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Rallying cry at Ukip Scottish rally will be to 'stay together'
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE decision by Ukip to hold a rally in Glasgow a few days before Referendum Day has been seized on by the Yes camp as a political blow to their opponents.

Poll reveals youth apathy to politics
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Almost half of young people in Britain are not engaged in politics, feel their voices are not being heard and do not believe politicians are addressing their needs, a new poll has found.

Miliband aims for gender equality with women making up half of his front benc...
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Ed Miliband has said he wants half of Labour MPs to be women in the future and to achieve a 50-50 gender split on the party's front benches.

Labour MPs 'among those considering Ukip defection'
29 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
CLAIMS and counter- claims have swirled around Westminster that not only Conservative but also Labour MPs are considering defecting to Ukip after Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell jumped ship and joined the anti-EU party.

LibDems pledge to extend paternity leave
29 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Liberal Democrats have pledged to give fathers an extra four weeks' paternity leave under manifesto plans.

Rise in immigration despite government's plan
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Further evidence of a surge in immigration to the UK from within the European Union (EU) has undermined the Government's bid to keep a lid on new arrivals to the country.

Scots may resign from Cabinet to join in negotiations in the event of a Yes vote
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
A RAFT of key ministers could leave David Cameron's government following a Yes vote - to campaign for the best deal for an independent Scotland.

Cameron condemns Russia's actions
28 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims to desire a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine are "not credible" while tanks roll across the border.

Senior Tory claims Speaker could be unseated by his own party
27 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE threat to John Bercow's position as Commons Speaker has been underlined with the suggestion from a senior Tory that his own party could seek to unseat him at the General Election.

Juncker insists Cameron sends woman to EU
26 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is coming under pressure from Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming President of the European Commission, to change tack and nominate a woman as Britain's top representative in Brussels.

Ukip's Farage will fight for Westminster seat at election
26 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage last night pledged to enlist an 'army' to fend off the Tories and Labour after he was selected to fight a Kent seat at the 2015 general election.

Boris Johnson announces he will seek to make Commons comeback
26 Aug 2014 at 10:31am
Boris Johnson has announced that he will seek to make a Commons comeback as MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip at the general election.

Clegg in India for talks on trade
25 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
NICK Clegg and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have held talks on trade, climate change and education.

Cameron accused of using 'shady money' from donors
25 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron will today be accused by Labour of using shady money from secretive organisations in key Tory marginals in an attempt to buy the 2015 General Election.

Minister to tackle abuse of women
25 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
ED Miliband has appointed Labour's first shadow minister for tackling violence against women and girls.


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Shipyard staff warned over Scottish independence
1 Sep 2014 at 6:53pm

SHADOW defence secretary Vernon Coaker has warned that it is “beyond doubt” that Scottish independence would cost defence jobs.



Scottish independence: Proclaimers song tops chart
1 Sep 2014 at 6:50pm

The Proclaimers’ pro-independence anthem Cap in Hand has soared to the top of the download charts after a campaign was launched to make it the Number One UK single.



David Cameron introduces new anti-terror laws
1 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

DAVID CAMERON yesterday laid out new powers to seize passports at UK borders of Britons suspected of travelling abroad to fight with terror groups, among a raft of new proposals to combat jihadists carrying out attacks in Britain.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Vote ?No? for our children
1 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

ALISTAIR DARLING has made an emotive plea to undecided voters to say no to Scottish independence for the benefit of their children.



Cumming: Scottish independence good for gay rights
1 Sep 2014 at 4:11pm

HOLLYWOOD star Alan Cumming has said independence will give gay Scots the “rights and respect” they deserve.



David Maddox: Labour and constitutional reform
1 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Labour’s key message over the next nine months as it makes the push to win the general election in May 2015 is: “You cannot trust the Tories with public services.”



Peter Jones: All heat and no light in indy debate
1 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

As the referendum looms, rational discussion has been displaced by unchecked emotions on both sides, writes Peter Jones



Banksy images doctored by Yes campaigners
1 Sep 2014 at 12:43pm

PHOTOS of graffiti by world-famous artist Banksy have been doctored by Yes campaigners to show support for Scottish independence.



Alistair Darling urges No vote based on family
1 Sep 2014 at 12:13pm

ALISTAIR DARLING has urged undecided voters to say No to independence, arguing that staying in the UK was the “right” thing to do for their

children.



Scottish independence round-up: New ?No? adverts
1 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm

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



Scottish independence: defence jobs warning
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

IT is “beyond doubt” that Scottish independence would cost defence jobs, shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker has said.



100 Weeks of Scotland: Largs, Wemyss Bay, Gourock
1 Sep 2014 at 8:01am

SCOTLAND has been a busy place this summer. Commonwealth Games, The Edinburgh Festivals, the upcoming Ryder Cup Golf tournament and the Independence Referendum have all created a perfect storm of heat and light. It’s always advisable to try and dodge a storm.



Scottish independence: Darling?s security concern
1 Sep 2014 at 7:42am

BETTER Together leader Alistair Darling is due to talk to police about security arrangements for Scotland’s independence referendum.



Jim Murphy restarts 100 streets in 100 days tour
1 Sep 2014 at 7:12am

LABOUR MP Jim Murphy is to resume his speaking tour tomorrow after he postponed the one man campaign last week.



Scottish independence: 18 days to ?day of destiny?
1 Sep 2014 at 3:17am

SCOTLAND’S month of destiny has arrived with the independence referendum just 18 days away.




