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Ferguson Marine shipyard warns it is on brink of administration
9 Aug 2019 at 6:32pm
A TROUBLED shipyard at the centre of a long-running dispute over two ferries has warned it is on the brink of administration.


Scottish Labour in fresh turmoil as top official Brian Roy quits
9 Aug 2019 at 11:50am
SCOTTISH Labour is in fresh turmoil with the loss of its most senior official.


David Mundell: Independence majority at Holyrood in 2021 should spark referendum
8 Aug 2019 at 4:57pm
SCOTLAND should be given the power to hold a second referendum if a pro-independence majority wins the next Holyrood election, David Mundell has indicated.


Ian McConnell: A gift for Johnson to stop very bad Brexit days for millions i...
9 Aug 2019 at 5:10am
IT is perhaps a shame that buying a gift for Boris Johnson is unlikely to be at the forefront of many people?s minds because the quickest of browses on Amazon throws up a book that looks like it would be ideal for the new Prime Minister.


Scottish Labour in meltdown over stance on second independence referendum
8 Aug 2019 at 2:10pm
SCOTTISH Labour was in freefall last night as senior figures openly fought with each other and with Jeremy Corbyn over whether to allow a second independence referendum.


Jeremy Corbyn urges civil servants to block no-deal Brexit if poll is called
9 Aug 2019 at 9:24am
Jeremy Corbyn has called on the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to rule that Boris Johnson cannot go ahead with a no-deal Brexit if there is a general election, saying it would be an ?unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power?.


Remain voters driving swing to Yes, says John Curtice
9 Aug 2019 at 12:01am
BREXIT is behind a definite shift in support for Scottish independence, with Remain voters the key group swinging behind Yes, the country?s leading pollster has said.


Concern over rush to give prisoners vote in byelection
9 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
A HOLYROOD committee has raised concerns over the way prisoners have been given the vote for the first time in Scotland since the Victorian era.


Labour would block Yes/No question on Scottish independence
8 Aug 2019 at 10:36am
A LABOUR government at Westminster would block a straight Yes/No question in a second independence referendum, it has emerged.


LibDems issue speech guide for Shetland byelection
8 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
THE Scottish Liberal Democrats have produced an etiquette guide for the Holyrood by-election in Shetland as they draft in help from mainland.


Police representatives hit out at SNP boast over rising officer numbers
8 Aug 2019 at 11:57am
POLICE representatives have criticised the SNP after it trumpeted a boost in officer numbers.


Nicola Sturgeon 'wholly unprepared' for second referendum, warns Kenny MacAskill
8 Aug 2019 at 11:53am
NICOLA Sturgeon is ?wholly unprepared? for an early independence referendum despite talking up the prospect, a former SNP cabinet secretary has said.


Boris Johnson tells MPs to ?get on and deliver? Brexit
8 Aug 2019 at 3:15pm
Boris Johnson has called on MPs to ?get on and deliver? Brexit amid reports a general election could take place within days of Britain leaving the EU.


Scottish Labour is in turmoil as independence row heats up
8 Aug 2019 at 12:43am
SCOTTISH Labour has been thrown into disarray after John McDonnell doubled-down on his insistence that a Labour government should not block an independence referendum.


Watchdog says slow FAIs still letting down families
8 Aug 2019 at 5:00am
GRIEVING families are being let down by a ?disappointing? lack of progress in fatal accident inquiries, the service?s watchdog has said.

 

The Scotsman

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Lothian bus strike off after drivers agree deal with bosses
The planned strike by Lothian Bus drivers has been called off after drivers agreed to new proposals brought forward by bosses.

Edinburgh cabbie died in head-on crash after tiredness took over after a 13-h...
An Edinburgh cabbie killed in a head-on crash on the A1 headed down a slip road the wrong way because he was fatigued after a 13-hour shift, a sheriff has determined.

Feminist writer to shine light on bias women face in society at Edinburgh con...
A leading feminist writer and activist has been unveiled as the keynote speaker at a national data summit in Edinburgh next month.

Doctors call for £3 billion per year spending rise for NHS in Scotland
Doctors have warned that Scotland needs to increase spending on the NHS by up to £3bn a year to bring it into line with other similar EU countries.

