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12.4.2013

 

The Herald

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Hague pledges £10m to fight sex crimes in wars
The UK Government is to spend a further £10 million on tackling war-zone sexual violence and violence against women and girls.

'Plebgate' police ask for advice
POLICE investigating the "Plebgate" affair that led to the resignation of former chief whip Andrew Mitchell have asked prosecutors for advice on the next stage of the investigation and the possibility of criminal charges, it has emerged.

Kinnock to miss baroness's funeral
Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has said he will not be among the mourners at Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

G8 condemns North Korea bid
G8 foreign ministers have condemned in the "strongest possible terms" North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

Controversial NHS patient records system axed
A £50 MILLION NHS computer system which was meant to unify patient records has been scrapped by the Scottish Government after a decade of failure.

University defends benefits report after Tory criticism
THE university whose researchers revealed £1.6 billion would be sucked out of the Scottish economy by Westminster benefit changes has slapped down a Tory MSP who accused it of "socialist bias."

Miliband warned not to ignore Blair's intervention
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has been cautioned not to ignore Tony Blair's warning his party's response to the UK Government's controversial welfare reforms is outdated.

Controversial welfare reforms to cost Scots £1.6bn a year
WELFARE reforms will cost Scots £1.6 billion a year, more than double previous estimates, it is claimed.

Baroness divides Commons in debate over legacy
MPs gathered to mark Baroness Thatcher's passing with more than seven hours of tributes in the House of Commons that at times descended into little more than a slanging match.

Falklands guard of honour at funeral for Thatcher
BARONESS Thatcher will receive a Falklands guard of honour at her funeral, with those bearing her coffin drawn from the ships, squadrons and regiments associated most closely with her greatest triumph at No 10.

Bank chiefs face pressure from PM
DAVID CAMERON intensified pressure on the former directors of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) to give up honours and pension rights, urging them to look to their consciences.

Memories and laughter as peers remember former Tory leader
IT was a time for reminiscences.

Cross-government accounts criticised
A powerful group of MPs has criticised cross-government accounts as out-of-date and incomplete.

Syria top of G8 agenda, says Hague
Syria remains top of the agenda for G8 foreign ministers currently gathering in Britain, Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

Blair leads condemnation of Thatcher death parties
TONY Blair has criticised people who took to the streets to cheer the death of Baroness Thatcher, insisting they acted in poor taste.

 

Scotsman

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Support grows for SNP-Labour pact on ?bedroom tax?

MSPs have backed calls for the Labour and SNP leaderships at Holyrood to put aside their dis­agreements over independence and work together to challenge the coalition’s welfare reforms.



Gregor Gall: Unite election a win-win for the left

Whoever becomes leader of the UK’s biggest union, he’ll pose problems for both government and the opposition, writes Gregor Gall



Joyce McMillan: Thatcher rejoicing part of legacy

MARGARET Thatcher delivered a hammer blow to values that millions had held dear for decades, writes Joyce McMillan



SNP split over post-independence US base plan

ALEX Salmond is facing opposition within the SNP to his suggestion that United States bases could remain on Scottish soil after independence.



George Kerevan: Manufacturing fiscal fix just possible

THE only fair way to regenerate the economy is to offer tax cuts to the majority of ordinary working families, writes George Kerevan



Thatcher death: Over 2,000 invited to funeral

LADY Thatcher will be officially mourned by more than 2,000 invited guests including Hillary Clinton, the former American secretary of state, FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, and Jeremy Clarkson, the current television presenter of Top Gear.



Independence: North Sea oil workers ?sceptical?

SIX out of ten North Sea workers do not believe their industry would be better run if Scotland became an independent country, according to a survey released today.



The Scotsman cartoon - 12/04/13

The G8’s stance on Syria and North Korea is the focus of today’s cartoon



Dr John MacDonald: Precedent for Scots nuclear ban

MONGOLIA has banned nuclear weapons from its soil, and Dr John MacDonald believes that Scotland could do exactly the same.



Andrew Whitaker: Ukip rise could see history repeat in reverse

THE death of Margaret Thatcher this week has sparked memories of a great many key political events of the 1980s, during which the former prime minister secured decisive election victories over the Labour Opposition.



Angelina Jolie takes lead in war zone violence drive

THE UK government is to spend £10 million tackling sexual violence in war zones and violence against women and girls.



Serious criminals ?dodging? victim compensation

A LEGAL loophole preventing Scotland’s most serious offenders from paying into a fund to help victims should be closed, Scottish Labour has said.



Labour & SNP ?must co-operate to win back voters?

THE Labour leader of one of Scotland’s largest councils has called on his party and the SNP in Holyrood to put aside their disagreements over independence and work together to challenge the coalition’s welfare reforms.



