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Sturgeon urged to drop economic adviser over attendance at exclusive Tory dinner
5 Mar 2017 at 12:15am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to drop one of her top economic advisers after he attended a £25,000-a-head fundraising dinner for the Tories.

Dugdale loyalists lost out in Labour internal elections over bungled campaign...
5 Mar 2017 at 12:11am
SUPPORTERS of Kezia Dugdale failed to win a majority of the places on Scottish Labour?s governing body after fielding too many candidates, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Trump tweets that Obama tapped his phone
5 Mar 2017 at 12:15am
DONALD TRUMP has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wire-tapping his phone a month before he was elected.

Scottish Greens appoint adviser to help mount indyref2 campaign
5 Mar 2017 at 12:11am
THE Scottish Greens are to appoint an adviser on European relations to help the party mount its independence campaign in the event of a second referendum being called.

Ruth Davidson: SNP losing 'all grip on things that really matter'
4 Mar 2017 at 4:55pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has declared her party is "ready to serve" at Holyrood as she hit out at the "failing" SNP Government.

Watch: Dozens of demonstrators gather in Glasgow for anti-Tory protest
4 Mar 2017 at 2:31pm
Groups of protesters have been gathering outside Glasgow?s SECC for a second day of anti-Conservative demonstrations.

May tells Sturgeon all bets are off on devolution deal
4 Mar 2017 at 12:11am
THERESA May has set herself on a collision course with Nicola Sturgeon by indicating the devolution settlement enjoyed by Scotland for almost 20 years will be redrawn after Brexit.

Tories are now the 'party of the working class', says UK Government minister
4 Mar 2017 at 2:48pm
The Tories are replacing Jeremy's Corbyn's "incompetent" Labour as the party of the working class, a UK Government minister said.

Tories vow to push for free care extension to under-65s with dementia
4 Mar 2017 at 5:15pm
The Tories have warned they will lodge legislation to extend free care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia this summer if the Government failed to act.

Peers say May could legally refuse to pay multi-billion pound EU 'exit bill'
4 Mar 2017 at 12:11am
Theresa May could legally refuse to pay an estimated 60billion 'bill' to exit the European Union, members of the House of Lords have concluded.

Unspun: The political diary
4 Mar 2017 at 12:10am
AMONG hundreds of files released last week by the Boundary Commission for Scotland about a constituency review, Unspun particularly liked the transcript of Scottish Secretary David Mundell?s evidence at a dusty public hearing in Glasgow. We quote: ?Are there any questions for Mr Mundell? (Pause). DM: This is easier than being in the House of Commons.? Not to mention more convivial for Scotland?s sole Tory MP.

May to rewrite devolution settlement after Brexit
4 Mar 2017 at 12:10am
THERESA May has set herself on a collision course with Nicola Sturgeon by indicating she will rewrite the devolution settlement after Brexit.

Sturgeon appoints head of new group aiming to tackle gender inequality
4 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The chief executive of youth charity Young Scot is to lead a new group tackling gender inequality in Scotland.

Tories to review Curriculum for Excellence
4 Mar 2017 at 12:11am
RUTH Davidson will today promise a review of the Scottish Government?s flagship schools programme as she brands the SNP?s record on education a ?mark of shame?.

Defence Secretary lays out vision for Trident-free independent Scotland
3 Mar 2017 at 6:04pm
The SNP's "separatist" vision of an independent Scotland without Trident would not only threaten the UK's security but destroy thousands of jobs, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said.

 

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EU citizens ?should have guarantees after Brexit?
5 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
MPs have heaped pressure on ministers to guarantee the right of EU citizens in Britain to remain after Brexit ahead of a crucial vote this month.

Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management confirm merger talks
4 Mar 2017 at 7:51pm
Scottish investment giants Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management confirmed last night that they are in talks over a merger.

Pressure on Arlene Foster after Sinn Féin surge in Ulster elections
4 Mar 2017 at 6:07pm
Arlene Foster remains safe as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party despite its disappointing performance in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said.

Brexit: Mundell urges SNP to join ?Team UK?
4 Mar 2017 at 5:02pm
David Mundell has made a plea to the Scottish Government to join “Team UK” to ensure the country gets the best deal from Brexit.

Ruth Davidson unveils "real devolution" plans for Scotland
4 Mar 2017 at 4:21pm
Ruth Davidson has pledged to reverse Scotland's economic slump by handing sweeping new powers from Holyrood down to town halls leaders in a sea-change in Scotland's devolution set-up.

Donald Trump accuses Obama of wire-tapping phones during election
4 Mar 2017 at 4:11pm
US President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wire-tapping his phones during the election campaign.

Conservatives ?replacing Labour? as party of working class claims minister
4 Mar 2017 at 3:36pm
The Tories are replacing Jeremy’s Corbyn’s “incompetent” Labour as the party of the working class, a UK Government minister said.

Milo Yiannopoulos nominated for Glasgow University rector
4 Mar 2017 at 3:22pm
Former Breibart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos is in the running to become the University of Glasgow’s next rector.

Mundell brands pro-indy blogger ?homophobic? over son remarks
4 Mar 2017 at 12:17pm
Pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland has been accused of "homophobia" by the Scottish Secretary David Mundell over comments on social media about the politician's son.

