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Major calls for cold-weather windfall tax on energy firms
ENERGY companies should be hit by a windfall tax on excess profits to help hard-hit households with rising energy bills if Britain is hit by a cold snap this winter, Sir John Major has suggested.

'Go home' posters may still be used despite move to scrap vans
CONTROVERSIAL posters advising illegal immigrants to "go home" may still be used despite the Coalition Government's decision to scrap vans carrying the same message.

Sugar criticises 'bargain' Royal Mail sell-off
Lord Sugar has hit out at the Government's "bargain basement" sale of Royal Mail and demanded an inquiry to find out who has profited from it.

Galloway may enter London mayor race
Respect MP George Galloway has suggested that "tedium" could lead him to quit Westminster and enter the race to become the next mayor of London.

Former MSP takes House of Lords seat
A former member of the Scottish Parliament has taken his seat in the House of Lords.

Call for new building adviser role
AN adviser should be appointed to liaise between the government and the building industry, a report has claimed.

Westminster march
It was a case of boots on the ground outside the Westminster parliament yesterday.

Ex-inmate support scheme launched
A NEW support service for prisoners leaving custody aims to cut reoffending rates.

MP calls for PM's support
A Scots LibDem MP has called on David Cameron to back his call for a crackdown on nuisance calls and texts.

Labour in by-election 'cuts' row
THE Dunfermline by-election campaign has flared into life in its final week amid claims Labour "hit the panic button" with a ­leaflet which denied much of the party's austerity proposals.

Aids warning on immigrant curbs
A LABOUR MP has repeated warnings that the Coalition's controversial Immigration Bill could trigger a rise in cases of Aids.

Plebgate officers sorry for talking to media
Three police officers in the "Plebgate" row have apologised for "poor judgment in talking to the media" after a meeting with ex-Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

Nationalists face a hard fight to hold seat left by Walker
DUNFERMLINE has a rich history as a royal burgh but not as a happy hunting ground for the SNP, so when the Nationalists captured the Holyrood seat in 2011 it was one of the shocks of the night.

MacAskill calls on lawyers to back dropping corroboration
KENNY MacAskill has thrown down the gauntlet to lawyers by urging them to back plans to end the requirement for corroboration in criminal cases or risk leaving Scotland's justice system stuck in the last century.

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Michael Kelly: Trade union has a lot to answer for
23 Oct 2013 at 5:07pm

Unite refused to recognise its weak position over Grangemouth and should have been ready to compromise, writes Michael Kelly



Grangemouth analysis: Hope lies with politicians
23 Oct 2013 at 4:13pm

THE total breakdown of industrial relations at Grangemouth has left ministers rolling their eyes in dismay in recent days.



Grangemouth: How downfall began with bar-room brawl
23 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm

The butterfly effect is at work, writes political editor Eddie Barnes



Hugh McLachlan: Beyond reasonable doubt
23 Oct 2013 at 3:27pm

Hugh McLachlan warns against moves to abolish the requirement of corroboration in criminal trials to improve conviction rates



Leaders: Co-operation vital for Grangemouth
23 Oct 2013 at 3:19pm

NOT since the closure of the Ravenscraig steel works in 1992 has Scotland faced as serious a threat to its industrial base as it does today with the potential loss of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant and oil refinery.



Christine Jardine: Feminism not the deciding factor
23 Oct 2013 at 3:07pm

PICTURE the scene. A colleague who is almost eight months pregnant walks into an important staff meeting and stands towards the back.



Bill Jamieson: Voter beware the political pledge
23 Oct 2013 at 3:07pm

Events at Grangemouth remind us just how quickly government promises can be derailed, writes Bill Jamieson



BASF Paisley plant closure talks planned
23 Oct 2013 at 2:02pm

THE Scottish Government is to hold urgent talks with chemical firm BASF on the future of the company’s closure-hit site in Renfrewshire.



Scottish independence: ?Be blunt?, says Carmichael
23 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

THE pro-UK message to Scots ahead of next year’s referendum needs to be “blunter” and “more real to people’s everyday lives”, Alistair Carmichael has warned in his first appearance as Scottish Secretary before a Commons committee.



Cameron announces ?green tax rollback? at PMQs
23 Oct 2013 at 10:30am

THE Coalition is deeply split after Lib Dems rejected Tory Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the government will cut energy bills by “rolling back the green taxes.”



Dunfermline by-election: ?Move on from Walker? call
23 Oct 2013 at 8:32am

LABOUR has said the Dunfermline constituency needs to move away from the “shame” of Bill Walker, the former SNP MSP who assaulted his three ex-wives.



UK government benefits cap ?not working? - report
23 Oct 2013 at 4:06am

The Government’s benefits cap will struggle to meet its objectives of saving taxpayers’ money and encouraging people into work, a report has found.



Plebgate officers to give evidence to MPs
23 Oct 2013 at 12:38am

Three police officers caught up in the so-called Plebgate row are to be grilled by MPs today as part of a bumper evidence session on the ongoing affair.



Scottish housing policy set for review
23 Oct 2013 at 12:02am

An independent body is being established to take a “fundamental look” at housing policy before the next Holyrood and Westminster elections.



Immigration Bill passes first hurdle in Commons
22 Oct 2013 at 7:08pm

Controversial plans to prevent immigrants from accessing public services free of charge cleared their first hurdle in the House of Commons tonight.




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The Countdown Conundrum
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
The Spectator: as subtle as it is classy.

