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Scots 'with spare rooms can't move'
Only one in 100 households hit by the so-called "bedroom tax" in some parts of Scotland are able to move into another home, Labour has claimed.

LibDems plan tax-avoidance crackdown
FUTURE Liberal Democrat governments would ban public subsidies to companies accused of not paying enough tax under proposals expected to be backed by party activists.

Scotland 'forced on private sector route'
THE last Budget used a funding mechanism to force Scotland down the privatisation route, according to a leading think tank, which says that without this formula both revenue and capital funding would have fallen.

'Economy artificially propped up' as families raid savings to stay afloat
THE amount of money families are saving has almost halved in the past year as households "raid" their rainy day funds to keep afloat, according to new figures.

Osborne under fire over care costs proposal
George OSBORNE has been accused of patronising stay-at-home mothers and helping the rich after unveiling plans to give working couples earning up to £300,000-a-year help with childcare costs.

Usury call to tackle pay-day lenders
SCOTS Law should be used to tackle today's punitive pay-day lenders by re-invoking the old crime of usury, according to veteran Nationalist Margo MacDonald.

Cameron 'concerned' as tension escalates over Rock
David Cameron is "seriously concerned" about escalating tensions over Gibraltar, as the territory's chief minister accused its Spanish neighbours of behaving like North Korea.

Minister 'saves own area from cuts'
Labour have accused Treasury minister and Highland MP Danny Alexander of "protecting" his parliamentary backyard from the cuts his Government is imposing on the rest of the country.

LibDems to vote on Trident policy
Liberal Democrat activists will be asked to back calls for an end to routine nuclear-armed submarine patrols at their annual conference in Glasgow next month.

New governor Sarwar vows to get millions more into education
MOHAMMAD Sarwar has vowed to get an extra five million children into school during his term as governor of Punjab.

People '£6000 worse off under Tories'
Labour has warned that ordinary working people will lose more than £6000 while David Cameron is in Downing Street as it attempts to head off accusations of drift from its own MPs.

'Undemocratic' Lords is attacked by SNP
THE House of Lords has been described as an "affront to democracy" by the SNP.

Lords 'an affront'
The House of Lords has been described as an "affront to democracy" by the SNP.

Haughey passes on cash questions ahead of joining Celtic colleagues Reid and ...
SIR William Haughey, Labour's newest Scottish peer, has expressed excitement about his forthcoming role in the House of Lords, but declined to comment on claims the system that allowed big donors such as himself to become peers has polluted politics.

Row over peerages as parties reward top donors
A MAJOR row has broken out after political parties awarded peerages to some of their largest donors, including the Labour-supporting tycoon and former Celtic director Sir William Haughey.

 

Scotsman

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New bid for Scottish mine victims in New Zealand

THE families of two Scots killed in a mining disaster in New Zealand may eventually get to bury their loved ones, after a plan was drawn up to re-enter the site.



?Imbalance? in security decision making in UK

THE EXCLUSIVE proliferation of defence and intelligence agencies in England has created an imbalance in security decision making in the UK, according to academics.



Royal Mail sell-off moves closer

STOCKBROKERS and share-dealing services have been invited to act as intermediaries in the planned sale of shares in the Royal Mail.



UKIP MEP U-turn over ?bongo bongo land? comments

The UK Independence Party Euro MP who said Britain should not send aid to “bongo bongo land” said he sincerely regrets “any genuine offence which might have been caused”.



Scottish independence: Oil workers ?divided?

OIL and gas workers are divided over the projected impact on their industry of Scottish independence, a survey suggests.



Aberdeen Council accuse Alex Salmond of bullying

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond and the leaders of Aberdeen’s ruling Labour group traded insults today as their simmering feud exploded in public.



Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

THE number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax.



Third of Scots workers now part-time or temporary

THE number of Scottish workers stuck in part-time or temporary jobs has increased to almost a third, with growing fears it could undermine the country’s employment recovery.



Charities defend salaries paid to their bosses

BOSSES at some of Britain’s biggest charities have been defending their high pay packages after the Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross warned that they could bring the organisations into disrepute.



Come clean on tuition fees, Alex Salmond told

THERE are calls for the Scottish Government to publish guidance it has had on tuition fees in an independent Scotland.



SNP calls for handover of transport police control

THE Scottish Government is calling for control over the British Transport Police (BTP) north of the Border to be given to Scotland’s new national police force.



