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Most Scots would regret Brexit leading to break-up of UK, says poll
8 Oct 2018 at 5:34pm
A majority of Scots would regret Brexit if it led to the break-up of the United Kingdom but a majority of the English would not, a new survey suggests.

No 10 dampens down expectations of Brexit breakthrough next week
8 Oct 2018 at 1:46pm
DOWNING Street have downplayed talk of a Brexit breakthrough at next week?s EU summit.

May slaps down Sturgeon over indyref2, urging FM to "respect" 2014 vote
8 Oct 2018 at 9:57am
THERESA May has slapped down Nicola Sturgeon, saying the First Minister should ?respect? the result of the 2104 independence referendum and made clear she would not facilitate another vote on Scotland?s future in this parliament.

Passengers don't care about using old trains, insists ScotRail boss
8 Oct 2018 at 4:35pm
PASSENGERS "don't care how old their trains are", ScotRail's boss has insisted ? as he admitted carriages on a new high-speed train roll-out are up to four decades old.

Scotland?s £45bn UK export market is a ?weakness?, says SNP MSP
8 Oct 2018 at 11:59am
THE DOMINANCE of Scotland's £45 billion export market with the rest of the UK is a weakness and not a strength, a senior SNP MSP has said.

Sturgeon moves away from announcing a ?precise timescale? on a second referendum
7 Oct 2018 at 8:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has appeared to move away from announcing a ?precise timescale? on a second referendum this autumn, saying she will merely set out the ?next steps? instead.

Misogyny could become a distinct hate crime in Scotland
7 Oct 2018 at 8:25pm
MISOGYNY could become a distinct hate crime in Scotland as part of efforts to tackle the wave of abuse directed at women on social media, the Justice Secretary has announced.

SNP cut TV feed from conference after argument
7 Oct 2018 at 6:41pm
THE SNP cut off the TV feed from its conference after a delegate got into a heated argument with the party chair on the main stage and accused him of ?lying?.

Poll: 50% of Scots would vote for independence after Brexit
7 Oct 2018 at 12:09am
A new opinion poll has found that 50% of voters would back Scottish independence in a referendum after the UK leaves the European Union.

Sturgeon throws support behind referendum on Brexit deal
7 Oct 2018 at 12:00pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has said her MPs will vote for a second referendum on Brexit after a new poll showed the vast majority of SNP members want one.

John McDonnell compares Scottish Labour infighting to divisions that nearly t...
7 Oct 2018 at 12:09am
LABOUR?s shadow chancellor has likened the problems faced by Scottish party leader Richard Leonard to the attempts to destabilise Jeremy Corbyn.

Paul Hutcheon: Nicola Sturgeon is a leader in need of a vision
7 Oct 2018 at 12:07am

SNP veteran criticises party proposal to make it easier to suspend members
7 Oct 2018 at 12:07am
A former SNP Cabinet Secretary has criticised proposals which would make it easier for the party to suspend members in the wake of the Alex Salmond sexual harassment row.

Labour general secretary to face MSPs in showdown over Dugdale row
7 Oct 2018 at 5:08am
THE top Labour official who withdrew support for paying Kezia Dugdale?s legal bills in her court battle against a pro-independence blogger is to face party MSPs at a Holyrood showdown.

Poll: Huge support among SNP members for Brexit referendum
7 Oct 2018 at 12:07am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon is under mounting pressure to back a referendum on Brexit after a new opinion poll found overwhelming support for the idea from SNP members.



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Scottish government to seek new advice on climate change targets
8 Oct 2018 at 5:42pm
The Scottish Government will seek fresh independent advice on its climate change targets after a new report warned countries must take “unprecedented” action to slash carbon emissions.

Mike Russell: Scotland must look at ways to hold referendum without Westminster
8 Oct 2018 at 5:07pm
Scotland must look at ways to stage an independence referendum without approval from Westminster as Theresa May continues to block the process, the Scottish Government’s Brexit Secretary has said.

Poll: Majority of Scots want Holyrood to have power over Scottish independenc...
8 Oct 2018 at 4:07pm
A majority of Scots say Holyrood should have the right to decide on holding a fresh referendum on independence, a new poll has found.