Grangemouth: the facts as known
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 7:36am
We’ve been digging around behind the scenes for the last few days now trying to make sense of the labyrinthine tangle of claim and counter-claim over what’s going on at the Ineos refinery and petro-chemical plant at Grangemouth. The press is full of competing assertions from the various parties involved, so we’re just going to [...]

Quoted for truth #32
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 5:08am
Eric Joyce, MP for Falkirk, 23 October 2013: “The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth?s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news. Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly. The loss of a significant element of Scotland?s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but [...]

Return Of The Abstainers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 4:11am
The coalition government’s horrific new immigration bill passed its first hurdle in the House Of Commons last night by 303 votes to 18. The administration that brought us vans touring cities telling foreigners to leave or be arrested, gangs of armed officers sweeping tube stations for any dark-skinned undesirables, British citizens being harassed by text [...]

The hyper-visible hypothetical
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2013 at 4:43pm
Our big story today could almost have been designed as the perfect test of the Scottish media’s professional integrity. The revelation that “Better Together” appears to have broken the law – again – by conducting an unlicensed lottery to raise funds isn’t all that dramatic in itself, though it would demonstrate an attitude entirely in [...]

The law is for other people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2013 at 5:55am
We had a fascinating discussion on Twitter yesterday on the subject of lotteries. It was sparked by the latest cunning money-raising scheme by “Better Together”, in which they enlisted unsuccessful “Great British Bake-Off” contestant James Morton to solicit donations, with the lure of a free signed copy of his book (cover price £20) for five lucky [...]

Just below the surface
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2013 at 4:10am
We got slightly distracted yesterday by documenting some eye-popping Unionist madness, and completely forgot to finish our investigation into the Guardian’s odd claims that the Scottish Government had “delayed”, “softened” and “compromised” its stance on the removal of Trident from Scotland after independence, and that such a move betrayed nervousness over the feasibility of its [...]

Another late entry
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
And this one might just take the entire cake stand and banana hanger. It’s former Tory MP and junior minister Edwina Currie, speaking about someone called “Alex Salmon” on Radio 5′s Stephen Nolan show on Saturday. (From 2h 16m on that iPlayer link.) We do recommend listening to all six-and-a-half minutes. It sets a very [...]

Barrel, meet fish
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2013 at 11:01am
So, we suppose we have to point out the obvious. The conduct and result of a Holyrood by-election isn’t strictly within this site’s remit, but the astonishing audacity with which Labour are prepared to flat-out lie to the Scottish public is, because it reflects on everything they say about independence. So let’s step through the [...]

Leading the world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2013 at 9:05am
Every country on Earth is the best at something. We can do better than this, right? (Data)


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Union may back Ineos survival plan
23 Oct 2013 at 4:23pm
The union representing workers at Grangemouth's petrochemical plant could be set to agree to the "survival plan" set out by majority owner Ineos.


Six Edinburgh saunas lose licences
23 Oct 2013 at 3:04pm
Almost half of Edinburgh's licensed saunas are to close after the city council refused to grant licences.


Road casualties at an all-time low
23 Oct 2013 at 6:20am
The number of road casualties in Scotland are at the lowest level according to figures released by Transport Scotland.


Plans for new school set to proceed
23 Oct 2013 at 10:02am
Plans for a £30m new secondary school in Aberdeen to replace Torry Academy and Kincorth Academy are set to proceed.


Call to review roof space loophole
21 Oct 2013 at 7:35pm
An MSP has written to the housing minister about a legal loophole which allows landlords of top-floor flats to build into communal roof space.


Further talks over teaching changes
22 Oct 2013 at 11:31am
Further talks are to be held between employers and Scotland's largest teaching union after members rejected planned changes to working conditions.


Textiles 2020 turnover target raised
22 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
Scotland's textile industry sets new growth goals after exceeding targets it had originally hoped to reach in seven years' time.


UK set to guarantee energy projects
22 Oct 2013 at 10:10am
A string of renewable energy projects are earmarked for possible government backing in an effort to speed up infrastructure schemes.


Councillors object to wind farm
22 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
Councillors unanimously agree to lodge an objection to plans for a 24-turbine wind farm near Reay in Caithness.


Town hall revamp gets £1m lotto cash
22 Oct 2013 at 11:34am
A lottery grant of £1m is awarded to a project to restore the historic town hall in Campbeltown, Argyll.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
10 Oct 2013 at 7:25am
Alex Salmond is accused of being "simply dishonest" over plans to set up two oil funds.


AUDIO: Swinney in talks over oil plant sale
22 Oct 2013 at 3:32am
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney says he has been having discussions about the possible sale of the troubled Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemicals plant.


VIDEO: Schools dominate by-election campaign
21 Oct 2013 at 9:06am
Voters will be electing a new member of the Scottish Parliament this week after Bill Walker was jailed for domestic violence.


VIDEO: Anti-nuclear timetable - Salmond
20 Oct 2013 at 5:14am
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says nuclear submarines would be from Faslane Naval Base as safely as possible.


VIDEO: Questions to answer for Scottish voters
17 Oct 2013 at 6:01am
SNP leader Alex Salmond opens his party's conference in Perth on Thursday afternoon insisting next year's Scottish referendum can be won if it can convince voters independence would bring economic prosperity.


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Dunfermline by-election hustings - 22 October
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Oct 2013 at 3:59pm

Below is a full recording of the hustings debate which took place in the Carnegie Conference centre on Tuesday 22nd October.

The debate was organised by The Courier newspaper and Newsnet Scotland would like to thank the Courier for allowing us to film the event.



