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Holyrood to profit from spending bid
THE Scottish Government is due to get a windfall totalling hundreds of millions of pounds as Chancellor George Osborne today announces a £5 billion investment in schools and roads in his Autumn Statement.

Media regulation debate
NEWSPAPERS in Scotland could be policed by a UK-wide regulatory body recognised by Holyrood legislation under a new plan outlined by Alex Salmond.

Reid Foundation report hails universal benefits
UNIVERSAL benefits, such as free prescriptions and home care for the elderly, are fairer, easier to run, boost the economy and must be maintained if Scotland is to prosper, according to a new report.

EU banking union plan sparks fears
Britain risks being "marginalised" by the eurozone's move towards banking union, a parliamentary committee has warned.

Health Minister defends waiting times
HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil has insisted there is no "institutional fiddle" within the NHS to meet Government waiting times targets.

Presiding Officer reprimands ministers
HOLYROOD Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick has strongly reprimanded ministers after it emerged a Labour question about the £500,000 cost of their Ryder Cup trip had been ignored for weeks.

'Dereliction of duty' over defence plans
THE UK Government has been accused of a "dereliction of duty" for not drawing up contingency plans for Britain's armed forces, including the future of the nuclear deterrent, in the event of Scotland becoming independent.

Anger at Israel's building plan

Ministers to discuss separate regulation of press
Scottish and UK ministers are expected to hold talks on Alex Salmond's proposals for separate press regulators on either side of the Border.

MSP Park quits Holyrood to take up union position
JOHN Park, one of Scottish Labour's most high-profile MSPs, has quit his Holyrood seat.

Pressure mounts over waiting times 'scandal'
PRESSuRE is growing for a series of health board reports on waiting times to be published by the Scottish Government amid growing fears that more NHS bosses are fiddling appointments to meet targets.

Starbucks talks to HMRC about UK tax approach
STARBUCKS, the US coffee giant, has bowed to public pressure after it emerged it is planning to change its operating system so it will end up paying corporation tax in the UK.

Bank chief horrified by crisis
FORMER Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) chief executive Sir James Crosby has apologised for his role in the bank's collapse but said it is for others to decide whether to strip him of his knighthood.

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.

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.

 

Scotsman

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Theresa May to appeal against Abu Qatada ruling

HOME Secretary Theresa May has been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK, court officials said today.



George Osborne cuts welfare bill and warns that austerity will last until 2018

GEORGE Osborne has slapped a cap on increases in welfare payments and warned of tight government austerity stretching into 2018, in his autumn statement today.



George Osborne?s Autumn Statement: The main points

THE main points from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement



College merger cost will outweigh savings, warn MSPs

The cost of controversial mergers to Scotland’s colleges has spiralled to more than £50 million - and won’t be covered by planned savings in the coming years, MSPs have been warned.



George Osborne?s Autumn Statement: latest updates and reaction

CHANCELLOR George Osborne confirmed his plans for Whitehall’s budgets, including the Scottish Government, in his Autumn Statment today. Follow teh reaction live with The Scotsman’s politics team.



George Osborne reshuffles £5 billion to boost economy

SCOTTISH ministers are set to receive a multi-million-pound cash sum from the UK government to spend on so-called “shovel-ready” capital projects.



Scottish independence: Academics handed £1 million to inform debate

More than £1 million has been set side for senior academics to study the implications of Scottish independence.



MacAskill puts figure on threshold for legal aid in bid to end dispute

KENNY MacAskill has provided more detail on a concession he hopes will help end industrial action by lawyers over changes to legal aid.



London Mayor calls for referendum on Europe

Britain should negotiate a return to a “single market” relationship with the European Union, and then put it to a referendum, London Mayor Boris Johnson said yesterday.



Brian Wilson: Beware the SNP?s hidden Ex-factor

NICOLA Sturgeon espouses independence for a fairer Scotland, but there’s no evidence the two are connected, writes Brian Wilson.



David Torrance: A lesson from Tory history

A century on from when Unionists and Conservatives joined forces for success, the Right is again faced with the challenge to rebuild, writes David Torrance.



Ruchir Shah: Economy must protect the poorest in society

The Chancellor must look beyond traditional economic models as they are not working, writes Ruchir Shah.



Gordon MacRae: Tenancy laws are no threat to good agents

IT IS deeply disappointing that letting agency DJ Alexander chose to blame its rent rises on efforts by campaigners and the Scottish Government to stamp out illegality and cowboy letting agents.



Allan Massie: Morality may be tonic to quench booze culture

MINIMUM pricing may help reduce alcohol use among the young, but the fight against problem drinking needs a strong 
measure of shame, writes Allan Massie.



