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Economy held back by poor deals for staff
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
Britain has too many poorly performing workplaces where employees are often badly treated, underpaid, overworked and ignored, a major report states today.

Catalonia keeps secession issue on the boil
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
Spain risks intensifying Catalonia's push for independence unless it negotiates over transferring more powers, according to the region's economy minister.

PM attacked for death row Scot transfer 'error'
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
The family of a mentally ill grandfather who was shot in prison in Pakistan while facing the death penalty have hit out at David Cameron.

PM to urge the EU to do more in Ebola fight
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron will today pressure his EU counterparts to pull their weight in the fight against Ebola and will set his face against a bid by the European Parliament to increase its budget next year by an extra £5bn.

An English gentleman loses his marbles
22 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
"I'm an English gentleman, I have the right to say my bit!"

Woolf urged to consider her position as head of abuse inquiry
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
FIONA Woolf is facing down calls to stand aside as chairwoman of the UK Government's historic child abuse inquiry after claims she was an Establishment figure with a "close association" to Lord Brittan, Home Secretary at the time of abuse claims in the 1980s.

Likelihood of further cuts due to rise in borrowing
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
GEORGE Osborne has suffered a blow with official figures showing a rise in UK Government borrowing that will make it harder for the Chancellor to produce any pre-election giveaways and raises the prospect of more spending cuts to meet the deficit-reduction target.

Clarke issues warning to Cameron over 'hysterical' stance on Europe
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
KEN Clarke has warned David Cameron not to pander to "ignorance and bigotry" on Europe as he suggested some Tory MPs should join Ukip.

Clegg's manifesto plans leaked
21 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
Nick Clegg is planning to promise tax cuts, free childcare and benefit curbs for foreign workers who cannot speak English at the general election, according to leaked documents.

Osborne under fresh fire after new figures show widening hole in public finances
21 Oct 2014 at 5:51am
George Osborne suffered a fresh blow today as the six-year squeeze on earnings growth was blamed for the latest official figures showing a widening hole in the public finances.

Blairite Scot for shadow cabinet
20 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has reshuffled some of his frontline team bringing in Blairite Scot Pat McFadden as the shadow minister for Europe.

Balls makes concession to cash-poor in home tax plan
20 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
Owners of properties worth between £2 million and £3m would pay an extra £3,000 a year under Labour's mansion tax plans, Ed Balls has confirmed.

Rethink urged on Bill to let voters ditch MPs
20 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
Voters would be able to oust disgraced rural MPs more easily than those with urban seats under plans to be debated today,legal experts have warned.

Westminster follows Holyrood on troll law
19 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government is following in the footsteps of its Scottish counterpart with plans to toughen penalties for internet trolls.

Civil service to showcase new equal parent leave for fathers
19 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
ALL civil service employees of both sexes will be offered equal parental pay and support from next year, Nick Clegg will announce this week.


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The Scotsman cartoon: Smith Commission talks
22 Oct 2014 at 6:18pm

THE first talks aimed at securing a new deal on more powers for Holyrood took place yesterday.



Gypsies endure ?Third World? health care
22 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

AN INTERNATIONAL committee of parliamentarians has labelled the standard of healthcare for travelling people in Scotland as “unacceptable” and called for better provision.



Scotland ?should have to wait 15 years for bailout?
22 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

Scotland should have to wait up to 15 years for a Westminster bailout if it lives outwith its means, academics have advised.



Ben Bradlee, the editor who toppled Nixon, dies
22 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

JOURNALISTS and politicians united to pay tribute yesterday to Ben Bradlee, the editor who presided over the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal.



Bill Jamieson: The first chapter in book of Ruth?
22 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Clamour for more powers suggests over-55s will be soaked for tax, driving an odd renaissance, writes Bill Jamieson



Leaders: Devolved regulation of internet worth considering
22 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

THE Scottish Government’s announcement that it is actively exploring the creation of a new law to tackle the growth of so-called revenge pornography is to be welcomed.



Andrew Whitaker: Politics and celebrity endorsements
22 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

THE ill-judged record release this week from veteran DJ Mike Read, in which he mimics a Jamaican accent in a song praising Nigel Farage’s anti-European Union party, evokes memories of previous unfortunate celebrity forays into politics.



Ex-lovers could face jail under revenge porn law
22 Oct 2014 at 11:08am

A NEW offence could be introduced in Scotland to target those who seek to humiliate ex-partners by posting so-called “revenge porn” online.



Man ejected from Commons after PMQ disturbance
22 Oct 2014 at 9:09am

A MAN was pulled out of the public gallery in the House of Commons today after causing a disturbance during Prime Minister’s Questions.



