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Cameron to defend role of big business in UK's regeneration
DAVID Cameron will today rally to the defence of Britain's big ­businesses as he makes clear that profit and wealth creation are not the nation's problem but its solution.

Political leaders unite in support of Miliband in row over father
DAVID Cameron and Nick Clegg have defended Ed ­Miliband in the row over claims the Labour leader's late father "hated Britain".

Hammond calls for carrier to go into service
Philip Hammond will recommend the second Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier is brought into service rather than mothballed or sold.

Is Cameron's machine best thing since sliced bread?
POLITICAL rule 8b:

Osborne plans fuel duty freeze
GEORGE Osborne has offered a £750 million pre-election sweetener with a planned freeze on petrol duty rises up to 2015.

Extra tax powers for cities demand
London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched an "historic" campaign to take tax and spending powers from Whitehall and give them to the UK capital and England's other major cities so they have greater financial freedom, similar to the situation under devolution in Scotland.

HS2 is 'heart bypass' for UK transport
The controversial HS2 high-speed railway line will provide Britain's transport system with a 'heart bypass', Patrick McLoughlin said today.

Deportation plan to target foreign 'criminals'
Suspected foreign criminals will be deported from Britain before their appeals are heard under Government plans.

Ukip in a new race row as spin doctor sends an offensive text
UKIP'S hopes of overshadowing the Conservative party conference came to a shuddering halt when the party became embroiled in another race row.

IDS praises jobseekers crackdown
Iain Duncan Smith will today praise plans to ensure long-term claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and those ­cheating the ­benefits system are told "enough is enough".

Davidson wants more schools choice
ACADEMIC selection should be allowed in some Scottish schools, Ruth Davidson suggested as she called for more choice and flexibility in Scotland's education system and decried its "obsession with uniformity".

Long-term unemployed must work or lose benefits
BRITAIN'S long-term unemployed are to be targeted in a major crackdown that could see some people lose three months' benefits if they break strict new rules on working for their local communities, George Osborne will announce today.

Old soldier heckles 'disgrace' Hammond then gets ejected
DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond was told he was a "disgrace" as he was heckled by two ex-Army officers over cuts to the military.

PM: Split with EU on human rights is possible
DAVID Cameron has ­significantly hardened his position on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as his party's annual conference threatens to be overshadowed by the electoral threat from Ukip.

Council bid to end staff dispute
UNIONS have been invited by a Scottish local authority to discuss "new proposals" aimed at ending a dispute with staff.


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Alex Salmond wears pink hat for breast cancer
2 Oct 2013 at 2:16pm

NO, it’s not a wardrobe malfunction on the part of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.



Scottish independence: UK should ?stick together?
2 Oct 2013 at 7:59am

There is an “unanswerable case” for Scottish voters to reject independence in next year’s referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.



Bill Walker fails in early prison release bid
2 Oct 2013 at 7:06am

Bill Walker has failed in his bid to be freed from prison pending his appeal against his convictions for domestic abuse.



Scottish independence: Call for two ?oil funds?
2 Oct 2013 at 5:02am

SCOTLAND should establish two “oil funds” immediately after independence to ensure the remaining North Sea reserves provide a “lasting benefit for future generations”, a group of expert economists have found.



Scottish Independence: Ruth Davidson hails union
2 Oct 2013 at 12:22am

Anti-independence campaigners must “hammer home” the benefits of the Union to both Scotland and the UK, the Scottish Tory leader will say today.



The Scotsman cartoon: Obamacare and the US shutdown
1 Oct 2013 at 7:55pm

A key component of Barack Obama’s landmark health care overhaul has begun despite the federal government shutdown sparked by Republicans trying to derail the law designed to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans.



Scottish independence: ?Finance industry would leave?
1 Oct 2013 at 7:26pm

ThE financial services industry north of the Border would relocate to England if Scotland votes for independence next year, a senior Conservative has warned at the party conference.



Bedroom tax: MS sufferer wins human rights appeal
1 Oct 2013 at 6:40pm

A WOMAN who cannot share a bedroom with her partner because of disability has won a landmark ruling that reducing her welfare benefits under the bedroom tax is a breach of her human rights.



Live to 100: Number of Scots centenarians soaring
1 Oct 2013 at 5:35pm

A GROWING number of Scots are living beyond their 100th birthday as a result of improved medicines and lifestyles, new figures have shown.



David Cameron revives ?classless society? promise
1 Oct 2013 at 5:31pm

DAVID Cameron will today chart his course for a potential second term in office, telling his party that “for the first time ever” they must plan recovery from the economic crash to spread opportunity outside Britain’s traditional privileged groups to make it available “for all”.



BBC?s James Naughtie attacked for ?anti-SNP agenda?
1 Oct 2013 at 5:31pm

The former BBC Scotland broadcaster Derek Bateman has launched an online attack on one of its best known current ­affairs presenters, suggesting he is pursuing an anti-SNP agenda.



Scottish independence ?won?t harm UK economy?
1 Oct 2013 at 5:31pm

The “rUK” economy would continue to thrive even if Scotland votes for independence next year, a survey of City executives has stated.



Brian Wilson: Too late by time the lights go out
1 Oct 2013 at 4:07pm

Energy prices and policy are geared to the needs of the Big Six. Consumers can’t sit idly by on this matter, writes Brian Wilson



Jackie Kemp: Independence lessons from 1979
1 Oct 2013 at 4:07pm

A new generation is having its interest in politics awakened by the independence debate, just as many of these teenagers’ parents did three decades ago, writes Jackie Kemp



Allan Massie: Battle for Britain in centre ground
1 Oct 2013 at 4:06pm

Cameron can be prime minister after the next election, but only if he refuses to allow Ukip to distract him, writes Allan Massie




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The news we knew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2013 at 1:58pm
We’re not quite sure why the UK government has chosen this year, of all years, to start disaggregating tax receipts by nation, breaking down the UK’s income according to how much of it came from each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and even calculating oil revenues on a geographical basis. You might well [...]

