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Jeremy Hunt hits back at Donald Trump saying his attack on Theresa May and UK...
9 Jul 2019 at 6:17pm
JEREMY Hunt has hit back at Donald Trump, accusing him of being ?disrespectful and wrong? to the UK after the US President fired off more condemnatory tweets about Theresa May and Britain?s ambassador to America.


Scotland's health minister makes urgent plea to UK over rising drugs deaths
9 Jul 2019 at 3:32pm
SCOTLAND?S health minister has issued an urgent plea to the UK Government to help tackle an ongoing drugs crisis amid fears last year's death toll hit a record 1,200.


Donald Trump brands Theresa May's handling of Brexit 'disaster' and denounces...
9 Jul 2019 at 2:20pm
DONALD Trump has intensified his attack on Theresa May?s ?foolish? and ?disastrous? handling of Brexit while lashing out again at Britain?s ambassador to the US, branding him a ?very stupid guy? and ?pompous fool?.


SNP MPs to vote on legalising same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland
9 Jul 2019 at 1:31pm
SNP MPs will be given a free vote on the issues of abortion reform and equal marriage in Northern Ireland.


Jeremy Corbyn calls on new Tory leader to stage second Brexit referendum
9 Jul 2019 at 12:52pm
JEREMY Corbyn has called on the next Tory leader to hold a second referendum before taking Britain out of the EU and made clear Labour would campaign for Remain.


Sainsbury?s trial recycling scheme in Glasgow which will put cash in shoppers...
9 Jul 2019 at 5:00am
A NEW bottle recycling scheme is being rolled out at Sainsbury?s to give Scots money off their shopping in return for helping the environment.


Jeremy Hunt hopes to 'run up big win' in Scotland
9 Jul 2019 at 12:04am
Jeremy Hunt is hopeful of ?running up a big win? in Scotland after a snap survey conducted by his campaign suggested he had majority support among Scottish Conservative councillors.


Citizens' Assembly 'is not about whether Scotland should be independent'
8 Jul 2019 at 9:42pm
THE chair of Scotland?s fledgling Citizens? Assembly has moved to reassure its Unionist critics by insisting it will not be used to push any questions relating to Scottish independence.


Theresa May gives ?full support? to ambassador after Donald Trump?s war of words
9 Jul 2019 at 8:23am
Downing Street has insisted the British ambassador to the US has the Prime Minister?s full support despite Donald Trump saying he would no longer work with him.


Britain?s Next Prime Minister: What you need to know about the ITV debate
9 Jul 2019 at 10:14am
ITV is to host a debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as they both bid to become Britain's next Prime Minister.


Fiona Hyslop: Scotland 'a distinct political community within Europe'
9 Jul 2019 at 8:55am
Devolution has ensured Scotland is a "distinct political community within Europe", according to Fiona Hyslop.


When will next prime minister be announced?
9 Jul 2019 at 10:51am
After what feels like an eternity of candidates, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have seen off the competition and are the last two PM hopefuls.


Labour set to campaign for Remain in vote on Brexit deal
8 Jul 2019 at 9:20pm
LABOUR is poised today to announce it will campaign for Remain in a second referendum on a Tory Brexit deal or if there is a no-deal outcome after trade union leaders agreed a shift in policy.


Scotland Yard called to probe leak of ambassador's emails
8 Jul 2019 at 7:50pm
SCOTLAND Yard has been called on to investigate the leak of sensitive diplomatic emails in which Sir Kim Darroch, Britain?s ambassador to the US, was revealed as branding the Trump administration ?inept?.


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt exchange claims of 'betrayal'
8 Jul 2019 at 3:51pm
Both camps in the Tory leadership election race have exchanged accusations of ?betrayal? as Jeremy Hunt pledged to ensure the UK left the EU?s Common Fisheries Policy by December 2020.

 

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Are Kim and Andy Murray expecting 'the tiny patter' of baby feet?
Speculation that tennis star Andy Murray and his wife Kim are expecting a third child is rife among eagle-eyed fans on social media.

?Urgent action? needed to halt increase in Scottish drugs deaths
Scotland’s public health minister has demanded “urgent action” to halt the rising toll of drugs deaths, and told MPs he would work with the UK government to find new ways of tackling problem drug use if it is not possible to devolve responsibility to Holyrood.