Inside politics: The economy needs stronger medicine than any shot in the arm...

GEORGE Osborne can be expected to lower his reedy tones into something more like a baritone as he stands at the House of Commons despatch box today.



Wingsland Blog

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the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Sometimes it?s all just too much
We’re over the worst of the flu now, readers. You can blow out those prayer candles. Sadly, though, we’re still not quite at 100% fighting fitness, so it might be a wee bit too dangerous to wade recklessly into the pool of shrieking, panicked insanity that poor Brian Wilson is thrashing around in at the [...]

When push comes to shove
We had a brief but enjoyable Twitter debate (Twebate? Twiscussion? Twargument?) with the Spectator’s excellent Alex Massie earlier today, on the question of whether it’s possible for a person to genuinely belong to two countries at once. Our view has long been that it isn’t, but Massie seemed incredulous, querying whether Sir Walter Scott and [...]

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 [...]

BBC Scotland

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Osborne gives Scotland extra cash
Chancellor George Osborne announces an extra multi-million pound funding package for Scotland to be spent on buildings and infrastructure projects.

MSPs back referendum legal move
The legal power giving Holyrood responsibility to stage the independence referendum is endorsed by MSPs.

Legal aid row remains unresolved
Scottish lawyers are continuing to oppose planned government changes to the criminal legal aid system.

Oil 'will rise but then decline'
Oil production in the North Sea is expected to rise over the next few years before declining, according to a report.

Hedge rage bill 'will end misery'
New laws to tackle disputes over high hedges will stop people's lives being made a misery, campaigners tell MSPs.

Rise in ChildLine self-harm calls
The number of young people seeking help about self-harm from ChildLine Scotland has risen by almost 50% in a year, a report says.

Scottish divorce rate falls by 2%
The number of people getting divorced in Scotland fall by 2% in the last year to 9,453, official figures reveal.

Leaders argue over press inquiry
Opposition leaders at Holyrood question the first minister's view that a Scottish solution to press regulation is the best way forward.

Scottish NHS receives winter cash
Scotland's health boards are to share an extra £3m to help them cope with the increased pressures of winter.

Council settles equal pay claims
Inverclyde Council offers £1.6m to settle equal pay claims by up to 400 current and former employees.

'Record high' for police numbers
The number of police officers in Scotland reaches a record high, according to official figures.

Caution called for over NHS data
Scotland's health secretary says he will "not rush to judgement" over allegations of wrongly-logged waiting times figures from the country's health boards.

Lochhead calls for fishing action
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead calls for the EU to stop cuts to the number of days that Scottish fishermen can spend at sea.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs unanimously pass the first stage of the UK government order which transfers powers to enable Holyrood to conduct a referendum on independence in 2014.

VIDEO: Autumn Statement: Impact in Scotland
A look at what the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement to the House of Commons means for Scotland's economy.

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The Other Guys - St Andrews University students bid for Christmas number one

A new single has been released by Students from St Andrews University in an attempt at preventing X-factor and anti-X-Factor singles from topping the charts this Christmas.
 
According to the students - who go by the name of ?The Other Guys? - they wish to present a genuine, original, all-sung, unsigned number one single.  If the song should reach the top spot then it should do so on its own merit said a spokesman for the new 'boy band'.



Just how thrilled are we about the ?royal pregnancy??

By Paul Leinster

David Cameron yesterday announced that he was ?delighted? at the news of the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge.

His sentiments were echoed later by Ed Miliband who called the announcement ?wonderful news? and stated that ?The whole country will be thrilled.? The BBC went into overdrive as the pregnancy topped every news bulletin for for the rest of the day, all news websites had it as their main headline and not a single newspaper does not feature it on their front page today.



Helpless together ? Better apart

By Alex Robertson
 
On Wednesday the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his Autumn Statement on the Economy. 
 
On Sunday he told the country that his policy of two years is not working and that the deficit of spending over revenue is increasing and not responding as he had hoped and planned.  So we are all to suffer more cuts in services and welfare benefits for longer as a result.



Control of free speech in Scotland starts today

By Kenneth Roy

Kevin Myers is an Irish journalist of right-wing views whose columns I used to enjoy when he appeared more often in the British press than he seems to do now. There was very little about Mr Myers that our Scottish liberal-left commentariat would find agreeable ? I didn't find him all that agreeable either ? but he was required reading since he was such a brilliant writer.



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.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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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.

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'I Would Set Up Black Team And Ignore Defence Secretary'

The former head of the Royal Navy has said he would ignore instructions from the defence secretary and set up a secret unit to deal with Scottish independence were he still in post.

