Brexit Protest “Hanging” is a fake.

Brexit Protest “Hanging” is a fake.

Social media has become part of our daily lives. It gives a place to communicate, to impart information, to fight for dignity and respect and tolerance. But underneath there is a dark part to the web which shows the very worst part of our humanity. From trolls to fake news,...

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Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, say former senior ministers

Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, say former senior ministers

“She is doing absolutely the right thing,” said McLeish. “Scotland has much to offer the outside world. It is important we have a more ambitious and more assertive international policy. The UK Government is doing very little for Scotland amid this Brexit crisis and I think it is vital that...

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Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, says Henry McLeish

Sturgeon’s trips to promote Scotland are ‘vital’, says Henry McLeish

“She is doing absolutely the right thing,” said McLeish. “Scotland has much to offer the outside world. It is important we have a more ambitious and more assertive international policy. The UK Government is doing very little for Scotland amid this Brexit crisis and I think it is vital that...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is nothing like Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is nothing like Brexit

Sturgeon addressed independence to say that she would say more about it “at a future date”, before adding: “One thing I do want to stress, however, is that for the Scottish Government, independence is not about the isolationism that characterises Brexit – instead independence would see us recognizing and embracing...

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Will May’s lapdog resign this time? Of course not…

Will May’s lapdog resign this time? Of course not…

There have been Scottish Secretaries whose threats would have been taken seriously even by powerful Prime Ministers. Winston Churchill was in no doubt that Tom Johnston’s resignation was already written and actually in the top drawer of his desk. The wily Harold Wilson would have listened if Willie Ross –...

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Misø

Misø

Rediscovered album of misø – a cassette of loops and instrumentals recorded in October 1998 from the mighty Pomegranate … Composed and Produced by Stef McGlinchey. misø (original cassette) by pomegranate

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The Art of Critical Support

I think critical support is something that a lot of socialists need to learn to master, because I see socialists quite often fall on either side of the “support” extreme. We’re either disavowing individuals or groups completely or throwing their all at a group or individual without proper analysis. As...

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LIES, DAMNED LIES AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA – DON’T BE FOOLED

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled” (Mark Twain) Not for the first time I reached for my Mark Twain book of quotes while I considered the thrust of what I wanted to convey in this column. The truth is what I want...

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Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Green pressure in recent years resulted in the new, fairer system of rates and bands which means lower earners get a break and higher earners pay a more appropriate share. It has brought an additional £500million into our public services. It's a modest start and Greens will seek to build...

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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Isn’t history underwhelming these days? Billed as a “seismic shift” and with journalists gorging on SDP-cliche, the Independence Group launched yesterday in a blaze of incoherence with a wonderful hot mic moment and some ad hoc racism. Given that one of their key accusations against Corbyn’s Labour Party is racism...

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Counting With James Kelly MSP

Counting With James Kelly MSP

Alex Cole-Hamilton’s reign was the shortest on record.

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The master of detail

The master of detail

Unionists have been in a in the last couple of weeks that the First Minister has dared to leave the country not once but twice in order to try to improve relations and trade links with Scotland’s business partners. Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton – a man who still thinks...

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Universal Credit carousel of cuts is driving people to food banks

Universal Credit carousel of cuts is driving people to food banks

After years of failure from the UK Government on Universal Credit, Amber Rudd finally acknowledged that it is driving more people to food banks.
And yet, the Tories still won’t do anything about it.
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Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

In The State University and The University of Hong Kong’s media literacy course, they outline four challenges to being digitally literate citizens. First, there is the sheer volume of information we have to contend with now everyone is a potential content producer as well as a consumer; second is the...

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Why have Scotland’s politicians failed to solve our chronic housing crisis?

Photo: Craig Maclean by Róisín McLaren – SSP national co-spokesperson Few would deny Scotland faces a housing crisis which inflicts real hardship on hundreds of thousands of families every day. With 200,000 people on the housing waiting list, it will take them 20 years, at the current rate, to secure...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May must rule out a disastrous no-deal Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May must rule out a disastrous no-deal Brexit

With now less than 1,000 hours until the date that Brexit is supposed to happen, the UK is dangerously close to the national economic crisis that crashing out of the EU without a deal would undoubtedly cause.
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From Project Hope to Project Hate –  from Better Together to Bitter Together

From Project Hope to Project Hate – from Better Together to Bitter Together

Scotland provides a useful comparison with Northern Ireland. Up until Indy-Ref1, liberal unionism, with its acceptance of more political devolution, continued to advance under New Labour and Cameron’s Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition. As recently as 2012, the powers of the devolved Cardiff Bay, Welsh Assembly were extended, using Scotland’s Holyrood devolved parliament...

