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Angus Robertson: Scotland will be heard ?like never before? at Westminster
6 May 2017 at 2:44pm
SNP depute leader Angus Robertson has pledged Scotland will be heard "like never before" at Westminster if a "strong" group of nationalist MPs is elected.

Sturgeon: 'Ludicrous' to suggest Tory surge could stop second referendum bid
6 May 2017 at 12:22pm
Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "ludicrous" any claims that the surge in Tory support in Scotland could derail her bid to hold a second independence referendum.

Corbyn admits Labour faces 'historic' challenge in General Election
6 May 2017 at 7:57pm
Jeremy Corbyn has admitted his party faces an "historic" challenge at next month's General Election after a disastrous set of local election results across the UK.

'Send Theresa May a message': Patrick Harvie to stand for Glasgow North in Ge...
6 May 2017 at 1:19pm
Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie will run for Westminster for the first time in the General Election.

Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal'
6 May 2017 at 1:28pm
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is "very open" to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city - but also stressed she would have "no qualms" about going it alone and running a minority administration.

Rennie: Local poll results 'real springboard' for Scottish Lib Dems
6 May 2017 at 2:23pm
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has insisted the local election results can be a "real springboard" for his party as it bids to seize key Westminster seats back from the SNP.

Tory surge 'sinks case' for independence poll
6 May 2017 at 12:10am
THE Scottish Conservatives last night claimed a voter backlash had "sunk" the case for a second referendum after the party recorded its strongest council result in four decades.

Clement Atlee's granddaughter fights to win seat - but for Lib Dems
6 May 2017 at 6:50pm
The grand-daughter of Labour's Clement Attlee, Britain's first post-war prime minister, is fighting a seat at the election.

Poll: Tories in commanding lead despite slip for Theresa May
6 May 2017 at 6:44pm
Conservatives maintain a commanding lead ahead of the June 8 General Election, despite Theresa May's personal popularity drifting downwards as the campaign progresses, according to a new poll.

Corbyn relishes Labour's 'historic challenge' to win election
6 May 2017 at 7:02pm
Jeremy Corbyn has acknowledged that Labour faces "a challenge on a historic scale" to win the June 8 General Election after a disastrous set of local ballots which saw the party shed 320 councillors and lose control of strongholds including Glasgow.

Relentless anti-SNP stand pays off for Davidson's Tories
6 May 2017 at 12:10am
IN retrospect, the SNP should have seen it coming.

Tory hopes rise of defeat for SNP deputy leader in June
6 May 2017 at 12:10am
TORY hopes of ousting SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson at the general election have been boosted by the local election result in Moray.

Ghost of the milk-snatcher finally exorcised as Tories resurgent in South Lan...
6 May 2017 at 12:10am
THE decades-old toxicity of the Margaret Thatcher political brand on the doorsteps of South Lanarkshire appears to have finally dissipated.

Unspun: the political diary
6 May 2017 at 12:09am
WITH this the first local election in which 16 and 17 year olds had the vote, the Scottish Young Greens launched their own campaign document last week. Pitched at the thoughtful adolescent, it was full of the party?s usual high moral tone. Alas, the name of the PDF version seemed to slip through unchecked: the decidedly patronising ?Yoof Manifesto?.

Foot in the door as Unionists hold keys to power
6 May 2017 at 12:04am
Gallagher wobbles to victory as party takes 10 seats

 

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May plays down talk of landslide win for Tories next month
6 May 2017 at 10:16pm
Theresa May insisted yesterday that she is “taking nothing for granted” following emphatic local election victories which have sparked predictions she is heading for a landslide in the 8 June general election.

Andy Burnham denies snubbing Corbyn following mayor poll win
6 May 2017 at 7:46pm
ANDY Burnham has denied snubbing Jeremy Corbyn by failing to join him to celebrate his victory in the election for Greater Manchester metro mayor.

SNP MPs ?will ensure Scots heard at Westminster like never before?
6 May 2017 at 5:46pm
SNP depute leader Angus Robertson has pledged Scotland will be heard “like never before” at Westminster if a “strong” group of nationalist MPs is elected.

Local poll results ?real springboard? for Scottish Lib Dems
6 May 2017 at 5:20pm
SCOTTISH Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has insisted the local election results can be a “real springboard” for his party as it bids to seize key Westminster seats back from the SNP.

New SNP leader of Glasgow council ?open? to Greens coalition
6 May 2017 at 1:28pm
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is “very open” to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city - but also stressed she would have “no qualms” about going it alone and running a minority administration.

Sturgeon: ?Ludicrous? that Tory surge will derail indyref2
6 May 2017 at 12:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as “ludicrous” any claims that the surge in Tory support in Scotland could derail her bid to hold a second independence referendum.

Patrick Harvie to stand as Greens candidate in Glasgow North
6 May 2017 at 12:21pm
Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, is set to stand as an MP in the General Election on 8 June, it has been announced.

