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Salmond urged to back free school meal plan
NICK CLEGG is calling on Alex Salmond to follow the Coalition Government's lead and give every five, six and seven-year-old free school meals, a policy he will announce for England today in his keynote conference speech.

MSP defends £42,000 expenses
Ken Macintosh, the Labour MSP for Eastwood, has blamed a statistical glitch after emerging as one of the Scottish Parliament's biggest expenses claimants.

Scottish Conservatives planning US-style voting system to select MSPs
THE Scottish Tories are considering US-style primaries to select their MSPs, a move described as the "greatest democratisation" of the candidate selection process by any political party.

US taking Trident plan 'seriously'
Lib Dem proposals to end round-the-clock deployment of nuclear submarines are being taken seriously in the US, Danny Alexander has claimed.

Policy on reservists 'flawed'
The Liberal Democrats have voted to keep under review a policy to replace full-time soldiers with reservists.

(Lord) Ming, mugs and an 'annus horribilis' to go
The grandee of grandees, Sir Menzies Campbell, who else?

2014 vote is matter of identity for Moore
THE historic choice before Scots a year from today will be whether or not to stay with the UK and "go forward together" or choose independence and "divert into the unknown", Michael Moore will say in his keynote speech.

Cable dismissed as misguided over possible Coalition split comments
VINCE Cable has been roundly condemned by Liberal Democrat colleagues as "misguided and foolish" following the Business Secretary's withering attack on their Tory Coalition partners as nasty and callous and his assertion that it was possible the Lib-Con government could end before its full-term in 2015.

LibDems call for better off to pay higher rate of tax in leaked memo
The Liberal Democrats have called for the better off to pay more tax after leaked proposals suggested the party plans to target workers earning above £50,000.

Poster boy continues to enjoy a charmed life
THE LibDem poster boy emerged from the wings and liberal hearts immediately began to melt.

Cable attacks Tories as 'nasty party that has reverted to type'
VINCE Cable has unleashed a withering attack on the Liberal Democrats' Coalition partners, branding Tory policies "ugly", "cynical" and "callous".

Clegg sees off challenge from party members
Nick Clegg has won a series of crunch votes on the economy, but not before members of his own party accused him of an "ideological merger" with the Tories.

Carers should fly for free, says committee
Carers should fly for free if an airline requires them to travel with the disabled people they look after, a group of MPs have said.

Childcare a luxury, claims charity
CHILDCARE is a luxury that only well-off families can comfortably afford, meaning work is an unrealistic option for poorer parents, a survey suggests.

Rennie says Scots MPs can defy poll predictions
The Liberal Democrats can defy predictions of electoral wipeout and keep all 11 of their Westminster seats north of the border, says Scottish party leader Willie Rennie.


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Scottish independence: No change in vote intention
18 Sep 2013 at 12:22pm

WITH 365 days until the referendum on Scottish independence, a new poll by IPSOS Mori has found no change in voting intentions since May this year.



Scottish independence is ?common sense? - Salmond
18 Sep 2013 at 10:25am

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has stated that Scottish independence is a “common sense position” that will be claimed by voters in the referendum next year.



Scottish independence an irreversible step - Moore
18 Sep 2013 at 7:48am

THE independence referendum in Scotland is the most important political decision in our lifetime, Michael Moore has said.



Dunfermline by-election: Lib Dems select woman
18 Sep 2013 at 6:30am

The Liberal Democrats have become the third party to select a woman to stand in the Dunfermline by-election, with Fife councillor Susan Leslie to lead the party’s fight, it was announced today.



Nigel Evans MP in court on sex attack charges
18 Sep 2013 at 6:01am

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has made his first appearance in court accused of committing sex offences against seven men.



Scottish independence: white paper answers vow
18 Sep 2013 at 3:16am

Nicola Sturgeon today insisted that the forthcoming SNP blueprint for independence will help provide the answers for undecided Scots ahead of next year’s referendum.



Taxpayers make £61m profit from Lloyds shares
17 Sep 2013 at 5:21pm

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed the taxpayer’s £61 million profit on the sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group as further evidence that the economy is “turning a corner”.



?No spending bonanza? if Lib Dems retain power
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

DANNY Alexander has warned there will be “no spending bonanza” if his party remains in power after the next General Election.



Scottish independence: 365 days to go
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

The campaigns have devised their sound-bites, booked the billboards, posed for their team photos, and printed off millions of leaflets.



English school kids to get free school meals
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

Children in English infant schools will be eligible for free school meals under a £600 million plan announced by Nick Clegg.



Scottish independence rivals a million miles apart
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

THE offices of the two campaigns in the independence referendum, in Glasgow city centre, are near enough to share the same sandwich shop on their lunch-hour.



Matt Qvortrup: History shows Yes campaign can win
17 Sep 2013 at 3:34pm

Alex Salmond appears to be taking notes from Harold Wilson’s 1975 referendum victory, writes Matt Qvortrup



Allan Massie: Referendum fall out affects us all
17 Sep 2013 at 3:33pm

Opposing views on independence may be sincerely held, but the final decision will impact permanently, writes Allan Massie



Leaders: Temper referendum passion with respect
17 Sep 2013 at 3:33pm

A year from today, Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether the United Kingdom has had its day, or is to be given a new lease of life.



Brian Wilson: Royal Mail must dodge attack
17 Sep 2013 at 3:32pm

The British postal system is threatened not just by privatisation but also by independence. Nationalists are no fans of the Royal Mail, writes Brian Wilson




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Colour separation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm
We couldn’t help but notice this new BBC referendum logo. We like how they’re thinking.

