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Scottish Labour in turmoil before conference
7 Mar 2019 at 12:01am
Scottish Labour appears in turmoil on the eve of its spring conference, with leader Richard Leonard beset by rows over Brexit, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and money.


Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement talks 'mired in a deadlock in Brussels'
6 Mar 2019 at 6:33pm
Negotiations on Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement were mired in deadlock after what both Downing Street and the European Commission admitted were "difficult" talks in Brussels on Tuesday.


Theresa May says SNP have 'no mandate' to pursue independence
6 Mar 2019 at 3:30pm
THE SNP have reacted furiously after Theresa May claimed they have ?no mandate? to pursue independence and mocked their latest currency plans.


Secrecy row as SNP quietly drop devolved benefit
6 Mar 2019 at 5:00am
SNP ministers have ditched long-standing plans to take over a devolved benefit for severely disabled people as they now see ?no advantage? in running it in Scotland.


Richard Leonard and Kezia Dugdale at war over Brexit 'censorship' at Scottish...
6 Mar 2019 at 11:24am
RICHARD Leonard has been accused of ?censoring? anti-Brexit comments at this weekend?s Scottish Labour conference in a blazing row with his predecessor.


SNP say 2020 childcare expansion will be 'challenging' but remains on target
6 Mar 2019 at 12:51pm
THE SNP?s childcare minister has said the expansion of free childcare provision will be ?challenging? but remains on target.


Nicola Sturgeon's US trip cost taxpayers £44,000
6 Mar 2019 at 5:18am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s recent controversial trip to North America cost taxpayers £44,000, it has emerged.


Minister unable to give cost of devolved benefit delays
6 Mar 2019 at 5:22pm
THE SNP Social Security Secretary has been unable to say how much Scottish taxpayers will hand the UK government to deliver delayed devolved benefits.


Jeremy Corbyn's Momentum group fined for breaching electoral law
6 Mar 2019 at 10:35am
MOMENTUM, the grassroots organisation set up to support Jeremy Corbyn, has been fined a total of £16,700 for multiple breaches of electoral law.


Police Scotland 'will not prioritise enforcing 20mph laws'
6 Mar 2019 at 11:10am
POLICE will not prioritise enforcing a blanket 20mph speed limit in built-up areas, a senior officer has told MSPs.


SNP economic plan would 'torpedo' Indyref2 alliance
5 Mar 2019 at 1:30pm
THE SNP will destroy any chance of another cross-party independence campaign if it formally adopts a controversial economic plan at its spring conference, it has been warned.


Nicola Sturgeon: SNP wants to make Scotland the best country in which to live...
5 Mar 2019 at 1:12pm
As Brexit chaos continues at Westminster, and as the UK Government fails to deliver any domestic policy agenda worthy of the name, the Scottish Government is getting on with the job of delivering policies which will make a real difference to people?s lives.


MSPs back motion for UK to rule out a no-deal Brexit
5 Mar 2019 at 6:10pm
Scottish ministers have backed a Scottish Government motion calling for Theresa May rule out a no-deal Brexit.


Conservatives suspend 14 members over alleged Islamophobia
5 Mar 2019 at 4:35pm
The Conservatives have suspended 14 members for allegedly making Islamophobic comments following a string of abusive posts on social media.


Richard Leonard announces fourth spindoctor as leader
5 Mar 2019 at 2:05pm
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard has named his fourth spindoctor in 16 months.

 

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No-deal Brexit ?could spark global recession?
6 Mar 2019 at 8:27pm
Britain could be tipped into a recession that could spill out across the global economy under a severely disruptive no-deal Brexit, a major international organisation has warned.

Taking a Stand over capital comedy staff getting home safely
6 Mar 2019 at 7:39pm
A year-round comedy club has become the first major late-night venue in Edinburgh to sign up to a trade union campaign to ensure late-night workers get home safely.

12,000 sign petition demanding rent controls in Scotland
6 Mar 2019 at 4:57pm
More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the Scottish Government introduce “proper rent controls” to protect tenants living in privately-owned properties.

Russian ship with 'vomit weapon' spotted off Scottish coast
6 Mar 2019 at 4:04pm
The Royal Navy is shadowing a Russian vessel believed to be carrying a state-of-the-art ‘vomit inducing’ weapon after it entered the Moray Firth.

PMQs: Theresa May urges MPs to ?give up EU membership? for Lent
6 Mar 2019 at 3:14pm
Theresa May has urged MPs to “give up being a member of the European Union” for Lent as a Tory MP called on the Commons to back her Brexit deal.

Build auxiliary naval ships in Rosyth to protect Scots jobs, says MP
6 Mar 2019 at 2:51pm
Work to build three auxiliary ships for the Royal Navy should be awarded to a UK consortium in order to protect jobs at Rosyth, a Scottish MP has said.

Theresa May hails Scotland's approach on knife crime
6 Mar 2019 at 2:25pm
Scotland’s public health approach to reducing knife crime will form part of the UK Government’s response to the rising toll of young victims of violence across England, Theresa May has said.

Safety failings putting football fans at ?significant risk?, report claims
6 Mar 2019 at 2:20pm
Football fans are being put at “significant risk” by a series of safety failings, according to a new report.

