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STUC refuses backing for Labour-led No campaign
THE Labour-led cross-party group campaigning in defence of the Union, Better Together, has been refused the backing of the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

Scotland tops list on emissions
Scotland leads a European league table for emissions reductions, the Scottish Government has said.

David dismisses talk of sibling tension
DAVID Miliband has dismissed ongoing speculation about possible tension with his younger brother Ed Miliband, declaring: "The comparison that counts is Ed against David Cameron, not Ed against me."

Blair will press for Coalition to stay in Europe
TONY Blair will warn this week that Britain's future prosperity relies on the country remaining a committed member of a strong European Union.

Swinney in £800m capital spending plea to Chancellor
MORE than 40 capital projects, from hospitals and colleges to road improvements, could go ahead within a year if George Osborne gives the go-ahead and calls a halt to austerity measures in next week's autumn statement, the Scottish Finance Secretary has claimed.

Councils 'bullied over wind farms'
MINISTERS stand accused of bullying local authorities into softening their planning guidelines to encourage wind farms.

Smoke-free plans soon to be unveiled
THE Scottish Government is weeks away from unveiling radical proposals to effectively end tobacco consumption in Scotland over the next two decades.

Labour list MSPs face reselection battle
SCOTTISH Labour's list MSPs fear losing their parliamentary seats under radical new plans being considered by the party.

Tories 'support Scotland' ... from Chelsea
A Tory fundraising dinner "in support of Scotland" has been mocked after it emerged it is going to be held 350 miles away in a Chelsea mansion.

Furious Cameron tells EU leaders to join 'real world'
European leaders sat down to drink £130 bottles of wine just hours before crucial budget talks collapsed, with the British blaming EU President Herman Van Rompuy for the embarrassing failure.

New green energy dispute
THE environmental lobby has been split by a major new report endorsing renewable energy targets.

Blocked this time but alliance with Merkel presents new path
HOW do you square 27 very different and competing circles?

Review of correction rules
A HOLYROOD watchdog has said it would look favourably on tightening the rules so that corrections to the Official Report of parliamentary proceedings are published far more openly.

Cameron goes into battle to fight for savings
DAVID Cameron demanded the European Union (EU) slash its administration bill by at least £4.8 billion as budget negotiations got under way last night in Brussels.

Anti-Israel protest at Holyrood
POLICE were called in after an anti-Israel group scaled the roof of the Scottish Parliament to protest against First Minister Alex Salmond's recent meeting with the country's UK ambassador.

 

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Irish PM gets buzz for green energy

THE United Kingdom needs to increase its investment in renewable energy, Ireland’s prime minister has said.



Man arrested over Omagh police death

Detectives investigating the murder of policeman Ronan Kerr in Northern Ireland arrested a 22-year-old man last night.



Sir Mervyn King calls time on ten turbulent years, the ?Sun King? of Threadne...

SIR Mervyn King’s approach to governing the Bank of England led some critics to describe him as the “Sun King” of Threadneedle Street.



Mark Carney profile: ?Central bankers aren?t often young, good-looking and ch...

Mark Carney took up his role as the governor of the Bank of Canada at the height of the financial crisis.



BoE Governor job profile: ?Brave man to take job others would not touch?

Former Bank of England member David Blanchflower described the role of Bank of England Governor as a “really important job that most people wouldn’t touch with a 10ft pole”.



Let?s work together on press reform ? Harman

Harriet Harman is urging ministers to work together with Labour to reform the regulation of the press.



Experts to focus on security

International experts are holding a series of lectures on the implications independence could have on Scottish security.



Dairy farmers? protest in milk

Thousands of dairy farmers protested over low prices yesterday, choking traffic into Brussels with hundreds of tractors and spraying EU headquarters and police with milk.



George Osborne?s shock move on new Bank of England chief as Canadian is haile...

CHANCELLOR George Osborne surprised the City and politicians yesterday when he unveiled Mark Carney, a Canadian, as the new Governor of the Bank of England, the first foreign national and youngest man to hold the post in its 318-year

history.



