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Public Banking for Wales, Ireland and Scotland: Promise and Possibilities

Dr. Ian Jenkins of Arian Cymru (Money Wales) has written two excellent articles on why Wales should have its own bank and how that might be accomplished. The shorter article is reprinted below, and the longer, more technical article is linked here.

Dr. Jenkins is hosting an event in Cardiff on September 26th titled “Banking and Economic Regeneration Wales,” at which Marc Armstrong, executive director of the Public Banking Institute, will be speaking, along with Ann Pettifor of the New Economics Foundation and several Welsh leaders. As Dr. Jensen states:

This is in an issue on which Wales could provide leadership on an EU-wide level, a matter in which a small nation could make a big difference.

That is also true for Ireland and Scotland, where interest in public banking is growing. I will be speaking on that subject at a series of seminars in Ireland on October 12th-15th (details here), and I spoke late last year in Scotland on the same subject (see my earlier article here).

Here is Dr. Jenkins’ perceptive piece, which applies as well to Ireland and Scotland.

Public Banking for Wales: Escaping the Extractive Model

 The economic history of the past 30 years has been, by and large, that of an uncontrolled expansion of the financial sector at the direct expense of the so called ‘real’ economy’ of manufacturing and production. This expansion has been brought about by the hegemony of the free-market doctrines, based principally on fundamentally ideological beliefs in deregulation and privatisation, which have become known as ‘neo-Liberal’ or ‘neo-Classical’ economics.

As former US bank regulator William K. Black put it, ‘In the world we live in, finance has become the dog instead of the tail […] They have become a parasite’. The private banks have established themselves in this position through the control of the primary mechanism by which money is created within our system: the issuing of credit. In this paper I will aim to briefly outline how this credit function could be redirected from speculation and bubble creation, which constitute the dominant directions of credit issuance under private banking, towards more stable and sustainable areas which would serve the public interest instead of those of shareholders and bank CEOs. This is not a theoretical method, but rather one which throughout the post-WW II period saw the German Landesbanken facilitate the growth of the mittelstand sector of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as in the present day constituting the means by which the state-owned Bank of North Dakota (BND) contributes significantly to North Dakota being the only US State to run a budget surplus throughout the post-2008 crisis.

In order for a productive economy to exist there must be adequate streams of affordable credit and it is the absence of such constructive investment which, I would submit, has been a vital contributing factor to the decline of the Welsh economy, and indeed that of the UK, in the past 30 years. Before continuing with this analysis it is worth briefly examining the current banking system and the effect of its operations on the real economy, in Wales as elsewhere.

Banking Now: The Extractive Model of Credit Creation

‘What is money and where does it come from?’ are, remarkably, questions rarely asked in mainstream economics and even less so by members of the public; yet the answers to these two questions hold one of the keys to understanding the (mal)functioning of our economic system and for devising a new, more democratic direction. As the great American economist G.K. Galbraith observed in his fascinating study of the history of banking Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went, ‘The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is the one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it’ (Galbraith: 1975, p.1), stating later in the same text that, ‘The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled’ (Galbraith: 1975, p.18). So what is money? The instinctive answer to this question for most people is that money is the physical notes and coins produced by the government; they may even go on to say that this money is produced at the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, ironically making this physical money one of an increasingly diminishing range of Welsh exports. Yet physical money of this sort, in the form of notes and coins, only accounts for approximately 3% of money in circulation. This version of money is indeed the product of government, as under the Bank Charter Act 1844 the power to create banknotes (and coins) became the exclusive preserve of the Bank of England, a power exercised in agreement with Westminster. Since the so-called ‘Nixon shock’ of 1971 ended the existing Bretton Woods system of international financial exchange by unilaterally cancelling the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold the banknotes of the Bank of England/UK government have been essentially what is known as a ‘fiat’ or ‘soft’ currency; that is, a monetary unit which is not backed by any ‘hard’ commodity such as gold and, consequently, is limited in quantity only by the inflationary consequences of overproduction.

