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29.10.12

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Herald launches search for politicians of the year
THE Herald today launches the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2012, recognising those at Holyrood, Westminster, Scotland's town halls and beyond who have done most to shape a momentous 12 months.

The award categories
l Best Scot at Westminster

The focus in Whitehall
Treasury: Scotland's economic performance, currency and monetary policy, tax and spending, debt and borrowing, banking and financial services.

Bank chief upbeat over UK economy
There is "reason for some optimism" for the British economy over the coming months, the deputy governor of the Bank of England has said.

Holyrood pension draws criticism
MORE than £1 million of MSPs' pension cash is invested in big tobacco companies, despite Holyrood passing multiple anti-smoking laws in recent years.

Concern over childcare expenses
Soaring childcare costs mean full-time work is hardly worthwhile for a growing number of "second earners" in middle and low-income families.

Celebrities targeted over mental health
Ed Miliband is launching a broadside at celebrities who make light of mental illness, as he unveils plans to tackle what he terms "the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age".

Pickles: We must maintain a free press
The Government should be very reluctant to bring in tough new laws to regulate the press following the publication of the Leveson Inquiry, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said.

Moore calls on SNP to 'embrace reality' on issue of independence
MICHAEL Moore yesterday demanded an "honest debate" from the SNP, claiming the recent row over EU legal advice showed the Nationalists were out of touch with reality.

Labour and Tories under fire for inflating Trident job losses
Labour and the Conservatives have been accused of misleading the public by exaggerating the number of jobs that would be lost if the Trident nuclear weapons system were removed from the Clyde.

MSPs roll up £1m of pension fund in tobacco firms
MORE than £1 million of MSPs' pension cash is invested in big tobacco companies, despite Holyrood passing multiple anti-smoking laws in recent years, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Rennie outlines his plans for the future
WILLIE Rennie has announced a cross-party commission to devise an alternative package of new powers for Holyrood ahead of the independence referendum.

Labour insists: ministerial code must go
Labour have said the ministerial code is "not fit for purpose" as an investigation is to take place to decide if Alex Salmond broke it with his stance on legal advice over an independent Scotland's future in Europe.

Nats accused of 'ugly ruthlessness'
THE top official in the pro-Union campaign has accused the SNP of a "real ugly ruthlessness" and claimed the Nationalists would do "whatever it takes" to secure independence.

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.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish Government launch new TV drive to convince more Scots to donate organs

A NEW drive has been launched to encourage more Scots to sign up to donate their organs when they die.



Philip Hammond lays down gauntlet to SNP over Trident

DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond will today challenge the SNP to explain how it would fill the economic void left by removing Trident from Scotland, as he announces £350 million of funding towards the replacement of the nuclear weapons system at Faslane.



Civil servants ?should have stopped Salmond from wasting £12,000 on EU advice...

CIVIL service chiefs have come under fire for allowing the SNP government to “waste” thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ cash fighting a court battle during the row over an independent Scotland’s place in the European Union.



Britain can say ?no? to votes for prisoners, says justice minister

PARLIAMENT has the right in law to tell the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that it does not accept its ruling on votes for prisoners, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said yesterday.



Taxi cheats defraud their bosses of £20 every month

Almost one in three employees routinely defraud their employers and top up their monthly pay either by adding extra to their taxi bills or claiming for taxi journeys that are not business-related, according to a 
survey.



Husband in hot water with former Tory MP

The former Tory MP Louise Mensch has denied she quit parliament because she knew defeat was certain at the next general election.



Preserve free press in UK, says Communities secretary Eric Pickles

The government should be reluctant to bring in tough laws to regulate the press following the publication of the Leveson Inquiry, according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.



?Mental illness is not an accessory for Johnny Suicides? says Ed Miliband

ED MILIBAND will today launch a broadside at celebrities who make light of mental illness, as he unveils plans to tackle what he calls “the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age”.



Lesley Riddoch: No benefit in system that won?t pay

The proposed Universal Credit means more hardship for those who can’t get help under the present scheme, writes Lesley Riddoch



Canon Kenyon Wright will back independence unless pro-Union parties give more...

