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The Herald

Herald Scotland | Scottish Politics
Herald Scotland | Scottish Politics
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Scottish Greens call for fair election coverage after BBC Trust's draft guida...
8 Jan 2016 at 1:38pm
The Scottish Greens have launched a petition after claiming the BBC Trust's draft guidance for Holyrood's May election 'relegated' them below Scotland's other parties.

Women 'short-changed' by state pension age changes
7 Jan 2016 at 2:51pm
Women are being "shafted and short-changed" by a decision to accelerate the rate at which the state pension age is to be equalised, an MP has said.

Dugdale calls for action to help 'generation rent' buy homes
7 Jan 2016 at 2:09pm
Labour has accused the First Minister of failing to face up to the reality for the thousands of Scots in "generation rent" who are struggling to get on to the property ladder.

MSPs debate proposals to regulate lobbying
7 Jan 2016 at 8:05am
A proposal to regulate contacts between MSPs and lobbyists is being debated.

'Imperial' BBC is 'treating Scotland like a colony' from London
6 Jan 2016 at 12:07am
THE BBC has been accused of behaving like an imperial power and treating Scotland "like a colony" ahead of a showdown between MSPs and the corporation's director general.

Sturgeon vows to double funded childcare to 30 hours a week
5 Jan 2016 at 10:49am
Education will be front and centre of the SNP's third term in government if it is re-elected in May, Nicola Sturgeon has pledged.

Sacked Labour MP says he was too straight-talking for Jeremy Corbyn
6 Jan 2016 at 12:08am
A LABOUR MP has claimed that he was sacked in Jeremy Corbyn's ?revenge reshuffle' because he was too honest and straight-talking.

John Swinney: Scottish councils have adequate funding for flood prevention sc...
5 Jan 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish councils have adequate funding to provide for all of the flood prevention schemes identified for the next five years, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Campaigner quits SNP after being told not to heckle opponents
6 Jan 2016 at 4:25pm
One of the SNP's noisiest campaigners says he has quit the party because it won't let him heckle opponents.

Dugdale: Scottish Labour will give £3,000 to first-time buyers if party wins ...
5 Jan 2016 at 10:40am
First-time buyers will be given £3,000 towards their property purchase if Scottish Labour wins power in May's election.

Bungling Baillie tried to set up taskforce twice as minister
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
SCOTTISH Labour?s public services spokeswoman tried to set up the same task force twice in a fortnight when she was a minister, prompting civil servants to intervene.

Finnie ticked off after mislaying cabinet papers
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
A SENIOR LibDem was chastised after leaving sensitive Cabinet papers next to a photocopier, archive records show.

Health and education dubbed the spoiled 'ugly sisters' of public spending
3 Jan 2016 at 12:15am
HEALTH and education were privately referred to by civil servants as the over-indulged ?ugly sisters? of public spending at the outset of devolution.

Swinney: SNP will use new powers for Holyrood "to the fullest"
1 Jan 2016 at 12:09am
THE SNP will use each and every new power coming to the Scottish Parliament, John Swinney has said.

Former MP Harris: Scottish Labour is at the edge of irrelevance
31 Dec 2015 at 5:22pm
Labour is at the "edge of irrelevance" in Scotland, according to one of its leading former MPs.

 

Scotsman

The Scotsman - Politics Feed

Police ?offering vouchers? for stop and search questionnaire
8 Jan 2016 at 4:57pm
A POLICE watchdog is offering the public £10 shopping vouchers to answer questions on their controversial use of stop and search.

Dugdale: Scotland needs opt-out organ donation system
8 Jan 2016 at 12:52pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has urged the Scottish Government to back proposals to change the organ donation system in Scotland following a visit to a British Heart Foundation research centre.

Scots ?donating bodies to science to avoid funeral costs?
8 Jan 2016 at 10:50am
DESPERATE Scots are trying to donate their bodies to science to escape soaring funeral costs, an inquiry by MPs has been told.

Tourism ?bed tax? set to be shelved after industry outcry
8 Jan 2016 at 8:15am
Controversial plans to introduce a so-called “bed tax” or levy on visitors to Scotland to help pay for major events look set to be scuppered due to fierce opposition from the tourism industry and a lack of Scottish Government support.

Euan McColm: Glasgow Effect project criticism is misplaced
8 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
CRITICISM of Ellie Harrison’s ‘poverty safari’ from the likes of Loki may be articulate, but it is ill-placed, writes Euan McColm

Joyce McMillan: Two-party carve-up is under threat
8 Jan 2016 at 12:00am
COSY Westminster coterie finding things are no longer going their way, writes Joyce McMillan

David Cameron appeals to Germany for EU reform deal support
7 Jan 2016 at 10:09pm
David Cameron has made a fresh appeal for German support over the changes he is seeking to the European Union, saying the two countries are “key allies” and had to co-operate to make the union “more prosperous”.

Police knew of rule changes before spy row
7 Jan 2016 at 8:09pm
Police Scotland has confirmed that senior officers were aware of changes to data interception guidelines in the weeks before they were broken.

Bill Clinton ?dreamed of becoming Scottish MP?
7 Jan 2016 at 6:36pm
Bill Clinton dreamed of forging a political career and playing golf in Scotland when he was US President, newly released documents have revealed.

Survivors threaten to walk away from abuse inquiry
7 Jan 2016 at 6:03pm
SURVIVORS of historical child abuse are threatening to boycott a public inquiry into the issue amid criticism of the education secretary, Angela Constance.

Holyrood independence campaigners ignore eviction deadline
7 Jan 2016 at 5:34pm
INDEPENDENCE campaigners who set up a camp close to the Scottish Parliament have continued to refuse to move from the site as they ignored today’s deadline to leave.

Don?t let Ukip use SNP indyref tricks in EU vote, says Brown
7 Jan 2016 at 5:07pm
PRO-EUROPE campaigners must not allow Ukip to present themselves as “the true defenders of Britain” in the way that the SNP did with Scotland in the independence referendum, Gordon Brown has said.

Trump threat to pull UK investment condemned as ?blackmail?
7 Jan 2016 at 4:40pm
THE campaigner petitioning Parliament to have Donald Trump banned from the UK has said his threat to pull hundreds of millions of pounds of investment could be considered “blackmail”.

Donald Trump?s Paris tweet sparks Twitter debate
7 Jan 2016 at 2:53pm
DONALD Trump was once again the focus of social media debate after the US tycoon sent a tweet which appeared to suggest that Paris is in Germany.

