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The Herald

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Charities warn 10,000 children will be hit hard by benefits cap
CHURCH leaders have attacked a new benefits cap which charities warn will hit vulnerable families, the homeless and 10,000 Scottish children.

MPs raise questions over Duchy tax
OFFICIALS from the Prince of Wales's estate have defended its tax arrangements as MPs demanded to know if they "reflect the reality of the world today".

'Part-time' nuclear weapon system
The UK's nuclear weapon system on the Clyde could be downgraded to a "part-time" deterrent, a long-awaited report is expected to suggest today.

Labour loses lead over Tories in new poll
LABOUR'S woes have intensified after a new poll suggested the party's lead over the Conservatives has evaporated.

LibDem pair strike different notes on growth
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed the UK economy was "turning a page" last night, just hours after his Business Secretary warned the country was littered with "zombie companies".

LibDems urged to recommend scrapping Trident by CND
The Liberal Democrats should recommend scrapping Trident when they lay out their alternatives to the nuclear deterrent on the Clyde tomorrow, a new report says.

Labour to keep heat on over cigarette pack ads Convicted foreign rapist still...

Marr returns to his TV show after stroke
Andrew Marr has made a brief return to interrogating politicians on his Sunday morning BBC TV show, six months after suffering a stroke.

Conservative big gun Clarke issues warning over leaving EU
TORY big beast Ken Clarke has joined forces with Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander and Labour's Lord Mandelson to warn that leaving the EU would be an "historical error".

Call for fair share of EU fishing fund
RURAL Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has called for Scotland's fishing and aquaculture to get their fair share of the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Fuel duty cut 'could win Tory votes in north'
Tories should consider cutting fuel duty and boosting the minimum wage in a bid to pick up working class votes in the North, including in Scotland, according to a new campaign group.

Milibands' relationship 'healing'
DAVID Miliband has said his relationship with brother Ed is "healing" in the wake of their bitter battle for the Labour leadership.

New laws to punish negligent directors

Supreme Court slaps down Scots council
A CASH-strapped Labour council has been scolded by one of the UK's most senior judges for "dancing on the head of a pin" with "Alice In Wonderland" legal arguments, which have cost taxpayers thousands of pounds.

SNP split over candidates for Euro election
A CABINET split has opened up over the choice of SNP candidates for next year's European Parliament elections, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

 

Scotsman

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?Nothing patriotic? about Belfast rioters, say MPs

THERE was nothing patriotic about Union flag-carrying rioters who attacked police enforcing a ban on an Orange Order march last Friday, the Northern Ireland Secretary said today.



Controversial Loch Ness windfarm plan thrown out

A CONTROVERSIAL windfarm – dubbed the tallest in the country – has been thrown out by the Energy Minister.



Less than half of all Scots back BBC Scotland

LESS THAN half of all Scots believe the BBC is good at representing their life in its coverage of news and current affairs.



The Open: Lothians councillors back Salmond stance

A STRAW poll of local councillors has found the majority back First Minister Alex Salmond in staying away from this week’s Open at Muirfield because of the East Lothian club’s male-only membership policy.



Lib Dems call for end to Trident submarine patrols

The Liberal Democrats have called for an end to round-the-clock patrols by the Royal Navy’s nuclear missile submarines which have formed the basis of the UK’s ultimate deterrent for the past 45 years.



Scottish independence: UK defence would be damaged

THE UK minister for international security strategy has warned that Scottish independence would “severely damage” Britain’s defence.



Open champions avoid Muirfield?s gender trap

THREE former Open winners have refused to criticise golf’s governing body, the R&A, over its decision to host this week’s championship on a course run by a club with a men-only members policy.



Entrance or exit, £20k Parliament sign to stay

A SIGN that cost £20,000 and marks the entrance to the Scottish Parliament will not be removed when the door becomes the exit.



Scottish independence: Isle of Man currency model

ALEX Salmond will today cite the Isle of Man as an example of why an independent Scotland can retain the pound, in a major speech on the island.



Peter Jones: will lacking to drive invention

HISTORY proves the UK has no shortage of successful inventors, we simply lack the will to back their ideas, writes Peter Jones.



James Maxwell: Evolving after devolution

THE SNP is close to an independence referendum; Plaid Cymru is still to get out of the starting blocks – local dynamics have a huge impact on nationalist sentiment, writes James Maxwell.



David Maddox: PM risks being judged on company he keeps

DAVID Cameron is in a spot of bother again over whom he has allowed himself to get close to and given full access to Downing Street and the workings of government.



Scottish independence: negative campaign failing?

