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The Herald

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Labour victory in 'Little Scotland' a message to PM
Labour secured a by-election victory in Corby as the party declared the road to Downing Street ran through the seat.

Prescott loses in police commissioner poll
Former Labour deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has lost out in his bid to return to a senior public role, after missing out on election as a police commissioner in England.

No SSP move for Finnie
INDEPENDENT MSP John Finnie, who resigned from the SNP over its change of policy on Nato, has played down suggestions he may join the Scottish Socialist Party.

Approval ratings boost for Salmond
ALEX Salmond may have suffered fierce criticism within the Holyrood village in recent weeks, but his Government's standing in the country is well ahead of approval ratings for the UK Government.

Salmond says sorry for misleading MSPs again
ALEX Salmond has been forced to make a humiliating apology after issuing misleading claims about college funding.

MPs warn £66bn banking bailout cash could be lost
Taxpayers may never recoup the £66 billion invested in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds at the height of the banking crisis, a damning report by MPs will warn today.

Sturgeon crowned The Herald Scottish politician of 2012
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was last night crowned The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year in recognition of a series of achievements, from alcohol pricing and same-sex marriage to her new referendum role as Scotland's "Yes Minister".

Miliband waiting on poll result
LABOUR will today find out if it has won its first major by-election test under Ed Miliband's leadership.

China acts over fake Scotch sales
The UK Government has thanked China for its support in clamping down on sales of fake Scottish whisky.

Firms paying little tax will face action
The Coalition Government will act against multinational companies who pay tiny amounts of tax in the UK in next month's Autumn Statement, Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

Salmond: Crisis-hit BBC needs ex-chief Dyke back
ALEX Salmond has called for former BBC director-general Greg Dyke to be reappointed as head of the crisis-hit broadcaster.

Scots jobless figure rises as UK total falls
ALEX Salmond has again blamed the Olympics after a second successive quarter saw un-employment rise in Scotland but fall across the UK as a whole.

Politicians honoured at annual awards ceremony
HOLYROOD, Westminster and local politicians will gather in Edinburgh tonight to learn who has won in each of eight categories of The Herald, Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2012.

Tory filmed backing rival candidate in by-election
DAVID Cameron's attempt to hang on to the marginal Midlands seat of Corby in today's crunch Westminster by-election has been branded a "shambles" after the MP heading the Tory campaign was secretly filmed apparently supporting a rival candidate.

MPs demand explanation for closure of Scottish coastguard stations
MPS have expressed "deep concerns" about the Coalition's decision to close two of Scotland's coastguard centres, and said the Government must do more to explain the decision.

 

Scotsman

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Syrian opposition hold ?encouraging? talks with UK Government

EUROPEAN nations are considering overturning an arms embargo on Syria, Foreign Secreatry William Hague said yesterday, in a move that could allow rebels access to imported weapons.



Low turnout challenge for PM as democratic deficit emerges

THE low turnout in England and Wales for the election of police and crime commissioners is a humiliating blow for the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, which introduced a bill on the issue in the hope of improving accountability, amid widespread criticism that it would make the police less subject to democratic control.



Leaders: Inaction in Syria is not an option any longer

LORD Ashdown’s blunt and damning assessment of the Nato military occupation of Afghanistan as a failure serves, superficially at least, as a stark warning against any involvement in the worsening civil war in Syria.



Alf Young: Time for power of collective wallets

If markets and politics fail to act amid the growing public cycnicism, they risk a backlash, writes Alf Young



Gerry Hassan: Nat-bashing won?t help the unionists? cause

A change of tone is required otherwise our commentators risk undermining what little respect for politics there is left, writes Gerry Hassan



David Cameron visits Help the Heroes facility in Tidworth, Wiltshire

The Prime Minister yesterday visited injured veterans and Paralympians at a state-of-the-art Help for Heroes facility to launch the 2013 Hero Ride.



