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'We love you Darling'
ALISTAIR Darling received a standing ovation from Scottish Conservative activists yesterday ? to the SNP's delight and the former Labour chancellor's apparent embarrassment.

MP: EU referendum bill has 50% chance
A bill allowing a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU has only a 50/50 chance of making it through the House of Commons, the MP promoting it has said.

'We need full-time people giving their roles full attention': fears grow over...
RUTH Davidson has been criticised for having double-jobbers in three of the most sensitive posts in the Scottish Conservatives.

Cameron backs Davidson as grassroots attack party debate
THE PRIME Minister has been forced to come to the aid of his Scots party leader Ruth Davidson, who has been under fire from the grassroots for retreating from her "line in the sand" over more powers for Holyrood.

Unspun: Political Diary
Yah-boo sucks

Politicians at closed-door meeting
NO 10 has insisted David Cameron's attendance at a behind-closed-doors meeting of some of the world's top powerbrokers is not inconsistent with the Coalition's claim to be the most transparent Government ever.

Ambitious target for 2020 land ownership
One million acres of land could be owned by communities by 2020, according to the First Minister.

Crackdown on benefit migrants
MIGRANTS who move across the European Union to claim benefits with no intention of working are to be targeted by ministers, the Home Secretary has said.

Austerity measures may last until 2020
BRITONS will have to get used to the austerity squeeze until at least 2020, two influential think-tanks have warned.

Oil and gas resource review set to launch
A REVIEW into the UK's oil and gas resource will be launched next week.

Pressure on May to launch spying inquiry
Therea May is coming under pressure to launch an investigation into claims the the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been covertly gathering data from some of the world's largest internet firms through a US spy programme called Prism.

Miliband branded tax hypocrite
ED Miliband has been branded a hypocrite by George Osborne, who called on the Labour leader to hand back up to £1.5 million of tax estimated to have been avoided on a party donation.

Tories to dodge hard questions on constitution
THE Prime Minister will today deliver a pro-Union message his party faithful in Stirling will relish, but tougher questions on where the Scottish Tories go from here on constitutional change have been pushed to the fringe.

Prisoner referendum vote bid fails
AN attempt to give some prisoners a say in the independence referendum has been defeated.

Ex-Glasgow Labour MP dies aged 80
HELEN McElhone, the former Glasgow Labour MP and ex-Strathclyde councillor, has died.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: ?Threat to credit unions?

SCOTTISH credit unions would be at risk if voters back indepedence, Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander will warn today.



Back-bencher calls for vote of confidence in Cameron

A CONSERVATIVE back-bencher has openly launched a bid to oust Prime Minister David Cameron as party leader, blaming him for the rise of Ukip and loss of members over gay marriage.



David Cameron in ?battle for Britain?s future? claim

DAVID Cameron will today claim he is leading the “battle for Britain’s future”, as he addresses his critics in his own party and in the opposition.



Tory MP Tim Yeo denies lobbying rules breach

THE Tory chairman of a Commons committee last night denied breaching lobbying rules, amid allegations that he offered to use his position to further business interests.



GCHQ: Coalition split over ?worrying? data claims

LIBERAL Democrat MPs last night described reports that UK security services accessed people’s personal internet accounts via US intelligence agencies as “worrying and suspicious”.



The Scotsman cartoon - 10/06/2013

Prism is the subject of today’s cartoon



Police drumming to old beat of House music

The SNP’s dogmatic drive towards police force rationalisation under the cover of austerity savings, barely resisted, it should be said, by the opposition parties at Holyrood, is now delivering what it always promised – the all-too-predictable consequences of centralised policing.



Jane Devine: Bilderberg meeting and democracy question

What would you sacrifice if you were able to change the world?



Ed Balls facing state pension cut claims

ED BALLS is facing claims that he would cut the state pension after suggesting the costs should be included in a cap on welfare spending.



Independence: SNP vow to show Scotland games free

AFTER the Scottish football team’s stunning one-goal ­victory over Croatia, the SNP seems to have come up with a real 2014 referendum vote ­winner.



Independence: Yes vote ?may threaten post offices?

SCOTLAND’S post office ­network could be under threat following a vote for independence because the cost of subsidising it would be too great, a new Westminster document will claim.



Hague urged to address MPs over GCHQ data concerns

FOREIGN Secretary William Hague has been urged to make a statement to MPs in response to claims that the UK’s security headquarters GCHQ has secretly gathered intelligence on Britons from the world’s largest internet firms.



Sex worker charity anger at Edinburgh sauna raids

A LARGE-scale police raid on Edinburgh’s brothels has been criticised by a charity that offers support to sex workers.



Eddie Barnes: Darling?s dilemma as Tories applaud

ALISTAIR Darling yesterday received a standing ovation from delegates at the Scottish Conservative conference. He did not look entirely overjoyed.



Mike Russell pledges to cut teachers? workloads

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell yesterday pledged to cut teachers’ workloads in a move to head off strike action in Scotland’s schools.



Wingsland Blog

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Counting virus spreads
As veteran readers will know, there’s little this site enjoys more than investigating the Comical Ali-style claims made by the No campaign about the attendance figures at its events, which it typically likes to exaggerate by between 100% and 150%. Disturbingly, though, the contagion which robs the afflicted of basic counting powers appears to be [...]

