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Cameron: Donation not from Putin crony
23 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has rejected calls for the Tories to hand back a £160,000 donation to the Conservatives from the wife of a former member of Vladimir Putin's government.

MPs warn arms are still going to Russia
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
ARMS and other dual-use military equipment worth tens of millions of pounds are still being exported from Britain to Russia, MPs have warned, despite fears Moscow has been arming the separatist rebels in Ukraine.

Labour in pledge for diversity
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR promised action to boost the number of women and ethnic minority officials in the upper echelons of the Civil Service, accusing the Government of having "lost sight of the diversity agenda".

Immediate overhaul needed in disabled benefits scheme test
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
FLAWS in the benefit system for people with disabilities and health conditions are so "grave" that they cannot be solved simply by rebranding eligibility tests and appointing a new private sector contractor to conduct them, a parliamentary report has said.

Victims still owed in Equitable Life scandal
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
PAYMENTS totalling £972.9 million have now been made to victims of the Equitable Life scandal but 160,000 policyholders who are due a payout still need to be tracked down, the Government has said.

Lords Leader turns down £36,000 to raise pay to full Cabinet salary
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
BARONESS Stowell of Beeston is to forego a £36,000 Tory HQ top-up to her salary after angry protests following David Cameron's reshuffle last week when the role of Leader of the House of Lords was downgraded to a part-time member of the Cabinet.

Blair says No campaign has done enough to save Union
21 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has claimed the Labour-led Better Together campaign has done enough to save the United Kingdom from Scottish independence.

Osborne in vow on independent pensions advice
21 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
MILLIONS of UK savers are to get free and impartial guidance on how they can access their pension pots following the Government's planned radical shake-up of the pensions system, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Griffin loses leadership of the BNP
21 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
Nick Griffin has been replaced as leader of the British National Party (BNP), the far-right group announced.

Scheme aiming for one million volunteers only attracted 64
21 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
A "BIG Society" project which won an £830,000 lottery grant with its plan to recruit a million members in a year managed just 64, according to a report from a spending watchdog.

Adverts blamed for rise in law suits
21 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
Daytime television advertisements are fuelling a rise in personal injury claims, the Westminster Justice Secretary has said amid claims he is making law based on myths.

Brown highlights the Scots getting crucial medical help from England
20 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
MORE than 1,200 Scots a year facing life-threatening illnesses or surgery are securing transplants or blood transfusions from English or Welsh donors, new figures published by Gordon Brown will reveal.

Pledge to opt out of EU unless there are reforms
20 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
THE current arrangements in the European Union are "simply not acceptable", Foreign secretary Philip Hammond said as he confirmed he would vote to sever ties with Brussels unless there are significant reforms.

Miliband: Labour's new direction will transform economy
18 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband will today seek to make a clean break with New Labour and Gordon Brown's time in No.

Review promised on routine deployment of armed police
18 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
POLICE Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House and his most senior officers have pledged to review the controversial decision to routinely deploy armed police officers.


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Referendum round-up: Prisoner votes | Glasgow 2014
24 Jul 2014 at 12:08pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion, video and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



UK Culture Secretary hails Art School?s resilience
24 Jul 2014 at 11:34am

THE UK Culture Secretary has hailed the resilience of Glasgow School of Art staff and students on a visit to the fire-damaged building.



Independence: Row over Glasgow 2014 Red Arrows
24 Jul 2014 at 10:40am

PROPOSALS for the Red Arrows to release smoke in the blue-and-white colours of Scotland’s Saltire at last night’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were ditched in favour of their traditional red, white and blue.



MacAskill ?apathetic? over armed police - Pearson
24 Jul 2014 at 7:29am

JUSTICE secretary Kenny MacAskill has been accused of “washing his hands” over the matter of armed police on Scotland’s streets after dodging calls to discuss the matter in parliament.



Independence: Prisoners lose court battle for vote
24 Jul 2014 at 6:15am

TWO prisoners have lost their legal battle for a vote in September’s Scottish independence referendum after their claims were dismissed by the UK Supreme Court.



Glasgow 2014: Barrowman?s Games gay kiss praised
24 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

THE GAY kiss in the 2014 Games opening ceremony has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries which criminalise homosexuality.



Scottish Defence League?s Festival march vetoed
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

AN APPLICATION from the Scottish Defence League (SDL) to hold a parade in the Scottish capital during the Edinburgh Festival has been rejected by council officials.



Militants accused of sabotaging MH17 evidence
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

REBELS blamed for the downing of Flight MH17 have been accused of sabotaging the investigation into the disaster by scattering parts of other planes at the crash site.



Alex Salmond under fire over Freedom City claim
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Politicians hit out at Alex Salmond yesterday accusing him of playing politics on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games when he said Glasgow would be called “Freedom City” after voting Yes in the independence referendum.