A try and a conversion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2013 at 6:59am
This was ex-Scotland rugby star Gavin Hastings in June: “Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings says it ‘beggars belief’ some Scots believe they would be better off being separate from the UK. Speaking to The Scots Magazine he went on to warn about the dangers of complacency in the forthcoming referendum, as polls indicate the ‘No’ [...]

Knowing our place
by Stewart Bremner
2 Oct 2013 at 3:49am
When I was a child I was taught of a long-ago battle. It was a monumental battle, an invading army and a defending one, swords and shields, bows and arrows. The attackers were somehow both bad men and good and the defenders lost, their king dead in sight of the sea. When I grew up, [...]

The death of irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2013 at 3:57pm
Part 1: Scottish Labour – yes, Scottish Labour – have a go at another party for (get this) an insufficiently prominent leader. No, we’re not making that up. The party led by Johann Lamont just slagged someone off for not being seen in public enough. It’s possibly the first time they’ve ever accused Alex Salmond [...]

Home to roost
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2013 at 12:24pm
We must admit, we’re baffled by the Daily Mail’s sudden and extraordinary attack on Ralph Miliband, the long-dead father of Ed and David. If there’s any publication on Earth you’d think WOULDN’T feel on very solid ground lecturing other people on stuff they said in the 1930s and 1940s, you might imagine the Daily Mail would [...]

Feargasm, part 3247
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2013 at 9:04am
Oh, what the heck, let’s do all of it. “Bloodless Revolution” We can’t find a single line in the text of Blair McDougall’s article for Progress which refers to any sort of “revolution”, or discusses its “bloodless” character. Pretty impressive – we’re only two words in and already there’s something inexplicable. “With Scotland?s vote on [...]

Blair McDougall Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2013 at 5:53am
(No. 3246 in a long and continuing series.) The “Better Together” campaign director has a lengthy piece on the right-wing Labour “Progress Online” website today, which we won’t trouble ourselves with the usual disingenuous content of. We’re not even going to challenge the comical assertion that “recent polls show that support for independence currently stands [...]

We are legion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2013 at 1:35am
This seems to count as a pretty big landmark. In July we had just under 56,000 unique readers. In August the figure was fractionally below 76,000. At the end of last September, our readership was just 12,086. Total pageviews for 2013 so far now stand at 10,451,345 from 418,216 unique visitors. Looks like we’re doing something right.

Think of a number
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2013 at 10:50am
Sorry, folks. We haven’t quite managed to get going today. We’ve got a cold, the weather’s grey and miserable, and watching the TV feels like being stuck in a bad dream you can’t wake up from, as the Tories look for new ways to be evil and Labour’s response isn’t to condemn their grotesque, neo-feudal [...]

A quick reminder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2013 at 6:37am
This man only controls the finances of Scotland because Scotland is part of the UK. Never forget that if you listen to Labour and vote No next September, there’s (at least) a 60% chance that he’ll control the finances of Scotland until 2020. Ready to risk it?


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UK urged to speak up for Union
2 Oct 2013 at 5:46am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson urges people in the rest of the UK to speak up for the Union, in her speech to the UK Tory conference.


Fiscal group backs Scottish oil fund
2 Oct 2013 at 8:48am
A team of economic advisers appointed by the Scottish government says an oil fund should be established in the event of independence.


Apology as NHS IT problems continue
2 Oct 2013 at 11:03am
Scotland's largest health board makes an "unreserved apology" over an IT problem which is affecting services for a second day.


Ex-MSP's bid to leave jail refused
2 Oct 2013 at 6:29am
Former MSP Bill Walker fails in a bid to be freed from prison pending his appeal against convictions for domestic abuse.


Council cuts number of senior posts
2 Oct 2013 at 8:37am
Scottish Borders Council is to cut the number of directors and chief officers it employs in a move which will save more than £100,000.


Students union praises awards agency
1 Oct 2013 at 6:00pm
The National Union of Students says there have been major improvements at the agency which handles student loans and bursaries.


Creative Scotland announces shake-up
2 Oct 2013 at 8:52am
The director of the arts funding body Creative Scotland announces details of a major shake-up, including a new director role for film and media.


Call for school creationism guidance
2 Oct 2013 at 10:05am
There should be a ban on teaching creationism as a science in Scottish schools, according to a group campaigning for the separation of church and state.


Housing benefit challenge upheld
1 Oct 2013 at 12:33pm
A disabled woman from Glasgow wins a ruling that new rules on housing benefit breached her human rights.


Ditched airport link plan cost £29m
1 Oct 2013 at 11:59am
Scottish Labour wants the SNP government to say why an "astonishing" £29m was spent on the Glasgow Airport Link which has now been ditched.


Violent deaths fall to record low
1 Oct 2013 at 6:47am
The number of homicides in Scotland falls to its lowest level on record and is down by a third on the previous year.


Consultation due over carer support
1 Oct 2013 at 10:07am
The Scottish government wants to hear from the country's unpaid carers on how they can be better supported.


Police counter closures proposed
2 Oct 2013 at 4:45am
The closures of dozens of public counters across the country are being proposed by Police Scotland.


British Council praises universities
1 Oct 2013 at 6:10pm
A new education report may help Scotland's universities make the most of international opportunities.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
2 Oct 2013 at 9:17am
The health secretary announces a review of NHS IT systems following a major problem.