The regressive politics of quantitative easing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Oct 2013 at 10:29am

By Jeremy Green, University of Sheffield

When financial markets stood on the verge of collapse in the summer of 2008, two of the world?s most important central banks, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, began considering unorthodox policy measures. They turned to Quantitative Easing, or QE: injecting money into the economy by purchasing assets from the private sector, in the hope of boosting spending and staving off the threat of deflation. These were desperate measures for desperate times.



Workers' rights and national independence are part of the same struggle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Oct 2013 at 5:46pm

By Ken Ferguson

Faced with the Neo-Thatcherite assault on workers' rights at Grangemouth by a shadowy Swiss based oligarch, those of us who also support a Yes vote need to say clearly that this is not the Scotland we seek.

The early indications are that a clear majority of the workers have stuck with their union UNITE and faced down the company's blackmail.



Time to Be Bold in Making a New Scottish Democracy!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Oct 2013 at 4:31pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
We hear all the time that a 'historic decision' awaits Scots next year but so far this has seemed like a typical Scots campaign as nervous forces of change face a techy displaced establishment and a media unsure of its role.
 
All this in the context of traditional institutions declining, new ways of organising and social media emerging, and a country dramatically changed in the last three decades, which 'official Scotland' finds difficult to fully grasp.



Sturgeon on cuts
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
19 Oct 2013 at 5:39am

By Withered Vine, BBC Scotlandshire's London Fashion and New Trends Correspondent

At the Natz annual Braveheart convention in Perth, Deputy Eck, Nicola Sturgeon, made a devastating attack on the cuts being made in the UK, and warned that there was worse to come.

The attack came in the opening part of her speech, which was only audible to those in the hall, because some numptie from the spoof channel was rabitting on over it in the TV broadcast.



Can the SNP ensure independence puts people before business?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 5:08pm

By Jo Edwards
 
High on the agenda at this week's 79th SNP conference in Perth was Westminster austerity and the highly controversial increase in the use of food-banks.
 
The shocking figures released last week by the Trussell Trust show that a total of 23,073 people in Scotland, including 6,608 children, were in need of emergency food support between April and September.  Six times the number that needed help in the same period last year.



Why the SSP will support the Grangemouth workers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 4:17pm

By Colin Fox
 
Scottish Socialist Party members will join today's mass protest called by workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery. 

The workers are angry after a turbulent few weeks when first their union convenor was threatened with dismissal and then they were all presented with an ultimatum to accept an enormous cut in their wages and pension rights or see the plant closed with the loss of thousands of highly skilled jobs.



Saying Yes to Scottish Independence: An opportunity for social justice
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Oct 2013 at 12:44pm

16 year old Michael Scott, who will vote in next year's Independence referendum, writes about why he will vote YES.
 
Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation - Alasdair Gray[1]
 
Do you want the chance to create a better Scotland? In the 2014 referendum on independence you'll get that opportunity.  Given the choice, I for one will be saying yes.  Too many important matters are still controlled, and I would argue controlled badly, by Westminster.



Great War saw Maclean emerge as key socialist leader
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Oct 2013 at 1:59pm

By Campbell Martin

Throughout the years of the First World War and the ascent of Red Clydeside, one man stood out as a great socialist leader ? John Maclean.

Maclean was born in Glasgow on 24 August 1879 to Highland parents and grew up in Pollokshaws as part of a poor, working class family.  After completing his schooling he trained as a teacher and embarked on part-time study at Glasgow University, from where he graduated in 1904 with a Master of Arts degree.



Threat and fear ? scare and smear: the ugly side of Great Britain plc
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Oct 2013 at 2:42pm

By Ken Ferguson

Just as the days shorten and the leaves fall, the annual ritual begins of the power profiteers hiking prices as they wring their hands in regret for their poor customers.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is first in the field with an 8 per cent rise.  British Gas has now followed and we can be sure they will not be the last, as any notion that gas and electricity are offered to the public by fiercely competing firms serving their interest ceased to fool the long-suffering public years ago.




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Go Home, Scots...
by Peter A Bell
23 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm

Vans with slogans telling foreigners to Go Home are to be deployed in London after Scottish independence. The Border Agency has recently agreed to remove the vans which have caused widespread offence to immigrant communities but it has now been revealed they will be stored and brought out in the ...



Gamesa's chief plays down 'yes' vote impact
by Peter A Bell
23 Oct 2013 at 12:11pm

THE head of Spanish wind turbine group Gamesa has blown a hole in the unionist argument that UK green subsidies to Scotland would dry up in the event of a "yes" vote.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Another Project Fear lie shot down.



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Bright future for renewables after Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
23 Oct 2013 at 12:07pm

The head of Spanish wind turbine group Gamesa has “blown a hole” in the unionist argument that UK green subsidies to Scotland would dry up in the event of a Yes vote, according to today’s Herald



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SNP?s pledge on Royal Mail future
by Peter A Bell
23 Oct 2013 at 7:11am

Attendees at the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Perth, condemned the privatisation of the Royal Mail.

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Former PM predicts Scots No vote
by Peter A Bell
23 Oct 2013 at 3:41am
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John Major is another of those voices from the past that occasionally intervene in the referendum debate. Like Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and so many more it is a voice that talks not only from a bygone age, but of it. Every time one of these people open their mou...



The hyper-visible hypothetical
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 6:39pm

Our big story today could almost have been designed as the perfect test of the Scottish media’s professional integrity. The revelation that “Better Together” appears to have broken the law – again – by conducting an unlicensed lottery to raise funds isn’t all that dramatic in itself, though it wo...