A better future
by Saffron Dickson
18 Sep 2013 at 11:00am
[15-year-old Saffron Dickson's passionate, articulate contribution to a Radio 5 debate in Glasgow this week captured the hearts of everyone in the independence movement. She'll have a vote in the referendum a year from today, and we asked her to tell us why she'll be using it to say Yes. These are her words.] As [...]

Wings assemble
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2013 at 5:26am
So it’s getting close to that time. How do we feel about gathering the team here? You should be able to find us, as WE HAZ FLAG. We have no idea how many of the 800+ people from our “roll-call” post will want to actually march as part of the Wings contingent (hoping it’s not [...]

One for the Doctor Who fans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2013 at 3:40am
No campaign director Blair McDougall speaking to BBC News this morning. Don’t you think he looks tired?

What we do
by Chris Cairns
17 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm

Anas Sarwar lie update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2013 at 10:45am
We’ve just had a response from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to our article of this morning. The Foundation has confirmed on the record, through its Twitter account, that the deputy leader of Labour in Scotland misrepresented its views on the BBC Radio 5 Live debate yesterday morning. Its reaction is below. Just to reiterate: our [...]

The levers of the Common Weal
by Scott Minto
17 Sep 2013 at 7:37am
The accusation that the Yes campaign proposes an impossible Scotland of low tax and high spend (often mocked as “Scandinavian spending with American taxation”) is a tactic frequently used by ?Better Together? to undermine the economic case for independence, with the implication that services would be cut due to lack of funds. (Of course, they [...]

Lying liars tell more lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2013 at 4:27am
Yesterday we pointed out a pretty disgraceful misrepresentation by Labour of the findings of an impartial, non-political research study which found that an independent Scotland would be far better placed to reduce inequality. But it wasn’t the only one. Here’s the party’s deputy leader in Scotland, Anas Sarwar, speaking at yesterday’s interesting two-hour BBC Radio 5 [...]

Love and monsters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 5:12pm
In all the hoo-ha today about the poll figures which showed a clear majority for Yes if people thought they’d be £500 a year better off with independence, nobody seems to have paid much attention to what seems to us to be a rather more significant figure. We should passingly note, of course, the oddity [...]

Turning the truth upside down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 10:25am
There’s a fascinating, if rather dry, report published today on the website of the Economic and Social Research Council today. Written by David Bell, David Comerford and David Eiser and entitled “Constitutional Change and Inequality in Scotland”, it specifically concerns itself with whether the Scottish Government has the tools already to deal with inequality, particularly through an [...]


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Debate marks one year to referendum
18 Sep 2013 at 12:21pm
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond tells a parliamentary debate that voters should grab the opportunity of independence with "both hands".


BBC debate on referendum choices
18 Sep 2013 at 3:16pm
The independence referendum offers Scots a unique opportunity to decide the future of their country, a BBC Scotland debate is told.


Lib Dems pick by-election candidate
18 Sep 2013 at 6:51am
University lecturer and Fife councillor Susan Leslie has been selected to stand as the Scottish Liberal Democrat's Dunfermline by-election candidate.


Dairy review urges exports drive
17 Sep 2013 at 10:27am
Scotland's dairy producers should expand into international markets to end reliance on UK sales, according to a review.


MSP expenses claims fall by £500,000
17 Sep 2013 at 5:25am
Expenses claims made by MSPs fall by more than half-a-million pounds in the last year, according to the latest official figures.


New currency urged for independence
17 Sep 2013 at 12:43pm
An academic think tank claims that a separate currency would be the "prudent option" for an independent Scotland.


BBC introduces Generation 2014 panel
17 Sep 2013 at 3:18am
A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014.


College started in barn marks 40th
17 Sep 2013 at 2:01pm
First Minister Alex Salmond praises a college that was started in an old stone barn 40 years ago for its work promoting the Gaelic language.


Trams 'will be running by next May'
17 Sep 2013 at 3:55am
Edinburgh's trams will be running by May 2014, after six years of construction work, the city council announces.


Parties pick by-election candidates
16 Sep 2013 at 4:25pm
Labour picks Cara Hilton and SNP selects Shirley-Anne Somerville to fight the Dunfermline by-election


Coal sector consultation announced
17 Sep 2013 at 1:02pm
The Scottish government announces that it will consult on more effective regulation of the mining industry following the collapse of Scottish Coal earlier this year.


Childcare is 'luxury for well-off'
17 Sep 2013 at 4:34am
A survey of parents in Scotland suggests that childcare is a luxury that only well-off families can comfortably afford.


Council to charge for care services
17 Sep 2013 at 4:43am
People who use non residential care services in Clackmannanshire could face charges under new rules being introduced.


Stirling unveils 2014 programme
16 Sep 2013 at 7:14pm
Stirling unveils a programme of events aimed at putting the city at the heart of Scotland's 2014 Year of Homecoming.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
18 Sep 2013 at 11:45am
Alex Salmond urges Scottish voters to grab the opportunity of independence with "both hands".


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Only a year to go...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

By Derek Bateman
 
At last ... there are only 365 days left before Scots answer the most momentous question of our time which will have long-lasting repercussions for democracy in these islands - what will happen to Jim Murphy after independence?
 
While the national focus has been on constitutional change and the economy, the political parties and the army of camp followers they employ are obsessed with a bigger question ? will I have a job?



Independence is "opportunity of a lifetime" - Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Sep 2013 at 1:03am

The prospect of an independent Scotland, with decision-making over every aspect of people's lives taken here in Scotland rather than at Westminster, is the "opportunity of a lifetime" First Minister Alex Salmond said today.

