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Nicola Sturgeon backs Permanent Secretary in Alex Salmond case
8 Jan 2019 at 6:10pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said the decision to settle the civil case against the Scottish Government regarding how it handled sexual misconduct complaints against Alex Salmond is "deeply regrettable".


Alex Salmond calls on top civil servant to quit her post following court batt...
8 Jan 2019 at 2:50pm
Former first minister Alex Salmond has called on Scotland's top civil servant to quit her post after accusing her of "wasting" hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money defending the administration's "unlawful" handling of sexual misconduct allegations against him.


Speaker Bercow calls on Met to crack down on "toxic attacks" on MPs and journ...
8 Jan 2019 at 2:34pm
JOHN Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has called on Scotland Yard to crack down as a matter of urgency on the ?toxic attacks? on parliamentarians and journalists outside Westminster.


Theresa May to close Brexit debate next week in last-ditch bid to rally MPs
8 Jan 2019 at 1:58pm
The Prime Minister?s spokesman indicated that any new assurances would come before the vote, rather than before the start of the debate, which takes place tomorrow.


Scottish Tory interim leader Jackson Carlaw backs Theresa May's Brexit deal
8 Jan 2019 at 10:54am
The Prime Minister's Brexit deal is the only orderly way the UK can quit the EU without leaving on a cliff edge, the Scottish Tory interim leader has said.


Alex Salmond wins court battle with Scottish Government
8 Jan 2019 at 11:21am
Alex Salmond has won his legal battle with the Scottish Government after it admitted it mishandled sexual harassment complaints against him.


MPs urge police to act after Anna Soubry branded 'Nazi' by protesters outside...
8 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Dozens of MPs have written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to express their "serious concerns" about the "deteriorating public order and security situation" outside Parliament.


MPs seek to wrest control of Brexit process with move to block no-deal scenario
8 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
MPS will today seek to begin taking back control of the Brexit process as they attempt to block the UK Government from allowing Britain to leave the EU without a deal.


Nicola Sturgeon says Salmond court outcome is 'not a victory for anybody'
8 Jan 2019 at 7:44pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has issued a personal apology to the two women who lodged sexual harassment complaints against Alex Salmond as she launched a vigorous defence of the Scottish Government?s investigations process.


ScotRail operator 'will be stripped of franchise if it does not improve'
8 Jan 2019 at 4:17pm
SCOTRAIL?S operator will be stripped of the franchise if its performance does not get better, the Transport Secretary has warned.


Theresa May to assure MPs on parliamentary Brexit lock as she continues to se...
8 Jan 2019 at 12:02am
THERESA May is due to flesh out her own assurances to MPs and Northern Ireland?s business leaders over the Brexit process this week as she continues to seek ones from Brussels over the Irish backstop.


Alex Salmond ?sexual misconduct? case nears court deal
8 Jan 2019 at 5:00am
ALEX Salmond?s legal action against the Scottish Government over its handling of sexual misconduct allegations against him could be resolved today, it has emerged.


New social security overseer appointed
8 Jan 2019 at 5:00am
THE head of the national disabled people?s organisation is to be Scotland?s new welfare tsar.


Shake-up of Scottish charity law planned
8 Jan 2019 at 5:00am
SEX offenders could be barred from acting as charity trustees under plans to bring Scots law into line with tougher rules south of the border.


Arran hotel facing challenges recruiting staff from within the European Union
4 Jan 2019 at 5:09am
Auchrannie, the Isle of Arran hotel and leisure destination, has underlined the challenges it is facing recruiting staff from within the European Union (EU) after new accounts show it hiked profits by nearly one-third in its most recent financial year.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon: ?deeply regrettable government had to settle Alex Salmond ch...
8 Jan 2019 at 4:54pm
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “deeply regrettable” that the Scottish Government has had to settle a legal challenge brought by Alex Salmond over its handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

Alex Salmond case ?could discourage future sexual harassment complaints?
8 Jan 2019 at 3:27pm
Opposition politicians have raised concerns about the impact on future sexual harassment complaints of the court ruling in Alex Salmond’s case against the Scottish Government.

Alex Salmond case: Timeline of key events
8 Jan 2019 at 3:25pm
Former First Minister Alex Salmond has called for the resignation of Scotland’s top civil servant after winning a legal case against the Scottish Government over how it handled sexual harassment allegations against him.

Brexit: We failed to learn from independence referendum?s poison ? Donald Cam...
8 Jan 2019 at 2:05pm
The treatment of Anna Soubry MP by a group of protestors outside the Westminster Parliament was utterly appalling, and the subsequent reaction from all political sides has been rightly critical.

Nicola Sturgeon backs civil servant in Alex Salmond case
8 Jan 2019 at 1:44pm
Nicola Sturgeon has given her backing to Scotland’s top civil servant after the collapse of the harassment case involving Alex Salmond.

Brexit: Time for wishful thinking is over, Irish Government warns UK
8 Jan 2019 at 1:25pm
Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister has warned the British Government that time for “wishful thinking” is over if it wants to avoid crashing out of the European Union.

Power to force people to sell unused buildings is long overdue ? David Adams
8 Jan 2019 at 1:01pm
The Government’s recent commitment to bring forward proposals giving councils a new legal power of compulsory sales orders (CSOs) to tackle the blight of abandoned buildings and parcels of vacant and derelict land in communities across Scotland is to be welcomed, writes Professor David Adams.

