Chap-Chap.com
Scottish Politics and Referendum News - aggregated

About and Contact | Scottish products store | Archive | This page collected on 09.01.2017


The Herald

HeraldScotland | Politics
HeraldScotland | Politics
HeraldScotland /politics/

Sturgeon calls on May to compromise on Brexit and meet Scottish Government "h...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:02am
NICOLA Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to seize a spirit of compromise and meet the Scottish Government ?half-way? to allow Scotland to stay in the European single market.

May signals end to UK's membership of single market and denies "muddled think...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:02am
THERESA May has indicated that Britain will not continue as a full member of the European single market after Brexit as she denied the UK Government was guilty of ?muddled thinking? over its withdrawal strategy.

PM says she will use government as "force for good" to tackle stigma of menta...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
THERESA May today vows to use government as a force for good to tackle the stigma around mental health issues as part of her vision to address the "burning injustices" in British society.

Increasing number of taxpayers in Scotland would boost Government coffers by ...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:04am
INCREASING the number of taxpayers in Scotland rather than stinging people with higher taxes could provide a £600 million-plus boost to funding for schools and hospitals, new analysis by the Scottish Conservatives says today.

Boosting number of Scottish taxpayers would boost Scottish Government coffers...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
INCREASING the number of taxpayers in Scotland rather than stinging people with higher taxes could provide a £600 million-plus boost to funding for schools and hospitals, new analysis by the Scottish Conservatives claims today.

UK firms need to find £100bn over next decade to fill pensions black hole cau...
9 Jan 2017 at 12:03am
BRITISH businesses need to stump up an extra £10 billion a year over the next decade to cover the pension deficits built up in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, according to a report published today.

Salmond calls on UK Government to deport Israeli official at centre of diplom...
8 Jan 2017 at 8:09pm
THE SNP has called for the Israeli embassy official at the centre of a diplomatic storm to be deported and the UK Government to launch an official inquiry.

Revealed: the leaked internal report on the BBC's 'impartial' reporting of J...
8 Jan 2017 at 11:16am
A watchdog?s draft report that found a BBC news item on Jeremy Corbyn had breached accuracy and impartiality guidelines has been put online by the Sunday Herald.

Sturgeon warns Prime Minister she is not bluffing on indyref2
8 Jan 2017 at 2:51pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to seize a spirit of compromise and meet the Scottish Government ?half-way? to allow Scotland to stay in the European single market.

Boris Johnson flies to New York to meet Team Trump to pave for PM's visit
8 Jan 2017 at 8:29pm
BORIS Johnson has flown to New York for meetings with senior members of Donald Trump's team just hours after Theresa May labelled the US President-elect's comments about groping women "unacceptable".

Gove urges May to go for "full Brexit" - out of single market and customs union
8 Jan 2017 at 10:01pm
MICHAEL Gove has urged the UK Government to deliver a "full Brexit" by ensuring the UK quits the European single market and customs union.

Watson admits lack of clarity of Labour's immigration as he dismisses talk of...
8 Jan 2017 at 7:03pm
TOM Watson has admitted Labour's immigration policy is unclear as he shed light on his sometimes strained relationship with Jeremy Corbyn's top team.

Len McCluskey starts Unite re-election campaign in Scotland
7 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
THE Unite leader Len McCluskey will begin his re-election campaign in Scotland today with a demand to boost investment in the struggling North Sea oil and gas industry.

Labour facing more problems in Glasgow as Tories target city
6 Jan 2017 at 12:07am
LABOUR is facing a second front in its battle to hold Glasgow in May?s local elections, with the Conservatives now mounting an assault on the party as well as the SNP.

The Midge: 'Vague, indecisive, and just like Brown' ... Looks like press hone...
6 Jan 2017 at 7:15am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

 

Scotsman

The Scotsman Feed
Visit now for the latest news direct from The Scotsman and updated throughout the day

Police Scotland catch more drink drivers during festive blitz
9 Jan 2017 at 12:00am

Theresa May labels Trump?s groping comments ?unacceptable?
8 Jan 2017 at 9:25pm
Theresa May has labelled comments made by Donald Trump about groping women as unacceptable after the US president-elect said he is “very much” looking forward to meeting the Prime Minister.

Online magazine Bella Caledonia on verge of closure
8 Jan 2017 at 9:06pm
Scottish online social and political magazine Bella Caledonia will shut down, unless an urgent fundraising appeal can be met.

Outlander author denies show was delayed due to indyref vote
8 Jan 2017 at 7:04pm
Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has denied the hit show’s debut was delayed due to political pressure in the lead up to the vote on Scottish referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon: ?I?m not bluffing about indyref2?
8 Jan 2017 at 2:56pm
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she is not bluffing about the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum as she accused Theresa May of having an “unacceptable” approach to Brexit.

