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Political threat to investment in North Sea
Politicians have been warned that investment in the North Sea could be hampered if both sides of the independence debate continue to use the oil and gas industry as a political football.

Duties on hold amid Evans sex probe
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans will not resume chairing duties in the chamber while police investigations continue into allegations of rape and sexual assault, a Commons spokesman said.

Coalition issues Scottish borrowing costs warning
Scotland faces significantly higher borrowing costs than the rest of the UK ? even before any move to independence, new analysis suggests.

Miliband under pressure over amendment vote on Europe
Ed Miliband is under increasing pressure from within his own party ahead of a key Commons vote on Europe already threatening to tear apart the Conservatives.

SNP lifts suspension on council members
THE suspension of the 11-strong SNP group on Argyll and Bute Council has been lifted by the party, but the group leader has stood down following a row over a new coalition.

Britain to double support for Syrian rebels
BRITAIN is to double its non-lethal military support to Syria to help the opposition withstand the onslaught from Bashar al Assad's regime and to convince him he cannot win by force.

Voting fraud crackdown proposals
Plans to restrict postal voting and introduce ballot box identity checks are being floated by an election watchdog to help crack down on polling fraud.

SNP confirm McDonald as candidate
Mark McDonald has been confirmed as the SNP candidate for the constituency seat of Aberdeen Donside, where he will seek to succeed his "friend and mentor" Brian Adam at a by-election on June 20.

Farage: Ukip is relevant in Scotland
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he prepares to target SNP voters in a Holyrood by-election.

Deputy PM 'blocked reform to stop coup'
NICK Clegg only spoke out about UK Government plans on childcare to fight off internal Liberal Democrat efforts to oust him as leader, Michael Gove, the Conservative Education Secretary, has claimed.

Balls says bedroom tax is causing despair
ED Balls has accused the UK Government of "driving people to the edge of despair" after a woman who committed suicide left a note blaming the so-called bedroom tax for her death.

Ministers' double whammy for Cameron on EU referendum
DAVID Cameron's woes on Europe have intensified after two Cabinet ministers publicly declared they would vote in favour of Britain leaving the European Union on the basis of its present relationship with Brussels.

Miliband warns against Euro referendum
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says plans for an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union are wrong and threaten to undermine business confidence in Britain as a trade partner.

I back Mugabe land grab says MSP-in-waiting
A Frenchman in line to become a Scottish Nationalist MSP has been criticised for defending Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe's notorious land reform policies.

'Fergie deserves a statue in Aberdeen'
HIS success at Manchester United has cemented his reputation as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

 

Scotsman

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Fruit prices may rise if non-EU pickers barred

CONSUMERS face higher food prices unless Britain opens up a scheme for foreign fruit pickers to countries outside the European Union (EU), the government’s chief migration adviser warned yesterday.



Ambulance staff increase after ?meal break? death

AN EXTRA 150 ambulance technicians will be starting work across Scotland as a result of a recruitment drive introduced after a trainee chose not to respond to an emergency because he was on a meal break.



Scots troops? Afghan tours could rise to 9 months

TROOPS from Scottish units could be among those serving longer tours of duty in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced in the Commons yesterday.



Salmond: ?Independence only way to ensure EU stay?

A VOTE for independence is now the “only way” to ensure Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union, Alex Salmond claimed last night.



Independence: Sturgeon rejects prisoner vote calls

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed a move to allow convicted prisoners to vote in the independence referendum saying they “break their contract with society”.



Natalie McGarry: Time for female views to be heard

FOCUS groups and second guessing, writes Natalie McGarry, are not methods of engaging women in a vital debate



Allan Massie: EU stance of some Tories ?irrational?

THE stance adopted by some Conservative Party members over UK membership of Europe borders on the insane, writes Allan Massie



Eddie Barnes: Yes Scotland to make most of EU chat

WITH Westminster now distracted by the EU referendum issue Yes campaigners are ready to make capital, writes Eddie Barnes



Peter Geoghegan: Help-to-buy may cause price bubble

THE Chancellor claims Help-to-Buy will support first-time buyers, but it is likely to see even more people priced out of the market, writes Peter Geoghegan.



Leaders: Cameron?s fear of Ukip causes Scottish waves

THE referendum in September 2014 will not just be a vote on Scottish independence, it will also be a vote on whether Scotland has a future in the European Union. That, in essence, is what Alex Salmond said yesterday in what could be a landmark moment in the Scottish constitutional debate.



Brian Wilson: Blaming the poor for their poverty

WE increasingly hold individuals rather than society responsible for dependency on benefits, writes Brian Wilson



The Scotsman cartoon - 15/05/13

David Cameron’s attempt to placate his MPs on Europe is the subject of today’s cartoon



Tories publish draft European referendum bill

DAVID Cameron is braced for another potentially divisive Commons vote on Europe, despite publishing a draft bill paving the way for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership in the next parliament.



Alistair Darling backs income tax devolution

FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling has backed devolving all of income tax to the Scottish Parliament “in principle” but warned that any further devolution needs a UK mandate.



Aberdeen Council to pursue begging ban

ABERDEEN City councillors are to pursue controversial plans to become the first local authority in Scotland to outlaw begging.



