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Leak: SNP MP Joanna Cherry says she is seen as a potential 'leadership' figure
9 Jun 2019 at 5:16am
A controversial SNP MP has raised questions over Nicola Sturgeon?s future as First Minister after she described herself as a potential leadership figure.


SNP deputy accused of 'bullying' independent financial watchdog
9 Jun 2019 at 5:06am
SNP deputy leader Keith Brown has been accused of bullying an independent watchdog after questioning the body?s scrutiny of a Government agency.


Labour MP in 'Scotland could vote for independence' row
9 Jun 2019 at 12:10am
A Scottish Labour MP is at the centre of a row over claims he informed an international audience that he could see Scotland voting for independence.


Call for probe into political gagging orders after SNP MP'S ex-staff signed c...
9 Jun 2019 at 5:10am
A FORMER employee of an SNP MP was asked to sign a gagging clause after raising concerns about the politician's management practices.


Scottish Labour leader: I support 'self-ID' for trans people
9 Jun 2019 at 5:07am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard has thrown his weight behind plans to simplify the process for people to change their gender.


Conservative leadership race: The candidates and their Brexit views
9 Jun 2019 at 5:10am
A run-down on what the contenders have pledged and who is backing them.


Boris Johnson sets out vision for Number 10 as Tory race hots up
9 Jun 2019 at 1:43am
The former foreign secretary said he would refuse to hand over £39 billion to Brussels until he gets a better Brexit deal.


Scottish Tories say ?flexible immigration system? needed post-Brexit
9 Jun 2019 at 1:52am
Scottish Conservative MP Kirstene Hair said that proposals in the UK Government?s immigration White Paper must be revisited.


MSP warns of emergency as number of assaults at Scottish prisons rises
9 Jun 2019 at 1:50am
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur said that Scotland?s prisons are in a ?state of emergency?.


Funding boost for children?s social media advice service
9 Jun 2019 at 1:50am
The project is being developed by the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Children?s Parliament.


Michael Gove?s cocaine use no bar to leadership race, says rival Dominic Raab
9 Jun 2019 at 2:00am
The Environment Secretary says it was a mistake to have taken the drug 20 years ago.


Scottish Labour declares support for Brexit deal confirmatory vote and campai...
8 Jun 2019 at 2:29pm
Scottish Labour has confirmed it will call for a public vote on any Brexit deal and campaign for Remain in another referendum.


Scottish Labour warned it faces wipe-out over Brexit
8 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
SCOTTISH Labour faces an historic electoral wipe-out if it fails to back a final say on Brexit, according to new research which adds to pressure on the party?s ruling body today.


Tom Gordon: Ministers need to look their budget fears in the eye
8 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
SOMETHING is afoot in Scotland?s public finances. It?s fairly technical, so bear with me, but it could have a very large real-world effect. It seems to have the SNP Government spooked and tongue-tied, even though they?ve known it?s been coming down the tracks for years.


Unspun: the political diary
8 Jun 2019 at 5:00am
Money bags

 

The Scotsman

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Dani Garavelli: Twilit world of the lapdancer
The voice on the loud-speaker is like a fairground barker’s. “Next on the stage” [dramatic pause] “Melinda.” Like most of the “girls” at the Diamond Dolls lap dancing club in Glasgow, Melinda is wearing a thong, suspenders and f***-me shoes with huge platforms at the front and stiletto heels that could kill a man.

Plans for indyref2 energise activists at grassroots level
The Scottish Government’s referendum bill has “energised” pro-independence campaigners who insist its positive message can offer an “antidote” to voter fatigue over Brexit.

Concern for child abuse claimants
The Scottish Government has rejected claims that survivors of historical child abuse have already been denied compensation from a redress scheme set up earlier this year.

?Make or break? £2m fundraising bid to save the Waverley
A “make or break” £2 million campaign to save the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer will be launched this week after the Waverley was forced to cancel all its sailings this year.

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Women join forces to defend ?threatened? rights
An upsurge in grassroots women’s campaign groups is the result of “threats” to women’s rights, according to leading feminists and academics.

Expert warns of difficulty of stopping sex abuse by predatory sports coaches
One of Scotland’s leading psychologists has warned that no number of safeguarding checklists and disclosure will stop a determined predatory sports coach from abusing young athletes.

Pete Wishart: What the UK could learn from Canada?s approach to drugs
If there is any relationship in the world that can be described as being remotely similar to Scotland within the UK it is the example of Quebec within the Canadian Federation. Whether its is in how its intergovernmental arrangements are designed, to the issues around immigration, to its place in trade arrangements as a sub national Government, Quebec is a useful example for Scotland to examine. That is why the Scottish Affairs Committee travelled to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. It was a fascinating and instructive visit.

