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Revealed: What Scotland's new MSPs think of God, cannabis, football and Coro...
6 Jun 2016 at 5:14pm
?WE are the people,? the chant goes. But not, it seems, the people in power.

Councillors call for review of extra pay for council chief election job
6 Jun 2016 at 12:09pm
Councillors are calling a for a review of "outdated" arrangements under which council chiefs receive thousands of pounds to oversee elections on top of their six-figure salary.

Kezia Dugdale slams EU poll 'immigration scare stories'
30 May 2016 at 10:29am
Claims that 12 million people from Turkey would come to the UK if the country joined the European Union "would be laughable were it not so serious", according to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.

SNP MP John Nicolson wins Private Members' Bill ballot
26 May 2016 at 10:36am
The SNP's John Nicolson has won the Private Members' Bill ballot.

SNP MP: Football Act should not be repealed after Scottish Cup Final violence
24 May 2016 at 11:57am
An SNP MSP has urged opponents of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act to back down after the fan trouble at the Scottish Cup final.

Kenny MacAskill: Scottish Government 'tried to win more powers as part of Loc...
24 May 2016 at 3:42pm
The Scottish Government tried to secure more powers for Holyrood as part of a controversial prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Libya, former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said.

Lib Dems: Holyrood should be suspended for last week of EU referendum campaign
23 May 2016 at 2:13pm
Holyrood business should be suspended for the final week of the European Union (EU) referendum campaign, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said.

Alex Neil resigns as social justice secretary
18 May 2016 at 9:58am
Alex Neil has resigned as Social Justice Secretary.

Charles Kennedy's portrait will have "pride of place" at the National Liberal...
18 May 2016 at 8:02pm
A striking portrait of the late Charles Kennedy has been unveiled at the National Liberal Club in London?s Whitehall.

SNP love triangle: party says claims about Angus MacNeil's expenses are 'tota...
18 May 2016 at 11:43am
Any suggestions of "financial impropriety" by an SNP MP in relation to his hotel expenses amidst allegations of an affair are "totally wrong", the party has said.

Richard Lochhead to step down from Scottish Cabinet
18 May 2016 at 9:43am
Richard Lochhead is stepping down from the Scottish Cabinet, according to reports.

Scotch Whisky Association issues EU membership call
17 May 2016 at 7:59am
The Scotch Whisky Association has argued EU membership is vital to growing Scotch whisky exports

Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's Independence campaign
8 May 2016 at 4:44pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has confirmed her intention to relaunch the SNP's independence campaign in the summer despite being reduced to a minority in Holyrood.

Michael Gove predicts majority of Scots will vote to leave EU
8 May 2016 at 4:23pm
A MAJORITY of people in Scotland will vote to leave the European Union, leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove has predicted.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon vows to 'work above party boundaries' after losing maj...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has pledged to work above party boundaries in the best interests of Scotland but vowed to assert the values set out in the SNP manifesto.



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Leaders: Hijab move is first step towards greater diversity
7 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
Police Scotland’s decision to introduce the headscarf as a uniform option is a small but vital step towards a more representative force

Police add hijab to uniform to attract Muslim women recruits
6 Jun 2016 at 11:19pm
Police Scotland is set to introduce a hijab as part of its uniform to encourage more Muslim women into the force and address the under-representation of officers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Alan Alexander: Focus on migration, economy and UK sovereignty
6 Jun 2016 at 10:52pm
IN THE latest in our series on the EU debate, Alan Alexander of the Royal Society of Edinburgh reveals the topics that will decide the outcome of the vote

EU referendum: Irish border crackdown claims challenged
6 Jun 2016 at 10:44pm
Politicians in Northern Ireland have challenged claims made by Chancellor George Osborne that leaving the EU would lead to stringent checks at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

EU referendum: Cameron warns of Brexit ?bomb? threat to economy
6 Jun 2016 at 10:40pm
A vote to leave the European Union on 23 June would “put a bomb under the economy”, David Cameron has claimed as he sought to move the referendum debate away from immigration with a show of cross-party unity.

EU referendum: Vote result ?could be dead heat?
6 Jun 2016 at 6:26pm
THE EU referendum could end as a dead heat between Remain and Leave, if the difference in turnout between young and old voters mirrors the 2015 general election.

SNP ?not planning? 2nd indyref after Brexit
6 Jun 2016 at 6:20pm
The SNP Government is not planning a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of Brexit because “they don’t think they can win”, one of the country’s leading business figures claimed yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon named in Forbes? most powerful women list
6 Jun 2016 at 4:11pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has stormed into a list of the world’s most powerful women, with the First Minister the second highest-ranked female from the UK behind the Queen.

Poll: 64% of Scots think Named Person is ?unacceptable intrusion?
6 Jun 2016 at 3:18pm
Almost two-thirds of Scots believe the plan to introduce a named person for every child in the country is an “unacceptable intrusion” into family life, according to a poll.

Allan Massie: Gordon Brown?s new book makes passionate defence of EU
6 Jun 2016 at 11:59am
The EU may not be perfect, Gordon Brown argues, but it’s a force for good and vital to our national interest to remain part of it

Eddie Izzard urges young to register to vote in poll
6 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
Eddie Izzard and Elaine Paige were among the celebrities voicing their opinions on the EU referendum at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Labour concern over slump in number of girls studying science
6 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
THE number of female students opting for science and computing subjects has dropped significantly over the past decade, according to Scottish Labour analysis of official figures.