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BBC...more news
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 5:14pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Remember that what I'm describing are attempts by the parties ? particularly Labour ? to influence editorial decision-making.  I have another incident involving a current BBC presenter who was threatened "with their job" by a senior SNP figure moments before they went live in a studio interview.
 
If I go back a few years to a General Election a political producer was so harassed by an SNP spad ? still operating in government today ? that she couldn?t bring herself to vote for them.



Newsnet Scotland readership hits new high
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

Newsnet Scotland has just recorded its best ever month by attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site.
 
This beats our previous best by almost 5000 and makes us, we believe, the biggest non-traditional online news site in Scotland.



I've just stopped laughing...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 2:03pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I've been unable to post for 24 hours, having been convulsed with laughter at Labour claims of pro-independence bias at the BBC.  Every time I sat down to write I ended up shaking with hilarity until my sides ached.  It's only now my hands have stopped trembling long enough to hold the keyboard.



Print your own Newsnet Scotland flyers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2013 at 11:43am

Newsnet Scotland recently announced our intention to make available a PDF document of our promotional flyers to allow those who wish to promote the site to print them off for themselves or - as we would advise - to take the PDF to a local printer and have them printed professionally.  This followed suggestions made by several site visitors keen to distribute our leaflets.

We have also included a link for another flyer which lists several online websites, including Newsnet Scotland.  The link can be found below the image.



No vote nae threat to London elite
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Sep 2013 at 1:04am

  By George Kerevan
 
Independence for Scotland would help England by ending the bogus concept of a new Britishness, writes George Kerevan
 
Nations disappear almost as frequently as they are born, especially in Europe. Where is mighty Prussia now, for instance? Should we vote No in next year?s independence referendum it will mean the eclipse of another, once-proud European nation. I don?t mean Scotland ? I mean England.



Red Ed v the power barons
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 Sep 2013 at 3:02pm

  By Aamer Anwar

Apparently there is a new left-wing leader in charge of the Labour Party who can speak without notes. Imagine that. Branded ?Red Ed?, I actually thought this week?s Labour Party Conference might be worth a watch.

When I got over the blinding backdrop of a St George flag drowning out the rest of the Union Jack, I can?t say I was whooping like his audience, there was no passion, his teeth seemed whiter and he worked the crowd, in a relaxed patronising manner preaching to the converted.



BBC in cahoots with SNP? ? You cannot be serious
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2013 at 6:45pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
On Saturday the Scotsman newspaper printed what at first glance was a hysterically funny piece of satire in the shape of an article entitled: Scottish - independence: 'BBC in cahoots with SNP'.
 
However anyone reading the article would have discovered not satire, but what was apparently a serious attempt by the author - David Maddox - to suggest that the BBC was indeed biased in favour of independence and was colluding with the SNP.



Who will fill a coward?s grave...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2013 at 9:53am

  By Derek Bateman
 
We learned two things today.  One, that David Cameron is a coward.  Two, that the No campaign isn?t nearly as sure of itself as it likes to pretend.
 
The latter is the more significant because it could have a lasting impact as Scots realise -all Scots- that the Unionist  champion hasn?t the stomach for the fight.  He says he has of course, but here in turning down a televised debate, is proof positive that Cameron?s clever words cannot be trusted and when presented with a challenge, he will blink and back down.



The Independence Debate is not a Non-Event but Changing Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2013 at 5:10am

By Gerry Hassan
 
How often have you heard it said: the independence referendum is a non-event and as boring as paint drying?
 
This has become the uncontested view of part of mainstream Scotland and many in public life and the media. Last week 'Newsnight Scotland' anchor Gordon Brewer stated as fact that the whole thing was 'dull as dishwater', while others regularly pronounce that it is 'turning off voters', 'deadening' and 'never-ending'.



Codification of laws and treaties in an independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2013 at 8:53am

  By Mark McNaught
 
Among the many opportunities offered by independence, perhaps the most important for creating a more egalitarian society is a complete re-codification of the legal system into a comprehensible, accessible, relevant, and applicable corpus of laws. Laws should be clear and understandable to all, so that they can be correctly abided by and not exploited.




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Hearts and Minds for A? that
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 8:26am

When Rabbie Burns wrote A mans a man for a’ that, he reflected the thoughts and feelings of the ordinary Scots of his time, but does his words still hold true for todays Scots?

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Oil fund could create 'stable revenue' for independent Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 8:12am

A group of experts have recommended the Scottish Government put money in to a new oil fund if we become independent.

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Scottish independence: Call for two ?oil funds?
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 8:01am

SCOTLAND should establish two “oil funds” immediately after independence to ensure the remaining North Sea reserves provide a “lasting benefit for future generations”, a group of expert economists have found.

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A try and a conversion
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 7:13am

This was ex-Scotland rugby star Gavin Hastings in June...



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Knowing your place
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 4:55am

When I was a child I was taught of a long-ago battle. It was a monumental battle, an invading army and a defending one, swords and shields, bows and arrows. The attackers were somehow both bad men ...

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Davidson to stress value of Union
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 4:00am

The rest of the UK would be worse off if Scotland voted for independence, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will tell the Tory faithful in Manchester today.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Hapless seems like such an inadequate term to describe Ruth Davidson. She just can't seem to get anything rig...



Banks 'may move out of Scotland'
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 3:46am
Business minister Michael Fallon has warned that banks like Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds could pull their corporate headquarters out of ­Scotland if there is a Yes vote for independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It makes just as much sense to say that banks like Royal Bank of Scotland (RB...



Independent Scotland would be invited into NATO 'immediately' | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 3:32am

An independent Scotland would be invited immediately into NATO and the removal of the Trident nuclear arsenal from our shores would have ‘absolutely no impact’ on that decision.