Stroke care fails mandatory target for all Scots health boards
Almost a third of stroke patients are not getting the urgent care they need, with every Scottish health board failing to hit Scottish Government targets.

Hong Kong protests to go on despite ?dead? extradition bill
Hong Kong protest leaders opposed to the administration of chief executive Carrie Lam have said they will continue their demonstrations, even after Ms Lam said the highly contentious extradition bill which first sparked the protests was “dead.”

Key Afghanistan leaders agree to landmark ?roadmap to peace?
All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan’s warring sides have ended with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country’s future and ending nearly 18 years of war.

'Significant step forward' as Jeremy Corbyn calls for new EU referendum
Labour supporters of a second EU referendum have hailed a "significant and very welcome step forward" after Jeremy Corbyn called on the government to stage a public vote on any Brexit deal, and confirmed his party would campaign to Remain.

MPs back changes to Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws
MPs have approved an amendment which aims to extend access to abortion in Northern Ireland by 332 votes to 99, majority 233.

Instagram-friendly maps launched for the Hebrides
The UK’s first Insta-friendly maps produced for islands in the Hebrides go on sale this week.

Wimbledon fan warned: Do not photograph Meghan
A Wimbledon fan has described how she was told by the Duchess of Sussex's protection officer not to take photos of Meghan because she was at the tournament in a "private capacity"

Labour's Lord Triesman quits party over 'institutional anti-Semitism'
Former Labour general secretary Lord Triesman has quit the party saying it is "institutionally anti-Semitic".

Charities make fresh plea to halt evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow
Charities have made a fresh plea to halt the potential mass eviction of hundreds of failed asylum seekers in Glasgow until the legality of the process has been clarified.

EasyJet flight collides with aircraft at Amsterdam airport
An easyJet flight bound for London has collided with another aircraft at Amsterdam airport, causing hours of delays for passengers but no reported injuries.

Revealed: Face of convicted extortionist who raped woman in Edinburgh Travelodge
Here is the face of a convicted extortionist who punched a woman before subjecting her to a horrific rape ordeal.

Nicola Sturgeon got it wrong over Citizens' Assembly announcement
Nicola Sturgeon made a "mistake" over the way she announced plans for a new Citizens' Assembly to look into Scotland's future, according to the new chair of the body.

How Donald Trump will benefit from leak of UK Ambassador?s scathing memo ? Ma...
The story behind the leaking of Sir Kim Darroch’s cables warrants close scrutiny, writes Martyn McLaughlin.

 

Craig Murray

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Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Kim Darroch ? the Simple Explanation

The media is full of over-complicated theories as to who might have leaked Kim Darroch’s diplomatic telegrams giving his candid view on the Trump administration. I should start by explaining the FCO telegram system. The communications are nowadays effectively encrypted emails, though still known as “telegrams”: to the Americans “cables”. They are widely distributed. These […]

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Bought Politicians

Between just 28 May and 10 June Boris Johnson received £235,500 in “private” donations, to himself personally, as he prepares to become the UK’s unelected Prime Minister. The blatant corruption of the UK’s political system is part of the reason for popular alienation from the ruling classes. It was Blair who elevated British politics to […]

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Help Steven Leelah

With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but following the recent resounding condemnation of the British government at the International Court of Justice, […]

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How To Spot A Twitter Troll

UPDATE: GCHQ are currently advertising to recruit more trolls to carry out precisely the activity I outline here. As their advertisement puts it: We are looking to recruit individuals who can contribute to a step change in the UK?s ability to project cyber power against our adversaries, in order to keep the UK safe. You […]

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A Moment in History

Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have the most momentous effects. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand loved his wife, which was most unusual for a Hapsburg. She was not of royal blood and strict protocol meant she could not appear in public ceremonies with him in Vienna. Which is why he chose to […]

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The Question of Character

Every now and then, I feel myself compelled to write something I know that the majority of my readers will not agree with. That is because I do not go along with left wing groupthink any more than I go along with the line of the Establishment. I do not subscribe to a set of […]

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That Mark Field Feared a Terrorist Attack is Clearly a Lie ? or He Is Dangero...

