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Eddi Reader: 'terrorist sympathisers' comment is a 'direct slur on the morali...
4 Dec 2015 at 7:27am
Scottish singer Eddi Reader has said that David Cameron's description of people opposed to air strikes in Syria as 'terrorist sympathisers' is a 'slur on the morality of the Scots populace'.

New Elitist Scotland report a "wake up call" for government
3 Dec 2015 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND'S leading professions are dominated by people from privileged backgrounds, according to a major new report which has been described as a "wake-up call".

Holyrood protest camp 'will remain until Scotland wins independence'
30 Nov 2015 at 5:46pm
AROUND a dozen activists have set up camp next to the Scottish Parliament and promised to remain there until the country becomes independent.

Police spy row chief to be summoned to Holyrood
2 Dec 2015 at 6:58am
A TOP police officer in charge of a unit behind an illegal spying mission on suspected journalists? sources is to be summoned to Holyrood to explain the single force?s unlawful conduct.

Alex Rowley calls for national plan for housebuilding
2 Dec 2015 at 10:42pm
SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader Alex Rowley has urged the Scottish Government to empower local authorities to take the lead on housebuilding.

Former minister Tom Harris: Labour's finished if Jeremy Corbyn leads party in...
30 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
A FORMER Labour minister warned Labour is finished as an electoral force if Jeremy Corbyn leads the party into the next general election.

SNP approves 'anti abortion' candidate who opposed adoption rights for gay co...
28 Nov 2015 at 12:12am
THE SNP has come under fire from equality campaigners over claims that one of its top Holyrood candidates expressed concern at promotion of homosexuality in schools and pledged to vote for new restrictions on abortion.

SNP continue by-election success as Holyrood elections loom
27 Nov 2015 at 11:54am
The SNP has maintained its progress at the ballot box, holding two seats with swings in its favour in the latest Scottish council by-elections.

Calls for stamp duty replacement tax review
25 Nov 2015 at 2:26pm
Property experts have called for a review of Scotland's stamp duty replacement as new analysis shows it could face a shortfall of more than £30 million in its first year.

John Swinney: Scottish Government will do everything within its power to prot...
25 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
The Scottish Government has pledged to do everything it can to protect families north of the border from further austerity measures to be announced by the Chancellor.

Nicola Sturgeon: I will consider action against Natalie McGarry but I need mo...
24 Nov 2015 at 5:42pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will consider action against Natalie McGarry, the SNP MP at the centre of an inquiry into approximately £30,000 that has gone missing from a pro-independence campaign group.

Nicola Sturgeon: George Osborne should abandon 'potentially catastrophic' tax...
24 Nov 2015 at 8:43am
Nicola Sturgeon will call on the Chancellor to abandon "potentially catastrophic" cuts to tax credits which she says will hurt many of those most in need of help.

Police probe high-profile independence campaign group over missing cash
23 Nov 2015 at 12:52pm
A POLICE probe has been launched into the finances of a high-profile independence campaign group.

New hybrid tax most popular scheme to replace council tax
23 Nov 2015 at 12:09am
A NEW hybrid local tax, based on both property and income, looks certain to be among the recommendations of a government-backed commission after a survey revealed strong support for sweeping reforms of council tax.

Dugdale school bill pledges £1000 for every poor child
23 Nov 2015 at 12:23pm
Head teachers will be given £1,000 for every poor child in their school and the discretion over how to spend it if Holyrood backs Labour's proposal for a fair start fund, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has pledged.



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London Tube station stabbing treated as ?terror attack?
6 Dec 2015 at 7:44am
A KNIFE attack on three people at a Tube station is being treated as a terrorist incident, police have said.

Calls for compensation over Forth Bridge closure
5 Dec 2015 at 10:20pm
BUSINESSES affected by the unexpected closure of the Forth Road Bridge could claim “substantial” compensation from the Scottish Government, it was claimed yesterday.

Plea to help abused children ?harmed by court system?
5 Dec 2015 at 9:56pm
NICOLA Sturgeon will this week be urged to appoint a Victims’ Commissioner amid claims that abused children are being damaged when they go through Scotland’s court system, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Andrew Wilson: six simple steps so hard to take
5 Dec 2015 at 9:49pm
SINCE 2007 the Scottish Government has set an extremely ambitious target for the economy to reach “top quartile productivity in the OECD by 2017”.

Leaders: Brand Corbyn is still untested
5 Dec 2015 at 6:45pm
LABOUR’S victory in the Oldham West and Royton by-election proves, according to Jeremy Corbyn, the appeal of his party’s “anti-austerity message”.

Insight: We will not be moved, say indy campers
5 Dec 2015 at 6:42pm
IN THE shadow of Salisbury Crags, five small tents shiver in the chill morning air.

Behaviour of anti-corruption police ?shocking?
5 Dec 2015 at 6:36pm
AN OFFICER acquitted of illegally accessing confidential files has called on a watchdog to interview him as part of its review of Police Scotland’s controversial counter-corruption practices.

Syria: RAF Lossiemouth typhoons attack oilfields
5 Dec 2015 at 6:16pm
RAF fighter jets targeted another Syrian oilfield during the second combat sortie from the British base in Cyprus, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed yesterday.

Quango snubbed Frankenstein director?s studio plan
5 Dec 2015 at 5:58pm
IT IS one of the most high-profile films to be made in Scotland in recent years, bringing James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in front of the camera together for the first time.

Hannah McGill: Hilary Benn?s behaviour is the norm
5 Dec 2015 at 5:46pm
DO YOU model your politics on those of your parents?

Calls for better care of solitary prisoners
5 Dec 2015 at 5:43pm
SCOTTISH human rights campaigners want consistency in how the term “solitary confinement” is interpreted in places such as prisons, detention centres and children’s secure accommodation.

Women lag behind men in escaping part-time work
5 Dec 2015 at 5:14pm
Young women in Scotland are becoming stuck in part-time work while their male counterparts are moving into full-time employment, a report will claim this week.

