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'Imperial' BBC is 'treating Scotland like a colony' from London
6 Jan 2016 at 12:07am
THE BBC has been accused of behaving like an imperial power and treating Scotland "like a colony" ahead of a showdown between MSPs and the corporation's director general.

Campaigner quits SNP after being told not to heckle opponents
6 Jan 2016 at 4:25pm
One of the SNP's noisiest campaigners says he has quit the party because it won't let him heckle opponents.

Sturgeon vows to double funded childcare to 30 hours a week
5 Jan 2016 at 10:49am
Education will be front and centre of the SNP's third term in government if it is re-elected in May, Nicola Sturgeon has pledged.

Sacked Labour MP says he was too straight-talking for Jeremy Corbyn
6 Jan 2016 at 12:08am
A LABOUR MP has claimed that he was sacked in Jeremy Corbyn's ?revenge reshuffle' because he was too honest and straight-talking.

John Swinney: Scottish councils have adequate funding for flood prevention sc...
5 Jan 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish councils have adequate funding to provide for all of the flood prevention schemes identified for the next five years, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Dugdale: Scottish Labour will give £3,000 to first-time buyers if party wins ...
5 Jan 2016 at 10:40am
First-time buyers will be given £3,000 towards their property purchase if Scottish Labour wins power in May's election.

Bungling Baillie tried to set up taskforce twice as minister
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
SCOTTISH Labour?s public services spokeswoman tried to set up the same task force twice in a fortnight when she was a minister, prompting civil servants to intervene.

Finnie ticked off after mislaying cabinet papers
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
A SENIOR LibDem was chastised after leaving sensitive Cabinet papers next to a photocopier, archive records show.

Health and education dubbed the spoiled 'ugly sisters' of public spending
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
HEALTH and education were privately referred to by civil servants as the over-indulged ?ugly sisters? of public spending at the outset of devolution.

Swinney: SNP will use new powers for Holyrood "to the fullest"
1 Jan 2016 at 12:09am
THE SNP will use each and every new power coming to the Scottish Parliament, John Swinney has said.

Former MP Harris: Scottish Labour is at the edge of irrelevance
31 Dec 2015 at 5:22pm
Labour is at the "edge of irrelevance" in Scotland, according to one of its leading former MPs.

Home building boss calls for government to tackle housing crisis
30 Dec 2015 at 12:08am
HOME building bosses have called on the Scottish Government to back ambitious plans to tackle the country's housing crisis.

Why Scotland's ousted unionist MPs are struggling to get jobs
29 Dec 2015 at 3:35pm
Scotland's defeated unionist MPs are struggling to get jobs as their networks north of the Border shrink.

Tory MSP says federal solution can offer "stable" future for UK
29 Dec 2015 at 12:09am
A TORY MSP has said that devolution of powers to English regions could drive momentum for federalism within the UK.

SNP accused of 'failing' children with 5,800 under-18s on council housing lists
28 Dec 2015 at 6:20pm
ALMOST 6,000 children are on waiting lists for council housing, figures have revealed.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Bill Jamieson: Times are a changing at Westminster
6 Jan 2016 at 9:00pm
PARTY leaders struggling to assert their authority show the signs of a pivotal moment in politics, writes Bill Jamieson

Tom Peterkin: Not everyone enjoyed Sturgeon family Hogmanay
6 Jan 2016 at 8:45pm
Amid the hearty New Year greetings that rang across the Scottish Parliament this week as MSPs met for the first time in 2016, there was an amusing critique of the Hogmanay offerings served up by our broadcasters.

Dennis Robertson apologises for ?no North Sea jobs crisis? comment
6 Jan 2016 at 5:58pm
A Nationalist MSP has apologised after coming under fire for saying there is no jobs “crisis” in the North Sea, as oil plummeted to its lowest price in 11 years.

Donald Trump threatens to withdraw £700m Scots investment
6 Jan 2016 at 5:20pm
DONALD Trump has warned he will withdraw £700 million investment in his championship golf courses in Scotland if he is banned from the United Kingdom.

Three Labour MPs resign from Jeremy Corbyn?s front bench
6 Jan 2016 at 1:18pm
Jeremy Corbyn has been hit with three quick-fire resignations from his front bench after he sacked two “disloyal” senior figures and promoted a Trident opponent in a so-called “revenge reshuffle”.

Nicola Sturgeon to introduce new standardised school assessments
6 Jan 2016 at 10:41am
SCOTLAND’S schools must make major inroads to “completely eliminating” the attainment gap between rich and poor areas of the country within a decade, Nicola Sturgeon said today.

Alex Salmond to host weekly LBC radio show
6 Jan 2016 at 8:14am
ALEX Salmond is to host his own radio show on LBC starting later this month, it has been revealed.

North Korea ?carries out hydrogen bomb test?
6 Jan 2016 at 7:59am
NORTH Korea has trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test as an “H-bomb of justice”, but the announcement has been met with widespread scepticism.

Martyn McLaughlin: Trump has much to answer for in Scotland
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Far from banning the US presidential hopeful, we should hold him to account, writes Martyn McLaughlin

Chris Marshall: New police chief faces tough times
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Police Scotland’s new chief constable, Phil Gormley, was sworn in yesterday, and will not be short of challenges in the weeks and months that lie ahead.

Leaders: David Cameron?s risk may yet prove canny
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Keeping the Eurosceptics inside the Cabinet tent could be a safer gamble than letting them loose to create chaos on the outside

SNP MP accused of hypocrisy over council house sales
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
A Nationalist MP has been accused of “hypocrisy” after it emerged that she has amassed a property empire of former council homes.

