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Disability rights campaigners to field candidate in by-election
SCOTTISH disabled rights campaigners are using the Corby by-election in England to field a political candidate for the first time.

College chief who taped minister says he is being coerced to force resignation
A Glasgow college chief who secretly taped a meeting with Education Secretary Michael Russell has defied calls for his resignation and accused the minister of using "coercion" to try to force him to quit.

Staff anger as benefit test firm Atos wins Government counselling contract
THE Scottish Government has angered staff by hiring the controversial fit-for-work benefit tests company Atos to run its counselling service.

Britain to end aid to India by 2015
British aid to India is to be brought to an end in 2015 in recognition of the booming sub-continent's changing place in the world.

Question will be put to test
THE consultation with hundreds of voters to test the referendum question will begin as early as next week, as the Electoral Commission said everything had been in place awaiting the "starter's gun" when the Scottish Government formally submitted proposals.

Holyrood rejects Brussels' plea for rise in EU budget
THE Scottish Government has rejected a plea from Brussels to support proposed European Union spending increases.

Lamont's posturing not to everyone's taste
They look a little queasy, these days, on Labour's backbenches.

MSPs warned over social media rows
IT has long been common for MSPs to get involved in bad-tempered rows at Holyrood.

First Minister defends performance of NHS
ALEX Salmond has defended the NHS after Scotland's public spending watchdog warned cash constraints had placed the service on an "amber warning".

PM seeks support for funding freeze
DAVID Cameron looks set to make a last-gasp bid to get the EU budget frozen with a whistle-stop tour of European capitals following his failed attempt to agree a deal earlier this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Climate change ministers in £1.5m flights bill
UK CLIMATE change ministers and officials spent £1.5 million on flights in two years, with £250,000 racked up on domestic journeys, research has found.

Swinney calls on Chancellor to boost economic confidence
SCOTTISH Finance Secretary John Swinney has demanded urgent measures from the UK Government to boost economic confidence.

SNP anger at council 'snub' to Sturgeon
THE SNP has accused Scotland's biggest Labour-run council of snubbing Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over an offer to speak at a major economic conference.

Price rises 'harming' efforts to tackle fuel poverty
Efforts to end fuel poverty are being undermined by energy companies' price increases, the Deputy First Minister said.

Cameron urged to hire poll strategist
Boris Johnson has urged David Cameron to hire right-wing political strategist Lynton Crosby and give him a free hand to run the Conservatives' 2015 General Election campaign.

 

Scotsman

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New press body ?must aid good practice? following Leveson report

THE chairman of the Press Complaints Commission said he eagerly awaits the Leveson report into press standards and a new regulatory body “must not only be the scourge of bad practices” but also the “true and loyal friend of good journalism”.



Eddie Barnes: Gay rights are an issue savvy politicians can?t afford to ignore

‘IF YOU’RE not in the room, the conversation is about you. If you’re in the room, the conversation is with you. And that does transform things.”

So declared Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday night, a few hours after ­being elected as the new Democrat Senator for Wisconsin. Baldwin had just become America’s first ever openly gay member of the nation’s upper house.



Lip-reading tutors to be trained to help deaf

A course has been set up to train lip-reading tutors who will help people with hearing loss.

 



Stow chief ?should quit? over secret tape

EDUCATION Minister Michael Russell has demanded the resignation of a senior college official after it emerged he had secretly taped a conversation during a private meeting.



Ross rallies Labour fans of independence

DEACON Blue singer Ricky Ross and former MP Dennis Canavan are among the speakers who will address a conference for Scottish Labour supporters of independence in Glasgow tomorrow.



GPs will quiz obese on exercise to battle ?pandemic?

OVERWEIGHT and unfit ­patients who visit their GPs will be urged to take more ­exercise under an intervention scheme designed to tackle Scotland’s obesity crisis.

 



Scottish independence: Nats told to ignore baiting by ?No? camp

REGULAR followers of the independence referendum battle will have witnessed a familiar pattern over recent months. The “No” camp raise a subject – EU membership, defence, the pound – asking how it would be affected after secession.



Chancellor urged to ditch ?unaffordable? fuel price rise

CHANCELLOR George Osborne is under renewed pressure to abandon a planned increase in fuel duty, amid warnings that the rising price of petrol is stretching household budgets to the limit.



Scottish independence: SNP accused of ?cautious approach? to referendum

A PRO-independence group has criticised the SNP’s “nervous, cautious and conservative” approach in the run-up to the 2014 referendum and urged the party to stop being “goaded” into setting out a future not supported by the majority of Scots.