Brian Monteith: Tax Freedom Day gives little cause to celebrate
6 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
THE notional date on which we start keeping all our earnings shows no sign of moving forward, writes Brian Monteith

Leaders: ?Corrosive? split could spell end for Tories
6 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
CAMERON risks seeing his party destroyed and the economy badly hurt no matter the result of this month’s Brexit vote

Menzies Campbell essay: We benefit so much from belonging in EU
6 Jun 2016 at 12:00am
IN the latest part of our series on Scotland’s future, Lord Campbell argues that the European Union plays a vital role in maintaining peace and prosperity for all of its members

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The magic million
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jun 2016 at 5:41pm
Something remarkable happened in the last couple of days, readers. After we told you about the imminent delivery of the print edition of the Wee Black Book, there was a flurry of orders for several thousand more copies. And that extra influx of cash took the independence movement past a significant milestone. Since this very …

The corkscrew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jun 2016 at 10:37am
Alert readers may have noticed that we tend to slack off a bit at the weekend these days. There’s no point burning ourselves out with busywork at a time when there’s not very much going on in Scottish politics (certainly not in terms of independence, at any rate), and weekend traffic is always lower anyway. So …

Coming your way
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jun 2016 at 7:36pm
This week: (Still available to order.) Donor perks for the 2016 fundraiser are up next

Poison ivy
by Chris Cairns
5 Jun 2016 at 6:44am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The rest of your life as a champion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2016 at 7:55am
Today we’re a boxing site, and that’s all there is to it.

Get ready for a shock
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2016 at 8:54pm
The claim: Hold onto your hats, now. The reality: Yeah, we’re stunned too.

The blowhards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2016 at 9:14am
Readers, we’re honestly starting to believe that the entire Scottish media is some sort of elaborate Jeremy-Beadle-style prank. Because the alternative – that they actually mean this stuff seriously – is just too bizarre and horrible to contemplate. The motion passed in Holyrood yesterday was meaningless, and it only passed – very narrowly – because the …

Naming no names
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2016 at 11:29am
You can almost physically feel it. Scotland’s opposition and media are absolutely champing at the bit today to try to make some “SNP BAD” political capital out of the tragic and appalling death of little Liam Fee at the monstrous hands of his mother and her grotesque, controlling partner. Like kids at Christmas, some of …

A terminal decline
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2016 at 12:11am
We rarely do stat posts now, because readership has settled to a pretty steady level (generally bobbing between around 250,000 and 300,000 users a month) and we’ve run out of ways to blow our own trumpet. But we’re making an exception this month. The snide, arrogant, pompous and casually factually-inaccurate comment above was made by …

Yeah, that ought to do it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2016 at 8:59pm
We’re a bit behind, but we only just saw this. Suddenly a 70% Remain vote in Scotland looks like a conservative estimate.

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Fresh legal hearing over minimum pricing
7 Jun 2016 at 12:06am
Judges are to hear fresh legal arguments about the Scottish government's plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Call to 'protect' Scots NHS from TTIP
7 Jun 2016 at 12:21am
The Scottish Parliament is to discuss healthcare for the coming term - including a call for "explicit protection" for the NHS from the TTIP trade deal.

Teachers back action on workload
7 Jun 2016 at 12:14am
A majority of teachers taking part in a ballot about their workload say they would back industrial action on the issue.

Sturgeon ranked on powerful women list
6 Jun 2016 at 5:44pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is ranked the second most powerful woman in the UK in Forbes magazine's annual list, behind only the Queen.

Cancer patients 'positive' about care
6 Jun 2016 at 1:35pm
The vast majority of cancer patients in Scotland were positive about the care they received, according to a survey.

Concerns over computer science exam
6 Jun 2016 at 4:32pm
Concerns are expressed over the quality of last month's National 5 exam paper in computer science

Oil and gas firms 'plan more cuts'
6 Jun 2016 at 9:30am
More than four in 10 of the UK's oil and gas firms plan to cut costs further in response to the downturn in the industry, a report suggests.

Named Person policy in spotlight
5 Jun 2016 at 12:14pm
The Scottish Conservatives are calling for the rethink of the Named Person policy before it comes into force in August.

SNP urged to tackle digital skills 'gap'
5 Jun 2016 at 10:55am
Scottish Labour calls on the SNP to do more to encourage young women to study "key subjects" like computing and the sciences.

Scottish economy barely growing
6 Jun 2016 at 9:26am
The Scottish economy is slowing up more than previously expected, according to one of the leading independent forecasters.

Sturgeon lined up for EU TV debate
4 Jun 2016 at 10:29am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to take part in a EU referendum TV debate next week, it is confirmed.

Cervical screen test age to rise
4 Jun 2016 at 12:09pm
The age at which women in Scotland are asked to attend their first cervical cancer screening test is to increase from Monday.

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Landmark ICM poll confirms the trend : Scotland is now at severe risk of bein...
by James Kelly
6 Jun 2016 at 4:02pm
Unfortunately there's no ICM phone poll this week to help us work out whether the Leave lead last week was a complete fluke - so it may be a ComRes or Ipsos-Mori phone poll that eventually solves t...

Leave open up 4-point lead in dramatic YouGov poll
by James Kelly
6 Jun 2016 at 12:23am
The psychology of the EU referendum race has certainly shifted rapidly.  It seems like no time at all since we were looking at opinion poll evidence of a potentially decisive swing to Remain, and w...

Could Brexit trigger another type of second referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Jun 2016 at 5:25pm
Alastair Meeks (the artist formerly known as Antifrank) had a piece on SL the other day pondering how each side in the EU referendum would react if they lost.  His verdict on Remain was that they w...

Tonight, Matthew, Michael Gove is going to be Alex Salmond
by James Kelly
3 Jun 2016 at 9:35pm
For their EU question-and-answer session with Michael Gove, Sky somehow found a token Jock to bus down who was terribly worried about a Leave vote leading to a second "divisive" independence refere...

The earth shakes as Leave takes the lead in astonishing TELEPHONE poll from "...
by James Kelly
31 May 2016 at 6:47pm
My theory that the apparent big swing to Leave in last night's ORB telephone poll was just a routine reversion to the mean has taken an almighty knock.  Today's new phone poll from ICM (the firm re...

