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22.11.12

The Herald

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Russell sorry over college cuts mistake
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell's "unreserved" apology to MSPs over figures on college cuts has been rejected by Labour, who insisted that "if he has a scrap of integrity" he should resign.

Holyrood to launch inquiry into scrutiny of legislation
HOLYROOD is to launch an inquiry into whether the Parliament should automatically re-visit legislation to ensure it has been effective.

UK faces bigger EU bill even with freeze
UK taxpayers could still pay more into the EU even if the organisation freezes its overall budget, it has emerged.

FoI requester cost taxpayer £23,000
The SNP has accused a person who has persistently asked the Scottish Government for information of "wasting taxpayers' money on ridiculous fishing missions".

MPs warned over early Afghan exit
Racing for an early exit from Afghanistan would fuel the risk of civil war in the nation, a senior Foreign Office official warned last night.

Call for more oversight of Scottish tax
HOLYROOD must have greater oversight of HM Revenue & Customs as the taxman introduces Scottish income tax bills, a senior MSP has warned.

Russell called to explain cuts gaffe
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell has been called before the Scottish Parliament to explain how he misled MSPs over cuts to college funding.

Landlord list reveals another MP rents home to colleague
Another MP has been revealed to be renting to a parliamentary colleague after Commons officials were forced to publish a list of landlords

'Troop uncertainty must end'
The Coalition Government must act to end uncertainty" over returning troops from Germany, the SNP has warned.

Taxing questions
l What tax changes are being made as a result of the new Scotland Act?

Yes Scotland opens new city base
INDEPENDENCE supporters were out in force in Glasgow last night to celebrate the official opening of the Yes Scotland campaign's new headquarters.

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Bill Jamieson: Some business people are afraid to speak out over independence...

WHEN Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko, one of Scotland’s largest companies, asserted this week that Scottish business figures were unwilling to speak out against independence for fear of the SNP pouring “rains of bile and ire” on them, he was right on the money.



Courts face widespread disruption as angry lawyers plan first national strike

SCOTLAND is facing its first ­national lawyers’ strike in response to controversial legal aid proposals, in a move which could bring widespread disruption to the courts.



John McLaren: Oil crisis offers us tax relief

ON THE face of it, the report earlier this week by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) – Scottish independence: the fiscal context – doesn’t make great reading for the Yes campaign in the referendum.



Scottish independence: MSPs reveal blueprint for Scots Devo-plus

PLANS to strengthen the powers of the Scottish Parliament and set out the future of the union if Scots reject independence in the 2014 referendum have been launched.



MSPs line up to accuse Alex Salmond of ?doctoring? official records

ALEX Salmond was at the centre of a fresh row last night over misleading MSPs and accusations of attempting to cover it up by “doctoring” official records at Holyrood.



Independent Scotland could keep defence industry, says expert

SCOTLAND could keep its £2 billion defence industry after independence because of its specialist industrial and engineering capabilities, an expert told MPs on Wednesday.



George Osborne to miss deficit target after £2.7bn public borrowing increase

THE UK government’s deficit reduction target was dealt a blow as it emerged that net public sector borrowing rose by £2.7 billion in October.



Council chief linked to property repairs scandal allegations quits

A SENIOR council official suspended in the wake of a wide-ranging corruption investigation into property repairs in Edinburgh has quit his job.



Scottish independence: Tax powers could be devolved within one parliament

A MOVE to devolve the bulk of tax powers from Westminster to Holyrood could be delivered within just one parliament, a new report from the Devo Plus campaign has claimed.



Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill offers compromise on legal aid

JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has offered to introduce amendments to controversial plans to change the legal aid system.



Allan Massie: Scottishness can be a matter of choice, not fact

Some of the most passionate Scots were not born here but contributed greatly to the nation, so let’s not get hung up on nationality, writes Allan Massie



Scottish independence opponents set to discuss how parliament would run after...

OPPOSITION parties will come together today to set out their vision for the future of Scotland should voters reject independence.



Jim Gallagher: So, what about England?

WHAT about the English? The independence referendum will be decided in Scotland – by the people living here.



Brian Wilson: establishing the value of democracy

I am accustomed to viewing the world from the periphery of Europe. This time, however, my vantage point is further south than normal, looking out on the Atlantic from a rather pleasant spot south of Lisbon.



