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Corporate giants facing Treasury tax crackdown
TAX-dodging multinational companies and wealthy individuals are to be targeted in a £10 billion crackdown announced by George Osborne today.

Rich pensions face raid in Osborne bid to cut deficit
BRITAIN'S wealthy are to see another raid on their pension pots this week as the Chancellor makes clear that the better-off will have to make another contribution to bringing down the national deficit.

Dorries 'enjoys independence'
MP Nadine Dorries yesterday insisted she has enjoyed being an independent politician after having the Conservative whip suspended.

Darling to speak on breakaway
FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling will offer his views on Scottish independence on Thursday in the second of a series of head-to-head interviews on the subject.

Sturgeon to urge voters to put focus on society
NICOLA Sturgeon will today shun the Braveheart notion of Scottish independence, urging voters to decide the 2014 referendum not on the basis of how British or Scottish they feel but on what sort of country they want Scotland to be.

Salmond criticised over reaction to Leveson report
ALEX Salmond has been accused of flawed judgment with opposition leaders in Scotland expressing astonishment that the First Minister insisted he was "very content" with Lord Justice Leveson's conclusions on his dealings with newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

'Investigate Keep Scotland Beautiful over nepotism claims'
THE publicly funded environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has to be fully investigated following nepotism allegations, Scottish Government ministers have been urged.

Why Scotland has to act on the press
Lord Justice Leveson's report has set a testing challenge for the press and for politicians.

Will Scotland become the first part of the UK to limit press freedom?
HOLYROOD last night appeared to be as deeply divided as Westminster over how to respond to the Leveson report, as Alex Salmond insisted Scotland needed its own distinct system of press regulation, and Unionist parties demanded a UK-wide model.

Holyrood to probe report corrections
HOLYROOD'S Presiding Officer has called for changes to a controversial rule which allows MSPs to correct the official record of parliamentary proceedings without alerting the public.

Salmond aims for cross-party talks on way forward
ALEX Salmond hopes to hold talks with opposition party leaders next week on plans to regulate the press in Scotland.

Ukip celebrating polls progress
THE UK Independence Party (Ukip) claimed it had entered the political mainstream after a series of election results suggested it could cause real problems for the Conservatives at the next General Election.

Osborne hires regional pay expert
George Osborne has recruited a keen advocate of regional pay as an adviser, a week before he unveils his latest set of plans for the economy.

Inquiry calls for new laws and watchdog with teeth
Lord Leveson's report on press standards runs to about 2000 pages after an eight-month inquiry that could cost around £5.6 million and saw almost 500 people give evidence.

Salmond's BSkyB move questioned
The Leveson Report has questioned Alex Salmond's insistence he was duty bound to lobby UK ministers to back Rupert Murdoch's proposed £8 billion BSkyB takeover.

 

Scotsman

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MP puts a spoke in the BBC?s wheel

A BBC television documentary about cycling has been described as “stupid and inaccurate” by an MP who said it could lead to more confrontations on the roads.



Former HBOS chief executive admits: We were incompetent

FORMER HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby yesterday agreed with MPs that incompetent lending helped lay waste to the bank with billions of pounds of losses, and was partly responsible for driving it into the arms of Lloyds Banking Group.



Leveson report: If press fails to regulate itself then we will, warns Culture...

The government is ready to use legislation to enforce effective regulation of the press if the industry fails to set up a genuinely tough and independent self-regulatory body, as set out in last week’s Leveson Report, Culture Secretary Maria Miller warned yesterday.



Starbucks to pay more to UK after criticism over tax arrangements

THE coffee chain Starbucks is set to change its tax arrangements and pay more to the UK Exchequer after stinging criticisms over the way it and other multi-nationals used the rules to avoid houndreds of millions of pounds, it has been reported.



Labour MSP John Park to quit Holyrood for job with trade union

SENIOR Labour MSP John Park who ran the party’s campaign at last year’s election is to quit Holyrood within the next few days to take up a job as a trade union organiser.