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The benefits of a unified government
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 3:17am

During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolution might be able to protect Scotland from the worst excesses of Thatcherism. The last fourteen years have certainly confirmed that logic, even if some of that Thatcherism was being pushed at Westminste...



Independence: If we can, why wouldn't we?
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 2:30am

David Cameron realising there is no case for the union. A significant shift has occurred in Scottish politics within the past decade.

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What will happen to the Scottish political parties after independence?
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 2:26am

The Scottish political scene is rather odd when compared to the political spectrum one tends to find in independent democratic countries.




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Tory conference highlights urgent need for Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Oct 2013 at 2:14am

It wasn’t only George Osborne doing his bit yesterday to highlight how utterly essential a Yes vote is in September 2014. It is undoubtedly the Chancellor’s austerity policies that represent one of the starkest reasons for ending Westminster rule. But in areas such as climate change and human rig...



BBC?s James Naughtie attacked for ?anti-SNP agenda?
by Peter A Bell
1 Oct 2013 at 7:26pm

The former BBC Scotland broadcaster Derek Bateman has launched an online attack on one of its best known current ­affairs presenters, suggesting he is pursuing an anti-SNP agenda.

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Scottish independence ?won?t harm UK economy?
by Peter A Bell
1 Oct 2013 at 7:13pm

The “rUK” economy would continue to thrive even if Scotland votes for independence next year, a survey of City executives has stated.

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Better Together charity complaint thrown out by watchdog
by Peter A Bell
1 Oct 2013 at 6:59pm

A complaint by the anti-independence campaign group Better Together against a respected Scottish charity has been thrown out by the Scottish Charities watchdog.




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Wife-beater former MSP Bill Walker loses his appeal for bail after being jail...
by dailyrecord
2 Oct 2013 at 7:04am
WALKER was found guilty of 23 assaults against three former wives and a stepdaughter. Today a judge at the High Court in Edinburgh refused his attempt to be freed from prison.


Police station closures: Find out here if your local office is closing
by dailyrecord
2 Oct 2013 at 3:31am
 


Tory Conference: Boris Johnson launches attack on UK's young people by labell...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Oct 2013 at 2:34am
THE mayor of London was speaking on Tuesday at the Tory party conference when he laid into jobless youths.


Record View: Boris Johnson says Britain's teens need to learn about work ethi...
by Record View
2 Oct 2013 at 2:22am
THE Record View discusses the bungling mayor's comments at Tuesday's Tory conference in Brighton.


65 police stations in Scotland set to close in money saving bid
by David Clegg
2 Oct 2013 at 1:16am
LIB dem spokeswoman Alison McInnes blasted the planned closures and said that the loss of public police counters could have a real impact on links between the police and community.


Police set to tell MSPs they aren't happy with planned changes to the crimina...
by dailyrecord
1 Oct 2013 at 3:59am
THE Scottish Police Federation aren't happy with the proposed shake-up as they say changes to the way people are arrested could have cost and training implications.


Record Poll: We hit the streets to find out if Scots think that jobless want ...
by Sally Hind
1 Oct 2013 at 2:45am
ON the same day that George Osborne revealed plans to force the jobless into work, we asked 80 people in Glasgow if they think that most of the long-term unemployed want to get a job.


Revealed: Con-Dem cuts set to cost 1,000,000 public sector jobs before next G...
by David Clegg
1 Oct 2013 at 1:34am
EXPERTS say that more jobs are set to go and the worst is still to come, following a damning study which showed 49,000 jobs in Scotland have been lost.


Joan McAlpine: So much to learn from our rich tapestry of life
by Joan McAlpine
30 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN was hugely impressed with the detail on the 160-panel great tapestry of Scotland which celebrates the country's achievements and history.


Forced labour: Tory party to force the jobless to work for nothing or lose th...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Sep 2013 at 1:23am
CHANCELLOR George Osborne will reveal the plan that outlines the proposal to have people who are out of work for more than two years to work for their benefits.


Council chiefs set to cash in with £6000 bonus for overseeing independence vote
by dailyrecord
29 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
OFFICIALS acting as counting officers at next year's referendum will pocket thousands of pounds on top of their already huge salaries.


Former Labour energy minister Brian Wilson explains why Ed Miliband is right ...
by dailyrecord
29 Sep 2013 at 5:26am
THE hostile reaction from the Big Six power companies shows that the Labour leader is right to plan a prices freeze, says BRIAN WILSON.


Revealed: Scottish Government sold back proposed airport link land at fractio...
by Mark Aitken
29 Sep 2013 at 5:06am
MINISTERS paid £2.1million to free up land for the planned link to Glasgow Airport but sold it for only £337k when the link was cancelled.


Revealed: 6000 Scottish children needed parcels from food banks in last five ...
by Mark Aitken
29 Sep 2013 at 4:14am
THE Trussell Trust says families that are struggling financially and having to rely on handouts.


SNP's bid to avoid winter A&E crisis slammed as 'sticking plaster' by Scots do...
by David Clegg
28 Sep 2013 at 3:09am
THE £9million plan to prevent chaos is not enough says medical watchdog.


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COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O’Neill, has protested at the plan...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Oct 2013 at 11:51am
COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O?Neill, has protested at the plans of the Nat controlled quango Scottish Water to undermine Glasgow.


Natz dig a huge hole - Why?
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Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"


Salmond - 'Butt out Dave'
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Salmond quotes Kipling - Power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages?

In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for “mis-sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 8:20am
In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for ?mis-speaking? on the spoof channel?s Sunday Politics show.


Darling jumps the gun.
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from ...

Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he wa...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he was 'feart' to debate on TV with Alex Salmond.


Cameron hits back at 'feartie' charges
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Any futher derogation, by you, of that principle will result in Joanne [sic] having to thcream and thcream and ...