Illusion of commanding Remain lead shattered by latest ORB telephone poll
by James Kelly
30 May 2016 at 11:06pm
As I've been pointing out over the last week or so, the media narrative insisting that Remain have made significant progress in the latest opinion polls is based on very shaky ground.  The majority...

Willie Rennie, meet Rationality and Logic. Rationality and Logic, let me pre...
by James Kelly
28 May 2016 at 3:36pm
The third and fifth largest parties in the Scottish Parliament are a source of neverending bafflement to me.  Labour and the Lib Dems have been constantly telling the SNP they need to pull their fi...

Alex Salmond seizes the initiative and boosts the chances of a second indepen...
by James Kelly
27 May 2016 at 1:12am
Alex Salmond is certainly a man who knows how to lay down a marker.  When he was asked during tonight's televised EU debate whether Brexit might lead to a second independence referendum, I'm sure m...

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World's biggest tidal energy turbine arrives in Orkney
by /u/bottish
7 Jun 2016 at 8:27am
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Last Day to Register to Vote!
by /u/DemonEggy
7 Jun 2016 at 6:20am
Today (tuesday) is the LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE for the EU referendum! You can still do it online here: If you have the right to vote, you need to register....

EU Referendum: Are the Western Isles the most Eurosceptic part of Britain?
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7 Jun 2016 at 1:30am
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You won?t hear about this in the mainstream media
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6 Jun 2016 at 10:37pm
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Ayrshire brothers' invention to transform America's railways
by /u/JohnKimble111
6 Jun 2016 at 10:14pm
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I accidentally discovered that Irn Bru and Brie have a very unusual taste whe...
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6 Jun 2016 at 9:00pm
I'm leaving it vague so just give it a go!! Trust the stranger off the internet submitted by /u/zeldastheguyright

Child begging in Glasgow
by /u/B-Sod_The_Majestic
6 Jun 2016 at 7:20pm
Well I just has the most unpleasant experience of a child being used to beg for money while sitting in Royal Exchange Sq, talk about sicking me and making me angry to the core, so I reported it not...

Just what us this stauner that everyone has for Skye?
by /u/hairyneil
6 Jun 2016 at 6:46pm
Seems that almost all of the potential tourists that come here for advice have a vague idea of visiting this and that but definitely Skye. What gives? Is it really all that? I've never been so wha...

Cumbernauld Comic Con 1996
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6 Jun 2016 at 6:45pm
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Philip Sim: "Forbes ranks Nicola Sturgeon as 2nd most powerful woman in the U...
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6 Jun 2016 at 4:34pm
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Castle Carnasserie ~ Scotland Ruins
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6 Jun 2016 at 4:13pm
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Transitioning transsexual who says 'people laugh at him' on buses fails to ge...
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6 Jun 2016 at 3:56pm
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Poll: 64% of Scots think Named Person is ?unacceptable intrusion?
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6 Jun 2016 at 3:49pm
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Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson to clash in TV debate
by /u/gowerpower
6 Jun 2016 at 3:17pm
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Registering to vote in the EU referendum - deadline date, how to vote and all...
by Record Reporter
6 Jun 2016 at 7:26pm
AS the deadline for signing up to vote in the EU referendum looms, find out what you need to know about ensuring you have your say about Brexit.

Kezia Dugdale: Give me a straight answer ... it's not fracking difficult
by Kezia Dugdale
5 Jun 2016 at 9:24pm
NO more ifs and buts, says Kezia, it's time for the SNP to decide where they stand on the subject of fracking.

Nigel Farage accused of 'outrageous scaremongering' over migrant sex attack c...
by Arj Singh
5 Jun 2016 at 12:49pm
Nigel Farage has been accused of "outrageous blatant scaremongering" by a fellow Brexit campaigner after suggesting women could be at risk of sex attacks from migrants

Gerry Hassan: Whoever wins the grim spectacle of the EU referendum it is the ...
by Gerry Hassan
5 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
GERRY reflects on the ferocity of the campaign to remain or stay within the European Union. While both sides have merit, the argument has descended into tit for tat nonsense.

Top SNP MSP in secret landlord probe after whistleblower alerts ethics watchdog
by Norman Silvester
5 Jun 2016 at 6:00am
KENNETH Gibson is under the microscope following accusations that he broke strict parliamentary code on financial and vested interests.

Gordon Brown launches new EU Referendum remain campaign with impassioned plea...
by Ross McCafferty
4 Jun 2016 at 3:09pm

 THE former Prime Minister praised Britain's role in rebuilding Europe after the global conflicts which market the 20th century, and urged us to remember that and back remain in the upcoming r...

SNP economy chief warned after predicting 'good times' for oil industry despi...
by Andy Philip
4 Jun 2016 at 2:30pm
KEITH Brown gave a remarkably upbeat forecast considering that the North Sea Oil industry has been in dire straits for over a year, costing an estimated 70,000 jobs.

Nicola Sturgeon to take part in EU referendum televised debate
by Lucy Christie
4 Jun 2016 at 1:35pm
THE televised debate will follow a head to head between Prime Minister David Cameron and Ukip's Nigel Farage, to be shown on the channel on Tuesday.

Record View: It will take more than 500 jobs to solve the crisis in the North...
by Record View
4 Jun 2016 at 1:00pm
THE Scottish Government has leaped on the announcement of a few hundred jobs, which while good news, still show the scale of the crisis in the industry.

Scottish Politics Today: The heat is on as we lurch towards the EU vote
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Jun 2016 at 10:33am
DAVID Cameron hangs in there as live studio audience bombards him with questions on immigration and scare tactics of the Remain campaign.

