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Retailers must broaden range of mannequins, says MSP who lost daughter to ano...
THE fashion industry, media and retailers all have a responsibility to portray positive images of diverse body shapes, an MSP who lost his daughter to anorexia has told Holyrood.

Row as farmers denied all of extra EU cash
THE UK Government decision to split extra European cash for farmers is "a slap in the face for Scottish agriculture", according to the Rural Affairs Secretary.

Greening says independence would put civil service jobs at risk
Hundreds of civil service jobs in Scotland would be at risk if there was a Yes vote next year, a Coalition cabinet minister has indicated.

Gove's praise for his social workers
Education Secretary Michael Gove has praised the Scottish social workers who looked after him before he was adopted.

Forced-marriage legislation sparks debate
SCOTS are being asked whether Holyrood's approach to tackling forced marriage should be changed when the UK brings in new legislation.

Clegg warns over 'cost of Labour'
Nick Clegg will today warn voters that they "cannot afford Labour" if the party gets re-elected in 2015.

Heseltine supports HS2 but says private sector should contribute
Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has come out firmly in favour of the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail project.

Cooper seeks to re-introduce measures to relocate terror suspects
Powers to relocate terror suspects to other parts of the country must be revived after the disappearance of an Islamist extremist who escaped surveillance by dressing in a burka, the shadow home secretary has said.

Labour force vote over bedroom tax
Labour will today force a vote on the bedroom tax in the Commons as figures show a stark rise in the number of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) tenants in rent arrears.

Alexander supports attack on social elite
DANNY Alexander has taken an indirect swipe at the Lib-Con Coalition and his own leader, Nick Clegg, by agreeing with former Tory prime minister Sir John Major's claim that "truly shocking" Whitehall is still run by a social elite.

Sarwar: no public contracts for tax avoiders
Companies that do not pay their fair share of tax should be banned from government procurement contracts, Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar has said.

No 10 mulling action over intimidatory union tactics
DOWNING Street has held out the prospect of new legislation to curb what it regards as intimidatory tactics by the Unite union as Labour continued to hold the line on the Falkirk selection controversy despite the release of a revelatory leaked email.

Energy customers are not 'cash cows'
Energy customers should not be seen as "cash cows, to be squeezed in the pursuit of a higher return for shareholders", a Government minister will warn today.

Scottish Labour chairman exposed in Falkirk scandal
THE chairman of the Scottish Labour Party has been drawn into the Falkirk vote rigging scandal after it emerged he was directly involved in the campaign to sign up union members to influence the constituency selection battle.

Ability to get seats is key, says Farage
Ukip will only avoid a slump in the polls after the European Parliament elections next year if it can convince voters it will win seats in Westminster, the party's leader has admitted.


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Stephan Roman: Time to embrace the ?new China?
13 Nov 2013 at 2:07pm

South Asia and its 1.6 billion people represent huge opportunities for Scotland, writes Stephan Roman



Leaders: Economy growing, too soon for bunting
13 Nov 2013 at 2:07pm

Finally there are encouraging signs that the light at the end of this long dark economic tunnel may not, after all, be the headlights of an oncoming train. And of course, a number of economic indices – on mortgage lending, business confidence and High Street sales, for example – are indeed suggesting we may emerge from the other side of the age of austerity.



Bill Jamieson: Clarity required on Europe
13 Nov 2013 at 2:07pm

Membership or not of the EU is the most critical question around and can’t wait long to be answered, writes Bill Jamieson



Tavish Scott: Colleges better without interference
13 Nov 2013 at 1:10pm

COLLEGES across Scotland provide further education for more than 260,000 people every year. They deliver 78 million hours of learning across a vast range of courses, and the institutions themselves are economically important – 11,600 people work in colleges.



Scots deer population must be managed, MSPs told
13 Nov 2013 at 9:20am

THE large population of deer across Scotland must be better managed to help improve the natural landscape, MSPs have been told.



Scottish independence: Currency plans need set out
13 Nov 2013 at 8:00am

PLANS for a “new Scottish currency” must be set out in the long-awaited blueprint for independence later this month, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said.



Scottish unemployment rate up slightly
13 Nov 2013 at 4:03am

THE number of Scots out of work has increased by 1,000, the latest official statistics have today shown.



Forced marriage could be made a crime in Scotland
13 Nov 2013 at 12:07am

MSPs are seeking views on whether forced marriage should be a criminal offence.



?Get real on mannequin sizes? fashion shops told
12 Nov 2013 at 5:11pm

FASHION stores have been told to “get a sense of reality” and stop using skinny-sized mannequins by an MSP whose daughter died from anorexia.



Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn
12 Nov 2013 at 4:34pm

AN independent Scotland would be able to fund a Scottish Defence Force including four frigates, 15 fast jets and 9,000 regular soldiers with a £2.5 billion budget, a new report claims.



Experts defuse demographic timebomb of ageing UK
12 Nov 2013 at 4:34pm

The impact of the ageing population has been exaggerated and the number of dependent older people in the UK is actually falling, experts in Scotland have claimed.



Victims of crime set to get face-to-face apologies
12 Nov 2013 at 4:34pm

Victims of crime across Scotland will be offered a face-to-face apology from offenders after plans to enshrine “restorative justice” in law were backed by MSPs yesterday.



CAP fund deal a ?slap in the face? says Lochhead
12 Nov 2013 at 3:10pm

THE UK Government’s decision to split extra European cash for farmers is “a slap in the face for Scottish agriculture”, according to the Rural Affairs Secretary.



The Scotsman cartoon: Anger at energy companies
12 Nov 2013 at 2:57pm

Consumers feel “anger and frustration” at the energy companies, which have failed to justify hikes in household bills, Ed Davey told the industry.



Eddie Barnes: Councillors meet their Waterloo
12 Nov 2013 at 2:46pm

PITY the politicians and public officials in the Twitter age.




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Whistle and I?ll come to you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm
Because this is a real thing that really happened today. If you’ve been affected by any issues raised in the independence debate, do write in.

