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Labour's Kezia Dugdale 'asked SNP for job before launching political career'
6 Apr 2016 at 1:18pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale asked the SNP for a job as a researcher before launching her political career.

New blow for Labour as candidates struggle to secure crowd-funding donations
5 Apr 2016 at 9:46pm
Labour's Holyrood election campaign has suffered further woes after it emerged that crowd-funding for candidates has struggled to secure donations.

Former SNP councillor calls on Jim Sillars to quit party in open letter
5 Apr 2016 at 10:15am
A former SNP councillor has written an open letter to Jim Sillars calling on him to quit the party.

Former Labour minister: Brexit could 'secure future of free university educat...
5 Apr 2016 at 3:05pm
A vote to leave the European Union (EU) could secure the long-term future of free university education in Scotland, a former Labour government minister has said.

Willie Rennie: Lib Dems are aiming to win 'every single seat' in Holyrood
5 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Willie Rennie has said his party is aiming to win "every single seat" in the Scottish Parliament.

Tories stand by 100m graduate charge plan claim
5 Apr 2016 at 3:05pm
Ruth Davidson has insisted her party's plan for a graduate charge would raise 100 million a year after the figure was called into question.

Dugdale: I've been bowled over by support I've received since revealing same-...
4 Apr 2016 at 2:07pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says she has been "bowled over" by the support she has received since revealing she is in love with a woman.

Salmond abandons campaign trail for New York book launch
4 Apr 2016 at 11:48am
ALEX Salmond is to abandon the Holyrood election trail in favour of America this week, adding to the isolation of the controversial SNP candidate now contesting his old seat.

Brexit 'would create more powers for Scottish Parliament
5 Apr 2016 at 7:33am
The head of the campaign for Scots to leave the European Union claims a Brexit vote would create more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Live Q&A: Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie
5 Apr 2016 at 11:32am
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page.

SNP celebrate by-election success as Holyrood election looms
1 Apr 2016 at 10:34am
The SNP is celebrating after winning almost 50% of the votes in a by-election in Dundee.

SNP and Labour clash on tax policies
1 Apr 2016 at 12:26pm
The SNP has accused Labour of presiding over years of council-tax hikes and planning further tax rises for the low-paid as the nationalists were urged to support a tax on very high earners.

Kezia Dugdale: named person scheme is an 'absolute mess'
31 Mar 2016 at 1:24pm
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called for the roll-out of the Scottish Government's named person scheme to be "paused", claiming the policy is an "absolute mess".

Willie Rennie vows education funding increase, but cash will not be ring-fenced
1 Apr 2016 at 10:49am
Willie Rennie has given a "guarantee" that education funding will rise under a Liberal Democrat Scottish government - but he has ruled out ring-fencing, which means he cannot ensure councils will spend the uplift on education.

Natalie McGarry to provide papers in cash probe
30 Mar 2016 at 1:43pm
GLASGOW East MP Natalie McGarry has agreed to provide financial documentation to an SNP association following claims it could not account for more than 4,000 from a bank account.

 

Scotsman

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Leader comment: PM?s Panama Papers mistake | Exercise caution with calorie-co...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
DAVID Cameron’s big mistake in the Panama Papers scandal was to say that his tax affairs are a private matter.

Legal system ?failing Scotland?s domestic abuse victims?
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
Domestic violence law is not “fit for purpose” says a campaigner, after a machete-wielding abuser who carried out a catalogue of attacks on two women over 14 years was jailed for three years.

Ukip?s Nigel Farage joins Scottish election campaign with manifesto launch
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
Ukip leader Nigel Farage will enter the Holyrood campaign today.

Health staff?s Named Person fears as survey says scheme is ?not a good idea?
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
Frontline staff who will take on the role of “named persons” in Scotland fear it could undermine their trust with families and may result in them being sued, a survey has found.

Eleni Theodoraki: It?s game on when it comes to keeping sport clean
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
The dark side of doping, match fixing and corruption must not be allowed to flourish, writes Dr Eleni Theodoraki

Sale of UK steel plants to start next week after talks in India
7 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
The process for selling Tata Steel’s UK plants will start by Monday but there is no set timeframe for it to be completed.

Tom Peterkin: Kezia Dugdale is having to develop a thick skin
6 Apr 2016 at 9:00pm
Whether you love or loathe politicians (and a lot of people appear to loathe them), the majority of them have at least one quality.

Bill Jamieson: Pious tax outcry over Panama Papers must be checked
6 Apr 2016 at 9:00pm
It’s not right that the rich can opt out of their financial responsibilities but a balance must be struck, says Bill Jamieson

Wisconsin primary: Wins for Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders over Trump, Clinton
6 Apr 2016 at 8:45pm
Donald Trump has emerged from Wisconsin a damaged front-runner following a crushing primary loss to Republican rival Ted Cruz.

Scottish Youth Parliament: the future leaders of Scotland
6 Apr 2016 at 6:44pm
WHEN Paisley-born Mhairi Black became the youngest MP for 350 years it highlighted that, when it comes to talent, age is no question.

Video: Scottish Resistance issue ?Declaration of Glasgow?
6 Apr 2016 at 5:33pm
SOLIDARITY leader Tommy Sheridan joined the self-styled Scottish Resistance group today to make a public declaration to “never give up the fight for Scotland’s freedom”.

Nicola Sturgeon faces calls for full transparency over 10bn China deal
6 Apr 2016 at 4:57pm
NICOLA Sturgeon is facing calls to publish official Scottish Government’s procedures surrounding the signing memoranda of understanding with other nations over a controversial £10 billion deal struck with China.

Panama Papers: Cameron will not benefit from offshore trusts
6 Apr 2016 at 1:01pm
David Cameron will not benefit in the future from offshore trusts or funds, Downing Street has said.

Holyrood 2016 poll: SNP sees drop in 2nd preference votes
6 Apr 2016 at 11:43am
Voters appear to be switching their support in the regional vote for Holyrood to ensure a “viable opposition” to the SNP, a new poll suggests.