Tory chairman rules out electoral pact with UKip

The Tories will “categorically” not enter any electoral pact with the UK Independence Party, party chairman Grant Shapps insisted yesterday after the idea was proposed by a senior colleague.



Scotland?s ageing population to cost extra £1.1bn a year

Scotland is facing a demographic time bomb as demands for housing, health and social care becomes “unsustainable” in the years ahead, MSPs have been warned.



Sally Foster-Fulton: Why the Kirk opposes an assisted suicide law

Legislation that permits the taking of life would alter society in harmful ways that we can only guess at, says Sally Foster-Fulton



Legal aid changes ?will cost lawyers £3.1m?

LAWYERS stand to lose £3.1 million a year if proposed changes to legal aid are driven through, a think-tank has warned.



Jonathan Rennie: Referendum debate could be tricky at work

Scottish employers could be facing a workplace headache as the debate on the 2014 referendum heats up.



Peter Jones: Reds flag a warning from Catalonia

THE SNP has maintained a stranglehold on the independence agenda but the STUC may yet challenge that, writes Peter Jones



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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Battleships and bunkum
When the No campaign launched its website, the Unionist parties behind it helpfully included video clips of what they called “real Scots” giving their reasons for wanting to keep the UK together. The most repeated assertion in the series of testimonies was that shipbuilding would cease to exist in an independent Scotland. First there was [...]

Join our club
Crivvens. We were rooting around in Google Analytics (the thing that records website traffic) today. It’s a service we only signed up to at the start of March, which among other things means our cumulative lifetime pageviews statistic is probably understated by around 100,000. But the startling thing we discovered was something else. Since we [...]

A dilemma for the Tories
Most newspapers today are reporting concerns over the future of the UK’s three remaining naval shipyards, located in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, and at Govan and Scotstoun on the Clyde. Owners BAE Systems have strongly hinted that at least one is likely to close, with a decision expected by the end of [...]

The turning tide
There’s a very good piece in the Scottish Sun today by Andrew Nicoll – entitled “Why promise more devolution when it will never happen?” – on the consequences of a “No” vote in the 2014 referendum. It’s well worth reading in full, but if you’re in a rush we’ll just quote the last line of [...]

The Scotland you wish to see
I sometimes worry about the leftward edge of the Yes Scotland coalition. My own politics are very much at that end of the spectrum, but a few times in recent months – most notably when the SNP changed its policy on NATO – I’ve been concerned about the campaign putting the cart before the horse. [...]

Better Together leaked posters #9
(From our spy in the No camp.)

Credible witnesses
As regular readers will know, we very rarely bother reporting opinion polls on this site, for a whole raft of reasons (the main one being that opinion polls two years out from any possible vote are basically meaningless). But today we were doing a little digging into one and came up with something modestly interesting. [...]

As I say, not as I do
This is Labour MSP Michael McMahon in today’s Daily Record: “Now it seems the official record can be changed at the First Minister?s whim without anyone?s knowledge. Parliament should look to its rules.” For once, we wholeheartedly agree with Mr McMahon. We can’t abide people quietly rewriting history to pretend they said something other than [...]

All aboard the freedom train
There’s much merriment in the pro-independence community today at a campaign flyer the No campaign has apparently been handing out at train stations this morning: We’ve examined whether independence would really be a journey with no return before, and even the head of the Better Together campaign himself can’t seem to get his story straight. [...]

The scorched-earth chamber
On watching today’s FMQs, we’re more and more coming to the conclusion that the Holyrood opposition’s chief campaign strategy is to make people so utterly scunnered with all politicians that nobody will ever vote for anything or anyone again, and that that way the Unionist parties might get at least a turn at power on [...]

BBC Scotland

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Uni in 'deprived' students pledge
Scotland's oldest university calls for more effort to boost the attainment levels of aspiring students from poorer backgrounds.

Secret NHS death reports released
The BBC publishes hundreds of previously secret NHS reports into serious incidents, which included 105 deaths.

Plans to close court criticised
Plans to close Alloa Sheriff Court are criticised by the the Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Gary Womersley.

Knife crime jail terms increasing
The maximum jail term for carrying a knife in Scotland will increase from four to five years, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announces.