The reason that Mark Field attacked the lady who had just passed by him was that she wore a sash clearly identifying her as a climate change protestor. She had entered with the other guests, already wearing her sash, and making no effort at concealment. Field knew exactly that she was a climate change protestor […]

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The Broader View Reveals the Ugliest of Prospects

Standing back a little and surveying the events of the last couple of weeks, gives a bleak view of the current state of western democracy. We have seen what appears to be the most unconvincing of false flags in the Gulf. I pointed out why it was improbable Iran would attack these particular ships. Since […]

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Wings over Scotland

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The world's most-read Scottish politics website

The Screw
We’ve just received the verdict in the hearing over costs in our court case against Kezia Dugdale, and it’s an incomprehensible one. The sheriff has awarded costs in full to Dugdale, plus a 50% “uplift” mainly on the grounds of the “complexity” of the case, despite Dugdale having employed the services of perhaps Scotland’s highest-paid …

The four estates
There’s quite an interesting piece in today’s Sunday National detailing the extremely unequal representation of various parties on the BBC’s network politics shows in the last month, in which readers will be astonished to learn that the SNP (and Scotland in general) come off very poorly. (Five appearances compared to eight for the Lib Dems, 40 …

Field Of Dreams

The irrefutable argument
We haven’t done a good old-fashioned Quoted For Truth in quite some time, but on occasion someone else makes a point in a way that just can’t be improved on. We’ve always known/said that this is THE core case for independence, of course, but sometimes seeing it from another country’s perspective brings the message home.

No-Independence Day
I went for a very long walk before writing this post, because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing it in the heat of anger. But 8.5 miles and 18,753 steps later it still needs to be said and there’s no getting out of it, so batten down the hatches, folks. Last night SNP MP Mhairi …

Imagine our astonishment
When this complaint got the brush-off from the BBC, flatly refusing a right of reply under Article 28 of the Broadcasting Code to the Corporation’s grossly unbalanced and factually-inaccurate coverage of our court case against Kezia Dugdale: We now have to go through TWO more rounds of pointless dickaboutery and dismissal from the BBC, taking up several …

The Achievers
As we all know by now, the active Yes movement is split into two camps. On one side are the whiners (mainly but not solely from the fringe far left), who are always full of destructive criticism and abuse for their own side while contributing nothing of any value themselves, other than to promote their …

Live and in pieces
We suspect that LBC’s Iain Dale might have been reading this morning’s Wings article before he interviewed Jo Swinson tonight. We can only hope any subsequent Scottish interviewers do as diligent a job, and also pick her up on a few of the blatant lies she did manage to sneak past Dale.

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Minister hopes drug deaths record will be 'wake-up call'
Scotland's drug-related death toll may have hit a new record high of 1,200 in 2018, MPs are told.

Wings Over Scotland blogger ordered to pay Kezia Dugdale's legal expenses
Wings Over Scotland's Stuart Campbell lost his defamation case against the former Scottish Labour leader.

Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum
Jeremy Corbyn urges the next Tory PM to hold a vote, but doesn't say what he would do if he got to No 10.

Johnson v Hunt: Who came out on top in Perth?
The two Conservative leadership contenders went in front of Scottish party members.

Tory leadership candidates face Scottish members
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt took part in a Conservative leadership hustings event in Perth.

Health boards get £1.7m to cut child obesity
The money will go towards a target of halving the number of overweight under-18s in Scotland by 2030.

Edinburgh Children's Hospital: Freeman 'overruled' opening
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says she decided the risk of opening the hospital was too great.

Police Scotland to reactivate Brexit plan
Some 300 officers will be on standby from early August to deal with any disruption resulting from the UK's departure from the EU on 31 October.

Conservative leadership: Theresa May says next PM 'must strengthen the union'
Theresa May urges her potential successors to "think creatively" about how to ensure the UK stays together.

Drug tsar appointed to tackle record death rate
Prof Catriona Matheson will advise on policies to tackle Scotland's rising number of drug deaths.

How council housing changed lives in Scotland
This year marks 100 years since the legislation which led to the first widespread council housing in Scotland.