Scottish economy saw downturn in mid-2015
6 Apr 2016 at 11:03am
Scotland’s economy remains “sluggish” and briefly fell into downturn in the middle of last year, it emerged today.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The panellist and the activist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2016 at 5:54pm
Those of you who read our post of earlier today probably didn’t feel there was anything ambiguous going on in it. When Ruth Davidson intervened in an election debate to protest that the chair, the BBC’s Louise White, was being unfair to Nicola Sturgeon, it was pretty obvious who she meant, and White’s response removed …

Hostile questioning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2016 at 2:10pm
We were rather gobsmacked, readers, when we tuned into this morning’s BBC Radio Scotland phone-in at 9am. Ostensibly discussing the promotion of “Rangers” to the Premiership, presenter Louise White adopted the most astonishingly, openly partisan and aggressive approach we’ve ever heard from a host on the state broadcaster (which is no small feat), on the …

Surveying desire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2016 at 2:42pm
Right then, we need to start sorting this out. And it needs doing in an orderly way. Since a couple of weeks ago we’ve been inundated – like, inundated to pieces – with enquiries about printed editions of The Wee Black Book. So it’s time to get organised, and what that initially means is getting …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 676
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2016 at 10:50am
Kezia Dugdale, 7 March 2016: Let’s just run that one through the ol’ Checkalizer 5000. Less than a year previously: 11 months after that poll,under Dugdale’s leadership Scottish Labour have, entirely by coincidence, lurched suddenly to the left with proposals to hike income tax across the board which aren’t supported by Labour anywhere else in …

April Fool Of The Year 2016
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2016 at 10:45am
Goes to the BBC, for this cracker on Friday. That is some arch satire right there, Auntie. Well done. Because, of course, Kezia Dugdale did anything BUT clarify her independence stance with the comments quoted in the piece. Alert readers will remember that the confusion arose because on Wednesday Dugdale had startlingly told the nation …

The Sunday Review
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2016 at 2:56pm
This is an intriguing and engrossing extended chat between Christopher Silver and Iain Macwhirter for what will hopefully become a regular series by the excellent Phantom Power Films, creators of Altered Statesand lots more: It’s well worth whiling away a little bit of your afternoon on.

Replacement cartoon service
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2016 at 2:23pm
Chris Cairns is on holiday. Yes, again.

It shouldn?t happen to a vetter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2016 at 11:22am
If there’s one thing the Scottish Conservatives love to do, it’s lecture the SNP about vetting its candidates. Here’s Ruth Davidson on Michelle Thomson, for example: And it’s not just her. Here’s transport spokesman Alex Johnstone on Phil Boswell and Lisa Cameron: Here’s current deputy leader Jackson Carlaw on Natalie McGarry: And here’s former deputy …

Let?s get the party started
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2016 at 11:55am
Because this just happened: And that’s about as close to a guarantee as you’ll get, readers. Because it comes to you from this guy: If John McTernan says Scotland won’t become independent, we’re ordering bunting.

Onwards to victory!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2016 at 10:19am
Not for the first time, readers, you’ve blown us away. We were apprehensive about this year’s Wings fundraiser, for a variety of reasons. There’s no referendum on the horizon, the Holyrood election currently looks like a foregone conclusion, we said we still had money in the kitty, and of course we spent much of the …

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Labour pledge to follow poverty plan
7 Apr 2016 at 12:48am
Scottish Labour pledges to follow all recommendations of a government poverty advisor after the SNP delayed its response to the report.

UKIP to launch Holyrood manifesto
7 Apr 2016 at 12:50am
UKIP is to launch its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament election at an event in Edinburgh, with the party hopeful of winning its first-ever seats at Holyrood.

Leaders defend tax and spend policies
6 Apr 2016 at 3:09pm
Scotland's political leaders answer questions about their tax and spend policies during a day of Holyrood election campaigning.

Dugdale quizzed about SNP work claim
6 Apr 2016 at 4:27pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale plays down suggestions she applied for work experience with the SNP 13 years ago.


Who earns the most in the public sector?
6 Apr 2016 at 10:35am
BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser looks claims by UKIP's David Coburn that some public officials are earning salaries of 100,000 plus.

Voter poll suggests NHS is top priority
5 Apr 2016 at 1:20am
Voters in Scotland attach high priority to protecting public spending on the NHS, according to an election poll for BBC Scotland.

Parties hit road for Holyrood campaign
5 Apr 2016 at 2:32pm
Scotland's political leaders hit the road to campaign about transport infrastructure and finance ahead of the Holyrood elections.

Harvie: 'New 60p tax rate would work'
5 Apr 2016 at 11:44am
The Scottish Green Party's co-convenor says he is confident charging the highest earners 60% income tax would generate revenue.

Concern about China firm in Scots deal
5 Apr 2016 at 5:32pm
Concern is expressed at reports linking a Chinese company seeking to invest in Scotland with corruption, but the SNP says no deal has been done.

Brexit 'would lead to more Scots powers'
5 Apr 2016 at 1:27pm
Scotland would get "major" new powers and a bigger budget if the UK votes to leave the EU, according to one of the campaigners backing Brexit.

Parties campaign during second week
4 Apr 2016 at 3:00pm
Parties are continuing to campaign ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May.

BBC poll suggests voters divided on tax
4 Apr 2016 at 12:22am
Scotland remains divided in attitudes to taxation, according to a new BBC Scotland poll conducted ahead of the Holyrood election on 5 May.

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

When does the status quo matter?
5 Apr 2016 at 1:16am
Ipsos MORI boss Mark Diffley, on the "don't touch it" issues

Party leader consensus at LGBTI hustings
1 Apr 2016 at 5:00pm
Party leaders show consensus at LGBTI hustings

Scot Goes Pop

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

This TNS poll is so God-awful for Scottish Labour that J K Rowling didn't eve...
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 5:10pm
The monthly TNS poll of Holyrood voting intentions came out earlier today, and the big news is that Labour have returned to their all-time low of 19% on the constituency vote.  They've only previou...

New EU referendum polls from ICM and YouGov show a virtual dead heat
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2016 at 4:33pm
The weekly ICM referendum poll is out, and on the face of it, the results look pretty routine, slotting in more or less in the middle of ICM's 'normal range' -Should the United Kingdom remain a mem...

ORB telephone poll puts Leave just seven points behind - but what does it mean?
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2016 at 10:15pm
There does seem to be something about EU referendum polls.  Every time we need a particular type of poll to make things a little clearer, we kind of get it, but in a form that isn't actually of muc...

Ochone! Opinium's overnight offering is awfully ominous for pro-Europeans, a...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2016 at 5:37am
Opinium have only conducted one previous voting intention poll over the course of the EU referendum campaign, and it showed a razor-thin Leave lead, so their new poll showing a four-point Leave adv...

Hmmmm. Doesn't Kenny Farquharson know the rules?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 6:09pm
Fairly predictably, it's been confirmed that the SNP will use 'Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister' as their additional description on the regional list ballot in the May election.  Kenny "Devo or D...

