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Sturgeon calls for talks on EU after Barroso rebuff
The Scottish Government has called for urgent talks with the European Commission after its president gave the clearest indication yet that an independent Scotland would be forced to apply to join the EU.

Councils warn cost may hamper high hedge laws
NEW laws to protect householders from high hedges could prove ineffective, because of high fees to call in the council.

UK given 10 months to resolve voting ban
Europe has given the UK 10 months to scrap a blanket ban on prisoner voting.

New Lockerbie inquiry plea
CAMPAIGNERS will today urge MSPs not to reject their call for an independent inquiry into the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Cameron hints at election TV debate changes
David Cameron has given his strongest signal yet that any television debates ahead of the next General Election will follow a different format from 2010.

Minister in favour of legalising GM crops
Genetically modified food should be grown and sold widely in Britain and opponents of the technology are talking "humbug", according to the UK Environment Secretary.

Gay marriage row brewing
David Cameron has insisted he is relaxed about a backlash against his proposals to allow gay marriage in churches and other places of worship.

Irish back alcohol plan
SCOTTISH ministers have received strong support from the Irish Government in their battle with Brussels to avoid having minimum unit pricing of alcohol declared in breach of EU rules.

New land tax could deter investment
A bid to stop property developers dodging Scotland's new land tax could cost the industry millions and deter investment, according to a property law firm.

Johnson in call for EU changes
BORIS Johnson upped the pressure on David Cameron by demanding he negotiate a looser relationship with Europe ? and hold a referendum on the new deal.

Claim Scots hardest hit by cuts in defence personnel
THE Veterans Minister at Holyrood claims the loss of defence personnel in Scotland has been "drastic and disproportionate" with a devastating impact on the services community.

SNP budget defeat embarrassment
The SNP has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of one of its own former MSPs who rejected the party's praise of the Finance Secretary's budget, opposition parties say.

Keep Scotland Beautiful facing probe by watchdog
KEEP Scotland Beautiful, the publicly funded green group embroiled in nepotism allegations, is facing a probe by Scotland's charity watchdog.

What's the charity group fighting Holyrood lobbying rules up to? Trying to ch...
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the national charity umbrella group leading the fight against plans to regulate lobbying at Holyrood, is under fire for trying to charge its own members for tips on how to lobby MSPs.

Alexander bullish on economy
BRITAIN can recover economically even while the eurozone is still mired in crisis, Danny Alexander has insisted while David Cameron urged UK businesses to take a more German approach to increase their competitiveness.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: SNP has been ?flushed out? over EU membership issue, c...

THE Scottish Government has only opened talks over an independent Scotland’s status with the European Union because it has been “flushed out” on the issue, a member of the House of Lords claimed today.



New legislation could further limit primary school class sizes

NEW legislation could be brought in to further limit class sizes in primary schools after the policy was credited with reducing numbers in P1 classes.



Energy bills would rise ?significantly? in an independent Scotland - Ed Davey

IT IS “logical” that energy bills will rise “significantly” for Scottish families after independence, UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey claimed at a conference organised by The Scotsman today.



Government ?snooping charter? needs ?fundamental rethink? warns Nick Clegg

GOVERNMENT plans to give the police and security services new powers to monitor all emails, web visits and phone calls must undergo a “fundamental rethink”, Nick Clegg has warned.



Michael Moore calls for crucial free trade deal with US

Free trade between the UK and the United States is essential to economic recovery and prosperity in both countries, the Scottish Secretary told US business leaders yesterday.



David Cameron vows: ?I?ll hang very tough for budget agreement?

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday insisted that agreement on a long-term budget for the European Union was “achievable”, but said he was prepared to “hang very tough” and wait, rather than accept a deal which is not good for Britain.



Ewan Crawford: Ignore EU scare stories

The EU may not accept Scotland automatically, but independence remains essential for a country looking to improve, writes Ewan Crawford



David Cameron calls for changes to TV debates at elections

David Cameron wants to see changes to the format of the tele­vised debates with other party leaders if he is to take part again during the 2015 general election campaign.



