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The Herald

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Flagship tourism strategy under fire
MANY of Scotland's most important tourism areas stand to gain little from the Government's flagship strategy for the industry, according to a critical new report.

LibDems delay Trident verdict to seek extra backing
The Liberal Democrats are to delay backing a specific alternative to Trident as they attempt to persuade Labour to join them in opposing a like-for-like replacement.

Tension over Gibraltar forays
Spanish state vessels illegally entered the disputed waters around Gibraltar 178 times in the last 12 months, prompting a flurry of formal complaints to the Madrid government in a sign of the increased tensions over the sovereignty of the British Overseas Territory.

Cable talks tough on tax avoidance
The UK needs to "beef up" action against tax avoidance and subterfuge by big firms, Business Secretary Vince Cable said, accusing some of engaging in "systematic abuse".

Minister defends expenses claims
A Government minister has defended claiming the maximum expenses for a second home in London despite living just 19 miles from the Commons.

PM targets legal 'time-wasting'
A crackdown on "time- wasting" legal challenges to Government policies will be promised by David Cameron in a bid to boost economic recovery.

Labour demands inquiry into college funding fiasco
LABOUR has called on Holyrood's Presiding Officer to launch an urgent inquiry into whether Alex Salmond and Education Secretary Michael Russell deliberately misled MSPs over college funding.

Calls for lobbyists to declare their dealings with MSPs
A PLANNED law to compel lobbyists to declare their fees and meetings with ministers has been overwhelmingly endorsed in a public consultation.

Labour to lift ban on dual candidacies for Holyrood elections
SCOTTISH Labour is to lift its ban on preventing Holyrood candidates from standing for both constituency seats and on the regional list at the same time, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Russell under pressure after 'tense' meeting over college waiting lists
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell is embroiled in a fresh controversy about his relationship with Scotland's colleges after he had a "tense" meeting with a senior figure in the sector minutes after demanding the resignation of Stow College's chairman, Kirk Ramsay.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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MPs to establish panel to examine support for young asylum seekers

A PANEL led by the UK’s former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather is to examine how children and families are supported under the Home Office system for asylum seekers.



Alex Salmond calls for line to be drawn under college funding affair

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell is under increasing pressure to make a statement to MSPs today to answer accusations that he misled parliament by saying that funding to Scotland’s colleges was increasing.



Nadine Dorries? daughter defends suspended Tory MP?s appearance on I?m A Cele...

THE daughter of suspended MP Nadine Dorries has insisted her mother was told she could take time off with one month’s leave from her parliamentary duties.



?He?s served his time? ? fire-raiser Mike Watson back in Labour Party after j...

DISGRACED former Labour MSP and MP Lord Mike Watson has been allowed to rejoin the party despite serving a jail sentence for fire-raising.

The peer has been readmitted to Labour after the party’s ruling national executive committee opted not to block the former Glasgow politician’s application to rejoin.



Scottish independence: Scotland faces ?stark choices? if oil revenues fall aw...

INDEPENDENCE could leave Scotland facing tougher choices on public spending than the rest of the UK in the longer term, a leading think tank warns today.



Brian Monteith: Embarrassing lack of competence on show from SNP

Alex Salmond’s errors and misleading lines have reached red-faced level, writes Brian Monteith



Lib Dem attacks benefit cap plan

PLANS for a £500-a-week cap on household benefits have been condemned as “immoral” by a former Liberal Democrat minister in an escalation of her criticism of the welfare reform.



Pressure mounts on Cameron over Europe

Pro-Europeans must stop turning a blind eye to EU failings and make the case for reform or the country will “sleepwalk” into an economy-wrecking exit, Ed Miliband will tell business leaders.



?Gravely concerned? William Hague urges Israel-Palestine ceasefire

William Hague made a fresh appeal for restraint and a ceasefire in the Gaza crisis yesterday.



PM to curb time wasting legal policy challenges

A CRACKDOWN on “time 
wasting” legal challenges to 
government policies will be promised by David Cameron today as part of efforts to boost economic recovery.



Five million questions to be posed on voters? behalf

A SCOTTISH university has launched a major project aimed at examining the issues around independence.