New BBC channel attracts one in three Scots in first week
6 Mar 2019 at 12:22pm
BBC Scotland chiefs say their new channel has already reached one in three viewers in Scotland.

Kezia Dugdale accuses Scottish Labour leader of censorship
6 Mar 2019 at 11:41am
The former leader of Scottish Labour, Kezia Dugdale, has accused her successor of censoring and insulting the party’s two Scottish members of the European Parliament.

SNP minister abandons entire devolved benefit to the DWP
6 Mar 2019 at 11:12am
The Scottish Government has quietly abandoned attempts to devolve one of 11 welfare benefits that were due to be handed over by the UK Government, it has emerged.

Pregnant Scottish women get funds boost for mental health issues
6 Mar 2019 at 10:54am
Women experiencing mental health problems while pregnant, or as a new mother, should be able to access better treatment after the Scottish Government announced a £50 million cash boost for services.

Legal smoking age would rise to 21 in Scotland under SNP plans
6 Mar 2019 at 10:36am
The legal smoking age would be raised to 21 in Scotland under plans being considered by SNP ministers.

Letters: Don?t blame the SNP, blame Westminster austerity
6 Mar 2019 at 10:27am
A Scotsman reader responds to a letter from yesterday which argued Scots are “referendumed out”.

Momentum fined almost £17k for ?multiple? electoral law breaches
6 Mar 2019 at 10:01am
The grassroots group Momentum has been fined £16,700 for “multiple breaches of electoral law”, the Electoral Commission has said.

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Back down the slide
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2019 at 12:17am
We’ve just got the tables from a new Panelbase poll back, and they make grim reading for Labour (North British Branch Office) on the eve of their conference. Holyrood voting intentions (constituency): SNP 41% (nc) Con 27% (nc) Lab 19% (-3) LD 8% (+2) Grn 3% (+1) UKIP 2% (+1) (1002 Scottish voters, 2-6 March 2019) …

A different country
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Mar 2019 at 10:19am
(Full series here.)

The fightback
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Mar 2019 at 10:16am
Self-propelling brain vacancy Alex Cole-Hamilton might have just recorded the shortest ever reign at the top of our Thickest Politician In Scotland rankings, but you can’t keep a proper idiot down for long. It probably goes without saying that none of the above is even a little bit true. The accession requirements for new EU members are laid out …

If this were only cleared away
by Chris Cairns
2 Mar 2019 at 6:59am

Duncan Vs. Reality
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2019 at 4:34pm
Lordy, is it that time again already? Let’s leave aside the most toweringly and obviously cretinous aspect of that insanely illogical claim for a moment – namely, if the McCrone Report was such a smoking gun proving independence would be bad, why did the UK government suppress it for 30 years rather than sending a copy …

Jenny Marra is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2019 at 9:08am
Yesterday afternoon the Labour list MSP Jenny Marra tweeted this allegation about Dr Drew Walker, the Director Of Public Health for NHS Tayside: It wasn’t true. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Marra later tweeted that NHS Tayside were investigating the allegation: But went oddly quiet when the results of the investigation were released: …

The secretary of the playground
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2019 at 10:05am
In today’s Times: Yeah, you read it right. He really said it out loud. The article also contains some chilling forecasts about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, including unemployment in Scotland more than DOUBLING (it’s currently 96,000): But apparently the Secretary of State for Scotland is perfectly happy with refusing to try to avert such a …

Every rat for themselves
by Chris Cairns
23 Feb 2019 at 6:59am

Counting With James Kelly MSP
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Feb 2019 at 5:50pm
Alex Cole-Hamilton’s reign was the shortest on record.

The master of detail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Feb 2019 at 2:08pm
Unionists have been in a purple frenzy of rage in the last couple of weeks that the First Minister has dared to leave the country not once but twice in order to try to improve relations and trade links with Scotland’s business partners. Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton – a man who still thinks the …

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Epilepsy expert issues warning over vital medication
7 Mar 2019 at 1:14am
A neurologist has warned patients are still unclear about accessing drugs after the UK leaves the EU.


European parliament to keep Scotland office after Brexit
7 Mar 2019 at 1:17am
BBC Scotland understands the parliament's Edinburgh operation will stay open until at least the end of next year.


MSPs call for changes to transport bill
7 Mar 2019 at 1:17am
Holyrood's rural economy committee urges ministers to "clarify" and strengthen planned transport reforms.


MSPs urged to 'set an example' for tone of political debate
7 Mar 2019 at 1:18am
Holyrood's presiding officer urges MSPs to "set an example" contrary to "aggressive" debate on social media.


Scottish Labour row erupts ahead of party conference
6 Mar 2019 at 6:36pm
The former leader of Scottish Labour launches an attack on her successor over Brexit just days before the party's conference.


Ministers urged to fix childcare plan 'flaws'
6 Mar 2019 at 6:27pm
Opposition MSPs say urgent action is needed to ensure the government's flagship childcare expansion plan is delivered on time.


Mental health services boost for expectant and new mothers
6 Mar 2019 at 11:41am
The first minister announces an extra £50m to provide access to treatment for an additional 11,000 patients.