Dani Garavelli: Make a break from coercive control before it?s too late
Sally Challen spent 40 years in an abusive relationship. But it took a high-profile campaign by her sons David and James, her lawyer Harriet Wistrich and crusading feminist Julie Bindel to persuade the justice system her mental state was impaired when she killed her controlling husband Richard in a hammer attack in 2010.

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar talks about the death threats he?s face and w...
“There have been times when my faith has been shaken. When Asad Shah was murdered. I have friends in the police telling me that my life is at risk, and a police officer sitting in my house telling me it is extremely dangerous because they can’t control it.”

Liberal Democrat candidates focus on referendums and Brexit at party?s leader...
A crackdown on the use of referendums to settle powderkeg political issues has been called for by Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner Jo Swinson.

Ministers in call for more powers to deal with ?black hole?
The Scottish Government is calling for flagship post-referendum Holyrood financial powers to be strengthened as a £1 billion black hole in the country’s finances threatens fresh austerity cuts.

Fire breaks out at former Jordanhill campus in Glasgow's west end
A 'substantial' fire has broken out at the old Jordanhill campus in Glasgow's west end.

Scottish Labour declares support for Brexit deal vote and campaign to remain
Scottish Labour has confirmed it will call for a public vote on any Brexit deal and campaign for Remain in another referendum.

WATCH: First trailer revealed for 'Braveheart sequel' Robert the Bruce
The first trailer for a new feature film on Robert the Bruce which is being billed as a sequel to Braveheart has been released.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Festivaling

Sorry have been out of touch the last few days, have been helping run the Eden Festival and will be here till about Wednesday. Will try not to end up in hospital this year. But while I am down here…

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A Swedish Court Injects Some Sense

When, eight years late, the European Arrest Warrant request for Assange was finally put before a Swedish court, the court refused to issue it. Readers of this blog are amongst the very few people who have had the chance to learn the information that the original European Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange from Sweden was […]

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The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot

A Google news search reveals that not one single mainstream media outlet has mentioned Shai Masot in 2019. Not even once. Yet the main political news story the last two days has been the suspension of Labour’s Peter Willsman for “anti-semitism” for making the suggestion that the “anti-semitism” witch-hunt is promoted by the Israeli-Embassy. This […]

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Jeremy Hunt Works That Rogue State Status

When Jeremy Hunt decided to attack the United Nations on twitter yesterday, he didn’t expect them to respond. He got owned. Professor Melzer is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Professor Melzer is Swiss. He is an extremely distinguished lawyer and Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow in addition to Professor […]

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The Unrelenting State

We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation and give instructions. There are very definite physical symptoms, particularly rapid weight loss, and we are not […]

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Thoughts on UK Politics

3.1% of those eligible to vote bothered to go to a polling station and vote Tory in an important UK wide election last week. That’s 1 voter in every 33. Yet the Tory Party is shortly going to choose internally, from within its despised ranks, the next Prime Minister of the UK, even though that […]

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The World: What is Really Happening

If you want to understand what is really happening in the world today, a mid-ranking official named Ian Henderson is vastly more important to you than Theresa May. You will not, however, find anything about Henderson in the vast majority of corporate and state media outlets. You may recall that, one month after the Skripal […]

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Vote SNP Today ? Chagos Just One Example of the Need to Dismantle the Imperia...

In Scotland I urge everybody to go out and vote SNP today, as the priority must be to send an unequivocal signal of support for Independence. I have respect for those who will vote Green and intend to send the same message, but it is not what I recommend you to do. In the rest […]

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Wings over Scotland

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The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Sir Brian Donohoe: A Life
We were rather startled to learn this morning that Brian Donohoe, the former Scottish Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, had been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s latest Birthday Honours List. Not by the award itself, but because we assumed he must have done a lot of unsung charity work in his community or something. …

As they that are left grow old

The news you won?t see
We all know how enthusiastically newspapers love to cover any celebrity story relating to Scottish independence, and this is actually quite a dramatic one. Because Dan Snow’s not just some hasbeen pop star or rando off Big Brother. Snow was behind the biggest celebrity anti-independence initiative of the entire indyref – the “Let’s Stay Together” …

A foolproof plan
This should definitely work. Because as we all know, nothing weakens the resolve of Scottish nationalists like having the Union Jack rammed in their faces every minute. This man wants to be Prime Minister, readers.