People?s Vote march: full list of celebrities funding coaches for people atte...
8 Oct 2018 at 2:51pm
More than 20 celebrities have signed up to pay for people across Britain to travel to London for free to attend a march in support of a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson reveals where Royal Navy?s Clyde-built fri...
8 Oct 2018 at 2:33pm
Speculation over where the Royal Navy’s new breed of Scottish-built frigates will be based has come to an end this morning with an announcement by defence secretary Gavin Williamson.

John Swinney brands the scrapping of Primary One test a ?disgrace?
8 Oct 2018 at 1:58pm
John Swinney has branded the recent Holyrood vote to scrap Primary One tests in schools a “disgrace” and insisted that political opponents don’t have the best interests of children at heart.

Angus MacNeil: Westminster approval not needed for Scottish independence vote
8 Oct 2018 at 1:31pm
A senior Nationalist has said Scotland could seek independence without the approval of Westminster to stage a referendum on leaving the UK.

'Let Old Britain die', Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price tells SNP
8 Oct 2018 at 1:15pm
The new leader of Plaid Cymru has called on voters to ‘let the old Britain die’ in the wake of Brexit.

All Under One Banner marchers praise police for ?outstanding? management of r...
8 Oct 2018 at 12:33pm
Edinburgh was home to one of the largest ever independent marches on Sunday with tens of thousands descending on the Capital.

Nicola Sturgeon: Second Brexit vote does not set precedent for Scottish indep...
8 Oct 2018 at 11:43am
A second referendum on Brexit would not set a precedent for the way Scotland would become independent, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Jonny Hughes: How peat bogs could help save us from climate change
8 Oct 2018 at 11:05am
Peat bogs aren’t perhaps the most glamorous habitats on the planet, but they are some of the most important. Just look at the numbers. Peatlands cover just three per cent of global land surface area yet contain twice the carbon contained in all the world’s forests.

SNP Westminster leader claims Scotland is ?sick? of Conservative government
8 Oct 2018 at 9:31am
People in Scotland are “sick” of being told what to do by the Conservative government, the SNP’s Westminster leader will tell the party conference.

Humza Yousaf: Misogyny could be made a hate crime
8 Oct 2018 at 7:56am
A new crime targeting sexist behaviour could be introduced in Scotland as part of a drive to crack down on “ingrained” levels of misogyny across the country, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf told delegates at the SNP conference yesterday.

Lesley Riddoch: Yes confidence for Scottish independence at all-time high
8 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
An extraordinary thing happened in Edinburgh this weekend. Around 100,000 people marched peacefully through the city centre to express support for Scottish independence – with virtually no serious analysis.

Brian Monteith: How Chequers became the white elephant in the room
8 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
I cannot remember a Conservative Party conference so lacking in inspiration or hope. If there had been no campaigning by party members for the Prime Minister to “#ChuckChequers” and no packed fringe meetings listening to the likes of Owen Paterson, Priti Patel, David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg it would not have seemed like a political gathering at all – and have offered little reason to attend.

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The definition of insanity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2018 at 12:56pm
A famous quote commonly attributed to Albert Einstein (and hotly disputed, as always, by point-missing Quote Nazis), runs that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. It’s been bouncing around our heads for the last couple of days, because with the SNP annual conference in full …

The Unofficial Idiot World Championships
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2018 at 10:49am
Alert readers will be aware that while the absolutely mind-numbing empirical stupidity of Scotland’s latest batch of Unionist MPs and MSPs is a recurring theme on Wings, we’ve never attempted to place it on any sort of formal footing. And to be honest, that sort of laziness on our part is no longer sustainable. Because …

The Slide
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2018 at 12:33pm
Especially alert readers may have noticed that we’ve had a new page on Wings for a while, maintaining a current list of Scottish newspaper circulations. We were just checking it today and noticed that – seemingly unreported anywhere – the Scottish “regionals” had had their biannual figures published, so we thought we may as well …

Grapes are the sourest fruit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2018 at 8:29pm
Tens of thousands of people had a party in Edinburgh today. They caused no trouble, spat on no priests, and everyone involved had a ball. And for some reason that really, really upset Unionists. Although in fairness, the ultra-Yoon hardcore had a great turnout too. If you’re having a wee drink in an Edinburgh pub …