David Cameron allows free hand on EU referendum
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
David Cameron is to allow ministers to campaign for either side in the referendum once a deal is reached on the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

Andrew Whitaker: Talk of Tory revival may be mirage
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Labour faces a double squeeze, but Conservative brand remains toxic in Scotland, writes Andrew Whitaker

Scots income tax plan ?could affect poorer areas?
6 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
Poorer areas could suffer under radical proposals to hand Scottish councils a share of income tax raised in their area, senior economists have warned.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The judgement of silence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2016 at 12:47pm
We suppose we shouldn’t technically be surprised that today’s newspapers carry no analysis whatsoever of Kezia Dugdale’s big speech yesterday detailing Scottish Labour’s first big election pledge – a £6000 handout to first-time home buyers. After all, current polling suggests Scottish Labour have about as much chance of exerting any influence in the next Scottish Parliament …

Kezia For Independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 9:55pm
The tweets below are all genuine, and taken from the Scottish Labour Twitter account earlier today during its live-tweeting of Kezia Dugdale’s speech. We’ve rarely heard a more compelling and concise argument for a Yes vote. We take our hats off to her.

Clickbait corner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 6:41pm
It’s always good to see someone take a strong moral stand. When indeed, eh? But we suppose desperate times call for desperate measures. “Labour Hame is edited by Duncan Hothersall.”

The sewer press
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 12:25pm
So, this appeared in the Herald today: And that’s a problem, because it’s a complete and utter lie. The article – penned by the paper’s David Leask, a man with a truly extraordinary degree of hostility towards this site, although we’ve never criticised him – alleges that we called the former Labour MP Anne Begg a …

Meet the new year, same as the old year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 9:29am
As politics wakes up from the holidays, any readers still bothering to gaze at the pages of the Scottish media could be forgiven for a crushing sense of deja vu. In more senses than one. The Daily Mail kicks off with a “story” about SNP MP Lisa Cameron owning some houses (or, in the standard …

Towards a better, kinder 2016
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2016 at 12:56pm
The Herald columnist Iain Macwhirter has had some wise words to say on the subject of social media in the past few weeks, most recently on New Year’s Day: The month before, though, he’d been even more to the point. These passages are from a column on 6 December: That last line is key, because …

Answers without words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2016 at 11:41am
We tweeted this proposition last night (the quote comes from a blog post yesterday by Scottish Labour madcase and all-round comedy relief Ian Smart): We thought you might enjoy some of the responses as much as we did. @Dervheid @WingsScotland ? Ricky Spanish (@davidearl73) January 1, 2016 @WingsScotland ? Alan Ferrier (@alanferrier) January …

A whole new world
by Chris Cairns
1 Jan 2016 at 10:43am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The media they don?t like to talk about
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Dec 2015 at 2:30pm
Below is a very interesting 13-minute chat from this afternoon’s John Beattie Show on Radio Scotland, also featuring Stuart Cosgrove (presenter of the excellent footy prog Off The Ball) and Eamonn O’Neill, who we presume is this Eamonn O’Neill. (The John Beattie Show, BBC Radio Scotland, 31 December 2015) . Naturally we like it because …

The Slightly Tubby Quiz Of The Year
by Andrew Leslie
29 Dec 2015 at 10:24am
It’s time to find out just how alert you really are, readers. The answers to each of the 24 questions below about Scottish politics in 2015 can be found in Wings articles. But no Googling – we’ll know.

BBC Scotland

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Sturgeon details school testing plans
6 Jan 2016 at 11:49am
Plans to introduce standardised testing in Scotland's primary schools are set out in more detail by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Trump threat to pull £700m UK investment
6 Jan 2016 at 5:46pm
Donald Trump threatens to withhold £700m of investment in Scotland if he is banned from entering the UK.

MSPs debate undercover police spying
6 Jan 2016 at 7:16pm
MSP John Finnie asks what Police Scotland's new chief constable knew about the actions of undercover officers in his previous role at the Metropolitan Police.

MSP clarifies 'no oil crisis' remarks
6 Jan 2016 at 4:08pm
An SNP MSP seeks to clarify his comments after claiming in the Scottish Parliament that there "is no crisis" in North Sea oil employment.

SNP property forecasts 'optimistic'
6 Jan 2016 at 5:02pm
Scottish government forecasts for land and buildings tax income is based on a "more optimistic view" of the market than that of the OBR, its chairman says.

Oil price falls to fresh 11-year low
6 Jan 2016 at 4:10pm
Oil continues its rollercoaster ride into 2016, with Brent crude falling below $35 a barrel for the first time in 11 years.

Celtic rainforest under threat say MSPs
6 Jan 2016 at 2:30pm
Invasive species of plants are among the main threats to the future of Celtic rainforest, MSPs are told.

Salmond to host radio phone-in show
6 Jan 2016 at 9:11am
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is to host a live weekly radio phone-in show on a London-based station.

Moore takes on book festival role
6 Jan 2016 at 2:35pm
Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore takes up a new role as chairman of the Borders Book Festival.

Standards watchdog investigates MP
5 Jan 2016 at 6:01pm
Westminster's standards watchdog opens an investigation into the conduct of SNP MP Phil Boswell.

Call for wider fiscal commission role
5 Jan 2016 at 12:07pm
MSPs call for a wider role for the new Scottish Fiscal Commission, including setting official forecasts for devolved tax rates.

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

Scottish election strategies in 2016
4 Jan 2016 at 12:11am
Looking ahead to 2016's Scottish Parliament elections

The fight of Gordon's life
3 Jan 2016 at 12:07am
Gordon Aikman?s battle against motor neurone disease

Be in the Big Debate audience
7 Dec 2015 at 12:16pm
Join the audience for Radio Scotland's Big Debate each Friday

Scot Goes Pop

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

The Glasgow Effect : why do the anti-independence media think Ellie Harrison'...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 7:39pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the controversy over the awarding of £15,000 to an artist in return for her not leaving the ci...

