job, deepening the sense of crisis around the Scottish Labour leader.

SNP junk food ban mired in confusion over poppadoms and crackers
3 Oct 2018 at 6:36pm
AN ongoing pickle over whether poppadoms and prawn crackers should be included in a crackdown on junk food has refused to cool down as officials failed to answer basic questions.

Staff threaten to bring Edinburgh Trams to a standstill over 'culture of blame'
3 Oct 2018 at 12:08pm
EDINBURGH?S trams face being brought to a standstill as staff threaten strike action over a ?damaging culture of blame?.

SNP tax cut for air passengers in doubt
3 Oct 2018 at 12:24pm
THE SNP?s manifesto pledge to give a tax cut to air passengers is in doubt, after the Finance Secretary admitted he didn?t know when or how it would be delivered.

Queensferry Crossing needs second year of 'snagging' repairs
3 Oct 2018 at 4:56pm
THE Scottish Government has been accused of rushing the opening of the £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing after it emerged snagging work is to continue for another year.

First devolved benefit helps 75,000 carers
4 Oct 2018 at 5:00am
MORE than 75,000 carers in Scotland have received an extra £221 under the first social security payment to be devolved and paid by SNP ministers.

SNP to write off £150m of debt from Scotland's NHS health boards
4 Oct 2018 at 5:57pm
AN estimated £150 million of debt amassed by Scotland?s health boards will be written off to allow them to start with a ?clean slate?.

May conference speech 'blind' to Brexit reality, say SNP
3 Oct 2018 at 7:03pm
THERESA May is being ?wilfully blind? to the realities of Brexit if she believes her conference boast that the UK?s best days lie ahead, the SNP has said.

 

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SNP may pave the way for Labour government if Trident axed
4 Oct 2018 at 7:59pm
The SNP could pave the way for a Labour government at Westminster if a deal is struck to scrap the UK’s Clyde-based Trident nuclear deterrent.

Labour Reshuffle: ?I thought Richard was better than this?
4 Oct 2018 at 6:22pm
Richard Leonard has axed two of his most prominent frontbenchers in a shadow cabinet reshuffle that has sparked civil war in the Scottish Labour Party.

SNP figures pile Scottish independence pressure on Nicola Sturgeon
4 Oct 2018 at 4:16pm
Senior SNP figures have called for Nicola Sturgeon to adopt a more "urgent" approach to staging a second independence referendum ahead of the party's conference this weekend.

No 'space age' technology in Police Scotland IT project
4 Oct 2018 at 4:14pm
A police IT project expected to cost £300m is not about “space-age” technology such as drones and retina scanners but about getting officers away from using pens and paper, MSPs have heard.

Scottish ministers slammed over ?derisory? teachers pay offer
4 Oct 2018 at 4:06pm
Scotland’s schools could be facing strike action after negotiations on teachers’ pay broke down following the Scottish Government and local government body Cosla’s offer of a 5 per cent increase.

Nicola Sturgeon 'uncomfortable' about Alex Salmond allegations
4 Oct 2018 at 4:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon has indicated her discomfort at dealing with the sexual harassment allegations made against Alex Salmond as she denied being aware of complaints being swept under the carpet.

Video: Brexit high on the agenda at Scotsman Food and Drink Conference
4 Oct 2018 at 2:26pm
The biggest names in the Scottish food and drink sector shared the challenges and solutions of Brexit.

Scots Labour spin chief quits after six months
4 Oct 2018 at 1:46pm
Labour leader Richard's Leonard's top spin doctor has quit the role just six months after being appointed in the job.

MSPs warned Edinburgh tourist tax is ?discriminatory?
4 Oct 2018 at 1:03pm
Tourism industry leaders yesterday warned against the introduction of a tourist tax with a leading figure in the hospitality sector claiming it would be “discriminatory”.

Princes Street protest planned by Scottish independence marchers over Holyroo...
4 Oct 2018 at 12:46pm
Thousands of Scottish independence supporters could cause major disruption in the heart of Edinburgh this weekend as part of a proposed protest.