Paul Krugman: What?s the matter with Europe?
6 May 2017 at 8:00am
EU officials sound like a jilted spouse determined to extract maximum damages in a divorce case says Paul Krugman

Crushing loss for Labour points to big Tory majority in Commons
5 May 2017 at 10:28pm
Theresa May’s Conservatives celebrated major gains in councils across England and Wales yesterday, snatching voters from Ukip and setting the stage for a crushing Labour defeat in next month’s general election.

Stalemate shows constitution still divides electorate
5 May 2017 at 10:17pm
The political map of Scotland has shifted dramatically after the country’s constitutional divide dominated the local elections and meant no party gained overall control of any town halls.

Leader comment: Referendum could be only way to break paralsying grip of cons...
5 May 2017 at 10:15pm
We went into the local elections thinking that the fate of 
Glasgow would be the big story, as Labour faced the once unthinkable 
prospect of losing control of their heartland, a symbolic affirmation of the party’s demise in Scotland as the SNP swept them away.

Local elections 2017: SNP victors as Conservatives make gains
5 May 2017 at 10:07pm
Ruth Davidson’s Conservatives made sweeping gains across Scotland yesterday in a local government election that saw the SNP emerge as Scotland’s largest party and Labour slump dramatically.

In Full: The Local Election Count results
5 May 2017 at 6:25pm
WITH Labour losing control of Glasgow council for the first time since 1980, the SNP returning the most councillors and the Conservatives making sweeping gains across the country it has been a very intriguing election for a number of reasons.

Local Elections: Surprising places the Tories have gained in Scotland
5 May 2017 at 5:33pm
Ruth Davidson’s party is celebrating a number of breakthroughs

Local elections 2017: SNP edge out Tories in Edinburgh by single seat
5 May 2017 at 4:48pm
THE SNP has emerged from the council elections as the biggest party in Edinburgh, but with the Tories just one seat behind.

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Accuracy, by Duncan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 May 2017 at 6:00pm
When our dear old pal the Scottish Labour super-goon Duncan Hothersall tweeted this earlier today, we just couldn’t resist a wee fact-check. We love to see people take the moral high ground, but numbers are fluid these days and you can’t be too careful. So exactly how “accurate” are we talking here? To get us started here’s the …

What they?re trying to sell you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 May 2017 at 12:12pm
It’s come to a pretty pass indeed when the Telegraph is the bastion of truth. Because if you listened to the Unionist opposition and media today, you’d come away with a very different impression of what’s just happened. The tweets below, for example, are from Scottish Labour’s communications director (and former Scottish Daily Mail political …

For their queen and their country
by Chris Cairns
6 May 2017 at 6:55am

Winning and losing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2017 at 9:30pm
Some manner of strange, alien vortex swallowed the very concept of arithmetic as we know it earlier this evening. The answer to the question “what is 431 minus 425?” was variously reported by the media as -7, -14, +31 and -30, with nowhere that we could find offering the seemingly obvious answer of “6”. But that was only the …

Chinese arithmetic
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2017 at 5:51pm
With all 32 councils now having declared, the Scottish local elections are over and the SNP have won again, taking 431 seats. Last time round in 2012 they took 425. You might think you know the difference between 431 and 425. But you don’t. Because according to the BBC, 431 is actually seven seats FEWER …

You can actually try changing it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2017 at 12:24pm
This post is mostly here to give people somewhere to chat about the council election results as they come in. But this song, with a hat-tip to alert reader SparkleMonkey, is dedicated specifically and personally to the now-former Scottish Labour councillor (and one-time leader of Aberdeen City Council) Willie Young, who was ejected by the …

Song for the Scottish Conservatives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2017 at 11:38am
On the occasion of the local elections. Vote ’til you boak, readers. Seriously. Because if the voting doesn’t make you sick, this will: Davidson refuses to comment on abortion fears over ‘rape clause’  Tory MPs face being prosecuted for electoral fraud while they are fighting the upcoming general election campaign Imminent tax and benefit …

The swing shift
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2017 at 1:29pm
Earlier this morning an alert reader directed us to an article in the Daily Express which seemed to make an eye-catchingly remarkable claim. It turned out to be one actually made by Ruth Davidson on Saturday (which had already been reported in the Express that day), when she appeared on Iain Dale’s radio show on LBC. A …

A failure of comprehension
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 May 2017 at 11:47am
Scottish schoolchildren start their exams today. We wish them good luck, because if any of them have taken their lead in language skills from the nation’s media they’re going to be in a lot of trouble. For 10% of extra course credit, let’s find out why. This is what Nicola Sturgeon actually said about the …

Down with the sickness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 May 2017 at 11:22am
We had to rub our eyes when we got up this morning, because we thought we must have opened the wrong issue of the Times tablet app by mistake – the lead Scotland story seemed to be a reprint of a piece from the previous day’s Sunday Times. But we were wrong. There’d been no mistake. The …

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Nicola Sturgeon: SNP backlash claims ludicrous
6 May 2017 at 4:08pm
The first minister's comments come after significant gains by the Scottish Conservatives in the local elections.


