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One-quarter 'hide fact they claim benefits'
MORE than one in four people in Britain who claim benefits have hidden the fact because they worry about what people will think, according to a new survey.

Action on extremists defended
Home Secretary Theresa May has said the Government is taking a "rigorous approach" towards extremism amid reports that a captured al Qaeda terror suspect was once given asylum in Britain.

May 'not asked over Baker role'
THERESA May was not consulted over the appointment of a minister who believes that MI5 covered up the death of weapons inspector David Kelly a decade ago.

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Plebgate row Whip and Cabinet Office minister quit Government
A PROMINENT Conservative MP who was caught up in the "Plebgate" row has resigned from the Government along with a Cabinet Office minister.

Councils set out plans for commission
SCOTLAND'S councils are to force their future and the role of core public services on to the ­independence referendum agenda with the first ever commission into local democracy.

Union call for crisis summit in oil dispute
Unions are calling for an emergency summit and parliamentary debate in a bid to avert strikes at the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical site.

Thatcher wanted Parkinson to be her heir
NEWLY released papers show that disgraced Tory politician Cecil Parkinson was being groomed by Margaret Thatcher to succeed her before he resigned over a love child.

Ukip leader may contest Folkestone
NIGEL Farage was accused of lacking "commitment" to voters by the Tory MP whose constituency the UK Independence Party leader hinted he may contest at the General Election.

Liam Fox expenses in the spotlight
Former defence secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers' cash for a car journey of fewer than 100 metres, expenses documents show.

Umunna urges Government to pull plug on Royal Mail privatisation
Labour's Chuka Umunna has urged the Government to pull the plug on privatising Royal Mail to prevent a "massive bonanza" for city speculators.

After Walker: the battle of Dunfermline
A CLUSTER of surprisingly pink boxes by a busy road in Dunfermline, Pitcorthie Primary is stuccoed in bureaucratic safety signs.

MP quits Labour front bench role
A SCOTTISH MP has quit Labour leader Ed Miliband's front bench as he prepares to reshuffle his team.

Miliband smear row heats up as Mail refuses to back down
THE row over smear allegations made by Ed Miliband against the Daily Mail has intensified with the tabloid insisting it will not apologise for denouncing the Labour leader's late father.

Former defence secretary Fox tipped for front bench return
LIAM Fox, the former defence secretary, is being tipped for a return to the UK Government front line as David Cameron prepares to reshuffle parts of his team as early as next week.


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?More transparent? drug approval system needed
8 Oct 2013 at 6:58am

DRUGS watchdogs have been ordered to make changes to the way they approve new treatments for use on the NHS in Scotland in efforts to increase access for seriously ill and dying patients.



Prestwick airport taken into public ownership
8 Oct 2013 at 6:22am

PRESTWICK airport is to be taken over by the Scottish Government to avert its closure, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs today.



Departing Tommy Robinson says EDL ?too extreme?
8 Oct 2013 at 5:12am

Two leaders of the far-right English Defence League are leaving the group.



Paxman slams David Cameron?s WWI comments
8 Oct 2013 at 12:43am

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has criticised the Prime Minister for comments he made on how Britain will mark the centenary of the First World War.



Independence debate ?damaging? defence industry
8 Oct 2013 at 12:03am

The impact of the debate on Scottish independence is putting thousands of jobs in the defence industry at risk, according to Philip Hammond.



The Scotsman cartoon - Carmichael enters the debate
7 Oct 2013 at 6:27pm

Michael Moore has been sacked as Scottish Secretary with one year to go before the independence referendum.



RBS: Osborne asks Europe for sell off approval
7 Oct 2013 at 5:19pm

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has sought approval from European Union officials to sell off profitable parts of the Royal Bank of Scotland.



MSPs criticise cost of ?guardians? for children
7 Oct 2013 at 5:03pm

Controversial plans to introduce state-appointed “guardians” for every child in Scotland have been criticised by MSPs.



Swinney told fiscal office must be non-partisan
7 Oct 2013 at 5:03pm

The stand-alone economic watchdog body for Scotland planned by the Scottish Government must be free from “political interference”, international bodies have warned.