Scotland to prioritise Scottish medical students
Scottish universities are to recruit more medical students from Scotland at the expense of those from elsewhere in the UK.

Scot Goes Pop

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

It's perfectly possible that Yes are ahead already
As you may have seen, the senior SNP MP Angus MacNeil and the former depute leadership candidate Chris McEleny have tabled a resolution that would require the SNP to use the next Westminster or Hol...

Jeremy Hunt downgrades Scotland from an opinion poll democracy to an anecdote...
At the risk of tempting fate by complimenting a journalist too much, STV's Colin Mackay has often been noted for making an effort to be more even-handed than some of his peers in the Scottish broad...

Calling all Wikipedia editors
Until very recently, Wikipedia's list of UK opinion polls was immaculately inclusive - it had a separate column for each party that enjoyed a non-trivial level of support.  So the Greens, the SNP, ...

Boris Johnson's hapless attempt to blackmail Scotland over Brexit
As we all know, a potentially decisive factor in the outcome of the first independence referendum was the message from the No campaign that "a Yes vote puts Scotland's EU membership at risk, while ...

52% of Scots demand an early independence referendum in landmark Panelbase po...
You might have noticed that for weeks now, when a journalist or Tory politician has erroneously claimed that "there is still no appetite in Scotland for an independence referendum", I've been point...

Explaining democracy to unionist politicians
It strikes me that the "reasons" offered by unionist politicians for blocking an independence referendum are becoming increasingly bizarre and hard to defend.  But as we have a mainstream media tha...

Paging Carole Malone: Sorry, Carole, but every single opinion poll this year ...
I literally can't even force myself to watch the now-notorious clip from the Jeremy Vine Show, in which Princess Diana's former butler, a former Page 3 girl and a tabloid rentagob were invited to s...

Bombshell Panelbase poll shows support for independence at a three-year high ...
You've probably seen by now that there's a new Panelbase poll today suggesting that if Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister, there will be a majority of 53-47 in favour of independence.  But you al...

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Dank on demand [Adam Smith Institute argues for Cannabis legalisation]
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View from Arthur?s Seat
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What's going on with orange marches?
The discussion tag has been added to have a discussion. PLEASE KEEP THE COMMENTS FACT BASED AND CIVIL!!! I know their controversial and there's protestant history behind them but what's the whole s...

Glenkindie Memorabilia Loft Museum, Aberdeenshire.
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The Union Inn, Forth and Clyde Canal, nr Falkirk.
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So today I learned that Irn Bru turns clear when left in the sun
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"Pod Save the World" Podcast [with Nicola Sturgeon]
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Orange Order probe after shock video shows woman being spat at by band member
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Lidl to create 500 Scottish jobs with opening of 12 new stores
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Child rapist spotted in Kilmarnock high street wants cash for time spent in jail
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Boris Johnson vs Jeremy Hunt - Live blog as Tory Leadership contenders go hea...
The race to be the next Prime Minister steps up a gear as Tory leadership hopefuls Johnson and Hunt debate before a live TV audience.


Jeremy Corbyn WILL back remain if there's a referendum on a Tory Brexit deal
Labour will campaign against a Tory deal to withdraw from the EU but Corbyn has still not confirmed how his party would handle Brexit if it is elected.


Donald Trump 'inept' leaked memos ambassador backed by Theresa May
The Prime Minister retains 'full faith' in British ambassador Sir Kim Darroch after his frank assessments of the US President became public.


Boris Johnson 'uses racist language to gain far-right support' claims Anas Sa...
The Labour MSP says the front runner to become Prime Minister's language is 'disgusting' and 'normalises' Islamophobia.


Wings Over Scotland blogger faces £100,000 legal bill after losing Kezia Dugd...
The former Scottish Labour leader has been awarded costs against Stuart Campbell who runs the Wings Over Scotland website.


Labour MSP says more Scots will die unless we change our 'insane' drugs policy
Neil Findlay outlines his support for the 'Portuguese model' and says we can't arrest our way to a drugs-free society.


Probe into leak of UK ambassador memos slamming 'inept' Donald Trump White House
The documents leaked detail Sir Kim Darroch's assessments of the "dysfunctional" and incompetent Trump administration.