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A surprising development
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 3:22pm
The rather sour Times leader linked in the tweet doesn’t actually specify the numbers, and the poll isn’t officially released yet as we write this, but we’d been hearing rumours of a Y47 N53 (excl. DKs) for a little while beforehand, so it looks like they were true. Less than a month ago, YG stood at Y39 […]

Bringing the smackdown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald’s appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: “SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 Woodside Place, Glasgow, G3 7QF MEDIA RELEASE The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police […]

Brass neck polished again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
The Daily Record, 27 Aug 2014: “[Gordon] Brown said SNP proposals to cut corporation tax would benefit large companies, including energy firms. ‘The biggest beneficiaries of the SNP’s tax policy are the shareholders and directors of the privatised energy companies in Scotland,” he said. ‘”When you look at the Scottish National Party policies, inequality and […]

A significant escalation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 6:24am
Last week, Yes voters only hated their families, not Scotland. This week it’s both. Can you feel the fear, readers?

New volatility blow for Salmond
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 4:46am
From today’s Financial Times: “Buyout groups Blackstone and Blue Water Energy are providing $500m to Siccar Point Energy, a new UK-focused oil company, in one of the largest ever private equity investments in North Sea oil. Investment in the UK North Sea reached a record level of £14.4bn last year, raising hopes that oil and gas production could […]

34 months later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 12:06am
Wings Over Scotland officially launched on the 1st of November 2011, with a collection of posts imported from a personal blog. (The first original post didn’t appear until a week later.) It was meant just to be a small aggregator site of interesting stories from the newspapers with a short bit of commentary. That month we had […]

Not waving but drowning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 9:56am
So worn-down are we by the job of scrutinising Scotland’s exhaustingly terrible media for three years for you, our beloved readers, that we often can’t bring ourselves to watch current-affairs shows live any more, steeling ourselves to catch up with them on iPlayer only if people say there was something of particular note on them. […]

Down in the tuba station at midnight
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 9:02am
After all the unpleasantness of recent days we thought you might enjoy a bit of lighter viewing for a Sunday afternoon, so here’s an excellent short documentary about the Wings card game, “The Last Voter In Scotland”, which is padded out with background footage of a bloke called Greg something. We think he’s some sort […]

Almost at the limit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 6:30am
Thank goodness there are only 18 days of the independence campaign remaining. We’re not sure we have the capacity to absorb much more idiocy like the below. Betting £800,000 to win £973,333 isn’t “making £1m”, you hapless shower of comedy dolts. It’s risking £800,000 of money that you already had to try to make a profit of than […]

Never knowingly unhysterical
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 4:42am
If you’ll forgive one of my very rare switches to the first-person view, readers, I’ve found the last few days in the independence referendum particularly weird. That’s because my current life is curiously mirroring my previous one as a videogames journalist. The gaming community is at present mired in a convulsive orgy of the most mindboggling […]


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Thousands in late rush to vote
1 Sep 2014 at 7:13pm
Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.


Brown issues warning over UK debt
1 Sep 2014 at 7:20pm
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.


MP Jim Murphy resuming campaign tour
1 Sep 2014 at 7:29pm
Labour MP Jim Murphy is resuming his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.


Darling: Vote is 'test of judgement'
1 Sep 2014 at 9:14am
The referendum is a test of "judgement over patriotism", says the chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling.


Deadline looms for vote registration
1 Sep 2014 at 8:33am
Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.


Referendum 'assault' video emerges
1 Sep 2014 at 3:20pm
A video emerges which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protestor.


Man denies assaulting MP Galloway
1 Sep 2014 at 9:48am
A 39-year-old man pleads not guilty to the religiously aggravated assault of MP George Galloway in a London street.


Experts argue for drink price plan
30 Aug 2014 at 6:22pm
Health professionals say they are stepping up efforts to see alcohol minimum pricing in place in Scotland, with a seminar being held in Brussels.


Council chief executive retiring
1 Sep 2014 at 5:07am
The chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, announces his retirement from the post he has held since 2008.


Leaders set out immigration visions
31 Aug 2014 at 10:52am
Party leaders set out differing visions of Scotland's immigration policy, ahead of the independence referendum.


UKIP to hold pro-Union rally
31 Aug 2014 at 6:10am
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to address party supporters at a pro-Union rally in Glasgow ahead of the independence referendum.


General attacks SNP defence policy
31 Aug 2014 at 11:55am
The defence policies in the Scottish government's White Paper are "amateurish" and "dangerous", a former Nato commander says.


Campaigns focus on jobs and families
30 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
Alex Salmond talks of a "jobs gap" in Better Together's campaign while those backing the Union say independence would "cost families dear".


Call for more disabled children data
29 Aug 2014 at 6:56pm
A charity campaigner calls for better official information on the number of Scottish children with a disability.


Sir Paul urges Scots 'stay together'
30 Aug 2014 at 10:47am
Sir Paul McCartney becomes the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay part of the UK ahead of the historic vote on independence.


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Why I will never buy the Herald again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Sep 2014 at 2:10pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.



Scotland: The Day after ... In Europe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Aug 2014 at 3:35pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 3:21pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.

The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication and three weeks before the referendum, we publish the second installment.



The meltdown of the No campaign ? The game that changed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 1:24am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.
 
The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that Yes needed a game changer.  No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.



Three Cheers for Us!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 3:38pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to point you in the direction of the latest dire warnings of our imminent national demise should we join the world community as a sovereign state? (Doesn?t seeing the old comrades arm in arm bring back memories of the time they were in power together building up the British economy and securing prosperity for working class people?how did that all end?)



Is Alex Salmond?s heir apparent?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 12:02am

By George Kerevan
 
ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, ?winning? the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands down. That would not be news had the First Minister performed better during the earlier round, when Darling?s steady (if monotonously repetitious) fire seemed to non-plus the First Minister. It was like the captain of a great battleship being perplexed by the return fire from some pesky enemy frigate.



