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Hague warns of disillusionment with EU
BRUSSELS is warned today that public disillusionment with Europe is at its deepest in Britain and if voters cannot be shown power can flow back to national parliaments, then the EU will become "democratically unsustainable".

Cameron looks to big picture in bid to leave troubles behind
DAVID Cameron has tried to brush aside recent political flak bombarding the Coalition, insisting he is concentrating on the "big picture" ? jobs, the economy and public services.

Payday loans for UK firms
Businesses will be offered "payday loans" to help stimulate the economy, under new plans announced by the Coalition Government.

Union warns of police 'madness'
A UNION representative for backroom police staff will today tell MSPs that the Government's policies are "economic madness".

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".

 

Scotsman

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Labour attacks failure to meet emissions targets

Scotland has failed to meet its first legally binding climate change target.



Justice at risk say rights group

HUMAN rights group Justice Scotland is the latest voice to speak out against the abolition of corroboration.



High badger numbers force cull U-turn

THE UK government has been forced into a fresh U-turn after it had to abandon attempts to have a badger cull in England.



Illegal immigrant wins court backing

Home Secretary Theresa May has lost the latest round of a fight to deport an illegal immigrant, who was given permission to visit the UK for a month when he arrived more than 12 years ago.



Minimum alcohol pricing: Scottish Government bid to delay legal challenge

THE Scottish Government is attempting to delay a legal challenge to its legislation on minimum alcohol pricing after the drinks industry lodged new evidence ahead of the start of the hearing yesterday.



BBC director general tells MPs Newsnight editor axed Savile inquiry without a...

THE EDITOR of Newsnight, Peter Rippon, was named as the man solely responsible for pulling an investigation into the paedophile activities of the late Jimmy Savile, as the head of the BBC tried to clear the corporation’s name yesterday.



Iain Gray: Scotland?s best economic asset is under threat

BREAKING away from the UK would see us lose funding for sciences such as physics. Can the SNP bridge the gap?, asks Iain Gray.



Brian Wilson: SNP can?t make rules for Europe

THERE’S no reason to believe Scotland would be welcomed by bodies such as Nato and the EU, writes Brian Wilson.



Aileen Campbell: Young people leaving care need every support

TODAY marks the start of National Care Leavers Week, the annual event raising awareness about the needs of youngsters preparing to leave the care system and live independently.



Allan Massie: Does it really matter who becomes President?

THE White House race is almost over, but the ‘world’s most powerful man’ won’t have as much influence as he would like, writes Allan Massie.



Pete Martin: Musical note on our times

THE ‘jazz age’ was first to foment the desire of young people to rebel, the music a powerful cultural force for change, writes Pete Martin.



Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry

ALEX Salmond suffered one of the worst days of his premiership on Tuesday when it emerged his government had not obtained legal advice on an independent Scotland’s place in the European Union.



Inside politics: Extravagant claim for Scotland?s wealth doesn?t add up

SCOTLAND would be the sixth richest country in the OECD after independence, so says the SNP. As billboard messages go, it does the business.



Ministers bid to head off rebellion after MSPs quit SNP over Nato decision

Two MSPs quit the Scottish National Party on Tuesday over the decision to end its long-standing opposition to Nato.



UK government muzzled Scottish ministers at EU meetings, Fiona Hyslop says

THE coalition government has blocked SNP ministers from speaking out at key EU meetings, it emerged on Tuesday.



Wingsland Blog

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

This isn?t tricky
Here’s Nicola Sturgeon on the subject of EU legal advice, as quoted by the BBC: “The Scottish government has previously cited opinions from a number of eminent legal authorities, past and present, in support of its view that an independent Scotland will continue in membership of the European Union – but has not sought specific [...]

Some EU ado too
We’re going to be pretty brief on this one, because it’s literally a story about nothing. The Scottish Government has just revealed, after a long back-and-forth battle over a Freedom Of Information request, that it hasn’t sought the advice of law officers over an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. Expect much fuss in the [...]

Here comes some ado
We should probably prepare for a mainstream media blitz today and tomorrow on the breaking news that two SNP MSPs have apparently resigned from the party over the NATO vote at last week’s conference. We have no criticism of John Finnie and Jean Urquhart for doing so, although some will surely call it sour grapes [...]

