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Gerry Adams to publish negotiations 'cook book'
8 Aug 2018 at 12:17am
Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is to publish a negotiators' "cook book" on his experiences during the peace process.

Sturgeon hedges on independence vote call after talks with May
7 Aug 2018 at 7:56pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has signalled a delay to her long-awaited decision on whether to call a second independence referendum because of mounting uncertainty over Brexit.

Theresa May refuses to condemn Boris Johnson's burka remarks as Islamophobic
7 Aug 2018 at 8:30pm
THERESA May has repeatedly failed to condemn Boris Johnson?s language as Islamophobic after he said Muslim women wearing burkas looked like letter boxes and bank robbers.

Addiction to smart phones is crushing our creativity, claims Kezia Dugdale
7 Aug 2018 at 11:39am
ADDICTION to smart phones and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook is crushing our creativity and destroying our ability to think for ourselves, Kezia Dugdale has insisted.

Boris Johnson's Muslim comments branded 'offensive' by Government minister
7 Aug 2018 at 11:05am
COMMENTS by Boris Johnson that Muslim women wearing burkas look like letter boxes have been condemned as ?offensive? by a Government minister.

Theresa May piles pressure on Boris to apologise for burka comments
7 Aug 2018 at 7:49pm
Former foreign secretary Mr Johnson has caused outrage with a newspaper article comparing women in the face-covering veils to bank robbers.

Sturgeon to confront May over ?damaging? Brexit plan
7 Aug 2018 at 4:00am
NICOLA STURGEON will today challenge Theresa May face-to-face over how she intends to avoid a ?catastrophic? Brexit and warn her that growing UK Government threats of a no-deal could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Corbyn under attack for video appearing to question Israel?s right to exist
7 Aug 2018 at 6:55pm
An interview with Iranian TV shows the Labour leader suggesting BBC bias towards Israel and querying its right to exist in 2011 footage tweeted today.

Britain will remain a tier one military power, says Williamson
7 Aug 2018 at 6:50pm
Defence Secretary says UK will continue to be able to deploy forces around the world following reported clash with May on spending.

Ukip suspends members after attack on bookshop
7 Aug 2018 at 11:24am
UKIP has suspended three members after an attack on a socialist bookshop in which far-right protesters allegedly chanted fascist songs and threatened staff.

'Saddam's nemesis' from Glasgow bids to become Iraq's next president
7 Aug 2018 at 5:00am
A GLASGOW-BASED academic once dubbed Saddam Hussein?s nemesis is in the running to become the next president of war-torn Iraq.

Margaret Hodge refuses to apologise to Corbyn after inquiry dropped
7 Aug 2018 at 4:22am
Lawyers for the Labour MP said she did nothing wrong in confronting the party leader over anti-Semitism.

Corbyn supporters urge deputy to quit over attack
7 Aug 2018 at 12:00am
JEREMY Corbyn?s weekend attempt to end Labour?s anti-Semitism crisis has failed, with infighting continuing, his deputy being urged to quit and a senior activist being suspended.

Hard Brexit poses risk to public, say police chiefs
7 Aug 2018 at 7:34am
Police and Crime Commissioners have written to the Home Secretary to express concern over what withdrawal from the EU will mean for security measures.

Theresa May: Brexit can lead to brighter future for whole UK
7 Aug 2018 at 7:32am
The Prime Minister is set to announce a funding boost for parts of Scotland during a visit to Edinburgh.



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Theresa May urges Nicola Sturgeon to not ?sow politics of divison?
7 Aug 2018 at 8:35pm
Theresa May challenged the Scottish Government to get behind her Brexit proposals, instead of trying to “sow the politics of division”.

Nicola Sturgeon still to decide on IndyRef2 plan after meeting Theresa May
7 Aug 2018 at 7:24pm
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that she doesn’t know what she will say about IndyRef2 when she updates the country about her Brexit plans in the autumn.

Ministers urged to act on ?scandalous? bed-blocking increase
7 Aug 2018 at 1:44pm
Campaigners have urged the Scottish Government to act on bed blocking after figures revealed it has risen by 10 per cent in a year.

