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Sturgeon's office denies backsliding on referendum timetable
5 Mar 2018 at 5:19pm
NICOLA Sturgeon?s office has dismissed suggestions that she is backtracking on her promise to give a ?precise timetable? on a second independence referendum.

Brown enters deputy race, saying SNP must be referendum-ready
5 Mar 2018 at 1:19pm
THE cabinet secretary Keith Brown is to stand for the SNP?s deputy leadership, saying he wants to get the party ?ready for any future referendums?.

Scottish Brexit minister to face grilling over rival EU Withdrawal Bill
5 Mar 2018 at 1:29pm
SCOTLAND?S Brexit minister is to face his first grilling as the SNP?s high-stakes legislation to stop a Westminster ?power grab? accelerates through Holyrood.

Varadkar rebuffs May's three-way approach to Irish border issue
5 Mar 2018 at 3:26pm
LEO Varadkar has delivered a blow to Theresa May?s Brexit strategy after ruling out formal three-way talks between the UK, Ireland and the EU to try to resolve the Irish border issue.

Scottish Labour must show it is offering hope for the future, says Richard Le...
5 Mar 2018 at 12:35pm
The party?s leader spoke of the need for ?genuine far-reaching change? in Scotland ahead of its conference in Dundee.

Theresa May takes swipe at BBC over Brexit question
5 Mar 2018 at 12:38pm
The Prime Minister appeared irritated to be asked about the process of leaving the European Union.

Workers could face £116 hard Brexit loss by 2020, study claims
5 Mar 2018 at 12:28pm
Research suggests those on the median wage in Scotland could lose more than £15,000 by 2034.

Sturgeon digs her heels in over opposition to May's Brexit Bill
5 Mar 2018 at 12:10am
NICOLA Sturgeon will not budge in her opposition to the UK Government?s Brexit Bill as her power struggle with Theresa May pushes the country towards a constitutional crisis.

EU nationals disenfranchised if second referendum held during transition, say...
5 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
EUROPEAN nationals will not be able to ?tip the balance? in Nicola Sturgeon?s favour, should the First Minister seek to hold a second Scottish independence referendum during the planned two-year transition period post Brexit, economists have suggested.

Report by MSPs raises ?deep concerns? about impact of salmon farming
5 Mar 2018 at 12:45pm
The Environment Committee said the status quo ?is not an option? for the industry.

Theresa May tells Donald Trump of 'deep concern' over EU steel tariffs row
5 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her ?deep concern? at the president?s plan to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the United States which have sparked fears of a trade war.

Lidington suggests May's Irish border Brexit plan could be changed
5 Mar 2018 at 12:02am
THERESA May's plan to maintain a soft Irish border after Brexit could be changed to accommodate European Union concerns, her de facto deputy has suggested, amid signals that Brussels could reject it.

Holyrood gets House Of Cards treatment in new TV series
5 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
IT may be said that there is enough drama at Holyrood as it is.

PM?s Brexit plan to be put to the test as negotiations resume in Brussels
5 Mar 2018 at 3:47am
Tensions remain over how to maintain a soft Irish border with the UK outside the customs union.

We should build statue to Margaret Thatcher, says Scottish MP
5 Mar 2018 at 12:10am
A STATUE of Margaret Thatcher should be erected as part of a drive to see more women immortalised in public spaces, a Scottish MP has said.

 

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Scottish Care warns Brexit could exacerbate ?severe? workforce crisis
5 Mar 2018 at 3:48pm
Brexit could exacerbate a “severe workforce crisis” in the care sector, potentially forcing homes and others services to shut, the industry has warned.

Brussels prepares swift response to Donald Trump?s steel tariff threat
5 Mar 2018 at 1:42pm
The European Commission is preparing a “swift, firm and ... decisive” response to US threats of tariffs on steel and aluminium, a spokesman has said.

Nicola Sturgeon: Bus driver who averted snow disaster a ?local hero?
5 Mar 2018 at 12:57pm
AN Edinburgh bus driver who rose to fame after dramatically averting disater in the snow has won the backing of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Theresa May in swipe at the BBC over Brexit question
5 Mar 2018 at 12:41pm
Theresa May aimed a sideswipe at the BBC for always asking her about Brexit.

