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RBS cuts further link to UK Treasury
ROYAL Bank of Scotland has cut itself free from an £8 billion capital tie to the UK Treasury, it has announced, in the wake of recent moves to strengthen its capital base.

Cameron in rallying call to troops
BRITAIN'S troops can come home "with their heads held high" when they leave Afghanistan next year as they will have accomplished their mission, David Cameron has said during a Christmas visit to the military in Helmand province.

Watchdog worries over information sharing tightens childcare bill
THE Scottish Government has made last-minute changes to its flagship child protection Bill following concerns raised by information watchdogs.

Clegg blasts May's 'illegal' cap on migrants
NICK Clegg and Theresa May have locked horns in a bitter row over immigration after the Deputy Prime Minister brushed aside a proposal in a leaked Home Office memo to introduce a cap on European Union (EU) migrants, branding it "illegal and undeliverable".

Ofgem delays plan to cut high charges for power companies
ENERGY watchdog Ofgem has been accused of damaging green energy developments in Scotland by delaying a deal on grid transmission charges.

Human traffickers face life
A new Government bill on modern-day slavery introduces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for human trafficking, in a bid to clamp down on a problem which is believed to have increased in recent years.

Scrap the bedroom tax, MPs urge the Coalition
A COMMITTEE of backbench MPs has called for the abolition of the so-called bedroom tax.

Devolved nations 'need new broadcast input'
THE UK's devolved administrations should play a bigger role in broadcasting decisions, according to a report out today.

Moves to cap immigration from other EU countries
Immigration from European Union countries could be capped at 75,000 under proposals set out by the Home Office for sweeping changes to the relationship with Brussels.

Agencies warn over bankruptcy changes
A COALITION of lawyers, advice agencies and trade unionists is calling on MSPs to reject part of the Scottish Government's proposed bankruptcy law shake-up.

Campaigners against gay marriage to target marginal seats
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to same-sex marriage are to target MSPs in marginal constituencies in a bid to change legislation going through the Scottish parliament.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC Jenny Marra, MSP Scotland's Choice on Slavery
It is fitting that on international human rights day the world turned this week to South Africa and Soweto, where thousands gathered to celebrate the life of one of the greatest humanitarians ever.

LibDems select candidate for by-election
The Liberal Democrats have selected their candidate to fight the forthcoming Cowdenbeath by-election.

PM asks Santa for tennis balls
DAVID Cameron has put "a bit of peace and quiet" and some "squidgy tennis balls" at the top of his Christmas list.

Swinney's pledge on tax avoidance
A VIGOROUS approach to combating tax avoidance was promised by the Finance Secretary as he published a Bill to establish a new collection authority.


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Gregor Gall: Class divide in independence debate
17 Dec 2013 at 3:02pm

Polling reveals that the lower social class in Scotland is conflicted over the way to vote, writes Gregor Gall



Leaders: Budget cuts no excuse for poor healthcare
17 Dec 2013 at 2:46pm

Healthcare is one of the most politically sensitive issues of our time. Health spending is one of the biggest areas of government outlay and this has been ring-fenced from cuts imposed on other departments.



Brian Wilson: SNP?s Debt Monster is biting back
17 Dec 2013 at 2:46pm

As with student loans, the Nationalists’ promises over childcare threaten to come to nothing, writes Brian Wilson



Andrew Whitaker: Labour could look at McLeish?s ideas
17 Dec 2013 at 2:45pm

A SERIES of interventions in the independence debate by former first minister Henry McLeish have largely been viewed by the Labour leadership as helpful to the SNP.



Scottish independence: Boris wants ?No? positivity
17 Dec 2013 at 12:56pm

LONDON mayor Boris Johnson has warned that those campaigning to keep the UK together should stop being negative, and revealed that his car bears a bumper sticker reading “I heart Scotland”.



Scots food bank demand ?unacceptable? says Salmond
17 Dec 2013 at 11:38am

DESPERATE Scots are turning to food banks and soup kitchens in soaring numbers across the country, new research has found.



UK ministers in Scottish fracking plan
17 Dec 2013 at 8:59am

A SWATHE of land covering the Central Belt of Scotland as well as much of the Borders and Fife has been identified by UK ministers for controversial shale gas exploration, or fracking, in a map published today.



Royal Burgess votes against allowing women members
17 Dec 2013 at 7:51am

THE oldest golfing society in the world has scrapped proposals to admit women members after less than a third of its membership supported it in a referendum.



Scottish independence: migrants? families welcomed
17 Dec 2013 at 7:07am

An independent Scotland would have a “fairer” approach to allowing the families of migrant workers to move to the country, the External Affairs minister said today.



Leaders: Battle could never be won in Afghanistan
16 Dec 2013 at 5:28pm

A YEAR before British armed forces are due to be completely gone from Afghanistan, David Cameron has visited troops stationed there and said that they can “come home with their heads held high” because the mission was to provide the nation “with a basic level of security” and by the time they leave “they will have accomplished that mission”.



May at centre of row over free movement of workers
16 Dec 2013 at 5:16pm

A FURIOUS row has broken out in the coalition government over the right of European Union nationals to work in the UK, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg branding proposals in a leaked Home Office document “illegal and undeliverable”.



Scottish independence folly on grand scale - Major
16 Dec 2013 at 5:16pm

Scottish independence is a “folly on a grand scale” that would significantly weaken global influence, Sir John Major told MPs.



The Scotsman cartoon: Modern-day slavery bill
16 Dec 2013 at 3:46pm

A new Government Bill on modern-day slavery introduces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for human trafficking.



Peter Jones: Fracking good plan for oil and gas
16 Dec 2013 at 3:15pm

Greens hate it, so Alex Salmond is saying nothing, but unconventional drilling could suit Scotland, writes Peter Jones



Gordon Brown: Disgrace of Dalgety Bay delay
16 Dec 2013 at 3:08pm

More than three years after radioactive materials were found, the people of a Fife town are still awaiting a clean-up operation, writes Gordon Brown




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Natpocalypse now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2013 at 3:55pm
We enjoyed this satirical piece on Buzzfeed today picturing how various world media outlets would handle the end of civilisation via a double meteor strike/zombie virus catastrophe. We’ve pinched some of their UK examples for illustrative purposes, and added a couple of our own at the end. Have a go! It’s easy* and fun! *idiotically [...]

The poll dancer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2013 at 11:00am
There’s a rather strange article by Peter Kellner, CEO of polling company YouGov, in today’s Guardian. It makes a whole series of dubious claims, one of the most startling being the assertion that “Labour is the pro-welfare party-of-the-heart”, a view somewhat at odds with the party’s stated intent to be “tougher than the Tories on benefits”. [...]

