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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Cameron: we'll raise top tax level to £50k if we win in 2015 (and we'll nick ...
1 Oct 2014 at 8:03am
The threshold at which workers pay the higher 40p rate of income tax will rise to £50,000 if the Conservatives win next year's general election, David Cameron has announced.

May plans broadcasting ban on extremists
30 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to outlaw extremist groups and ban them from spreading their message, even if they do not pose a terrorism threat.

Boris bounces in ... like a tonne of bricks
30 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
IF the Conservative conference has a funny bone, then it is the job of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to tickle it.

The gentleman insists he's not for purring
30 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE gentleman's not for purring.

Osborne's freeze on benefits in election battle-cry
29 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
TEN million households will have their benefits frozen if the Tories win the General Election as George Osborne laid out another pre-election battleground by proposing a new welfare squeeze from April 2016.

Scots 'will choose tax cuts'
29 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
A Scottish Parliament with more tax powers will decide to lower them, George Osborne predicted.

Boris hoovers up with Ukip jibe
29 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Boris Johnson has attacked Ukip following two Tory defections, suggesting its members are the sort of people who have sex with vacuum cleaners.

Beers of Europe provide light relief
29 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Amid the welter of fringes on Europe, there was one that stood out as providing a bit of light relief to all the earnest Euroscepticism - Beers of Europe with David Lidington, the Minister of Europe, as guest speaker, who is known, of course, for believing the glass is always half full.

Secrecy plan for inquiries into allegations over MPs' expenses
29 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
INVESTIGATIONS into alleged abuses of MPs' expenses will be carried out in secret, under new proposals from the Commons watchdog.

Osborne: I'll freeze working age benefits for two years to save £3bn
29 Sep 2014 at 9:42am
Working age benefits will have to be frozen for two years, Chancellor George Osborne declared in a fresh assault on welfare spending.

Cameron gives strongest hint yet he could back UK leaving EU
28 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron has given his ­strongest indication yet that he could back taking the UK out of Europe as he spent the first day of his party conference battling the fallout from a defection to Ukip and the resignation of a minister over alleged "sexting".

Osborne in vote bid by axing pension 'death tax'
28 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
GEORGE Osborne will today make a bold election pitch by announcing that potentially hundreds of thousands of Scots and millions of Britons will benefit from a decision to scrap the punitive 55 per cent tax on death charged when people pass on their pension pots to loved ones.

Clarke stresses avoiding English backlash
28 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Ministers should "hold their horses" in trying to solve the issue of English votes for English laws ­following the Scottish ­independence referendum which "solved nothing", former Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said.

Labour on course for a majority win, says Ashcroft
28 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron faced another blow as Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft said his research suggested Labour could achieve a "comfortable working majority" at the General Election.

Welsh Secretary: new powers would end begging bowl for Wales
28 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
The Government wants to end "politics of the begging bowl" in Wales by devolving new powers, Stephen Crabb has said.


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SNP membership has trebled since independence vote
1 Oct 2014 at 10:57am

MEMBERSHIP OF THE SNP has trebled since Scots voted to reject independence almost two weeks ago.



Police chiefs back down over use of armed police
1 Oct 2014 at 9:59am

ARMED police officers will only be deployed to incidents involving firearms or where there is a “threat to life” following a climbdown by Scotland’s chief constable.



Angela Constance urges SNP to learn from referendum
1 Oct 2014 at 9:38am

THE SNP should quickly learn the lessons of the No vote in the referendum and rebuild the case for Scottish independence, according to prospective deputy leader Angela Constance.



William Hague dismisses donor defection to UKIP
1 Oct 2014 at 8:20am

DAVID CAMERON has suffered another defection embarrassment with a millionaire former Tory donor switching sides to support Ukip.



David Cameron vows English votes for English laws
1 Oct 2014 at 5:53am

DAVID Cameron has signaled that he will not back down on a major constitutional fight with Labour as he vowed to introduce English votes for English laws on the back of handing more powers to Holyrood.



Hong Kong?s leader attends China day celebrations
1 Oct 2014 at 5:43am

Hong Kong’s embattled leader attended a flag-raising Wednesday to mark China’s National Day after refusing to meet with protesters who threatened to expand pro-democracy demonstrations unless he resigns and the Chinese leadership agrees to broader electoral reforms.



Irvine Welsh slams Osborne?s Trainspotting speech
1 Oct 2014 at 4:54am

EDINBURGH author Irvine Welsh has hit out at the Chancellor George Osborne for ‘ripping off’ a section from Trainspotting in a recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference.



New defence contract safeguards Faslane jobs
1 Oct 2014 at 4:06am

THE Clyde naval base has been awarded a £2.6 billion contract that the UK’s Defence Secretary said would secure 1,500 jobs at the site where Trident nuclear missiles are based.



