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Pressure grows on Clegg over Rennard
NICK Clegg's authority is coming under increasing pressure with the warning any attempt to stop Lord Rennard from being welcomed back into the Liberal Democrat peers' group could result in legal action.

SNP nearly in court for slow EU response
A watchdog considered reporting the SNP Government to the Court of Session over a failure to hand over documents on an independent Scotland's role in the European Union.

Labour bids to be the party of the UK consumer
Consumer groups will be given a greater role in identifying and fixing "broken markets" under plans set out by Ed Miliband for a shake-up of the way competition across the business world is regulated.

Minister's doubt over bonuses
A senior Treasury ­minister has said he was "sceptical" whether any application from the predominantly state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland to double its maximum bonus payouts could be justified.

Ukip suspend gay remarks councillor
The UK Independence Party have suspended a councillor who claimed recent floods were the result of the Government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

And then there were 14: Holyrood record as Scottish Government hires another ...
ALEX Salmond's government is today due to take on its 14th special adviser, a record number at Holyrood, which pushes the estimated overall bill to more than £1 million.

Labour to strip low skilled jobless of benefits unless they take up training
Unemployed people who lack basic English, maths and computing skills will face being stripped of benefits unless they take up training under changes proposed by Labour.

In the Fife two-horse race what could go wrong?
IT WAS in 1973 the good Fifers of Ballingry and Lochore elected Willie Clarke, the Communist candidate, as their councillor.

Labour admits value of taxpayers' bank shares could fall under plan
Labour has admitted that the value of taxpayers' shares in banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could plummet under plans to break up the UK's biggest lenders.

Clegg tells Rennard to say sorry before rejoining group
FORMER Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard should not rejoin the party's group in the House of Lords unless he says sorry to female activists over claims of sexual harassment, Nick Clegg has said.

First Minister supports delay of corroboration law change
ALEX Salmond has rallied behind Kenny MacAskill after the Justice Secretary delayed his flagship plans for abolishing the need for corroboration in criminal trials.

Whisky tax reduction hopes raised
A second UK Government minister has hinted that tax on whisky could be cut in the next Budget.

Miliband's reforms hit 'stumbling block'
ED Miliband's radical plans to reset Labour's relationship with the trade unions have hit a "major stumbling block" as he seeks to scrap the complex electoral college method of electing the party's leader.

Labour 'would create two new banks'
A LABOUR government would create at least two new banks as part of a "reckoning" with the sector which triggered the 2008 financial crisis, Ed Miliband will announce today.

Marwick gets crabbit over language difficulties
THE former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating was, infamously, no wallflower in parliamentary debate, routinely describing his opponents as "brain-damaged", "scumbags" and "maggots".


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Mothers worth less than men to firms - Nigel Farage
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

Mothers are worth less to City firms than men, Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed yesterday – but women prepared to sacrifice family life can do as well as male colleagues, if not better.



Civil war hits Lib Dems as Lord Rennard suspended
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

CIVIL war broke out in the Liberal Democrats last night as its former chief executive Lord Rennard threatened legal action over a decision to suspend him from the party.



?Independence will fail to close inequality gap?
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will have little scope to drive down the gap between rich and poor, a new report indicates today.



EU should have been referendum question - academic
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

Scots should have been asked whether they wanted to be in the EU as part of the independence referendum, a leading European expert has suggested.



Scottish independence: Ed Balls wants pound talks
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has urged Alex Salmond to meet him to discuss proposals to keep the pound in an independent Scotland.



Aiming to give children the best start in life
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

We need to divert resources to the most needy, says Sandy Riddell



Family and friends are first port of call
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

Social networks are vital to many people’s ability to get by. Government should do more to support this, say Duncan O’Leary and Paul Moore



The Scotsman cartoon: Scotland EU membership
20 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

PLANS for Scotland to gain “fast-track” membership of the European Union after an independence vote are a “dead end”, according to Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.



Leaders: EU poses more questions than answers
20 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

SHOULD Alex Salmond, when he holds the independence referendum in September, put a second question on whether Scotland should be part of the European Union? There is more to this issue than meets the eye, according to Professor Kenneth Armstrong, of Cambridge University, who thinks that Mr Salmond should give it serious thought.



Michael Fry: The rights for independent Scotland
20 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

A powerful judiciary must be the foundation stone of a constitution for an independent Scotland, writes Michael Fry



Peter Jones: Miliband turns consumer champion
20 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

Labour leader makes an overt populist appeal, but he must beware unintended consequences, writes Peter Jones



David Maddox: Lib Dems have ground to make up
20 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

THE Lib Dems have a problem with women. It is an uncomfortable fact for them as a party but, nevertheless, it is true.



Scottish independence: EU ?fast-track? dismissed
20 Jan 2014 at 1:57pm

PLANS for Scotland to gain “fast-track” membership of the European Union after an independence vote are a “dead end”, according to Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.



Huhne had gay liaisons and gave wife STD, court told
20 Jan 2014 at 11:57am

The ex-wife of disgraced former energy secretary Chris Huhne blamed his decision to leave her for a bisexual lover on his previous gay relationships with men, a jury has heard.



Scottish Government Help to Buy figures revealed
20 Jan 2014 at 11:16am

MORE than 200 people have bought new homes with help from a Scottish Government scheme, it has been revealed.




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108 Days Later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm
The Herald, 4 October 2013: The Herald, 20 January 2014: We guess fifteen-and-a-half weeks is a long time in politics.

Claimed in full
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2014 at 2:00pm
Much gratitude tonight to alert reader “Albamac”, who’s not only compiled the whole of “The Claim Of Scotland” into a single very small (1MB), easy-download PDF file but has converted it in the process into one with cut-and-pasteable text for quotability. We’ve uploaded it to the Repository, and you can also download it from this [...]

Casting the clout
by Andrew Leslie
20 Jan 2014 at 10:30am
The latest in the UK government’s “Scotland Analysis” series of independence briefing papers was released this week on the back of William Hague’s visit to Glasgow. At 119 pages, the EU and International Issues paper is nobody’s idea of a slim pamphlet, but it’s remarkably light on meaty content. Almost all of the expensive (we assume) report [...]