Leaders: Reshuffle not good news for Scots
7 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

Michael Moore has some reason to feel disappointed at being sacked as Scottish Secretary. And if the reason for his replacement by Alistair Carmichael is that Mr Moore was too level-headed when dealing with political opponents and a more abrasive approach is needed, then this re-shuffle is a gamble, the wisdom of which has yet to be proven.



Peter Geoghegan: Building for a better future
7 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

More houses, not more schemes that will push up house prices, are what is needed, writes Peter Geoghegan



Wayne Mawson: Up front about big changes in police
7 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

Policing must move with the times and proposals to close stations will result in a better service, writes Wayne Mawson



Peter Jones: Shooting down independence statistics
7 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

The Better Together campaign may have shot itself in the foot by failing to do its sums properly, writes Peter Jones



David Maddox: Europhobics may cost Tories victory
7 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

AS THE conference season drew to an end David Cameron must have taken a deep breath and thought his internal party troubles were over.



David Cameron backs GCHQ ?spying? activities
7 Oct 2013 at 3:57pm

DAVID Cameron has insisted that proper safeguards exist to protect the public from unwarranted “snooping” by the intelligence agencies.




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Without honour in their land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2013 at 11:00am
This is the entrance to the municipal offices of Stirling Council (“Scotland’s Heart”), visible from the monument to William Wallace that looks over the former Scottish capital. The figures guarding the doorway are Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The building’s flagpole is flying a Saltire (specifically the city’s own modified coat-of-arms version, which features a [...]

Lifting the veil
by Scott Lewis
8 Oct 2013 at 5:56am
As a child, I hated Alex Salmond. He was everything I was raised to despise: most people around me were generally suspicious of his motives, the Daily Record painted him as a contemptible human being, and Prime Minister Tony Blair urged my country and I to reject his insane plans to split up the cuddly, [...]

At last, the big questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2013 at 2:09am
This, chums, is what the Daily Telegraph thinks of as “a house”: The article appears to go on to suggest that house prices in England would rocket as a result of a Yes vote, while those in Scotland would plummet. We’re not quite sure that the average Scottish voter will reach the same conclusion from [...]

You can?t just do this
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2013 at 8:01am
It’s not directly related to Scottish independence, but we were disturbed to be alerted by former UK ambassador Craig Murray to a piece of recent BBC coverage. A friend of ours has helpfully cut down the video footage in question to just the important parts, and saved it in case of sudden disappearances. You should [...]

A change of heart
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2013 at 6:59am
The new Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, in Holyrood magazine in 2010: “Getting rid of the Scotland Office is a ‘job waiting to be done’, says Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael, dubbing the current Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy as a ‘tax-funded campaign manager for the Labour Party in Scotland’. In an interview with Holyrood magazine, Carmichael [...]

They can?t help themselves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond on independence in the Mail on Sunday: “It is a real dagger poised at the heart of Scotland?s industrial infrastructure.” And here’s our old pal Adolf “One Nation” Hitler in 1938, before his first invasion: “Czechoslovakia is a dagger pointed at the heart of Germany.” It’s looking increasingly as if someone [...]

For your licence fee today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2013 at 5:08am
Here’s the BBC’s chief political correspondent Norman Smith on the surprise sacking of Michael Moore as Secretary of State for Scotland, having clearly been extensively and expertly briefed on the Scottish political situation by researchers beforehand. (Click the image for the full audio.) “Alistair Carmichael, the man who is replacing him, the chief whip, I [...]

The Unionist Commandments
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:25pm
As we watched the remarkable events of last month at Abertay University in Dundee, we were struck by something about the speech from Labour peer Lord Robertson, who was speaking against the motion “It is time for Scotland to become an independent nation state”. (Click image below for audio.) His 15-minute address to the audience [...]

We are not making this up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2013 at 3:20pm
This really happened today. Read it for yourself by clicking the pic. (No Mail Online traffic will be generated.) It’s the “catastrophic” that makes it special.

For Sidney Bechet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm


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UK 'best' for defence jobs prospects
8 Oct 2013 at 11:17am
UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says thousands of Scottish defence jobs depend on the UK remaining together.