Lord Mayor of the City of London backs Scots growth
6 Mar 2019 at 4:31pm
The person in charge of promoting the UK's financial industry around the world says there is great potential for Scottish firms to expand abroad.


Helicopter safety public inquiry call not backed by Scottish government
6 Mar 2019 at 4:12pm
The Scottish government feels an offshore safety public inquiry would not assist work already being done.


Scottish Borders transport improvement options drawn-up
6 Mar 2019 at 10:48am
The Scottish government says a report fulfils a commitment to the Borders but an MP calls it a "complete flop".


Brexit: Scottish and Welsh parliaments pass joint motion
5 Mar 2019 at 6:35pm
Members of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly back a joint motion calling for Brexit to be put back.


Call for US expert to operate on mesh implant victims
5 Mar 2019 at 12:36pm
Campaigners want a US surgeon who has removed hundreds of mesh implants to be brought over to Scotland.

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Abandoning the SNP for a new pro-indy party would be a terrible idea - and he...
by James Kelly
5 Mar 2019 at 3:52pm
Jason McCann ran a Twitter poll yesterday, asking whether a new pro-independence party should be set up if the SNP fail to use their mandate to hold an independence referendum.  Now, it's no secret...

Could Scottish Labour be heading towards a total wipeout at Westminster?
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2019 at 3:11pm
This has only just occurred to me, but it should have occurred to me a couple of weeks ago.  What do we know, or think we know, about the seven Scottish Labour seats at Westminster?  That six of th...

If we really must "reinforce" the mandate we already have for a referendum, l...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2019 at 2:07am
So just a few miscellaneous thoughts about the BBC's latest reporting on where the indyref2 saga goes from here.  I know some people always get irritated with me if I take the BBC's account of anon...

Remember: if the UK and EU can't reach agreement on the length or purpose of ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2019 at 4:13pm
As ever, trying to tease out Theresa May's real objective is the riddle at the heart of this latest Brexit development.  Using the threat of a vote on No Deal to coax Remainers into voting for the ...

Not the Nine O'Clock News
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2019 at 2:27am
A few days ago, I took a first look at the schedules of the new BBC Scotland channel and came to a sudden conclusion that the whole thing was a sham.  It seemed to me that the BBC were so determine...

The Independent Group look increasingly like the Tory B Team
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2019 at 6:24pm
Heidi Allen revealed yesterday that the Independent Group have decided not to take any action that would precipitate a general election - an extraordinary public position for a small group seeking ...

If the 35-strong SNP group don't appear on network TV significantly more ofte...
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2019 at 6:07am
Most political parties would be doing well to have a panellist on Question Time within three days of coming into existence.  The Independent Group aren't even a party, but they managed it courtesy ...

Prepare to be STAGGERED: new YouGov poll shows the Independent Group have les...
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2019 at 10:32pm
The new YouGov poll testing potential support for the Independent Group was mentioned on the previous thread, because unlike the recent Survation poll it shows Labour taking a substantial hit, with...

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(Cricket News) Scottish, Irish & Dutch teams feature in new European T20 leag...
by /u/WarEagle55
7 Mar 2019 at 1:51am
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Engineer getting rejected cause European?
by /u/Razormlt
6 Mar 2019 at 10:53pm
So a while ago, I posted on /r Scotland and Aberdeen. I am an accredited mechanical engineer and a member with the IMechE and IET. Right now, I wish to move to Scotland preferably Aberdeen or Glasg...

Get Well Gamers
by /u/MrMaclurio
6 Mar 2019 at 10:00pm
I saw on the nine tonight a few guys who organised donating thousands of consoles and more games to Yorkhill and I assume other hospitals. It was lovely to see being a gamer and the reaction the ki...

Glasgow University package 'looks to be linked' to London explosives
by /u/Waqqy
6 Mar 2019 at 9:09pm
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National Student Survey calls from an Edinburgh number
by /u/BrochZebra
6 Mar 2019 at 8:07pm
Has anyone else been getting hounded by an edinburgh number ending in 4542? Googled it and it's from the National Student survey. They must call me and my family home at least 3 times a week and th...

Baby Grace is sick on Nicola Sturgeon
by /u/DundonianDolan
6 Mar 2019 at 7:07pm
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Inaugural Women's Tour of Scotland Announces Route
by /u/Sorlud
6 Mar 2019 at 6:52pm
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'Significant' stadium safety risk for fans
by /u/zias_growler
6 Mar 2019 at 5:37pm
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Bomb disposal experts detonate package
by /u/ninjascotsman
6 Mar 2019 at 5:35pm
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Can someone explain what will change when Scotland becomes independent?
by /u/MikkyJade
6 Mar 2019 at 4:09pm
It sounds like a dumb question, but I'm asking about what exactly changes? Will there be changes in your healthcare, schooling, housing, immigration, etc? I know that it means Scotland will make i...

Bid to tackle antisemitism thwarted by Labour chiefs
by /u/zias_growler
6 Mar 2019 at 3:16pm
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Scottish wild land and its critics
by /u/LukeyHear
6 Mar 2019 at 3:11pm
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Secrecy row as SNP quietly drop devolved benefit
by /u/abz_eng
6 Mar 2019 at 2:09pm
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Patrick Harvie ?? on Twitter: Looks like Labour are keen to debate a resoluti...
by /u/bottish
6 Mar 2019 at 1:11pm
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Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley sparks fury over security forces' ki...
by Tony Clerkson
6 Mar 2019 at 10:41pm
The Tory MPs' comments sparked outrage from victims of the security forces and nationalist political leaders while the Irish Government sought an explanation.


