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How Gordon Matheson scrapped George Square revamp when judges ignored his choice
The Labour leader of Glasgow City Council told his fellow judges which design should win the competition to revamp the city's George Square at the outset of the judging process, two independent council sources have told the Sunday Herald.

Annabel Goldie tipped for Lords
FORMER Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie is being heavily tipped for the House of Lords, the Sunday Herald understands.

Architect fights back
THE architect whose winning design for George Square was rejected by the council is to stage a one-man fightback in the city tomorrow.

PM 'is asleep at the wheel' as triple-dip slump looms
David Cameron has been accused of being asleep at the wheel after figures showed the UK economy heading towards an unprecedented third recession in five years.

Trident review 'a copycat risk'
A former defence secretary has warned the UK Government's Trident review risks showing other countries how to create their own nuclear weapons system "on the cheap".

Clegg backs plans for childcare help
WORKING families will be offered help with childcare, worth £1.5 billion, before the next election.

Bullish Cameron stakes his legacy on EU reform
David Cameron has staked his political career on the outcome of his pledged EU referendum, admitting he saw it as part of his legacy.

Coalition cuts went too deep, says Clegg
Nick Clegg admitted the Coalition went too far in cutting large-scale infrastructure spending as the International Monetary Fund warned the UK had to consider an economic Plan B.

PM warns tax dodgers public have had enough
David Cameron has warned businesses not paying their fair share of tax in the UK to "wake up and smell the coffee".

Peer questions nuclear policy
A Scottish peer has become only the second former defence secretary ever to argue the UK does not need its nuclear deterrent at sea around the clock.

Glasgow is 'city of the future'
Glasgow will today be unveiled as the winner of a £24 million competition to find the UK's city of the future.

In-out poll on EU defines 2015 election battle lines
A clear battle line has been drawn for the 2015 General Election after Tory high command claimed Ed Miliband had been "bounced" into ruling out an in-out referendum on Europe.

Britain told it cannot cherry pick powers or use threats
ANGELA Merkel insisted Germany was prepared to talk with Britain about its "wishes", but other political figures across Europe made clear David Cameron could not cherry pick powers nor threaten the EU.

Bunker mentality as Dave ducks key issues
THE tantric wait finally ended at 8am in the City of London.

PM snubs workers blacklist inquiry
PRIME Minister David Cameron called blacklisting unacceptable as his Government said it had not seen evidence that would require a probe into the practice.

 

Scotsman

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Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon?s early gamble | Light on a good man

NICOLA Sturgeon’s essay in this newspaper today provides a fascinating insight into where the Yes campaign finds itself at this stage in the Scottish independence referendum, and where it sees itself going from here.



Miners urged to challenge guilty verdicts

JUSTICE Minister Kenny Mac­Askill has sidestepped calls to review the guilty verdicts of Scottish miners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes during one of the most bitter industrial strikes of the 1980s.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon - 27/01/2013

A warning of a triple-dip recession is not the only problem the UK’s leaders have to contend with



Gerald Warner: Rhetoric can?t disguise emptiness at heart of Obama?s presidency

THERE is something morbidly mesmerising about watching a great nation in the grip of a power-crazed but incompetent charlatan.



Tide of plastic devastates marine food chain

MARINE life in one of ­Scotland’s biggest estuaries has been found to be riddled with pollution caused by ­plastic ­despite attempts to cut down on the amount entering coastal waters.



Analysis: The West Lothian question taken to new level

David Cameron is heading into a cul-de-sac. He promises a referendum on a prospectus that cannot be delivered and, even if it were, would satisfy neither his Euro­phobic backbenchers nor pro-Europeans.



Scots workforce gains Britain?s highest pay rises

SCOTS are enjoying the highest pay rises across Britain with an inflation-busting 6.3 per cent hike for the average worker in the past 12 months alone.



Andrew Wilson: Yes-man David Cameron?s got a point on EU? but the hypocrisy i...

LET US begin by judging the Prime Minister’s long-awaited EU speech this week on its merits rather than its motivations. On the face of it, an ambitious, game-changing move and very well constructed. Hugely risky, but then that is the price of leading rather than managing in a world in flux.



Eddie Barnes: Sceptic speech buys PM some time

A LABOUR MP noted last week how, prior to the speech, he found himself sharing a lift in the Commons with a prominent Tory backbencher. The pair exchanged small talk about the prime minister.



?Yes? vote means more power, says Nicola Sturgeon

VOTING “No” in the independence referendum would be “a vote for nothing” and would block ambitions to create a more powerful Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon claims today.



Nicola Sturgeon: No more ?what ifs?

Next year, Scots have a chance to chart a new and exciting course. Nicola Sturgeon explains why Yes has to be the way forward



MP sorry for ?Jews? comments

A LIBERAL Democrat MP 
facing disciplinary action after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians has 
issued a public apology for causing “unintended offence”.