Martin McGuiness to attend Iona Christianity event

MARTIN McGuinness, the Northern Ireland Deputy First MinisteR, is planning to attend a religious event on Iona marking the birth of Christianity in Scotland.



£7.7m mentoring programmes to tackle reoffending

THE Scottish Government has pledged £7.7 million to tackle reoffending.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Binoculars on backwards
This is “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall looking comfortable and confident on last night’s edition of Scotland Tonight as the recently-controversial subject of campaign donations was discussed. Not for the first time, his comments seemed a little at odds with the truth. Later in the show Mr McDougall came out with some extraordinary unsupported [...]

Lucky you?ve got a safety net
There’s an old maxim that serves all writers well: “Perfection is when there’s nothing left to take away”. With that in mind, let’s see how few words we can render the complex issue of the future of welfare in the UK in. But in case those aren’t enough, we’ll expand just a little. Here’s what [...]

You?re making me dizzy
We’ve noted a few times in the past that one of the challenges of highlighting media bias is that you rarely get a chance to directly compare like with like. If a Labour MP is caught up in some sort of scandal and the media soft-pedal it, say, it’s all very well claiming “It’d be [...]

Closing down debate
A few days ago we bemoaned the state of the Royal Mail under its partial privatisation by successive Labour and Tory governments, and noted that often the post didn’t arrive until well into the afternoon. And sure enough, it was only a few minutes ago that we picked this up from the doormat. You can’t [...]

On National Collective
The short version is, we don’t know either. As of around half an hour ago, the National Collective website looks like this: The site had recently attracted a great deal of traffic for a post entitled “Dirty Money: The Tory Millionaire Bankrolling Better Together”, which compiled together links to a number of newspaper articles about [...]

Quoted for truth #12
The Daily Record, 5th May 2010: “Before Margaret Thatcher, Scotland made steel, ships, cars and trucks and produced coal. By the time she had finished with our country, all those industries were devastated – and tens of thousands of proud men and their families were living in ravaged communities with no jobs and no hope. [...]

Sick of it all
This is from last weekend’s Sunday Herald: “The largest cheque, for £500,000, came from Ian Taylor, a Scots oil trader with a major stake in the Harris Tweed industry, after a meeting on Lewis with Alistair Darling, the Better Together leader and former Labour Chancellor. Although most of the large donors are registered to vote [...]

George Square Thatcher Death Party
We haven’t actually seen any really nice pictures of the impromptu event in Glasgow last night, or at least we hadn’t until Ross Wood sent us some of his. Check out his website for more beautiful shots of this and other things.

Just for the record
We were a little mystified, on watching last night’s newsgasm about Margaret Thatcher, to see the degree to which Tories were suddenly punting the ancient Labour line about the SNP being somehow responsible for her becoming Prime Minister in 1979, and therefore by implication for everything that happened subsequently. Alan Cochrane of the Telegraph, Michael [...]

Cost-of-the-Union update
Attentive readers will of course recall the shocking revelations from the No campaign earlier this year about the terrifying cost of independence to Scots – £1 a head. But what’s the latest info on the price of staying in the UK? “The [Institute for Fiscal Studies] data shows that a couple with children, where one [...]

BBC Scotland

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Snow-hit farmers meet minister
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is to meet Scottish farmers affected by recent severe winter weather.

Welfare cuts 'to hit Scots economy'
Welfare cuts will take more than £1.6bn a year out of the Scottish economy and hit the poorest parts hardest, according to new research.

Reoffending tackled in £7.7m scheme
The Scottish government it is to allocate almost £7.7m to a scheme intended to reduce re-offending.

Court challenge on croft evictions
Absentee crofters being evicted for not using their land have joined forces to challenge the decision and may take their fight to the European courts.

'Highest-ever' organ donor figures
The highest-ever number of organ transplants were carried out in Scotland last year, new figures indicate.

Social housing in a 'perfect storm'
A council is headed for difficulties in tackling the need for social housing, its former housing committee chairwoman says.

Yes Scotland reveals donor list
The campaign for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has revealed.

Lords urge independence 'clarity'
Both the UK and Scottish governments are told to be "more open" about what happens after the independence vote.

Salmond 'certain' on Nato membership
The Scottish first minister says he is "certain" that Nato countries would accept an independent Scotland opposed to nuclear weapons into the alliance.

Scottish tributes to Lady Thatcher
First Minister Alex Salmond pays tribute to Baroness Thatcher, Britain's first woman Prime Minister, who has died aged 87.

Council chief executive to retire
Highland Council's chief executive is to retire at the end of August after 22 years with the local authority.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Labour MSP calls for emergency legislation to mitigate the "bedroom tax".