Some tickets still available
Ruth Davidson triumphantly exits the hall to a standing ovation after her keynote speech to the Scottish Conservatives conference yesterday. The Sunday Herald today gives the total number of delegates attending the conference at just 200 or so (although more or that later). We can count almost 40 empty seats in the picture above, taken [...]

True colours

One for our Labour chums
“Despite the joint campaign with Labour and the Liberal Democrats against independence, Mr Gove said a No vote would represent a Tory victory.” Keep that in mind as Alistair Darling speaks at the Scottish Tory conference today.

Changing the rules of the game
It’s taken 306 years for the people of Scotland to be allowed a democratic voice on the constitution of their country. It’s a thing that was never supposed to happen. The Scottish Parliament’s electoral system was constructed deliberately and explicitly to prevent any party achieving a majority – in theory ensuring that the SNP could [...]

Scotland?s shame
It’s going to be tough to hold our heads up abroad if Scotland actually democratically votes not to take responsibility for its own affairs like any normal grown-up country. In any vaguely self-respecting world, a No vote would be accompanied by the immediate disbandment of the Scottish national football and rugby teams, because we’d have [...]

Uninteresting news ignored
Readers will probably barely recall a story from back in January, because it only made the front page of almost every Scottish newspaper and the lead item on most Scottish political TV and radio programmes. It was a Scottish Social Attitudes Survey report which put support for independence – via an extremely old and outdated [...]

Quoted for truth #17
Labour Party member Cailean Gallagher in the Herald, 7th June 2013: “Until this week, the hope was that a Labour government at Westminster would respond with a cure. Now Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have disclosed Labour’s response to austerity: more austerity. No use sitting tight and hoping for change at Westminster ? even with [...]

Forever blowing bubbles
In a post earlier this morning we made passing reference to the Scottish “cringe” – a sociological phenomenon by which Scots develop a subservient inferiority complex about their culture and abilities, predominantly compared to England. It’s not something we’ve ever suffered from personally, but every once and a while its malevolent force can still be [...]

BBC Scotland

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Charities in carer support plea
A group of charities calls for more support to be given to people when they take on a caring role, following a survey of carers.

Cash for more hospital consultants
The Scottish government is making a £3m investment to fund more than a dozen new hospital consultant posts.

Court closures 'bad for justice'
Scottish Labour warn that plans to shut several sheriff courts across Scotland would be bad for justice.

Tory Davidson calls for lower taxes
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says the tax burden for "ordinary" people must be reduced in a Scotland which has said no to independence.

Tories hear from Labour's Darling
Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling tells a fringe meeting of the Scottish Tory Party conference that he is confident the case against independence can be won.

Community land could double by 2020
One million acres of land could be owned by communities by 2020, First Minister Alex Salmond says.

North Sea cod stocks 'are recovering'
North Sea cod stocks are on the road to sustainability, according to Marine Stewardship Council research.

Scots Tory attacks 'weak Miliband'
Scotland's only Conservative MP has attacked Labour's Ed Miliband calling him a weak leader from a weak opposition.

PM says 'our Union' protects jobs
Prime Minister David Cameron tells a gathering of Tory Party members in Stirling that "our Union" protects jobs in Scotland.

Information laws set to be extended
Freedom of information powers are set to be extended to cover cultural, sports and leisure services set up by local authorities.

Cash pledged to win more Tory seats
The bid to win more than one Scottish Tory seat at the next UK general election will be boosted by extra cash and resources, the party promises.

Teaching union backs strike action
Scotland's largest teaching union backs a campaign of action, including strikes, over increased workloads created by the new curriculum.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond attacks Labour's shift in position on welfare during first minister's questions.

VIDEO: MSPs set to vote on court closures
MSPs on the justice committee will vote on the issue of Scottish court closures on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Early take on political satire
A rarely performed 16th Century morality tale about good governance is playing to 21st Century audiences.

Newsnet Scotland

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Thoughts on independence, from Andalucia

By Maggie Chetty

Sometimes, thoughts crystallize when you are away, far from the native turf stimulated by contrasts and comparisons. Sitting here in the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains near Malaga, you can see little farms all over, new terraces and new crops of tropical fruits like avocado, mango and custard apple growing in what would be, very inhospitable, vertiginous territory in Scotland.



Dim light of UK Parliament's legitimacy now extinguished

By Mark McNaught

The recent sting operation of the Parliament by the BBC Panorama documentary, and the subsequent reaction of the government, not only shows us how corrupt and dysfunctional the Westminster system has become, but also that fundamental change to the UK political system will never come from within.

The traditional aristocratic legitimacy of the House of Lords has withered, and the democratic legitimacy of the House of Commons has been sold out to multinational corporations.



Young to find independent voice

  By George Kerevan
 
Monday?s headlines made much of the fact that, according to an Edinburgh University study, 60 per cent of Scottish 14- 17-year-olds will vote No in next year?s independence referendum. In fact, a mere 21 per cent were in favour, with a significant 19 per cent still trying to make up their minds.
 
These findings mirror the negative outcomes of several mock independence referendums held in Scottish universities.



We are Scotland - Andy, Cupar

  In this, our seventh instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Cupar to speak to Andy.

Having lived in England for several years, Andy and his family eventually moved to Scotland having become disillusioned with successive Labour and Conservative Westminster governments.

