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Swinney: public-sector job losses regrettable but cuts should not be plugged ...
5 Feb 2016 at 1:37pm
The reduction in public-sector jobs is regrettable but council cuts should not be plugged by raising income tax, according to Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Poll: Labour and Conservatives neck and neck ahead of Holyrood election
5 Feb 2016 at 1:37pm
Labour are neck and neck with the Conservatives ahead of the Scottish elections, according to a new opinion poll.

Bickering MSPs told to take 'a long hard look at themselves' by Presiding Off...
4 Feb 2016 at 1:28pm
MSPS have been told to have a long hard look at themselves and their behaviour by the Parliament?s Presiding Officer.

North Sea oil production 'could end within years if emergency measures not ta...
4 Feb 2016 at 2:10pm
North Sea oil production could end within years, with the loss of thousands of jobs, unless emergency measures are taken to boost the industry, it is being warned.

Transgender patients subject to NHS discrimination, MSPs hear
4 Feb 2016 at 2:11pm
Transgender people in Scotland still face discrimination and delays in the health service, MSPs have been told.

Speaker Bercow criticises SNP MP's 'quite extraordinary behaviour' in Commons
3 Feb 2016 at 8:58pm
Speaker John Bercow has criticised an SNP MP's "quite extraordinary behaviour" in the Commons.

£3bn levy on firms 'could hit devolved apprenticeships plans'
4 Feb 2016 at 4:54pm
Ministers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have voiced concern to the Government about plans for an apprenticeship levy on companies.

Dugdale tells Sturgeon: do the right thing for Scotland's future and back inc...
2 Feb 2016 at 4:33pm
Labour has challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to "do the right thing for Scotland's future" by backing its plans for a 1p rise in income tax.

Employment minister Priti Patel criticised in Holyrood committee appearance row
3 Feb 2016 at 2:00pm
The UK Government has been accused of showing disregard for the Scottish Parliament after its Employment Minister allegedly reneged on a commitment to appear before MSPs.

Scottish Government 'pauses' ambulance response times downgrading
3 Feb 2016 at 1:58pm
A downgrading of ambulance response times to calls reporting falls and chest pains has been suspended by the Scottish Government.

Farron decries SNP's "unthinking monoculture" and believes Lib Dems will forg...
3 Feb 2016 at 12:11am
TIM Farron has hit out at the ?unthinking monoculture? of the SNP at Westminster, insisting Nationalist MPs? lack of independence was not very Scottish.

Moray Council drops plans to introduce council tax hike in face of Government...
2 Feb 2016 at 9:57am
Moray Council has scrapped plans to increase council tax by 18% after local authorities were told they could face sanctions if they did not agree to the Scottish Government's freeze.

Sturgeon announces £24.5m support fund for oil and gas industry
1 Feb 2016 at 3:32pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced an extra £24.5 million of support for the oil and gas industry on a visit to Aberdeen.

Sturgeon announces £12m fund to retrain oil and gas staff facing job losses
1 Feb 2016 at 9:17am
Workers who face losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector will be helped to move into other employment in the energy industry and manufacturing through a new £12 million fund announced by Scotland's First Minister.

Justice secretary: end to automatic early release 'a step in the right direct...
1 Feb 2016 at 1:35pm
Ending automatic early release for the most serious offenders has been hailed as a "huge step in the right direction" by the Justice Secretary.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Setback for Scottish Labour bid to find fresh blood for Holyrood election
5 Feb 2016 at 9:44pm
Kezia Dugdale’s bid to inject fresh blood into Scottish Labour has suffered a major setback with just four new faces looking likely to make it to Holyrood in May.

Kenny MacAskill critical of Police Scotland?s response to spy row
5 Feb 2016 at 9:40pm
Police Scotland’s failure to allow senior officers to appear before MSPs has fuelled a “conspiracy theory” about the force spying on journalists, the former justice secretary has claimed.

Fewer than a quarter of Scot schools offering bagpipe lessons to pupils
5 Feb 2016 at 9:30pm
Fewer than a quarter of Scotland’s schools offer pupils the chance to learn the bagpipes, new research has revealed.

Leaders: Scottish Labour?s selection process woes | Music tuition
5 Feb 2016 at 9:10pm
It was planned as a major breakthrough which would help revive the fortunes of the Labour Party in Scotland after it was so humiliatingly defeated by the SNP’s performance in the general election.

Brian Wilson: Labour income tax row offers voters a real choice
5 Feb 2016 at 9:07pm
JOHN Swinney moans about lack of ‘levers of government’ but fails to use those he has, writes Brian Wilson

EU reform is binding, says David Cameron as Danish PM backs UK plan
5 Feb 2016 at 9:02pm
David Cameron has dismissed claims that his EU reform package could be undone in the future even if it is agreed at a crucial Brussels summit later this month.

Julian Assange: Phillip Hammond hits out at ?ridiculous? UN ruling
5 Feb 2016 at 8:57pm
The government is facing fresh pressure to resolve the case of Julian Assange after a United Nations working group confirmed that the WikiLeaks founder is being “arbitrarily detained” in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

SNP MP Michelle Thomson opens office nine months after election
5 Feb 2016 at 8:40pm
SNP MP Michelle Thomson finally opened her constituency office – nine months after she was elected.

Closure of wine merchant Inverarity Morton blamed on new drink-drive limit
5 Feb 2016 at 8:16pm
Scotland’s largest independent wines and spirits merchant is to close its regional depot in Milnathort, Kinross-shire, blaming the SNP’s new drink-driving laws.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash in one-on-one debate
5 Feb 2016 at 7:39pm
Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political establishment.

Dundee SNP councillor quits over alleged Islamophobic texting row
5 Feb 2016 at 5:14pm
A FORMER aide to SNP deputy leader Stuart Hosie, embroiled in a row over alleged anti-Islamic texts, has quit his role as a local councillor in ­Dundee.

Scottish election 2016 poll: Labour and Conservatives level
5 Feb 2016 at 12:34pm
Labour are neck and neck with the Conservatives ahead of the Scottish elections, according to a new opinion poll.

Leaders: We must never have a repeat of Mortonhall
5 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
AFTER scandal of babies’ ashes, Holyrood must listen to the concerns of its own health committee if new legislation is to be effective

World leaders promise £7bn in aid for Syrian refugees
4 Feb 2016 at 10:58pm
International pledges have raised more than £7 billion to ease the plight of Syrian refugees amid warnings that the latest onslaught by president Bashar Assad’s forces could trigger a new mass exodus.