When it?s horrible being right
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2014 at 6:30am
Me, writing in April 2010, before there was a Wings Over Scotland: “Brown doesn’t have a pig in a sausage factory’s chance of still being PM in a month’s time. So all he’s doing with this disgusting, desperate attempt to grab a few Mail-reader votes in marginals is setting a tone of contempt for the [...]

Good morning, Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:24am
Welcome to another glorious new dawn in the Union. Remember how all those dole-scroungers and immigrants caused a global economic crash with their reckless, greedy casino capitalism and massive-scale fraud? Well, finally they’re going to get what’s coming to them. It was always going to be tricky for the Unionist parties to balance the requirements [...]

Something to look forward to
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2014 at 5:30pm
#ukok #bettertogether

Fairness In The First Year
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2014 at 1:53pm
For those of you wanting to look at the report on broadcasting bias from the University of the West of Scotland, we’ve uploaded it to the Repository, and you can also grab it directly from this link. Thanks to the alert readers who sent it in.

The illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
19 Jan 2014 at 9:10am
We doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement from the discovery that an academic study has found TV news coverage of the independence debate was biased against the Yes side by a 3-2 margin between September 2012 and September 2013. But what’s useful about the University of West of Scotland research is that it [...]

Subsidy junkies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jan 2014 at 5:30am
We can’t be the only people, surely, to find the latest “Better Together” gambit one of their strangest yet. Never mind the made-up figures or the spurious assertions or their usual habit of having headline amounts which use cumulative sums over many years to make numbers sound bigger. Just look at the barely-concealed subtext here: [...]

Has the lovebombing started yet?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jan 2014 at 11:00am
Peter Hitchens in the Daily Mail, just discovered: “It’s such a pity that nobody knows any history, or it would be quite obvious what so-called Scottish ?Independence? is about. Our continental enemies sought for centuries to detach Scotland from England, to weaken us. Now they?re doing it again.  If Scotland breaks away from England, it [...]


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Tax alone 'cannot tackle inequality'
20 Jan 2014 at 6:18pm
Academics warn major change would be needed to reduce inequality in Scotland using taxation and government spending.


Patients 'not ill enough' for funds
20 Jan 2014 at 5:22am
BBC Scotland discovers further evidence that Scottish people are being wrongly charged care home costs.


Government clash on Scots EU future
20 Jan 2014 at 11:38am
The Scottish and UK governments have again clashed over Scotland's status in the EU under independence.


VIDEO: Cowdenbeath by-election candidates
20 Jan 2014 at 10:43am
Seven candidates are standing in the Cowdenbeath by-election.


Putin: Scots referendum 'a UK issue'
19 Jan 2014 at 5:08am
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, says the Scottish independence debate is a domestic matter for the United Kingdom and not one for his country.


Rise in Scottish starting salaries
19 Jan 2014 at 8:48pm
Starting salaries in Scotland are rising at their fastest rate in more than a decade, according to a survey of employment and recruitment agencies.


Curb on use of private sector by NHS
18 Jan 2014 at 6:34pm
Health boards are being asked to clamp down on their use of the private sector for treating NHS patients.


Tories in sex offender identity call
18 Jan 2014 at 6:25pm
The identities of sex offenders who breach the terms of their release should be made public, according to the Scottish Conservatives.


Hague and Alexander in EU warning
17 Jan 2014 at 10:24am
An independent Scotland within Europe would be up to £3.8bn worse off, the UK government claims.


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.


VIDEO: Salmond 'ducking big questions'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:26am
A white paper setting out a blueprint for an independent Scotland contains nothing new, according to former UK chancellor Alistair Darling.


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Winning workers to Yes is key to indy victory
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
18 Jan 2014 at 8:09am

By Colin Fox

The 1.2 per cent growth in the UK economy heralded by Tory Chancellor George Osborne in his 'Autumn Statement' is unlikely to provide much relief for working people any time soon.

That was the stark message from the Office for Budget Responsibility at New Year. Their report on the state of the UK economy pointed out, among other things, that the purchasing power of average wages has fallen by 17 per cent in real terms since 2008 and shows no signs of recovery before 2017.
The average Scots family therefore faces a loss of £61 a week in median earnings compared to 2008 by 2018.



Failure at the BBC
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jan 2014 at 4:21pm

By Derek Bateman
 
It won?t come as a surprise to anyone consuming the news and following the national debate closely but the academic study of broadcast output in Scotland published today is a serious blow to the credibility of our national broadcasters. The numbers make worrying reading for the guardians of balance in the news on our screens and they demand a response.
 
The work by the University of West of Scotland is exactly what BBC Scotland should have been doing itself as part of its duty to the Scots to provide balanced and fair coverage. If even a token accounting had been started a year ago, they would have realised quickly there was a problem that needed to be addressed.



An academic study into TV news reporting of the Scottish Independence Referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jan 2014 at 2:49pm

  Fairness in the First Year? BBC and ITV Coverage of the Scottish Referendum Campaign from September 2012 to September 2013

John Robertson, University of the West of Scotland

The Scottish electorate will vote in an independence referendum on Thursday 18th September 2014. They will be asked ?Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or No.? The Referendum Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 21st March 2013.



Payday loans ? are we taking our eye off the ball?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Jan 2014 at 5:56am

  By Lynn Malone
 
Payday loans reared their ugly head in the news this week again.  It was widely reported in the media that one million people in the UK had taken a payday loan to fund their housing costs.
 
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) reported that that bureaus across Scotland see over 100 victims of payday loans each week.  And on Thursday the Scottish government announced plans to convene a summit to look at halting the growth of payday lenders on the high street.



Is a people's co-op ScotRail possible?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
16 Jan 2014 at 4:19pm

By Roz Paterson

Happy new year to all public transport users! Alas, your numbers are dwindling, as new figures show that two thirds of working Scots eschew buses and trains in favour of commuting by car, a depressingly downward trend in public transport usage at a time when the effects of climate change are literally on our doorsteps, and a serious change in travel habits is urgently required.



