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Tory wants boundary error inquiry
THE leader of the Tories on a Scots council has called for an inquiry into local boundary changes, claiming his party may have lost a seat over six years ago as a result.

Bill to end right to buy for council properties introduced
Legislation to end the right to buy has been ­introduced at the Scottish Parliament.

Miliband rages at smears over ex-Co-op chief
ED Miliband has accused David Cameron of unjustified smears over claims about Labour's links to the disgraced former Co-operative Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

Lamont threat of emasculation was mission impossible
JOHANN Lamont was a woman on a mission yesterday:

Curran says bedroom tax is a failing policy
Coalition ministers already have evidence the 'bedroom tax' is not saving money and should scrap the controversial policy, Labour have said.

Dame Tessa Jowell steps down
Dame Tessa Jowell is to retire after nearly 25 years as an MP.

Bedroom tax may be axed if review questions effectiveness
The controversial 'bedroom tax' could be scrapped if a Coalition-ordered review finds it is not saving any money, a Cabinet Minister has suggested.

'Historic moment' as gay marriage Bill passes first vote
Campaigners have hailed as a 'historic moment' the passing of the first stage of the Bill that will legalise same sex marriage by 2015.

Government to launch Co-op inquiry after Flowers scandal
THE UK Government is set to launch a top-level inquiry into the Co-operative Bank and its disgraced former chairman Paul Flowers as the controversy surrounding the institution descended into a major tit-for-tat row between the Tories and Labour at Westminster.

Typhoon crisis appeal raises £50m
The British public has raised more than £50 million to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in just one week, officials said.

Police officers filling in for retired civilian support staff
Police officers are filling in for redundant or retired civilian support staff on a daily basis, Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has said.

Firms will have to declare blacklisting
Companies engaged in the controversial blacklisting of employees will be excluded from public contracts in Scotland, according to new official guidance.

Tory in bet on party winning Scottish seats
THE chairman of the Conservatives has predicted that his party will gain three or four seats in Scotland at the next General Election.

Hoy heads up Scotland visitor drive for 'brilliant' 2014
OLYMPIAN Sir Chris Hoy and violinist Nicola ­Benedetti feature in a new multi-million pound ­marketing drive urging people to make Scotland their top destination in 2014.

Hammond appeals to rebels on Army plans
Conservative Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has appealed to his own MPs not to "damage" his controversial plans to reorganise the Army.


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Brian Monteith: Greater equality not in the SNP?s gift
24 Nov 2013 at 1:52pm

The Nationalists’ deceitful campaign is not making the right case for independence, writes Brian Monteith



Leaders: Iran deal worth the risk, whoever thinks they won
24 Nov 2013 at 1:45pm

WHO won in the deal between the west and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear activities? Both President Barack Obama and Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, are adamant that they got what they wanted.



Lesley Riddoch: White paper won?t be a revelation
24 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm

Independence blueprint will tell us SNP plan, but the same from the No camp is posted missing, writes Lesley Riddoch



Labour leadership ?unimpressive? on Falkirk
24 Nov 2013 at 9:27am

LABOUR’S leadership has been criticised by the local party in Falkirk over its handling of the row over the selection of a ­candidate in the town.



Scottish independence: No ahead by 9% - new poll
24 Nov 2013 at 8:57am

THE No campaign on Scottish independence has a nine point lead in the latest opinion poll, issued ahead of the publication of the white paper on independence this week.



Scottish independence: 1,000 flock to radical talks
23 Nov 2013 at 3:25pm

A RADICAL left-wing vision of an independent Scotland was outlined yesterday at a conference of activists in Glasgow.



Tories demand Yes Scotland apology over hacking claims
23 Nov 2013 at 3:21pm

THE Conservatives have demanded an apology from Yes Scotland after it emerged that a police investigation into allegations of hacking at the pro-independence headquarters found no evidence that the Yes Scotland e-mail system had been hacked.



Tributes paid to key voice in debate over NHS
23 Nov 2013 at 3:16pm

A YOUNG Scottish woman who was drawn into the independence referendum debate after she received life-saving treatment on the NHS in England has died.



Independence: Yes camp chastises SNP over using logo
23 Nov 2013 at 3:13pm

THE pro-independence campaign chairman has rebuked the SNP after it paid for and published hundreds of thousands of campaign newspapers using the Yes Scotland name and logo even though it was a party-only publication.



Miliband brothers Ed and David ?not reconciled?
23 Nov 2013 at 3:07pm

ED MILIBAND has acknowledged that his relationship with brother David has still not fully recovered, more than three years after they fought one another for the Labour leadership.



Scottish hospitals showing signs of winter strain
23 Nov 2013 at 2:32pm

SCOTTISH hospitals are already showing signs of strain this winter, with high bed occupancy rates and patients being moved between wards to make space for new admissions, figures reveal.



Scottish independence: SNP announces date of breakaway
23 Nov 2013 at 2:25pm

ALEX Salmond will this week announce that Scotland’s independence day will be 24 March, 2016, when he unveils his blueprint for breaking up the UK amid growing disagreement in the Yes campaign over plans to keep the pound.



Drumlanrig: Carwyn Jones | JFK | RBS chief
23 Nov 2013 at 1:34pm

CARWYN Jones, the Welsh First Minister (below), was speculating last week on the unintended consequences of Scottish independence.



Dani Garavelli: Lessons from the fall of Flowers
23 Nov 2013 at 1:31pm

THE general reaction to the Paul Flowers scandal, after a wry chuckle at the Crystal Methodist pun, has been one of bafflement: how could a man so obviously flawed – a man who apparently took Class A drugs, used rent boys and racked up a heap of expenses – become chairman of any bank, never mind one whose USP is its ethical policies?



Gerald Warner: Blue-green hoax will drag us back to Stone Age
23 Nov 2013 at 1:29pm

‘WE’VE got to get rid of all this green crap,” the leader of “the greenest government ever” has told his colleagues. Someone has been messing with Dave’s electoral popularity (forgive the oxymoron) and he is determined to find out who it is.




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Another mystery solved
by Chris Cairns
24 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
(Story.)

If the facts don?t fit, make up some shit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Nov 2013 at 8:30am
We apologise both for the slightly uncouth language in that headline and the mangling of an infamous phrase from the 1995 OJ Simpson murder trial. But it’s hard to reasonably appraise the conduct of Scotland’s two supposed “quality” newspapers this weekend with regard to the Yes Scotland email hacking incident without using expletives, and that’s [...]