North Sea oil tax breaks to be preserved, says Philip Hammond
4 Oct 2018 at 12:21pm
Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to keep tax breaks for the oil and gas industry in place when he delivers his Budget at the end of the month, following fears that a rising oil price could see the sector raided for additional revenue.

Anna Gryka: SNP trying to stop Big Food manipulating us into obesity
4 Oct 2018 at 10:40am
The Scottish Government’s proposals to address an epidemic of obesity are designed to tackle the unhealthy environment we have created for ourselves, writes Dr Anna Gryka of Obesity Action Scotland.

TGIs and Wetherspoon workers join other hospitality staff in strike
4 Oct 2018 at 10:01am
Hospitality workers, couriers and cab drivers will join a day of action on Thursday, including strikes, in separate disputes over pay and union recognition.

RBS boss says no-deal Brexit could spark recession
4 Oct 2018 at 9:03am
The chief executive of the partly taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has said a no-deal Brexit could lead to recession.

Kim McKee: England could learn from the Scottish Government in protecting ren...
4 Oct 2018 at 6:21am
More than one in seven Scots now rent a home in the private rented sector, due to the high cost of buying a property and challenges in accessing social housing.

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The fine art of self-delusion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2018 at 4:56pm
When the news is slow, we sometimes steel ourselves and go for a little paddle in the Yoonstream – a private collection of the most unhinged hardcore-Unionist accounts on Twitter – and see what they’re getting themselves all worked up about. For a good few months now, they’ve all been posting mad graphs like this: …

Anatomy Of A Thicko
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2018 at 11:42am
For our money – and by an admittely wafer-thin margin over the likes of Annie Wells, Miles Briggs, Alex Cole-Hamilton and James Kelly – Tory list MSP Jamie Greene is still the lowest-watt bulb in the Scottish Parliament’s festival of lights. (Our alerter readers may have spotted that that’s an official watermarked Scottish Conservatives pic, so that’s them making him …

Half the news fit to print
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Oct 2018 at 12:47pm
It’s probably time we started collecting all the media articles from the last couple of weeks about our ongoing legal battle with former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, because it’s getting increasingly hard to plough through them all. The story that Labour were pulling Dugdale’s legal funding was first broken by the Huffington Post on 19 September. Below …

One tired eyebrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2018 at 11:48am
We honestly don’t think they even see it, folks. We truly don’t.

Cutting your losses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2018 at 5:59pm
We’d hoped not to have to write any more about this for a while, but a story broke this evening on left-wing Labour website Skwawkbox that we thought those of you not on Twitter would want to see. Following a previous piece casting huge doubt on Dugdale and the Scottish media’s version of events, the …

The So Solid Crew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2018 at 12:47pm
Three days ago, the Daily Record’s political editor and Kezia Dugdale’s chief media cheerleader Davie Clegg tweeted that Scottish Labour had “expressed full support and solidarity” for their former branch manager in her court battle with this website. It seems fair to say that the tweet hasn’t aged well. Perhaps “solidarity” – like “fairness”, “equality” and “justice” – …

My resignation from the Labour Party
by Allan T Moore
30 Sep 2018 at 7:55am
This article originally appeared on Allan’s blog. Reproduced with permission. Dear Richard Leonard, You can accept this letter as my formal resignation from membership of the Labour Party. And you may not like to hear that you are the straw that broke the camel?s back. Having been a Labour supporter for over 20 years, and …

Against all the odds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2018 at 11:26am
Politics in 2018 is almost impossible to satirise, and nowhere more so than in Scotland, where at least two of the main parties are currently campaigning on the principled policy of “any referendum we lose should be re-run, and any we win must never ever be held again because the decision was final”. So it’s quite …

For the bendy, not the few
by Chris Cairns
29 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

Learning to speak Kezia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2018 at 2:16pm
We hadn’t been intending to talk about this again today, but the John Beattie show on Radio Scotland just ran a segment that we really can’t let go unremarked. Here’s the whole thing. Some of that’s going to need interpreting for the sane. The quote everyone’s leapt on is this: “The Labour Party made a promise …

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Scottish health board debts to be written off
4 Oct 2018 at 9:03pm
Scotland's health boards will have their debts written off by the government as part of a new financial setup.