Labour call for Holyrood FMQs to go public once a year
8 Jan 2017 at 2:16pm
VOTERS should be allowed to take part in a special public session of First Minister’s Questions, Labour has said.

Business leaders to warn SNP against holding indyref2 vote
8 Jan 2017 at 12:00am
Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell will this week be warned against holding another independence referendum when he meets prominent business figures to discuss EU withdrawal.

More than 1,000 Scots wait 60 days to start cancer treatment
8 Jan 2017 at 12:00am
More than 1,000 Scots waited longer than they should have for cancer treatment last year, new analysis by Labour suggests.

SNP accused of ?running scared? of ?super ID database? plans
7 Jan 2017 at 11:54pm
The Scottish Government has been accused of “running scared” over controversial proposals for a “super ID database” in Scotland after dithering for almost two years on the plans.

Dani Garavelli: Universal basic income could be on its way
7 Jan 2017 at 11:32pm
POLITICAL turmoil unleashed by acute economic uncertainty is converting sceptics to the case for a Universal Basic Income, writes Dani Garavelli

SNP urged to make sex education compulsory
7 Jan 2017 at 11:20pm
Nicola Sturgeon’s government is under growing pressure to make sex education compulsory in Catholic schools amid growing alarm about the impact that online pornography and “sexting” is having on children in Scotland.

Brexit: Former EU ambassador Sir Ivan Rogers quits civil service
7 Jan 2017 at 8:02pm
Sir Ivan Rogers has quit the civil service with immediate effect, days after resigning from his role as UK ambassador to the European Union.

Len McCluskey calls for bailout of struggling oil industry
7 Jan 2017 at 7:38pm
Unite chief Len McCluskey said he is running on his “record and vision” as his campaign for the union’s leadership arrived in Scotland today.

Police investigate terrorist fundraising in Edinburgh
7 Jan 2017 at 10:17am
A major investigation has been launched following allegations a Kurdish terror group is being secretly financed from Edinburgh.

Leader comment: Sturgeon heaps pressure on May
7 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
There are many interpretations being
 put upon Nicola Sturgeon’s recent suggestion that a soft Brexit would
see prospects of a second Scottish independence referendum disappear in the short term.

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

If I?m right and you are sinful
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2017 at 1:21pm
We’ve never been all that convinced by the political strategy of parties angrily pointing out their rivals have supposedly broken their manifesto promises once in government. After all, since by definition the complaining party was very probably opposed to the policies in question, shouldn’t they be delighted if they haven’t been enacted? (It’s different, of course, in …

Data without information
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
This week a Scottish journalist told us ruefully that over the festive holidays, all parties send the newspapers “Christmas boxes” comprising a load of ready-made and pre-chewed garbage stories, each embargoed to specific days, for them to run in the news desert between Boxing Day and January 3rd with no further effort required. (This year’s crop had …

The only explanation
by Chris Cairns
7 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

The dreams of the walking dead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2017 at 4:06pm
There’s no sign of Scottish Labour’s great voyage to the bottom of the polls hitting the sea-bed yet. Currently sitting at around 15% – a startling 10 points down on the abysmal performance that saw the party lose 40 of 41 Westminster MPs in 2015 – the North Britain Branch Office is now haemorrhaging voters …

Hypocrisy, actually
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2017 at 12:12pm
We weren’t going to dignify the utterly absurd media stushie over a tweet by Glasgow MSP John Mason yesterday with any coverage because it was too cretinous to even bear thinking about, but this from today’s Daily Record was just too good. In addition to putting the “story” on the front cover and giving it the …

Here it comes again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jan 2017 at 10:49am
It might only be the 2nd of January, but it’s already pretty clear what we should expect from Scottish politics and the Scottish media in 2017. Yesterday saw an absurdly petty response from Scottish Labour to the SNP’s “baby box” initiative, sourly carping at a dirt-cheap measure with a proven record of reducing infant mortality and …

Here?s to the back of that
by Chris Cairns
31 Dec 2016 at 9:14am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

The final surrender
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Dec 2016 at 8:44am
From a remarkable front-page lead in today’s Herald. Never mind running local services better. All that Scottish Labour now care about is existing in order to go into coalitions with the Tories, to prevent a left-of-centre social-democratic party with which they agree on almost everything except the constitution from wielding power in an area that has …

Counting With Mr Gray
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2016 at 6:20pm
Several papers today carry a desperate story about education that’s sourced straight from a Scottish Labour press release, which pulls some figures out of thin air without providing any sources and appears to have left out at least one significant factor. But that’s not the funny bit. Two of the stories – the Herald’s (left above) and …

Towards a better, kinder 2017
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2016 at 12:01pm
A few people objected to this post when we first ran it a year ago, then came to regret their decision. So for their sake we’re putting it up again, in a new and updated form, in the interests of civilised and productive discourse about Scottish politics. It’s the most constructive contribution we can think of …

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics


Nicola Sturgeon warns PM she is not bluffing on indyref2
8 Jan 2017 at 12:04pm
Nicola Sturgeon warns Theresa May she is not "bluffing" on the promise of a second independence referendum.