Report by MSPs raises ?deep concerns? about impact of salmon farming
5 Mar 2018 at 12:10pm
A Holyrood committee has said it is “deeply concerned” about the environmental impact of the salmon farming industry in a damning new report.

Keith Brown to run for SNP deputy leader
5 Mar 2018 at 11:25am
Economy Secretary Keith Brown has declared he will stand to become the next SNP deputy.

Theresa May?s Brexit tactics to be put to the test as negotiations resume
5 Mar 2018 at 10:43am
Theresa May’s new Brexit offer will be put to the test this week as negotiations between British and European Union officials resume in Brussels.

Pay more; get less: Scots face ?double whammy on council tax?
5 Mar 2018 at 9:32am
Scots have been warned to expect a double whammy of council tax increases and cuts to public services even though it is understood all councils are planning to increase the levy by the 3% maximum allowed by the Scottish Government.

Soft Brexit is ?least worst option? claims Scottish Labour MP
5 Mar 2018 at 8:58am
A Scottish Labour MP has said the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn want to “have their cake and eat it” on Brexit.

Theresa May tells Donald Trump not to launch trade war
5 Mar 2018 at 8:38am
Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her “deep concern” at the president’s plan to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the United States which have sparked fears of a trade war.

EU nationals will ?not have right to vote in Indyref2?
5 Mar 2018 at 7:33am
EU nationals will not have the right to vote in a future independence referendum if it takes places after Brexit economists have suggested.

Aid charities to be told to take action against sex abuse
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Aid charities will today be told to take action to restore trust and improve standards following the sex scandal which engulfed the sector.

50,000 low income Scots don?t claim tax relief measures
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
More than 50,000 low income Scots are missing out on council tax exemptions which they are due, it has emerged.

Brexit: Scotland-UK row a ?single word away? from being solved
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The constitutional impasse between Holyrood and Westminster over Brexit is just a “single word” away from being resolved, Scotland’s Brexit Minister has said.

Brian Monteith: The UK?s public finances are no longer in deficit
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
While the SNP has invented an emergency that requires a Bill to be rushed through Holyrood – when there has been a real emergency that has frozen the nation, showing both its competence and understanding of people’s everyday needs is wanting – an important event happened that has probably passed most people by.

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Our problems and how to solve them
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Mar 2018 at 1:10pm
As the winter Scottish political news drought enters its 17th week, mainstream and alternative media commentators alike are scratching around desperately for anything to write about, which tends to end up in overlong reflective and/or hectoring essays about how to secure independence, invariably concluding that what we need is for everyone in Scotland to start thinking and acting …

The uninvited
by Chris Cairns
3 Mar 2018 at 6:55am

The terrible burden of volatility
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2018 at 8:39am
What you’re missing: That’s a single year’s profits. For a bit of perspective, it’s about four times the Scottish Government’s entire annual budget. Thank goodness we’ve had Westminster to manage our resources for us all this time, eh?

Here come the monsters again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2018 at 11:49am
If you’re a person (unemployed or working) subsisting via state welfare in the UK, there can be no more genuinely, blood-runs-cold, terrifying phrase in the English language than a Tory saying they’ve come up with “fresh thinking” on poverty and benefits. Because – and if you’re only going to trust us on one thing in your life, …

Yet another metaphor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2018 at 10:23am
…for the relationship between the four “partner” nations of the UK presented itself at the weekend when BBC anchorman John Inverdale asked the Scottish rugby pundit and former international Andy Nicol “what does this do for self-belief from a Scottish perspective, Andy?” Which was clearly pretty ironic in itself: But alert readers may recall how that …

The tunes of glory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2018 at 11:07am
After Scotland’s rugby team sent proud Edward (Jones)’s army homeward with some well-skelped erses from Murrayfield yesterday, it seemed like an opportune moment to reflect on this from just 12 years ago. The full story is below. Of course, you wouldn’t have this problem with another anthem. But that’s Unionists for you: always proudly willing …

The tea party
by Chris Cairns
24 Feb 2018 at 6:55am

The makings of a deal
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Feb 2018 at 1:16pm
A timely reminder about how much 85% of British people (or to put that another way, English people) really value the rest of the UK. “Lead us, Scotland, don’t leave us!” is going to be a pretty hard sell next time.