Sarwar and Baillie out in Scottish Labour reshuffle
4 Oct 2018 at 5:44pm
Two of Scottish Labour's most prominent MSPs are sacked from the party's front bench team.


Scottish teachers pay talks break down after 'final offer'
4 Oct 2018 at 6:34pm
Unions who have been campaigning for a 10% increase say industrial action has now moved closer.


Tourism bosses issue visitor tax warning
4 Oct 2018 at 12:36pm
Industry bodies warn that a tourist tax on visitors could send business revenues "off a cliff".


Ban on putting Shetland in a box on maps comes into force
4 Oct 2018 at 12:15am
Putting the islands in a box on maps was seen as a "geographical mistake" that "irked" Shetlanders.


Campaigners urge ministers to 'up their game' on climate change
4 Oct 2018 at 12:16am
Environmental experts gathering in South Korea are to urge governments to go further and faster to halt global warming.


December date set for Scottish budget
3 Oct 2018 at 5:51pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will set out his tax and spend plans for next year on 12 December.


Sheku Bayoh's family 'devastated' over no charges
3 Oct 2018 at 6:11pm
Relatives voice their anger over the decision not to prosecute anyone over the death of the 31-year-old.


Heart drug trials halted over Brexit fears
3 Oct 2018 at 6:37am
A US medical research firm suspends trials in Clydebank, Leeds and Exeter due to uncertainty over EU withdrawal.


Thousands to strike over equal pay dispute in Glasgow
3 Oct 2018 at 5:15pm
The industrial action, involving about 8,000 workers, will affect social care and schools in Glasgow.


Queensferry Crossing finishing work to run for another year
3 Oct 2018 at 3:03pm
Finishing work on the Queensferry Crossing is now estimated to run until October 2019, officials say.


Farmer wins film studio land row case
3 Oct 2018 at 2:07pm
Plans for Scotland's first purpose-built film studio hit a snag after a court refused to allow tenants to be thrown off the land.

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Britain is now a prison - the SNP must set out its escape plan
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2018 at 7:39am
Britain is no longer the country that most of us grew up in, and the transformation has been incredibly recent and sudden.  Every Prime Minister between Harold Wilson and David Cameron accepted tha...

Corbyn's day of infamy as Labour become the party of colonialism
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2018 at 6:41pm
If it was the case that Labour were simply saying that winning a majority in Scotland at the next general election would constitute a mandate to block an independence referendum, that might just ab...

Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...


Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

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Abandoned Effigie
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5 Oct 2018 at 12:03am
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Show me your voting history
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4 Oct 2018 at 10:50pm
I want to see how yous have all voted in the past. I'm relatively young, so mines is: 2014 Independence Referendum: Yes 2015 UK General Election: SNP 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: SNP & Green ...

Your other national drink. Dundee, Scotland, (3264 x 2848)
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Sarwar and Baillie out in Scottish Labour reshuffle
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Had an AMAZING time in Scotland! Thanks for having me!
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Hootsmon | Donald Trump?s Turnberry resort remains in red with losses of £3.38m
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Scottish Government rejects Aberdeen council's offer to buy 40ft strip of lan...
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Are you guys going for independence now?
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The game is up: Unionism is dead and we killed it.
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Doing sober October and it?s a piece of cake ..anyone else doing it. .
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Nicola Sturgeon insists no government harassment allegations 'swept under the...
by Andy Philip
4 Oct 2018 at 10:26pm
Former First Minister Alex Salmond denies allegations about his conduct while in office.


Amazon workers' dismay after losing right to shares following pay rise u-turn
by Michael Pringle
4 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Staff have been told the firm will stop issuing shares to them, worth between £1155 to £1400 a year, the day their wages rise.


