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Balls in attack over 'dismal' Tory record on the economy
29 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
WORKING people cannot afford another five years of Conservative economics, Ed Balls will insist today, as he reveals research showing that by next year workers will have seen the biggest fall in average earnings for more than 140 years.

Labour's £33m tops political donations
29 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR topped the league for political donations in 2013, raking in almost £8million more than the Tories, while the UK Independence Party doubled its income.

Cameron calls for Gaza ceasefire as ex-diplomat wants Hamas in talks
29 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron has called for an "unconditional, immediate, humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza to bring a halt to more than three weeks of violence that has killed about 1,100 Palestinians and 55 Israelis.

Cameron embroiled in storm over claims Fallon called writer a 'slut'
28 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has become embroiled in the row over claims a Conservative cabinet minister called a female writer a "slut".

Sri Lankan president will stay away from war commemoration service
28 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
The controversial president of Sri Lanka, whose government faces ­allegations of war crimes, will not attend the Commonwealth's official First World War commemoration service in Glasgow next week.

Immigration rules tightened as PM battles threat of Ukip
28 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
David Cameron is to unveil a new crackdown on immigration as the Conservatives continue to fight off the growing threat of Ukip ahead of next year's General Election.

Barrowman's Glasgow kiss ushers in new era of commitment to equality
28 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
JOHN Barrowman's world-famous "Glasgow kiss" with a man at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is to leave a legacy of a stronger, wider commitment to equality, the Scottish Government has pledged.

Labour leader: Give public a voice in Commons
27 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has proposed a Public Question Time in which members of the public would have a regular chance to grill the Prime Minister in an attempt to bridge the "miles-wide" gulf between Britain's political class and voters.

Strip Russia of the World Cup, says deputy PM Clegg
27 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA should be stripped of the 2018 World Cup tournament if it continues its "belligerent behaviour" in the wake of the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Miliband calls for extended ceasefire in Gaza
27 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
AN extended ceasefire is needed between Hamas and Israeli, Ed Miliband has insisted, as his Labour colleague, Lord Prescott, denounced the scale of the bombing in Gaza as "brutally disproportionate and grossly indiscriminate".

Legal Affairs Minister vows to act after failing to declare shares
26 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE SNP's Legal Affairs Minister is facing an investigation by Scotland's ethics watchdog after failing to declare a shareholding in a left-wing publishing company she helped found.

Holyrood sells Nazi row writer's book
26 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE pro-Union views of a blogger who questions whether the Nazis used gas chambers to murder Jews during the Holocaust are being sold in the Scottish Parliament's gift shop.

Coalition hails milestone as GDP returns to pre-crash level
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
BULLISH Coalition ministers have hailed the latest GDP figures, which show the economy is back to where it was before the 2008 financial crash, as a major milestone and a "big day for Britain".

Ed Miliband confronts his image issues at launch of labour's summer campaign
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has confronted his image problem head-on, insisting his politics of substance would win over David Cameron's politics of style.

So is the economy really back where it was six years ago? Not quite
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
SO, did the earth move for you?


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NHS orders 17,000 obese children to go on diets
29 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

Thousands of overweight youngsters across Scotland have been placed on slimming programmes in recent years after their GPs or school staff stepped in to try and help them lose weight.



Sanctions as EU leaders lose patience with Putin
29 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THE European Union is to impose tough new economic sanctions on Russia, targeting oil companies, banks and the arms industry.



The Scotsman cartoon: Commonwealth Games boost
29 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A MAJOR rise in Glasgow business trade as a result of the Commonwealth Games has far surpassed previous expectations.



Allan Massie: Ukip holds the key for Miliband
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

The Labour leader may not be winning any personal popularity contests, but he could yet be the next Prime Minister, writes Allan Massie



Independence: Say Yes to a fairer, richer future
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

Scottish independence will bring equality and opportunity to the forefront in Scotland, according to Billy Kay



Andrew Whitaker: MacAskill?s change of approach
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

ONE of the SNP’s flagship claims during its first four years in power was that it took a more measured approach on the issue of law and order than the previous Labour-Lib Dem administrations.



George Kerevan: No way are we a nation of quitters
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

Predictions of a mass exodus by either camp after 18 September are greatly exaggerated, writes George Kerevan



Referendum round-up: Glasgow 2014 | Edinburgh Fringe
29 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

CATCH up on today’s news, opinion and analysis on the Scottish independence debate from Scotland and around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Commonwealth Games spectator ejected over Yes flag
29 Jul 2014 at 10:09am

A COMMONWEALTH Games spectator has been escorted from the swimming events for holding up a flag supporting Scottish independence.



Sex workers? anger at not being heard by Holyrood
29 Jul 2014 at 6:37am

SEX WORKERS have complained they are being excluded from a Holyrood meeting to discuss legal moves to criminalise clients.



?Revenge porn sites must end anonymity?
29 Jul 2014 at 5:49am

SOCIAL media sites should establish the identity of people opening accounts to prevent so-called “revenge porn”, a House of Lords committee has said as it called for clarity on when prosecutions could be made on those who participate in it.



Independence ?soapbox slots? at Edinburgh Fringe
28 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

POLITICIANS are set to get “soapbox slots” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to sell the case for or against independence - just weeks before Scotland goes to the polls.



David Maddox: Public asking questions raises questions
28 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

ED MILIBAND likes to think of himself as a man of intellectual substance, as opposed to the image of Prime Minister David Cameron the PR man. This is of course why the Labour leader rather injudiciously admitted he could never beat his Tory opponent on image last week.



Peter Jones: Israel losing battle of world opinion
28 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

The more blood spilled in Gaza, the more sympathy the Israeli state will forfeit, writes Peter Jones



Hugh Reilly: Russian World Cup a certainty
28 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

For politicians who have kept quiet about atrocities over the years it’s the height of hypocrisy to start waving fingers now, writes Hugh Reilly




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The formerly bonnie banks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
There’s been a small furore this week over fracking, and the possibility that the UK government could grant licences for drilling in some of Scotland’s most beautiful locations, including – astonishingly – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. But in fairness, we can’t say that we weren’t warned.

