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Nicola Sturgeon: conversations with Theresa May were 'soul-destroying'
5 Aug 2019 at 8:50pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said that her conversations with Theresa May during her time as prime minister were "pretty soul destroying".


Nicola Sturgeon: There is a 'growing sense of urgency for independence'
5 Aug 2019 at 8:13pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes there is a growing sense of urgency for Scotland to become independent in order to avoid being dragged down a political path it does not want to go down.


Nicola Sturgeon reveals 'pain and anguish' of Alex Salmond split
5 Aug 2019 at 7:14pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has spoken of her ?personal pain and anguish? at being separated from her predecessor as he faces trial for alleged sex crimes.


Majority now want Scottish independence, says 'phenomenal' new poll
5 Aug 2019 at 7:38am
MOST Scots are now in favour of independence, according to a new poll.


Scotland's newest party leader swaps the big top for the political circus
5 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
POLITICS can be a bit of circus. But for Scotland?s newest party leader, that?s maybe no bad thing.


SNP Health Secretary could have to resign over hospital scandal, says trade u...
4 Aug 2019 at 5:10am
A senior trade unionist has revealed fears that the new £150m hospital for sick children in Edinburgh may have to be ripped down over safety concerns, prompting demands for a recall of Parliament.


Former Scottish Labour minister admits party is 'small and irrelevant'
4 Aug 2019 at 2:58pm
A FORMER Scottish Labour minister has said her party has lost its relevance and needs to ?come to terms? with the fact that it is no longer a power in the land.


Demand for 'full audit' into troubled hospital project
4 Aug 2019 at 1:25pm
THE public spending watchdog has been urged to investigate the unsafe £150m sick kids hospital in Edinburgh amid warnings it may have to be ?ripped down?.


Revealed: Scottish Greens have lost 30% of their members since indyref rise
4 Aug 2019 at 12:01am
NEARLY 30% of Scottish Green Party members have quit in the last four years, prompting renewed criticism that Patrick Harvie?s team at Holyrood is too close to the SNP.


Paul Hutcheon: A no deal Brexit and the Union are increasingly incompatible
4 Aug 2019 at 12:10am
EVEN on a good day, a no-deal Brexit resembles the sort of harrowing script that could only be written by J.G. Ballard and directed by Ridley Scott.


Bonuses at Glasgow council owned firm double to almost £160,000
4 Aug 2019 at 12:10am
A Glasgow City Council-owned firm that runs top entertainment venues paid its most senior staff bonuses of nearly £160,000 last year.


Scottish Labour leadership accused of "empty words" on second Brexit referendum
4 Aug 2019 at 5:06am
THE Scottish Labour leader and his deputy have been accused of ?empty words? on their own Brexit policy after an analysis showed they had barely mentioned a second EU referendum.


SNP Westminster leader calls for cross-party summit to stop no deal Brexit
4 Aug 2019 at 12:06am
The SNP's Westminster leader has urged his counterparts in the opposition parties to join him in a cross-party summit to stop a no-deal Brexit.


Tory party chairman: We won't initiate general election
4 Aug 2019 at 3:05pm
The Tory party chairman has insisted the Conservatives are not going to "initiate" a general election, amid speculation Boris Johnson will call for one to deliver Brexit.


Trans woman says Scotland has welcomed her
3 Aug 2019 at 9:30am
NOW in recovery herself, Judith Schooling believes addiction problems are overlooked in the LGBT community.

 

The Scotsman

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Scottish woman's terror after British Airways plane evacuated on landing
A British Airways flight was reportedly evacuated after smoke filled the cabin minutes before it was due to land.

Scottish mechanic who drove customer?s car and crashed into pensioner is jailed
A mechanic driving a customer’s car who caused a head-on collision after overtaking at speeds of up to 80 miles an hour on a small country road in Perthshire, seriously injuring an “innocent” pensioner and his son who were coming the other way, has been jailed for two years.

Climate chaos: Ocean temperature 'surprises' becoming more common
Unusually high ocean temperatures are occurring more frequently than researchers previously thought, a new study suggests.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman rejects calls for her resignation after new Si...
Health secretary Jeane Freeman has rejected calls for her resignation as she requested additional checks on drainage at the delayed children’s hospital in Edinburgh after safety concerns were raised.