GROWING evidence suggests negative referendum campaigning is running out of steam, writes Natalie McGarry.



10,000 Scots children to be hit by UK benefits cap

The UK government’s benefits cap will affect 4,600 households in Scotland, including up to 10,000 children, an advice group has warned, as the policy is rolled out across the country.



David Cameron blunders over spoof Twitter

PRIME Minister David Cameron warned about the danger of Twitter before he signed up to the social network and now he seems to have fallen into one of its traps.



Wingsland Blog

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Smoke without fire
Having done it for 22-and-a-half years now, we’re unable to recommend a career in journalism. While there are upsides, it’s a largely arduous and thankless task, and one where pay rates were on a downward slope long before the financial crisis. However, if for some unfathomable reason you’re really determined that it’s the job for [...]

Confused old man speaks
Lord George “Devolution will kill nationalism stone dead” Robertson of Port Ellen is among several ennobled former Defence Secretaries who’ve been busying themselves with writing to the press this week. And for once, it’s not about dog dirt and potholes. As well as being co-signatory with several other Conservative and Labour peers to a letter [...]

Bananas republic
We’ve noted recently how the No camp likes to huffily deny that it ever portrays Scotland as incapable of thriving as an independent country. Here’s a fairly typical example from the Scotsman back in April (our emphasis): “SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has claimed the ‘No’ campaign is based on the idea that Scots are [...]

The unnecessary umbrella
The No campaign is fond of mocking the SNP’s insistence that an independent Scotland could be a member of NATO while still getting rid of Trident. The USA in particular, it’s frequently argued, would simply not stand for the Scots taking the strategic base at Faslane out of the North Atlantic picture while still seeking [...]

Interpreter required
Prolonged exposure to the unfamiliar phenomenon of sunshine appears to be getting to some on the Unionist side in Scotland today. Firstly, Johann Lamont’s spin doctor Paul Sinclair is having some sort of nervous collapse over on Twitter, seamlessly blending every piece of absurd smearing about Alex Salmond from the last couple of weeks into [...]

You can have this one for nothing
Dear “Better Together”, Today I, a Scotsman, travelled from England to Wales to buy some Irish chocolate. This might not be possible if Scotland becomes independent. (Of course there isn’t any conceivable reason for that to be the case, but – as you know only too clearly – if you put the word “might” in [...]

Considerable restraint exercised
We were passed this Scottish Government document through our sinister network of cyber-agents, from an operative who wished to remain anonynous. It’s a list of official complaints made about inaccurate and misleading articles in newspapers since the 2011 Holyrood election. As we’re talking about bias today, we offer it up for your perusal and interest. [...]

Man bites duck
The Times got rather huffy with Alex Salmond this week, when in a speech at a Nigg engineering yard the First Minister made the not-entirely-controversial suggestion (or in the Times’ view, “an unprecedented attack”) that the Scottish and UK printed press was biased against the independence movement. (Or, as the irony-bereft paper impartially put it, [...]

Welcome to the future
The Herald publishes a rather interesting story today, revealing that according to professional media analysts Brandwatch, almost three quarters of social media users in Scotland are planning to vote Yes in the referendum. (For some reason the Herald chose to publish the piece under the headline “Davey doubts Scotland will reach green energy target”, which [...]

Bring it on

BBC Scotland

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Lib Dems and Tories in Trident clash
The coalition parties clash after a Lib Dem-prompted government report sets out options for replacing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system.

Consent refused for 23-turbine farm
Plans for a 23-turbine wind farm near Drumnadrochit are refused consent by the Scottish government.

Salmond restates currency pledge
First Minister Alex Salmond restates the case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound during a speech in the Isle of Man.

BBC's Naughtie takes referendum role
Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.

Timescale for Faroe fish sanctions
European sanctions over herring fishing will be brought in against the Faroe Islands by the end of the month, it is confirmed.

'Inequalities' in mental health care
The number of people hospitalised in Scotland for mental health problems differs significantly between ethnic groups, researchers find.

Possible baby ash cases identified
Up to 40 new cases where baby ashes may have been disposed of without their parents' knowledge are identified in Aberdeen.

Alex Salmond visits Solway memorial
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond lays a wreath at the Solway Harvester memorial in the Isle of Man.

Arts project debate put on hold
A council debate on whether or not to intervene to help safeguard a £2m arts project in southern Scotland is put on hold.

School meal chicken 'from Thailand'
Some councils are "flying chicken nuggets from Thailand" for school dinners, the Scottish Greens claim.

Benefit cap 'leads to more in work'
The government says more than 12,000 people have moved into work after being told about the benefits cap.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Referendum: Summer review
The referendum campaigns kicked off just over a year ago so let's have a summer round-up of how its going.