The long journey to Yes
by Cindie Reiter
24 Nov 2013 at 6:00am
Hi, my name is Cindie, I?m one of those “New Scots” you hear people talking about from time to time, and I?m going to vote Yes in 2014. Born in Wales with an English father and Irish grandfather, I’m probably the epitome of “Britishness”. I moved to Scotland from London in the late 1980s after almost [...]

If you listen, you can hear
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Nov 2013 at 3:51am
Herald View in the Sunday Herald, 24 November 2013: “The geriatric forecasts of the IFS are surely a vision of Scotland if it stays in the UK. Without a new immigration policy and economic policies that keep skilled Scots families in Scotland, how can we avoid an ageing population? Carwyn Jones has also joined the [...]

Joining the dots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Nov 2013 at 7:04am
So we’re pretty embarrassed that we’ve only just put these two things together. We’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently pointing out that there’s almost no chance of the Barnett Formula – in essence, a mechanism for returning to Scotland some of the excess money it sends to Westminster in the form of [...]

The Northumberland Times
by Shaun Milne
22 Nov 2013 at 11:59am
You may have read today that “Better Together” is planning a major “newspaper-style” leaflet drive for the release of the White Paper next week. Thanks to our ever-alert spies in the No camp, we’ve managed to secure a leaked copy of the text. You can read it below. THE NORTHUMBERLAND TIMES: 19 September 2034. It’s [...]

Over and over and over again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Nov 2013 at 7:35am
That’s how often they tell us. “The Barnett Formula, under which Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland receive more public spending per head than England, has long rankled south of the border. Even Joel Barnett, who was chief secretary to the Treasury when the system was introduced in the Seventies as a temporary measure, subsequently disowned [...]

For viewers in Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
Let’s make this one as short as possible. This week’s latest comedy FEARBOMB from the No camp (well, one among many) was a topically Doctor Who-themed repeat of one of their classics – “You won’t get the BBC after independence”. We pulled that one apart in detail almost a year ago, but let’s see if [...]

Our loss is England?s gain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Nov 2013 at 4:01pm
It’s already been in the comments, and it’s all over Twitter, but it’d be remiss of us not to give as many people as possible the chance to enjoy this. Blair McDougall’s a big Rangers fan. See if you can spot him anywhere.

The devil in the detail
by Catriona Moffat
21 Nov 2013 at 1:10pm
We?ve had a closer look at the Institute for Fiscal Studies report from this week. Basically, the conclusion of the report is that if an independent Scotland continued to do exactly the same things over the next 50 years as the UK does now, it would have to grow its GDP by 1.9% to cover [...]


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Possible date set for Scots independence
24 Nov 2013 at 8:54am
Scotland could be independent on 24 March, 2016, if voters back leaving the UK in the independence referendum, the Deputy First Minister announces.


Falkirk's Labour Party elects chair
24 Nov 2013 at 12:53pm
The Falkirk Labour Party elects a new chairman, after the previous incumbent resigned amid claims of vote-rigging in the selection of a parliamentary candidate.


'Radical independence' case set out
22 Nov 2013 at 6:13pm
Radical voices have an important role to play in the forthcoming independence referendum, the leader of the Scottish Greens is to tell a conference.


Defence detail call for White Paper
22 Nov 2013 at 6:19pm
A committee of MPs says the upcoming White Paper on Scottish independence should be "absolutely clear" how an independent Scotland would defend itself.


Schools could delay new Higher exams
22 Nov 2013 at 10:01am
The Scottish government signals that it will allow schools to delay the introduction of the new Higher exams for fifth year pupils.


Date set for Cowdenbeath by-election
22 Nov 2013 at 5:05am
The Cowdenbeath by-election, caused by the death of Helen Eadie MSP, will be held on 23 January 2014.


Carmichael in complacency warning
22 Nov 2013 at 7:34am
The Scottish secretary has warned cabinet colleagues not to be complacent over the result of the independence referendum.


Glaxo announces £25m site expansion
22 Nov 2013 at 4:39am
A major pharmaceutical firm announces it is to invest £25m to expand its operation in Montrose in Angus and create 25 new jobs.


Strike threat over council job terms
22 Nov 2013 at 6:58am
Scottish Borders Council could face industrial action after members of Unison vote to reject changes to their terms and conditions.


Scots unis win post-graduate cash
22 Nov 2013 at 4:49am
Scottish universities are among 24 institutions to set up new training centres for science and engineering students.


Orkney cheese gets EU protection
22 Nov 2013 at 6:44am
Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar is granted protected status by the European Union.


Concern over nursery provision 'gap'
21 Nov 2013 at 11:16am
Only half of children born in 2011 and 2012 will be guaranteed two years of nursery provision, according to research by Reform Scotland.


Call for clarity over Scots pensions
21 Nov 2013 at 11:44am
Independence would have "substantial implications" for pensions, a new report claims.


Teacher shortage hits curriculum
21 Nov 2013 at 12:04pm
Teaching the full curriculum is a problem in some Highland schools because of a shortage in supply teachers, it emerges.


Jones 'would veto sterling zone'
21 Nov 2013 at 7:35am
The first minister of Wales has warned that he would try to veto any attempt to create a currency union with an independent Scotland.


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RIC - the wild card in referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Nov 2013 at 1:08am

By George Kerevan

Saturday sees the second Radical Independence Conference (RIC) in Glasgow, bringing together practically the entire Scottish left outside the Labour party.

If Scotland votes Yes next September, RIC will be one of the few sources of new ideas to transform the nation. If we vote for the status quo, RIC could become a pole of attraction for disgruntled SNP activists.



Trident must stay to the fore in referendum debate
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
20 Nov 2013 at 2:06pm

By David McKenzie

At the September Yes rally in Edinburgh, a group of Trident Ploughshares people stood on one of the bridges on the route.  Each carried a large letter on their chest and another on their back.

Standing one way, their legend read ?NO TO TRIDENT? and when they turned, it read ?YES TO SCOTLAND?.



Reply to Alistair Darling?s article in the Financial Times
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Nov 2013 at 1:36am

By Russell Bruce

The article in yesterday's FT was headlined ?What does independence even mean for Scotland?.

