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Security costs for 2014 Games triple to £90m
The security bill for Glasgow 2014 has soared to £90 million after recommendations from Scotland's top police officer.

Stitch-up claims over 'Plebgate'
TORY ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell has insisted he was stitched up after it was claimed a corroborative witness in the "Plebgate" row turned out to be a serving policeman ? who has since admitted he was not there.

Rise in elderly 'should be treated like climate change'
THE architect of Scotland's policy of free personal care for the elderly said the demographic shift towards an older population across the developed world should get the same priority as climate change.

Scots MP compares Google to actions of News International
Google's UK tax avoidance was likened to the actions of News International by a Scots MP.

Queen given tablemats during historic Cabinet meeting visit
QUESTION ? what do you give the woman who has everything?

Coalition slash period for talks over job cuts
THE UK Government was accused of having a Scrooge mentality after it said the 90-day period for enacting large-scale redundancies is to be cut to 45 days.

Lamont calls for an end to free tuition at university
A debate is required over whether students should pay a modest contribution towards their education, according to Labour leader Johann Lamont.

Clegg benefits call is rejected by Tories
NICK Clegg has been slapped down by David Cameron over the Liberal Democrat leader's repeated declaration that better off pensioners should not get universal benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance, worth up to £300.

Lochhead urges common sense approach in EU fishing quota talks
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead called for a "common sense" EU fish catch deal which balances conservation with the preservation of beleaguered fishing communities.

MSP group to investigate underemployment impact
MSPS will today launch an investigation into claims 270,000 Scots are underemployed, and the impact this has on their families.

Clegg: Tough welfare reforms were always LibDem policy
NICK Clegg will defend the Coalition Government's controversial welfare reforms in a keynote speech today marking five years since he became Liberal Democrat leader.

Johnson: Let's have an EU vote
LEAVING the European Union would not be the end of the world for Britain, London Mayor Boris Johnson has said.

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Thorny problem but high-hedges law will only cover evergreens

CALLS to widen a proposed law to tackle disputes caused by high hedges are not necessary, according to the Scottish Government’s planning minister.



Scottish independence: Fresh warning over Clyde warship contracts if Scotland...

ALL SCOTTISH businesses that rely on Westminster defence spending face a more uncertain future under independence, MPs were told yesterday.



Michael Kelly: Schools in deprived areas deserve extra help

PUPILS in the poorest areas need resources to give them the same chances as those at the top of the league tables, writes Michael Kelly



Connecticut shooting: Barack Obama pledges to turn words into action

PRESIDENT Barack Obama wants “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence by the end of next month in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.



Tavish Scott: Break up our banks to help small businesses

THEY have been at it again. Just when the banking industry thought the worst was behind them, the Libor scandal hits.



Scottish independence: Scotland ?will be poorer than UK? as projections for o...

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be worse off financially than the remainder of the UK as projections for oil and gas revenues plummet, a leading think tank has warned.



Roy Brett: Changes due at Brussels are good news for our fishermen

THE annual Brussels late-night rammy over fish quota allocations has become as regular a feature in the December calendar as Christmas.



Bill Jamieson: Gray paints a fairer picture for us

A COUNTRY is more an idea than a place. In the aggressive advocacy of Scottish nationalism there seems an undue emphasis on place over idea. In the fusillade of criticism directed at Scottish author and painter Alasdair Gray I detect an evident and serious loss of place.



Kenny MacAskill move puts not proven verdict in the dock

THE Scottish Government has raised the prospect of scrapping the controversial “not proven” verdict from court trials as part of a radical shake-up of the justice system.



Michael Fry: With a £10m carrot, there?s sure to be a stick

A GOOD number of the Scottish universities come out as excellent on any global measure, so it is a little surprising that the government of Scotland should so often have got near to striking a note of disapproval towards them: they do well, but not well enough in certain, particular ways.



Updates: Jimmy Savile Newsnight review

LATEST: More staff shake-up in the fall out of the controversy. Stephen Mitchell has resigned as BBC News deputy director. Adrian Van Kaveren, BBC Radio5Live controller, and Peter Rippon, former Newsnight editor, to move to new jobs.



Transport minister Keith Brown pledges to make air and ferry service improvem...

SCOTLAND’S transport minister Keith Brown has promised to make a series of improvements to ferry and air services as part of a government plan for the sector over the next decade.

 



Ben Thomson: Carving out a new union

With the independence referendum a fait accompli, now is the time to establish devo plus as the way to enhance Scotland’s role within the UK, writes Ben Thomson



Plebgate: 30 police officers now working on investigation

At LEAST 30 police officers are now working on the Met’s investigation into allegations that a police officer falsely claimed to have witnessed the “Plebgate” row that led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Conservative chief whip.



Scottish independence: Michael Moore says Bank of England will not back Scotland

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore has given the strongest indication yet that the Bank of England would not be the lender of last resort for an independent Scotland.



Wingsland Blog

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

Jackie Baillie is a liar
We’ve spent the last 90 minutes watching an incredible video someone linked us to in a reader comment earlier today. It’s a public meeting of the Clydebank Trades Union Council on November 29th, headed by a panel comprising Gil Paterson (SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie), Jackie Baillie (Labour MSP for Dumbarton), chairman Tom Paterson [...]

The Christmas spirit?
To be honest, we’re still trying to work out what happened here. The Secretary of State for Scotland was well and truly slapped up and down the room yesterday by a panel of peers in the House Of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, every one of whom was a Unionist. One after another lined up to [...]

Stupid, stupid, stupid
Supporters of independence often level the accusation at Unionists that they think Scotland is “too wee, too poor and too stupid” to thrive on its own. Unionists generally affect great insult at the suggestion, and have taken to being much more circumspect about the first two, nowadays tending to claim that Scotland could survive without [...]

New blogroll additions
We’ve added a couple of new sites to the UK Politics section of our links column. The Green Benches is a resource we’ve kept an eye on for a few months now, and while its direct relevance to Scotland is quite small, its informed insider view of the true havoc being wreaked on the National [...]

Lying with the truth
As Johann Lamont celebrated her first year as Scottish Labour “leader” by signalling the party’s intent to abandon the principle of free university tuition today, Nick Clegg completed the Lib Dems’ own sellout to Tory values with a despicable speech promising to back the Conservatives’ plans for welfare reform. The narrative was set earlier this [...]

Opting in with Johann Lamont
Nick Clegg’s speech on demonising and punishing the poor and sick (in which he displayed a heroic willingness to take one for the coalition team by declaring “the Liberal Democrats are now the party of welfare reform”) brought the issue of the “something for nothing” culture back to the forefront today. Scots, of course, are [...]

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

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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

Scottish 'building boom' promised
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney promises a "building boom" under a £205m plan for projects which will support 2,000 jobs.

Health issue is 'biggest problem'
Health inequality is the biggest issue facing Scotland right now, the chief medical officer warns MSPs.

'No beds' at two city hospitals
A letter to West Lothian GPs warns them there were no available beds for admissions at two hospitals in Edinburgh.

Businessman wins SNP court order
An Aberdeen businessman secures a court order against the SNP and former city council leader Callum McCaig.

Uni places for 'poorer students'
Glasgow University is to create up to 800 places over the next four years for students from low-income backgrounds.

Not proven verdict to be examined
The Scottish government is seeking views on whether the "not proven" verdict should be abolished from court trials in Scotland.

£29m pledge after plant closure
Up to £29m is being invested to support workers and communities affected by the closure of the Hall's of Broxburn food factory.

Skipper's wife criticises FAIs
A woman whose husband died when a tugboat capsized five years ago backs reforms to the "deficient" fatal accident inquiry (FAI) system.

MEPs support fish recovery plan
Euro MPs back reforms aimed at curbing overfishing and wasteful "discards" of unwanted fish at sea.

Right-to-buy challenge rejected
Three judges have thrown out a claim by an island landowner that right-to-buy legislation infringed his human rights.

Court closure plan 'unseen costs'
Campaigners against the closure of 11 sheriff courts are warning that there could be many unseen costs to the proposals.

Full speed test for city trams
Contractors successfully run an Edinburgh Tram at full speed as part of efforts to have the system ready for service in summer 2014.

Survey results back ferry call
A survey shows support for calls to reintroduce of a ferry service between South Uist and Mallaig.

Global opening for Scottish Water
MSPs are told that Scottish Water has the potential to create international commercial opportunities.

Games security cost rises by 200%
The security budget for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games more than trebles to £90m.

Newsnet Scotland

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Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

We will all benefit from a genuine debate

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

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



Uncertainty - favourite word of the NO campaign

By Dr Willie Wilson

Monday's stockmarket reported a serious fall (21.5%) in the value of shares in Aggreko, the power company based in Dumbarton.  Aggreko has been doing very well for some years, supplying temporary power generation for headline events such as the Olympic Games. 

This recent fall, due to investors suddenly realising the company's expectations of future profit are not so rosy as previously predicted, must remind the directors what uncertainty there is in the stockmarket at the best of times.



CiU and ERC come to an agreement in Catalonia: Referendum in 2014

By a Vilaweb reporter

The governability accord between CiU and ERC has become a reality. Artur Mas (CiU) and Oriol Junqueras (ERC) have come to terms in a meeting at the Palace of the Generalitat. Artur Mas' investiture, for which Oriol Junqueras has once again pledged support, will take place Thursday and Friday, as was confirmed by the President of the Parliament, Núria De Gispert.



Unionists certain only about uncertainty

By Mark McNaught

The core of many of the arguments put forth by the Unionists, the better together campaign, as well as the Westminster parliament against independence revolve around the assertion that a ?yes? vote would lead to a period of great uncertainty for Scotland.

Could Scots remain in Europe? Could they keep the pound? Not knowing the precise and detailed answers to questions in advance will purportedly lead to economic chaos, businesses would leave, investors would not invest, unemployment would soar, yadda yadda, you know the tune. 



Time to have an equality for all citizens

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, December 15th 2012

The issue of same sex marriage has become a major political controversy both sides of the border.

Both the Scottish and UK Governments are planning to legislate and at the same time try to balance freedom and equality of sexual orientation with freedom of religious expression.



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

By Kenneth Roy

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



Barroso muddies the referendum waters

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



A Turning Point in the Debate over Independence?

By Mark McNaught

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



First Minister's Questions - 13 Dec 2012 - video

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

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



Scotland, independence and the EU: the Barroso intervention

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

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

Deputy PM says Spain has sufficient laws to halt planned Catalonian independe...

MADRID - Spain's deputy prime minister warned Wednesday the government has the legal power to halt a planned referendum on Catalonia's possible separation from Spain.

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The Natives are Revolting
The following hour and a half long video is of the recent Clydebank Trades Council meeting with a Labour MSP and Labour Councillors. It is educational to hear ordinary people talking to them and le...

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Vice-admiral's evidence holes scaremongering | Scottish National Party

The confirmation that an independent Scotland could continue to fulfil existing defence contracts has blown a major hole in determined efforts by anti-independence politicians to scaremonger over Scotland’s future.


Peter A Bell's insight:
The edifice of British nationalist scaremongering is crumbling around Alistair Darling's ears.

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Answering your questions on the monarchy

Why is it assumed that a newly independent Scotland would necessarily be a monarchy?



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Glasgow University students to hold independence referendum

Glasgow University students have unveiled plans to hold a campus referendum on Scottish independence. A broad coalition of student societies will invite more than 1,000 students to the ballot boxes on 21 February, 2013. It will be the first large-scale poll of Glasgow University students on Scotland’s future.



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MacNeil welcomes new support for Lamont | Scottish National Party

SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan An Iar, Angus MacNeil commented on the Prime Minister’s repetition of the Labour leader in Scotland’s new mantra of a "something for nothing" culture in Prime Minister’s Questions today.  Mr MacNeil said:
 
‘’ It isn’t at all surprising that the Conservative Prime Minister has picked up on, and backed the expression trailed by his anti-independence colleague in Labour, Johann Lamont . This follows the praise heaped on Ms. Lamont from Welsh and Scottish Tories following her Cuts Commission speech earlier this year."



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Wings Over Scotland | Jackie Baillie is a liar

We’ve spent the last 90 minutes watching an incredible video someone linked us to in a reader comment earlier today.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Jackie Baillie banned from public buldings due to pants fire risk!

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Here's Tae Us - Unless We've Moved Awa': Give Scots Abroad the Vote

Scottish people living outside Scotland should have a vote on whether the country should be independent from the rest of the UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Mark Fletcher-Brown's desire for some kind of ethnic testing is anathema to Scotland's civic nationalist cause. But it is telling that it is invariably British nationalists who speak in terms of the kind of vile ethnic nationalist ideology which I have no doubt most people in Scotland would find totally abhorrent. Save it for your BNP rallies!

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Wings Over Scotland | The Christmas spirit?

To be honest, we’re still trying to work out what happened here. The Secretary of State for Scotland was well and truly slapped up and down the room yesterday by a panel of peers in the House Of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, every one of whom was a Unionist. One after another lined up to lambast the hapless minister with stinging attacks in a session that caught most observers used to the Lords’ normal cosy atmosphere of mutual Nat-bashing completely unawares.

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Spreading a despicable anti-English meme: The dirty war continues?

by Kevin Williamson Noam Chomsky wrote extensively and perceptively about the “manufacture of consent”.  It’s a process whereby an idea which can have little basis in reality, is ...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Time for a public backlash against the "increasingly toxic" Scotsman?

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Indy vote ?extremist ? in quit call

A LEADING figure in the independence poll’s Yes camp faces calls to resign from the campaign over comments
Peter A Bell's insight:
Yet another hysterical witch-hunt is launched by the the angry villagers of British nationalism. What exactly is supposed to be the problem with the idea of a "Social audit"? It is a term and a concept widely used in modern business management. To hear these ranting Britnats you'd think Kevin Williamson had suggested the cannibalisation of infants rather than a somewhat mundane procedure followed by a multitude of organisations.

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SNP welcomes Queen's composer independence support | Scottish National Party

Reports in today's Mail on Sunday that Queen's composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies supports an independent Scotland have been warmly welcomed by the SNP.

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Moore 'totally unsustainable' position | Scottish National Party

Michael Moore’s position was branded “totally unsustainable” and “letting down Scotland” today as he admitted the UK Government was making no contingency plans for the rest of the UK in the event of a Yes vote on independence and would not approach the European Commission for a formal view.

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Blair will "play a part" in 'No' campaign | Scottish National Party

Welcoming reports that former Prime Minister Tony Blair said at a Press Lobby lunch at Westminster today that he is "happy to play a part" in the No campaign in the autumn 2014 referendum on an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party said that it was his "illegal" war in Iraq which demonstrated the need for the Scottish Parliament to have the powers of independence.

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Nationalia - Catalonia to hold referendum on independence in 2014

Two main political parties agree to declare the "sovereignty of the people of Catalonia" and to pass a Law on referendums next year · The deal allows Catalan president Artur Mas to stay in power · Almost two thirds of Catalan MPs support the holding of a referendum · The vote can be delayed only if both CiU and ERC agree to

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Daily Record

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Controversial not proven verdict could be axed under new plans
A NUMBER of changes to Scotland's judicial system could come into place, including whether or not the number of jurors should rise from eight.

Hope for axed Remploy workers as SNP offer bosses £5000 to take on disabled s...
SCOTLAND'S Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing outlined the ?recruitment subsidy? just weeks after Remploy sites in Motherwell, Aberdeen and Edinburgh closed with the Springburn factory set to follow.

Alex Salmond expresses his 'shock and deep sadness' at Sandy Hook school mass...
THE First Minister has written to the US President in the wake of last Friday's shootings in which 20 children and six teachers were killed.

MSPs highlight exam results worries
OPPOSITION parties have raised concerns about the wide discrepancies in exam results being achieved in Scotland's best and worst-performing schools.

Hospital bed numbers fall to 16,091 under SNP rule, opposition parties claim
THE Scottish Government has come under attack after the number of hospital beds fell to just over 16,000.

Queen becomes first monarch to attend a Cabinet meeting since George III in 1781
THE Queen became the first monarch to attend the Cabinet since the 18th century as David Cameron welcomed her to Number 10 Downing Street today.

Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick undergo a gallbladder operation in ...
HOLYROOD'S Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick will go into hospital in early January for a minor operation to remove her gallbladder.

Redundancy notice to be halved from 90 days to 45 days, says minister Jo Swinson
GOVERNMENT say the move is aimed at helping workers and businesses.

Fergus Ewing to outline support for workers hit by closures of Remploy factories
THE Scottish Government is angry over the way workers have been treated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

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

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

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



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

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

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



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

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

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



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

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

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



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

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

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



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

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

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



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

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

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



Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

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

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



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



Bella Caledonia


GET ABOVE OURSELVES

What connects Alasdair Gray, Dirty Dancing and Gary Tank Commander?
But the question still remains. Do Scots run Scotland? It?s a subjective argument and a cultural one. That doesn't make it any less important or real. Just much, much more sensitive.

Spreading a despicable anti-English meme: The dirty war continues?
by Kevin Williamson Noam Chomsky wrote extensively and perceptively about the “manufacture of consent”.  It’s a process whereby an idea which can have little basis in reality, is not subjected [......

Unanswered questions have been raised about Scotland?s cultural institutions
by Kevin Williamson Scotland has a long and justifiably proud history of cultural exchange with creative artists from every corner of the globe.  Film festivals, writers festivals, music festivals ...

WHY ALASDAIR GRAY MATTERS (AND WHY HE MUST BE SMEARED)
by Kevin Williamson and Mike Small When the Tory government were re-elected for a fourth term in 1992 Scotland was plunged into a constitutional crisis. An unelected unwanted government with [...]

The Right to Health
By Michael Roy Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health, and wellbeing [...]

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

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence - Google News
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Scottish independence: Fresh warning over Clyde warship contracts if Scotland...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Fresh warning over Clyde warship contracts if Scotland ...
Scotsman
He added: ?It is a reasonable assumption to make that in the event of Scottish independence, it woul...


Scottish independence: Scotland 'will be poorer than UK' as projections for o...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scotland 'will be poorer than UK' as projections for oil ...
Scotsman
The SNP government's claim that independence will help protect Scotland from the worst of the aust...


Scottish Secretary's response to Lords commitee casts doubt on Bank of ... - ...

For Argyll

Scottish Secretary's response to Lords commitee casts doubt on Bank of ...
For Argyll
He also intimated that a paper on Scottish independence to be produced by the Treasury early in 2013, i...


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

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon faces accusation of backtracking over Scotland's EU future
The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon has signalled that an independent Scotland could be forced to negotiate with the EU...


Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary - The Courier

The Courier

Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary
The Courier
?Instead of spending their time spreading smears about Scottish independence and trotting the globe talking Scotland down, they should...


A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum - Liberal Democr...

A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum
Liberal Democrat Voice
This time last year, it looked like it was all going wrong for the Scotland Bill that Secretary of State for Scotla...


Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market - Uti...

Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market
Utility Week
19 December 2012. Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market. The Scottish Government...


Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak' - The Guard...

The Guardian (blog)

Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak'
The Guardian (blog)
In the matter of Scottish independence, the interest of the bloc is deemed relatively clear: i...


Blair ready to battle against independence - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Blair ready to battle against independence
Herald Scotland
FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has raised the prospect of taking a prominent role in the fight against independence after s...


Scottish independence: Michael Moore says Bank of England will not back ... -...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Michael Moore says Bank of England will not back ...
Scotsman
Speaking to a House of Lords committee investigating the economic impact of independence, Mr Moore said ye...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Gift horse for SNP: Blair wants to save the union - For Argyll

For Argyll

Gift horse for SNP: Blair wants to save the union
For Argyll
You have to laugh ? and the SNP must today be rolling around in the wide-mouthed fake guffaws of the Cadbury's Smash Men their f...


Energy market reform must deliver for renewables - SNP (press release)

Energy market reform must deliver for renewables
SNP (press release)
Mike Weir MP, SNP spokesperson on Energy, has expressed concern at the lack of detail in the UK government's Energy Bill which had...


MacNeil welcomes new support for Lamont - SNP (press release)

MacNeil welcomes new support for Lamont
SNP (press release)
'SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan An Iar, Angus MacNeil commented on the Prime Minister's repetition of the Labour leader in Scotland's new mantra ...


Scotland profile - BBC News

BBC News

Scotland profile
BBC News
Under a deal reached between the newly-empowered SNP government and the centre-right UK coalition in October 2012, a referendum on independence will be held in Scotl...


SNP MEP welcomes historic European CFP vote - Fish Update

SNP MEP welcomes historic European CFP vote
Fish Update
SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed backing from the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee for substantial controls over fisheries ...


Long overdue medal for Arctic convoys welcomed - SNP (press release)

Long overdue medal for Arctic convoys welcomed
SNP (press release)
The announcement today of the success of the long running campaign to see the incredible bravery of those who served on the Arctic c...


Hope for axed Remploy workers as SNP offer bosses £5000 to take on disabled ....

Hope for axed Remploy workers as SNP offer bosses £5000 to take on disabled ...
Scottish Daily Record
SNP Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing unveiled plans for a £5000 ?recruitment subsidy? to encourag...


Aberdeen businessman Alan Massie wins court order against SNP - BBC News

BBC News

Aberdeen businessman Alan Massie wins court order against SNP
BBC News
An Aberdeen businessman has secured a court order against the SNP and former city council leader Callum McCaig from diss...


Number of hospital beds falls to 16000 - Aberdeen Press and Journal

Number of hospital beds falls to 16000
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: ?Despite the SNP promises to protect the NHS budget and not to centralise services, we...


Eddie Barnes: Be careful what you wish for, Mr Salmond - Scotsman

Scotsman

Eddie Barnes: Be careful what you wish for, Mr Salmond
Scotsman
IT is hard to remember now, so long ago does it feel since the Eurozone began to wobble, that it was once the SNP's plan that a...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum - Liberal Democr...

A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum
Liberal Democrat Voice
This time last year, it looked like it was all going wrong for the Scotland Bill that Secretary of State for Scotla...


Scottish Affairs Committee - Philip Dunne, Vice Admiral Andrew Matthews, MoD ...

Scottish Affairs Committee - Philip Dunne, Vice Admiral Andrew Matthews, MoD ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Scottish Affairs Committee - Philip Dunne, Vice Admiral Andrew Matthews, Mo...


Blair ready to battle against independence - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Blair ready to battle against independence
Herald Scotland
FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has raised the prospect of taking a prominent role in the fight against independence after s...


Referendum vote is for those who live in this country - Herald Scotland

Referendum vote is for those who live in this country
Herald Scotland
JACK Irvine laments that his children will not have a vote in the independence referendum because they no longer live in Scotland...


Ben Thomson: Carving out a new union - Scotsman

Scotsman

Ben Thomson: Carving out a new union
Scotsman
After the surprise majority win by the SNP in the last election, Westminster and the Scottish Government together could have delivered some varia...


Scottish independence: Tony Blair joins 'No' campaign and defends devolution ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Tony Blair joins 'No' campaign and defends devolution
Scotsman
We resolved it by managing to have a referendum first on the principle and then do the legislation. We di...


Blair will "play a part" in 'No' campaign - SNP (press release)

Blair will "play a part" in 'No' campaign
SNP (press release)
Welcoming reports that former Prime Minister Tony Blair said at a Press Lobby lunch at Westminster today that he is "happy to play a part...


Peter Jones: One referendum could lead to another - Scotsman

Scotsman

Peter Jones: One referendum could lead to another
Scotsman
And that, I am inclined to think, means that the SNP will also have to think about whether whatever comes out of those negotiations ...


Referendum franchise leaves many Scots without a voice - Herald Scotland

Referendum franchise leaves many Scots without a voice
Herald Scotland
When it comes to deciding the franchise for the Scotland referendum a huge swathe of potential voters are excluded, yet they wou...


Nationwide protests call after Egypt poll results - Herald Scotland

Nationwide protests call after Egypt poll results
Herald Scotland
The Islamist leader won a 57% yes vote for the constitution in the first round of a referendum at the weekend, according to state med...


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How Long Can You Continuously Fart For ?
I mean as one big long single fart. Stacatto, machine gun like farts don't count. Neither do answers like 'I can fart all day'.....we can all do that.

I just managed to string one long fart out fo...

Average Salary Websites
Anyone know of any websites where you can check the industry standard salary for certain positions? Am trying to negotiate a pay rise at work, and am being told completely different average wages b...

Looking For A Piper
Looking for a piper to play at a Burns Supper on Saturday Jan 26th - that`s it.....

Loads Of Beaver
All across tayside apparently.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-20781407

I haven't seen any lately

Jessica Ennis/daily Mail(And Readers)
How dare the lassie spend the money she's earned, eh?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250258/Jessica-Ennis-Fit-champion-new-1m-home-Olympic-star.html

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Drinking And Driving - Beware!
Anyone heading down this way, have a care... you stand a good chance of getting nicked if you're pissed up. Even the morning after.

http://menmedia.co.u...ail-to-hit-home

I'd like to see Plod add...

Lostprophets Singer Charged
Singer charged with child sex offences

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/lostprophets-singer-ian-watkins-charged-with-child-sex-offences-8425042.html

Bit of a shock. Seen them about 5 ti...

Should It Stay..or Should It Go?
Sitting here, hungover, wi a heed like fatty Lamont.

Now, my dilemma is thus; my colleague bought me a bottle of Laphroaig - should I have a nip, or leave it?

I'm Going To Be Honest With You
I'm Cove Sheep pretending to be a Rangers fan

Political Betting - Scotland section

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

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

"It became mor...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...