Wingsland Blog

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sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Labour devolution plans explained
It’s come to our attention that despite all of our hard work transcribing interviews with Unionist politicians, some of our stupider readers still – incredibly – aren’t 100% clear on certain aspects of the policy alternatives the UK parties will be offering the Scottish electorate in hope of persuading them to vote No in 2014. [...]

Dog-whistle causes dog bite
The Guardian today reports the incredibly depressing news that “Labour voters [are] increasingly turning against the poor”, with growing numbers of the party’s supporters now blaming the victims of recession and austerity for their own plight. Julia Unwin, chief executive of the anti-poverty Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is quoted in the piece saying “The stark findings [...]

Move over, Darling
When we’ve been asked on a couple of different occasions why we started Wings Over Scotland, we’ve always given the same reply – to ask (and thereby try to answer) the questions that the Scottish media was dismally failing to ask on our behalf. It would be hard to illustrate that failure with a better [...]

Labour?s super-fun happy day
(And Finally… #36) Five points if you get the joke. (Tilt o’the topper to Dr. Morag Kerr.)

Quoted for truth #15
BBC News, 2.53pm today: “Organisers of the ‘United With Labour’ campaign say they’re arguing for a fairer, better Scotland that stands strong within the United Kingdom. They’ll work with the ‘Better Together’ campaign run by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.” Our emphasis, as ever. Poor old Alistair Darling. Where was he, anyway? (Full package here.)

Strike a Poe?s
Sorry this post is a bit late, folks. We’ve been pretty stymied all morning trying to get a handle on the extraordinary, unmockable mendacity that’s being fed to the people of Scotland as we speak, which keeps crashing our powers of rational comprehension. We quite often highlight the utterances of The Labour Party in Scotland [...]

Bad-karma chameleon
The Scottish media is full today of Gordon Brown’s latest attempted intervention in the independence debate. Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Herald both report that the former Prime Minister will urge Scots to “ditch the Tories, not the Union” (as the original SoS headline put it before being changed online to the rather more [...]

Full marks for persistence
If there's one area where you really have to hand it to "Better Together", it's sheer shamelessness. Despite having been humiliatingly exposed for inflating attendance figures at their events by at least 100% twice on this site alone, to the great merriment of Yes campaigners, they just keep right on going without a hint of [...]

Call the fire brigade
 

Let?s be careful out there
 

BBC Scotland

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Safe deposit schemes take effect
Landlords are urged to register for a compulsory deposit protection scheme as the new rules take effect.

MSPs keep Trump golf petition open
A 19,000-signature petition calling for a public inquiry into the handling of Donald Trump's golf project in Aberdeenshire is kept open by MSPs.

SNP group abandons planned coalition
The 11-strong SNP group on Argyll and Bute Council votes unanimously to abandoned a proposed coalition.

Businesses launch independence group
Dozens of Scottish businesses join a new organisation set up to lobby for a yes vote in next year's independence referendum.

Experts quizzed on post-Yes pensions
A committee of MPs has been told that sorting out pensions in the event of a Scottish independence would be like building an NHS.

Free wi-fi for 25 railway stations
Free wi-fi access is to be introduced at 25 of Scotland's busiest railway stations by the middle of next year.

UKIP in Aberdeen Donside selection
The UKIP candidate for the forthcoming Aberdeen Donside by-election is named as Otto Inglis.

Funding boost for Skye development
A project to create business space at a major development on Skye could support up to 80 jobs, the Scottish government says.

Warning over online benefit claims
More than three quarters of benefit claimants would struggle to apply for payments using the internet, according to a new report.

Scots pine 'should be national tree'
The Woodland Trust renews calls for the Scots pine to be declared as the country's national tree as MSPs look at the issue.

Brown in plea to keep union intact
Former prime minister Gordon Brown says the anti-independence fight has to be based on a union for social justice with fairness at its core.

Sturgeon says no to welfare tax rise
Taxes would not have to rise in an independent Scotland to pay for the SNP's welfare proposals, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insists.

Argyll and Bute council leader quits
The leader of Argyll and Bute Council steps down after just three months in the post.

SNP chooses by-election candidate
The North East regional list MSP Mark McDonald is selected as the SNP's candidate for the forthcoming Aberdeen Donside by-election.

Faroe herring sanctions welcomed
European Commission sanctions on Faroe to help conserve herring stocks are welcomed by Scotland's government and fishing industry.

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Time to move forward

By Allan Grogan of Labour for Independence

"Someone in Glasgow is no different to someone in London or Cardiff and I think it's really important to remember that."

If this comment above sounds familiar it may be because you heard it on the video launch of United with Labour. But it is more likely that you will hear it from a Labour member voting no in 2014.



An Open Letter to Scottish Labour Voters, Members and Elected Representatives

By Rob Connell
 
In a scene replicated in many Scottish workplaces I?m sure, I was recently party to a lunchtime conversation on voting intention.  One colleague stated that they would "always vote for the red rose, my family always has".  I thought this beautifully stated a very popular position, and that it would be interesting to explore why.
 
Scottish Labour stands on the great egalitarian tradition of the Labour movement, with their website evoking Keir Hardie?s "new and radical force in Scottish politics" and remembering the first Labour Government in 1924 "legislating for the first major programme of municipal house building".



UKIP: A Scottish irrelevance ? a 'Scottish' media obsession

  By Campbell Martin
 
Unfortunately, British broadcasters and newspapers don?t make any concessions for Scotland, so you would be forgiven for thinking the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) was now a political force.
 