Labour MSPs cheer as Lamont claims Scotland relies on English handouts
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Jan 2014 at 1:41pm

  By Martin Kelly 
 
Labour MSPs at Holyrood have cheered and clapped claims by their leader Johann Lamont that the Scottish people rely on subsidies from Westminster and that Scots get "more money out of the United Kingdom than we put in it".
 
The Labour MSP made the claim during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood where she said that Scotland received £64.5bn from the UK Treasury but contributed only £56.9bn.



George Kerevan: The Treasury Blinks First
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Jan 2014 at 10:48am

  George Kerevan explains Monday's Treasury announcement on interest rates, Scotland and the UK's growing National Debt.
 
ON Monday, the UK Treasury issued the following statement.  It's worth reading in detail:

"The Treasury has today set out detail on government debt in the event of Scottish independence. The technical note makes clear that the continuing UK Government would in all circumstances honour the contractual terms of the debt issued by the UK Government. An independent Scottish state would become responsible for a fair and proportionate share of the UK's current liabilities."



Listing the positives and the negatives
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jan 2014 at 1:09pm

  By David Torrance
 
It was Ko-Ko in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado who sang about having 'a little list', on which were 'statesmen of a compromising kind', such as 'What d'ye call him - Thing'em-bob, and likewise - Never-mind'. This week saw statesmen and women on both sides of the constitutional debate produce their own little (or not so little) lists, summarising - or so they believed - compelling arguments for and against independence.



If Only I Was Clever Enough
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jan 2014 at 12:56am

By Derek Bateman

I wish I knew something about economics. Perhaps you do. If so, read on for a laugh. First of all, isn?t it obvious that the British Treasury takes responsibility for all debt it has incurred? I know there is a need to ?calm the markets? but if they issued these debt bonds in what are legally binding agreements, what else could they do but promise to pay?



The Battle for Britain and Daring to Believe We Can Do Better
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Jan 2014 at 1:06am

By Gerry Hassan

In the last couple of weeks, two visions of Britain have been articulated. Both are clear, concise, utterly sure of themselves and the justice of their case, and both are equally partial.

One is Tory MEP Daniel Hannan?s notion of a free floating, buccaneering, outward looking UK, which would slip its moorings with the European Union and reposition itself in new waters ? mixing the English speaking world of the Anglosphere with re-establishing old connections with the Commonwealth and new ones with emerging nations.




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Balls to Salmond: let's discuss indyref finance issues
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:21pm

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has urged Alex Salmond to meet him to discuss proposals to keep the pound in an independent Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Balls seems to imagine he is already in government. He also seems to imagine that, should he ever become Chancellor of the British Exchequer, he w...



Putin's strange intervention over Scottish independence - Spectator Blogs
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:06pm

Is it useful to have Vladimir Putin on your side or not?
Peter A Bell's insight:

Three questions arise from this article.

Did Putin really speak out in favour of the union as unionists choose to believe?

Not really. Not if one is less selective than British nationalist would, perhaps naturally, tend ...



Minister says SNP's EU plan 'flawed'
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 10:50am

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will use a speech in Brussels to say the Scottish government's plan for European Union membership was flawed.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair "More Bruised Than Bruiser" Carmichael makes a fool of himself yet again by simultaneously claiming that the Scottish...



Record View: Hard line could hand votes to SNP
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 10:36am

RECORD VIEW believes Labour must be careful their bid to woo the English right doesn’t push the Scottish left into the hands of Alex Salmond.

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Wealth sucking 'dark star' highlights need for Yes | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 9:21am

The SNP is today highlighting a report in the Financial Times that warns of the growing geographical disparity in wealth across the countries and regions of the UK.



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Radio Silence
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 8:54am

Has anyone come across coverage of the West of Scotland University media bias report in the mainstream media? I can’t see it anywhere and don’t suppose BBC Scotland discussed it either. Isn’t that ...

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Cracks in No camp deepening with fresh Tory attack | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

The latest round of Tory attacks on Alistair Darling’s leadership of the No campaign have been described as a sign of “growing splits in their camp”.



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Give Holyrood welfare powers, urges think tank
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 5:45am
LARGE parts of the welfare budget, including housing benefit and tax credits, should be devolved to Scotland, a major new blueprint is to recommend.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Smoke and mirrors! Deception and distraction! Can we not once and for all put an end to the insidious pretence that there is a...



Good morning, Britain
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:28am

It's another glorious new dawn in the Union. Remember how all those dole-scroungers and immigrants caused a global economic crash with their reckless, greedy casino capitalism and massive-scale fra...

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Scottish independence: EU ?correction? for Salmond
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 4:04am

An ACADEMIC adviser to the pro-union Better Together campaign has hit back at the First Minister in a row about an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Some frantic back-pedalling from Professor Gallagher. Could he possibly be telling us that we should no...



And then there were 14: Holyrood record as Scottish Government hires another ...
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 3:41am
ALEX Salmond's government is today due to take on its 14th special adviser, a record number at Holyrood, which pushes the estimated overall bill to more than £1 million.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems to have escaped the attention of some people that we are on the verge of a historic moment when ...



Something to look forward to
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 3:28am

#ukok #bettertogether

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Peter A Bell: We need better questions
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 3:21am

So, here we are! It's 2014! The big one! The year of decision for the people of Scotland.



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AYE Magazine - Latest Edition - Issue 9
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 2:58am
AYE Magazine is the official publication of Yes Clydesdale, the YES Scotland Independence campaign for the Clydesdale area of South Lanarkshire.

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Robert Burns for Independence
by Peter A Bell
20 Jan 2014 at 2:38am

By Patrick Scott Hogg, author of  The Patriot Bard and The Canongate Burns (with Andrew Noble). In this article I show the unbound Scottish patriotism of Robert Burns and argue he would have been a...