Drumlanrig: Fanning the flames for independence

The Yes Scotland campaign has set up a number of “themed” offshoots, including a Celtic Fans for Independence group, made up of Hoops supporters who want to take the plunge.



Stand-off looms over city site for police HQ

THE new Scottish police force is set for fresh confrontation with ministers over the siting of its long-term headquarters.



Euan McColm: When polls begin to pall, SNP must regain feelgood factor

POLLS are polls… there’s still all to play for… what matters is how people vote on the day… this is actually really positive news… I’m so, so happy. Politicians’ reactions to disappointing opinion polls are well rehearsed – and sometimes you might even give them the benefit of the doubt.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

It?s Opposite Week!
Readers may recall that a few days ago we highlighted a rather bizarre confusion on the part of the anti-independence movement, which is more commonly known as “Better Whenever” or something like that. Faced with a poll in which 11% of respondents wished to completely abolish the Scottish Parliament and end the devolution experiment, the [...]

Britain?s shame
If you raise the slightest voice of dissent to the increasing fetishisation of the military in the UK these days, you risk drawing down a barrage of foul-mouthed ire on your head from furious British nationalists, inexplicably enraged at the expression of the desire not to send the sons, daughters, friends, fathers and mothers of [...]

And finally #3
There wouldn’t be many people left in the No campaign if these were the rules. So remember, folks – calling someone a Nazi isn’t political debate. Nazis weren’t comical figures of fun. That sort of poison is “sick abuse and gutter politics”, and must be stamped on if we’re ever to raise the level of [...]

An open question to the Scottish media
We know for certain that a good many Scottish newspaper and broadcast journalists read this website, so maybe one of them will enlighten us about something. The latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey report contained a wealth of tables and statistics in respect of the independence debate, but the entire media seized, with complete and startling [...]

Vote No, say nothing
It’s a real bonus for us when other people dissect something so comprehensively, from a variety of angles, that we don’t have to bother. The solitary piece of what could conceivably be described as solid content in Ruth Davidson’s speech in Edinburgh yesterday appeared to comprise a well-known football chant, which we’ll paraphrase for sensitive [...]

Smile for me now, brother
As we’ve noted before, media bias is a subtle beast. It doesn’t (we think) take the form of dastardly late-night meetings where BBC or Scotsman editors gather to plot the next day’s subversion of the Yes campaign. Much of it comprises things journalists often aren’t even consciously aware they’re doing, as documented by Edward Herman [...]

And finally #2
More from our trawl through the picture files of the Scottish Political Archive. Click the picture of this 1968 Conservative election leaflet to find the answer to its question, which remarkably is every bit as relevant (if not more) today as it was 45 years ago. It’s not often we agree with the Tories, but [...]

Before they?re hatched
We love when people send us amusing things. Here’s a beauty, featuring fun-loving “Better Together” campaign chief (and former “director of David Miliband’s shadow activist base”, which sounds very exciting) Blair McDougall, speaking way back on the 24th of March 2011 – just six action-packed weeks before the Holyrood election: “Deprived of government power after [...]

Scotland?s healthy exports
When I wrote previously about how Scotland?s export business does not depend on the UK (as had been claimed by Alistair Darling at last year’s Mackintosh Memorial Lecture), one of the questions I was asked was what export business Scotland has. On Wednesday, in a piece lurking at the bottom of Scottish news section, the BBC [...]

It?s Britain?s Oil
We’ve pilfered the files of the tremendous Scottish Political Archive before (you’ll have seen one here, for example), but in the light of today’s earlier post and a comment on it from an alert reader directing us to this fantastic piece about the 1979 No campaign, we’ve been rummaging around in there again. We particularly [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Sturgeon in EU commitment pledge
Scotland's deputy first minister writes to European foreign ministers to assure them that Scotland remains committed to the EU.

Voters 'don't trust Tory motives'
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said voters do not trust the motives of her party, as she seeks to boost its electoral fortunes.

EU application 'would take time'
An independent Scotland would need to apply to become a member of the European Union, Ireland's European affairs minister believes.

MPs back calls for lower voting age
MPs back a backbench business motion calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16 in all elections and referendums.

EU referendum 'risks Scots jobs'
Scotland's deputy first minister said Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge of an EU referendum is putting jobs at risk in Scotland.

Indy support 'lowest since 1999'
Support for Scottish independence is at its lowest level since the creation of the Holyrood parliament in 1999, a survey suggests.

Call over nursery 'discrimination'
A think tank calls for an end to the "birthday discrimination" which prevents all nursery children getting two full years of pre-school education.

Scots GPs 'could save NHS £26m'
The Scottish NHS could save £26m a year without affecting patient care, the country's spending watchdog says.

