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

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

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

Mundell's celebrate double success in Dumfries and Galloway
7 May 2016 at 1:34am
THE Mundell family had plenty to celebrate after Oliver Mundell won the Dumfriesshire seat for the Conservatives.

Sadiq Khan hopes election victory will inspire more Muslims to enter politics
7 May 2016 at 2:41pm
SADIQ Khan said he hoped his election victory would inspire more Muslims to enter mainstream politics, despite the "desperate and divisive" campaign against him.

As Others See Us: Have Scots "poured a bucket of cold water" on SNP Indy aspi...
7 May 2016 at 3:37pm
The spectre is back. The spectre, that is, of Scottish nationalism.

Sturgeon holds talks on role of women in Syrian peace process
7 May 2016 at 12:16pm
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has discussed the role of women in the Syrian peace process during a United Nations initiative.

Live: Scottish election 2016
5 May 2016 at 9:38pm
Welcome to our live coverage of the Scottish election 2016.

Businesses urge SNP to "get economy growing again"
6 May 2016 at 7:54pm
BUSINESS leaders have urged the new government to ?get Scotland?s economy growing again?.

Conservatives make comeback in south west as party snatches back former Dumfr...
6 May 2016 at 6:03pm
THE South West of Scotland continued to buck the national trend and Conservatives coloured the electoral map blue.

Ruth Davidson tells independence supporters: give me a chance to hold SNP to ...
5 May 2016 at 4:11am
Ruth Davidson has called on independence supporters to vote Conservative to hold the SNP to account for their "lack of leadership" in government.

Tories have 'one in four chance' of beating Labour, according to election for...
3 May 2016 at 2:08pm
The Scottish Conservatives have a one in four chance of either beating Scottish Labour or finishing on an equal number of seats, according to a new election forecast.

Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.

Labour 'to finish behind Conservatives' in Holyrood election, according to poll
27 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish Labour are set to finish third behind the Conservatives in the Holyrood elections, according to a new poll.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign
8 May 2016 at 1:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed her intention to relaunch the SNP’s independence campaign in the summer despite being reduced to a minority in Holyrood.

Michael Gove predicts Scotland will back Brexit
8 May 2016 at 1:27pm
A majority of people in Scotland will vote to leave the European Union, leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove has predicted.

Leader comment: chance for ?both sides to end futile confrontation
8 May 2016 at 10:13am
If Nicola Sturgeon can be taken at her word, we could be about to witness a different style of government at Holyrood compared with that which went immediately before.

Kezia Dugdale says no retreat from higher tax proposals
8 May 2016 at 10:09am
Kezia Dugdale has indicated there will be no retreat on Labour proposals to raise income tax across all bands despite internal critics blaming the policy for her devastating election defeat.

Angela Constance set to to lose education cabinet post
8 May 2016 at 10:06am
Nicola Sturgeon will appoint her new cabinet within the next few days, amid speculation that Education Secretary Angela Constance will be one of the most prominent casualties.

Nicola Sturgeon warns opposition: SNP has the right to rule
8 May 2016 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday warned opposition parties against undermining her 
SNP administration as her left- wing rivals challenged her to use Holyrood’s new powers to raise income tax.

How ?Ruth? led the toxic Tories back from the wilderness
7 May 2016 at 11:42pm
When, just a few days ago, Ruth Davidson confidently declared the Conservatives would come second in the Scottish Parliamentary elections, there was widespread astonishment at her gall. It was true the polls were pointing towards a resurgence. But this was Scotland, where blue is not the colour and many people would rather admit to having scabies than put their cross beside the name of a Tory candidate.

Euan McColm: Labour isn?t working ? it will have to wait
7 May 2016 at 11:36pm
In the distant foreign country of 2010, when Labour dominated Scotland in the general election, I was asked by a newspaper to interview Jim Murphy.

Dani Garavelli: Truth about miners could still save lives
7 May 2016 at 11:30pm
If you strip out the shaggy perms, the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me and the Rubik’s Cubes from the I Love The 80s programmes that clutter up Saturday night TV, what you are left with is a brutal montage of police officers trying to control “disorder”. At Toxteth, Brixton, Broadwater Farm, all the flashpoints of the miners’ strike, they can be seen bearing down on protesters generally to the strains of A Town Called Malice. It was a decade of woeful “us versus them” policing, in which “us” was not merely the tooled-up officers, but the state on whose behalf they were operating, and “them” was anyone with a deficit of power: the young, the black, the working class and, eventually, football supporters.

Release secret files to unravel Rudolf Hess riddle, says peer
7 May 2016 at 10:52pm
It remains one of the most enduring chapters in the history of the Second World War, when Hitler’s deputy parachuted into a picturesque East Renfrewshire village in the hope of brokering an unlikely peace deal with Britain.

?I will lead open and inclusive government?, says Sturgeon
7 May 2016 at 2:21pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has pledged to work above party boundaries in the best interests of Scotland but vowed to assert the values set out in the SNP manifesto.

