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The Herald

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

Miliband frames election battle as social divide with Labour backing workers ...
1 Apr 2015 at 1:20pm
ED Miliband has pitched the General Election battle in terms of a social divide between Labour being on the side of ordinary workers and the Tories supporting the vested interests of big business and individual tycoons.

Osborne claims Balls is planning tax grab if Labour win power by lowering 40p...
1 Apr 2015 at 12:55pm
ED Balls has been accused of "letting the cat out of the bag" on future tax rises under a Labour government after leaving the door open to drawing hundreds of thousands more middle-income earners into the 40p income tax band.

Exclusive poll: Tory attacks on SNP wielding power are hitting home
31 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
NEARLY half the UK electorate is fearful of the SNP holding sway over the next government - but Labour voters are much more likely to embrace the prospect than Conservative supporters.

Lib Dems 'could back an EU referendum - if it was held like the independence ...
31 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
The Lib Dems could back David Cameron's plans for an In/Out referendum on EU membership in 2017, if they are allowed to set the question and other concessions.

Nicola Sturgeon's independence experience will help beat Cameron in TV debate...
31 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Nicola Sturgeon's experience in the televised independence debates will help her outwit David Cameron in Thursday's general election showdown, SNP strategists believe.

David Cameron accused of considering secret tax rises
31 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Leading economists have accused David Cameron of planning secret tax rises after the Prime Minister claimed Labour would pick voters' pockets.

Exclusive poll: almost half of voters fear more powerful SNP
31 Mar 2015 at 6:10pm
NEARLY half the UK electorate is fearful of the SNP holding sway over the next government - but Labour voters are much more likely to embrace the prospect than Conservative supporters.

Labour to be left with just 14 Scottish seats, Alex Salmond-backed spread bet...
31 Mar 2015 at 1:50pm
A BETTING specialist endorsed by Alex Salmond has predicted that the SNP will win 42 seats in May, with almost three quarters of Scottish voters turning out to the polls.

Farage says Britain could cut immigration to 30,000 within three years if it ...
31 Mar 2015 at 9:10am
BRITAIN could dramatically reduce its net immigration from the current 300,000 to just 30,000 within three years if it left the European Union and took back full control of its borders, Nigel Farage has insisted.

Key dates in run-up to General Election.
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Key dates.

Cameron takes personal swipe at Miliband as he fires starting pistol on Gener...
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID CAMERON has launched the General Election campaign by taking a swipe at Ed Miliband in what promises to be a highly personalised campaign.

The SNP wants not to help Westminster but to burn it down, claims Paddy Ashdown
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR HQ has insisted it is not interested in playing "Westminster games" over a possible alliance with the SNP as Paddy Ashdown warned that the Nationalists did not want to go south to help Westminster but to destroy it.

'Immigration' missing from Ukip's new pledge card
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Ukip have released a new election pledge card that does not feature the word immigration, as the party attempts to stem a dip in the polls.

Nicola Sturgeon draws plum spot beside David Cameron
30 Mar 2015 at 12:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron are to appear side by side for the first time - after being drawn to stand next to each other in Thursday night's leaders' debate.

MPs running up expenses in London despite owning properties in capital
27 Mar 2015 at 6:17pm
MPs are claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses for London rents and hotels despite owning properties in the capital, it has been reported.


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Scotsman

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Nigel Farage ?stars? in new Judge Dredd story
1 Apr 2015 at 12:43pm

NIGEL Farage is facing the full force of the law - when he runs up against Judge Dredd in a new comic-strip story.



Upmarket house buys soar ahead of property tax
1 Apr 2015 at 12:18pm

A SINGLE estate agent office sold 14 upmarket properties in just three weeks as well-heeled Scots raced to beat the deadline for the new property tax.



Nicola Sturgeon backs police chief Stephen House
1 Apr 2015 at 10:56am

FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has given her backing to Police Scotland’s under-fire chief constable as he faces growing pressure from rank and file officers over his leadership of the national force.



Full fiscal control would beat austerity - Swinney
1 Apr 2015 at 10:30am

Scotland should be handed economic freedom from the UK to allow Holyrood to bring an end to austerity cuts, MSPs were told today.



Voting SNP means austerity, Ed Balls tells Scots
1 Apr 2015 at 9:40am

ED Balls attacked the SNP as the “extended austerity party”, as he warned that the nationalist plan for full fiscal autonomy or “devo-max” for Scotland would lead to devastating cuts in public services.