Over the past week, our so-called ?national? news on the BBC, broadcast from London, has been reporting how UKIP produced a seismic shift in politics by securing almost 25% of the votes cast in local government elections.  The fact those local elections only took place in parts of England and had no relevance to Scotland was barely mentioned.



Comic Trumps Academic in "Evil Cybernat" Publicity Stunts

By Roddy Macdonald
 
As the storm in a teacup that was the utterly contrived Susan Calman "abuse" and "death threats" stooshie was subsiding, Tom Peterkin of the Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday obviously thought he'd stoke the flames of Cybernat Hysteria and get in touch with Dr Gavin Bowd of St Andrews University.  On 5th May they published the article Academic Gavin Bowd Calls Police After Online Abuse.
 
This hilarious article which is almost beyond parody kicks off:



Who Speaks for Scotland and Where are the Empathy Makers?

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, May 11th 2013
 
These are baffling times ? of big issues and challenges, but of a politics and political conversations which are increasingly problematic, not just in Scotland but across much of the world.
 
How many times have we been told that the independence debate is a ?once in a lifetime opportunity? or ?a historic moment??



Irish eyes are smiling

By William C McLaughlin

Now we know.  It`s official.  The Atlantic Margin which runs down from Greenland, past the west coast of Scotland and Ireland, to the west coast of Africa, has been identified by Cairn Energy as an under-explored area with great potential. 

Scotland, take note, exploration has now commenced in Ireland's Atlantic Margin.  Two licences, about 100 miles off Ireland, at the Spanish Point gas condensate and the Burren oil discoveries, are estimated to contain more than 200 million barrels recoverable oil equivalent.



Our friends the good English

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Like most this week I followed the aftermath of the Ian Smart racist tweet and was genuinely saddened by the depressing mindset of some pro-Union Scots.
 
I had half prepared an article on the episode when it struck me I was being drawn into a nebulous cloud of negativity from which nothing positive could emerge.



No solution in boycotting Israel

By George Kerevan
 
SHOULD UK academics boycott work with Israeli universities? Yes, says Stephen Hawking, the most famous physicist since Einstein (himself a prominent Zionist and also, as a socialist, a stout promoter of Jewish-Arab co-operation).
 
Hawking is in the news for reversing his original decision to attend the annual conference organised by Simon Peres, Israel?s president and joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat.



Why Scotland must stay in Europe

By Tony Giugliano

Next year's referendum will not only be about Scotland's future in the Union, but about Scotland's place in the world.

It'll be a choice between a UK increasingly marginalised at the European fringes and an independent Scotland working constructively with her neighbours.



If you liked the bedroom tax you'll LOVE the next coalition

By Ken Ferguson

The sweeping gains by the "fruitcakes" of UKIP - which we look at elsewhere in this Voice - throws a harsh spotlight on the growing chasm between the politics of England and Scotland.

Bluntly put, in the mainstream of Westminster's largely English-based politics, the dominant trend is moving policies increasingly to the hard right backed by shrill campaigns - often racist - in the tabloid press, which in turn set the tone of the debate.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Salmond: ?Independence only way to ensure EU stay?

A VOTE for independence is now the “only way” to ensure Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union, Alex Salmond claimed last night.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

FM: scare stories have gone the way of Triple-A | Scottish National Party



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Riddle Me This...

Michael Forsyth’s impact on the constitutional settlement – whatever that ends up being from the Stone of Destiny to the Euro Referendum – will be for historians to decide, but whisper it he’s doing a great job so far!



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Fergus Ewing warns North Sea oil could be limited

A MASSIVE chunk of the North Sea could be turned off to oil production within the next couple of decades pulling the plug on £85 billion of tax revenues, energy minister Fergus Ewing has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

And we have our winner of Unionists Scare Story of the Day! With bonus points fo...



Draft EU referendum Bill 'fundamentally changes' independence debate

Prime Minister brings bringing a draft Bill for a UK referendum on European Union membership.

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Alistair Darling backs income tax devolution
FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling has backed devolving all of income tax to the Scottish Parliament “in principle” but warned that any further devolution needs a UK mandate.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The issue of a "UK mandate" is easily resolved. Just vote Yes on 18 September 2013.



See it on Scoop.i...

Scots entrepreneurs form pro-independence group

A Falklands veteran who became one of Scotland's most successful entrepreneurs is to play a key role in a new pro-independence group.



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350 business figures campaign for a Yes vote

Business for Scotland will campaign for a Yes vote in referendum

More than 350 business figures from across Scotland have pooled their resources to campaign for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum.


Peter A Bell's insight:

An important, perhaps crucial, development in the Yes Scotland c...



Labour devolution plans explained

It’s come to our attention that despite all of our hard work transcribing interviews with Unionist politicians, some of our stupider readers still – incredibly – aren’t 100% clear on certain aspects of the policy alternatives they’ll be offering the Scottish electorate in hope of persuading them ...



100 New business people sign up to vote YES

On the day that the new Business for Scotland network launches, we already have 350 business people as members, all of whom believe that Scotland will prosper if we vote to become an independent country.  Click on the image below to see an enlarged list of the “latest” one hundred business people...



Gordon Brown launches Labour ?No? vote campaign

GORDON Brown entered the independence referendum debate yesterday mounting a firm defence of the UK-wide welfare and tax base, claiming that separate systems would lead to a “race to the bottom”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Many people see the formation of this new group as some kind of split between B...