I cannot reproduce the FT article for those who do not have an FT subscription, but the following will give you the gist of the same old ?worry the natives strategy? Alistair Darling and his BT buddies think will drain away our national self esteem.



UK EU withdrawal nightmare scenario
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Nov 2013 at 2:05pm

By Mark McNaught
 
Brexit [British Exit] proponents have not even begun think through the ramifications of a UK withdrawal.
 
If Westminster really wants to go through with an in/out referendum on EU adhesion, they must at least allow each country/territory within the UK to either opt out of a referendum and remain in, or allow each to vote separately and remain in if that is their will. If they don't, it will rend asunder the UK and possibly the EU.



Verging on racism ? the relentless attack on Scotland and her people
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Nov 2013 at 1:08am

  By a Newsnet reporter

Yesterday saw yet another report from a so-called ?independent? think-tank leading the news agenda. 

The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) published research it claimed showed an independent Scotland would be an economic cripple, unable to sustain even those meagre public services we currently ?enjoy? through being part of the Union.



Plus ça change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Nov 2013 at 12:06pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
I have to say that the Institute for Fiscal Studies has always been respected and the only time I remember doubts about its work was when it reported on Scotland's economy and happily quoted oil statistics from the Office of Budget Responsibility which had already been questioned as unduly pessimistic. 
 
The money for this latest effort comes from the Economic and Social Research Council which is in fact a non departmental government body with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, so make up your own mind about motivation.



Why Scotland needs a strong independent online news media
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 3:51pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Last week was quite a week on the political scene.  The referendum was finally set in stone and BAE?s Scottish workers learned the timetable within which 835 of them will lose their jobs.

The new Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael made his first keynote speech in which he attacked - surprise, surprise - independence and we learned of the effects of the Bedroom Tax on Scotland?s most vulnerable.



The continuing relevance of solidarity and class
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 5:55am

By Gerry Hassan
 
Scotland has been informed by the experiences and memories of working class life and culture since the time of the industrial revolution.
 
A majority of Scots see themselves as working class and more people do now than over a generation ago in 1979.



EnQuest confirm's North Sea's long future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 4:04am

  By George Kerevan
 
News of the giant £4 billion Kraken oil field development east of Shetland was not unexpected ? indy oil producer EnQuest has been biting its corporate fingernails for months in anticipation of a go-ahead from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
 
Nevertheless, the formal announcement yesterday [Friday] triggers one of the UK's biggest capital investment programmes and underlines the fact that the North Sea is far from dead as an oil gusher.



Amateur at Work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Nov 2013 at 2:11am

By Derek Bateman
 
When I started this blogging thing it was to put my view out there and add my voice to the greatest debate of our lives?for the independence of our country. I?m not a policy expert or a party adherent, clued up on minutiae, but I?ve been around the scene long enough to know my own mind and to judge my ideas against those who are paid to proselytise.

I?ve seen and heard their weaknesses and observed how they operate and it helps me form opinions on the political class and the way we are governed.




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ECONOMIST: INDY SCOTLAND WOULD HAVE TO NATIONALISE OIL TO PAY BILLS
by Peter A Bell
24 Nov 2013 at 2:26pm
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would need to nationalise the North Sea oil industry to pay for public services and kick-start a renewables energy boom, a left-wing economist has warned, writes Tom Gordon.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Scottish independence: SNP announces date of breakaway
by Peter A Bell
24 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

ALEX Salmond will this week announce that Scotland’s independence day will be 24 March, 2016, when he unveils his blueprint for breaking up the UK amid growing disagreement in the Yes campaign over plans to keep the pound.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This one raised a wry smile. The mainstream media pu...



Keep an open mind on White Paper
by Peter A Bell
24 Nov 2013 at 5:08am
The one thing that can be said with certainty about the Scottish Government's long-awaited Independence White Paper, which is published in Glasgow on Tuesday, is that it will be dismissed by its critics as a feeble document that fails to answer...

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'Independence is a class issue ... the rich are voting no'
by Peter A Bell
24 Nov 2013 at 4:45am

THE independence referendum is "a class conflict" in which the rich are promoting a No vote to maintain their privileges, more than 1000 delegates to the left-wing Radical Independence Conference heard yesterday.




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Shock answer reveals Trident costs up 600% | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
24 Nov 2013 at 4:33am

A shocking answer to a Westminster Parliamentary Question has revealed that the cost of the UK's participation in a programme to extend the lifespan of Trident missiles has sky-rocketed by 600% in the space of just five years.



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Declaration of Radical Independence
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 11:49am
A community, a society and a nation. An economy, an environment and a home...

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Disarming the pensions 'time bomb' myth | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 11:38am

Project Fear spent most of the week arguing that Scotland’s ageing population structure makes us dependent on Westminster. 


So is the No campaign right that Scotland is too old and frail to build a strong economy and welfare state?


Should we believe that we would not have enough working people to b...



Darling left red-faced as 'bust' nations overtake UK in world prosperity index
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 9:34am

Head of the anti-independence campaign Alistair Darling has been left red faced today after the latest prosperity table showed the UK has been overtaken by two countries he claimed this week were “bust”.


Peter A Bell's insight:

For those of us who were sickened by their revelling in the economic mi...



Exclusive - Police confirm Yes Scotland communications were "illegally accessed"
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 9:25am

Exclusive - Police confirm Yes Scotland communications were illegally accessed

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The No campaigners face a fight against lost illusions
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 9:17am
If you believe the opinion polls, only complacency on an epic scale could harm the campaign to preserve the Union.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Incredible tales
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 8:59am

I see the British parties are again peddling the lie that a No vote means "more powers" for the Scottish Parliament. An article in The Herald has Lord Purvis of Tweed embellishing this deception with talk of a "refreshed Union". Which makes it sound like some Frankenstein experiment in revivifyin...



Joining the dots
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 7:49am

So we’re pretty embarrassed that we’ve only just put these two things together. We’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently pointing out that there’s almost no chance of the Barnett Formula – in essence, a mechanism for returning to Scotland some of the excess money it sends to Westminster in...



Campaign for a refreshed Union if Scotland votes No
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 7:10am

SCOTS voters are to be offered the promise of a refreshed Union in next year's independence ­referendum as the start of a wider shake-up of Britain's constitution, a senior Liberal Democrat has claimed.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is tangible panic in the ranks of those who would preserve the pow...