Selective reporting of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2013 at 11:02am
From this morning’s Daily Record: - Number of Scottish Lib Dems MPs who didn’t vote for an opposition motion: 11 - Number of Scottish Labour MPs who didn’t vote for their own motion: 10 - Number of UK Lib Dem MPs who didn’t vote for an opposition motion: 55 - Number of UK Labour MPs [...]

Nothin? goin? on but the rent
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2013 at 6:46am
Just for a little bit of fun, we thought we’d dig out how much money was claimed for accommodation last year by the 47 Labour MPs who couldn’t be bothered to turn up and vote to abolish the bedroom tax yesterday. (You can look up the data here.) It was this much: £387,439. That’s more [...]

Parasites on the nation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Nov 2013 at 3:44am
So all the names are in, and we now know that 47 Labour MPs didn’t bother turning up in the Commons yesterday to vote for the party’s motion to repeal the bedroom tax, which was defeated by just 26 votes. There’s a full list at the end of this article. Today Labour’s officers and apologists [...]

Medal of dishonour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2013 at 4:26pm
So, there was another vote in the House of Commons today on the bedroom tax. Labour brought forward a motion to abolish it, having abstained from the one the SNP and Plaid Cymru filed back in February according to the Bain Principle. With many Lib Dems abstaining this time, the motion failed by just 26 votes. [...]

Fear cuts deeper than swords
by Andrew Leslie
12 Nov 2013 at 9:14am
Last month saw a return of one of the No camp’s favourite scare stories – that an independent Scotland would be unable to defend itself against terrorists. (As usual, no consideration was given to the notion that a Scotland with a non-aggressive foreign policy would be far less likely to be the target of terrorism [...]

The picture spin quiz
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2013 at 3:46am
When an alert reader pointed us to a story yesterday in the comments, we were too busy to get round to covering it and now all the mainstream media has picked it up and we’re behind the times. But having looked at the media’s reporting of it, we couldn’t help noticing something strange. Can anyone [...]

Return of an old friend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm
These pranksters have gone too far with our beloved cultural icons. (Story, in case you missed it.)

The quiet man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2013 at 12:33pm
If we were you, we’d skip ahead to about 18 minutes in this video of a debate hosted by the Cupar Business Network at the start of the month. John Swinney’s oratorial skills aren’t his strongest suit, and Murdo Fraser is reading from the same “Better Together” script you’ve heard a hundred times before. But [...]

The McChattering Classes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2013 at 9:29am
…so beloved of John McTernan are on this particular occasion myself, Michael Greenwell, Andrew “Lallands Peat Worrier” Tickell and the SNP’s Natalie McGarry, blethering away yesterday on the For A’That podcast. If you’ve got nothing better to do for 61 minutes, you could always have a listen.


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Carmichael: SNP 'dodging questions'
13 Nov 2013 at 9:14am
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael challenges the SNP to give "straightforward" answers on currency, pensions and the cost of setting up an independent Scotland.


Scots employment continues to rise
13 Nov 2013 at 6:28am
The number of Scots in work climbs again while unemployment has also risen, according to the latest official figures.


Calls for tougher deer controls
13 Nov 2013 at 8:07am
MSPs hear calls for the introduction of new legal measures which could force landowners to cull tens of thousands of deer.


'No golf site visit' claim by Trump
13 Nov 2013 at 9:23am
Government officials deciding whether to back an offshore wind farm did not visit Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort, the Court of Session is told.


Major Games business event planned
12 Nov 2013 at 6:42pm
The Scottish and UK governments announce Glasgow is to host a major business conference on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.


Marine protection consultation ends
12 Nov 2013 at 6:45pm
A consultation on plans to create a network of Marine Protected Areas in the seas around Scotland is closing.


Petition opposes education changes
13 Nov 2013 at 6:30am
A petition signed by more than 1,000 people opposing changes to secondary education in Shetland is handed over to the council.


Independence aid jobs 'risk' claim
12 Nov 2013 at 11:29am
Scottish-based aid jobs would be at risk if the country votes for independence, the UK's international development secretary has said.


School site deal on the horizon
13 Nov 2013 at 3:19am
Negotiations to purchase land for the construction of a new secondary school in the Scottish Borders are nearing completion.


Minister raises Trident removal cost
12 Nov 2013 at 12:26pm
It would be "murderously expensive" to remove Britain's nuclear deterrent from Scotland in the event of independence, a UK defence minister says.


Call for larger fashion mannequins
12 Nov 2013 at 12:14pm
An MSP whose daughter died from anorexia calls on retailers to use larger sized mannequins to help tackle eating disorders.


Goldie takes seat in House of Lords
12 Nov 2013 at 2:29am
The former leader of the Scottish Tory Party, Annabel Goldie, takes her seat in the House of Lords and becomes Baroness Goldie of Bishopton.


Trump wind turbines hearing begins
12 Nov 2013 at 10:09am
Donald Trump's legal challenge against plans for an offshore wind farm near his Aberdeenshire golf resort gets under way.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
13 Nov 2013 at 10:04am
Fergus Ewing says change to UK Energy Bill is a "cause for serious concern".


VIDEO: Sturgeon on shipyards' 'wake-up call'
6 Nov 2013 at 10:53am
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the loss of BAE jobs is a "wake-up call' for shipyards.


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Good Evening, Good Morning...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Nov 2013 at 12:56pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Did I get this right? I turn on the telly on late Sunday morning and see Gary Robertson presenting Sunday Politics.  I turn over to Radio Scotland on Monday morning to hear Gary Robertson presenting Good Morning Scotland. 
 
I tune into Newsnight on Monday night and there is...Gary Robertson.  A mere six hours later I listen to the news on GMS and there he is ? again ? Gary bloody Robertson.



Just who is using the shipyard workers as political footballs?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 5:51pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
This week BAE Systems confirmed that 835 Scottish workers were surplus to requirements at the company's yards on the Clyde.
 
The naval orders which have helped sustain Govan and Scotstoun have now all but dried up.  The UK is broke and the days of MoD spending on big money projects is over.



Best of British ? Is it being shoved down our throats?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 8:33am

  By Jo Edwards

Did you know that Lucozade recently ran a Yes campaign?  It's true, they had bottles of the fizzy energy drink emblazoned with the word 'Yes' and promotional Yes videos on youtube.
 
