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NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay sacked in wake of charity cash spend...
7 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay has been forced out in wake of scandal over charity cash spent on IT systems.

Corbyn: Actions of Israeli forces an outrage
7 Apr 2018 at 7:06pm
The Labour leader said Palestinian protesters had a right to demonstrate against the ?appalling conditions? in Gaza.

Rifkind: Corbyn "essentially" on same side as Russia over Salisbury poisoning
7 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn has been accused by a senior Conservative of siding with Russia over the Salisbury poisoning row.

Mhairi Black: I hated SNP's White Paper and told people to ignore it
6 Apr 2018 at 11:09am
MHAIRI Black has revealed she "hated" the SNP's White Paper on independence ? and told people to ignore it.

Little cause for celebration as Agreement anniversary looms ? UUP
7 Apr 2018 at 7:08pm
There is little to celebrate 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement, the Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said.

London Tories consider breakaway in hope of Davidson bounce
6 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
CONSERVATIVES in London have held secret talks about breaking away from the UK party to form their own distinct group in the hope of emulating the success of Ruth Davidson?s Scottish Tories.

Extra £10 million set aside to deal with crumbling roads after bad weather
6 Apr 2018 at 6:25pm
AN extra £10 million has been set aside to help deal with crumbling roads in the aftermath of Scotland?s extreme winter weather.

Russia warns Britain: you are playing with fire and will be very sorry
6 Apr 2018 at 12:24pm
RUSSIA has warned Britain that it is "playing with fire and will be sorry" over the Salisbury poisoning as the war of words between Moscow and London continued.

Ex-spy Skripal on mend and "improving rapidly," says Salisbury Hospital
7 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
SERGEI Skripal is on the road to recovery, his doctors have said, confirming that the 66-year-old former Russian double agent is no longer in a critical condition.

Rifkind: Prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street ?makes me tremble?
6 Apr 2018 at 11:06am
A Tory former Cabinet minister has said the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister ?makes me tremble?.

Glasgow held as example to London in cutting murder rate
6 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
GLASGOW can act as an example in how to reduce the murder rate in London, the UK capital?s MPs have insisted as the murder rate there has already exceeded 50 so far this year.

Labour accuses Tory Government of "playing party politics" with Skripal poiso...
6 Apr 2018 at 12:02am
LABOUR has accused the Conservative Government of "playing party politics" with the Skripal poisoning case after a minister made a thinly-veiled suggestion that Jeremy Corbyn could not be trusted with security intelligence.

Yulia Skripal gives first public statement to say she is on road to recovery
6 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
YULIA Skripal has broken her silence, describing how her strength is "growing daily" following the nerve agent attack which left her and her father fighting for their lives in hospital intensive care.

Kingsmill tweet row won?t affect Sinn Fein vote in by-election, says O?Neill
6 Apr 2018 at 4:12am
The furore over Barry McElduff?s Kingsmill loaf tweet will not affect Sinn Fein?s vote in the West Tyrone by-election, the party vice president has predicted.

London and Edinburgh hail tax changes as putting more money in pockets
6 Apr 2018 at 4:00am
LONDON and Edinburgh have insisted that from today their tax changes are putting more money in people?s pockets.

 

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Euan McColm: Putin?s useful idiots on both sides of the House
7 Apr 2018 at 11:50pm
There was something grimly familiar about the remarks.

Willie Rennie: Still no response on how to avoid another SNP ?shambles?
7 Apr 2018 at 11:29pm
This week Nicola Sturgeon will jet to China on a visit designed to show that Scotland is an ambitious country open for business.

Embattled Catalan professor signs up for Salmond?s show
7 Apr 2018 at 11:20pm
Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati has been lined up to appear on Alex Salmond’s live chat show.

Leader: Let the high street diversify rather than disappear
7 Apr 2018 at 11:19pm
Britain’s high streets have their roots in Victorian times, when the industrial revolution lured families to towns and cities for work. Without land, they had to rely on shops for food.

Texan Dressed to Kilt wounded by Scots snub
7 Apr 2018 at 11:07pm
The founder of the famous Scottish/American fashion show Dressed to Kilt has criticised the international arm of the Scottish Government for not offering to support the high-profile event.

Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati to appear on Alex Salmond chat show
7 Apr 2018 at 5:51pm
Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati has been lined up to appear on Alex Salmond’s live chat show.

Campaigners ?occupy? bridges on M8 in pro-independence campaign
7 Apr 2018 at 4:16pm
Protestors took to the M8 to raise saltires and Scotland flags in a demonstration for Scottish independence.