So what accounts for the other 97% of money in circulation? To answer this question it is necessary to understand the nature of credit issuance through fractional reserve banking, which is neatly encapsulated by the Statement of Martin Wolf that, ‘The essence of the contemporary monetary system is the creation of money, out of nothing, by private banks’ often foolish lending’ (Wolf: 2010)[i]. This process is profoundly counter-intuitive to most members of the public who would assume that banks lend the deposits they receive, but this is not the case at all: the money issued through the process of creating a loan is created out of nothing, subject only to the rules for capital reserves contained in the Basel Accords. Two publications produced by the Bank of England make the current mechanism of money creation clear:

By far the largest role in creating broad money is played by the banking sector [...] When banks make loans they create additional deposits for those that have borrowed the money.  (Bank of England: 2007, p.377)

The second publication, a transcript of speech in 2007 by Paul Tucker the Executive Director (Markets) for the Bank of England and a Member of the Monetary Policy Committee also states that:

Subject only but crucially to confidence in their soundness, banks extend credit by simply increasing the borrowing customer’s current account […] That is, banks extend credit by creating money.

The current system is a product of the fact that the Bank Charter Act 1844 prohibited banks from printing banknotes, but did not prohibit the issuing of money by ledger entry through the making of loans: with the advent of electronic systems in the past thirty years this facility to ‘print money’ by making entries into borrowers accounts with the stroke of a keypad has expanded significantly. Currently, then, there is a system in place whereby the power of money creation is largely in the hands of private corporations who are able to make sizeable profits through the levying of interest for their performance of this function. This system also leaves the private banks with the decision as to which sectors of the economy should be afforded lines of credit, and in the past thirty years this has moved increasingly away from the productive ‘real economy’ and towards speculation and bubble creation: with the results we now experience. Part of the deposit base of private banks is the income of local and national government and this leads to a situation wherein private corporations use public money as a deposit base for speculation and lending for speculation (See Fig.1).

Fig.1

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Source: The Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/background.htm)

The Idea of a State Bank: Re-investment of Interest from Productive Credit Provision

The best current example of a functioning state bank is that of the Bank of North Dakota (BND) in the United States. The way in which the bank functions is best described in its own words:

 The deposit base of BND is unique. Its primary deposit base is the State of North Dakota. All state funds and funds of state institutions are deposited with Bank of North Dakota, as required by law. Other deposits are accepted from any source, private citizens to the U.S. government.

This framework provides the state of North Dakota with what is most needed for a local economy to thrive: affordable (and available) credit for SMEs and resources for the improvement of infrastructure. Under the state banking model the benefit derived from the interest accrued in the credit-issuing process is returned to the state and can be re-invested or spent in accordance with the public interest, instead of being paid to shareholders in dividends or given away in absurd bonuses to bankers who merely carry out a largely mechanical function, however subject to mystification and obfuscation: with myopic incompetence in many cases in the last thirty years (See Fig.2).

Fig.2

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Source: The Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/background.htm)

In the case of North Dakota this has resulted in the state being the only US state to run a budget surplus throughout the financial crisis post-2008 and this must make their model at least worth considering in a Welsh context.

The Report of the Silk Commission 2012

In Part 1 of its remit The Silk Commission was asked to consider the National Assembly for Wales’s current financial powers in relation to taxation and borrowing and its report was produced in November 2012. The commission concluded that the Welsh Assembly government should be granted borrowing powers, basing this conclusion partly on ‘international evidence’ drawn from a single World Bank publication from 1999:  making this ‘evidence’ neither ideologically neutral, being the product of an organisation which is the éminence grise of global neo-liberalism, nor current, with many of its conclusions being weighed and found wanting by the post-2008 financial crisis. The findings of the commission contains no consideration whatsoever of the role of banks in money creation through credit issuance, and the attendant problems of misallocation of investment, and no investigation of the success of public banking in the international context, for instance in the BRIC economies, or of the potential role of public banking in Wales. For this reason I feel that it is important that these issues be brought into the debate on the Welsh economy, as to ignore it would be to exclude a potentially democratising and sustainable banking system from the national conversation and would merely make any granting of borrowing powers to the Welsh Assembly Government nothing more than a new stream of income for the private banking system. If all that ‘responsibility’ means in the fiscal context is for Wales as a political unit to submit itself to the ‘discipline’ of the bond markets, then this is indeed a very sorry direction in which the politicians of the Welsh Assembly are taking both their current constituents, and those yet to be born.