The TV debate ? From Inside the Beltway
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last night, outside Kelvingrove half a dozen men stood wrapped in Union flags. One carried a "no thanks" poster. A few feet away, a white and black "vote yes for Scotland" banner lay unfurled across the museum?s front steps. A girl, who looked no older than twenty, swung a saltire. She wore a t-shirt with 'Jacobite' on it.



The Freemasonry of the Media
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2014 at 12:12pm

By Derek Bateman
 
For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists.  I was never one of the top gun star performers in any of the places I worked but I was steady and occasionally inspired.

I didn't ever cut it as a news reporter because it requires an unflinching doggedness for i/brformation that I lacked.  I just didn't care enough about what passed for news most of the time because it was the 'here today, gone tomorrow' sludge that you still read in the papers today.



Unionist parties failing to coordinate and think through lies and threats
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2014 at 11:46am

By Mark McNaught

The greatest sin in politics is when you believe your own propaganda.  On the eve of the second Darling/Salmond TV debate, Alistair Darling's former minion Ed Balls declared that Scotland joining the Euro was the 'least bad' currency option when Scots vote yes, thus precluding any use of the pound.

It is a sad commentary on the Westminster parties that the only thing they can agree on is how to threaten the Scots.



Thistle and Shamrock Entwined
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2014 at 5:09am

  By Stephen Coyle
 
Scotland is a nation with nothing to lose but its fear by voting 'Yes' in the independence referendum.  I would contend that given the Irish community's commitment to social justice, solidarity and a shared rich ancestral heritage with Scotland, we should be among the foremost advocates of independence.




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"Next question please" Johann Lamont - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 11:45am

Johann Lamont unable to answer questioner's request for information about Additional Powers. Short excerpt with captions.
Peter A Bell's insight:

More powers? What powers!?



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Deadline to register to vote: midnight Tuesday 2nd Sept - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 11:42am

The deadline to register your vote is just hours away. Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Green Party urges everyone to make sure they're registered, make sure t...

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Move Ouvre Darling
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 11:01am

Mike Small on Borgen, sleaze, and dolly mixture. On the eve of the final day for voter registration for the Scottish Independence Referendum, grassroots yes activists have argued that the huge succ...

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Brass neck polished again
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:53am

The Daily Record, 27 Aug 2014: "[Gordon] Brown said SNP proposals to cut corporation tax would benefit large companies, including energy firms. 'The biggest beneficiaries of the SNP's tax policy ar...
Peter A Bell's insight:

The duplicity and hypocrisy of Gordon Brown is quite sickening.



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Keep the peace and avoid potential flashpoints. The world's media will be arr...
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

As our beautiful democratising Independence referendum swings into September and the last fortnight, and with the Yes campaign brimming full of the confidence that visible momen...



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Scottish Currency Debate Akin to ?Red Herring? - Financial Expert
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:34am

The heated debate between pro and anti-Scottish independence campaigns over what currency an independent Scotland would use is a “massive red herring,” a financial expert in the City of London told RIA Novosti.

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New volatility blow for Salmond
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:30am
From today's Financial Times: "Buyout groups Blackstone and Blue Water Energy are providing $500m to Siccar Point Energy, a new UK-focused oil company, in one of the largest ever private equity inv...
Peter A Bell's insight:

"Investment in the UK North Sea reached a record level of £14.4bn last yea...



Make sure you can have your say on Scotland?s future | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:26am



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48 Lies
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:22am

Now that Mr. Darling has admitted that we can use the pound, can we do something about this? In addition to a few surprising revelations, I counted at least 48 things* that Alistair Darling said wh...


Peter A Bell's insight:

An excellent catalogue of Better Together dishonesty.



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Devo Max Through The Ages
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 10:06am
As wise Canute’s watters spill ontae the shore,
The Devo Max Mob skirl oot “Jesus! Nae more!
Yer gaun too far, but we’ll try oor auld tack:
Wi’ bold compromise we can turn this tide back!”
It’s like...

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Lesley Riddoch: Assuaging fears of a rainy day
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:57am

Scottish independence: Worries about financial security leave many of the elderly in conflict over voting Yes for the next generation, writes Lesley Riddoch

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A Welshman with a vote
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:54am
A guest post by William Totterdell Dear Wee Dug, fellow ginger, My wife regularly reads me your blog or sends me a link to some great comments. I guess I am one of the silent ones, no Facebook, blo...

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Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better To...
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:50am

On the mean streets of Glasgow, where every vote is being fought over to keep Scotland in or out of the union, there's one man driving a black cab who is waging his own personal independence campaign.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This may be the very definition of a non-story. A Glasgow cabbie who may n...



STV announces line-up for live referendum 'town hall' debate
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:42am

Yes or No – The Debate will be broadcast on Tuesday, September 2 between 8pm and 10pm.

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New risk to Scotland as 100 Tories back EU exit | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:33am

The threat to Scotland’s place in the European Union in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again today – after it emerged that up to 100 Tory MPs are preparing to include a personal pledge in their election manifestos to vote for the UK to quit the EU.



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Former PM warns Scotland would become 'international outcast' if it reneges o...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 1:16pm
GORDON Brown's comments follow renewed arguments over currency union.


No campaign in 'serial blunder mode' says First Minister claiming Yes campain...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 11:58am
ALEX Salmond hit out at Better Together's latest ads which he says are 'patronising' and 'daft'.


Daily Record to be guest edited by Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling as both ...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 10:50am
The Daily Record has formed a momentous partnership with both the Better Together and Yes Scotland campaigns as both Alastair Darling and Alex Salmond will guest edit the paper.