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Separatists dream on . . .
In the prosperous, democratic countries of the West, they are generally peaceful, frivolous and unsuccessful.

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Brian Wilson: Beware the SNP?s hidden Ex-factor

NICOLA Sturgeon espouses independence for a fairer Scotland, but there’s no evidence the two are connected, writes Brian Wilson.

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?Scots? waters hold billions of barrels of North Sea oil

ALMOST 17 billion barrels of oil are set to be recovered from the North Sea over the next 30 years following a £134 billion investment by oil and gas companies, according to a leading industry economist.

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Only independence can save Scotland?s public services say SNP as Tory MP call...

The SNP is warning that a No vote in the independence referendum will leave Scotland’s most vulnerable at risk after a Tory MP called for cuts to the Scottish block grant.

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Wings Over Scotland | When push comes to shove

We had a brief but enjoyable Twitter debate (Twebate? Twiscussion? Twargument?) with the Spectator’s excellent Alex Massie earlier today, on the question of whether it’s possible for a person to genuinely belong to two countries at once. Our view has long been that it isn’t, but Massie seemed incredulous, querying whether Sir Walter Scott and Donald Dewar really didn’t see Scotland as a “proper” country.



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The taxing question that dare not speak its name: What should Scotland do?

Next year, hopefully, the Independence debate will move out of the intellectual shallows of a Labour-SNP Punch-and-Judy Show and begin to put flesh on the bones of [...]...



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Football club forced to remove Saltire from badge following complaint

Formartine United's 53-year-old badge had to be changed or the club would have been prosecuted.

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Garve Scott-Lodge - A Sorry Excuse for a Blog

I've had a longstanding belief that the people of Scotland are far less Eurosceptic than those of the UK as a whole.



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Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?

Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.

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Why choose Independence if it means same old, same old?
CEMETERIES, as the saying goes, are stuffed with the decayed corpses of indispensable men.

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Sturgeon sharpens independence debate as a battle for centre-left

In her first major speech on independence, Nicola Sturgeon ought to worry Labour by attacking their recent political history and claims to be the natural champions for Scotland's centre-left voters...

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Fellows to look at the future of the UK and Scotland
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues, focusing on six research areas: economic affairs, education and human development, environment and planning, government and law, industry and...

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Building a Better Nation

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Strathclyde University on the powers needed to build a better nation.

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George Osborne announces extra £331m in capital funding for Scotland
MICHAEL MOORE, the UK Government's Scottish Secretary, said the Chancellor's decision to boost capital spending in Scotland would help get the country's economy moving.

Autumn Statement: Squeeze is on until 2018 as George Osborne admits he will m...
THE Chancellor today scrapped January's 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty but announced a benefits squeeze as he was forced to admit he would miss his own target for debt to start falling from 2015/16.

Chancellor George Osborne scraps 3p fuel duty rise but admits UK economy is s...
AS drivers received some good news about the axing of the planned 3p fuel duty increase, George Osborne revealed austerity was now likely to last until 2018 in his Autumn Statement.

Alex Salmond makes fresh plea to Chancellor for more capital investment cash
SCOTLAND'S First Minister has called on George Osborne to give Britain's devolved nations more capital investment cash.

You don't fool anyone IDS
THE latest round of benefits cuts from the Conservatives will see people registered disabled being assessed in the same way able-bodied people are.

Revealed: Tory tests passed Alexander Mackie fit to work despite being regist...
ALEXANDER will have his benefits withdrawn as part of the savage cuts being carried out by the Conservative Party leaving him to live on disability benefit of £160 a month

Scottish solution needed for Leveson recommendations, says Alex Salmond
THE First Minister says Holyrood must make a 'significant response' to Leveson's recommendations for press regulation, and not leave it to Westminster.

We more than pay our way
TORY MP Priti Patel hit out at Scotland's finances and there will be fears that if Scots vote against independence the Conservative Party will make moves to make budget slashes a reality.

We must press ahead with our own answer to Leveson
FOLLOWING the Leveson inquiry, now is the time for the Scottish Government to play their part in ensuring Scots press has its own experts look into regulation.

Protesters blast Tory cuts and claim breadline payments cause deaths of 73 Br...
THE campaigners held the protest against the Tory cuts at the Cenotaph in George Square, Glasgow,and blamed the Conservatives for causing the death of compassion and decency.

Scotland leads way on climate
AS communities around the world deal with the effects of climate change, Scotland is at the forefront of a scheme aiming to improve life for whose affected.