The Scotsman cartoon: Glasgow 2014 politics
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond has been accused of playing politics on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games.



Leaders: Find the truth about flight MH17
23 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

THEY stood in respectful silence at Eindhoven air base, yesterday, as the bodies of 40 victims of the missile attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were brought home.



Tom Peterkin: Keeping politics out of Glasgow 2014
23 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

SPEAKING to people in the Yes and No campaigns yesterday, it was apparent that both sides expect a lull in referendum campaigning for the duration of the Commonwealth Games. Such sentiments come as something of a relief. It would be a terrible shame if all the effort that has been put in to make Glasgow 2014 a world-class celebration of sport was to be hijacked by the political classes.



Referendum round-up: Glasgow 2014 | Vince Cable
23 Jul 2014 at 12:13pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion, video and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Clegg hits out at Commonwealth gay rights records
23 Jul 2014 at 10:01am

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hit out at Commonwealth countries for their record on gay rights.



Independence: Cable warns of double business hit
23 Jul 2014 at 9:44am

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has warned that Scottish independence will hit businesses with the “double whammy” of increased regulation and an exit from the UK single market.




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Infrequently Asked Questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:37am
The Wee Blue Book is extremely close to finished now, readers. We’re just buffing the corners. But we thought you might like to get a head start on one bit of it. As well as trying to answer all the reasonable and sensible questions that undecided or No voters might have of the Yes side, […]

Commonwealth Games begin
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 3:59pm
Scotland enjoys the opening ceremony.

The BBC, home of the facts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 5:27am
There’s an article on the BBC website today with the self-explanatory title of “Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland?” On the left is what it said yesterday (that losing Scotland would be bad for the UK). On the right is what it says today (that losing Scotland would be good for the UK). […]

Another proud Scot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 2:05am
Can be seen in today’s Scotsman – ironically in a comment located below a story headlined “Independence: Salmond pledges politics-free Games”. Below it is a torrent of anti-SNP abuse, including the suggestion that Alex Salmond should be dropped out of a helicopter without a parachute. We’re sure, of course, that the No campaign will rush to […]

Positivity overload
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2014 at 1:21pm

Well, that?s odd
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2014 at 3:13am
Yesterday a number of news outlets including the Scotsman, the Courier and STV all carried a scare story from Gordon Brown about independence ending cross-border organ transplants. Curiously, none of them had thought to check the allegation with NHS Blood & Transplant, so we did it for them, and got the unequivocal and unambiguous answer […]

Oh, wait, you won?t die
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2014 at 7:07am
We got our reply (emphasis added): “Good afternoon, Thank you for your recent telephone call to the NHSBT Donor Line. I can confirm that Scottish independence will not affect organ donation and the system will continue as it does currently. I hope this answers your query, please let me know if you require any further information […]

Remember, YOU WILL DIE
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2014 at 5:41am
We telephoned Organ Donation Scotland on Friday for their reaction to the despicable scare stories being put around by a teenage Labour activist from Liverpool bussed up to Scotland last week by the No campaign. We’re still waiting for them to get back to us with a quote. But in the meantime, it’s been predictable […]

Return of the living dead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jul 2014 at 3:46pm
For independence supporters of a certain age, the 1979 devolution referendum is one of the most infamous moments in Scottish history. While a wafer-thin majority of Scots voted Yes to devolution, an electoral fiddle conceived by a Labour MP meant that it didn’t happen, and part of the reason was that in effect, dead people […]

The fine art of selection
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jul 2014 at 4:40am
Alert readers may have spotted that today’s Sunday Herald features Professor Adam Tomkins and myself for its weekly “In The Hot Seat” interviews with opposing figures in the independence debate. The paper’s Investigations Editor Paul Hutcheon flew down from Glasgow on Wednesday to do the piece, and we had an interesting and enjoyable two-and-a-half-hour chat […]


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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.


Leaders hail Glasgow 2014 legacy
23 Jul 2014 at 10:51am
The Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have been focusing on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Orange Order 'pro-UK' march approved
23 Jul 2014 at 4:29am
The Orange Order is given permission to hold a pro-Union march in Edinburgh five days before the Scottish independence referendum.


Subsidy deal 'will cut energy bills'
23 Jul 2014 at 5:36am
North of Scotland consumers will benefit from a deal to spread the subsidy costs of providing electricity to the Shetlands across Great Britain, the UK government says.


Funding boost of £24m for Glasgow
22 Jul 2014 at 8:45am
Chancellor George Osborne announces nearly £24m of funding for business projects he says could help create 30,000 jobs in the Glasgow area.


Sturgeon renews Labour voters plea
21 Jul 2014 at 6:45am
Nicola Sturgeon calls on Labour voters to back Scottish independence, describing it as an opportunity to build a more equal Scotland.