Inside politics: Ed Miliband may yet trip himself up by backing Lord Leveson ...

THERE was a sense from last week’s fallout over the Leveson report on press ethics and practices that Labour leader Ed Miliband had played a blinder.



Tam Baillie: Positive change must come from Savile case

WE MUST learn from the recent shocking cases to listen to children and act to help those at risk, writes Tam Baillie.



Peter Jones: Osborne risks cuts overdose for UK

WITH even the IMF changing its tune on the merits of austerity, the Chancellor has a big decision to make, writes Peter Jones.



Ewan Crawford: Trying times as ?No? camp drop ball

WESTMINSTER cannot improve the economic situation, writes Ewan Crawford, because of the inherent blame culture there.



Christine Jardine: A coffee with sweeter taste

THE tax scandal surrounding Starbucks has highlighted just how much the local, independent coffee shop does for the community, writes Christine Jardine.



Under-fire Creative Scotland chief quits after rebellion

THE head of the under-fire arts quango Creative Scotland has quit in the wake of a growing rebellion over the running of the organisation.



Scottish independence: Sturgeon calls for ?Team Scotland? consensus if public...

NICOLA Sturgeon has called for a united front from Scottish political leaders if the country backs independence in 2014, insisting a “Team Scotland” approach will be needed to secure the best deal.



Theresa May launches legal challenge against decision to keep Abu Qatada in UK

THE HOME Secretary has launched a legal challenge against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK.



Lawyers to protest Government legal aid changes for third day today

SCOTLAND’S defence lawyers are set to take a third day of action today in protest at Government legal aid changes that they claim will hit the poor and reduce access to justice.



MSPs facing three-year wait for iPads

HOLYROOD politicians are being offered iPads at taxpayers’ expense – but they might have to wait up to three years.



Wingsland Blog

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

The bananas splits
[FOOTBALL KLAXON.] Okay, this has gone on long enough. We’ve been trying for quite a few months now to get anyone to explain something to us, and nobody ever has an answer. We’ve sat and watched with our heads in our hands as the SPL and SFL have competed to come up with the most [...]

Scotsman proofreader vacancy still open
Perhaps the paper was confused after watching yesterday’s Andrew Marr Show, on which the host asked the question (at 37m) “Are you in favour of a squeeze on welfare?”, to which the allegedly-Labour politician Mr Balls replied “Of course!” (Balls subsequently tried to waffle his way out of the response by claiming that he’d reduce [...]

Why only independence can save our NHS
This last week has seen the publication of a report that saw the NHS in Scotland deliver its “best performance ever”. The NHS Scotland Chief Executive’s Annual Report 2010/11 was full of praise for the organisation and the efforts it has made to improve safety, service and value in times of dwindling budgets. ?Few issues [...]

The masses against the classes
Unionist Collective. Radical Unionist Conference. Women For The Union. March & Rally for Scotland in the Union. Scottish Unionist Convention. That’s a list of things you probably won’t see appearing between now and 2014, and with good reason. In fact, the thought of such groups starting up seems inherently preposterous. But why? If there’s one [...]

Onwards and upwards
Despite slightly fewer posts last month than the preceding one, Wings Over Scotland still entered its second year by hitting another new all-time pageviews record in November, with an increase of nearly 25,000 to 429,114. The more telling statistic, though, was the number of unique users, which rocketed by a whopping 24% as almost 5000 [...]

Baffling mystery solved
A few months ago, lots of people in the Glasgow area were wondering how the city’s Labour party was going to be able to fund some of the lavish promises in its council-election manifesto, such as free wi-fi covering the entire city. Thanks to the intrepid journalism of local freesheet The Glaswegian, the answers are [...]

Right-wing party does well in elections
But enough about Labour. UKIP also put in some strong performances in the three Westminster polls last night, scoring two second-place finishes and one third place on a night when the Lib Dems sank to an astonishing EIGHTH and the BNP outpolled the Tories in the same Rotherham seat. The truly disturbing thing, though – [...]