?Volatile? oil industry is ?difficult to forecast?
1 Apr 2015 at 7:28am

RECENT plummeting oil prices have demonstrated the volatility of the industry and the need for governments to plan budgets on the basis of potentially “enormous forecast errors”, the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has told MSPs.



SNP factor ?could help David Cameron? - poll
1 Apr 2015 at 7:13am

THE prospect of the SNP holding the balance of power at Westminster could work to David Cameron’s advantage by convincing voters to hand him enough MPs to return to power, a poll has suggested.



Holyrood launches new Scottish tax collection
1 Apr 2015 at 5:21am

THE first national taxes to be introduced by a Scottish Parliament in more than 300 years are being collected from today.



Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has refused to rule out the prospect of another Scottish independence referendum before 2020.



SNP cabinet agrees to fast-track land reform plans
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

The Scottish Government is to forge ahead with a radical package of land reform measures after it was signed off by Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet yesterday.



Clegg?s paternity offer to save Scottish seats
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

NICK Clegg will today pin his hopes on a new “dads revolution” to help save his party’s 11 Scottish seats in Westminster and bring back voters across the UK.



SNP?s stamp duty replacement costs buyers £30m
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

The SNP’s stamp duty replacement would have hit Scottish home-buyers for £30 million more than the UK system last year, new figures have revealed.



Iran nuclear talks set to go past deadline
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers were set to extend past last night’s deadline for the outline of an agreement – if enough progress is made to justify it, the White House said.



Nigeria: Buhari fears government may ?trick? him
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

FORMER military dictator Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman said yesterday that Mr Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election – but fears his victory could be stolen through “tricks” by the government.



Allan Massie: MPs not willing to stick around
31 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

Talented MPs are no longer willing to stick around for the long haul, win or lose. What a woeful lack of dedication, says Allan Massie




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Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Saying what everyone?s thinking
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2015 at 6:24am
This is an extract from this morning’s Today programme on Radio 4 (starts about 2h 5m in), in which James Naughtie expresses an unusually frank and forthright opinion on Jim Murphy’s claim about the biggest party forming the government. . We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Of course, we’re sure Mr Naughtie isn’t saying what […]

A change of mind
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
Because we’ve been thinking about it carefully, and as the biggest party always forms the government of the UK – like it or not, that’s a simple fact – there’s only one way to protect Scotland’s interests for the next five years. Independence can wait. Today of all days, you know it makes sense. . . […]

The weight of evidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 11:00am
Like some sort of out-of-control, unstoppable lying machine, Scottish Labour keep telling the electorate that the party with the most seats in a hung parliament is the one that forms the government, and that the only way to prevent the Conservatives from returning to power is for Labour to be the biggest party. They’ve been saying it […]

Ducking and diving
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 7:03am
Credit is due to those of the Scottish media who have taken up this site’s challenge to ask Labour the key question of the 2015 election debate in Scotland – “Are Labour prepared to form a government if they’re not the largest party in a hung parliament?” (Because if the answer is yes then Labour’s […]

History written by losers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 4:20am
Because we took a short break over the weekend, we sadly missed Labour’s solemn commemorations of the 1979 confidence vote, and as a result we don’t know whether anyone actually did don a black armband or lay a wreath to remember the miners that Labour didn’t support when they went on strike a few years […]

One more for the list
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2015 at 9:10am
We’re going to compile all of these onto a single page soon, because as you can see, Scottish Labour just can’t seem to stop telling this lie. Today’s expert saying “Does it, aye?” (and the latest in a long and distinguished line) is Peter Riddell from the Institute For Government, speaking on Radio 4’s “World At […]

Edging closer to the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2015 at 5:30am
Listeners to today’s “Good Morning Scotland” were treated (from 2h 7m at that link) to a consummate masterclass in the art of evasion from Labour’s Scottish branch-office manager Jim Murphy. The bulk of a 13-minute segment was devoted to Murphy’s claim that a Labour vote in this May’s general election would bring about an end […]

A backwards step
by Lauren Reid
30 Mar 2015 at 1:30am
Hi, I’m Lauren. Some of you might know me – during the referendum I wrote a letter to the Wee Ginger Dug about my journey from No to Yes. I’m a true convert, and once I crossed over I got busy – I leafleted and canvassed and worked my socks off as most activists do. I never […]

Temporary service interruption
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Mar 2015 at 8:22am
See you Monday, readers.

A revealing turn of phrase
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2015 at 5:00pm
From an editorial leader in this week’s London Evening Standard: “The man likely to lead the SNP in Westminster, former party leader Alex Salmond, has made it clear that he is contemplating keeping a minority Labour government in power on a case by case basis. ‘If you hold the balance, then you hold the power,’ […]


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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.