Speaking on the day which marks a year to go until the historic independence referendum, and ahead of a Scottish Government-led parliamentary debate on the future of Scotland, Mr Salmond said:



Why is St Andrews so reluctant to recognise one of its most renowned students?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2013 at 3:58pm

  By Ashley Husband Powton
 
The Opening Ceremony of the University of St Andrews instills in the new students a sense of the history, responsibility and privilege that comes with joining a 600 year old tradition of learning.  This programme of inspiration includes many a reference to the giants who have studied and served at the institution and in whose footsteps they are about to walk.



Anonymity for rape accused
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
15 Sep 2013 at 11:51am

By Aamer Anwar

Following the acquittal of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell on child rape charges, the debate on whether anonymity should be granted to an accused (unless  convicted) has reignited once again.

For over two years the Corrie actor was convicted in the court of public opinion long before he had a chance to prove his innocence.



The attacks on Jim Spence are an attack on democracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2013 at 11:38am

  By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin
 
I was not surprised to learn of the harassment directed at BBC Scotland's Jim Spence last week by supporters of a particular football club.
 
As well as vile abuse on social media, Spence and his wife were confronted while out walking in Dundee.  After the incident he called the police.



The media is to blame for the state of Scottish Labour
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 5:06am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Are we watching the death of the Labour party in Scotland?  Two episodes, one on Thursday at First Minister's Questions and the other on Saturday's Good Morning Scotland, suggests we might.
 
When Johann Lamont stood up and began speaking after a summer of silence it heralded yet another moment of ignominy that has plagued the party since it lost power to the SNP in 2007.  The attempted smear of the SNP and Yes Scotland was so poorly executed that one has to question the ability of Lamont to lead and resurrect her Scottish Labour group.



"We almost no longer existed"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 3:13pm

  By Mark McNaught

Last September 12, I had the honour of attending a reception at the Catalonian Delegation office in Paris, where I heard a talk by the former President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Jordi Puyol.  On la Diada Nacional one day before, 1.6 million people formed a human chain stretching the length of Catalonia in anticipation of the referendum to be held in 2014.  A region of 7.5 million people just held one of the largest, if not the largest peaceful demonstration in human history.



Mind the gap! Why companies are polls apart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 2:04pm

  By Ivor Knox 
  
IN OUR regular Sunday Times referendum polls, Panelbase has generally shown a No lead of about 10%-12% (excluding undecided), which is a smaller gap than most of the surveys conducted by other agencies over the past 18 months or so.

Political polling is a mixture of art and science, and the construction of an accurate snapshot of public opinion at a given moment in time includes several elements which can influence the results, such as methodology (online, phone, face to face), sample source, and question wording/order.



The Scottish budget and unionist hypocrisy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Sep 2013 at 3:42pm

By Campbell Martin
 
On Wednesday the SNP Scottish Government announced its draft budget for 2014/15 ? it's in draft form until it receives the backing of parliament.
 
Budget-setting must be a hugely frustrating exercise for the Scottish Government: SNP Ministers know what they want to do, and how much policies and initiatives would cost, but are severely constrained by the limitations of devolution.



Fighting Poverty is about more than the Bedroom Tax
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 3:08am

By Gerry Hassan
 
This week?s Scottish Government Budget for 2014-15 and 2015-16 saw battlelines drawn on who and how best to mitigate the worst effects of the bedroom tax.
 
Now in a week when the UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik weighed in against the measure, it has to be recognised that this is not the main challenge facing welfare in Scotland.




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Decisions made in Scotland will unlock gains of independence
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 5:54pm

 Independence is the best route to a more prosperous and just society because decisions about Scotland will be taken by the people who care most about Scotland – those who live and work here, First Minister Alex Salmond has said. 



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BBC debate on referendum choices
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 4:39pm

The independence referendum offers Scots a unique opportunity to decide the future of their country, a BBC Scotland debate is told.

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A year to go - countdown to a fairer Scotland | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 4:32pm

A Yes vote a year today will mean Scotland’s future will always be in Scotland’s hands – that was the resounding message in the Scottish Parliament today.



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Scotland?s strong and diverse economy | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 3:47pm

This week one Edinburgh-based company produced what was widely hailed as “the best video game ever”, while a Scottish company got the go-ahead to build the largest tidal turbine energy project in Europe.



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An Independent Scotland would be good for the world
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 3:41pm

A year from today, Scotland will be in a position to become the master of its destiny, potentially gaining independence.

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Scottish independence: Alex Salmond makes emotional appeal to voters
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 1:42pm

First minister Alex Salmond says independence would be the natural progression of Scotland's 'constitutional journey'
Peter A Bell's insight:

Salmond accused of consistently believing in independence!



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Independence is "opportunity of a lifetime" - Salmond
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm

The prospect of an independent Scotland, with decision-making over every aspect of people's lives taken here in Scotland rather than at Westminster, is the "opportunity of a lifetime" First Minister Alex Salmond said today.



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A better future
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 11:11am

15-year-old Saffron Dickson's passionate, articulate contribution to a Radio 5 debate in Glasgow this week captured the hearts of everyone in the independence movement. She'll have a vote in the referendum a year from today, and we asked her to tell us why she'll be using it to say Yes. These are...



Land O Kilts
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 9:59am

Last night’s Newsnight special was like tv coverage of Scottish politics in a co-production between Matt Groening, BBC Scotlandshireand The Onion. View the whole shortbread tin extravaganza here.



