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Tory MSPs face massive financial hit in double jobs crackdown at Holyrood
9 Jul 2017 at 12:09am
TORY MSPs at Holyrood stand to lose nearly £400,000 in outside earnings under plans to crack down on 'double jobbing' at Holyrood.

Trump claims post-Brexit trade deal with UK in offing
9 Jul 2017 at 12:10am
Donald Trump has said he expects a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK to be completed "very, very quickly" and that he will be coming to London.

Scottish Greens back legal challenge to Tory-DUP deal
9 Jul 2017 at 12:10am
A crowd funder to pay for a legal challenge to the Conservative government?s deal with the DUP will be launched tomorrow with the backing of the Scottish Greens.

Cover-up row after government asks writer to destroy watchdog letter released...
9 Jul 2017 at 12:10am
THE Scottish Government is at the centre of a cover up row after asking a journalist to destroy a document released under freedom of information laws.

Investigation into Labour power-sharing deal with Tories
9 Jul 2017 at 12:10am
SCOTTISH Labour is to investigate claims its West Lothian council group only secured power on the local authority after striking a deal with the Tories.

From Trotskyist revolutionary to Scotland's most influential teacher ... meet...
9 Jul 2017 at 12:09am
LARRY Flanagan could have been a national politician before he worked his way through the ranks of the Educational Institute of Scotland, the country?s leading teaching union.

Ex-Tory chief whip plays down ?Theresa May dead in water? comments
9 Jul 2017 at 2:15am
A Tory former Cabinet minister has sought to play down reports he believes Theresa May is ?dead in the water?.

Police told to declare links to gangsters ... and MSPs and journalists
9 Jul 2017 at 12:08am
POLICE Scotland has been accused of drawing up a ?deeply worrying? policy requiring officers to notify the force of ?associations? they have with MSPs and journalists.

Gove?s claims that the EU has ?devastated? the fishing industry in Scotland i...
9 Jul 2017 at 12:36am
By the Ferret Fact-Checker Service

Video: Jeremy Corbyn interrupted during Miners? Gala speech
9 Jul 2017 at 2:06am
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was interrupted as he addressed a crowd at the Durham Miners? Gala.

Britain will continue to be bold on world stage, insists May
8 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
THERESA May has brushed aside claims that the UK is losing global influence because of Brexit, insisting it will continue to be "bold" and not ?timid? on the world stage.

Donald Trump: I expect to strike trade deal with UK ?very, very quickly?
8 Jul 2017 at 8:33am
Donald Trump has said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed "very, very quickly" and that he will be coming to London.

Tom Gordon: How the SNP is helping May sharpen her poker game
8 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
IN poker it?s called going all in.

Donald Trump hails ?tremendous meeting? with Vladimir Putin
8 Jul 2017 at 11:08am
US president Donald Trump has described his lengthy head-to-head encounter with Russian president Vladimir Putin as a ?tremendous meeting?.

Business chiefs voice fears after review into business rates delayed
8 Jul 2017 at 12:10am
A LONG-AWAITED review into Scotland?s broken business rates system has been delayed.

 

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Labour attacks tiny take-up of Business Pledge
8 Jul 2017 at 11:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon’s flagship Business Pledge scheme applies to less than one per cent of Scottish business, research by Scottish Labour has suggested.

Police delete half a billion records of drivers? plates
8 Jul 2017 at 11:37pm
A Police Scotland move to delete more than 500 million records from its vehicle number plate recognition database has been welcomed by the Lib Dems.

Matt Zarb-Cousin: Admit it, Corbyn has saved Scottish Labour
8 Jul 2017 at 11:34pm
Practically every political pundit is still recovering from their decision to write off Jeremy Corbyn before the general election.

Protesters prepare for flying Donald Trump visit to Scotland
8 Jul 2017 at 5:29pm
Donald Trump has confirmed his intention to visit the UK as speculation mounts over whether the US president will include Scotland in his itinerary.

Scottish Labour considering worker buyout legislation
8 Jul 2017 at 12:34pm
Scottish Labour is to consider bringing forward legislation that would allow workers to buyout closure-threatened firms.

Corbyn: Grenfell disaster shows the ?terrible consequences? of austerity
8 Jul 2017 at 11:25am
Jeremy Corbyn will lash out at the “hypocrisy and dishonesty” of Theresa May’s Tories as he addresses one of Europe’s biggest trade union events.

Donald Trump confirms State Visit will go ahead at G20
8 Jul 2017 at 9:31am
Donald Trump has said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed “very, very quickly” and that he will be coming to London.

SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms
8 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
The SNP is facing a diplomatic crisis ahead of Catalonia’s proposed independence referendum.

May warns China against ?cheap steel? in G20 talks with president
8 Jul 2017 at 12:00am
Theresa May is to urge China to stop flooding the market with cheap steel in talks with its president at the G20.

Jane Bradley: With choice comes real freedom
8 Jul 2017 at 12:00am
WHILE food banks are an essential for some, for others the chance to buy their own food is better, writes Jane Bradley

Scottish Government accused of meddling with Audit Scotland report
7 Jul 2017 at 4:04pm
The Scottish Government has been accused of control freakery after it emerged senior civil servants attempted to water down a critical report on the NHS produced by Scotland’s public spending watchdog.

Ruth Davidson in storm over honorary army role
7 Jul 2017 at 3:42pm
Ruth Davidson has hit out at the SNP after facing new questions over her appointment as Honorary Colonel of a army reserve unit.

Scottish Enterprise chief Lena Wilson to step down
7 Jul 2017 at 12:34pm
Lena Wilson is to stand down as chief executive of Scottish Enterprise after almost eight years at the helm of the economic development agency.

Alex Salmond: ?merchants of doom? were wrong about recession
7 Jul 2017 at 8:31am
Alex Salmond has slammed the BBC, Unionist politicians and the mainstream media for coverage of Scotland’s GDP figures.

Brian Wilson: We dodged a North Sea bullet with No vote
7 Jul 2017 at 7:00am
It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Scotland avoided a devastating financial bullet after the Scottish Government’s 2013 oil revenue projections, argues Brian Wilson.

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Lies spring eternal
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2017 at 12:42pm
“Colonel” Ruth Davidson took time out from her holidays yesterday to unleash an extraordinary (and unusually defensive) 35-part Twitter tirade about the reaction to her appointment as an honorary military commander. So barren is the summer political news desert that two newspapers put it on their front page today, giving the BBC an excuse to deem …

Sunny spell welcomed
by Chris Cairns
8 Jul 2017 at 6:55am

Fake news: a case study
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jul 2017 at 12:59pm
The term “fake news” has become somewhat devalued from overuse recently, and often translates simply to “news I disagree with or don’t like”. But this, from today’s Scottish Daily Mail, is a bona fide sighting: Let’s just break that down. TIME EVENT IS DUE TO BEGIN: two years from now TIME EVENT IS DUE TO …

The evolution of truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jul 2017 at 8:37am
Hanzala Malik has been a Glasgow Labour politician for 22 years without anyone noticing. His Wikipedia entry sums up his contribution to Scottish politics over that time in a single 25-word sentence amounting to “served on some committees”. But he got noticed yesterday. Because so committed was Malik to the core ideological principle of Scottish …

Feeling the pain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jul 2017 at 11:00am
From today’s Scotsman, you can almost physically taste the tormented anguish of the three Unionist party spokesmen that Scotland’s economy isn’t in recession, and has in fact just posted its best growth figures since before the oil-price crash. Spare them a thought today, won’t you?

High on their own supply
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jul 2017 at 8:34am
Here’s the doom-and-gloom front-page headline of the Herald today: It refers to a new report from the Nuffield Trust called “Learning From NHS Scotland”. Its 61 pages contain precisely one mention of independence. Let’s see what it said. In other words, the NHS in Scotland is being harmed because the Scottish press is so desperate to …

Weak foundations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2017 at 1:59pm
We’re always loath to criticise political journalists for feeble stories published during the summer season, when parliaments are in recess and there’s nothing much happening to fill space with. But the Sunday Post has started pretty early this year. Let’s see if we can put a number on the degree of “dilution” here, shall we? “The SNP …

The Warships Of Damocles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2017 at 10:06am
Of all the tropes of the 2014 independence referendum, few were fought over more repeatedly and bitterly, or more dishonestly by the No campaign, than the saga of the Type 26 frigates. The UK government promised Clyde shipbuilders hit hard by years of neglect and job losses that it would build 13 of the state-of-the-art vessels …

Bonfire Of The Sanities
by Lorna Miller
1 Jul 2017 at 11:46am
The next five years of UK politics:

Down the tubes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2017 at 11:27am
A very brief stat post, as our “regular” cartoonist is on holiday YET AGAIN. Wings had just over 300,000 unique readers in June, despite taking the last couple of weeks off ourselves, bringing the monthly average readership for the first half of 2017 to 346,226. That’s 55,532 up on the same period last year, or a 19% …

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Teachers 'provide food' for poor pupils
7 Jul 2017 at 12:25am
Teachers are providing food and funding school uniforms for children living in poverty, according to a survey.