Alex Salmond case: Former SNP leader?s statement in full
8 Jan 2019 at 12:10pm
Alex Salmond spoke to reporters outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh today.

Gordon Brown video most shared of Remain campaign during Brexit vote
8 Jan 2019 at 12:06pm
An emotional plea urging Britain to ‘lead not leave’ the European Union by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the most influential pro-Remain video during the 2016 referendum, a former campaign official has revealed.

Alex Salmond case: Scottish Government acted unlawfully over sexual harassmen...
8 Jan 2019 at 11:01am
Alex Salmond has won a major court victory against the Scottish Government over the way complaints of sexual harassment against him were investigated.

Tory MP accuses police of ignoring abuse aimed at politicians
8 Jan 2019 at 9:05am
Police are ignoring abuse and intimidation, including racism, that is being aimed at politicians and journalists outside Parliament, Tory MP Anna Soubry has claimed.

Hearing due for Alex Salmond legal challenge
8 Jan 2019 at 7:50am
A hearing is due to take place at Scotland’s highest civil court as part of Alex Salmond’s legal challenge against the Scottish Government.

Brexit: Uncivil War review - enjoyable but troubling viewing
8 Jan 2019 at 7:31am
Channel 4 docu-drama on how Brexit happened makes for both enjoyable and troubling viewing, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

ScotRail passenger compensation deal branded ?a gimmick?
8 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Hard-pressed rail passengers in Scotland are to be offered extra compensation by train operator ScotRail amid growing anger over delays and cancellations.

Why anger of Brexiteers and ?gilets jaunes? is bad politics ? Paris Gourtsoya...
8 Jan 2019 at 6:00am
Paralysis is the inevitable outcome of trying to deliver on the politics of anger, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

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Brass neck gleaming
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2019 at 5:08pm
Wow. That’s Monica Lennon sat directly behind him, by the way. That must have taken some amount of polishing. And yes, if you’re wondering, that last one is THIS Rhoda Grant: Still, the SNP, eh Richard?

Facing the wrong way
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2019 at 12:26pm
Scottish Labour mounted another of their infamous stunt “protests” today, as always dutifully assisted and advertised by the Scottish media. STV reported it as an event organised by a small rail union – not the RMT or ASLEF, but the little-known Transport Salaried Staff Association – which would feature “other campaigners”, but in fact it …

Return of the boat people
by Chris Cairns
5 Jan 2019 at 6:59am

Taking back control
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2019 at 4:47pm
We’ve got no words for this, so we’ll let it stand by itself. Because 55% voted No. Welcome to Brexit.

Gloom-tinted glasses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:34pm
STV News gets the new year off to a cheery start today: The headline, as alert readers will be accustomed to by now, is a flat-out lie. As far as the article reveals – and there’s nothing on the company’s website offering any more detail, nor in the longer quotes we found elsewhere – chartered …

The one we?ve waited for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jan 2019 at 11:29am
The last two years, particularly 2018, have been a pretty miserable time in the annals of Scottish independence. Not because support has fallen – it hasn’t budged an inch, however much Unionists might try to desperately convince themselves otherwise – but because there hasn’t, in essence, been anything we could usefully do. Faced with a …

The broken telescope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2018 at 5:36pm
An alert reader spotted this today: Because with Scottish Labour, lying is for life, not just Christmas. The bit that particularly caught our spotter’s eye was the claim – attributed to Shelter and accompanied by a blink-and-you’ll miss it graph that’s onscreen for less than a second – that “As Tories pose at foodbanks and …

The Homecoming
by Chris Cairns
29 Dec 2018 at 6:59am

Merry Christmas, England
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2018 at 9:44am
There’s a digital edition of the Times out today, but the normal Scotland section doesn’t make the cut. (There’s normally an Ireland section too – although it doesn’t get billed on the Contents list – which is also missing today, and there’s never a Wales section for some reason.) Maybe if we all keep really …

The stupidest year in history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2018 at 1:08pm
We can think of no better illustrative metaphor for the brain-withering idiot festival that was 2018 than page 16 of today’s Sunday Mail, which in the space of a single inch of newsprint predicts both SNP gains at any new general election, and then SNP losses to the exact same Labour and Tory parties that the editorial on the …

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Alex Salmond wins sexual harassment inquiry case against Scottish government
8 Jan 2019 at 5:05pm
The former first minister wins his legal fight against the Scottish government over its investigation.


Serco loses asylum accommodation contract for Scotland
8 Jan 2019 at 3:52pm
The housing provider was criticised after plans to evict about 300 people who had been refused asylum in Glasgow.


Who is Leslie Evans, permanent secretary to the Scottish government?
8 Jan 2019 at 5:54pm
The Scottish Government's permanent secretary has been thrown into the spotlight by the Alex Salmond court case.


Unite union call to reject council pay offer
8 Jan 2019 at 5:21pm
Unite says the proposed three-year deal does not do enough to restore the value of pay.


Sturgeon: MPs have 'duty to decide' on new Brexit plan
7 Jan 2019 at 12:27pm
Nicola Sturgeon says MPs have a "duty" to unite around an alternative to the UK government's Brexit deal.


Additional £50m Scottish government funding for Tay Cities Region
7 Jan 2019 at 2:26pm
The Scottish government funding includes £40m for a new link road around Perth, including a bridge across the River Tay.


