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Holyrood set to cut pay link after planned 11% rise for MPs
HOLYROOD authorities are poised to sever the link between the salaries of MSPs and MPs after a proposed 11% increase in pay at Westminster prompted widespread condemnation.

Labour goes for experience to rebuild party base in Falkirk
LABOUR has opted for Parliamentary experience to rebuild party fortunes in Falkirk ahead of the next General Election, selecting former MSP Karen Whitefield as its candidate to become MP.

MSP in row over 'declining to meet' constituent
AN MSP is being reported to Holyrood's Presiding Officer over a claim she refused to meet a constituent who is an opponent of same-sex marriage and wanted to discuss the issue.

Ayling defends video comment
A UKIP politician at the centre of controversy over comments about immigration claimed she had been "caught in the crossfire" of Tory rows over the issue.

Puttnam: Miliband's election a Coalition gift
A LABOUR peer has said he does not expect Ed Miliband to lead the party to an overall majority at the next general election, branding his election as leader "a considerable gift" to the coalition.

Experienced MSP with time on side
KAREN Whitefield has spent 12 of her 43 years as a parliamentarian representing, as she was forever saying at Holyrood, "Airdrie, Shotts and the surrounding villages."

Fears of a new housing bubble brushed aside
DANNY Alexander has brushed aside concerns the Coalition's "responsible recovery" will be based largely on consumer debt that could inflate a new ­housing bubble.

IFS says Osborne may have to cut public spending even further to raise £7bn
GEORGE Osborne might have to cut public spending even deeper to pay for £7 billion of uncosted spending commitments, Britain's leading economic think-tank has claimed, confirming living standards will be lower at the end of this parliament in 2015 than they were at the start in 2010.

MPs accused of sexist gesturing
TORY MPs have been accused of making sexist gestures to female opponents while they speak in the House of Commons.

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Osborne: austerity cutbacks are working
THE Coalition claimed economic victory over Labour after George Osborne pointed to how growth had been upgraded by more than double for this year and declared his austerity programme meant the UK's finances would be back in surplus by 2018.

Canny Chancellor plays his ace card to trump Miliband
IF the success of a political argument were judged on volume, then George Osborne won hands down.

UK debt will peak a year earlier than forecast
The UK's national debt will peak just as the SNP hope to negotiate an independent Scotland's share, George Osborne has said.

£11m space centre will be named after Higgs
A new £11 million space technology centre named after "God particle" scientist Peter Higgs is to be built in Edinburgh as part of the Government's commitment to research and development.

Car tax discs scrapped for electronic register
CAR tax discs are to be scrapped after more than 90 years and replaced with an electronic register for vehicle excise duty.


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Scottish independence: Yes support boost in poll
9 Dec 2013 at 3:11pm

SUPPORT for an independent Scotland is increasing, a new poll has shown.



Peter Jones: Swedish welfare looks less glamorous
9 Dec 2013 at 3:05pm

Much-mooted Scandinavian welfare state has much going for it, but could Scotland afford to adopt it, writes Peter Jones



David Maddox: Safe seats and salary hikes
9 Dec 2013 at 3:00pm

THERE was a lot of predictable angst over the weekend about the prospect of MPs getting an 11 per cent hike in their salaries as most of the rest of the country get tiny increases or nothing at all.



Comment: Less evidence to abolish corroboration
9 Dec 2013 at 3:00pm

CORROBORATION – the requirement that evidence in criminal trials from one source must be backed by evidence from another source – has been an integral feature of Scots law for centuries.



Scottish independence: Boris Johnson backs Union
9 Dec 2013 at 2:41pm

Voters in Scotland have been warned against breaking up “one of the most successful political constructions in history” in next year’s independence referendum.



Mandela: Tories ?indulged? Apartheid rulers - Hain
9 Dec 2013 at 1:17pm

The Conservative Party showed a “craven indulgence” towards Apartheid’s rulers, Labour former minister Peter Hain said today.



David Cameron leads tributes to Nelson Mandela
9 Dec 2013 at 12:56pm

Nelson Mandela was a towering figure, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.



MSPs to break pay link with Westminster MPs
9 Dec 2013 at 12:42pm

Plans to break the link between MSPs’ salaries and the wages paid to MPs at Westminster have been announced by Holyrood’s Presiding Officer.



Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills
9 Dec 2013 at 9:16am

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has been urged to make public any research the Scottish Government has carried out on the impact independence would have on the cost of people’s weekly shopping bills.



100 Weeks of Scotland: outdoor workers
9 Dec 2013 at 3:38am

Outside my window right now lies the dilapidated remains of our garden fence, an entirely predictable casualty of the storms of last week. I barely ventured into the garden for two days partly because I didn’t want to face the realization that I would have to replace the thing and partly because the weather was just so horrendous.



NHS: ?Cheap alcohol linked to Scots death rate?
9 Dec 2013 at 12:44am

THE affordability of alcohol is linked with persistently high death rates in Scotland, according to the NHS.



Public bodies ?spending too much now?, say MSPs
9 Dec 2013 at 12:33am

PUBLIC bodies are not making the budget cuts required to allow for investments that will ultimately save them money, MSPs have advised.



Ed Balls claims Labour is winning economic argument
8 Dec 2013 at 5:11pm

LABOUR is winning the economic argument, Ed Balls claimed yesterday, amid criticism of his Commons performance in the wake of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.



Dismay at proposal to award MPs 11% pay rise
8 Dec 2013 at 4:21pm

PLANS to award MPs an 11 per cent pay rise have been described by senior politicians of the three biggest parties as “utterly incomprehensible” in the face of curbs on public and private sector wages.



Energy bills: Call to end ?Punch and Judy politics?
8 Dec 2013 at 4:13pm

THE outgoing chairman of Scottish Gas parent firm Centrica has called for an end to the “Punch and Judy” debate over rising energy bills amid public and political anger at the “big six” providers.




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The price of the Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2013 at 11:37am
We’ve been idling with our calculator this afternoon, initially in the name of comparing the increase in MPs’ salaries compared to those of the general public, but the results of that investigation weren’t all that dramatic (the gap between MPs and the average worker has grown steadily since 1996, but by less than 10% overall). [...]

Celebrity endorsement
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2013 at 8:27am
We don’t normally set a lot of store by them, but this one’s a peach: Now, we should note that we can’t verify for certain whether this is real or not – if Palin did tweet it, she’s since deleted it, and we can’t find any other references to it. We did a quick bit [...]