Euan McColm: Watchdog looks like kangaroo court
5 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm
ENGAGING a solicitor is an expensive exercise in trust. For our money, we expect the very highest standards. The rule of law is an important principle and those who work within the system must be beyond ­reproach.

Brian Wilson: Nothing is as certain as uncertainty
5 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
History teaches us that there are no absolutes, only human, fallible judgements, when it comes to dealing with tyrants and terrorists argues Brian Wilson

RAF jets carry out further Syria mission
5 Dec 2015 at 12:00am
The RAF has carried out another mission over Syria, as David Cameron insisted British war planes can help to bring about a political settlement in the civil war-torn country.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

Setting an example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2015 at 2:52pm
Tuesday, then Saturday: Bless ‘em.

Cultivating terror
by Chris Cairns
5 Dec 2015 at 12:08pm
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Technical issues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2015 at 10:24am
We’ve had some gremlins in the works since yesterday, folks. Please bear with us.

An absence of clarity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Dec 2015 at 11:14am
On Wednesday the Daily Record ran this story: It didn’t have to wait long for the “questions” to be answered. The article, by the paper’s Westminster correspondent Torcuil Crichton, smelled rather fishy from the off. Citing unnamed “online critics”, it piled innuendo onto McGarry’s fact-finding trip to the troubled Middle Eastern nation. (We’re going to …

Seventeen days later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2015 at 12:52pm
This is Labour’s shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, quoted in the Independent On Sunday on the 15th of November, just two and a half weeks ago. That’s interesting, isn’t it? “Labour?s opposition to any British involvement in military action against Islamic State (Isis) in Syria has intensified, despite the massacre in Paris.  Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary …

Britain goes to war
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 10:16pm
Tonight we watched as the conclusion of a “debate” in the UK Parliament saw the “opposition”, almost unprecedentedly, sum up the same case as the government, to roof-raising cheers and applause (which is now apparently permitted again) from the Conservative benches for a Labour shadow minister. We were rather put in mind of a famous …

Doing something
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 5:01pm
Alex Salmond in the Syria debate with the non-pacifist case against bombing. (Features brief cameo appearance from Alberto Costa MP, noted twat.)

The silence of the bams
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2015 at 10:31am
It’s never usually terribly difficult to get a Scottish Labour MSP to express a view on anything. It’s hard to open a newspaper without being forced to hear Jackie Baillie or James Kelly’s opinion on something or other. (Admittedly it’s generally the SNP, and the opinion is invariably that they’re bad and whatever they do is …

The Eurasia Principle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2015 at 7:28pm
The meme of the week among the Unionist media and politicians is once again that the SNP is a sinister Borg-like organisation where independent thought is outlawed. Bewilderingly, this evening Labour MSP Neil Findlay bitterly tweeted a complaint that all of the SNP’s elected members apparently agreed with his own position on bombing Syria, the vile …

A feat of memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2015 at 11:18am
This is the lead Politics story in morning’s Herald: And, y’know, we’re fairly confident that’s true. Because four months ago the Herald told us she’d known for a month. And if she’d known for a month four months ago, it would seem fair to say that she’s now known for five months, because the last time we …

BBC Scotland

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More trains and buses on bridge route
5 Dec 2015 at 6:14pm
Extra trains and buses are to be put on before the Monday rush hour to minimise disruption caused by the Forth Road Bridge closure.

Fish quota boost after Norway talks
4 Dec 2015 at 10:09pm
Significant increases in fishing quotas for Scottish fishermen are agreed for key stocks next year, according to ministers.

Land reform proposals 'need work'
4 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
The Land Reform Bill needs "more work" to deliver the "radical changes needed" to land management, a Holyrood committee declares.

School reviews exam system after row
4 Dec 2015 at 5:07pm
Changes could be made to the controversial way new school qualifications are put into practice at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh.

Scottish exam appeals up by 40%
4 Dec 2015 at 9:45pm
The number of exam appeals in Scotland increases by more than 40%, as changes to the education system bed in.

Fall in drink-drivers after limit cut
4 Dec 2015 at 12:23am
The number of drink-driving offences in Scotland has fallen since the limit was lowered a year ago, police figures reveal.

Sturgeon sends 'good wishes' to RAF
3 Dec 2015 at 2:46pm
Scotland's first minister says her "good wishes" are with RAF personnel involved in Syrian air strikes but she remains "troubled" by the UK's military action.

Legal staff 'didn't interfere with case'
3 Dec 2015 at 4:59pm
A review into the handling of a case involving a solicitor who was struck off finds no wrongdoing by Law Society of Scotland staff.

Scots 'most physically active' in UK
4 Dec 2015 at 4:16pm
People in Scotland are more physically active than those in any other part of the UK, a report has said.

Call for child sex offender database
3 Dec 2015 at 2:07pm
An MSP puts forward a range of new measures to manage serious child sex offenders, including an online public database.

Police control room staffing 'stable'
3 Dec 2015 at 6:37pm
Staffing at Police Scotland's control rooms has "stabilised" with a rise in numbers of 7.5%, inspectors tell MSPs.

SNP under fire over student bursaries
3 Dec 2015 at 4:35pm
Student bursaries have been "gutted" by the SNP, with a cut of more than £40m since they took power, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson claims.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2015 at 4:37pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders, during first minister's questions.

Camping for Scottish independence
30 Nov 2015 at 4:31pm
Campaigners vow to camp outside the Scottish Parliament until Scotland is independent.

Will carbon capture come to the UK?
29 Nov 2015 at 12:43am
Will carbon capture ever happen in the UK?

Scot Goes Pop

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

The STV political correspondent who thinks that "Scottish nationalists need n...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2015 at 7:26pm
There can be little doubt that STV are delighted to have Stephen Daisley as an online correspondent, and in some ways that's entirely justifiable.  Few would deny that he's a finer prose stylist th...

