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Scottish Labour's top official will answer to the UK party
SCOTTISH Labour has been accused of being controlled by Westminster after it emerged that the party's new general secretary would be line-managed by the UK party's top official.

'Incredinburgh' marketing boss resigns
THE chief executive in charge of what has been branded the "absolutely appalling" Incredinburgh marketing campaign for the capital has quit.

Clegg and Cameron clash over drugs laws
David Cameron has firmly rejected Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's call for a Royal Commission to rethink drug laws and ruled out the decriminalisation of any illegal narcotics.

Labour could back Tory cap on immigration
Labour has suggested it could back a Conservative cap on immigration from outside the UK.

Osborne accused of failure as rating is revised
SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls has accused George Osborne of failing on the self-imposed tests of his economic policies after rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) put the UK on negative watch.

Lord Reid blames Glasgow accent for 'hard man' tag
Former Defence Secretary Lord Reid of Cardowan told MPs he developed a reputation as a political "hard man" only because he had a Glasgow accent.

Panel set up to look at Leveson
A PANEL of five experts has been named by the Scottish Government to look at the implications of the Leveson Report, with former senior judge Lord McCluskey agreeing to chair it.

Government pays £2m to tortured Libyan dissident
The Government has agreed to pay more than £2 million to the family of a Libyan dissident after accepting its role in his illegal rendition.

Jobless rate below UK average
THE Scottish unemployment rate has dipped back below that of the UK as a whole after the jobless total fell by 19,000 between August and October.

Campaigners hail Scottish same-sex marriage plans
EQUAL marriage campaigners have welcomed the publication of a Holyrood Bill which goes significantly further than proposals south of the Border.

Short life rules out workers' pensions
SOME Scots are aware their life expectancy is so low they choose not to pay into pension funds, MSPs have been told.

Cameron's top spin doctor under fire in Leveson 'threat' row
David Cameron's top spin doctor has faced accusations he raised Leveson press reforms when telling a newspaper it should not print a story about a minister's expenses.

Posen urges Osborne to change tack
Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of persisting with a "self-defeating" economic policy, by a former senior Bank of England figure.

Calls for advances in GM food
THE Scottish Government has been urged to be bolder and listen to scientists on the controversial issue of genetically modified food.

Tory backlash over gay marriage begins
THE Conservative backlash against the UK Government's decision to press ahead with gay marriage, including in some places of worship, has begun in earnest despite reassurances that no church will be forced to hold same-sex ceremonies.

 

Scotsman

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PC in diplomatic squad arrested

A POLICE constable with the diplomatic protection group has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, the Metropolitan Police says.



Opposition accusations of ?Westminster control?

The new general secretary of the Labour Party in Scotland is to report to the UK party’s top official, prompting opposition claims of Westminster control.



Under?employment to be investigated

A HOLYROOD committee has launched an inquiry into why people end up doing jobs for which they are over-qualified.



Scottish independence: Charities fear ?toxic? independence debate

CHARITY leaders are fearful of raising crucial questions about independence because the “toxic” debate in Scotland is likely to see them caught in the crossfire between the warring “yes” and “no” camps, a major ­report to be published today will claim.



Gun control: could this be tipping point for America?

THE massacre of 20 primary school pupils and six staff in Connecticut could be a “tipping point” in the campaign for tighter gun controls in the United States, politicians said yesterday.



Leaving EU wouldn?t be end of the world, says Boris Johnson

The prospect of a referendum on the UK’s place in Europe took a step closer yesterday, as London mayor Boris Johnson said leaving the EU would not be the “end of the world”.



Brian Monteith: SNP?s low point may be a blessing

LAST week was a bad week for Alex Salmond and by extension the SNP and Yes campaign. Everybody’s saying it: SNP insiders grudgingly admit it off the record, opponents laugh about it in the Holyrood watering holes and commentators (including myself) have paraded the points in columns and discussions.



Ukip must be taken seriously says senior Tory, as polls put eurosceptics in t...

UKIP must be taken seriously, but an electoral pact is not the way to beat them at the ballot box, a senior Conservative said yesterday.



Gray in attack on English ?colonists?

ONE of Scotland’s most respected writers has attacked the appointment of English “colonists” to influential and powerful positions in Scotland.