Scottish independence isn?t good for business, warns Aggreko boss

THE head of one of Scotland’s biggest companies has warned that independence would not be good for business, insisting the disadvantages are “large, serious and likely to arise”.



Wingsland Blog

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

Big Tax Case verdict: the reality
There’s already been an avalanche of cobblers talked about yesterday’s surprise verdict of the First Tier Tribunal on alleged tax evasion by Rangers. RFC fans are triumphantly howling vindication for their claims that the whole thing was a giant conspiracy, insisting the verdict shows the club hadn’t been cheating for a decade and that it [...]

Flog It!
Do you think the Scotsman is concerned that readers might miss the latest front-page attack piece on the Scottish media’s November target-of-the-month Mike Russell? (Note that this isn’t just multiple links to the same page, the clever trick that the paper pulled last Friday in relation to essentially the same incident – this is the [...]

The elephant in the loch
We just caught up on last night’s Newsnight Scotland, which examined whether oil revenues were enough to sustain future Scottish public spending. Remarkably, it even interviewed Professor Gavin McCrone, and highlighted the fact that his infamous report was suppressed by the Westminster government for 30 years. And yet bizarrely – but as always seems to [...]

Making new friends
Wowsers. We’re really feeling the love today, readers. There’s currently – as there always is – a debate going on about those dreadful cybernats and how they’re solely responsible for all the horribleness on the internet. Here’s an extract from it. For those of you joining us late, that’s one Scotsman writer, one Green Party [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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Housing repairs director resigns
One of Edinburgh City Council's senior directors, who was suspended as part of an investigation into the authority's property repairs service, resigns.

Law to 'end' homelessness passed
Legislation which aims to effectively end homelessness in Scotland by the end of this year is passed by MSPs.

Salmond jobs answer 'corrected'
Opposition parties demand that First Minister Alex Salmond explains why he gave inaccurate information on green jobs.

Pro-Union group in 'devo' vision
Pro-union political parties are urged to agree proposals for a more powerful Scottish Parliament, in the event of a vote against independence.

Experts doubt warship build bids
Defence experts tell a committee of MPs it would be "inconceivable" for an independent Scotland to build warships for the rest of the UK.

Holyrood examines quality of laws
The Scottish Parliament announces an inquiry into the quality of laws it passes.

Review of dairy sector launched
The Scottish government launches a review of the dairy sector in a bid to help it achieve sustainable economic growth.

Scots tax powers to cost '£45m'
The cost of setting up a system to deal with Scotland's own financial powers is being put at up to £45m, MSPs hear.

Charities attack UK welfare cuts
Charities and voluntary organisations launch a scathing attack on the UK government's welfare cuts as demand for their services grows.

Minister's doubt on EU membership
A foreign office minister tells a House of Commons debate that an independent Scotland would "most likely" have to apply for EU membership.

Sexual crimes medical unit opens
A specialist medical suite opens in West Lothian designed to give victims of sexual crime anonymity.

Moore urges all to back watchdog
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says it is vital that the ruling of the body looking at the referendum question be accepted by all.

'No new cuts' for city council
Aberdeen City Council announces it is to set a balanced budget for the coming year, with no new cuts.

MPs grill vote campaign bosses
The men running the pro-independence and the pro-union campaigns tell MPs they disagree over the question being analysed by the Electoral Commission.

SNP attacks FOI 'money-waster'
The SNP attacks an individual who submitted a series of requests for Scottish government information.

Newsnet Scotland

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The need for a second Enlightenment

By Alex Robertson
 
After the ?45 Rising, and the ethnic cleansing that took place in the Highlands and Islands thereafter, a remarkable phenomenon took place in Scotland. 
 
In the aftermath of all the strife that had marked the previous century in religious and philosophical turmoil.  For a short period of around 30 years, the Scottish Enlightenment pulsed through Edinburgh and the old Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen.



Only Scottish independence can assure EU membership

By Mark McNaught
 
A recent poll conducted by the Guardian showed that 56% of UK citizens would ?definitely? or ?probably? vote to leave the European Union if given the chance in a referendum.
 
This should give great pause to those who gave Alex Salmond so much grief over comments regarding legal advice on continued EU adhesion in the case of Scottish independence.



