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The Herald

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Scots to be hit by cost of care in England
Thousands of Scots will be dragged into paying inheritance tax under plans to cap elderly care costs in England.

PM wants MEPs to back budget
David Cameron has urged MEPs to back the EU budget cut he secured last week.

Osborne in Treasury summit
Chancellor George Osborne held a Treasury summit at his country retreat in an attempt to prevent a repeat of last year's Budget "omnishambles".

Labour lead over Tories hits 12 points
LABOUR has moved to a 12-point lead over the Conservatives, its largest for almost a decade, according to the latest monthly ICM poll.

All our patterns of remembrance are down to the First World War
IT is tempting to think that until he was knighted in the New Year's Honours List, the current Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University was plain old Hew Strachan.

MSP in emotional anorexia appeal
AN MSP whose daughter died from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa has made an emotional plea for sufferers to seek help.

Public services ill-equipped for ageing Scots population
SCOTLAND'S public services are not being equipped to meet the demands of a rapidly ageing population, a Holyrood report warns today.

Fox calls for more cuts to taxes and spending
Chancellor George Osborne should announce further cuts to taxes and spending, ex-Cabinet minister Liam Fox said as he indicated he would like to return to frontline politics.

Clegg urges voters to look past Huhne
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg hopes voters in the Eastleigh by-election will be able to look past the criminal behaviour which led to Chris Huhne's resignation and instead focus on the Liberal Democrats' policies and record.

'I can't move into a smaller house ... it would put my daughter's life at risk
AFTER 25 years of waiting, many of them in overcrowded tenement flats with three children, Betty Waddell finally moved into a home with a front and back door exactly three years ago.

Bedroom tax 'will be disaster for Scotland'
PEOPLE will be "tripping over" the homeless as a result of deep cuts to housing benefit which start in a few weeks' time, the leader of Scotland's councils has warned.

Cameron hails EU budget cut as 'deal to be proud of'
AFTER more than 25 hours of haggling, little sleep, lots of coffee and an unhealthy supply of Haribo sweets, David Cameron emerged from his Brussels talks to hail the first- ever cut in European Union spending as a deal Britain "can be proud of".

Salmond accused of being out of touch with real needs of Scots
ALEX Salmond has been accused of prioritising the campaign for independence ahead of problems in the health service and further education.

Councils across Scotland unveil cost-cutting budgets
A RAFT of Scotland's councils have unveiled their spending and savings plans for at least the next year as town halls attempt to balance their books in the face of cutbacks.

PM plays hardball at EU summit
DAVID Cameron adopted a tough line at the second attempt by Europe's leaders to set the EU's seven-year budget.

 

Scotsman

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Irvine Welsh backs miner convictions review

novelist Irvine Welsh has backed a campaign to review the criminal convictions of hundreds of Scottish miners convicted during the 1984-85 strike.



Vicky Pryce ?chose to take Huhne speeding points?

Disgraced MP Chris Huhne’s former wife has been accused of telling “barefaced lies” during her trial for perverting the course of justice.



Officers will do more desk work in single Scots force

POLICE officers will cover civilian roles in the new national force, a senior officer said yesterday.



Alex Salmond fancies a spin on Strictly Come Dancing

ALEX Salmond yesterday indicated that he would consider going on Strictly Come Dancing, but he would have to brush up on his tango.



Westminster bans word ?separate? after SNP complaints

PARLIAMENTARY ­authorities have banned the use of the word “separate” in Westminster ­debates on the independence referendum after protests by the Scottish National Party.



Scottish press watchdog could be derailed

PLANS by the Conservatives to underpin press regulation with a Royal Charter could scupper Alex Salmond’s proposal to set up a separate Scottish watchdog, it emerged last night.



Gordon Brown seeks more cash for Remploy factories

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will today urge the UK and Scottish governments to do more to help save two 
factories that employ disabled workers.



Allan Massie: Housden?s Borgen episode worth following

The permanent secretary’s praise of Danish TV reveals more about himself than the quality of programming, writes Allan Massie



Michael Fry: Spinning the independence debate

The British government has begun its defence of the Union but its own case for dismissing independence many not be as robust as it thinks, writes Michael Fry



The Scotsman cartoon - 13/02/2013

Poundland takes centre stage in today’s cartoon



Eddie Barnes: Polls key to referendum momentum

Tightening of polls would give both sides the momentum they need before the vote on independence, writes Eddie Barnes



Vicky Pryce ?chose to take Huhne speeding points?

