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Tory hierarchy believes Corbyn could still do 2020 deal with Sturgeon
8 Oct 2016 at 12:05am
THE Conservative hierarchy believes that Jeremy Corbyn could attempt to form an anti-Tory alliance with his SNP counterpart Nicola Sturgeon to keep Theresa May from No 10 beyond 2020.

Farron welcomes Sturgeon's remarks on prospect of second EU referendum
8 Oct 2016 at 12:09am
TIM Farron has welcomed remarks from Nicola Sturgeon, suggesting she might be open to supporting a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

SNP's MacNeil in line to chair new Commons committee on international trade
8 Oct 2016 at 12:08am
THE SNP?s Angus Brendan MacNeil is in line to become chairman of the new House of Commons committee for international trade.

Holyrood "engagement" strategy overhauled as visitor numbers hit record low
8 Oct 2016 at 12:13am
AFTER falling out of love with many of its occupants, the public appear to have turned their backs on the Scottish Parliament building as well.

Unspun; Ministerial Relief
8 Oct 2016 at 12:13am
IS rookie Finance Secretary Derek Mackay feeling the strain, Unspun wonders. A day after getting duffed up in the chamber this week over his first budget, he was grilled by a committee about his tiny council tax reforms. Apparently moved by his plight, fellow Nat Kenneth Gibson started the latter session by massaging Mr Mackay?s shoulders, followed by Conservative Graham Simpson doing likewise. When even a Tory feels your pain, you know it?s getting bad.

Scottish Labour urged to embrace "progressive patriotism"
8 Oct 2016 at 12:14am
SCOTTISH Labour needs to embrace ?progressive patriotism? to make a comeback against the SNP, one of the party?s former cabinet ministers has said.

Corbyn strengthens his grip on shadow cabinet but alienates many MPs
7 Oct 2016 at 7:58pm
JEREMY Corbyn has been accused of sowing disunity and discord within Labour?s parliamentary party after filling his new shadow cabinet with mostly loyal supporters on the Left.

May's government accused of "petty chauvinism" over ban on foreign academics ...
7 Oct 2016 at 8:24pm
THERESA May?s government has been accused of ?petty chauvinism? after it was claimed that Whitehall had banned university experts from advising on Brexit because they were foreigners.

SNP MP refuses to apologise over "lazy" journalists remark
7 Oct 2016 at 6:52am
THE SNP?s culture spokesman has refused to apologise for branding Scots journalists ?lazy?.

One in three Labour voters 'backs coalition with SNP'
7 Oct 2016 at 6:52am
ONE in three Labour voters in Scotland favour a deal with the SNP if it helps keep the Conservatives out of power at Westminster, a new survey has revealed.

Tony Blair calls UK a 'one-party state' as he hints at return to front-line p...
7 Oct 2016 at 9:59am
Tony Blair has hinted at a dramatic return to frontline politics as he complained that Labour had succumbed to an ultra-Left culture and Britain was now a "one-party state".

UKip pair could face European Parliament sanctions after 'altercation'
7 Oct 2016 at 3:02pm
The Ukip MEPs involved in an "altercation" on Thursday could have their expenses cut and be suspended from voting, after the European Parliament launched an investigation.

Nicola Sturgeon: there may well be a case for a second Brexit referendum
7 Oct 2016 at 1:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has said there ?may well be? a case for a second Brexit referendum to seek voters' approval for the final deal.

Scottish Government unveils £1m fund to help poorer countries monitor climate...
7 Oct 2016 at 2:26pm
Nicola Sturgeon has announced £1 million of government cash will be spent helping poorer nations monitor climate change, with the First Minister hailing the move as a sign Scotland is an "open, outward-looking country".

Labour moderate Jon Ashworth promoted to shadow health secretary
7 Oct 2016 at 5:34pm
Jon Ashworth, one of the few remaining moderates in the shadow cabinet, has been promoted by Jeremy Corbyn to shadow health secretary, Labour sources said.



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Fears for patients as 999 response times increase
8 Oct 2016 at 12:00am
AMBULANCES are taking longer to respond to patients suffering from life-threatening conditions, new ­figures have revealed.

Lib Dems call on SNP to back push for second EU referendum
7 Oct 2016 at 9:42pm
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called on Nicola Sturgeon to join forces in the fight for a second EU referendum to block Brexit.

Accused in domestic abuse cases may face cross-examination ban
7 Oct 2016 at 9:06pm
Husbands and partners ­facing domestic abuse charges could be banned from cross-examining their alleged victims themselves in court as part of a hardline drive to tackle the issue in Scotland, it has emerged.

College head faces grilling from MSPs
7 Oct 2016 at 6:41pm
Edinburgh College chiefs are to be hauled before MSPs to explain a £5 million black hole in its finances.

Pete Wishart compares Blairites to an incontinent elderly relative
7 Oct 2016 at 6:16pm
SNP MP Pete Wishart has been urged to apologise for a tweet mocking the elderly.