ONE OF the leading architects of Scottish devolution has revealed he would back independence – if there are no clear promises from pro-Union parties on more powers for Holyrood.



?Job optimism is a mini?miracle? - CBI

The UK government has been urged to renew efforts to help young people find work after a new study showed that recruitment in private firms will remain “cautious”.



Jane Devine: When ?offence? causes legal action, our freedom of speech is at ...

Even if something is said that offends us, it doesn’t mean we should all lose freedom of speech, writes Jane Devine



Brian Montieth: Ex-SNP duo must defy calls to go

With its U-turn on Nato policy, the SNP lost any influence it held over two MSPs who resigned, says Brian Monteith



Justice Secretary calls for transfer of more powers over drink driving

THE Justice Secretary has called for the transfer of more powers over drink driving, before a debate at Holyrood next week on plans to reduce the limit.

 



Crackdown on Holyrood lobbyists could create ?two-tier? access level to MSPs

A PROPOSED crackdown on lobbyists at Holyrood could create a “two-tier” level of access to MSPs, voluntary sector chiefs have warned.

 



Wingsland Blog

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

An idle pondering
Most people, it seems fair to say, expected more resignations from the SNP over the NATO vote at conference just over a week ago. As passions ran high, some Scottish political journalists went so far as to name the next expected departure (supposedly list MSP John Wilson). Yet no more transpired, and it seems reasonable [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Scotland plans new women's prison
A new "custom made" women's prison is to be built in Scotland, the country's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill reveals.

Minister says no to Trident move
The UK defence secretary says he is making no contingency plans for moving Trident from Scotland if people vote yes to independence.

City bypass cost rises to £653m
The cost of building the Aberdeen bypass has now risen from £347m to an estimated at £653m, it is revealed.

New heart patient backs donor bid
A heart transplant patient helps launch the Scottish government's organ donor register drive and speaks of the donor who gave her the "gift of life".

Scottish Water boss dies aged 53
Scottish Water confirms that its chief executive Richard Ackroyd has died at the age of 53.

Call for more inquiry witnesses
An inquiry into how people were infected with hepatitis and HIV from NHS-supplied blood products is told it should hear from more witnesses.

Corby 'should have Scotland vote'
A campaign is started to give thousands of people in Northamptonshire the right to vote in Scotland's independence referendum.

More drink-drive powers requested
More powers over drink-driving should be devolved to Scotland, justice minister Kenny MacAskill says.

Business in empty shop rates plea
Scotland's main business groups have joined forces to urge MSPs not to cut rates relief on empty buildings.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond says he has asked independent advisers to check whether or not he is in breach of the ministerial code of conduct over the EU legal advice row as the issue dominates first minister's questions.

VIDEO: Scotland 'may be forced to host Trident'
A leading defence expert from Glasgow University - Dr Phillips O'Brien - has warned that an independent Scotland could be forced to continue to house nuclear weapons on the Clyde.

VIDEO: Did Salmond breach ministerial code?
Alex Salmond is asking independent advisers to check whether or not he is in breach of the ministerial code of conduct.

AUDIO: Sturgeon: 'Time right for EU advice'
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the time is now right to ask for legal advice on what the status of an independent Scotland would be in Europe.

AUDIO: Broadcaster insists EU advice 'clear'
Political broadcaster Andrew Neil tells BBC Radio Scotland that First Minister Alex Salmond told him his government had legal advice on an independent Scotland's status in Europe.

The formula for Scottishness
Must you live in Scotland to be Scottish?

Newsnet Scotland

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An Independent Scotland in the European Union

By Mark McNaught

The shrill and petty accusations of being a ?bare-faced liar? directed at Alex Salmond over his disclosure in an aggressive interview that he had sought legal advice over EU membership obscures the much larger question of Scotland?s continued membership in the EU in the event of independence.

Bolstered by Spanish foreign minister?s José Manuel Garcia-Margallo?s recent outburst, unionists have threatened that Scotland would have to ?join the queue? for EU membership.