Highland Council staff ?celebrated Yes votes?
1 Oct 2014 at 12:51am

FOUR council staff were “relieved of their duties” during the Scottish independence referendum count after high-fiving each other when a “Yes” vote was opened.



Prime Minister promises to protect NHS spending
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron will today promise that a future Conservative government will protect the NHS budget when he makes his keynote conference speech.



Conflict resolution to mend referendum rifts
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Experts in conflict resolution are to take part in a special online “day of dialogue” being staged in an effort to heal divisions caused by the independence referendum.



Law Society: Airgun licences will conceal weapons
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Lawyers have warned that new powers to license airguns in Scotland are “impractical” and will not reduce crime.



RAF jets strike first targets in Iraq
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

British jets have launched strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq for the first time.



Worst housing crisis since end of WWII looms - MSP
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Scotland is facing its biggest housing crisis since the end of the Second World War with a shortfall of 160,000 homes in the coming decades, MSPs were warned yesterday.



Perthshire wind farm ?would jeopardise wild land?
30 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

THE unspoilt status of wild land across Scotland would be “in jeopardy” if a wind farm earmarked for near Loch Rannoch is approved, MSPs heard last night.




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This is the party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference today:

The end of the beginning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 5:26am
Wings stats for September, for those keeping score. Things should be interesting from here. The big number on that chart is the 911,054 unique readers. That’s a massive 354,154 extra compared to August – a 61% increase –  and well over 650,000 more than July. (And that’s despite averaging under two posts a day for […]

You have to laugh, or?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 2:50pm
There’s only one possible sane response to this story. It’s below: Click the pic to sign. Let’s see who gets the most, shall we?

Yeah, that?ll work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 5:46am
Because nothing scares Etonian Tory Prime Ministers like a poster on a van. Your time is over, Daily Record. Tick tock.

Demand and supply
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2014 at 7:28am
Daily Record, Saturday 27 September: BBC, Monday 29 September: The best of both worlds.

Sittin? on a beach
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Don’t panic, readers – I’m not about to make you look at all my holiday snaps. But after Thursday’s “Gone fishin'” post, I was buying milk in the local Co-op and got busted by a reader demanding to know why I wasn’t at the seaside, so this is for him. On a personal note, one […]

Caught between
by Chris Cairns
27 Sep 2014 at 2:39am

The topics of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Sep 2014 at 2:40am
Can be discussed below. (We don’t know what they are, we’re on holiday.)

And now for something serious
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm
More information here. Wings Over Scotland endorses (and indeed, may well become actively involved with) this event or product.

Some rest for the wicked
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2014 at 6:16am
Right then. I’m now back in Bath, which sadly is not yet technically in a foreign country. To be frank, readers, after the last three years and especially the last two weeks I’m mentally, emotionally and physically done in. But on the 19th I said that it was “difficult to think of any useful purpose […]


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Policy change over armed police
1 Oct 2014 at 10:25am
Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.


PM: referendum 'was nerve-wracking'
1 Oct 2014 at 11:57am
The prime minister admits the week leading up to the referendum on Scottish independence was the most nerve-wracking of his life.


Constance launches SNP deputy bid
1 Oct 2014 at 5:46am
SNP deputy candidate Angela Constance says her party must build the case for independence, but declines to speculate on a future referendum.


Ministers offer Asghar case help
1 Oct 2014 at 10:21am
The Scottish government says it stands ready to assist in the case of a Scot who was shot by a prison guard in Pakistan.


Referendum staff 'booed No votes'
1 Oct 2014 at 3:31am
A number of staff at a Scottish independence referendum count were replaced during the proceedings because of their behaviour, it emerges.


Unions urge rail franchise delay
1 Oct 2014 at 6:46am
Unions and politicians call for the suspension of ScotRail franchising process in the hope it could be returned to public ownership.


Brown calls for 'promises' petition
30 Sep 2014 at 1:26pm
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown calls for 100,000 Scots to sign a petition urging Westminster to keep devolution promises.


Police to review firearms policy
30 Sep 2014 at 11:46am
The controversial policy allowing police firearms officers to routinely carry guns will be reviewed by the national force, the BBC learns.


Bid to keep Scot from Pakistan jail
30 Sep 2014 at 2:43pm
Lawyers acting for a Scot jailed in Pakistan have filed an emergency application to prevent his return to the prison where he was shot.


Views sought from indyref campaigns
30 Sep 2014 at 5:20am
The man leading the commission on more devolved powers for Scotland writes to campaigners on both sides of the independence debate.


Protection order for sea off Arran
30 Sep 2014 at 11:51am
An urgent Marine Conservation Order is being brought in to protect a fragile underwater ecosystem off Arran.


Scots Tories 'toxic' image a 'myth'
30 Sep 2014 at 9:54am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says the party has shed its "toxic" image by standing up for the "silent majority" in the independence debate.