Spoiler alert : There are no spoilers. We don't know the election result unt...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 6:23pm
There's yet another "tactical voting on the list" (sic) article out today, this time from Fraser Stewart at Common Space.  This is becoming incredibly repetitive, but I'll just briefly deal with hi...

The BBC's guidelines for Holyrood election don't merely defy natural justice ...
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2016 at 11:48pm
I'm finding it hard to work myself up into my customary state of moral outrage over the BBC's (provisional) decision about which parties should be treated as 'major' in the coverage of this year's ...

Happy New Year
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2016 at 2:25am
2014 was referendum year, 2015 was election year...Welcome to election AND referendum year!  (Unless Cameron loses his nerve and puts the EU referendum off until 2017.)I'm on the long journey back ...

VOTE : What is your favourite type of dictatorship?
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2015 at 6:34pm
Some more festive fun for you, ie. I'm feeling too lazy to do a proper post.  If Britain had to abandon its democracy tomorrow (OK, semi-democracy, semi-aristocracy), what system should we replace ...

Seven things that will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU in 2016
by James Kelly
26 Dec 2015 at 8:50pm
1) The cause of a united Ireland will be back with a vengeance.  We've become used to polls showing that a large chunk of the nominally 'nationalist' community in Northern Ireland are content to re...

Should the SNP support Cameron's plans to weaken the powers of the Lords?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2015 at 8:44pm
Here's an interesting discussion point, given that I know how most of you feel about the House of Lords.  At some point next year, the Commons will probably be invited to vote on whether to abolish...

YouGov poll suggests SNP voters oppose the bombing of Syria by an overwhelmin...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2015 at 7:40pm
Thanks to my namesake James on the previous thread for drawing my attention to the fact that a full-scale Scottish YouGov poll seems to be on its way.  It was conducted between Thursday and yesterd...

Despair for Dugdale as SNP soar to 34% lead on the Holyrood list in tumultuou...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:18pm
It's been a long time since we've had a full-scale Scottish Parliament poll.  The most recent one was the Ipsos-Mori phone poll which completed its fieldwork in mid-November, and showed a slight dr...

We can, citizens
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:02am
If the Portuguese election result a couple of months ago was a touch complicated, tonight's Spanish election result is truly epic.  Once again, we have the conservatives emerging as the largest sin...

"Just forget about Scotland", part 2
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28pm
I've been having a listen to the Polling Matters round-up of 2015, in which Rob Vance has once again been doing his "just forget about Scotland" routine.  He doesn't use those exact words this time...

The state of play in the EU referendum remains as clear as mud
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
I've been meaning to update the EU referendum Poll of Polls for quite some time, but because I had settled on a method that gives equal weight to telephone and online data collection, it wasn't pos...

Genuine question for Dan Hodges : if Jeremy Corbyn has already killed the Lab...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2015 at 6:36am
Merciful Dan Hodges has at last given Jeremy Corbyn some respite.  Just for once, it's Hodges' own fellow travellers in the PLP who are responsible for "killing" the Labour party, because (you've g...

Corsica follows in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia by electing a nati...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2015 at 12:24am
Understandably, the mainstream media in the UK have been most interested in the French regional elections because of the failure of the National Front to make a really telling breakthrough and seiz...

Ten things that Scotland should be grateful to Donald Trump for
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2015 at 3:57pm
America's leading Hitler impersonator Donald Trump reckons that Scotland should stop criticising him for Islamophobia, and should instead get on with being grateful to him for all he's done for us....

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Ned Call
6 Jan 2016 at 8:19pm
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Holyrood Election For Numpties
6 Jan 2016 at 7:50pm
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Donald Trump threatens to pull £700m investment from Scotland
6 Jan 2016 at 6:41pm
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Alex Salmond on Leading Britain's Conversation
6 Jan 2016 at 6:29pm
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Great news for fry-up fans: Black Pudding gains ?superfood? status
6 Jan 2016 at 4:44pm
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Man charged after bid to cross Forth Road Bridge in HGV
6 Jan 2016 at 3:30pm
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Alex Salmond Reads Mean Tweets
6 Jan 2016 at 3:23pm
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ScotGov admits plans for standardised school testing are uncosted
6 Jan 2016 at 3:14pm
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Scottish actor Sam Heughan (Outlander) launches 2016 My Peak Challenge
6 Jan 2016 at 2:37pm
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Illegal 'dial a booze' alcohol delivery services growing in Scotland
6 Jan 2016 at 1:33pm
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Why the response to Ellie Harrison's #GlasgowEffect is dangerous for the arts
6 Jan 2016 at 1:03pm
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Letters: Scottish Labour are the true hypocrites over SNP-bashing
6 Jan 2016 at 11:51am
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Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland - 6 January 2016
6 Jan 2016 at 11:40am
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Turn your hobby into a jobby!
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Looking for a tattoo artist in Edinburgh
6 Jan 2016 at 10:02am
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Daily Record

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Three MPs quit Labour's shadow cabinet as Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle sparks pa...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2016 at 8:31pm
STEPHEN Doughty, Jonathan Reynolds and Kevan Jones leave frontbench team in protest at the dismissal of shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden.

Donald Trump threatens to withdraw £700m investment in Scotland if he is bann...
by Craig Robertson
6 Jan 2016 at 6:32pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has called for the presidential candidate to be banned from entering the UK after she dropped him as business ambassador last month.

Jonathan Reynolds quits Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet over 'revenge reshuffle'
by Sam Lister
6 Jan 2016 at 12:05pm
REYNOLDS quit as shadow rail minister after Corbyn sacked Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher.

Watch as 'straight-talking' Alex Salmond responds to listeners' mean tweets o...
by Katrine Bussey
6 Jan 2016 at 10:53am
ONE cheeky reader wrote: "If Alex Salmond was chocolate he would be dark and bitter"..but was that the worst of the jibes?