Leveson on Salmond
Analysis later. If you simply want to read the two passages of the Leveson Inquiry’s report which concern the actions of the First Minister without wading through 2000 or so pages, you’ll find them below. Bored readers may wish to compare the contents with our own assessment/predictions from five months ago. (NOTE: Where it says [...]

The partial truth
The Scottish media is winding itself up for another sustained assault on the Scottish Government. Kerry Gill of the Scottish Daily Express has been pushing the story hard since last night along with some journalists from other English papers, and the BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Cook set the scene in a tweet this morning: Sure [...]

Scotland is not Slovakia
It was reported in the Scotsman on Wednesday that the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus had raised doubts over whether an independent Scotland could successfully keep using Sterling, because when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech and Slovak Republics in 1993 it took only 38 days for the currency union to split. His views [...]

BBC Scotland

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

MSPs to debate Leveson findings
First Minister Alex Salmond is to lead a Holyrood debate on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.

Arts body boss quits amid protest
The head of Scotland's arts funding body is quitting the job, amid criticism over how the organisation was operating.

Ferries staff back strike action
Members of the RMT union working on the Orkney and Shetland ferry routes vote for strike action in a dispute with Serco Northlink Ferries.

Labour MSP Park to quit Holyrood
Labour MSP John Park is quitting the Scottish Parliament to take up a full-time trade union post.

Scots drink-related deaths fall
Alcohol-related deaths in Scotland have fallen, but the rate is still one of the highest in western and central Europe, an NHS report says.

Ministers outline 'fair' tax bill
The Scottish government unveils plans for a new, "fairer" property tax system, to replace stamp duty.

Plan to help 'deprived' students
Scotland's universities sign up to a plan to do more to cut drop-out rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sea network 'may be worth £10bn'
Planned legislation to protect the marine environment has left out seabirds, minke whales and bottle-nosed dolphins, conservationists say.

Sturgeon unveils Yes vote vision
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks to business and community leaders about her vision for an independent Scotland.

Creative Scotland finds backing
Artists and supporters of the arts in Dumfries and Galloway add their voices to the row over Creative Scotland - by backing the funding body.

Decline in economy 'like Spain's'
The decline in Scotland's economy is on a par with Spain's, according to a global accountancy firm.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond calls for cross-party talks and the setting up of an independent implementation group to take the recommendations in Lord Leveson's report into press regulation, during first minister's questions on 29 November 2012.

VIDEO: Salmond: 'Vindicated' by Leveson
First Minister Alex Salmond says he has been completely vindicated by the Leveson Report into press behaviour over his dealings with the Murdochs.

VIDEO: Salmond responds to Leveson report
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs he wants to set up an independent implementation group following Lord Leveson's report.

VIDEO: Salmond against state regulated press
First Minister Alex Salmond speaks to the BBC ahead of the publication of the Leveson report into press ethics and says he is against state regulation of the press.

Newsnet Scotland

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Michael Forbes, Donald Trump and the Unpredictable Scotland Emerging

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, December 1st 2012

The Scots have a strange and often perplexing relationship with those in authority and power.

Sometimes we damn them and at other times we choose to believe their official story. More often than we show a lack of curiosity in scrutinising and challenging authority. Instead, there is a deafening silence of the Scots across large acres of public life, in conferences, gatherings and fora which represent ?civic Scotland?.



Murdoch, the pursuit of Alex Salmond and the forgotten accusations

  By Bob Duncan and G.A.Ponsonby
 
?Politicians of Devolved government? have been exempted by Lord Leveson from the UK pattern of ?too close? relationships between politicians and the press,
 
The report, published on Thursday, also states that Alex Salmond cannot be criticised - a move which further reinforces the vindication of the first Minister.