 Conclusion

There is a widely perceived need for change to the economic system today and especially for reform of the way in which banking operates, with the majority of the population feeling, rightly, that there is ‘something wrong’ with the way in which the economy, and particularly banking, currently functions. I believe that a public bank, properly instituted with all due diligence and care for regulation and democratic supervision, can provide one of the possible directions of sustainable change which is so needed in Wales and beyond. The model suggested by the Welsh Conservatives, as it stands, would be no substitute for a real public bank: a bank which would recoup its profits, gleaned from interest on productive loans to the real economy, for the good of the people of Wales. A true Welsh public bank would be in a position to reinvest its profits in socially beneficial areas like education, infrastructure and the health service, instead of funding bonuses and maximising shareholder dividends for a privileged few in the increasingly rarefied world of finance.

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Bibliography

Ahmad, J (1999) ‘Decentralising borrowing powers’ World Bank

Berry, S., Harrison, R., Thomas, R., de Weymarn, I. (2007) ‘Interpreting movements in Broad Money’, Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2007 Q3, p. 377. Available at http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/ quarterlybulletin/qb070302.pdf

The Bank of North Dakota: http://banknd.nd.gov/about_BND/index.html

Brown, Ellen, Web of Debt (Baton Rouge: Third Millenium Press, 2012); The Public Bank Solution (Baton Rouge: Third Millenium Press, 2013).

Commission on Devolution in Wales (Silk Commission) (2012) ‘Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial Powers to Strengthen Wales’ (full report at: http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/)

Tucker, P. (2008). ‘Money and Credit: Banking and the macro-economy’, speech given at the monetary policy and markets conference, 13 December 2007, Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2008, Q1, pp. 96–106. Available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/speeches/2007/speech331.pdf

Welsh Conservatives, A Vision for Welsh Investment (January 2013) Available at: http://yourvoiceintheassembly.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Invest-Wales-FINAL.pdf

Wolf, Martin, ‘The Fed is right to turn on the tap’, The Financial Times, 9/3/2010

Further Information can be found at:

http://publicbankinginstitute.org/home.htm

http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/

http://neweconomicperspectives.org/

 


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Scotland has its own government and parliament in Edinburgh as part of the UK, allowing decisions to be taken that affect daily lives.

Devolved powers include health and education, while Scotland has maintained an independent legal system.

"Scotland within the UK has a system of government that offers the best of both worlds. Why swap Scottish MPs, Scottish cabinet ministers and Scots throughout UK institutions, for one Scottish ambassador in London?"

He criticised the Scottish National Party (SNP) for discussing the final transition to independence before all the facts have been aired.

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Cameron criticised the SNP for assuming a Yes vote

In the "road-map" publication last week, it was suggested that negotiations between Scottish ministers and the UK Government, European Union and international organisations could be concluded by March 2016, assuming a Yes vote in autumn 2014.

It also set out plans for a written constitution, to be devised by the first parliament and the public, which could outlaw "weapons of mass destruction" in Scotland.

Mr Cameron said: "I know those arguing for independence are already preparing their separation transition plan, as though they've got this in the bag, but to me that is wrong. It's like fast-forwarding to the closing credits before you've been allowed to see the movie.

"The Scottish people still have many months to think about this decision and they are hungry for facts, evidence and expert opinion to help them make up their minds.

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Supporters attend a rally for Scottish Independence in Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh,

"As one of Scotland's two governments, the UK government has a duty to help inform people with hard facts. So we'll be providing expert-based analysis to explain Scotland's place within the UK and how it might change with separation - and our first paper is published tomorrow.

"We don't shy away from putting facts and evidence before the Scottish people. We want you to scrutinise, challenge and form your own opinion. This must not be a leap in the dark, but a decision made in the light of day.

"This big question is for Scotland to decide. But the answer matters to all of our United Kingdom. Scotland is better off in Britain. We're all better off together and poorer apart."

Sturgeon said: "The Electoral Commission has called on both sides of the independence debate to provide more information to the people of Scotland and to work together to discuss what will happen in the wake of the referendum.

"We have agreed with the Electoral Commission and published information about the transition to independence following a Yes vote.

"The Prime Minister's remarks suggest he is ignoring the Electoral Commission's advice - despite the previous calls of the Westminster government for the Scottish Government to follow their advice.

Reflective boozing: Scotland launches ‘Drinking Mirror’ mobile app to curb women’s drinking

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Excessive drinking by women has become a huge problem according to the Scottish Government. Health officials have created a special mobile app which they hope will stop women from over consuming alcohol. It is called a Drinking Mirror.

