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Sturgeon signs independence vote request - BBC News

Sturgeon signs independence vote request - BBC News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Scotland's first minister has signed a letter formally asking for powers to hold a second Scottish independence referendum.

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Independence! Nothing less! #ScotRef

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Nicola Sturgeon's two-finger salute to the Tories today is making everyone wish they were Scottish [VIDEO] | The Canary

Nicola Sturgeon's two-finger salute to the Tories today is making everyone wish they were Scottish [VIDEO] | The Canary | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has delivered a withering attack on the Conservative government in Westminster. During this week’s First Minister’s Questions, Sturgeon gave a three-minute speech that lit up the internet. And now everyone wishes they were Scottish too.

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Top law professor: Tory Brexit plan implies taking power away from Scotland to Westminster

Top law professor: Tory Brexit plan implies taking power away from Scotland to Westminster | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

BREXIT THREATENS TO unsettle the position of the Scottish Parliament with powers being taken away to Westminster Governments, according to a senior law expert at the University of Cambridge. 

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Great Repeal Bill - gov.scot

Holyrood powers “must not be diminished”.

The Great Repeal Bill exposes the empty promises of new competences for the Scottish Parliament as a result of Brexit, Michael Russell said today as he warned that Brexit must not see any existing competences or powers removed from the Scottish Parliament.

The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe said the Great Repeal Bill, published today, risks undermining the devolution settlement.

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Guilty: Reporting Scotland misled viewers about GERS – Towards Indyref2…

Guilty: Reporting Scotland misled viewers about GERS – Towards Indyref2… | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme Reporting Scotland has been found guilty of broadcasting a misleading claim relating to Scotland’s finances.

The corporation’s Editorial Complaints Unit [ECU] has upheld a complaint relating to an item that aired on August 24th 2016.

The item related to the GERS [Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland] report which purports to show the financial status of Scotland.

According to the complainant, Reporting Scotland anchor Jackie Bird misled viewers when she read out the introduction to the item.  Viewers heard the presenter say: “The Scottish Government is spending nearly fifteen billion pounds more than it’s bringing in in tax.”

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Angry Salmond: Peaceful indy the perfect brew

Angry Salmond: Peaceful indy the perfect brew | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

SOME 241 years have passed since the USA ceased to be a settlement under British rule. The reasons for the secession are numerous, but include a somewhat amusing story about tax on tea.

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IndyRef2 odds: Scotland odds-on to vote for independence in second Scottish Independence Referendum

IndyRef2 odds: Scotland odds-on to vote for independence in second Scottish Independence Referendum | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Bookmakers make it odds-on that a second Scottish Independence Referendum will take place, and it has also been predicted that Scotland will vote for independence when the vote does take place.

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Ignorance and disrespect

Ignorance and disrespect | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The evident inability of Unionists to comprehend the fundamental principles of democracy is something that is frequently remarked upon. Few things demonstrate this dumb incomprehension more than their campaign to deny Scotland’s right of self-determination. A campaign which, in defiance of all propriety, they continue despite an overwhelming vote at Holyrood in favour of respecting the democratic right of the Scottish people to choose the form of government which best suits their needs.

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No going back: Europe reacts as May triggers Article 50

No going back: Europe reacts as May triggers Article 50 | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

BRITAIN is leaving the EU.

At 12.20pm yesterday, Sir Tim Berrow, the UK’s ambassador to the EU handed the European Council president Donald Tusk a six-page letter from Theresa May sealing the fate of the country.

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Scotland ignored: Theresa May rejects Brexit compromise in letter formally triggering EU exit

Scotland ignored: Theresa May rejects Brexit compromise in letter formally triggering EU exit | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

THE FORMAL LETTER TO BEGIN a UK exit from the European Union has failed to propose a compromise agreement for Scotland, as set out by the Scottish Government and Parliament. 

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David Davis admits Northern Ireland has a Brexit get-out

David Davis admits Northern Ireland has a Brexit get-out | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

NORTHERN Ireland has the right to leave the United Kingdom and join the European Union as part of the Republic after Brexit, ministers have conceded for the first time.

In a fresh blow to Theresa May’s efforts to keep the Union together, ministers have concluded that the country would not have to reapply for EU membership as a new state if it voted for reunification.

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Global giant invests in Scotland - gov.scot

Hundreds of jobs for Glasgow as Genpact expands European base.

Global professional services firm Genpact plans to create more than 300 new jobs in Glasgow over the next five years, following a decision to expand its European operations in Scotland.

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It could all have been so different

It could all have been so different | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Prior to the historic vote approving a new independence referendum in the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 28 March) I, like many others, wrote to the MSPs who purport to represent me urging them to respect the Scottish Government’s mandate; honour the democratic will of the Scottish electorate; and reject their parties’ calls to deny Scotland’s democratic right of self-determination. The responses I received from representatives of the British parties at Holyrood were unsurprising, but no less deplorable for being only what I expected.

