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Universal benefits 'a myth'
SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont has dismissed the SNP's commitment to universal benefits as a "myth".

Culture Secretary wants female workplace barriers removed
THE Coalition will today reject the "political correctness" of Brussels seeking to force companies to put women on their boards and insist the key to helping women in the workplace is removing barriers to promotion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lamont's posturing not to everyone's taste
They look a little queasy, these days, on Labour's backbenches.

MSPs warned over social media rows
IT has long been common for MSPs to get involved in bad-tempered rows at Holyrood.

 

Scotsman

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Labour on the verge of Corby by-election victory

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband was on the verge of leading his party to their first by-election victory in a Tory held seat for 15 years as voters in Corby prepare to give their verdict on the Coalition government.



Scotland?s jobless total continues to rise

THE number of people out of work in Scotland is continuing to rise, with the jobless total increasing by 4,000 to 218,000, official figures today showed.



MI6 ?should hold talks with CIA about Scottish independence? - expert

MI6 should hold immediate talks with the CIA and other US security services about the prospect of Scots voting for independence in 2014, a leading international relations experts has said.



MSPs call for inquiry into resignation of Stow College chairman

A CROSS-party group of opposition MSPs have signed a joint letter calling for an inquiry into the resignation of Kirk Ramsay from his position as chair of Stow College.



Scottish independence: RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank chief

THE Royal Bank of Scotland would consider moving its headquarters from Edinburgh after independence if it encountered changes that harmed its business, Sir Philip Hampton told peers yesterday.



Stow College chairman quits over ?unwarranted attack? by Mike Russell followi...

THE chairman of Glasgow’s Stow College resigned last night amid a furious row with education secretary Mike Russell over a secretly recorded conversation.



Ex?Rochdale MP accused of abuse

Former Liberal Democrat MP Sir Cyril Smith abused young boys, an MP claimed in the House of Commons yesterday.



Scotish independence: ?Labour backers and union members could vote Yes if SNP...

LABOUR supporters and union members would consider backing independence if there is no reform to devolution and the SNP proposes a firmly left-wing agenda, according to a prominent party figure.



Livingstone urges Scots to lead the green revolution with electric buses

The former mayor of London has urged Scotland to “seize and run” with the opportunity to lead a green revolution.



Tuition fees blamed for ?nasty surprise? of jump in inflation

Consumers are feeling a fresh squeeze on living costs after figures revealed a shock jump in the UK’s annual inflation rate to 2.7 per cent.



Labour MP MP brands Mike Russell a ?bully?

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell has been accused of trying to “bully and intimidate” staff working in Scotland’s college sector.



Warning over alleged rigging of gas prices

ANYONE involved in the alleged rigging of Britain’s wholesale gas market will face the “full force of the law”, Energy Secretary Ed Davey warned yesterday.



Former MP?received £53,000 in false claims

Former Labour MP Margaret Moran fiddled her expenses claims to receive more than £53,000, a jury ruled yesterday.



PM on whistle?stop pre?summit tour

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday made a whistle-stop tour of European capitals in the hope of drumming up support for his opposition to rises in the European budget.



Robin McAlpine: I have seen the future ? and it?s not that clear

The outcome of the referendum is only the first small step in significantly shaping the country that we will live in,
writes Robin McAlpine

 



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Scottish football reconstruction explained
Well, it’s all been a pretty confusing business in Scottish football this week, with the SFL or SFA or B&Q or someone releasing some rather vague documents with baffling talk of “Hotspots” and no mention of half the things that people had been trailing (like Celtic and The Rangers “colt” teams, which is a dynamic, [...]

Now here?s a funny thing
Below is a picture of the headline and opening paragraph of a David Maddox-penned story that appeared on the Scotsman website last night. It is, as you can see, an essentially positive story, noting that independence per se represents no threat to RBS staying in Scotland. Those readers wondering if that was perhaps a little [...]

A picture of a future Scotland?
As attentive readers will know, I currently live in the leafy Georgian city of Bath. Just a few miles down the road is a small town called Frome, where some interesting things have been happening over the last 18 months or so. Today’s edition of the Independent has a pretty decent one-stop guide to them, [...]

Scotland?s most hated man
We try not to get angry about stuff on this site. It’s nearly always more constructive to keep a detached outlook – whenever Anas Sarwar or Johann Lamont or Ken Macintosh come out with some new outrageous or offensive lie or smear against the independence movement, say, a calm head dispassionately detailing the reality is [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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Review over drug access concerns
The Scottish government orders a review into access to medicines on the NHS, after concerns from clinicians and patients.

'Spy-pen' college boss probe call
MSPs on Holyrood's Education Committee call for an inquiry into why the chairman of Stow College in Glasgow, Kirk Ramsay, resigned.