There's also a chocolate coffee-bean type confectionary from a company called Britt, if you have a sweet tooth.



The Missing Voices of Public Life and How We Create a Different Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Nov 2013 at 4:27pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
To many of the tribes and partisans who inhabit our public life, all that matters is the contest and defeating their opponents. Democracy and politics in this mindset are in fine working order, beyond the difficulty of trying to get your own way!
 



Bedroom tax a tool for mass disenfranchisement
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 1:37pm

By Mark McNaught
 
How could Iain Duncan Smith possibly justify a policy so unspeakably barbaric as the 'spare room subsidy' which could potentially render hundreds of thousands homeless across the UK? How could Tory efforts to 'de-toff' and shed their image as the Dickensian 'nasty party' fail so miserably?
 
While the seeming purpose of the feral 'skivers vs. strivers' and 'something for nothing culture' focus-group-tested rhetoric parroted by Labour and Tories alike is to punish the poor for not having the opportunities to make a decent life for themselves, its effect is to potentially disenfranchise millions of voters.



Duggy Dug - Borders and Identity
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Nov 2013 at 12:27pm

  The wee Scottish Terrier is back and keen to travel.  But will he need a passport if he wants to cross the border to visit his owner?s family in England or Ireland?

What about identity, what will Scots call themselves after independence?



Buy British and head for the rocks
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Nov 2013 at 1:09am

By George Kerevan

Time and again in political arguments about Scottish independence and the prospects for naval shipbuilding on the Clyde, we hear the following refrain: ?For security reasons, Britain only buys ships for the Royal Navy from yards inside the UK. If Scotland votes to leave the UK, it therefore cannot expect naval orders from the rest of the UK. And that spells doom for shipbuilding on the Clyde.?



Davidson's Choice: State or People
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Nov 2013 at 2:45pm

By Derek Bateman

The shock that greeted Ian Davidson's infamous remark about naval shipbuilding contracts containing a break clause in the event of independence shouldn't have come as a surprise.  He was already considering this nearly a year ago, on December 19 during evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee.



Fast Trains to London ? Deal of the Century or What?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
3 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

By Ms Tick-Meg, our Resident Futurologist

This week saw Westminster Transport Minister Baroness Kramer come north of the border to meet with newly-minted Secretary of State for Scotlandshire, Alistair Carmichaelmoore.

Unusually, and in stark contrast to the recent train of colleagues which preceded her, she came not to tell Scots what we are unable to do but rather to tell us what we are very much able to do ? that is help pay for the new Breakneck Speed 2 train service from London to Birmingham.



What is the point of Scotland's Westminster Politicians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2013 at 4:48pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Once upon a time Scottish politics meant one of two things: what your local council got up too, and Scottish MPs standing on College Green talking on BBC and STV about what often seemed far-flung issues.
 
The latter were our only articulation of national party politics.  And while it now seems a long time ago it did produce a sort of effective politics and a range of 'Big Beasts' ? from Tom Johnston and Willie Ross to George Younger, Malcolm Rifkind and Gordon Brown, to name but a few.




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Carmichael: Post-independence monetary union 'would not work'
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 1:16pm

The Scottish Secretary has delivered his first keynote speech since replacing Michael Moore.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This guy is a moron! Does he genuinely suppose that there is some meaningful comparison between Slovakia/Czech Republic and Scotland/England?

I know Alistair Carmichael has been busy ...



Carmichael: SNP 'dodging questions'
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 12:53pm

The Scottish Secretary said the SNP must give "straightforward" answers on currency, pensions and the cost of setting up a post "yes" Scotland.


Peter A Bell's insight:

This guy is a moron! How can he comment sensibly on a White Paper that hasn't even been published yet.


And if issues cannot be negot...



Navy urged to go Danish should Scotland gain independence
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 12:01pm
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland should equip its navy with Danish frigates built under licence on the Clyde, according to a new report.

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EU rule can be used to award indy Scotland warship orders confirms UK Minister
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 11:44am

A UK Minister has confirmed that EU procurement regulations would not prevent naval orders from the rest of the UK being undertaken by yards on the Clyde without tender, even if Scotland voted Yes to independence.




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A budget of £2.5 billion will not buy Scottish Defence Force wishlist, warns ...
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 9:52am

It would be “impossible” for an independent Scotland to pay for the SNP’s wish list of warships, fighter jets and submarines with a budget of £2.5 billion, a defence minister has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Andrew Murrison exhibits that curiously illogical and asymmetric approach to Scotland's ...



Will Scotland vote for independence? | SocialistWorker.org
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 9:11am

Next year's referendum on independence for Scotland raises a host of questions about how neoliberalism and imperialism can be challenged.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 37 - Mark MacNicol
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 8:54am

For the 37th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I was joined by Mark MacNicol, a Glaswegian novelist and playwright, who assures me his new book, Finn McCool Rises, has more than a little to do with the Independence Referendum.




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Upcoming Events: Fiscal Implications of Independence and Exploring Independence
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 8:51am

Upcoming events which may be of interest for blog readers


The Fiscal Implications of an Independent Scotland
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Edinburgh, UK
18 November 2013



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Report: iScotland could fund its defence without cutting other budgets
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 7:18am

An independent Scotland could provide ample funding for national defence without cuts to other budgets, according to an academic and former Army commander.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Defence is a very important issue within the constitutional debate and, if their opponents and the mainstream media are...



Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 3:01am

AN independent Scotland would be able to fund a Scottish Defence Force including four frigates, 15 fast jets and 9,000 regular soldiers with a £2.5 billion budget, a new report claims.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Given the importance that the British parties in Scotland attach to the issue of defence, ...



Medal of dishonour
by Peter A Bell
13 Nov 2013 at 2:53am

So, there was another vote in the House of Commons today on the bedroom tax. Labour brought forward a motion to abolish it, having abstained from the one the SNP and Plaid Cymru filed back in February according to the Bain Principle.




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Fear cuts deeper than swords
by Peter A Bell
12 Nov 2013 at 2:56pm

Last month saw a return of one of the No camp’s favourite scare stories – that an independent Scotland would be unable to defend itself against terrorists. (As usual, no consideration was given to the notion that a Scotland with a non-aggressive foreign policy would be far less likely to be the t...