Widespread power cut across UK affecting Scottish trains
Widespread power cuts caused major travel disruption across the UK earlier today, including delaying train services to and from Edinburgh.

Barcelona law states that women can now swim topless in public pools
Authorities in Barcelona have confirmed that women are allowed to swim topless in city-run public pools.

10 of the cheapest airports to fly from in the UK
With the weather across the UK taking a turn for the worse, some people might be planning a holiday somewhere with warmer weather.

University launches probe into sexual misconduct complaint about Heriot-Watt ...
Strathclyde University will hold an independent inquiry into its handling of past complaints of sexual misconduct against a former staff member found guilty of sex crimes.

Labour's most senior official in Scotland quits amid independence row
Labour's most senior official in Scotland has quit just a day after the party was engulfed by infighting among MSPs.

Scottish independence: Nationalist MPs support "back door" independence move
A Nationalist MP has said refusal of Westminster to grant an second independence referendum "necessitates a Plan B" allowing breakaway talks with an SNP election victory.

Glasgow chosen to host major UN climate change summit next year
Glasgow has been selected to host a major UN climate change summit next year, if a UK bid is successful.

Anti grouse shooting activists in Scotland accused of 'campaign of intimidation'
Campaigners who want grouse shooting banned in Scotland have been accused of subjecting gamekeepers and moor owners to a "campaign of intimidation".

Hungry green turtles fooled by plastic that looks like sea grass
Hungry green turtles are being fooled by plastic that looks like their natural diet, new research suggests.

Man attacked on Glasgow street in attempted murder
A man is in a stable condition in hospital after being targeted by armed attackers in Glasgow.

Scotland's weather: Hundreds rescued from ScotRail trains
200 passengers were rescued today from three trains stranded near Bishopton after overhead power lines were damaged.

 

Craig Murray

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

The Unanswerable Case

Simon Jenkins gets it with this simple and unanswerable argument. Scots are now very significantly poorer than the Irish, the Norwegians, the Swedes, the Danes, the Icelanders or any of their obvious comparators. Every one of those nations is in the top 10 of the UN Human Development Index. The UK is not, and Scotland […]

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40% of Scottish Labour Voters Support Independence

The headline from the major new Ashcroft poll of Scottish public opinion is that Independence now has 52-48 majority support, and that is excellent news. Ashcroft himself is a Machiavellian Tory but his polling effort involves much larger samples than regular newspaper polls and has a generally good record. For me, the most interesting point […]

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In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead. In the World of the Polit...

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil Russians, of course, are behind it all. […]

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Boris Johnson?s Fake Radicalism

We hear much about Johnson coming to power as an iconoclastic figure willing to cut a swathe through the ranks of the Establishment and especially the Civil Service, aided by blue skies thinker Dominic Cummings. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. There has never been a Prime Minister more entrenched in and […]

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The Removal of Humanity

Occasionally I post about my personal experience of butting up against the consequences of the removal of both common humanity and common sense from the administration of the systems which govern us. It is not that my experiences of this are worse, or more consequential, than those of anyone else. It is simply that I […]

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Tanker Seizures and the Threat to the Global Economy from Resurgent Imperialism

The British seizure of the Iranian tanker off Gibraltar was illegal. There is no doubt of that whatsoever. The Iranian response to the seizure of its tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar, by the seizure of a British Tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, was also illegal, though more understandable as a reaction. The implications […]

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Johnson?s Westminster Cabinet is Far to the Right of Thatcher

I can only imagine that the media people who are saying this is the most right wing cabinet since the 1980’s were not sentient in the 80’s. Thatcher never had a Home Secretary remotely as illiberal as Pritti Patel, never had a Foreign Secretary remotely as xenophobic as Dominic Raab, never even had a Chancellor […]

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The Darroch Affair

I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service. Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Voices of the colonies
In case you missed it, there was an interesting phone-in on the subject of Scottish independence on James O’Brien’s LBC radio show from 10am this morning. I chipped my tuppence-worth in at the start (I’m the second caller, from about 6m 25s), but it’s fascinating listening to O’Brien’s tone evolve as the hour-long segment goes …