Building sector fury over SNP works project cuts

THE budget for the SNP’s flagship policy to build new schools, roads and hospitals has been slashed to just 6 per cent of its original forecast for this year, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.



Hot House flowers

‘FOUR more years,” came the elated tweet from Barack Obama, a tweet which confirmed his second term as president. Four more years. Three little words which had his detractors weeping and his supporters rejoicing. All but two of them, perhaps.



MP hits out at cuts to aid

East Lothian Labour MP Fiona O’Donnell has spoken out against “cruel and unnecessary” cuts to compensation for victims of violent crime.



Robert Peston: Success stories can help inspire youngsters to aim high

THE depression we are enduring is longer than that of the 1930s, if not quite as devastating on lives, and it was caused in large part by Britain’s failure to pay its way in the world for more than 30 years.



BBC says sorry to Lord McAlpine for sex abuse slur

THE BBC last night apologised “unreservedly” for a Newsnight report that falsely implicated former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine in allegations of sex abuse at children’s homes in Wales.



Glasgow City Council has plan to get war veterans into work

A SCHEME to help jobless war veterans back into work has been unveiled by Scotland’s ­largest local authority.



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

As we that are left grow old
We don’t know if there’s ever been an official competition for “Most British Place In Scotland”, but if there was it’s a pretty safe bet that Ibrox Stadium would win it at a canter. So we don’t suppose we ought to be surprised that this is what happened there just before the kick-off of yesterday’s [...]

Abide with us
We read something odd in the Herald yesterday. “In a joint statement, Labour’s Johann Lamont, Tory leader Ruth Davidson and the Liberal Democrats’ Willie Rennie said: “It is vital that the referendum properly reflects the will of the Scottish people. We look forward to hearing the views of the Electoral Commission and will abide by [...]

Captain Darling sounds a retreat
It can be a full-time job keeping up with the many inconsistencies and contradictions in the anti-independence campaign. (Labour’s professed hatred for the Tories but willingness to let them govern Scotland when Scottish voters reject them, and the Conservatives’ belief in the UK Union but deep-seated antipathy to the European one, leap out as two [...]

Weekend: Bridging the funding gap
Labour today  is a far cry from the party of old, a party that was set up to provide a voice for the working class so as to gain control over the means of production for the masses rather than to be dictated to by capitalism. The modern incarnation is now peddling the notion of ?One [...]

Repeating ourselves
As with any long campaign, we’re a bit worried that we might have to spend the next two years saying the same things over and over again, because the main Unionist tactic seems to be to keep asking questions after they’ve been answered a hundred times. That said, when you’ve got your hands full with [...]

Third time?s the charmer
Some alert listeners picked up a curious story on today’s edition of Good Morning Scotland, which was reported on the Tattie Scones blog and which we immediately set about investigating further. It was another outing for the “Scotland could be partitioned after the independence referendum” nonsense first peddled by a Tory peer back in January [...]

Doing it deliberately
The Daily Record carries the results of an interesting poll today. Carried out by the paper itself among its own readers, it shows conclusive support for a range of SNP policies. For example, 79% of Record readers want to retain Sterling should Scotland become independent, in line with the Nats’ position. They want Scotland to [...]

We agree with Anas Sarwar
There was a shock admission from Anas Sarwar, “deputy” leader of Scottish Labour, when speaking about the referendum on BBC Scotland’s “The Big Debate” last night: “This will be the biggest decision that any of you will make in your lifetime, and what we need actually is Yes.” It’s not every day we agree with [...]

As seen from Europe
We have absolutely no idea what to make of this, sent to us by a Dutch friend this morning. But as the UK press obsesses over its own vision of a malignant European omnistate, it’s interesting to get a glimpse of the very different picture of a possible future our friends on the continent foresee. And [...]

Will the outcome of the US presidential election affect the referendum campaign?
No. No it won’t.

BBC Scotland

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Salmond pays Remembrance tribute
The First Minister pays tribute to the courage and commitment of Scotland's servicemen and women on Remembrance Sunday.

Darling: Scots 'would rejoin UK'
Former chancellor Alistair Darling claims an independent Scotland that kept the pound would later rejoin the UK.

Supermarkets end cigarette sales
Sainsbury's confirms that it is to remove tobacco from sale at a further six supermarkets in Scotland.

SNP confirms referendum question
The Scottish government decides to stick to the wording of its preferred question in the 2014 independence referendum.

Moore 'confident' of added powers
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says he is "confident" Scotland will get more powers following a "no" vote in the independence referendum.

