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Teachers to stay after U-turn by the Home Office
TWO Chinese teachers on a ­Scottish Government-funded scheme set up for pupils to learn Mandarin have been allowed to stay in the country after a Home Office U-turn.

Carmichael faces hidden trap
THERE is a hidden trap for all Scottish Secretaries during their monthly question session in the House of Commons.

Police chief critical of MPs after being 'misrepresented'
A CHIEF constable has hit back at an influential committee of MPs after he came under fire for evidence linked to the aftermath of the plebgate row.

MP denies foreign deals claim
A Tory MP has referred himself to the parliamentary standards watchdog after it was reported that he was exploiting foreign contacts to set up business deals.

Clegg's warning over watering down of green targets
Nick Clegg will warn Tories not to put Britain's recovery at risk by rowing back from environmental commitments as Government advisers said emissions targets should not be watered down.

Coalition pledges to review laws after Grangemouth 'tactics'
The Tory-LibDem Coalition is to review laws on industrial intimidation, after allegations over the Unite union's tactics in the Grangemouth dispute.

Warning over bedroom tax evictions ban
A HOLYROOD-commissioned expert has urged caution over calls for a Scotland-wide policy of no evictions for tenants affected by the so-called bedroom tax.

MP Roy to quit Westminster
Labour's Lindsay Roy has announced that he plans to quit politics at the next election.

Labour calls on SNP to back energy price freeze
LABOUR has challenged SNP MPs to back an energy price freeze in a Commons vote today.

MSP Finnie bids to drop church representation on education committees
A BID to remove the statutory requirement to have church representatives on council education committees has been launched at Holyrood.

MSPs mull review of sectarian abuse legislation
AN early review of laws intended to stamp out ­religious sectarian abuse at football matches is being considered by MSPs.

Miliband denies rift over Falkirk row
Ed Miliband has denied a rift with Scottish Labour over the continuing row about allegations of attempted vote-rigging in Falkirk.

Labour must investigate vote-rigging allegations, says Darling
SENIOR Labour Party figure Alistair Darling has called for a full internal investigation into allegations of vote-rigging within the local Falkirk party.

Miliband accuses Big Six of profiting from rises
Around half of the money generated from energy price rises over past two years has gone into the profits of the "Big Six" firms, Ed Miliband will say today.

Deals worth £40m made with China
Deals worth an estimated £40 million over the next decade have been announced by First Minister Alex Salmond during a trade mission to China.


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Michael Fry: Pulling in immigrants to Scotland
7 Nov 2013 at 4:12pm

The Scots have long been a migrant race but that trend is set to reverse, with more arriving on these shores than leaving and we should welcome the cultural enrichment, writes Michael Fry



Joyce McMillan: Left between a rock and hard place
7 Nov 2013 at 4:12pm

Sadly, Labour’s attempts to champion a higher wage may be confounded by those with most to gain, writes Joyce McMillan



Leaders: Miliband needs a new Falkirk inquiry
7 Nov 2013 at 4:12pm

Labour leader Ed Miliband has an understandable wish to close down the Falkirk Labour Party affair. Unfortunately, so many questions remain unresolved that it is impossible for him to put a lid on this box. Indeed, the more keenly he attempts to do so, the more that problems confront him.



Veronica Wikman: Our creepy attitude to brothels
7 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

Scotland should stop colluding with sauna owners and follow Sweden in driving them out of business, says Veronica Wikman



Tom Peterkin: We can learn from union reactions
7 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

IT IS hard to remember when Scotland was last affected by two such crucial industrial crises in such quick succession as those to have hit the Grangemouth petrochemical plant and the shipyards on the River Clyde.



George Kerevan: Buy British and head for the rocks
7 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

Defence of the Clyde’s naval shipbuilding capacity begins by taking the blinkers off Admiralty – or with independence, writes George Kerevan



Clyde shipyard cuts ?may lead to 2,400 job losses?
7 Nov 2013 at 1:29pm

CUTS at shipyards on the Clyde could result in wider job losses of around 2,400 across Scotland, economic experts have said.



Hacking trial: Blunkett had 300 voicemails hacked
7 Nov 2013 at 12:06pm

FORMER home secretary David Blunkett had more than 300 voicemails he left for his lover and other associates hacked by the News of the World, a jury has heard.



Case continues against ex-Highlands councillor
7 Nov 2013 at 11:18am

A CRIMINAL case is being continued against a former councillor – the youngest ever to be elected in the Highlands – who is accused of forming a fraudulent scheme in a bid to win victory.



Zero-hours contracts for 27,000 Scots public staff
7 Nov 2013 at 9:26am

AT least 27,000 people working in the devolved public sector are on zero-hours contracts, MSPs have been told.



Miliband refuses to guarantee shipyard jobs
7 Nov 2013 at 8:22am

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has refused to offer a jobs guarantee to shipyard workers on the Clyde if Scotland decides to back independence.



Scottish independence ?could allow financial boom?
7 Nov 2013 at 8:01am

INDEPENDENCE could provide a boom for Scotland’s major banks and financial services with an array of new Government assets and a proposed oil fund to be looked after, Alex Salmond has said.



?No evidence? found of gas price rigging
7 Nov 2013 at 6:27am

A PROBE into alleged rigging of wholesale gas prices by power firms ended today with regulators saying they found no evidence of wrongdoing.



Business chiefs slam Government?s town centre plan
7 Nov 2013 at 6:26am

A Scottish Government “action plan” aimed at breathing new life into Scotland’s ailing High Streets have come under fire from business chiefs.



Independent Scotland can build ships - Sturgeon
7 Nov 2013 at 3:44am

New naval warships could still be built in Scotland even if it leaves the UK, the country’s Deputy First Minister has insisted.