Tory MP Priti Patel sparks backlash after claiming independence debate is gre...
THE backbencher insists devolution should be used to make Scotland "pay for itself" and she insisted the public sector north of the border costs the UK government billions.

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.

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

A Cluster of Cells and a Form of Rule
We thought that @WingsScotland had neatly summarised the entire Royal pregnancy debate in this tweet: “Let me say this… a Royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate” – [...]

Patrick Harvie MSP responds to UK Chancellor?s Autumn Statement
by Patrick Harvie MSP “George Osborne continues to wage his war on reality, creating ever greater poverty and inequality in our society and backing the wrong fuel for our energy needs [...]

Dark Mountain Writing: Inching A Claw?s Length Closer Towards Understanding I...
by Em Strang It’s winter on the edge of Dartmoor. A steady downhill slope into rain and wind and sleeping flora. No green growth. It’s the ideal time to get [...]

The taxing question that dare not speak its name: What should Scotland do?
by Kevin Williamson Next year, hopefully, the Independence debate will move out of the intellectual shallows of a Labour-SNP Punch-and-Judy Show and begin to put flesh on the bones of [...]

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 [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for...

Socialist Party

Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for?
Socialist Party
Support for a Scottish parliament, and also independence, increased dramatically during t...


Scottish independence: MSPs back Section 30 legal order - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs back Section 30 legal order
BBC News
The legal power giving Holyrood responsibility to stage the independence referendum has been endorsed by MSPs. The Scottish Pa...


'Climate of fear' over independence - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

'Climate of fear' over independence
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Committee chairman Lord MacGregor told the panel that Defence Secretary Philip Hammond had decline...


An independent Scotland could look like a wee Canada - New Statesman

An independent Scotland could look like a wee Canada
New Statesman
The recent 'Edinburgh Agreement', which laid the groundwork for a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, has unleashed a fresh...


Scottish independence: Academics handed £1 million to inform debate - Scotsman

Scottish independence: Academics handed £1 million to inform debate
Scotsman
More than £1 million has been set side for senior academics to study the implications of Scottish independence. The seven ...


Scottish independence: 'Defence firms silent on quitting Scotland amid climat...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Defence firms silent on quitting Scotland amid climate of ...
Scotsman
He made his claim while giving evidence on Tuesday to the Lords economic affairs committee's inq...


Brian Wilson: Beware the SNP's hidden Ex-factor - Scotsman

Scotsman

Brian Wilson: Beware the SNP's hidden Ex-factor
Scotsman
What Neil MacCormick described as Existentialist Nationalism is a perfectly honourable position. There are plenty who believe fairly a...


Lord West, Accuses Philip Hammond Of 'Dereliction Of Duty' Over Scottish ... ...

Lord West, Accuses Philip Hammond Of 'Dereliction Of Duty' Over Scottish ...
Huffington Post UK
He told peers that Scottish independence would likely mean the loss of over 10,000 jobs in Scotland as ...


Ministry of Defence's refusal to plan for possible independence is ?derelicti...

Scotsman

Ministry of Defence's refusal to plan for possible independence is ?dereliction of ...
Scotsman
Admiral Lord West has told a Lords committee investigating the impact of independence that if h...


'I Would Set Up Black Team And Ignore Defence Secretary' - Huffington Post UK

'I Would Set Up Black Team And Ignore Defence Secretary'
Huffington Post UK
The former head of the Royal Navy has said he would ignore instructions from the defence secretary and set up a secret unit...


SNP

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Extra £331m for Scottish Government - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

Extra £331m for Scottish Government
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "This belated attempt by George Osborne to turn around his disastrous handling of the...


SNP Welcome trafficking crackdown efforts - SNP (press release)

SNP Welcome trafficking crackdown efforts
SNP (press release)
Welcoming the raids carried out in premises in connection with alleged human trafficking across Scotland this afternoon, SNP MSPs have sa...


Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for...

Socialist Party

Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for?
Socialist Party
However, we will also campaign to expose the utterly false outlook of the SNP leadership,...


Scotland gets £400 million boost but oil revenue drops - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Scotland gets £400 million boost but oil revenue drops
Telegraph.co.uk
John Swinney, the SNP Finance Minister, gave a grudging welcome to Mr Osborne's Autumn Statement and said he woul...


Swinney: £331m extra Treasury cash is 'halfway to common sense' - stv.tv

Swinney: £331m extra Treasury cash is 'halfway to common sense'
stv.tv
The measures announce at Westminster on Wednesday mean the capital budget will be cut by 25.9% over the spending review period t...