'Ginger Rodent' MP launches beer
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander helps to launch a new beer called Ginger Rodent.

Qualified staff improve learning
Being taught by highly qualified staff makes a difference to the education of nursery school children in Scotland, a report concludes.

One-bin council ponders increase
A council which currently provides just one bin to homeowners is considering moves to give out five new waste containers.

Council makes living wage plan
Staff at Edinburgh City Council could benefit from the introduction of the living wage from January next year.

New £1.2m fund to aid Malawi poor
The Scottish government is inviting organisations to bid for £1.2m in funding to carry out projects aimed at helping poor people in Malawi.

VIDEO: Scottiish Parliament
Alex Salmond insists NHS is not in crisis and that the Scottish government had maintained funding of health boards in real terms during first minister's questions on 8 November 2012.

VIDEO: Referendum question put to test
The Scottish Government gives the question it wants to put to voters in the independence referendum to the Electoral Commission.

AUDIO: Salmond talks of achievements
Alex Salmond talks of his achievements as Scotland's longest-serving first minister.

VIDEO: Lamont: Salmond's 'a chancer' on EU
Scottish Labour leader Joanne Lamont calls First Minister Alex Salmond "a chancer" and says he is making assertions without evidence.

VIDEO: Scotland 'may be forced to host Trident'
A leading defence expert from Glasgow University - Dr Phillips O'Brien - has warned that an independent Scotland could be forced to continue to house nuclear weapons on the Clyde.

Newsnet Scotland

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'Get your kit on, you're nicked': trial by media

By Kenneth Roy [Published in the Scottish Review prior to the BBC Newsnight scandal and the emergence of Lord McAlpine as the Tory peer implicated by the programme.]

You may not be familiar with the name Paul Gadd. Heaven help us ? and him, in due course ? he is better known as 'Gary Glitter'. There is not much about him that is glittering any more, if there ever was.

A week or so ago there was a photograph in the newspapers of an old bearded chap in a tightly buttoned coat emerging from a terraced house in London ? was it London? I expect so.



Watching the bulls from behind the barrier: A view from Galiza

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos

For years I have been watching the evolution of Scottish politics with interest, especially since the SNP gained its first victory, and with greater intensity and hope, since the absolute majority of Alex Salmond and the announcement of the referendum.



'Better Together' - Alistair Darling delivers the John P Mackintosh lecture

It?s a great pleasure to be asked to deliver this year?s John P Mackintosh lecture.  Scotland owes an immeasurable  debt of gratitude to John Mackintosh.  He is, rightly seen, in so many ways, as the Father of devolution.

Sadly John never lived to see his dream realised.  He died 21 years before the  Scottish Parliament opened its doors in 1999.  I know he would have been proud to see it.



New Archbishop following a well-trodden path

By George Kerevan 
  
The new (and 105th) Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, went to Eton College. Proving that God, or at least the Crown Nominations Commission which recommended him, feels that a public school education is a passport to leading the world?s 77 million Anglicans.

Of course, the Nominations Commission always puts two names to the Prime Minister. But then, David Cameron also went to Eton ? as have some 18 other British prime ministers. Not that I?m accusing Mr Cameron of favouritism.



Labour for Independence announce line-up for first conference

By Martin Kelly

The campaign group, Labour For Independence (LFI), has announced the line-up for their first conference scheduled for this coming Monday, Nov 12th.

The conference, which will be held in the UTC at Glasgow Caledonian University, begins at 7:30pm and is aimed at Labour party members past or present or those who may be thinking of joining, who are keen to find out more about Scottish independence.



First Minister's Questions - 08 Nov 2012 - 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.



Scotland?s Place in the World and the Problem with British Isolationism

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 3rd 2012

Europe has been in the headlines in the last two weeks. There was Salmond?s little legal controversy on EU matters, followed by David Cameron?s problems with his backbenchers on Europe, while some Labour politicians charged Ed Miliband with opportunism for siding with Tory Euro-sceptics.

If it is possible to rise above Scots insularity and petty partisanship which we have seen in the last week, it would be helpful to note the wider European and international dimension in which the Scottish self-government and independence debate, is now located.



A High Court judge and an allegation of criminality

By Kenneth Roy
 
The week before last ? on 23 October ? an extraordinary story appeared on the BBC in the name of one of the most experienced journalists in Scotland, Reevel Alderson. Its online version was headed: 'Lockerbie group accuse Lord Advocate Colin Boyd'. Mr Alderson reported in his first paragraph that it was being alleged that Lord Boyd (as he now is) had attempted to pervert the course of justice.