Further talks to be held over pay deal for Scottish teachers
7 Jan 2019 at 5:14pm
Further talks will take place between teaching unions, councils and the Scottish government in an attempt to agree a pay deal.


Week ahead at Holyrood: MSPs examine budget proposals
7 Jan 2019 at 1:41pm
Budget scrutiny is the main item on the agenda as MSPs return to parliament.


Criminal record 'tick box' condemned
4 Jan 2019 at 9:48am
Asking about criminal convictions on job application forms does little to predict the risk of someone re-offending, a study says.


ScotRail 'rip-off' rail fares condemned as tickets increase by 2.8%
2 Jan 2019 at 11:04am
The rail operator defended the hike and said it was investing in the best railway "Scotland has ever had".


Vaping kits for prisoners to cost £150,000
2 Jan 2019 at 12:09am
The Scottish Prison Service has paid for about 7,500 vaping kits after a smoking ban came into force in November.


Prestwick Airport's government debt rises to £38.4m
1 Jan 2019 at 1:55pm
The amount owed to the Scottish government by the publicly-owned facility went up from £30m last year to £38.4m.

Scot Goes Pop

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Would a snap Holyrood election in 2019 really be such a risk?
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2019 at 6:15pm
I'm beginning to realise what it must have felt like to be a social democrat in about 1980, finding yourself by default in a shrinking middle ground as political debate becomes ever more polarised ...

Welcome to the year in which Nicola Sturgeon will *probably* renew her demand...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2019 at 6:29pm
As I've said a number of times, political prediction is usually a mug's game, and that could hardly be more true than at this exact moment.  Britain might be about to leave the European Union, or t...

How will Nebulous Theresa answer the Lorraine Mann Question?
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2018 at 5:20pm
Over at Stormfront Lite, Alastair Meeks has made a set of rather bold political predictions for the coming year - including that Britain won't leave the European Union on schedule in March, and tha...

What happens if a "People's Vote" is won by Leave?
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2018 at 7:09pm
Quite often when the SNP introduce a new policy or strategy that I'm not sure about, I "sip it and see", and end up realising it was a good idea all along.  But with this whole "People's Vote" thin...

The controversial journalist David Leask, and the notes from THAT shady meeti...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2018 at 1:19am
You probably saw yesterday that CommonSpace had some rather uncomfortable questions for controversial "alt-journo" David Leask, who in recent years has moved to the fringes of media discourse as he...

No, Mr Kellner, support for staying in the EU has not "rocketed"
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2018 at 4:42pm
Just a quick one, because I see Peter Kellner has gone into full-blown propaganda mode on behalf of the "People's Vote" campaign, and is using his status as a prominent former pollster to attempt t...

Nebulous Theresa has made a U-turn, so it must be Wednesday
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2018 at 3:50am
The BBC are reporting that Theresa May has changed her mind (yet again) and is now planning to hold a series of indicative votes in parliament on various alternatives to her own deal.  When that id...

Is Jeremy Corbyn unwittingly saving us from ourselves by frustrating the push...
by James Kelly
18 Dec 2018 at 6:31pm
Quite a few people have been wondering aloud whether Labour are holding off from a proper no confidence motion because they don't want to be in power at the moment Britain leaves the EU, and end up...

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Carron Calley is rather bonnie
by /u/EmotionalPiglet
8 Jan 2019 at 8:18pm
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Fact check: SNP could not have had public sector bid for ScotRail in 2014
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8 Jan 2019 at 6:31pm
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Exploring the winter hills of Scotland through Photographer Fran Mart
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8 Jan 2019 at 6:25pm
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Abellio could lose ScotRail contract, says minister
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8 Jan 2019 at 4:58pm
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Charity launches £1.6m fundraising drive to buy mountain
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8 Jan 2019 at 3:09pm
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Is Hit the piss a common phrase?
by /u/wetconcrete
8 Jan 2019 at 3:03am
Live in Canada but got a lotta scottish relatives. Swear I heard the phrase ?gotta go hit the piss? when they need to go to the bathroom. or when ur telling your friend to fuckoff. am i crazy?? ...

Woman given erectile dysfunction cream for dry eye
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8 Jan 2019 at 12:37pm
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In Search of Photography Workshop near Glasgow or Edinburgh
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8 Jan 2019 at 12:35pm
As the title states, I'm in search of a photography workshop in or near Glasgow and/or Edinburgh. I'm planning on flying to Scotland next week and I'd love to do a landscape photography workshop. G...

How well I understand regional English accents [OC]
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8 Jan 2019 at 12:26pm
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'I went to the rail protest in good faith. It was a Scottish Labour stunt'
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8 Jan 2019 at 12:12pm
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Rothesay bay looking toward ?Toward?
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Healthy places to eat
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8 Jan 2019 at 11:14am
Can anybody recommend healthy places to eat in Glasgow or something I can grab from Tesco for lunch? I?m trying to stop the usual Greggs, McDonalds etc as I work in an office and I?ll end up massiv...

Government admits Salmond inquiry failure
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8 Jan 2019 at 11:01am
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C'mon Scotland - we can do this! Let's build a Broch!!!
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8 Jan 2019 at 10:58am
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Nicola Sturgeon admits she hasn't spoken to Alex Salmond since harassment cla...
by Peter Davidson
8 Jan 2019 at 6:39pm
The First Minister spoke to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament after the review today.


