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25.10.12

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Cameron accused of breaching rules
PRIME Minister David Cameron is being investigated by the UK Statistics Authority over claims he breached rules by hinting today's growth figures will show the UK has emerged from recession.

Probe into decision to drop Savile case
The decision not to prosecute Jimmy Savile in 2009 over an allegation of a sex assault involving a young girl is to be re-examined, David Cameron has announced.

Warning of £6bn targets shortfall
The Scottish Government faces a potential shortfall of more than £6 billion on a pledge to make homes more efficient and cut fuel poverty.

British backlash after EU spending hikes supported
A vote by the European Parliament to back inflation-busting rises in EU spending for the next eight years has come under fierce attack from British politicians across the party divide in Westminster and Brussels.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: SNP government ?no place for answers? on EU membership

BUSINESS leaders have so little faith in SNP ministers knowing the answers on EU membership after independence that they have called on the UK government to provide clarity, it emerged yesterday.



Independence referendum consultation: ?Most Scots happy with one-question re...

Fewer than a third of respondents to the SNP’s consultation on the independence referendum supported having a second question on the ballot paper, the government disclosed yesterday.



Scottish Independence: Inquiry into row over Alex Salmond?s EU ?legal advice?...

An independent inquiry will be held into the row surrounding Alex Salmond over legal advice on EU membership, the First Minister today confirmed.



Ian Swanson: Nato vote shakes foundation of formerly united SNP front

A week is a long time in politics. Ian Swanson looks at how Alex Salmond went from being on top of the world to fighting a party crisis.



Alex Salmond questions police after filmmaker arrested during Donald Trump do...

First Minister Alex Salmond is to question Grampian Police as to why a filmmaker was arrested while making a documentary about Donald Trump’s controversial golf course near Aberdeen.



Tories slam move for ?SNP cronies? on new Scottish Police Association board

The Conservatives have hit out at the SNP after several of the appointments to the new Scottish Police Association are SNP campaigners.



First Minister says legal advice on an independent Scotland gaining access to...

ALEX Salmond has said that the Scottish Government will not be publishing legal advice it receives on an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union.



History repeats itself as Pankhursts lead modern day suffragettes

A GREAT grand-daughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst led a rally outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday to call for equal rights for men and women.



Tavish Scott: Tories must help Savile?s victims, not hit the BBC

I ONCE wrote a speech for Jim Wallace, then leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats which included a terrible phrase about Jim fixing it.



MP claims historic link between paedophile ring and No 10 Downing Street

THERE is “clear intelligence” suggesting a historic paedophile ring may be linked to Downing Street and a former prime minister, MPs were told yesterday.



Minimum drink pricing laws appeal delayed by judge

AN attempt to block the Scottish Government’s controversial alcohol minimum pricing legislation has been delayed until the New Year.



David Cameron vows: Prisoners are not getting the vote

THE PRIME Minister appeared to be at loggerheads with his chief law officer yesterday after ruling out giving prisoners the vote.



Ruth Wishart: Anti-abortion men are fighting wrong battle

RUTH Wishart says it is wrong for those with little stake in this debate to expect their views to matter more than that of a pregnant woman



Bill Jamieson: In Salmond, we no longer trust

FIRST Minister has done his independence cause a great deal of harm in being caught out by a cheap lie, writes Bill Jamieson



Women?s sports ?being neglected?

THE legacy of the Olympic Games is in danger of failing women, MPs were warned yesterday.



Wingsland Blog

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Work till you drop in the Union
It’s nice to see some blue-sky thinking in the government. These are difficult times and everything needs to be on the table for discussion, such as the decadent, indulgent luxury of letting old people retire. “We are now prepared to say to people who are not looking for work, if you don’t look for work [...]

Inflation running at 800%
“Bruised Salmond denies lying as rows engulf SNP” (Magnus Gardham, the Herald): “Ministers, who have always insisted membership would be automatic and that Scotland would not have to join the euro single currency, refused to say. In July, Scotland’s Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, ordered them to reveal whether any advice existed. The Court of Session [...]

Fury as government withholds EU advice
The Scottish media is in full-on outcry mode at the Scottish Government for keeping things from the Scottish people with regard to the possible status of the country’s EU membership status in the event of independence, and to be fair it’s quite understandable when you read official statements like this: “Whilst there is a strong [...]