Scots use #WeAreScotland hashtag to hit back at xenophobia
7 Oct 2016 at 4:54pm
People in Scotland are using the #WeAreScotland hashtag to spread a positive message that anyone is welcome in the country regardless of where they are from. The trending hashtag was inspired by Nicola Sturgeon’s reaction to comments made at the Conservative Party conference concerning foreign doctors, international students and EU nationals in the UK.

Moderator calls on time on homelessness
7 Oct 2016 at 3:42pm
A new national strategy to tackle the “demoralising, degrading and dehumanising” blight of homelessness must be introduced in Scotland, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland has said.

John Swinney: Headteachers will not become bureaucrats
7 Oct 2016 at 2:20pm
Education Secretary John Swinney has insisted he does not want to turn headteachers into “bureaucrats or accountants” amid concerns plans to empower them could further increase their workloads.

Jeremy Corbyn defends new shadow cabinet appointments
7 Oct 2016 at 2:05pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow ministers have defended his Cabinet reshuffle, after he was accused of promoting little-known allies over more experienced MPs.

Safety fears over plan to remove Cairn Gorm phone box
7 Oct 2016 at 1:31pm
CAMPAIGNERS have warned BT that plans to save money by removing the UK’s highest telephone box could cost lives.

Ukip?s Steven Woolfe ?sick of croissants? in French hospital
7 Oct 2016 at 1:17pm
Steven Woolfe may be recovering from the altercation with a fellow MEP which left him in hospital, but the Ukip man is not enjoying his enforced diet of continental fare.

Scotland?s fading industrial past chronicled on Twitter
7 Oct 2016 at 12:27pm
They are pictures that capture moments from Scotland’s history that have been stripped of any romantic notions.

SNP gain seat from Labour in Glasgow council by-election
7 Oct 2016 at 12:20pm
The SNP continued its advances in former Labour strongholds by gaining a Glasgow City Council seat from the party.

George Galloway, 62, to become a father again
7 Oct 2016 at 11:32am
FIREBRAND politician George Galloway has announced he is to become a dad again at the age of 62.

Poll: Third of Labour voters back Westminster deal with SNP
7 Oct 2016 at 10:19am
A third of Labour voters in Scotland would back a deal with the SNP if it helped to keep the Tories out of government at Westminster, according to a poll.

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Why Scottish Labour will never recover
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2016 at 9:46pm
Because the party is still stuffed with braindead cockroaches like this: People of North Ayrshire, you’ve got a real prize there. Well done you. The next Scottish council elections are in May next year.

Strange times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2016 at 4:17pm
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How it begins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2016 at 9:02am
It wasn’t easy to find a positive side for this. But we suppose that it’ll at least be bleakly funny, whenever the second independence referendum comes round, watching Labour try to sell a vote for the UK as a vote for internationalist brotherhood and solidarity.

Out comes the whitewash
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2016 at 12:42am
To be honest, readers, we gave up on taking any notice of David Torrance‘s mundane attempts at trolling in the Herald some time ago. But some alert readers pointed us towards this week’s column, suggesting that it was a bald rewriting of history some way beyond their usual bland irritancy. This was the passage they objected to: …

Waiting on the guns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2016 at 8:00pm
The starting pistol hasn’t actually been fired on the two-year Brexit process yet, but now we have a clear statement of when it will be: this morning on The Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister pledged that it would happen before the end of next March. When she gave a speech to the Conservative conference later, …

Learning to fall
by Chris Cairns
1 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

The green and pleasant land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2016 at 5:56pm
The Daily Telegraph just released a video called “100 Reasons Why Brexit Was A Good Thing”. It listed them to a soundtrack of “Jerusalem”, the same song that closed the Labour Party conference earlier this week with its stirring ode to just one of the four nations of the United Kingdom. 100 reasons why #Brexit was …

Just your imagination
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2016 at 1:47pm
From a ridiculous piece by Hadley Freeman in today’s Guardian: Actually, we’re pretty sure it isn’t and we can. While we were compiling Kezia’s Greatest Hits, though, we also stumbled across this, which is our very favourite. It’s from almost exactly a year ago: How things change, eh readers?

Expressway to Lietown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Sep 2016 at 11:24am
Low-wattage Labour list MSP Neil Findlay (rejected by the electorate of Almond Valley by a thumping 8,393 votes in May) puffed himself up to maximum socialism this week and attacked the SNP’s rather more popular Paisley MP Mhairi Black over a Scottish Daily Express story about travel expenses. It might have been an idea if he’d read the …

The voice of unity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 5:48pm
You can see the full unedited Kezia Dugdale interview with Gordon Brewer on today’s Sunday Politics Scotland at this link, so you can verify that the shortened edit below isn’t misrepresenting anything. But if you don’t have time or attention span for the full 20 minutes, this’ll give you the gist without all the desperate …

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MP Dave Anderson remains shadow Scottish Secretary
7 Oct 2016 at 7:31pm
English MP Dave Anderson to remain as Labour's shadow Scottish Secretary as Jeremy Corbyn completes his reshuffle.