Nicola Sturgeon defends Permanent Secretary over handling of Alex Salmond har...
by Peter Davidson
8 Jan 2019 at 3:59pm
The First Minister spoke at Bute House following the hearing this morning.


Alex Salmond statement in full as he calls on Permanent Secretary to quit ove...
by Peter Davidson
8 Jan 2019 at 12:54pm
The former First Minister released a statement following the trial at the Court of Session today.


Theresa May sets up Brexit doomsday committee in case of nightmare no-deal sc...
by Torcuil Crichton
8 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
The Tory PM's special Cabinet team will oversee plans should the UK leave the EU without an agreement.


Alex Salmond sex rap 'climbdown' as deal reached over court case
by David Clegg
8 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Lawyers acting for the civil service in Scotland appear poised to give ground in the judicial review into the way complaints were handled.


No-deal Brexit lorry tests branded 'pointless farce' as just 89 trucks take part
by dailyrecord
7 Jan 2019 at 7:33pm
Operation Brock was meant to help prevent traffic chaos around Channel ports if no deal is reached with the EU.


Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit has 'materially strengthened' case for Scottish I...
by Lucinda Cameron
7 Jan 2019 at 7:15pm
The First Minister also said Scotland's interests are being 'completely ignored and sidelined' two years after the UK voted to leave the EU.


Brexit protesters call Tory MP Anna Soubry a Nazi during live TV interview
by David Wilcock
7 Jan 2019 at 5:34pm
Soubry was abused by demonstrators outside Westminster who also chanted 'liar, liar' as she talked to Sky News and the BBC.


Brexit blockage as Theresa May refuses to rule out repeated Commons votes on ...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
The Prime Minister accused of sounding like broken record as she vowed to 'plough ahead' with her doomed deal.


Fitting tribute to 205 men who died as they returned home to Scotland from Wo...
by Ian Blackford
7 Jan 2019 at 4:30am
Commemorations took place on Lewis to mark the heartbreaking loss of the naval yacht Iolaire in the early hours of January 1, 1919.

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

Who Has Most Per Head?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jan 2019 at 11:24am
A nice simple graphic that lays out some important stats.   Advertisements

The Spider?s Web ? Britain?s Second Empire
by michaelgreenwell
2 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm
?Over and over again, we have seen that there is a power in this Country, other than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests is able to assert itself against the Government of the Country. Those who control money, are able to …

David Mundell, Brilliant As Ever
by michaelgreenwell
10 Dec 2018 at 10:03pm
England’s man in Scotland David Mundell, simultaneously showing how much he is in the loop, and the quality of his powers of political prediction…

Scottish Media Reaches A New Level of Absurdity
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2018 at 3:40pm
If you had asked me before today what the most absurd thing I had seen in the Scottish media was, I would have shown you the piece below. Not a political piece, although it mentions politics, just thoroughly ridiculous… However, I think the Sunday Mail has just topped its sister paper the record, or at …

Theresa May?s Message to Scots (with honest subtitles)
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2018 at 9:09am
From the excellent Sarah Mackie. See more videos here.

An Odd video to use as pro Scottish Independence (but it perfectly illustrate...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Nov 2018 at 11:41pm
Here is an English woman conversing with an English man. The man in this video is a wonderful pianist. He does videos surprising the public with his piano playing (jazz, boogie woogie, blues) and there are lots of videos where he makes the passing punters happy, and even teaches some of them how to play …

Republican (with some Tory) Jesus
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2018 at 9:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 173 ? Human Rights and Poverty in the UK
by michaelgreenwell
19 Nov 2018 at 11:37pm
“I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said ‘guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?’, they wouldn’t have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place”. The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the …
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Modern Monetary Theory and an Independent Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2019 at 1:06pm
Last week Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp wrote an article in The National on the growing economic support of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). As a Modern Monetary Theorist I noticed many errors in his piece, some minor and others glaring. Therefore I would like to dedicate some time to setting the record straight and explain what MMT is …

The History of the Sausage Roll in Constitutional Politics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2019 at 6:52pm
Those who have watched the Veganuary-inspired meltdown of Piers Morgan into a meaty testosterone-filled rage, or observed England’s finest yeomanry protesting at Gregg’s, may be ignorant to the longer-standing importance of hot pastry goods to Britain. Sausage Roll Rage may seem like a new phenomena, but its origins are indeed ancient. Brexit, for so long …

Wishing you an Anti-Racist New Year
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jan 2019 at 12:01pm
Labour’s Deputy leader is hosting the LBC phone-in show. Discussing the English Channel “migrant crisis” (sic) his caller Andy explains that a “large portion of the country is in poverty” and that there should be “no more” before going on to suggest that if there were a boat load of children at peril at sea …

An Alternative for Scotland: the investment-led model
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2019 at 12:41pm
The future is arriving faster than most people think. When we look around us, we see that digital technology is woven into the fabric of our lives. Where the pace of change is accelerating and the trajectory has become exponential. We are now living in a looking-glass world where everything we think we know is …

Profanity Filter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2019 at 11:28am
Fuck this shit. As elite rule takes a turn towards chaos and authoritarianism, ruling class barbarism and increased social violence, it seems we are getting more potty-mouthed in our response. This is long overdue. Way back in December 2018, your digitally-addled mind may faintly recall, Jeremy Corbyn got into trouble for allegedly calling Theresa May a …

