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Labour 'will smash class ceiling'
21 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
PUBLIC sector employers will have to monitor the social class of their staff under a Labour government in a move designed to improve social mobility, shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero has announced.

Party will cut child benefit, says Balls
21 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
ED BALLS will today announce his party will bring in a real-terms cut in child benefit, as he sets out what Labour austerity after the next election will look like.

Politician takes no prisoners
21 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
ED BALLS unveiled an aggressive cuts strategy - as he left an opponent bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and lobby journalists.

Reid gave his backing to amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries
21 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
FORMER Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding members of the security forces, a newly-published document revealed.

Disgraced MP resigns from LibDems over advance
19 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
VETERAN MP Mike Hancock has resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats.

Payments delays are 'unacceptable'
17 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
THE delays facing some claimants of a flagship government welfare scheme are "unacceptable", a minister admitted as the latest update was published.

Government backs Bill to enshrine development aid spending in law
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
The Government has endorsed a Liberal Democrat-sponsored Bill to write into law a minimum 0.7% spending commitment on international aid, despite objections from Tory backbenchers.

Boris Johnson chosen to fight safe Tory seat
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
BORIS Johnson has been selected as the Conservative candidate to fight the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the General Election.

Final bill for MPs' expenses is claimed as a victory for new regulatory regime
11 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
THE total bill for MPs' expenses and costs rose from £98 million to £103 million last year, according to the latest figures.

Northern Ireland's peace in peril, says Adams
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
SINN Fein president Gerry Adams has said Northern Ireland's political process is in serious difficulty.

Libor fines should pay Gurkha pensions, urges concerned Conservative MP
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE money generated from Libor fines should be used to support Gurkha veterans forced to survive without army pensions, an MP has said.

Pressure on Russia over downed plane
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government has issued a fresh request to Russia to help investigators gain access to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.

£100m of tax bills paid with art
10 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Works of art and other heritage objects worth more than £100 million were accepted by the Westminster Government instead of tax over a five-year period, new figures show.

UK unexpectedly given supervision of EU financial services
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
NEW European Commission ­President Jean-Claude Juncker has unexpectedly handed super­vision of EU financial services to Britain.

Speaker told to wait on Clerk's appointment
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
Former Labour Cabinet minister Jack Straw is to chair an inquiry into the governance of the House of Commons amid a row over the hiring of a new Commons Clerk.


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Salmond: We don?t need referendum for independence
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond has raised the prospect of Scotland becoming independent without going through another referendum.



Ed Balls says he would limit rise in child benefit
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SHADOW chancellor Ed Balls is to announce that a Labour government will cap rises in child benefit at 1 per cent for two years and make “tough decisions to balance the books” in the next parliament.



Better together: Indyref opponents unite in Church
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

DEEP divisions which opened up over the independence referendum will “take time to heal”, the moderator of the Church of Scotland warned yesterday.



What referendum? Islonia is already independent?
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

ONE part of Scotland has remained “independent” after Thursday’s referendum – with a constitution that includes a total ban on Bon Jovi.



Scottish independence: Leaders at war over powers
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

A CROSS-PARTY consensus on devolving further powers to Holyrood has been rocked by a row between the three main UK party leaders.



Blair: Be prepared to wage ground war against IS
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

THE UK and other Western powers should be prepared to commit ground troops to fight extremists like Islamic State (IS), former prime minister Tony Blair said.



Ed Balls roughs up journalist in football match
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Ed BALLS unveiled an aggressive cuts strategy yesterday – as he left an opponent bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and political journalists. The shadow chancellor was involved in a clash with Northern Echo reporter Rob Merrick as the politicians struggled to overturn a deficit at Manchester City’s Etihad complex.



John Reid secretly backed amnesty for terrorists
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding members of the security forces, a newly published document has revealed.



The Scotsman cartoon: Questions over devolution plan
21 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

CONCERNS have been raised by nationalists that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will not make good on their promise to extend new powers over areas such as tax and welfare to Scotland in the timetable that has been laid out.



Brian Ferguson: Ramifications for creative sector not apparent yet
21 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

ALEX Salmond was surrounded by a sea of happy, smiling faces as he posed for pictures on the steps of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. But it was not a gathering of SNP supporters with the First Minister just over a week ago, but some of the nation’s leading musicians, including members of Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit. It was all so different two years ago. Back then, just days before the historic Edinburgh Agreement signed by Mr Salmond and David Cameron, Scotland’s artists appeared to be on the brink of rebellion.



Brian Monteith: How Yes failed to win independence
21 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Both campaigning groups made mistakes, but the SNP must stop playing the victim, writes Brian Monteith



Lesley Riddoch: Reach for the sky to end inequality
21 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Westminster is faced with a conundrum but only real reform at Holyrood will consolidate SNP gains, writes Lesley Riddoch



Leaders: Delivering devolution pledges is crucial
21 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

AMID growing confusion in Westminster over the delivery of the promise of more powers for Scotland, it fell to the Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to bring Scots together after an intense – and deeply divisive – referendum campaign. That he did magnificently, with words that caught the mood of millions anxious that the referendum leaves no permanent scars. Now, he said, was “a time to unite, a time to walk together”; to act with “magnanimity and graciousness to restore equilibrium”.



SNP ?set to win 2016 election? says Survation poll
21 Sep 2014 at 11:35am

THE SNP could be on track to win a third term at Holyrood, party leaders have claimed after a poll showed almost half of Scots are planning on backing the nationalists in the next Scottish Parliament elections.



Alex Salmond: Scots were ?tricked? into voting No
21 Sep 2014 at 7:03am

ALEX Salmond has declared the “writing is on the wall” for Westminster as he claimed party leaders there tricked people into voting No to independence with their last minute promise of more powers for Holyrood.




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A lie won?t fly
by Eric Joyce MP
21 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
Scots voted No, in the end, on a ?vow? of greater devolution. Every Scot I have spoken to understands that the promised transfer of power can only take place if the books are balanced and Scots no longer legislate on England-only matters; this is manifestly part of the deal. If the UK government, Tory or […]

Number 1 in a long series
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2014 at 2:00pm
Of posts subtitled “We told you so”. Coming soon: Iraq War III, Tory victory in 2015, UK out of Europe in 2017. Hold tight.

