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Woolf quits child abuse probe after victims lose confidence
31 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
THE head of a high-profile Government probe into historic child abuse has resigned after victims told her they had no ­confidence in her inquiry.

Miliband reveals plan for senate of nations
31 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
Ed Miliband will today pledge to replace the House of Lords with an American-style directly-elected senate representing the UK's nations and regions.

Claims UK spending on EU is spiralling out of control
31 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
THE UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7bn from the previous year, according to official statistics.

Ed and Dave play Punch and Judy while Nigel waits in the wings, smoking
29 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
HE who laughs last laughs loudest.

Immigrants and asylum seekers 'prepared to die' to get to UK
28 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
Thousands of immigrants are prepared to die in their bid to come to the UK, MPs have been warned.

PM presses Pakistan over imprisoned Scot
28 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
DAVID Cameron has pressed his Pakistani counterpart over the case of a mentally ill Scot shot in the country while in a maximum security prison.

High-paid public sector staff could face repaying redundancy if they return t...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:04pm
HIGHLY paid public sector administrators who receive large redundancy pay-outs then return to the same part of the public sector could be forced to hand back the money to the Exchequer.

PM insists UK will not pay £1.7bn bill as Ukip support soars
27 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
BRITAIN will not pay "anything like" the £1.7billion demanded by the European Commission and will challenge it in every way, David Cameron has insisted.

Archbishop takes swipe at politicians over immigration
27 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused politicians of inflaming the heated debate around immigration.

PM backs HS3 plans to cut journey times
26 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
DAVID Cameron and George Osborne have welcomed a report which suggests journey times between northern English cities could be slashed under proposals put forward yesterday by the boss of the £50billion HS2 high-speed rail project.

One game of Cluedo the Prime Minister refuses to lose
24 Oct 2014 at 10:04pm
Question:

Angry Cameron tells EU: No way UK is paying £1.7bn bill
24 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
A furious David Cameron has launched his most trenchant attack on Brussels, insisting there is no way Britain will pay a surprise demand for £1.7 billion and warning it could help push the country towards the exit door.

Osborne warns of critical moment
24 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
BRITAIN has notched up its seventh successive quarter of growth, but George Osborne warned the country faced a critical moment amid a darkening picture for the global economy.

Reform your economies, PM tells European countries
23 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
EU member states must start deregulating their economies and reform their labour markets to boost growth and jobs, David Cameron has urged as he warned Britain was not "immune" to the impact of sluggish economic performance elsewhere in Europe.

Miliband lays down plans for migrant workers
23 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
ED Miliband has promised "clear, credible and concrete" reforms on immigration, placing them at the heart of a Labour government's programme in a new Immigration Bill to be published if they win victory at the 2015 General Election.


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The Scotsman cartoon: Ed Miliband on Labour woes
31 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm

ED MILIBAND has delivered a rallying call to Scottish Labour, urging the party to keep fighting.



GPS delay lets sex offenders off the hook
31 Oct 2014 at 8:31pm

THE Scottish Government has been urged to stop “dragging its heels” over the introduction of satellite tagging of sex offenders.



Patrick Harvie: Holyrood needs greater scrutiny
31 Oct 2014 at 7:57pm

Not so long ago, the need to improve parliamentary scrutiny would have been a niche interest. Thanks to the independence referendum, Scotland’s voters are more engaged than ever and they’re right to expect high levels of performance from an increasingly powerful Scottish Parliament.



Fiona Woolf quits as head of child abuse inquiry
31 Oct 2014 at 7:53pm

The Westminster inquiry into historical child sex abuse has been thrown into chaos after its chairman, Fiona Woolf, yesterday announced she was stepping down in the face of a barrage of criticism.



President of Burkina Faso steps down amid upheaval
31 Oct 2014 at 7:00pm

BURKINA Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, resigned ­yesterday after 27 years in power following a wave of violent ­protests against his ­attempt to extend his rule.



Russia and Ukraine clinch gas deal despite rivalry
31 Oct 2014 at 7:00pm

Moscow and Kiev have agreed a deal that will guarantee Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter – despite their intense ongoing rivalry and fighting in eastern parts of the country.



Leader: Poll warning to unionists over devo u-turn
31 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

AFTER all the traumas of the independence referendum debate – anxieties among No voters who feared the worst, dashed hopes among Yes supporters – it might be thought that having a re-run of the whole thing would be wanted by very few.



Brian Wilson: Labour must work better together
31 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

THE party’s representatives at Holyrood and Westminster have to come up with big ideas to win back Scots voters, writes Brian Wilson.



Blair McDougall lands Jim Murphy advisor role
31 Oct 2014 at 1:21pm

BETTER Together campaign director Blair McDougall has been appointed to Jim Murphy’s campaign team in his bid for the Scottish Labour Party leadership, it has been reported.



Committee conveners ?could strengthen Holyrood?
31 Oct 2014 at 10:49am

INFLUENTIAL heads of Holyrood committees are facing an overhaul in the way they get the role, amid concerns the system is too heavily under the yoke of the SNP government.



Pressure on Cameron after EU contribution rise
31 Oct 2014 at 10:21am

PRESSURE is mounting on Prime Minister David Cameron after official statistics revealed that the UK’s net contribution to the European Union soared by £2.7 billion last year



Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
31 Oct 2014 at 10:16am

TWO-THIRDS of Scots want another independence referendum within the next decade and more than half think one should be held within five years, a poll has revealed.



Police charge 32 after post-referendum violence
31 Oct 2014 at 7:01am

POLICE ARE reported to have charged 32 people with 37 alleged offences in connection with unionist violence in Glasgow city centre the day after the independence referendum.



John Curtice: Scottish Labour on edge of black hole
31 Oct 2014 at 6:29am

FOR weeks now, there has been a widely held suspicion that the SNP was enjoying a post-referendum surge. The party’s membership has swollen from just over 25,000 to above 80,000.



Plans to develop Prestwick Airport unveiled
31 Oct 2014 at 5:44am

THE scale of the challenges facing struggling Prestwick airport was laid bare yesterday with widespread scepticism greeting the publication of its long-awaited development blueprint.




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Looking for a way in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Oct 2014 at 7:32am
It’s been impossible to know where to start today. Last night hundreds of angry protestors picketed a £200-a-seat banquet in Glasgow at which Scottish Labour “showcase[d] the party in front of donors and business figures” in a desperate bid to raise cash for the branch office (which survives on handouts from the UK party), and at which […]

Every one a gem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2014 at 10:05am
Our favourite pundit, Scotsman clickbait troll John McTernan, 23 October 2014: “Routed in their homelands. A leader so beleaguered he has had to resign. No credible domestic policy agenda. In danger of irrelevance in Scotland at the next General Election. These are disastrous times for Scotland?s party. I mean, of course, the Scottish National Party.” […]

The sure thing?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2014 at 5:33am
Here’s a picture of Jim Murphy campaigning for a No vote a few weeks ago. Except it isn’t, is it? Alert readers will have noticed that almost every single person in the shot above, taken from Murphy’s tour of 100 street corners on an Irn-Bru crate, is already holding a No Thanks placard. It’s the […]

Painted out of a corner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2014 at 4:32pm
Jim Murphy has finally announced that he’ll stand for the leadership of the Scottish branch office of the UK Labour Party. Tonight he told the Daily Record that: “I am not going to shout at or about the SNP, I am going to talk to and listen to Scotland.” For any of you who might […]

A swift answer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2014 at 10:00am
If not a surprising one.

Labour cuts restored
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2014 at 8:10am
Scottish Labour now has a leadership contest, with the (relatively) left-wing MSP Neil Findlay throwing his hat into the ring with that of colleague Sarah Boyack (assuming both can secure the necessary 10 nominations from M/S/EPs). We thought we’d help him tidy up his press statement on the matter, as he appears to have accidentally left a […]

Mission 1, Phase 2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2014 at 4:51am
This is how it begins. This morning’s media reports a call from First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon that any future referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU should be subject to a veto from all four constituent nations – that is, if the UK as a whole votes to leave but either England, Scotland, Northern […]

The cream puff
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2014 at 2:53pm
It seems the Daily Record has taken something of a sulk at our post of earlier today. This evening the paper’s editor Murray Foote issued this statement on its Facebook page in response to one of a number of readers who’d posted links to the story: It’s a telling reaction. We made no suggestion whatsoever that […]

From the office of Ed Miliband
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2014 at 7:23am
(Real) email correspondence forwarded by an alert reader: From: HARTY, Sam Sent: 21 October 2014 16:58 To: MILIBAND, Ed Subject: Official Copy of Vow Dear Ed Mr Clarke has a constituent who would like a formal copy of the Vow that was made prior to the Scottish Referendum. Is it possible for your office to provide Tom with a […]

And still there were none
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2014 at 3:00pm
So, a full day has passed and not a single comrade has put themselves forward for the job of pseudo-leading the snarling pit of angry dogs that is Scottish Labour. Perhaps we’ve underestimated them. Perhaps they’re not quite as dim as they look. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. We told you on […]


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Sturgeon renews TV debates attack
31 Oct 2014 at 2:03pm
Recent opinion polls prove it is wrong to exclude the SNP from nationally-televised general election debates, the party's leader in waiting says.


Charity defends airport green tax
31 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The conservation charity WWF Scotland cautions against moves to scrap Air Passenger Duty for departures from Scotland.


14,000 submissions to powers talks
31 Oct 2014 at 1:38pm
The commission set up to discuss further devolution to the Scottish Parliament has received more than 14,000 submissions.


Double contest for Scottish Labour
31 Oct 2014 at 10:54am
The Scottish Labour party is now seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.


STUC calls for more Scotland powers
31 Oct 2014 at 6:49am
The Scottish Trades Union Congress calls for major new powers for the Scottish Parliament, including immigration and asylum policy.


SNP wins North Ayrshire by-election
31 Oct 2014 at 5:06am
The Scottish National Party wins a by-election held on Thursday for North Ayrshire Council.


Referendum disorder: 32 arrests made
31 Oct 2014 at 7:29am
Police have now arrested 32 people over trouble in Glasgow on the day the referendum result was announced.


Miliband admits Scottish 'challenge'
31 Oct 2014 at 6:09am
Ed Miliband admits that Labour is facing a "big challenge" in Scotland as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.


New tests for GPS offender tracking
31 Oct 2014 at 10:04am
The justice secretary announces testing of GPS tracking technology to monitor sex offenders and those who carry out domestic abuse.


NHS finding it 'difficult to cope'
30 Oct 2014 at 4:25am
The NHS in Scotland is finding it "increasingly difficult to cope", according to the public spending watchdog.


Murphy vows to end 'losing Labour'
30 Oct 2014 at 12:32pm
Jim Murphy has said he wants to end Labour's "losing streak" in Scotland as a new poll suggests the party is on track to lose almost all of its seats in to the SNP.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
30 Oct 2014 at 9:26am
Alex Salmond faces questions on the NHS following a report from Audit Scotland.


AUDIO: Labour's 'political wake-up call'
31 Oct 2014 at 5:31am
Two Scottish Labour leadership candidates admit polls suggesting the party is on track to lose the vast majority of its Westminster seats to the SNP were a "political wake-up call".


VIDEO: Miliband: 'We face big challenges'
30 Oct 2014 at 12:42pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband says the next leader of the party in Scotland faces "big challenges".


VIDEO: Murphy: 'I'll bring Labour together'
30 Oct 2014 at 6:07am
Jim Murphy MP says he is running to be Scottish Labour leader and first minister of Scotland to end the party's period of "self-harm".


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Yes supporters should welcome a Murphy leadership
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 5:33pm

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr


There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky!


Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a problem!

 



What awaits Jim Murphy and Labour in Scotland?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

So, if Jim Murphy is the favourite to lead the Labour Party in Scotland.  He?s a shoe-in if the media is to be believed.

That may be so, but has Jim got what it takes to bring the warring factions together, or is his reputation as a big-hitter more a product of a fawning Scottish media taken in by the illusion it helped cultivate?



The challenges facing Scottish housing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 11:15am

By Chris Cunningham

Housing is devolved isn?t it?  That?s clear then, the Smith Commission won?t have much impact on it?

Wrong!

The Scottish Parliament is currently responsible for about 40% of housing within Scotland.  Primarily this is around the regulation and supply of social housing, regulation (to the extent there is any) in the private rented sector and some aspects of encouraging owner occupation eg help for first time buyers.



Referendum changed Scotland forever - Sturgeon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2014 at 4:50pm

First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon MSP has started to set out her vision of a future Scotland and the task she faces when she takes over from Alex Salmond next month.

Sturgeon made the first of six planned keynote speeches at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange tonight. Newsnet Scotland is reproducing key extracts to accompany our earlier report of her EU referendum initiative.

The new SNP leader was forthright in accepting the referendum result and pledging her commitment to working with everyone, Yes and No alike.



Sturgeon EU safeguard plan sets challenge for new Scottish Labour leader
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2014 at 4:28am

By a Newsnet reporter

Nicola Sturgeon today set out proposals aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU unless all four constituent parts of the UK vote to do so.

Setting out plans for a so-called 'quadruple lock' on EU membership, the First Minister in waiting called on pro-Union parties to back her plan.



Viewpoint: Red and White Poppery
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Oct 2014 at 4:41pm

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - prejudice, ignorance and the need to be "right" and on the "right side" - are still alive and well to-day, believes Peter Thomson.

One example is the "White" poppy which people purchase to demonstrate how PC and anti-war they are, ignoring that emblem of British Imperialism which is the "Red" Poppy.



Labour imposed 'Bedroom Tax Gagging Order' in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2014 at 3:11pm

By Martin Kelly

Pressure has increased on the Labour Party after a national newspaper revealed that its UK leadership actively prevented the Scottish party from criticising the Bedroom Tax for a full year.

According to the Guardian newspaper, Ed Miliband barred Johann Lamont from speaking out against the Bedroom Tax while he pondered what Labour's policy on it should be.



Has Lamont kept the best till last?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2014 at 4:49am

She kept the best to the last, did Johann. It is the only statement she?s made in three years that reads like a leader?s, writes Derek Bateman.

It is direct, blisteringly honest, nails the problem and lumps it into the perpetrators? lap as she heads off.

Where was all this forthright opinion and robust analysis while in office?



Short-changing Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Oct 2014 at 6:13am

  News analysis by Derek Bateman

Wasn?t it graphic proof of Britain?s Ruritanian political system that when an interlocutor was required to orchestrate inter-party talks on greater democracy, they chose an unelected Lord with a velvet robe edged with ermine ? that is, the pelt of a dead stoat.
 
Welcome to Britain?Robert Smith is one of those who clearly prostrates himself at the feet of privilege and patronage. Why else would a sane and successful man make such a public fool of himself? What self-respecting, democratic Scot would call himself Lord?



Of hare brained schemes and the SmithComm
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Oct 2014 at 10:15am

  Commentary by Derek Bateman
 
Ruth Davidson will be deputy first minister alongside Nicola Sturgeon in less than two year?s time. And, yes, that does mean there will be an SNP-Conservative coalition government running Scotland.
 
Where will that leave all you left-wing, social-solidarity Yes voters, eh?




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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt
by Peter A Bell
27 Sep 2014 at 9:43am
HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposit...



Five Million Questions - Bought and Sold, or Hype in Bold? Newspaper Framing ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

The following findings are published by Dr David Patrick who is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was awarded his PhD (History) in 2013 from the University of Sheffield, for his thesis, "Framing Disinterest: Anglo-American Pre...



Our man on the scene
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

There's been a lot of talk on Twitter and Facebook of irregularities at the referendum counts, leading to accusations that the referendum was somehow fixed, culminating in a petition to have the pr...



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Election watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp access to postal ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

POLICE have been called in to ­investigate allegations Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

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The Scottish National Party Is Now On The Brink Of Political Obliteration
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

The SNP must reinvent itself after referendum loss.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Had to laugh at the headline. And the article itself was just about as hilarious. I'm not sure who told Thomas Hirst he could be a political analyst, but they grievously deceived the fool.



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The best of friends
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:23am

We’ve known and documented for some time now that Scottish Labour’s attitude towards “foreigners” is, well, let’s be super-generous and say “ambiguous”. But this photo from nine days ago made even us take a sharp breath.

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MOVING ON
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:16am

The last few days have been just about the most traumatic, exhilarating and emotionally draining I have ever known in my political life. Yet, I still feel invigorated, hopeful and optimistic about ...

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Call to boycott ?firms who scared Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

POLITICAL leaders from both sides of the referendum debate joined in a pledge of unity for a common purpose as part of a reconciliation service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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Darling accuses Salmond of losing the plot
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

SPEAKING at the Labour conference, Darling claimed the First Minister's suggestion that there could be a parliamentary route to independence was "dangerous".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Darling and Lamont appear to be competing to see which of them can be the most vacuous and hypocritical. Darling seem...



Labour's battle in a divided city
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 5:46am

All eight constituencies backed the SNP's Yes campaign in a move which has bolstered their hopes of taking the city, a long-term Labour stronghold, next year.

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Better Together Campaign Chief: We Would Have Struggled To Win Without "Scare...
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 3:02am

He said the campaign’s own research showed negative tactics worked

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Labour will look to reach out to Scottish Yes voters
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

Labour are going to focus on reaching out to disillusioned traditional Labour supporters who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum. Three of the four local authorities where a majority supported ind...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those "senior Scottish Labour figures" are a bit late listening to people'...



Tory MPs turn crackpot and adopt crackpot BNP policy on English Parliament
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

(not satire - it's the Tories!) The biggest supporters of an English parliament used to be the far-right skinheads of the neo-nazi British National Party and the equally crackpot English Democrats....

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Why the Salmond magic is in need of a revisionist take
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 8:46am
Displayed in the main reception room of Bute House is Sir James Gunn's painting of the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do you think maybe David Torrance is seriously pissed off at being excluded from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference? This ...



The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Fiona Woolf quits as head of child sex abuse inquiry due to her links to form...
by dailyrecord
31 Oct 2014 at 2:44pm
SECOND chairman is forced to step down after failing to gain support of victims who believe an establishment cover up at Westminster helped bury the issue for years.


Danger dogs: Daily Record campaign to protect children close to victory as go...
by Andy Philip
31 Oct 2014 at 11:24am
THE move came as it was revealed that microchipping was backed by the vast majority of people who responded to a consultation on new controls.


Record View: Labour crumbling without leadership or direction like dark days ...
by Record View
31 Oct 2014 at 4:56am
ED MILIBAND has issued a rallying cry, but Scottish Labour is in turmoil and polls putting SNP on 52 per cent marks the end of a terrible week for the party.


Susan Riddell: Haunted Houses of Parliament crammed to the rafters with ghoul...
by Susan Riddell
31 Oct 2014 at 4:54am
GATHER round children of all ages - SUSAN is about to drain the life out you and the colour from your skin with tales of a psychopathic slasher.. of pensions.


Alex Salmond opens Lidl store as snub to Asda for failing to back Scottish in...
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2014 at 7:40pm
THE First Minister agreed to his first supermarket opening after Asda chief executive Andy Clarke claimed prices would soar in an independent Scotland.


Anas Sarwar resigns as deputy leader of Scottish Labour party
by David Clegg
30 Oct 2014 at 3:22pm
THE Glasgow Central MP, who will follow in the footsteps of Johann Lamont by standing down, announced his decision at a Labour fundraising dinner attended by Ed Miliband.


Beleagured Scottish Labour Party would be annihilated if a general election w...
by Mark McGivern
30 Oct 2014 at 9:51am
THE poll, commissioned by STV, paints Scottish Labour as a party in the midst of the deepest crisis in its history, with only 23 per cent of those polled supporting them.


Daily Record setting the agenda on Scottish politics with exclusives and grou...
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2014 at 4:42am
IN a massive year for politics which has seen the electorate become more switched on than ever before, it pays to stick with the Daily Record as we set the agenda that other news organisations follow.


Jim Murphy launches bid to become next Scottish Labour leader with simple mes...
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 10:00pm
IN an exclusive Daily Record interview, the East Renfrewshire MP pledged to listen to Scots' demands for change and unite the party after the bruising referendum campaign.


First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon insists Scotland should be able to veto ...
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 7:01pm
STURGEON said an EU exit should only be allowed if all four home nations back the move in a referendum.


Ed Miliband breaks his silence on Labour's Scottish crisis and dismisses clai...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Oct 2014 at 7:01pm
IN an exclusive Daily Record interview, the Labour leader rejected claims made by Johann LAmont when she rocked the party by resigning last Friday.


Jim Murphy confirms he will stand to be the next leader of Scottish Labour
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm
IN an exclusive interview for tomorrow's Daily Record, the East Renfrewshire MP said he has decided to stand so he can fight for the job of First Minister.


MSP Neil Findlay confirms he will stand to be the next leader of Scottish Labour
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 8:21am
The party's shadow health secretary today said he would put his name forward to replace Johann Lamont. Yesterday Sarah Boyack threw her hat in the ring.


Rutherglen MSP says Labour leadership contest in an "opportunity"
by Douglas Dickie
29 Oct 2014 at 3:30am
James Kelly MSP refuses to be drawn on reasons for Lamont departure, but says Labour must stay "united"


First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon vows to govern for 'all of Scotland' as ...
by David Clegg
28 Oct 2014 at 10:00pm
STURGEON, who will replace Alex Salmond in three weeks, sets off on her nationwide tour with a promise to concentrate on restoring "unity and common cause" after the referendum result.


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by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53am



As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 2:43pm
As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.




EXCLUSIVE: On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
EXCLUSIVE:
On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned to Scotlandshire, JK Rowling announces she is to sponsor Lord Voldemort for SLab leadership, with Severin Snape MSP as deputy, neatly avoiding the bear trap of having two Westminster MPs in charge of the branch office.




BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fra...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm
BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fraser has become the first politician to announce his intention to stand for leadership of the Labour Party's branch office in Scotlandshire, a post left open by Johann La Mont's sudden resignation last Friday.


Murdurr Fras...

EXCLUSIVE: In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labou...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 4:19pm
EXCLUSIVE:
In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labour in Scotlandshire Johann La Mont has announced that she has today relinquished her Labour membership and applied to join the Scottish National Party.


Johann La Mont resigns from Labour to join the SNP
www.bbc.scotlandshir...

The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the ne...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the new Scottish Labour Leader.

We'll let you know once a decision has been made by the champagne socialist in charge at the one and only true real state broadcaster of Scotlandshire.

p.s. Would a Mr Sarwar Snr stop telepho...

CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT We're working with top British scientists to see if w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2014 at 4:05pm
CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT

We're working with top British scientists to see if we can go back to 1997 for the benefit of our friends in the Labour Party.

BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scotti...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Oct 2014 at 3:46pm
BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE

Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

And ooh... JoJo is going!


Scottish Labour leader to stand down
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Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, BBC Scotland understands.

On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2014 at 11:09am
On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't locate enough No-voting members for a quorum, Mags Curran sets off on her tour to win the hearts of Yes-Voting Slab supporters.




BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2014 at 12:32pm
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the team which brought you the #PatronisingBTLady, Fibber and Kantz plc, and which shows how far our beloved region has come in just a single month.


Patronising BT Lady II: You'll have had your serial
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The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last ni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2014 at 3:12pm
The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last night thrown into chaos when North British Labour leader Lady JoJo Lalamont highlighted the lack of any fish-related surnames among the candidates.


The missionary positions of the three stooges fighting to be Wee Nippy Swee...

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2014 at 7:54am
?The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.?

? George Orwell, Animal Farm




Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conserva...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Oct 2014 at 1:59pm
Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservative parties have been holding secret talks concerning their 2015 election strategy, which could lead to the merger of the two parties, BBC Scotlandshire has learned


Scottish Labour and Conservatives parties to form even ...

The Bastirts!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2014 at 1:48pm
The Bastirts!




Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2014 at 11:39am
Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Better Together campaign, almost every aspect of life in Scotlandshire has shown a rapid improvement.


Britain blooms as Scotlandshire is unquestionably Better Together
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What Next?
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2014 at 4:01pm
By Ivan McKee Part 1 : What has been achieved. Six weeks later, and time to take some perspective. There are many positives to take from the campaign. The age demographics (with a majority of under 65?s voting Yes) and... Read More ›

From the province of the Cat #33 ? Me and My Monkey
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2014 at 3:57am
By George Gunn Sometime between the Referendum result and now, as if in a dream, I saw or imagined I saw Ed Miliband standing on a platform saying something like, or to the effect of, ?I want to make it absolutely... Read More ›


Safeguarding Books
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm
By Mike Murphy Borrowing a line from a Lesley Riddoch podcast, they got a vote but we got a movement; there?s something about the last month or so which, ok defeat in the vote wasn?t a desired outcome, but it... Read More ›


And It was All Yellow
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 1:39pm
By Mike Small Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with further events planned in Dumfries, Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow, where she is set to speak in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000 at the SSE... Read More ›


Carving Out Foresight: Deep Time and the Long Now
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 10:52am
D.J. MacLennan celebrates the ‘Clock of the Long Now’ a ‘monument scale, multi-millennial, all mechanical clock as an icon to long term thinking’. The clock in the mountain: the thought of it thrills my guts. At other times, it makes... Read More ›


Scottish Labour?s Brave New Dawn
by bellacaledonia
29 Oct 2014 at 11:30am
Greg Moodie's respectful look at the prospects for Labour candidates for the new leadership vacancy...


Labour?s Organic Crisis
by bellacaledonia
29 Oct 2014 at 5:50am
By Jonathon Shafi & David Jamieson The resignation of Johann Lamont from Scottish Labour leadership raises plenty of important questions about the state of the Labour party. Since some of the most important have yet to be properly scrutinised, it... Read More ›


?It?s Time?: The Independence of Gough Whitlam
by bellacaledonia
28 Oct 2014 at 3:18pm
By Meaghan Delahunt One of my sisters emails from Melbourne: It?s like a death in the family. And when I heard the news last week, I wept, along with many other Australians. But we were not mourning a family member.... Read More ›


Everything is Elsewhere: Politics and Powerlessness
by bellacaledonia
28 Oct 2014 at 10:39am
The more you act like you have political agency, the more you?ll actually have it, argues Ian Gillan. In Scotland, and across the world, we?ve never had access to so much information. There?s never been so much news; so much... Read More ›


They Did Win, Didn?t They?
by bellacaledonia
28 Oct 2014 at 8:03am
By John S Warren With Scottish sub-samples in the twelve Populus polls conducted since the referendum finding the following support (combined sample size 1,532, fieldwork conducted 19/9-26/10): SNP ? 37% (+17%) Lab ? 28% (-14%), that’s some rout. John S... Read More ›


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

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
Scotsman
TWO-THIRDS of Scots want another independence referendum within the next decade and more than half think one should be held within five years, a poll has revealed. Little more than a month after the most significant vote in Scotland's ...


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

Reuters UK

Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
Reuters UK
"This knee-jerk rejection by the Prime Minister to a perfectly reasonable and balanced proposal to reflect Scotland's interests in Europe flies in the face of what he and the No campaign promised during the independence refe...


Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:44am

Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as ...
The Drum
Newsquest's Herald & Times Group has reported a major lift in its Herald and Sunday Herald titles as a result of the Scottish independence referendum and a boost in the metered paywall site's subscriptions. A...


Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence - Telegraph....
15 Oct 2014 at 11:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
But she said that would only happen when a majority of Scots vote for independence, before pledging: ?I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who vot...


Is Scotland already regretting their No to Independence vote? - IrishCentral
26 Oct 2014 at 7:28am

IrishCentral

Is Scotland already regretting their No to Independence vote?
IrishCentral
It's been over a month since Scotland rejected independence, but already the British Prime Minister David Cameron is being accused of betraying the country by breaking pledges to grant wider spending powers to th...


The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ... ...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:37am

Herald Scotland

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ...
Huffington Post UK
A new oil field has been discovered in the North Sea, but Scottish independence campaigners are bitterly unimpressed with the news. BP and GDF Suez E&P UK said they had discovered the fiel...


Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time - The Indepe...
22 Oct 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time
The Independent
This followed the promise organised by the former prime minister Gordon Brown, that rejection of independence would not mean ?no change? for Scotland. Further devolved powers, including greater levels of...


Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear - Huffington Post UK
17 Oct 2014 at 11:57am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear
Huffington Post UK
Scotland will eventually win its independence. Many of the 73% of over 55's who voted no, will soon be extinct. Dead as a dodo. They will be replaced by vibrant, young people who have the self belief and courage their elder...


Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws - The Independent
15 Oct 2014 at 1:02am

The Independent

Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws
The Independent
Labour accused the Prime Minister, who called for discussions on extra powers for English MPs hours after Scotland rejected independence, of attempting a ?closed-shop stitch-up? designed to entrench the Torie...


Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ... - ...
13 Oct 2014 at 5:47am

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Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ...
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Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow for a rally in support of Scottish independence on Sunday. The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an indepe...



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Sturgeon attacks TV debate move as 'unacceptable' - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:09pm

Sturgeon attacks TV debate move as 'unacceptable'
Herald Scotland
The SNP is now the third-largest party in the UK with more than 83,000 members and has been joined by the Green Party and Plaid Cymru in criticising the TV proposals. Speaking in Dumfries, Ms Sturgeon said: "I want to send a direct m...


Embattled Labour Party must get back to their core values - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:09pm

Embattled Labour Party must get back to their core values
Herald Scotland
The SNP leadership are united behind an aim, a cause, a vision. The only vision most of the current London Labour leaders appear to have is the one they see in the mirror: of them sitting in the ministerial limo, or striding ...


New Holyrood powers will target 'protected' ministers - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

New Holyrood powers will target 'protected' ministers
Herald Scotland
However, over the past year opposition MSPs have repeatedly accused SNP backbenchers of using their majorities on Holyrood's 17 committees to water down reports, block inquiries and refuse to call expert witnesses ...


A branch office under Murphy? No chance - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

A branch office under Murphy? No chance
Herald Scotland
Save time, Labour members serious about taking the fight to the SNP: spend 10 minutes on Twitter rather than shiver through an interminable leadership hustings in a freezing hall. That sums up the mood among a surprising number of Labour peopl...


Labour: Business as usual while going out of business - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Labour: Business as usual while going out of business
Herald Scotland
One, conducted by Ipsos Mori for STV, shows the SNP at 52 per cent - for a Westminster election - with Labour on 23 per cent. The illusion of solace is provided by YouGov for the Times: Nationalists on 43 per cent; the once "natu...


'Poorest students up to £840 a year worse off' - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

'Poorest students up to £840 a year worse off'
Herald Scotland
Liam McArthur, education spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said: "SNP ministers love to boast of free higher education in Scotland, but for those students from poorer backgrounds the truth is rather different. "Thanks to SNP...


Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots
Herald Scotland
She has refused to reveal her strategy since emerging as the SNP's next leader, saying a fresh referendum would take place "when the Scottish people decide the time is right". A move this week to link a second ...


Murphy to launch his campaign with apology for failures - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Murphy to launch his campaign with apology for failures
Herald Scotland
Meanwhile, SNP leader and First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon used a speech in Dumfries to argue that she should take part in UK-wide televised election debates next year because of her party's commanding lead in the poll...


The SNP Are the Only Party Capable of Taking the Fight to Farage and UKIP - H...
31 Oct 2014 at 9:41pm

The SNP Are the Only Party Capable of Taking the Fight to Farage and UKIP
Huffington Post UK
And then Nicola gets criticised over her hair on STV by Ukip MEP for Scotland, David Coburn, take a good look in the mirror before you pass styling judgement. And I can't see UKIP giving the SNP a "kicking"...


Jim Murphy in apology to voters - shropshirestar.com
31 Oct 2014 at 9:17pm

Jim Murphy in apology to voters
shropshirestar.com
Earlier this week, an Ipsos MORI poll for STV News found that 52% of Scots would vote for the SNP if there was a Westminster election tomorrow, suggesting the party could secure 54 Scottish seats in the Commons, with Labour reduced from 40 to just ...



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STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years - st...
31 Oct 2014 at 9:01am

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STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years
stv.tv
Two thirds of Scots would support another independence referendum within the next ten years, according to a STV News poll. Of those asked by Ipsos Mori, 66% said they would support the vote taking place in the n...


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

Reuters UK

Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
Reuters UK
LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a major...


Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots
Herald Scotland
But Ipsos MORI found high levels of support when they questioned 1,029 people in Scotland for the new survey between October 22 and 29. More than half - 53 per cent - said they supported having another referend...


How David Cameron wooed Scottish business before referendum - Financial Times
31 Oct 2014 at 1:40pm

How David Cameron wooed Scottish business before referendum
Financial Times
Stewart Hosie, the Scottish National party's Treasury spokesman in Westminster, said: ?This revelation underlines how the anti-independence scaremongering in the referendum was orchestrated from Downing Street. It is also a...


BBC Scotland's referendum final will be from Lanark - Carluke Gazette
30 Oct 2014 at 4:06am

Carluke Gazette

BBC Scotland's referendum final will be from Lanark
Carluke Gazette
WHAT is being billed as the 'final-final' word on air about the Scottish Referendum will be spoken in Lanark. BBC Scotland has chosen the town for staging a 'post-mortem' edition of its Referendum series of The Big D...


Police arrest 32 over George Square referendum demonstration trouble - stv.tv
31 Oct 2014 at 10:53am

stv.tv

Police arrest 32 over George Square referendum demonstration trouble
stv.tv
The figures were revealed by chief constable Sir Stephen House at a Scottish Police Authority meeting on Thursday. He said hundreds of officers attended the demonstration to keep the two groups separated. A Police Sco...


From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting - Huffin...
30 Oct 2014 at 5:11pm

From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting
Huffington Post Canada
Scotland's recent referendum held the world on the edge of its seat. Would the country stay in the U.K., or vote to go it alone? But while most fixated on the results, we were watching Scottish youth. For th...


Scotland enjoys post-referendum transactions surge - Property Week
31 Oct 2014 at 5:08am

Scotland enjoys post-referendum transactions surge
Property Week
David Melhuish, director at the Scottish Property Federation, said: ?This latest analysis of commercial property sales in Scotland suggests a very strong bounce-back from any pre-referendum uncertainties or delays, with the value of c...


How do people in Motherwell feel one month after Scottish referendum result? ...
22 Oct 2014 at 12:55pm

BBC News

How do people in Motherwell feel one month after Scottish referendum result?
BBC News
The majority of people in Motherwell who voted in last month's referendum supported an independent Scotland. A month after the vote that rejected independence, what is the feeling on the streets of the Nor...


Revealed: Treasury's RBS email leak came from Westminster 'referendum dirty ....
25 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

Revealed: Treasury's RBS email leak came from Westminster 'referendum dirty ...
Herald Scotland
THE UK Treasury has been accused of running a "political dirty tricks department" spinning against Scottish independence after it emerged sensitive information about Royal Bank of Scotland...



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James King And The Lone Wolves
31 Oct 2014 at 5:55pm

Possibly the longest wait for a LP (well it would have  been a LP in the 80's) release ever but J...



Aaron Sorkin Selling Prime Time Big Bags Of Adult Drama Shite
31 Oct 2014 at 5:52pm

A fictional nice guy Sunday night POTUS alternative to the reality of the Dubya years

 

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A fi...



How Wolf`s Change Rivers
31 Oct 2014 at 4:36pm

Not sure if this has been posted before, but this is great wee film about how wolf`s have a impac...



Dundonians Circumventing The 5P Bag Charge
31 Oct 2014 at 2:23pm

By thieving baskets from Asda!



Eu Referendum - An Interesting Thought....
31 Oct 2014 at 10:58am

My understanding is that the Torys would need an outright majority at next general election to ho...



Holyrood Voting Intentions
31 Oct 2014 at 9:25am

YouGov:

Constituency

SNP - 46% (+1%) LAB - 28% (-4%) CON - 12% (-2%) LIB - 5% (-2%) Others - 9%

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Indyref2
31 Oct 2014 at 9:17am

STV News running with new poll that suggests two thirds of Scots support another independence ref...



Looks Like Salmond Is Going To Have Some Fun
31 Oct 2014 at 5:05am

At the opening of a supermarket yesterday:

 


This is my first supermarket opening. There were a n...



Has Scotland 'come Together Again' Since Sep
31 Oct 2014 at 3:23am
Coming home for Xmas for first time since May 2013 so interested in the state of play.

In the aft...

And Another Labour Disaster
30 Oct 2014 at 3:24pm

Anas Sarwar standing down as Deputy

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/anas-sarwar-resi...




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MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating fu...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebol...



Scotland after the independence referendum: week in review
by Libby Brooks
26 Sep 2014 at 12:12pm

Vow wobbles, an energised electorate, first-time voters reflect and the beginnings of a new polit...



Nicola Sturgeon parks independence and opts for devolution: five reasons why ...
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the SNP has sidelined its historic quest for independence after it ...



Nicola Sturgeon faces cuts and hard choices as domestic realities bite at Hol...
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm

The debates and wrangles over the Scottish parliaments tax and welfare powers will dominate Nicol...



Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics
by Libby Brooks
23 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over ...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...


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Scotland swings behind independence by record margin in stunning YouGov poll
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 8:22pm
OK, this is a few weeks too late, but let's not knock it - the future is still stretching out in ...

1-0 to Sturgeon on the EU
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 11:00am
Naming no names, but I gather that one or two high-profile broadcast journalists did a spot of ed...

Huge SNP lead for Westminster reported in jaw-dropping YouGov poll
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 5:14pm
Hot on the heels of the Ipsos-Mori bombshell comes this full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov.  Th...

Findlay's Casebook, Murphy's Law and the Boyacks of Summer
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 12:08pm
Just a very quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Ti...

Political earthquake beckons as SNP notch up 29% lead for WESTMINSTER in Ipso...
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 9:17am
We now have the third full-scale Scottish poll to have been conducted since the referendum - and ...

Late October days brightened by comedy highlight of the year, as Lib Dem blog...
by James Kelly
29 Oct 2014 at 9:01pm
"Gawd."  Can he "be arsed"?

Yup, you've guessed it, it's our old friend Mike "varied vocabulary" ...

Three questions for Jackanory Jim
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2014 at 11:51pm
If the Guardian are to be believed (and there always ought to be some kind of question mark over ...

Anas Sarwar does not recognise dinosaurs
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2014 at 9:33am
I don't know if I've just been in a particularly giggly mood since Johann Lamont resigned, but it...

Housekeeping note : we have a small problem
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2014 at 8:20pm
If you've left a comment on this blog over the last few days, you'll probably have been asked to ...

Exactly how is this thing going to work, Scottish Labour?
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
There now seems to be a view emerging from Labour "sources" that the next head of their Scottish ...

Lament for Lamont?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2014 at 7:23pm
For weeks now, I've been meaning to write a post containing a Top of the Pops list (or Top of the...

Salmond's potential return to Westminster - the impact?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2014 at 12:05pm
I must admit that until I caught up with last night's Question Time, I had given very little cred...

The lady doth protest too much, methinks
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2014 at 11:08am
Just after the Clacton by-election, I posed a very bland question in a tweet : "What does UKIP's ...

Hosie Hosie Hoo Hah, I said Hoo Hah Hoo Hah Hosie
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2014 at 9:50am
I've just voted for Stewart Hosie in the SNP deputy leader election. I know that won't come as an...

Just when you thought Clegg couldn't blunder any further, he starts channelli...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2014 at 8:57am
I see that Nick Clegg has had a little moan about Alex Salmond wanting to "have another crack" at...


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Scotland swings behind independence by record margin in stunning YouGov poll
31 Oct 2014 at 9:18pm
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And now im depressed :(
31 Oct 2014 at 9:12pm

got in a conersation with someone from NL about the "suprise bills" eu countries have recieved. m...



This tweet showing Salmond and Miliband interacting with the poor is brilliant
31 Oct 2014 at 7:39pm
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Labour 'to replace Lords with senate'
31 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm
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Blair McDougall lands Jim Murphy advisor role
31 Oct 2014 at 5:24pm
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Nicola Sturgeon attacks 'unacceptable' TV election debate proposals | Scotlan...
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Jack & Victor at Halloween.
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What happened on clyde 1 that was "idiotic and offensive"?
31 Oct 2014 at 1:57pm

Just heard it on the score board now. All I can remember is someone calling someone else a roaste...



Alex Salmond interview: ?I?ve never had a problem with taking decisions, or b...
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Scottish government switches student support spending to loans
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Anyone fancy joining the newly formed SNP group over at MHOC?
31 Oct 2014 at 12:30pm

Basically started a group today over at the Mock House of Commons, as I thought it was quite sad ...



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Martin Rowson on the Scottish Labour party cartoon
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31 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
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Alex Salmond interview: Ive never had a problem with taking decisions, or bee...
by Ruth Wishart
31 Oct 2014 at 11:11am

Last month Alex Salmond brought Scotland to the brink of independence and then dramatically resigned as SNP leader. In his first interview since the vote he looks at how Scotland has changed and ...



Jim Murphy: can the Irn-Bru street fighter save Scottish Labour?
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
31 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
The big political beast in the Scottish Labour party leadership contest is a vegetarian teetotaller who can be hard as nails yet may have enough stardust to revive the partys fortunes

In an era in ...



Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

Labour party leader reacts after poll suggests Scottish National party could win up to 54 Scottish seats in 2015 election

Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must fight for every hour and every ...




Politics Weekly podcast: Scottish Labour, Mediterranean migrants and US midterms
by Presented by Hugh Muir and produced by Phil Maynard
30 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
Libby Brooks, Anne Perkins, Ken Rudin and Martin Kettle join Hugh Muir to discuss Labour's Scottish meltdown, migration across the Mediterranean Sea and the US mid-term elections Continue reading...

Sturgeons Euro gambit could galvanise another Scottish independence tilt | Ru...
by Ruth Wishart
30 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
Nicola Sturgeons bid for a Scottish veto over a European exit further defines SNP politics as a Ukip-free zone

Nicola Sturgeons bid to let the four home nations have an individual say on whether to ...



Labour faces massive losses to SNP at UK general election, poll shows
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
Shock Ipsos Mori poll comes as Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to be the next Scottish Labour leader, accuses his party of lacking passion

Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to become the next Scottish...



Scottish no voters have every reason to feel let down since the referendum | ...
by Mike Small
30 Oct 2014 at 8:56am
Labours woes are the least of Scotlands concerns right now. The famous silent majority of no voters is hushed and somnolent

Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with fur...



Jim Murphy, Neil Findlay to stand in Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm

Former Scottish secretary and Scottish shadow health secretary enter contest after Gordon Brown rules himself out

The former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has announced that he intends to stand for ...



Nicola Sturgeon calls for Scottish veto on EU referendum
by Libby Brooks
29 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
Incoming first minister says it would be democratically indefensible for Scotland to be taken out of EU against its will

Scotlands incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling for Scotland to ...



Gordon Brown rules himself out of Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
27 Oct 2014 at 1:40pm
Tensions between Blairite wing and left wingers could now be exposed as rival wings of the party compete for control

The Scottish Labour party faces a bruising leadership contest between its Blairit...



Anas Sarwar rules out Scottish Labour leadership bid
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
27 Oct 2014 at 8:11am
Deputy leader says he would rather focus on interim role, further clearing way for Jim Murphy to replace Johann Lamont

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labours deputy leader, has ruled himself out as a candida...



The Guardian view on Johann Lamonts resignation: reform is long overdue | Edi...
by Editorial
26 Oct 2014 at 2:46pm
Labour delivered devolution but has never adapted its own party structure to it

The angry recriminations that followed Saturdays resignation of Johann Lamont as Scottish Labour leader should be a wa...



Ed Miliband faces backlash over Scottish Labour turmoil
by Libby Brooks
26 Oct 2014 at 2:30pm
Johann Lamonts resignation as leader of Scottish Labour leads to outcry from partys former first ministers

Ed Miliband will face serious questions this week about the unacceptable treatment of Scott...



Alex Salmond: Ed Miliband at fault for Scottish Labour meltdown
by Press Association
25 Oct 2014 at 8:42pm
First ministers criticism comes after Johann Lamont resigned as Scottish Labour leader claiming her position was untenable

Scotlands first minister Alex Salmond has accused Ed Miliband of being resp...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

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...

Spermatazoa and Jim Murphy
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2014 at 6:19pm
What happens when you call an election and no one comes? Labour looks like it may be about to find out as each of those tipped as future pretendy leader of the pretendy “Scottish Labour” branch off...

Is schadenfreude fatal?
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2014 at 2:13pm
Less than two months since Scotland voted No, and it’s become clear that the big loser from the independence referendum isn’t the SNP or the other pro-independence parties, it’s Labour. Is schadenf...

A wee update about flitting and fags
by weegingerdug
23 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm
The fact I’m posting this ought to let you know that I’m back online again – whoo hoo. But this isn’t a post about the Smith Commission, the British Labour party, or any wit and wisdom about anythi...

How now Brown?s vow
by weegingerdug
18 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
The road to Hell, blog posts, and post-referendum vows is paved with good intentions. Or at least that holds true for two items on the list, whether there were ever any good intentions in the vow i...

Newton?s law of Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm
When I’m not wondering why I have a waffle iron, and am still unclear on what a waffle iron is, never mind wondering why there’s one in the cupboard, I’ve been on the phone to utilities companies, ...

Oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13pm
I’m now at the “oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea” stage in the house flitting process, and am sitting here surrounded by packing cases and piles of assorted stuff all over the floor...

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...

Labour, wonga puppets, and the moral high ground
by weegingerdug
3 Oct 2014 at 4:50am
So it’s a final farewell to the poll tax. Well, I say “farewell”, when “consigned to the bin where it always belonged” is more appropriate. The Scottish Government has announced that local authorit...


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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...

Join the conversation
by Guest Blog
14 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post today from Andrew McFadyen on the future of the Labour Party: here’s the Labour for Scotland statement.  September 18th was a misty, murky morning in Edinburgh. Beneath the haar that r...

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provoking image on the front of their delegate packs ? an inverted map of the UK with Scotland in the mid...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise and hate in politics. Thanks Duncan! We?re living in exciting times, Scotland has changed for the be...

Two weeks, two votes, two very different journeys
by Dom
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
The day before the referendum on Scottish independence I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the Bathgate and Airdrie way, through the central belt. With a Danish TV crew in tow we rolled pas...

A modest riposte
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 8:31am
Esteemed traitor Peat Worrier wrote today about the SNPs new mission: “the greatest autonomy possible within the Union.” based on another key phrase which was heavily used during the campaign: “Abs...

Polling day
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
Like the French Revolution it’s a bit early to say what the referendum result means. The next steps need to be open, inclusive and fast but more of that in another post. In this I thought I’d talk ...

What it is and what it isn?t
by James
23 Sep 2014 at 6:56am
First things first. We lost. We know how and why we lost, too. There was a solid base of natural No voters for them to build on, and their demographics have been well analysed in the aftermath. Man...


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