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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

Unspun - the politics diary
30 Jan 2015 at 6:10pm

Cameron calls for yet more talks after broadcasters reject his latest idea fo...
29 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has called for yet more talks with the broadcasters as they rejected his proposal to bring the party leaders' TV election debates forward before the final month of the General Election campaign.

Men and younger workers suffer biggest drop in wages
29 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
MEN, younger workers and the higher paid have seen the biggest falls in pay since the 2008 financial crash, a new report says.

Unite the union stumps up £1.5m for Labour's election drive.
29 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR'S General Election campaign fund has been given a £1.5m boost from Unite as union bosses fear the Tories could be re-elected on "a tide of big business cash".

Unite donate £1.5m to Labour's general election campaign fund
29 Jan 2015 at 9:55am
Unite is to donate £1.5 million to the Labour Party's campaign funds, the union has announced.

Former Ukip candidate and self proclaimed prophet urges Holyrood to use elect...
29 Jan 2015 at 7:56am
A former Ukip candidate and self-proclaimed "prophet" has urged Holyrood to consider using alternative "electromedical" devices to treat cancer.

DONOR OVERSIGHT 'UNACCEPTABLY POOR'
28 Jan 2015 at 6:15pm
The Department for International Development has been strongly criticised by MPs for channelling hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money into an overseas investment agency despite fears that the funds were going to projects linked to known fraudsters.

BBC EXPLAINS DUP DEBATES EXCLUSION
28 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
BBC director general Lord Hall has written to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to explain why they are not being invited to participate in televised leaders' debates.

PMQs Sketch: 99 days early Ed Miliband gets his wish - to be facing the quest...
28 Jan 2015 at 11:15am
In 99 days time Ed Miliband wants to be answering the one the questions at PMQs.

Most people back a mansion tax with strongest support in Scotland and Wales, ...
27 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
RESEARCH shows that a majority of people in the UK support a mansion tax with the most fervent support in Scotland and Wales, where the least number of people would pay it.

David Cameron has reignited the issue of immigration in the election campaign...
27 Jan 2015 at 2:05pm
David Cameron has reignited the issue of immigration in the election campaign saying the UK would be a "better, stronger" country if it accepted fewer migrants.

Cameron suggests there can be a deal on TV debates - as long they don't take ...
27 Jan 2015 at 12:35pm
David Cameron has said there can be a deal on televised leaders' debates - as long they do not take place during the election campaign.

City Link parent company boss: 'We did not want to make people redundant on C...
27 Jan 2015 at 12:35pm
The boss of City Link's parent company has told MPs he did not want to make thousands of workers redundant on Christmas Day.

MPs fury as Hbos report delayed until after the election
27 Jan 2015 at 8:10am
MPs have hit out after it emerged that the publication of a report into the collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland has been delayed until after the General Election.

Coalition partners clash as each claims credit for cutting taxes.
26 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
THE Liberal Democrats have lashed out at the "brazen" attempts of the Tories to claim sole credit for taking millions out of tax as the two Coalition partners clashed on who was the true party of aspiration.


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Scotsman

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Angela Merkel doesn?t see another Greek debt cut
31 Jan 2015 at 1:12pm

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the refusal of Greece’s European creditors to consider forgiving part of the debt-ridden country’s rescue loans, though she stressed in an interview published Saturday that Berlin’s aim is to keep Greece in the eurozone.



David Haines? family: UK right to refuse IS ransom
31 Jan 2015 at 5:58am

THE brother of David Haines – the Scottish aid worker killed by Islamic State militants in September after being kidnapped in Syria – has said that his family backs the government stance on ransoms.



I?ve wanted to slap David Cameron, says Nick Clegg
31 Jan 2015 at 4:11am

NICK Clegg has admitted he wanted to slap David Cameron on more than 20 occasions during their time in coalition.



Scotsman cartoon: Winston Churchill and inequality
30 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

Winston Churchill was remembered as “a great leader and a great Briton” at events to mark 50 years since the former prime minister’s state funeral.



Marine safeguarding scheme ?not fit for purpose?
30 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

A DRAFT plan developed by the government to safeguard Scotland’s seas is “not fit for purpose”, according to a new Scottish Parliament report.



?Bring terrorists in from cold to curb threat?
30 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

A SCOTTISH terrorism expert has called for more meaningful efforts to be made to reintegrate former terrorists into society.



Apartheid death squad chief freed after 19 years
30 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

THE head of a covert unit ­responsible for dozens of deaths in the South African apartheid state has been granted parole.



John Mullin: Justice is put in the dock
30 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm

Jurors have cast doubt on the conviction of a Glasgow nurse for murdering patients. It wouldn’t be the first time such doubts have led to innocent men being freed, writes John Mullin



Brian Wilson: The new culture of control-freakery
30 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm

The story of Andy Scott’s attempts to get funding gives a frightening insight into Quango Scotland, says Brian Wilson



Leaders: Imported ideas no less healthy than our own
30 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm

Tales of hospital A&E departments struggling to cope with high numbers of patients have abounded this winter. To the public, this looks like a shocking failure. People expect a health service which is not just free at the point of need, but also available at the time of need.