CHRIS Huhne’s ex-wife was “one of the most powerful, talented, intelligent and trusted women in the country” and would not have been forced into taking his speeding points, a court heard today.



Company directed Scottish jobless calls to 999

JOBLESS Scots, trying to contact a Scottish company contracted to deliver the Government’s welfare to work scheme, had their calls directed to the 999 emergency system during the Christmas and New Year holidays, it was revealed today.



Highland windfarm proposals face public inquiry

TWO controversial windfarm developments overlooking a number of famous mountain peaks in the Highlands will now go to public inquiries after councillors voted against them.



Holyrood money to restore confidence in Scots meat

A MILLION POUND campaign to help restore public confidence in Scottish beef, lamb and pork as the horsemeat scandal continues was launched by the Scottish Government today.



Wingsland Blog

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

And finally? #17

This is Numberwang
We’ve had quite a jolt this afternoon, readers. The New Statesman has just posted a story proclaiming itself “Britain’s biggest political website”, citing impressive figures of 1.15 million unique users per month and 3.35m pageviews. We clicked on the story (from a tweet) because we thought there must have been a typo – 1.15m is [...]

When two plus two is fourteen
It defies belief, in a way. It’s now been a full week since we mocked Willie Rennie’s embarrassingly clueless claim that an independent Scotland would need to negotiate “14,000 international treaties”, in a feature which was widely circulated and quoted. So ridiculed was Rennie’s claim that even the Scotsman couldn’t make it stick, acknowledging on [...]

A fun quiz!
The passage below comes from the lead story in the Scotsman’s politics section today. We’ve highlighted a few of the more interesting bullet points. “An independent Scotland will have to impose strict limits on spending and agree borrowing curbs with the rest of the UK to avoid the wrath of the financial markets, advisers to [...]

Possessed under law
In an intervention that could in time-worn political terms be described as “brave”, the Secretary of State for Scotland insisted yesterday that recent legal advice to the UK government means an independent Scotland would not inherit the UK’s existing international treaties but would still nonetheless inherit a share of the UK national debt. The UK [...]

And finally? #16
As a new week of Newsnight Scotland looms, this should work most days.

Further detonations
Observed – so far as we’re aware – by nobody, today’s UK government paper also torpedoes another core argument hitherto beloved of Unionists in the independence debate. That argument runs “Scotland and England would not be entitled to equal successor-state status, because Scottish independence would NOT in fact be a dissolution of the Union, because [...]

The clean slate
The devil, they say, is in the detail, and that certainly seems to apply to the UK Government’s first paper on the consequences of Scottish independence. With remarkably little fanfare, the coalition appears to have dropped an atomic bomb into the heart of the constitutional debate, and not even realised it. The core premise of [...]

Executive summary
There will be uncountable acres of newsprint expended on analysing the UK Government’s paper released today on the implications of Scottish independence for EU membership. If you’re in a hurry, though, the entire document is comprehensively and accurately summed up in these two paragraphs from Part V, Section (3): Even shorter version: if the EU [...]

A case in point
Recently we’ve mentioned a concept we called the “invisible hypothetical”. It refers to a form of media bias characterised by omission, and which is therefore hard to prove. This morning’s edition of the Scotsman carries a conveniently striking example. Taken solely on its own merits, the article below the headline is impossible to fault. It [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Action call on Irish meat processing
A former chairman of Quality Meat Scotland calls for the Irish meat processing sector to be "cleaned up" over the horsemeat scandal.

Iceland dismisses mackerel sanctions
The fishing industry in Iceland is shrugging off the prospect of European trade sanctions if it continues to over-fish one of Scotland's most valuable stocks.

Report to fiscal over hate mail due
Police investigating alleged hate mail which prompted a Moray councillor to resign are preparing to submit a report to the procurator fiscal.

Cardinal 'shocked' by Pope's going
The leader of Scotland's Catholics, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says he is "shocked and saddened" to hear that Pope Benedict is to resign.

Children's hospital 'improving'
Improvements have been made at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, according to inspectors.

