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23.10.12

The Herald

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MacAskill stands by criminal evidence shake-up
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has given the strongest indication yet of his determination to press ahead with abolition of the rule of corroboration in criminal cases, and has insisted the rights of victims must come first.

Party must be proud of mature handling of U-turn over Nato
THE SNP has always had a keen sense of its own history.

Three-way civil war breaks out within the Scottish Conservatives over who wil...
THE Scottish Conservatives are facing a long and "nasty" bout of in-fighting, with leader Ruth Davidson backing an inexperienced friend against a party veteran to be Scotland's next Tory MEP.

Warning over press freedom
STATUTORY regulation of the press could damage democracy, John Swinney has warned ahead of the report from the Leveson inquiry into media standards.

MEP faces backlash over Nato comments
MEP Alyn Smith is facing a deselection threat after infuriating party members during the debate on Nato at the SNP conference, the Sunday Herald understands.

Salmond meets Murdoch representatives
ALEX Salmond met senior executives of Rupert Murdoch's media empire at the SNP conference, it has emerged.

Close call as SNP scraps historic anti-Nato stance
THE SNP leadership has avoided a major embarrassment after it scraped through a vote to dump its decades-old opposition to Nato.

Cameron's loyalty raises doubts about his judgment
SO Andrew Mitchell, having suffered the slings and arrows of self-inflicted misfortune for the best part of a very long month, is, as Ed Miliband so cruelly observed this week, "toast".

PM challenges EC staff to take pay cut
David Cameron triggered a war of words after challenging Eurocrats to cut their own pay instead of seeking more money from national exchequers.

Cameron dodges Leveson questions
David Cameron kept up his feud with Chris Bryant yesterday as he was forced to respond to the Labour MP's questions over his contacts with News International executives.

Sturgeon is against proposed cut to abortion limit
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that cutting the 24-week abortion limit risked sending women "to the back streets".

£1m spent on rail deal contractors
THE Government spent nearly £1 million outsourcing parts of the botched West Coast main line franchise to private contractors, a minister admitted.

Cameron is accused of energy vow shambles
David Cameron's pledge to make energy companies give every customer their cheapest rates was in disarray last night when his tough stance appeared to unravel in less than 24 hours.

O'Donnell breaks leg in stair fall
A Scottish Labour MP was treated in hospital after tripping on stairs and breaking her leg.

English MPs attack battalion proposal
ENGLISH MPs have accused the Coalition Government of a political fix to preserve Scottish battalions ahead of 2014's independence referendum.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published

THE Scottish Government is to publish the results of the referendum consultation on Tuesday, more than a week after Alex Salmond and David Cameron agreed a deal to transfer the legal power to hold the independence vote to Holyrood.



Labour urges ?jobs for the boys? probe at SNP council

CALLS have been made for a standards investigation into the SNP administration at Mid-
lothian Council, after the chief
executive confirmed members had tried to influence appointments to council posts.



Tube station fall MP?s good Samaritan hails from Capital

A GOOD Samaritan who leapt to the aid of a politician badly injured after tumbling down a flight of stairs on the London Underground was from Edinburgh.



Jimmy Savile investigation: Newsnight editor ?steps aside? from role as BBC r...

NEWSNIGHT editor Peter Rippon is “stepping aside with immediate effect” while the BBC reviews its response to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, the corporation said today.



Scottish independence: Trident could move to US or France, says Alex Salmond

ALEX Salmond has said Trident could be relocated to the US or France after independence, as he ruled out the prospect of a “Cyprus-style” leaseback scheme that would see the nuclear weapons system remain in Scotland.



Scottish independence: Row over SNP bid to ?rig? cash limits for referendum

THE SNP government is set to impose strict limits on spending during the independence referendum campaign, amid fears the Nationalists could be outspent by their pro-Union opponents.



Leaders: A good conference but SNP still faces difficult decisions

IN KEY respects the SNP can be said to have had a good conference, deftly capitalising on the current confusion and disarray among the ranks of its opponents.



Quarter of MPs ride fares gravy train

More than a quarter of MPs has charged first-class rail travel to the taxpayer in the past year,
according to latest figures.