'Salmond Accused' - a triumph of rhetoric over substance

By Roddy Macdonald
 
A recent article in the Scotsman contained a headline that screamed: "Salmond accused of ?false statements? about detention of You?ve been Trumped film-maker Anthony Baxter"
 
Shock, horror! Mr Salmond is accused of "making false statements", "grossly distorting the facts", "hiding behind an utterly discredited report by a Grampian police officer" ...



First Minister's Questions - 29 Nov 2012 - video

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

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



Scottish independence - A letter to US newspapers

The following is a letter written by a US citizen angry about the coverage in the USA of the Scottish independence debate.  The letter is to be sent to several US newspapers.

Newsnet Scotland has received permission to publish the letter here.



Margo MacDonald and other victims of the creepy compliment

By Kenneth Roy

One of the incidental curiosities of reading the Hansard record of a House of Commons debate on the Clyde Port Authority (Hunterston Ore Terminal) Order Confirmation Bill (11 December 1973) ? it's odd what I get up to, really ? was to see Margo MacDonald compared favourably to a nuclear power station. The power station ? Hunterston 'A' ? is being decommissioned. The member for Govan, as she then was, battles on.



Let?s make St Andrew popular again

By George Kerevan
 
SITTING on my bookshelf is a dog-eared copy of HG Wells? science fiction novel The Sleeper Awakes, about a man who awakens after 200 years in suspended animation to discover that, courtesy of compound interest, he?s the richest man in the world. I won the book nearly 50 years ago as the prize given (annually) at my school, Kingsridge Secondary, in Drumchapel, for writing the best essay on the life of St Andrew, Scotland?s patron saint.



Catalan elections - An analysis

Catalan parliamentary elections on 25th November clearly left a favorable outcome to the pro-independence process that started with the big demonstration that took place in Barcelona on the 11th September that saw 1.5 million people take to the streets. 

To understand the impact of these results, correlated with Sovereignists [independence supporters]...



The benefits of having an independent Foreign policy

By Alex Robertson
 
On Thursday there will be a vote in the UN General Assembly whether to grant Palestine enhanced status as ?Observer? to the UN General Assembly.  This is one stage below being a full member of the UN.
 
The UK government, for quite plausible reasons, is trying to persuade Mr Abbas, President of the west bank part of Palestine, not to press his application, and indeed even to withdraw the motion before it comes to a vote.



Don't publish, don't be damned: welcome to the new age of timidity

By Kenneth Roy

It is possible that, by the end of this week, we will be hearing the phrase 'light touch' in relation to the regulation of the British press. I hope it fools nobody. 'Light touch' will be the weasel words used by politicians to conceal the reality of state interference in the conduct of newspapers.

The likeliest result could be avoided. David Cameron could decide to reject Leveson. But that would make him look a fool ? why set up the accursed inquiry only to spurn its recommendations? ? and would invite accusations that he was too terrified to do anything ahead of next year's trials of Andrew Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, which could finish him anyway.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Darling to speak on breakaway (paywall)

FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling will offer his views on Scottish independence on Thursday in the second of a series of head-to-head interviews on the subject.



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Iceland banks repay Scottish councils bulk of £47m debt

Iceland’s banks have repaid the lion’s share of the millions of pounds owed to Scotland’s council tax payers.

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Yes Scotland welcomes Unison report on independence debate

Yes Scotland today warmly welcomed the launch of a report by Unison Scotland setting out the union's priorities in the independence debate. For a Fairer Scotland does not advocate support for either the Yes or No campaigns, but challenges each side to demonstrate how their plans can match Unison's vision.



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Sturgeon unveils Yes vote vision

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be speaking to business and community leaders about her vision for an independent Scotland.

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From the Province of the Cat: A Wounded Stag

by George Gunn Living on the north coast of the mainland of Scotland it can seem, at times, that you live in a totally different country from the one inhabited [...]...

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For A? That Episode 6 ? The Meedja

  Episode 6 of For A’ That again features two guests along with Andrew and myself. This time we were joined by Peter Geoghegan, a freelance journalist, and by Philip Challinor who is [...]...