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An exercise in brevity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2013 at 12:18pm
We’ve only just realised that it’s our official second birthday today. (The technical one, ie when the site went live as a test with some old imported content, was last Friday, but we forgot to mark it, and today in 2011 is the day we published the first-ever post written specifically for Wings Over Scotland.) [...]

Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2013 at 4:55am
We were hoping to come up with a subtler headline than that, but trying to analyse today’s media in fine detail is a bit like trying to translate a complex scientific report from Mandarin into Latin, when it’s taped onto the front of a locomotive that’s hurtling directly towards you at 125mph and you’re standing [...]

Spread around town
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2013 at 9:21am
We’ve been scratching our heads a bit throughout the developing story of BAE’s job cuts in Portsmouth, Glasgow and Rosyth. Not least because it seems Scots are meant to be grateful that the Govan and Scotstoun yards have been “saved”, despite the reality being a huge slice of the workforce being made redundant. (Curiously, not [...]

Seeing no ships
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2013 at 6:15am
It’s bleakly appropriate that we found ourselves having this conversation with the former Labour spin doctor and now BBC political pundit John McTernan on the day that BAE announced almost 1800 job losses. .@WingsScotland @ShippersUnbound again we have a poll that suggests that the balance of forces in this campaign remain remarkably stable ? John [...]

The devil?s advocacy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 12:04pm
“Hi there,” writes an alert and cheery reader this afternoon, “I work for ******* within an RBS contract and so have my own RBS PC log-in and security card. During lunch today, I tried to take a look at the website for the Yes Campaign.” Well, that’s understandable, we suppose. After all, Yes Scotland is [...]

A long time in politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 7:01am
This was Glasgow South West MP Ian Davidson speaking (around 5:40) on Scotland Tonight just over a week ago, in a debate about independence and left-wing values sparked by the findings of a poll commissioned by this very website. His contention was that independence wasn’t necessary to achieve left-wing goals: “I used to be a [...]

A gun to Govan?s head
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:26am
We don’t normally post if we’re just repeating another publication’s article and don’t have anything to add to it, or if there aren’t mistruths in it that need correcting. Simply spreading existing news wider is what Twitter is for. But we’ll make an exception for this extraordinary piece from the Evening Times. “Labour MP Ian [...]

Careful now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2013 at 10:59am
In reference to this article we ran on Saturday, here’s (courtesy of several alert viewers) a timely piece from this week’s Scottish Catholic Observer. Click the image to read it at full size.

Stalling for time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2013 at 7:18am
If you click the image below, you can listen to just over nine minutes of Johann Lamont – whose £85,000 salary you pay –  on “Good Morning Scotland” earlier today. Presenter Gary Robertson does about as good a job of questioning the Scottish Labour “leader” (never before have the inverted commas we habitually put around [...]

The ground war
by Alistair Wilson
4 Nov 2013 at 3:56am
I make videos. The written word is not my weapon of choice. But “Better Together” have left me with no alternative. Let me explain. I’m a recently-retired video producer. Another recently-retired video producer (aka ‘the wife’) and I decided to make a series of films about how the grassroots of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns were bringing [...]


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'No blackmail' over shipyard jobs
7 Nov 2013 at 1:40pm
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael denies "holding a gun to Scotland's head" over shipbuilding jobs.


Health board elections abandoned
7 Nov 2013 at 3:55pm
The Scottish government abandons the idea of directly elected health boards.


Labour MSP treated for cancer
7 Nov 2013 at 8:28am
The Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath, Helen Eadie, is being treated for cancer, it emerges.


27,000 public workers on zero-hours
7 Nov 2013 at 11:41am
At least 27,000 people working in Scotland's public services are employed on zero-hours contracts, MSPs are told.


Plan to revive Scots town centres
7 Nov 2013 at 6:30am
A series of proposals to revive Scotland's town centres is launched by the government to encourage business start-ups and innovation.


Sports clubs to get £10m boost
7 Nov 2013 at 6:24am
A £10m investment to develop club sport in Scotland is announced ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Teacher stuck in deportation wrangle
7 Nov 2013 at 4:57am
A Dumfriesshire head teacher who is battling to avoid deportation takes his case to Scotland's education minister.


Salmond signs agreement in Hong Kong
6 Nov 2013 at 11:59am
Universities in Scotland are to share expertise with institutions in Hong Kong in a bid to boost investment, First Minister Alex Salmond announces.


Offshore probe MPs want submissions
7 Nov 2013 at 3:43am
MPs carrying out an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety urge people affected by the issue to make contact in the coming weeks.


Energy experts sign Singapore deal
7 Nov 2013 at 11:43am
Marine energy experts in Scotland are to advise a university on setting up a testing facility in Singapore.


Scots population to jump 9% by 2037
6 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
Scotland's population will rise by almost half a million people in the next 25 years to reach 5.78 million, according to official projections.


Fuel discount scheme delayed
6 Nov 2013 at 4:29am
Plans to offer fuel duty discounts to motorists in some rural mainland areas of Scotland and England are delayed.


War exhibition to tour Scotland
6 Nov 2013 at 6:12am
A major touring exhibition to mark the centenary of WW1 is announced by the National Museum of Scotland.


Historic towns seek transformation
6 Nov 2013 at 5:33am
Plans to redevelop the historic centres of two south of Scotland towns take significant steps forward.


Bike hire scheme costs £60 per ride
5 Nov 2013 at 6:14pm
The cost of a bike hire scheme in Dumfries works out at more than £60 per rental over its first three years, new figures show.


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Davidson's Choice: State or People
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Nov 2013 at 2:45pm

By Derek Bateman

The shock that greeted Ian Davidson's infamous remark about naval shipbuilding contracts containing a break clause in the event of independence shouldn't have come as a surprise.  He was already considering this nearly a year ago, on December 19 during evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee.