War on satire continues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2013 at 3:44am
Oh dear lord. The No campaign really does seem hell-bent on making life hard for those of us who occasionally enjoy mocking it by (slightly) exaggerating the depths of its “Project Fear” scaremongering strategy. They’ve attempted to terrify Scots with uncertainty over the price of stamps, mobile-phone roaming charges and having to buy in Strictly Come [...]

Balancing the budget
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2013 at 8:16am
——————————————————————————————- Amount of money saved by Iain Duncan Smith’s “benefit cap” so far: “Around £6 million” Amount of money wasted on Universal Credit welfare reform so far: £120 million (or £140m, or £200m, or £425m) ——————————————————————————————- The UK government – saving you money on welfare by 2034! (If you’re lucky.)

Professional standards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2013 at 6:12am
There’s quite an embarrassing subbing howler in a story in the Sunday Times today in which the word “No” is replaced by the word “Yes”, which you’d have to put down as a non-trivial error. Fortunately the meaning is clear from context, as it’s part of a piece called “No campaign is branded as ‘amateur’” [...]

Scotland on repeat
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2013 at 2:13am
We must confess ourselves perplexed by the Messianic awe in which much of the Scottish media appears to hold Douglas Alexander. The epitome of the modern career politician (as far as we’re aware he’s never had any sort of job outside politics), Alexander has risen without trace through the Labour ranks, and his Wikipedia profile [...]

The Schengen deception
by Andrew Leslie
7 Dec 2013 at 5:02am
Whenever the hoary old story about passport checks along the border with England is dug up for another run-around (roughly once a month, as far as we can tell), the Schengen agreement usually features as the justification. Here’s a typical example: “If an independent Scottish state were required to join the Schengen area as part [...]

Meet the new boss
by Chris Cairns
6 Dec 2013 at 6:27pm

We agree with Margaret Curran
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Dec 2013 at 5:37am
And that’s something we can’t say every day. “It must be his message, and his legacy, is the capacity of people to govern themselves, and make the right decisions in their own interests, where you can share democracy, you can share power among the people, but you have that innate ability.  So yes we need leaders, [...]

So blind that you cannot see
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Dec 2013 at 4:25am
That was always a pretty silly lyric. But anyway. We had to switch the telly off after about 10 minutes of the news this morning. The piety was too much to take. So intead we’re just going to quote two things from the avalanche of comment that’s appeared this morning on the death of Nelson [...]


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Booze still kills '20 people a week'
9 Dec 2013 at 9:16am
Alcohol is still killing the equivalent of 20 people a week in Scotland despite a fall in booze-related deaths, it has been warned.


Holyrood plans to snub 11% pay rise
9 Dec 2013 at 9:31am
The Scottish Parliament's presiding officer recommends cutting the formal link between MSPs' and MPs' salaries.


Scottish 'welcome plan' for refugees
9 Dec 2013 at 8:48am
Refugees in Scotland are to be given more help to learn English and find employment as part of a Scottish government strategy.


Social problems 'could be prevented'
9 Dec 2013 at 6:14am
MSPs question whether public bodies are doing enough now to help prevent social problems of the future.


Food price rise alert for Scotland
9 Dec 2013 at 11:49am
Some of the UK's biggest supermarkets may consider increasing their prices north of the border, should Scotland vote for independence next year.


PE in Scottish schools given £5.8m
9 Dec 2013 at 11:15am
The Scottish government announces £5.8m in extra funding to improve the quality of PE in schools ahead of the Commonwealth Games.


Benefits capped in 1,000 Scots homes
8 Dec 2013 at 4:06pm
Almost 1,000 households have already had their benefits capped in Scotland since the introduction of benefit changes, official figures show.


Swinney details graduate visa plans
9 Dec 2013 at 7:09am
Finance Secretary John Swinney highlights plans for a post-study work visa to be introduced in an independent Scotland.


Crash avoidance kit suggested in 90s
9 Dec 2013 at 5:52am
Equipment designed to help fast jet pilots avoid mid-air collisions was recommended in the late 1990s but has yet to be installed, an MP says.


Teenage mothers scheme extended
7 Dec 2013 at 6:20pm
A US-inspired scheme which provides support for teenage mothers in Scotland is to be extended to more health board areas.


SNP selects by-election candidate
8 Dec 2013 at 12:17pm
The SNP names Natalie McGarry as its candidate to contest the Cowdenbeath by-election on 23 January.


Labour select Falkirk candidate
8 Dec 2013 at 12:23pm
Members of Falkirk Labour select Karen Whitefield as their general election candidate after the row over the party's selection process.


C. diff rates fall among pensioners
7 Dec 2013 at 6:21pm
Cases of the Clostridium difficile infection among patients aged 65 and over have fallen sharply in recent years, the Scottish government says.


MPs' 11% pay rise 'inappropriate'
8 Dec 2013 at 10:01am
Plans to award MPs an 11% pay rise in 2015 are criticised across Westminster, with one minister describing them as "utterly incomprehensible".


Scottish leaders praise Mandela
7 Dec 2013 at 6:49am
Public figures across Scotland pay their tributes to Nelson Mandela, the founder of post-apartheid South Africa.


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What Rajoy is still not saying
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Dec 2013 at 1:04am

By Paul Kavanagh

There?s something the Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy is still not saying, not even after being asked three times.  On Sunday, El País newspaper published a major interview with Rajoy.  It was a wide ranging interview, covering many topics, however naturally Catalonia and Scotland loomed large in the interviewer?s list of questions to ask.



A Message to the Left
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Dec 2013 at 7:18pm

By Ashley Husband Powton
 
It's not often that I agree with anything that comes from Better Together, but their description of the Radical Independence Campaign as "the true face of independence" is bang on.  As the debate progresses, it is becoming more and more clear that we are dealing with a struggle between left and right. 
 



The White Paper offers a different vision for Scotland's economy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
7 Dec 2013 at 9:27am

  By Professor Mike Danson, Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot-Watt University

We are all aware that the smaller independent nations of northern Europe lead the ranks of most indicators of health, wealth, equality, well-being and happiness.  By contrast the UK has been sliding apparently inexorably down such tables for a long time.



Anti-independence currency-share claims shredded ? Duggy Dug Episode 3: The P...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2013 at 1:05am

  It's the defining issue of the independence campaign - well, at least until the next defining issue.
 
However in what many will view as a significant intervention in the independence debate, Scotland's favourite dug has revealed that anti-independence claims on currency are nonsense.



Other visions of independence are available
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
6 Dec 2013 at 10:35am

by Colin Fox, SSP national co-spokesperson

Now that the dust has settled on the Scottish Government's White Paper on Independence, it is time to assess its likely impact on the 2014 referendum campaign. Whilst Joan McAlpine, MSP, compared it to 'the Gettysburg address' and George Kerevan described it as 'a game changer' other pro-independence commentators were more measured in welcoming the White Paper. If less effusive than card-carrying members of the SNP, Ian Bell writing in The Herald believed it marked the point ?where the independence argument properly began?