Ship of fools
by Chris Cairns
6 Oct 2018 at 6:59am

The Ungrateful Nation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2018 at 12:18pm
The plugin which normally embeds our Twitter feed on the Wings front page still isn’t working (doubtless because Twitter have made yet more spiteful and idiotic changes to their API), so those of you who don’t use the social media platform may have missed out on a gem this morning from everyone’s favourite Labour ultra-moderate. …

The fine art of self-delusion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2018 at 4:56pm
When the news is slow, we sometimes steel ourselves and go for a little paddle in the Yoonstream – a private collection of the most unhinged hardcore-Unionist accounts on Twitter – and see what they’re getting themselves all worked up about. For a good few months now, they’ve all been posting mad graphs like this: …

Anatomy Of A Thicko
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2018 at 11:42am
For our money – and by an admittely wafer-thin margin over the likes of Annie Wells, Miles Briggs, Alex Cole-Hamilton and James Kelly – Tory list MSP Jamie Greene is still the lowest-watt bulb in the Scottish Parliament’s festival of lights. (Our alerter readers may have spotted that that’s an official watermarked Scottish Conservatives pic, so that’s them making him …

Half the news fit to print
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Oct 2018 at 12:47pm
It’s probably time we started collecting all the media articles from the last couple of weeks about our ongoing legal battle with former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, because it’s getting increasingly hard to plough through them all. The story that Labour were pulling Dugdale’s legal funding was first broken by the Huffington Post on 19 September. Below …

One tired eyebrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2018 at 11:48am
We honestly don’t think they even see it, folks. We truly don’t.

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Brexit 'boosts case for Scottish independence'
8 Oct 2018 at 1:54pm
The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford told his party's conference that "Scotland deserves better".

New advice sought on Scotland's climate change bill
8 Oct 2018 at 10:19am
The Scottish government will ask independent experts if UN's latest assessment requires new targets.

Brexit: SNP would back 'People's Vote' calls, says Sturgeon
7 Oct 2018 at 7:51pm
The 35 MPs would increase Commons support for another EU vote - but the government has ruled one out.

Thousands march in Edinburgh for Scottish independence
6 Oct 2018 at 6:09pm
A mass rally at Holyrood Park at the end of the march went ahead despite an earlier ban.

November date set for Brexit court case
5 Oct 2018 at 5:25pm
The European Court of Justice will consider next month whether Brexit can be halted if MPs vote to do so.

Scottish health board debts to be written off
4 Oct 2018 at 9:03pm
Scotland's health boards will have their debts written off by the government as part of a new financial setup.

Sarwar and Baillie out in Scottish Labour reshuffle
4 Oct 2018 at 5:44pm
Two of Scottish Labour's most prominent MSPs are sacked from the party's front bench team.

Scottish teachers pay talks break down after 'final offer'
4 Oct 2018 at 6:34pm
Unions who have been campaigning for a 10% increase say industrial action has now moved closer.

Tourism bosses issue visitor tax warning
4 Oct 2018 at 12:36pm
Industry bodies warn that a tourist tax on visitors could send business revenues "off a cliff".

Ban on putting Shetland in a box on maps comes into force
4 Oct 2018 at 12:15am
Putting the islands in a box on maps was seen as a "geographical mistake" that "irked" Shetlanders.

December date set for Scottish budget
3 Oct 2018 at 5:51pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will set out his tax and spend plans for next year on 12 December.

Dealing with defeat
23 Sep 2018 at 1:15am
Government defeats are a fact of life at Holyrood. So how significant are they really?

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Stupefying Survation survey suggests Scotland will vote Yes to independence i...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2018 at 9:02am
There was a troll in the comments section a week or two back who claimed as a point of 'fact' that support for independence is now lower than it was in September 2014.  I deleted his comment for sp...

Britain is now a prison - the SNP must set out its escape plan
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2018 at 7:39am
Britain is no longer the country that most of us grew up in, and the transformation has been incredibly recent and sudden.  Every Prime Minister between Harold Wilson and David Cameron accepted tha...