Fast Trains to London ? Deal of the Century or What?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
3 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

By Ms Tick-Meg, our Resident Futurologist

This week saw Westminster Transport Minister Baroness Kramer come north of the border to meet with newly-minted Secretary of State for Scotlandshire, Alistair Carmichaelmoore.

Unusually, and in stark contrast to the recent train of colleagues which preceded her, she came not to tell Scots what we are unable to do but rather to tell us what we are very much able to do ? that is help pay for the new Breakneck Speed 2 train service from London to Birmingham.



What is the point of Scotland's Westminster Politicians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2013 at 4:48pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Once upon a time Scottish politics meant one of two things: what your local council got up too, and Scottish MPs standing on College Green talking on BBC and STV about what often seemed far-flung issues.
 
The latter were our only articulation of national party politics.  And while it now seems a long time ago it did produce a sort of effective politics and a range of 'Big Beasts' ? from Tom Johnston and Willie Ross to George Younger, Malcolm Rifkind and Gordon Brown, to name but a few.



Energy - Let's regulate to suit us and not the Big Six
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2013 at 2:50pm

By Alex Robertson
 
Watching the Big Six bigwigs (only one CEO bothered to attend) appearing before the House of Commons Energy Select Committee in Portcullis House was a salutary experience. 
 
Given that the situation is fairly complicated, the members of the Committee were clearly not able to ask the forensic questions which they ought to have been on our behalf.



The biggest threat to Scotland regardless of Yes or No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2013 at 4:29am

  By a Newsnet reporter 
 
The Labour party in Scotland, also known as the Scottish Labour Party, is emerging as the biggest threat to Scotland no matter how Scots vote in the referendum.
 
Led by Johann Lamont, an individual who struggles to contain her detestation of Alex Salmond and the SNP - Scottish Labour is a party devoid not only of policy but of consistency.



In the shadow of the cuts
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
31 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm

  By Sandra Webster

In the last week, when most of the media were caught up in the froth of the latest chapter in the soap opera which is the royal family, news of the impact of benefit cuts managed to fight their way to prominence.

These are the stories that matter and which touch the lives of many.  The benefit cuts were the first of the Tories' so-called reforms.  The aim was to introduce Universal Credit ? indeed it was expected by now that the whole system would have been rolled out across the UK.



Prospect of independence drives Scottish politics left
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
31 Oct 2013 at 2:57pm

By John McAllion

The election in 2011 of a majority SNP government made certain that there would be an independence referendum in the lifetime of this Scottish Parliament. 

It also ensured that there would have to be a wide-ranging public debate about the kind of country that Scotland might become after independence.



Europe break-up gives Scots choice
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2013 at 4:55am

By George Kerevan
 
Another day, another independence scare story. This time we are warned (courtesy of a Strathclyde University academic) that an independent Scotland would be required to join the Europe-wide free-travel zone as a condition of EU membership. Cue stories about passport controls at Berwick and a barbed wire border along Hadrian?s Wall.



Duggy Dug II ? Borders, Tattie Scones and Irn Bru ? coming soon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Oct 2013 at 3:58pm

  Scotland's favourite dug is back.  Duggy Dug, out for a walk, reminisces about past travels and the times he went to England and Ireland to visit his owner's family.

But will it all end with independence?  Will border guards prevent Duggy taking his favourite Irn Bru across the border to Tam or stop him hopping across the sea to enjoy a pint of the black stuff?



UK polling induces deep scepticism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2013 at 4:12pm

By Mark McNaught
 
Since my last column, I have become increasingly curious about the methodology employed by polling firms to determine whether or not some of them are simply made up, and if there was an institution charged with assuring their methodological integrity.




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The Union as Racketeering
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 3:54pm

We’re witnessing daily now the No campaign and the Unionist infrastructure (what old Marxists would call ‘hegemony’) descend into a base language centred around threats and intimidation. I used to think that devout British subjects were suffering an advanced form of mass Stockholm Syndrome, a nat...



FOLK FOR FREEDOM!
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 2:55pm

FOLK FOR FREEDOM!
YES SCOTLAND Benefit Concert
Thursday 28th November 2013
2025 Pollokshaws Rd Glasgow, G43 1NE
7:30pm - 11:30pm! Doors open: 7:00pm


Dick Gaughan, Sheena Wellington, Wendy Weatherby
Mick West & Frank McLaughlin, Stephen Maguire, Bob Leslie
and the bands Haggerdash and The O'Cajun...



Aren't we already losing Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 1:46pm

Westminster has been gripped by talk of a referendum this week. But the excitement hasn’t been about the vote in ten months’ time that will decide whether Scotland remains part…

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Has Salmond already won?
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 12:10pm

One important fact has escaped the notice of the professional soothsayers and enthusiastic amateurs who pad out the pages of Scottish press with argument about Alex Salmond's independence referendum. He is winning. Although I expect (almost as much as I hope) that he will lose the vote next year,...



10 important points on independence, trade and borders
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 11:12am

EU membership safeguards open borders Independence will benefit trade and co-operation across Britain and further afield.

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Radical Independence Conference 2013 Nov 23rd
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 11:09am

The second Radical Independence Conference will take place on November 23rd in the Marriot Hotel, Glasgow. This year’s conference is going to outline a blueprint for what a radical transformation of Scotland after independence would look like and how to achieve it. There will be workshops on ‘The...



Scottish Parliament
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:50am

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted the Clyde was not only the best place to build new Type 26 warships but the only place, during first minister's questions on 7 November 2013.



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The Scottish Independence Podcast 36 - TUC Debate
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:45am

In the course of these podcasts I’d like to include, along with our usual interviews, some debates that happen along the way that you may have missed.




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Independence Live Events
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:30am

Organising and streaming live Scottish independence events and helping other groups to do the same.