Report highlights 'gut-wrenching' bullying in Scottish schools
6 Jul 2017 at 12:00am
A Holyrood committee says more needs to be done to change attitudes to bullying in Scottish schools.


Lib Dem Jo Swinson: 'Cancel indyref2 for this parliament'
6 Jul 2017 at 11:22am
Deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Scottish MP Jo Swinson, says Nicola Sturgeon should say no to a second independence referendum during this parliament.


Scottish Labour calls for a 48-hour working week limit
6 Jul 2017 at 4:28pm
Scottish Labour seeks support for the measure which appears in its new industrial strategy document.


Scottish economy rebounds in first quarter of 2017
5 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Official figures show Scottish GDP grew by 0.8%, having shrunk by 0.2% in the previous three months.


UK health services could 'learn lessons' from Scottish NHS
5 Jul 2017 at 10:00am
The Nuffield Trust report warns that financial pressures risk undermining the health service's strengths.


Six Glasgow job centres to be closed
5 Jul 2017 at 5:53pm
The Department for Work and Pensions said online applications meant its buildings were used less frequently.


SNP's Ian Blackford urges Theresa May to end 1% public sector pay cap
5 Jul 2017 at 2:44pm
The party's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, says too many people have "paid the price" for austerity.


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau makes Scottish visit
5 Jul 2017 at 5:16pm
Justin Trudeau has a private audience with the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


Ex-child abuse inquiry chairwoman Susan O'Brien loses damages claim
5 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
A judge rules the £500,000 action raised by Susan O'Brien QC at the the Court of Session should be dismissed.


MSPs launch Scottish air pollution inquiry
4 Jul 2017 at 2:04am
The inquiry comes after environmental campaigners said the issue was causing a public health crisis.


Police more likely to search non-whites, report says
4 Jul 2017 at 1:53pm
Study finds being black or from another ethnic minority group increases police search chances.

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Tories take a hammering in new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2017 at 2:26am
If the Tories imagined their narrow lead in the GB-wide Survation poll a few days ago was some kind of turning-point, they appear to have been mistaken.  We've since had an ICM poll (albeit one wit...

Scottish Labour may be dinosaurs, but it wasn't a dead cat bounce
by James Kelly
4 Jul 2017 at 6:42pm
As you may have seen on social media, there was a post on the LSE politics blog yesterday arguing that the notion of a "Corbyn bounce" in Scotland at the general election is a "myth" and a "mirage"...

Live stream
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2017 at 5:15pm
Just a very quick note to let you know I took part in a live stream on Independence Live earlier today, answering questions on a variety of topics related to the current political situation.  You c...


I'm going to make some mild criticisms of an article written by Neal Ascherso...
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2017 at 5:47pm
Just very, very occasionally (maybe once every four months or so) Christopher Silver sends me a passive-aggressive tweet with a "Don't diss the intelligentsia, man!" subtext.  Today was one such oc...

No, Jeremy Corbyn would not be Prime Minister right now if the Scottish Torie...
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2017 at 3:45am
This post is really just an indulgence of a point of pedantry, but it's been bugging me since the election that people keep saying that Jeremy Corbyn would currently be Prime Minister if it hadn't ...

Davidson seeks solace in titillating photos as Opinium subsample puts SNP 10%...
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2017 at 7:54pm
Opinium have today become only the third pollster to produce a GB-wide poll of voting intentions since the general election.  Given the hammering the SNP have taken in the media over the last few w...

And this is why Indyref 2 is not going away...
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2017 at 6:06pm
As you may have seen, the House of Commons has just voted on an amendment to the Queen's Speech, tabled by Labour MP Chuka Umunna, calling on the UK to remain within both the EU single market and t...

Sturgeon sticks firmly with the policy of an independence referendum at the e...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2017 at 3:36pm
For those that heard Nicola Sturgeon's speech, the title of this blogpost may seem like a statement of the bleedin' obvious, but I gather from a tweet written by Ipsos-Mori's Mark Diffley that some...

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Does r/Scotland support votes at 16?
by /u/wookee8
8 Jul 2017 at 11:58pm
The first thing I want to get out of the way is that the polls have sharply reversed nationally since the most recent general election, if it were to be held today then the chances of Jeremy Corbyn...