Michael Greenwell

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

Sports Betting & Upper Class Yobs
by michaelgreenwell
5 Jun 2016 at 7:59pm
I think I’m prepared to bet that we are going to see a stark example of the British class system in action in the next few months. You see, at the Epsom Derby, which is a jolly day out for many of the more rah-rah elements of society, it seems that there was a bit …

The Turnout 2 ? On Homeopathy, with Michael Marsh
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2016 at 11:21am
For the 2nd episode of The Turnout I spoke with journalist Michael Marshall of The Good Thinking Society (as well as the Be Reasonable podcast and others). Michael was the man behind the 10:23 campaign  which was a … mass overdose of homeopathy outside branches of Boots UK in several major cities throughout the country, …

Scotland?s Missing Histories ? Episode 3 ? The 45 (with Maggie Craig)
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2016 at 11:38am
What do you know about the 45? Not the 45% of people who voted yes, I mean the events of 1745. We’ve almost been conditioned to believe that a gang of highlanders/catholics (referred to as Bare-arsed Banditti) were led on a fools’ errand by an effete Italian buffoon and that the whole thing ended  in …

Wikileaks on TTIP
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2016 at 12:07pm
Wikileaks have produced a video explaining some of what is going with TTIP and similar deals. It is quite alarmist, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when the subject material is so alarming…

Saturday Matinee 39 -In The King of Prussia, The Trial of the Plowshares 8
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2016 at 9:59am
Father Berrigan once said he had been arrested more times than he remembers, but fewer times than he should have. I’m not a religious man but since Daniel Berrigan passed away a couple of weeks ago, I have wanted to put something with him up on the site. The only priest ever to get on …

Both of These
by michaelgreenwell
20 May 2016 at 7:29am
Nothing to disagree with here…

There are image problems and there are image problems?
by michaelgreenwell
15 May 2016 at 10:16am
Formula one people seem to think that the major problem people have with their sport is that sometimes there isn’t enough overtaking. It may however be that having people like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone involved has something to do with it. Here is Ecclestone’s recent outburst... And just in case you had forgotten about …

Discrimination in Action
by michaelgreenwell
12 May 2016 at 10:33am
TV news makes many sins of omission and other propaganda techniques are in there. However, you often find much more propaganda, lifestyle propaganda, in other programs on TV. This lifestyle propaganda is all about showing people what those that control the TV output believe to be acceptable behaviour. Here we have a truly stunning example, …

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Celebrating the National Yes Registry
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jun 2016 at 3:28pm
We’re delighted to be a part of the National Yes Registry launch. Jason Baird and his team have done an amazing job (re) connecting the Yes groups and beginning to chart a way forward. There’s a bigger and more difficult political challenge ahead, but this organisational effort is a crucial part of the rebuilding. Here’s …

Speaking with poverty: The Dundee Fairness Commission
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jun 2016 at 3:17pm
The day after the Parliament debated poverty Cllr Jimmy Black, Chair of the Dundee Fairness Commission, declines to quote statistics … What?s on the telly – property porn … ?My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding? porn … and now benefits and poverty porn. Some of us have become obsessed with the lives of the so-called ‘underclasses’, viewing …

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3 Jun 2016 at 2:24pm
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Fracking Posturing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jun 2016 at 4:32pm
Do Labour actually want to see fracking in Scotland? Looks like it. Because a fracking free-for-all is the real risk of their pointless political gesture in parliament on Wednesday when they successful tabled an amendment for an immediate fracking ban. The Tories voted against the amendment and the SNP abstained. Fortunately the Scottish Government is …

Bella Indy Live
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jun 2016 at 8:32am

Interview with Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2016 at 3:21pm
In an interview with Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh we discussed Women for Indy, the Yes movement, gender and religion, online abuse and political journeys. *** PLEASE GO HERE TO SUPPORT US ? DONATE and SHARE. ***

Shine a Light
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Jun 2016 at 12:57pm
Libraries give us power. Edinburgh City Council is failing us. The sign over Edinburgh Central Library reads ?Let There Be Light?. Perhaps that is why, of the many planning fiascos to come from Edinburgh City Council in recent years, this is the one that has moved me to write something. Libraries are important. Publicly owned …

The 2016 Scottish Cup Final: The Perfect Storm
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 May 2016 at 3:09pm
Most commentators have thus far rightly criticised the fans of Hibernian and Rangers for their post-match pitch invasions that witnessed opposing supporters fighting one another and jubilant Hibernian supporters provoking and allegedly assaulting dejected Rangers players. The scenes that unfolded at the 2016 Scottish Cup Final were embarrassing and concerning but were not, as some …

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Nicola Sturgeon enters Forbes list of world's most powerful women
by Josh Halliday
6 Jun 2016 at 6:03pm
Scottish first minister rated 50th most powerful woman, second only to the Queen in UK rankingsNicola Sturgeon is the second highest-ranked female from the UK behind the Queen in the latest Forbes list of the world?s most powerful women.The SNP leader, at No 50, features for the first time among ...

When will the SNP take education seriously? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Jun 2016 at 12:06am
Depressing figures reveal that the gap between disadvantaged and more affluent pupils is growingThe much-loved son of a family friend was withdrawn from his state secondary school recently and enrolled instead at one of the country?s fee-paying independent establishments and I despaired. Though h...

Nicola Sturgeon says Liam Fee murder case must not become political issue
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jun 2016 at 7:18pm
Campaigners and opposition politicians in Scotland are using toddler?s murder to question controversial ?named person? schemeScotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has warned against ?trying to make political points? over the Liam Fee tragedy, after campaigners and opposition politicians use...

Scottish parliament votes narrowly in favour of ban on fracking
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jun 2016 at 6:23pm
Vote does not create binding policy but is significant defeat for SNP so soon into new parliamentary termThe Scottish parliament has voted narrowly in favour of a ban on fracking, after Scottish National party MSPs abstained following a debate that gave a strong indication of the changed nature o...

'Plaster put over betrayal of trust' in Australians' UK deportation case
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Jun 2016 at 3:34pm
UK government criticised after Australian family who want to live and work in Scotland granted temporary reprieveThe UK government has been accused of putting a ?sticking plaster over a betrayal of trust? after it offered a temporary reprieve to an Australian family who were facing deportation fr...