Campaign drifting away from Darling
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2013 at 1:05am

  By George Kerevan
 
I was in Number 11 Downing Street the night in September 2008 when RBS and HBOS went belly up.  The then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, was cool as the proverbial cucumber.  I wouldn't say he was "comatose" ? to quote criticism of his performance as leader of the No campaign by an anonymous member of "the Tory high command".  Rather, he was unemotional bordering on the detached.  That can be useful in a crisis.  Alistair is, as they say, unflappable, which is why he was one of the few frontbenchers able to put up with Gordon Brown's tantrums.



Referendum ? A three stranded campaign
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2013 at 4:58pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The independence white paper is now one week old and it's almost as though it was never launched.  It was supposed to place the pro-Union parties on the back-foot ? it would be the game changer we were told.
 
It did change the debate dynamic I suppose, for a day, and then came the planned counter attack in the shape of the EU and the pound.



The British economic model is bust. Can Scotland be different?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Dec 2013 at 7:30am

By Gerry Hassan
 
Just over 18 months ago the much-respected journal, 'The Economist', turned its attention to Scotland and the independence debate with its famous 'Skintland' issue.
 
Its front cover was deemed offensive by some for the names it gave to imagined towns and areas that emphasised the world of no hope on offer from independence ?  'Grumpians', 'Loanlands', 'Glasgone', 'Edinborrow' and many more.



Expulsion of Scotland from EU and Sterling is Impossible
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2013 at 2:04pm

By Mark McNaught

Following the release of Scotland's Future, it seems that the only argument remaining to Unionists is the threat of expulsion from the EU and the sterling zone. However, it is overwhelmingly likely that Scotland will remain in both once Scots vote for independence. These threats will ultimately be seen for what they are: fear-mongering bluster.



Road-map For The Union: A Modest Proposal
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2013 at 5:59am

By Alan Bissett
 
A blow was dealt last night to the SNP's plans for an independent Scotland, after the publication of a report which sets out a future for the Union in the aftermath of a No vote.  Professor Douglas McLeish of the University of Aberdeen has researched the viability of a bold, new 'road-map' for Britain, which has been warmly welcomed by the Unionist parties.




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Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 3:04pm

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has been urged to make public any research the Scottish Government has carried out on the impact independence would have on the cost of people’s weekly shopping bills.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Margaret Curran is known to be one of the least intellectually acute individual...



STV poll: Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes 34% No 57%
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 2:09pm

Ipsos-MORI survey shows voters in deprived areas now favour independence over remaining in the UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Polls are showing the anticipated trend towards Yes vote.



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Scottish 'welcome plan' for refugees
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 2:04pm



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Vote Yes to save Holyrood | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 11:26am

Last week something of great political significance to Scotland happened almost without notice. Quietly, the Scottish Parliament’s power over aspects of renewable energy has been taken back to Westminster.



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Supermarket prices may fall after independence!
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 10:27am

The No Campaign's London centric media are at it again - chasing business people to make completely innocuous comments on independence and then twisting them out of context to create a negative headline but the story has no real credibility!

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The Madness of Lady Morgan
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 10:12am

By Mike Small The popular refrain is that the constitutional debate is a 'distraction' from 'bread and butter issues'. The latter phrase may prove unfortunate with the Independent reporting that hu...

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Swinney details graduate visa plans
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 9:34am

The finance secretary has highlighted plans for a post-study work visa to be introduced in an independent Scotland.



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Celebrity endorsement
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 8:36am

We don't normally set a lot of store by them, but this one's a peach: Now, we should note that we can't verify for certain whether this is real or not - if Palin did tweet it, she's since deleted i...

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Bun fight over cost of food
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 7:17am
THE Scottish Government has dismissed claims food will cost more if Scots vote for independence.

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Lesley Riddoch: Working out the way ahead
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 7:08am

As Scotland drifts further from the present UK mindset, the way ahead is still not black and white, writes Lesley Riddoch
Peter A Bell's insight:

To say “Scotland good, UK bad” certainly would be simplistic. But nobody is saying this. It is a characteristically puerile misrepresentation of the inde...



Why Better Together should be worried by recent polls
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 5:29am

Last Sunday the first poll since the launch of the Scottish Government’s Independence White Paper was published.



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Westminster pension plans 'would hit young Scots hardest'
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 5:02am
YOUNG Scots will be hit harder than counterparts in the South by last week's hike in the future retirement age, a pensions expert is warning.

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War on satire continues
by Peter A Bell
9 Dec 2013 at 4:22am

Oh dear lord. The No campaign really does seem hell-bent on making life hard for those of us who occasionally enjoy mocking it by (slightly) exaggerating the depths of its “Project Fear” scaremongering strategy. They’ve attempted to terrify Scots with uncertainty over the price of stamps, mobile-...



AllOfUsFirst web
by Peter A Bell
8 Dec 2013 at 9:48am

Common Weal - All of us first!




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The difference between solidarity and stupid
by Peter A Bell
8 Dec 2013 at 9:03am
Ever seen the Monty Python classic Life of Brian?  It's a movie classic.  In terms of the sheer density of surrealist ridiculousness contained in every scene it's rivalled only by any video ever re...

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Physical education in Scottish schools gets a £6million boost from Scottish G...
by dailyrecord
9 Dec 2013 at 8:10am
THE funding package aims to develop youth involvement in sport in the wake of the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup next year.


Scottish Parliament aims to break links between MSP's salaries and MPs' wages
by dailyrecord
9 Dec 2013 at 7:12am
THE move follows the row over an 11 per cent pay rise recommended for MPs while many workers struggle to make ends meet.


Almost 1000 households in Scotland have benefits capped to make sure they rec...
by dailyrecord
9 Dec 2013 at 6:55am
THE move was slammed by the Scottish Government who said there was no sign of Westminster helping Scots into work.


Greedy MPs come under pressure to turn down 11 per cent rise as millions of w...
by dailyrecord
9 Dec 2013 at 2:36am
UNION leaders blasted David Cameron and fellow leaders as 'wildly out of touch' for considering salary hike.


Karen Whitefield chosen as Scottish Labour's new candidate for troubled Falki...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Dec 2013 at 2:27am
EX-MSP says party will have to work to regain people's trust after vote rigging row and expulsion of rogue MP Eric Joyce.