Police apology after ?unwarranted? armed raid on Edinburgh home
7 Aug 2018 at 12:57pm
Police Scotland has apologised to eight people, including a man who was detained in his pyjamas by armed officers and two women who were strip-searched following a reported firearms incident.

Nicola Sturgeon ?will kick IndyRef2 into the long grass?
7 Aug 2018 at 12:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon is unlikely to call a second referendum on Scottish independence in the next five years, the country’s leading polling expert has predicted.

John Swinney: Primary one testing should be ?fun and enjoyable?
7 Aug 2018 at 12:02pm
John Swinney has defended controversial assessments for primary one pupils, claiming the tests should be “fun and enjoyable” experiences rather than stressful.

Food shortages ?unfortunate reality? of Brexit no deal, warn Scots economists
7 Aug 2018 at 10:55am
Scottish economists have warned food shortages, medicine stockpiles and queues at the UK border would be the “unfortunate reality” of a no-deal Brexit.

Hard Brexit poses risk to public, police chiefs say
7 Aug 2018 at 9:18am
There would be a risk to the public from a hard Brexit, police chiefs have warned.

Brexit: Labour members back second EU referendum
7 Aug 2018 at 8:51am
Labour grassroots members have turned against Brexit, with nearly 200 Labour constituency parties pushing for a policy shift at the autumn conference next month.

Theresa May: Brexit can lead to brighter future for whole UK
7 Aug 2018 at 7:44am
Brexit can result in a brighter future for the whole UK, the Prime Minister will declare, as she reveals details of a funding boost for Scotland.

Health board denies boss received £300k payoff
7 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
A beleaguered health board has denied its former chief executive received a £300,000 “golden handshake”.

Residents ready to battle for Wallace Monument view
7 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
Residents have hit out at proposals for a major housing development on green belt near the Wallace Monument in Stirling saying new buildings would block views for future generations of the world-famous structure.

Lesley Laird: Tories? devolution blunders have played into SNP?s hands
7 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
IT’S easy to be blindsided by events in politics. The best-laid schemes for the average week at Westminster are normally in tatters by Monday lunchtime.

Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to set out ?Plan B?
7 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
Theresa May will be urged to set out a “Plan B” for Brexit during crunch talks with Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh today amid growing fears that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.

Leader comment: Theresa May, you must heed Nicola Sturgeon?s Brexit advice
7 Aug 2018 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon will today urge Theresa May to adopt a ‘plan B’ for the UK’s departure from the EU to ensure a potentially catastrophic no-deal scenario is avoided.

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Summer cleaning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2018 at 12:16pm
Scottish politics is still resolutely on holiday, but in response to an enquiry from Prof. Sir John Curtice today we noticed that we still hadn’t published a few snippets of data from our most recent Panelbase poll. So in the absence of anything else to talk about, we might as well have a wee look. …

The fire sale
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Aug 2018 at 10:36am
Scotland On Sunday has a very odd front-page splash today. In a truly remarkable feat of sheer journalistic incompetence, the paper’s Tom Peterkin manages to cover three pages discussing the idea of an independent Scotland renting the Faslane naval base to the UK without once even mentioning the two very recent opinion polls conducted on that …

Magnificent men and their lying machines
by Chris Cairns
4 Aug 2018 at 6:59am

Just one more thing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Aug 2018 at 12:20pm
Right, let’s wrap this up and hope some actual politics happens soon. By now readers will presumably be aware of our successful fight against the BBC’s shutting down of our YouTube channel last week. The channel is now fully back in service, including all 13 of the clips the BBC complained about. But the job’s …

A significant debate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Aug 2018 at 2:39pm
For those of you who didn’t catch the media review section of today’s John Beattie show on Radio Scotland, where the Wings/YouTube copyright case was discussed at length, here’s a compilation of the relevant sections. It’s quite the listen. (John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland, 2 August 2018) . The BBC’s official statement is below in full. …

Please disregard our previous message
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Aug 2018 at 10:55am
Well, this story moves fast. What that means is that, at least for now, our YouTube channel is back (Back! BACK!), minus the 13 videos complained about by the BBC on copyright grounds. The situation is once again that Corporation has 14 business days to file a formal court challenge, and unless it does so the channel will …

