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Delusions of Relevance

  About 200 Muslims have staged a protest outside the Scottish Parliament. The group were demonstrating against the anti-Islam film, Innocence Of Muslims, made in the US, which has caused offence across the Muslim world. The rally was attended by Muslims from across Edinburgh who were demanding action to curb religious hatred. Demonstrators waved banners […]

…And an apology from me

Thanks to this: Law Society President Austin Lafferty also presented an award to University of Edinburgh student Helen Dale, who won the Society’s annual essay competition with A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage. Currently completing the accelerated LLB, she previously studied the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University and plans to stay in Scotland to practise. Helen’s prize includes […]

Last Trump

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could “completely end” tourism in Scotland and the country is “in effect committing financial suicide”. Mr Trump said he would not have built his golf course in the north east of Scotland if he had known about plans to install turbines off the coast there. He […]

#equalmarriage

Let’s just say that the Scottish Parliament building (aka ‘Holyrood’) does not inspire universal affection among Scots. I’ve encountered one local tour guide who invited anyone who was interested to lob an RPG into it while he carefully looked in the opposite direction, for example, while a fellow lawyer suggested that it looked like someone […]

Smart Alec

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has insisted his government has a mandate to hold a referendum on independence in the autumn of 2014. It comes after ministers in London said such a move would be unlawful without Westminster’s approval. But a spokesman for Mr Salmond said Scottish National Party ministers were “entirely confident” of their […]

The Scotland Bill

… is likely to be £6 – £8 billion. That’s the likely oil-based revenue that stands to be removed from British coffers if Scotland restored Independence and withdrew its share of North Sea assets (previously established in both The Continental Shelf Act 1964 and the Continental Shelf (Jurisdiction) Order 1968 as the UK North Sea […]

Glasgae Says Nae

You might want to sit down for this. Labour have just been trounced in Scotland. I know, hard to believe but in local elections on Thursday it seems the previously minority Scottish National Party government have been returned in the Scottish Parliament, this time with a proper majority – holding 69 of the 129 available […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Lest we Forget

FIFTEEN members of the Scottish Parliament have been shamed into repaying expenses they claimed for Remembrance Day wreaths. The MSPs – from the SNP, Labour and Liberal Democrats – reclaimed money that was paid to Poppyscotland and the Lady Haig Poppy Factory for the wreaths. Both charities raise funds for veterans. It came as their […]