Labour choose Karen Whitefield as 2015 general election candidate for Falkirk...
by dailyrecord
8 Dec 2013 at 11:45am
LABOUR former MSP Karen Whitefield fought off the challenge of Pam Duncan and Monica Lennon to win the support of local members as the replacement for disgraced MP Eric Joyce.


Alex Salmond writes to South African president Jacob Zuma to express Scotland...
by dailyrecord
8 Dec 2013 at 8:31am
THE First Minister wrote that Scotland was "proud that Nelson Mandela had a longstanding commitment to and friendship with our country".


Labour will today choose its candidate for the Falkirk constituency that has ...
by dailyrecord
8 Dec 2013 at 4:41am
LOCAL members will choose from Pam Duncan, Monica Lennon and Karen Whitefield to replace disgraced former Labour MP Eric Joyce in the contest for the 2015 general election.


Coalition plans to use private firms to buy military equipment set to be axed...
by Bruce Walker
7 Dec 2013 at 6:50pm
A Ministry of Defence source said it's ?looking increasingly likely? that Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will end the privatisation plan put forward after MoD chiefs were criticised for wasting taxpayer cash on botched equipment deals.


Sting's eco-warrior wife Trudie Styler: Prime Minister David Cameron has betr...
by Fiona Young
7 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm
THE 59-year-old, who founded the Rainforest Foundation with her husband to fight to protect habitat in the Amazon, spoke out angrily after it emerged last month that Cameron's allies said he was eager to cut the ?green c**p? from Tory policies.


Falkirk Labour hopeful calls for fresh start in wake of MP Eric Joyce's bar b...
by James Moncur
7 Dec 2013 at 5:05am
PAM DUNCAN, who if elected will become on the second full-time wheelchair user to become an MP, said she wants to turn over a new leaf for Falkirk.


Voters' poll gives George Osborne's Autumn Statement a resounding thumbs down...
by James Lyons
6 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm
IN response to the survey by Ipsos Morim, 40% of people say Osborne is out of touch with the cost of living crisis and almost the same number feel the measures described in the Statement are bad for "people like me."


Autumn Statement: Chancellor hammers Britain's poorest households as real pay...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Dec 2013 at 3:40am
GEORGE OSBORNE boasted that Britain would be back in the black by 2018/19 - despite pay packets shrinking by 5.8 per cent, leaving households £1700 worse off on average since 2010.


Disgraced MP Eric Joyce stung taxpayers for a staggering £71k in expenses las...
by Keith McLeod
6 Dec 2013 at 1:56am
THE Falkirk MP, who will stand down at the next election, claimed a total of £71,641 in expenses last year making him the 11th highest claiming politician.


Former Highland councillor who won his seat aged just 19 faces jail for fiddl...
by David Love
5 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm
ALEXANDER Murray-MacLeod, who worked for First Minister Alex Salmond after leaving school, altered bills from two printing companies to make it look like he had spent less than he had.


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Victoria Milan has called out the PM and FM on their on/off relationship, we ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Dec 2013 at 10:32am
Victoria Milan has called out the PM and FM on their on/off relationship, we can report.

"Despite both being married men, the tension has been unbearable" said Victoria. One minute Dave is saying he will fight for their union with every fibre of his being, and the next he withdraws like a surly ...

The highly respected and well-endowed panel of experts, the Centre for Region...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Dec 2013 at 4:08pm
The highly respected and well-endowed panel of experts, the Centre for Regional Analysis and Policy, which has absolutely no links to the Labour Party, made a shocking claim.


Separate Scotland's new name would cost £millions
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Prof Armstrong-Lamont, speaking at the launch o...

In the run up to Xmas, we're going to be rather busy buying presents for the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Dec 2013 at 3:50pm
In the run up to Xmas, we're going to be rather busy buying presents for the kids, so there will be fewer articles.

Top of our list is the 8.4% of the Thames Barrier that the Scots own. Expensive now, but should be of even greater value in the future.


What east London could have looked like if Th...

Foreigners slagged off - regardless of who they are.
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Dec 2013 at 5:05pm
Foreigners slagged off - regardless of who they are.


Cameron hails trip to China as a success for English Tourism and Education
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Still... every cloud has a silver lining since, with the reduction in their football standards, we may be able to offload the Old Firm onto the ...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2013 at 4:58pm

While Westminster wrestles with the West Lothian question, we have the answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2013 at 4:21pm
While Westminster wrestles with the West Lothian question, we have the answer.


BBC Scotlandshire has the West Lothian answer
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The Royal family would be rehoused in Kisimul Castle, and all tourist flights rerouted to Barra airport. Sand would be imported from Luskentyre to ...

More from our YouGuff poll. Salmond's coat is on a shoogly peg.
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Dec 2013 at 12:19pm
More from our YouGuff poll. Salmond's coat is on a shoogly peg.


Batman piles pressure on Salmond
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In a clear blow for Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, a hefty 8% preferred surprise choice Patrick Harvie, of the Scotch Green Party.

If you are curious to see what sort of vile propaganda is being shared online...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2013 at 1:17pm
If you are curious to see what sort of vile propaganda is being shared online by the Separatists, you may want to take a gander at Free Scotland 2014. Viewer discretion required!


Free Scotland 2014
Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

Our American cousins have demonstrated their deep knowledge of and insight in...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2013 at 10:49am
Our American cousins have demonstrated their deep knowledge of and insight into Scotlandshire. Read their incisive analysis here.


Why America Must Say No to Scotland?s Independence From Great Britain
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We, as Americans, have a responsibility to stop the rise of socialism al...

There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2013 at 9:27am
There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. Clutha.



Dastardly cybernat attempt to disrupt polling has been foiled by brilliant in...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2013 at 2:34pm
Dastardly cybernat attempt to disrupt polling has been foiled by brilliant intercept question.


Cybernat attack on BBC poll
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The survey, which asked 10 questions on subjects ranging from North Sea oil to chocolate biscuits, follows in the footsteps of almost-weekly polls be...

We are sad to announce that after suffering a severe bout of double sturgeoni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2013 at 12:17am
We are sad to announce that after suffering a severe bout of double sturgeonitis, Secretary of State Alistair Crymichaelmoore is indisposed.



We bring you the first startling results of our YouGuff poll.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2013 at 1:17pm
We bring you the first startling results of our YouGuff poll.


A fifth of Scotch want Cyberbastard Rev. Stu in charge
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Jackie Baillie said: ?64% is almost 9 out of 10 people declaring their backing for MSPs like Johann Lamont. It?s an incredible achievement, but after winni...

Here is the 10 O'Clock News.
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 4:30pm
Here is the 10 O'Clock News.