MSPs warn new babies? ashes laws must be strengthened
4 Feb 2016 at 10:10pm
New laws drawn up in the aftermath of the Mortonhall baby ashes controversy must be strengthened to prevent a repeat of the scandal, MSPs have warned.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Meet the new blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 9:08pm
STV have leaked the results of Scottish Labour’s list-candidate rankings. Alert readers will recall that Kezia Dugdale promised that her leadership would see an influx of “new talent and fresh faces” to the beleaguered branch office’s ranks. So let’s see how that panned out. We’ll only list the top seven for each region, since there …

How the Daily Mail works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 10:33am
Sometimes it’s the smallest, most trivial things that give you away. Graham Grant is the Home Affairs Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, and earlier this morning he tweeted this snarky dig at prominent independence supporter and pundit Pat Kane, also of the primarily-1980s band Hue And Cry: Ostensibly it’s a throwaway gag aimed at …

The Big Split
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Feb 2016 at 1:45pm
From a Daily Record vox pop today on Scottish Labour’s tax plan. Seems there are some things nearly everyone agrees on.

JK Rowling is a litigious bully
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 6:01pm
The headline of this article is a personal opinion derived from true facts. The popular associate of a prominent anonymous and abusive internet troll has undertaken more than 50 lawsuits against the press, and has admitted in an interview with The Times that she’s “too thin-skinned” when it comes to people writing critically about her. …

Help, we need somebody
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 2:50pm
It’s been a fair few months since we last documented the Daily Record’s increasingly panicky attempts to save its own hide over its infamous eve-of-referendum “Vow”. In its growing desperation, the paper bizarrely turns today to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, demanding that SHE should be the one to fulfil a promise that the Record made specifically …

A Penny For Labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 10:58am
We’re just going to leave this here. “Penny dreadful for low paid: Inland Revenue figures back Labour claims public-sector workers would bear brunt of SNP tax plan Labour will seek to put tax at the centre of its ‘big push’ for a Holyrood majority this week, with new figures showing nurses, teachers, and council workers …

A kind of goldrush
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Feb 2016 at 2:14pm
An alert reader directed us to an article on finance site Bloomberg today: It’s interesting to see a business and bankers’ perspective on something that we’ve already pointed out a number of times on Wings, namely that the lower oil price has at least as many upsides as downsides. It may reduce the amount of money …

The Living End
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2016 at 12:55pm
Something kept nagging at the back of our minds as we read today’s front-page lead story in Scotland On Sunday about a battle between finance secretary John Swinney and a number of Scottish councils. And then we remembered what it was. The row centred around Swinney’s plan to impose on councils a commitment to pay …

Charity with menaces
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2016 at 10:34am
Brian Spanner Fan Club chair JK Rowling yesterday moved quickly to correct some press reports that she’d abandoned her plans to sue independent MP Natalie McGarry over alleged defamation. Tweeting to Herald reporter Martin Williams, she snippily noted: The true nature of the “request” therefore seems unmistakeable – “make a donation to my charity or get sued …

A world full of philanthropists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jan 2016 at 11:41am
To the astonishment of all, it turns out that JK Rowling isn’t going to sue anyone after all. Or, as the ever-reliable-and-accurate Scottish Daily Mail puts it: (It seems needlessly churlish and picky to also point out that McGarry currently isn’t an “SNP MP”, so we won’t do that.) Instead, the author, worth hundreds of …

BBC Scotland

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Scottish Labour unveils candidates list
5 Feb 2016 at 8:56pm
Scottish Labour releases the names of its Regional List candidates for the Scottish Parliament election in May.

New child cancer care plans revealed
5 Feb 2016 at 11:57am
New plans to improve treatment for children and young people with cancer are outlined by Scotland's chief medical officer.

Oil price fall 'good for UK economy'
5 Feb 2016 at 4:53am
The fall in oil prices has been a "net good" for the economy, Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent tells the BBC.

Tax plan could be 'progressive'
5 Feb 2016 at 7:46am
Opposition party plans to raise income tax rates at Holyrood could reduce the impact of spending cuts by about a third, according to new analysis.

Bill to support carers passed by MSPs
4 Feb 2016 at 6:22pm
Legislation that promises to improve the lives of Scotland's carers is passed by Holyrood.

Baby ashes bill 'needs strengthened'
4 Feb 2016 at 3:56pm
New legislation on cremations must be strengthened to ensure the baby ashes scandal is never repeated, MSPs say.

MSPs reject alcohol ad ban bill
4 Feb 2016 at 6:40pm
MSPs vote down a members bill which would have resulted in a ban on alcohol advertising within 200 metres (656ft) of schools.

Council plans to cut 130 posts
4 Feb 2016 at 2:36pm
The leader of Scottish Borders Council says 130 posts will be cut in the financial year ahead.

Scotland Bill Lords passage delayed
3 Feb 2016 at 7:19pm
The Scotland Bill's passage through the House of Lords is delayed while wrangling over the fiscal framework continues.

VIDEO: Politicians dream of Eurovision stardom
4 Feb 2016 at 5:57pm
The MP Pete Wishart reveals his ambition to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of MP4, the world's only parliamentary band.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Scottish politics: The race for runner-up
5 Feb 2016 at 6:22pm
John Curtice looks at the race to be Holyrood runner-up

Scottish politics: Deja vu all over again
4 Feb 2016 at 5:05pm
Arguments over Scottish income tax rates have a familiar ring to them

What are the leaders saying on Europe?
2 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
What are six party leaders saying about Britain's future in Europe?

Scotland's tax powers
2 Feb 2016 at 12:08pm
The BBC's Douglas Fraser on the taxes Scotland has now and what's to come

Scot Goes Pop

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

YouGov polling on independence, and Scottish voting intentions for the EU ref...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm
Although the recent Panelbase poll showed a two-point drop in support for independence, that was simply a reversion to the mean.  The Yes vote was 47%, which is very typical of what Panelbase have ...

Labour slip to third place in Scotland in historic YouGov poll
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 1:05am
I spoke too soon yesterday afternoon when I pointed out that not a single Scottish Parliament election poll had yet shown the Tories in second place.  Right on cue, here is YouGov's first Scottish ...

SNP hold 36% lead in talebearing TNS poll
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2016 at 12:24pm
The monthly TNS poll is now out, and I'm beginning to think Kezia Dugdale should just go the whole hog and change her party's name to "Labour 21%", because this is the fifth poll in a row from a ra...

Why it's important to have an overall SNP majority, and not just a pro-indepe...
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2016 at 10:51am
I've just noticed that Adam Ramsay penned a response to the "tactical voting on the list" debate a few days ago.  It's a more nuanced piece than we've previously seen from him on the same subject, ...

Poll of Polls on the EU referendum : "Leave" campaign draws level on average ...
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2016 at 6:30am
This is only the third update of this blog's Poll of Polls for the EU referendum - I haven't been able to produce new figures as often as I expected, partly because telephone polling has been surpr...