Natalie McGarry faces second police investigation after SNP complaint
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
31 May 2016 at 4:47pm
Glasgow East MP who resigned SNP whip is investigated by Police Scotland after allegation about financial discrepanciesThe Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry is facing a second police inquiry after the SNP regional association of which she was formerly convenor made a complaint about alleged financi...

Alex Salmond says second Scotland referendum likely in event of Brexit
by Heather Stewart Political editor
26 May 2016 at 10:50pm
Former first minister says independence would happen within two years if Scotland was at risk of being ?dragged? out of the EUThe Scottish government would hold a fresh independence referendum ? and win it ? within two years, if Scotland was at risk of being ?dragged? out of the European Union af...

Devolution is threatening future of UK, say peers
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
25 May 2016 at 12:01am
Lords committee says full fiscal autonomy for nations would break up union, but SNP dismisses report as irrelevantThe future of the UK as a union is under threat because of piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a group of peers has said.The House of Lords constitution comm...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Too wee, too poor, and too stupid for independence
The Labour party in Scotland is having one of its reviews again, like the one it had after the 2007 election, the one after the 2011 election, and the one after the 2015 election. Labour has had almost as many internal reviews as it’s got elected politicians left to do the reviewing. It’s got far …

The importance of being earn-yes
In less than three weeks time, the voting will take place in the Tory leadership campaign, otherwise known as the EU referendum. As a side effect of the Conservative party deciding whether or not it wants to be led by a different Old Etonian clown to the Old Etonian clown it’s currently led by, the …

National Yes Registry ? a declaration of support
Following our first National Yes Registry conference of grass-root, pro-independence autonomous groups held in Largs on the 5th of December 2015, we the undersigned groups declare our intention to collectively provide the grass-root authority and vanguard leadership necessary to instigate the creation of an open, non-party political, mutually supportive campaigning network around which all will...

Labour, the fracked party, cracked at the foundations and leaking poison
It’s a hard life being a Labour politician in Scotland these days. There you were all those years ago, an idealistic young student with an eye on a career in politics and all you had to do was to turn up at meetings and schmooze with the right power-brokers. Play the game properly and you …

Escaping from a dying superstate
If you thought that the prospect of a 24th of June when you wake up to a UK that’s voted to leave the EU and drag an unwilling Scotland with it was depressing, you’re about to be even more depressed. Donald Trump is coming for tea that day too. Donald Trump, the only man on …

Chris Grayling and his pedestal of ignorance
Tory MP and Brexit campaigner Chris Grayling has dismissed talk of a second Scottish indyref if Britain votes to leave the EU but Scotland votes to remain. We’ll be having none of that nonsense, said Chris, we’re voting as a single UK and Scotland will do as it’s told. That’s why Chris introduced English votes …

The crown prince of darkness vs. the clown prince of barkingness
David Cameron’s future as Prime Minister is looking even less secure than the Labour party’s control of Glesca Cooncil. At least Labour will probably hang on to a majority until the May local government elections next year, it’s quite likely that Davie boy will be gone by then. I’d do a wee dance to celebrate, …

The drugs of Britishness don?t work any more
We live in a topsy turvy universe, or at least the Caledonian parts of it. Legal mind altering substances have now been banned, but here in Scotland political reality is warped on a daily basis without any pharmacological assistance. If you want to warp your brain and corrode your synapses with altered states of irreality …

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Patients give their backing to standards of cancer care
CANCER patients have given their care a big thumbs up in Scotland?s first ever survey of NHS treatment of the disease.

Cancer treatment: Sufferers tell of good care ? with gaps
PARALEGAL Laura Fitzsimmons said her medical care for lymphoma was very good but that no one told her about the support available to help her cope with the emotional, financial and practical impact cancer was havin

Science centre visitors will chat with experts all over world
NEW technology at Glasgow Science Centre will allow visitors to chat to scientists from around the world.

New idea to give great tapestry a home
A NEW permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland could be on the cards after buildings in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders were suggested.

In at 50, Sturgeon joins the Queen in list of the world?s most powerful women
NICOLA Sturgeon has stormed into a list of the world?s most powerful women, with the First Minister the second highest-ranked female from the UK behind the Queen.

T in the Park travel advice: Take the bus
MUSIC fans have been urged to start planning their journey to this year?s T in the Park in a bid to avoid the traffic chaos that marred last year?s festival.

Angus Robertson calls for final 'positive' push by Remain amid fears of Brexi...
THE EU referendum campaign has reached a ?turning point? with less than three weeks to go, Angus Robertson said yesterday.

Swiss vote to reject plan for guaranteed basic income
VOTERS in Switzerland have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to give everyone living in the country a guaranteed basic monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs (Ł1,755).

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Scottish and Uk Politics

2016 Scottish Election ? Did SNP Blunders Allow this lot Win Their Seats?
              Is anyone analysing the outcome of the marginals in the 2016 Scottish election? It is imperative the SNP learn from the strategic error of relying on a blanket, “one message fits all approach” when the electorate of a number of marginal constituencies were clearly in need of a …

Too sick to work Syrian migrant ? now wants to bring 12 more children and 2 m...
        In another seemingly top EU priority, the meddling European lawmakers made it illegal for prunes to be sold as a superfood that fights bowel problems       The demography of Northern European nations, (including the UK) is changing with increasing speed due primarily to the uncontrolled inward acceptance of  massive …

The Tory Party at Play ? Massive Expense Claims ? Recovering the Cost of Over...
          Illicit sex and the Tory Party are no strangers. The recent furore, (without foundation) created by the right wing press in Scotland, (namely “The Herald” and “The Scottish Daily Mail”) over two SNP MP’s (both legally separated from their wives), their dalliances with an attractive actress/model and alleged inappropriate submission …