A bright future for Edinburgh?s grand old King?s Theatre
by /u/SWD29
8 Jul 2017 at 10:45pm
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Found myself in Australia while hiking in Scotland
by /u/Rayes89
8 Jul 2017 at 10:33pm
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Noise Complaint Times?
by /u/TessaTheHunter
8 Jul 2017 at 9:41pm
So I've got some neighbours that don't understand what night time means. Every weekend they're partying, blasting music, getting drunk and fighting and every single weekend I'm up until 4-5AM with ...

Heartless touts flogging tickets for Ed Sheeran's Glasgow gig for up to £900
by /u/scottishflamingo
8 Jul 2017 at 7:46pm
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Scottish Government accused of meddling with Audit Scotland report
by /u/abz_eng
8 Jul 2017 at 7:29pm
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New exciting project in the Highlands & Islands focusing on the History and H...
by /u/c1799
8 Jul 2017 at 7:23pm
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Burntisland, Scotland
by /u/iamSaab
8 Jul 2017 at 6:38pm
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Benefit Sanctions & Mental Health
by /u/sellshell
8 Jul 2017 at 5:04pm
My name is Michelle Jamieson, and I am an MRes Research Methods student at the University of Glasgow. As part of the requirements of my course I am conducting an empirical research project this sum...

Tory ?SNP bad? glee falls flatter than UK economy
by /u/been_zhak_unt
8 Jul 2017 at 3:09pm
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Lies spring eternal. ?Colonel? Ruth Davidson took time out from her holidays ...
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8 Jul 2017 at 3:06pm
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Even the BBC doesn?t get the flags right
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8 Jul 2017 at 2:08pm
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What mountain can I see from my flat in Edinburgh?
by /u/AestheticHeretic
8 Jul 2017 at 1:04pm
I'm in a flat in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. I'm looking west up the firth of forth. On clear days I can faintly see a mountain appear between the valley (its directly above the chimney in the photo). I ...

Former SNP councillor to stand trial over 'abusive' text messages to Muslim p...
by /u/Halk
8 Jul 2017 at 11:18am
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Politicians attacking the media is a sure sign they're losing the argument
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
A year on from the vote Brexit still looks like the biggest act of economic self-sabotage a country could inflict on itself.


Tony Blair's immunity from prosecution over Iraq War to be 'reviewed' by top ...
by Mikey Smith
5 Jul 2017 at 9:23am
The decision last year to block a private prosecution against the former PM will come before the Lord Chief Justice on Wednesday


It's as though 'Pantomime President' Donald Trump never left the world of rea...
by Joan McAlpine
5 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Just as the ridiculous Kim Jong-un was firing rockets at gawd knows who, the equally absurd president of the United States was firing punches at his perceived enemies in the media.


Gig economy workers should be better paid and protected ? our country depends...
by Record View
4 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Thousands of self-employed people know the contract sum they are paid, when spread across the hours they work, leaves them on less per hour than an apprentice.


Tory ministers turn on Theresa May as they tell Prime Minister to ease crippl...
by Craig McDonald
3 Jul 2017 at 7:40am
Senior figures Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove are among those who want a boost for hard-pressed workers as May continues to struggle on through growing pressure.


Exclusive poll calls for Scottish Government to have say in Brexit negotiations
by Andy Philip
3 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
61 per cent of voters across the UK think that the Scottish Government deserves a place at the table when the Prime Minister meets EU officials to wrangle deals.


Shame on the Tories for failing public sector heroes as dodgy deal with DUP r...
by Nicola Sturgeon
3 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon is not in the business of waiting for the Conservatives to see sense when it comes to a UK-wide pay rise.


New poll reveals 57 per cent of UK adults oppose controversial Tory deal with...
by Andy Philip
2 Jul 2017 at 5:55pm
Theresa May needs the DUP’s 10 MPs to pass key votes including her government’s budget.


It's time to end the political bickering and start fixing this country
by Mail Opinion
2 Jul 2017 at 9:50am
Mail Opinion says it's time to get on with the day job for politicians and sort out the problems facing the country.


Zombie Prime Minister is staggering on but Theresa May won't last for long
by Alex Salmond
2 Jul 2017 at 9:12am
Former First Minister Alex Salmond believes May is running out of options and won't last in No 10.

