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The Herald

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North of England 'needs a Salmond'
THE North of England needs a "Salmond figure" to win greater economic powers for the region, a think-tank chief has suggested.

Cameron criticises £450,000 payoff for BBC boss
DAVID Cameron has led widespread condemnation of George Entwistle's £450,000 payoff after just 54 days as BBC director general, as Westminster's value for money watchdog stepped into the row.

SNP vows universal benefit support
MINISTERS will highlight their unwavering support for universal benefits today after Labour pledged to reassess the fairness of Government giveaways.

Award-winning investigative news agency hit by editor's resignation
THE Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which was behind the botched Newsnight programme into child abuse, has also suffered a serious blow over the crisis at the BBC with the resignation of its editor Iain Overton.

Scott handed key role in LibDems
FORMER Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott has been handed a front-line role in a reshuffle by successor Willie Rennie who praised him as a "big voice" in the party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: RBS chairman plans to keep bank HQ in Scotland but urg...

THE Royal Bank of Scotland would still be based in Edinburgh should voters back independence unless as a result there were significant changes which harmed its business, the bank’s chairman Sir Philip Hampton told peers yesterday.



Corby by-election set to provide acid test of Conservative?s backing of gay m...

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Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on referen...

THE Electoral Reform Society has called on the Scottish Government to publish the legislation it intends to use to give a referendum vote to 16 and 17-year-olds amid fears that some may miss out on voting.



Scottish independence: Warning that £750,000 spending limit ?too low? to info...

PLANS to impose strict spending limits during the referendum campaign threaten the ability to “adequately inform” voters, according to the man behind the successful 1997 devolution campaign.



Lords committee warns of potential legal challenge over independence referend...

A HOUSE of Lords committee has warned that the referendum on independence remains vulnerable to a legal challenge and questioned whether all 16 and 17 year olds will get the vote.



Lawyers stage Holyrood protest over legal aid shake-up

SCOTLAND’S solicitors are set to take part in the country’s first national lawyers strike after MSPs backed a controversial move to make low income suspects pay towards their costs in criminal cases.



?Schoolboy errors? at BBC led to Newsnight fiasco

The BBC’s botched Newsnight programme that wrongly implicated a Tory peer in a child sex abuse scandal failed to complete “basic journalistic checks”, an official report has found.



Analysis: BBC will have to change ? but, don?t worry, Paxman won?t lose his bite

The institutional damage to the BBC has been exaggerated. It recovered after the Hutton report and will do so again. I believe the public differentiate between one particular problem and the institution as a whole – it is only a few weeks ago the BBC was widely praised for its coverage of the London Olympics.



Newsnight investigations chief quits over false abuse claim

THE editor of an investigative unit that worked on the Newsnight programme which broadcast allegations wrongly linking a senior Tory to child abuse has resigned from his post.



Crisis ?has dented public trust in news sources?

The “monumental failures” at the BBC must prompt a complete overhaul of the corporation’s management structures, according to a senior politician.



David Maddox: Holyrood can learn lesson from Westminster on public scrutiny

BBC Radio Four presenter John Humphreys may have dealt the final blow, but the now former Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, was a dead man walking following his calamitous appearance before the Commons’ culture, media and sport select committee last month.



Lawyers set for Holyrood protest in legal-aid row

DEFENCE lawyers from across Scotland are to take part in a protest at Holyrood against a shake-up of legal aid that it is claimed will penalise solicitors and their clients.



Tom Devine: History is new star in culture constellation

Denied public funding, Scotland’s current history festival has been written onto the map of national events by public appetite, writes Tom Devine



Fathers to be granted full maternity leave under new government scheme

AN OVERHAUL of parental leave which will allow fathers, rather than mothers, to stay at home after the birth of a child, will be announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.



Leaders: Ridding Britain of Qatada is in the people?s interest

Thanks to a ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac), the man once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe is expected to be freed from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire, after the government failed to have him extradited to Jordan to face terrorism charges.



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Still not getting it
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to look at things from a neutral viewpoint (something which is possible even when you’re not a neutral, incidentally), you can’t help but throw your hands in the air and bang your head off the desk in frustration at the sheer clueless stupidity of certain politicians. Today provided [...]