John Curtice concurs that "tactical voting on the list" is a risk
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2016 at 1:50am
When I noticed a few hours ago that The National were splashing with a John Curtice essay on whether it's a good or a bad idea for independence supporters to vote "tactically" on the Holyrood regio...

Terry Wogan
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2016 at 1:51pm
While watching the tennis this morning (which was a painful enough process anyway), I was absolutely heartbroken to look at my phone and see the news about Terry Wogan.  Of course I'm a Eurovision ...

On the plus side, everyone who has ever worked for the Daily Express now know...
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2016 at 12:31am
Just spotted that I got a glowing mention a few hours ago on the Twitter account of J K Rowling's abusive and misogynistic friend (but by God she's sticking by him!) "Brian Spanner", who somehow co...

More on that totally coincidental link between J K Rowling's misogynistic Twi...
by James Kelly
30 Jan 2016 at 8:03am
As you may have seen, I was highly privileged yesterday to briefly attract the attention of the unholy alliance between abusive CyberBrits and the Global Rowling Heavy Mob. As far as I can see, th...

The misogynistic tweeter, his friendship with J K Rowling, and the ENTIRELY C...
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2016 at 3:03pm
I do love a lightbulb moment.  About an hour ago, I was trying to dream up a vaguely satirical tweet about the extraordinary way in which J K Rowling is routinely rewarded by her adoring fans in th...

Panelbase hints that the gap between Holyrood and Westminster voting intentio...
by James Kelly
28 Jan 2016 at 1:51pm
It's been brought to my attention that deep within the Panelbase datasets there seems to be the equivalent of a full-scale Scottish poll of Westminster voting intentions.  It's presented as the sub...

Punchy Panelbase poll puts SNP lead at 29%
by James Kelly
24 Jan 2016 at 10:16am
Constituency ballot :SNP 50% (-2)Labour 21% (-2)Conservatives 17% (+3)Liberal Democrats 6% (n/c)Greens 3% (n/c)UKIP 2% (n/c)Regional list ballot :SNP 48% (n/c)Labour 19% (-3) Conservatives 17% (+2)...

New podcast
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2016 at 5:15am
Just a quick note to let you know that I took part in a podcast yesterday with Derek Bateman and Angela Haggerty.  We discussed RISE and the "tactical voting" controversy, the SNP's prospects in th...

A modest plea to the BBC
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2016 at 1:36pm
Long-term readers of this blog may recall that I don't believe in positive discrimination, but think there may be a case for making an exception with parliamentary selections, because it's particul...

By-election boost for sizzling SNP in hallowed Hamilton habitat
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2016 at 11:55pm
There can't be another town in Scotland that says "by-election" quite like Hamilton, and there was certainly no disappointment tonight as the SNP surged into a comfortable first place in a ward tha...

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Wings Over Scotland | How Scotland will be robbed
by /u/amadeus2803
5 Feb 2016 at 10:40pm
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Labour's list candidates revealed. Highlighted are the candidates who would b...
by /u/mankieneck
5 Feb 2016 at 8:55pm
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Edinburgh Leith Street in 1966 and 1981
by /u/the-son-and-heir
5 Feb 2016 at 8:22pm
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Hello Scots, where are the best places to wander?
by /u/TheQuakerator
5 Feb 2016 at 8:19pm
Hi there, I'm going to come to Scotland with my friend. I'm in Paris and he's in Germany. We want to walk around and marvel at the ocean and maybe some castles. Mostly I'm just hoping to capture th...

Limmy's Show - You're a toilet
by /u/Leblodk
5 Feb 2016 at 7:59pm
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Scottish Labour list candidates for Holyrood election revealed
by /u/mankieneck
5 Feb 2016 at 7:36pm
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Déjà Vu EU: The SNP's Attempts to Break-Up Britain over Europe
by /u/rookmoon
5 Feb 2016 at 6:53pm
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Some questions from a foreigner
by /u/9tfptxcg
5 Feb 2016 at 6:12pm
Hello scottish people, I would like to know a few things about your country that I couldn't find out exactly on the internet. What is the absloute lowest monthly salary in Scotland ? Is it true tha...

Anyone remember the BBC programme called 'Maggie' from the 80s?
by /u/MileysVirus
5 Feb 2016 at 5:53pm
It was about a girl growing up in Glasgow. Trying to find clips or dvds. submitted by /u/MileysVirus [comments]

[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
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5 Feb 2016 at 5:04pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...

I want to study in Scotland. Can you help me?
by /u/MeRunsTheWorld
5 Feb 2016 at 4:25pm
Hi. I would like to become a student of a university in Scotland because i find the education conditions very pleasing and quite generous, especially for students from the rest of EU (which i am). ...

Tribute to Rikki Fulton (Scotch & Wry, Francie & Josie, Rev I.M Jolly)
by /u/Christ-on-a-Bike_46
5 Feb 2016 at 2:29pm
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Melville quits as city councillor
by /u/I_Punch_Swans
5 Feb 2016 at 2:18pm
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Yougov Times Scottish Poll Data Tables
by /u/BenV94
5 Feb 2016 at 11:19am Constituency Vote: SNP 50 Con 20 Lab 19 Lib Dem 6...

Tories overtake Labour in Holyrood polls for first time
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5 Feb 2016 at 11:15am
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Daily Record

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SNP Councillor and aide to deputy leader quits after allegations he sent raci...
by David Clegg
5 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm
CRAIG MELVILLE was the councillor for Maryfield ward in Dundee, but was accused of referring to Muslim's as 'filth' in a string of hateful messages.

Record View: If Tories aren't shafting Scotland in fiscal settlement then it'...
by Record View
5 Feb 2016 at 12:42pm
DAVID CAMERON must abide by his Vow that the devolution settlement will work for Scotland, and if he doesn't, Nicola Sturgeon is right to maintain a hardline stance against it.

Nicola Sturgeon: Row with Tories over money could lead to the collapse of Sco...
by David Clegg
5 Feb 2016 at 9:17am
THE First Minister now thinks the tax and spending powers guaranteed by David Cameron’s pre-referendum Vow are unlikely to be signed off.

Torcuil Crichton: Scottish Labour spot a little bit of light in the darkness
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
TORCUIL reckons Kezia Dugdale's plan to implement a progressive tax system as an alternative to austerity could provide a lifeline for Labour in Scotland.

EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying....
by Record Reporter
4 Feb 2016 at 2:46pm
THE GAP is narrowing but the 'Remain' side has a 28% lead in the in/out referendum which is expected to be held in June.

Tories taunt John Swinney after accusing him of thinking like a "Thatcherite"...
by Andy Philip
4 Feb 2016 at 7:35am
LOCAL government leaders claim they face £500million of cuts because of Swinney’s budget, which MSPs backed yesterday

John Swinney rejects Labour's call for income tax rise as councils and unions...
by Record Reporter
3 Feb 2016 at 4:08pm
THE Scottish Finance Secretary is giving the first budget in which Holyrood has a say in determining income tax rates across the country.