Airport set for public ownership
8 Oct 2013 at 11:58am
The Scottish government confirms that it plans to take Glasgow Prestwick Airport into public ownership.


'Malicious' fire false alarms fall
8 Oct 2013 at 5:31am
The number of "malicious" calls to the fire service in Scotland falls to less than 5% of the total number of false alarms, figures show.


More students at Scots universities
24 Sep 2013 at 6:34am
There has been a substantial rise in the number of students starting courses at Scottish universities, according to university admissions agency Ucas.


New drug approval process revamped
8 Oct 2013 at 6:25am
More people will soon have access to new and expensive medicines, according to the Scottish government.


Domestic abuse figures rise slightly
8 Oct 2013 at 4:59am
The number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police across Scotland has risen slightly, according to new figures.


Moore sacked in Lib Dem reshuffle
7 Oct 2013 at 10:40am
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is sacked in a Lib Dem reshuffle and will be replaced by fellow Scot Alistair Carmichael.


Union 'fiddling while Rome burns'
7 Oct 2013 at 4:22am
Ineos accuses the Unite union at the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant of "fiddling while Rome burns".


Glasgow councillor George Ryan dies
7 Oct 2013 at 6:03am
Tributes are paid to Glasgow Labour councillor George Ryan who died suddenly at the weekend, aged 51.


Future of local government examined
6 Oct 2013 at 6:33pm
A detailed inquiry is to be carried out into the future of councils and local services in Scotland, Cosla announces.


Energy hotline campaign launched
6 Oct 2013 at 6:34pm
A campaign is launched by the Scottish government to help make homes in Scotland more energy efficient.


Triple wind farm bids considered
7 Oct 2013 at 10:36am
Three different wind farm applications are considered by planning councillors in the Scottish Borders.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2013 at 9:58am
Nicola Sturgeon confirms the government will seek to acquire Prestwick Airport.


VIDEO: UK focus is on 'prestige not defence'
8 Oct 2013 at 7:15am
Scottish government minister Keith Brown says the Coalition government is more "concerned with international prestige rather than the proper defence forces".


VIDEO: SNP defence plans 'insultingly vague'
8 Oct 2013 at 4:16am
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says the SNP's defence plans for an independent Scotland are "insultingly vague".


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What did devolution ever do for Easterhouse?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2013 at 4:23pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Labour likes to think that ?devolution?, like the NHS is its exclusive project. ?We legislated for the Scottish Parliament? you hear on occasion from numerous party spokespeople.
 
This is proprietorial, but there is also a Labour story which stresses that devolution is about changing Scotland, better governance and improving lives, differentiating it from the Tories and SNP.



Latest Whitehall Defence Report an admission Scotland would inherit fair shar...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Oct 2013 at 4:06am

  By Martin Kelly
 
The SNP has seized on a new Whitehall report which highlights what it claims would be difficulties in returning military units to an independent Scotland, by claiming that the report is now confirmation that Scotland would inherit a share of current UK defence assets.
 



Yes to new hope
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
6 Oct 2013 at 5:03pm

By Aamer Anwar

I shared a platform this week with Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a packed out meeting in Leith.  Back in the eighties when we were both at Glasgow University, she was an ardent nationalist and I was a born and bred Unionist from Liverpool.

If anyone had told the obnoxious Bolshy young Asian chasing Tories around campus that one day I would be arguing for an Independent Scotland, I would have probably thumped them with my copy of Socialist Worker.



Scottish Banks, EU membership and the euro ? A weekend with Douglas Fraser
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Oct 2013 at 4:30pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The excuse was that it was five years since the catastrophic event almost ruined the world economy.  The banking crisis that hit the world economy in 2008.
 
Whatever the reason, it was a strange choice of subject for BBC Scotland's Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser.



And the walls came tumbling down
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Oct 2013 at 3:40am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The moment arrived last week.  Hoped for, but never realistically expected, one of BBC Scotland's most respected presenters has finally lifted the lid on the corporation's Scottish franchise.
 
Derek Bateman's blog is a must read.  A conveyor belt of witty and insightful recollections of his time at the BBC has grabbed the attention of Scotland's cyber dwellers.