From the archives #8
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Feb 2018 at 1:12pm
It’s still thin, thin gruel for Scottish politics in the press – everyone’s desperately trying to pretend income tax is a story again today – so while we do some research it’s back to the vaults for more ironic historical chuckles we go.

Foote replaced by Dick
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Feb 2018 at 10:13am
Last week, just a day after we highlighted the disastrous sales collapse of the Daily Record during almost certainly the most tumultuous and eventful seven-year period in Scotland’s peacetime history, the paper’s editor-in-chief Murray Foote apparently took the Scottish newspaper industry by surprise by suddenly resigning his position. (We’re sure, incidentally, this is entirely unconnected with …

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Keith Brown joins SNP depute leadership race
5 Mar 2018 at 3:49pm
The economy secretary is the third and most senior candidate to come forward so far.


MSPs warning over salmon farming impact on environment
5 Mar 2018 at 11:45am
A Holyrood committee says the marine ecosystem is at risk if environmental concerns are not addressed.


North Ayrshire Council settles equal pay claims
5 Mar 2018 at 12:03pm
North Ayrshire Council says it has settled with more than 500 current and former employees.


Travel caution urged as Scotland gets back to work and school
5 Mar 2018 at 7:08pm
As businesses and schools reopen across Scotland, weather alerts for snow and ice remain in place.


Fresh talks planned over Selkirk bypass
5 Mar 2018 at 10:21am
The transport minister agrees to meet campaigners hoping to tackle road issues in a Borders town.


Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard rule out SNP deputy leader bid
4 Mar 2018 at 11:55am
Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard say they will not stand in contest to replace Angus Robertson.


Two more Scottish universities to offer teacher training
4 Mar 2018 at 12:23am
It is hoped the move to train students at two Edinburgh centres will help solve a recruitment crisis.


Theresa May calls Nicola Sturgeon after Brexit speech
3 Mar 2018 at 1:07pm
The prime minister called Nicola Sturgeon on Friday evening and confirmed a meeting later in the month.


Emergency weather funding scheme for councils activated
3 Mar 2018 at 6:26pm
Scottish ministers activate a fund designed to help councils facing extra costs because of the severe weather.


Nicola Sturgeon says May's Brexit plan offers 'more detail but no progress'
2 Mar 2018 at 5:57pm
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Theresa May's Brexit speech offered more detail but no progress.


Scots told to be 'patient and sensible' after weather hits food supplies
2 Mar 2018 at 7:44pm
The grounding of transport has hit deliveries to councils, shops and households.


MSPs agree emergency timetable for Scottish Brexit bill
1 Mar 2018 at 5:43pm
MSPs will debate the Scottish alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill over a period of three weeks in March.

Scot Goes Pop

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#ScotRefBefore2021
by James Kelly
5 Mar 2018 at 7:43am
I had an exchange with Peter A Bell last night about his "#Referendum2018" hashtag, the frequent use of which he thinks is an important tool to establish support for an early independence referendu...

Tory hubris cruelly exposed AGAIN as even the Beast From The East can't stop ...
by James Kelly
2 Mar 2018 at 12:43pm
To quote the immortal words of Ruth Davidson herself: "Well done, Clacks!"  When it was revealed that the turnout in yesterday's Clackmannanshire North by-election had somehow almost reached one-qu...

On why the SNP must honour its mandate to hold an indyref before May 2021
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2018 at 6:03am
Welcome to "spring", and if you weren't aware that "spring" in Scotland is supposed to resemble a routine day in central Antarctica, you obviously haven't been paying enough attention.  (My own per...

Astonishing: London Tories double down on plans for a power-grab and send Sco...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2018 at 4:33am
Well, we can now say one thing for certain - Michael Settle's supposed exclusive in the Herald two weeks ago about how Westminster was running up the white flag on its plans for a power-grab from t...

Fresh humiliation for hapless Ruth Davidson as Tories LOSE by-election in "sa...
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2018 at 11:45am
The full result from Selkirkshire hasn't been published yet, but I thought you might enjoy the headline while we're waiting.  Before you get too excited, the Tories were defeated by an independent ...

Behold that legendary Smithsonian expertise
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2018 at 5:39am
I was intrigued to spot the following observation on UKIP's prospects from Mike Smithson, known and loved by thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as an 'impartial election expert' and avid le...

