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Holyrood 2016: Nicola Sturgeon - an SNP leader taking nothing for granted

bbc.co.uk — You would think that Nicola Sturgeon would be feeling pretty good today. Every poll and pundit is convinced that at the Holyrood election on Thursday she will be re-elected First Minister of Scotland. As a highly superstitious person she insists she is taking nothing for granted and frustrating her aides by refusing to plan a victory press conference or party.

Holyrood 2016: How bad could it get for Scottish Labour?

Holyrood 2016: How bad could it get for Scottish Labour?
bbc.co.uk — You might think that things can't get any worse for the Scottish Labour Party after their near wipe out in the 2015 general election, when they lost 40 seats and kept just one. But as we approach the Scottish elections on May 5th Labour are worried they could actually reach a new low.

Dear God! There is a Ned Flanders themed metal band called Okilly Dokilly

Dear God! There is a Ned Flanders themed metal band called Okilly Dokilly
fasterlouder.junkee.com — Meet Okilly Dokilly - the world's first (and presumably last) Ned Flanders themed metal band. Formed last month, the Phoenix-based group were unearthed by Adelaide street press and pretty much embody everything you could possibly want from a band dedicated to all things Flanderino. They dress like Ned. They talk like Ned.

The quiet voice of Scottish Brexiteers

The quiet voice of Scottish Brexiteers
bbc.co.uk — It can be a rather lonely experience trying to persuade Scots to vote to leave the EU. Committed campaigners can be found shivering on the odd street corner, but they know Scotland is not fertile territory for them and they have hardly any prominent Scottish politicians backing them up.

The Most Terrific Reporting on Trump

ktoo.org — If elected president, Donald Trump has promised to "open up" libel laws so he can sue news organizations like they've "never got sued before." While the First Amendment is still intact, we compiled a list of some articles he might have his eye on.

The Most Terrific Reporting on Donald Trump

The Most Terrific Reporting on Donald Trump
propublica.org — If elected president, Donald Trump has promised to "open up" libel laws so he can sue news organizations like they've "never got sued before." While the First Amendment is still intact, we compiled a list of some articles he might have his eye on.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about voter ID laws

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about voter ID laws
bangordailynews.com — Voter ID laws are a contentious issue in the 2016 presidential election cycle. Many of the statutes will have their first test at the polls this year. Supporters say the laws - which 36 states have now enacted in some form - are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see [...]

Scottish politics: Deja vu all over again

Scottish politics: Deja vu all over again
bbc.co.uk — Scottish politics feels this week as though we have taken a step through the looking glass. Traditional arguments have been turned their head as the Scottish Labour Party surprised everyone with their plans to put a penny on the basic rate of income tax.

How has the oil price fall hit Scotland's north east?

How has the oil price fall hit Scotland's north east?
bbc.co.uk — You can tell that the economy in Aberdeen is in trouble before you even get there. It used to be almost impossible to find a hotel room unless you booked far in advance. I've had to stay many miles outside the city in years gone by.

The Edge: Obama Takes His Fight on the Road

The Edge: Obama Takes His Fight on the Road
theatlantic.com — Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Gun Forum. President Obama will participate in a forum on gun control moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper at George Mason University, two days after he announced a series of executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence.
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May 04, 2016

Labour's anti-semitism row will not help Scottish Labour in elex tomorrow - but far from their biggest problem inews.co.uk/?p=5394

May 04, 2016

Kezia Dugdale admits anti-Semitism row has affected Scottish campaign inews.co.uk/?p=5394

May 04, 2016

Thoughtful piece from @ruth_wishart on wher to go for #indyref2 sooner or later bit.ly/23p1hym

May 04, 2016

Why are the SNP claiming to have the jitters depsite massive lead in the polls? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

May 04, 2016

Remember when things could only get better? Are they about to get even worse for Scottish Labour? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

May 03, 2016

Remember when "Things Could Only Get Better"? Can they now get any worse for Scottish Labour? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

May 03, 2016

Glasgow weather. Looked out of window thidsmorning and grabbed sunglasses. Got to front door and had to go back inside to fetch umbrella

May 03, 2016

Some people dread it, others have been waiting for years to do it. What was your *first time* like?bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

Apr 07, 2016

Notice. No females down the mine. Summerlee museum of industrial life, reflecting on Scotland's industrial heritage pic.twitter.com/1sSRg0qvhj

Apr 04, 2016

Is a world free of landmines possible by 2025? #MineActionDay. Full disclosure - my husband narrates this video bit.ly/1SwkmJd


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