Joan McAlpine: The universal truth about Scots Labour's demise leads back to ...
by Joan McAlpine
6 Jan 2016 at 8:05am
JOAN looks at the 'tripping point' which began the dismal fate of Scottish Labour and considers how they could avoid repeating their mistakes.

Crisis, what crisis? MSP stuns Holyrood by denying collapse in North Sea indu...
by David Clegg
6 Jan 2016 at 6:00am
ANGER as Aberdeenshire MSP stuns the chamber by saying North Sea industry is 'booming'.

Baby ashes scandal: Father appeals to MSPs to ensure families never experienc...
by dailyrecord
5 Jan 2016 at 1:45pm
THE Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill introducing new legal definition of ashes has been brought forward following the Mortonhall scandal.

Michael Dugher tweets he's been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn in Shadow Cabinet res...
by Andrew Woodcock
5 Jan 2016 at 11:12am
THE former Shadow Culture Secretary confirmed he had been sacked on Twitter this morning, followed by an article he had written for the New Statesman.

Watch: Donald Trump turns controversial US Muslims ban into his first Preside...
by Record Reporter
5 Jan 2016 at 9:42am
THE Republican candidate's proposals have been condemned by Republicans and Democrats as 'un-American and counterproductive'.

SNP MP to face Standards Commissioner investigation into claims he breached r...
by Keith McLeod
5 Jan 2016 at 8:29am
PHIL Boswell, MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, says he has done nothing wrong but commissioner Kathryn Hudson deems there is suitable evidence for an inquiry.

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Bella Caledonia

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BBC Scotland?s Cultural Output: ?Lamentable?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 6:19pm
From the Holyrood Culture Committee 05 Jan 2015. Shocking level of support for Scotland’s talented and thriving cultural scene which almost operates beyond and in spite of the state broadcaster. This isn’t about ‘bias’ it’s about incompetence, centralisation and a dire lack of cultural leadership.

Rise Announce List
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
RISE – Scotland?s Left Alliance has today published the candidates that will contest the regional lists in May’s Scottish Parliament elections bringing some well kent faces to the campaign trail and some intriguing battlegrounds, most notably in Glasgow where the list election will be competed between Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party), Cat Boyd (RISE), Adam Tomkins …

Dear Creative Scotland:  Ellie Harrison is a Class Act
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
In 2014 Glasgow City Council provoked uproar by proposing the demolition of the infamous Red Road flats as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.  It was a truly defining moment for Scotland?s largest local authority and met with what seemed like universal derision. But be honest.  How many people from more affluent …

Anti-imperialist Insurrection
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 2:32pm
Scotland and the Easter Rising, is a new collection by Luath Press edited by Kirsty Lusk and Willy Maley. It brings together writers and journalists to reflect on the part played by Scotland in the events of 1916. The Easter Rising is a defining moment in Irish history, but it also matters for Scotland, for the Irish …

Singapore Progress
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2016 at 10:59am
There was much talk of a ?new normal? after the 2011 general election in Singapore. The ruling People?s Action Party (PAP) had received the lowest share of the vote since they came to power in 1959. It was still 60 per cent, and ? thanks to a system in which citizens vote for teams rather …

Divided Together
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2016 at 10:48am
Jo Swinson’s claim that Scotland is a country irrevocably divided has taken some beating in recent days. The two maps are instructive. The former East Dunbartonshire MP  is we’re told “focusing on an exciting new career”. But speaking to the Herald she said: “I think one of the things which is disappointing about the political …

The Road (To Indy) Goes On Forever, And The Party Never Ends
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2016 at 8:39am
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you know that sick feeling in your stomach and the sensation that someone is tightening a band of metal around your skull by turns of a screw? Well, it?s not a residual Hogmanay hangover prolonged by the depths of winter – if only we could …

10 things that will secure both my votes in 2016 (may contain traces of satire)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2016 at 6:23pm
# 1 Ban the BBC Yeah ban the BeeB. Well everything except Dr Who. And those wonderful long form Adam Curtis documentaries that pretty much lay out how our society came to be dominated by public relations and consumerism. (You know?all the things you say the BBC are trying to hide from us) Oh and …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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The strange case of the Tunnock?s teacakes | Audrey Gillan
by Audrey Gillan
6 Jan 2016 at 2:26pm
Is it Scottish or British? A biscuit or a cake? A genuine controversy, or a canny marketing campaign? Mallow enthusiasts ? and sceptics ? deserve the truthTo me, it is a dome of cheapish chocolate covering a plasticky-tasting mallow ball that sits on top of an almost foosty (meaning gone off) bis...

Alex Salmond to host weekly phone-in on LBC
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Jan 2016 at 10:52am
Former SNP leader promises to ?shoot from the hip? on weekly radio show as he follows in footsteps of Nick CleggScotland?s former first minister Alex Salmond will join the esteemed company of the London mayor, Boris Johnson, and the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, to host a weekly phone-in show on LBC...

Police search for camper after bags washed up by river Dee, Aberdeenshire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 10:05pm
Fears grow for Terence Kilbride, 48, who was reported missing on Monday, as flood-stricken communities remain on high alert across ScotlandPolice divers are searching the river Dee in Aberdeenshire for a missing camper after two bags containing his belongings were washed up beside the river on Sa...

The party line on The Archers and cricket | Letters
by Letters
5 Jan 2016 at 6:50pm
Re Alexei Sayle?s review of David Aaronovitch?s Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists (Review, 2 January). In memory of Aaronovitch?s mother, Lavender, whom I knew for several years before her death, at regular meetings of the Older Feminists Network (which still thrives) and socially, I ...