Alistair Darling calls for zero tolerance of bullying and intimidation in ind...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 10:20am
MOVE follows turbulent week on campaign trail in which Alex Salmond and Labour MP Jim Murphy were involved in separate incidents of threatening behaviour.


Alex Salmond calls on 'the missing million' who've not yet registered to vote...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 4:23am
SCOTS have just 24 hours to register for the September 18 referendum, which is also open to 16 and 17-year-olds for the first time in a major a poll.


NOwhere to go: SNP draw up plans for the future amid fears Union vote could b...
by David Clegg
31 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
THE SNP have showed signs they believe a Yes vote is beyond their grasp as senior civil service sources tell the Daily Record the nationalists are making plans for a No vote.


Kezia Dugdale: Yespests just can't accept that there are many people proudly ...
by Kezia Dugdale
31 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
LABOUR MSP Kezia Dugdale says that the actions of Yes campaigners are pushing more people towards a No vote.


Yes campaigner Dad's fury as son narrowly avoids chair thrown from balcony by...
by Mark McGivern
31 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
SCHOOLBOY Kieran Loudon was campaigning with dad Gavin alongside independence stalwart Jim Sillars in Kirkcaldy, Fife, when a chair came crashing down from the balcony.


Battered George Galloway vows to keep on campaign trail to save Union despite...
by Lesley Roberts
31 Aug 2014 at 6:18am
THE 60-year-old politician pledged to press on with his Just Say Naw tour ahead of the referendum ballot despite being unable to talk because of his injuries.


Independence referendum: No campaign claim Yes vote would cost families a for...
by Mark Aitken
31 Aug 2014 at 4:47am
BETTER Together estimate that independence could cost the average family an extra £3600 a year, while the SNP claimed free childcare would save parents £5000 a child per year.


Sunday Mail Opinion: We need many more politicians capable of winning the peace
by Mail Opinion
31 Aug 2014 at 4:02am
MAIL OPINION says the notion shared by many Yes voters that a suddenly independent Scotland will wake up with a whole new way of doing things is for the birds.


Alex Salmond's former special advisor predicts speeches First Minister will m...
by dailyrecord
31 Aug 2014 at 3:21am
HERE Salmond's former speech writer ALEX BELL predicts what the First Minister will say on September 19 - whether his campaign for independence has been won or lost.


Referendum roll of honour: You must be registered to vote by Tuesday or your ...
by John Ferguson
30 Aug 2014 at 3:58am
ABOUT 230,000 Scots are set to miss out on having their say at the polls on September 18 as the voting registration period draws to a close.


Jim Murphy vows to complete soapbox referendum tour but demands Yes Scotland ...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
LABOUR MP was pelted with an egg while campaigning for a No vote on Thursday and claims organised protesters are trying to silence the pro-Union parties.


Respect MP George Galloway suffers suspected broken jaw after being attacked ...
by dailyrecord
29 Aug 2014 at 4:52pm
SCOTS politician taken to hospital for treatment amid claims his alleged attacker shouted about the Holocaust before he punched the 60-year-old.


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As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2014 at 12:56pm
As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of the agents of the British state.


Betrayed! - CI5 minders turn on Britnat Labour MP
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UKIP "all fired up for the fight".
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 2:30pm
UKIP "all fired up for the fight".


Cameron, Milliband and Clegg get a kick in the Clactons!
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In the Premiership Egg-hurling Division, the score remains locked at Murphy 1 - 1 Sillars

BREAKING NEWS: Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 1:12pm
BREAKING NEWS:
Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.




Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Aug 2014 at 2:41pm
Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.


Independent Scotland- a dangerous rogue state on the edge of Europe
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Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 5:58pm
Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.


Cameron calls of Scottish speaking tour after CBI chief pelts him with carrot puree
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The weans roon here hiv ta'en tae hingin roon politicians in the hope there'll be some free food flyin roon.

See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted? See this v...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 11:01am
See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted?
See this vicious Greg Moodie description of what happened to our heroine, as she encountered reality - and weep.
http://gregmoodie.com/patronising-bt-lady-is-released-into-the-wild/


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Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I voted Yes?


UK Minister in ?no phones if you vote yes? threat!
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The animated audience of 432, were told, Imagine not being able to call your Factor in Sutherland or your Ghillie on the Spey!

BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values. Our ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 6:13am
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values.

Our Nobbled Prize-winning experts reckon this is a pure winner in the #indyref debate with at least half of the general public.

In fact, it was the BBC Scotlandshire team who first presented this line in campaigning to U-KO...

Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm
Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of the discussions are confidential, but they certainly punch above their weight!

We agreed to give them a wee donation. However, they said they preferred money.

Here's Programme 5.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 5

This week's h...

We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of England who made the great journey North. Read his exciting adventure!


L-Team tour to Scotlandshire : The diary of a NO body
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Be enthralled by the experiences of Fladgett Entwhistle as he encount...

Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Aug 2014 at 12:13pm
Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep you safe.


New Scotlandshire tours from the L-Team
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tour members will be reallocted to the highest level package available - currently Plan FO (Scotlandshire).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the split...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2014 at 12:58pm
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the splittist referendum, voting arrangements have been changed.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/804-chief-counting-officer-announces-dramatic-change-in-voting-arrangements.html


Chief Counting Officer announ...

Explained! Where did the missing 9 billion barrels of oil go?
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Aug 2014 at 1:39pm
Explained! Where did the missing 9 billion barrels of oil go?