Balls and Clegg campaign in Scotland
1 Apr 2015 at 10:31am
Westminster figures travel to Scotland on the third day of campaigning in the general election.


Businessman backs fiscal autonomy
1 Apr 2015 at 12:40pm
One of Scotland's most successful businessmen, Jim McColl, has called for Holyrood to have full control over its finances by 2020.


Union warns against more police cuts
1 Apr 2015 at 6:56am
The union representing Scotland's police officers says the force can take no more operational cuts.


New laws streamline care in Scotland
31 Mar 2015 at 6:54pm
The way care is organised is radically changing across the whole of Scotland with councils and the NHS working together to streamline services.


New property tax comes into effect
31 Mar 2015 at 7:09pm
A new tax which changes the way people pay duty on house purchases comes into effect in Scotland.


Trident 'a red line' for SNP deal
31 Mar 2015 at 8:11am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the renewal of Trident remains a "red line" if a deal is struck with Labour.


Scottish film studio delay warning
31 Mar 2015 at 9:13am
A decision on a private bid to build a Scottish film and television studio should be made "as soon as possible", a group of MSPs warns.


Former MP Joyce to stand trial
31 Mar 2015 at 9:48am
Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is to stand trial accused of attacking two teenagers and damaging stock at a shop in London.


Better patient protection demanded
31 Mar 2015 at 4:20am
Patient safety campaigners are due to meet Scotland's health minister to demand stronger measures in the wake of a series of health scandals.


Criminal reoffending rate falls
31 Mar 2015 at 10:11am
Under-21s are the most likely to commit further offences, as figures show continuing reduction in reoffending rates.


Call for larger Holyrood committees
30 Mar 2015 at 6:19pm
Holyrood's presiding officer sets out proposals which would see fewer but larger and more powerful committees in the Scottish Parliament.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
1 Apr 2015 at 12:42pm
Scottish Conservative MSP Gavin Brown leads a debate on full fiscal autonomy.


AUDIO: Rennie speaks to Good Morning Scotland
1 Apr 2015 at 2:57am
The leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie has been talking to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme at the start of the General Election campaign.


VIDEO: Austerity on the campaign agenda
1 Apr 2015 at 3:10am
On the election trail the argument over austerity and whether some Labour MPs would back SNP plans to end spending cuts has come to the fore


AUDIO: Sturgeon speaks to Good Morning Scotland
31 Mar 2015 at 2:49am
The leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, has been talking to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme at the start of the General Election campaign.


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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.

It's not all grim for Jim - he has neigh problems with the equine vote
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2015 at 10:04pm
Just before we leave the topic of the ComRes poll entirely, I thought you might be amused to hear...

Cracking ComRes poll of all Labour-held seats in Scotland shows gigantic 19% ...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2015 at 9:00am

The headline pretty much contains all the information I have at the moment, but I'll update this ...



Me and Jim
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2015 at 4:23pm
Jim makes me feel so special.  Please don't be jealous, but I saw the new Labour Party Election B...

You wanna be fair, and maybe you're right, let's burn our fingers, stop the f...
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2015 at 7:02pm
I winced slightly when I saw this reaction from Mike Small to the anger in some quarters over the...

In just a few weeks' time?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2015 at 11:45pm
David Cameron seemed all but assured of another five years in power last night after his pro-aust...

SNP vote skyrockets in all four of yesterday's by-elections - and they win th...
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2015 at 10:03am
We now have the remaining three results in from yesterday.  First up is Buckie, a Moray council w...

Rampant SNP storm to by-election victory in symbolic battleground of Glenrothes
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 7:39pm
Weirdly, there were five council by-elections in the UK on Thursday, and no fewer than four of th...

First leaders' "debate" demonstrates why SNP inclusion was so vital
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 6:48pm
You might remember that after the first Salmond v Darling debate in advance of the referendum, th...

Three post-election permutations that might work in the SNP's favour
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 1:19pm
There's been a unnecessary degree of confusion in recent months over the differences between coal...

Aye, aye, ICM : Holyrood poll sees SNP extend lead to 20%
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2015 at 1:53pm
The datasets from Monday's ICM poll have finally been released, and along with confirming that th...

See Ya Later, Alligator
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2015 at 12:48am
One of the great mysteries of modern life is how the self-styled hot-shot "risk assessor" Neil Ed...

A little bit more about the ICM poll
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2015 at 11:45pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a short article at The National about yesterday's I...

Ice-cool ICM poll indicates impressive 16% lead for SNP
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am
This morning has seen the publication of only the second full-scale Scottish poll since the refer...