Sturgeon announces new Scots-Iceland tourism link
7 Oct 2016 at 12:17pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a new partnership between Scottish and Icelandic tourism bodies during a visit to Reykjavik.

Ministers could intervene in Crofting Commission row
7 Oct 2016 at 3:49pm
Scottish government ministers have the power to intervene in the affairs of the troubled Crofting Commission, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Number of homeless 'unchanged for 20 years'
7 Oct 2016 at 2:28pm
Scotland needs to adopt the Finnish approach to homelessness after figures showed the numbers had remained unchanged for 20 years.

SNP and Lib Dems gain council seats from Labour
7 Oct 2016 at 2:54pm
The SNP and Lib Dems gain council seats previously held by Labour in by-elections in Glasgow and Culloden.

Scottish government to 'block' underground coal gasification
6 Oct 2016 at 3:11pm
The Scottish government says it "cannot support" underground coal gasification (UCG) in the country due to environmental concerns.

Sean Clerkin fined £1,000 for Labour protest
6 Oct 2016 at 5:26pm
Veteran protestor Sean Clerkin is fined £1,000 for gate crashing a Labour event at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

Fraser of Allander report: Brexit could cost 80,000 jobs
6 Oct 2016 at 7:18am
Scotland could lose between 30,000 to 80,000 jobs as a result of Brexit, according to the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Nicola Sturgeon 'committed' to fixing ScotRail problems
6 Oct 2016 at 2:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she is "absolutely committed" to fixing problems on Scotland's railways after being told passengers are "paying more for a shocking service".

Watchdog issues NHS Tayside and NHS 24 cash concerns
6 Oct 2016 at 5:41pm
Scotland spending watchdog says a budget deficit at NHS Tayside and IT woes at NHS 24 are putting pressure on services.

Young people focus in sentencing council guidelines
6 Oct 2016 at 3:12pm
Judges and sheriffs are to be given new guidelines in an attempt to ensure consistency in the sentences they pass.

Cosla: Councils 'should resist education changes'
6 Oct 2016 at 9:56am
One of the most senior figures in Scottish local government is vowing to resist any moves to centralise control of education.

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GAIN! Gallus SNP gallop to greatness in gorgeous Garscadden as lousy Labour ...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2016 at 1:52am
The exact result from the Garscadden and Scotstounhill by-election hasn't been published anywhere yet as far as I can see, but if Twitter is to be believed it's roughly as follows...SNP 43% (+16)La...

Why Theresa May's hard Brexit makes a second indyref almost inevitable
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2016 at 4:10pm
Just a quick note (another one) to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about how the recent ugly hardening of the Tory stance on Brexit has vastly simplified...

Theresa May and her Little Empire of Leftovers
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2016 at 5:33pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article on the TalkRadio website about Theresa May's new (and doomed) imperial zeal, the richly satisfying failure of the Labour coup, and the mi...

53% of public demand that a second independence referendum should be held wit...
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
Apologies for taking several days to write about Sunday's Panelbase poll - I'm still in southern Europe (not for much longer, alas!).  The delay may be just as well, though, because it appears that...

It was convincing, it was captivating...and it was Corbyn (again)
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm
Apologies for recycling my John Motson-inspired headline from last year, but it seems appropriate because Labour have just recycled last year's leadership election result...Labour leadership electi...

Survation sing a song of satisfying solidity as support for independence rema...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2016 at 11:19am
Mr George Eaton's recent musings on Scottish opinion polling are an excellent example of how certain journalists, through either laziness or malice, constantly misrepresent polls to favour their ow...

Off on my travels
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2016 at 8:24am
Good morning from the beating heart of the Evil Empire, aka Victoria Station in central London.  God, it's grim here, and there are Tory voters everywhere.  I should really sit a few of them down a...

It's a statistical tie as "remarkable" Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll puts support...
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2016 at 7:39pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 48%No 52%More details to follow eventually.  I'm physically blogging this from the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow, so it's not straightforward...

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Dundee Waterfront 2016
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8 Oct 2016 at 1:24am
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For non-independence supporters than are anti-conservative: What party do you...
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8 Oct 2016 at 12:50am
Just for everyone who is going to voice in: Don't be a cunt to folk who don't have the same ideology as you unless you have something constructive to add submitted by /u/OkayfinePeter [link...

EU Student living in UK, is planning to study in Glasgow
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7 Oct 2016 at 11:36pm
Hi, I am an EU student who has been living temporarily in London for the last 2,5 years. During this time I have been studying for my MRes and then worked for a while as a part-time. Now I would li...

Brewdog owners change their names to Elvis following legal threat
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7 Oct 2016 at 11:06pm
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So whats your thoughts on the new still game?
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7 Oct 2016 at 9:58pm
It started off prety tame but grew into itself, especially at the bath scenes i was greetin at. Although some jokes were poorly done, especially the bar banter, i liked the addition of new characte...