Currency union plan 'a dead parrot'
21 Jul 2014 at 4:55am
The Scottish government's plan to agree a currency union with the rest of the UK after independence is a "dead parrot", a committee of MPs claims.


Salmond urged to condemn homophobia
22 Jul 2014 at 9:52am
Campaigner Peter Tatchell calls on First Minister Alex Salmond to condemn homophobia in some Commonwealth countries ahead of the Glasgow games.


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.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


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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.



Salmond v Darling - Game-Changer or Two Hour Turn-Off
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Jul 2014 at 3:24pm

  By David Torrance
 
The era of televised debates began back in 1960 when more than 60 million voters in the United States tuned in to watch the first-ever ?Great Debate? between the two candidates vying for the White House, Republican vice-president Richard Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy.
 
Appearing at a television studio in Chicago, Illinois, the first of four debates centred on domestic issues.



Time to show doubters the future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Jul 2014 at 12:52am

By George Kerevan
 
THE leader comment in Scotland On Sunday was fair and to the point: ?An increasing number of Scots believe the promises, made by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, of more powers after a No vote ? the Yes campaign continues to struggle with a lack of focus ? post-Commonwealth Games, Alex Salmond will need a clear, compelling message that shifts polls.?



Juncker?s hammer blow
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Jul 2014 at 5:32pm

By Paul Kavanagh
 
On Tuesday the UK media and the No campaign got all excited when EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said that he was not in favour of enlargement of the EU for the next five years or so. Suddenly they?ve got a new blow for Alicsammin from the man who just the other week said that he would accept the result of the Scottish referendum whichever way it went.



The Referendum: Why a Yes vote is a vote for progress, ambition and hope
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Jul 2014 at 4:59pm

By Scott Donaldson

I was born in 1972 and, when I was growing up, the world was a very different place to the world of today. Of course, many things were exactly as they are now: we drove cars, we had electricity, we watched television and we used telephones. Yet, it was a far more limited world in terms of the technology we had, the information we had access to and the political choices that were on offer.




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Cameron's colleagues try to hide him from campaign | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 12:22pm

David Cameron’s plans to be based in Scotland for the final two weeks of the referendum campaign have been criticised by his UK Government colleagues – amidst concerns that his unpopularity will damage the No campaign.


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David Cameron: Any win in independence referendum would do - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 12:10pm

The Prime Minister warns Alex Salmond he would have to accept defeat even if the Unionists' margin of victory is narrow.


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A No vote of any size in September cannot possibly resolve anything. Cameron is completely deluded if he seriously imagines that the union will be strengt...



Independence and the Economy - The Facts - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 10:47am

Share the video that proves Scotland will be a wealthy independent country. Scotland can more than afford to be independent and independence will make Scotla...




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Commonwealth Calendar of Independence
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 8:23am

Sick of unionist commentary and attempts to hijack the games? Try this handy Commonwealth calendar of independence. With thanks to Colm Gallagher ‏@blissapp [click to embiggen it]




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Independence: Supreme Court appeal for prison vote
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 7:28am

TWO prisoners have taken their legal battle for a vote in September’s Scottish independence referendum to the UK Supreme Court.



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I approach the question of votes for prisoners in the same way that I did the matter of votes at 16. If we aspire to a truly inclusive, participati...



SNP accuse Team Cameron of being feart again
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 6:40am

A ROW has broken out over the UK government's decision to send a fisheries minister to Scotland to debate rural affairs with his Holyrood counterpart.




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Alex Salmond under fire over Freedom City claim
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 6:21am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Politicians hit out at Alex Salmond yesterday accusing him of playing politics on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games when he said Glasgow would be called “Freedom City” after voting Yes in the independence referendum.


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Let's face it, the British ...



Infrequently Asked Questions
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 5:33am

The Wee Blue Book is extremely close to finished now, readers. We're just buffing the corners. But we thought you might like to get a head start on one bit of it. As well as trying to answer all th...




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Festival of Cliché
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 5:20am

The whole country is divided like never before. Households are split. Relationships bitterly at peril. No, not the indyref but the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Maybe we should have blown up...




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Leanne Wood Interview
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 5:17am

Leanne Wood AM has been the leader of Plaid Cymru since 2012. She took the time to speak to Bella about the state of the Welsh independence movement, the importance of Scotland beyond its borders a...





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Austerity Damages Business - the case for social investment from a business p...
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 5:05am

By Tony Banks - Chairman of Business for Scotland Austerity is damaging to business and Scotland desperately needs social investment rather than further cuts. Our society has suffered badly from the austerity cuts of the UK Government and our business prospects have suffered from them as well. We...



You Do Not Exist
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 5:02am

You know they are scared now, don't you? Deeply unsettled. Despite endless proclamations of "I'm a proud Scot but ..." the reality of a deep-seated cultural self-hatred is seeping out...




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The BBC, home of the facts
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:55am

There's an article on the BBC website today with the self-explanatory title of "Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland?" On the left is what it said yesterday (that losing Sc...