"David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland"
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2016 at 4:16am
It's probably not unusual for political parties to commission private polling which tests how voters react to a set of fairly extreme propaganda statements.  However, it's certainly quite rare for ...

Magnificent Maryfield makes mincemeat of Dugdale's minions as classy SNP stor...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2016 at 11:48pm
Maryfield by-election result (31st March) : SNP 49.5% (-1.3)Labour 22.7% (-13.7)Conservatives 10.5% (+3.2)Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 5.1% (+3.3)Greens 4.1% (n/a)Liberal Democrats 3...

BMG bonanza for Bullingdon bore Boris as new poll puts Leave ahead
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2016 at 5:38am
Last night saw another potentially significant development in polling for the EU referendum, as the second poll to be conducted since the Brussels atrocity suggested both an outright Leave lead and...

Sensational Ipsos-Mori poll confirms that Remain's lead in telephone polling ...
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2016 at 3:16pm
As you might remember, I had difficulty knowing what to make of the ORB telephone poll showing Leave in the lead, and the succession of ComRes telephone polls showing the Remain lead had slumped, b...

Hubristic Hothersall's hopes for happy Easter left in ruins as cruel Survatio...
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2016 at 5:26pm
Constituency ballot (pensioners only) :SNP 43%Conservatives 28%Labour 19%Liberal Democrats 6%Regional list ballot (pensioners only) :SNP 38%Conservatives 27%Labour 18%Liberal Democrats 7%Greens 5%U...

Leave campaign receive big boost in landmark ComRes telephone poll
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2016 at 9:26pm
As you'll remember, the Leave campaign took the lead in a telephone poll last week.  That was a genuinely sensational result, because all previous telephone polls had put Remain ahead by either a s...

Bungling Sunday Express left red-faced after catastrophically misinterpreting...
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2016 at 1:41am
As long-term readers of this blog will know, the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey generally shows much lower support for independence than standard opinion polls.  That may be partly because of the...

Doomsday dawns for distraught Dugdale as splendidly sadistic Survation survey...
by James Kelly
19 Mar 2016 at 5:20am
The latest poll in Survation's monthly series for Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters is now out, and it shows Labour slumping to joint all-time lows for Survation polls in both the constituency and list b...

Drama as Leave take the lead for the first time in a telephone poll
by James Kelly
16 Mar 2016 at 6:45am
In spite of the lavish coverage of Lynton Crosby's grandiose musings on yesterday's EU referendum poll from ORB, I didn't actually pay a huge amount of attention to the poll itself, because at firs...

VOTE : What would Stephen do?
by James Kelly
15 Mar 2016 at 5:49pm
Alas, it's probably unlikely that Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, although he does still have a genuine fighting chance if he can follow up his sensational Michigan victory with ...

Reddit Scotland

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Took a drive through the Cairngorms today, it did not disappoint!
by /u/Im_really_friendly
7 Apr 2016 at 2:01am
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A Wedding and a Road Trip, Two Week Trip
by /u/Shepherding
6 Apr 2016 at 11:44pm
Alright everyone, I would really appreciate some help with this one. Some friends are getting married outside of Edinburgh in July so my wife and I decided to do a two-week trip to Scotland. I woul...

BBC One - Question Time, 07/04/2016
by /u/JohnnyButtocks
6 Apr 2016 at 11:27pm
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Scottish economy grows 1.9% in 2015
by /u/beIIe-and-sebastian
6 Apr 2016 at 11:06pm
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'Who should I vote for' type quiz
by /u/befuddledguddle
6 Apr 2016 at 10:31pm
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Tartan Day: Scottish descendants celebrate their proud heritage
by /u/martinet911
6 Apr 2016 at 8:45pm
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Opinions of teachers?
by /u/TheGlasgowGuy
6 Apr 2016 at 8:23pm
As a primary teaching student, soon to be teacher, I'm pretty keen to know what the genera opinion of teachers is in Scotland? As education seems to be getting torn apart by the Tories in England, ...

One-legged ned smokes weed from Buckfast bottle bong lit inside his artificia...
by /u/mankieneck
6 Apr 2016 at 8:03pm
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Kezia Dugdale accuses SNP of dirty tricks over newspaper leak (From Herald Sc...
by /u/throwawaythreefive
6 Apr 2016 at 7:39pm
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The Gannets of Boreray, Scotland
by /u/ewenmax
6 Apr 2016 at 7:26pm
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Industry: a nation?s skills crisis
by /u/scotsolidarity
6 Apr 2016 at 7:11pm
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If they could bail out the banks, they can bail out the steel industry [Iain ...
by /u/Ossien
6 Apr 2016 at 6:50pm
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Asad Shah death: Man admits killing shopkeeper because he 'disrespected' Islam
by /u/UnfortunatelyLucky
6 Apr 2016 at 5:54pm
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The thoroughly Scottish equivalent of 'banana for scale'.
by /u/Vulgar_Slaughter
6 Apr 2016 at 5:11pm
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Question: What is the correct pronunciation of the word "Mowe?"
by /u/ArrantPariah
6 Apr 2016 at 4:55pm
Robert Burns uses the word quite often. Is it a short o, like in "cow?" Or a long o, as in "snow?" Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars went with a short o. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjVMwBwg1r0 I w...

Daily Record

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Carol Vorderman brands David Cameron a 'hypocrite' after he claims his family...
by Record Reporter
6 Apr 2016 at 1:52pm
THE former Countdown star has waded into the Panama Papers row to take the Prime Minister to task after he tries to evade questions over his financial affairs.


SNP support drops eight per cent in regional vote as poll shows swing to Gree...
by Record Reporter
6 Apr 2016 at 12:55pm
THE SNP remain well ahead in the constituency vote but Nicola Sturgeon's party are struggling to get people to cast both votes in their favour in May's election.


Scottish Politics Today: PM's persistent Panama papers pain and toiling Tory ...
by David Clegg
6 Apr 2016 at 11:41am
DAVID CLEGG takes us through the biggest political stories, with a huge leak of tax data putting the father of David Cameron firmly in the frame.


Joan McAlpine: There is no denying it ... The bloody business of tax dodging ...
by Joan McAlpine
6 Apr 2016 at 6:00am
JOAN looks at the Panama papers scandal and says sifting taxes is more than a whodunnit of international finance, it is a crime of violence.


Tory tuition fee policy suffers another blow as poll reveals Scots want unive...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2016 at 7:33pm

 THE Scottish Tory leader wants to bring in “backdoor” tuition fees of £6000 for a four-year degree - but a new poll has shown keeping tuition free is a popular policies in the election campai...