Brazilian gang leader tries to escape jail dressed as his daughter
A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary's main door in her place, authorities have said.

Nicola Sturgeon's ?pain and anguish? over freeze in relationship with Alex Sa...
Nicola Sturgeon has spoken of her “pain and anguish” over the freeze in her relationship with Alex Salmond.

Google will include recycled materials in all own products by 2022
Google has vowed to use recycled materials in all products from its main hardware line by 2022.

Why Scotland leaving the UK would not solve anything - Pamela Nash
We are currently living in a period of uncertainty and rapid change.

Stage return 'off the cards' for Jimmy Osmond after stroke
A brother of Jimmy Osmond has said the US singer is unlikely to return to the stage.

Nicola Sturgeon: There is a growing sense of urgency for Scottish independence
Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes there is a growing sense of urgency for Scotland to become independent in order to avoid being dragged down a political path it does not want to go down.

Heathrow strike suspended ahead of pay vote
A planned strike on Tuesday by thousands of workers at Heathrow Airport has been suspended while they vote on a new pay offer.

Pro golfer forced to blag her way into St Andrews Old Course after forgetting...
An American professional golfer who had waited in a queue for three hours to win a tee time at St Andrews' Old Course was almost refused entry after failing to prove her handicap - but blagged her way in using her professional golf ID card.

Scottish man who threw 12-week-old baby in the air jailed for two years
A man who threw a 12-week-old baby in the air causing bleeding near the brain was today jailed for two years.

Married father jailed for life for murdering student who went to his church
A "dishonest and manipulative" married father has been jailed for life for murdering a female student who went to his church.

Police called to Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens as fight breaks out
Officers have been sent to the Capital's Princes Street Gardens following reports of an altercation.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

40% of Scottish Labour Voters Support Independence

The headline from the major new Ashcroft poll of Scottish public opinion is that Independence now has 52-48 majority support, and that is excellent news. Ashcroft himself is a Machiavellian Tory but his polling effort involves much larger samples than regular newspaper polls and has a generally good record. For me, the most interesting point […]

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In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead. In the World of the Polit...

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil Russians, of course, are behind it all. […]

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Boris Johnson?s Fake Radicalism

We hear much about Johnson coming to power as an iconoclastic figure willing to cut a swathe through the ranks of the Establishment and especially the Civil Service, aided by blue skies thinker Dominic Cummings. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. There has never been a Prime Minister more entrenched in and […]

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The Removal of Humanity

Occasionally I post about my personal experience of butting up against the consequences of the removal of both common humanity and common sense from the administration of the systems which govern us. It is not that my experiences of this are worse, or more consequential, than those of anyone else. It is simply that I […]

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Tanker Seizures and the Threat to the Global Economy from Resurgent Imperialism

The British seizure of the Iranian tanker off Gibraltar was illegal. There is no doubt of that whatsoever. The Iranian response to the seizure of its tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar, by the seizure of a British Tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, was also illegal, though more understandable as a reaction. The implications […]

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Johnson?s Westminster Cabinet is Far to the Right of Thatcher

I can only imagine that the media people who are saying this is the most right wing cabinet since the 1980’s were not sentient in the 80’s. Thatcher never had a Home Secretary remotely as illiberal as Pritti Patel, never had a Foreign Secretary remotely as xenophobic as Dominic Raab, never even had a Chancellor […]

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The Darroch Affair

I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service. Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and […]

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Kim Darroch ? the Simple Explanation

The media is full of over-complicated theories as to who might have leaked Kim Darroch’s diplomatic telegrams giving his candid view on the Trump administration. I should start by explaining the FCO telegram system. The communications are nowadays effectively encrypted emails, though still known as “telegrams”: to the Americans “cables”. They are widely distributed. These […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Some things stay the same
New polling today: Scotland vs the Tories, with Scottish Labour on the wrong team. As it ever was. In truth, it’s still closer than most sane people anywhere else in the world would believe. Labour’s tiny handful of remaining voters are split almost down the middle about whether being an isolated xenophobic country with a …

The Woke Party
These are the Democratic Socialists of America, a fringe-left grouping in the USA with around 60,000 members (or roughly 10 times as many as the Scottish Greens, though per capita closer to the SSP or RISE), at their conference a couple of days ago. It’s our most fervent wish that one day the left will grasp the …