The RISE case for "tactical voting" becomes ever clearer...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 5:59pm
Jim Sillars has today backed the claims of RISE that it is somehow possible to vote "tactically" on the Scottish Parliament list ballot, which I think should comprehensively settle the matter for a...

Corbyn's success in Oldham confounds the media narrative
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2015 at 12:13am
All the early indications are that Labour are set for a much easier victory in the Oldham West and Royton by-election than anyone thought possible.  This might be a useful moment to flag up an obvi...

What we've learned tonight
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 10:46pm
1)  The idea that has been doing the rounds in the London media that Hilary Benn is a credible caretaker "unity" Labour leader is now dead in the water.  Becoming so visibly the darling of the Tory...

YouGov subsample suggests Scotland is evenly split on air strikes
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2015 at 12:26am
A new YouGov poll conducted over the last 48 hours suggests support across Britain for air strikes on Syria has dropped sharply in the last week, albeit with a plurality remaining in favour -Would ...

How many MPs will vote to bomb Syria?
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 5:05pm
The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that only 30 or 40 right-wing Labour MPs will go into the Tory lobby tomorrow night to vote in favour of bombing Syria.  That's a suspiciously low ...

Housekeeping note
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2015 at 2:54pm
To save anyone else having to look at the train-wreck of a comments section on the previous post, could I just make a few points -1) The frequency of extreme swearing is becoming ridiculous.  I don...

For as long as unionism has 50% support, the main opposition to the SNP is bo...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2015 at 6:34pm
There's a new article at Bella Caledonia by Jonathon Shafi of RISE, which is - at least in part - yet another attempt to bang the drum for the bogus idea that "tactical voting on the list" is viabl...

There are no consolation prizes for getting it wrong because you erred on the...
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2015 at 8:24pm
As you may have seen, Derek Bateman commented yesterday on my post about his views on the timing of a possible second independence referendum.  I won't try your patience with a full dissertation by...

The Daisley Commandments (even God only had ten)
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 10:40pm
1. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the United States of America, the greatest force for good in the modern world.2. Thou shalt give daily thanks to the State of Israel, which sitteth at the right h...

SNP live the high life in Fife as they soar to two by-election wins on big sw...
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2015 at 12:31am
There were two by-elections in Fife yesterday - and they both featured the familiar STV paradox (so lovingly misunderstood by Lib Dem commentators when it suits them) of a party 'defending' the sea...

There's a difference between disempowerment and democracy
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2015 at 6:23pm
Given the reaction to John McDonnell brandishing Mao's Little Red Book yesterday, it's probably not the best idea for me to start quoting Karl Marx, and actually I'm going to avoid that danger beca...

The State We're In
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2015 at 5:21pm
Episode 3 of Phantom Power's Altered State series is now out, featuring contributions from myself, Greg Moodie, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh, Christopher Silver and Professor John Robertson. Bear ...

To survive as leader, all Corbyn has to do is decide to survive
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2015 at 5:05pm
You know, it's on days like this that Mike "can't be arsed" Smithson utterly baffles me.  The title of his post on Stormfront Lite this morning was "You can get 11/8 on Corbyn being leader at gener...

Labour MPs don't need a free vote to exercise the same freedom that Corbyn en...
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2015 at 3:24pm
Amidst all the uncertainty about the position Labour will take on bombing Syria, one thing that intensely irritates me is the claim of the party's "moderates" that Jeremy Corbyn has no business imp...

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Scottish Fine Whiskey?
6 Dec 2015 at 6:47am
Few questions if anyone is willing to answer. I like Macallan's, like really like it, I buy maybe a bottle each month or two. Some I drink, others I save. I have multiple bottles of 8, 10, 12, 15,...

Commuters will understand
6 Dec 2015 at 1:44am
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Revealed: the Labour MSP with a secret Tory past
6 Dec 2015 at 12:30am
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Scottish Labour: Setting an example
5 Dec 2015 at 11:29pm
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Some people asked to see my tattoo progress when finished, so here it is!
5 Dec 2015 at 11:10pm
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Amazon and the Bridge
5 Dec 2015 at 10:45pm
It's my ma's 80th next Sunday and we're off to see her at the weekend so I've ordered her some nice chocolates off Amazon Prime, due for delivery on Monday. We're living down in Cambridge at the mo...

This is what happens when I have the house to myself...
5 Dec 2015 at 9:54pm
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An interactive map of drug addiction throughout the world - Scotland top for ...
5 Dec 2015 at 6:54pm
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Labour Councillor would blame the SNP for terrorist attack, thinks Forth Road...
5 Dec 2015 at 5:39pm
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Kela to prepare basic income proposal | Yle Uutiset
5 Dec 2015 at 5:36pm
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Scots to get extra £5bn for HS2: English taxpayers will be forced to pay 'com...
5 Dec 2015 at 4:41pm
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Lallands Peat Worrier: Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
5 Dec 2015 at 3:59pm
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Street closed after storm blows roof section off Glasgow Cineworld
5 Dec 2015 at 3:49pm
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For Sale: Forth Road Bridge - spares or repair
5 Dec 2015 at 3:14pm
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William McIlvanney, the great Scottish writer, poet and political thinker, ha...
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Daily Record

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Gerry Hassan: There are no quick fixes to Syria issue.. sadly there's a high ...
by Gerry Hassan
6 Dec 2015 at 8:26am
GERRY believes that David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn underperformed in the Syria debate and reckons there is a good chance it won't end well.

US firm running Tories fit for work tests miss their targets by millions as m...
by Mark Aitken
6 Dec 2015 at 7:00am
THE firm are struggling to recruit despite advertising salaries of up to £72,000 for doctors and nurses.

Tony Benn's granddaughter demands apology from Alex Salmond after he claimed ...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Dec 2015 at 10:14am
THE result of Tuesday night's vote to action air strikes in Syria spurred a series of remarks from SNP MPs referring to Labour hero Tony Benn.