An Easterhouse Epiphany
by Peter A Bell
12 Nov 2013 at 2:51pm

This post is really a response to Liam Murray who wrote in the comments section of Pat Kane’s piece ‘A Revolution of Rising Expectations’ the following: “The entire ‘Yes’ campaign seems to be built on this one dull pedestrian premise – ‘vote yes and our politics will get a bit more left-wing’. I ...



Comment: Scotland wouldn?t be out of security loop
by Peter A Bell
12 Nov 2013 at 2:48pm

The Home Secretary is disingenuous to claim that an independent Scotland would be left out of the loop on our island’s security, writes Dr Andrew Neal

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Agenda: Scotland's reputation for scientific excellence is based on more than...
by Peter A Bell
12 Nov 2013 at 2:41pm
Tory David Willetts yesterday made one of those flying visits to Scotland so in vogue currently with Westminster ministers to tell us why independence will undermine Scotland's reputation for scientific excellence.

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Humza Yousaf: Politicians must unite to protect BAE shipyard jobs in Govan an...
by Humza Yousaf
13 Nov 2013 at 8:41am
HUMZA YOUSAF calls on politicians of all stripes to work together to protect shipbuilding jobs, and says the Scottish yards' future have nothing to do with Scottish independence.


Academics hit back at SNP bid to silence uni professor who took part in pro-U...
by David Clegg
13 Nov 2013 at 3:04am
WORLD famous scientist Hugh Pennington is among a group of professors who have voiced concern after Shona Robison contacted Dundee University bosses following Chris Whatley's appearance at a Better Together event.


Record View: Nothing more than Tory voting fodder
by Record View
12 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
AS the Lib Dems vote against Labour's motion to scrap the bedroom tax, RECORD VIEW says voters will never forget how they propped up the tax of human misery.


Stephen Jardine: What gives perverts and terrorists right to privacy?
by Stephen Jardine
12 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
STEPHEN says human rights laws need to stop being a place where the bad can hide and get rich quick and instead become a force for good in society.


Bedroom Tax: Cowardly Scots Lib Dems vote against Labour motion to scrap hate...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Nov 2013 at 5:26pm
JUST weeks after condemning the bedroom tax for discriminating against the most vulnerable in society - members of the Lib Dems bowed down to their Tory Coalition partners over the policy.


Ed Miliband insists there will be no second inquiry into vote-rigging allegat...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2013 at 8:19am
THE Labour leader has dug his heels in despite a call for a new probe by Henry McLeish, Alistair Darling, Jack Straw and Johann Lamont.


MSPs and landlords clash over bid to ban evictions for rent arrears caused by...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2013 at 7:53am
HOUSING chiefs say no-evictions policy could foster culture of non-payment among social tenants.


MSP urges shops to dump skinny mannequins for larger ones to end 'unrealistic...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2013 at 7:27am
DENNIS Robertson, whose daughter Caroline died after struggling with anorexia, is campaigning for more action on eating disorders.


Energy Secretary Ed Davey issues warning to industry that gas and electricity...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2013 at 6:11am
MOVE follows further price rises by major supplier putting hard-hit consumers under additional pressure.


Bedroom Tax: MPs face crucial vote on hated Con-Dem policy
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2013 at 2:42am
HERE are 25 good reasons for them to consign this appalling measure to history once and for all.


Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby gets tattoo at 75 for his new TV show
by Mark Jefferies
12 Nov 2013 at 2:40am
DIMBLEBY was filming his new series Britain and the Sea when he was offered a tattoo so he decided to have a scorpion inked on his right shoulder.


Sports Minister tries to silence Dundee University professor who took part in...
by David Clegg
12 Nov 2013 at 2:29am
SPORTS Minister Shona Robison contacted the university after Chris Whatley appeared at a pro-UK Better Together event.


Joan McAlpine: I will never forget the war dead - or the principles that mean...
by Joan McAlpine
11 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
SPEAKING out against the glorification of war is speaking up for the lost generation sent to their deaths in the trenches.


UK Government funding for science and research would cease in an independent ...
by dailyrecord
11 Nov 2013 at 7:38am
SCIENCE minister David Willetts made the comments during a trip to Edinburgh but his claims were dismissed as "nonsense" by the Scottish Government.


Ex-defence secretary John Reid claims voting Yes for independence will sink s...
by Lucinda Cameron
11 Nov 2013 at 2:16am
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon rebuffs warning and says Clyde will be only place with capacity to build Navy ships.


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A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 5:52pm
A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.


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Cone-gate scandal begs the question ‘why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 11:16am
Cone-gate scandal begs the question ?why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellington in Glasgow anyway??


Conetroversy as Glasgae statue retains iconic look
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?After all, you know what they say ? here today, cone tomorrow.?

You are very welcome, Shug..........
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2013 at 3:24pm
You are very welcome, Shug..........


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BBC Scotlandshire has been reliably informed that today is Polish Separation ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
BBC Scotlandshire has been reliably informed that today is Polish Separation Day.

All the staff at Atlantic Quay would like to wish the Polish people who've came to Scotlandshire a "Happy" Separation Day.

Perhaps splittism hasn't been so good for Poland if all their working age adults are over...

Davidson has called for thousands of his own constituents to be sacked if Sco...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2013 at 4:16pm
Davidson has called for thousands of his own constituents to be sacked if Scots vote in favour of self-determination next year. (That's Ian, not Ruth. Despite her claim on Any Questions, she doesn't have a constituency).


Davidson: 'Govan workers must share my separashun fate'
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Poultice says Scotlandshire Labour to win overwhelmingly at next election.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2013 at 2:24pm
Poultice says Scotlandshire Labour to win overwhelmingly at next election.


Poultice provides proper perusal of poll
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According to well established practice, the votes of the 839 (85%) who said that ?none of the useless bastirts? should grace our halls, or even deck them wi...

Folk for Freedom! YES SCOTLAND Benefit Concert. Smelly, bearded natz in wool...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2013 at 7:08am
Folk for Freedom! YES SCOTLAND Benefit Concert.

Smelly, bearded natz in wooly jumpers are intending to meet up and sing rebel songs. Maybe they should all get jobs instead.