Government tightens jobseeker guidelines

Jobseekers face losing benefits for three years under tough new rules introduced by the UK government today.



Online group eBay ?avoided £50m in tax?

Online giant eBay has reportedly avoided paying nearly
£50 million in corporation tax in the UK through legal accounting schemes.



4 per cent of Scottish families suffer severe hardship

AROUND 24,000 Scottish families are now severely disadvantaged, new research has claimed.



Cameron to set out crime plans

David Cameron will today announce a “rehabilitation revolution” under which virtually all prisoners will receive help turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of reoffending.



More powers for stadium tragedy IPCC inquiry

Labour will today call for powers to compel police officers to give evidence to an inquiry 
into the alleged Hillsborough cover-up.



Analysis: Why Alex Salmond put forward his nuclear submarine alternatives

The US and French facilities Alex Salmond refers to as a potential base for the UK’s four Vanguard-class nuclear missile submarines are the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in the state of Georgia and L’Ile Longue Submarine Base, near Brest.



Economy tops agenda at British-Irish summit

GOVERNMENTS on both sides of the Irish Sea must work together to stimulate economic growth in Scotland, Ireland, and the rest of the UK, delegates at today’s British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Glasgow, will be told.



Wingsland Blog

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

The shifting goalposts
The Herald, 25th January 2012 (“SNP ‘will not use new-found wealth for campaign’”): “The cash-rich SNP will resist the temptation to flaunt its new-found wealth by raising the limits for campaign spending in the referendum, The Herald understands. The consultation document being laid out by Alex Salmond today is expected to say that the main [...]

What?s wrong with foreigners?
Do Ed Miliband, Tony Benn and George Galloway and now Sir Menzies Campbell (who appeared on today’s edition of The Sunday Politics Scotland) have some sort of problem with foreigners? It sounds like they do. For instance, read these words from Tony Benn, the great elder statesman of the Labour Party, this summer: ?If Scotland [...]

How the SNP learned to stop worrying about NATO, without loving the bomb
Well, we’re still a bit out of breath. The SNP conference debate on NATO membership was an incredible, grab-you-by-the-throat piece of political theatre, with the outcome in doubt all the way to the end. Social media was all but unanimous in its praise of the debate, with even some Labour MPs clearly a bit wistful [...]

Ambush Time
It’s hard to level accusations of bias based on nothing but tone, so let’s stick to the facts. Most of last night’s edition of Question Time on BBC1 discussed general political matters rather than the independence debate (overlooking the fact that one informs the other, of course), but there was a hefty section explicitly on [...]

Can we afford old people?
Scotland has been aflame with talk in recent weeks of whether universal benefits are sustainable or not, and in particular those which apply to our elderly. But there’s an enormous falsity at the heart of the position taken by the Unionist parties, because they refuse to consider independence as a possible solution and base their [...]

The point of no return?
Something’s been puzzling us for a while now, readers. We’ve been a bit reluctant to mention it before because it’s the sort of thing people can spin in misleading ways, and because it’s something we neither want to see happen or believe ever would. But purely by way of an intellectual exercise, let’s ask the [...]

Cameron?s triumph
“There is a widespread assumption that the SNP has been outmanoeuvred by David Cameron in agreeing to a single question on independence” – the Independent, 15 Oct Good work, Dave. Keep it up.

Reasons to be fearful
We’ve taken quite a lot of cold medication this week, readers, and it’s caused us to have a bit of an epiphany. We’ve realised that our constant advocacy of independence is a recklessly optimistic position which takes no account of the very real dangers of separating Scotland from the rest of the UK (and the [...]

Weather report
There’s been a large depression hanging over the area around Wings Over Scotland Mansions since last night, exacerbated by the fact that Craig Levein STILL hasn’t resigned or been fired. We’ve also not quite shaken off our cold yet, and the overall result is that we just can’t summon the strength to write anything today. [...]

Are you still here, Craig?
We wrote the original version of this feature a month and four days ago, pleading for Craig Levein to be sacked as Scotland manager before it was too late. Now it’s too late. It’s later than it’s ever been. Sometimes it sucks to be right. RECORD IN COMPETITIVE MATCHES Berti Vogts P13 W5 D4 L4 [...]