Shona Robison should be ?considering her position? over NHS Tayside scandal
7 Apr 2018 at 3:15pm
Labour’s health spokesman has warned Health Secretary Shona Robison she “cannot wash her hands” of the NHS Tayside scandal and urged further action.

SNP?s Mhairi Black ?hated? independence White Paper
7 Apr 2018 at 12:17pm
Mhairi Black has revealed she “hated” the SNP’s White Paper on Scottish independence and told voters to ignore it.

Woman blames botched delivery after passport left in street
7 Apr 2018 at 7:00am
A DISTRAUGHT mother-of-three has told how her passport was abandoned in the street and other personal documents went missing after a botched delivery.

SNP tax rise could cost Scotland £20m in revenues
7 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
The Scottish Government would lose £20 million in planned revenue if “fewer than 20” of Scotland’s biggest earners move their main residence south of the Border to escape tax hikes.

Three pupils a day excluded from Scots schools over weapon attacks
7 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
Pupils are being suspended from schools in Scotland upwards of three times a day for assaults with weapons including knives, it has emerged.

Michelle Goldberg: Trump fans think he?s fighting child-abusing cabal
7 Apr 2018 at 6:00am
Trump supporters have come up with a disturbing conspiracy theory to explain why the US President is a genius, writes Michelle Goldberg.

Gamekeepers invite ?angry? Nicola Sturgeon to learn about hare culls
6 Apr 2018 at 7:12pm
Gamekeepers have invited the First Minister to visit their estates to find out about mountain hare management after she warned filmed culls were “not acceptable”.

Sergei Skripal ?improving rapidly? after poison attack
6 Apr 2018 at 5:42pm
The former Russian double agent poisoned with a nerve agent is no longer critically ill in hospital.

Wings over Scotland blog

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A new record
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2018 at 1:25pm
So, yeah, this happened: The new crowdfunding platform we used this year is a curious and arcane beast, and as a result the honest truth is that we’re still not quite 100% certain what the precise final total (including “offsite” donations and a few that squeezed in after the technical deadline) is. But as best as …

The some-nerve agent
by Chris Cairns
7 Apr 2018 at 6:59am

The last stretch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2018 at 7:02pm
With 14 hours to go: Like, wow, readers ?

24 little hours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2018 at 9:27am
…is all you have to put up with before we stop nagging you for cash again for another year. The 2018 Wings fundraiser ends tomorrow morning, so this is your last chance to put a little of your money where our mouth is. (Fundraiser page here, or click here to donate directly.) . The current …

Filling in the gaps again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2018 at 11:59am
The Scottish Daily Mail’s never-ending quest to find the very bottom of the SNP BAD barrel reached a new record depth today, somehow managing to blame the Scottish Government for… whiplash injuries. But as ever, it turned out the Mail’s story was missing some key data. As with the Herald’s front page yesterday (which couldn’t …

29 Years Later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2018 at 7:53pm
You’ve got to give them credit for audaciously shameless timing. 3 April 1989 3 April 2018 Still, though 29 years (and counting) is quite a while, it’s not even nearly a record. The Scottish Parliament took them 111 years: And as for the House Of Lords, well, this poster is from 1910 and they’ve promised to abolish …

Buying democracy
by Dr Craig Dalzell
3 Apr 2018 at 10:40am
“There now follows a party election broadcast by the…” click The political broadcasts at election time are a time-worn tradition in the UK (as is our reaction to them) but not too many people really understand why political campaign broadcasts take this form, nor why it’s actually quite important that they do. In the UK, …

The tracks are always greener
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2018 at 11:42am
Stuck for any actual news at the tail of the Easter weekend, today’s Scottish Daily Mail reaches once again into the bag marked “Emergency Barrel Scrapings” and comes up with that old faithful beloved of all newspapers, a shock-horror “OMG LOOK HOW EXPENSIVE THE TRAINS ARE!” story. It’s always an easy hit – partly because …

Bloody rebels
by Chris Cairns
31 Mar 2018 at 6:59am

The rule of law
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2018 at 1:04pm
A large and imposing statue built in 1974 still stands today on Clyde Street in Glasgow. It depicts a woman called Dolores Ibarruri, known as “La Pasionaria”, who was one of the heroes of the anti-fascist resistance in Spain in the 1930s. The statue was funded by “the British Labour Movement”, but Conservative councillors in the city …

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Scottish school exclusions over weapon attacks at five-year high
7 Apr 2018 at 12:00am
The Scottish Conservatives said the increase in Scotland demonstrated a problem with classroom discipline.


