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Jon Cruddas: the British state is no longer fit for purpose
27 Nov 2014 at 10:33am
The British state is no longer fit for purpose and political parties are "in danger of being past their sell-by date", Labour's policy review chief has said.

Carmichael: home rule for all part of UK can be achieved following historic d...
27 Nov 2014 at 6:01am
Home rule for all parts of the United Kingdom can be achieved following the "historic" devolution proposals for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael has said.

Labour must not vacate the centre ground, warns Blair
26 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
Tony Blair has warned of the dangers of leaving the political centre ground, in comments the Conservatives seized on as a veiled criticism of Ed Miliband.

Terror Tsar voices concerns over jihadists exclusion proposals
26 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
Proposals to prevent would-be jihadists coming back to the UK have been significantly watered down because they were unworkable, according to the Coalition's terror Tsar.

Rompuy: EU would get over UK exit
26 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
The European Union could survive if the UK left, but not if it lost France, outgoing European Council president Herman van Rompuy said.

Blair: EU exit is an extraordinary act of self-destruction
26 Nov 2014 at 8:23am
A British exit from the European Union would be viewed as an "extraordinary act of self-destruction", former prime minister Tony Blair said as he warned Labour not to try to "out-Ukip" Nigel Farage's party.

Labour MP: Royal Navy chief should be sacked for suggesting warships may not ...
26 Nov 2014 at 7:45am
The chief of Britain's naval staff should be sacked for suggesting that Royal Navy warships may not be built in the UK, an MP has said.

Robertson: Europhiles can learn from Better Together
25 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
THE pro-Union arguments used by Better Together to persuade Scots to remain part of the UK should be used as a blueprint for Europhile politicians if Britons have the chance to vote in a referendum on European Union membership, Lord Robertson has said.

Audit watchdog warns benefit reform delays could cost billions
25 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
TAXPAYERS risk losing billions of pounds if the UK Government fails to stick to its challenging timetable for introducing new computer systems to run its flagship benefits reform, Britain's value-for-money watchdog has warned.

Growth forecast cut amid fears of stagnation
25 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
BRITAIN'S growth forecast has been cut by the OECD international watchdog, which warned that the world economy was "stuck in low gear".

Mellor faces boycott after taxi row
25 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
LONDON cabbies are considering boycotting David Mellor, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister, who was branded an obnoxious snob after he launched an expletive-filled tirade against a taxi driver.

Tory MP: England should have its own separate Parliament
25 Nov 2014 at 10:34am
England should have its own separate parliament as preventing MPs voting or speaking on certain issues in the British Parliament under an "English votes for English laws" system would be divisive and mistaken, the Commons has heard.

Clegg rules out coalition with Ukip: it's difficult enough finding common gro...
24 Nov 2014 at 10:55am
Nick Clegg has ruled out ever joining a coalition government alongside Ukip, saying it had been "difficult enough" finding common ground with the Tories.

May admits EU migrants target victory unlikely
23 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government is "unlikely" to meet its immigration target, Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted for the first time, as David Cameron was warned that any attempt to ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits would be illegal.

Labour backbencher says party is adrift
23 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
A SENIOR Labour backbencher has warned that the party is "culturally adrift" from its own core supporters in the wake of the Rochester snobbery row.


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Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell loses libel case
27 Nov 2014 at 10:55am

FORMER government chief whip and Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has lost his High Court libel action over the “Plebgate” incident.



Jim Murphy nets Spectator?s Campaigner prize
27 Nov 2014 at 10:53am

SCOTTISH Labour leadership contender Jim Murphy has won the “Campaigner of the Year” prize at a top political awards event for his role as part of the leadership of the No campaign during the independence referendum.



Duncan McEwan: Russell Brand wrong about young voters
27 Nov 2014 at 9:13am

Russell Brand’s outspoken political stance is apparently similar to 66% of those aged 18 to 24, who also decided not to vote in the 2010 general election.



PM under scrutiny as immigration up since 2010
27 Nov 2014 at 8:43am

DAVID Cameron will today lay out major new plans to tackle immigration after the latest figures showed that it is higher than when he first became Prime Minister in 2010.



Holiday parks worth over £700m to Scots economy
27 Nov 2014 at 5:00am

HOLIDAY parks are worth more than £700 million to the Scottish economy, according to new research.



Key points: Smith Commission powers to Scottish Parliament
27 Nov 2014 at 4:36am

A breakdown of the powers proposed by the Smith Commission for the Scottish Parliament.

The Smith Commission report says the changes, when adopted, will be “the biggest transfer of powerto the Scottish Parliament since its establishment”.



Where next for Scotland after #indyref?
27 Nov 2014 at 2:58am

THE day after the Scottish independence referendum, I wrote that Scotland had much to be proud of.