Qatada claims over £500k in legal aid

The legal aid bill for terror suspect Abu Qatada stands 
at more than £500,000 and 
is still rising, the government has disclosed.



Price rises ?set to fuel big increase in poverty?

SOME 300,000 more homes are likely to have been pushed into “fuel poverty” by Christmas, amid soaring energy prices, an advisory body warned today.



It?s been fun, but lots more to do ? Johann Lamont

JOHANN Lamont will today mark the first anniversary of her election as Scottish Labour leader by underlining the party’s commitment to achieving new powers for Holyrood while remaining within the UK.



Let The Children Play: Breakthrough for music tuition campaign as £1m funding...

A SCOTLAND on Sunday ­campaign has chalked up a major victory by winning £1 million of Scottish Government money to buy thousands of musical instrument for Scottish schools.



Andrew Wilson: Scotland for the Scots? No, we have to throw open our doors

AS FAR as I am aware I have yet to meet an ethnic Scot. If you bump into one could you tell me what they look like? We inhabit a jumble of rocks on the north-west fringe of a largely warm and lovely continent. So it’s odd that the wind-blown, rain-strewn soil of Caledonia has had such a magnetic pull for migrants since time began.



Leaders: A welcome step towards fair play | Ill-chosen words

WHEN this newspaper launched its Let the Children Play campaign in September, it did so in the belief that the power of ­argument could right a wrong in the way Scotland’s children were being treated at school.



Wingsland Blog

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

So long, and thanks for all the fish?
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the implications of independence for Scotland and its membership of the EU. As we’ve noted this week, the SNP has long acknowledged that the Scottish government would have to renegotiate terms of EU membership, but it’s highly unlikely that the EU would move to expel Scotland from [...]

Lies piled on top of lies
Contrary to what might sometimes seem to be the case, we don’t much like attacking the Scottish media, particularly the self-styled “quality” end of the market. Any good democracy needs a free press to function, and with newspaper sales in freefall the economic model for proper investigative and analytical journalism faces the biggest challenge in [...]

Full text of the Deputy First Minister?s ministerial statement on EU membership
It’s possible to watch video footage of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to the Holyrood chamber on Thursday (and the debate following it) online, but it’s rather difficult to find the text in searchable form. The only place we were able to locate it took some advanced-level Googling to find and was behind a paywall, so we’ve [...]

Unionist of the day #2
We suppose we really ought to start saying “British nationalist”, but it’s a bit long. We’ve found that “answering a different question to the one you were actually asked” is something of a Unionist specialist subject – Alistair Darling gave a masterclass in the strategy on today’s edition of the Daily Politics. Still, you heard [...]

The more things change
The anti-independence campaign and the Scottish media have been loudly affecting great triumph recently over a rather curious claim. Namely, they’ve been insisting the Scottish Government’s acknowledgement that it would be required to negotiate the terms of an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union represents some manner of U-turn on an alleged previous assertion [...]

The Thursday Papers
We’re hoping to get a spot of Christmas shopping done today, assuming that we can un-freeze our front door, so here’s a few bits and bobs worth reading while we’re out. Some sage advice for the First Minister from Iain Macwhirter A sane analysis of the EU situation from Dr Daniel Kenealy An informative but [...]

A letter from the European Commission
What with all the hoo-ha about what Jose Manuel Barroso did and didn’t say about membership of the EU this week, we decided – what with being proper journalists and everything – to take matters into our own hands in an attempt to get to the truth. Caroline Winchester is the European Commission’s Press & [...]

Britishness riots coming to Scotland?
Herald reporter Gerry Braiden posted these tweets last night: We’ve contacted him asking if he has any more information, to which he replied “checking now”. It remains to be seen if the threatened protests will materialise, but in the meantime an alert reader uncovered a story from the Sunday Herald in 2001, in which the [...]

The devil?s advocates
The Irish Times, 26 November 2012: “The DUP will campaign against Scotland voting for independence in 2014, party deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party?s annual conference on Saturday. The North Belfast MP said that Unionists watched with sadness the attempt by Scottish nationalists to ?undo the bonds of union which bound us through history?. [...]

Civic nationalism vs British nationalism
The modern Scottish independence movement is 84 years old, dating back to the 1928 formation of the National Party of Scotland, forerunner to the SNP. It is a peaceful, inclusive, civic and democratic movement – to the best of our knowledge, and almost uniquely, not a single life has been lost in pursuit of Scottish [...]