Union 'positive' over Clyde yards
Union officials at BAE Systems' two Scottish shipyards call for a quick decision on their fate but say they are confident about the future.

Warning over code on payday loans
As a new industry code of conduct comes into force for payday lenders, Citizens Advice Scotland launches an awareness campaign.

City bypass work gets under way
Preparatory work for the 28-mile, £650m Aberdeen bypass gets under way with ground investigations ahead of tenders.

Pudding protected status 'close'
Stornoway black pudding could soon be awarded the same status as champagne and parmesan cheese, according to a Highland MSP.

Edinburgh tram line tests begin
Edinburgh's tram project will be starting the most significant tests of its track and vehicles yet in the next few weeks.

Leased property works cost £1.8m
Dumfries and Galloway Council has spent nearly £1.8m maintaining and upgrading properties it does not own.

Care home probe 'almost complete'
A police inquiry into the deaths of two residents from an Edinburgh care home last year is almost complete, BBC Scotland has learned.

Minister defends legal aid change
Proposed cuts to Scotland's legal aid bill will not breach the right to a fair trial, the justice secretary Kenny MacAskill says.

'No plans' for merging councils
The Scottish government says it has "no plans to merge local authorities", after the justice secretary says reform is "inevitable".

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond is challenged again over telling MSPs college budgets were going up when they were actually being cut, during first minister's questions.

VIDEO: Catalonia to move for independence
The Catalan government promises to hold a referendum on independence from Spain within the next four years.

Newsnet Scotland

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Time for a Different BBC Scotland (and STV Too!)

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 24th 2012

The BBC is in crisis. BBC Scotland faces significant job cuts, a strike ballot of staff, and the prospect of industrial action.

At a UK level, the BBC has hardly been out of the news in the last few weeks. There has been the Jimmy Savile scandal, a substantial payout to Lord McAlpine, and George Entwistle having to resign as Director General.



That Ashcroft poll: An insight into political 'churn'

By Dave Taylor

For those who fondly imagine that political movements are unidirectional and simple, a look at polling detail can show how there are different patterns happening simultaneously, and in contradictory directions. 

The headline figures for the Scottish sample in Lord Ashcroft's "Red Alert Poll" were much trumpeted by the SNP, as one might expect.



The best result for Catalunya: the bet on the social politics of independence

By Pilar Fernández-Pazos, translated from Galician by Paul T. Kavanagh
[Click here to read this article in the original Galician] 

Out of all the possible options in the elections for the Catalan Parliament this result was, from my point of view, the best to be expected, not only for the sovereignty project but also for the defence of social politics.

We should say in the first place that the entire Spanish and international press have highlighted the high turnout, which is truly worth mentioning given the high level of abstention which has been a constant in all elections in the Spanish state.



Should their Rangers coverage be BBC Scotland?s ?Lord McAlpine? moment?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last week it emerged that the Conservative peer ?outed? by the BBC in a now notorious broadcast of Newsnight was seeking legal redress.
 
The Lord McAlpine saga sadly overshadowed the allegations of sex abuse at a North Wales care home and the BBC?s reputation as a trusted news source took a hammering.



The smearing of a much-loved Scotsman

By Kenneth Roy
 
Now that Lord McAlpine is pursuing with exceptional diligence the tens of thousands who tweeted or re-tweeted the baseless allegation against him, London is living up to its alternative name: Sue. All things considered, it remains safer to defame the dead. Not that one can. It is legally impossible, although that could change.



Scots trust the BBC less than anyone else

By John Drummond 

The latest YouGov survey published yesterday on public attitudes to the BBC ought to make grim reading for broadcasting executives. However buried amongst the later pages of the You Gov report is an interesting finding regarding Scottish views on the BBC.



First Minister's Questions - 22 Nov 2012 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



What is the role of Broadcasting in Scotland?

  By John Drummond
 
Control of broadcasting is handled differently across the world.  However in most cases there is a degree of state control.
 
The first major broadcaster in the UK, the British Broadcasting Company (now known as the British Broadcasting Corporation) was formed 90 years ago.  It prides itself on being independent of government control.



