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28.10.12

The Herald

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60,000 Americans told to drop plans to visit Scotland
TENS of thousands of Americans have been advised to put their Scottish travel plans on hold amid confusion over one of the key events in what the SNP hopes will be a national showcase year in 2014.

Lord Advocate drawn into row over EU membership
SCOTLAND'S most senior law officer, the Lord Advocate, has been drawn into the row over Alex Salmond's claims about legal advice on an independent Scotland's membership of the EU.

UK and US in Iran military base talks
Discussions have taken place between British and American officials over the use of UK bases in the event of military action against Iran, Downing Street has indicated.

Hope for Obama as American economy picks up
THE US economy picked up in the third quarter of 2012, growing on an annualised basis by 2%, but the rise will do little to dent unemployment in America and Barack Obama will be hoping for a boost in non-farm payroll numbers next week to give his bid to stay in the White House a late lift ahead of polling day on November 6.

SNP evidence session cancelled
WESTMINSTER'S Foreign Affairs Committee has cancelled a session in Edinburgh next month because the Scottish Government refused to attend to give evidence on the inquiry by MPs into the impact of Scottish independence on foreign policy.

Tory backbencher brands EU an economic 'corpse'
THE European Union has been branded an economic "corpse" as more pressure from Conservative backbenchers was piled on David Cameron to hold an in-out referendum on Britain's membership.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore today claimed the row over the SNP’s assertions on EU membership underlined the need for the independence referendum to be run according to impartial advice.



Capital?s EU summit agreement set for axe

THE European Parliament’s “travelling circus” – which sees all 736 MEPs and their staff decamp once a month from Brussels to Strasbourg at a cost of around £150 million a year – could be nearing an end.



Scottish independence: Michael Moore seeks bigger role for Electoral Commission

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore is to use a row over what Alex Salmond said concerning legal advice on an independent Scotland’s future in Europe to demand a powerful role for the Electoral Commission in the 
independence referendum.



Public service case study: Ambulance technician targeted three times in month

AN AMBULANCE technician, who has worked for the NHS for 30 years, was attacked three times in four months this year.



Silvio Berlusconi: From cruise ship crooner to Italian PM

SILVIO Berlusconi rose from selling vacuum cleaners and working as a crooner on cruise ships to become one of Italy’s richest men, serving three times as prime minister.



Gerry Hassan: Ditch same old song and embrace Marra spirit

Politicians must be prepared to leave the comfort zone of trading insults and help realise our true potential, writes Gerry Hassan



Leaders: Benefits changes miss chance of proper reform

Iain Duncan Smith must live in a strange world.



Alf Young: Pillars of independence are shaking

A NEW forum is needed to lay down stronger foundations on which to decide the future of Scotland, writes Alf Young



Lib Dems will accept cap on benefits ?in return for tax rises on rich?

THE Liberal Democrats have admitted that they would accept a cap on child benefits in exchange for Tory concessions on new taxes for the rich.



Cartoons of the week 20/10 - 26/10

A slideshow of the week’s cartoons



Tory MP Douglas Carswell claims that UK?s future in Europe is not settled

THE UK’s future in the European Union is no longer a settled issue and it is not just “mavericks” calling for ties to Brussels to be cut, it was claimed in the Commons.



Scottish Government grants for public transport in Glasgow and Dundee

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



Axed Craig starred in porn films with wife

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



Commenting issue on scotsman.com

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

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



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Chinese democracy
The Scotsman reports today that the Lib Dems are prepared to accept Iain Duncan Smith’s proposals to limit child benefit and child tax credits to the first two children in a family, in return for some tax increases on the rich. The plans, which echo China’s extraordinarily punitive “one child per family” laws, have caused [...]

Back shortly
Having a brief trip to a previous life at the moment. Normal service tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

This isn?t tricky
Here’s Nicola Sturgeon on the subject of EU legal advice, as quoted by the BBC: “The Scottish government has previously cited opinions from a number of eminent legal authorities, past and present, in support of its view that an independent Scotland will continue in membership of the European Union – but has not sought specific [...]

Some EU ado too
We’re going to be pretty brief on this one, because it’s literally a story about nothing. The Scottish Government has just revealed, after a long back-and-forth battle over a Freedom Of Information request, that it hasn’t sought the advice of law officers over an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU. Expect much fuss in the [...]

