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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Service to remember MSP
22 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
LEADING politicians past and present are expected to attend a memorial service for the former Labour minister Sam Galbraith at Bute Hall in Glasgow University on Tuesday.

Controversy mounts on suitability of candidate for Commons clerk
22 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Two former Cabinet ­ministers have raised concerns about the proposed appointment of Australian Carol Mills as a senior parliament official.

Labour vow on revoking energy firm licences
20 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
A LABOUR government would give a new energy regulator the power to revoke energy companies' licences to help protect the interests of the public, the party has announced.

Government told to pay defence firm more than £220m
18 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Government is to pay out more than £220 million to a US defence firm after a tribunal found it had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the controversial eBorders programme.

Galbraith: 'A great surgeon, statesman and family man'
18 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown has led tributes to his former colleague Sam Galbraith, thought to have been the world's longest-surviving lung transplant recipient, who has died aged 68.

Cameron in vow to put family at centre of policy
17 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
ALL government policies will have to pass a "family friendly" test under plans being set out by David Cameron.

Scots still struggling to pay bills
16 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTS' average earnings will not return to their pre-recession level until 2016 at the earliest, new analysis has revealed.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
15 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Any old excuse

Blueprint for councils revamp given welcome
14 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
PROPOSALS to overhaul local government, create more councils and hand them major powers have been hailed by campaigners as a crucial milestone in reinventing Scottish democracy.

Ban brings new markets for mackerel
14 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
NEW markets for Scottish mackerel exports in Asia and west Africa are to be explored in response to Russia's food export ban.

LibDems will raise allowance to £12,500
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
The Liberal Democrats have promised to raise the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 in manifesto plans for next year's General Election.

Starting up business set to be made easier
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Entrepreneurs will be given greater freedom to start up a business from their home as part of new measures announced by the Westminster Government.

Camley's Cartoon: on radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 2:39am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 12:45am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Changes could be on the way for workers
14 Aug 2014 at 12:44am
A NEW industrial relations body made up of trade unions and employers is among 30 recommendations of a major report on improving workplace relations and productivity.


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Women not given hope by Yes campaign admits Smith
22 Aug 2014 at 8:11pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Actress Elaine C Smith, one of the leading cultural voices in the Scottish independence movement, has admitted it has failed to capture the imagination of women.



Watchdog warning on UK terror suspects
22 Aug 2014 at 6:44pm

AN INDEPENDENT legal watchdog has called for stricter controls on terror suspects in Britain, placing Prime Minister David Cameron under renewed pressure following the brutal execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State jihadists.



Gandhi murder film ban over violence fear
22 Aug 2014 at 6:06pm

INDIA has stopped the release of a film about the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, saying it lionises her killers and could trigger violent protests.



Brian Wilson: SNP?s NHS scaremongering won?t work
22 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

SOMETHING OF a pattern is emerging, is it not? The Nationalists’ claims have now become so cynically outrageous that non-politicians, who probably did not want to be drawn into the debate, are feeling obliged to rebut them in the plainest possible terms.



Comment: We need action to close wealth gap
22 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

THE ECONOMIC crisis of the past decade has cast the spotlight on economic inequality. But whilst inequality has been thrown into sharper relief by the recent recession, it has much deeper roots.



Scottish independence round-up: Yes pledge | McLeish
22 Aug 2014 at 12:04pm

CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.



Scottish independence: McLeish ?won?t vote Yes?
22 Aug 2014 at 11:26am

FORMER Labour first minister Henry McLeish has dismissed Better Together claims that he is preparing to endorse a Yes vote in the independence referendum as “absolute rubbish”.



Alistair Darling completes Ice Bucket Challenge
22 Aug 2014 at 10:07am

ALISTAIR Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, has taken part in the viral charity phenomenon known as the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’.



UK must mend Syria relations to tackle IS threat
22 Aug 2014 at 9:31am

BRITAIN must build bridges with Syrian President Bashar Assad to tackle the threat from Islamic State (IS) extremists, the former head of the Army has said.



McAvoy nominates Salmond for Ice Bucket Challenge
22 Aug 2014 at 7:50am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The “ice bucket challenge” which has seen everyone from former presidents to Hollywood A-listers doused in freezing water for charity took centre stage in the independence referendum campaign yesterday, when actor James McAvoy nominated Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond for a drenching.



Scottish independence: HSBC boss? capital warning
22 Aug 2014 at 6:46am

GROWING uncertainty over the impact of independence on Scotland’s banking and insurance giants could see them relocate to England or suffer credit downgrades, new reports have warned.



Scottish independence: 1 million sign ?Yes? pledge
22 Aug 2014 at 5:39am

ONE million voters have signed a declaration in favour of Scottish independence, the Yes Scotland campaign has revealed.



Scottish independence referendum: 4 weeks to go
22 Aug 2014 at 3:24am

THE Scottish independence referendum campaign enters its final stage today with just four weeks to go until the fate of the nation is revealed.



English resentment increases over Scots ?freebies?
21 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

DEMANDS for an English parliament are growing amid widespread resentment south of the Border over Scottish-only “freebies” such as prescription charges, Ukip has warned.



Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond
21 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond gathered his MSPs together last night after the final Holyrood session before the independence referendum and told them: “Go out and win.”




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The white man?s burden
by Chris Cairns
22 Aug 2014 at 7:05pm

Strong medicine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Aug 2014 at 11:06am
When we came up with this flyer idea last January, we decided that on balance it was perhaps edging a wee bit on the aggressive side. But in the light of today’s comments from Eddie Bone and the deputy leader of UKIP, and the findings of the recent Future Of England survey, it seems suddenly […]

The McCrone Legacy
by Dale Ross
22 Aug 2014 at 6:26am
As readers of this site will be well aware, 40 years ago the UK government economist Professor Gavin McCrone analysed the effect of North Sea oil on the finances of a notional independent Scotland, which at the time seemed a real and possibly even imminent prospect. His assessment was so alarming to Westminster that its findings had […]

Gordon Brown is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Aug 2014 at 9:17am
This is what goes on behind the closed doors of invitation-only events run by the No campaign. Here, the former PM and self-proclaimed “ex-politician” lies through his teeth (again) to a Fife audience in June, presumably hoping they’ve by now forgotten his incompetent reign as Chancellor – the massive pensions raid, the cut-price sell-off of the nation’s gold, the ending […]