Murphy Plan B
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2015 at 5:11pm
I gather that many unionist commentators (naming no names, but Kenny Farquharson) currently spend...

Danny Alexander leads another 'March of the Moderates' - towards oblivion
by James Kelly
20 Mar 2015 at 11:49am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article at the International Business Times about ...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Some good Scottish Music: The British Grenadiers / Soldiers Of The Queen / He...
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I <3 Scotland
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"The SNP are just getting in our way in our ability to form a government" - J...
1 Apr 2015 at 1:14pm

Just listened to the Jim Murphy interview on this morning?s Today programme on Radio 4 - http://w...



Pizza taken to another level
1 Apr 2015 at 12:52pm
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Generous welfare systems actually make people more keen to work, Europe-wide ...
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Any spearfishers/freedivers/snorkelers around?
1 Apr 2015 at 9:50am

I'm based in Edinburgh but tend to go East Lothian and various West Coast places, get in touch if...



Moray woman sends April Fools text breaking up with boyfriend? he agrees
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It's past midday...
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We hear aboot ?Saltire? the new Scots Supermannie in cosmic comics - Scots la...
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Twitter unveils compulsory 'tweeting licences' in crackdown on cybernats
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Budget crisis for the ?only force that pays VAT? (Police Scotland)
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Daily Record

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Former SNP activist slams Nationalists for refusal to back Ed Balls' budget t...
by dailyrecord
1 Apr 2015 at 1:04pm
EX-SNP activist AIDAN KERR - now free from association to any political party - says the National...


Record View: Ed Miliband's policies pull no punches
by Record View
1 Apr 2015 at 2:59am
RECORD VIEW looks at the growing momentum behind Ed Miliband's election campaign with policies th...


General Election 2015: Ed Miliband plans zero-hour limits as Ed Balls promise...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Apr 2015 at 12:50am
IF THE Labour leader and his Shadow Chancellor get the keys to Downing Street, austerity measures...


Election 2015: New poll shows 19 point swing to SNP in Labour-held constituen...
by dailyrecord
31 Mar 2015 at 12:30pm
THE ComRes poll questioned voters in all 40 constituencies which Labour held north of the border ...


Zero.. nada.. zilch: SNP plans to spend NOTHING to combat austerity next year...
by David Clegg
31 Mar 2015 at 1:34am
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown published Treasury documents that show the SNP's plan for 'zer...


Record View: SNP's minimalist spending plans of ZERO won't help party fight a...
by Record View
31 Mar 2015 at 1:01am
RECORD VIEW acknowledges the SNP are spending more money next April, but the people of Scotland n...


Gordon Brown: 'General Election mustn't be about backroom deals when priority...
by Gordon Brown
31 Mar 2015 at 1:01am
THE Former Prime Minister clears the election fog to remind Record readers that Labour remains co...


Video: Latest Cassetteboy parody mash-up has Tories in the crosshairs.. again
by Tony McGuire
30 Mar 2015 at 1:05pm
THE Youtube parody video editor Cassetteboy has livened up politics with other funny videos over ...


General Election 2015: Scottish Greens roll out radical agenda for tackling p...
by Andy Philip
30 Mar 2015 at 11:58am
THE GREEN's manifesto offers voters the chance to back policies such as rolling back brutal Con D...


Watch party leaders channel Boyz II Men as they sing along to 'I Swear' in ge...
by Mikey Smith
30 Mar 2015 at 11:46am
DAVID Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage promise to love you with every beat of th...


Revealed: More than half of Glasgow train stations provide no disabled access
by Rob Grant
30 Mar 2015 at 11:20am
THIRTY of Glasgow's 58-strong network of stations don't have ramps or full step-free access to th...


General Election 2015: Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson admits Commons majo...
by Record Reporter
30 Mar 2015 at 10:18am
DAVIDSON's prediction is highly embarrassing for Cameron - moments after launching her own campai...


Kezia Dugdale: SNP's casino election tactics are all just a spin
by Kezia Dugdale
30 Mar 2015 at 4:40am
KEZIA Dugdale discusses why she thinks the SNP's election tactics could lead to the Tories securi...


Tory axeman Iain Duncan Smith refuses to reveal how party will slash £13bn of...
by Jason Beattie
30 Mar 2015 at 12:00am
DURING a car-crash TV interview, the Work and Pensions Secretary refused to reveal where the axe ...


SNP Conference: John Swinney says party would back reintroduction of 50p tax ...
by Mark McLaughlin
29 Mar 2015 at 8:41am
LABOUR want to bring back the top rate of tax for those earning over £150,000 and Swinney's speec...