David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:20pm
David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire



Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 8:35am
Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!



Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2013 at 4:35pm
Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, so BBC Scotlandshire does.


Why the Scots MUST vote for independence! The Daily Mail doesn't like them.
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This is absolutely the most definitive set of positive arguments and unarguable facts put fo...

Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Sep 2013 at 4:02pm
Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest release of census data from Scotlandshire.


Darling - 'I do not believe it!'
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A census is just a really, really big poll where you ask everyone instead of just a sample. Polling rules still apply, ...

In Brief - McAvoy, who starred in The Last King of Scotlandshire, refuses to ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Sep 2013 at 9:48am
In Brief - McAvoy, who starred in The Last King of Scotlandshire, refuses to enter the debate over the 2014 referendum, echoing the positive tactics of the No campaign.


McAvoy 'a definite No voter', says McAvoy
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?I don?t trust a single politician out there.?

Today's U-KOK march and rally in Hyde Park, which saw over 250,000 loyal soul...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Sep 2013 at 1:38pm
Today's U-KOK march and rally in Hyde Park, which saw over 250,000 loyal souls stride against the evils of splittism, will have brought an almost unbearable sense of pride to all right-thinking Brits.


Massive Unionist March Hailed a Great British Success
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Compare all of th...

Real Scots will face certain hardship in uncertain times if the Natz get thei...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2013 at 1:36pm
Real Scots will face certain hardship in uncertain times if the Natz get their way.
Our darling Darling writes -


Salmond lacks the write stuff
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Has Salmond even told us how much a pencil will cost in an independent Scotlandshire? If he can?t do that, he?s clearly not fit t...

Curran - "In that cynical view of politics, the politician and the party does...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Sep 2013 at 4:01pm
Curran - "In that cynical view of politics, the politician and the party does not exist to serve the country. The country exists to serve the politician and the party."


Curran ? Scotlandshire must protect Labour
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I want to send a clear message from this conference: That af...

100% of valid votes have been cast for abolishing the Scottish Parliament, Lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2013 at 1:57pm
100% of valid votes have been cast for abolishing the Scottish Parliament, Local Authorities, Community Councils, the Catholic Hierarchy and the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotlandshire and the Free Church of Scotlandshire.


Poultice - on our poll and being traduced
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co...

Speaking to a deserted Calton Hill today, poet Alan Bisset apologised to the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2013 at 8:02am
Speaking to a deserted Calton Hill today, poet Alan Bisset apologised to the few attendees (including a couple of Pandas) for having been wrong about Scotlandshire.


Poet recants his former errors - Vote Britain he says
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
(you didn?t really want the unions, industries or cou...

Our respected head of News and Bias warns the nation!
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2013 at 5:37pm
Our respected head of News and Bias warns the nation!


How ithers see us
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
You have been warned!


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it's time to get above ourselves

Minority Reporter
by bellacaledonia
2 Oct 2013 at 1:53pm
By Mike Small ?The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams? ? so said Eleanor Roosevelt. You wouldn?t immediately associate Phil Mac Giolla Bhain with the former First Lady of America. But the idea behind... Read More ›

The Missing
by bellacaledonia
2 Oct 2013 at 3:46am
There has been talk recently (quite rightly) of ‘the missing voices of Scottish public life’.  Michael Hance, Director of the Scots Language Centre points to a most recent and more obvious example of ‘the missing’. One and a half million... Read More ›

From The Province Of The Cat #20 ? Stands Scotland Where She Did? Timothy Nea...
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2013 at 6:39am
by George Gunn At the beginning of F. Scott Fitzgerald?s novel The Great Gatsby the narrator Nick Carraway recalls advice his father gave him when he was a boy, ??Whenever you feel like criticising anyone,? he told me, ?just remember... Read More ›

On Parade
by bellacaledonia
29 Sep 2013 at 5:14pm
By Mike Small Three closely related questions strike you after watching this video. Which bright spark at the MoD thought this would be a good idea? Which executive at Ibrox organised this event? What kind of a country are we... Read More ›


Fibre Optics
by bellacaledonia
29 Sep 2013 at 11:38am
By Kevin Pringle, Scottish National Party Strategic Communications Director. The underlying issue behind Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to debate the case for an independent Scotland with First Minister Alex Salmond is that it exposes an identity crisis at the... Read More ›


Coming to Our Census
by bellacaledonia
28 Sep 2013 at 7:32am
By Mike Small An amazing snapshot of a changing nation appeared this week as the first census results since 2007 were revealed showing a secular country with a growing ethnic mix and increasing numbers of young people learning one of... Read More ›


The Economics of Yes
by bellacaledonia
27 Sep 2013 at 7:43am
By R.F. Morrison The YES campaign can win the emotional vote for Independence. It will never win the economic vote as long as it continues to play to the rules of the British Establishment and the City of London. Nor... Read More ›


Island Voice
by bellacaledonia
27 Sep 2013 at 4:20am
By Malachy Tallack A central theme of Bella Caledonia?s new journal, Closer, is that democracy must become more localised ? decisions should be made as near to the people they affect as possible. That principle, of self-determination and community empowerment,... Read More ›


The Fear Factor: ?Mean Scotland Syndrome?
by bellacaledonia
26 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Factor is a series of short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid,... Read More ›

Indy Rally
by bellacaledonia
26 Sep 2013 at 9:40am
Here’s the Indy Rally in words and pictures. All images © Ivon Barthlomew Special thanks to Shaun Craig who recorded all the speeches for us. He said: “There are plenty people catering for the YouTube outlet who are already posting... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Fiscal Commission backs oil fund for Scotland - BBC News
2 Oct 2013 at 4:21am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence: Fiscal Commission backs oil fund for Scotland
BBC News
A team of economic advisers appointed by the Scottish government has said an oil fund should be established in the event of independence. The Fiscal Commission Working Group concluded that there shoul...