The lost treasure of the deep
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Aug 2014 at 4:18am
Sir Ian Wood quoted in the Scotsman late last year: “A radical overhaul of the North Sea oil industry can deliver a £200 billion injection to the economy over the next 20 years, a major report has concluded. Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood has led the biggest independent review of the North Sea oil and gas […]

The other one?s got bells on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
An alert reader drew our attention to a piece in the Telegraph on Monday. “The pro-UK Better Together campaign said it plans to ?turn majority support into a majority vote? by contacting every household at least three times over the next month and every undecided voter at least four times. Up to a million postal […]

How Scotland will be robbed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
As we’ve already noted this morning, today’s newspapers “reveal” something this site told you nine months ago – that a No vote in the independence referendum will see Scotland punished with a massive cut to its budget. But some voters still don’t really know what the “Barnett Formula” is or how it works, so it […]

A little origami swan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 5:57am
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Here comes the love
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 6:33pm
The Telegraph: “If independence is rejected, large majorities of voters south of the Border support cutting Scottish public spending to the UK average and banning Scottish MPs from voting on English-only laws at Westminster. By a [...] large margin of 56 per cent to 12 per cent, the English said Scottish public spending should be […]

More lying nationalists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm
Remember, readers, saying the Scottish NHS is in danger from Westminster attacks on the English one is just a despicable and outrageous Nat scare story. Alistair Darling and Alistair Carmichael wouldn’t lie to you, after all.


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Yes declaration hits million target
22 Aug 2014 at 5:17am
More than a million people have signed a declaration that they are in favour of Scottish independence, campaigners say.


Referendum round-up
22 Aug 2014 at 6:02am
The best bits from this week's indyref trail as the campaigns mark four weeks to go


Darling does ice bucket challenge
22 Aug 2014 at 10:09am
Alistair Darling takes the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by actor James McAvoy.


McLeish: 'Voting No is difficult'
22 Aug 2014 at 9:45am
Former First Minister Henry McLeish says that voting "No" to independence "has become difficult" but he will still do so.


Further warning over oil figures
22 Aug 2014 at 1:31pm
The chairman of a Scottish government commission into the future of North Sea oil says the industry would be hard-pushed to extract 15bn barrels.

Comment on Any Questions? debate
22 Aug 2014 at 9:50am
Debate programme Any Answers? is giving you the chance to put forward your comments on the referendum and other topical issues.


Councils bar campaigns from schools
21 Aug 2014 at 6:14pm
The official referendum campaigns are being barred from the majority of schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds.


HSBC boss in 'capital flight' claim
22 Aug 2014 at 5:28am
Uncertainty over an independent Scotland's currency could lead to "capital flight" from the country, the chairman of HSBC claims.


Last debate at Holyrood before vote
21 Aug 2014 at 1:26pm
Members of the Scottish parliament debate the country's future, ahead of the referendum on independence.


GPs criticised over online services
21 Aug 2014 at 6:15pm
Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to a Scottish think tank.


More children offered flu vaccine
22 Aug 2014 at 4:48am
All two-11-year-olds in Scotland are to be offered a flu nasal spray vaccine as nationwide immunisation programme is rolled out further.


Oil clash in final question session
21 Aug 2014 at 8:27am
Alex Salmond clashes with Labour leader Johann Lamont over oil figures in the final first minister's questions before the referendum.


'No consultation' on police firearms
21 Aug 2014 at 11:24am
Scotland's chief constable did not consult his top civilian watchdog before taking the decision to put permanently armed officers on patrol across the country, MSPs are told.


Cancer clinician attacks NHS claims
21 Aug 2014 at 10:45am
A retired cancer clinician describes claims that only independence can protect Scotland's NHS from privatisation as "utter lies".


Firms urged to sign parcel statement
20 Aug 2014 at 6:29pm
Online retailers and delivery firms are being urged to agree to work to guidelines designed to offer people in rural areas fair delivery charges.


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Sir Ian Wood's oil intervention was political
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Aug 2014 at 1:33am

  By Martin Kelly
 
Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was from Energy Voice ? one of many outlets Newsnet Scotland subscribes to.
 
It was odd, as their usual daily email had arrived hours earlier ? what was this?



Rethinking Our Politics: The Political and Constitutional Future of Scotland ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Aug 2014 at 2:49pm

A new book by former First Minister Henry McLeish
 
The future of the Union and Scotland are big issues and we should not underestimate the significance of our date with destiny, and equally important, what happens after that.
 



Gimme A Break
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Aug 2014 at 2:07am

By Derek Bateman
 
I?m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every day and sometimes two things?I?m rescheduling because of overlap.
 
And on top of all that I?ve just heard from Ian Wood that there?s only 35 years of oil left?35 years! What are we going to do? And according to John Birt we won?t be able to watch Strictly while the oil dwindles?excuse me while I reach for the Kleenex.



Whitehall bias and underperformance ? another reason for independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Aug 2014 at 5:17pm

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert
 
When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot would be £1,400 better off under the union, this received wall-to-wall coverage in the media.  But was it in any way accurate? This is what we set out to examine in a report published by "Options for Scotland" on 14th August, (available on our website www.cuthbert1.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk ).



The 'Missing Million' ... most will say Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Aug 2014 at 9:55am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The question of Scotland?s ?missing million? has been a recurring one during the referendum campaign. According to the Electoral Commission Scotland, turnout at the 2011 Holyrood elections was 989,540 lower than the 1992 general election. So, where have all these erstwhile voters gone?



Will it be a Yes For NHS or Currency No Thanks?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Aug 2014 at 4:13pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is of course which of the two, NHS or Currency, chimes more with the electorate.
 
For the pro-Union Better Together campaign the dominant issue is currency, or rather a currency union.



Huge North Sea oil find enough to produce for over thirty five years
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 1
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Mar 2014 at 5:26pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.



What does the Yes campaign have that No doesn?t?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Aug 2014 at 6:09pm

Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear.  It remains the world's first manifesto for mass-inertia.  The world's shortest political programme, that can be distilled into four tiny hopelessly limiting letters: 'UK:OK'
 
But what does Yes have?