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EXCLUSIVE: A new poll by Lord Ashcroft has suggested that the Scottish Nation...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2015 at 6:06am
EXCLUSIVE: A new poll by Lord Ashcroft has suggested that the Scottish Nationalist Party would be...

You just know a great idea when you see it. #LabourMugs
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2015 at 9:45am
You just know a great idea when you see it. #LabourMugs




EXCLUSIVE: Disaster was averted at the last minute as SNP plan to make Holyro...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 1:21pm
EXCLUSIVE: Disaster was averted at the last minute as SNP plan to make Holyrood permanent almost ...

EXCLUSIVE: In place of the boring live feed from the SNP conference, which we...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 4:52am
EXCLUSIVE: In place of the boring live feed from the SNP conference, which we have buried so deep...

SNP CONFERENCE Day 2 of splittist plotting and scheming. BBC Scotlandshire ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 12:51am
SNP CONFERENCE

Day 2 of splittist plotting and scheming.

BBC Scotlandshire will be there to kee...

Spring forward to British Summer Time. Remember to change those clocks toni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 5:17pm
Spring forward to British Summer Time.

Remember to change those clocks tonight.

SNP CONFERENCE Nicola Sturgeon announces 102,143 splittists working to break...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 10:11am
SNP CONFERENCE

Nicola Sturgeon announces 102,143 splittists working to break up our beloved Union.

SNP CONFERENCE - LEADER'S SPEECH Whit? Where's Alex? Must have missed the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 10:07am
SNP CONFERENCE - LEADER'S SPEECH

Whit? Where's Alex?

Must have missed the speech.... that's th...

SNP CONFERENCE Secret SNP plot exposed that would see reduction in frontline...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 9:58am
SNP CONFERENCE

Secret SNP plot exposed that would see reduction in frontline NHS Scotlandshire s...

SNP CONFERENCE Only 30 minutes away from the SNP Leader's speech. BBC Scot...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 9:40am
SNP CONFERENCE

Only 30 minutes away from the SNP Leader's speech.

BBC Scotlandshire team excit...

SNP CONFERENCE RIOT BBC Scotlandshire kindly "offers" to help Scottish Indep...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 8:14am
SNP CONFERENCE RIOT

BBC Scotlandshire kindly "offers" to help Scottish Independence Live Events ...

SNP CONFERENCE Lunchtime for SNP delegates. Stocks of Irn Bru running low ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 7:30am
SNP CONFERENCE

Lunchtime for SNP delegates.

Stocks of Irn Bru running low in Glasgow.

SNP CONFERENCE 14,100 members in SNP Union group - more than the whole of th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:21am
SNP CONFERENCE

14,100 members in SNP Union group - more than the whole of the Scottish Labour Pa...

SNP CONFERENCE Alyn Smith MEP: "SNP London branch has more members than the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:16am
SNP CONFERENCE

Alyn Smith MEP: "SNP London branch has more members than the Lib Dems in Scotlan...

SNP CONFERENCE SNP launches "World of Jockcraft" mobile phone app for split...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:04am
SNP CONFERENCE

SNP launches "World of Jockcraft" mobile phone app for splittists.


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber Interview
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2015 at 11:14am
JP O’ Malley interviews anthropologist, activist, anarchist and author, David Graeber, who was on...


When?Not If? So now the question is ?How??
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2015 at 5:49pm
By Peter Arnott Well, here we are two days into the elongated Election Campaign, the one everyone...

From the Province of the Cat #37 ? Dead Moments Of Edited History
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2015 at 1:28pm
by George Gunn Perhaps it?s a too little known fact that Ed Miliband?s mother survived the Holoca...


Large Parties, Low Majorities and Bad Logic
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2015 at 2:29pm
By John S Warren On BBC Radio Scotland, ?Good Morning Scotland? (30th March) James Murphy MP, the...


End inequality ? Canvass now!
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2015 at 3:25am
Paul Bassett argues against SNP complacency and the allure of social media.  To him that hath, mo...


Shortlists and Short Tempers
by bellacaledonia
28 Mar 2015 at 9:53am
By Mike Small The women only shortlists debate is a good one. It’s about how do we rectify instit...


Oh! Take me back to dear old Blighty
by bellacaledonia
28 Mar 2015 at 5:19am
What does the media frenzy over Richard III tell us about Englishness? Probably nothing new. At t...


Boxing David
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 10:42am
Greg Moodie on 'The battle for number 10'.


TTIPing the balance. Which way will the SNP go?
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 8:17am
TTIP is the culmination of thirty years economic ideology. Liz Murray explores the opportunities ...