Straw dogs
A press release on the always-positive Scottish Labour website this morning blares a wake-up call to the reckless and irresponsible Scottish Government. “IPPR Report Shows SNP Economic Policy Is Financially Illiterate”, it rages, going on to quote the party’s finance spokesman Ken Macintosh: “This report shows that the SNP?s economic policy is financially illiterate. Not [...]

Imagine there?s no Union
While conducting an imaginary debate with myself in the mirror (not a euphemism), I struck upon an idea that I think is worth trying out on people who claim to be undecided about the referendum. You know the type – they ask you a question about how such and such would continue or otherwise if [...]

Probably a robbery
Alert readers will perhaps recall our story on the shocking PFI scandal that saw Labour-run North Lanarkshire Council needlessly throw away almost £600m of public money, because it was only about four hours ago that we published it. But some excellent sleuthing by a keen-eyed reader in the comments has thrown up some startling new [...]

The something for nothing country
The Daily Record carries not one but two “Fury” stories today. One is headlined “Fury as new Labour councillor takes seven-week holiday just six months after being elected”, which tells pretty much the whole story without you having to read the article. (In case you were wondering, the compelling defence of the East Ayrshire comrade [...]

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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

Minister accused of 'bullying'
Education Secretary Mike Russell is accused of "bullying" in a row over a secretly recorded conversation about college reforms.

Summit looks at ash tree disease
Around 50 interested parties meet at Holyrood to discuss the threat of Chalara ash dieback disease to Scotland's ash tree population.

Call for special needs reforms
A Scottish government report criticises the standard of education for some children with complex special needs.

'Anti-Aberdeen' allegation denied
The Scottish government denies Labour claims of being anti-Aberdeen, over plans for the future of the city.

Dutch experts give cycling advice
Transport experts say traffic has to be slowed and cut in Scottish cities or separate lanes created to get more people onto bikes.

High-speed rail plan for Scotland
The Scottish government announces plans to go ahead with a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Tobacco firm contests display ban
Imperial Tobacco launches a Supreme Court challenge over the Scottish government's attempts to ban the display of cigarettes in shops.

EU grip on fishing 'must change'
The Scottish government claims EU control over Scotland's fishing industry has to 'radically change'.

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

£27m cuts consultation under way
The public in Dumfries and Galloway is asked to help identify council cuts of up to £27m over the next three years.

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

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Lynsey Pattie, a volunteer with the Scottish Association for Mental Health told MSPs the "stigma of mental health needs to be addressed", as it took evidence on her petition 'Improving services for people with mental illness'.

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

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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O'Foreigners No Foreigners

By Paul T. Kavanagh  

Some people never learn, especially those who see themselves as the towering intellectual and political giants of Westminster.  Mind you, it's not that difficult to become a towering intellectual giant in Westminster.  If you can tie your own shoelaces and know that the big hand is for minutes and the little hand is for hours, you're halfway there.  Then you'll be hailed as an intellectual and political giant by a supine media which is every bit as desperate to fend off the evil Scottish splittists as you are.  Ian Davidson MP - I rest my case.



The BBC and the media - professionalism and ethics

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
If I were to put to you that the vast majority of the journalists reporting on the independence debate were doing so in a professional manner, you might be forgiven for thinking I was commending the behaviour of the assorted scribes and broadcasters who dominate the traditional media landscape.
 
However, if I were to suggest at the same time that despite clear professionalism that ethics was severely lacking, then you might be confused.



Thinking outside the box on the future of Scotland

By Alex Robertson
 
The SCVO organised a debate in Glasgow this last week on the future of Scotland and it turned out to be more of a discussion resulting in a surprising degree of consensus and some out-of-the-box thinking.
 
The Umbrella body for voluntary organisations in Scotland got together a panel of 6 distinguished academics from Scottish Universities and invited them to present their vision for a future Scotland in a two hour session chaired by the SCVO convenor, Dr Alison Elliot, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.



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

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

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

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



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

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos

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



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

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

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



New Archbishop following a well-trodden path

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

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



Labour for Independence announce line-up for first conference

By Martin Kelly

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

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



First Minister's Questions - 08 Nov 2012 - video

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

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



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

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 3rd 2012

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

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Debate will look at how independence would influence Scottish science

Great Britain and the world have benefited for centuries from the genius of Scottish scientists and engineers.