The BBC's bizarre attempt to eradicate the word 'Scotland' from the Olympics
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2018 at 3:04am
If you haven't been astounded enough lately, try watching the video in this tweet, because it's extraordinary.  It's from the BBC coverage of the Winter Olympics, and features 2002 curling gold med...

Buoyant SNP bag belter of a by-election win in bloomin' Bonnybridge
by James Kelly
16 Feb 2018 at 1:24am
The SNP have had a frustrating run of local by-elections since the UK general election last year - they've had one or two creditable results in wards they were never going to win, but in wards wher...

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Scotland needs democratic socialism - Richard Leonard
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5 Mar 2018 at 5:04pm
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Pink Floyd show at Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium to return for April dates
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Edinburgh Airport
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Our problems and how to solve them [or how to win round Yes/Leavers to still ...
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US lobbying UK to drop food name protections to sell 'Cornish pasties' - Corn...
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Looks like Ruth softening on possibility of scotref
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Ruth Davidson not to take legal action on EU Continuity Bill
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Scottish government warns employers over snow days pay docking
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Scientists launch tool to help Scottish salmon survive climate change
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Who are some good Scottish YouTubers/vloggers?
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No Huge Energy Storage Breakthrough Needed For Renewable Energy To Flourish
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Keith Brown enters SNP depute race and vows to 'get party ready'
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Keith Brown tipped to become SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's deputy after big-hi...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The former Royal Marine could replace Angus Robertson after Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard ruled themselves out of the running.


Remainers snubbed as Scottish Labour sideline Brexit debate at party conferen...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Delegates in Dundee will only get an hour on Sunday morning to discuss the most important issue facing the UK.


Nearly £1billion a year investment needed to lift 100,000 kids out of poverty...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Think-tank says upping the child element of universal credit for families by £150 a month would make huge impact.


English parties finally realise SNP were right to scrap university tuition fees
by dailyrecord
5 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist Mhairi Black says the Tories and Labour are finally admitting free access to education should be a basic right for youngsters.


SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says no First Minister 'worth their salt' would ac...
by Paul Ward
4 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
The UK Government plan to have the ultimate say over agriculture, the environment, fishing and justice despite these areas supposedly being devolved.


Honour the real-life Scottish heroines we had in the days before the hashtag
by Lesley Roberts
4 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist pays tribute to Mary Barbour ahead of the unveiling of a statue to honour the Govan woman who led Rent Strikes.


If you told me in 1992 I'd be cheering John Major, I'd have said you were nut...
by John Niven
4 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist agrees with the former PM that EU chaos is going to cost the country dear.


Kezia Dugdale gives Labour splitting Brexit headache with breakaway pressure ...
by Mark Aitken
4 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
The splinter team led by the former Scottish Labour leader want Jeremy Corbyn to commit to membership of the European single market.


Beast from East bosses 'forced staff to come in during weather warning and th...
by Mark Aitken
4 Mar 2018 at 6:00am
Unions claim shocking tactics were used by several of the country's biggest companies during red weather alert.


Brexit optimism sinks as voters lose faith over EU withdrawal plans
by Arj Singh
3 Mar 2018 at 9:46pm
A poll has revealed less than one in 10 Britons feel more positively about leaving the European Union since Theresa May triggered Article 50 last March.

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Well Done Pep
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27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm
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Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …
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The Manknell Doctrine
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2018 at 7:32pm
I was struck by an editorial in the Senscot Bulletin by Laurence Demarco, a seasoned observer of the Third Sector world of NGOs, social enterprises and charities. Noting the irony that Oxfam?s safeguarding polices are amongst the best in the field, he saw the deeper problem as being one of scale and ethos. Increasingly, charitable …

Berlin Dreams
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2018 at 11:42am
Reflections on humanness and dehumanisation by Paul Tritschler on what Kurt Vonnegut ? an eyewitness to the Dresden raid described as ?the greatest massacre in European history?. Phantoms slid imperceptibly from nightmare to reality and back again, the terrestrial and psychic landscapes were now indistinguishable as they had been at Hiroshima and Auschwitz, Golgotha and …

The Lanarkshire Village That Defied An Empire
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2018 at 10:50am
Liam Turbett on the forgotten story of how a Scottish mining village resisted conscription to the First World War. In Scotland it never really gets dark at the height of summer. It was at 3am that the police crossed over the bridge into the village, on the first day of July 1918. There was 60 …