Corbyn's day of infamy as Labour become the party of colonialism
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2018 at 6:41pm
If it was the case that Labour were simply saying that winning a majority in Scotland at the next general election would constitute a mandate to block an independence referendum, that might just ab...

Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...

Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

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A quick query
by /u/Supermariofan35
8 Oct 2018 at 6:42pm
Hiya r/Scotland! My name is Ashleigh and I?m an amateur writer, amongst many other things. Recently, I got inspired to write a piece about a wife waiting for her partner, a Scottish woman, to retur...

Castle in the sky
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8 Oct 2018 at 6:46pm
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University of Glasgow, January 2018
by /u/Krikes
8 Oct 2018 at 6:29pm
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Kettleton reservoir
by /u/CooperD1888
8 Oct 2018 at 5:33pm
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V&A Dundee visitor numbers hit 100,000 mark
by /u/the_c00ler_king
8 Oct 2018 at 4:33pm
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It's easy to forget how gorgeous our country is... Then you get reminded
by /u/Admiral__Unicorn
8 Oct 2018 at 4:26pm
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Map of Scottish clans
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8 Oct 2018 at 4:16pm
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What places can i reach through public transport to the highlands, living in ...
by /u/jorsixo
8 Oct 2018 at 4:03pm
Oi oi, I recently moved to Stirling for my job, somewhat new here but I am working a film project where I need a bunch of drone/timelapse footage from the highlands. Now I don't have a car but I st...

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland should be part of Northern Ireland backstop deal
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8 Oct 2018 at 3:39pm
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Funding for Gaelic ?discriminates against Muslims? [full article in comments]
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8 Oct 2018 at 1:00pm
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Party Rock Anthem has the same BPM as I?m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
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8 Oct 2018 at 2:51pm
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The real issue.
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8 Oct 2018 at 2:42pm
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Nearly half (49%) of English Conservative voters do not think Scottish MPs sh...
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8 Oct 2018 at 2:32pm
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Controversial A96 route option dropped
by /u/abz_eng
8 Oct 2018 at 1:12pm
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Poll shows most Scots back Holyrood to make call on IndyRef2 and not Westminster
by Laura Paterson
8 Oct 2018 at 5:18pm
56% of people believe the Scottish Parliament should decide whether a further ballot on independence should be held with 33% backing Westminster.

SNP chief targets 'maximum disruption' to Tory government in Brexit blast
by Katrine Bussey
8 Oct 2018 at 3:47pm
Ian Blackford hit out at the "turmoil and terrifying damage" that leaving the EU will bring to Scotland.

Tough shift ahead for Westminster who need to do more for workplace equality
by dailyrecord
8 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black welcomes the new UK law barring restaurants from keeping tips from staff, but says the move is just a drop in the ocean.

Nicola Sturgeon 'very foolish' to back second Brexit vote says former SNP dep...
by David Clegg
8 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars thinks backing a People’s Vote gives the game away.

Nicola Sturgeon People's Vote curveball delighted some and infuriated others
by Record View
8 Oct 2018 at 4:30am
Record View is looking at how Nicola's decision to back People's Vote got a mixed response.

SNP call for bosses to give domestic abuse victims time off work if they leav...
by Katrine Bussey
7 Oct 2018 at 6:55pm
The party want Westminster to consider introducing new law, or else devolve powers over employment law to allow Scotland to do so.

Scotland could 'become independent without second IndyRef' says top SNP MP
by Katrine Bussey
7 Oct 2018 at 5:30pm
Joanna Cherry said the party's over-arching goal could be achieved through a "democratic event", but her comments were blasted by unionists.

Partying MPs told off after cleaners find used condoms and vomit in their Wes...
by Nicola Bartlett
7 Oct 2018 at 12:08pm
Disgusted cleaners are sick of being forced to clear up after partying members and staff

SNP MP insists Scotland 'should be allowed independence referendum if forced ...
by dailyrecord
7 Oct 2018 at 11:27am
Ian Blackford MP said Scottish people should have 'the ability to determine our own future' in the event of a People's Vote.