VIDEO: What chance of sporting legacy?
What kind of record do we have of delivering on funding and legacy promises after sporting success?

AUDIO: UK government accused of bullying
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accuses the UK government of bullying after it emerged Ministry of Defence officials are looking at the idea of retaining a Scottish naval base as sovereign UK territory in the event of a "yes" to independence.

Newsnet Scotland

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Unions - Time to break the ties with Labour

  By Aamer Anwar
 
It's not often I agree with Ed Miliband but I can see why he thinks it's wrong that the financial contributions of millions of trade union members should automatically fill the coffers of the Labour Party without their say so.

But sharpening his 'bogeyman' knife for the Trade Unions, Ed claimed that the Falkirk selection battle was the 'death throes of the old politics', but every Labour leader has said the same for the last 40 years.



Weapons of mass self-destruction

   By Paul T Kavanagh

You can always tell when Project Fear is about to go into overdrive.  It happens whenever Alistair Darling embarks on yet another relaunch of the Better Together campaign, and promises to start making a positive case for the Union.  And this time he means it.  No, really, honest.  It will be along very shortly.



Acquired Brain Injury

  A special feature series by Lynn Malone

When people first hear my son has a brain injury their initial reaction is one of horror, quickly followed by sympathy then embarrassment; an awkward silence usually follows.

I can understand this response because the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) like my son?s can range from the relatively mild to the catastrophic, so people?s reaction is a knee jerk one, assuming the worst.



Project Duggy Dug - A Sneak Preview

  How do you combat fear?  What's the best way to deal with terror?
 
The independence campaign has seen the No side swamp the media with a relentless barrage of scare stories.  According to 'Project Fear', independence will see oil running out, barriers will be erected between Scotland and England, NATO and the EU will reject Scotland and we will be forced into joining the euro.



Representative Democracy Impossible in UK Feudal System

By Mark McNaught
 
A few months ago, I was reading about the palace intrigue surrounding London Mayor Boris Johnson's purported ambitions to depose David Cameron as Prime Minister.  I wondered, "Wait, how is this possible if he is not even a member of the House of Commons?"
 
The author helpfully suggested that the Conservative party could easily find him some safe seat somewhere to run for and win, even if he never lived or even visited there, so that he could be eligible to become Prime Minister. 



FLAGGING UP OFFENCE

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The question that sits beneath both images ought to be simple to answer.  A Swastika or the First Minister holding a saltire?

But this is Scotland and in this Alice through the Looking Glass environment that is the Scottish media, what may appear offensive is acceptable whilst what may appear innocuous is in fact offensive.



Saying It Loud ? Principled, Equal and Proud

  By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, July 6th 2013

The Scotland of today is a land vastly changed and different from that of even a few decades ago.

Curiously, Scots whether in politics, public life or private conversation, often don?t recognise this.

People understand that the Empire has gone, the rise and fall of the welfare state, and that the ?Sunday Post? isn?t the force in the land it once was. But there is so much more that we don?t seem to understand including the scale of transformation and its consequences.



Unite castigated for engaging in the Democratic Process

  By Mark McNaught

The recent controversy surrounding the selection of a Labour Falkirk candidate clearly demonstrates the stark choice facing Ed Miliband: not intervene and undermine his authority, or intervene and obliterate any pretence that 'New Labour' represents working people.

Coupled with Labour's embrace of George Osborne's savage cuts to the social safety net, the UK Labour Party might as well get it over with and change their name to the 'We?re-as-neoliberal-as-the-Tories Party.'



Labour and Better Together - It was all going so well so just what went wrong?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
In one catastrophic week the Scottish political canvas so carefully crafted over the last year has been ripped to pieces.
 
Entering summer and all was apparently well with both the anti-independence campaign and the Labour party in Scotland.



UK has learned nothing from Iraq

By George Kerevan
 
WARNING: Syria is the new Afghanistan. By that I mean - regardless of that civil war?s outcome ? we can expect returning Syrian jihadists to cause the next wave of terror in Europe and beyond.
 
By way of a down payment, the anti-Assad jihadists murdered a Catholic priest last week ? another step in the ethnic cleansing of the ancient Christian communities of Syria and Iraq. The Vatican has confirmed that Father François Murad was executed on June 23 after militants affiliated with the al-Nusrah Front (al-Qaeda?s Syrian franchise) overran his monastery in Gassanieh.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

The Real Choice: Common Weal vs Big Society

As we get closer to next year’s vote all activists in the independence campaign are faced with the task of making the results of that choice as clear as possible.