?Don?t let ministers pick top mandarins?

Ministers should not be allowed to choose their own top civil servants, a watchdog has said, warning that government reform plans could compromise Whitehall impartiality.



David Cameron snubs EU?s Peace Prize ceremony

The European Union’s three presidents collected the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday in recognition of six decades of work promoting “peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights”.



Scottish independence: New setback for SNP over EU membership as Jose Manuel ...

The SNP Government was on collision course with the European Commission last night after Nicola Sturgeon refused to accept a ruling by the body’s president that a newly independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the EU.



New tax authority unveiled by John Swinney

PLANS for a new body, Revenue Scotland, to deal with Holyrood’s tax powers, and those that may be devolved in future, have gone out to public consultation.



Andrew Whitaker: Loss of John Park leaves Holyrood the poorer, as his life be...

THE surprise resignation of Labour MSP John Park from Holyrood last week was widely viewed as a loss to both his party and the parliament as a whole, with politicians of all sides praising his contribution over the last five years.



Egypt?s army given extra power before crunch vote

Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, has given the army temporary power to arrest civilians during a constitutional referendum he is determined to push through, despite the risk of bloodshed between his supporters and opponents.



Peter Jones: At the mercy of our North Sea fate

The unpredictability of future oil prices makes an independent Scotland’s viability all the more uncertain, says Peter Jones



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

The devil?s advocates
The Irish Times, 26 November 2012: “The DUP will campaign against Scotland voting for independence in 2014, party deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party?s annual conference on Saturday. The North Belfast MP said that Unionists watched with sadness the attempt by Scottish nationalists to ?undo the bonds of union which bound us through history?. [...]

Civic nationalism vs British nationalism
The modern Scottish independence movement is 84 years old, dating back to the 1928 formation of the National Party of Scotland, forerunner to the SNP. It is a peaceful, inclusive, civic and democratic movement – to the best of our knowledge, and almost uniquely, not a single life has been lost in pursuit of Scottish [...]

The thunder of guns
If there’s one thing we all ought to grudgingly respect about the No campaign, it’s its ability to get all its ducks in a row and pump out an absolutely united and consistent lie. It’s a lot like a World War 1 artillery barrage – impressive in the sheer co-ordinated brute force of its display, [...]

Scots would remain EU citizens
Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, has said that in the event that Scotland votes for independence in 2014 then the new state of Scotland would have to apply for EU membership all over again. Well, I hope Scottish residents vote to stay in the UK and I think the possibility that [...]

Unionist of the day
Just one plucked from a fine crop of halfwits on Tory MP and former minister John Redwood’s blog. A warm welcome, readers, for Mr Bert Young. (We’ve tidied up some of his formatting for him a bit – no spaces before punctuation marks, Professor – but the comment is otherwise presented unedited and in its [...]

Some brief facts about the EU
Unionists are very excited this afternoon about the latest development in the EU membership debate. A BBC interview with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso repeated the assertion (or rather, the deduction from an implication) that an independent Scotland would have to apply for entry to the European Union as a new state. We’ll limit [...]

Dead nuclear trigger storage
There’s a remarkable consistency from defence experts when it comes to the question of the relocation of the UK’s nuclear “deterrent” in the event of Scottish independence. Time and again, when anyone who isn’t a politician is asked the question, they give the same answer: it can’t be done. The latest is Sir David Omand, [...]

The doomsayers and the damage done
Earlier today we reported on the latest misery-laden assessment from business leaders about how Scottish independence would damage the economy, cause milk to curdle in the bottle, spread plague in the rat-infested slums and see Craig Levein return as national team manager. Just for fun, we thought we’d dig out some of the other things [...]

A curious transformation
These are the leaders of the nation’s business community, as they present themselves to us when explaining that they’re the mighty “masters of the universe” and require to be paid ever-soaring salaries in order to generate wealth and jobs and growth, because without them society itself will crumble to dust and we’ll all be reduced [...]