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Ed Balls calls for Alex Salmond meeting over plans for Scotland to keep the p...
by dailyrecord
20 Jan 2014 at 10:24am
ON a campaign trip for the Cowdenbeath by-election, the Shadow Chancellor said parties needed to work together, but warned that plans for a Sterling zone could be "difficult".


Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard suspended by party pending investigation into sexua...
by dailyrecord
20 Jan 2014 at 9:26am
The Lord faces accusations of bringing his party into disrepute for not apologising to women who complained about his behaviour.


More than 200 people have been able to buy a new home with help from a Scotti...
by dailyrecord
20 Jan 2014 at 6:35am
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Help to Buy (Scotland) initiative was "crucial" in helping people get on the housing ladder or move to a new property.


Labour warn unemployed will lose benefits if they don't accept basic skills t...
by Tom McTague
20 Jan 2014 at 2:59am
SHADOW Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves said those out of work for six weeks will be assessed to see if they can read, write and speak English.


Scottish Government call on Con-Dems to stop 'hammering' the poor with benefi...
by David Clegg
20 Jan 2014 at 2:50am
YOUTH Employment Minister Angela Constance wrote a hard-hitting letter, claiming the system is unfairly penalising the country's poor and vulnerable.


Adviser to Better Together campaign clashes with First Minister over an indep...
by dailyrecord
19 Jan 2014 at 12:04pm
PROFESSOR Jim Gallagher has taken Alex Salmond to task after First Minister quoted him in support of seamless EU transition.


Nationalist heavyweight Jim Sillars issues plea to Labour voters: Vote Yes fo...
by Mark Aitken
19 Jan 2014 at 2:44am
SILLARS, a former Labour and SNP MP, has written a 108-page manifesto for an independent Scotland inspired by a famous pamphlet published by NHS architect Nye Bevan.


Record View: Detached Tories boost Yes drive
by Record View
18 Jan 2014 at 2:59am
AS William Hague warned families they would lose £200 if they vote for independence RECORD VIEW said most Scots would happily pay that to see the back of the Tories.


William Hague lectures Scots on independence.. then admits he was wrong to sa...
by David Clegg
18 Jan 2014 at 2:48am
THE Foreign Secretary admitted history has proved him wrong on devolution as he insisted Scotland re-entering Europe as an independent state would mean Scots ?paying more and getting less?.


Record View: SNP must give us more than promises
by Record View
17 Jan 2014 at 4:28am
RECORD VIEW says for the SNP to make an impression in the cost of living debate, the party have to make some cast-iron pledges on how they would protect workers? wages and rights.


Scottish independence debate: Harriet Harman claims Yes vote would result in ...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Jan 2014 at 2:35am
THE Labour deputy leader insisted minimum wage would come under pressure as she warned of a race to the bottom of the pay packet if Scotland separated from the UK.


Alistair Darling targets young voters as he warns they have most to lose in a...
by dailyrecord
16 Jan 2014 at 7:04am
THE Better Together leader will highlight the benefits of remaining part of the UK as he gives a speech to an audience of young voters in Edinburgh.


Charging university tuition fees for students from rest of UK 'would be illeg...
by dailyrecord
16 Jan 2014 at 6:36am
JAN FIGEL, former European Commissioner for education, said students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland should receive "the same treatment" as those studying in Scotland.


David Cameron accused of treating public 'like mugs' after giving RBS green l...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Jan 2014 at 3:21am
SHADOW foreign secretary Douglas Alexander slammed the prime minister for agreeing to allow RBS to award high-earning bankers with lavish bonuses.


Record View: You can bank on David Cameron backing big business
by Record View
16 Jan 2014 at 3:03am
RECORD VIEW discusses David Cameron's inability to take a stance against the Royal Bank of Scotland's lavish cash bonus scheme.


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Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jan 2014 at 2:55pm
Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their own.


Blow for Salmond; Scots have not invented a thing, report finds
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Andy Murray left Scotlandshire to train in better environments. His greatest achievements were in England and the US.

"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a li...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's Cyberarmy turn me into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty the Cabernats can be!"



Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising Eng...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 3:46pm
Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising England.


Yes vote will cost families in Scotlandshire £billions
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It is therefore inconceivable, if Scotland's 5 million were to become a separate country, that they could keep their bit of the UK's r...

Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was alleged...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jan 2014 at 3:28pm
Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was allegedly in tears today when he flew north to Glasgow to make a speech, which was then covered as sparsely as his head.


Hague's 'rape case' overshadowed by Babe Ruth's caber obsession
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Trees, telephone ...

Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Ministe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Jan 2014 at 5:08pm
Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Minister announced that he had been passed over as Minister for Portsmouth


Carmichaelmoore's 'positive case' overshadowed by his demotion
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When Carmichaelmoore declared, The NHS, the BBC, our sporting ev...

We regret having accidentally published this England only article. DO NOT REA...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jan 2014 at 12:40pm
We regret having accidentally published this England only article. DO NOT READ IT!



Fracking England!
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Since fracking is likely to pollute the water, it seems likely that Whitehall has its head up its collective arse again. I'm hoping to get a job in Dalwhinnie

While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 1:23pm
While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you the exciting expose of James Kelly MSP.


James Kelly MSP - A Transparent Profile
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James is too humble to boast, but is content for his admirers to praise his low profile. Indeed, his profile is so...

Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 9:13am
Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt the minds of infants.



Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 1:11pm
Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).


Feckless wasters cause recessions - leading academic
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
TV companies have been given money to create programmes such as ?Benefits Street?, and ?You?re a Scrounger spending my money, you Bastard?

Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed?



Putin a brave face on splittist threats, PM woos the Russian bare.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jan 2014 at 12:25pm
Putin a brave face on splittist threats, PM woos the Russian bare.


Russians say they're Putin Scotlandshire first
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire asked number 10 if they had in fact written to Putin asking for their support against independence and they refused to deny it.

Honest Gordon Brown - Man of Principle
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jan 2014 at 9:15am
Honest Gordon Brown - Man of Principle



Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jan 2014 at 1:20pm
Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.


Police asked to investigate Chairchoob?s 'anti?English' jibes
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Police Scotlandshire still has a live ongoing investigation to the disappearance of the BBC in Scotlandshire's Isabel Fraser, who was last seen receiving an aggravated ...

Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jan 2014 at 1:19pm
Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell wants to keep it that way.


Former FM McConnell demands referendum campaign truce
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since the final game against Sweden doesn't happen till 17 September, referendum campaigning should not restart un...

"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jan 2014 at 11:44am
"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont.


SLAB rides to Osborne's rescue
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
No one should object to giving up some luxuries like food and health to ensure that we still have Trident to protect ourselves against ..., a...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Celebrate Robert Burns
by bellacaledonia
20 Jan 2014 at 11:21am
Yes Scotland will celebrate the life of Robert Burns on Friday 24th January 2014 in Edinburgh. The fundraiser Gala Dinner will be held at The Hub venue on the Royal Mile, 7pm til midnight. The contemporary Burns Supper will feature special performances... Read More ›


Robert Burns for Independence
by bellacaledonia
19 Jan 2014 at 1:52pm
By Patrick Scott Hogg, author of  The Patriot Bard and The Canongate Burns (with Andrew Noble). In this article I show the unbound Scottish patriotism of Robert Burns and argue he would have been a leading voice of the Yes... Read More ›

Scotland?s Good Neighbour
by bellacaledonia
19 Jan 2014 at 5:43am
As the Nordic countries have discovered, small countries need to find kindred spirits who can present a common image and message to a world too often dominated by hegemonic ideas from the large and powerful nations.


Austerity Britain?s Tackety Boots
by bellacaledonia
18 Jan 2014 at 3:37pm
Jim Sillars being interviewed about his new book, “from 10am to 7pm, 18/9/14, Scotland will have all its power in its own hands” … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Jim Sillars

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
by bellacaledonia
18 Jan 2014 at 1:32pm
By Ishbel Flett No age group has more to gain ? or lose ? from the forthcoming referendum than the 16 and 17 year-olds who will be voting for the first time. So why are we ignoring them? As the... Read More ›

Restoring the Commons
by bellacaledonia
17 Jan 2014 at 10:11am
By Andy Wightman (who blogs at Land Matters) The task at hand appears overwhelming. To restore the common ownership of the land & natural resources has been a goal of reformers down the ages but it has often met with... Read More ›


That Alistair Darling speech in full:
by bellacaledonia
16 Jan 2014 at 11:18am
I want to just mention Sir Chris Hoy’s Thighs while gently spreading smear and innuendo, if you will. Because we are, in so many ways, Flipper Together. My great friend Gordon Brown and I are proud to lead two very... Read More ›


On Alasdair Gray ? Life in Progress
by bellacaledonia
16 Jan 2014 at 5:27am
A beautiful short film about Alasdair Gray – capturing some of the man’s wit and charm and crazy genius. It’s a work in progress but here’s a snippet … Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: Alasdair Gray, Glasgow

My friends wonder why any intelligent Scot would vote Yes
by bellacaledonia
16 Jan 2014 at 3:59am
By David Donnison Recently I found myself in a seminar with old friends and colleagues at the London School of Economics. They are one of the best teams of economists and social scientists you can find working on problems of... Read More ›

Liberation and Scottish Independence
by bellacaledonia
15 Jan 2014 at 10:55am
By Johnny Marten Liberation is a concept which is entrenched in the Scottish psyche. It has a strong emotive resonance for people who define themselves as Scottish, pulling on the heart-strings in a way that is difficult to define. It... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future - BBC News
20 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

BBC News

Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future
BBC News
The Scottish and UK governments have again clashed over Scotland's status in the EU under independence. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the SNP government's vision was a "mirage", during a speech in Brussels. Meanwhile, SN...


Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue' - BB...
19 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue'
BBC News
The president of Russia has said the Scottish independence debate is a domestic matter for the United Kingdom and not one for his country. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Vladimir Putin said e...


Scottish independence: EU 'correction' for Salmond - Scotsman
19 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: EU 'correction' for Salmond
Scotsman
Responding to a challenge from Tory leader Ruth Davidson at Holyrood last week, Mr Salmond quoted the academic: ?It seems pretty likely Scotland would be an EU member state probably, after an accelerated set of accession negotiatio...


Scottish independence: Ed Balls wants pound talks - Scotsman
20 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Ed Balls wants pound talks
Scotsman
Mr Balls pledged to honour the terms of the Edinburgh agreement, in which the coalition government pledged to work in the best interests of Scotland and the UK, and try to make independence work if Scotland votes Yes to independence...


Scottish independence: Finance firms seek clarity - Scotland on Sunday
19 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Finance firms seek clarity
Scotland on Sunday
OPTIMISM within the financial services sector has hit its highest level since at least 1989 ? but experts are demanding answers on currency, governance and regulation ahead of September's Scottish independence re...


Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate - BBC News
17 Jan 2014 at 3:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate
BBC News
The Scottish government has argued that, in the event of a "Yes" vote in the 18 September independence referendum, Scotland's EU membership would be negotiated "from within" ahead of its planned "independence day", in March...


Scottish independence: Seven other visions of self-rule - BBC News
17 Jan 2014 at 1:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Seven other visions of self-rule
BBC News
Scotland's SNP government, led by Alex Salmond, may be the independence movement's biggest voice, but there are plenty of others with ideas on how the nation could go-it-alone. Ahead of the referendum on 18 September, here's a...


Putin's strange intervention over Scottish independence - Spectator.co.uk (blog)
20 Jan 2014 at 8:57am

Billboard

Putin's strange intervention over Scottish independence
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
One would have hoped anybody in the UK Government would have considered this question before, apparently, asking for the Russian President's help in their battle with the Scottish nationalists over independence....


Scotland independence: Catalan leader Artur Mas praises UK mentality - BBC News
19 Jan 2014 at 9:34am

BBC News

Scotland independence: Catalan leader Artur Mas praises UK mentality
BBC News
Catalonia's president has praised Britain's pragmatic approach to the referendum on Scottish independence, saying it is likely to hold the UK together. In contrast, Artur Mas told the BBC that Spain's tough stance...


Scottish independence: 'Yes vote will end in court' - Scotland on Sunday
18 Jan 2014 at 6:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Yes vote will end in court'
Scotland on Sunday
But Professor Sir David Edward believes Scotland would not be left outside Europe if voters back independence, and could negotiate its membership from inside. Leaders such as European Commission president Jose ...



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Google News

'Independence will fail to close inequality gap' - Scotsman
20 Jan 2014 at 7:30pm

Scotsman

'Independence will fail to close inequality gap'
Scotsman
The UK has one of the most unequal societies in the developed world and the issue has been thrust to the centre of the independence campaign with the SNP insisting a Yes vote could help reverse this. But although an independent Scott...


Scottish independence 'won't close inequality gap' - Scotsman
20 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'won't close inequality gap'
Scotsman
The UK has one of the most unequal societies in the developed world and the issue has been thrust to the centre of the independence campaign with the SNP insisting a Yes vote could help reverse this. But although an independent Sco...


Cowdenbeath candidates clash over free school meals and jobs - stv.tv
20 Jan 2014 at 1:11pm

stv.tv

Cowdenbeath candidates clash over free school meals and jobs
stv.tv
Education and jobs have taken centre stage in the latest round of campaigning in the Cowdenbeath by-election. Sports minister Shona Robison joined SNP candidate Natalie McGarry outside St John's primary school in Rosyth to hi...


Candidates in meals policy claims - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
20 Jan 2014 at 1:04pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Candidates in meals policy claims
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Sports minister Shona Robison joined SNP candidate Natalie McGarry outside St John's primary school in Rosyth to highlight the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver free school meals for primaries o...


Cowdenbeath by-election: Parties chew over free school meals policy - The Cou...
20 Jan 2014 at 12:03pm

The Courier

Cowdenbeath by-election: Parties chew over free school meals policy
The Courier
Sports minister Shona Robison joined SNP candidate Natalie McGarry outside St John's primary school in Rosyth to highlight the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver free school meals for primaries one to th...


Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future - BBC News
20 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

BBC News

Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future
BBC News
The Scottish and UK governments have again clashed over Scotland's status in the EU under independence. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the SNP government's vision was a "mirage", during a speech in Brussels. Meanwhile, SN...


SNP warn hundreds of Dundee children would pay price of housing benefit cuts ...
20 Jan 2014 at 6:49am

The Courier

SNP warn hundreds of Dundee children would pay price of housing benefit cuts
The Courier
?With a Yes vote an SNP Government in an independent Scotland will end these unfair policies, scrap the bedroom tax and create a fairer welfare system that protects the most vulnerable people in Scot...


Scottish independence: Labour voters key - Sillars - Scotsman
20 Jan 2014 at 6:42am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour voters key - Sillars
Scotsman
Sillars rocked Scottish politics when he won the Govan by-election in 1988 from Labour and was a close ally of Alex Salmond within the SNP, but left the party many years ago. He is married to the independent MSP Margo MacDonald, al...


Westminster coastguard cuts put lives at risk - SNP (press release)
20 Jan 2014 at 6:24am

Westminster coastguard cuts put lives at risk
SNP (press release)
The SNP has expressed concern at new figures obtained by Coastguard SOS, which show critical levels of understaffing of the coastguard service on the West Coast of Scotland. The figures show that the Belfast coastguard station has th...


Record View on on how a hard line could hand votes to SNP - Scottish Daily Re...
20 Jan 2014 at 6:03am

Record View on on how a hard line could hand votes to SNP
Scottish Daily Record
But the SNP offer an alternative to this world view and have put a more generous welfare system and welcoming immigration rules at the heart of their white paper on independence. Political wisdom across the UK says this...



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Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue' - BB...
19 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue'
BBC News
The president of Russia has said the Scottish independence debate is a domestic matter for the United Kingdom and not one for his country. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Vladimir Putin said e...


National Theatre of Scotland announces season to coincide with referendum - T...
20 Jan 2014 at 9:25am

The Stage

National Theatre of Scotland announces season to coincide with referendum
The Stage
The National Theatre of Scotland has announced the remainder of its 2014 programme under the title of Dear Scotland. The programme adds to projects previously announced up until June and covers the period o...


Put your referendum questions to Scottish actor Brian Cox - BBC News
19 Jan 2014 at 8:03pm

Put your referendum questions to Scottish actor Brian Cox
BBC News
The latest in our independence referendum webcasts will see Brian Cox answering your questions about Scotland's future. The veteran Hollywood actor returned to his native Dundee to work last year, for the lead role in the BBC comedy...


Why pro-independence Catalans envy Scotland - BBC News
19 Jan 2014 at 4:29am

BBC News

Why pro-independence Catalans envy Scotland
BBC News
The stand-off is in marked contrast to the situation in Scotland, with which Catalonia is frequently compared. There, the pro-independence Scottish National Party won a majority in the Scottish parliament and announced plans for a referen...


Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate - BBC News
17 Jan 2014 at 3:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate
BBC News
The Scottish government has argued that, in the event of a "Yes" vote in the 18 September independence referendum, Scotland's EU membership would be negotiated "from within" ahead of its planned "independence day", in March...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future - BBC News
20 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

BBC News

Scottish independence: clash on Scots EU future
BBC News
The Scottish government has argued that an independent Scotland's EU membership would be negotiated "from within" in the period of time between a Yes vote in the referendum and its planned "independence day", in March 2016. But UK min...


Scottish independence: Finance firms seek clarity - Scotland on Sunday
19 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Finance firms seek clarity
Scotland on Sunday
OPTIMISM within the financial services sector has hit its highest level since at least 1989 ? but experts are demanding answers on currency, governance and regulation ahead of September's Scottish independence re...


Russia has no interest in independence referendum, says president - stv.tv
19 Jan 2014 at 6:30am

stv.tv

Russia has no interest in independence referendum, says president
stv.tv
He distanced himself one week after reports suggested the UK Government was seeking Russia as an ally to stop Scotland leaving the union in a referendum this September. The claim was dismissed as ridiculous by Downing St...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...



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Anything Goes

Bannockburn
20 Jan 2014 at 3:48pm

Bought this plaque at a boot sale recently and was wondering if anyone had or seen one similar, j...



Ear Worms - Anyone Else Get Them?
20 Jan 2014 at 7:18am

It's when you get a tune (or more usually just a part of it) that lodges itself in your head and ...



At The Drive In
20 Jan 2014 at 6:19am

I think I'll stick to the multiplex myself....

 

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/new-...



Help To Find An Old Photograph?
19 Jan 2014 at 4:53pm
The Park Bar and Snaffle both have this photo which im trying to get a copy off.

Its a b&w shot of...

Asparagus.
19 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm

No impressed. 



Don't Look Down - C4 Now.
19 Jan 2014 at 3:03pm

Fkin nutcase. 



Public Holiday Tomorrow
19 Jan 2014 at 1:27pm
Is it a public holiday tomorrow where any of you lot are? No? Ah well, just me then.

Time to crac...

Robbie Shepherd
19 Jan 2014 at 12:14pm
Brilliant programme on BBC1 just now.

Broadcasters Favouring No Campaign
19 Jan 2014 at 4:17am

Newsnet Scotland is citing a report that quantifies what we all know to be true.

You can bet your...



Scotland Is Better Than England
18 Jan 2014 at 5:04pm

Enjoy

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/reasons-scotland-is-better-than-England

 

 




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

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

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...


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

William Hague and the illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2014 at 10:17pm
I doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement at the sight of an academic study showing that...

Alex Massie, and primary school debating points
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2014 at 12:22am
I overlooked Alex Massie's defence of Chris Deerin's widely-ridiculed "independence supporters ar...

More statistical proof that Yes can win (courtesy of Fraser Nelson)
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 9:50pm
One of the hoary old myths that has occasionally been trotted out in this campaign is that there ...

Warning on Wednesday : The true meaning of the UK's 'best of both worlds'
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"The first thing is to stop the Scots grumbling. Emasculate them. That would concentrate their mi...

This is one Scot who will not shirk his moral duty
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2014 at 10:02pm
Whenever Blair McDougall takes some rare time out from his internet trolling career to laud an an...

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...

Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-informed than Yes vo...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm
Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from th...

Political predictions for 2014
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2014 at 11:37am
Just over a year ago when I was coming home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, I was rathe...

New ComRes poll of referendum voting intentions in the Borders and Dumfries &...
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 7:15pm
The anti-independence campaign have spent the evening making an unconvincing attempt at looking t...

David Aaronovitch loses the plot a bit further
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 12:11pm
I've just had this bizarre exchange on Twitter with the ultra-Blairite commentator David Aaronovi...

Do you think Alex Salmond should give you a free wok?
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2014 at 8:20pm
After hearing the results of the poll on childcare that was commissioned by the anti-independence...

Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by publishing YouGov ...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 8:06pm
Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutiona...

Nice to be ruled by Tories we didn't vote for, to be ruled by Tories we didn'...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20pm
The full story isn't online yet, but judging from the preview of the Herald's front page, it seem...

Poll Exclusive : Voters demand that the Scotland on Sunday newspaper deliver ...
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Pollster : OK, here's the next question.  How and when do you think that free childcare provision...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Scotland can get a triple-win from tidal energy
by Peter Dempsie
20 Jan 2014 at 6:34am
Scotland has what it takes to produce around half of its electricity needs from tidal power in th...

Experts undermine #EU scares
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jan 2014 at 7:59am
William Hague has been arguing that Scotland would find it difficult to achieve a smooth transiti...

False barriers to independence will vanish after a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jan 2014 at 5:30am
The UK Government?s ?imagined barrier? to a currency union with Scotland will ?disappear like sno...

Hague: wrong in 1997, wrong now
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Jan 2014 at 4:44am
As Tory leader in 1997, William Hague warned that a devolved Scottish Parliament would turn Scotl...

Every local #indyref debate producing a swing to Yes Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jan 2014 at 9:50am

Yes Scotland?s contention that the more people learn about independence the more they are attract...



Perspective: Independence means that people of Scotland would get the governm...
by Peter Dempsie
16 Jan 2014 at 5:41am
The main benefit of independence is that people in Scotland would get only the governments they v...

PM's refusal to debate 'bizarre' as Hague sent north
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jan 2014 at 5:06am
David Cameron?s claim that Scotland?s future is a matter solely for people in Scotland rings even...

School #indyref debate produces spectacular swing to Yes
by Sean Lafferty
15 Jan 2014 at 10:02am
Yes Scotland campaigners turned support for independence from 33% pre-debate to a resounding 51% ...

Nicola Sturgeon challenges Westminster to accept ?common-sense? position on EU
by Peter Dempsie
15 Jan 2014 at 7:52am
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is challenging the Coalition Government and Westminster opp...

No camp adviser sees independent Scotland?s 'accelerated' EU membership as 'l...
by Sean Lafferty
15 Jan 2014 at 5:21am
The No campaign?s newly appointed adviser, Jim Gallagher has claimed that its ?likely? that an in...

Yes Scotland hails 'common sense' UK Treasury debt decision
by Peter Dempsie
13 Jan 2014 at 8:43am
Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed the Treasury confirmation that the UK...

50 questions the No campaign must answer
by Peter Dempsie
12 Jan 2014 at 5:19am
Pressure is mounting on the No campaign to answer what the costs and consequences will be for Sco...

Survey underlines why an independent Scotland has got what it takes
by Peter Dempsie
12 Jan 2014 at 4:44am
Responding today to an Ipsos Mori survey commissioned by the think tank British Future, Yes Scotl...

Scottish farmers' support for independence grows
by Sean Lafferty
10 Jan 2014 at 11:31am
Yes Scotland has welcomed a poll by the Scottish Farmer showing that 47% of respondents will vote...

Norwegians point the way as 'oil fund millionaires'
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jan 2014 at 8:04am
Norway?s oil fund has grown so large that every Norwegian is now theoretically a millionaire, it ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

New to here
16 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm
Just joined up because I wanted to see what the general feeling on the referendum was on here.

Are...

Will you move............
12 Jan 2014 at 1:59pm

Whatever the outcome is in September, I'm pretty sure no-one in Scotland will die of starvation o...



Childcare
12 Jan 2014 at 11:27am
The Scottish Government is making it a huge issue for the referendum; but not a trace or limited ...

George Galloway
12 Jan 2014 at 5:17am
Really struggling to find any logic to Mr. Galloway when it comes to Scottish Independence. He tr...

Putin
11 Jan 2014 at 6:10pm



Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm

Let's hope he starts to talk more about the financial black hole or suchlike facing an independen...



Glasgow 2014 shouldn't be used for political gain says Joke McConn
7 Jan 2014 at 8:25pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25645859

 

He must have missed the OTT po...



The Economic Case for an Independent Scotland
7 Jan 2014 at 1:37pm

Interesting post from Business for Scotland with plenty of citations.

 

http://businessforscotlan...



English celebs to "lovebomb" Scotland
5 Jan 2014 at 6:07pm

http://t.co/kBNYiSMN96

 

Yet, David Cameron still refuses to debate Salmond as it should be a deb...



View from afar
5 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
I just want to say upfront that I don't personally care which way the vote goes but as someone wh...

Yet another senior Labour figure comes out for YES
4 Jan 2014 at 7:17pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-labour-figure-joins-yes-1...



Airdrieonians chairman says NO.
3 Jan 2014 at 8:31am
Not much of a surprise really. Attached Thumbnails

Labour's counter offer
3 Jan 2014 at 5:56am
According to Severin Carrell in the Guardian today, Labour are due to release plans for further d...

Thatcher's secret cuts to Scottish budget
2 Jan 2014 at 7:01pm
Not really a surprise

http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/thatcher-made-secret-cuts-t...

Patriotism
1 Jan 2014 at 8:38pm

How big a part will it play in voting? i'm sure a few people will vote yes just because they ''di...




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


Welcome to Scotland, the SNP's police state | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Kenny MacAskill, justice secretary, has apparently handed over to Stephen House, chief of police

Scotland's SNP government has adopted a curious approach to showcasing the nation's qualities ahead o...




William Hague: independence would see Scotland lose billions in EU funding
by Severin Carrell
17 Jan 2014 at 10:13am

Foreign Office analysis suggests Scotland would face extra bill of between £1.65bn and £3.5bn if it becomes independent

An independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds in EU funds and could be...




Independent Scotland could get special EU deal, says Foreign Office
by Severin Carrell
16 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm

Paper shows significant softening of UK position but warns that process for Scotland would be long and complex

An independent Scotland could win special concessions on joining the EU, the UK governm...



Scots reject Chris Deerin's magical-thinking tour of British history | @guard...
14 Jan 2014 at 2:59pm

Chris Deerin (For us Scots the moral duty is clear: stay British, 14 January), newly repatriated to Scotland, has some way to go, I fear, before his metropolitan mindset is recalibrated. What he ch...




Legality of Alex Salmond's tuition fees pledge for Scotland called into question
by Severin Carrell
14 Jan 2014 at 12:50pm

European commission says plan to charge English, Welsh and Northern Irish students could breach treaties

The European commission has cast serious doubt on the legality of Alex Salmond's plans to con...




UK Treasury had no choice but to give Scottish independence debt pledge
by Katie Allen
14 Jan 2014 at 8:27am

UK credit rating will almost inevitably be hit if Scotland becomes independent

In reality, the Treasury had little choice but to take responsibility for the UK's entire debt stock in the event of Sc...




Treasury promises to honour UK debts up to date of Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
13 Jan 2014 at 3:48am

Statement is intended to calm anxieties about risk that Scotland could refuse to pay share of debt in quarrel over sterling

The Treasury has pledged to honour all UK debts up to the date of Scotlan...




Alistair Darling interview: 'It's going to get more unpleasant'
by Rachel Cooke
12 Jan 2014 at 2:00am

With nine months still to go, the battle for Scottish independence is turning nasty, says Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign. And as a veteran of the Blair-Brown wars, the for...




Alistair Darling denounces internet 'cyber-nats' in Scottish vote
by Daniel Boffey
11 Jan 2014 at 6:57pm

Labour MP leading campaign for Scotland to remain part of Britain says Alex Salmond could stop 'vile abuse' if he wanted to

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor who is leading the campaign agains...




Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion by Linda Colley ? review
by Colin Kidd
9 Jan 2014 at 3:00am

In the year of the Scottish referendum, Linda Colley looks at the past, and the future, of Britishness

Half a century ago, British nationhood seemed so unproblematic that nobody bothered to study it...




Modern Britain can survive ? if we all have the will for it | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
8 Jan 2014 at 2:34pm

We'll need something more than the Queen and bad weather to bind this nation in the year of the Scottish referendum

The current storms and floods offer a tantalising twist to the age-old infatuation...




Alex Salmond unveils plans for free primary school meals in Scotland
by Severin Carrell
7 Jan 2014 at 11:53am

All children in primary classes one to three will have right to receive free lunches from next January, first minister says

Alex Salmond has confirmed that all primary school children in Scotland ag...




Who better to convince Scots to reject independence than English celebrities?...
by Mike Small
7 Jan 2014 at 11:15am

The Better Together campaign may be growing desperate, but the least it could do is find Scottish C-listers to support it

When The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright was paid £7,000 to flick the swi...




A solution for Scottish independence | Katharine Whitehorn
by Katharine Whitehorn
6 Jan 2014 at 5:00am

Scots living in England won't be able to take part in the forthcoming vote, but could there be a third parliamentary way?

In the coming referendum on Scottish independence, Scots living in England w...




We need new solutions for governing this disunited kingdom | Linda Colley
by Linda Colley
5 Jan 2014 at 10:25am

Calls for the break-up of the UK are nothing new. A hundred years ago, Ireland was seeking self-determination

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. But there is anoth...




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