Just passing this on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
Because it’s aimed at you. (As judging by the increase in donor numbers set against the number of clickthroughs we registered from yesterday’s piece to the benighted Yes Scotland fundraising page, there’s no mistaking where the money came from.) Bella and Newsnet both now over £10,000 too, even though it’s barely over a week until Christmas. [...]

Like a whirlpool, it never ends
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2013 at 7:20am
We haven’t done a “We said, he said” argument transcript for months and months, because as a rule they’re of extremely limited interest to anyone outside the political nerdosphere who isn’t familiar with the people involved. But you don’t need any background to follow this one. So buckle up and do your best to wade [...]

Holding back
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2013 at 4:23am
Here’s the Secretary Of State For Scotland, legendary bruiser Alistair “Crybaby” Carmichael, in this morning’s Herald on the subject of the dastardly SNP Scottish Government intimidating businesses out of speaking up for the Union: “Asked if there was a fear factor, Mr Carmichael replied: ‘There is very much. This is what business people tell me; [...]

New information
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2013 at 2:57pm
This is from today’s Guardian (our emphasis): “A spokesman for Better Together said their donations strategy, which allows any UK voter to gift money, was crucial because the Scottish government was devoting significant official resources to campaigning for independence, far outstripping the spending by civil servants in Whitehall.” Now that’s odd. How would this spokesman know [...]

Translation time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2013 at 1:07pm
We’ve only corrected one paragraph in the following otherwise-verbatim story from today’s Daily Record, so that it now says what it actually means rather than the paraphrased family-newspaper version. Can any eagle-eyed readers spot it? Bedroom Tax: Scots MPs’ committee demand Con-Dems axe savage spare room policy 16 Dec 2013 09:14 THE Scottish Affairs Committee, led [...]

Jingle Tins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2013 at 3:20am
Now, we’re not putting ourselves up as some sort of expert fundraising authority just because we’ve run a few successful ones, but you didn’t have to be a genius to slap your forehead with your palm last month when the official Yes Scotland campaign AND two of the country’s biggest pro-indy websites (as well as [...]

Quoted for truth #40
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2013 at 11:54am
The Huffington Post, 15 December 2013: “The number of Britons who think Ed Miliband is likely to be the prime minister after the next election has fallen dramatically, according to a poll. Research by ComRes for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found 21% believed the Labour leader would be in No 10 after the next election, down 10 points [...]

Lies, damned lies, and Tories
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2013 at 7:12am
It was nice to get a wee plug this morning on Radio Scotland’s always-interesting “Headlines” programme. Their online round-up talked about our piece on Scandinavian taxation, and contrasted it with one written by Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser for the right-wing “ThinkScotland” blog, in which he disputed the widely-held, and oft-decried by Yes supporters, notion [...]


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Death rate probe exposes failures
17 Dec 2013 at 10:50am
A health board must make widespread improvements after a probe into above-average mortality rates found serious problems with patient care.


No cuts to fishing days at sea
17 Dec 2013 at 2:15pm
Scottish fishermen's leaders say they are relieved that there will be no reduction in the number of days boats may go to sea.


MSPs seek views on new tax authority
17 Dec 2013 at 6:45am
MSPs call for views on the legislation to set up Scotland's new tax authority, with responsibility for the land and buildings transaction tax and landfill tax.


Concern over high liver deaths rate
17 Dec 2013 at 8:28am
Scottish deaths due to liver disease are among the highest in Europe, almost 70% higher than the UK average, new statistics reveal.


'Others will face Lockerbie charges'
16 Dec 2013 at 7:18pm
The man who has headed the FBI for the past 12 years has told the BBC he expects "others will be charged" over the Lockerbie bombing.


MPs in call to scrap benefit changes
16 Dec 2013 at 7:39am
A House of Commons select committee calls on the coalition government to scrap changes to housing benefit.


MSPs to examine EU membership
16 Dec 2013 at 7:42am
MSPs are to examine an independent Scotland's position within the European Union.


Private estate access prompts anger
16 Dec 2013 at 7:47pm
A mountaineering organisation calls for action to stop a Perthshire landowner blocking access to his land.


Better Together reveals donor list
16 Dec 2013 at 12:02pm
Pro-Union Better Together campaign receives £1.6m in donations since April, figures reveal.


Plans for 20mph zones on trunk roads
16 Dec 2013 at 11:13am
Speed limits of just 20mph could be introduced on five sections of Scotland's trunk road network, as consultation on the plan begins.


Sir Ian's £50m set to be rejected
16 Dec 2013 at 10:54am
A £50m offer from businessman Sir Ian Wood to redevelop the Aberdeen city centre is set to be rejected by the council.


Council unveils list of service cuts
16 Dec 2013 at 7:12am
Clackmannanshire Council publishes a full list of proposed cuts in an effort to slash £25m from its budget.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


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Monarchy and Aristocracy - Illegitimate in an Independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2013 at 1:39pm

By Mark McNaught
 
In 1629 Colonial America, the land of what presently constitutes the Carolinas was granted by Charles I to Attorney General and fellow Londoner Sir Robert Heath to establish tobacco plantations. 
 
While Heath lost his possessions during the English Civil War under the reign of Oliver Cromwell, eight noble 'Lords Proprietor' were granted the Carolinas by Charles II upon the Stuart restoration in 1663.



The continual shaming of the Scottish Parliament
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2013 at 12:59am

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament witnessed yet another shameful episode in what has now become a weekly ritual, as Unionist MSPs traduced the seat of Scottish democracy.

Lies, insults and misrepresentation were on display and such was the level of vitriol from at least one pro-Union MSP, the presiding officer was forced to step in and ask Ruth Davidson to retract an offensive remark.



What happens next in Catalonia?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Dec 2013 at 5:47am

By Paul T. Kavanagh

The Catalan government has now announced that the independence referendum will be held on 9 November 2014.   The question will be in two parts, the first part asking whether Catalans agree that Catalonia should form a state, the second asking whether this state should be independent.



Seeing the Light
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Dec 2013 at 4:29am

By Derek Bateman

The next nine months will concentrate minds on Scotland's chances post independence but it must surely mean a similar scrutiny of the developing UK after a No vote. I say "developing" but that contains an irony because on a battery of comparisons it seems Britain may actually be in the category of developing nation.



Cauld Kail
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Dec 2013 at 4:46pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
Incidentally, I saw Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, told the Huffington Post: "Food prices are rising already.  Scotland hasn't got the most benign of climates to do business.  Scots are heavily dependent on importing food into Scotland and therefore highly likely to be food insecure unless they dramatically alter what they eat and how they get it.  The supermarkets here are rattling their cages. Scots would be well advised to start thinking about their own food security."  Eh?