Thankfully we now have two sharply contrasting policy slogans that outline with an unusual clarity the political options that a yes or ...



Joan McAlpine: MoD mandarins wage a secret war on Scotland

JOAN argues that it's time Scotland controlled the future of civilian defence jobs north of the border - rather than decisions being made in London.

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Independent Scotland can keep pound and get AAA rating, Salmond predicts

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be able to keep the pound and achieve a AAA credit rating, Alex Salmond will say today.



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Scottish independence: Isle of Man currency model

ALEX Salmond will today cite the Isle of Man as an example of why an independent Scotland can retain the pound, in a major speech on the island.

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Scotland needs an independent welfare policy!

Scotland can’t afford not to have an independent welfare  policy!
Poverty in Scotland

Welfare policy has been much in the news recently, with suggestions from “Project Fear” that benefits, and pensions, would somehow be less affordable in an Independent Scotland, and claims that Scotland would have...



Murrison urged to explain MoD Annexation plan | Scottish National Party

UK Defence Minister Andrew Murrison has been urged to use his first visit to Scotland – almost a year after his appointment as Minister with responsibility for Scottish Affairs – to explain the origins of MoD plans to annex the Faslane Naval Base following a Yes vote in the independence referendu...



The unnecessary umbrella

The No campaign is fond of mocking the SNP’s insistence that an independent Scotland could be a member of NATO while still getting rid of Trident. The USA in particular, it’s frequently argued, would simply not stand for the Scots taking the strategic base at Faslane out of the North Atlantic pic...



Scottish jobs growth best for six years

The Scottish jobs market is at its strongest for six years according to the latest Bank of Scotland monthly report.




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Britain is failing Wales, Scotland and the regions. It's time for change.

Why is London seen as Britain's priority at the cost of other regions in the UK? On July 1st 2013 the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leane Wood, spoke at an IPPR North Seminar in Manchester on the need for Britain's politics to change.



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Interpreter required

Prolonged exposure to the unfamiliar phenomenon of sunshine appears to be getting to some on the Unionist side in Scotland today. Firstly, Johann Lamont’s spin doctor Paul Sinclair is having some sort of nervous collapse over on Twitter, seamlessly blending every piece of absurd smearing about Al...



Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum

DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum.


Peter A Bell's insight:

There's an interesting and, perhaps, informative contradiction in this re-hashed press release from the anti-independence campaign. On the one hand t...



Scottish independence: SNP?s literary white paper

Some of Scotland’s greatest literary talents are to be asked to help write the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence, Alex Salmond revealed yesterday.

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Can Scotland trust its own media?

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the American media went into overdrive in seeking a bogeyman for the dreadful event.



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The hate we share | Herald Scotland

THEY had a better class of protester in the 1960s.



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The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account

Alan Bissett: The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

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Daily Record

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Homelessness applications in Scotland have decreased by 13 per cent but owner...
A SCOTTISH Government review also shows that councils are increasingly reliant on temporary accommodation.

Cutting back Britain's nuclear submarine fleet would be huge gamble with the ...
PHILIP HAMMOND has called for a like-for-like replacement of all four nuclear-armed submarines  in the aging Trident fleet.

Alex Salmond set to restate his argument for retaining the pound
IF Scotland was to be become independent following the 2014 referendum, the SNP have said that they would keep the pound.

Scandal-hit councillor Sohan Singh involved in new row over unpaid bill which...
SOHAN Singh's Lorne Hotel finally cleared their four-month-old, £1400 tab after being approached by the Daily Record.

SNP slammed for failure to deal with unsafe A&E departments despite being warn...
EMERGENCY medicine experts told the Scottish Government a drastic shortage of beds was causing chaos in April last year.

Alex Salmond orders speechwriters to make him funnier after recent comedic at...
FIRST Minister wants civil servants to get him laughs after Phil Mickelson gag ends up in the rough.

Bedroom tax: Lifeline payments soar by millions as more families appeal for s...
SOME councils have seen a tenfold increase in discretionary housing payment applications since the introduction of the benefit cut earlier this year.

Unite bosses say sorry for their blunder over Falkirk membership list
THE union's Scottish regional secretary admits they had wrongly been given the Labour membership details by the constituency local party.

Road salt firm sue the Scottish Government for £1m over big freeze contract b...
NATIONWIDE Gritting Services have accused ministers of breaking regulations when they bought salt from other suppliers without giving NGS a chance to bid.

SNP slam Con-Dem U-turn on fag packets and insist they will plough on with Sc...
THE Nationalists have promised Scottish laws forcing fags to be sold without colourful branding ? in a bid to curb smoking ? after the Coalition bowed to pressure from big tobacco firms and shelved the plans.