As the rot sets in on Brand Britain ? it?s time for some hard questions

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
This weekend the latest shocking claims to engulf the BBC were made public when it was alleged that three BBC employees tried to rape a young man as a famous BBC actor watched. 
 
Such claims are now almost daily occurrences and are shaking the very foundations of the once rock solid British Establishment.  The allegations are no longer directed solely at the BBC, they reach deep into the heart of British institutions, and even go right to the top of government.



Lamont comes under attack as Scottish Labour adopts pro-Trident line

  By Martin Kelly
 
Johann Lamont has been accused of preferring to spend billions on nuclear weapons instead of protecting Scotland?s most vulnerable.
 
The accusation was levelled at the Scottish Labour leader after her party issued a statement insisting that Labour in Scotland was now in favour of retaining the Trident nuclear weapons system and spending billions on a renewal programme.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Better Late Than Never | A Cybernat Writes

Never let cybernats.com be accused of bringing you all the latest news and views just as they happened. I originally intended to do a piece on the Bonfire Night Big Debate immediately afterwards, but unfortunately I’ve been diagnosed as having osteoarthritis in my right wrist and so was unable to scribble any notes down while the programme was showing.



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Muslims Divided On Scotland Independence

GLASGOW – A planned referendum on the independence of Scotland from Britain is dividing the Muslim minority, amid expectations that Muslims will play a significant role in deciding the future of the...

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Scotland, Home Rule and the EU: Labour?s opportunity
David Cameron has committed two inexplicable blunders in his handling of the referendum on independence for Scotland, to be held in autumn 2014 – barely two years away.

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Scottish independence: SNP accused of ?cautious approach? to referendum

A PRO-independence group has criticised the SNP’s “nervous, cautious and conservative” approach in the run-up to the 2014 referendum and urged the party to stop being “goaded” into setting out a future not supported by the majority of Scots.

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Tale of two Governments: Scotland invests, UK cuts | Scottish National Party

Recently released Treasury figures showing trends in identifiable public expenditure across the UK has highlighted the contrast in approaches to securing economic recovery north and south of the border.



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Peter McNally (Photographer) - With Independence We Can Build a Creatively Vi...
I have always been involved in the creative arts in some way or another, although photography was never the main focus.

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PM is grovelling to vile human rights abusers

THIS week PM David Cameron was in the Kingdoms of black gold and glass pyramids on a mission to sell war planes...

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Wings Over Scotland | As we that are left grow old

We don’t know if there’s ever been an official competition for Most British Place In Scotland, but if there was it’s a pretty safe bet that Ibrox Stadium would win it at a canter.



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Ross rallies Labour fans of independence
DEACON Blue singer Ricky Ross and former MP Dennis Canavan are among the speakers who will address a conference for Scottish Labour supporters of independence in Glasgow tomorrow.

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Radical Indy Conference 04: Where next for Quebec?

by Benoit Renaud, head of Québec solidaire’s co-ordinating committee The people of Québec, the only Canadian province where the majority of the population has French as their first language, have b...

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Nats told to ignore baiting by ?No? camp
REGULAR followers of the independence referendum battle will have witnessed a familiar pattern over recent months. The “No” camp raise a subject – EU membership, defence, the pound – asking how it would be affected after secession.

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Liberal Democrat Michael Moore branded as James Bond

SCOTTISH Secretary goes from "silent but useless" to star of political scene as he wrong-foots Alex Salmond in independence referendum talks.

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Leaders: A tricky question
‘DO YOU agree that Scotland should be an independent country?’ That is the ­question Alex Salmond wants to put on the ballot paper in the independence referendum and it is now the focus of debate.

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Scotland Set to Vote for Independence in 2014

Would Scotland be built on nationalism and hot air, or is there more to the calls for complete sovereignty?

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'Better Together' - Alistair Darling delivers the John P Mackintosh lecture

It’s a great pleasure to be asked to deliver this year’s John P Mackintosh lecture. Scotland owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to John Mackintosh. He is, rightly seen, in so many ways, as the Father of devolution.

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Daily Record

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Alex Salmond: Scotland must remember 'immense sacrifice' of Armed Forces
THE First Minister paid tribute to the fallen at a Service of Remembrance at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Michael Moore completes transformation as he's branded Westminster's 'James B...
SCOTTISH Secretary goes from "silent but useless" to star of political scene as he wrong-foots Alex Salmond in independence referendum talks.

Former chancellor Alistair Darling blasts SNP over 'skewed' independence poll...
THE ballot in 2014 will ask voters whether they agree Scotland should be an independent country.