SNP members gather for conference as pressure mounts on Nicola Sturgeon for i...
by Lynsey Bews
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58am
It follows what is thought to have been the biggest ever march in support of independence in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Michael Greenwell

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

Bloody Nora x 1000
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2018 at 8:58pm
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Nation 2 ? Iceland ? The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2018 at 8:34am
The second in the series by Phantom Power & Lesley Riddoch.

Scottish Independence Podcast 170 ? Mike Russell On Brexit & More
by michaelgreenwell
1 Oct 2018 at 5:59pm
The 170th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is mostly a speech by Mike Russell regarding the (bleak) situation with Brexit and people really should hear it. I am reproducing the talk here and thanks to Newsnet for allowing me to do so. There are also a couple of cameos, Martin Compston gets it right …

Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …

by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …

The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

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On Indigenous Language, Culture, Education
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Oct 2018 at 4:26pm
The latest in a series of anti-Gaelic attacks from the great uninformed has reared its grisly head and this time it doesn’t come from our traditional detractors ? it has come from an individual belonging to Glasgow’s muslim community. In a short badly written article published yesterday in the Times, a regional list candidate for …

Look Who?s Coming to the Festival of Politics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Oct 2018 at 8:39am
The Festival of Politics has been infiltrated and we should talk about it. I was sadly not surprised to see the Battle of Ideas 2018 as one of the Festival of Politics named supporters. For years they ‘sponsored’ the Edinburgh Book Festival and bought platforms to fill-up with their chums. I am however surprised that …

Deadly Racism in our Justice System
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Oct 2018 at 3:23pm
On May 3 2015, Sheku Bayoh died in police custody. Three-and-a-half years later, his family and friends learned that none of the nine officers involved in his death will face prosecution. Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh, was a 31 year old Sierra Leonean man who worked for British Gas and had two young children. After being …

The Sclerosis of Scottish Political Culture
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Oct 2018 at 11:21am
Scottish politics, like British politics, is going through a process of turmoil, renewal and disintegration. The internecine battles of the parties at Westminster where radical party memberships are motivated to going to war with parts of their own parties far more than their supposed opposition, is mirrored at Holyrood. This week saw the Scottish Conservative …

Creando Pensamus: Interview with Tessa Ransford
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Oct 2018 at 10:43am
Tessa Ransford passed away in 2015. We reproduce this interview from the National Collective as part of a new series about cultural renewal and ‘independence from within’ where we interview people who have unique angles on the process of change and who have fresh insight into how we create a Scottish democracy. * Tessa Ransford has been …

Edinburgh?s Cultural Resources Should be Less City-Centric
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2018 at 3:03pm
As questions about the effect of over-tourism, commercialisation and out of control growth and expansion are raised about the Edinburgh Festival, here Ashley Gracyzk an independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward, writes a guest blog for Bella on the issue of cultural resources. As another summer comes to a close, I have increasingly been made …

Scottish Space Federation: Chronicles of Yer Maw
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Oct 2018 at 12:51pm
As part of our new series highlighting ‘Creative Scotland‘ here’s Shaun Milne, artist, animator and motion graphics producer. He’s trying to launch a six-part series to his new Scottish sci-fi series. Check out his trailer and his crowd fund appeal HERE. Go here to donate to Scottish Space Federation.

Catalan Devil?s Advocate
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Oct 2018 at 8:21pm
Coinciding with the first anniversary of last year?s Catalan independence referendum, Aunty BBC has provided a handy guide to what they think might befall economically in Catalonia should the ?separatists? (a recurrent BBC term) win independence. The Beeb admits that Catalonia has a strong economy the size of Denmark?s, a stomping growth rate of 3.4 …

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Everything to play for if MPs reject Brexit deal, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell and Dan Sabbagh
8 Oct 2018 at 6:58pm
Scottish leader says SNP MPs almost certain to refuse to support any divorce dealNicola Sturgeon hopes the Scottish National party can help engineer a political crisis at Westminster that will force MPs to reconsider continued UK membership of the EU single market and customs union after Brexit.T...

Most English Tory voters would be happy to see UK break up as price of Brexit...
by Andrew Sparrow
8 Oct 2018 at 5:53pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenDowning Street lobby briefing - SummaryLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.46pm BST Not now expecting Raab to go to Brussels this week, and any publication from Barnier on Weds might be pretty limited in scope - don't look for br...