The cut-off
The Times leads its Scottish edition today with a piece on Ruth Davidson’s collapsing popularity with Tory members, which it helpfully illustrates with a graph. Alert readers will notice, however, that for some inexplicable reason the graph ends more than a year ago, in July 2018, with Davidson’s rating still at a very healthy 54% …

The unifier

Life coming at you
2 August 2018: Ruth Davidson is the second most popular Tory with party members surveyed by Conservative Home, and regularly spoken of by the press as a potential future Prime Minister. 2 August 2019: not so much. Oh well, that’s showbiz. Still, at least the UK media punditariat was on top of the situation as …

Knowing their place
This seemed like an extraordinary piece of subservient snivelling: But then it all made sense: Scottish Labour, everyone.

Standard Wales Check #2
We’re being somewhat generous with the numbering here, to be honest, but you’ve got to start the official count somewhere, right? Alert readers will recall that current Scottish Labour policy is to enshrine in law the right to a free bus pass for all Scots over the age of 60: This time last year, for example, their …

The bag lady
We’re pretty sure we can’t be alone in being a little perturbed by this paragraph from a story in today’s Times. It’s public knowledge that Davidson worked for BBC Scotland before becoming a Tory MSP, but we don’t think it’s ever been revealed that she was also working as a lackey, chaffeur and seamstress for …

BBC Scotland

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Health minister offers assurance over Edinburgh's delayed £150m hospital
Jeane Freeman says safety reviews are "on track" and hopes a phased migration will take place.

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence
Scotland's first minister was speaking on the day a poll suggested a majority of Scots were now in favour of independence.

Deaf pupils 'left behind' by education system
The National Deaf Children's Society says deaf children are more likely to leave school without qualifications.

Marine economy £5.6m funding boost will 'create jobs'
Sea fisheries will share £4.2m of EU funding while the Scottish Government will contribute £1.4m.

Sports centres ban energy drinks for children
All publicly-owned centres ban the sale of high-caffeine drinks to users under the age of 16.

Scotland prisoners given temporary voting rights
Inmates will be able to vote in the Shetland by-election amid plans to change the law permanently.

Union warns Edinburgh's £150m hospital may never open
The claim about the hospital for sick children in Edinburgh is being made by a senior trade union official.

Nicola Sturgeon: No-deal Brexit 'almost inevitable'
Scotland's first minister says a no-deal Brexit seems "almost inevitable" after talks with PM Boris Johnson.

EY Item Club: Scottish economy faces 'slow growth'
The EY Item Club Scotland forecasts manufacturing output will improve only slightly in the years ahead.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Has Ashcroft poll turned Our Precious Union to ASHES? Westminster in shock a...
Apologies for the slight delay in getting this post up - I was writing an article for The National about the Ashcroft poll, which you can read HERE.  But here are the rather wonderful figures that ...

Remaining open-minded about a Remain alliance in Scotland
I have a new article in The National about the Brecon and Radnorshire result, entitled 'Could by-election-winning Remain alliance work in Scotland?'  You can read it HERE.I see that the reference t...

The real winner in Brecon and Radnorshire was the Welsh language
So a few quick thoughts about the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election result...* The big paradox is that the Liberal Democrats won, and they won essentially because they are a Remain party, and yet ...

On Robertson v McAlpine
I've just been catching up with the indirect war of words the other day between Fiona Robertson (the SNP's highly controversial Women's and Equalities Convener) and Joan McAlpine (SNP MSP for South...

Plaid Cymru make history by TAKING THE LEAD in a Welsh poll for the first tim...
Today's much-hyped Welsh poll from YouGov didn't disappoint: it shows Plaid Cymru taking the lead for the first time, and they've done it on both the constituency and the regional list ballots.  Th...

Memo to Boris Johnson: "awesome foursome" doesn't actually rhyme properly in ...
Just to return briefly to the subject of Boris Johnson's bizarre appointment of the MP for Worcester as a junior minister in the Scotland Office, I think we can gain a little sense of the warped th...

Swinson Bounce? What Swinson Bounce? Despair for overrated new Lib Dem lead...
On Wednesday, when the first poll came out after Boris Johnson became Tory leader, I suggested that there had been no Boris Bounce over and above what had already been factored in for weeks. I real...

