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Income tax cut signalled as Davidson targets election
THE Scottish Conservatives have signalled that voters could be offered deeper income tax cuts in a bid to make headway at the next Holyrood election.

Builders' fury as new figures highlight planning delays
PLANNING decisions on major housebuilding projects are taking more than a year to be approved, provoking "outrage" in the construction industry and prompting the Government to pledge action on poor performance by local authorities.

Killer admits attacking man
A CONVICTED killer attacked a 50-year-old man with his own walking stick after he complained about dog fouling, a court was told yesterday.

Salmond opens new energy services HQ
ALEX Salmond has opened industrial safety specialist Intertek's new energy services HQ in Aberdeen.

Labour claim PM is running scared
THE prime Minister has been accused of "running scared" more than a year since his last public press conference.

Cameron launches abuse inquiries
DAVID Cameron has intervened over fresh allegations about the 1980s child abuse scandal in North Wales by ordering an urgent investigation.

Blair urges UK companies to invest more in Iraq
Tony Blair has urged British companies to step up their investment in Iraq and take advantage of the "enormous opportunity" presented by the country's reconstruction efforts.

UK appeal for Scots' opinions
Scots should not stay silent on independence just because they live in other parts of the UK, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will say today.

UK and Germany aligned over tax
The UK and German governments have launched a concerted attempt to crack down on tax avoidance by large multi-nationals.

Political award nominations reflect a momentous year
THE shortlist for The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2012 is unveiled today.

Cameron to promote jet deal
DAVID Cameron today embarks on a three-day tour of the Gulf and Middle East in a bid to sell more British jets to the Arab states and bolster relations with key allies in the region.

Miliband launches living wage initiative
ED Miliband will place a campaign for a "living wage" of at least £7.20 per hour for millions of people in the public and private sector at the heart of Labour's bid to return to power.

Pressure grows over PM's texts to Rebekah Brooks
DAVID Cameron is facing fresh embarrassment over playful text message exchanges with Rebekah Brooks as calls for full disclosure intensify, with claims 150 exchanges have not been seen by Lord Justice Leveson.

Duncan Smith: PM deserves credit for EU stance
IAIN Duncan Smith has urged Tory eurosceptics to give David Cameron a break after his humiliating defeat on Europe.

We pay £850,000 for children of diplomats to go to private schools
TAXPAYERS have footed an £850,000 bill to educate up to 50 children of well-paid diplomats at Scotland's private schools over the last three years, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

 

Scotsman

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US presidential election: Thousands of US citizens living in UK could miss ou...

AMERICAN citizens living in the UK have attacked the US postal voting system after struggling to register for today’s election.



David Cameron: Assad?s escape from Syria ?could be arranged? if it meant end ...

SYRIA’S president should be allowed a safe passage abroad if it would end the country’s civil war, David Cameron said today.



Scottish Government to spend £60m on tablets for workers

A WHOPPING £60 million is to be spent on thousands of iPad-style devices for public sector workers, the Evening News can reveal today.



Theresa May pledges support for Waterhouse inquiry investigation into care ho...

THE Home Secretary will update MPs today on plans to “look very carefully” into the police’s treatment of historic allegations of child abuse in North Wales.



Tory politician Nadine Dorries set to become first MP on I?m A Celebrity... G...

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries could face the wrath of her constituents as she heads to Australia for up to a month to take part in reality TV show I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.



SNP stalwarts Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars call for EU referendum following ...

THE row over an independent Scotland’s place in Europe is damaging the prospect of a Yes vote in the 2014 referendum, a former leader and Deputy leader of the SNP warned today.



Putin fires defence minister after fraud allegations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the country’s defence minister two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets.



Peter Jones: All to play for in Chinese politics

EVENTS in the US will be eclipsed by tensions between change and the status quo following the Chinese ‘elections’, writes Peter Jones



Ian McGregor: You can wear a poppy and still oppose war

SOME may argue it has become too politicised, but it is no more than a sign of our support for veterans and their families, writes Ian McGregor



New Forth Bridge starts to take shape

NICOLA Sturgeon was yesterday given a close up view of the new Forth Bridge taking shape as she met with workers on the biggest building project in Scotland in a generation.