Easy does it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
There’s a remarkable story on the BBC website today. Torn between the referendum campaign and the 2015 UK election campaign, Labour’s health spokesman Andy Burnham has finally admitted in public that yes, NHS England IS being privatised. But it’s what he wants done about it that made us double-take. “Mr Burnham has written to the boss […]

When you?re happy and you know it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 5:58am
Alert readers will of course remember a few short weeks ago in April, when “Better Together” attracted much great hoopla in the press for its relaunched, “more positive” campaign strategy. We thought it’d be worth checking in and seeing how that was going. “Labour claim 1m may lose jobs after independence” “Darling: Independence could cost […]

Younger leopard, same spots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
Our “Better Together” mole has just leaked us this exclusive extract from a new cinema advert with a re-imaged Alistair Darling listing the consequences of a Yes vote. It’s really from the 1981 Labour conference, of course. But it’s fascinating to note that while the No camp leader’s politics may have softened somewhat over the intervening 33 years, his […]

We are not alone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2014 at 12:05pm
Supporters of independence are often accused of a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to their lack of trust in the Scottish and UK media. The above chart is from the latest European Quality Of Life Survey, conducted by an EU agency with the unwieldy but self-explanatory name of The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and […]

Reaching a consensus
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2014 at 9:00am
In case you somehow carelessly missed it, here’s the nine-minute-or-so segment from last night’s “The Westminster Hour” on Radio 4, in which dear old Alan Cochrane of the Telegraph and I discussed the tone and tenor of the independence debate. The fascinating thing was how Cochrane started off essentially claiming that the entire thing was an intolerable […]

The chocolate teapot
by Scott Minto
28 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
The UK Trident programme encompasses the development, procurement and operation of the current generation of British nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them. It was announced in July 1980 and patrols began in December 1994. Its stated purpose is to provide “the minimum effective nuclear deterrent as the ultimate means to deter the most […]

The best of all possible worlds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:24am
The Stevenage Advertiser, 22 July 2014: “‘Lessons must be learned’ from the death of a Stevenage diabetic who could not afford electricity to keep his insulin cool after his benefits were stopped. Former soldier David Clapson died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls ‘a dangerous complication […]

The times they have a-changed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
Does anyone know if Alistair Darling (left, with banner) is still a republican? He doesn’t seem to talk about it much these days.

The case of the missing billions
by Scott Minto
27 Jul 2014 at 1:16pm
Readers of this site may remember the story published on the BBC earlier this week, where the figures for GDP per capita miraculously switched overnight from showing Scotland as a net contributor to the UK to implying that Scotland was a net recipient. And after reviewing the data posted by the BBC, it appears that the export figures […]


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Lawyers in tribunal fees review call
28 Jul 2014 at 8:27pm
The Law Society of Scotland urges the Scottish and UK governments to undertake an urgent review of employment tribunal fees.


Shale gas 'could boost economy'
28 Jul 2014 at 10:50am
A report says Scotland may contain "significant" shale oil and gas resources which could provide an economic boost if successfully exploited.


SNP considers Scottish minimum wage
28 Jul 2014 at 6:58am
An independent Scotland would consider introducing a minimum wage that would rise in line with the cost of living, the SNP says.


Campaigners accuse BBC of bias
27 Jul 2014 at 11:24am
Protesters gather at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow to protest over coverage of the referendum debate and Gaza.


Universities 'must elect more women'
27 Jul 2014 at 7:17pm
Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.


Councillor breached code of conduct
25 Jul 2014 at 5:38am
A councillor in the Borders is found to have broken a code of conduct by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


'No question' over Red Arrows smoke
25 Jul 2014 at 9:41am
The UK defence secretary says there was "no question" the Red Arrows would change the colour of smoke trails at the Games opening ceremony,


Exam reform delayed by schools
24 Jul 2014 at 6:44pm
Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.


Killers fail to overturn voting ban
24 Jul 2014 at 1:22pm
The UK Supreme Court dismisses a bid to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.


Marine protected areas to be set up
24 Jul 2014 at 6:53am
A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.


VIDEO: Shona Robison answers your questions
11 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, answers your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


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Support for Gaza in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Jul 2014 at 9:51am

By Stephanie Pride
 
AS the bombs continue to fall on Gaza and the death toll mounts, support for the besieged Palestinians is spreading throughout all sections of society, not least among faith-based groups in Scotland.
 
Following the visit of Archbishop Theodosis of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also known by his own name, Atallah Hanna, the Church of Scotland has come as close as it ever has to joining the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  But you wouldn't know it from the newspapers.



Yes means more than being a 'Proud Scot'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Jul 2014 at 3:29am

By Paul Kavanagh
 
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it?s in the bag for the Union, I?m not thinking about what I?ll do with myself if there?s a No vote. In no small part because it?s not in the bag for the Union at all ? for reasons which were explained in yesterday?s blog post.
 
I don?t believe it?s in the bag for Yes either, which is not a bad thing ? the worst thing any campaigner can do just now is to take a result for granted.



Irish lessons for Scottish Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Jul 2014 at 4:51pm

By Colm Ó Broin
 
Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future holds if there?s a ?Yes? vote on September 18th.
 
Both sides have argued their cases resolutely. However, a useful rule of thumb in judging each side in a debate are the number of ludicrous claims they resort to ? generally the more ridiculous the claims the weaker the underlying argument is.



Are You Sitting Comfortably?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Jul 2014 at 4:50am

By Derek Bateman

Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it?s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself just an example of desperation from a campaign which is hated by its own people and which has brought British politics lower than ever before?



The Nightmare after No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Jun 2014 at 12:09pm

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.



Miliband seeks US link dividends
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Jul 2014 at 1:30am

By George Kerevan

It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent of the White House. The aim is twofold: to show British voters they are ?important? enough to be received by the leader of the free world. And secondly, to reaffirm the so-called ?special relationship? that is supposed to exist between the UK and the United States.



The purpose of the heart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Jul 2014 at 5:14am

By Paul Kavanagh

We?re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of folk in the papers and on telly seem to think so.

Usually, it has to be said, it?s those of a Nawish persuasion who see themselves on a self appointed mission to blind the bravehearts with a facsimile of logic.



The Yes Angel - Julie Webster talks about Maryhill Foodbank and Yes Cyclist M...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jul 2014 at 7:21am

  It's one of the most inspiring stories of the whole independence campaign and has resulted in over four thousand pounds being raised by Yes supporters for a Glasgow Foodbank.
 
The brainchild of Yes Cyclist Mark Coburn, an appeal initially set up to pay for offices for some local Yes groups soon surpassed its total.