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Labour could return to 'traditional values' in independent Scotland

'Independence would be like escaping from a political straitjacket' for Scottish Labour claims Dennis Canavan.

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Assessing the implications of a more autonomous Scotland for the north of Eng...

The precise nature of Scotland’s future relationship with the United Kingdom will emerge over the course of the next few years.

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Scottish Lib Dems: SNP are no friends of north of England

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, has called on Alex Salmond to be up-front about the implications of an independent Scotland for the North of England. Alex Salmond will this evening address the North East Economic Forum to set out what he believes are the consequences of independence for the area.



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Wings Over Scotland | Still not getting it

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to look at things from a neutral viewpoint (something which is possible even when you’re not a neutral, incidentally), you can’t help but throw your hands in the air and bang your head off the desk in frustration at the sheer clueless stupidity of certain politicians. Today provided a case in point.



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YSI Edinburgh

YSI Edinburgh currently covers the EH postcode area.  If you're interested in getting involved in the campaign to win a Yes vote in Scotland's referendum, come along to the next meeting or fill in...

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Warning that £750,000 spending limit ?too low? to inform voters

PLANS to impose strict spending limits during the referendum campaign threaten the ability to “adequately inform” voters, according to the man behind the successful 1997 devolution campaign.

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Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on referendum vote
THE Electoral Reform Society has called on the Scottish Government to publish the legislation it intends to use to give a referendum vote to 16 and 17-year-olds amid fears that some may miss out on voting.

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Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful'

The deal to stage the Scottish independence referendum signed by David Cameron and Alex Salmond could be declared "unlawful" if challenged in court, senior peers have warned.

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Unhappy with the detail

There is a susurration of mistrust - of anxiety, of concern - escaping lightly from the pages of the latest Lords report upon Scotland's proposed independence referendum.

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Dennis Canavan says Scots independence would mean new lease of life for forme...

DENNIS CANAVAN said that a Yes vote in 2014 would see Labour swing radically to the left.

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A Challenge to Better Together Supporters and Don?t Knows

I am an Independence minded Scot. I don’t think that anyone can have any doubt on that question. I don’t support any given political party, but I am fully behind all those who share the...

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Independence is "right choice for Scottish Labour Party"

Independence is not only the right choice for Scotland - it is the right choice for the Scottish Labour Party.



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Yes campaign bid for Labour votes

THE Yes Scotland pro- independence campaign has stepped up its bid to win support among Labour voters.



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Agreement on Scottish independence referendum leaves questions to answer, say...

Serious questions remain unanswered about the Agreement reached between the UK and Scottish Governments on the holding of a referendum on Scottish independence says the House of Lords Constitution Committee in a report published today.

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Daily Record

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Tories question number of wind farm applications approved by Scottish government
OFFCIAL figures show that the Scottish Government has approved 29 out of 35 onshore developments within the last five years.

Government may ditch plan to put 3p on price in fuel in January, reveals mini...
GOVERNMENT aware of cost of living says Treasury Economic Secretary Sajid Javid.

Set aside the party politics
THOUGH the Daily Record respects Dennis Canavan, we believe the former MP has called it wrong on the independence front.

Ex-Labour man says Scots independence would mean new lease of life for former...
DENNIS CANAVAN said that a Yes vote in 2014 would see Labour swing radically to the left.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils plan to open 30-minute rail link between Glasgow and ...
THE Scottish Government wants to press ahead between Glasgow and Edinburgh before the UK Government has committed to bring its High Speed 2 (HS2) project north of the border.

Fury as new Labour councillor takes seven-week holiday just six months after ...
GEORGE MAIR was chosen as the councillor for Galston, Newmilns and Darvel on East Ayrshire Council but his decision to head off on a cruise has infuriated his constituents.

ATOS bosses to face parliament probe after campaign reveals controversial fit...
A COMMITTEE has been set up to chair the investigation after a raft of harrowing stories were made public about Scots being made to feel bullied and harrassed by the tests.

Independence could weaken Scotland's influence, says ex-US Secretary of State...
THE comments were brushed off by the SNP who claim they look forward to working alongside the US as an independent country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

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

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



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

A Stevenson essay for RLS Day: ?An Apology For Idlers?
An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) BOSWELL: We grow weary when idle. JOHNSON: That is, sir, because others being busy, we want company; but if we were [...]