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What Can Be Done?
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:50am

By Robin McAlpine You may have seen gossip about internal politics around the Reid Foundation in the media. I never conduct private business in public and in time the truth about what has been happ...




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SCOT goes POP!: Come On In, Scotland! (Or 'My trip to the Commonwealth Games ...
by Peter A Bell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:42am

So, yes, I'm just back from Celtic Park.  I hadn't been planning to go to the opening ceremony until a few weeks ago, when I got an email offering restricted view tickets for only £20.  I thought to myself, "well, you get what you pay for, so I'm bound to be right behind a pillar", but as it turn...




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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.


Glasgow 2014: First Minister Alex Salmond vows Commonwealth event will boost ...
by Paul O'Hare
23 Jul 2014 at 3:09am
SCOTTISH political leaders come together to back sporting showcase for the world.


Douglas Alexander gives exclusive insight into US President's views on Scotti...
by Douglas Alexander
23 Jul 2014 at 1:42am
SHADOW Foreign Secretary says Barack Obama - friend of Scotland and UK - believes we are better together.


Scottish independence: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fix ...
by David Clegg
22 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
THE US president, who rocked the independence debate last month, gave a further explanation of why he believes Scotland should continue to work together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Scotland should show solidarity with Wales by voting Yes in referendum, says ...
by David Clegg
22 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
LEANNE Wood said an independent Scotland would be "a beacon of social justice" to counter the "spiteful right-wing rule" of the UK Government.


Countries of the Commonwealth have nothing to fear from independence says Fir...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 8:11am
ALEX Salmond said most of the 71 countries and territories involved had already gone through the same process.


Film legend Sir Roger Moore neatly swerves questions over independence issue ...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 8:06am
FORMER Bond star was appearing as Unicef goodwill ambassador at Games 2014 briefing in the city.


First Minister urged to condemn homophobia in some Commonwealth nations ahead...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 6:48am
A HUMAN rights organisation has appealed to Alex Salmond to express concern at the "persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex people in 42 of the 53 Commonwealth member states".


Ann McKechin: Royal Mail sell off by Tories shortchanged the British taxpayer
by Ann McKechin
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
ANN MCKECHIN gives her view that the public purse lost out on £1.4bn over the sale of Royal Mail thanks to the Conservative Government.


Politics graduate Meghan Gallacher on voting Conservative and why she has set...
by Jennifer Hyland
21 Jul 2014 at 2:52am
DESPITE coming from the staunch Labour area of Hoyltown 22-year-old Meghan says she is proud to vote Conservative and support the Better Together campaign.


Record View: Late great Tony Benn got it right
by Record View
21 Jul 2014 at 2:15am
RECORD VIEW questions how cutting the tax of Scotland's most profit-rich businesses will benefit the poor, the old and the jobless.


Kezia Dugdale: The Yes camp's spin on the subject of the NHS is a risk you do...
by Kezia Dugdale
21 Jul 2014 at 1:47am
WE all need to stop and take a minute to consider the Yes camp's outlandish claims, says KEZIA DUGDALE MSP, or you might end up making a decision you'll regret all your children's lives.


Independence referendum: Figureheads of 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in...
by David Clegg
21 Jul 2014 at 1:26am
SEVEN of the key players involved in the famous industrial dispute from the 70s have openly backed a Yes vote in the hope that independence will provide a boost to Scotland's flailing shipbuilding industry.


Key players in independence debate reveal secrets about their everyday lives ...
by Mark Aitken
20 Jul 2014 at 6:59am
FOUR of the most important figures in the referendum debate reveal their most embarrassing moments, their first crush and the worst thing someone has said about them in our light-hearted interview with the big guns of the indy debate.


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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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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by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 5:18am



SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson has today warned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS
Scottish Labour?s health spokesperson has today warned that separation from the protective umbrella of the United Kingdom will see the reintroduction of nit nurses in schools north of the border and may result in draconian border quarantine measures to prevent Scotlandshire ...

Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!




Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm
Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with being an elected Labour politician.

Those damn Natz and their kids done for a future leader of Scotlandshire Labour.