Scots jobless total rises further
Unemployment in Scotland rises for the third time in a row, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

MP criticises land trust decision
An MP has criticised a trust owning thousands of acres of land in Wester Ross for not opening up its membership to the wider public.

Brown bids to halt bridge strikes
Transport Minister Keith Brown has used the opening of a replacement bridge near Stirling to highlight the number of vehicles hitting bridges in Scotland.

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.

'Living Wage' pledge by council
Angus Council becomes the latest local authority to promise to introduce the "Living Wage" for its staff.

Bin rise at one-wheelie council
A council which currently provides just one bin to homeowners agrees moves to give out five new waste recycling containers.

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.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith calls for the Education Secretary Mike Russell to appear before the Education Committee, as she says Mr Russell faces allegations of "cultural bullying" in the college sector.

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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The inexcusable humiliation of George Entwistle

By Kenneth Roy

Here is a story at my own expense. I was probably the only journalist in the country who was unaware of the identity of the senior Tory politician until his name appeared on the BBC's news website towards the end of last week. My first reaction was one of disappointment and anti-climax. Lord Who? The name meant a little. The face meant nothing. It didn?t mean a lot to Steve Messham either.



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.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Indy Podcast 12 with Patrick Harvie

by Michael Greenwell For episode 12 of The Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie.

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Rising prices, the secret report, and the black black oil

Can we really be threatened with yet another pump price rise from the Westminster government?



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Alex Salmond pleased with RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future

SIR Philip Hampton said RBS had no intention to relocate from Scotland amid worries about the bank's future if the country becomes independent.

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Wings Over Scotland | Now here?s a funny thing

Below is a picture of the headline and opening paragraph of a David Maddox-penned story that appeared on the Scotsman website last night.



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The Royal Bank of England? Banking chief warns RBS could QUIT Scotland if Ale...

RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton said ‘small countries don’t often have big banks’ in a warning shot to Alex Salmond and his calls for Scottish independence.

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Wings Over Scotland | A picture of a future Scotland?

As attentive readers will know, I currently live in the leafy Georgian city of Bath. Just a few miles down the road is a small town called Frome, where some interesting things have been happening over the last 18 months or so. Today’s edition of the Independent has a pretty decent one-stop guide to them, which is well worth a read in full.



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Referendum 2014 on Facebook

The debate about Scotland's constitutional future...

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'Your Scotland, Your Referendum': An Analysis of Consultation Responses
This report presents the analysis of responses to the 'Your Scotland, Your Referendum' consultation on proposals for a referendum on Scottish independence. The consultation closed on 11 May 2012.

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Voices: Independence for Catalonia

Catalans speak to BBC News as their region prepares for elections which could see Catalonia embark on a path of independence from Spain.

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First Labour for Independence conference stresses the need to reach out

First Labour for Independence conference stresses the need to reach out...

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Radical Indy Conference 06: The Future Is Not Clear

Can we at least start off by agreeing on one thing; this isn’t the Middle Ages.



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Putting the future into the future tense

This is a slightly longer version of article in the Scotsman today on why it is essential that we start talking about the mechanisms for independence and stop dealing only in slogans



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Committee asks Scottish Government for formal response to Trident Report

The Scottish Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, asking the Scottish Government to set out its response to the Committee’s recent report on the future of Trident in a Separate Scotland.

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RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank chief

THE Royal Bank of Scotland would consider moving its headquarters from Edinburgh after independence if it encountered changes that harmed its business, Sir Philip Hampton told peers yesterday.

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'Labour backers and union members could vote Yes if SNP promises left-wing ag...
LABOUR supporters and union members would consider backing independence if there is no reform to devolution and the SNP proposes a firmly left-wing agenda, according to a prominent party figure.

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Daily Record

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Alex Salmond welcomes RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future
SIR Philip Hampton said RBS had no intention to relocate from Scotland amid worries about the bank's future if the country becomes independent.

Alex Salmond: College chief right to resign over secret recording
KIRK RAMSAY quit as chairman of Stow College after taping a meeting with Education Secretary Mike Russell.

College chief at centre of secret recording row involving Mike Russell quits ...
KIRK RAMSAY resigned after it was revealed he had recorded a meeting with the Education Secretary and then distributed it without the knowledge of those in attendance.

Lives of ex-soldiers could be at risk from Con-Dem benefit cuts, MSPs are warned
CONCERNS have been raised that the new move to put one-off payments into the banks of veterans could see those affected by addictions not paying rent instead.

SNP cause anger after Alex Neil insists shamed banker Fred Goodwin deserves a...
GOODWIN, who banked a £2.7m pay-off on top of a yearly pension of more than £340,000, was defended by Alex Neil who reckons he's entitled to the freebies.

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.

Don't believe the leaders who've taken us for fuels
DESPITE the fact a secret report stated Scotland would become one of the world's richest nations thanks to oil, the country now faces more pain at the pumps.