David Mundell: Scots don't want indyref2
4 Mar 2017 at 11:26am
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table and focus on the SNP Government's "failings" in running Scotland.

Numbers of staff on zero-hours contracts hits record high
4 Mar 2017 at 10:18am
The number of workers on zero-hours contracts has hit a record high, rising 13 per cent over the course of last year to hit 910,000 in the last three months.

Assembly Election: Unionist majority cut as Sinn Fein surge
4 Mar 2017 at 7:41am
Stormont’s snap election has significantly altered the make-up of Northern Ireland’s devolved Assembly, with nationalism making major strides at the expense of unionists.

Leader comment: Scotland has to learn vital lesson
4 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
There has been much talk about closing the attainment gap in Scottish education – put more plainly, that means getting those children in disadvantaged areas the help they need to get better qualifications from schooling to give them a better chance at higher earnings and thereby leaving the huge and comprehensive penalties of poverty behind them.

Brexit: UK could face court if it leaves EU without paying
4 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that the UK could be taken to the International Court of Justice in the Hague by an EU member state if she walks away from Brexit talks without paying up to €60 billion in outstanding budget contributions.

Tories call for ?root and branch? review of Scottish education
3 Mar 2017 at 9:06pm
A “root and branch” review of classroom teaching in Scotland is to be undertaken by the Conservatives amid growing concerns over a decline in the country’s education system in recent years.

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The fine print
by Chris Cairns
4 Mar 2017 at 6:55am

Tory resurgence continues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2017 at 11:37am
Audience during Theresa May’s keynote speech to conference: Remember, NATIONALISM BAD.

Levelling the field
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2017 at 9:12am
29 days remaining. Total at 9am, March 4: £101,860 (Last 24 hours: £4,394) (Figures above include non-Indiegogo donations via PayPal, bank transfer etc.) .Next goal: £108,024 (£6,164 required) (The total sum raised by Scottish Labour from membership in 2016.)

A remarkable feat
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2017 at 9:42am
So it turns out that this: …is even more amazing than it initially appears. Firstly, though we launched at 9.00 yesterday morning, it doesn’t even represent a full day’s total – an Amazon Web Services crash last night saw the entire Indiegogo site down for over an hour, so the above figure is for only 23 hours. …

Time to go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2017 at 8:56am
The Wings Over Scotland Fundraiser 2017: Please give generously, or we’re all screwed.

A trivial omission
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2017 at 12:27pm
Our attention was drawn today to hardcore shrieky Loyalist nutter collective Scotland In Union releasing “new research” on an independent Scotland’s finances, which in fact came out last year but which for unknown reasons they’re touting again now. Commissioned by the loongroup from a London-based thinktank that we’d never heard of by the name of “Europe Economics”, it predictably produces a …

The morality of nationalism
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2017 at 9:59pm
No.5: Tom Morton, former BBC broadcaster and No campaigner. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

The Weasel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2017 at 4:55pm
It’s important to note, firstly, that the version of Sadiq Khan’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference he tweeted on Saturday morning simply flat-out said that Scottish nationalists were the same as racists and sectarian bigots. Its meaning was as clear as crystal to the Daily Record, a newspaper which is hardly hostile to Khan’s party. “No …

The Northern English Lass
by Sylvina Tilbury
26 Feb 2017 at 11:59am
I first moved to Scotland from North Yorkshire in 2007 with my husband and baby son, after getting a job with Highland Council. I hope my first impressions of Scotland as a place to live, and how my connection with our new home developed over the years, may shed light on how a lot of English people …

The pound-shop Ruth Davidson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2017 at 7:48am
Yesterday afternoon, Scottish Labour tweeted some comments from Kezia Dugdale’s keynote speech to the party conference that might be the most self-evidently idiotic thing ever said by a Scottish politician. Now, whether you support independence or not it’s a plain, measurable, empirical fact that it IS all of those things. Saying it’s not “an alternative”, in particular, …

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MSPs call for 'bespoke' Brexit deal for Scotland
5 Mar 2017 at 12:28am
MSPs on Holyrood's Europe committee pen a report calling for a "bespoke" deal for for Scotland in Brexit talks.


Ruth Davidson: Education system 'not working'
4 Mar 2017 at 3:53pm
Scotland's education system is failing too many young people and needs to change, Ruth Davidson tells the Scottish Conservative conference.


Scottish apprenticeships target raised
5 Mar 2017 at 12:30am
Up to 27,000 young people will benefit from apprenticeship employment opportunities this year, according to the Scottish government.


Frank's Law: Scottish Conservatives push for dementia care law change
4 Mar 2017 at 5:08pm
Free care for dementia patients could be extended to people under 65 under proposals announced at the Scottish Conservative conference.


PM Theresa May makes case for 'our precious Union'
3 Mar 2017 at 11:48am
The prime minister says the case for "our precious" United Kingdom should be made "loudly and clearly".


Scottish sugar consumption leads to cancer warning
3 Mar 2017 at 12:30pm
Cancer Research UK warns that Scotland's sweet tooth is leading the country to an "epidemic of larger waistlines and increased cancer risk".


Conservative Davidson says 'no popular support' for independence vote
3 Mar 2017 at 9:47am
Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson says there is no popular support for a second Scottish independence referendum.


Councillor defends 'political lunatics' tweet on buses
3 Mar 2017 at 10:59am
A councillor defends a tweet in which he claimed setting up a publicly-owned bus firm in the city would be for "political lunatics".