Crisis-hit NHS Tayside chiefs replaced
6 Apr 2018 at 5:46pm
The chairman and chief executive of NHS Tayside are replaced after it was put in "special measures".


Hare shooters invite Sturgeon to estates
6 Apr 2018 at 4:40pm
It comes after the first minister said footage of gamekeepers culling mountain hares was "not acceptable".


Teachers 'buying cash-strapped pupils food and clothes'
5 Apr 2018 at 12:11pm
One teacher even bought Christmas dinner and gifts for a pupil who had nothing.


MSPs parade for New York Tartan Day celebrations
5 Apr 2018 at 12:39am
Ken Macintosh, Johann Lamont and Clare Haughey will take part in the parade on the city's Sixth Avenue.


Savings 'increasingly critical' for Scottish councils
5 Apr 2018 at 12:38am
The Accounts Commission warns that Scottish councils face "challenges on a number of fronts" in future.


Scottish economy 'grew throughout 2017'
4 Apr 2018 at 11:45am
Scotland's economy grew for a fourth consecutive quarter, official figures show, but still lags behind the UK.


Scottish Help to Buy scheme extended for two years
4 Apr 2018 at 12:20am
A total of £100m will be invested by the Scottish government, helping up to 4,000 households to buy a new home.


Glasgow Games had little impact on sport participation, report says
3 Apr 2018 at 9:36am
Report says Glasgow's still benefiting from Commonwealth Games but no "step change" in physical activity levels.


Defects found in 19 Edinburgh council buildings
3 Apr 2018 at 1:47pm
A report says the buildings have similar defects to those that caused the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary school.


Fair Start Scotland employment service begins work
3 Apr 2018 at 8:50am
Fair Start Scotland is a voluntary scheme aimed at helping those furthest from getting steady work.


Funding boost for human trafficking support groups
2 Apr 2018 at 1:25am
Two support groups are to receive more than £3m over three years from the Scottish government.

Scot Goes Pop

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

The weak enslave themselves
by James Kelly
7 Apr 2018 at 5:32pm
Yesterday was a genuinely dispiriting day for me, because for the first time I discovered I'd been blocked by an SNP parliamentarian - in spite of the fact that I hadn't said anything remotely abus...

The Gathering
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2018 at 6:20pm
A guest post by Jason Baird of the National Yes RegistryMany thanks to James for the generous opportunity of a guest post on Scot Goes Pop. For all those who have not yet heard of the National Yes ...

Magical Mallaig moment as SNP vote increases in Highland by-election
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2018 at 4:02pm
So the STV by-election gods giveth, and the STV by-election gods taketh away.  A couple of weeks ago we were enjoying a technical SNP 'gain' from Labour in Penicuik, even though the SNP's vote had ...

Some recommended reading...
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2018 at 11:45pm
It's the blogpost that's caught the imagination of a nation.  If you haven't seen it yet, take a few moments to read the legendary Ruth Wishart's reply to her namesake Pete Wishart, explaining her ...

A right of reply to Pete Wishart: why "losing is not an option" is an immatur...
by James Kelly
3 Apr 2018 at 12:15am
As you may have seen doing the rounds on Twitter, the letters page of this month's iScot magazine contains a contribution from Pete Wishart MP, billed as a "right of reply response to James Kelly's...

Winning With Willie: The Naked Truth
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2018 at 7:48am
It's amazing how often a full-scale Scottish poll has been published on Easter Sunday, and this year is no exception, courtesy of YouGov.  Unfortunately, however, the poll doesn't have any voting i...

It's time to get up off our knees
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2018 at 3:27pm
Yesterday a junior minister in the UK government shocked people who believed "The Vow", by haughtily dismissing the Scottish Government as a body that is roughly equivalent to Lincolnshire County C...

It's fine, don't worry about it, just go back to sleep
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2018 at 6:56pm
I stand corrected.  I had formed the firm impression on Friday that the only TV camera crew in attendance at the Hands Off Our Parliament rally was from a Chinese channel, but as you can see from a...