Skills training in Scotland needs clearer focus, says think tank
9 Jan 2017 at 1:07am
The way in which people in Scotland are trained for work needs to change in order to meet future challenges, a think tank warns.


HMIC to examine Police Scotland plan to take on rail policing
9 Jan 2017 at 1:08am
A watchdog will inspect British Transport Police ahead of Police Scotland's proposed takeover of the force.


Police Scotland records rise in Christmas drink-drivers
8 Jan 2017 at 12:06pm
There was a rise in the number of drink-drivers caught over Christmas and new year, the Scottish government says.


Len McCluskey calls for action to protect oil industry
7 Jan 2017 at 4:35pm
The general secretary of the Unite union calls for the UK and Scottish governments to do more to protect the UK's oil industry.


Local control over education 'is key'
6 Jan 2017 at 1:25am
Scotland's largest teaching union warns against reducing the influence of local councils over the country's education system.


Sturgeon suggests soft Brexit could take indyref off table in short term
6 Jan 2017 at 3:35pm
Nicola Sturgeon suggests a soft Brexit could see an independence vote removed in the short term.


GP call to target extra cash in poor areas
6 Jan 2017 at 10:30am
Doctors leaders urge the Scottish government to target increased investment in general practice at tackling health inequalities.


Labour's Kezia Dugdale says UK is Scotland's more important union
5 Jan 2017 at 12:51pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells the BBC the UK is more important to Scotland than the EU as she sets out her plan to "save our Union" in 2017.


MPs call for immigration devolution
5 Jan 2017 at 10:58am
A cross-party group of MPs calls on the UK government to "seriously consider" handing greater powers over immigration to Scotland.


Q&A: Scotland's 2017 council elections
5 Jan 2017 at 1:48pm
Scotland goes to the polls for council elections in May 2017. What is likely to happen, and how might it affect local government?


'Late-stage' abortion issue to be considered
4 Jan 2017 at 7:36pm
The issue of "late stage" abortions is being considered by ministers after new powers were devolved to Holyrood.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Cochrane Must Answer
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2017 at 10:20pm
Friday : 'Cochrane wants fish and chips'There were incredible scenes in Largs this morning as the Telegraph's Alan Cochrane visited the Blue Lagoon.  "Yes, I would like fish and chips", said the ir...


A belated right of reply to Kirsty Strickland, James McEnaney and David Clegg
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2017 at 3:22am
Further to the post about the confected John Mason controversy the other day, I've just been made aware of a thread on Twitter that was partly about little old me.  It involved CommonSpace columnis...

The news where you might be, but probably aren't
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2017 at 8:17pm
I think most people would agree that STV have been somewhat better and more balanced in their coverage of the Scottish political scene than either their network ITV counterparts, or the BBC.  It wa...

It's beginning to dawn on some of our leading unionist journalists that an in...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2017 at 6:32pm
The title is an ironic tribute to Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who ever since the shock of the Leave vote has been tying himself up in knots trying to convince himself that Brexit doesn't nee...

Why it's important to give your lower preferences in the local elections to o...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2017 at 5:44pm
This is a sort of "readers' request" post - I was asked the other day to post an explanation of how the Single Transferable Vote system (STV) works.  Probably not a bad idea, because for the vast m...

Progressive Permutations
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2017 at 5:51pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the potential benefits of an anti-Tory "progressive alliance" between the SNP and Labour at the next UK g...

Masonic Values
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2017 at 11:32pm
I thought long and hard today about whether to say anything at all on Twitter about the John Mason episode.  I'm sick to death of arguing with people, and I know from past experience that some othe...

Have even biased BMG just reported a boost in support for independence?
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2017 at 4:34am
The first published Scottish poll of 2017 has just arrived from BMG - although in fact the fieldwork is already ancient history.  It took place in the first half of December.  As far as I can see, ...

Reddit Scotland

newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Edinburgh Castle Has Been Called the Most Haunted Location in All of Europe
by /u/ShallRemember
9 Jan 2017 at 2:50am
submitted by /u/ShallRemember

Box of Scottish stuff - suggestions needed!!
by /u/5elliel
9 Jan 2017 at 1:06am
Long story short a long term American pen pal of mine is sending me a box of stuff and I'm gonna do the same for him. Anything particularly Scottish you folks think I should send him? Cheers! ...