Ed Miliband says Denis MacShane has let down Labour party

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane was “right” to step down from parliament after being condemned for abusing expenses rules, the party’s leader Ed Miliband said yesterday.



US Presidential Election: Repeat of 2000 chaos a strong possibility

From a superstorm in the north-east to confusion over ballot papers in Ohio, lawsuits in Florida and activists taking over polling stations in Texas, the US general election was never going to run smoothly.



David Cameron nuclear arms race comments raise tension over Iran

PRIME Minister David Cameron has warned that Iran could trigger a nuclear arms race across the Middle East.



US Presidential Election: Candidates in deadlock as America goes to polls

Americans were heading to the polls today in one of the closest presidential races in US history, with experts unable to say with certainty whether Barack Obama will be returned to the White House or forced to vacate for his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.



Ewan Crawford: For people to vote Yes they must see the positives

THE No campaign’s vision for Scotland post-2014 is not a pretty prospect, but it’s up to the Yes camp to point this out writes Ewan Crawford



Wingsland Blog

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

We agree with Anas Sarwar
There was a shock admission from Anas Sarwar, “deputy” leader of Scottish Labour, when speaking about the referendum on BBC Scotland’s “The Big Debate” last night: “This will be the biggest decision that any of you will make in your lifetime, and what we need actually is Yes.” It’s not every day we agree with [...]

As seen from Europe
We have absolutely no idea what to make of this, sent to us by a Dutch friend this morning. But as the UK press obsesses over its own vision over a malignant European omnistate, it’s interesting to get a glimpse of the very different picture of a possible future our friends on the continent foresee. [...]

Will the outcome of the US presidential election affect the referendum campaign?
No. No it won’t.

The Sunday Quiz
Here’s a little weekend brainteaser for you, folks. On the BBC’s This Week show on Saturday, veteran presenter Andrew Neil interviewed two former senior government ministers about the UK’s nuclear deterrent – one was a Conservative former Defence Secretary, the other a Labour former Culture Secretary. For now we’ll call them Politician A and Politician [...]

A question for Gordon
A front-page piece in today’s Scotland On Sunday expands on Gordon Brown’s attempted intervention in the independence debate yesterday with an extraordinary headline which appears to be based on an actual quote from the former Prime Minister: “SNP plan makes Scotland a colony, claims Gordon Brown”. Sure enough, Brown is reported as saying that an [...]

Answers for Gordon
Gordon Brown doesn’t turn up in the House Of Commons very much. He’s represented his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituents at just 14% of votes since stepping down as Prime Minister two-and-a-half years ago, not bothering to voice an opinion on their behalf at 545 out of 635 divisions. But at least we’ve now found out [...]

Does NHS Scotland need independence?
As the Scottish people ponder the merits of independence, it can be useful to examine areas in which Holyrood rather than Westminster already controls policy, and one of the most obvious is healthcare. The NHS is in almost all operational senses already independent in Scotland, and operates in a markedly different manner to the way [...]

How very dare we?
After ten days, we have an answer, of sorts. “Dear Rev Campbell Reference CAS-1714825-RP7R5W Thank you for your e-mail. Your comments were passed to the Editor of Newsnight Scotland, who has asked that I forward his response as follows: ?Thank you for getting in touch with us about the Newsnight Scotland interview with Nicola Sturgeon [...]

A tiny epiphany
Watching FMQs yesterday, a thought suddenly occurred to us. Is it possible that a lot of Scottish people’s reluctance to support independence isn’t because they think the south-east of England knows what’s best for Scotland, but because they’re simply terrified of the possibility of someone other than the SNP winning an election to an independent [...]

We got a birthday card!
It’s got flowers on it and everything. Gemma Fox is a rather strange lady who makes Lego dioramas of Royal Marine Commandos and who we had a childish but enlightening recreational argument with on Twitter last night. (Funnily enough after a long and tiring day visiting the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.) James Mackenzie [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Literacy tests to study teaching
Prospective teachers are to be tested for competence in literacy and numeracy in a pilot project announced by the Scottish government.

Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning
Two former SNP grandees warned the independence campaign could be damaged unless the Scottish government comes up with an alternative to EU membership.

Number of Scots killings falls
The number of killings in Scotland fell in the last year, figures from Scotland's chief statistician show.

Rail route reopening deal signed
An agreement is signed handing responsibility to Network Rail to deliver a rail route from the Borders to Edinburgh.

Scottish doctors in strike ballot
Hospital doctors in Scotland are being asked whether they are willing to go on strike to defend pension changes.

Young voters focus on referendum
Young voters quiz politicians on what would happen to immigration, taxes and EU membership in the event of an independent Scotland.

Probe into student payment delays
Ministers announce a review after BBC Scotland learned that thousands of students had not received payments for living expenses.

Legal chief hails sectarian law
Scotland's new sectarian law designed to reduce religious hatred associated with football is being used to "good effect", according the country's lord advocate.

Warning over drug rehab centres
An emergency summit is to be held to discover why occupancy rates at Scotland's residential drug treatment centres are so low.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell says "we badly need to find more adopters" during a debate entitled "permanence and adoption".

VIDEO: Lamont: Salmond's 'a chancer' on EU
Scottish Labour leader Joanne Lamont calls First Minister Alex Salmond "a chancer" and says he is making assertions without evidence.

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

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

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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

As the rot sets in on Brand Britain ? it?s time for some hard questions

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
This weekend the latest shocking claims to engulf the BBC were made public when it was alleged that three BBC employees tried to rape a young man as a famous BBC actor watched. 
 
Such claims are now almost daily occurrences and are shaking the very foundations of the once rock solid British Establishment.  The allegations are no longer directed solely at the BBC, they reach deep into the heart of British institutions, and even go right to the top of government.



Lamont comes under attack as Scottish Labour adopts pro-Trident line

  By Martin Kelly
 
Johann Lamont has been accused of preferring to spend billions on nuclear weapons instead of protecting Scotland?s most vulnerable.
 
The accusation was levelled at the Scottish Labour leader after her party issued a statement insisting that Labour in Scotland was now in favour of retaining the Trident nuclear weapons system and spending billions on a renewal programme.



Scots should reject this Gutter Referendum Rhetoric

By Mark McNaught
 
Any utopian hope that the ?Better Together? campaign will calmly and politely debate the pros and cons of independence and let Scots? verdict be based on their merits has been shattered.
 
Barely two weeks after the Edinburgh Agreement, we already observe character assassination, distortion of statements, outright lies, and scare mongering.  Much of this despicable rhetoric is channeled unchallenged through foreign-owned media outlets, who are patently disinterested in what Scots? constitutional future will be.



American independence? That would be folly

By George Kerevan
 
THE following editorial reputedly appeared in Ye Washington Poste, a defunct coffee house news sheet published in Washington in Tyne and Wear, sometime in the year 1776. Any parallels with present day events are for the reader to decide.
 
Does it make sense for Virginia, or any other British colony in the Americas, to become an independent nation, ending 200 years of union with England? And would it make any difference to Britons here at home, 3,000 miles away across a stormy ocean that takes months to cross?



In the teeth of the gale

  By Alex Robertson
 
The pictures of the devastation wrought in the North East of the USA by Hurricane Sandy show just how powerful a force a mighty gale or storm-force wind is.  And somehow this past week has felt as if the pro-independence cause has been subjected to its own version of a gale.
 
But this time it is a gale of wilful and at times violent abuse and allegations.  I have just emerged from a sixteen year MI6 inspired case of allegation and persecution along the lines of Matrix Churchill, so I know what it is like when allegation or assertion is given credence far beyond any evidential base.



First Minister's Questions: 01 November 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.



Major disaster? Obama has no respect for the meaning of words

By Kenneth Roy

I know exactly where I was as a young man on a certain January evening in 1968. I was sitting by the radio on the top floor of a Victorian villa on the front at Portobello, listening to the resignation speech of Malcolm Muggeridge as rector of Edinburgh University. He quit on an issue of principle. He opposed contraceptive pills for students.



UK Government shortchanging Scotland's farmers

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Scotland?s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs has this week described negotiating with his counterparts at UK level as ?frustrating?.
 