VIDEO: Salmond reassures US over defence
First Minister Alex Salmond seeks to reassure the United States that an independent Scotland would be a reliable military ally.

VIDEO: Iron Lady's free market in Scotland
Reaction continues to news of the death of Baroness Thatcher who was seen as a polarising figure in Scotland.

VIDEO: Margaret Thatcher's influence on Scotland
Baroness Thatcher, Britain's first female British prime minister, has died at the age of 87 following a stroke.

Newsnet Scotland

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Newsnet Scotland's leaflet promo returns

Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in announcing the re-activation of our promotional leaflet campaign.
 
At the beginning of the year we launched a trial campaign aimed at getting our readers involved in promoting the website.  We were taken aback by the response and our initial print run of 5000 leaflets was snapped up within the first three days.



Out of sight out of mind

By Calum Ansell

The decision taken last week by David Cameron not to get involved in a debate with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on the issue of Scottish independence is one that has, by and large, passed the traditional Scottish media unnoticed despite its significance.

Being the elected leader of the institution that the Better Together campaign is asking Scots to endorse means that Cameron cannot take a back seat in this debate. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom one would think that Cameron should be campaigning with ?every single fibre? he has instead of leaving the debate to a previous and previously disgraced Chancellor of the Exchequer.



Thatcher?s real Legacy

By A.Anderson

On Monday the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed that Margaret Thatcher had ?saved Britain? by the economic policy she adopted and stuck to, in such a stubborn manner, while other politicians and news pundits made similar claims.

So what was Thatcher?s contribution to economic policy in Britain and is there some clear definition of Thatcherism?



Abolishing Aristocratic Entitlement in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

Last week the welfare debate took a turn for the vile when Chancellor George Osborne capitalised on the arson case of Mick Philpott to draw a parallel between receiving welfare benefits and burning your children to death.

There is a picture online of Philpott wearing an England jersey.  It would be equally ludicrous to suggest that he burned his children because he?s an England fan.  Regrettably, psychopaths come from all classes, and Osborne?s vicious insinuation reflects the current base level of debate on class.



Lady Thatcher ? Farewell and Thanks

By Canon Kenyon Wright
 
So we say farewell to the Iron Lady.
 
We never met, but I once ? I think on ?Any Questions?, - said I felt I would have liked her.  Not, I hasten to say because of her views and policies, both of which I believe to have been fundamentally flawed, but because she had a conviction and consistency that put her head and shoulders above many politicians.



Political Porn

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It?s caused outrage and anger with many vowing never to purchase the newspaper again. 
 
The image of the Saltire with a Nazi swastika superimposed over the cross of St Andrew is a low point in Scottish journalism.  What it might mean for the readership of Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman is anyone?s guess.



The deeper implications of the Bedroom Tax

By Paul Leinster

The government?s new under-occupancy penalty or ?bedroom tax? is almost universally despised in Scotland.

Dubbed by many as the new poll tax, the cut in housing benefit for those living in social housing, amounts to 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more.



National Collective - Bringing art to the debate

My name is Ross Colquhoun and I am the director and a co-founder of National Collective, the arts campaign for an independent Scotland.

We believe that art and creativity has immeasurable power to influence people, to inspire ideas and to motivate change. And we envision a scenario in which independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland.



The death of Scottish Unionism ? and a watershed moment for Scottish journalism

They say an image speaks a thousand words and the image to the right does just that.  But are the words acceptable, are they accurate and are they words that reflect the changing Scotland?
 
Somehow we doubt it ? this is the unacceptable face of fundamental Scottish Unionism.



The campaign for a Balanced All inclusive Referendum Debate ? the next step

  By Mark Piggott 
 
Last month almost two hundred people gathered in Glasgow at 10:30 on a freezing Saturday morning to call for a balanced and all inclusive referendum debate from our broadcasters.
 
Those who braved the cold marched behind a lone piper, they walked from Strathclyde University to St Enoch Square.  A banner displaying the BBC's quote "we are not in an official referendum campaign and therefore do not have to balance it out between yes and no" was displayed.  The public who witnessed the march were generally favourable and sympathetic to our cause.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Independence: North Sea oil workers ?sceptical?

SIX out of ten North Sea workers do not believe their industry would be better run if Scotland became an independent country, according to a survey released today.

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SNP split over post-independence US base plan

ALEX Salmond is facing opposition within the SNP to his suggestion that United States bases could remain on Scottish soil after independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:
The matter of US bases will be for the Scottish Government to decide after independence. It is not an issue that can be decided by Alex Salmond or the SNP.The MSM media have put so much effort into pretending that the referendum is all about the SNP that they have totally lost sight of the reality of the broad-based campaign.The point of independence, of course, is that we get to choose. Without independence we are totally at the mercy of London/Washington. If US bases are a problem, best vote YES.