Here he explains why he moved to Scotland and gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence



Yes Scotland - one year on

By Colin Fox

It's been a year since Yes Scotland was launched amid the glitz and glamour of an Edinburgh multiplex cinema where independence activists mixed with Holyrood politicians, Hollywood stars and lottery millionaires.

Blair Jenkins, the Yes Scotland CEO, announced in his Annual Report last week that 375,000 people had signed the ?Declaration for Independence? adding ?we are on schedule for our target of one million?. He also pointed out that after 3000 people attended the 32 local authority based launch meetings more than 1100 Yes groups have subsequently been established across the country.



First Minister's Questions - 06 June 2013 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



Cracks in Labour support for Better Together are widening

By John McAllion

The three opinion polls taken in May on voting intentions in the independence referendum show an average No vote of 53 per cent as compared to an average Yes vote of just 32 per cent.

A year on from the launch of the Yes campaign these figures should have been music to the ears of "Better Together" campaigners. We might have expected plaudits for the campaign?s chair Alistair Darling and all round satisfaction with a job so far well done.



Pensions in an independent Scotland ? timebomb or another silly scare story?

By Kenneth McNeil

Of all the contentious subjects in the referendum debate pensions is probably the one that causes the most confusion and is the most blighted by 'consumer ignorance'.

It is an area which at any time tends to cause maximum confusion and anxiety among the populace, particularly to those of us hoping to benefit in the near future.



Scots' Economic Inferiority Complex Rapidly Melting Away

By Mark McNaught

Any notion that Scotland is ?too wee and too poor? to be prosperous upon independence was demolished last week month when former Chancellor Denis Healey admitted that the Labour government of the 1970?s deliberately lied about the wealth of Scottish oil reserves to discourage Scottish nationalism.

This comes simultaneously with Newsnet Scotland publishing the 1974 McCrone Report, which documents how keenly aware Westminster was of Scotland?s potential prosperity, and the lengths to which they went to obfuscate the truth and prevent Scottish devolution.



Counting the cost of Union: the dysfunctional UK economy

By a Newsnet reporter

A major new report "The Dysfunctional UK Economy" has been published by the Reid Foundation, detailing the damage done to Scotland's economy by successive UK governments which for over 30 years have had no effective regional or industrial economic policies.

The report, by renowned economist Margaret Cuthbert, covers the period since 1963, and argues that the harm caused to the Scottish economy by UK government policies is so great that independence is vital if the country is to have any chance of economic development.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Olympic style 'Cultural Element' to be at centre of UK Government's Great War...

Fears that commemorations of the Great War, being planned by the UK Government, will be used in order to promote 'Britishness' in the run-up to the independence referendum have deepened today.



Peter A Bell's insight:

The tedious Britfest continues with yet more bunting and banal jingoism



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Euan McColm: Cameron fails to explain UK?s benefits

ANYONE listening should have been left in absolutely no doubt: David Cameron is passionate about the United Kingdom. He said as much.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Will Euan McColm be that last person to abandon the foolish myth that Alex Salmond wanted a "more powers" option on the referendum ballot? Wi...



Logic's Rock: The Unst Christmas Panto Drew A Bigger Crowd

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sallied North to address his loyal following in Scotland (both Blue and Red Tories thanks to Captain Darling).  However, he got a severe kicking in the Hootsmon on Sunday from their perfectly frightful resident swivel-...



Munguin's Republic: DAVE CAME BACK TO SCOTLAND AND DID US PROUD BY TALKING PA...

 Eton Boy Cameron used his speech to the Scottish area conference to make the case for the Union, defending welfare reforms, and saying that Tories should be "proud that we're the party making the bold case on welfare".


Peter A Bell's insight:

A mocking analysis of David Cameron's speech to his und...



Westminster's threat to Scottish pensions | Scottish National Party

Commenting on Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls’ interview on the BBC Sunday Politics programme  in which he could not rule out including pensions in his new regional welfare cap - which would mean different levels in different parts of the UK and Liam Byrne’s interview where he refused to rule out cuts...



Counting virus spreads

As veteran readers will know, there’s little this site enjoys more than investigating the Comical Ali-style claims made by the No campaign about the attendance figures at its events, which it typically likes to exaggerate by between 100% and 150%.




See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

MI5 spies told: stay out of referendum

A senior Nationalist has written to the head of the UK's Security Service and asked for an assurance that MI5 spies will not interfere in the independence referendum.



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'We love you Darling'

ALISTAIR Darling received a standing ovation from Scottish Conservative activists yesterday – to the SNP's delight and the former Labour chancellor's apparent embarrassment.



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Alex Salmond wants to cut MSPs' summer break to allow more time to fight for ...

THE First Minister wants to cut short MSPs' holidays next July to allow more time for campaigning for the independence vote in September.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Infantile whining from unionists about proposal that would allow all MSPs to concentrate on the referendum campaign.



See it on Scoop.it, v...

Left-wing and pro-independence campaigners rally at Tory conference

Independence campaigners Dennis Canavan and Tommy Sheridan addressed a rally in Stirling's King's Park.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Good to see Citizen Smart making his presence felt. And maybe getting his collar felt for his trouble.