Islands set to win key decision-making powers with unprecedented legislation
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 5:39am
ORKNEY, Shetland and the Western Isles will be given more powers in a ground-breaking Islands Act in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum in 2014.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It doesn't seem to have been too difficult to get agreement from the Scottish Government on proposals for devo...



Scottish independence: Darling warns of ?conflict?
by Peter A Bell
23 Nov 2013 at 5:10am

FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned the SNP that it would “set up conflict” between Scotland and England if the party insisted on introducing its entire White Paper on independence in the event of a Yes vote next year.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If it is "nonsense" to say that the SNP would ...




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Son of nationalist campaigner Stephen Maxwell hails his father's vision for a...
by dailyrecord
24 Nov 2013 at 9:37am
POLITICAL journalist Jamie Maxwell has collected and edited some of his father Stephen's essays from his days as a senior SNP leader and explains how his ideas for an independent, socialist Scotland are as relevant now as ever.


MSP Jean Urquhart believes high voter turnout is vital for independence refer...
by dailyrecord
24 Nov 2013 at 9:21am
URQUHART, who quit the SNP over their NATO stance, says it would be a 'disaster for Scotland' if there was a low turn out of voters for the 2014 referendum.


Independence would lead to more work pensions going bust, according to pro-Un...
by dailyrecord
24 Nov 2013 at 6:45am
PAPERS accessed by Better Together are said to reveal the PPF's concerns over "cross-border" pensions in an independent Scotland.


Scottish Secretary warns that sterling currency union won't work under indepe...
by dailyrecord
24 Nov 2013 at 6:44am
ALISTAIR Carmichael urges the SNP to reveal their "plan B" for the currency if Scotland votes to break away from the UK.


Alex Salmond reveals Scotland's Independence Day as March 24, 2016 ? if we vo...
by Mark Aitken
24 Nov 2013 at 2:16am
THE First Minister names the SNP's date with destiny as he prepares to unveil his White Paper on how the nation could leave the UK.


Record View: Gordon Brown's discussion of SNP currency plans throws up some s...
by Record View
23 Nov 2013 at 5:48am
RECORD View discusses former Prime Minister's points on the SNP economic vision and what effects it could have on independence.


Gordon Brown writes exclusively for the Daily Record on why Salmond's economi...
by Gordon Brown
23 Nov 2013 at 5:22am
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown discusses the issue of independence and his opinion on fiscal plans.


Legislation aimed at ending social housing 'right-to-buy' introduced at Holyrood
by dailyrecord
22 Nov 2013 at 7:50am
MINISTERS want to retain social housing and prevent the sale of up to 15,500 homes over the next 10 years through the Housing (Scotland) Bill.


Independence could put savings at risk for tens of thousands of Scots, warns ...
by David Clegg
22 Nov 2013 at 2:59am
THE National Association of Pension Funds warned cross-border complications, currency used by an independent Scotland and added costs could jeopardise retirement savings.


Record View: Vince Cable delivered shares bonanza
by Record View
22 Nov 2013 at 2:53am
RECORD VIEW says no inquiry is needed to establish how badly managed and ill-advised the Royal Mail sale of the century was


MSPs back Children and Young People Bill that could allow earlier sharing of ...
by Carla Callaghan
21 Nov 2013 at 11:29am
THE Children and Young People Bill would mean that professionals would be allowed to share information if they were concerned about a child's welfare.


Tory rebels lose vote to delay Government plans to replace regular Army soldi...
by dailyrecord
21 Nov 2013 at 4:07am
THE 11 backbenchers hoped to seek approval from peers and MPs on plans to increase the reserve force to 30,000 to make up for 20,000 cut in regular troops


Scots Labour MP set to debate stalking law in Westminster after praising Dail...
by James Moncur
21 Nov 2013 at 4:01am
SANDRA OSBORNE, Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, will highlight the way Scotland is cracking down on stalking as she debates law in Parliament.


Record View: Alex Salmond's plan to keep using sterling after independence ge...
by Record View
21 Nov 2013 at 2:32am
RECORD View discusses Alex Salmond's plans to keep using sterling after independence - and says it is extremely optimistic, and perhaps delusional that this will happen. 


Blacklist the blacklisters: Alex Salmond pledges rogue firms will not get con...
by David Clegg
21 Nov 2013 at 2:28am
COMPANIES who have blacklisted workers because of union activism or because they raised health and safety concerns will have to disclose their use of the practice or face having their public contracts torn up.


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The separatists were accused of gross disrespect to the memory of 33 American...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Nov 2013 at 1:17pm
The separatists were accused of gross disrespect to the memory of 33 American miners as they unveiled the date of Scotlandshire?s ?independence day? in the unlikely event people in Scotlandshire are stupid enough to vote to run their own affairs.


Outrage at Salmond?s ?separation day? slur to Ameri...

We strongly suggest that all loyal subjects avoid this page and go nowhere ne...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Nov 2013 at 11:49am
We strongly suggest that all loyal subjects avoid this page and go nowhere near any of the advertised events. We have discovered that they are little more than a front for the SNP and may well be used to spread the separatist virus.


ReelYES
A series of traditional Scottish music concerts and ceilid...

Shoppers at the Co-op shop in Auchenshoogle were outraged to learn that their...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Nov 2013 at 5:30pm
Shoppers at the Co-op shop in Auchenshoogle were outraged to learn that their "divvi" had been cancelled.


Fury at Auchenshoogle Co-op
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A Labour Scotland (Ah've stopped usin' the 'Shire' thingie) wid keep aw the cash fae oor corruption here in Scotland - and nae ship it awa...

The No campaign is having trouble holding up their letters as nobody is turni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Nov 2013 at 1:17pm
The No campaign is having trouble holding up their letters as nobody is turning up to their events. What can they do?

Please support UKOK by suggesting what should go before the word 'together', if any more supporters turn up to help.



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by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Nov 2013 at 3:11am

Border black hole creates disaster for Whovians
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Johann Lamont pretended to understand the issue by demanding of Alex Salmond, Will he guarantee this black hole won't be a black hole into which all of Scotlandshire and all that is good is sucked into a black hole? Well, w...