OAP sent hoax substance to Clegg

A PENSIONER claiming to be a Catholic nun who sent envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was given a community order yesterday.



By?election victory for Scots Tories

Scottish Tories received a by-election boost in the only poll north of the Border on Thursday.



Scotland?s single police force to be split into 14 local units

SCOTLAND’S single police force is to be split into 14 divisions, in an attempt to crack down on local crime such as vandalism, antisocial behaviour and drink- and drug-related offences.



Don?t hand Michael Russell more power to hire and fire, urge critics

PLANS to hand beleaguered education secretary Mike Russell new powers to hire and fire college board members must be ditched, opposition parties said yesterday.



Former PM Tony Blair?s father dies

TONY BLAIR’S father Leo has died, the former prime minister’s office announced today.



Cartoons of the week 12-16 November

A LOOK AT the past week in politics, in cartoons.



Labour romp home in Corby in wake of dire turnout for PCC posts

LABOUR has romped home in the Corby by-election as bitter recriminations began over the dire turnout for new police and crime commissioner (PCC) posts.

Andy Sawford secured a majority of nearly 8,000 in seizing the Commons seat from the Tories, comfortably defeating rival Christine Emmett.



Hearts and Hibs set for new council charges over traffic disruption at city e...

HIBS and Hearts would be among the worst hit by a new charge on major events as Edinburgh transport chiefs attempt to overcome a £1.1 million bill from the associated traffic disruption.



Nicola Sturgeon named Politician of the Year

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been named 2012 Scottish Politician of the Year.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Spirit of the staircase
Alex Salmond, rumoured to have a fiery temper, must be hopping mad today. Johann Lamont wasted her time on a speculative exercise at First Minister’s Questions, aiming (as is her wont) for nothing more than a petty point of snark, and instead a clumsy piece of SNP briefing allowed her to extract an embarrassing retraction [...]

Crybaby Nation
It’s hard for any remotely aware and rational person not to be a misanthrope. If you can watch the news for any extended period of time and not come to the conclusion that humanity as a whole would be greatly served by a bird-flu pandemic or alien invasion, you’re a better person than we are [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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Councils back end of right to buy
A majority of Scottish councils want the right to buy for council and social housing tenants scrapped, a government report says.

Salmond 'sorry' for wrong figures
First Minister Alex Salmond says sorry in the Scottish Parliament chamber for quoting incorrect figures in relation to college funding.

Sturgeon named politician of year
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is named The Herald's Scottish Politician of the Year for the second time.

MSPs back independence referendum
MSPs vote to back detailed plans to give the Scottish Parliament the power to hold an independence referendum.

By-election win for Conservatives
The Conservative candidate wins a by-election held following the death of a councillor in Dumfries and Galloway earlier this year.

Sistema orchestra gets £1m funds
Funding for the Sistema Big Noise children's orchestra is set to be announced by Scotland's deputy first minister.

MSPs back contentious FoI bill
MSPs back the general principles of a bill that includes plans to keep communications between ministers and senior Royal Family members a secret.

Coastguard closures case 'failed'
The UK government has "clearly failed" to make a convincing case for the closure of Coastguard stations, MPs say.

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.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
First Minister Alex Salmond apologises to MSPs for providing incorrect information about Scotland's college budgets, on 15 November 2012.

Newsnet Scotland

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Salmond apologises for getting it wrong ? but for others, sorry is the hardes...

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Alex Salmond has apologised to the Scottish Parliament for quoting college funding figures for 2011/12 that were inaccurate.
 
An own- goal, and quite spectacular as it goes.  That college funding and Education Secretary Michael Russell would have been the focus at this week?s First Minister?s Questions was a pretty safe bet, so to get funding figures wrong was inexcusable.