Labour Yes group founder joins Scottish Socialists
22 Oct 2014 at 8:23am

THE FOUNDER of the Labour group which backed a Yes vote in the referendum has left the party and is joining the Scottish Socialists.



Stewart Hosie wins support for SNP deputy bid
22 Oct 2014 at 7:48am

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has announced he is backing fellow MP Stewart Hosie’s bid to become the new nationalist deputy leader.



Ukip attacks ?right-on? critics as Read drops song
22 Oct 2014 at 6:30am

UKIP yesterday blamed “synthetic outrage” for DJ Mike Read’s decision to withdraw his calypso song from sale – accusing “right-on” critics of depriving a charity of cash to help the fight against Ebola.



Scots parties reject link with English home rule
22 Oct 2014 at 2:45am

FURTHER devolution for Scotland should not be linked to home rule for England, the new commission tasked with delivering a package of fresh powers to Holyrood agreed at its first meeting yesterday.



Assisted suicide laws ?unnecessary and unethical?
22 Oct 2014 at 12:39am

PROPOSALS to legalise assisted suicide are “unnecessary, unethical and uncontrollable”, according to campaigners opposed to the move.



Justine Greening joins army medics on Ebola mission
21 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has joined British troops heading to Sierra Leone to help with the fight against Ebola.




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The party of devolution
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour conference, March 2014: “Scottish Labour is the party of devolution.” And here’s what that means seven months later, in terms of the submissions of the five Holyrood parties to the Smith Commission on devolved powers: Imagine if they WEREN’T the party of devolution, eh readers?

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2014 at 4:18am
The Scotsman’s lead story last night on the left, and the same page today: Scottish journalism, there. They say you should be careful what you wish for. Yesterday we highlighted the fact that the media seems unwilling to address the likely fiscal consequences to Scotland of the three Unionist parties’ devolution plans, all of which […]

Hearing a different question
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 10:00am
Margaret Curran on last night’s Scotland 2014: Well, we don’t think anyone can say she didn’t give a full and comprehensive answer on the subject of Scottish Labour’s membership figures there. We can’t explain why Sarah Smith (daughter of former Labour leader John Smith) said SNP/Green membership had “practically” trebled when in fact they’ve more than […]

Is that your final answer?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 6:59am
Here’s Nick Clegg in many of today’s papers: “Alex Salmond reminds me of a Japanese soldier found in the jungle 20 years after the war had finished, still ducking at every shadow, thinking the war was still on. At some point, you have to call it a day and accept that the people have spoken. […]

Rolling no news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 5:15am
This is a tough time to be writing analytically about Scottish politics, and for once we have a degree of empathy with our fellow journalists in the mainstream press. Very little worthy of discussion is actually happening, yet there are still pages to fill. Perhaps we should have taken a month off rather than two […]

This is your country, No voters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2014 at 6:51am
Preserved for posterity in case of sudden vanishing, but also because we just couldn’t face writing another post about “The Vow” today. This is a real thing that you can buy on Amazon and iTunes. If you chose to be British last month, this is what “British” means in 2014. Enjoy it.

Le tricoteur
by Chris Cairns
19 Oct 2014 at 1:00pm

A good start
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2014 at 8:52am
From a blog post by Hopi Sen, former head of campaigns at the Labour Party. Scotland is one of the more dramatic areas of Labour decline (it’s now the party’s second-worst “region”), but it’s far from alone. Fewer than 80% of Labour’s 2010 general election supporters now say they’ll vote Labour in 2015. The party is shedding […]

Professor Curtice, saviour of Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2014 at 5:59am
There’s a rather curious piece in today’s Sunday Times by the UK’s only known living psephologist, the estimable Prof. John Curtice of Strathclyde University. In it he rather blows his cover of impartiality by framing his comments as an anti-SNP warning, but nevertheless raises an interesting point, while adding to the enormous pressure on the […]

Scottish Labour by numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2014 at 10:32am
This is how many Scottish Labour M/SPs turn out to save their own cushy jobs: And this is how many turned out today to campaign for a living wage for workers. We’ll leave it at that.


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Smith: First talks 'constructive'
22 Oct 2014 at 11:58am
The Smith Commission on more powers for the Scottish Parliament has held a "constructive" first meeting, its chairman says.


Stability 'returning to economy'
22 Oct 2014 at 6:26pm
The Scottish economy continued to grow in the last quarter but at a slower pace than the previous three months, according to a report.


Sharp fall in youth unemployment
22 Oct 2014 at 10:22am
The number of young people unemployed in Scotland is at its lowest level for six years, according to official data.