What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning January 09, 2017
by /u/AutoModerator
9 Jan 2017 at 12:12am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

American student potentially studying abroad in Aberdeen, at the University o...
by /u/Theshortbaker
8 Jan 2017 at 10:01pm
Hello! I'm looking into studying at the University of Aberdeen for 3 months next year. I'm reaching out to you all to see what advice/experiences/thoughts you all may have to offer about being a st...

Any good creepy abandoned places to explore?
by /u/Y2Jordan
8 Jan 2017 at 9:05pm
My girlfriend is really into her horror and haunted places and I was wanting to take her out to one. Skeptical myself on the spooks but why now. Based in Perthshire submitted by /u/Y2Jordan ...

List of recent fire incidents that raised alarm bells
by /u/abz_eng
8 Jan 2017 at 8:53pm
submitted by /u/abz_eng

Winter in Moray
by /u/mrdarcy_uk
8 Jan 2017 at 8:44pm
submitted by /u/mrdarcy_uk

Forth Bridge tonight
by /u/albulastrasse
8 Jan 2017 at 8:19pm
submitted by /u/albulastrasse

Scotsman editor in shock exit as anniversary looms
by /u/cb43569
8 Jan 2017 at 7:41pm
submitted by /u/cb43569

Moving to Scotland
by /u/gissisim
8 Jan 2017 at 7:40pm
Hi guys! I've decided to move my family to Scotland after visiting a few times and absolutely falling in love with the country. We especially love the city of Edinburgh. I'm a developer with 17 ye...

Are there any serious - ie, academic - studies of violence/intimidation durin...
by /u/124876720
8 Jan 2017 at 7:28pm
Hey, As we all know, there were incidents of violence and intimidation in both directions during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. However, discussion at the time seems to have produce...

Bella Caledonia 2007-2017
by /u/ewenmax
8 Jan 2017 at 5:25pm
submitted by /u/ewenmax

Theresa May: UK cannot keep 'bits' of EU membership - BBC News
by /u/politicsnotporn
8 Jan 2017 at 4:36pm
submitted by /u/politicsnotporn

Would you say the independence movement is a left-wing fest?
by /u/wookee8
8 Jan 2017 at 2:55pm
The SNP (centre-left) leads the vanguard, backed up with the Greens (left-wing) and other minor left-wing parties. Not only that there's a slew of liberal media like Wings Over Scotland, Bella Cale...

Daily Record

dailyrecord - Politics
RSS feed from Daily Record


Shameless MPs complain about free House of Commons dinners WE buy for them
by Nick Dorman
8 Jan 2017 at 3:22pm
Mini-tantrums were thrown about porridge with 'raw lumps the size of ping pong balls' and mustard in a croque monsieur (that's a posh ham and cheese toastie).


You don't know what you're doing! Watch Brexit blunder as Tory Minister calls...
by Dan Bloom
8 Jan 2017 at 1:14pm
Justine Greening called Article 50 - the crucial clause for leaving the EU - Article 52 in a live TV interview as Brexit farce continues.


Nicola Sturgeon insists she's 'not bluffing' about Indyref2 as she slams Tory...
by David Hughes
8 Jan 2017 at 11:31am
The First Minister believes a "hard" Brexit could trigger another vote on independence but insisted she was offering a "compromise solution" to Theresa May.


Nicola Sturgeon is right to fight for a soft Brexit and should push for IndyR...
by Record View
7 Jan 2017 at 9:45am
Record View says the First Minister is Britain's best hope for avoiding the economic nightmare of a hard Brexit.


Tory toff Lord Heseltine fined for careless driving after knocking over a cyc...
by Record Reporter
6 Jan 2017 at 6:09pm
The former deputy prime minister broke his victim's arm in four places and shattered his knees which later required plates and pins.


Soft Brexit could take Indyref2 'off the table' in the short term, says Nicol...
by dailyrecord
6 Jan 2017 at 12:42pm

 The First Minister says independence is the 'direction of travel' for Scotland but is 'putting her preference to one side' in favour of 'consensus an compromise'.



Thorny issue over devolved powers could see institutions like the NHS struggl...
by Record View
6 Jan 2017 at 11:17am
The idea that the UK will abolish freedom of movement only to have an open Scottish back door is for the birds or those who want a completely separate country.


There are lessons to be learned from Sir Ivan Rogers's resignation but will t...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May's top man in Brussels has jumped ship so what now for the Brexit negotiations asks Torcuil Crichton.


'You don't know what you're doing': Norway's Prime Minster warns of 'very har...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Erna Solberg expressed doubts about the UK’s ability to cut a deal on its own after being part of the EU for more than four decades.