EU Referendum: Nicola Sturgeon joins First Ministers from rest of UK in deman...
by Record Reporter
3 Feb 2016 at 3:34pm
SCOTLAND, Wales and Northern Ireland hold elections in May, and with the Prime Minister said to prefer a date in June, there are fears the gap between the two isn't large enough.

SNP MP slammed by Commons speaker for 'beetling out of the chamber' during a ...
by Record Reporter
3 Feb 2016 at 1:51pm
DREW HENDRY was the first MP to speak when Minister Justine Greening took questions, but left before the exchanges on his choice of topic concluded.

Forth Road Bridge: Experts say fault that closed the bridge 'could not have b...
by dailyrecord
3 Feb 2016 at 1:35pm
A HOLYROOD committee heard from bridgemasters who said that the incident could not have been determined after a seized pin caused a crack.

Derek Bateman

The Russian Doll*
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
Unravelling the layers in search of the nugget of Labour?s income tax policy is like the Russian doll. It seems to be impenetrable and then the result is disappointingly insignificant. Starting on the first layer, I suggest Labour has the biggest and most enduring obstacle of all. It?s called credibility. The question for Kezia isn?t: …

Clocking Off
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm
Workers? rights, eh? Sounds historic, like boilersuits and clocking-on, mass meetings and sit-ins. When researchers investigated Labour?s election failure they found people associated them with that same past. Even the TUC sounds like a committee of boilermakers and wheel-tappers, all white bread sandwiches and bottled beer. The latest round of anti-union legislation will curtail further …

Author! Author!
by derekbateman1
1 Feb 2016 at 7:46pm
My fondest story about JK Rowling was when I asked the barman in my local some years ago what else he was doing to earn a living. He was a huge muscleman who couldn?t care tuppence ? about anything or anyone. He said he was labouring ? building a wall at a house in Edinburgh …

From Our Own Correspondent
by derekbateman1
31 Jan 2016 at 10:58am
Good afternoon. You join me here in the blasted wastes of the remote Northern territory of Unthink, a place so doggedly one-dimensional that it is being studied by research teams and think tanks from twenty countries. The people of Unthink have lost the power of individual thought and can only act collectively, following each other …

Print and Be Demeaned
by derekbateman1
29 Jan 2016 at 2:37pm
Stand by your man. That was always the first response of editors when threats and warnings came in. At the Herald, where I worked from 1973 to 1987, it now seems Bend the Knee is the editor?s motto. When thugs ? be they individual or corporate ? start dictating your policy, you?re finished. I suggest …

Bella Caledonia

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Litreachas na Sgìre, Conaltradh an t-Saoghail
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2016 at 5:12pm
San alt seo, tha Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul a? meòrachadh air mar a tha sinn a? bruidhinn leinn fhìn agus leis an t-saoghal mhòr tro litreachas. In this article, Angus Peter Campbell considers how we communicate with ourselves and with the world through literature. Gu mì-fhortanach tha mi sean gu leòr son cuimhneachadh na làithean sin …

Britain?s Rigged Economy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2016 at 4:09pm
RISE this week launched a brand new website and today the first of their campaign videos, from Cat Boyd and Colin Fox. Colin Fox said: “Britain’s economy is rigged in favour of the rich. That’s why a handful of people own as much wealth as the bottom 20 per cent of Scots combined. This way …

Getting out of the Kitchen
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2016 at 12:28pm
Finger hovering over the ?send? button, I can?t count the number of times I have been almost confident enough to offer an article for publication. At that moment, the piece stands on a cliff edge, waiting to be prodded gently into the ?real? world to be shared, interpreted and criticised on a bumpy nosedive into …

The Glasgow Effect: A Discussion (with Loki, Katie Gallogly-Swan & Ellie Harr...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2016 at 10:14am
This discussion from the Glad Cafe revisits the whole Glasgow Effect issues … Please listen, share and comment … 03 Feb 2016: The Glasgow Effect: A Discussion (with Loki, Katie Gallogly-Swan & Ellie Harrison) by Ellie Harrison on Mixcloud

ScotIndyPod 120 ? Jack Foster
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Feb 2016 at 9:50am
Michael Greenwell’s excellent Scottish Indy Podcast, number 120, in which he interviews Jack Foster about Newshaft and alt media:

Who WILL Speak for England? Tristram will
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Feb 2016 at 12:57pm
  ‘Who WILL speak for England?’ came the plaintive plea from the Daily Mail, only to be bombarded with a pleasing deluge of ridicule. But as the pent-up frustration of Little England was unleashed after David Cameron failed to restrain his own anti-European backbenchers, it looks like the full beast of English nationalism is about to …

Sins Against Surrounding Reality: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Feb 2016 at 10:31am
?The art of losing isn?t hard to master;? wrote Elizabeth Bishop in her poem ?One Art?, ?so many things seem filled with the intent / to be lost that their loss is no disaster.? The pithy, gallows wisdom of this observation always worms its way into my head each time I think about all the referendi …

Secret Flight for Snowden
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Feb 2016 at 6:20pm
Did Britain collude with the USA in a secret bid to capture the whistleblower Edward Snowden? The issue raises concerns about a flight which crossed Scotland in 2013 and to what extent the British State withheld information from the Scottish Government in the a bid to support the illegal activities of the American secret services. …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Treasury officials arrive in Scotland to finalise funding deal
by Severin Carrell
4 Feb 2016 at 6:28pm
Talks to focus on how Holyrood will be funded by UK tax payers after it gains£18bn worth of new tax and welfare powers, and VAT income, in 2017Senior Treasury officials have arrived in Edinburgh in an effort to thrash out a final deal on restructuring funding for Scotland before crunch talks betw...

Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Feb 2016 at 7:05pm
UK Treasury minister says he backs funding formula already firmly rejected by Scottish government as deadline loomsA rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament.As the...

The Guardian view on Labour?s Scottish tax pledge: a big, bold move | Editorial
by Editorial
2 Feb 2016 at 7:30pm
Kezia Dugdale is right to challenge the SNP?s claim to be Scotland?s party of the left. But what?s good for politics may not turn out to be good for LabourRepeatedly wounded in recent elections, the Scottish Labour party is a shadow of its former self. Labour has a sole Scottish MP. It stands on ...

Labour pushes 1p tax rise in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
Party leader Kezia Dugdale wants to raise income tax while introducing system of rebates for low earnersThe Scottish government is coming under greater pressure to use Scotland?s new income tax powers after Labour proposed a 1p increase and combined with a system to give a rebate for low earners....