Primary school teacher pens emotional open letter to Scottish Government over...
by Andy Philip
4 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
The teacher, who identified herself as an SNP voter, said she has 'grave concerns' that the Scottish Government is making her job 'impossible'.


Vladimir Putin calls Novichok poisoning victim Sergei Skripal 'a scumbag and ...
by Record Reporter
3 Oct 2018 at 3:45pm
The Russian leader launched the astonishing attack as he continued to deny Kremlin involvement in the Salisbury poisoning.


Former MP admits making hundreds of indecent images of children
by Adam Hale
3 Oct 2018 at 12:09pm
The court heard the ex-politician 150 pictures and videos that were in the highest category of illegal images.


'F**k the NHS' disgrace as Conservative University society suspended over vil...
by Andy Lines
3 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Tory toffs wore T-shirts scrawled in graffiti with one featuring the shocking slogan aimed at the NHS while one of them also appears to sport an Adolf Hitler moustache.


Former SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie weds woman who had affair with him and...
by Keith McLeod
3 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Political journalist Serena Cowdy had relationships with both Hosie and his colleague Angus MacNeil while they were married to other women.


Free prawn crackers and poppadoms could be binned in junk food crackdown
by Andy Philip
3 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP Government have already set out proposals to cut back on all-you-can-eat buffets, multi-buys, purchase rewards and free samples.


Boris Johnson's 'chuck Chequers' conference speech fails to shift Tory Brexit...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Oct 2018 at 8:39pm
Johnson’s leadership challenge was dismissed by internal party critics as a “half-arsed” attempt to stop Brexit and seize the Tory crown.


Ruth Davidson warns Tories' Brexit chaos could break up Britain
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
The Scottish Tory leader, who received rapturous applause at the party conference, called on members to unite behind Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit plan.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 170 ? Mike Russell On Brexit & More
by michaelgreenwell
1 Oct 2018 at 5:59pm
The 170th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Mike Russell regarding the (bleak) situation with Brexit and people really should hear it. I am reproducing the talk here and thanks to Newsnet for allowing me to do so. There are also a couple of cameos, Martin Compston gets it right …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …
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Results
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …
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The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

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Catalan Devil?s Advocate
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2018 at 8:21pm
Coinciding with the first anniversary of last year?s Catalan independence referendum, Aunty BBC has provided a handy guide to what they think might befall economically in Catalonia should the ?separatists? (a recurrent BBC term) win independence. The Beeb admits that Catalonia has a strong economy the size of Denmark?s, a stomping growth rate of 3.4 …

Brexit as Rorke?s Drift
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2018 at 3:17pm
Bizarrely, the image that comes to mind for the politics of Brexit for the rest of 2018 comes from the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879. Maybe it’s may age…and seeing “Zulu” on the telly on so many Sunday afternoons. The defence of Scotland’s place in Europe is a series of redoubts…fortified positions that you …

Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2018 at 10:49pm
The British Conservative Party is one of the most successful electoral parties in the developed capitalist world. They might not look like it at the moment but this is a force which has adapted to numerous challenges and changes: the coming of the mass franchise and rise of the working class, emergence of Labour, the …

The Laird?s Tablecloth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2018 at 9:40pm
The snow field sloped upwards ahead of us, the size of a five-a-side football pitch. When we reached its edge, four stones, protruding from the middle of it, stood up and loped away: mountain hares, that had been sitting stone-still in bowls they’d scraped in the snow, to cool down in. It was late June …

The Romantic Road of Poetic History
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2018 at 8:14am
To be honest, when I first heard of the ?Romantics?, this poetic ?movement?, my then working-class instinct to despise all things I considered ?posh? or ?monied? (or rather monied-sounding), led me to dismiss even the thought of reading such poetry. I imagined a bunch of young men, leading lives of luxury, devoid of any knowledge …

Ian Bell Young Writers Award
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Oct 2018 at 7:50am
This is the second year of a writing award in honour of the radical journalist Ian Bell. Young writers in Scotland are invited to enter an competition in memory of the writer Ian Bell, who died in 2015. At a time of political crisis and with print journalism under immense pressure, with FAKE NEWS as a …