For the attention of the Director General
by The Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond
2 Aug 2018 at 7:55am
Baron Hall of Birkenhead Director General BBC Dear Director General I write to you about the current controversy with regard to the BBC enforcing copyright against two Independence supporting on-line publications which has resulted in their YouTube channels being shut down. My interest in the matter is that one of the news excerpts complained about …

The sounds of the silenced
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2018 at 10:32am
Before we were so rudely interrupted, we were about to write a little more about the issues around the BBC’s takedown of this site’s YouTube channel. Because while we got a very respectable five-and-a-half minutes on Good Morning Scotland earlier today, you never have the time on radio or TV to say everything you want to. Incidentally, …

Silence will fall
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Aug 2018 at 8:24am
Well, that’s curious. No sooner had I got back home from the BBC Radio studio in Bath after going on today’s Good Morning Scotland to discuss the Corporation’s closing down of my YouTube channel than I found a new email from YouTube in my inbox. No explanation of any kind was offered for the decision – …

The dirty baker?s dozen
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2018 at 9:04am
So this morning, four days after our entire YouTube channel was deleted at the behest of the BBC, and after days of wrestling with YouTube’s shambolic robot-staffed admin maze, we finally managed to get an email out of them with the full list of what the BBC had complained about. (If you should ever find yourself in a similar …

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Sturgeon challenges May over Brexit 'plan B' in meeting
7 Aug 2018 at 7:05pm
Mrs May faced questions from the Scottish first minister about her Brexit plans while in Edinburgh.

Former NHS boss Lesley McLay received £90,000 payment
7 Aug 2018 at 11:35pm
BBC Scotland understands Lesley McLay received payments after her employment at NHS Tayside was terminated

Scottish exam results 2018: Higher pass rate 'stable'
7 Aug 2018 at 1:35pm
The number of entries for Highers and the proportion of students receiving a pass mark falls slightly.

'I'd rather die than live on the street' says asylum seeker
7 Aug 2018 at 7:45am
One of the asylum seekers facing eviction in Glasgow says he wants the opportunity to "work his way out" of poverty.

Fall in injecting kits handed out to drug users
7 Aug 2018 at 4:42pm
Charities say a fall in equipment handed out could signal a change in drug-taking habits.

Ex-UKIP chairman issued with court order warning
7 Aug 2018 at 2:33pm
Arthur 'Misty' Thackeray, 57, admitted making a string of vulgar phone calls to 10 different women.

Scottish business activity 'hit by Brexit uncertainty'
7 Aug 2018 at 1:02am
A third of Scottish firms surveyed say that recruitment and investment activity has been harmed.

Pensioner fined over racist letter to MSP in Fife
6 Aug 2018 at 5:21pm
The 68-year-old sent the mail to Anas Sarwar's constituency office earlier this year.

Highland Main Line journey times criticised
6 Aug 2018 at 12:44pm
Campaigners says travelling times by train from Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow are not improving as promised.

Former NHS Tayside chief executive 'received £300,000' pay-off
6 Aug 2018 at 4:23pm
An MSP claims Lesley McLay received the package despite "presiding over financial chaos" at NHS Tayside.

Independence views 'protected by law'
5 Aug 2018 at 12:22pm
Support for Scottish nationalism should be protected by law, a tribunal judge rules against the Ministry of Defence.

More Scottish homes offered access to superfast broadband
6 Aug 2018 at 3:58pm
The 25,000 properties include homes and businesses in Moray, the Highlands and Ayrshire.

Scot Goes Pop

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

John Curtice is wrong: the Yes rank-and-file would not accept the independenc...
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 8:58pm
"Ask John Curtice" was a Twitter meme a few years ago.  It was based on the BBC's endless attempts to get their money's worth out of Curtice's role as a studio pundit by asking him about topics tha...

Independence remains the only viable Brexit parachute
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2018 at 5:27am
You may have seen that Thomas Widmann of Arc of Prosperity has written a blogpost in which he turns conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that Magnus Linklater's notorious article in The Ti...

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2018: An Update
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2018 at 6:32am
Click here to go straight to the fundraising page.There are times in life when you realise you're in the middle of making an incredibly stupid mistake, and you have to decide whether to see it thro...