Enough is enough
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2014 at 8:57am
If we hadn’t already been sure, this would have sealed it. Because we all know what really happened in George Square last night. (Pic: Jon Brady) We watched it on live video feeds from the state broadcasters of other countries, ones we’ve been taught to regard as less truthful than our own. We saw it […]

The candle
by Chris Cairns
20 Sep 2014 at 3:00am

Keep ?em peeled
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2014 at 5:42pm
Now, technically there are still around 20 minutes of the 19th left as we write this, but we’re reasonably sure that Parliament is now closed for the night and as far as we can tell this doesn’t seem to have happened. You’ll let us know if you spot it, won’t you, readers?

Fooled you twice, suckers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2014 at 11:47am
The Daily Record, 15 September 2014: “David Cameron , Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed up to a historic joint statement that was demanded by the Daily Record on behalf of the people of Scotland. The unprecedented agreement was signed after the Record demanded that the leaders clearly explain what they are offering so […]

The country that wasn?t
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2014 at 4:32am
Last night, everyone in Scotland lost. 45% of the electorate in the highest turnout in modern UK political history voted for hope and for change, and didn’t get them. 55% voted in terror of change, but will get it (for the worse) anyway. The No campaign desperately abandoned all pretence of being an alliance and […]

Us, now, or never
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
We have fifteen hours. The next fifteen hours mark the only ones in the entire history of time in which the fate of Scotland has rested democratically in the hands of its people. In 1707 the country was sold from under its people’s feet by a tiny handful of “nobles”. Before that it was won […]

If I don?t fight, I can?t go home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm
It’s Thursday in one minute. Here we go.

Don?t vote in ignorance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2014 at 4:49am
Scottish Labour and “Better Together” have clearly decided to go out all guns blazing with their pitiable last-ditch desperation slogan “If you don’t know, vote No”. Blair McDougall faithfully recited it on “Good Morning Scotland”, and the leaflet on the left-hand side of the image below was being shoved through people’s doors last night. (Complete […]


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Labour to 'reach out' to Yes voters
21 Sep 2014 at 10:46pm
Labour is to reach out to supporters who voted for independence in last week's referendum, the party says.


Salmond: 'No' voters were 'tricked'
21 Sep 2014 at 2:10pm
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says "No" voters in last week's referendum were "tricked" by a late vow of more devolved powers.


Service to heal Scotland's schisms
21 Sep 2014 at 10:13am
A service of reconciliation at St Giles's Cathedral rang with optimism as church leaders called for Scotland to unite after the referendum.


Scottish ministers 'back Sturgeon'
21 Sep 2014 at 6:53am
Almost every member of the Scottish cabinet has publicly backed Alex Salmond's deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, to replace him as SNP leader and first minister.


Brown vows to 'lock in' Scots powers
20 Sep 2014 at 12:47pm
Gordon Brown says his promise of further powers for Scotland will be delivered to the timetable set out ahead of the independence referendum.


Former SNP MP Iain MacCormick dies
20 Sep 2014 at 12:43pm
Iain MacCormick, who represented the Argyll constituency for the SNP in the 1970s, dies suddenly at the age of 74.


Labour attacks England-only MP votes
20 Sep 2014 at 2:34pm
Labour warns that creating England-only Commons votes will mean "two classes of MP", as parties deal with Scotland's rejection of independence.


Salmond to quit after Scots vote No
19 Sep 2014 at 4:24pm
Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.


Row brewing over English powers
19 Sep 2014 at 1:43pm
David Cameron and Ed Miliband are at odds over plans for English MPs to be given power over England-only issues.


Politicians react to Salmond exit
19 Sep 2014 at 1:32pm
Departing First Minister Alex Salmond is praised by David Cameron as his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, says it would be a "privilege" to lead the SNP.


Queen urges referendum 'respect'
19 Sep 2014 at 1:12pm
The Queen says she believes Scotland will unite in a "spirit of mutual respect and support" following the independence referendum.


Cameron: Let's build a better UK
19 Sep 2014 at 11:50am
PM David Cameron says it is time for millions of voices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be heard after Scotland votes to stay in the UK.


Scotland votes 'No' to independence
19 Sep 2014 at 9:51am
As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
21 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
Alex Salmond is quizzed on claims his predictions for North Sea oil recovery are too high.


VIDEO: Swinney: No leaders 'backsliding'
21 Sep 2014 at 7:48am
SNP finance secretary John Swinney accuses Westminster party leaders of "backsliding" over promises of more powers for Scotland.


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The referendum is over but the energy persists
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
It?s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No ? and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the Commons.



When the Independence horse bucks you off. Get up, dust yourself off, and sad...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 10:52am

  By Mark McNaught
 
However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ?no? decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that this should begin the path to a more federal UK.  ?Yes? or ?No?, Scots overwhelmingly want more powers to govern themselves.  Remember ?More Powers Guaranteed??
 
The United Kingdom prides itself on its unwritten constitution being adaptable.  Surely it can adapt to Scotland having its own written constitution within the UK drafted and enacted by Scotland.



The tide goes out
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Sep 2014 at 7:53am

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale.

No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is not dead, the dream still lives within the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands who refused to be bowed by fear,



The Real Referendum Division
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Sep 2014 at 2:52pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

In the lead up to the independence referendum, a national newspaper gave its front page over to claims from the Better Together campaign that there could be ?carnage? at polling stations.

The claim followed a significant closing of the gap as No saw its twenty or so point lead over Yes evaporate.



Vote No for Devo-Something ? Sometime
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 5:38am

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring in constitutional change as long as Scotland votes No.  Really, really.
 
The offer ? in a letter carried on the front of today's Daily Record ? has been described as unprecedented -- and it is.  Unprecedented for its sheer brassneck and cynicism.



A personal plea to the undecideds
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 4:05pm

By Sinclair Macleod
 
This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy.  He awoke at around three o?clock on the Wednesday morning with a severe headache, and by half past six he was on a ventilator in Yorkhill Hospital diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Over the next day and a half the doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save his life but on the Thursday afternoon we were told there was nothing they could do for him.