Don't trust EU expert Sir Ivan ... says shameless Leave fanatic Iain Duncan S...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Jan 2017 at 10:03am
The former Tory leader lived up to his bovver boy image as he twisted the knife in UK’s top Brussels diplomat Sir Ivan Rogers after his shock resignation.

Michael Greenwell


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

London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
Listen

My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …
Listen

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Statement from the Bella Caledonia Board
by Daibhidh Rothach
8 Jan 2017 at 7:40pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia confirms we are going to have to make the decision to close, unless an urgent fundraising appeal can be met. Mike Small has advised that despite his commitment to Bella, he will have to step down as editor as the position is too financially precarious and he is actively …

Bella Caledonia 2007-2017
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2017 at 2:39pm
Thanks to everyone for their support over the years, to the board members and writers who gave their time and to everybody who supported us financially and who took part in the debate. Couldn’t quite manage to do it.   Likes(52)Dislikes(62)

Oidhche Challain [The Old New Year]
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jan 2017 at 11:37am
On January 12th we?ll say hello to the New Year in the old tradition, reaching an important point in the Celtic Calendar. The candle burning brightly in the window is a sure sign that we?ll be welcoming passing friends and neighbours inside for a traditional ceilidh at the Glad Café. Come and witness some of …

Stars Are The Aizles
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jan 2017 at 10:58am
Moth Larva In The Muckle Tapestry History I digest slawly: Hou it sticks in ma thrapple! I got masel taigelt amang the Stuarts, Cuidnae follae the threid through Reformation, Swallaed the Union haill Till it unraivelled in thrums. I bide in the past and hae Collogued in monie a stitch up In the deid o …

A Fight Against The Absurd: From The Province of the Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2017 at 8:02pm
?Hellas and poverty are foster sisters? is a saying recorded in the 5th century BC by the Greek historian Herodotus. It invokes a continuous theme of Greek history: that the natural poverty of the land has acted as a spur to the enterprise of its inhabitants. A parallel theme has accompanied the Highlands and Islands …

2017 Decision Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
5 Jan 2017 at 11:03am
Sturgeon?s wrong ? in 2017, liberals have to decide which side they are on, argues Ben Wray. What are the major political challenges of 2017? First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, in her New Year?s message, has given her analysis of the political crisis that has engulfed the western world in 2016, and what we should do …

Thinking Inside the Box
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Jan 2017 at 2:36pm
On only the very first day of 2017, the political scene on Scottish Twitter seemed to be in full-flow silly season. Like the daftie I am, I rolled my sleeves up and ploughed myself head first into melee First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon was celebrating the unveiling of the ?baby box? policy. Which to me personally, …

From Guambía to Govan: Reflections on indigenousness, immigration and cultura...
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Jan 2017 at 1:50pm
The territory is the centre point from which resources flow ? resources which make up communities, livelihoods, animals, plants, ancestors, the land and the emotional fabric of the people who inhabit it. We find ourselves in a circle, passing cotton string back and forth to weave a pattern, sometimes chuckling, sometimes heavy with sorrow about …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

May's hints at single market exit leave Scotland sidelined
by Andrew Sparrow and Severin Carrell
9 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
PM says UK will not keep ?bits of EU membership? despite threat of second independence referendumTheresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would...

Sturgeon reiterates hard Brexit threat of Scottish independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
First minister says UK government would be making huge mistake if it thought she was bluffing about staging referendumNicola Sturgeon has again insisted she is not bluffing about her threat to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of a hard Brexit.The UK government ?would...

The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain
by Kevin McKenna
8 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
Support is growing for an idea that used to be considered eccentricIn the city where Adam Smith developed the free-market theories that inspired Thatcherism nearly 300 years later, a young Labour politician is pursuing an economic vision that takes a drastically different approach to ?the wealth ...

Sturgeon offers to shelve independence vote in return for soft Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Jan 2017 at 1:53pm
Scotland?s first minister would take quick referendum off table if UK wins favourable deal with EU and access to single marketNicola Sturgeon has said she would take a quick Scottish independence referendum off the table if the UK wins a favourable, soft Brexit deal with the EU.In an apparent ret...

Glasgow Children's Wood saved from development
by Libby Brooks
2 Jan 2017 at 7:00am
After a five year battle to save Glasgow?s green space, campaigners are hoping to pave the way for new Scottish legislationNorth Kelvin Meadow ? or Children?s Wood, as it has been renamed by campaigners ? has been saved from housing developers after a hard-fought five year battle, some two decade...

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland
by Libby Brooks
1 Jan 2017 at 9:24am
Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earningsScotland looks set to be the first part of the UK to pilot a basic income for every citizen, as councils in Fife and Glasgow investigate trial schemes in 2017.The councillor Matt Kerr ...