Plans for 'revenge porn' legislation
22 Oct 2014 at 1:02pm
Plans for a new law to tackle "revenge pornography" in Scotland is to be introduced by the Scottish government, the BBC learns.


Assisted suicide plan 'unethical'
21 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
Proposals to legalise assisted suicide are "unnecessary, unethical and uncontrollable", according to campaigners opposed to the move.


Think tank warns of £5bn deficit
22 Oct 2014 at 5:23am
A decline in oil revenues could lead to a £5bn deficit if Scotland gets fiscal autonomy, a think tank says.


McConnell: No 'backroom' powers deal
21 Oct 2014 at 9:46am
Former First Minister Lord McConnell says an agreement on more powers for Scotland must "stand the test of time".


Accountants warn over new tax powers
20 Oct 2014 at 12:00pm
Devolving further tax powers to Scotland will be "more complex than many might anticipate", Scotland's accountancy body says.


Report shows rise in child poverty
20 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
The number of children in Scotland living in poverty has risen over the last year but remains lower than in many parts of the UK, a report says.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13am
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.


VIDEO: Will PM stand by pre-referendum pledges?
22 Oct 2014 at 7:19am
David Cameron is asked about standing by pre-referendum pledges on more powers for the Scottish government.


AUDIO: Academic cautious over oil revenues
22 Oct 2014 at 4:30am
An increased reliance on declining oil revenues could lead to a significant funding shortfall if Scotland moved away from the current Barnett Formula system an academic says.


VIDEO: Former FM: Labour has to fight for votes
21 Oct 2014 at 6:19am
Former first minister Henry McLeish says Scottish Labour has to realise that votes have to be fought for.


VIDEO: Brown: 'Constitutional crisis in the making'
16 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
Gordon Brown says there is "a constitutional crisis in the making" after David Cameron's move on English votes for English laws.


One town, one month on
20 Oct 2014 at 6:47pm
How do people in a Scottish town that voted Yes feel now?


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Labour has to get behind home rule
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Oct 2014 at 1:33pm

  By George Kerevan
 
On Monday night I attended my first SNP branch meeting since the referendum. It was held in the local Miners Welfare hall where, once upon a time, I used to attend Labour Party functions when I was a Labour town councillor. We had to move the branch meeting to the Miners Welfare because over 900 new members have signed up locally since last month.



No parties on the brink of failure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2014 at 2:39pm

By Newsnet Scotland reporter

The credibility of the Better Together parties on Scottish constitutional change faces severe questioning, as the deadline for change draws ever-closer.

After a week of let-downs in Westminster, including calls for the work of the Smith Commission to be kicked into touch until after the UK general election, there are signs of a deepening divide between the three No parties, and even within Labour itself.



Why did nobody question Brown when he made his worthless pledge?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Oct 2014 at 3:36am

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

Who would have thought it eh?  The promises made by Gordon Brown in the final days of the referendum campaign were not worth the airtime they were given.

It's almost hard to believe given the final result, but the Yes campaign had just taken the lead in the opinion polls ? two surveys, one by Yougov and a private poll carried out by the No campaign pointed to a Yes victory on the 18th.



Farage TV move infuriates parties
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2014 at 8:30am

By a Newsnet Reporter
 
UK broadcasting laws on election coverage are in chaos following a decision to include UKIP leader Nigel Farage within a series of planned "leadership debates" involving BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 before next year's UK General Election.
 
The broadcasters' apparent decision to include the leader of a party with just one MP has already attracted widespread criticism outside Westminster, as larger parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland protest the move.



Salmond demands Treasury 'leak' probe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Oct 2014 at 6:59pm

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
First Minister Alex Salmond has demanded a formal investigation into the RBS affair involving BBC News at the height of the Scottish referendum campaign last month.
 
Mr Salmond wants a probe into allegations that the Treasury disclosed market-sensitive information about the bank's position on independence.



All-party "devo" meeting delayed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Oct 2014 at 5:39pm

  By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the unelected peer with the task of delivering greater democracy to Scotland, has delayed all-party talks on the devolution settlement until October 22.

 

His decision emerged as the Scottish National Party lodged its proposals for "Devo Max", alongside the five other main parties and a welter of submissions from civic organisations and members of the public.



Glasgow sets standard on climate change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Oct 2014 at 11:34am

By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).



Integrity of Referendum Vote Must Be Transparent
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm

By Mark McNaught

I?m not one that easily gives in to conspiracy theories, but there are too many questions regarding the validity of the ?no? vote for it to be accepted at face value.