Independence is ?good for Scotland and rest of UK?

A LEADING businessman who backs independence has claimed that a Yes vote in next year’s referendum “does not mean the end of Britishness”.



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Change of course needed on economy | Scottish National Party

The SNP has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for a change in economic policy to boost growth and jobs. The amendment will say that the programme announced “fails to meet the aspirations of the people of Scotland.”



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Dog-whistle causes dog bite

The Guardian today reports the incredibly depressing news that “Labour voters [are] increasingly turning against the poor”, with growing numbers of the party’s supporters now blaming the victims of recession and austerity for their own plight.



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Political threat to investment in North Sea

Politicians have been warned that investment in the North Sea could be hampered if both sides of the independence debate continue to use the oil and gas industry as a political football.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Leaving aside the pejorative language of "political football", it is difficult to see ho...



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Experts say Scottish and UK governments must set out pension policies ahead o...
A COSTED pensions policy is in the top three biggest concerns for voters in the independence debate, a senior accountant told the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee.

Campaigner urges Holyrood to launch full public inquiry into the building of ...
MSPs presented with petition as new allegations are raised about the planning process that approved the £750million development.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown urges Nationalists to put Scotland's peopl...
THE former PM was in Glasgow to issue a rallying call ahead of the independence referendum claiming the Nats are as big a danger to the future of hard-working families as the Conservatives.

Three quarters of Scots could lose benefits because they can't use the internet
A WORRYING number of Scots claimants may miss out because of new rules forcing them to apply online, research has found.

Gordon Brown back in the spotlight as he pushes for Scotland to stay in the UK
THE former prime minister was at the launch of United With Labour ? on the same day as the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon pledged to undo "the worst impacts" of UK welfare reforms.

SNP target women voters with welfare reforms in bid to influence their thinki...
NICOLA STURGEON is to spearhead the plans to scrap the new universal credit payments and the hated bedroom tax.

Revealed: Number of Scots reduced to poverty after having their benefits take...
OFFICIAL statistics revealed that 4680 Scottish claimants had their benefits stopped in April 2012.

Independence referendum: Gordon Brown to launch 'United with Labour' pro-UK c...
BROWN will launch the campaign, which will aim to contact half a million households in three months, in Glasgow on Monday.

Independence referendum vote should be opened up to prisoners, says Lib Dem j...
ALISON McInnes argues that allowing short term prisoners the vote in the independence poll would be a step towards their rehabilitation and re-engagement with society.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage insists he will play a key role in the campaign agai...
THE Better Together campaign has refused to work with UKIP but Farage still plans to visit Scotland this week to canvas business leaders.

David Cameron: Forcing disabled people out of their homes because of the bedr...
The Prime Minister made the shock admission after he was asked to personally intervene in the case of Iris Henderson, who was born with dwarfism.

Lib Dems select former adviser to Scottish Secretary to stand in Aberdeen Don...
CHRISTINE Jardine will contest the by-election which has resulted from the death last month of SNP MSP Brian Adam.

Tory civil war over European Union is damaging Scotland abroad, SNP claims
THE Nationalist leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, reckons that the Conservatives internal division over the EU is harming Scottish interests abroad.

Record View: SNP must rally to save Union
RECORD VIEW says that Scotland's interests are best served being part of the European Union, something the SNP must protect.

Bungling Atos rake in £500million of taxpayers' cash from botched fitness-to-...
MP Tom Greatrex says it's wrong for the private firm to be cashing in when sick and disabled people are suffering because of the "mess" caused by new rules on claiming benefits.

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Major cracks have appeared in the Scotlandshire government from the bottom up...
Major cracks have appeared in the Scotlandshire government from the bottom up as a lowly MSP quit so he can apply for a job ? as an MSP.


Disaster for Salmond as French and/or vampire invasion imminent
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Foreigners are bloody bonkers,? said Keith. ?They dress funny, and talk...

We provide exclusive coverage of Labour's Music Hall revival today. Read our ...
We provide exclusive coverage of Labour's Music Hall revival today. Read our review here.


'Make Em Laugh' - Labour's new (almost) side-splitting comedy show
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When the act finished, there was a little polite applause to relieve the embarrassed silence

IN BRIEFS - Salmond humiliated again.
IN BRIEFS - Salmond humiliated again.


No Baftas for Salmond after humiliating rejection
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?The First Minister wishes the best of luck to all Scactors and Scactresses competing at the Baftas.?

Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Uni...
Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Union in the by election called for 20 June following the death of separatist MSP Brian Adam.


Aberdeen Donside - Candidates for the Union
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The Liberal Democrats have selected a guaranteed loser to we...

Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth
Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth


Forsyth takes a gander at Cameron?s hypocrisy, and 'gooses' him
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Lord Forsyth makes dramatic discovery. Cameron is a two-faced ......

Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political...
Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political Scotlandshire, we present -


Scottish political movers and shakers No 6 - George Foulkes
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He had a natural talent for its distinctively immature side - deceit, dissimulation, and dirty tricks.

Panicked Tory MP's checked themselves into 'Private' NHS England Hospitals af...
Panicked Tory MP's checked themselves into 'Private' NHS England Hospitals after being told by the SNP they had been "impaled by their own arguments"


SNP accused of scaremongering by panicked Tory Grandees
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it really is all about the fishing and not making sure bankers get...