Nicola Sturgeon pressed as firm involved in Scottish government investment ag...
by dailyrecord
5 Apr 2016 at 7:28pm

 OPPOSITION parties have questioned Sturgeon's knowledge of the allegations before signing a memorandum of understanding with SinoFortone and China Railway No 3 Engineering Group (CR3).



Crazy optimist? Willie Rennie says Lib Dems want to win every seat in Holyrood
by Hilary Duncanson
5 Apr 2016 at 1:56pm
LIB DEM leader Willie Rennie was in fighting mood on the election trail today, claiming: "You may call me a crazy optimist but that's what I'm trying to do".


Welfare slasher Iain Duncan Smith breaks down in tears over poverty-stricken ...
by dailyrecord
5 Apr 2016 at 11:09am
THE former Work and Pensions Secretary appeared to become emotional while he filmed the interview with broadcaster Ian Hislop in December 2015.


Scottish Politics today: Scottish Tories will face awkward questions about th...
by Andy Philip
5 Apr 2016 at 10:52am
ANDY Philip takes us through our round-up as the Prime Minister shields his roots of corruption and the Record rubbishes Ruth Davidson’s tuition fees policy as a sham.


Record View: Panama Papers show it's time for the world to wake up and smell ...
by Record View
5 Apr 2016 at 12:31am
LEAKED files expose how the rich and the powerful use banks to make taxable funds “disappear” but now we can see through the illusion the excuses have run out.

Derek Bateman


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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
it's time to get above ourselves

The Sunday Review Pilot
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2016 at 1:40pm
The pilot edition of new weekly politics and culture show featuring Iain MacWhirter and Christopher Silver.

Kezia?s Subway Moment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2016 at 12:52pm
Something seismic is going on in Scotland and the descent of Scottish Labour is a big moment for Scotland?s radicals argues Gerry Hassan. It has been a turbulent few days for the Scottish Labour Party. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, on Friday, quietly came out, choosing the time, place and manner of her announcement. There was …

Easter 2016: From The Province of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Apr 2016 at 11:33am
I was thinking of Easter 1916 in Dublin and remembering September 2014 in Scotland so I went on Easter Monday to Strath Naver in North West Sutherland to contemplate on why we were being encouraged to commemorate one and being manipulated into forgetting about the other. I did not expect to meet Cathleen Ni Houlihan, …

D an t-Slighe air Adhart airson Craoladh na Gidhlig?
by Ruairidh Maciver
1 Apr 2016 at 12:02pm
  Bho chionn crr is ceala-deug, chaidh co-labhairt a chumail air Craoladh na Gidhlig aig Oilthigh Dhn ideann. Bha a? cho-labhairt fhin na chomharra gu bheil feum air cmhradh agus deasbad mun t-slighe air adhart airson BBC Alba, agus bha e follaiseach bhon t-sluagh mr a nochd gu bheil mran a? faireachdainn lidir mun chuspair …

Dispossessing the Smi Peoples
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Mar 2016 at 3:24pm
The ancient forest of Bia?owie?a – the last remaining primeval forest in the European lowlands – straddles the Polish/ Belarus border, and is the last home of wild European bison. It is now under threat from a Polish government decision to log more than 180,000 cubic metres. Meanwhile, the Finnish Government has unexpectedly brought forward …

Council Tax: Why Scotland Needs a New Way to Implement Radical Reforms
by Bella Caledonia Editor
30 Mar 2016 at 11:31am
The SNP has been widely criticised for failing to propose a replacement of the Council Tax. This follows the previous Labour-LibDem administration?s failure to introduce any local tax reform. In this piece I argue that while politicians? caution is understandable, there will be many more challenging issues like the Council Tax to address as the …

Frenchgate ? a Case of Quaker Agency Capture?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2016 at 10:47pm
I was far from the only Scottish Quaker, or ?Friend? as we call ourselves, to have been stunned last Wednesday night when investigative journalism by Jim Waterson of Buzzfeed revealed that the Quaker-originated Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRRT) had helped to pay the legal costs of Alistair Carmichael MP in fighting off his own constituents …

Former Bush Chief of Staff backs Sanders
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Mar 2016 at 10:57am
Award-winning filmmaker Eric Byles interviews Col. Larry Wilkerson. In this two-part interview Wilkerson – who was the Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, says he’d now vote for Bernie Sanders Before Donald Trump. *

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish Labour leader accuses SNP of 'dirty tricks' after email leak
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Apr 2016 at 12:08am
Kezia Dugdale complains that job application she had ?absolutely zero recollection? of making to SNP MSP has reached journalistsThe Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, has accused the SNP of using ?dirty tricks? after it appeared that correspondence sent more than a decade ago to an SNP politi...

Nicola Sturgeon denies knowledge of allegations in row over Chinese firm
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Apr 2016 at 6:30pm
Opposition raises concerns that parent company of firm interested in investing in Scotland has been blacklisted by NorwayNicola Sturgeon has said she did not know about allegations of corruption against the parent company of a Chinese firm involved in a possible 10bn investment deal with the Sco...

The tartan rainbow: why it?s great to be gay in Scotland
by David Torrance
5 Apr 2016 at 7:11pm
The leaders of four of Scotland?s six main political parties have come out, and the country has been identified as offering the best legal protection for gay people. But how deep does this new liberality go?The most revealing thing about Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale?s recent interview in ...

Kezia Dugdale reveals she is in a relationship with a woman
by Tracy McVeigh and agencies
2 Apr 2016 at 8:00pm
Scottish Labour head becomes fourth party leader in Scotland to come out as gayThe leader of Scotland?s Labour party, Kezia Dugdale, has become the fifth key political figure and fourth party leader in Scottish politics to come out as gay. Giving an interview to a magazine, Dugdale said she had a...

Scottish residents will be blocked from dodging higher taxes, HMRC says
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
31 Mar 2016 at 2:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that a 50p top tax rate would make the wealthy flee south, but expert evidence and research by her own MSPs suggests that risk is far from certainIs there a serious risk that Scotland?s tax revenues would be hit hard by people fleeing south to avoid the new top rates ...

Meet the Scottish Resistance
by Peter Ross
26 Mar 2016 at 8:00am
In the week that Scotland would have declared independence, the Scottish Resistance are still angry with JK Rowling, Tunnock?s teacakes and even the SNP. So are they just a fringe joke ? or standard-bearers of a new movement?The Tunnock?s chocolate factory rises above Uddingston, a small town sev...