Vote Yes for a Scottish Political Enlightenment
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 3:45pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
"On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When we pick up that wee bit of paper, we are sovereign, for the first time in the Scottish nations' history, with all the power required over our country, our ancestors didnae have the vote 300 odd years ago. We have it now. And that vote is powerful. If at 1 minute past 10, we voted no, we give it away, and virtually become a region of England. But if at 1 minute past 10, we have voted yes, all those powers we had in 15 hours, remain in Scotland forever."

Jim Sillars' final public meeting 15/09/2014



Dear No voter,
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 4:39am

By Alex Mooney

The polls reckon most No voters are like me - of the mature variety, with children and grandchildren, trying to protect what you have worked for over a lifetime.

You are not entirely happy with the politicians who govern you but at least it's the devil you know.  Taking a step into the unknown is a gamble too far.



Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 3:12am

By Mark McNaught

For some reason I thought maybe there were journalistic depths to which the Daily Mail could not sink.  Any illusions I harboured were dispelled by this article with Alex Salmond juxtaposed with Kim Jong Un.

This followed the Mail printing in its Scottish edition the headline ?Cameron: Don?t rip our family apart?, whereas ?Why don?t we tell the Scots to shove off? was emblazoned on the English edition on the same day.



An Orange Morning in Edinburgh
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Sep 2014 at 8:37am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
On Saturday, I took the 10am train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we pulled out of the station the tinny sound of flute band music on mobile phones began.  A woman near the end of the corridor had a Union flag on her lap.
 
Across the aisle from me sat four burly men.  They were all drinking cans of Stella.  The youngest had a soft, babyish face and wore an Orange t-shirt with a Rangers crest framed by the motto "we are the people" in ornate font.




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The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Sheridan's rallying call to Yes supporters: vote SNP next year and aim for 20...
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:08pm

Solidarity leader Tommy Sheridan has tonight urged pro-indy voters to unify around the SNP at next year's general election.

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Here's how an independent Scotland could still happen - in 8 steps
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 2:54pm

We might have had a ‘No’ vote in last week’s Scottish independence referendum, but the political crisis which is following it means the nationalists’ cause isn’t dead in the water just yet.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Why is the British press only now realising - or admitting - the inevitable consequen...



There is a Better Way: The Vow & further powers - what next?
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 1:44pm

With respect to new powers, there is a  trust problem for the three main devolution parties.  STUC itself was highly critical of the timing and presentation of the devolution proposals and the Vow. This mistrust of government is not confined to the 45% yes voters in the referendum.



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Leader: Yes movement has power to shape Scotland
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 1:31pm

IN A timely and important column in this newspaper today, former SNP frontbencher Andrew Wilson calls on the Nationalists and their colleagues in the wider Yes movement to engage with new efforts to secure more powers for Holyrood “as builders, not wreckers”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is this the fir...



The Scottish Citizen: The Scottish Referendum and its aftermath. Feelings of ...
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 1:21pm

Know that you are not alone in your feelings of desoltation, anger, disbelief and betrayal over the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum. I too am in many ways ashamed and embarassed for Scotland.

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Lloyds still considering leaving Scotland despite No vote
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 1:15pm

One source said Lloyds would continue to consider the issue as Westminster and Holyrood hammer out the terms of increased devolution to Scotland.

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The devo pact unravels
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 1:02pm

THE three Unionist parties were last night at each other's throats over constitutional reform, as a row over "English votes for English laws" threatened to derail the timetable for more devolution that was promised after a No vote.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The reality is that there never was a "devo...



Darling's 'disgust' at ugly scenes
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 12:28pm

ALISTAIR Darling yesterday distanced Better Together from the ugly clashes in Glasgow's George Square, insisting those involved were not connected to the anti-independence campaign.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair Darling chose to associate himself with these British nationalist thugs when he agre...



So the union is secure for a generation after the referendum? I wouldn't be s...
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 12:20pm

When I hear politicians asserting that an issue has been settled "for a generation", I reach for my bag of salt. That's been the mutual line of David Cameron and Ed Miliband since they learned that the Scots had decided against divorce. Done and dusted, put to bed, settled "for a generation". On ...

Senior party figures back Nicola Sturgeon SNP leadership bid
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 12:16pm

Ms Sturgeon has not yet said if she will put herself forward for the post of SNP leader and first minister

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The referendum is over but the energy persists
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 12:05pm

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Peter A Bell's insight:

It is disappointing to find otherwise intelligent people persisting in the fantasy that meaningful progressive change can be effected within th...



We have witnessed a total breakdown in political legitimacy
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 11:39am

Our current relief is the product of lowered expectations. Without the fortnight which preceded it, last night's Scottish independence referendum result would be seen for what it is: an appalling breakdown of political legitimacy.



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Scotland referendum: who voted YES?
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 10:54am

What did the yes voters in the Scottish referendum have in common? These things.

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'We Couldn't Have Designed A Worse Fucking Campaign'
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 10:32am

On Monday morning, I bumped into a senior member of the shadow cabinet, who was standing with a pair of aides to Ed Miliband at Euston station, all of them clutching trolley bags. "We're off to save the union," said the shadow minister, wit...
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Only those looking at Scotland'...




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David Cameron forced to make a 'no ifs, no buts' commitment to deliver his vo...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
THE Prime Minister faced fury from Scots voters and opposition politicians after trying to insist a new devolution deal would have to include that only English MPs would get to vote on English laws.


Alex Salmond insists 'wrath of Khan' will descend on Westminster if they fail...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
THE First Minister invoked the vengeance theme of the Star Trek movie sequel as he claimed No voters had accepted the "trickery" of David Cameron over the promise of more devolution.


In pictures: Shadow chancellor Ed Balls leaves journalist with a bloody face ...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 8:27am
As many of the Labour party faithful party were gearing up for their annual conference in Manchester, shadow chancellor Ed Balls was clattering a journalist in the face during the annual 'Labour vs Journalists' football match.