Left voices vital to shape new Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
20 Nov 2013 at 1:21pm

by John McAllion

Next September, voters in Scotland will be asked to answer yes or no to the question ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? The simplicity of the question and of the possible answers to it belies the complexity of motivations and reasons that explain why voters will opt for one answer or the other.



Hearts and Minds in the MORI poll
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Dec 2013 at 12:28pm

By Dave Taylor 
 
One of the unique aspects of the Ipsos-MORI polls is that they regularly carry the question "Which of the following best describes your national identity?"

The options are given in a standard format, and below we list the percentages of those certain to vote, opting to describe themselves in that way.



What Rajoy is still not saying
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Dec 2013 at 1:04am

By Paul Kavanagh

There?s something the Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy is still not saying, not even after being asked three times.  On Sunday, El País newspaper published a major interview with Rajoy.  It was a wide ranging interview, covering many topics, however naturally Catalonia and Scotland loomed large in the interviewer?s list of questions to ask.



The Problem of Patriotism and the Left
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Dec 2013 at 5:01pm

By Gerry Hassan

This week Keith Vaz, chair of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, asked the ?Guardian? editor Alan Rusbridger, ?Do you love your country??.

This was in relation to the ?Guardian?s? publication of some of Edward Snowden?s leaked documents on the activities of the US-UK surveillance state.



Why Better Together should be worried by recent polls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Dec 2013 at 6:36pm

By Dave Taylor

Last Sunday the first poll since the launch of the Scottish Government?s Independence White Paper was published.

Commissioned by the Mail on Sunday, the poll gave the No campaign a commanding lead ? 56% to 27% with 17% undecided.




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Scottish independence: migrants? families welcomed
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 2:23pm

An independent Scotland would have a “fairer” approach to allowing the families of migrant workers to move to the country, the External Affairs minister said today.

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Scottish independence: Boris wants ?No? positivity
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 2:19pm

LONDON mayor Boris Johnson has warned that those campaigning to keep the UK together should stop being negative, and revealed that his car bears a bumper sticker reading “I heart Scotland”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The really sad thing is that Boris genuinely believes his bumper sticker constitutes ...



SCOT goes POP!: Green Yes
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 11:58am

I must admit that, until I saw the mention of it on Wings over Scotland yesterday, I wasn't aware that the Green Yes campaign was running a fundraiser on Indiegogo.  I've decided to do my ecumenical deed for the morning by making a modest donation.  It doesn't feel like such an unnatural thing to...



Like a whirlpool, it never ends
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 7:40am

We haven’t done a “We said, he said” argument transcript for months and months, because as a rule they’re of extremely limited interest to anyone outside the political nerdosphere who isn’t familiar with the people involved.




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Holding back
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 7:09am

Here’s the Secretary Of State For Scotland, legendary bruiser Alistair “Crybaby” Carmichael, in this morning’s Herald on the subject of the dastardly SNP Scottish Government intimidating businesses out of speaking up for the Union...



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Carmichael claims pro-union businesses face 'heavy influence' to stay out of ...
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 6:48am
Alistair Carmichael has accused the Scottish Government of using "heavy influence" to silence business voices north of the Border that are pro-UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Once again the "bruiser" who was supposed to bring new vigour to the campaign against Scotland being a normal nation instead doe...



One Nation Under a Groove
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 5:42am

Do you view attachment to Britain as the key to cultural success? In the endless search for the winner of this contest – we may have a late entry winner.


We can’t decide our own government in Scotland because we’d lose boyband One Direction, or Wand Erection as they’re known.



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New information
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 5:32am

This is from today's Guardian (our emphasis)...



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Translation time
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 5:20am

We’ve only corrected one paragraph in the following otherwise-verbatim story from today’s Daily Record, so that it now says what it actually means rather than the paraphrased family-newspaper version. Can any eagle-eyed readers spot it?



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Former prime minister warns Yes vote would be 'folly on a grand scale'
by Peter A Bell
17 Dec 2013 at 5:16am

SCOTTISH independence is a "folly on a grand scale" that would significantly weaken UK global influence, Sir John Major told MPs.


Peter A Bell's insight:

The infinitely forgettable John Major has no say in government policy, of course. But might it be that he is flying a kite for David Cameron? Whe...



Good Morning Scotland - Wake up to the opportunities of independence
by Peter A Bell
16 Dec 2013 at 12:56pm

Business for Scotland is now being regularly asked to represent the opinion of the pro-independence business community by the mainstream media or in organised debates  This is useful for two main reasons: First, our business spokespeople can...

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SCOT goes POP!: Clues from YouGov about undecided voters
by Peter A Bell
16 Dec 2013 at 12:28pm

Just one final (probably!) dip into the details of last week's YouGov referendum poll. Unlike the recent Ipsos-Mori poll or the second Panelbase poll commissioned by Wings over Scotland, there doesn't seem to have been any direct attempt made to discover how the Don't Knows are more inclined to v...



The Red Baron Flies Again
by Peter A Bell
16 Dec 2013 at 11:43am

Baron Foulkes of Cumnock is back on fine form tweeting today that: "John Major tells our Select Committee that it would take at least 10 years for a separate Scotland to get back into EU".


Peter A Bell's insight:

Gibbering George is embarrassing himself again. Not sure if he's doing it deliberately...



Know Who Your Friends Are
by Peter A Bell
16 Dec 2013 at 11:33am

I thought it was a spoof at first until I read it myself but the list of donors to Better Together should be published as an ironic joke book (The Bumper Book of Greasy Palms). Is it too late for Christmas?


Peter A Bell's insight:

This is vested-interest Britain doing what it does best, stuffing di...



Devolved nations 'need new broadcast input'
by Peter A Bell
16 Dec 2013 at 11:23am
THE UK's devolved administrations should play a bigger role in broadcasting decisions, according to a report out today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Constitutional tinkering strives to address a question that would be fully answered with independence.



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Revealed: Number of council tax relief claimants has fallen by more than 4000...
by dailyrecord
17 Dec 2013 at 6:56am
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney says Westminster reforms have had an unfair impact on some of the most vulnerable members of society.


Scots care leavers call on MSPs to make key promises as they present Christma...
by dailyrecord
17 Dec 2013 at 6:50am
YOUNG care leavers want MSPs to ensure that no-one becomes homeless after leaving the care system, and that everyone has access to relevant support.