MP Cathy Jamieson: William Hague might have called me stupid but Tories are c...
THE former Holyrood justice secretary can look after herself ? but she says Westminster is a far more hostile environment than the Scottish Parliament.

Alex Salmond to exploit anger at MPs' bumper pay rise to boost faltering inde...
THE First Minister will slam pro-union politicians as a "parcel o' rogues" over the £6000 pay rise members of the British parliament are in line to receive.

Piper Alpha disaster remembered by House of Commons 25 years on
THE country's politicians took the opportunity to "reflect and pay tribute to those who lost their lives" 25 years on from the North Sea tragedy.

Ex-Labour minister Denis MacShane charged with expenses fraud
THE former MP for Rotherham will appear in court later this month in connection with more than £12,000 worth of false expenses claims.

Downing Street reject idea UK Government would keep Faslane nuclear base if S...
A NUMBER 10 spokesman said Prime Minister David Cameron would not support such plans and added: "It's not a credible or sensible idea."

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A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
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Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
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Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?
T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?


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

Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, “We are certain the people of ...
Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, ?We are certain the people of Scotlandshire will have the good sense to reject separation."


Trident: huge cock at UKOK cocks up
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Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn ...

Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a fo...
Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a former Scottish Labour leader admitted Earth?s worst nightmare is set to hit Scotlandshire if a non-NO vote prevails next year.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/466-official-aliens-will-land-in-a-sepa...

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Wimbledon Special Report: After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murr...
Wimbledon Special Report:

After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murray beat top seed Novak DJokovic in straight sets in a thrilling Wimbledon final in what became a fantastic display of British wonderfulness.


Serb & Volley: Djok beats Djokovic in Straight Sets
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Th...

We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by...
We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by those not hidebound by silly things like Laws.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 8 - Vince Cable MP
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Was he involved with oranges, hoods, electric cable, and fishnet stockings, or simply n...

It is with deep regret that we record yet another Unionist critic of the Proj...
It is with deep regret that we record yet another Unionist critic of the Project Fear programme.


Cockers U-cocks it up!
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Better Together and their allies are simply casting perils before swine.

An exciting job opportunity has arisen within Better Together, the campaign t...
An exciting job opportunity has arisen within Better Together, the campaign to save our glorious union!


Job opportunity : Possibly for life
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The post carries an excellent salary (£s higher than the New Cumnock average wage)

HOPE and DYLAN Auchenshoogle were front page news 12 months ago after being b...
HOPE and DYLAN Auchenshoogle were front page news 12 months ago after being born two hours apart, and on different sides of the Scotlandshire - England black hole anomaly on the border.


Love and Theft : Cross-border twins Dylan and Hope celebrate 1st Birthday as opponents
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.u...

Sadly, the BBC Scotlandshire readership misunderstood the wording of our poll.
Sadly, the BBC Scotlandshire readership misunderstood the wording of our poll.


Poultice on our poll
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The positive case for the Union is overwhelming. How many times have you seen it articulated?

Unionist paralegal, columnist and tweeter Ian Smart has demonstrated his mass...
Unionist paralegal, columnist and tweeter Ian Smart has demonstrated his massive fear quotient by being "genuinely frightened" of the separatist strategy of the, eh, um, separatists.


Last Rat joins the sinking ship!
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Meanwhile Project Fear goes from strength to strength.

Johann La-Mont, the leaderene of the largest Tory Group in the Scottish Parli...
Johann La-Mont, the leaderene of the largest Tory Group in the Scottish Parliament has announced her new team of doughty defenders of the Union.


La-Mont shuffles the pack
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These are likely to be short term appointments which will not translate into actual jobs

Better Togetherness reaches a new high of conformity.
Better Togetherness reaches a new high of conformity.


The Stepback Wives - Film Review
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All decent Union women are subservient to Union

Bella Caledonia


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Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Salmond restates pound pledge in Isle of Man - BBC News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Salmond restates pound pledge in Isle of Man
BBC News
Alex Salmond has restated the case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound within a formal currency union in an address to an audience in the Isle of Man. The first minister was speaking, at t...


BBC's Naughtie in Scottish independence role - Scotsman

Scotsman

BBC's Naughtie in Scottish independence role
Scotsman
?I am thrilled at this enhancement of my role in Today,? Mr Naughtie said. ?Constitutional debate and decision next year has great historic importance for Scotland and the whole of the UK, so I am excited to be in the thick of it, on bot...


Scottish independence: negative campaign failing? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: negative campaign failing?
Scotsman
Despite clearly defined editorial positions, it is not credible that journalists accept as veritas any information from either side of the independence debate. Just this weekend a Sunday newspaper disproved UK government assertions ...