IN BRIEFS -More uncertainty about separation
IN BRIEFS -More uncertainty about separation


Future of T in the Park after separation ?uncertain?
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Do you want to see T in the Park consisting of Andy Stewart, Michelle McManus and not a whole lot else?

EXCLUSIVE! No need to wait till September 2014 for the Referendum result. Rea...
EXCLUSIVE! No need to wait till September 2014 for the Referendum result. Read it here now.


Independence Result Declaration Announced
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We've got £30,000 on the nose for that race at 100-1, and if you think we're sharing that kind of information with you, you are out of you...

IN BRIEFS - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has marked the retirement ...
IN BRIEFS - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has marked the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson by publishing 500 questions for his successor.


Rooney demands answers
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What will be the cost of a first class prostitute at Manchester United?

NEW FEATURE! This involves lots of words that have to be read, but there are ...
NEW FEATURE! This involves lots of words that have to be read, but there are still pictures for the benefit of our usual viewers.


What do Real Scots think of separation?
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?I?ve been tangled up with some nasty characters, I?ll be honest. One time I accidentally handed over ...

IN BRIEFS - EXCLUSIVE!!! New role for Fergie.
IN BRIEFS - EXCLUSIVE!!! New role for Fergie.


EXCLUSIVE: Sir Alex set for U-KOK role - Salmond accused of dropping the ball
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Alex Salmond can?t answer any of our important questions on postage stamps and dialling codes

Hot off the press from our very own Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive): "We at BBC @...
Hot off the press from our very own Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive):
"We at BBC @ScotlandshireGB have a world exclusive coming, I'm in Manchester trying to find Old Trafford now, stay tuned!"


Nat Hunter (ScotshireLive) on Twitter
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The latest from Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive). Chief political c...

U-KOK head Alastair Darling today issued a stern rebuff to UKIP, that Scots a...
U-KOK head Alastair Darling today issued a stern rebuff to UKIP, that Scots aren't Better Together with them.


U-KOK tell UKIP - 'F**k Off. You're not Scots'
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The fate of the Union will be in my hands. Damn it, I've dropped the mike. Butterfingers!

Since it’s a lovely day, cherry blossoms in bloom, here is some spring garden...
Since it?s a lovely day, cherry blossoms in bloom, here is some spring gardening advice.


Gardening with unionists
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So, to retain the status quo in your garden, choke off new blossoms by ensuring a good supply of weeds.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
It's time to get above ourselves

Riddle Me This?
By Mike Small Michael Forsyth’s impact on the constitutional settlement – whatever that ends up being from the Stone of Destiny to the Euro Referendum – will be for historians Continue reading

For A? That 24 ? Charade, Hope & Charity
For episode 24 of For A? That Andrew and I had THREE guests for the first time, namely Natalie McGarry, Doug Daniel and Ruaridh Waddell. It was a busy week in Scottish politics and that was Continue reading

The Commons and the Collective Imagination
There’s a meeting to defend the Kinning Park Complex an independent community centre in south Glasgow – Kinning Park Complex Sunday 26th May 2:00 – 5:00 By Bob Hamilton There Continue reading

Enlisting Government to the Common Weal
This is the first of a series relating to the Common Weal project being developed by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, see more here.  By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert This contribution Continue reading

Escher Politics
By Mike Small Under pressure from those who feel soiled by sharing a platform with the Tories (though oddly feel no problem in them running our country with no mandate) Continue reading

Meme Warfare, Occupy and Indy Scotland
Micah White on Adbusters, Meme Warfare and Occupy tactics … worth listening to for the indy movement. Key issues: don’t confuse the social media campaign with THE movement, it is Continue reading

Frankie Boyle and Max Keiser
Max Keiser and Frankie Boyle discuss Scottish independence ...

Scotland Loves Trident?
By Jamie Maxwell As George Eaton points outs in the New Statesman this morning, the opposition of the Scottish public to nuclear weapons ?has long been regarded as one of Continue reading

Raw Data
Raw Data by Jake Fried 2013. Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee. More at inkwood.net Filed under: Arts & Culture

SCOTLAND 3.0
This is the first of a series of extracts from Scotland’s Road to Socialism – Time to Choose, edited by Gregor Gall and published by Scottish Left Review Press. By Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Business for Scotland independence group launches - Scotsman

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Business for Scotland independence group launches
Scotsman
Mr Banks talks about his belief that ?independence is in the interests of not only Scotland ? but also the rest of the UK? as he claims the two nations could cooperate over defence and the economy. He writes: ?A Yes vote does not me...


Scottish independence: Donside's litmus test for SNP majority - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Donside's litmus test for SNP majority
BBC News
Voters in Aberdeen Donside will vote on the 20 June to elect a successor to the late Brian Adam, the SNP MSP who died in April. Mr Adam had a majority of 7,175 at the last election. If Labour claim the seat, it would dep...


Scottish independence: Former PM Gordon Brown wants a 'union for social justi...

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Scottish independence: Former PM Gordon Brown wants a 'union for social justice'
BBC News
Former prime minister Gordon Brown said the anti-independence fight has to be based on a union for social justice with fairness at its core. He made the comment during a speech in Glasgow to launch his...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says taxes would not rise to pay welfare bill...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says taxes would not rise to pay welfare bill
BBC News
The anti and pro-independence events took place at the start of 70 weeks to the referendum on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, Ms Sturgeon sai...