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Scotland: Playing games with Britain's security
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:25am

• London threatens Scots over future warships • Home Office threatens Scots over security and intelligence sharing

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Tens of thousands of workers on zero-hours contracts in Scotland
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:16am

FOI reveals at least 27,000 people working in devolved public sector on zero-hours contracts.

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Independence referendum - Yes in lead on Facebook and Twitter activity
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 10:04am
While the polls may point to a 'no' vote in Scottish independence referendum, research on Facebook and Twitter show the Yes campaign leads on social media

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Independent Scotland can build ships - Sturgeon
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 6:16am

New naval warships could still be built in Scotland even if it leaves the UK, the country’s Deputy First Minister has insisted.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair Carmichael and others make no sense when they claim that an rUK decision not to award warship contracts to Scottish shipbuilders post-inde...



Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:38am

We were hoping to come up with a subtler headline than that, but trying to analyse today’s media in fine detail is a bit like trying to translate a complex scientific report from Mandarin into Latin, when it’s taped onto the front of a locomotive that’s hurtling directly towards you at 125mph and...



BAE Systems job cuts: Political storm over shipyards
by Peter A Bell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:22am

SHIPYARD cuts provoked a political storm on Wednesday amid claims Clyde bases had been spared at the expense of Portsmouth because of the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

So what happened to that whole "One Nation" thing? what happened to the idea that it didn't ma...




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Labour leader Ed Miliband refuses to offer jobs guarantee to Clyde shipyard w...
by dailyrecord
7 Nov 2013 at 7:48am
MILIBAND was challenged on the subject as he made a visit to Edinburgh and said the uncertainty over jobs was down to the SNP who wants to split away from the United Kingdom.


Labour MSP Helen Eadie is being treated for cancer
by dailyrecord
7 Nov 2013 at 6:09am
THE Cowdenbeath MSP is in a hospice in Dunfermline following her diagnosis on October 24. She is said to be conducting her parliamentary business from the hospital bed.


New naval warships could still be built in Scotland even if it leaves the UK,...
by dailyrecord
7 Nov 2013 at 5:52am
NICOLA Sturgeon rebuffed suggestions that a vote for independence in next year's referendum would mean shipyards on the Clyde in Glasgow would lose out on work.


Club sport in Scotland gets £10m funding boost ahead of Commonwealth Games
by dailyrecord
7 Nov 2013 at 4:35am
SPORTSCOTLAND annnounced the four-year funding plan today and said it will create almost 50 new posts for regional development officers and help develop the growth of individual clubs.


Crisis on the Clyde: If there is a Yes vote we will watch shipbuilding sail i...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Nov 2013 at 1:51am
SCOTTISH shipbuilding was given a stay of execution yesterday but the Scottish Secretary warns a Yes Vote in next year's referendum could put further orders at risk.          


College heads to be questioned by MSPs on impact of mergers after report show...
by dailyrecord
6 Nov 2013 at 8:28am
WEST College Scotland, Perth College, Glasgow Clyde College and Edinburgh College bosses will be quizzed on the effects mergers are having on their institutions.


Labour call for independent audit into scrapped Glasgow airport rail link lan...
by dailyrecord
6 Nov 2013 at 8:27am
LABOUR say that the decision by the SNP government to scrap the rail link has resulted in a significant loss to the taxpayer, as well as damaging the prospects of the nation's airports.


Shipyard jobs threat 'needs clarity', says Scotland's Finance Secretary
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 11:54am
JOHN Swinney made the call following reports that jobs will be cut at Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, and at Plymouth and Portsmouth.


Currency union between an independent Scotland and rest of UK is unlikely to ...
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 7:43am
DANNY Alexander claims it would be 'foolish' to vote for separation on basis that Scotland would keep the pound.


Labour leader Ed Miliband claims no need for new inquiry into Falkirk vote-ri...
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 7:13am
MILIBAND played down suggestions from former chancellor Alistair Darling that a new investigation was needed amid allegations that a key witness had not wanted to retract a complaint.


Ex-Chancellor Alistair Darling demands new investigation into Falkirk Labour ...
by David Clegg
5 Nov 2013 at 3:38am
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband under pressure as new evidence prompts call for fresh public probe into the row.


SPFL agree deal to broadcast Scottish football matches live in China for firs...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 9:22am
THE deal with Chinese partner PPLive TV is set to bring in £2m a year to clubs over 10 years and will see a total of 58 SPFL matches screened live.


Independence would give Scotland a unique opportunity to create a modern tax ...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
THE Fiscal Commission Working Group says the Scottish Government could introduce a better tax system which could be phased in over time.


Falkirk inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 5:57am
SPEAKING on BBC Radio Scotland Johann Lamont suggested an inquiry into the Westminster candidate selection process for Falkirk may have to be looked at again.


Whisky, golf and oil high on the agenda for First Minister Alex Salmond as he...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 3:09am
THE First Minister will introduce Scottish oil and gas firms to senior managers from Chinese energy giants CNOOC and Sinopec to sell Scotland's innovation and expertise.


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Dictator Eck is to star in a new videogame from the creators of the highest-s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Nov 2013 at 2:52pm
Dictator Eck is to star in a new videogame from the creators of the highest-selling series of all time!!


Salmond to star in his own computer game
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?I can?t think of a single person on Earth who would make a more insanely boring computer game character,? said Alistair Darli...

Our EXCLUSIVE (lifted from a London Newsletter) of the treachery at the heart...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Nov 2013 at 4:59pm
Our EXCLUSIVE (lifted from a London Newsletter) of the treachery at the heart of the U-KOK campaign.


'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claims Lord Forsyth
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It can be no coincidence that every analysis by the Westminster Government has ...

Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer quest...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Nov 2013 at 3:33pm
Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer question. The Natz have no answer - do they?