More asylum seekers are being 'left destitute' in Scotland
3 Mar 2017 at 8:13am
Hundreds more migrants are being left destitute in Scotland, according to the British Red Cross (BRC).


Vehicle parts plant and new jobs planned for smelter
3 Mar 2017 at 12:08pm
The new owners of the UK's last aluminium smelter plan to make vehicle components on the site in a move that could create hundreds of jobs.


Edinburgh Festivals' Scottish talent given £2.3m
3 Mar 2017 at 12:37am
A £2.3m investment is being made in Scottish talent as part of the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh festivals.


Aberdeenshire nursery owner issues rates warning
3 Mar 2017 at 10:20am
A nursery owner warns that parents face having to pay the price of rising business rates rises.

Scot Goes Pop

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Sturgeon takes the gloves off : No Tory Mandate Means No Tory Mandate
by James Kelly
3 Mar 2017 at 8:36pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the extraordinary unwillingness of Theresa May to meet Nicola Sturgeon even a quarter of the w...

A point worth repeating, because it's a fact : *AGRICULTURE IS ALREADY DEVOLVED*
by James Kelly
2 Mar 2017 at 9:04pm
In an article for the Herald, Iain Macwhirter wonders aloud whether Nicola Sturgeon's new warnings about the Tories removing powers from the Scottish Parliament may be a sign that the SNP have 'bli...

For an example of why pro-independence voters should use their lower preferen...
by James Kelly
2 Mar 2017 at 3:17pm
You may not have noticed it at all, or only be very dimly aware of it, but today is the day of the Northern Ireland Assembly election.  It's taking place in weird circumstances, because it's perfec...


ERS Scotland fib about the contents of their own report - what are they playi...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Well, this is a novelty for me - I've had to pre-schedule this post to appear at one minute past midnight, because I received an email containing information that was embargoed until exactly that t...

"Respecting democracy", Yookay-style
by James Kelly
28 Feb 2017 at 8:35am
At the weekend, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn grotesquely urged the SNP to "respect democracy" by doing absolutely nothing while a hard-right Tory government drags Scotland out of the EU, the sin...

Memo to Corbyn : the most recent polls show an INCREASE in support for indepe...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2017 at 9:27pm
Jeremy Corbyn said a number of puzzling things in his dire speech to the Scottish Labour conference today (he surprised even himself by saying "well done to our SNPs!"), but none more so than this....

Coping with Copeland
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2017 at 6:15pm
Before any important English by-election, I always try to work out which result would be best for us from a strategic point of view.  ("Strategic" isn't really the right word for something we have ...

Auntie Backwater?
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2017 at 3:38pm
Because the announcement of the new "BBC Scotland" channel was genuinely unexpected, I've been struggling to get my head around it and work out what I think.  First of all, I find it hard to unders...

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The high street in the village of Hirta island, St Kilda (x-post r/pics)
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4 Mar 2017 at 11:39pm
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The Fight is on for Govan?s Graving Docks, but is Anyone Listening to the Loc...
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4 Mar 2017 at 11:33pm
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Scottish Labour Councillor Willie Young retweets a call to vote for "anyone b...
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4 Mar 2017 at 11:24pm
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Yorkshire? Seriously?? Nice try. This is Glenfinnan. What the hell is wrong w...
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4 Mar 2017 at 10:30pm
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TIL: Operation Cauldron where scientists from Porton Down and the Royal Navy ...
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4 Mar 2017 at 9:26pm
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Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life hold merger talks
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4 Mar 2017 at 4:49pm
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Outrage as Milo Yiannopolous bids to be next Glasgow University Rector
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4 Mar 2017 at 3:31pm
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Severin Carrell: One way to pack the stalls: shove the audience to the front ...
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The SNP "Grievance Machine"
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4 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
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Ruth Davidson's Independence Gameshow
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4 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
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Prominent pro-independence blogger accused of 'homophobia'
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Ian Redford junior opens up about his footballing father's legacy
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4 Mar 2017 at 12:48pm
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Amazing footage of a fishing boat sinking in the sea near Shetland. Fishermen...
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4 Mar 2017 at 12:08pm
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When yer hardcore urban but uncle Tam's pickin the tunes an ye cannae be still.
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4 Mar 2017 at 10:41am
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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams hails 'watershed' result and says 'perpetual Uni...
by dailyrecord
4 Mar 2017 at 8:41pm
Sinn Fein closed the gap on a flailing DUP to a solitary seat on a disastrous night for Unionism in Northern Ireland.


Tories claim they are replacing 'incompetent' Labour as the party of the work...
by Katrine Bussey
4 Mar 2017 at 4:54pm

 Priti Patel tells the Scottish Conservative Party conference Jeremy Corbyn had "managed to lose a seat even Michael Foot held on to" and that the party was 'no longer credible'.



SNP should join 'Team UK' on Brexit deal, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell
by Katrine Bussey
4 Mar 2017 at 2:21pm
Speaking at the Tory conference in Glasgow, the Scottish Secretary insists that London and Edinburgh have similar goals. 


'My mummy says you hate foreigners': Young girl's innocent remark on TV puts ...
by Dan Bloom
4 Mar 2017 at 10:37am
The bizarre stunt was put together by RT, formerly Russia Today, after Ukip descended into civil war over a bid to get Farage a knighthood.