Nicola Sturgeon says SNP likely to vote against Brexit deal - video
7 Oct 2018 at 4:48pm
Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist party says she could not expect her Westminster MPs to vote in favour of any likely current format of a Brexit deal when it is put before parliament.Sturgeon told BBC One?s The Andrew Marr Show: ?We would not stand in the way of a s...

Nicola Sturgeon clears way for SNP MPs to back second EU referendum
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2018 at 12:59pm
Party leader says if Scotland voted remain it should not be forced to leave with rest of UKNicola Sturgeon has cleared the way for Scottish National party MPs to back a second EU referendum in a Commons vote, regardless of whether her party?s demands for special conditions such as a guarantee of ...

Scottish independence supporters rally in Edinburgh
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent and Mattha Busby
6 Oct 2018 at 5:05pm
Tens of thousands march through capital in campaign for second referendum dateTens of thousands of Scottish independence supporters marched through Edinburgh on Saturday, as pressure built on the Scottish National party leadership to decide on the timing of a second referendum.Organisers said mor...

SNP could back second Brexit referendum tied to independence vote
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
6 Oct 2018 at 1:06pm
Party wants to know country will not have to leave EU if Scottish majority vote to stayThe Scottish National party could support a second referendum on Brexit if there were guarantees Scotland could also hold another vote on independence, its Westminster leader has said.Ian Blackford said the SNP...

Alex Salmond sexual harassment case resolved in 2013, claim advisers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Oct 2018 at 5:02pm
Sources say then first minister apologised to female civil servant for ?misunderstanding?Alex Salmond will argue in court that one of the two sexual harassment cases against him was resolved nearly five years ago, as he continues his legal battle against the Scottish government.The former first m...

Ruth Davidson: ?We?re not as far along in the conversation about mental healt...
by Libby Brooks
28 Sep 2018 at 4:00pm
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives on why she needed to speak out about her depression ? and how she deals with Boris Johnson types in the partyThat Ruth Davidson does not want to be prime minister ought not to make headlines, she says. ?I have been asked it so many times and said it in so ...

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Clap along if you feel like you?re in a land with unlimited potential
A couple of years ago, an annoyingly chirpy song called Happy was never off the radio. One of its lyrics irked me, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.” But I get it now. It means that your potential is no longer being capped. It means that above you there is …

Growth Commission Consultation, Gathering #2
by Jason Baird, IndyApp We would like to thank Wee Ginger Dug for agreeing to publish this and help us get the word out across the movement as widely as possible. It is very much appreciated. A little background: Following successful discussions at our recent national meeting of IndyApp Group Editors in Dunblane on September …

The Tories, still not giving a toss
If ever you’ve never had the misfortune to have parents who have gone through a bitter and rancorous divorce, who many years later still nurse grudges about who said what to whom, who carefully nurture the memory of the dirty looks over the dinner table, the slights, the insults, the resentment, and the anger, then …

What Ruth Davidson really wants
Ruth Davidson has ruled out trying to lead the UK Conservatives and becoming the UK’s first lesbian prime minister. Instead, she tells us, she has her sights set on becoming the next First Minister of Scotland. This is probably not unrelated to the certainty that should she pitch for the Conservative leadership, the media might …

The dangerous hypocrisy of the Conservatives
So that’s you lot telt, you uppity Scottish people who dare to imagine that you have a sovereign right to choose the form of government that’s best for Scotland’s needs. Ruth Davidson, the leader of a party that came a distant second in the last Holyrood elections and an equally distant second in the last …

The Festival of Exit Britain
The Conservative party say that they’re going to introduce innovative technological solutions to the Irish border question, but they can’t even introduce an app for their conference without buggering it up. The app was so poorly designed that it allowed anyone to log in as members of the Cabinet and see all their personal contact …

The Cheshire cat of politics
I had been toying with the idea of writing this blog article about how it’s unproductive for supporters of independence to join in the social media campaign calling for a boycott of the Guardian newspaper. About how when we embark on campaigns directed against individual newspapers we only allow that paper to paint itself as …

Not keeping calm and carrying on
Safer. Are you feeling safer? More secure. Are you feeling more secure? Those were the key promises of the Better Together campaign in 2014. Why risk independence when you can continue to enjoy the safety and security of the UK, they told us. It was their key selling point, the single point that more than …

The National

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Joanna Cherry tells SNP conference indy can be won without referendum
ONE OF the SNP?s most senior MPs has said Scotland doesn?t need a second referendum to win independence.