£2.7bn of cuts needed, says CPPR report

DAY-TO-DAY public spending will have to be slashed by around £2.7 billion over the next five years, with some of the deepest cuts to come in the final two years, a report has claimed.



Comment: Manufacturing a stronger community for all

I READ with interest John Paul McHugh’s recent comments in these pages on the decision of the union Community to support the No campaign in the forthcoming independence referendum.



Eddie Barnes: The arts world and independence

SOMETHING is missing from the Festival, say the first arrivals in Edinburgh.



Allan Massie: Nothing negative about not saying Yes

The Better Together campaign is regularly accused by its opponents, the Separatists, of negativity. Quite right too; the campaign is negative.



Wingsland Blog

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TOTAL INFORMATION OVERLOAD
Okay, so we know this is teasing, but the results of our poll are in. They make for amazingly interesting reading, and we’re confident you’re going to feel you got value for your money if you were one of the people who contributed to our absurdly successful fundraiser, which achieved 400% of its target in [...]

Now with added fear
Ooh, we haven’t had one of these for a while. Browsing the newspapers on our iPad this morning before getting up, we noticed an interesting headline in the Scotsman. Intrigued, we clicked on it to see if it was a standard-issue scare story in the paper’s “Scottish independence” section, and were pleasantly surprised to note [...]

Not living in Yorkshire it doesn?t apply
If you hate listening to audio or watching video (as opposed to reading the printed word) as much as we do, or if you’re just at work and can’t, here’s a complete transcript – courtesy of one of our splendid readers – of this morning’s BBC Breakfast appearance from UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom. Once again, [...]

All bound for Bongo-Bongo Land
You might want to wrap some bandaging around your jaw before listening to this BBC News interview with UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom this morning, to keep it off the floor. It gets more and more mindboggling as it goes on. But it’s not the chilling thing. The chilling thing comes after Mr Bloom stops speaking. [...]

The furious cringe
A reader posted this clip in a comment last night and we’ve already tweeted it earlier this morning, but it really deserves to be seen as widely as possible. (If you’re in a hurry, you can skip straight to 1m 50s.) 1978 is a long time ago, but you don’t have to look far to [...]

We?re confused again
We were forwarded this email today from a reader who’d contacted “Better Together” to express their concern about the deeply troubling recent events where UK Border Agency police have been harassing non-white people at tube stations and elsewhere, and wanted to know their view on it. This was the reply they got. “From: Better Together [...]

Deserving of pity
A reader recently sent us an article from Humanitie, the magazine of the Humanist Society of Scotland, in which (apparently after much delay in finding anyone willing to put the No camp’s case) a “Better Together” activist made the case for the Union, in response to a Yes piece in the preceding issue. You can read [...]

Echoes from history
We’d never heard of this until a reader mentioned it this morning in the comments, and it seems worth bringing to wider attention. The article we’re about to (re)print below is a transcript originally created by the now-defunct www.alba.org, along with a couple of extracts from the Scottish press of the time. The original version [...]

A dangerously radical idea
You can call us crazy ideological extremists if you like. But after the Scottish press continued to obsess utterly ridiculously at the weekend over whether some Yes supporters might be working together on the Yes campaign with some other Yes supporters, we’re at least not going to be short of company in that regard. So [...]

Vote No, close Holyrood
You might find this an interesting read. (No, we have no idea why his face is so shiny.) The standout quote, if you’re in a hurry, is this: “When you ask for powers that will inevitably lead to the break-up of the UK tax regime, then you are in a different ball-game altogether. So I [...]

BBC Scotland

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Alex Salmond attacks city council
First Minister Alex Salmond launches a strongly-worded attack on the way Aberdeen City Council is run, but the local authority's leader hits back.

Public spending cuts 'only 40% over'
The eight-year programme of cuts to budgets for running Scottish public services is only 40% over, according to an academic study.

Seminars to focus on Scots security
A series of seminars looking at security in Scotland will take place in the run up to the independence referendum and beyond.

Falkirk's new homes plan outlined
Hundreds of new homes are promised for the Falkirk area over the next five years.

Rates linked to jobless target
Bank of England governor Mark Carney tells the BBC that new guidance on future interest rates is about creating 'clarity' about monetary policy.

Exam pass rate up in end-of-era year
Exam pass rates in Scotland increase for all major qualifications, including the final year of results in Standard Grades.