?Wizard of Oz? joins Tory election bid

David Cameron has recruited the right-wing strategist behind Boris Johnson’s ballot box successes to boost Conservative re-election prospects, Downing Street sources said.



Labour scores big lead over Tories

Labour has posted a 12-point opinion poll lead over the Conservatives – its widest margin of advantage in a ComRes survey for more than seven years.



Labour attacks Mike Russell for ?dishonest claims? of college funding increase

EDUCATION secretary Michael Russell has failed to publicly 
answer accusations that he misled parliament by saying that funding to Scotland’s colleges was increasing, Labour MSP Hugh Henry has claimed.



MPs to go toe to toe with Europe over votes for prisoners

The UK government is preparing to offer parliament a fresh say on whether prisoners should continue to be banned from voting.



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Fragile egos and collateral damage
Crikey, Euan McColm seems to have an awfully thin skin. Today, for the second time this month, Wings Over Scotland has found itself the recipient of a cryptic threat, which on this occasion coincided with a spot of maintenance by our webhosts and accordingly caused some momentary alarm among readers. Mr McColm apparently feels that [...]

The poison in Scotland?s heart
If Alex Salmond and Mike Russell only learned one thing this week, it’s surely this: the only thing that looks worse that being smugly complacent is being smugly complacent when it turns out you’re completely wrong. We’re sure it was a painful lesson. So if you’re a newspaper columnist with a high opinion of yourself [...]

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

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

Scottish football reconstruction explained
Well, it’s all been a pretty confusing business in Scottish football this week, with the SFL or SFA or B&Q or someone releasing some rather vague documents with baffling talk of “Hotspots” and no mention of half the things that people had been trailing (like Celtic and The Rangers “colt” teams, which is a dynamic, [...]

Now here?s a funny thing
Below is a picture of the headline and opening paragraph of a David Maddox-penned story that appeared on the Scotsman website last night. It is, as you can see, an essentially positive story, noting that independence per se represents no threat to RBS staying in Scotland. Those readers wondering if that was perhaps a little [...]

A picture of a future Scotland?
As attentive readers will know, I currently live in the leafy Georgian city of Bath. Just a few miles down the road is a small town called Frome, where some interesting things have been happening over the last 18 months or so. Today’s edition of the Independent has a pretty decent one-stop guide to them, [...]

Scotland?s most hated man
We try not to get angry about stuff on this site. It’s nearly always more constructive to keep a detached outlook – whenever Anas Sarwar or Johann Lamont or Ken Macintosh come out with some new outrageous or offensive lie or smear against the independence movement, say, a calm head dispassionately detailing the reality is [...]

Still not getting it
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to look at things from a neutral viewpoint (something which is possible even when you’re not a neutral, incidentally), you can’t help but throw your hands in the air and bang your head off the desk in frustration at the sheer clueless stupidity of certain politicians. Today provided [...]

Straw dogs
A press release on the always-positive Scottish Labour website this morning blares a wake-up call to the reckless and irresponsible Scottish Government. “IPPR Report Shows SNP Economic Policy Is Financially Illiterate”, it rages, going on to quote the party’s finance spokesman Ken Macintosh: “This report shows that the SNP?s economic policy is financially illiterate. Not [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Warning over independence economy
An independent Scotland would face long-term fiscal challenges, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims.

Jobs promise in wind energy deal
One of Europe's largest offshore wind energy companies confirms it will locate its UK turbine manufacturing site in Scotland.

Call for review of Holyrood code
Labour calls for a review of Holyrood's procedures after the first minister was forced to apologise to the chamber for using incorrect figures.

Bug demand forces wards to reopen
A health board is being forced to reopen wards at a closed hospital to deal with emergency treatment and cases of the winter vomiting bug.

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

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

Palestinian supporters hold rally
Hundreds of people take part in a march and rally in Edinburgh in support of the Palestinian people.

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

School lunch money review mooted
A council looks set to review how school lunch money is paid for, collected and recorded at its primary schools.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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The mystery man of the BBC in Scotland

By Kenneth Roy
 
It is difficult not to be angry, individually and collectively, with the 12 members of the BBC Trust for their part in the dragging down of a once-respected public institution. They call themselves the governors. A pretty pathetic job of governing they have done.
 