Call for revision of Macbeth reign
The review of Richard III's reputation should inspire a similar revision of Macbeth's reputation, argues an MSP.

Referendum power to be made official
The Privy Council is due to rubber-stamp the agreement allowing the Scottish Parliament to organise an independence referendum.

Scottish meat inspection assurances
The Food Standards Agency and Scottish politicians pledge to work together to ensure standards in light of the horsemeat controversy.

Scotland 'should keep Sterling'
Economists say an independent Scotland would need a formal deal with the rest of the United Kingdom on how to run a joint currency.

UK ministers make case for Union
An independent Scotland would be seen as a separate state under international law, legal opinion published by UK ministers says.

Horsemeat in school meals 'unclear'
A Scottish government minister says he can give no guarantee that horsemeat has not been used in food served to school pupils and hospital patients.

Brown in talks over Remploy future
Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to meet the UK Work and Pensions Secretary to discuss the closure of two Fife Remploy factories.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Finance Secretary John Swinney announces increases to housing and college budgets.

VIDEO: 'People should make up their own minds'
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore launches a paper looking at the possible legal implications of independence for Scotland.

AUDIO: Minister expresses horsemeat concern
Scotland's environment minister, Richard Lochhead, says he shares the same concerns about the horsemeat scandal as the country's farmers.

Newsnet Scotland

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Westminster Report: Independent Scotland facing tough negotiations with the ...

By Mark McNaught

The UK government report ?Scotland Analysis: devolution and the implications of Scottish independence? issued February 11 indicates that the Coronation Oath will no longer will be applicable to an independent Scotland, and that the Scots would need to reapply for the privilege of being royal subjects.



Baby Boomers should vote ?Yes?

By John McAllion 

I reach retirement age this month and so qualify for my British state pension.  Like the rest of my baby boomer generation, I was born into a post-war British state that transformed the lives of working people.

I was only 4 months old when a welfare state free at the point of delivery and offering health and social protection from cradle to grave was enacted by a British Parliament.  Thanks to the British state my generation of working class kids was the first ever to have access to free education all the way form primary school to university.



The Irish European Minister and the response that damns the BBC

By a Newsnet reporter

Thursday night?s Question Time from Stirling witnessed a moment that probably had independence supporters shouting at their TV sets. 

The panellists were discussing, as expected, the issue of Scottish independence when a man from the audience decided to wade in with his take on the EU membership debate.



Do we want to tell a story of Scotland?s ?Good Society??

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, February 9th 2013

?We are all social democrats now?, Scots politicians might say ? Salmond, Lamont, Rennie, even the occasional Tory seeking redemption.

Scotland is a land imbued and shaped by social democracy, but which has spent little time or energy in defining this in terms of its philosophy, values and practice. And increasingly this matters.



Blowing the lid off Scotland's secretive health service

By Kenneth Roy
  
The story so far
Rab Wilson, a mental health nurse, conducts a one-man campaign for the release of 'critical incident' and 'adverse event' reports by his employers, Ayrshire and Arran Health Board. Over a three-year period, 132 of these incidents and events resulted in death. The board refuses to release the reports. Mr Wilson appeals to the Scottish information commissioner, who finds against the health board and issues one of the most damning judgements ever delivered against a public body in Scotland. The senior management survive the scandal.



First Minister's Questions - 07 Feb 2013 - video

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

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



If it?s the Caribbean then is must be the Dominican Republic

  By Norrie Hunter
 
Numerous Caribbean islands proudly boast of having been the first place that Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus stepped ashore on his New World voyages of discovery in the 15th century? however, as its name suggests, Hispaniola lays the most credible claim.  The Dominican Republic and Haiti are the two sovereign states sharing this island which lies between Cuba to the west and Porto Rico to the east.



John Swinney approach may pay in the long term

  By George Kerevan
 
HERE is a salutary tale for all politicians and economists. In 1990, President George Bush the First raised personal taxes to tackle a massive budget deficit. Yet over the next five years, the US economy actually grew at over 3 per cent per annum ? a whopping amount.



Scotland has nothing to fear from Romania and Bulgaria

By Alex Orr

Scotland is no stranger to those coming from Eastern Europe, many of who have settled here and started families, but the issue of immigration has reared its head again in the context of the impact of the lifting in 2014 of European Union (EU) restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians coming to these shores.