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 ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Bella Caledonia

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Jean Urquhart & The Ceilidh Place
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Liz Thomson @Lizzie_Thomson_ spent a weekend with former MSP Jean Urquhart to document stories about her life managing The Ceilidh Place; her time as an MSP, commitment to the anti-nuclear movement, and resulting decision to leave the SNP. This film gives a glimpse into the unique life of one of Scotland?s most respected activists ? …

From Hamburg to Warsaw
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jul 2017 at 1:16pm
The once powerful United States of America are aligning themselves with the values and policies of Putin’s Russia. We should be alarmed not by secret memos and covert operations but with what’s going on in plain sight. As the Zombies protested at the G20 in Hamburg, its become clearer and clearer that this has consequences …

Indyref Events Questionnaire
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jul 2017 at 12:14pm
There’s a host of organising and a pile of groundwork going on in tthe background. One repeated question is how do we learn from our own experiences to do better next time? If you were involved in organising an event during the IndyRef campaign William at Gallus Events would like you to fill out a …

The Production of Money: how to break the power of bankers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Jul 2017 at 11:51am
Ann Pettifor is on the money. From a talk at LSE on the subject of her new book “The Production of Money” (Verso 2017). Yanis Varoufakis has called it: “a book that shatters the fantasy of apolitical money and the toxic myth that monetary policy must remain a democracy-free zone. This book is now a …

Ardent supporter, Wise counsellor and Trusted Confidante
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jul 2017 at 9:29pm
We’ve all done it. A weekend in Magalouf gone too far, a bottle of Midori too many in Skinflats, a few too many pills whilst on the randan on the old holibags. The summers early, it’s all too exciting, and all that pent-up tension spilling over from work. Poor Colonel Ruth expected to be treated …

Lost Map Howlin? Fling Playlist Party
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Jul 2017 at 2:14pm
The winner of the public vote to be on the shortlist, Future Echoes by Pictish Trail (aka Johnny Lynch) is ?a pop album dealing with closure, and finding hope.? On this weeks Bella playlist The Lost Map Records chief chooses the music from some of the artists to appear or have appeared at Howlin’ Fling, …

The Beautiful Truth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jul 2017 at 4:36pm
* Here’s Tony, thumbs in pockets, collar open, addressing the troops. The black denims are on, the look is casual. It’s not clear if the jacket is suede or corduroy. The ‘post-factual’ world we’re often told is the outcome of deranged bloggers and Alex Jones types foaming at the mouth about chemtrails and imaginary conspiracies, …

Eclipsed?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
6 Jul 2017 at 3:19pm
On superyachts and oligarchs, big data and soft power. The covert tech and offshore power of the floating super rich. I The Man who saved Britain. Simon Winder?s James Bond study (Picador,  2006, 2011) under a clutch of daffy mannerisms, means what it says.  The Flemings were a family of Dundee keelies, who rose by …

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Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

Canadian PM meets the Queen in Edinburgh ? but not Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Snub to Scotttish first minister by Justin Trudeau in UK en route to G20 summit suggests opposition to independenceJustin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has praised Scotland?s role in global affairs after receiving an honorary degree for his campaigning on equality and diversity.Trudeau wa...

Ruth Davidson mystifies Twitter with Gillian Anderson stocking post
by Jamie Grierson
1 Jul 2017 at 12:44pm
Scottish Tory leader signs off on holiday with picture of X-Files star in stockings and stilettos, prompting a mixed responseThe Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has raised eyebrows by posting a picture of the actor Gillian Anderson in lingerie on social media.Davidson, 38, posted th...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

Scotland?s indyref2 may have been delayed. But expect it by 2021 | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Jun 2017 at 6:59pm
Those who think Nicola Sturgeon?s statement this week means the end of the independence movement don?t understand her, or the SNPDoubtless the verb was carefully chosen. Nicola Sturgeon would ?reset? the timetable for a second independence referendum, she told the Scottish parliament in Holyrood ...

Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jun 2017 at 12:55pm
Policy where patients are assumed to have agreed consent aimed at reducing the number of people waiting for transplantsScottish ministers are to introduce a new system of organ donations based on presumed consent in an effort to increase life-saving organ transplants.Ministers in Edinburgh announ...

The Guardian view on Scotland?s indyref2: Sturgeon has faced reality | Editorial
by Editorial
27 Jun 2017 at 7:43pm
The SNP exists to lead Scotland out of the United Kingdom. But the tide is not running the nationalists? way and may even have turned against themNicola Sturgeon has announced a delay in any attempt to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. This is no more than a recognition of new polit...