A currency union would save the rest of the UK from Ed Balls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Aug 2014 at 1:43pm

By George Kerevan
 
WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? Sure, there are technical issues regarding how such an arrangement would be managed. But the vehemence of the rejection of the notion is both surprising and personal.
 
For Instance, Ed Balls says he will refuse to serve as Labour?s Chancellor of the Exchequer if a currency union is created. I understand Nye Bevan resigning from the Labour government in 1951 after the introduction of NHS prescription charges.




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Yes for More
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 11:18am

I’ve been Daily Mailed. Apparently I’ve ‘slated’ the Yes campaign and accused it of ‘deceit’. Who knew. To explain, when I left government I promised on Newsnight Scotland to present m...



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BBC will be available but will we want to watch it?
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 8:33am

Don't bemoan the media, become the media - or so the digital democracy slogan goes.

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Episode 12: The Case for Independence
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 8:18am

Two heavyweights from health and economics entered the Bateman studio complex this week to discuss the case for Yes.

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The McCrone Legacy
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 7:48am

As readers of this site will be well aware, 40 years ago the UK government economist Professor Gavin McCrone analysed the effect of North Sea oil on the finances of a notional independent Scotland,...



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Scottish independence: Lib Dems back Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 7:16am

TWO former Liberal Democrat politicians have announced their support for a Yes vote in Scotland’s independence referendum.

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Scottish Yes flags hang in former Labour stronghold of Dundee
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 6:35am

SNP looks to independent future to arrest city’s slow decline

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Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 6:29am

ALEX Salmond gathered his MSPs together last night after the final Holyrood session before the independence referendum and told them: “Go out and win.”
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I realise Tom Peterkin is paid to use pejorative language when writing about the the independence campaign. He would be fai...



Target hit as one million people sign the Yes Declaration | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 6:03am



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Scotland Can be Independent, Scotland Should
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

I think it is clear that the majority of people living in Scotland believe in the benefits of free education, of a publicly funded NHS and of socially progressive welfare policies. Many of such ideas originated in a post-war United Kingdom. However, ...

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City that likes to say Yes
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 5:30am

THERE are some No voters in Dundee - but you have to hunt for them.

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Scotland Yet: a film about independence (FULL MOVIE)
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 5:22am

Help support independent Scottish film making by purchasing a DVD of the film: word-power.co.uk/books/scotland-yet-I702811629295/ Scotland Yet is a feature length…

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Tom Devine: why I now say yes to independence for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
22 Aug 2014 at 5:05am

Tom Devine, Scotland’s most celebrated historian of recent years, sent shockwaves through the country when he revealed in a news report in The Observer newspaper last weekend that he intends to vote in…

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UK will cave in on sterling pact, claims SNP expert
by Peter A Bell
21 Aug 2014 at 3:05pm

THE UK Government's move to rule out a monetary union with an independent Scotland would be dropped after a Yes vote, according to Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who helped draw up the SNP's currency plans.

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?Sterlingisation? better than UK currency union
by Peter A Bell
21 Aug 2014 at 3:03pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: USING the pound without the support of a central bank in an independent Scotland is a better option than remaining in the UK, an economic think-tank has said.

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Timeline of the Scottish Referendum
by Peter A Bell
21 Aug 2014 at 2:59pm

The key events and dates that have led up to the independence vote on 18 September.

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Independence referendum: Henry McLeish dismisses Yes vote claims as 'absolute...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2014 at 12:37pm
THE former First Minister was accused of endorsing a Yes vote in the referendum by Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall.


Independence referendum debate round two: Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling.. w...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2014 at 11:55am
IT'S the second instalment of most important political TV debate Scottish politics has ever known... and you can watch it live right here.


Video: Better Together leader Alistair Darling says Yes to James McAvoy's ice...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2014 at 11:52am
ALISTAIR Darling posted a picture of himself being drenched in icy water after he and Alex Salmond were nominated for the ALS challenge by James McAvoy.


One of Scotland?s leading cancer experts slams Alex Salmond for scaremongerin...
by David Clegg
22 Aug 2014 at 9:00am
PROFESSOR Alan Rodger, a former medical director of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, said the First Minister was ?deliberately spreading fear?.


Independence Referendum: Campaigners say thank you as Yes Declaration reaches...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2014 at 7:42am
THE Proclaimers - Craig and Charlie Reid - joined signatories to benchmark the campaign target.


Video: Hollywood actor James McAvoy challenges Alex Salmond and Alistair Darl...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2014 at 4:14am
THE 35-year-old actor called on both the First Minister and leader of the Better Together campaign to help him raise awareness of motor neurone disease.


Scotland's City of Discovery is also centre of the Yes vote after SNP deliver...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Aug 2014 at 3:54am
THERE are some No voters in Dundee - but you have to hunt for them.


First Minister faces continued challenges over North Sea oil revenues at Ques...
by David Clegg
22 Aug 2014 at 2:35am
Alex Salmond was repeatedly challenged over the value of future tax receipts from the North Sea at the final session of First Minister?s Questions before next month?s referendum.


Former PM Gordon Brown says health service is too vital to throw away its fut...
by Gordon Brown
22 Aug 2014 at 1:42am
GORDON Brown says we must continue to share costs of health care and welfare with rest of the union - or pay the price.


Ebola: Scottish Government providing £500,000 to help combat outbreak in west...
by dailyrecord
21 Aug 2014 at 9:04am
WHILE there is no vaccine or cure for Ebola, rehydrating patients suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea as a result can help their recovery.


Independence referendum: Party leaders clash over North Sea oil claims during...
by dailyrecord
21 Aug 2014 at 7:57am
INDUSTRY expert Sir Ian Wood fuelled the debate after warning a maximum of 35 years of oil and gas production remains unless new reserves are discovered.


Independence referendum: Social media survey collects over 400 unanswered que...
by dailyrecord
21 Aug 2014 at 7:16am
FOLLOWING the social media request by Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale, over 400 questions were sent in, on subjects ranging from currency and pensions to passports and driving licences.


Video: Alex Salmond picks up some golfing tips from rising star Kylie Walker
by dailyrecord
21 Aug 2014 at 2:53am
WATCH the First Minister pick up some golfing tips from Kylie Walker during a visit to North Berwick Golf Club - where he announced plans to extend sponsorship of the Scottish Open.