Linda Fabiani highlights Labour's £1 billion lie

By Linda Fabiani MSP

The following are my comments on correspondence between one of my constituents and Michael McCann MP.  In the correspondence, Mr Mc Cann launches an extraordinary attack on Scottish public services, referring to ?the days of wine and roses? being over.  He also refers to a non-existent £1billion capital reserve inherited by the incoming SNP Government in 2007.  The exchange of emails can be read here.



Only Scottish independence can assure EU membership

By Mark McNaught
 
A recent poll conducted by the Guardian showed that 56% of UK citizens would ?definitely? or ?probably? vote to leave the European Union if given the chance in a referendum.
 
This should give great pause to those who gave Alex Salmond so much grief over comments regarding legal advice on continued EU adhesion in the case of Scottish independence.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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A NEW MOVEMENT IS BORN

GEORGE KEREVAN reports on the Radical Independence Conference held in Glasgow on Saturday.

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Wings Over Scotland | Battleships and bunkum

When the No campaign launched its website, the Unionist parties behind it helpfully included video clips of what they called “real Scots” giving their reasons for wanting to keep the UK together. The most repeated assertion in the series of testimonies was that shipbuilding would cease to exist in an independent Scotland.



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SNP attacks 'scaremongering' over independence defence impact

A senior Scottish National Party MP has accused "anti-independence" politicians of attempting to "scaremonger" when warning about the defence impact of a Scotland leaving the UK.



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Video: Alex Salmond in conversation with Jon Snow

Here's your chance to watch the First Minister in conversation with Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow at Strathclyde University's Barony Hall in Glasgow.



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New Lords plans will reduce Scotland's electoral clout

Plans to create at least 80 new life peers will mean that the Scottish public will be responsible for electing fewer than 4% of Westminster parliamentarians.

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Tattie Scones: Drop bombs on Asians Says Anti Independence Politician

It might have seemed likely that when former Labour Minister Lord Gilbert, made the plea to drop neutron bombs on the Pakistan and Afghanistan border, he had been caught by a hidden camera or microphone. However, the remarks were made during a debate in the House of Lords last Thursday (22nd November 2012).



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Radical Independence Conference 2012 Declaration

This Declaration was read out at the RIC conference by Pat Kane: DECLARATION We call for independence for the Scottish people. No responsibility more defines a generation than its responsibility [....

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Falklands? March 10/11 referendum, a democratic exercise of self determination

The Falklands referendum on March 10/11 is designed to simply ask the people of the Islands to state clearly their wishes regarding their political status, and this is supported by democratic practice, the UN guiding principle of self determination...

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Wings Over Scotland | The turning tide

There’s a very good piece in the Scottish Sun today by Andrew Nicoll, entitled “Why promise more devolution when it will never happen?”, on the consequences of a “No” vote in the 2014 referendum.



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STUC refuses backing for Labour-led No campaign (paywall)

THE Labour-led cross-party group campaigning in defence of the Union, Better Together, has been refused the backing of the Scottish Trades Union Congress.



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Why promise more devolution when it will never happen?

DEVOLUTION has been driven by the threat of independence.

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Catalan separatists 'fall short of majority' in elections

CiU may seek alliance with Esquerra party after exit polls in Spain suggest they will win 11 to 14 seats too few...

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Party to oppose independence for Scotland

The DUP will campaign against Scotland voting for independence in 2014, party deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference on Saturday.

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The Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 13 ? Robin McAlpine

For Episode 13 Michael Greenwell spoke with Robin McAlpine who, amongst other things, is the editor of Scottish Left Review and the director of the advocacy group The Reid Foundation. Democracy was...

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Exit poll predicts independentistas will take over 2/3 of seats in Catalan pa...

According to an exit poll published by the Spanish TV channel TV3, pro-independence parties in Catalonia look set to take over two thirds of seats in the next Catalan legislature.

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Daily Record

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I'm a Celebrity: I've no regrets about going into the jungle, says Nadine Dor...
THE backbench MP insists she has no regrets about entering the TV celebrity jungle despite a backlash from the Tory party and her constituents.

Scots could be jailed for up to five years for carrying a knife under new pla...
JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill hopes the move will deter more people from carrying weapons in Scotland when the law comes into force next year.