Women ?shafted? by pension age changes, says Mhairi Black
7 Jan 2016 at 2:33pm
WOMEN are being “shafted and short-changed” by a decision to accelerate the rate at which the state pension age is to be equalised, an MP has said.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The shifting foundations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2016 at 11:51am
As we noted on Tuesday, Scottish Labour’s opening election salvo for 2016 has been to blame the Scottish Government for unaffordable house prices. Of the 450 most obvious flaws in that argument, not least the extraordinary efforts a 13-year Labour government went to to keep the housing bubble inflated, the one that caught our eye was that …

Some very brief thoughts on RISE
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2016 at 9:54am
(And the rest of the “pro-indy left”.) If you’re primarily or solely contesting regional seats, and you’re chiefly (as seems to be the case) targeting people who are going to use their first vote for the SNP, “Vote for us so that we can provide strong opposition to the SNP” is a pretty weird pitch. …

The judgement of silence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2016 at 12:47pm
We suppose we shouldn’t technically be surprised that today’s newspapers carry no analysis whatsoever of Kezia Dugdale’s big speech yesterday detailing Scottish Labour’s first big election pledge – a £6000 handout to first-time home buyers. After all, current polling suggests Scottish Labour have about as much chance of exerting any influence in the next Scottish Parliament …

Kezia For Independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 9:55pm
The tweets below are all genuine, and taken from the Scottish Labour Twitter account earlier today during its live-tweeting of Kezia Dugdale’s speech. We’ve rarely heard a more compelling and concise argument for a Yes vote. We take our hats off to her.

Clickbait corner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 6:41pm
It’s always good to see someone take a strong moral stand. When indeed, eh? But we suppose desperate times call for desperate measures. “Labour Hame is edited by Duncan Hothersall.”

The sewer press
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 12:25pm
So, this appeared in the Herald today: And that’s a problem, because it’s a complete and utter lie. The article – penned by the paper’s David Leask, a man with a truly extraordinary degree of hostility towards this site, although we’ve never criticised him – alleges that we called the former Labour MP Anne Begg a …

Meet the new year, same as the old year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2016 at 9:29am
As politics wakes up from the holidays, any readers still bothering to gaze at the pages of the Scottish media could be forgiven for a crushing sense of deja vu. In more senses than one. The Daily Mail kicks off with a “story” about SNP MP Lisa Cameron owning some houses (or, in the standard …

Towards a better, kinder 2016
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2016 at 12:56pm
The Herald columnist Iain Macwhirter has had some wise words to say on the subject of social media in the past few weeks, most recently on New Year’s Day: The month before, though, he’d been even more to the point. These passages are from a column on 6 December: That last line is key, because …

Answers without words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2016 at 11:41am
We tweeted this proposition last night (the quote comes from a blog post yesterday by Scottish Labour madcase and all-round comedy relief Ian Smart): We thought you might enjoy some of the responses as much as we did. @Dervheid @WingsScotland pic.twitter.com/LWYbl2NAin ? Ricky Spanish (@davidearl73) January 1, 2016 @WingsScotland pic.twitter.com/duFSpoafx0 ? Alan Ferrier (@alanferrier) January …

A whole new world
by Chris Cairns
1 Jan 2016 at 10:43am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

BBC Scotland

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

Scots government in flood support row
8 Jan 2016 at 5:33pm
Opposition parties hit out at the Scottish government over its response to floods which have affected parts of Scotland.

Changes to alcohol guidelines welcomed
8 Jan 2016 at 10:43am
New guidelines on the maximum amount of alcohol people should drink in a week are welcomed by Scottish health campaigners.


Youngest MP urges help for OAP women
8 Jan 2016 at 12:09pm
State pension age increases that discriminate against women born on or after 6 April 1951 are labelled "unjust" by SNP's Mhairi Black.

New appeal court for Scots civil cases
8 Jan 2016 at 11:50am
A new Civil Sheriff Appeal Court is set up to examine disputed civil cases from Scottish courts not heard at the Court of Session.

Spy probe police will not be questioned
7 Jan 2016 at 5:32pm
Police Scotland refuses to allow four officers named in a Holyrood probe into breaches of spying rules to be questioned by MSPs.

MSPs agree to move 2020 election date
7 Jan 2016 at 9:18pm
Legislation to prevent a clash of dates between Holyrood and Westminster elections is agreed in principle by MSPs.

Spending stopped on Forth gas project
7 Jan 2016 at 2:32pm
An energy company that had hoped to extract gas from under the Firth of Forth says it will now focus on projects outside Scotland.

Trump accused of blackmailing Scotland
7 Jan 2016 at 10:17am
The campaigner behind a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK accuses him of attempting to blackmail Scotland.

Greens call for election coverage change
7 Jan 2016 at 9:43pm
The Scottish Greens want the broadcasting regulator Ofcom to revise its guidance on coverage of political parties during the Scottish elections.

Holyrood debates new lobbying rules
7 Jan 2016 at 6:16pm
The Scottish Parliament holds its first debate of a new bill aiming to regulate the practice of lobbying MSPs and ministers.

IndyCamp group respond in legal fight
7 Jan 2016 at 6:20pm
Independence campaigners camping outside the Scottish Parliament submit papers arguing against a legal bid to oust them.


Boycott threat to child abuse inquiry
7 Jan 2016 at 6:30pm
A second organisation representing survivors of child abuse in Scotland has threatened to boycott the public inquiry established to investigate historical allegations.

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

Scottish election strategies in 2016
4 Jan 2016 at 12:11am
Looking ahead to 2016's Scottish Parliament elections

The fight of Gordon's life
3 Jan 2016 at 12:07am
Gordon Aikman?s battle against motor neurone disease

Scot Goes Pop

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

The Glasgow Effect : why do the anti-independence media think Ellie Harrison'...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 7:39pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the controversy over the awarding of £15,000 to an artist in return for her not leaving the ci...

Spoiler alert : There are no spoilers. We don't know the election result unt...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2016 at 6:23pm
There's yet another "tactical voting on the list" (sic) article out today, this time from Fraser Stewart at Common Space.  This is becoming incredibly repetitive, but I'll just briefly deal with hi...

The BBC's guidelines for Holyrood election don't merely defy natural justice ...
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2016 at 11:48pm
I'm finding it hard to work myself up into my customary state of moral outrage over the BBC's (provisional) decision about which parties should be treated as 'major' in the coverage of this year's ...

Happy New Year
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2016 at 2:25am
2014 was referendum year, 2015 was election year...Welcome to election AND referendum year!  (Unless Cameron loses his nerve and puts the EU referendum off until 2017.)I'm on the long journey back ...

VOTE : What is your favourite type of dictatorship?
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2015 at 6:34pm
Some more festive fun for you, ie. I'm feeling too lazy to do a proper post.  If Britain had to abandon its democracy tomorrow (OK, semi-democracy, semi-aristocracy), what system should we replace ...