Oil tycoon admits to 'having addiction problem'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Wood - enjoying a rather fine 'Late Cretaceous vintage from the Clair Ridge, which had interesting overtones of pre-Palocean deformation'

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


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

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


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


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Move Ouvre Darling
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 9:04am
Mike Small on Borgen, sleaze, and dolly mixture. On the eve of the final day for voter registration for the Scottish Independence Referendum, grassroots yes activists have argued that the huge success of their efforts to engage and re-engage the... Read More ›

Keep the peace and avoid potential flashpoints. The world?s media will be arr...
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 8:30am
by Kevin Williamson As our beautiful democratising Independence referendum swings into September and the last fortnight, and with the Yes campaign brimming full of the confidence that visible momentum inevitably brings with it, the best and worst of this campaign... Read More ›


Yes Fife in the Sun
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
Activists across Scotland continued to celebrate the movement for change all weekend with mass actions everywhere. As Paul Mason writes: “Something incredible is happening in Scotland. The little pin badges ? Yes or No ? that people wear are sparking open... Read More ›


Kevin Bridges on the Referendum
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:36am
Kevin Bridges turns his attention to the referendum with some key debating advice for Alex Salmond ...


Flying Blind ? MPs, Money and the Economy
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:18am
By Scott Egner A recent poll commissioned by London based money reform organisation Positive Money found that only 1 in 10 UK MPs actually understand that banks create money when they lend. In the Poll comprising one hundred MPs, when... Read More ›


Stiglitz enlightened challenge to Scottish Education
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
An exciting prospect is laid out... Scotland's imminent potential through education...


Beyond Personality Politics
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 12:59pm
Andrew Gardiner exerts us to go beyond the personalities involved in the referendum and see deeper issues. It is easy to see how personalities can influence voters in the run up to polling day. We are usually seeking to elect... Read More ›


Postcard from Quinhagak
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 8:56am
Kathleen Jamie on how the Yup’ik people are re-learning to appreciate and respect their own culture. Quinhagak is a village on the west coast of Alaska, where the Quanirtuuq river unbraids and enters the Bering Sea. I’ve been here 2... Read More ›


Yes Minister
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 8:40am
By Mike Small There’s been a thread of progressive home rule agitation from the christian left in Scotland for a very very long time. It’s a tradition that encompasses the christian socialist movement, the peace movement and much beyond and... Read More ›


The Pocket Commentariat
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 8:23am
Christopher Harvie studies the Times, in Scotland… THE TIMES Scottish commentary has a talent to amuse, largely unintentionally, few pseudonymous cyberhecklers, and better spelling than most. The word ?iconic? is avoided, for which many thanks. What follows may be like... Read More ›


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Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap - Telegraph.co.uk
1 Sep 2014 at 4:25pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap
Telegraph.co.uk
Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said: ''This breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum - it's an all-time high for Yes support in a YouGov survey so far, and an eight-point swing from No t...


As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note - New York Times
31 Aug 2014 at 3:07pm

New York Times

As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note
New York Times
?If Scotland votes yes, the genie is out of the bottle,? said Leanne Wood, leader of Wales's nationalist party Plaid Cymru. Only one in 10 Welsh voters supports independence, compared with about four in 10 in Scotland, but M...


Scottish independence: Leaders disagree on future of immigration - BBC News
31 Aug 2014 at 10:53am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Leaders disagree on future of immigration
BBC News
Party leaders have set out differing visions of Scotland's future immigration policy, ahead of the independence referendum. First Minister Alex Salmond said he wanted a policy to attract skilled workers and keep Scots...


Scottish independence: How might a currency change affect the rest of the UK?...
31 Aug 2014 at 8:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: How might a currency change affect the rest of the UK?
BBC News
The pound has been at the heart of the battle for Scottish votes in the independence referendum, with the Scottish government consistently stressing that if Scotland votes for independence on 18 September...


Scottish Independence: Vote 'No' If You Love Your Kids, Suggest Better ... - ...
1 Sep 2014 at 7:34am

Scottish Independence: Vote 'No' If You Love Your Kids, Suggest Better ...
Huffington Post UK
The pro-union Better Together campaign has been attacked for a new poster campaign which urges people to vote against Scottish Independence if they love their family. The new posters, unveiled today, featu...


Scotland's independence vote watched closely around world: Burman - Toronto Star
30 Aug 2014 at 10:13am

Toronto Star

Scotland's independence vote watched closely around world: Burman
Toronto Star
Quebec's independence movement may be in disarray, but the same cannot be said about its counterpart in Scotland. On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will vote on a simple, clear question about whether they w...


Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ... ...
1 Sep 2014 at 7:37am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ...
The Independent
Scottish Independence: For and against. Promoter Tommy Sheppard told The Scotsman that the gig will involve ?a small segment of Scotland's artistic and creative community are getting together...


Scottish independence: Nigel Farage to appear at UKIP pro-Union rally - BBC News
31 Aug 2014 at 6:12am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Nigel Farage to appear at UKIP pro-Union rally
BBC News
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to address party supporters at a pro-Union rally in Glasgow ahead of the independence referendum. The party, which is not involved in the official pro-Union Better Together campaign, s...


Cameron says he's 'nervous' over Scottish independence vote - Reuters UK
30 Aug 2014 at 10:07am

Reuters UK

Cameron says he's 'nervous' over Scottish independence vote
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month. With polls indica...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? the Yes and No of it - The Edinburgh Reporter
1 Sep 2014 at 12:07am

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish Independence Referendum ? the Yes and No of it
The Edinburgh Reporter
The start-up costs for an independent Scotland would run to nearly £2.5bn with another £2bn costs because of the need for new currency arrangements, according to the Better Together campaign. A new ...



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Campaigns prepare for third independence TV debate - ITV News
1 Sep 2014 at 7:50pm

ITV News

Campaigns prepare for third independence TV debate
ITV News
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon will be one of the panellists for Yes Scotland. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images. Leading figures from the Yes and No campaigns will go head to head tonight in the third ma...