Nicola Sturgeon backtracks on 50p rate of income tax
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Mar 2016 at 9:29pm
Scotland?s SNP first minister had appeared to rule out higher tax rate but now insists it could be brought in after 2017/18Nicola Sturgeon has disclosed she could yet introduce a new 50p rate of income tax in Scotland as she sharply changed tack to fend off opposition attacks on her modest tax ch...

New Zealand?s decision on the flag has lessons for Britain?s EU referendum | ...
by Martin Kettle
24 Mar 2016 at 7:35pm
Voters across the world, when given the chance to change things, tend to stick with what they know. Will this mean no Brexit?Never underestimate the capacity of human beings to step back from the brink; or in many cases their wisdom in choosing to do so. That would seem to be the wider message fr...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Shear the sheep don?t fleece the people
by weegingerdug
6 Apr 2016 at 4:11am
Remember all those promises that the Better Together campaign made to Scotland during the independence referendum campaign? All those tax office jobs that would be safe, all those EU memberships that would be secure, all those pensions that would be guaranteed, and all those steel workers who were going to stay in work, all thanks …


The Jerry Springer guest of Europe
by weegingerdug
3 Apr 2016 at 11:58pm
This week it’s one year since I went self employed and I’ve been struggling to get my wee head around registering for tax as a self-employed ranter, after having made sure that I’ve got enough built up in my savings account to pay the inevitable tax bill when it arrives. Little people, like a self-employed …


Weeds in the rubble
by weegingerdug
1 Apr 2016 at 10:04pm
You go away for a couple of weeks, and in your absence the tottering edifice of the Labour party in Scotland manages to collapse even more, proving that it is in fact possible to demolish a building that has already fallen in on itself. But it’s worse than that for the erstwhile people’s party, Labour’s …


Opportunity is always knocking
by weegingerdug
31 Mar 2016 at 4:41am
In a parallel universe there’s a Scotland which is reaching for the aspirin, complaining about its collective sore heid as it gets over the national hangover from the first independence day party. That’s a Scotland which has opened a blank page in a new book, and which is about to start writing a story for …

Hypothetically ? What next?
by Macart
28 Mar 2016 at 7:01pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller Safe to say that, at the moment, polling for the outcome of the Holyrood elections on May 5th indicates that in all likelihood an SNP government will see a third consecutive term in office and with what appears may be an enlarged majority. Now, since every other bod likes …

Timing is everything
by Macart
26 Mar 2016 at 8:12am
A guest post by Samuel Miller So what’s with all the negative waves man? OK, we’ve gone over the well worn establishment strategy of ‘Don’t look over here‘, in a post already. For bods of an independent tendency, its what the past three weeks have been all about after all. Does anyone seriously think that …

This could have been?
by Macart
24 Mar 2016 at 12:46pm
This could have been independence day. It could have been the day when the biggest street party Scotland has ever seen took place. A historic day. A day of colour and song and hope for the future. A future unwritten, ever uncertain and yet full of promise, choice and possibility. Not on this day. It …

Patience is a virtue (definitely) part 2
by Macart
22 Mar 2016 at 8:11pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller As noted by the ever excellent Scot Goes POP and Wings Over Scotland, the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has recently been released and the figures make for encouraging viewing for those of an independent mind. Fact it was such a bombshell one particular mainstream title was prepared to …

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Hotel boss backs Edinburgh council's proposals to replace crumbling Ross Band...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:28am
A NEW outdoor arena looks set to be built in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle as councillors band together with a wealthy backer.


Prison bakery launches expansion plan
7 Apr 2016 at 12:28am
IT looks like any other bakery, but has one major difference ? housed in a prison, it is staffed by convicted criminals.


Thousands of SNP voters set to switch their second vote
7 Apr 2016 at 12:28am
THOUSANDS of people who will back the SNP in constituency seats at next month?s Holyrood election look set to switch their second vote to other parties, according to the latest opinion poll.


Sturgeon pledges to boost health spending
7 Apr 2016 at 12:28am
NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday pledged to increase health service spending in real terms in each year of the next parliament if re-elected in May.


Family facing deportation say coverage in The National had 'huge impact'
7 Apr 2016 at 12:12am
AN Australian family who have lived in Dingwall for four years and who are facing deportation say the support they have had since The National first highlighted their case "has been quite incredible". Gregg and Kathryn Brain, whose great-grand


Gardeners are told to take care of birds' nests
7 Apr 2016 at 12:07am
AN animal welfare charity is appealing to the public to watch out for wildlife when gardening this spring after two nestling woodpigeons were left homeless when their nest was destroyed.


Police issue an appeal for information as relatives mourn the death of a woma...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:07am
GRIEVING relatives of a woman and an eight-year-old boy killed in the A92 lorry crash in Fife have paid tribute to them saying they would be ?sadly missed?.


The mother of murdered schoolgirl Paige Doherty pays tribute to her daughter ...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:07am
THE mother of 15-year-old Paige Doherty found dead in bushes just a mile from her home has had a tattoo as a lasting memory of her daughter.

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Scottish Tory Party ? Ruth Davidson?s Rhetoric is insincere and Asinine ? Se...
by caltonjock
6 Apr 2016 at 2:36am
  Ruth Davidson and Glasgow University Association members The blonde chap kneeling in front with arms aloft is Ross McFarlane, her election agent and GUCA president. She later sacked him as her Holyrood assistant after mobile phone footage emerged of him drunkenly burning an EU flag in a street at 2am while a companion made …

Power-Sex-Drugs-Infidelity-Blackmail-Death-Back Stabbing-Appalling Moral Stan...
by caltonjock
4 Apr 2016 at 9:57pm
    Alexandra Paterson (left) Had an affair with Tory deputy chairman 46yo Robert Halfon. ?Tatler Tory? Mark Clarke (second left) and his high society friends     12 October 2015: Conservative Future Scandal: A Culture of Fear, Intimidation and Contempt Seems to Have Cowed the Rest. I?ve been active with the Conservative Party for …

Scots Need To Exercise Caution ? Ultra Right Wing ? Scottish Tory Party Youth...
by caltonjock
4 Apr 2016 at 1:19pm
    Professor Adam Tomkins (new boy on the block)       The demise of the Tory Party The David Cameron Tory government is fast unravelling as the sleazy conduct of its volunteers, officers, members and government is exposed, mirroring the 1997 downfall of the John Major government. This article provides (for comparative purposes) …