Scottish Greens' Patrick Harvie to stand as MP
6 May 2017 at 1:48pm
The Scottish Greens' co-convener announces he will be fighting for the Glasgow North seat on 8 June.


Council election results: Sturgeon hails victory despite Tory surge
5 May 2017 at 6:58pm
The SNP finishes as comfortably the biggest party in the Scottish council elections despite big Conservative gains.


Council election results: Rubbish Party candidate elected in East Ayrshire
5 May 2017 at 5:12pm
Sally Cogley had been campaigning to clamp-down on litter, dog fouling and fly tipping in Irvine Valley.


SNP replaces Labour as largest party in Glasgow
5 May 2017 at 6:51pm
The party will now attempt to form either a coalition or minority administration in the city for the first time.


General election 2017: BBC announces Scottish leaders debate
5 May 2017 at 4:53pm
The leaders of the country's five main political parties will take part in the 90 minute showdown.


Council election results: Conservatives make gains in Tayside and Central
5 May 2017 at 4:45pm
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both picked up seats at the expense of the SNP and Labour.


Four candidates to fight Borders by-election
5 May 2017 at 6:57pm
There will be an all-female ballot sheet in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire's Holyrood poll .


No women on Western Isles Council for first time
5 May 2017 at 4:05pm
For the first time in its history, Western Isles Council is to have only male councillors.


Scottish council election: SNP wins most seats in Edinburgh
5 May 2017 at 4:59pm
All 17 wards are declared with the SNP securing 19 seats, the Conservatives 18, Labour 12, Greens eight and Lib Dems six.


Aberdeen land probe councillor Willie Young loses seat
5 May 2017 at 2:26pm
Aberdeen Labour councillor and former finance convener Willie Young says he is disappointed.


Conservatives strongest in the south after council vote
5 May 2017 at 4:17pm
The party emerges with the most councillors after voting in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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The vastly over-hyped Scottish Tory surge
by James Kelly
6 May 2017 at 1:33am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have new article in The National, which takes a look at the SNP's local election victory, points out that the Tory comeback has its limitations, and asks wh...

SNP soar to best ever result in local elections
by James Kelly
5 May 2017 at 5:44pm
As the BBC are busily misleading their viewers by claiming that the SNP have "lost seven seats since 2012", I thought it might be useful to post the real numbers.Councillors won with changes since ...


A video guide to the local election voting system - and how to use it to defe...
by James Kelly
3 May 2017 at 11:22am
It's crept on us, but tomorrow is local election day.  It'll be only the third time that the Single Transferable Vote system has been used in Scotland for nationwide elections.  Instead of marking ...

May Day! May Day! It's not May's Day, as Google survey reveals 57% of Scott...
by James Kelly
1 May 2017 at 2:43pm
I'm not sure if the Record have abandoned Survation as their regular pollster, but for whatever reason they've commissioned Google to produce a Scottish political survey, which is apparently demogr...

Tyrannical Theresa takes a timely tumble in the weekend polls
by James Kelly
30 Apr 2017 at 4:21am
As the late, great Professor Anthony King would have said in his inimitable Canadian accent, "it's another terrrr-ible night for the Conservatives".  When a GB-wide YouGov poll a couple of days ago...

Your anti-Tory tactical voting guide for the 59 Scottish constituencies at th...
by James Kelly
29 Apr 2017 at 6:33am
As Marcia has pointed out, a lot of tactical voting at the forthcoming general election will be aimed at keeping the Tories out, or at least minimising the size of their overall majority.  One hand...

Another reader's question on STV : How do you solve a problem like an eejit i...
by James Kelly
29 Apr 2017 at 3:11am
I received another question the other day about the STV voting system for the local elections, and once again it's probably worth answering it in a public post in case anyone else has the same doub...

Support for independence shoots back up in crucial YouGov poll
by James Kelly
28 Apr 2017 at 1:42am
Tonight brings word of YouGov's first full-scale Scottish poll since Theresa May called the snap general election, and it provides tremendous reassurance on the independence question.  After two co...

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Watch "Call me Al - Mhairi Black" on YouTube
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Patrick Harvie to stand for Greens in Glasgow North at General Election
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My (possibly petty) problem with nationalism
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6 May 2017 at 1:24pm
I think one of the biggest reasons I have this aversion to Scottish independence is because of the reasons which the most recent election blew the top off of, but something I identified a long time...

Why are there no tallies with 1st pref votes in Scotland yet?
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6 May 2017 at 1:12pm
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Tories take Glasgow
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Local elections: Sturgeon plays down Tory success in Scotland
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When is the UK general election 2017? Dates and full timetable as Britain hea...
by Dan Bloom
6 May 2017 at 7:45pm
Britain is voting in a snap general election. Here's everything you need to know including the countdown, big dates and registering to vote


Nicola Sturgeon says Tories did well 'by their standards' as she downplays Co...
by Record Reporter
6 May 2017 at 11:20am
The First Minister says the Conservative share of the vote in Scotland is no better than Labour's in England.