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened
Building regulations are to be changed to ensure carbon monoxide alarms are fitted when gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties.

Scholarship plan for Malawi students
Grant funding for gifted students in Malawi, worth £100,000, is announced by the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Can welfare reforms be reversed?
BBC Scotland's political correspondent Raymond Buchanan rounds up the latest report on pensions and benefits.

VIDEO: Alarm over alcohol pricing plan
European wine-producing nations are warning that Scotland's plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could have a devastating impact on the industry.

VIDEO: Scottish islands seek greater autonomy
Scotland's three island councils are campaigning for greater powers after the independence referendum.

AUDIO: Currency union 'best for both countries'
Alex Salmond says a currency union in an independent Scotland is 'best for both countries'.

Are Scottish exams getting easier?
Are Scottish exams getting easier?

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Identity charade

  By Elliot Bulmer
 
RECENTLY I have been paying very close attention to the referendum campaign.
 
It has all the elements of a political epic: a hardy people, inhabiting a windswept land at the fringes of the known world, bravely determining their future by democratic means. I refer, of course, not to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, but to the referendum held in the Falkland Islands in March this year. The result was a predictable landslide in favour of retaining existing ties with the UK. "Like UKIP with penguins", was one friend's dismissive verdict after seeing the mass ranks of Union flags waving on the BBC news.



A Tough but Worthy Road towards Catalonian Independence

By Mark McNaught
 
Having spent the last week in Catalonia, I am struck both by the difficulty of the task ahead for their independence movement, yet also the fierce determination of Catalans to see it through and chart their own destiny.
 
The Spanish government has steadfastly refused to engage with the Catalonian government over the referendum, citing as justification the 'indivisibility' clause of the Spanish constitution.



After the murder of Daniel the Witch Hunt begins

By Aamer Anwar

The murder trial of the parents of Daniel Pelka concluded last week with their conviction. Described as looking like a concentration camp victim before his death in March 2012, Daniel was found scavenging for food in the bins by his teachers.
 
A victim of unspeakable torture he would go to school with black eyes and bruising round his neck.



Occupied and occupier - The media in Scotland

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So the campaign to discredit the Labour for Independence movement gathers pace with another 'revelation' in a Sunday newspaper adding to photographs and statements from the Labour party and Better Together.
 
The referendum debate sits in a corner shaking its head as Scotland's media does what it does best, riding to the aid of the Labour party in Scotland, chucking mud at anything that gets in its way.



BBC bias: Righteous indignation is a comfort blanket for grown ups

By Iain Bruce

I don't expect many Newsnet Scotland readers will disagree with me that BBC Management in Scotland are sailing perilously close to new levels of institutional arrogance and political manipulation and in creating the impression of operating beyond the control of the Trustees.

In so doing the Trustees are failing in their duty in particular to maintain the highest editorial standards of impartiality, accuracy and fairness in the delivery of factual information on the developing issues in the referendum dialogue on Scottish Independence.



My blueprint for independence

  By George Kerevan
 
LAST week in this column I penned an open letter to Alex Salmond arguing there is a lack of passion in the Yes campaign ? that we lack a compelling vision of the new Scotland that can mobilise a Yes majority, and lay out a blueprint for national regeneration. This week, I try to spell out the bare bones of such a manifesto.



Unionist lies, scaremongering, distortion and misrepresentation

  By Campbell Martin
 
Nine-years ago, in a pamphlet on Scotland?s constitutional future, I wrote that as we neared a referendum on independence, the full resources of British political parties, the British media and the British establishment would be used to ?persuade? us in Scotland that, actually, we really are ?too wee, too poor and too stupid? to govern our own country.
 
I argued that the British would lie, scaremonger, distort reality and mislead.  It was always going to happen because there is no positive case for Scotland remaining as nothing more than a region within the British Union.



How the BBC manipulated the debate over oil

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Oil took centre stage in the independence debate this week.  How much is left and how much cash it will generate was a matter of considerable speculation, not to say dispute.
 
If you oppose independence, you embraced Westminster claims that oil is a fast diminishing resource that will generate an insignificant amount of revenue over the coming years.  Further, the revenue itself is so volatile that an independent Scotland would be vulnerable to price fluctuations.



Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? Exclusive

By Brent Crood, BBC Scotlandshire Energy Correspondent

Newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has made his inaugural speech on the Iranian economy. During his address, which is normally a formal and uninteresting affair, he made an announcement which has shocked the international community.