Figures of between 30,000 to 70,000 Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK in each of the next five years have, for example, been bandied around.



The continuing shame of a Scottish public body

By Kenneth Roy

A year ago this month, the then Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, delivered the most devastating judgement of his career ? an indictment of gross failures of management and governance in an important public body. Twelve months on, the body in question ? Ayrshire and Arran Health Board ? seems not to have learned from this chastening experience.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Michael Fry: Spinning the independence debate

The British government has begun its defence of the Union but its own case for dismissing independence many not be as robust as it thinks, writes Michael Fry
Peter A Bell's insight:
Good to see that the British state's embarrassment is not being brushed under the carpet.

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Westminster bans word ?separate? after SNP complaints
PARLIAMENTARY ­authorities have banned the use of the word “separate” in Westminster ­debates on the independence referendum after protests by the Scottish National Party.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Hilarious! British Labour behaving like a bunch of spoiled brats.

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We don?t have to be balanced in Referendum Debate says BBC

The BBC has claimed that it doesn’t have to present viewers and listeners with a balanced view of the independence debate.



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Wings Over Scotland | This is Numberwang

We’ve had quite a jolt this afternoon, readers. The New Statesman has just posted a story proclaiming itself “Britain’s biggest political website”, citing impressive figures of 1.15 million unique users per month and 3.35m pageviews.



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Pathway to Independence Increasingly Clear

UK Government has published the first of a series of papers on “Devolution and the Implications of Scottish Independence”. So what practical difference does it all make? Very little!

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Yes Scotland welcomes expert report on economic blueprint

coins.jpgWelcoming the report by the Fiscal Commission’s Working Group on the design of a macroeconomic framework for an independent Scotland, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said today:



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Murray Pittock: 'The nature of the 300-year-old Union has changed'

“Scotland is one of the most recognisable nations in the world. Yet if Scotland is a partner in Britain, we are all too often an invisible one,” writes Professor Murray Pittock.



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Answers to your questions on moving from the referendum to Independence

The Scottish Government has published details of how Scotland can move smoothly towards independence after a Yes vote. The paper, “Scotland’s Future: from the referendum to independence and a written constitution”, sets out a timetable for positive and co-operative negotiations between the Scottish and UK Governments, and proposes a modern written constitution to protect the rights of Scotland’s citizens and reflecting the values of its people.



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The Silk Road

During the next two years, there will be a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country. The outcome of that referendum will either lead to ...


Peter A Bell's insight:
For increasing numbers of us, the “further constitutional change” that Leanne Wood suggests as the alternative to independence has a distinctly ominous tone. That change need not be positive. And, given the attitude to Scotland displayed by the British parties, we would be well-advised to assume that whatever constitutional change they have in mind it is all but certainly going to be far from advantageous to our country.

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SNP RESPOND TO NO CAMPAIGN COMMENTS | Scottish National Party

“This is another blunder by the No campaign - following their own goal yesterday when one of their own experts agreed with the SNP Government’s proposed independence timescale.
 
“All they have succeeded in highlighting now is the fact that the opinion offered by the two experts published by the Tory-led UK government yesterday is just that – an opinion. It is not legal advice from the Government’s own Law Officers – the UK Government have not published that, and indeed may not have any.
 
“The question for everyone in the No campaign is whether they agree with the finding in yesterday’s paper – as Tory Minister David Mundell does – that Scotland was ‘extinguished’ by the 1707 Union.”



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Wings Over Scotland | When two plus two is fourteen

It defies belief, in a way. It’s now been a full week since we mocked Willie Rennie’s embarrassingly clueless claim that an independent Scotland would need to negotiate “14,000 international treaties”, in a feature which was widely circulated and quoted.



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Moore left stumped by lack of help from professor

RULE 23 of good government – if you are going to commission an expert to write a report on a controversial subject, best make sure he agrees with you.



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Legal expert says Scotland could become an independent country within 18 mont...

THE legal expert, hired by the UK Government to prove the split would be a lengthy affair, ended up backing the SNP's claim that all deals could be completed within 18 months.

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Referendum power to be made official

The Privy Council is due to rubber-stamp the agreement allowing the Scottish Parliament to organise an independence referendum.