'Make Kilmarnock great again' Donald Trump impersonator arrested after hittin...
by Paul O'Hare
6 May 2017 at 8:33am
Ex-Labour candidate Andi McCann toured the Ayrshire polling stations wearing a blond wig and the billionaire's trademark red baseball cap.


They're back: Tories invade Scotland after sweeping local elections
by David Clegg
6 May 2017 at 6:00am
In 1992 the Conservative Party completed the massacre of the industrial heartland with the closure of Ravenscraig ... 25 years later a Tory is elected councillor for the area.


John McDonnell farcically insists Labour's annihilation is a flesh wound and ...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 May 2017 at 6:00am
Our Westminster editor Torcuil Crichton believes McDonnell's response to the Labour wipeout wouldn't have looked out of place in a Monty Python sketch.


Disaster looms if the current polls are an indicator for how the UK votes on ...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 May 2017 at 6:00am
Our Westminster Editor compares John McDonnell's insistence that Labour has merely suffered a 'flesh wound' to a farcical Monty Python sketch.


The only chance Labour has of survival in the general election is if Jeremy C...
by dailyrecord
6 May 2017 at 6:00am
The Labour leader managed to deliver an even worse result that anyone anticipated.


May the Good Lord have mercy on our souls because the Conservatives certainly...
by Record View
6 May 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to the Conservative's shock gains in Scotland's industrial heartlands.


New Conservative councillor James Lusted is Tory party's shortest politician ...
by Kara O'Neill
5 May 2017 at 5:47pm
The part-time pantomime actor has said that he will ensure that 'every generation will have a voice'


Twitter reacts to the Tories' winning streak in Scottish local elections
by Record Reporter
5 May 2017 at 3:17pm
A mixture of joy, horror and outrage among voters as the Conservatives continue to make gains on both sides of the border.

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

This Is A Trump Adviser
by michaelgreenwell
6 May 2017 at 8:48am

Scottish Independence Podcast 155 ? A Party Political
by michaelgreenwell
1 May 2017 at 5:30pm
It’s good to give time to your opponents, so for the 155th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I’ve decided to cover this election broadcast by the Scottish Conservatives. (Warning, Explicit Content ). Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, …
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Indifferent to Truth
by michaelgreenwell
1 May 2017 at 2:06pm
“America has had 45 Presidents, but never before have we had one that is completely indifferent to the truth. Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Diogenes”.  – Denis Hayes (Coordinator of the first Earth Day) In case you missed it, here is Donald Trump claiming, in the present tense, to be good friends with …

Scottish Independence Podcast 154 ? McSmörgåsbord
by michaelgreenwell
28 Apr 2017 at 8:06am
At the moment there isn’t really enough talk about choices. Everything  is being presented as either a future in Brexit UK (with all the lack of choices that entails), or an independent future in the EU. However there are more options than that available. If one looks to Scandinavia it is possible to see many …
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ScotIndyPod 153 ? Wait, what?
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2017 at 7:05pm
Just a reminder. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook.
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Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

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No 9
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2017 at 5:29pm
So we just scraped into the Top Ten of UK Political Blogs today according to ‘Vuelio’, whoever they are.  Which is good, I guess. See the Top Ten here. You can read on of those daft mini interviews here, where I say nothing at all. All I would say is that we are currently running …

What would it take to make you happy?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2017 at 5:16pm
Paul Tritschler reflects on the brain’s ability to adjust its habits from hate to happiness, but probes its potential within an immoral system based on class exploitation. The science of happiness, the leitmotif of the positive psychology movement, was a popular night school option in my corner of the country, and the group hit it …

Country Break
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2017 at 4:57pm
I thought it would be fitting if we were driving North to a holiday cottage in Aviemore, our country rolling out before us, autumn-ripe. But the NO signs threw me, more than we expected, in fields of ginger cows beside roundabouts, on road signs. We folded into bed early, too tired to get close; the …

The Revenant
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 May 2017 at 1:27pm
  ?Before we do any-thing, let me tell you this. It is out of the lore and experience of the ancients and of all those who have studied the powers of the UnDead. When they become such, there comes with the change the curse of immortality. They cannot die, but must go on age after …

Belonging. The Truth Behind the Headlines
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2017 at 12:02pm
Belonging, coming soon, documentary “that will not tell you how to think, but will ask you to think again” by Morag Livingstone. Launches at the GFT on 23 May, more details at Belonging 4 Us. Three Companies. Three Industrial Disputes. Three Governments. A story of collusion. A story of betrayal. A story of belonging.

A Deadly Kind of Cowardice
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2017 at 11:39am
Journalist Robert Somynne reflects on the derision heaped on the Tories in Scotland and whether this is an effective tactic against Conservative propaganda. “The idea of deriding the Banchory Bunker misses the point. This isn’t really about the realities of what’s going on on the ground, this is about them presenting themselves to a section …

Did Europe?s leading fire festival do a deal with the Devil to stay alight?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 May 2017 at 9:18am
Ross Tinsley reflects on Beltane as rite of passage and a changed festival ...