Essay for RLS Day: Kevin Williamson on Stevenson, Cocaine and Evil
Raise your rum glass and jingle your pieces of eight for today is Robert Louis Stevenson Day.  At long last the great Scottish writer is put on a par with [...]

Madeleine
  Listen up Uncle Sam’s Auntie’s back in town; Get on message (you can forget Plan B) Wake up and smell whatever’s going down: Close your eyes – tastes just [...]

BBC could turn crisis into a coup
by Lesley Riddoch Is the BBC out of the woods? BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten steadied nerves on Sunday?s Andrew Marr Show with a candid if partial admission of systemic [...]

Creative Scotland: a cock and balls story
In case you missed it in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday, here’s film critic Hannah McGill‘s thoughts on Creative Scotland’s unfathomable wunderplan to press ahead with a 7 person ALL-MALE judging p...

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

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls' - Kilmarnock Standard

Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls'
Kilmarnock Standard
The outcome of the Scottish independence referendum could still end up in the courts even though Holyrood has been given the legal power to sta...


Scottish independence: RBS chairman plans to keep bank HQ in Scotland but ......

Scotsman

Scottish independence: RBS chairman plans to keep bank HQ in Scotland but ...
Scotsman
THE Royal Bank of Scotland would still be based in Edinburgh should voters back independence unless as a...


Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn - stv.tv

Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn
stv.tv
The committee warned that some may argue that by facilitating the referendum through Section 30 of the Scotland Act, the Governme...


Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland - Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland
Mortgage Solutions (blog)
Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland. Mortgage Solutions | 13 Nov 2012 key. Scottis...


Independence 'could revive Labour' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Independence 'could revive Labour'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Scots will vote on independence in a referendum in the autumn of 2014 and Mr Canavan argued: "An in...


Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on ... - S...

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on ...
Scotsman
Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on referendum vote. The ERS raised the co...


Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful' - T...

Telegraph.co.uk

Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful'
Telegraph.co.uk
As the Scotland Act is concerned with devolution, and the Government has previously admitted t...


?Financially illiterate?? Scottish Labour must do better - Left Foot Forward

Left Foot Forward

?Financially illiterate?? Scottish Labour must do better
Left Foot Forward
Johann-Lamont-Scottish-Labour-leader In a report (pdf) published today by the IPPR on the impact on norther...


Unhappy with the detail - BBC News

BBC News

Unhappy with the detail
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There is a susurration of mistrust - of anxiety, of concern - escaping lightly from the pages of the latest Lords report upon Scotland's proposed independence...


Scottish independence: Warning that £750000 spending limit 'too low' to infor...

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Scottish independence: Warning that £750000 spending limit 'too low' to inform ...
Scotsman
5 million, along with additional spending for the pro-Union parties, in the crucial last 16 weeks b...


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Fred the Shred deserves a free bus pass, say SNP - Telegraph.co.uk

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Fred the Shred deserves a free bus pass, say SNP
Telegraph.co.uk
Fred the Shred deserves a free bus pass, say SNP. Millionaires such as Fred Goodwin deserve taxpayer-funded benefits in...


Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls' - Kilmarnock Standard

Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls'
Kilmarnock Standard
SNP proposals to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds could also breach data protection laws as it could lead to the publication of the ...


Benefits 'sloganising' criticised - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

Benefits 'sloganising' criticised
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
She suggested that taxes will have to rise or services will be cut to maintain expensive SNP pledges on areas such as the council t...


SNP wind farm 'obsession' condemned - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

SNP wind farm 'obsession' condemned
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
Mr Lamont, the Conservatives' chief whip in Scotland, said: "We now have hard evidence about just how pro-wind farms the SNP is. ...


Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn - stv.tv

Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn
stv.tv
SNP proposals to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds could also breach data protection laws as it could lead to the publi...


SNP ministers 'wave through' 83 per cent of large wind farms - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP ministers 'wave through' 83 per cent of large wind farms
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP ministers have also granted planning permission to large wind farms in Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, ...


Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland - Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland
Mortgage Solutions (blog)
Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland. Mortgage Solutions | 13 Nov 2012 key. Scottis...


Labour wants to stigmatise elderly and vulnerable - SNP (press release)

Labour wants to stigmatise elderly and vulnerable
SNP (press release)
Labour politicians have been challenged to name which health conditions they think should fall into the category of paying for pr...