Speaking to The Scottish Farmer magazine on the subject of trying to secure a fair deal for Scotland?s farmers in the current round of EU Common Agricultural Policy reforms, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead stated: ?It is frustrating that Scotland has to devote so much energy on getting our message across to the UK government never mind the rest of Europe.?



Tories may devolve Corporation Tax to Stormont next month

  GEORGE KEREVAN investigates

THE economic disolution of the United Kingdom is gathering pace, not that you would know it from the insular Scottish media. Westminster is under heavy pressure to give the Northern Ireland Assembly devolved powers over corporation tax. If approved, an announcement is likely to come in George Osborne?s economic statement on Wednesday 5 December.



At the scandal-ridden BBC, life is just one big party

By Kenneth Roy
 
A feature of the still unfolding BBC crisis which has been little noticed is the importance of parties in the conduct of its business. The other sort of parties, the political ones, are important too in a boring sort of way; they have to be tolerated as the conduits for maintaining the BBC?s position of unique privilege in British life. But the drinks parties are more fun.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Tattie Scones: Ian Davidson And The Scottish Affairs Committee Labelled A "La...

The Scottish Affairs Committee's (SAC) plans to conjure up scare stories about independence have made Westminster and the committee chair Labour MP Ian Davidson a "laughing stock" according to a fellow MP.



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Wings Over Scotland | We agree with Anas Sarwar

There was a shock admission from Anas Sarwar, “deputy” leader of Scottish Labour, when speaking about the referendum on BBC Scotland’s “The Big Debate” last night:

 

“This will be the biggest decision that any of you will make in your lifetime, and what we need actually is Yes.”



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Why Europe will find a way to accommodate Scottish independence

Amid all the sound and fury over what legal advice Alex Salmond received, or might receive, about Scotland’s position in Europe, it is worth remembering, that in the EU, 'legal advice', even from the most exalted lawyer, is just that. Advice.



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Alba Matters: Persona Non Grata - the latest unionist tactic

What we are seeing here is a concerted attempt to classify anyone who airs public support for independence as persona non grata. Want a job in a public role? Well, you'd better not even think about supporting independence.



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Prison officer union votes to support independence

In what may be the first of several leading trades unions to come out in support of Scottish independence, delegates to the annual conference of the Prison Officers Association of Scotland have voted overwhelmingly to back independence following a debate at their annual conference at the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles



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The biggest danger to Scotland in EU is scepticism in England

I AM surprised that you chose to highlight an interview with Herman Van Rompuy which is clearly about the importance of the European Union and not about Scotland.



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The Principle of Independence
Lets put all arguments about the Europe, NATO, Process, and whatever else out of the way for a moment. Lets instead focus on a very simple question. Do personally believe in the principle of Indepe...

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Issue 73: Radical Independence Conference | Scottish Left Review

For a generation the left has had to cross its fingers and hope that the British State would just once not behave like the British State. That Labour would change it, not the other way round. That it wouldn’t start another war. That it would make poverty history. That it would deliver tax justice. That it would reform itself in the wake of the financial crash.



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Issue 73: Red Paper Collective | Scottish Left Review

The Red Paper Collective outline why they aren’t rushing to endorse either of the constitutional options on offer.



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How the power of Scotland could electrify unionism

A satirical website suggested England's response to Scotland's demands for independence should be to award them sole custody of Northern Ireland.

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Threat over EU status hurts Catalan independence push

With less than three weeks to go until the Catalan elections, the ground has shifted from the dream of independence from Spain to the possibility of isolation within Europe.

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Shell: Tax not Scottish independence is the key issue

Royal Dutch Shell is not planning for the prospect of Scotland gaining independence, according to the company’s finance chief who said any Government that controls the North Sea has to get the tax regime right or risk frightening off investors.



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Credit where it?s due ? SNP admits uncertainty over ?AAA? status

Earlier today, Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary Michael Moore made a speech to CBI Scotland in which he highlighted the uncertainty surrounding an independent Scotland’s credit rating. In ...