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 10 pm Bulletin
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We didn't have time to hear any other views, and security were keeping Natz away from us to keep us safe. However, we have brought you a fair cross-section of Dundee society

Here is the Six O'Clock News.
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 12:02pm
Here is the Six O'Clock News.


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 6 pm Bulletin
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national ...


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The Madness of Lady Morgan
by bellacaledonia
9 Dec 2013 at 9:36am
By Mike Small The popular refrain is that the constitutional debate is a ‘distraction’ from ‘bread and butter issues’. The latter phrase may prove unfortunate with the Independent reporting that hunger in Britain has reached the level of a ?public... Read More ›


All of Us First
by bellacaledonia
8 Dec 2013 at 9:44am
Inspiring video to go with the stylish launch of Commonweal … is this what democracy looks like? Filed under: Film and Animation, Identity Tagged: Commonweal

Why England needs its own White Paper
by bellacaledonia
7 Dec 2013 at 5:39am
For those of us used to politics saturated with talk of independence, last week provided a fascinating glimpse of what happens when the debate opens up to include our friends south of the border. Christopher Silver on the infantilism of... Read More ›

Austerity vs Hope: We have a Choice
by bellacaledonia
6 Dec 2013 at 9:19am
Jonathan Shafi has a memo for Osborne, Carmichael, Clegg and Cameron. Alistair Carmichael in the recent televised debate with Nicola Sturgeon said in reference to spending cuts and austerity, that the coalition government in Westminster were facing ?difficult choices?. We... Read More ›

Commonweal Launch Party
by bellacaledonia
6 Dec 2013 at 8:59am
Robin McAlpine, Director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation on Commonweal We are often very suspicious of popular politics in Britain. In fact, we are not averse to converting a word (populism) which means one thing (making the majority hate the... Read More ›

Bella Fundraising Night
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2013 at 9:49am
We loved the No campaign’s idea that independence is a One Way Ticket to an Unknown Destination so much we’re calling our fundraising night after it. Fundraiser to support the work of Bella Caledonia, Sunday 8th December 2013 at Voodoo... Read More ›

Independent Renaissances?
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2013 at 5:49am
Independent Renaissances? Narratives for radical Human Ecology in Scotland The Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) is calling for scholars who would like to explore Scottish issues rooted in radical human ecology in the run-up to the independence referendum in September... Read More ›


What Have We Done Wrong?
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2013 at 4:05am
Bella wants to raise the standard of debate but sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the show. This has got to be required viewing for any undecided voters out there … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Katie Hopkins,... Read More ›


Celebrating the Spirit of Envy
by bellacaledonia
2 Dec 2013 at 10:17am
By Alastair McIntosh What most struck me last week about Boris Johnson?s speech canonising Margaret Thatcher and thereby, paving the way for his own beatification, was how deeply and intimately familiar it all sounded. Let me explain. I was born... Read More ›

Green Day
by bellacaledonia
2 Dec 2013 at 4:02am
By Callum McCormick There is something strange about the latest controversy to surround the Green Brigade. This section of the Celtic support have produced far more provocative material than that unfurled against AC Milan on Tuesday – ?blood stained poppies?... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills - Scotsman
9 Dec 2013 at 9:22am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills
Scotsman
Print this. FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has been urged to make public any research the Scottish Government has carried out on the impact independence would have on the cost of people's weekly shopping bills. Shadow Scottish secretar...


Scotland Independence: Spanish Prime Minister Tells Scotland That It Will Hav...
9 Dec 2013 at 11:07am

International Business Times

Scotland Independence: Spanish Prime Minister Tells Scotland That It Will Have ...
International Business Times
The prime minister of Spain said Sunday that if Scotland wins independence from the United Kingdom in 2014 it will have to leave the European Union immediately...


Scottish independence: 'Foreign students can stay' - Scotland on Sunday
8 Dec 2013 at 6:48am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Foreign students can stay'
Scotland on Sunday
The ginance Secretary expanded on plans to reintroduce a post-study visa, as outlined in the Scottish Government's White Paper on independence last month. The plan would allow recent graduates to stay in the cou...


Scottish independence: Graduate visa plans outlined by John Swinney - BBC News
9 Dec 2013 at 7:11am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Graduate visa plans outlined by John Swinney
BBC News
The finance secretary has highlighted plans for a post-study work visa to be introduced in an independent Scotland. John Swinney said the plans would encourage international students to remain in Scotland following...


Scottish independence: revised figures on oil income - BBC News
6 Dec 2013 at 6:28pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: revised figures on oil income
BBC News
Academics at Glasgow University have claimed an independent Scotland could lose more in UK Treasury support than it would gain from extra oil revenues. The university's Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR) based their calc...


Scottish independence: Labour's case for keeping UK - Scotland on Sunday
7 Dec 2013 at 6:07pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Labour's case for keeping UK
Scotland on Sunday
In an appeal to Scotland's core centre-left voters who are tempted to back independence, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander urges them not to ?walk away? from impoverished families south of the Border. ...


Scottish independence: Yes support boost in poll - Scotsman (blog)
9 Dec 2013 at 3:25pm

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: Yes support boost in poll
Scotsman (blog)
... Scotland said: ?Our latest poll for STV News will provide some encouragement for 'Yes Scotland' as we enter the most crucial part of the referendum campaign, as it is the first time we have recorded an increase in s...


Scottish independence: how would the judiciary and state be separated? - Scot...
9 Dec 2013 at 2:49am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: how would the judiciary and state be separated?
Scotsman
The Scottish Government then intends that, following any Yes vote, the UK and Scottish parliaments would agree on a transfer of power to enable Holyrood to formally enact independence for Scotland and also allow...


Scottish independence: '£4bn cut after No vote' - Scotland on Sunday
5 Dec 2013 at 2:46am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: '£4bn cut after No vote'
Scotland on Sunday
?The benefits of taking Scotland's future into Scotland's hands have been set out in our comprehensive 670-page blueprint for independence, but the costs of putting our future in Westminster's hands are becoming in...


Scottish independence: Boris Johnson backs Union - Scotland on Sunday
9 Dec 2013 at 2:48pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Boris Johnson backs Union
Scotland on Sunday
Voters in Scotland have been warned against breaking up ?one of the most successful political constructions in history? in next year's independence referendum. London Mayor Boris Johnson said breaking up the union...



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Paisley councillor Brian Lawson aims for Royal National Mòd to return - Scott...
9 Dec 2013 at 11:52am

Scottish Daily Record

Paisley councillor Brian Lawson aims for Royal National Mòd to return
Scottish Daily Record
SNP politician Brian Lawson hopes to build on the success of this year's event by bringing it back to Renfrewshire within the next few years. Royal Visitor: Princess Anne was a guest of ...