Tory leadership update
We suspect we might be running quite a few of these. So there’s last August. But then there was last December: But then, shock double-twist! Tune in tomorrow, readers, or possibly later this afternoon, to find out whether Jeremy Hunt has always been at war with Eurasia or Eastasia. EDIT 1.06pm. The line above was a …

The wrecking ball

Everything is transphobic
The modern world is an ideological minefield, readers, and is increasingly almost as dangerous as a real one. Having the wrong opinions about things can easily get you fired, ostracised from polite society, arrested or beaten up, and nowhere is this more the case than in the sphere of gender politics. The extremely brave intersex …

Starting the car
Ah, some classic Scottish Labour action right here: A week (and a day) really IS a long time in politics. Shall we say sometime tomorrow, readers?

BBC Scotland

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Ruth Davidson backing Sajid Javid for Tory leader
The Scottish Conservative leader says the home secretary is a "unifier" and the best candidate for PM.


Ireland 'unwise' to pick a fight over fishing in Scottish waters
The Scottish government threatens enforcement action after Irish boats come within 12 miles of Scottish islet Rockall.


Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy
The party has voted to support a second EU referendum, but wants a Remain option to be put on the ballot paper.


Birthday Honours 2019: Tunnock's owner and football boss honoured
Boyd Tunnock and Scottish women's football manager Shelley Kerr are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.


MPs call for review of Scotland Office
Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee calls for the role of the Scotland Office to be reviewed.


Blue belt zones to protect minke whales
Special protections are planned for minke whales and basking sharks in their feeding grounds around Scotland.


Scottish Power urges tougher climate change laws
Scottish Power's call comes as the UK's biggest onshore wind farm - Whitelee - reaches its 10th anniversary.


MSPs in bid to cut government's early access to data
Holyrood's economy committee wants to stop ministers having an advance look at official statistics.


Natalie McGarry: Former SNP MP jailed for embezzlement
Natalie McGarry embezzled £25,000 from two pro-independence groups - including money intended for a foodbank.


What are Conservative leadership candidates saying about Scotland?
On a second independence referendum the current 11 are clear that it should not happen.


Scotland's north-south divide in energy costs
Some customers in the north pay £100 a year more than those in the south of Scotland, partly because of higher tariffs.


Surrogacy: 'I wanted to help someone'
Claire Kelly says the law should be updated to make it easier for people to have a surrogate birth.

Scot Goes Pop

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

If you want a risk-free referendum, try living in a totalitarian state. This...
I've been meaning for a few days to write a detailed response to Pete Wishart's new article, in which he claims that the experience of Quebec provides proof for his well-rehearsed belief that the m...

Labour's narrow win in Peterborough doesn't significantly reduce the chances ...
I'm very surprised by the outcome of the Peterborough by-election.  John Curtice suggested during the BBC coverage that it wasn't such a shock, because the difference between the result tonight and...


Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser 2019
Click here to go straight to the fundraiser page.It's that time of the year again when I ask for your help as I continue to write about Scottish politics. If the fundraiser succeeds, the likelihoo...

Would it be better for the SNP if a general election takes place before Brexi...
Barely a blink of an eye has passed since we were quietly rejoicing at the creation of the Independent Group (now Change UK) because we thought it would split the unionist vote and make it easier f...

We've got to get out of this place: UK on course to elect Farage as Prime Min...
Britain-wide voting intentions for Westminster (Opinium):Brexit Party 26% (+1) Labour 22% (-4) Conservatives 17% (-5) Liberal Democrats 16% (+4) Greens 11% (+7) SNP 4% (n/c)Plaid Cymru 1% (n/c)Chan...

Historic YouGov poll puts the Tories and Labour in third and fourth place in ...
I think we can safely say we've never seen an opinion poll quite like this before.  I did wonder in my previous blogpost whether the first poll after the European elections would put the Brexit Par...

Remember that song about "when Nigel is in Number 10"...?
I was interviewed on Radio Sputnik yesterday (you can listen to the clip HERE), and I happened to hear the item that was on before me, which contained the startling suggestion that a No Deal Brexit...

And now we're being asked to believe that the SNP's support consists mainly o...
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of days.  It's been years and years since we last saw the anti-independence parties flailing about like this.  Having...