The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 6:21pm

Adam Price: The future for every Briton is another country – as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are

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Why Catholics and Protestants do not need to fear an independent Scotland
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 5:42pm

In chemistry a material in which other elements or compounds can be dissolved is called a solvent. Here's the definition: 'A solvent (from the Latin solv?, "I loosen, untie, I solve") is a substanc...

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THE UK IMMIGRATION BILL
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 5:12pm

Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP):I wish I could say it is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr Jackson), but I cannot. The only thing I will say is that when it ...

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Just Say Naw To George Galloway | National Collective
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 4:46pm



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UK Government move will ?severely restrict? Assembly?s powers to deal with an...
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 12:49pm
A move by the UK Government to amend the National Assembly’s powers will severely restrict the Assembly’s ability to pass laws to deal with people who cause harassment, alarm or distress to NHS staff, social workers and teachers, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has warned.



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No vote warning as UK takes powers back from Wales | Scottish National Party
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22 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm



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Scottish independence may boost Nordic partnership
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 11:59am

REGIONAL co-operation with countries such as Iceland, Denmark and Norway would improve significantly under Scottish independence, the SNP’s leader at Westminster has told an audience in Reykjavik.

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Revealed: SNP crannog plan
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 10:06am

It’s emerged that secret plans have been devised by the Scottish government for the population to live in Iron Age crannogs when society breaks down after independence. It is feared that extreme po...

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Growing bedroom tax arrears highlight necessity of Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
22 Oct 2013 at 9:06am

A "worryingly" large number of people subjected to the Bedroom Tax in Scotland are building up arrears, with the next instalment of the Westminster’s welfare cuts likely to make things even worse, according to a new report by housing expert Professor Kenneth Gibb.



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Grangemouth crisis: Oil giant Ineos to close petro-chemical plant with the lo...
by dailyrecord
23 Oct 2013 at 4:24am
THE news follows the passing of a deadline on a survival plan put to employees which asked them to accept changes to pensions and other terms and conditions.


Grangemouth crisis: Calls made to bring the Ineos plant into public ownership...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Oct 2013 at 1:14am
UNION leaders have called on the UK and Scottish governments to take control of the plant which has been closed since last week.


Scottish Government in discussions with potential buyers for the troubled Gra...
by dailyrecord
22 Oct 2013 at 4:05am
JOHN Swinney warned that the dispute between current owner Ineos and the Unite union was heading for a stalemate and said "alternative options" were being considered.


Joan McAlpine: Labour's battle plan is to rewrite history by regaining seats ...
by Joan McAlpine
22 Oct 2013 at 2:23am
JOAN McAlpine discusses the Labour campaign strategy and why they are not doing themselves any favours in their bid to claw back votes.


Grangemouth crisis: Two thirds of staff turn down latest offer from oil bosses
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Oct 2013 at 1:33am
A 6pm deadline passed on Monday night with staff knocking back the firm's attempts to buy them off in exchange for poorer terms.


New report by Scottish Parliament brands hated bedroom tax as 'massive failure'
by Annie Brown
21 Oct 2013 at 2:00am
BEDROOM tax was supposed to free up social housing and save money but new report claims it does neither and labels it an epic fail.


SNP Conference: Party members' passion can swing vote for Yes campaign, says ...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2013 at 1:56am
SALMOND believes the "ambition and passion" of the SNP is key in helping Scotland gain independence ahead of next year's referendum. 


Teen shot by Taliban inspires Scottish scholarship scheme that will see 40 yo...
by dailyrecord
20 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
THE scholarship was inspired by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head while travelling on a school bus in Pakistan last October after her outspoken views on education.


Alex Salmond urges Scots to seize the chance for independence as he wows SNP ...
by Mark Aitken
20 Oct 2013 at 4:27am
FIRST Minister announces plans to increase the minimum wage, repeats his demand for David Cameron to face him in a TV debate and reveals that the White Paper on independence will be out next month.


Revealed: Energy firms' hidden exit fees mean thousands of families won't be ...
by Norman Silvester
20 Oct 2013 at 3:51am
CUSTOMERS face massive cancellation costs if they take David Cameron's advice and try to change their gas and electricity suppliers.


David Cameron hires ex drug dealer to run his security at top Tory party summit
by Simon Wright
19 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm
Security firm boss Gordon McLean was exposed as a central figure in a network of drug-dealing bouncers on ITV?s World In Action


Nicola Sturgeon: Vote for an independent Scotland in 2014 and the average fam...
by David Clegg
19 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
THE Deputy First Minister told the SNP Conference in Perth that, if there's a Yes vote next year, her party will remove various green charges footed by consumers and cut their costs.


Britons worried about how they'll face winter as energy prices soar told to p...
by James Lyons
19 Oct 2013 at 4:22am
THE Prime Minister faced furious backlash after the comment, which political rivals said shows how little the Government stands up for hard-working people.


Measures to safeguard and benefit Armed Forces in independent Scotland backed...
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2013 at 12:22pm
DEFENCE spokesman Angus Robertson vows to ban compulsory redundancies and boost terms and conditions.


SNP Conference: Finance Minister John Swinney warns Scotland will suffer UK d...
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2013 at 7:49am
SWINNEY blasted what he said were "reckless deficits Westminster has built up" and claimed the Scottish economy would benefit from independence.


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In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate the foul personal attacks on calm, reasoned and decent people made by CyberNats and their interweb based "news" outlets like the despicable Newsnet Scotlandshire.


Chairchoob wounded by CyberNat character assassination
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The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on thi...
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20 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on this site in order to convey the channel's heart-felt thanks to those members of the Main Stream Media (that's all of you) who work so hard to keep the spurious arguments of the separatist Natz safely away from the as-yet u...