Running on Empty
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Oct 2018 at 8:37am
TV hasn’t quite caught up with the new media age. The old notion that you could stage-manage party conferences (Peter Mandelson-style) has crumbled under the pixels of smart-phones. As everyone carries a camera the ability for political parties to project power through broadcast media is over, so we see the end-game-players of British Conservatism talking …

Let?s Have a Festival!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Sep 2018 at 11:51am
On the ‘Jacobite Express’ to Mallaig you cross the viaduct now touted as a Harry Potter location (was Charles Edward Stuart in Slytherin?). On the “greatest railway journey in the world” passengers tip their excrement directly onto the tracks, jobbies litter Glenfinnan and Arisaig stations like confetti at a Quidditch cup final.  In Rosyth decommissioned …

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Alex Salmond sexual harassment case resolved in 2013, claim advisers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Oct 2018 at 5:02pm
Sources say then first minister apologised to female civil servant for ?misunderstanding?Alex Salmond will argue in court that one of the two sexual harassment cases against him was resolved nearly five years ago, as he continues his legal battle against the Scottish government.The former first m...

Ruth Davidson: ?We?re not as far along in the conversation about mental healt...
by Libby Brooks
28 Sep 2018 at 4:00pm
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives on why she needed to speak out about her depression ? and how she deals with Boris Johnson types in the partyThat Ruth Davidson does not want to be prime minister ought not to make headlines, she says. ?I have been asked it so many times and said it in so ...

Corbyn says he was not negotiating Brexit during 'useful' meeting with Barnie...
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Sep 2018 at 5:57pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen 5.53pm BST We cannot have a situation in the negotiation between a sovereign power like Britain and one of the biggest countries in the EU and the EU where every time we come up with a proposal, instead of engaging with that prop...

Scottish government told to be more transparent about loans to businesses
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Sep 2018 at 5:43pm
Auditor general?s intervention comes after row over £45m loan to company owned by SNP adviserScotland?s auditor general has said Nicola Sturgeon?s government needs to be more open about its loans to private firms following a row about a bailout for a Glasgow-based shipbuilder.Caroline Gardner sai...

Scotland needs tougher policies to meet CO2 targets, say experts
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:01am
Nicola Sturgeon told more vigorous action needed to achieve post-2020 emissions targetNicola Sturgeon?s government needs much tougher policies on cutting emissions from Scotland?s roads and farms to meet its ambitious CO2 reduction targets, experts have warned.The UK government?s committee on cli...

Why Hampstead and Hull can?t agree on Brexit | Letter
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23 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Christopher Clayton disagrees with the suggestion that Labour could keep voters in Hampstead and Hull happy with a second referendumPolly Toynbee portrays a rerun of the Brexit referendum as a way in which Labour can keep both Hull and Hampstead happy (Labour?s path to power lies in putting Brexi...

Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond?s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, ...

Glasgow School of Art accused of systemic failings over fire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2018 at 3:47pm
?The building has burned twice on their watch,? says campaigner as Scottish parliament holds hearingThe board of the Glasgow School of Art is unfit to manage the future of the famous Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire in June, after ignoring repeated warnings of fire risk before a prev...

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If ever you’ve never had the misfortune to have parents who have gone through a bitter and rancorous divorce, who many years later still nurse grudges about who said what to whom, who carefully nurture the memory of the dirty looks over the dinner table, the slights, the insults, the resentment, and the anger, then …

What Ruth Davidson really wants
Ruth Davidson has ruled out trying to lead the UK Conservatives and becoming the UK’s first lesbian prime minister. Instead, she tells us, she has her sights set on becoming the next First Minister of Scotland. This is probably not unrelated to the certainty that should she pitch for the Conservative leadership, the media might …

The dangerous hypocrisy of the Conservatives
So that’s you lot telt, you uppity Scottish people who dare to imagine that you have a sovereign right to choose the form of government that’s best for Scotland’s needs. Ruth Davidson, the leader of a party that came a distant second in the last Holyrood elections and an equally distant second in the last …