Don?t count economic chickens too soon, David

By George Kerevan
 
IF Cameron thinks Britain has turned a corner, he should think again. The truth is, the UK economy has flatlined, writes George Kerevan
 
DAVID Cameron must be thinking there is a God after all. Last week he had a run of appalling bad luck ? or serial incompetence, depending on your point of view. There was the Prime Minister?s bizarre, off-the-cuff announcement of a very un-Tory interference with the commercial pricing of gas ? a policy retracted by the following morning. Then came the tardy sacking of the chief whip, Andrew ?pleb? Mitchell, followed closely by the Chancellor?s embarrassing run-in with a Virgin ticket collector.



Let?s Not Forget The Negative Case for Independence

By David Nairn with additional input from Martin Kelly

A recent article in the Herald newspaper gave the impression that Alan Bissett, Scotland?s Writer of the Year, had been quietly dropped by Yes Scotland, the organisation leading the pro-independence campaign. 

Mr Bissett, was said to be angry about Scotland?s subjugated status and its malign effects and there was a suggestion in the Herald interview that this passion might not chime with the positive message being promoted by Yes Scotland.



Scottish independence and the views of a fellow European

  By Wim van Velzen

Let me introduce myself first ? I am Wim van Velzen, born, raised and living in the Netherlands.

Since my first visit of Scotland in 1990 I have been in love with your country.  In so many ways different from the flat, densely populated country I live in.  And yet - as I discovered reading more and more into its history, culture and politics - in so many ways quite related.



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?.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Darling: Salmond?s Scomnishambles a "defining" moment for independence debate

Alistair Darling waded into the debate on Alex Salmond's shambolic screw-ups of the past week, labelling them a defining moment in the independence debate.

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Minister says no to Trident move

The UK defence secretary says he is making no contingency plans for moving Trident from Scotland if people vote yes to independence.

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Labour MP says Britain should leave EU

Labour party leaders are quietly reassessing the party's stance on Britain's place in Europe, reveals Radio 4's Analysis programme.

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Pro-trident MPs exaggerate civilian jobs cuts at Faslane and Coulpourt

THE SNP government, who are likely to make the removal of Trident from Scotland a prime focus in the lead up to the independence referendum, believe the nuclear weapons system is a jobs-destroyer.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

The Echo Chamber ? Lies and the lying liars

Last week we witnessed a political storm. A blizzard of headlines, interviews, comments, broadcasts and debates – all revolving around a hitherto unremarked and unremarkable interview.

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Cameron's army of civil servants to defend Union

WHITEHALL'S full intellectual might is now engaged on what has been dubbed the Coalition's "manifesto for the UK".



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For A' That - Episode 1.

Delighted to announce the beginning of a new companion podcast to the Scottish Independence Podcast.

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Scotland ?More Susceptible? To Zombie Invasion Under Independence
Scotland will be ‘more susceptible’ to zombie invasion under independence, claim Better Together.

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Young Souters make Scottish independence curriculum plea

SELKIRK’S newest voters have asked for the Scottish referendum to be included in the school curriculum ahead of the 2014 independence vote.

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Devolution godfather will vote for independence if No campaign lack answers

CANON Kenyon Wright would vote Yes in the referendum unless the No campaign deliver watertight promises of more powers for Holyrood.

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Catalans want referendum on independence

MADRID (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia want a referendum on independence, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, highlighting increasing dissatisfaction...

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Spanish navy forces Catalan fishing trawlers to fly Spanish flag

A Spanish navy patrol vessel, identified as the Alborán, has detained fishing trawlers from the port of Roses in Girona province in the north of Catalonia and prevented those not flying the Spanish flag from proceeding out into the Mediterranean.

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SNP claim only independence can save NHS from further cuts

The Scottish Government says it has a 'cast-iron commitment' to the principles of the health service.

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Uncertainty which cannot be eliminated, certainly shouldn't be avoided.

Not black, not white, but mingling motley. If there was one lesson powerfully to emerge from the legal-political debate before the Edinburgh Agreement, it is that Scottish politics is apparently constitutionally incapable of dealing sanely with legal complexity.



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Moore credibility gap on EU | Scottish National Party

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 Coalition.