Green energy is Scotland?s leading source of power
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

Green energy has overtaken nuclear for the first time to become Scotland’s number one source of power, according to new UK government figures.



Smith Commission ?fails to live up to the Vow?
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

THE SNP will claim the new ­Holyrood powers to be outlined by the Smith Commission today lack job-creating powers.



UK anti-terror law is ?dangerous grab-bag?
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

New anti-terror laws have been published amid criticism by human rights groups and concerns raised by the terrorism legislation watchdog.



EU ?offering hope? with plan to kick-start growth
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

Controversial new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has laid out a plan to kick-start Europe’s flagging economy – but needs to win round other member states at crunch talks next month for it to happen.



Mugabe?s cohorts kick out vice-president
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

A POWERFUL faction of president Robert Mugabe’s party is getting ready to celebrate this weekend after pushing Zimbabwe’s vice-president Joice Mujuru out of the Zanu-PF central committee.



China in first crackdown on domestic abuse
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

China has drafted its first ­national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.



The Scotsman cartoon: Nicola Sturgeon?s new laws
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon unveiled plans for a hardline crackdown on major landowners yesterday.



Leaders: Focus on day-to-day running of Scotland
26 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

IT WOULD be unfair to judge Scotland’s new First Minister on the basis of her first legislative programme for Holyrood.




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Bams to the slaughter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Nov 2014 at 10:10am
You have to hand it to David Cameron – he doesn’t hang about. Barely two hours had passed after the declaration of the result of the independence referendum when he started tying new devolved powers into legislation on “English votes for English laws”, in a slick knifing of his unsuspecting hitherto-allies in Labour. And just […]

And now for the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Nov 2014 at 5:07am
It’ll be a brave Yes voter who buys a newspaper (other than The National) or switches on their TV or radio today, because Scotland is already enduring an outpouring of concentrated spin and outright deception that perhaps even exceeds that seen in the last few weeks before the independence referendum. Blood pressures will be soaring […]

The biggest lie in history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Nov 2014 at 2:59am
We’re going to hold off full scrutiny and analysis of the Smith Commission report on devolution until it’s actually released and we’ve read it, rather than going on pure speculation like most Scottish newspapers this morning. But what we CAN talk about is this. The Daily Record’s front page this morning is almost certainly the […]

Vow left on bus, eaten by dog
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Nov 2014 at 8:35am
We’ve had another letter from the government. A few weeks ago we sent this letter to the Prime Minister’s office. Today we heard back. “I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested is not held by the Cabinet Office.” […]

The Great Devo Con
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
Two interesting comments from last night’s Scotland Tonight. So that’s good to know. Let’s be generous for a moment and assume Sarah Boyack just suffered from a slip of the tongue (although it was interesting that none of the three other people onscreen corrected or questioned her). That leaves us with Jim Murphy’s ever-evolving position […]

Priorities ordered
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
Scottish Labour-style. Good stuff. We’re just not sure that’s, y’know, the main reason for doing it.

Another rise in inflation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2014 at 12:00pm
It’s still Jim Murphy Day here at Wings (did you all get nice presents?), but we’re as sick as you are of hearing him avoid questions about devolution, so instead we’re going to take a look at something else he said this afternoon. “Mr Murphy said that, under his leadership, ‘Scottish Labour would introduce a […]

The art of loquacious silence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2014 at 8:54am
Today we’ve become quite obsessed with Jim Murphy’s pathological avoidance of a straight answer to the question of whether income tax should be fully devolved to the Scottish Parliament or not. The BBC now has a report on his much-trailed speech in Glasgow, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First it’s worth having […]

All things to all men
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2014 at 6:31am
Following on from this morning’s post, we thought it was about time someone found a definitive quote from Jim Murphy outlining his position on the devolution of full income tax powers to the Scottish Parliament once and for all. It turned out to be a surprisingly tricky job. The Times, November 2014: AGAINST ?Jim Murphy took […]

How modern journalism works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Nov 2014 at 4:04am
It is, in fairness, a fairly slow time for politics news at the moment. But it’s striking all the same to open this morning’s papers and see almost all of them running what’s not only basically the exact same story, but also the exact same groundless spin on it. THE SCOTSMAN: “Jim Murphy tells Scots Labour […]


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Scotland 'should set income tax'
27 Nov 2014 at 11:00am
The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.


Salmond rebuked over data claim
27 Nov 2014 at 11:44am
Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond is rebuked for claiming Westminster politicians interfered with the reporting of economic data.


Renewables 'biggest power source'
26 Nov 2014 at 6:27pm
Renewable power has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, according to the latest figures.


Alex Salmond wins politician of year
27 Nov 2014 at 11:55am
Former first minister Alex Salmond is named as the winner of the Spectator magazine's Politician of the Year award.


'Radical' Scottish land reform plan
26 Nov 2014 at 12:03pm
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces plans to take action against landowners who pose a "barrier" to development.