Neil McLeod: Independence gives Scotland a spark of hope as the Tories descen...
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7 Oct 2016 at 9:25pm
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How my mate usually dresses but I've been telling everyone it is in tribute t...
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7 Oct 2016 at 8:38pm
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So whats the Odds on Still Game breaking the BBC scotland viewing figure record?
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7 Oct 2016 at 7:45pm
Far as i can tell the current record is 1.3 million, recorded at Hogmany 2005. submitted by /u/Jaymesharris96

Theresa May, the end of Empire State Britain and the death of Unionism
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7 Oct 2016 at 6:13pm
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7 Oct 2016 at 6:03pm
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7 Oct 2016 at 5:42pm
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7 Oct 2016 at 4:36pm
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New call for clarity on MSP?s expenses
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Labour suffer double by-election blow after losing two council seats to the S...
by David Clegg
7 Oct 2016 at 5:04pm
THE loss of a Glasgow ward to the SNP in the Labour Party's traditional heartland will be of particular concern ahead of the local authority elections next year.

George Galloway to become a dad for the fifth time at the age of 62
by Stuart Macdonald
7 Oct 2016 at 4:10pm
THE former MP's fourth wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, who is 30 years his junior, is expecting a baby.

'Handbags at dawn': Mike Hookem plays down Steven Woolfe incident and claims ...
by Record Reporter
7 Oct 2016 at 10:31am
THE 49-year-old will stay in hospital for at least another two days as an investigation into what happened gets underway.

US Presidential election debates 2016 schedule: Dates, UK times and how to wa...
by Mikey Smith
7 Oct 2016 at 8:24am
Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will go head to head in a series of live televised debates. Here's everything you need to know

Tories are more nasty than nice after a dark week for British politics, says ...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
OUR political editor reflects on a week of brutal anti-immigrant rhetoric at the tory conference, followed by UKIP violence in Brussels.

'What I really, really want ...' Tony Blair is 'stuck in the 90s' with his ca...
by Andy Philip
7 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
THE former Prime Minister has been slated after saying Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing agenda will fail to attract voters while urging Labour to adopt his old policies.

Record View: The appalling comments of Amber Rudd put her on the wrong side o...
by Record View
6 Oct 2016 at 10:32pm
OUR editorial takes aim at the vile anti immigrant rhetoric at Tory party conference, and applauds the stances taken against it so far.

Sigourney Weaver says Donald Trump is far scarier than any monster in her Ali...
by Laura Harding
6 Oct 2016 at 9:26pm
THE 66-year-old actress shot to fame taking on terrifying space beasts but reckons threat from Republican Presidential hopeful is a real danger.

Nicola Sturgeon urges companies to boycott 'disgraceful' Tory plans to list f...
by Andy Philip
6 Oct 2016 at 9:02pm
FIRST MINISTER Sturgeon took aim at Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd after she said firms should disclose the percentage of foreign workers.

French president warns Britain that Europe will not soften its stance as hard...
by Record Reporter
6 Oct 2016 at 9:00pm
PRESIDENT Francois Hollande says UK Prime Minister Theresa May has chosen a hard Brexit and that the rest of Europe will stand firm in negotiations.

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The Hounds Unleashed
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation. One of them hit me tonight. Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a …

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …

by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 135 ? Richard Walker of The National
by michaelgreenwell
13 Sep 2016 at 1:05pm
For the 135th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Richard Walker. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting Scottish independence. We talked about those decisions and why they …

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Removing Bus Tickets from Badgers Ears
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Oct 2016 at 1:54pm
Dear Catherine Graham, I am writing to apologise for making you cry, twice, whilst you were on stage at the Arts club and we had only just met. To my considerable surprise I am now sixty four, and whilst I have often made women cry, never twice within five minutes of our first meeting. You …

Has the EU a Future without the UK?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Oct 2016 at 1:36pm
In recent weeks much attention has focused on the emerging policy of UK?s new International Trade Department, with Secretary of State Liam Fox?s recent speech setting a clear preference for the UK moving towards WTO rules, resulting in the response from former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that this approach to so called ?free trade? …

How has the Brexit vote altered your view of Britain? #EU2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Oct 2016 at 2:43pm
In the next of our series asking European citizens living in Scotland about their response to Brexit, Emanuele de Vito writes… My idea of Britain before the Brexit vote was of a profoundly divided place, with different cultures and attitudes existing on either sides of the border. The Brexit vote hasn?t changed that. In fact, …

Mayday Warning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2016 at 8:30pm
Theresa May?s speech today, and the whole tenor of the Conservative Party conference, marks a profound shift in the relationship between politics and economics in the UK. Britain?s exit from the EU has been the trigger, but make no mistake – this is part of a global shift that no country will be spared from. …