Job fears rise on Clydeside after BAE boss's closure threat bombshell
BAE Systems chief Nigel Whitehead said yesterday that one of the firm's three UK yards could be closed as part of a ?reduction in footprint?.

Scots Finance Secretary John Swinney hands Chancellor £820m building plan to ...
HOLYROOD finance chief Swinney presented the George Osborne with a list of 43 schemes which he claimed could start by the end of 2013.

Holyrood has descended into slagging match, Henry McLeish warns
THE former First Minister says that the devolved administration needs to raise the game or risk turning off the electorate.

Government says children should not have been taken from UKIP foster carers b...
THE Education Secretary Michael Gove has hit out at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council's decision to remove three children from a foster couple because of their political leanings.

Western Isles Council enjoy £1.5m surplus in aftermath of BCCI crash in 1991
Despite the Bank of Credit and Commerce International collapse the council find themselves in profit following a dividend payout from liquidators.

Democracy threat as Government overturns local council decisions on phone masts
IT has been revealed that the Scottish Government are three times more likely to overturn a decision made by councils than to uphold it.

Stuffed shirt Iain Duncan Smith fails to show ounce of compassion
KIERAN McARDLE deserved the respect of IDS - but all he got was a bland reply without any empathy or concern.

Politicians demand to know why thug was freed to attack young mum
GARY ANDERSON, who fantasised about torture and murder, was able to assault Leeann Tolmie despite warnings over the risk he posed.

Iain Duncan Smith blasted on Question Time over Kieran McArdle
ANTI-poverty campaigner attacked IDS on the BBC show, causing the Tory minister to lose his temper.

Tory hatchet man Iain Duncan Smith's weasel-worded letter to boy who said Ato...
THE Work and Pensions Secretary's cold reply told 13-year-old Kieran McArdle to visit JobCentre to find out about his dad's disability appeal.

Mums' fury over council's plans to shut 50 playparks
BOSSES at the SNP-led Angus Council are looking to save cash by closing half of the playparks in the area.

It's reasonable to add £3-a-week to fuel bills, says Tory MP
THE comments from Tim Yeo come after Energy Secretary Ed Davey said new plans could add £100 a year to annual bills.

Iain Duncan Smith shows he has no heart with response to 13-year-old's letter
KIERAN McARDLE wrote to the Work and Pensions Secretary after his dad died a day after having his disability benefits cut.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

UK government issues statement fuelling row over an independent Scotland's status in the European Union

The UK government says an independent Scotland would have to apply as a new member state to jo...



Nick Clegg attacks Philip Hammond for 'jumping the gun' on Trident

Deputy PM shows anger at defence secretary's plans for deterrent renewal without coalition-agreed study of alternatives

Nick Clegg has accused the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, of "jumping the ...



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...



Bella Caledonia


INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

This is not a protest
by Robin McAlpine Anyone who was involved in yesterday?s Radical Independence Conference knows the political buzz is justified, but the big question is ?what next?? The Radical Independence Confere...

Hope is the Rejection of the Status Quo
By Mike Small Here’s the text from Saturday’s Radical Independence Conference #RIC2012 with some of the follow-up responses. I want to talk briefly about how we shift from thinking and [...]

Radical Independence Conference 2012 Declaration
This Declaration was read out at the RIC conference by Pat Kane: DECLARATION We call for independence for the Scottish people. No responsibility more defines a generation than its responsibility [...]

The Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 13 ? Robin McAlpine
For Episode 13 Michael Greenwell spoke with Robin McAlpine who, amongst other things, is the editor of Scottish Left Review and the director of the advocacy group The Reid Foundation. Democracy was...

Radical Independence Conference ? 3 observations
by Pat Kane Some brief notes from the Radical Independence Conference in Glasgow – written for myself, and not in the spirit of ?translating? abstractions and theories for wider use, something ofte...

Norway, Scotland, and why I was wrong about the arc of insolvency
Last week Iain Macwhirter wrote an excellent article ‘Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway.’  It was a must read essay, not least because it was written by the journalist [...]