Torcuil Crichton: A Yes vote will sink Clyde shipyard jobs
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Aug 2014 at 2:19am
WITH few trade unionists believing in a divine right for Clyde workers to be Britain?s shipbuilders TORCUIL questions why we should doubt them.


Record View: Tale of two letters should be a lesson
by Record View
21 Aug 2014 at 2:08am
RECORD VIEW says - the DWP's memo to civil servants and Alex Neil's letters to NHS workers - expose the desperate measures used by both Government's to influence voters.


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As the date of destiny approaches, pensioners are warned that they are next o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2014 at 4:14pm
As the date of destiny approaches, pensioners are warned that they are next on the menu.


Pensioners warned 'giant space spiders' would follow Yes vote
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If weird, repulsive aliens are not already walking among us, how on Earth do you explain Danny Alexander?

Bank of England is empty! Our shock insider report.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2014 at 8:47am
Bank of England is empty! Our shock insider report.


Currency shocker! Does the Bank of England have any?
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The Treasury is looking into ways to make Barclays a Scottish bank to comply with Goodwin's Law.

English voters say Bomb Scotlandshire - not love it!
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Aug 2014 at 1:50pm
English voters say Bomb Scotlandshire - not love it!



rUK voters reject U-KOK
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Not a single English voter objected to Scotlandshire including haggis, square sausage, or tattie scones for their early morning repast

All voters should sign the "Declaration of Hampstead" The new call for unity....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 4:22pm
All voters should sign the "Declaration of Hampstead" The new call for unity. Listen and learn from 16 year old Jodie Carson from Ayr.


Sign up to the Declaration of Hampstead
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HELP US! FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, HELP US!

U-KOK officials were forced to issue an apology today, as fury erupted over i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 11:25am
U-KOK officials were forced to issue an apology today, as fury erupted over images depicting Alistair Darling with former Führer Adolph Hitler, which were posted on a Better Together website.


U-KOK say sorry for Hitler/Darling photographs
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Naturally, Alistair had no idea t...

Dateline Scotland slammed for outrageous "premier news hub" claim. Specially...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 6:33am
Dateline Scotland slammed for outrageous "premier news hub" claim.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 4

This week's headlines: Technological breakthrough allows us to look into a post referendum future; a terrifying hostage situation on board Scottish...

We provide the low-brow alternative to BBC2's "Mind Games".
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2014 at 2:46pm
We provide the low-brow alternative to BBC2's "Mind Games".


Yes vote will lead to mass incontinence within Scotland
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
When people are scared enough, they'll do anything to avoid gettin' a doin'.

In the wake of the highly successful Better Together! No Bloody Thanks! U-KOK...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2014 at 3:06am
In the wake of the highly successful Better Together! No Bloody Thanks! U-KOK! broadcaster last night, Yes Scotlandshire has released their feeble effort at a public information film to inform the separation referendum.


its shite being Scottish!

the best bit from Trainspotting

U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splitt...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 1:35pm
U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splittist debate - without a single sign of bigotry.


Deal with the Devil - Scots satanic plot uncovered
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Darling Could Scotlandshire be a prosperous Satanist Country? It is stronger within the inconceiv...

BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism. This C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism.

This Cybernat attempts to intimidate Scotlandshire voters on how they should think about the separation referendum question.

Jackie Baillie MSP was kind enough to tell us how she felt watching this video: "MONSTERED!"





As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the respo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 4:29pm
As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the response in Oz, and have a new poll on when their new MPs should join Westminster.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/792-outrage-in-oz.html


Outrage in Oz
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We are unsure how much cr...

On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 8:04am
On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equalise scare stories and fear raising between the two campaigns.


BBC Scotlandshire to be 'Fairly Scary'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire is to strive even more earnestly to provide balanced coverage of both the ...

Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Aug 2014 at 8:38am
Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!


New occult group supports the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Those voicing their support for Scotlandshire voting No Bloody Thanks! include such luminaries as Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra, Geronimo, Gandhi, Elvis Presley an...

U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Aug 2014 at 1:04pm
U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.


Has U-KOK got enough cash to buy enough people to win?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Among those who could actually be arsed to vote, the Yes vote had increased

Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Aug 2014 at 2:18pm
Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.


Whisper it - Britain would be nothing without Scotland
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
More love bombing! Thanks, Daily Mail.


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It's time to get above ourselves


Yes for More
by bellacaledonia
22 Aug 2014 at 9:21am
By Alex Bell I?ve been Daily Mailed. Apparently I?ve ?slated? the Yes campaign and accused it of ?deceit?. Who knew. To explain, when I left government I promised on Newsnight Scotland to present my case that the issues at the... Read More ›


Tom Devine: why I now say yes to Independence for Scotland
by bellacaledonia
22 Aug 2014 at 1:30am
With thanks to Kevin McKenna. This was first published in The Conversation. My engagement in the Scottish independence referendum campaign before now has been restricted to impartial academic interviews. And although I?ve only come to a yes conclusion over the... Read More ›


Bella, the Album
by bellacaledonia
21 Aug 2014 at 9:32am
When we trailed this idea a few days ago a prominent No campaigner scoffed back at us on twitter sneering: “What kind of a blog produces an album?!” with incredulous disdain. I’m thinking it would make great badge, so thanks... Read More ›


Why I?m Voting Yes
by bellacaledonia
21 Aug 2014 at 7:40am
By Peter Arnott I value people in different ways at different times, ways that reflect who I am and what I’m doing.  My family, my friends, people I work with, people who live next door, people who live the the... Read More ›


How to achieve women?s equality in an independent Scotland
by bellacaledonia
21 Aug 2014 at 3:37am
A new report outlines how to achieve women’s equality in an independent Scotland A new report released today by a leading feminist academic arguing that independence can be an opportunity to achieve women?s financial and economic autonomy, and social and political... Read More ›


Defence and Foreign Policy in an Independent Scotland
by bellacaledonia
20 Aug 2014 at 1:22am
In 1985 Thatcher signed off theAl-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia worth an estimated £20 billion. In 2008 JosephStiglitz published details of the worlds first 3 Trillion Dollar War, Iraq. Today Britain is being led back into the... Read More ›


Press Conference: RIC canvassing evidence shows No campaign have lost working...
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 9:12am
The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) revealed today(1) (Tuesday) the evidence of their canvassing in working class communities across Scotland, and argue that ?the results show the No campaign isn’t just losing working class communities in Scotland, but has definitively lost them.?... Read Mor...