Bordering On The Ludicrous
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2018 at 10:16pm
Gordon Guthrie on the ongoing Brexit farce and the hypocrisy and shambles of the Westminster Government’s Irish policy. ?We’ve got them right where they want us? the plaintive cry of the overconfident yet unprepared rings out over Whitehall. The constitutional crisis deepens, and not the milquetoast Scotch one: an egg thrown, harsh words bandied on …

Independent Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2018 at 6:41pm
David Jamieson and Jonathon Shafi raise some of the biggest, yet little discussed, challenges that lie ahead for the independence movement and confront the difficult realities that must be addressed if a successful strategy is to be developed. The movement for Scottish independence which so drastically reorganised politics in this country was a social movement …

40 Years Of Sobering-Up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2018 at 9:12pm
Clare Galloway reflects on her personal – and our national relationship with alcohol. People who drink too much, by definition, can?t appreciate the damage they are doing a) to themselves, and b) to those around them. They lack feeling. Alcohol, like any addiction or addictive behaviour, takes away feeling. It blurs and disconnects the intimate …

On the Road to Nowhere
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2018 at 6:12pm
This was the Prime Ministers Road to Brexit speech, meant to be the crescendo of a series of public performances to put us all at our ease, clarify things and create a vision of the way ahead. Brexit as road movie has somehow been overlooked until today. But here it was: part far-out Kerouac; part …

Fake News
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Mar 2018 at 11:19am
A timely deconstruction of how Fake News operates in the UK and how the right-wing press has jumped from one propaganda model to another from Paul Mason:   However there are some problems with this analysis. The idea of the BBC as being a ‘final arbiter’ of truth – a sort of backstop to lies …

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Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty
by Libby Brooks
5 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targetsThe Scottish government is coming under pressure to commit to using its newly devolved powers to top up benefits in order to meet its child poverty targets. Last November, Holyrood passed Scotland?s first chi...

From shortbread to the NHS: Scotland fears loss of workers after Brexit
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
4 Mar 2018 at 4:42pm
Employers have depended on EU nationals, many of whom are now embedded in the HighlandsThe snow is falling in Aviemore, but the window display of the Walkers shortbread bakery is springing with Easter treats, alongside the more traditional thistle rounds and petticoat tails.With its factory to th...

Ruth Davidson backs legal action against Scottish Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Mar 2018 at 12:56pm
Tory leader in Scotland says emergency legislation should be tested in supreme court if passedRuth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, has said she would support a legal challenge in the supreme court if the Scottish parliament voted for its own powers over Brexit.The Guardian reported it was hig...

Sturgeon shocked by Holyrood survey on sexism and abuse
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Mar 2018 at 6:22pm
One in three women at Scottish parliament reported sexual harassment or bad behaviourNicola Sturgeon has reacted with disappointment to a survey that found that one in five Holyrood staff and one in three women had experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour while working in the Scottish pa...

Scottish government to launch national investment bank
by Libby Brooks
28 Feb 2018 at 6:06pm
Publicly owned body will fund big ideas such as transition to a low-carbon economyThe Scottish government has committed to a publicly owned national investment bank that campaigners and leading economists hope will tackle the country?s chronic lack of investment.Speaking on Wednesday at the launc...

Welsh and Scottish governments raise pressure over Brexit plans
by Steven Morris and Severin Carrell
27 Feb 2018 at 11:35am
Wales and Scotland table emergency bills amid anger at loss of control over policiesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have issued emergency legislation to prepare for leaving the EU in a significant escalation of their dispute with UK ministers over their powers after Brexit. Their so-called ?co...

Pro-European Tories play down prospect of voting with Corbyn to defeat govern...
by Andrew Sparrow
26 Feb 2018 at 6:06pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Labour leader?s address on Brexit8 things we?ve learnt from Jeremy Corbyn?s Brexit speechAfternoon summary 5.41pm GMT 5.39pm GMT 5.24pm GMT David Lidington?s speech has not gone down well with the Scottish and Welsh ...

Tories using Brexit to grab back devolved powers, say ministers
by Steven Morris and Severin Carrell
26 Feb 2018 at 5:11pm
David Lidington?s power-sharing plans branded an ?attack on devolution in Wales and Scotland? A ?significant? attempt by the UK government to resolve the deadlock between London and the devolved administrations over what happens to powers being repatriated from Brussels after Brexit has been met...