Questions for the BBC on the YouTube controversy
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 9:21pm
A great deal has been written about the closing down of the Wings and Moridura YouTube accounts, but there are a few points that I don't think have received enough attention yet.  The BBC suggested...

The Chequers shambles brought UKIP back from the dead - and May's fear of UKI...
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2018 at 5:36pm
One of the paradoxes of last year's general election is that the Tories had to increase their vote sharply just to avoid going backwards any further than they did.  Theresa May took 42% of the popu...

Any Blairite breakaway from Labour could be Christmas for the SNP
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2018 at 11:36pm
Subscribers to iScot magazine might remember that for my December 2017 column, I made a series of non-predictions for the year ahead.  That is to say, I made the point that the range of possibiliti...

Tonight (and every other night until the end of time) Scottish Labour are gon...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2018 at 6:33pm
It's always bemused me that there are two opinions about the SNP's history that seemingly nobody is allowed to express because the self-appointed experts have already long since decided that they a...

Latest figures suggest Scot Goes Pop is Scotland's fifth most-read alternativ...
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
Apologies for another self-indulgent stats post (in fairness I think the last one was in March!), but like other bloggers I do sometimes have to fight to make sure Scot Goes Pop gets the full recog...

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TG4, NI Screen, BBC ALBA, and S4C create joint Celtic International Fund
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Nicola Sturgeon slams Boris Johnson's 'disgraceful' and 'deliberate' burka co...
by Andrew Woodcock
7 Aug 2018 at 9:38pm
The former foreign secretary is being urged to apologise over comments he made comparing burka wearers to bank robbers.

DWP slammed for flippant response over claims MSPs 'banned from helping const...
by David Clegg
7 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Linda Fabiani MSP wrote to the Work and Pensions Secretary over her concerns about not being about to help her consituents.

Nicola Sturgeon to grill Theresa May over destructive impact of Brexit on Sco...
by Andy Philip
7 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Nicola Sturgeon is believed to be planning on pushing Theresa May on a plan B for Brexit.

Boris Johnson in race row after claiming women wearing the burka 'look like a...
by David Clegg
7 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Labour MSP Anas Sarwar insisted the slurs from the senior Tory “legitimise” Islamophobia.

Home Secretary needs to take charge and stop eviction of asylum seekers in Gl...
by dailyrecord
6 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black has her say on the asylum seekers crisis in Glasgow.

Labour are failing the nation amid party's civil war over anti-Semitism
by David Clegg
3 Aug 2018 at 4:30am

 Jeremy Corbyn is letting the public down as leader of the opposition as the Tories drive the UK towards the chaotic final stages of the Brexit process, says our Political Editor David Clegg.&...

SNP's 'cruel' P1 testing branded 'a shambles which leaves pupils in tears'
by Vivienne Aitken
2 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Teachers slammed the Scottish Government's initiative in a report which said the tests were a waste of class time.

Tories target young Love Island voters with 'Muggy Corbyn' water bottle campaign
by Robyn Darbyshire
1 Aug 2018 at 9:36pm
The Conservative Party appear to be trying to coast off the back of the hit ITV2 show's success with young people.

Call for cancer action as early detection rates fall in last year
by Vivienne Aitken
1 Aug 2018 at 4:30am
Politicians and charities are demanding more is done to spot the disease early.

Fife Scottish Labour councillor suspended from party during anti-Semitism probe
by dailyrecord
31 Jul 2018 at 5:35pm
Mary Lockhart was criticised over comments she made in a Facebook post about the party's position on anti-Semitism.

Michael Greenwell

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

?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching…  

Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?    

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …

Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …

Bella Caledonia

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Bella interviews Loki
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Aug 2018 at 3:01pm
An interview with Darren McGarvey, hip hop artist, journalist and author of Poverty Safari (Luath) at the Edinburgh Festival 2018. We talked about the poverty industry, political polarisation, the corrosive impact of shame, self-responsibility, addiction, communication in age of social media, self-development, and Scottish independence. “I found my way back to my politics”.   Poverty Safari …

We?ll Never Know
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Aug 2018 at 10:51am
This week former MP Tom Harris reassigned from the Labour Party after thirty-four years. He stood for election as Scottish party leader in 2011 and the following year was forced to resign as Labour?s “Social Media Tsar” after posting a spoof video that compared the then SNP leader Alex Salmond to Adolf Hitler. Here he is writing …