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Fury over SNP web kill threat

NATS have slammed pro-union campaign chiefs — after a thug posted a death threat against the SNP on Facebook...

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The Seven Wonders

Scotland’s Stories: Imagining and Making Our Own Collective Future by Gerry Hassan Scotland’s future is about greater self-government but at the same time it has to be about more than [...]...

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Wings Over Scotland | The masses against the classes

Unionist Collective. Radical Unionist Conference. Women For The Union. March & Rally for Scotland in the Union. Scottish Unionist Convention. That’s a list of things you probably won’t see appearing between now and 2014, and with good reason. In fact, the thought of such groups starting up seems inherently preposterous. But why?



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Opinion: An independent Scotland could look a lot like... Canada?

Comparing a future independent Scotland to other places is all the rage.

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143,000 people now signed up to Yes Scotland campaign

The number of supporters who have signed up to the Yes Scotland independence campaign has now crossed the 140,000 mark. This means that the number of people declaring their backing for the campaign – 143,000 - is greater than the combined membership of all of Scotland’s political parties.



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It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation is threatened by b...

Six days ago, the people of Spain’s most prosperous region, Catalonia, voted overwhelmingly for parties favouring the breaking away from Spanish rule.

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Scottish Labour branches seeking debate on independence with breakaway group

Labour for Independence (LFI) has taken the first step into entering discussions with Scottish Labour Party members over the party’s stance on independence.

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Scottish Independence - Secrets and Lies - Part 4 - BORDERS

A short recap on the various attempts by Westminster and Whitehall to deprive Scotland of it's full territorial waters, and thus of it's oil and gas resource...

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Defense and an Independent Scotland

Trying to determine what an independent Scotland’s defense policies might look like is difficult.

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Daily Record

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Labour MSP John Park to quit Holyrood to fight for workers 'rights'
THE Mid Sotland and Fife regional MSP will be returning to his union roots as policy and strategy director at Community trade union.

Chancellor George Osborne admits he has failed to cut UK debt despite pledge
OSBORNE revealed the difficulties he has had to slash the debt after promising to wipe it out completely before the next election.

Fury as axed Remploy staff are told they'll stack supermarket shelves for no pay
UNION chiefs have slammed the move and branded it as slavery after it was revealed the plan is to ensure the redundant workers keep their benefits.

Government slated for being 'lax' against global firms as Starbucks reveal th...
THE coffee giants had been blasted after it was revealed they were paying almost no corporation tax but criticism has forced them to change their stance.

Victorian way to treat people
THE news that the Government will force disabled workers axed by Remploy to work for nothing to keep their benefits has been blasted.

Axed Remploy worker reveals his battle to retain dignity
SIMON YEARLING, who has Down's syndrome, is one of those being made redundant who'll be forced to work for no wage just to keep his benefits.

£25m MoD contract for RAF laser-guided missles saves more than 300 Scots jobs
STAFF of Raytheon UK, in Glenrothes, will build the guidance system for the smart bombs which will be used in Tornado jets and the new Typhoon.

Brian Wilson: There is no reason at all to put a kilt on Lord Leveson's recom...
FORMER Labour minister and visiting professor of Media and Government at Glasgow Caledonian Uni, Brian Wilson, gives his opinion on why the Scotland press does not need its own regulator.

Alex Salmond ordered to give breakdown of £468k taxpayer-funded golf trip
SCOTLAND'S First Minister has been slammed for his extravagant travel to the US for the handover of the Ryder Cup to Scotland.

George Osborne to unveil plans to freeze benefits for jobless
THE Chancellor is also expected to outline a series of further public spending cuts during his Autumn Statement this week.

National Grid pay Scottish power firms £12m to shut down giant turbines in hi...
AS Scottish households struggle to pay for rising heating bills, it is revealed that more than £18million has been paid out to the owners of Scotland's 19 windfarms to stop them producing electricity when demand is low.