Mr Rouhani, who last month succeeded former premier Mahmoud Achmadinnersbad, announced that he intends to petition the UK government, asking them to take over responsibility for the administration of all Iranian oil revenues as a matter of urgency.



Orwellian Propagandists United Against Scotland (OPUAS): OBR, 'Better Togethe...

  By Mark McNaught
 
The excellent NNS articles detailing the collusion between the BBC and the 'Better Together' campaign have not only annihilated any pretence of BBC objectivity towards the independence debate, but also laid bare the absurd notion that the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) is anything more than a propaganda weapon targeting independence.
 
The OBR was created in 2010 by Scroz (George Osborne's new nickname: help it catch on), presumably because he was tired of legitimate economic analysis discrediting his fascist, neoliberal, Tory ideology.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Business for Scotland Perth Networking Event

Business for Scotland Perth - Networking Event


An opportunity for business people in Perth and Perthshire to meet with others who are playing their part in making the business case for independence.



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Now with added fear

Ooh, we haven’t had one of these for a while. Browsing the newspapers on our iPad this morning before getting up, we noticed an interesting headline in the Scotsman.




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Scottish independence: Oil workers ?divided?

OIL AND GAS workers are divided over the projected impact on their industry of Scottish independence, a survey suggests.

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All bound for Bongo-Bongo Land

You might want to wrap some bandaging around your jaw before listening to this BBC News interview with UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom this morning, to keep it off the floor.




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The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence

The Ministry of Defence’s latest threat to keep Faslane as sovereign territory in the event of Scottish Independence should be seen in the context of Britain’s imperial history of maintaining military bases against the wishes of local people across the world.




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Scottish links forged ahead of referendum

AFTER centuries of strife, the descendants of Tynedale’s Border Reivers could soon be wooing their Scottish neighbours.



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Why do the majority of Scotland's artists support independence?

Recently, I found myself on Newsnight Scotland taking part in a discussion about artists and the independence movement.




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Miliband shot himself in the foot with his reckless salvo
YOU would be forgiven if you failed to notice the story.

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Peter Jones: Boris can be Scots? fiscal champion

As Holyrood seeks more tax powers, Salmond may have an ally in the shape of the Mayor of London, writes Peter Jones
Peter A Bell's insight:

While it is certainly true to say that recent constitutional change has been delivered by unionist parties at Westminster we should bear in mind that it has be...



Paul Cairney: Would an Independent Scotland Become a Consensus Democracy?
I have co-authored a paper with Anders Widfeldt on Scottish politics and policymaking, with the magnificently catchy title:
Comparing Politics and Policymaking in Sweden and the UK: Can we say that Scotland is a Scandinavian-style Consensus Democracy and a UK-style Majoritarian Democracy?

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The furious cringe

A reader posted this clip in a comment last night and we’ve already tweeted it earlier this morning, but it really deserves to be seen as widely as possible.




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Tam Dalyell: Better Together in danger of making Scottish independence inevit...

Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell has said Unionist campaign group Better Together is "in danger of creating a situation" which will lead to independence.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Tam Dalyell reveals the true face of the British state. It would be a serious mistake to dismiss his views as the ranting of ...



Labour for Indy Treasurer challenges newspaper claim she is SNP 'agitator'

A member of the Labour for Independence group has challenged claims contained in a Sunday newspaper that she admitted joining the Labour party in order to "agitate from within against Labour's support for the union".



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No-campaign caught peddling contradictory messages on Scottish oil and gas

The anti-independence campaign has been accused of treating the public like fools over Scottish oil and gas, and sending contradictory messages to different audiences.




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Law Society: No Campaign must answer on further devolution

Following the recent report by the Law Society of Scotland, which called upon the No campaign to clarify its promises of further devolution, the SNP has challenged Better Together to explain its position on devolved powers in the event of a No vote.




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UKIP MP Godfrey Bloom rebuked by party chiefs over 'bongo bongo land' foreign...
BLOOM also claimed at a meeting of supporters that those who receive taxpayer-funded aid spend the money on designer sunglasses, apartments in Paris and Ferraris.

Liam Byrne calls for bedroom tax to be axed as affected households reveal the...
LABOUR have called on the tax to be dropped after claiming that 96 per cent of people affected by the controversial bedroom tax have nowhere to move to.