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SNP MSP James Dornan steps down as depute leadership candidate to take up the...
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7 Apr 2018 at 11:25pm
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Cora linn@falls of clyde, new Lanark. Was bored in house so went out for a dr...
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Lewis mosque to open by summer despite church opposition
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Man assaulted by two men 'in broad daylight attack'
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SNP tax rise could cost Scotland £20m in revenues
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Offshore workers 'down tools' on platform
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Period poverty legislation to be introduced at Holyrood
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Faith groups join Alison Thewliss to condemn Tory two-child benefit cap: Sixt...
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Gamekeepers invite ?angry? Nicola Sturgeon to learn about hare culls
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Message tae men at Holyrood is clear ? ye can get awa wi it - The National
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While Nicola Sturgeon is praised by the UN, Theresa May is taken to court. Re...
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Adjusting the Sails: Taking the Pragmatic Course
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Body of a 27-year-old woman found in Bellfield, Kilmarnock
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Bungling government officials mess up hip op apology with info about knees
by Andy Philip
6 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
One patient complained to Health Secretary Shona Robison about an agonising 44-week wait to see a specialist.


Boris Johnson is an unstoppable political force whose crass errors won't stop...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Despite his blunders, nothing can stop the Tory MP from going all the way to the top, says Torcuil Crichton.


Multi-millionaire Tory MSP facing fine for failing to file business accounts ...
by David Clegg
6 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Ruth Davidson’s business spokesman has been left red-faced.


Donald Trump personally denies knowledge of $130,000 'hush money' paid to por...
by Mikey Smith
5 Apr 2018 at 10:54pm
In a rare conversation with reporters on Air Force One, Trump said he did not know where Michael Cohen, his attorney, got the money to pay Daniels.


Crackdown on bullying and harassment in councils planned by Scottish Government
by Record Reporter
5 Apr 2018 at 4:11pm
Changes to code of conduct planned after deluge of complaints in the wake of the Weinstein scandal


Scots councils urged to tear down 'no ball games' signs to allow kids to have...
by Andy Philip
5 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Ruth Maguire MSP wants to see councils take down the killjoy signs which don't allow kids to have fun.


Beano lawyers 'blast' Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg for 'copying' Walter the Softy
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
In a tongue-in-cheek letter, the Beano accused the Tory MP of 'clear infringement' of copyright.


It is not anti-Semitic to abhor Israeli oppression of Palestinians - It is th...
by Annie Brown
4 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
At least 18 Palestinians were killed when Israeli forces fired on protests near the Gaza border last Friday as part of Land Day.


Council cuts cost Scots £137 as devastating blow on local pockets laid bare
by David Clegg
3 Apr 2018 at 8:57pm
Analysis commissioned by Labour shows cuts to local authority budgets in the last five years have cost Scots hundreds of pounds.


Never forget politics is truly a force for good and can achieve great things
by Kezia Dugdale
3 Apr 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale looks back at the amazing ways politics has helped people who need it most.

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

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin… Advertisements

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
by michaelgreenwell
29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
What. The. Hell?

An Interesting Comparison
by michaelgreenwell
11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
by michaelgreenwell
27 Feb 2018 at 10:59pm

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly…

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Bella Caledonia

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Chris Hedges: U.S. citizens are living in an inverted totalitarian country
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2018 at 8:54pm
The mainstream media deflects attention from where power resides: corporations, not with the leaders of the free world. The arguments posed by Chris Hedges, that the U.S. is neither a democracy nor a republic but a totalitarian state that can now assassinate its citizens at will, are pertinent ones. Scary ones. Especially as consecutive governments …

Time for Truce?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2018 at 12:29pm
Watching social media eat itself in a slow paroxysm over this past year, growing increasingly to despise it, but still drawn to the occasional joys, I?ve been struck how, as a culture, we have lost any way to make peace. Peace requires a reciprocal relationship to reality. So much of our social discourse is now …

Fist Pumps and Constitutional Novichok
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Apr 2018 at 11:22am
Independence is an inherently radical rupture, its time to act on that argues Jonathon Shafi. Theresa May had finished giving her statement on Salisbury to the house. Much to the braying consternation of the Tories, Jeremy Corbyn rose to give only qualified support to the governments claims. He argued for evidence, scrutiny, and for any …

The Gathering
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Apr 2018 at 4:43pm
Many thanks to Mike for the generous opportunity of a guest post on Bella. For all those who have not yet heard of the NYR or what we do, here is a short film giving a little of our history, explaining who we are and what IndyAppp does. It was made as an easy introduction …

Hands Off Devolution: an Open Letter to Theresa May
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Apr 2018 at 10:18am
Bella Caledonia, in partnership with Wales Arts Review, publishes an open letter in defence of the devolved democracies of Wales and Scotland. Jointly composed by writers Ben Gwalchmai and Patrick McGuinness, the non-partisan #DefendDevolution letter calls on Prime Minister Theresa May, David Lidington MP, and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP and Secretary …