Blair McDougall ? In remembrance of times past
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 May 2017 at 10:16pm
Reading Blair McDougall’s reminiscences on 1997 got me thinking too. I’m a politics nerd. I became interested in politics through visiting my brother Paddy in Anniesland amidst the earthquake that was Roy Jenkins’ victory in the Hillhead by -election of 1982. It seemed that summer that as we walked from Anniesland through Byres Road and …

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Local elections: Sturgeon plays down Tory success in Scotland
by Press Association
6 May 2017 at 2:14pm
First minister says Conservatives only achieved best results in generation by taking votes off Labour, not the SNPNicola Sturgeon has played down the threat from the Conservatives in Scotland after Theresa May?s party achieved their best local election results in the country in generations to pus...

Tories and Labour 'scrapping for second place' in Scotland, says Sturgeon ? v...
by Guardian Staff
6 May 2017 at 12:46pm
SNP leader says local election results demonstrate her party remains in front in Scotland ?by some distance? and that Conservative attempts to make votes about independence have backfiredLocal elections: Sturgeon plays down Tory success in Scotland Continue reading...

Corbyn says Labour faces 'challenge on historic scale' to win general electio...
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Kevin Rawlinson
5 May 2017 at 8:47pm
Analysis: Conservatives reap the rewards of Brexit tough talkTories profit from Ukip collapse amid Labour lossesLive results tracker: local and mayoral elections 2017The Snap: sign up for our daily election email ? and read today?s 8.47pm BST This live blog is closing now but below is a summary o...

The Guardian view on the 2017 local elections: a clear and present warning | ...
by Editorial
5 May 2017 at 6:57pm
The council elections show Theresa May on course for general election triumph. Opponents of her hard Brexit plans must respond or face an even worse defeatDemocracy is among the proudest of human achievements. But politics and journalism are unsentimental. It is the fate of the 2017 UK council el...

Labour loses control of Glasgow city council as SNP makes gains
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 May 2017 at 1:02pm
Scottish National party on course to become city?s largest party as Scottish Tories pick up seats across countryLabour has lost control of Glasgow city council, its largest remaining power base in Scotland, after losing seats to the Scottish National party.In a major blow for Scottish Labour, ear...

Local elections: voters go to polls in England, Scotland and Wales
by Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot
4 May 2017 at 9:33am
Contests for council seats and six metro area mayors could give early picture of whether Labour is facing losses nationally on 8 June? Local elections 2017 ? latest updatesVoters are heading to the polls in local council and mayoral elections across England, Scotland and Wales in contests that co...

SNP hopes to finish the job and wipe out Labour in Glasgow
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 May 2017 at 6:00am
Nationalists won all seven of the city?s Westminster seats in 2015 and its eight Holyrood seats last year. Now they aim for a clean sweep in the local electionsA squadron of Scottish National party activists and councillors, easily identified by their fluorescent yellow tabards, clipboards and ev...

General election 2017: May says she intends to be 'bloody difficult' in Brexi...
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Kevin Rawlinson
2 May 2017 at 10:37pm
All the day?s campaign action, as Nick Clegg speaks out for Lib Dems, Tom Watson hits out at Boris Johnson, and Theresa May sets out to find votersThe Snap: sign up for our daily election email and read today?sLatest Guardian/ICM poll gives Tories 19-point lead over Labour 10.37pm BST 8.59pm BST...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Every loser wins, at least when it?s a Tory in Scotland
If you wanted a lesson in why so many people are losing faith in the traditional media and instead turning to alternatives, you only need to have a wee look at the headlines in the Scottish press and television news in their over-excited attempts to make out that a party which had come a very …

Reasons to be cheerful
The cooncil election results are in, and we’ve learned a few things. Despite the weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth over Tory gains in places like Shettleston, Ferguslie Park and Ravenscraig, these are mostly things which are good for the longer term picture for the independence campaign.  Whatever the Tories and their pals in the …

The land that we live in
We’re living in a land which has gone insane. We’re living in a land where people defend a government that demands that women give proof of rape in order to receive tax credits for a third child, a land which treats the decision to have children as a private investment and not as an investment …

Not bloody difficult at all
In an attempt to extricate herself from that distant galaxy where her plans for Brexit were formulated, Theresa May is revelling in the label ‘bloody difficult woman’. Jean Claude Juncker is finding out how difficult I can be, gloated Theresa as she grimaced over a poke of chips. Poor Theresa, struggling to comprehend the complexities …

In a galaxy far, far, away
In a galaxy far far away, May the farce is trying to negotiate with people on planet Earth. Well, I say negotiate, but negotiation implies some sort of meeting of minds, or at least that the parties concerned have a basic understanding of the parameters of the subject at hand. Over the weekend the German …

Zen and the art of Conservative political messaging
Theresa May has come and spoken to the people of Scotland! But don’t get too excited. Actually it’s kind of superfluous telling people not to get too excited by Theresa May because there are wallpaper pastes which are more attractive a prospect than a Prime Ministerial speech. And wallpaper paste actually serves a useful purpose …