14 November: European general strike: neither this Spain nor this Europe of c...

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos,

English translation by Paul T. Kavanagh. Click here to read this article in the original Galego (Galician language)

In the year 2003 during his (mis)government, Aznar decided in the Azores, together with his friends Blair, Bush, and Barroso, to involve Spain in the great lie that was the illegal war in Iraq.  98% of Spaniards did not want this war (neither this nor any other) and we took to the streets to cry NO TO WAR in mass crowds.



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.



First Minister's Questions - 15 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.



Towards a Disestablished, Non-Sectarian Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

The recent naming of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury has reminded UK citizens that that they are members of a state with an official religion, regardless of the degree to which the British practice or believe it.

Although the Church of Scotland and England are technically separate, Queen Elizabeth II is officially the head of the Anglican church and therefore in some sense held to be an intermediary between the British people and God.  Coronations, royal weddings, and other official UK ceremonies are granted legitimacy by the Anglican church.



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.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Radical Indy Conference 08: Let?s plan for a Scottish Spring

by Jonathon Shafi, Conference Organiser In just a few weeks, two contrasting visions of a Scottish future have taken shape.  In Lamont’s new order, Scotland will observe a diplomatic silence [...]...

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Catalonia elections 2012 ? Spain set for showdown in battle for independence

As Catalonia prepares for a vote which could redraw the map of Spain, Jon Henley goes in search of ordinary people's stories...

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Senior European economist confirms that Scotland would not have to join euro

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish...

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Sturgeon ready to 'overrule' the Electoral Commission

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not "give away" the Scottish Parliament's right to ignore Electoral Commission advice on rules governing the independence referendum.



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The northern sandwich - sliced up by Scotland and the south

Alex Salmond has been a-wooing in Newcastle this week but his calls for northern solidarity with Scotland may be as dangerous as the Sirens' song.

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STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum

Road to the Referendum will chart Scotland’s journey to the 2014 vote on independence.

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MSPs back independence referendum

MSPs vote to back detailed plans to give the Scottish Parliament the power to hold an independence referendum.

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SNP?s Holyrood majority not built on independence

Alex Salmond thinks that he is a modern day William Wallace and is desperate to gain his place in history as the man who broke up the United Kingdom and destroyed Scotland’s ties with England. But it is extremely unlikely that he will able to shout “freedom!” from the rooftops of Holyrood in 2014. It is more likely is that we will see the Union Jack and the Saltire flying together proudly side by side as Scotland remains an integral part of our beloved United Kingdom.



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Scottish Government likely to follow watchdog advice on referendum

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says independence vote will be 'beyond legal challenge'.

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Radical Indy Conference 07: A Moral Compass for Independence?

Pride is what I felt last year in Scotland whilst leading thousands of students in the campaign for Equal Marriage.



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Referendum 2014 Directory

A directory of useful links for those interested in the debate on Scotland's independence referendum. Please feel free to suggest a website or a new category using the links at the bottom of the page. PLEASE NOTE: This site is under construction but link suggestions are welcome.



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Senior economist: No state can be forced into Euro

Anti-independence politicians must stop their ‘silly scaremongering’ over claims that Scotland would be forced to join the Euro, the SNP has said, after a senior European economist confirmed that no EU country can be forced to join the Euro against its will.



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Integration and disintegration of the EU

Mario Monti has convened an informal summit about centrifugal forces that most of the EU members are facing. Independentisms.

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Protests at Darling's Prestonpans lecture

A PRO-UNION speech last Friday evening by former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling MP attracted two minor protests.,...

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Independence vote could delay scheme to cut carbon emissions (paywall)

Political uncertainty caused by the independence referendum could delay investment in carbon capture and storage technology, a study commissioned by Scottish Enterprise has reported.



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Labour predict General Election joy in 2015 as Andy Sawford captures Corby fr...
THE by-election in the Northamptonshire seat was forced by the resignation of Conservative MP Louise Mensch to spend more time with her family in the USA.