MSPs consider sex education law call
30 Sep 2014 at 8:24am
A sex education organisation tells parliament that Scottish schools should be compelled by law to teach sex and relationship education.


EU vote not like Scotland - Cameron
30 Sep 2014 at 3:32am
The prime minister says he cares "about a thousand times more strongly" about keeping the UK together than he does about staying in the EU.


Health boards miss cancer target
30 Sep 2014 at 9:30am
The Scottish government says waiting times for cancer treatment have improved but nine health boards miss a key target.


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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.



Cross-party ?Vow? has Promised Secure Autonomy and Sovereignty for Scotland, ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2014 at 7:11am

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ?vow? made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ?yes? vote may have been effective in securing a ?no? in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster?s and Holyrood?s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ?permanent?, and what that means constitutionally.



New Media For A New Scotland: The Documentary
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Sep 2014 at 5:10pm

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.



'Let's call it Devo Max'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 3:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.



A Triumph within a Tragedy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm

By Alex Mooney
 
After the initial shock and desolation over Scotland refusing its independence, many on the Yes side roused to anger and lashed out over the weekend.
 
Social media exploded with a flurry of vengeful blogs and some ranted on Twitter as the blame game began.  Fingers were pointed at the No voters who 'betrayed their country'.  As a psychological release it might have been therapeutic but as a tactic it was senseless.



UK economy is a ticking time bomb
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 2:46am

  By George Kerevan
 
REGARDLESS of how you voted, we can all agree on one thing: Britain had a near death experience last Thursday. The fascinating question is why the world?s financial markets felt so threatened by the prospect of Scottish independence. The peaceful secession of a mere 8 per cent of Britain?s citizens is hardly the stuff to trigger a run on sterling or a collapse in inward investment to the entire UK ? predictions made during the referendum campaign.



Which campaign did Gordon Brown really save?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 3:44pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has now donned his cape in order to save the Union.
 
Well, that?s the narrative the media and Labour would have us believe.



The referendum is over but the energy persists
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
It?s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No ? and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the Commons.



When the Independence horse bucks you off. Get up, dust yourself off, and sad...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 10:52am

  By Mark McNaught
 
However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ?no? decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that this should begin the path to a more federal UK.  ?Yes? or ?No?, Scots overwhelmingly want more powers to govern themselves.  Remember ?More Powers Guaranteed??
 
The United Kingdom prides itself on its unwritten constitution being adaptable.  Surely it can adapt to Scotland having its own written constitution within the UK drafted and enacted by Scotland.



The tide goes out
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Sep 2014 at 7:53am

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale.

No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is not dead, the dream still lives within the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands who refused to be bowed by fear,




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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...



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

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.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

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.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

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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Have you seen David Cameron rapping? Watch Cassetteboy give Prime Minister th...
by Richard Beech
1 Oct 2014 at 12:05pm
YOUTUBER Cassetteboy has remixed footage of David Cameron's Conservative Party Conference speech to create a music video.


SNP membership trebles following No vote in independence referendum
by dailyrecord
1 Oct 2014 at 11:18am
THE SNP have become the third largest party in the UK following the surge in membership since the No vote on independence on September 18.


Torcuil Crichton: Labour should be careful what it wishes for as Tories strug...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
TORCUIL believes the Tories' struggles are reminiscent of the party being run out of Scotland to the delight of Labour... but allowing the SNP to move into the vacuum.


David Cameron announces fresh squeeze on the poor - and more tax breaks for t...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Oct 2014 at 10:10am
THE Tory leader pledged to raise the threshold for people who pay the 40p tax rate while simultaneously revealing fresh austerity cuts targeted at the poor.


Nicola Sturgeon will be most left-wing First Minister Scotland has ever had, ...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Oct 2014 at 3:47am
THE Scottish Tory leader says the Deputy First Minister will take the country on a lurch to the left when she succeeds Alex Salmond to the top job.


Joan McAlpine: Establishment cannot wish away size of Yes vote.. or expectati...
by Joan McAlpine
1 Oct 2014 at 2:45am
JOAN believes that if the Westminster parties fail to honour their promises, then the people of Scotland will not forget.


MSP Angela Constance enters race to become next SNP deputy leader
by dailyrecord
30 Sep 2014 at 6:48pm
WITH Nicola Sturgeon almost certain to be appointed the next First Minister, the Almond Valley MSP's bid raises the prospect of two women taking the top two spots in government.


Gordon Brown piles pressure on David Cameron as he warns Tories cannot 'rewri...
by David Clegg
30 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Former Prime Minister, whose passionate speech gave the No campaign vital momentum before the referendum, said Cameron could not move the goalposts on a deal voted for in good faith.


Record View: A growing army that Westminster party leaders can't ignore
by Record View
30 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW backs the words of the petition which state, delayed or broken promises by the Westminster party leaders are unacceptable.