Tory Party Sleaze ? Scottish Conservative Future Deciding the Politics of the...
by caltonjock
3 Apr 2016 at 8:09pm
  The demise of the Tory Party The David Cameron Tory government is fast unravelling as the sleazy conduct of its volunteers, officers, members and government is exposed, mirroring the 1997 downfall of the John Major government. This article provides (for comparative purposes) briefing, outlining a number of the unsavoury incidents that gripped and destroyed …

Thieves Afflicted With Foot & Mouth ? An interpretaion of the Scottish Conser...
by caltonjock
30 Mar 2016 at 10:50pm
    Scottish Tories: A party of Thieves afflicted with Foot and M0uth     Tory Hoose abandoned by Westminster Party In 2010 the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party abandoned the Internet to concentrate on more traditional forms of persuasion, such as planting false stories with the BBC and in the Scottish press. News of …

Scotland a Nation Again in 2020 -Advisory Briefing
by caltonjock
25 Mar 2016 at 7:21am
        Independence – A Scottish Referendum It is the intention of the Scottish government to inform the Westminster government that Scotland will withdraw from the United Kingdom on 5 May 2020. The intended action will be subject to the will of the Scottish public who will be given opportunity to vote against …

Farming Subsidies ? Ruth (the Golden Child) ? A Timely Message From (Waiting ...
by caltonjock
22 Mar 2016 at 12:49am
        Scottish farm subsidy payments In the previous post I provided information providing information relating to dastardly attacks by Ruth (Golden Child) Davidson and her group of Gentlemen landowners on the Scottish government and Richard Lochhead the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. I highlighted that the Rural Payments Agency …

Ruth (the Golden Child) Davidson ? Farming Subsidies ? Liars and Figures
by caltonjock
20 Mar 2016 at 3:39pm
        The Golden Child and her leadership of the Tory party in Scotland In recent months Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party have been actively working, together with the National Farmers Union (NFU) intent on placing blame, with the Scottish government for alleged late payments of financial support entitlement to farmers in …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


More Than A Shrug
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Apr 2016 at 8:58pm
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....


Old Habits
by Lallands Peat Worrier
3 Apr 2016 at 11:15am
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...


Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
by Lallands Peat Worrier
30 Mar 2016 at 7:07pm
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...


Just As Planned
by Lallands Peat Worrier
28 Mar 2016 at 5:09pm
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...


"She wore a blue collar..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
26 Mar 2016 at 2:15pm
Every politician has their schtick, their story. Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson's, is that she is a ?good, old-fashioned? working-class Conservative, seasoned with a good pinch of socially liberal, unstarchy modernity.As Peter Ross' Times profile puts it this morning, "Ms Davidson grew up in two traditional small towns, Selkirk and Lundin L...


John Deighan: sans class, sans gorm, sans everything
by Lallands Peat Worrier
23 Mar 2016 at 8:40pm
I have a confession to make. Among the great shifting and disputatious tribes of Scottish public life, the sinners and the redeemed, there are relatively few people for whom I feel absolute, crushing contempt. In brash newspaper columns and in stressed television appearances -- we only see a glancing, partial depiction of the whole soul. But one...


Notes from "Middle Scotland"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Mar 2016 at 11:07am
Who are Scotland's "squeezed middle", and what, precisely, are they supposed to be in the "middle" of? The right wing press have begun to do their collective dingers about Nicola Sturgeon's hints yesterday, that George Osborne's decision to hike the threshold for paying the higher rate of tax looks unlikely to apply in Scotland once the Scotland...


Nicola's new appeal to self-interest
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Mar 2016 at 1:17pm
I've got out of the habit of watching First Minister's Questions, but I tuned in with interest this afternoon to see how the parties responded to yesterday's budget and the challenges it throws up for Scottish policy. Heckled by Kezia Dugdale, there were encouraging signs from the First Minister that the SNP are up for prosecuting the social dem...

Gerry Hassan

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

What part of Britain is not for sale?
by Gerry
4 Apr 2016 at 8:30am
What part of Britain is not for sale? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 3rd 2016 This week the future of the steel industry moved centrestage, Scottish parties have finally started talking tax, and the Tories version of what they call a ?national living wage? came into force. British steel used to lead the world. In ...

In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter
by Gerry
28 Mar 2016 at 11:01am
In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2016 The Scottish Parliament broke up this week ? ending the fourth parliamentary term and marking the start of the election campaign. These are strange times. Politicians try to reassure us that everything will be alright, while they scare ...

?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history
by Gerry
24 Mar 2016 at 9:25am
?Arise Now and Be a Nation Again?: The neverending story of Scotland?s history Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 23rd 2016 Tom Devine has been a huge intellectual influence in Scotland in recent decades, having made major and thoughtful contributions to many important historical and contemporary debates. His latest work, ?Independence or Union: Scotland?s Past and ...

The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers
by Gerry
21 Mar 2016 at 10:10am
The Tory Fantasyland Version of Britain hits the buffers Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 20th 2016 George Osborne presented his eighth and potentially last Budget. Bad politics. Dodgy decisions and finances. All leading to Iain Duncan Smith?s sensational resignation sparking bitter Tory divisions. Osborne is a very political chancellor, convinced of his own sure touch ...

Donald Trump may a one-off but his politics are not a one-off
by Gerry
17 Mar 2016 at 9:23am
Donald Trump may be a one-off but his politics are not a one-off Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 16th 2016 Donald Trump may seem like a throwback to earlier, uglier times, but he is actually a very modern phenomenon. He is easy for opponents to hate, ridicule and throw insults at – from ?fascist? (which ...

Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices
by Gerry
14 Mar 2016 at 10:11am
Scotland needs a Parliament with more radical voices Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 13th 2016 Nearly everyone assumes an SNP victory in the forthcoming Scottish elections. There is a battle for second place between Labour and the Tories, while the leftovers will be fought over by the Lib Dems, Greens, UKIP and new left RISE. ...

What are politicians for today? In Defence of a Different Poliitics
by Gerry
10 Mar 2016 at 9:05am
What are politicians for today? In Defence of a Different Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 9th 2016 For all my adult life, I have defended the potential of politics and politicians to aid a better world. I have defended politics as the means to bring about change, for people to come together collectively and ...

Who will make the big, bold decisions if Nicola won?t?
by Gerry
7 Mar 2016 at 8:06am
Who will make the big, bold decisions if Nicola won?t? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, March 6th 2016 These are supposedly exciting times in the broad sweep of Scottish history. There?s the epic spectacle of the referendum; a union questioned and nearly broken; and an upsurge of political engagement, activism and hopes. Yet, sometimes the predominant ...

Scotland and Independence

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com
3 Apr 2016 at 11:04am

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, ...