The new Android app is aimed to help Scottish women drink less and prevent illnesses caused by alcohol abuse, by showing them just how their appearance will chance in 10 years if they drink 10 glasses of wine per week.

The Scottish Health Secretary’s office introduced the free app on Tuesday. The initiative is part of the government’s campaign named “Drop a Glass Size” aimed at persuading women to reduce the number of glasses of wine they drink weekly.

The Drinking Mirror app is designed to show your future face depending on how much you drink. You simply make a self-portrait, then and answer how many 175 ml glasses of wine you drink every week. Than the app make some calculations and voila! The app creates an uglier, older and much less attractive reddened and swollen you.

Even though the app creates images that can be far from truth, the result is still scary enough to make drinkers reconsider their habits.

According to Health Secretary Alex Neil, “Scotland has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol…” The number of alcohol-related deaths among women aged between 30 and 44 has doubled in the last 20 years, while the chronic liver disease and cirrhosis death rate has tripled.


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Brexit bill to trigger Article 50 to be presented before Parliament

Legislation paving the way for the government to start the Brexit process is expected to be presented to Parliament on Thursday, igniting months of...

US asked UK to keep failed nuke Trident test secret – report

The US government allegedly asked Britain to keep its failed Trident missile test in June 2016 a secret, the Sunday Times claims. The missile,...

Alex Salmond: Brexit ‘long way’ from done deal, court ruling ‘massive defeat’ for May

The Scottish National Party has welcomed a High Court ruling that will force the Brexit-triggering Article 50 to pass through parliament, as its foreign...

String of anti-Semitic attacks in London causes mayor to demand ‘zero tolerance’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that the British capital will show zero tolerance towards hate...

‘Establishment delaying Brexit’: #Article50 ruling divides internet

Britain’s Supreme Court ruling on how Theresa May’s government can trigger formal divorce talks from...

Trump's Dirty Climate Plan Out-of-Step as Most Americans Want Renewables

President Donald Trump's so-called "America First Energy Plan" may be dedicated to tapping domestic fossil fuel reserves—like fracked gas, oil, and even coal—but it...

What could go wrong? Nuclear energy giant wants safety rules relaxed

A nuclear energy company is trying to keep Scotland’s aging power stations open years longer...

Whitehall covered up 1st-time failure of Trident ballistic missile test near US coast –...

A Trident missile fired last year from a Royal Navy nuclear submarine off the Florida...

Anti-Trump protesters drop banners from London bridges (VIDEO)

London joined cities across the globe in hosting anti-Donald Trump protests ahead of the US...

Alex Salmond predicts new Scottish independence referendum in autumn 2018

A second Scottish independence referendum could take place as early as autumn 2018, according to...

Trump could use UK trade deal to boost his golf resorts, warn ethics experts

Incoming US President Donald Trump could use a UK trade deal to boost business for...

Germany welcomes ‘clarity’ as Europe reacts to Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Germany’s foreign minister has welcomed a “bit more clarity” from UK Prime Minister Theresa May after her major Brexit speech on Tuesday, saying it...

Professor Believes the Irish Will Be an Ethnic Minority in Ireland by 2050

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski was referring to an unidentified United Kingdom based research. Speaking at the conferring ceremony at DCU he said...

Press freedoms clampdown? UK govt urged to bin Section 40 proposals

The government is coming under mounting pressure to drop proposals that would force newspapers to...

‘Would you like to carry a gun?’ British police asked

British police are taking part in a survey to determine whether they would like to routinely carry guns and Tasers to counter possible terrorist...

Royal Navy faces £500m budget black hole after buying ships it doesn’t need

The Royal Navy faces a £500 million ($616 million) shortfall in its annual budget after...

UK borders breached by Afghan murderer and Syrian refugee using fake passport

Britain’s border security has come under scrutiny after a Syrian refugee revealed how he entered...

Christ’s crucifixion might be ‘too distressing’ for some UK university students

A prestigious UK university has introduced ‘trigger warnings’ into its theology course over fears students...

Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest hideout under threat from frackers

The UK has long grappled with the issue of fracking but now that none other...
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Video: From Nazi POW camp to 4-star hotel? Sounds like a £600,000 business plan...