Theresa May puts Conservatives on war footing as she slams SNP 'focus on inde...
by David Clegg
4 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Glasgow the bullish PM accused Sturgeon's party of 'tunnel-vision nationalism'.


Time to resolve IndyRef2 uncertainty and stop wasting time on war of attrition
by Record View
3 Mar 2017 at 10:19am

 A lot has changed since September 2014, including the SNP's Westminster invasion, the leader of every political party having changed and the bombshell of Brexit, but the question of independe...


Parents who emotionally abuse children will face criminal charges in legislat...
by Andy Philip
3 Mar 2017 at 9:46am
The Scottish Government's new child protection proposals will also cover teachers, carers and other people in a position of trust.


The SNP won't have to look very far if they want to find a grievance
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Mar 2017 at 6:00am
Torcuil believes the biggest grievance will come when turgeon demands Section 30 powers to call a referendum and is told by Theresa May that it will have to wait until Brexit is over.


Defiant Theresa May 'WILL trigger Article 50 on March 15' despite overwhelmin...
by Natalie Evans
2 Mar 2017 at 10:59am
The PM will try to overturn a crushing defeat on the Brexit Bill in the House of Lords, which voted for an amendment to let EU nationals stay in the UK


Tories promise more powers for Scotland after Brexit as Nicola Sturgeon U-tur...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Mar 2017 at 10:31am
Scottish Secretary David Mundell offered an “absolute guarantee” that Holyrood would be given greater control over Scottish affairs after Brexit.

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

Scottish Independence Podcast 147 ? This & That
by michaelgreenwell
3 Mar 2017 at 11:07am
Due to a large quantity of people I’m going to interview soon being on holiday, just to keep things ticking over, episode 147 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a few interesting clips pulled from here and there that you may have missed. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK …
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Journey To Yes ? 5
by michaelgreenwell
26 Feb 2017 at 10:45am
The fifth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey To yes ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
24 Feb 2017 at 8:50pm
The fourth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey To Yes ? 3
by michaelgreenwell
22 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The third in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.  

Journey to Yes ? 2
by michaelgreenwell
21 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The second in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Journey to Yes ? 1
by michaelgreenwell
20 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The first in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Marching On
by michaelgreenwell
19 Feb 2017 at 3:15pm
The National ran a story yesterday regarding the next big Indy March in Glasgow… ACTIVISTS planning a pro-independence march face a five-figure security bill after council bosses ordered them to pay professional guards. I have underlined some important parts here… Organisers say 5,000 people attended the last March for Independence organised by All Under One …

Scottish Independence Podcast 146 ? Murray, Orr & Harvie
by michaelgreenwell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:06pm
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who donated in our little fundraiser. You’ve secured the podcast for another year and we’re very grateful. Episode 146 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention and has a couple of little bonuses thrown …
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Bella Caledonia

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Jock Tamson?s Bairns
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2017 at 6:50am
Bella is very proud to support this great new project… PERSPECTIVE is a Scottish politics and arts show created on a super low budget but packed with insights, issues and a few laughs. This first episode has a number of aims including showcasing just a tiny fraction of the huge talent we have here in …

I?m Done with Being the Token
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2017 at 3:02pm
Born and raised in South Lanarkshire, I?ve lived the entirety of my twenty seven years in Scotland. I attended non-denominational primary and secondary schools (although we were hiked off to church twice a year for Easter and Christmas service), got my play piece from the school tuck shop, started drinking Merrydown and Smirnoff Ice in …

Nobody Knows What They Are Doing???Business Models For New Media In Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Mar 2017 at 6:38pm
Never let a good crisis go to waste is a solid political watchword ? and boy do we have a crisis. The internet has drained advertising away from the preserve of the traditional newspapers. Journalism used to be funded by a thick bed of personals, recruitment display and glossy brand establishment adverts. Most of them …

Porridge at Ballinluig
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Mar 2017 at 6:16pm
This the Scottish Enlightenment ? an age in which Voltaire wrote, ?We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.? The dead tell a different story. He stood motionless in his grey box, a sentinel of sorts in a breeze block buffet dispensing cigarettes, gum and glossy magazines. Only his eyes moved, sliding slowly …

Where 2 Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Mar 2017 at 5:34pm
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Bella goes National
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Feb 2017 at 3:16pm
We’re delighted to today announce the launch of a new 24-page monthly magazine in partnership with the National newspaper focused on social, politics and cultural analysis coupled with regular reports from some of the country’s best writers, launching next weekend. The National editor Callum Baird said: “Scotland needs The National and Bella Caledonia to bring …

From No to Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Feb 2017 at 6:31am
Listening to these damascene conversions from some of Better Together’s most vehement supporters is astonishing, whether it is representative of a larger sea-change or not I have no idea. But it must be extremely galling for the future No campaign – and I can think of no equivalent version from Yes to No (suggestions please) …

Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Feb 2017 at 6:58pm
The shadowy donor group that gave the Democratic Unionist Party £425,000 during the Brexit referendum campaign has links to the former Director General of the Saudi intelligence service ? also the father of the current Saudi Ambassador to the UK ? as Adam Ramsay and Peter Geoghegan reveal.. The donation to Arlene Foster?s party ? …

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Conflating nationalism and racism defies belief | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Mar 2017 at 12:04am
London mayor Sadiq Khan?s speech was both ill-advised and wrongThat the Labour party in Scotland has become estranged from its core supporters is beyond any reasonable dispute. It now occupies a rung below a Conservative party that is so right wing a call to tax food banks to kickstart the econom...