Questions over Jeremy Corbyn?s leadership after mixed fortunes for Labour
7 May 2016 at 1:03am
Voters do not see Labour under Jeremy Corbyn as a credible party of government, a member of the shadow cabinet has admitted after the party suffered a dismal night in the “Super Thursday” elections.

Taoiseach re-elected after deadlock is broken
7 May 2016 at 12:56am
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has won narrow re-election on his fourth try, ending 70 days of deadlock and clearing the way for an exceptionally fragile minority government.

Holyrood 2016: Fringe parties blame tactical voting for poor results
7 May 2016 at 12:56am
Scotland’s minority parties, who failed to win a single seat in the 2016 Scottish elections, vowed last night to fight on despite the result.

Scott Macnab: How did SNP lose majority despite vote share rise?
7 May 2016 at 12:47am
Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of gaining a second majority for the SNP at Holyrood were effectively scuppered by the Scottish Parliament’s complex electoral system.

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The chasm between words and actions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2016 at 12:00pm
We’ll just leave this here: Actual percentage of female MSPs returned in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election: Labour 46%, SNP 43%, Conservative 19%, Green 16%, Lib Dem 0%. Hmm. An interesting quirk of the Scottish electoral system is that if a list MSP stands down or dies, there isn’t a by-election. Because list votes are for a …

The Unsackables
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2016 at 8:02am
A few weeks ago we rather cruelly highlighted an old post from Kezia Dugdale’s blog in which she bitterly bemoaned the practice of candidates who’d been rejected by voters in constituency seats still being able to get into Parliament via the “back door” of the regional lists. Angrily Dugdale raged: “Alex Salmond will try every …

What happened and what happens next
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 May 2016 at 12:09pm
The social-media reaction to this post yesterday was astonishing. Merely pointing out calmly and quietly that our warnings before the election had been entirely vindicated, and that everyone else’s unequivocal assertions of a guaranteed SNP majority had been the rubbish we always said they were, unleashed a torrent of abuse equal to any we’ve ever …

The Drop
by Chris Cairns
7 May 2016 at 8:00am

Don?t say we didn?t tell you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 May 2016 at 1:38pm
The first (and from our perspective, most important) thing to note is that independence is now categorically and unequivocally off the table for at least half a decade. The failure of the SNP to secure another Holyrood majority last night (for the want of just 360 votes) combined with the Greens’ weasel-worded opposition to a second referendum – and …

The checklist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2016 at 10:00pm
The voting’s over. Let’s see how these get on, shall we? If we’re in the mood, btw, we might make this post an election liveblog. - 00.49am The first result is in, in Orkney. Let’s see how it compared with the “prediction” posted last night by Cutbot, an “analysis” site run by Green activist/dick James …

The cliffhanger
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 May 2016 at 9:52am
Polling day is here. But there’s more to today’s election than the fate of Kezia Dugdale. In what by any standards has been a boring campaign, the media has focused (when not just pumping out its usual diet of SNPBAD) on the battles for 2nd and 4th places. But there could yet be a spectacular …

The independence dividend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 May 2016 at 10:08am
In so far as this Holyrood election has been a battle at all, the battleground for it has been tax. Not only the Unionist opposition but the pro-indy left have attacked the SNP for timidity over its plans to keep income tax rates the same as the rest of the UK, with only a tweak …

The football under the carpet
by Donna Babington
3 May 2016 at 2:54pm
During this election campaign, there’ve been the usual bouts of political sparring, the tit-for-tat point-scoring frenzy played out through a plethora of media. One particular battleground, though, had a special resonance for me – the “Named Person” scheme. I’m a former ?looked-after? child. I’ve suffered the abuse and neglect that this scheme is intended to help protect children from. Having scrutinised …

Twisted blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 May 2016 at 10:21am
The rise of the SNP has so bewildered the metropolitan commentariat that even almost a decade after the party won its first Scottish election pundits still barely know which way to face to confront it. A case in point can be found in today’s Times. That was a quick switch. A casual reader would reasonably …

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Opposition will not 'undermine' SNP
8 May 2016 at 5:38pm
The opposition will not 'undermine' the SNP's mandate, says Sturgeon, despite the party not winning an overall majority.

Labour calls for MSP second job ban
8 May 2016 at 12:00am
MSPs would be banned from holding second jobs, under a package of Holyrood rule changes proposed by Scottish Labour.

Davidson calls for unified opposition
7 May 2016 at 1:57pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson urges Holyrood opposition parties to unite to hold the SNP minority government to account.

Sturgeon seeks 'consensus' after win
7 May 2016 at 2:49pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she will try to find consensus with opposition parties after the SNP's third successive Holyrood election victory.

Labour's Dugdale 'heartbroken' by result
6 May 2016 at 4:50pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is "heartbroken" after the Conservatives beat her party into second place.

SNP win - Sturgeon rules out coalition
6 May 2016 at 5:14pm
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out coalition talks after falling two seats short of an overall majority in the 2016 Holyrood election.

Tories beat Labour to be second party
6 May 2016 at 9:16am
The Scottish Conservatives will be the second largest party at Holyrood following a night of significant gains.