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United we must stand - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 9:39am

Despite encouraging Scottish polls against independence, every supporter of the Union must do whatever they can to make the case for its benefits
Peter A Bell's insight:

This piece is remarkable principally for the number of falsehoods, distortions and assorted inanities it manages to cram into a m...



Alex Salmond former aide attacks 'tired, tedious' independence campaign
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 8:01am

Alex Bell accuses SNP leader of singing the 'old songs' and failing to offer radical reforms a year before referendum
Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems strange to find Alex Bell urging Alex Salmond to espouse "radical reform". Of all people, he should know that the SNP administration has no mandate ...



The Benefits of Independence for Retailing
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 7:04am

An Independent Scotland will deliver improved social, economic and cultural conditions for the future benefit of the country and its citizens. Here is how:



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Indy Scotland would have our own Olympics team for Rio 2016, says sports mini...
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 7:03am

Scotland will have our own Olympic team by Rio 2016 if we vote for independence next year, according to the sports minister, Shona Robison.

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Blair Jenkins on #1Year2Yes
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 6:59am

Yes Scotland's Chief Executive Blair Jenkins explains why he thinks 2014 will be the year of Yes.

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A year to go: Scotland's got what it takes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2013 at 6:55am

Scotland has got what it takes - it's how we use our wealth that counts.


A Yes vote is an opportunity to make Scotland”s vast wealth work better for everybody who lives here, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said today.



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Record View: One year to go until the most momentous day in three centuries o...
by Record View
18 Sep 2013 at 3:25am
IN the battle for Scotland's future, we want a good clean fight where all voices are heard, says RECORD VIEW.


Independence referendum countdown: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling lay out ...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2013 at 3:00am
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling put forward their arguments for whether Scotland should become independent or remain part of the UK.


Independence referendum countdown: The big questions that could decide Scotla...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2013 at 2:31am
CRUNCH questions such as currency, pensions and armed forces will play a major role in helping Scots to make up their minds on the country's future. 


Independence referendum countdown: One year until Scots must make up their mi...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2013 at 2:31am
SEPTEMBER 18 2014 - one year from today - is decision day for Scotland as voters go to the polls to decide if the country should remain part of the UK or become independent. Today we consider the big issues which could decide the vote.


Holyrood MSPs tighten their belts as expenses claims fall by £500,000 in a year
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2013 at 8:41am
THERE was a major drop in the amount of expenses claimed by members at Holyrood last year, it's been revealed.


Dame Anne Begg hits out at hotel that couldn't be bothered to provide facilit...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2013 at 4:20am
THE politician, who has used a wheelchair for 29 years, says that businesses failing to cater properly for their disabled guests are just doing themselves damage.


Lib Dems caught in two minds as they vote to axe hated bedroom tax.. but back...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Sep 2013 at 3:18am
DELEGATES at the party's conference in Glasgow yesterday voted overwhelmingly to review the controversial tax policy.


Alex Salmond: Wife-beater Bill Walker has harmed Holyrood's image.. but publi...
by David Clegg
17 Sep 2013 at 2:01am
THE First Minister believes that despite the damage done to the reputation of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP will not be hindered in the upcoming by-election in Dunfermline.


Tight immigration rules making business difficult for oversea investors, says...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2013 at 9:50am
THE Business Secretary told the Lib-Dem Conference in Glasgow that investors were turning to Germany and France instead of the UK.


Syria: William Hague to attend further talks with US and France on troubled c...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2013 at 8:01am
THE Foreign Secretary will meet with his American and French counterparts in Paris to discuss a deal to take control of Syrian chemical weapons.


Lib Dem stalwart Baroness Shirley Williams says party's backing of the bedroo...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Sep 2013 at 3:15am
COMMENTS by party grandee are backed by campaigner Julie Pörksen who says the policy is akin to "kicking people when they are down".


Bedroom tax: Tenants in Glasgow in Catch-22 situation as housing chiefs ban t...
by David Taylor
16 Sep 2013 at 2:07am
WELLHOUSE Housing Association, who previously said they opposed the charges, threaten to remove those in arrears from their waiting list for smaller properties.


Record View: Shirley Williams admits Lib Dems' support of bedroom tax was a '...
by Record View
15 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW agrees the Lib Dems' support of the bedroom tax was a mistake but going into coalition with the Tories was an even bigger error.


Polls showing support for the Union but the results are welcomed by Independe...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2013 at 8:02am
RESULTS show backing for the Union is 10 per cent more than for Scottish independence with Nationalists encouraged by statistics.


Prime Minister David Cameron rejects Alex Salmond's calls for a live televise...
by Mark Aitken
15 Sep 2013 at 2:17am
CAMERON has turned down the offer with No10 calling on Salmond to go head-to-head with Better Together leader Alistair Darling.


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We have some advice for David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2013 at 11:27am
We have some advice for David Cameron and Nick Clegg.


Disgraceful lack of fibre in UK leadership
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Send us the money (all of it) and we'll do the job for you, and keep Scotlandshire in the Union - for our sake, if not for its.

Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 confidently expect their agents to significantly outnumber the splittists.


Splittists ridiculed for inability to replicate Catalanshire rally
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The Scotsman?s extensive coverage of the non-event ca...

Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 6:10am
Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.


Bird watchers let down in Glasgow
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Like many immature males, he had not yet learned that birds in Scotlandshire don?t appreciate that kind of performance. As a result, his ?performance? is never ...

BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2013 at 6:09pm
BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses of Labour in Scotlandshire has reached the bottom ? of the barrel.


Labour in Scotlandshire probed ? Anus exposed ? Salmond smeared
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Mr Sarwar was exposed as a hopeless and hapless fibber after bra...

Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countrie...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 4:01pm
Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countries rights to abuse human rights in their own way.


UN report breaches human rights - say Brits
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One of the English visits was to a poor city filled with slums and scroungers. And the other was to Ma...

A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem gr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem groupies throwing their Union Jack ones at Wullie Rennie.

"Bateman blows the gaff on the splittists and the spoof channel"

and

"Lib Dems slam smear report on eve of their Glasgow Conference"


BBC Scotlandshire - Short new...

'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 3:46am
'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by Rough Justice, is now on the ayePlayer.

This episode examines the huge benefits of being part of the world's most successful political and economic union. Viewer discretion is advised.


The Fear Factor
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High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's pow...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's powerful message.


Do Not Forsake Me - Oh My Darlin'
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Alastair stares at the crowd, contemptuously throws his marshal's star in the dirt, and leaves for town (London) with his bank balance considerabl...

John "Big Man" Bercow yesterday declared that use of the term “separat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2013 at 4:21pm
John "Big Man" Bercow yesterday declared that use of the term ?separate? would no longer be allowed in questions within the Palace of Westminster.


Splittists force Commons to use the 'I' word and not the 'S' word'
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There will be no hooliganism. There will be no vandalism. ...

A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2013 at 1:18pm
A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyllic spot.


Yes Scotland thinks outside the box
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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 simi...

Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at le...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Sep 2013 at 6:35am
Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at least 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining in the Scotlandshire sector of the North Sea, have been revealed as 'fantasy economics' by a new UK Treasury report.


SNP oil figures 12 times too high, claims visiting m...

We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put 4 past the Moldovan separatists was disappointing.

"Teuchter separatist forced out of spoof broadcaster"
and
"Violence ?An SNP stunt' say U-KOK

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, R...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2013 at 1:42pm
One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, Rough Justice, has created a series of 6 films for BBC Scotlandshire on the subject of separation.


The Fear Factor
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Each film will examine, in forensic detail, the enormously successful tactics of ...

Our first new pair of pants since before the summer! "New poll finds majorit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 3:19pm
Our first new pair of pants since before the summer!

"New poll finds majority ?have never heard of Scottish independence?"
and
"WASPs (Workless And Scottish People) ? a real danger say Red Cross"
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

We asked “In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 11:19am
We asked ?In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster??


Poultice ? Unionists declare overwhelming enthusiasm for anal insertion
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
88% of you advocated that the UK Parliament should retain...


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it's time to get above ourselves

Land O Kilts
by bellacaledonia
18 Sep 2013 at 8:40am
By Mike Small Last night’s Newsnight special was like tv coverage of Scottish politics in a co-production between Matt Groening, BBC Scotlandshire and The Onion. View the whole shortbread tin extravaganza here. Ian Katz and his team were clearly drawing... Read More ›


Saffron for Yes!
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2013 at 5:38am
“We don’t want supremacy, we want equality!” This is why 16 Year olds get the Vote. This is brilliant. “We won’t be silenced by your ideology!” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Saffron Dickson

The Winds of Change
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2013 at 4:52am
By Mike Small It’s often sidelined in the media, but the energy focus we should be having – because it’s about our future – has just taken a massive step forward. Scotland now has the world?s biggest wave farm and... Read More ›

Why Willie?
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small The question ‘What is Willie Rennie for?’ has troubled political philosophers for years. The question was raised again this weekend as the Liberals Democrats met in Glasgow. Rather than map-out the prospectus for recovery under the Union,... Read More ›

The Where and Who of Independence
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2013 at 4:17am
Ending colonialism is what is needed, but it doesn't happen with a declaration of independence and a new flag. That just brings a more local elite into power to continue the same mistaken direction, exploitation and domination.

Testosterone Democracy? aka Patriarchy
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2013 at 3:54am
By Anni Donaldson This is a good time to reflect on some of our ‘cherished myths’ and draw attention to Scotland’s national tendency to construct misleading narratives about the kind of society we have. Kate Clanchy has argued that it... Read More ›

Closer
by bellacaledonia
12 Sep 2013 at 5:41am
We’ve been a working on a special project which goes to press today. It’s our new journal Closer which will be launched at The After Party on Sat 21 Sept  at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. It’s a limited edition newspaper... Read More ›

Remembering Chile, 40 Years Ago Today: An Unfinished Song
by bellacaledonia
11 Sep 2013 at 6:16am
by Victor Jara There are five thousand of us here in this small part of the city. We are five thousand. I wonder how many we are in all in the cities and in the whole country? Here alone are... Read More ›

The Branded Hand
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 8:06am
By David Morgan @anotherscotland Strange things are happening following the government?s defeat over Syria. Political commentators wring their hands, agonising over whether Britain has lost influence in the world or whether the ?special relationship? has been put in jeopardy. Meanwhile... Read Mo...


Hate Van Tactics Moved North
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
Good to see that Nicola Sturgeon has condemned the disgraceful pilot scheme running in Glasgow. This from Yes: Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today’s Herald highlighting the problems with the current “Go Home” campaign being carried... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Google News

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:39pm

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, herald...


Scottish independence: 'Scotland Olympic team could be in Rio' - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 11:33am

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'Scotland Olympic team could be in Rio'
BBC News
Scotland will press ahead with plans to have Olympic and Paralympic teams at Rio 2016 if the country votes for independence in a year's time, says Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison. Ahead of the referendum on 18 Se...


Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 3:05am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum
BBC News
Timing matters, in politics as in life. For the avoidance of doubt, those two - politics and life - occasionally coincide, more than the cynics would contend. And so, with exactly a year to go to the referendum on Sco...