Unicornucopia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Apr 2018 at 11:04pm
There seems to be a new frenzy of enthusiasm for an immediate second referendum on Scottish independence. The contempt with which Scotland (and Wales and Ireland) have been treated through the Brexit process, the role of the House of Lords, the coming economic chaos and the unacknowledged but obvious rise of a new virulent English …

Tae Kathleen Jamie, an ither Scots Scrievers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Apr 2018 at 4:54pm
Gin there?s onythin mair difficult in this day an age than tae live as a poet, it?s tae live as a poet wha wirks in Scots ? an sae it wis nae surprise tae read the day that Kathleen Jamie, yin o the kintrae?s finest scrievers in the tongue, has gien up writin poetry in …

Somewhere I read ?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Apr 2018 at 11:56pm
Martin Luther King?s murder 50 years ago in Memphis represented an irreparable loss to all of humanity. This is a very short extract from speech (and a rare piece of actual footage rather than audio) but you should listen to it.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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May refuses to back Boris Johnson's claim there will be 'Brexit dividend' - P...
by Andrew Sparrow
29 Mar 2018 at 5:03pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s tour of the UK to mark Brexit now being just one year awayJohn McDonnell?s morning interviews - SummaryTony Blair?s Brexit Q&A - SummaryTheresa May?s BBC interview - SummaryMay refuses to back Boris Johns...

The Guardian view on fishing and Brexit: still on the hook | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Britain?s politicians have again been found out for making promises to fishing communities that they can?t deliverIn British politics, the fishing industry carries an emotional resonance matched by few others; mining and shipbuilding are the only obvious contenders. Perhaps this is because Britai...

Gove tells Tory MPs to 'keep eyes on prize' in row over fishing waters
by Jessica Elgot and Anushka Asthana
20 Mar 2018 at 6:47pm
Environment secretary says UK control of fishing waters delayed, not abandoned, by Brexit dealMichael Gove has attempted to reassure Conservatives angry about Britain conceding on fisheries during the Brexit transition by urging them to keep their ?eyes on the prize?.The environment secretary sai...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigne...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDavis/Barnier press conference - Snap summaryEU and UK agree terms of Brexit dealAfternoon summary 5.42pm GMT It?s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or politic...

Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Mar 2018 at 12:01am
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powersTheresa May will hold private talks with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers on Wednesday in an effort to end the deadlock over their new powers after Brexit.May is urgently trying to resolve ...

Brexit: Scotland and Wales face battle for fish and farm policy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm
Quotas and subsidies among 24 areas Westminster says will need UK-wide control after BrexitThe UK government has told Scottish and Welsh ministers they are likely to be barred from controlling policy in areas such as genetically modified crops, fishing quotas and farm payments after Brexit. Mike ...

Holyrood vexed by return of MSP who apologised for harassing women
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Mar 2018 at 1:17pm
Mark McDonald?s decision to continue as independent after resigning from SNP prompts widespread angerWomen from across Scotland?s political spectrum have described their growing anger and frustration at Mark McDonald, the former childcare minister who resigned from the Scottish National party ove...

UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Mar 2018 at 11:30am
Ministers in London could press on with legislation on devolving EU powers even if Edinburgh and Cardiff fail to agree to dealUK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has em...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

How bad could it be?
A guest post by Samuel Miller They say timing is everything and given the nature of my previous post, this Q.E.D. moment couldn’t be allowed to pass. It appears that some folk yesterday were quite concerned about Scottish economic performance lagging behind the UK. Others? Not so much.  Very much a glass half empty or glass half …

Mushroom farming the population
A guest post by Samuel Miller From the lack of serious Scottish political news out there you’d be forgiven for thinking that bugger all is happening. Not to mention you may be feeling a bit frustrated, anxious or downright borderline paranoid. Perhaps worth remembering, that one way or another this is going to be a …

To whom it may concern?
A guest post by Samuel Miller To most folk it must seem that the world has gone a bit on the pure mad mental side out there at the moment. Our political systems? Our government and practice of politics? Y’know, those institutions we look to for the administration and management of our needs and our …

You?ll have had your unity then
A guest post by Samuel Miller Yesterday oor PM, Treeza of the ‘strong and stable’ party, marked the Uk’s one year to Brexit countdown with what was called a whistlestop tour of the UK. This apparently, in order to promote unity within her presiousss, presciousss union. By whistlestop what they mean is basically back hame …