Nicola Sturgeon shelves second Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister accepts there is no popular support for another vote and will not introduce bill until autumn 2018 at earliestNicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost a string of seats to pro-union parties in...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Experts warn NHS at risk from Unionist media hysteria
In Scotland, the Unionist media went through the Wonderland mirror many moons ago into a land where up is down, black is white, arse is over elbow, and where good is always bad but bad is never mentioned. There are opiate addicts with a firmer grasp on reality, and indeed more teeth capable of getting …

The dug does Livingston
On June 22, I did a talk in Livingston for the Livingston East branch of the SNP.  Phantom Power was there to make an audio recording of the talk, and it’s now available for download as a podcast. Due to the limitations of my WordPress account, I can’t make the download directly available from the …

Believe, act, become
Neal Ascherson has written an interesting article in this week’s Sunday Herald. It echoes a belief that has always served me well. Neal writes that the way to achieve independence is to act as though Scotland already is independent. By believing and by acting on our self-belief, we make a reality and bring it into …

A few bits and pieces
I’m off to Thurso tomorrow as part of The National’s Roadshow events, and will be speaking at the Weigh Inn, Burnside, Thurso KW14 7UG from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The event is free, so if you’re at the top end of the mainland, please come along and meet the National’s editor, me, and of …

The U-turn that wasn?t
Today Nicola Sturgeon spoke to the Scottish Parliament about her plans for another independence referendum. There had been rumours that she was going to shelve the referendum, even that it would be taken off the table like a plate of salmonella. What happened was that she clarified what she’d originally said when a second independence …

The Colonel Boakie March
Over the weekend, Ruth Davidson crossed the thin red line between jolly photo opportunities, and dangerously narcissistic attention seeking. She appeared for her adoring public, or at least for her adoring pals in the press, dressed in army uniform as Colonel Ruth of the 32nd Signal Regiment. She was signalling that Scotland is now in …

The false flag patriotism of the Tories
This blog isn’t patriotic enough. It needs to be published with a red white and blue background and a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia ought to start automatically whenever you load the page. Andrea Leadsom said so. Asking questions about the negative consequences of Brexit means that you’re in cahoots with Brussels and are a …

The fireball in the sky
There’s a fireball in the sky, it’s getting closer and closer. The dinosaurs aren’t, for the most part, worried about it. It shines in the sky, it brightens up the day, why be concerned? That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Even if it does hit the Earth, it won’t be so bad. Things are never …

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Wee Ginger Dug: Tory ?SNP bad? glee falls flatter than UK economy
YOU could hear the hissing sound of deflating harrumphery all the way from that distant galaxy where Theresa May is concocting what passes for her Brexit plans.

Theresa May tells world leaders: I?ll cling on until Brexit is done
THERESA May has told world leaders she?ll cling on as Prime Minister for the next two years at least.

Jeremy Corbyn prepares attack on ?hypocrisy? of Tories in wake of Grenfell di...
JEREMY Corbyn will lash out at the ?hypocrisy and dishonesty? of Theresa May?s Tories as he addresses one of Europe?s biggest trade union events.

Michel Barnier bursts the Brexit bubble: no tariff-free trade
SCOTLAND?s Brexit Minister Michael Russell has urged the UK Government and Labour to be honest about their claims of a ?frictionless? trade agreement with the EU after its chief negotiator made clear such a deal is not possible outside of the single market.

Shona Craven: There's little point in raising pay if we don?t build more hous...
THE last time I wrote about in-work poverty, I alluded to the ?food bank nurse? who had appeared on Question Time taking Nicola Sturgeon to task about public-sector pay. It?s fair to say few readers were interested in reading about high rent and hefty childcare bills in that particular context.

Andy Wightman: We need to have clarity on affairs at historic royal property
THE Queen arrived at Holyrood Palace last weekend to the news that a planning application for 10 short-term letting apartments and an education centre together with other improvements to the palace had been approved under delegated powers by officers of the City of Edinburgh Council. The developments on the Abbey Strand will displace a bookshop and stores currently occupied and operated by Hist...

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp: Investing in youth needed for our future prosperity
THERE is a section of our society that live largely insecure lives, have low incomes, poor job prospects and as a result less spending power. That group is young people. Traditionally young people have profited from their ability to labour, to work longer, faster and harder than their older counterparts. But the changing nature of work means automation and computerisation has combined with a sh...

Labour vow 48-hour limit on working week after leaving the EU
LABOUR want to use power coming from Brussels to Britain after Brexit to stop Scots workers clocking up more than 48 hours at the office a week.