Scottish independence 'not likely' on current polls. Why? - The Week UK
18 Sep 2013 at 10:50am

The Week UK

Scottish independence 'not likely' on current polls. Why?
The Week UK
WITH a year to go before the Scottish referendum on independence, a batch of new opinion polls suggest that the 'No' vote is well out in front. A YouGov poll in The Times has the 'No' camp - which wants Scotland to rem...


Scottish independence: the costs of borrowing and of transition - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 1:56am

BBC News

Scottish independence: the costs of borrowing and of transition
BBC News
The US Defence Secretary who rained missiles down on Iraq ten years ago is also, more fondly, remembered for observing the future carries known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. The independence referendum f...


Scottish independence: Hospitality sector discusses issues - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 9:02am

Scottish independence: Hospitality sector discusses issues
BBC News
The hospitality industry has held a major debate on what Scottish independence would mean for the sector. Representatives of the Scottish food, drink and hospitality sectors as well as MSPs and academics met at the National Museum ...


Scottish independence is 'common sense' - Salmond - Scotland on Sunday
18 Sep 2013 at 10:33am

Scottish independence is 'common sense' - Salmond
Scotland on Sunday
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has stated that Scottish independence is a ?common sense position? that will be claimed by voters in the referendum next year. Speaking in a debate exactly one year from the historic ballot, Mr Salmond ...


Scottish independence: Academics urge new Scots currency - BBC News
17 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm

Scottish independence: Academics urge new Scots currency
BBC News
An academic think tank has claimed that a separate currency would be the "prudent option" for an independent Scotland. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) worked with the Economic and Social Research Counc...


Scottish independence referendum: Braveheart this is not - SBS
18 Sep 2013 at 3:15am

SBS

Scottish independence referendum: Braveheart this is not
SBS
And the Scottish Conservative party destroyed by its association with Thatcherism, (now reduced to just one seat in Westminster ) could re-build unburdened by its association with the English conservatives. For in truth many Scots who ...


Ian Swanson: The effect of Scottish Independence - Edinburgh Evening News
18 Sep 2013 at 6:06am

Edinburgh Evening News

Ian Swanson: The effect of Scottish Independence
Edinburgh Evening News
Political Editor Ian Swanson takes a look at how some cherished British institutions may fare if Scots say yes to quitting the UK next year. It is a decision which could change every element of life for pe...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence polls blow for SNP - Scotsman
18 Sep 2013 at 5:55pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence polls blow for SNP
Scotsman
Pupils in Aberdeenshire ? where the SNP won every seat in the last Scottish Parliament elections ? were asked the same question voters will be faced with next year: Should Scotland be an independent country? About 24.5 per cent voted Yes. Th...


Dunfermline: Lib Dems pick woman for Walker seat - Scotsman
18 Sep 2013 at 5:55pm

Dunfermline: Lib Dems pick woman for Walker seat
Scotsman
Labour has selected Fife councillor Cara Hilton to stand and the SNP has selected former Lothian MSP Shirley-Ann Somerville. The Conservatives have chosen James Reekie to stand in the seat with party leader Ruth Davidson insisting she wanted...


Scottish politicians clash as mark one-year countdown to referendum - Financi...
18 Sep 2013 at 3:50pm

Scottish politicians clash as mark one-year countdown to referendum
Financial Times
Such a deal appears politically almost impossible, however, given the iconic status that North Sea oil has had in nationalist thinking and the SNP's argument that the industry could be much better managed by a Scott...


Lamont pitches message to the key constituency - Telegraph.co.uk
18 Sep 2013 at 3:43pm

Lamont pitches message to the key constituency
Telegraph.co.uk
He calls her the SNP's answer to Nye Bevan. Ms Lamont is only too well aware of this naked appeal to her party's grassroots by the separatists and served notice that she won't give it up easily; so much so that she dispensed with her us...


45% Scots against break with London, states poll - Gulf Times
18 Sep 2013 at 3:23pm

Gulf Times

45% Scots against break with London, states poll
Gulf Times
?This is going to be a very exciting year and the pace is picking up,? Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond said after spending 30 minutes with a group of children at an Edinburgh childcare centre. Salmond, a popular...


Scottish independence: BBC debate on referendum choices - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 3:18pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: BBC debate on referendum choices
BBC News
Responding to a question from Joanna Taylor, who asked how the panel believed her potential grandchildren and great-grandchildren would want her to vote, Mr Swinney, of the pro-independence SNP, said: "Your family should vote ...


Independent Scotland 'will face instant spending cuts' says thinktank - The G...
18 Sep 2013 at 2:55pm

The Guardian

Independent Scotland 'will face instant spending cuts' says thinktank
The Guardian
The vote, organised by Aberdeenshire council, where the SNP is the largest party but outvoted by a coalition of other parties, found 75% of the 11,653 teenagers who took part want to stay in the UK, with ...


Ah, so Michael Moore was listening after all - Liberal Democrat Voice
18 Sep 2013 at 2:03pm

Ah, so Michael Moore was listening after all
Liberal Democrat Voice
Where he has pressed the SNP to adopt David Laws' policy on childcare, the Scottish Government has spent the money on other things. And where he has stood up for human rights and those whose voices are drowned out, we have a First ...


Alex Salmond on course for defeat in independence referendum - Telegraph.co.uk
18 Sep 2013 at 2:01pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond on course for defeat in independence referendum
Telegraph.co.uk
He said the SNP has chosen to provide a ?tactical answer? to the difficult questions around independence, in the hope of winning hearts, instead of a ?profound assessment that will persuade minds?. But Mr Be...