Cash boost for A&E consultants
An extra £1m is to be spent on hospital consultants for accident and emergency departments, the Scottish government announces.

Images spearhead child care drive
A series of images are to be projected on to Glasgow City Chambers later as part of a campaign to recruit more foster carers and adoptive parents.

Faroes herring move sparks anger
Scottish fishermen condemn the Faroe Islands for pulling out of international sharing arrangements for Atlantic herring stock.

Move to monitor new police force
Scotland's new national police force could be overseen by a new parliament committee, amid concern it has been beset by a power struggle.

SNP Euro meeting call rebuffed
The European Commission has rebuffed a Scottish government request for early talks on the consequences of independence for EU membership.

Charity warned on same-sex policy
A Catholic adoption agency is warned it could lose its charitable status over its refusal to place children with same-sex couples.

Scots unemployment falls again
Unemployment in Scotland fell by 14,000 to 207,000 between September and November, according to the latest official figures.

Newsnet Scotland

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Can the world afford rising levels of inequality?

By Lynda Williamson

In these days of austerity and stagnation many people might be surprised to learn that there is one area of the economy that has enjoyed double digit growth in every year since the banking crisis hit.

The demand for luxury goods has never been greater; it seems that the world's billionaires just can't get enough champagne, caviar, luxury yachts and sports cars.



Constitutional Voting Rights and Obligations in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

As a teacher of US Constitutional law and rights, cognisant of the degree to which the US does and does not uphold its stated rights, the possibilities for Scots to craft a novel approach to constitutional rights are truly unprecedented and promising.

There is much to learn from other countries and constitutions to help determine how rights can be formulated and applied in a written Scottish constitution.



First Minister's Questions - 24 Jan 2013 - 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.



Pure Joy at Celtic Connections

  Jolene Cargill caught up with Joy Dunlop (pictured) to have a chat about Celtic Connections, her new album and recruiting for MI5!
 
Joy Dunlop has many strings to her bow.  The Scottish singer is in demand as a teacher, translator, speaker and presenter. 

Currently filming a series on Scottish weddings for BBC Alba, Dunlop jokes that she will not be short of a gig in future. ?If I ever need an alternative career maybe I could become a wedding coordinator!?



Robert Burns: Witch Hunter - New graphic novel offers a different take on The...

Burns was loved as a lyricist, farmer and even as a ladies' man.  Now prepare to meet Burns, scourge of all evil and witch hunter in training!

Two visionary writers from Edinburgh have created a new depiction of the nation's most loved poet, based on the epic character of the famous narrative poem Tam o? Shanter, in forthcoming graphic novel - Robert Burns: Witch Hunter.



Cameron?s EU speech presents opportunities and challenges for the nationalists

  By David Torrance

Big political speeches can be misremembered. Mrs Thatcher?s 1988 appearance at the College of Europe in Bruges, for example, is cited to this day as an anti-European rant. In fact it was an orthodox restatement of the UK?s support for the European project ? after all it was the Iron Lady who supported the Single European Act of 1985.



Scotland's far-flung children are her prospective immigrants

By Liam Alastair Crouse, Rhode Island, USA

The discussion of immigration in Britain is often plagued by stereotypes, ethnic prejudice, and xenophobia.  Indeed, in the past year, the British Government, having responded to such beliefs, moved to curtail immigration into the UK from hundreds of thousands to only tens of thousands by cutting various visa programmes across the board.

I am one of the numerous people affected.  I came to Scotland five years ago to study at the University of Edinburgh on a student visa.  Back in 2008 when I applied, students had the option, after study, to apply for a post-graduate visa.



Dear Professor Curtice, about your poll ...

By Dave Taylor

Thanks for appearing on STV?s Scotland Tonight, to confirm what we [1] were already pretty sure of ? that at the tail end of 2012, around two-thirds of people in Scotland supported the Scottish Parliament having responsibility for almost all matters (including taxation and welfare spending), and that 35% want the Scottish Parliament to have all powers, but that fewer than that number supported your 1997 questions which offered independence.

Weel, we kent that last bit!



The strange apology of Glasgow's civic leader

By Kenneth Roy

Politicians do not do apologies well. Like journalists, they are not the apologising type. But the recent apology of Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, has the look of a left-over Christmas turkey. It is first on the short-list for the Scottish Review's Apology of the Year award, making Councillor Matheson a possible worthy successor to Nicholas Clegg.



Loopholes, NHS waiting times and BBC Scotland

By G.A.Ponsonby

On Monday evening on Reporting Scotland BBC Scotland?s Health Correspondent Eleanor Bradford claimed she had found ?further evidence? of ?loopholes? in the Scottish government?s waiting times policy.