Boris Johnson has declared war on Scottish nationhood
I was thoroughly bemused a few hours ago by the muted reaction from Nick Eardley of the BBC to the extraordinary news that Boris Johnson has appointed Robin Walker, the MP for Worcester, as Ministe...

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Happened to be in Edinburgh and Loch Lomond for a few days from Italy, I conf...
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[HELP] - Parking Fine at Motorway Services
I received a letter saying that I had been fined £60 for staying over the time limit in a motorway services car park. I genuinely did not see the sign and the reason I was over the time (total of t...

An English person trying to argue that indy ref shouldn't happen because Brex...
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Sturgeon: Conversations with Theresa May were soul destroying
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Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC S...
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A aspiring cinematographer friend of mine spent the last 10 days capturing hi...
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A bheil Gàidhlig agaibh?
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Our ?kids? and us enjoying beautiful Dean Village.
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Public Finances in an Independent Scotland - A video answering some questions...
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Quick survey!
Hi there, I'm a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament. I would really appreciate anyone filling out this quick survey. https://forms.gle/nes8e1a2Yeo5k7fx7 submitted by /u/lemon_grass5 [li...

I just came back from my scotland trip. That view from Ben MacDhui still amaz...
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Genuine and Serious Question - should the whole of the UK vote in Indyref2?
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Trials riding at Tarlair Abandoned Swimming Pool in North East of Scotland
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Daily Record

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Nicola Sturgeon says conversations with Theresa May were 'soul destroying'
The First Minister said even light hearted moments with the former PM could become very awkward during their encounters.


Nicola Sturgeon claims there is a 'growing sense of urgency' for Scottish ind...
The First Minister thinks Scotland must consider independence 'sooner rather than later' after it was revealed a majority  of the country now favour leaving the UK.


Bombshell Scottish independence poll reveals majority of Scots would now vote...
A study by pollster Lord Ashcroft showed that 52% would vote yes, while 48% would vote no.


Tories say there's no magic money tree until they need it for themselves
John Niven loved a good public information film back in the day, but says the Tories' plans to bring them back in preparation for a No Deal Brexit will come at a ridiculous cost.


How Boris Johnson's cabinet have flipped their views on No Deal Brexit since ...
Even Brexit?s most ardent supporters did not advocate the move during the campaign, Sunday Mail reveals.


Ruth Davidson backed to survive Boris Johnson leadership by ex-Labour First M...
Henry McLeish has urged the Scottish Tory leader to stick it to the PM over her refusal to back his No Deal Brexit plans.


New Home Secretary Priti Patel peddles same useless Tory response to Scotland...
A Tory spokesperson confirmed there are no plans to introduce drug consumption rooms despite hopes for a pilot scheme as pointless 'war on drugs' continues.


Boris Johnson in Brecon by-election blow as Tory majority cut to just one
With the thinnest of majorities, the PM will have to reply heavily on his rebel MPs and the DUP to get legislation passed.


HIV docs in drug fix room plea to new Home Secretary Priti Patel as 'it will ...
Medics say a Drug Consumption Room in Glasgow could cut drug-related deaths and HIV infections.


Prisoners to vote for first time in Scotland in Shetland by-election
Inmates from the Shetland Islands serving one year or less will be allowed to vote for an MSP.

Michael Greenwell


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

Scottish Independence Podcast 174 ? Chuck D & More
The 174th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is just a little teaser and a way of saying the podcast will be back for a little summer season and hopefully beyond. In this one we’ve got something on the new cretin/b*stard (delete according to your mood) that has taken over as Prime Minister, there’s a …

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The Meaning of the Ashcroft Poll
The latest Lord Ashcroft polling (‘Yes to Independence takes the lead’) has sent one section  of social media into howling meltdown, and others into a state of euphoria.   BREAKING: A new poll by Lord Ashcroft has found that a majority of Scots now favour Scottish independence. That also includes 20% of No voters from …

Sports Direct v Rangers
A few weeks ago the High Court in London issued its latest judgment in the case of Sports Direct International v The Rangers Football Club Limited. On the surface it?s a standard commercial case over the interpretation of a contract, the sort of issue that is aired at the court?s modern, high-rise Rolls Building a …