IndyRef2 vote snub could spark independence push if SNP win majority of Scott...
Senior party members want the Scottish Government to start independence negotiations if Westminster blocks vote and SNP triumph at Holyrood or Westminster election.


Scottish Labour to ditch Better Together alliance with Tories in IndyRef2
Richard Leonard has pledged that Labour would not campaign alongside the Tories in any new independence referendum.


The Boris Johnson Tory bandwagon is heading for IndyrRef2 destination
Mail Opinion reckons the rise of the unwanted PM-elect signals the unofficial start of a second independence refererendum.

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

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

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LGBT+ and Trad
Award-winning fiddler and singer Rona Wilkie on the tension between being part of a liberal arts sector but also performing traditional music from a rural highland background: “Although not all in rural Scotland have been brought up in a religious organisation with such rigid ideas of love and sexuality, the power of these discourses permeate …

How Scotland Can Keep Breathing
Some speakers have a dream. I have a nightmare. It is to find myself locked in a dark, airless nursery cupboard, somewhere in the south of England, with Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa May and Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail. In the darkness, I hear their snuffling and sniggering as they crawl …

The Air In Between
Bella’s Album of the Week – each week we give you one of the best new albums about. This week we have Steg G’s The Air in Between featuring the Empress, Freestyle Master, Solareye, and CCTV, a rich mix of talent ….

The Biggest Gap in the Ideological Market of England 
In England, nationalism is a dirty word. It is tinged with disgrace, outrage, illegitimacy if not illegality. Like an unwanted dog or an unpleasing book, nationalism is always something to be put down. Indian, American, Zimbabwean, Jamaican: nationalism was the force that fought back against Empire, and won. Naturally it’s not much celebrated by the …

What does a Climate Emergency Look Like?
A man falls from the sky out of an plane into the back-garden of a house in Clapham. His partially frozen body makes an indent. Like a sign from the heavens of a world completely out of control, it passes the headlines for a day and then is forgotten. Theses signs are increasing now. Like …

Some Notes on Boris Johnson?s Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Homophobia and Lies
Some notes on Boris Johnson (Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson)  by Edwin Hayward. (NOTE: Each of the stories below is sourced from mainstream media, audio or video recordings. Please refer to the source listed for each quote or incident for full context.) RACISM & XENOPHOBIA 1 SEXISM & CHAUVINISM 4 HOMOPHOBIA 6 LIES 7 BREXIT …

On Gaelic Language Development Policy in Scotland
An open letter to the Scottish Government on Gaelic language development policy in Scotland by Màrtainn Mac a’ Bhàillidh: As a young architect I was drawn to working in the Isle of Skye by my commitment to Scotland?s Gaelic language. Having been an active member of the SNP for over 15 years, joining shortly after …

May in Stirling, Widdecombe in Brussels, Johnson in No 10
Decline at first seems like a slow process, then collapse comes quickly. As the Labour vote sinks to 18% the far-right of the Conservative Party has re-located to Brussels in the host body of Farage’s latest incarnation where they can indulge their fantasy of oppression. Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe made her maiden speech in …

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Brexit must work for the whole UK to see off Scottish nationalism | David Mun...
The new prime minister must walk a careful line and strengthen the union, says the secretary of state for ScotlandIn a speech in Stirling on Thursday, the prime minister gave some thought to something the UK too often takes for granted: the UK itself.She acknowledged our union of four nations has...

New Edinburgh children's hospital delayed over safety concerns
Scotland?s health secretary halts imminent opening after ventilation system fails to meet standardsThe opening of a £150m children?s hospital in Edinburgh has been delayed indefinitely the day before the first patients and equipment were expected to move in, after final inspections revealed safet...

Tory leadership race: Boris Johnson pledges to 'get Brexit done' at hustings ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the leadership contestLunchtime summaryTheresa May?s speech on Scotland and UK union - Summary 9.43pm BST And that?s all from us for the evening as well. We?re closing this live blog down now ? you can ...

'Everything?s out of control': Stirling citizens on the Tory succession
View from the streets of Scottish city where Theresa May will deliver warning about threat to the union?Ooft,? says 16-year-old Jade Harrower behind her hand, ?he?s a bit daft, don?t you think? And that?s me being polite.? On Thursday lunchtime in Stirling city centre, where Theresa May will late...