50th anniversary of Churchill?s funeral marked
30 Jan 2015 at 2:21pm

SIR Winston Churchill would have been “surprised but thrilled” at the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his state funeral, his great-grandson surmised yesterday.



Shipbuilding plan secures Scots work for 25 years
30 Jan 2015 at 12:39pm

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has announced an ambitious warship building programme which guarantees work on the Clyde and Rosyth for 25 years.



£2m bank fines cash for Faslane Royal Navy families
30 Jan 2015 at 9:45am

NAVY families at the Faslane base on the Clyde are to benefit from £2 million of cash from banking fines, Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander announced yesterday.



Supermarket beer sales surge
30 Jan 2015 at 9:15am

MORE beer is now sold in supermarkets and off-licences than in pubs for the first time on record.



Minister to probe GPs? out of hours service
30 Jan 2015 at 6:23am

A NATIONAL review into the way GPs provide out-of-hours medical care in Scotland was announced by health secretary Shona Robison yesterday.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The lost art of keeping a secret
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2015 at 6:25am
Kate Devlin of the Herald has been a political journalist as long as we can remember. So it’s quite surprising that she’s apparently never heard of Gordon Brown before. But it’s a phrase a few paragraphs into the article that’s more revealing: “Mr Brown has been credited by some as the man who ‘saved the […]

The Pushmi-Pullyu Party
by Chris Cairns
31 Jan 2015 at 12:00am

An unsettling development
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jan 2015 at 2:27pm
Since we’ve been talking about mad letters from Scottish Labour MPs today, we’re sharing this one with you too. We’ve been trying to make sense of it all evening. We haven’t made any progress. It’s not just a simple accidental transposition of words, because if you switch “increased” and “decreased” around it’s still gibberish – why […]

A couple of hours off
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jan 2015 at 6:59am
Because there’s really no satire we can add to this magnificent zoomery: So we might as well pop out to the shops for a bit.

Hubris and nemesis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jan 2015 at 3:57am
With a knife-edge general election just 90-odd days away, we must confess ourselves surprised at the sudden rash of candour/indiscipline (depending on how generously you want to frame it) that’s broken out in Scottish Labour. It started soon after the referendum, when Edinburgh Labour chairman Trevor Davies felt confident enough, with the vote won, to announce on […]

Gathering speed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2015 at 6:29am
Ed Miliband, who is apparently the leader of the Labour Party, is in Scotland today to make some promises about his lifelong commitment to “Home Rule”, a policy which his MSPs were flatly denying ever mentioning earlier this month. We’re sure he’ll be as good as his word. After all, less than a year ago Labour […]

Know what you?re voting for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2015 at 8:38am
There’s been much discussion in the press lately about Jim Murphy’s plan to change the elusive Scottish Labour “constitution”, a document almost nobody has ever seen and which most people didn’t know even existed until a few weeks ago. Naturally we were curious to have a wee look, so when we stumbled across a page […]

The rainbow election
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2015 at 3:00am
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody has a clue who’s going to win the 2015 general election. But almost without exception, commentators are saying that should Labour’s vote collapse in Scotland to the extent that current polling says it will, it will radically alter Ed Miliband’s chances of kicking David Cameron out of 10 Downing […]

You?re kidding, right?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2015 at 5:42pm
We’re pretty sure the Daily Record is just trolling us on purpose at this point. Wait, Labour pushed for a what now? There was a vote on a fracking moratorium in the Commons yesterday. Of 40 Scottish Labour MPs, just THREE voted to support it. We can see why nobody wanted their name on that […]

Choosing a side
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2015 at 7:33am
Ed Balls today gave an interview to Sky News in which the would-be Chancellor appeared to explicitly rule out a Labour/SNP coalition for the first time, maintaining that the party is only interested in a majority. Yet the more strenuously Labour insist on a majority, the further from their grasp it slips. Just over a year ago […]


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BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Marine policy 'not fit for purpose'
30 Jan 2015 at 6:24pm
Scottish government plans to protect the nation's seas are not fit for purpose and could even make the current situation worse, MSPs say.


Tougher A&E waiting target delayed
31 Jan 2015 at 10:41am
Plans to reintroduce a tougher waiting time target for Accident and Emergency departments in Scotland are delayed.


Out-of-hours care to be reviewed
30 Jan 2015 at 9:13am
A review of the way people access non-urgent medical care out-of-hours is announced by the Scottish government.


Baby ashes family settlement offers
30 Jan 2015 at 5:41am
Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to £4,000.