Lord McAlpine hits back at internet slurs and says he never abused anyone
ABUSE victim Steve Messham apologised to the Tory peer yesterday after falsely identifying him.

Elections watchdog to test Scottish independence referendum question on focus...
THE question: Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country? will be examined to ensure it's fair and easy to understand before the findings are published.

Hypocritical of Tory party to suspend Nadine Dorries over I'm A Celeb
PLENTY of Tories have jobs on the side, although I can't stand the thought of Dorries ramming abortion views down our throats.

These dames are turning parliament into a pantomime
ALEX SALMOND must be challenged but slinging insults in parliament isn't the way to do it.

Fury at £729m bill to build schools worth a fifth of that amount
TAXPAYERS will be saddled with debut until 2036-37 after North Lanarkshire Council entered into the Private Finance Initiative.

Daily Record's methadone campaign tops the agenda at Holyrood
TAXPAYERS are being hit for more than £36m a year - with no record of whether it is working or not.

It's time Scotland shows sense on methadone
THE methadone problem is causing huge devastation but we must look at it in a rational manner.

Alex Salmond admits compensation awarded to William Beggs over appeals delay ...
THE "limbs-in-the-loch" killer, who was convicted of murdering 18-year-old Barry Wallace in 2001, was awarded £4,800 in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

MSP's fury at sauna licence decision by Edinburgh City Council
RHODA GRANT wants paying for sex to be made illegal in Scotland and questioned how sauna licensing could remain workable when Scotland has a national police force.

Council gives saunas the go-ahead to continue in the capital
THERE was virtually no debate yesterday as councillors gave a series of licence applications their unanimous backing despite critics saying saunas are little more than brothels and should be outlawed.

Labour MSP takes fight against methadone barons to Holyrood
MAMMOTH sums pocketed by Scotland?s 'methadone millionaires' will be probed at Holyrood today by Community safety spokeswoman Jenny Marra who insists cash would be better spent on residential treatment.

Rebel Tory Nadine Dorries faces sleaze probe over her daughter's role
NADINE was slammed for entering I'm A Celebrity... Get Me out of Here and is now being probed after declaring her daughter as an aide even though she works full-time for a law firm.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

UK government issues statement fuelling row over an independent Scotland's status in the European Union

The UK government says an independent Scotland would have to apply as a new member state to jo...



Nick Clegg attacks Philip Hammond for 'jumping the gun' on Trident

Deputy PM shows anger at defence secretary's plans for deterrent renewal without coalition-agreed study of alternatives

Nick Clegg has accused the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, of "jumping the ...



Donald Trump is a joke, but not a harmless one | Anthony Baxter

As I learned while making my film, You've Been Trumped, the billionaire uses his celebrity and wealth to get his own way

There was something bizarre, sad and deeply unsettling about Donald Trump's m...



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

Report suggests Westminster government could be forced to disarm and find new home for Clyde-based nuclear weapons

A vote for Scottish independence could force the UK to "unilaterally disarm" its Tr...



'Join the queue' for EU membership, Spain tells Alex Salmond

Further blow for Scottish independence camp as Spanish foreign minister says new nation would not be automatic EU member

Alex Salmond's chaotic attempts to persuade voters he could take an independe...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

First minister had said his claim of automatic EU membership after independence was backed up by his legal officers

Alex Salmond has been accused of misleading voters about the legal advice given to...



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

John Finnie and Jean Urquhart quit over decision to end opposition to Scotland joining nuclear-armed military alliance

Two Scottish National party members of the Scottish parliament who led a rebell...



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

Scotland's first minister rejects suggestion that UK could keep nuclear weapons on Clyde if Scotland voted for independence

Alex Salmond has rejected suggestions that an independent Scotland would a...



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

Conference delegates narrowly back new policy to support Nato membership if independence referendum is won

Alex Salmond has won a narrow victory in his attempts to overturn the Scottish National par...



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

Leaflet's claim that every Scottish family will be £1,000 better off under independence has been questioned by opponents

The pro-independence campaign in Scotland is to distribute one million leafle...



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

Scotland's first minister issues rallying cry to delegates in Perth after series of polls point to slump in support for Yes vote

Alex Salmond has told his party's activists they can win the 2014 ref...



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For A? That ? Episode 3 ? Dissonative Cognizance
Slightly later on a Sunday than usual here’s the 3rd episode of the For A’ That podcast where The Peat Worrier and myself (Michael Greenwell) go more international than usual as we talk about [...]