Anas Sarwar is (still) a liar
It’s not like we didn’t already know that, of course. But while Labour desperately distort and edit Alex Salmond’s words to try to justify an allegation of untruth, ably assisted by the Scottish media doing the same to Nicola Sturgeon by cutting her microphone when she attempted to answer questions on the subject, their Scottish [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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Salmond probed over EU advice row
Independent investigators are to look into whether First Minister Alex Salmond breached the ministerial code in relation to an ongoing legal row

Nato rebels 'should quit as MSPs'
A senior SNP MSP urges two former colleagues to quit parliament, after they resigned from the party over its new Nato policy.

Wrong impression given on EU row
The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon says it was "unfortunate" the impression was given that ministers had legal advice on an independent Scotland's status in Europe when they did not.

UK Tory minister snubs Holyrood
UK Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has refused to appear in front of Holyrood's Welfare Reform Committee.

MPs call for nuclear weapon deal
MPs call for the UK and Scottish governments to reach a deal on nuclear weapons before the independence referendum.

Mineshaft death 'lessons learned'
Lessons have been learned from the death of a woman who fell down a mineshaft in Ayrshire, the Scottish Government has said.

MSPs renew attack over advice row
Opposition parties renew their attack on Alex Salmond, accusing him of misleading the public over an independent Scotland's EU membership.

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

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

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.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond says he has asked independent advisers to check whether or not he is in breach of the ministerial code of conduct over the EU legal advice row as the issue dominates first minister's questions.

VIDEO: Did Salmond breach ministerial code?
Alex Salmond is asking independent advisers to check whether or not he is in breach of the ministerial code of conduct.

AUDIO: Sturgeon: 'Time right for EU advice'
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the time is now right to ask for legal advice on what the status of an independent Scotland would be in Europe.

AUDIO: Broadcaster insists EU advice 'clear'
Political broadcaster Andrew Neil tells BBC Radio Scotland that First Minister Alex Salmond told him his government had legal advice on an independent Scotland's status in Europe.

VIDEO: Cameron on Scots EU advice row
Prime Minister David Cameron intervenes in the row over whether an independent Scotland would remain in the European Union.

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Anas Sarwar gets his facts wrong

  By George Kerevan
 
ANAS Sarwar MP is deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.  Mr Sarwar inherited his Glasgow Central seat in almost dynastic fashion, from his father Mohammad Sarwar in 2010.
 
Following the publication of the latest official employment figures on 17 October, Anas Sarwar announced to the BBC: "In the last three months, 7,000 people in Scotland have lost their jobs while employment in the rest of the UK is going up - this SNP government has to start taking responsibility for that?.



Poisoned politics

  By Peter A Bell

There is a sickness in Scottish politics. A corrosive malignancy in the very heart of our nation. A debilitating malady that threatens to cripple our democracy.

Hatred!

Crude, mindless, intellect-sapping hatred. The seething hatred of the British establishment for the freely and democratically elected government of Scotland.



Jim'll fix it from beyond the grave. He'll finish the BBC

By Kenneth Roy

Famously, it was not the fact that he slept with Christine Keeler which cost John Profumo his career but the fact that he lied about it to the House of Commons. In this way the English establishment converted a sex scandal into a political one. Its outcome was the fall of Harold Macmillan's government.



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!



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Shell deal provokes call for revenues not to be milked by UK treasury

Oil giant Shell has today announced a deal worth £338m ($525m) in the Beryl area fields of the UK North Sea. The announcement has prompted a call for oil revenues not to 'prop up' the treasury in London and instead be invested for future generations.



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MPs call for nuclear weapon deal

MPs call for the UK and Scottish governments to reach a deal on nuclear weapons before the independence referendum.

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Scottish independence could end UK's nuclear deterrent

A unilateral nuclear disarmament could be forced on Britain if Scotland becomes independent in 2014, a government report says. Along with Scotland, the UK would lose the only naval base capable of hosting Trident nuclear-carrying submarines.

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Scots independence: is Wales next?

Scots independence bid raised speculations that the Welsh will follow suit, but they seem to be campaigning for a different thing.

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Scotland rejects Spanish warning on EU status if bid for independence
The Scottish government dismissed claims the country would have to apply to...

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SNP government ?no place for answers? on EU membership

BUSINESS leaders have so little faith in SNP ministers knowing the answers on EU membership after independence that they have called on the UK government to provide clarity, it emerged yesterday.

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Westminster admits Scotland could be nuclear free 'in months'

Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee has confirmed and an independent Scotland could be nuclear free within months.



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Scottish Government?s Homecoming celebrations to cost £3m

THE Scottish Government’s second Homecoming event, a year-long celebration of Scottish culture, has drawn criticism for a projected £3 million bill.