Sign the petition: Daily Record urge readers to back campaign to ensure Westm...
by David Clegg
30 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm
THE Record is backing an online petition calling on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to keep the promise made to Scotland on the front page of this newspaper on September 16.


London Mayor Boris Johnson gives most bonkers speech ever.. including bricks,...
by dailyrecord
30 Sep 2014 at 7:52am
JOHNSON even mocked Prime Minister David Cameron during his party conference speech by telling a packed hall in Birmingham: "You have permission to purr.


Yes and No campaign groups invited to address the body tasked with agreeing m...
by dailyrecord
30 Sep 2014 at 6:54am
LORD Smith of Kelvin wants people involved in the independence debate to have an input into his commission examining the way forward for Scotland.


Ten to deliver on Scottish Parliament powers vow: Cross-party Scotland Devolu...
by David Clegg
30 Sep 2014 at 2:10am
THE 10 members put forward for the Lord Smith-led Scotland Devolution Commission will be finalised today.


George Osborne to impose more crippling cuts on 10 MILLION struggling familie...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
THE Chancellor insisted Britain's £100billion-a-year welfare bill was unsustainable, and more cuts were needed "to protect our economic stability and secure a better future".


Daily Record pile pressure on David Cameron by taking fight to win more power...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
OUR move answered the call from Alex Salmond to hold the three Westminster party leaders' "feet to the fire" to ensure they deliver on their pre-referendum pledge to Scotland.


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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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I was turned down for being insufficiently fawning to Alecsammin

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
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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...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
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Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...

Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelatio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 3:28am
Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelations about the anchormen of the "award winning" show.

Today's episode will be the last!


Dateline Scotland anchormen become the story
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a final devastating blow to the nationalists, coming with only ...

Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!


Oil will 'run out completely in less than 18 months', warns Darling
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A Yes vote would be a disaster of biblical proportions and unthinkably bad for the economy of my Country


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"the opposite of obedience isn't disobedience, it's independence"


The trouble with Scotland?is that it?s full of Scots!
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 9:45am
19 year-old Haniya Khalid looks back at the campaign and the way ahead, on Cameron?s stomach ulcers, the Queen?s new look, Labour and toast, and the Butterfly Rebellion. I?ve been rather guilty of lashing out at those of my friends who voted... Read More ›


Five Years from Now
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 9:15am
By Jamie Frame Can you remember five years ago? Can you imagine Scotland five years from now? Gordon Brown was the PM, the SNP were still a minority government in Holyrood, Iain Gray?s Labour were fancying their chances of taking over... Read More ›


PFI and the Tory Psyche
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 6:56am
By David Younger So much of the debate leading up to the referendum has revolved around the economy and economic matters in general. But there has been a systemic failure on the part of both sides in the debate to... Read More ›


A Better Media Is Possible
by bellacaledonia
30 Sep 2014 at 11:50am
"... the established media continues to define the scope of representative politics in Britain, to shape political demands and to punish and erase those who resist. It is one chamber of the corrupt heart of Britain, pumping fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic..."

From the Province of the Cat #32 ? The Owl of Minerva
by bellacaledonia
30 Sep 2014 at 6:14am
by George Gunn As the fighter jets take off from Cyprus the torch of their engine burn sears the raw wound of a three week hurt. One of the very important aspects of British foreign policy which independence would have... Read More ›


50:50
by bellacaledonia
29 Sep 2014 at 8:10am
SNP MSP Marco Biagi talks about how he has come to support the Women 50:50 campaign and sketches out a simple reform to elections that he thinks could make it happen. In secondary school we were all in awe of... Read More ›


Scotholm Syndrome Blues
by bellacaledonia
27 Sep 2014 at 12:35pm
More genius from the Barrastinian … Scotholm Syndrome Blues by The Barrastinian on Mixcloud Filed under: Commentary, Music


A? Bheurla Ghallda: a? Coiseachd gu Bąs Aineolach
by bellacaledonia
27 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm
San alt seo, tha Daibhidh Rothach a’ toirt a bheachd air suidheachadh na Beurla Gallda, cąnan le sgeul fada ann an eachdraidh na h-Alba ach a tha fhathast ąs aonais taic ceart no aithneachadh oifigeil on riaghaltas. In this article,... Read More ›


Fracking Scotland
by bellacaledonia
27 Sep 2014 at 12:13pm
Laura Eaton-Lewis explains how Westminster has literally sold the ground from under your feet. Ye?ll have had yer Democracy, then? Oh Edinburgh. It was all looking so good for you for a while. Your high property prices, your comfortable financial services,... Read More ›


An Independent Media for Scotland?
by bellacaledonia
26 Sep 2014 at 10:06am
One result of the independence campaign has been that power has been exposed. Which politicians and businesses share a common interest, how the media operates and how information is distorted and ideas abused as all been opened up. What we... Read More ›


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Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ... ...
1 Oct 2014 at 9:12am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ...
Huffington Post UK
The youngest voters to take part in Scotland's historic referendum were actually less likely to vote for independence, a leading academic has said. The claim flies in the face of th...