A Guid New Year tae yin and a!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Jan 2019 at 4:07pm
Stewart Bremner?s posters an cairds brocht a smile tae mony and the ?Spirit O Scotland? is kenspeckle to a they fowk that cam oot for the Scottish indy referendum o 2014. Lang afore that, Ia mind hoo ma faither had a braw grasp o the Scots leid, but he rarely spak it in his ain …

Will 2019 see the Beginning of the End for the Euro?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2019 at 5:02pm
WHAT are the prospects for the global economy in 2019? First Europe. The German economy, the very beating heart of the eurozone, is slowing palpably, taking the rest of the continental EU with it. In the third quarter of 2018, German output declined, as a result both of a contraction in both exports and in …

Crisis, What Crisis?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2019 at 2:55pm
If the season of goodwill seems to have come to an abrupt end (unless you’re an ambitious ferry start-up business with friends in the right places), it has. Look no further than the British State’s hysterical reaction to a handful of desperate people making landing on the south coast of England. For those who regularly …

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Alex Salmond harassment allegation investigation thrown out of court
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2019 at 7:41pm
Scottish government admits inquiry was unlawful and ?tainted by apparent bias?Nicola Sturgeon has defended her government?s handling of sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond after its investigation was thrown out in court.In a humiliating climbdown, the Scottish government admitted in cou...

We must pull ourselves together and stop fretting about the truth | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
23 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
The Tories can only be admired for their ability to explain away the effects of their policiesConservatives are known to occupy a universe where several laws of nature appear not to apply. The most important one is the law of cause and effect. This is my favourite law of nature because it leaves ...

Scotland must commit to helping beavers make a comeback | Letter
by Letters
21 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
Environmental organisations say beavers breathe new life into landscapes by creating dynamic woodland and wetland habitatsThe clock has run out on the statement, made by the Scottish government on 20 December 2017, that legislation to make beavers a protected species in Scotland would be laid bef...

Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons he did not call May a 'stupid woman' - as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow
19 Dec 2018 at 6:00pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Sajid Javid publishing the immigration white paperJeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a ?stupid woman?May?s cabinet split over £30,000 immigrant salary thresholdKey points: post-Brexit immigration at a glanceP...

Senior Tory suggests he would vote with Labour in no confidence motion to blo...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Dec 2018 at 7:02pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including ministers discussing planning for a no-deal BrexitFull report: No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standbyNo 10 lobby briefing ? snap summaryAfternoon summaryTell us: how are you preparing for a no-deal Brexit? 5....

The Guardian view on Scotland?s tax and spend: democracy in action | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Dec 2018 at 6:24pm
Like Holyrood, English councils ought to have more control over how they tax and spend. People might then bother to vote for themBefore Scotland got its own parliament in 1999, Tony Blair upset the country of his birth by answering the question of whether Edinburgh should have tax-raising powers....

Nicola Sturgeon to decide whether to save unlawful Brexit bill
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Dec 2018 at 5:25pm
Holyrood bill breaches law and Westminster holds sway over EU powers, supreme court rulesNicola Sturgeon is facing an urgent decision on whether to salvage an emergency bill on Brexit after the supreme court ruled the Scottish legislation was unlawful.The court, in a significant setback for the f...

May roundly condemned by MPs after delaying Brexit vote to seek fresh backsto...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Dec 2018 at 11:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenBrexit deal: May admits she would have lost vote by large marginPound hits 20-month low amid Brexit confusion ? Business liveEU figures rule out concessions and express bewilderment at decision 11.29pm GMT We?re going to close dow...

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The problem with Holyrood
This year the Scottish Parliament becomes 20 years old. For the past 20 years Scotland has had a forum to express its national will, we have seen a parliament restored to our capital city and for the first time in the history of this ancient nation the people have enjoyed the exercise of mass democracy. …

The year of the making of Scotland
Many thanks to Sam for looking after the blog while I was away. Like the British political establishment, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks avoiding work and responsibilities. I went off to the USA to spend Christmas and the New Year with my husband in Connecticut and had a great time with my significant …

A two-way street
A guest post by Samuel Miller Respect (Noun) 1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. 3. a particular aspect, point, or detail. Lot of talk of respect doing the rounds in 2018. Seems the …

Twas the night before
A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto. I’ve got the same artisanal baps on order that we had last year and Mrs M. will be making what is probably the world’s most potent (lethal) brandy butter to hide the taste of the shops own Crimbo pud. The turkey (small budgie) is being artfully prepared to …

Breaking up isn?t always hard to do
Opponents of independence have got a new argument against independence. It’s not much of an argument, but then the British establishment is increasingly clutching at ever more desperate straws. The argument goes that Brexit has shown how difficult it is to leave a union, and therefore Scottish independence is likely to be even worse as …

Stupid is as stupid does
The British government unveiled its new immigration policy today, and as we’ve come to expect from this government it’s petty, cruel, restrictive and nasty. EU citizens will in the future have to earn over £30,000 a year in order to apply for residency in the UK. What the government didn’t say was that UK citizens …

The definition of tyranny
Despite the fact that it is clear to everyone that there is no support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Parliament, the Prime Minister blindly and stubbornly refuses to countenance any alternatives. We have a Prime Minister who heads a government which has, at every turn, attempted to block the MPs the people have resturned …

The unwitting midwives of independence
Do you know your place yet Scottish people? The media and the Tories would like you to believe that the Scottish government was slapped down by the UK Supreme Court this week. The Court struck down important parts of the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, passed with the support of all parties except the Tories, …

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Jeremy Corbyn has turned out to be just another Tony Blair
JEREMY Corbyn?s big promise was that he?d be different. He?d be special. He wasn?t a money grasping Tory in Labour drag like the previous New Labour leadership. He had an allotment shed not a tax shelter. Jeremy was going to do all these things that the rank and file of the Labour party had always wanted, all those things like the abolition of the House of Lords, nationalisation of the railways...