The Charlatans
Honestly, readers, our job is like shooting fish in a barrel sometimes. Gosh, whoever would take such a scandalous and unprincipled position? Oh yeah, we remember. But hey, let’s not forget this guy: Because, y’know, on “internationalism”: And on the terrible blight of flag-loving “nationalists”: And on “once in a generation, you lost, it’s over, never again”: Come …

Some things stay the same
New polling today: Scotland vs the Tories, with Scottish Labour on the wrong team. As it ever was. In truth, it’s still closer than most sane people anywhere else in the world would believe. Labour’s tiny handful of remaining voters are split almost down the middle about whether being an isolated xenophobic country with a …

The Woke Party
These are the Democratic Socialists of America, a fringe-left grouping in the USA with around 60,000 members (or roughly 10 times as many as the Scottish Greens, though per capita closer to the SSP or RISE), at their conference a couple of days ago. It’s our most fervent wish that one day the left will grasp the …

The cut-off
The Times leads its Scottish edition today with a piece on Ruth Davidson’s collapsing popularity with Tory members, which it helpfully illustrates with a graph. Alert readers will notice, however, that for some inexplicable reason the graph ends more than a year ago, in July 2018, with Davidson’s rating still at a very healthy 54% …

The unifier

Life coming at you
2 August 2018: Ruth Davidson is the second most popular Tory with party members surveyed by Conservative Home, and regularly spoken of by the press as a potential future Prime Minister. 2 August 2019: not so much. Oh well, that’s showbiz. Still, at least the UK media punditariat was on top of the situation as …

Knowing their place
This seemed like an extraordinary piece of subservient snivelling: But then it all made sense: Scottish Labour, everyone.

BBC Scotland

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Senior Scottish Labour official steps down
General Secretary Brian Roy quits after a bruising week for the party over its stance on independence.

Scottish Labour challenges UK party over indyref2
The Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party issues a statement challenging the national party's position on indyref2.

Teachers threaten new strike at Coatbridge health fears campus
Members of the NASUWT say they will not return to two Coatbridge schools unless they are satisfied they pose no risks.

Brexit: Legal bid to prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament
Politicians start legal action to prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Edinburgh Children's Hospital will cost a further £90m
The lifetime price tag of the new hospital is set to top £500m after the extra costs were revealed by Audit Scotland.

Parents ?in limbo? ahead of Coatbridge school safety review findings
An independent report looking at contamination fears at a school campus in Coatbridge is due to be published within days.

Labour government 'would not block' indyref2
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says any decision about a second vote would be up to Holyrood.

MPs describe threats, abuse and safety fears
They report being sent pictures of decapitated bodies and having dog mess smeared on their door.

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence
Scotland's first minister was speaking on the day a poll suggested a majority of Scots were now in favour of independence.

Could there be an early general election?
Some MPs say they are prepared to trigger an election before Brexit. But is there enough time?

What is 'no-deal Brexit'?
What people really mean when they talk about leaving the EU without a Brexit deal.

Sports centres ban energy drinks for children
All publicly-owned centres ban the sale of high-caffeine drinks to users under the age of 16.

Scot Goes Pop

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

Every Loser Wins: How "democracy" works in Scotland as part of the UK
Scottish Labour seem to be slipping deeper and deeper into an Alice Through the Looking Glass world where the acceptance of reality is, at best, an optional extra.  First we had a letter from Labou...

Has Ashcroft poll turned Our Precious Union to ASHES? Westminster in shock a...
Apologies for the slight delay in getting this post up - I was writing an article for The National about the Ashcroft poll, which you can read HERE.  But here are the rather wonderful figures that ...

Remaining open-minded about a Remain alliance in Scotland
I have a new article in The National about the Brecon and Radnorshire result, entitled 'Could by-election-winning Remain alliance work in Scotland?'  You can read it HERE.I see that the reference t...

The real winner in Brecon and Radnorshire was the Welsh language
So a few quick thoughts about the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election result...* The big paradox is that the Liberal Democrats won, and they won essentially because they are a Remain party, and yet ...