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Afghanistan ? Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times the...
                Westminster Governments Sent Scottish Troops Into Afghanistan, Helmand Province on a Wing and a Prayer In April 2006 the UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, (the bulk of the teeth armed units being Scottish) tasked with creating a safe base and active participation (as part of a … Continue reading "Afghanistan – Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times ...

The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favoured Farmers Make Clai...
          The Farmers Case for Financial Support The Scottish farming community is apparently on its knees, the bulk of farmers having barely two coins to rub together. It is surely unacceptable that Scottish society is unable to provide adequate financial support to these poor individuals who struggle to survive in the … Continue reading "The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favo...

Television Broadcasting in Scotland ? The Opportunity For Policy and Content ...
          BBC- Alba (Gaelic name for Scotland) Finance Responsibility for the financial support of the public television broadcasting service BBC-Alba is remitted to the BBC and Scottish government in 2015. Annual operational running costs are approximately £25m. The BBC provides about £10m in the form of broadcasting , technical support and … Continue reading "Television Broadcasting in Scotla...

The Tory Party Monday Club ? Lies ? Spies and Criminality ? £425,000 Donation...
          19 May 2017: Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook At the Centre of a £425,000 (DUP) Major Brexit funding scandal. A modest, semi-detached house in Clarkston on Glasgow?s Southside seems an unlikely source for a secretive, £425,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party?s Brexit campaign. But the occupant ? Richard Cook … Continue reading "The Tory Party Monday Club – Lies – Sp...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? th...
  Neils Holck.       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betraya...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    Some of the main characters     17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    2,500 assault rifles & 1.5 million bullets supplied       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betra...

Conservative Future Scotland ? Davidson?s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Ele...
            20 May 2010: Richard Cook The Man Behind the Rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland The former Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party said ?I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds … Continue reading "Conservative Future Scotland – Davidson’s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Electora...

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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

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

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How to shut down criticism of Scottish independence in four easy steps
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In this case, Les Montgomery, chief executive of the Highland Spring mineral water brand. On Sunday, he told PA: 'Businesses are fed up. The Scottish ...
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SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms - The Scotsman

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SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms
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When asked by The Herald if the SNP would recognise a win for Catalan independence supporters, a spokesman said that they would ?congratulate? their allies before adding ?these are matters for the people and the governments of Catalonia and Spain. The ...



Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Nicola Sturgeon backtracks on pledge to secure second Scottish independ...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 13 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 13 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 13 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Scottish NHS virtues 'threatened by deep spending cuts and ... - Telegraph.co.uk

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Scottish NHS virtues 'threatened by deep spending cuts and ...
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The virtues of Scotland's NHS risk being undermined by spending cuts deeper than those planned in England and SNP ministers shying away from reform amid ...

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Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table - POLITICO.eu

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Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table
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The Scottish National Party suffered its worst election in over a decade Thursday, losing 21 seats and more than a quarter of its vote share. The result pushes the prospect of a second referendum on independence from the U.K. ? central to the party's ...
Colorful Conservative Davidson Blunts Drive for Scottish I...

This general election has killed off Scottish independence for years to come ...

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This general election has killed off Scottish independence for years to come
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You may recall that famous picture of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon when they met for talks on another Scottish independence referendum a few months ago. Co-incidence or not, they were photographed together with shortish skirts and the papers stuck ...



Scottish independence referendum fundraising on hold after UK election: repor...

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Scottish independence referendum fundraising on hold after UK election: report
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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has dropped its £1-million fundraising campaign to finance a second independence referendum following disappointing results in the June 8 general election, local media reported Tuesday. The SNP had been trying to raise ...
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Labour slams 'PR exercise' business pledge amid sign-up rate of under 1% - Ab...

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Labour slams 'PR exercise' business pledge amid sign-up rate of under 1%
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Labour's economy spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: ?The business pledge is beginning to look more like an exercise in PR than one in economic development. ?The SNP has only convinced 0.2% of Scottish business to sign up to this flagship scheme, with ...

Iain Macwhirter: In a changed Britain, the SNP must rediscover its radicalism...

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Iain Macwhirter: In a changed Britain, the SNP must rediscover its radicalism
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Handout photo issued by the Scottish Parliament of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, as she sets out her position on a second independence referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 27, ...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland - The Guardian

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Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland
The Guardian
It all started with the SNP following their once in a lifetime feat of securing 56 out of the 59 Westminster seats available north of the border. These men and women would ?stand up for Scotland?, presumably in the face of unremitting hostility by ...