Anyone who has followed Ms Bradford on her quest to ?expose? a waiting time scandal that, on the evidence presented thus far doesn?t really exist, will by now be wondering what is going on.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Controversy as Irish Minister says independent Scotland would not be thrown o...

Media reports suggesting Ireland’s European Minister has said that an independent Scotland would be forced out of the European Union and have to apply for membership have been denied by the Minister herself.



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Deputy First Minister writes to EU Foreign Ministers

Following David Cameron’s speech signalling the United Kingdom Government’s intention to hold an "in or out" referendum on European Union membership, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to EU Foreign Ministers to set out the position of the Scottish Government on the European Union and Scotland’s place in it, including the approach to Scotland’s continued membership following a Yes vote in 2014.



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How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans?

As David Cameron stood up for prime minister's question time this week he would have felt the breath of Tory rightwingers and Ukip on his back. But as the backbenchers brayed, he might have also felt an odd discomfort at the back of his mind. Wasn't there another referendum somewhere?


Peter A Bell's insight:
"The cacophony of alarmist stories about Scotland does seem to have tipped from the bizarre to the gently unhinged."

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UK to control green subsidies in an independent Scotland

LONDON would set the levels of subsidies for Scotland's wind farms and other forms of renewable energy in the event of independence, the Sunday Herald has learned.


Peter A Bell's insight:
British nationalists confused as "separation" scaremongering unravels.

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Survey suggests slight fall in support for Scottish independence

Researchers find 34% of voters agree the country should be independent with 47% opposed.

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Wings Over Scotland | It?s Opposite Week!

Readers may recall that a few days ago we highlighted a rather bizarre confusion on the part of the anti-independence movement, which is more commonly known as “Better Whenever” or something like that. Faced with a poll in which 11% of respondents wished to completely abolish the Scottish Parliament and end the devolution experiment, the No campaign decided that such people were in fact “supporters of devolution” and tailored their promotional materials accordingly.



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Yes Scotland: Too many Chiefs?
Because the media will always ask awkward questions - that's their job. We might not see it as their role to dig for dissent, but they clearly do. And every time Blair Jenkins gives the not-quite-r...

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Snubbed: SNP go behind Barroso's back to start EU negotiations

The Scottish National party (SNP) has gone behind the back of EU Commission president Manuel Barroso to start ingratiating itself with other European member states.
Peter A Bell's insight:
What a stunningly ill-informed article! There is no such thing as "automatic membership" of the EU, nor even the possibility of such a thing. The SNP never claimed "automatic membership" but rather continuing membership - which is a very different thing.No EU official gas pronounced on Scotland's post-independence status vis-à-vis the EU. In fact, Barroso and others have been at pains to stipulate that they were not referring to any particular independence movement when making comments. And even if the claim in the article was not a blatant lie, these functionaries do not decide such matters. Barroso won't even be in-post by the time the question arises.Alex Salmond at no time claimed that the Scottish Government was in possession of unpublished advice from either the European Commission or its own law officers. In fact, the "row" was caused by his refusal to make any statement on the matter as is required by the ministerial code of conduct. The nonsense in the last paragraph is based on inane unionist propaganda rather than any genuine appreciation of the facts.Very poor journalism!

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EU withdrawal could prompt McLeish indy switch

Former First Minister and Scottish Labour stalwart, Henry McLeish, has said he would be “very strongly inclined” to shift his stance on independence should

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Poll: Swing of just 7% would put Yes ahead

Welcoming today's Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland, the Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, Blair Jenkins, said: "What this poll shows is that there is solid and sustained support for a Yes vote in 2014 and with around a fifth of voters yet to make up their minds there is everything to play for.  On these figures, a swing of just 7 per cent would put Yes ahead.



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Constitutional Voting Rights and Obligations in an Independent Scotland

As a teacher of US Constitutional law and rights, cognisant of the degree to which the US does and does not uphold its stated rights, the possibilities for Scots to craft a novel approach to constitutional rights are truly unprecedented and promising.



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Nats want 4,000 extra troops to defend an independent Scotland

THE SUNDAY ISSUE: Nats victory in next year’s indy referendum could trigger armed forces recruitment drive
Peter A Bell's insight:
While the British parties frantically strive to prevent Scotland's independence, the real debate has moved on to what we will do with it.