Doug Ford, Scotland's independence, and Canada's best city: What were you ......
1 Oct 2014 at 8:12am

Toronto Star

Doug Ford, Scotland's independence, and Canada's best city: What were you ...
Toronto Star
Doug Ford, Scotland's independence, and Canada's best city: What were you thinking in September? Readers also have say on Ray Rice, and weigh in on the The Beach vs. The Beaches debate. Share on F...


Scottish independence: Count staff behaviour probe - Scotsman
1 Oct 2014 at 12:58am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Count staff behaviour probe
Scotsman
A NUMBER of staff involved in a Scottish independence referendum count were stood down after concerns over the behaviour, it has been revealed. A team of four people were replaced at the Highland Council count in Dingwall on Septem...


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 Independence Campaign So Isn't Over. - Forbes
20 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

Forbes

Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over.
Forbes
Politicians in Westminster, panicked by the threat of a vote for independence, promised before the referendum that they would devolve more powers oto Scotland if it stayed in the union. In other words, even if the Scots voted 'no' they wo...


Scottish Independence Vote Count: Valid Concerns? Viable Solutions? - The New...
30 Sep 2014 at 10:14am

Scottish Independence Vote Count: Valid Concerns? Viable Solutions?
The New American
The ballot boxes in the Scottish independence election were to be sealed before shipment. Sealing the ballot boxes does add slightly to the security; however, seals are man-made and can be forged. There are numerou...


Stay or Go: Scotland's Independence Vote Nears With Polls Neck-and-Neck - New...
13 Sep 2014 at 2:55pm

Newsweek

Stay or Go: Scotland's Independence Vote Nears With Polls Neck-and-Neck
Newsweek
Opposing supporters wait for the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, during a campaign visit, ahead of the forthcoming Scottish vote for independence from the United Kingdom, in East Kilbr...


The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad - FiveThirtyEight
19 Sep 2014 at 7:41am

The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad
FiveThirtyEight
Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. A YouGov poll earlier this month, for ex...


After Losing Scottish Independence Vote, Alex Salmond Will Resign - New York ...
19 Sep 2014 at 11:57am

New York Times

After Losing Scottish Independence Vote, Alex Salmond Will Resign
New York Times
EDINBURGH ? Alex Salmond, who led Scotland's failed bid for independence, announced on Friday that he would step down as first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party later this yea...


Scottish independence: Thousands at Holyrood rally - Scotsman
27 Sep 2014 at 9:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Thousands at Holyrood rally
Scotsman
THOUSANDS of people have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament for a rally in support of independence. A sea of saltires waved as the crowds listened to musical performances and speeches from campaigners. The rally, organised un...



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SNP membership trebled since referendum - Evening Telegraph
1 Oct 2014 at 11:41am

Evening Telegraph

SNP membership trebled since referendum
Evening Telegraph
He said: "The strong position of the SNP - standing at 49% in the polls - contrasts starkly with the Westminster parties. "We've now well overtaken the Lib Dems at UK level - whose membership is 44,000 - and the Tories and L...


SNP membership trebles following No vote in independence referendum - Scottis...
1 Oct 2014 at 11:23am

SNP membership trebles following No vote in independence referendum
Scottish Daily Record
MEMBERSHIP of the SNP has trebled since Scots voted to reject independence almost two weeks ago. Almost 50,000 people have joined the party following the No vote on independence on September 18, taking the tot...


Constance enters SNP Deputy leader contest - ITV News
1 Oct 2014 at 11:10am

Constance enters SNP Deputy leader contest
ITV News
A third MSP has entered the contest to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as the Deputy leader of the SNP Party. It follows Alex Salmond's decision to step down from the top job. Angela Constance announced today she would join Keith Brown and Stewart Hosie i...


'Time for SNP ministers to prove commitment to protecting wild land' - Aberde...
1 Oct 2014 at 11:05am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

'Time for SNP ministers to prove commitment to protecting wild land'
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said approving or rejecting the Talladh-a-Bheithe windfarm ? proposed for a site near Loch Rannoch ? would determine whether SNP ministers were ser...


SNP membership has trebled since independence vote - Scotsman
1 Oct 2014 at 11:01am

Scotsman

SNP membership has trebled since independence vote
Scotsman
Nicola Sturgeon is set to become the leader of what is now the third biggest party in the UK, thanks to a massive growth in membership. Picture: John Devlin. by CATRIONA WEBSTER. Updated on the 01 October 2014 17:01. Published 01/1...


Call for "meaningful" debate on more powers - SNP (press release)
1 Oct 2014 at 10:27am

Call for "meaningful" debate on more powers
SNP (press release)
The SNP has called for a ?meaningful? debate in the House of Commons on Westminster's 'vow' of more powers for Scotland as it has been revealed that the debate secured by the former Prime Minister is nothing more than an end of session...