Here comes some ado
We should probably prepare for a mainstream media blitz today and tomorrow on the breaking news that two SNP MSPs have apparently resigned from the party over the NATO vote at last week’s conference. We have no criticism of John Finnie and Jean Urquhart for doing so, although some will surely call it sour grapes [...]

The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch
The prime raison d’etre of a government is to provide for its citizens defence, security and services that either an individual would be unable to provide for themselves, or where such services are in the public interest but cannot be adequately served by market forces. Government is there to act on our behalf and in [...]

BBC Scotland

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Lib Dems in 'more powers' call
The Scottish Lib Dems gather in Dunfermline for their autumn conference, with a call for increased powers for the Scottish Parliament.

Council workers in equal pay win
About 3,000 workers in Edinburgh win an equal pay settlement from the city council which will run into millions of pounds.

Law officers 'approved EU claims'
Law officers read and approved official documents claiming an independent Scotland would remain in the EU, the Scottish government confirms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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First Ministers Questions: 25th October 2012 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Ministers 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.

The video below will allow viewers to form their own judgement on the exchanges.



All in the balance in US election countdown

  By George Kerevan
 
WITH ten days to the US election, yesterday?s American growth figures could prove decisive in the knife-edge campaign. GDP grew at an annualised rate of 2 per cent in the third quarter of 2012, an improvement on the 1.3 per cent registered in the previous three months.
 
While that?s not in the 3 per cent range needed to make a major dent in unemployment, it is well above most forecasts. Not a knockout punch but perhaps just enough to help President Obama over the finishing line.



Mr Osborne should travel first class and we should pay for him

By Kenneth Roy

I am sorry to disappoint Alex Salmond, who quotes me occasionally in his speeches in a friendly way, but it seems I have become one of the Mr Snootys from whom he feels Scotland should escape. Sadly it is true ? I am now a negative argument for independence.

My sin is to travel first class on the trains whenever possible and particularly on long journeys ? by which I mean anything over 10 minutes. So I'm with George Osborne on this one, if not on much else.



Poisoned politics

  By Peter A Bell

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

Hatred!

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



Why the BBC let us all down this week

By a Newsnet reporter

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

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



Anas Sarwar gets his facts wrong

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



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

By Kenneth Roy

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



Volatile Polls

By Dave Taylor

As I listened to the brilliant NATO debate at Perth on Friday afternoon, my position changed after almost every speech, as good points were made by both sides.

Had an electronic opinion poll been taken after each contribution, support for the 'For' and 'Against' sides would have oscillated wildly.



Downton Abbey and David Cameron

By Ashley Husband Powton

Mr Carson, the gleefully servile butler of Downton Abbey, is a pleb who knows his place. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than waiting hand and foot on the aristocratic Crawley family in their country estate.

When the news of the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of the immediate heirs to the estate reaches the Abbey, our dutiful Mr Carson maintains without the slightest inkling of insincerity that still nothing could be worse than a maid serving a duke in the dining room.



Scottish Independence - The battle lines are being drawn

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I watched Alex Salmond?s keynote speech yesterday.  Assured and clear was my initial reaction, low on bombast and keeping to a theme that Scotland will be a more equal society with independence.
 
We are now entering the real campaign where each side is setting out its stall and the manoeuvring has begun in earnest.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Aye but. No but.

Not having had many chances to attend First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament, I was delighted to be going along this week, especially in what might be termed a ‘busy political newscy...

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Vote! On EU membership
But to get to a place where we are able to weigh all this up, we need to get into the substantive debate about the implications of membership. Currently, we are stuck in second gear with the domin...

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The city has no interest in closing tax havens

Although this article by Peter Geoghegan asks if a London government carrying out austerity measures should be doing something about offshore tax evasion we’re re-publishing it on Bella becau...

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Alf Young: Pillars of independence are shaking

A NEW forum is needed to lay down stronger foundations on which to decide the future of Scotland, writes Alf Young...

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Michael Moore seeks bigger role for Electoral Commission
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore is to use a row over what Alex Salmond said concerning legal advice on an independent Scotland’s future in Europe to demand a powerful role for the Electoral Commission in the independence referendum.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Little Scotland demands vote in independence poll

It is known as “Little Scotland”, the town in the heart of England that hosts an annual Highland gathering and sells Irn Bru and deep-fried haggis on almost every street.

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No campaign scaremongering undermined as EU confirm citizenship rights to remain

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



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Claim that the best days for North Sea oil are over is a myth, says Tory ener...