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.

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

Indy Podcast 12 with Patrick Harvie
by Michael Greenwell For episode 12 of The Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie. We discussed the decision of the Greens [...]

Rising prices, the secret report, and the black black oil
by Joan McAlpine Can we really be threatened with yet another pump price rise from the Westminster government? We already pay the highest fuel and heating bills in Europe ? [...]

Radical Indy Conference 06: The Future Is Not Clear
by Robin McAlpine Can we at least start off by agreeing on one thing; this isn?t the Middle Ages. Up until now the constitutional debate has been carried out as [...]

Radical Indy Conference 05: Statement of support from Jean Urquhart MSP
It’s now just ten days until the much-anticipated Radical Independence Conference kicks off in Glasgow.  Jean Urquhart MSP, who recently resigned from the SNP over the NATO U-turn, has sent [...]

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 [...]

Scotland and Independence

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RBS head's words positive - Salmond - ic Scotland.co.uk

RBS head's words positive - Salmond
ic Scotland.co.uk
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has rejected concerns about the future of the Royal Bank of Scotland after suggestions that it would conside...


QI: Some quite interesting facts about Scotland - Telegraph.co.uk

QI: Some quite interesting facts about Scotland
Telegraph.co.uk
The referendum on Scottish independence will take place just months after the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which ...


MI6 'should hold talks with CIA about Scottish independence' - expert - Scots...

Scotsman (blog)

MI6 'should hold talks with CIA about Scottish independence' - expert
Scotsman (blog)
He added: ?The Foreign Affairs committee should urge the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and...


RBS 'could quit an independent Scotland' - Telegraph.co.uk

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RBS 'could quit an independent Scotland'
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked whether the bank would look at where it is domiciled if Scotland voted for independence in 2014, he said: "The overriding...


Alex Salmond welcomes RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future - Sco...

Scottish Daily Record

Alex Salmond welcomes RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future
Scottish Daily Record
Sir Philip appeared yesterday before a committee of the House of Lords, which is inv...


Scottish independence: RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank ... -...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank ...
Scotland on Sunday
THE Royal Bank of Scotland would consider moving its headquarters from Edinburgh after...


UK could benefit from Scottish independence - FT Adviser

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UK could benefit from Scottish independence
FT Adviser
Duncan Glassey said Scottish independence can only be seen as positive for consumers, advisers and providers. He said: ?Why should Lux...


The politics of statistics - BBC News

BBC News

The politics of statistics
BBC News
Such a narrative requires the Scottish government to build and retain popular support - thus inviting voters to infer that independence would be sensible, ...


The Royal Bank of England? Banking chief warns RBS could QUIT Scotland if ......

Daily Mail

The Royal Bank of England? Banking chief warns RBS could QUIT Scotland if ...
Daily Mail
Sir Philip was giving evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee, as part of its inquiry into the im...


Alex Salmond pleased with RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future -...

Scottish Daily Record

Alex Salmond pleased with RBS chief's 'positive' statement on bank's future
Scottish Daily Record
Sir Philip appeared yesterday before a committee of the House of Lords, which is...


SNP

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Holyrood's toothless watchdogs - Telegraph.co.uk

Holyrood's toothless watchdogs
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP used their overwhelming majority gained in the 2011 election to take the convenorships of roughly half the parliament's committees but they also...


Natera Publishes Details on Noninvasive Prenatal Sequencing Method, Updates ....

Natera Publishes Details on Noninvasive Prenatal Sequencing Method, Updates ...
GenomeWeb
In a proof-of-principle study that appeared last month in Prenatal Diagnosis, Natera said that its assay uses...


Congress should expand Medicare special needs plans - The Hill (blog)

Congress should expand Medicare special needs plans
The Hill (blog)
This was the motivation behind bipartisan Congressional efforts in 2003 to create Special Needs Plans (SNPs). SNPs differ from othe...


SNP councillors call for special meeting to discuss third Don crossing - STV ...

SNP councillors call for special meeting to discuss third Don crossing
STV Local
SNP councillors in Aberdeen have called for a special meeting to debate the future of the proposed third Don crossing....


SNP Ministers' bully boy tactics - Largs and Millport Weekly News (blog)

SNP Ministers' bully boy tactics
Largs and Millport Weekly News (blog)
THE advantage of having lived six decades is that although you don't necessarily become wiser you do become more familiar with t...


Call made for Aberdeen River Don crossing special meeting - BBC News

BBC News

Call made for Aberdeen River Don crossing special meeting
BBC News
SNP councillors in Aberdeen are calling for a special meeting to discuss the future of plans for a new road bridge over the ...