Do not patronise this event as you risk contamination by the nat virus.

https://www.facebook.com/.../610175982374842/...



Dictator Eck is to star in a new videogame from the creators of the highest-s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Nov 2013 at 2:52pm
Dictator Eck is to star in a new videogame from the creators of the highest-selling series of all time!!


Salmond to star in his own computer game
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?I can?t think of a single person on Earth who would make a more insanely boring computer game character,? said Alistair Darli...

Our EXCLUSIVE (lifted from a London Newsletter) of the treachery at the heart...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Nov 2013 at 4:59pm
Our EXCLUSIVE (lifted from a London Newsletter) of the treachery at the heart of the U-KOK campaign.


'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claims Lord Forsyth
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It can be no coincidence that every analysis by the Westminster Government has ...

Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer quest...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Nov 2013 at 3:33pm
Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer question. The Natz have no answer - do they?


How could a separate Scotlandshire afford flegs?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Beware, Scotlandshire, this is the kind of intellectual giant whom you risk losing, along with his 800 col...

UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Nov 2013 at 5:13pm
UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. No more Project Fear!


Fast Trains to London ? Deal of the Century or What?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Baroness Kramer - Scots will be given the opportunity to contribute around a large part of the estimated £80 billion cos...

It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2013 at 5:11pm
It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on the border.


Words sucked into, and spat out of, Black Hole
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Blare McDougall reassures us the Barnett Formula will be here for 30-40 years more

U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Oct 2013 at 6:55pm
U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.


Poll - Darling is the Tory darling!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
By the time they had reached question 5 of the 12 questions, 2% of them had changed their mind and answered I'll vote No anyway and 4% said I'll vote Yes anyway...

Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm
Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted to hit the region during Monday. However, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for Scotland.


UKOK: Wind in a separate Scotlandshire too uncertain
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
"The...

One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single ce...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm
One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single celebrating the life and work of a much loved labour MP. He who put the 'Doing' into 'Doing Good', Westminster's King of Slapstick, the man who likes to say NAW!


A musical tribute to the chairchoob - Ian Davidson
www.bbc.sco...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


Coney No Do That?
by bellacaledonia
13 Nov 2013 at 8:47am
By Svenja Meyerricks Glasgow City Council has declared war to the famous ?Wellington Cone?. The news have been met by a wave of joyful citizen activism that any town planning team bantering about the buzzword ?participation? can only dream of.... Read More ›


An Easterhouse Epiphany
by bellacaledonia
12 Nov 2013 at 9:53am
By Mike Small This post is really a response to Liam Murray who wrote in the comments section of Pat Kane’s piece ‘A Revolution of Rising Expectations’ the following: “The entire ?Yes? campaign seems to be built on this one... Read More ›

The Fairly Big Society
by bellacaledonia
11 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
From our ongoing series of extracts from Closer, here Dougald Hine reflects on the Big Society. Whatever became of the Big Society? It still gets mentioned, sometimes, as a joke: its humourless punchline, the lengthening queues at volunteer-run food banks.... Read More ›

Careful What You Wish For
by bellacaledonia
11 Nov 2013 at 3:47am
By Mike Small Moaning about celebrity culture has become a bit of an art form at Bella. We just about succeed in resisting the urge to write about the TOWIE star Mark Wright being paid five grand to flick a... Read More ›


Diminished Responsibility
by bellacaledonia
8 Nov 2013 at 3:33pm
By Mike Small Britain will be ‘diminished’ – ‘pull yourself together!’ ‘A country that cannot hold itself together is scarcely in a position to lecture others’. The simple message from the incandescent Economist magazine that seems to have a real... Read More ›

A Partisan Press
by bellacaledonia
8 Nov 2013 at 9:18am
By Mike Small “As newspapers shrink, the media loses its capacity to act as a democratic watchdog” writes Peter Geoghegan, one of Scotland’s finest independent-minded young journalists (‘Media-bashing ignores press role’, Scotsman, 8 November). But is that true? Does the... Read More ›

Charade
by bellacaledonia
8 Nov 2013 at 4:17am
By Douglas Wilson So, the appearance of the heads of Britain?s intelligence services ? MI5?s Andrew Parker, MI6?s Sir John Sawers, and GCHQ?s Sir Iain Lobban ? before the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament yesterday went exactly as planned.... Read More ›


The Union as Racketeering
by bellacaledonia
7 Nov 2013 at 1:56pm
By Mike Small We’re witnessing now the No campaign and the Unionist infrastructure (what old Marxists would call ‘hegemony’) descend into a base language centred around threats and intimidation. I used to think that devout British subjects in Scotland were... Read More ›


Is it Worth It?
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
By Mike Small Somebody said that someone got filled in For saying that people get killed in The result of this shipbuilding With all the will in the world Diving for dear life When we could be diving for pearls... Read More ›


RIC Coming Soon
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2013 at 7:26am
Register now for the RIC 2013: http://radicalindependence.org/Filed under: Events Tagged: RIC13


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Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn - Scotsman
12 Nov 2013 at 7:15pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn
Scotsman
The paper, which gives a detailed breakdown of an independent Scotland's defence capability, was published yesterday by the Scottish Global Forum (SGF), a think tank associated with prominent independence supporters. The vision of ...


Scottish independence: Dfid ?would leave? Scotland - Scotsman
12 Nov 2013 at 8:35am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Dfid ?would leave? Scotland
Scotsman
In evidence to the committee's inquiry into the impact of independence she also warned the UK aid budget would be slashed should Scotland leave the UK and did not disagree with the committee's estimate of an overall reduction of £9...


Scottish independence: Currency plans need set out - Scotsman
13 Nov 2013 at 8:06am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Currency plans need set out
Scotsman
The SNP has said Scotland will continue to use the pound as part of a ?sterling union? with the remaining UK after independence - but Mr Carmichael insisted today this ?wouldn't work.? Pensions will be fully protected, the Scottish...


Scottish Independence: 'Yes' vote odds at longest - Scotsman
12 Nov 2013 at 8:59am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: 'Yes' vote odds at longest
Scotsman
A MYSTERY punter's £50,000 bet on Scotland voting ?no? to independence has pushed the odds of a 'Yes' victory to their longest ever. An unnamed Edinburgh man made the bet by phone this week resulting in Ladbrokes immediately shorten...