Dr Who fans the world over are demanding answers from the SNP today after it ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Nov 2013 at 6:31pm
Dr Who fans the world over are demanding answers from the SNP today after it emerged separation for Scotlandshire would have dire consequences for Dr Who and all his fans worldwide.


Border black hole creates disaster for Whovians
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Johann Lamont pretended to understand the ...

Complaints from viewers are normally ignored and dismissed. Occasionally, how...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2013 at 3:11pm
Complaints from viewers are normally ignored and dismissed. Occasionally, however, an alert reader can draw our attention to something that we have missed.


A complaint has breached our defences!
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All subliminal messages must reinforce our message only.

The totally co-incidental publication of the I-FFS paper, immediately prior t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2013 at 7:49am
The totally co-incidental publication of the I-FFS paper, immediately prior to the Natz paper on its bawbee prospects, confirms that Scotlandshire is too wee and too poor to split from London


I-FFS : The accuracy of an acronym
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The whole point is that Scots were persuaded ...

Unionist politicians last week lined up to show Alex Salmond up for the &#x20...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm
Unionist politicians last week lined up to show Alex Salmond up for the ?fool? he is after he asserted Scots would definitely still be able to enjoy Gregg?s sausage rolls, pasties and pies after separation.


Salmond slammed as ?a fool? over Greggs promise
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Surely this is the worst boy band in history. Click to see what the X-Factor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 3:42pm
Surely this is the worst boy band in history.

Click to see what the X-Factor judges thought...

then help Simon Cowell choose a name for the band.


Is this the worst boy band ever?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Bla...

Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm
Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...



Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 7:57am
Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an open goal for Cameron. Expect more union-bashing legislation to result from this when the 2015 manifestos appear.



Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV? You decide...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2013 at 5:35pm
Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV?

You decide...


Blare and the UKOKers hit the big time
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Blare and the UKOK boys are out of a job, and desperately looking f...

UPDATED UPDATE GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a per...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 4:08pm
UPDATED UPDATE

GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a person who is alleged to be the technical genius behind the cybernat attack.



UPDATE It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat V...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 3:56pm
UPDATE

It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat Virus that has wiped out so many fantastic speeches from the Tory and Labour websites. We were especially distressed when Johann's "Something for Nothing" speech was wiped from history. It would have been one of our favou...


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It's time to get above ourselves

The Levellers
by bellacaledonia
24 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
By Mike Small Euan McColm recently argued that: “politics needs passion but leave out the hateful attacks” though yesterday he seemed to be forgetting his sage-like advice. Obviously riled by the presence of David Hayman at the RIC13 – or... Read More ›


Declaration of Radical Independence
by bellacaledonia
23 Nov 2013 at 11:12am
A community, a society and a nation. An economy, an environment and a home...

An Idea for #RIC2013
by bellacaledonia
23 Nov 2013 at 4:12am
By Mike Small George Kerevan was quite right to say in the Scotsman yesterday (‘Radical Left’s Referendum Role‘): “RIC is the wild card in next year?s referendum. If the anti-austerity left can convince Scotland?s young people that independence means genuine... Read More ›

Compare and Contrast?
by bellacaledonia
22 Nov 2013 at 4:53am
Round up by Kevin Williamson The laziest cliché of the Indy debate so far has been the siren call of those who bemoan the quality of the contributions.  It’s a cliché which has its mirror image: “we’re fed up with... Read More ›


Wave Power
by bellacaledonia
21 Nov 2013 at 8:46am
By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain In the annals of liberation struggles I have never come across shipyard contracts being deployed against the natives, but hey ho. A few weeks ago it seemed that Project Fear had caught a very bad... Read More ›

Independence and the rise of the cultural salon
by bellacaledonia
20 Nov 2013 at 10:24am
by Kevin Williamson In an interview in The Herald last week Scott Hutchison, lead singer in Frightened Rabbit, claimed, ?Scotland?s creative output is one of the finest in the world.? Right here, right now, it would be hard to disagree.... Read More ›

Be the Media
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 6:11pm
Are you sick of the daily diet of dreadful news about Scotland? Each day we wake to be told about a new inability.  We have such a wide-ranging set of incompetence: Oil will make us poor. Universities will be drained... Read More ›

Deleted Speech
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 9:58am
This seems to be poetry week all of a sudden. In case you missed the Tories attempt to delete 10 years of speeches and press releases from the internet, they did. It didn’t work. Computer Weekly said the effect of... Read More ›

Open the doors and begin
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 8:08am
By Stewart MacDonald We must ditch the ?droopy mantra? of Scotland on pause. Around about a year ago I read, for the first time ever, ?Open the Doors?, which was authored by our late Makar, Edwin Morgan for the opening... Read More ›

No More Mr Nice Guy
by bellacaledonia
18 Nov 2013 at 1:53am
Are women actually going to vote yes or no to independence on the basis of a cuddly or less-cuddly man or on the perception of what a ?nice guy? is?


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Proposed date for Scottish independence named - BBC News
24 Nov 2013 at 12:49pm

BBC News

Proposed date for Scottish independence named
BBC News
Scotland could be independent on 24 March, 2016, if voters back leaving the UK in the independence referendum, the Deputy First Minister has announced. The date is included in the Scottish government's White Paper, described as a "bluep...


Scottish Independence: Scotland would become independent on March 24 2016 ......
24 Nov 2013 at 4:02am

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Scotland would become independent on March 24 2016 ...
The Independent
"It demonstrates Scotland's financial strengths and details how we will become independent - the negotiations, preparations and agreements that will be required in the transition period from...


Scotland independence 'No' campaign has nine point lead - Evening Standard
24 Nov 2013 at 8:59am

Evening Standard

Scotland independence 'No' campaign has nine point lead
Evening Standard
Analysing the findings on the website What Scotland Thinks, John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, said: "In what is likely to be the last poll before Tuesday's independence white paper,...


Scottish independence: 1000 flock to radical talks - Scotland on Sunday
23 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 1000 flock to radical talks
Scotland on Sunday
The conference, held on the eve of the publication of the Scottish Government's White Paper on Scottish independence, was addressed by Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan, as well as Patrick Harvie, leader of t...


Scottish independence: White Paper 'must be clear on defence' - BBC News
22 Nov 2013 at 6:22pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: White Paper 'must be clear on defence'
BBC News
A committee of MPs has said the upcoming White Paper on Scottish independence should be "absolutely clear" on how an independent Scotland would defend itself. The Scottish government will publish the White Paper on Tuesd...