Theme for the Early Days of a Better Nation
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 3:07am
Here’s a preview of our ‘Songs for Scotland’ album and concert with THEME FOR THE EARLY DAYS OF A BETTER NATION with Jackie McGuckian by Matt Seattle. Buy your tickets and album HERE.  Tickets are being sent out in the... Read More ›


News Release: RIC reveal detailed results from 100 of their canvasses
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 2:27am
RIC reveal detailed results from 100 of their canvasses targeting working class communities, totalling 16,000 canvass returns, a sample much larger than any polling company has produced to date.   The results will be announced as part of the daily... Read More ›


Chan eil ach Bu chòir a? toirt cothrom airson Alba ùr
by bellacaledonia
18 Aug 2014 at 10:01am
San alt Gàidhlig seo, tha Art MacCarmaig a’ bruidhinn air na dòchasan aige airson Alba san àm ri teachd, mun a’ phàirt chudthromach a tha e a’ cluich san Iomairt Yes air Ghàidhealtachd, agus mun an amharas a th’ aige... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Yes declaration hits million target - BBC News
22 Aug 2014 at 4:05am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes declaration hits million target
BBC News
The Yes Declaration states: "I believe it is fundamentally better for us all, if decisions about Scotland's future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland. Being independent ...


Scottish independence referendum: 4 weeks to go - Scotsman
22 Aug 2014 at 3:31am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum: 4 weeks to go
Scotsman
THE Scottish independence referendum campaign enters its final stage today with just four weeks to go until the fate of the nation is revealed. MSPs met at Holyrood for the last time before the referendum yesterday, clearing the decks...


Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum - Wall S...
19 Aug 2014 at 1:40am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum
Wall Street Journal
Undecided Scots like Calum Carruthers, a 36-year-old father of two from Dunblane, a cathedral town near Edinburgh, are weighing the potential benefits and risks of ending the country's longti...


Scottish independence may trigger immediate capital flight, warns HSBC chairm...
21 Aug 2014 at 3:37pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence may trigger immediate capital flight, warns HSBC chairman
Telegraph.co.uk
HSBC is the UK's largest bank and the country's second-largest company by market capitalisation. Its official policy is that the question of independence is one for the Scottish people to ...


Scottish independence: Last debate at Holyrood before vote - BBC News
21 Aug 2014 at 1:27pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Last debate at Holyrood before vote
BBC News
They were meeting for the last time before voters in Scotland give their verdict on independence. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, when they will be asked the "Yes/No" question: "Should Scotland...


Scottish independence: Sir Ian Wood issues warning over oil predictions - BBC...
21 Aug 2014 at 2:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sir Ian Wood issues warning over oil predictions
BBC News
A leading oil industry figure has claimed that the Scottish government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high. The figure of 24bn barrels is quoted in the White Paper as an estimate fro...


Scottish independence: Henry McLeish says 'voting No has become difficult' - ...
22 Aug 2014 at 8:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Henry McLeish says 'voting No has become difficult'
BBC News
Former First Minister Henry McLeish has told the BBC that voting "No" to independence "has become difficult". Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's The Big Debate, Mr McLeish insisted he would still vote to maint...


Scottish independence: The town at the centre of Britain - BBC News
22 Aug 2014 at 4:38am

BBC News

Scottish independence: The town at the centre of Britain
BBC News
The small Northumberland town of Haltwhistle, close to Hadrian's Wall, has created a tourism industry around its claim to be at the centre of Britain. But what would Scottish independence mean for the town's future? Stroll ar...


#YesBecause vs. #NoBecause as Scottish independence referendum looms - CBC.ca...
22 Aug 2014 at 1:06pm

#YesBecause vs. #NoBecause as Scottish independence referendum looms
CBC.ca (blog)
With less than a month to go before the historic referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom, the debate about the country's future is heating up online, as pro-union and pro-independence Scots laun...


#BBCtrending: Going Gaga for Scottish independence - BBC News
20 Aug 2014 at 11:51pm

BBC News

#BBCtrending: Going Gaga for Scottish independence
BBC News
After over 300 years together, is Scotland in a 'Bad Romance' with the rest of the UK? That's what Lady Alba thinks. She's become popular on social media after her spoof video about Scotland's independence referendum went viral. Th...



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Campaign is proclaimed a hit as one million sign - Herald Scotland
22 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Campaign is proclaimed a hit as one million sign
Herald Scotland
One man enthused by the milestone was Moray MP Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader at Westminster, campaign director for the party's referendum effort, and a fluent German speaker who delighted in showing off his prowess for visiting br...


Listen to those who speak out reluctantly - Herald Scotland
22 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Listen to those who speak out reluctantly
Herald Scotland
The straw that broke the camel's back, as Sir Ian himself put it, was a report last weekend by think tank N-56, which describes itself as an "apolitical business organisation" but just happens to be funded by SNP donor and Yes Scotland board...


SNP accepts £1m donation from Section 28 backer Brian Souter - PinkNews.co.uk
22 Aug 2014 at 7:05pm

SNP accepts £1m donation from Section 28 backer Brian Souter
PinkNews.co.uk
An SNP spokesperson said: ?The referendum is Scotland's one opportunity, and it's a fantastic sign of confidence that Brian and others the length and breadth of Scotland are stepping up to the plate to do what they can ? so...


Brian Wilson: SNP's NHS scaremongering won't work - Scotsman
22 Aug 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Brian Wilson: SNP's NHS scaremongering won't work
Scotsman
Last week, it was the Bank of England that issued a magisterial put-down when an SNP press release in John Swinney's name claimed that ?technical discussions? were taking place about currency union. It was untrue, and Swinney now sa...


Power struggle - Scotsman
22 Aug 2014 at 6:06pm

Power struggle
Scotsman
In the case of the SNP, the leader, Alex Salmond, is venerated by the party footsoldiers who must obey party policy. The gospel is the hallowed white paper which ignores all the risks and dangers of separation and talks up a fairy-tale future which experts view ...



