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Osborne: UK economy is on right track
BRITAIN'S economy is "on the right track", George Osborne has insisted after the latest economic figures showed growth of 1% in the third quarter ? boosted by the Olympics ? meaning the longest double-dip recession since 1950 is officially over.

Salmond has 'lost our trust over EU row'
ALEX Salmond faced claims he has lost the trust of the people as the row over legal advice on an independent Scotland's European Union membership escalated.

Businesses face 'climate of fear' for opposing independence
BUSINESSES face a "climate of fear" over voicing concerns about Scottish independence in case they are singled out, the leader of Scotland's largest council has claimed.

Minister's no-show criticised
LABOUR and SNP members of Holyrood's Welfare Reform Committee have united in their condemnation of the refusal by the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to appear before them.

Tories upbeat after new figures
TORY Cabinet ministers were said to be "upbeat" at a meeting on political strategy yesterday, boosted by economic figures which have shown UK unemployment down, employment up, inflation down and growth returning.

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.

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".

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.

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.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish Government grants for public transport in Glasgow and Dundee

THE Scottish Government has pledged £2 million to help make public transport more accessible in two cities.



Axed Craig starred in porn films with wife

Edinburgh TV star Craig Chalmers who was axed from a top Scots panto after admitting he was a secret porn actor has appeared in blue movies with his own wife.



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Recession ends ? but that?s no help for 1,400 Ford workers

THE decision by Ford to end 101 years of vehicle assembly in the UK yesterday highlighted serious doubts over the strength of the economy – despite gross domestic product figures showing that the recession is over.



George Kerevan: Don?t count economic chickens too soon, David

IF Cameron thinks Britain has turned a corner, he should think again. The truth is, the UK economy has flatlined, writes George Kerevan



Juliet Dunlop: Race to White House has deeper meaning

With less than two weeks to go until election day, the race for the White House is tighter than ever.



Tom Peterkin: The First Minister has made his position absolutely clear, so l...

THERE is a super new game being played by some of the more juvenile inhabitants in the corridors of Holyrood.



Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond up for judgment over EU ?legal advice? st...

ALEX Salmond yesterday referred himself for investigation into whether he breached the ministerial code about what he said concerning legal advice over an independent Scotland’s future in Europe.



Jim Sillars: Market forcing the independence issue

SALMOND and the SNP must address core questions before the independence vote, including fiscal control and access to vital trade within Europe, writes Jim Sillars



Leaders: Loss of voter trust the real casualty in legal wrangle

ALEX Salmond clearly had the air of a man who thinks he is gaining the upper hand when he answered questions yesterday at Holyrood on the saga of what he said about the legal advice he has and has not received from government law officers over an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU.



Menie estate resident calls for inquiry into dealings with Donald Trump

ONE of the Menie estate residents at the centre of the controversy over Donald Trump’s £750 million golf resort is calling for a full public inquiry into the dealings between the billionaire and Scottish authorities.



Scottish independence: Referendum bill committee meets

The first meeting of the new Holyrood committee devoted to the referendum on independence has taken place.



Somehow opposition leaders let Alex Salmond off the hook at First Minister?s ...

THE feeling was that Alex Salmond had presented his opponents with an open goal as the clock ticked down to First Minister’s Questions yesterday.



SNP Nato rebels set to defy call to give up seats

TWO rebel MSPs who quit the SNP over the decision to join Nato look set to remain in parliament, despite calls for them to go.



Alex Salmond under scrutiny over alleged breaches of ministerial code of conduct

The independent panel of advisers was set up four years ago to investigate alleged breaches of the rules governing the ministerial code of conduct by the First Minister. It has investigated Mr Salmond on five occasions, but each time the SNP leader was cleared.



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Work till you drop in the Union
It’s nice to see some blue-sky thinking in the British 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 [...]

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

Routine breast screening criticised
The national breast screening programme may be harming more women than it helps, an official review is told.

Hydro scheme planned for Lochaber
Electricity firm SSE has submitted plans with the Scottish government for a new hydro scheme in the Highlands.

Costume museum fight stepped up
Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway seek a meeting with museum chiefs over the future of the National Museum of Costume.

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

Sex offender data sharing urged
A review of an Irishman's murder of a Dundee woman calls for better information sharing on sex-offenders between Irish and British police forces.

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.

Newsnet Scotland

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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.