Scottish independence: UK defence would be damaged - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: UK defence would be damaged
Scotsman
The Conservative MP said he would be coming to Scotland on ?every available occasion? to make the case against independence on defence grounds. He repeated UK government claims that an independent Scotland could face opposition ove...


Scottish independence: Analysing the campaign - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Analysing the campaign
BBC News
The thinking and the ideas behind the campaign for Scottish independence are being examined in a documentary on BBC Radio 4. "Analysis" is looking at the ideology and the story-telling that has influenced the SNP on the road to the refe...


Scottish independence: SNP's literary white paper - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP's literary white paper
Scotland on Sunday
The most significant cultural voice to emerge in the referendum debate so far has been the pro-independence National Collective, which was founded two years ago by a group of Edinburgh-based artists and writers a...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond sets out case - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond sets out case
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond has said that independence would give Scottish people the power to decide what kind of future they want for their country. In a speech in the Highlands, he said a newly independent Scotland would recoup £...


Scottish independence 'would transform Labour' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'would transform Labour'
Scotsman
After independence, Noon believes that Labour would be freed from ?difficulties? caused by its link to London and be free to work hard for Scotland. Noon's article comes at an unsettling time for Labour with allegations of vote-rigging...


Coalition accused of taking Scots for granted over independence - Herald Scot...

Coalition accused of taking Scots for granted over independence
Herald Scotland
The SNP has accused David Cameron's government of taking Scots votes "for granted" after The Herald revealed Coalition sources believe they have won the battle over independence. The SNP has accused David Cameron's gove...


Jimmy Reid's legacy climbs up independence agenda - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Jimmy Reid's legacy climbs up independence agenda
Herald Scotland
ALEX Salmond and his MSPs are to receive an unprecedented briefing on how an independent Scotland could thrive as a big-state, high-tax progressive country on the Nordic model, amid growing support for the idea through...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Selection for improved feed efficiency - CattleNetwork.com

Selection for improved feed efficiency
CattleNetwork.com
Why a Genomics Approach? Genomic information, in the form of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP), has always held the promise to increase the accuracy of Expected Progeny Differences (EPD). This promise has finally been realized for those b...


Fewer people in Scotland are becoming homeless - SNP (press release)

Fewer people in Scotland are becoming homeless
SNP (press release)
A housing charity has said Scottish Government measures to protect vulnerable people are ?an example to Westminster? - while new statistics show fewer people in Scotland are becoming homeless. Crisis has today urged Westminster to f...


Genes of the RNASE5 pathway contain SNP associated with milk production ... -...

Genes of the RNASE5 pathway contain SNP associated with milk production ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Identification of the processes and mutations responsible for the large genetic variation in milk production among dairy cattle has proved challenging. One approach is to identify a biol...


Alex Salmond set to restate his argument for retaining the pound - Scottish D...

Scottish Daily Record

Alex Salmond set to restate his argument for retaining the pound
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP says Scotland would keep the pound following a Yes vote in the 2014 referendum, but it would have full fiscal powers, giving it control over oil and gas taxation, capital borrowing, w...


SNP slammed for failure to deal with unsafe A&E departments despite being ... ...

Scottish Daily Record

SNP slammed for failure to deal with unsafe A&E departments despite being ...
Scottish Daily Record
SNP ministers denied Scotland's A&E crisis for nine months after experts first warned them about chaos on the wards, it emerged yesterday. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon w...


SNP may invite 'great literary talents' to help - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)

SNP may invite 'great literary talents' to help
The Times (subscription)
Leading Scottish authors are to be approached to help with the SNP government's long-awaited prospectus for independence. Ministers have the novelist William McIlvanney at the top of their wish-list of ...


Scottish National Party advances ?Common Weal? project - World Socialist Web ...

Scottish National Party advances ?Common Weal? project
World Socialist Web Site
The Scottish National Party's (SNP) annual conference in the autumn will host a Common Weal fringe meeting, while the party's chief whip in Edinburgh has called for a formal debate. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon...


Coalition accused of taking Scots for granted over independence - Herald Scot...

Coalition accused of taking Scots for granted over independence
Herald Scotland
The SNP has accused David Cameron's government of taking Scots votes "for granted" after The Herald revealed Coalition sources believe they have won the battle over independence. The SNP has accused David Cameron's gove...


Salmond lines up crime novelist to help - The Sun

Salmond lines up crime novelist to help
The Sun
SNP chiefs fear a long document packed with government jargon could be a turn-off to voters. A source revealed an alternative ?interpretation? of the white paper would be ?written for the people and designed to capture the imagination?. They added: ?T...