The Prime Ministerial Parrot
The Prime Ministerial Parrot visited Aberdeenshire on Saturday to squawk a few sound bites at some business where the employees were instructed to stand in silence, then repeated them before an invited audience of Tories who clapped like trained seals. Strong and stable! Coalition of Chaos! Precious Union! Now is not the time! Theresa wants …

The nasty divisiveness of Scottish Unionism
The Tories were right. Scottish politics is divisive and nasty. But the problem for the Tories is that it’s them who are the primary source of the divisiveness and nastiness. The thing is that when you spend your entire time screaming at the top of your voice that the normal processes of a healthy democracy …

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Breakthrough for Scottish Greens as record of seats returned
THE Scottish Greens are celebrating a breakthrough result in the local government elections with a record number of candidates elected.

Shock as SNP and Tory leaders ditched in Edinburgh despite poll successes
THE election result in Edinburgh, which saw the SNP become the largest party on the capital?s council for the first time, led to an afternoon of the long knives in the City Chambers yesterday.

The Slorance Sketch... Theresa May goes full Trump on Brussels saboteurs
 

Labour?s 40-year rule of Glasgow City Council ended by SNP
LABOUR have been kicked out of power in Glasgow for the first time in 40 years, with the SNP becoming the city?s largest party.

Kezia Dugdale plays down defeat as Labour crashes into third place in council...
KEZIA Dugdale last night played down the latest election blow for Labour after it was pushed into third place in local government north of the Border.

Jeremy Corbyn says winning the General Election will be a historic challenge
JEREMY Corbyn has effectively admitted defeat in June?s General Election, saying it would be ?a challenge on a historic scale? for his beleaguered party to beat Theresa May?s Tories.

?Shocked? Tory takes seat in worst-off area in Scotland, Ferguslie Park
THE Tory elected to represent the most deprived area in Scotland yesterday said the result proves the party?s ?broad appeal?.

SNP win back Aberdeen but lose Aberdeenshire council wards
THE SNP have taken back control of Aberdeen City Council, ending the five-year reign of the Labour-Conservative-independent administration.

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Dr Anna Gregor (Retd) ? In the Past An Advocate Of Progressive Healthcare ? I...
            2017: Dr Gregor (retd):  I Am A Unionist – Stages Career Comeback- Just For One day Dr Gregor’s recent attack on the Scottish Health Service and Scottish Government was entirely expected. A willing horse, she was trotted out by “Better Together” to deliver her poisoned views in the 2014 … Continue reading "Dr Anna Gregor (Retd) – In the Past An Advocate Of Progressive Healthcare – I...

Sold to the Grubby Money Men With No Morals ? The Tory Party Handed Control o...
            12 April 2010 – Cameron declares himself a Zionist 2010 “I am a Zionist,” Conservative Party leader David Cameron told an audience of party supporters of Israel in London on Tuesday. “If what you mean by Zionist, is someone who believes that the Jews have a right to a … Continue reading "Sold to the Grubby Money Men With No Morals – The Tory Party Handed Control of the Nation to The...

Disregard All the Hype From Westminster ? The 2017 General Election Is All Ab...
            2008 United Kingdom Bank Rescue Package A bank rescue package totalling some £500 billion was announced by the British government on 8 October 2008, as a response to the ongoing global financial crisis. After two unsteady weeks at the end of September, the first week of October had seen … Continue reading "Disregard All the Hype From Westminster – The 2017 General Election Is All Ab...

Updated: 2017 General Election ? Early Swing To Tories ? Labour Flat-lining ?...
          Regardless of what is going on in the other parts of the UK, the General Election in Scotland is developing into a test of the political will of the electorate. To the exclusion of all other factors voters will place their votes, either in support of the campaign for independence … Continue reading "Updated: 2017 General Election – Early Swing To Tories – Labour Flat-lining – Added in...

Inverclyde ? A Labour Party Fiefdom ? 50+ Years of Misrule ? The Good People ...
            September 2000; Inverclyde – Death of Inverclyde Clyde Under the Labour Party Inverclyde Council is officially Scotland?s poorest performing local authority. The Council, formerly a part of Strathclyde Region was created by a local government reorganisation. Its first year?s accounts required 2500 adjustments resulting in a net asset reduction … Continue reading "Inverclyde – A Labo...

Ruth ?the Mooth? Davidson?s ? Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeonin...
            January 2017: Glasgow Job Centres to be Cut by Half The Tory party are well versed in the practice of buying the votes of the electorate, usually within 3-6 months of an election. Conversely they are also expert in dealing negative voters out of any initiative which would improve … Continue reading "Ruth “the Mooth” Davidson’s – Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of th...

Annie Wells ? Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth ? Exercise Care Annie...
              Annie Wells – A Most Unlikely Tory Party Member Carol Ann (‘Annie’) Wells is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP0 for the Glasgow region. She qualified for a seat at Holyrood in 2016, as a list MSP representing Glasgow voters. Annie was born and … Continue reading "Annie Wells – Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth – Exercise Care Annie – T...