Blood Money and Boondoggles
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 5:48am
By Mike Small Last night we witnessed Jeremy Paxman, who we’re told was a possible prospective Co...


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Google News

General Election 2015: Labour-SNP partnership would revive Scottish ... - The...
30 Mar 2015 at 10:58am

The Independent

General Election 2015: Labour-SNP partnership would revive Scottish ...
The Indepen...


Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2015 at 6:03pm

Scotsman (blog)

Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon
Scotsman (blog)
?But that's only g...


Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is ....
27 Mar 2015 at 5:58am

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is...


Jim McColl drops support for Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk
5 Mar 2015 at 12:25pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Jim McColl drops support for Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
Economists have s...


Scottish independence fears return as investment fund warns of 'extended ... ...
6 Mar 2015 at 10:50am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence fears return as investment fund warns of 'extended ...
Telegr...


Ex-SNP leader: Scots independence vote 'in 5 years' - Scotsman
10 Mar 2015 at 7:49am

Scotsman

Ex-SNP leader: Scots independence vote 'in 5 years'
Scotsman
But Gordon Wilson says the SNP...


Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ... - The...
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am

The Independent

Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ...
The Indepen...


Calls for Scottish independence rise even as North Sea oil prices fall - Yaho...
17 Mar 2015 at 9:21am

Calls for Scottish independence rise even as North Sea oil prices fall
Yahoo News
Unionists have co...


Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country? - Teleg...
25 Mar 2015 at 1:02am

Telegraph.co.uk

Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country?
Telegraph.co....


Ed Davey: Nicola Sturgeon must apologise for "false" oil claims - Telegraph.c...
20 Mar 2015 at 1:17pm

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Ed Davey: Nicola Sturgeon must apologise for "false" oil claims
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General Election 2015: There may not be enough Labour and Scottish ... - The ...
1 Apr 2015 at 3:27pm

The Independent

General Election 2015: There may not be enough Labour and Scottish ...
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General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon to use TV debates to deliver ... - The...
1 Apr 2015 at 3:20pm

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General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon to use TV debates to deliver ...
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Wee Ginger Dug: Here comes Gordie to save Magrit ... the man with the huge .....
1 Apr 2015 at 2:31pm

The National

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Clegg plays hard ball at soft play and insists he will hold on to his Sheffie...
1 Apr 2015 at 2:09pm

Herald Scotland

Clegg plays hard ball at soft play and insists he will hold on to his Sheffield se...


Scottish party leaders unveil law and order plans - Herald Scotland
1 Apr 2015 at 2:09pm

Herald Scotland

Scottish party leaders unveil law and order plans
Herald Scotland
She said SNP MPs a...


The Scottish National Party: what you need to know - FelixOnline
1 Apr 2015 at 1:59pm

The Scottish National Party: what you need to know
FelixOnline
The SNP first got into power in 2007...


SNP candidate calls for benefit sanctions ban - Fife Today
1 Apr 2015 at 1:38pm

Fife Today

SNP candidate calls for benefit sanctions ban
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Divisions in Ayrshire, "the cradle of Labour" - BBC News
1 Apr 2015 at 1:10pm

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Divisions in Ayrshire, "the cradle of Labour"
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At the last election in 2010, Labour...


Former SNP activist slams Nationalists for refusal to back Ed Balls' budget t...
1 Apr 2015 at 1:09pm

Scottish Daily Record

Former SNP activist slams Nationalists for refusal to back Ed Balls' budget ...


Balls fails challenge on Lab/Tory austerity agenda - SNP (press release)
1 Apr 2015 at 12:28pm

Balls fails challenge on Lab/Tory austerity agenda
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Readers split on Alex Salmond's referendum book - Herald Scotland
1 Apr 2015 at 7:23am

Daily Mail

Readers split on Alex Salmond's referendum book
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Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2015 at 6:03pm

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Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon
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Independence referendum figures revealed: Majority of Scots born here voted ....
26 Mar 2015 at 5:00pm

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Independence referendum figures revealed: Majority of Scots born here voted ...


Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia :In Scotland The General Election Is Another ... - Huf...
28 Mar 2015 at 6:40pm

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Scottish National Party preparing for second independence referendum - Expres...
8 Mar 2015 at 7:11pm

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Scottish National Party preparing for second independence referendum
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Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ... - The...
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am

The Independent

Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ...
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Book Review: A satisfying wolves tale set against background of Scotland's .....
22 Mar 2015 at 7:39pm

The National

Book Review: A satisfying wolves tale set against background of Scotland's ...
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Most people in Britain now think Scotland will become independent - Daily Mail
17 Mar 2015 at 6:51am

Daily Mail

Most people in Britain now think Scotland will become independent
Daily Mail
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Cookies on the BBC website - BBC News
29 Mar 2015 at 10:00am

BBC News

Cookies on the BBC website
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General election: 'Referendum effect' means Scots most likely to vote - The I...
24 Mar 2015 at 7:08pm

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General election: 'Referendum effect' means Scots most likely to vote
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Views Not Shoes
1 Apr 2015 at 2:07pm

Monitoring sexism in election news coverage

http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/2015/04/views-not-sh...