Seven things that will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU in 2016
by James Kelly
26 Dec 2015 at 8:50pm
1) The cause of a united Ireland will be back with a vengeance.  We've become used to polls showing that a large chunk of the nominally 'nationalist' community in Northern Ireland are content to re...

Should the SNP support Cameron's plans to weaken the powers of the Lords?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2015 at 8:44pm
Here's an interesting discussion point, given that I know how most of you feel about the House of Lords.  At some point next year, the Commons will probably be invited to vote on whether to abolish...

YouGov poll suggests SNP voters oppose the bombing of Syria by an overwhelmin...
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2015 at 7:40pm
Thanks to my namesake James on the previous thread for drawing my attention to the fact that a full-scale Scottish YouGov poll seems to be on its way.  It was conducted between Thursday and yesterd...

Despair for Dugdale as SNP soar to 34% lead on the Holyrood list in tumultuou...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:18pm
It's been a long time since we've had a full-scale Scottish Parliament poll.  The most recent one was the Ipsos-Mori phone poll which completed its fieldwork in mid-November, and showed a slight dr...

We can, citizens
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2015 at 3:02am
If the Portuguese election result a couple of months ago was a touch complicated, tonight's Spanish election result is truly epic.  Once again, we have the conservatives emerging as the largest sin...

"Just forget about Scotland", part 2
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2015 at 9:28pm
I've been having a listen to the Polling Matters round-up of 2015, in which Rob Vance has once again been doing his "just forget about Scotland" routine.  He doesn't use those exact words this time...

The state of play in the EU referendum remains as clear as mud
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2015 at 6:49pm
I've been meaning to update the EU referendum Poll of Polls for quite some time, but because I had settled on a method that gives equal weight to telephone and online data collection, it wasn't pos...

Genuine question for Dan Hodges : if Jeremy Corbyn has already killed the Lab...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2015 at 6:36am
Merciful Dan Hodges has at last given Jeremy Corbyn some respite.  Just for once, it's Hodges' own fellow travellers in the PLP who are responsible for "killing" the Labour party, because (you've g...

Corsica follows in the footsteps of Scotland and Catalonia by electing a nati...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2015 at 12:24am
Understandably, the mainstream media in the UK have been most interested in the French regional elections because of the failure of the National Front to make a really telling breakthrough and seiz...

Ten things that Scotland should be grateful to Donald Trump for
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2015 at 3:57pm
America's leading Hitler impersonator Donald Trump reckons that Scotland should stop criticising him for Islamophobia, and should instead get on with being grateful to him for all he's done for us....

Reddit Scotland

newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.


How to Pronounce Bruichladdich
8 Jan 2016 at 7:12pm
submitted by LukeyHear [1 comment]


Piazza project for National Museum of Scotland
8 Jan 2016 at 6:15pm
submitted by kaibeezy [5 comments]


Found these in Peru
8 Jan 2016 at 6:12pm
submitted by Torgan [6 comments]

[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
8 Jan 2016 at 5:03pm
Hello ladies and gents! Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about what you're getting up to tonight, at the weekend, good places to go, photos of places you've been, ad...


Gordon Brown: Don't let UKIP pull same referendum tricks as SNP on Europe vot...
8 Jan 2016 at 4:36pm
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Not English
8 Jan 2016 at 3:14pm
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Jeremy Clifford outlines job cuts at Johnston Press
8 Jan 2016 at 2:19pm
submitted by arwyn89 [3 comments]


UK: Offshore strike avoided as contractors accept improved conditions
8 Jan 2016 at 2:04pm
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Trump fails to create promised jobs and investment in Scotland, locals say
8 Jan 2016 at 1:55pm
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Is there anywhere a link to a webcam monitoring Dunbar waste to energy constr...
8 Jan 2016 at 1:26pm
I would need a link to a live stream for Dunbar waste to Energy boiler site that is being constructed. submitted by slish480 [9 comments]


Port Elphinstone after last night's flood
8 Jan 2016 at 12:15pm
submitted by sqrt4761 [5 comments]


Scottish Government health spending
8 Jan 2016 at 11:49am
submitted by ChaosOdin [42 comments]


Storm in a teacake: Scottish nationalists call for boycott of Tunnock's
8 Jan 2016 at 11:30am
submitted by zenimuth [6 comments]


Canadians really are nicer than Americans...on Twitter
8 Jan 2016 at 11:02am
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The 50 firms invited to wine and dine with Nicola Sturgeon
8 Jan 2016 at 9:45am
submitted by scotsolidarity [28 comments]

Daily Record

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Torcuil Crichton: Jeremy Corbyn's snail's pace reshuffle was shambolic.. and ...
by Torcuil Crichton
8 Jan 2016 at 9:49am
TORCUIL reflects on a bad week for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as he fails to enact the sweeping top level changes that had been briefed over a number of weeks.


Nicola Sturgeon denies delay in emergency flood aid after party are accused o...
by Andy Philip
8 Jan 2016 at 6:00am
TORY leader Ruth Davidson called for immediate action and said Scottish people have been left wondering why the level of aid they have received is not on par with English aid.


Iain Duncan Smith's new fit-to-work firm 'certain' to miss targets reveals sp...
by Jack Blanchard
8 Jan 2016 at 12:18am
Maximus took over assessing the sick and disabled for benefits last year - but one in 10 assessments aren't up to scratch, a report said


Tony Blair's shock at Princess Diana's death revealed in candid phone calls t...
by Dan Bloom
7 Jan 2016 at 6:17pm
The former Prime Minister said the "star" Princess "was liked by ordinary people - it gave her problems with the royal establishment"


Experts to scrutinise new school qualifications as Government seeks to avert ...
by Record Reporter
7 Jan 2016 at 3:19pm
EDUCATION Secretary Angela Constance has set out the plans with the aim of reducing teacher workloads and stress with regards to the Curriculum for Excellence.


Ruth Davidson accuses Scottish Government of 'dragging its feet' over flood f...
by dailyrecord
7 Jan 2016 at 2:33pm
THE Tory leader says that the Scottish government is 'dragging its feet' but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insists she isn't being fair.


Kezia Dugdale says Nicola Sturgeon has 'failed to face reality' of young peop...
by dailyrecord
7 Jan 2016 at 1:44pm
LABOUR pointed to a threefold increase in the number of those aged 16-34 who live in private rented accommodation since the Scottish Parliament was set up.


Nicola Sturgeon to bring in new school tests in bid to close attainment gap b...
by Samantha Croal
7 Jan 2016 at 6:00am
THE move comes after a three-year assessment of children's education showed a shocking 14-month development gap between kids from different areas.


Three MPs quit Labour's shadow cabinet as Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle sparks pa...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2016 at 8:31pm
STEPHEN Doughty, Jonathan Reynolds and Kevan Jones leave frontbench team in protest at the dismissal of shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden.