The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch
The prime raison d’etre of a government is to provide for its citizens defence, security and services that either an individual would be unable to provide for themselves, or where such services are in the public interest but cannot be adequately served by market forces. Government is there to act on our behalf and in [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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Salmond backed over 'lying' claim
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defends Alex Salmond's account of whether he received legal advice on Scotland's position in the EU.

MSPs quit SNP over Nato policy
Highland MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart have announced that they are quitting the Scottish National Party.

Police jobs fears 'not realistic'
Fears that 3,000 jobs could be lost as a result of the merger of Scotland's police forces are not "realistic", its chief constable says.

Lockerbie group accuse prosecutor
Campaigners for an inquiry into the Lockerbie prosecution and trial claim officials and police broke the law

Minimum price law tested in court
The drinks industry is going to court to challenge Scottish government plans for a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

Commonwealth legacy fund opens
A £10m fund to improve local sports facilities and leave a lasting legacy after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opens for applications.

Lecturers strike over pay offer
Members of the EIS working in Scotland's higher education sector stage a one-day stoppage in a dispute over pay.

Trams on track with £107m left
The Edinburgh Trams project is still on track despite only 14% of the budget being left in the coffers, council officials confirm.

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.

Analysis: Alcohol price challenge
The BBC's James Cook examines the issues raised by a court challenge to the Scottish government's minimum pricing plan for alcohol.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
First Minister Alex Salmond denies lying about whether his government obtained legal advice on an independent Scotland's potential membership of the European Union, during a reply to a point of order on 23 October 2012.

Newsnet Scotland

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Volatile Polls

By Dave Taylor

As I listened to the brilliant NATO debate at Perth on Friday afternoon, my position changed after almost every speech, as good points were made by both sides.

Had an electronic opinion poll been taken after each contribution, support for the 'For' and 'Against' sides would have oscillated wildly.



Downton Abbey and David Cameron

By Ashley Husband Powton

Mr Carson, the gleefully servile butler of Downton Abbey, is a pleb who knows his place. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than waiting hand and foot on the aristocratic Crawley family in their country estate.

When the news of the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of the immediate heirs to the estate reaches the Abbey, our dutiful Mr Carson maintains without the slightest inkling of insincerity that still nothing could be worse than a maid serving a duke in the dining room.



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.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

While the cause burns brightly is the party over for the SNP?

by Kevin Williamson The resignation of Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP from the SNP over last weekend’s NATO U-turn must have come like a thunderbolt out of the [...]...

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Wings Over Scotland | This isn?t tricky

Here’s Nicola Sturgeon on the subject of EU legal advice, as quoted by the BBC:



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Scottish Government admits no legal advice yet taken on EU membership

THE SNP government has admitted that it has yet to seek legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would be able to join the European Union.

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Referendum public views published

The SNP is only now seeking legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would continue to be a member of the EU.

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SNP hails poll showing higher voter support following party conference

The SNP has welcomed an opinion poll showing support at a higher level than it achieved in last year's landslide Holyrood election win,...

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Alex Massie: Honesty best policy in independence debate

WITH A good case to be made on either side, nationalists do the nation a disservice with disingenuous mud slinging, writes Alex Massie.

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Garve Scott-Lodge - A Sorry Excuse for a Blog

This'll make your blood boil.



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The Battle for Britain - By Alex Massie

"Stands Scotland where it did?" This is the question, asked by Macduff in Shakespeare's Macbeth that now concentrates minds in Edinburgh and London alike.



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No more power until referendum, Scotland told
DEVOLUTION OF extra powers from London to Scotland will not be considered until the Scottish independence referendum is over in two years’ time, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers has said.

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Wings Over Scotland | The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch

The prime raison d’etre of a government is to provide for its citizens defence, security and services that either an individual would be unable to provide for themselves, or where such services are in the public interest but cannot be adequately served by market forces. Government is there to act on our behalf and in the common interest of our society, and in order to do so is funded by the people through taxation.



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Spectator: I am Not a Nationalist - BUT

Chambers dictionary defines a nationalist as, "one who favours or strives after the unity, independence, interests or domination of a nation; a member of a political party specially so called." It is frequently seen as something unsavoury and chauvinism, imperialism even racism are often used as synonyms.



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Change

“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 [...]...



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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.