 



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Daily Record

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Nick Clegg hits out as Defence Secretary says there are no plans to remove nu...
PHILIP HAMMOND was at the Faslane base today and said an additional £350million of funding for designing a replacement deterrent "made clear" the Government's commitment to the system.

Lib Dems must stop the cuts
THE Lib Dems have been urged to stop their leaders backing the Tory Government welfare cuts following the screening of the Hardest Hit campaign film.

Scots Tory toff set to tie the knot with friend's ex-wife in intimate service
WEALTHY MP Rory Stewart and Shoshana Clark will wed at a small chapel in Crieff, with just 12 guests invited to witness the marriage.

Pro-trident MPs exaggerate civilian jobs cuts at Faslane and Coulpourt
THE SNP government, who are likely to make the removal of Trident from Scotland a prime focus in the lead up to the independence referendum, believe the nuclear weapons system is a jobs-destroyer.

Ed Miliband hits out at celebrities who make fun of mental illness
THE Labour leader is expected to slam Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter, who have contributed to the national taboo on mental illness, as he unveils plans to tackle "the biggest unaddressed health challange of our time".

Cabinet Minister rejects regulation to restrain free press
THE Communities Secretary Eric Pickles believes it is "massively important" that the country has a free press.

Lib Dem activists shocked by film vow to persuade leaders to stop backing Tor...
THE Hardest Hit film features Scots describing their fears over the proper Coalition welfare cuts, which could see the most vulnerable lose out.

First Minister has lost credibility and should consider his position
FORMER Labour Minister Brian Wilson says Alex Salmond has lost credibility by not being honest and must now consider his position as First Minister.

Leading SNP activist resigns blaming Alex Salmond's lying as the final straw
ADIL BHATTI has quit the SNP making him the third high-profile member to leave the party after MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart resigned on Monday.

Danny Alexander challenges SNP to be honest about indy finance
THE Treasury Chief Secretary says Scotland would be unable to finance itself under Alex Salmond's break-up of the UK and that the SNP had failed to make clear where they would find cash to run the country.

'Little Scotland' village wants to vote in independence referendum
THE English town of Corby has strong links north of the border and councillors believe they are entitled to have their say.

Devolution godfather will vote for independence if No campaign lack answers
CANON Kenyon Wright would vote Yes in the referendum unless the No campaign deliver watertight promises of more powers for Holyrood.

134 workers at Glasgow City Council convicted of fraud
THE shock figures are for the last five years and include housing and council tax fraud.

Pressure grows on disabled bay cheat politician Sohan Singh
DISABILITY campaigners want Singh to be be prosecuted after the Sunday Mail revealed that the councillor parked his Mercedes in a disabled bay using a relative?s blue badge.

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.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



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 ...



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Tax Haven Toolkit
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The unfolding human catastrophe in Iran
Sanctions imposed on Iran’s banks and financial institutions could lead to a humanitarian crisis, write Muhammad Sahimi and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi  THE UNFOLDING HUMAN CATASTROPHE IN IRAN Iran...

For A? That ? Episode 1 (30mins)
by Michael Greenwell & Lallands Peat Worrier Delighted to announce the beginning of a new companion podcast to the Scottish Independence Podcast. The For A? That podcast isn?t an interview format, ...

Poem for Michael Marra
We very rarely publish poetry on Bella but are happy to make an exception for this tribute to Michael Marra written by Bryan Beattie.   Michael   he deserves a [...]

The city has no interest in closing tax havens
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Michael Marra, an appreciation by Lesley Riddoch
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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
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?Social Media and Social Change? at 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair
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Scotland and Independence

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Corby Scots want say on independance - ITV News

Corby Scots want say on independance
ITV News
Now the thousands of expatriate Scots living in Corby in Northamptonshire want a say over the future of their homeland. A referendum on Scottish independ...


Advice? What advice? Salmond finds himself in more hot water over EU 'lies' -...

Left Foot Forward

Advice? What advice? Salmond finds himself in more hot water over EU 'lies'
Left Foot Forward
Salmond, as a part of his drive for Scottish independence, has on many occasions claimed...


Scotland and independence: the European Union and monetary union - Lexology (...

Scotland and independence: the European Union and monetary union
Lexology (registration)
Since that time, it has been formally agreed that Scotland will hold a referendum on independence during the c...