Sturgeon puts education centre stage in year's first Holyrood debate
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 5:37pm
Labour tells Scotland?s first minister to ?stop campaigning and start governing?, as rivals trade early blows in runup to May electionNicola Sturgeon has pledged to put education ?front and centre? of the Scottish National party?s Holyrood election offering, as the Scottish Labour leader, Kezia D...

SNP's Phil Boswell investigated over financial claims
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 11:23am
Parliamentary commissioner for standards to examine claims MP breached rules over registering financial interestsPhil Boswell, the SNP MP, is to be investigated by the parliamentary commissioner for standards after claims that he breached rules over the registration of financial interests.Boswell...

Scottish minister defends budget cuts as flood warning remains
by Libby Brooks and Josh Halliday
5 Jan 2016 at 10:33am
John Swinney says flood forecasting services are ?absolutely protected? amid concerns over plans to reduce funds to environment protection agencyFlood-stricken communities across Scotland remained on alert as Scotland?s finance minister rebutted claims that cuts were threatening the efficiency of...

Storm in a teacake: Scottish nationalists call for boycott of Tunnock's
by Nadia Khomami
4 Jan 2016 at 4:09pm
Some pro-independence Scots are angered as biscuit company axes lion rampant and rebrands snack as ?Great British?Scottish nationalists have called for a boycott of Tunnock?s after the biscuit company scrapped the image of the lion rampant from the packaging of its iconic teacake in a bid to rebr...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A minor reshuffle in a marked deck of cards
by weegingerdug
6 Jan 2016 at 4:37pm
After spending the last couple of days playing hard to get with the massed ranks of the UK press, Jeremy Corbyn has finally let the world know what’s going to happen with the Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle. You might think that the rearrangement of chairs on a ship that’s sailing straight to the bottom of …

Rebranding a tin of turds
by weegingerdug
4 Jan 2016 at 8:28pm
A group of Better Together activists have launched a new Unionist party because the existing Unionist parties aren’t Unionisty enough for them. Upset that staunch Unionists are splitting their votes between Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems, the activists have decided to start a new party and split the Unionist vote even more. Funny …

Through the mirror in the Unionist wonderland
by weegingerdug
2 Jan 2016 at 4:47pm
This weekend Nick Robinson, who receives a very large salary from BBC licence fee payers for his supposed political expertise, asked John Swinney of the Scottish government if Scotland is about to become a one party state. Nick disingenously defended himself from the predictable criticism by claiming that he was posing a legitimate question, and …

The mystic mutt?s predictions for 2016
by weegingerdug
29 Dec 2015 at 5:42pm
January An asteroid narrowly misses the Earth. Labour issues a press release with the shocking revelation that in the event of a global mass extinction, the SNP have failed to ensure that five million beds are available in the Scottish NHS. Worse, the Scottish Government have done nothing to invest in flood defences to protect …

When crying wolf is the fault of the wolf
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2015 at 6:15pm
The SNP is bad. It’s very bad, terribly bad, badly bad. Scarcely a day goes by without the Unionist media telling Scotland just how badly bad bad the bad SNP is. Everything about them is bad, everything the Scottish government does is bad. Scotland is full of stupid cultists who insist on supporting the SNP …

Tis the season to be trolling
by weegingerdug
21 Dec 2015 at 5:52pm
Merry Christmas readers, except if you’re Scottish, an immigrant, a refugee, a Muslim, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, a pacifist, a republican, disabled, unemployed, on a zero hours contract, European, or a council tenant, in which case you’re a dangerous threat to decent society and the Daily Mail will shortly be coming to Rothesay to …

The stink of a dead goldfish
by weegingerdug
19 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
Dianne Abbott,Labour?s shadow International Development Secretary, has upset the pouters and pettit lips of Labour in Scotland – which to be fair isn’t hard to do – by pointing out the bleedin obvious. All she said is that Labour is screwed and won’t get itself unscrewed in time for May’s Holyrood election. And it’s blatantly …

I?m a nonentity get me out of here
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2015 at 7:36pm
Well having been away for a week, I’ve missed all sorts of developments in Scottish politics. The Daily Record announced that it was really sorry for all the pish about the vow and vowed never to make crap up ever again, Jackie Baillie said something truthful – admittedly it was just during a conversation about …

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Salmond to take up new job as DJ
6 Jan 2016 at 11:29am
Former First Minister Alex Salmond is to take to the airwaves in his new job hosting a weekly talk radio show.

Glasgow Effect artist Ellie Harrison protesting against rail fare rises at Ce...
6 Jan 2016 at 9:19am
Demonstrators against rail-fare rises were campaigning at Glasgow?s Central Station yesterday. At the centre of things was Ellie Harrison, the artist who's come to prominence in the last few day

New Police Scotland chief Phil Gormley vows to regain trust
6 Jan 2016 at 12:30am
SCOTLAND?S new top police officer used his first day on the job to underline his commitment to restore trust and confidence in Police Scotland.

Skye: Islanders welcome internet service revival with caution
6 Jan 2016 at 12:30am
BROADBAND users on Skye might be back online soon after telecomms giant BT said bad weather has hampered engineers? efforts to restore service to parts of the island.

Abergeldie Castle saved from collapse
6 Jan 2016 at 12:30am
A CASTLE that threatened to topple into a swollen river looks set to be saved.

Hospital problems mean 540 operations are axed in month
6 Jan 2016 at 12:30am
MORE than 500 patients in one month had planned hospital operations cancelled due to factors including a lack of beds, staff and equipment.

David Cameron to allow his front benchers choice of sides in EU referendum
6 Jan 2016 at 12:30am
DAVID Cameron is to allow his front bench a free vote in the EU referendum. The news means that instead of risking high-profile resignations, the Prime Minister could see Cabinet colleagues playing prominent roles in opposing campaigns.

