Let’s not go down with Brexit. It’s time we charted our own course

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite After months of build-up, we finally have a deal. And what a thing of beauty it is. This monumental act of self-harm is making almost everyone unhappy. From the Brextremists of the Rees-Mogg tendency, and the arch-unionists of the DUP,...

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The threatened member

The threatened member

Ah, remember these simpler times, readers? Thank goodness for etc etc.

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Donald Tusk holds out hope that Britain could abandon Brexit process

Donald Tusk holds out hope that Britain could abandon Brexit process

Earlier in the day, the president had been formally presented with a copy of the 585-page draft agreement by Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Copies have also been handed out to the ambassadors from the EU27, who are due to meet at the end of this week to feed...

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David Mundell clings on as Scottish Tory MP tells him to resign

David Mundell clings on as Scottish Tory MP tells him to resign

The Secretary of State for Scotland had come under pressure after a slew of government resignations yesterday. Many of those on the way out have questioned the ability of the deal agreed by Theresa May to protect the integrity of the UK, as it calls for a “deeper” customs arrangements...

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Sturgeon urged to call second independence referendum as Tories implode

Sturgeon urged to call second independence referendum as Tories implode

During yesterday’s First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie argued that there was “already enough clarity to make a judgment”. READ MORE:This is why the time has come for the First Minister to act on independence He told Sturgeon that May’s draft Brexit agreement contained nothing “that protects our...

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FMQs: Greens ready for fresh independence in Europe campaign

The Greens are ready to start the campaign for Scotland to become a full, independent EU member country. Patrick Harvie MSP Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener is vowing to kick-start his party’s campaign for Scotland to remain in the European Union as an independent member state. During First Minister’s...

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A Way out of Madness

A Way out of Madness

Remember when people voted No in 2014 because Britain was a source of economic stability and political certainty? The idea that Britain was somehow ‘multicultural’ ‘open’ and outward-looking was actually believed. People arguing for self-determination were somehow ‘separatists’. It seems laughable now doesn’t it? But the main compelling argument that...

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Acknowledging Scotland’s existence

Acknowledging Scotland’s existence

Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out...

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China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists

China: Neo-Liberal Princelings Versus Populists

CHINA is the world’s largest economy, with a GDP in 2017 of $23 trillion, based on purchasing power parity. By comparison, the EU (including Britain) clocked up $20 trillion and the United States came in a global third at $19 trillion. America’s diminished economic power explains a lot about Donald...

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 “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”

              A saying that is derived from ‘To a Mouse’, one of the many splendid poems written by Scotland’s legendary National Bard Robert Burns. Although he put it better: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” I have next to nothing in common with Tory Prime Minister Theresa May but...

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Solidarity Is More than the Name of a Political Party – It Is A Way of Life

My task on Saturday was to address my political party’s annual conference and try to inspire the gathering with some socialist vision and ideas. The name of the party is Solidarity and it was formed in late 2006 out of a messy battle within a bigger party that I used...

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The question begged

The question begged

Only an idiot would try to write anything today about the epic mess currently unfolding in British politics. You’d barely get to the end of typing a sentence before events had rendered it obsolete. But there’s one thing we’d really like to know, which bewilderingly nobody is mentioning.

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Mundell ‘content’ with May’s Brexit agreement despite threats to quit

Mundell ‘content’ with May’s Brexit agreement despite threats to quit

READ MORE:Theresa May’s latest Brexit fudge is as useless as her others Mundell had viewed the draft agreement on Tuesday night, and his support for the letter suggested he was anything but content. Publication of the missive saw Ladbrokes slash odds on the veteran Scots MP being the next minister...

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Theresa May’s reign as PM teeters on brink despite Cabinet support for EU deal

Theresa May’s reign as PM teeters on brink despite Cabinet support for EU deal

READ MORE:Sturgeon demands Scotland is given equal treatment in Brexit deal That was despite the beleaguered Prime Minister managing to secure the support of the Cabinet for her draft Brexit agreement. In a statement read outside Number 10, after a mammoth and bad tempered five-hour meeting, the Tory leader said...

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Socialism offers Scots a positive post-indy vision

24-year-old ecologist Roisin McLaren has been elected national co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party and joins Colin Fox in the role which is shared on a gender-balanced basis. Here she sets out her ideas. ‘Things can only get better”. The song echoed in my mind as the first news item...