Austerity ? A ? Contentious ? Strategy ? Politically ? and ? Economically ? C...
            Moneys Tight and Times are Hard So this Year There’ll be no Fg Xmas Card Since taking office in 2010, the Tory Government at Westminster has reduced Scotland’s budget each year. To date the cuts amount to approximately 9 per cent real-terms reduction. In value context this equates to … Continue reading "Austerity – A – Contentious – Strategy – Politically – and – Economically –...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?
?When I hear the word Scotland I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up?? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 3rd 2017 ?When I hear the word Scotland, I want to say: ?Shut the Fuck Up.?? These were the emotive words someone said at a public event in Newcastle I spoke at exactly one year to …

Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it?
Anniversaries Galore: Are the best days of Scottish football long behind it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 26th 2017 The only excitement this year in senior Scottish domestic football has been whether Celtic will go through the season undefeated in league, Scottish Cup and League Cup, and whether a historic treble is possible. Along with …

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

Scotland and Independence

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New support for Scottish independence - Sky News Australia

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New support for Scottish independence
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A majority of voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the General Election. Theresa May has been clear that 'now is not the time' for ...
Scottish independence in the shadow of BrexitOxford Student
Video shows p...

Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by t...

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Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by turning Scotland blue as bombshell ...
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RUTH Davidson's Tories won seats in even the most deprived parts of Scotland yesterday as a humiliated Labour party lost control of its Glasgow stronghold. The once-hated Scots Tories beat Labour into a historic second place behind the SNP gaining a ...
Google survey su...

EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland will give new Scots a voice in the ca...

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EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland will give new Scots a voice in the campaign for indy
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EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland have been active in the campaign for Scottish independence since 2013. Initially started as a community Facebook page, our group was founded by a French national, Sylvie, who wanted to form a Yes group to bring ...



Scottish nationalists clam up on independence - Financial Times

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Scottish nationalists clam up on independence
Financial Times
Polls suggest only a minority of voters in Scotland favour independence and there has been no sign yet of a significant boost for the SNP from Brexit or Theresa May's rejection of the Scottish parliament's demand for a second referendum on leaving the UK.
Poll blow for Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence support drops ...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week five of...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week five of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week five of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Theresa May has just handed Scottish independence to Nicola Sturgeon on a pla...

The Independent
Theresa May has just handed Scottish independence to Nicola Sturgeon on a plate
The Independent
In the aftermath of Theresa May's announcement to hold a snap election, Sturgeon knows how most Scots will receive the news: badly. Provided May is allowed to hold the election by Parliament, it will most likely lead to a Conservative victory and ...
The general election will be a vote on...

I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's...

The Independent
I never thought I would support Scottish independence ? but Nicola Sturgeon's feminism is pushing me towards it
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon faced a storm of criticism as she embarked on her ?grievance tour? of the US this month, instead of focusing on negotiating a second referendum for Scottish independence. Yet one aspect of that visit was grossly overlooked. At the Women ......

New report finds revolution in Scottish workers' rights requires independence...

CommonSpace
New report finds revolution in Scottish workers' rights requires independence
CommonSpace
A NEW report has called for a new form of collective bargaining rights for Scottish workers among other legal changes, to turn around the deterioration of working conditions across the UK in recent decades. The report by the Jimmy Reid Foundation also ...



SNP

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Why the SNP are happy that the Tories are now the main opposition in Scotland...

New Statesman
Why the SNP are happy that the Tories are now the main opposition in Scotland
New Statesman
The former SNP leader and first minister has spent decades aggressively dehumanising the Conservatives, painting them as a southern, anti-Scottish party with values that are antithetical to any right-thinking countryman. Nor might he be the only senior ...

SNP MPs 'will ensure Scots heard at Westminster like never before' - The Scot...

The Scotsman
SNP MPs 'will ensure Scots heard at Westminster like never before'
The Scotsman
SNP depute leader Angus Robertson has pledged Scotland will be heard ?like never before? at Westminster if a ?strong? group of nationalist MPs is elected. Nicola Sturgeon's party almost swept the board in the 2015 general election, taking 56 of the 59 ...

Willie Young: Wall repair bill row will 'haunt' SNP - Aberdeen Evening Express

Aberdeen Evening Express
Willie Young: Wall repair bill row will 'haunt' SNP
Aberdeen Evening Express
And in a parting shot to the SNP he said the row over the £200,000 wall repair bill would come back to ?haunt? them. The former Bridge of Don councillor told the Evening Express: ?The wall certainly didn't help and when that all comes out in the end ...

Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal' - Andover Adve...

Andover Advertiser
Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal'
Andover Advertiser
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is ?very open? to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city ? but also stressed she would have ?no qualms? about going it alone and running a minority administration. Susan Aitken ...

New SNP leader of Glasgow council 'open' to Greens coalition - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
New SNP leader of Glasgow council 'open' to Greens coalition
The Scotsman
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is ?very open? to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city - but also stressed she would have ?no qualms? about going it alone and running a minority administration. Susan Aitken ...