BBC Scotland

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

SNP would outlaw nuclear weapons
The SNP's leader Alex Salmond says that if his party won power in an independent government it would make nuclear weapons illegal.

New £33m fund to help Scots poor
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a £33m welfare fund to help the country's most vulnerable people.

Council considers 'living wage'
The lowest paid staff at Dundee City Council could be about to get a raise under the authority's plans to introduce the "living wage".

Protesters in march against cuts
A march takes place in Glasgow in protest at public spending cuts, as similar demonstrations were held in London and Belfast.

Police back corroboration rule
The Scottish Police Federation criticises plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal prosecutions.

Scots police to help rest of UK
Scotland's police would continue to support English forces during riots or major events if independence happened, the country's justice secretary promises.

Yes boss 'to contact every voter'
The man leading the campaign to persuade Scotland to back independence wants to contact every voter in the in the run-up to the referendum.

Mobile firm to create 380 jobs
Mobile operator Three announces it is to create 380 new sales and support jobs in Glasgow over the next two years.

Pledge to protect Scots culture
Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says she has been working hard to protect the country's cultural institutions.

Swinney in call to end austerity
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney urges the UK chancellor to use his autumn budget to change direction and end austerity.

Sturgeon against new abortion law
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says reducing the time limit for abortions risks sending women "to the back streets".

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond accuses the Labour party of becoming "the new Tory party of Scotland" during first minister's questions.

VIDEO: 'Game on' for Scots independence
The leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond, says it's "game on" for Scotland, as the country prepares for an independence vote in two years' time.

VIDEO: Salmond talks of a better future
SNP leader Alex Salmond tells delegates at his party's Perth conference that Scottish independence would secure a better future for "our families, communities and our nation".

VIDEO: SNP debate leads to pro-Nato vote
The Scottish National Party votes to change its traditional defence policy and back an independent Scotland staying in Nato.

Newsnet Scotland

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

Scottish Independence - The battle lines are being drawn

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I watched Alex Salmond?s keynote speech yesterday.  Assured and clear was my initial reaction, low on bombast and keeping to a theme that Scotland will be a more equal society with independence.
 
We are now entering the real campaign where each side is setting out its stall and the manoeuvring has begun in earnest.



How the World of Eton Sees Scotland and Scottish Independence

  By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, October 20th 2012
 
The name of Eton resonates down through English tradition and privilege: from the Dave ?n? Boris show to the wider return of the old Etonians across public life.
 
It has produced nineteen British Prime Ministers and a host of Scottish and British iconoclasts and radicals from Tam Dalyell and Neal Ascherson to John Maynard Keynes and George Orwell.



Alex Salmond conference speech

This is the full speech from SNP leader Alex Salmond to party delegates in Perth.  Mr Salmond spelled out his vision for an independent Scotland as the nation gears up for the 2014 independence referendum.



We have to do something about our state-owned and run broadcaster

  By Alex Robertson
 
There is something almost fraudulent about the BBC calling itself a public service broadcaster.  The truth is that it serves the hand of the one who feeds it ? the UK government who decides in its usual fashion the size of the bung it feeds the dependency-ridden outfit.
 
And like everyone hooked by dependency, it toes the line, for fear of cutting off its means of survival.  I for one am at the limit of my toleration for it and want to show the world a better face of Scottish journalism and broadcasting.



A Deid Language?

By Bob Fairnie
 
Scots is a deid language. Sae some fowk keeps on tellin us juist like the broken record they've been playin tae us for the lest hunner an fifty year. Jings, the maist popular sang ever in the warld, ower the lest twa hunner an fifty year, "Auld Lang Syne", is screivit in a deid language. Ay, that'll be richt!



Exclusive: European Commission changes Vice President?s Catalonia remarks aft...

   By Martin Kelly

European Commission officials have been accused of bowing to pressure from Madrid and issuing false statements of denial over comments made by Vice President Viviane Reding relating to international law and Catalonian independence.