While this article goes into the allegations with more forensic accuracy than I will, the integrity of the vote and the process is paramount to Scots accepting their status within the UK, especially in light of the implosion of the promises made before the vote, going back to war in Iraq, and announcing fracking in Scotland?s central belt immediately after the vote.



Longannet under threat in Grid costs wrangle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2014 at 4:27pm

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.



Newsnet Scotland ? A Continuing Story
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2014 at 2:15pm

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.




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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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Torcuil Crichton: David Cameron is gambling with Britain's future by putting ...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Oct 2014 at 1:32am
TORY leader is putting party before country by demanding the EU ditch free movement of labour as he will only end up damaging our whole economy.


It's put up and shut up time as Lord Smith warns parties at devolution commis...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Oct 2014 at 4:47pm
CHAIRMAN of group charged with carving out new powers for Scotland tells politicians they must commit to working through him for the common good.


SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson backs fellow MP Stewart Hosie's bid to...
by dailyrecord
22 Oct 2014 at 7:26am
MR Hosie, who is the SNP treasury spokesman, is one of three candidates hoping to take over the position from Nicola Sturgeon.


Record View: Time to turn words into proper action
by Record View
21 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
AFTER a two-year-long referendum campaign RECORD VIEW says it is time for the members of the Smith Commission to sit down and deliver more powers for Scotland.


Politicians told to put party differences aside in bid to work out consensus ...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2014 at 4:06pm
LORD Smith of Kelvin and the representatives from five Scottish parties are on a tight timetable to deliver the vow made by the pro-Union parties to deliver more powers for Scotland in the event of a No vote.


Labour MP Jim Murphy rules out challenging Johann Lamont for Scottish party l...
by Andy Philip
19 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
MURPHY insisted he wants to be part of a Labour government at Westminster after next year's general election rather than take on Nicola Sturgeon at Holyrood.


Mail Opinion: Alarm bells are ringing for Scottish Labour
by Mail Opinion
19 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
MAIL OPINION on ex-First Minister Jack McConnell's warning that Scottish Labour must rediscover its purpose.


Owen Jones: Scottish Labour face existential crisis.. they can stand up for w...
by Owen Jones
19 Oct 2014 at 4:59am
WRITING in today's Sunday Mail politics expert OWEN JONES warns the Labour party in Scotland face terminal decline unless it returns to its roots.


Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont forced into unity call: We have a way to...
by Mark Aitken
19 Oct 2014 at 3:37am
THE under-fire Labour leader spoke out on the challenges facing the party after former First Minister Lord McConnell warned the party had lost its way .


Jackie Bird: We'll have come a long way when it doesn't matter if our First M...
by Jackie Bird
18 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
JACKIE discusses Nicola Sturgeon's election and says, in the 21st century, women are done no great service by shouting from the rooftop every time they achieve something out of the ordinary.


Lord McConnell: Labour must rediscover it's purpose & vision for Scotland
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2014 at 4:41am
IN a strongly worded interview the former first minister McConnell described the state of the party in Scotland as "very sad for Labour but more importantly it's very sad for those we represent".


Beyonce, Prince, Rod, Gaga and.. Sturgeon as Nicola joins rock stars by packi...
by Sally Hind
18 Oct 2014 at 12:00am
FIRST Minister-in-waiting puts some of showbiz?s biggest names to shame by selling 20,000 seats in record time for some of Scotland?s biggest venues.


Lord Advocate to open talks with prosecution chiefs on tackling human traffic...
by dailyrecord
17 Oct 2014 at 5:38am
DIRECTORS of public prosecutions for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have been invited to Holyrood to discuss how best to detect and prosecute human trafficking cases.


Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael tells the House of Commons that more p...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Oct 2014 at 4:46pm
THE Lib-Dem MP insists the pro-Union parties will honour their vow to the people of Scotland and will deliver on their promises within the agreed timetable.


Committee of MPs to question politicians and academics on how devolution coul...
by dailyrecord
16 Oct 2014 at 4:09am
COMMITTEE chair Graham Allen said they were travelling to Edinburgh "to take evidence on the future of the UK devolution settlement after the referendum".


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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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Since last Fr...

Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm
Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.


George Galloway revealed to be the Queen?
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She's a very doggy person.She never purrs

Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.


Entryism threat faces SNP and other splittist parties
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It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
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SLAB We are always right. In our world, everything is happy and nice, and everybody loves us.

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...


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An Open Letter to the EU, U.S. and Israel: You Can Rescue the Rule of Law Fro...
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 3:23pm
Adomnán, the 9th Abbot of Iona, from the Lex Innocentium 1,317 years ago: "It is the same payment (fine for the crime) for someone who does the injury, and for the one who looks on and does not protect the victim with all his might".