Next SNP leader: Path cleared for Nicola Sturgeon to replace Alex Salmond as ...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 8:13am
NEIL and Yousaf had been mooted as possible successors to Salmond but have both backed the outright favourite Sturgeon.


Referendum: Church moderator urges Scots to put political divides behind them...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 7:12am
POLITICAL figureheads from both sides of the referendum debate attended St Giles Cathedral where Rt Rev John Chalmers said: "How we voted on one particular day does not define who we are".


Sunday Mail Opinion: If Westminster is lying we'll speak again Scotland, that...
by Mail Opinion
21 Sep 2014 at 6:32am
BEFORE we had the chance to feel the weight of history on our shoulders, Peter Kellner's sneaky YouGov poll awas enough to send many of us to bed before the first count was even in.


John Niven: My accent was an invite for Americans to share their referendum v...
by John Niven
21 Sep 2014 at 6:19am
Spending the run-up to the referendum in Los Angeles, JOHN was taken aback by the number of Americans who fell at liberty to voice all manner of anti-independent opinions.


Alex Salmond claims No voters were tricked by Westminster party leaders over ...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 6:10am
SALMOND this morning said No voters had been "gulled" by Westminster party leaders over their pledge for extra powers for Holyrood.


No campaigner who joined Gordon Brown on stage to defend NHS and save the uni...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 5:50am
VICKI Greig found herself hurtled into the spotlight after she made a compelling speech defending the NHS on the same stage as the ex-Prime Minister at the final Better Together rally before the vote.


Nick Cohen: Alex Salmond's tactic of making the rest of the UK the enemy was ...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 5:44am
POLITICAL commentator Nick Cohen gives his hard hitting view on Alex Salmond's referendum performance and says he succeeded in finding an enemy to define the independence cause against - best summed up by the BBC protest.


Referendum: Author and poet William McIlvanney says he voted Yes because Brit...
by John Dingwall
21 Sep 2014 at 5:14am
THE esteemed author has always voted Labour but during the referendum campaign he was less than impressed with how the current Scottish Labour party aspired to drive Scotland forward.


Jim Murphy: There is no going back on this vow
by Jim Murphy
21 Sep 2014 at 3:05am
LABOUR MP and No campaigner JIM MURPHY says the timetable of change will be bold enough to bring most Scots together again.


Nicola Surgeon reveals 5000 new members have joined SNP since independence re...
by Mark Aitken
21 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
DESPITE losing the referendum on Thursday, the deputy First Minister revealed that the nationalist party have increased their membership by 20 per cent to a record 30,000 members.


Four Scottish voters explain why the independence referendum divided the coun...
by dailyrecord
21 Sep 2014 at 2:30am
DUNDEE and Glasgow voted Yes on Thursday and Edinburgh and Aberdeen voted No, splitting Scotland's four largest populations right down the middle.


Referendum: 'No' campaign won vote on Scottish independence as their supporte...
by Craig McDonald
21 Sep 2014 at 2:28am
WE look at the stats after the independence referendum and discover one of the major reasons behind the Better Together success was the fear of defeat which drove their supporters to the polling booth.


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It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
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The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
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Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
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Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...

Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelatio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 3:28am
Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelations about the anchormen of the "award winning" show.

Today's episode will be the last!


Dateline Scotland anchormen become the story
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a final devastating blow to the nationalists, coming with only ...

Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!


Oil will 'run out completely in less than 18 months', warns Darling
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A Yes vote would be a disaster of biblical proportions and unthinkably bad for the economy of my Country

New Scottish satire paper hits the streets!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 8:04am
New Scottish satire paper hits the streets!


Daily Record rebrands as the Daily Onion
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Good satire relies on producing something ridiculous that politicians MIGHT say which, on reflection, is just silly.

Everywhere in the UK say they are delighted to have more powers, and oodles o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
Everywhere in the UK say they are delighted to have more powers, and oodles of cash, transferred to Scotland!


UK pledge: Vote no and you?ll get more than anyone else!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Unionist proposals Grrate

In yet another devastating blow to the nationalists, a slowly rising megastar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm
In yet another devastating blow to the nationalists, a slowly rising megastar of Dateline Scotland has secretly married the NoThanks! chief spokestragedist in a top secret ceremony, at a top secret location, all paid for by a top secret Better Together donor.


Secret betrothal for Scotlandshire me...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination

What we need now is Evolution, not Revolution
by bellacaledonia
20 Sep 2014 at 2:12pm
By Laura Eaton Lewis We need a new way of doing politics that reflects the maturity that we have developed through our referendum process. We have found the binary Yes/No proposition desperately inadequate for the complexity of the choice we... Read More ›


New Media for a New Scotland
by bellacaledonia
20 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Bella Caledonia will be announcing plans for an extended service, and our new ideas for improved content next week. We will be reaching out to readers for your support. We are going nowhere. We are the 45. This is just... Read More ›


Welcome to North Britain
by bellacaledonia
19 Sep 2014 at 3:46pm
By Mike Small For my friends, the ‘Proud Scots’, congratulations on your victory. Now there’s good news and some bad news for you No voters. The good news: your vague ‘sense of Britishness’ is secure. Hurrah, no need to worry... Read More ›


Wipe your eyes. On your feet.
by bellacaledonia
19 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm
By Robin McAlpine The rebellion: Phase Two There will be a time to put in words how I feel now. There will be a time for me to discuss what I think we should have done differently to win. There... Read More ›

We tried our best
by bellacaledonia
19 Sep 2014 at 7:28am
by Kevin Williamson All over Scotland people are hurting right now.  Myself included.  The professional commentators probably don’t realise just how deep nor how wide this hurt runs.  When my partner took our five year old son to his primary school this... Read More ›


Today is the Day
by bellacaledonia
18 Sep 2014 at 5:07am
By Mike Small Last night I gave an interview to BBC News Live from Holyrood. It felt like a pointless affair. But after, on the way up the Canongate, an amazing thing happened. Through the haar came thousands of people. The chant... Read More ›