Hard Brexit is making the case for Scottish independence | John Harris
by John Harris
4 Mar 2017 at 7:00am
Politics in England has become mean, callous and small-state, marginalising the values of most Scots. Who wouldn?t want to leave that behind?On the issue that now defines modern Britain and the stances taken by England and Wales?s two main parties, is it time to start using the dread term ?consen...

Martin Rowson on Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon ? cartoon
by Martin Rowson
3 Mar 2017 at 6:20pm
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Theresa May lays down independence vote challenge to Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Mar 2017 at 4:26pm
PM escalates attacks on SNP demand for greater autonomy after Brexit, throwing down referendum gauntletTheresa May has signalled a tougher line on Scottish demands for greater devolution after Brexit, laying down a clear challenge to Nicola Sturgeon to call another independence referendum.The pri...

May?s speech shows how little Scotland means in her dangerous game of Brexit ...
by Lesley Riddoch
3 Mar 2017 at 3:08pm
The Brexit vote has changed everything, and independence is now a realistic option for many people who voted no to it just two years agoHow did Theresa May?s Scottish Conservative party conference speech go down? Ah dear. It?s like shooting fish in a barrel.?Government is not a platform from whic...

Sturgeon's government has 'tunnel vision' over independence, claims May
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2017 at 8:23pm
PM accuses SNP of neglecting domestic policies amid push for independence, and casts doubt over whether Scotland will gain powers after BrexitTheresa May has accused Nicola Sturgeon?s government of having ?tunnel vision? over independence but refused to offer Scotland any specific new powers foll...

Scottish nationalists aren?t racist ? they?re reacting against the UK?s bigot...
by Robert Somynne
1 Mar 2017 at 12:37pm
Sadiq Khan?s comments don?t tally with the independence movement I know, which is optimistic, progressive and open to people of colourSince the weekend?s Scottish Labour party conference, discussions among those involved in Scottish politics have been ablaze with claim and counterclaim about the ...

Sturgeon: new vote on independence likely if Scots get no EU deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Feb 2017 at 7:08pm
First minister says referendum rerun will be ?legitimate, almost necessary? unless special deal is made before article 50 triggerNicola Sturgeon has said a second independence referendum will become a ?legitimate, almost necessary? step unless Scotland secures a special relationship with the Euro...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

We?re here, we?re queer and we?re campaigning for Scotland
So there you are, having a lovely evening, talking about independence and the upcoming referendum to a group of very nice people in Edinburgh West. You’ve spent the week trying to kick out of touch the lie and slur that the independence movement is racist, and then you come home, look at Twitter, and wander …

May the farce is with us
Wow. Just wow. That’s all you can say to Theresa May’s rank hypocrisy. Let’s be honest, hypocrisy is pretty much the stock in trade of political classes the world over, but with her lecture to the Scottish government Treeze has taken it to a new level. This is a woman whose administration presides over a …

It?s time to fly
It’s time to say goodbye. The last goodbye. For over two years now I’ve kept Andy’s ashes in a wardrobe in the bedroom. It sounds a bit daft, morbid even, but having them near me was a comfort. It meant that in some way a part of him was still with me, was still beside …

Let?s talk about racism in Scotland
There is still no official referendum campaign, but the battle lines for Project Fear Mark II are being clearly drawn. Whereas Project Fear Mark I told Scotland that it shouldn’t become independent because it was too wee, too poor, and too stupid, Project Fear Mark II is telling Scotland it shouldn’t become independent because it …

The real alternatives
There are resounding successes, and then there are Labour party in Scotland annual conferences. What was supposed to be Kezia Dugdale’s big break and her chance to re-re-relaunch Labour’s ill-fated federalism fairytale was instead dominated by all the wrath at Khan for his ill-advised speech. That was the speech in which London mayor Sadiq Khan …

Journey to Yes, N° 5
Shetland based journalist, writer, and broadcaster Tom Morton wrote some searing articles during the 2014 referendum attacking the Yes campaign and supporting a No vote.  Tom believed that the interests of social justice and solidarity were best served by Scotland remaining a part of the UK.  Following Brexit and the self-immolation of the Labour party …

The wrath at Khan
I’m fed up, seriously fed up, fed up with metropolitan Londonsplainers coming up to Scotland and informing us that we’re a bunch of divisive racists for wanting independence. The real fascists in Scotland, the real blood and soil nationalists who hate immigrants, Muslims, and who espouse xenophobia as their policy of choice are far more …

Journey to Yes
The fourth instalment in the estimable PhantomPower’s video series Journey to Yes, featuring lawyer and activist Mike Dailly who campaigned for a No vote in 2014 but who now has joined the SNP and will be campaigning for a Yes vote in indyref2.

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Interview: Sir Tom Devine on the end of our long love affair with the EU
IT has all the anguish, financial chaos and emotional turbulence of the end of a love affair.

The Brexpert's Guide: Will a hard Brexit allow us to preserve our welcoming c...
SCOTLAND by tradition has a welcoming culture, but it is under threat from a hard Brexit.