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Spain fires diplomat in Scotland over EU membership letter
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Just Eat UK account forgot Scotland was also in the Women's Wold Cup
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For Remote Communities In Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Mobile Libraries Are A L...
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Ruth Davidson backs Javid for Tory leader
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Rockall Row: At least four Irish vessels fishing this evening in defiance of ...
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Thank fuck we actually won! Good start to stevies Scotland career
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A country of mad lads
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Louise Taylor, Guardian | Women?s World Cup: Caroline Weir takes inspiration ...
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A picture I took last summer on my North Coast 500 road trip! I printed it as...
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A Year's Journey - Isle of Lewis 1966
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Around Scotland - The Isle of Lewis 1970
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Cracks found in nuclear reactor that could lead to the full evacuation of Edi...
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The Jacobite in 1.5 minutes (Harry Potter Train). Beautiful Train Journey thr...
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Daily Record

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Jo Swinson branded a 'hypocrite' for taking fracker's cash as Lib Dem leaders...
Swinson claims to have ?campaigned tirelessly" on environmental issues but accepted a donation from a director of a firm involved in fracking.


Scottish Labour?s Brexit policy shift is not a magic bullet for party's problems
It is highly likely backing a second referendum will create a number of new challenges for the party in Scotland.


Goodbye Theresa May, just remember exit means exit
With the Prime Minister now poised to leave Downing Street as soon as a new Tory leader is chosen, Lesley Roberts reflects on May's tenure.


Tory leadership drugs scandal hits new low as SIXTH candidate for PM admits b...
Andream Leadsom is the latest Tory law maker to admit illegal drug use this week as she joined list of party colleagues who happily flouted British drug laws.


Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum and will campaign for Remain
Leader Richard Leonard pledged to wholeheartedly campaign for a Remain victory in another referendum.


Boris Johnson disliked in Scotland more than rest of UK as poll shows Brexite...
The Tory MP is favourite to become next Prime Minister but only 13 per cent of Scots think that he would do a good job.


Michael Gove admits taking cocaine 'on numerous occasions' 20 years ago
The Tory leadership candidate made the admission about his Class A drug use ahead of a tell-all book about the Scottish politician.


Boris Johnson off hook as court throws out £350m a week EU lie claim criminal...
The Tory leadership hopeful had been accused of misconduct in public office amid claims he lied to the public during the 2016 referendum campaign over cash for the NHS.


Boris Johnson is selling magic Brexit beans as he copies Donald Trump?s abili...
Johnson's promises are all hocus pocus but he is somehow now convincing Tory MPs he can take them to Narnia.


Calls for Scotland Office to be scrapped after review of devolution
Pete Wishart believes the office is far from ideal but the relationship between governments is not beyond repair.

Michael Greenwell


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

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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A Very British Man Shaping BBC News
Rob Brown shines a critical spotlight on the ultra-ambitious executive who has supreme oversight of the corporation?s coverage of the campaign for IndyRef2  Aye, they?re still at it. Graphic illustration of how the BBC continues to strive to diminish support for Scottish independence was provided by the infographic Reporting Scotland concocted to shrink the scale …

High Tories
Ever since Bill Clinton admitted in 1992 that he’d “experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn?t like it. I didn?t inhale it, and never tried it again? the edifice of truth and denial about politicians and drugs has been crumbling like some fine Moroccan black. At the time, comedian Johnny Carson joked, …

An Open Letter to Ruth Davidson from Extinction Rebellion Scotland
Dear Ruth Davidson As you know, yesterday five Extinction Rebellion activists locked ourselves to the railings outside Parliament with bike locks, and sent the keys to five leading MSPs from the five parties at Holyrood, together with a covering letter which read: “This letter has arrived with a key, the key to our future. Please …

Government from Beyond the Grave
Douglas Wilson writes for Bella from Madrid on the state of Spanish democracy. As the trial of the ten democratically elected Catalan politicians and two independence activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, draws to a close this week in the Spanish Supreme Court, with testimony from more than 4oo witnesses having been heard, and the …

Wiping History
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present.? – George Orwell, 1984 With the …

Everything on the Table
The phrase “everything on the table” is intended to portray a stance of openness and innovation. It turns out it has more of a surgical vibe, and not in a good way. Trumps faux pas, which they are trying (and failing) to row back on today was a revelation that shouldn’t be lost on us. …

Pond Dipping with ExxonMobil
Why would an “Ecology Centre” send children to a plant that is the second biggest emitter of C02 in Scotland? Why would an “Ecology Centre” send children to the Fife Ethylene Plant, Mossmorran which is operated by ExxonMobil and is identified as a top-tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) site by the Health & …

5 Leaders, 5 Keys
  5 XR activists have locked themselves by the neck to the Scottish Parliament. The keys have been delivered to party leaders with a note. Five Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists have locked themselves by the neck to the front of the Scottish Parliament building to demand that the upcoming Scottish Climate Bill responds to the …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Natalie McGarry deserved to be punished but did we really have to lock her up...
The imprisonment of the ex-MP was greeted with howls of glee that ignored her plight and that of others like herSocial media is a place to be avoided when it?s time for a public execution. At these times, it becomes something savage, as an assortment of semi-literate grotesques gather to yell ins...