Last of 17 axed courts to close
30 Jan 2015 at 4:52am
The last two courts in the final phase of a programme of Scottish court closures will be formally shut later.


Exam appeals 'favour private pupils'
29 Jan 2015 at 11:02am
Changes to Scotland's school exam appeal system favour privately-educated youngsters over state school pupils, Labour claims.


Miliband 'not focusing' on SNP deal
29 Jan 2015 at 9:39am
Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is concentrating on winning a majority at the general election and not focusing on doing a deal with the SNP.


End of poll tax debts a step closer
29 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
Plans to end the collection of poll tax debts in Scotland are approved in principle by the Scottish Parliament.


Textile 'success story' hailed
30 Jan 2015 at 4:34am
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael holds up the Borders as a "prime example" of what Scotland has to offer to the rest of the world.


Sarwar resigns as Punjab governor
29 Jan 2015 at 9:12am
Former Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar resigns as governor of Punjab in Pakistan two days after criticising the country's federal government.


Survey suggests armed police support
28 Jan 2015 at 6:28pm
Just over half of respondents have backed the routine arming of firearms officers in a study commissioned by a police body.


Scottish fracking block announced
28 Jan 2015 at 11:57am
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.


Union warning over teacher shortages
29 Jan 2015 at 3:44am
Teachers in Aberdeen are being stretched to breaking point by ongoing staff shortages, a union warns.


Peer sorry for 'Auschwitz' comment
28 Jan 2015 at 9:18am
Ex-Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley apologises after comparing the Trident base in Scotland to Auschwitz concentration camp.


Energy taskforce holds first meeting
28 Jan 2015 at 1:28pm
A new taskforce set up to support jobs in the Scottish energy sector meets for the first time to discuss opportunities for hundreds of people facing redundancy.


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COUNTDOWN TO NEWSNET.SCOT RE-LAUNCH
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:19pm

By the Editors

Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours.

One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign.

Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland.

We intend to broaden Newsnet to cover Scottish news and current affairs, as well as Scottish politics.

We believe our readers and listeners want to access independent, high quality journalism and comment.

Newsnet will continue to lead on Scottish politics - especially with the UK general election next May and the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2016 looming.

But we shall also reflect on issues that matter in Scotland. We plan to include "Citizen" journalism, features and other elements which will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

We shall also provide space for readers to post comments and exchange views.

All of this takes time, and money. We shall be seeking subscriptions as well as other financial support in order to maintain the site and to pay for the everyday running costs of Newsnet Scotland.

Much more will be announced during the weeks ahead. Earlier today, co-editor Derek Bateman explained a little more here.

Meanwhile please take some practical steps to ensure you continue to enjoy Newsnet Scotland:

Regular visitors should set their browsers to the Web address www.newsnet.scot in order to access the new site directly.

Other addresses such as newsnetscotland.scot and newsnetscotland.com will re-direct to the new "umbrella address". All changes will take place during Monday, December 29.

www.newsnet.scot



Open letter to thon quine in Lundun
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 2:25pm

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...

 

 

Dear Quine,

 

Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.

 

I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.



Dumped SNP hopeful complains about procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

By Derek Bateman

The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.

The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.



The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:13pm

Analysis by Mike Danson

Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.

It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.

Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.



How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Dec 2014 at 9:59am

By Thomas Connolly

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.

The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.



Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

By Thomas Connolly

The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.

Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.

The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's  "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.



BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".




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Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

SNP draw level with the Liberal Democrats across Britain in historic poll fro...
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2015 at 2:41pm

This weekend's Opinium numbers...

Britain-wide voting intentions (Opinium) :

Labour 33%
Conservative...



Martin Kettle's sick and twisted worldview
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2015 at 8:54am
See if you can spot the odd one out among this list -

* Engaging with Europe.

* Being tolerant of i...

My appearance on Independence Live
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
A few hours ago, I was whisked off to a top secret location in the arctic tundra (or, by the wond...

Alex Salmond's love of Blighty, and why nobody would notice if Ed Miliband wa...
by James Kelly
28 Jan 2015 at 10:05am

You might be interested to know that the International Business Times have done an interview with...



The media again claim that a deal has been "ruled out" when no such thing has...
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2015 at 8:38am
On this occasion, the mainstream media do at least have an alibi for their grossly misleading cla...

Sizzling Syriza surge to historic Hellenic haul
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2015 at 5:24pm

I think the last time I mentioned Syriza on this blog was during the Greek election three years a...



The cost of spurning an electoral pact?
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2015 at 7:54am

I was asked today whether it would be possible, even very speculatively, to estimate what the ele...



Devo Watershipped Down
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2015 at 10:08am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...



The BBC website misleads readers on the Ofcom "major party" proposals for a s...
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2015 at 7:32am
Iain Watson, writing on the BBC website about the revised proposals for leaders' debates -

"And it...