On Robertson v McAlpine
I've just been catching up with the indirect war of words the other day between Fiona Robertson (the SNP's highly controversial Women's and Equalities Convener) and Joan McAlpine (SNP MSP for South...

Plaid Cymru make history by TAKING THE LEAD in a Welsh poll for the first tim...
Today's much-hyped Welsh poll from YouGov didn't disappoint: it shows Plaid Cymru taking the lead for the first time, and they've done it on both the constituency and the regional list ballots.  Th...

Memo to Boris Johnson: "awesome foursome" doesn't actually rhyme properly in ...
Just to return briefly to the subject of Boris Johnson's bizarre appointment of the MP for Worcester as a junior minister in the Scotland Office, I think we can gain a little sense of the warped th...

Swinson Bounce? What Swinson Bounce? Despair for overrated new Lib Dem lead...
On Wednesday, when the first poll came out after Boris Johnson became Tory leader, I suggested that there had been no Boris Bounce over and above what had already been factored in for weeks. I real...

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Daily Record

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Texas star Sharleen Spiteri slams Tories over 'national disgrace' food bank c...
The singer has revealed Texas will play a special anniversary gig to raise money for struggling Glasgow food banks.


Labour Party civil war as MSPs raise 'serious concerns' over plans to allow i...
The damaging row erupted after John McDonnell announced the party?s UK leadership would not block a second referendum.


Labour's UK leadership have realised winning support of SNP MPs is best chanc...
Our Political Editor David Clegg takes a closer look at the real agenda behind John McDonnell's decision to drop his party's opposition to IndyRef2 during a Fringe appearance.


'Jeremy Corbyn backs plan to allow indyref2' says Labour's shadow chancellor
John McDonnell stuck to his guns after talks with Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, who has previously ruled out giving any ground on second Scottish independence referendum.


New Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital problems 'were known about 15 months ago'
Labour say the shocking Audit Scotland report "leaves more questions than answers".


John McDonnell says Labour government won't stop IndyRef2 - and causes politi...
The Shadow Chancellor contradicts Scottish leader Richard Leonard by saying decision will be up to the 'Scottish people'.


Legal challenge launched to stop Boris Johnson forcing through no-deal Brexit
The Prime Minister has threatened to take the UK out of the EU with or without a deal by October 31.


Nicola Sturgeon says conversations with Theresa May were 'soul destroying'
The First Minister said even light hearted moments with the former PM could become very awkward during their encounters.


Nicola Sturgeon claims there is a 'growing sense of urgency' for Scottish ind...
The First Minister thinks Scotland must consider independence 'sooner rather than later' after it was revealed a majority  of the country now favour leaving the UK.


Bombshell Scottish independence poll reveals majority of Scots would now vote...
A study by pollster Lord Ashcroft showed that 52% would vote yes, while 48% would vote no.

Michael Greenwell


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

Anything But The Truth
Notwithstanding how distasteful it is, they are remarkably quick to get their bullsh*t in when tragedies happen. Some of these are elected representatives, some of them are loons. Unfortunately however, they are all people who in one way or another have an audience. These are the people that watch The Handmaid’s Tale and think “that’s …

Scottish Independence Podcast 174 ? Chuck D & More
The 174th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is just a little teaser and a way of saying the podcast will be back for a little summer season and hopefully beyond. In this one we’ve got something on the new cretin/b*stard (delete according to your mood) that has taken over as Prime Minister, there’s a …

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…

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Poll Dancing
The Ashcroft poll continues to have an aftershock, spooling out into the new reality of political chaos and economic uncertainty as October nears. The glee with which independence supporters met the polling is mirrored only by the grim denial from Unionists. But this is odd. The same Unionists who last week were sure the same …

There?s No Edinburgh in the Festival
Bonnie Prince Bob explains why the Edinburgh Festival has nothing to do with Edinburgh. Brought to you by the Citizen project.