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Tory - Labour alliance as Tories threaten schools | Scottish National Party

Commenting on Ruth Davidson’s conference speech and Alistair Darling’s appearance at Conservative Conference, SNP Convener Derek MacKay MSP said:

“This Tory conference has shown up the splits in the Tory party and the similarities between Labour and the Tories."



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2...

Darling urges military personnel to help defend Union

Labour MP Alistair Darling will today urge armed forces personnel across the UK to join the fight against Scottish independence.


The head of Better Together is set to attend the Scottish Conservative conference in Stirling where he will launch 'Forces Together', the military counterpart to the pol...



Independent Scotland's armed forces 'should focus on peace'

Peter A Bell's insight:

Contrast this pragmatic and aspirational approach with the banal British nationalist jingoism of Better Together - Darling urges military personnel to help defend Union.



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In praise of separatism

Separatism is a dirty word, apparently. The No campaign use it all the time about those of us who support independence, just as non-nationalists for independence constantly get called nationalists by them too. Aside from partisan naming of US legislation, the independence referendum has been the ...



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Teachers promised more help after they warned Scotland's new Curriculum For E...
EDUCATION Secretary Mike Russell has pledged extra support to deliver controversial Curriculum for Excellence.

Margo MacDonald blasts plans for crackdown on Edinburgh's sex saunas
THE MSP claims the brothel blitz will drive the city's sex industry underground.

Record View: David Cameron shows his real beliefs with speech in praise of si...
RECORD VIEW is appalled by the Conservative party leader's claim that he was "proud" of the cuts that have brought misery to millions.

Scottish Conservative party conference: David Cameron insists brutal welfare ...
THE Tory leader says he is "proud" of the reforms as he speaks to the party faithful at their get-together in Stirling.

David Cameron's message to Scots Tories at annual conference: Scotland must r...
THE Prime Minister warns annual Party conference in Stirling that huge battles lie ahead for the Tories.

Teachers are 'scunnered' by their workload, claims EIS union leader Larry Fla...
EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan claims morale in the classrooms is at rock bottom ahead of the union's annual meeting in Perth.

Donald Trump returns to Scotland.. and his ongoing feud with First Minister A...
THE American property tycoon, here to tour the site of his planned second golf course, fires off another salvo over windfarms.

Alex Salmond wants to cut MSPs' summer break to allow more time to fight for ...
THE First Minister wants to cut short MSPs' holidays next July to allow more time for campaigning for the independence vote in September.

Ed Miliband admits he will stick to Tory welfare cuts if he wins the General ...
THE Labour leader has said he will stick to the Tories' policy of cuts for at least a year if he wins the General Election in 2015.

David Cameron to face hostile reception from bedroom tax campaigners when he ...
DAVID Cameron will face an angry reception from bedroom tax campaigners in Stirling tomorrow.

Labour demand end to 'perverse' higher education funding system claiming it i...
EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell rejected the claims, insisting the Scottish Government's policy of no up-front tuition fees is correct and will lead to widened access.

Police to look into claims Scottish airports were used by CIA to transfer peo...
AN academic study claims to have proof prisoners were flown to destinations, via a number of Scottish airports, before allegedly being tortured.

Motorists who tailgate or hog lanes to be hit with £100 spot fines in new cra...
ALSO included in the government plans unveiled today include a rise to £100 in the fines for using hand-held mobile phones while at the wheel and for not wearing a seatbelt.

Diabetes project set to expand across more schools thanks to Scottish Governm...
THE Live For It programme encourages kids to adopt a more healthy lifestyle and will be expanded across 31 schools after ministers agreed to provide another £20,000.

Sports Minister reveals plan to tackle homophobia in sport will be drawn up
SHONA Robison has said a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sports charter will 'help spread the inclusion message'.

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Scotlandshire honoured in honouring slaughter.
Scotlandshire honoured in honouring slaughter.


The Empire strikes back!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
An equitable share of sun loungers, or just removing their bloody towels, would have served just as well.

Scotia Bar regulars discuss the economic condition of the nation.
Scotia Bar regulars discuss the economic condition of the nation.


Nae pocket money in the Scotia Bar
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tiny, Dumbo and Skint discuss money and their wives. They have wives?

Holyrood mice v Westminster rats http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php...
Holyrood mice v Westminster rats
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/445-holyrood-infested-by-plague-of-rodents.html


Holyrood infested by plague of rodents
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a building like that, with so many nooks and crannies, there will always be beasties trying to...

Alistair is the Darling of the Tory conference. Read all about it. http://www...
Alistair is the Darling of the Tory conference.
Read all about it.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/438-alistair-is-the-darling-of-the-tory-conference.html



Alastair Darling bids to become party leader - but not in Labour.
Alastair Darling bids to become party leader - but not in Labour.


Alistair is the Darling of the Tory Conference
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I wasn?t ewected to the House of Lawds to empowah the people of Scotlandshah, and I shan?t staht now.

Scots Tories try new positions.
Scots Tories try new positions.


Davidson claims 'to have her tail up'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Annabel Goldie, was flustered when asked what Davidson meant by 'hard yards'.

Noble Lord fails to get starring role - throws a hissy fit.
Noble Lord fails to get starring role - throws a hissy fit.


Foulkes froths feverishly at separatist scum on STV
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Infuriate Lord George Foulkes. Watch first part of Road to Referendum tonight on STV at 8.