Taking Ideology to the Streets: Sex Work and How to Make Bad Things Worse
by Nine ?If you drive it underground so no one can find it, it wouldn?t survive.?  Rhoda Grant, 2012 In many ways, Dana fits the profile. She?s a twentysomething woman with [...]

Local currencies: Thinking local, acting global
by Peter Geoghegan In September, Peter Main handed over a fresh new Bristol pound note to buy a loaf of bread in a bakery in the centre of Bristol. Main [...]

Radical Indy Conference 11: What are Socialist arguments for Independence?
by Neil Davidson One of the central problems facing socialists who support Scottish independence is that only a minority of working class people share our position. If we are to [...]

We don?t need to count on oil to balance the books
by Ian Bell The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) advises that a country cannot depend forever on a diminishing resource. This is insightful. The institute also counsels that if you [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Unite to keep shipbuilding on the Clyde, Nicola ... - ...

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: Unite to keep shipbuilding on the Clyde, Nicola ...
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THE Scottish Government last night called on politicians to put ?political differences aside?...


Scottish independence campaign rejects UK monarchy - Press TV

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Scottish independence campaign rejects UK monarchy
Press TV
Speaking at the Radical Independence Conference in Glasgow on November 24, former Labour MP Dennis Canavan criticized the Scottish ...


Catalonia's 'unrequited love' for Caledonia - BBC News

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Catalonia's 'unrequited love' for Caledonia
BBC News
Whereas the cause of Scottish independence is still very much associated with Mr Salmond and the SNP, in Catalonia support for an independ...


SNP attacks 'scaremongering' over independence defence impact - Defence Manag...

SNP attacks 'scaremongering' over independence defence impact
Defence Management
A senior Scottish National Party MP has accused "anti-independence" politicians of attempting to "scaremonger" when wa...


Scottish independence: Catalonia learns from Scotland - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Catalonia learns from Scotland
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Nationalist parties won a majority of seats in the Barcelona parliament in elections dominated by the independence issue. Spain ...


Don Murray: From Scotland to Catalonia, Europe's sovereignty-association ... ...

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Don Murray: From Scotland to Catalonia, Europe's sovereignty-association ...
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In Edinburgh, the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond ? a man who has spent his political lifetime working ...


Scottish independence: Ditch the Queen, Salmond told - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Ditch the Queen, Salmond told
Scotland on Sunday
At a Radical Independence Conference yesterday, former Labour MP Dennis Canavan criticised the Scottish Gover...


Leaders: No case for delaying reforms | Stark Divisions - Scotsman

Scotsman

Leaders: No case for delaying reforms | Stark Divisions
Scotsman
At a gathering in Glasgow of left-wing supporters of Scottish independence, Canavan expressed his opposition to the SNP's plan...


Coalition wants independent Scots republic - UPI.com

Coalition wants independent Scots republic
UPI.com
GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A left wing coalition says it hopes to push the movement for Scottish independence toward creation of a "modern ...


Exclusive: English athletes will get fantastic support at Glasgow 2014 despit...

Exclusive: English athletes will get fantastic support at Glasgow 2014 despite ...
Insidethegames.biz
Jessica Ennis 2 November 24 - Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh has claimed t...


SNP

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Lawyers continue fight against SNP attack on legal aid - Morning Star Online

Lawyers continue fight against SNP attack on legal aid
Morning Star Online
Edinburgh and Glasgow solicitors are to stage further industrial action against the SNP government's plans to slash the lega...


SNP attacks 'scaremongering' over independence defence impact - Defence Manag...

SNP attacks 'scaremongering' over independence defence impact
Defence Management
MP Angus Robertson, the SNP's defence spokesman, said axing 150 further civilian defence jobs added to "disproportiona...


SNP welcome tougher knife crime penalties - SNP (press release)

SNP welcome tougher knife crime penalties
SNP (press release)
Welcoming news that the Scottish Government is to increase the maximum penalty for carrying a knife from four years to five, SNP MSP Sand...


IFS study - Osborne haunted by jibes in opposition - SNP (press release)

IFS study - Osborne haunted by jibes in opposition
SNP (press release)
George Osborne is set to follow Gordon Brown's example and ?cook the books? in order to meet targets, the SNP has said, after a ...