Scottish independence: 'Finance industry would leave' - Scotsman
1 Oct 2013 at 7:34pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Finance industry would leave'
Scotsman
ThE financial services industry north of the Border would relocate to England if Scotland votes for independence next year, a senior Conservative has warned at the party conference. Business minister Michael Fallon tol...


Scottish independence: UK should ?stick together? - Scotsman
2 Oct 2013 at 8:03am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: UK should ?stick together?
Scotsman
There is an ?unanswerable case? for Scottish voters to reject independence in next year's referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Mr Cameron said the count...


Scottish Independence: Ruth Davidson hails union - Scotsman
2 Oct 2013 at 3:19am

Scottish Independence: Ruth Davidson hails union
Scotsman
Anti-independence campaigners must ?hammer home? the benefits of the Union to both Scotland and the UK, the Scottish Tory leader will say today. With less than a year to go till the vote on whether to stay in the UK, those who support the Un...


Scottish independence: David Cameron 'stay' appeal - Scotsman
30 Sep 2013 at 6:48pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: David Cameron 'stay' appeal
Scotsman
DAVID Cameron made an emotional appeal to English Tories to tell Scotland ?we want you to stay? last night as he claimed that the No campaign has won the battle of the facts in the referendum. The Prime Minister made his pitch at a...


Scottish independence: TV debate row continues - BBC News
29 Sep 2013 at 9:59am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: TV debate row continues
BBC News
Scotland's first minister has called on David Cameron to reconsider his decision not to face him in a televised debate on Scottish independence. The UK prime minister last week rejected Alex Salmond's call for a head-to-head showdown. ...


Scottish Independence: Teenage vote registry opens - Scotsman
1 Oct 2013 at 12:52am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: Teenage vote registry opens
Scotsman
Electoral registration officers will be canvassing residents across Scotland. As well as the usual household registration forms, people will also be given young voter forms, to allow details to be collected of everyone who will be ...


Michael Fallon: Scottish independence would drive up energy bills - Telegraph...
30 Sep 2013 at 6:00am

Telegraph.co.uk

Michael Fallon: Scottish independence would drive up energy bills
Telegraph.co.uk
This is 40 per cent of the UK's renewables total despite Scotland only having about 10 per cent of the population, he said, suggesting this burden would have to be borne by Scottish bill payers alone af...


Scottish independence: SNP's '£32bn black hole' - Scotsman
29 Sep 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP's '£32bn black hole'
Scotsman
THE SNP will be challenged to explain how it will pay for a £32 billion independence black hole, when Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson addresses a fringe meeting today. Ms Davidson will claim that the SNP has not said where the mone...


Scottish independence: PM dismisses Salmond debate - Scotsman
29 Sep 2013 at 5:31am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: PM dismisses Salmond debate
Scotsman
PRIME Minister David Cameron has once again dismissed calls for a televised debate with First Minister Alex Salmond ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence next September. Speaking on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show, Cameron accus...



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Scottish Parliament debates the Cost of Living - DeHavilland (press release) ...
2 Oct 2013 at 3:57pm

Scottish Parliament debates the Cost of Living
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
John Wilson (Central Scotland) (SNP): Does Jackie Baillie agree that if the national minimum wage had been introduced at the rate of £5 per hour, which unions asked for at the time, we would not be in the curr...


Oil Volatility Means Cuts or Tax Rises for Scotland - Huffington Post UK
2 Oct 2013 at 2:15pm

Oil Volatility Means Cuts or Tax Rises for Scotland
Huffington Post UK
It has also been used by the SNP to make all sorts of expensive promises about what would happen after independence - in the last few days alone we have heard that we could retire earlier and have an airforce of fast jets. The i...


Crockart and McInnes criticise Scottish Police station closure plan - Liberal...
2 Oct 2013 at 12:01pm

Liberal Democrat Voice

Crockart and McInnes criticise Scottish Police station closure plan
Liberal Democrat Voice
In 2011, the SNP decided to merge Scotland's 8 police forces into a single organisation. Truth be told, that's not quite what they'd put in their manifesto, but with an overall majority ...


Universal services: Savings only safe with the SNP - SNP (press release)
2 Oct 2013 at 6:24am

Universal services: Savings only safe with the SNP
SNP (press release)
As The Scottish Parliament debates the cost of living in Scotland, Shirley-Anne Somerville today highlighted the need for an SNP vote in the Dunfermline by-election by outlining the policies that are saving Fifers money, and are...


SNP Constituency Association to consider the position of SNP resignees - For ...
2 Oct 2013 at 7:24am

For Argyll

SNP Constituency Association to consider the position of SNP resignees
For Argyll
The SNP Constituency Association is meeting this Sunday, 6th October, at 12.30pm at the Templars Hall in Tarbert. Within the agenda, the Association is to consider a late motion which has been submitted ? th...


Yes vote will see investment in oil fund - SNP (press release)
2 Oct 2013 at 9:18am

Yes vote will see investment in oil fund
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed today's publication from the Fiscal Commission Working Group which says the government of an independent Scotland will be able to invest in both a short-term stabilisation fund and a long-term savings fund. The only o...


16-year-olds aren't adults, so why give them the vote? - Spiked
2 Oct 2013 at 9:18am

Spiked

16-year-olds aren't adults, so why give them the vote?
Spiked
When Labour leader Ed Miliband announced last week that his party would seek to lower the voting age in UK elections to 16, he was following in the footsteps of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which earlier this year secured the...