With year to go, Scotland divided over independence - Business Standard
18 Sep 2013 at 1:37pm

With year to go, Scotland divided over independence
Business Standard
It was "not a government, but a campaign", she said to heckles from SNP lawmakers, claiming the independence campaign had put the country "on pause". Back on Calton Hill, surveying the electronic slogans and the spectacular views...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, heralding 12 ...


Scottish independence referendum: Braveheart this is not - SBS
18 Sep 2013 at 3:15am

SBS

Scottish independence referendum: Braveheart this is not
SBS
The castle is Edinburgh. Imposing on its ramparts, it dominates the city but today it's the flags around the castle that catch my eye. The (British) Union Jack stands tall fluttering in Edinburgh's ever present wind. It is flanked by t...


Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 3:05am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum
BBC News
Timing matters, in politics as in life. For the avoidance of doubt, those two - politics and life - occasionally coincide, more than the cynics would contend. And so, with exactly a year to go to the referendum on Sco...


Mock Scottish independence referendum sees Aberdeenshire 'no' vote - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 9:00am

BBC News

Mock Scottish independence referendum sees Aberdeenshire 'no' vote
BBC News
Mock Scottish independence referendum sees Aberdeenshire 'no' vote. Counting hall The count was held at Meldrum Academy. Continue reading the main story. Scotland's Future · Debate marks one year to referendum · Tak...


Salmond Facing Wilson's Mountain a Year Before Scots Referendum - Bloomberg
18 Sep 2013 at 2:55am

Salmond Facing Wilson's Mountain a Year Before Scots Referendum
Bloomberg
Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond has a year to climb a mountain scaled by former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson almost four decades ago. On this day next year, voters in Scotland will decide whether to pursue in...


The big questions that could decide Scotland's future - Scottish Daily Record
18 Sep 2013 at 2:36am

Scottish Daily Record

The big questions that could decide Scotland's future
Scottish Daily Record
Salmond and the SNP used to be fierce champions of the euro but, following the economic troubles in the eurozone, they now say Scotland would stick with sterling. But Better Together campaigners say the...


Scottish independence: What have the polls been saying? - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 1:50am

Scottish independence: What have the polls been saying?
BBC News
With now just a year to go to polling day, Scotland's referendum campaign has certainly heated up so far as opinion polling is concerned. In the two months to the end of July, there were no polls at all on how Scotland intended to vot...


Countdown to the Scottish referendum on independence - ChristianToday
18 Sep 2013 at 10:24am

ChristianToday

Countdown to the Scottish referendum on independence
ChristianToday
A year today people in Scotland will be voting in a historic referendum to decide whether the country should remain as part of the UK or become independent. On 18 September 2014, fiercely waged campaigns will come to ...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? Why Cameron Buchanan MSP thinks you ... - ...
18 Sep 2013 at 11:25am

Scottish Independence Referendum ? Why Cameron Buchanan MSP thinks you ...
The Edinburgh Reporter
SP Cameron Buchanan MSP Cameron Buchanan is Conservative Lothians MSP who succeeded the late David McLetchie only very recently. Today I made my first speech to the Scottish Parliament since becoming M...


Generation 2014: BBC Scotland introduces panel of young Scots - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 3:36am

BBC News

Generation 2014: BBC Scotland introduces panel of young Scots
BBC News
A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014. The 50 boys and girls from throughout the country will be eligible to vote in next year's Scottish i...



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Anything Goes

Compensation Due To Injury At Work.
18 Sep 2013 at 5:27pm

Ok, need some advice.

 

Was injured at work due to a problem not being fixed.

 

At first the inju...



I Turned A No Voter Into A Yes Tonight
18 Sep 2013 at 5:12pm
I'm absolutely ecstatic! Seriously. Someone who by his own admission was not politically minded b...

Big Debate On Bbc1
18 Sep 2013 at 3:22pm
Wee willie rennie already making a fool of himself

Original 106Fm Aberdeen - Independence Poll
18 Sep 2013 at 7:36am

Results of a poll carried out today by Original 106FM Aberdeen.

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo....



Newsnight Live Vote...
17 Sep 2013 at 5:13pm

Interesting...



Danish Sector Offshore
17 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm
I know there's quite a few on here working offshore, any worked in Danish sector?

Rumour is that'...

Alex Salmond Calls For Royal Mail Flotation Delay Until After Referendum
17 Sep 2013 at 1:12pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24100362

 

Scottish First Minister Alex S...



Fancy Dress Theme - Must Include Kilt
17 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

I'm going to a theme (any theme will do    ) 'do' in darkest east Lancashire next month and want ...



Scotland Should Promote London
17 Sep 2013 at 10:05am
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/14/spend-tourist-cash-on-london

Unbelievable

Grand Theft Auto V
16 Sep 2013 at 9:54pm

Anybody got the eagerly awaited game yet? Popped in to town to get my copy today and been glued t...




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Better Nation

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

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...


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

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Counting down to Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
18 Sep 2013 at 10:25am
Video of kQe7sGNhmTE

A short video, with music by Lou Hickey, celebrating #1Year2Yes.



Scotland?s strong and diverse economy
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
18 Sep 2013 at 9:10am
This week one Edinburgh based company produced ?the best video game ever?, while a Scottish compa...

Even our opponents agree Scotland's got what it takes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
18 Sep 2013 at 7:58am

A year to go: Scotland's got what it takes
by Peter Dempsie
17 Sep 2013 at 7:00pm

Scotland has got what it takes - it's how we use our wealth that counts.

A Yes vote is an opportun...