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David Cameron?s tale of two referendums

THE Prime Minister looked momentarily wrong-footed.
Peter A Bell's insight:
What promised to be a reasonable article is ruined by descent into the lazy journalism that mindlessly parrots the cosy mainstream consensus rather than challenging it.The point about Cameron being unprepared for a glaringly obvious question about his hypocrisy is a good one, and well worth exploring. What does it tell us about the man's competence and/or his attitude to Scotland? Does the fact that the point hadn't even occurred to him not speak to us of quite stunning ineptitude? Does it not suggest a casual contempt for Scotland that would be profoundly insulting if anyone here was actually concerned about fostering Cameron's good opinion?But before we can get into any of that, Eddie Barnes cannot help but take the now standard detour into the anti-ANP/anti-independence drivel that seems to be a requirement of the job. First there's the claptrap about the independence campaign being "on the run". A claim that is no more true for being dutifully regurgitated by just about every rent-a-hack in the mainstream press. It is a claim that seems to grow more shrilly desperate in proportion to the increasing woes of the Bitter Together effort. The more grindingly negative the anti-independence campaign gets; the more evident its confusions, contradictions and inconsistencies become; the more it is beset by the duplicity and hypocrisy of its "big-hitters", the more we are told instead of the YES campaign having problems.Then there's the stuff about the poll that isn't a poll that supposedly shows support for independence at some infeasibly low level. I won't trouble myself to dwell upon the fallacious interpretation of data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey. That's been done repeatedly and more than adequately elsewhere. I will merely note that, even if we suspend our intellect for long enough to accept the figure that Barnes and his colleagues toss out as if it was an uncontested fact, we would also have to accept that support for the Bitter Together campaign is even lower. Depending on what source you look to, as little as half the support for independence.Unionists and their pals in the media clumsily seek to conceal this reality by the simple expedient of never mentioning it, and by adding to the "pro-union" tally every response that is not explicitly pro-independence. This neglects the very pertinent fact that, of those who have not yet come out wholly in favour of independence, the vast majority have quite categorically rejected the status quo - which, however frantically they now try to pretend otherwise, is the best that the British Parties are offering in exchange for us giving up the leverage of our independence demands.There may be interesting things to say about Cameron's EU referendum ploy and the ways in which it impacts the independence referendum. But how can we trust an analysis of this which takes as its starting point such an obviously fallacious understanding of the state of the independence referendum campaign?

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Indy allies to Salmond: don't fight with the Electoral Commission

ALEX Salmond should not lock horns with the Electoral Commission if it goes against him on the wording of the referendum question and campaign spending limits, the head of the movement for a Yes vote on independence has said.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Fury as Salmond threatens to treat Electoral Commission advice in the same way as Westminster!

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Euan McColm: When polls begin to pall, SNP must regain feelgood factor

POLLS are polls… there’s still all to play for… what matters is how people vote on the day… this is actually really positive news… I’m so, so happy.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Euan McColm demonstrates that he is not the man to put front and centre when the going gets tough. The British nationalist camp really needs to be concealing its panic and desperation at this juncture. But panic and desperation fair oozes out of this... what should we call it? The term "article" seems to glorify it in a glaringly inappropriate manner.In the first place, McColm would do well to learn the difference between a poll and a survey. But I suspect that even if his ignorance was relieved in this regard he would still sieze upon that single, grossly misinterpreted morsel of data like a drowning man clutching at a straw.. Beleaguered unionists must find comfort where they may.And make no mistake, the anti-independence campaign is in trouble. Why else would they be so intent upon deceiving the electorate into thinking that a NO vote is a vote for "more powers" rather than a vote for nothing.The Bitter Together campaign has failed abysmally. Its leaders and strategists totally misread the mood and made fatal errors of judgement. The decision to reject any kind of improved devolution offer was one. They think they can patch that up with jam tomorrow promises. But nobody is buying it.Another appallingly bad choice was relying so completely on a combination of banal jingoism and the gutter politics of smears and scaremongering. The Great Festival of Britishness of 2012 ended up descending into an embarrassing parody of itself. And the negative campaigning was always a strategy that appealed greatly to macho hard-line British nationalists, and not at all to the wider, saner public.Some might see the collapse of the Bitter Together effort as a bad thing. They might suppose that it somehow leaves the debate on Scotland's constitutional future lopsided. It doesn't! The "big-hitters" of the formal anti-independence campaign never added anything to the debate anyway. They hindered it and detracted from it. Now that people are mostly ignoring them, the serious debate can proceed.On the basis of this latest offering, Euan McColm will not be part of that debate.

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Scots Tory tycoon Tommy Coakley owes £30million to creditors
THE businessman, who was once Scotland's richest men, had been due to plough more than a £1million into the Scottish Tories before he was made bankrupt.

Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging s...
BLAIR JENKINS says he isn't worried about the downturn in support- instead he is confident that this year the campaign can turn Scot's indecisiveness into votes.

Mansion-dwelling Tory Minister tells Scottish dad that his three kids should ...
A TORY Minister who lives between a mansion and a townhouse has come under criticism after telling a Scottish dad affected by the imminent bedroom tax that his three kids should share one pull-out bed.