Scottish Government to make carbon monoxide alarms compulsory from October
THE regulation which will come into force on October 1, will see a change in building regulations, meaning that alarms will need to be fitted when new or replacement boilers, fires, heaters and stoves are fitted.

Joan McAlpine: Let farmers reap harvest of independent Scotland
JOAN McALPINE says that Scotland's position within Great Britain means our rural industries are at an unfair disadvantage on the world stage.

Britain's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar vows to fight child poverty as he i...
SARWAR, who was the Labour MP for Glasgow Govan, pledged to use education to help children as he yesterday became one of Pakistan's most powerful politicians.

Living standards plummet as David Cameron's leadership costs working families...
RESEARCH shows that living standards are falling more rapidly than any other time on record under the Tory leader, with working people set to be out of pocket nearly £7000 by 2015.

Former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar sworn in as Punjab governor
SARWAR, who stepped down as an MP three years ago, has vowed to get one million more children into education every year in the Pakistan province.

Con-Dem ministers set to go ahead with controversial plans to offer working p...
TO be eligible for the £1billion online voucher system, both parents will have to work - or the one parent in the case of lone parent families.

Football fans' groups should be given first refusal on clubs if they go up fo...
THE Scottish Green party aims to make clubs more representative of their communities.

Alex Salmond has called for cap on payday loan interest rates
FIRST Minister says loan industry should face tougher regulations and welcomes move to expand credit unions.

Railcare job cuts: John Swinney to meet union leaders to discuss support for ...
THE Finance Secretary's move follows the decision to axe 150 jobs at Railcare after the firm went into administration.

Anas Sarwar: My dad may have returned to Pakistan.. but his heart will always...
SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader tells of his father's journey from a humble village via the House of Commons to the heights of power in the country of his birth.

Creation of four super colleges is way to divert attention from £50m educatio...
THE Scottish Government is accused of hiding spending cuts behind the announcement.

Joan Burnie: We're conned into pointing finger at those not to blame
JOAN blames the Con-Dem Government for the way misconceptions over who is to blame for the stress on the welfare state have been allowed to grow.

Assault rap MSP Bill Walker denies behaving 'like a caveman' by trying to con...
THE MSP for Dunfermline, who faces 23 charges of assault, also denied claims that his "violent and abusive" past had caught up with him.

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Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a...
Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a massive network of pipes to pump huge quantities of fresh water from Scotlandshire to the parched capital.


London mayor to replace Johann Lamont, say SNP
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Scottish farmers have had a very bad sum...

On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness...
On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness, BBC Scotlandshire launched its new flagship tea-time programme, ?I love my country!!!?. Not even the most cynical viewer could fail to be moved to tears by this display of metropolitan chaviness.


UK Home Office launches...

Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claim...
Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claims that he deliberately misled the public about the amount of oil remaining in the North Sea.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/489-darling-denies-all-knowledge-of-missing-o
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There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling its...
There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling itself ?Labour for independence? is nothing but a front for the SNP.


'Labour For Indy' - An Oxymoron*
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-co...

The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front fo...
The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front for the damned Tories!



Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionis...
Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionist opinion to preserve his income stream.


Poultice polls 'Something for Nothing'
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The prime target for immediate cuts, however, was spoof broadcaster 'BBC London (Glasgow Office)'. 45.3% targetted ...

If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury...
If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury will collect all of Iran's vast oil revenues, and will be required to pay back less than 10% of the total tax take to the Islamic Republic in return, keeping the balance for themselves.


Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? ...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.

Unite the union (that is, the union itself as opposed to "unite the union" the campaign for a different union altogether) threatened to shut down Grangemouth refinery, which could c...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.


Falkirk - fratricidal fiddlers face furious foes
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Johann Lamont was unavailable for comment. As was everyone else in Labour's Scotlandshire subsidiary.

A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace ag...
A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace again.


Salmond's rearmament plans threaten European peace
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Salmond must detail exactly the hideous death each recruit will suffer as a stormtrooper in a separate Scotlandshire invasion horde

Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies! "North Bri...
Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies!
"North Britain Isles in turmoil following Salmond visit"
Fury as slippery Salmond escapes again

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alist...
Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alistair Darling is in danger of running dry by 2014.


Oil companies warn that Darling is a depleting resource
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Darling's personal economic model isn't reliant on a single resource, but flips revenue so...

Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring f...
Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring from politics.