Tory peer calls for inquiry into Islamophobia within her own party
by David Hughes
6 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
Former minister Baroness Warsi said Theresa May had failed to act to stamp out the bigotry.


Brexit bribe claims as Theresa May blasted for 'buying Labour support' with £...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
The PM was accused of trying to bribe Labour MPs to vote for her deal over the cash pledge for areas of northern England which voted to leave the EU.


Tories' toxic Brexit immigration policy drags us down and will leave Scotland...
by Ian Blackford
4 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
Our columnist Ian Blackford says ending freedom of movement rights will deny Scottish people opportunities and also prevent us attracting workers we need to grow our economy.


Richard Leonard says Labour government would block Scottish IndyRef2 vote
by Laura Paterson
4 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
The Scottish Labour leader says there is 'no appetite' for a second independence referendum and Labour would snub SNP.


Justice system not geared up to meeting needs of victims in sex assault cases
by Record View
4 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
Record View says the Government and Crown must listen to the family of tragic Rebecca MacGilvray before more innocent people are forced to endure same ordeal.


Gordon Brown snubbed Jim Murphy's call for Scottish Indyref while Prime Minis...
by Steve Hendry
3 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
Murphy wanted to 'call the SNP's bluff' and hold a vote he knew the parties who back the British nation state would win.


Tony Blair sparks row over claim it's a myth Scotland is more left wing than ...
by John Ferguson
3 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
The former Prime Minister says Labour Party in Scotland is struggling because it gave up middle ground to Ruth Davidson.


Faslane nuclear fears after 500 'significant' safety alerts at Trident sub ba...
by John Ferguson
3 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
MSP seeks reassurance from defence chiefs after documents reveal the figure.


US Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on course to light up White House
by John Ferguson
3 Mar 2019 at 4:30am
Sunday Mail political expert John Ferguson reveals why he is betting on the gifted congresswoman becoming the first female US President.

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A Note On Pensions
by michaelgreenwell
6 Mar 2019 at 5:39pm
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
by michaelgreenwell
5 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
by michaelgreenwell
25 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2019 at 11:17pm
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
by michaelgreenwell
8 Feb 2019 at 9:49pm
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2019 at 11:42am
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Even Worse
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2019 at 8:25am
The remarkable thing is that the current group are actually WORSE than this lot grew up to be…

Time Is Running Out For The Union
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2019 at 10:55am
The latest from Sarah Mackie

Bella Caledonia

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Chris Grayling is the £33 Million Man
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Mar 2019 at 7:50pm
Failing Grayling awarded a £14 million ferry contract to a company that had no ferries, watched the deal collapse, got sued by Eurotunnel over his handling of the procurement process, and then lost £33million of taxpayers? money in an out-of-court settlement. His career is in ruins but the Tories can rebuild him, he is the …

Saving the Planet with Daniel Hannan
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Mar 2019 at 11:58am
Denial about climate change takes many forms. There’s the old-school version of Big Oil funding eccentric old men to push out their drivel, or big business financing disinformation to protect their income; then there’s the version that says “this is really happening but there’s nothing we can do about it”. This second variant resists any …

Tom Leonard ? an Appreciation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Mar 2019 at 9:09am
Colin Kirkwood remembers his friend, the poet Tom Leonard. When I was growing up in Saltcoats in the 1950s, the protestant community had few connections with the catholic community. Except for the occasional fight. Another exception was going to cafes, such as the Café Melbourne and the Marina. Cafes were almost the only source of …

Remembering Pollok Free State
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Mar 2019 at 11:10am
This is part of research for a book I’m working on about how Scotland changed between 1950-2000. I’m going to be sharing bits of the research as I go along and incorporating peoples feedback, memories and thoughts. “Pollok Free State: an organisation protesting against the building of the M77 motorway through public woodlands in Pollok …

Stronger Towns ? Stronger Together
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2019 at 8:02pm
There’s so much going on in this image and tweet I’m not sure where to begin … take a moment to take it all in. Let’s pause to note the language-spin of calling northern English towns completely undermined by years of London-centric economic misrule “Stronger Towns” and the sheer  brazen opportunist cheek of May and …

Switching To The Socio-Eco Lane
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Mar 2019 at 1:33pm
Rob Brown laments the SNP?s 12-year seduction of car drivers and spotlights a radical practical alternative. Living in Kinross?s conservation area, just a five-minute stroll from the south shore of Loch Leven, is rather idyllic. A crisp late autumn walk might even be blessed by one of the most glorious wildlife spectacles on these islands …

The Act of Citizenship
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2019 at 7:33pm
Ya shaida Yi na Dan Kasa. The UK Government did not begin its deprivation of citizenship policy last month, when Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, signed an order depriving British-born Shamima Begum of her British nationality. This process began long ago. Under the British Nationality Act 1981 ? which applies to all British Citizens – …

Short Changing Scottish TV Viewers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Mar 2019 at 6:36pm
For some people the BBC is irredeemable until independence. For others the BBC is irredeemable until broadcasting is devolved. Some have described the new channel as “a giant apology to the Yes movement”. The new BBC Scotland channel has been slated from some quarters (too male, too stale, too many repeats, too timid in commissioning …

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No 10 concedes police numbers are relevant in fight against violent crime - a...
by Andrew Sparrow
5 Mar 2019 at 5:57pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenJeremy Hunt?s Today interview - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.47pm GMT At Cabinet this morning :: Home Secretary Sajid Javid called for millions more in emergency funding for police to combat knife crime and other serious violence. ...