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Two MSPs quit SNP over party's U-turn on Nato opposition
HIGHLANDS MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart stood down today with First Minister Alex Salmond saying he was "saddened" by their decision.

Prescription for a healthy NHS
WITHOUT the financial backing from student bursaries, fewer youngsters are likely to sign up to pursue their vocation to become nurses.

Student nurses set to lose £2m training support as SNP cut bursary budget
THE planned bursary budget drop from £69million to £67million is creating fears that there could be a future shortage of nursing staff as a result of the cuts

Michael Gove apologises to French teacher for his 'pathetic showing off'
THE education secretary made the apology for his "clever-dick questions" in an open letter published in the Radio Times.

We're showing there is such a thing as society
SCOTLAND remains at risk of the Tory Government's rampant individualism unless Holyrood gets the power to control the tax raised in this country.

We'll save our people in crisis
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vows to protect Scotland's poorest as Westminster prepares to transfer control of the social fund to the Scottish parliament.

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.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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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...



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...



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

While the cause burns brightly is the party over for the SNP?
by Kevin Williamson The resignation of Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP from the SNP over last weekend’s NATO U-turn must have come like a thunderbolt out of the [...]

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, [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Salmond denies 'barefaced lies' - Hamilton Advertiser news

Salmond denies 'barefaced lies'
Hamilton Advertiser news
The Scottish Government has now dropped its legal challenge against the Information Commissioner's ruling that it must reveal whether it has t...


Inside politics: Extravagant claim for Scotland's wealth doesn't add up - Sco...

Inside politics: Extravagant claim for Scotland's wealth doesn't add up
Scotsman
The table would suggest that, by going up from $35,512 GDP to $41,348 GDP, each Scottish resident after independence w...


Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry - Scot...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry
Scotland on Sunday
Her statement also disclosed that the Scottish Government has dropped its legal challenge a...


UK government muzzled Scottish ministers at EU meetings, Fiona Hyslop says - ...

Scotsman

UK government muzzled Scottish ministers at EU meetings, Fiona Hyslop says
Scotsman
She said: ?That's why we should have control over economic decision-making in Scotland and [why] influentia...


Scottish independence: Salmond denies lying over EU advice - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond denies lying over EU advice
BBC News
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has defended Alex Salmond's account of whether he received legal advice on Scotland's...


Rise of the Separatists - Zarathustra

Zarathustra

Rise of the Separatists
Zarathustra
In Edinburgh on Monday, David Cameron, the British prime minister, and Alex Salmond, the Scottish nationalist first minister, signed a deal to hold a re...


No legal advice sought on EU entry - ic Scotland.co.uk

No legal advice sought on EU entry
ic Scotland.co.uk
"In light of the Edinburgh agreement, by which both governments have agreed the process for Scotland to achieve independence, I can confirm that t...


Ministerial Statement: The Edinburgh Agreement - BBC News

BBC News

Ministerial Statement: The Edinburgh Agreement
BBC News
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the Scottish government would seek legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would...


LIES OR NOT, IT'S A MATTER OF OPINION FOR SALMOND - Express.co.uk

LIES OR NOT, IT'S A MATTER OF OPINION FOR SALMOND
Express.co.uk
Scotland within the EU if independence is achieved,? she said. Later, Mr Salmond came to the Holyrood debating chamber to face his accu...


Alex Salmond denies 'barefaced lies' over Scotland euro membership - Telegrap...

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond denies 'barefaced lies' over Scotland euro membership
Telegraph.co.uk
The Deputy First Minister announced that the advice had now been requested, but only after the signin...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Two SNP MSPs quit over Nato move - Irish Times

Two SNP MSPs quit over Nato move
Irish Times
Under the policy change, the SNP says that it would join Nato, but only if the UK's nuclear missile fleet is removed from its base at Faslane on the Clyde...


Wind farm protest at SNP conference - Perthshire Advertiser

Wind farm protest at SNP conference
Perthshire Advertiser
Timed to coincide with Alex Salmond's address to the party faithful, anti-wind farm protesters from Perthshire joined hundreds of fellow acti...


Leader: Clarity lacking on question of SNP's legal advice - Scotsman

Scotsman

Leader: Clarity lacking on question of SNP's legal advice
Scotsman
THE resignation from the SNP of MSPs Jean Urquhart and John Finnie is a severe blow to Scotland's ruling party. The SNP lead...