Death Star Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2018 at 4:08pm
After two years of keeping some belongings in storage, my flat is now piled high and deep with boxes of useless but cherished items and strewn with books and magazines spilling ideas and dust. From The Drouth: “A failed state becomes a death star” (2014) seems to loom out of the piles like an mystic …

Erdo?an and Netanyahu, two sides of the same Imperialist Coin
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Aug 2018 at 10:08am
Like many other left activists, I have been on the streets to show solidarity both with the Kurds, under attack from Turkey, and with the Palestinians, under attack from Israel. So it is disconcerting and depressing to get comments from Zionists supporting my posts on the Kurds, and to see pro-Palestinian Facebook friends welcoming Turkish …

On the Fightback Against SERCO Evictions
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Aug 2018 at 3:10pm
Sean Baillie and Joey Simons from Living Rent explore the issue of housing, SERCO and civil liberties. The situation we are facing in Glasgow today must be seen as a turning point, or else we must turn it into one. As a tenants? union, we will not allow this brutal attack by Serco on some …

Hiroshima Remembered
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Aug 2018 at 11:36am
April is not the cruellest month – August is. Every year I have to steel myself to endure the ritual rehash of the party line justifying the greatest single-act war crime in history, the ?fons et origo? of our present nuclear nightmare – the obliteration of Hiroshima.  Like a child with his comfort blanket, we …

The Planes will Be Grounded Anyway: Brexit, Climate Change and the Power of D...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Aug 2018 at 9:48am
As the moment when both climate change and the true cringing absurdity of Brexit became tangible and unavoidable ? the summer of 2018 seems weighted with an unusual significance. Both the freak weather and the daily diet of freak politics are, surely, coincidental. They will sit side-by-side in the history books, colouring the way in …

Turasachd is Taigheadais
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Aug 2018 at 5:45pm
Le Màrtainn Mac a’ Bhàillidh   ?S tric a chluinnear mu staing taigheadais sna làithean seo, anns an Eilean Sgitheanach gu sònraichte, agus ràith thurasachd cho trang ?s a bh? againn riamh air a bhith ann am-bliadhna. ?S e duilgheadas dha-rìribh a tha seo a sheallas dhuinn a-rithist na thachras nuair a leigeas sinn leis a? …

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Sturgeon likely to delay decision on second independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 8:23pm
Prospects for new referendum clouded by Brexit confusion, Scottish first minister warnsNicola Sturgeon has signalled she is unlikely to be able to make a decision on an independence referendum this autumn because of the uncertainties and confusion around Brexit.The first minister promised earlier...

Scottish ministers under fire as exam results decline again
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Aug 2018 at 2:26pm
Pass rates for Highers fall for third year running as Nationals drop two percentage pointsScottish ministers have been accused of complacency after the latest school exam results showed a continuing decline in grades.The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) disclosed on Tuesday that A-to-C pas...

Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers
by Karen McVeigh
30 Jul 2018 at 6:29pm
City council and MPs demand help for more than 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in BritainThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to intervene to stop a housing provider from locking hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute. Glasgow city council a...

Time to purge undesirable Scots. Yes Andy Murray, that means you | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Jul 2018 at 5:59am
Pinkos, nationalists and Remainers ? if you?re not worried, you really ought to beIn Britain?s postwar decades, it seems that if your name didn?t appear on a government blacklist then you could never consider yourself an authentic leftie. We all purport to be shocked at how 1950s America went mee...

Momentum heads to Glasgow to hold first Scottish training event
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2018 at 5:08pm
Pro-Corbyn group hopes to use grassroots support to win back marginal Westminster seatsMomentum will hold its first Scottish training event in Glasgow this Saturday, in the hope of galvanising the same levels of grassroots support for Labour that boosted the party?s prospects in England during th...

Scotland's Brexit bill is 'perfectly practical', supreme court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Jul 2018 at 4:26pm
Judges are being asked to rule on political standoff between Holyrood and WestminsterThe Scottish parliament?s Brexit bill is ?perfectly practical? and in keeping with EU principles of legal certainty and continuity, the supreme court has heard.Backed by senior legal representatives from Wales an...

Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Plan B in outer space
Remember 2014? All we heard from the chorus of British politicians and the media was “What’s your plan B?” That was just about the currency of an independent Scotland, because the British government was saying that it wasn’t going to enter into a formal currency union with Scotland. It was relentless, and it successfully scared …

Being catapulted to the Moon
All the way through the campaign we were assured that leaving the EU didn’t necessarily mean leaving the customs union or the single market. The Brexit vote was won for leave on the very narrowest of margins. You’d think that would mean that the government would attempt to reconcile those who voted to remain, and …

Cool Scots
On Saturday I’m speaking at the Yes Bar at the Glasgow launch of Greg Moodie’s new book, Cool Scots. For the benefit of all of you who are far from Glasgow, or who have better things to do, or who are just too lazy to come along, here’s the speech I’ll be giving. I was …

Stuck in the middle of spew
It transpires that David Mundell’s own reelection campaign was a recipient of the dark money donated to the Scottish Conservatives by secret donors. His election victory was bought on the back of donations from unknown sources.  It shouldn’t really be a surprise that the Scottish Secretary of State’s reelection campaign in 2017 benefited from mystery …

The desperate hysteria of British nationalism
Shut up. Wheesht. Don’t dare imagine that you can voice your views. You’re a vile nationalist, a supporter of independence, and that means you’re the same as an English gassing Nazi. I say so and I’m British, which means I’m not nationalist at all. Being British means not being nationalist, that’s why the UK doesn’t …

The propaganda department
A report has just been published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. The House of Commons report was written by anti-independence MPs, largely from England. It consists of 11 MPs, five of whom are Conservative, five Labour, and only one SNP. The sole SNP MP on the committee …

How I made Britnat trolls work for me
I had planned to publish this piece yesterday, but the BBC shutdown of Wings Over Scotland’s and Moridura’s YouTube Channels was too important not to blog about immediately. Quite incredibly, it now transpires that the BBC closed down Stu Campbell’s YouTube channel because he’d published the video of the BBC interviewing Stu Campbell. When she …

Free speech, except for viewers in Scotland
The BBC doesn’t exactly have a great reputation in Scotland for fairness and a lack of bias. Trust in the Corporation in Scotland is low, and you’ll be more likely to find someone who thinks that Creationist website demonstrates a proper understanding of the theory of evolution than you’ll find an independence supporter who believes …

The National

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Back in the Day: Why fascism did not flourish in pre-war Scotland
MANY people will be coming fresh to the work of Dame Muriel Spark in this year of celebrations to mark the centenary of her birth, and I will attempt to sum up her extraordinary life and career in a later column.

Fox ridiculed for embarrassing Brexit U-turn
TORY Trade Secretary Liam Fox faces ridicule after he warned that a no-deal Brexit was now more likely than the UK getting an agreement with Europe.

Scots Tories under SNP pressure to reveal truth on ?dark money?
FURTHER pressure is being put on the Scottish Tories to come clean about their use of ?dark money?.

Scot's cartoon post undermines Corbyn?s anti-Semitism message
JEREMY Corbyn has tried, again, to defuse the anti-Semitism row that has engulfed the Labour Party. In a video message released yesterday afternoon he said: ?I?m sorry for the hurt that has been caused to many Jewish people.?

Call for Holyrood to launch school music tuition inquiry
HOLYROOD?s Education Committee has been urged to launch a probe into how easy it is for pupils in Scotland?s schools to access musical instrument tuition.

Sturgeon to canvas farmers for rural views on Brexit
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on farmers to tell the government what they think about Brexit and what it might mean for rural funding.

Labour urge SNP to mitigate Tory austerity on education spending
SCOTTISH Labour have accused the SNP of failing to ?to protect Scotland?s schools? from £400 million worth of Tory cuts.

Stuart Campbell: BBC bombshell is final proof we independence supporters are ...
IF the plot of the 2018 BBC/YouTube scandal gets any thicker, they?ll be able to use it to plug gaps in the Great Wall of China. With subterfuge and double-dealing at every turn, it?s got more twists than a night at Jack Rabbit Slim?s.