May to warn successor: 'greatest' duty is to strengthen union
PM will give speech in Scotland highlighting threat to integrity of UK from no-deal BrexitTheresa May is warning her successor as prime minister about the grave responsibility of preserving the union, joining a growing chorus of senior Conservatives urging caution over a no-deal Brexit and the wi...

Theresa May to warn successors that no-deal Brexit threatens UK?s future
PM to deliver speech in Scotland on eve of Conservative leadership hustingsLatest Brexit and Tory leadership news - live updatesTheresa May is to warn her potential successors that a no-deal Brexit threatens the UK?s future, in her final speech in Scotland as prime minister.May will also unveil p...

Hunt says Merkel is willing to look at a new Brexit deal package ? as it happ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the Tory leadership contestJohnson pledges to increase stop and search powersManufacturers hit back at Johnson and Hunt?s Brexit pledgesHammond warns leadership rivals over spending vowsHunt?s Brexit sp...

The Guardian view on devolution since 1999: still grappling with who we are |...
Twenty years ago, the start of devolution was supposed to bring the UK together. But it hasn?t worked out that wayTwenty years ago on Monday, the newly devolved Scottish parliament met in Edinburgh for the first time. It heard a speech from the late Donald Dewar that can still send tingles down t...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Money, money, money
The constant refrain from opponents of independence is – How can Scotland become independent when you don’t even know what money you’re going to use? Eh? Eh? There is an underlying current of belief among such people that Scotland, uniquely among the nations of the world, would be incapable of having any sort of currency …

Going to the head of the queue
It’s a strange and contradictory life being an opponent of Scottish independence. You have to tell people in Scotland that upon independence we’d have to reapply to join the EU and get to the back of a queue behind Albania, Montenegro, and Turkey, and at the same time insist that we’d have the euro as …

Comparing like with unlike
On Saturday night, I had the misfortune to watch the press review on Sky News. One of the guests was a Brexit supporting writer, a woman whose name escapes me, which is a pity because it means that it will be harder to avoid her nonsense in future. It was the usual ill informed guff …

Shout loudly and wave a fleg
You can smell the fear. An opinion poll over the weekend gives Boris Johnson the support of over three quarters of members of the Conservative party. Unless something utterly unforeseen occurs, he’s going to become the next leader of the Tories and the next Prime Minister of the UK. Given that Boris Johnson is about …

Gaslighting Scotland
Yesterday it was the Tory leadership hustings in Scotland, when Jeremy C-word and the Blond Bombsite competed with one another to say how much they love Scotland even though they’ve spent the past three years treating it with contempt when they’re not actively ignoring it. Then they competed to show off which one has more …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 5 July 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast. This week The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss opinion polls and how they work (and why we should regard online “voodoo” polls with a massive sackload of salt), toy dugs, Theresa May’s visit, the Tory leadership hustings in Perth and what questions should …

The lullaby that puts the UK to sleep forever
So just when you thought that Mark Dad’s Army Francois had won the trophy for British political clown of the decade, along comes Ann Widdecombe saying “Haud ma coat”. During her first speech to the European Parliament, Ann compared the EU to slave owners. That’s not hyperbole at all, oh no. That’s just a riddie, …

18,514 thankyous
A huge thank you from the dug and me to everyone who has contributed to the blog’s annual crowdfunder. The target was £10,000, and with your incredible generosity that target has been left far behind in the rear view mirror.  You didn’t just smash the target, you ground it into dust. As of 3pm on …

The National

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Nicola Sturgeon hits back at Donald Trump after Twitter rant
NICOLA Sturgeon has hit back at the US president after his bizarre Twitter rant.

There is absolutely no respect in Scotland for either PM candidate
AT last somebody other than myself has picked up on what Jeremy Hunt has been saying and what it effectively means for the people of Scotland. I of course refer to George Kerevan?s article in the National (Hunt declared war on our sovereignty ... here are ways we could respond, July 8).

Plaid Cymru leader quizzes Welsh FM over National front page
THE leader of pro-Welsh-independence party Plaid Cymru held up The National's front page during FMQs earlier today.