The real threat to EU membership
Scotland?s future within (or outside) the European Union (EU) has once again hit the headlines, with the Scotsman reporting that ?the European Commission has written to a House of Lords committee stating that if Scots voters back independence, existing treaties which cover the UK?s EU membership will ?cease to apply??. The Scotland Office is quoted [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Swinney says EC's Barroso wrong
Scottish minister John Swinney believes European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso is wrong to say a newly independent state would have to reapply for EU membership.

Racist incidents increase by 10%
The number of racist incidents recorded by the police in Scotland increases by 10%, latest statistics have shown.

Small rise in P1-3 class sizes
Class sizes in the first three years of primary school have seen a slight year-on-year rise, according to the latest official statistics.

New MSP starts first day in job
Holyrood's newest MSP is sworn in at parliament, after taking the place of a Labour colleague who decided to to quit the job.

MSP's plan for organ donation law
An MSP is planning to bring forward legislation on presumed consent for organ donation if the Scottish government does not act.

Apology over school meals letter
A Scottish council apologises after a primary warns that pupils' choices will be limited unless school meals bills are paid.

Lost council funds 90% recovered
Clackmannanshire Council recovers more than 90% of the £700,000 lost following the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Coastguards disillusioned - MPs
Coastguards are confused and disillusioned about government changes to their service, a report by MPs says.

Cervical cancer test age to rise
The age at which women in Scotland receive their first cervical screening test will be raised from 20 to 25, the Scottish government announces.

Harbour 'set for Nigg expansion'
Aberdeen Harbour could expand to a site in nearby Nigg Bay, it is announced.

Plea over 'greener' building move
Scottish builders urge ministers to delay plans to make new buildings more energy efficient until experts examine the issue.

Mull pier boost for timber market
Work is set to get under way before Christmas on a new pier on the Isle of Mull aimed at boosting the island's timber business.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland tells the Justice Committee that it was "a shocking indictment" that the most vulnerable young people were being excluded from what should be the most stable place and the safest place in their lives - school.

VIDEO: Keeping the lights on after 2014
The UK government and SNP ministers are disagreeing over the cost of electricity bills should Scotland become independent.

VIDEO: Scotland's place in the EU questioned
The first minister is dismissing reports claiming an independent Scotland would have to renegotiate membership of the European Union.

Newsnet Scotland

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Growing Up with the Idea of Independence

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, December 8th 2012

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon?s intervention this week on the case for Scottish independence attracted significant attention and comment.

It has been rightly seen as a maturing moment and evolution of the debate both in content and tone, recognised by the responses of Brian Wilson in ?The Scotsman? and Alex Massie in ?The Spectator? online.



The big decisions facing a greener and fairer Scotland

  By Andy Wightman

If Planet Earth is a spaceship, who is the captain? What course has been set and where are we going? The world's leaders in Doha are packing their bags at the end of the latest UN Climate Change conference. Like Cancun, Durban and Copenhagen before it, the meeting has, so far, failed to make any real headway and is largely ignored by the media.



Gaelic map - Christmas and New Year special offer

In conjunction with Cothrom magazine, Newsnet Scotland is pleased to announce that our Gaelic map of Scotland will be available at a specially reduced price between now and the end of January 2013.  During this period, there will be a five pounds discount on the usual retail price of £30.  



Our future could be brighter without Europe

By George Kerevan, originally published on Friday 7 December 
  
LET?S think the unthinkable and consider an independent Scotland choosing to remain outside the EU. Would it be draughty outside, or the making of the nation?

I?m prompted to consider this option after yesterday?s story in The Scotsman, that someone inside the European Commission has drafted a letter to a House of Lords Committee to the effect that an independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the European Union.



The fall guy for a project hostile to the spirit of Scotland

By Kenneth Roy

WARNING OF CHAOS FOR THE ARTS
Under this headline on 13 September 2010, the Herald ran a story about concerns over the new arts funding body Creative Scotland. The concerns were mine. Phil Miller, the paper's arts correspondent, reported that I had delivered 'a stinging attack' on the lack of clarity about the purpose and policies of Creative Scotland.



First Minister's Questions - 06 Dec 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.