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

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …


Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can ...
Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can take place Scotland's leader urged to back May's Brexit plan as independence debate re-ignited May Visits Scotland As Polls Show Low Confidence in Post-Brexit Economy  NewsweekScotland's leader urged to back May's Brexit plan as independence debate re-ignited  XinhuaFull cove...

Belief in Scottish independence 'protected by law'
Belief in Scottish independence 'protected by law'  The ScotsmanA judge has ruled supporting Scottish independence is a ?philosophical belief? on a par with religion  iNewsTribunal judge: independence is a 'philosophical' belief similar to a religion  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Belief in Scottish independence protected under equality laws, Employment Tri...
Belief in Scottish independence protected under equality laws, Employment Tribunal rules  Irish Legal NewsFull coverage

Thousands take part in Scottish independence march in Inverness
Thousands take part in Scottish independence march in Inverness  BBC NewsFull coverage

Sir John Curtice says the 'odds are against' a second vote on Scottish indepe...
Sir John Curtice says the 'odds are against' a second vote on Scottish independence  iNewsFull coverage

Around 20000 expected as Scottish independence rally in Dundee given go-ahead
Around 20000 expected as Scottish independence rally in Dundee given go-ahead  Evening TelegraphFull coverage

'Something smells rotten at BBC': Salmond accuses Beeb of anti-Scottish indep...
'Something smells rotten at BBC': Salmond accuses Beeb of anti-Scottish independence bias (VIDEO)  RTBBC Has Profound Institutional Bias Against Independence - Activist  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

Thousands march in Inverness for Scottish Independence rally
Thousands march in Inverness for Scottish Independence rally  The ScotsmanInverness independence march attracts thousands of participants  Press and JournalFull coverage


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Theresa May urges SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to back EU deal plans amid Scott...
Theresa May urges SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to back EU deal plans amid Scottish Government's No Deal Brexit fears  The SunWorship at the altar of Scottish nationalism  The TimesNo indyref2 for five years, pollster suggests  Press and JournalFull coverage

VERY thin blue lime: SNP under fire over 'UNSUSTAINABLE' police numbers
VERY thin blue lime: SNP under fire over 'UNSUSTAINABLE' police numbers coverage

'Take your fingers out of your ears!' SNP told to AXE school tests for FIVE-Y...
'Take your fingers out of your ears!' SNP told to AXE school tests for FIVE-YEAR-OLDS coverage

Creating the next-generation decentralized social networking application ecos...
Creating the next-generation decentralized social networking application ecosystem, SoCo SNP returns the control of ...  Markets InsiderFull coverage

Cash for schools 'hammered' by SNP cuts, claim Labour
Cash for schools 'hammered' by SNP cuts, claim Labour funding falls £400 million, figures show  TES NewsFull coverage

SNP demands answers from Javid and Gove on berry picking crisis
SNP demands answers from Javid and Gove on berry picking crisis  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP's dithering is making immigrants angry
SNP's dithering is making immigrants angry  The TimesFull coverage

SNP defends Wings over Scotland blogger
SNP defends Wings over Scotland blogger  The TimesLetters: Left's takeover of Labour has kept the SNP in power  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can ...
Scottish independence BLOW: Sturgeon admits she 'DOESN'T KNOW' when vote can take place May urges SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to back EU deal plans amid Scottish Government's No Deal Brexit fears  The SunTheresa May Visits Scotland As Polls Show Low Confidence in Post-Brexit Economy  NewsweekScotland's leader urged to back May's Brexit plan as independence debate re-ignited...

Sir John Curtice says the 'odds are against' a second vote on Scottish indepe...
Sir John Curtice says the 'odds are against' a second vote on Scottish independence  iNewsFull coverage

What Catalans and Scots say about state of EU unity
What Catalans and Scots say about state of EU unity  The Whittier Daily NewsFull coverage

County Commissioners move to put referendum on ballot
County Commissioners move to put referendum on ballot  Laurinburg ExchangeFull coverage

Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the ...
Letter: Another Scottish independence march - so why does support remain the same?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote coverage

Thousands of pro-Indy marchers bring Inverness to standstill as Scottish Inde...
Thousands of pro-Indy marchers bring Inverness to standstill as Scottish Independence march hits Highland capital  The Scottish SunFull coverage

Poll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum
Poll: Half of Scots oppose second independence referendum  The ScotsmanSNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

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 ...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.