Why Is Easter A Different Date Each Year
1 Apr 2015 at 10:47am
can any one please tell me why easter is on a different date each year unlike say christmas get s...

Beer!
1 Apr 2015 at 9:58am

I came across a new favourite yesterday in the form of Franciscan Chieftain I.P.A. while attendin...



Bbc Lunchtime News Election Coverage
1 Apr 2015 at 6:58am

I thought BBC had to give parity to different parties or at least proportional parity in their el...



April Fools Jokes
1 Apr 2015 at 2:57am
Anyone seen any good ones? I've noticed two so far; Radio4 had a piece about making goals bigger ...

Detriot 67
31 Mar 2015 at 4:52pm
Just back from book launch of Stuart Cosgroves new book.

Brilliant,funny night. Great tunes. Book...

Scotland 2015
31 Mar 2015 at 4:16pm
Who is the guy on just now. What a nutter

Sir Ian Cheshire - Former B&q Ceo
31 Mar 2015 at 2:06pm
We'll all remember he was the main driver behind the letter signed by several business owners war...

Is This As Plausible As God / Creation .
31 Mar 2015 at 12:52pm


Some weird and right out there theories !!

Comres Poll Results
31 Mar 2015 at 12:04pm

ComRes poll of the 40 Labour held seats in Scotland - Labour would be left with 12 MPs in Scotlan...




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The Guardian view on the TV leaders? debate: don?t leave Northern Ireland out...
by Editorial
1 Apr 2015 at 1:04pm
The days when Ulster?s voice could be left out of the broadcast debates are over. Their parties should be heard too

Seven party leaders will take part in tomorrow night?s roundtable ITV general elec...



Election 2015: Tory £5bn tax avoidance figure 'flaky' ? live
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps Matthew Weaver and Nadia Khomami
31 Mar 2015 at 4:03pm

Keep up with all the latest election news with Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team, as the battle buses roll out across the UK

Cameron says Labour will pick voters? pockets with taxesLivin...

SNP plans to approach leftwing Labour MPs over progressive bloc after election
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07am

Party sources tell of proposal to build coalition with Greens and Plaid Cymru at Westminster to stop renewal of Trident and obstruct deeper cuts

Senior figures in the Scottish National party are pla...



Election 2015: Tory claims about Labour's tax plans 'unfounded' ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Nadia Khomami and Claire Phipps
30 Mar 2015 at 5:01pm

As election season begins with the dissolution of parliament, join Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team for all the latest from the campaign trail

Cameron launches election campaign with sw...

Gordon Brown pledges £800m a year for social justice in Scotland
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
30 Mar 2015 at 9:00am

Former PM fights to attract ex-Labour voters away from SNP with Glasgow pledge to spend more on NHS, youth jobs and students from low-income families

Gordon Brown has renewed Scottish Labour?s attem...



Benjamin Disraeli is ailing: from the archive, 30 March 1881
by From Our London Correspondent (By Private Wire)
29 Mar 2015 at 11:30pm

Our London correspondent brings news of the Tory leader?s illness, debate on Scottish taxation and the newfangled margarine product

London, Tuesday night.

This cold easterly wind is endangering the l...



No spite, no spads: how David Steel routed the Tories 50 years ago | Peter Pr...
by Peter Preston
29 Mar 2015 at 2:20pm

In 1965 I covered the byelection that catapulted ?the boy David? into parliament ? and I returned this week to open an exhibition of this political sensation

Warning: beware nostalgia overload. Fift...



A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster?s see-saw | Neal Ascherson
by Neal Ascherson
29 Mar 2015 at 1:35pm
Like Parnell?s Irish home rulers, Nicola Sturgeon?s Scottish Nationalists risk becoming part of the system, outflanked by radicals

?If you hold the balance, then you hold the power.? So says Alex Sa...



SNP vote in all-women and 'balanced' shortlists for next Holyrood election
by Severin Carrell
29 Mar 2015 at 10:37am

The Scottish National party has voted in closed session to empower its executive to have all women shortlists and ensure women are included in selection contests, closing a long-standing gap with o...