Scottish independence: Could areas of England leave the UK? - BBC News
23 Nov 2013 at 7:43am

Scottish independence: Could areas of England leave the UK?
BBC News
In less than a year people in Scotland will vote on whether they want to leave the UK. But are there any parts of England that want independence too? England has always been a country with strong regional identities and for some t...


Special report: Scotland poised for Alex Salmond's blueprint for independence...
24 Nov 2013 at 4:02am

The Independent

Special report: Scotland poised for Alex Salmond's blueprint for independence
The Independent
Scotland's First Minister, in his now familiar role of political prophet looking to the promised land, will anoint the White Paper with the same blessing he used in Perth last month, its con...


Scotland will become independent nation on 'March 24, 2016' if nationalists ....
23 Nov 2013 at 8:59pm

Mirror.co.uk

Scotland will become independent nation on 'March 24, 2016' if nationalists ...
Mirror.co.uk
... kind ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent country," she told the BBC. "It is a landmark document which sets out the economic, social and democratic case ...


Scottish independence: SNP announces date of split - Scotland on Sunday
23 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

Scottish independence: SNP announces date of split
Scotland on Sunday
ALEX Salmond will this week announce that Scotland's independence day will be 24 March, 2016, when he unveils his blueprint for breaking up the UK amid growing disagreement in the Yes campaign over plans to keep the pound. In the...


Scottish independence: Darling warns of 'conflict' - Scotland on Sunday
22 Nov 2013 at 9:09am

Scottish independence: Darling warns of 'conflict'
Scotland on Sunday
FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned the SNP that it would ?set up conflict? between Scotland and England if the party insisted on introducing its entire White Paper on independence in the event of a Yes vote next year. ...



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Scotland to unveil blueprint for independence from UK - Pakistan Daily Times
24 Nov 2013 at 5:17pm

Scotland to unveil blueprint for independence from UK
Pakistan Daily Times
But Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) who is heading the pro-independence campaign, insists he has time to convince voters of the economic and political benefits. Britain...


Scotland to unveil blueprint for independence - Business Recorder
24 Nov 2013 at 5:11pm

Scotland to unveil blueprint for independence
Business Recorder
But Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) who is heading the pro-independence campaign, insists he has time to convince voters of the economic and political benefits. Britain's Prime Mi...


An Independent Scotland's New Currency - Bloomberg
24 Nov 2013 at 5:10pm

Bloomberg

An Independent Scotland's New Currency
Bloomberg
They'll get some useful information this week, when the SNP, which runs Scotland's devolved government, offers its vision of how an independent Scotland should be run. A lot of details will be missing, because terms of separation can't be ne...


Warnings fall on deaf ears as Salmond rehearses 'wishlist' - Telegraph.co.uk
24 Nov 2013 at 4:04pm

Warnings fall on deaf ears as Salmond rehearses 'wishlist'
Telegraph.co.uk
In a remarkable television performance yesterday, a tired-looking Nicola Sturgeon ? and no wonder, given the extra burden she's had to shoulder recently ? maintained the arrogance that we've been seeing a lot of recently fro...


Scotland makes its case for independence from Britain - South China Morning Post
24 Nov 2013 at 3:41pm

Scotland makes its case for independence from Britain
South China Morning Post
But Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) who is heading the pro-independence campaign, insists he has time to convince voters of the economic and political benefits. Bri...


Brian Monteith: Greater equality not in the SNP's gift - Scotsman
24 Nov 2013 at 1:57pm

Brian Monteith: Greater equality not in the SNP's gift
Scotsman
I know others who are supporting the Yes campaign more openly but would never countenance supporting the SNP at any election (such as Greens), and I know many SNP members who can't wait for the day of the referendum to come, but are en...


Scotland names independence day for first time: March 24, 2016 - GlobalPost
24 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm

Scotland names independence day for first time: March 24, 2016
GlobalPost
Scotland's devolved government, which is controlled by the Scottish National Party (SNP), made the announcement as it prepared to release on Tuesday what it said would be the most detailed blueprint for an independent country...


Lesley Riddoch: White paper won't be a revelation - Scotsman
24 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm

Lesley Riddoch: White paper won't be a revelation
Scotsman
Scots won't need to change money or carry a passport to cross the border, the division of assets (and the continuing use of sterling) will be negotiated, existing UK services like the BBC will still be available, an SNP-led independent Scot...


Growth per head spend highest in UK - Wishaw Press
24 Nov 2013 at 6:27am

Growth per head spend highest in UK
Wishaw Press
The SNP highlighted statistics published this week indicating Scotland invested £992 per head on economic affairs from 2008/9 to 2012/13 compared with £469 spent by England. Overall UK spending was £535 per head. Scotland spent the most out of the .....


Alex Salmond faces Westminster hurdles over independent Scotland - The Guardian
24 Nov 2013 at 1:30pm

The Guardian

Alex Salmond faces Westminster hurdles over independent Scotland
The Guardian
Salmond, the SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, will unveil his government's white paper on independence in Glasgow on Tuesday. He will confirm a target date of 26 March 2016 for Scotland to become ind...



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Proposed date for Scottish independence named - BBC News
24 Nov 2013 at 12:49pm

BBC News

Proposed date for Scottish independence named
BBC News
Scotland could be independent on 24 March, 2016, if voters back leaving the UK in the independence referendum, the Deputy First Minister has announced. The date is included in the Scottish government's White Paper, described as a "bluep...


New Scotland secretary raises possibility of referendum defeat - Financial Times
21 Nov 2013 at 4:33pm

New Scotland secretary raises possibility of referendum defeat
Financial Times
If UK cabinet ministers were in any doubt about the difference in style between Alistair Carmichael, Scotland secretary, and his unflappable predecessor, Michael Moore, it dissipated after the new man gave his first cabi...


Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill - BBC News
14 Nov 2013 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill
BBC News
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish government's bill sets out the referendum rules, such as the question and campaign spending limits...


Mark Morpurgo: Conservatives in Scotland and the independence referendum - Fo...
22 Nov 2013 at 3:08am

Mark Morpurgo: Conservatives in Scotland and the independence referendum
For Argyll
An often-quoted maxim is that 'in a democracy people get the leaders that they deserve.' Although a variant is that 'every country has the government it deserves.' As we purport to be a democracy ? and few can argue...


Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision? - BBC News
18 Nov 2013 at 6:37pm

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision?
BBC News
Financial strife in the Eurozone means the SNP's plan of an independent Scotland joining the single currency (subject to a referendum) is off the table for now. Instead, they've proposed continuing to use the pound...


Scottish independence: Radical Independence holds Glasgow conference. - BBC News
22 Nov 2013 at 6:16pm

Scottish independence: Radical Independence holds Glasgow conference.
BBC News
Radical voices have an important role to play in the forthcoming independence referendum, according to the co-convener of the Scottish Greens. Patrick Harvie said "transformational ideas" could help persuade undecided vo...


George Kerevan: radical left's referendum role - Scotsman
22 Nov 2013 at 2:16am

Scotsman

George Kerevan: radical left's referendum role
Scotsman
Saturday sees the second Radical Independence Conference (RIC) in Glasgow, bringing together practically the entire Scottish left outside the Labour party. If Scotland votes Yes next September, RIC will be one of the few sources of new...


Scotland Tonight: How do Cardiff and Belfast see the referendum? - stv.tv
21 Nov 2013 at 6:20pm

Scotland Tonight: How do Cardiff and Belfast see the referendum?
stv.tv
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has pitched into the Scottish independence debate by saying he would try to veto Scottish membership of a Sterling zone. Mr Jones claimed a currency union between an independent Scotland and th...


Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence - BBC News
21 Nov 2013 at 7:40am

BBC News

Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence
BBC News
First Minister Carwyn Jones has called on Scottish voters to reject independence and stay in a "strong UK". Mr Jones defended the union as a "positive choice" in next year's referendum in a speech in Edinburgh. He said he think...


The left must fight to shape Scottish independence referendum - Socialist Worker
19 Nov 2013 at 11:28am

The left must fight to shape Scottish independence referendum
Socialist Worker
As the referendum on Scottish independence looms next year the ferocity of the pro-union campaign is picking up. Tory cabinet ministers are nakedly using blackmailing scare tactics to bully workers to vote to remain in B...



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Anything Goes

15% Undecided
24 Nov 2013 at 2:35pm

As it stands to clinch victory next year we need to convince 87% of undecided voters to vote YES ...



Award For The Most Over The Top Referendum Coverage This Sunday...
24 Nov 2013 at 10:33am

...goes to the Sunday Express.

 



Roasted And/ Or Toasted Cheese
23 Nov 2013 at 5:26pm
Now that we're all agreed, and finally put this topic to bed, and agreed that it's "Roasted Chees...

Independence Day
23 Nov 2013 at 4:19pm
Will be 24th of March 2016

Bbc Piss On Scotland Once Again
23 Nov 2013 at 11:35am

After extending a recorded antiques programme on Tuesday so that the build up the game and anthem...



Bitter Together True Colours Showing Through
23 Nov 2013 at 7:08am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-sterling-expulsion-warnin...



Ric 2013
23 Nov 2013 at 5:19am

Anybody at it ?

 

 

No Queen and No Nuclear weapons says Aamer Anwar,leaves stage to thunderous a...



U2 Coldplay
22 Nov 2013 at 10:43am

Have they now become the same group?.....

 



A Food Thing
22 Nov 2013 at 7:26am

We all know the joke about Mexican food being the same thing dressed up in a different name; Fahi...



Aw Feck, I've Changed My Mind
21 Nov 2013 at 3:28pm

Cannae vote yes if we don't get Doctor Who

 

http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/tv-radio/scottish-...




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

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

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...


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

Support for independence increases in latest Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2013 at 9:24am
Broadly speaking, it's 'steady as she goes' in the latest Panelbase poll on independence referend...

Has Peter Capaldi 'gone English' for Doctor Who?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2013 at 8:17pm
I said back in August that if Peter Capaldi followed David Tennant's example, and spoke his first...

Sorry to be so repetitive..
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
...but if the No campaign and their friends in the media can't help themselves, why should I? Fr...

Compare and contrast
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2013 at 9:48am
Scenario A - The SNP First Minister of devolved Scotland expresses a mere opinion on the likeliho...

A few more constructive things you can do with your time and money
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2013 at 9:54pm
These Indiegogo fundraising campaigns for pro-independence causes seem to be sprouting up all ove...

Wisdom on Wednesday : I suppose we all thought that, one way or another...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
"I seem to remember that OGH's last lauding of a Scottish Lib Dem was to say that Willie Rennie w...

Why do some sections of the media seem unable to take 'Don't Know' for an ans...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2013 at 12:38pm
We all know that the London media love to count Don't Knows in independence referendum polls as f...

Advantage Independence
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2013 at 12:17pm
One piece of advice you sometimes hear tennis commentators giving is that if you get your opponen...

What to look out for in the independence referendum polls
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2013 at 11:56am
Because there has only been one poll so far this year showing an outright lead for the pro-indepe...

Practically identical, yet again
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 12:44pm
Those among the anti-independence commentariat who like to peddle the idea that there's nothing m...


Questions to which the answer is 'do you know what, I would LOVE to answer yo...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 10:01am
As has been pointed out by several people already, Labour's excuse for dozens of their MPs (inclu...

The Donaldson files
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2013 at 11:02pm
Back in the halcyon days when, by sheer luck, I hadn't yet been banned by the delightful Stormfro...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as the gap continues to close in latest T...
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 8:36pm
I know that a number of us have separately come to the conclusion that Blair McDougall is a thoro...

The Rangers vote
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
A quick story for your delectation. I was on the same bus last night as a group of four ever-so-...

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Inviting the people of Scotland to look to the future
by Peter Dempsie
24 Nov 2013 at 11:10am

by Blair Jenkins

The Yes campaign is inviting the people of Scotland to look to the future and see...



New poll shows that momentum is building for a Yes vote next year
by Peter Dempsie
24 Nov 2013 at 8:11am

With less than 10 months to go to the Independence Referendum, Yes needs less than a five point s...



Perspective: 'It?s time for trade unionists to stand up to be counted'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
23 Nov 2013 at 4:49am
I got involved in Unison as soon as I began working in the public sector. Prior to that, I was in...

Silly scare story about armed forces proved false
by sean.lafferty
22 Nov 2013 at 8:34am
Another day and another silly scare story from the No campaign. This time from officials at the M...