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BBC Scotland launches MASSIVE ‘Fishing’ propaganda effort as May’s Brexit deal threatens to undermine Scottish Tories

BBC Scotland launches MASSIVE ‘Fishing’ propaganda effort as May’s Brexit deal threatens to undermine Scottish Tories

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s Scottish branch has launched a massive propaganda effort in what appears to be a bid to help Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tory party after its leaders came under pressure over Brexit. In a move that helped the Scottish Tories, the corporation sought to divert attention onto the...

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Harvie on draft Brexit deal: It’s not too late to stop the mess

The one thing we can be sure of is that this won’t be implemented as it stands, such is the act of self-harm it would represent. Patrick Harvie MSP Reacting to the draft Brexit agreement published tonight, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “After months of build-up, Theresa May...

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Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

We urgently need a moratorium on new incinerators until we’ve properly discussed the issue in Parliament and in our local communities. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year...

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Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

We're on a slippery slope with teaching posts already going unfilled. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (14 Nov) stepped up his call for action from government after the country’s biggest teaching union raised the prospect that music teachers could soon disappear from schools for...

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SNP and Tories unite to deny Public Railway bid

Photo: Craig Maclean Commenting on today’s defeated proposal in Holyrood on exercising the “break clause” in the ScotRail tendering contract, SSP Trade Union organiser, Richie Venton said: “ScotRail passengers and ScotRail workers today witnessed the grotesque spectacle of SNP MSPs lining up with Tory MSPs to defeat the modest proposal...

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Energy giant SSE admits to uncertainty as Npower merger delayed

Energy giant SSE admits to uncertainty as Npower merger delayed

its toll. SSE said the incoming price cap on standard variable tariffs (SVTs) – due to come into force in January – will put further pressure on retail division profits for the full year and in 2019/20. The impact of the cap saw SSE and Innogy-owned npower announce last week...

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A very big deal

A very big deal

You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of...

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Theresa May’s Crack Team

Theresa May’s Crack Team

…is what they’re calling Jack and James now, we hear. Draw your own conclusions about the word “crack” there.

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Serving the nations

Serving the nations

Ever aware of its need to deliver informed enlightenment to the populace, the state broadcaster has recently put up a page on its website. We’re not sure it was meant to be quite this candid. Apparently Brexit isn’t happening to us.

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Brillo’s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror

Brillo’s Brexit and the Museum of Communist Terror

An astonishing week of breakdown and breakthrough, clarity and exposure as forces of clandestine British power are revealed. At the heart of a nexus of think-tanks and media is Andrew Neil, the former UK Editor of the Economist, the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, publisher of the Scotsman...

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Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union

Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union

READ MORE:Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Withdrawal Act to avoid power grab He continued: “I don’t believe there need to be stop-and-check controls at the Irish border, but I am not prepared to see any compromises on anything fundamental to avoid them. “Avoiding them (especially insofar as they...

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Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Brexit legislation

Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Brexit legislation

READ MORE:Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union He spoke out after Theresa May’s de facto deputy, the UK Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told MPs “significant progress” was being made on agreeing common policy frameworks. The Scottish Government has been insistent that when powers are returned from...

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Defeat looms for May over special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland

Defeat looms for May over special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland

READ MORE:Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Withdrawal Act to avoid power grab There was pressure, too, on Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Secretary David Mundell. They recently told May they could not “support any deal that creates a border of any kind in the Irish Sea...

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Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

Reporting Scotland has been forced into broadcasting an on-air apology after claims relating to the SNP made on the programme turned out to be false. On Monday night’s programme, viewers heard presenter Jackie Bird say former First Minister Alex Salmond had been investigated after complaints were passed to police by...

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War School: the Battle for Britain’s Children

War School: the Battle for Britain’s Children

War School looks at what Remembrance means for veterans of Britain’s many conflicts in the century since the end of the War To End All Wars and reveals how government policies are targeting ever younger children for future rectruitment into the armed forces. More details here.

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An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon

An Open Letter to BBC Scotland on Steve Bannon

Dear Ms MacKinnon, Like thousands of licence fee payers across the country I am deeply concerned by BBC Scotland’s decision to support the upcoming News Xchange event featuring Steve Bannon. As an individual synonymous with white nationalism and the rise of racist, hate-fuelled politics I believe Mr Bannon’s inclusion is...

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Brexit Farce in Detail

Brexit Farce in Detail

As the Brexit ‘end game’ nears, here’s a devastating collection of facts about the organisational crisis, panic and flight, bureaucratic log-jam and a government overwhelmed by its own incompetence … Thread by @uk_domain_names: “Ok, it’s high time to look at the REAL effects of Brexit 1/50 # ” #marr #ridge...