Radical Indy Conference 04: Where next for Quebec?
by Benoit Renaud, head of Québec solidaire?s co-ordinating committee The people of Québec, the only Canadian province where the majority of the population has French as their first language, have b...

Save British Music Darling
Hullo, I?m Alistair Darling. You may remember me as the UK Secretary of State for Transport who brought in wholesale change in the railway sector without addressing the fundamental problems [...]

Radical Indy Conference 03: The Referendum and Trident
Isobel Lindsay of CND  is speaking at the Radical Independence Conference workshop  - “An ethical foreign policy: scrap Trident, no to NATO, troops out” – on Sat 24th Nov. The [...]

Scottish Indy Podcast #11
by Michael Greenwell Episode 11 is up and this time I spoke with Doug Daniel who is an SNP (in)activist from the Aberdeen area and we had a chat about the challenges [...]

Radical Indy Conference 02: Scotland the brave? Radicalism and independence
The second article in our series in the run up to the Radical Independence Conference on 24th Nov is an extract from Gregor Gall’s forthcoming book, Scotland the Brave? Radicalism [...]

?DANGERMOUSE? AND THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
By Donald S Murray Among the ?critics? of Gaelic I have observed over the last few years, there appears to be a large number of avid watchers of old episodes [...]

Calm Your Jets
by Michael Greenwell When Obama won 4 years ago, a number of people took the huff with me for mentioning these facts that I had found (via Andy Best)? So, [...]

Congratulations to Celtic for a great performance
Congratulations to Celtic for beating Barcelona 2-1 at Parkhead.  It was a fantastic result which was just the shot in the arm Scottish football needed after the Craig Levein embarrassment. [...]

Book Review: Thinking in Pibroch
Dougie Strang reviews Voicing Scotland, a new publication written by musician Gary West and published by Luath Press THINKING IN PIBROCH Voicing Scotland is a timely examination of the nature and [...

Scotland and Independence

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Albright warns over 'fragmentation' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Albright warns over 'fragmentation'
ic Scotland.co.uk
With a referendum on Scottish independence due in 2014 and a growing campaign in Catalonia for independence from Spain, Dr Madeleine Albright sug...


US STATESWOMAN IN A WARNING FOR SCOTLAND - Express.co.uk

US STATESWOMAN IN A WARNING FOR SCOTLAND
Express.co.uk
FORMER US secretary of state Madeleine Albright has entered the debate on Scottish independence, saying that the country would be weaker outside...


Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea' - stv.tv

Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea'
stv.tv
With a referendum on Scottish independence due in 2014 and a growing campaign in Catalonia for independence from Spain, Dr Ma...


Muslims Divided On Scotland Independence - Onislam.net

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Muslims Divided On Scotland Independence
Onislam.net
Scotland, Muslims, independence. GLASGOW ? A planned referendum on the independence of Scotland from Britain is dividing the Muslim min...


SCOTLAND 'COULD JOIN' EU MARK II - Express.co.uk

SCOTLAND 'COULD JOIN' EU MARK II
Express.co.uk
SCOTLAND would be welcomed into the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if it votes for independence and leaves the EU, a spokesman for the organisat...


'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote' - Herald Scotland

'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote'
Herald Scotland
With support for a Yes vote sliding in the polls, and the Unionist parties escalating their attacks, the Scottish Independence ...


Watchdog tests referendum question - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Watchdog tests referendum question
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP administration wants to ask people "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent cou...


Ross rallies Labour fans of independence - Scotland on Sunday

Ross rallies Labour fans of independence
Scotland on Sunday
DEACON Blue singer Ricky Ross and former MP Dennis Canavan are among the speakers who will address a conference for Scottish Labour support...


Scottish independence: SNP accused of 'cautious approach' to referendum - Sco...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP accused of 'cautious approach' to referendum
Scotland on Sunday
In a blunt assessment of the Yes campaign, the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) has ...


For the record - The Guardian

For the record
The Guardian
"EU chief tells Scotland to drop separatist agenda" (News last week, page 1, Scotland, later editions, page 4 and page 10) referred to a video made by EU president Herman ...


SNP

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Albright warns over 'fragmentation' - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Albright warns over 'fragmentation'
ic Dumfries.co.uk
An SNP spokesman said: "With the Edinburgh Agreement we have, for the first time, an agreed and consented process between the UK and Scottish gov...


Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea' - stv.tv

Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea'
stv.tv
An SNP spokesman said: "With the Edinburgh Agreement we have, for the first time, an agreed and consented process between the...