Radical Independence - London Review of Books (subscription) (blog)

Radical Independence
London Review of Books (subscription) (blog)
Many are retracing a journey made by Jimmy Reid himself; the leader of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In, who died in 2010, went f...


Agilent and WiCell to provide new microarray analysis service - Zenopa

Agilent and WiCell to provide new microarray analysis service
Zenopa
Agilent Technologies has announced WiCell will be providing a new comparative genomic hybridisation plus single nucleotide polymor...


Victory for campaign to scrap fuel duty rise - SNP (press release)

Victory for campaign to scrap fuel duty rise
SNP (press release)
The announcement that a planned 3p rise in fuel duty is set to be scrapped has been described today as the 'culmination of a hard foug...


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

Japan Bioinformatics Announces Study on Leading Mapping Tools for DNA ...
Melodika.net (press release)
Japan Bioinformatics, today announced results of a study on the impact three popular mapping too...


Chancellor's forecasts revised downward yet again - SNP (press release)

Chancellor's forecasts revised downward yet again
SNP (press release)
?Today the Chancellor has admitted that, once again, he has overestimated the growth of the UK economy and his forecasts have had...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Referendum measure agreed by MSPs - Stirling Observer

Referendum measure agreed by MSPs
Stirling Observer
A legal measure needed to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can hold the independence referendum has been agreed by MSPs. The vote at Holyrood cl...


Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for...

Socialist Party

Scottish referendum: What sort of independence should socialists campaign for?
Socialist Party
The fallout from the world economic crisis, which has brought savage austerity for the ma...


Scottish independence: MSPs back Section 30 legal order - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs back Section 30 legal order
BBC News
The legal power giving Holyrood responsibility to stage the independence referendum has been endorsed by MSPs. The Scottish Pa...


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...


MSPs to endorse referendum powers - Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser

MSPs to endorse referendum powers
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
The intention to grant temporary legal powers to hold a referendum that is beyond effective legal challenge follows the so-called E...


Is Scottish vote beginning of United Kingdom's fall? - MENAFN.COM

Is Scottish vote beginning of United Kingdom's fall?
MENAFN.COM
... do they really want the United Kingdom to collapse? Irish nationalist leaders have seized on Scotland's 2014 vote as the beginning ...


Nicola Sturgeon has argued the independence referendum is not about national ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon has argued the independence referendum is not about national ...
Telegraph.co.uk
She said a change of government in the general election being held about six months aft...


Analysis: Scottish vote sparks soul searching in Northern Ireland - Yahoo! Ne...

Yahoo! News (blog)

Analysis: Scottish vote sparks soul searching in Northern Ireland
Yahoo! News (blog)
Nationalists are selling the Scottish referendum as the beginning of a one-way street towards th...


Analysis - Scottish vote sparks soul searching in Northern Ireland - The West...

Analysis - Scottish vote sparks soul searching in Northern Ireland
The West Australian
BELFAST (Reuters) - London's decision to grant Scotland a referendum on independence after 300 years has raised ...


Sturgeon: Unionists could help shape independence - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: Unionists could help shape independence
Herald Scotland
In a keynote speech on the constitution, she said Scotland's Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders would a...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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Tamb Christmas Night-Oot!
No'trying' tae organise one, just wondering if there's one planned this year?

Stuart Hall Arrested
Seems he is the man in his 80's who got lifted

Reid Foundation Rubbishes Lamont London Labour
http://www.newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-politics/6374-jimmy-reid-foundation-universal-benefits-probably-scottish-parliaments-greatest-achievement

Reid Foundation report hails universal b...

Question For The Unionist Minority On Here....
Politically, Scotland has two options :-

1. Independence.
2. Continued Tory London Rule.

Which one is best for Scotland ?

Kindle Fire Hd
Does anyone have one and would you recommend it?

Best. Snowman. Ever.
http://i.imgur.com/DjDC6.jpg

Heraldic Crests And Other Such
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Can anyone explain what's going on here?

I can't get my head round it.

Seems to me its a blue blood complaining rather than a saltire hater, but wtf? The stripes are too close together?? Wh...

Union Flag Decision Results In Violence
http://www.newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-news/in-brief/6368-union-flag-decision-results-in-violence

3 Dec 2012.......[a sign of what to expect on our Independence Day when th UJ is taken ...

A Just Scotland
The brief the STUC had for this was:

Quote

During the summer and autumn of 2012, we are starting a discussion about Scotland’s constitutional future.
In a series of public events and through an on...

Birth Of A Better Nation
Lamont and Milliband’s counter-revolution against Social Justice must been seen in contrast to the speech at Strathclyde University on 3 Dec by the Scots Government Deputy First Minister, Nicola St...

Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
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...