Mind the midges, mind your language, mind your feet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jul 2014 at 12:52pm

By John Finnie MSP

Regardless of location, whether our densely populated urban areas or the ultimate ?low density? housing of the Highlands and Islands, it?s vital we maximise participation in our historic constitutional debate.  Whilst the message ?vote Yes - build a socially just Scotland? will be the same across the country, there?s no doubt that the delivery techniques will vary.



The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Jul 2014 at 7:27pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start of this week.  Previously, any mention of 'Jean-Claude' would have elicited the response 'Van Damme?' from most people... well some.

This week though that changed when BBC Scotland got tangled up in a web of its own making as it sought to make a cheap bit of political capital from an innocuous speech from the man who replaced Jose Manuel Barroso.




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When you're happy and you know it
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 8:07am
Alert readers will of course remember a few short weeks ago in April, when "Better Together" attracted much great hoopla in the press for its relaunched, "more positive" campaign strategy. We thoug...


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Independence: More ?don?t knows? veer towards Yes
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 7:41am

UNDECIDED voters are more likely to come down on the side of independence in the referendum – but not in enough numbers to secure victory for the Yes camp.


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This would appear to confirm a fairly well-established trend. As people learn more and more about the aims and aspirati...



Carmichael accused of hopes to strengthen Westminster ties
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 6:51am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael of attempting to strengthen Westminster's


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There is actually nothing at all surprising about what Alistair Carmichael has admitted.* Other, perhaps, than the fact that he has admitted it. It has always seemed ...



Study: undecided voters more likely to back indy...but not by enough for Yes
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 5:49am
Undecided voters are more likely to back independence, but not in high enough numbers to win a Yes vote in the referendum, according to new research.


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Twitterendum: who's winning the indyref debate on social media?
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 5:47am

As the clock ticks down towards the independence referendum, our Twitterendum shows how the pro-Yes camp is winning the debate on social media.


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EU may let Scotland in then close the door to other states
by Peter A Bell
29 Jul 2014 at 5:44am

EU members may well let Scotland into their club - but will immediately introduce rules to stop any other breakaway nation doing the same, an expert has warned.



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There is something rather ominous about all this talk of seeking to circumvent the democratic right of self-determ...



We Are World Class
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 8:19pm

I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today to see a major sporting event. It didn’t seem like Glasgow but it was and when I stepped off the t...


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We are not alone
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 8:08pm

Supporters of independence are often accused of a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to their lack of trust in the Scottish and UK media. The above chart is from the latest European Quality O...


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Back to Bowie's
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 8:03pm

Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every sta...


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The chocolate teapot
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 5:31pm

The UK Trident programme encompasses the development, procurement and operation of the current generation of British nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them. It was announced in July 1980 an...


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River City star moving back to Scotland to join campaign for independence | Y...
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28 Jul 2014 at 4:50pm



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Scottish Independence: A view from America
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:45pm

With the Scottish independence referendum quickly approaching, and campaigns for both sides well underway, the Commonwealth Games has...


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Our Smiling Future
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:26pm

If the referendum debate is one giant selfie - yesterday Erraid Davies gave us another unlikely insight, another unlikely star. If township opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza warmed heart...


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Generation Yes (ish)
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:14pm

It’s amazing when young people get involved in politics. It’s fantastic that Scotland’s radical left is finding its feet again. But, just this once, here’s to the thousands of folk who are in no po...


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The case of the missing billions
by Peter A Bell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:08pm

Readers of this site may remember the story published on the BBC earlier this week, where the figures for GDP per capita miraculously switched overnight from showing Scotland as a net contributor t...


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Glasgow 2014: Team Scotland fan removed from the swimming in Glasgow for havi...
by dailyrecord
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am
IS this you? The Daily Record would like to hear from the woman escorted from her seat by police for displaying a "political" symbol at the event in Tollcross.


Alistair Carmichael: Independence vote is far too important to shun.. that's ...
by dailyrecord
29 Jul 2014 at 1:37am
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael says no matter what side of the debate you are on it's crucial voters have their voice heard when Scotland goes to the polls on September 18.


Scotland's missing million: We help young voters get signed up for independen...
by Sally Hind
29 Jul 2014 at 12:36am
OUR Have Your Say 2014 campaign was launched yesterday and we hit the streets to find some of the estimated one million eligible voters who are either not on the electoral roll or not expected to turn up at the polls.


Revealed: Scots would rather hear Ed Miliband give them directions on sat nav...
by Sarah Vesty
28 Jul 2014 at 3:00am
RESEARCHERS found that 36 per cent of those polled said First Minister's voice would drive them mad.


Record View: When it comes to Scotland's future.. it is too important not to ...
by Record View
28 Jul 2014 at 2:26am
Don't miss this opportunity which will never come again says RECORD VIEW


Scotland's future is in the balance.. but one in four risk not being able to ...
by John Ferguson
28 Jul 2014 at 2:19am
A SHOCKING one in four Scots are ineligible to vote and won't be able to make their views known in the independence referendum, we can reveal.


SNP accuse UK government of 'forcing' Scots out of the country as poll shows ...
by dailyrecord
27 Jul 2014 at 12:29pm
SNP MSP, Stewart Maxwell has blamed the Westminster government for the 700,000 people that have left Scotland in the last decade.


Labour energy minister Caroline Flint reveals no regrets over Scottish dad wh...
by Lesley Roberts
27 Jul 2014 at 8:34am
LABOUR MP reveals her shock when, as a child, she discovered the man she had thought was her dad wasn't her biological father.


Independence referendum: Author William McIlvanney reveals why he will vote Y...
by dailyrecord
27 Jul 2014 at 3:24am
AWARD-WINNING novelist and poet McIlvanney says it's time for Scotland to take a risk on September 18 and make our mark on the world as an independent nation.


Downturn cost UK economy £240 billion since 2008 despite recovery returning c...
by Graham Hiscott
26 Jul 2014 at 7:28am
GEORGE Osborne said we had hit a "major milestone" in increasing the value of the British economy to be larger than at its peak in 2008, but the IPPR think tank say the UK has fallen behind.


Scottish independence could cost our economy £8billion and risk thousands of ...
by dailyrecord
26 Jul 2014 at 6:57am
BETTER Together leader Darling says an independent Scotland could lose thousands of jobs after a Strathclyde University study showed 247,000 Scottish jobs were dependent on cross-border trade.