Fantasy Worlds
We are stockpiling essential medicines in Britain in anticipation of a No Deal exit from the European Union. Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He has hired a former journalist who used to torment politicians dressed as a chicken as his Director of Communications. Lee Cain, who was pictured on several …

What is the Irish Backstop?
A thread from political sociologist Katy Hayward on the backstop, what it is and what it means … PM Johnson has made the removal of the #backstop the make-or-break matter when it comes to an exit deal with the EU. So this thing is pretty damn important. Time for a quick recap of what the …

Brexitland: A Perfect Storm
It’s been a bad week for Boris, who is (booed in Edinburgh – booed in Cardiff) we should remember still enjoying his “honeymoon” period. God knows what his reception will be when he’s been in the job a few weeks. The entire experiment is a severe miscalculation by the Conservatives, lured by their over-active imagination …

Going Underground
Mark Smith explores what we can learn from the land and the landscape in a disconnected world of alienation. Drawing an underground chamber took time. I?d done draft after draft, moving through the pages of a cheap notebook, rubbing out, modifying, adding detail, until a workable design started to emerge. A secret space of my …

What a Wellbeing Economy Looks Like
Tentative and not fully-formed, but the First Minister here outlines what a wellbeing economy would look like as we stagger towards the enormity of climate crisis and the brutal reality that it is us, and our economic system that is the problem. Last month Kenny Farquharson wrote an opinion piece in The Times about the …

?Persons in Relation? ? the quality and citizenship agendas in Scotland
The philosophy of John Macmurray (1891-1976) is only now receiving the attention it deserves. It is in the contemporary climate of dissatisfaction with hyper-individualism that Macmurray’s emphasis on the relations of persons has come to the fore. Moreover, Macmurray’s recognition of the central importance of acknowledging human embodiment is being favourably received by a wide …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson not to block independence vote
Latest poll finds a majority in Scotland would vote yes in fresh referendumNicola Sturgeon has warned Boris Johnson against blocking a fresh referendum on Scottish independence after a poll found a majority would now vote yes.The first minister said it would be ?undemocratic and unsustainable? fo...

Let us celebrate Scotland?s local heroes, not the unloved royals | Kevin McKenna
The Queen doesn?t need another building named after her, but there are many Scots who do deserve the honourEdinburgh?s ornamental grandeur comes at a price: this is a city that seems eternally sedated by servitude and exults in deference. Perhaps this is why Britain?s gingerbread royal family lik...

Brexit: 'dangerous' UK government intent on forcing no deal, says Sturgeon
Scotland?s first minister criticises Boris Johnson?s ?hardline position? on Brexit Boris Johnson has been accused by Nicola Sturgeon of intentionally pushing the UK towards a no-deal Brexit, despite his ?bluff and bluster? about wanting an agreement with EU leaders.After meeting Johnson face-to-f...

Boris Johnson booed as he visits Scotland ? video
Boris Johnson was given a frosty reception as he arrived to meet Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at Bute House in Edinburgh. After boos as he and his entourage entered the building, he left via a back doorJohnson refuses to meet EU leaders unless they scrap backstop Continue reading...

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and Scotland: state of disunion | Editorial
The prime minister has made visiting Scotland an early priority. But it is getting late to stop Brexit from breaking up the UKBoris Johnson is insouciantly reluctant to be seen travelling cap in hand to Berlin, Paris or Brussels in pursuit of new Brexit terms. He has not even bothered to make a p...

Boris Johnson rejects Gove's claim government now assuming no-deal Brexit mos...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson?s first visit to Scotland as prime ministerJohnson refuses to meet EU leaders unless they scrap backstop?Complete breakdown?: EU rejects Raab?s ?easier? no-deal Brexit claimBoris Johnson says he?ll spend,...

Boris Johnson doesn?t really care about Scotland ? he?s pushing it away | Mar...
The new prime minister is doing nothing to dispel the view among Scottish voters that he is an entitled southern English politicianLike Theresa May before him in 2016, Boris Johnson has made the journey to Scotland very early in his prime ministership. Johnson went north this week to try to show ...