Kenny MacAskill issues plea for random breath tests on motorists as festive c...
THE Justice Secretary, who plans to reduce the Scottish drink-drive limit, insists officers should have more authority to breathalyse drivers at random.

MSPs warn low-rate mortgage deals won't resolve difficulties for first-time b...
EXPERTS have insisted the 1.99 per cent mortgage deal offered by HSBC could help boost the Scottish property market.

Opposition leaders say 'no' to Alex Salmond's calls for separate Scottish Pre...
THE First Minister and Scotland's three main opposition leaders will meet on Thursday to discuss the idea of a separate Scottish press regulator, similar to the one operating in Ireland at present.

Nick Clegg gets triple kicking at polls as Lib Dems record worst by-election ...
THE Lib Dems recorded poor results in Rotherham, Croydon and Middlesbrough.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

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

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



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

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

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



Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

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

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



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

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

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



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

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

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



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

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

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



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

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

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



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

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

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



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

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

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



Bella Caledonia


INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

From the Province of the Cat: A Wounded Stag
by George Gunn Living on the north coast of the mainland of Scotland it can seem, at times, that you live in a totally different country from the one inhabited [...]

For A? That Episode 6 ? The Meedja
  Episode 6 of For A? That again features two guests along with Andrew and myself. This time we were joined by Peter Geoghegan, a freelance journalist, and by Philip Challinor who is [...]

The Seven Wonders
Scotland?s Stories: Imagining and Making Our Own Collective Future by Gerry Hassan Scotland?s future is about greater self-government but at the same time it has to be about more than [...]

The Greatest Game In History ? Scotland v England ? is back!
by Kevin Williamson They say you can’t turn back the clock.  And for good reason.  Time only flows in one direction.  But tomorrow, at high noon, Saturday 1st December, a [...]

The Diverting History of Jimmy Gilpin and a famous Hullaballoo in Hornsey ?...
By Stuart Christie Now let us sing, Long live Anarchy!   And Gilpin, long live he!  And when he next doth ride abroad  May I be there to see! (apologies William [...]

Exclusive: Interview with Maya Wind, an Israeli peace activist
Maya Wind is no ordinary human rights activist. Her beliefs and her activism have led directly to Maya being socially ostracised by family and childhood friends. They have led to [...]

The amazing Minangkabua matriarchs of West Sumatra
Introducing a new Bella columnist, Fiona MacGregor.  Fiona will bring a decidedly feminist perspective to our pages at the end of each month.  Her first column looks at a matriarchal society [...]

George Gunn performing at Neu! Reekie! this Friday
Venue:  Summerhall, Edinburgh Time: 7pm-10pm, Friday 30th November Caithness poet and Bella Caledonia columnist George Gunn will be appearing at the final Neu! Reekie! show of the year in Edinburgh...

The Future of BBC in Scotland
By Alex Grant How good is BBC Scotland? Ask an Irish comedian. When the BBC Trust states ?our job is to get the best out of the BBC for licence [...]

For A? That Episode 5 ? All Aboard!
For the fifth episode of the For A? That podcast we ventured into a new area for us in that we had a 4-way discussion. Joining Andrew (The Peat Worrier) and myself [...]

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence - Google News
Google News

Dispatches from: Catalonian independence? - Oxford Student

Dispatches from: Catalonian independence?
Oxford Student
Honestly, the enthusiasm for Scottish independence cannot hold a candle to the atmosphere in Spain at the moment. The corridors of the Barcelo...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon calls for 'Team Scotland' consensus if public...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Sturgeon calls for 'Team Scotland' consensus if public ...
Scotsman
NICOLA Sturgeon has called for a united front from Scottish political leaders if the country backs i...


Scotland's EU Membership at Risk From UK, Sturgeon Says - Businessweek

Scotland's EU Membership at Risk From UK, Sturgeon Says
Businessweek
?The biggest threat to EU membership isn't independence, it's euro-skepticism within the U.K. government,? Sturgeon said in respon...