Donald Trump threatens to withdraw £700m investment in Scotland if he is bann...
by Craig Robertson
6 Jan 2016 at 6:32pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has called for the presidential candidate to be banned from entering the UK after she dropped him as business ambassador last month.

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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Cothrom aig a? Chluaidh Gluasad o Linn Marbh gu Linne Ùr
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2016 at 2:08pm
Is an Linne Chluaidh air a bhith a’ crìonadh gu mòr airson còrr is leth-cheud bliadhna, tha Daibhidh Rothach a’ beachdachadh air an oidhirp as ùire gus smachd a chur air an iasgach neo-sheasmhach a rinn sgrios oirre. Daibhidh Rothach looks at the latest attempts to curtail the unsustainable fishing methods which have led to the ruination …

The Fans? Manifesto
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2016 at 5:27pm
“Scottish football needs and deserves a future. ” Given the widespread dismay and negativity about, it’s a good start, and the @scottishfsa manifesto to transform football from the grassroots up goes from strength to strength outlining nine key changes needed to “reclaim the game”, though it doesn’t say who from. It’s a brilliant breath of fresh …

Fae Mooth tae Page
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2016 at 4:02pm
A Guid New Year tae ye! And a new year challenge tae ye and aw. We here at the Scots bittie o Bella Caledonia cordially invite ye tae render the Scots language that’s in yer heid, hert and mooth intae prose and tae reflect in the Mither Tongue in ony wey ye wish on this …

Cos I Can
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2016 at 3:38pm
Disclaimer: Because neither of my parents finished high school, I?m from Coatbridge, have seven brothers and sisters, grew up on a series of schemes as the Coatbridge high rises were successively flattened, and only ate my first raspberry at the age of twenty, I?m allowed to voice the following opinions. Disclaimer: Because I ride a …

Top Ten P2P Trends of 2015
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2016 at 10:09am
We live in a contradictory world, just as it is undoubtedly true that problems are worsening in the dominant system ? including ecological destruction, increased social inequality, and increased state repression ? just as true is the fact that there is an exponential rise in the creation of non-state, non-corporate initiatives in which citizens the world over are taking matters …

BBC Scotland?s Cultural Output: ?Lamentable?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 6:19pm
From the Holyrood Culture Committee 05 Jan 2015. Shocking level of support for Scotland’s talented and thriving cultural scene which almost operates beyond and in spite of the state broadcaster. This isn’t about ‘bias’ it’s about incompetence, centralisation and a dire lack of cultural leadership.

Rise Announce List
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
RISE – Scotland?s Left Alliance has today published the candidates that will contest the regional lists in May’s Scottish Parliament elections bringing some well kent faces to the campaign trail and some intriguing battlegrounds, most notably in Glasgow where the list election will be competed between Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party), Cat Boyd (RISE), Adam Tomkins …

Dear Creative Scotland:  Ellie Harrison is a Class Act
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
In 2014 Glasgow City Council provoked uproar by proposing the demolition of the infamous Red Road flats as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.  It was a truly defining moment for Scotland?s largest local authority and met with what seemed like universal derision. But be honest.  How many people from more affluent …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice


The strange case of the Tunnock?s teacakes | Audrey Gillan
by Audrey Gillan
6 Jan 2016 at 2:26pm
Is it Scottish or British? A biscuit or a cake? A genuine controversy, or a canny marketing campaign? Mallow enthusiasts ? and sceptics ? deserve the truthTo me, it is a dome of cheapish chocolate covering a plasticky-tasting mallow ball that sits on top of an almost foosty (meaning gone off) bis...


Alex Salmond to host weekly phone-in on LBC
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
6 Jan 2016 at 10:52am
Former SNP leader promises to ?shoot from the hip? on weekly radio show as he follows in footsteps of Nick CleggScotland?s former first minister Alex Salmond will join the esteemed company of the London mayor, Boris Johnson, and the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, to host a weekly phone-in show on LBC...


Police search for camper after bags washed up by river Dee, Aberdeenshire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 10:05pm
Fears grow for Terence Kilbride, 48, who was reported missing on Monday, as flood-stricken communities remain on high alert across ScotlandPolice divers are searching the river Dee in Aberdeenshire for a missing camper after two bags containing his belongings were washed up beside the river on Sa...


The party line on The Archers and cricket | Letters
by Letters
5 Jan 2016 at 6:50pm
Re Alexei Sayle?s review of David Aaronovitch?s Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists (Review, 2 January). In memory of Aaronovitch?s mother, Lavender, whom I knew for several years before her death, at regular meetings of the Older Feminists Network (which still thrives) and socially, I ...


Sturgeon puts education centre stage in year's first Holyrood debate
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 5:37pm
Labour tells Scotland?s first minister to ?stop campaigning and start governing?, as rivals trade early blows in runup to May electionNicola Sturgeon has pledged to put education ?front and centre? of the Scottish National party?s Holyrood election offering, as the Scottish Labour leader, Kezia D...


SNP's Phil Boswell investigated over financial claims
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Jan 2016 at 11:23am
Parliamentary commissioner for standards to examine claims MP breached rules over registering financial interestsPhil Boswell, the SNP MP, is to be investigated by the parliamentary commissioner for standards after claims that he breached rules over the registration of financial interests.Boswell...


Scottish minister defends budget cuts as flood warning remains
by Libby Brooks and Josh Halliday
5 Jan 2016 at 10:33am
John Swinney says flood forecasting services are ?absolutely protected? amid concerns over plans to reduce funds to environment protection agencyFlood-stricken communities across Scotland remained on alert as Scotland?s finance minister rebutted claims that cuts were threatening the efficiency of...


Storm in a teacake: Scottish nationalists call for boycott of Tunnock's
by Nadia Khomami
4 Jan 2016 at 4:09pm
Some pro-independence Scots are angered as biscuit company axes lion rampant and rebrands snack as ?Great British?Scottish nationalists have called for a boycott of Tunnock?s after the biscuit company scrapped the image of the lion rampant from the packaging of its iconic teacake in a bid to rebr...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear


Pacing the carpet of lies
by weegingerdug
8 Jan 2016 at 3:18pm
Gordie’s been intervening for the first time again. He intervenes for the first time on a regular basis, far more regularly than he could be arsed to turn up at the House of Commons and do his job when he was the MP for Kirkcaldy. All he did regularly after he lost his job as …


A minor reshuffle in a marked deck of cards
by weegingerdug
6 Jan 2016 at 4:37pm
After spending the last couple of days playing hard to get with the massed ranks of the UK press, Jeremy Corbyn has finally let the world know what’s going to happen with the Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle. You might think that the rearrangement of chairs on a ship that’s sailing straight to the bottom of …