Barack to the future as U-KOK re-invent telephone
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Johann?s comments about Falkirk and Trident are currently on their way to her by horse and carriage, and should be available early ...

Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!
Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!


Rev begs for handouts
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All the polling needed has been done by the Better Together campaign and Strathclyde University.

David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Onlin...
David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Online Republicanism & Nationalism).


Westminster Block Internet P.O.R.N.
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Asking Google to hide PORN is like Johann Lamont asking Twitter to stop calling her Jimmy Krankie. It's a nice idea, but anyone...

Bella Caledonia


It's time to get above ourselves

Right Now, We Have An Emergency At Fukushima ?
The Wall Street Journal notes that radiation levels outside the plant are likely higher than inside the reactor. How could it be more radioactive outside the nuclear reactors? The reactors have lost containment, and experts have no idea where the nuclear cores are. And the problems which have bee...

Big Thanks for Attending ?
A statement from Graham Barton on the whole Labour for Independence ‘story’: “The photograph that was used in the article written by Euan McColm  entitled ?Labour for independence, really?’ which was published on Think Scotland was taken by myself on... Read More ›

There?s Nothing Wrong with the Car!
The deeply nuanced thinking behind the Unionist campaign revealed in this exclusive Scotsman piece by Allan Massie: The Better Together campaign is regularly accused by its opponents, the Separatists, of negativity. Quite right too; the campaign is negative. It is... Read More ›

The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence
The Ministry of Defence’s latest threat to keep Faslane as sovereign territory in the event of Scottish Independence should be seen in the context of Britain’s imperial history of maintaining military bases against the wishes of local people across the... Read More ›

Burgers from the Super Rich
By Mike Small What do laser firing robots, George Osborne and Lab Burgers have in common? All operate in a world of make believe, whether it’s the notion that in vitro meat will ‘feed the world’ (let’s all hold hands),... Read More ›

Creativity and Austerity
The Inaugural Opening Address of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival written and delivered by Mark Ravenhill. Yesterday I woke up, checked my Facebook feed first off as I always do and read this status update from a young playwright: Dreamt I... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #18 ? Where Three Roads Meet
by George Gunn Last week like Oedipus at Colonus, in Sophocles play of the same name, I stood where three roads met. One sloped South to Braemore in the lee of Morven and the Scarabens. The other dreamed its way... Read More ›

For A? That 30 ? Full Frontal
For episode 30 of the For A? That podcast I was joined by former Scottish Socialist Party MSP and member ofWomen For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and New Statesman contributor and co-editor of Bella Caledonia, James Maxwell. Andrew wasn?t with us as he had some wetlands... Read More ›

Why the Debate on Scottish Independence Might Be More Interesting Than You Th...
By David Greig Recently I?ve noted comments from friends bemoaning the ?quality of the debate? around Scottish Independence. For some the journey towards voting is only just beginning and perhaps they are looking for information for the first time. Political... Read More ›

Sweet Dreams are Made of This ? Who Am I to Disagree?
Annie Lennox says Yes … “I think Scotland could take a stand in a wonderful way, ecologically and morally and ethically. Scotland could stand for something in the way that Norway has done historically. We could say, this will be... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Oil workers 'divided' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Oil workers 'divided'
Scotsman
OIL AND GAS workers are divided over the projected impact on their industry of Scottish independence, a survey suggests. A small majority (54 per cent) believe independence will bring more jobs but nearly the same proportion (53 per cent...


Scottish independence: Warning over tax rises - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Warning over tax rises
Scotsman
A SECOND wave of fierce spending cuts or tax rises, bigger than those experienced so far, will hit Scotland after the independence referendum and the next general election, a new economic analysis says today. The report, by the Centre f...


Why Scottish Culture MUST Kept Separate From the Independence Push - Huffingt...

Herald Scotland

Why Scottish Culture MUST Kept Separate From the Independence Push
Huffington Post UK
Let me explain. I'm a Scottish woman who's lived in England for nine years (yes, long distance can work) and the current government's pursuit for independence has seriously unmoored me from my natio...


Advisers: Scottish independence may derail use of providers over the border -...

Advisers: Scottish independence may derail use of providers over the border
ifaonline.co.uk
The 21% of advisers that have considered how Scottish independence will affect their business said they were concerned that it would result in widespread uncertainty both sides of the border, with concerns a...