Scotland's independence day - POLITICO.eu
22 Mar 2016 at 6:41am

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Scotland's independence day
POLITICO.eu
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just 100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
Scotland's independence day that never wasAnadolu Agency
Scotlands Independence Day - 50 years...

Outlander star Sam Heughan on Scottish independence, super fans and his life ...
3 Apr 2016 at 9:16am

Herald Scotland
Outlander star Sam Heughan on Scottish independence, super fans and his life changing role
Herald Scotland
WHEN Sam Heughan was a young boy growing up in Dumfries and Galloway, he could often be found romping through the surrounding countryside, wooden stick in hand, imagining himself as iconic figures from Scottish history: Bonnie Prince Charlie, ...
'Outlander' star Sam Heughan: J...

Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance - BBC News
1 Apr 2016 at 10:25pm

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Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to clarify reports she might back Scottish independence if it could secure Scotland's EU membership. In an interview with the Fabian Review she was quoted as saying it was "not inconceivable" in such ...
Kezia Dugdale: I could vote for Scottish independencePoliticsHome.com
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Independent Scotland 'would be falling into economic abyss' - Telegraph.co.uk
9 Mar 2016 at 6:03am

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Independent Scotland 'would be falling into economic abyss'
Telegraph.co.uk
Scotland would later this month fall into an economic ?abyss? equivalent to at least 12 per cent increase in all taxes if it had voted for independence, an eminent economist said last night ahead of Nicola Sturgeon unveiling official figures on the ...
BLOG: Scotland's 15bn deficit raises new questions over...

15bn deficit means case for Scottish independence is 'dead' - Express.co.uk
11 Mar 2016 at 12:07am

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15bn deficit means case for Scottish independence is 'dead'
Express.co.uk
And First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was accused of being "in denial"over Scotland's 15billion deficit. Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the latest revenue and expenditure data had "devastated" the SNP's case for leaving the UK. And Scots Conservative ...
Nicola Sturgeon announces new drive for Scottish independ...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News
20 Mar 2016 at 11:32pm

BBC News
Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Brexit supporters and Scottish independence advocates believe in a 'false freedom', says David MundellThe Ind...

JK Rowling's April Fools' Day Tweet Effortlessly Trolls Scottish Independence...
1 Apr 2016 at 11:40am

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JK Rowling's April Fools' Day Tweet Effortlessly Trolls Scottish Independence Campaigners
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JK Rowling has left Scottish nationalists fuming on April Fools' Day with a cheeky photo to hit back at haters who tried to make her the butt of a joke. The author, who is a staunch Union backer and donated 1m to the campaign to keep Scotland from ...

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Labour pledge to follow poverty plan after SNP delay - BBC News
7 Apr 2016 at 12:49am

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Labour pledge to follow poverty plan after SNP delay
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Scottish Labour has pledged to implement all the recommendations the Scottish government's poverty advisor made in January. The SNP has said it will not issue a detailed response to Naomi Eisenstadt's report until after the election. Labour leader ...

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Leak over Dugdale job bid is 'breach of privacy' - The National
7 Apr 2016 at 12:31am

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Leak over Dugdale job bid is 'breach of privacy'
The National
AN employment lawyer said last night a leak of a job application by Kezia Dugdale to SNP MSP Richard Lochhead was a ?breach of privacy laws?. David Martin of Thompson's Solicitors said people applying for jobs had ?a reasonable expectation of privacy? ...

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The National View: An engaged electorate is good for democracy - The National
7 Apr 2016 at 12:30am

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The National View: An engaged electorate is good for democracy
The National
While it finds sustained high levels support for the SNP to a degree which points towards a comfortable win at next month's Holyrood election, it also presents revealing information about the Scottish electorate. It draws attention to exceptional ...

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Thousands of SNP voters set to switch their second vote - The National
7 Apr 2016 at 12:28am

The National
Thousands of SNP voters set to switch their second vote
The National
THOUSANDS of people who will back the SNP in constituency seats at next month's Holyrood election look set to switch their second vote to other parties, according to the latest opinion poll. The TNS survey found that support for Nicola Sturgeon's party ...

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Scottish Labour: we will bring in all measures recommended by Nicola Sturgeon...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:20am

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Scottish Labour: we will bring in all measures recommended by Nicola Sturgeon's poverty tsar
Herald Scotland
Scottish Labour insists its proposals for a property tax based on proportion of a home's value meets the recommendation. Ms Dugdale said: "The SNP government ordered a review into what can be done to tackle poverty in Scotland. "It was a very good ...

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Liam Fox: Sturgeon is not the 'Pied Piper" of the EU referendum - Herald Scot...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:18am

Herald Scotland
Liam Fox: Sturgeon is not the 'Pied Piper" of the EU referendum
Herald Scotland
Liam Fox has accused Nicola Sturgeon of behaving like a "political Pied Piper" who believes she can take voters with her on every issue including Europe. The former Conservative defence secretary attacked what he described as the SNP leadership's ...

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Herald View: A leak with unintended consequences - Herald Scotland
7 Apr 2016 at 12:09am

Herald View: A leak with unintended consequences
Herald Scotland
THE leak of Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale's supposed application to work for the SNP while she was a student is not the finest hour of the election campaign. After it was reported that Ms Dugdale contacted an SNP MSP in 2003 offering her ...

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Scottish Labour leader accuses SNP of 'dirty tricks' after email leak - The G...
7 Apr 2016 at 12:09am

The Guardian
Scottish Labour leader accuses SNP of 'dirty tricks' after email leak
The Guardian
The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, has accused the SNP of using ?dirty tricks? after it appeared that correspondence sent more than a decade ago to an SNP politician had been leaked to the press. According to the Scottish Sun, Dugdale twice ...

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com
3 Apr 2016 at 11:04am

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, ...

Referendum to deepen Anglo-Scottish political gap - Irish Times
6 Apr 2016 at 1:04am

Irish Times
Referendum to deepen Anglo-Scottish political gap
Irish Times
When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support among Scots was more muted; while a majority voted in favour, Shetland and the Western Isles were ...
EU referendum: Most Scots want to remain part of the EU, but a large number...

Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call - Financial Times
30 Mar 2016 at 12:08am

Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon cautious on second Scotland referendum call
Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will put the decision on whether Scotland should have another independence referendum ?in the hands of the people? but admitted her Scottish National party would need better arguments to win next time around. Ms Sturgeon's ...
Scottish independence battle revisited in televised l...