The Meaning of the Ashcroft Poll
The latest Lord Ashcroft polling (‘Yes to Independence takes the lead’) has sent one section  of social media into howling meltdown, and others into a state of euphoria.   BREAKING: A new poll by Lord Ashcroft has found that a majority of Scots now favour Scottish independence. That also includes 20% of No voters from …

Sports Direct v Rangers
A few weeks ago the High Court in London issued its latest judgment in the case of Sports Direct International v The Rangers Football Club Limited. On the surface it?s a standard commercial case over the interpretation of a contract, the sort of issue that is aired at the court?s modern, high-rise Rolls Building a …

Fantasy Worlds
We are stockpiling essential medicines in Britain in anticipation of a No Deal exit from the European Union. Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He has hired a former journalist who used to torment politicians dressed as a chicken as his Director of Communications. Lee Cain, who was pictured on several …

What is the Irish Backstop?
A thread from political sociologist Katy Hayward on the backstop, what it is and what it means … PM Johnson has made the removal of the #backstop the make-or-break matter when it comes to an exit deal with the EU. So this thing is pretty damn important. Time for a quick recap of what the …

Brexitland: A Perfect Storm
It’s been a bad week for Boris, who is (booed in Edinburgh – booed in Cardiff) we should remember still enjoying his “honeymoon” period. God knows what his reception will be when he’s been in the job a few weeks. The entire experiment is a severe miscalculation by the Conservatives, lured by their over-active imagination …

Going Underground
Mark Smith explores what we can learn from the land and the landscape in a disconnected world of alienation. Drawing an underground chamber took time. I?d done draft after draft, moving through the pages of a cheap notebook, rubbing out, modifying, adding detail, until a workable design started to emerge. A secret space of my …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Independence for Scotland and its appeal to English emigrants | Letters
Sue Hawthorne says there?s a strong case for a second Scottish independence referendum, while Judith Dunkerley and Hilary Ward reflect on Nicola Sturgeon?s invitation for people in England to move north of the borderAt the time of the last elections for the Scottish parliament in 2016, the positi...

UK chooses Glasgow to host major UN climate change summit
Picking city as likely venue of COP26 may be seen as move to shore up pro-union sentimentA crucial climate change conference expected to be co-hosted by the UK would take place in Glasgow, the government has announced, in a move that will be seen as trying to dampen pro-independence sentiment in ...

Independence for Scotland is inevitable ? we need a plan for it | Simon Jenkins
If I were a Scot I?d vote for independence tomorrow. This crisis is Nicola Sturgeon?s opportunityI hope Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon realise how much they may yet owe Boris Johnson. If I were a Scot, I would vote for independence tomorrow. I would want nothing more to do with the shambles of toda...

The Guardian view on Labour and Scotland: a wound born of weakness | Editorial
John McDonnell has left Labour facing both ways on a second Scottish referendum. But he thinks that is a price worth payingIf the shadow chancellor had planned a bombshell announcement that would create maximum havoc in the Scottish Labour party, it would look exactly like what he said this week....

Corbyn should tell Queen 'we're taking over' if Johnson loses confidence vote...
Shadow chancellor sees Corbyn-led government or general election as pathways to stop hard BrexitJohn McDonnell has doubled down on his pledge that Labour would reject a government of national unity and instead would push for Jeremy Corbyn to form a government or for a general election, in a move ...

McDonnell refuses to back down in Labour row over Scotland poll
Shadow chancellor says Corbyn shares view about not blocking independence referendumJohn McDonnell has deepened the row with Scottish Labour by claiming Jeremy Corbyn backs the decision to rewrite Labour?s stance on a second independence referendum.The shadow chancellor provoked a furious row wit...

A majority of Scots now support independence? Well, duh! | Vonny Leclerc
With Brexit and Boris Johnson offering a glimpse of the future, it?s no surprise so many Scottish voters now want outOn Monday a poll by Lord Ashcroft showed that a majority of Scots would now support independence. While some have described this as a shock volte-face in the country?s political le...