Scottish Independence: It's a Kind of Magic - IBTimes.co.uk
13 Nov 2013 at 9:46am

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish Independence: It's a Kind of Magic
IBTimes.co.uk
If there's the slightest grain of truth in that claim, then I fear we may have got our terminology for the Scottish independence referendum in something of a muddle. One of the features of the Scottish national movement that I'v...


Independence: Union backers 'not less Scottish' - Scotland on Sunday
11 Nov 2013 at 2:58am

Scotland on Sunday

Independence: Union backers 'not less Scottish'
Scotland on Sunday
Speaking in Inverness on Wednesday, Mr Carmichael will say: ?Not content with trying to divide the UK, the supporters of independence also seek to divide our fellow Scots depending on their voting intentions in the...


Scottish independence: Warning over UK warships - Scotland on Sunday
10 Nov 2013 at 10:00am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Warning over UK warships
Scotland on Sunday
UK Government ministers have already hinted that this work could go elsewhere if people in Scotland vote Yes to independence next September, though Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted Clyd...


Scottish independence: 47% support union - poll - Scotsman
7 Nov 2013 at 1:16am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 47% support union - poll
Scotsman
Blair McDougall, campaign director of pro-Union group Better Together, said: ?A year-and-a-half into the campaign, independence remains a minority view in Scotland. Indeed, this poll today has support for Scotland going it alone lower...


Scottish independence will threaten research, BIS claims - Times Higher Educa...
11 Nov 2013 at 11:09am

Scottish independence will threaten research, BIS claims
Times Higher Education
The country is due to vote in a referendum on whether to become an independent state in September 2014. An independent Scotland could share research arrangements and facilities with the rest of the UK. But the report wa...


Scottish independence: experts raise defence issues - Scotsman
8 Nov 2013 at 10:54am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: experts raise defence issues
Scotsman
?Lurking very close to the surface is the nagging thought that with tight budgets and ever-increasing demands being made upon them, to spend money in Scotland replicating all the existing UK-wide policy, administrative and practic...



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Minister accused of 'North Korea' tactics in referendum row with academic - E...
13 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Minister accused of 'North Korea' tactics in referendum row with academic
Express.co.uk
Minister accused of 'North Korea' tactics in referendum row with academic. THREE academics warned about a ?dangerous path? yesterday after an SNP Minister complained about a senior historian's views on independe...


Alistair Carmichael in challenge to Alex Salmond over cost of split - Express...
13 Nov 2013 at 5:55pm

Alistair Carmichael in challenge to Alex Salmond over cost of split
Express.co.uk
He said the Scottish Government must use its White Paper on independence later this month to explain the cost of separation, the ?Plan B? on currency and the cost of pensions in the event of independence. The SNP ?see...


Project Fear again: SNP minister caught trying to frighten Dundee University ...
13 Nov 2013 at 4:39pm

Project Fear again: SNP minister caught trying to frighten Dundee University ...
For Argyll
The national media today have been bringing to light a matter of real concern where an SNP government minister attempted to put the frighteners on a distinguished academic in relation to an address of his to...


Carmichael's 3 questions for the SNP - Liberal Democrat Voice
13 Nov 2013 at 4:27pm

Liberal Democrat Voice

Carmichael's 3 questions for the SNP
Liberal Democrat Voice
The trio of questions, he clearly thinks, are things the SNP will not be able answer in anything like a satisfactory manner. The currency issue affects every single one of us every day. It affects the value of our mor...


Carmichael urges SNP to 'stop dodging key questions' - Telegraph.co.uk
13 Nov 2013 at 11:11am

Telegraph.co.uk

Carmichael urges SNP to 'stop dodging key questions'
Telegraph.co.uk
Carmichael urges SNP to 'stop dodging key questions'. MINISTERS have been challenged to ?stop dodging key questions? and explain the overall cost of setting up a Scottish state from scratch. Alistair Carmichael arri...


SNP respond to latest helping of Project Fear - SNP (press release)
13 Nov 2013 at 10:33am

SNP respond to latest helping of Project Fear
SNP (press release)
"Alistair Carmichael may be the new Scottish Secretary but - apart from contradicting his predecessor on assets and liabilities - he served up the same No campaign cauld kail. "Every time people in the No campaign talk about currency...


Academics say SNP minister 'questioned integrity' of Dundee University's pro ...
13 Nov 2013 at 10:32am

The Courier

Academics say SNP minister 'questioned integrity' of Dundee University's pro ...
The Courier
Academics say SNP minister 'questioned integrity' of Dundee University's pro-Union vice-principal. By Kieran Andrews, 13 November 2013 4.14pm. Professor Christopher Whatley.DC Thomson. A group of...


ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon talks politics and prebuttals - ...
13 Nov 2013 at 10:28am

ITV News

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon talks politics and prebuttals
ITV News
In rugby it would be called getting your retaliation on first. Today the Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has been indulging in a spot of light prebuttal ahead of the SNP's planned White Paper on indep...


Scottish Written Answer - S4W-17985 - Willie Rennie - DeHavilland (press rele...
13 Nov 2013 at 10:15am

Scottish Written Answer - S4W-17985 - Willie Rennie
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
To ask the Scottish Government on what dates since 3 May 2012 the Minister for Local Government and Planning has communicated with SNP councillors on Argyll and Bute Council and what matters were discusse...


UK Gov must back HS2 for Scotland - SNP (press release)
13 Nov 2013 at 9:32am

UK Gov must back HS2 for Scotland
SNP (press release)
Alistair Carmichael's silence on HS2 is becoming untenable, the SNP has said, as Transport Minister Keith Brown today again criticised the Scotland Secretary's failure to stand up for Scotland on the issue. Mr Carmichael has so far refused to ba...



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Row over UK warships work on Clyde post-referendum - BBC News
11 Nov 2013 at 7:58pm

BBC News

Row over UK warships work on Clyde post-referendum
BBC News
Former Defence Secretary Lord Reid has warned UK warships will not be built in Scotland if there is a "Yes" vote in next year's independence referendum. It comes after BAE Systems announced plans earlier this week to cut 1,775 jobs...