SNP MSP considers cross-border bid
26 Nov 2014 at 12:45pm
SNP MSP Christine Grahame explains why she would consider standing for the party in an English constituency in the next general election.


Sturgeon agrees to MND care review
25 Nov 2014 at 1:07pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agrees to examine the provision of Motor Neuron Disease care following a meeting with a dying campaigner.


'Nuclear graveyard' risk highlighted
25 Nov 2014 at 6:45pm
An MSP warns a Scots site could become a "nuclear graveyard" if it is chosen to store radioactive waste from redundant Royal Navy submarines.


Debate on class time cut welcomed
25 Nov 2014 at 6:24am
Suggestions of a Scotland-wide debate on local authorities reducing pupils' time in class are welcomed by a parent council leader.


More patients stuck in hospitals
25 Nov 2014 at 11:52am
The number of patients having to wait longer than the target time to be discharged from hospital has risen again, according to official figures.


New body raises Pelamis jobs hope
25 Nov 2014 at 12:35pm
Some of the staff at collapsed wave power firm Pelamis are to be offered jobs at a new technology development body.


Drop in teens smoking and drinking
25 Nov 2014 at 12:24pm
The number of young Scots smoking, drinking and using drugs is at its lowest level ever recorded, according to new figures.


VIDEO: First minister's question time
27 Nov 2014 at 7:42am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders and representatives.


VIDEO: MSP tribute to 'Little Willie Rennie'
25 Nov 2014 at 9:44am
Deputy Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw makes light of the gender balance among Scotland's party leaders.


VIDEO: Editor: It looks crazy, but in fact it's not
25 Nov 2014 at 7:27am
The UK's newest newspaper was launched on Monday and The National is taking a pro-Scottish independence line.


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Land reform finally tops the Holyrood agenda
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 3:09pm

By Andy Wightman

 

Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government?s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. Announcements of further proposals are expected in the consultation paper to be published next week.


After a decade of absence, it?s great to see the land question back on the political agenda. This is an important, substantial and meaningful set of proposals. Taken as a whole, they will hopefully shift the baseline of the debate ? that is to say the set of assumptions and norms that have too often been taken for granted and in which politicians have too often been reluctant to tackle.



BBC Scotland holds its breath on Holyrood accountability
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 2:42pm

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting

Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be paid to Lord Smith?s report this week.

The rest of the world may be rightly concerned about the high politics, and the detail of fiscal and welfare devolution. Our news department and its hangers-on will be telling the story in their usual way. The audience will have no problem discerning the Labour line, plus whatever the SNP government spinners have told Brian Taylor.



Surreal Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 11:08am

By Derek Bateman


Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could be St Patrick?s Day. ?Happy? Of course we?re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn?t the party grand??


Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we?d won the referendum? ?Cabinet members arrived for their first meeting dressed in assorted onesies. First Minister Sturgeon came in a panda outfit accompanied by the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band?The Cabinet sang Do They Know It?s Christmas before going into Bute House where they debagged Brian Taylor and threw his trousers on to the street. Reflecting off the windows were the flames of bonfires set by the mob in Charlotte Square gardens??



The legend of Gordon Brown
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 10:44am

Analysis by Maurice Smith


At the height of the independence campaign, as Gordon Brown paced the stage during his carefully-choreographed interventions, my attention was drawn to the faces of the party loyalists who had been co-opted into the act.


They sat behind him, dutifully holding their ?No Thanks? placards and seemingly engrossed while the Great Man burped and farted through a familiar litany of rhetorical threat and constitutional half-promise.


Each intervention was billed as a major one, of course. Here was the Saviour of the Union, called in at the 11th hour to seize Scotland back from the jaws of narrow nationalism.


A desperate Westminster establishment had projected the Bat-sign over Gotham,  and there was mighty Brownman ready to leap from his den in faraway Fife, where he took his rest from saving the world.



Review: Sturgeon plays to a packed house at the Hydro
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Nov 2014 at 9:32am

By Robert Given

I joined the SNP 24 years ago. I have carried the card ever since.

I liked them when it seemed very few people did. I canvassed with Nicola and remember Alex and Kenny from the poll tax campaign days.  In rock and roll terms I bought the first single, watched them play the student union. Now that they have double platinum-selling albums, play stadiums with an international fan base and have changed lead singer a couple of times, is it still possible to love the SNP?

To The Hydro!



Celtic partly concede to pressure to pay the "Living Wage"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Nov 2014 at 3:45pm

By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

Shareholder pressure has forced one of Scotland?s sporting institutions ? Celtic Football Club ? to back down partly in a two year battle over the ?Living Wage?.

Club chairman Ian Bankier signalled a change of heart at the opening of its annual general meeting when he announced that 180 permanent staff currently on the minimum wage can expect their pay to improve to the ?living wage? level of £7.85 an hour.