Why the BBC let us all down this week

By a Newsnet reporter

Watching and listening to the arguments over Alex Salmond?s interview with Andrew Neil and whether Salmond did or didn?t admit to seeking advice on Scotland?s status within the EU following independence, I was struck at the ease with which the Labour party had hi-jacked the news agenda.

On Tuesday, like most others interested in the referendum debate, I listened out for the news on the publication on the Scottish government?s referendum consultation.



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?.



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.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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The Scottish independence campaign is losing ever more ground

One in four supporters have deserted the nationalist cause in 2012.

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Independence will not remove EU citizens' rights | Scottish National Party

Scaremongering over an independent Scotland’s status as part of the EU has been critically undermined following confirmation from European Commission Vice-President that European Union citizens cannot be stripped of their rights following independence.



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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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Daily Record

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Iain Duncan Smith showed true colours as he dodged Holyrood
THE Welfare Minister has portrayed himself as a man who cares about the poor but he showed his Tory nature yesterday.

Ford set to cut 1400 jobs in the UK as they close two factories
THE car giant has been accused by unions of 'betrayal' after announcing plans to shut plants in Southampton and Essex.

Tory axeman running scared of explaining brutal benefit cuts to Holyrood MSPs
IAIN DUNCAN SMITH has been accused of 'disrespecting' Scotland by avoiding the Scottish Parliament's welfare reform committee.

Where we came from is key to where we're going
KNOWING our history is essential so we know where we came from and what events shaped our nation.

David Cameron accused of fiddling job creation figures
LABOUR say that claims of one million more people now working in the private sector included those on unpaid work experience or in training.

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.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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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

Michael Marra, an appreciation by Lesley Riddoch
by Lesley Riddoch It?s hard to believe two whole beautiful autumn days have now drawn to a close without Michael Marra sitting somewhere in them, taking it all in. I [...]

Neu! Reekie! #23
    Aside from Bella Caledonia an arts project I’m heavily involved with is Neu! Reekie! †Neu! Reekie! is a monthly anti-cabaret now based at Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts complex. †The [...]

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 and Independence

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The Endangered UK - The National Interest Online

The National Interest Online

The Endangered UK
The National Interest Online
British prime minister David Cameron visited Scotland earlier this month. Cameron was mano a mano with Scottish Independence...


Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart - Haaretz

Haaretz

Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart
Haaretz
Earlier this month, Scotland's First Minister (top political leader ), Alex Salmond, met with British Prime Minister Davi...


Survey: 55% want to keep Union - The Paisley Daily Express

Survey: 55% want to keep Union
The Paisley Daily Express
More than half of voters support keeping Scotland in the UK, according to a poll. The YouGov survey, published by The Courier newspaper, put s...


Independence will not remove EU citizens' rights - SNP (press release)

Independence will not remove EU citizens' rights
SNP (press release)
Scaremongering over an independent Scotland's status as part of the EU has been critically undermined following confirmation from ...


Scottish First Minister requests ministerial code investigation over EU ... -...

Scottish First Minister requests ministerial code investigation over EU ...
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Salmond signed the Edinburgh Agreement earlier this ...


New poll shows support for independence at 29% - Herald Scotland

New poll shows support for independence at 29%
Herald Scotland
New poll shows support for independence at 29%. More than half of voters support keeping Scotland in the UK, according to a new poll. Mo...


Independence daze - Haaretz

Independence daze
Haaretz
Earlier this month, Scotland's First Minister (top political leader ), Alex Salmond, met with British Prime Minister David Cameron to set the parameters of the 2014 referend...


Scottish Independence: Salmond faces inquiry over EU legal advice - eGov monitor

eGov monitor

Scottish Independence: Salmond faces inquiry over EU legal advice
eGov monitor
The Scottish First Minister has been accused of ?lying? by opposition politicians over his claims that his g...


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

Here Is The City

Alex Salmond refers himself under ministerial code over EU legal advice
Here Is The City
Salmond's difficulties escalated further when it emerged that Spain's foreign minister, Josť G...


Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence - Hu...

Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence
Huffington Post UK
In this article I discuss how the YES campaign can win the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. In...


SNP

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Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart - Haaretz

Haaretz

Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart
Haaretz
Ironically, the opposition Labor Party will be fighting alongside the government as it takes on the SNP in a battle over ...


Survey: 55% want to keep Union - The Paisley Daily Express

Survey: 55% want to keep Union
The Paisley Daily Express
YouGov's survey of more than 1,000 people in Scotland was conducted after the high-profile SNP conference in Perth. article_mpuAdvertisement. ...