Boris Johnson says no deal Brexit closest to will of people
BORIS Johnson was ridiculed yesterday after claiming a no-deal Brexit is the ?closest to what people? wanted when they voted to leave the EU in 2016.

No-deal Brexit lorry rehearsal branded ?a waste of time?
BRITAIN?S no-deal Brexit plans came to life yesterday as 89 lorries practised queueing up in Kent.

Brexit turns ugly as angry Leavers harass politicians
THERE were ugly scenes in Westminster yesterday, with far-right, pro-Brexit protesters shouting down a Remain backing Tory MP and calling her ?Nazi?.

Fears Theresa May could delay Brexit vote yet again
THERESA May has insisted the Commons vote on her delayed Brexit bill will go ahead next week, despite reports that the government is planning on postponing yet again.

SNP demands Tories 'reform' Universal Credit amid roll-out delay
AMBER Rudd has been called to ?reform? Universal Credit as it has ?caused so much misery in Scotland?, following the news the Tories? roll-out has been delayed.

Labour under even more pressure to back People?s Vote after poll
LABOUR are under increasing pressure to back a second EU referendum sooner rather than later, after a huge new poll revealed overwhelming support for the so-called People?s Vote among the party?s supporters.

MPs must be taken seriously, cross-party committee warns Tory Government
THE UK Government has been told to respect the Commons, and take the commands of MPs seriously.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

My Favourite Books of 2018
My Favourite Books of 2018 December 22nd 2018 Gerry Hassan This is a list of my favourite books of the year. It is a totally subjective and idiosyncratic list: made up things I have read, come across, been involved in or inspired by and which have stopped me and made me think. There is a …

My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018
My Favourite Music of the Year: 2018 December 21st 2018 Gerry Hassan This is my fourth year of doing a comprehensive music list of thing I have bought, been listening to, and had come my way in the past year. It has been as usual an eclectic year musically but highlights include the Southside Record …

Memorable Moment of 2018 and Anticipation for 2019
Memorable Moment Living with Two Gentle Giants: Salt and Pepper Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 19th 2018 I have lived with cats since a teenager, but this year I ventured into completely new territory by getting two cats at the same time. They are brothers, from the same litter, half Maine Coon, and were one …

Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist?
Where is Radical Scotland and does it really exist? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 12th 2018 As the United Kingdom seemingly collapses and its political class shows unprecedented incompetence, where stands Scotland? Where is that much talked about sentiment that we are radical, different, and more left-wing than the rest of the UK? For some …

The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain
The Brexit Disaster is an Existential Crisis in the ?Idea? of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 5th 2018 Last week I attended an event at Dundee University on the ideas and impact of the Scottish thinker Tom Nairn. Many of his books were discussed, including his critique of the monarchy, and the insularity of …

This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t
This should be the time for Corbyn?s Labour but so far it isn?t Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 28th 2018 This should be the moment for Corbyn?s Labour. They face a divided, incompetent Tory Government. A party that has lost nine Cabinet ministers in the last year, which has no domestic agenda to speak of, …

The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The Whi...
The Continued Allure of the Beatles and the Sixties and Listening to ?The White Album? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 20th 2018 The Sixties never really went away. We have had the baby boomers and their endless nostalgia about themselves and their youth – followed by the soft disappointment for many of the decades that …

It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution
It was twenty years ago: Scotland, our Parliament and the limits of Devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2018 Twenty years ago Scotland began the devolution era when the Scotland Act 1998, which established the framework for the Scottish Parliament, achieved Royal Assent on 19 November 1998 ? the final parliamentary debate having taken …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Sturgeon warns that Brexit is strengthening case for Scottish independence - ...
Sturgeon warns that Brexit is strengthening case for Scottish independence  The New EuropeanNicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independence  ExpressNicola Sturgeon says she has 'every right' to call another Scottish independence vote  Daily MailNicola Sturgeon: Brexit strengthens case for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanSturgeon: Case for Scottish independen...

Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence -...
Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered?

How Europe sees Brexit ... and Scotland's independence - The National
How Europe sees Brexit ... and Scotland's independence  The NationalTHE fog of Brexit hangs heavy over the affairs of the UK and the Prime Minister's latest sortie to Brussels has done little to distract from the?

Theresa May agrees second EU referendum would make it 'very hard' to resist a...
Theresa May agrees second EU referendum would make it 'very hard' to resist another Scottish independence vote  Telegraph.co.ukTheresa May has agreed that organising a second EU referendum would make it "very hard" to resist Nicola Sturgeon's demands for another independence vote ...

Angus Robertson: Germany is seeing sense in Scottish independence - The National
Angus Robertson: Germany is seeing sense in Scottish independence  The NationalSCOTLAND and Brexit were top of the news agenda in Germany this week. In Berlin the Brexit chaos was top of the running order on regional public?