Campaigns set for third independence TV debate - ITV News
1 Sep 2014 at 7:50pm

ITV News

Campaigns set for third independence TV debate
ITV News
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon will be one of the panellists for Yes Scotland. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images. Leading figures from the Yes and No campaigns will go head to head tonight in the third major ...


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown issues warning over UK debt - BBC News
1 Sep 2014 at 7:30pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown issues warning over UK debt
BBC News
The SNP says Scotland cannot be liable for a debt the UK government has accepted full responsibility for. First Minister Alex Salmond has said Scotland would not be obliged to take on any debt after a "Yes" vote, if th...


Russell pledges rural links boost - The Courier
1 Sep 2014 at 7:07pm

The Courier

Russell pledges rural links boost
The Courier
"We have a UK government that has introduced a big fuel duty cut for drivers in Scotland's islands and invested billions in our renewable energy industry and broadband services. That is what the SNP want us to walk away from and there would b...


EXCLUSIVE: The secret sell-out of Scotland's NHS - Express.co.uk
1 Sep 2014 at 6:20pm

Express.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: The secret sell-out of Scotland's NHS
Express.co.uk
In a further hugely damaging revelation, the annual sum given to sub-contractors ? including these massive hidden payments to the private sector ? has more than doubled since the SNP came to power. The official NHS figures ...


Is the Scottish NHS doomed? - Morning Star Online
1 Sep 2014 at 6:02pm

Is the Scottish NHS doomed?
Morning Star Online
One of the great ironies in the referendum campaign has been the emergence of the NHS as a referendum issue. The SNP, wont to accuse the No camp of scare stories, has itself been running a scare story of its own. The NHS, it argues, is under threat .....


SNP ministers deny planning for defeat - The Times (subscription)
1 Sep 2014 at 5:56pm

SNP ministers deny planning for defeat
The Times (subscription)
Senior SNP ministers moved quickly yesterday to deny reports that they have started making plans to re-launch the Scottish government after a ?no? vote. Senior civil service sources said that Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney were keen ...


Motion S4M-10899: Neil Findlay - SNP Government Oversees Privatisation of ......
1 Sep 2014 at 5:39pm

Motion S4M-10899: Neil Findlay - SNP Government Oversees Privatisation of ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
That the Parliament notes recent reports that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has awarded a contract to provide overweight patients with weight management advice to the multination...


BBC is letting hypocritical Salmond off the hook - Telegraph.co.uk
1 Sep 2014 at 4:02pm

Telegraph.co.uk

BBC is letting hypocritical Salmond off the hook
Telegraph.co.uk
BBC Scotland did, it is true, follow our story and report that a part of the NHS in our biggest city was being privatised, but it did not mention on its website that the SNP have for weeks been making the future of the ...


Scottish Independence Referendum: Could Carwyn Jones carry out his threat to ...
1 Sep 2014 at 2:59pm

Scottish Independence Referendum: Could Carwyn Jones carry out his threat to ...
WalesOnline
It was the second time Carwyn Jones had made a thinly-veiled threat to torpedo an attempt to share the pound in a currency union, following a speech in Edinburgh in November. But the SNP were at pains to po...



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Scottish Referendum: No Vote's Lead Narrows - Sky News
1 Sep 2014 at 4:16pm

BBC News

Scottish Referendum: No Vote's Lead Narrows
Sky News
The No vote's lead ahead of the Scottish Referendum has narrowed to just six points, according to a new poll. The YouGov poll suggests support for Scottish independence has risen eight points over the past month. The six-point lead for th...


Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ... ...
1 Sep 2014 at 7:37am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ...
The Independent
Promoter Tommy Sheppard told The Scotsman that the gig will involve ?a small segment of Scotland's artistic and creative community are getting together to prepare to move up another gear in t...


As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note - New York Times
31 Aug 2014 at 3:07pm

New York Times

As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note
New York Times
Less than a month before Scotland holds a referendum on whether to leave Britain, Wales is watching with a mix of envy, excitement and trepidation. ?If Scotland votes yes, the genie is out of the bottle,? said Leanne Wood, l...


British Pound to Dollar and Scotland Referendum: Indyref is Key Risk to GBP ....
1 Sep 2014 at 1:33pm

Pound Sterling Live

British Pound to Dollar and Scotland Referendum: Indyref is Key Risk to GBP ...
Pound Sterling Live
Pound Sterling Live reckon the British pound (GBP) is in for a stronger September based on the prospects for the release of positive economic data. Watch out for Manufacturing PMI ...


Scotland's referendum endgame - The Economist
28 Aug 2014 at 12:24pm

The Economist

Scotland's referendum endgame
The Economist
The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey suggests that about one-third of Scots are committed to independence and another third think devolution need go no farther than it has already. The referendum will be decided by the rest?pragmatists...


Referendum could leave scars on Scotland - The Times (subscription)
1 Sep 2014 at 4:03pm

Referendum could leave scars on Scotland
The Times (subscription)
Sir, Magnus Linklater (Opinion, Sept 1) is right. Deep divisions have been exposed by both the Yes and No campaigns and opened up wounds which will be hard to heal. The Church of Scotland decided to remain neutral, but influential me...


Extra police at poll stations considered for referendum - Herald Scotland
31 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Extra police at poll stations considered for referendum
Herald Scotland
The "high tensions" involved, and potential flashpoints such as people turning up to vote and finding they are not registered, or finding themselves queuing outside polling station as they are about to close, have been discusse...


Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault' - BBC News
1 Sep 2014 at 3:21pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault'
BBC News
An eyewitness told the Sunday Herald newspaper that an ambulance was called for the woman, but was later cancelled. Police Scotland initially said the event passed off peacefully, but subsequently revealed that a man had ...


British man to win £1MILLION bet if Scotland vote No in historic referendum -...
31 Aug 2014 at 10:53am

Mirror.co.uk

British man to win £1MILLION bet if Scotland vote No in historic referendum
Mirror.co.uk
"The client is a middle aged gentleman who is not Scottish and does not have a vote in the referendum. "We have now taken almost £2 million on the outcome of the referendum and stand to win over a m...


Paul McCartney Trolled For Backing No Vote In Scottish Independence ... - Huf...
1 Sep 2014 at 4:42am

Express.co.uk

Paul McCartney Trolled For Backing No Vote In Scottish Independence ...
Huffington Post UK
Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to suffer a stream of online abuse from pro-independence Scots, after he signed a letter calling for a no vote in this month's independence refe...



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1 Sep 2014 at 7:34pm

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Proof That We Are Run From London
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Passports Confiscated
1 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

With the government announcement of not allowing "Brits" back into the country if suspected of be...



Bond Fire
1 Sep 2014 at 2:28pm
Have any of you guys experience when organising a bonfire? What regs do you need to abide bt? I a...

Daily 'unionist' Retard
1 Sep 2014 at 1:01pm

More utter guff today about how SNP are preparing about how to cope with the collapse of the part...



Be Your Nation
1 Sep 2014 at 11:49am

First heard this back at the SNP conference in April.

 

Now it's been recorded properly:

 



Paula's Husband
1 Sep 2014 at 10:11am



Darling Has Lost The Plot
1 Sep 2014 at 9:28am

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Do You Love Your Family?
1 Sep 2014 at 8:10am

Are they trying to lose?



Bbc Radio 5 Live Debate
1 Sep 2014 at 6:40am

Theres a debate on Tuesday morning, between 10 and 12. Its being held in The Caird Hall, Dundee
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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence: 18 days to referendum - live
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

Follow our rolling coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign as the deadline for ...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: Alex Salmond eats a Mars bar ...
by Libby Brooks
29 Aug 2014 at 5:43am

Highlights from another week on the campaign trail: second TV debate, that #PatronisingBTLady adv...



Salmond v Darling: Scottish independence debate on the BBC - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Aug 2014 at 6:16pm

Rolling coverage of Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling debating Scottish independence on the BBC, ...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

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



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

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

Regular read...



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

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



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

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

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



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

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



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

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



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

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




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

Scotland stands on the brink of independence as Yes vote surges to 47% in his...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:42pm
Well, it looks like we can stop wondering whether Alex Salmond's victory in the second TV debate ...

More poll drama tonight as YouGov look set to report yet another record high ...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:03pm
The referendum polling drought will be abruptly broken at 10pm tonight, when new numbers from You...

Calm before the storm?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 11:04pm
I'm mildly taken aback by the lack of polls this evening, partly because this referendum is rathe...

What if the 40% rule was applied to this referendum?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 9:03am
A guest post by Ian Stuart Baird

The 1979 referendum on Scottish devolution was famously ?lost?, d...

Cammo Through the Looking Glass
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2014 at 9:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Yes campaign bounce back to all-time high in first post-debate poll from Surv...
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2014 at 4:06pm
Survation have won the race to conduct the first poll since Alex Salmond humbled Alistair Darling...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Choose your words carefully, because they may have to l...
by James Kelly
27 Aug 2014 at 5:00pm
"If we vote No, the sole message that London will hear is: do whatever you like to us, because we...

Separate rooms might have been better, Darling
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2014 at 11:20am
Just to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about the erro...

ICM poll confirms that a brilliant Alex Salmond stormed to a decisive win in ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2014 at 4:21pm
The results of ICM's instant post-debate poll are as follows :

As far as you are concerned which o...

"Isn't it hard not being independent? If you want to build something, you ca...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2014 at 1:19pm
I don't know what it is about the London to Glasgow night bus, but every time I'm on it I seem to...

The Numbers Game
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2014 at 7:12am

A few days before I set off on my travels, I caught a train to a top secret location to take part...



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

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

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



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

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

With Don't Know...



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

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




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1 Sep 2014 at 8:11pm

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Better Together continuing to be the biggest barrier to a No Vote.
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Scottish Independence can actually happen
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Reminder - Yes or No: STV live referendum debate Tuesday September 2 8pm
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Alex Salmond talking and answering questions at a YES Perth&Kinross event (1/9/14)
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1 Sep 2014 at 4:54pm

Always assumed I was registered to vote, only to find out today that I am in fact not. The refere...



There is not one single reason to vote against independence
1 Sep 2014 at 4:45pm

I have paid attention to this debate since 2007. I have not heard a single reason in all that tim...



So pretty much everyone I've ever spoken to about the Vote has changed their ...
1 Sep 2014 at 4:33pm

Since it was announced pretty much everyone I knew said they do not care about the vote, with the...



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Medical research would be 'eroded and lost' by Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
1 Sep 2014 at 2:30pm
Experts fear independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds of UK funding as yes campaign says government would fill gap

More than 60 Scottish medical experts specialising in areas such as cance...




Scotland referendum sides told to keep campaigns civil and peaceful
by Libby Brooks
1 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm
Pleas from police chiefs and MPs follow number of flashpoints between yes and no activists across Scotland at weekend

Supporters of Scottish independence welcomed as a "breakthough" the latest poll...



Scottish independence: 18 days to referendum - live
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

Follow our rolling coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign as the deadline for voter registration nears

5.57pm BST

Both sides in the referendum campaign have urged Scottish resid...