A project to transform Cultybraggan Camp into a tourist attraction and accommodation has been proposed recently. Located in Scotland, the camp housed up to...

Aluminum, Fertilizer, Steel, Nuclear Waste

The resistance against water fluoridation might be a different story if the naturally occurring element of fluoride was added to our water. Fluoride is found...

British parents should ‘try harder’ for their children – school inspection chief

Immigrant pupils do well at school because their parents are more ambitious for them than...

Kicked, flashed, & peed on: Homeless Brits suffer in silence for Christmas

Homeless people in Britain are regularly “urinated on” and sexually assaulted, but fear reporting it...

Dystopian Donald: The Future According to Trump

Can you doubt that we're in a dystopian age, even if we're still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in...

Scottish activist planning to sue Trump golf course for ‘filming her urinating’

An Edinburgh court will decide on Thursday whether an environmental activist can sue Donald Trump’s...

New independence vote ‘within 2yrs’ if Scots’ Brexit demands dismissed – Alex Salmond to...

If “arrogant” British Prime Minister Theresa May dismisses Scotland’s Brexit proposals there is likely to...

Theresa May elusive on whether MPs will get vote on final Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs she will unveil her Brexit blueprint in...

Muslim cleric banned in Pakistan attempts preaching tour of Britain

A controversial Muslim cleric who has been banned from practicing in Pakistan for allegedly celebrating the murder of a popular politician is touring UK...

Is Britain cooking the books over its shrinking military?

Top-heavy infantry battalions will be given a different role and an entire tank regiment will...

Oh Lord! Monk-made wine which makes millions directly linked to violent crime

A caffeine-laced tonic wine made by monks in a Devon abbey hit record profits of nearly £9 million last year, all amid direct links...

Rise of far right: Banned Neo-Nazi youth group recruits teen supporters online

National Action, a British neo-Nazi youth group, has been building links with other racist, right-wing...

Post-Brexit plunge in immigration won’t push up wages – report

Despite claims made by Leave campaigners, a new report says Brexit will have a minimal impact on wages in Britain, with plummeting migration numbers...

Tsunamis threaten Britain’s nuclear power plants, scientists warn

Britain’s nuclear power stations are at risk from tsunamis caused by undersea landslides, scientists have...

‘White zone’: Racist flyers linked to neo-Nazi youths pasted in another English town

Racist posters calling for “white zones” and bearing the mark of neo-Nazi youth movement National...

If We Care About the Constitution, Trump Has to Sell His Empire

Andrew Ross Sorkin (New York Times, 11/28/16): “Some of your critics will deride the corporate monitor as mere window dressing.” And those critics would...

Footage of horrific hit & run in London released by police (VIDEO)

Police have released footage of a brutal hit-and-run incident in which two pedestrians were run...

‘Trump or Clinton? Makes no difference to Palestine,’ Middle East scholars tell RT (VIDEO)

Donald Trump promises to be Israel’s “best friend” when he enters the White House next...

‘Dating apps must work to prevent crime,’ say police as Grindr serial killer found...

Dating apps must do more to protect their users’ safety, Scotland Yard has warned, as...

Confessing your sins? There’s an app for that! Catholic Church launches ‘Sindr’

Move over Tinder, the grace of God is now available for download. Absolution is just...

‘Designer vagina’ surgeons could face female genital mutilation charges

Plastic surgeons who have undertaken ‘designer vagina’ jobs in Britain could face female genital mutilation charges, it has emerged. Prosecutors are considering whether to use...

‘Untie ourselves from EU shackles’: Leading Tories call on Theresa May to pull out...

Sixty hardline Brexiteers have demanded that Theresa May take a stronger stance on withdrawing from...

Exorcisms & religious abuse of children missed by untrained UK police

Hundreds of children facing religious abuse and ‘exorcisms’ because their families are convinced they are...

Labour MP Keith Vaz investigated for drug use allegations

An investigation is underway into allegations of drug offences against Labour politician and former chair...

Is Trump victory good for Brexit?

Brexiteers are celebrating Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, arguing that his...

What does Trump victory mean for UK-US ‘special relationship’?

As property tycoon Donald Trump is named the next president of the United States following...

Congratulations America: Have You Just You’ve Been Trumped?