Gordon Brown: 'The only person who could privatise Scotland's NHS is Alex ......
22 Aug 2014 at 12:23pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Gordon Brown: 'The only person who could privatise Scotland's NHS is Alex ...
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP has ramped up its focus on the NHS this week, with Alex Salmond calling it the single biggest issue shifting votes in the referendum campaign. But the suggestion that Scotland's NHS ...


Biggest Movers in Energy Stocks Now - SNP YZC GLP RRMS - Investorplace.com
22 Aug 2014 at 9:40am

Biggest Movers in Energy Stocks Now - SNP YZC GLP RRMS
Investorplace.com
More broadly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.2%, the Nasdaq stayed level and the S&P 500 declined 0.2%. Some of the biggest gainers among energy stocks include: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP): SNP stock is ...


Brangus Selects New DNA Testing Provider - AgWeb
22 Aug 2014 at 12:09pm

AgWeb

Brangus Selects New DNA Testing Provider
AgWeb
"IBBA's agreement with GeneSeek moves us closer to conducting all Brangus parentage testing using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genetic markers versus previously used technologies," said Tommy Perkins, IBBA Executive Vice President.

and more...


Scots councillor apologies after revelation he lives in Austria - stv.tv
22 Aug 2014 at 9:05am

stv.tv

Scots councillor apologies after revelation he lives in Austria
stv.tv
The comments came after details about the SNP councillor's working schedule were published in the national press. Labour councillor Kay Carrington, who represents the same ward as Mr Morrison, said she had not seen him at ...


Yes campaign reaches one million signature milestone - Euro Weekly News
22 Aug 2014 at 11:40am

Yes campaign reaches one million signature milestone
Euro Weekly News
IN May 2011 when the SNP won the Holyrood election with an overwhelming majority they were given a mandate by the Scottish electorate to fulfil their desire to seek a referendum on the restoration of Scottish Independence. One ye...



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Scottish independence referendum: 4 weeks to go - Scotsman
22 Aug 2014 at 3:31am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum: 4 weeks to go
Scotsman
THE Scottish independence referendum campaign enters its final stage today with just four weeks to go until the fate of the nation is revealed. MSPs met at Holyrood for the last time before the referendum yesterday, clearing the decks...


Everything you need to know about the Scottish independence referendum in ......
21 Aug 2014 at 9:10am

New York Times

Everything you need to know about the Scottish independence referendum in ...
Politics.co.uk
Scottish independence never figured very prominently in the campaign or in SNP election leaflets, but the scale of his win was so large Westminster felt it needed to respect the result and hol...


#YesBecause vs. #NoBecause as Scottish independence referendum looms - CBC.ca...
22 Aug 2014 at 1:06pm

#YesBecause vs. #NoBecause as Scottish independence referendum looms
CBC.ca (blog)
#YesBecause vs. #NoBecause as Scottish independence referendum looms. The debate about Scotland's future is heating up online as pro-union and pro-independence Scots launched hashtag campaigns like #YesBecause and #N...


STV announces second live debate on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv
21 Aug 2014 at 7:21am

stv.tv

STV announces second live debate on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
Yes or No - The Debate will be broadcast live from The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on September 2 between 8pm and 10pm. The programme will feature two panels of three representatives from each side of the referendum d...


English say Scots will pay a heavy price for referendum - Herald Scotland
19 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

English say Scots will pay a heavy price for referendum
Herald Scotland
Commenting on the research, Professor Charlie Jeffery, of the University of Edinburgh, said: "It is striking how tough people in England are on Scotland whatever the referendum outcome. "There appears to be littl...


The BBC and the Scottish referendum - Open Democracy
22 Aug 2014 at 4:14am

BBC News

The BBC and the Scottish referendum
Open Democracy
Birt is concerned that a ?yes? vote would deprive the BBC of some £320 million pounds of licence fee income, so further reducing its ability to deliver its current range of services, but that if a Scottish government collected that money it...


How Scottish wealth firms are preparing for referendum - Citywire.co.uk
22 Aug 2014 at 6:53am

How Scottish wealth firms are preparing for referendum
Citywire.co.uk
James McCulloch, the firm's chairman, revealed that these new entities were intended to offer the option of either holding client assets or acquiring Scotland-registered Speirs & Jeffrey. The wealth manager has also opened bank a...


Purdah's welcome relief (for some) - BBC News
21 Aug 2014 at 6:27pm

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Purdah's welcome relief (for some)
BBC News
"In advance of the referendum an advice note was prepared for civil servants and staff in Scottish devolved public bodies to provide a point of reference in handling issues associated with constitutional reform, including the referendum on ind...


DWP denies telling civil servants how to vote on Scottish referendum - Civil ...
20 Aug 2014 at 7:31am

BBC News

DWP denies telling civil servants how to vote on Scottish referendum
Civil Service World
In the note, titled Scotland ? referendum guidance, Devereux informed officials of the government's ?election guidance on the conduct of civil servants in the run-up to the referendum? and reminded civi...


Final Scottish Parliament debate before referendum - Yahoo News
21 Aug 2014 at 5:06pm

Yahoo News

Final Scottish Parliament debate before referendum
Yahoo News
"In four weeks' time the people of Scotland get the opportunity to decide Scotland's future." The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader told the Edinburgh parliament that the referendum would be "the first time ever the people o...



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New Board - Preservation Of Service
22 Aug 2014 at 4:41pm

Fellow TAMBers: You are a registered user to the Tartan Army Message Board.
There are some impend...



How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?
22 Aug 2014 at 2:30pm
I've just washed my mane for the first time in about 3 months. I shower every day, but can never ...

Latest Poll Puts Yes Ahead ?
22 Aug 2014 at 11:44am

Don't shoot the messenger, but I'm seeing Facebook posts that says there's a Sunday Express poll ...



Our World War
22 Aug 2014 at 9:52am
Only got round to watching it via BBC iPlayer. Powerful stuff.

The Silence Of The Shamed
22 Aug 2014 at 7:28am

http://www.citizensmart.net/blog/the-silence-of-the-shamed

 

Good blog on Hamagate from Alan Smar...