Sturgeon says Brexit makes Scottish independence 'inevitable'
NICOLA Sturgeon has said Scotland ?is on a journey which will end with independence? as opinion polls indicated increasing support for the ambition as the SNP gathered for its annual conference.

Blackford to meet Barnier amid SNP calls to stay in single market
IAN Blackford is to hold talks with the European Commission?s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels later this month.

Misogyny could become a hate crime as Yousaf consults on law change
JUSTICE Secretary Humza Yousaf told men to be ?allies? and not ?bystanders? in the war against misogyny yesterday, as he announced new plans which could widen the scope of Scotland?s hate crime laws.

First Minister should 'negotiate single market', says key MEP
NICOLA Sturgeon?s group of SNP MPs has a critical role in the fight to secure a soft Brexit, according to a key Brussels politician.

Scottish Government sets scheme to support EU citizens staying after Brexit
EUROPEAN citizens who want to stay in Scotland following Brexit will be able to get help and support from a new government-funded project.

Group set up to lessen 'trauma and distress' of victims of crime
A TASKFORCE is being set up to ensure the justice system does not worsen ?trauma and distress? of crime victims.

Electoral Commission had 'concerns' over dark money scandal
THE ELECTORAL Commission has come under renewed pressure to explain its lack of action over the dark money scandal.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead
Britain and Scotland have changed: The Tory Story of Britain is Dead Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 3rd 2018 The British Conservative Party is one of the most successful electoral parties in the developed capitalist world. They might not look like it at the moment but this is a force which has adapted to numerous …

Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable
Could Corbyn?s Labour be the future? A work in progress, but now imaginable Gerry Hassan Compass, September 27th 2018 Labour conference this week is an important staging post in the new Corbyn-led, energised mass party – not just the biggest in Britain, but bigger than all the other party memberships put together. The Jeremy Corbyn-John …

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …


Scotland and Independence

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Brexit 'boosts case for Scottish independence'
Brexit 'boosts case for Scottish independence'  BBC News'Scottish independence will happen' thanks to Brexit - Sturgeon  Newshub20000 rally for Scottish independence as Brexit looms  South China Morning PostIs Scottish independence still possible?  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Thousands march through Edinburgh to back Scottish independence
Thousands march through Edinburgh to back Scottish independence  ReutersThousands march in Edinburgh for Scottish independence  BBC NewsTens of thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence vote  Deutsche WelleFull coverage

Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP
Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP  New StatesmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon: Second Brexit vote does not set precedent for Scottish indep...
Nicola Sturgeon: Second Brexit vote does not set precedent for Scottish independence  The ScotsmanNicola Sturgeon to pursue another Scottish independence referendum regardless of Brexit deal  ITV News'Why would Scots want YOU?' Morgan savages Nicola Sturgeon's DESPERATE independence plea coverage

Brexit blues: thousands march for Scottish independence
Brexit blues: thousands march for Scottish independence  The Sydney Morning HeraldFull coverage

Angus MacNeil: Westminster approval not needed for Scottish independence vote
Angus MacNeil: Westminster approval not needed for Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesRuth Davidson calls for Tory Brexit 'silence'  BBC NewsRuth Davidson warns People's Vote campaign they cannot have a re-run on Brexit without giving the SNP a second ...  Daily MailFull coverage

Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson
Conservatives would block another Scottish independence vote - Davidson  ReutersFull coverage


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SNP delivers Brexit ultimatum to Theresa May
SNP delivers Brexit ultimatum to Theresa May  The GuardianPlaid MPs 'will join SNP in backing new Brexit referendum'  BBC News'You will hand power to EU!' JHB delivers stinging reply to SNP MP over independence dream coverage