BBC Scotland

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

More cash for musical instruments
Schools are to be given an extra £1m by the Scottish government to buy musical instruments for pupils.

Concerns raised over police debts
Scotland's new single police force will begin work next year with debts totalling more than £100m, it is warned.

President enters Scottish debate
The president of Iceland gives a cautious welcome to the prospect of Scotland becoming independent after the 2014 referendum.

Mountain track controls 'feeble'
Mountaineers brand the Scottish government "feeble" for not placing stricter controls on building tracks through the country's hills.

Marine protection scheme unveiled
Plans to create a huge network of Marine Protected Areas around the coast of Scotland are published.

Scots indy campaign leaders clash
The leaders of the campaigns for and against Scottish independence accuse each other of spreading misinformation over EU membership.

Air gun owners will need licence
Air gun owners will need a licence under plans announced by the Scottish government.

Inquiry into language teaching
A Holyrood committee launches an inquiry into language teaching in Scottish primary schools.

Ferry strike move 'disappointing'
Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown expresses "disappointment" that Northern Isles ferry staff have decided to strike in the Christmas period.

Ex-judge leads Scots press reform
Former high court judge and solicitor general Lord McCluskey is appointed to recommend press regulation reforms in Scotland.

Clegg moves in to Scotland office
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will take up residence in the headquarters of the Scotland Office in Whitehall in the New Year.

Scots health issues 'substantial'
Scotland still suffers from major health inequalities despite successive governments prioritising the issue, the spending watchdog says.

Express trains to get free wi-fi
Express trains linking Scotland's cities will have free wi-fi equipment installed by the end of next year, it has been announced

£220m rail route contract agreed
Network Rail appoints BAM Nuttall as main contractor for the delivery of the new Borders to Edinburgh railway in a deal worth £220m.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond insists it is "overwhelmingly in the interests of the European Union to have Scotland as a member", as the opposition leaders question the first minister on the issue of EU membership.

Newsnet Scotland

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We will all benefit from a genuine debate

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Two years ahead of the biggest political event in 21st century Britain, the Scottish press should be having a ball.  Since David Cameron announced ?game on? in January, there?ve been headlines, scoops, news stories and meaty issues aplenty.

Sure advertising has crashed.  Certainly a near triple-dip recession hasn't helped.  Admittedly the remorseless growth of a Google News generation is scary.  Thank God then for the independence referendum.



The gun aimed at the priest's house in sectarian Scotland

By Kenneth Roy

On a recent Sunday in Ayr bus station, a young, anxious-looking man in dark winter clothing was speaking to someone on his mobile phone when, to his astonishment and mine, he was approached by a tall, gaunt stranger pointing a mocking finger in his direction. I now know that the target was lucky. Better a finger pointed at you than a gun.



Barroso muddies the referendum waters

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Did you know that the word Barroso means muddy in Spanish?
 
Pretty apt name for the man who stepped up to Scotland?s constitutional debate, pulled on a pair of wellies, and jumped into the referendum pond.



A Turning Point in the Debate over Independence?

By Mark McNaught

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie?s recent concession that Scotland would not necessarily be ejected from the EU in the case if independence may mark a turning point in the debate.  Until now, the unionist parties have sought to put a united front against independence by belittling the assertions of Alex Salmond on many issues, perhaps most strongly on EU adhesion.



First Minister's Questions - 13 Dec 2012 - video

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

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



Scotland, independence and the EU: the Barroso intervention

  By Aidan O?Neill QC
 
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has responded to an invitation from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for the European Commission to contribute to the committee?s inquiry into ?The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence?.

Surprisingly perhaps, his response does not, however, deal with any economic issues should the 1707 Treaty of Union be dissolved and Scotland become an independent State, but rather with legal ones.



Unconventional Gas - Who are Dart Energy and is fracking on its way here?

  By Lynda Williamson and John Miller

Chancellor George Osborne, in his Autumn Statement, announced the establishment of a single dedicated office for the unconventional gas industry.  It is hoped the office will ensure a ?simplified and streamlined? regulation process.

Plans to introduce tax rebates to encourage excavation of unconventional gas were also announced.



Newsnet Scotland ? As 2012 nears its end

We are now into December and with 2012 nearing its end the team at Newsnet Scotland, like most others, will be winding down for the festive season.
 