The Problem with the ?No? Men

  By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 17th 2012

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

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



The mystery man of the BBC in Scotland

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



That autumnal feeling is running rather late

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



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

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



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

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos,

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

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



The inexcusable humiliation of George Entwistle

By Kenneth Roy

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



First Minister's Questions - 15 Nov 2012 - video

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

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



Towards a Disestablished, Non-Sectarian Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

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

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Independent Scotland could keep defence industry, says expert

SCOTLAND could keep its £2 billion defence industry after independence because of its specialist industrial and engineering capabilities, an expert told MPs on Wednesday.

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Yes Scotland launches in East Dunbartonshire

THE first meeting of the campaign to deliver a ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum took place in Milngavie Town Hall on Saturday.

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Thinktank calls for timetable on Scottish independence deal

Devo Plus group urges UK party leaders to sign alternative deal before 2014 referendum on Scottish independence...

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We don't need to count on oil to balance the books

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) advises that a country cannot depend forever on a diminishing resource.



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Scots tax powers to cost '£45m'

The cost of setting up a system to deal with Scotland's own financial powers is being put at up to £45m, MSPs hear.

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Experts doubt warship build bids

Defence experts tell a committee of MPs it would be "inconceivable" for an independent Scotland to build warships for the rest of the UK.

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'No guarantee' independent Scotland would get EU membership

An independent Scotland would have to wait in line for its turn to negotiate membership of the European Union, a Foreign Office Minister has said.



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Scottish Government seeks UK defence review answers

Scotland's Deputy First Minister has written to the UK's Defence Secretary seeking assurances on the future of RAF Leuchars.



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Five Million Questions - Old Union or New?

A frequent charge made by both sides in the constitutional debate is a lack of clarity. Unionists deride Nationalists for not defining precisely what “independence” means, while Nationalists posit that Unionists say little or nothing about what Scotland would look like in the event of a “no” vote.



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Scottish independence isn?t good for business, warns Aggreko boss

THE head of one of Scotland’s biggest companies has warned that independence would not be good for business, insisting the disadvantages are “large, serious and likely to arise”.

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Strategies for Independence

By Mike Small This Saturday a significant event is taking place in Glasgow.

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Jim Gallagher: So, what about England?

WHAT about the English? The independence referendum will be decided in Scotland – by the people living here.

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And the award for Scottish Political Poster Of The Year goes to?

The Scottish Labour Party have chosen to disengage from their own voters with regards to the possibilities that exist for Scotland: either within the Union or through Independence.  Instead they&#8...

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Head of Yes Scotland defends foreign donations

THE head of the Yes Scotland campaign group Blair Jenkins has defended accepting foreign donations to fund the campaign for independence despite the SNP previously stating that donations should only come from those registered to vote in the...

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Daily Record

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Devo Plus unveil blueprint for Scotland to stay part of UK but have greater p...
FORMER Lib Dem MSP Jeremy Purvis says his Devo Plus campaign offers the 'best solution' to independence by making Holyrood 'more accountable' instead.

Scotland would not automatically have right to place in the EU, says minister
FOREIGN Office Minister Hugo Swire says Scotland would not automatically enter the EU and would have to start afresh if Scots vote for independence in 2014.

Revealed: 660,000 local council workers have lost their jobs as a result of C...
THE report was published as Newcastle City Council in the North East warned of at least 1,300 job losses as it looks to reduce its budget by £90 million.

Poll reveals more than 80% of Record readers reckon Labour were wrong to rein...
THE poll was carried out after it was revealed the Lord, who was jailed for starting a hotel blaze eight years ago, was back with the political party.

Pressure mounts on Mike Russell as he's urged to quit over college cuts error
THE Education Secretary had claimed the budget for further education had risen by £1m but it was later revealed it would be cut by almost £10m to £546m.

Education Secretary says sorry after college funding row
MIKE RUSSELL has given a 'full and unreserved' apology after supplying the wrong information on college funding.

More than 50 MPs allowed secrecy over landlords
MPs had complained that revealing the information could lead to residential addressesbeing discovered.

Taxpayers charged almost £4000 by fire-starter Lord Watson for attending Hous...
DESPITE speaking just once during his appearances in the Lords in June, Watson - who has been allowed back into the Labour Party - billed taxpayers £3900.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

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

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



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



Bella Caledonia


INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

A week is a long time in Gaza. Or, how the BBC covered 38 consecutive breakin...
Analysis by Kevin Williamson The BBC’s reporting on the current conflict in Gaza has been subject to claim and counter-claim of bias from pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli camps.  Surely they can’t [...

Strategies for Independence
By Mike Small This Saturday a significant event is taking place in Glasgow. It’s the first coming together of a new coalition after the implosion of the last major configuration [...]

And the award for Scottish Political Poster Of The Year goes to?
The Scottish Labour Party have chosen to disengage from their own voters with regards to the possibilities that exist for Scotland: either within the Union or through Independence.  Instead they’ve...

Reading between the lines of the Scottish Government?s statement on Israeli a...
by Robin McAlpine I have been waiting with interest to see how the SNP responded to the Israeli actions in Gaza. The reason for my interest is to see if [...]

Patrick Harvie calls for honest answers on Indy from Labour and SNP
by Patrick Harvie MSP The most important people in the debate about Scotland?s independence referendum are the ones who?ve not made up their minds yet. Some people are motivated by [...]

Radical Indy Conference 10: Genuine self-determination means acting like repu...
With just three days to the first Radical Independence Conference Allan Armstrong makes the case for a Scottish republic. Most people understand a republic to be a state without a monarch. [...]

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Thinktank calls for timetable on Scottish independence deal - The Guardian

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Thinktank calls for timetable on Scottish independence deal
The Guardian
The cross-party Devo Plus group said the three main UK parties should sign a deal before the 2014 referendum on Sc...


Scottish independence bets on green energy - Reuters UK

Scottish independence bets on green energy
Reuters UK
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's bid for independence bets on meeting ambitious renewable energy goals as much as on the dwindling riches o...


Scottish independence: Pro-Union group in 'devo' vision - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Pro-Union group in 'devo' vision
BBC News
Pro-union political parties have been urged to agree proposals for a more powerful Scottish Parliament, in the event of a vote...


Scottish independence: MSPs reveal blueprint for Scots Devo-plus - Scotsman

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Scottish independence: MSPs reveal blueprint for Scots Devo-plus
Scotsman
The report sets out what a ?long-term settlement? for Scotland within the UK will mean, but Nationalists insist that ...


Scottish Independence Betting on Green Energy - Fox Business

Scottish Independence Betting on Green Energy
Fox Business
Scotland's bid for independence bets on meeting ambitious renewable energy goals as much as on the dwindling riches of North Sea oil and gas...


Scottish independence: Moore urges all to back referendum question advice - B...

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Scottish independence: Moore urges all to back referendum question advice
BBC News
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said it was vital that the ruling of the body looking at the independence r...


Scottish independence: Minister Hugo Swire raises EU membership doubts - BBC ...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Minister Hugo Swire raises EU membership doubts
BBC News
Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has told a House of Commons debate that an independent Scotland would "most ...


Scottish independence isn't good for business, warns Aggreko boss - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence isn't good for business, warns Aggreko boss
Scotsman
THE head of one of Scotland's biggest companies has warned that independence would not be good for business, insisti...


Scottish independence: Experts cast doubt on warship building deals - BBC News

Scottish independence: Experts cast doubt on warship building deals
BBC News
Defence experts have told a committee of MPs it would be "inconceivable" for an independent Scotland to build warships for...


Scottish independence: Tax powers could be devolved within one parliament - S...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Tax powers could be devolved within one parliament
Scotsman
Scottish independence: Tax powers could be devolved within one parliament. Jeremy Purvis at the 'A New Union...


SNP

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Rutherglen concillour Anne Higgins passes away - Rutherglen Reformer

Rutherglen concillour Anne Higgins passes away
Rutherglen Reformer
Anne, (65) who had been a member of the SNP for over 30 years, died in the early hours yesterday (Tuesday) morning in the Victoria I...


MSPs line up to accuse Alex Salmond of 'doctoring' official records - Scotsman

Scotsman

MSPs line up to accuse Alex Salmond of 'doctoring' official records
Scotsman
The SNP leader is facing claims he has undermined the ?integrity of parliament? after inflating the number of ?gre...


Now SNP leader accused of doctoring official records - Scotsman

Scotsman

Now SNP leader accused of doctoring official records
Scotsman
The SNP leader is facing claims he has undermined the ?integrity of parliament? after inflating the number of ?green? jobs in Sco...


CBF fund estimated to generate £56m - Hamilton Advertiser news

CBF fund estimated to generate £56m
Hamilton Advertiser news
But Labour finance spokesman Ken Macintosh said Labour-controlled Glasgow City Council should take a share of the credit for Scotland's bu...


Salmond jobs response 'misleading' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Salmond jobs response 'misleading'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Officials were asked to set the record straight after the SNP leader told MSPs there were about 18,000 people employed in renewable energy across ...


'No guarantees' for Scotland in EU - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

'No guarantees' for Scotland in EU
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
Hugo Swire said there is no basis to SNP claims that because Scots are already EU citizens by virtue of being British, they would...


SNP urged to accept experts' advice - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

SNP urged to accept experts' advice
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
Ignoring election watchdogs' expert advice would taint a Scottish independence referendum, the Commons has been told. MPs urged ...


Can a Gene Mutation Predict AI Discontinuation? - Clinical Oncology News

Clinical Oncology News

Can a Gene Mutation Predict AI Discontinuation?
Clinical Oncology News
Chicago?Researchers have identified a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) associated with the joint pains...


Labour must come clean on defence cuts in Scotland - SNP (press release)

Labour must come clean on defence cuts in Scotland
SNP (press release)
Following Jim Murphy's inability to make any assurances on the future of defence spending, the SNP has said that Labour and Tory...


Alex Salmond accused of misleading parliament again over renewable jobs claim...

Scotsman

Alex Salmond accused of misleading parliament again over renewable jobs claim
Scotsman
The SNP leader told MSPs on October 25 that there were 18,000 jobs created by industries such as windfar...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Moore urges all to back referendum question advice - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Moore urges all to back referendum question advice
BBC News
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said it was vital that the ruling of the body looking at the independence r...


SNP urged to accept experts' advice on independence referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP urged to accept experts' advice on independence referendum
Herald Scotland
SNP urged to accept experts' advice on independence referendum. Ignoring election watchdogs' expert advic...


Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful' - T...

Telegraph.co.uk

Lords: Scottish independence referendum deal could be declared 'unlawful'
Telegraph.co.uk
... for sale to companies. Meanwhile, the businessman who led the 1997 referendum campaign for...


Thinktank calls for timetable on Scottish independence deal - The Guardian

The Guardian

Thinktank calls for timetable on Scottish independence deal
The Guardian
The cross-party Devo Plus group said the three main UK parties should sign a deal before the 2014 referendum on Sc...


MSPs back Scottish independence referendum bill - BBC News

BBC News

MSPs back Scottish independence referendum bill
BBC News
Committee convener Bruce Crawford, an SNP member of the parliament who led the Scottish government's initial referendum negotiations w...


Expert warns on Scots' referendum question - Financial Times

Expert warns on Scots' referendum question
Financial Times
?That is the same process followed by Westminster for referendums it is responsible for, and is a great step forward for Scottish democracy ...


Scotland referendum question unveiled - Press TV

Press TV

Scotland referendum question unveiled
Press TV
Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish National Party's (SNP) proposed question for the 2014 referendum on...


Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question - The...

The Guardian

Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question
The Guardian
The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for the independenc...


SNP formally submits independence referendum question - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP formally submits independence referendum question
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish Parliament was handed control over the question under the so-called Edinburgh Agreement signed by Dav...


STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV planning three-part series on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
STV has announced plans to produce a three-part documentary series on the Scottish independence referendum. Road to the Refer...


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'Drinker wanted for 'disgusting' attacks on women in Ramsbottom pub'

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Well, I've been known to take a drink; and reckon I could be as 'disgusting' as the ne...

Catalan Independence
The Catalan regional elections are this weekend, and in a sense, you can look at it as an opinion poll on independence. Artur Mas, the current President, has recently thrown his weight behind indep...

B T Internet
Just received a deal from BT (£5 per month for 18 months internet access/phone line, etc) and it seems a decent wee offer.

Anyone have BT internet access the noo, if so is it quite good? I have Ti...

Adolf Gangnam
Is nothing safe these days lol



Real Radio 7.10Am Tuesday
I shall be the programme's 'Scot Abroad' person - and I will almost certainly be nekkid.

I'm so 'genned up' - I meant Wednesday (tomorrow).

Nothing wrong wi' me.

Aberdeen - Booming Still
Everyone get to Aberdeen, the city paved with gold. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-20398397

Boozers! Form A Queue
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What's the damage for being done at over 100mph these days? Are you straight off the park with a ban?

Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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