SNP backs second EU referendum
SNP backs second EU referendum  The Week UKBrexit: SNP would back 'People's Vote' calls, says Sturgeon  BBC NewsSNP drops plans to let school fields be sold after backlash  The TimesSturgeon clears way for SNP MPs to back second EU referendum  The GuardianFull coverage

Why the Northern Ireland abortion question puts the SNP in an awkward position
Why the Northern Ireland abortion question puts the SNP in an awkward position  New StatesmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon urged at SNP conference to stop 'dithering' on second indepen...
Nicola Sturgeon urged at SNP conference to stop 'dithering' on second independence referendum coverage

'That's NOT on the table' BBC host grills SNP Remainer over calls for second ...
'That's NOT on the table' BBC host grills SNP Remainer over calls for second Brexit vote coverage

Home Secretary putting politics 'ahead of peoples lives', SNP MP claims
Home Secretary putting politics 'ahead of peoples lives', SNP MP claims  Irish ExaminerFull coverage

Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP
Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP  New StatesmanFull coverage

MP tells SNP not to 'dither' over Indyref2
MP tells SNP not to 'dither' over Indyref2  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Sturgeon: Scottish MPs will back second Brexit referendum
Sturgeon: Scottish MPs will back second Brexit referendum  POLITICO.euScotland could get independence without second referendum, SNP MP claims  Irish ExaminerNicola Sturgeon says Brexit 'shambles' boosts case for second Scottish independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comIs Scottish independence still possible?  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Majority of Scots back Holyrood deciding on independence referendum
Majority of Scots back Holyrood deciding on independence referendum  St Helens StarFull coverage

Thousands march through Edinburgh to back Scottish independence
Thousands march through Edinburgh to back Scottish independence  ReutersTens of thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence vote  Deutsche WelleThousands of Scotland's Independence Supporters March in Edinburgh (VIDEO)  Sputnik InternationalThousands march in Edinburgh for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum
Ruth Davidson: Second Brexit vote risks another Scottish independence referendum  The TimesFull coverage

Angus MacNeil: Westminster approval not needed for Scottish independence vote
Angus MacNeil: Westminster approval not needed for Scottish independence vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scottish leader supports calls for new Brexit referendum
Scottish leader supports calls for new Brexit referendum  Tampa Bay TimesFull coverage

Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP
Scotland's independence marchers show the movement is far bigger than the SNP  New StatesmanFull coverage

Brexit blues: thousands march for Scottish independence
Brexit blues: thousands march for Scottish independence  The Sydney Morning HeraldFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

SNP Annual National Conference 2018
Can't believe there's a thread on the Politics Forum for the Tory Party Conference but nothing for the SNP. Anyone with any time on their hands, today and tomorrow, could do a lot worse than tune into the Parliament Channel, Sky 504 or BBC I player. There has been several excellent speeches o...

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

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 ...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

All of the #indy #yes marches and events and rallies and all that
Watching one of the at least two Scottish Indy groups doing yet another thing. (Hope over Fear. This Time It's Yes Rally) Lots of shouting, lots of wish fulfilment, lots of fake news, lots of amateur/semi-pro music. This one was in George Square, aka Freedom Square. And was a Tommy Sherid...

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

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel. That's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

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...

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The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Gigs 2K18
Who we all going to see?

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks! Our beautiful Scotland.

2018 movie thread
Watched restless natives for the first time in about 30 years this afternoon. Not the greatest film ever made but holds some nostalgia for me as most of it was filmed not far from were I grew up, it also has a great soundtrack by Big Country. Anybody know the real locations of the "highlands" sce...

Long story short, BT are a shower of bastards! Any recommendations for broadband providers? (I stream quite a bit as just got IPTV).

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

Holyrood Magazine


Holyrood Magazine issue 408 / 10 September 2018

Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit 'shambles' boosts case for second Scottish indepe...

Scottish Government to consult on creating hate crime of misogyny

Holyrood Magazine issue 409 / 24 September 2018

Calls for Scottish Government to go further on climate change after IPCC warn...

NHS whistleblowing champions ?can come straight to me?, says Jeane Freeman

Scottish Government to set up victims? taskforce, Justice Secretary Humza You...

Scotland in space

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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 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.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…