We end 2012 having broken our visitor record by passing through the 90,000 barrier for unique visitors for the first time.  In October Newsnet Scotland reached out to 92,303 people.



The big climbdown: is it just an empty PR exercise?

By Kenneth Roy

The Press and Journal, the most successful Scottish daily newspaper, perhaps destined to be the only one left, was responsible for the celebrated billboard bringing news of the sinking of the Titanic to the people of Aberdeen: 'North-east man dies at sea'. Sadly, it appears unlikely that any such billboard was ever distributed.



Growing Up with the Idea of Independence

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, December 8th 2012

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon?s intervention this week on the case for Scottish independence attracted significant attention and comment.

It has been rightly seen as a maturing moment and evolution of the debate both in content and tone, recognised by the responses of Brian Wilson in ?The Scotsman? and Alex Massie in ?The Spectator? online.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Flying Saltires in the face of the opposition as Scottish Government doubles ...

SCOTTISH Government spending on small plastic Saltires has doubled in the past year amid claims that the SNP is bidding to counter the pro-Union effects of the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

EC stalls as Sturgeon wrestles with SNP "damage" to Scotland's entry negotiat...

The European Commission (EC) appears to be stalling after the Scottish government pressed the unelected body for talks over Scotland's EU position after independence, it has been reported.

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Unlucky For Some: 13 Westminster Failures | National Collective

The Independence referendum is a vote on Scotland’s potential and the benefits of controlling our own affairs. It is also a vote on Westminster’s record. When we examine that record, we find that Westminster isn’t working. It isn’t working economically. It isn’t working to build a fair society. It isn’t working to build a safer world. Spin doctors in London plan to commission 13 reports to stop Independence. They hope to make people feel uncertain and afraid. The reality is that many serious problems already exist within the UK – and Westminster is failing to address them.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Another side of Lesley Riddoch: Europe & Scotland ? all shook up
Today's Sunday Post column in full It's been the political version of the Hokey Cokey. You put Scotland in, Scotland out. In, out, in, out, shake us all about. The Europe Union has brought the independence debate alive in the...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Lesley Riddoch thoughtlessly peddling the Britnat line on the Barroso letter.

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The SNP will NOT win their Independence Referendum!

I can say categorically here and now that the SNP will not win their Independence referendum. I have absolutely no doubts on this matter whatsoever. I was visiting my sister and brother in law earl...

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President enters Scottish debate

The president of Iceland gives a cautious welcome to the prospect of Scotland becoming independent after the 2014 referendum.

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Whatever Barroso says, voting for independence might be the only way for Scot...

I don't know about Tantric sex, but the Prime Minister is certainly a teaser.

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Can We Reinvent Ourselves?

By Chris Thomson As the possibility of independence draws nearer, some of us are wondering whether this will be the moment when Scotland re-invents herself. The precedents for this are [...]

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Wings Over Scotland | So long, and thanks for all the fish?
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the implications of independence for Scotland and its membership of the EU. As we’ve noted this week, the SNP has long acknowledged that the Scottish government would have to renegotiate terms of EU membership, but it’s highly unlikely that the EU would move to expel Scotland from the EU given the interaction between Scotland and the continent in goods, services, finances and people.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations

FOOTBALL great has slammed the SNP’s attempt to cap donations at £500 from outside Scotland and says it's simply an attempt to 'silence' Scots like him from having a say.
Peter A Bell's insight:
If Ferguson doesn't have a voice, how come I can hear him whining?

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Euan McColm: A new low for SNP?s spin machine - Comment - Scotsman.com