Scots: Oor European Leid
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2016 at 4:54pm
As oor First Meenister speiks tae Europeans baith at hame an abroad, ah wunner whither ony o thaim wad recognise ane or twa wirds that she micht weel yaise. The Auld Alliance hus gien us the lyks o: ?tassie? (tasse), ?tae fash? (fâcher), and ashet (assiette). Fae freens in The Netherlands, we hae the verb …

New Media Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2016 at 4:05pm
A Media Free of ?The Axis of Corruption: Westminster, The City and the Media Establishment?: Scotland?s Independent Future Will Depend on It by John O?Dowd. The Radical Independence Conference (Glasgow 1st October) featured a fascinating session on the relationships between Money-Power, politics and the media. Entitled ?The Axis of Corruption: Westminster, The City and the …

Brexit Means Racism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2016 at 11:20am
Hatred is spewing out of the Conservative conference and the wider English political culture. Till now most of it has been avoided, ignored or tolerated with embarrassment. After John Cleese’s outburst – and some of you may be steadying yourself understanding Fraser Nelson in his new role as Spartacus – senior Herald journalists responded by …

10 Reflections from RIC 2016
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2016 at 4:20pm
On Saturday the Radical Independence Campaign held what will be looked back on as an important staging post in positioning the pro-independence left in relation to the complex months and years ahead. Hundreds of people from across the country, and internationally gathered to put the latest phase of the crisis of the British state into …

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Scottish government calls for end to work programme sanctions
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
5 Oct 2016 at 8:11pm
Minister calls on UK to confirm that Scots taking part in voluntary work should be exempt from having benefits stoppedThe Scottish government is pressing Westminster to ensure that people taking part in voluntary work programmes in the country?s newly devolved social security system do not have t...

Ruth Davidson to tell Tories May has 'helped women at every turn'
by Rowena Mason and Anushka Asthana
5 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Scottish Conservative leader to defend PM?s activism for women and hints she might want to serve in future May cabinetRuth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has hinted she could want to serve in Theresa May?s cabinet in future, as she defended the prime minister against Labour accusatio...

Scotland could gain greater independence via Brexit, Holyrood told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Oct 2016 at 6:00pm
Prof Alan Page tells MSPs that striking right deal after leaving EU may give more power over farming, fishing and industrial policyScotland stands to gain significant levels of independence over farming, fisheries and areas of industrial policy if it can strike the right deal with UK ministers af...

Ruth Davidson rules out backing grammar schools in Scotland
by Rowena Mason and Peter Walker
3 Oct 2016 at 8:34pm
Theresa May?s selective education plan ?won?t be in any manifesto that I write?, says leader of Scottish ConservativesRuth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has ruled out backing a return for grammar schools in Scotland, despite Theresa May pushing for more selective education i...

May says workers' rights will be protected as long as she is PM - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
2 Oct 2016 at 6:48pm
Rolling coverage of all the day?s developments at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, including Theresa May?s speech on Brexit and her interview with Andrew MarrMay?s interview with Marr - Snap verdictMarr?s interview with Marr - SummaryMay?s Brexit speech - Summary and analysisAfternoon s...

Asylum seekers in Scotland at risk of being moved to England
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
29 Sep 2016 at 6:30pm
Closure of Dungavel centre and lack of planning mean people will be taken away from support networks, campaigners sayVulnerable asylum seekers are at risk of being ?funnelled? out of Scotland and away from family, friends and legal representation under detention plans that are being challenged by...

SNP MP Chris Law held over alleged financial irregularities
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Sep 2016 at 2:53pm
Pro-independence Dundee West MP is third recently elected SNP MP linked to police investigationsPolice have detained and questioned Chris Law, the MP for Dundee West, over alleged financial irregularities with his pro-Scottish independence tour in a repainted green goddess fire engine.Law, who wa...

North Sea oil difficulties unlikely to go away, says Mark Carney
by Angela Monaghan
28 Sep 2016 at 9:43am
Bank of England governor warns that ?challenging environment?, which has seen revenues plunge, is likely to persistPressure on the North Sea oil industry is likely to persist, according to the Bank of England governor, as the sharp drop in prices takes its toll on the wider economy.Mark Carney su...

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Labour, mair shite than maist
A few months ago just before the Holyrood elections I passed a Labour canvasser in the streets of the East End of Glasgow, trying to persuade a young woman to vote for his discredited party. “Nae chance,” said the woman, “youse are mair shite than maist.” Labour’s keeching itself about next year’s council elections. They …

The two states of quantum Ruth
Ruth Davidson is a living breathing example of quantum theory, a living demonstration that it is in fact possible to be in two states simultaneously. And in that respect she is the very embodiment of Scottish Unionism. There she was just a short time ago, basking the adulation of the Foreigners Are Bad party in …

In the darkness of the storm, we can see the rainbow
You might think that with a Brexit vote supported by just 52% of those who voted that the Tories would go slowly and carefully on their plans to take the UK out of Europe. You might think that they’d be concerned to ensure that they gained the support of the whole country. You might think …