'£32bn in uncosted promises made' - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
2 Oct 2013 at 8:55am

'£32bn in uncosted promises made'
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
But the SNP leader has failed to provide "any explanation" of how to pay for promises such as scrapping the so-called bedroom tax if Scotland becomes independent. The Scottish Tory leader hit out as she addressed the UK Conservatives' ann...


Scotland rated top learning satisfaction - SNP (press release)
2 Oct 2013 at 8:31am

Scotland rated top learning satisfaction
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed new research that shows foreign students rate Scotland the top destination worldwide for overall learning satisfaction. The British Council Scotland (BCS) research, entitled A Strategic Analysis of the Scottish Higher...


'SPEAK UP FOR THE UNION' SAYS DAVIDSON - The Caledonian Mercury
2 Oct 2013 at 7:59am

The Caledonian Mercury

'SPEAK UP FOR THE UNION' SAYS DAVIDSON
The Caledonian Mercury
Speaking at the Conservative conference in Manchester, she pointed out that the SNP administration in Edinburgh had made £32bn of uncosted promises, including reversing UK benefit reforms and boosting overseas aid. ...



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Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:15pm

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to participat...


Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron rules out TV debate with ... ...
27 Sep 2013 at 4:52pm

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron rules out TV debate with ...
The Independent
David Cameron has ruled out going head-to-head on television with Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, ahead of next year's referendum on independence. Mr Salmond has repeatedly challen...


Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, heralding 12 ...


David Cameron 'open to further devolution talks' after referendum - stv.tv
30 Sep 2013 at 11:34am

Scotland on Sunday

David Cameron 'open to further devolution talks' after referendum
stv.tv
David Cameron has said he could support further devolution in the event of Scotland remaining in the Union after next year's independence referendum. Speaking to STV Westminster Reporter Harry Smith, the Prim...


A Swedish take on the referendum - Herald Scotland
2 Oct 2013 at 9:09am

A Swedish take on the referendum
Herald Scotland
Plus, no lives would be lost on Scottish soil, meaning Scotland's international reputation as a friendly nation would be reinforced. This plan should work, unless the enemy has come prepared for all eventualities, including this type of non ...



Lamont expects to 'warmly celebrate' referendum 'no' vote - Herald Scotland
21 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Lamont expects to 'warmly celebrate' referendum 'no' vote
Herald Scotland
I expect to be standing in front of a UK Labour conference audience as Scottish leader of a party that has persuaded most Scots that our future lies in partnership with our neighbours." Lamont's contribution is...


Scottish government names independence referendum date - The Edinburgh Journal
29 Sep 2013 at 7:31am

Scottish government names independence referendum date
The Edinburgh Journal
First minister Alex Salmond has announced the historic Scottish independence referendum will be held on Thursday 18 September 2014. The SNP leader revealed the date as the Scottish government introduced draft legislation b...


Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ... - D...
23 Sep 2013 at 1:40pm

Daily Mail

Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ...
Daily Mail
The referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK is still a year away - but a group of craftsmen have already started the job of dividing England from its northern neighbour. Four dryliners from Cum...


Scotland's referendum, Britain's identity crisis - The World Outline
25 Sep 2013 at 2:02am

The World Outline

Scotland's referendum, Britain's identity crisis
The World Outline
This time next year, Britain will still be coming to terms with the outcome of Scotland's referendum on independence. Whether or not she chooses to break with the United Kingdom, there will be long-lasting repercuss...


Scottish independence: Electoral Commission's McCormick optimistic on ... - B...
25 Sep 2013 at 2:23am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Electoral Commission's McCormick optimistic on ...
BBC News
The head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, John McCormick, said he was optimistic that the UK and Scottish governments would produce a "strong and clear" joint statement about what would happen after n...



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Craig Bown And Murdo Mcleod
2 Oct 2013 at 4:24pm

Going to see/hear Craig Brown and Murdo McLeod next Saturday at a speakers night....anyone heard ...



Yes V Better Together Friends
2 Oct 2013 at 3:37pm

This got me thinking with some posts recently where there have been polls done at comedy shows, p...



A Song For The Independence Debate
2 Oct 2013 at 3:34pm



Another Company For The List
2 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

In the courier today.

 

Alliance trust headquarters in Dundee since 1888.

Why should we stay in S...



Tom Clancy - Dead
2 Oct 2013 at 10:17am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24372224

 

Didn't agree with his Politics but he was...



Politicians Cumming Soon - And 'hitler' Farage
2 Oct 2013 at 6:14am

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/01/ukip-nigel-farage-hitler-moustache_n_4021180.html?utm_...



Cameron's Speech
2 Oct 2013 at 5:16am

Fifteen seconds in and they were applauding themselves for having a 'good week' at conference. Da...



Wee Daft Things That Make Ye Smile...
1 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm

Bumblebees (obviously) but also - 

 

Self service checkouts in tesco...

 

"Please scan your coupo...



Tories
1 Oct 2013 at 5:42pm
Scum,simple really. Detestable self serving bastards.

Alasdair Campbell V Daily Mail
1 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm

Alistair Campbell sticking the boot in shifty looking Daily Mail deputy editor on Newsnight

 

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Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...


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SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Correcting Alistair Darling on oil and gas
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 8:50am

Perhaps Alistair Darling hadn?t read the Fiscal Commission Working Group report on an oil and gas...



Scotland 'top worldwide university destination' - British Council
by Peter Dempsie
2 Oct 2013 at 5:55am

Scotland has been ranked as the top worldwide university destination for overall international st...



The oil funds we could have had - and could still have
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

While there is a debate to be had about how best to use our oil reserves, there is no doubt that ...



UK economy 'will thrive' after Scotland becomes independent
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
2 Oct 2013 at 4:22am

The rest of the UK economy will continue to thrive after Scotland votes for independence, a surve...