The claims, from a Spanish journalist who recently interviewed Ms Reding, centre around remarks attributed to the senior EC Official who was responding to a suggestion that Catalonia would lose its EU membership if it won independence from Spain.



An inmate's view of the asylum known as the BBC

By Kenneth Roy
 
Since that strange man John Reith founded the BBC, his successors as director-general have not been a distinguished lot. Some have seemed miscast in broadcasting. Several would have died of fright if they had been put in front of a camera. A few were just frights.
 
The latest, Mark Thompson, has emigrated to Manhattan with a brief to restore the fortunes of the New York Times. The owners of the paper, desperate to get it online profitably, took one look at the figures for the BBC news website and hired Mr Thompson, apparently divining some mysterious connection between the two products. Anyway, off he's gone.



How a Referendum ?No? Vote Should Become Devo-max

By Mark McNaught
 
David Cameron saw the exclusion of a second question from the 2014 referendum as a victory. This is unsurprising given that polls currently reflect a great unease at the prospect of outright independence, but a great hunger among Scots for more powers and autonomy. Cameron may currently perceive it to be to his tactical advantage. However, this ?victory? may prove ephemeral. If the Scottish government plays its cards right, they can ensure a greater autonomy regardless of the result of the referendum.



BBC Bias: Believers Broadcasting Christianity

By Garry Otton

Who's the family relative to whom we owe the most?
It's our Auntie; dearest Auntie.
Everybody rise and raise your glasses in a toast:
Here's to Auntie!

So sang Hildergard Knef, Vicky Leandros, Alice Babs, Demis Roussos and a host of other European stars to celebrate the BBC?s 50th birthday in 1972. They raised a glass to a time when announcers for the BBC Home Service, in a dinner-jacket that would make Ann Widdecombe swoon, declared in resonating voices that could shake the tower of a Victorian iron foundry: ?THIS? IS THE BBC FROM LONDON!? He was normally followed by the reassuring chimes of Big Ben underpinning an honesty and integrity that served as a solid beacon in an uncertain world.



Independence or just plain old good government wanted in Flanders?

By Alex Robertson
 
Sunday was Election Day for local government in Belgium, and over lunch there was much debate over the many parties to choose from, the likely coalition partners and oddly, the state of politics in the Ukraine.  But the real fun began when the results of the local elections came in.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

Scots yards 'could lose Navy work'
Scots yards 'could lose Navy work'Irvine Herald"In the unlikely event that Scotland should decide to separate from the UK, the Scottish defence industry would only be eligible to bid for contracts placed by a future Scottish government, or competed...

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Both sides the Tweed

Probably the best view of Scotland’s capital city is to be had from Calton Hill at the East End of Princes St: Arthur’s Seat, the Pentlands, the Old Town, the New Town, the Forth, North Berwick Law...

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In or out? The questions occupying all of Britain

Back in May 2011, the British electorate endured a referendum that few people really wanted. In that referendum, the proposal to switch from the first-past-the-post voting system to that used for the Australian House of Representatives was overwhelmingly rejected by the underwhelming number of voters who bothered to turn out.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Tattie Scones: Women Shine At SNP Conference

Although the defence/NATO debate may have caught the news headlines at the SNP Conference in Perth, the female membership of the party were the real stars.



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Sturgeon due to reveal analysis of the independence consultation

Deputy First Minister will make statement to MSPs at Holyrood on analysis of referendum responses.

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Scottish independence ? how to do self-determination by John Fitzgibbon

Earlier last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, agreed on the terms of the holding of a referendum for Scottish independence to be held in autumn 2014.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Wings Over Scotland | The shifting goalposts

Let’s just recap. In February 2010 the SNP wanted a spending limit of £750,000 per side. They reiterated that intention at the start of 2012 – despite having received two whopping £1m donations in the intervening period – and have an identical position now. So they’ve had the exact same policy for almost three years. A furious Margaret Curran describes this absolutely rigid consistency as “moving the goalposts”.



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King Kenny prepares to raid across the border
This crescendo finish gave him his standing ovation, tapping into a shared weariness of a journey long travelled by so many in such spectacular fashion. It was a speech which made your backbone sh...