Scottish currency proposals get qualified welcome
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
2 Mar 2019 at 3:21pm
SNP plan for Scotland to establish its own currency within a few years of leaving UK gets mixed responseLeading figures across the pro-independence movement have given a highly qualified welcome to Scottish National party proposals that an independent Scotland would establish its own currency wit...

Brexit: Labour will back amendment for second referendum, says Corbyn ? as it...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
25 Feb 2019 at 9:40pm
Opposition says it will back or put forward amendment for public vote if its alternative to Theresa May?s Brexit plan is voted down by MPsLabour to back moves for second Brexit referendum ? reportUK insurers say no-deal Brexit would be ?act of economic self-harm?Theresa May?s press conference - S...

Theresa May faces ministerial revolt over no-deal Brexit
by Rowena Mason, Jessica Elgot and Severin Carrell
21 Feb 2019 at 7:02pm
Up to 25 government members could vote for delay rather than allow UK to crash out Theresa May is facing the most serious cabinet revolt of her premiership next week, with as many as 25 members of the government ready to vote for a Brexit delay unless she rules out ?no deal? ? in a move that will...

Scottish independence: new vote depends on Brexit outcome ? Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Feb 2019 at 2:28pm
First minister?s remarks in US seen as rebuff to those pressing her to exploit chaos by calling for new vote nowNicola Sturgeon has played down the prospects of an early vote on Scottish independence by warning her supporters that ?calm consideration? was needed first.Scotland?s first minister to...

Former SNP MP starts Scottish independence polling initiative
by Libby Brooks
3 Feb 2019 at 1:21pm
Angus Robertson sets up Progress Scotland with party reeling from Salmond claimsA new polling organisation gathering data on Scotland?s evolving views on independence has been launched by the Scottish National party?s former Westminster leader Angus Robertson, as the party leader and first minist...

SNP passes last-minute budget with Green party backing
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
31 Jan 2019 at 7:08pm
SNP agrees to Green demands for local government funding boost and new council tax systemThe Scottish National party has secured the support of the Greens to pass its government?s budget just hours before the first key vote on the spending plans.The deal was reached on Thursday afternoon after da...

As it happened ? MPs vote for Brady's Brexit amendment to renegotiate backstop
by Andrew Sparrow, Kevin Rawlinson and Martin Farrer
30 Jan 2019 at 2:57am
Commons also backs non-binding amendment to reject no-deal Brexit, as EU says withdrawal agreement is ?not open for renegotiation?This live blog is closed. Follow our new live blog hereFull results: how did each MP vote on the amendments? 2.57am GMT It?s been quite a day in Brexitland and it?s no...

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Journey to Yes #23
Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny supported Better Together in 2014 believing it would …

A Conservative stitch-up
Do you hear that roasting sound? Hear it pop and spit? It’s the sound of shrivelling, shrinking, and burning up. Do you feel the heat and the fire that threatens to destroy the house? Are you unable to see anything through the dense smoke? That would be a million gammons learning that the UK can’t …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 1 March 2019
Welcome to the 1st of March edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast, where Callum Baird (The National’s editor) and I manage to find things to talk about other than Brexit. Whoopee! In this edition we discuss Theresa May’s surprising revelation that she’s a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and whether this is the most embarrassing …

The greatest argument of all
It’s being reported by the BBC that within the next few weeks Theresa May expects the Scottish Government to ask for a Section 30 order in order to hold another Scottish independence referendum, and that the Prime Minster has already decided to refuse. If we have to beg London for permission just to ask ourselves …

Oh no EU can?t. Oh yes we can
One of the EU’s most senior parliamentarians has said in an interview that the entry of an independent Scotland into the EU should be easy. The German veteran MEP Elmar Brok made the remarks while being interviewed by Alex Salmond on the latter’s show on RT. Since Scotland is, for the time being, a part …

The myth makers of Westminster
I wouldn’t normally give the oxygen of publicity to anything published by the extremoyoons of the laughably misnamed A Force For Good. They’re the tiny wee group of far right zoomers who stand at independence rallies and shout abuse at indy supporters while thon guy with the manky shirt preaches with a megaphone. They make …

The National publishes the McCrone Report
Today, in a historic first, The National publishes the McCrone Report, the secret British government report into Scotland’s oil wealth. Kept hidden from the Scottish public for 45 years, the report demonstrates that had Scotland voted for independence during the 1970s, this country would now be sitting on a sovereign wealth fund of trillions. Scotland …

The secretary of state for temper tantrums
Yesterday I wrote a blog article in which I compared David Mundell, the Scotland Secretary, to a union fleg branded supermarket bag, flapping uselessly in the branches of a tree. I would like to say now that this remark was unwarranted and utterly uncalled for. Plastic bags do have a useful purpose. It is being …

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Brexit has lit the touch paper of right-wing extremism
ACCORDING to the honourable member for the Middle Ages, Jacob Rees-Mogg, delaying Article 50 and UK involvement in the European Parliament elections in May could led to an alarming rise in right-wing extremism.