SNP's Michael Russell challenges Richard Leonard on independence
SCOTLAND'S Constitutional Relations Secretary has challenged the Scottish Labour leader to follow the lead of his Welsh counterpart and endorse the "democratic reality".

Brexit: Labour first minister of Wales 'open' to independence
THE SNP leader at Westminster has presented a constitutional challenge to Richard Leonard.

Where is the evidence the Scottish Government is 'hostile to capitalism'?
I WAS so enjoying Michael Fry?s article (Scotland could be one of the keys to a new global economic order, July 9) feeling that ?chest-out? pride of a Scotland finally going somewhere and contributing to the world and being respected for it.

These are the ?Seven Sensible Tests? for Scotland?s new currency
IT is Friday September 18 2020 and Scotland has just voted 57%-43% for independence on an 88% turnout in indyref2. Tomorrow the British Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn leader of a minority Lab/Lib coalition propped up by the SNP, will concede defeat.

AUOB Ayr: Bride details 'surreal' post-wedding moment
THE couple who ended up on the All Under One Banner (AUOB) march through Ayr right after their wedding have described their ?surreal? experience at the weekend.

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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

The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution??
The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution?? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 1st 2019 It was twenty years ago today that the Scottish Parliament officially opened. Donald Dewar spoke eloquently, the Queen attended, and there was a small amount of pomp and circumstance in Edinburgh Old Town. Time for reflection …

Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty
Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 26th 2019 The world at the moment is in a state of flux. Yet everywhere there is assertion and statements that imply certainty and do not allow for any doubt. Doubt is central to being human. Galileo once …

Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from?
Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 19th 2019 Scotland seems to be at an uneasy, calm place at the moment. The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon yet still seem distant – from the threat of Brexit and even worse the car crash of …

?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland
?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 12th 2019 Last week saw a significant moment in TV programming when ITV broadcast the latest in the legendary series ?Seven Up?, namely ?63 Up?. Michael Apted began first as a researcher then Director tracking fourteen seven year olds in 1964 and has subsequently …

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 …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Tory leadership contenders raise IndyRef2 stakes - The...
Scottish independence: Tory leadership contenders raise IndyRef2 stakes  The ScotsmanTory leadership contenders Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson turned up the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon with a warning they would not grant a second ...

Scottish independence 'could happen without a referendum if UK Government ref...
Scottish independence 'could happen without a referendum if UK Government refuse to grant vote'  Daily RecordSNP MP Angus MacNeil has submitted an alternative independence plan and says they could use an election mandate to bypass the PM.

Does Brexit make Scottish independence more likely? - The Independent
Does Brexit make Scottish independence more likely?  The IndependentThe fate of Northern Ireland has been at the heart of the Brexit debate for some time, but in the dying days of Theresa May's premiership, Scotland is keeping ...

Theresa May hopes Union pledge will be her legacy - not Scottish independence...
Theresa May hopes Union pledge will be her legacy - not Scottish independence  Telegraph.co.ukTheresa May was in Scotland yesterday searching, say her critics, for a legacy for her premiership ? any legacy, that is, other than the messy business of Brexit.

Angus Robertson: Why blocking second Scottish independence referendum is dang...
Angus Robertson: Why blocking second Scottish independence referendum is dangerous strategy  The ScotsmanWhat kind of ?family of nations? involves one member repeatedly ordering another around and telling them what they can and cannot do, asks Angus Robertson.

Ayr turns blue and white as 13000 march for Scottish independence - The National
Ayr turns blue and white as 13000 march for Scottish independence  The NationalAYR turned blue and white yesterday as at least 13,000 Yes campaigners marched through the Conservative stronghold in support of Scottish independence.

Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2 - BBC News
Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2  BBC NewsThe former leader of Scottish Labour says there is a "serious prospect" Jeremy Corbyn would agree to hold an independence referendum.

As Others See Us: 'Vulgar' English nationalism blamed for Scottish independen...
As Others See Us: 'Vulgar' English nationalism blamed for Scottish independence  HeraldScotlandIt used to be Scotland's nationalism that was seen as the threat to British state. Now it is England's.