Poll: 'Scotland could be a successful independent country'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 9:21am

'One year to Yes'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 9:00am
Video of bm42RI5IfG4

Yes Scotland's Chief Executive Blair Jenkins explains why he thinks 2014 w...



How to help Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 8:51am

Here are a few quick and easy things you can do right now to help us:



A relationship between equal nations with mutual respect
by Peter Dempsie
16 Sep 2013 at 10:45am
This week the governments of the UK and Ireland will be further strengthening the ties between th...

Leading environmental campaigner Richard Dixon backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
15 Sep 2013 at 4:00am

One of Scotland's most senior environmental campaigners has declared his support for a Yes vote i...



Momentum is with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
14 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm

Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said in response to the ICM poll in Scotland on S...



Small independent nations are the world?s happiest
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Sep 2013 at 6:51am
Small independent nations of comparable size to Scotland are the world?s happiest, figures from t...

Ensuring our older people get a fair share with a Yes vote
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
13 Sep 2013 at 10:00am
A Yes vote offers us the opportunity to build a fairer pensions system in an independent Scotland...

16 years on ? it?s time for another Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Sep 2013 at 10:38am

by Blair Jenkins

16 years ago to the day, Scotland?s voters gave a resounding Yes to the creation ...



The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...
by Kevin Gilmartin
9 Sep 2013 at 8:28am
A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation,has confirmed that the most ...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on UK immigration policy
by Kevin Gilmartin
7 Sep 2013 at 7:49am

Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today's Herald highlighting t...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...


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Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Independent Scotland 'will face instant spending cuts' says thinktank
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 2:55pm

SNP leader Alex Salmond suffers blow as group says yes vote at 2014 referendum would mean cuts of £2.4bn in first two years

Alex Salmond's hopes of inspiring Scotland's voters to embrace independenc...




Scottish independence: Alex Salmond makes emotional appeal to voters
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 12:50pm

First minister Alex Salmond says independence would be the natural progression of Scotland's 'constitutional journey'

Alex Salmond has issued a sweeping, emotional appeal for Scotland's voters to ba...




Scottish secretary warns against splitting up UK 'family of nations'
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 7:12am

Michael Moore says Britain is more successful united in Lib Dem conference speech marking one year until referendum

Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary, has raised the spectre of an uncomfortable,...



In praise of? the return of the Darling | Editorial
by Editorial
17 Sep 2013 at 3:03pm

If the SNP campaign to cut Scotland loose fails, then the former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling will get much of the credit

A year from today, Scotland will vote on independence. If the SNP camp...




Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving? | Alex Bell
by Alex Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 12:41pm

Alex Salmond's vision for an independent Scotland is too narrow. We need more than old songs and tired policies

A year from today people will vote on the apparently straightforward question: should ...




Scottish independence campaigners plan final push before referendum vote
by Severin Carrell
17 Sep 2013 at 11:18am

With a year to go before the referendum, Yes Scotland and Alex Salmond's SNP are confident of winning over sceptical Scots

This Saturday, campaigners for Scotland's independence will be on the march...




Scotland's campaign for independence must be Gandhian in its ambition | Pat Kane
by Pat Kane
15 Sep 2013 at 2:30pm

What the no camp doesn't realise is that the real strength of the yes campaign lies in its efforts to revitalise citizenship itself

A year into the Scottish independence campaign, and with one more ...




Alex Salmond challenges Cameron to St Andrew's day TV duel
by Severin Carrell
15 Sep 2013 at 7:01am

The first minister has thrown down a gauntlet to David Cameron, urging him to agree to a TV debate on 30 November as pressure on the prime minister mounts

Alex Salmond has stepped up his challenge t...




Nick Clegg: what Scottish people want isn't on referendum ballot paper
by Nicholas Watt
15 Sep 2013 at 6:49am

Lib Dem leader says 'devo-max' is 'where I think we need to go as a nation ? as a United Kingdom and as Scotland'

Nick Clegg has admitted that the Scottish people will not be given a chance to vote ...




Victoria Derbyshire: 'Listeners trust us to tell their stories'
by Liz Hoggard
14 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

The hardworking, groundbreaking 5 Live presenter would like to be more frivolous? if only her schedule would allow it

Growing up in Lancashire, Victoria Derbyshire was the archetypal hard-working gr...




Salmond versus Cameron: an unlikely TV debate but one to relish
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

It would be one of the most electrifying debates in British politics, but there is little chance that David Cameron will go head-to-head with Alex Salmond live on television

A fresh round of salvos ...




A year that will shape Scotland's destiny | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
14 Sep 2013 at 2:05pm

The Better Together campaign is arid; the Yes activists are too meek. Both sides must sharpen up if they want to carry the day

In the slew of horror fiction that the unionist camp has produced this ...




Alistair Darling: Scottish independence outcome is 'pretty fluid'
by Severin Carrell
13 Sep 2013 at 10:54am

With one year to go, the large number of undecided voters makes the result hard to predict despite persistant polling suggesting a preponderance of 'no' sentiment

Alistair Darling has admitted that...




Alistair Darling's lessons from Lehman Brothers
by Larry Elliott
13 Sep 2013 at 9:57am

Darling explains what it was like to be in the eye of the storm and why he remains unconvinced that the storm has blown itself out

Back in the summer of 2007, Alistair Darling became chancellor of t...




Alex Salmond's independence white paper shifts to November
by Severin Carrell
11 Sep 2013 at 6:54am

The first minister is a master of political theatre but unexpected events and a crowded diary are affecting the launch of the biggest document of his career, the independence white paper

Amongst Ale...




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