A jam of its own creation
Isn’t Brexit great? It’s creating loads of job opportunities for Britain’s young people. Now your kids can aspire to do all those minimum wage backbreaking unskilled agricultural labouring jobs that East European migrants used to do. Isn’t that marvellous? You thought that little Katie might go into engineering, but no, her country needs her to …

It?s time to grasp the thistle
Watching May in action is like being transported back in time to the Thatcher era. We’ve got a female prime minister who’s channelling a matron with a lubeless enema, and we’ve got a Tory government that blatantly doesn’t give a toss about what Scotland wants without even bother to hide it with a veneer of …

Overwhelmingly yes
On the eve of the Tory party conference in the picturesque UKIP voting village of Frothing-at-the-Mouth, Theresa May has graced Scotland with a few words. Well one word really, repeated several times. And that word is NO. No, Scotland, you shouldn’t have another independence referendum, said Theresa. The question, according to Theresa, isn’t whether there …

Doing it for ourselves
Following the news that the police have now formally charged Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry, the infamously litigious George Galloway has announced his decision to stand as a candidate for the Westminster seat of Glasgow East. According to the Herald a source close to the Gorgeous One said that the lycra clad cat impersonator and …

End of. Full Stop.
Isn’t it funny how things change in a couple of years. A couple of years ago the merest hint from European leaders that they’d prefer no changes to the existing settlement were spun into massive threats to veto Scottish membership of the EU. In fact even when those European representatives were talking about something else …

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#WeAreScotland - Scots hit back at Tories? ugly vision of Brexit
PEOPLE of all backgrounds and all countries joined together to declare #WeAreScotland yesterday.

New powers will not 'turn headteachers into accountants', Education Secretary...
NEW powers for schools will not turn headteachers into ?bureaucrats or accountants?, John Swinney has insisted.

Aberdeen University academic uncovers the lie behind book proclaiming Hitler ...
IT was the book which made Adolf Hitler out to be an almost Christ-like figure and hugely boosted his profile in 1920s Germany. But now it appears as though the supposed biographer of the future Fuhrer was Hitler himself.

Borders set for one of the world's first ?kite power' plants
A RENEWABLE energy firm plans to create one of the world?s first kite power stations in Scotland.

Mother threatened with deportation given extra time to apply for new visa
A MOTHER-of-two who was facing deportation from the UK has been given extra time to apply for a visa that would allow her to stay with her family in the Highlands.

Scots warned to reject blood and soil nationalism
SCOTS must reject blood and soil nationalism or be doomed to disaster, says philosopher Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Nicola Sturgeon promises push for closer ties with northern neighbours as she...
NICOLA Sturgeon stressed Scotland is doing everything in its power to remain in the single market in the face of Brexit, as she announced a new partnership with Iceland, the two nations planning to work together on improving tourism, climate change a

Home Secretary Amber Rudd?s plans for foreign worker lists would ?contravene?...
LEADING Scottish employment lawyer Peter O?Donnell has warned that UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd?s plans to force companies to draw up a list of foreign workers could contravene race relations and anti-discrimination at work laws, writes Janice Bu

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Syria ? Assad ? Putin ? Allepo ? A Brutal War of Smoke ? Mirrors and Bombs ? ...
    Ayman Asfari and his boat         Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That?s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria – Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the “Syria Campaign” leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government. The shadowy “Syria Campaign” which is … Continue reading Syria – Assad – Putin – Allepo – A Brutal War of...

Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again ? There will be a Full Sturgeon Moon...
              The Next Scottish Independence referendum. There are some who think that another referendum is inevitable and will be sparked by the negative outcomes of Brexit negotiations within the next 2 years. If this is to be the case then activists within the pro-independence movement would be wise to … Continue reading Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again – There will be a Full Sturge...

bbc ? Sex ? drugs ? parties ? orgies ? chemsex ? Meow Meow ? Can it really be...
              The BBC and Drugs The BBC is the world’s largest broadcaster. It is funded by a compulsory annual TV licence fee. BBC output includes TV, radio, websites and magazines. Its reputation has been badly tarnished in recent years by a series of high-profile controversies involving drugs and sex … Continue reading bbc – Sex – drugs – parties – orgies – chemsex – Meow Meow – Can it reall...

A UK General Election is Closer than you think ? Time then to analyse just ho...
              Scotland – Look to the future but reflect on the recent past There is every chance the Tory government will call a General Election just as soon as they have completed boundary changes reducing the number of seats at Westminster from 650 to 600. The change will favour … Continue reading A UK General Election is Closer than you think – Time then to analyse just how the Tory Party w...

BBC Announce major changes ? Labour Party consolidates control over televisio...
              Oor lovable wee ken to be the newly created – Director of Nations and Regions – howzat that for a title??? (The title is to be formally challenged  and shortened since presenters on “Pointless” and William Hague at the time of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow advised the … Continue reading BBC Announce major changes – Labour Party consolidates control over television and radio me...