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish...

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SNP welcome report saying Trident could go "within months"

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish...

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Alex Salmond up for judgment over EU ?legal advice? stance

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

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A question of trust?

Is the EU legal advice row critical to the issue of independence?

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

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The Scottish independence campaign is losing ever more ground

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

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

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



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

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



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Daily Record

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Lib Dems are now reviled
THE once proud party are now a key player the human misery being forced upon the weak, vulnerable and disabled.

Powerful film shames Scottish Lib Dems over their involvement in Con-Dem Gove...
THE film features disapled people describing their worried about not being able to afford food and losing their quality of life as a result of the Coalition Government's welfare cuts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



Liberal Democrats in Scotland propose 'home rule all round'

Menzies Campbell and Willie Rennie unveil report suggesting England will get its own parliament

The Liberal Democrats are considering proposing "home rule" for England and new regional assemblies a...



Voting yes will create a new Scotland | Alex Salmond

Independence will allow a proud country to take its seat at the top table, and on its own terms

The SNP begin its annual conference in Perth on Thursday after an extraordinary week. The Edinburgh a...



Scotland's independence referendum: all to play for, whatever the polls say

Much can happen in two years to affect the outcome, but Salmond seems to have locked into a global tide of separatism

With the polls reporting that Scots are currently two-to-one against breaking up...



Scotland should raise two-thirds of its own taxes, says former Lib Dem leader

Sir Menzies Campbell sets out plans for 'home rule' if independence is defeated in referendum

The former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has proposed allowing Scotland to raise two-thir...



Alex Salmond hails historic day for Scotland after referendum deal

Scottish first minister and David Cameron sign 30-clause agreement allowing independence vote before end of 2014

Alex Salmond has signalled the start of a two-year campaign to persuade the Scottish ...



Scottish independence referendum agreement signed by Salmond and Cameron ? v...

The prime minister, David Cameron, and the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, sign a deal, dubbed the Edinburgh agreement, giving the Scottish government the power to hold a referendum on indep...



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

The city has no interest in closing tax havens
Although this article by Peter Geoghegan asks if a London government carrying out austerity measures should be doing something about offshore tax evasion we’re re-publishing it on Bella because it ...

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

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

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

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

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

While the cause burns brightly is the party over for the SNP?
by Kevin Williamson The resignation of Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP from the SNP over last weekend’s NATO U-turn must have come like a thunderbolt out of the [...]

Change
By Bill Wilson ?May no new things arise? ? a Spanish blessing. ?May you live in interesting times? ? a Chinese curse. Notice something, something rather important? The Spanish blessing [...]

This Little Piggy
By Ian Brotherhood Unless you have a strong stomach you may want to avoid what follows. Seriously. No-one likes stubbing a toe. Anyone who has ever suffered a dislocated or [...]

The Battle For The Soul Of Iceland Starts Today
Today, the good people of Iceland go to the polls for what has been described as the most important vote in their history. They vote on whether or not to [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Call for honest independence debate - Hamilton Advertiser news

Call for honest independence debate
Hamilton Advertiser news
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has called for an "honest debate" on independence, as he told Liberal Democrats that the UK Government wi...


Rennie offers SNP talks over reform - Hamilton Advertiser news

Rennie offers SNP talks over reform
Hamilton Advertiser news
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the SNP to come to the negotiating table should they lose the independence refere...


Independence 'would mean squeeze' - Hamilton Advertiser news

Independence 'would mean squeeze'
Hamilton Advertiser news
Mr Alexander said there were serious questions over a number of areas related to Scotland's financial future, should the country vote for in...


Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ... - V...

Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ...
Venezuelanalysis.com (blog)
With two years to go until the Scottish National Party (SNP) puts a referendum on independence to...


Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers - BBC News

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Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers
BBC News
The party has put forward proposals for "home rule" for Scotland, which includes major new financial powers. Party leader Willi...


Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence - stv.tv

Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence
stv.tv
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has challenged the SNP to "embrace reality" in the debate on independence. With two yea...


Moore credibility gap on EU - SNP (press release)

Moore credibility gap on EU
SNP (press release)
"For Michael Moore to stand up and claim that Scotland's EU membership would be jeopardised by independence ? when he is tied in coalition with the Tor...


Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum - Scotsman

Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore today claimed the row over the SNP's assertions on EU membership underlined the need for the independence ...