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Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer

Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer

READ MORE: Holyrood calls for UK’s devolved Parliaments to be informed of Brexit plans The group says 80% of environmental legislation currently comes from the EU and leaving the bloc will mean losing “unrivalled support and enforcement” from Brussels and its agencies. This could mean new threats to seabirds, waterways,...

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Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU

Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU

READ MORE:Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer The ex-MP for Kirkcaldy also said that he believes there will be a second referendum on Brtain’s membership of the EU, and called for a “royal commission of the people” to try and unite the country. Brown, who insisted...

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Russell calls for May to let UK’s devolved Governments in on Brexit plans

Russell calls for May to let UK’s devolved Governments in on Brexit plans

READ MORE:Gordon Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU Once a deal has been reached with Brussels, the Government will present MPs with three documents: A statement announcing the agreement with the EU, the text of the withdrawal agreement – which is expected to run to between...

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Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

In the days leading up to his joint commemoration of World War 1 with Theresa May, French President Macron publicly announced his interest in honouring France’s chief Vichy collaborator Marshal Philippe Pétain for his role in France’s WW1 war effort. A storm of public protest forced him to abandon the...

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The whistleblower

The whistleblower

Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano affair was the final...

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Phantom Power – Journey to Yes … Clive Ponting

Phantom Power – Journey to Yes … Clive Ponting

Clive Ponting says Yes. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano...

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Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting

Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting

The latest instalment in Phantom Power’s fantastic Journey to Yes series. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly...

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The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy

The BBC, Fake News and Media Literacy

This is from Jamie Bertlett, author of ‘The People Vs Tech’, ‘The Dark Net & Radicals’. Secrets of Silicon Valley. Follow him at @JamieJBartlett Thread by @JamieJBartlett: “The BBC is running a ‘fake news week’. To mark the occasion, I thought I’d do a thread. ‘Fake news’ is a very...

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Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs

Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs

When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded...

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Crowdfunder for new independence campaign hits halfway mark

Crowdfunder for new independence campaign hits halfway mark

The SIC has revealed to The National that it is ready to start recruiting staff at the end of the month – expect that announcement to come around the time of St Andrew’s Day. In the meantime, the cross-party non-partisan SIC is today launching a fundraising push in a bid...

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Labour’s Thornberry insists People’s Vote is still an option

Labour’s Thornberry insists People’s Vote is still an option

She added the referendum result “ought to be abided by” but added an “injection of democracy” is needed via a “meaningful vote” for Parliament. Appearing on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Thornberry said: “Theresa May is simply giving us a devil in the deep blue sea – she’s saying...

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No-deal Brexit looms as Tory deadlock with Brussels continues

No-deal Brexit looms as Tory deadlock with Brussels continues

The leading Brexiteer warned May she would also struggle to get a deal through Westminster if the plan does not include strict time limits on the arrangement. The EU and UK agreed in a political deal in December last year “a backstop” was required in the Withdrawal Agreement – the...

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Scottish Independence Convention fund hits halfway mark

Scottish Independence Convention fund hits halfway mark

The SIC has revealed to The National that it is ready to start recruiting staff at the end of the month – expect that announcement to come around the time of St Andrew’s Day. In the meantime, the cross-party non-partisan SIC is today launching a fundraising push in a bid...

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Flipstones

Flipstones

“For all my family. For all my friends. Including you.” So goes the most heart-warming dedication to a poetry collection you’re likely to read this year. In his latest book, Flipstones, St Johnstone’s poet-in-residence Jim Mackintosh has caught the imaginations of so many, not only through the dazzling array of...

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A draft constitution for the Scottish state

A draft constitution for the Scottish state

The constitutional scholar Dr. Mark McNaught, who is a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, is one of those who has been attempting to devise a draft constitution for an independent Scottish state. Other groups and individuals have also been working on similar projects....

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Outrage over killing of journalists is essential

Outrage over killing of journalists is essential

In the week when the world watched Jim Acosta be attacked by the American president, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad looks at the the threat to journalism – and democracy – all over the world. It was rare for Marie Colvin to be daunted by danger. During Lebanon’s “war of the camps”,...

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SSP Executive Committee 2018/2019 election results

At the SSP National Conference 2018, after full hustings for contested posts and statements from the nominees, the party elected its office-bearers. The 2018/2019 members of the committee are as follows: Colin Fox, Paul Sheridan of The Wakes and Róisín McLaren at post-conference celebration. (Photo: Sandra Webster) Joint national spokespeople: Colin...

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