Swinney promoted as others go in Cabinet shuffle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Nov 2014 at 3:27pm

By Thomas Connolly

Finance Secretary John Swinney was promoted as two long-standing colleagues lost their Cabinet posts in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's new government today.

As expected, Swinney will combine his finance role with that of Deputy First Minister, a role for which he was tipped heavily.



Sturgeon must be fleet of foot to negotiate political battlefield
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Nov 2014 at 4:25am

Derek Bateman considers the positive reaction to Scotland's new First Minister

 

It is doubtful if Gordon Strachan would have been lauded with such fervour if he?d won the World Cup. Indeed, it is probably Andy Murray?s Wimbledon win that provides the last national outpouring of such undiluted affection.

 

In an age of citizen cynicism and a measurable disengagement from Westminster and institutional politics generally ? to be confirmed today in a UKIP-dominated by-election ? the un-selfconscious public love for both Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon is something of a phenomenon, especially in dour, unemotional Scotland.



Labour: One more bad week at Black Rock
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Nov 2014 at 5:59am

Analysis by Thomas Connolly

Labour faces another devastating week at the hands of opinion pollsters, following the revelation that it stands to lose a staggering 35 seats to the SNP at next year?s UK general election.

The Survation poll, published in the Labour-supporting Daily Record, also carried the astonishing claim that party leader Ed Miliband is ?completely? trusted by a derisory two per cent of Scottish voters.



Now comes the real test for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Nov 2014 at 11:25am

Commentary by Thomas Connolly

Welcome to the start of the SNP?s UK general election campaign. With a new leader in place and a massive surge in membership, the party spent the weekend getting on a war footing for the May 7 poll.

Nicola Sturgeon?s long expected elevation came in the most unexpected of circumstances. The resignation of a party leader after a referendum defeat usually signals a fearful entry into the doldrums.




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

Thoughts on Smith
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2014 at 5:16am

I'm in a mad rush at the moment, but I'll jot down my thoughts on the Smith recommendations as an...



Jackanory Jim's reaction when someone points out that it's going to be Decemb...
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2014 at 3:37pm

Hi, I'm Sarah Smith, and THIS is Murphy 2014.  Joining me tonight is Scottish Labour leader Jim.....



15% of British voters would prefer the SNP as a coalition partner at Westminster
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm
I overlooked a fascinating supplementary question in one of the two Britain-wide YouGov polls on ...


An incomplete list?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2014 at 9:35pm

Perhaps to prove to myself that the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup weren't the only chances...

The National
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 7:40pm

As I'm sure everyone and his auntie knows by now, tomorrow (Monday) will see the launch of The Na...



SNP just 2% behind Liberal Democrats in Britain-wide Opinium poll
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 3:25pm

It's probably worth mentioning this poll individually, because I won't be able to make use of it ...



Heads I win, tails you're a Liberal Democrat
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 1:11am
There's a very curious article on Reuters, which has a perfectly sound basic premise (that the UK...

Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2014 at 2:41pm

We've discussed this before, but by-election upsets are much more important when they happen just...



Scot Goes Pop fundraiser closes with £5937 raised
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2014 at 9:24am
I'm delighted (and slightly relieved!) to say that the second Scot Goes Pop fundraiser has finall...

Confirmed : Survation found more supporters of independence than ever before ...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2014 at 1:25am
I've finally had a chance to look at the datasets for this week's Survation poll, and as I suspec...

Should Scotland seek self-governing Crown Dependency status, like the Isle of...
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
A guest post by Gavin Falconer

One of the results of the independence referendum is that it makes ...

Respecting democracy and abolishing democracy are not the same thing
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2014 at 12:17pm
Last night I got into one of my occasional spats on Twitter, and this time it involved someone wh...

SNP rocket to Westminster vote of 46% in stupendous Survation survey
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2014 at 5:10pm
As was exclusively revealed here a few hours ago (well, after a fashion) there is a stonkingly br...

The alternative referendum
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2014 at 12:27pm

We're not there yet, because for now the only game in town is using next year's general election ...



Cameron's "it's all over" narrative falls apart as 60% of the Scottish electo...
by James Kelly
16 Nov 2014 at 5:22pm
Ignore the utterly desperate spin Davie Clegg of the Record is putting on the new Survation poll ...


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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she is 'disappointed' by proposals for fu...
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2014 at 7:07am
THE new powers fell short of the promises made by the three UK party leaders in the days before t...


The Vow DELIVERED: Civic institutions, unions and business organisations welc...
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2014 at 6:19am
MANY of the Smith Commission's recommendations for further devolution to Holyrood have been welco...


The Vow DELIVERED: Read the full Smith Commission report here
by Lindsey Archibald
27 Nov 2014 at 4:53am
SCOTLAND'S Parliament will be responsible for billions of pounds of extra tax and welfare spendin...