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Jim Sillars: A date with destiny | Holyrood Magazine

SNP conference delegates will do the unusual, the previously unthinkable – contest a policy laid down by the leadership.

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Peter A Bell: Right to know?

Writing in The Independent today (Poll puts pressure on Salmond over joining euro), Hamish MacDonell continues to peddle the unionist propaganda line on the supposedly problematic issue of Scotland's membership of the European Union using a recent poll as a device. But he does not tell the whole story.



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Poll puts pressure on Salmond over joining euro

Alex Salmond – who is refusing to reveal whether he has received potentially problematic legal advice on Scotland's future in the EU – suffered a setback last night after a new poll showed that the vast majority of Scots think he is wrong.

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Row over SNP bid to ?rig? cash limits for referendum

THE SNP government is set to impose strict limits on spending during the independence referendum campaign, amid fears the Nationalists could be outspent by their pro-Union opponents.

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Pro-independence parties win Basque country elections in Spain

Election victors expected to follow example of Catalan regional president by calling independence referendum...

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Nicola Sturgeon promises 'fair referendum' on Scottish independence
Scotland's Deputy First Minister insisted the country's future would not be “bought and sold” as she hit out at Westminster over the spending limits for the independence referendum campaign.

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Tory win 'influences Scottish vote'

More than half of Scots would be likely to vote for independence if they believed the Tories would be returned to power in Westminster at the next general election, a new poll has found.

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Daily Record

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Veterans Minister launches probe after Daily Record highlights scandal of hom...
THE Daily Record told how ex-soldiers just back from fighting for their country are being told they must wait as long as fifteen years for a home.

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon pledges extra £9m for Scotland's poorest fami...
THE Deputy First Minister said the £24million Social Fund would be topped up to help an extra 100,000 people in Scotland.

SNP conference: Health secretary vows to keep free elderly care and prescript...
ALEX NEIL told the party's annual conference in Perth that, as long as the SNP were in power, people would not have to pay for care and prescribed medication.

SNP conference: Sturgeon urges Con-Dem Government to change economic plan fro...
THE DEPUTY First Minister will send a direct message to Chancellor George Osborne from the SNP's conference in Perth today.

Thousands join protests across UK in bid to stop Con-Dem cuts and protect the...
AROUND 10,000 campaigners took to the streets in Glasgow to send out the message that unless the Government makes changes to policies, the economy will fail to grow,

Anthony Baxter slams the lack of progress at Donald Trump's Menie Estate deve...
DIRECTOR Anthony Baxter reviews the lack of promises and progress made to Donald Trump's Menie Estate development in his TV documentary, You've Been Trumped.

SNP conference: Alex Salmond says it's 'game on' for Scottish independence as...
THE First Minister said the 2014 referendum will create a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Scotland, as he rallied supporters for the two-year drive at the SNP conference.

Unions blame Government cutbacks for nursing stress-related sick days
THE total nursing days lost due to stress and depression has tripled in the last four years reveal new figures.

SNP's minimum booze price set to face first legal challenge by Scotch Whisky ...
THE minimum pricing which was due to be introduced next year has faced criticism from five EU countries who believe it would infringe free trade rules.

Yes Vote chief wants to contact every Scottish household before 2014 referendum
BLAIR JENKINS, chief executive of Yes Scotland, vows to campaign in every street in the country before 2014's independence vote.

Scottish MPs caught up in new expenses row
THE MPs are believed to have made a profit by letting out their London properties while receiving up to £20,000 a year in expenses.

New poll shows voters believe Scottish independence would leave country worse...
THE YouGov poll shows 52 per cent thought they would be worse off, despite the First Minister claiming independence would 'create a more prosperous economy'.

Campaigners to picket Treasury Chief's office in protest to Con-Dem Coalition...
THE people of Inverness plan to stage their own demonstration in a bid to express their anger over the Coalition Government's assault on the disabled and the young unemployed.

True colours of Tory toffs
GEORGE OSBORNE and Andrew Mitchell prove accountability is the last thing on their minds as they continue to wreck the economy and our future.

Why thousands of ordinary people will march against coalition cuts today, by ...
THOUSANDS of protesters will take to the streets as part of the STUC event to warn the Coalition Government that growing the economy again is the only way forward.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

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...