The Guardian view on social care and the NHS: can?t pay, won?t pay | Editorial
by Editorial
31 Jan 2016 at 7:27pm
Politicians in Whitehall and the town hall are heading for conflict over the costs of looking after the elderlyFor the NHS, 2016 is regarded as a ?year of opportunity?. That is because it is the start of the five-year electoral cycle, a time for the kind of difficult choices that will only be san...

Suspended SNP MP accuses JK Rowling of bullying in Twitter spat
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Jan 2016 at 1:22pm
Natalie McGarry, who has been linked to missing donations claims, threatened with legal action by Harry Potter authorThe embattled Scottish MP Natalie McGarry is at the centre of another controversy after she accused JK Rowling of bullying, prompting the Harry Potter author to threaten legal proc...

Scottish Lib Dems call for 1p tax rise to raise £475m for education
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jan 2016 at 1:56pm
Party leader Willie Rennie says measure would put Scotland?s schools ?right back up there? with the best in the worldThe Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for Scotland?s income tax rates to rise across the board by a penny as the party attempts to kickstart its ailing Holyrood election campa...

Northern Ireland and Welsh leaders lobby PM over EU referendum date
by Frances Perraudin
27 Jan 2016 at 9:53am
First ministers in Belfast and Cardiff follow call by Nicola Sturgeon not to hold vote in June over fears it could distract from assembly electionsThe first ministers of Northern Ireland and Wales have joined a call by theircounterpart in Scotland for the EU referendum not to be held in June.Scot...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The upside down world of the people?s party
by weegingerdug
5 Feb 2016 at 4:16pm
The world has turned upside down. The sun rises in the west. Unionist hate trolls really are just bantering satirically. And the Tories are ahead of Labour in a Scottish opinion poll. The last time that happened rationing was still in force, the Scotsman was still a respected newspaper, and people thought that the BBC …

The cancer of the British body politic
by weegingerdug
4 Feb 2016 at 2:21pm
The Daily Mail wants to know “who will speak for England”. Its front page editorial was a ranting demand that the Brexit campaign gets its act together and ensures that the United Kingdom is taken out of the European Union and into a mid-Atlantic neo-conservative dystopia even more nightmarish than the one we’re currently trapped …

The Better Together Tax
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2016 at 11:10pm
Kezia’s got a brand new plan. On the day that Jackie Baillie publishes an article for a Labour blog saying that we need more honesty in Scottish politics, you might think that we’d had our quota of irony for the week, but then Kezia goes and meets her irony and raises her some parody with …

Death by banter
by weegingerdug
1 Feb 2016 at 8:47pm
I go away for a couple of days and all hell breaks loose on Scottish social media. On Thursday evening, a well known author and pal of yoon journos got into a Twitter spat with a Scottish MP. The occasion of the harrumphment was that the female MP took offence at what appeared to be …

Stick it where the EVEL doesn?t shine
by weegingerdug
28 Jan 2016 at 7:53pm
Time is running out for an agreement between the Scottish Government and the UK Treasury on a financial settlement for Scotland. Now Labour has accused the SNP of creating an artificial deadline, because Labour are taking the side of the UK Treasury in this process. The discussions relate to the much hyped new tax responsibilities …

Inveterate liar tells the truth
by weegingerdug
26 Jan 2016 at 6:49pm
The tombstone toothed son of Satan, the warspawning liemongerer of Labour, the parasitical worm in the bowels of progressive politics, has treated us to something new. No, he’s not suddenly realised that his Christian faith means he’s supposed to repent of his sins, for Tony believes that Christianity has a lot more to do with …

Grasping at a crocodile penis
by weegingerdug
24 Jan 2016 at 10:15pm
According to a few recent opinion polls, the Tories are gaining ground on Labour in the battle to become the second largest party in Holyrood. Well, I say battle, it’s more like a slanging match between two drunks outside a pub over who gets a taxi that’s already gone. Before the last Tories in Scotland, …

Taking the long way round
by weegingerdug
20 Jan 2016 at 10:12pm
God, are we not lucky that the No campaign won the referendum eh? Remember all the wonderous things that would befall Scotland if we had the sense to just say no thanks to People’s Republic of Alicsammin? There would be jobs that were secure and pensions that endure. There would be careers for steel makers …

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Trident alert as expert says nuclear weapons 'cannot be made completely safe ...
5 Feb 2016 at 9:53pm
UK nuclear weapons cannot be made completely safe from cyber attack, an expert has told an international security think tank.

Sarwar tops Labour list as few new faces make the grade
5 Feb 2016 at 9:46pm
Labour?s former deputy leader Anas Sarwar, who lost his Westminster seat to the SNP last May, is top of his party?s regional list in Glasgow.Sarwar (pictured, right) is the only losing MP to make it on to the Labour list. He beat his old boss, Jo

United Nations urge freedom and compensation for Assange
5 Feb 2016 at 9:42pm
UN claims that Julian Assange is being ?arbitrarily detained? in the UK have been rejected as ?frankly ridiculous? by the British government. The UN?s working group on arbitrary detention yesterday said that Assange, who has been in

Farming needs a ?plan B? in event of Brexit vote, says shadow secretary
5 Feb 2016 at 9:32pm
SHADOW farming secretary Calum Kerr yesterday urged the government to make a Brexit ?plan B? as a poll revealed growing support for leaving the European Union.According to the data, Scotland is the only part of the UK where most of the public wan

Polls show Tories may edge out Labour
5 Feb 2016 at 9:30pm
RUTH Davidson?s Conservative party looks set to catch up and possibly even overtake Scottish Labour at the next election.

Poll suggests Scotland will be taken out of EU unwillingly
5 Feb 2016 at 9:28pm
SCOTLAND looks likely to be taken out of the EU against its wishes, according to a new poll.While support for staying in the EU has increased in Scotland it has fallen in the rest of the UK with the leave campaign opening up their widest lead in mont

Charity urges MSPs to act to ease climate change
5 Feb 2016 at 8:50pm
AN international aid charity is calling on MSPs to take urgent action to protect the environment and address climate change ahead of the Scottish elections.The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) works in more than 16 countries across Af

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell aims to walk on water for Sport Relief
5 Feb 2016 at 8:50pm
IF ever there was an achievement that deserved the much-coveted Blue Peter badge, this is it.The children?s programme?s presenter Lindsey Russell will get inside a giant inflatable ball and try to cross the sea between Northern Ireland and Scotla

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Scottish Independence ? the Referendum ? Germany Say?s Foul
by caltonjock
5 Feb 2016 at 11:40am
    Remember This Statement It Is Relevant to Scotland’s Future As An ndependent Nation 73% of voters aged 65y+ voted against secession whilst 71% of 16-17 year-old’s supported independence.         Strategic Planning and Successful Delivery Of An Attack on the Scottish Independence Referendum “Yes” Campaign The 2014 Scottish referendum showed that …