Tory minister Esther McVey urges kids to be their own boss.. despite racking ...
by James Lyons
25 Jul 2014 at 4:00am
THE Employment Minister was plunged into the red after being forced to borrow tens of thousands of pounds to bail out a firm she set up before becoming an MP.


Independence referendum: Ed Miliband's wife joins Scots Labour leaders to bac...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
THE Labour leader's wife Justine, who normally keeps a low profile, visited the Highland Spring factory in Perthshire to join the drive for a No vote.


UK Defence Secretary blocked Red Arrows from trailing colours of the Saltire ...
by David Clegg
24 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCOTS-BORN Michael Fallon veto-ed a longstanding plan for the famous planes to trail blue and white smoke at Wednesday night?s opening ceremony.


Joan McAlpine: How Labour, Lib Dems and Tories are using lies, damned lies an...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Jul 2014 at 3:31am
JOAN says before we get hooked by the Big Lie, let's take a look at who's peddling it.


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Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border. He passionate...
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27 Jul 2014 at 12:49pm
Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border.
He passionately wishes Scotland to stay within his (and our) beloved Union and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to achieve his dreams.



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BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jul 2014 at 6:15am
BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at the Commonwealth Games.

Even the spoof media has managed to come onboard the real "Games" in a last ditch effort to save our glorious Empire from being torn apart.

We present to you the endearing image of the Games.




Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jul 2014 at 9:17am
Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire that will be introduced after the vile Natz are crushed in the forthcoming splittist referendum.

The new anthem has been composed and written by Lord Barrowman of Naetalent, the world famous entertainment legend and NO su...

The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am
The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators.

Yes, Team Scotlandshire singing Flower of Scotland before they make their entrance at last night's Commonwealth Games.

Will the Natz stop at nothing to politicise the games?


Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony - Team Scotla...

BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's A...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's Audience Council has never been happier with our coverage of the splittist referendum.

Any criticism being highlighted in the splittist press is aimed squarely at the spoof BBC on the opposite bank of the Clyde.

Remem...

BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today anno...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jul 2014 at 2:59pm
BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today announced a U-turn on their policy of opposition to Independence and have apologised to the people of Scotlandshire for their previous stance.


Liberal Democrats to apologise after U-turn on Separation
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Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 4:57pm
Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politics. He cares deeply about the outcome of the referendum. As good luck would have it, he discovers that Britain's flagship current affairs show is coming to his home town.


Nigel's Big Day Out
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I a...

True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final. Th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 2:06pm
True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final.

The Krauts or the Argies?

We've had to kick both of them into touch with our military might.

Would have been so much easier if England had only got through to the final - like they are entitled to.

Anyone help us out...

John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 12:27pm
John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?




Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal se...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jul 2014 at 4:08pm
Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal setback today as it was revealed that members of UKOK were behind the design of the new uniforms for the opening ceremony Commonwealth Games.


Blow for Salmond as UKOK admit designing Commonwealth Games kit
www.bbc.scotlandsh...

Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!




BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the hap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the happy news from Edinburgh Zoo that Tian Tian's has conceived, with fingers crossed that it turns into a full blown pregnancy.

Please leave your competition entry in the comments.

1st prize: "Gie me a doin" date with the...

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest war...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jul 2014 at 3:13pm
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest warship is to be donated to Glasgow City Council.



Cameron donates HRH Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow City Council
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The vessel herself serves no conceivable military purpose in the 21st century, as we ca...

EXCLUSIVE NEWS The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resig...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 3:30pm
EXCLUSIVE NEWS
The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resign following the revelation that he may have fathered a secret love child in the 70's.


UKIP MEP may have nationalist love child
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludic...

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it's time to get above ourselves


The Wood, the Shelf and the Black, Black Oil: or, how to manage an Intelligen...
by bellacaledonia
29 Jul 2014 at 10:33am
By John S Warren George Osborne would be well-advised to concentrate on reducing the dangerously high level of sovereign risk currently facing the British economy instead of over-promoting a shallow recovery built on sand, or worrying about the hypothetical problems... Read More ›


It?s Not About about the Money Money Money
by bellacaledonia
29 Jul 2014 at 6:11am
By Duncan Muir With all the claims and counter-claims firing back and forth in the referendum debate, it?s no wonder that some folk can?t make up their minds. When Holyrood puts forward one position it is then contested by Westminster... Read More ›


Back to Bowie?s
by bellacaledonia
28 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every stand up show, and even having managed to... Read More ›


Our Smiling Future
by bellacaledonia
28 Jul 2014 at 3:21am
By Mike Small If the referendum debate is one giant selfie – yesterday Erraid Davies gave us another unlikely insight, another unlikely star. If township opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza warmed hearts on the opening night, Erraid Davies from Shetland broke... Read More ›


Generation Yes (ish)
by bellacaledonia
27 Jul 2014 at 4:25pm
It?s amazing when young people get involved in politics. It?s fantastic that Scotland?s radical left is finding its feet again. But, just this once, here?s to the thousands of folk who are in no political party, who work long hours, look after their kids or grandkids in the evening, and still man...


Common Sense, Scottish Thought and Current Politics
by bellacaledonia
26 Jul 2014 at 3:19am
All movements need to connect themselves to their past. Richard Gunn connects the threads of Scotland’s radical history with today’s independence movement. In an interview held in 2010, Bella Calledonia reminds John Holloway of his earlier involvement with the Edinburgh-based... Read More ›


Glasgow 2014: The Sri Lankan Elephant in the Room
by bellacaledonia
25 Jul 2014 at 10:42am
By Rebecca Rajah Off with a bang of a gay kiss and some illegal cycling, the 20th Commonwealth Games are now underway in Glasgow. The Games are intended to ‘unite the commonwealth through sport’, championing the shared values of member... Read More ›


Crowdsourcing the Constitution ? Lessons from Iceland
by bellacaledonia
25 Jul 2014 at 10:24am
Back in June we brought Smári McCarthy to speak about post-Yes constitutional options and learnings from Iceland. If you missed his talk here’s the full length of it. Special thanks to Andrew Crow @EventVideo for help with this… Filed under: International... Read More ›


Songs for Scotland ? a festival of voices exalting the power of Yes
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 11:31am
On 3rd September Bella Caledonia hosts Songs for Scotland ? a festival of proud, relevant voices exalting the power of Yes. A gig that beats with the heart of the indy movement, in tandem with a one-off album of aspirational songs . S


JD Twitch Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony rejected mix (Caribbean section)
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 11:25am
  Part of the ‘what could have been’ debate about how you would have done the Glasgow opening… This is quite a mix from Keith McIvor aka JD Twitch (Optimo) which was rejected late-on and replaced with something less interesting.... Read More ›


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Scottish Independence Would Trigger Economic Crisis Worse Than Banking ... - ...
29 Jul 2014 at 5:33pm

Daily Mail

Scottish Independence Would Trigger Economic Crisis Worse Than Banking ...
Huffington Post UK
Freedom from Westminster governments spending programmes, particularly the coalition government's campaign of cuts, has been a major argument used by the Yes Campaign in its push for independence...


Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ... ...
29 Jul 2014 at 10:44am

Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ...
Huffington Post UK
"With the powers of independence we can do much more to help people find work in Scotland - and to reach the top of their chosen career in their own country. Independence means more opportunities in Scot...


Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ... -...
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am

International Business Times UK

Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ...
ABC Online
As Glasgow basks in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch, the real game in Scotland is arguably still to come. In less than two months, ...


Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag? - ABC Online
28 Jul 2014 at 10:59pm

Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag?
ABC Online
If Scotland votes for independence it is possible, but unlikely, that the Union Jack will change, according to the Flag Institute. It is even less likely that Australia would be asked to alter the Union Jack on our flag....


Scottish independence: 700000 would leave if Yes - Scotsman
27 Jul 2014 at 6:54am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 700000 would leave if Yes
Scotsman
The poll found that 34 per cent of people think Scotland will be better-off under independence while 42 per cent believe the country will be worse-off. The results have been welcomed by both sides in the referendum campaign. Yes Scot...


Scottish independence: SNP considers inflation-based minimum wage but stops ....
28 Jul 2014 at 1:07pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: SNP considers inflation-based minimum wage but stops ...
The Independent
Christina McKelvie, a SNP member of the Scottish Parliament, said: "We know one of the key drivers of poverty is earnings, which is why we would use the powers of independence to set a Sco...


How would Scottish independence affect the stock market? - Telegraph.co.uk
28 Jul 2014 at 6:25am

Telegraph.co.uk

How would Scottish independence affect the stock market?
Telegraph.co.uk
"Thirdly, a ?yes? vote may mean that the Bank of England would no longer act as lender of last resort," the analysts explained, adding that "there is likely to be uncertainty as to whether a Scottish central ban...


Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
25 Jul 2014 at 12:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh
BBC News
Recent opinion polls suggest people in Catalonia are evenly divided over independence. Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, a columnist for Spanish newspaper El Pais, says people are keeping an eye on Scotland. He says: "Whether they v...


Scottish Independence: Scotland's Accelerating Housing Recovery Lifts 'No ......
29 Jul 2014 at 6:17am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: Scotland's Accelerating Housing Recovery Lifts 'No ...
International Business Times UK
There is a rapid recovery in the Scottish housing market ahead of the independence referendum in what will likely be a boost for the 'No' campaign. Registers ...


Video: Commonwealth Games and Scottish independence - Scotsman
28 Jul 2014 at 8:05am

Video: Commonwealth Games and Scottish independence
Scotsman
SCOTSMAN journalist Stephen McGinty disputed the notion that Scotland's success in claiming 30 medals in the opening four days of the Commonwealth Games would sway voters towards independence in today's Scotsman Google+ Hangout.

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Scotland to allow 16-year-olds to vote on independence - Macleans.ca
29 Jul 2014 at 11:37am

Scotland to allow 16-year-olds to vote on independence
Macleans.ca
Dickson is probably just the girl that SNP Leader Alex Salmond had in mind when he cut a controversial deal with British Prime Minister David Cameron to lower the referendum voting age from 18 to 16. The voting age for regular U.K. ...


Andrew Whitaker: MacAskill's change of approach - Scotsman
29 Jul 2014 at 4:42pm

Scotsman

Andrew Whitaker: MacAskill's change of approach
Scotsman
There were also Mr MacAskill's remarks during a bad-tempered Holyrood debate on the SNP government's plan to abolish corroboration earlier this year, when he accused Labour of ?selling out the victims of crime? after it raised concern...


'Deadliest Catch' Star Joins Seafood Health MovementDaily Edition - 2paragrap...
29 Jul 2014 at 1:10pm

2paragraphs.com

'Deadliest Catch' Star Joins Seafood Health MovementDaily Edition
2paragraphs.com
Captain Keith Colburn, star of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, was named an ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). The self-styled ?crab wizard? wants to...


Scottish Independence: SNP's Alex Salmond Woos Voters with Minimum Wage ... -...
29 Jul 2014 at 7:49am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: SNP's Alex Salmond Woos Voters with Minimum Wage ...
International Business Times UK
SNP's research found that around 150,000 Scots ? or just under 7% of the country's total workforce ? will be earning the UK national minimum wage in October whe...


Zimfo Bytes - AgWired
29 Jul 2014 at 11:54am

Zimfo Bytes
AgWired
Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel, has become an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). On Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The ...

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Tory NHS privatisation 'a runaway freight train' - SNP (press release)
29 Jul 2014 at 6:08am

Tory NHS privatisation 'a runaway freight train'
SNP (press release)
While the SNP has protected Scotland's NHS in government, it is estimated that 50 per cent of the NHS in England will be run by private companies by 2020 ? the consequences of which would see massive cuts in the Scottish budget, p...


Food for Thought: Scottish independence? - Liberal Democrat Voice
29 Jul 2014 at 8:43am

Food for Thought: Scottish independence?
Liberal Democrat Voice
To me, its a sign of a fundamental intellectual dishonesty when an opponent to independence says that they're voting no because the SNP isn't offering enough independence. I mean, seriously? If the SNP were to propose leaving Europe an...


Fracking possible in Scotland's most populated areas - Telegraph.co.uk
29 Jul 2014 at 2:48am

Telegraph.co.uk

Fracking possible in Scotland's most populated areas
Telegraph.co.uk
The Conservatives last night urged SNP ministers to ?get a move on? and explore the potential for drilling now rather than waiting until after the independence referendum. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory energy spok...