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Moore forced into panic statements as ?legal advice? report backfires

Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore has been forced to issue clarification statements following the publication of the UK government’s document into what it claims will be the consequences of Scottish independence.

 



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Daily Record

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SNP claim pregnant women and families could lose thousands under Westminster'...
THE UK Government have defended their welfare shake-up by claiming the new system will encourage more people to go back to work.

Legal expert says Scotland could become an independent country within 18 mont...
THE legal expert, hired by the UK Government to prove the split would be a lengthy affair, ended up backing the SNP's claim that all deals could be completed within 18 months.

Treaties 'would not be inherited' if Scotland became an independent country, ...
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would not inherit the UK's existing international treaties but would inherit a share of the UK national debt, according to the Scottish Secretary.

An independent Scotland would have to start as 'new state' and negotiate agre...
ACCORDING to the two leading law professors, the UK would not have to renegotiate existing treaties, but an independent Scotland would have to start from scratch.

Mum with dwarfism says Cameron's cuts are forcing her out of her home
IRIS HENDERSON is just 3ft 5ins and has specially adapted her home of 35 years to meet her health needs. But she says the Tories? bedroom tax threatens to force her out of her house.

Ministers warn of 'more bad news' over spread of horse meat
MORE tests have been ordered amid fears that horse meat could have been served in Scots schools and hospitals.

David Cameron vows to reveal hard facts as battle over Scotland becoming inde...
LAST year the Prime Minister ordered Whitehall departments to draw up dossiers showing how Scotland will be worse off if it goes alone in the 2014 referendum.

Christians debate assisted suicide as revised legislation to make it legal is...
MINISTERS are debating the implications of assisted suicide in light of revamped proposals to legalise the practice.

I need cancer drug now but Alex Salmond just shrugged it off, says dying mum
ANNE FISHER, who has terminal skin cancer, was left upset when her case to receive a cancer wonder drug was dismissed by the First Minister during a debate at Holyrood.

Fitness for work testing deemed a failure as four out of 10 claimants are wro...
AN official investigation has found the process is flawed after the Daily Record revealed how disabled people were made to feel like criminals after wrongly being ruled fit for work.

Scotland loses 49,000 public sector jobs in two years with 10,000 more set to...
SINCE the Con-Dems Coalition Government came in to power Scotland has lost 49,000 jobs in the public sector according to a GMB report and Daily Record survey and are set to lose 10,000 more.

Offenders could be made to pay towards supporting victims of crime as part of...
JUSTICE secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the victim surcharge would be included in a new bill to help both victims and witnesses.

John Swinney: No rise in personal taxes if Scotland becomes independent
HE also added that he would not raise taxes on the oil industry and that he would want a "competitive" tax regime for businesses.

Euro MPs: We'll end dead fish dumping scandal to boost incomes and provide jobs
DEAD fish are thrown back into the sea if fishermen are over their quotas- that is set to change following a crucial vote by MEPs.

SNP MSPs slammed for cheering £25m cuts in student cash during Holyrood debate
A GROUP of Nationalists erupted with applause as the Finance Secretary confirmed the education cuts during a debate on Scotland's £38billion budget proposals.  

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister

Westminster would control Bank of England decisions even if Scotland kept sterling as its currency, says Michael Moore

An independent Scotland would not be allowed a role in setting policy for the B...



Scotland: Britain's real referendum | Editorial

Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape

It is about time that British politics got real about the referendum. Not the hypothetical referendum on th...



SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon says independent Scotland could begin 15 months after a 'yes' vote but critics dismiss timetable as 'absurd'

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged David Cameron to start talks on an "order...



Steve Bell on the wording of the Scottish independence referendum question ? ...

Alex Salmond accepts election watchdog's criticism of original wording as well as its proposed campaign spending limits

Steve Bell



Alex Salmond's Scottish independence referendum question rejected

Electoral Commission says SNP leader's choice of wording was biased in favour of a yes vote and should be dropped

Alex Salmond's preferred referendum question on Scottish independence has been rejec...



Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



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...



Bella Caledonia


independence, autonomy, self-determination

The Silk Road
By Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru During the next two years, there will be a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country. The outcome of that referendum [...]

1 Billion Rising, Scotland
Join One Billion Rising and take part in a global strike. Join women and men you know in saying enough. Dance and show your solidarity with women all over the world. And let?s all stop accepting vi...