SNP vote surges by 11% in Kirkcaldy East by-election
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 9:23pm
I gather that the editor of a political website called Electoral Gambling (or some such title) mu...

The SNP genie is out of the bottle on the TV leaders' debates
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 3:48pm

It really is profoundly depressing to realise that the only reason the broadcasters were ever goi...



SNP lead by 21.5% in latest Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 8:56am
It's becoming increasingly hard to blog about opinion polls when I'm on the move, because the dat...

The point of no return? Earth-shaking TELEPHONE poll from Ipsos-Mori gives t...
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2015 at 8:00am
It's hard to believe, but Ipsos-Mori have almost exactly replicated the result of their full-scal...

A quick query
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2015 at 7:42am

I'm on a bus at the moment, and will be out all day, so I just thought I'd take this opportunity ...



If you thought there was something fishy about the latest Panelbase poll, you...
by James Kelly
20 Jan 2015 at 1:31am
Many of you will recall that the famous YouGov poll on the penultimate weekend was not in fact th...


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Tory Economic Recovery: Young hit hardest as average UK worker still earns 4....
by Torcuil Crichton
31 Jan 2015 at 3:21am
The Tory wage squeeze has hit young workers the hardest with under 30s suffering the biggest fall...


Meet the new SNP candidate for Ochil - when she was running as a true-blue Tory
by Torcuil Crichton
31 Jan 2015 at 12:00am
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh ? once a member of the Labour Party and stood for the Conservatives before j...


Record View: Charging for exam appeals is a failure, not fairer
by Record View
30 Jan 2015 at 5:37am
EXAM appeal charges are not progressive and only serve to further disadvantage children who are l...


Region has second highest number of compensation claims for pothole damage to...
by Stuart Gillespie
30 Jan 2015 at 2:54am
Local authority had to deal with almost 500 claims in the last financial year as more people seek...


Alex Salmond reveals Bannockburn inspired him through independence campaign a...
by Record Reporter
30 Jan 2015 at 2:36am
THE former First Minister says the famous battle came into his mind throughout the indy campaign ...


Ed Miliband backs Scots Labour leader Jim Murphy's plan to use mansion tax to...
by Andy Philip
29 Jan 2015 at 9:15am
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has flown to Glasgow for a show of solidarity with Jim Murphy and backe...


X-Men and Bourne Supremacy actor Brian Cox quits Labour and joins SNP
by Mark McLaughlin
29 Jan 2015 at 7:15am
THE actor has attacked the "empty rhetoric of leading members of the party" and said they no long...


Torcuil Crichton: Play-Doh politics can't shape fracking policies
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jan 2015 at 5:51am
FRACKING is vital for one of Scotland's biggest businesses. When job losses threaten, parties mig...


Danny Alexander splurges £2m tax payer cash on Nessie in desperate bid to sec...
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2015 at 5:36am
LIB DEM treasury secretary Danny Alexander has revealed plans for millions of pounds of investmen...


Top Scots politicians tweet jokes about skipping work to watch Andy Murray play
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2015 at 4:39am
NICOLA Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale have joked on Twitter that they would rather be ...


Record View: The Lib Dems are sunk, but it's not sinking in
by Record View
29 Jan 2015 at 3:54am
THE Lib Dems might be making promises-a-plenty in a bid to boost their highland votes, but even t...


Nicola Sturgeon will lead SNP talks with Westminster parties if general elect...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jan 2015 at 5:12pm
THE First Minister insisted she, not Alex Salmond, would be directly involved in any post-electio...


Scottish Government put fracking applications on hold until full public consu...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2015 at 5:05pm
ENERGY Minister Fergus Ewing's announcement was cautiously welcomed by environment campaigners bu...


Ex-Plaid Cymru leader issues apology after comparing Trident to Auschwitz Naz...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jan 2015 at 12:20pm
LORD Wigley sparked outrage after making the crass comparison when asked about the employment boo...


'Page three has had its day': Nicola Sturgeon condemns publication of topless...
by Record Reporter
28 Jan 2015 at 12:12pm
SPEAKING in London, the First Minister added her voice to the growing clamour for the Sun's tople...


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BREAKING: The SNP has been dealt yet another fatal blow to their long-term pl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2015 at 9:24am
BREAKING:
The SNP has been dealt yet another fatal blow to their long-term plan for independence ...

ICE BREAKING: In a shock new response to the elements, First Minister Nicola ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jan 2015 at 12:20pm
ICE BREAKING:
In a shock new response to the elements, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced t...

#CreepyJim says: Mr Ed and I met the press today outside my new office in Ho...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jan 2015 at 7:49am
#CreepyJim says:
Mr Ed and I met the press today outside my new office in Holyrood.
#FeelingFlushed




EXCLUSIVE: Magz is moving into electioneering mode now.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Jan 2015 at 11:34am
EXCLUSIVE: Magz is moving into electioneering mode now.