Johnson refuses to meet EU leaders unless they scrap backstop
Some supporters had hoped PM would tour capitals explaining alternatives to Brexit withdrawal agreementBoris Johnson is refusing to sit down for talks with EU leaders until they agree to ditch the Irish backstop from the Brexit withdrawal agreement, despite invitations to meetings from the German...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The wind in our sails
It’s been a long time coming, but in the shape of Monday’s opinion poll showing a majority for yes, we finally have confirmation of the recent slew of anecdotal reports about previous no voters turning to independence. Once don’t knows are removed, 52% of those polled would vote yes to independence. A majority also support …

What the GERS figures really tell us
Possibly the most common reason that people give for opposing Scottish independence is the belief that Scotland can’t afford it. There is a deeply engrained view amongst sections of the Scottish population that this country is an economic basket case which is only kept financially afloat thanks to a massive injection of cash from the …

The propaganda office
When the Scottish Office was established in 1885 its main job was to oversee the various government departments operating within Scotland, Scottish education, farming, and other government roles. However the most important single task for the Scottish Office and the Secretary of State who headed it was to represent Scotland at cabinet level within the …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 2 August 2019
Welcome to the first edition of the dugcast since both Callum Baird and I got back from our respective holidays. In this edition we chat about Boris Johnson’s victory and what it means for independence, the fall from grace of Ruth Davidson, and much more besides – including an interruption from my mammy. My new …

Piqued Ruth
Well that’s me back home now. I had a lovely time with my other half although when I was away I picked up a nasty cough and sore throat from my husband’s infant niece. I fell down the stairs in my in-laws’ house and did my back in and hurt my elbow. And I managed …

Borismaggedon
Well I am still on holiday, and hadn’t planned to write anything, but I couldn’t let the victory of Boris Johnson pass unremarked. And so it has come to pass. The Borismageddon is upon us. The UK is now officially the laughing stock of Europe, led by a man who vies only with Donald Trump …

What the Yes movement is really anti
A guest post by Ally Farquhar The man with the rapier-like wit, who always sees the big picture, turning political machinations as they relate to Scotland?s future into incisive language we can all understand, is taking a well-earned break with his hubby. Enjoy guys. Meanwhile the dug, we hear, is lording it up in blissful …

Thoughts from afar
A guest post by John Fitzpatrick I haven’t lived in Scotland for over 40 years and now wish I had never left home. I’m ashamed to say that I actually wanted to leave my own country as so many did then. We were brought up to see Scotland as a forgotten corner at the edge …

The National

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POLL: Scots want independence and they want to vote now
More than half of all Scottish voters want independence, according to a brand new poll.

Nicola Sturgeon: I didn't recognise new Scottish Secretary
NICOLA Sturgeon has said she did not "immediately recognise" the new Scottish Secretary Alister Jack when he and Boris Johnson came to visit Bute House.

Scottish independence: Why the BBC should report on poll
It's being widely reported around the world.

Have the press pack all agreed to make Jeane Freeman a target?
YOU would think that Scotland?s political journalists regularly hold editorial meetings in the Press Bar in Glasgow to decide who to go after next.

We need answers to these key questions about independence
THE latest new polls indicate that the expectation of independence is greater across all groupings/parties than the desire to vote for it, yet both polls show a demand for independence within Scotland. Concomitant with this will be a demand for some clarity as to the way forward in early agreements.

Here's why that phenomenal 52% poll might be UNDERPLAYING Yes support
Is the Yes lead being underplayed?

A breakthrough for Yes ? but there are questions to be answered
Lord Ashcroft?s poll is a landmark moment for the Yes movement, showing as it does a clear majority in favour of independence for the first time in any poll since 2017.

The Scottish Tories are REALLY spinning the Yes breakthrough
Bless their souls.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland
The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 28th 2019 This is the summer of leadership contests. After the Lib Dems and Tories, next week sees the turn of the Scottish Greens. This might at first seem of less importance, but the outcome of this contest …

The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the...
The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the American Colonies and Ireland to Brexit Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 26th 2019 Britain is not only in crisis but under Boris Johnson?s new hardline Brexit government is heading for the rocks and disaster at turbo-charged speed. Yet with wall-to-wall mainstream media …

Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom?
Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 21st 2019 The world ? or rather a very narrow, self-selecting part of it ? is preparing to head to Edinburgh for the annual carnival of festivals and the Fringe. These are good times for Edinburgh. It has experienced over two decades of sustained population …

Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs
Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on …