Nicola Sturgeon puts case for independence at the heart of SNP's election cam...
6 Jan 2016 at 12:29am
NICOLA Sturgeon dramatically put the fight for Scottish independence at the centre of the SNP?s election campaign yesterday, saying she will renew her arguments for the cause and is ?confident? her party can

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again ? But At Wha...
by caltonjock
4 Jan 2016 at 9:29pm
        The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again – But At What Cost – How Many More of Our Young Men and Women Are to Be Sacrificed on the Alter of Oil Worship For a Pittance of a Wage. The main beneficiaries of the conflict that …

Blair McDougall ? Threats of an Alien Act by Westminster-Created a Climate of...
by caltonjock
24 Dec 2015 at 1:21pm
      Westminsters influence over the Scots In 1707 Scotland had more than 20% of the population of what is now the UK ? In the 300 years since, Westminster’s love of the Scots included, the Highland clearances and banishment to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas. Scotland’s population is now less than …

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

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by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Jan 2016 at 5:16pm
I once knew a woman who tried to be all sweetness. In word and thought and deed, she hoped the world would believe she lived her life according to the motto: ?I have a heart, blessed and cursed, with the inability to feel hatred or anger,? with never a bad word uttered, and never a black thought contemplated. She wanted not only to turn a scepti...

"He hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Dec 2015 at 3:19pm
It has become something of a ritual. During the summer, I try to go back to Shakespeare. Like everything you are introduced to in school, there is always the temptation to consign his works to the bad fire as an adult, unread and unseen. You recall the clunky BBC adaptations. The emotionally-empty and unrelatable Gielgud-style performances. The ...

? One more sleep til Christmas ?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Dec 2015 at 10:36am
With a wee piece in the National this morning on yesterday's minimum alcohol pricing decision, I hang up my wig for the year. I'm done. Just one more sleep till Christmas. The cider is mulling. Great trenches have been hacked from a fat, plumptious pork pie. The Muppets have been deployed, and Marley and Marley are summoned. 2015 has been a sple...

Do Police Scotland have the right to remain silent?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Dec 2015 at 11:10am
Holyrood's Justice Committee gave Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson a bit of a drubbing on Tuesday. MSPs questioned the senior police officer with uncharacteristic ferocity and skepticism, on how it came to be that Police Scotland "recklessly" obtained communications data about a journalist's sources without the necessary judicial approval....

Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...

Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...

No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...

No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...

Gerry Hassan

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Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent ...
by Gerry
4 Jan 2016 at 6:30am
Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent and Deeds Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 3rd 2016 One of the recurring stories of Scotland in the referendum and after has been to say that politics and debate have become bitterly polarised and divided. This sense of a divided Scotland links into history: ...

2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World
by Gerry
28 Dec 2015 at 1:11am
2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 27th 2015 ?The future ain?t what it used to be? – said American baseball player Yogi Berra. This year saw unpredictability, shocks and upsets. There was the election of a majority Conservative Government which no polls ...

My Favourite Books of 2015
by Gerry
24 Dec 2015 at 11:53am
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2015 December 24th 2015 NEW BOOKS: SCOTLAND Project Fear: How an Unlikely Alliance left a Kingdom United but a Country Divided, Joe Pike, Biteback A brilliant access all areas account of the chaos of the ?Better Together? campaign in the indyref. To think there was an even more Armageddon-ish?Project Fear?! Queer ...

Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland
by Gerry
20 Dec 2015 at 11:36pm
Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 20th 2015 This was a significant week for the Scottish Government and Scottish politics. John Swinney presented his first ever budget since Scotland had been given limited income tax powers which allowed variety up or down by ...

The Day that Scotland Changed
by Gerry
19 Dec 2015 at 12:14pm
The Day that Scotland Changed Gerry Hassan Prospect, December 18th 2015 May 7th 2015 stands out as the day Scotland changed. The House of Cards that was Labour dominance collapsed: a domino effect which witnessed 40 out of 41 Labour seats being won by the SNP. Scotland has seamlessly switched from a nation of Labour ...

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2015
by Gerry
16 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
MY FAVOURITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: 2015 December 16th 2015 NEW ALBUMS 1 C Duncan, Architect One man?s vision ? part classical, ambient, other worldly 2 Kamasi Washington, The Epic Jazz is rarely like this: mixing big band, soul & funk 3 Floating Points, Elaenia Stunning harmonies, spaces and silence https://www...

Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West
by Gerry
13 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 13th 2015 Only a generation ago, just after the Berlin Wall fell, liberal democratic opinion across the West was confident about the future. This was the era of the long boom across the West, the Clinton ...

The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind?
by Gerry
7 Dec 2015 at 10:22am
The Wider Syria Debate: Challenging Britain?s ?Empire of the Mind? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 6th 2015 Britain is off to war again. The parliamentary debate did not live up to the billing. Cameron and Corbyn underperformed. Hilary Benn stole the show and headlines. Great rhetorical moment this was not. This wasn?t of the quality ...

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence - Telegraph.c...
3 Jan 2016 at 9:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence
"It is our job now to lead a renewed debate about how the enduring principle of the independence case - that decisions about Scotland are best taken by people who live here - is relevant to, indeed demanded by, the circumstances of the world we live in ...
Scottish papers: EU vote and Eastenders murder h...

Nicola Sturgeon puts case for independence at the heart of SNPs election camp...
6 Jan 2016 at 12:33am

The National
Nicola Sturgeon puts case for independence at the heart of SNPs election campaign
The National
NICOLA Sturgeon dramatically put the fight for Scottish independence at the centre of the SNP's election campaign yesterday, saying she will renew her arguments for the cause and is ?confident? her party can persuade a majority of Scots to support it.
Nicola Sturgeon 'confident' of independen...

Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague war...
23 Dec 2015 at 11:17am

The Independent
Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague warns
The Independent
The United Kingdom leaving the European Union could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague has warmed. The former foreign secretary said the Scottish National Party would ?jump at the chance? to hold another referendum on independence, using ...