Tale of two Governments: Scotland invests, UK cuts - SNP (press release)

Tale of two Governments: Scotland invests, UK cuts
SNP (press release)
Recently released Treasury figures showing trends in identifiable public expenditure across the UK has highlighted the contrast ...


'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote' - Herald Scotland

'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote'
Herald Scotland
With support for a Yes vote sliding in the polls, and the Unionist parties escalating their attacks, the Scottish Independence ...


Leaders: A tricky question | Weighty issue - Scotland on Sunday

Leaders: A tricky question | Weighty issue
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Government has asked the Electoral Commission to test this wording, while emphasising that the final decision will rest with...


Building sector fury over SNP works project cuts - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Building sector fury over SNP works project cuts
Scotland on Sunday
Official documents have disclosed that finance secretary John Swinney's plans for £353 million to be spent on con...


Scottish independence: SNP accused of 'cautious approach' to referendum - Sco...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP accused of 'cautious approach' to referendum
Scotland on Sunday
A PRO-independence group has criticised the SNP's ?nervous, cautious and conservative? app...


Watchdog tests referendum question - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Watchdog tests referendum question
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP administration wants to ask people "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent cou...


SNP to vote against UK gov's 3p petrol hike - SNP (press release)

SNP to vote against UK gov's 3p petrol hike
SNP (press release)
?The SNP are completely committed to opposing this price hike which will undoubtedly have a negative impact on jobs, growth and househo...


Tributes follow the death of former Moray teacher and SNP councillor - STV Local

Tributes follow the death of former Moray teacher and SNP councillor
STV Local
Mr Burns worked as an English teacher at Forres Academy, Elgin High School and Elgin Academy, as well as serving as an S...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Albright warns over 'fragmentation' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Albright warns over 'fragmentation'
ic Scotland.co.uk
With a referendum on Scottish independence due in 2014 and a growing campaign in Catalonia for independence from Spain, Dr Madeleine Albright sug...


Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea' - stv.tv

Former US Secretary of State says EU fragmentation 'not good idea'
stv.tv
With a referendum on Scottish independence due in 2014 and a growing campaign in Catalonia for independence from Spain, Dr Ma...


Muslims Divided On Scotland Independence - Onislam.net

Onislam.net

Muslims Divided On Scotland Independence
Onislam.net
Scotland, Muslims, independence. GLASGOW ? A planned referendum on the independence of Scotland from Britain is dividing the Muslim min...


Michael Moore completes transformation as he's branded Westminster's 'James ....

Michael Moore completes transformation as he's branded Westminster's 'James ...
Scottish Daily Record
He wrote that Moore persuaded the UK to give Scots a vote while wrong-footing Alex Salmond, who w...


'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote' - Herald Scotland

'SNP must change its attitude to win independence vote'
Herald Scotland
With support for a Yes vote sliding in the polls, and the Unionist parties escalating their attacks, the Scottish Independence ...


Watchdog tests referendum question - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Watchdog tests referendum question
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP administration wants to ask people "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent cou...


Scrap Trident to save troops' jobs - Scotland on Sunday

Scrap Trident to save troops' jobs
Scotland on Sunday
HAS defence minister Philip Hammond been out of the country? Has no-one told him that Scotland is to hold a referendum in two years' time with a ...


Leaders: A tricky question | Weighty issue - Scotland on Sunday

Leaders: A tricky question | Weighty issue
Scotland on Sunday
There could be no less auspicious beginning to the referendum that will decide Scotland's future than the ruling party at Holyrood using ...


Ross rallies Labour fans of independence - Scotland on Sunday

Ross rallies Labour fans of independence
Scotland on Sunday
Bob Thomson, a former chairman and treasurer of the Scottish Labour party, who will attend the conference, said supporters of devo max and ...


Scottish independence: Nats told to ignore baiting by 'No' camp - Scotland on...

Scottish independence: Nats told to ignore baiting by 'No' camp
Scotland on Sunday
Scottish independence: Nats told to ignore baiting by 'No' camp. By EDDIE BARNES Published on Sunday 11 November 201...


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Sainsburys Stop Selling Cigarettes In Scotland Stores
Credit to them, they may lose custom, they may not but its a progressive stance. For me this is where Scotland take the lead in terms of initatives. Good luck to them.

Remembrance Parade
Can someone explain to me what place an orange band have at such an event??? Am at work right now and can see the local remembrance service at the cenotaph going on on my cctv. The local orange ban...

Lest We Forget


Stirling Castle / Wallace Monument
Thinking of heading to Stirling tomorrow and checking out the castle and monument. How far are both from the train station? Will I be able to see both in one day or will I require a second visit to...