Royal Bank of Scotland is like a vulture ready to swoop on struggling compani...
by dailyrecord
17 Dec 2013 at 6:34am
WELSH MP Guto Bebb's comments follow report claiming RBS forced firms into default to seize their properties.


Tory defence expert joins campaign to scrap 'nonsensical' £100billion replace...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Dec 2013 at 3:21am
DEFENCE committee chair James Arbuthnot says the end of the Cold War means the logic behind nuclear deterrent programme is flawed.


Revealed: Tory peer Lord Hanningield still fleecing taxpayers.. despite being...
by David Collins
17 Dec 2013 at 2:20am
LORD Hanningfield spends as little as half an hour inside House of Lords to claim £300 attendance allowance.


Record View: Tories change their tune over Mandela
by Record View
16 Dec 2013 at 3:36am
AS Nelson Mandela's tolerance and forgiveness is praised RECORD VIEW says those who protested for his freedom should stand proud of what they helped achieve.


Bedroom Tax: Scots MPs' committee demand Con-Dems axe savage spare room policy
by David Clegg
16 Dec 2013 at 3:14am
THE Scottish Affairs Committee, led by Labour MP Ian Davidson, will call on the UK Government to scrap the law that sees money deducted from society's most vulnerable.


SNP slam Better Together as 'Tory to the core' after campaign reveal large ca...
by David Clegg
16 Dec 2013 at 2:30am
BETTER Together's war chest was boosted by large donations from Arsenal FC chairman Sir Chippendale "Chips" Keswick and investment banker Andrew Fraser.


Pro-union campaign Better Together rakes in £1.6 million in donations in just...
by dailyrecord
15 Dec 2013 at 8:28am
MORE than 17,000 people have contributed to the anti-independence group since April, mostly giving sums of less than £500.


Sectarianism in Scotland report says schools are not to blame and calls for s...
by dailyrecord
13 Dec 2013 at 6:06am
AUTHORS of the report to the Scottish Government say they have been left in no doubt that Scotland has had enough of any lingering impact of sectarianism and wants change.


John Swinney promises 'vigorous' clampdown on tax avoidance with new collecti...
by dailyrecord
13 Dec 2013 at 5:32am
THE Finance Secretary unveiled the new Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill as he pledged to crackdown on tax avoidance.


Record View: Carmichael's attempt to defend indefensible was pathetic
by Record View
13 Dec 2013 at 3:26am
RECORD VIEW says Alistair Carmichael's half-hearted attempt at defending the con-dem's welfare cuts suggests he already knows they are indefensible.


MSPs approve new legislation aimed at protecting victims of crime
by David Clegg
13 Dec 2013 at 1:51am
AS MSPs passed the Victims and Witnesses Bill, campaigners warned more needs to be done to fully support victims through the complex criminal justice system.


26 cowardly Scots MPs refuse to come out and say whether they are in favour o...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Dec 2013 at 1:42am
JUST one MP was bold enough to defend the inflation busting increase while 33 said it was unacceptable given the restrictions on public sector pay.


Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael fails to defend Con-Dems brutal welfar...
by David Clegg
13 Dec 2013 at 1:30am
THE Lib Dem MP looked clueless as he struggled to justify the Con-Dem welfare cuts that are plunging Scottish children into a life of poverty.


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The campaign to keep Scotlandshire in the bosom of the UK's inclusive family ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Dec 2013 at 3:18pm
The campaign to keep Scotlandshire in the bosom of the UK's inclusive family got a major boost today, as a new campaigning force claimed it would be increasing its numbers on the streets and pavements of North Britain.


New U-KOK campaign group takes to the streets
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Boris Johnson provides some well researched advice for Londoners travelling t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Dec 2013 at 2:58pm
Boris Johnson provides some well researched advice for Londoners travelling to Scotlandshire during the festive season.


Travel Guide for Londoners
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It is now the end of the night, if you are not in an ambulance already, get a taxi. Ok, you will not be able to get a taxi. T...

Alastair Darling issues an emotional plea to remember the poor this Christmas...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Dec 2013 at 4:17am
Alastair Darling issues an emotional plea to remember the poor this Christmas.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/619-a-christmas-message-about-poverty.html


A Christmas Message about poverty
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Yes? this Christmas I want us all to unite, call out in uniso...

In a remarkable example of life following art, a trial has revealed that the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Dec 2013 at 4:48pm
In a remarkable example of life following art, a trial has revealed that the captain of the ship has lost their marbles.


Captain of HMS Brittannia 'loses it'
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The Queen marked the level in bowls of nuts left around Buckingham Palace as she was irritated by police officers ...

We have been inspired by inspirational Douglas Alexander!
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2013 at 8:15am
We have been inspired by inspirational Douglas Alexander!


Douglas Alexander inspires solid struggle, but it?s just a social
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any sim...

Victoria Milan has called out the PM and FM on their on/off relationship, we ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Dec 2013 at 10:32am
Victoria Milan has called out the PM and FM on their on/off relationship, we can report.

"Despite both being married men, the tension has been unbearable" said Victoria. One minute Dave is saying he will fight for their union with every fibre of his being, and the next he withdraws like a surly ...

The highly respected and well-endowed panel of experts, the Centre for Region...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Dec 2013 at 4:08pm
The highly respected and well-endowed panel of experts, the Centre for Regional Analysis and Policy, which has absolutely no links to the Labour Party, made a shocking claim.


Separate Scotland's new name would cost £millions
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Prof Armstrong-Lamont, speaking at the launch o...

In the run up to Xmas, we're going to be rather busy buying presents for the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Dec 2013 at 3:50pm
In the run up to Xmas, we're going to be rather busy buying presents for the kids, so there will be fewer articles.

Top of our list is the 8.4% of the Thames Barrier that the Scots own. Expensive now, but should be of even greater value in the future.


What east London could have looked like if Th...

Foreigners slagged off - regardless of who they are.
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Dec 2013 at 5:05pm
Foreigners slagged off - regardless of who they are.


Cameron hails trip to China as a success for English Tourism and Education
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Still... every cloud has a silver lining since, with the reduction in their football standards, we may be able to offload the Old Firm onto the ...

(no title)
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2013 at 4:58pm

While Westminster wrestles with the West Lothian question, we have the answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2013 at 4:21pm
While Westminster wrestles with the West Lothian question, we have the answer.


BBC Scotlandshire has the West Lothian answer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Royal family would be rehoused in Kisimul Castle, and all tourist flights rerouted to Barra airport. Sand would be imported from Luskentyre to ...

More from our YouGuff poll. Salmond's coat is on a shoogly peg.
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Dec 2013 at 12:19pm
More from our YouGuff poll. Salmond's coat is on a shoogly peg.