Tories stir future Scottish referendum - Press TV

Press TV

Tories stir future Scottish referendum
Press TV
British Conservative councilor, Rob Mckellar, says Scottish citizens living outside Scotland should have the right to take part in the Scottish...


Support for Scotland's independence at 29%: poll - Sin Chew Jit Poh

Support for Scotland's independence at 29%: poll
Sin Chew Jit Poh
EDINBURGH, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Support for Scotland's independence was at 29 percent while more than half of voters support keeping S...


SNP

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Call for honest independence debate - Hamilton Advertiser news

Call for honest independence debate
Hamilton Advertiser news
Speaking at the party's Scottish Autumn conference, Mr Moore was joined by other leading Lib Dem figures in attacking the SNP's assertions...


Rennie offers SNP talks over reform - Hamilton Advertiser news

Rennie offers SNP talks over reform
Hamilton Advertiser news
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the SNP to come to the negotiating table should they lose the independence refere...


Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ... - V...

Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ...
Venezuelanalysis.com (blog)
With two years to go until the Scottish National Party (SNP) puts a referendum on independence to...


SLD conference votes to push SNP further on FoI legislation - Glasgow Liberal...

SLD conference votes to push SNP further on FoI legislation
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has praised her party's strong record of action...


Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers
BBC News
The Scottish Lib Dem leader called on the SNP to join the debate about the development of a stable model for the UK, if it lost...


Fall in number of GP surgeries - Mearns Leader

Fall in number of GP surgeries
Mearns Leader
Stripping down of GP surgeries mirrors a centralising agenda by the SNP, which has seen it cut local police stations by a fifth, and courts by more than 3...


Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence - stv.tv

Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence
stv.tv
"Just this week, the SNP got a taste of what happens when politicians play fast and loose with Scotland's future to meet...


Moore credibility gap on EU - SNP (press release)

Moore credibility gap on EU
SNP (press release)
Michael Moore has absolutely no credibility on the issue of Scotland's EU membership, the SNP has said, with the real threat coming from his own Coalit...


Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum - Scotsman

Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore today claimed the row over the SNP's assertions on EU membership underlined the need for the independence ...


MSP hails increase in business rate scheme - Carrick Today

MSP hails increase in business rate scheme
Carrick Today
SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed newly published statistics which show that more businesses than ever before in Scotland have seen their rates...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Call for honest independence debate - Hamilton Advertiser news

Call for honest independence debate
Hamilton Advertiser news
So it's no surprise that Nationalists want us to believe that a separate Scotland would inherit automatic membership on present terms. But...


Rennie offers SNP talks over reform - Hamilton Advertiser news

Rennie offers SNP talks over reform
Hamilton Advertiser news
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the SNP to come to the negotiating table should they lose the independence refere...


Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ... - V...

Imagining Radical Scottish Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan ...
Venezuelanalysis.com (blog)
With two years to go until the Scottish National Party (SNP) puts a referendum on independence to...


Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Lib Dem leader calls for more Holyrood powers
BBC News
The Scottish Lib Dem leader called on the SNP to join the debate about the development of a stable model for the UK, if it lost...


Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence - stv.tv

Moore: UK Government will 'flush out facts and figures' on independence
stv.tv
With two years to go until the referendum, Mr Moore told the Scottish Liberal Democrats' autumn conference in Dunfermlin...


Moore credibility gap on EU - SNP (press release)

Moore credibility gap on EU
SNP (press release)
A year ago, 81 Conservative MPs defied their Party whip to vote in favour of holding a referendum on withdrawal. SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said that i...


Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum - Scotsman

Moore delivers warning to Lib Dems over referendum
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore today claimed the row over the SNP's assertions on EU membership underlined the need for the independence ...


Tories stir future Scottish referendum - Press TV

Press TV

Tories stir future Scottish referendum
Press TV
British Conservative councilor, Rob Mckellar, says Scottish citizens living outside Scotland should have the right to take part in the Scottish...


Support for Scotland's independence at 29%: poll - Sin Chew Jit Poh

Support for Scotland's independence at 29%: poll
Sin Chew Jit Poh
... the SNP will win the referendum in autumn 2014. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond sig...


Fair referendum contest call - Aberdeen Press and Journal

Fair referendum contest call
Aberdeen Press and Journal
The ongoing row over whether an independent Scotland would automatically join the European Union illustrates the need for a fair referendum con...


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What's The Worst Thing You've Done When Drunk?
This video got me thinking about the mad things people do when they reach that 'beyond drunk' level of drunkeness. I'm sure amongst the people on here there must be a hell of a lot of stories. I ca...