The Tarpaulin Revolution
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 2:20pm
By Steve Rushton British democracy is locked down, for now. Police have placed barriers around Parliament Square opposite Westminster in an attempt to barricade Occupy Democracy protests. 15 peaceful citizens were arrested this morning. The occupation that began on Friday... Read More ›


Stewart Hosie calls for Yes Alliance
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 10:28am
  Exclusively to Bella Stewart Hosie calls for a Yes Alliance to contest the 2015 General Election. Hosie MP, candidate for the SNP Depute Leadership said today: ?I am certain that the best way to make sure Westminster delivers real... Read More ›


Indy Knitting?
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 9:45am
As part of our new Celebrating Yes series this is a story of sovereignty, women, media and knitting. Jessie McLaughlin reports. Knitting a Nation involved approximately 40 knitters, plus 4 members of the planning/working group. The project was followed by... Read More ›


Still Brave
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 8:11am
For those who missed it the first time – by popular demand – for £8 only (including postage) we have a limited number of Ciaran Murphy’s poster available as a celebration of the Yes movement or a momento of the... Read More ›


The Stigma Politics of British Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
20 Oct 2014 at 3:03pm
On the day that Farage does a deal with a far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save UKIP’s EU funding, Stewart McDonald looks at what’s behind his latest statements. ?KEEP HIV POSITIVE MIGRANTS OUT OF BRITAIN, SAYS FARAGE?. That is the headline that... Read More ›


Second Thoughts On, and My Letter to, the Smith Commission
by bellacaledonia
20 Oct 2014 at 7:21am
By Peter Arnott The closer I can bring myself to look at any party proposed devolution package, the more blithering, unstable and unlikely they all look. They will either be insulting to a large proportion of the Scottish electorate or... Read More ›


Facing Forwards
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2014 at 9:42am
By Mike Small Continuity Yes is a powerful movement but we need to move into new spaces with new ideas and a new focus. We said Yes. They said No. They won. No amount of rigged votes, dodgy ballots, lies,... Read More ›


14 Lessons from the Scottish Referendum
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 11:42am
By Adam Ramsay and Peter McColl 1) People care The concept of apathy has always been offensive: it implies that people don’t care about their neighbours, their families, or even themselves. No. The problem is that people are alienated from... Read More ›


Supporting Social Cohesion and Communities in Scotland
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 7:57am
Dear Lord Smith and the Smith Commission, That Scotland be granted substantial control of its own taxation and spending in general terms is not overly controversial, but in particular the settlement needs to include control of energy policy and revenues.... Read More ›


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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...


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...


Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit - Scotsman
21 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit
Scotsman
Scottish retailers suffered their worst month on record in September as uncertainty caused by the independence referendum meant sales plunged 2.9 per cent year-on-year. Figures published today by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) a...


After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges...
14 Oct 2014 at 10:07am

Telegraph.co.uk

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant mo...


Where now for independence supporters? - BBC News
20 Oct 2014 at 3:17am

BBC News

Where now for independence supporters?
BBC News
On 19 September, hundreds of thousands of Scots woke up disappointed after the country voted to reject independence. Many had devoted months and years of their lives to the "Yes" cause. How did it feel to be on the losing side? And where do th...


Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable - ...
5 Oct 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable
BBC News
Scottish independence is a matter of "when, not if", according to Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon. She said more devolved powers promised by pro-UK parties would convince Scots they were abl...


Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus - Daily Californian
25 Sep 2014 at 1:53pm

Daily Californian

Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus
Daily Californian
On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland decided to reject secession from the United Kingdom by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. Had Scotland voted in favor of the split, the country would have been the wo...


Scotland's radical independence movement - Scoop.co.nz
21 Oct 2014 at 10:47pm

Scotsman

Scotland's radical independence movement
Scoop.co.nz
A ?Pyrrhic victory? is where one side wins a battle at such a cost that it goes on to lose the war. It looks like the victory of the ?No? side in the referendum on Scottish independence on September 20 may go down as a clear historical ex...


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
The number 45, means more to me now than it has done since those hazy days of million selling vinyl records, for I am one of the 45% who voted yes in the recent referendum on Scottish Independence. In so many ways, politics...


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...



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Praise for action on revenge porn - Holyrood.com
23 Oct 2014 at 3:21am

Praise for action on revenge porn
Holyrood.com
An MSP who has led calls to tackle 'revenge porn' has welcomed support to help stop it. Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has led two debates in the Scottish Parliament on the subject and the campaign to ?obliterate a ....