Davidson: 'Rule out second referendum'
6 May 2016 at 4:15pm
Ruth Davidson calls on Nicola Sturgeon to rule out another independence referendum after the Scottish Conservatives finish second in the Holyrood election.

Greens push Lib Dems into fifth place
6 May 2016 at 9:45am
The Scottish Greens push the Lib Dems into fifth place after their most successful Holyrood election since 2003.

SNP wipes out Labour in Glasgow and west
6 May 2016 at 1:37pm
The SNP claims victory in all eight of the constituency seats in Glasgow, winning three from Labour and holding five.

Tory Davidson wins seat from SNP
6 May 2016 at 6:29am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson wins the Edinburgh Central seat from the SNP.

Lib Dems hail 'remarkable' result
6 May 2016 at 11:41am
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie hails his party's haul of five seats as "a remarkable result".

Scot Goes Pop

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The tactical voting lobby were proved comprehensively wrong on almost every p...
by James Kelly
8 May 2016 at 4:48pm
Apologies for returning to the topic of the "tactical voting on the list" fiasco yet again, but I am absolutely flabbergasted at the rubbish that is still being written about it.  Almost all of the...

A crucial point about the new parliamentary arithmetic : the SNP outnumber al...
by James Kelly
7 May 2016 at 5:19pm
Since it became clear yesterday morning that the pro-independence majority in the new Scottish Parliament would be dependent on two parties and not just the SNP alone, a debate has raged over wheth...

A new podcast, and a new article on why the list ballot narrowly deprived the...
by James Kelly
7 May 2016 at 1:09am
A couple more 'quick notes' for you tonight.  I have a new article in The National about how the interplay between voting patterns and the voting system ended up leaving the SNP two seats short of ...

In one sense, a pretty good result - and in another sense, an absolutely idea...
by James Kelly
6 May 2016 at 6:14pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about how the SNP's narrow failure to secure an overall majority hasn't significantly diminished the...

I hate to say I told you so, but...
by James Kelly
6 May 2016 at 3:34am
@NeilCaple @JamesKelly isnt going to happen. Constituencies heading for repeat of 2015 as SNP support has increased since then.? Kevin Williamson (@williamsonkev) May 2, 2016Aft Fri either I'll be ...

Final YouGov poll confirms the SNP majority is under threat. If you want an ...
by James Kelly
5 May 2016 at 1:24am
The final YouGov poll of the campaign has been released tonight, and rather troublingly, it puts the SNP at their lowest share of the constituency vote since way back before last year's UK general ...


Burning questions for tomorrow - and a few tentative answers
by James Kelly
4 May 2016 at 6:26pm
Will the SNP remain the largest single party?Yes.Will Nicola Sturgeon remain First Minister?Yes.Will Labour suffer a net loss of seats?Highly likely, barring very significant polling error or an im...

It's a firm "No" from me to Jonathan Rimmer's demands, and to creeping fascis...
by James Kelly
3 May 2016 at 6:34pm
You've probably seen that CommonSpace have today published an extraordinary opinion piece from RISE supporter Jonathan Rimmer (who I recently had a run-in with over the tactical voting issue, and i...

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Request: Can those for Scottish independence and against leaving the EU expla...
by /u/PiranhaPlant7
8 May 2016 at 8:43pm
This isn't bait, and I'm aware I may get down-voted for probing, but I am legitimately curious. I understand wanting to leave the UK for autonomous reasons. Whilst us Scots have our devolved parlia...

Is SNP fatigue about to kick in?
by /u/wookee8
8 May 2016 at 8:16pm
They may have gained voters but they lost 6 seats this time around, the Tories gained 16 seats and Labour got absolutely shafted. Lib Dems solidified their lead in Orkney and Shetland as expected a...

Land reform expert Andy Wightman elected as Green MSP
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8 May 2016 at 7:30pm
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North Berwick Today
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8 May 2016 at 6:42pm
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(Labour) Éoin on Twitter
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8 May 2016 at 5:37pm
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The SNP has gone as far as it can
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8 May 2016 at 5:21pm
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What could this Government really be defeated on?
by /u/DamzelFanatic
8 May 2016 at 4:50pm
With 63 SNP MSPs vs 66 Opposition MSPs, there is technically a minority government, like 2007-2011. However, the SNP is in a much stronger position now compared to previously. Back then, the SNP us...

Michael Gove predicts majority of Scots will vote to leave EU (From Herald Sc...
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8 May 2016 at 4:36pm
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What is this madness!?
by /u/Andarne
8 May 2016 at 3:15pm
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Aileen McLeod out ? Andy Wightman MSP in!
by /u/LukeyHear
8 May 2016 at 2:28pm
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They blew up that big tower block in the Gorbals this morning here's what it ...
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8 May 2016 at 2:04pm
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Viking 'parliament' site uncovered on Scottish island (From Herald Scotland)
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8 May 2016 at 1:04pm
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Senior Tory Mp Link To Election Count Firm
by /u/MassiveFanDan
8 May 2016 at 12:45pm
Thought this was interesting. Potentially fascinating, if you're into that sort of thing: A TORY MP is a director of a company that has become a major player in how elections are managed in Scotla...