Rebranding a tin of turds
by weegingerdug
4 Jan 2016 at 8:28pm
A group of Better Together activists have launched a new Unionist party because the existing Unionist parties aren’t Unionisty enough for them. Upset that staunch Unionists are splitting their votes between Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems, the activists have decided to start a new party and split the Unionist vote even more. Funny …


Through the mirror in the Unionist wonderland
by weegingerdug
2 Jan 2016 at 4:47pm
This weekend Nick Robinson, who receives a very large salary from BBC licence fee payers for his supposed political expertise, asked John Swinney of the Scottish government if Scotland is about to become a one party state. Nick disingenously defended himself from the predictable criticism by claiming that he was posing a legitimate question, and …


The mystic mutt?s predictions for 2016
by weegingerdug
29 Dec 2015 at 5:42pm
January An asteroid narrowly misses the Earth. Labour issues a press release with the shocking revelation that in the event of a global mass extinction, the SNP have failed to ensure that five million beds are available in the Scottish NHS. Worse, the Scottish Government have done nothing to invest in flood defences to protect …


When crying wolf is the fault of the wolf
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2015 at 6:15pm
The SNP is bad. It’s very bad, terribly bad, badly bad. Scarcely a day goes by without the Unionist media telling Scotland just how badly bad bad the bad SNP is. Everything about them is bad, everything the Scottish government does is bad. Scotland is full of stupid cultists who insist on supporting the SNP …


Tis the season to be trolling
by weegingerdug
21 Dec 2015 at 5:52pm
Merry Christmas readers, except if you’re Scottish, an immigrant, a refugee, a Muslim, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, a pacifist, a republican, disabled, unemployed, on a zero hours contract, European, or a council tenant, in which case you’re a dangerous threat to decent society and the Daily Mail will shortly be coming to Rothesay to …


The stink of a dead goldfish
by weegingerdug
19 Dec 2015 at 6:56pm
Dianne Abbott,Labour?s shadow International Development Secretary, has upset the pouters and pettit lips of Labour in Scotland – which to be fair isn’t hard to do – by pointing out the bleedin obvious. All she said is that Labour is screwed and won’t get itself unscrewed in time for May’s Holyrood election. And it’s blatantly …

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Women ?shafted? by pension reform
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
MPs have overwhelmingly supported calls from the SNP to give extra financial help to women who had been ?shafted and short-changed? by increases in the state pension age (SPA), writes Greg Russell.


Sturgeon: Labour simply 'fighting for second place'
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
SCOTTISH Labour had ?no aspiration for government? and is ?fighting for second place? in the forthcoming Holyrood elections, Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs during angry exchanges at First Minster?s Questions yesterday.


Bid to extract gas from under Forth is abandoned
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
THE company behind controversial plans to extract gas from coal under the River Forth has abandoned them and is to concentrate its activity outside of Scotland.


Aberdeenshire lashed by storm
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
ABERDEENSHIRE was just about cut off from the rest of Scotland last night as heavy rain made it almost impossible to get in and out of the region.


Tributes to grandmother, 82, killed at her own home
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
THE grieving family of an 82-year-old woman whose body was found after she was killed in her Fife home have paid tribute to the ?beloved mother, grandmother and friend?.


Heating plans to chase away harsh bill chills
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
HUNDREDS of householders in Glasgow are to benefit from a new £ 10.6 million energy project aimed at cutting fuel poverty.


Demands for UK probe into ?civilian deaths? in Iraq air strikes
8 Jan 2016 at 12:28am
THE UK Government is facing calls to launch an immediate investigation into reports of between 72 and 81 civilian deaths linked to British air strikes in Iraq. Reports identifying eight separate incidents of civilian casualties in the b


Second survivors' group threatens to snub abuse inquiry
8 Jan 2016 at 12:11am
A SECOND group of people who suffered abuse as children have threatened to boycott the public inquiry into historical allegations in Scotland.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again ? But At Wha...
by caltonjock
4 Jan 2016 at 9:29pm
        The Thin Red Line To Be Painted in The Sands of Libya Once Again – But At What Cost – How Many More of Our Young Men and Women Are to Be Sacrificed on the Alter of Oil Worship For a Pittance of a Wage. The main beneficiaries of the conflict that …

Blair McDougall ? Threats of an Alien Act by Westminster-Created a Climate of...
by caltonjock
24 Dec 2015 at 1:21pm
      Westminsters influence over the Scots In 1707 Scotland had more than 20% of the population of what is now the UK ? In the 300 years since, Westminster’s love of the Scots included, the Highland clearances and banishment to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas. Scotland’s population is now less than …

Rolls Royce in Trouble ? Public Purse To Be Used To Protect Trident Submarin...
by caltonjock
16 Dec 2015 at 12:23pm
                No Cloak of Invisibility for the Successor Nuclear Submarines The credibility and justification of the British “Successor” Trident missile submarine fleet is entirely dependent upon the “submarine at sea” being able to avoid detection so that it cannot be taken out by the enemy before it delivers …

A-Century-of-Strife-Created-by-Britain-and-France-Part 2-Turkey-Secular-Free-...
by caltonjock
15 Dec 2015 at 12:27am
        Doesn’t look good for Turkey       13 February 2013: Turkey and Membership of the European Union (EU) Turkey’s relations with the European Economic Community (EEC) date back to 1959. But it took forty years, until the Helsinki European Council of December 1999, for the country to obtain the status …

The Middle East ? A Century of Strife Created by Britain and France ? Part 1 ...
by caltonjock
14 Dec 2015 at 1:38pm
  Today’s Map of the Middle east         The Middle East – What Does the Future Hold? It is as yet unclear where the Arab Spring will take the world and what will ultimately become of the Middle East. Apocalyptic scenarios are just as speculative as the hope that the region will …

Broadcast Media In Scotland ? Time for change ? The Scots are getting done Dom
by caltonjock
6 Dec 2015 at 2:57pm
            Westminster withdraws funding from Alba. The Tory government has withdrawn £1M funding from Alba leaving the BBC and/or the Scottish government or some other entity to pick up the tab which is around 5% of the present annual financial outlay (20 minutes daily) or reduce programming. Control of the …

George (Zebedee) Foulkes to serve in Scotland?s upper chamber ? If he gets hi...
by caltonjock
5 Dec 2015 at 2:29pm
  George and Jack McConnell attending Holyrood       A wee bit about George Foulkes George Foulkes, a career politician cut his political teeth while a student at Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students Representative Council. From there he went on to become full-time president of the Scottish Union of Students …

BBC Presenter Kirsty Wark is Still around ? BBC 2016 Election Coverage to be ...
by caltonjock
4 Dec 2015 at 2:37pm
  Impartial Kirsty Wark   12 February 2006: Wark kept on BBC probation over bias fears Leading TV presenter Kirsty Wark was placed on probation by worried BBC chiefs a year ago as a direct result of her controversial holiday with Jack McConnell and will continue to be closely monitored. Concerned corporation governors put Wark …

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn


2016
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Jan 2016 at 5:16pm
I once knew a woman who tried to be all sweetness. In word and thought and deed, she hoped the world would believe she lived her life according to the motto: ?I have a heart, blessed and cursed, with the inability to feel hatred or anger,? with never a bad word uttered, and never a black thought contemplated. She wanted not only to turn a scepti...


