By Kenneth Roy

A controversial public figure has died young in a foreign country in circumstances not yet fully explained. He was so young and so controversial that the event has been the talk of the steamie almost from the moment the body was found in a Lahore hotel bedroom.

Paul McBride, the late QC, was a successful lawyer who was known to a wider public as an active supporter of Celtic Football Club. He had a lot to say about the Scottish Football Association (who threatened to sue him at one stage), the Scottish Labour Party (which he left), the Scottish Conservatives (which he also left, after the election of Ruth Davidson as its leader), and the Scottish National Party (to which he was well disposed latterly).

By Dave Taylor

A YouGov poll has shown that as many Scots want to stay in the EU as want to leave, in contrast to views in England and Wales.

The demographically balanced poll of 1007 Scots was part of a wider GB poll conducted between 12th – 21st January 2012.  All percentages quoted in this article are of those who expressed an opinion, the don’t knows and those who said they would not vote have been factored out.  14% in both Scotland and England (17% in Wales), were “Don’t know / would not vote”.

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 3rd 2012

Scotland’s population is changing, its mix and its make up, and who and where we are, with huge consequences for the future.

General Register Office for Scotland population predictions estimate a Scotland of 5.8 million people in 2035, the highest ever figure for the nation; a rise of 10.2% overall in numbers, made up of 8.9% through migration and 1.3% in natural change.

By Dave Taylor (with thanks to scottish_skier)

The Times continues to drip feed the results of individual sets of questions from Ipsos MORI’s January Scottish poll.  [1]

Unionist parties continue to insist that they can’t discuss greater powers until after a single question referendum on independence.

However, the January poll makes it clear that a huge majority of Scots (71%) want at least “the powers of the Scottish Parliament to include more laws and duties and control of most taxation”.

By Sue Marsh
I know, the Welfare Reform Bill passed.  In a fizzle of shame, it gasped it’s way through the Lords last night.
But we always knew it would, so I’m going to talk about pooh.

If you have Crohn’s disease, you live in fear of one thing – the Gastro Bug.