NOTHING breeds loyalty quite like success. Triumph tramples dissent into the dirt and leaves it for dead. And nowhere do we see this cynical devotion more nakedly than in politics.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Euan McColm is slipping. I got all the way to the sixth paragraph before I encountered the first outright lie.Of course, the entire article is nonsense. As ever, McColm presents an "analysis" of Scottish politics as viewed through the prism of his personal prejudice. The result is, to put it as generously as we might, a rather idiosyncratic perspective. Not the world as it is, but the world as McColm would wish it to be.Leaving aside the hugely implausible claim that senior SNP figures would be seen in the same room as McColm, far less confide in him, the tall tale of Salmond's travails over the EU is total fiction. A story British nationalists tell themselves for what little comfort it may afford. The reality that McColm and his ilk so frantically deny is that the Bitter Together campaign has been caught out yet again.Aided and abetted by their friends in the mainstream media, the British nationalists have been guilty of attempting a massive deceit on the people of Scotland. As their lies unravel, they look to rent-a-hacks like McColm to peddle the kind of distortion, disinformation and dishonesty that we see in this article.In McColm's wee world it is not the semi-detached Darling who has been embarrassed by his boss, David Cameron, admitting that the anti-independence mob had lied about Scotland being forced to adopt the euro.  According to the cartoons playing in McColm's head, it is not Darling who has been left flapping in the wind by Willie Rennie's blundering revelation that unionists had been lying all along when they insisted Scotland would be unceremoniously ejected from the EU on independence day.The reality, of course, is that the SNP's position on the EU is unaltered and as solid as ever. All this stuff about Salmond being damaged and Sturgeon on "clean-up duties" is pure fantasy. The Barroso letter which, despite McColm's plaintive protestations, The Scotsman did lie about initially, has changed nothing. An honourable and honest journalist would acknowledge that, far from being in any way discomfited by this missive, Salmond and his team are relishing the fact that Barroso has now opened up the possibility of direct discussions between the Scottish Government and the European Commission.That British nationalist dishonesty has been exposed in the process is a bit of a bonus.

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Is Scotland in Europe? The SNP doesn't even know

The Scottish Nationalist Party is offering us a one-way ticket to a deeply uncertain future
Peter A Bell's insight:
Listening to Alistair Darling I never fail to get the impression that he is speaking from somewhere in the 1970s. He is just so tragically out of touch with Scotland's politics. And, as if to prove how remote and ill-informed he is, he even gets the name of the party he obsesses about wrong. What a sad and bitter figure Darling cuts.

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Scottish independence: Darling challenged to withdraw 'false' euro claim

Former chancellor and chief of the anti-independence BetterTogether campaign, Alistair Darling, has been challenged by the pro-independence group YesScotland to "admit that he is wrong and withdraw his false assertion" over his repeated claims that an independent Scotland would be forced to join the euro.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

If no-one knows the way, can Jose?

Ah, Europe: A small continent of which we know little, and sometimes could care less.

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Alf Young: Nicola needs to talk; you can Bank on it

THE SNP will need a serious discussion with the Bank’s new chief if it is to fulfil its economic dreams, writes Alf Young

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Daily Record

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Sociology professor: Why the Con-Dem myth of state scroungers is just that.. ...
THE so-called welfare to work schemes were launched last week as Con-Dem ministers were keen to suggest Britain was awash with benefits scroungers. But here, ANDY FURLONG, professor of sociology at Glasgow University, explains how his research suggests their claims are junk.

We need to think more, shout less
A YEAR in the job, Johann Lamont can feel reasonably satisfied. But no more than that.

Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations
FOOTBALL great has slammed the SNP?s attempt to cap donations at £500 from outside Scotland and says it's simply an attempt to 'silence' Scots like him from having a say.

Johann Lamont says her first year in charge of opposition has been fun
THE leader of the opposition at Holyrood says there is still work to be done but real progress has been made including exposing weaknesses in Alex Salmond?s case for independence and connecting politics to the people.

Revealed: Job creation agency uses unpaid benefit claimants to find work for ...
WORKING LINKS recruitment agency are paid about £120million a year to help jobless folk find employment but are using unemployed youngsters to do the job for free.

Automatic internet porn filter rejected by UK politicians
Ministers have rejected calls for internet providers to be forced to automatically filter websites for online pornography.

Airgun licensing law plans hailed by parents of toddler murdered by rifle sho...
THE public have until March 15 to comment on the Kenny MacAskill's airgun licensing plans.

Man bailed on Nicola Sturgeon stalking rap
A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with stalking Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Nick Clegg calls for royal commission to conduct review of 'failing' drugs po...
THE Deputy Prime Minister said he is not in favour of full legalisation of drugs but thinks targeting dealers and traffickers, while decriminalising possession, might be a solution.

Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for clear strategy on cultural integration in UK
MILIBAND will unveil new policies designed to promote integration in housing, work and use of the English language as part of his 'One Nation' philosophy.