SNP welcome start of work on AWPR - SNP (press release)

SNP welcome start of work on AWPR
SNP (press release)
?It has been a very long time coming but after decades of planning and years in the courts I am delighted that Aberdeen is finally going to get t...


UK paying highest rate of fuel tax in Europe - SNP (press release)

UK paying highest rate of fuel tax in Europe
SNP (press release)
New statistics from the European Commission have revealed that the UK takes the highest proportion of taxes from both petrol and diese...


SNP criticise 'ludicrous' Lords reform plans - SNP (press release)

SNP criticise 'ludicrous' Lords reform plans
SNP (press release)
Plans to create at least 80 new life peers will mean that the Scottish public is responsible for electing fewer than 4% of Westminster...


One on tap: Quiet day in sports, the Grey Cup hangover, with lame Eagles on ....

One on tap: Quiet day in sports, the Grey Cup hangover, with lame Eagles on ...
The Province
HOCKEY: AHL, Hamilton Bulldogs at Abbotsford Heat, 7 p.m., Abby Sports Centre, teamradio. ca; OHL, Windsor...


SNP attacked over frontline funding delay - Herald Scotland

SNP attacked over frontline funding delay
Herald Scotland
SNP attacked over frontline funding delay. Alison Campsie. Senior News Reporter. HOLYROOD ministers are in the firing line after £3.4 million...


SNP 'lets cat out of the bag' over council power grab - The Times (subscription)

SNP 'lets cat out of the bag' over council power grab
The Times (subscription)
SNP ministers have been accused of plotting a power grab from councils after the Justice Secretary admitted that he beli...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Jonathan Rennie: Referendum debate could be tricky at work - Scotsman

Scotsman

Jonathan Rennie: Referendum debate could be tricky at work
Scotsman
Scottish employers could be facing a workplace headache as the debate on the 2014 referendum heats up. As we edge towards S...


Catalonia's 'unrequited love' for Caledonia - BBC News

BBC News

Catalonia's 'unrequited love' for Caledonia
BBC News
Mr Mas went into these elections trying to become a Catalan version of the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. He asked Catalans to give...


Defeat for Catalonia's leadership, but independence may still be on the cards...

ITV News

Defeat for Catalonia's leadership, but independence may still be on the cards
ITV News
It is as if it were the Welsh rather than the Scots holding the first referendum on getting out of the U...


World:Future Nations - SomalilandPress

SomalilandPress

World:Future Nations
SomalilandPress
In mid-October, it was clear: More than 300 years after Britain became, the Scottish people to decide on their independence. The referendum shall b...


Scottish independence: Catalonia learns from Scotland - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Catalonia learns from Scotland
BBC News
The Catalan government has promised to hold a referendum on independence from Spain within the next four years. Nationalist part...


Independence dominates Catalonia election - BBC News

BBC News

Independence dominates Catalonia election
BBC News
... for a referendum, something the government in Madrid has ruled out. Parties seeking Catalan independence won a majority, although Mr Mas...


Independence movements around Europe - Deutsche Welle (press release)

Deutsche Welle (press release)

Independence movements around Europe
Deutsche Welle (press release)
... vote on sovereignty. Scotland has moved one step closer to a vote on independence as the national...


Don Murray: From Scotland to Catalonia, Europe's sovereignty-association ... ...

CBC.ca

Don Murray: From Scotland to Catalonia, Europe's sovereignty-association ...
CBC.ca
In Edinburgh, the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond ? a man who has spent his political lifetime working ...


Catalans go to the polls - Herald Scotland

Catalans go to the polls
Herald Scotland
... rich north-eastern region to become "Europe's next state". However, such a vote would put Catalonia on a collision course with the conservative government...


STUC leaders to brief unions on impact of referendum - Herald Scotland

STUC leaders to brief unions on impact of referendum
Herald Scotland
In a sign of growing national interest in the issue, senior members of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) will brief the TU...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Uk Border
What a f***ing infuriating couple of words that is to see when you arrive in the UK. All it means to me is a long queue and watching people with dark skin being humiliated by power hungry c**ts. I ...