The Festival of Exit Britain
The Conservative party say that they’re going to introduce innovative technological solutions to the Irish border question, but they can’t even introduce an app for their conference without buggering it up. The app was so poorly designed that it allowed anyone to log in as members of the Cabinet and see all their personal contact …

The Cheshire cat of politics
I had been toying with the idea of writing this blog article about how it’s unproductive for supporters of independence to join in the social media campaign calling for a boycott of the Guardian newspaper. About how when we embark on campaigns directed against individual newspapers we only allow that paper to paint itself as …

Not keeping calm and carrying on
Safer. Are you feeling safer? More secure. Are you feeling more secure? Those were the key promises of the Better Together campaign in 2014. Why risk independence when you can continue to enjoy the safety and security of the UK, they told us. It was their key selling point, the single point that more than …

Saying what really matters
Theresa May is scared. She gave an interview to Reporting Scotlandshire and instructed us to forget about another independence referendum and told Nicola Sturgeon to concentrate on the day job. Which is pretty rich coming from Theresa May. Nicola Sturgeon manages her day job rather well, presiding over a government which manages – on the …

Breaking the glass of the fishbowl
So there you go, you write a blog article about the double standards of British nationalism, and how violent metaphors and imagery are the norm for opponents of independence, but if supporters of independence were to use equivalent words or imagery, there would be outrage. And then the very next day the zoomers of Scotland …

The National

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Protest planned ahead of AUOB march over Holyrood rally ban
AFTER a summer of peaceful and non-disruptive marches for independence across Scotland, the nation?s capital could witness serious disruption on Saturday as demonstrators protest against the actions of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

PM calls Sturgeon's wish to stay in the EU a 'betrayal of Scotland'
THERESA May accused Nicola Sturgeon of betraying Scotland yesterday.

It's time for the Tories' control over Brexit talks to come to an end
I RECALL a happier time when I wasn?t able to recite passages of the Lisbon Treaty word for word. Sadly, the articles related to Brexit are more or less indelibly fixed in my mind these days.

Nicola Sturgeon's bespoke Brexit arrangement backed by top expert
NICOLA Sturgeon?s demand for a bespoke Brexit arrangement will be strengthened if Northern Ireland gets a differentiated deal, according to a leading European expert.

Labour brands Tories? conference promise a ?complete con?
THERESA May?s promise to end austerity is a ?complete con,? Labour?s shadow chancellor has claimed.

May declares an 'end to austerity' amid fierce attack on Corbyn
THERESA May has declared the age of austerity over with a message that ?there are better days ahead? as she attempted to attract Labour voters put off by Jeremy Corbyn?s leadership.

Sinn Fein brands Foster?s 'blood-red line' Brexit description 'bizarre'
SINN Fein has branded as ?absolutely bizarre? Arlene Foster?s description of her Brexit red line as blood red, claiming the DUP leader has ?lost the run of herself?.

Yes stone cairn to be displayed during Edinburgh independence march
BACK in July, The National reported on the small but growing phenomenon of the Yes stones.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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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

Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead
Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 3rd 2018 The British Conservative Party is one of the most successful electoral parties in the developed capitalist world. They might not look like it at the moment but this is a force which has adapted to numerous …

Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable
Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable Gerry Hassan Compass, September 27th 2018 Labour conference this week is an important staging post in the new Corbyn-led, energised mass party – not just the biggest in Britain, but bigger than all the other party memberships put together. The Jeremy Corbyn-John …

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsPaul Hutcheon: Ruth Davidson's path to becoming First Minister is blocked  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon loudly mocked as she claims 'only independence can SAVE Scotl...
Nicola Sturgeon loudly mocked as she claims 'only independence can SAVE Scotland'  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson
Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson  ReutersFull coverage

Princes Street protest planned by Scottish independence marchers over Holyroo...
Princes Street protest planned by Scottish independence marchers over Holyrood Park ban  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanLabour vows to put opposition to second Scottish independence vote in its next manifesto  PoliticsHome.comFull coverage