Don't Believe the Hype
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8 May 2016 at 12:36pm
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Nicola Sturgeon says YES to relaunching independence campaign this summer
by Mark McLaughlin
8 May 2016 at 3:01pm
THE SNP leader has admitted her intention to get the Yes campaign going again after nearly half the country voted for the SNP in the Scottish Parliament election.


Gerry Hassan: Nicola Sturgeon has a second chance in government but she must ...
by Gerry Hassan
8 May 2016 at 12:23pm
The REAL journey is only just beginning for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP must redefine itself as the Tories rise up.


Scots blacklisted in undercover spying scandal are victims of serious human r...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
8 May 2016 at 12:02pm
MICHAEL Mansfield QC, who represented families of the Hillsborough disaster victims, warned that “systemic deception” by police was not limited to England.


Nicola Sturgeon riding high as she vows to put SNP pledges into action during...
by Mark Aitken
8 May 2016 at 6:00am
SALUTING her MSPs at a photocall at The Kelpies, the First Minister celebrated her historic re-election despite failing to secure an overall majority in Thursday's vote.

Record View: It's time for Scottish politics to get out of Groundhog Day loop...
by Record View
7 May 2016 at 12:57pm
SCOTTISH politics is stuck in the past ... it's time to move on and focus on priorities that are right for the country.


Ruth Davidson claims Tory comeback snuffs out any chance of a second independ...
by Andy Philip
7 May 2016 at 12:38pm
THE jubilant party leader, who stunned opponents by winning the Edinburgh Central constituency, says the SNP have no mandate to push ahead with a second referendum.


Nicola Sturgeon rejects talk of coalition and insists the SNP will govern as ...
by Record Reporter
6 May 2016 at 3:53pm
THE SNP leader has secured the personal mandate she desired to continue in her role as First Minister, but the party fell short of an overall majority.


David Cameron congratulates Nicola Sturgeon on SNP's Holyrood election victor...
by Karrie Gillett
6 May 2016 at 2:31pm
THE Prime Minister congratulated Sturgeon on her party having the largest representation in the Scottish Parliament and, in return, she congratulated him on Tory gains in Scotland.


Ten surprising things from the 2016 Holyrood election
by Mark McLaughlin
6 May 2016 at 1:50pm
FROM the Tories becoming the second biggest party in Scotland, to a great result for the pro-Independence Greens - here's 10 surprising things from the Holyrood election.


Scottish independence odds lengthen at bookies after SNP fail to land majority
by Record Reporter
6 May 2016 at 12:11pm
LADBROKES stretch odds from 4/1 out to 10/1 for Scotland to become independent nation by 2020 after SNP are unable to maintain their advantage at Holyrood.

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

The Turnout 1 ? Mark Frankland on Hillsborough
by michaelgreenwell
8 May 2016 at 12:48am
This is the first in a new series of podcasts looking at issues around the world. Future episodes will come from far and wide, but we start in North England, 27 years ago. Mark Frankland was in the stadium on the day the Hillsborough disaster happened. I asked him about his experience and what followed. …
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Bernie Sanders Is Not A Radical
by michaelgreenwell
4 May 2016 at 10:16am
Noam Chomsky pointing out that not so long ago, Sanders positions would not have been considered radical at all…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 126 ? Who Were The Yes Campaigners? ? with ...
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 11:23am
We all remember the people we met, campaigned, and often made friends with during the referendum campaign. However, were the people we met representative of the campaigners as a whole? Who were they all? If the Telegraph were to be believed then the whole campaign was just that one muscular guy in a kilt with …
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The Trump V Sanders Debate
by michaelgreenwell
30 Apr 2016 at 8:28am
The Trump V Sanders debate. Some funny moments, some not so funny, but it is worth the watch…

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

Pro-Indy Parties In ??Want You To Vote For Them? Row?
by michaelgreenwell
25 Apr 2016 at 6:32pm
Advanced silliness on the Scotsman site yesterday, with no named journalist. A row has broken out in the pro-independence camp over a giant SNP billboard campaign urging voters to use both of their votes to protect Nicola Sturgeon?s majority at Holyrood. … But Greens elections convenor Sarah Beattie-Smith said: ?Greens agree a better Scotland is …

A Simple Solution
by michaelgreenwell
21 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
We’ve all been hearing about the great sacrifices that Her Bettiness has made and all the difficulties she has had in guiding the country through such diverse times. I for one would like to take those things into account, so here is your simple solution… Let’s retire the position. If we do that, then she …

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No Shame, No Blame, Moving Yes Forward
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2016 at 8:28pm
The Independence movement finds itself in a strange place right now. On the one hand there have been massive gains. The referendum in 2014 was lost, but we came tantalisingly close to winning. Since then, support for Independence has gently risen, despite a continued onslaught from a largely hostile media and ?OIL APOCALYPSE!? screeching from …