Scottish independence: Brown launches 'United with Labour' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Brown launches 'United with Labour'
BBC News
Former prime minister Gordon Brown said the anti-independence fight has to be based on a union for social justice with fairness at its core. He made the comment during a speech in Glasgow to launch his party's United with L...


Scottish independence: Referendum 'affects third of offshore firms' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum 'affects third of offshore firms'
BBC News
Scotland's independence referendum is affecting the investment plans of more than a third of oil and gas operators and contractors, according to a survey. The 18th Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Oil and ...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum
BBC News
The minister in charge of the Scottish government's yes to independence campaign has admitted that much more work needed to be done to win over the electorate. Nicola Sturgeon was speaking ahead of a speech in Glas...


Scotland Independence Vote: Could It Be a Feminist Utopia? - PolicyMic - Poli...

PolicyMic

Scotland Independence Vote: Could It Be a Feminist Utopia? - PolicyMic
PolicyMic
But there's an arduous road of opinion-swaying ahead for those who feel independence is Scotland's destiny. The latest Ipso MORI poll published this week shows increased support for maintaining union with the ...


Is independence the key to a more prosperous and fairer country? - stv.tv

Is independence the key to a more prosperous and fairer country?
stv.tv
A new organisation aiming to increase support for Scottish independence among small and medium sized businesses was launched on Tuesday evening. Business For Scotland brings together more than 350 figures campaigning for a Yes ...


Independence: Scotland and England not 'equal' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence: Scotland and England not 'equal'
Scotsman
Ms Sturgeon insisted there is a ?natural majority? for independence - who will vote yes if they can be persuaded Scotland can be ?wealthier and fairer.? ?Independence represents a continuation of Scotland's journey as a nation,? she sa...


SNP

SNP - Google News
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'Pathetic' MSPs blasted over bedroom tax debate - Express.co.uk

'Pathetic' MSPs blasted over bedroom tax debate
Express.co.uk
Three senior SNP MSPs had to be repeatedly told to allow officials of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to speak as a Scottish Parliament committee meeting descended into farce. Labour's Michael McMahon, convenor of the Welfare ...


SNP departures from administration ? was money a factor? - For Argyll

For Argyll

SNP departures from administration ? was money a factor?
For Argyll
This appears to have been sent by Council Leader Robb to his SNP colleagues, during the putting together of the proposed list of senior responsibilities [which we published here a couple of days ago] to be shared around t...


MSPs grill DWP chief on bedroom tax - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

MSPs grill DWP chief on bedroom tax
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
SNP MSPs have been called to order for repeatedly shouting down senior Whitehall officials over controversial benefit changes. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) bosses were told they live in a Kafkaesque Alice In Wonderland...


Confidential email from Freeman to McCuish leaked ? tells inside story in sha...

For Argyll

Confidential email from Freeman to McCuish leaked ? tells inside story in sharp ...
For Argyll
Councillor George Freeman, Leader of the Argyll and Bute Independent Councillors group ? which he sees as remaining a partner of the SNP in administration ? has let us know that a confidential e...


Argyll and Bute Council SNP group drops coalition plan - BBC News

Argyll and Bute Council SNP group drops coalition plan
BBC News
The 11-strong SNP group on Argyll and Bute Council has voted unanimously to abandoned a proposed coalition. The group was suspended by the SNP last week after inviting the Conservatives and Lib Dems to join the administration without t...


Gordon Brown brings Labour's referendum campaign home to Fife - The Courier

The Courier

Gordon Brown brings Labour's referendum campaign home to Fife
The Courier
He criticised both the SNP and the Conservatives during his address at the Emirates Arena. The party campaign aims to contact half a million households in the next three months. Mr Brown also hinted that more power...


SNP MSPs shout down senior Whitehall officials over 'bedroom tax' - stv.tv

SNP MSPs shout down senior Whitehall officials over 'bedroom tax'
stv.tv
SNP MSPs have been called to order for repeatedly shouting down senior Whitehall officials over controversial benefit changes. Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) bosses were told they live in a Kafkaesque Alice In Wonderlan...


SNP condemn LibDem attempt to narrow access - SNP (press release)

SNP condemn LibDem attempt to narrow access
SNP (press release)
The SNP has condemned moves by the LibDems to attempt to limit widening access in the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee today. Amendments lodged by the LibDems to the Post-16 Education Bill would have significantly restricted e...


Record View: Devil is in the detail for SNP with package of welfare reforms t...

Scottish Daily Record

Record View: Devil is in the detail for SNP with package of welfare reforms to ...
Scottish Daily Record
THE SNP have moved away from their core independence message in a bid to woo voters but how will their reforms be paid for, asks RECORD VIEW. Nicola Sturgeon. NICOLA STURGEO...


Argyll and Bute council leader resigns over coalition - Scotsman

Scotsman

Argyll and Bute council leader resigns over coalition
Scotsman
The SNP's National Executive Committee (NEC) suspended the party's group on the authority for inviting the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups to join the council's ruling administration without permission. However, a group...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish referendum: Business leaders join new pro-independence group - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish referendum: Business leaders join new pro-independence group
BBC News
Dozens of Scottish businesses have joined a new organisation which has been set up to lobby for a yes vote in the independence referendum. Business for Scotland, which said it had recruited more than 350 members,...