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Five guys named Woe
That didn’t last long. Within a day and a half of Theresa May’s Road to Brexit speech, the speech whose main purpose was to signal the road to Conservative unity, the party’s at handbags at dawn again. You know that you’re in trouble when the ruling party in a country contains more drama than you’ll …

Extra cherries on the Brexit cake
The Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on Brexit on Friday, in which she was expected to lay out some detail about what sort of Brexit the UK hopes to achieve. This was Theresa’s long awaited “Road to Brexit” speech, a phrase which half the country can no longer hear without humming …

The real reason they call it Perfidious Albion
While the nations of the UK are snowed under by the Beast from the East, the bumblin from London is getting mired in the shit from Brexit. On Wednesday the EU published the first draft of the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, which was based on things that the UK government had …

Doing something memorable
So there you are, planning to watch a movie and put your feet up because you’ve taken care of blogging responsibilities for the day, and then the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the famously unmemorable Ken Wossisname, finally goes and does something for which he’ll be remembered. It’s just a shame that what he’ll …

Passport out of Pimlico
Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he wants the UK to stay in ‘a’ customs union with the EU, which in some indetermined manner is different from ‘the’ customs union. The difference, according to Jezza, is that the UK will not passively accept all the EU’s rules and will continue to make its own trade deals, …

The blame game
Brexit’s going pear-shaped. It’s aw gaun wrang, but it’s not because the British government possesses the negotiating skills of a three year old in the middle of a temper tantrum. Oh no. It’s not because Brexiteers have decided that the best way to deal with the issue of the Irish border is to treat it …

We own the future
Occasionally I’ve been asked why it is that I remain so positive about the chances of the independence campaign to achieve its goal of a self-determined Scotland in the face of the constant barrage of negativity, scare-mongering, and British nationalist astroturfing from the media and the anti-independence parties. It’s quite simple. It’s because we’re going …

Pure-dross, That-toss, Arse-miss, and Durrty-yin
It wasn’t that long ago when Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives? got a fitba team and two subs’ worth of MPs elected to Westminster, much to the creaming elation of Ross Thomson. The news was met by much of the Scottish media as though it was the Rapture and Scotland had now got 13 Tories in …

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EU nationals 'to lose their right to vote in post-Brexit indyref2'
EU nationals will lose their right vote in a new independence referendum if it takes place after Brexit, two leading experts have warned in an article for a European think tank.

Sturgeon slams Labour for repeating single market 'falsehood'
LABOUR?S shadow Scottish secretary has come under attack for claiming a country has to be a member of the EU to be in the European single market.

Ruth Davidson not to take legal action on EU Continuity Bill
RUTH Davidson has said she will not initiate a legal challenge against the Scottish Government?s EU Continuity Bill.

Sturgeon: 'No FM worth their salt' should support EU Bill as it is
NICOLA Sturgeon has said no First Minister ?worth their salt? would agree to support the EU Withdrawal Bill in its current form.

Tories accused of again selling out Scottish fishermen
THERESA May has been accused of selling out Scottish fisherman in return for a Brexit trade deal.

'It's like the UK jailing Alex Salmond', says Puigdemont's lawyer
A HUMAN rights lawyer acting for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has likened his case to the UK Government jailing Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond because they wanted an independence referendum.

Pressure mounting on Theresa May to clarify Irish border plan
THERESA May is under pressure from the EU, the Irish, the Northern Irish and many of her own party members to spell exactly what it is she wants to see happen in Ireland after Brexit.

Fifth of Scottish Parliament staff experience sexual harassment
A FIFTH of staff working at the Scottish Parliament have experienced sexual harassment or sexist behaviour, a survey has found.

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Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Subsidi...
    4 Mar 2018: Facing Up to the Reality of Brexit I read with interest the interview with John Scott MSP in last week?s edition of The Scottish Farmer. His key message appeared to be for everyone to stop worrying because the Tories would ensure a positive Brexit landing for Scotland?s Food and Farming … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Carpetbagging Landowners Protect Their Farming Sub...

The 1707 Treaty of Union ? Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our...
      Scottish Public Opinion and The Making of the Treaty of Union of 1707         Karin Bowie  University of Glasgow Karin is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She completed her PhD on Scottish public opinion and the Union of 1707 at Glasgow in 2004. … Continue reading "The 1707 Treaty of Union – Full Awareness of the Facts of the Betrayal of Our Ancestors by...