Deadliest Catch Ambassador - World Fishing
29 Jul 2014 at 5:55am

World Fishing

Deadliest Catch Ambassador
World Fishing
29 Jul 2014. Keith Colburn's crab fishing vessel, The Wizard. Credit: hawleyjr/CC BY-SA 2.0. Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch, has become an Ambassador for the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SN...


The Global SNP Genotyping and Analysis market is expected to grow at a CAGR ....
28 Jul 2014 at 6:54pm

The Global SNP Genotyping and Analysis market is expected to grow at a CAGR ...
WhaTech
Global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping and Analysis Market 2014-2018 is a new market research publication announced by Reportstack. SNPs are commonly present in all species including humans. SNP ...



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Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ... -...
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am

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Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ...
ABC Online
As Glasgow basks in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch, the real game in Scotland is arguably still to come. In less than two months, Scots will vote in a refe...


Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag? - ABC Online
28 Jul 2014 at 10:59pm

Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag?
ABC Online
If Scotland votes for independence it is possible, but unlikely, that the Union Jack will change, according to the Flag Institute. It is even less likely that Australia would be asked to alter the Union Jack on our flag....


Wannabe Sovereignties 'Closely Watching' Scottish Independence Referendum - R...
29 Jul 2014 at 10:15am

Wannabe Sovereignties 'Closely Watching' Scottish Independence Referendum
RIA Novosti
EDINBURGH, July 29 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst ? Spain's Catalonia and other struggling regional governments are closely watching preparations for the Scottish independence referendum that may set a precedent for pe...


Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ... ...
29 Jul 2014 at 10:44am

Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ...
Huffington Post UK
About one in six people would consider moving away from Scotland in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum, according to a new poll. A Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times and Heart radio station fou...


Independence referendum: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fi...
23 Jul 2014 at 3:25am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fix ...
Scotland Now
And in another a bombshell referendum intervention, Obama said the UK should remain united and strong. And now he has given a further explanation of why he believes Scotland should continue t...


Glasgow hosting politically-charged Commonwealth Games as Scots ... - Fox News
23 Jul 2014 at 2:05pm

Fox News

Glasgow hosting politically-charged Commonwealth Games as Scots ...
Fox News
The once-in-a-generation chance to change the course of a nation's history comes in less than two months, when Scots will vote in their first independence referendum in 35 years. There is little time to waste for S...


Scottish Independence Is Inevitable - New York Times
18 Jul 2014 at 6:03pm

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
Reporting on Scottish politics through wind and rain for almost 40 years, I have covered three referendums on self-government. The first, in 1979, offered a modest elected assembly: A slim majority of voters approved it, but the turno...


Campaign to register 'missing million' voters in independence referendum - st...
28 Jul 2014 at 3:20pm

Campaign to register 'missing million' voters in independence referendum
stv.tv
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has joined forces with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and the Daily Record to engage the 1m people in Scotland who may not vote. John Downie, Director o...


Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign - Montrea...
20 Jul 2014 at 4:40pm

Montreal Gazette

Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign
Montreal Gazette
There is less than 10 weeks to go until the Scotland referendum on independence. On Sept. 18, Scots will decide whether to end their 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom. Voters will be asked ...


Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria - BBC News
22 Jul 2014 at 3:18am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria
BBC News
The "Auld Acquaintance" cairn, which organisers hope will be made up of 200 tonnes of stone, aims to highlight friendship between all countries of the UK ahead of September's referendum. It also hopes to persuade Scotland to rema...



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The Referendum Result
29 Jul 2014 at 9:15pm

We're going to do this.

 

I've been up and down, but we are going to do it! The undecided are tha...



If It's 'no' Is That The End?
29 Jul 2014 at 5:26pm

I've started a new thread on this because I read recently that Neal Ascherson (sorry can't find t...



Alex Massie
29 Jul 2014 at 4:23pm

This is his latest horseshit on the games and the Independence angle

 

 

http://blogs.spectator.c...



De Razors
29 Jul 2014 at 3:24pm
Anyone ever used one of these?

Ebola Outbreak
29 Jul 2014 at 2:48pm

I'm now definitely of the opinion that the media has been told in most aspects not to escalate th...



Mods
29 Jul 2014 at 5:34am

Can one of the board mods please contact me.Kind of urgent.



Yestival
29 Jul 2014 at 5:00am

Was at the Yestival gig lastnight in Montrose.Some really good music.It will be coming to Arbroat...



Anyone Else Getting P*ssed Off
29 Jul 2014 at 4:03am
About the amount of times BBC reporters and ex athletes mentioning about how there constantly sur...

Woman Thrown Out Pool By Police For Yes Saltire
28 Jul 2014 at 3:02pm



Fracking Unreal
28 Jul 2014 at 12:02pm

Holyrood must put a end to this nonsense they basically want to strip mine Scotland of all it's n...




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Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from cairns to Cymru
by Libby Brooks
25 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

This weekly round-up is brought to you f...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: the campaign belongs to Fred...
by Libby Brooks
18 Jul 2014 at 4:04am

Weekly round-up including Let's Stay Together, Jean-Claude Juncker and Murphy the dog

Regular read...



Alex Salmond tries to woo Liverpool - with help from a Labour heavyweight
by Helen Pidd northern editor
18 Jul 2014 at 2:51am

The Scottish first minister took a trip on the Mersey ferry with a new supporter, former defence ...



Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
by Libby Brooks
11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...



Scottish independence referendum campaigners' donations published
by Libby Brooks
8 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

Both camps trade insults as the Electoral Commission publishes its first report on donations to r...



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...




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

A Commonwealth Games FAQ, brought to you by George Orwell
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 5:34pm
Q.  Can I bring the flag of a political cause or of a non-competing nation to the venue?

A.  Absol...


The Gaelic musical that likes to say Yes
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 12:30pm
Ah, the Commonwealth Games.  Is this the greatest show that the far north of "the Middleland" has...

Here's why the No campaign should be worried about the British Election Study...
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Over the last day or two, you might have seen the referendum data from May/June published by the ...

Panelbase announce huge methodological changes - the new poll is not directly...
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2014 at 5:30pm
Well, this is a bit startling.  It turns out that the exchange/argument/debate a number of us had...

New Panelbase poll shows Yes vote up on last directly comparable poll
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2014 at 5:21pm
A new Panelbase poll has finally been released - I'm not sure yet whether it's the one that we he...