I watched Donald Trump’s presidential victory speech. He spoke a lot about unity, the potential of ordinary, marginalised people and about making the US...

D-Day rehearsal site & other historic military bases to be sold, MoD confirms

Britain’s military is about to embark on a fire sale of one tenth of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) land assets in Britain including...

Facebook backlash as Scottish First Minister Sturgeon backs Clinton

Nicola Sturgeon’s public endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election has caused a backlash on social media, with critics arguing the Scottish...

Cameron to publish ‘tell-all’ memoir… but will ex-PM come clean about #PigGate?

Former PM David Cameron says he will publish a ‘tell-all’ autobiography, reflecting on the highs...

Brexit talks with Theresa May ‘deeply frustrating,’ says SNP leader Sturgeon

The first ‘Brexit summit’ between UK leaders collapsed on Monday with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon branding the talks “deeply frustrating” and accusing Prime...

Tory MP Andrew Mitchell blasts NatWest attempt to close RT’s accounts (VIDEO)

Former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP has criticized the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the partly state-owned bank’s attempts to freeze RT’s...

Alex Salmond on RT UK banking woes: ‘It’s what tin-pot dictatorships would do’

The closure of RT’s British accounts by a UK majority-state-owned bank would be something one might expect from a “tin pot dictatorship, not a...

‘Strong RT response to attempted account closure will help save UK free speech’ –...

Steve Hedley, the second-in-command at one of UK’s most powerful unions, says that RT’s decision...

Whether to Go to War Against Russia

Whether to Go to War Against Russia Is Top Issue in U.S. Presidential Race Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United States government has already declared...

Neo-Nazi band cancels Scottish gig after anti-racism protests

American ‘white power’ band Bound for Glory has reportedly canceled its first concert in Scotland...

Thousands of London police officers to start wearing body cams

More than 22,000 Metropolitan police officers will soon be equipped with body-worn cameras, in what...

Cancellation of RT UK’s bank account ‘crude British state propaganda’ – Galloway (VIDEO)

Former MP George Galloway has waded into the row over the cancellation of RT UK’s bank accounts by NatWest, dubbing the move “crude British...

Boris Johnson praised ‘intimate’ EU-UK ties days before switching to Brexit camp – report

Just two days before announcing his support for the pro-Brexit movement, the current British Foreign...

Children pressured into ‘sexting’ nearly every day, police say

Children as young as 10 are being pressured into sharing explicit images of themselves “virtually...

Assets, properties targeted as UK tries to stem flood of dirty money from abroad

Hundreds of properties in Britain suspected of belonging to overseas criminals could be seized under...

Despite delay tactics, Royal Navy submarine found to have nearly capsized Irish trawler

Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became...

Below par for The Donald: Trump’s Scottish golf courses register annual £9.5mn loss

Donald Trump is lagging behind in the polls and now his controversial Scottish golf courses...

Woman has hijab pulled down in London, police looks for perpetrators

The London police are appealing for witnesses and information about an incident in which a...

15yrs into Afghan War, psychologist warns ‘veterans must not become a business’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mentally wounded military veterans must not come to be viewed as a business opportunity by...

Ready to alco-pop? 84k bottles of soft drink could blow up in UK shops...

Around 84,000 bottles of Rubicon fizzy mango drink have been recalled due to concerns that...

Can You Establish Your Own Sovereign Nation?

Geneticists tell us the entire human race originated from a single tribal group of around 200 people who migrated from Africa into Arabia about...

David Cameron tried to manipulate the BBC, political memoirs suggest

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron pressed the BBC to deliver more pro-Remain coverage ahead...

Inquiry into botched VIP pedophile investigation will condemn individual police officers

A review of Scotland Yard’s investigation into an alleged VIP pedophile network will criticize individual officers involved in the probe, which failed to find...

BAE to begin work on UK’s multi-billion pound nuclear fleet

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has revealed details of a £1.3 billion deal with BAE systems...

‘Hard Brexit’ looms as May pressured to name the date

Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to announce when she will trigger Article 50...

Trident nuclear submarine officers destroy Navy bar in drunken riot after 3 months at...

Royal Navy officers returning from a three-month patrol on a nuclear submarine have been ordered...

Record number of guns seized in London over last year, says police chief

A record number of firearms, including semiautomatic weapons, have been seized in London, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said. Officers have seized more...