This is the Day
by bellacaledonia
18 Sep 2014 at 3:41am
By Clare MacGillivray To the future children of Scotland. This is the day. This is the day I have been waiting for all my life. This is the day when we the people of Scotland decide on our future. Today... Read More ›


Dear Scotland
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 12:18pm
By Christopher Silver When you wake up on Friday, don?t change. A lot will have changed by then, obviously. A line will have been crossed, you?ll find yourself thrown into a new space, perhaps a different mindset. Either way, in... Read More ›


One Chance, Just One Chance
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 10:41am
By Jonathan Rowson We have a few hours to persuade no-leaning voters who might be swayed by a pernicious promise that they can keep the apparent safety and comfort of the UK, while also getting ?further powers? for Scotland. This... Read More ›


Scotland Be Brave
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 6:10am
by Kevin Williamson Our day of reckoning finally arrives tomorrow.  Every hair on the back of my neck is standing on end just writing this.  This is big.  Perhaps the biggest day of our lives.  For 15 hours we?ll have the... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Google News

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

The Independent

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17...


Quebec separatists, disappointed but ever optimistic, put positive spin on .....
21 Sep 2014 at 10:51am

National Post

Quebec separatists, disappointed but ever optimistic, put positive spin on ...
National Post
Bernard Landry, the former Parti Québécois premier, said the message from the Scottish referendum ?is not all that negative? for Quebec separatists because ?practically half? of Scottish voters...


UK's Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots - Reuters
21 Sep 2014 at 4:54pm

Reuters

UK's Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots
Reuters
Salmond made his allegations after Cameron, within hours of Scotland voting 'No' to independence in a referendum last week, unexpectedly said new powers for Scotland promised by London before the vote should go in t...


Scottish Independence: 20 voters and their reasons - Telegraph.co.uk
21 Sep 2014 at 8:52am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Independence: 20 voters and their reasons
Telegraph.co.uk
?I voted Yes because, for me, Scotland is deprived of democracy. I'm not a nationalist but we send Labour MPs down south and still end up with Tory governments. Independence is the only way to change that. I feel thin...


Scottish independence referendum: Piers Morgan finally honours promise ? to ....
21 Sep 2014 at 4:45am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Piers Morgan finally honours promise ? to ...
The Independent
The campaign for and against Scottish independence had a particularly high turn-out ? not just the 87 per cent who voted at the polls, but of the famous faces who lent their signatures, ca...


'We are the 45 per cent' is the new Scottish Independence campaign on Twitter...
21 Sep 2014 at 8:39am

The Independent

'We are the 45 per cent' is the new Scottish Independence campaign on Twitter ...
The Independent
Scottish independence: Referendum results in pictures. Like the diverse Yes campaign 'we are the 45' has already created a home for a range of differing opinions. ?The British establishm...


Scotland's Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites - New York T...
18 Sep 2014 at 11:43pm

New York Times

Scotland's Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites
New York Times
Scotland's push for independence is driven by a conviction ? one not ungrounded in reality ? that the British ruling class has blundered through the last couple of decades. The same discontent applies to v...


Everything you need to know about Scotland's independence vote - Washington P...
18 Sep 2014 at 3:42pm

Washington Post (blog)

Everything you need to know about Scotland's independence vote
Washington Post (blog)
Scots headed to the polls Thursday to determine whether or not to break its 300-year-old United Kindgom relationship. If Scotland decides to leave the U.K., it would be the first such breakup...


Jim Sillars Goes On Epic Scottish Independence Twitter Rant - Huffington Post UK
21 Sep 2014 at 11:10pm

Jim Sillars Goes On Epic Scottish Independence Twitter Rant
Huffington Post UK
A group of pro-independence campaigners has come to refer to itself as The 45 and have been casting about conspiracy theories about why the election's outcome was a no vote and insisting they will not pay their BBC licen...


Scotland Independence Vote Commences - Huffington Post
18 Sep 2014 at 3:39pm

Scotland Independence Vote Commences
Huffington Post
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) ? From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment ? and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath ? after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independen...



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SNP - Google News
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Scotland: What the future holds - Telegraph.co.uk
22 Sep 2014 at 12:06am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scotland: What the future holds
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP has an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament. It has held the most seats at Holyrood since 2007. The party ? from which Salmond stepped down as leader when he resigned as Scotland's First Minister later that day ? has made...


Scottish pro-independence parties report membership surge - Mid-Day
21 Sep 2014 at 11:46pm

Scottish pro-independence parties report membership surge
Mid-Day
"On Friday I mainly felt angry, yesterday I just felt sad, today I joined the SNP. Never give up on what you believe in," wrote @Kels450 yesterday. The pro-independence Scottish Green Party said its membership had increased by 2,000 ...


Jim Sillars Goes On Epic Scottish Independence Twitter Rant - Huffington Post UK
21 Sep 2014 at 11:10pm

Jim Sillars Goes On Epic Scottish Independence Twitter Rant
Huffington Post UK
He was the SNP's deputy leader when he lost his parliamentary seat and was regarded as a contender for the leadership when it became available in 1990, though he did not run and the position went to Salmond instead. The ...


Pro-Independence Scottish Parties Report Membership Surge - Outlook
21 Sep 2014 at 10:40pm

Pro-Independence Scottish Parties Report Membership Surge
Outlook
The SNP's leader Alex Salmond announced he would step down as Scottish First Minister after 55 per cent of voters rejected independence, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said the question had been settled for a lifetime. Howe...


PM Holds English Votes For English Law Talks - Sky News
21 Sep 2014 at 9:28pm

PM Holds English Votes For English Law Talks
Sky News
Alex Salmond is standing down as Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader after his dream of an independent country was shattered. In Thursday's referendum, 55% of voters chose to stay part of the United Kingdom while 45% were in favour of going...


Yes campaign gains new momentum among Scots - Press TV
21 Sep 2014 at 9:22pm

Press TV

Yes campaign gains new momentum among Scots
Press TV
Some 11,000 new membership requests have been submitted to the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) in the 75 hours following the referendum, which kept Scotland under the authority of the United Kingdom. With 25,600 members, th...