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Welfare cuts will take £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy each year

The report published by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee today shows that, when fully implemented, the UK Government’s welfare changes and benefit cuts will take more than £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy every year.



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House of Lords and Scottish Independence
The House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs published its report on Scottish independence on 10th April. The report itself is a curious document. Its introduction states its determinati...

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Why Labour must defend universal benefits for pensioners

The party should remember that benefits for the poor end up being poor benefits.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Is it a coincidence that the parties supporting the principle of universalism are also the parties which support independence?

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Ding Dong

Despite desperate (frantic) attempts to re-write history with variations of ‘Scotland never rejected Thatcher’  by an assortment of  scribes (no names necessary*) the reality is, we did. This is a really good time to reflect on what that rejection meant and means today.



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Pressure builds on Darling over controversial No campaign donation

Pressure is increasing on Better Together head Alistair Darling over a controversial £500,000 loan paid to the anti-independence campaign.



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Calls for Better Together to withdraw ?highly irresponsible? smear claims

The anti-independence Better Together campaign has been accused of using "highly irresponsible" language and has been urged to withdraw an online article after it made a series of sweeping accusations against the SNP and Yes Scotland.

 



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The way I see it, the United Kingdom is a community

Being part of a community has always been very important to me. I grew up in a small town in North Ayrshire, where the idea of community was integral to the way everything worked. People knew each other, helped each other and worked together. You knew your neighbours, always had somewhere to go if there was a problem and were never on your own. Being part of that community meant my childhood was enjoyable, safe and happy.


Peter A Bell's insight:
No mention of Scotland, I notice. Perhaps Fiona would like to explain why she thinks Scotland is the exception. Why Scotland can't be a community when all those other places are.Maybe she would also like to explain what it is about Scotland having the normal constitutional status of a nation that she imagines would prevent her having a friend in London - or anywhere else, for that matter. After all, nearly 200 other countries manage to be independent. And I have friends in quite a few of them. What does Fiona think is wrong with Scotland? What does she see as being the deficiency in the people of Scotland that makes them uniquely unqualified to manage their country's affairs?The poor girl seems to have got it into her head that independence is some big, scary, sky-falling thing that would totally destroy all of her relationships and make community impossible. This, of course, is the kind of silly notion that Better Together seeks to foster. It is sad indeed to see that the grindingly negative propaganda of the anti-independence campaign is having such a damaging effect on young minds.

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Binoculars on backwards

This is "Better Together" campaign director Blair McDougall looking comfortable and confident on last night's edition of Scotland Tonight as the recently-controversial subject of campaign donations...

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Weirs double to £2m cash support for independence

BRITAIN's biggest lottery winners have doubled their funding for Scottish independence by giving £1 million to the Yes Scotland campaign.



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Welfare cuts deepen Britain's income inequalities | Scottish National Party

The case for Welfare being devolved to Scotland is ‘unanswerable’ the SNP has said, after a new report laid bare the scale of cuts being inflicted on Scotland.



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Lesley Riddoch: All for one and one for all

A petition with half a million names will be handed to Iain Duncan Smith today, urging him to live on £53 per week. The “put up or shut up” call to the bedroom tax architect is controversial. Some say it...

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Treasury figures not to be trusted | Scottish National Party

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has today published its report into the coalition's whole government accounting programme (WGA) into the management and reporting of public finances.



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Clarity is needed on report's idea of life after independence

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee demands clarity on independence.



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Daily Record

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Margaret Thatcher's funeral guestlist: Over 2000 invited to ceremonial event ...
AS the list was released, ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan have said health problems will keep them from attending.

Church offers reward of return of moderator's lost jewels
THE Right Reverend Albert Bogle said he was "praying" for the return of his official cross and ring, which went missing at Edinburgh Airport.

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair warns Labour: Don't fight old left battles
BLAIR, writing in the New Statesman, warned against a return to Left/Right dividing lines of the 1980s when Labour languished in opposition to Margaret Thatcher's Tories.

Map reveals true extent of devastation wrought by Mrs Thatcher on Scotland's ...
OUR gravestone front page from yesterday has praised for highlighting the real legacy of Thatcher's brutal economic policy on the people of Scotland.

Chancellor George Osborne's £1.6billion welfare lie will cost every Scot £500...
CHARITY chief slams Tory toff for trying to pull the wool over the public's eyes as the true cost of his savage welfare cuts are finally exposed.

Tory tributes to Thatcher interrupted as Scots MP tells Commons that our nati...
SPECIAL sitting of MPs is called to honour Conservative icon but Angus Robertson highlights the former Prime Minister's divisive legacy in Scotland.