How could a separate Scotlandshire afford flegs?
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Beware, Scotlandshire, this is the kind of intellectual giant whom you risk losing, along with his 800 col...

UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Nov 2013 at 5:13pm
UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. No more Project Fear!


Fast Trains to London ? Deal of the Century or What?
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Baroness Kramer - Scots will be given the opportunity to contribute around a large part of the estimated £80 billion cos...

It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2013 at 5:11pm
It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on the border.


Words sucked into, and spat out of, Black Hole
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Blare McDougall reassures us the Barnett Formula will be here for 30-40 years more

U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Oct 2013 at 6:55pm
U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.


Poll - Darling is the Tory darling!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
By the time they had reached question 5 of the 12 questions, 2% of them had changed their mind and answered I'll vote No anyway and 4% said I'll vote Yes anyway...

Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm
Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted to hit the region during Monday. However, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for Scotland.


UKOK: Wind in a separate Scotlandshire too uncertain
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"The...

One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single ce...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm
One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single celebrating the life and work of a much loved labour MP. He who put the 'Doing' into 'Doing Good', Westminster's King of Slapstick, the man who likes to say NAW!


A musical tribute to the chairchoob - Ian Davidson
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As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 3:41pm
As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigration bill, and Labour MPs abstain, the Scottish Government launches its own version of the Hate Van.



BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night. We ask you be upstand...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 5:47pm
BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night.

We ask you be upstanding for our national anthem - by order of Andrew Rosindell MP.


British National Anthem: God Save The Queen - With
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Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25am
Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.


Splittist Disaster in Dunfermline
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other termina...

In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate the foul personal attacks on calm, reasoned and decent people made by CyberNats and their interweb based "news" outlets like the despicable Newsnet Scotlandshire.


Chairchoob wounded by CyberNat character assassination
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The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on thi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on this site in order to convey the channel's heart-felt thanks to those members of the Main Stream Media (that's all of you) who work so hard to keep the spurious arguments of the separatist Natz safely away from the as-yet u...

This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


The Union as Racketeering
by bellacaledonia
7 Nov 2013 at 1:56pm
By Mike Small We’re witnessing now the No campaign and the Unionist infrastructure (what old Marxists would call ‘hegemony’) descend into a base language centred around threats and intimidation. I used to think that devout British subjects in Scotland were... Read More ›


Is it Worth It?
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
By Mike Small Somebody said that someone got filled in For saying that people get killed in The result of this shipbuilding With all the will in the world Diving for dear life When we could be diving for pearls... Read More ›


RIC Coming Soon
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2013 at 7:26am
Register now for the RIC 2013: http://radicalindependence.org/Filed under: Events Tagged: RIC13

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2013 at 3:12pm
By Pat Kane Although he used language with the lapidary ease of a don, Stephen Maxwell could also coin some very useful one-liners. Take this one on nationalism?s Janus-faced approach to history: ?It puts the past to work for the... Read More ›


Smearing Scotland
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2013 at 6:07am
Westminster politicians have been rubbishing Scottish defence capabilities for decades. George Rosie takes a longer view. History has a way of repeating itself. Over the past few months Defence Secretary Hammond, some of the British Army?s top brass and (of... Read More ›


The Missing Million
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
By Pat Kane I never met (or cannot remember meeting) the late Stephen Maxwell. But I wish I had met him, or could remember him. The internet serves up no audio or video that I can find of his presence.... Read More ›

British Security
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2013 at 7:17am
By Mike Small Gillian Bowditch once suggested I go and live in Korea. It was meant as an 80′s style political put-down, not a travel tip. So I was less surprised to see her doggedly attempting to re-heat Theresa May’s... Read More ›

Unwilding Scotland
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2013 at 4:26pm
By Fraser MacDonald In the final years of the last century I elected to live for a while on the island of North Uist. From the moment of my arrival I was absorbed by the landscape as if by a... Read More ›


Large Scale Solidarity
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
After a period of rabid anti-gaelic publishing, we explore this extract from Closer as way of a response, by Iain Mackinnon. One jarring conversation in a Highland town this summer led me to reflect on the nature of a Scottish... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #21 ? Day of the Dead
by bellacaledonia
1 Nov 2013 at 8:48am
by George Gunn The first of November is Samhain which in the old Celtic calendar is the first day of Winter. It is also traditionally the Day of the Dead when the shades of those who have gone before walk... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: 47% support union - poll - Scotsman
7 Nov 2013 at 1:16am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 47% support union - poll
Scotsman
Blair McDougall, campaign director of pro-Union group Better Together, said: ?A year-and-a-half into the campaign, independence remains a minority view in Scotland. Indeed, this poll today has support for Scotland going it alone lower...


Political Row as Portsmouth Shipyard 'Sacrificed' in Scottish Independence .....
7 Nov 2013 at 2:38am

IBTimes.co.uk

Political Row as Portsmouth Shipyard 'Sacrificed' in Scottish Independence ...
IBTimes.co.uk
Plans to shut down shipbuilding at England's historic Portsmouth yard, with the loss of up to 1,000 jobs, have sparked a major political row amid claims the city has been sacrificed in the camp...


Scottish independence 'could allow financial boom' - Scotland on Sunday
7 Nov 2013 at 8:06am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence 'could allow financial boom'
Scotland on Sunday
INDEPENDENCE could provide a boom for Scotland's major banks and financial services with an array of new Government assets and a proposed oil fund to be looked after, Alex Salmond has said. The First Minister told ...


Scottish independence: Pound deal 'very unlikely' - Scotland on Sunday
5 Nov 2013 at 1:51pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Pound deal 'very unlikely'
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Government has already set out plans to retain the pound if people vote for Scottish independence in next year's referendum, creating a ?sterling zone? with the rest of the UK. Economics experts in t...