‘Smash a p**i’ video shows schoolboys kicking, punching Asian boy in racist attack (VIDEO)

Two 13-year-olds in Scotland who allegedly beat up another schoolboy because of his race and...

A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

Chicagoans rallied in front of City Hall and then marched through the downtown to protest the Dakota Access pipeline, September 9, 2016....

US fracked gas blamed for ‘human suffering, environmental destruction’ arrives in UK

Britain’s first imported shipment of US fracked gas has arrived in Scotland despite an increasingly...

London cop investigated for racism after row with pro-Kurdish protester (VIDEO)

A London police officer is being investigated by Scotland Yard for alleged racism after he...

Politics of violence: Leaked Labour email warns ideological rows could end in conference punch-ups

“Violence” could erupt at this year’s Labour conference according to a leaked email advising staff...

UK fighters scrambled to intercept Russian bombers

Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to intercept two Russian Tu-160...

‘Rapefugees not welcome’ stickers plastered around English coastal town

Stickers featuring the racist slogan “rapefugees not welcome” have been found plastered around the coastal...

Exposed: Over 100 potentially deadly nuclear convoy incidents on mainland UK since 2000

Military reports show a list of potentially explosive errors including brake failures, fuel leaks and...

Neo-Nazis run ‘whites only’ food bank for Glasgow homeless

A Neo-Nazi group which celebrates the evil concentration camp crimes of Dr Josef Mengele is...

PM Theresa May doesn’t know what she’s doing on Brexit – Alex Salmond to...

New British Prime Minister Theresa May has no idea what she’s going to do about...

Military recruiters disproportionately targeting Scottish schools – petition

A petition challenging the military’s access to Scottish schools, where it presents an “unbalanced” narrative...

London cops target black men just to boost arrest rates, police diversity chief admits

Metropolitan Police officers “routinely discriminate against black people” in stop-and-search operations in the British capital, according to Scotland Yard’s new head of diversity. Speaking to...

British Airways flight 274 from Las Vegas to Heathrow declares medical emergency – reports

British Airways flight BA 274 from Las Vegas to London Heathrow has landed safely after...

Former British PM David Cameron resigns as MP with immediate effect

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned from Parliament with immediate effect. The MP for...

Retaliation: Reality Vs. Pundit Fantasy

The US military shelling Lebanon in response to the April 1983 Beirut embassy bombing did not discourage an even deadlier attack on the US...

Brothers planning ‘IS-inspired bomb attack’ arrested by London terrorist police

A suspected Islamic State-inspired bomb attack has reportedly been uncovered by London’s counter-terrorism officers in...

Undercover policing? British Muslim cops could soon wear burkas

British police could soon allow Muslim women officers to wear a burka on the beat...

Ex-undercover cops to challenge police chiefs over ‘psychiatric damage’

Former undercover police officers have lodged a series of complaints with Scotland Yard, with some...

Hackers with attitude: Two arrested for hack that leaked contact info of nearly 30,000...

Two North Carolina men were arrested for allegedly participating in hacks targeting high ranking federal officials....

Just 2.5 hours of exercise a week can offset dangers of drinking – study

Drinkers who exercise regularly may be offsetting their risks of alcohol-related diseases, new research suggests. ...

Disability rights activists shut down Westminster Bridge in anti-austerity protest

Hundreds of disability rights activists brought traffic to a standstill in central London in a...

‘Man-child’ Donald Trump is a threat to US national security – Salmond

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s lack of stability could threaten US security and gives Alex...

Showboating: Royal Navy to test-drive new ‘Batman’ drone boat on Thames

Military officials will test out their new prototype high-speed drone boat on the River Thames...

Nuclear alert: 130 security breaches at UK atomic facilities in last 5 years

Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) officers, charged with guarding the UK’s nuclear sites, admit there have...

Soldiers fake mental trauma symptoms to win respect, claims veterans charity boss

Military charities are sensationalizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to receive funding while some veterans...

Gay & bisexual N. Ireland men now allowed to give blood, but only 12...

A lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood has been lifted in Northern...

‘They just fell’: 19 cows killed by lightning while sheltering under tree at Texas...