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The Big Debate
I watched the most recent BBC offering of their “Big debate” programme last night, filmed at Motherwell Civic centre,comprising an audience of younger people, who proved to be fairly cl...

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Daily Record

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Women offenders face 'very undesirable' situation on release from prison, MSP...
THE Reducing Reoffending Change Fund, worth £7.5million, aims to provide a much more effective way of supporting women and others on their immediate release from prison.

National Crime Agency head to investigate child abuse allegations at North Wa...
HOME SECRETARY Theresa May says Keith Bristow will launch an inquiry into new claims about sex offences against youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s and review the historic police investigations.

Polls predict a tight vote as US Presidential election gets underway
MILLIONS of Americans will turnout to vote on whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or choose Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Theresa May to brief MPs on North Wales child abuse inquiry plan
HOME SECRETARY Theresa May is to outline plans for a fresh inquiry into allegations of abuse in children's homes in North Wales.

SNP veterans demand referendum on Europe if Scotland should become independent
EX Nationalist boss Gordon Wilson and former party leader Jim Sillars said a second referendum on EU membership would be needed if Scotland said yes to independence.

Let's just pray Obama wins
THE prospect of a Romney-controlled America is a chilling one, with economic collapse and global war seen as being more likely.

MP demands end to ATOS tests that teenager says killed his father
LABOUR'S Anne McGuire told the Commons about brave 13-year-old Kieran McArdle, whose dad Brian suffered a heart attack after losing his benefits.

David Cameron orders probe into Tory sex abuse claims
THE Prime Minister has set in motion two investigations into claims that a senior Conservative was involved in child abuse.

Shadow Home Secretary claims police are right to probe Denis MacShane over ex...
YVETTE COOPER spoke out just days after MacShane quit as a Labour MP after allegations were aimed at him over fake receipts amounting to thousands of pounds.

Tories tell poor to 'have less children' ahead of child benefit cuts
IAIN DUNCAN SMITH insists it's only fair to those who "cut their cloth accordingly" that people on benefits are making the right decisions too.

Revealed: Taxpayer forks out almost £850k since 2009 to send children of dipl...
LABOUR MP Thomas Docherty branded the money spent as a "subsidy for the old-boy network" as it was shown the cost totals almost £17,000 per child.

David Cameron urged to make public up to 150 'salacious' text messages sent t...
THE Prime Minister has been accused of a cover-up by Labour's Chris Bryant after it was claimed none of the messages were revealed to the Leveson inquiry.

SNP face new independence blow as EU chief Herman Van Rompuy tells Alex Salmo...
VAN ROMPUY labelled separatism a thing of the past last year but the SNP said his views were out of date and Tories were the biggest threat to an independent Scotland.

Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney spend final 24 hours bidding to strike kno...
THE swing states will be the target of the Presidential hopefuls as they set off on the cross-country tour looking to gain extra voters as America prepares to head to the polls.

Miliband brothers unite in fight to see living wage increased to more than £7...
ED MILIBAND is hopeful private companies will adopt the proposal in a bid to give workers the best chance of living a decent life.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

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...



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



Liberal Democrats in Scotland propose 'home rule all round'

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

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



Voting yes will create a new Scotland | Alex Salmond

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

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



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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Campaigning strategies: Obama v the SNP
By Pete Ramand The 45th President of the USA will be elected today. With little separating them in the polls, both Romney and Obama have been campaigning nearly twenty-four hours [...]

RADICAL INDY CONFERENCE 01: Scotland and Big Money
In the run up to the first Radical Independence Conference on Sat 24th November Bella will be focussing in on some of the ideas to be discussed and some of [...]

An original Polish ?samizdat? of Orwell?s Animal Farm
by Ian Brotherhood First editions of Orwell?s Animal Farm are rare – a signed Secker & Warburg 1945 copy is currently available online (via Abebooks) for £45,000. The samizdat  (lit. [...]

The meter?s running ?
A £700K pay-off should cover a one way fare to Plookyville. Filed under: Uncategorized

For A? That ? Episode 2 (30mins)
With Michael Greenwell & Lallands Peat Worrier Its Sunday afternoon… so its time For A’ That! In this, the second weekly episode, Michael Greenwell and the Peat Worrier are joined [...]