CPI impact shows Westminster must follow Scotland - SNP (press release)

CPI impact shows Westminster must follow Scotland
SNP (press release)
The revelation that the cost of rocketing tuition fees south of the border has been identified as the biggest cause of the sharp ...


Protests as MSPs debate controversial plan to change the legal aid - stv.tv

Protests as MSPs debate controversial plan to change the legal aid
stv.tv
Labour and Conservative politicians spoke out in an attempt to persuade the SNP-dominated Justice Committee at Holyrood to ba...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls' - Kilmarnock Standard

Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls'
Kilmarnock Standard
The outcome of the Scottish independence referendum could still end up in the courts even though Holyrood has been given the legal power to sta...


MP seeking Trident removal details - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

MP seeking Trident removal details
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
The challenge came from Ian Davidson, a Labour MP and convener of Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee. He wrote to Deputy Fir...


Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn - stv.tv

Independence referendum could face legal challenge, Lords warn
stv.tv
The committee warned that some may argue that by facilitating the referendum through Section 30 of the Scotland Act, the Governme...


Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland - Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Mortgage Solutions (blog)

Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland
Mortgage Solutions (blog)
Freeeeedom: Independent thinking alive in Scotland. Mortgage Solutions | 13 Nov 2012 key. Scottis...


Independence 'could revive Labour' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Independence 'could revive Labour'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Scots will vote on independence in a referendum in the autumn of 2014 and Mr Canavan argued: "An in...


Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on ... - S...

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: Warning that some 16-year-olds may miss out on ...
Scotsman
Published on Tuesday 13 November 2012 13:25. THE Electoral Reform Society has called on the Scottish Governm...


Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful' - T...

Telegraph.co.uk

Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful'
Telegraph.co.uk
... for sale to companies. Meanwhile, the businessman who led the 1997 referendum campaign for...


Unhappy with the detail - BBC News

BBC News

Unhappy with the detail
BBC News
There is a susurration of mistrust - of anxiety, of concern - escaping lightly from the pages of the latest Lords report upon Scotland's proposed independence...


Scottish independence: Warning that £750000 spending limit 'too low' to infor...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Warning that £750000 spending limit 'too low' to inform ...
Scotsman
He insists that the Scottish Government's proposal of a spending limit of £750,000 for the designat...


Lords committee warns of potential legal challenge over independence ... - Sc...

Scotsman

Lords committee warns of potential legal challenge over independence ...
Scotsman
In a report published yesterday, the Lords Constitution Committee says that, with neither Holyrood nor Westmi...


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Andy Hillhouse Art Work
A lot of our members and friends of the Society are extremely talented in their chosen field, Andy Hillhouse is one such person.
Andy is an artist of some note and designed the covers of most of th...


Abu Quatada
£100.000 a week to watch him. Fcuk in joke this government is, any suggestions what we can do with him and what the money could be spent on..

Heather Mills
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She really is going downhill fast..............

Birdsong - Tv Version
read this back in mid 90s , was really into it at the time, as thought really absorbing

waited for years for the film version to come out ; daniel radcliffe was rumoured at one point

anyway, just...

Hogmanay In Inverness
I'm looking for somewhere different to go for Hogmanay this year with a group of guys. Does anyone know if Inverness is good for it or is it really just a family oriented celebration? I heard Big C...

Bbc Scotland
Does anyone know if it's possible to watch bbc 1 or bbc 2 scotland on the i player for those of us in London? I've heard it's possible but i cannae find it anywhere.

Attn Hobbits,elfs,dwarfs, Men Of Middle Earth And Wizards.
The Hobbit is released on Dec 14th. Cant wait being a Tolkien fans of many years. Going to be in three parts not sure if the book warrants this in terms of length.

One For The Tax Inspectors On Tamb
Do you enjoy using any of these products/services?
A four-month investigation by news agency Reuters revealed that Starbucks reportedly paid just £8.6m in corporation tax in the UK over 14 years -...

Standing In Another Man's Grave - Ian Rankin
I have just read that Rebus is back and this time he's away up the A9 and the Highlands. All the way up to Cape Wrath. Also read that there is a bit of referendum chat in the book and that John sou...

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Anyone else get an email about donating from Ulysses at JK ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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