Brexit mess will determine bid for independence, says Nicola Sturgeon
Brexit mess will determine bid for independence, says Nicola Sturgeon  The TimesIndependence referendum now 'impossible' before UK leaves EU, constitutional expert says  CommonSpaceOpportunity Knocks. Brexit Means Exit From the Abusive British Union  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

Marchers plan 'picnic' at Holyrood Park after Scottish independence rally is ...
Marchers plan 'picnic' at Holyrood Park after Scottish independence rally is banned  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted
Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted  BBC NewsFull coverage

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Prospect of Lab-SNP post-election pact raised with Nationalist price: scrappi...
Prospect of Lab-SNP post-election pact raised with Nationalist price: scrapping Trident  HeraldScotlandScottish Nationalist Party say they'll support Jeremy Corbyn in a 'snap election' if he pledges to scrap Trident nukes  The SunLabour Must Scrap Nuclear Weapons Programme To Get SNP Election Deal, Says MP  HuffPost UKFull coverage

Top campaigner hits out at SNP over 'confusing' obesity strategy
Top campaigner hits out at SNP over 'confusing' obesity strategy  The TimesSNP junk food ban mired in confusion over poppadoms and crackers  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Alex Salmond intervenes on Indyref2 ahead of SNP conference
Alex Salmond intervenes on Indyref2 ahead of SNP conference  HeraldScotlandAnalysis: Have SNP and Labour switched sides in the universalism v means-testing debate?  CommonSpace'SNP BETRAYING fishermen!' Tory MP TEARS into Sturgeon's plot to shackle UK to EU  Express.co.ukFull coverage

A slick SNP show in Glasgow can't hide pressure for independence vote
A slick SNP show in Glasgow can't hide pressure for independence vote  The GuardianScots Tories vow to end SNP secrecy  Express.co.ukSNP activists step up independence drive on national action day  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon's dominance has created division within the SNP ? so what's n...
Nicola Sturgeon's dominance has created division within the SNP ? so what's next for the party?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Former SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie weds love-triangle mistress Serena Cowdy
Former SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie weds love-triangle mistress Serena Cowdy  The TimesFull coverage

SNP denies allegations of attempting to ?destroy democracy and muzzle the voi...
SNP denies allegations of attempting to ?destroy democracy and muzzle the voice? of Brechin's community council  The CourierFull coverage

SNP tax cut for air passengers in doubt
SNP tax cut for air passengers in doubt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson: Second independence referendum will be blocked until 2027  The ScotsmanRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsPaul Hutcheon: Ruth Davidson's path to becoming First Minister is blocked  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon loudly mocked as she claims 'only independence can SAVE Scotl...
Nicola Sturgeon loudly mocked as she claims 'only independence can SAVE Scotland'  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Brexit mess will determine bid for independence, says Nicola Sturgeon
Brexit mess will determine bid for independence, says Nicola Sturgeon  The TimesIndependence referendum now 'impossible' before UK leaves EU, constitutional expert says  CommonSpaceOpportunity Knocks. Brexit Means Exit From the Abusive British Union  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson
Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson  ReutersFull coverage

Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsScottish Labour leader: 'There is no case for a second independence referendum' in Scotland  Irish ExaminerLabour's next manifesto will oppose a second Scottish independence poll, insists Richard Leonard  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Salmond raises independence stakes in Russian-backed TV show
Salmond raises independence stakes in Russian-backed TV show  The TimesFull coverage

Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted
Police Scotland anti-independence tweet deleted  BBC NewsScottish police social channel 'mistakenly' sent anti?independence tweet  The TimesFull coverage

Two Yorkshiremen With Different Views on Scottish Democracy
Two Yorkshiremen With Different Views on Scottish Democracy  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

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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...

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

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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!

The 2018 Autumn Conservative and Unionist Party Conference
Popcorn time, this on the eve... It's going to be comedy gold! https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45673214

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Oil
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stm That's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

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...

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

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.

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-it...
          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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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.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…