Just days after a bolt of lightning killed over 300 reindeer in Norway, a herd of...
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Video: Strawberry Storm: Supermarket giant Tesco scraps Scottish flag from packaging

Brexit, Scotland, Strawberries, Storm, Media, Supermarkets, Tesco, Packaging, Flag, Nationalism, Nation, United Kingdom, Britain, British, Support, Leave Camp ... Via Youtube

Police in Edinburgh cordon off part of city center in response to incident

Police in riot gear cordoned off the Lawnmarket area of Edinburgh's city center Sunday amid...

War-scarred British military veterans face healthcare ‘postcode lottery’

Armed Forces charity SSAFA says military veterans face a ‘postcode lottery’ in accessing National Health...

We Are the Not-Dead

Filmmaker Lalange Snow photographed and interviewed 14 members of 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland before they were sent to Afghanistan, after three months’...

Veterans rage at war trauma scheme they say aims to deny them compensation

British military veterans are incensed at a government mental injury compensation scheme they say is...

Wife of convicted ISIS-supporting extremist cleric Choudary now facing investigation

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the wife of extremist cleric Anjem Choudary is under investigation....

London ‘thought police’ special unit to track down online trolls

A generously funded “online hate crime hub” has been set up to tackle online vitriol by identifying suspects and encouraging citizens to report them...

Syrian refugees resettled on remote Scottish island of Bute complain their new home is...

A scheme designed to offer Syrian refugees a fresh start away from their war-torn homeland has backfired after two families said the...

What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Look Like?

By Dr. Mercola New research has emerged linking low vitamin D levels with a risk of cognitive decline and mental impairment, according to studies conducted...

Religiously motivated killer of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah jailed for life

A taxi driver has been jailed for life after admitting he murdered Glasgow shopkeeper Asad...

Not Brussels! Hoax report of Russian nuke attack sends Scottish dad into a panic...

A video of a Scottish man falling for a fake news bulletin announcing an imminent...

Bombs made in UK dropped on Yemeni civilians, human rights group claims

New links have been found between bombs dropped on Yemeni civilians and arms factories in...

‘ISIS supporters’ try to claim responsibility for London stabbings

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) supporters may be trying to claim responsibility for the Russell Square stabbings in London on Wednesday, despite police more...

BBC accused of silence over possible conflict of interest among journalists

After being accused of blatant bias against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the BBC is now...

Anti-terror cops on permanent alert for France-style attacks in UK

UK counter-terrorism cops are going on permanent standby amid fears of a Europe-style assault on...

Send Royal Navy to guard Gibraltar during Brexit talks, says MoD adviser

Britain must be prepared to reinforce Gibraltar with warships ahead of Brexit negotiations in a...

US test restrictions add to woes for UK’s new F-35 jets

US rules on testing the UK’s controversial new fighter jets are making it almost impossible...

Scots rally for independence in Glasgow after Brexit vote

A pro-independence march has seen several thousand people gather in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, on...

ISIS recruiting British men for lone wolf attacks on London landmarks

Islamic State is recruiting British men to carry out terrorist attacks on major London attractions...

Over 500 potential victims identified in single child sex abuse investigation

A major investigation by Police Scotland has identified 523 children as potential victims of online sexual abuse after it uncovered as many as 30...

Scottish fishermen support Brexit, shun Sturgeon’s call for independence

Fishermen in Scotland have come out in support of Brexit, predicting a “whole world of...

‘Corbyn doesn’t get patriotism,’ claims Owen Smith … while defending links to tax avoidance...

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith MP claims Jeremy Corbyn does not “understand” patriotism. At the...

Mourning and Resistance in Kashmir

Protest in Kashmir in 2010 (courtesy of Kashmir Global via Flickr). In Kashmir, the killing days are here again. In 2010, Indian forces shot and...

Sturgeon blames austerity for Brexit vote, repeats threats of 2nd Scottish independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has once again threatened Westminster with a new independence referendum,...

UK’s role in rendition ‘scandal’ must be reinvestigated, demands Tory MP

A senior Tory MP is calling for an inquiry into the failure of government agencies...

What’s at stake as British Parliament votes on the future of Trident nuclear weapons?

British Members of Parliament will vote on whether to renew or scrap the nation’s Trident...

UK begs US to hurry F-35 deal through, while Royal Navy’s next-gen frigate ‘delayed...

Britain’s next generation of Global Combat Ships are going anywhere but global, amid budgeting problems...