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SNP forced into u-turn on equal marriage in Northern Ireland - The Scotsman
SNP forced into u-turn on equal marriage in Northern Ireland  The ScotsmanThe SNP has been forced into a u-turn over plans to abstain in a vote on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland after an outcry from equality campaigners and ...

Tories accuse SNP of ?driving division? with ?needless? Brussels trip - The S...
Tories accuse SNP of ?driving division? with ?needless? Brussels trip  The ScotsmanFiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government's external affairs secretary, has been accused of trying to ?drive division? by claiming Scotland is a ?distinct political ...

Voters 'distressed' by SNP's botched mailshot could sue - The Times
Voters 'distressed' by SNP's botched mailshot could sue  The TimesThe SNP risks being sued in a costly class action over bungled election mailshots after a leading data lawyer suggested that distressed voters could claim ...

SNP urged to back new route to independence if Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt r...
SNP urged to back new route to independence if Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt rejects referendum  Telegraph.co.ukNicola Sturgeon should start independence negotiations with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt if they refuse a second referendum and the SNP wins the next ...

SNP Minister calls for 'bold action' to tackle drugs death emergency - The Sc...
SNP Minister calls for 'bold action' to tackle drugs death emergency  The ScotsmanBold and innovative measures must be taken to address the drugs-related deaths emergency in Scotland, MPs will be told.

MacNeil's 'Plan B' independence route sparks SNP debate - The National
MacNeil's 'Plan B' independence route sparks SNP debate  The NationalA PLAN B route to independence if the UK Government continues to refuse a second referendum has prompted a debate among SNP politicians.

Scotland?s population ?half a million short in 20 years?, claim SNP - The Sco...
Scotland?s population ?half a million short in 20 years?, claim SNP  The ScotsmanScotland's population will be half a million smaller by 2040 than it would be if control of immigration policy was devolved, restricting economic growth and ...

SNP put forward proposal for indyref2 if Westminster block vote - The Scotsman
SNP put forward proposal for indyref2 if Westminster block vote  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

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Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum -...
Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

Tory leadership candidates face Scottish members - BBC News
Tory leadership candidates face Scottish members  BBC NewsConservative leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have faced Scottish party members at a hustings event in Perth. Both men have pledged to ...

Angus Robertson: Why blocking second Scottish independence referendum is dang...
Angus Robertson: Why blocking second Scottish independence referendum is dangerous strategy  The ScotsmanWhat kind of ?family of nations? involves one member repeatedly ordering another around and telling them what they can and cannot do, asks Angus Robertson.

Scottish independence: Tory leadership contenders raise IndyRef2 stakes - The...
Scottish independence: Tory leadership contenders raise IndyRef2 stakes  The ScotsmanTory leadership contenders Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson turned up the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon with a warning they would not grant a second ...

We watched the Tory leadership hustings so you don't have to - SNP
We watched the Tory leadership hustings so you don't have to  SNPThe two candidates to become the next Prime Minister appeared at a Conservative Party hustings last week in Perth ? the only hustings event in Scotland.

UK PM candidate Leadsom against second Scottish referendum, but 'never say ne...
UK PM candidate Leadsom against second Scottish referendum, but 'never say never'  ReutersLONDON (Reuters) - Andrea Leadsom, a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Tuesday she would fight against Scotland holding a second ...

'Brexit is end of SNP' Former MEP delivers brutal blow to Sturgeon's independ...
'Brexit is end of SNP' Former MEP delivers brutal blow to Sturgeon's independence plans  ExpressDavid Coburn insisted Brexit will put an end to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and its campaign for Scottish independence. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ...

Analysis: What could Labour's new position on Brexit mean for Scotland? - Com...
Analysis: What could Labour's new position on Brexit mean for Scotland?  CommonSpaceJeremy Corbyn's qualified commitment to backing Remain in a future referendum on EU membership would appear to bring Labour closer to the SNP's position ...

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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'...

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

The Official President Trump thread

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

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...

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

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

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

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...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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...

Life after Death
Does anyone believe in this?  For most of my adult life I have believed that when we die we are gone and there is no afterlife.  My mum died a few months ago and at the time my aunt told me that things would happen that would give me reassurance that she was still there . My aunt lost a s...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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.

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  

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Scottish and Uk Politics

A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

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...

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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.…