Unions reject May?s bid to woo Labour with Brexit workers' rights bid
THERESA May is set to unveil a raft a new measures to protect workers? rights after Brexit.

External anti-European forces meddled in Brexit vote, Tusk says
EUROPEAN Council president Donald Tusk has claimed ?external anti-European forces? meddled in the UK?s Brexit vote.

Independence takes centre stage at SNP conference with vote on new economic plan
THE economic case for independence is to be at the heart of the SNP?s conference next month, according to a draft agenda for the event obtained by The National.

Stay with us, Mackay tells EU nationals in Scotland
FINANCE Secretary Derek Mackay has issued a plea to EU migrants in Scotland as advisors warn Brexit will cause a ?severe? impact in some sectors.

Fresh pressure on Amber Rudd to end benefits freeze early
AMBER Rudd is under fresh pressure to help end the benefits freeze early, amid ?destitution? fears for families.

BBC fails to invite any SNP politicians on Newsnight for an entire month
THE SNP?s depute leader has once again demanded answers from the BBC after research by the Sunday National revealed one of its flagship political panel shows did not feature a single SNP politician in the entirety of last month.

Tony Blair considered holding indyref in 2008, new film reveals
TONY Blair?s government discussed holding a referendum on Scottish independence in 2008, according to a new BBC documentary.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and t...
1979: The beginning of the end of the ancien regime that ruled Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 1st 2019 Today is the 40th anniversary of Scotland going to the polls to vote in the first devolution referendum on Labour?s proposals for a Scottish Assembly. This marked the beginning of Scotland?s constitutional …

The Birth of the New: BBC Scotland Finally Takes Off
The Birth of the New: BBC Scotland Finally Takes Off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 27 February 2019 BBC Scotland?s new channel launched on Sunday at 7pm. There was a small amount of expectation, a countdown, and even nervousness. Sitting, waiting for it to begin, in those last few seconds I reflected how seldom a new …

As Labour and Tories splinter the old political order is broken beyond repair
As Labour and Tories splinter the old political order is broken beyond repair Scottish Review, February 20th 2019 Gerry Hassan The Labour Party have finally split after months of rumours ? with so far eight Labour MPs resigning from the party and three senior Tories joining them ? and numerous stories of many more considering …

Time to close the last closed shop: Britain?s and Scotland?s private schools
Time to close the last closed shop: Britain and Scotland?s private schools Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 13 February 2019 Britain?s elites have never been more self-serving, self-sustaining and only interested in looking after themselves ? aided by private education. All of a sudden the subject of private schools is back on the public agenda, aided …

The next Battle of Britain is going to be about England?s future
The next Battle of Britain is going to about England?s future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 6th 2019 Brexit certainly seems increasingly to be about England ? or a certain version of England and a rather specific version of the past. Take last week for example. The previous Tuesday was another landmark day for Brexit. …

Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words
Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 30th 2019 The tributes paid to Hugh McIlvanney spoke volumes for the influence of the man, his writing and for his humanity. They were laced with recollections and memorable stories of late nights, pressurised deadlines, and long conversations – often …

Independence is about more than an indyref. It is about changing minds and Sc...
Independence is about more than an indyref. It is about changing minds and Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 25th 2019 Independence has to be about more than tactics and processes ? which has dominated too many conversations since 2014. Independence is about more than an indyref – and in particular, timing, the question asked …

We Scots have to start listening to each other
We Scots have to start listening to each other Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 23rd 2019 Brexit seems to have no end, consuming nearly all political energy and devouring those who come into contact with it. Or so it seems for now. The Economist recently made the point in its ?Bagehot? column that one of …

 

Scotland and Independence

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PMQs: May and Blackman on Brexit and Scottish independence - BBC News
PMQs: May and Blackman on Brexit and Scottish independence  BBC NewsThe Speaker steps in after exchanges between the prime minister and the SNP's deputy Westminster leader over Brexit and Scottish independence sees MPs ...

SNP currency plan for independent Scotland draws sharp rebuke - Financial Times
SNP currency plan for independent Scotland draws sharp rebuke  Financial TimesPlans by Scotland's ruling party to continue using the pound in the event of independence from the rest of the UK before establishing its own currency have ...

Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish inde...
Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish independence?  The Washington PostEDINBURGH, Scotland ? The craggy Scottish capital is ancient and modern and pretty to look at. It's home to posh bankers, throngs of international students ...

Letters: 10 reasons I?ve always supported Scottish independence - The Scotsman
Letters: 10 reasons I?ve always supported Scottish independence  The ScotsmanA Scotsman reader outlines why he has always supported Scottish independence.

Scotland has a mandate to pursue independence - SNP
Scotland has a mandate to pursue independence  SNPTheresa May tried to falsely claim that Scotland has no mandate for a referendum on Scottish independence. This is not true. Scotland cannot be denied the right ...