Withered Vine has views on London bloods.
Withered Vine has views on London bloods.


Boris Johnson and the London Blood Transfusion Service
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since this article is for our Scotch readers, lets pretend that the idea has some basis in reality, before we dismiss it as nonsense.

Shock poll suggests shock result could shock Donside - say shocking media.
Shock poll suggests shock result could shock Donside - say shocking media.


Tory surge threatens SNP in Donside
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
EE poll shows Tories challenging SNP in Donside. Lab and Libs out of the race.

The Scotia Bar regulars - any chance of them getting near a pension?
The Scotia Bar regulars - any chance of them getting near a pension?


Ageing in the Scotia Bar
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Tiny, Dumbo and Skint discuss Scotia's future

Separatist hotbed in Leith hosts "Ratbag" premiere. Our brave reporter report...
Separatist hotbed in Leith hosts "Ratbag" premiere. Our brave reporter reports.


Separatist Ratbags in Leith
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Having made my way through the back streets, past the groups of Gucci clad, thirty something, separatist, tearaways ...

Westminster is disappointed by Westminster
Westminster is disappointed by Westminster


We are speechless!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Scots can be hopeful, however, can be hopeful that when they vote No, a year later the South East of England will decide to elect a Labour minority government and a Labour Chancellor will solve all problems.

IN BRIEFS - Plain or Pan?
IN BRIEFS - Plain or Pan?


Anger as Salmond fails to ban sandwiches
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
it bears all the hallmarks of a classic dirty tricks campaign by an army of bitter cybernats, led by the SNP

Separatists try to embroil IDS in scandal (as does everyone else - except us).
Separatists try to embroil IDS in scandal (as does everyone else - except us).


IDS caught up in bedroom video scandal
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We urge everyone to avoid the Constitution Bar in Leith on Thursday night, around 7pm

We were warned that the Separation Referendum Debate would become increasingl...
We were warned that the Separation Referendum Debate would become increasingly fractious and nasty as the debate proceeded.


Truth and its misuse in the separation debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johnny Bossyman defends his reputation as Head of News and Bias

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"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

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Scotland and Independence

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Independence vote offers Tories an opening in Scotland - Financial Times

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Independence vote offers Tories an opening in Scotland
Financial Times
Such is the decline of the once-mighty Conservative party in Scotland that it only laid out 240 seats for members attending its annual conference ? and still struggled to fill them. Conservatives lead the UK coalition go...


Scots warn UK of spying on independence referendum - Press TV

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Scots warn UK of spying on independence referendum
Press TV
A senior member of the Scottish nationalists has written to the head of Britain's spy agency MI5, seeking assurance that the intelligence service does not meddle in the Scottish independence referendum. Margo MacDonald, who is the ...


Independence: SNP vow to show Scotland games free - Scotsman

Independence: SNP vow to show Scotland games free
Scotsman
Alex Salmond has previously criticised ?extraordinary and frankly unacceptable? position that Scotland's qualifiers are not shown on terrestrial channels. England's football matches are broadcast on ITV, as part of an exclusive four-year de...


Euro crisis shows dangers of Scottish independence, says Cameron - Irish Times

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Euro crisis shows dangers of Scottish independence, says Cameron
Irish Times
The euro crisis has illustrated the dangers that could exist for Scotland if a majority of voters there opt for independence in next year's referendum, British prime minister David Cameron has declared. Scottish fi...


Scottish independence: Tagliabue Holyrood design call - Scotsman

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Scottish independence: Tagliabue Holyrood design call
Scotsman
Making her first visit to Holyrood since 2005, she said she liked the idea of independence and suggested the parliament building had helped create a feeling of self-confidence in Scotland. She repeated her criticism of the £6.5m...


Scottish independence: Bid to give prisoners voting rights thrown out by MSPs...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Bid to give prisoners voting rights thrown out by MSPs
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A bid by two MSPs to give prisoners the chance to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has been thrown out by a committee of MSPs. The Lib Dems' Alison McInnes and Green Party MSP Patrick ...


Scottish independence 'would benefit peacekeeping' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'would benefit peacekeeping'
Scotsman
He said: 'While the military tasks of Scotland's defence forces will be similar to that of the UK and other allies, where Westminster is focussed on power projection, I would hope to see an independent Scotland project humanitarian...


Scottish independence 'brings foreign investment' - Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence 'brings foreign investment'
Scotland on Sunday
The report said: ?The resulting strong performance signals two main messages for Scotland. ?The first is that the possibility of independence and its potential knock-on impacts on areas such as corporate taxation appear to be havi...


Alex Salmond's dream of a separate Scotland is rapidly falling apart - Telegr...

Alex Salmond's dream of a separate Scotland is rapidly falling apart
Telegraph.co.uk
?It is only right,? declared Scotland's First Minister two years ago, ?that young folk who can legally marry and join the Armed Forces should have their say.? Like everything he says and does, this was aimed at win...


Scottish independence timing 'couldn't be worse' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence timing 'couldn't be worse'
Scotsman
THE timing of the Scottish referendum could ?hardly be worse? for Alex Salmond and the pro-independence campaign, economists told a major conference on the debate yesterday, amid further questions over the currency deal envisaged by ...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP 'has no mandate to negotiate' before independence referendum - stv.tv

SNP 'has no mandate to negotiate' before independence referendum
stv.tv
The UK Government is correct to refuse to plan for potential Scottish independence or pre-negotiate terms, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has insisted. Danny Alexander, a Scottish MP, responded to criticism from a committe...