The State of the Union
By Mike Small An issue has been thrown into the humdrum melly of constitutional squabbling by the NO campaign which has raised the debate beyond the lofty matter of soft [...]

For A? That 13 ? Down The Aisles
We are back after a little unexpected break and this time Andrew and I were joined by Duncan Hothersall. Our agenda included the recent equal marriage vote in Westminster and also how this [...]

EU?ve Been Framed
By Toni Giugliano If scaremongering wasn’t enough, the No campaign have now decided to plunge into the absurd. According to Alistair Darling an independent Scotland could be forced to wait [...]

RBS? C?est la merde!
The banks and the bankers have not only devastated the economy, they've devastated the English language...

Austerity Athens
This from Alex Korew … Filed under: Autonomism, Banking Crisis Tagged: Athens, Greece

Failures from Sellafailed to EDF
Is nuclear power about to become a constitutional issue? By Mike Small Last November, the lone journalist who cares about this stuff revealed that more than 400 of the recommendations [...]

The Powers And The Glory Of Love
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We Are Northern Lights
Love this trailer for We Are Northern Lights! which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 16) The film was created from footage submitted by the general public in [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon finds an unexpected ally despite attacking his analysis - The...

The Guardian (blog)

Nicola Sturgeon finds an unexpected ally despite attacking his analysis
The Guardian (blog)
On Monday morning, as the UK government prepared to publish its legal advice on the UK a...


Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says ministe...

The Guardian

Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister
The Guardian
The dispute over the bank's role is seen by both sides as critical to the argument over Scottis...


David Cameron tries to put the brakes on Alex Salmond - The Guardian

The Guardian

David Cameron tries to put the brakes on Alex Salmond
The Guardian
In a highly unusual move, marking a new phase in the dispute over independence, David Cameron has agreed to disclose the...


Scotland: Britain's real referendum - The Guardian

Scotland: Britain's real referendum
The Guardian
Two weeks ago, the Electoral Commission's proposals for the question to be put to Scots were agreed. Last week, the Scottish government produced an un...


Britain to Scotland: lose global clout if you exit UK - NDTV

NDTV

Britain to Scotland: lose global clout if you exit UK
NDTV
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) that runs Scotland's devolved government plans to hold a referendum on the politicall...


Scotland's independence referendum question is set, but who does it favour? -...

The Guardian

Scotland's independence referendum question is set, but who does it favour?
The Guardian
As though it had passed through the hands of a newspaper headline writer, the Scottish question ha...


Alex Salmond juggles Québécois diplomacy with Canadian allegiances - The Guar...

The Guardian (blog)

Alex Salmond juggles Québécois diplomacy with Canadian allegiances
The Guardian (blog)
Last week's curious visit to Edinburgh by the Québec separatist leader and premier Pauline Ma...


Scottish independence: bread and circuses - The Guardian

The Guardian

Scottish independence: bread and circuses
The Guardian
This is the scenario which Scotland now has to address. There is no surge of demand for independence, far less justification. Except...


Scotland's green energy target 'would be threatened by independence vote' - T...

Scotland's green energy target 'would be threatened by independence vote'
The Guardian
"This is because, in practice, funding a significant expansion of Scottish-based off-shore renewables under inde...


SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence - The Gua...

The Guardian

SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence
The Guardian
He added that she had no mandate to assume Scotland would back independence: recent opinion polls had esta...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Westminster bans word 'separate' after SNP complaints - Scotsman

Westminster bans word 'separate' after SNP complaints
Scotsman
The change took place after SNP Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart complained about the use of the word ?separate? which Nationa...


Calls for Yes vote legal guidance - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

Calls for Yes vote legal guidance
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
The campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom has issued a fresh call for the SNP Government to release information about the...


Independent Scotland 'needs strict spending limit' - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Independent Scotland 'needs strict spending limit'
Scotland on Sunday
However, the Fiscal Commission, set up by the SNP government last year to study the economics of independence, ...


Scottish 'new state' would be out of EU - Times of Malta

Scottish 'new state' would be out of EU
Times of Malta
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) that runs Scotland's devolved government plans to hold a referendum on the emotionally charge...