The Other Guys - St Andrews University students bid for Christmas number one

A new single has been released by Students from St Andrews University in an attempt at preventing X-factor and anti-X-Factor singles from topping the charts this Christmas.
 
According to the students - who go by the name of ?The Other Guys? - they wish to present a genuine, original, all-sung, unsigned number one single.  If the song should reach the top spot then it should do so on its own merit said a spokesman for the new 'boy band'.



Just how thrilled are we about the ?royal pregnancy??

By Paul Leinster

David Cameron yesterday announced that he was ?delighted? at the news of the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge.

His sentiments were echoed later by Ed Miliband who called the announcement ?wonderful news? and stated that ?The whole country will be thrilled.? The BBC went into overdrive as the pregnancy topped every news bulletin for for the rest of the day, all news websites had it as their main headline and not a single newspaper does not feature it on their front page today.



Helpless together ? Better apart

By Alex Robertson
 
On Wednesday the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his Autumn Statement on the Economy. 
 
On Sunday he told the country that his policy of two years is not working and that the deficit of spending over revenue is increasing and not responding as he had hoped and planned.  So we are all to suffer more cuts in services and welfare benefits for longer as a result.



Control of free speech in Scotland starts today

By Kenneth Roy

Kevin Myers is an Irish journalist of right-wing views whose columns I used to enjoy when he appeared more often in the British press than he seems to do now. There was very little about Mr Myers that our Scottish liberal-left commentariat would find agreeable ? I didn't find him all that agreeable either ? but he was required reading since he was such a brilliant writer.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Wings Over Scotland | Civic nationalism vs British nationalism

The modern Scottish independence movement is 84 years old, dating back to the 1928 formation of the National Party of Scotland, forerunner to the SNP. It is a peaceful, inclusive, civic and democratic movement – to the best of our knowledge, and almost uniquely, not a single life has been lost in pursuit of Scottish independence.



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No ?fast-tracked? application for EU membership after independence, warns thi...

SCOTLAND will not get an “easy ride” or “fast-tracked” application for EU membership after independence and negotiations could last more than two years, a leading Euro think tank has warned.

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Loyalists petrol bomb police car

Loyalists have tried to kill a police officer after they set fire to his patrol car in Belfast.

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Wings Over Scotland | Scots would remain EU citizens

Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, has said that in the event that Scotland votes for independence in 2014 then the new state of Scotland would have to apply for EU membership all over again. Well, I hope Scottish residents vote to stay in the UK and I think the possibility that they may not is mainly media and political hype. But I’d hate to see the kind of tosh we’re being treated to today become central to what should, after all, be a serious debate.



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Wings Over Scotland | The thunder of guns

If there’s one thing we ought to grudgingly respect about the No campaign, it’s its ability to get all its ducks in a row and pump out an absolutely united and consistent lie. It’s a lot like a World War 1 artillery barrage – impressive in the sheer co-ordinated brute force of its display, even if it’s in fact completely useless in achieving its desired objective and ultimately leads only to a slaughter of its own troops.



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Ewan Crawford: Ignore EU scare stories

The EU may not accept Scotland automatically, but independence remains essential for a country looking to improve, writes Ewan Crawford...

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New setback for SNP over EU membership as Jose Manuel Barroso blocks automati...

The SNP Government was on collision course with the European Commission last night after Nicola Sturgeon refused to accept a ruling by the body’s president that a newly independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the EU.

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Newly Discovered Interview Confirms Salmond?s ?Obsession? With Moon

Further evidence of Alex Salmond’s obsession with the Moon has been unearthed as it was revealed that the First Minister once hoped to present The Sky At Night.

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'Common sense' dictates independent Scotland will remain in EU

Legal and practical reasons as well as simple common sense dictate that an independent Scotland will remain part of the European Union, Yes Scotland Chief Executive Blair Jenkins said today.