Batman piles pressure on Salmond
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a clear blow for Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, a hefty 8% preferred surprise choice Patrick Harvie, of the Scotch Green Party.

If you are curious to see what sort of vile propaganda is being shared online...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2013 at 1:17pm
If you are curious to see what sort of vile propaganda is being shared online by the Separatists, you may want to take a gander at Free Scotland 2014. Viewer discretion required!


Free Scotland 2014
Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

Our American cousins have demonstrated their deep knowledge of and insight in...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2013 at 10:49am
Our American cousins have demonstrated their deep knowledge of and insight into Scotlandshire. Read their incisive analysis here.


Why America Must Say No to Scotland?s Independence From Great Britain
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We, as Americans, have a responsibility to stop the rise of socialism al...

There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2013 at 9:27am
There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. Clutha.




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Closer ? Issue 1
by bellacaledonia
17 Dec 2013 at 3:54pm
As part of our plans for expansion we’re publishing four seasonal print publications, in the run up to the referendum. Here’s our first issue, our autumn edition. Each issue is published in a limited print-run and sold on a first... Read More ›

The Network of Global Corporate Control
by bellacaledonia
17 Dec 2013 at 2:55pm
We liked this from Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston – they’ve modelled relationships and control models of the power elite and created a picture of what that actually looks like. This is from Plos One, an international,... Read More ›

One Nation Under a Groove
by bellacaledonia
17 Dec 2013 at 4:01am
By Mike Small Do you view attachment to Britain as essential to Scotland’s cultural success? In the endless search for the winner of this contest – we may have a late entry winner. According to John Major we can’t decide... Read More ›


The Red Baron Flies Again
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2013 at 11:29am
Baron Foulkes of Cumnock is back on fine form tweeting today that: “John Major tells our Select Committee that it would take at least 10 years for a separate Scotland to get back into EU”. We don’t normally report from... Read More ›

Intelligence Finance
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2013 at 6:46am
By Mike Small What’s emerging is not an alternative case for the Union but a war against the limited democracy we have. The revelation that Better Together is bankrolled (‘Tory to the core‘) by spivs, spooks and spies is maybe... Read More ›

Truth to Power
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2013 at 3:46am
Continuing our series of responses to Scotland’s Future, Alastair McIntosh: Towards a Nation of Parrhesíastes I got caught in a dilemma in November when the Scottish Government produced the blueprint for Scottish Independence. At the same time as the big... Read More ›

Republic of Books
by bellacaledonia
15 Dec 2013 at 8:16am
Continuing our series of responses to the White Paper, this by Mark Buckland Tuesday?s presentation of the White Paper was one for publishers to admire; with everything that can go wrong in launching a new tome (and it certainly fits... Read More ›

A Dragging Anchor
by bellacaledonia
14 Dec 2013 at 3:06pm
One of the great outcomes of the indy referendum experience has been the outpouring of non-text new media (we’re thinking of these dudes here and here and here). But top amongst them is Michael Greenwell’s Indy Podcast. We used to... Read More ›


Time?s Ticking
by bellacaledonia
14 Dec 2013 at 8:03am
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far with our appeal, we’ve now reached over £8000. We’ve only got one week to go and we’re asking for your support (go here to add your support). Here’s an update on... Read More ›

The Shetland Card
by bellacaledonia
12 Dec 2013 at 10:33am
By George Rosie For the last couple of years the Liberal MSPs Tavish Scott (Shetland) and Liam McArthur (Orkney) plus the Tory relic Malcolm Sinclair (Earl of Caithness) have been sounding off about the right of the inhabitants of Orkney... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: migrants' families welcomed - Scotsman
17 Dec 2013 at 7:12am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: migrants' families welcomed
Scotsman
The SNP Government's white paper on independence, entitled Scotland's Future, set out the Government's proposals on independence, which would see the creation of a ?controlled immigration system.? A post-study work visa would be re...


Scottish independence: MSPs to examine EU membership - BBC News
16 Dec 2013 at 7:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs to examine EU membership
BBC News
A Holyrood committee will look at the issue following publication of the Scottish government's White Paper on independence. First Minister Alex Salmond has said an independent Scotland could negotiate EU membership "from within"....


Scottish independence: Comedians answer your questions - BBC News
15 Dec 2013 at 2:57am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Comedians answer your questions
BBC News
In the final BBC Scotland webcast for 2013, comedians Sanjeev Kohli, Susan Morrison and Andy Zaltzman give their irreverent take on the independence debate. BBC Scotland's Bill Whiteford put your questions to the three comics. ...


Scottish independence: Peers could remain in Lords - The Scotsman - Scotsman
15 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Peers could remain in Lords - The Scotsman
Scotsman
Mr Wallace, the deputy leader of the Lords, said it would be incorrect to assume Scottish peers would automatically lose their seats in the House if Scotland votes for independence next September. He said that if pee...


Scottish independence: Scots EU independence plan 'now untenable' - BBC News
13 Dec 2013 at 9:56am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scots EU independence plan 'now untenable'
BBC News
Comments by the European Council president have cast further doubt on an independent Scotland's EU membership status, it has been claimed. Herman Van Rompuy said that, if Catalonia became independent from Spain, prev...


Better Together reveals donor list - BBC News
16 Dec 2013 at 12:03pm

BBC News

Better Together reveals donor list
BBC News
In April this year, the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland revealed it had received more than £1.7m in donations since its launch in May 2012. Large donors included Ayrshire lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir, who each gave £500,00...


Scottish independence: Wales fears losing Scotland - Scotsman
13 Dec 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Wales fears losing Scotland
Scotsman
Pointing out that Scottish independence would reduce the Celtic fringe population from ten million people to five million, the former Labour first minister suggested that Wales would suffer from the dominance of the Conservatives i...


Arsenal chairman among major donors to Better Together campaign against ... -...
15 Dec 2013 at 11:47am

Telegraph.co.uk

Arsenal chairman among major donors to Better Together campaign against ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Salmond is able to use taxpayers' money to campaign for independence, while the lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir have so far donated £1 million each to the SNP and the pro-separatio...


Wales ignored in the debate on Scottish independence, says academic - WalesOn...
16 Dec 2013 at 5:23am

WalesOnline

Wales ignored in the debate on Scottish independence, says academic
WalesOnline
Wales' voice is being ignored in the debate around the Scottish independence referendum and risks being drowned out if political leadership doesn't find a way to fights its corner, a leading Scottish constitu...


Scottish independence referendum: Your questions answered - BBC News
12 Dec 2013 at 2:47am

Spectator.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: Your questions answered
BBC News
... for the Deaf still come from England and what of UK government staff in Scotland? Following the Scottish government's publication of its White Paper on independence, BBC website readers have been letting us know w...



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Andrew Whitaker: Labour could look at McLeish's ideas - Scotsman
17 Dec 2013 at 3:06pm

Scotsman

Andrew Whitaker: Labour could look at McLeish's ideas
Scotsman
During Alex Salmond's six-and-a-half years as First Minister, many in Scottish Labour have formed the impression that McLeish is the SNP leader's favourite Labourite. McLeish's chairing of taskforces on delivering improvements t...


Brian Wilson: SNP's Debt Monster is biting back - Scotsman
17 Dec 2013 at 3:03pm

Scotsman

Brian Wilson: SNP's Debt Monster is biting back
Scotsman
Last week, there was a stark reminder that politics is about choices, when it emerged that the number of teachers in Scotland is down by more than 4,000 since the SNP came to power, while the average class sizes it promised to cut hav...


Former council leader ousted from Cabinet role - MidLothian Advertiser
17 Dec 2013 at 9:34am

Former council leader ousted from Cabinet role
MidLothian Advertiser
In a complete role reversal of this week's re-shuffle, Councillor Beattie had previously removed Councillor Thompson from the Cabinet when she became leader of the SNP-led council last year. This was immediately after Councillor T...


Figures show 550000 helped with Council Tax bills - SNP (press release)
17 Dec 2013 at 7:37am

Figures show 550000 helped with Council Tax bills
SNP (press release)
?When the Westminster Government scrapped Council Tax Benefit, they pulled the rug from underneath hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland who relied upon it to pay their bills. ?That is why the SNP Government and COSLA stepp...


SNP slam Better Together as 'Tory to the core' after campaign reveal large ca...
17 Dec 2013 at 1:46am

Scottish Daily Record

SNP slam Better Together as 'Tory to the core' after campaign reveal large cash ...
Scottish Daily Record
But SNP referendum campaign director Angus Robertson MP focused on the support from Conservative backers, saying: ?This is further proof that the anti-independence campaign...


INSIDE TRACK: A workable constitution is far from child's play - Herald Scotland
16 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

INSIDE TRACK: A workable constitution is far from child's play
Herald Scotland
The SNP have taken a certain amount of stick over the issue because some of the ideas they have floated for inclusion (free education and a ban on nuclear weapons, for example) look suspiciously like party policy rather ...


A No vote can still bring clear positivity - Herald Scotland
16 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

A No vote can still bring clear positivity
Herald Scotland
As things stand, the SNP position is that there would not be another referendum "in a generation". I heard Linda Fabiani MSP confirm this at a public meeting just last week. Of course the term "generation" is very fluid. It is usually put a...


Trident proposals immoral, say SNP - Herald Scotland
16 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

Trident proposals immoral, say SNP
Herald Scotland
Angus Robertson, SNP leader at Westminster and the party's defence spokesperson, said: "The determination to spend £100 billion on Trident nuclear weapons that are designed to flatten Russia is perverse." Contextual targeting label: Local governmen...


Home rule is safest way to gain greater powers for the nation - Herald Scotland
16 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

Home rule is safest way to gain greater powers for the nation
Herald Scotland
I would suggest that risk is lower than those connected with independence and, with SNP support after the referendum, home rule will inevitably become reality in the middle term. Allan C Steele,. 22 Forres Avenue, Giffnoc...


SNP comment on rejection of Sir Ian Wood money - SNP (press release)
16 Dec 2013 at 3:15pm

SNP comment on rejection of Sir Ian Wood money
SNP (press release)
"This is extraordinarily inept behaviour, and the Labour/Tory council coalition should apologise to the people of Aberdeen. They have let local people down, and a golden opportunity for Aberdeen has been missed. "The Council had an ...



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Scottish independence referendum: Your questions answered - BBC News
12 Dec 2013 at 2:47am

Spectator.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: Your questions answered
BBC News
Scottish independence referendum: Your questions answered. By Louise Sayers BBC Scotland. Composite for Q&A Who would the Queen choose as Governor General? What would happen to the Mobility Scheme? Would Hearing Dogs ...


Scottish independence: MSPs to study economic impact of referendum result - B...
10 Dec 2013 at 6:13pm

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Scottish independence: MSPs to study economic impact of referendum result
BBC News
The possible economic impact of next year's independence referendum result will be scrutinised by MSPs. The Scottish Parliament's economy committee wants to hear from key figures in bu...


Scots Propose Independence With Pounds and Passports - New York Times
27 Nov 2013 at 1:21pm

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Scots Propose Independence With Pounds and Passports
New York Times
LONDON ? Behind in the opinion polls, Scottish Nationalists who are seeking independence from Britain in a referendum next year set out their wish list for a new nation on Tuesday, but made several assertions about their fu...


Van Rompuy torpedoes SNP claims on EU membership - Herald Scotland
13 Dec 2013 at 9:09pm

Left Foot Forward

Van Rompuy torpedoes SNP claims on EU membership
Herald Scotland
The SNP's White Paper on independence argues that in the event of a Yes vote in next year's referendum Scotland would become a full EU member seamlessly, under Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union. Joining the E...


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond to be quizzed on SNP white paper ... - ...
10 Dec 2013 at 4:12am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Alex Salmond to be quizzed on SNP white paper ...
Scottish Daily Record
ALEX Salmond and his Cabinet are to be questioned on their blueprint for independence by hundreds of representatives from civil Scotland. More than 300 people from large and small b...


Book reviews: Scotland's referendum result is in the balance - Herald Scotland
7 Dec 2013 at 8:09am

Scotland on Sunday

Book reviews: Scotland's referendum result is in the balance
Herald Scotland
Those determined to preserve the United Kingdom have been testing a new piece of rhetoric. It seems several of them thought of this one simultaneously. The 306-year-old arrangement between Scotland and En...


Scottish independence: Referendum library - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 6:09pm

Scottish independence: Referendum library
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum, on 18 September 2014, has generated a large amount of discussion over the nation's future. Continue reading the main story. For more on the Scottish independence referendum go to the BBC's Scotland's Future pag...


Scottish independence: Comedians answer your questions - BBC News
15 Dec 2013 at 2:57am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Comedians answer your questions
BBC News
... to the three comics. On 18 September 2014, voters in the referendum will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" You can follow our coverage of the Scottish independence referendum on the ...


Scottish independence: MSPs to examine EU membership - BBC News
16 Dec 2013 at 7:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs to examine EU membership
BBC News
On 18 September next year, voters in Scotland will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" An independent Scotland's membership of the EU has been one of the most contentious issues of the refer...