Mhairi Black: We're like racists? The UK didn't even let EU nationals vote!
LAST Saturday I woke up as normal, carried on with my normal Saturday morning routine, but one thing had changed: I?d become comparable to a racist. I never made any racist comment nor had I committed any racist act but, according to the Mayor of London, I, along with anyone else who supports Scottish Independence, was similar to a racist.

Independence, independence, independence ... the Tories are obsessed!
THE SNP have a ?tunnel vision? when it comes to independence, the Prime Minister said as she rallied the 600 troops down the front of the 1,200 seater SECC. All they can think about is the constitution, she continued, in a speech which mentioned the word union 29 times.

Martin Hannan: You?ve listened to our Brexperts ... now you know what we?re i...
WAKE up Scotland! Wake up! We are sleepwalking into a nightmare, one that is called a hard Brexit. Yesterday we heard from Theresa May at the Tory party?s conference in Glasgow. Here was a golden opportunity to lay out what she thinks Scotland can gain from Brexit, but the honeyed tones dripping with venom after her faux-Thatcher makeover, contained hardly even a weasel word, her stock in trade...

Wee Ginger Dug: What's 'fair' will always be what suits Westminster, not Scot...
THERESA May doesn?t think it?s fair for Scotland to have another independence referendum before the Brexit negotiations are over. It?s not fair for Scotland to take to the lifeboats before the UK ship of state has actually gone below the water. It?s fairer for Scotland to experience drowning in the icy waters of a cold hearted hard Brexit instead of jumping ship now that the iceberg has struck....

Ex-MSP Dennis Robertson is making council comeback with new guide Murphy
EX-MSP Dennis Robertson is bidding for a return to politics as a candidate for the forthcoming council elections.

Scottish finance minister Derek Mackay calls on Hammond to end austerity with...
SCOTLAND?S finance minister, Derek Mackay, has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use this week?s budget to end austerity.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Wings over Scotland Taken to Task by The Mundell?s and their Tory Tag Team Bu...
  Michael Gove was he a stud???   Are the Mundell’s thin skinned?? Is their umbrage induced by the need of a photo opportunity??  Is the Unionist media upping the hype aiding the Tory party political agenda??  Is the young Tory Chairman’s behaviour, “dressing up as Madeleine McCann” at a party more or less offensive??  … Continue reading Wings over Scotland Taken to Task by The Mundell’s and th...

Labour Party in Scotland ? Masters of Misappropriation ? Public Assets Sold f...
              The Labour party in Scotland and its abuse of power From 1997-2010 the Labour Party ruled supreme at Westminster, the newly established parliament at Holyrood and had control of almost all of the local councils in Scotland. The health, wealth, welfare and future of Scots was very much … Continue reading Labour Party in Scotland – Masters of Misappropriation – Public Assets Sold fo...

New Labour ? Led By Control Freaks ? Interested Only in Asset Stripping Scotl...
      Lord Derry Irvine    Tony & Cherie Lord Derry Irvine’s Trainee’s         21 Apr 2002: Scotland – A country In the grip of the Labour Party   The most dramatic contrast between the establishments north and south of the Border is in the world of business. Although the late John Smith … Continue reading New Labour – Led By Control Freaks – Interested Only in Asset Stripping Scotland’s Financ...

What?s the Difference Between The Labour Party in Scotland and the Italian Ma...
      Jack & Bridgett         13 October 2002: The Red Rose Dinner Affair The night was wearing on and Scotland’s most powerful politicians and their supporters were chewing on cigars, sipping brandy and enjoying Andy Cameron’s stream of couthy jokes. Cameron probably didn?t know the one about the ministers, the … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between The Labour Party in Scotland and t...

The End Of the Post Will knock Your Socks Off ? The Scandal That should have...
  Gordon Beattie         Scotland and the Lobbyists Gordon Beattie left the Evening Times at the age of 26 to set up a news agency. Now he runs Scotland’s largest public relations company. In its early days the stories the young Lanarkshire news agency would flog to news desks were ‘crap’, according … Continue reading The End Of the Post Will knock Your Socks Off – The Scandal That should have...

North Lanarkshire District Council ? £20 Million Plus Corruption Report at Sc...
            North Lanarkshire District Council Meltdown North Lanarkshire is the fourth largest Scottish local authority, located in west central Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It covers an area of 47,358 and serves a population of 328,000 people. Party insiders are on record as saying that: “if Labour lose North Lanarkshire … Continue reading North Lanarkshire District Council – £20 ...

Pin a Red Rosette On a Donkey and It Will be Elected to Political Office in S...
        Keir Hardie founded the Labour party and championed the cause of the working class who had been badly governed for many years. But political power in Scotland was vested with the Tory and Liberal parties for nearly 240 years until the advent of change in the political scene, brought about by … Continue reading Pin a Red Rosette On a Donkey and It Will be Elected to Political Office in S...