Scottish independence: UK defence would be damaged - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: UK defence would be damaged
Scotsman
?The SNP has been negligent in terms of the level of debate on defence. I believe defence is one of the SNP's weaknesses. There are a wide raft of questions it has to answer about what defence would look like in an independent Scot...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable - BBC News

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable
BBC News
Scottish independence will "destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk", according to a paper produced by the UK government. The threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's si...


What will be the Scottish independence referendum question? - Scotsman

Scotsman

What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?
Scotsman
Mr Salmond accepted that the Electoral Commission should be handed a role in helping to frame the referendum question, as part of the ?Edinburgh Agreement? signed last October by the UK and Scottish governments to allow a ...


Troops will march south to England if independence goes ahead because being ....

Daily Mail

Troops will march south to England if independence goes ahead because being ...
Daily Mail
The SNP has drawn up plans to spend £2.5billion on a 15,000-strong Scottish military if there is a 'yes' vote in next year's referendum, although it claims this is around £500million more than is cu...


The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope - BBC News

Herald Scotland

The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope
BBC News
This latest one, titled Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland, had input from armed forces personnel, defence academics, former secretaries of defence and senior officials from Nato, UK MOD and the E...


Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds -...

International Business Times

Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds
Minneapolis Star Tribune
LONDON ? Scotland's Parliament has voted to allow 16 and 17 year olds to cast ballots in next year's independence referendum. The measure, passed Thursday by a vote of 10...


Scottish independence: Bill Clinton urges 'respect' in referendum debate - BB...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Bill Clinton urges 'respect' in referendum debate
BBC News
The two-term leader was speaking at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh. He did not give his opinion on the independence referendum, which is due to be held in September 2014. But he said how Scotland re...


Cameron: bring on the referendum as SNP is losing the fight - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Cameron: bring on the referendum as SNP is losing the fight
Herald Scotland
DAVID Cameron has boasted that Alex Salmond and the Scottish Nationalists are losing the battle for independence. DAVID Cameron has boasted that Alex Salmond and the Scottish Nationalists are losing the battl...


First Minister 'turns to diet favoured by Beyonce' ahead of referendum - Hera...

Herald Scotland

First Minister 'turns to diet favoured by Beyonce' ahead of referendum
Herald Scotland
HE wants to hold on to the pound in the event of a Yes vote, but there are a few excess pounds Alex Salmond is apparently intent on shifting ahead of next year's referendum on independence. HE want...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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Tell All Your Anti-Tory No Voting Friends...

...that the Tories are taking their votes for granted and think they've won already.

 

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Eddie Mcguire

Anyone heard of this fellow before?

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/arts/scottish-independence-snp...

'world's Oldest Calendar' Discovered

In Flure's kitchen ?



Who's Up For A Supper
Does anyone want to share a pizza crunch supper with me? My girl friend isn't want a munch....

Eminem Hotel Advice
Looking at a place to stay next month,looking at the Hilton grosevenor on great western road,how ...

Frozen Milk

I turned down the temperature on my fridge yesterday to make sure the beer was just right. There ...



George Zimmerman
Just how in the hell can you shoot to death a teenager, who was armed with a bag of Skittles, and...

Sunday Herald To Be First Paper To Endorse Yes?

At it again this week:

 



Saw The Aftermath Of A Horrific Crash Today

Going down the M74 at Johnstonebridge there was a car head first into a concrete bridge support o...



Better Nation

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

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft  published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

You may continue to pay for sex
Well, you probably don’t. Maybe you do, though: some people clearly do. Perhaps you do but you wo...

A sickness at the heart of Westminster
The Tories’ latest wheeze to head the racists in blazers off at the pass is this: to make Johnny ...

Jingo Unchained
Not respecting  ?our? troops is one of the biggest taboos in politics. Armed Forces Day is a most...

When civil partnership was radical
Just over ten years ago, the Rainbow Parliament came to town, full of Greens, Socialists and inde...

Scot Goes pop

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

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

Underground, overground, Scowimbling free, the Scowimblian of Scowimbledon Ce...
When Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a best-of-five-set match on Wimbledon Centre Court to ...

Want to know how to help the world take a small step towards averting nuclear...
If so, click HERE to read my 1000-word potted guide over at the International Business Times. If...

Is the painful 117-year Scowimblian drought about to end?
This is from Ethan Grant at the Bleacher Report -

"When it comes to Sunday's matchup, Djokovic a...

YouGov's attention to detail
I got mildly excited a few minutes ago when I checked the YouGov website and saw the words "Scott...