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Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

“The UK’s imploding politics could take many years to recover from the current crisis. If Brexit were halted through another referendum that recovery might be faster but even so the deep divisions across the UK and in particular within England would not be overcome in a hurry,” she said. Asked...

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It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2

It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2

READ MORE: Question Time’s independence questions reveal a sinister pattern The closest she has to a plan is kicking the can down a rapidly shortening road. There is nothing remotely approaching a short term plan for the UK, never mind a medium term one. And British politics has always been...

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BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show

BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show

Debate Night, as the Scottish incarnation will be named, has already been subject to a row before it begins airing next week, after it was revealed that failed Ukip candidate Billy Mitchell had appeared in the audience for the show’s pilot episode. READ MORE: Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP...

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Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

The crisis of over-tourism has arrived in Edinburgh with vested interests too slow and stupid to respond. Hyper-defensiveness, a succulent lamb arts media and a city council clueless about how to respond other than feeding a Cash Cow are all part of the problem. Inertia and business-as-usual only works if...

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The Time is Now

The Time is Now

At present there are several things happening in the world of Social Care in Scotland. Rightly, there is an enquiry into historical abuse within the children’s care system, long overdue and destined to show Scotland as a place that allowed continued abuse of children with hardly a murmur from society....

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The SNP’s Great  Moving Right Show

The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show

In January 1979, four months before a triumphant Margaret Thatcher was standing on the steps of Downing Street quoting St. Francis of Assisi, the celebrated sociologist Stuart Hall penned an astonishingly prophetic political analysis. Published in Marxism Today – the journal that would go on to capture the Zeitgeist by...

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The not so magnificent seven

The not so magnificent seven

Well it finally happened. There have been rumours of impending splits for weeks, the only uncertainty was whether it was Labour or the Conservatives which would break first. Now we know, Labour broke itself. In the UK we don’t have a political system, we have an ego massage for no...

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While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

Westminster parties are competing over who is the most divided, and their utter incompetence drives the UK closer to the Brexit cliff edge.
Meanwhile, we are getting on with the day job of being the real opposition to the UK Government and delivering progress in Scotland.
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Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

The UK is on the brink of the Brexit disaster, but shamefully, both Labour and Tories are too busy being at war with themselves.
This shambles makes it ever clearer that Westminster is incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be.
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The tissue-paper tigers

The tissue-paper tigers

It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs and defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though...

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BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

Medical professionals wrote to the BBC with concerns and pro-choice charity British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) claimed the BBC was mistakenly treating abortion as a fraught political matter, stigmatising the medical professionals involved. The Action Line page now refers to the UK’s two largest private abortion providers, with the BBC...

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SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

They also have the power to pass details of undocumented migrants to immigration enforcement officers. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said: “Manipulating vital services in this way is unacceptable. In the wake of the Windrush scandal, it’s imperative the Tory Government comes clean and offers transparency about the details of this...

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Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

This also comes after the council opted to remove free parking periods in pay and display car parks last month. The leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, posted pictures on Twitter of a Tory street stall in Inverurie on Saturday where he brandished placards reading “Stop the SNP car park...

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A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

A guest post by Aled Gwyn Jôb In just under a month’s time, thousands of Welsh rugby fans will be making the journey up north to Edinburgh to follow the national team. The “Scottish Trip” has always been THE rugby trip for Welsh fans based on the great rapport and...

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There’s little evidence the UK Government is functioning like a normal government

There’s little evidence the UK Government is functioning like a normal government

The reckless, incompetent and self-absorbed Tories that are leading the UK into a complete cluster-bourach are not acting in the national interest.
The UK Government’s approach is all about preserving the Tory Party, and Scotland deserves better.
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Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Last week the BBC was exposed when an audience member on its flagship Question Time programme was revealed to have been invited on to give voice to British Nationalism. Billy Mitchell’s cameo was made all the worse when it emerged Fiona Hyslop’s response to the rant was edited out by...