Liberal Democrats in Scotland propose 'home rule all round'

Menzies Campbell and Willie Rennie unveil report suggesting England will get its own parliament

The Liberal Democrats are considering proposing "home rule" for England and new regional assemblies a...



Voting yes will create a new Scotland | Alex Salmond

Independence will allow a proud country to take its seat at the top table, and on its own terms

The SNP begin its annual conference in Perth on Thursday after an extraordinary week. The Edinburgh a...



Scotland's independence referendum: all to play for, whatever the polls say

Much can happen in two years to affect the outcome, but Salmond seems to have locked into a global tide of separatism

With the polls reporting that Scots are currently two-to-one against breaking up...



Scotland should raise two-thirds of its own taxes, says former Lib Dem leader

Sir Menzies Campbell sets out plans for 'home rule' if independence is defeated in referendum

The former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has proposed allowing Scotland to raise two-thir...



Alex Salmond hails historic day for Scotland after referendum deal

Scottish first minister and David Cameron sign 30-clause agreement allowing independence vote before end of 2014

Alex Salmond has signalled the start of a two-year campaign to persuade the Scottish ...



Scottish independence referendum agreement signed by Salmond and Cameron ? v...

The prime minister, David Cameron, and the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, sign a deal, dubbed the Edinburgh agreement, giving the Scottish government the power to hold a referendum on indep...



The Scottish independence referendum agreement

The full text of the front page of the Edinburgh Agreement that sets in motion plans to hold a referendum in 2014

Agreement between the United Kingdom government and the Scottish government on a ref...



Scottish independence referendum deal signed by Cameron and Salmond

Prime minister and Scotland's first minister seal agreement in Edinburgh after months of negotiations

David Cameron and Alex Salmond have sealed a deal granting the Scottish government the power to ...



Scottish people would have voted for 'devo max'. That's why it's not an optio...

The referendum's yes or no vote will deny Scotland true democracy. Labour and the Lib Dems must address this deficit

Amid the fanfare surrounding the historic independence referendum deal there is o...



The Scottish independence referendum will not offer what most Scots want

Evidence shows most people favour a looser union short of full independence, but that option is not being made available

The Scottish referendum in 2014 will be a major political event, whether it r...



Scottish referendum countdown begins with Cameron visit to Salmond

Details of Scotland's 'most important political decision in 300 years' to be confirmed in Edinburgh

Scots will on Monday be given 100 weeks to make the "most important political decision in 300 year...



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Change
By Bill Wilson ?May no new things arise? ? a Spanish blessing. ?May you live in interesting times? ? a Chinese curse. Notice something, something rather important? The Spanish blessing [...]

This Little Piggy
By Ian Brotherhood Unless you have a strong stomach you may want to avoid what follows. Seriously. No-one likes stubbing a toe. Anyone who has ever suffered a dislocated or [...]

The Battle For The Soul Of Iceland Starts Today
Today, the good people of Iceland go to the polls for what has been described as the most important vote in their history. They vote on whether or not to [...]

No. 9
Podcast 9 is up. This time I speak with former Scottish Socialist Party MSP and founder member of Women For Indy, Carolyn Leckie. We talked about the Women For Indy [...]

Scotland Unchained
By Mike Small People quite rightly point out that a Yes or a No vote shouldn’t be cast solely on the exquisitely attractive option of permanently ridding this country of [...]

Being Yes
In a world full of cheap diversions, horror stories and looming anxieties, we actually have a rare chance in our lives to bring about a change for the better in our immediate conditions. And in a w...

Women for Independence, Independence for Women
Filed under: New Scotland, Women Tagged: Women for Independence

Oi Polloi ? LINUX
Part of our altMod2012 series. L.I.N.U.X. from the 2012 album ‘Dùisg’ by Oi Polloi Filed under: Gaelic Tagged: dùisg, Mod 2012, Oi Polloi

Dave?s Big Day
This photo from this historic day just cries out for a caption competition … your thoughts are welcome … Filed under: Arts & Culture, Referendum on Independence Tagged: Alex Salmond, [...]