Ex-MP Natalie McGarry jailed for 18 months for embezzlement
Politician stole more than £25,000 from Women for Independence and SNP groupThe former Scottish National party politician Natalie McGarry has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling more than £25,000 from pro-independence campaign groups, some of which she appropriated while she was ...

Scotland to allow supersized salmon-farms if they pass pollution tests
New policy expected to see larger farms created in deeper water further off Scottish coastScottish salmon farmers will be allowed to create supersized farms in return for accepting much stricter controls on parasites and marine pollution.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has said ...

Scottish government publishes independence referendum bill
Nicola Sturgeon says second vote before 2021 would give people chance to reject BrexitLegislation to enable a second referendum on independence has been published by the Scottish government, as Nicola Sturgeon said another vote before 2021 would give Scotland ?the opportunity to choose to be an i...

Scottish Labour throws weight behind second Brexit vote
Move comes as two frontbenchers step down and after disastrous European election resultRichard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, is to ask his party to back an automatic second referendum on Brexit and to support remain, to head off a crisis over the party?s disastrous European election.Scotti...

Scottish parliament votes in favour of smacking ban
Bill that removes defence of ?justifiable assault? of children wins majority at stage one The Scottish parliament has voted by a significant majority in favour of banning the physical punishment of children.The bill, lodged by the Scottish Green party MSP John Finnie and supported by the Scottish...

Sturgeon: strong case for independence vote after EU elections
First minister says result shows ?we meant it? when Scotland voted against Brexit in 2016Nicola Sturgeon has warned Labour and the Tories that the case for a fresh independence referendum has grown stronger after the Scottish National party?s sweeping victory in the European elections.The first m...

Labour wiped out in Scotland amid SNP surge
Party will have no MEPs from Scotland as its share of the vote slips below 10%European elections news and results - liveScottish Labour has failed to win a single European seat after more than 200,000 voters deserted the party over Brexit and it suffered its worst election in modern political his...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Nazi Alien Ghosthunting Bigfoot Megastructure Brexit
Writing about British politics these days has basically become an exercise in finding different ways to say how screwed we are. Well now we have a new baseline measurement. British politics is so screwed that former Ayrshire Labour MP Brian Donohoe has been awarded a knighthood for his services to politics. Presumably what that really …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 7 June 2019
It’s been a quiet week in the news, since there are no new updates about the bins in Barlanark. So instead The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss the final end of the Spanish veto threat, the Natalie McGarry case, the latest in the Tory leadership mess, a surprising convert to support for another …

Ruth?s plan for Scotland
Remember when the Leave campaign told us that it wanted the UK out of the EU in order to restore full sovereignty to the Westminster parliament? Turns out that promise was just as hollow as Better Together’s promise that no Westminster government would ever interfere with the devolution settlement without the express consent of the …

Speaking power unto truth
There’s some welcome news in today’s The National, the final confirmation of the death of the Spanish veto myth. A letter from the Spanish Consul General in Scotland has confirmed that Spain would not veto Scottish membership of the EU, and confirmed that in the opinion of the Spanish government there is no membership queue …

A simple choice
The Tory party ERG learns nothing. It listens not at all, and it doesn’t understand the difference between engaging and navel gazing. All its proposals for leaving the EU basically boil down to descriptions of unicorns. However today, lost amongst the wall to wall coverage of the D-Day commemorations – that’s Donald Day in case …

The UK offers Scotland a future as a chlorinated chicken
Well there you have it. If Scotland remains a part of the UK, the NHS will not be safe. During the press conference on Tuesday after his meeting with Theresa May, Donald Trump claimed that a “phenomenal” trade deal could be negotiated between the USA and the UK after Brexit, and then went on to …

The loose screw in the Scottish media
The news that someone attempted to sabotage the Yes Bikers as they rode into Galashiels on Saturday to attend the independence march and rally is a worrying development. That same march also saw opponents of independence racially abuse independence supporters of English and Asian origin, but it was the attack on the Yes Bikers which …

The Brexit party and Jeremy and the C word
Ann Widdecombe, the comedy turn on Strictly Come Dancing and the Brexit Party, was interviewed on Sky News on Sunday morning. In the absence of any manifesto or policies from the Brexit Party, all we have to go on are the pronouncements of party worthies like Anne. And it didn’t make for inspiring listening. Ann …

The National

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The National

Alison Thewliss: The hearts broken by May's hostile environment
THE tears flowed. The pain was real, and deep. Eyes which showed hurt, betrayal, and helplessness. The young constituent at my surgery had been broken by his long battle with the hostile environment. He had already been through unimaginable trauma, and the way he had been treated by the faceless bureaucracy of the Home Office only compounded his suffering.