Alistair Darling Warning Of The Perils Of Devolution In 1979
22 Aug 2014 at 7:01am



Henry Mcleish
22 Aug 2014 at 6:50am

"Voting No has become difficult" BBC Radio Scotland



Still Got Indy Questions?
22 Aug 2014 at 6:33am

For some strange reason, there are still people claiming they have no information. Let's give the...



One Million...
22 Aug 2014 at 4:43am

That's the magic million been hit with the yes declaration.

 

Feeling quietly optimistic again......



How Many Are Registered To Vote?
22 Aug 2014 at 4:16am

I was having a look at some poll and thought I wonder how many are registered to vote? Then how i...




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Guardian Scottish Independence blog

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

Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from Arbroath to Edinburgh, v...
by Libby Brooks
22 Aug 2014 at 6:12am

A rash of declarations, the NHS, BBC and oil (again), the perspective from the islands and a mill...



Scottish independence referendum: Alistair Darling accused of defending NHS cuts
by Libby Brooks
19 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm

Contradictory assessments of Better Together leaders claim that spending on health service has in...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: pandas, the pound, and an un...
by Libby Brooks
15 Aug 2014 at 5:14am

The First Minister references Moulin Rouge, while the Better Together campaign begs for the donat...



Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling: the debate for Scotland
by Ben Quinn and Paul Owen
5 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

ICM/Guardian poll identifies Alistair Darling as winner of the Scottish Independence debate
Salm...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: trains, teacakes and telly
by Libby Brooks
1 Aug 2014 at 3:34am

Your hand-picked selection of news, commentary and funny stuff

Weve been a bit quiet this week, wh...



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...




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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.

Wisdom on Wednesday : You don't help others by passing up your own golden chance
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"If Scotland votes No, how could I ever look a working-class English person in the eye? We blew ...

YouGov poll is even better for Yes among definite voters
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2014 at 2:49am

The YouGov datasets were released yesterday afternoon, and as in the last poll from the firm, the...



Yes vote surges to record high in astonishing poll from the No-friendly polls...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2014 at 2:16am

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 38% (+3)
No 51% (-4)

With Don't Know...



"Best YouGov poll for Yes" about to be published
by James Kelly
17 Aug 2014 at 5:11pm

Thanks to Denise for pointing me in the direction of Kevin Pringle's tweet, revealing that YouGov...



Panicked No campaign "need game-changer" as Yes juggernaut rolls on in two ne...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 11:16pm

We finally have an end to the mystery...

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Panelbase :

Yes ...



Reading the runes for tonight's polls
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm

I've just arrived in Brussels, and I've barely had a chance to catch breath, but this is how I se...



"Darling win" proves to be myth as Yes vote surges to 48% in sensational Pane...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 10:12am

New Panelbase poll :

Yes 48%
No 52%

More to follow...



Testing, testing, one, two, three, four...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 9:38am

I'm sitting in Dover Pier, waiting to catch a ferry (you probably would have guessed that), and a...



Pro-independence campaign stand on brink of victory in new study after 'undec...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2014 at 7:50am
A new study (as opposed to a conventional poll) conducted by the Economic and Social Research Cou...

Can we believe the polls (or the pollsters)?
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 7:54pm
A guest post by Scott Hamilton

In the referendum campaign we are being presented with polling data...

BREAKING : Have the BBC decided to involve No-friendly pollster Ipsos-Mori in...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
I've just received this very disturbing email -

"Was just phoned by Ipsos Mori asking for the view...

There's just one thing I don't understand, Professor
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
See if you can reconcile two statements from Professor John Curtice, made within the same blogpos...

No lead slumps by 3% among women in new female-only Survation poll
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:49pm
A rather odd new referendum poll from Survation is out, conducted among women only, who of course...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Calling a spade a spade
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"As an imperialist class-based state the UK is poorly equipped to meet the divergent needs of its...

Yes vote soars to yet another record high among definite voters in new poll f...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2014 at 6:08pm
It's been a bruising few days for Blair McDougall and the other Abominable No-Men, as their hopes...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

NO voters, what exactly is stopping you from voting yes?
22 Aug 2014 at 7:56pm
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Horsing Around Scotland
22 Aug 2014 at 6:23pm
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[link] [1 comment]

Jim Murphy's reception in Motherwell today
22 Aug 2014 at 4:49pm
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[link] [24 comments]

Travelling to Scotland
22 Aug 2014 at 4:44pm

Hello /r/Scotland!
My husband and I will be visiting Scotland from September 18th to the 28th, so...



Reddit Poll independence Results
22 Aug 2014 at 4:39pm

Due to the limitations of the account I could only see 100 out of 150 responses. Here are the res...



Salmond is an uncharitable bastard that has besmirched the title of First Min...
22 Aug 2014 at 4:36pm
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[link] [6 comments]

How would you have voted in 1706?
22 Aug 2014 at 4:32pm

Just like if you could've?

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Scottish independence: Lib Dems back Yes vote
22 Aug 2014 at 4:07pm
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Not related to Independence... Is it usual to drug test before obtaining a jo...
22 Aug 2014 at 3:12pm

Moving to Aberdeen in a few months and just curious.. I'd imagine that positions in the oil and g...



I received a card in the post, does this mean I am registered?
22 Aug 2014 at 3:01pm

I don't think I have ever registered to vote before, is there any way I could have been automatic...



Councils bar campaigns from schools
22 Aug 2014 at 2:56pm
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Is the Neapolitan mafia running Aberdeen?
22 Aug 2014 at 2:26pm
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Yes voters responsible for deaths in the 3rd world and unemployment in East K...
22 Aug 2014 at 1:57pm
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Hypothetically if you could choose the head of state for a scotttish republic...
22 Aug 2014 at 12:44pm
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Alex Salmond says "We're one of the world's wealthiest countries - our gross ...
22 Aug 2014 at 12:17pm
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HSBC chief says Scottish independence could prompt capital flight
by Staff and agencies
22 Aug 2014 at 3:12am
Uncertainty over sterling currency union risks 'parlous finances', warns Douglas Flint

Uncertainty over Scotland's currency arrangements could prompt capital flight from the country, leaving its fin...



ITV to simulcast STVs second Scottish independence debate online
by John Plunkett
22 Aug 2014 at 1:31pm
Director of television Peter Fincham said next head-to-head will be shown on website and later on main TV channel

ITV will simulcast Scottish broadcaster STVs second independence debate online and r...