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Perspective: 'Inequality and disparity are why things need to change'

The Westminster mantra that "we are all in this together" is ridiculous because its implication of parity or equality within the UK is known to be false. A recent piece in the Financial Times sketches the more accurate picture:



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Wings Over Scotland | Unionist of the day

Just one plucked from a fine crop of halfwits on Tory MP and former minister John Redwood’s blog. A warm welcome, readers, for Mr Bert Young.



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Wings Over Scotland | Some brief facts about the EU

Unionists are very excited this afternoon about the latest development in the EU membership debate. A BBC interview with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso repeated the assertion (or rather, the deduction from an implication) that an independent Scotland would have to apply for entry to the European Union as a new state. We’ll limit ourselves to a few factual observations.



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Yes Orkney

By Fiona MacInnes The official ‘Yes Orkney’ inaugural meeting took place in Kirkwall recently after several months building a twitter and facebook presence. The facebook page has grown to over [......

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Independence would end UK role as a nuclear power, says ex-spymaster
TONY Blair’s former spymaster has said an independent Scotland would mean the end of the UK as a nuclear power, with the country unable to find an alternative nuclear base to Faslane on the Clyde.

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?Black Ops? ? The EU story and why the media cannot be trusted

Last week the latest circulation figures for the Scottish newspaper industry were published. As expected, and in keeping with latest trends, the figures were worse than disappointing.

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Daily Record

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Education Secretary sends letter of apology over college budgets blunder.. bu...
MIKE RUSSELL'S letter - in which he says sorry for misleading Parliament over college budgets - contains several basic spelling mistakes.

Cruel reality of Austerity Britain hits home for disabled
THE closure of three day care centres will see 200 people with complex disabilities forced to go to facilities in other areas of the city.

Campaigners beg council not to close vital day care centres
DEVASTATED families say the facilities provide a social hub for dozens of users, but Glasgow City Council claim axing the centres will save cash.

Tory MP Priti Patel showed why Scotland should go it alone
PATEL said a No vote in the independence referendum would allow Westminster to reduce the block grant for Scotland.

Scots are passionate about music and deserve better from radio bosses
SEVERAL stations have been stripped of their unique identity and lost local jobs - and the money men in London just don't care.

Scottish Government seeks talks on whether independent Scotland would need to...
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed she feels Scotland shouldn't need to reapply if it becomes independent but admitted further talks must take place.

EC president insists it is 'obvious' any new independent country has to apply...
JOSE Manuel Barroso's statement comes after the Scottish Government argued an independent Scotland could negotiate its position from within the EU as part of the UK.

Budget blow for SNP as rebel MSP rejects plans
JEAN Urquhart vetoed an SNP bid to steer Holyrood?s Finance Committee to support John Swinney?s 2013-14 draft spending plans.

Scandal of toffs who blacklisted worker for complaining about Dickensian cond...
THE living conditions and pay for hunt worker Mark Vincent read like something out of a Dickens novel.

David Cameron to use welfare cuts in bid to divide and conquer opposition
THE Prime Minister aims to make the cuts a central part of his campaign for the next general election.

Politicians need to get a life and stop meddling in ours
THE state has become obsessed with keeping us 'safe', to the point where the growing level of regulation is threatening our free society.

Relief for rail users as Scottish Government say train fares will be capped
TRANSPORT Minister Keith Brown says the contract for the next rail franchise will peg the rise in off-peak fares to one per cent below inflation.

Barack Obama lines up Bill Clinton for Northern Ireland ambassador role
THE former US president is tipped to be appointed to the job as a reward for his support of Obama during the recent election.

Kids need to be given real jobs, not false hopes
YOUNG people are being encouraged to spend six weeks on work experience schemes, but it's little more than a box-ticking exercise for civil servants.

Alex Salmond hits out at Washington Post's claims that independence would har...
WRITING in the paper, Alex Salmond denied an independent Scotland could not contribute to global security.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



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...



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CREATE Scotland
By Hannah McGill Does the departure of the head honcho of an outfit such as Creative Scotland herald a possibility of change, or is it more a case of ?the [...]

?Scotland Writers? ? a new poem by Matthew Fitt
Scotland Writers 1st December 2012, Glesga Scots wha hae wi Wilson skited, Scots wham Weir got aw excited, Oan a pitch the froast had whited They played for their countrie. [...]