EXCLUSIVE: In his latest and most astonishing policy U-turn, Labour's Branch ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2015 at 10:25am
EXCLUSIVE: In his latest and most astonishing policy U-turn, Labour's Branch Manager in Scotlands...

BREAKING: The Devo Mini is coming to Scotlandshire. (Once we get it onto the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2015 at 6:49am
BREAKING: The Devo Mini is coming to Scotlandshire. (Once we get it onto the truck.) Sadly, the i...

The BBC would like to say thanks to our many loyal viewers, as we today have ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2015 at 5:15pm
The BBC would like to say thanks to our many loyal viewers, as we today have over 8000 followers ...

BREAKING: A senior Labour MP has today stormed out of the BBC Scotlandshire h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2015 at 5:20am
BREAKING: A senior Labour MP has today stormed out of the BBC Scotlandshire headquarters when tou...

BREAKING: It has now been confirmed that the suspected outbreak of Humerus Cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2015 at 12:42pm
BREAKING: It has now been confirmed that the suspected outbreak of Humerus Clivo Virus (shoulder ...

Today's cartoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2015 at 8:44am
Today's cartoon.




BREAKING: The most senior civil servant at the Treasury last night defended h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jan 2015 at 11:44am
BREAKING:
The most senior civil servant at the Treasury last night defended his decision publicly...

BREAKING: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been left reeling by the revelat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2015 at 12:41pm
BREAKING:
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been left reeling by the revelation that 'Angry Salm...

Note to @ScottishLabour MPs. Don't be a MASSIVE DICK. #CancelTridentRenewal
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2015 at 6:58am
Note to @ScottishLabour MPs. Don't be a MASSIVE DICK. #CancelTridentRenewal




BREAKING: From the Highlands and Islands of Lordaeran in the North, to the i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jan 2015 at 2:34pm
BREAKING:

From the Highlands and Islands of Lordaeran in the North, to the industrial centre of ...

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Demanding Relatives
by bellacaledonia
31 Jan 2015 at 6:29am
By Mike Small “If Scotland votes no, Westminster’s claim to undivided authority over the country?...


Five Magic Words
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2015 at 10:00am
Greg Moodie on the Labour leader's recent visit to Scotland.


Greece: The End of Austerity?
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2015 at 4:30am
Director: Theopi Skarlatos Syriza had 22 days to make history. This is how they did it. We follow...


Match Fixing
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2015 at 3:59am
By Mike Small While the Scottish media goes into a froth and a frenzy of Old Firm (sic) coverage ...


A Green New Deal for Europe
by bellacaledonia
29 Jan 2015 at 1:43pm
Alistair Davidson looks at the possibility for uniting an anti-austerty agenda with a new green p...

From the Province of the Cat #35 ? The Haggis addresses The Human
by bellacaledonia
29 Jan 2015 at 2:30am
by George Gunn The current and on-going spats between Scottish film producers and Creative Scotla...


Friends of the Airth
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2015 at 10:24am
By Mike Small Victory is sweet. We need to complete the nailing process but basically Fracking is...


On grief and independence, part 2
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2015 at 7:30am
by Andrew Eaton-Lewis It is just over a year since my dad died. In theory I should now be in the ...


Scotland Needs Power to Create Energy
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2015 at 6:04am
In the second part of his energy review Philip Johnstone explores the areas of energy policy Scot...


Beyond Petroleum
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2015 at 3:55am
Back in 2000 BP launched its shiney new ‘Beyond Petroleum’ PR. It was always a giant sham. Now Sc...


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Lessons from Scotland's independence battle - Socialist Worker Online
20 Jan 2015 at 2:40pm

Socialist Worker Online

Lessons from Scotland's independence battle
Socialist Worker Online
In a ref...


Real Democracy Denied by Our Governments: A Letter to the Scottish ... - Cent...
27 Jan 2015 at 7:39pm

Center for Research on Globalization

Real Democracy Denied by Our Governments: A Letter to the Sco...


English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain - Telegr...
30 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

Telegraph.co.uk

English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain
Telegraph.co.u...


Pro-independence bars are popping up across Scotland for the election - Mashable
29 Jan 2015 at 1:29pm

Mashable

Pro-independence bars are popping up across Scotland for the election
Mashable
The owners o...


Scottish independence material set for museum expo - Scotsman
10 Jan 2015 at 6:19pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence material set for museum expo
Scotsman
The National Library of Scotlan...


Scotland's place in the UK remains under threat, claims Rennie - stv.tv
12 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm

stv.tv

Scotland's place in the UK remains under threat, claims Rennie
stv.tv
Scotland's place in the...


Scottish Independence: 'No quick referendum' - Edinburgh Evening News
8 Jan 2015 at 3:30am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence: 'No quick referendum'
Edinburgh Evening News
He said t...