Scottish independence: Seminars to focus on security - BBC News

Scottish independence: Seminars to focus on security
BBC News
A series of seminars looking at security issues in Scotland will take place in the run up to the independence referendum and beyond. Edinburgh University security expert Andrew Neal is leading the discussions. He said there was "almost n...


Scottish independence: Law Society of Scotland wants advice published - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Law Society of Scotland wants advice published
BBC News
The Law Society of Scotland believes it is vital the electorate understands the implications of a Yes and No vote. It has published a discussion paper analysing the potential impact of independence on a number of...


Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe? - Channel 4 News

Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe?
Channel 4 News
But there are quite a few Scottish shows that do look at independence. How would Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman poet Robert Burns, vote? That's one fringe show. Another, I'm With The Band has an Englishman, an Irishman, ...


Tam Dalyell: Better Together in danger of making Scottish independence ... - ...

Herald Scotland

Tam Dalyell: Better Together in danger of making Scottish independence ...
Herald Scotland
Tam Dalyell: Better Together in danger of making Scottish independence inevitable. Monday 5 August 2013. Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell has said Unionist campaign group Better Together is "in dan...


Scottish media's editorial independence queried after commercial tie-up with ...

Scottish media's editorial independence queried after commercial tie-up with ...
The Drum
Those include The Daily Record and Sunday Mail, the Scottish Sun and Times Scotland, The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times, Scottish Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Scotsman, Press and Journal and the Cou...


Scottish independence leaves advisers spooked - Mortgage Introducer

Scottish independence leaves advisers spooked
Mortgage Introducer
In total 94% said they use providers based in Scotland and some of those who have considered the impact of Scottish independence said that depending on the outcome they may no longer be able to offer those providers' products and ser...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Alex Salmond is Running a Counterfeit Campaign - Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK

Alex Salmond is Running a Counterfeit Campaign
Huffington Post UK
The spectacular implosion of the 'Labour' for Independence campaign, after it was exposed as a front for SNP members and elected politicians, demonstrated the utter ruthlessness of the campaign to break up the UK. U...


Samsung Techwin introduces SNP-6200RH Full HD IR network dome camera - Source...

Samsung Techwin introduces SNP-6200RH Full HD IR network dome camera
SourceSecurity.com
Samsung Techwin's new SNP-6200RH Full HD 20x optical zoom IR network dome camera is intended to provide a cost-effective video surveillance solution for challenging environments such as airports, ports and other...


Aberdeen 'may fall into disrepute' - The Blairgowrie Advertiser

Aberdeen 'may fall into disrepute'
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Mr Salmond was responding to a political row about school closures and Scottish Government funding for a Piper Alpha memorial announced during the Donside by-election campaign which the SNP won. Ms Watts raised the issues with the SNP le...


Majority - independence will boost North Sea jobs - SNP (press release)

Majority - independence will boost North Sea jobs
SNP (press release)
The findings of an oil & gas industry survey which found that a majority of people working in the sector believe that independence will create jobs have been welcomed today by the SNP. The survey for NES Global Talent found that ...


Alex Salmond accused of 'lying' about by-election visit to school - stv.tv

Alex Salmond accused of 'lying' about by-election visit to school
stv.tv
The by-election, which was won by SNP candidate Mark McDonald, was held on June 20. Valerie Watts, chief executive of Aberdeen City Council, complained at the time that the politician had not sought permission to make the visi...


Ignoring SNP wreckage of Argyll and Bute, Salmond attacks Labours's Aberdeen ...

For Argyll

Ignoring SNP wreckage of Argyll and Bute, Salmond attacks Labours's Aberdeen ...
For Argyll
We have witnessed the local SNP party group in the council riven by the pressure of this external intervention: breaking into factions, with members in mass suspension by their party hierarchy and ...


Salmond and Aberdeen Labour group exchange vitriolic insults - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Salmond and Aberdeen Labour group exchange vitriolic insults
Herald Scotland
A picture sourced from The SNP's Twitter account of Alex Salmond and Mark McDonald MSP with parents campaigning to save Bramble Brae primary from closure. The First Minister accused Labour leaders of "insane...


Region to benefit from £488000 in additional housing support - The Galloway G...

Region to benefit from £488000 in additional housing support
The Galloway Gazette
SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has welcomed the announcement the Scottish Government is to receive £488,177 in additional support for housing benefit to help address the worst of the impacts of the...