Jackie Baillie ? A liar Should Have a Memory Like an Elephant ? But She Forgo...
      I have great admiration for the 13,413 Dumbarton voters who on 5 May 2016 supported the SNP candidate, Gail Robertson.  So close to defeating Jackie Baillie who enjoyed a pyrrhic  victory by 106 votes. But her victory was achieved at great cost to the party she purports to support. Her stance also further …

Breaking news: Turkey Has Europe by the Short and Curlies and the floodgates...
    President Erdo?an         24 May 2016: Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union that Turkey would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand …

Unmasked ? TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn?t St...
  Sir Martin Rifkind       Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree …

Ignore the Duplicitous Public Face of Davidson and her Newborn Tory Party ? T...
          The Leopard Cannot Change its Spots – Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories are still toxic Ruth Davidson has been very busy in the last few months embracing the agenda of a compliant Unionist press and the BBC broadcasting images and reports always favourable to Unionist parties. So no change in the …

Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

May may not be the cruellest month -- but it is certainly the busiest. Between the election and its aftermath, the end of teaching and a small burst of sunshine, academic writing and conferencing, my examinations and the waist-high pile of marking they generate, this peat worrier has been crucified by work this month, by turns zonked, distracted...

Spinning Plates
It has been a slow April here on the blog. For the past couple of weeks, the inspiration for political writing has escaped me. Everything I have attempted has been lumpen, unreadable dross. But the mojo - happily - seems to be returning as we head into the final week of this Holyrood campaign. In the Times this week, I wrote a rather abrasive ex...

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
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
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
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 ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
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Confused by the European Debate? You should be!
Confused by the European Debate? You should be! Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, June 5th 2016 The EU referendum is so far one of the worst political debates in my lifetime, with no sign of it improving. It is unlikely to descend to the gutter of Trump v. Clinton coming up shortly. But it still leaves …

My Favourite Seinfeld Episodes
My Favourite Seinfeld Episodes Gerry Hassan June 3rd 2016 ?Seinfeld? is without question IMHO the greatest TV comedy show every made. Its storylines sing with wit and invention. The four main characters: Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine, play brilliantly off each other as they attempt to avoid (often unsuccessfully) disaster, embrace maturity and learn from …

Does Glasgow have a chip on its shoulder?
Does Glasgow have a chip on the shoulder? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 1st 2016 Glasgow is not Scotland. For most of its history it has seen itself as bigger than the nation that hosts it – looking out to Transatlantic trade and commerce routes, and linked to the world through shipbuilding and human connections. …

Glasgow?s Success is Key to Scotland?s Success
Glasgow?s Success is Key to Scotland?s Success Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 29th 2016 Glasgow is Scotland?s biggest city. It may only contain 606,340 people in its council boundaries, but the Greater Glasgow conurbation is double that – at 1.2 million. Glasgow is one of the drivers of the Scottish economy and society: a place …

Why Does Football Matter So Much? And is it about something else?
Why Does Football Matter So Much? And is it about something else? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 25th 2016 Football saturates Scotland. It fills numerous conversations and dominates spaces, both public and private ? and affects attitudes, thoughts and emotions. According to some measures Scotland is the most football mad part of Europe; in others, …

What?s Missing from the the European Referendum?
What’s Missing from the European Referendum? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 22nd 2016 As memory of the Scottish campaign fades, along comes another one: the European referendum. It is like the deregulated chaos of buses ? first none, then a stampede! We now have regular referendums. Scotland has had three, as has Wales, Northern Ireland …

Have We Passed Peak SNP? After the Three Dreams of Scottish Nationalism
Have We Passed Peak SNP? After the Three Dreams of Scottish Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 18th 2016 Nearly fifty years ago Scotland embarked on a new political journey – one defined by the politics of Scottish nationalism, the electoral challenge of the SNP, and the debate on self-government and how to best express …

An Open Letter to the SNP
An Open Letter to the SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 15th 2016 Congratulations on last week?s historic third term. It was well deserved. The party has rightly established a reputation for competence. Nicola Sturgeon is popular and liked; none of the opposition come near. The SNP has contributed enormously to public life. It is …

Scotland and Independence

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Brexit vote would spark second Scottish independence bid, says SNP's Angus Ro...

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Brexit vote would spark second Scottish independence bid, says SNP's Angus Robertson (From Herald Scotland)
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The issue of Scottish independence within the EU has "not gone away", the SNP's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson has said. Mr Robertson made clear that the independence debate will be revived if Scotland is taken out of the EU against its will in ...
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Tug of war - The Economist

The Economist
Tug of war
The Economist
IT IS ironic that Brexiteers who yearn for British independence from the European Union are often fervently against any nation's independence from the United Kingdom. Yet Brexit would have big repercussions for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and to ...

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Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call - Open Demo...

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Impact of Brexit on Scotland's independence drive is hard to call
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In the immediate aftermath of last week's elections to the Scottish Parliament, some London commentators had strong but contrasting opinions on what the results mean for the chances of a second independence referendum in Scotland if the UK votes for ...
Scott Begbie: We need to talk about Scottish indepe...

With 'Brexit' vote looming, Scottish independence remains live issue - Cathol...

With 'Brexit' vote looming, Scottish independence remains live issue
By Jonathan Luxmoore ? Catholic News Service ? Posted June 3, 2016. ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (CNS) ? In a 2014 referendum, Scots narrowly voted not to press ahead with national independence, inducing sighs of relief from the rest of the United Kingdom ...

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Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years - Telegraph....
Salmond: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence in two years
Mr Salmond warned that it could all come down to differences in opinion between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. If the majority of Scottish voters opt on June 23 to stay in the 28-member bloc but the weight of ballots in the rest of ...
Alex Salmond: Brexit Could Mean Scottish Independence ...