Hank the Hallucination to Ed Balls: "Dude?Get Real"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Oct 2013 at 2:54am

By Mark McNaught
 
For those of you who did not live in Austin Texas in the 1980's, Hank the Hallucination was an iconic newspaper comic strip character from a local series called Eyebeam.  Hank was actually nominated as a candidate for President of the Student Council at the University of Texas in 1982.  
 



Cameron's duty to debate Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Oct 2013 at 12:59am

  By George Kerevan
 
There is something very peculiar about the manner in which the Scottish independence debate is being conducted: south of the Border, there is a glaring absence of discussion about the possible break-up of the United Kingdom.  The issue hardly rates a mention on the nightly news bulletins except as a "regional item".



Scottish oil fund proposal will require Holyrood to show courage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Oct 2013 at 11:17am

By Professor Alex Kemp
 
The proposals from the Fiscal Commission Working Group reflect a combination of the intellectual case for an oil fund and the budgetary realities likely to be faced by an independent Scottish Government.
 
For any oil-producing country there is a clear case for the establishment of an oil fund because the revenues emanate from the depletion of a non-renewable natural resource.



The Make Believers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2013 at 5:15pm

Are we being presented with a balanced debate by our media in their coverage of the independence referendum?  Just how will the Westminster government react as referendum day approaches and what can Scotland learn from the exprience of the people of Quebec?
 
'The Make Believers' is a documentary that poses these same questions.  It lists the views of Scots unhappy with the current situation and presents viewers with the experiences of the people of Quebec in a warning of what can be expected.



Okaye Dokaye...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2013 at 10:59am

By Derek Bateman
 
Just a quickie...I've been to Stirling Castle for a day oot?no mobile reception in the Great Hall?no wonder they call it Historic Scotland...
 
Two wee points since I'm rushing to get the tea organised?Kaye Adams is in the news as she's returning to her telly roots.  It's a show called Loose Women which I haven't seen but may be related to bowel problems.  I like her, so good luck, Kaye.




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Without honour in their land
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 2:08pm

This is the entrance to the municipal offices of Stirling Council (“Scotland’s Heart”), visible from the monument to William Wallace that looks over the former Scottish capital. The figures guarding the doorway are Wallace and Robert the Bruce.



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This is appalling!



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Scotland's got talent. It needs political power.
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 1:27pm

Recent analysis of Higher Education demonstrated the extent of Scotland's academic strength. There are five Scottish universities within the world's top 200. This is more per head of population than any other nation in the world.

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Experts claim tax system could be simpler after Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 12:00pm
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could save money by establishing a simplified tax system, an expert group has concluded.

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Lifting the veil
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 11:56am

As a child, I hated Alex Salmond.

He was everything I was raised to despise: most people around me were generally suspicious of his motives, the Daily Record painted him as a contemptible human being, and Prime Minister Tony Blair urged my country and I to reject his insane plans to split up the c...



A change of heart
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 11:22am

The new Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, in Holyrood magazine in 2010:


“Getting rid of the Scotland Office is a ‘job waiting to be done’, says Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael, dubbing the current Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy as a ‘tax-funded campaign manager for the Labour Party i...



They can't help themselves
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 11:18am

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond on independence in the Mail on Sunday: "It is a real dagger poised at the heart of Scotland’s industrial infrastructure."



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The Suspension of Disbelief
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 11:16am

Today’s Daily Torygraph has an ‘exclusive’ interview with the OPEC Secretary General, one Mr Abdalla el-Badri. You can see the original article here (http://archive.is/DZnOw) where I’ve archived it so you don’t have accidentally give them any ad-click revenue.




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For your licence fee today
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 10:59am

Here’s the BBC’s chief political correspondent Norman Smith on the surprise sacking of Michael Moore as Secretary of State for Scotland, having clearly been extensively and expertly briefed on the Scottish political situation by researchers beforehand.




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Questions over Labour policy on Trident after Murphy moved
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 2:37am

JIM MURPHY has been dropped as Labour's Shadow Defence ­Secretary in a reshuffle insiders believe could pave the way for a change in the party's policy on Trident.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Jim Murphy playing a bigger role in Project Fear can only be good news for the Yes campaign. The drooling relis...