SNP RESPOND TO NO CAMPAIGN COMMENTS - SNP (press release)

SNP RESPOND TO NO CAMPAIGN COMMENTS
SNP (press release)
?This is another blunder by the No campaign - following their own goal yesterday when one of their own experts agreed with the SNP Government's...


SNP need public agreement from 27 EU member states - Glasgow Liberal Democrats

SNP need public agreement from 27 EU member states
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
?A private lecture to ambassadors from Alex Salmond on his case for independence is just not enough. We need full and publ...


Rumbled in Rimbleton ? terrier trouble for SNP man on campaign trail - The Co...

The Courier

Rumbled in Rimbleton ? terrier trouble for SNP man on campaign trail
The Courier
Peter Grant, Fife Council's opposition leader, was bitten on the finger as he delivered leaflets as part of...


Cops quiz ex-councillor's wife in hate mail probe - Scotsman

Scotsman

Cops quiz ex-councillor's wife in hate mail probe
Scotsman
Carolle Ralph, a former council social worker training officer announced in December that she was standing down as an SNP councillor...


Independent Scotland would inherit share of Britain's national debt - Telegra...

Telegraph.co.uk

Independent Scotland would inherit share of Britain's national debt
Telegraph.co.uk
He dismissed SNP claims that there was international precedent to suggest the remainder of the UK an...


Fife Council leaders accused of bid to 'hoodwink' the public - The Courier

The Courier

Fife Council leaders accused of bid to 'hoodwink' the public
The Courier
Confirming the SNP would be putting forward an alternative budget on Thursday, Mr Grant said: ?Labour have done wor...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scotland: Britain's real referendum - The Guardian

Scotland: Britain's real referendum
The Guardian
Instead, the real referendum that should be concentrating political minds throughout Britain is the one that will definitely take place next year, irr...


Scotland's independence referendum question is set, but who does it favour? -...

The Guardian

Scotland's independence referendum question is set, but who does it favour?
The Guardian
"Should Scotland be an independent country?" are the six words that Scottish voters will say yes o...


British PM David Cameron urges Scots not to break up nation - Indian Express

British PM David Cameron urges Scots not to break up nation
Indian Express
British Prime Minister David Cameron today urged Scotland to avoid breaking the nation apart, saying that it had the best of...


'Scotland may have to reapply for UN, EU' - Daily Pioneer

'Scotland may have to reapply for UN, EU'
Daily Pioneer
Scotland may have to reapply for membership of international organisations such as the UN and European Union if it secedes from the UK after a ...


Put your referendum questions to Jeremy Purvis of Devo Plus - BBC News

BBC News

Put your referendum questions to Jeremy Purvis of Devo Plus
BBC News
The head of the campaign to win more powers for the Scottish Parliament is taking to the hot seat to answer your referendu...


Lord Ashcroft: Electoral Commission rejects SNP's biased referendum question ...

Lord Ashcroft: Electoral Commission rejects SNP's biased referendum question
Conservative Home (blog)
Screen shot 2013-02-12 at 06.30.26 A year ago, I wrote that no self-respecting pollster would ask...


SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence - The Gua...

The Guardian

SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence
The Guardian
Sturgeon, the deputy first minister of Scotland, has told the UK government she believes there could be a ...


Compelling case for a referendum TV debate - Herald Scotland

Compelling case for a referendum TV debate
Herald Scotland
If, in the weeks before the independence referendum, a similar series of three debates were to be held ? in Scotland only, of course ? many ...


Breakaway Scotland may need more public bodies - Herald Scotland

Breakaway Scotland may need more public bodies
Herald Scotland
AN independent Scotland might need up to 200 organisations and thousands more members of staff to replicate the functions currently prov...


Scottish minister dismisses UK report - Press TV

Press TV

Scottish minister dismisses UK report
Press TV
Earlier this week, the British Prime Minister David Cameron also urged Scotland to avoid breaking up the nation by its decision to hold an indep...


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I'm coming up to Glasgow for my wee cousin's wedding in Glasgow at the Easter Weekend. I'll be up driving up on the Thursday night. Does anyone know of anywhere in Glasgow where I can roll up on Go...



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William Hague,  there will be a meeting of the security council and North Korea can expect severe sanctions,   I am   sure Kim sung 2 or whatever his fcukin name might be is sitting there shite in ...