Scottish Independence: 'Yes' vote odds at longest - Scotsman
12 Nov 2013 at 8:59am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: 'Yes' vote odds at longest
Scotsman
Ladbrokes say the huge bets demonstrate increasing confidence among Scots that the referendum will fail to deliver a ?yes? vote. The firm has also changed its odds for bets on an SNP victory from 5/2 to 5/1, the longest ever on the ...


Scotland Tonight: Will patriotism play a role in the referendum? - stv.tv
12 Nov 2013 at 6:14pm

Metro

Scotland Tonight: Will patriotism play a role in the referendum?
stv.tv
Alistair Carmichael will make his first major speech since he was appointed Scottish Secretary five weeks ago in Inverness on Wednesday. The man, who has been portrayed as a political bruiser, is expected to emphasise his ...


Put your referendum questions to our economic experts - BBC News
11 Nov 2013 at 4:35am

Put your referendum questions to our economic experts
BBC News
The economy will be the theme of the BBC news website's latest Scottish independence referendum webcast. Robin McAlpine, director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, and Prof John Struthers from the University of the West of Scotland, will be...


Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
6 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
THE importance of the SNP's independence White Paper is underlined today by a new poll showing half of all voters want more information on the economy and jobs as the debate on Scotland's future progresses. THE importa...


Scotland Tonight: Will women vote differently to men in referendum? - stv.tv
11 Nov 2013 at 6:23pm

Scotland Tonight: Will women vote differently to men in referendum?
stv.tv
A new campaign from the STUC is urging women to ensure their voices are heard loud and clear amid the political clamour of the independence referendum. The project is known as Women's Votes, Women's Voices and considers thei...


Scotland ponders its defence strategy if referendum is won - The Voice of Russia
8 Nov 2013 at 1:36pm

Scotland ponders its defence strategy if referendum is won
The Voice of Russia
A major conference at the University of Glasgow has been discussing the future of Scottish defence capabilities, in the light of the referendum. If Scotland were to cede from the United Kingdom, following a 'yes' vote in...


Alistair Carmichael faces Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland Tonight debate - stv.tv
11 Nov 2013 at 7:23am

Alistair Carmichael faces Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland Tonight debate
stv.tv
The hour-long Scotland Tonight Referendum Special will see the Deputy First Minister take on the Secretary of State for Scotland to debate Scotland's constitutional future from 10.55pm on Wednesday November 27 - the day aft...


Scotland Tonight: How will saving Clyde yards affect the referendum? - stv.tv
6 Nov 2013 at 6:12pm

Scotland Tonight: How will saving Clyde yards affect the referendum?
stv.tv
But, with Portsmouth being told shipbuilding will end there after Glasgow was favoured to build future Type 26 Frigates, do the orders come from a UK Government with a referendum agenda? Scotland Tonight spoke to Portsmouth...


Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due...
11 Nov 2013 at 9:06am

PinkNews.co.uk

Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due ...
PinkNews.co.uk
?What I can say is that, with this bill, as with any number of subjects in Scotland, there's a lot in Scotland that's not happening right now because the entire focus in the government is ...



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Bitter Together Lose The Plot Again
13 Nov 2013 at 5:20pm
Basically running a shop a separatist campaign on their website

Recovery Taking Hold?
13 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

Bank of England governor says the recovery is taking hold.

 

All I see in the North of England is...



Odds For independence
13 Nov 2013 at 1:23pm

Read a bit in the daily mail (i know i saw it lying and picked it up)saying someone in edinburgh ...



Better Together Uk Office - Union Street Aberdeen
13 Nov 2013 at 10:04am

I noticed this place at the top of union street today. 

 

Have any  YES or NO voters visited it y...



Godfrey Bloom Looking For Electoral Reform
13 Nov 2013 at 9:35am

Ban the unemployed from voting



Tories Attempting To Erase Internet History
13 Nov 2013 at 9:26am

Actually, I don't!

 

http://www.politicshome.com/uk/story/38453/



Westminster Unionists Might Try To Overturn A Yes Victory...
13 Nov 2013 at 6:42am

Says Adam Ingram



Mott The Hoople
13 Nov 2013 at 6:23am

Anyone seen them before?

 

My uncle is a huge fan of them/Hunter and i'm heading along to auditor...



The Eagles At The Hydro
13 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

The Eagles at the Hydro, £45, £75, £125 + £15 booking fee PER TICKET.

 

That is fvkking outrageou...



Bedroom Tax
13 Nov 2013 at 4:36am
Just been reading that there was a motion by UK Labour to scrap the bedroom tax yesterday, and th...


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Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...


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SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Practically identical, yet again
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 12:44pm
Those among the anti-independence commentariat who like to peddle the idea that there's nothing m...


Questions to which the answer is 'do you know what, I would LOVE to answer yo...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 10:01am
As has been pointed out by several people already, Labour's excuse for dozens of their MPs (inclu...

The Donaldson files
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2013 at 11:02pm
Back in the halcyon days when, by sheer luck, I hadn't yet been banned by the delightful Stormfro...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as the gap continues to close in latest T...
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 8:36pm
I know that a number of us have separately come to the conclusion that Blair McDougall is a thoro...

The Rangers vote
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
A quick story for your delectation. I was on the same bus last night as a group of four ever-so-...

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...

Kilclooney's baloney, part 2
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2013 at 7:02am
Lord Kilclooney, aka former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party John Taylor, has made yet ...

Yeah, Blair, what have the nationalists ever done for Wales?
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm
Those ever-delightful anti-independence chaps on Twitter seem to be terribly excited about events...

Questions to which the answer is "Me!"
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
We're all hugely indebted to Andrew Morton for his illuminating report for Wings from behind enem...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Westminster votes to keep the Bedroom Tax opposed by Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
13 Nov 2013 at 8:25am

This Bedroom Tax is opposed in Scotland but imposed by Westminster. Last night Westminster MPs vo...



Alison Johnstone: 'Scotland can be a very successful independent country'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
13 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
Video of xFw2fsPubAY

Scottish Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone tells us that governance is an i...