A tale of one Scowimblian and one Scolionian
On Saturday, Richie Gray will become the third different Scolionian in as many weeks to serve as ...

Who's talking the most nonsense about Edward Snowden? Rod Liddle.
Our old friend Rod "Scotland is NOT a nation" Liddle has penned a piece in the Spectator with the...

When is a bet not a bet?
Just a very quick postscript to what I wrote on Thursday. Last year I entered into two private b...

Advantage Scotland
It's slightly mind-boggling that YouGov appear to have devoted more effort to tracking public opi...

Political Betting's Smithson embarks on another "I will not be defied!!!!" ra...
Apologies for anyone getting bored by this, but as you know I made a promise to the PB moderation...

Yet another problem that London rule "isn't to blame for"
Well, I've had another highly instructive day. As you probably know, life expectancy in Scotland...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Only a Yes vote can deliver a Scotland free of weapons of mass destruction.

The long-awaited review of options for new nuclear weapons was published by the Westminster gover...



Perpsectives: 'The hunt for the positive case for the Union continues'

It was billed as a relaunch of Better Together, setting out the ?positive case? for Westminste...



Perspectives: 'British constitution has always been a mess'

Constitutional expert Elliot Bulmer says that, thanks to "Westminster?s constitutional jerry-buil...



VIDEO: An independent Scotland will more closely reflect the values of the Sc...

Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, tells a very well-attended meeting of Yes Mus...



Scotland?s newest MSP makes the French connection with latest independence group

Scotland?s newest MSP Christian Allard is aiming to add a Gallic touch to Scotland?s independence...



First Minister Alex Salmond outlines the case for Yes

Speaking at the Nigg Energy Park in Easter Ross, Scotland?s First Minister Alex Salmond today out...



The Ministry of Defence isn?t working for Scotland

Today the Guardian broke the astonishing news that the MoD is considering plans to ?designate? as...



Once in a lifetime opportunity

Writing in today?s Scotsman, Yes Scotland?s Chief Executive Blair Jenkins has emphasised the ?onc...



Denmark would welcome Scotland into the EU

In a series of interviews published today, senior politicians and academics from Denmark have sai...



UK Government announces plans to privatise the Royal Mail

Today the UK Government has announced plans to privatise the Royal Mail, in a move that has been ...



Perspectives: This week will see the establishment of TradYES
The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the view...

Video: 'Independence debate is about your living standards and your kids' edu...

In this video Colin Fox co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party and Yes Scotland Advisory...



Perspectives: ?The unbelievable scares of the No camp?

As the public scrutiny of the No campaign?s ?Project Fear? tactics continues, here is a list of j...



Happy 65th Birthday NHS

It?s 65 years since the birth of the National Health Service, without question one of Britain?s g...



Video: Tony Banks explains why there is no doubt Scotland can afford independ...

In our latest video Scottish entrepreneur Tony Banks, who helped launch the Business for Scotlan...



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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Pre-emptive Policing
I am deeply concerned about pre-emptive policing,  or arresting people who might be going to do s...

Lack of Intelligence
I am astonished that still none of our pusillanimous media has published the simple fact that NSA...

The Omniscient State
It is not whether the individual had done anything wrong: it is whether the state has done anythi...

Only One Choice and Only for Scotland
Would you like to be shot with a red gun or blue gun, sir? That is the limit of the choice being ...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last? | Martin Kettle

The English identity is much more complex and progressive than the saloon-bar Farageism it is too often depicted as

Who are we? And what identity do we want our institutions to express? The question...



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

The cost of relocating the Trident fleet and finding an alternative base to Faslane is a very pricey headache

Of all the difficult questions that would arise if Scotland voted yes in the referendum ...



MoD fears for Trident base if Scotland says yes to independence

Whitehall looking at plan to designate home of nuclear fleet as sovereign United Kingdom territory

The British government is examining plans to designate the Scottish military base that houses the T...



As a political force Englishness is on the rise ? and Labour mustn't forget i...

This week the party's headache is Falkirk. But its long-term problems will be south of the border

Ed Miliband may be currently enduring a headache over goings-on in Scotland. But, as a report launch...



The Labour party selection process is no model for progressive politics | Joh...

Labour's bitter feud with Unite over goings-on in Falkirk shows that both the party and union are out of touch

What a sorry mess. If you're one of those entirely rational people who tend to avert th...



Let us Scottish 'expats' vote on independence | Anne Miller

Those of us who have only been away a few years will miss out on a decision that could vastly change Scotland

Scotland's approaching independence referendum means that next year could see its bigges...



 

   

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