Is Jim Murphy set to tackle Nicola Sturgeon? Labour lines up No campaign star...
21 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm

Daily Mail

Is Jim Murphy set to tackle Nicola Sturgeon? Labour lines up No campaign star ...
Daily Mail
That would offer Mr Murphy the opportunity to stand for the leadership while still an MP ? like Alex Salmond did with the SNP in 2004 ? and then switch to the Scottish parliament. Mr Murphy is als...


MSPs may form pro-independence alliance - Herald Scotland
21 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm

MSPs may form pro-independence alliance
Herald Scotland
SENIOR SNP MSPs want to fight the next General Election on a joint pro-independence platform with the Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party. SENIOR SNP MSPs want to fight the next General Election on a joint pro-independence platform with th...


Promises to Scots that must be kept - Herald Scotland
21 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm

Promises to Scots that must be kept
Herald Scotland
For a party that has won two Holyrood elections after insisting Scots could back the SNP even if they did not support independence, it would mark an astonishing U-turn. As for Mr Salmond's comment that over 55s had "impeded progress" by voting No,...


Tributes for former SNP MP who died day after voting in referendum aged 74 - ...
21 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm

Tributes for former SNP MP who died day after voting in referendum aged 74
Herald Scotland
Mr Russell, the SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute, said Mr MacCormick's death had shocked and saddened the whole constituency. He added: "He and Riona spent much time in France but their home was in Oban and Iain w...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

ABC News

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17, 2014,...


Russia Says Scottish Referendum Could Have Been Rigged - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 9:52am

TIME

Russia Says Scottish Referendum Could Have Been Rigged
TIME
Scotland's historic election on independence did not meet international standards for constitutional referendums, the head of a Russian voting rights organization has said, with procedures that left the result subject to rigging and vo...


Scottish referendum 'English question': Tory MPs call on David Cameron to ......
21 Sep 2014 at 11:30am

The Independent

Scottish referendum 'English question': Tory MPs call on David Cameron to ...
The Independent
In order to secure a No vote in the referendum, Mr Cameron promised to give the Scottish Parliament greater powers including more control over tax and welfare (Getty) A No 10 source said tha...


Scottish independence referendum: Piers Morgan finally honours promise ? to ....
21 Sep 2014 at 4:45am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Piers Morgan finally honours promise ? to ...
The Independent
Scottish Independence: For and against. Ultimately, it was the Better Together campaign that triumphed, preserving the nation's 307-year-old union with England after a historic, record-bre...


Scottish referendum: How first vote went for 16/17-year-olds - Radio 1
21 Sep 2014 at 7:10am

Scottish referendum: How first vote went for 16/17-year-olds
Radio 1
How did it go for the 16 and 17-year-olds who were allowed to vote for the first time ever in the UK? According to organisers a record 3.6 million turned out to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. More than 100,000 of th...


Will the Scottish referendum lead to wider political change? - BBC News
21 Sep 2014 at 2:51am

BBC News

Will the Scottish referendum lead to wider political change?
BBC News
The Scottish Parliament already has powers over health, education, the environment and law and order. Scotland's voters opted to stay part of the Union in the referendum, meaning the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal ...


After the Referendum: Scotland and its Jews - Jerusalem Post
21 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

After the Referendum: Scotland and its Jews
Jerusalem Post
The referendum campaign, with 45% of the Scottish electorate showing clear distaste for London politics, will likely lead to major changes in the delivery of government throughout the United Kingdom. Scotland's Jews will continue to benefit...


Scottish Independence Petition Demanding Referendum Be Re-Held Because It ......
21 Sep 2014 at 8:28am

Scottish Independence Petition Demanding Referendum Be Re-Held Because It ...
Huffington Post UK
Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light, including two counts of votes being moved in bulk into a No pile, Yes votes clearly being seen in no piles and stra...


Scotland's referendum - The Economist (blog)
19 Sep 2014 at 1:08am

The Economist (blog)

Scotland's referendum
The Economist (blog)
It was a reasonable fear: a minority of Yes campaigners have behaved thuggishly at times during a protracted, two-year referendum campaign. Yet there were few incidents of violence. Perhaps few Scots, whether leaning to Yes or No, had a...


Scotland referendum No vote holds lessons for Canada - CBC.ca
19 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

National Post

Scotland referendum No vote holds lessons for Canada
CBC.ca
It's tempting to look at the results in Scotland's not-so-close referendum and conclude there are no real lessons for Canada, a country that already has weathered two failed campaigns for separation and just this year saw vote...



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How Many Of The 55 Will Feel Guilty
21 Sep 2014 at 10:12pm
Ultimately everyone had to come to their own decision but now seeing there was less than 200k vot...

Oil Company Expanding Into West Lothian.
21 Sep 2014 at 6:48pm

 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-29281935

 

I do not know what the vote was...



Signed Up To The Cause?
21 Sep 2014 at 5:18pm

Finally managed to get signed up to the SNP tonight, anyone have any Ideas of the numbers of the ...



Orders Made
21 Sep 2014 at 4:50pm

In the wee small hours of Saturday I may have partaken of a wee sherry or 2 in my heightened stat...



The P45Ers
21 Sep 2014 at 4:47pm

 

 

 



English Devolution
21 Sep 2014 at 4:27pm

Help me out here, please.

 

I keep hearing people talk about the need to devolve more powers to t...



Milliband And Fag Packet Promise
21 Sep 2014 at 4:24pm
Milliband said today that creating devolution for England should take time and not be done on the...

Darling Telling The Truth......
21 Sep 2014 at 3:58pm

His last words are chilling. Is there is nothing that man would not have said or done to win the ...



Yes March In Perth Today.
21 Sep 2014 at 3:14pm
Perth town centre witnessed a good natured YES March today that seemed to be organised through Fa...

George Square Food Parcels
21 Sep 2014 at 2:28pm
Was down today. Unbelievable amount of food parcels been left for local food banks

Those people ...


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The Guardian
Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
What Sunday papers say abou...

Scottish independence referendum: Survation poll gives no 8-point lead - live
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Jim Sillars Today interview - SummaryLunchtime summary
Survation poll puts no camp 8 points ahead
A...