Israeli ambassador meets the Scottish government
by Kevin Williamson A recent meeting at Bute House between Alex Salmond and the UK’s Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, has only just come to light. Given the controversial nature of [...]

Marriage Counselling
Record company Solareye has just put together a wee DIY vid for ?Marriage Counselling?, a song from Stanley Odd?s recently released ?Reject? album which takes in both sides of the [...]

Scattered Sand: The Story of China?s Rural Migrants
Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants spoke at the 16th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair on 27th October 2012. Here’s what she had to say: Until [...]

Carbeth Hutters are on the move!
by Gerry Loose In Alaska, I?m told, folk can walk off into the forests and just build themselves a cabin. In Brazil, the Landless Workers? Movement occupies unused land. In [...]

From The Province Of The Cat 9: The Big Fields Of War
by George Gunn When the two MSP?s decided to leave the secure pastures of the SNP because their party will not commit a future independent Scotland to be outside of [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Ferguson - Scottish Independence - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)

Ferguson - Scottish Independence
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Patricia Ferguson (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government what evidence the Fir...


Tiny Isle of Scalpay votes for independence - The Times (subscription)

Tiny Isle of Scalpay votes for independence
The Times (subscription)
If First Minister Alex Salmond wanted a speedy litmus test for his impending referendum in Scotland, he could do worse than turn h...


SAC makes Westminster 'a laughing stock' - SNP (press release)

SAC makes Westminster 'a laughing stock'
SNP (press release)
Commenting on the Scottish affairs committee's (SAC) latest plans to conjure up scare-stories about Scottish independence, the SNP have de...


EU assertions 'must be validated' - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

EU assertions 'must be validated'
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
Only the UK Government can request the view of the European Commission on Scotland's place in the EU post-independence, but no such request is l...


Mystery of Glasgow's health problems - The Guardian

The Guardian

Mystery of Glasgow's health problems
The Guardian
With a referendum on Scottish independence now agreed, Scottish nationalists can dare to wonder: what would an independent Scotland look ...


Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning
BBC News
Two former SNP grandees have warned the independence campaign could be damaged unless the Scottish government comes up with an...


SNP welcomes EU enlargement - SNP (press release)

SNP welcomes EU enlargement
SNP (press release)
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has today welcomed the enlargement of the European Union to include Croatia, a country smaller than Scotland during a...


Scottish Government told there should be referendum on EU future - The Courier

The Courier

Scottish Government told there should be referendum on EU future
The Courier
The statement says it will be ''damaging'' to the cause for independence if a ''serious question mark is allowe...


SNP stalwarts Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars call for EU referendum following ...

Scotsman

SNP stalwarts Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars call for EU referendum following ...
Scotsman
?Instead of being a subsidiary part of the EU - represented by London and with no direct voice - Scot...


'Scottish model of independence not applicable to Cataluña', says Margallo - ...

'Scottish model of independence not applicable to Cataluña', says Margallo
Gibraltar Chronicle
Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, has declared that the Scottish model ?is not appli...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

25000 young people classed as Neet - Paisley Daily Express

25000 young people classed as Neet
Paisley Daily Express
The Scottish Government statistics show that 25,160 people aged 16-19 were classed as Neet in 2011, just 10 fewer than the previous year's tot...


Lawyers threaten strike action over SNP legal aid plans - Scotsman

Scotsman

Lawyers threaten strike action over SNP legal aid plans
Scotsman
Is it the SNP's vision of an independent Scotland to see those on minimum wage and the most vulnerable in our society having t...


SAC makes Westminster 'a laughing stock' - SNP (press release)

SAC makes Westminster 'a laughing stock'
SNP (press release)
Commenting on the Scottish affairs committee's (SAC) latest plans to conjure up scare-stories about Scottish independence, the SNP have de...


EU assertions 'must be validated' - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

EU assertions 'must be validated'
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson and former party deputy Jim Sillars are the latest to intervene in the row over Scotland's place in Europe, if i...


Chinese Firm to Build Coal-to-Liquids Plant in Wyoming (SNP, ACI) - 24/7 Wall...