Infinis warns investors: Scottish independence could end UK energy market - T...
6 Nov 2013 at 2:19am

Telegraph.co.uk

Infinis warns investors: Scottish independence could end UK energy market
Telegraph.co.uk
... on the stock market, which is expected to generate up to £930 million. In a section of the document highlighting ?risks? to its profitability, the firm highlighted both the referendum on Sco...


Independence row over Scots work on Type 26 vessels - BBC News
6 Nov 2013 at 10:43am

BBC News

Independence row over Scots work on Type 26 vessels
BBC News
Plans to build new Royal Navy vessels in Glasgow could be endangered by a Yes vote in the independence referendum, the Scottish Secretary has said. BAE's Scotstoun and Govan yards have been chosen to build the Type 26 Global Comba...


Scottish independence: Call over big firms' tax - Scotland on Sunday
4 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Call over big firms' tax
Scotland on Sunday
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the paper ?completely avoids? the question of which taxes would go up to fill the £3.4 billion black hole in Scotland's finances estimated by the Institute of Fiscal Stud...


Scottish independence: Tax and benefits reform 'could benefit economy' - BBC ...
4 Nov 2013 at 4:56am

Scottish independence: Tax and benefits reform 'could benefit economy'
BBC News
An independent Scotland could link the tax system to welfare payments, according to an expert commission set up by the Scottish government. It said the complex UK tax system could be reformed in Scotland, at lower cost ...


Tories Secretly Backing Scottish Independence for Electoral Gain are 'Foolish...
5 Nov 2013 at 5:21am

IBTimes.co.uk

Tories Secretly Backing Scottish Independence for Electoral Gain are 'Foolish'
IBTimes.co.uk
Tory MPs who secretly believe that Scottish independence would hand them a perpetual majority in Westminster have been branded "foolish" by former Conservative Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth. ...


'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claim...
4 Nov 2013 at 5:34am

BBC News

'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claims ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Conservative MPs from the south of England secretly want Scotland to vote for independence to give their party a permanent majority at Westminster, a former Tory Scottish secretary has warned....



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SNP Councillor calls Alistair Carmichael a ?supposed Scot? as furious debate ...
7 Nov 2013 at 1:00pm

SNP Councillor calls Alistair Carmichael a ?supposed Scot? as furious debate ...
Liberal Democrat Voice
The SNP Government, as it always does when questioned, just kind of shrugs its shoulders and says it'll all be fine, that it makes sense for the work to continue in Glasgow for skill and cost-eff...


Miliband challenged to go to Falkirk - SNP (press release)
7 Nov 2013 at 5:48am

Miliband challenged to go to Falkirk
SNP (press release)
Commenting on Labour leader Ed Miliband's visit to Scotland today, SNP MSP Michael Matheson said that the Labour leader must visit Falkirk personally and explain the whole affair to the Labour party and the people of Falkirk. Commenting, Mr M...


MSPs clash over the axed Glasgow Airport rail link - Glasgow Evening Times
7 Nov 2013 at 1:09am

MSPs clash over the axed Glasgow Airport rail link
Glasgow Evening Times
Labour and SNP MSPs clashed in a heated and bitter debate in the Scottish Parliament over the link, four years after Finance Secretary John Swinney axed the project. James Kelly, Labour's infrastructure spokesman, called for a...


Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
6 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
THE importance of the SNP's independence White Paper is underlined today by a new poll showing half of all voters want more information on the economy and jobs as the debate on Scotland's future progresses. THE importa...


Using BAE job losses to beat the SNP is risky - FT.com (blog)
6 Nov 2013 at 9:50am

FT.com (blog)

Using BAE job losses to beat the SNP is risky
FT.com (blog)
This morning, BAE confirmed what had been trailed heavily last night: the company is to shut down the shipbuilding yard at Portsmouth and focus instead on Govan and Scotstoun on the Clyde. The company is consulting on cutting ...


Empowerment bill a major development for democracy - SNP (press release)
6 Nov 2013 at 8:07am

Empowerment bill a major development for democracy
SNP (press release)
The launch of the consultation of the Community Empowerment Bill today has been described as a major development for local self-determination. The bill proposes to build upon Scotland's world leading community right to buy legis...


Opinion: Liberal Youth Scotland campaigns against SNP cuts to student bursary...
6 Nov 2013 at 4:10am

Opinion: Liberal Youth Scotland campaigns against SNP cuts to student bursary ...
Liberal Democrat Voice
Unless you vote SNP. That was the message they gave graduates in 2007. Strangely enough, I still seem to have a student loan and quite a substantial amount of money to pay back. They knew they c...


Labour calls on SNP to back energy price freeze - Herald Scotland
5 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Labour calls on SNP to back energy price freeze
Herald Scotland
But Mr Greatrex, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said: "If the SNP vote 'no' to the price freeze, they will be drawing a clear line between themselves and the Labour Party." Mike Weir, the SNP's energy spokesman, said the SNP's pl...


MSP Finnie bids to drop church representation on education committees - Heral...
5 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

MSP Finnie bids to drop church representation on education committees
Herald Scotland
John Finnie, the former SNP and now Independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands, is consulting on his proposals to make local government more accountable and transparent to the electorate. The proposals would al...


Fairlie naive - Scotsman
5 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

Fairlie naive
Scotsman
This is reminiscent of the assertion by Margo MacDonald at the SNP rally in Edinburgh when she said something along the lines of: ?Never mind about Nato, or the EU or the euro. These issues will be decided after the referendum.? Such statements confirm ...




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Scottish Independence Poll: Voters Back Union Ahead of Referendum - IBTimes.c...
7 Nov 2013 at 12:39pm

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish Independence Poll: Voters Back Union Ahead of Referendum
IBTimes.co.uk
A new poll has revealed that nearly half of Scotland's voters are against independence ahead of the referendum in a year's time. According to a poll by research group TNS BMRB, 47% want to remain part of Br...


