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This pathetic peddling of Union flag piffle is the worst example of ‘Union Jackery’

This pathetic peddling of Union flag piffle is the worst example of ‘Union Jackery’ | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
OF all the claptrap and balderdash which has surrounded the fake news of the Union flag story, one thing stood out, and that was the sheer ignorance of history — deliberate or otherwise — of Scotland’s Unionist media who as usual tried to peddle Tory lies and were caught out by their own lack of knowledge.

For it was Her Majesty the Queen, no less, who personally approved the flying of the Lion Rampant over Government buildings on high days and holidays, and that was eight years ago. Going to tell her she was wrong, chaps? No, thought not, and once again we have a demonstration of the mendacity of the Unionist press, who will stoop beneath gutter tactics to attack Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP Government and all supporters of independence.

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Sometimes, it's good to be angry.

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Pictures: Largest ever independence march displays “appetite” for ScotRef ahead of #GE17

Pictures: Largest ever independence march displays “appetite” for ScotRef ahead of #GE17 | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
THE LARGEST ever independence march has taken place in a bid to challenge claims by unionists parties ahead of the General Election that there is no “appetite” for a referendum on Scottish autonomy.
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George Kerevan: It’s a fail in history for Dugdale if she thinks SNP aren’t a progressive party

George Kerevan: It’s a fail in history for Dugdale if she thinks SNP aren’t a progressive party | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
CANVASSING in Tranent, Prestonpans and Wallyford in East Lothian, I come across elderly former miners. Not so many these days, to be sure. More often you meet their widows. Mining was a killer job, destroying your lungs and breaking your back. All that is left now in Scotland is the National Mining Museum and memories of an industry and a workforce that were integral to our national culture.
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Jeremy Corbyn snubs Kezia Dugdale's call for a new Act of Union in the Labour Party manifesto

Jeremy Corbyn snubs Kezia Dugdale's call for a new Act of Union in the Labour Party manifesto | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
KEZIA Dugdale’s call for a new Act of Union has seemingly been completely ignored by party bosses in London.

Though a draft version of Labour’s manifesto, leaked to press late Wednesday, committed the party to a constitutional convention, there was no mention of the Scottish party chief’s push for a “federal solution”.
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Orange Order elected to councils as Labour and Tory members

Orange Order elected to councils as Labour and Tory members | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
MEMBERS of the Orange Order have won council seats in the local elections by standing for the Labour and Tory parties, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The Orange Order has boasted that its elected councillors will work to derail a second independence referendum, the organisation’s Scottish leader said.
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May Day! May Day! It's not May's Day, as Google survey reveals 57% of Scottish public prefer independence to Brexit

I'm not sure if the Record have abandoned Survation as their regular pollster, but for whatever reason they've commissioned Google to produce a Scottish political survey, which is apparently demographically representative.  However, it's not yet clear that it's been politically weighted in the way that would be standard for a poll conducted by a BPC firm, so we should certainly be cautious about the results.

What stands out is a question asking whether people would prefer independence within the EU, or to remain in the UK under a Tory government after Brexit.  The result is startlingly decisive -

Independence within EU : 56.7%
Brexit under the Tories : 43.3%
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Will Orkney and Shetland re-elect a man who lied to win last time? - Autonomy Scotland

Will Orkney and Shetland re-elect a man who lied to win last time? - Autonomy Scotland | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Alistair Carmichael has confirmed that he will stand for re-election in June.
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Scrap with angry ram leaves LibDem leader Willie Rennie feeling sheepish

Scrap with angry ram leaves LibDem leader Willie Rennie feeling sheepish | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
LIKE a lamb to the slaughter, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie came off second best when he decided to mix it with a fierce ram while visiting a farm in Fife yesterday.
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Our country just jailed a homeless woman for six months over 50p. This is why the Tories have to go. | The Canary

Our country just jailed a homeless woman for six months over 50p. This is why the Tories have to go. | The Canary | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
A homeless woman has been jailed for six months for asking for 50p. Despite having difficulties with reading, writing, and understanding, the woman did not have a lawyer. The case is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the Conservative government.
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Outrage as hate-filled neo-Nazi marchers shut down town centre

Outrage as hate-filled neo-Nazi marchers shut down town centre | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Hate-filled fascists led by a neo-Nazi exposed by the Sunday Mail forced the closure of a town centre yesterday.

High Street businesses across Wishaw, Lanarkshire, were forced to shut on one of the busiest days of the year to allow the far-right to march.

Under police protection, activists wearing balaclavas, hoodies and masks taunted locals and waved banners with the slogan: “Refugees Not Welcome.”
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SNP ‘held more than 80 Europe meetings after Brexit vote’ - The Scots…

SNP ‘held more than 80 Europe meetings after Brexit vote’ - The Scots… | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other senior SNP ministers held more than 80 meetings in Europe in the weeks following last year’s Brexit vote.
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Tories attacked over plan to recruit Scotland's poorest schoolchildren as 'cannon fodder' for British Army

Tories attacked over plan to recruit Scotland's poorest schoolchildren as 'cannon fodder' for British Army | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
TORY plans to create military cadet units in state schools in Scotland's most deprived areas have been attacked as an attempt to recruit vulnerable children as British Army 'cannon fodder'.