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It's time to get above ourselves


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 ›

Commonwealth Calendar of Independence
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 8:09am
Sick of unionist commentary and attempts to hijack the games? Try this handy Commonwealth calendar of independence. With thanks to Colm Gallagher ?@blissapp [click to embiggen it] Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: Colm Gallagher, Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow, Scotland


Art and the Future
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 5:50am
A great reply here from Murdo Macdonald to Jonathon Jones piece ‘Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence’ This is a difficult piece to which to respond because of its premise. I?ve no idea what the... Read More ›


Festival of Cliché
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 4:33am
The whole country is divided like never before. Households are split. Relationships bitterly at peril. No, not the indyref but the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Maybe we should have blown up the Red Road flats after all? Was it a... Read More ›


Leanne Wood Interview
by bellacaledonia
23 Jul 2014 at 6:07pm
Leanne Wood AM has been the leader of Plaid Cymru since 2012. She took the time to speak to Bella about the state of the Welsh independence movement, the importance of Scotland beyond its borders and her concerns as an... Read More ›


You Do Not Exist
by bellacaledonia
23 Jul 2014 at 8:21am
By Mike Small You know they are scared now, don’t you? Deeply unsettled. Despite endless proclamations of “I’m a proud Scot but …” the reality of a deep-seated cultural self-hatred is seeping out. Self-hatred amongst the Love Bombs. As the... Read More ›


What Can Be Done?
by bellacaledonia
22 Jul 2014 at 3:29pm
By Robin McAlpine You may have seen gossip about internal politics around the Reid Foundation in the media. I never conduct private business in public and in time the truth about what has been happening will become known. In the... Read More ›


Who are the Scots?
by bellacaledonia
22 Jul 2014 at 11:33am
The future doesn't come with guarantees. We know that. But a Yes vote can guarantee that the choice would remain in our hands. Are we really going to give that away on September 18th? Are we really going to vote to leave the power in these islands exactly where it is?


Sweet Release from Undecided Purgatory
by bellacaledonia
22 Jul 2014 at 9:37am
By Ewan Morrison Four months ago I was going to vote Yes just because it’s what my father would have wanted. Three months ago I was on the verge of voting No. Two months ago I was undecided. Back in... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am

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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: How would the UK fare without Scotland? - BBC News
23 Jul 2014 at 12:20am

Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland?
BBC News
Modelling the result of the 2010 general election minus Scotland's 59 Westminster seats would have seen David Cameron secure a modest but workable majority of 21. Labour would lose their 41 seats north of the border, while the ...


Killers lose bid to vote in Scottish independence referendum - Telegraph.co.uk
24 Jul 2014 at 12:25pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Killers lose bid to vote in Scottish independence referendum
Telegraph.co.uk
"Thus, in our opinion, no such right is contravened by the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013." Gillon was jailed in 1998 for the murder of his friend, Gary Johnstone, 25, who suffered rep...


Politicized Games Before Scots' Independence Vote - ABC News
23 Jul 2014 at 1:59pm

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Politicized Games Before Scots' Independence Vote
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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 Scottish Nat...


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
Obama first spoke out on Scottish independence when he was asked for his thoughts on September's vote at a press conference with David Cameron at the G7 summit in Brussels. With the Union Fla...


Scottish independence backed by Plaid Cymru leader - Scotsman
22 Jul 2014 at 8:07am

Scotsman

Scottish independence backed by Plaid Cymru leader
Scotsman
SCOTLAND should show solidarity with Wales by voting Yes to independence, according to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood. An independent Scotland would be ?a beacon of social justice? to counter the ?spiteful right-wing rule? of the U...


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

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
LONDON ? ONE thing is certain: Whatever the outcome, this referendum campaign is changing Scotland irrevocably. Whether the Scots vote yes or no to independence on Sept. 18, their sense of what is possible for this small nation will h...


CEO of Pride Glasgow backs Scottish independence - PinkNews.co.uk
24 Jul 2014 at 3:24pm

CEO of Pride Glasgow backs Scottish independence
PinkNews.co.uk
The Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow has announced his support for the independence campaign in Scotland. Alastair Smith said a ?Yes? vote on 18 September would give Scotland a chance to enshrine LGBT rights in a written constitution. ...


Tony Blair: I believe Scots will reject independence - Telegraph.co.uk
21 Jul 2014 at 8:40am

Telegraph.co.uk

Tony Blair: I believe Scots will reject independence
Telegraph.co.uk
In December 2012, the former primer minister promised to "play a part" in the campaign against Scottish independence during a lunch with political journalists in Westminster. Asked if devolution had been a spur to 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...



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Super Nova to Participate in Southern Alberta Bakken Play Well - EIN News (pr...
24 Jul 2014 at 1:32pm

Super Nova to Participate in Southern Alberta Bakken Play Well
EIN News (press release)
Super Nova Petroleum Corp., (CSE:SNP)(PINKSHEETS:SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Super Nova" or "SNP") reports that an agreement has been reached with Augusta Exploration LLC ("Augusta") of Montana, for Super Nova to ...


Evogene Announces Amendment to Bayer Wheat Agreement to Focus on ... - Fort M...
24 Jul 2014 at 6:37am

Evogene Announces Amendment to Bayer Wheat Agreement to Focus on ...
Fort Mills Times
Pursuant to the amended work plan, Evogene will shift from discovery of additional genes and SNP's to discovery of novel genomic promoters. Genomic promoters are segments of DNA that when used with appropriate gen...