Yes Orkney
By Fiona MacInnes The official ?Yes Orkney? inaugural meeting took place in Kirkwall recently after several months building a twitter and facebook presence. The facebook page has grown to over [...]

For A? That ? Episode 7 ? Creative Recountancy
Another quartet for this week?s For A? That podcast. This time the group comprised Andrew (or ?him?), poet, activist and Bella Caledonia co-editor Kevin Williamson and Rory Scothorne who was a co-f...

People and Parliament Revisited
By Alastair McIntosh In the run-up to Devolution in 1997 I was concerned that the level of political debate was not going deep enough. There was much talk about politics [...]

Scotland in Europe
By Alyn Smith Scotland and the EU is the Brigadoon issue of Scottish politics: it appears, disappears, reappears, goes quiet, explodes onto the front pages again only to then recede [...]

Culture is a not an industry. Creative Scotland n?est pas une pipe.
by Kevin Williamson ?One-dimensional thought is systematically promoted by the makers of politics and their purveyors of mass information. Their universe of discourse is populated by self-validatin...

Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 14 ? with Veronika Tudhope from Scottish CND
For the 14th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast Michael Greenwell spoke with Veronika Tudhope of Scottish CND.They talked about their recent decision to join the Yes campaign , about the ...

A Cluster of Cells and a Form of Rule
We thought that @WingsScotland had neatly summarised the entire Royal pregnancy debate in this tweet: “Let me say this… a Royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate” – [...]

Patrick Harvie MSP responds to UK Chancellor?s Autumn Statement
by Patrick Harvie MSP “George Osborne continues to wage his war on reality, creating ever greater poverty and inequality in our society and backing the wrong fuel for our energy needs [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scotland should be independent - Washington Post

Scotland should be independent
Washington Post
To begin with, the assertion that an independent Scotland would ?withdraw from NATO? is quite wrong. The Scottish National Party voted this year for an ...


Barroso claim 'without foundation' - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Barroso claim 'without foundation'
ic Dumfries.co.uk
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney gave evidence to the House of Lord Economic Affairs Committee, challenging the opinion of European Commiss...


Scots may have to 'reapply' to EU - Armidale Express

Scots may have to 'reapply' to EU
Armidale Express
Scots may have to 'reapply' to EU. Dec. 12, 2012, 3 a.m.. SCOTLAND is seeking talks with the European Union after European Commission president Jose...


Economic Affairs Committee - Scottish Finance Minister - Economic ... - DeHav...

Economic Affairs Committee - Scottish Finance Minister - Economic ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Scottish Finance Minister, John Swinney began by asserting that Scottish independence ...


Scotland 'most socialist bit of UK' - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

Scotland 'most socialist bit of UK'
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
So maybe a libertarian shouldn't look forward to Scottish independence. "On the contrary, I think it's easy for Scotland to whin...


Swinney: Barroso's view on EU membership is 'without foundation' - Herald Sco...

Herald Scotland

Swinney: Barroso's view on EU membership is 'without foundation'
Herald Scotland
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney gave evidence to the House of Lord Economic Affairs Committee t...


Scottish independence: SNP has been 'flushed out' over EU membership issue .....

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP has been 'flushed out' over EU membership issue ...
Scotsman
Meanwhile Dr Daniel Furby of the Business for New Europe think tank said yesterday that Scotland's memb...


'Scoundrel' Swinney tells Lords EU rebuff is 'without foundation' - stv.tv

'Scoundrel' Swinney tells Lords EU rebuff is 'without foundation'
stv.tv
The Scottish Finance Secretary gave evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on Tuesday afternoon, challengin...


Scottish independence: Swinney says Barroso wrong over new state membership -...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Swinney says Barroso wrong over new state membership
BBC News
The EC president told the BBC that an independent state would have to reapply for European membership "acc...


Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak' - The Guard...

The Guardian (blog)

Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak'
The Guardian (blog)
In the matter of Scottish independence, the interest of the bloc is deemed relatively clear: i...