"He hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
29 Dec 2015 at 3:19pm
It has become something of a ritual. During the summer, I try to go back to Shakespeare. Like everything you are introduced to in school, there is always the temptation to consign his works to the bad fire as an adult, unread and unseen. You recall the clunky BBC adaptations. The emotionally-empty and unrelatable Gielgud-style performances. The ...


? One more sleep til Christmas ?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
24 Dec 2015 at 10:36am
With a wee piece in the National this morning on yesterday's minimum alcohol pricing decision, I hang up my wig for the year. I'm done. Just one more sleep till Christmas. The cider is mulling. Great trenches have been hacked from a fat, plumptious pork pie. The Muppets have been deployed, and Marley and Marley are summoned. 2015 has been a sple...


Do Police Scotland have the right to remain silent?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
18 Dec 2015 at 11:10am
Holyrood's Justice Committee gave Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson a bit of a drubbing on Tuesday. MSPs questioned the senior police officer with uncharacteristic ferocity and skepticism, on how it came to be that Police Scotland "recklessly" obtained communications data about a journalist's sources without the necessary judicial approval....


Mr Trump goes to Strasbourg?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
17 Dec 2015 at 2:56pm
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court put an end to Donald Trump's long-running legal action against the Scottish ministers. The case concerned the lawfulness of a planning consent, which ministers had granted to an offshore windpower project, overlooked by Trump's golfing paradise in Menie. As has become customary in cases of this kind, the wheels of...


Ian Bell
by Lallands Peat Worrier
11 Dec 2015 at 12:59pm
Term is over, teaching done, the sun is shining and the rain falling. But there's a shard of ice in this morning, in the news that Ian Bell - redoubtable voice he was - has died. As Bella says, his writing "gave a rhythm to the week." He was constant, smart, and smiting, sometimes cantankerous but always idiosyncratic in the best sense of the te...


No vindication here. Only survival.
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Dec 2015 at 1:40pm
"We had no concerns about the credibility and reliability of the witnesses, with one exception." A teller of "blatant" lies. "Unimpressive," his behaviour demonstrating "a lack of candour", "at best disingenuous, at worst evasive and self-serving" in his actions. These are not descriptions of a man vindicated. But the conclusion cannot be avoide...


No evidence Harry Clarke "ought to have known he was not fit to drive"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
7 Dec 2015 at 4:29pm
This afternoon, Sheriff John Beckett published his determination in the Glasgow bin lorry crash fatal accident inquiry. Judges Scotland have made this shorter summary available. Sheriff Beckett's full conclusions and recommendations can be read here.  The determination is a lengthy and careful, and the various parties to the case are already rec...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan - writing, research, policy and ideas
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There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney & the Power...
by Gerry
7 Jan 2016 at 8:56am
There is a Light That Never Goes Out: Ian Bell, Willie McIlvanney and the Power of the Word Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 6th 2016 Scotland values words. It has always had a place in its heart for wordsmiths and for those who powerfully combine language with a sense of some higher calling ? from ...

Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent ...
by Gerry
4 Jan 2016 at 6:30am
Scotland isn?t really this Divided Nation. The Importance of Detail, Dissent and Deeds Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 3rd 2016 One of the recurring stories of Scotland in the referendum and after has been to say that politics and debate have become bitterly polarised and divided. This sense of a divided Scotland links into history: ...

2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World
by Gerry
28 Dec 2015 at 1:11am
2016: The Year of the UK as a Disunited Kingdom in an Unstable World Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 27th 2015 ?The future ain?t what it used to be? – said American baseball player Yogi Berra. This year saw unpredictability, shocks and upsets. There was the election of a majority Conservative Government which no polls ...

My Favourite Books of 2015
by Gerry
24 Dec 2015 at 11:53am
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2015 December 24th 2015 NEW BOOKS: SCOTLAND Project Fear: How an Unlikely Alliance left a Kingdom United but a Country Divided, Joe Pike, Biteback A brilliant access all areas account of the chaos of the ?Better Together? campaign in the indyref. To think there was an even more Armageddon-ish?Project Fear?! Queer ...

Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland
by Gerry
20 Dec 2015 at 11:36pm
Let?s Talk about Tax if we don?t want to be Safety First Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 20th 2015 This was a significant week for the Scottish Government and Scottish politics. John Swinney presented his first ever budget since Scotland had been given limited income tax powers which allowed variety up or down by ...

The Day that Scotland Changed
by Gerry
19 Dec 2015 at 12:14pm
The Day that Scotland Changed Gerry Hassan Prospect, December 18th 2015 May 7th 2015 stands out as the day Scotland changed. The House of Cards that was Labour dominance collapsed: a domino effect which witnessed 40 out of 41 Labour seats being won by the SNP. Scotland has seamlessly switched from a nation of Labour ...

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2015
by Gerry
16 Dec 2015 at 10:17pm
MY FAVOURITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: 2015 December 16th 2015 NEW ALBUMS 1 C Duncan, Architect One man?s vision ? part classical, ambient, other worldly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvbJS3YVae0 2 Kamasi Washington, The Epic Jazz is rarely like this: mixing big band, soul & funk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCIAMO3Al1A 3 Floating Points, Elaenia Stunning harmonies, spaces and silence https://www...

Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West
by Gerry
13 Dec 2015 at 11:04pm
Donald Trump?s appeal tells us that something is wrong with America and the West Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, December 13th 2015 Only a generation ago, just after the Berlin Wall fell, liberal democratic opinion across the West was confident about the future. This was the era of the long boom across the West, the Clinton ...

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence - Telegraph.c...
3 Jan 2016 at 5:39pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to renew push for Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
"It is our job now to lead a renewed debate about how the enduring principle of the independence case - that decisions about Scotland are best taken by people who live here - is relevant to, indeed demanded by, the circumstances of the world we live in ...

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Nicola Sturgeon 'confident' of independence win - Telegraph.co.uk
5 Jan 2016 at 6:02pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon 'confident' of independence win
Telegraph.co.uk
Ms Sturgeon infamously promised a second oil boom if voters backed independence in the last referendum but economists have warned a separate Scotland would be £8 billion a year deeper in the red this year compared to remaining part of the UK.