Scottish independence referendum: ICM poll gives no camp lead of just 2 point...
by Andrew Sparrow
12 Sep 2014 at 12:22pm
Oil expert says independence best for North Sea oil industryNo side ahead by just two points, say...

Scottish independence referendum week in review: finance, flashmobs, effing T...
by Libby Brooks
12 Sep 2014 at 3:43am

Highlights from an exceptionally busy weeks reporting, as the referendum campaign enters its fina...



New poll has Scotland rejecting independence by four-point margin as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Ben Quinn
11 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm
Salmonds press conference - Sparrows verdictEarly afternoon summarySalmond accuses Treasury of tr...


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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.

Jack Straw professes hatred of democracy, as Ashcroft exit poll reveals almos...
by James Kelly
21 Sep 2014 at 2:33am
I can't recall which country it was, but when I was growing up I remember seeing a news report ab...

Scot Goes Pop! : The second fundraiser
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2014 at 12:57pm
Help to keep Scot Goes Pop going until the May 2015 UK general election.

Click here to go straight...

And now for the good news...
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 11:43pm
The No campaign have failed to deliver on their boasts of a few hours ago that they were heading ...

A triumph of fear over hope
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 7:33pm

We clearly are now facing a No vote, and as I said in my IBTimes article this morning, that will ...



YouGov prediction leaves Yes still in the game
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 4:44pm
I can now say what I didn't dare say before the polls closed - there have been some really distur...

Want to help win a Yes vote over the next three hours?
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 1:08pm
Just thought I'd make myself useful by reposting this tweet from Ross Greer -

Still need Yes volun...

Last night's Survation poll was better for Yes on the unrounded numbers
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 8:06am
A small piece of good polling news as we all wait (or hopefully as we get on with the Get Out The...

Final Ipsos-Mori poll puts Yes just 3% from victory
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 6:07am

Ipsos-Mori's last word is -

Yes 47%
No 53%

Not quite as good as yesterday's poll from the same firm,...



One Opportunity
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 5:27am

I have a little referendum day article at the International Business Times, reflecting on the his...



The 2001 Irish Referendum and parallels to the Indyref
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 10:15pm
A guest post by Scott Hamilton

As we move into referendum day, it is instructive to look at an int...

Final YouGov poll puts Yes just 2% away from victory
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 4:04pm
YouGov's final word of the campaign is -

Yes 48% (n/c)No 52% (n/c)

Meanwhile, there's a phone poll ...

Scotland stands on the brink of independence tonight as Yes vote surges to 49...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

These are the extraordinary numbers that will be beamed to STV viewers across the country at 6pm....



A fourth successive poll within less than 24 hours puts Yes just 2% away from...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 9:26am
Panelbase's final poll of the campaign :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (-1)
No ...

Extraordinary : ICM still aren't weighting by country of birth, even though t...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 7:37am
Well, the title says it all, really.  I just don't know what credibility ICM think their publishe...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Looking at ourselves in the mirror tomorrow
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
"It's no use in thinking it's too late for changing
No use in thinking that it's not up to you
You ...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Rule Britannia!!!
21 Sep 2014 at 10:08pm

Well done Scots, you just avoided going up the shute, being run by a crowd of fools and drunks. W...



Irn Bru and Tulsa Highland Games
21 Sep 2014 at 9:10pm

Keeping the tradition going. My 14 year old got his first Irn Bru today, liked it, as well as pie...



No 10 stands by Scots powers pledge
21 Sep 2014 at 8:12pm
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Lib Dems overrule Cameron on plan to link further Scottish devolution to Engl...
21 Sep 2014 at 8:01pm
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Referendum Results by Council Area
21 Sep 2014 at 7:46pm
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If this, then that
21 Sep 2014 at 7:24pm

Hey, for all you /r/Scotland spam f5 refreshers I recommend you get 'IFTTT' for your iphone, you ...



Link To A Discussion And Some Advice From /r/Quebec About Their Experiences W...
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David Cameron's proposal on further powers for Scotland
21 Sep 2014 at 6:44pm
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Almost 500,000 public sector jobs face axe as blunder by Danny Alexander reve...
21 Sep 2014 at 6:17pm

And so it goes...

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Pro-independence parties see membership surge: The SNP said over 10,000 peopl...
21 Sep 2014 at 6:16pm
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3 clear reasons why no was the wrong answer:
21 Sep 2014 at 6:16pm

EU exit would be disastrous for the United Kingdom

Devolution is going to give us all of the cost...



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21 Sep 2014 at 6:15pm
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No 10 offers Scots the power of love
21 Sep 2014 at 5:52pm
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A Forgotten Referendum On The Union Of Scots And English
21 Sep 2014 at 4:23pm
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Labour party conference: the code of silence sounds all wrong
by John Crace
21 Sep 2014 at 3:27pm
The Labour party conference goes to great lengths to talk about anything else but Scotland and constitutional reform

Minutes after the train pulled out of Euston, a hollow-eyed apparatchik walked br...




Ed Miliband feels the heat as David Cameron lobs English firecracker
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
21 Sep 2014 at 2:33pm
Normally during the party conference season the guns of other parties fall silent during their rival's event but not this time

Gavel-to-gavel TV coverage of party conferences disappeared more than ...



Awesome response to Scottish referendum | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
21 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm

Irvine Welsh lives up to his reputation as a writer of fiction with his assertion on the front page of Saturdays Guardian that the yes campaign came within a whisker of a sensational victory in the...



Scotlands young, feisty yes generation has nowhere to go | Paul Mason
by Paul Mason
21 Sep 2014 at 2:00pm

There is a political vacuum in working-class Glagow, which is echoed in English and Welsh cities and across southern Europe

For several nights last week, George Square in Glasgow became a mosh pit o...



The Guardian view on David Camerons entangling of Scottish devolution with wi...
by Editorial
21 Sep 2014 at 1:51pm
The prime minister has irresponsibly placed fresh strain on the union that he so recently fought to preserve

Any prime minister is a party politician. But a prime minister must also be a national le...