Scotland's independence day - POLITICO.eu
22 Mar 2016 at 6:41am

POLITICO.eu
Scotland's independence day
POLITICO.eu
The price of a barrel of crude oil fell to as low as $30 two months before independence day. The new forecast is just 100 million of revenue a year, according to figures out in early March from GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). That ...
More Scots say they feel British after referendumThe Times (subscription)
Scottish Independenc...

Nicola Sturgeon reveals the SNP will push for ANOTHER independence referendum...
12 Mar 2016 at 6:37pm

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon reveals the SNP will push for ANOTHER independence referendum
Daily Mail
Speaking in December, he said: 'In terms of the referendum, certainly the Scottish nationalists are not asking for another referendum. And it was agreed before we had the referendum that the outcome would be decisive and that would settle the issue at ...



Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance - BBC News
1 Apr 2016 at 10:25pm

BBC News
Kezia Dugdale clarifies independence stance
BBC News
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has sought to clarify reports she might back Scottish independence if it could secure Scotland's EU membership. In an interview with the Fabian Review she was quoted as saying it was "not inconceivable" in such ...
Kezia Dugdale says she could vote for independence to keep Scotland in the EUHerald Sco...

Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar? - BBC News
20 Mar 2016 at 11:32pm

BBC News
Are the Scottish and EU referendums similar?
BBC News
Is the referendum on Britain's EU membership turning into a re-run of Scotland's independence vote? Many of the arguments have a familiar ring to them - but there are some crucial differences and, perhaps, lessons to be learned.
Like the Scottish referendum, the public will be thinking of their pockets when they vote on EU membershipThe...

Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum? - Scotsman
20 Mar 2016 at 12:05am

Scotsman
Independence day: what if Yes had won the referendum?
Scotsman
Had there been a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, the past 18 months would have been a fascinating and fraught chapter in the nation's history. Instead of announcing his intention to step down, an ebullient First Minister Alex ...
Support for Union soars: Poll reveals 58 per cent of Scottish voters want to s...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Potential future party/branch office leaders
6 Apr 2016 at 1:19pm
So the elections are coming up and typically that leads to several resignations from the leaders of parties who are perceived to have had a poor night. 2011 claimed Iain Gray, Annabel Goldie and Tavish Scott from the unionist branch offices, 2007 saw the resignations of Jack McConnell and Nicol S...

Party Political Broadcasts
6 Apr 2016 at 12:23pm
More like this one please  

Holyrood 2016 : Voting Intentions
4 Apr 2016 at 7:35pm
so, there's just over a month to go, until the Holyrood elections. The SNP are predicted to win by a mahoosive margin with complacency and apathy, rather than one of the opposition parties, the main enemy.   so, what will it be? a vote for one of the choices on offer, or a juvenile cock & balls s...

political power
4 Apr 2016 at 9:52am
Just thinking, with the level of dominance which the SNP currently have in Scotland, how long will it last and what, other than independence, could lead to its decline? I can't think of much as SNP now have a very good leader who could lead the party for 10-15 years easily and they don't seem pro...

Voting Yes Not Inconceivable
4 Apr 2016 at 8:02am
A step too far for Kez or answer taken out of context?

My 2016 Holyrood forecast
4 Apr 2016 at 12:14am
Central Scotland   1.       Airdrie & Shotts - SNP 2.       Coatbridge & Chryston - SNP 3.       Cumbernauld & Kilsyth - SNP 4.       East Kilbride - SNP 5.       Falkirk East - SNP 6.       Falkirk West - SNP 7.       Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse - SNP 8.       Motherwell and Wishaw - SNP 9...

Panama tax evasion
3 Apr 2016 at 10:51pm
Aberdeen asset management
RBS
Stagecoach
The Rangers

That's the names being banded about so far. Of course this is all just rumour in case any lawyers are reading this.

This is also just one legal firm. Tip of the iceberg so to speak

Graduate contribution
31 Mar 2016 at 12:13am
So, the Tories are proposing a graduate contribution of 6,000 to be paid back in the same way as SAAS loans are.   I've got to admit, I find this quite bizarre. At the moment, an average Scottish student who does a 4 year course and borrows the minimum SAAS money of 4,750 a year comes out owing...

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Camping ideas
1 Apr 2016 at 2:01pm
Just bought a new family tent and looking at ideas for a campsite in the summer. Looking for somewhere around Stirling, most central place to stay, or maybe near Loch Lomond. The tent is pretty big so wanting somewhere where we can pitch and stay for 5-7 days. Ideally have electric hook up an...

Is America for real
6 Apr 2016 at 7:38pm
New law brought in in Mississippi sounds fair! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35971038 Mississippi, hotbed of Liberalisim and progressiveness. ? J

Holyrood predictions
4 Apr 2016 at 8:38pm
whats everyone predictions for the up coming elections? I dont think anyone will argue thats its almost certain to be a snp government elected but will it be with a majority ? Do you think that the torys may sneak into opposition? personally i dont think the snp will win a out right majority,...

Worst movie accents
23 Mar 2016 at 7:38pm
Been off work with shingles and have watched a couple of movies I haven't seen in years. One was K-19: The Widowmaker and what struck me most was just how bad Harrison Ford's Russian accent was. So what's the worst? Gene Hackman's Polish in A Bridge Too Far? Sean Connery's Spanish in ...

Panama papers
3 Apr 2016 at 9:32pm
Looks like there has been a massive leak of documents from a Panamanian legal company that specializes in tax avoidance for the rich and famous. Looks like a story that will keep on giving for a long time since 11 million pages of documents have been released. Particularly funny at the moment is ...

Just Finished Breaking Bad Season 5
1 Mar 2015 at 9:13pm
Lots of twists and turns.Full of suprises and would definately recommend this TV series.Has anybody watched the spin off, "Call Sall" ?

The walking dead
4 Apr 2016 at 3:04pm
Think season 6 went downhill dramatically from around episode 4, right after the Morgan episode. At the point now that I don't care about most of the characters, and a couple really annoy me (yeah you Carol)

2016 Tamb Running Thread
1 Jan 2016 at 9:26pm
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

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Financial Conduct Authority will act on 'Panama papers' tax havens details
by Tom.Freeman
6 Apr 2016 at 8:29am

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concer...
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Leaving EU would protect free university tuition, says Tom Harris, who critic...
by Tom.Freeman
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SNP response to poverty report delayed until after election
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6 Apr 2016 at 9:01am

Dog microchipping law comes into force
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6 Apr 2016 at 8:41am

TNS poll shows fall in support for the SNP
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Deputy First Minister John Swinney: Scottish Government 'very keen' to take i...
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Police Scotland set to recruit modern apprentices for first time in bid to ad...
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