My fellow Scots, I have seen the future, so read on? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jan 2017 at 12:04am
Let me mark your card on football, politics and the likelihood that some famous people will die in the year aheadThere are many reasons why I feel I must review my exposure to, and deployment of, social media in 2017. Not the least of these is all those long pronouncements that people insist on h...

'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
21 Dec 2016 at 6:13pm
Messages sent before his White House campaign show US president-elect harassing Alex Salmond over windfarmsDonald Trump harangued the former first minister of Scotland as ?Mad Alex? and accused him of being on a ?march to oblivion? in a series of increasingly angry and eccentric letters about win...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Quantum squirrels
Theresa Maybe gave an interview for Sky News on Sunday, during which she showed off the incredible political skill which has characterised her premiership – speaking at length while saying absolutely nothing at all and never, ever, giving a direct answer to a direct question. And you know that when she says she wants to …

Independence means independence
I’m not about to give a running commentary on what independence will mean, but let me be absolutely clear, independence means independence. We’re going to achieve an independence that will be a bespoke deal for the people of Scotland, not an off the shelf independence which might suit some nations which are not as great …

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest
Oh dear God I’m bored. Fed up. Pissed off. And simultaneously angry and seething with contemptuous indignation at the sheer mind-numbing moronity of British politics and its media cheerleaders. It’s like we’re all being drowned in a big vat of stupid that’s being stirred with the silver spoons that the rich and powerful have in …

Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls
A New Year, a fresh start, but the same auld mince from the usual suspects in Scotland’s not-so-merry band of grip losing Unionists for whom hysteria is a substitute for reason. The Unionists in Scotland are exactly like the Brexiteers. Both won their referendums, and both have reacted to their victories with ill-grace, bad tempers, …

The people?s party that chose to stand against the people
Well now we know. The only thing that Labour in Scotland stands for is defending the Union, and they’re even prepared to go into coalition with the Tories in order to do so. Mind you, we knew that already, but this week we had confirmation that Labour doesn’t exist in order to protect working people …

Complaining that a shark is a shark
Rejoice! Huzzah! BBC Scotland’s got a new boss. Ken MacQuarrie is off to pastures new in his new role as pantomime villain in a production of No Good Scottish News Please We’re British. Now that there’s a change of leadership there’s going to be massive changes at Pacific Quay, in exactly the same way that …

Having a weary Brexmess
A huge thanks to Macart for keeping you all entertained in my absence with his great blog articles. That’s me back from a trip to soon-to-be Trumpland, where the prospect of the Donaldmaggedon had got everyone I met even more depressed than a black gay muslim EU immigrant at a Ukip Christmas party. Admittedly I …

It?s good to talk
A guest post by Samuel Miller When I sat down to have my final rant before our host gets back, I had this idea of highlighting and talking about of the latest dubious Labour and Conservative press releases on the Scottish budget. Y’know, the ones  where they claim that the Scottish Government has ripped £327 …

The National


[CaRP] XML error: not well-formed (invalid token) at line 11 - This appears to be an HTML webpage, not a feed.

Calton Jock

caltonjock
Scottish and Uk Politics

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Scottish Education is in Crisis ? If You Believe the BBC ? But Study the Fac...
                Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – The 2015 Report Judging one country’s performance against another, blindly utilising information contained in a PISA report is unsafe since there are so many conflicting characteristics to consider. It is only really useful to compare a country’s previous performance and … Continue reading Scottish Education is in Crisis – ...

Signs of a Westminster Civil Service Rebellion Against the Rule of Sir Jeremy...
              Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street Cabinet Secretary Issues Warning letter About Information Leaks – letter is Leaked to the press the Day After Prime Minister, Theresa May instructed her Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action preventing government officials from leaking information to journalists. He acted immediately, issuing a … Continue reading Signs of a Westminster Civil Se...

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

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

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referen...

Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referendum
Telegraph.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that she is "not bluffing" about her vow to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if Britain leaves the Single Market after Brexit. Scotland's First minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that she felt that he ...
'I'm NOT bluffing' Sturgeon thr...

Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing over Scottish independence referendum...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing over Scottish independence referendum
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she is not bluffing about the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum as she accused Theresa May of having an "unacceptable" approach to Brexit. The Scottish First Minister hinted that a hard Brexit could see ...

and more »

Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence - New Sta...

New Statesman
Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence
New Statesman
She told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that she was prepared to "put aside" her "preferred option of independence" if a "hard Brexit" could be avoided. "Am I going to stop arguing for independence or believing in independence? Am I going to ...

and more »

Support for Scottish independence unchanged from 2014 vote - Scottish Daily R...