Can a Scottish ?economy for wellbeing? be the Leicester City of politics?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2016 at 8:16pm
In another of our big-picture pieces on what the new Scottish Government should aim at over the coming five years, Katherine Trebeck from Oxfam asks: when will our politicians get serious about getting beyond GDP? Last weekend proved the unexpected can and does happen ? just look at Leicester City. Who?d have thought it? Indeed, this …

Interview with Griogair Labhruidh
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 May 2016 at 4:05pm
On Afro Celts, Gaelic indigeneity, the diaspora, Hip-Hop, and more. Griogair Labhruidh has now established himself firmly not only as an advocate of Scottish Gaelic tradition ? most especially in the form of song and music ? but also as a bold experimenter infusing Gaelic musical forms with global styles and themes, now as a …

Don?t Believe the Hype
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2016 at 9:32pm
The media exultation over the Tory revival  (Rhapsody in Blue?)  has been quite a spectacle.The tabloids have been going into a trance like state of ecstasy whilst Marina Hyde seems to think that because Ruth Davidson is not an Etonian and can simultaneously hold a pint and smile,we’re all in the grip of some sort …

A Hame Tae Caw Oor Ain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2016 at 8:13pm
Hame is whaur the hert bides, but that needs a hoose argues Derrick McGuire. Hae ye ever walked up an tried tae open a door in yer hoose, an found that the handle’s on the ither side tae the wan ye reached for? Or did ye ever forget whaur the licht switch is in the …

A Revolution yes, but not quite what people expected
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2016 at 7:47pm
Gerry Hassan details a range of electoral statistics emerged from Scottish Election, and offers a critique of what is revealed The Scottish election was a foregone conclusion. Everything was settled we were told. But it hasn?t quite turned out that way. A third SNP term, but without the expected overall majority that the Nationalists and …

A few new powers, a lot more confidence required
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 May 2016 at 10:00am
In the latest of our big-picture pieces on priorities for the incoming Scottish government, Iain Docherty explores what we can do with the economic powers we have – building “strategic capacity” as a preparation for independence This month could have seen the first government of a newly independent Scotland take office, equipped with the widest …

#SP2016 Last Post: Final Post-Election Musing after 36 hours without sleep
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 May 2016 at 11:19pm
Concluding this long day of reflection on the 2016 Election, which started 12 hours ago with Editor Mike Small’s observations, Guest Editor Douglas Robertson offers a concluding and eclectic take on explaining the challenging hand Scotland?s electorate have dealt its national politicians. Holyrood, over the next five years, will be very different place. Just as …

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Scottish Labour under pressure to revisit case for home rule
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 May 2016 at 5:32pm
Former deputy leader says lack of clear position on Scotland?s future in the UK to blame for defeat in Holyrood electionsPressure is mounting on the Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, to push for Scotland to gain even more independence within the UK after the party?s humiliating defeat in the...

To rise from the ashes, Labour must go on the offensive | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
8 May 2016 at 12:06am
At this curiously delicate point in Scottish political history, the SNP is most assuredly not comfortable with the idea of independenceThose among us who have observed the slow, painful decline of Labour in Scotland are now spoilt for choice in trying to identify the party?s darkest day. The thir...

Losers no more: how the Tories stopped being toxic in Scotland
by Daniel Boffey in Edinburgh
7 May 2016 at 8:24pm
Ruth Davidson cannily turned Labour?s failings to her party?s advantage, and now leads the official opposition in ScotlandThere weren?t any formal celebrations and the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, limited herself to one stiff drink before bedtime. ?Right, home after 40 hours on th...

Dugdale and Davidson: ordinary photos that tell an extraordinary story
by Chitra Ramaswamy
7 May 2016 at 5:52pm
In Scotland we saw two gay leaders at ease appearing in public with their girlfriends. A revelation, as visibility is the key to changeThey are two photos that show two couples going to cast their votes in Scotland, otherwise known as the country with the gayest parliament in the world.In Edinbur...

Sadiq Khan's London mayoral win gives Corbyn reason to be cheerful
by Anushka Asthana, Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason
7 May 2016 at 10:02am
Election of first Muslim mayor of major western capital promises to offset big losses in Scotland as SNP maintains grip on HolyroodSadiq Khan?s election as London mayor in the early hours of Saturday handed a boost to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the end of a difficult day in which Labour held ...

Sadiq Khan's London win is an exciting departure for UK politics | Anne Perkins
by Anne Perkins
7 May 2016 at 8:00am
The capital?s first Muslim mayor feels like an important normalisation of public life amid the unreadable picture thrown up across the countryThere is only one election story this morning: what it means for Jeremy Corbyn. His impact, his survival, is the prism through which Sadiq Khan?s astonishi...

UK elections: Sadiq Khan confirmed as London mayor
by Andrew Sparrow
7 May 2016 at 1:17am
Kahn beats Zac Goldmsith by 57% to 43% after second roundScottish Labour beaten to third place after Tory surgeWelsh Labour might need other parties? support to govern 1.17am BST This election was not without controversy and I?m so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over ...

