The Scots Independents Oliver Brown Award winner, Billy Kay, has now been recognised for his contribution to Scots at Na Trads -2016 Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards in Dundee. You can watch the speech on BBC Alba, BBC Alba for the next three weeks here (from 57.00 – ) Here is the text of his acceptance speech “Ladies an gentlemen. it gies me meikle pride an pleisure tae receive this honour on behauf o the scots speakin commun ity that nummers at least ane and a hauf million o ma fellae kintraemen an weemen. yet, oor leid is aften cried the bonnie broukit bairn / the beautiful neglected childRead More →

For our subscribers not in easy travelling distance of Carrbridge this could be a weekend away with a difference. A deal for B&B has been negotiated with the hotel.The event will also be supporting the Scots Independent newspaper by promoting us. Join Grantown and District SNP branch for a fun-filled evening of socialising and horse racing. Friday 4th March 2016 at 1915 hour (7.15 pm) Light buffet and wine included. Tickets £15. £5 from each ticket going to support the Grantown SNP Branch. Tables seat 10 and can be reserved for groups. Tickets available from The Bookmark, Grantown and The Carrbridge Hotel, at the door, orRead More →

Some of our older readers may remember a time when the Scots Independent premises were manned by an employee who made sure all subscribers and distributors got their newspapers. This slick operation was carried out by Robert (Bob) Campbell who was also well known for his excellent organisation of The Bannockburn Rally. It is with sadness that we pass on the news from his family that Robert passed away on Saturday 2nd January 2016. He will be missed by many. Funeral service is at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling on Friday 15th January 2016 at 11 a.m., thereafter to Logie Cemetery. All family andRead More →

News that Germany is to follow Scotland in banning GM crops under new EU rules has been welcomed by the SNP. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German states of his intention to use a new EU law, passed in March, to ban the use of GM crops. This follows the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier this month that they will take similar action to protect Scotland’s clean, green status. The German announcement also comes as Professor Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, said that he strongly believes the Scottish Government ban on GM crops is right and that “there are likelyRead More →

  SCOTLAND: THE BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENCE By Gordon Wilson This is the second volume of the history of the Scottish National Party. Covering the years 1990-2014 it follows on from the author’s SNP:The Turbulent Years 1960-1990 which traced the development of the SNP from small beginnings as a pressure group to recognition as a major force in Scottish politics.Read More →