Peter Jones: Shooting down independence statistics
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 2:19am

The Better Together campaign may have shot itself in the foot by failing to do its sums properly, writes Peter Jones

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Michael Moore out as Lib Dems up referendum heat
by Peter A Bell
8 Oct 2013 at 2:04am

THE Scottish independence debate is set to become fiercer, after Alistair Carmichael, a man who admits he has a reputation as “a bruiser”, replaced the measured Michael Moore as Scottish Secretary.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It really doesn't matter who the messenger is if the message remains the same...



Scottish Banks, EU membership and the euro ? A weekend with Douglas Fraser
by Peter A Bell
7 Oct 2013 at 11:30am

The excuse was that it was five years since the catastrophic event almost ruined the world economy. The banking crisis that hit the world economy in 2008.




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SNP defence plans 'would place major strain on Scottish budget'
by Peter A Bell
7 Oct 2013 at 11:02am
SETTING up the SNP's proposed Scottish Defence Force would place a
Peter A Bell's insight:

The UK's defence plans put a major strain on its budget. A strain that the UK doesn't seem to be coping with very well at all. Given that Scotland is at least as wealthy as the UK, and given that we will have...



Scotland 'more likely to suffer catastrophic terror attack if it achieves ind...
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 5:00pm

Scotland would be more vulnerable to a catastrophic terrorist attack if Alex Salmond succeeds with his bid to break up Britain, a new report will claim.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It was always a certainty that the British state was going to ramp up its scaremongering as the campaign to deny Scotland'...



Whisky and Bitter...Together?
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 11:59am

Scotch whisky is to be distilled in Kent following British Government declarations that Scottish regiments are exclusively British and Ed Ball’s claim that sterling is English.



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Prestwick Airport set to be bought by the Scottish Government, says Deputy Fi...
by dailyrecord
8 Oct 2013 at 8:55am
STURGEON says she hopes negotiations with owners Infratil will take no longer than six weeks. The Deputy First Minister says they will work with staff to make the airport a success.


Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: Independence debate is putting defence jobs...
by dailyrecord
8 Oct 2013 at 5:08am
THE Defence Secretary believes that removing Scotland form the integrated British armed forces would harm defence in all parts of the UK.


Record View: Michael Moore will need his fighting spirit after being dropped ...
by Record View
8 Oct 2013 at 1:22am
RECORD View discusses the sacking of Michael Moore and why taxpayers shouldn't have to be shelling out for Alex Salmond's tartan trews.


Alex Salmond accused of cover-up after charging taxpayer £250 for tartan trew...
by David Clegg
7 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE First Minister, who bought the trousers as he'd forgotten his own pair, only paid the cash back to the Scottish Government after Freedom of Information requests would have exposed the purchase.


Lib Dem bruiser Alistair Carmichael set to take on Alex Salmond in independen...
by David Clegg
7 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE Orkney and Shetland MP, who is considered a more aggressive politician than Moore, will take over role of Scottish Secretary.


Ann McKechin: Labour's promise to freeze energy bills will help those choosin...
by Ann McKechin
7 Oct 2013 at 12:34pm
ANN McKECHIN says that Ed Miliband's party conference pledge to freeze energy bills will bring much-needed relief to those struggling to keep up with the rising cost of heating their homes.


Six cars used to transport Scottish Government ministers around the country h...
by dailyrecord
7 Oct 2013 at 7:21am
THE speeding incidents have taken place on the notorious A9, the A82 and A90. A Scottish Government spokesman says they are isolated incidents and drivers receive advanced training.


Michael Moore sacked from his post as Scottish Secretary during UK Government...
by dailyrecord
7 Oct 2013 at 4:26am
MOORE has been replaced by fellow Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael after party leader Nick Clegg said a 'different experience' was needed in the run-up to the independence referendum.


Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell thanks Scots cops for locking him...
by Annie Brown
7 Oct 2013 at 3:17am
THE spin doctor was put in a police cell in 1986 after he suffered drunken meltdown that saw him strip naked and demand champagne.