Natera's Prenatal Secret Sauce - Bio-IT World

Bio-IT World

Natera's Prenatal Secret Sauce
Bio-IT World
A directed SNP assay developed in house scans the samples for SNPs of interest. It's a targeted SNP approach, explains Sheena. ?By looking at t...


Education Secretary Mike Russell has become embroiled in a row over a secret ...

Scotsman

Education Secretary Mike Russell has become embroiled in a row over a secret ...
Scotsman
The alliance of MSPs on the education committee was formed after the SNP committee convener Stewart M...


MSPs call for inquiry as Stow College chairman Kirk Ramsay resigns - BBC News

BBC News

MSPs call for inquiry as Stow College chairman Kirk Ramsay resigns
BBC News
Education committee convener, SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, rejected the call for an inquiry. But opposition MSPs on the...


Genetic Variants May Impact Link Between Vitamin D, Health - Monthly Prescrib...

Genetic Variants May Impact Link Between Vitamin D, Health
Monthly Prescribing Reference
Gregory P. Levin, PhD, from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues examined 141 single-nucleo...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

The politics of statistics - BBC News

BBC News

The politics of statistics
BBC News
But there is also a partisan political dimension, not least in Scotland where the figures have got worse - rather than matching the overall UK trend for ma...


Letter from Catalonia - Liberal Democrat Voice

Letter from Catalonia
Liberal Democrat Voice
As the UK plans a referendum on Scottish independence, those of us watching from Spain can only look on in envy at the orderly and civilised process led b...


Economics Affairs - Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish ...

Economics Affairs - Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Shipley asked if RBS felt the debate on sterling...


Lords committee warns independence vote result could be challenged - The Courier

Lords committee warns independence vote result could be challenged
The Courier
Lords committee warns independence vote result could be challenged. The House of Lords Constitution Committee has said t...


Lamont on attack over free universal benefits - Glasgow Evening Times (regist...

Lamont on attack over free universal benefits
Glasgow Evening Times (registration)
In a debate in the Scottish Parliament about the affordability of universal benefits, such as free personal care, th...


We should boost local democracy by empowering our community councils - Herald...

We should boost local democracy by empowering our community councils
Herald Scotland
The extreme centralisation of power in Scotland has its roots in the abolition of Scottish parish councils in 1930...


Scotish independence: 'Labour backers and union members could vote Yes if ......

Scotish independence: 'Labour backers and union members could vote Yes if ...
Scotsman
Dave Watson, a member of Labour Party's Scottish executive committee, and an organiser of public-sector union Un...


Robin McAlpine: I have seen the future ? and it's not that clear - Scotsman

Scotsman

Robin McAlpine: I have seen the future ? and it's not that clear
Scotsman
First there would be a series of negotiations, between Scotland and the remainder of Britain, between Scotland and th...


Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls' - The Paisley Daily Express

Lords warn of referendum 'pitfalls'
The Paisley Daily Express
The outcome of the Scottish independence referendum could still end up in the courts even though Holyrood has been given the legal power ...


SCOTLAND'S 2014 independence referendum could be delayed by a legal ... - Sco...

Scotland on Sunday

SCOTLAND'S 2014 independence referendum could be delayed by a legal ...
Scotland on Sunday
In a sharply worded criticism of the ?Edinburgh Agreement? signed by the SNP and UK govern...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

What Type Of People...
Not funny at all - I despair.

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1593632_sick-butcher-thieves-cut-legs-off-10-live-sheep-on-farm-in-cheadle-hulme

And yes, I eat meat, but i expect...

Warning Bar
How long do I have to remain on full red for?

I've (somehow) resisted the urge to say ANYTHING of a "jokey" nature to the usual twats and was hoping to have a reduction...............any chance as...

Where's Pistonbroke These Days?
Hasn't been seen on the TAMB since October 22nd.

Wibble has been providing the entertainment since then...

Aff It
Instead of Movember, I've decided to do NoNovember and am having a month off the evil drink.

I did about 3 1/2 weeks in September but this time it's the full calendar month.
I must say the first t...

Who Is Your Current Favourite Actor/actress?
I'd probably say Leonardo DiCaprio

Hair Gel
At 45.

Yes or no?

Peep Show Season 8
Does it start this month? Not a lot of info online but found a few sites that say November

Free Danny Nightingale
Anybody listen to the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 today?

Danny Nightingale is a soldier in the SAS. In 2009 he was presented with a Glock 9mm by Iraqi soldiers he had been working with. This gun w...

Android Tablets
Thinking about getting an Android Tablet, I see the Nexus 7 is pretty well priced and has 3G now, anybody know how well they perform and what are the alternatives like i.e. Samsung Galaxy, Blackber...

Black Ops 2
£40 and my 11yr old son has completed it already. Remember when I was young it took weeks/ months to complete computer games!

Political Betting - Scotland section

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

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)


(Note...

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

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...