The New Disruption
Disruption: break, an act of interrupting the continuity.

Scotland and Independence

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Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That! - Huffington Post ...

Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That!
Huffington Post UK (blog)
To get on, Scotland's old leaders often assumed an English accent. In more recent times, Scots with English accent...


Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published
Scotsman
THE Scottish Government is to publish the results of the referendum consultation on Tuesday, more than a we...


FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE - Express.co.uk

FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE
Express.co.uk
The row flared as it emerged a long-awaited analysis of the Scottish Government's independence consultation is expected to...


Poll consultation analysis expected - ic Scotland.co.uk

Poll consultation analysis expected
ic Scotland.co.uk
"Today the Scottish Government have tabled that order, and I now look forward to taking part in parliament's consideration of the referendum deta...


Scots yards 'could lose Navy work' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Scots yards 'could lose Navy work'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones asked if there was a clause in the contract covering an independence vote by Scottish voters, telling the Comm...


Scottish Independence Debate Continues - Getty Images

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Scottish Independence Debate Continues
Getty Images
Last week Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and agreed on details for a Scottish indep...


Dispute erupts over Scotland spending - Financial Times

Dispute erupts over Scotland spending
Financial Times
The two sides in the fight over Scottish independence are battling over how much they will be able to spend during the referendum campaign, with ...


SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow
Herald Scotland
The long-awaited analysis of the independence consultation is expected to be made public tomorrow, according to the Deputy F...


Salmond: No nukes in independent Scotland - UPI.com

Salmond: No nukes in independent Scotland
UPI.com
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond early this year announced plans for a one-question referendum on independence from the United Kingdom in 2014. H...


Consultation delay is an insult to public - Glasgow Liberal Democrats

Consultation delay is an insult to public
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
?When it comes to the independence debate the SNP government only has ears for positive news. Alex Salmond will have to ... ?Scotti...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That! - Huffington Post ...

Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That!
Huffington Post UK (blog)
At its conference in Perth SNP leader Alex Salmond couldn't resist rallying the faithful with another of his beaut...


Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published
Scotsman
SNP ministers were criticised on Monday by opposition parties for what they claimed was the late publicatio...


FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE - Express.co.uk

FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE
Express.co.uk
... be ?bought and sold for anyone's gold?. The SNP is well funded, with £1million donations from Euromillions winners Chr...


Scots yards 'could lose Navy work' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Scots yards 'could lose Navy work'
ic Scotland.co.uk
His comments came as the Scottish National Party (SNP), none of whose MPs were at defence questions in the Commons, was mocked for wanting to rid ...


Time for the Nats to tackle another divisive issue - Telegraph.co.uk

Time for the Nats to tackle another divisive issue
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP won plaudits from all and sundry ? including from this column ? for the manner and tone, if not the daft outcome, of its deb...


Dispute erupts over Scotland spending - Financial Times

Dispute erupts over Scotland spending
Financial Times
The two sides in the fight over Scottish independence are battling over how much they will be able to spend during the referendum campaign, with ...


Pentlands MSP claims Westminster to blame for Remploy closure - The Edinburgh...

The Edinburgh Reporter

Pentlands MSP claims Westminster to blame for Remploy closure
The Edinburgh Reporter
SNP MSPs have this afternoon condemned the UK Government for abandoning the disabled workers...


SNP MSPs condemn 'vacuous' Tory Remploy promises - SNP (press release)

SNP MSPs condemn 'vacuous' Tory Remploy promises
SNP (press release)
SNP MSPs have this afternoon condemned the UK Government for abandoning the disabled workers at Remploy factories across Scotland,...


Land reform is significant achievement says Rob Gibson - Sutherland Northern ...

Sutherland Northern Times

Land reform is significant achievement says Rob Gibson
Sutherland Northern Times
The SNP Government recently set up the Land Reform Review Group chaired by Dr Alison Elliot t...


SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow
Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon intends to make a statement to MSPs at Holyrood on the analysis of responses just over five months since the...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That! - Huffington Post ...