Return of Donorgate: Westminster works for the few - SNP (press release)
24 Jul 2014 at 5:20am

Return of Donorgate: Westminster works for the few
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today highlighted a report in the Independent newspaper that one of the No campaign's biggest financial donors has avoided UK corporate taxes on billions of pounds of profit. The chief executive of oil trader Vitol a...


East Lothian politicians clash in zero hours row - East Lothian News
24 Jul 2014 at 1:05am

East Lothian News

East Lothian politicians clash in zero hours row
East Lothian News
Two county politicians have clashed in a furious row over the use of zero hours contracts within East Lothian Council. Councillor Stuart Currie (SNP) and MSP Iain Gray (Lab) crossed swords over the controversial emp...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Given Consensus Recommendation of "Buy ... - ...
23 Jul 2014 at 5:25pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Given Consensus Recommendation of "Buy ...
Mideast Time
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp logo Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) have been given a consensus rating of ?Buy? by the seven analysts that are currently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings ...


Cameron hopeful of SNP deal on subsea cable - Shetland News
23 Jul 2014 at 8:30am

Cameron hopeful of SNP deal on subsea cable
Shetland News
Cameron laying a wreath at the Shetland Bus memorial in Scalloway on Wednesday morning, as MP Alistair Carmichael looks on. PRIME Minister David Cameron says he is hopeful that the UK and Scottish governments will agree a deal to lay an ...

a...


Plaid Cymru leader snubs 'neo-liberal' SNP to speak at Radical Independence ....
23 Jul 2014 at 7:03am

Left Foot Forward

Plaid Cymru leader snubs 'neo-liberal' SNP to speak at Radical Independence ...
Left Foot Forward
The leader of Plaid Cymru has snubbed the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) by deciding to speak at a rally organised by a group that is openly critical of SNP policies. Leanne Woodj Le...


Salmond shouldn't bank on gold - Telegraph.co.uk
23 Jul 2014 at 4:23am

Telegraph.co.uk

Salmond shouldn't bank on gold
Telegraph.co.uk
It has taken a while for the SNP to see things this way. Its earliest thinkers loathed sport, seeing it as a vulgar distraction from the loftier aims of separation. Compton Mackenzie, the Whisky Galore author and lifelong nationalist, de...


SNP accuse Team Cameron of being feart again - Herald Scotland
23 Jul 2014 at 3:09am

SNP accuse Team Cameron of being feart again
Herald Scotland
The SNP leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson said: "The fact that a UK government minister is representing the No campaign in a referendum debate removes the last vestige of David Cameron's feeble argument against taking part in a TV de...


The SNP might not realise it, but in sport, there's a difference between patr...
23 Jul 2014 at 2:36am

The SNP might not realise it, but in sport, there's a difference between patriotism ...
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The BBC should probably think about issuing a public warning before it starts broadcasting the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow tonight. Something along the lines of 'viewers of a nervous d...



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

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Independence referendum: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fix ...
Scotland Now
And now he has given a further explanation of why he believes Scotland should continue to work together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Asked about the referendum by Paisley and Ren...


Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh
BBC News
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, a columnist for Spanish newspaper El Pais, says people are keeping an eye on Scotland. He says: "Whether they vote yes or no doesn't really matter - the fact a referendum has been granted and is goi...


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...


Scotland referendum: Firms invited to move HQs to Wales - BBC News
22 Jul 2014 at 1:49am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Firms invited to move HQs to Wales
BBC News
A business group is writing to leading Scottish companies urging them to move their companies to Cardiff if the country votes for independence. Cardiff Business Council's move comes ahead of the vote on 18 September to decide ...


Prisoners' appeal to vote in Scottish independence referendum rejected - The ...
24 Jul 2014 at 12:22pm

The Independent

Prisoners' appeal to vote in Scottish independence referendum rejected
The Independent
A panel of Supreme Court Justices analysed provisions laid out in the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013, and considered whether a ban on prisoners voting was incompatible with t...


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 ...


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

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
LONDON ? ONE thing is certain: Whatever the outcome, this referendum campaign is changing Scotland irrevocably. Whether the Scots vote yes or no to independence on Sept. 18, their sense of what is possible for this small nation will h...


Will the Scottish referendum be the 'elephant in the stadium' at Commonwealth...
21 Jul 2014 at 11:36am

The Independent

Will the Scottish referendum be the 'elephant in the stadium' at Commonwealth ...
The Independent
For the next fortnight, leaders on either side of the Scottish independence debate will desperately try to avoid being seen to make political capital out of the sporting spectacle unfold...


Killers seek to be able to vote in Scottish referendum - BBC News
23 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm

BBC News

Killers seek to be able to vote in Scottish referendum
BBC News
The right to vote in the referendum on September 18 is detailed in the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act passed by Holyrood in 2013. It says: "A convicted person is legally incapable of voting in an independence ...