Scotland's politics have been split into a two-party divide between the SNP a...

The Scottish Sun
Scotland's politics have been split into a two-party divide between the SNP and the Tories
The Scottish Sun
Once upon a time there was a steelworks there. It had a huge cooling tower standing like a giant, with the Ravenscraig name emblazoned across the side. It was totemic and, when it came down, it was a symbol for everything the Conservatives had done to ...

Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal' - Bromsgrove A...

Bromsgrove Advertiser
Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal'
Bromsgrove Advertiser
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is ?very open? to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city ? but also stressed she would have ?no qualms? about going it alone and running a minority administration. Susan Aitken ...

Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal' - Cotswold Jou...

Cotswold Journal
Glasgow City Council's new SNP leader 'open to coalition deal'
Cotswold Journal
The new SNP leader of Glasgow City Council has said she is ?very open? to doing a coalition deal with the Greens to run the city ? but also stressed she would have ?no qualms? about going it alone and running a minority administration. Susan Aitken ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by t...

The Sun
Conservatives destroying Nicola Sturgeon's independence referendum hopes by turning Scotland blue as bombshell ...
The Sun
RUTH Davidson's Tories won seats in even the most deprived parts of Scotland yesterday as a humiliated Labour party lost control of its Glasgow stronghold. The once-hated Scots Tories beat Labour into a historic second place behind the SNP gaining a ...
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Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don'...

Washington Post
Scotland's leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don't.
Washington Post
After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional ...
Scots don't want another independe...

Sturgeon's push for second referendum has been a gift to her rivals - Politic...

The Scottish Sun
Sturgeon's push for second referendum has been a gift to her rivals
Politics.co.uk
'SNP win local election in Scotland', declared a press release shortly before 6pm yesterday. By any measurement, that was true. The party, it continued, had won 'more seats' and 'an increased and higher share of the vote' than any other party. Basing ...
Scotland's politics have been split into a two...

Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'ludicrous' claims Tory surge could stop referendum b...

NW Evening Mail
Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'ludicrous' claims Tory surge could stop referendum bid
NW Evening Mail
Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "ludicrous" any claims that the surge in Tory support in Scotland could derail her bid to hold a second independence referendum. The First Minister and SNP admitted the Conservatives in Scotland had "a good day by their ...
Scottish Conservatives enjoy maj...

Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll - The Times (subscrip...

The Times (subscription)
Scots to back independence referendum if SNP leads poll
The Times (subscription)
Most voters in Scotland believe the SNP would have the right to hold another independence referendum if the party wins more than half of the Scottish seats in the general election on June 8. Last month Theresa May rebuffed Nicola Sturgeon's request for ...
POLL: 49% of Scots don't want a second...

Scottish referendum could have been postponed - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish referendum could have been postponed
Financial Times
He attempts to use a comment by Ruth Davidson in a debate two weeks before the Scottish referendum as evidence that the Scottish Nationalists could not have been expected to take account of the probable vote on EU membership. The Scottish referendum ...
Britain's election could boost Scotland independence callsLuxemburger...

Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

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Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
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Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
New referendum bil...

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told - Financial Times

EU referendum won't happen, Scots were told
Financial Times
Sir, John S Burton (Letters, April 6) is rewriting history in asserting that Scottish nationalists ?knew well before the vote on independence . . . that there would almost certainly be a vote on EU membership?. In a TV debate two weeks before the 2014 ...



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June 8th General Election
It's on.

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

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

Why do working class and poorer people vote Tory
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/working-class-tories-are-not-just-turkeys-voting-for-christmas Reasonable article this one. Talks about Tory voters wanting to be left alone by politicians and lefties believing the state knows best and needs to intervene everywhere. I...

The Official President Trump thread

The Conservative and Unionist Party.
Think Scotland's 2nd Biggest party needs a thread of its own. I'm sure many will agree. Really looking forward to Scotland's Future. Scotland has really needed an increase in right wing support. That has finally come. Glorious. Onwards and upwards.

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

Unusual Candidates In Your Area
Time for us to look at some of the more...'alternative' candidates in your area for these upcoming elections.   For some reason Inverness always has at least one Christian Party candidate at every election.  Donald Boyd, who seems one of their only candidates, is running for the council in In...

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Council elections
Just noticed that nominations in Aberdeenshire closed today ( https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/local-government-elections-2017/# notice) thought I'd start a thread for the fellow election fans on the board.  Somewhere to discuss an upcoming  election vote with ...

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

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

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

July Talk - Glasgow Tonight!
Following the tip-off fae Scotty many months ago.....this mob are tremendous and playing at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, tonight at 8pm....tickets only £8.Cannae post a link somehow, however go to Youtube and searchJuly Talk Guns and Ammunition

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

The Lord Is Calling Us To The Table
As we acknowledge and give thanks for the greatest act of agape love in history...   Jesus said to them, ?I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." John 6:35 -------------------------------------------------...

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A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches ...

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

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