A wild suggestion : why not crowdfund the handing out of free saltires for th...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2014 at 4:54pm
I don't know if anyone has definitively solved the mystery of who was responsible for handing out...


Come On In, Scotland! (Or 'My trip to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremon...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 10:04pm
So, yes, I'm just back from Celtic Park.  I hadn't been planning to go to the opening ceremony un...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Knowledge is power, in more ways than one...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"An independent Scotland could now expect to have massive surpluses both on its budget and on its...

I wouldn't have thought this was possible, but I've just lost even more respe...
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2014 at 9:33pm
There's been a perception for quite some time that, in broad brush terms, and perhaps because of ...

Is this the best put-down of the campaign so far?
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2014 at 9:39pm
Jonathan Jones (in his "On Art" Guardian blog) : Scotland's art is doing brilliantly as an inflec...

A-list, at last
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2014 at 10:30pm
You might remember that a few months ago, the ex-fascist Daily Mail newspaper started running a s...

TNS-BMRB poll : 'Undecided leaners' are breaking for Yes
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2014 at 9:57am
As I pointed out a few days ago that the rounding in the ICM poll had flattered No slightly, I sh...

Pro-independence campaign make spectacular breakthrough in new poll from trad...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2014 at 5:36pm
TNS-BMRB have on average been the third most No-friendly out of the six BPC-affiliated firms.  Th...


Remember the day Eddie Izzard campaigned with Elaine C Smith under a 'Scotlan...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2014 at 11:59am
There are already doctored photos doing the rounds on Twitter of the Z-list celebrities from the ...

Wisdom on Wednesday : A question that's been asked for a very long time...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"I have long said to myself, what are the advantages Scotland reaps from this so called Union, th...


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Former Labour defence minister backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jul 2014 at 7:33am

Former Labour defence minister Peter Kilfoyle has backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence ...



Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Scotland's fishing industry will thrive with a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
29 Jul 2014 at 7:35am

A Yes vote in September?s independence referendum will mean that Scotland?s vital fishing industr...



A Yes means a joined up energy policy
by Stuart McDonald
29 Jul 2014 at 6:52am

Independence means joined up energy policy.  Just now energy policy is reserved to Westminster ? ...



NHS for Yes responds to Andy Burnham privatisation speech
by Sean Lafferty
29 Jul 2014 at 6:46am

Founder member of NHS for Yes Dr Willie Wilson said: ?This speech from Andy Burnham is confirmati...



What do young people have to gain from a Yes vote?
by Peter Dempsie
28 Jul 2014 at 9:55am

By Fearghas Kelly

On September 18, young people in Scotland will be given the opportunity to creat...



Carmichael undermines claims of more powers for Scottish Parliament
by Peter Dempsie
28 Jul 2014 at 5:16am
Commenting on a report in the Herald newspaper where Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael indic...

William McIvanney and Frank Skinner voice support for a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 5:57am

William McIvanney, one of Scotland's most celebrated literary talents, and top English comedian F...



Support for Yes is solid - a swing of just four points will put Yes ahead
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 4:29am

Commenting on the latest Panelbase poll for The Sunday Times and independent radio Heart, Yes Sco...



River City star moving back to Scotland to join campaign for independence
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 3:46am

Scots soap actor Adam Robertson has taken a dramatic, life-changing decision to ensure he plays a...



Yes vote is ?the key to tackling poverty?
by Peter Dempsie
25 Jul 2014 at 4:13am

Independence is the only sure way to deal with the ever-growing gap between Scotland?s rich and p...



Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive
by Sean Lafferty
24 Jul 2014 at 4:06am

Hot on the heels of Scotland?s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow?s Chief Executive has given his ...



Edinburgh?s first female Lord Provost declares for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
22 Jul 2014 at 7:48am

The first woman to be Lord Provost of Scotland?s capital has urged her former Labour Party collea...



Welsh support for Yes welcomed by independence campaign
by Sean Lafferty
22 Jul 2014 at 2:44am
Ahead of an address in Glasgow by the leader of Plaid Cymru today, Yes Scotland has said that a Y...

Independence ? the business opportunity of a lifetime for Scotland?s small bu...
by Angus Millar
21 Jul 2014 at 8:55am

Scotland is an incredibly wealthy nation ? one of the top 20 richest countries in the world, acco...




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Scottish Independence Debate
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Police Scotland for No.....
29 Jul 2014 at 5:24am

....or just laying down the law?

 

 

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/glasgow-2014-te...



Is this the kind of man..
28 Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

.. you want in charge of your country's defence?

 

Yet another reason to get these p***ks to f**k...



Note for all Students
27 Jul 2014 at 4:22pm
The referendum is taking place in September, which for many of you will be during Freshers Week a...

Returning home to vote
27 Jul 2014 at 12:47pm

Actor Adam Robertson who plays Doc Dan Hunter in River City, has revealed he is moving his family...



Addiction
25 Jul 2014 at 7:09pm
Should Unionism in Scotland be getting classed as an addiction?

Ask a unionist why they still bac...

I have decided to vote.....
25 Jul 2014 at 5:08pm

No.

 

But let me explain.

 

I am not against the idea off full independence, but I find the idea ...



One show
23 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
Did anyone watch this tonight? The interview with David Cameron was fcuking embarrassing 'if you ...

Scottish Sports
23 Jul 2014 at 2:54am
I see the Sports minister has said she expects Scottish Athletes still to be funded by UK sport a...

Rate the Campaigns...
22 Jul 2014 at 6:19am
So far.

I apologise if I've missed this elsewhere, if I have feel free to merge. If anyone else i...

Ad Lib
21 Jul 2014 at 3:40pm

If the next GE is a hung parliament with Labour as the largest party, would Clegg ask for another...



Shipyard workers for Yes
21 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

I see that more of Jimmy Reid's old comrades have not let Johan Lamont's assurances of meltdown s...



Cybernatwatch....
21 Jul 2014 at 9:49am

Any P&B'rs made the list? Or the "Useful links" for that matter?

 

http://www.cybernatwatch.com/t...



Passionate Rock Song for Independence
21 Jul 2014 at 8:51am

Greetings!

I'm brand new here and would like to introduce myself.

I'm a scottish musician who liv...



Health
21 Jul 2014 at 8:46am

The NHS seems to be the new battle ground and one that Yes seems to be winning.