Leaked correspondence obtained by the Sunday Herald shows defence minister Julian Brazier urged the Scottish Government to embrace in-school cadet units. A senior SNP source branded the plan a "cannon fodder scheme" and said it would not go ahead.
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Low oil price causes "collapse" of SNP policy, says David Cameron

Low oil price causes "collapse" of SNP policy, says David Cameron | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

The low oil price has led to a "complete and utter collapse" of the SNP's policy, the Prime Minister has claimed.

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The Fantasist

The Fantasist | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
It is with the heaviest of hearts, readers, that we must report to you that Gordon Brown has done an intervention again.

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Ruth and Lies – Towards Indyref2…

On May 21st I tuned into the Sunday edition of Good Morning Scotland.

The programme carried the usual discussion from that week’s chosen pundits.

It was unremarkable until I heard mention of a ‘wobble’ apparently by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.
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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘SNP only real opposition to Conservatives’

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘SNP only real opposition to Conservatives’ | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon has said only the SNP can provide a strong opposition to the Conservatives at Westminster as she stepped up her party’s General Election campaign.

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Henry McLeish: How do you solve a problem like Scottish Labour?

Henry McLeish: How do you solve a problem like Scottish Labour? | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
IN 2007, 10 years on from the historic Scotland White Paper published in 1997, Tom Brown and myself co-authored Scotland: The Road Divides. We said “that the maintenance of Scotland within the Union can only be achieved if politicians across the Unionist spectrum are prepared to be open minded, face up to uncomfortable truths, shed outdated prejudices, realise the need for new political ideas and accept pragmatic solutions”.
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Labour covers up its candidates' pro-independence internet history

Labour covers up its candidates' pro-independence internet history | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Labour have been forcing new candidates to delete their internet history and wipe any positive reference to independence from their social media.

The party’s Stalin-esque rewriting of their Westminster hopefuls’ past came after pro-independence tweets by Douglas Beattie, the Labour candidate in David Mundell’s Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat, were unearthed by the Tories.
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Basic Income – Free Money for Everybody Glasgow?

Basic Income – Free Money for Everybody Glasgow? | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Universal Basic Income is a form of social security in which every citizen will regularly receive money from a government or other public institution, unconditionally. Universal Basic Income should definitely not be confused with Universal Credit, which is the current benefit system in the UK, an arguably very flawed system. Universal or Citizen’s Basic Income, both being the same thing, is a solution many people who wish to reform the benefit system look to as the answer. If this is your first time hearing of Basic Income, then be prepared as you are likely to be hearing a lot more about it over the coming years, because both Glasgow City Council and Fife Council are looking to trial a Basic Income.
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Scotland unites against 'unfair, repugnant and disgraceful' rape clause ... except for Tory leader Ruth Davidson

Scotland unites against 'unfair, repugnant and disgraceful' rape clause ... except for Tory leader Ruth Davidson | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
RUTH Davidson defended the rape clause yesterday, telling the Scottish Parliament that making the victims of violating, unprotected sexual attacks relive their most hellish nightmare to receive benefits was worth it if it helped reduce the UK’s deficit.
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SNP lead the Tories by 15% in first full-scale poll of the campaign

The first word on Scottish voting intentions for the general election comes tonight from Survation...

Westminster voting intentions (Survation poll) :

SNP 43.1%
Tories 27.9%
Labour 17.8%
Lib Dems 8.8%
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Angela Haggerty: The barbaric Tory rape clause perpetuates the war on women

Angela Haggerty: The barbaric Tory rape clause perpetuates the war on women | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
WE need to talk about Ruth Davidson. On Thursday evening, I stood in a biting cold wind in Glasgow's George Square among hundreds of men and women who'd turned out at short notice to protest against the Tories' "rape clause".

Time and again, with each speaker, the same name came up. Only a short time earlier, Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson had finally released a statement, in her own words, backing the Tory Government's rape clause – a ruling which means that women who need to claim child tax credits for a third child must be able to prove that the child was conceived as a result of rape.

It followed mounting social media pressure to make her position clear after she initially hid behind a statement from a spokesperson.
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NHS bonus ban blamed for consultant shortage (£)

NHS bonus ban blamed for consultant shortage (£) | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
HOSPITAL consultants have “no incentive to go the extra mile” in Scotland since performance bonuses of up to £75,000-a-year were banned by the SNP Government, a leading medic has warned.
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The SNP are not the Scottish Government

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, describes an election in which the SNP got 44% of the vote and their nearest rivals got 22%. Sunda
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Peter MacMahon's Politics Blog: Kezia Dugdale says "I'm in it to win …

Once all powerful in Scotland, her party is languishing in the polls. It was nearly wiped out north of the Border in the UK general election. It's deeply divided at Westminster.
That's the background against which Kezia Dugdale has to lead Labour in Scotland into this year's Holyrood elections.
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