No campaign hysteria: manic, furious and downright ridiculous
by Stephen Noon
22 Nov 2013 at 7:38am

Over the past few days the level of No campaign hysteria has reached new peaks. It is an odd mix ...



Questions for No, as 'positive case for the Union' reaches new low
by Stuart McDonald
22 Nov 2013 at 6:42am
Never has the contrast between the two campaigns been so starkly illustrated as over the last wee...

Spreading the benefits of wealth across all of Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
22 Nov 2013 at 6:41am
Ask anyone about the basics of a prosperous life, and they might mention warm, spacious housing, ...

Disarming the pensions 'time bomb' myth
by Stuart McDonald
22 Nov 2013 at 5:56am

Project Fear spent most of the week arguing that Scotland?s ageing population structure makes us ...



Project Fear can't defeat the Doctor
by Stuart McDonald
21 Nov 2013 at 6:43am

Ruth Davidson is best known as leader of the Scottish Conservatives but she now seems to be imita...



300 days to go: Yes Scotland launches community crowdfunding campaign
by Kevin Gilmartin
21 Nov 2013 at 5:21am
Today marks 300 days to go until the independence referendum on Thursday 18 September 2014 and to...

A Bright Future for Manufacturing and Jobs with Yes
by Stuart McDonald
20 Nov 2013 at 8:08am

Under successive Westminster governments, manufacturing across the UK and Scotland has shrunk by ...



Yes wins Strathclyde independence debate
by sean.lafferty
19 Nov 2013 at 10:09am
Yes has won an independence debate at the University of Strathclyde

Positive choices and a better future with Yes
by Stuart McDonald
19 Nov 2013 at 9:20am
The Scottish Government has published a detailed document on the opportunities open to an indepen...

Listen: George Kerevan on the IFS report
by Kevin Gilmartin
19 Nov 2013 at 8:21am
Economist and media commentator, George Kerevan, has said that the key points raised by the IFS r...

New Report Illustrates Why We Can?t Afford a No Vote
by Stuart McDonald
18 Nov 2013 at 10:00am

A report published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) highlights the dangers of cont...




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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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Alex Salmond faces Westminster hurdles over independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell
24 Nov 2013 at 2:21pm

UK government has no mandate, unless it wins 2015 general election, to strike deal with independent Scotland, say sources

Alex Salmond's goal of setting up an independent Scotland in March 2016 coul...




Currency union bad for independent Scotland and UK, says minister
by Severin Carrell
24 Nov 2013 at 6:58am

Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish secretary, says shared currency zones need more economic and political integration, not less

Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish secretary, has said a cross-border cu...




A 'suite of levers' won't give an independent Scotland any pull
by Heather Stewart
24 Nov 2013 at 3:00am

One sobering analysis suggests Holyrood may have no more financial autonomy under independence than under devolution

As soaring patriotic narratives go, a promise that Scottish independence would gi...




Alex Salmond prepares for the SNP's biggest moment
by Severin Carrell
22 Nov 2013 at 10:44am

As Scottish leader gets set to release historic independence document, his heartland is giving contradictory signals

There is very little sign that the small Aberdeenshire village of Strichen, a nea...




Alex Salmond heading for row over currency union, says Alistair Darling
by Severin Carrell
22 Nov 2013 at 10:23am

Scotland moving into 'dangerous waters' if it sets out to instruct rest of the UK on independence talks, says pro-UK campaigner

Alistair Darling has warned that Alex Salmond's government is heading ...




Labour moment of truth as activists threaten to reopen Falkirk wounds
by Rajeev Syal
21 Nov 2013 at 5:24pm

Tensions high for annual constituency meeting, with Labour leader Ed Miliband being urged to publish report into Unite affair

Annual general meetings in most Labour constituencies are usually humdru...




Scottish referendum: beware the Thatcher factor, Cabinet warned
by Nicholas Watt, Patrick Wintour, Andrew Sparrow
21 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm

Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael concerned over what is seen as complacency in England

The cabinet has been warned that Scottish nationalists could win the independence referendum next year, b...




An independent Scotland in every sense | Mike Small
by Mike Small
21 Nov 2013 at 3:00pm

Scotland's Yes campaign is not limited to the SNP's vision. There is a radical alternative emerging

Apparently the decision to launch the Scottish government's much-anticipated white paper on indepe...




Welsh first minister sets out case against Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
21 Nov 2013 at 5:03am

Carwyn Jones signals opposition to formal currency union between independent Scotland and rest of UK

Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, has warned that the Welsh government would probably tr...




Scottish independence will create jobs boom, Alex Salmond predicts
by Severin Carrell
19 Nov 2013 at 1:26pm

First minister says Scotland's growth had been stifled by UK governments as SNP publishes paper on economic choices

Alex Salmond on Tuesday promised that Scottish independence would lead to a jobs ...




Ukip could be the midwife of Scottish independence | David Gow
by David Gow
19 Nov 2013 at 4:50am

A triumph by the anti-EU party in European elections would propel Tory Eurosceptics into overdrive and swell the nationalist vote in Scotland

The Scottish government will publish its white paper on ...



Scottish independence: counting the cost
by Editorial
18 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

The IFS has constructed an enviable reputation for objectivity. Chancellors tremble at its verdicts. So should Alex Salmond and the yes campaign

A range of different feelings and judgments will shap...




Independent Scotland would face choice of tax rises or deep cuts, says IFS
by Severin Carrell
18 Nov 2013 at 12:09pm

Scottish government contests Institute for Fiscal Studies report that predicts 'significant additional fiscal tightening'

An independent Scotland would face decades of higher taxes and deeper spendi...




Scotland's referendum is not democratic if prisoners are excluded | Tony Kelly
by Tony Kelly
18 Nov 2013 at 6:11am

Banning prisoners from voting is internationally discredited, yet Scotland is preventing their involvement in a profoundly important decision

In September 2014, some of the people of Scotland will p...




Scottish Greens seek citizen's wage, halt to oil drilling and Trident nuclear...
by Severin Carrell
15 Nov 2013 at 9:44am

'Green Yes' campaign for Scottish independence also proposes state-owned renewable energy, land tax, and cheaper childcare

The Scottish Green party is to press for a cap on North Sea oil drilling, a...




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