Good People Of Edinburgh Conned by Ruth Davidson and Her Tory Ratpack ? The P...
            Ruth Davidson Fails the Scottish Electorate who sent her to Holyrood Gaining seats at the last Scottish election was paramount in the thinking of Ruth Davidson and Tory activists in Scotland. This entailed a public denial of Westminster Tory policies and (as did Judas) the Party Branch in Scotland … Continue reading Good People Of Edinburgh Conned by Ruth Davidson and Her Tory Ratpa...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All
The Long Suicide of Scottish and British Labour Hurts Us All Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 1st 2017 Political parties rise and fall. They have no permanent right to a lease on the terrain they occupy and the voters they appeal to. Scottish politics has seen the decline of many once powerful forces – the …

Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack
Prisoners of the Past: Tony Blair, Trump and Frank Sinatra?s Rat Pack Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 22nd 2017 The past is a powerful force and that is even more true in the strange times we are living in. Take the waves of reaction and revulsion emerging last week after Tony Blair came back from …

The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

Scotland and Independence

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Theresa May Scottish Speech: 25 different attacks on Scottish Independence th...

The Independent
Theresa May Scottish Speech: 25 different attacks on Scottish Independence that could just as easily be about Brexit
The Independent
The Prime Minister delivered a scathing attack on the Scottish National Party and the Scottish independence movement in Glasgow this morning. But every single one of her reasons why Scotland should not leave the United Kingdom, apply equally to the UK...

Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum, what has Theresa May...

The Sun
Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum, what has Theresa May said and what happened last time?
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PRIME minister Theresa May has said there is no economic case for breaking up the United Kingdom ? amid calls for a new vote on Scottish independence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to demand another vote on independence when the British ...
Scotland's Independ...

The Politics of Scotland Independence and Brexit - Bloomberg

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The Politics of Scotland Independence and Brexit
Bloomberg
Marvin Goodfriend, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Alberto Gallo, portfolio manager at Algebris Investments, discuss what Brexit means for Scotland and Northern Ireland. They speak with Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene on "Bloomberg ...



Nearly 30% Of Tory Party Activists Would Welcome Scottish ... - Huffington Po...

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Nearly 30% Of Tory Party Activists Would Welcome Scottish ...
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Say it would end 'unreasonable demands' on English taxpayer.

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Constitutional expert: Scottish independence ?sweet deal? for EU - New Statesman

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Constitutional expert: Scottish independence ?sweet deal? for EU
New Statesman
If the SNP are reading their lines for the benefit of Scottish voters, they are doing so with one eye on Germany. As I've written before, at the time of the 2014 independence referendum, it wasn't clear that an independent Scotland could stay in the EU ...

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Pound below $1.24 on Scottish independence vote fears - Financial Times

Pound below $1.24 on Scottish independence vote fears
Financial Times
Traders said that a report in The Times on Monday stating that the UK government was braced for Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon to call another vote on Scottish independence in March was behind the drop in the pound. According to the reports ...



Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum - Investopedia

Investopedia
Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum
Investopedia
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team were quick to warn that a vote on Scottish independence was ?highly likely? after the rest of the U.K. opted to leave the European Union (EU) last June. With Article 50 now on the brink of being triggered ...
Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks'Fortune
Support for Sco...

Jeremy Corbyn: Scottish Independence can't take power back from multinational...

CommonSpace
Jeremy Corbyn: Scottish Independence can't take power back from multinationals
CommonSpace
JEREMY CORBYN has told Scottish Labour party members that a vote for Scottish independence would not tackle corporate power and improve working class people's lives. The UK Labour leader made the comments during a speech to the Scottish party ...
Jeremy Corbyn: Independent Scotland would have to j...

SNP

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Ruth Davidson fires warning to SNP: 'We said no. We meant it. Are you listeni...

The Sunday Post
Ruth Davidson fires warning to SNP: 'We said no. We meant it. Are you listening to us, Nicola? No second referendum'
The Sunday Post
RUTH Davidson vowed to fight the SNP on independence ?every step of the way? as she declared the Conservatives stood ?ready to serve? in Holyrood. Talking up her party's long-term goal of forming an administration at Holyrood, the Scottish Tories ...

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Scottish Opposition Insists No New Independence Vote - NDTV

NDTV
Scottish Opposition Insists No New Independence Vote
NDTV
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told the party's conference in Glasgow that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was trying to bounce the country into a new referendum. Scotland voted to stay in the United ...

Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia
Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote
Channel NewsAsia
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told the party's conference in Glasgow that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was trying to bounce the country into a new referendum. Scotland voted to stay in the United ...

Analysis: The Union is at risk. Mrs May has to save it all over again - Teleg...

Telegraph.co.uk
Analysis: The Union is at risk. Mrs May has to save it all over again
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon is threatening a second independence referendum for Scotland. And this weekend, Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill came within touching distance of winning the elections in Northern Ireland. The Union is at risk. Mrs May has to save ...

Ruth Davidson attacks Nicola Sturgeon and 'failing' SNP - Daily Mail

Ruth Davidson attacks Nicola Sturgeon and 'failing' SNP
Daily Mail
Ruth Davidson attacks Nicola Sturgeon and 'failing' SNP. Ruth Davidson addresses the crowd at the Scottish Conservative party conference in Glasgow by blasting the Scottish National Party and Nicola Sturgeon for failing Scotland. Pepper spray road rage ...



Leader Ruth Davidson says Conservatives are ready to rule in Scotland as she ...

Daily Mail
Leader Ruth Davidson says Conservatives are ready to rule in Scotland as she blasts 'failing' SNP
Daily Mail
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has declared her party is 'ready to serve' at Holyrood as she hit out at the 'failing' SNP Government. Twenty years after the Tories suffered an electoral wipeout and lost all their MPs in Scotland, Ms ...