Scottish Daily Record
Support for Scottish independence unchanged from 2014 vote
Scottish Daily Record
A majority of people in Scotland do not want another referendum on independence this year, a new poll suggests. The BMG poll for the Herald newspaper found that, when those who are unsure are excluded, 61.5 per cent were against holding a fresh vote in ...
Scotland's papers: New independence poll ...

Nicola Sturgeon takes next step towards second Scottish independence referend...

Business Insider
Nicola Sturgeon takes next step towards second Scottish independence referendum
Business Insider
The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would determine how any future referendum on independence for Scotland will be run, and a public ...

and more »

Testing Reveals Stones Set as Memorial to Scottish Independence - New Historian

New Historian
Testing Reveals Stones Set as Memorial to Scottish Independence
New Historian
Radiocarbon dating has revealed that a pair of standing stones in the town of Stirling, Scotland, which are located near the entrance of Police Scotland Central Division's Headquarters, were in fact erected around the same time as the Battle of ...



Orkney to explore independence from Scotland and UK following Brexit - Telegr...

Telegraph.co.uk
Orkney to explore independence from Scotland and UK following Brexit
Telegraph.co.uk
Scottish islanders are exploring ways of loosening ties with Scotland and the UK following the Brexit vote including full independence, it has emerged. More than half of Orkney's councillors have forced through a motion demanding an investigation into ...
Orkney councillors exploring independence fr...

Ex-Labour Fabians leader changes mind to back Scottish independence - CommonS...

CommonSpace
Ex-Labour Fabians leader changes mind to back Scottish independence
CommonSpace
HE HELD THE TOP POSITION at a Scottish Labour campaign group over six years and worked on material to keep Scotland in the UK - but now Martin Brown has made the switch to supporting Scottish independence. Brown, Scottish Convenor of the Fabian ...
Scots urged to share their views on second independence vote...

SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP's flagship twin schools scheme 'shelved' after three years - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP's flagship twin schools scheme 'shelved' after three years
Herald Scotland
Iain Gray, education spokesman for the Scottish Labour Party, said: ?This is a classic case of the SNP's approach to government in general and education in particular. A ministerial announcement with full fanfare, then forget about it and move on to ...

HIE compromise plan dismissed as ?empty gesture? - Press and Journal

Press and Journal
HIE compromise plan dismissed as ?empty gesture?
Press and Journal
An SNP MP's bid to diffuse the row over the scrapping of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) board has been dismissed as an ?empty gesture?. Western Isles councillor Donald Crichton said Ian Blackford's proposal ?does nothing? to stop the ...



Sturgeon: Referendum threat is not Brexit bluff - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Sturgeon: Referendum threat is not Brexit bluff
Glasgow Evening Times
With a growing crisis in our NHS and a shameful gap between the richest and the rest in our schools, the challenges facing Scotland are too great for the SNP government to be distracted by another referendum.? Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative ...
Scotland's Place in Europe - The Scottish GovernmentThe Sc...

More than 300 vulnerable young people waited more than a year for mental heal...

Aberdeen Evening Express
More than 300 vulnerable young people waited more than a year for mental health treatment, figures have revealed
Aberdeen Evening Express
?Labour wants to see more than just warm words from the SNP government's mental health strategy. A good starting place would be backing Labour's plan for guaranteed access to a qualified counsellor for every high school in Scotland.? The...

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Theresa May claiming her Tory r...

The Scottish Sun
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Theresa May claiming her Tory rival still has no plan for Brexit
The Scottish Sun
The SNP chief's attack in a telly interview came minutes before Mrs May took to the airwaves and denied she was in a ?muddle? over Brexit plans. But Ms Sturgeon said: ?To be perfectly frank, I don't feel as though I know any more about her negotiating ......

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon insists she will hold second Scottish independence...

The Sun
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon insists she will hold second Scottish independence referendum UK has 'hard Brexit'
The Sun
SCOTLAND boss Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she isn't bluffing over a second independence referendum if Theresa May goes for a hard Brexit. The SNP leader has insisted her nation staying in the single market is her price holding back on a second vote to ...

I wish Parliament would grow up and stop the hysteria over Brexit - The Scott...

The Scottish Sun
I wish Parliament would grow up and stop the hysteria over Brexit
The Scottish Sun
I KNOW we have only just dismantled the Christmas tree and tangled the fairy lights into an inextricable knot for another year, but I've already decided what I'm putting in my next letter to Santa Claus. You might think of it as a New Year's resolution ...

Flagship SNP scheme to twin schools to drive up standards 'shelved' after thr...

Herald Scotland
Flagship SNP scheme to twin schools to drive up standards 'shelved' after three years
Herald Scotland
Iain Gray, education spokesman for the Scottish Labour Party, said: ?This is a classic case of the SNP's approach to government in general and education in particular. A ministerial announcement with full fanfare, then forget about it and move on to ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish politician slams Sturgeon's motives for 'using Brexit to get second ...