The Vow DELIVERED: New income tax and welfare powers handed to Holyrood in wa...
by Lindsey Archibald
27 Nov 2014 at 4:27am
THE Smith Commission has recommended that the Scottish Parliament should be able to set its own i...


Smith's dream team: Devo plans thrashed out in the wake of No vote
by John Ferguson
27 Nov 2014 at 1:28am
AN unprecedented operation swung into action at breakneck speed to allow Smith?s recommendations ...


The Vow DELIVERED: Scotland to be responsible for more tax and welfare worth ...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Nov 2014 at 5:46pm
HOLYROOD will be granted new powers to control almost all of the country's welfare budget.


Reaction to Nicola Sturgeon speech: Broad welcome for new First Minister's fo...
by dailyrecord
26 Nov 2014 at 12:22pm
SPOKESPERSONS from trade unions, retail and small businesses all welcomed Nicola Sturgeon's  new ...


Nicola Sturgeon outlines governing programme with spotlight on social justice...
by Andy Philip
26 Nov 2014 at 11:06am
PUBLIC services, education and health were at the heart of the First Minister's plans for a carin...


Joan McAlpine: Like it or loathe it, tax is key to our success
by Joan McAlpine
26 Nov 2014 at 3:00am
JOAN admits none of us love paying income tax but insists we do so because it's right to contribu...


Jim Murphy would hammer Scotland's highest earners with 50p rate if Smith Com...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Nov 2014 at 1:33am
THE Scottish Labour leader hopeful said he would introduce the rate for people earning more than ...


Clare's Law pilot scheme to tackle domestic abuse to be launched in Ayrshire ...
by dailyrecord
25 Nov 2014 at 4:31am
THE Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland will be piloted in Ayrshire and Aberdeen and wi...


Health Secretary Shona Robison set to make Holyrood statement on C.diff inquiry
by dailyrecord
25 Nov 2014 at 4:18am
ROBISON, who was appointed Health Secretary on Friday, yesterday apologised to families and patie...


Westminster's three main party leaders urged to back calls to transfer welfar...
by Ashleigh McGinley
25 Nov 2014 at 2:40am
THE Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations demand action on devolution in a letter sent tod...


Record View: Tax freeze leaves struggling families in the cold
by Record View
25 Nov 2014 at 2:12am
WITH rising bills and benefit cuts leaving thousands living on the breadline RECORD VIEW calls fo...


Labour leadership frontrunner Jim Murphy set to back full income tax-raising ...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Nov 2014 at 1:40am
IN a speech today, the East Renfrewshire MP will throw his weight behind full income tax powers f...


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The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Nov 2014 at 5:49am
The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications for the real true st...

"Vooote for me! Vooote for me! 3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
"Vooote for me! Vooote for me!
3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."




The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 6:24am
The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire.

Who said devolution ...

Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists. Dictator Sturgeon'...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists.

Dictator Sturgeon's loyal troops claim...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Nov 2014 at 10:35am



In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Ale...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2014 at 4:13pm
In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Alexander, has challeng...

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTEND...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTENDING THE MATCH TONIGH...

EXCLUSIVE: Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 1:49pm
EXCLUSIVE:
Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans to BBC Scotlandshire'...

Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders fo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders for the Scottish Labou...

NATZ RALLY The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestria...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2014 at 4:49am
NATZ RALLY

The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestrial TV and online agai...

BREAKING NEWS New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2014 at 4:28am
BREAKING NEWS

New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and deputy dictator electe...

BREAKING: In one of his final acts as First Minister, outgoing premier Alex S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
BREAKING:
In one of his final acts as First Minister, outgoing premier Alex Salmond has announced...

Murphy: In the end, it's all a question of trust.
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2014 at 10:42am
Murphy: In the end, it's all a question of trust.




Forget Chris Morris and The Day Today, those idiot Dateline Scotland anchorme...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2014 at 4:32pm
Forget Chris Morris and The Day Today, those idiot Dateline Scotland anchormen, who we briefly co...

The young Natz trickster must be buying likes to have surpassed our choice fo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
The young Natz trickster must be buying likes to have surpassed our choice for Labour in Scotland...


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Broadcast Media as Centralised Control
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 10:57am
Dave Rushton analyses the media demands and devolution of powers from Smith and beyond. When the ...


Bernadette McAliskey RIC 2014
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 9:58am
Continuing or reporting from RIC2024 we have this talk from the inspirational Bernadette McAliske...


Don?t Believe the Hype
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 4:10am
A momentous day in Scotland – but this has nothing to do with the Smith Commission, which, despit...


Energy Shift Scotland
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 1:06am
By Mike Small Renewable energy has overtaken nuclear to become the largest source of electricity ...


A Nation of Provincial and Integral Tales in the Making?
by bellacaledonia
26 Nov 2014 at 11:21am
By Paul Gilfillan A few days ago when chatting with the Fife poet and novelist Wullie Hershaw abo...