As others see us ? com les altres ens veuen
A Scottish court has had the good sense and common decency to free Clara Ponsatí on bail while she fights the extradition order brought against her by the Spanish government seeking to prosecute her on politically motivated charges which could potentially result in the former Catalan education minister facing up to 30 years in a …

Getting pecked to death by a chlorinated chicken
There’s a lot of very serious stuff going on. It’s being alleged that Cambridge Analytica and the Vote Leave campaign stole the EU referendum and it’s entirely possible that the UK is being dragged out of the EU on the basis of a fraud. It’s bad enough that the Conservatives have decided after the event …

Defending democracy
Today, Sunday, came the news that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has been arrested by German police acting on a European warrant issued by the Spanish authorities. Puigdemont had fled to Belgium after Spain announced that it was seeking to arrest him and members of his pro-independence government. Spain filed an international arrest warrant …

Nae fish and yer passport is French
For the rest of the UK, and particularly for those people in England who voted to leave because they really believed in the myths of British exceptionalism, the entire Brexit process must be very like discovering what it feels like to be the Scottish fitba team. There they were, chanting Eng-er-land Eng-er-land and looking forward …

The National

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Doing it OURselves is the way forward for Yes DIY
IF anything sums up the growth of the Yes DIY movement it is the realisation by Yes groups across the country that Doing It Yourself really means doing it OURselves.

Faith groups urge Tories to ditch two-child benefit limit
SIXTY Church of England bishops as well as senior figures from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have united to urge the UK Government to rethink its controversial benefits cap on families with more than two children.

Scotland brand campaigners meet MP Wishart
THE founder of the Keep Scotland the Brand campaign, Ruth Watson, said she was delighted at the reception given to her and her colleagues when they met MP Pete Wishart, chairman of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.

Amnesty International brief FM before five-day visit to China
NICOLA Sturgeon has been briefed by Amnesty International on human rights issues in China ahead of a five-day visit there to boost trade.

Leonard urged to act over Labour role in Tories' council coup
SNP councillors in Falkirk have accused Labour of helping start a Tory coup of the local authority, after voting to change the structures of the council.

Call for political parties to report election candidates' gender gap
A CAMPAIGN group has called for the Government to enact a crucial part of the Equality Act to ensure political parties report their ?gender gap? in election candidates.

Tories accuse Scottish Government of failing to act on animal cruelty
THE Tories have accused the Scottish Government of dragging its feet over plans to introduce tougher sentences for animal cruelty.

Johnson under fire over ?proof? in Salisbury poison attack
THE UK Government?s position on the ?Russian? nerve agent used to try to murder former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was beginning to unravel last night.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U.S. State...
            Family Ties Rodney Ford has been a major influence in African affairs for nearly 20 years. His partner is Gillian Apfel also a senior US diplomat. Gillian is the sister of Lauren Apfel, wife of Adam Tomkins, Tory MSP and constitutional affairs spokesman for the Tory party in Scotland. This short … Continue reading "Is Adam Tomkins a Latter Day Daniel Defoe ? His Close Links to the U...

Porton Down Director Distances His Establishment From Prime Minister May?s Ac...
        Extracts from Hansard: House of Commons: Tuesday 24 September 2002 The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Today we published a 50-page dossier, detailing the history of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programme, its breach of United Nations resolutions, and its attempts to rebuild that illegal programme. As the dossier sets out, … Continue reading "Porton Down Director Distances His Es...

Cambridge Analytical & SCL ? Chiels Wha Winna Ding, and Canna Be Disputed ? R...
        ?Better Together? Gains Unfettered access to Experian?s Database Experian is one of the largest data collection companies in the world, and provides credit worthiness reports for its subscribers. Blue State Digital, a US data-mining agency that had worked for US President Obama on his successful election campaigns was asked by “Better … Continue reading "Cambridge Analytical & SCL – Chi...

Scottish Tory Unionist Party ? Orange Order ? Ulster Democratic Unionist Part...
      The Scottish Tory & Unionist Party and Glasgow Rangers Links between Tory Party MSP’s and other Individuals, Glasgow Rangers, the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP) and the Orange Order are an unhealthy manifestation of the hard line Unionist approach to politics in Scotland adopted by the Tory Party under the Leadership of … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist Party – Orange Or...