Brexit: Would an independent Scotland face a hard border with England? - The ...
Brexit: Would an independent Scotland face a hard border with England?  The ScotsmanIndependence in Europe. It was a simple message that voters could understand.

Liam Fox: Second Brexit referendum would give Nicola Sturgeon another Scottis...
Liam Fox: Second Brexit referendum would give Nicola Sturgeon another Scottish independence vote  Telegraph.co.ukLiam Fox has echoed a chorus of senior Scottish Tory warnings that staging a second EU referendum would give Nicola Sturgeon the leverage she needs for ...

PM's Brexit deal only orderly way to leave EU, says Scottish Tory interim lea...
PM's Brexit deal only orderly way to leave EU, says Scottish Tory interim leader  BT.comJackson Carlaw said leaving the EU will pose 'very considerable challenges'.

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Alex Salmond: Rejoining the SNP is my 'intention' after case - The National
Alex Salmond: Rejoining the SNP is my 'intention' after case  The NationalAlex Salmond case exposed splits within SNP ranks  The TimesAlex Salmond case: Former SNP leader?s statement in full  The Scotsman?Apparent bias?: Alex Salmond wins court battle over sexual harassment probe  RTAlex Salmond case: What it means (and what it doesn?t mean)  iNewsView full coverage on Google News

The SNP should emphasise that their party will dissolve upon independence - T...
The SNP should emphasise that their party will dissolve upon independence  The NationalTHE SNP has a prime focus of independence and contains many politicians and members with a range of leanings from left to right. This allows those?

SNP should ?go back to the drawing board? on Usan rail promise - The Courier
SNP should ?go back to the drawing board? on Usan rail promise  The CourierSNP ministers have been told to ?go back to the drawing board? after multi-million-pound plans to overhaul a notorious rail bottleneck near Montrose hit the ...

SNP's cuts to Scots farm payments may have 'disastrous' consequences, warns M...
SNP's cuts to Scots farm payments may have 'disastrous' consequences, warns MP  FarmingUKA North East MP has backed the needs of local farmers after it emerged the SNP Government will make ?disastrous? cuts to lifeline support payments.

Lesley Riddoch: Playing a waiting game on IndyRef2 is dangerous for SNP - The...
Lesley Riddoch: Playing a waiting game on IndyRef2 is dangerous for SNP  The ScotsmanPlaying a waiting game on Indyref2 is dangerous for the SNP ? but so too are its other options, writes Lesley Riddoch. Will the SNP and the cause of ...

Tory MP: 'xenophobic' colleagues have more in common with the SNP than Unioni...
Tory MP: 'xenophobic' colleagues have more in common with the SNP than Unionism  HeraldScotlandA Scottish Tory MP has criticised English Conservative colleagues by saying they have ?more in common? with the SNP than they do with unionism.

SNP Transport Minister admits rail travellers being hit with 'unwelcome' fare...
SNP Transport Minister admits rail travellers being hit with 'unwelcome' fare rises for substandard service  Telegraph.co.ukScotland's Transport Minister has admitted rail travellers have been hit with "unwelcome" fare rises this week despite receiving a substandard *service* from ...

SNP bid to overturn rallying ban imposed in wake of spectators' deaths - Dail...
SNP bid to overturn rallying ban imposed in wake of spectators' deaths  Daily RecordThe government is seeking views on getting top-class motorsports back on public roads following the deaths of four fans at two rallies in 2013 and 2014.

Referendum (Google News)

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Sturgeon will demand a veto for Scotland in second referendum - The Times
Sturgeon will demand a veto for Scotland in second referendum  The TimesNicola Sturgeon seizes on Brexit to launch ANOTHER push for Scottish independence  ExpressNicola Sturgeon says she has 'every right' to call another Scottish independence vote  Daily MailSturgeon warns that Brexit is strengthening case for Scottish independence  The New EuropeanNicola Sturgeon: Brexit strengthens case for S...

'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendu...
'We?re About 46 Percent, We?re Not at 50': Ex-Labour MP on Scottish Referendum  Sputnik InternationalScotland held the first referendum in September 2014, with 55 percent voting "no" to independence. The UK government's poor treatment of Scottish concerns ...

Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence -...
Nicola Sturgeon raises expectations of second vote on Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandNicola Sturgeon has increased the expectations of a bid for a second Scottish referendum in the midst of Brexit, saying independence offered?

Scottish government concedes Salmond probe was ?tainted? - Financial Times
Scottish government concedes Salmond probe was ?tainted?  Financial TimesThe Scottish government on Tuesday accepted that its investigation into alleged misconduct by former first minister Alex Salmond was unfair and ?tainted by ...

Scotland's papers: 'PM's team plots new referendum' and Dooley does it - BBC ...
Scotland's papers: 'PM's team plots new referendum' and Dooley does it  BBC NewsA secret plot for a second vote and Strictly's new glitterball queen are among the stories on the front pages.

PM's Brexit deal only orderly way to leave EU, says Scottish Tory interim lea...
PM's Brexit deal only orderly way to leave EU, says Scottish Tory interim leader  GazetteJackson Carlaw said leaving the EU will pose 'very considerable challenges'.