Scotland?s Marriage of Inconvenience - Foreign Policy
Scotland?s Marriage of Inconvenience  Foreign PolicyWhen the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, two-thirds of voters in Scotland?across every single district?voted to remain. Now, as ...

SNP currency plan for an independent Scotland branded 'fantasy economics' - T...
SNP currency plan for an independent Scotland branded 'fantasy economics'  Telegraph.co.ukThe SNP's plans for a new Scottish currency has been dismissed as ?fantasy economics? after Derek Mackay suggested Scotland's £13 billion deficit could be ...

'Pushing YOUR independence agenda' Sturgeon GRILLED as 'polls don't support a...
'Pushing YOUR independence agenda' Sturgeon GRILLED as 'polls don't support argument'  ExpressSCOTTISH First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of using Britain's departure from the European Union to ?push? her independence agenda.

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SNP currency plan for independent Scotland draws sharp rebuke - Financial Times
SNP currency plan for independent Scotland draws sharp rebuke  Financial TimesPlans by Scotland's ruling party to continue using the pound in the event of independence from the rest of the UK before establishing its own currency have ...

Commons ERUPTS as Theresa May fires back at SNP MP ? 'you have NO independenc...
Commons ERUPTS as Theresa May fires back at SNP MP ? 'you have NO independence mandate'  ExpressTHE Commons erupted in cheers on Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May fired back at SNP MP Kirsty Blackman who claimed there is no mandate in ...

MP and MSP back motion to SNP conference on establishing a Scottish Statistic...
MP and MSP back motion to SNP conference on establishing a Scottish Statistics Agency  CommonSpaceGreenock and Inverclyde branch of the SNP calls on the Scottish Government to commission a working party to establish a Scottish Statistics Agency.

Amber Rudd: 'Slow' SNP underestimated problems in creating new Scottish socia...
Amber Rudd: 'Slow' SNP underestimated problems in creating new Scottish social security system  Telegraph.co.ukAmber Rudd has accused SNP ministers of "underestimating the task at hand" after they delayed until 2024 taking responsibility for a host of social security ...

SNP currency plan for an independent Scotland branded 'fantasy economics' - T...
SNP currency plan for an independent Scotland branded 'fantasy economics'  Telegraph.co.ukThe SNP's plans for a new Scottish currency has been dismissed as ?fantasy economics? after Derek Mackay suggested Scotland's £13 billion deficit could be ...

SNP minister abandons entire devolved benefit to the DWP - The Scotsman
SNP minister abandons entire devolved benefit to the DWP  The ScotsmanThe Scottish Government has quietly abandoned attempts to devolve one of 11 welfare benefits that were due to be handed over by the UK Government, it has ...

Tories fear parents will be 'bitterly disappointed' by SNP childcare pledge -...
Tories fear parents will be 'bitterly disappointed' by SNP childcare pledge  BT.comThe Scottish Conservatives are to challenge ministers over the commitment to increase free childcare from 600 hours a year to 1140 hours a year.

SNP say 2020 childcare expansion will be 'challenging' but remains on target ...
SNP say 2020 childcare expansion will be 'challenging' but remains on target  HeraldScotlandTHE SNP's childcare minister has said the expansion of free childcare provision will be ?challenging? but remains on target.

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Letters: Plans for a Scottish currency are doomed to fail - HeraldScotland
Letters: Plans for a Scottish currency are doomed to fail  HeraldScotlandSNP currency plan for independent Scotland draws sharp rebuke  Financial TimesFilmmaker shines spotlight on Scotland's indyref  BBC News?You want CHAOS!? MP ridicules SNP for using Brexit to push for INDEPENDENCE  Express.co.ukYes Scotland figures say Growth Commission endorsement by the SNP could divide indy movement  Com...

Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish inde...
Scotland dreads Brexit. But is it enough to boost sentiment for Scottish independence?  The Washington PostEDINBURGH, Scotland ? The craggy Scottish capital is ancient and modern and pretty to look at. It's home to posh bankers, throngs of international students ...

Scotland has a mandate to pursue independence - SNP
Scotland has a mandate to pursue independence  SNPTheresa May tried to falsely claim that Scotland has no mandate for a referendum on Scottish independence. This is not true. Scotland cannot be denied the right ...

What if England voted to leave the EU in a second referendum but the rest of ...
What if England voted to leave the EU in a second referendum but the rest of the UK wanted to stay?  The Conversation - UKWestminster has consistently disregarded the concerns of the devolved administrations over Brexit.

Brexit: Scottish and Welsh parliaments pass joint motion - BBC News
Brexit: Scottish and Welsh parliaments pass joint motion  BBC NewsMembers of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly back a joint motion calling for Brexit to be put back.

Scottish Labour row erupts ahead of party conference - BBC News
Scottish Labour row erupts ahead of party conference  BBC NewsThe former leader of Scottish Labour launches an attack on her successor over Brexit just days before the party's conference.

Theresa May says SNP have 'no mandate' to pursue independence - HeraldScotland
Theresa May says SNP have 'no mandate' to pursue independence  HeraldScotlandTHE SNP have reacted furiously after Theresa May claimed they have ?no mandate? to pursue independence and mocked their latest currency plans.