Treasury admit £66bn of taxpayers' cash used to bail out RBS and Lloyds may n...
THE injection of cash was needed as a direct result of officials not having the necessary skills to react to the crisis.

David Cameron prepares for 'complete bloody nose' in Corby by-election
THE Prime Minister's aided blamed deserter Louise Mensch rather than putting it down to David Cameron's unpopularity.

A £10m slip in credibility
IN a time where youngsters in Scotland face the most uncertain future in generations it is unforgivable that MSPs fail to present an accurate summary of the country's spending plans.

Johan Lamont: How can we believe anything Alex Salmond says after he misled H...
THE First Minister denied any deliberate intention to mislead Parliament after it was revealed colleges had suffered cuts of £10million in the last year.

Alex Salmond says sorry to Parliament over error in college funding figures
THE First Minister had earlier claimed that budgets for colleges increased in 2012-13, when they had actually been reduced by almost £10m.

Government will accept guidance on referendum, admits Nicola Sturgeon
THE deputy first minister also set aside speculation that the outcome of the referendum could still end up in the courts, despite these new powers, arguing that any legal challenge is unlikely to be effective.

Scotland would not be forced into Eurozone, claims top economist
THE Scottish Government insists that if Scotland votes to leave the UK it will retain the pound as its currency.

Worker selling £1800 lunch with Alex Salmond he won in charity auction
GARRY STUART had a few drinks and was feeling generous so bid for the meal for four with the First Minister even though he hates politics, but is now desperate to shift the prize and has taken out ads in his local newspapers.

Riots take place at anti-cuts protests across Europe
THE protests were against austerity measures and rising unemployment but in Italy and Spain strikes were met with tear gas.

Education Secretary Mike Russell branded a 'bully' after college boss resigns...
STOW College boss Kirk Ramsay quit amid claims Russell made his position untenable after he used an electronic pen to record a meeting involving 80 people.

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.

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

Radical Indy Conference 08: Let?s plan for a Scottish Spring
by Jonathon Shafi, Conference Organiser In just a few weeks, two contrasting visions of a Scottish future have taken shape.  In Lamont?s new order, Scotland will observe a diplomatic silence [...]

Towards a Native Theatre? An Open Letter to Laurie Sansom, NTS Artistic Direc...
An open letter to Laurie Sansom, the artistic director designate of the National Theatre of Scotland from Thom Cross You have taken up the challenge in difficult days I assure [...]

Art and politics don?t mix
Someone stuck the article below (from The Scotsman) on the noticeboard outside my office.  I wasn’t sure if it was specifically aimed at myself but I stopped to read it and there [...]

Radical Indy Conference 07: A Moral Compass for Independence?
by Nathan Sparling Pride. Pride is what I felt last year in Scotland whilst leading thousands of students in the campaign for Equal Marriage. We helped bring together tens of [...]

Mark Cousins on Argo, Iran and formulaic thinking
Writing exclusively for Bella Caledonia Mark Cousins voices some of his concerns over the new Ben Affleck action thriller, Argo In the early 1990s, I started seeing films from Iran.  [...]

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 [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Lamont, John - Scottish Independence and the EU - DeHavilland (press release)...

Lamont, John - Scottish Independence and the EU
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John Lamont (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scot...


ICAS is right ? Scottish tax autonomy needs defining - Accountancy Age (blog)

Accountancy Age (blog)

ICAS is right ? Scottish tax autonomy needs defining
Accountancy Age (blog)
Holyrood expects Revenue Scotland will be in place by 2015, and independence will be voted on in 2014...


STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
STV has announced plans to produce a three-part documentary series on the Scottish independence referendum. Road to the Refer...


Herald and STV collaborate to 'chart road to 2014? - allmediascotland.com (pr...

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Herald and STV collaborate to 'chart road to 2014?
allmediascotland.com (press release)
?STV will utilise its wealth of news archives, along with The Herald archiv...


McIndependence: Should Scotland give the UK the highland fling? - CNN Interna...