Bang goes the great unionist myth of subsidised Scotland
by Kevin Gilmartin
13 Nov 2013 at 5:46am
The myth that the UK subsidises Scotland is one of the greatest confidence tricks in modern polit...

Scottish Defence Force 'would be better and cost less'
by Stuart McDonald
12 Nov 2013 at 10:53am
An expert report published today concludes that a Scottish Defence Force has the potential to ?de...

Government by the people and the path to independence
by Cailean Gallagher
12 Nov 2013 at 3:49am
A new report called ?Government by the People?, published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, reviews t...

Scottish farmers get a bad deal as part of the UK
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Nov 2013 at 9:10am

Scottish farmers are getting a bad deal as part of the UK, with Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 payments fa...



Yes vote will write the next chapter of Polish-Scots heritage
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Nov 2013 at 5:32am
Scotland is our home, regardless of our place of origin. In 2003 the people of Poland made an his...

Farming for Yes reacts to UK snub to Scottish farming
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Nov 2013 at 4:52am
Working Galloway farmer Neale McQuistin has, on behalf of Farming for Yes, reacted to news that t...

Niepodleg?a Szkocja b?dzie w sercu Europy
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
11 Nov 2013 at 3:02am

Study explodes myth that Scotland is subsidised by UK
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
10 Nov 2013 at 4:32am

Had Scotland been independent and not been forced to share the massive debts run up by successive...



Patrick Harvie: 'What kind of country do we want to be?'
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Nov 2013 at 10:35am
Video of j0fUguNXKuA

Patrick Harvie, the co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, explains the ...



UK falling behind in tackling gender gap
by Stuart McDonald
8 Nov 2013 at 8:30am

The UK is falling behind other European countries in its attempts to tackle the "gender gap". The...



Now is your chance
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Nov 2013 at 5:19am

If you've never voted  because nothing ever changes, now is your chance to change all that. Vote ...



Audio: Patrick Harvie talks about the green case for Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
6 Nov 2013 at 5:43am

Green MSP and Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie talked to us about the Gree...



Perspective: Why, as a Labour Party member, I support independence for Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
5 Nov 2013 at 4:50am

The Labour party I joined in 2006, when I was fifteen, was a party ambitious to use the powers of...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...


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Falkirk Labour hopeful admits paying for mass recruitment to party
by Rajeev Syal
13 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm

Labour concern after former election strategy manager Gregor Poynton wrote single cheque for 11 new members

A Labour rightwinger who had hoped to be selected as the party's candidate in the embattl...




Scottish academics 'would lose billions in funding' after independence
by Severin Carrell
11 Nov 2013 at 1:55pm

Science minister warns Scotland's universities that their generous share of UK research grants would end if country separates

Scientists and academics in Scotland would lose access to billions of po...




Could an independent Scotland be just what northern England needs?
by Julian Coman
9 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

Would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum leave the English left stranded? Or give the north a valuable new counterweight to London?

In an entertaining cultural résumé entitled The Scots' Crisis o...




Independence is not about burning Scotland's boats | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

Unionist factions are engaged in a race to the bottom of the barrel for fresh ways to scare Scotland off independence

On a soft Monday night in Glasgow's Candleriggs district, George Galloway MP, le...



Letters: Scotland, shipbuilding and the Tories' political trump card
7 Nov 2013 at 3:01pm

Malcolm Chalmers writes: "With or without a special defence relationship, an independent Scotland would remain profoundly dependent on its southern neighbour for security, even while absent when vi...




Falkirk row: we have very, very clear legal evidence, says Ed Miliband
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 8:48am

Key figure in row has given sworn affidavit saying he bought group membership of Labour party for his family, Miliband says

Ed Miliband has deflected new allegations about the Falkirk Labour members...




Royal Navy's threat to pull shipyard contract 'preposterous', says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

Scotland's deputy first minister says Philip Hammond was trying to use BAE shipyard decision to punish 'yes' voters

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has insisted the Royal Navy cou...




Steve Bell on shipyards and Scottish independence ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
6 Nov 2013 at 5:44pm

Ministers face claims that they were playing politics with UK jobs

Steve Bell




Clyde shipyard workers express sympathy for Portsmouth colleagues
by Severin Carrell
6 Nov 2013 at 2:41pm

Govan and Scotstoun will not escape BAE's planned job cuts, but both are protected from closure unlike south-coast sister

Govan's shipyard workers hunched their shoulders, eyes cast down and noncomm...




Scotland, shipyards and security | Malcolm Chalmers
by Malcolm Chalmers
6 Nov 2013 at 1:32pm

The coming Scottish referendum weighed heavily on these job cuts. But a yes vote will have huge implications for UK defence

The Scottish referendum loomed over yesterday's announcement that cuts in ...




Falkirk selection row: second police inquiry under way, says Ed Miliband
by Patrick Wintour
5 Nov 2013 at 8:14am

Labour leader denies living in fear of Unite leadership as he fends off calls to publish party's internal report into rigging claims

Ed Miliband has said a second police inquiry into the Labour sele...




Labour rejects Alistair Darling's call to reopen Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry
by Patrick Wintour
4 Nov 2013 at 2:48pm

Former chancellor has said that inquiry needs to be reopened so that 'justice is done and been seen to be done'

Labour on Monday rejected calls to reopen the inquiry into allegations that the Unite ...




Yes Scotland glee at Charles Gray backing puts focus on labour movement
by Severin Carrell
4 Nov 2013 at 8:11am

The pro-independence campaign has unveiled former Strathclyde region leader Charles Gray as a 'yes' supporter, raising the stakes for Labour votes in the referendum

The competing camps in the indepe...




Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader
by Rowena Mason
4 Nov 2013 at 4:28am

Johann Lamont says there is case for reinvestigation amid claims that witness did not withdraw evidence, as was thought

Labour will "certainly have to look" at reopening its inquiry into allegations...




Grangemouth Unite official reportedly stepping down from Labour role
by Rowena Mason
3 Nov 2013 at 3:10pm

Stephen Deans not expected to seek re-election as chairman of Falkirk West Labour party

The Unite official at the centre of the Grangemouth oil refinery dispute and Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry is s...




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