Alex Salmond claims Hilary Benn's Syria bombing speech would have his dad Ton...
by Dan Bloom
3 Dec 2015 at 1:29pm
The SNP politician's remarks enraged Tony Benn's granddaughter Emily, who said they were 'deeply offensive and simply untrue'

Nicola Sturgeon 'deeply troubled' by decision to carry out air strikes in Syria
by Record Reporter
3 Dec 2015 at 1:26pm
LISTEN to the First Minister as she addresses Holyrood after last night's vote in Westminster to carry out strikes against IS in Syria.

Humza Yousaf: Bombing campaigns do not bring about lasting change in conflict...
by Humza Yousaf
3 Dec 2015 at 10:44am
HUMZA says too often this country has rushed to war as a knee-jerk reaction to brutal terrorism without considering the consequences.

Watch Hilary Benn's extraordinary speech on Syria which moved MPs to tears an...
by Mikey Smith
3 Dec 2015 at 7:40am
The shadow foreign secretary delivered "one of the great speeches" in Commons history, according to Tory counterpart Philip Hammond

Torcuil Crichton: There are no heroes to be found in this war on terror
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Dec 2015 at 6:00am
TORCUIL says both PM David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were unconvincing in the debate over airstrikes.

Ex-footballer Stan Collymore takes to Twitter to announce he's left Labour an...
by Paul English
3 Dec 2015 at 1:36am
THE former England internationalist and Liverpool player posted a series of angry messages on Twitter late last night and included a screen grab of his new membership.

David Cameron REPEATEDLY refuses to apologise for calling anti-war MPs "terro...
by Jason Beattie
2 Dec 2015 at 12:15pm

 Early interventions in the debate on air strikes on Syria gave the Prime Minister multiple opportunities to withdraw his words about MPs preparing to vote against the motion - but he ignored ...

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

William McIlvanney ? Living With Words
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Dec 2015 at 12:43am
Whilst Bella tries to get its head around how to recognise and mark McIlnvanney’s work and life properly, let this beautiful documentary stand as a start. Read also a tribute to him by Kevin McKenna here. A great man, a great life with great words, remembered in joy not sadness for how much he brought …

The Neu! Reekie! Xmas Extravaganza (Thurs 17 Dec)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Dec 2015 at 7:15pm
For the last 5 years Michael Pedersen and myself have organised around 90 cultural happenings/extravaganzas showcasing some of the most exciting poets, musicians, bands, film-makers and conceptual artists we can get our hands on. Everyone from Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead to Primal Scream and Young Fathers have performed at our events. Over the years …

Hey you ? Heid the Baw ? Haud yer Tongue
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Dec 2015 at 1:51pm
Billy Kay launches Bella’s Scots language stream. Staunin on a gey shoogly floatin map o Scotland, I aince shoutit thir words at a  camera for a Channel Fower Schuils? series on the Scots leid ? ma furst an anely mither tongue, as it wes the ane leirit at ma mither?s knee.  Nae need tae shout …

Oldham as a Media Failure
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Dec 2015 at 9:44am
Jeremy Corbyn, the most reviled ‘terrorist sympathiser’ in recent times, won a significant victory in Oldham last night against a backdrop of wall-to-wall media smears. The beleaguered leader defied his critics in spectacular fashion as Labour won a thumping victory in his first ballot box test. Local council leader Jim McMahon won with a 10,722 …

The Coalition of the Wailing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Dec 2015 at 7:55am
This about the legitimacy of the British State, how it operates and who it represents. Here we are, impotent and unable to change the course of a British military state; unrepentant, incoherent and high on war. They will bomb away despite the opposition of the voice of sanity from the SNP and some few Labour …

From ?I? to ?We?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2015 at 5:57pm
Deirdre Shaw, Iain Black and Katherine Trebeck report on Commonweal’s latest research. On any given day, the consumer citizens of Scotland can be found on homogeneous high streets, in hotels, pubs and gyms or on the web, shopping, buying, bargain hunting, seeking out real or imitation brands – consuming. Searching for the next pair of shoes, the next ?fashion? sofa, the next ?must have? electronic gadget even …

Foreign and Defence Policy: the nature of David Cameron?s leadership
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Dec 2015 at 5:27pm
A decision by the House of Commons to take part in coalition air strikes in Syria is not a vote about Jeremy Corbyn. This may come as a surprise to some, for unfortunately it seems to be the prevailing purpose of the media and all too many politicians and their spin doctors to reduce the …

A Culture of Narcissism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Dec 2015 at 7:55pm
Chris Hedges is one of the most prominent public intellectuals in the USA, indeed the world, today. This journalist, activist, author and Presbyterian clergyman first came to prominence as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times,  where he gained a rare insight into the politics of the Balkans and the Middle East. He would …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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?The silence on the Forth Road Bridge is the ghostly revenge of Scotland?s st...
by Kevin McKenna
6 Dec 2015 at 12:06am
An untimely transport calamity is causing the Scotland to lament its fading power in the worldEven now, as the glow begins to fade in the dying embers of Scotland?s steel industry, the country has been given a stark reminder of how good it once was at making great things with this tough material....

Welcome to fair and equal Scotland. One day | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Dec 2015 at 5:30pm
The gap between Scottish National party rhetoric and daily reality gets wider all the timeVery few people in this country can have been surprised that another rightwing UK government has led the country into yet another war of uncertain outcome on hastily collated numbers.What was surprising was ...

'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?
by John Harris
5 Dec 2015 at 10:00am
The party lost 40 of its 41 MPs in the 2015 general election, and Nicola Sturgeon?s SNP is riding high. Can a 34-year-old newcomer (who didn?t even vote until she was 23) turn things around?It?s five minutes before the week?s big event in the Scottish parliament, and the scene suggests a kind of ...

Suspended SNP MP adamant she is not guilty of wrongdoing, says Sturgeon
by Press Association
1 Dec 2015 at 6:11pm
Natalie McGarry has withdrawn from party whip while police investigate missing donations from organisation she foundedNatalie McGarry, suspended from the Scottish National party as police investigations continue into missing donations at the pro-independence group she founded, has assured her par...