Scotland Tonight: How will saving Clyde yards affect the referendum? - stv.tv
6 Nov 2013 at 6:12pm

IBTimes.co.uk

Scotland Tonight: How will saving Clyde yards affect the referendum?
stv.tv
But, with Portsmouth being told shipbuilding will end there after Glasgow was favoured to build future Type 26 Frigates, do the orders come from a UK Government with a referendum agenda? Scotland Tonight spoke ...


Sarwar challenge for 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
5 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Sarwar challenge for 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
The deputy leader of Scottish Labour today lays down a challenge to his party to offer voters more policies on issues that affect their daily lives before next year's independence referendum. The deputy leader of Scottish Labour today lays down a...


Scottish referendum 'yes' vote would trigger lender mortgage reviews - Money ...
5 Nov 2013 at 7:10am

Scottish referendum 'yes' vote would trigger lender mortgage reviews
Money Marketing
Lenders say they would be forced to review their mortgage operations in Scotland if the country votes to leave the UK. Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should remain in the UK on September 18 next year...


Referendum question of Scots law - Scotsman
3 Nov 2013 at 6:12pm

Scotsman

Referendum question of Scots law
Scotsman
Does the Scottish referendum therefore present an opportunity to relocate the Scottish jurisdiction within its European homeland, away from the United Kingdom, and to join a community of jurisdictions founded in the Roman laws from which much of Sco...


Currency deal 'highly unlikely' - Lennox Herald
5 Nov 2013 at 2:46pm

Currency deal 'highly unlikely'
Lennox Herald
The Scottish Government has already set out plans to retain the pound if people vote for Scottish independence in next year's referendum, creating a "sterling zone" with the rest of the UK. Economics experts in the Fiscal Commission Working Group, set ....


Some taxing questions in referendum run-up - Herald Scotland
4 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Some taxing questions in referendum run-up
Herald Scotland
Are voters to go into next September's referendum on Scottish independence not knowing how much a Yes vote would cost them? Are voters to go into next September's referendum on Scottish independence not knowing how much a Yes...


Independence referendum result 'unlikely to be declared overnight' - stv.tv
4 Nov 2013 at 10:23am

Independence referendum result 'unlikely to be declared overnight'
stv.tv
With intense international interest expected in the result of the referendum, to be held on September 18 2014, Ms Pitcaithly, also convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland and chief executive of Falkirk Council...


Record View: Labour must win Scottish hearts ahead of referendum - Scottish D...
2 Nov 2013 at 5:00am

Record View: Labour must win Scottish hearts ahead of referendum
Scottish Daily Record
So in one respect, McCluskey's analysis is absolutely spot on ? the referendum debate does pose a major challenge to Labour. Because the best way to undo the damage being done by the Con-Dems is not to vote for S...


Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates - stv.tv
1 Nov 2013 at 7:42am

Milngavie Herald

Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates
stv.tv
Schools from across Scotland will be debating the big issues in the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 in the Referendum Schools Debate. The competition, organised by STV and Debating M...



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Scotsman Gets Its Comeuppance
7 Nov 2013 at 4:22pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24860719

 

Sad to see people lose their job, but it was com...



Referendum Radio Debate
7 Nov 2013 at 3:43pm

Any Questions Radio 4: Friday 8pm Guests: Nicola Sturgeon, Ivan McKee of #BizforScotland V Johann...



Referendum - Two Golden Rules
7 Nov 2013 at 2:29pm

1. If you read a headline about independence containing the word WILL (eg “Taxes will rise after ...



E-Bay Shops, Info Required.
7 Nov 2013 at 1:30pm
Does anyone on the board have any experience of setting up a shop on E-Bay, and what the running...

Celtic Fans Riot As Saltire Is Waved At Them..
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
News reports stating Celtic fans rioted because Dutch fans were waving a Saltire at them!!!
Obvi...

Ap Mccoy
7 Nov 2013 at 9:43am

Landed the 4000th winner of his career today.  Champion Jockey for the last 18 years in a row.  N...



Legal Eagles
7 Nov 2013 at 7:31am

After a point in the right direction if anyone knows.

 

If a company I used to be involved with, ...



Classic Yankism.... Or Ahead Of His Time?!?!?
7 Nov 2013 at 4:26am

bbc quote from the yoo-ess-hay's rugby league world cup coach, terry matterson, commenting on why...



Where's Chaff?
7 Nov 2013 at 3:19am

Just realised he's been offline for a while.

 

 



Bae - Different Media Slants...
7 Nov 2013 at 2:51am

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

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

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

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

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

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

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


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Scot Goes pop

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

The Rangers vote
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
A quick story for your delectation. I was on the same bus last night as a group of four ever-so-...

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...

Kilclooney's baloney, part 2
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2013 at 7:02am
Lord Kilclooney, aka former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party John Taylor, has made yet ...

Yeah, Blair, what have the nationalists ever done for Wales?
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm
Those ever-delightful anti-independence chaps on Twitter seem to be terribly excited about events...

Questions to which the answer is "Me!"
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
We're all hugely indebted to Andrew Morton for his illuminating report for Wings from behind enem...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Audio: Patrick Harvie talks about the green case for Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
6 Nov 2013 at 5:43am

Green MSP and Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie talked to us about the Gree...



Perspective: Why, as a Labour Party member, I support independence for Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
5 Nov 2013 at 4:50am

The Labour party I joined in 2006, when I was fifteen, was a party ambitious to use the powers of...



Tax powers for a purpose ? new report shows opportunities of a Yes vote
by Stuart McDonald
4 Nov 2013 at 8:00am

A Yes vote offers Scotland a unique opportunity to design and build a simpler and fairer tax syst...