CNN International

McIndependence: Should Scotland give the UK the highland fling?
CNN International
With so much to claim as their own, it is little wonder that in 2014 the Scots will vote on whether ...


Nicola Sturgeon scoops Scottish Politician of the Year award - stv.tv

Nicola Sturgeon scoops Scottish Politician of the Year award
stv.tv
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who co-signed the Edinburgh Agreement ensuring the referendum will give Scots a straight choice b...


Nicola Sturgeon named the Herald's Scottish politician of year - BBC News

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon named the Herald's Scottish politician of year
BBC News
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who co-signed the Edinburgh Agreement ensuring the referendum will give Scots a strai...


The northern sandwich - sliced up by Scotland and the south - The Guardian

The Guardian

The northern sandwich - sliced up by Scotland and the south
The Guardian
While half of the people of Berwick may, in Coun Jim Smith's view support Scottish independence, and for all the l...


Cable warns Scots may rue independence - Scotsman

Cable warns Scots may rue independence
Scotsman
Mr Cable also used the speech to warn against Scottish independence. He said: ?The free flow of goods and services has enriched the UK as a whole, but ...


Tom Peterkin: SNP have a duty to take independence to heart in both deed and ...

Scotsman

Tom Peterkin: SNP have a duty to take independence to heart in both deed and ...
Scotsman
After appearing on the BBC defending the Cabinet Secretary, Maxwell returned to parliament to thwart ...


SNP

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Don't hand Michael Russell more power to hire and fire, urge critics - Scotsman

Scotsman

Don't hand Michael Russell more power to hire and fire, urge critics
Scotsman
Stow College board chairman Kirk Ramsay quit on Monday after a spat with the SNP minister, and the controversy cu...


54% happy with Scottish Government - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

54% happy with Scottish Government
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
"This will be particularly encouraging for the SNP given that they have now been in power for over five years and given the compar...


Citigroup Upgrades China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. to Buy, Raises PT - Benzinga

Citigroup Upgrades China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. to Buy, Raises PT
Benzinga
(NYSE: SNP) from Neutral to Buy. Citigroup noted, ?We rate Sinopec ADRs as Buy. We expect a strong earnings recovery in ...


New powers to allow Mike Russell to 'hire and fire' college boards - Scotsman

Scotsman

New powers to allow Mike Russell to 'hire and fire' college boards
Scotsman
Stow College board chairman Kirk Ramsay quit last week after a spat with the SNP minister and the controversy culmi...


Citigroup Raises China Petroleum and Chemical to Buy (SNP) - Daily Political

Citigroup Raises China Petroleum and Chemical to Buy (SNP)
Daily Political
China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE: SNP) was upgraded by Citigroup from a ?neutral? rating to a ?buy? rating in a research n...


Sturgeon named politician of year - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Sturgeon named politician of year
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP depute leader saw off competition from Labour leader Johann Lamont, who had been nominated f...


More than half of Scots satisfied with SNP - poll - Scotsman

Scotsman

More than half of Scots satisfied with SNP - poll
Scotsman
?This will be particularly encouraging for the SNP given that they have now been in power for over five years and given the comparab...


Weekend Warmup: Jonathan McDonald's five sports must-sees, only at ... - The ...

Weekend Warmup: Jonathan McDonald's five sports must-sees, only at ...
The Province
HOCKEY: AHL, Abbotsford at Rochester, 4 p.m., teamradio. ca; WHL, Brandon at Kootenay, 6 p.m., SHAW; Regina at Vanc...


Switch off this scandal - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record

Switch off this scandal
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP minister should be worrying more about the impact of the brutal cuts he is inflicting on colleges. But he seems to have spen...


Scottish Parliament - Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Sta...

Scottish Parliament - Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP): Perhaps rightly, Paul Martin gave some cr...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
STV has announced plans to produce a three-part documentary series on the Scottish independence referendum. Road to the Refer...