Will draft EU referendum Bill heal the Conservatives Europe rift? - stv.tv

BBC News

Will draft EU referendum Bill heal the Conservatives Europe rift?
stv.tv
The Conservatives have published a draft Bill on Tuesday setting out the terms of a referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union or not. The Bill commits the party to a Yes or No public vote before the ...


Scottish independence: Referendum 'affects third of offshore firms' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum 'affects third of offshore firms'
BBC News
Scotland's independence referendum is affecting the investment plans of more than a third of oil and gas operators and contractors, according to a survey. The 18th Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Oil and ...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum
BBC News
The minister in charge of the Scottish government's yes to independence campaign has admitted that much more work needed to be done to win over the electorate. Nicola Sturgeon was speaking ahead of a speech in ...


Scottish independence: Former PM Gordon Brown wants a 'union for social justi...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Former PM Gordon Brown wants a 'union for social justice'
BBC News
The SNP's deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon had earlier dismissed Mr Brown's view that taxes would have to rise in an independent Scotland. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, nex...


LibDems push for prisoners to get a vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

The Sunday Times

LibDems push for prisoners to get a vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
In March, the SNP Government introduced the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill to Holyrood, legislation that will determine who gets a vote in the plebiscite. As things stand, those who will be age...


Scottish independence: MSPs back referendum franchise plans - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs back referendum franchise plans
BBC News
Plans to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum have been backed by a Holyrood committee. The Referendum Bill Committee also said it was right that convicted prisoners should be b...


Can the Yes Scotland referendum campaign turn its fortunes around? - stv.tv

Can the Yes Scotland referendum campaign turn its fortunes around?
stv.tv
A new poll puts support for the Union at a two-year high. With less than 500 days to go until the independence referendum, today's Ipsos-MORI opinion poll highlights the scale of the challenge facing those campaigning for a Y...


Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum? - Spectator....

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one. As well as David Cameron's promised 'proper' referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union, there is also the one on Sc...


Scottish independence referendum legislation is 'quite a well drafted bill' -...

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum legislation is 'quite a well drafted bill'
BBC News
Michael Clancy OBE from the Law Society of Scotland told the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill was "quite a well drafted bill" and it was "tailored to Scottish c...


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Google 'cultural Institute'

I think it is:

 

http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home?view=room

 

See me and that kultur....



Ian Mcgill - Better Together

Stuttering kvnt, completely out his depth.



Independence For London?

"London should quit the EU and ditch the UK too" - Simon Jenkins:

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/com...



Absolute Animals !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22519770#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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Business Leaders Form Independence Group

Positive. 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22521342



Pakora Wednesday

Sounds like a great idea to me:-

 

http://kennymcgovern.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/recipe-baby-vegeta...



Foxes - Ma Shoes

Got in last night - no drink - and, as I walked up the path, I stood in fox shit. (I feed them in...



Spaceman Guy

How cool would it be to spend months floating above the Earth. What an experience. Hope he brings...



Guest Row, Aberdeen

Any Tambers know of this area. Some of my ancestors were at this place at the turn of the 20th ce...



Can't Really Get My Head Round This
Did these two batter the shit out of each other until one died????

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-s...

Better Nation

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

Bearding the Tavish in his den
Last night a debate took place on Shetland. In one corner for The Rumble In The Northern Isles wa...

Questions for Better Together
A guest today from Keir Liddle on those infamous 500 questions, as lovingly parodied on Twitter. ...

It?s all relative
A guest post today from Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who shadows John Swinney at Holyrood. Ken’s blo...

The Aberdeen Donside by-election
The sad death of Brian Adam MSP just under a fortnight ago means the first Holyrood by-election o...

The North is rising
I?ve been somewhat sceptical as to some of the overtures being made toward the Nordic countries b...

Labour?s timidity on pay
The week before their 29% triumph in the local elections down south, “Red Ed” set out a timid Bla...

The march of the ?kippers as the revenge of Yes to AV
The Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 was one of the most cynical episodes in modern British po...

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for sai...

With helpful advice like this?
Today’s Scotland on Sunday leads with “splits” in the Yes camp, revealing (shock!) that the SNP h...

Scot Goes pop

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

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Tuesday's semi-final
'Fraid so - it's that time of year again. Without wanting to put you off before we even get star...

(no title)
Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. As an experiment, James has kindly allowed me space o...

Ipsos-Mori : SNP retain lead in Scottish Parliament voting intentions
As you'll probably have seen by now, the latest full-scale Scottish poll from Ipsos-Mori is out, ...

"You're an idiot - now go and play with something sharp" says the No campaign...
I realise there's a slight danger of turning this blog into one long transcription of my exchange...

Does James Mackenzie have a problem with alternative points of view?
James Mackenzie, the supremo of the Better Nation blog, has in a somewhat haughty (and not exactl...

Questions to which the answer is "don't ask questions with your mouth full, y...
It's strategy, Jim, but not as we know it. The No campaign seem to have convinced themselves tha...

By all means let's be civilised, but let's do it because we're human beings
Let me say straight away that I quite like Susan Calman - I've seen her live a few times, and whi...

Darling : "I'm in the wrong campaign!"
This seems to be the top tweet featuring the #indyref hashtag at the moment -

"@TogetherDarling ...