Former MP McGarry's 18-month sentence reignites debate over women in prison
NATALIE McGarry, the disgraced MP found guilty of embezzlement and jailed for 18 months, should not have been given a prison sentence despite the serious nature of her crime, it has been claimed by the SNP convenor the Scottish Parliament?s cross-party group on Women?s Justice.

Leonard backs second EU vote after Corbyn rejects new poll
LABOUR?S leader in Scotland Richard Leonard has performed an extraordinary volte-face on his party?s Brexit stance, prompting SNP depute leader Keith Brown to brand the move as ?desperate?.

Michael Russell: Scotland is ignored as ever in bizarre Tory leadership race
OVER the next month Tory party members will choose their new leader.

Getting into the lies and realities of the Better Together campaign
THE LIE: STAY IN EUROPE ... VOTE NO

Andrew Tickell: Tories cling to their precious Union with little heart but mu...
AND I thought Gaviscon was the middle-aged man?s drug of choice. Either on the cusp of being rumbled in a Sunday red top, or trying to reboot his human suit, Michael Gove has decided to get out in front of the story, admitting to the Daily Mail this weekend that ?I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago. At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I ...

Citizens? assemblies are great ... but don?t expect miracles
CONVENTIONAL wisdom since the 18th century has insisted that modern democracy be representative in nature, structured through competitive partisan elections. Outside the pages of utopia, it was assumed that the people ? although the ultimate source of authority ? were too ill-informed, too prejudiced, too flighty, too irresponsible, to be given more than an indirect and occasional voice in gove...

Greens push Sturgeon to back 20mph limit Bill
SCOTTISH Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has written to Nicola Sturgeon, urging her to back his Safer Streets 20mph Bill.

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

Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice
Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 4th 2019 The Liberal Democrats have a spring in their step. After years of taking a kicking and coming to terms with the near-complete wipeout of 2015, they have stormed back into the reckoning winning second place in the European elections. They feel that …

Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us?
Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 2nd 2019 Scottish Labour once carried all before it. They were admired by some, feared by others. They couldn?t be ignored, were taken seriously and mattered. Today the party is not only struggling to …

The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer
The Story of Rose Reilly: A Scottish Football Pioneer Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 29th 2019 Scottish football is on the way up – at the international level, in quality, achievements and in its recognition by others. Our national team has just beaten the mighty Brazil for the first time ever, and if that were …

How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation?
How do we tell the stories of the past from generation to generation? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 22nd 2019 A number of events happened in the last week that brought home t the passing of time and what really matters in life – and how we understand it (or not). First and foremost, I …

The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator
The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 15th 2019 For eighteen years I have subscribed to and enjoyed reading The Spectator magazine. But under Fraser Nelson?s editorship from 2009 the magazine has slowly and irrevocably gone downhill and into the gutter. Gone are the days when …

The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the p...
The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the people? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 8th 2019 Twenty years ago last Monday Scotland went to the polls in the first democratic elections to the Scottish Parliament. This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the first session of that Parliament …

Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all
Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 30th 2019 Last week I attended a talk about one of the seminal bands of late 1970s Britain – Joy Division – where the author and cultural commentator Jon Savage discussed at an event run by Monorail, …

The importance of hearing the sounds of silence
The importance of hearing the sounds of silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 24th 2019 Art Garfunkel performed in Glasgow on Easter Sunday; in an age filled with what seems to be incessant noise, it has never been more critical than to listen to seek out, and listen to, the sounds of silence. Despite everything, …

 

Scotland and Independence

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SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision - The Scotsman
SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision  The ScotsmanSenior SNP figures are embarking on a roadshow to attempt to sell their independence vision to Scots as uncertainty around Brexit continues to define British ...

Scottish independence: Labour MSP says SNP needs fresh mandate for IndyRef2 -...
Scottish independence: Labour MSP says SNP needs fresh mandate for IndyRef2  The ScotsmanA senior Labour figure has told the SNP to seek a "*fresh* mandate" for another independence referendum in the 2021 Holyrood elections.

Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote - Financial Times
Sturgeon moves towards second Scotland independence vote  Financial TimesThe Scottish government on Wednesday published legislation intended to pave the way for a second referendum on independence, saying it would be a ...

Ministers should consider axing Scotland Office in wake of devolution, MPs sa...
Ministers should consider axing Scotland Office in wake of devolution, MPs say  PoliticsHome.comMinisters should consider scrapping the Scotland Office and replacing it with a new department that oversees UK constitutional affairs, according to MPs.

Spain fires diplomat in Scotland over EU membership letter - POLITICO.eu
Spain fires diplomat in Scotland over EU membership letter  POLITICO.euOne of Madrid's top diplomats in Scotland has been fired after saying that Spain would not block an independent Scotland's accession to the EU, according to ...

SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independe...
SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independence referendum  The Conversation - UKThe fallout from the European elections in Scotland is of interest not just to voters north of the border but also for its potential wider ramifications. Unlike most of ...

EWAN GURR: Momentum for Scottish independence is growing - Evening Telegraph
EWAN GURR: Momentum for Scottish independence is growing  Evening TelegraphIn 2014, a political enthusiast and close friend living in London called me as she observed the increasing intensity of support for independence and asked what ...

Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage - The Ind...
Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage  The IndependentNigel Farage has made a pitch for SNP voters saying Scottish independence would only be possible if the UK first leaves the European Union.

SNP

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Slower growth and grant cut give SNP budget headache - Financial Times
Slower growth and grant cut give SNP budget headache  Financial TimesEven as she predicts slowing economic growth and a £1bn hit to the Scottish budget, Susan Rice, chair of Scotland's independent forecaster, flinches slightly at ...

Natalie McGarry: Former SNP MP jailed for embezzlement - BBC News
Natalie McGarry: Former SNP MP jailed for embezzlement  BBC NewsFormer SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been jailed for 18 months for embezzling money from pro-independence groups. McGarry admitted embezzling more than ...

SNP may report BBC to Ofcom over Tory bias in political shows - The National
SNP may report BBC to Ofcom over Tory bias in political shows  The NationalSHOCK statistics about the numbers of guests on their main political programmes during May show that the BBC is still not recognising the SNP as the?

Shamed ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry to fight her 18-month jail term over £25K fr...
Shamed ex-SNP MP Natalie McGarry to fight her 18-month jail term over £25K fraud  The Scottish SunTHE disgraced politician sentenced for stealing £25600 from pro-indy groups. McGarry was elected as an SNP member in 2015 but resigned the party whip ...

Flagship SNP pledge of "broadband for all Scots" by 2021 set to be missed - T...
Flagship SNP pledge of "broadband for all Scots" by 2021 set to be missed  The ScotsmanFlagship plans for all Scots to have access to "super-fast" broadband by 2021 are likely to be missed, it has emerged.

SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision - The Scotsman
SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision  The ScotsmanSenior SNP figures are embarking on a roadshow to attempt to sell their independence vision to Scots as uncertainty around Brexit continues to define British ...

Labour wiped out in Scotland amid SNP surge - The Guardian
Labour wiped out in Scotland amid SNP surge  The GuardianScottish Labour has failed to win a single European seat after more than 200,000 voters deserted the party over Brexit and it suffered its worst election in modern ...

SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independe...
SNP surge in European elections has major implications for a second independence referendum  The Conversation - UKThe fallout from the European elections in Scotland is of interest not just to voters north of the border but also for its potential wider ramifications. Unlike most of ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland: Government tables bill on new referendum rules - Aljazeera.com
Scotland: Government tables bill on new referendum rules  Aljazeera.comIndependence Referendum Bill: what you need to know  SNPScottish independence: Tory leadership hopefuls rule out second referendum  The ScotsmanEyeing new independence vote, Scotland sets out referendum rules  ReutersTory leadership candidates tell Nicola Sturgeon they will block second independence referendum  PoliticsHome....

Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy - BBC News
Scottish Labour backs Brexit referendum policy  BBC NewsThe party has voted to support a second EU referendum, but wants a Remain option to be put on the ballot paper.View full coverage on Google News

Scotland a step closer to new independence referendum - Euronews English
Scotland a step closer to new independence referendum  Euronews EnglishThe Scottish government has published new legislation outlining a second vote for independence. This comes after SNP's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ...

Labour Party in Scotland commits to backing second Brexit referendum after di...
Labour Party in Scotland commits to backing second Brexit referendum after disastrous EU election result  Channel 4 NewsThe Labour Party in Scotland has committed itself to backing a second Brexit referendum.

SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision - The Scotsman
SNP 'roadshows' to sell Scottish independence vision  The ScotsmanSenior SNP figures are embarking on a roadshow to attempt to sell their independence vision to Scots as uncertainty around Brexit continues to define British ...

Sajid Javid 'trolled by entire nation' over Scotland referendum snub - Metro....
Sajid Javid 'trolled by entire nation' over Scotland referendum snub  Metro.co.ukSajid Javid is being mocked with #PermissionfromSajid on Twitter for shutting down suggestions of a second Scottish independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon will see the European election results as a clear message for...
Nicola Sturgeon will see the European election results as a clear message for another Scottish referendum  The IndependentIf the EU parliamentary election results are anything to go by, the UK's Brexit divisions are not going to heal any time soon. This should be unsurprising given ...

Ministers should consider axing Scotland Office in wake of devolution, MPs sa...
Ministers should consider axing Scotland Office in wake of devolution, MPs say  PoliticsHome.comMinisters should consider scrapping the Scotland Office and replacing it with a new department that oversees UK constitutional affairs, according to MPs.

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

European Election - 23rd May 2019
With just under two weeks to go I am surprised this doesn?t have a thread of its own. So, who are the P&B masses all voting for?

Runners and Riders.... Next PM.
So, looks like 15 in so far, favourite is Boris!! Unfortunately for Scottish independence the favourite never wins! So from the Brexit side it will probably be Rabb, so who from the remain side? Will Hunt and Javid go back to form and champion remain, or will they stick to their new found 'kinda'...

How many political parties have you voted for.
So, which political parties have you voted for over the years.  Conservative SNPUKIPThe Brexit Party I do tend to vote based on what election it is. GE, euro, cooncil  Never voted Labour and never will. Cant see myself voting Green or Lib Dem either.

The Official President Trump thread

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 ...

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...

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

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!

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

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...

There is no dark side of the moon
There is a far side however. Fair play to the Chinese for this achievement https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/03/china-probe-change-4-land-far-side-moon-basin-crater  

NAT MCGARRY- crook
18 MONTHS IN THE CLINK   For embezzling £25.000 https://www.thenational.scot/news/17688709.ex-snp-mp-natalie-mcgarry-jailed-for-embezzling-25k-from-yes-groups/?fbclid=IwAR3CtWSu2T10T   Although she has a young child.... didnt know that is this an example made or a just sentence ?

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

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Huawei
Seem to be doing a fine job of rubbing the yanks up the wrong way. Also ' It's based in Shenzhen, Guangdong and is owned by 80,000 of its 180,000 employees.', they should make more of this in their advertising. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46465438 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

Ruth Davidson?s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...
        Jun 2016: A Delusional Ruth Davidson reflects On Her short career as a BBC Reporter and even shorter career as an intrepid soldier signaller in the British Army Reserve. Her advice to a group of aspiring journalists: “Keep your personal politics out of your reporting. When I contacted … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson’s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...

A Rare Event ? A Tory Condemns Party Policy and Exposes Members Discontent Wi...
          Former Tory MEP Struan Stevenson warns of Brexit farm ‘meltdown’ Stevenson, Tory MEP between 1999-2014 said: “Farmers and landowners, far from benefiting from the Arch-Brexters, much promised new worldwide trade deals will see their markets decline sharply as competition from cheap imports expands. Subsidies will … Continue reading "A Rare Event – A Tory Condemns Party Polic...

An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report Provides Irrefutable Confirma...
      Devolution powers shelved at the last minute from Smith Commission report New powers were formally committed to in the heavily promoted Unionist “Vow” made in the last few days before the 2014 independence referendum. The Smith Commission Panel subsequently agreed to a full devolution of abortion law, the creation of … Continue reading "An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report ...

Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassment Charges ? Tory Party Close...
      Miles Briggs answers sexual harassment charge Miles Briggs, Tory (list) MSP says he has been through a ?living hell? after being cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing into the claims. He insisted that the accusations made by a female worker with another party were ?completely false.? But … Continue reading "Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassme...

MP Expense Claims Exceed £120 Million Each Year ? Up by 25% ? Many Fall Foul ...
  2 Days ago: Hundreds of MPs’ have their parliamentary credit cards suspended for breaking expenses rules The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), was set up in the wake of the disgraceful expenses scandal 10 years ago. Parliamentary credit cards were introduced for MPs’ following the scandal, to ensure spending could be closely monitored. … Continue reading "MP Expense Clai...

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…