Airgun owners will need licences under new plans revealed by Kenny MacAskill
KENNY MACASKILL told MSPs earlier this week that a licensing system for air weapons will be created after giving assurances to the parents of tragic Andrew Morton who was killed in 2005.

MPs give their views on controversial fracking
LABOUR MSP Graeme Pearson says the technique is worth trying as a solution to fuel poverty but Green MSP Patrick Harvie says it could lead to dangerous climate change.

Workers' fury at pay threat from Edinburgh City Council
STAFF from the council protested at its HQ over planned pay changes they say will plunge them into poverty and could lead to some losing their homes.

Sturgeon: I'll get better EU rebate than Margaret Thatcher
THE SNP confirmed independent Scotland would have to re- negotiate its share of the rebate but Nicola Sturgeon said she was confident of getting a better deal than Thatcher secured for the UK when she was Prime Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon to clarify SNP's position on independent Scotland's membershi...
THE Deputy First Minister's appearance before MSPs follows comments from the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, who suggested Scotland would have to reapply.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



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...



Bella Caledonia


GET ABOVE OURSELVES

Forms of Protest 4
Continuing our series on forms of protest, this from Chile …     Filed under: Forms of Protest

Can We Reinvent Ourselves?
By Chris Thomson As the possibility of independence draws nearer, some of us are wondering whether this will be the moment when Scotland re-invents herself. The precedents for this are [...]

Patsy versus Ryan
Sometimes you’ve got to hand it to the No people. Despite getting a bad press for relentlessly flooding their media with scare stories (today we hear the price of energy [...]

Culloden via Tesco?
A preview of Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence, ed. Scott Hames This book (which I think and hope will enliven the whole debate) started in discussion between Bella Caledonia and [...]

Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 15 ? Krys Kujawa
The most popular sport in our country is still football by far and whether we like it or not, there are strong political undercurrents to what goes on in the [...]

CREATE Scotland
By Hannah McGill Does the departure of the head honcho of an outfit such as Creative Scotland herald a possibility of change, or is it more a case of ?the [...]

?Scotland Writers? ? a new poem by Matthew Fitt
Scotland Writers 1st December 2012, Glesga Scots wha hae wi Wilson skited, Scots wham Weir got aw excited, Oan a pitch the froast had whited They played for their countrie. [...]

Yes Orkney
By Fiona MacInnes The official ?Yes Orkney? inaugural meeting took place in Kirkwall recently after several months building a twitter and facebook presence. The facebook page has grown to over [...]

For A? That ? Episode 7 ? Creative Recountancy
Another quartet for this week?s For A? That podcast. This time the group comprised Andrew (or ?him?), poet, activist and Bella Caledonia co-editor Kevin Williamson and Rory Scothorne who was a co-f...

People and Parliament Revisited
By Alastair McIntosh In the run-up to Devolution in 1997 I was concerned that the level of political debate was not going deep enough. There was much talk about politics [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Nicola Sturgeon faces accusation of backtracking over Scotland's EU future - ...

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon faces accusation of backtracking over Scotland's EU future
The Guardian
She was equally cautious about the Scottish government's proposed timetable for negotiating EU memb...


Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak' | Politics ...

The Guardian (blog)

Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak' | Politics ...
The Guardian (blog)
In the matter of Scottish independence, the interest of the bloc is deemed rela...


Scottish independence: Charities fear 'toxic' independence debate - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Charities fear 'toxic' independence debate
Scotsman
CHARITY leaders are fearful of raising crucial questions about independence because the ?toxic? debate in Scotland i...


Alex Salmond 'silencing' Scots, says Sir Alex Ferguson - UK - Scotsman.com - ...

Scotland on Sunday

Alex Salmond 'silencing' Scots, says Sir Alex Ferguson - UK - Scotsman.com
Scotland on Sunday
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Alex Salmond of trying to ?sile...


Scottish independence: Independent Scotland could flourish like other North ....

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Independent Scotland could flourish like other North ...
Scotsman
Scottish independence: Independent Scotland could flourish like other North Sea nations, says Iceland ...


As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter | Comm...

The Guardian

As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter | Comment ...
The Guardian
The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem just a l...


Scots gov't raps compulsory euro claims - Press TV

Press TV

Scots gov't raps compulsory euro claims
Press TV
Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has blasted opponents of the Scottish independence saying claims that an independent Scotland c...