Nicola Sturgeon: Independence vote 'not about Scottish vs British' - Telegrap...

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: Independence vote 'not about Scottish vs British'
Telegraph.co.uk
The address at Glasgow's Strathclyde University was her first major speech on separation since becomi...


Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left - The Guard...

The Guardian (blog)

Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left
The Guardian (blog)
In her first major speech on independence on Monday, Scotland's deputy first minister has set ...


Scotland and Catalonia bellwethers for Western Sahara? - Morocco News Board

Scotland and Catalonia bellwethers for Western Sahara?
Morocco News Board
EU's ?rejection? of the idea of a referendum on Scottish independence and the world cool reception to the Catalans vote to ba...


Scottish independence: 'Time to finish the job on independence', says Nicola ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Time to finish the job on independence', says Nicola ...
Scotsman
?And let's never forget how far along the road to independence Scotland already is. We are not starti...


Morocco- Scotland and Catalonia bellwethers for Western Sahara - Morocco News...

Morocco News Board

Morocco- Scotland and Catalonia bellwethers for Western Sahara
Morocco News Board
catalonia-independence Washington/ Moroccon News Board--Would the results of last week's local elec...


Disunited Kingdom - The Ulster Herald

Disunited Kingdom
The Ulster Herald
Last week the British and Scottish premiers agreed a deal on a referendum on Scottish independence to be held in October 2014. For the Scots the state is significa...


Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon outlines her vision for Scotland - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon outlines her vision for Scotland
BBC News
During the address in Glasgow she said that Scotland had a democratic right to "choose her own government". Sc...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Medicare Star Ratings ? What Plan Sponsors Need to Know - JD Supra (press rel...

Medicare Star Ratings ? What Plan Sponsors Need to Know
JD Supra (press release)
Critics assert that the Star Rating system relies heavily on measures related to preventive screening of risk factors ...


Sturgeon's Left-wing views at heart of vision for future - Telegraph.co.uk

Sturgeon's Left-wing views at heart of vision for future
Telegraph.co.uk
She was one of the first to see, after their disastrous 19 per cent showing in the 2004 European elections, that the SNP had t...


Japan Bioinformatics Announces Study on Leading Mapping Tools for DNA ... - V...

Japan Bioinformatics Announces Study on Leading Mapping Tools for DNA ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
Mutation discovery, especially discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) ...


READER Talkback -- Some Thoughts About Independence - Inverclyde Now

READER Talkback -- Some Thoughts About Independence
Inverclyde Now
The SNP say we will get rid of nuclear weapons. But they will simply move across the border as will the jobs.The weapons will still ...


Nicola Sturgeon: Independence vote 'not about Scottish vs British' - Telegrap...

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: Independence vote 'not about Scottish vs British'
Telegraph.co.uk
The Westminster parties are ?at best sceptical and at worst hostile? to constitutional change but the...


Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left - The Guard...

The Guardian (blog)

Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left
The Guardian (blog)
I joined the SNP because it was obvious to me then - as it still is today - that you cannot gu...


SNP should work for Federal UK in event of NO vote - Glasgow Liberal Democrats

SNP should work for Federal UK in event of NO vote
Glasgow Liberal Democrats
?It goes without saying that, following the decision of the Scottish people in 2014, we must come together as a country to...


Unison calls on Fife Council's SNP group to stop the 'party politicking' and ...

Unison calls on Fife Council's SNP group to stop the 'party politicking' and ...
The Courier
The call comes on the back of the SNP group leader's announcement that he has submitted a Freedom of Infor...


Building a Better Nation - SNP (press release) (blog)

Building a Better Nation
SNP (press release) (blog)
As a nation, we have done a lot of exploring ? we were a sovereign, independent country, and then gave our independence away. We helped to build an...


Scottish independence: 'Time to finish the job on independence', says Nicola ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Time to finish the job on independence', says Nicola ...
Scotsman
THE SNP will organise talks with opposition parties and civic society if Scots vote for independence ...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Gwynne Dyer: Scotland's bid for independence just a lot of hot air - New Zeal...