Express.co.uk
Scottish politician slams Sturgeon's motives for 'using Brexit to get second referendum'
Express.co.uk
Theresa May has faced increasing pressure from Ms Sturgeon after she repeated her threat of a second Scottish independence referendum if there is a hard Brexit as the UK prepares to pull away from the European Union. The First Minister suggested that ...
Scotland first minister 'not ...

Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing over Scottish independence referendum...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing over Scottish independence referendum
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she is not bluffing about the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum as she accused Theresa May of having an "unacceptable" approach to Brexit. The Scottish First Minister hinted that a hard Brexit could see ...
Gove urges May to go for "full Brex...

Scots urged to give final views on second independence ... - Business Insider

Business Insider
Scots urged to give final views on second independence ...
Business Insider
The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would ...

Scots urged to give indyref2 bill views - BBC News

Holyrood.com
Scots urged to give indyref2 bill views
BBC News
Members of the public have been urged to give their views on the Scottish government's draft independence bill as the consultation enters its final week. The draft bill proposes rules that would govern any future referendum, largely mirroring those put ...
Call for views on second independence referendum plansHolyrood.com
Rennie calls on ...

Scotland to oppose new independence referendum this year: Poll - Business Sta...

Business Standard
Scotland to oppose new independence referendum this year: Poll
Business Standard
The Scottish government, led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is currently consulting on a draft referendum bill after Britain as a whole voted to leave the European Union by a margin of 52-48. In contrast the people of Scotland voted 62-38 in favour ...
Nearly two-thirds of Scots don't want indepen...

Orkney Islands in threat to quit Scotland AND UK after Brexit - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk
Orkney Islands in threat to quit Scotland AND UK after Brexit
Express.co.uk
But the island overwhelmingly backed remaining in the UK and the European Union at both referendums in 2014 and 2016 - and could now back calls for a second independence referendum in Scotland. Graham Sinclair, the councillor who drafted the motion ...
Orkney to explore independence from Scotland and UK follow...

Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS - Ex...

Express.co.uk
Alex Salmond calls for Scotland independence referendum within TWO YEARS
Express.co.uk
The former First Minister was speaking after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled plans for Scotland to remain in the EU single market when Britain leaves the crumbling bloc. The Scottish Government has firstly proposed the UK as a whole should stay in the single ...



Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote - Sky News

Sky News
Bad Brexit deal could force new Scotland vote
Sky News
Setting out her vision in a 50-page paper titled Scotland's Place in Europe, Ms Sturgeon said she wanted to "explore if we can find common ground with the UK Government around a solution that would protect Scotland's place in the European single market ...
Nicola Sturgeon vows to call SECOND independence referendum if Britain quits sin...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

We can?t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/poverty-jobs-johnes/ Let's have a chat about poverty.

The Official President Trump thread

Obama's birth certificate
Five year (wat) investigation into Obama's birth certificate concludes that it's a forgery.Immediate question for me is how do they know the other certificate isn't the forgery, using Obama's as a source?popcorn.gif

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

Good article by Tristan Hunt in this weeks new statesmen.
Some of you sanctimonious, out of touch, authoritarian 'liberals' might recognise a few home truths in it...

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 ...

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!

Disabled Teen Kidnapped and Tortured LIve on Facebook. Over Trump "Support?"
Welp. This is going to be the big thing for a couple of days. Kidnappers are in custody and the police aren't saying much. Apparently the victim is a mentally disabled teen who went to school with one of the attackers. CNN is saying that he had spent the previous 24-48 hours with the attackers, s...

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

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

Sherlock
Well, I didn't see that coming. 

Neil R
Carrie Fisher's broon breid. 

The Queen looks like [your description here]
As title in one word or less. See what I did there?

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Puzzler
I seen this yesterday and it had me scratching my head for quite some time! Twin brothers Bill & Bob are born on the same day.  Bill is born first but Bob is older.  How is this possible?  

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.

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...

Holyrood Magazine

Sections

Kirsty at six months: Early enquiry

Scottish Government launches consultation on gender balance on public boards

Scottish Greens call for more redistributive GP funding

Schools exposed to ?significant financial risks? under Scottish Government pl...

Nicola Sturgeon: Soft Brexit could see SNP put aside push for independence

Bank of England chief economist: Economic forecasting 'in crisis'

Theresa May preparing 'ultimatum' to EU over immigration controls, according ...

Holyrood committee to examine gender pay gap

Independence Live

The Independence Live Blog
We are citizen livestream journalists. People like you, are us.

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

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

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

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

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

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

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