The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution??
The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution?? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 1st 2019 It was twenty years ago today that the Scottish Parliament officially opened. Donald Dewar spoke eloquently, the Queen attended, and there was a small amount of pomp and circumstance in Edinburgh Old Town. Time for reflection …

Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty
Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 26th 2019 The world at the moment is in a state of flux. Yet everywhere there is assertion and statements that imply certainty and do not allow for any doubt. Doubt is central to being human. Galileo once …

Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from?
Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 19th 2019 Scotland seems to be at an uneasy, calm place at the moment. The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon yet still seem distant – from the threat of Brexit and even worse the car crash of …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon hails 'phenomenal' new poll showing majority for Scottish ind...
Nicola Sturgeon hails 'phenomenal' new poll showing majority for Scottish independence  Telegraph.co.ukCould Boris Johnson be the last Prime Minister of the UK?  Spectator.co.ukNicola Sturgeon: There is a growing sense of urgency for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanGloating Sturgeon joyful as Scottish independence support soars for quitting UK  Express.co.ukScotland would vote for independen...

Lesley Riddoch: Ruth Davidson could boost case for Scottish independence - Th...
Lesley Riddoch: Ruth Davidson could boost case for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanCould Ruth Davidson's sudden unpopularity amongst English Tories actually boost her fortunes in Scotland and strengthen the case for independence?

Scottish independence: John Curtice reacts to bombshell poll - The National
Scottish independence: John Curtice reacts to bombshell poll  The NationalLEADING polling expert Professor John Curtice has revealed his analysis of the latest survey to put support for Scottish independence ahead of?

Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence? - The Atlantic
Is Brexit Worth Scotland?s Independence?  The AtlanticLeaving the EU presents difficult choices for those on both sides of the Scottish-independence question.

Len McCluskey: 'I would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014' - The S...
Len McCluskey: 'I would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014'  The ScotsmanThe leader of the UK's largest trade union has said he would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014 if he lived in Scotland. Len McCluskey, the general ...

Scottish independence: Jo Swinson says SNP has 'no mandate' for indyref2 - BB...
Scottish independence: Jo Swinson says SNP has 'no mandate' for indyref2  BBC NewsThe new leader of the Liberal Democrats has claimed that the SNP has no mandate to hold another independence referendum. Jo Swinson said she was ...

The growing case for Scottish independence won't be stopped through appeals t...
The growing case for Scottish independence won't be stopped through appeals to patriotism  New StatesmanWhat is the current crisis doing to British patriotism? What call has the UK ? and the idea of the UK - on the love and loyalty of its people when they are so ...

Boris Johnson appears unsure of number of Scottish independence votes - Heral...
Boris Johnson appears unsure of number of Scottish independence votes  HeraldScotlandBORIS Johnson has appeared unsure about how many referendums on Scottish independence there have been.

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Major new poll finds majority of Scots back independence - SNP
Major new poll finds majority of Scots back independence  SNP'It is coming' - SNP politicians hail 'phenomenal' poll showing majority of Scots back independence  The ScotsmanSNP MSP slams BBC's coverage of bombshell Scottish independence poll  The NationalANALYSIS: The real shock is that support for Scottish independence isn't higher  PoliticsHome.comScottish want independence from United Kingd...

Lib Dem MP rules out working with SNP in Remain Alliance - Left Foot Forward
Lib Dem MP rules out working with SNP in Remain Alliance  Left Foot ForwardA Liberal Democrat MP has said the party would not stand aside to help the SNP in a 'Remain Alliance'. On Radio 5Live, Scottish Lib Dem MP Alistair ...

New Greens co-leader says SNP tie-up would be "terrible" idea - HeraldScotland
New Greens co-leader says SNP tie-up would be "terrible" idea  HeraldScotlandTHE new co-leader of the Scottish Greens has dismissed suggestions the party should align its manifesto with the SNP to help secure a second?

SNP's Health Minister refuses to consider resigning over safety scandal at de...
SNP's Health Minister refuses to consider resigning over safety scandal at delayed new children's hospital  Telegraph.co.ukThe SNP's embattled Health Minister has refused to consider resigning over a growing safety scandal at Scotland's delayed new children's hospital amid claims ...

SNP take note: the way to protect jobs is to look closer to home - The Guardian
SNP take note: the way to protect jobs is to look closer to home  The GuardianCash squandered on failed contracts with the big global players would be a lifeline for smaller Scottish firms.