This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...

Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.
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18 Oct 2013 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.


Sturgeon on cuts
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Fortunately, Sturgeon showed a brief touch of compassion in her speech. Obviously she had understood that only the Prime Minister's dyspepsia has prevented him debating with Dic...

Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm
Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.


Danny Alexander woos bankers
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Now is not the time for Scotlandshire to give in to narrow nationalism. That must be left to the UK.

BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul s...
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16 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul splittist campaign.


The obvious lies of the Natz : Falsehood 1
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We will provide balance by publishing splittist articles that attempt to portray a vision of a separate Scotlandshire that its propon...

Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 3:33pm
Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the Scotch-English border, has now expanded to place all of England in a time warp.


Dr Who - a Natz conspiracy to take over the universe
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They failed to comprehend the glory of Empire, however. Loyal...

Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 7:34am
Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are being taught to sing for separation, our London-based culture correspondent pays a visit to Scotlandshire to go undercover and investigate the propaganda being used by separatists.


Fascists in a fash over feis
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Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an his...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Oct 2013 at 3:51pm
Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an historic win in the Govan council by-election.


Govan: 'We'll keep the red (white & blue) flag flying here'
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Conservative cash, Better Together footsoldiers and United with Labour stalwarts, all worki...

As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 3:26pm
As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, we bring you an even greater threat!


Independent Scotland At Greater Risk Of Defeat By Alien Invasion Warning
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When asked for comment, George Foulkes said that Lord Norvincciax of the Yazvidian gal...

What a nice guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 12:50pm
What a nice guy...



Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 8:11am
Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of applications for posts at BBC Scotlandshire.

Committed, as we are, to satisfying the demands of our readership (other than those that are illegal or that would require us to become contortionists) we seek your guidance...

SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council lead...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 3:40pm
SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council leaders and has a warning for England's northernmost county.


HP?s SoS ? You?ve had your chips, Stirlingshire
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
So watch out, residents of England's most Northerly county. Ally's not so tartan army will...

As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 6:45am
As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond farewell.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 9 - Ming Campbell
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We look forward to the day when Lord Ming of that place in my old constituency that I can't pronounce takes his seat among the ...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


Grangemouth and Privatisation
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2013 at 10:36am
By J Simon Jones This past few days has seen one of the most illuminating news cycles of recent times for anyone remotely concerned with the workings of the British state. Last week it emerged that N:Power was raising prices... Read More ›

Nuclear Meltdown
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small Brian Wilson in standard mode this week: apoplectic. The sense of self-importance and enshrined right-to-rule is most evident with Unionist politicians like Wilson but the sheer hypocrisy is breathtaking. Last week he used his regular platform in... Read More ›


Altered State
by bellacaledonia
22 Oct 2013 at 3:11am
We continue our series publishing extracts from Closer. Mike Small argues that with cultural revival, growing consciousness of the roots of economic inequality and a democratic renewal, we are entering an altered state through the independence movement. Closer to what?... Read More ›


Backing Bella for 2014
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 3:52pm
Bella Caledonia has been publishing since Autumn 2007 and now, as we enter the referendum year, it’s time to step-up our focus, our quality and our output. To do this we’re asking for your support, so next week launching a... Read More ›

Laying Down a Marker
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Bella thinks Nicola Sturgeon’s speech yesterday represents a significant political moment. She has re-framed the independence debate and is thinking beyond the referendum. A very interesting contribution (win or lose) it represents both a strategy for the next 12 months... Read More ›

Newco Britain?
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2013 at 3:17pm
We continue our series of views from round the rUK and Ireland – with Phil Mac Giolla Bháin writing from Ireland… Two weeks ago I voted as a citizen of my Republic. I was asked if I wanted our upper... Read More ›

Wales First?
by bellacaledonia
17 Oct 2013 at 9:16am
In the first of a series of articles we look at the impact of the Scottish constitutional movement from around the rUK and Ireland, Stewart McDonald reports from Aberystwyth. What’s happening elsewhere and what are the connections? Plaid Cymru?s tanks... Read More ›

A Lesson in Self-Hatred
by bellacaledonia
16 Oct 2013 at 11:32am
By Mike Small Hot on the heels of Lord Robertson’s claim that we are a cultural void-space comes Allan Massie claiming that we are bereft of language too. Massie, who campaigned unsuccessfully against devolution, seems to be joining the growing... Read More ›

Both Sides of the Tweed
by bellacaledonia
14 Oct 2013 at 2:49pm
Dick Gaughan has been at the heart of Scottish cultural revival through an uncompromising firebrand folk for thirty years and more. Iain Robson of the Scotland Pages asked him about the coming politics: The idea that Independence will solve anything... Read More ›

Hit the North
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2013 at 4:34pm
By Fiona MacInnes Orkney has been a safe Liberal and then Lib-Dem seat for as long as anyone up here has political memories. There was a time before Liberals and that was Tory or rather Conservative and Unionist? The isles... Read More ›


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Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart? - FRANCE 24
23 Oct 2013 at 11:05am

Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart?
FRANCE 24
Even if the details of the book ?Asterix and the Picts? remain a closely guarded secret ahead of Thursday's release, the new publication has aroused a great deal of interest in modern Scotland. Its arrival will be relished by the country's pro .....


Scottish independence: 'Be blunt', says Carmichael - Scotsman
23 Oct 2013 at 1:20pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Be blunt', says Carmichael
Scotsman
The Scotsman Conferences is hosting a series of events capturing the many facets of the Scottish independence debate. 3 December sees a formidable line up of expert speakers tackle ?The Independence White Paper: A Business Plan for...


Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain - Tel...
20 Oct 2013 at 6:56am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain
Telegraph.co.uk
But he grew increasingly irate during an interview on the Andrew Marr show when challenged that most people consider Great Britain a ?familiar entity? that would be destroyed by Scottish independe...


Scottish independence may boost Nordic partnership - Scotsman
22 Oct 2013 at 11:51am

Scotsman

Scottish independence may boost Nordic partnership
Scotsman
REGIONAL co-operation with countries such as Iceland, Denmark and Norway would improve significantly under Scottish independence, the SNP's leader at Westminster has told an audience in Reykjavik. Angus Robertson MP, the party's fo...


Scottish independence: Alasdair Gray slams BBC - Scotland on Sunday
21 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm

Scottish independence: Alasdair Gray slams BBC
Scotland on Sunday
The Glasgow-born artist, who is to be honoured with a major exhibition in the city to mark his 80th birthday next year, said the BBC no longer offered an ?impartial? service and its opposition to Scottish independence could be traced...


Possible Scottish independence raises pensions questions - Pension Funds Online
23 Oct 2013 at 11:47am

Possible Scottish independence raises pensions questions
Pension Funds Online
A report, published by professional chartered accountants body ICAS, stated that if Scotland votes 'yes' for independence in the referendum, then under European Union (EU) law, pension schemes operating between Scotland a...


Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan - Scotsman
20 Oct 2013 at 8:35am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan
Scotsman
The Scottish Government must set out all of the currency options in its White Paper for independence, which Mr Salmond announced for release on November 26 at the SNP Conference in Perth on Saturday. Mr Darling said: ?The people o...


Scottish Independence: Referendum webchat - Scotsman (blog)
22 Oct 2013 at 4:51am

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish Independence: Referendum webchat
Scotsman (blog)
The Scotsman Conferences is hosting a series of events capturing the many facets of the Scottish independence debate. 3 December sees a formidable line up of expert speakers tackle ?The Independence White Paper: A Business Pla...


Scottish independence: Look to Norway - McLeish - Scotland on Sunday
14 Oct 2013 at 8:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Look to Norway - McLeish
Scotland on Sunday
His intervention came after he said he would answer a call from the SNP to set up a ?council of state? of the party's political rivals to help negotiate Scotland's split from the rest of the UK, if the country vote...


Fear seen as key on Scottish independence - Irish Times
21 Oct 2013 at 1:04am

Fear seen as key on Scottish independence
Irish Times
Fear seen as key on Scottish independence. Worry is a political tool used by those who back and oppose leaving the UK. Alex Salmond makes his keynote speech at the SNP autumn conference in Perth, Scotland. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.




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Affymetrix Rolls Out New Offering - Analyst Blog - NASDAQ
23 Oct 2013 at 5:14pm

Affymetrix Rolls Out New Offering - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
Global genetic devices maker Affymetrix Inc. ( AFFX ) has launched a new product, Axiom Strawberry Genotyping Array, also known as International Strawberry 90K SNP array or IStraw90. It is the world's first solution that facilitates high-resol...


Candidates have been making a final attempt for votes on the last day of ... ...
23 Oct 2013 at 4:16pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Candidates have been making a final attempt for votes on the last day of ...
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Voters go to the polls tomorrow to select a new MSP for the constituency where the SNP is defending a slim majority of 590. Labour hopes to take the seat in ...


Affymetrix Rolls Out New Offering - Zacks.com
23 Oct 2013 at 3:56pm

Affymetrix Rolls Out New Offering
Zacks.com
The array has been developed in conjunction with the International RosBREED SNP Consortium (IRSC), an arm of the "RosBREED" project that conducts research on the genetic improvement of rosaceous crops. Contrary to other genotyping technologies ...

and more...


SNP MP condemns air passenger duty - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
23 Oct 2013 at 3:54pm

SNP MP condemns air passenger duty
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Air passenger duty fleeces Scotland of revenue and helps the SNP's arguments for independence, one of the party's MPs has said. Angus Brendan MacNeil warned Westminster not to underestimate the influence the aviation tax could have on pe...


By-election campaign draws to close - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
23 Oct 2013 at 3:54pm

By-election campaign draws to close
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
The contest was triggered when Bill Walker - who won the Holyrood seat for the SNP in 2011 - bowed to pressure and gave up the constituency following his conviction for a catalogue of abuse against his ex-wives. Walker was kicked out of...


Bill Jamieson: Voter beware the political pledge - Scotsman
23 Oct 2013 at 3:16pm

Scotsman

Bill Jamieson: Voter beware the political pledge
Scotsman
Last week's SNP conference was by no means alone, but provided a particularly egregious example. The list of the party's commitments spanned renationalisation of the Scottish operations of Royal Mail, abolition of the so-called bedro...


Lamont's prestige at stake in contest Labour dare not lose - Telegraph.co.uk
23 Oct 2013 at 2:32pm

Lamont's prestige at stake in contest Labour dare not lose
Telegraph.co.uk
It is being held in the aftermath of arguably the most disgraceful event in the short history of Scottish devolution ? the conviction on 23 charges of wife-beating by the man elected as the SNP member for that ancient city i...


Scottish independence: 'Be blunt', says Carmichael - Scotsman
23 Oct 2013 at 1:20pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Be blunt', says Carmichael
Scotsman
Mr Carmichael, who admits he has a reputation as a political bruiser, also turned his fire on the SNP Scottish Government for saying one thing in public about the prospects of an independent Scotland and another in private. He high...