Scottish independence: Oil workers 'divided' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Oil workers 'divided'
Scotsman
Aberdeen Central SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said: ?Negativity towards the oil and gas sector from anti-independence politicians is doing little to damage confidence within this booming industry. ?People within the industry who know it best an...


Brian Wilson:nationalism priority not economy - Scotsman

Scotsman

Brian Wilson:nationalism priority not economy
Scotsman
Brian Wilson:nationalism priority not economy. Salmond's about-turn on welfare policy may be prompted by the fact that, despite the protests, polls suggest Scots are not universally the caring, sharing nation the SNP likes to portray us...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Let's make voting in referendum compulsory - Herald Scotland

Let's make voting in referendum compulsory
Herald Scotland
IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? Custom byline text: Harry Reid. Th...


Scottish links forged ahead of referendum - Hexhamcourant

Scottish links forged ahead of referendum
Hexhamcourant
AFTER centuries of strife, the descendants of Tynedale's Border Reivers could soon be wooing their Scottish neighbours. For Northumberland is keen to establish good relations with Scotland in the event of a 'yes' vote in the independence refer...


Yes campaign split over Canavan's call for referendum on Royals - STV Local

Scotsman

Yes campaign split over Canavan's call for referendum on Royals
STV Local
A referendum on the future of the Royal family in Scotland should be held if the country becomes independent, according to a leading member of the Yes Scotland campaign. Former MSP Dennis Canavan, who now chairs the p...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash - BBC News

Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash
BBC News
The Liberal Democrats have moved the date of their national conference in 2014 to avoid a clash with the Scottish independence referendum. The event had been due to take place in Liverpool from 13 to 17 September. It will now open ...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum - Herald Scotland

Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum
Herald Scotland
Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum. Tuesday 6 August 2013. It's Tuesday night in an uncharacteristically muggy Edinburgh, and in a city centre basement bar sweat-box, a band is about to play their first - and possibly fi...


Big cuts or tax rises to come, Scots warned - Scotsman

Scotsman

Big cuts or tax rises to come, Scots warned
Scotsman
A SECOND wave of fierce spending cuts or tax rises, bigger than those experienced so far, will hit Scotland after the independence referendum and the next general election, a new economic analysis says today. The report, by the Centre for...


Referendum U-turn for charities - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Referendum U-turn for charities
Herald Scotland
CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign and take sides in the independence debate after their regulator backed down in a row over their involvement in the referendum. CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign a...


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For those on here who haven't heard, Colin is at present very poorly. He suffered triple aneurysm...



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Two guys shot dead and bodies left in a car park .

Loud Bang Glasgow

Did anyone just hear a helluva loud bang near the city centre/Finniestion area?  I'm in the Skypa...



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I have enjoyed this first 2 parts. The way the director has done it makes it more enjoyable than ...

Weird People
We all know someone who is unexplainably weird, who's yours? Before the usual suspects start with...

Weans Exam Results

Great results in the perthTam household this morning.

 

3 As in Advanced Highers (Maths, Physics ...



Edinburgh Festival
Just back from my annual weekend through at the Fringe. Cracking weekend weather wise and seen so...

The House Of Lords

Scots now elect only 4% of UK Parliament following expansion of unelected House of Lords

 

Yet an...



Why The Debate On Independence......

....might be more interesting than you think.

 

"Getting into the debate on Independence is like ...



Better Nation

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

This is what fear looks like
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Scot Goes pop

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

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

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As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

 

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Blog - Yes Scotland

Reports highlight opportunities of a Yes vote

Two Reports published today shine a light on our economic direction over the coming years, and hi...



Perspectives: Bedroom tax is causing misery for 80,000 of our most vulnerable...

People cannot fail to have been moved by reports this week of how the hated ?bedroom tax? is caus...



Crofting for Yes launches at Black Isle Show

Crofting for Yes, the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence, will be launched to...



Scotland can do better on Welfare and Pensions

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum on an independent Scotland ?would give the opportunity for m...



Independence is a chance to build a fairer and affordable welfare system

Responding to an IFS report on benefits spending, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland,...



Perspectives: The best case for welfare justice

The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Y...



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

Labour for Independence will hold their first policy conference at the STUC in Glasgow this weeke...



Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues ...



Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

Whatever way you think we should use our immense oil and gas resources, one thing is increasingly...



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

Jeane Freeman, co-founder of Women for Independence writing in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday 

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

Increasing numbers of people are planning to vote Yes in next year's referendum as they become be...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
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Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



 

   

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