Fears linger over fate of Hunterhill facility - TheGazette.co.uk
23 Oct 2014 at 3:06am

Fears linger over fate of Hunterhill facility
TheGazette.co.uk
SNP woman Maria Brown, who represents the Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank areas, is frustrated that an amendment proposed to confirm the future of Hunterhill Care Home was voted down at a meeting last week. The amendment was to e...


Meals that shame Scottish hospitals: Cuts of £3million hit hospital food with...
23 Oct 2014 at 2:58am

Daily Mail

Meals that shame Scottish hospitals: Cuts of £3million hit hospital food with ...
Daily Mail
Scottish hospitals slashed spending on patient meals by almost £3million last year as a direct result of SNP budget cuts. Thousands of patients have been forced to eat meals costing as little as a...


Six councillors miss committee meeting - The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Repo...
23 Oct 2014 at 2:01am

Six councillors miss committee meeting
The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter
The following elected members did not appear: Jim Brown (Clydebank Central, SNP), Jim Finn (Kilpatrick, SNP), Jonathan McColl (Lomond, SNP), Douglas McAllister (Kilpatrick, Labour), Thomas Rainey (Dumbarton, Labour) and...


Main parties sit down to hold first talks on new powers for Scotland - Herald...
23 Oct 2014 at 12:40am

Herald Scotland

Main parties sit down to hold first talks on new powers for Scotland
Herald Scotland
The next full meeting involving the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Greens is likely to take place next Wednesday but the key yesterday was the agreement on the seven principles...


Cameron asks SNP to accept No vote as final - Herald Scotland
22 Oct 2014 at 9:07pm

Cameron asks SNP to accept No vote as final
Herald Scotland
"But," Mr Cameron added, "on the basis of keeping our promises, I hope the SNP will keep their promise when they said that the referendum ended this question for a generation, possibly a life time. I'm not sure their former leader is stick...


Party labours with its powers plan - Herald Scotland
22 Oct 2014 at 9:07pm

Party labours with its powers plan
Herald Scotland
It is starting to feel that way, with several clarion voices identifying demands for near-complete devolution of income tax, as backed by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, and full devolution of income tax, backed by the SNP and Greens, ...


Labour under pressure to revise policy on income tax - Herald Scotland
22 Oct 2014 at 9:07pm

Herald Scotland

Labour under pressure to revise policy on income tax
Herald Scotland
They ruled out the SNP's devo max proposal, highlighting the risk to Scotland's finances posed by falling oil revenues and warning the arrangement would shatter the UK's "welfare union". The Red Paper Collective pub...


SNP facing £5bn black hole in nation's finances - Express.co.uk
22 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm

Express.co.uk

SNP facing £5bn black hole in nation's finances
Express.co.uk
Labour deputy finance spokeswoman Jenny Marra MSP said: ?The SNP's proposals to the Smith Commission would simply expose Scotland's finances to falling oil revenues and unmanageable fiscal shocks exactly as independence woul...


Rutherglen SNP welcome Sturgeon's "coronation" as leader - Scottish Daily Record
22 Oct 2014 at 6:15pm

Scottish Daily Record

Rutherglen SNP welcome Sturgeon's "coronation" as leader
Scottish Daily Record
?Normally SNP members are not keen on a 'coronation' and like to see a well fought contest as is the case for deputy leader, Nicola herself would have relished this, but on this occasion we feel ther...



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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...


Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit - Scotsman
21 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit
Scotsman
?There can be little doubt that the engagement in the referendum debate and the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the contest cast a shadow over the spending of the Scottish consumer in the first half of the month and impacted th...


Scottish Referendum Conspiracy Theory Video Investigated By Police - Huffingt...
30 Sep 2014 at 9:27am

Scottish Referendum Conspiracy Theory Video Investigated By Police
Huffington Post UK
Following Scotland's rejection of independence, conspiracy theories regarding the result were littered on the web, while pro-indy campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament this weekend to demand a re-ru...


Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat - BBC News
4 Oct 2014 at 10:14pm

BBC News

Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon should rule out a rapid second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has urged. Mr Carmichael was addressing the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow. He called on Ms S...


How Salmond won the referendum - Politics.co.uk
20 Oct 2014 at 4:24am

How Salmond won the referendum
Politics.co.uk
It was supposed to settle the question of Scottish independence for a generation. Instead, September's referendum has set in train a series of events that could yet lead to the breakup of the UK. The numbers only tell part of the story. In a hard ...

and...


Scottish housing market fell for first time due to referendum - Aberdeen Pres...
15 Oct 2014 at 1:35am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Scottish housing market fell for first time due to referendum
Aberdeen Press and Journal
House prices in Scotland fell for the first time in a year in August as the looming independence referendum hindered activity in the property market, according to a new report. The ave...


Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

TIME

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17, 2014, on ...


Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow - Nat...
23 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm

National Post

Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow
National Post
In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very...


Mood right for ?reconciliation? after referendum - Scotsman
21 Oct 2014 at 3:30am

Scotsman

Mood right for ?reconciliation? after referendum
Scotsman
A TORY MSP has said there is a mood of reconciliation in Scotland following the Scottish independence referendum as the country approaches Remembrance Day. John Scott, a Conservative deputy presiding officer at the Scottish Parliamen...


Where now for independence supporters? - BBC News
20 Oct 2014 at 3:17am

Research Magazine

Where now for independence supporters?
BBC News
And where do they go from here? In the days before Scotland voted in the referendum, the country was alive with political activity. In streets in the major cities, "Yes" and "No" campaigners gathered to rally their supporters and get ...



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23 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit p...

Badger Demands
22 Oct 2014 at 4:17pm

Badgers demand cull of humans to stop ebola



Croatian Boxer K.o's Referee!
22 Oct 2014 at 3:23pm
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Wilko Cured?
22 Oct 2014 at 1:50pm

Pretty remarkable.

 

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2014-10-22/wilko-johnson-cured-of-cance...



Shootings At Canadian Parliament
22 Oct 2014 at 9:37am

Several shots have been fired at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, just steps from the nation'...



Glasgow Christmas Light Switch On
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03am
Looking for 3 tickets after bn unsuccessful in the ballot. Cheers

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22 Oct 2014 at 7:04am

 



I Think This Architect May Have Been An Atheist
22 Oct 2014 at 6:59am

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Christian+Science+Church/@41.8418708,-89.4859891,122m/data=!3...



I'm In The Middle Of Losing My Virginity
22 Oct 2014 at 6:30am
Getting inked up on holiday. Not too painful at all

Adverts Are Back
22 Oct 2014 at 5:06am

Does this mean the board can go at least part way towards paying for itself again?




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

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

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...

The politics of language
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2014 at 11:54am
My jaw just dropped to the floor watching the BBC News channel - there was a headline along the l...

Explain yourself, Professor Curtice, for I fear there is a rather massive con...
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2014 at 8:51am
I don't pay the Murdoch levy, so I was interested to see an extract from a Sunday Times article o...

Are we even closer to the UKIP nightmare scenario than we realise?
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2014 at 6:53pm
If you thought that the days were over when the chances of predicting our political future hinged...

SNP notch up astonishing 17% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
17 Oct 2014 at 8:50am
I'm in a mad rush this afternoon, but I thought I'd give you a lightning-quick Poll of Polls upda...

OK, London broadcasters, so tell us : just what WOULD be enough for a Jock pa...
by James Kelly
14 Oct 2014 at 8:04pm
Of the many reprehensible things about the broadcasters' proposal to ban the SNP and Plaid Cymru ...

A democratic outrage : the broadcasters plan to totally exclude the SNP and P...
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2014 at 5:28am
After the debacle of the rigged 2010 leaders' debates (which not only saw the SNP and Plaid Cymru...

SNP soar to 41% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2014 at 2:45pm
We'll soon see what the Sunday YouGov poll brings, but as of this moment, it remains the case tha...

What does UKIP's breakthrough mean for Scotland?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2014 at 11:35am
Oddly enough, I didn't see Ruth Davidson tweeting the words "Well done, Clacks!" this time.  The ...

Now is the time to act (again) : make your own submission to the Smith Commis...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 4:35pm
Well, it's only a few weeks since we all took a few minutes out of our time to vote for the indep...

Is it just me, or do you get the impression Neil Lovatt didn't like the last ...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 5:41am
This little spectacle has been going on for the best part of 24 hours now...

"Ahhh nothing like a ...

Poll of Polls update, and a response to "Alligator Man"
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2014 at 7:56am
Since the last Poll of Polls update, there have been four new Scottish subsamples published, all ...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser breaks through £5000 barrier
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 4:04pm
A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot G...

The proper capital city of a proper country
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Back in June, I went to Cramond Island for the first time since I was a very young child.  While ...


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Scotlands main parties to discuss further devolution at Smith commission
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Oct 2014 at 4:11am
SNP, Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and Greens have submitted individual proposals for extending further powers to Holyrood

The Smith commission, which was set up to fast-track further powers to Scotland ...