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Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague war...
23 Dec 2015 at 11:17am

The Independent
Britain leaving the EU could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague warns
The Independent
The United Kingdom leaving the European Union could lead to Scottish independence, William Hague has warmed. The former foreign secretary said the Scottish National Party would ?jump at the chance? to hold another referendum on independence, using ...

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Pro-Independence Scots To Boycott Tunnock's Teacakes After ?British? Rebrand ...
4 Jan 2016 at 12:31pm

BuzzFeed News
Pro-Independence Scots To Boycott Tunnock's Teacakes After ?British? Rebrand
BuzzFeed News
We could have said Scottish but you're then promoting Scotland. We're British.? However, the rebrand has been met with anger by some pro-independence Scots who have called for a boycott of all Tunnock's products including the teacake, snowball, and ...

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A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ... - EU...
16 Dec 2015 at 12:30pm

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
JZ Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland's public opinion regarding voting...

Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids' - Edinburgh Evening News
16 Dec 2015 at 12:39pm

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence film: 'I owe it to my kids'
Edinburgh Evening News
I owe it to my children to make this movie, and keep independence in everyone's minds for years to come.? Freedom for a Day will be filmed across Scotland, including Mr Gilhooley's home town. Mr Gilhooley, who attended St Margaret's Primary School in ...



Exclusive: Catalan MEP calls for joint independence referendums with Scotland...
20 Dec 2015 at 8:23am

CommonSpace
Exclusive: Catalan MEP calls for joint independence referendums with Scotland
CommonSpace
THE CATALAN and Scottish Governments should co-ordinate plans for future referendums on independence to bypass resistance from Spain and the UK, according to Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Ramon Tremosa.

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Scottish independence and the fight for the oilfields - FinancialAdvice.co.uk
19 Dec 2015 at 10:40am

Scottish independence and the fight for the oilfields
FinancialAdvice.co.uk
As the SNP announces a raft of measures aimed at strengthening the argument for independence for Scotland a number of issues have been highlighted with the main one being the lack of mention of Scottish oilfields. There is no doubt that the Scottish ...



SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon urged to help flood victims amid calls for emergency statemen...
8 Jan 2016 at 5:54pm

Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon urged to help flood victims amid calls for emergency statement ...
Telegraph.co.uk
The Tory MSP Alex Fergusson added: "Councils are struggling with a lack of funding for future flood defences and farmers are still waiting for support cash months after the SNP promised it. This is why we're calling for a full ministerial statement to ...

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SNP MP welcomes MoD report on Raasay ranges - Press and Journal
8 Jan 2016 at 4:46pm

Press and Journal
SNP MP welcomes MoD report on Raasay ranges
Press and Journal
The UK Government has agreed to investigate the economic impact on fishing communities of its plan to expand its submarine testing site off the west cost of Scotland. Defence minister Mark Lancaster said there was no obligation to carry out an assessment.



SNP calls for independent pensions commission to monitor freedoms - Money Mar...
8 Jan 2016 at 2:20pm

Money Marketing
SNP calls for independent pensions commission to monitor freedoms
Money Marketing
The Scottish National Party has called for a new independent commission to investigate actions taken by savers since the launch of the pension freedoms. Responding to data from the FCA which shows two-thirds of savers accessing their savings fully ...

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Scotland Weather: SNP Government urged to reveal how it will spend share of £...
8 Jan 2016 at 3:37pm

Scottish Daily Record
Scotland Weather: SNP Government urged to reveal how it will spend share of £50million fund to help victims of ...
Scottish Daily Record
"The SNP Government need to take action swiftly to help communities and to help all affected businesses and infrastructure across flooded areas. "It's also clear that, given the scale of flooding across Scotland, we need a review to ensure r...

Genome-wide selective sweeps and gene-specific sweeps in natural bacterial .....
8 Jan 2016 at 3:01pm

Genome-wide selective sweeps and gene-specific sweeps in natural bacterial ...
Nature.com
Here, from a 9-year metagenomic study of a freshwater lake (2005?2013), we explore changes in single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) frequencies and patterns of gene gain and loss in 30 bacterial populations. SNP analyses revealed substantial genetic ...



Mhairi Black MP calls for independent commission to investigate pension refor...
8 Jan 2016 at 2:11pm

Mhairi Black MP calls for independent commission to investigate pension reforms
Renfrewshire 24 News
The SNP are today repeating calls for the UK government to set up an independent pensions commission as figures show that almost 200,000 people have dipped into their pension pot in six months ? with two-thirds of retirees withdrawing their entire ...

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Youngest MP Mhairi Black urges help for women pensioners - BBC News
8 Jan 2016 at 12:10pm

BBC News
Youngest MP Mhairi Black urges help for women pensioners
BBC News
State pension age increases that discriminate against women born on or after 6 April 1951 have been labelled "unjust" by Westminster's youngest MP. The SNP's Mhairi Black said extra help should be directed towards women "shafted and short-changed" by ...

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MPs back transitional arrangements for female state pension - Financial Reporter
8 Jan 2016 at 10:28am

Financial Reporter
MPs back transitional arrangements for female state pension
Financial Reporter
At yesterday's House Of Commons debate on the equalisation of the state pension age on women, MPs supported SNP MP Mhairi Black's calls for the introduction of transitional arrangements for women negatively affected by the accelerated rate of ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum - Scotsman
7 Jan 2016 at 10:13am

Scotsman
Gordon Brown: Scotland could see 70-30 split in EU referendum
Scotsman
However, the former prime minister will say that the pro-Europe vote in Scotland in the referendum ? due before the end of 2017 ? will be ?much better? if a case can be made that EU membership supports Scottish jobs and business. Mr Brown claims that ...
The EU referendum curse: May you live in interesting timesHerald S...

Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ......
2 Jan 2016 at 12:07am

Herald Scotland
Think-tank calls for neutral EU campaign to help emulate Scots referendum ...
Herald Scotland
A neutral campaign should be set up for the forthcoming EU referendum to help generate the same level of enthusiasm seen during the Scottish independence poll, an independent think-tank has recommended. Under plans put forward by British Future, ...
EU referendum voter turnout campaign reco...

Sturgeon 'confident' of second referendum 'in next few years' - Scotsman
5 Jan 2016 at 4:40pm

Scotsman
Sturgeon 'confident' of second referendum 'in next few years'
Scotsman
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is ?confident? of winning a second referendum as she announced the SNP will lead a renewed debate for independence ahead of this year's Scottish election. The First Minister made the claim as she kick-started the SNP's ...
How are Scotland's political parties squaring up for #SP16? We take a...

EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wron...
18 Dec 2015 at 9:44pm

The Independent
EU referendum: If Cameron thinks this vote will be like Scotland's, he's wrong
The Independent
When he needs some relief from the increasingly nasty headache of renegotiating Britain's EU membership terms, David Cameron takes some comfort from the Scottish referendum last year. At the crunch, the Scottish people voted for the status quo (plus a ...
June 16 likely date for EU referen...