John McDonnell has offered the SNP more than he had to on independence | Jona...
There?s no way the Scottish National party would vote down a minority Labour government and put the Tories back in powerIn politics, it?s possible to have logic, and even principle, on your side ? and still get it badly wrong. John McDonnell?s change of Labour policy, declaring on Tuesday night t...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 9 August 2019
In the latest edition of the dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss what has been a momentous week for the Scottish independence movement. The anecdotal reports that many people who had voted No in 2014 are now switching to Yes were confirmed by the poll from the Conservative pollster Michael Ashcroft which …

The Federalism Fairy flaps again, again
It’s as regular as prune addict on a high fibre diet, every time that there’s a boost in support for independence, some opponent of independence keeches out the Federalism Fairy.  Back when the Edinburgh Agreement was being negotiated between Alex Salmond and David Cameron, both the Conservatives and Labour refused to allow any question on …

It doesn?t take a generation to change your mind
These days the favourite sound bite of politicians opposed to Scottish independence is that the 2014 referendum was a “once in a generation” event.  They tell us that means that there should not and cannot be another for at least another decade or two. This is a profoundly anti-democratic stance to take. Effectively those who …

The arses who run what was the union
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has upset a lot of people within Labour in Scotland by remarking that the Westminster Parliament should respect the democratic choices of the people of Scotland. In an interview during the Edinburgh Festival, he said that Westminster shouldn’t block a second independence referendum if it had been approved by the …

The wind in our sails
It’s been a long time coming, but in the shape of Monday’s opinion poll showing a majority for yes, we finally have confirmation of the recent slew of anecdotal reports about previous no voters turning to independence. Once don’t knows are removed, 52% of those polled would vote yes to independence. A majority also support …

What the GERS figures really tell us
Possibly the most common reason that people give for opposing Scottish independence is the belief that Scotland can’t afford it. There is a deeply engrained view amongst sections of the Scottish population that this country is an economic basket case which is only kept financially afloat thanks to a massive injection of cash from the …

The propaganda office
When the Scottish Office was established in 1885 its main job was to oversee the various government departments operating within Scotland, Scottish education, farming, and other government roles. However the most important single task for the Scottish Office and the Secretary of State who headed it was to represent Scotland at cabinet level within the …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 2 August 2019
Welcome to the first edition of the dugcast since both Callum Baird and I got back from our respective holidays. In this edition we chat about Boris Johnson’s victory and what it means for independence, the fall from grace of Ruth Davidson, and much more besides – including an interruption from my mammy. My new …

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Labour civil war explodes into three-way fight over indyref2
LABOUR?S extraordinary civil war blew up again yesterday as factions in the Scottish branch clashed over whether or not the party should block indyref2.

Surely the BBC must accept its reporting is not impartial?
IAN Small can fulminate until he is blue in the face, and seems frequently so to do, about selective reporting of the Ofcom report on the declining state of his employer and all similar criticism, but, unless he is as blind and prejudiced as that employer, he must admit that BBC programming in Scotland is clearly not impartial.

Mainstream media attitudes towards independence are shifting
IN 2014 The Guardian was implacably opposed to Scottish independence. Now, everything has changed. One of its leading columnists, Simon Jenkins, wrote: ?If I were a Scot, I would vote for independence tomorrow. I would want nothing more to do with the shambles of today?s Westminster parliament.?

Wee Ginger Dugcast: Was this the week in which the dam burst?
POLITICS kindly took a break while Paul Kavanagh (aka the Wee Ginger Dug) was on holiday in America, but with the return of the Dugcast, it's all go now.

News output means the BBC is fast losing credibility in Scotland
IAN Small?s riposte to The National?s article (Letters, August 8) fails to address the simple fact that the BBC are losing credibility (and relevance) as an impartial reporter of Scottish news ? which, based on the many examples that are available (the website thoughtcontrolscotland.com is a rich source), I see as a very positive and realistic outcome. And delving a little deeper, basically he?...

Economy declines for first time since 2012 amid No-Deal Brexit
THE UK?s economy shrank for the first time since 2012 in the second quarter of this year, as the manufacturing and construction sectors both slumped.

Scottish Labour's top official quits amid party's indyref2 civil war
SCOTTISH Labour?s top official has quit.

Trade unions must join forces to run more effective campaigns
SWEEPING reductions to public spending and local authority budgets have wreaked havoc across communities up and down the country as hospitals, schools, and emergency services are forced to make cuts, libraries and youth clubs close, and specialist services are withdrawn.