Labour vote to stop cash for Bedroom Tax victims - SNP (press release)
9 Dec 2013 at 9:30am

Labour vote to stop cash for Bedroom Tax victims
SNP (press release)
?The Bedroom Tax is a disgraceful policy that has no place in Scotland and the SNP has given a firm commitment to scrap it in the first year of an independent Scotland. ?A Yes vote next year is a vote to rid Scotland of the Bedroo...


We want more Mòd - Scottish Daily Record
9 Dec 2013 at 9:22am

Scottish Daily Record

We want more Mòd
Scottish Daily Record
SNP politician Brian Lawson hopes to build on the success of this year's event by bringing it back to Renfrewshire within the next few years. Royal Visitor: Princess Anne was a guest of the Mòd in Paisley. Paisley Daily Express. A Paisley ...


SCAN Health Plan-VillageHealth Rated #1 By Consumers in Treatment of Renal .....
9 Dec 2013 at 9:22am

SCAN Health Plan-VillageHealth Rated #1 By Consumers in Treatment of Renal ...
Fort Mills Times
LONG BEACH, Calif. ? SCAN Health Plan announced today that its chronic condition special needs plan (C-SNP) for individuals with end-stage renal disease received the highest patient satisfaction rating o...


DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc : SCAN Health Plan-VillageHealth Rated #1 By ....
9 Dec 2013 at 9:08am

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc : SCAN Health Plan-VillageHealth Rated #1 By ...
4-traders (press release)
SCAN Health Plan announced today that its chronic condition special needs plan (C-SNP) for individuals with end-stage renal disease received the highest patient satisfaction rating of any C-SNP...


Cowdenbeath by-election: SNP select charity worker Natalie McGarry - The Courier
9 Dec 2013 at 8:58am

Cowdenbeath by-election: SNP select charity worker Natalie McGarry
The Courier
The SNP have selected a charity worker and women's activist for the forthcoming Cowdenbeath Holyrood by-election. Natalie McGarry, 32, was unanimously backed by local party members to contest the by-election on January 2...


Scottish nationalists want to repeat euro's flaw - MarketWatch
9 Dec 2013 at 8:49am

Scottish nationalists want to repeat euro's flaw
MarketWatch
Read more on the SNP plan. Unaccountably, Salmond has chosen to ignore the prime lesson of the euro (ICAP:EURUSD) ? that you need political union to make monetary union work. With breathtaking chutzpah that you would expect to see more in...


Cases of C.diff decline - TopNews United States
9 Dec 2013 at 8:02am

TopNews United States

Cases of C.diff decline
TopNews United States
SNP MSP Bob Doris, appointee convener of Holyrood's Health Committee, said the lessening exhibited "the sensational effect the SNP's keep tabs on handling healing facility gained tainting (HAI) has had. He said: "Last year there wer...


Going Underground: Scottish power, forced labor & Chinese whispers (E18) - RT
9 Dec 2013 at 6:44am

Going Underground: Scottish power, forced labor & Chinese whispers (E18)
RT
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Scottish bid for independence with Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs. There may be "more pandas than Tories" in Scotland, but can the SNP guarantee a victory? Plus, we hear ...


Record View: Scottish Labour have played into SNP's hands with defeat, divisi...
9 Dec 2013 at 2:54am

Record View: Scottish Labour have played into SNP's hands with defeat, division ...
Scottish Daily Record
Most of Labour's defeats, divisions and embarrassments over the years are entirely self-inflicted and have played straight into the SNP's hands. There is no greater example than the Labour sele...



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Book reviews: Scotland's referendum result is in the balance - Herald Scotland
7 Dec 2013 at 8:09am

Scotsman

Book reviews: Scotland's referendum result is in the balance
Herald Scotland
Those determined to preserve the United Kingdom have been testing a new piece of rhetoric. It seems several of them thought of this one simultaneously. The 306-year-old arrangement between Scotland and England is, ...


Scots Propose Independence With Pounds and Passports - New York Times
27 Nov 2013 at 1:21pm

CTV News

Scots Propose Independence With Pounds and Passports
New York Times
LONDON ? Behind in the opinion polls, Scottish Nationalists who are seeking independence from Britain in a referendum next year set out their wish list for a new nation on Tuesday, but made several assertions about their fu...


Revealed: SNP set to stage another independence referendum in 2029 if ... - S...
4 Dec 2013 at 3:04am

Scottish Daily Record

Revealed: SNP set to stage another independence referendum in 2029 if ...
Scottish Daily Record
THE SNP are planning another referendum on independence within 15 years if Scotland votes No next September. The Nationalists believe they could ask the public to vote again as soon ...


Scottish independence: Referendum library - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 6:09pm

Scottish independence: Referendum library
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum, on 18 September 2014, has generated a large amount of discussion over the nation's future. Continue reading the main story. For more on the Scottish independence referendum go to the BBC's Scotland's Future pag...


Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill - BBC News
14 Nov 2013 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill
BBC News
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish government's bill sets out the referendum rules, such as the question and campaign spending limits...


Setback for Scottish independence as poll reveals just a QUARTER of voters .....
30 Nov 2013 at 9:28pm

Daily Mail

Setback for Scottish independence as poll reveals just a QUARTER of voters ...
Daily Mail
An exclusive poll of more than 1100 Scots for The Mail on Sunday has revealed that only 27 per cent of voters plan to vote yes in next year's referendum, while 56 per cent intend to vote no and 17 pe...


Issue of ageing population is not a decisive referendum factor - Herald Scotland
4 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

Issue of ageing population is not a decisive referendum factor
Herald Scotland
Meanwhile, a poll out today showed a slight rise in support for independence, with 26% of Scots backing a split in next year's referendum. The NIESR concluded that average income tax rates in an independent Scotland woul...


Put your referendum questions to our panel of comedians - BBC News
9 Dec 2013 at 11:35am

Put your referendum questions to our panel of comedians
BBC News
Three comedians will take a lighter look at the Scottish independence debate in our pre-Christmas referendum webcast. Still Game's Sanjeev Kohli and one of Scotland's best stand ups, Susan Morrison will be in the studio in Glasgow and...


'Useless' Alistair Darling could lose fight against Scottish independence ......
4 Dec 2013 at 2:30am

Daily Mail

'Useless' Alistair Darling could lose fight against Scottish independence ...
Daily Mail
Senior Conservatives have warned they could lose the independence referendum in Scotland because its campaign chief Alistair Darling is 'useless' and 'comatose'. Momentum is even building up behind ge...


