Dedicated to David Allen Green, Joshua Rosenberg, Joan Smith, Hadley Freeman, Jess Phillips, David Aaronovitch and the entire staff of the Guardian/Observer

Source:: Craig Murray Dedicated to David Allen Green, Joshua Rosenberg, Joan Smith, Hadley Freeman, Jess Phillips, David Aaronovitch and the entire staff of the Guardian/Observer As of today Julian Assange has finished his jail sentence for missing police bail. There is no Swedish charge or request for his extradition, those risibly flimsy sexual allegations no longer being needed by the state. As of today, Julian Assange is in prison purely and simply for publishing secrets of the US state, revealing war crimes and the dirtiest of diplomacy. I should like to dedicate this post to all of those in […]

Tories were in a panic in the run-up to indyref1

Source:: The National Tories were in a panic in the run-up to indyref1 THE highly amusing but deeply pertinent piece by Shona Craven (The Queen is not amused at Cameron’s blabbing … but did he miss a trick?, September 20), highlights the utter panic the Tory government found itself in a week before the 2014 independent referendum. Read the full article:: The National Tories were in a panic in the run-up to indyref1

Woof! The best leader… for the Yes campaign

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Woof! The best leader… for the Yes campaign Former TV fitba pundit Airchie Macpherson wasn’t happy with the independence referendum. It was a negative and depressing experience for him. He was in particular shocked that people reacted negatively to his own negativity about independence. That sort of thing doesn’t happen in the 1970s bubble where Airchie’s at his happiest. It was a time of big tie knots, and equally big knots tying Scotland into the UK. It was a time when no one scoffed at the right of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

Let’s try to predict lines of attack from the ‘New Better Together’

Source:: The National Let’s try to predict lines of attack from the ‘New Better Together’ WITH a General Election almost a certainty this side of Christmas, all the main parties are in election mode. While Boris has been visiting all parts of the “fearsome foursome Union” making all sorts of promises to anyone who will listen, we in Scotland have been looking back at the independence referendum of 2014 and assessing and exposing how the lies of “Project Fear” and the Better Together unholy alliance saved the precious Union. Read the full article:: The National Let’s try to […]

Opposition joy at end of Named Person plan is simply disgraceful

Source:: The National Opposition joy at end of Named Person plan is simply disgraceful IT’S the easiest thing in the world, for anyone with half-decent instincts to find the vast bulk of the opposition in Holyrood nauseating: notably, defence of the rape clause and the bedroom tax, and blaming the SNP Government for not offsetting all the other nastinesses visited on our fellow-Scots by the DWP. Read the full article:: The National Opposition joy at end of Named Person plan is simply disgraceful

Richard Leonard branded an 'anti-democrat' over indyref2 claims

Source:: The National Richard Leonard branded an ‘anti-democrat’ over indyref2 claims SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard’s position on a second Scottish independence referendum led to him being branded an “anti-democrat” this morning. Read the full article:: The National Richard Leonard branded an ‘anti-democrat’ over indyref2 claims

A whole sackful of ferrets

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A whole sackful of ferrets “Flounders” might have been a more appropriate animal. It’s painfully entertaining viewing, but Gordon Brewer’s persistence pays off right at the end as we finally discover that Scottish Labour’s answer is “No – even if a clear majority of Scottish people vote for parties explicitly calling for a second independence referendum, and return a majority […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A whole sackful of ferrets

Independent Scotland must ditch the Queen – and we've just seen why

Source:: The National Independent Scotland must ditch the Queen – and we’ve just seen why MEMORY is supposed to fade dreams. Time is supposed to make things hazy and indistinct. But the craziness of Brexit and the rapid disintegration of Britain has had the opposite effect. Read the full article:: The National Independent Scotland must ditch the Queen – and we’ve just seen why

Brexit: Constitutional crisis is a long time in the making

Source:: The National Brexit: Constitutional crisis is a long time in the making A LITTLE bit of history to begin this column. In 2005 we set up the Constitutional Commission, a move inspired by that great Scottish patriot Canon Kenyon Wright, who became its first president. Read the full article:: The National Brexit: Constitutional crisis is a long time in the making

Five Years Clear

Source:: Bella Caledonia Five Years Clear Memory is supposed to fade dreams. Time is supposed to make things hazy and indistinct. But the craziness of Brexit and the rapid disintegration of Britain has had the opposite effect. Five years on and all of the issues around ‘sovereignty’ seem more focused, more clear, more precise than ever. Sovereignty lies with the people […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Five Years Clear

Holyrood must show its heart is in the right place for all its citizens | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Holyrood must show its heart is in the right place for all its citizens | Kevin McKenna While showing compassion for the dying, the government must do more for those living on the marginsThose of us who have been disobliging of Holyrood’s attempts to micro-manage Scottish society should resist the urge to gloat now that they are beginning to unravel. At the end of last week, John Swinney, Scotland’s education minister, was compelled to make a U-turn on the Scottish government’s controversial named person scheme.This legislation, no matter how well intended, was simply unworkable and risked […]

Joanna Cherry cheered as she warns Boris Johnson ‘behaving like a dictator’

Source:: The National Joanna Cherry cheered as she warns Boris Johnson ‘behaving like a dictator’ JUST one day after the climate strike protests engulfed the city, thousands of people once again took to the streets of Edinburgh yesterday to make their voices heard. Read the full article:: The National Joanna Cherry cheered as she warns Boris Johnson ‘behaving like a dictator’

Michael Russell: Europe is more ready than ever to welcome Scotland

Source:: The National Michael Russell: Europe is more ready than ever to welcome Scotland I CANNOT imagine why anyone would be surprised by the growing proof of the UK Government’s duplicity and desperation in the days running up to the 2014 indyref. Read the full article:: The National Michael Russell: Europe is more ready than ever to welcome Scotland

What can Labour even say now Brexit has failed the UK?

Source:: The National What can Labour even say now Brexit has failed the UK? THE Labour Party meets for its annual conference at Brighton this weekend, confident about its future prospects. The reality is that the state of Labour is not good. The party are polling between 21% and 28% in the polls – with the two pollsters who called 2017 most accurately putting it on 21% and 24%, and in one they are third place behind the LibDems. Read the full article:: The National What can Labour even say now Brexit has failed the UK?

As the British establishment collapses what does Labour have to say?

Source:: The National As the British establishment collapses what does Labour have to say? THE Labour Party meets for its annual conference at Brighton this weekend, confident about its future prospects. The reality is that the state of Labour is not good. The party are polling between 21% and 28% in the polls – with the two pollsters who called 2017 most accurately putting it on 21% and 24%, and in one they are third place behind the LibDems. Read the full article:: The National As the British establishment collapses what does Labour have to say?