Labour attacks tiny take-up of Business Pledge - The Scotsman

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Labour attacks tiny take-up of Business Pledge
The Scotsman
The spokesman added: ?It is only in Scotland under an SNP government that the Business Pledge exists. ?There is no Welsh Business Pledge in Labour-run Wales and Labour failed to introduce a Fair Work business pledge in England or across the UK when ...

Matt Zarb-Cousin: Admit it, Corbyn has saved Scottish Labour - The Scotsman

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Matt Zarb-Cousin: Admit it, Corbyn has saved Scottish Labour
The Scotsman
As the SNP MP, Mhairi Black, said in her maiden speech in 2015, ?I didn't abandon the Labour Party, the Labour Party abandoned me.? But now Labour has a socialist leader who is offering a positive vision for Scotland, we are unlikely to see any SNP MPs ...

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Living Wage pay snub is a red face for the SNP - The Scottish Sun

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Living Wage pay snub is a red face for the SNP
The Scottish Sun
IT'S now more than two years since the SNP Government launched its Scottish Business Pledge with only a little less pomp and fanfare than the Trooping of the Colour. It was aimed at getting Scotland's bosses to pay the Living Wage ? not the rebranded ...

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote - CNN

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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote
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Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef 2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. "I think we have seen the country's reaction in the number of SNP ...
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP suffers election night catastrophe with second Sc...

Brexit one year on: how has referendum result affected Scotland? - The Scotsman

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Brexit one year on: how has referendum result affected Scotland?
The Scotsman
One of the examples given as being that material change was Scotland being 'dragged out of the EU'. That meant that if Scotland voted to stay, but the UK as a whole voted to leave, another referendum would find itself on the table very quickly. As fate ...
Tory election guru wanted May to call Scottish refere...

Scottish independence referendum fundraising on hold after UK election: repor...

POLITICO.eu
Scottish independence referendum fundraising on hold after UK election: report
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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has dropped its £1-million fundraising campaign to finance a second independence referendum following disappointing results in the June 8 general election, local media reported Tuesday. The SNP had been trying to raise ...
Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish in...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 13 of T...

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How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 13 of The P&J rolling poll
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Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 13 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any time soon - Iris...

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Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any time soon
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In March, the Scottish Parliament voted to ask the British Government to give it the authority to hold the referendum on independence - a request British Prime Minister Theresa May dismissed with the focus group-tested soundbite that, ?Now is not the ...
The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independe...

SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms - The Scotsman

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SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms
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Barcelona residents attend a recent demonstration in support of a referendum in Catalonia. Picture: AP Photo/Emilio ... of Catalonia and Spain. The constitutional arrangements in Scotland and the UK are clearly different, as has been widely ...



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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!

Theresa May
Should she stay on or let BoJo be with his friend. (Personally want a Labour-SNP coalition)

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 ...

It's not been all that good a week for Unionists

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

The Official President Trump thread

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

Andy Wightman - Green MSP - Defamation Case
Andy Wightman, author of The Poor Had No Lawyers, has to defend a defamation case. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/awdefamation http://www.andywightman.com/archives/4547 Has anyone else been following events? He is a proponent of land reform. I'm not sure which blog posts the legal action refer to b...

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Philippa York
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/a-statement-from-cyclingnews-contributor-philippa-york/   What an absolute hero. When she was Robert Millar, he got me really into cycling and I remember his days in the mountains and the amazing excitement it caused at the time.

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.

Traditional boozers in Glasgow
Can anyone recommend some good traditional boozers in the centre of Glasgow, preferably within 10mins of Central Station? My faither in law is coming to visit next week, and I was going to take him on a wee pub crawl after I pick him up from the station

Bands That You Have Seen Booed Off Stage
Only one for me... 38 years ago today... unbelievably it was... ?On July 2, 1979, we played on a bill with Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Johnny Winter, and Nazareth to a crowd of forty-six thousand people in Toronto?I saw the other bands we were playing with and I thought, ?This isn?t gonna work...

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...

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...

Cleaning Decking
Does anyone have advice on getting the best results. I am reluctant to use decking cleaner or bleach as I don't want to damage the grass which is in close proximity.

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

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?The Spanish Can?t Stop Us? ? Catalan Vote to Trigger UDI
And so the game is on. The devolved autonomous Catalan Government have announced their intention to hold a vote on independence for Catalunya which will – if successful – be a trigger for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A website with full details has also been launched leaving no-one with any excuse for not knowing…

The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches…

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily…

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll…

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material…

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to…

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis…