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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Cuts 'hit vulnerable Scots'
THOUSANDS of vulnerable Scots have had their benefits cut despite being unable to comply with tough new welfare rules, a Scottish Government study has found.

Cameron: no change to Barnett
DAVID CAMERON has ruled out making changes to the controversial Barnett formula, following SNP claims Scotland stands to lose £4 billion.

HMRC accused of avoiding tackling global giants on tax
TAX authorities have been holding back on using sanctions against multinational companies, while pursuing small businesses and individuals, according to MPs.

Carmichael under fire on whisky duty
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael is letting down the Scotch whisky industry after taking the "Tory shilling", the SNP has warned.

Number of women in the workplace hits a 21-year high
IMPROVING job statistics have seen the number of women in work reach a 21-year-high, but at the cost of pay slipping back faster than that of men.

Cameron welcomes Libyan Lockerbie assistance
DAVID Cameron has welcomed the decision by the Libyan government to appoint two investigators to help Scottish detectives in their probe into the Lockerbie bombing.

Red Ed's Cameron offensive falls flat
THE season of goodwill somehow bypasses Westminster.

MPs claim independence would reduce Scotland's influence
INDEPENDENCE would diminish Scotland's role in helping poorer countries, meaning it would no longer be able to make a "transformational" contribution to international development, MPs said today.

Villiers cleared of wrongdoing over lobbyist
NORTHERN Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has been cleared her of wrongdoing over an undeclared lunch with a lobbyist while a transport minister.

People 'suicidal' due to bedroom tax
THE so-called bedroom tax is pushing people into the clutches of money lenders while others are contemplating suicide, campaigners have said.

Brown hits out at MoD over radiation
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called on the Ministry of Defence to speed up work to decontaminate a beach polluted by radiation.

Call to reform rules as peer paid £300 a day for just 40 minutes in Parliament
A "daft" expenses system that allows peers to pocket a £300 daily allowance despite spending almost no time in Parliament must be reformed, say senior figures.

Door opens for shale gas exploration
The Government has stepped up its support for shale gas, sparking a fresh row with environmental groups over the controversial process of 'fracking' for energy.

Fewer recipients of tax relief
MORE than 4000 fewer people are receiving council tax relief since responsibility for assistance shifted to Scottish authorities.

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


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Peter Geoghegan: Sectarianism still forms divide
19 Dec 2013 at 3:48pm

Sectarianism goes beyond football matches and a proper understanding is vital if we are to release the hold it retains on some, writes Peter Geoghegan



Leaders: Crackdown on zealots to improve security
19 Dec 2013 at 3:48pm

How preventable was the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on a busy London street in broad daylight? Security services were aware of the two killers, could they have done more?



Tom Peterkin: Military becomes political battlefield
19 Dec 2013 at 3:06pm

FOR the politicians looking at their 2014 calendars, there was an intriguing clash highlighted in The Scotsman earlier this week.



George Kerevan: Austerity be damned
19 Dec 2013 at 3:06pm

The US central bank’s plan to cut QE as the economy turns a corner contrasts with the EU’s policy of eating its young, writes George Kerevan



Joyce McMillan: Crowning an independent Scotland
19 Dec 2013 at 3:06pm

Evidence suggests it is perfectly possible to combine independence with retaining the monarchy, writes Joyce McMillan



Scottish independence: prisoners? vote rejected
19 Dec 2013 at 10:39am

A legal bid by three prisoners to gain the right to vote in next year’s independence referendum has been rejected by a judge.



?London draining life out of UK? - Vince Cable
19 Dec 2013 at 10:11am

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has attacked London for “becoming a giant suction machine draining the life” out of the rest of the UK, in remarks which SNP claim justify calls for Scottish independence.



Malcolm Rifkind calls for rethink on defence cuts
19 Dec 2013 at 9:56am

THE UK government has come under pressure from a grandee on its own backbenches to reverse its defence cuts after the country’s most senior officer warned that there was a danger the UK could be left with “hollowed out armed forces.”



Adoption amendment to Same Sex Marriage Bill rejected
19 Dec 2013 at 7:23am

Christian couples could be stopped from adopting or fostering children because of controversial new laws to introduce gay marriage, MSPs have been warned.



Scottish independence poll shows Yes narrowing gap
19 Dec 2013 at 4:10am

The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence appears to have had little impact on voting intentions in the 2014 referendum, according to a new opinion poll.