Convenient to Blame Putin for the Novichok Nerve Agent Attack On the Russian ...
    16 Mar 2018: The Times: Letter from Stephen Davies (Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Sir, further to your report (?Poision Exposure Leaves Nearly 40 needing Treatment?), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with … Continue reading "Convenient to Blame Putin...

Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Club ? Condemned by ...
              9 Mar 2018: Criminal probe launched as sectarian flyer showing abuse against ?Fenians? surfaces before match The flyer, posted on the “Union Bears” Facebook page showed a silhouette image of someone wearing a green-and-white hooped jersey being kicked in the head while on the ground, surrounded by text … Continue reading "Rangers Union Bears March in Support of Rangers Football Cl...

Background Information ? The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor ? Claire Louise Imrie
          Claire Louise Roe b1976 – Lived in Southend, England. Parents divorced and she returned to Scotland with her mother. Son, Cameron Roe, b 2001. Raised child as a single mother. 2015: Married Neil Martin Imrie. Recently announced she was with child. Due Aug 2018. Parents: Father: Michael David Roe: b1956, … Continue reading "Background Information – The Baby Box Aberdeen Councillor – Cl...

Lauren Apfel ? A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Re...
        Lauren Apfel – A lady of Principle Lauren Apfel is married to Adam Tomkins (MSP.) They have 4 children, including one set of twins. Lauren is an American Jew. She was born in New York. The children are raised and schooled in the Jewish Faith. Her parents Richard Apfel & Sharon … Continue reading "Lauren Apfel – A Wonderful Mother and a Lady Unafraid to Voice Her Opinion Regardless of Fa...

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

In Praise of Gentleness
In Praise of Gentleness Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 28th 2018 Where is the gentleness in life? Instead – in too many places – we have a surfeit of anger, dislocation and frustration. For some the big issues of the day necessitate, even demand, such assertive and sometimes negative qualities. We live in times defined …

The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin
The View of Britain from Europe: A Perspective from Lublin Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 21st 2018 Europe feels very different when viewed from its eastern borders. This week I have been travelling across Europe and staying for several days in the beautiful Polish city of Lublin ? 95 miles from Warsaw, in the south-east …

Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures
Culture in Scotland in the midst of storms: A Call for Dangerous Cultures Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 16th 2018 Culture in Scotland is in difficult times: public spending cuts, the lost decade of stagnant living standards for the vast majority of people, limits to the Scottish Government?s largesse and devolution powers, controversy over Creative …

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for?
As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn?s Labour stand for? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 14th 2018 The diminished global status of Britain and our future post-Brexit has been on display in the last few days. The attempted murder of Sergei Skripa and his daughter Yulia and the possible role of Russian …

The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media ...
The Revolution has not been televised: And why mainstream politics and media prefers not to talk about it Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 7th 2018 Switch on your TV news these days and you will find, when they get past the poor weather and Royal Family announcements, that the world doesn?t exactly feel a happy …

After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good...
After the Oxfam and Save the Children scandals what does it take to be a good organisation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 28th 2018 The last few weeks have seen huge controversies surround the charity organisations Oxfam and Save the Children. In both senior men have been accused of acting inappropriately; in the case of …

2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be?
2018 will be the Year of Dundee but whose Dundee will it be? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 20th 2018 2018 will be the Year of Dundee. There is excitement and expectation in the city. After years in the doldrums, Dundee has now been punching above its weight for over a decade. It is not …

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Scotland and Independence

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Campaigners 'occupy' bridges on M8 in pro-independence campaign
Campaigners 'occupy' bridges on M8 in pro-independence campaign  The ScotsmanIn Pictures: Scottish Independence protesters take over M8 bridges  Evening TimesFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade...
Nicola Sturgeon denies 'GRANDSTANDING' over Scottish independence on US trade trip  Express.co.ukA Scotland where all can truly flourish is not just a dream  The NationalFull coverage

Chvrches on how 'fear' was used to sway people on Brexit and Scottish Indepen...
Chvrches on how 'fear' was used to sway people on Brexit and Scottish Independence  NME.comFull coverage

WATCH: Scottish Indepence supporters take over M8 bridges
WATCH: Scottish Indepence supporters take over M8 bridges  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Yes DIY big weekend gets going across the M8 bridges
Yes DIY big weekend gets going across the M8 bridges  The NationalFull coverage