Scottish Referendum: Banks Weigh New Warnings - Yahoo News UK
23 Jul 2014 at 4:47pm

Scottish Referendum: Banks Weigh New Warnings
Yahoo News UK
Britain's biggest banks are weighing up plans to outline further risks associated with Scottish independence when they unveil half-year results with less than 50 days to go before the crucial vote. Sky News understands that some major lend...



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Commonwealth Games - Politics Matters
24 Jul 2014 at 1:17pm

To help keep politics out of other threads on Commonwealth Games...

 

(The thread takes its cue f...



Charity Single For Scotland's Foodbanks
24 Jul 2014 at 11:21am



7 Foot Statue Of Baphomet Coming Along Nicely
24 Jul 2014 at 10:15am

 

 

Well there's no way that the wee kiddies would be feart o that.

 

They would just run to t...



Surgeons Discover 5-Inch Sex Toy In Woman’S Vagina That Had Been There For 10...
24 Jul 2014 at 7:21am

I would have thought that Dundee would have been more likely, but it is someone from Aberdeen.

 ...



Uj Helmets - Wtf
24 Jul 2014 at 6:41am

Maybe should be in other sports section but this is political rather than sporting.

 

Just been w...



David Cameron To Spend Two Weeks In Scotland
24 Jul 2014 at 5:37am

The last two weeks prior to the referendum, according to Yes Scotland.

 

That's it then, we've wo...



Algeria Loses Contact With Plane...
24 Jul 2014 at 4:39am

This is putting the shiters up me.   Let's hope it's just a blip.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world...



Scotland Is Too Fat To Get The Games Says Lib Dem Councillor
23 Jul 2014 at 2:22pm

Better Together?

 



President Obama
23 Jul 2014 at 2:10pm

After reading the Daily Record this morning, and reading about him saying (supposedly) to Milliba...



Opening Ceremony.....
23 Jul 2014 at 1:50pm
Hopefully Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart won't spoil the show.

Looking forward to it......

'mon Clyde.


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Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

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...



Scottish independence referendum: moderator calls time on online abuse
by Libby Brooks
16 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Moderator of the church of Scotland warns that a tiny minority of cyberbullies is drowning out th...




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


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...

Take my money, Rory, take my house, my car, anything - but FOR THE LOVE OF GO...
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2014 at 10:11pm
You've probably heard by now that the unspoofable Tory MP Rory Stewart is using crowdfunding in a...

Book Club Bonanza
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2014 at 7:55pm
I know we all love our anecdotes about finding Yes voters in unexpected places, so I thought you ...

ICM poll is better for Yes on the unrounded numbers
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2014 at 10:04am
It's uncanny how often this has happened with ICM - to be fair it's just coincidence/bad luck, bu...

Huffington Post's credibility on referendum reporting lies in tatters after b...
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2014 at 9:19am
Just a very quick post, because I'm almost lost for words. This is the way Huffington Post UK ha...

Is that it?! ICM poll the No campaign have been crowing about all evening sh...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2014 at 6:09pm
This month's ICM poll has just been released, and shows only margin of error changes.  The headli...


"I'm a gardener" : Eyebrows raised after latest shock claim by spin doctor Mc...
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2014 at 12:31pm
It was a lovely, hot, sunny day yesterday, and naturally I couldn't think of anything I'd rather ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

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...

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...



Edinburgh Festival Fringe goes #indyref
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 6:41am
If you had any concerns that there would be nothing of interest at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ...

Scotland?s shipyards have a bright future ? after a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 5:02am

Veterans of the Upper Clyde Shipyards work-in of the early seventies have declared their support ...



A Yes vote is the chance of a lifetime for Labour voters, says Sturgeon
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 4:36am
Ahead of a question and answer session at a public meeting tonight, the Yes campaign is urging La...

Welcome for view that Yes could be 'very positive' for Scotland's health
by Peter Dempsie
20 Jul 2014 at 9:27am

NHS for Yes today welcomed the view of former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns that independ...



Ending austerity with a Yes can support 30,000 jobs and stronger public services
by Angus Millar
20 Jul 2014 at 2:47am

Ending Westminster?s austerity agenda with a Yes vote would help support up to 30,000 jobs, new f...



Val McDermid and Richard Holloway add to growing support for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
19 Jul 2014 at 7:50am

More prominent figures have given their backing for a Yes vote in September?s referendum.
 
Theolog...



'You don't have to choose between voting Yes and voting Labour; you can do both'
by Sean Lafferty
18 Jul 2014 at 12:11pm

He?s used to being back stage during the performances of many of Scotland?s best known comedians,...



Poll of polls shows Yes continues to close the gap as independence vote draws...
by Sean Lafferty
18 Jul 2014 at 9:45am

The voting swing required for independence to win the day on September 18 has plunged from 13 to ...



Scotland?s LGBT communities have much to gain from a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
18 Jul 2014 at 6:04am

Members of Scotland?s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities will hear how a Yes vot...