Salmond: Scottish independence vote 'within two years' of Brexit - BBC News

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Salmond: Scottish independence vote 'within two years' of Brexit
BBC News
Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland would vote for independence within two years of the UK voting to leave the European Union. Mr Salmond, the former Scottish first minister and SNP leader, was speaking during a televised BBC EU debate.
ALEX SALMOND: Scotland would become independent of Britain within 2 years of...

Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign - Scotsman

Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign
Opponents say the Scottish people delivered a verdict on the constitution after the Nationalists fell two short of a majority share of seats in the Scottish Parliament. But the six independence-supporting Green MSPs means that most of the country's 129 ...
Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well But No MajorityU.S. New...

Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie...
Michael Forsyth: SNP dream of Scottish independence in Europe is a 'cruel lie'
Quoting from the document, the 1320 declaration of Scottish independence, he will say: ?We fight not for riches nor honour nor glory but for freedom alone which no honest man surrenders but with his life.? He will say the SNP government could not ...

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Development by destruction? - The Slovak Spectator

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Development by destruction?
The Slovak Spectator
Pairs of common house martins are frenetically flying to and from the SNP Bridge in Bratislava. It is not because they, as in the middle of the nesting season, are feeding their ever hungry offspring, but because they are repairing their nests ...

Councillor hits out at lack of council houses for rent at new development - E...

East Lothian Courier
Councillor hits out at lack of council houses for rent at new development
East Lothian Courier
A MUSSELBURGH councillor has hit out at the lack of council houses for rent in a new development being built at Wallyford. Councillor Stuart Currie, member for Musselburgh East and Carberry and leader of the SNP opposition group on East Lothian Council ...

Non-binding vote to ban fracking passes Scottish Parliament / Ineos ?focused ...

Non-binding vote to ban fracking passes Scottish Parliament / Ineos ?focused on England? / Crotty says Scotland will ...
The bill sponsored by Labour environment spokesperson Claudia Beamish passed by a vote of 32 to 29 with 62 parliamentarians abstaining, mostly from the governing Scottish National Party (SNP) of first minister Nicola Sturgeon. The vote taken as part of ...

Angus Robertson calls for final 'positive' push by Remain amid fears of Brexi...

The National
Angus Robertson calls for final 'positive' push by Remain amid fears of Brexit vote
The National
THE EU referendum campaign has reached a ?turning point? with less than three weeks to go, Angus Robertson said yesterday. Speaking in London, the SNP's Westminster leader called for ?three weeks of positive campaigning? and warned of the ?growing ...

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Letters I: The next indyref battle must be more inclusive - The National

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Letters I: The next indyref battle must be more inclusive
The National
I AGREE with almost every word in Colin Fox's comment piece (SNP need a broad-based initiative to get rest of indy movement onside, The National, June 4). I would have to since I made that self-same point at a hustings meeting in September 2014 in ...

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Robin McAlpine: The aim is go to referendum knowing it's already won - The Na...

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Robin McAlpine: The aim is go to referendum knowing it's already won
The National
I've heard some people on the small-c conservative side of the independence movement (many of whom are in influential positions) argue that this is precisely why the SNP must be a small-c conservative government, tacking to the centre to reassure those ...

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Take off blinkers on oil industry - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Take off blinkers on oil industry
Herald Scotland
The SNP needs to abandon its ostrich-like approach and consider carefully the latest data published about the worsening economic forecasts for Scotland (by the Bank of Scotland) and in particular Aberdeen, whereby the situation is dire not just for the ...

Dreary middle ground is just right for SNP - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
Dreary middle ground is just right for SNP
The Times (subscription)
In politics, the US president Lyndon B Johnson liked to say, you have to know how to count. You'd like to think that would also be the case in Scottish schools but we'll get to that later. In the meantime, let it be said that in Edinburgh the new ...

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EU referendum: Would Scotland's fishermen be better in or out? - BBC News

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EU referendum: Would Scotland's fishermen be better in or out?
BBC News
The 55-year-old's feelings on the forthcoming referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU are clear - leave in a bid to secure a future for fishermen. The Aberdeenshire town of Peterhead is Europe's largest white fish port, so the topic could ...

EU Referendum: How European is Scotland? - BBC News

BBC News
EU Referendum: How European is Scotland?
BBC News
How European are we in Scotland, out here on the North Western margin of the continent? The last time the UK voted on membership of what was then the European Community, Scotland was pretty sceptical. The majority for staying in was lower here than ...
Scottish people 'bored' of the EU referendumiNews
Nicola Sturgeon billed to appear for Rem...

SNP 'not planning' 2nd indyref after Brexit - Scotsman
SNP 'not planning' 2nd indyref after Brexit
The SNP Government is not planning a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of Brexit because ?they don't think they can win?, one of the country's leading business figures claimed yesterday. David Watt, head of the Institute of ...
Here we go again: Brexit will lead to fresh Scottish independence bid, warns SNPExpr...

Europe|Drawing Lessons From the Scottish Referendum as EU Vote Nears - New Yo...

New York Times
Europe|Drawing Lessons From the Scottish Referendum as EU Vote Nears
New York Times
But he is back in Britain to campaign for continued membership in the European Union, with the June 23 referendum becoming as divisive and nasty as the one in Scotland. And he has some lessons from the Scottish experience to impart. First, he said ...
EU referendum: Scots living abroad share their vie...

Tug of war - The Economist

The Economist
Tug of war
The Economist
IT IS ironic that Brexiteers who yearn for British independence from the European Union are often fervently against any nation's independence from the United Kingdom. Yet Brexit would have big repercussions for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and to ...
A Brexit would break up Britain ? and dismantle the Commonwealth tooThe Independent

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After the Brexit referendum ? four political impacts to watch for - Open Demo...

Open Democracy
After the Brexit referendum ? four political impacts to watch for
Open Democracy
There is potential fall-out for Scotland here too. If and when Scotland holds a second independence referendum, perhaps around 2021, if it were successful, then Scotland moving to independence would not only break up the UK, but would surely lead to ...
FX platforms hope volumes will pick up after Brexit...