Prime Minister David Cameron: Margaret Thatcher made Britain great again
DAVID CAMERON led the speeches as Parliament was recalled to allow MPs and peers to pay tribute to the former Tory Prime Minister. The PM said Thatcher was an "extraordinary woman".

Independent Scotland would have to apply for Nato membership, defence allianc...
THE nuclear defence alliance spoke out on their position after Alex Salmond yesterday repeated his ambition for Scotland to remain in Nato.

Yes Scotland campaign donors revealed with lottery winning couple topping the...
THE SNP funded the start-up and staffing costs of Yes Scotland, including its official launch in May last year, to the tune of £342,797, taking the total to £1,625,797.

Scottish Government analysis says Scotland can provide better pension than an...
THE calculation shows that spending on "social protection" is more affordable because it accounts for a smaller share of the economy, the publication states.

William Hague defends spending taxpayer's cash on Lady Thatcher's funeral
HE said Britain could "afford" to cover some of the costs as MPs today gather in the Commons to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister.

House of Lords dismiss claims that Scottish Government could have influence o...
PEERS including a former chancellor came to the conclusion in a report on the economic implications for the UK, assuming Scotland votes for independence in September next year.

Death of Margaret Thatcher: Former PM showed women can succeed.. but did noth...
WOMEN from all sectors of society have slammed Maggie for doing 'nothing but damage women' during her time as leader.

Death of Margaret Thatcher: Taxpayer-funded state funeral dubbed an insult to...
THE former PM will receive a full ceremonial funeral with military honours next Wednesday but politicians have branded this the final insult to Scots.

US politicians to host conference at Scottish Parliament in latest tie-in bet...
THE National Conference of State Legislatures will take place at Holyrood between July 10 and 12.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nato rejects Alex Salmond claim over Scottish membership

Nato official says an independent Scotland would have to be treated as a new applicant after leaving UK

Nato has rejected Alex Salmond's claim that an independent Scotland would automatically become...



PM challenged on Trident's future in runup to Scottish independence vote

Senior Tory peers tell Cameron he has to answer questions about impact of independence on Trident base near Glasgow

David Cameron has been warned by senior Tory peers that he has to answer questions...



Scotland was Margaret Thatcher's mission impossible | Charles Kennedy

Thatcher never understood why the Scots despised her. We reckoned it was because we understood her only too well

When I started knocking on Highland doors in May 1983, two things struck me more than...



Letters: Scottish identity

I agree with Elliot Bulmer (Response, 1 April) that a British constitution should be based on the principle of popular sovereignty, not parliamentary sovereignty. Indeed, it would be pointless to e...



Margaret Thatcher: US cables detail her resistance to Scottish devolution

Wikileaks has published 1.7m originally classified and secret US cables from the 1970s, where diplomats describe the then Tory leader as rigid, right wing and leader of an English backlash on devol...



Better Together first to declare donors, and ignores 'Scotland only' challenge

After ignoring an offer from Yes Scotland to agree a timetable for publishing donations, Better Together has released its biggest backers' names, including large sums from outside Scotland

The pro-U...



The readers' editor on? coverage of the Scottish independence debate

The referendum on Scottish independence is a real challenge and an opportunity for the Guardian, but there is some deep-seated resentment to navigate

Criticism of the Guardian's coverage of parts of...



Cameron commits to keeping Scottish defence jobs in pro-UK appeal

Sector employs 12,600 people in Scotland and has annual sales of £1.8bn, PM says in plea to voters to reject Scottish independence

David Cameron says he is still committed to keeping defence jobs in...



Scotland's new unified police force replaces eight regional constabularies

Police Scotland's new chief constable, Stephen House, believes force will be model for 'inevitable' union in England and Wales

For nearly 40 years, the farming and fishing counties of Dumfries and G...



The Scottish referendum is about popular sovereignty, not identity | Elliot B...

In his call for a constitutional convention, Vernon Bogdanor does not grasp what is at stake in Scotland's independence debate

In his article on the implications of Scottish devolution, Vernon Bogda...



Scotland and the UK: state of the union | Editorial

The rest of Britain must not ignore devolution until the Scots make up their minds ? the consequences affect us all

The Scottish independence referendum in September 2014 doubtless still feels a rem...



Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs

Piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland risks leaving union fragmented, MPs' committee warns

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned ministers that resentment amongst English ...



Scottish Tories reverse anti-devolution stance with call for greater powers

Scottish Conservative leader, who opposed more devolution in 2011, sets out proposals as alternative to independence

David Cameron has cleared the way for the Scottish Tories to propose even greater...



The one-state solution to England's role in a devolved UK | Vernon Bogdanor

The constitutional issues facing the United Kingdom can only be resolved with a genuine attempt to codify Britishness

Next year, on 18 September, the Scots will decide whether they want to remain Br...



Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna

Johann Lamont says her party's on pause till next year. Not a great idea, but sadly typical

The day that has been chosen for immortality is 18 September 2014. The least it could do, by way of gratit...



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independence - autonomy - self-determination

Post-Thatcherite Scotland
By Mike Small Despite desperate (frantic) attempts to re-write history with variations of ?Scotland never rejected Thatcher?  by an assortment of  scribes (no names necessary*) the reality is, we d...

The Holy Show ? A Neu! Reekie! special
For the last two and a half years I’ve been helping organise a series of leftfield cultural gatherings under the Neu! Reekie! banner.  Neu! Reekie! is usually based in Edinburgh’s [...]

In Solidarity with National Collective [Part 1]
RESISTANCE CHECKLIST: Resist whatever seems inevitable. Resist people who seem invincible. Resist the embrace of those who have lost. Resist the flattery of those who have won. Resist any idea [...]

You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore
by Jim & Margaret Cuthbert David Cameron was hailed as a hero by the British media and Westminster after his ?success? in EU budget negotiations in February. However, one of [...]

The Patriot Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher: symbol of liberty and strength. Changed Britain and the world for the better. May she rest in peace. – Rupert Murdoch ?@rupertmurdoch By Mike Small As we enter [...]

Province of the Cat #14: Easter In Atomic City
by George Gunn (On CB radios, in the 1970?s, Thurso was referred to as ?Atomic City?) The snow falls over Thurso as I walk the early morning streets of this [...]

Gotcha
Here’s our Top 20 of Maggie’s Jukebox… 1. Tramp the Dirt – Elvis Costello 2. Fascist Groove Thang -  H 17 3. Ghost Town – The Specials 4. Stand Down [...]

Bella?s Easter Break
The growing alternative media of citizen journalism is blossoming and is growing to shape the debate around self-determination: what it means and what it can become. But it needs a [...]

Fuzzy Friday ? Our Top 5 for Easter
Five things to do this weekend … our Friday culture guide. It’s been baltic. Time to warm toes on the fire of new music. 1. First up, the Burd recommends [...]

Out of Sight Out of Mind
This is the story of every known drone strike and victim in Pakistan … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Drones, Pakistan

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list
BBC News
The campaign for a Yes vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has r...


Salmond 'certain' on Nato membership - BBC News

BBC News

Salmond 'certain' on Nato membership
BBC News
"We are a member by virtue of our membership of the United Kingdom, and we notify in that period between the referendum, and a successful vote, a...


Scotland's independence leader on how Margaret Thatcher helped Scottish ... -...

Foreign Policy (blog)

Scotland's independence leader on how Margaret Thatcher helped Scottish ...
Foreign Policy (blog)
Scotland is currently gearing up for an independence referendum scheduled for Se...


Scottish independence: Lords' committee calls for debate clarity - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lords' committee calls for debate clarity
BBC News
Both the UK and Scottish governments have been told by a committee of peers to be "more open" about what happens afte...


Scottish independence: Salmond reassures US over defence - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond reassures US over defence
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond has sought to reassure the United States that an independent Scotland would be a reliable militar...


Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country
Scotsman
The artistic director of the Traverse Theatre, London-born Orla O'Loughlin, said she had had just one submission on the issue of ...


Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote
BBC News
Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has said he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's refere...


UK Lawmakers say Scots in Dark Over Independence - Wall Street Journal

UK Lawmakers say Scots in Dark Over Independence
Wall Street Journal
The economic affairs committee of the House of Lords, the U.K. parliament's upper chamber, said in a report that crucial aspects o...


Opponents of Scottish independence raise £1.1m - The Independent

The Independent

Opponents of Scottish independence raise £1.1m
The Independent
A referendum on Scottish independence is due to be held in September 2014. Mr Taylor, the chief executive of Vitol Oil wh...


Welfare more affordable under independence - SNP (press release)

The Courier

Welfare more affordable under independence
SNP (press release)
The SNP has now said it is high time for the anti-independence parties to explain why they believe that Scotland's more affor...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP should be supporting Scottish textiles industry - Herald Scotland

SNP should be supporting Scottish textiles industry
Herald Scotland
Given the turmoil in the Borders textile industry, I find it sad that the SNP has launched a new range of patriotic clothing which ...


Support grows for SNP-Labour pact on 'bedroom tax' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Support grows for SNP-Labour pact on 'bedroom tax'
Scotsman
MSPs have backed calls for the Labour and SNP leaderships at Holyrood to put aside their disagreements over independence and work t...


SNP split over post-independence US base plan - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP split over post-independence US base plan
Scotsman
The row comes just months after Mr Salmond faced a major rebellion within the SNP as the party narrowly voted to scrap its longstanding ...