New Findings Reported from Research Institute Describe Advances in Life ... -...
23 Oct 2013 at 1:17pm

New Findings Reported from Research Institute Describe Advances in Life ...
HispanicBusiness.com
According to news reporting originating in Barcelona, Spain , by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "We present GStream, a method that combines genome-wide SNP and CNV genotyping in the Illumina micro...


Recon Technology, Ltd. (RCON): Recon Tech completes fracturing service ... - ...
23 Oct 2013 at 11:30am

Recon Technology, Ltd. (RCON): Recon Tech completes fracturing service ...
Seeking Alpha
Recon Technology (RCON +4.8%) confirms the successful completion of its Zhongyuan oilfield fracturing service project for Sinopec (SNP); during FY 2013, RCON signed fracturing service contracts with SNP for an ...



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Scottish Independence: Referendum webchat - Scotsman (blog)
22 Oct 2013 at 4:51am

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish Independence: Referendum webchat
Scotsman (blog)
The Scotsman Conferences is hosting a series of events capturing the many facets of the Scottish independence debate. 3 December sees a formidable line up of expert speakers tackle ?The Independence White Paper: A Business Pla...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? View from Alyn Smith MEP - The Edinburgh R...
21 Oct 2013 at 4:07pm

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish Independence Referendum ? View from Alyn Smith MEP
The Edinburgh Reporter
Do you want to stay part of the UK with all that's likely to happen there or do you want to renew Scotland, take the power to build a better nation, and be independent? That's the question the r...


Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero - Scotsman
19 Oct 2013 at 1:33pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero
Scotsman
The First Minister was impressive in his focus, and also in the calm and measured way he spelled out his vision for Scotland becoming an independent country. This was not independence as revolution, nor independence as insurrec...


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels
BBC News
The prospect of a Norwegian-sized oil fund is a powerful way of making the case for Scottish independence. That's why it's playing a prominent role in the independence referendum campaign. The Scottish government asked economists ...


Creatives discuss the impact of referendum - Herald Scotland
21 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Creatives discuss the impact of referendum
Herald Scotland
CELEBRATED polymath Alasdair Gray joined a diverse group of 'creatives' on stage to debate Scottish independence and its impact on the arts world at a special event last night in Glasgow. CELEBRATED polymath Alasdair Gray joined a diverse g...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to participat...


Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress so far. But he called f...


Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum - Christi...
10 Oct 2013 at 7:33am

ChristianToday

Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum
ChristianToday
Christians across Scotland are uniting in a year of prayer leading up to the independence referendum in September 2014. A twelve-hour session of worship and prayer will be held on St Andrew's Day - 30 N...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
2 Oct 2013 at 8:04pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Referendum offers Scotland choice of two futures - SNP (press release)
17 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm

Referendum offers Scotland choice of two futures
SNP (press release)
SNP Conference has got underway today (Thursday) with the passing of a resolution on the choice of two futures that next year's referendum offers to people in Scotland. The resolution sets out Scotland's choice between remaining w...



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Hoc Scottish Affairs Committee: The Referendum On Separation For Scotland
23 Oct 2013 at 12:38pm

I don't know if any of you watched this today, if you're interested you can watch it here . A mee...



Stuart Hall
23 Oct 2013 at 11:55am
Including rape according to bbc news

Write On Bookies Slip
23 Oct 2013 at 10:54am

Probably just me being stupid but it's ok to write on a bookies slip to make it easier to keep tr...



Still Game
23 Oct 2013 at 6:42am

4 nights at the Hydro at the end of September 2014.  £45 a ticket!!  As much as I loved it when i...



Norway Venue Announced
23 Oct 2013 at 6:17am

Scotland will visit the home of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next month after the Norwegian Football Fed...

I'm Not Feeling Well Today.
23 Oct 2013 at 5:51am
Why is it when you have time off work that's when your body decides to feck about? I've got sweat...

Tartanarmy.org.uk Web Address - Free To Anybody Who Can Justify Owning It
22 Oct 2013 at 11:59am

Anybody interested in owning www.tartanarmy.org.uk Web address?  Free to anybody who can justify ...



Looking For A Piper! Benidorm.
22 Oct 2013 at 11:39am
I have got a friend who lives in Altea near Benidorm. He's having a party on Saturday night and h...

My Hero
22 Oct 2013 at 7:39am

can anybody verify this ? 

 

One thing about blokes from Scotland is that their hearts and humo...


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

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...


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

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...

TNS-BMRB poll shows swing in favour of independence
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 8:15am
Some very welcome news on the referendum front today - the latest TNS-BMRB poll has shown the No ...

Are Labour now standing candidates on behalf of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition?
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 7:29am
It's long been obvious that the Tory/Lib Dem government are desperate for Labour people to speak ...

What will you spend your money on today?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
I was contacted last night by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, who asked me to give a mention to the fu...

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Perspective: Independence and full employment offer route out of poverty
by Kevin Gilmartin
23 Oct 2013 at 8:38am
Colin Fox, Scottish Socialist Party joint national spokesperson and a Yes Scotland Advisory Board...

Perspective: Farmers, rural communities and independence
by Peter Dempsie
23 Oct 2013 at 6:35am
MEP George Lyon does his best with the hand he?s got to set out the issues for farmers and rural ...

Bright future for renewables after Yes
by Stuart McDonald
22 Oct 2013 at 11:55pm

The head of Spanish wind turbine group Gamesa has ?blown a hole? in the unionist argument that UK...