What the EU referendum means ... down on the farm - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
What the EU referendum means ... down on the farm
Herald Scotland
The National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) has committed to remaining in the EU by stating that ?the overall benefits of staying in the European Union currently outweigh any advantages businesses would gain from leaving the EU.? The NFUS's desire to ...

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Donald Trump to visit Britain on day of EU referendum result - The Independent

The Independent
Donald Trump to visit Britain on day of EU referendum result
The Independent
Donald Trump has announced plans to visit Britain on the day the results of the EU referendum will be announced. The presumptive Republican nominee will attend the reopening of his Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland on 24 June, the day after ...
Donald Trump to visit Scotland on day after 'Brexit' refe...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Survey help - Scottish Christian Party post election
Hi folks, my cousin stood for the Scottish Christian party in the recent elections.   They didn't really do very well, and in fact have lost a bit of ground on previous results, so they've got a 10 question survey to try and help them understand a) how aware the public is of them as a party, and ...

Another SNPbad smear fails
While we STILL wait on any charges being brought to Natalie McGarry or Michelle Thomson, an attempt to discredit Hosie and MacNeill by Jackson Carlaw fails.  Unionists still not enjoying the journey, it would seem..

Scottish Defence League
The nazi SDL are planning to demonstrate in George Square on June 4th. These are proper racial nationalists, not to be confused with the EDL who at least pretend to be only against 'extremist Islam'.

Sure there...

Secretary of State for Scotland 1980
The Tories under Maggie Thatcher were in power a year.
Who was the Secretary of State for Scotland when the 1980 Hampden Riot happened?
Dom't remember anybody getting a petition going to get the Scottish Secretary to resign because of the trouble.
The Secretary of State for Scotland in 1980 would...

Sexay MSPs II
We have a new Parliament, so it's time to get to the serious business and re-run the sexy MSP poll. Can Green Beefcake Patrick Harvie retain the title, or is someone else catching your eye this time?   Will have to post the shortlist over a few pages due to maximum images per page. Starting with....

CalMac win
CalMac retain contract, a good decision as Serco would only screw the T&Cs of the employees and the service itself into the ground (or the bottom of the sea),   CalMac wins Ł900m ferry contract

Kenny MacAskill

Deary me.

Offensive Behaviour at Football Act cave in.
Sadly it looks like the bigots have won.

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Viktor Kortchnoi
I don't know if there are any chess players on here but sadly Viktor Kortchnoi has died. He was a Soviet defector whose 1978 World Championship match with USSR golden boy Anatoly Karpov were pure Cold War theatre with accusations of spying, bugged chairs giving off brain-interfering waves & parap...

Just another weekend in Lanarkshire  

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

20 minutes of action - sentence rammy
Looking at the perpetrators fathers comments, I'm not really surprised he's done something like this The victim impact statement here is very powerful.

Anyone just watched this ? Fantastic performance by Tim Roth. Hard hitting stuff, as you would expect, from Jimmy McGovern.

Droid Box
Following the chat about sky and the ever increasing cost thoughts went into looking at one of these bad boys.Anyone got one that could discuss their experience? And practical examples on how it works on their broadband?? Also is it legal in UK? I know streaming is so I assume it is!

Aberdeen Anarchy
I was at Aberdeen anarchy tonight with the bairn.  For Ł17,he had a great time and excellent value for money,I think it was due to last 3&1/2 hours,but seems the main event was halted early due to injury(going by the paramedics) anyway. We were out earlier today,got stuff for him to make ...

Intermittent Fasting
Has anyone on here tried this before? I had my yearly health check last week and my doctor said that although I'm not overweight, I would probably feel better if I dropped a few kgs. His suggestion was to eat only twice a day (lunch/dinner) and avoid snacks completely for a few months. Keen t...

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Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...

There is no viable, sustainable, attractive alternative to independence, Henry.
The Scottish election of 2016 had one winner and that was the SNP. If you believe any different, switch your TV off now! Everyone else lost, some much worse than others. Yes, I?m talking about Labour, their 3rd place finish behind the Tories. In their frustration, they are about to try and con Scottish voters ...

Westminster, the real enemy
Seems to me that since the referendum Scotland?s pro-independence campaign have done what it always does after a defeat, starts fighting among itself. We have no voters coming to the yes movement on a daily basis. What must they think upon seeing all the infighting? These past months have saw egos getting in the way of ...

SNP victory! ? now let?s take the fight to the toxic tories
The speculation is over. The SNP has gained a historic third Holyrood victory, Labour?s Scottish branch has reached a new low by finishing in third place behind the Tories and the LibDems could only manage a feeble fifth behind the Greens. Nicola Sturgeon plans to put ?party differences aside and work together and place people’s ...

Last dream before the vote
Dream   Last night I dreamed that we had lost And in my dream I saw the cost The saltire limp no more to fly As once it did in days gone by   The white rose drooped, it hung its head To mourn a dream that is now dead These symbols of our nation ...

The RISE and Fail of Jonathan Rimmer
Some RISE supporter called Jonathan Rimmer has decided to question why Stuart Campbell continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement. The simple answer is that he has earned this right through hard work and relentlessly holding the media to account through fact based analysis. There is no one better at this role, it is ...

Neil Oliver and his unionist hate fest
  Todays Sunday Times article by the BBC?s Neil Oliver is so stunning in it’s inaccuracy, it’s difficult to know where to begin. It oozes personal hate towards Salmond and Sturgeon, disdain towards the SNP and bitterness towards his fellow Scots who aspire towards a better vision for Scotland. Neil talks of ?schoolboy logic? but ...

Long form podcast extra: Prof John Curtice Prof John Curtice, renowned psephologist and political commentator, chats to Common Space journalist Michael Gray about the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, opinion polls, the voting system and the nature of democracy itself. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast ...