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Obama strategist hiring backed
18 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The hiring of one of Barack Obama's top strategists will help Ed Miliband win against a Conservative campaign based on "fear and smear" at the next general election, Labour has said.

Government to fast-track proposals cracking down on 'dodgy directors'
18 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Government is set to bring forward proposals aiming to implement more restrictions and punishments for so-called "dodgy directors".

Female MPs leave PMQs to the men
17 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
FEMALE MPs are refusing to take part in Prime ≠Minister's Questions in the Commons because it has become so raucous, Speaker John Bercow has revealed.

Lamont in attack on SNP policies
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has claimed Alex Salmond acts in the interests of big business bosses rather than their workers.

Gordon Brown 'to remain MP'
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
Gordon Brown's office has insisted he has no plans to stand down as MP, but stopped short of saying he would fight the next General Election.

'Russia has pushed Ukraine to brink'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation, William Hague has warned.

MP raises questions over role of aide
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
SIR Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, has been asked by Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore to investigate whether or not Nick Clegg's aide Ryan Coetzee has broken the Whitehall code of conduct for special advisers.

Party 'knew nothing of Smith child abuse'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has again insisted the Liberal Democrats had no knowledge of the child abuse scandal involving the party's former MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Farage hits back at allowances claim
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed he is the victim of a "politically motivated" campaign against him and his party after a row over his European Union allowances.

Wage figures awaited as fall in inflation welcomed by Coalition
15 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
CONSERVATIVE and Liberal Democrat headquarters will be keenly watching out for the latest wage figures today to see whether or not pay is now outstripping inflation, which has fallen for the sixth consecutive month to 1.6%.

Ukip leader 'no danger' to UK
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ALMOST half of voters do not believe UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage is a "danger to Britain", according to a new poll.

Vaz calls for CPS sex cases investigation
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
A COMMITTEE of MPs has called for an investigation into the way prosecutors handle high-profile cases involving alleged sex offences following the acquittal of ex-Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans on a string of charges.

£7.5bn fuel duty freeze boost predicted
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ABANDONING fuel duty rises would boost the UK economy by as much as £7.5 billion or £300 per household in the next 20 years, according to Treasury analysis.

Factfile What Scotland will have
13 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The Ministry of Defence says by 2020 Scotland will have:

MP defends colleagues over sleaze
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
MPs are "paragons of virtue" compared to politicians in other countries, a senior Conservative has insisted.


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Former executive Stan Blackley slams Yes Scotland
20 Apr 2014 at 11:21am

THE formal campaign group for independence is little more than an SNP front, according to one of its former executives.



Women-only Cabinet event to debate independence
20 Apr 2014 at 6:29am

A WOMEN-only Scottish Cabinet event will be held to debate issues related to the independence referendum.



Gordon Brown to reiterate pensions stance
20 Apr 2014 at 6:20am

FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown will focus on the security of people’s pensions in an attempt to put forward the case for Scotland remaining in the UK.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Independence Easter Eggs
19 Apr 2014 at 9:38pm

THE latest Scottish independence referendum poll laid a nice little egg for the Yes campaign, indicating the tide of public opinion is in their favour.



Dani Garavelli: Yah-boo politics sucks for women
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

‘MANY women would rather hover on the political margins to escape the vitriol’ says Dani Garavelli



Tom Peterkin: The English-born on independence
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

WITH a majority of English-born people in Scotland poised to deliver a No vote, Tom Peterkin examines a key sector of referendum voters



Christopher Silver: Rising above party politics
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

CAMPAIGNING for something is more compelling – it’s more fun too says Christopher Silver



Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence.



Firefighters? union chief John Duffy faces ousting
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

THE head of the Scottish Fire Brigades Union is facing moves to oust him over concerns among firefighters that his leadership has an “incestuous partnership” with SNP ministers.



Leaders: History for Alex Salmond | Easter Truce
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

AS WE enjoy the bank holiday weekend and try to kick off some of the cares of the world in a few short days of barbecues, family get-togethers and far too much chocolate, spare a thought for the leaders of the Better Together campaign.



Euan McColm: Ed Miliband as prime minister
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Making Miliband prime minister will be a hard day’s night for Labour adviser says Euan McColm



Martin Boon: A pollster entering uncharted waters
19 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Dilemmas of a pollster entering uncharted waters looked at by Martin Boon



Scottish independence:STV quits CBI over No stance
19 Apr 2014 at 7:24am

BROADCASTER STV has quit the CBI business group following its decision to formally back the pro-Union No campaign ahead of this year’s independence referendum.



Comment: Businesses may still shy away from debate
18 Apr 2014 at 6:37pm

CBI Scotland chief Iain McMillan has seldom flinched from a spat with Alex Salmond, but in opting to register as a backer of Better Together, the CBI has stuck its head into the lion’s mouth of the independence campaign.



Pro-Russian activists: Kiev government is illegitimate
18 Apr 2014 at 6:04pm

PRO-RUSSIAN activists who have occupied government buildings in more than ten Ukrainian cities have said they will not leave them until the country’s interim government resigns, dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva.




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A reliable source
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:00am
If there’s one person we know Unionists treat as an unimpeachable fount of definitive information when it comes to the subject of the EU, it’s European Commission president Jose-Manuel Barroso. Time and again they cite his opinions with regard to an independent Scotland’s status, and they almost exploded with joy when he made unusually explicit […]

Something to ponder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2014 at 1:10am
There are a couple of opinion polls in the papers this morning, of which independence campaigners are naturally paying most attention to the ICM one for Scotland on Sunday which shows referendum voting at a hair’s-breadth 48% Yes to 52% No (after removing Don’t Knows). But perhaps more revealing is one in the Sunday Telegraph […]

Crowd surfing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
As alert readers will know, we’re slacking off a bit over the holiday weekend, although today we’re hoping to combine pleasure with business – more on that later. But we’d also like to have a go at getting you to do some work for us. The Reference section of the site has been massively expanded […]

The sultans of swing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2014 at 4:31am
We’ve yet to hear of a single public debate where Yes/No polls were taken at the start and the end which HASN’T resulted in a swing towards Yes. Here’s a recent example, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. (The introductory waffle goes on for about 17 minutes if you want to […]

Strong enough is too strong
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2014 at 10:14am
The estimable James Kelly of Scot Goes Pop! wrote an excellent blog post†the other day deconstructing a laughably skewed and leading poll which was commissioned by “Better Together” this month. Blair McDougall’s Beleaguered Billy Boys, as hardly anyone calls them, had loudly and bizarrely trumpeted figures which actually showed a 6% swing to Yes, but […]

A breath of outside air
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2014 at 7:01am
When you’ve been wading in the Scottish and UK media for two and a half years, it’s easy to develop a siege mentality and believe that the entire rest of the world buys into its cataclysmic view of independence. So it’s a relief when you realise that beyond the borders of Britain, most people are […]

The good old days
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer, 8 April 2007: “With fewer than 30 days until the elections, Labour is displaying its nerves by sounding increasingly hysterical about the prospect of an SNP government. When they did their rather grim double-act in Glasgow, the Prime Minister and Chancellor came laden with apocalyptic predictions about the consequences of […]

The flexibility of words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 7:40am
This is the new “positive” campaign poster from “Better Together”: There’s a lie in the picture, but it’s probably not the one you think. Because while it seems at first glance like a heinous and crass falsehood, the line about “MORE POWERS FOR SCOTLAND GUARANTEED” is, when looked at from a certain direction, perfectly true. […]

An embarrassment to journalism
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 3:51am
The Scottish media displays such a remarkable uniformity of thought when it comes to the independence debate that you’d think it’d be the easiest thing in the world for them to at least all get their story straight when they launch a smear campaign against a prominent Yes figure. That, however, would presuppose that they […]

Apocalypse Naw
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2014 at 4:28pm
We were going to take the night off until we read this drivel. Gah. And if we’re being honest, we were just too pleased with the pun. It seems that Unionist journalists writing doom-laden “We might actually lose Scotchland!” columns is the fashion du jour with UK newspapers at the moment. Barely a day goes […]


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Two government agencies quit CBI
20 Apr 2014 at 9:35am
Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.


Women-only Scottish cabinet event
19 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm
The Scottish government announces a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.


More funding for green energy scheme
17 Apr 2014 at 1:40pm
The Scottish government announces £4m of extra funding for a scheme which helps Scottish households generate their own green energy.


Bill Walker loses conviction appeal
17 Apr 2014 at 7:38am
Ex-MSP Bill Walker loses a bid to overturn his convictions for assaulting a former wife during a catalogue of domestic abuse.


Scotland 'has worst mobile coverage'
17 Apr 2014 at 8:10am
The Federation of Small Businesses says Scotland has the worst mobile coverage in the UK and calls for planning laws to be relaxed to improve it.


Economy back to pre-recession level
16 Apr 2014 at 6:17pm
Scotland's economic performance has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


Scottish unemployment rises by 3,000
16 Apr 2014 at 4:35am
Unemployment in Scotland rose by 3,000 to 179,000 between December and February 2014, according to official figures.


Deal to avert Police Scotland strike
17 Apr 2014 at 2:13pm
A potential Police Scotland strike has been averted after the force offered additional leave and job security to disgruntled civilian staff.


Lamont 'common aims' appeal to unions
16 Apr 2014 at 8:56am
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont urges trade unions not to split along referendum lines and risk losing sight of common aims.


Tories call for education reform
16 Apr 2014 at 6:55am
The party say changes are needed to help children from poorer backgrounds get the marks they need to gain entry to higher education.


Growth in Scottish economy slows
16 Apr 2014 at 7:20am
The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


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


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Yes vote must do more than put a kilt on neoliberalism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 4:26pm

By John McAllion

During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be ?no cold water Cuba?.† It was the only point during the debate that George's arguments connected to reality.

A Yes vote will herald the break-up of the British state and the birth of a new Scotland.† However, it is no guarantee that politics in the new Scotland will shift decisively to the left.



Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 3:31pm

By Colin Fox

Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch event in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Many 'wise' people had written the Scottish Socialist Party's political obituary back then referring to Scotland's 'post-SSP' political landscape. But then people have been writing off the SSP since we were founded 15 years ago.



Some thoughts on the Scottish Affairs Committee report on the impact on highe...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Apr 2014 at 5:57am

By Bryan D MacGregor and Murray Pittock

When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of the Union produces a report entitled ?Referendum on Separation for Scotland: the impact on higher education, research and tuition fees?, the starting assumption of a reader should not be of an objective, evidence-based analysis.†



Get the Claymores out the Thatches?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

By Derek Bateman

Damn! I?ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else?s hare again.

Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle?s column? ?Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places??



George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Apr 2014 at 12:58am

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour?s other lost leader, Smith?s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.

His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour?s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.



This i(indy)Tune is for Labour ears
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 1:15pm

† By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.



A response to Professor Colin Kidd's interview in the St Andrews student news...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 2:50pm

By Ashley Husband Powton

Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper.†



The Case for a Scottish Secular Republic
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 11:28am

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.



Better Together ... or Oops for short
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

† By Dave Taylor

This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.† YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.

The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival.†



Cataclysm and Armageddon ? Referendum lessons from Scottish football
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 3:50pm

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.† For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.




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A new poll shows Scotland on the brink of independence. Time for the 'no' sid...
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 11:40am

Politicians always manage to take some crumbs of comfort from opinion polls but, if you are Alistair Darling, it would be difficult to find anything positive in the dramatic new poll published by…
Peter A Bell's insight:

Would you just listen to this character! Hamish Macdonell oozes that offended ...



Women aren't risk averse or fickle ... just busy fighting for survival
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 10:35am

THE travails of womankind are many, but being told how you think by Alistair Carmichael must count as a new one.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I have to admit to being more than a little perplexed by the apparent reluctance of women to support the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status....



Sign for Scotland: The three poverties of Westminster
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 9:02am



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Women-only Cabinet event to debate independence
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 8:53am

A WOMEN-only Scottish Cabinet event will be held to debate issues related to the independence referendum.

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Why CBI Scotland has made a big mistake
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 8:40am

Two of the most important factors in any business are integrity and honesty.

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A Yes Vote Without Reservation
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 8:12am

Should my vote be eligible as I was born in England, I wish it to be cast in favour of Independence for Scotland from the United Kingdom. For too long the London government has squandered Scotland'...

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Firefighters? union chief John Duffy faces ousting
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 7:09am

 #Referendum2014 #indyrefTHE head of the Scottish Fire Brigades Union is facing moves to oust him over concerns among firefighters that his leadership has an “incestuous partnership” with SNP ministers.

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Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:50am

Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch event in Edinburgh in May 2012.




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Why the fight for independence has left Yes Scotland behind
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:33am

In May 2012, I was recruited to join the launch event for Yes Scotland - the eagerly anticipated campaign for a Yes vote at the referendum on Scottish independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Damn! I really should have read Blackley's article rather than responding to the spin that The Herald put on i...



A reliable source
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:15am

If there's one person we know Unionists treat as an unimpeachable fount of definitive information when it comes to the subject of the EU, it's European Commission president Jose-Manuel Barroso. Tim...

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Chaos, tantrums and stooges: ex-chief lambasts Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:03am

THE official campaign group for a Yes vote was "dysfunctional" from the start and lacks leadership, strategy and money, according to one of its former executives.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'll judge Yes Scotland by results rather than on the word of a disaffected former employee who, quite frankly, ...



CBI in crisis as three more members quit over Better Together support
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 5:01am

THE Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is in meltdown after three more high-profile members quit over the business group's decision to campaign for a No vote in the referendum, with others almost certain to follow.

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I'm a Scottish Internationalist
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 4:54am

I was interviewing Sir Christopher Meyer some years back, the man who used to be our Ambassador in Washington. There was a row about how many British troops were being sent into some new conflict z...

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Something to ponder
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 4:48am

There are a couple of opinion polls in the papers this morning, of which independence campaigners are naturally paying most attention to the ICM one for Scotland on Sunday which shows referendum vo...

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Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides
by Peter A Bell
20 Apr 2014 at 4:46am

ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence.

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Jackie Bird: As independence referendum looms both campaigns have realised wo...
by Jackie Bird
20 Apr 2014 at 5:30am
JACKIE explains why many Scottish women are frustrated with politicians on both sides of the independence debate.


Gordon Brown warns of a £1.5 billion pensions blackhole if Scotland votes YES...
by Mark Aitken
20 Apr 2014 at 4:53am
THE former British Prime Minister has warned against a possible deficit in pension funds reaching in to the billions if the Scottish population votes YES to independence in Septembers referendum.


Business group CBI is backing 'no' vote in the independence referendum
by dailyrecord
18 Apr 2014 at 6:59am
THE Confederation of British Industry (CBI)†Scotland†represents many businesses across the country, and has already stated its support for the pro-union campaign.


David Cameron is told food banks are no myth after being accused of trying to...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 9:00pm
PRIME Minister's smear tactics against a Christian charity are condemned as Labour MP says Britain is the hungry man of Europe.


David Cameron stung by jellyfish whilst on luxury holiday in Lanzarote
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 4:19pm
"No shortage of volunteers" to aid the PM using the traditional method of treatment for the painful sting ? peeing on the affected area!


Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still hel...
by Humza Yousaf
17 Apr 2014 at 9:53am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that Holyrood still have their eyes on the ball when it comes to the day to day running of Scotland.


Shamed former MSP Bill Walker has appeal against domestic abuse conviction th...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 7:46am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September for a string of abuse against three former wives and his stepdaughter and today three appeal judges rejected his appeal against the conviction.


Wife beating former MSP Bill Walker attempts to have his conviction for domes...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 1:57am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace which spanned decades.


Shadow chancellor Ed Balls in police probe after driving off following collis...
by Richard Hartley-Parkinson
16 Apr 2014 at 4:24am
The Labour MP later apologised to his constituent following the incident earlier this month stressing he did not know any damage had been caused to the black Peugeot 306.


Gap continues to narrow between voters on both sides of the referendum debate...
by dailyrecord
16 Apr 2014 at 3:11am
THE lead held by the Better Together campaign for a No vote in September has shrunk from 19% in September to 12% in the latest survey, according to pollsters TNS.


Record View: It's too soon to brag about recovery
by Record View
16 Apr 2014 at 2:43am
RECORD VIEW warns that there is a long way to go before Britain can claim to be on the road to recovery despite falling inflation and figures showing that wages have kept pace with the cost of living.


Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to ind...
by Joan McAlpine
15 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
JOAN says the Scottish Parliament have done well for our older citizens - delivering free personal care and free transport - which is why we have nothing to fear from a Yes vote.


Scottish independence: Margaret Curran promises more childcare and better wag...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Shadow Scots Secretary made five pledges for women as she insisted the best future for Scottish females is inside the United Kingdom.


I?ve seen food parcels handed out through Unicef but never thought it would h...
by Eddie Izzard
15 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm
How did our Britain get to be so hungry? Our country, where even after the Second World War, we still had the ambition to feed our poorest people


Nigel Farage defends EU handouts: UKIP leader says he'll spend how he likes
by Tom McTague
15 Apr 2014 at 4:19pm
The UKIP leader was highly critical during Westminster's expenses scandal, but will have some explaining to do after claims that some of his "general expenditure allowance" has been paid into his personal bank account.


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Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warnin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Apr 2014 at 1:49pm
Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warning shot fired from outer space.


Highland power cut was a warning strike from space, claims MoD
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I can't imagine anything more unpleasant the jellyfish later told reporters.

La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm
La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.


Mars Attacks! Fifth Columnist revealed
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our mandatory euthanasia policy for the elderly, bonded slavery for students and organ harvesting off the sick

Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Apr 2014 at 2:05pm
Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.


SNP promise Super-Beer and Uber-Boobs
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Our beer goggles are now firmly deployed to defend the Empire

Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to bui...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Apr 2014 at 2:39pm
Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to build 2,300 turbines to feed the English market.


fUK fU*Ked by Irish splittists, while Hammond has a bad trip
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Putin - showing the Scotch how a bullying big neighbour will crush them under our jackbo...

Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.


Too many windfarms built in windy places, claims Tory moron
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Tory MSPs in Scotlandshire are benefiting far more from renewable energy payments than their landed MP counterparts in England

Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Apr 2014 at 9:07am
Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution would be the end of independence, has now claimed that independence would be the end of HIM.


Robertson warns independence would be 'the end of my world as we know it'
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Robertson told a packed confe...

Splittist debate descends into violence.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Apr 2014 at 1:10pm
Splittist debate descends into violence.


Natz politician in pub brawl
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Should the polls still deteriorate, UKOK will apologise for the damage done to Scotlandshire, and promise to be much nicer people in future

Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcasters is entirely unfortunate.

Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcast...

(no title)
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...


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Bella Caledonia



"They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop the coming of spring" Pablo Neruda


Yes Kirkcaldy with Bella Caledonia
by bellacaledonia
20 Apr 2014 at 2:56pm
Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia. This is the first of three talks, with Carolyn Leckie and Alan Bissett (March 2014 ) at Yes Kirkcaldy. “It’s time to throw off the pathological deference of Unionism …” Filed under: Film and... Read More ›


Information, Please
by bellacaledonia
19 Apr 2014 at 3:46pm
By A.R. Frith Something I need to know is: will the formerly-British Museum be giving back the chessmen to Lewis, and the marbles to Elgin? Something I need to know is, when Westminster politicians say we won?t be allowed to... Read More ›


Mentalists in Newtonmore
by bellacaledonia
18 Apr 2014 at 4:25pm
A report from John Campbell of Aviemore of the Danny Alexander No meeting at Newtonmore Community Hall, Friday 11 April 2014 at the unusual starting time of 5:30 pm. Danny Alexander made a rare appearance on behalf of the “Better... Read More ›


Utah Saints
by bellacaledonia
18 Apr 2014 at 4:10am
By Mike Small “Time is not Money; time is Life. When more people can be persuaded to think along these lines we will have taken a real step forward …” – Why Work? (Freedom Press, 1990) In 2008, amid the... Read More ›


The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
By Robin McAlpine A simple guide for people who want to write about nationalism: Ethnic Nationalism: is the belief that the nation is based (wholly or in large part) on people from the same ethnic background. For example ‘Serbs out’.... Read More ›


Torrance Response
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 8:13am
Bella agreed to a right to reply for David Torrance to Alan Bissett’s article ‘Ethnic Cleanse’. It seems my use of the word ?ethnic? in the context of a column exploring the balance between civic and non-civic Nationalism in Scotland... Read More ›

Making a Spectacle out of a Crisis: Glasgow?s New Housing Blitzkrieg
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 7:05am
By Neil Gray On 13th April Commonwealth Games 2014 organisers announced that they were dropping the demolition spectacle from the opening ceremony amid fears of ?safety and security?. At a certain level we should celebrate a semblance of ?people power?... Read More ›


Missing Inaction
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 5:24am
By Jonathan Shafi Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It’s the frustration of ordinary people excluded... Read More ›


Unionism?s Credibility Gap
by bellacaledonia
16 Apr 2014 at 3:36pm
By John Warren The distinguished psephologist Professor John Curtice has suggested that we may expect the turnout for the Scottish Referendum on 18th September to be around 80% (78% according to the most recent polling evidence in February, 2014); this... Read More ›


?Ethnic? Cleanse
by bellacaledonia
16 Apr 2014 at 11:20am
By Alan Bissett According to the Herald journalist David Torrance he is an ?ethnic nationalist?. To the composer James Macmillan he is a ?Blood Scot nationalist? and ?motivated by hate?. To the Labour blogger Ian Smart he is ?anti-English? and... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Google News

Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory - Scotsman
20 Apr 2014 at 9:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today's Scot...


STV quits CBI over referendum stance - BBC News
19 Apr 2014 at 7:00pm

BBC News

STV quits CBI over referendum stance
BBC News
Broadcaster STV has become the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence. In a statement, STV said rules on impartiality meant it had "no choice" but to resign from the ....


Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI - BBC...
20 Apr 2014 at 3:29am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI
BBC News
Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against independence. A statement from Scottish Enterprise sai...


Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll - WalesOnline
19 Apr 2014 at 12:02am

WalesOnline

Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll
WalesOnline
A huge majority of Welsh people do not want Scotland to vote for independence and think it would be bad for Wales, the results of an exclusive poll have revealed. The results of the YouGov survey, which questio...


Scottish independence: Electricians question CBI vote move - BBC News
18 Apr 2014 at 12:12pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Electricians question CBI vote move
BBC News
The body representing electrical contractors has urged the CBI to think again about giving its support to the campaign against Scottish independence. Select has written an open letter to the CBI Scotland boss. The CBI has r...


Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots ......
20 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots ...
The Independent
Gordon Brown will this week spearhead an attempt by opponents of Scottish independence to regain the momentum by warning the country would face a £1.5bn pensions and benefits black hole if i...


Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Apr 2014 at 4:56am

The Independent

Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Royal Navy has 16 ships and submarines and two Royal Marines Commando units based in Scotland. The SNP has promised to maintain all military bases in Scotland in the event of independence and has said they wou...


Scottish independence:STV quits CBI over No stance - Scotsman
19 Apr 2014 at 7:28am

Scotsman

Scottish independence:STV quits CBI over No stance
Scotsman
Balhousie chairman Tony Banks, who also chairs the pro-independence Business for Scotland organisation, said on Thursday that the CBI ?was not representing its member's views honestly?. Aquamarine chief executive Martin McAdam adde...


Lottery winners top up Scottish independence coffers - gulfnews.com
20 Apr 2014 at 7:14am

Lottery winners top up Scottish independence coffers
gulfnews.com
Opinion polls suggest Scotland will vote to reject independence but that the contest is tightening a little and supporters of a breakaway have made some ground in recent months. The British government minister responsible for Scotlan...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Yes Scotland 'just an SNP front' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
20 Apr 2014 at 6:59am

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Yes Scotland 'just an SNP front'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
"In my opinion, this is just as well, as that organisation has become little more than an SNP front in recent months, which is ironic given the amount of effort that was put into fighting that percepti...


Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir are bankrolling Scottish independence Ye...
20 Apr 2014 at 12:45pm

Daily Mail

Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir are bankrolling Scottish independence Yes ...
Daily Mail
The couple, who have been married for more than 30 years, have given at least £2m to the SNP and the Yes Scotland Campaign in the last few months. It is a massive increase on the £1m the pair han...


Former executive Stan Blackley slams Yes Scotland - Scotsman
20 Apr 2014 at 11:34am

Scotsman

Former executive Stan Blackley slams Yes Scotland
Scotsman
His comments were seized upon by critics who claim non-SNP members of Yes Scotland, such as Green leader Patrick Harvie and former Labour politician Denis Canavan, have been deceived. Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar said: ...


Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory - Scotsman
20 Apr 2014 at 9:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory
Scotsman
Although there has been much commentary about how it is scooping up Labour supporters (and no less than 24 per cent of those who voted Labour in 2011 say they intend to vote Yes), rather less is heard about the 14 per cent of 2011 ...


Britain's biggest lottery winners back the break-up of Britain - Telegraph.co.uk
20 Apr 2014 at 8:56am

Telegraph.co.uk

Britain's biggest lottery winners back the break-up of Britain
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP's growing war chest has prompted accusations that Scotland's First Minister is attempting to buy victory in the independence referendum, with a wide gulf opening up between the finances of the riva...


Project Fear's World tour continues - SNP (press release)
20 Apr 2014 at 4:42am

Project Fear's World tour continues
SNP (press release)
Defence and Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the SNP, Angus Robertson MP, commented: "This is clear evidence that the No campaign are going around the world trying to stir up ill-will against Scotland, spreading misinformation about Scotland, ...


Westminster's record of failure in Europe - SNP (press release)
20 Apr 2014 at 3:42am

Westminster's record of failure in Europe
SNP (press release)
As the seventh term of the European Parliament comes to an end ahead of elections on 22 May, the SNP has highlighted that only a vote for the SNP and a Yes vote in September will prevent another five years of disappointment and let downs...


How could Scottish independence affect us in the South West? - Western Mornin...
20 Apr 2014 at 6:37am

How could Scottish independence affect us in the South West?
Western Morning News
And with devolved powers already afforded to the Scottish Parliament, it was only a matter of time before an SNP administration, in a position of majority, had to bite the bullet and go for a straightforward public vo...


Ex Chancellor has nothing new to say on pensions - SNP (press release)
20 Apr 2014 at 3:26am

Ex Chancellor has nothing new to say on pensions
SNP (press release)
... pension schemes at least £100 billion within a decade , and in 1999 chose to increase the state pension by just 75 pence Commenting on Gordon Brown's speech next week, Scotland's Deputy First Minister and SNP Depute Leader Nic...


Lotterycouple's £3m bankrolls separatist Scots - The Sunday Times
20 Apr 2014 at 5:07am

The Sunday Times

Lotterycouple's £3m bankrolls separatist Scots
The Sunday Times
The Scottish couple have given at least £2m to the SNP and the Yes Scotland campaign in recent months, double the amount they were previously thought to have donated. They also gave £1m to Yes Scotland in early 2013. It...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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STV quits CBI over referendum stance - BBC News
19 Apr 2014 at 7:00pm

BBC News

STV quits CBI over referendum stance
BBC News
Broadcaster STV has become the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence. In a statement, STV said rules on impartiality meant it had "no choice" but to resign from the ....


Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides - Scotsman
19 Apr 2014 at 6:13pm

Scotsman

Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today's Scot...


Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes - stv.tv
18 Apr 2014 at 1:28am

Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes
stv.tv
Tapping into this sizeable demographic has become a priority mission for the Yes Scotland campaign. And at the SNP conference, Nicola Sturgeon made a direct appeal to their rival party's disaffected voters. Labour leaders clai...


INSIDE TRACK: Has acclaimed referendum show been shelved? - Herald Scotland
18 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm

INSIDE TRACK: Has acclaimed referendum show been shelved?
Herald Scotland
They took a historical look at the past 70 years of Scotland's political and cultural life: the first covered from the end of the last world war to 1974, the second covered the first Devolution vote and the Thatcher years, an...


Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Orkney TV referendum debate - BBC News
15 Apr 2014 at 4:05pm

Orkney TV referendum debate
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC Scotland television debate, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, comes from Kirkwall in Orkney. On the panel: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, Former ...

and more ...


Scottish independence poll tracker - Financial Times
15 Apr 2014 at 1:41pm

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence poll tracker
Financial Times
Using polling data collated by the UK Polling Report and What Scotland Thinks, we have analysed all polls conducted in the past year that used the referendum question: ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? The responses for ea...


Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll - WalesOnline
19 Apr 2014 at 12:02am

WalesOnline

Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll
WalesOnline
Whatever happens in the referendum. I think it will be close, from what I see in the polls. But I don't think the political parties in Wales are seriously thinking about the outcome in Scotland ? and whatever h...


Religious twist to referendum - Herald Scotland
18 Apr 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Religious twist to referendum
Herald Scotland
... playwright Rob Drummond, will be performed today at 2pm against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The hard-hitting new script sets the story of the last days of Jesus, played by Duncan Rennie, above, in modern day Scotland on the eve ...



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Anything Goes

Any Tamber's With A 12"er?
20 Apr 2014 at 3:04pm

Vinyl sales at a 15 year high in the UK apparently. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/musi...



Microsoft Surface Pro
20 Apr 2014 at 2:55pm

Could anyone give me any feedback on whether a Microsoft Surface pro is a reasonable substitute f...



Daily Mail - Food Bank Story
20 Apr 2014 at 8:36am
http://tompride.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/oops-mail-on-sunday-hack-fcks-up-his-story-attacking-foo...

Leukemia
19 Apr 2014 at 2:19pm

Former employee was diagnosed with this last night, dropped down dead at 2pm today.

 

Absolutely ...



Rip To The Man With The Worst Nickname Ever
19 Apr 2014 at 9:16am

Never has "he loved animals" sounded so sinister.

 

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/219131/rip-pe...



Record Store Day
19 Apr 2014 at 6:29am
Happy vinyl Tambers

Credit card has taken a pounding

Losing Votes In The Fishing Industry
19 Apr 2014 at 4:47am
Coming from the north east of Scotland I can see first hand the demise of the Scottish fishing in...

Jesus Rocks
19 Apr 2014 at 2:20am

I know a couple of people who are really into going to festivals where rock music and a celebrati...



Scottish Ipa's
18 Apr 2014 at 6:22pm
Someone needs to tell Harviestoun and Williams Bros Brewery that wrapping an IPA label around a s...

Googlebox On Independence
18 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm

English general public being utterly out of touch.

 

It was a pathetic group of uninformed c.nts....




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Better Nation

Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from†Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...


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Scot Goes pop

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

Landmark Survation poll confirms that pro-independence campaign have closed t...
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2014 at 6:38am
As it's Easter Sunday, I'll just keep this brief and give you the figures -

Should Scotland be an ...

Independence rises this Easter, as Yes campaign close the gap to just 3% in e...
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Santa was rather kind to us by delivering a swing to Yes in the last batch of polls before Christ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The remarkably simple basis for nationhood
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 5:00pm
"Nations are nations if they feel themselves to be a nation. And Scotland overwhelmingly feels it...

Dramatic TNS-BMRB poll shows pro-independence campaign closing the gap to the...
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2014 at 7:36pm

This is hugely significant, more so than any Panelbase or even ICM poll. TNS-BMRB are different b...



What Better Together would be saying about their YouGov poll if they had just...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
What Better Together actually said : This latest poll, which saw 1148 adults surveyed in Scotland...

Sagacity on Saturday : A Non-Sagacity Special
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."

Said by f...

Poll commissioned by anti-independence campaign backfires catastrophically, w...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm

One day, very very soon, we're going to start calling a brass neck a 'McDougall'. Just 24 hours a...



YouGov continues to cynically mislead its own respondents - but still finds a...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Terribly mysterious thing, this - Blair McDougall has decided to ignore the results of a new poll...



Two new referendum polls put support for independence at the heady heights of...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Well, that's the last time I take anything the Political Editor of the Daily Record says on Twitt...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The biggest 'known unknown' is that we know we're going...
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"I believe...that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if ...

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes Scotland asks No campaign to detail guaranteed new powers
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 9:17am

Dennis†Canavan, Chairman of Yes Scotland?s Advisory Board, has written to Alistair Darling, of th...



New poster shows we CAN be a thriving independent country
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:40am

The new phase of the Yes Scotland promotional campaign - which was launched at the beginning of M...



Polls shows highest support for Yes so far
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:15am

Yes Scotland welcomes an ICM poll in†Scotland on Sunday†and a Survation poll in the†Sunday Post†t...



Why I'll move to Scotland after I graduate if it votes yes
by Stewart Bremner
19 Apr 2014 at 3:54am
One Durham University student explains why he'll be moving north if it's a yes vote in Scotland.

STUC sets priorities as Yes momentum builds in Scotland?s trade union movement
by Cailean Gallagher
18 Apr 2014 at 3:30am
Key issues were the doubling in zero hours contracts highlighted by the STUC, and the catastrophe...

Daily Digest: Yes to help our universities attract top talent and Expert expl...
by Stuart McDonald
17 Apr 2014 at 6:02am
?To summarise some very complex arguments, as a result of the coalition government?s decision to ...

David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.
by Peter Dempsie
17 Apr 2014 at 3:10am
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that - David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.

Defence Secretary claimed that an independent Scotland would be open to attac...
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 4:11pm
As The Sun comments ? ?there surely must come a point when those trying to save the UK realise th...

Green Yes ? ?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 10:29am
?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights? is the latest policy proposals from the Green Yes campaign, hig...

Scottish foreign policy will see world through a more ?ethical lens?
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:47am
An independent Scotland can ?mimic the soft power credentials? of other small nations to create a...

Soaring foodbank use ?the tip of the iceberg in terms of UK food poverty?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 7:39am
The Trussell Trust has given out over 900,000 emergency food parcels in the last year in the UK ?...

Overwhelming majority want more positive campaign from 'No' - poll
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29am
Yes Scotland published new findings from an opinion poll commissioned by the pro-independence cam...

The scandal that shames Britain
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 6:13am

More than 900,000 people were given emergency food in the past year, an increase of 163 per cent ...



Trade Union Members talking at STUC in Dundee
by Peter Dempsie
15 Apr 2014 at 9:18am
Video of wsLVrLbqaaI Individual members of various trade unions talking about the role of Trade...

Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes at STUC Congress
by Stuart McDonald
15 Apr 2014 at 5:22am
Our Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day at the STUC Congress in Dundee yesterday, an...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

BetterTogether's diminishing lead
20 Apr 2014 at 12:47pm

From Scot Goes Pop based on Poll of Poll statistics, shows the No campaign's lead since September...



Ian Hamilton QC/ Tommy Sheridan speech in Oban
19 Apr 2014 at 3:45am

I would urge every don't know/ No voter to watch this, with impartial eyes and tell me why, after...



Football fans and the vote
18 Apr 2014 at 8:24am

From the poll on here and the one on Black & White Army it seems it will be a landslide yes.........



Civil war
18 Apr 2014 at 8:06am

A complete zoomer in my work today said that there would be a civil war in the event of a 'No' vo...



UCAS
17 Apr 2014 at 4:46pm
I had an S4 pupil ask me what would happen with university applications in the event of a Yes vot...

Old devolution campaigns repeated
17 Apr 2014 at 8:53am

Just a thought, but if you look back at some of the dross we're being fed by Better Together, it ...



Aliens threaten an independent Scotland!
16 Apr 2014 at 12:51pm

Following hot on from the forces of darkness, the forces of the empire are now headed our way......



peace & prosperity
12 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
what is the longest period of peace in scottish history?
what period encompasses the scottish enli...

So I finally found the elusive ATOS figures
11 Apr 2014 at 6:23pm

http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/atos-is-pulling-out-of-its-contract/

...

Give voters ability to ‘sack’ MSPs - Sturgeon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/give-voters-ability-to-sack-msps-sturgeon-1-33722...

Neutral Idea
9 Apr 2014 at 3:02pm

Many people on this forum may have read my posts and hopefully noticed I am an undecided voter.  ...



Euro elections
9 Apr 2014 at 4:51am

Looks like the SNP are going to top the poll by 10%+

 

 

 

Great news for the yes campaign



What if....
8 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm

it's a draw? Could we have a penalty shoot-out & who's going to take 'em.

 

Anyone care to name t...



Scottish independence will end civilisation as we know it
8 Apr 2014 at 2:27am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26933998

 

Point and laugh



labour bring our the big guns
7 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/independence-referendum-labour-legends-drafted-3383905...


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Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show
by Press Association
20 Apr 2014 at 9:46am
Gap between yes and no camps has narrowed with five months to go until referendum

The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.

With five months to go b...




So what do the English think of Scottish independence? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Apr 2014 at 2:05am
Kevin McKenna, a Scot so fond of England he has occasionally been moved to support its football team, canvasses opinion from Manchester to London on the bid to go it alone

Here, in the eye of an edg...




What price Scottish independence for an army of cross-border workers?
by Patrick Collinson
19 Apr 2014 at 1:00am
Around 100,000 people live on one side of the Scotland-England border and earn on the other. We look at what a yes vote may mean for tax and pensions

Bill Parkin is on the front line of the independ...




CBI backs no vote in Scottish independence referendum
by Staff and agencies
18 Apr 2014 at 1:17pm
Business lobby group accused of failing to consult members before formally registering position, with two firms resigning

The CBI has registered with the Electoral Commission to formally back a no v...




Games host Glasgow shown to have worst life expectancy in UK
by Caroline Davies
16 Apr 2014 at 1:13pm
Office for National Statistics finds just 75% of boys and 85% of girls in Scottish city can expect to reach their 65th birthday

As the countdown to the Commonwealth Games begins, figures reveal that...




Everything up for negotiation if Scots vote for independence, Hammond says
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
Defence secretary appears to undermine no camp, saying: 'You can't go into any negotiation with things that are non-negotiable'

The campaign against Scottish independence has been thrown into confus...



Scottish referendum: yes, it could happen | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Apr 2014 at 5:01pm
Ever since Osborne went to Scotland and argued against a future currency union, it is the yes campaign that has prospered

As the vote in September nears, the argument about Scottish independence is ...




Alex Salmond brands anti-Scottish independence campaign 'miserable'
by Severin Carrell Scotland Correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 11:43am
First minister tells SNP the pro-independence movement is instead a 'beacon of hope' for Scotland

Alex Salmond has attacked the campaign against Scottish independence as "the most miserable, negativ...




'Team Scotland': Salmond calls on Labour voters to back independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 3:27am
SNP leader says a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could lead to a Labour government in Edinburgh

Alex Salmond has appealed to Scotland's voters to ignore him and the Scottish National party...



The future of Scotland's currency continues to divide opinion, polls show
by Leila Haddou
11 Apr 2014 at 9:37am

YouGov poll finds 53% of Britons outside Scotland oppose the country keeping the pound and believe it has no viable alternative to sterling should it vote for independence

As currency continues to d...




Scottish independence: no campaign's scare tactics backfiring, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason and Severin Carrell
11 Apr 2014 at 5:35am
First minister attacks 'apocalyptic' claims of risks to global security and says support for yes vote in referendum is rising

Alex Salmond has said attempts by UK ministers and a former Nato secreta...




Scotland likely to choose independence, foreign diplomats believe
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
10 Apr 2014 at 12:02pm
Sources in diplomatic corps in Edinburgh say tide of opinion has shifted, while opinion polls show increase in support for yes vote

Foreign diplomats believe Scotland is likely to vote for independe...




SNP conference: Alex Salmond can bask in the glow of a win-win scenario | Dav...
by David Torrance
10 Apr 2014 at 3:53am
The Scottish nationalists will emerge stronger from the referendum on independence regardless of the result

Earlier this week the Parti Québécois, which is to Canadian politics what the SNP is to th...




Ed Davey says an independent Scotland must fund its own energy projects
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Apr 2014 at 2:55pm
Blow to Alex Salmond's 2020 renewables target as energy secretary rules out billions in UK energy subsidies upon yes vote

The energy secretary Ed Davey has rejected Scottish government calls for the...




Lord Robertson is trying to bully Scots into voting no in the referendum | Ow...
by Owen Jones
8 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
The former defence secretary and Nato chief's claims that a Scottish break from the union will imperil the west are part of an anti-democratic campaign that is backfiring

If Scotland votes to break ...




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CBBye Bye
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 10:48pm
In news which was as big a surprise as the revelations that Davie Cameron is a posh Tory, Johann Lamont hates alicsammin, and Danny Alexander is on work release from the Muppet Show, the CBI’s Nort...

No?s problem with men
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 8:23am
There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the supposed problem that the Yes campaign has attracting the support of women. All opinion polls have consistently shown that men are c...

The Great British Bake Off
by weegingerdug
17 Apr 2014 at 7:14pm
It’s going to be easy, everyone says so. You’re a top chef, you’re pals with the owners of the TV channel and the owners of the newspapers. They’re all on your side. The food critics agree to pick ...

The Great British Mortality Race
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm
New statistics have shown that Glasgow continues to sit at the top of British league tables, the city’s residents have the shortest life expectancy in the UK. It’s about the only competition Scotla...

Rum, sodomy, and the lash
by weegingerdug
15 Apr 2014 at 8:15pm
It’s another of Project Fear’s carefully coordinated frightnights. It’s another drive-by Tory. This time it’s Tory Defence Minister Philip Hammond, again. Phil has come to Scotland to make a positi...

Hysterical history
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Rory Stewart’s unionist propaganda thinly disguised as a BBC history documentary has provoked the ire of SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who has attacked the BBC for yet another of its exercises in compul...

Project Fear?s gumsy midgie
by weegingerdug
13 Apr 2014 at 10:50pm
Another day, another scare story. Now we’re told (copyright Justine Greening the Tory International Development Secretary) that Scottish independence will rip the bread from the mouths of the poore...

Stuff to waste time on a Sunday
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm
Yesterday’s appeal for translation help for Solidarity with Scotland produced a fantastic response.† Huge thanks to everyone who offered to help or made suggestions.† It also produced an interestin...

Labouring the point of independence
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 8:49pm
Alicsammin has made an appeal for Labour voters to remember something that Better Together and the Unionist media are desperate for them to forget – the referendum in September is not an election a...

Translators wanted for Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
11 Apr 2014 at 4:35pm
OK. I said I’d never ask for donations on this blog, but I’d like to be somewhat less hypocritical than Better Together and ask for a donation of sorts anyway. Not donations of money, but donations...


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