Fancy becoming a contributor to Scot Goes Pop?
In recent months, the visitor numbers to this blog have reached unprecedented levels. Although t...

Disaster for Labour : local election results confirm they are headed for defe...
Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a ...

Clegg In Seventh Heaven As Libs Lick Lousy Loony
The future of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party was called into question tonight, as it sen...

House of Commons report confirms that Scottish independence would be a force ...
It's rare that a report by Westminster's Foreign Affairs Committee paints such an inspiring pictu...

Here's why Labour are probably going to lose the next UK general election
Until recently, I tended to go along with the conventional wisdom that the balance of probability...

Don't these bleedin' Jocks have a sense of humour?
One of the great taboos on Have I Got News For You is audience interaction. It just doesn't happ...

Notes on a non-scandal
In the latest scare story about Scotland's currency that has been concocted by the No campaign (a...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Labour devolution plans explained
From Wings Over ScotlandLabour devolution plans explainedhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/labour-devo...

Dog-whistle causes dog bite
From Wings Over ScotlandDog-whistle causes dog bitehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/dog-whistle-cause...

Move over, Darling
From Wings Over ScotlandMove over, Darlinghttp://wingsoverscotland.com/move-over-darling/?utm_sou...

Labour?s super-fun happy day
From Wings Over ScotlandLabour?s super-fun happy dayhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/labours-super-ha...

Quoted for truth #15
From Wings Over ScotlandQuoted for truth #15http://wingsoverscotland.com/quoted-for-truth-15/?utm...

350 business figures campaign for a Yes vote
Business for Scotland will campaign for a Yes vote in referendum More than 350 business figur...

Perspective : Independence should be seen as a catalyst
In my view, there is a vote for independence in the hearts of most Scots. But emotion apart, it...

Only a Yes vote can deliver full powers for Holyrood
The majority of Scottish people want Holyrood to have the full powers required to make the most...

Nicola Sturgeon?s speech in full, 13 May, 2013
In 70 weeks’ time, each of us will give our own answer to the question – “Should Scotland be an...

?We have little doubt that Scotland will vote Yes because Westminster is simp...
The chief executive of Yes Scotland, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed as “visionary, eminently sensi...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Time to Abolish the BBC
It must be a fundamental human right not to have to pay James Purnell. The obnoxious Blair clone ...

Sunday Return
Back home today from a very life-affirming Uzbek opposition meeting in Istanbul. Blogging resumes...

Virus
A computer virus is sending out emails from me – don’t open if you get one. I am puzzled how this...

Fat Cat Culture
The Guardian today published a photo of a bit of derelict yard where kids had been playing, as ev...

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson is fit to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jock Stein. That is most of what nee...

Lawson: The Banker?s Poison is Out
It is the bankers who pay the rat Lawson who want London as an offshore money-laundering centre o...

Lynne Stewart ? Last Chance for Compassionate Release
In the same week that the Obama administration decided there would be no prosecutions of Bush aco...

Killing Syrians ? A Game Anyone Can Play
Israel’s massive air strikes against Syria are, beyond argument, illegal. There is no provision i...

Political Rape
Nigel Evans is fully entitled to the presumption of innocence; and the media seem more inclined t...

British Embassy Promotes Despotism in Bahrain
The British Embassy in Bahrain is promoting the appalling attack on human rights in that country ...

McCormick Con Exposed the Truth about Iraq
It is tempting to treat the jailing of fake bomb detector salesman James McCormick as comedy, so ...

We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields
“We earned them votes tonight”, said Emma Lewell-Buck. The House of Commons has gained a social w...

Preparations for War
Reading two reports by Lieutenant Leech written between January and March 1838. The first, on Can...

No Politics is Local
Two friends of mine, one a Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat, both of whom live in London, ...

The Toils of the Historian
It is 3.30am and I have just finished reading and analysing A Report on the Sindhian, Khelat and ...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

David Cameron should beware the referendum trap | Steve Richards

History shows that referendums tend to ruin rather than unify political parties ? and have little to do with genuine people power

Beware the deadly lure of referendums. In the United Kingdom referen...



Gordon Brown: Conservatives close to being 'Powellite' on immigration

Brown unveils Labour campaign against Scottish independence declaring that only Labour will protect UK institutions

Gordon Brown has accused the Tories of adopting Enoch Powell-style rhetoric on imm...



Union with Ukip's England? Spare us | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plank

One by one, the few remaining ties that bind us with England are being loosened. For those of us who have cherish...



Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU states

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle...



Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Scotch Whisky Association's challenge to 50p minimum price a unit is dismissed

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that ...



Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...



Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local el...

George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were t...



Letters: Currency questions for Scotland

Even if Scotland votes for independence and manages to keep the pound (No currency union with independent Scotland, says Osborne, 24 April), there's another problem facing its choice of currency. T...



Scotland's independence debate is giving unionism a shot in the arm | Martin ...

Alex Salmond's SNP should be crowing after Osborne's speech. But pro-UK politics is making a confident comeback

This week Alex Salmond was gifted the sort of opportunity he is supposed to dream of. ...



Scotland: the nitty-gritty of an ideal | Editorial

The danger for unionism is that the nationalist tide is met with a run of unplanned concessions

As with David Cameron's recent trip to Scotland to put the case for a Trident missile that has always ...



Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish first minister tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independence ...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland





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