The Scotsman cartoon: Taxing multinationals
18 Dec 2013 at 7:12pm

UK tax authorities have held back on sanctions against large multinational companies, while pursuing small businesses and individuals, says a new report.



Taxman failing to tackle big avoiders say MPs
18 Dec 2013 at 4:40pm

The UK’s tax authority is “losing its nerve” over taking legal action against multinationals who pursue aggressive tax avoidance schemes, MPs say today.



Migrant benefits curb won?t break EU law - Cameron
18 Dec 2013 at 4:34pm

Ministers have taken legal advice to ensure measures to stop EU migrants claiming benefits for their first three months in the UK cannot be overturned by the courts, David Cameron revealed yesterday.



Aberdeen finally rejects Sir Ian?s £50 million gift
18 Dec 2013 at 4:34pm

ABERDEEN City Council yesterday finally drew a “line in the sand” and rejected the offer of a £50 million gift from oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood to help transform the heart of the city centre.



Rethink over Battle of Bannockburn celebration
18 Dec 2013 at 4:27pm

A MAJOR rethink has been ordered over plans to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, due to a clash with the UK’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations in nearby Stirling next summer.




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Victims of the bedroom tax
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:03am
The under-occupancy penalty more commonly known as the bedroom tax is a policy whose roots lie in London. Rents in the UK capital are so extortionate that keeping a roof over the heads of the unemployed, low-paid, disabled and vulnerable has become a dreadful burden on the taxes of City bankers, in the few cases [...]

When you?re in a hurry
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2013 at 7:00am
…and you haven’t got time to think of a misleading headline or laboriously rewrite a “Better Together” press release into something that might just about pass for actual news reporting if viewed fleetingly in poor lighting conditions, you can do nearly as good a job of distorting the truth with just a quick C-switched-for-W keypress. [...]

All the small print
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2013 at 5:26am
Ask anyone who knows about such things and they’ll tell you that not only is the headline the most important aspect of an article, but often it’s the only part of it that people read at all. It’s a fact worth bearing in mind when you scan the media coverage of the main Scottish politics story [...]

The End? OR IS IT?
by Paul Kavanagh
18 Dec 2013 at 11:00am
Spain?s supposed threat to veto Scottish membership of the EU is like one of those serial killers on a student campus in a slash ?n gore movie. No matter how many times the evil maniac is stabbed, hit over the head with bricks, shot 46 times through the lungs with a depleted-uranium blunderbuss, drowned in [...]

The ladykillers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
Today’s special referendum supplement in the Herald gives another run-out to the well-worn “women don’t like Alex Salmond” line much beloved of the Scottish press. It’s rare indeed that a month goes by without some mention somewhere of the fairer sex’s supposed dislike for the First Minister’s occasionally somewhat gallus nature, and today’s example is very [...]

Collecting the clues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2013 at 6:59am
Rhodri Morgan, Labour former First Minister of Wales, 12 December 2013: “No reform to the Barnett Formula until after the Scottish referendum.” Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem Secretary of State for Portsmouth, 17 December 2013: “This government is not going to touch the Barnett Formula.” Our emphasis both times. It’s not too tricky to read between [...]

The Great Disdain Robbery
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2013 at 5:00am
We bought the digital edition of the Herald today on the promise of a 20-page “Scotland Decides” pullout, and were most disgruntled to find out we’d been swindled – you get the Sport supplement with the electronic version of the paper, answering every question you could imagine about the Rangers AGM, but not the referendum [...]

Information retrieval
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2013 at 2:30am
Someone asked us yesterday for some facts and figures to help them with a debate, and it got us remembering one that we never see being brought up, perhaps because it’s buried in the archives of the Herald under Sport > SPL > Aberdeen (no, really). It’s a piece that pre-dates the Scottish Parliament (and [...]

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

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


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Killers lose referendum vote bid
19 Dec 2013 at 6:59am
Two murderers lose a legal battle to win convicted prisoners the right to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum.


UK aid 'may fall post-independence'
19 Dec 2013 at 8:36am
Aid from the UK could fall by £1bn if Scotland becomes independent, according to a Commons committee.


Renewable energy use at record high
19 Dec 2013 at 10:33am
A record two fifths of electricity used in Scotland came from renewables last year, official figures reveal.