#MyFutureScotland Labour Campaign Mercilessly Hijacked By Scottish ... - Huff...
17 Jan 2015 at 4:48pm

#MyFutureScotland Labour Campaign Mercilessly Hijacked By Scottish ...
Huffington Post UK
Across Sc...


Gordon Brown: Scottish Labour's secret weapon in general election - Herald Sc...
30 Jan 2015 at 6:41pm

Herald Scotland

Gordon Brown: Scottish Labour's secret weapon in general election
Herald Scotland
So...


North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un 'set to open a new restaurant in SCOTLAND' -...
12 Jan 2015 at 12:55am

Scottish Daily Record

North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un 'set to open a new restaurant in SCOTLAND'
S...



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Labour Vows Not To Use David Cameron In Its General Election Posters - Huffin...
31 Jan 2015 at 4:17pm

Labour Vows Not To Use David Cameron In Its General Election Posters
Huffington Post UK
The radical...


'No PM pictures' on Labour posters - shropshirestar.com
31 Jan 2015 at 4:07pm

shropshirestar.com

'No PM pictures' on Labour posters
shropshirestar.com
It comes as cynicism with t...


Politics and the art of compromise - Herald Scotland
31 Jan 2015 at 3:27pm

Politics and the art of compromise
Herald Scotland
Labour's Ed Balls appeared last week to rule out...


Labour rules out 'negative' election campaign posters - The Guardian
31 Jan 2015 at 2:56pm

The Guardian

Labour rules out 'negative' election campaign posters
The Guardian
Ukip are on 18% (-2)...


'Cameron won't feature on Labour posters' - Yorkshire Post
31 Jan 2015 at 2:11pm

'Cameron won't feature on Labour posters'
Yorkshire Post
It comes as cynicism with the major partie...


Katy is urged to defect - Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
31 Jan 2015 at 1:31pm

Katy is urged to defect
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
A picture that has been photoshopped by a Tw...


Political rivals go toe-to-toe - MidLothian Advertiser
31 Jan 2015 at 1:20pm

Political rivals go toe-to-toe
MidLothian Advertiser
MP David Hamilton (Lab) came out fighting afte...


Katy Clark rebels in the Nuclear vote - Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
31 Jan 2015 at 1:09pm

Katy Clark rebels in the Nuclear vote
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
In the Commons debate last Tue...


Why In England Do We Have To Have the SNP And Plyd Cymru Airing Their Views -...
31 Jan 2015 at 11:53am

Why In England Do We Have To Have the SNP And Plyd Cymru Airing Their Views
Blasting News
Can someo...


On holding your nose to vote Labour - libcom.org (blog)
31 Jan 2015 at 11:38am

libcom.org (blog)

On holding your nose to vote Labour
libcom.org (blog)
With upswings for the Greens...



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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

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Scotland: A new world for Scottish politics after the referendum - Links Inte...
30 Jan 2015 at 1:03am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scotland: A new world for Scottish politics after the referendum
Links Internationa...


Unfinished business in Scotland post referendum - Irish Times
25 Jan 2015 at 6:02pm

Unfinished business in Scotland post referendum
Irish Times
Scotland and its fractious politics ret...


Why the Treasury backed the 'No' vote in the Scottish referendum: its top ......
20 Jan 2015 at 3:50am

The Independent

Why the Treasury backed the 'No' vote in the Scottish referendum: its top ...
The I...


Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report ...
5 Jan 2015 at 6:18am

RT

Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report
RT
The Scottish Sund...


Creative Scotland chief: BBC must "look at itself" in light of referendum cov...
20 Jan 2015 at 10:09am

Herald Scotland

Creative Scotland chief: BBC must "look at itself" in light of referendum coverage...


Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges towards federalism - Reuters UK
22 Jan 2015 at 6:22am

Reuters UK

Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges towards federalism
Reuters UK
Under the ...


Salmond denies Westminster bid is to gain second Scottish referendum - RT
9 Jan 2015 at 10:35am

RT

Salmond denies Westminster bid is to gain second Scottish referendum
RT
Former First Minister of ...


Old Firm match is a blast from the past for a post-referendum Scotland - The ...
30 Jan 2015 at 12:48am

The Conversation UK

Old Firm match is a blast from the past for a post-referendum Scotland
The Conv...


Sunday Herald referendum sales boost after 'Yes' support in referendum - BBC ...
14 Jan 2015 at 8:28am

BBC News

Sunday Herald referendum sales boost after 'Yes' support in referendum
BBC News
Speaking at...


Secret US Intelligence Files Reveal ?Washington's Interest? in Scottish Refer...
7 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

Center for Research on Globalization

Secret US Intelligence Files Reveal ?Washington's Interest? i...