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NEWS RELEASE     Issue Date: 11/02/2013   Stone Roses cab drivers ordered to pay £1,200

Cab drivers have had to pay a total of more than £1,200 for...



Elderly Social Care In Scotland - Sustainable Model?

As a resident of England at least we have some clarity on what sort of provision we should be making. Capped at 75k for care... above that the Govt pays.  Albeit accomodation and meals still need t...



U.k. Legal Opinion - Scotland "extinguished" In 1707 & Merged Into "enlarged/...

It's in the very report they now endorse.

 

http://wingsland.podgamer.com/the-clean-slate/

 

So what do all the Noistas say to that? Vote No to endorse extinguishment and merger into a renamed Engl...



Labour For Independence - Johnstone

Anyone interested in going?

 

Labour for Independence have organised a Public Meeting at 7:30pm in Thorn Primary, Thorn Brae, Johnstone on 20th February.

 

Speakers will be Allan Grogan ( Labour Fo...



Edinburgh Market

Whitever happened tae the Scottish stall that used tae be in the Edinburgh Waverley Sunday market? Looking for a decent pipers jacket....other wans shrunk...



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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...

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...

Scot Goes pop

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

My campaign to be Pope starts here
I was surprised and delighted to discover on the BBC website a couple of hours ago that I am fully eligible to be elected Pope next month. It seems that there are no boring requirements about havi...

I-I-I-I wouldn't change a thi-ing
From the BBC -

Writing before the launch of the Westminster government's document, Mr Cameron pledged that his government would put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.

He said:...


The right of Scottish Labour MPs to deny equal marriage rights to English peo...
A few days ago, someone asked me on PB if I couldn't think of some good points to the constitutional status quo.  "There must be something, surely," he said (or at least that was the gist).  After ...

Angus Reid finds 1.5% swing in favour of independence since last month
The Mail are manfully spinning this for all it's worth (yes, they even use the traditional words "huge setback"!), but I'm afraid facts are chiels that winna ding - the first poll on independence u...

Photos on Sunday : Celtic Connections
Before anyone accuses me of stealing the title of this post from Tris, he got the idea from me. Honestly. (I think.)

Yesterday I went to the finale of the Danny Kyle Open Stage, which was a far ...

Six Nations prediction
I've been meaning to post this for a few days, and with kick-off only hours away it's probably now or never! Here is my annual Six Nations prediction (which I only ever get round to doing because ...

What's in a question?
It's not often that I spontaneously burst out laughing when I'm travelling alone on a bus, but that's what happened yesterday when I was browsing the internet on my mobile phone, and came across th...

Angus Reid subsample : SNP retake the lead in Westminster voting intention
A very quick post because I'm in a mad rush. Here are the latest Scottish figures for Westminster voting intention from Angus Reid -

SNP 39% (+3)
Labour 35% (-1)
Conservatives 18% (+5)
Liberal De...


Electoral Commission's reputation for impartiality in tatters as its opinion ...
If anyone needed a reminder of why so many of us wanted a Scottish rather than a London body to have oversight of the independence referendum, this is surely it. As a nation, the minimum we were e...

Panelbase : SNP in commanding lead for the Scottish Parliament
Many thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to the fact that the Panelbase poll I mentioned also had voting intention figures for Holyrood. I was oblivious to the fact because it ...

Panelbase poll : Support for independence remains within touching distance
The latest Panelbase poll on independence is out, and although it shows an increase in the No lead, it's still more favourable for the Yes side than other recent polls.

Yes 34% (-3)
No 47% (+2)


S...

Vote Yes to independence to keep Scotland in Europe
Sorry that blogging has been a bit sluggish of late, but I haven't been entirely idle. I have a new article at the International Business Times, on how David Cameron has just blown a hole in Bette...

Political predictions for the year ahead
While I was making the long journey home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party (an experience I paid a heavy price for - I got caught in several crushes, and later came down with a bad cold!) I ...

Angus Reid subsample : SNP in joint lead for Westminster
As long-term readers will know, I regard Angus Reid's Scottish subsamples as being of slightly more interest than those of other pollsters, because the relative stability of the figures over time s...

Quote of the year, and it's still only week two
This is a two-and-a-half-day-old quote from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, arguing for a hefty increase in MPs' salaries in order to attract the best 'talent'. As you read this, try very hard to remember...