Jeremy Corbyn urged to reach out to disgruntled MPs after election result
by Heather Stewart, Rajeev Syal and Rowena Mason
6 May 2016 at 9:23pm
Clive Lewis has called on Labour to ?find out what unites us? as shadow ministers warn party must improve performanceJeremy Corbyn?s allies are urging him to extend an olive branch to disillusioned Labour MPs as shadow cabinet ministers warned that the election results suggest the party is facing...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

The Tories are still toxic
As was so boringly predictable, the narrative that our no-really-we’re-not-biased media are promoting since the results of Thursday’s election became clear is that the Tories have been detoxified in Scotland. It’s a strange definition of detoxified, there is still more of a chance that Murdo Fraser might discover he’s a Celtic fan and a republican …

The curate?s egg
Well that was a bit of a mixed bag, wasn’t it. The election was the proverbial curate’s egg, good in parts. On the one hand we can be relieved that the Scottish parliament still has a majority of pro-independence MSPs and we’re going to get another SNP government which this time is going to have …

Election night
It was election night, and the big loser early on was the BBC. Brian Taylor stormed off as the big telly that the corporation had bought in the Barras failed to show anything at all, not even one of those graphs that shows how poor Scotland is. Even Greece can manage a working TV set. …

Vote Scottish
The polls open in a few hours, and the parties are making their final pleas to the public. The SNP hope to retain their majority and with luck increase it. The Greens hope to overtake the Lib Dems as the fourth largest party. And the Tories hope that Labour collapses to such an extent that …

Let?s dream of unicorns
It took hundreds of years to trap the unicorn. There was the hammer of the Scots that broke on the anvil of Bannockburn, there wis the flooers o the forest that wede awaa, there was the queen who lost her head and the tongue tied son who fled south to the riches of London and …

Davie Cameron doesn?t think
David Cameron doesn’t think that the Scottish government will have a mandate for another independence referendum. That sentence would be a whole lot more accurate if it ended at the word ‘think’. Scotland rarely fires any synapses in the brain of our Prime Minister, and on the rare occasions that it does his neural pathways …

Scottish democracy will not be silenced
So what’s more democratic? Would it be option a) allowing the people to have a say on a topic when there is clear evidence that public opinion has shifted, or would it be option b)insisting that the result of a previous vote must be cast in stone and preserved forever? Or at least for as …

The direction of respect
It would appear, according to the bunch of torn faces collectively known as Scotland’s Unionist parties, that there’s only one sort of respect that needs to be demanded in Scottish politics. That’s the respect that independence supporting parties are required to show the result of the referendum in 2014. Funnily enough, there doesn’t appear to …

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Scottish and Uk Politics

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

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

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

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ? Cameron and His Much...
        Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). (The first attempt at TTIP) In 1995, (MAI) appeared as a draft agreement, negotiated by OECD members. The mission statement: “To develop multilateral rules ensuring that international investment would be governed in a more systematic and uniform way between states.” Developed in secret the draft was …

There?s a cuckoo in the nest ? The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over S...
    There’s a cuckoo in the nest – The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over Scotland I wrote to the subject recently giving warning of the future shape of the UK now that independence has been rejected and the Scottish government has been bought off with increased powers making it the most …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

Gerry Hassan

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

The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP
The End of An Era: Goodbye to the 1980s and the Age of the Imperial SNP Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 8th 2016 Last week?s election marked the end of a historic era -  a Scotland defined by the explosion and aftermath of the independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have been given a ...

The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected
The Scottish Revolution that isn?t quite what people expected Gerry Hassan May 6th 2016 The Scottish election was a foregone conclusion. Everything was settled we were told. But it hasn?t quite turned out that way. A third SNP term, but without the expected overall majority that the Nationalists and polls expected. A Tory revival beyond ...

Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council
Govanhill: A Response from Glasgow City Council May 5th 2016 Dear Mr Hassan, I saw your article on ?Scottish Review? about Govanhill and, as a press officer for Glasgow City Council, was particularly taken the paragraph, which said: For years Govanhill has had a palpable feeling of falling between the cracks and has not received ...

Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Stur...
Govanhill: Glasgow?s Ellis Island and the Battle for the Heart of Nicola Sturgeon?s Constituency Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 4th 2016 A couple of years ago a community arts project in Glasgow designated Albert Drive on the city?s Southside as ?Scotland?s most ethnically diverse street?. It was a good strapline ? filled with positivity and ...

Whatever happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution?
What happened to the Spirit of Scotland?s Democratic Revolution? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, May 1st 2016 There is a Scottish election going on ? played out in TV and radio studios, photo-ops and the occasional party leader debates. Its main contestants are the party leaders, no one else from the main parties, and perhaps more ...

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 29th 2016 A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the ...

What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults?
What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 24th 2016 All the party manifestos are out – bar Labour. But the only really important one – that of the SNP – emerged this week. It was an event. A spectacle. A cross between an American ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 20th 2016 I am a European. I believe in Europe as an idea. And for all of my life I have felt an affinity and connection with the notion of greater European integration. Now I ...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority - New York Times

Scotsman
Scotland's Independence Party Scores Well but No Majority
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? The independence-minded Scottish National Party won a third consecutive term in government Friday but failed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament. In an eye-catching reversal, the Conservative Party secured its ...
Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaignScot...