Scotland to train female Syrian peacemakers in conflict resolution
by Libby Brooks
29 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
In a UN initiative, Scotland will host an international women?s summit to support Syrian women in negotiation rolesScotland is to offer training to the Syrian women involved in building a lasting peace in the region.Nicola Sturgeon announced she has accepted an invitation from the UN special envo...

Grassic Gibbon was a true Scottish radical | Letters
by Leters
26 Nov 2015 at 7:31pm
It is gratifying to see that Lewis Grassic Gibbon?s classic Sunset Song has now been made into a film by the wonderful Terence Davies (Loons and queans and orramen by James Nughtie, G2, 25 November). It will hopefully lead to his Scots Quair trilogy finding a new and wider readership. His writing...

Scottish farmer facing eviction wins last-minute reprieve
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Nov 2015 at 1:29pm
Andrew Stoddart and his family, who were told they must leave farm he has tended for 22 years, secure eviction postponement after talks with landlordA tenant farmer facing immediate eviction with minimal compensation has won an 11th-hour reprieve in a case that has galvanised the land rights move...

Police Scotland criticised for breaching law to spy on journalists' sources
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Nov 2015 at 4:02pm
Watchdog says failures of police service, which intercepted communications without judicial approval, were ?reckless?Police Scotland has been described as ?reckless? by a privacy watchdog that found it breached the law on intercepting communications five times to spy on journalists? sources.The I...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

In the land of the mad the sane are crazy
by weegingerdug
3 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Amidst the claps and cheers of Tory MPs, Britain is at war again. A few months ago SNP MPs were castigated for clapping in the Commons chamber, but it seems that it’s fine to clap as long as you’re clapping bombing raids and war, as long as you’re clapping the militarism of the British state. …

The British barbed wire that surrounds Scotland?s heart
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2015 at 3:35pm
If you don’t want to blow up buildings, if you don’t want to wreak havoc and destruction, if you want to seek a peaceful resolution to conflict – then you’re a terrorist sympathiser. If you don’t want to go to war, if you seek to broaden debate, if you believe that fighting for peace is …

Labour still hasn?t found what it?s voting for
by weegingerdug
30 Nov 2015 at 5:36pm
Wee Dougie Alexander, the political patron saint of holy wullies, has got himself a new job after being booted out by the voters of Paisley at the last election. The Guardian described Wee Dougie’s debacle as a shock defeat for the Labour party, but the only people shocked by it were Wee Dougie and the …

Great British double standards
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2015 at 5:28pm
There are two kinds of people in the United Kingdom. There are those who divide people into two kinds of people, and there are those who don’t. If you’re one of the former you can also divide people in the United Kingdom into two kinds, those who are allowed to level accusations of Nazi behaviour …

A fatal fart bomb in a trance
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2015 at 3:35pm
We live in a country where policy is decided on the basis of appearance and not substance. In UK politics it’s not the Christmas present that’s important it’s the shininess of the wrapping on the big boxes under the tree. Only they contain nothing but air that’s been warmed up by a passage through the …

Altered State : part 3
by weegingerdug
25 Nov 2015 at 1:19pm
The third and final instalment of Phantom Power’s documentary looking at the role of the media during the independence referendum campaign.

Apocalypse vow
by weegingerdug
23 Nov 2015 at 6:53pm
So you remember all those things that were going to be safe only if Scotland voted No last year? How’s that all working out then. It would appear that the infamous vow wasn’t so much of a vow as a serving suggestion with ingredients that Scotland wouldn’t be allowed to eat on account of us …

A short blog break and a book launch
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2015 at 9:59pm
I’m going to have a short break from blogging because I’ve got a visitor coming from the USA and my services as a tour guide will be required. Peter is a very special friend, we’ve chatted online for 18 years but had never actually met until I visited Boston over the summer. When you chat …

The National

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

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 …

Kezia Dugdale ? Refugees we must welcome and care for them ? Young girl from ...
by caltonjock
2 Dec 2015 at 9:33pm
          Read over the information below then brouse an earlier post. My blood boils when I am presented with a public statement clearly intent upon applying a positive spin to a politicians activities when their private views are totally at odds with the issue under examination

Dr Richard Simpson ? The Medical Worker ? Wonderful Career ? The Labour Party...
by caltonjock
1 Dec 2015 at 11:02pm
    Dr Richard Simpson     Profile: 73yo Dr Richard Simpson. Education: Trinity College, Glenalmond. Studied at Edinburgh University and gained medical qualifications. Qualified psychiatrist . In addition to being a medical adviser to the Samaritans and the Scottish Prison Service, also found time to be active in his local constituency Labour Party, serving …

Graeme Pearson ? Labour Party Spokesman for Justice ? Visionary ? Opportunist...
by caltonjock
28 Nov 2015 at 4:37am
  Graeme Pearson   Organised Crime in Scotland – One mans solution to the problem – Report Card: Failed This is a report on the ever increasing problems in Scotland centered on organised crime, illegal drugs manufacture and distribution and othe anti social activities. It covers the period 2004 – 2015 a time in which …

Willie Rennie ? A confidence trickster who clings to public office like a ?ch...
by caltonjock
17 Nov 2015 at 7:59pm
A fool or just deluded?       Willie Rennie – A confidence trickster who repeatedly tries to deceive the Scottish electorate with false claims and innuendo seeking to gain political advantage over the SNP government via some form of pretense or deception. Rennie is readily available to the right-wing Scottish press and media frequently …

Who the hell Runs Scotland? ? Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who
by caltonjock
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm
  A pictorial view of a corporate elite network   Who the hell Runs Scotland? – Corporate elites and Lobbyists Thats who Corporate elites have penetrated political and cultural networks in Scotland benefitting from the patronage of institutional connections. In this environment lobbying is seen as worthwhile by business interests, evidenced in the ever expanding …

The Tories never yet have taken up a cause which they did not ultimately betray
by caltonjock
15 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
        Cameron is playing cat and mouse with Scot’s on independence Despite repeated assertions from David Cameron that independence was for Scot’s to decide, without unwelcome input from Westminster, the Tory government used every trick in the book seeking, together with others to deny the SNP a fair campaign in the independence …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Kezia Dugdale: no time for a novice?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Dec 2015 at 12:57pm
The admirable John Harris has a piece on Labour in Scotland in the Guardian this morning: "'There's a lot I'm still learning': can Kezia Dugdale resurrect Scottish Labour?" The new Scottish Labour leader has been posted missing since Jeremy Corbyn took over last September, and internecine conflicts on more or less everything broke out in the par...