Scottish independence: battle for votes moves to pop-up shops and letterboxes
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
22 Aug 2014 at 10:07am
Volunteers man yes campaign pop-up shops as vote-chasing tactics intensify with first postal votes about to be cast

Esther Dowdles came into the bustling yes campaign pop-up shop to pick up somethin...




Scottish independence: 1m voters sign declaration in favour of yes vote
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Aug 2014 at 6:27am
Yes Scotland campaign hails milestone that Alex Salmond predicted would show Scotland would become independent

More than 1 million voters have signed a declaration in favour of Scottish independence...



Alex Salmonds poor performance didnt put me off Im still voting yes | Val Mc...
by Val McDermid
22 Aug 2014 at 1:00am
Im still voting yes to independence. We cannot pass up this chance simply out of fear of the unknown

Coming out as a yes voter in the forthcoming Scottish referendum has provoked a flurry of interes...




Questions over value of Scotland's oil highlighted by Sir Ian Wood forecast
by Terry Macalister
21 Aug 2014 at 12:48pm
North Sea resources are key in independence vote but difference in estimates reveals cloudy picture

The claim by Sir Ian Wood, a leading Scottish oil executive, that Alex Salmond has hugely exagger...




An independent Scotland 'stronger' using the pound without permission
by Larry Elliott, economics editor
21 Aug 2014 at 12:05am
Adam Smith Institute thinktank believes Scotland may thrive outside a formal currency union with the rest of the UK

An independent Scotland that carried on using the pound without the permission of ...




SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
20 Aug 2014 at 1:27pm
Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood says reserves will decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about future Scottish economy

Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, ha...



Why Scottish yes vote could be great for England | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
20 Aug 2014 at 12:49pm

There are two good reasons for Scotland voting for independence, and one for it voting against (Polly Toynbee, Shared values matter more than where the border lies, 19 August). England needs indepe...



Orkney and Shetland islanders already winning Scotlands independence debate
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
20 Aug 2014 at 9:44am
Scotlands oil and fish-rich northern isles have a powerful symbolic hold for Scots, giving them political leverage with both yes and no camps that belies their size

Orkneys farmers are a phlegmatic ...



Yes or no, things could get nasty after the Scottish referendum | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
20 Aug 2014 at 6:50am
Despite what politicians want us to believe, the English may not be inclined to reward Scots if they vote to keep the union

Despite occasional narrowings of the lead in some polls, it remains more l...



Scottish independence: English voters oppose shared pound
by Ami Sedghi
20 Aug 2014 at 5:46am

More than half of English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, according to a survey while 37% believe that the two countries will drift apart even if Scotland votes no

What...




English voters want Scottish spending cut after no vote, survey shows
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
20 Aug 2014 at 2:45am
Future of England Survey 2014 reveals attitudes hardening whichever way Scotland votes in September referendum

English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, want public spend...




Salmond's chief economic adviser says Scotland could renege on UK debt
by Severin Carrell
19 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm
Crawford Beveridge says an independent Scotland could comfortably use sterling without a formal deal

Alex Salmond's chief economic adviser has insisted that Scotland has several viable options for i...



Scottish independence would have a devastating impact on the BBC | John Birt
by John Birt
19 Aug 2014 at 11:33am
A yes vote would leave the new public broadcaster on both sides of the border reeling from budget cuts

The UK is an extraordinary crucible of ideas, learning and creativity. We can celebrate differe...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A stroll to the polls
by weegingerdug
22 Aug 2014 at 7:25am
A guest post by Christopher Carnie It’s a sunny, breezy September afternoon and we are walking arm-in-arm to the polling station. Someone says “a penny for your thoughts.” Here are mine: I think of...

An ode to the indyref
by weegingerdug
22 Aug 2014 at 3:37am
A guest post by Lissa Orr Are you votin Aye? Are you votin Naw’? Or are you no bothered, So no votin at aw? Dae ye ken whit your votin fur? The cairds huv been delt: Control ouer oor future, Or dae...

Dreaming so hard that it?s coming alive
by weegingerdug
21 Aug 2014 at 4:25pm
From our friends in Wales for Yes, Welsh author Catrin Dafydd recites a poem she has written in support of Scottish independence.

Pride and prejudice
by weegingerdug
20 Aug 2014 at 10:07pm
Well that’s us telt then. According to a new opinion poll, a large majority of voters in England want to dock Scotland’s pocket money and send us to bed without any Barnett supper. Over half the re...

Proud like a Yes swan
by weegingerdug
19 Aug 2014 at 7:31am
I saw a Better Together referendum broadcast on the BBC last night. It was full of proud and patriotic Scots proudly telling us how proudly proud they were to be proud and patriotic Scots. We’ve go...

The dug you can trust
by weegingerdug
18 Aug 2014 at 11:34am
It’s another great debate next Monday, the totes unbiased and completely neutral Beeb version whoo-hoo. But we can all save ourselves the bother – Alistair is going to bang on about the currency an...

Free cradle to grave healthcare in NHS Scotland or the Great British NHS Sell...
by weegingerdug
17 Aug 2014 at 11:37am
A guest post by Dr Nancy Burge Did you know that in England the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 made the most fundamental change to the English NHS in since its inception by removing the UK gove...

Changing the world with a Yes cake in Shettleston
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 7:36pm
The dug and me, well mainly the dug but I got to tag along too, had a great time on Friday evening meeting the enthusiastic and committed volunteers at Yes Shettleston in the East End of Glasgow.  ...

All over the world ? it?s a YES!
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 3:48pm
So who cares what a right wing Australian Prime Minister with chronic foot in mouth disease has to say after being briefed by a UK Conservative cabinet minister, people all over the world have been...

Wee Ginger Care Needs ? a thank you
by weegingerdug
15 Aug 2014 at 11:00am
Not much in the way of an update today, so apologies to everyone who was looking for words about the independence referendum. I’m off to a meeting of Yes Shettleston this evening, they’re having a ...


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

Some thoughts on nationalism and the messages of No
by James
16 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
Maybe blogging less is a symptom of tweeting more. I don’t know. But I wrote a few things on “popular microblogging site twitter dot com” yesterday evening and was very kindly encouraged to gather ...

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...


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