Torcuil Crichton: Labour should be careful what it wishes for as Tories strug...
1 Oct 2014 at 10:27am

Scottish Daily Record

Torcuil Crichton: Labour should be careful what it wishes for as Tories struggle ...
Scottish Daily Record
They didn't suddenly convert to socialism, they grouped around the next most likely alternative to Labour, the SNP. From that base of conservative support the SNP grew int...


Angela Constance urges SNP to learn from referendum - Scotsman
1 Oct 2014 at 9:50am

Scotsman

Angela Constance urges SNP to learn from referendum
Scotsman
... on the 01 October 2014 15:41. Published 01/10/2014 15:38. Print this. THE SNP should quickly learn the lessons of the No vote in the referendum and rebuild the case for Scottish independence, according to prospective deputy le...


Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Update for Eagle #1 Well - Yahoo Finance UK
1 Oct 2014 at 8:11am

Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Update for Eagle #1 Well
Yahoo Finance UK
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - Super Nova Petroleum Corp., (CSE:SNP)(SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Super Nova" or "SNP") reports that BNV Eagle #1 well, which commenced drilling on the morning of Sept 6th ...


SNP membership trebled since poll - Glasgow Evening Times
1 Oct 2014 at 9:21am

Glasgow Evening Times

SNP membership trebled since poll
Glasgow Evening Times
He said: "The strong position of the SNP - standing at 49% in the polls - contrasts starkly with the Westminster parties. "We've now well overtaken the Lib Dems at UK level - whose membership is 44,000 - and the Tories and...



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

Herald Scotland

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...


David Cameron: I got it right on Scotland referendum - BBC News
29 Sep 2014 at 3:20pm

BBC News

David Cameron: I got it right on Scotland referendum
BBC News
David Cameron has hailed his decision to grant Scotland an independence referendum with a single question, saying; "it was the right call". The prime minister was addressing a packed - and jubilant - reception for Scottish Conser...


Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ... ...
1 Oct 2014 at 9:12am

BBC News

Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ...
Huffington Post UK
The youngest voters to take part in Scotland's historic referendum were actually less likely to vote for independence, a leading academic has said. The claim flies in the face of the emerging nar...


Turnout for Scottish referendum being used to chase missing £300M from poll ....
30 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

Daily Mail

Turnout for Scottish referendum being used to chase missing £300M from poll ...
Daily Mail
Councils are pursuing poll tax cheats who voted for the first time in two decades in Scotland's independence referendum. Officials have been ordered to comb the electoral roll to catch non-payers wh...


The Scottish Referendum - New York Times
26 Sep 2014 at 1:55pm

CITY A.M.

The Scottish Referendum
New York Times
?Aye, there's the rub? accurately portrays the present dilemma regarding promises made to Scotland near the end of the referendum campaign. If Scotland is, for example, to largely have control over its own taxation, then it is problematic to say the ....


In pictures: Scotland referendum count - BBC News
18 Sep 2014 at 11:55pm

BBC News

In pictures: Scotland referendum count
BBC News
Areas across Scotland are continuing to declare their vote after people went to the polls over whether the country should leave the UK. Voters answered "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". The...


Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age - Toronto Star
26 Sep 2014 at 10:00am

Toronto Star

Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age
Toronto Star
Every night on the streets of Edinburgh, until the referendum result was announced, young Yes voters paraded through the streets, dancing when cruising Yes cars passed by, blaring Scotland the Brave or Queen's ?I Want t...


First Scotland, Now Spain - Bloomberg View
1 Oct 2014 at 4:44am

Bloomberg View

First Scotland, Now Spain
Bloomberg View
Like the Scots, the Catalans want a referendum on independence. Unlike the British, the Spaniards aren't inclined to let them have it. This is a mistake, and Spain's leaders need to show some unwonted statesmanship by making a vote possible -- ...


Scotland referendum No vote holds lessons for Canada - CBC.ca
19 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

Montreal Gazette

Scotland referendum No vote holds lessons for Canada
CBC.ca
It's tempting to look at the results in Scotland's not-so-close referendum and conclude there are no real lessons for Canada, a country that already has weathered two failed campaigns for separation and just this year saw v...


Yes campaign chief says BBC referendum coverage was not biased - stv.tv
30 Sep 2014 at 2:45pm

Yes campaign chief says BBC referendum coverage was not biased
stv.tv
The leader of the Yes campaign has said he did not believe the BBC showed bias in its coverage of the independence referendum. Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, said the broadcaster has not shown any systemic bi...



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Camerons Election Promise
1 Oct 2014 at 7:47am
He is commiting to raising the 20% to 12500 and the 40% to 50k. On top of this scrapping death ta...

Taxing A Car - Buying Privately?
1 Oct 2014 at 2:41am

With the new laws I am trying to find an answer and appear to be going around in circles!!