Constitutional reform: English votes for English laws cuts two ways | Helena ...
by Helena Kennedy
21 Sep 2014 at 12:32pm
The fix the masters of the universe and many politicians want is one that leaves the same people in charge to do the same things

Last week I attended the opening of an exhibition in London having ju...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
Afternoon summary

5.53pm BST

LATE EXTRA: Heres Michael Whites conference diary for the day.

Gordons refere...




Church of Scotland's moderator: more unites us than divides us
by Libby Brooks
21 Sep 2014 at 9:45am
John Chalmers, the church's senior figure, appeals for the two sides of the debate to listen to each other and heal rift

There can be no quick fix for restoring equilibrium to Scotland following the...




No 10 states David Cameron will deliver on Scottish devolution promise
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
21 Sep 2014 at 9:09am
Downing Street moves to clarify intent after Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling challenge PM on voting rights for Scottish MPs

Downing Street has issued an unequivocal "no ifs, no buts" declaration t...




Miliband rejects PM's call to link Scottish devolution to English reforms
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
21 Sep 2014 at 5:27am
Labour leader says new powers for Scotland should not be linked to ban on Scottish MPs voting on English matters

Live blog: Sunday's developments at the Labour conference

Ed Miliband has rejected Da...




Alex Salmond accuses UK party leaders of tricking Scotland into No vote
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
21 Sep 2014 at 5:19am
Outgoing first minister says row between Cameron and Miliband shows devolution 'vow' was desperate bid to avert independence

Live blog: all Sunday's political developments

Alex Salmond has accused th...




'It's time for moving on. We don't need to be bitter in Scotland'
by Tracy McVeigh
20 Sep 2014 at 6:54pm
After the referendum: Glasgow and Edinburgh voted differently but the mood now is to get back to normal life

Sitting across from each other in the small shopfronted gallery in Glasgow's West George ...




After the referendum: the 10 most pressing questions facing the union
by Daniel Boffey
20 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
When can Scotland expect to receive agreed new powers and why are we talking about English devolution as well?

In his pivotal speech ahead of the referendum, Gordon Brown offered a "modern form of h...




Scotland's morning after the night before dawns quietly in Gretna Green
by Tim Adams
20 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
Viewed from a town famous for its passionate couples, the reconsecration of the 300-year-old union seemed a sober affair

I spent the referendum night in Gretna Green, thinking about 300-year-long m...




Exhilarating times at Westminster mean new challenges for our leaders | Anne ...
by Anne McElvoy
20 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
The no vote in Scotland has transformed the political agendas on the eve of the party conference season

In the small hours of Friday morning, when no one was sure whether the UK still existed, a tem...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A short pause for breath
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
The last few weeks have been pretty momentous, and not just the referendum but on a far more personal level. I need some time to think, to catch up with myself, and to start to tackle the foundatio...

A phoenix from the ashes
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
It’s time for the British Labour party in Scotland to end. Their party is over, their balloons bounce only because they are kept aloft by an alliance with big business and the City of London. Briti...

Wee Ginger Dug ? the collected yaps
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 9:56am
There are many things that need to be done, so much work we have to do. But I must build a new life for myself. I gave up work to look after my partner after he was diagnosed with a terminal illnes...

The tide goes out
by weegingerdug
18 Sep 2014 at 11:34pm
We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale. No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is n...

Jangling nerves and bitten nails
by weegingerdug
18 Sep 2014 at 6:41pm
Oh God. I wasn’t going to post anything, but watch the results come in instead. Only I’m so nervous I can’t watch the results. I’ve decided Twitter is evil. I already knew Facebook was evil. But Tw...

Scotland be brave
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33pm
I look to my past. Afraid and scared. Pushing gingerly at the closet door, fearful of doom and rejection. Fearful of myself. But I came out into the light, and discovered I already had the tools to...

Tino rangatiratanga ? a letter from an old friend in NZ
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2014 at 9:42am
A guest post by Tina McCafferty I am wondering how you are? How the days are and where you find yourself? I was very glad that my mum and sister could come to the Andy’s funeral and represent my fa...

Making a vow
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2014 at 5:02pm
There was a vow on the front page of the Record yesterday. Britain isn’t just great, it’s superduper and comes with fruit preserves. Davie, Ed and Nick have promised Scotland jam, and marmalade, an...

A personal plea to the undecideds
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2014 at 10:46am
A guest post by Sinclair of Indie Authors for Scotland This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy. He awoke at around three o?cl...

The shlock of naw
by weegingerdug
15 Sep 2014 at 7:19am
A few random thoughts at the start of a new week and a new life.  Queen Betty has spoken, she wants people to “think very carefully” before exercising their vote on Thursday. The No campaign has, p...


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Work as if you live in the early days of a

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...

Scotland?s public sphere, not the BBC, is the real problem
by Dom
14 Sep 2014 at 11:21am
Today, thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside of the BBC in Glasgow in order to protest against bias in the state-run broadcaster. How right or wrong they are is debatable ? bias ...

No shock, no awe
by James
13 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
The establishment’s campaign to undermine a Yes vote got properly underway last week: every day a new banker or corporate boss was wheeled out to say we’d all be impoverished by a Yes. The media as...

As the referendum dawns, what new conversations will break?
by Guest Blog
8 Sep 2014 at 7:20am
A guest post today, looking beyond the indyref, from Shonagh McEwan, former head of research for the Green MSPs. Thanks Shonagh! Scotland is nearly there. The polls are suggesting a narrow result, ...

Strange times
by Aidan
3 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
There’s a lot I find odd about the referendum. I hate giving up Saturday mornings for it. And the Saturday afternoons. And Sunday mornings. And Sunday afternoons. And Wednesday evenings. And Tuesda...

Could the ?Missing Million? Swing It to Yes?
by Aidan
2 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
Apologies to What Scotland Thinks for ripping off borrowing their title for this This post is not about the ‘missing million’ voters, who are largely Labour No voters who we spend a lot of our time...

From the inside, the referendum is almost too close to call
by Dom
21 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
Working at a university I count the year from September to September. The last few days of August have the same timeless quality as the lull between Christmas and January. As the Scottish Parliamen...


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