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The Harvesters

The Harvesters

We saw a tweet from some Tory MP or MSP this morning urging voters to sign some fake “petition” or other bashing the SNP, and it rang a bell in our minds, so we popped over to the Conservative Party website where we found this: Despite referring to “a new...

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Red John and the Rain Geese

Red John and the Rain Geese

Mairi McFadyen on why a bright future for renewable energy must also harness the past so our living culture can continue to flourish. As it is for many of us, questions of climate are never far from our minds. A hot topic of conversation where I live is the proposed...

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Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

The weekend presenter of BBC Scotland’s flagship radio programme has admitted replacing a discussion on Brexit with one that promoted a Scottish Conservative propaganda attack. Listeners heard presenter Bill Whiteford say Brexit had been dropped from that week’s opening slot and replaced with an item on workplace parking. Introducing the...

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Finance Secretary says changes to income tax will raise £11bn

Finance Secretary says changes to income tax will raise £11bn

“Our decisions have resulted in a more progressive tax system, protecting those lower and middle income taxpayers, while raising additional revenue to invest in our public services and the Scottish economy,” he said. “Our policies on tax make Scotland an attractive place to live, work and invest.” He said the...

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On the brink of Brexit: Less time but more questions

On the brink of Brexit: Less time but more questions

But that is not a reason for any of us to bury our heads in the sand. Our reports on Brexit and Scottish business from October 2017 and February 2018, have been sadly prescient in a number of ways, and not least the extent of uncertainty and complexity that cannot...

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Counting With Scottish Labour

Counting With Scottish Labour

A little snippet caught our eye earlier. As alert readers may recall from our numerous investigations into the enduring enigma that is Scottish Labour’s membership figures, at the end of 2014 the branch office was claiming to have either or 20,000 members. And even in a world where 38% is...

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Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services...

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Ten Things We Learned from the School Strike

Ten Things We Learned from the School Strike

Multiple leadership is required. Charismatic leadership models are vulnerable to being a single point of failure and being manipulated by the media. One of the best things to happen was to take the pressure of Greta Thunberg and allow many different figures and voices to appear in different countries and...

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Dear BBC Director General – we need you to take decisive action now

Dear BBC Director General – we need you to take decisive action now

READ MORE: Angus Robertson demands action over BBC coverage When I got my break in journalism I was pleased as punch to be able to say that I reported for the BBC. For a decade I was based in Vienna, working for both the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC....

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Theresa May’s Government on the brink of collapse as Cabinet chaos continues

Theresa May’s Government on the brink of collapse as Cabinet chaos continues

Incredibly, the Tory leadership seem remarkably unconcerned at the prospect. READ MORE: Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit defeat in House of Commons “Resignations from Government do happen,” Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, told the BBC. There was talk too of Labour MPs leaving in protest at Jeremy...

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Thousands of school pupils go on ‘strike’ over climate change as PM tells them off

Thousands of school pupils go on ‘strike’ over climate change as PM tells them off

“The planet‘s more important than my education” 12-year-old Hillpark Secondary School pupil Ella Young told The National as she joined the protest in Glasgow’s George Square. READ MORE: ‘What’s the point of learning if there is no future?’ Across the UK an estimated 15,000 students took to the streets. A...

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Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite An open letter from Ross Greer MSP to Scotland’s school leaders. The ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ movement will culminate in a day of school strikes across the UK, from Truro to Ullapool on Friday 15...

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Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a...

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A Phased Return To Fortress Europe?

A Phased Return To Fortress Europe?

When Nicola Sturgeon first spoke about Scotland making a “phased return” to the EU, I couldn’t help picturing her standing in the ticket office at Glasgow Central, struggling to explain her intricate travel plan to the hapless ScotRail employee behind the glass-screened counter. “Naebody’s ever asked fur that before,” comes...

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This Week in Westminster: more deadlock as Government faces another Brexit defeat

This Week in Westminster: more deadlock as Government faces another Brexit defeat

Another busy week in Westminster has passed, with the Brexit shambles in the spotlight again.
This is your brief roundup of the key events and highlights from your SNP MPs, as they stand up for Scotland and hold the Tories to account.
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