Gove: human rights "neither reserved nor devolved"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Dec 2015 at 12:47pm
Does Westminster need Holyrood's consent to repeal the Human Rights Act? This blog has been asking this important question since the general election. In June, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Therese Coffey, told Joanna Cherry that human rights are "a reserved for the UK Parliament and not a devolved matter," implying that consent for rep...

Judge: victim "condoned" and "acquiesced" in her rape
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Nov 2015 at 6:44pm
Lord  Carloway, who allowed the appeal.HM Advocate v. SSM is a case of rape, and a case of the sexual abuse of children. In May this year, SSM was foung guilty by a jury in the High Court in Glasgow of seven charges. These are summarised in the Appeal Court's judgment this afternoon. I caution you. The details are unpleasant. But understanding t...

Glasgow: Forgetting slavery?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Nov 2015 at 11:44am
"Don't keep your head down. Look up." Whether you're trudging through Glasgow in the summer sleet, or the winter snow, the local sometimes needs reminded to contemplate the grandeur of the place. Edinburgh's skyline sucks the air out of you, a jagged man-made silhouette of spikes and spires. Glasgow's mountainous legacy of wealth is more easily ...

Critical friends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Nov 2015 at 9:10pm
Whenever media commentators talk about SNP supporters or politicians being uncritical drones, I always assume they either have few Nationalist friends, or spend too much time on Twitter. In July, Iain Martin argued the party was turning into a "sinister personality cult". Today, Stephen Daisley writes that "the nationalist movement desperately n...

Compassion, lighting up the human heart...
by Lallands Peat Worrier
14 Nov 2015 at 1:13pm
This semester, I have been teaching jurisprudence, taking our law students through centuries of ideas about justice and mercy, of morality and law. It has been a fascinating - and sometimes challenging - process, reacquainting me with thinkers whose work I last considered in earnest some years ago. Just this week, we were talking about states of...

Three days in November
by Lallands Peat Worrier
12 Nov 2015 at 4:20pm
Alistair Carmichael must have had better weeks. For three days, his character has been under the judicial microscope. If Tavish Scott seemed black-affronted by the idea of testifying before the election court, Mr Carmichael's experience must have been altogether more mortifying. The former Secretary of State for Scotland appears to have approach...

by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Nov 2015 at 6:17pm
Halloween's blog had a necessarily negative theme. Some correspondents felt I was being unconstructive in emphasising the limits of Holyrood's powers instead of the opportunities to blunt the impact of the proposed changes to tax credits. Holyrood has no direct authority over tax credits rates and tapers: this we know. If the moneys can be found...

Gerry Hassan

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

The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s
by Gerry
30 Nov 2015 at 10:54am
The Tories are shrinking the state while Labour go back to the 1980s Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 29th 2015 These are tumultuous times. Chaos in Syria. Complex and shifting alliances. The Turks shooting down a Russian plane. There is disarray in the Labour Party on Syria and Trident. And all in the week of ...

The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us
by Gerry
23 Nov 2015 at 10:04am
The SNP need to get back to governing ? and being bold and honest with us Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 22nd 2015 Nicola Sturgeon this week marked her first year as First Minister. The SNP is hugely popular, Labour flatlining, the Tories marginalised and the Lib Dems irrelevant. The SNP-Labour relationship now seems a ...

The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK
by Gerry
15 Nov 2015 at 10:56am
The European Debate has only just begun for Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 15th 2015 Europe has returned to the centre of British politics. The phony war within the Tories is over as David Cameron revealed his want list from European leaders. It wasn?t exactly long or substantial. He wants change ...

If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change
by Gerry
9 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
If Independence is a State of Mind then we have to fundamentally change Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 8th 2015 Years ago the dream was that the Scottish Parliament would usher in a new politics. It was going to be different from adversarial Westminster ? consensual, caring, thoughtful, leading to better debates and laws. Much ...

Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up?
by Gerry
2 Nov 2015 at 10:05am
Will the Real Scottish Labour Party Finally Stand Up? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, November 1st 2015 Scottish Labour met this weekend. This used to be the key political gathering in Scotland. No longer. But the party is in better spirits than many would think after the May 2015 wipeout. It is a party changing. It ...

?English votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain
by Gerry
26 Oct 2015 at 11:26am
?English Votes? is political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 25th 2015 This week the United Kingdom profoundly changed in how it does politics, democracy and how Parliament operates. The House of Commons decided by 312 to 270 voters to alter the nature of its composition by differentiating the voting rights ...

The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo
by Gerry
18 Oct 2015 at 11:00am
The SNP cannot afford to become the Party of the Status Quo Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 18th 2015 The SNP is understandably in good spirit. This is the sort of times that politicians dream of. In the aftermath of the indyref, the SNP has gone from strength to strength, winning 56 out of 59 ...

The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left
by Gerry
12 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
The Appeal and Vision of Tory Britain shouldn?t be underestimated by the left Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, October 11th 2015 The Tory conference gathered this week in good spirits after unexpectedly winning an overall majority in May, and with all their main UK political opponents in disarray. One rather significant anniversary passed unnoticed this week. ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil - BBC News
30 Nov 2015 at 3:09pm

BBC News
Independence campaigners pitch up for Holyrood vigil
BBC News
A group of campaigners has set up camp outside the Scottish Parliament calling for a second independence referendum. BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim visited the camp to learn more about it. "We're prepared to stay here for five years ...