Douglas Ross ? Moray MP ? Yet to Decide if he Intends to be a Politician or a...
    Douglas Gordon Ross: Football Referee and Part-Time Politician: (born Aberdeen 1983). Educated at Forres Academy and the Scottish Agricultural College.     Expected Earnings 2017-18: Between 110,000 and £115,000 (MP salary and income from soccer).     Family: His early years were spent on a dairy farm near Forres where his father worked … Continue reading "Douglas Ross – Moray MP – Yet to D...

Roads and Potholes ? Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Government Re...
          What is Asphalt / Tarmac? It is aggregate mixed with a binding agent of bitumen, (a dark, sticky substance derived from crude oil.) Advantages of Asphalt over Concrete Use 1. Removal and replacement of damaged asphalt is a simple and relatively easy process compared to concrete. 2. Asphalt is also … Continue reading "Roads and Potholes – Before Pointing the Finger at The Scottish Gove...

Tory MP Bill Grant ? The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland ? Were the...
          William Grant: MP Miner’s son, William was born 14 August 1951. He was raised in Rankinston in Cumnock and Doon Valley, East Ayrshire, and educated at Littlemill Primary in northern Rankinston and Cumnock Academy. He joined the fire service and served for 31 years before retiring at 55 as a … Continue reading "Tory MP Bill Grant – The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland – Were t...

David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan ? Elected on a Campaign Promise to Fully E...
      David James Duguid Born 1970. Raised on the family farm at Breedless, just North of Turriff. Educated at Banff Academy. Studied Chemistry at Robert Gordon University. Employment Took up a career with BP (10 years) in the oil and gas industry before moving on to project management with Hitachi (15 years). Lives … Continue reading "David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan – Elected on a Campaign ...

Andrew ?Hound-Dog? Bowie ? Tory MP for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine ? Cl...
    Andrew Bowie Born Aberdeenshire 1988 1999-2005: Inverurie Academy – high school education. Early career 2007-2010: The Royal Navy – On completion of an 11-month recruit training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he was posted to ships for fleet training with the purpose of qualifying as a junior Warfare Officer … Continue reading "Andrew “Hound-Dog” Bowie – Tory MP fo...

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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

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark
The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 31st 2018 Glasgow?s history has long been the stuff of legend ? the stories of Red Clydeside, rent strikes, the power of shipbuilding, the scale of slum clearance – and of course, football. In Scotland we …

The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Cap...
The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Capitalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2018 The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks. Ten years after the banking crash showed that the economic assumptions which shaped most of our lives were bogus, along …

Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions abut the SNP and Independence Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 23rd 2018 ?What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations …

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Scotland and Independence

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EU nationals 'to lose their right to vote in post-Brexit indyref2'
EU nationals 'to lose their right to vote in post-Brexit indyref2'  The NationalFull coverage

EU nationals disenfranchised if indyref2 held during transition, suggest Scot...
EU nationals disenfranchised if indyref2 held during transition, suggest Scottish think-tank economists  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during tr...
EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during transition, say economists  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence
Soldier's 3D map of Scotland celebrates Polish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Blueprint for how to set up an independent Scotland is published
Blueprint for how to set up an independent Scotland is published  The NationalFull coverage

EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy
EXTRACT: How To Start a New Country ... Independence: The Strategy  The NationalFull coverage

Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis
Environment fears over Scottish independence rally on Ben Nevis  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Second independence referendum will be called 'in Autumn'
Second independence referendum will be called 'in Autumn'  HeraldScotlandIndyref2 will be called in autumn: bold prediction from unexpected source  The NationalFull coverage

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Keith Brown enters deputy race, saying SNP must be referendum-ready
Keith Brown enters deputy race, saying SNP must be referendum-ready  HeraldScotlandKeith Brown joins SNP depute leadership race  BBC NewsEconomy Secretary Keith Brown announces SNP depute leadership bid  Daily MailFull coverage

Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard rule out SNP deputy leader bid
Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard rule out SNP deputy leader bid  BBC NewsJoanna Cherry will not stand for SNP depute leader  HeraldScotlandCherry will not stand for SNP depute leader role  STV NewsFull coverage