Brian Cox Teaches The Yanks How To Order "scotch".
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Baltic here in EK and my house isn't warming quickly enough.

The thing is my red wine just out of the 'cellar' is every bit as cold and short of warming it under my woolly jumper is there another ...

Why Bring A Baby To A Football Match?
I have just watched Wigan beat West Ham 2 1
And I saw a young Mum with a baby in the stand
The game was good Maloney,MacArthur,McCarthy were great in midfield
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Scotland After The Independence Referendum
Inspired by the "Future Of Scottish Teams Competing If We Vote No" thread, and the comments in it.

It seems to me, and I personally can't say I'm too happy about this (thanks to Auld Reekie for ma...

Skyfall
Just curious to know if the new film is worth a shout. I can't name a Bond film that I've enjoyed - so thinking or hoping maybe this could be a turning point.

Daniel Craig (big fan of his) I quot...

Jaromir Jagr


i'm just posting this up as its truly incredible

was in canada for a time late 90's and this guy was the most exciting player in the nhl

maybe still to date?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

What's done is done, but let's try not to bring back the tawse
There probably isn't a good way for a political party to lose a member of its parliamentary group, but there are very bad ways and less bad ways. The worst is either (depending on your point of vi...

No campaign's own poll shows increase in support for independence
Another day, another mildly encouraging poll - but this one is courtesy of the No campaign. I seem to recall this isn't the first time that a Better Together poll has backfired in this way - thank...

Panelbase poll : independence within touching distance
Thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to today's Panelbase poll on independence, which is far more encouraging than the recent Ipsos-Mori and TNS-BMRB polls. The main question ha...

Iain McKenzie, coincidence, and cosmic beauty
A woman walks along a random street, hundreds of miles from home. She passes a phone box where the phone is ringing, and out of curiosity answers it. On the other end of the line is her husband, ...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP retain solid Holyrood lead
Ipsos-Mori's latest Scottish poll suggests that the SNP's lead in voting intention for the Scottish Parliament has narrowed, but still stands at a reasonably healthy five points. The party's raw s...

@Admin4TheYoonYoon Tweet-Watch : The Return
It's been far, far too long since we've taken a dip into the exotic waters of the Twitter account of Johann Lamont's former Shadow Minister for Conducting a Review Into the Uses of Modern Technolog...

Ten reasons why Scottish independence isn't "pointless", Mr. Warner
Except in fairly extreme circumstances, it's probably a bit silly to call for a boycott of anything. But from a personal point of view, I might find it necessary to give the Yahoo UK home page a w...

Sing it out, every song is a cry for love
From the Telegraph's 'report' on the seemingly imminent resolution of the referendum stand-off -

"Mr Cameron told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that the Olympics highlighted the ...

Mad World Part 2 : it's "anti-women" to agree with the views of millions of w...
You might remember the tagline of Mr Eugenides' old blog was "holding back the rage". I sometimes used to think that could also apply to this blog when I find myself in full-on rant mode, but I no...

It's official : Labour think women are thick
Or at least that's the impression you'll have got if you've been viewing Labour activists' tweets over the last few hours. Here are two particular gems -

"If any thinking person wants another rea...

Saint Savile abuses with impunity for decades, while ordinary citizen is sent...
I used to watch Jim'll Fix It when I was a young child, and although I liked the basic idea of the show, I was never a big fan of Jimmy Savile himself - not because I had any intuition about his da...

European Ryder Cup team puts Team GB to shame : this is how a multi-national ...
What a joy the last three days have been. Unfortunately I only managed to catch the occasional bit of Andy Murray's charge towards the US Open title when I was in Portugal, and as much as I enjoye...

US Presidential election : help required!
Just wondering if Scot Goes Pop readers would be interested in helping me with a small dilemma. As some of you know, I'm a dual UK/US national, and I'm in the middle of trying to work out who to v...

Would-be hostage-takers demand "input" on whether they should have the legal ...
My calendar seems to have gone seriously awry this year. I could have sworn it was September 26th, not April 1st...

"People with an Ulster Scots background should be allowed to vote in Scotland's...

The non-apology that speaks to the cynicism at the heart of modern Westminste...
Once upon a time, Tony Blair offered this trademark piece of creative ambiguity to the Labour conference -

"And the problem is I can apologise for the information that turned out to be wrong, but ...