It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play
Bloomberg
Scotland's drive for independence was supposed to run out of road after voters rejected it in the September 2014 referendum, the economic case hollowed out as the price of oil the nationalists said would underpin growth collapsed. Less than two years ...
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - pollRe...

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP - Newsweek

Newsweek
Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP
Newsweek
Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is taken out of the European Union "against our will," the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said on Sunday. Facing a British referendum on whether to stay ...
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Sco...

Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate - BBC News

BBC News
Holyrood 2016: Independence row dominates TV debate
BBC News
The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country's five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic ...
Sturgeon says Scottish independence vote likely if she wins electionReuters...

BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push - Wall St...

Wall Street Journal
BAE Systems Sees Risks if 'Brexit' Spurs Scottish Independence Push
Wall Street Journal
LONDON?BAE Systems PLC Chairman Roger Carr on Wednesday said a British exit from the European Union harbored risks to the U.K. weapons maker, including potentially spurring independence sentiments in Scotland. Mr. Carr said the risk to BAE ...

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Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show - Breitbart News

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Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show
Breitbart News
According to the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), a new referendum on Scottish independence would ?almost certainly? be triggered by the UK voting to leave the EU against Scotland's will. In her opinion the move would be justified by such ...
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leav...

Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - EurActiv

EurActiv
Poll: UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU
EurActiv
Britons are more worried about the prospect of Scotland gaining independence than of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, a poll published Today (3 May) found. A BMG poll in Scotland's Herald newspaper found that 68% of voters cited Scottish ...



Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon Confirms Intention To Relaunch SNP's Independence Campaign - ...

Huffington Post UK
Nicola Sturgeon Confirms Intention To Relaunch SNP's Independence Campaign
Huffington Post UK
Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed her intention to relaunch the Scottish National Party's independence campaign in the summer despite being reduced to a minority in Holyrood. The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to ?undertake new work, starting this ...

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Nicola Sturgeon plots SECOND independence referendum just TWO YEARS after fir...

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Nicola Sturgeon plots SECOND independence referendum just TWO YEARS after first failed
Express.co.uk
The SNP vote slumped by six per cent in Thursday's Scottish parliament elections after its firebrand leader's choice to focus the last week of her campaign on the issue of independence spectacularly backfired. It means that the only way the SNP could ...

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Opposition will not 'undermine' the SNP, says Sturgeon - BBC News

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Opposition will not 'undermine' the SNP, says Sturgeon
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon has said the opposition will not "undermine" the SNP's authority, despite her party being two seats short of an overall majority following Thursday's election. The first minister made the comments during an interview on the BBC's Sunday ...

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Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign - ...

shropshirestar.com
Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign
shropshirestar.com
The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to "undertake new work, starting this summer, with the aim of persuading a clear majority of people in Scotland that independence is the best future for our country" was backed by almost half of voters in the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign - ...

expressandstar.com
Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign
expressandstar.com
The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to "undertake new work, starting this summer, with the aim of persuading a clear majority of people in Scotland that independence is the best future for our country" was backed by almost half of voters in the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign - ...

South Wales Argus
Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign
South Wales Argus
The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to "undertake new work, starting this summer, with the aim of persuading a clear majority of people in Scotland that independence is the best future for our country" was backed by almost half of voters in the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign - ...

Clacton and Frinton Gazette
Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign
Clacton and Frinton Gazette
The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to "undertake new work, starting this summer, with the aim of persuading a clear majority of people in Scotland that independence is the best future for our country" was backed by almost half of voters in the ...

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Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign - ...

Echo
Nicola Sturgeon confirms intention to relaunch SNP's independence campaign
Echo
The SNP leader insists her manifesto pledge to "undertake new work, starting this summer, with the aim of persuading a clear majority of people in Scotland that independence is the best future for our country" was backed by almost half of voters in the ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign - Scotsman

Scotsman
Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign
Scotsman
When asked if Scotland can put an independence referendum to bed for the next five years, Ms Sturgeon said: ?No, the position I put forward in the SNP manifesto got the support of almost 50% of the population.? She said the Tories ?were the only ones ...
Local elections 2016: How far is Scotland from its next independenc...

Summer battle looms over future of Scotland after referendum pledge - Scotsman

Scotsman
Summer battle looms over future of Scotland after referendum pledge
Scotsman
It comes after Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday that the Scottish Parliament will propose a second referendum when a ?range of polls? indicate most Scots want a second vote on the constitution. The First Minister remains on course for an overwhelming ...
Independence row dominates TV debateBBC News
Scottish leaders d...

Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon
Reuters UK
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Scottish National Party head says Scotland should hold new r...

Willie Rennie: SNP must ditch any plans for independence referendum for Lib D...