An Independent Scotland Will Retain Membership of the EC ? President Barosso ...
by caltonjock
4 Feb 2016 at 1:18pm
  EC President Barroso     European Community (EC) President Barroso States – An Independent Scotland Is Not Guaranteed Membership José Manuel Barroso as President of the European Union, not long after the start of the Scottish Referendum campaign, was invited to write to the unelected UK House of Lords extending a political opinion on …

Scotland and Independence ? A View From the European Community ? Austria
by caltonjock
3 Feb 2016 at 5:11pm
      A View From Austria – Four Lessons To Be Learned from the Scottish Referendum 20 September 2014: Government authorities in the UK declared that the ?Yes? campaign for secession had failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for …

Retailers Learn Your Lesson ? Scots Do Not Take Kindly to Blackmailers
by caltonjock
2 Feb 2016 at 11:04pm
    The Scottish Referendum The heavily criticised “fear” campaign was delivered by, (supposedly politically neutral) Civil Servants under the leadership of Sir Jeremy Heywood, his mate McPherson in the Treasury and other senior officers, through the offices of David Cameron. Cameron widened his assault when, less than 2 weeks before the referendum he recruited …

Scottish Devolution Road Map ? A French Perspective
by caltonjock
1 Feb 2016 at 4:24pm
      300 Years of Abuse The act of Union 1707. Ah!! Scottish Utopia!!! But you see we were short changed. The traffic is and always has been, all one way. South to London & the South East of England Westminster politicians gather all the finance from Scotland. then, if minded to do so …

Labour Voters Decide ? Labour Party in Scotland is Finished ? Get the Message...
by caltonjock
29 Jan 2016 at 2:35am
    Message for the Unionist parties – Labour – Tory – Lib/Dem and UKIP The Labour Party in Scotland is a busted flush unworthy of any support from the Scottish electorate. The other Westminster controlled parties are just as guilty of electoral abuse. 100 days from now Scotland should send all of the Unionist …

Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, Scotland Office -A Masterclass in Evasion fo...
by caltonjock
28 Jan 2016 at 8:33am
      Francesca Osowska OBE, Director, Scotland Office Francesca was educated in Cumbria and at Cambridge University where she obtained an MA in economics. She also received an MA in European Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges. Having joined the civil service as an economist in 1993, her first posting was in …

Scottish Office ? Works For Westminster But Against Scotland
by caltonjock
27 Jan 2016 at 9:52pm
    Sir David Steel     21 November 2001: Scotland Act Not Fit For Purpose and Needs to be Changed Says Lib/Dem Lord Steel Lord Steel, the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer, yesterday criticised the devolution settlement, claiming that Scotland’s institutions should have more power to act without seeking Westminster approval. His comments were seized …

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

"On HM Advocate v Charles Green, Craig Whyte et al..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Feb 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm not a football man. I have no team. I have never been to a football match. I have no intention of extending the frontiers of my experience in this regard. But I am interested in law, and in free speech, online media, and fair trials. In the life of this blog, legal issues and football have seemed increasingly to converge. From the Offensive ...

Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...

Questions, questions
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 2:59pm
It is a finnicky detail, but an important one. Today, Kezia Dugdale has announced that Scottish Labour wants to increase income tax by 1 pence in the pound across all tax bands. Under the scheme, anyone earning over £10,600 or so will find themselves making a greater contribution to the Scottish exchequer. Wealthier folk considerably more. From ...

Harry Clarke: "insufficient evidence in law to prove a crime committed"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
I've written a greal deal about the legal fallout from the tragic crash in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014, which claimed six lives. Regular readers may feel I've exhausted my arguments. I probably have.But I wanted to add a brief word or two here about today's tidings: that the Lord Advocate has declined to extend his concurrence to the tw...

Scottish Times
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Jan 2016 at 7:47pm
In the interests of shabby self-promotion -- as some of you may have noticed from recent punts on social media, the Scottish edition of the Times has been carrying a few bits and pieces from me of late, most recently a fairly critical, godless look at the emergence of the new anti-abortion group, Don't Stop a Human Heart, and the ailing and somt...

Harry Clarke: in the dock?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Jan 2016 at 3:36pm
News this morning that the families of Erin McQuade, and her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, have submitted a bill of criminal letters to the Crown Office. The long-promised private prosecution of Harry Clarke has begun. Various outlets have the story, though the precise charge sheet remains a little hazy. The Times "understands that Mr ...

Justice, divided?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
19 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
A niche interest, perhaps, but let's talk about Holyrood's Justice Committee. Christine Grahame's committee often pops up on the pages of this blog, sometimes favourably, and sometimes taking a bit of a shellacking.  Today, Holyrood's sexy Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee reported, making recommendations about how the Scot...

EVEL is milquetoast
by Lallands Peat Worrier
15 Jan 2016 at 5:08pm
Back in October, I had a bit of a rant. I was fed up: fed up of some of the nonsense being peddled about the Tories' feeble new EVEL rules. With the final Commons vote on the England-only Housing Bill this week, the guffstorm surged back into life. Part of me is sympathetic. The changes to Parliament's standing orders which give effect to the pr...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
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The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence
by Gerry
4 Feb 2016 at 10:15am
The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 3rd 2016 A series of illuminating conflicts in the last week – the Graham Spiers sacking from ?The Herald? and the J.K. Rowling/Natalie McGarry argument on twitter – show something revealing about modern Scotland. Spiers sacking ...

The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion
by Gerry
1 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 31st 2016 Something is wrong with the British economy. George Osborne seems to be experiencing his own ?Boom and Bust?. Just before Christmas he was singing the joys of the British economy on the mend.  Yet a few weeks later he changed ...

Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook unders...
by Gerry
28 Jan 2016 at 9:16am
Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 27th 2016 Everything is culture these days. It is what supposedly brings about real, lasting change, shifts attitudes, is everywhere and yet often intangible, and has spawned a plethora of ?cultural studies? from academics and writers eager ...

The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain
by Gerry
24 Jan 2016 at 11:00am
The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 24th 2016 2016 will be a turbulent year for Britain and the world. One issue will dominate the UK political classes beyond economic and financial worries or anxieties about immigration and security, and that is Europe. Europe will ...

The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland
by Gerry
21 Jan 2016 at 8:25am
The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 20th 2016 These are turbulent times for the BBC. The patrician age of benign liberal paternalism and enlightened elites knowing what is best for us, unquestioned and unchallenged, have long since passed. We have now swung to the other end of the ...

Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland
by Gerry
18 Jan 2016 at 6:45am
Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 17th 2016 It has been a tough few years for the BBC ? with challenges from every direction, and potshots and criticism from every quarter. This week Tony Hall, BBC?s head, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament alongside BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie. Hall ...

Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut?
by Gerry
14 Jan 2016 at 4:46pm
Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 13th 2016 Once upon a time there was a thing called the Scottish Tut. It defined many of our exchanges, stalked our land and policed the boundaries of permissible behaviour. It gave and took away acceptance; and once it was seemingly everywhere and now ...