Macintosh, K - Scottish Independence (Assets) - DeHavilland (press release) (...

Macintosh, K - Scottish Independence (Assets)
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Ken Macintosh (Eastwood) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government further to the answer to question S...


Scottish independence: Scotland 'must give up pound to beat poverty', says re...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Scotland 'must give up pound to beat poverty', says report
Scotland on Sunday
?If, as currently suggested, independence means retaining sterling, then that in...


Scottish independence: Darling and Jenkins clash on EU - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Darling and Jenkins clash on EU
BBC News
The leaders of the campaigns for and against Scottish independence have accused each other of spreading misinformation over EU ...


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Brian Monteith: SNP's low point may be a blessing - News - Scotsman.com - Sco...

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: SNP's low point may be a blessing - News - Scotsman.com
Scotsman
LAST week was a bad week for Alex Salmond and by extension the SNP and Yes campaign. Everybody's saying it: SN...


It's been fun, but lots more to do ? Johann Lamont - Top stories - Scotsman.c...

Scotsman

It's been fun, but lots more to do ? Johann Lamont - Top stories - Scotsman.com
Scotsman
But she will also say progress has been made and will look forward to publishing plans to build a stro...


Paying with a flexible friend - BBC News

BBC News

Paying with a flexible friend
BBC News
But on the question of Europe and its currency, decisions would have to be made soon after a referendum, without time to wait to see what subsequent Hol...


SNP welcomes Queen's composer independence support - SNP (press release)

SNP welcomes Queen's composer independence support
SNP (press release)
Reports in today's Mail on Sunday that Queen's composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies supports an independent Scotland have been warm...


Lamont warned off attacking Scottish universities - SNP (press release)

Lamont warned off attacking Scottish universities
SNP (press release)
Johann Lamont has been warned that she must think carefully before her Cuts Commission launches an attack on students and Scotlan...


CAG pegs loss in State's Dal procurement at `65 cr - Daily Pioneer

CAG pegs loss in State's Dal procurement at `65 cr
Daily Pioneer
The alleged multi-crore Dal scam under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) and the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) schemes, that took the t...


Fergie donates to Better Together... and snubs the SNP's £500 'limit' - Heral...

Fergie donates to Better Together... and snubs the SNP's £500 'limit'
Herald Scotland
FOOTBALL legend Sir Alex Ferguson has become the first named donor to the Better Together campaign after giving £...


Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations - Scottish ...

Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations
Scottish Daily Record
FOOTBALL great has slammed the SNP's attempt to cap donations at £500 from outside Scotland and says it's simpl...


Vitriol is nothing new to the SNP - Letters - Scotsman.com - Scotland on Sunday

Vitriol is nothing new to the SNP - Letters - Scotsman.com
Scotland on Sunday
EUAN McColm is mistaken (Opinion, 25 November) ? the vitriol and name-calling he decries is nothing new in Scottish polit...


Eddie Barnes: EU membership high on SNP agenda - News - Scotsman.com - Scotsman

Scotsman

Eddie Barnes: EU membership high on SNP agenda - News - Scotsman.com
Scotsman
IT was the answer he really didn't want to give. José Manuel Barroso has, for some months ? say European Union in...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Leaving EU wouldn't be end of the world, says Boris Johnson - News - Scotsman...

Scotsman

Leaving EU wouldn't be end of the world, says Boris Johnson - News - Scotsman ...
Scotsman
Meanwhile, Mr Shaw, who at the weekend struck a multi-million pound business deal spanning four Euro...


Catalonia joins Scotland in push for 2014 independence vote | World news ... ...

The Guardian

Catalonia joins Scotland in push for 2014 independence vote | World news ...
The Guardian
Europe faces an unprecedented attempt by two regions to form new states in 2014 after politicians...


Paying with a flexible friend - BBC News

BBC News

Paying with a flexible friend
BBC News
"Whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland will still have to do business in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and it does nobody any credit to ...


Fergie donates to Better Together... and snubs the SNP's £500 'limit' - Heral...

Fergie donates to Better Together... and snubs the SNP's £500 'limit'
Herald Scotland
The donation followed calls from the SNP for both sides in the early phase of the campaign to accept a voluntary ...


Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations - Scottish ...