SNP pledges backing for Labour's 50p income tax rate
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
29 Mar 2015 at 6:50am

Deputy first minister contradicts Alex Salmond on tax and party deputy issues fresh demands about terms of an SNP-Labour alliance

The Scottish National party has pledged to vote in favour of Labour?...



General election is on a knife edge, David Cameron tells party activists
by Toby Helm and Libby Brooks
28 Mar 2015 at 2:59pm
PM paints stark choice between himself and leader of ?sneering socialists?, while SNP demands Labour join in pledge to lock Tories out of No 10

David Cameron has admitted that the result of the gene...



Nicola Sturgeon calls on Labour to work with SNP to keep Tories from No 10
by Libby Brooks
28 Mar 2015 at 11:47am

SNP leader challenges Ed Miliband to make it clear he will join forces after the election if the two parties combined have more seats than the Conservatives

Nicola Sturgeon has issued a direct chall...



SNP?s Nicola Sturgeon pledges solidarity with disillusioned UK voters
by Libby Brooks
27 Mar 2015 at 7:01pm

Scotland?s first minister says Scottish National party will be an ally in seeking to shake up ?outdated and discredited? Westminster system

Nicola Sturgeon will deliver a message of ?friendship and ...



SNP will be a 'progressive ally' to rest of the UK, says party leader
by Libby Brooks
27 Mar 2015 at 4:59am

Nicola Sturgeon insists the SNP ? predicted to win a landslide in Scotland ? will be a positive and constructive force in the Commons

Nicola Sturgeon says her message to people across the UK is that...



Scottish parties again face pressure over women and black election candidates
by Severin Carrell Hajra Rahim, Natalie Watt
26 Mar 2015 at 10:46am

The Scottish National party could vote for the first time this weekend to allow positive discrimination to help women enter parliament, but a Guardian survey shows Scotland?s politicians have been ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Waving from the quayside
by weegingerdug
31 Mar 2015 at 4:05pm
Polly Toynbee, doyen of the Islington Labouristas and one time cheerleader for Tony Blair and Gordie Broon, has ventured north of the M25 and come to visit Scotland – and it’s not even the Embra Fe...

The definition of fairness
by weegingerdug
30 Mar 2015 at 4:32am
So that’s it then, the Coalition formally ended last night at midnight as the Westminster Parliament dissolved itself in a vat of acid. OK, not that last bit, a spot of wishful thinking there. The ...

102,143 and counting
by weegingerdug
28 Mar 2015 at 3:40pm
This weekend is the party conference of a party that’s not a branch office or an accounting unit. And it’s actually being attended by real live human beings who are filling a large hall. Over 3000 ...

Except for viewers in Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Mar 2015 at 9:16am
So what did we learn from the non-debate debate in which Ed Miliband and Davie Cameron didn’t debate? The debate was really just an interrogation with Paxo who was clearly missing the monstering da...

Caledonian cahootment
by weegingerdug
26 Mar 2015 at 3:55pm
So have you cahooted with anyone recently? Labour says that if you vote SNP you’re in cahoots with the Tories, meanwhile the Tories say that if you vote SNP you’re in cahoots with Labour, while the...

Vote Labour, vote stupid, vote glue sniffer
by weegingerdug
24 Mar 2015 at 9:23am
Ed Miliband was in Clydebank on Monday, speaking to what Labour calls a mass rally. Once upon a time, way back in the mythical age of fairy stories and magic wireless and inventing the NHS, Labour ...

Black armbands, glue, and sleepless nights
by weegingerdug
23 Mar 2015 at 5:35am
The Unionist party leaderships have the attitudes to Scotland which are typical of the less enlightened tourist to furren pairts. Nice country, shame about the locals. If only they could just drop ...

This wasn?t supposed to happen
by weegingerdug
21 Mar 2015 at 8:12pm
This wasn’t supposed to happen. We were supposed to be quiescent and quiet little drones, grateful for the scraps we were tossed, eager for the bones we were given to gnaw on. We were supposed to b...

Little yellow minions and Wee Dougie?s delusions
by weegingerdug
20 Mar 2015 at 8:15am
Danny Alexander’s other boss, the Cleggy one not the Osborne one, is in Scotland today in a vain attempt to rally what troops the Lib Dems have got left, which basically consist of Wullie Rennie, t...

Homophobes and LOL kats
by weegingerdug
19 Mar 2015 at 1:35pm
This isn’t going to be a particularly funny blog post, because homophobia isn’t funny, but apparently the most significant thing that has happened in Scotland this week is that some anonymous and c...


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