The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon
by Gerry
11 Jan 2016 at 7:00am
The Phoney War in British and Scottish Politics Will End Soon Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 10th 2016 The big news this week wasn?t the Corbyn re-shuffle of people no one had heard of. Nor was it Cameron?s retreat on the Euro referendum over Cabinet collective responsibility. And it certainly wasn?t Donald Trump threatening to ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now -
4 Feb 2016 at 7:44pm
Imagine the mess an independent Scotland would be in right now
If an independence referendum ends in a vote to leave, subsequent negotiations can take some time ? so Alex Salmond was keen to make sure that, in Scotland's case, talks would not drag on too long. He set March 24 2016 as Scotland's Independence Day.

EU chief warns of dilemma for Scotland - BBC News
31 Jan 2016 at 12:49pm

BBC News
EU chief warns of dilemma for Scotland
BBC News
She was speaking after Tony Blair predicted a UK vote to leave the EU would lead to Scottish independence. The UKIP leader Nigel Farage said this was a "scare tactic" that would not work. A referendum on UK membership of the EU is due to be held by the ...
Scotland must not be forced into hasty exit, says EU chiefScotsman
EU chief: Scotland sh...

Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence' - BBC News
26 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm

BBC News
Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence'
BBC News
She also repeated her belief that a UK vote to leave the EU, but a Scottish vote to stay, would lead to an "overwhelming demand" for a second independence referendum. Following Mr Blair's radio interview, SNP MP Stephen Gethins said his party believed ...
Blair: Brexit Will Spark Scottish IndependenceSky News
Tony Blair: EU ex...

Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence...
27 Jan 2016 at 11:59am

Reuters UK
Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopes
Reuters UK
Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a vote in 2014 but since then the SNP has gained further strength, taking 56 of the 59 seats representing Scotland in the national parliament in London in last May's election. However, the SNP's support ...
No sign of the SNP losing its lustreBBC ...

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll - Scotsman
17 Jan 2016 at 11:15am

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll
She would have the backing of 54% for another referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU, the poll of of 1,053 voters in Scotland and 1,034 adults in England and Wales suggests. And the Yes to independence campaign would win the day by 52% - up seven ...

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Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref - ...
10 Jan 2016 at 8:00am

Scottish independence: Entrepreneur says nation paying penalty for indyref
In a letter to Business Insider magazine, MacDonald wrote: ?Across the board what I hear is that company bosses are wary about increasing investment and employee numbers in Scotland? They see Scotland becoming a low growth, high tax environment, ...

Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dente...
14 Jan 2016 at 1:59pm

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Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dented?
BuzzFeed News
Ahead of 2014's referendum, the Scottish government based its case for independence on the price of a barrel of oil remaining at around $113. Since then, the price has plummeted: At one point on Thursday it fell below $30 a barrel for the first time in ...

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Henry McLeish: I'd back Scottish independence after Brexit - Scotsman
10 Jan 2016 at 11:37am

Henry McLeish: I'd back Scottish independence after Brexit
FORMER Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has warned that the UK would split if there is a vote to leave the EU - and says he will back Scottish independence if this happens. Mr McLeish says there would be a ?constitutional crisis? if the UK votes to ...
Former First Minister Henry McLeish would back Scottish independence...


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Labour looks to experience in Holyrood lists - The Times (subscription)
5 Feb 2016 at 11:36pm

Labour looks to experience in Holyrood lists
The Times (subscription)
Labour's former deputy leader, Anas Sarwar, and a number of frontbenchers including Jenny Marra, Iain Gray and Jackie Baillie, are among those topping the regional lists for the party at the Holyrood elections. Kezia Dugdale, the party's leader, said ...

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Sarwar tops Labour list as few new faces make the grade - The National
5 Feb 2016 at 9:48pm

The National
Sarwar tops Labour list as few new faces make the grade
The National
Labour's former deputy leader Anas Sarwar, who lost his Westminster seat to the SNP last May, is top of his party's regional list in Glasgow.Sarwar (pictured, right) is the only losing MP to make it on to the Labour list. He beat his old boss, Johann ...

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Polls show Tories may edge out Labour - The National
5 Feb 2016 at 9:32pm

The National
Polls show Tories may edge out Labour
The National
The SNP would be on 69, with the Liberal Democrats and Greens on five each.It was the fourth poll in a row to show an increase in support for the Tories. It marked yet more grim reading for Kezia Dugdale, who saw her own personal rating slip to minus ...

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Scottish Labour unveils candidates list - BBC News
5 Feb 2016 at 8:58pm

BBC News
Scottish Labour unveils candidates list
BBC News
The SNP, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens have already published their regional lists. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said the Labour list was a "disaster" for Kezia Dugdale as the "same old faces have scooped the top spots ...

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SNP MP Michelle Thomson opens office nine months after election - Scotsman
5 Feb 2016 at 8:51pm

SNP MP Michelle Thomson opens office nine months after election
The MP for Edinburgh West resigned as the SNP business spokeswoman and was suspended by the party amid controversy about her property investments. She claimed it took nine months to open her office because of the problem of finding a ?suitable ...

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Poll evidence of growing electoral support for Scottish Conservative's sole p...
5 Feb 2016 at 7:01pm

Poll evidence of growing electoral support for Scottish Conservative's sole pro-union and low tax manifesto
For Argyll
The SNP is down by 1% in the constituency vote and by 3% in the regional list vote, although it has repeated its plea to supporters for both votes. Labour is down by 2% in the constituency vote and is making no compensatory advance in he list vote ...

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Stephen Daisley: Can the Scottish Greens make a breakthrough at Holyrood? - s...
5 Feb 2016 at 5:18pm
Stephen Daisley: Can the Scottish Greens make a breakthrough at Holyrood?
The Scottish Greens are hoping to challenge the SNP's dominance at Holyrood and offer a radical alternative to the centre-hugging timidity of the other parties. On paper the Greens are in a stronger position than ever before. Membership stands at 9,011 ...

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Dundee SNP councillor quits over alleged Islamophobic texting row - Scotsman
5 Feb 2016 at 5:17pm

Dundee SNP councillor quits over alleged Islamophobic texting row
A FORMER aide to SNP deputy leader Stuart Hosie, embroiled in a row over alleged anti-Islamic texts, has quit his role as a local councillor in Dundee. Craig Melville says that the row has taken its toll on his health and his family. A by-election is ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying....
4 Feb 2016 at 2:47pm

Scottish Daily Record
EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying.. but the gap is narrowing
Scottish Daily Record
Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said: "With the referendum on membership of the EU looking increasingly likely to take place in 2016, people may be starting to focus on Britain's membership of the European Union despite concerns expressed by the ......