STV poll: Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes 34% No 57% - stv.tv
9 Dec 2013 at 11:02am

Scotsman (blog)

STV poll: Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes 34% No 57%
stv.tv
The campaign for an independent Scotland has received a boost in a new poll commissioned by STV News. Thirty-four per cent of those certain to vote in the referendum said they would vote Yes, up three per cent...



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Human Resources
9 Dec 2013 at 2:49pm

Does anyone here work in HR? If so can you PM me so I can ask a question?



No Evidence Of Engine Or Gearbox Failure
9 Dec 2013 at 10:18am

AAIB preliminary findings



Pubs/restaurants And Things To Do In Inverness Between Christmas And New Year
9 Dec 2013 at 8:15am

Any Inverness residents able to help out?

 

A large group of us have rented a big house just outs...



Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Morrison And Independent Scotland
9 Dec 2013 at 5:38am

This is from today's FT.

Think this is quite a big story.

Folk may want to vote with their feet.

...

Martin Bashir On Sarah Palin
8 Dec 2013 at 6:05pm

 

He has since resigned. 



Can't We All Be Friends?
8 Dec 2013 at 5:39pm

Everyone seems to be at each others throats on here the last few weeks.

 

Where is the love?    ...



I'm A Celebrity
8 Dec 2013 at 4:14pm

Love the programme, if you didn't watch it Kian from Westlife has just won.

 

Of all the guys on ...



Weather In Philidelphia
8 Dec 2013 at 12:27pm
If you want to watch sport being played in extreme conditions have a wee look at the American Foo...

11% Pay Rise For Mp's
8 Dec 2013 at 6:49am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25287108

You couldn't make this up

Douglas Alexander's Vision For Britain
8 Dec 2013 at 5:37am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/insight-struggle-solidarity-and-social-justice-1-3224506

 

A passion...




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

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...


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

New Ipsos-Mori poll confirms increase in support for independence since the p...
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2013 at 11:38am
Ipsos-Mori have just released the third poll on independence referendum voting intentions to be p...

Kitten
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2013 at 10:28pm
On the evening of Saturday, 7th December 2013, the Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP said kitten, and t...

Breslin-gate rumbles on...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2013 at 3:53pm
As a quick follow-up to my last post about Jeff Breslin's now famous tweet comparing Alex Salmond...

Alternative 'tributes' to Nelson Mandela
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2013 at 11:17am
I discovered the news about Nelson Mandela last night in the worst possible way - I stumbled on a...

Support for independence increases, as new TNS-BMRB poll shows lowest lead fo...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2013 at 7:21pm
There's an encouraging new poll out tonight from TNS-BMRB, which essentially backs up the trend s...

Poor old Judy Finnigan, begin ag'in
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2013 at 6:31pm
I never thought I'd get to the point with this blog where I'd actually sit down to 'fisk' a hosti...

Introducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2013 at 11:59am
Well, I say "introducing" - this may be its one and only outing if I can't be Smithsoned to keep ...

The Strange Death of UKIP Scotland, or 'Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining'
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2013 at 6:21pm
Here's the bad news, folks : Nigel Farage has sacked Lord Monckton as "leader" of "UKIP in Scotla...

Polling boost for pro-independence campaign after the White Paper, as the No ...
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2013 at 11:11am
It's very difficult to know whether it's worth the bother of reporting referendum polling figures...

A visit to the Scottish Parliament
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2013 at 8:51pm
I know many readers of this blog will have visited the Scottish Parliament on countless occasions...

Sturgeon v the Lib Dems' third choice
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2013 at 6:57pm
I wonder just how much of a realist Alistair Carmichael is. It won't have been a surprise to any...

Listen, Darling. No, this time, actually LISTEN.
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2013 at 7:09pm
What in general has been a very uplifting day was only very marginally blighted by the unavoidabl...

Peter Kellner - an 'impartial polling expert'?
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2013 at 10:40am
I just despair (again). Earlier this afternoon, Peter Kellner of YouGov was trotted out by the B...

#Indyplan Eve Poetry (aka Burns Will Be Turning In His Grave, Part 2)
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2013 at 7:36pm
A little-known fact about myself (ie. no-one actually gives a monkey's) is that in 2008 I was one...

Support for independence increases in latest Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2013 at 9:24am
Broadly speaking, it's 'steady as she goes' in the latest Panelbase poll on independence referend...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Crowdfunding our community campaigning
by Peter Dempsie
9 Dec 2013 at 9:51am

By Stan Blackley

Yes Scotland has helped to established hundreds of active local campaign groups a...



Westminster pensions raid gives insight to full cost of a No vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Dec 2013 at 7:19am
Young people in Scotland will bear the brunt of the UK government?s state pensions raid, a leadin...

Top trade unionist says Yes is key to fairer, more balanced Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
6 Dec 2013 at 6:35am
A leading trade unionist has come out in support of the Yes campaign and she believes many like-m...

The costs of a No become clearer
by Cailean Gallagher
5 Dec 2013 at 10:34am

We've begun to get more sense of what a No vote means, with George Osborne, a leading figure in t...



A Yes vote can deliver a better and fairer pensions system
by Peter Dempsie
5 Dec 2013 at 8:17am
An independent Scotland can make better choices to protect pensioners in stark contrast to the la...

Childcare Policy in an independent Scotland: Independence for women and worki...
by Stephen Noon
4 Dec 2013 at 6:10am
The childcare pledge in the Scottish Government White Paper, Scotland?s Future, will save familie...

'We'll do what's right for older Scots'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
3 Dec 2013 at 7:53am
Video of gIS8G5OiNy0

An independent Scotland can fully protect pensions and ensure they remain ...



Economic experts deal double blow to No campaign scaremongering
by Stephen Noon
3 Dec 2013 at 7:06am
The scaremongering of the No campaign has received a double blow after important interventions by...

Henry McLeish criticises 'uncompromising and consistently' negative No campaign
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
3 Dec 2013 at 5:09am

The release of the Scottish Government's blueprint for independence has exposed how "uncompromisi...



Emma Pollock on the need for a Yes vote
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
3 Dec 2013 at 4:48am
Video of uh53fodDI4g

Scottish singer/songwriter Emma Pollock, co-founder of  iconic Scottish in...



Yes vote triumph in Scottish Labour leader's own backyard
by Peter Dempsie
29 Nov 2013 at 10:19am

A schools debate in the heart of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont?s Glasgow constituency has ...



A ?Yes? Scotland with a valued and well-rewarded workforce
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Nov 2013 at 6:43am
The goal of good quality and well-rewarded employment is at the heart of the independence debate ...