Red Lights
Has to be his worst film.....whit a load of sh*te.

Saw S. Weaver and C. Murphy were in it too and thought it couldnae be bad...........it wis.....................

Sports Personality Of The Year
No real surprises in the nominations list:

Nicola Adams (Boxing)
Ben Ainslie (Sailing)
Jessica Ennis (Athletics)
Mo Farah (Atheltics)
Katherine Grainger (Rowing)
Sir Chris Hoy (Cycling)
Niall McGi...

Scots Labour Organise To Say "yes"
http://www.newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-opinion/6306-a-new-movement-is-born

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/radicals-new-dawn-with-independence.19512129

The Radi...

Kenny Macaskill
Yesterday

http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scots-local-authorities-face-the-axe-1-2658598

then shortly afterwards

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-20484775

He r...

100Th Grey Cup
The Rogers Center in Toronto was selected as the venue for this centenary Canadian Football League final before the season began.

The British Columbia Lions finished first in the West, and the Mon...

Peep Shown New Series
Anyone just see it?brilliant again.actually shat it though when she said Gerrard died.feck edit to say peep "show" in title

Learning The Keyboard
Does anyone play the keyboard or piano?
I can play the guitar, mandolin, bass and stutter out a few 4/4s on the drums, but really fancy attempting to learn how to play a few chords on the keyboard....

New Scots Tory Logo
New Scots Tory logo

http://www.scotsman.com/news/critics-of-new-logo-take-wind-out-of-scottish-tory-sails-1-2658606

“Obviously inspired by the St Andrew’s Cross, it is distinctly Scottish but wit...

Continuity Ira End 'dirty Protest' In Belfast Prison

Rather undignified way for so called PoWs to behave. Was actually surprised to read that such protests were still initiated........


"Continuity IRA prisoners have ended their "dirty protest" in M...


Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
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.

Response to Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex
Having got into the swing of responding to consultations earlier in the year, I thought I'd have another go with Labour MSP Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex (ie. the ...

Ashcroft poll : SNP lead in Westminster voting intention
The Tories' billionaire puppet-master Lord Ashcroft recently conducted a UK-wide mega-poll of Westminster voting intention, with a sample size some eight times larger than a regular poll. That mea...

Special appeal : Scots Wikipedia contributors needed!
I've just found myself writing a rather impatient email reply to someone whose heart is in the right place, but who I think is lashing out in entirely the wrong direction. Basically, he's one of o...

Clinton doesn't just oppose "separatism" - he opposes democratic self-determi...
Our old friend Duncan Hothersall was full of beans yesterday about the supposed 'endorsement' of the No campaign by Bill Clinton. In truth, of course, it was no such thing - the comment Clinton ma...

Today is Thursday 15th November 2012...
Remember that date. It will live in infamy.

Just eighteen months ago, brave men and women across the United Kingdom raised their hands in defiance, and said: "No. This shall not be." In doing s...

It's been a while...
There was a time (in 2009, I think) when this blog was primarily a round-up of Scottish subsamples from UK opinion polls of Westminster voting intention. It would be a bit difficult to sustain tha...

The black hole where the US media's coverage of third party candidates should be
It was an interesting experience watching CNN's election coverage as one of the roughly 1% of voters who had plumped for someone other than Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Although I'd been in that p...

It's independence referendum day...
...in Puerto Rico.  The fact that you probably didn't know that (no offence to anyone who did!) should perhaps cause us to question our assumption that any independence referendum is bound to attra...

Questions to which the answer is 'if you don't stop asking these horrid quest...
Gordon Brown may not have been the greatest ever PM, but it's now clear that was not the summit of his political career. No, the role that history has been preparing him for is to resurrect Labour...

Phil's Fallout Feeds My Five-Year-Old
Brit Nuke chief Phil Hammond today BLASTED the parochial Jock First Minister for his "crazy obsession" with averting global nuclear catastrophe.

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

Why are YouGov so convinced they can "improve" on the referendum question?
I overlooked this YouGov poll on independence the other day, which essentially shows an identical position to the previous poll by the same company a week earlier -

Yes 29% (-1)
No 55% (-1)


(Note...

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, ...