English parties finally realise SNP were right to scrap university tuition fees
English parties finally realise SNP were right to scrap university tuition fees  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Gene editing method with absolute precision
Gene editing method with absolute precision  Science DailyStem cell 'twins' to study disease  EurekAlert (press release)Gene Editing Is Now Precise Enough to Modify a Single Letter of DNA  FuturismFull coverage

Pointless SNP Continuity Bill is attempt to portray Nicola Sturgeon as a Brex...
Pointless SNP Continuity Bill is attempt to portray Nicola Sturgeon as a Brexit big player  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Ruth Davidson calls on SNP to deliver verdict on future of disgraced North-ea...
Ruth Davidson calls on SNP to deliver verdict on future of disgraced North-east MSP Mark McDonald  Aberdeen Evening ExpressFull coverage

SNP MSP Mark McDonald to face party grilling over conduct
SNP MSP Mark McDonald to face party grilling over conduct  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says no First Minister 'worth their salt' would ac...
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says no First Minister 'worth their salt' would accept Brexit power grab  Scottish Daily RecordSNP Brexit bill 'shows disdain for Holyrood'  The TimesSNP accused of rushing through 'dangerous' Brexit Bill in three weeks despite having 13 months  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

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EU nationals disenfranchised if indyref2 held during transition, suggest Scot...
EU nationals disenfranchised if indyref2 held during transition, suggest Scottish think-tank economists  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Mick Jagger defends decision to back Better Together campaign during referendum
Mick Jagger defends decision to back Better Together campaign during referendum  HeraldScotlandCharlie Watts: it wouldn't bother me if Rolling Stones split  The GuardianFull coverage

EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during tr...
EU nationals disenfranchised if second independence referendum held during transition, say economists  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit
Scotland and Wales brace for UK clash on Brexit  EUobserverScotland, Wales defy London with laws to keep powers after Brexit  Deutsche WelleScotland and Brexit: what is the continuity bill?  BBC NewsTime running out for Theresa May to get Nicola Sturgeon on side with Brexit Bill  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Keith Brown enters deputy race, saying SNP must be referendum-ready
Keith Brown enters deputy race, saying SNP must be referendum-ready  HeraldScotlandKeith Brown joins SNP depute leadership race  BBC NewsFull coverage

Second independence referendum will be called 'in Autumn'
Second independence referendum will be called 'in Autumn'  HeraldScotlandIndyref2 will be called in autumn: bold prediction from unexpected source  The NationalFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon preparing to call second independence referendum this year, a...
Nicola Sturgeon preparing to call second independence referendum this year, according to Scots Secretary  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Sturgeon's office denies backsliding on referendum timetable
Sturgeon's office denies backsliding on referendum timetable  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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

The 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 ...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

The Official SNP Deputy Leadership Thread
This deserves its own thread due to the fact that this position is second only to Nicola in Scotland's party, the party of eternal government, the Salmondist movement on which the sun shines it's  blessings and the moon and stars weep at its beauty. So far confirmed James "Fucking' Dornan, go...

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

Michelle Mone (again)
To lead a review of businesses in deprived areas for the Tories. http://news.stv.tv/west-central/1326328-michelle-mone-to-lead-tory-review-of-business-in-deprived-areas/

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

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

No more Ryanair for me
Nobody else here messed up by this?   Left us stranded abroad 44hr before flight home    More cancellations to come it seems for other folk. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15539753.Ryanair_to_cancel_up_to_50_flights_a_day_to_improve_punctuality/ Their expenses form seems only to cover...

RED ALERT....RED ALERT....RED ALERT....

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Best car for snow
Given the inclement weather... Any ideas what is best car in wintry conditions? 

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last minute.com in a meeting. Just fck off.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Bars opening late....
For the cunt Harry and his birds wedding. What is all that about?

Best shovel for snow
Have you done your bit.

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Sinn Féin and DUP to meet Michel Barnier over Northern Ireland border dilemma

Theresa May repeats her Brexit wishlist, but it's still full of holes

Scottish Apprenticeship Week: the shadow of Brexit looms over the jobs market

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Joanna Cherry and Tommy Sheppard rule themselves out of SNP depute leadership...

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West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

NEW PRO-INDEPENDENCE UMBRELLA GROUP FORMS IN ABERDEEN
North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

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

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

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