'Putting Scotland's economy first'
by Kevin Gilmartin
29 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
Video of yAUT_AlutqU An independent Scotland gives us a range of new opportunities to grow Scot...

'Yes best for farming, best for Scotland'
by sean.lafferty
28 Nov 2013 at 10:58am

Yes Scotland welcomes the public declaration of support for independence by beef farmer Jim Brown...



A better deal for Scotland?s farming communities
by Stuart McDonald
28 Nov 2013 at 8:32am
A Yes vote will enable Scotland to win a better deal for our farming and rural communities, with ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

An independent Scotland.. The legal process..
9 Dec 2013 at 1:52pm

Fill yer boots legal eagles.   



The hole in rUk's Finances
9 Dec 2013 at 12:04pm
Slightly different angle from the "Independence" question. The question isnt how could Scotland a...

The price of messages
9 Dec 2013 at 9:54am
Will go up if there is a yes vote. So says Asda and Morrisons. Bad news.

The 2014 Social Club
6 Dec 2013 at 2:08pm

Excellent idea to get people involved in the Yes campaign and give up and coming bands etc  a pla...



English view on Indy................
6 Dec 2013 at 1:41pm

The people down here say there is no chance of it happening. Scotland is subsidised BIG time by L...



visit scotland 2014 advert
6 Dec 2013 at 11:47am
How much influence do the Scottish govt have over these things? If I didn't know better I would s...

More Pocket Money From Our Masters?
5 Dec 2013 at 9:42am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25237570

I am clearly being an idiot but how can a spending c...

Unelected Peers Strip Power From the Scottish Parliament
4 Dec 2013 at 8:50pm

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-politics/8428-fury-after-unelected-peers-strip-powe...



Union Flag Without Scotland
4 Dec 2013 at 7:38pm

Link

 

Some dreadful designs in there! The blue of the saltire really ties that flag together.

 

...

Pension age in a separate Scotland?
4 Dec 2013 at 3:53pm

I see Osbourne is going to raise the pension age to 70.

 

 

Would Scotland feasibly be able to se...



Carmichael
4 Dec 2013 at 9:10am

http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/7703-carmichael-hits-back-over-housing-debt

 

 

Carmichael said h...



Darling to be dropped?
4 Dec 2013 at 7:59am

 

'Useless' Alistair Darling could lose fight against Scottish independence, Tories warn as pan...

No means yes?
4 Dec 2013 at 5:24am

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/revealed-snp-set-stage-another-2881063?utm_source=twit...



Women!
4 Dec 2013 at 4:59am

The old folks thread got me thinking.

 

I've found women are far more likely to be voting No than...



Economic Debate
3 Dec 2013 at 6:31pm

Scotland: Union

 

Assumptions:

Barnett Formula will be scrapped so that expenditure per capita in...


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Scottish parliament to reject Westminster-style pay rises for MSPs
by Severin Carrell
9 Dec 2013 at 10:36am

Holyrood parties agree to end practice of pegging MSPs' pay to that of Westminster MPs, and restrict 2014 pay rise to 1%

The Scottish parliament is to restrict future pay rises for MSPs after decidi...




Prices could rise in independent Scotland, say supermarkets
by Severin Carrell
9 Dec 2013 at 6:52am

Asda and Morrisons say they would be unwilling to absorb the extra costs of doing business in a separate Scotland

Two of the UK's largest supermarkets have said food prices would rise in Scotland af...




Independent Scotland would be ejected from EU, says Spanish prime minister
by Paul Hamilos
8 Dec 2013 at 2:16pm

Mariano Rajoy's warning appears to be directed at Catalan nationalists pushing for their own independence referendum

Scotland would immediately be ejected from the European Union were it to vote for...




Labour's new Falkirk candidate aims to 'regain people's trust'
by Andrew Sparrow
8 Dec 2013 at 1:27pm

Former MSP Karen Whitefield wins ballot to represent party after selection process dominated by allegations of vote-rigging

A former MSP, Karen Whitefield, said she hoped to begin the work of unitin...




In Scotland, the unionists need to win hearts, not minds | Chris Huhne
by Chris Huhne
8 Dec 2013 at 12:14pm

An economic argument won't decide the independence referendum. What matters is whether Scots feel British

None of the careful arguments to persuade the Scots to vote yes or no to independence next y...




Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
by Decca Aitkenhead
6 Dec 2013 at 11:37am

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, ...




Case for Scottish independence boosted by more optimistic economic forecasts
by Severin Carrell
4 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm

Experts say Scotland will be worse off under UK green energy reforms, while thinktank downplays cost of its ageing population

Two expert reports on Scottish independence have downplayed the costs of...




What should a new Scottish currency be called?
4 Dec 2013 at 9:00am

Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

When Scotland departs the UK with no euros or pounds, what might their new c...




Declaration of independence for the Country With No Name | @guardianletters
3 Dec 2013 at 3:00pm

Strip away the "tongue in cheek", and Ian Martin's article (I'm sick of being English. Please, Scotland, vote for independence ? and take us northerners with you, 2 December) makes a great deal of ...




Scottish independence: could we all have a bit of it, please?
by Peter Scott
2 Dec 2013 at 8:00am

Scotland's university chiefs are secret unionists, says Peter Scott, but the whole of UK higher education needs a bit more independence

In not much more than two years, Scotland could be an independ...




Please, Scotland, vote Yes and take us northerners with you | Ian Martin
by Ian Martin
1 Dec 2013 at 2:00pm

I support Scottish independence because I'm sick of being English. How about a Greater Scotland, with a border just south of Blackpool?

Act of Union, 1707. Still nailed in my head from history A-lev...




The SNP needs a thriving Scottish newpaper market
by Peter Preston
1 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

As the independence debate intensifies, Scotland's own press is declining fast or being outsold by London titles

A long-suppressed nation, sensing freedom, prepares for the greatest political test o...




The poverty of the Better Together campaign | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
30 Nov 2013 at 1:30pm

The week of 24 November could go down as the point at which the tide turned in favour of Scottish Independence

If Scotland opts to become an independent nation next September, then the week beginnin...




Would I choose a British or Scottish passport? It's fast becoming a reality| ...
by Ian Jack
29 Nov 2013 at 1:00pm

The white paper on Scottish independence understands that the old, hard edges of nationhood are irrelevant to many

Whichever way next year's referendum goes, the prospect of an independent Scotland ...




Could an independent Scotland liberate all Britons? | Neal Ascherson
by Neal Ascherson
29 Nov 2013 at 9:45am

The Scotland being proposed by Salmond now is the Britain voted for by millions in 1997 ? a moderate social democracy

It was 1977 when Tom Nairn spooked the political world with his famous book, The...




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