It's traffic, not independence, that interests Donside voters - The Times (su...

The Times (subscription)

It's traffic, not independence, that interests Donside voters
The Times (subscription)
Edward Earl, 78, a disenchanted Labour voter, is sitting outside his house on one of Aberdeen's most deprived streets when the SNP candidate calls seeking his support in next week's by-ele...


Sir Alex Ferguson backs Willie Young in Aberdeen Donside by-election - stv.tv

Sir Alex Ferguson backs Willie Young in Aberdeen Donside by-election
stv.tv
An SNP Spokesperson said: "We were delighted to receive the endorsement of another Dons' legend, Joey Harper, for the SNP candidate Mark McDonald. Sir Alex is greatly respected by people regardless of his or their politics....


Sir Alex Ferguson has urged voters to support Labour candidate Willie Young i...

Sir Alex Ferguson has urged voters to support Labour candidate Willie Young in ...
stv.tv
An SNP Spokesperson said: "We were delighted to receive the endorsement of another Dons' legend, Joey Harper, for the SNP candidate Mark McDonald. Sir Alex is greatly respected by people regardless of his or t...


Donside : Launch of manifesto for older people - SNP (press release)

Donside : Launch of manifesto for older people
SNP (press release)
SNP candidate for Aberdeen Donside Mark McDonald has today (Sunday) launched his manifesto for older people, setting out his key priorities for older people if he is elected as an MSP on 20th June. Mr McDonald's pledges are based on...


Westminster's threat to Scottish pensions - SNP (press release)

Westminster's threat to Scottish pensions
SNP (press release)
"This has been a dreadful period for Labour as they abandon their long held commitment to the principle of universality, and propose having lower welfare benefits in Scotland and the regions of England than London. Now Ed Balls quite str...


Scottish court closures: Labour say plans bad for justice - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish court closures: Labour say plans bad for justice
BBC News
The justice committee, which has an SNP majority, will vote on the issue on Tuesday. Mr Macdonald has tabled a motion to annul the proposals. SNP MSP Christine Grahame, who is the committee convener and has a casting vote, s...


Postal workers slam UK government hypocrisy - SNP (press release)

Postal workers slam UK government hypocrisy
SNP (press release)
The SNP, and representatives of the CWU, today said that a Yes vote is the only way to protect postal services as they warned the UK Government that using post offices in the anti-independence campaign would backfire. The UK Government...


Alistair Darling of the Tories - The Sun

The Sun

Alistair Darling of the Tories
The Sun
And he attacked the SNP's plan to keep the Pound ? claiming it will require a political union that the SNP was trying to destroy. But Nats MP Angus Robertson blasted his appearance, saying: ?Alistair Darling exposes the flaw of the No campaign ? Labour ...


Scottish Labour must be clear on regional caps - SNP (press release)

Scottish Labour must be clear on regional caps
SNP (press release)
Johann Lamont and Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs have been challenged to say where they stand on shadow chancellor Ed Balls' plans for regional caps on welfare payments. The SNP are highlighting the Labour MPs in the North East of Eng...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish referendum could change fabric of Aussie flag - Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Scottish referendum could change fabric of Aussie flag
Sydney Morning Herald
An independence referendum on the other side of the globe could reignite debate about Australia's national flag. The people of Scotland will go to the polls in September next year to determine whether ...


Scots warn UK of spying on independence referendum - Press TV

Press TV

Scots warn UK of spying on independence referendum
Press TV
A senior member of the Scottish nationalists has written to the head of Britain's spy agency MI5, seeking assurance that the intelligence service does not meddle in the Scottish independence referendum. Margo MacDonald, who is the ...


MP: EU referendum bill has 50% chance - Herald Scotland

MP: EU referendum bill has 50% chance
Herald Scotland
A bill allowing a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU has only a 50/50 chance of making it through the House of Commons, the MP promoting it has said. A bill allowing a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU has only a 50/50 chanc...


Iain Macwhirter: Road To Referendum (Cargo) - Herald Scotland

Iain Macwhirter: Road To Referendum (Cargo)
Herald Scotland
He declares that it is not intended "to be a history book" but a personal attempt to come to grips with the "astonishing growth" of Scottish national identity and the parallel rise of the SNP in his lifetime. How did the nationalists metam...


He called on Scots to vote to remain part of a "prosperous, compassionate ......

BBC News

He called on Scots to vote to remain part of a "prosperous, compassionate ...
stv.tv
"We saw it when our soldiers fought together under one flag on the beaches of Normandy. We saw it when our doctors came together to build our NHS," Mr Cameron said. "We saw it in the scientific breakthrough...


Scottish independence: Call to halt referendum teacher packs - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Call to halt referendum teacher packs
BBC News
The Better Together campaign has been urged by independence campaigners to suspend its plan to take its pro-Union message into Scotland's schools. Better Together announced it would be sending a teacher resource pack, wit...


Scottish independence: Bid to give prisoners voting rights thrown out by MSPs...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Bid to give prisoners voting rights thrown out by MSPs
BBC News
A bid by two MSPs to give prisoners the chance to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has been thrown out by a committee of MSPs. The Lib Dems' Alison McInnes and Green Party MSP Patrick ...