'I used to be a No voter until I looked into it'
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
Video of XStEEMSLIp4 March and rally attendee Ewan Wilkie tells us that he was a No voter until...

Yes and the Scottish Parliament
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
1 Oct 2013 at 9:04am

Tory conference highlights urgent need for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:25am

It wasn?t only George Osborne doing his bit yesterday to highlight how utterly essential a Yes vo...



Perspectives: a 15-year-old on why he'll be voting Yes
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
On the day that teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is hel...

Independent Scotland would be invited into NATO 'immediately'
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:05am

An independent Scotland would be invited immediately into NATO and the removal of the Trident nuc...



Yes Scotland likely to back Our Islands Our Future says Canavan
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 4:45am

The Our Islands Our Future campaign being led by the islands councils in Orkney, Shetland and the...



Yes is the only way to end Osborne austerity for good
by Stuart McDonald
30 Sep 2013 at 8:09am

In a trailed extract of his conference speech today George Osborne was quoted as saying:

?If you d...



Defence forces designed for Scotland - and to support our service personnel
by Stuart McDonald
27 Sep 2013 at 9:37am
A Yes vote means we can better ensure Scotland?s protection ? with defence forces designed for Sc...

Women power boost for Yes Scotland Communities team
by Kevin Gilmartin
27 Sep 2013 at 4:22am
Yes Scotland has strengthened its communities team for the crucial final year of the referendum c...

Yes to an economic recovery that benefits all
by Stuart McDonald
26 Sep 2013 at 9:13am
The Bank of Scotland?s quarterly Business Monitor report has shown Scottish firms recording the b...

Challenge to bankers' bonus cap will cost taxpayer £1m
by Kevin Gilmartin
26 Sep 2013 at 6:08am
In March George Osborne was the only EU finance minister to vote against a proposed cap on banker...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Scottish government pledges to set up North Sea oil funds after independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Oct 2013 at 10:22am

Finance secretary says surplus tax receipts cash would be used to soften blow of collapses in oil revenues on public spending

The Scottish government has pledged to establish two oil funds after ind...




Europe's nationalists seek solidarity with Scotland's independence campaign
by Severin Carrell
30 Sep 2013 at 5:16am

Amongst the saltires flying at the independence march in Edinburgh were flags from Flemish Belgium, Catalonia, Sardinia and Venice as European nationalists plan for a mass march in Brussels

The Scot...




Cameron rejects Salmond's call for TV debate on Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Sep 2013 at 9:28am

David Cameron says first minister is trying 'diversionary tactic' and should instead go head to head with Alistair Darling

David Cameron has ruled out staging a televised debate on Scottish independ...



MPs condemn independent Scottish defence plans
by Severin Carrell
26 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

Scottish ministers insist £2.5bn will be enough, but Menzies Campbell says sums were 'done on the back of an envelope'

The Scottish government's plans for defending an independent Scotland are incoh...




Prisoners launch legal bid to vote in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2013 at 2:36pm

Three inmates, two serving sentences for murder, want Scottish government to let them vote in next year's referendum

Three prison inmates have launched a legal challenge to force the Scottish govern...




Labour conference diary: battling Boris and a Falklands war in reverse
by Michael White
24 Sep 2013 at 12:57pm

Eddie Izzard is serious about the London mayoral race and Lord Falconer spreads fear about Scottish independence

? Who will be Labour's candidate to fight Boris Johnson (unless he is PM by then) to ...




Alistair Darling: the Tories 'are doing things I don't like'
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2013 at 2:00am

The former Labour chancellor takes a delicate line on the difficulties of an alliance with the Tories to defend the UK: 'By definition any government is doing something which offends somebody'

So ho...




Scottish independence could mean earlier retirement, says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
23 Sep 2013 at 11:54am

Deputy first minister accused of 'glossing' report as UK pensions department says move would cost Scotland £6bn by 2030

Nicola Sturgeon has promised that a yes vote in next year's Scottish independe...




I'm in a Stirling prize winner ? get me out of here!
by Oliver Wainwright
23 Sep 2013 at 1:00am

It is the most coveted award in British architecture. But what's it like to live or work in a building that won it? Our critic uncovers a story of leaky roofs, sweltering space-bubbles, windows tha...




Yes to Scottish independence. No to nationalism | Catherine Bennett
by Catherine Bennett
22 Sep 2013 at 12:50am

Even those of us sympathetic to Scotland's right to rule itself are repelled by the chauvinistic yes campaign

Understandably, some supporters of Scottish independence want nothing to do with the sou...




Scotland splits on the economic benefits of freedom
by Phillip Inman
21 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

A year before the vote, nationalists say independence will bring new wealth while unionists caution against the cost of going solo

Glasgow's west end is blessed with bohemian sophistication, good tr...




How do Scotland's business leaders line up on independence?
by Phillip Inman
21 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

A year before the referendum, Scottish companies are divided as to how independence might affect economic fortunes

Such is the pressure on companies to stay out of the independence debate that the p...




Alex Salmond tells rally Scotland has 'natural majority' for independence
21 Sep 2013 at 10:39am

SNP leader says he would keep Royal Mail public, ban bedroom tax and scrap nuclear weapons in an independent Scotland

The Scottish first minister told thousands of pro-independence marchers in Edinb...




Former MSP Bill Walker jailed over violent domestic abuse
20 Sep 2013 at 5:20am

Disgraced ex-SNP politician handed sentence over attacks on former wives and stepdaughter over 28-year period

Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker has been jailed for 12 months for a string of attacks a...




Douglas Alexander: a 'no' vote on Scotland would be a chance for reform
by Severin Carrell
19 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

Shadow foreign secretary calls for talks with SNP on radical reform of political structures if Alex Salmond loses referendum

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, is to urge Labour to inv...




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