Fergie's fury at SNP bid to cap independence referendum donations
Scottish Daily Record
The Scottish Government have also proposed a £750,000 limit for spending by the Yes Scotland and Better Togethe...


Whatever Barroso says, voting for independence might be the only way for ... ...

Whatever Barroso says, voting for independence might be the only way for ...
Herald Scotland
Last week he informed hungry hacks at a Westminster press lunch that he had postponed yet again his long-a...


Honesty is key from SNP - Herald Scotland

Honesty is key from SNP
Herald Scotland
No matter the torturous route that took us here, Scotland is now in a more honest and clear place with regard to its relationship to Europe should the country ...


Alex Salmond 'silencing' Scots, says Sir Alex Ferguson - UK - Scotsman.com - ...

Scotland on Sunday

Alex Salmond 'silencing' Scots, says Sir Alex Ferguson - UK - Scotsman.com
Scotland on Sunday
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Alex Salmond of trying to ?sile...


Is Scotland in Europe? The SNP doesn't even know - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Is Scotland in Europe? The SNP doesn't even know
Telegraph.co.uk
Hardly a week goes by without another embarrassing U-turn on his claims about what independence will mean for Scotland....


Mursi backers stage final rally - Herald Scotland

Mursi backers stage final rally
Herald Scotland
Flag-waving supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have staged a final rally before a divisive referendum on a new constitution that the Islami...


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Home And Argumentative - Apparently
Cuntit yesterday and today, after a few hours at it, home 'cos the pubs were shite.

Lookin'f roa n argument - why?

Loads of drink at home, so tanning some vino but, it may be best I just go tae b...

The Corries
Been listening a lot to their stuff on youtube. Love their music and melody. Did they ever get involved in the political scene? For me they where just a superb folk duo.

I Mispelt A Name On My Ryanair Booking.
I just checked in online and printed out our boarding passes for our holiday flights next week when I noticed I had spelt my son's name wrong "Andrrew" instead of "Andrew".

I 'phoned Ryanair and t...

William Wallace
Anyone remember the wee motherwell fan who called himself William Wallace? He just ran a 2:40 marathon today. Way to go wee man, way to go....

Stuart Adamson Rip
This day every year I spend playing Big Country songs and shedding a tear or three. RIP Stuart.



Sareh Milligan - Eh?
YRE HAVING A Laff.

Even in Flure's housecaot (Hmmmm. nylon...), that fat, ugly, munter wid just get.... ignored.


Uck!

Heather's Tits And
Can whoever it is sending me drteals of the above please let me know who thay are - my phon book has not got them listed.

Ta.

Pics migth be good too.

Lovely ?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Michaela_tabb_moscow.jpg/220px-Michaela_tabb_moscow.jpg

Girls Aloud
....at what point did the ginger one get so rideable ?


I must be getting older....

Political Betting - Scotland section

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

In wake of Newtown, Baker goes sinister
Question : If you were an American libertarian blogger who had spent almost every waking moment over the last decade advancing the fantastical notion that a gun free-for-all has made your country s...

Why the Northern Ireland demographic shift does matter
Ten years ago, the results of the Northern Ireland census were greeted with a not inconsiderable amount of unionist gloating. All the expectations had been that there would be evidence of a signif...

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

Open questions
Leaving aside the obvious jibe that 'Open Unionism' is a contradiction in terms, my eye was caught by this article of the 'anyone to the left of Enoch Powell is a Marxist' variety -

"It became mor...

Response to Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex
Having got into the swing of responding to consultations earlier in the year, I thought I'd have another go with Labour MSP Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex (ie. the ...

Ashcroft poll : SNP lead in Westminster voting intention
The Tories' billionaire puppet-master Lord Ashcroft recently conducted a UK-wide mega-poll of Westminster voting intention, with a sample size some eight times larger than a regular poll. That mea...

Special appeal : Scots Wikipedia contributors needed!
I've just found myself writing a rather impatient email reply to someone whose heart is in the right place, but who I think is lashing out in entirely the wrong direction. Basically, he's one of o...

Clinton doesn't just oppose "separatism" - he opposes democratic self-determi...
Our old friend Duncan Hothersall was full of beans yesterday about the supposed 'endorsement' of the No campaign by Bill Clinton. In truth, of course, it was no such thing - the comment Clinton ma...

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...