Bbc Scotlandshire
Another unbiased report from our man at the top.Unionist new sloggan "BETTER NO"


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/78-prestonpans.pdf

Can You Watch Itv Live Online?
Anyone know?

Annabel Croft
I was at the gym last night and happened to look up at the tv which was showing the tennis.

Annabel Croft was in the studio and, my goodness, she's is looking better than she has ever done.

Children In Need 2012
noticed its on bbc1 next friday
poor taste? or is it simply about how much money can be raised

An Each Way Accumulator
I took this to mean each event was each way?

I had a 5 race accy on today. 3 wins and two places.

Online so didn't click e/w on each race as just assumed doing Ew accy meant every race would be Ew.



Edinburgh Airport Parking
Just thought i'd ask before I book in car for Tuesday

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Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

How much of an influence will money have on the Independence referendum?
and the 2015 General election? The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that no campaign was in disarray, due to major unionist parties donors not willing to donate to the no campaign. Willie Hau...

Is Alex Salmond one of the day?s big losers?
Why did the SNP make Glasgow their key target? In our PB prediction poll a couple of weeks ago a reasonable majority of participants said that the SNP would win control of the city of Glasgow. That...

Will being called ?Skintland? boost the YES or NO campaigns?
What’ll the “Economist cover” do to the referendum? Above is a version of what’s said to be the front cover of the latest Economist which hasn’t going down too well in nationalist circles overnight...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

The black hole where the US media's coverage of third party candidates should be
It was an interesting experience watching CNN's election coverage as one of the roughly 1% of voters who had plumped for someone other than Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Although I'd been in that p...

It's independence referendum day...
...in Puerto Rico.  The fact that you probably didn't know that (no offence to anyone who did!) should perhaps cause us to question our assumption that any independence referendum is bound to attra...

Questions to which the answer is 'if you don't stop asking these horrid quest...
Gordon Brown may not have been the greatest ever PM, but it's now clear that was not the summit of his political career. No, the role that history has been preparing him for is to resurrect Labour...

Phil's Fallout Feeds My Five-Year-Old
Brit Nuke chief Phil Hammond today BLASTED the parochial Jock First Minister for his "crazy obsession" with averting global nuclear catastrophe.

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

Why are YouGov so convinced they can "improve" on the referendum question?
I overlooked this YouGov poll on independence the other day, which essentially shows an identical position to the previous poll by the same company a week earlier -

Yes 29% (-1)
No 55% (-1)


(Note...

What's done is done, but let's try not to bring back the tawse
There probably isn't a good way for a political party to lose a member of its parliamentary group, but there are very bad ways and less bad ways. The worst is either (depending on your point of vi...

No campaign's own poll shows increase in support for independence
Another day, another mildly encouraging poll - but this one is courtesy of the No campaign. I seem to recall this isn't the first time that a Better Together poll has backfired in this way - thank...

Panelbase poll : independence within touching distance
Thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to today's Panelbase poll on independence, which is far more encouraging than the recent Ipsos-Mori and TNS-BMRB polls. The main question ha...

Iain McKenzie, coincidence, and cosmic beauty
A woman walks along a random street, hundreds of miles from home. She passes a phone box where the phone is ringing, and out of curiosity answers it. On the other end of the line is her husband, ...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP retain solid Holyrood lead
Ipsos-Mori's latest Scottish poll suggests that the SNP's lead in voting intention for the Scottish Parliament has narrowed, but still stands at a reasonably healthy five points. The party's raw s...

@Admin4TheYoonYoon Tweet-Watch : The Return
It's been far, far too long since we've taken a dip into the exotic waters of the Twitter account of Johann Lamont's former Shadow Minister for Conducting a Review Into the Uses of Modern Technolog...

Ten reasons why Scottish independence isn't "pointless", Mr. Warner
Except in fairly extreme circumstances, it's probably a bit silly to call for a boycott of anything. But from a personal point of view, I might find it necessary to give the Yahoo UK home page a w...

Sing it out, every song is a cry for love
From the Telegraph's 'report' on the seemingly imminent resolution of the referendum stand-off -

"Mr Cameron told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that the Olympics highlighted the ...

Mad World Part 2 : it's "anti-women" to agree with the views of millions of w...
You might remember the tagline of Mr Eugenides' old blog was "holding back the rage". I sometimes used to think that could also apply to this blog when I find myself in full-on rant mode, but I no...

It's official : Labour think women are thick
Or at least that's the impression you'll have got if you've been viewing Labour activists' tweets over the last few hours. Here are two particular gems -

"If any thinking person wants another rea...