Aye art: alternative Scottish independence referendum posters in pictures
by Guardian Staff
1 Sep 2014 at 2:00am

We asked illustration students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee to come up with original artwork ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September. Will they s...




Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vot...
by Paul Mason
31 Aug 2014 at 2:00pm
The Scots may vote no to independence this time. But history shows these movements intensify until something gives

Ed Cox: However Scots vote, let's devolve power in England

You could tell it was ge...




Gordon Brown's battle for Britain: 'You have to think about 100 years down th...
by Simon Hattenstone
31 Aug 2014 at 1:48pm
The former Labour prime minister on why it's so important for him to campaign for the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum and what Amy Winehouse said to Nelson Mandela

Every time we try...




Scottish universities braced for brain drain if country votes for independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
31 Aug 2014 at 11:36am
Senior education figures voice fears about loss of funding and departure of top scientists in the event of a yes vote

Scotland's top universities are bracing themselves for a brain drain of their mo...




Whichever way Scotland votes, more power must be devolved in England
by Ed Cox
30 Aug 2014 at 6:05pm
The director of the IPPR North thinktank sets out three steps which Westminster politicians must take to unlock national economic prosperity

Even if the people of Scotland vote against independence,...




Scottish referendum: after the debate, it's time to set better rules
by Peter Preston
30 Aug 2014 at 6:05pm
Political TV showdowns are notoriously hard to stage, but we could probably learn from America's example

Rules are rules, and in 2010 there were 72 of them. Another bureaucratic EU imposition? Of co...




Sir Paul McCartney joins celebrity calls against Scottish independence
by Press Association
30 Aug 2014 at 3:00pm
Former Beatle makes declaration supporting the Let's Stay Together campaign, following several hundred public figures

Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay ...




Scotland referendum: warmth and honesty are missing from both sides of the di...
by Kevin McKenna
30 Aug 2014 at 12:15pm
It's disingenuous and often dishonest to claim the poor will be better off simply because we aren't run by Westminster

For a bleak moment last week, I understood what it was to be cross-examined on ...




Scottish women may swing the referendum vote with three weeks to go
by Kevin McKenna
30 Aug 2014 at 10:16am
As the yes campaign reached 47%, signs of a switch by women, who polls showed had been supporters of the union, could be decisive

Less than three weeks before the referendum on Scottish independence...




Jim Murphy suspends referendum meetings citing 'coordinated' abuse
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
29 Aug 2014 at 12:55pm
The prominent Labour MP said Yes Scotland was organising a 'mob atmosphere' at his Better Together street meetings

Jim Murphy, one of Labour's most senior MPs, suspended his Scotland-wide speaking t...




North Sea corporation tax income falls by 18%
by Press Association
29 Aug 2014 at 10:39am
Minister Danny Alexander calls slump in oil and gas tax receipts 'a body blow' for Scottish independence campaign

The Scottish independence campaign has received "a body blow" with new figures showi...



A journey on the A9: Scotlands highway of history
by Guardian Staff
29 Aug 2014 at 10:00am

Photographer Michael Thomas Jones takes a trip along the A9, Scotlands longest A-road, to document how people are voting

Read Jenny Turners piece about the trip up the A9

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A letter from Aberdeenshire
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2014 at 7:50am
A guest post by Jim McWilliam First of all let me set my stall out. I have been an advocate for Scottish Independence for as long as I can remember, perhaps it was because Alex Salmond was my MP wh...

A Welshman with a vote
by weegingerdug
31 Aug 2014 at 8:32am
A guest post by William Totterdell Dear Wee Dug, fellow ginger, My wife regularly reads me your blog or sends me a link to some great comments. I guess I am one of the silent ones, no Facebook, blo...

Egg fling flan
by weegingerdug
30 Aug 2014 at 4:47pm
I think I’ve finally got a handle on the No campaign. A No vote is all that stands between Scotland and a descent into grocery-based anarchy. Jim Murphy went out to give us the message, with the as...

A wee update
by weegingerdug
29 Aug 2014 at 11:18am
I spoke with Andy’s consultant today. There’s a wee bit of good news for a change. Or at least not bad news. Last weekend she wasn’t sure whether he’d survive the week, but over the course of this ...

In the limbo inbetween
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 5:46pm
This is one of those personal posts. Andy’s postal ballot arrived in the post on Thursday, and I took it to the hospital for him to fill in. He’s very poorly now, with constant infections. The cons...

The message and the messenger
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 6:37am
Scotland’s breakfast tables are still reeling from the gobsmacking arsery of Tuesday’s patronising Eat Your Cereal broadcast for Better Together and the hysterical Twitterfest of pisstakes that fol...

French EFA MEPs show Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
The French members of the European Free Alliance, the political grouping to which the SNP belongs in the European Parliament, recently held a meeting in the Corsican city of Bastia where they voted...

Snap, crackle, pop
by weegingerdug
26 Aug 2014 at 8:05pm
And lo it was prophesied. On Tuesday St Dougie the Diminutive manifested his wee Holy Wulliness in the pages of the Guardian to preach the gospel of damage limitation. We still don’t know what curr...

Bloodsports for vegans
by weegingerdug
25 Aug 2014 at 11:18pm
Well that was fun. Alistair Darling was reduced to a stuttering pointy fingered cabbage, jibbering on about a Plan B despite not having a Plan A of his own, nor indeed any positive vision for Scotl...

Getting a good feeling
by weegingerdug
25 Aug 2014 at 7:52am
I’ve been getting a good feeling of late. Admittedly there’s a muckle black cloud looming on my personal horizons, but the Yes campaign seems to be going from strength to strength – at least in my ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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