David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers - BBC News
3 Feb 2016 at 11:53am

BBC News
David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers
BBC News
The first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have urged David Cameron not to hold an EU referendum in June, saying it will "distract" from devolved elections taking place in May. Nicola Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones and Arlene Foster have ...
EU referendum: David Cameron dismisses ruling June out for voteThe Ind...

Nigeria should emulate Scotland and hold Biafran independence referendum! - N...
4 Feb 2016 at 1:11pm

Nigeria should emulate Scotland and hold Biafran independence referendum!
Editor's note: In September 2014, the Scottish people came together to answer the question ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? The ?No? side won, with 55.3% of voters being against secession, and the matter was settled for the time being.

Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum - Huffing...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm

Huffington Post UK
Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum
Huffington Post UK
The received wisdom du jour in Scotland is that, regardless of the position one may have taken, our 2014 referendum on independence was a "good thing". As someone who participated on panels and in debates across Scotland during that interesting time I ...
'Emotive nationalism' does not explain ...

EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to ...
28 Jan 2016 at 5:50pm

The Independent
EU referendum: Scottish nationalists 'may vote to leave to speed up route to independence'
The Independent
Some Scottish nationalists may vote for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum because they think it will speed up the route to independence, a former leader of the SNP has said. Gordon Wilson, who served as head of the party for more ...
Paradox of SNP's EU enthu...

Brexit campaign 'embryonic' in Scotland - BBC News
1 Feb 2016 at 11:41am

BBC News
Brexit campaign 'embryonic' in Scotland
BBC News
Mr Edward said: "We're keen to get our team in place, so that if the referendum is called we're ready to go." The campaign has already appointed former Labour MP Frank Roy as their director in Scotland, with former SNP media chief, Kevin Pringle ...

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Farron challenges Scottish Tory Leader over EU Referendum - Liberal Democrat ...
3 Feb 2016 at 10:55am

Farron challenges Scottish Tory Leader over EU Referendum
Liberal Democrat Voice
Way back in September last year, Scottish Tory Leader Ruth Davidson made some positive noises on the idea that Britain should remain in the EU. She's been pretty quiet since, presumably not wanting to scare the many Eurosceptic horses in her own party.

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Property investment hit by referendum uncertainty - Herald Scotland
1 Feb 2016 at 8:14am

Herald Scotland
Property investment hit by referendum uncertainty
Herald Scotland
Ewen White, director of capital markets at LSH in Glasgow, believed uncertainty caused by the political landscape in Scotland during 2015 impacted the market. ?It is difficult to draw comparisons with 2014 due to the independence referendum and its ...
Commercial property investment down 11% in Scotland last yearPress...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

If UK voted to leave the EU...
5 Feb 2016 at 10:25pm
If the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU but the majority of those in Scotland voted to remain, what % chance do you think there would be in a soon to follow Scottish independence referendum a 'yes' vote

Voting Habits
5 Feb 2016 at 11:22am
We have all met people who vote a certain way because that was the way their family voted.
Areas where a monkey in a red/blue/gold/yellow rosette would be elected despite their ability.
I'd like to think that with the advent of the internet and demise of MSM that people, especially the younger ge...

Euro Referendum
2 Feb 2016 at 5:01pm
I know this has been covered on other threads but given its importance and likely imminence I thought I'd start this.

Early reports and all that, but it looks like this falls well short of what Cameron himself promised. He will have on...

2015 General Election Coverage
29 Jan 2016 at 7:44pm
Is there anywhere that has the full coverage of this available?

YouTube has the BBC and ITV's UK-wide coverage, but that's it.

Sky's, plus both STV and BBC Scotland's coverage is nowhere to be seen, however, which seems strange.

JK Rowling meltdown
29 Jan 2016 at 8:35am
Have been following the spat on Twitter. IMHO Rowling despite her wealth and army of lawyers does not come out of this well. This Spanner guy she obviously fawns over is one nasty piece of work.   I think yon SNP MP should stick by her guns. A court case like this would hurt her more than McGarry...

Malaysian Prime Minister
26 Jan 2016 at 6:29pm
Tremendous news for Najib Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia, after the country's attorney general cleared him of corruption following the discovering of a piffling $681,000,000 in his personal bank account. The money was paid to Mr Razak by the Saudi royal family.    “There was no reason given...

Good News For Fifers!
26 Jan 2016 at 9:01am

This is just fucking mental. I'm a pretty liberal guy and the idea that two consenting adults should have full autonomy over their sexual relations is a hard one to argue against apart from the, pe...

25 Jan 2016 at 4:19pm
Euro Crisis!

Migration Crisis!

Crisis in the NHS!

Crisis in Policing!

Crisis in Education!

Have you ever wondered at the absolute fascination the media has with labelling every issue they want people to worry about as a "crisis"? What I tend to notice is that these issues seldom seem to actually ...

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Designer Babies
5 Feb 2016 at 9:39pm
From another thread......which tambers would you use to produce the perfect (tamb ?) child using the new embryo/designer baby stuff ?

Getting Auld
5 Feb 2016 at 5:58pm
The lassie that sits next to me celebrated her 21st today. Which means she was 1 when I started working here!

Also just discovered that Sit Down by James was released 25 years ago. Not sure what happened but I could have sworn I was in my early twenties just recently!!

Serial - Podcast
5 Feb 2016 at 2:54pm
For those that listened to the first series there have been further developments and there is now an update to the first 10 episodes online.  There are 2 16 minute episodes on at the moment with more going up each day.

Now Then Pop-Pickers - A Wee Bit Of Friday Music Trivia
5 Feb 2016 at 12:36pm
Wee clue - was released in the late '70s by this artist - Here are part of the lyrics.     I could be a lawyer with stratagems and muses
I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises
I could be a writer with a growing reputation
I could be the ticket-man at Fulham Broadway station ???      

Major Sporting Events - Taking Kids (Age)
5 Feb 2016 at 9:28am
I've got the option of two tickets for the six nations game against Wales next week at the Millenium Stadium. Was toying with the idea of taken my little boy along but not sure if he's too young. At what age did you guys start taking their kids to things like this. I was about 8 when I first went...

4 Feb 2016 at 6:07pm
Has anyone else encountered Chopper the horse while venturing out around Aberdour?

He's the scabbiest horse in the world but he has one hell of a length of willy on him

Julian Assange
4 Feb 2016 at 3:10pm
Media starting to report that the UN have ruled in his favour.    

4 Feb 2016 at 1:01pm
This prick Roosh V who was organising worldwide meetings for guys who agreed with his opinions has now cancelled his meetings because he can't guarantee people's safety. So he's cancelled them because of a similar kind of fear faced by women who meet people like him. The BBC is reporting it, but ...

Holyrood Magazine


Interview with Richard Lochhead
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