The Atlas of Productivity
by bellacaledonia
26 Nov 2014 at 10:55am
Graham Hogg from research and design collective, Lateral North, introduces ‘Scotland : An Atlas o...


Information Will Find Me
by bellacaledonia
26 Nov 2014 at 9:15am
How the launch of The National signals a shift in Scotland’s media landscape. By Susan Le May Mer...


FILM: Sullom by Roseanne Watt
by bellacaledonia
26 Nov 2014 at 4:00am
In a new departure for Bella, we present a filmpoem, ‘Sullom’  by Roseanne Watt. Roseanne is a yo...


Land Reform after the Referendum
by bellacaledonia
25 Nov 2014 at 9:24am
By Dr Calum Macleod @CalumMacleod07 and blogging at: Beyond the Horizon Tomorrow Nicola Sturgeon,...


Notes from the Armadillo
by bellacaledonia
24 Nov 2014 at 4:18pm
By Lauren Mitchison I’m still feeling inspired and raw with emotion after the RIC conference. Ins...


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper deserves its place - New Statesman
26 Nov 2014 at 8:38am

New Statesman

Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper deserves its place
New Statesman
Something h...


Pro-Scottish independence newspaper The National unveiled at Glasgow rally - ...
22 Nov 2014 at 10:35am

CITY A.M.

Pro-Scottish independence newspaper The National unveiled at Glasgow rally
CITY A.M.
Edito...


Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead - Scotsman
1 Nov 2014 at 5:45am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead
Scotsman
It comes on the back of a separate I...


Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum - Scotsman
31 Oct 2014 at 10:26am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
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Tories and Ukip to Win General Election While Brexit and Scottish Independenc...
21 Nov 2014 at 11:59pm

International Business Times UK

Tories and Ukip to Win General Election While Brexit and Scottish ...


David Cameron: Barnett formula reform is 'not on my horizon' - The Independent
20 Nov 2014 at 1:12pm

The Independent

David Cameron: Barnett formula reform is 'not on my horizon'
The Independent
Mr Came...


Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime' - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Nov 2014 at 4:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime'
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked about...


How Scottish independence debate can help solve Occupy deadlock - South China...
24 Nov 2014 at 3:12pm

South China Morning Post (subscription)

How Scottish independence debate can help solve Occupy dea...


Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence - Telegra...
14 Nov 2014 at 11:51am

Telegraph.co.uk

Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk...


Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 9:55am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum
Huffington Post
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Could devolution deal actually save the UK? - Financial Times
27 Nov 2014 at 12:29pm

Could devolution deal actually save the UK?
Financial Times
The SNP has already announced the intro...


David Cameron pushes for 'English votes for English laws' - Financial Times
27 Nov 2014 at 12:27pm

David Cameron pushes for 'English votes for English laws'
Financial Times
All five parties involved...


Smith: islands to gain control of seabed - Shetland News
27 Nov 2014 at 12:23pm

Smith: islands to gain control of seabed
Shetland News
The report by Lord Smith was also welcomed b...


Salmond picks up Spectator award - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
27 Nov 2014 at 12:14pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Salmond picks up Spectator award
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
I...


New powers package 'disappointing' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
27 Nov 2014 at 12:14pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

New powers package 'disappointing'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extr...


Scotland set for income tax powers - shropshirestar.com
27 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm

shropshirestar.com

Scotland set for income tax powers
shropshirestar.com
The commission also backed ...


Ed Miliband pressure over Home Rule as Scots set to take greater powers - Eve...
27 Nov 2014 at 11:49am

Evening Standard

Ed Miliband pressure over Home Rule as Scots set to take greater powers
Evening St...


Parties in devolution package clash - Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen
27 Nov 2014 at 11:37am

Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen

Parties in devolution package clash
Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen...


Vow Max? Has the Smith Commission delivered for Scotland? And what next for ....
27 Nov 2014 at 11:22am

Vow Max? Has the Smith Commission delivered for Scotland? And what next for ...
Liberal Democrat V...


Salmond named Spectator politician of the year - SNP (press release)
27 Nov 2014 at 11:08am

Salmond named Spectator politician of the year
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Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 9:55am

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SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum - Huffington Post UK
23 Nov 2014 at 3:59am

SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum
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First newspaper for an 'independent Scotland' - Aljazeera.com (blog)
24 Nov 2014 at 12:00pm

Aljazeera.com (blog)

First newspaper for an 'independent Scotland'
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Catalonia wants a definitive vote on its future in a referendum like Scotland...
25 Nov 2014 at 6:27pm

Irish Times

Catalonia wants a definitive vote on its future in a referendum like Scotland's
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Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years - Huf...
2 Nov 2014 at 9:12am

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Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years
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Mo...


Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters UK
7 Nov 2014 at 8:19am

Reuters UK

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
Reuters UK
As soon as the refere...


The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a referendum on federalism, not...
25 Nov 2014 at 1:34am

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a refer...


Scotland at the ready: The SNP could force another referendum very soon - The...
14 Nov 2014 at 7:03pm

Daily Mail

Scotland at the ready: The SNP could force another referendum very soon
The Independent
T...


Forget the referendum. Scotland now faces a 'neverendum' - The Globe and Mail
23 Nov 2014 at 8:46am

Forget the referendum. Scotland now faces a 'neverendum'
The Globe and Mail
A September referendum ...


Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum - Reuters UK
29 Oct 2014 at 8:43am

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Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
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Thanksgiving Beverage
27 Nov 2014 at 10:47am

To celebrate Thanksgiving, and to whet the appetite for the 3 live NFL games starting soon, I hav...



Rally For Indy, Saturday 29Th Parliament Building, Edinburgh 12.00
27 Nov 2014 at 1:59am

As it says on the tin. Just in case anyone can come along. hoping for a good crowd.

 



Smith Commission To Recommend Tax Powers
26 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30220017

 

includes mention of income tax...



Arthur Montford.
26 Nov 2014 at 2:50pm
Deid 😢

Mad Frankie Fraser
26 Nov 2014 at 2:13pm
Deid. The Facebook deification has begun

Anybody have him in the Dead Pool?

New Star Wars Trailer
26 Nov 2014 at 12:52pm
Like a kid at Christmas.



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26 Nov 2014 at 11:13am
Heading throo on Friday for this
Anybody going?
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26 Nov 2014 at 10:38am

Win and btts -

 

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Goerge Osbourne Off His Tits During Pmqs
26 Nov 2014 at 9:40am

Or so it looks

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sirajdatoo/george-osborne-looks-hot-and-hungover

 

 



Alcohol On Football Buses/trains - What Is The Law
25 Nov 2014 at 6:55am

What is the law on alcohol on football buses, is it just banned on the way to the game or is it a...




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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Alex Salmond presses the right buttons; Theresa May can?t
by John Crace
27 Nov 2014 at 12:29pm
Home secretary discovers that if there?s one thing guaranteed to make a poor joke worse, it?s a major technology fail

?Let?s hope your finger is never on the nuclear button,? Alex Salmond said genia...



Andrew Mitchell loses plebgate libel case ? live coverage
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Nov 2014 at 11:54am

Judge gives decision in former chief whip Andrew Mitchell?s libel trial against News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, over what MP allegedly said at gates of Downing Street in 2012

Smith Comm...

Sales of Scotland?s new paper the National dip to 50,000
by Mark Sweney
27 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Newsquest executives step up pagination of pro-independence tabloid by 25% for Friday?s edition after Smith Commission report

Sales of the second edition of the new Scottish pro-independence daily p...



Devolution of tax powers won?t shut down the Scottish independence debate | R...
by Ruth Wishart
27 Nov 2014 at 9:37am
We don?t know the winners and losers yet but the Smith commission?s proposals are already being questioned

First, some chronology. On 22 November some 3,000 people attended the Radical Independence ...



David Cameron on Scotland devolution: 'A good day for the UK' ? video
by Guardian Staff
27 Nov 2014 at 6:35am
The prime minister welcomes his government's announcement that more powers are to be devolved to Scotland. David Cameron says he is delighted to see Scotland take control of £14bn of income tax and...

New powers for Scotland: key points from the Smith Commission
by Haroon Siddique
27 Nov 2014 at 5:03am
Main points set out by body charged with formulating devolution commitments on further powers for Scottish parliament

? Live blog: reaction to Smith Commission report on Scotland

Here are the key poi...



Scotland to control £14bn of income tax and welfare benefits in cross-party deal
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
27 Nov 2014 at 4:46am

Lord Smith describes agreement as ?biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment?

? Smith Commission report: live reaction
? New powers for Scotland: key points from t...



Labour now backs devolving tax-raising powers to Holyrood, says Jim Murphy
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
27 Nov 2014 at 3:53am
MP hoping to lead Scottish Labour says change of mind is aimed at bringing Scotland together and party backs Smith commission

The Labour party changed its mind about devolving income tax-raising pow...



Nicola Sturgeon unveils first legislative programme as Scotland?s first minister
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
26 Nov 2014 at 12:56pm
Sturgeon identifies 12 policy areas including land reform, in-work poverty, public health, gender equality and domestic abuse

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged radical land reform in her inaugural program...



When conspiracy theories enter the mainstream, it?s time to worry | Mark Wallace
by Mark Wallace
25 Nov 2014 at 3:00am
Secret oil fields in the North Sea, ?powerful forces? conspiring against Ed Miliband, the EU to blame for Russia pouring arms into Ukraine. Enough already

There was a time when conspiracy theories w...