Call for the rights of disabled people to be enshrined in a written constitution
by Peter Dempsie
4 Nov 2013 at 6:50am

Scottish Socialist Party co-convener Sandra Webster has called for the rights of disabled people ...



Labour stalwart Sir Charles Gray endorses Yes vote
by sean.lafferty
4 Nov 2013 at 2:52am
One of Scotland?s most distinguished and longest-serving Labour stalwarts is voting Yes in next y...

'I've lost my fear of Scottish independence'
by sean.lafferty
31 Oct 2013 at 10:34am

A former Labour Party researcher at Holyrood has given her support to the Yes campaign and is hop...



The Westminster ?Policy Choice? ? High Child Poverty Rates
by Stuart McDonald
31 Oct 2013 at 7:50am

The chairman of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review has denounced the UK for ?failing too ma...



We can build a safer Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
31 Oct 2013 at 6:15am

Even this week's Westminster report on security after independence notes ?It is clearly in the UK...



Prison Officers trade union supports Yes campaign
by sean.lafferty
30 Oct 2013 at 11:28am

Yes Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Prison Officers Association Scotland to offer its f...



Scotland one of world's top tourist destinations - Lonely Planet
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:14am

Scotland has been named the third best country in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet guide. ...



Average tax figures show Scotland more than pays its way
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:04am

Yes vote will give Scotland the chance to build an excellent security service
by Peter Dempsie
29 Oct 2013 at 8:10am

A Yes vote in next year?s independence referendum will give Scotland the opportunity to build a f...



Westminster's £35bn tax gap
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
29 Oct 2013 at 6:43am

HMRC figures revealed the difference between the tax which should be paid and what is actually co...



Small countries top global prosperity rankings again
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Oct 2013 at 6:15am

A strengthening economy, increasing employment, and improving living standards all lead a country...



Making Scotland?s wealth work for all
by Stuart McDonald
29 Oct 2013 at 6:10am
Scotland is a wealthy nation ? but we need to do so much more to ensure all our people feel the b...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Letters: Scotland, shipbuilding and the Tories' political trump card
7 Nov 2013 at 3:01pm

Malcolm Chalmers writes: "With or without a special defence relationship, an independent Scotland would remain profoundly dependent on its southern neighbour for security, even while absent when vi...




Falkirk row: we have very, very clear legal evidence, says Ed Miliband
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 8:48am

Key figure in row has given sworn affidavit saying he bought group membership of Labour party for his family, Miliband says

Ed Miliband has deflected new allegations about the Falkirk Labour members...




Royal Navy's threat to pull shipyard contract 'preposterous', says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

Scotland's deputy first minister says Philip Hammond was trying to use BAE shipyard decision to punish 'yes' voters

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has insisted the Royal Navy cou...




Steve Bell on shipyards and Scottish independence ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
6 Nov 2013 at 5:44pm

Ministers face claims that they were playing politics with UK jobs

Steve Bell




Clyde shipyard workers express sympathy for Portsmouth colleagues
by Severin Carrell
6 Nov 2013 at 2:41pm

Govan and Scotstoun will not escape BAE's planned job cuts, but both are protected from closure unlike south-coast sister

Govan's shipyard workers hunched their shoulders, eyes cast down and noncomm...




Scotland, shipyards and security | Malcolm Chalmers
by Malcolm Chalmers
6 Nov 2013 at 1:32pm

The coming Scottish referendum weighed heavily on these job cuts. But a yes vote will have huge implications for UK defence

The Scottish referendum loomed over yesterday's announcement that cuts in ...




Falkirk selection row: second police inquiry under way, says Ed Miliband
by Patrick Wintour
5 Nov 2013 at 8:14am

Labour leader denies living in fear of Unite leadership as he fends off calls to publish party's internal report into rigging claims

Ed Miliband has said a second police inquiry into the Labour sele...




Labour rejects Alistair Darling's call to reopen Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry
by Patrick Wintour
4 Nov 2013 at 2:48pm

Former chancellor has said that inquiry needs to be reopened so that 'justice is done and been seen to be done'

Labour on Monday rejected calls to reopen the inquiry into allegations that the Unite ...




Yes Scotland glee at Charles Gray backing puts focus on labour movement
by Severin Carrell
4 Nov 2013 at 8:11am

The pro-independence campaign has unveiled former Strathclyde region leader Charles Gray as a 'yes' supporter, raising the stakes for Labour votes in the referendum

The competing camps in the indepe...




Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader
by Rowena Mason
4 Nov 2013 at 4:28am

Johann Lamont says there is case for reinvestigation amid claims that witness did not withdraw evidence, as was thought

Labour will "certainly have to look" at reopening its inquiry into allegations...




Grangemouth Unite official reportedly stepping down from Labour role
by Rowena Mason
3 Nov 2013 at 3:10pm

Stephen Deans not expected to seek re-election as chairman of Falkirk West Labour party

The Unite official at the centre of the Grangemouth oil refinery dispute and Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry is s...




All we ask is for transparency to inform the surveillance debate
by Henry Porter
3 Nov 2013 at 1:30am

The issue of the mass collection of data goes to the heart of democracy

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the Scottish National party the following questions: "If independence is achieved, will the Sco...




Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution
by Severin Carrell
1 Nov 2013 at 7:46am

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish ...




Independent Scotland would face greater security risk, says Theresa May
by Severin Carrell
29 Oct 2013 at 1:19pm

Home secretary says UK would refuse Scotland automatic access to intelligence systems including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Scotland would be denied access to the UK's most sophisticated and secret intelligen...




Theresa May's message? Independent Scotland would be out in the cold
by Alan Travis
29 Oct 2013 at 9:30am

May leaves little doubt about extent to which intelligence sharing would be hit by Scottish independence

Theresa May's analysis paper on the security implications of Scottish independence provides a...




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