What impact has the referendum had on foreign investment in Scotland? - stv.tv

What impact has the referendum had on foreign investment in Scotland?
stv.tv
More foreign investment projects came to Scotland last year than at any time in the last 15 years, according to an annual survey from accountants Ernst and Young. The SNP Government said the results contradicted Unionist c...


Road to Referendum: 'Borgen reminded Scots Nordic nations have been ... - Her...

Road to Referendum: 'Borgen reminded Scots Nordic nations have been ...
Herald Scotland
In the spring of 2012, a new linguistic fashion hit Scottish politics. Suddenly, people were addressing each other as ?Staatsminister?, speaking in curious hurdy gurdy accents and saying ?Tak? instead of thanks....


Speech: David Cameron will claim there is no problem that 'breaking up Britai...

Speech: David Cameron will claim there is no problem that 'breaking up Britain ...
stv.tv
David Cameron will claim the nations of the United Kingdom should be "pulling together, not pulling apart" when he addresses his party's Scottish conference in Stirling on Friday. The Prime Minister will invok...


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Glasgow To Be Focus Of Wwi Commemoration

Is it not normal to commemorate the END of a war rather than the start?

 

In Glasgow, 6 weeks bef...



Nelson Mandela

Starting to see a few tweets that Nelson Mandela has passed away. One of my all-time heroes. If t...



Stone Roses - The Green

Are the police gonna be on a war footing?

 

 



Am I Being Cynical ?

Hmmm.

 

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/glasgow-to-be-focus-of-world-war-one-commemora...



Stanley Odd

Surprisingly good

 



Iain Banks

Sad to hear Iain Banks has died. 

 

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22835047#sa-ns_mchannel=email&...



Ruk Flag - Will They Change It On Independence?

 



Alex Jones
On this morning's Politics Show

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22832994



Seb Coe

badger, bunny rabbit Seb Coe, knob-end, massive tits, has the swear filter been relaxed??



Learning Magic Tricks/card Tricks
Any tips on how to learn some simple tricks, a good YouTube channel perhaps?

Nothing too complica...

Better Nation

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

In praise of separatism
Separatism is a dirty word, apparently. The No campaign use it all the time about those of us who...

What is The Question?
As I prepare for the final exam of my degree I can hear the voices of  my high school English and...

Scottish politics? Old Firm
A few things have happened to me in the last few weeks which have reminded me of the importance o...

Higher education can?t be fixed at 19
The Scotsman’s front page declares “Tuition fee axe ‘still favouring the rich’“, a classic instan...

Scotland 2.0, or why the nation needs a new operating system.
Today a guest post from Lee Bunce, a Green with a keen interest and academic expertise in the rel...

Two bald men fighting over a comb
Scotland has endured forty years of debate about North Sea oil – who owns it, how much is there, ...

Bearding the Tavish in his den
Last night a debate took place on Shetland. In one corner for The Rumble In The Northern Isles wa...

Questions for Better Together
A guest today from Keir Liddle on those infamous 500 questions, as lovingly parodied on Twitter. ...

It?s all relative
A guest post today from Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who shadows John Swinney at Holyrood. Ken’s blo...

The Aberdeen Donside by-election
The sad death of Brian Adam MSP just under a fortnight ago means the first Holyrood by-election o...

Scot Goes pop

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

PB's Tory moderators lose the plot yet again
So it seems we must return (as is always inevitable sooner or later) to the subject of the deligh...

Thankyou for correcting our defective memories, Mr Gove
England's Education Secretary Michael Gove at the Scottish Tory conference a couple of days ago -...

Face the challenge, darling
I've got better things to do than watch our Old Etonian overlord address the conference of a frin...

Make your voice heard - what percentage of the vote do you think Yes will get?
There's a poll (an online, self-selecting one) running on PB that might interest you - it's askin...

Rhoda Grant and the elusive consultation response
I haven't been following the news compulsively of late, so I only discovered a couple of hours ag...

The youth of today and the youth of yesterday
Those delightful chaps over at the No campaign's official Twitter feed seem terribly excited abou...

Positive straw in the wind for the SNP as European elections inch closer
It's been far too long since I irritated "Carlotta Vance" by reporting the results of a Scottish ...

Question Time for Scotland's 'Popular Front'
The SNP website has today isolated a number of specific questions for the No campaign from Jim Mc...

On grandiose claims about self-selecting polls
I've got nothing against self-selecting internet polls - I've run a few myself over the years, an...

The Omniscare

Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. I yearn for the day I can get rid of Alex Salmond - ...

Panelbase poll : Yes campaign closes gap to just eight points
I'll have to make this a very quick post because I'm in a mad rush, but the latest Panelbase poll...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Saturday's final
It's become traditional at this time of year for me to say "oooh, this is a tough one", but actua...

Farage à trois
Earlier today I was asked by the International Business Times to put together a quick piece about...

Sturgeon wins first setpiece TV independence debate
I think pretty much every independence supporter who watched tonight's STV debate will have come ...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Thursday's semi-final
I got seven out of ten right on Tuesday, which is probably roughly par, given that no-one in thei...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



For Iain Banks
From Wings Over ScotlandFor Iain Bankshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/for-iain-banks-rip/?utm_source...