Sturgeon named politician of year - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Sturgeon named politician of year
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who co-signed the Edinburgh Agreement ensuring the referendum will...


Nicola Sturgeon scoops Scottish Politician of the Year award - stv.tv

Nicola Sturgeon scoops Scottish Politician of the Year award
stv.tv
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who co-signed the Edinburgh Agreement ensuring the referendum will give Scots a straight choice b...


Herald and STV collaborate to 'chart road to 2014? - allmediascotland.com (pr...

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Herald and STV collaborate to 'chart road to 2014?
allmediascotland.com (press release)
Scotland map. THE Herald newspaper and braodcaster, STV, are collaborate on...


Nicola Sturgeon named Scotland's top politician ... again - Glasgow Evening T...

Glasgow Evening Times

Nicola Sturgeon named Scotland's top politician ... again
Glasgow Evening Times
The Glasgow Southside MSP took the top prize for the second time for having successfully steered t...


Sturgeon crowned The Herald Scottish politician of 2012 - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon crowned The Herald Scottish politician of 2012
Herald Scotland
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was last night crowned The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year in recog...


Nicola Sturgeon named the Herald's Scottish politician of year - BBC News

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon named the Herald's Scottish politician of year
BBC News
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who co-signed the Edinburgh Agreement ensuring the referendum will give Scots a strai...


The northern sandwich - sliced up by Scotland and the south - The Guardian

The Guardian

The northern sandwich - sliced up by Scotland and the south
The Guardian
At the beginning of the year, just as David Cameron fired the starting gun on the process leading to a referendum ...


Cable warns Scots may rue independence - Scotsman

Cable warns Scots may rue independence
Scotsman
He said: ?The free flow of goods and services has enriched the UK as a whole, but with the forthcoming referendum on independence this could be under t...


Referendum guidance set to be taken - Queensferry Gazette

Queensferry Gazette

Referendum guidance set to be taken
Queensferry Gazette
The committee unanimously approved the modification of Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998, which confers powers on the Scot...


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Thieving Gypo Scumbags
Yep, you've guessed it, some thievin jakey fvckfaced cvnt has nicked ma bike AGAIN, this time from right ootside ma work and again nae cvnt saw anythin.

Fvckin sick te death of cvnts that cannae ...

Cycling Route
thinking of cycling from hampden to wembley next august for charity, just in the process of finding the best route. anyone got any tips or advice for best route to take? or even the best place to l...

Bowie On Bbc 4 - Now
The genius of David Bowie - its all in the title

Science Fiction
Stands to reason that on an internet forum, a higher than normal %age of folk will be into Sci-Fi.

So,TAMBers, who/what are your favourite Sci Fi writers/books?

Alastair Reynolds, Iain M Banks an...

Children In Need
I know it's designed to pull on the heart strings, and I know it's been on for years, and I know it's a cynical world out there.....but God, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved pret...

Fillet Steak
Just had a couple of fillet steaks for friday night dinner, bought from the surprisingly good butcher at .... Morrisons. :yikes:

The wine was Gran Sasso, a Montepulcianian masterpeice, available f...

Man Jailed For Robbing A Shop................
http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/3013254




Tax Return
My son is leaving country at end of month to travel, for 2 years he has been told that he will still need to complete a tax return next year even though he will be on other side of world, anyone ...

As Per Warning Bar Thread
I'm taking this off now,it's boomed up,I think.

Cheers 11



21St December 2012 - End Of Times
With all this carry on in the Middle East, Global Catastrophe's etc. does anyone actually believe this is it?

Personally I think it's a load of pish..Wasn't we all supposed to die in 1999 accordin...

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.

Today is Thursday 15th November 2012...
Remember that date. It will live in infamy.

Just eighteen months ago, brave men and women across the United Kingdom raised their hands in defiance, and said: "No. This shall not be." In doing s...

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 ...