Henry Hendron ? Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by th...
              What attraction does the Tory Party, London and Westminster hold for young gay men?  London is a cesspit of crime, vice, drugs, sex and politicians of all ages and sex who prey on immature and impressionable youngsters. The churn factor is high with many reported deaths and casualties … Continue reading Henry Hendron – Intelligent-Ambitious-Destined to Succeed-But Destroyed by the...

Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany ? Scottish Tories to Back Independence in the ...
      Scottish Tories increasingly restless about Brexit In the months following the outcome of the European Union referendum Ruth Davidson and her Tory party colleagues in Scotland have been significantly reticent about getting involved in the political scene in Scotland. It appears to be the case that many MSP’s and Party activists in … Continue reading Ruth Davidson Has an epiphany – Scotti...

The Labour Part in Scotland ? So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!!
            So This is What Harmony Looks Like!!!!   Evidence Kezia Dugdale and the Labour Party in Scotland are not singing from the same song-sheet. The under-noted 13 local Councillors backed Owen Smith in the recently run Labour Party leadership contest. Revealing where her small power-base is located and how … Continue reading The Labour Part in Scotland – So This is What Harmony Looks Lik...

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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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

Gerry Hassan

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

Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism
Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 7th 2016 The Tory conference tried to sail on as if the sea wasn?t turbulent and choppy, with the ship heading for the rocks. Tory statecraft, élan, even class confidence, have all contributed to this along with …

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Scotland and Independence

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Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from May and Brexit now ...

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Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from May and Brexit now
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In the finest traditions of London imperialism, May has ignored the 62% Remain victory north of the border. James Kelly. By James Kelly. October 6, 2016 16:03 BST. Theresa May Scottish meeting Close. Embed Feed Theresa May: 'As far as I'm concerned the ...

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years - Irish Independent

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years
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Each of them took their movements closest to their respective aims: Home Rule in Parnell's case, and Scottish independence in Salmond's. And each of them failed in their ultimate objective - though Salmond will say his mission remains very much ...

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MEP: Hard Brexit 'makes Scottish independence more difficult'
A 'hard' Brexit makes Scottish independence more difficult because it would force the reintroduction of border customs controls with England, a senior MEP has warned a Holyrood inquiry. Labour's David Martin said it would ?not be good news? if a ...
Ruth Davidson: Scottish Tories 'out and proud'BBC News

Union Flag goes up in flames in Scotland: Fury as independence ... - Express....
Union Flag goes up in flames in Scotland: Fury as independence ...
TWITTER users have reacted furiously to a video posted online appearing to show an independence campaigner setting fire to the Union flag in Glasgow.
'Will somebody help me?' Hardline Scottish independence activist

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Robin McAlpine: I'm changing sides ? it's time to get it done - CommonSpace

Robin McAlpine: I'm changing sides ? it's time to get it done
THE summer's events have divided the independence movement into two rough categories. We've always all believed that Scottish independence will come sooner or later, but the talk of referendums being 'highly likely' within the next 'two years' has ...

Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
?In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Scotland's contrasting position with much of the rest of Britain, the SNP would have hoped for more of an uplift in support for Scottish independence,? Tom Costley, head of Kantar TNS in Scotland, said in a ...
Ruth Davidson: Scottish independence 'not inevitable'BBC News

Neil McLeod: Independence gives Scotland a spark of hope as the Tories descen...

Neil McLeod: Independence gives Scotland a spark of hope as the Tories descend into hellish xenophobia
ON Monday night in his hotel room at the Tory party conference, Michael Gove tweeted his belief that Mrs Brown's boys is "comedy genius", and on Tuesday Jim Davidson was in attendance at the conference. This all seemed perfectly in keeping with a ...

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Brexit effect lessening on Scottish independence preference - Scotsman

Brexit effect lessening on Scottish independence preference
The poll found that 15 per cent of respondents, who had voted for the SNP in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, would vote No in a second Scottish independence referendum. First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon continues to retain a high ...
Poll shows mixed picture on scottish independence referendum anniversa...


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'Greatest folly' warning as Labour seeks hope in symbolic by-election defeat ...

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'Greatest folly' warning as Labour seeks hope in symbolic by-election defeat
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Steven Purcell, who ran the city for five years before resigning in controversial circumstances, warned his party against under-estimating the significance of the SNP's fifth successive by-election win in Glasgow and the struggle it will face elsewhere ...

Wee Ginger Dug: Life's a brawl for Ukip, but maybe not much fun for the rest ...

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Wee Ginger Dug: Life's a brawl for Ukip, but maybe not much fun for the rest of us
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According to some of the frothier Unionist commentators, the cancerous growth of vicious xenophobic nationalism in the Tory Party is the fault of the SNP for allowing nationalism to gain a foothold in politics. But then everything is the fault of the ...

Letters I: Don't let Scotland sleepwalk along the road to a hard Brexit - The...

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Letters I: Don't let Scotland sleepwalk along the road to a hard Brexit
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... al at the Tory party conference and the reports of the disastrous effects looming for Scotland post-Brexit, that only those too wilfully blind, too stupid or too entrenched in dogmatic hatred of the SNP can ignore the calamity facing our country as ...