Inside politics: Extravagant claim for Scotland's wealth doesn't add up - Sco...

Inside politics: Extravagant claim for Scotland's wealth doesn't add up
Scotsman
It produces a table which ranks nations by their gross domestic product (GDP) per head. Top is Luxembourg, at over $86...


Brian Wilson: SNP can't make rules for Europe - Scotsman

Scotsman

Brian Wilson: SNP can't make rules for Europe
Scotsman
I must confess that an interest in Catalonian politics was not the principal reason for my presence in Barcelona this week. There was al...


Iain Gray: Scotland's best economic asset is under threat - Scotsman

Scotsman

Iain Gray: Scotland's best economic asset is under threat
Scotsman
A year ago, SNP ministers were hailing the success of their ?plan macB?, but whatever it was, it has failed. Assertions that...


Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry - Scot...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry
Scotland on Sunday
The revelation led the First Minister to become embroiled in a furious row that saw him acc...


Ministers bid to head off rebellion after MSPs quit SNP over Nato decision - ...

Scotland on Sunday

Ministers bid to head off rebellion after MSPs quit SNP over Nato decision
Scotland on Sunday
Mr Finnie said: ?I understand that there are those who wish to stay within the SNP and ...


Legal advice that never was - For Argyll

For Argyll

Legal advice that never was
For Argyll
NATO: the SNP's Clause 4 moment (61); A very disturbing television programme (32); Ferries and fares on The Ileach's Letters page (30); Opposition to ...


UK government muzzled Scottish ministers at EU meetings, Fiona Hyslop says - ...

Scotsman

UK government muzzled Scottish ministers at EU meetings, Fiona Hyslop says
Scotsman
The SNP government had hoped David Cameron's election as Prime Minister would see Scotland given a greater ...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry - Scot...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP reveal no legal advice sought over EU entry
Scotland on Sunday
Unveiling the Scottish Government's referendum consultation, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs: ?The Sc...


Scottish independence: Salmond denies lying over EU advice - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond denies lying over EU advice
BBC News
She revealed a majority of respondents favoured a one question referendum. An agreement was signed last week to deliver a l...


No legal advice sought on EU entry - ic Scotland.co.uk

No legal advice sought on EU entry
ic Scotland.co.uk
Ms Sturgeon made the comment during a statement at the Scottish Parliament just over a week since Prime Minister David Cameron visited Edinburgh t...


Ministerial Statement: The Edinburgh Agreement - BBC News

BBC News

Ministerial Statement: The Edinburgh Agreement
BBC News
... Agreement is a watershed moment in Scotland's Home Rule journey. "It paves the way for the most important decision our country will...


VOTES FOR TEENAGERS PLAN IS RUBBISHED - Express.co.uk

VOTES FOR TEENAGERS PLAN IS RUBBISHED
Express.co.uk
HALF those who responded to the Scottish Government's referendum consultations were against plans to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote, it was reve...


Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice - Th...

The Guardian

Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice
The Guardian
The biggest vote in support of Salmond showed that 63% of respondents favoured his proposed referendu...


Alex Salmond denies 'barefaced lies' over Scotland euro membership - Telegrap...

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond denies 'barefaced lies' over Scotland euro membership
Telegraph.co.uk
The Deputy First Minister announced that the advice had now been requested, but only after the signin...


Alex Salmond branded 'bare-faced liar' over EU legal advice - stv.tv

Alex Salmond branded 'bare-faced liar' over EU legal advice
stv.tv
Ms Sturgeon made a statement to clarify the position at the Scottish Parliament just over a week after Prime Minister David Cameron ...


Scottish Government admits: we've taken no legal advice on EU - Herald Scotland

Scottish Government admits: we've taken no legal advice on EU
Herald Scotland
The Scottish Government has admitted that no specific legal advice has been taken on entry to the European Union in the e...


Consultation shows support for single referendum question - Glasgow Liberal D...

Consultation shows support for single referendum question
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
The SNP government has wiped out its credibility in one fell swoop. ?The Scottish Liberal Democrats want to see an ...


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Imagine just for the sake of coming to the debate with a different perspective what this campaign would be like if Scotland had stayed an independent country and the vote we were going to have in 2...

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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.

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...

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 ...