The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

The Official President Trump thread

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!

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

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...

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

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

I think we got away with it...  

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.

I know there was a topic about android tv boxes and Kodi but I'm looking at a Mag 250 IPTV Box, think it's fairly similar. Wondered if anyone had used one?

Anyone else find all the ads (especially the pop up ones) a right pain when on TAMB on a mobile device?

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...

DIY and Austerity
The latest cost cutting idea from Mr Tdyer. Last Friday night my daughter and i were chatting in the kitchen and Mr Tdyer walks in with a long plank of wood. He walked over to the fridge and brought out a pot of strawberry jam and started smearing the jam over the wood.  I thought he had ...

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

        2012:  The Independence Referendum The Scottish government?s offer to include, ?Devo Max? in the questions, to be put to the Scottish electorate was firmly rejected. It had to be ?all or nothing.? and there was no intention on the part of any of the Unionist parties, to give Scotland any new … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hoodwinked-the-scots-in-1707-and-2014-and...

    Fulton and Cameron  (Thatchers cronies)     Sep 2011: Davidson and Fraser Slugging match The loss of Annabel Goldie, to the “House of Lords” created a leadership vacancy and the application of Murdo Fraser, supported by a majority of Scottish Tory Party members and officials and Ruth Davidson, the hopelessly inexperienced choice of … Continue reading "plausible-paranoia-how-westminster-hood...

Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and 2014 an...
          May 2008: Increasing Nationalist support in Scotland alerts and alarms Westminster and the US. The Labour Party in Scotland was in meltdown and it was entirely possible a majority SNP government would be in place in 2011 which would bring with it calls for Scottish independence and a referendum. There … Continue reading "Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 170...

Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and 2014 an...
      Annabel Goldie and Ruth Davidson     Nov 2005: Crisis in the Scottish Tory Party Press and Public attention transferred away from the SSP, now in terminal decline, to the Tory Party when the Party leader in Scotland David McLetchie was forced to resign from office facing a scandal associated with his … Continue reading "Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and...

Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and 2014 an...
      Tommy Sheridan     2003: Shades of Daniel Defoe – The rise and fall of Tommy Sheridan and the Scottish Socialist Party Tommy Sheridan, Colin Fox and other left wing activists had started making significant in-roads into Scottish politics causing concern in London, triggering long established controlling mechanisms implementation of which would … Continue reading "Plausible Paranoia ? How ...

Plausible Paranoia ? How Westminster hoodwinked the Scots in 1707 and 2014 an...
          The British Secret Service (SIS) The security service is comprised of three branches each of which provide graduates, post graduates, linquists, IT specialists and writers a wide range of career opportunities in intelligence work. 1. MI5:  Staff 4000: It is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organised threats to … Continue reading "Plausible Paranoia – How Westminster ...

Is the Tory Party clandestinely Driving the Anti-Semitism Charges Against Jer...
    Jeremy Corbyn – The Labour Party and anti-semitism smears The Tory Party hit back at Labour because of its demands for an inquiry over the Tory Party inaction to interference in British politics by Israel Israeli state sponsored strategy is focused on controlling public opinion in the UK. Israel?s objective is to harness … Continue reading "Is the Tory Party clandestinely Driving the Anti-S...

Westminster Dictates Scotland Submits ? Time to Bring an End to This Nonsense
        Independence – Now is the Time for Scots to stand up and be counted in Events in London over the last week have left me feeling more than a bit deflated since I was cruelly reminded by the senior legal advisor of Queen Elizabeth of the reality of political governance in … Continue reading "Westminster Dictates Scotland Submits – Time to Bring an End to This Nonsense"

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Young people?s mental health: ?I felt like I didn?t have an eating disorder b...

Nicola Sturgeon urges Theresa May to set out a Brexit ?plan B? ahead of talks

Pupils across Scotland to receive exam results

A year on from my dad's death, I am learning that grief does not have an expi...

Michel Barnier hints at change to break Northern Ireland border deadlock

French dampen hopes of Brexit breakthrough ahead of Theresa May meeting with ...

Brexit threat to Scotch whisky and Stornoway black pudding

Free bus pass age to stay at 60, Scottish Government confirms

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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…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…