Growing bedroom tax arrears highlight necessity of Yes
by Peter Dempsie
22 Oct 2013 at 5:05am
A "worryingly" large number of people subjected to the Bedroom Tax in Scotland are building up ar...

SNP conference highlights the potential of Yes
by Stuart McDonald
21 Oct 2013 at 11:07am

SNP members meeting at their party conference in Perth this weekend discussed a variety of policy...



Perspective: Greater responsibility for shaping our own future
by Peter Dempsie
21 Oct 2013 at 10:35am
Many of us who support the idea of an independent Scotland but would prefer not to be described a...

The Scottish Police Federation tells politicians to be honest about Westminst...
by sean.lafferty
21 Oct 2013 at 7:30am
Devolution has shielded the police in Scotland from 'pernicious' reforms that have ripped the hea...

We can build a better Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
20 Oct 2013 at 8:30am

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum will rid Scotland of the corrosive and cynical world of West...



'In less than 12 months time, we will all make a choice'
by Peter Dempsie
18 Oct 2013 at 10:15am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference in Perth today that on...



The 'No' future ? failure on child poverty and poverty pay
by Stuart McDonald
17 Oct 2013 at 5:40am

Today is international day for the eradication of poverty.  And yet, with impeccable timing, the ...



The Westminster penalty ? fivefold increase in Scots using foodbanks
by Peter Dempsie
16 Oct 2013 at 6:45am

By Angus Millar

The number of people in Scotland forced to rely on food banks has increased fivefo...



Scotland?s recovery continues ? let?s make it work for all
by Stuart McDonald
16 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

New official figures published today show Scotland?s economy continues to grow and levels of empl...



Public services 'central to union members' view of independence'
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 10:38am

A trade union survey shows that the future of public services is central to members? views on the...



Yes Scotland answers your questions: the Constitution
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
15 Oct 2013 at 7:59am
Video of 6-I2axKqCjU

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...



Reports of US accidents show risks of Scotland's nuclear weapons
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 6:09am
Recent reports about the very large number of "significant incidents" involving American nuclear ...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...


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


The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots | Adam...
by Adam Price
22 Oct 2013 at 2:32pm

The future for every Briton is another country ? as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are

It's no accident that only the Scottish are holding an independence r...




John Major: a closet leftie after all?
by Michael White
22 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

Energy profits tax plea was vintage Major, but it's hard to square 'passionate conservatism' bit with what happened under Mrs T

John Major knew what he was doing on Tuesday when he urged David Came...



Scotland: independency culture | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Oct 2013 at 3:59pm

If the SNP is to have a chance of securing independence, a dynamic and organic mood change is required

The Scottish National party annual conference that finished in Perth on Sunday had an urgency t...




Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 11:57am

First minister says SNP would have to win a post-independence election before removing nuclear weapons from Scotland

Alex Salmond has suggested a final deal on removing Trident nuclear submarines fr...




Trident deal would be delayed until 2016, says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 5:44am

First minister says that if Scotland votes yes in referendum and if SNP wins re-election, he will ask for nuclear fleet to be moved

Alex Salmond has said a final deal on removing Trident nuclear sub...




Alex Salmond sets date for Scottish independence white paper
by Kevin McKenna
19 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Slimmed down but fired up, SNP leader reveals 26 November publication date at final autumn conference before referendum

Some have already dubbed it the Scottish Magna Carta, the most important parch...




Alex Salmond: vote for Scottish independence is act of self-belief
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

First minister will say Scotland has already had taste of self-rule thanks to 14 years of devolution

Alex Salmond will argue on Saturday that supporting independence in next year's referendum is a n...




Scottish National party conference: the descant of political reality | Martin...
by Martin Kettle
18 Oct 2013 at 1:23pm

Try as the SNP machine might to spin a more favourable story, the polls continue to point solidly towards a no vote next year

The clock is ticking for the Scottish National party. Literally. Behind ...




Alex Salmond derided for stay at Gleneagles for SNP conference
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 12:01pm

Scottish first minister mocked for staying in opulent golf resort as Scottish National party conference debates bedroom tax

As Scottish National party ministers railed against the "despicable" bedro...




Evidence for independence as Scotland has best-run regional economy in UK
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 7:43am

John Swinney says recent figures show the devolved government can build dynamic, successful economy

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has said the strong case for independence has been p...




Alex Salmond hints at using English strikes in referendum battle
by Severin Carrell
17 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm

First minister tells SNP conference that contrasting levels of trust in UK and Scottish governments will be pivotal issue

Alex Salmond has signalled that he plans to use the public service strikes i...




The SNP must convince Scots that independence is safer | James Mitchell
by James Mitchell
16 Oct 2013 at 2:15pm

The yes camp can turn the debate around by focusing on the dismantling of the welfare state south of the border

The Scottish National party meets tomorrow in Perth for its last conference before th...




Limits on use of North Sea oil vital to protect climate, warns Mary Robinson
by Severin Carrell
9 Oct 2013 at 10:42am

Former Irish president criticises Scottish and UK governments for claiming to be greener yet promising more oil and gas

Mary Robinson, one of the world's senior diplomats, has warned that Scottish a...




Scottish government clashes with Philip Hammond over defence strategy
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 4:39pm

Defence secretary's claims that armed forces' presence in Scotland will increase are a misrepresentation, says SNP

The armed forces' presence in Scotland is set to increase despite the overall cuts ...




Prestwick airport set to be nationalised
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 12:31pm

Scottish government in talks to buy loss-making airport that was put up for sale last year by New Zealand-based owner

Scottish ministers are to take Prestwick airport into public ownership in an att...




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