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Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independ...
2 Dec 2015 at 10:02am

Peace campaigners: Syria bombing will ?strengthen calls for Scottish independence?
WESTMINSTER IS SET to push ahead for another Middle Eastern bombing campaign in a war that will strengthen the case for Scottish independence, according to peace campaigners. At least 57 (97 per cent) of Scotland's 59 MPs are set to vote against ...
Stan Collymore is now a SNP man after quitti...

Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead' - B...
16 Nov 2015 at 5:23pm

BBC News
Former Salmond adviser says current case for Scots independence 'is dead'
BBC News
A one-time adviser to former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has written an online blog saying the current case for an independent Scotland "is dead". Alex Bell, who was Mr Salmond's head of policy for three years, believed the SNP's model was ...

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Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence - Glasg...
30 Nov 2015 at 4:53pm

Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow Labour councillor announces support for Scottish independence
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow Labour councillor has come out in support of Scottish independence, putting him at odds with his party's pro-union position. Russell Robertson, who campaigned against separation in the run up to last year's referendum, revealed his U-turn in ...

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth - The Register
12 Nov 2015 at 10:07am

The Register
Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth
The Register
As debate kicks off at Westminster over the surveillance powers of spies and the police, the 55 Scottish National Party lawmakers look likely to be a restraining influence. The party's general election manifesto pledged to oppose the Snooper's Charter.

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Ruth Davidson: SNP's case for independence was a fraud.. I'll never forgive t...
18 Nov 2015 at 6:50am

Scottish Daily Record
Ruth Davidson: SNP's case for independence was a fraud.. I'll never forgive them
Scottish Daily Record
THERE is a principled case for Scottish independence. I respect those who believe in it, even if I fundamentally and passionately disagree with them. For many, the goal of independence is worth paying any price. It is an honest position. But for many ...

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Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years' - The Courier
26 Nov 2015 at 5:22pm

The Courier
Majority of Scots 'expect independence within 10 years'
The Courier
Mark Diffley, director at Ipsos Mori Scotland, said: "This poll represents good news for Yes supporters, with more than half of Scots believing independence is likely by 2025. "Opinions may change if and when a second referendum is announced but, for ...

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Scottish independence group contacts police over missing donations - Irish Times
23 Nov 2015 at 1:57pm

Irish Times
Scottish independence group contacts police over missing donations
Irish Times
A prominent Scottish pro-independence group has called in police over tens of thousands of pounds in donations that have gone missing. Women for Independence (WFI) reported discrepancies between donations made to the organisation and its ...
Women for Independence calls in police over missing donationsshropsh...


SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP MP facing accusations of tax avoidance -
6 Dec 2015 at 9:16am
SNP MP facing accusations of tax avoidance
An SNP MP has admitted receiving an interest-free loan worth £18,000 as part of his former job, a system that could have been used to reduce the amount of tax he paid. The Scottish Mail on Sunday found Phil Boswell, the MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and ...

Disgraced ex-MSP and jailed wife beater Bill Walker has autobiography snubbed...
6 Dec 2015 at 7:18am

Herald Scotland
Disgraced ex-MSP and jailed wife beater Bill Walker has autobiography snubbed ...
Herald Scotland
BILL Walker, the former SNP MSP jailed for attacking three former wives and a step-daughter, contacted a publisher about selling his autobiography. Walker is believed to have made the approach ? which was rebuffed ? after he was sent to prison for the ...

SNP Government delays poverty study until after election - Herald Scotland
6 Dec 2015 at 6:53am

Herald Scotland
SNP Government delays poverty study until after election
Herald Scotland
However, the SNP administration has become embroiled in a row over whether the next SIMD has been put back for political purposes. The Index was published in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012, but a civil service email obtained by this newspaper shows that ...

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Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall' - ...
6 Dec 2015 at 6:05am

AOL Money UK
Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall'
AOL Money UK
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "This is rank hypocrisy from the SNP, who stood on an election manifesto of a 50p top rate of tax only six months ago but are happy to ditch the plan as soon as they have people's votes. "Whilst Labour would ask those ...

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SNP MPs hit out at Syria air strikes - (blog)
6 Dec 2015 at 2:36am (blog)
SNP MPs hit out at Syria air strikes (blog)
It comes as Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in London, reported a Twitter user to police over an alleged death threat aimed at him for supporting the Syrian bombing campaign. "That is why I made a decision to vote against the ...

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Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall' - ...
6 Dec 2015 at 1:12am

Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "This is rank hypocrisy from the SNP, who stood on an election manifesto of a 50p top rate of tax only six months ago but are happy to ditch the plan as soon as they have people's votes. "Whilst Labour would ask those ...

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Nicola Sturgeon to praise Scotland's greenhouse gas reductions at Paris summi...
6 Dec 2015 at 1:12am

Nicola Sturgeon to praise Scotland's greenhouse gas reductions at Paris summit
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
"The margin by which the SNP has failed to meet their climate targets is enough to power Glasgow for five years. "The reality is that the SNP's record is simply not good enough. Nicola Sturgeon is going to the climate change conference in Paris despite ...

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Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall' - ...
6 Dec 2015 at 1:10am
Labour's top tax rate pledge 'could mean huge education revenue shortfall'
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "This is rank hypocrisy from the SNP, who stood on an election manifesto of a 50p top rate of tax only six months ago but are happy to ditch the plan as soon as they have people's votes. "Whilst Labour would ask those ...

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Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ... -...
28 Nov 2015 at 9:07pm

The Independent
Talk of second referendum will damage Scotland's economy, says Scottish ...
The Independent
Scotland's economy will be badly damaged if the SNP keeps talking up the chances of a second independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has claimed. Mr Mundell, who is the only Conservative MP in Scotland, said the SNP should ...

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3 scenarios for the outcome of the UK's EU referendum - Open Democracy
4 Dec 2015 at 5:30pm

Open Democracy
3 scenarios for the outcome of the UK's EU referendum
Open Democracy
While the possibility of Brexit leading to a second independence referendum in Scotland and so triggering the break-up of the UK has already been floated as one quite likely outcome of a 'leave' vote, this is only one of a number of likely impacts from ...
Britain could be stuck in EU even if most English vote to LE...

BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage - Herald Scotland
2 Dec 2015 at 12:48pm

Herald Scotland
BBC pledges to impartiality ahead of EU referendum coverage
Herald Scotland
In October, the BBC was accused of peddling more ''half truths and lies'' than the Nazis as SNP activists vented their anger at its perceived bias against Scotland and independence. Feelings were still running high over what pro-independence ...

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SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referend...
8 Nov 2015 at 8:03pm

The Independent
SNP MPs claim Scottish Government should have power to call a second referendum
The Independent
The Scottish Government should have the power to call a second referendum on independence with or without Westminster's backing, SNP MPs have said. Former First Minister Alex Salmond and the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson are among ...
SNP call for Holyrood to have power to ca...

An enduring legacy? The independence referendum may not herald the beginning ...
5 Dec 2015 at 8:33am

Democratic Audit UK
An enduring legacy? The independence referendum may not herald the beginning ...
Democratic Audit UK
The independence referendum fundamentally changed Scottish politics, with an extraordinarily high turnout of 84.6% leading some to speculate that a new era of political engagement had begun. But as Heinz Brandenburg, Zach Greene, Neil McGarvey and ...

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Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum ...
13 Nov 2015 at 1:34pm
Every Scot got £1700 MORE from Government than the English during referendum year
The gap between spending in the two nations rose by eight per cent in the year of Scotland's independence referendum. The revelation sparked outrage among English MPs and fuelled suspicions that government money was used to 'bribe' voters ahead of ...

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's - MoneyWeek
13 Nov 2015 at 10:09am

Don't be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland's
We're eurosceptics. Asked to vote in an EU referendum tomorrow, MoneyWeek would tick the ?out? box. But on the topic of Scottish independence, we were (and are) pro-Union. Some view these stances as contradictory. How can we believe it would be good ...

The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized...
8 Nov 2015 at 6:43am

Democratic Audit UK
The Scottish independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized ...
Democratic Audit UK
16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Friends Of Israel?
5 Dec 2015 at 10:53pm
Why does every major UK political party have a friends of Israel club?

Tom Watson MP
5 Dec 2015 at 11:32am
I've not really followed his career and was wondering what others thought about him.
He seems to have been in the media for (IMO) the wrong reasons over the last few days.
Condemning intimidation to staff by peaceful protestors at Creasy's constituency office - despite the office being closed an...

The Named Person Scheme
4 Dec 2015 at 9:36pm
I was in town a couple of weeks ago and was handed a leaflet about this. I'd never heard of it til then.

Against its purpose reading the leaflet attacking the scheme actually made me warm to it.

For those who know a lot more about it than me, is it a good idea to protect children? Or nanny state ...

More expenses fiddlers
4 Dec 2015 at 12:26pm   Wonder what names and what parties it will be this time.

Stupidest statements from politicians
3 Dec 2015 at 6:15pm
Let's keep it light, lads.

Hillary Clinton: "Women have always been the primary victims of war. They've lost husbands, brothers, sons." (The husbands, brothers and sons were probably spirited away to eat ice cream and sweets for the rest of their long and happy wartime lives)

Johann Lamont: "We'r...

Open secular debate under attack.
2 Dec 2015 at 11:28pm
Joining an effort by Warwick Uni to ban her speaking, Goldsmiths attempted to stop Maryam Namazie because she was an "Islamophobe".   Maryams problem is she is someone who has renounced Islam and now attacks many of it's adherents efforts to normali...

Are you a terrorist sympathiser?
2 Dec 2015 at 9:08am
Saw Cameron's quote appear briefly in the bombing Syria thread but thought it deserved a conversation in its own right. Feel free to merge mods if you disagree

Is this really an appropriate use of language by a Prime Minister? Has he really branded so many MPs who disagree with him in this way? ...

Scottish Libertarian Party
1 Dec 2015 at 4:42pm
Another new party has entered the scene. This time it's a pro-Indy, centre right party. They seem to be aiming for the old school SNP "Tartan Tories" votes.   They probably won't amount to much, but it's good to see a non left party that is pro Independence.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Morten Hackett
5 Dec 2015 at 10:30pm
New personal friend. Is he better looking than Scunnered or me?

Michelle Mone
5 Dec 2015 at 9:04pm
Just watching the recording of pointless from earlier. She was as thick as fu*k. Quite pleasing.

Westminster Kept It Secret That 2 Mps Were Under Investigation By Police.
5 Dec 2015 at 12:18pm
Well it looks as though Westminster and their MPs are up to their old tricks.   Won't say who it is, but I'm sure if it was any SNP MPs it would have been released before the general election.   Alan was very quiet about this scandal and I'm sure it is okay by him because it is his beloved westmi...

5 Dec 2015 at 12:31am
Strange moderation today. No comments from them. No reports.

Just deletion of the past. It's the only thread I can ever recall being erased.


Annoying Quiz Question....
4 Dec 2015 at 9:15pm
My Ma has one of those quiz sheets and is stumped on one question. I have been no help whatsoever, but thought the wise minds of the TAMB may be able to help. Clue is "You can find this Perthshire place in the local vineyard".

I thought it may be an anagram but couldn't work it out. The bottle o...

Rip Scott Weiland
4 Dec 2015 at 3:49pm
Cannot believe he has passed away. Only 48   Video for Fall to Pieces was a premonition  

Make Your Computer Say Bad Stuff
4 Dec 2015 at 10:07am
Hours of fun,, can't post link on this computer, it's working really well in the office environment.

Footballers Ankle
4 Dec 2015 at 8:37am
Doctor/podiatrist told me this is why I have been in pain playing football for last year. Anyone else had this or had treatment?   I don't have a Footballers Skill, Fitness, Money or Wife but I get the painful footballers ankle, typical.

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