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George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids' - Edinburgh Evening News
16 Dec 2015 at 12:39pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids'
Edinburgh Evening News
I owe it to my children to make this movie, and keep independence in everyone's minds for years to come.? Freedom for a Day will be filmed across Scotland, including Mr Gilhooley's home town. Mr Gilhooley, who attended St Margaret's Primary School in ...

Exclusive: Catalan MEP calls for joint independence referendums with Scotland...
20 Dec 2015 at 8:23am

Exclusive: Catalan MEP calls for joint independence referendums with Scotland
THE CATALAN and Scottish Governments should co-ordinate plans for future referendums on independence to bypass resistance from Spain and the UK, according to Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Ramon Tremosa.

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David Mundell's absence from Scottish funding talks 'bizarre and unacceptable...
6 Jan 2016 at 2:17pm

The Courier
David Mundell's absence from Scottish funding talks 'bizarre and unacceptable'
The Courier
In the same questions session, Mr Mundell also signalled he agreed with the suggestion that talk of a second Scottish independence reference is a "smokescreen" used by the Scottish government to avoid accountability to voters. Speaking in the Commons, ...

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Nicola Sturgeon 'has a point' in arguing for second Scottish independence ......
9 Dec 2015 at 10:05am

Scotland Now
Nicola Sturgeon 'has a point' in arguing for second Scottish independence ...
Scotland Now
Nicola Sturgeon ?has a point? in arguing for a second independence referendum if Scots vote to stay in the EU while a majority in England opt to leave, according to a senior Labour figure. Alan Johnson, leader of the Labour campaign for Europe ...


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Nationalist MSP in apology after claiming no crisis in North Sea jobs market ...
6 Jan 2016 at 8:31pm
Nationalist MSP in apology after claiming no crisis in North Sea jobs market
An SNP MSP has apologised after provoking outrage by saying there is no jobs "crisis" in the North Sea. Nationalist MSP Dennis Robertson has apologised after claiming there is no crisis within the North Sea jobs market ...

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SNP's four sticky fingered MPs bring party down to earth - For Argyll
6 Jan 2016 at 7:32pm

SNP's four sticky fingered MPs bring party down to earth
For Argyll
Four sticky fingered SNP MPs, Michelle Thomson MP, Natalie McGarry MP, Phil Boswell MP and Dr Lisa Cameron MP have had their fondness for filthy lucre revealed ? alongside their manifest ability to tolerate the tacky side of its acquisition and retention.

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Scottish nationalist Salmond vows controversy in radio phone-in - Yahoo News
6 Jan 2016 at 7:24pm

Yahoo News
Scottish nationalist Salmond vows controversy in radio phone-in
Yahoo News
"I am looking forward to discussing all of the issues and taking calls from every corner of these islands," the former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said ahead of his debut on LBC, a London-based national talk and phone-in radio station ...

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Nationalist MSP in apology after claiming no crisis in North Sea jobs market ...
6 Jan 2016 at 6:37pm
Nationalist MSP in apology after claiming no crisis in North Sea jobs market
An SNP MSP has apologised after provoking outrage by saying there is no jobs "crisis" in the North Sea. Nationalist MSP Dennis Robertson has apologised after claiming there is no crisis within the North Sea jobs market ...

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Letters to The National, January 6, Part 2: Scottish Labour are the true ... ...
6 Jan 2016 at 5:08pm

The National
Letters to The National, January 6, Part 2: Scottish Labour are the true ...
The National
ONCE again I am having to read about Nicola Sturgeon having to speak out against this continuous bashing of SNP Scottish Government being a one-party state, and I find Scottish Labour the biggest hypocrites of all. I was 40 years a Labour voter. If ...

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Coatbridge SNP MP Phil Boswell to face House of Commons inquiry - Scottish Da...
6 Jan 2016 at 2:25pm

Scottish Daily Record
Coatbridge SNP MP Phil Boswell to face House of Commons inquiry
Scottish Daily Record
A SNP spokesperson yesterday told the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser : ?Phil Boswell sought advice from the Register of Interests, and as the rules set out by the Commissioner for Standards make clear, the inquiry does not imply that there has been a ...

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Steel: public ownership needed as private buyers threaten pay and pensions - ...
6 Jan 2016 at 4:12pm

Socialist Party
Steel: public ownership needed as private buyers threaten pay and pensions
Socialist Party
According to press reports, the SNP Scottish government will provide a £195,000 short term subsidy package in early 2016, to threatened Lanarkshire Tata steel plants in Motherwell and Clydebridge. This will pay short time working (65% pay) to those who ...

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SNP MSP apologises after causing outrage with comments over North Sea oil cri...
6 Jan 2016 at 3:51pm

Scottish Daily Record
SNP MSP apologises after causing outrage with comments over North Sea oil crisis
Scottish Daily Record
AN SNP MSP has apologised after provoking outrage by saying there is no jobs "crisis" in the North Sea. Dennis Robertson, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, said he was sorry for any "misunderstanding" following his comments in the Holyrood chamber on ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ......
2 Jan 2016 at 12:07am

Herald Scotland
Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ...
Herald Scotland
A neutral campaign should be set up for the forthcoming EU referendum to help generate the same level of enthusiasm seen during the Scottish independence poll, an independent think-tank has recommended. Under plans put forward by British Future, ...
EU referendum voter turnout campaign reco...

EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wron...
18 Dec 2015 at 9:44pm

The Independent
EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wrong
The Independent
When he needs some relief from the increasingly nasty headache of renegotiating Britain's EU membership terms, David Cameron takes some comfort from the Scottish referendum last year. At the crunch, the Scottish people voted for the status quo (plus a ...