#WeAreScotland - Scots hit back at Tories' ugly vision of Brexit - The National

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#WeAreScotland - Scots hit back at Tories' ugly vision of Brexit
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Countless messages followed, creating the SNP's first ever Twitter ?moment?. Massage therapist Sally Chamness posted a picture of her family, writing: ?This is my American husband & our 3yo daughter. We chose Scotland as the place to raise our family, ...

SNP MPs make Germany trip to boost EU backing - The National

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SNP MPs make Germany trip to boost EU backing
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SNP MPs met German counterparts this week in a bid to build up support for Scotland maintaining a relationship with the EU. Lisa Cameron, Philippa Whitford, and Drew Hendry met with Peter Altmaier, chief of the German Chancellery and one of Angela ...

Get a grip ? the budget's fair drawing in - The Times (subscription)

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Get a grip ? the budget's fair drawing in
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The light is weak, and faltering, but it's enough to suggest that, some day, it may be able to illuminate what the SNP minority government is up to. Having lost their parliamentary majority in May, the Nationalists can no longer ram through legislation ...

Taxpayers to shoulder £31m bill as tidal energy firms sink - Herald Scotland

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Taxpayers to shoulder £31m bill as tidal energy firms sink
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Now the second huge loss in as many years has prompted fresh questions over the SNP Government's energy strategy and sparked doubts over its claim that Scotland can become ?the Saudi Arabia of tidal power?. Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone ...

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Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from May and Brexit now
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Only an independence referendum can protect Scotland from Brexit now. In the finest traditions of London imperialism, May has ignored the 62% Remain victory north of the border. James Kelly. By James Kelly. October 6, 2016 16:03 BST ...
Sturgeon raises prospec...

Ruth Davidson: Scottish Tories 'out and proud' - BBC News

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Ruth Davidson: Scottish Tories 'out and proud'
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Ms Davidson also urged Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to rule out a second independence referendum. She told delegates on the final day of the conference: "The majority have no wish to return to the divisions of the past - we want to seize the ...
Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon does not speak for Scotland over independence re...

Scotland's referendum passion fades -
Scotland's referendum passion fades
After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...
Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2BBC News

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Scottish comic Danny Bhoy on what Scots really think of Trump - Toronto Sun

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Scottish comic Danny Bhoy on what Scots really think of Trump
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?The thing is, since the Scottish referendum, politics dominated my consciousness. It's been a really strange two years, starting with that referendum, then the general election ? and the polls were way off on that. And then we had the EU referendum ...

Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 2018 - BBC News

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Salmond predicts indyref 2 will happen in autumn 2018
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Former first minister Alex Salmond has suggested a second referendum on Scottish independence could be held in two years time. In a column in the National newspaper, he said he has "little doubt" the "next test is coming". He said that his "guess" on ...
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers Brexit...

Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means - Huffington Post

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Scotland Tells London: Give Us Clarity On What Brexit Means
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After Britain's vote to leave the EU, Sturgeon said Scotland may seek another independence referendum - something that could split the world's fifth largest economy apart just as it attempts to go it alone outside the European bloc. A supporter of EU ...
Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence refe...

'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years' - The Hindu

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'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years'
The Hindu
Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the U.K. is growing, a former Scottish First Minister predicts. Henry McLeish said Scotland's future would ...

Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years - Irish Independent

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Brexit means another Scottish independence vote in two years
Irish Independent
... and Scottish independence in Salmond's. And each of them failed in their ultimate objective - though Salmond will say his mission remains very much unfinished business, despite the failure of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.
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The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

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!

Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....   Latest odds:

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 ...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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

Black Friday - financial crash thread
Thought I'd create a thread for the upcoming financial crash. Sterling has fallen 8% and reports are the FTSE is expected to open 9% down. Will it be a sustained drop leading to a recession or a temporary blip? Keep all 'traders jumping out of windows chat in here please'

Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

Weird Neighbours
The guy that lives three doors down from me has been out the back for nearly three hours now just swinging a golf club aimlessly about. He's married with a kid and that's how he spends his time most nights  Five doors down lives a guy who's always fannying about in the garden with a big chains...

Peter Hook And The Light
Whilst Peter Hook and The Light are little more than a covers band and Hooky isn't the greatest singer in the world (though no worse than Barney) they put on a fantastic show at the Glasgow School of Art last night, one of the most enjoyable gigs I've been to for years. Played the New Order songs...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Schools to make list of 'foreign' children
Been seeing some stuff on twitter about schools asking parents to provide info regarding where their kids were ? Is this happening in Scotland ? Not heard a peep from our local school.

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

Tamb Cycling Thread
Just like the running thread but with bikes.Are there any cyclists on the TAMB?What bike do you have?What apps do you use?Favourite routes? etc etc...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

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Energy Saving Trust: 2015 saw biggest increase in renewable heat output since...

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Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...