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BBC ONE: "Brexit - What Next?" Michael Russell on PM interview and #indyref2 strategy

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The Scottish Tories just love Sir Tom Hunter’s pearl of wisdom necklaces

Today, journo-turned-Tory-press-guy-future-mid-range-PR-bloke Eddie Barnes tweeted  an unintentionally hilarious form of words from apparently-still-billionaire Sir Tom Hunter. I guess Eddie thought they sounded wise:

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Who we Are and who we Become – Magnus – Medium

Who we Are and who we Become – Magnus – Medium | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

In 2014, I was in a capital city writing my Physics BSc dissertation, looking for jobs, and overwhelmed with the burdens of examinations and political activism. In 2017 I am in a capital city, writing academic papers, and somewhat less overwhelmed by the burdens of examinations and political activism. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, you might say.

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‘Skintland’? Aye right

‘Skintland’? Aye right | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

I laughed so much I nearly cried. Well in fact, naw I didnae laugh at all. Instead I just felt sad and a wee tad frustrated that such an image of Scotland is still portrayed, and its sentiments actually believed by some to be true.

What is it I am rambling on about? A map, a map which I think I first remember clapping eyes on around 2014 entitled ‘Skintland’.

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Richard Dawkins says England is becoming a 'nasty little backwater'

Richard Dawkins says England is becoming a 'nasty little backwater' | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Prominent atheist who has been vocally anti-Brexit says he can sympathise with Scots wanting to leave the Union

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All options for facing down Tyrannical Theresa must remain on the table

There was a fascinating moment on the BBC news channel yesterday afternoon, when Professor John Curtice raised (with much more seriousness than most commentators have done thus far) the possibility that the Scottish Government might hold a consultative independence referendum without Westminster permission, and pointed out that Alex Salmond had proposed to do exactly that when he was first elected to minority government in 2007.  The interviewer Huw Edwards noticeably shut him down very hurriedly and said "leaving that option aside, what do you think the SNP will do..?"

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Harder than you think

Harder than you think | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Scotland is plagued by a Parliament of morons. The vast majority of opposition MSPs are people who were directly and personally rejected by voters – usually with good reason – but who were parachuted into lucrative jobs anyway by their parties.

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Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland WILL have a referendum on independence before Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland WILL have a referendum on independence before Brexit | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

NICOLA Sturgeon has insisted Scotland will be given a choice between a “hard Brexit” and independence.

The First Minister made the claim as she argued the stance taken by the Prime Minister towards EU talks threatened “to be an act of self-harm on a scale barely understood”. She said that not only was yesterday’s triggering of Article 50 “economically foolhardy”, it was also “politically and constitutionally reckless”.

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Off the Brexit cliff

The Tories and their little helpers in the Labour party in Scotland have shown themselves in their true colours. The Tories with their arrogant contempt for democracy and refusal to accept votes which don’t go their way, and a Labour which is so blinded by its tribal hatred of the SNP that it’s acting as an enabler for the very sort of nationalism that it claims to oppose. Theresa May has pushed us all off the Brexit cliff, and Scottish Tory after Scottish Tory has lined up to push Scotland off along with the rest of the country and together with Labour they’re taking a knife to our parachute. Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on Scottish democracy. This is an attempt by Westminster’s little helpers to ensure that Scotland cannot have a say, cannot have a voice, cannot have a choice in its future. And it must be resisted by every legal means possible.

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Labour defection to SNP over constitution as Dugdale pushes federalism (£)

Labour defection to SNP over constitution as Dugdale pushes federalism (£) | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

A FORMER Scottish Labour candidate has defected to the SNP over the constitution on the same day Kezia Dugdale tried to advance her plan for a federal UK.


Immigration lawyer Jamie Kerr, a former vice-chair of Labour in Renfrewshire South and a Holyrood candidate in Shetland in 2011, jumped ship yesterday complaining he couldn’t stay in a party “that no longer speaks for Scotland”.

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Better Together set to be rebranded as New Direction

Better Together set to be rebranded as New Direction | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

ARE Better Together set to rebrand as New Direction?

According to The Spectator, representatives from Labour, the Conservatives and the LibDems met two weeks ago to discuss strategy, and how the three of them would work together in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

The magazine goes on to say the group were meeting under the provisional moniker of the slightly revivalist-sounding New Direction

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Eyes Right!

Eyes Right! | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

We are the boys who will stop your little game

We are the boys who will make you think again

So who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler

If you think old England’s done?

Drill Hall, Walmington-on-Sea.

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