SNP

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Promise about class sizes 'broken' - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Promise about class sizes 'broken'
ic Dumfries.co.uk
The Scottish Government has been accused of breaking its promises on class sizes and teacher numbers. Labour hit out after new figures show 3,690 ...


A Chill Hits Europe Separatists Going Their Own Way - New York Times

A Chill Hits Europe Separatists Going Their Own Way
New York Times
Meanwhile the intervention of Mr. Barroso threatens to undermine the credibility of the S.N.P. by contradicting one of its arguments...


Studies Assess Role of Genetics, Modified Treatment Strategies to Improve ......

Studies Assess Role of Genetics, Modified Treatment Strategies to Improve ...
Melodika.net (press release)
To determine if the presence of SNP rs16754 affected survival, remission, relapse risk, and ...


SNP acting like 'scoundrel' for rejecting Barroso's EU warning - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP acting like 'scoundrel' for rejecting Barroso's EU warning
Telegraph.co.uk
John Swinney, the SNP Finance Minister, told a Lords committee that Jose Manuel Barroso's statement it wa...


Genotype Predicts Treatment-Related Mortality in AML - Medscape

Genotype Predicts Treatment-Related Mortality in AML
Medscape
The researchers assessed the relation between the rs16754 genotype and 5-year rates of overall survival, complete remission, relapse risk...


Scottish independence: SNP has been 'flushed out' over EU membership issue .....

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP has been 'flushed out' over EU membership issue ...
Scotsman
But there was further bad news for the SNP Scottish Government when a leading think-tank Business for N...


Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights - The G...

The Guardian

Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights
The Guardian
John Lamont, the Scottish Tory chief whip, said: "Or, if the SNP does not think Mr Barroso is incorrect,...


Small rise in primary one to three class sizes - BBC News

BBC News

Small rise in primary one to three class sizes
BBC News
Liz Smith, the Conservatives' education speaker, said: "The SNP came in with a bold promise to reduce class sizes in all P1 to P3 year ...


Scottish independence: Swinney says Barroso wrong over new state membership -...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Swinney says Barroso wrong over new state membership
BBC News
Members asked the SNP politician what his government was basing its current position on. He said: "There a...


SNP comment on article by David Boaz - SNP (press release)

SNP comment on article by David Boaz
SNP (press release)
?The enormous international interest there is in the referendum is boosting Scotland's profile in the world to the highest level it has ever b...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scottish Government Contacts EC Over Independence - 4ni.co.uk

Scottish Government Contacts EC Over Independence
4ni.co.uk
The Scottish government has contacted the European Commission to call for talks over the independence referendum. The announcement follows ...


Scottish referendum: EC urged to hold 'early talks' on independence - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish referendum: EC urged to hold 'early talks' on independence
BBC News
The Scottish government plans to hold an independence referendum in 2014. It has always maintained that, in the ev...


Crystal-clear SNP claims on EU shown to be opaque - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Crystal-clear SNP claims on EU shown to be opaque
Herald Scotland
NO-ONE, on either side of the debate, is suggesting that an independent Scotland would not be welcomed by the European...


Independent Scots need to reapply to EU - RTHK

Independent Scots need to reapply to EU
RTHK
The European Union has confirmed that Scotland will have to re-apply for EU membership if Scots vote for independence from Britain in a referendum in 2014...


Documentaries on Robert Burns and the independence referendum among ... - Sco...

Scotsman

Documentaries on Robert Burns and the independence referendum among ...
Scotsman
The one-off documentary was announced as part of STV's highlights for 2013 which also include a three-part doc...


Single question referendum on UK but a two question job on EU? - For Argyll

For Argyll

Single question referendum on UK but a two question job on EU?
For Argyll
The problem is that where the Scottish referendum is offering the only question the Scottish Government can singleh...


Scottish Government seeks talks on whether independent Scotland would need .....

Scottish Government seeks talks on whether independent Scotland would need ...
Scottish Daily Record
The agreement was signed between the Scottish and British governments on October 15, paving the wa...