EU referendum: Scottish Labour MSPs 'can campaign against membership' - BBC News
28 Dec 2015 at 2:32pm

BBC News
EU referendum: Scottish Labour MSPs 'can campaign against membership'
BBC News
Labour MSPs will be allowed to vote and campaign for the UK to leave the EU ahead of the referendum on membership. Scottish Labour as a party will support remaining in the EU and a spokesman said the "vast majority" of MSPs were expected to back that ...
Gerry Hassan: Who will be the big hitters of 2016? SNP and...

Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland? - Huffingto...
19 Dec 2015 at 8:38pm

Huffington Post UK
Is Critical Thought Being Suppressed in Post Referendum Scotland?
Huffington Post UK
This is, in essence, what it's like to live in post-referendum Scotland. If you criticise the party of government, you become a pariah - all of a sudden, you're faced with a deluge of SNP warriors to defend yourself against. What is becoming of ...

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Top Treasury civil servant embroiled in Scottish referendum row to retire fro...
5 Jan 2016 at 8:13am

Press and Journal
Top Treasury civil servant embroiled in Scottish referendum row to retire from ...
Press and Journal
The Treasury mandarin who became embroiled in a row over advice he published in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum has announced he will step down. Sir Nicholas Macpherson, who was appointed permanent secretary in 2005, will ...
Treasury civil servant accused of non...

EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas - Herald Scotland
14 Dec 2015 at 7:48pm

Herald Scotland
EU referendum bill set to become law before Christmas
Herald Scotland
The Government's promise to hold a referendum on EU membership is set to become law before Christmas after peers backed down in their clash with the Commons over lowering the voting age. Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government had ...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

#cleanforthequeen
8 Jan 2016 at 6:19pm
I'd like to say this is a parody and have a laugh but it really isn't. A campaign has started telling the citizens of the United Kingdom to clean for the queen

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3382620/Anti-litter-campaign-urging-Brits-clean-Queen-ahead-monarch-s-90th-birthday-mocked-Twi...

BNP de-registered
8 Jan 2016 at 3:46pm
The BNP have been de-registered as a political party by the Electoral Commission due to not complying with the rules regarding confirming the details and paying a £25 fee.   Unless they re-register candidates cannot stand as BNP candidates or use the parties logo.  Quite a fall for a party that h...

In no particular Order! Order!
7 Jan 2016 at 12:47pm
As the title says, in no particular order, list your most disliked UK political figures. They don't have to have been elected, just influential / high profile.

Present Day.

Gideon
Pig Fucker
Galloway
Curran
Carmichael

Last Century

THATCHER
Blair
Smith
Tebbitt
Rifkind

I know my last century list a...

What If 'They' Say NO
7 Jan 2016 at 8:57am
Maybe this is an uncomfortable question for all concerned, but given what has happened recently elsewhere it's a real possibility.   What happens if at some point in the future a democratically elected Scottish Government, following a manifesto commitment that is endorsed in an election, want to ...

Great british tea cake
5 Jan 2016 at 1:07pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3385016/Now-Scottish-Nationalists-call-boycott-traitor-Tunnock-s-Teacakes-new-ad-campaign-brands-traditional-favourite-Great-British-Tea-Cake.html


Some nationalists have got their tartan g-strings in a twist over Tunnocks rebranding their cakes and biscuits...

A Better Britain Unionist Party
5 Jan 2016 at 10:10am
Lol.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/better-together-party-to-contest-holyrood-2016-election-1-3991779

I really don't get this, I do though love how one of the 5 main aims they have, is to get a Union Jack flown on every Scottish government building.

Scottish Greens & The BBC
4 Jan 2016 at 1:52pm
Tell the b*****d BBC to give the Scottish Greens a fair level of coverage.   Sign the petition - https://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/bbc-fair-coverage/

Banking Inquiry Dropped
31 Dec 2015 at 6:07pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35204010

So the only and final chance of highlighting the failings and greed that led to our most recent economic collapse is quietly put to bed.

A man brought in to question the culture of self interest of those in charge of the financial institutions asks the right ...

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Anything Goes

Top 5 Best Cities In The World
7 Jan 2016 at 10:18pm
The London thread got me thinking about this. Of the cities you have visited what are your top 5? Not Greatest, just best fun, most beautiful etc. I'll go for:

1. New York
2. Prague
3. London
4. Paris
5. Berlin

How Long Is A Generation?
7 Jan 2016 at 11:39am
In FMQs, Kezia Dugdale is talking about her generation and the FM's generation.   There's 11 years difference between them.   Does that mean a political generation is now down to 11 years?   So, Indyref2 in 2025 then.

London Is The Greatest City In The World
7 Jan 2016 at 10:21am
Discuss

Oil
7 Jan 2016 at 7:33am
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stm

That's an extraordinary fall in a short time.

I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

Charlie Hebdo Programme
6 Jan 2016 at 9:57pm
Feck me that was gripping. Almost felt as though you were there. Can't imagine how people recover from situations like that. Scary thing is it can happen anywhere any time. Certainly an eye opener for me even though I know what's happening. Maniacs who don't care about dieing.

Scottish Questions At Westminster
6 Jan 2016 at 11:22am
Probably the worst question session in Westminster. Government and opposition unite for a good old best of British, talk Scotland down, "know your place Jock" session. English and Welsh MPs getting nearly half the questions too.    Watch todays session here: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Ind...

Zgemma - Virgin
6 Jan 2016 at 10:30am
I've seen these zGemma's talked about by a few folk on here, so done a bit of reading and think I might try them out.   So I know I have to get a Cable zGemma, install VIX, but then I'm a bit lost, and I'm finding threads online to be a bit cryptic.   I need a GIFT, which is a subscription. Howev...

North Korea........at It Again
6 Jan 2016 at 9:40am
More 'look at us' rhetoric? or Is there something more substantial this time?   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35240012

Holyrood Magazine

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Scots law firm to provide public sector procurement training
by jenni.davidson
8 Jan 2016 at 5:05pm

Recommended alcohol intake lowered to 14 units a week
by Tom.Freeman
8 Jan 2016 at 6:00am

Local Government Committee seeks views on benchmarking
by jenni.davidson
8 Jan 2016 at 9:01am

MSPs agree on five year term
by Tom.Freeman
8 Jan 2016 at 9:19am

Impact of National Living Wage to vary across Scotland
by jenni.davidson
8 Jan 2016 at 9:35am

Scottish Government rejects measure aimed at strengthening land reform
by Liam.Kirkaldy
8 Jan 2016 at 11:28am

New Police Scotland chief calls for 'grown-up conversation' on future of poli...
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