The Problem with the ?No? Men

  By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 17th 2012

The debate on the future of Scotland?s constitutional status has many legitimate views: pro-union, pro-independence, and the middling Scotland sitting uneasily in-between.

In the last two weeks, the tenor of part of the debate has begun to change. Alistair Darling, head of the ?No? camp, in the John P. Mackintosh lecture, one of Scottish Labour?s few post-war cerebral figures, has talked of independence as ?the road to serfdom?.



That autumnal feeling is running rather late

  By George Kerevan
 
IT WON?T be long till Chancellor George Osborne makes his mis-named Autumn Statement on 5 December, just as we slowcoaches get round to our Christmas shopping. What might he have in store for us?
 
Gordon Brown liked pulling fiscal rabbits out of hats, so his Autumn Statement gradually turned into a mini Budget.



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

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



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

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos,

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

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



The inexcusable humiliation of George Entwistle

By Kenneth Roy

Here is a story at my own expense. I was probably the only journalist in the country who was unaware of the identity of the senior Tory politician until his name appeared on the BBC's news website towards the end of last week. My first reaction was one of disappointment and anti-climax. Lord Who? The name meant a little. The face meant nothing. It didn?t mean a lot to Steve Messham either.



First Minister's Questions - 15 Nov 2012 - video

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

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



Towards a Disestablished, Non-Sectarian Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

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

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



O'Foreigners No Foreigners

By Paul T. Kavanagh  

Some people never learn, especially those who see themselves as the towering intellectual and political giants of Westminster.  Mind you, it's not that difficult to become a towering intellectual giant in Westminster.  If you can tie your own shoelaces and know that the big hand is for minutes and the little hand is for hours, you're halfway there.  Then you'll be hailed as an intellectual and political giant by a supine media which is every bit as desperate to fend off the evil Scottish splittists as you are.  Ian Davidson MP - I rest my case.



The BBC and the media - professionalism and ethics

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
If I were to put to you that the vast majority of the journalists reporting on the independence debate were doing so in a professional manner, you might be forgiven for thinking I was commending the behaviour of the assorted scribes and broadcasters who dominate the traditional media landscape.
 
However, if I were to suggest at the same time that despite clear professionalism that ethics was severely lacking, then you might be confused.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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New Labour group is committed to Scotland

Like many children of the 1980s, I was brought up in a fiercely Labour household.



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The IFS and Scottish Independence

The new report by the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on the fiscal context of Scottish independence is to be welcomed. The report is published today and will be presented to the David Hume Institute Autumn Seminar Series this evening.

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Report sparks debate over Scotland's future

A report to be presented in Edinburgh today will highlight how Scotland has better finances than the UK while it also speculates that under independence, Scotland's public services - if Scotland's economy continues in its current pre-independence course - would be more difficult to finance when the nation's oil and gas revenues are eventually depleted.



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Silk Commission: 'Hold referendum to give Wales tax powers'

A landmark report into the future of devolution in Wales has recommended devolving tax and borrowing powers to the National Assembly - provided Wales votes for it in a referendum.

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Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in indep...

THE co-convener of the Scottish Greens reckons it's time for Alex Salmond and Johann Lamont to provide real answers to the questions being asked about the debate.

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Uncertainty over independence referendum 'may be hitting sporting estate sales'

New figures suggest uncertainty over Scotland’s future in the UK may be affecting the sales of sporting estates and country houses, according to a leading property agent.

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Independent Scotland faces 'bigger deficit than UK'

An independent Scotland would eventually face a bigger deficit than the UK, forcing it to make bigger cuts than those enacted by the Coalition, economists have predicted.

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MSPs want to see whole country benefiting from 'big ticket' events coming to ...

The whole of Scotland should benefit from the Ryder Cup in Perthshire and Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games, according to a Scottish Parliament committee report released today.



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Scottish independence: not whether, but how?

Ahead of its publication this morning, the Institute for Fiscal Studies assessment of the prospects for Scottish independence was being dismissed as coming from the "too poor, too stupid school of scaremongering".

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Wings Over Scotland | Fragile egos and collateral damage

Crikey. Euan McColm seems to have an awfully thin skin. For the second time this month Wings Over Scotland has found itself the recipient of a cryptic threat, which on this occasion coincided with a spot of maintenance by our webhosts and accordingly caused some momentary alarm among readers.