 

I guess the No ...



The consequences of voting No.
18 Jul 2014 at 1:35pm

Every No voter should read this and just have a think:

 

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/07/17/...




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The Scottish independence debate should be about more than yes or no | Fraser...
by Fraser MacDonald
29 Jul 2014 at 5:56am
The attacks by both sides are descending into idiocy. Post-referendum, everyone must find the grace to work together

It used to be fun and, to be fair, it often still is. There are still moments of ...



Scottish referendum: oh, to belong to this clamjamfry of yes voters | Bill Pa...
by Bill Paterson
28 Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

Celebrity supporters of independence are lauded as freedom fighters. Those in the no camp face years of isolation perhaps thats why theyre so muted

Imagine, heaven forbid, that youre a celebrity. Y...




Boost for Scottish independence as undecided voters switch to yes camp
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
28 Jul 2014 at 12:16pm
A quarter of voters who were undeclared in March have since said they will be voting yes, survey finds

Support for Scottish independence is being boosted as increasing numbers of previously undecide...



Scottish women wont be silenced in the referendum debate | Kate Higgins
by Kate Higgins
28 Jul 2014 at 6:26am
Both camps in Scotlands fight for independence have finally woken up to what we knew all along: womens votes will be key

There was the woman who travelled from Tarbert to Tighnabruaich by ferry for ...




Scottish ministers urged to reverse student grant cuts as debts soar
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
28 Jul 2014 at 1:30am
Analysis of Student Loan Company figures shows overall student debt rising far more sharply in Scotland than elsewhere in UK

Scottish ministers are being urged to reverse cuts in student grants afte...




Commonwealth Games feel like a home games for seven home nations
by Esther Addley
27 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey fans cheer on local heroes as Glasgow welcomes seven teams from British Isles

Peter Kennaugh won gold for Great Britain at the London Olympics in the cycling team pu...




Scotland's GDP per head £2,300 higher than UK as whole, says SNP
by Press Association
27 Jul 2014 at 4:40am
Party says new analysis of OECD figures show an independent Scotland would be 14th richest country in the economic bloc

Scottish wealth per head is more than £2,300 higher than in UK as a whole and ...



The Commonwealth Games may boost the yes vote for Scottish independence | Ala...
by Alan Bissett
25 Jul 2014 at 7:02am
The visibility of Scotland on TV, plus sporting success, could well give us the confidence to vote yes in the referendum

Scotland is buzzing. The triple whammy of the Commonwealth Games, the Edinbur...




Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 11:02am
Court dismisses attempt by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, serving life sentences for murder, to overturn voting ban

An attempt by two prisoners to overturn a ban on inmates voting in the Scottish ...



Russian ambassador gives press conference: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
24 Jul 2014 at 10:42am

Lunchtime summary
Russian ambassador's press conference - Summary
Afternoon summary

4.30pm BST

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to the UK, has said that sanctions against Russia will t...




Prisoners fight ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 4:38am
Two men serving life for murder claim exclusion from September's poll violates their human rights

Two prisoners are to ask the supreme court to overturn a ban on inmates voting in Scotland's indepen...




David Cameron considers basing himself in Scotland before referendum
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
23 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
Lib Dems oppose idea of prime minister spending up to two weeks in Scotland, claiming he could damage the no campaign

David Cameron is considering basing himself in Scotland for much of the last two...



David Cameron's speech in Glasgow: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Jul 2014 at 10:13am

Lunchtime summary
Cameron's speech and Q&A - Summary

4.13pm BST

David Cameron has said that politicians should champion foreign investment, not be embarrassed about it. In a very pro-business spe...



How would Robert Burns vote in the Scottish referendum? | Chris Bambery
by Chris Bambery
23 Jul 2014 at 12:00am
The real Robert Burns was a radical and instinct would align him with a new and emerging Scottish identity

Robert Burns image graces many a tin of shortbread and not a few bottles of whisky. Hes har...




Glasgow puts 'city deal' before Scottish independence | Peter Hetherington
by Peter Hetherington
22 Jul 2014 at 7:00am
Buoyed by the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is emphasising its strong links with other UK cities and a £500m investment from Westminster

Largely below the political radar, Scotland's premier city has ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The crumbling wall
by weegingerdug
29 Jul 2014 at 1:35pm
Many years ago when I was a student, I taught English in Finland for the summer. I travelled there by train via the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, taking advantage of the student Eurorai...

Bateman Broadcasting: An interview with Lauren Reid (Wee Orange Lamb)
by weegingerdug
28 Jul 2014 at 7:47pm
http://batemanbroadcasting.com/features-referendum-journeys-lauren-reid/ Click on the link to listen to Lauren’s interview with Bateman Broadcasting. Or click here to download the podcast.
Listen

No bad
by weegingerdug
27 Jul 2014 at 9:09pm
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about what I’ll do with myself if there’s a No vote. In no small part because it’s not in the bag for the Union...

Windae polls and weegie-weighting
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2014 at 6:42pm
It’s been a hectic day. The other half is still in hospital. Today the nurse on the rehab ward phoned to say his health has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and he’s been moved back to the acut...

25 de Xullo 2014 ? Solidarity with Scotland in Santiago de Compostela
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2014 at 3:50pm
Many thanks to Jon Scullard for the video.

A dia da Patria ? Galiza says YES to Scotland
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 2:44pm
Gathering in central Santiago de Compostela to celebrate O Dia Da Patria (the Galician national day), many Galicians wanted to express their support for a Yes vote in September and an independent S...

Smoke and mirrors
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 7:31am
Scottish colours are political, British colours in the exact same context are not political, it’s official – or more accurately, officious. The private company organising the opening ceremony had p...

The reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
24 Jul 2014 at 2:48pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I don’t really do politics.  I don’t particularly trust politicians either and I don’t consider politics a game to be played like some or a career path to a l...

Kailyaird kitsch on acid
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
It’s the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, whoop de bloody doo. Many of the residents here in the East End of Glasgow have been left feeling like someone’s holding a party and a lavish banquet in our liv...

A night out in Santiago
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 3:14pm
Here’s a wee video sent by Jon Scullard, a Scots expat living in Santiago de Compostela the capital of Galicia – the country which is probably Scotland’s best friend in the entire world.  The video...


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Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five for our rolling sequence of Survation polls, conducted as always in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The June results are here, and the...

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...


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