Scotland to be offered total control over income tax after Labour U-turn
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

Labour decision to drop opposition to full devolution of income tax means all three main UK parties back tax-raising power shift

The Scottish parliament is expected to be offered total control over...



The National launch day review: a McPravda for Scotland?s separatists?
by Libby Brooks
24 Nov 2014 at 8:33am

First issue of Scotland?s new pro-independence daily is stylish and bold, but its sport is thin and news is Holyrood-filtered

The Scottish public have five days to prove their appetite for a permane...



Why the National newspaper in Scotland may well be a success | Lesley Riddoch
by Lesley Riddoch
24 Nov 2014 at 6:25am
A pro-independence newspaper can capture the mood of the 45% of Scots who voted yes

A new paper, the National, launches with a pilot week in Scotland today. Given the parlous state of the newspaper ...



The National launches in Scotland ?to fly flag for independence?
by Press Association
24 Nov 2014 at 4:29am
Newsquest publishes title for five-day pilot period alongside Scottish portfolio of Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times

? Pro-independence daily paper the National to launch in Scotland
? Greensl...

Tom Watson accused of manipulating two Labour leadership elections
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
23 Nov 2014 at 4:01pm

Shadow cabinet member accused former Labour deputy chairman of manipulating leadership battles that overthrew Blair and installed Miliband

A member of the shadow cabinet on Sunday accused Labour?s ...




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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Letter from Ed Balls effectively calling for Air Passenger Duty Devolution to...
27 Nov 2014 at 11:38am
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The National to continue past trial week
27 Nov 2014 at 11:21am
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First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 27th November 2014
27 Nov 2014 at 11:13am
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27 Nov 2014 at 9:00am
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For a great day out in Edinburgh, you could visit The Royal Yacht Britannia.
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Members of the public stopped in Glasgow and asked what love is. What a toler...
27 Nov 2014 at 7:58am
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Renewables 'biggest power source' in Scotland
27 Nov 2014 at 6:34am
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Comment Isn't Free | Every Loser Wins
27 Nov 2014 at 5:42am
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Hi Scotland! I'll be traveling through Scotland with my gf for three weeks st...
27 Nov 2014 at 5:15am

Hi Scotland! I'm a 23 y/o Croatian who'll be traveling through Scotland with my gf for three weeks starting this Christmas.

In Croatia, Scots are considered our close friends although we are not t...



Edinburgh and Aberdeen among UK's top places to live
27 Nov 2014 at 3:53am
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Smith Commission megathread
27 Nov 2014 at 2:11am

For all your Smith Commission needs throughout the day. Things kick off at 9.

Please post links to news stories, articles, and interesting comment here so we can keep everything in one place. Relat...



Fugitive Craig Whyte arrested in major swoop in Mexico - Daily Record
27 Nov 2014 at 1:58am
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Granny ? aged 90 ? told to attend job centre interview
26 Nov 2014 at 7:16pm
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26 Nov 2014 at 6:38pm
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10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this blog. Thanks Malc! Taking a leaf out of the book of John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furn...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader Of Labour In the Scottish Parliament, a mere LOLITSP. Iain Gray, a much better politician than he e...

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion calling for free public transport. I don’t know why conference opposed it, but I know why I did, and why I...


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Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...

Portillo moments on steroids
by weegingerdug
17 Nov 2014 at 6:52pm
So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties f...

Still a reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
15 Nov 2014 at 5:22am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Well we?re eight weeks on from the vote and the world hasn?t come to a crashing halt. The sky isn?t raining blood. Sulphrous pits haven?t opened under our hom...

The oncoming train
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2014 at 6:53pm
According to the Herald, Jim Murphy has promised that if he wins the election for manager of Labour’s Scottish dead meat counter he’s going to wrest power back from the London office. What he reall...

I want my devo max
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2014 at 3:14pm
So where’s my devo max then? Like most people in Scotland who have been following political developments over the past few years – which is most people in Scotland – I fancy I have quite a good ide...

Up in smoke
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
It’s only after you break a bad habit that you realise just how bad it was for you. Like giving up smoking or voting Labour in Scotland. That’s been a vicious addiction that hundreds of thousands h...

Jim Murphy?s BOGOF
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
Less than two months after the referendum, you know, that vote that was supposed to establish the settled will of the Scottish people until the Sun expands in a ball of hot gas and consumes the Ear...

Red pandas and pop tarts
by weegingerdug
30 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The red panda is a real thing. It’s much smaller beastie than the better known giant panda, but it’s only marginally less endangered. According to Wikipedia, the red panda faces extinction because ...

scot2.scot gets ready to launch
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2014 at 2:35pm
We live in a country where the people voted to continue to be ruled by a parliament in London. Okay, the majority wasn?t very large but it gave the parliament in London the green light to ?get ahea...


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