Government 'has no plan B for Trident if Scotland goes it alone' - Public Fin...

Government 'has no plan B for Trident if Scotland goes it alone'
Public Finance
The UK government has no contingency plans in its Trident replacement programme for Scotland voting 'yes' in the indepe...


£350m more pledged for nuclear subs - Formby Times

£350m more pledged for nuclear subs
Formby Times
Commenting on the Scottish independence debate, the Defence Secretary reiterated the Government's commitment to keep the naval base in Scotland, sayin...


Corby urges referendum vote for Scottish expatriates - BBC News

BBC News

Corby urges referendum vote for Scottish expatriates
BBC News
A campaign has begun for thousands of people in Corby to have the right to vote on independence for Scotland. The Northamptonshir...


Alex Salmond warned against 'playing irresponsible games' with the future of ...

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond warned against 'playing irresponsible games' with the future of ...
Daily Mail
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said it was impossible to predict threats to the UK in '20, 30, ...


Scottish independence: Corby 'should have vote' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Corby 'should have vote'
BBC News
A campaign has begun to give thousands of people in Northamptonshire the right to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. Conserva...


Trident WMD:Rejected by Scottish Parliament - SNP (press release)

Trident WMD:Rejected by Scottish Parliament
SNP (press release)
Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy Leader of the SNP, has highlighted how Trident weapons of mass destruction dumped in Scotland exemplifies the I...


Scotland will be the big loser without Trident - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)

Scotland will be the big loser without Trident
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
It's about time someone called Alex Salmond's bluff over his threat to close the Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane if the...


SNP

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Investment Analysts' Downgrades for October, 29th (ANH, BIN, BIOX, GAM, MAP ....

Investment Analysts' Downgrades for October, 29th (ANH, BIN, BIOX, GAM, MAP ...
Jags Report
China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE: SNP) was downgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group from a buy rating to...


Britain to spend extra 350 mln pounds on new nuclear submarines - Firstpost

Firstpost

Britain to spend extra 350 mln pounds on new nuclear submarines
Firstpost
Philip Hammond visited the site in Scotland where Britain's submarine-based Trident nuclear deterrent is housed and ...


Advice? What advice? Salmond finds himself in more hot water over EU 'lies' -...

Left Foot Forward

Advice? What advice? Salmond finds himself in more hot water over EU 'lies'
Left Foot Forward
Accusations are now flying at the first minister of a cover-up during what has been a ve...


Candidates for Comhairle by-election - Stornoway Gazette

Candidates for Comhairle by-election
Stornoway Gazette
Les Mac an Ultaigh (Independent); John Norman MacDonald (SNP); and Angus MacDonald Morrison (Independent) are the candidates for the election on...


Association of MYLIP rs3757354 SNP and several environmental factors with ......

Association of MYLIP rs3757354 SNP and several environmental factors with ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
The association of rs3757354 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the E3 ubiquiti...


More to Highland 'Yes' campaign than SNP, gathering suggests - Ross-Shire Jou...

Ross-Shire Journal

More to Highland 'Yes' campaign than SNP, gathering suggests
Ross-Shire Journal
FEARS that the SNP would dominate the 'yes' vote push in the Highlands, ahead of the historic indepen...


Fears that SNP will dominate Yes campaign ease - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Fears that SNP will dominate Yes campaign ease
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
FEARS that the SNP would dominate the yes vote push in the Highlands, ahead of the historic independence ballot in 2014, ...


China Protests Reportedly Halt Factory Expansion - DailyFinance

China Protests Reportedly Halt Factory Expansion
DailyFinance
A week-long protest against state-owned Sinopec's (NYS: SNP) proposed $8.8 billion refinery expansion has apparently proved successful fo...


China Petroleum and Chemical Stock Rating Lowered by Jefferies Group (SNP) - ...

China Petroleum and Chemical Stock Rating Lowered by Jefferies Group (SNP)
Daily Political
China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE: SNP) was downgraded by investment analysts at Jefferies Group from a ?bu...