Is Scotland's oil industry still a good career option? - BBC News
Is Scotland's oil industry still a good career option?  BBC NewsOil made austere Aberdeen rich and the frigid North Sea port could not hide its wealth forever. At first, straight out of Texas, the bars were filled with big hats, high ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

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

Israel lobby v Corbyn
At fever pitch at the moment, and a daily event yet still to hear anything Anti-semitic he's done.

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

Scotland First Country To Introduce LGBT Lessons
Equality campaigners hail new inclusive curriculum as ?monumental victory?

Highlight is surely gonna someone's uncle raging that a school's "teaching weans to be poofs".

Well the real highlight will be the promotion of LGBT sexualities and genders being "equal" to typical sexualities and gender...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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

BBC Scotland
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1hx87NrNp3Y45hF2NyQDhFs/welcome-to-your-brand-new-television-channel-bbc-scotland Couldn't see anything about football /Sportscene

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

Leaving neverland
This documentary on ch4 is pretty grim watching as Michael Jackson's victims talk about the sexual abuse. I was always of the opinion that maybe he was falsely accused and the families were trying to fleece money from him but this film is a real eye opener. 

Cold weather gear
Heading up to the far north of Japan in a couple of weeks...I can expect temperatures down to about -15c to -20c. What kind of clothing (specific items) should I be looking at buying? I've never been anywhere as cold as this and I really don't own that much gear for extreme cold.   Ch...

Marshall Islands
There is a letter in today's National about the Marshall Islands suing all 9 nuclear armed states at the Intl Criminal Court for their failure to implement the Non-proliferation Treaty which they signed on 1968.  I have never heard of this which in itself isnt surprising however i cannot see ...

Keith Flint - The Prodigy
Deid.  49 years old.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47442312  

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

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My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit Spun By ...
      1981: Peter Salmon takes up employment with the BBC Peter Salmon started at the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981. A programme maker, he eventually became BBC Bristol’s, Head of Factual output. He also worked on Blue Peter, Newsnight, BBC  Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Manchester’s, File On Four current … Continue reading "My Attempt to Unravel Just a Little Bit of the Tangled Web of Deceit S...

Media Provision through the Eyes of the Welsh ? Devolution has demonstrated j...
    Jan 2008: Memorandum submitted by Tinopolis PLC to the Commons Select Committee for Welsh Affairs I have been asked to give evidence on the key areas under inquiry, namely the impact of globalization on broadcasting and the creative industries. The issues surrounding broadcasting and the creative industries and their future are … Continue reading "Media Provision through the Eyes of the...

A Time of Despair For Scots ? Blessed With A Neutered Authority in Scotland a...
      The 2014 Smith Commission Lord Smith of Kelvin engaged with thousands of stakeholders across Scotland during the work of the Smith Commission. The outcome prompted him to make a personal recommendation in the Smith Commission Agreement. He said: “There is a strong desire to see the principle of devolution further … Continue reading "A Time of Despair For Scots – Blessed With A Neutere...

Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC ? He?s On Q...
          Michael Forsyth – The Man With Red White and Blue Blood In a statement, confirming his commitment to the Union, not long after the 2014 Independence Referendum,  Forsyth challenged the way in which David Cameron played the English card the day after the Scottish independence … Continue reading "Thatcher Hatchet Man Michael Forsyth Still the Darling Of the BBC – He’s On Quest...

The SNP ? The Dream Will Never Die ? The Architects of Success Live On
    Alex Salmond – Is This His Political Obituary Seen as one of the most talented politicians of his generation, Alex already had a high-profile in Scottish politics before he won two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader, securing the mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the process. Born … Continue reading "The SNP – The Dream Will Never Die – The Architects of Su...

Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory ...
      31 Aug 2018: Has Scotland Seen the Back of Ruth Davidson? Ruth Davidson could quit Scottish politics after she has had her baby and become a Cabinet minister in London as a launch pad for a bid to be Tory leader. She reportedly told friends that she could take up … Continue reading "Have We Seen The Last Of Ruth Davidson in Scottish Politics Or Will The Tory Beast At Westminster Rejec...

Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Party in Scotland ? Ross...
    Tory MP Ross Thomson spoken to by police amid ‘sexual touching’ claims in Commons bar It is alleged that: Thomson repeatedly sexually assaulted three young men  having been three times escorted out  of the Commons Bar. He returned repeatedly to feel their bottoms and fondle their genitalia and tried to enter their … Continue reading "Reckless Homosexual Behaviour Saw an End to the Tory Pa...

Removing the Bias From Scottish Broadcasting ? This is the Solution Pass it O...
      Introduction Scotland’s Gaelic TV channel BBC Alba, attracts many more Scottish viewers than there are Gaelic speakers and the potential for growth is well recognized in the trade. Independent programme makers in Scotland produce quality television for the station but in insufficient quantity to fully support the channel. The … Continue reading "Removing the Bias From Scottish Broad...

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Kezia Dugdale accuses Richard Leonard of censoring pro-remain MEPs

Theresa May's workers' rights pledge dismissed as a Brexit 'bribe'

Air fares discount scheme extended but business travel to remain ineligible

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…