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Wings Over Scotland | Fury as government withholds EU advice

The Scottish media is in full-on outcry mode at the Scottish Government for keeping things from the Scottish people with regard to the possible status of the country’s EU membership status in the event of independence, and to be fair it’s quite understandable when you read official statements like this:

 

“Whilst there is a strong public interest in seeing what legal advice has been provided to the Government on the implications of EU membership if Scotland were to achieve independence, we have concluded that this is outweighed by a strong public interest in the Government being able to seek free and frank legal advice.”



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MSPs renew attack over advice row

Opposition parties renew their attack on Alex Salmond, accusing him of misleading the public over an independent Scotland's EU membership.

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Osborne rattled by poll | Scottish National Party

George Osborne’s attempts to explain a difficult poll for the anti-independence parties which show the momentum is firmly with the Yes vote, has left him looking desperate, an SNP MSP has said.



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Labour for Independence First Conference | Facebook

The purpose of the conference is to discuss LFIs’ role in the independence campaign, and looking at ways to get our message across to a wider audience.

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Poisoned politics

There is a sickness in Scottish politics. A corrosive malignancy in the very heart of our nation. A debilitating malady that threatens to cripple our democracy.



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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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Alex Salmond to be probed over Europe legal advice row
FIRST Minister refers himself to independent investigators after opposition politicians accuse himself of lying.

Ed Balls welcomes end of recession but says Government must do more
SHADOW chancellor warns that economy still 'desperately needs an injection of confidence' to stimulate growth.

Nicola Sturgeon admits 'unfortunate' impression was created in SNP legal advi...
DEPUTY First Minister concedes the SNP gave wrong impression over whether they had sought legal advice over an independent Scotland's place in Europe.

SNP's Trident pledge could leave UK with no nuclear weapons for 20 years, war...
WESTMINSTER'S Scottish Affairs Committee said the UK and Scottish Governments must detail the consequences of removing Trident "as soon as is practical". 

Alex Salmond snubs independence inquiry to attend curry book launch
SALMOND chose to blank the House of Lords committee into the economic effects of splitting from the union to attend a local businessman's book launch.

Integrity is a precious commodity for all politicians
ALEX SALMOND has endured a week from hell but he must realise that it was self-inflicted.

Alex Salmond blames BBC journalist Andrew Neil for EU 'lies'
THE First Minister claimed he was interrupted by Neil as he answered a question about legal advice received over an independent Scotland entering the EU.

David Cameron denies giving sneak peek at official economic figures
THE Prime Minister said 'good news' was on the way during an exchange with Ed Miliband.

Retired people should be forced to work for charity or lose pension, peer says
PENSIONERS' groups have hit out at Lord Bichard after he came up with the scheme to stop old people becoming a 'burden on the State'.

SNP in cronyism claims as several councillors are named to Scottish Police Au...
THREE SNP councillors and a Nationalist campaigner are among 12 members of the board which will oversee Scotland's national police force.

New emergency rescue rules are saving lives in wake of Alison Hume tragedy, c...
ALISON, 44, died after she fell down a mine shaft in 2008 with firefighters unable to rescue the mum-of-two because of health and safety rules.

Scotland is prepared for big freeze, agree MSPs
TRANSPORT MINISTER Keith Brown says the country is well prepared with councils across Scotland having more salt in stock than they used during the whole winter two years ago.

Scottish Government ask judge to postpone minimum alcohol pricing legal battl...
THE Scotch Whisky Association claim Holyrood do not have the legal power to set alcohol pricing.

Even Alex Salmond can't talk Scots into committing to independence
THE First Minister's relentless pursuit of separation from the union is hurting his credibility in the eyes of the public.

Resignation of principled duo is big blow for Alex Salmond
A HORRIBLE day for Alex Salmond shows that he no longer has the power within his own party to get everything his own way.

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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



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...



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Indy Podcast 10
Did you know that home insurance premiums in Scotland are artificially high because Scotland is part of the union? I didn?t. You can find out why and much more by [...]

?Social Media and Social Change? at 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
The  16TH EDINBURGH INDEPENDENT RADICAL BOOK FAIR  opened tonight at Out Of The Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street, Leith and runs until Sunday 28th October.  As always its chocabloc full of [...]

Where Bella is at
I’m posting a quick snapshot of who has read Bella today.  Maybe its of interest, maybe not. The stats speak for themselves: there is a niche for what Bella has [...]

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...

Scotland and Independence

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Council chief warning on referendum - The Paisley Daily Express

Council chief warning on referendum
The Paisley Daily Express
Independence could have a "disastrous" impact on jobs in Glasgow, the Labour leader of the city council has claimed. Councillor Gordon Ma...