Herald Scotland
Willie Rennie: SNP must ditch any plans for independence referendum for Lib Dem support
Herald Scotland
The Lib Dems will work with the SNP where possible, Mr Rennie said, but he roundly rejected any suggestion of co-operating over a second vote on independence. His party were heartened by a stronger showing than many expected in the Scottish elections ...

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Trident could not be a referendum trigger - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Trident could not be a referendum trigger
Herald Scotland
In the case of leaving the EU, we are talking not only about something politically unpopular in Scotland but also something which goes against the arguments used by Better Together in the 2014 referendum. Two years ago the spectre of Scotland being ...



It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play
Bloomberg
Scotland's drive for independence was supposed to run out of road after voters rejected it in the September 2014 referendum, the economic case hollowed out as the price of oil the nationalists said would underpin growth collapsed. Less than two years ...
UK voters fear Scottish independence more than leaving EU - pollRe...

Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU - BBC News

BBC News
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU
BBC News
There would "almost certainly" be a second independence referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland does not, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader said she hoped the situation did not arise, but said there would be "overwhelming" ...
Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scot...

Topic of the week: pros and cons of a second referendum - Herald Scotland

Topic of the week: pros and cons of a second referendum
Herald Scotland
She cites Scotland being forced out of the EU by a Brexit victory as an example. But there is another decision of infinitely greater moral weight, which is crying out for a Scottish referendum. As Trident approaches its ?use by? date of 2025 ...



Pie and Bovril forum

Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Ross Greer
Thinks it's time the ginger hero had his own thread on here tbh

The Ad Lib of environmentalism. The most famous VL in all of West Central Scotland.

New Scottish Parliament
Thought it would be useful to have a thread taking about policies from this point on.

I'm very much in favour of this, however it would be very hypocritical of Labour if they push this in Holyrood but not Westminster.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2016-scotland-36238232

Holyrood voting system
This always attracts a bit of attention around election time. Several callers to Radio Scotland yesterday were upset that defeated constituency candidates were able to sneak in on the list, others were happy that fairly popular candidates got in despite narrow constituency defeats.   Personally I...

Scottish Greens
Can the greens now be classed as a major party in scotland? Lib dems who were classed as more major than the greens in the lead up to the holyrood elections now have less seats so the only logical explanation should be that they are now a major party and lib dems a minor here.

The Young Vote
My overriding feeling of this election is, similar to a few posters. That is, lines are more so becoming entrenched along the Unionist / Nationalist rhetoric.
I'm not claiming that this is the only reason for votes, but that it is an increasing factor on the ballot paper.
So, with this in mind, i...

The Conservative and Unionist Party.
Think Scotland's 2nd Biggest party needs a thread of its own. I'm sure many will agree.

Really looking forward to Scotland's Future. Scotland has really needed an increase in right wing support. That has finally come. Glorious. Onwards and upwards.

#BothVotesSNP
953,587 votes equating to 4 Regional List seats. Good return?

Would they have been better not pedalling the both votes SNP line and letting the independence supporting Greens get a few more seats?

Election Night
The programs don't start til 10:30 so I assume no exit poll?

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

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...

Films 2016
Already seen The Revenant and The Big Short, and went to see The Hateful Eight at the cinema last night. All brilliant, Hateful Eight in particular. Di Caprio better finally bag his Oscar for his turn in The Revenant. Will be seeing Creed next.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Voting
What is everyone voting today?  I'm in Falkirk East and have very uninspiring constituency candidate options. Will probably vote for Angus McDonald of the SNP as the least-bad option.  My list vote will be going to the Scottish Green Party.  

Gordon Strachan
Obituary - Gordon Strachan, rugby international capped five times for Scotland http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14477341.Obituary___Gordon_Strachan__rugby_international_capped_five_times_for_Scotland/

Scargill
Se Arthur's sticking his head above the parapet again.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36203950

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scottish-parliament-a-new-oath-of-allegiance-to-the-people-not-the-queen?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=1462367723

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...

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Independence Live

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

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

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

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

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

Long form podcast extra: Prof John Curtice
http://tvl.ink/podcasts/2016-04-27-John-Curtice.mp3 Prof John Curtice, renowned psephologist and political commentator, chats to Common Space journalist Michael Gray about the upcoming Scottish Parliament election, opinion polls, the voting system and the nature of democracy itself. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast ...

Long form podcast: John McTernan
http://tvl.ink/podcasts/2016-03-31-John-McTernan.mp3 John McTernan, political strategist and commentator, spends an hour chatting to Common Space journalist Michael Gray. John McTernan gives his insight into what is wrong with some of the SNP’s policies and what was great about the New Labour project. This interview was a collaboration between Kiltr, Common Space and Independence Live. You can ...

Long form podcast extra: Paul Mason
http://tvl.ink/podcasts/2016-03-20-Paul-Mason.mp3 Author and journalist, Paul Mason, joined Michael Gray from Commonspace at the Kiltr offices in Glasgow for a leisurely but detailed conversation about post-capitalism, the subject of Paul’s latest book. The interview is a collaboration between Common Space, Kiltr and Independence Live. You can listen to, subscribe to or download the podcast in a ...