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Darren Fletcher - Better Together
31 Jan 2015 at 2:07pm

3rd Highest ranked post regarding Fletchs move down south is
 
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Murphy Discounted After Just 49 Days
31 Jan 2015 at 11:56am

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jan/murphy-discounted-after-fewer-50-days-post

 



Recorder
31 Jan 2015 at 8:32am
I'm not sure unreality understand what I'm asking for so good luck. I just have freeview, no cabl...

If Anyone Deserves To "fall Down The Stairs" In Jail
31 Jan 2015 at 8:06am

it's this kvnt:-

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-31060808

 

John Paul Bird...

Anyone Know Much About The Boozers In Berwick?
30 Jan 2015 at 2:19pm

Going to down to Berwick in a few weeks for a bar lunch and an afternoon sesh. (on a Friday).

 

a...



Fashion Advice - Graduation
30 Jan 2015 at 11:55am

Canne believe I'm asking you lot for advice, but here goes.....

 

I am graduating in the summer a...



Peebles
30 Jan 2015 at 7:45am

Anyone know of any decent restaurants or pubs in Peebles?  We're going for an overnight in a coup...



Indians On Perth Rd, Dundee
29 Jan 2015 at 11:12am
Going out for a few beers in Dundee next few weeks.

Will be heading up Perth Road / Nethergate. ...

Ed Millibland Thinks We're Buttoned Up The Back
29 Jan 2015 at 4:36am

Despite that grand self appointed statesman Gordon Brown telling us in the event of a NO vote we ...



Churchill - A Farewell
28 Jan 2015 at 3:34pm

Anyone watching this ?

 

A very interesting programme.

 

A very interesting character was Churchi...




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Ed Miliband gives Scottish Labour full backing to make own decisions
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Jan 2015 at 7:51am
Miliband gives Jim Murphy full backing after previous leader accused her Westminster colleagues of treating Scottish Labour like a branch office

Ed Miliband has stressed that the new Scottish Labour...



Actor Brian Cox quits Labour party to join SNP
by Press Association
29 Jan 2015 at 6:23am
In a letter to Labour?s general secretary, the Bourne Supremacy star wrote of the ?disillusionment? many Scots feel for the party

The X-Men and Bourne Supremacy actor Brian Cox has quit the Labour p...



Scotland?s political leaders set aside FMQs for tennis
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
29 Jan 2015 at 5:49am
First minister Nicola Sturgeon joked that she would open up her office to watch Andy Murray?s Australian Open semi-final

The all-female leadership of the three largest parties in the Scottish parlia...



Scotland advised not to take North Sea oil for granted
by Press Association
24 Jan 2015 at 4:29am
Sir Ian Wood says SNP should focus on improving Scotland and shelve independence plans for the foreseeable future

The North Sea oil industry is winding down and politicians and workers must start pl...




Steve Bell on the leader debates ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
22 Jan 2015 at 2:48pm
Continue reading...

SNP will fight Westminster veto over welfare changes, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
22 Jan 2015 at 1:12pm

First minister hits back as David Cameron pledges to prevent SNP from taking part in English-only votes

David Cameron has broken his ?vow? to the Scottish people

A fresh constitutional settlement to ...



David Cameron has broken his ?vow? to the Scottish people | Nicola Sturgeon
by Nicola Sturgeon
22 Jan 2015 at 12:41pm
A Westminster veto on our welfare policy is an unacceptable dilution of the Smith commission package

David Cameron, in his visit to Scotland today, claimed that the pre-referendum ?vow? to Scotland ...



Nicola Sturgeon: draft bill ?waters down? Smith commission promises
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Jan 2015 at 6:38am

Scotland?s first minister says proposed legislation, announced by Danny Alexander, gives veto to UK ministers in key areas

Nicola Sturgeon has called draft legislation on new powers for the Scottish...



Scottish National party ?mavericks? aim to tap into energy of yes campaign
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Jan 2015 at 1:00am
Feminist blogger and bar owner among SNP election hopefuls after rules change opens door to ?non-political politicians?

A breast cancer surgeon, a feminist blogger and the owner of a Glasgow bar tha...



David Cameron visits Scotland for first time since Scottish referendum
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
21 Jan 2015 at 6:05pm

Downing Street confirms that PM plans to diminish role of Scottish MPs as poll suggests SNP could hold balance of power after election

David Cameron makes his first visit to Scotland on Thursday sin...



The Guardian view on the SNP at Westminster: Nicola Sturgeon flexes growing m...
by Editorial
21 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
The SNP has never been above Westminster powerplay. But it could soon have more leverage than ever before ? and the first minister will not shrink from using it

Scottish nationalists are not Irish R...



Scottish government revises property tax after UK stamp duty changes
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jan 2015 at 11:51am
SNP accused of falling into line with Tory tax cuts after review of new land and building transaction levy

The Scottish government has been accused of falling into line with Tory tax cuts after the ...