MSPs blast defence budget plans - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

MSPs blast defence budget plans
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP changed its policy last year to support membership of Nato, assuming a Yes vote in the referen...


Independence: Lottery winners donate £1m to 'Yes' - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Independence: Lottery winners donate £1m to 'Yes'
Scotland on Sunday
THE SCOTTISH couple who won £161 million on the Euromillions lottery have handed £1 million to the pro-independe...


Scotland should reapply for NATO membership after a 'yes' vote - Press TV

Press TV

Scotland should reapply for NATO membership after a 'yes' vote
Press TV
Salmond said earlier that the decision by Scottish National Party (SNP) conference to axe British nuclear missiles from...


Labour and SNP clash over school closures - Dunferline Press

Labour and SNP clash over school closures
Dunferline Press
SNP group leader Peter Grant had accused the Labour-led council of a "shameful betrayal of Fife's children" and the party's education spokes...


Salmond's military spending plan is wrong, say pro-indy critics - Herald Scot...

Herald Scotland

Salmond's military spending plan is wrong, say pro-indy critics
Herald Scotland
Green and independent MSPs want the SNP leadership to rethink a proposed £2.5 billion annual defence and...


No campaign group defends donation - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

No campaign group defends donation
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP immediately raised questions about the multinational company, following allegations about d...


If Scotland become independent will remain unprotected NATO dont give ... - N...

National Turk English

If Scotland become independent will remain unprotected NATO dont give ...
National Turk English
?Does the SNP accept this unambiguous acceptance of the nuclear umbrella?? he said...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Yes vote in the referendum would take us a step closer to nuclear disarmament...

Yes vote in the referendum would take us a step closer to nuclear disarmament
Herald Scotland
But that is not the case in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament has just voted against having nuclear weapo...


Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m
BBC News
The latest estimated cost of holding the Scottish independence referendum stands at £13.3m, a rise of about £3m on previous...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list
BBC News
The campaign for a Yes vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has r...


Scotland's independence referendum set for September 2014 - RTE.ie

Irish Times (subscription)

Scotland's independence referendum set for September 2014
RTE.ie
The announcement starts the countdown to a vote Mr Salmond hopes will take his nation of 5m people out of th...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum
Scotsman
I don't think you should judge the thing on emotion, but on what is best economically for Scotland. You don't want to come to a sn...


Second vote may be needed to resolve post-referendum issues - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Second vote may be needed to resolve post-referendum issues
Herald Scotland
Professor John Kay, an economist, who sat on the Scottish Government's economic advisory panel, was respondi...


Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country
Scotsman
News of the NTS referendum show emerged amid claims that playwrights in Scotland are wary of tackling the independence debate in ...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner
Herald Scotland
He is currently working on a one-off political comedy for BBC Scotland, called Rory Goes to Holyrood. Which way will you be voting in...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Man Killed By Beaver...

That'll teach him not to take photos....

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307572/Beaver-attack-Fisherman-killed-BEAVER-tried-photo-lake-Belarus.html

 

 



Filth, Teaser Trailer (Starring James Mcavoy, Based On Irvine Welsh Book)

Looking forward to this. Should be interesting. Can't believe its been 17 years since Trainspotting film...

 

 

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vyOZRHgpxG8" frame...



Commonwealth Games Volunteering

Anyone else from here apply?

 

If so, has anyone been through the interview yet and what format did it take?



Congrats To Grandad Rough

many congratulations to Tam Rough for becoming a Grandad to wee Lyle who is already an SSC member when just hours old !

 

superb big man, made up for you an the Clan 



Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

At number 10 in the official midweek charts...



Yes Campaign Donors

Five individuals have donated £1,283,000.  Largest donor = £500,000.
 

SNP donated non cash contribution £342 797.
 

7000 small donors = £112,000.
 



Blakes 7

Is being remade...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22079232

 

Hope they keep the darkness - this was never meant to be a cheery series.



One Minutes Silence For Thatcher?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22078110

 

Silly old goat. 



Pars
15 points according to sky. Sorry if already posted.

Evolution

Some recent research on evidence of the evolution of new species.

 

Species that evolve different behaviours through lab experiment

 

http://ajpregu.physiology.org/content/296/6/R1847.full.pdf+html...



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

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...

Scot Goes pop

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

YouGov poll on attitudes to Mrs Thatcher shows sharp Scottish divergence
Here is the regional breakdown of the YouGov poll from a couple of days ago on public perceptions of Mrs Thatcher following her death. There won't be any great surprises here, except for those who...

We are all National Collective
I've got a very soft spot for National Collective, partly because I was a contributor to the site in its early days, but mainly because it's since developed into an all-round class act, which does ...