Really First Minister, You'll Need to do Better Than That!
Huffington Post UK (blog)
Now that he had secured a referendum on independence for 2014, he told them, the Scottish people would no longer h...


Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum consultation results set to be published
Scotsman
THE Scottish Government is to publish the results of the referendum consultation on Tuesday, more than a we...


FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE - Express.co.uk

FIRST MINISTER ACCUSED OF ABUSING POWER TO RIG REFERENDUM VOTE
Express.co.uk
?The people of Scotland will not stand for that, and will only accept a referendum campaign that is scrupulously fair and ...


Poll consultation analysis expected - ic Scotland.co.uk

Poll consultation analysis expected
ic Scotland.co.uk
"Today the Scottish Government have tabled that order, and I now look forward to taking part in parliament's consideration of the referendum deta...


Dispute erupts over Scotland spending - Financial Times

Dispute erupts over Scotland spending
Financial Times
The two sides in the fight over Scottish independence are battling over how much they will be able to spend during the referendum campaign, with ...


Scottish Independence Debate Continues - Getty Images

Getty Images

Scottish Independence Debate Continues
Getty Images
Last week Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and agreed on details for a Scottish indep...


SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP to publish referendum analysis tomorrow
Herald Scotland
The announcement comes one week after Prime Minister David Cameron visited Edinburgh to sign off a deal to deliver a legally...


Salmond: No nukes in independent Scotland - UPI.com

Salmond: No nukes in independent Scotland
UPI.com
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond early this year announced plans for a one-question referendum on independence from the United Kingdom in 2014. H...


Consultation delay is an insult to public - Glasgow Liberal Democrats

Consultation delay is an insult to public
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
?Scottish Liberal Democrats are increasingly concerned about the SNP's obsession with secrecy. They have let people down by shuntin...


In Catalonia, as in Scotland a referendum on independence is the best course ...

The Independent

In Catalonia, as in Scotland a referendum on independence is the best course ...
The Independent
In the north east tip of Spain people watched with envy as David Cameron signed his his...


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No sign of the classic broken up ceefax page with half the letter missing though. I guess man...

When Are Women Going To Stand Up And Say This Isn't What We Are About?
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Boy Bands.

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You are dragging us as a speci...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sing it out, every song is a cry for love
From the Telegraph's 'report' on the seemingly imminent resolution of the referendum stand-off -

"Mr Cameron told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that the Olympics highlighted the ...

Mad World Part 2 : it's "anti-women" to agree with the views of millions of w...
You might remember the tagline of Mr Eugenides' old blog was "holding back the rage". I sometimes used to think that could also apply to this blog when I find myself in full-on rant mode, but I no...

It's official : Labour think women are thick
Or at least that's the impression you'll have got if you've been viewing Labour activists' tweets over the last few hours. Here are two particular gems -

"If any thinking person wants another rea...

Saint Savile abuses with impunity for decades, while ordinary citizen is sent...
I used to watch Jim'll Fix It when I was a young child, and although I liked the basic idea of the show, I was never a big fan of Jimmy Savile himself - not because I had any intuition about his da...

European Ryder Cup team puts Team GB to shame : this is how a multi-national ...
What a joy the last three days have been. Unfortunately I only managed to catch the occasional bit of Andy Murray's charge towards the US Open title when I was in Portugal, and as much as I enjoye...

US Presidential election : help required!
Just wondering if Scot Goes Pop readers would be interested in helping me with a small dilemma. As some of you know, I'm a dual UK/US national, and I'm in the middle of trying to work out who to v...

Would-be hostage-takers demand "input" on whether they should have the legal ...
My calendar seems to have gone seriously awry this year. I could have sworn it was September 26th, not April 1st...

"People with an Ulster Scots background should be allowed to vote in Scotland's...

The non-apology that speaks to the cynicism at the heart of modern Westminste...
Once upon a time, Tony Blair offered this trademark piece of creative ambiguity to the Labour conference -

"And the problem is I can apologise for the information that turned out to be wrong, but ...

Why my sympathy for Kate over the topless photos is limited
I suppose I can see as a matter of principle that it's objectionable to furtively photograph a woman with a telephoto lens while she is sunbathing topless on secluded private property, and then to ...