In Scotland the old politics have crumbled, as they once did in Ireland | Mar...
by Martin Kettle
22 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm
In the recent referendum young voters opted for independence. As with Ireland in 1916, a new mood has taken hold and change seems inevitable

Sometimes a history book prompts one to reflect on the pa...



Cameron hails plan to fast-track devolution for English cities
by Helen Pidd, northern editor and Patrick Wintour, political editor
22 Oct 2014 at 12:43pm
Report from City Growth Commission says devo met could be achieved on same timetable as devolved powers for Scotland

The prime minister has welcomed an ambitious proposal to devolve power to UK city...



Nicola Sturgeon: Not my job to prove how different I am to Alex Salmond
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
19 Oct 2014 at 1:33pm
Incoming SNP leader has welcomed 60,000 new members and rising making it the UKs third-largest party

Among the many challenges facing Scotlands incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon, there is on...



Scotland needs you to finish the job, Gordon Brown | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
19 Oct 2014 at 1:26pm

It has generally been acknowledged that Gordon Brown (Comment, 18 October) brought new energy and passion to the no campaign in the final weeks before the referendum. He also persuaded the three pa...



Nicola Sturgeons ascent to the SNP throne is perfectly timed | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm
The new leader of the SNP has the perfect opportunity to shape the post-referendum political landscape

I suppose well all just have to live with the epithet by which Scotland is now known throughout...



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 further devolution to Scotland and the English votes for English laws (EVEL) issue

5.25pm BST

There wi...



Tory reform plans are lethal cocktail that could break up UK - Gordon Brown
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
14 Oct 2014 at 11:21am

Former PM says devolving income tax to Scotland while bringing in English votes for English laws would be lethal for constitution

Gordon Brown has claimed the Tories plan to devolve all income tax p...



Labour to boycott stitch-up on English votes for English laws
by Nicholas Watt and Rowena Mason
14 Oct 2014 at 7:20am
Party refuses William Hagues invitation to contribute to committee on consequences of no vote in Scottish referendum

Britains main political parties are heading for a pre-election clash over the int...



Post-Scotland vote, a grand convention on devolution is needed - politicians ...
by Simon Jenkins
14 Oct 2014 at 3:58am
Ministers pledged the moon to Scotland but cant and wont deliver with the English question muddying the waters

Tuesdays live blog: MPs debate further devolution

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when...



Scotland could get revenge for broken referendum promises, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Oct 2014 at 3:53am
First minister says a huge gap has opened between what was promised by Westminster leaders and command paper

Live blog: Tuesdays Commons debate on devolution

Alex Salmond says Scotland could exact re...



William Hague sets timetable for debate on English votes for English laws
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
13 Oct 2014 at 1:43pm
Commons leader says MPs will have vote on issue by end of December if main parties fail to reach agreement

William Hague is to intensify moves towards introducing so-called English votes for English...



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 Ebola, publication of the command paper on Scotland and reaction to the plan for TV election leaders deb...



Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalonian independence
by AFP in Barcelona
12 Oct 2014 at 1:52pm
Around 40,000 people wave Spanish and Catalan flags a month before proposed vote on Catalonian secession

Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spains national day, to oppose moves to...



David Cameron playing fast and loose with constitution, says Gordon Brown
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
12 Oct 2014 at 6:25am
Former PM says Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax-raising powers to Scottish parliament are gift to separatists

David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the UK constitution, the forme...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

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...

Upstaged by an autocue
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm
I’ve been watching parts of the Tory party conference. Not much of it, as the human body is only so strong and watching the entire proceedings would take at least four packets of immodium and a bal...

The nectar is mince
by weegingerdug
30 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm
Ruth Davidson, who’s abseiling all over the Tory party conference in Birmingham this week enjoying her fifteen minutes of relevance, has made the startling claim that the Conservatives might consid...

Ten days after
by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
A guest post by William Duguid Call off the search party, I?m still here. It?s just taken me a bit longer to return to blogging than I expected. It?s not that I?ve been lying disconsolately in bed,...

Being irrelevant
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2014 at 8:20am
Yeah! We’re irrelevant again. So we had this wee referendum thingy and Scotland scared the shiters out of the Westminster establishment – which was a lot of fun – and the UK media and political cla...

An open letter to Magrit Curran
by weegingerdug
22 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, but I read in the Scotsman that Magrit Curran is to head a British Labour party commission which plans to visit the 10 areas of former British Labour support ...


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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...

Some thoughts on the 45
by Guest Blog
22 Sep 2014 at 1:25pm
A quick guest post from Sarah Beattie-Smith, an activist with the Scottish Greens. Thanks Sarah! More post-indyref analysis to come. I get it. I get why you might want to hold on to the fact that y...

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...


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