Barroso rules out automatic EU status for Scotland - Public Service

Public Service

Barroso rules out automatic EU status for Scotland
Public Service
Scotland will have to apply for EU status if the independence referendum planned for autumn 2014 delivers a 'yes' vote,...


Barroso: it's 'obvious' independent Scotland must re-apply for EU membership ...

Herald Scotland

Barroso: it's 'obvious' independent Scotland must re-apply for EU membership
Herald Scotland
Jose Manuel Barroso was asked if Scotland would need to re-apply to join if it leaves the U...


Independent Scotland Must Reapply For EU - Build.co.uk

Independent Scotland Must Reapply For EU
Build.co.uk
The comments could generate problems for the Scottish government's referendum on independence. Although not referring to any country specifically,...


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Christmas Tv
I have just seen the listings for Christmas TV.... Very, very poor.

There is no doubt that the success of multi channel television, cable and satellite, has had an impact on television through a d...

Would You,could You?
http://www.theladbible.com/media/evening-ladness-thelbible-gallery-9?image=16

Secret Santa
We're doing a secret santa thing at work and spending limit is a fiver. New lass oan the shift and I have to get her pressie.....she's about early 30's.

All (sensible) ideas appreciated..............

Are We In Trouble? Or Is It Just Me...
Dubious private message received... could be a mass mailing!

Glasgow Breweries & Distilleries
Hi,

Will be in Glasgow with 4 friends in March and would like to know close breweries or distilleries which do tours. We have already visited Auchentoshan distillery.
I think Tennents don't do bre...

Japanese Style Face Masks In Scotland, Could It Work?
It's quite a common misconception from foreginers who visit Japan that the people they see wearing face masks are wearing them because of their fear of pollution. In fact, the reason why they/I wea...

The Wee Man (Paul Ferris Film)
Not sure about this one. They had to film most of it in Landan due to Glasgows finest refusing them permission.

A decent cast, though I'm no fan of Martin Compston.

To English people and the rest...

12 12 12
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What’s going to happen?
This is the last triple date we will experience in our lifetimes,
Has anyone got something special planned or is it too late for us all before 20 12 12.

Labour For Independence Campaign
http://www.labourforindy.co.uk/ (mibbes they could change the co.uk daud ????)

Labour For Independence campaign moves into communities

Monday, 10 December 2012 22:26
http://www.newsnetscotland....

Obama Vs Trump
Apologies if folk have seen this before, but looking at his face, it seems Trump isn't keen at taking a joke.



Political Betting - Scotland section

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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.

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

Open questions
Leaving aside the obvious jibe that 'Open Unionism' is a contradiction in terms, my eye was caught by this article of the 'anyone to the left of Enoch Powell is a Marxist' variety -

"It became mor...

Response to Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex
Having got into the swing of responding to consultations earlier in the year, I thought I'd have another go with Labour MSP Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex (ie. the ...

Ashcroft poll : SNP lead in Westminster voting intention
The Tories' billionaire puppet-master Lord Ashcroft recently conducted a UK-wide mega-poll of Westminster voting intention, with a sample size some eight times larger than a regular poll. That mea...

Special appeal : Scots Wikipedia contributors needed!
I've just found myself writing a rather impatient email reply to someone whose heart is in the right place, but who I think is lashing out in entirely the wrong direction. Basically, he's one of o...

Clinton doesn't just oppose "separatism" - he opposes democratic self-determi...
Our old friend Duncan Hothersall was full of beans yesterday about the supposed 'endorsement' of the No campaign by Bill Clinton. In truth, of course, it was no such thing - the comment Clinton ma...

Today is Thursday 15th November 2012...
Remember that date. It will live in infamy.

Just eighteen months ago, brave men and women across the United Kingdom raised their hands in defiance, and said: "No. This shall not be." In doing s...

It's been a while...
There was a time (in 2009, I think) when this blog was primarily a round-up of Scottish subsamples from UK opinion polls of Westminster voting intention. It would be a bit difficult to sustain tha...

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...