Scottish referendum library: Defence - BBC News
28 Nov 2013 at 8:49am

Scottish referendum library: Defence
BBC News
The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: Terminating Trident - Days or Decades? (Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee) (25 October 2012) - Westminster's Scottish affairs committee said Trident nuclear weapons could be deactivated in a matter of ...

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Romance Covers
17 Dec 2013 at 3:08pm

One for the ladies...

 

http://wtfbadromancecovers.tumblr.com/tagged/objectified-scotsmen



Wood Venetian Blinds
17 Dec 2013 at 2:00pm

Dain' ma heid in searching locally....where's best shop/company for prices for window blinds and ...



You Telling Me This Is Rain?
17 Dec 2013 at 1:59pm

Jacob Richardson @jjarichardson 15 Dec

 

MP salaries increased by 11%. Queen's by 16%. Income ta...



Uk....errr London Airport Capacity Plans
17 Dec 2013 at 6:48am

Not much changes for anyone north of Watford....

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25402007



Partick Thistle 2014 Calendar
17 Dec 2013 at 6:38am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/partick-thistle-fans-fury-at-calendar-photo-gaffe-1-3235898

 



Butt Chugging - Wtf?
17 Dec 2013 at 2:15am
Only a matter of time before some hapless foot soldier is discovered having been "Butt Chugging"....

It Finally Arrived
16 Dec 2013 at 4:23pm

 



Merry Christmas An Awra Best To You All :ok:
16 Dec 2013 at 4:02pm
Early start for the thread but I doubt I will be on the board much from tonight as things to do, ...

Eu Membership
16 Dec 2013 at 6:46am

I wish Westminster and Holyrood could for once just agree that they go and get advice together ov...



Better Together Donors
15 Dec 2013 at 4:32am
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Work as if you live in the early days of a

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...


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

Green Yes
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2013 at 12:54am
I must admit that, until I saw the mention of it on Wings over Scotland yesterday, I wasn't aware...

Clues from YouGov about undecided voters
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2013 at 8:36pm
Just one final (probably!) dip into the details of last week's YouGov referendum poll. Unlike the...

I am a traitor
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2013 at 12:13pm
And I mean that quite literally. From the Guardian -

"A 165-year-old law that threatens anyone cal...

YouGov poll suggests that the pro-independence campaign's childcare proposals...
by James Kelly
12 Dec 2013 at 10:52pm
The remaining details of this week's YouGov poll have been released, and the most eye-catching fi...

Vive L'Écosse Libre!
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2013 at 9:05pm
As I've spent a fair bit of time recently calculating poll averages, I thought I might take it a ...

Alex Massie unwittingly pinpoints yet another excellent reason to vote for in...
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2013 at 12:51pm
From Alex Massie in his Spectator blog today -

"Nor is nationalist talk of a renewed democratic de...

New YouGov poll shows increase in support for independence since the White Paper
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2013 at 7:04pm
My new favourite pastime of "spot the good #indyref poll for Yes by seeing what Blair 'Complacenc...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP retain lead in Scottish Parliament voting intentions
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2013 at 11:20am
As I noted in the comments section from yesterday's post, I was a bit concerned after looking at ...

New Ipsos-Mori poll confirms increase in support for independence since the p...
by James Kelly
9 Dec 2013 at 11:38am
Ipsos-Mori have just released the third poll on independence referendum voting intentions to be p...

Kitten
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2013 at 10:28pm
On the evening of Saturday, 7th December 2013, the Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP said kitten, and t...

Breslin-gate rumbles on...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2013 at 3:53pm
As a quick follow-up to my last post about Jeff Breslin's now famous tweet comparing Alex Salmond...

Alternative 'tributes' to Nelson Mandela
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2013 at 11:17am
I discovered the news about Nelson Mandela last night in the worst possible way - I stumbled on a...

Support for independence increases, as new TNS-BMRB poll shows lowest lead fo...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2013 at 7:21pm
There's an encouraging new poll out tonight from TNS-BMRB, which essentially backs up the trend s...

Poor old Judy Finnigan, begin ag'in
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2013 at 6:31pm
I never thought I'd get to the point with this blog where I'd actually sit down to 'fisk' a hosti...

Introducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2013 at 11:59am
Well, I say "introducing" - this may be its one and only outing if I can't be Smithsoned to keep ...


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Tory donations for No campaign should be wake up call for Labour supporters
by Peter Dempsie
17 Dec 2013 at 8:59am
The revelation that the No campaign is being largely bankrolled by wealthy Tories should act as a...

Trident 'not an insurance policy, it?s a booby trap'
by sean.lafferty
17 Dec 2013 at 4:57am
The Tory chairman of the Westminster Defence Select Committee has questioned whether Trident repl...

UK inequality is no 'myth' despite what Tories say
by Stuart McDonald
16 Dec 2013 at 10:31am
As we approach Christmas many thousands are forced to turn to foodbanks to feed themselves, real ...

More Westminster welfare cuts show why Yes is better for Scotland
by sean.lafferty
13 Dec 2013 at 6:27am
The Westminster Government?s intention to slash welfare spending even further highlights the choi...

Yes Scotland welcomes Third Sector support for independence
by sean.lafferty
11 Dec 2013 at 6:21pm

Yes Scotland has welcomed the launch of a new group aimed at bringing together pro-independence v...



Think tank demolishes myths about EU membership after a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
11 Dec 2013 at 6:24am

The fundamental instinct of the European Union will be to warmly welcome an independent Scotland ...



Mary Dejevsky - I would have voted yes to Scottish independence
by Peter Dempsie
11 Dec 2013 at 4:21am
A Yes vote next year is ?an opportunity of a lifetime? and Scots should seize it with enthusiasm,...

Attracting the talent to help build our prosperity
by Stuart McDonald
10 Dec 2013 at 8:23am
Our universities have an enviable international reputation, with five of the top 200 Universities...

Crowdfunding our community campaigning
by Peter Dempsie
9 Dec 2013 at 9:51am

By Stan Blackley

Yes Scotland has helped to established hundreds of active local campaign groups a...



Westminster pensions raid gives insight to full cost of a No vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Dec 2013 at 7:19am
Young people in Scotland will bear the brunt of the UK government?s state pensions raid, a leadin...

Top trade unionist says Yes is key to fairer, more balanced Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
6 Dec 2013 at 6:35am
A leading trade unionist has come out in support of the Yes campaign and she believes many like-m...

The costs of a No become clearer
by Cailean Gallagher
5 Dec 2013 at 10:34am

We've begun to get more sense of what a No vote means, with George Osborne, a leading figure in t...