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UK isolationism threatens business | Scottish National Party

The determined isolationism and hostility towards the EU in Westminster is becoming the biggest threat that Scotland faces to securing further investment, as EU officials move to draw up a future budget without the UK.



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IFS report shows Scotland's economy is stronger | Scottish National Party

The latest report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies reinforces the fact that Scotland is in a stronger financial position than the UK as a whole, and would as an independent country have lower debt levels than the rest of the UK.



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Yes Scotland welcomes support of Scottish CND

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed the decision of Scottish CND to campaign for an independent Scotland.



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Academics' anger at Better Together claim

THE Better Together campaign has been rebuked by the Fraser of Allander Institute for attempting to co-opt the Strathclyde University body to the anti-independence cause.



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Presenter Snow in favour of Holyrood

Broadcaster Jon Snow has described the governance of the UK as "absolutely antiquated" prior to an interview with First Minister Alex Salmond.



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Daily Record

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Welsh government should get full powers to vary income tax by 2020, commissio...
THE report says responsibility for income tax should be shared between Cardiff Bay and Westminster, although corporation tax should not be devolved unless that power is given to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Lord McAlpine demands bigger payout from ITV than BBC after Phillip Schofield...
THE broadcaster sparked fury after This Morning presenter Schofield brandished a list of names of alleged abusers, which he found on the internet, during a live interview.

Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in indep...
THE co-convener of the Scottish Greens reckons it's time for Alex Salmond and Johann Lamont to provide real answers to the questions being asked about the debate.

An independent Scotland could be worse off financially in the long term, warn...
THE Institute for Fiscal Studies looked at possible outcome if Scotland did break away from rest of UK.

Watson move is an insult
SEVEN years after being jailed for deliberately starting a fire at a hotel, former Labour peer Mike Watson has been quietly welcomed back into the party.

Labour blasted after firebug peer Mike Watson is welcomed back into party sev...
WATSON was jailed after being caught on CCTV setting fire to curtains at the five-star Prestonfield House hotel in Edinburgh during a boozy night out.

Tory Lord McAlpine set to sue 10,000 Twitter users over abuse slurs
THE Tory Party treasurer has hired a team of experts who are collating Tweets and his lawyer insists it's time those using the social networking site took responsibility for their comments.

Labour call for Holyrood review following Alex Salmond's apology over incorre...
LABOUR'S business manager Paul Martin has asked for the creation of a new independent code of conduct.

Former Labour minister Brian Wilson on college funding fiasco: You're either ...
FORMER Labour Minister BRIAN WILSON on Alex Salmond and the Nationalists' college funding fiasco.

Benefits clawback firm ATOS call back cancer patients and dementia sufferers
PEOPLE with incurable conditions are being forced to undergo multiple checks in order to retain their benefits.

Tories left red-faced after Labour seize Corby in by-election blow
DAVID CAMERON and his aides were left humiliated as the town known as little Scotland handed Labour their first by-election victory.

Scottish Parliament demand probe into growing number of bookies and loan shop...
WITH the number of bookies outnumbering convenience stores in many areas, MSPs believe these companies are preying on Scotland's deprived communities.

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

UK government issues statement fuelling row over an independent Scotland's status in the European Union

The UK government says an independent Scotland would have to apply as a new member state to jo...



Nick Clegg attacks Philip Hammond for 'jumping the gun' on Trident

Deputy PM shows anger at defence secretary's plans for deterrent renewal without coalition-agreed study of alternatives

Nick Clegg has accused the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, of "jumping the ...



Donald Trump is a joke, but not a harmless one | Anthony Baxter

As I learned while making my film, You've Been Trumped, the billionaire uses his celebrity and wealth to get his own way

There was something bizarre, sad and deeply unsettling about Donald Trump's m...



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

Report suggests Westminster government could be forced to disarm and find new home for Clyde-based nuclear weapons

A vote for Scottish independence could force the UK to "unilaterally disarm" its Tr...



'Join the queue' for EU membership, Spain tells Alex Salmond

Further blow for Scottish independence camp as Spanish foreign minister says new nation would not be automatic EU member

Alex Salmond's chaotic attempts to persuade voters he could take an independe...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

First minister had said his claim of automatic EU membership after independence was backed up by his legal officers

Alex Salmond has been accused of misleading voters about the legal advice given to...



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

John Finnie and Jean Urquhart quit over decision to end opposition to Scotland joining nuclear-armed military alliance

Two Scottish National party members of the Scottish parliament who led a rebell...



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

Scotland's first minister rejects suggestion that UK could keep nuclear weapons on Clyde if Scotland voted for independence

Alex Salmond has rejected suggestions that an independent Scotland would a...



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

Conference delegates narrowly back new policy to support Nato membership if independence referendum is won

Alex Salmond has won a narrow victory in his attempts to overturn the Scottish National par...



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

Leaflet's claim that every Scottish family will be £1,000 better off under independence has been questioned by opponents

The pro-independence campaign in Scotland is to distribute one million leafle...



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

Scotland's first minister issues rallying cry to delegates in Perth after series of polls point to slump in support for Yes vote

Alex Salmond has told his party's activists they can win the 2014 ref...



Bella Caledonia


INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

The names and ages of 62 men, women and children killed by the Israeli milita...
Monday , 1pm: a BBC report states that the death toll has now risen to 94 Palestinians and 3 Israelis. 1- Ahmad Al-Ja?bary, 52 years old. 2-Mohammed Al-hams, 28 years old. [...]

Noam Chomsky, Gilad Sharon and 10 Things You Need To Know About Gaza
A recent statement by Professor Noam Chomsky indicates a different take on Israeli aggression than he has had in the past.  His statement has been misquoted over the weekend, so, for [...]

For A? That ? Episode 4 ? Hypothetically
  Here?s the 4th episode of the For A? That podcast where The Peat Worrier and myself (Michael Greenwell) are joined by Gary Dunion of, amongst other things, Bright Green Scotland. We talk about St...

A Sonnet For Gaza by Kevin Williamson
A SONNET FOR GAZA Shalom.  This is not a time for clandestine poets to hurl shoes over Jericho's fortified walls. Stay calm. The stench of exploding verse will not deter [...]

Radical Indy Conference 09: Refugees Welcome
by Margaret Woods I recently spent an extraordinary evening at the Citizen?s Theatre.  To  a packed audience the National Theatre of Scotland performed ?Glasgow Girls ? The Musical? – the [...]

Critical errors of judgement affecting the referendum
by Jim & Margaret Cuthbert This article puts forward an argument which may, in Nationalist circles, be a minority view. Namely, that gross errors of judgement have been made in [...]

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Independent Scotland Faces Tough Budget Pressure, IFS Says (Edinburgh) - Nort...

Independent Scotland Faces Tough Budget Pressure, IFS Says (Edinburgh)
NorthJersey.com
"If, as is likely, oil and gas revenues fall over the long run, then the fiscal challenge facing Scotland will b...


Independent Scotland would face 'starker' fiscal choices than rest of UK - Th...

This is Money

Independent Scotland would face 'starker' fiscal choices than rest of UK
This is Money
Independence could leave Scotland facing 'starker' economic choices than the rest of Britain in the...


Dundee University's 'Five Million Questions' project aims to bring 'sober ana...

The Courier

Dundee University's 'Five Million Questions' project aims to bring 'sober analysis ...
The Courier
Dundee University's 'Five Million Questions' project aims to bring 'sober analysis' to in...


Independent Scotland would face 'starker' choices than rest of UK - This is M...

This is Money

Independent Scotland would face 'starker' choices than rest of UK
This is Money
Independence could leave Scotland facing 'starker' economic choices than the rest of Britain in the long t...


Report questions Scottish oil plans - UPI.com

Report questions Scottish oil plans
UPI.com
The wholesale value estimated by the Scottish government would be around $2.4 trillion. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond this year announced plans for ...


IFS: An independent Scotland would face a long term fiscal headache - Left Fo...

Left Foot Forward

IFS: An independent Scotland would face a long term fiscal headache
Left Foot Forward
?Independence would provide Scotland with an opportunity to set its own fiscal course. In common...


Scottish independence: University plans independence project - BBC News

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Scottish independence: University plans independence project
BBC News
Dundee University is launching a major project investigating the issues raised by the debate on Scottish independence. Ca...


Uncertainty over independence referendum 'may be hitting sporting estate sale...

Telegraph.co.uk

Uncertainty over independence referendum 'may be hitting sporting estate sales'
Telegraph.co.uk
The independence debate and the lack of clarity over key questions such as Scotland's cu...


IFS warns on independence finances - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

IFS warns on independence finances
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Independence could leave Scotland facing "starker" economic choices than the rest of Britain in the...


Independent Scotland ''faces huge debts'' - Public Service

Public Service

Independent Scotland ''faces huge debts''
Public Service
David Phillips, one of the authors of the report said: "Independence would provide Scotland with an opportunity to set its own f...


SNP

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Fury as councillors shoot down plea to adopt Lennoxtown road - Kirkintilloch ...

Kirkintilloch Herald

Fury as councillors shoot down plea to adopt Lennoxtown road
Kirkintilloch Herald
The motion, tabled by SNP group leader Councillor Ian Mackay, called for an agreement to ?support...


Notable Mergers and Acquisitions of the Day 11/19: (TOT)/(SNP) (CSCO) (SINA) ...

StreetInsider.com (subscription)

Notable Mergers and Acquisitions of the Day 11/19: (TOT)/(SNP) (CSCO) (SINA)
StreetInsider.com (subscription)
Total SA (NYSE: TOT) announces that it has finalized an a...


MSP claims Alex Salmond is to blame for cuts at North Lanarkshire Council - S...

MSP claims Alex Salmond is to blame for cuts at North Lanarkshire Council
STV Local
However, David Stocks - the leader of the SNP group on North Lanarkshire Council - criticised the process and, in p...


'Something for everyone' in fiscal report - BBC News

BBC News

'Something for everyone' in fiscal report
BBC News
For understandable reasons, Alex Salmond's SNP tends to pounce upon the finding that - including oil and gas - the spending gap is rather sm...


Total (TOT) Will Sell Interest in OML 138 Block to Sinopec (SNP) for $2.5B - ...

Total (TOT) Will Sell Interest in OML 138 Block to Sinopec (SNP) for $2.5B
StreetInsider.com (subscription)
Total SA (NYSE: TOT) announces that it has finalized an agreement to sell its 20% contracto...


SNP accused of cover-up over funding for Sick Kids hospital - Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)

SNP accused of cover-up over funding for Sick Kids hospital
Scotsman (blog)
Today one senior MSP said the redacted documents meant the public were being kept in the dark on whether the...


UK isolationism threatens business - SNP (press release)

UK isolationism threatens business
SNP (press release)
The determined isolationism and hostility towards the EU in Westminster is becoming the biggest threat that Scotland faces to securing further i...


Labour challenge administration to work harder to tackle city's jobless rate ...

The Courier

Labour challenge administration to work harder to tackle city's jobless rate
The Courier
Labour has challenged the SNP council to take action over unemployment after new figures revealed a...


Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in ... -...

Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP plan to join Europe but keep using the pound as our currency might work. In the short term, i...


IFS: An independent Scotland would face deep economic problems - MyFinances.c...

IFS: An independent Scotland would face deep economic problems
MyFinances.co.uk
The break-up of the UK is perhaps looking more likely than ever before as the Scottish National Party (SNP) plans to up...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Rory Bremner to tackle Scottish politics for new documentary - stv.tv

Rory Bremner to tackle Scottish politics for new documentary
stv.tv
Comedian Rory Bremner has revealed that he will host a new documentary tackling Scottish politics, ahead of the 2014 referendum on ...


Dundee University's 'Five Million Questions' project aims to bring 'sober ana...

The Courier

Dundee University's 'Five Million Questions' project aims to bring 'sober analysis ...
The Courier
... vice-principal of the university and leader of the Five Million Questions project, sa...


Scottish independence: University plans independence project - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: University plans independence project
BBC News
He said: "There is space in the debate under way in civic Scotland for deeper analysis and more profound thinking about t...


Uncertainty over independence referendum 'may be hitting sporting estate sale...