Gwynne Dyer: Scotland's bid for independence just a lot of hot air
New Zealand Herald
Last month, when Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, agreed the terms for the 2014 referendum with the Briti...


Nicola Sturgeon claims Scotland will 'build a better nation' - stv.tv

Nicola Sturgeon claims Scotland will 'build a better nation'
stv.tv
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a speech claiming Scotland will be able to "build a better nation" through independence....


Engineering findings raise recovery hopes - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Engineering findings raise recovery hopes
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND'S key engineering sector has returned to growth, according to survey findings that will boost hopes the economy is on...


Separatist dreams that are mostly just hot air - The Japan Times

Separatist dreams that are mostly just hot air
The Japan Times
Scotland will be holding a vote on independence from Britain in 2014, and both Catalonia and the Basque country in Spain have just elect...


Separatist dreams in West usually just that - Otago Daily Times

Separatist dreams in West usually just that
Otago Daily Times
Scotland will be holding a vote on independence from Britain in 2014, and both Catalonia and the Basque country in Spain have just electe...


Yes Scotland to recruit teen member - Paisley Daily Express

Yes Scotland to recruit teen member
Paisley Daily Express
The group leading the campaign to persuade Scots to vote for independence is to recruit a teenager to sit on its advisory board. With 16 and ...


Scottish independence: Yes Scotland campaign seeks teenager to join board - S...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland campaign seeks teenager to join board
Scotsman
The Deputy First Minister, who is leading the Scottish government's independence drive, will say that Scots ...


Separatist dreams - Kashmir Times

Separatist dreams
Kashmir Times
Scotland will be holding a vote on independence from Britain in 2014, and both Catalonia and the Basque country in Spain have just elected nationalist governments that...


Defense and an Independent Scotland - ISN

ISN

Defense and an Independent Scotland
ISN
Ultimately, it will only be after a referendum and an SNP electoral victory that we will be able to determine exactly what an independent Scotland's defense...


Michael Moore warns of policy fight with independent Scotland - Scottish Dail...

Michael Moore warns of policy fight with independent Scotland
Scottish Daily Record
THE Scottish Secretary said that the referendum agreement which committed the two governments to co-operate was not...


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Frankie Boyle V James Arthur
Bizarre twitter war between Boyle and Arthur today that saw Boyle utterly destroy the X Factor singer. A bit sad at times with Arthur threatening violence at one point, but a mistake-ridden sentenc...

Opium - Brian Cox Doc
Anyone just see that on bbc1? Very interesting.


British Empire
Anyone just watch that prog about opium with Brian Cox?

Chinese tried to stop us turning them into a nation of junkies by banning all trade in opiates. So we sent in the royal navy and blew them t...

Christmas Works Nights Out
Our place is going to the Crowne Plaza next to the SECC. I've never been there before. Anybody on here been to one of their 'party nights'? Any good? or bad?

The meal is chicken, wtf?!? It should ...

Rejoice! Another Parasite To Support.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20586343

I'm tempted to crack open the shampoo I was saving for Thatcher's death... but I reckon I might get the chance to drink it before the future heir to the thron...

Bizarre Websites
This needs volume. Strangely addictive,

http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/

End Of Watch
One of the films of the year for me. Really enjoyed it. Anybody seen it? Thoughts?

Vipbox And The Like
Can someone explain to me how all these live TV feeds can get harnessed by the sites that show this stuff?

Seismic Evidence Implies Controlled Demolition On 9/11
André Rousseau is a Doctor of Geophysics and Geology, a former researcher in the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), who has published 50 papers on the relationships between the c...

Project A119
"Military officials apparently abandoned the idea because of the danger to people on Earth in case the mission failed."

http://www.dailymail...b-revealed.html

Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

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

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

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

"It became mor...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

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

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


(Note...

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

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