 

I am...



The General Vibe Of The Tamb
30 Sep 2014 at 5:03pm
Reading the Tamb recently it struck me how bitter is has become.

Gone are they days I could laugh...

Tonsil Stones
30 Sep 2014 at 2:31pm

Just wondering if anyone else gets these "tonsil stones", little yellowish white (what I think ar...



Dr. Fox
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm

Another charged for historical sexual offences

 

Another who had a career at the BBC... 

 

 



Devo Max Is Off The Table
30 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm
That means ruling out so-called Devo Max. Such a plan which would devolve everything bar foreign...

Gordon Brown
30 Sep 2014 at 11:58am
Urging Scots to sign a petition urging the Westminster leaders to keep their promises.

What a bun...

Lord Smith Seeks Views Of Groups On Both Sides Of Independence Campaign
30 Sep 2014 at 11:18am

Doe anyone know what groups are being consulted?

 

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



Hong Kong
30 Sep 2014 at 9:30am

Brave protestors out on the street or dangerous nationalists laying seige to HK instiutions?

 

 



July Talk - Glasgow Tonight!
30 Sep 2014 at 5:02am

Following the tip-off fae Scotty many months ago.....this mob are tremendous and playing at King ...




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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

Th...



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

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
What Sunday papers say abou...


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

You really couldn't make this up
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 6:33pm
So let me get this straight.  Gordon Brown has said "the vow" wasn't worth the parchment it was w...

Advantage Sturgeon
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 10:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

SNP open up 9.6% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
I've been mulling over how I can best keep track of Scottish voting intentions for next year's We...

Ruth Davidson and the 300 year Reich : never let it be said that the anti-ind...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 5:27pm
Inevitably there has been a subtle battle underway over the last ten days to establish a narrativ...

A suggestion for Labour : why not let George Galloway deliver the "Devo SUPER...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 10:45am

I gather that Labour are the only one of the five main Holyrood parties that still haven't announ...



A high information island
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 10:25am
A guest post by Bibbit Blair

I was a YES polling agent on 18th September, in Kilmory Hall, Arran. ...

What do the parties' choice of nominees to the devolution commission tell us?
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 3:31am
The short answer to that question is that it looks very much like the SNP are the ones who are se...

Stewart Hosie for deputy leader
by James Kelly
26 Sep 2014 at 12:36am

I wasn't expecting to take a view on this so quickly. If it had simply been a choice between the ...



The enthusiasm gap, part two
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2014 at 12:20pm
Margo MacDonald always used to say that the SNP's biggest mistake was constantly deferring the ta...

Whichever exit poll you look at, the message is the same - under-55s voted Yes
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2014 at 7:10pm
I've been asked by a number of people to have a look at the YouGov exit poll, in the light of the...

Why Nicola Sturgeon would be wise at this stage not to completely rule out a ...
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2014 at 10:08am
I didn't see Nicola Sturgeon's press conference this morning, but if she's been accurately report...


The future's bright. The future's Green.
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2014 at 11:40am
One of my long-running fears about the immediate aftermath of a No vote was that the Greens might...

Let's not forget the moment during the campaign when the London parties promi...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2014 at 8:14am
Yesterday, I had a brief exchange with Flockers, who is one of our occasional visitors from Polit...

They "vowed" to thee, this country...
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2014 at 11:19am
The reaction piece I wrote for the International Business Times on Friday, entitled 'Why a Second...

Revisiting the idea of a pan-UK alliance for next year's general election
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2014 at 5:50am

I was out all day yesterday, so I didn't get the chance to properly catch up with the contents of...




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The Biggest Questions Facing Post-referendum Scotland
1 Oct 2014 at 12:14pm
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Scottish Government considers Aberdeen council Traveller camp ban
1 Oct 2014 at 12:06pm
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Veteran MP Bill Cash 'completely disassociates' himself from his Ukip-support...
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[x-post from /r/mildlyinteresting] Obviously not a Scottish parking machine
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If any of you folks in Aberdeen are checking out the Aberdeen film festival t...
1 Oct 2014 at 9:21am

Our Scotland born Actor Craig Kelly will be there as will our director (flying all the way from N...



Cameron delivers blow to Scotland's pensioners
1 Oct 2014 at 9:09am
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Faslane jobs 'secured' by contract
1 Oct 2014 at 8:53am
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Cassetteboy - Cameron's Conference Rap
1 Oct 2014 at 8:38am
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Scotland Day Tours?
1 Oct 2014 at 8:15am

Hey Guys,

I'm probably visiting Scotland in 3 weeks and I will stay for about 3 days in Edinburgh...



Conservative 2015 Manifesto to Offer Tax Breaks to 30m People
1 Oct 2014 at 7:10am
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John Duncan - Aerial drone filming Scotland
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Breaking News: Police Scotland in Firearms Deployment U-turn
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Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote - video
by Euan Robertson
1 Oct 2014 at 3:05am
Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the pro...

Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum autopsy | Media Monkey
by Monkey
1 Oct 2014 at 2:05am
Controversial comedian returns to the corporation with iPlayer-only show picking over the entrails of the independence vote

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (th...



Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 1:29pm
Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to...



The taxing questions facing Scotland and England
by Peter Hetherington
30 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Following the Scottish independence referendum, its right the SNP should push for the greater fiscal powers promised. But what about overcentralised England?

If you thought some key social policy as...



Why Greggs woman is the true spirit of Scotlands yes movement | Libby Brooks
by Libby Brooks
30 Sep 2014 at 10:45am
The conversation within the post-no independence camp must continue to include the mother I met outside a Falkirk bakery

On Falkirks High Street, a few weeks before the referendum on Scottish indepe...



Scottish Tory leader refuses to rule out pact with SNP in hung parliament
by Randeep Ramesh
30 Sep 2014 at 9:02am
Ruth Davidson admits minority or coalition government is likely and tells fringe meeting the numbers do the talking on this
Latest news from the Conservative party conference live

The leader of the...



David Cameron says no vote will bolster Conservatives in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 5:22am
Tory leader seeks to capitalise on gains in Scotland and admits post-referendum relief at waking up still prime minister of UK

David Cameron has told Scottish Tory activists that the no campaigns vi...



Is post-referendum Scotland a feminist paradise?
by Homa Khaleeli
30 Sep 2014 at 4:07am
Holyroods three main political parties will soon be led by women. Should we be packing up and moving north, or should we wait and see if they can have any real impact?

Should the rest of us just mov...




One week on, Nicola Sturgeon on ambition, disappointment and delivering devo max
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
As she prepares to succeed Alex Salmond as head of the SNP and first minister, Sturgeon says Scots expect real change

The British establishment is still lying down in a darkened room after its brush...



Labour in Scotland is dying. Does anybody care? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 1:05pm
Preoccupied with their Westminster careers, the partys newly ennobled grandees are busy condemning it to the twilight zone

Jim Murphys scary monsters tour of 100 towns during the independence refere...



All that talk of Scottish independence gave a man from Belfast the jitters | ...
by Glenn Patterson
27 Sep 2014 at 2:30am
Three different friends each volunteered the opinion that a yes vote could have meant things kicking off here again

Some time in the course of the afternoon of 18 September I started to experience s...



Ive been a closet Welsh nationalist but its time I came out | Rhiannon Lucy ...
by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
26 Sep 2014 at 7:11am
Less than 3% of the people of Wales want independence. Has the nation developed Stockholm syndrome?

Since moving to England, I have become a closet Welsh nationalist. Whenever I am asked by an Engli...



Scotland has shown how the left can finally find its purpose | John Harris
by John Harris
25 Sep 2014 at 2:22pm
SNP and Scottish Green party membership has surged as women and working-class voters demand change

Last Friday, having spent a long night at a count in Falkirk, I whiled away a bleary-eyed afternoon...



Devolution perks, pitfalls and the process in practice | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
25 Sep 2014 at 1:31pm

There is already an English standing committee of the House of Commons (If home rule is good enough for Scotland, it should be good enough for England too, 20 September). If you want English votes ...



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 lost last weeks referendum, instead pressing for far greater power within the UK; and there are five...




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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 ...

A short pause for breath
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
The last few weeks have been pretty momentous, and not just the referendum but on a far more personal level. I need some time to think, to catch up with myself, and to start to tackle the foundatio...

A phoenix from the ashes
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
It’s time for the British Labour party in Scotland to end. Their party is over, their balloons bounce only because they are kept aloft by an alliance with big business and the City of London. Briti...

Wee Ginger Dug ? the collected yaps
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 9:56am
There are many things that need to be done, so much work we have to do. But I must build a new life for myself. I gave up work to look after my partner after he was diagnosed with a terminal illnes...

The tide goes out
by weegingerdug
18 Sep 2014 at 11:34pm
We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale. No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is n...

Jangling nerves and bitten nails
by weegingerdug
18 Sep 2014 at 6:41pm
Oh God. I wasn’t going to post anything, but watch the results come in instead. Only I’m so nervous I can’t watch the results. I’ve decided Twitter is evil. I already knew Facebook was evil. But Tw...

Scotland be brave
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33pm
I look to my past. Afraid and scared. Pushing gingerly at the closet door, fearful of doom and rejection. Fearful of myself. But I came out into the light, and discovered I already had the tools to...


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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 ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...

Scotland?s public sphere, not the BBC, is the real problem
by Dom
14 Sep 2014 at 11:21am
Today, thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside of the BBC in Glasgow in order to protest against bias in the state-run broadcaster. How right or wrong they are is debatable ? bias ...


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