Bell the cat, let loose a tiger - Indian Express

Bell the cat, let loose a tiger
Indian Express
The Scottish Government would hold a referendum on Scotland's constitutional future. There will be a single question: independence, yes or no? Both gove...


Alex Salmond refers himself under ministerial code over EU legal advice - The...

The Guardian

Alex Salmond refers himself under ministerial code over EU legal advice
The Guardian
Salmond's difficulties escalated further when it emerged that Spain's foreign minister, José García-Ma...


Scottish independence: Case for UK split falls apart under scrutiny says Davi...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Case for UK split falls apart under scrutiny says David ...
Scotland on Sunday
DAVID Cameron waded into the row engulfing Alex Salmond over EU membership yest...


Alex Salmond announces 'smokescreen' inquiry after liar claims - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond announces 'smokescreen' inquiry after liar claims
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish Ministerial Code makes no mention about the accuracy of statements on TV, meaning the interv...


Spain Tells Scots to 'Get in Line' to Join EU After Independence - San Franci...

Spain Tells Scots to 'Get in Line' to Join EU After Independence
San Francisco Chronicle
Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Scotland was told by Spain it will have to apply for membership of the European Union s...


Scottish Companies Seek Answers Elsewhere on Independence - Businessweek

Scottish Companies Seek Answers Elsewhere on Independence
Businessweek
Salmond has come under pressure this week to spell out how independence would work after revealing that he is seeking legal advi...


Referendum committee holds meeting - ic Scotland.co.uk

Referendum committee holds meeting
ic Scotland.co.uk
The first meeting of the new Holyrood committee devoted to the referendum on independence has been held. Members of the Referendum (Scotland) Bill...


Irish Independence ? Success or Failure? - The Caledonian Mercury

The Caledonian Mercury

Irish Independence ? Success or Failure?
The Caledonian Mercury
It will also, he may be hoping, be a reminder of Britishness in a year in which Scotland will be voting on indepe...


Gay marriage: pressure mounts on Alex Salmond - The Christian Institute

The Christian Institute

Gay marriage: pressure mounts on Alex Salmond
The Christian Institute
The SNP's ?baffling decision? to redefine marriage has provoked an ?unnecessary controversy? which could h...


SNP

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Highland Council leader defends authority's performance - Inverness Courier

Inverness Courier

Highland Council leader defends authority's performance
Inverness Courier
Drew Hendry shot back at Independent councillors who criticised the SNP-led coalition's programme of targets...


Nato row duo 'should quit Holyrood' - Hamilton Advertiser news

Nato row duo 'should quit Holyrood'
Hamilton Advertiser news
A senior SNP politician is calling for two former colleagues to leave Parliament after resigning from the party in protest at the decision...


EU advice row prompts Salmond probe - Hamilton Advertiser news

EU advice row prompts Salmond probe
Hamilton Advertiser news
But, on Tuesday, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the SNP administration had only now commissioned "specific legal advice fr...


Opinion ? Ian Murray MP on Salmond, the SNP and the EU - The Edinburgh Reporter

The Edinburgh Reporter

Opinion ? Ian Murray MP on Salmond, the SNP and the EU
The Edinburgh Reporter
I have been told time and time again by various elected members of the SNP that Scotland would rema...


Bell the cat, let loose a tiger - Indian Express

Bell the cat, let loose a tiger
Indian Express
Observers of Scotland will not be surprised since independent statehood is the raison d'etre of the Scottish National Party (SNP). The election of a min...


Alex Salmond refers himself under ministerial code over EU legal advice - The...

The Guardian

Alex Salmond refers himself under ministerial code over EU legal advice
The Guardian
More faux pap from an Unionist campaign that could not even lay a glove on Salmond on this or the resi...


Scottish independence: Case for UK split falls apart under scrutiny says Davi...

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Case for UK split falls apart under scrutiny says David ...
Scotland on Sunday
?It turns out now they didn't have any legal advice at all, and I think what th...


Alex Salmond announces 'smokescreen' inquiry after liar claims - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond announces 'smokescreen' inquiry after liar claims
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP turmoil over the EU deepened further this week when Spain's foreign minister this week warned a s...


Nato rebels urged to resign as MSPs - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Nato rebels urged to resign as MSPs
Telegraph.co.uk
She said Mr Finnie and Ms Urquhart should allow the next two SNP members on the Highlands and Islands regional list to replace them,...


Welsh government backs 1.5% GP pay offer but SNP warns of 'threat to NHS' - G...