Tory plans show Scotland needs own voice in Europe - SNP (press release)

Tory plans show Scotland needs own voice in Europe
SNP (press release)
Reports that senior Scottish police officers are deeply concerned by moves from the Westminster Government to withdraw from Euro...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Corby Scots want say on independance - ITV News

Corby Scots want say on independance
ITV News
A referendum on Scottish independence is due to be held in 2014 and councillors in the town are demanding Scottish exiles get a vote. The ties between Co...


Diary of MSP Alex Fergusson - The Galloway Gazette

Diary of MSP Alex Fergusson
The Galloway Gazette
After 18 months of posturing and rhetoric, there will be a referendum on Scotland's constitutional future on 2014. Bring it on, I say! But, at last, a...


Scotland and independence: the European Union and monetary union - Lexology (...

Scotland and independence: the European Union and monetary union
Lexology (registration)
Since that time, it has been formally agreed that Scotland will hold a referendum on independence during the c...


Government 'has no plan B for Trident if Scotland goes it alone' - Public Fin...

Government 'has no plan B for Trident if Scotland goes it alone'
Public Finance
The UK government has no contingency plans in its Trident replacement programme for Scotland voting 'yes' in the indepe...


Corby urges referendum vote for Scottish expatriates - BBC News

BBC News

Corby urges referendum vote for Scottish expatriates
BBC News
A campaign has begun for thousands of people in Corby to have the right to vote on independence for Scotland. The Northamptonshir...


Scottish independence: Corby 'should have vote' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Corby 'should have vote'
BBC News
A campaign has begun to give thousands of people in Northamptonshire the right to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. Conserva...


Scotland will be the big loser without Trident - Telegraph.co.uk (blog)

Scotland will be the big loser without Trident
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
It's about time someone called Alex Salmond's bluff over his threat to close the Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane if the...


Scots go-it-alone on contract talks - OnMedica

Scots go-it-alone on contract talks
OnMedica
The Scottish government, which is working towards a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, has previously said it wants to 'repatriate' parts of the...


Darling: Salmond's Scomnishambles a ?defining? moment for independence ... - ...

Left Foot Forward

Darling: Salmond's Scomnishambles a ?defining? moment for independence ...
Left Foot Forward
?The discussion about the referendum rules will set the tone for the big debate about Sco...


Scottish independence and the EU: a solution - PublicServiceEurope.com

PublicServiceEurope.com

Scottish independence and the EU: a solution
PublicServiceEurope.com
When the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, met Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, on October 15 ...


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Hurricane Sandy
Going to be some storm hitting the USA tonight!

Edinburgh Is A Sh*thole
Well, 'tawdry, down at heel and tired' according to this article...

http://www.scotsman....-told-1-2603454

What's happened to Edinburgh these days ?

The last few times I've been there, I've hate...

Linkedin
I'm not on it but there's some interesting stuff out there from those that are.

I like David Moyes' approach - none of the 'rationalising the strategic imperative of the interpersonal dynamic with...

Playstations And Wii's
Im somewhat ashamed to admit, that the whole games console thing is a complete black hole in my knowledge, and since 1995, when I bought my Playstation 1, i've never really kept up to date with the...

God Is A Bada$$
Loving the thief and Where's Wally.

http://nedhardy.com/2011/11/10/10-pictures-of-god-being-a-total-badass/

Fm 2013



Anyone got the demo?

It came out on Friday, so if you fancy 6 (game) months for free to see if you fancy it, it's worth a download.

It's pretty good I reckon, however despite my scientific app...

Och Aye The News Bbc Scotlandshire
Some more good articles by BBC Scotlandshire.

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/63-sldconf.html


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/

The Thick Of It. Finished
Has to be up there with the best telly to be made in the UK.

Funny, clever, topical and forthright.


Thought the last words by Stewart were brilliant, rather large dig by Ianucci.



Ipad Emoctions
I now use this excellent device for most tasks, but does anyone know how to cut and paste or apply funny wee yellow faces to my posts?

Piper Jacket Reccomendations
I am considering buying a pipers jacket. Most probually made to measure. Any recommendatiins would be welcome. I would rather visit a shop than buy over internet. Glasgow or edinburgh or even stirl...

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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.

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

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


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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...