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EU referendum: Scottish Labour MSPs 'can campaign against membership' - BBC News
28 Dec 2015 at 2:32pm

BBC News
EU referendum: Scottish Labour MSPs 'can campaign against membership'
BBC News
Labour MSPs will be allowed to vote and campaign for the UK to leave the EU ahead of the referendum on membership. Scottish Labour as a party will support remaining in the EU and a spokesman said the "vast majority" of MSPs were expected to back that ...
Gerry Hassan: Who will be the big hitters of 2016? SNP and...

EU referendum: Brexit group claims 10 Scottish Labour MSPs could join campaig...
30 Dec 2015 at 10:24am

International Business Times UK
EU referendum: Brexit group claims 10 Scottish Labour MSPs could join campaign
International Business Times UK
Up to 10 Scottish Labour MSPs could join the party's main Brexit campaign ahead of the EU referendum, IBTimes UK has learnt. Labour Leave, an offshoot of the Vote Leave campaign, made the claim after Kezia Dugdale's party said its 38 MSPs could have a ...

Top Treasury civil servant embroiled in Scottish referendum row to retire fro...
5 Jan 2016 at 8:13am

Press and Journal
Top Treasury civil servant embroiled in Scottish referendum row to retire from ...
Press and Journal
The Treasury mandarin who became embroiled in a row over advice he published in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum has announced he will step down. Sir Nicholas Macpherson, who was appointed permanent secretary in 2005, will ...
Treasury civil servant accused of non...

George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum - Daily Mail
8 Dec 2015 at 1:42am

Daily Mail
George Osborne vows no new Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
George Osborne has ruled out a second independence referendum for Scotland, saying the SNP MPs were a 'noisy and aggressive block' in the House of Commons. On a whirlwind tour of New York, the Chancellor and aspiring Prime Minister told foreign ...

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Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland? - Huffingto...
19 Dec 2015 at 8:38pm

Huffington Post UK
Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland?
Huffington Post UK
This is, in essence, what it's like to live in post-referendum Scotland. If you criticise the party of government, you become a pariah - all of a sudden, you're faced with a deluge of SNP warriors to defend yourself against. What is becoming of ...

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish independ...
29 Dec 2015 at 8:20am

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish independence
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
What impact could the UK's EU referendum have on the issue of Scottish independence? As Jan Zurawski writes, several commentators and political figures have claimed that if the UK were to leave the EU, Scotland may follow suit b...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Great british tea cake
5 Jan 2016 at 1:07pm

Some nationalists have got their tartan g-strings in a twist over Tunnocks rebranding their cakes and biscuits...

A Better Britain Unionist Party
5 Jan 2016 at 10:10am

I really don't get this, I do though love how one of the 5 main aims they have, is to get a Union Jack flown on every Scottish government building.

Scottish Greens & The BBC
4 Jan 2016 at 1:52pm
Tell the b*****d BBC to give the Scottish Greens a fair level of coverage.   Sign the petition -

Banking Inquiry Dropped
31 Dec 2015 at 6:07pm

So the only and final chance of highlighting the failings and greed that led to our most recent economic collapse is quietly put to bed.

A man brought in to question the culture of self interest of those in charge of the financial institutions asks the right ...

Simon Danczuk
31 Dec 2015 at 1:18pm
Suspended the Labour Whip for inappropriate behaviour.

Why is these c***s always come away with such self serving statements as this "I'm more saddened that this episode could overshadow the important work we're doing to help Rochdale and that's whe...

New Year Honours 2016
31 Dec 2015 at 6:21am
Despite the Davis Cup victory, no knighthood for Andy Murray.   Tory 2015 General Election campaign director gets knighted:

Oliver Letwin
30 Dec 2015 at 5:38am
Notes released under the 30 year rule:   "He had recommended Scotland be used as a testing ground for the hated Poll Tax"    

Your three highlights of 2015
27 Dec 2015 at 9:48pm
If your of a certain political persuasion 2015 had many highlights and points of interest despite the Tory majority. I'll start the ball rolling.

1. First we'll start with oor Jum. "I want to end that period of losing Labour here in Scotland, starting with the UK general election in 2015, wher...

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Scottish Questions At Westminster
6 Jan 2016 at 11:22am
Probably the worst question session in Westminster. Government and opposition unite for a good old best of British, talk Scotland down, "know your place Jock" session. English and Welsh MPs getting nearly half the questions too.    Watch todays session here:

Zgemma - Virgin
6 Jan 2016 at 10:30am
I've seen these zGemma's talked about by a few folk on here, so done a bit of reading and think I might try them out.   So I know I have to get a Cable zGemma, install VIX, but then I'm a bit lost, and I'm finding threads online to be a bit cryptic.   I need a GIFT, which is a subscription. Howev...

North It Again
6 Jan 2016 at 9:40am
More 'look at us' rhetoric? or Is there something more substantial this time?

Alex Salmond To Host A Weekly Show On Lbc
6 Jan 2016 at 8:30am
Pretty surprised at this and looking forward to it.

Ict V Partick: Pay What You Want
6 Jan 2016 at 1:53am

Great idea by itcfc hope it draws a big Crowd on a Saturday afternoon.

Shame they'll be no trains to Glasgow for Partick fans to join in.

Edit :

Dammit, wrong section. Too late at night

Female Sports Journalists & Workplace Harassment
5 Jan 2016 at 4:20pm
Chris Gayle in trouble for dodgy sliminess on national TV ( This ABC discussion was played on TMS during lunch today - thought it made interesting listening:

Computer Experts
4 Jan 2016 at 10:24pm
Thought I would just ask if there is anyone here who knows about laptops. I have broke my 3rd laptop so in desperate need of a new one. No idea about processors or ram etc.   I use it for work mostly, internet, word, power point etc.   Was looking at PC World sale but totally stumped! Anyone recc...

Aberdeen, What Went Wrong Up There
4 Jan 2016 at 9:50pm

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