Scottish Tories vow to fight SNP's renewed independence push - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish Tories vow to fight SNP's renewed independence push
Financial Times
Having doubled its presence in the Scottish parliament last year, the Tory party needed to show voters it was a "government in waiting", Ms Davidson said. But with the SNP still far ahead in parliament and opinion polls, the Scottish Tory leader ...

Tory minister slams SNP blogger over homophobic tweet - PinkNews

PinkNews
Tory minister slams SNP blogger over homophobic tweet
PinkNews
?This is an individual who has interacted with SNP MSPs and MPs, and distributed material in the last independence campaign. There is duty for all of us in politics to call out those within their own ranks who are offensive and unpleasant,? Oliver ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia
Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote
Channel NewsAsia
GLASGOW: Scotland's opposition leader insisted on Saturday (Mar 4) there should be no second referendum on Scottish independence, urging the governing nationalists to concentrate on making the best of Brexit rather than exploiting it for another ...
Theresa May's Scottish referendum dilemmaNew Statesman
Is a secon...

Fears of British breakup batter the pound - CNNMoney

CNNMoney
Fears of British breakup batter the pound
CNNMoney
The currency slumped by 0.4% against the dollar on Monday to $1.24 on fears that Britain could soon face a new crisis: A referendum on Scottish independence. The Times reported Monday that the government of Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for ...
Will there be a second Scottish Independence referendum, what has Theresa May said and...

Scotland's next referendum will be uglier and nastier - New Statesman - New S...

New Statesman
Scotland's next referendum will be uglier and nastier - New Statesman
New Statesman
But the sequel to 2014's Indyref may have a very different ending.

Theresa May was right to go to Scotland this week ? but she can't ignore Nort...

The Independent
Theresa May was right to go to Scotland this week ? but she can't ignore Northern Ireland forever
The Independent
She didn't say it got the Unionist part of its name from being opposed to Home Rule for Ireland in the 19th century, but while she was in Scotland trying to repair the damage done by the Brexit referendum, it was in Northern Ireland that we could hear ...
Could Sinn Fein...

No case for Scottish referendum, British government says - Irish Times

No case for Scottish referendum, British government says
Irish Times
Theresa May's government has rejected the case for a second referendum on Scottish independence but did not deny reports that Downing Street is preparing contingency plans for such a vote. The pound fell on currency markets on Monday amid ...

Leader Ruth Davidson says Conservatives are ready to rule in Scotland as she ...

Daily Mail
Leader Ruth Davidson says Conservatives are ready to rule in Scotland as she blasts 'failing' SNP
Daily Mail
The SNP, with its focus on the prospect of a second independence referendum, has 'now simply lost all grip on the things that really matter,' she said. Ms Davidson told the Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow: 'This SNP Government is failing ...
Ruth Davidson Has Told Nico...

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling SLIDES against EUR amid Scottish refere...

Express.co.uk
Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling SLIDES against EUR amid Scottish referendum fears
Express.co.uk
After a week which saw the pound make significant gains against the euro, fresh rumours of a second independence referendum for Scotland have sent sterling spiralling down again. Senior government sources have reportedly admitted there is genuine ...
Sterling tumbles against the dolla...

Scotland may be set to call a second independence referendum next year - Glob...

Globalnews.ca
Scotland may be set to call a second independence referendum next year
Globalnews.ca
The Scottish government is increasingly confident it can win a new independence referendum and is considering calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Edinburgh administration say. Scots voted overwhelmingly to ...



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The Official President Trump thread

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 ...

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

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

Anyone tried this??
https://uk.isidewith.com/political-quiz Did it match your last Vote? If different would you Vote for the top party?   Sadly the BNP agree with me on 23% of issues. But they came bottom,

May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

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

Why no polls?
With speculation over a second Independence Referendum and an alleged surge in support for Yes, is anyone else surprised that there haven't been more opinion polls?Does anyone know if there is any coming up?

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

David Haye
Surprised there's no thread on the fight at the weekend. David Hayes comments over the last few days have been unbelievable. We all know they have a bit of panto to generate interest, but Hayes comments go way beyond any sort of decency! Id always thought he was ok, in spite of his arroga...

Marathon Advice
Hi there It has been on my to-do list for a few years now, so thinking of running a marathon this year before I get too old to run a decent time. Been looking at the Perthshire and Fort William runs later this year. Thing that puts me off the Perthshire one is that it's a half maratho...

Norn Iron elections
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/03/dup-and-sinn-fein-on-course-to-dominate-northern-ireland-assembly Interesting times. The beginning of the end for Ulster Loyalism ? There's also the aspect that if Sinn Fein and the DUP can't come to some sort of coalition agreement the UK ...

Folk who annoy you at work
There's a girl I work with who is probably about 18stone and chuckles constantly at things that barely merit a smile. She's got terrible chat to boot.  Its got me thinking, there must be that one guy/girl at work who does your head in daily. 

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...

Sounds of the 60s
All the best to Brian Matthews  it's his last show today on BBC radio 2  on now till 10 am Tim rice was sitting in for him over the last few months due to ill health enjoyed many a tune on a Saturday morning canny believe he has been doing the show for 27yrs 

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Thoughts and Questions About God
Attempting to keep the 'Rangers In Crisis' thread on topic...

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Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...