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Scottish Independence Debate
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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/...



More spin from the right wing media..
18 Jul 2014 at 12:37pm
Good old DM:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2695244/What-boo-English-athletes-ask-advice-...

Prediction
17 Jul 2014 at 5:16am
Just over two months to go, how will the referendum go? Just a bit of fun...

43% yes/57% no.

Screwballs for independence
16 Jul 2014 at 6:20pm

Not a serious thread but I found this pretty funny

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Jacobi...



If you have a vote...
16 Jul 2014 at 11:56am

...use it.

 

I don't care what way you're voting. Yes or No. No matter how flimsy you may find yo...



Are those voting No happy in the knowledge...
15 Jul 2014 at 1:47pm

...that their vote will, in some small way, go to the removal of the UK (and by implication Scotl...



No campaign's story of the day
15 Jul 2014 at 10:27am

Just got my hands on this one

 

 

http://www.bettertogether.net/blog/entry/juncker-ends-salmonds-...




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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

A bid by two Scottish prisoners to overturn a ban on inmates voting in the indep...



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 ...



Why Welsh should be taught in British schools | Ellie Mae OHagan
by Ellie Mae O'Hagan
22 Jul 2014 at 2:00am
Regardless of what happens in the Scottish independence referendum, its time to end the English domination of Wales and Scotland

Last weekend I took part in a festival called Gwyl Arall in my home i...




Britishness, brutishness and why many Scots want out of the UK | @guardianlet...
by Guardian Staff
21 Jul 2014 at 2:31pm

I'm surprised that someone of the intellect and depth of Madeleine Bunting should play the "British" card in this way (My British identity is in Scotland's hands now, 21 July). Regardless of how th...




Scottish independence: MP's cairn campaign aims to pile up the no vote
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jul 2014 at 10:58am
Rory Stewart hopes picnickers will travel to field near Gretna, in Scotland's conservative border region, to support the union

Relationships, says Rory Stewart, the Conservative MP for Penrith and t...




Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence
by Jonathan Jones
21 Jul 2014 at 7:41am
Nationalism is a cultural black hole it is so much better to be both Scottish and British, as Scotland's vibrant art scene proves

As Scotland prepares to decide if its future belongs inside or outs...




My British identity is in Scotland's hands now | Madeleine Bunting
by Madeleine Bunting
21 Jul 2014 at 1:00am
The independence vote is rightly nothing to do with the English but I hope the Scottish vote no. Britishness is too important

Most of the time during my four-week journey through the Hebrides I've b...




The Essay: Homage to Caledonia; Back to Charm School; Don't Make Me Laugh ra...
by Euan Ferguson
19 Jul 2014 at 6:05pm
AL Kennedy's series of essays and a documentary about Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games spoke volumes about Scotland and Scottishness

The writer Alison Kennedy was the pitch-perfect accompaniment a...




As a nation and family, we are now a house divided
by Kevin McKenna
19 Jul 2014 at 10:05am
The curse of the referendum has visited my house. It seems we're split right down the middle of the debate

In Scotland it's a curse many families have had to endure stoically while maintaining a sto...




Scottish writers on the referendum independence day?
by Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh, James Meek, Richard Holloway, Allan Massie, Kathleen Jamie, Alan Warner, John Burnside, Janice Galloway and AL Kennedy
19 Jul 2014 at 3:00am
Should Scotland go it alone? As the referendum approaches, leading Scottish writers give their thoughts

Essay: Scottish independence literature and nationalism
Robert Burns and the yes campaign

Aye...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

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...

The status quo
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 6:18am
A guest post by Christopher Carnie To change a Government, we vote.  But how do we change how we are governed? Between 1936 and 1939 Spain changed how it was governed using the traditional method; ...

The one who cannot be mentioned
by weegingerdug
22 Jul 2014 at 7:48am
The One Who Cannot Be Mentioned has mentioned the independence referendum. It’s not that I don’t want Tony Blair to come back, I do, preferably in handcuffs. But he’s come back minus the handcuffs ...

Labour for Indy videos
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2014 at 8:00pm
Many thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados for permission to publish these videos here.  Labour for Indy supporters talk about why they want a Yes vote in September. 1. Gary Wilson, former organiser for Be...

Oh look, there?s a unicorn
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2014 at 10:17am
A guest post by Maggie Craig I?ve known since the date of the referendum was announced that I?m going to vote yes. Faced with the question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” there is no ...

Westminster lottery
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2014 at 7:14pm

The purpose of the heart
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2014 at 12:00pm
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 persu...

Get canvassing!
by weegingerdug
18 Jul 2014 at 11:09am
A guest post by David Kelly When I was wee, I remember two people who came knocking on my mum?s door to sell things. Onion Johnny ? who in those innocent days probably really did come from France ?...


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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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