A Yes vote can deliver a better and fairer pensions system
by Peter Dempsie
5 Dec 2013 at 8:17am
An independent Scotland can make better choices to protect pensioners in stark contrast to the la...

Childcare Policy in an independent Scotland: Independence for women and worki...
by Stephen Noon
4 Dec 2013 at 6:10am
The childcare pledge in the Scottish Government White Paper, Scotland?s Future, will save familie...

'We'll do what's right for older Scots'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
3 Dec 2013 at 7:53am
Video of gIS8G5OiNy0

An independent Scotland can fully protect pensions and ensure they remain ...




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How many £Bn's are we being lumbered withthis time?
17 Dec 2013 at 7:09am

 To increase "the UK's Airport capacity"?

 

Why, when Boris is against a Heathrow extension (but ...



House Of Lords
17 Dec 2013 at 4:38am

One of many good reasons to vote Yes

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25411182

 

Time to get shot o...



Deciphering the debate
16 Dec 2013 at 5:08pm

WE WILL ALL BE FORCED TO WEAR TARTAN ONESIES IN AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND

suggested Professor Hugh ...



FAO unionists
15 Dec 2013 at 5:20pm

Whats so good about a weak crumbling former power that your so desperately trying to keep togethe...



International views
13 Dec 2013 at 2:05pm
Use this thread to track international views


Any multinational organisations come out in favour y...

Just how low will Lib Dems go?
12 Dec 2013 at 12:14pm

Unbelievable

 

 

 

 

This is at the opening of a foodbank. He looks delighted. What an absolute ...



Is Mr Bairn a psychopath?
12 Dec 2013 at 12:06pm

Baxter parp seems to think so.



Is Mr Bairn a sociopath?
12 Dec 2013 at 11:24am

Burma seems to think so.



Mental #indyref tweets
10 Dec 2013 at 7:37pm

Just as a wee bit of comedy relief I thought it would be good to post some of the more mental twe...



Best scare story.
10 Dec 2013 at 1:35pm
So what's the best one you have heard?

The panda's going back was the best so far IMO.

Just how low will Liebour go?
9 Dec 2013 at 4:12pm

Labour vote to stop cash for Bedroom Tax victims

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2013/dec/la...



Good sites on Independence debate
9 Dec 2013 at 4:11pm

Might be a good idea for a thread? Different sites that provide good information and content on t...



An independent Scotland.. The legal process..
9 Dec 2013 at 1:52pm

Fill yer boots legal eagles.   



The hole in rUk's Finances
9 Dec 2013 at 12:04pm
Slightly different angle from the "Independence" question. The question isnt how could Scotland a...

The price of messages
9 Dec 2013 at 9:54am
Will go up if there is a yes vote. So says Asda and Morrisons. Bad news.


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Better Together donors 'risk tarnishing campaign' to keep Scotland in UK
by Severin Carrell
16 Dec 2013 at 1:47pm

Scottish union leaders say many will be alarmed by significant contributions from Tory donors and senior financiers

Senior trade union leaders have said the Better Together campaign against Scottish...




When it comes to independence, Scotland should be able to take a joke | Clyn ...
by Clyn Gallagher
13 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

Satire is essential for democracy ? so why aren't more comedians tackling the referendum debate?

In the country that brought you Billy Connolly, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle, we don't joke about ...




Scottish parliament to reject Westminster-style pay rises for MSPs
by Severin Carrell
9 Dec 2013 at 10:36am

Holyrood parties agree to end practice of pegging MSPs' pay to that of Westminster MPs, and restrict 2014 pay rise to 1%

The Scottish parliament is to restrict future pay rises for MSPs after decidi...




Prices could rise in independent Scotland, say supermarkets
by Severin Carrell
9 Dec 2013 at 6:52am

Asda and Morrisons say they would be unwilling to absorb the extra costs of doing business in a separate Scotland

Two of the UK's largest supermarkets have said food prices would rise in Scotland af...




Independent Scotland would be ejected from EU, says Spanish prime minister
by Paul Hamilos
8 Dec 2013 at 2:16pm

Mariano Rajoy's warning appears to be directed at Catalan nationalists pushing for their own independence referendum

Scotland would immediately be ejected from the European Union were it to vote for...




Labour's new Falkirk candidate aims to 'regain people's trust'
by Andrew Sparrow
8 Dec 2013 at 1:27pm

Former MSP Karen Whitefield wins ballot to represent party after selection process dominated by allegations of vote-rigging

A former MSP, Karen Whitefield, said she hoped to begin the work of unitin...




In Scotland, the unionists need to win hearts, not minds | Chris Huhne
by Chris Huhne
8 Dec 2013 at 12:14pm

An economic argument won't decide the independence referendum. What matters is whether Scots feel British

None of the careful arguments to persuade the Scots to vote yes or no to independence next y...




Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
by Decca Aitkenhead
6 Dec 2013 at 11:37am

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, ...




Case for Scottish independence boosted by more optimistic economic forecasts
by Severin Carrell
4 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm

Experts say Scotland will be worse off under UK green energy reforms, while thinktank downplays cost of its ageing population

Two expert reports on Scottish independence have downplayed the costs of...




What should a new Scottish currency be called?
4 Dec 2013 at 9:00am

Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts

When Scotland departs the UK with no euros or pounds, what might their new c...




Declaration of independence for the Country With No Name | @guardianletters
3 Dec 2013 at 3:00pm

Strip away the "tongue in cheek", and Ian Martin's article (I'm sick of being English. Please, Scotland, vote for independence ? and take us northerners with you, 2 December) makes a great deal of ...




Scottish independence: could we all have a bit of it, please?
by Peter Scott
2 Dec 2013 at 8:00am

Scotland's university chiefs are secret unionists, says Peter Scott, but the whole of UK higher education needs a bit more independence

In not much more than two years, Scotland could be an independ...




Please, Scotland, vote Yes and take us northerners with you | Ian Martin
by Ian Martin
1 Dec 2013 at 2:00pm

I support Scottish independence because I'm sick of being English. How about a Greater Scotland, with a border just south of Blackpool?

Act of Union, 1707. Still nailed in my head from history A-lev...




The SNP needs a thriving Scottish newpaper market
by Peter Preston
1 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

As the independence debate intensifies, Scotland's own press is declining fast or being outsold by London titles

A long-suppressed nation, sensing freedom, prepares for the greatest political test o...




The poverty of the Better Together campaign | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
30 Nov 2013 at 1:30pm

The week of 24 November could go down as the point at which the tide turned in favour of Scottish Independence

If Scotland opts to become an independent nation next September, then the week beginnin...




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