Counting virus spreads
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Some tickets still available
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Perspective: Independence will not only be good for Scotland, but for the Lab...
The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views ...

True colours
From Wings Over ScotlandTrue colourshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/true-colours/?utm_source=rss&utm...

One for our Labour chums
From Wings Over ScotlandOne for our Labour chumshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/one-for-our-labour-c...

Changing the rules of the game
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Scotland?s shame
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Uninteresting news ignored
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Quoted for truth #17
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Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Only One Choice and Only for Scotland
Would you like to be shot with a red gun or blue gun, sir? That is the limit of the choice being ...

Genius Wanted
Is anyone wizard enough to improve the contrast and definition on the small images of these lette...

Balls attacks Universal Benefits
New Labour’s “Big idea” is to cut winter fuel allowance for wealthy pensioners, thus saving £100 ...

Forced into Private Health
I remain absolutely stunned, and completely confused, by the apparently appalling quality of NHS ...

Suppressed By The BBC
I was invited then disinvited to discuss Bradley Manning on BBC Breakfast TV this morning. I was ...

Talking Turkey
To simply say “protestors good, government bad” in Turkey is a symptom of the Blair delusion, tha...

UN Condemns UK
Trenchant criticism of the UK by the United Nations over its human rights record would have been ...

Liberty Reserve and Government Control of Money
I have my doubts about the closure of Liberty Reserve. It is widely reported to have had 1 millio...

The Denial of Justice
I don’t think any single person who has considered the matter seriously, has any real doubt that ...

Looking for Gulnara
This video is in Russian but is pretty self-explanatory. While in Geneva we decided to look for G...

The Sky Has Not Fallen
The shocking death of Lee Rigby quite naturally appals us all. The intention of the crazed little...

Yes Scotland Meeting Edinburgh
Am back in Edinburgh and speaking at a Yes Scotland meeting on Friday 24 May at the Columcille Ce...

The Search for Change
The linked long term phenomena of falling electoral turnout and a decreasing percentage of those ...

Where?s Werritty?
Could you indulge me by helping me with a little experiment? Could you google Adam Werritty, and ...

Alisher Usmanov
Now officially Britain’s wealthiest man, Alisher Usmanov has perhaps the world’s most carefully m...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

PM: I'll fight Scottish independence head, heart, body and soul

David Cameron backs Scottish Tory party plans for increased devolution and hails Ruth Davidson as 'ideal leader'

David Cameron has pledged to fight "head, heart, body and soul" against Scottish inde...



Scottish independence: Prime minister to say UK should be pulling together

David Cameron will cite Olympic success and second world war as he calls on Scotland to stay part of UK

The United Kingdom should be "pulling together, not pulling apart", the prime minister will in...



Scottish teenagers likely to reject independence

First major poll of those who will be able to vote in referendum as 16- and 17-year-olds shows little support for break with UK

An opinion poll of Scottish teenagers suggests that under-18s will hea...



If there's any justice, prisoners must get the vote | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists who would deny prisoners a vote in the independence referendum are being craven and dishonest

The social responsibility contract that many leftwing unionists would like to conclude with...



Why we pedalled on the Scottish parliament

Scotland's transport policy has done agonisingly little to encourage cycling, so hopefully our pedal protest will be heard

Just over a year ago I was sitting in a remote corner of Scotland watching ...



Scotland warned independence could cost billions in renewable subsidies

Ed Davey tells conference that more than one-third of the UK's subsidies for wind, wave and tidal energy is spent in Scotland

Ed Davey, the UK energy secretary, has warned that Scotland could lose b...



Scottish referendum: BBC Scotland to invest £5m in extra programming

Money will be spent on documentaries, debates and live coverage of the results on TV, radio and online

BBC Scotland is to invest an extra £5m in programming and content for Scottish audiences in the...



Independent Scotland's economy has what it takes to thrive, says Salmond

First minister sets out economic case for independence, saying Scotland's potential has been repeatedly stifled by Westminster

Alex Salmond has insisted that Scotland has "got what it takes" to be ...



Propaganda war: who will win Scottish teenage hearts and minds?

Schools are gearing up to be a key battleground in next year's referendum on Scottish independence

Rosie Duthie and Euan MacIntosh, both 15, have made up their minds on how they plan to vote in next...



Scottish independence could threaten thousands of banking jobs

Finance and banking jobs in Scotland would be at risk if major firms opt to pursue larger markets in England, warns Treasury

The Treasury has claimed that thousands of Scottish banking and finance j...



Martin Rowson on Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage ? cartoon

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

Martin Rowson



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond trade insults in battle of nationalists

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

The two most influential political leaders reshaping British politics outside Westminster t...



Labour suspends vote for Falkirk seat until Unite dispute resolved

Falkirk's troubled parliamentary candidate selection to be put on hold until source of membership irregularities is confirmed

Labour has suspended the troubled selection for a parliamentary candidat...



Scottish independence: divorce makes sense for both parties

Award-winning author Iain Banks supports a historic change which he is unlikely to live to see

What I used to say, until 4 March this year, was that I did not expect Scottish independence to happen ...



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond clash over protesters

Scottish first minister says Ukip leader can't handle having policies challenged after Farage called activists 'fascist scum'

Alex Salmond has hit back at Nigel Farage, accusing him of touting "obno...




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