Independence march will 'bring Glasgow to a standstill'
Independence march will 'bring Glasgow to a standstill'  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent
Latest STV poll shows support for Scottish independence climbing to 48 per cent  The NationalBrexit 'not a game changer on Scottish independence'  iNewsPoll: Most Scots don't want IndyRef2 in next three years  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence
Scott Macnab: Scotland's ailing economy is a barrier to independence  The ScotsmanHere's how changing the narrative will secure us a Yes vote  The NationalThe SNP has a job opportunity. So why do none of the top talent want it?  New StatesmanFull coverage

SNP

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Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?
Is the SNP reviving the idea of another Scottish independence referendum?  New StatesmanLord Steel: SNP right to demand more EU powers  The TimesFull coverage

Scotland's slow growth puts pressure on SNP
Scotland's slow growth puts pressure on SNP  Financial TimesSNP accused over supersize class pledge  The TimesNew Scottish income tax system comes into force  BBC NewsFull coverage

Tax row after SNP accuse Ruth Davidson of 'misleading' claims
Tax row after SNP accuse Ruth Davidson of 'misleading' claims  The ScotsmanTories and Ruth Davidson under fire over so-called 'rape clause'  Jersey Evening PostFull coverage

SNP and Labour in bitter clash over council vote in Falkirk
SNP and Labour in bitter clash over council vote in Falkirk  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP push for new poll turned voters Tory, claims Wishart
SNP push for new poll turned voters Tory, claims Wishart  The TimesFull coverage

Brian Wilson: Civic Scotland's silence over SNP austerity is a scandal
Brian Wilson: Civic Scotland's silence over SNP austerity is a scandal  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Pete Wishart warns SNP demands for early Indyref2 is pushing voters to Conser...
Pete Wishart warns SNP demands for early Indyref2 is pushing voters to Conservatives  The CourierFull coverage

Willie Rennie: Still no response on how to avoid another SNP 'shambles'
Willie Rennie: Still no response on how to avoid another SNP 'shambles'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland should put Spanish judiciary "on trial" in Catalan case: lawyer
Scotland should put Spanish judiciary "on trial" in Catalan case: lawyer  ReutersFull coverage

Chvrches on how 'fear' was used to sway people on Brexit and Scottish Indepen...
Chvrches on how 'fear' was used to sway people on Brexit and Scottish Independence  NME.comFull coverage

The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigge...
The Scottish government believes the Cambridge Analytica scandal could trigger a second Brexit referendum  Business InsiderFull coverage

Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'
Scottish Labour MEP: 'Second EU referendum is only fair action'  The ScotsmanThe original remainers: how 1975 produced a successful pro-Europe referendum campaign  New StatesmanLabour MEP says second EU referendum 'only fair course of action'  AOL UKLetters: Why we need a second and more representative EU referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum
Cambridge Analytica CEO pitched for role in Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Yes DIY big weekend gets going across the M8 bridges
Yes DIY big weekend gets going across the M8 bridges  The NationalFull coverage

Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be ...
Independence referendum probe: How Scots voters were targeted online will be investigated  The Sunday PostFull coverage

'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'
'Catalonia needs Scottish-style solution'  BBC NewsProtests in Catalonia after independence leaders held  Channel NewsAsiaFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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 Official President Trump thread

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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!

Absolute shocker
https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/03/porton-down-experts-unable-to-verify-precise-source-of-novichok?__twitter_impression=true   British government in lying through their teeth shocker

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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

russia poisioning
why are we not following convention and;  -allowing independent and collaborative testing of the source - unilaterally deciding a deadline for answers - failing to give Russia any of the evidence   i'm not saying for one minute that Russia aren't as guilty as hell but if natio...

Childhood memories?
When i was a boy action man was a macho toy (for a doll). Money supermarket advert has taken that memory from me. Ah well.  

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

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

Yes, The Blood, It Is My Victory
"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24        

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Miserable Albums...
I've been listening to The Twilight Sad recently; a band whose own Twitter page describes them as a 'Scottish band who enjoy making miserable music.'   Which got me thinking; which miserable albums do you actually enjoy listening to?   I'm going to go for some early Cure; a band I...

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Scotland?s new tax system could have ?significant implications? in long term,...

Law Society of Scotland gets backing of its members ahead of review of legal ...

Number of plastic bags in UK seas fell over the last eight years, finds study

Parliamentary sketch: MSPs grapple with intangible questions of culture

Law Society of Scotland gender pay gap is 21 per cent

Heads to roll at NHS Tayside after Shona Robison exercises ministerial control

Brexit: the clock is ticking

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The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…

Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

NEW PRO-INDEPENDENCE UMBRELLA GROUP FORMS IN ABERDEEN
North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…