Poll shows SNP could win all but four Scottish seats in general election
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
Labour MPs in Scotland would be reduced from 41 to four while Lib Dems and Tories projected to lose all their seats

A new poll suggests the SNP will almost completely wipe out Labour in Scotland in ...



George Osborne to introduce tax cuts for oil and gas industry in the budget
by Frances Perraudin
20 Jan 2015 at 12:51pm
Chancellor says fall in oil prices demonstrates benefits of United Kingdom and would have left an independent Scotland more vulnerable

George Osborne has said that he will introduce further tax cuts...



Child abuse inquiry panel questioned by MPs ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
20 Jan 2015 at 12:02pm

Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including George Osborne being questioned by the Commons Treasury committee about Scotland getting more tax powers

Osborne at...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Drew Hendry SNP MP candidate in Nairn earlier today.
31 Jan 2015 at 4:08pm
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Ah, it's NSS time Students!
31 Jan 2015 at 3:54pm

This year, for the first time, I've been one of the Chosen to fill out the National Student Survey. Bit perturbed by the emails I've been getting about it which seem to be stating that if I don't g...



UK Poll: Opinium/Observer poll LAB 33% CON 32% UKIP 18% GRNS 6% LDEM 5%
31 Jan 2015 at 2:47pm
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Just noticed this wee boss from the #indyref coverage...
31 Jan 2015 at 2:19pm
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SAAS paperwork question
31 Jan 2015 at 1:27pm

I'm clearing out my personal documents, and trying to get rid of unnecessary crap. I have four years worth of award notices from SAAS, and I finished my undergrad in 2011: do I still need to keep t...



This website provides daily updates on the current blood bank stocks in Scotl...
31 Jan 2015 at 1:10pm
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Labour and Home Rule: Then and Now
31 Jan 2015 at 11:30am
submitted by lochmorlich
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Actor Brian Cox quits Labour for Scottish National Party - Why?
31 Jan 2015 at 8:25am
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Scottish Referendum and Personality
31 Jan 2015 at 8:21am

Hi,

I am a psychology student in Heriot-Watt University doing my research project on personality, political views, political participation and the Scottish Referendum.

I am looking for participant...



GEITF 2014 - Frankie Boyle: State of the TV Nation
31 Jan 2015 at 8:00am
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Qatar royal family buy Cluny Estate
31 Jan 2015 at 5:27am
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Gordon Brown: Scottish Labour's secret weapon in general election
31 Jan 2015 at 3:50am
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Meet new SNP candidate for Ochil - when she was running as a true-blue Tory
31 Jan 2015 at 2:35am
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Brown to take on Cameron's plan to ban Scottish MPs in Westminster votes.
31 Jan 2015 at 2:34am
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SNP pin election hopes on high profile Yes campaigners
31 Jan 2015 at 2:33am
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A rash prediction
by James
30 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
There aren’t many certainties around the UK General Election due in May, so everyone says. As the proportion of voters backing Labour or the Tories, even under First Past The Post, dwindles, the ma...

The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...


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Magrit fracks with the truth
by weegingerdug
27 Jan 2015 at 8:59pm
Magrit Curran, my lovely MP, has a tangential relationship to truth, reality, and indeed her electorate. On Monday the fragrant one – she reeks of hypocrisy and stinks of the rot of a socialism tha...

A diminishing pile of beans
by weegingerdug
23 Jan 2015 at 9:54am
It’s been one of those weeks.  I’ve not been very well, but am slowly getting better thanks to some nasty medicine.  This is more than can be said for the ailing Labour party in Scotland, which on ...

New edition of iScot now available
by weegingerdug
20 Jan 2015 at 9:22pm
The new edition of Scotland’s best current affairs and features magazine has hit the press, or at least hit the interwebbies.  The January-February edition is now online, featuring an article by yo...

Whoops there go my neurones
by weegingerdug
16 Jan 2015 at 8:19pm
I went to visit a friend last night, who insisted that she had to watch her favourite telly show – Celebrity Big Brother. Katie Hopkins is in it, taking refuge from that part of the Scottish popula...

Vote Dug
by weegingerdug
12 Jan 2015 at 8:39pm
Voting is now open in Bella Caledonia’s indyref awards, because we didn’t win the actual indyref, they thought it would be a good idea to cheer us up with an awards ceremony. Thankfully this hasn’t...

Mortuary SLAB
by weegingerdug
11 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
I’ve given up – my plans to write about something other than the flustercluck which passes for the Smugurph’s leadership of the Labour party in Scotland have foundered upon the McTernan Rocks, a di...

Skanktimonious sock puppets and the Smugurph bounce
by weegingerdug
4 Jan 2015 at 4:30pm
It’s not easy being Saint Dougie the Diminutive, all those party colleagues and Guardian writers looking at you expecting a miracle, and all you’ve got is a box of party tricks that are as transpar...

Giving up bad habits
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine.  If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now!  I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...

Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump
by weegingerdug
22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...


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