MSP dismisses mounted police 'stunt'
19 Dec 2013 at 9:10am
Deploying mounted police on the streets of Inverness and towns in Orkney is described as a "stunt" by MSP David Stewart.


Treasury claims post-Yes funding gap
18 Dec 2013 at 8:11am
An independent Scotland would need to find an extra £1.6bn a year to pay for flagship policies such as free childcare, according to the UK government.


Pound 'unstable' under independence
18 Dec 2013 at 1:50pm
The ratings agency Fitch warns that plans for an independent Scotland to continue use of the pound would be unstable.


Unemployment in Scotland falls again
18 Dec 2013 at 3:52am
Unemployment in Scotland fell by 7,000 to 196,000 between August and October, while the number of people in employment rose again.


Plan to target disabled space misuse
18 Dec 2013 at 7:51am
New powers for councils to crack down on misuse of blue badges for disabled people are contained in a Holyrood bill being launched by an MSP.


Aberdeen council backs begging ban
18 Dec 2013 at 8:52am
Plans to outlaw begging on the streets of Aberdeen are backed by city councillors, but still need Scottish government approval.


Businessman quits city centre board
18 Dec 2013 at 10:57am
A prominent businessman resigns in protest from the body set up to help regenerate Aberdeen city centre.


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


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


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


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


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YouGov poll on EU membership
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2013 at 2:51am

By Dave Taylor
 
The more international parts of Britain want to stay in the EU, although they would be outvoted by the narrow nationalism of most of England, a YouGov poll has revealed. 

Asked "If there was a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, how would you vote?" 50% of Scots would vote to stay in the EU, while 49% of Londoners would agree with them. In both areas, only 34% would vote to leave Europe.



Why Scotland needs to stop living in the past
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Dec 2013 at 5:44pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Who do we have such a powerful propensity to live much of our life backwards?
 
This can be seen in the power of the past ? from mythical wrongs and injustices, to symbolic, psychic triumphs and disasters ? the latter ranging from the Darien scheme to Ally?s Tartan Army?s ill-fated expedition to Argentina.



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

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



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

  By G.A.Ponsonby

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

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



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

By Paul T. Kavanagh

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



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

By Derek Bateman

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



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

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



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

by John McAllion

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



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

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

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



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

By Paul Kavanagh

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




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The Real Britain
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 12:24pm

What differentiates each side in the referendum debate is attitude towards Britain rather than Scotland. We say pretty similar things about Scotland and express the same feelings whether unionist o...

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Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 11:32am

FOR any who turn their back on the traditional turkey next week fish is an alternative. It is best when fresh, lightly cooked and not smothered in a stultifying sauce.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Were any still in doubt that Tavish Scott is a slavering buffoon following his irresponsible dalliance with...



Pick A Card
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 10:23am

You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m no economist. When I listen to the conflicting stream of drivel so many of them spout, I’m proud of that. However, I am a thinking voter and like to judge for myself in as far as I can with out a BSc. I’ve also learned to think of Paul Daniels whenever the ...



Welcome to Wongaland
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 10:13am

By the way, I enjoyed Brian Wilson in the Scotsman today. He really does provide an alternative viewpoint missing from elsewhere. I find it helps me to understand what Unionists see when they look ...

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Victims of the bedroom tax
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:44am

The over-occupancy penalty more commonly known as the bedroom tax is a policy whose roots lie in London. Rents in the UK capital are so extortionate that keeping a roof over the heads of the unemployed, low-paid, disabled and vulnerable has become a dreadful burden on the taxes of City bankers, i...



UKBA told: Scotland is our home | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:16am

SNP MSPs have outlined how a Yes vote will deliver a fairer and more tolerant society where the potential of people in Scotland can be realised, regardless of where they are from.



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Santa Brings Yes A Little Present? - What Scotland Thinks
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 8:43am

Commentary on poll of independence referendum voting intentions conducted by TNS BMRB in December 2013.

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MPs claim independence would reduce Scotland's influence
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 8:38am
INDEPENDENCE would diminish Scotland's role in helping poorer countries, meaning it would no longer be able to make a "transformational" contribution to international development, MPs said today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Why would Scotland's influence be diminished? Diminished relative to what? Nowh...



Think Different Events | Business for Scotland January Event Details
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 7:13am

How would independence for Scotland benefit the domestic and commercial property sectors ?

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Poll shows Yes campaign is closing gap in race for votes
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 7:11am

THE Yes campaign is beginning to close the gap in the race for referendum votes, as global credit rating agency Fitch warned a currency union between an independent Scotland and the former United Kingdom risks causing economic uncertainty and...

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Scottish independence: Currency union blow for SNP
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 7:02am

AN international credit rating agency today warned that the SNP’s hopes of keeping an independent Scotland in a currency union with the rest of the UK would create instability.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another day, another supposed "blow" to the SNP. But it's all British nationalist spin, of course....



All the small print
by Peter A Bell
19 Dec 2013 at 6:30am

Ask anyone who knows about such things and they’ll tell you that not only is the headline the most important aspect of an article, but often it’s the only part of it that people read at all. It’s a fact worth bearing in mind when you scan the media coverage of the main Scottish politics story of ...



Fitch sees independence as 'neutral'
by Peter A Bell
18 Dec 2013 at 1:20pm

The ratings agency Fitch has said Scottish independence would be "neutral" for the sovereign credit profile of the residual UK (rUK).


Peter A Bell's insight:

Another Project Fear scare-story shot down in flames.



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The End... OR IS IT?
by Peter A Bell
18 Dec 2013 at 11:13am

Spain’s supposed threat to veto Scottish membership of the EU is like one of those serial killers on a student campus in a slash ‘n gore movie. No matter how many times the evil maniac is stabbed, hit over the head with bricks, shot 46 times through the lungs with a depleted-uranium blunderbuss, ...



Spanish Minister demolishes No campaign veto scare | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
18 Dec 2013 at 10:14am

The confirmation by Spain’s Foreign Minister that the attitude of the Westminster Government would be the "determining" factor in how his country regarded an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU has been described as “demolishing another No campaign scare story”.



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MSPs accuse Home Office of using far right language in campaign urging illega...
by dailyrecord
19 Dec 2013 at 10:46am
POSTER campaign - now withdrawn - was described as 'inflammatory and offensive' and employed terms used by racist groups say MSPs.


Lockerbie bombing: Courts could still review Abdelbaset al Megrahi's convicti...
by dailyrecord
19 Dec 2013 at 8:35am
THE First Minister told MSPs that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission could refer the case back to court even after the death of Megrahi.


Scottish independence: White Paper launch in Glasgow cost taxpayers £12k
by dailyrecord
19 Dec 2013 at 6:44am
THE Scottish Government used £12,432 of the taxpayer's money to launch the White Paper at the Glasgow Science Centre last month.


Blind MSP's Bill to clamp down on abuse of blue badge disabled parking unveil...
by David Clegg
18 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm
LOCAL authorities are to be given unprecedented powers to confiscate the badges, which allow users to park in some restricted areas, if they are being misused and cancel others that are reported stolen.


New proposals to clamp down on misuse of disabled Blue Badges outlined by SNP...
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2013 at 6:56am
DENNIS Robertson outlined the Disabled Persons' Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill, which plans to give local authorities the power to confiscate badges that are being misused, today.


Scottish independence: White Paper promises will cost taxpayers £1.6bn, Treas...
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2013 at 5:50am
AN independent Scotland would need to find an extra £1.6bn by the end of the first parliamentary term to fund flagship policies such as free childcare and reduced corporation tax.


Revealed: £468k of taxpayers' money blown by Alex Salmond on week-long trip t...
by David Clegg
18 Dec 2013 at 1:32am
THE First Minister is under pressure to reveal how the £54,000, still unaccounted for, was spent during his week-long visit to the Medinah Country Club in Chicago in 2012.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"Media and business being bullied by Government", says Carmichaelnoore. (No n...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Dec 2013 at 3:25pm
"Media and business being bullied by Government", says Carmichaelnoore. (No not OUR Government, THEIR Government!)


?Newspapers holding back? says Secretary of State for Portsmouth
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Anybody else notice that Carmichael is becoming the Vicky Pollard of politics?

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


New U-KOK campaign group takes to the streets
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?Beggar...

Boris Johnson provides some well researched advice for Londoners travelling t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Dec 2013 at 2:58pm
Boris Johnson provides some well researched advice for Londoners travelling to Scotlandshire during the festive season.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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Costa Alba?
by bellacaledonia
19 Dec 2013 at 4:05pm
By Isobel Lindsay Those looking for models for an independent Scotland have generally focused on European examples. Perhaps we should also look further afield. Think of a country with a similar population to Scotland and around two thirds of our... Read More ›

Let?s Talk Turkey
by bellacaledonia
19 Dec 2013 at 10:46am
By Mike Small As we head for the Tinsel there’s more bad news for No  – and now there’s a desperate need to set the agenda for the Big Round-the-Table Christmas Debate that folks will be having. There’s two stories... Read More ›


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Scottish independence: Treasury claims '£1.6bn funding gap' in White Paper - ...
18 Dec 2013 at 2:11am

CITY A.M.

Scottish independence: Treasury claims '£1.6bn funding gap' in White Paper
BBC News
An independent Scotland would need to find an extra £1.6bn a year to pay for policies such as free childcare, according to the UK government. Treasury analysis of the Scottish government's White Paper alleg...


Scottish independence: UK aid could fall by £1bn, say MPs - BBC News
19 Dec 2013 at 8:40am

BBC News

Scottish independence: UK aid could fall by £1bn, say MPs
BBC News
Aid from the UK could fall by £1bn if Scotland becomes independent, a Commons committee has claimed. The MPs also said the UK government's Department of International Development's headquarters in East Kilbride would have to...


Scottish independence poll shows Yes narrowing gap - Scotland on Sunday
19 Dec 2013 at 4:12am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence poll shows Yes narrowing gap
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Government's White Paper on independence appears to have had little impact on voting intentions in the 2014 referendum, according to a new opinion poll. The latest TNS BMRB survey recorded a 1% rise...


Scottish independence: Use of pound 'unstable', says Fitch - BBC News
18 Dec 2013 at 1:48pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Use of pound 'unstable', says Fitch
BBC News
The ratings agency Fitch has warned that plans for an independent Scotland to continue use of the pound would be unstable. Drawing on Eurozone experience, it said a shared currency without shared fiscal and banking union co...


Scottish independence poll: female vote favours No - Scotland on Sunday
18 Dec 2013 at 3:56am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence poll: female vote favours No
Scotland on Sunday
But the key figures in the No campaign also struggle with a negative perception among voters in Scotland, the poll shows. Just 13% like Prmie Minister David Cameron, including roughly equal proportions of men an...


Scottish independence: prisoners' vote rejected - Scotland on Sunday
19 Dec 2013 at 10:42am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: prisoners' vote rejected
Scotland on Sunday
A legal bid by three prisoners to gain the right to vote in next year's independence referendum has been rejected by a judge. Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, who were both given life sentences, and long-term priso...


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

BBC News

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


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

BBC News

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


John Major: Scottish Independence Would Be 'Folly On A Grand Scale' - Huffing...
17 Dec 2013 at 10:54am

Eureka Street

John Major: Scottish Independence Would Be 'Folly On A Grand Scale'
Huffington Post UK
Scottish independence is a "folly on a grand scale" that would significantly weaken global influence, Sir John Major told MPs. The Conservative former prime minister said the UK would understandably ...


Scottish independence: SNP currency plan warning - Scotsman
14 Dec 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP currency plan warning
Scotsman
A FORMER Bank of England chief has warned that a pound-sharing pact between Scotland and the ?rump? UK after independence ?does not work?, and has described Alex Salmond's plans for the economy after a Yes vote as ?vague? and ?unconv...



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Study: "Stress Gene" May Increase Heart Attack Risk In Healthy People - WFMY ...
19 Dec 2013 at 4:34pm

WFMY News 2

Study: "Stress Gene" May Increase Heart Attack Risk In Healthy People
WFMY News 2
The study builds on work scientists previously did to identify a genetic variant called a single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP, in a DNA chain that makes a receptor for the neurotransmitter serotonin. Ser...


"Stress gene" may increase heart attack risk by almost 40 percent - CBS News
19 Dec 2013 at 1:46pm

"Stress gene" may increase heart attack risk by almost 40 percent
CBS News
The study builds on work scientists previously did to identify a genetic variant called a single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP, in a DNA chain that makes a receptor for the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is a chemic...


New decree for fisheries management 'arouses our suspicion', admits SNP - FIS
19 Dec 2013 at 10:34am

FIS

New decree for fisheries management 'arouses our suspicion', admits SNP
FIS
The president of the National Fisheries Society (SNP), Elena Conterno, questioned the decree issued by the Ministry of Production (Produce) which prevents the return of the industrial fishing to the strip between five an...


'London draining life out of UK' - Vince Cable - Scotsman
19 Dec 2013 at 10:13am

Scotsman

'London draining life out of UK' - Vince Cable
Scotsman
2013 16:12. Published 19/12/2013 16:11. Print this. BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has attacked London for ?becoming a giant suction machine draining the life? out of the rest of the UK, in remarks which SNP claim justify calls for Sco...


Cocaine, meth response differ between 2 substrains of 'Black 6' laboratory mo...
19 Dec 2013 at 1:05pm

Cocaine, meth response differ between 2 substrains of 'Black 6' laboratory mouse
EurekAlert (press release)
Researchers including Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill, Ph.D., have found a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) difference in cocaine and methamphetamine response between two subs...


Cocaine, meth response differ between two substrains of 'Black 6' laboratory ...
19 Dec 2013 at 1:04pm

Cocaine, meth response differ between two substrains of 'Black 6' laboratory ...
Medical Xpress
Researchers including Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill, Ph.D., have found a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) difference in cocaine and methamphetamine response between two substrains of th...


Ian Swanson: Coalition policy is food for thought - Edinburgh Evening News
19 Dec 2013 at 12:24pm

Edinburgh Evening News

Ian Swanson: Coalition policy is food for thought
Edinburgh Evening News
FREE school meals were promised for all P1-P3 pupils in the Scottish National Party manifesto at the 2007 election. And when the SNP formed a minority government it introduced a pilot scheme in certain ar...


Stress Reaction Gene Linked to Heart Attacks - Laboratory Equipment
19 Dec 2013 at 11:04am

Stress Reaction Gene Linked to Heart Attacks
Laboratory Equipment
Williams and colleagues built on previous work at Duke and elsewhere that identified a variation in a DNA sequence, known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), where one letter in the genetic code is swapped for another to chang...


Stress gene 'increases chance of heart attacks' - Labmate Online
19 Dec 2013 at 11:01am

Stress gene 'increases chance of heart attacks'
Labmate Online
It was found that men that had this SNP had double the normal amount or cortisol in their blood when they were exposed to stress, when compared to those men that did not have the altered gene.Cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland an...


Stress-Related Genetic Trait Raises Risk of Hearth Attack Or Death By 38 Perc...
19 Dec 2013 at 9:40am

Headlines & Global News

Stress-Related Genetic Trait Raises Risk of Hearth Attack Or Death By 38 Percent
Headlines & Global News
The researchers looked at variations in DNA sequences called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP), "where one letter in the genetic code is swapped for another to change ...



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Scottish independence: Killers lose referendum vote bid - BBC News
19 Dec 2013 at 6:46am

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Scottish independence: Killers lose referendum vote bid
BBC News
Two murderers have lost a legal battle to win convicted prisoners the right to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum. The ban on convicted inmates voting in the referendum was challenged by Andrew Gillon and Lesli...


Scottish independence: Treasury claims '£1.6bn funding gap' in White Paper - ...
18 Dec 2013 at 2:11am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence: Treasury claims '£1.6bn funding gap' in White Paper
BBC News
In response to a letter from Mr Salmond asking about the implications of a "No" vote in next year's referendum on Scotland's finances, David Cameron wrote: ''Your request for guarantees in perpe...


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

Spectator.co.uk

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


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

CTV News

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


Housing market could slow due to referendum uncertainty finds study - stv.tv
17 Dec 2013 at 6:09pm

Herald Scotland

Housing market could slow due to referendum uncertainty finds study
stv.tv
An upturn in house sales could slow next year as a result of uncertainty surrounding the independence referendum, according to property experts. The average house price in Scotland rose £1368 in the 12 months ...


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

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


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

Scotsman

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


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

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


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

Scottish Daily Record

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


Scottish independence poll shows Yes narrowing gap - Scotland on Sunday
19 Dec 2013 at 4:12am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence poll shows Yes narrowing gap
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Government's White Paper on independence appears to have had little impact on voting intentions in the 2014 referendum, according to a new opinion poll. The latest TNS BMRB survey recorded a 1% rise...



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Theatre Ceiling Collapse
19 Dec 2013 at 3:15pm
Number of casualties as ceiling collapsed apollo theatre in London

Aberdeen City Council Ask Carmichael About White Paper
19 Dec 2013 at 10:56am

What the f*ck?



Kilts
19 Dec 2013 at 4:07am

I'm getting a new kilt from my old maw for Christmas. So just quickly, where have folk found the ...



The Spanish Foreign Minister.
18 Dec 2013 at 8:02pm

http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=1552460

 

Apparently that's translated as "we'd be...



What And Who Is Johann Lamont?
18 Dec 2013 at 7:03am
Unfortunately many of us DO know what and who she is...

DISASTER FOR LAMONT AS 41% OF SCOTS DO NO...

The Ballad Of Lidl And Aldi
18 Dec 2013 at 5:03am



Exeter Airport
18 Dec 2013 at 3:18am
£5.95 for a bacon roll. badger my old boots

Ronnie Biggs
18 Dec 2013 at 2:11am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25426914

 

deid



Romance Covers
17 Dec 2013 at 3:08pm

One for the ladies...

 

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



Wood Venetian Blinds
17 Dec 2013 at 2:00pm

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Dramatic new TNS-BMRB poll shows the pro-independence campaign closing the ga...
by James Kelly
18 Dec 2013 at 7:43pm
Just as I was about to go to bed safe in the apparent knowledge that the day's only polling "news...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The relationship between trust and expectation
by James Kelly
18 Dec 2013 at 5:00am
CALLY : My people have a saying. 'A man who trusts can never be betrayed, only mistaken.'

AVON : ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Only a Yes can deliver economic transformation
by Cailean Gallagher
18 Dec 2013 at 7:10am
Today?s labour market figures highlighted by the Scottish Government bring some brightness to the...

Imbalanced UK is fundamentally unstable and wasteful
by Stuart McDonald
18 Dec 2013 at 6:32am
Westminster's Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has hit the headlines today for arguing that "Lond...

Perspective: We can change things for the better
by sean.lafferty
17 Dec 2013 at 9:54am
As Christmas fast approaches it's astonishing to think here in Scotland, a country with the natur...

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

By Stan Blackley

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



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

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

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

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




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The role of the media in #indyref
19 Dec 2013 at 4:52pm

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-news/8490-exclusive-trust-finds-bbc-scotland-guilty...



welsh views on independence.....................
19 Dec 2013 at 1:25pm

I don't think they really give a toss when they really should. Wales its self has a growing confi...



Office for National Statistics
19 Dec 2013 at 12:54pm

ONS admits gaffe on Scottish growth data

 

I'm sure that stating Scottish GDP growth (excluding o...



London draining life out of rest of country - Vince Cable
19 Dec 2013 at 12:24pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25444981

 

London "is becoming a giant suction machine drai...

todays daily fear
19 Dec 2013 at 10:58am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25449018

In the event if independence when ...

Lord Glennie - No link between Indyref & EU membership
19 Dec 2013 at 7:46am
I see that one of Scotland's most senior judges has pronounced judgement regarding prisoners voti...

Where Are The Businesses Supporting NO
18 Dec 2013 at 5:19pm
Very odd - pro-indy business group say there are so few openly anti-indy businesses that proposed...

Better together story of the day
18 Dec 2013 at 5:28am

An independent Scotland would need to decide whether to keep using the +44 international dialing ...

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

 To increase "the UK's Airport capacity"?

 

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



House Of Lords
17 Dec 2013 at 4:38am

One of many good reasons to vote Yes

 

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

 

Time to get shot o...



Deciphering the debate
16 Dec 2013 at 5:08pm

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

suggested Professor Hugh ...



FAO unionists
15 Dec 2013 at 5:20pm

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



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


Any multinational organisations come out in favour y...

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

Unbelievable

 

 

 

 

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



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

Baxter parp seems to think so.




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Prisoners fail to overturn ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:58am

Three inmates likely to appeal after judge rejects challenge to Alex Salmond's ban on prisoners voting in 2014 poll

Three Scottish prison inmates are likely to appeal against a judge's decision to t...




MPs warn Scotland that world role could shrink
by Severin Carrell
19 Dec 2013 at 1:00am

Cross-party committee warns that an independent Scotland would lose influence on tackling global poverty and development

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned that an independent Scotland would ...




Danny Alexander renews attacks on Scottish independence costs
by Severin Carrell
17 Dec 2013 at 6:05pm

Questions over costing of pledges raised as Alex Salmond accuses Westminster of driving many Scots into food poverty

Three of the Scottish National party's main independence pledges, including free ...




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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




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