New poll shows support for independence at 29% - Herald Scotland

New poll shows support for independence at 29%
Herald Scotland
YouGov's survey of more than 1,000 people in Scotland was conducted after the high-profile SNP conference in Perth. People were asked to...


MP slams lack of action - Guide and Gazette

MP slams lack of action
Guide and Gazette
SNP TREASURY spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has repeated his claim that UK government rhetoric on action against tax dodgers is not being put into effect. The...


Independence daze - Haaretz

Independence daze
Haaretz
Ironically, the opposition Labor Party will be fighting alongside the government as it takes on the SNP in a battle over definitions of patriotism and nationalism within the...


Scottish Independence: Salmond faces inquiry over EU legal advice - eGov monitor

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Scottish Independence: Salmond faces inquiry over EU legal advice
eGov monitor
The SNP Government in Scotland went to the Court of Sessions to block the ?advice? from being released in th...


Fears for new projects following £25m funding cut - East Lothian Courier

Fears for new projects following £25m funding cut
East Lothian Courier
But the SNP Group has claimed that projects including Whitecraig Community Centre and the regeneration of Musselburgh town centr...


Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence - Hu...

Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence
Huffington Post UK
Furthermore, a number of Labour, Lib Dem and Tory voters who support independence, and a number of SNP and ...


Joan Burnie on SNP plans for Scottish history - Scottish Daily Record

Joan Burnie on SNP plans for Scottish history
Scottish Daily Record
I KNOW about 1066 and all that. I would have no difficulty in explaining Magna Carta to David Cameron. I have a fairly clear grasp ...


Independence debate: Margallo warns Salmond over EU entry - Gibraltar Chronicle

Gibraltar Chronicle

Independence debate: Margallo warns Salmond over EU entry
Gibraltar Chronicle
The SNP leader faced claims he told ?bare faced lies? after it emerged his administration had spent th...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

The Endangered UK - The National Interest Online

The National Interest Online

The Endangered UK
The National Interest Online
Cameron was mano a mano with Scottish Independence Leader and supposed opponent Alex Salmond, but it was all handshakes and ...


Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart - Haaretz

Haaretz

Jews on Scottish independence: More faintheart than Braveheart
Haaretz
Earlier this month, Scotland's First Minister (top political leader ), Alex Salmond, met with British Prime Minister Davi...


Independence daze - Haaretz

Independence daze
Haaretz
Earlier this month, Scotland's First Minister (top political leader ), Alex Salmond, met with British Prime Minister David Cameron to set the parameters of the 2014 referend...


Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence - Hu...

Reading Between the Polls; Building a Majority For Scottish Independence
Huffington Post UK
In this article I discuss how the YES campaign can win the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. In...


Should Scotland be an independent nation? - Malay Mail

Should Scotland be an independent nation?
Malay Mail
In two years' time, Scots will vote in a referendum to decide the future course of their country. The future of Great Britain (established in 1707...


The formula for Scottishness - BBC News

BBC News

The formula for Scottishness
BBC News
When the referendum on Scottish independence is held in the autumn of 2014, only residents of Scotland will be eligible to vote. As a result, almost 400,...


Quality of legal advice taken by SNP important to restoring confidence - Hera...

Quality of legal advice taken by SNP important to restoring confidence
Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon's admission that the Scottish Government has offered an independence referendum without full kno...


Council chief warning on referendum - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Council chief warning on referendum
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
On Wednesday, former chancellor Alistair Darling, who is now heading up the campaign to keep Scotl...


Fallout from the Scottish referendum - The Guardian

Fallout from the Scottish referendum
The Guardian
One of the strongest arguments for giving the vote to 16-year-olds, as proposed in Scotland (Editorial, 22 October), is that it is an essential step ...


Scottish independence: Referendum bill committee meets - Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum bill committee meets
Scotsman
... first meeting of the new Holyrood committee devoted to the referendum on independence has taken place. The Referendum (Scotland) Bi...


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Catalunya
I'm just back from Barcelona, a wee holiday that I booked way back in February. One thing that stood out for me was that there are Catalan flags hanging from balconies all over the city. I don't ...

Google
Something weird has started happening when I'm using Google through Chrome. The instant I type the first letter of a word it automatically goes and searches for that letter. I don't mean the Goog...

Formula For Scottishness
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20048521

photo of me in there

I'll Vote Yes
As long as we keep the essential nuclear deterrant and become a member of NATO. Without either, we would be nothing on the world platform, and be extremely venerable nation.

An English View On Scottish Independence

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...

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 ...