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home?
What should we talk about to make Scotland a place we are proud to call home? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 7th 2019 There is only one subject on the lips of many this week: independence and Michael Ashcroft?s 52:48 poll. This is the Scotland of 2019 – twenty years of the Scottish Parliament, five …

The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK
The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Council Housing across Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 4th 2019 Council housing once defined much of Scotland ? geographically, culturally, and how people saw themselves and lived. In 1975 54% of Scottish homes were council owned; in England one-third of households then lived in …

The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland
The Future of the Scottish Greens could decide the Future of Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 28th 2019 This is the summer of leadership contests. After the Lib Dems and Tories, next week sees the turn of the Scottish Greens. This might at first seem of less importance, but the outcome of this contest …

The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the...
The Brexit Crisis and Problem with Absolute Sovereignty: From the loss of the American Colonies and Ireland to Brexit Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 26th 2019 Britain is not only in crisis but under Boris Johnson?s new hardline Brexit government is heading for the rocks and disaster at turbo-charged speed. Yet with wall-to-wall mainstream media …

Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom?
Edinburgh: Inspiring Capital for Whom? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 21st 2019 The world ? or rather a very narrow, self-selecting part of it ? is preparing to head to Edinburgh for the annual carnival of festivals and the Fringe. These are good times for Edinburgh. It has experienced over two decades of sustained population …

Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs
Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on …

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 …

 

Scotland and Independence

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'There is no safe path to Scottish independence' - Telegraph readers on this ...
'There is no safe path to Scottish independence' - Telegraph readers on this week's top stories  Telegraph.co.ukIn the week that travel chaos prevented thousands of Britons from reaching their holiday destinations, there are growing suggestions that Britain could be ...

Why a no-deal Brexit would weaken the case for Scottish independence - Telegr...
Why a no-deal Brexit would weaken the case for Scottish independence  Telegraph.co.ukA clean break would give the Scots the hard choice between Britain's internal market and that of the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon said there was "growing urgency" for Scotland to become independent "sooner rather than later". The first minister believed the country faced ...

Scottish independence: Nationalist MPs support "back door" independence move ...
Scottish independence: Nationalist MPs support "back door" independence move  The ScotsmanA Nationalist MP has said refusal of Westminster to grant an second independence referendum "necessitates a Plan B" allowing breakaway talks with an SNP ...

Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ...
Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ? Kenny MacAskill  The ScotsmanThe poll putting support for Scottish independence marginally in the lead raises issues for all parties, affords no obvious solutions for any of them and simply ...

Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson sends poll dossier showing Yes victory t...
Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson sends poll dossier showing Yes victory to Johnson  The ScotsmanA dossier of Scottish coverage of the Ashcroft opinion poll which found a majority in Scotland would vote Yes in a *fresh* independence referendum has been sent ...

The nation risks another divisive break-up ? Scottish independence is back on...
The nation risks another divisive break-up ? Scottish independence is back on the main Edinburgh stage  Evening StandardWhen I first moved to London I was terribly homesick for Glasgow, until I listened to the accents of all the drunk people around me in Camden ? suddenly it was ...

Scottish independence: Labour fury over second referendum - Express
Scottish independence: Labour fury over second referendum  ExpressSCOTTISH Labour MSPs yesterday challenged Jeremy Corbyn's authority as *fresh* strife raged over plans to allow another vote on independence.

SNP

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Labour MP questions SNP's indyref2 mandate in car crash BBC interview - The N...
Labour MP questions SNP's indyref2 mandate in car crash BBC interview  The NationalJohn McDonnell has offered the SNP more than he had to on independence  The GuardianHow should the Tories respond to an SNP/Labour pact?  Spectator.co.ukBrexit has made a Labour-SNP far too attractive for the Tories to brush aside  The IndependentUnity government plan scuppered by Labour's refusal to deal with SN...

Labour and the SNP might be enemies, but now they need each other - Telegraph...
Labour and the SNP might be enemies, but now they need each other  Telegraph.co.ukLabour is doing everything it can to kick Boris Johnson out of Number 10.

Voices of Scotland: Fourteen years of SNP failure - Morning Star Online
Voices of Scotland: Fourteen years of SNP failure  Morning Star OnlineDisillusionment with New Labour government narrowly gained the SNP a majority in 2007 ? but they soon revealed themselves to be a 'business as usual' ...