Welsh government backs 1.5% GP pay offer but SNP warns of 'threat to NHS'
GP online
Welsh government backs 1.5% GP pay offer but SNP warns of 'threat to NHS'. By Marina Soteriou, 25 October 2012. The...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Council chief warning on referendum - The Paisley Daily Express

Council chief warning on referendum
The Paisley Daily Express
On Wednesday, former chancellor Alistair Darling, who is now heading up the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, had called on big compan...


Bell the cat, let loose a tiger - Indian Express

Bell the cat, let loose a tiger
Indian Express
The Scottish Government would hold a referendum on Scotland's constitutional future. There will be a single question: independence, yes or no? Both gove...


Scottish Companies Seek Answers Elsewhere on Independence - Businessweek

Scottish Companies Seek Answers Elsewhere on Independence
Businessweek
The agreement last week between U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to hold a referendum ...


Referendum committee holds meeting - ic Scotland.co.uk

Referendum committee holds meeting
ic Scotland.co.uk
Members of the Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee, which will examine matters relating to the 2014 ballot and associated legislation, agreed to ...


ANALYSIS: Britain on risky slide towards European - Europe Online Magazine

ANALYSIS: Britain on risky slide towards European
Europe Online Magazine
London (dpa) - Britain is currently on a slippery slope towards a referendum on its membership of the European Union, even if ...


Gay marriage: pressure mounts on Alex Salmond - The Christian Institute

The Christian Institute

Gay marriage: pressure mounts on Alex Salmond
The Christian Institute
The SNP's ?baffling decision? to redefine marriage has provoked an ?unnecessary controversy? which could h...


The Scottish independence campaign is losing ever more ground - New Statesman

The Scottish independence campaign is losing ever more ground
New Statesman
Last week's "Edinburgh Agreement" ended nine months of argument between the Scottish and UK governments over how and when t...


Stuart McMillan MSP to sit on Referendum Committee - For Argyll

For Argyll

Stuart McMillan MSP to sit on Referendum Committee
For Argyll
Stuart McMillan MSP to sit on Referendum Committee. Posted on October 25, 2012 by newsroom. SNP MSP Stuart McMillan was announc...


Analysis: Scottish independence referendum stokes up CAP reform debate - Agra...

Analysis: Scottish independence referendum stokes up CAP reform debate
AgraNet (subscription)
With an 'in-out' referendum now scheduled for 2014, the supposed benefits of independence for farmers hav...


Ian Swanson: Nato vote shakes foundation of formerly united SNP front - Scotsman

Scotsman

Ian Swanson: Nato vote shakes foundation of formerly united SNP front
Scotsman
And later, Mr Salmond found himself labelled a ?bare-faced liar? when Nicola Sturgeon revealed the Scottish Gove...


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Tinted Glasses - What's The Point?
They're decidedly Savile-esque. Any guy that wears them just looks creepy.

Female Virginity Auctioned For £485,000
I wonder what she'll be worth second hand on eBay?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/25/catarina-migliorini-sells-virginity-485000-male-virgin-alex-stepanov-1800-_n_2014057.html?utm_hp_ref=m...

Is It Going To Be Like This The Whole Way Through?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/9632629/Police-asked-to-investigate-Alex-Salmonds-anti-English-jibes.html

Stuff on nonsense, anyone come across this "lawyer" from...

Twitter And Its Users
I don't have a Twitter account but I sometimes read things on twitter that I've been directed to.

So, my question to those who have accounts is; What's it for? What do you use it for? Is it benefi...

Future Of Scottish Teams Competing If We Vote No
If the Scottish people vote NO at the referendum, what right do we have to compete internationally in Sporting events? By giving up our chance to be an independent country surely that sends a mess...

Fly Plaid
Looking to get a fly plaid for a wedding.
Anyone have any ideas of any decent (reputable, not one of those places on the Royal mile) online where I can get 1.

Also, thinking of updating my Kilt fo...

Media Will Ensure A No Victory
Listening to the media in Scotland over the last two days we can forget Independence. Mountain and molehill comes to mind. Total disgrace. I'm afraid the SNP bashing has only just began.

Fringe Is Back!
Fukkin sweeeeeeeet

you either love it or you don't care.

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Got a couple of spare tickets for the Thunderdrome event this Saturday at the Velodrome in Glasgow. £15 each. Pm me if yer interested. Can post them recorded first thing tomorrow or deliver them in...

Michael Marra - 1952-2012
Very sad news to hear that Michael Marra lost his battle with illness and died today. A wonderful man I was lucky to know. Heartfelt thoughts to Matthew and Alice his children.

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Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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 ...