David Cameron's referendum on Europe will cost the taxpayer £100m
THE poll on the UK's future in the European Union is expected to cost more than the vote on a revamped voting system in 2011.

Pro- independence group Yes Scotland launches leaflets push
THE pro-independence group Yes Scotland has launched its first campaign of the year, revealing more than 130 local activist groups are now in place across the country.

Nicola Sturgeon keen to build on EU alliances
BEING an independent member state in the European Union is "overwhelmingly" in Scotland's economic interests, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Michael Moore: Energy boss's £15 million payoff nothing to do with me
THE Scottish Secretary yesterday refused to condemn the huge payoff received by SSE chief executive Ian Marchant and said it was purely a matter for individual organisations.

Time to tackle the real cheats
DAVID CAMERON has demanded more international co-operation on corporate tax avoidance but trade unions estimate that £25billion is lost a year from tax avoidance in the UK alone.

MSPs urged not to push for import ban on mackerel from Iceland and the Faroes
MSPs have been told that an import ban on mackeral from Iceland and the Faroes could damage jobs in the UK.

David Cameron: G8 nations must take action over tax evasion
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has urged the G8 group of countries to act against aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Scotland's free nursery care scheme unfair to children depending on birthday
A THINK-TANK believes children should have two full years of funded nursery care.

Firm fuel the poverty gap
AS pensioners face having to choose between heating and eating, the energy boss who tripled their bills will leave his post with a cool £15m.

Only one in four plan to vote for an independent Scotland, poll reveals
THE survey out today shows that support for an independent Scotland is at its lowest since the Scottish Parliament was opened in 1999.

Health Secretary Alex Neil insists NHS isn't failing Scotland
NEIL says that John McGarrity's case was exceptional, but Scottish Labour boss Johann Lamont reckons the health service is at "breaking point".

Alex Salmond slams David Cameron's 'confused' EU speech
David Cameron's European Union referendum speech has "completely changed" the debate in Scotland ahead of the 2014 independence referendum, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



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...



Bella Caledonia


INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

The Art of the Possible
We’re delighted to announce that the multi-talented Kate Higgins – who may be known to you via her usual scribblings over at Burdzeyeview .Kate is joining the Bella editorial team [...]

On Yes, Flegs and Little England
Three views on the national debates from around and about . . . First up the world from Dublin via the Irish Times, where Judith Crosbie writes giving some insight [...]

Fuzzy Friday 2
Each week we offer you five great things, sites, events, people or projects which we think are Bella-isimo. 1. Come and Have a Go if you Think Your Bard Enough. [...]

Gameboy
“If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game. It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people [...]

ERM ? Automatic for the People?
A repeated claim of the Better Together campaign (and a  whole lot more) is that “Scotland would have to try and renegotiate an opt out from the Euro”. That’s not [...]

Celtic Connections
By Chris Cairns Qualifying Group no. 7 for the 1988 European Championship read as follows: Republic of Ireland Bulgaria Belgium Scotland Luxembourg I bumped into Big Charlie in the office [...]

EU?ve Been Framed
Let?s be clear. There is not a four deep queue in Brussels anxious to indulge the fantasy life of the most semi detached of its membership. Why would there be ?

The Edwin Morgan Memorial Lecture
On Tuesday 27 November 2012 the First Minister Alex Salmond delivered a lecture on the subject of housing and social justice. The lecture took place at the Scottish National Gallery and [...]

Don?t Panic!
Is the No campaign losing the plot? The cacophony of scare stories about Scotland does seem to have tipped from the bizarre to the gently unhinged. A year ago The [...]

Memories of the Future ? Boeung Kak Lake and The Cause of Progress
By Darran Anderson And the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures. A calamity had come to it, sure enough. The people had [...]

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence - Google News
Google News

Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...

The Guardian

Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...
The Guardian
Four days earlier my latest column had been published in the Scottish edition of the Observer...


Are Scots getting cold feet about independence? - The Guardian

The Guardian

Are Scots getting cold feet about independence?
The Guardian
The debate about Scottish independence took off for real in 2012. Once the UK government announced exactly a year ago that it ...


Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution - T...

The Guardian

Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution
The Guardian
The findings are a significant setback for Alex Salmond and the pro-independence Yes Scotland campai...


Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man - Scotsman

Scotsman

Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man
Scotsman
NICOLA Sturgeon's essay in this newspaper today provides a fascinating insight into where the Yes campaign finds itself ...


New poll shows independence support falling three points - Herald Scotland

New poll shows independence support falling three points
Herald Scotland
Support for independence has dropped, according to a new poll, with 60% of voters agreeing that Scotland would not automatical...


Survey suggests slight fall in support for Scottish independence - stv.tv

Survey suggests slight fall in support for Scottish independence
stv.tv
Support for independence has fallen slightly since October, according to a survey for a Sunday newspaper. The Panelbase survey ...


How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans? - The Guardian

The Guardian

How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans?
The Guardian
In a two-day period the prime minister has lanced the no campaign's two most powerful arguments against Scot...


Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging ....

Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging ...
Scottish Daily Record
Yes Scotland have more than 130 groups supporting their campaign, ranging from Labour Voters for ...


Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon in EU commitment pledge - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon in EU commitment pledge
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon has written to European foreign ministers to assure them that Scotland remained committed to the Europe...


Scottish independence vote cast by Dalziel pupils - STV Local

Scottish independence vote cast by Dalziel pupils
STV Local
Although traditionally held on January 25, Dalziel held their Burn's supper on the 21st of the month. With the senior prelims coming up, th...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man - Scotsman

Scotsman

Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man
Scotsman
This weekend is, perhaps, an opportune moment for the SNP and its allies to pause and take stock of their strategy, give...


New poll shows independence support falling three points - Herald Scotland

New poll shows independence support falling three points
Herald Scotland
The poll, which interviewed a sample of 1,004 Scots between January 11 and 21, also asked about voting intentions for the Scot...


Survey suggests slight fall in support for Scottish independence - stv.tv

Survey suggests slight fall in support for Scottish independence
stv.tv
The poll, which interviewed a sample of 1004 Scots between January 11 and 21, also asked about voting intentions for the Scotti...


Support for SNP remains at 2011 landslide levels - SNP (press release) (blog)

Support for SNP remains at 2011 landslide levels
SNP (press release) (blog)
Support for SNP remains at 2011 landslide levels. A poll published by the Sunday Times shows that support for the SNP remai...


Clegg buries head in sand on recession threat - SNP (press release)

Clegg buries head in sand on recession threat
SNP (press release)
Reacting to confirmation from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this morning that the Westminster Government would not change course o...


Poll puts SNP support at 2011 landslide levels - SNP (press release)

Poll puts SNP support at 2011 landslide levels
SNP (press release)
?The SNP continues to move Scotland forward ? delivering strong, competent government in the face of Westminster cuts ? and the peop...


Snubbed: SNP go behind Barroso's back to start EU negotiations - Politics.co.uk

Snubbed: SNP go behind Barroso's back to start EU negotiations
Politics.co.uk
The Scottish National party (SNP) has gone behind the back of EU Commission president Manuel Barroso to start ingratiatin...


Salmond sticks with the Euro-trump card - Herald Scotland

Salmond sticks with the Euro-trump card
Herald Scotland
Sunday 27 January 2013. UNTIL the end of 2008, or thereabouts, "Scotland in Europe" was one of the SNP's more reliable slogans. UNTIL the end o...


Determined Sturgeon defies EU snub - Herald Scotland

Determined Sturgeon defies EU snub
Herald Scotland
Just days after Barroso refused her request for talks on Scottish entry to Europe, the Deputy First Minister wrote to the foreign ministers of each ...


Indy allies to Salmond: don't fight with the Electoral Commission - Herald Sc...

Indy allies to Salmond: don't fight with the Electoral Commission
Herald Scotland
The Government and Parliament should also heed the commission's views on campaign spending limits, Jenkins said, desp...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans? - The Guardian

The Guardian

How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans?
The Guardian
The first of them is that independence will result in Scotland being cast adrift from the European fold, out...


Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...

The Guardian

Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...
The Guardian
It would be premature to say that I will come out for an independent Scotland when the refere...


Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness - The Guardian (b...

The Guardian (blog)

Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness
The Guardian (blog)
This must especially be the case when they put a fundamentally important issue to us in a referendum...


Are Scots getting cold feet about independence? - The Guardian

The Guardian

Are Scots getting cold feet about independence?
The Guardian
The debate about Scottish independence took off for real in 2012. Once the UK government announced exactly a year ago that it ...


Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution - T...

The Guardian

Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution
The Guardian
Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, said Salmond's referendum was a "vanity project" which wa...


Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man - Scotsman

Scotsman

Leaders: Nicola Sturgeon's early gamble | Light on a good man
Scotsman
NICOLA Sturgeon's essay in this newspaper today provides a fascinating insight into where the Yes campaign finds itself ...


The Little Englanders are gaining - The Japan Times

The Little Englanders are gaining
The Japan Times
The Scottish nationalists seeking separation from England in their own referendum take the opposite tack. They promise the Scottish electorate that l...


Sturgeon hails EU 'benefits' - Morning Star Online

Sturgeon hails EU 'benefits'
Morning Star Online
Days after Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans for a referendum on Britain's relationship with Brussels, Ms Sturgeon outlined aspirations for...


Snubbed: SNP go behind Barroso's back to start EU negotiations - Politics.co.uk

Snubbed: SNP go behind Barroso's back to start EU negotiations
Politics.co.uk
... refused a request for talks from deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, she wrote a letter to the foreign ministers o...


Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging ....

Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging ...
Scottish Daily Record
He said: ?There are not many things in life you can be certain about but I am absolutely 110 per ...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Books On Scottish History

I used to read quite a lot of books then got out of the habit of reading.

 

I am now reading quite a bit again, so, any recommendations for books on Scottish history, ideally ones available on kind...



Simon Schama - History Of Britain

Anyone read his three parter. I have the last two parts. Currently reading the book on 1603-1776.I watched the TV serialisation and enjoyed it very much.Had the books for years but finally have giv...



Death Of The High Street 2 - Record Shops & Sports Shops
Anyone know where you can buy a jock strap in this day and age?! Went to probably the only leisure warehouse in Falkirk, doesnt deserve to be called a sport shop, and after wondering round the maz...

Tartan Help
Can anyone help me with what tartan this is ???

http://pinterest.com/pin/227994799857547772/

Jj Abrams To Direct New Star Wars Film

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21214040

 

 

Sci-fi director JJ Abrams will head up the seventh Star Wars film, Lucasfilm owner Walt Disney Co has said.

Star Wars creator George Lucas ...



12 Angry Tambers

(Just for fun.)

 

 

 

Top row - Charlie Endell; Johnny Ham; JPM

2nd row - DonnyTJS; phart; John Graham of Claverhouse

3rd row - Cove Sheep; Scotty CTA; Jude.21

Bottom row - Dirk Douglas; Hunchy; ...



Perth And Edinburgh

Hi, 

So I'm starting university in September and I'll either hopefully be going to Edinburgh or Perth. What are the best places for night life in either Perth or Edinburgh? 



Hearts Tv

Stuck this in here as well as football related.

 

I see that the only online stream of the game today is via the heart tv international section.

 

Does anyone know if I would be able to watch it uf...



Newspapers.
Living overseas most of the time I try to catch up by reading the papers online but some of the stuff, independence and sports coverage, is quite shocking. Unless you are a unionist or support eith...

Celtic Backstabbers?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-21195630



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

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...

Scot Goes pop

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

Panelbase : SNP in commanding lead for the Scottish Parliament
Many thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to the fact that the Panelbase poll I mentioned also had voting intention figures for Holyrood. I was oblivious to the fact because it ...

Panelbase poll : Support for independence remains within touching distance
The latest Panelbase poll on independence is out, and although it shows an increase in the No lead, it's still more favourable for the Yes side than other recent polls.

Yes 34% (-3)
No 47% (+2)


S...

Vote Yes to independence to keep Scotland in Europe
Sorry that blogging has been a bit sluggish of late, but I haven't been entirely idle. I have a new article at the International Business Times, on how David Cameron has just blown a hole in Bette...

Political predictions for the year ahead
While I was making the long journey home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party (an experience I paid a heavy price for - I got caught in several crushes, and later came down with a bad cold!) I ...

Angus Reid subsample : SNP in joint lead for Westminster
As long-term readers will know, I regard Angus Reid's Scottish subsamples as being of slightly more interest than those of other pollsters, because the relative stability of the figures over time s...

Quote of the year, and it's still only week two
This is a two-and-a-half-day-old quote from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, arguing for a hefty increase in MPs' salaries in order to attract the best 'talent'. As you read this, try very hard to remember...

"Disenfranchise" Neil Kinnock? How very dare we?
In spite of my best efforts (and several re-readings), I'm not sure I entirely understand the point being made by the Ian Stewart article republished by Wings Over Scotland. There are a couple of ...

Happy New Year
Just a very quick note to wish you all a happy new year - a year which for superstitious reasons I will exclusively be referring to as "this year", rather than using some arbitrary number that even...

Nuclear democracy
On a number of occasions I've made the point that Britain is, at best, a semi-democracy, due to the House of Lords being unelected. Some people react incredulously to that notion, and insist that ...

The imperial delusion lives on
The SNP's Angus MacNeil and Labour's George Foulkes found some rare common ground a few days ago in condemning the Queen's 'silent' participation in a cabinet meeting, on the grounds that it breach...

In wake of Newtown, Baker goes sinister
Question : If you were an American libertarian blogger who had spent almost every waking moment over the last decade advancing the fantastical notion that a gun free-for-all has made your country s...

Why the Northern Ireland demographic shift does matter
Ten years ago, the results of the Northern Ireland census were greeted with a not inconsiderable amount of unionist gloating. All the expectations had been that there would be evidence of a signif...

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

Open questions
Leaving aside the obvious jibe that 'Open Unionism' is a contradiction in terms, my eye was caught by this article of the 'anyone to the left of Enoch Powell is a Marxist' variety -

"It became mor...