Chinese Firm to Build Coal-to-Liquids Plant in Wyoming (SNP, ACI)
24/7 Wall St.
China Petrochemical Corp., a state-controlled company best known as Sinopec (NYSE: SNP) will build an advanced coal-to-...


Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning
BBC News
Two former SNP grandees have warned the independence campaign could be damaged unless the Scottish government comes up with an...


SNP welcomes EU enlargement - SNP (press release)

SNP welcomes EU enlargement
SNP (press release)
Westminster SNP Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesman Angus Robertson MP highlighted the fact that Croatia will have twice as many members of the Europe...


Super Nova Minerals Corp. Signs Farm Out Agreement with Elk Hills Petroleum ....

Super Nova Minerals Corp. Signs Farm Out Agreement with Elk Hills Petroleum ...
Marketwire (press release)
(CNSX:SNP) (the "Company", or "Super Nova") Wolf Wiese, CEO of Super Nova, reports that the ...


Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice' - The Guardian

The Guardian

Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'
The Guardian
She was accused by the SNP government of moving to destroy "shared social bonds". And some Labour activists privately qu...


Sinopec to Buy Nigeria Oil Blocks From French Total -Bloomberg - Capital.gr (...

Sinopec to Buy Nigeria Oil Blocks From French Total -Bloomberg
Capital.gr (press release)
(SNP), also known as Sinopec, has signed a preliminary deal to buy stakes in Nigerian onshore oil blocks from...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Ferguson - Scottish Independence - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)

Ferguson - Scottish Independence
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Patricia Ferguson (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government what the First Minist...


Tiny Isle of Scalpay votes for independence - The Times (subscription)

Tiny Isle of Scalpay votes for independence
The Times (subscription)
If First Minister Alex Salmond wanted a speedy litmus test for his impending referendum in Scotland, he could do worse than turn h...


Mystery of Glasgow's health problems - The Guardian

The Guardian

Mystery of Glasgow's health problems
The Guardian
With a referendum on Scottish independence now agreed, Scottish nationalists can dare to wonder: what would an independent Scotland look ...


Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ex-SNP grandees issue EU warning
BBC News
Ahead of the publication of the white paper and 2014 referendum, the government said an independent Scotland would continue as...


Scottish Government told there should be referendum on EU future - The Courier

The Courier

Scottish Government told there should be referendum on EU future
The Courier
Two former SNP heavyweights have urged their party to clarify what the European Union would demand for an indep...


'All of UK should have say' in vote - ic Dumfries.co.uk

'All of UK should have say' in vote
ic Dumfries.co.uk
In a speech to the Caledonian Club in London today, Mr Moore is expected to say: "It is right that those who vote in the referendum are those who...


SNP stalwarts Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars call for EU referendum following ...

Scotsman

SNP stalwarts Gordon Wilson and Jim Sillars call for EU referendum following ...
Scotsman
They say that the 18-24 month period between a Yes vote in a referendum and Scotland becoming fully i...


Bright future beckons for oil and gas - PennEnergy (press release)

Bright future beckons for oil and gas
PennEnergy (press release)
Mr Collier added: Whilst the outlook for 2013 also looks positive the industry will surely keep a weather eye on global demand factors...


How the power of Scotland could electrify unionism - Belfast Telegraph

How the power of Scotland could electrify unionism
Belfast Telegraph
However, the Edinburgh Agreement, signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, paves the way...


SNP veterans demand referendum on Europe if Scotland should become ... - Scot...

SNP veterans demand referendum on Europe if Scotland should become ...
Scottish Daily Record
6 Nov 2012 00:01. EX Nationalist boss Gordon Wilson and former party leader Jim Sillars said a second refe...


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Despite all the publicity, I still cannot see Scots as anything other than a dialect variant of English. Don't get me wrong, I want to, but wanting and believing aren't the same thing.

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The 'not A Shithole But Actually Quite Nice' Top 50
I've got a bit fed up reading all the depressing stuff about rubbish towns, so lets' turn it around and go the other way with a list of attractive towns....and if possible, let's stick to Scotland....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
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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...

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

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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"If any thinking person wants another rea...

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