Lib Dems' Moore deliberately lies in the Huffington Post - no ifs, no buts, n...
Michael Moore (aka "the man who gave us votes at 16 by opposing it") furiously spins for Blighty in the US edition of the Huffington Post -

"Scotland is facing an historic decision in 2014: whethe...

TNS-BMRB poll : Decrease in opposition to independence
Doubtless the above headline will be seen as spin, but when we have Magnus Gardham and his ilk perpetually spinning in the opposite direction on behalf of the 'mainstream media', I'm not going to a...

Did Mrs Thatcher do any good things?
Above all else, today is a terribly sad day for Margaret Thatcher's family, her friends, and all those who feel a sense of loss as a result of her passing. I'm beginning to wonder if the former PM...

Are you called David?
I've just stumbled across a Twitter campaign that unaccountably has just nine followers at present. Called 'Davids for Indy', it seeks to identify every David in Scotland who will be voting Yes in...

More befuddlement on Scotland from the London media - it's the Independent's ...
In 2011, the Scottish Sun came out in support of the SNP, but made clear that they remained firmly opposed to independence. They were probably hoping (and expecting) that the SNP would win, but no...

Tavish didn't "save our p'lice" - but did he save Rennie's skin?
This seems almost uncannily topical on the day that the merger of Scotland's police forces finally takes effect, but a YouGov survey of leading political strategists and advertising executives has ...

YouGov poll : Scots reject No campaign's wish for key powers to remain at Wes...
YouGov have released the details of an SNP-commissioned poll that primarily inquired into where people think that key decision-making powers should lie.

Which government do you think should be res...

Panelbase shows yet another swing in favour of independence - plus a huge SNP...
I seem to be saying this quite a lot recently, but the latest poll on independence voting intentions shows a swing to the Yes campaign. Better still, it also marks the No side's lowest lead in any...

Spot the howlers (it's not hard)
I took issue with a Guardian piece a few hours ago, but that one looks positively well-informed compared to this frankly laughable effort by Alex Stevenson in politics.co.uk. I appreciate that the...

More terminological inexactitude from the Guardian
This is an excellent example of how the London media persistently misrepresent the state of play shown by polls on independence, while maintaining a veneer of plausibility -

"But opposition leader...

It's a date
So there it is. We'll either remember Thursday, 18th September 2014 as one of the best days of our lives, or...we'll spend a wee while trying to forget it ever happened. Let's make sure it's the ...

Even the Daily Mail has noticed that Scotland is fundamentally different
Apologies if this has already been widely mentioned elsewhere, but courtesy of the PB poster Tim I've just spotted the hilarious contrast between the front pages of today's Scottish and English edi...

Further evidence that Scotland is more pro-European than the rest of the UK
The supplementary questions in today's YouGov poll add to the substantial body of evidence that Scotland is more enthusiastic about membership of the European Union than the rest of the UK...

Do y...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Ding Dong!
Despite desperate (frantic) attempts to re-write history with variations of ?Scotland never rejected Thatcher? by an assortment of scribes (no names necessary*) the reality is, we did. This is a re...

Calls for Better Together to Withdraw ?Highly Irresponsible? Smear Claims.
The anti-independence Better Together campaign has been accused of using “highly irresponsible” language and has been urged to withdraw an online article after it made a series of sweeping accusati...

Independence: Lottery winners donate £1m to Yes Campaign.
THE SCOTTISH couple who won £161 million on the Euromillions lottery have handed £1 million to the pro-independence campaign on top of a donation for the same amount already paid to the SNP. SNP su...

Binoculars On Backwards
From Wings Over ScotlandBinoculars on backwardshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/binoculars-on-backwards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=binoculars-on-backwardshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/f...

Lucky you?ve got a safety net
From Wings Over ScotlandLucky you?ve got a safety nethttp://wingsoverscotland.com/lucky-youve-got-a-safety-net/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lucky-youve-got-a-safety-nethttp://wingsov...

Closing down debate
From Wings Over ScotlandClosing down debatehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/closing-down-debate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=closing-down-debatehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Ov...

Yes Scotland publishes details of campaign donations
Yes Scotland has published the details of donations, including the names of those who have contributed more than £7,500, to the campaign for Scottish independence.    More than 7,000 small donors...

George Square Thatcher Death Party
From Wings Over ScotlandGeorge Square Thatcher Death Partyhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/george-square-thatcher-death-party/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=george-square-thatcher-death-pa...

Just for the record
From Wings Over ScotlandJust for the recordhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/just-for-the-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=just-for-the-recordhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Ov...

Cost-of-the-Union update
From Wings Over ScotlandCost-of-the-Union updatehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/cost-of-the-union-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cost-of-the-union-updatehttp://wingsoverscotland.co...

   

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