SNP anger as Jo Swinson 'shows true colours' - The National
SNP anger as Jo Swinson 'shows true colours'  The NationalTHE SNP have accused Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson of ?showing her true colours? after her party ruled out working with them but not the?

Euan McColm: Brexit shows why SNP shouldn't end a union - The Times
Euan McColm: Brexit shows why SNP shouldn't end a union  The TimesTo listen to senior SNP figures, you'd think Scottish independence was a done deal, an i-dotting and t-crossing exercise. The nationalists' story now runs that the ...

SNP Health Secretary could have to resign over hospital scandal, says trade u...
SNP Health Secretary could have to resign over hospital scandal, says trade unionist  HeraldScotlandA senior trade unionist has revealed fears that the new £150m hospital for sick children in Edinburgh may have to be ripped down over safety?

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland would vote for independence, new poll suggests - RTE.ie
Scotland would vote for independence, new poll suggests  RTE.ieCould Boris Johnson be the last Prime Minister of the UK?  Spectator.co.ukMajority of Scots now in favour of independence, shock poll reveals  PoliticsHome.comMajor new poll finds majority of Scots back independence  SNPEXCLUSIVE: Majority of Scots now in favour of independence, finds poll  HolyroodView full coverage on Google News

Boris booed in Scotland after he rules out second independence referendum - T...
Boris booed in Scotland after he rules out second independence referendum  The SunThe PM pushed the country's No Deal Brexit plans full-steam ahead today with war cabinet meetings, one billion of extra cash and ramped up preparations.

Majority of Scots favour independence, poll finds - The Irish Times
Majority of Scots favour independence, poll finds  The Irish TimesFirst minister describes poll as 'phenomenal' for independence movement.

Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit -...
Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit  The Globe PostScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to Johnson to say the Scottish Parliament would consider legislation another vote on seceding from the UK.

Scottish independence: John Curtice reacts to bombshell poll - The National
Scottish independence: John Curtice reacts to bombshell poll  The NationalLEADING polling expert Professor John Curtice has revealed his analysis of the latest survey to put support for Scottish independence ahead of?

Len McCluskey: 'I would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014' - The S...
Len McCluskey: 'I would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014'  The ScotsmanThe leader of the UK's largest trade union has said he would have voted for Scottish independence in 2014 if he lived in Scotland. Len McCluskey, the general ...

Scots independence should not be about referendums - The National
Scots independence should not be about referendums  The NationalTHE new co-leader of the Scottish Greens has said campaign efforts to gain support for independence should focus more on outlining the future vision?

Independence just ?a question of time? with or without new PM?s consent - The...
Independence just ?a question of time? with or without new PM?s consent  The ScotsmanA second referendum on Scottish independence is ?inevitable? the new incoming Tory leader has been told by prominent Nationalists who say he should grant ...

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

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

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Sick Kids
 Edinburgh?s new Sick Kids hospital has been indefinitely delayed due to issues with the ventilation in the new building. The existing hospital will remain open while investigations are ongoing. It?s a strange story - NHS Lothian wanted to open but the Health Secretary overruled them and now no ...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

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!

India v Pakistan
Two massive countries with huge armies and nuclear weapons getting lairy - what could go wrong? Militants in Kashmir killed dozens of Indian policeman, India blamed Pakistan for hosting the militant training camps and have followed up with airstrikes across the Kashmiri line of control.  Paki...

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

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...

VPN hotspot plus laptop?
Hi folks, For the next few months I'll be using my phone as hotspot (to access the internet on the laptop). Would a VPN work via this? Sorry I really am clueless about many things including this, and don't even know if I have worded this right, but basically have 150 gb of data a month so...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

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

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

Cheap Uk Train Tickets
Hi, We are going from Glasgow to Manchester airport on Sunday, October 11. Prices and tickets are already available at 70£ each but i'm sure i can get cheaper prices. Should i wait beffore booking or is it unlikely to drop? When is usually the best period to book train tickets to have the cheapes...

CJD and the British Beef Scandal
Did anyone else see this ? I caught it last night but it was on a week or so ago Another to be added to the list of Government cover ups with the Tories up to their necks in it Was absolutely heartbreaking https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006p49/mad-cow-disease-the-great-br...

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A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

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