Telegraph.co.uk

Uncertainty over independence referendum 'may be hitting sporting estate sales'
Telegraph.co.uk
The independence debate and the lack of clarity over key questions such as Scotland's cu...


Scottish finances: Stewart Hosie and Alistair Darling - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish finances: Stewart Hosie and Alistair Darling
BBC News
... would invest money to "restructure the economy" of Scotland. They spoke after an Institute for Fiscal Studies report looked ...


Report questions Scottish oil plans - UPI.com

Report questions Scottish oil plans
UPI.com
The wholesale value estimated by the Scottish government would be around $2.4 trillion. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond this year announced plans for ...


Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in ... -...

Patrick Harvie calls on SNP and Labour to give voters honest answers in ...
Scottish Daily Record
On both sides of the referendum debate, some people are pretending they can look into a crystal ball ...


IFS: An independent Scotland would face deep economic problems - MyFinances.c...

IFS: An independent Scotland would face deep economic problems
MyFinances.co.uk
The break-up of the UK is perhaps looking more likely than ever before as the Scottish National Party (SNP) plans to up...


Independent Scotland faces 'bigger deficit than UK' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Independent Scotland faces 'bigger deficit than UK'
Telegraph.co.uk
In a report, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that voting for independence in a referendum in 2014 would put S...


Independence focus for uni - Glasgow Evening Times (registration)

Independence focus for uni
Glasgow Evening Times (registration)
The Five Million Questions project by Dundee University, which comes ahead of the autumn 2014 referendum, will apply academic rigour to...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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

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

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

It's been a while...
There was a time (in 2009, I think) when this blog was primarily a round-up of Scottish subsamples from UK opinion polls of Westminster voting intention. It would be a bit difficult to sustain tha...

The black hole where the US media's coverage of third party candidates should be
It was an interesting experience watching CNN's election coverage as one of the roughly 1% of voters who had plumped for someone other than Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Although I'd been in that p...

It's independence referendum day...
...in Puerto Rico.  The fact that you probably didn't know that (no offence to anyone who did!) should perhaps cause us to question our assumption that any independence referendum is bound to attra...

Questions to which the answer is 'if you don't stop asking these horrid quest...
Gordon Brown may not have been the greatest ever PM, but it's now clear that was not the summit of his political career. No, the role that history has been preparing him for is to resurrect Labour...

Phil's Fallout Feeds My Five-Year-Old
Brit Nuke chief Phil Hammond today BLASTED the parochial Jock First Minister for his "crazy obsession" with averting global nuclear catastrophe.

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

Why are YouGov so convinced they can "improve" on the referendum question?
I overlooked this YouGov poll on independence the other day, which essentially shows an identical position to the previous poll by the same company a week earlier -

Yes 29% (-1)
No 55% (-1)


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What's done is done, but let's try not to bring back the tawse
There probably isn't a good way for a political party to lose a member of its parliamentary group, but there are very bad ways and less bad ways. The worst is either (depending on your point of vi...

No campaign's own poll shows increase in support for independence
Another day, another mildly encouraging poll - but this one is courtesy of the No campaign. I seem to recall this isn't the first time that a Better Together poll has backfired in this way - thank...

Panelbase poll : independence within touching distance
Thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to today's Panelbase poll on independence, which is far more encouraging than the recent Ipsos-Mori and TNS-BMRB polls. The main question ha...

Iain McKenzie, coincidence, and cosmic beauty
A woman walks along a random street, hundreds of miles from home. She passes a phone box where the phone is ringing, and out of curiosity answers it. On the other end of the line is her husband, ...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP retain solid Holyrood lead
Ipsos-Mori's latest Scottish poll suggests that the SNP's lead in voting intention for the Scottish Parliament has narrowed, but still stands at a reasonably healthy five points. The party's raw s...

@Admin4TheYoonYoon Tweet-Watch : The Return
It's been far, far too long since we've taken a dip into the exotic waters of the Twitter account of Johann Lamont's former Shadow Minister for Conducting a Review Into the Uses of Modern Technolog...

Ten reasons why Scottish independence isn't "pointless", Mr. Warner
Except in fairly extreme circumstances, it's probably a bit silly to call for a boycott of anything. But from a personal point of view, I might find it necessary to give the Yahoo UK home page a w...