Labour would not block SNP breaking up the United Kingdom with Scots independ...
Labour would not block SNP breaking up the United Kingdom with Scots independence referendum says John  The SunLABOUR would let Nicola Sturgeon hold another referendum to try to tear the United Kingdom apart, John McDonnell sensationally revealed last night.

SNP take note: the way to protect jobs is to look closer to home - The Guardian
SNP take note: the way to protect jobs is to look closer to home  The GuardianCash squandered on failed contracts with the big global players would be a lifeline for smaller Scottish firms.

Shetlanders can cut travel costs by voting SNP - SNP
Shetlanders can cut travel costs by voting SNP  SNPAs Shetland's SNP candidate for the August 29 by-election I'm determined to improve life for all islanders. That, for me, means cutting travel costs to and from the ...

Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ...
Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ? Kenny MacAskill  The ScotsmanThe poll putting support for Scottish independence marginally in the lead raises issues for all parties, affords no obvious solutions for any of them and simply ...

SNP's Angus MacNeil in talks over tunnels to replace ferries - The National
SNP's Angus MacNeil in talks over tunnels to replace ferries  The NationalSUBSEA tunnels linking some of Scotland's islands could replace ferries and boost local economies by improving connectivity and bringing in more?

Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence - BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon points to 'growing urgency' for Scottish independence  BBC NewsLabour would not block second Scottish independence referendum, John McDonnell says  The IndependentSmall majority for Scottish independence for first time in two years  EuronewsScotland would vote for independence, new poll suggests  RTE.ieCorbyn SHOCK: Labour opens door for second Scottish independence referendum  ...

John McDonnell refuses to back down from Scottish referendum claim despite gr...
John McDonnell refuses to back down from Scottish referendum claim despite growing Labour backlash  The IndependentScottish Labour in meltdown over stance on second independence referendum  HeraldScotlandScottish independence is back on the main Edinburgh stage  Evening StandardScottish Labour leader tells John McDonnell voters do not want second independence referendum amid bitter row  Politic...

Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence ref...
Johnson's Scotland visit exposes deep divisions over Brexit, independence referendum  EuronewsBoris Johnson was in Scotland on Monday in an early bid to boost support for his premiership ? but the visit exposed deep divisions with the Scottish ...

Senior Scottish Labour official quits over independence vote - Financial Times
Senior Scottish Labour official quits over independence vote  Financial TimesScottish Labour's general secretary resigned on Friday, capping a week of turmoil and feuding over whether Scotland should be allowed a second referendum ...

Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson sends poll dossier showing Yes victory t...
Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson sends poll dossier showing Yes victory to Johnson  The ScotsmanA dossier of Scottish coverage of the Ashcroft opinion poll which found a majority in Scotland would vote Yes in a *fresh* independence referendum has been sent ...

Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit -...
Scottish Leader Threatens Independence Referendum in Case of No Deal Brexit  The Globe PostScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to Johnson to say the Scottish Parliament would consider legislation another vote on seceding from the UK.

Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ...
Why SNP should worry that Scottish independence isn?t further ahead in polls ? Kenny MacAskill  The ScotsmanThe poll putting support for Scottish independence marginally in the lead raises issues for all parties, affords no obvious solutions for any of them and simply ...

SCOTLAND BOMBSHELL: Royal Bank to move to LONDON if Sturgeon wins independenc...
SCOTLAND BOMBSHELL: Royal Bank to move to LONDON if Sturgeon wins independence  ExpressROYAL Bank of Scotland would move its headquarters to London if Scotland becomes independent after Brexit because the bank would be too big for the ...

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

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

The Wee Malky McMalkface Thread
A thread where political zoomers can troll to their heart's content. Multiple consecutive postings welcome. Untruths, misleading guff and out & out lies positively welcomed.

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!

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

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 ...

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

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...

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.

Perseid
Perseid peak tonight, hopefully the clouds will disperse.

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  

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



VPN hotspot plus laptop?
Hi folks, For the next few months I'll be using my phone as hotspot (to access the internet on the laptop). Would a VPN work via this? Sorry I really am clueless about many things including this, and don't even know if I have worded this right, but basically have 150 gb of data a month so...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Calton Jock

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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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