Angus Robertson: Germany is seeing sense in Scottish independence - The National
Angus Robertson: Germany is seeing sense in Scottish independence  The NationalSCOTLAND and Brexit were top of the news agenda in Germany this week. In Berlin the Brexit chaos was top of the running order on regional public?

Brexit: We failed to learn from independence referendum?s poison ? Donald Cam...
Brexit: We failed to learn from independence referendum?s poison ? Donald Cameron  The ScotsmanThe treatment of Anna Soubry MP by a group of protestors outside the Westminster Parliament was utterly appalling, and the subsequent reaction from all ...

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Nipper Salmond
Well well well
 
I?ve been reading some of the left fascist scum hypocrisy over the last few hours and I must say it?s laughable. The same imbeciles who were up in arms about the alleged Donald Trump allegations are defending and sweeping under the carpet the Alex Salmond allegations
 
It seems that ...

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

The Official President Trump thread

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

What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Thinking politically of course, 2 obvious suggestions immediately spring to mind. Corbyn may very well get his wish for a GE granted sometime during the next 12 months. I'm quite sure that would result in a hung parliament (they should be hung) but if the SNP can win 56 seats again wiping out...

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

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

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

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

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

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

Bad Habits..
So whats your bad habits, or your worst?. Me? Dead easy. I talk under my breath.. Drives my wife nuts. I can't help it. I try to mentally tell myself not to do it, but I end up doing it again without even noticing. Doing it for years.  Anyone else got any bad habits?

Bilingual ma arse...
So today, I drove my mum to a funeral. A very dear friend of hers passed away. The funeral was in Gatineau, Quebec. Just across the river from Ottawa where I live. In Ontario, all traffic signs are in English and French, it's the law. In Quebec, it's French only. What a fuckin disgrace. I got cau...

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

Uk Children Suffered Sexual Abuse On An "industrial Scale"
Children in the UK have suffered sexual abuse on an "industrial scale" with authorities failing to tackle the problem, David Cameron has said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31691061

Gardening.
Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

Billy Connolly... it's OK relax
Saw his telly prog last night. Seemed in not bad nick, certainly better than I've seem him previously and better than the Parkinson story a few months back. There was current footage and old reminiscence footage. It's was nice to see him on telly again but it did give the impression he was tidyin...

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

Book Publishing
I have recently completed a book and the script is currently with Luath press awaiting their verdict. I don't have any unrealistic expectations given I know how difficult it is getting these things into print. I spoke with Ted Christopher on the subject fairly recently and he was pretty scathing ...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??
      Tory Party Hard Right Wing Views on Society Exposed in New Poll Ruth Davidson’s views on society are at odds with her colleagues and her future in the Party is uncertain in the event of a leadership election should Teresa May resign given the findings of a new poll … Continue reading "Tories Confirm Ruth Davidson Has No Future in the Party- But Will She Resign??"

Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Sc...
        Impact of the 2014 and 2016 referendums In the 2014 referendum the affluent North East of Scotland constituencies voted to remain in the UK Union. In the 2016 referendum they voted to leave the EC. In 2016 the Tory party concentrated their political campaigning in the North East … Continue reading "Tory Fisheries Policy Towards Scotland is Decided in Consultation with the Scottish...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
  Truth Will Out The wall of silence may not be able endure much longer. Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan ordered an official investigation into the Institute, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, a target of the Initiative’s critical tweets, seized the issue with some gusto. In a parliamentary debate December 12, she noted the “Integrity Initiative’s” use … Continue reading "red...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
    The “Institute For Statecraft” and “Shared Outcomes Initiatives”   In a summary of a “private discussion” between Chris Donnelly, the Director of the “Institute for Statecraft” and retired British Army officer Gen. Sir Richard Barron, the British Army’s Twitter and Facebook wing, the 77th Brigade is praised for its “exploitation of … Continue reading "reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-...

reds-under-the-beds-mccarthyism-at-fever-pitch-yet-again-democracy-in-danger-...
      13 Dec: 2018:  British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft Craig Murray published his take on events in his blog: (https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/12/british-security-service-infiltration-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-institute-for-statecraft/). Stating: “Having been told where the “Institute for Statecraft” skulk, I...

Reds Under the Beds ? McCarthyism at Fever Pitch Yet again ? Democracy in Da...
    10 Dec 2018: “Anonymous”  Exposes UK’s Cyber Warfare Project On 5 November 2018,  The international hacktivist group “Anonymous” exposed the UK’s “Integrity Initiative” to be an offshoot of the “Institute for Statecraft”. The “Institute”, backed by the secret service was created by London to meddle in other states? domestic affairs.  More details … Continue reading "Reds Under the Beds ...

All you need to know about Unionist rudeboy Andrew Skinner ? The guy from Hag...
  Andrew Skinner   5 Mar 2015: The 2015 General Election Unionist supporters strategy for the 2015 General Election included tactical voting in 30  constituencies aimed at defeating the SNP and stemming the nationalist tide. A group of young Labour party activists, led by Andrew Skinner, spent a morning distributing Tory election campaign leaflets … Continue reading "All you need to know abou...

In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, encumbered by a large group...
      Nov 2014: The 2014 Referendum In the Scottish Independence referendum the voter list included anyone over the age of 16, entered on the current electoral roll, whose place of residence was in Scotland, regardless of nationality. The usual caveats about Service personnel also applied. Voter turnout was 84.59%. The … Continue reading "In 2014 Scotland committed national suicide when, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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