Nicola Sturgeon urges consumers to take advantage of £74m fund to help with h...
by dailyrecord
7 Oct 2013 at 3:07am
THE Deputy First Minister will launch a national awareness campaign which will give advice on energy and support.


Cringeworthy letter sent from former defence secretary John Nott to Margaret ...
by Jason Beattie
7 Oct 2013 at 2:15am
IN AN embarrassing letter, he said he was attracted to Thatcher for her  ?good looks, charm and bearing?.


SNP have said they will not freeze NHS wages and blast Westminster's plans to...
by dailyrecord
7 Oct 2013 at 1:54am
HEALTH secretary Alex Neil says that Westminster's proposal to halt a one per cent rise is an attack on NHS staff.


Revealed: Former Tory Cabinet minister Liam Fox claimed 3p expenses for car j...
by David Clegg
6 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE Scot, who earns a basic annual salary of £66,000 as MP for North Somerset, claimed money from the taxpayer for a journey that takes seconds to walk.


Independence referendum: Jimmy Reid Foundation director explains the ideology...
by dailyrecord
6 Oct 2013 at 6:11am
ROBIN McALPINE explains a project which has been set-up based on socialist values of a fair, equal and prosperous country without poverty, with good public services and where communities are strong.


Scottish Green Party could play key role in getting Scots to vote for indepen...
by dailyrecord
5 Oct 2013 at 5:54am
PATRICK HARVIE believes that voters will respond to a 'radical vision for a better Scotland' which the Greens can outline.


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We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Oct 2013 at 2:03pm
We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate our innocence, this is the kind of stuff we reject.


Scotlandshire to be destroyed in horrific terror attack if it votes Yes to separation
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Sometimes we are sent stories that are simply too silly ...

First Minister of Scotlandshire and Holyrood heavyweight Alex Salmond's plans...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Oct 2013 at 5:55pm
First Minister of Scotlandshire and Holyrood heavyweight Alex Salmond's plans to retain the pounds have been foiled by none other than recently retired head of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, it was revealed today.


Salmond accused of causing deflation with ex BoE Chief
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BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope tha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope that you haven't) reveal that the US are laying the blame, for their largest loss of aircraft since the Vietnam War, on the UK.


USA - UK can afford nukes, but can't build a f**king fence?
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No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a choice.



Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now. Sometimes scary things do...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm
Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now.

Sometimes scary things do happen. Take for example oil baron Ian Taylor's attempt to censor a leading website for Scottish artists after they questioned his £500,000 donation to the no campaign. The Scottish press was too absorbed in its own dea...

Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2013 at 3:03pm
Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision by statisticians from London and Edinburgh to publish a 'Bible' of accurate information about the strength of the UK and the pitiful weaknesses of Scotlandshire.


Blare McDougall welcomes publication of new Bible
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Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Oct 2013 at 5:29pm
Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we have a new poll!


Poultice ? Your views on the Edinburgh splittist marchers
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories f...

COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O’Neill, has protested at the plan...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Oct 2013 at 11:51am
COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O?Neill, has protested at the plans of the Nat controlled quango Scottish Water to undermine Glasgow.


Natz dig a huge hole - Why?
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Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"


Salmond - 'Butt out Dave'
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Salmond quotes Kipling - Power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages?

In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for “mis-sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 8:20am
In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for ?mis-speaking? on the spoof channel?s Sunday Politics show.


Darling jumps the gun.
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from ...

Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he wa...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he was 'feart' to debate on TV with Alex Salmond.


Cameron hits back at 'feartie' charges
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Any futher derogation, by you, of that principle will result in Joanne [sic] having to thcream and thcream and ...

David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:20pm
David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire



Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 8:35am
Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!



Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2013 at 4:35pm
Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, so BBC Scotlandshire does.


Why the Scots MUST vote for independence! The Daily Mail doesn't like them.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
This is absolutely the most definitive set of positive arguments and unarguable facts put fo...

Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Sep 2013 at 4:02pm
Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest release of census data from Scotlandshire.


Darling - 'I do not believe it!'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A census is just a really, really big poll where you ask everyone instead of just a sample. Polling rules still apply, ...


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Bella Caledonia



it's time to get above ourselves

Let?s Work Together, Not Walk Away
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 2:46pm
This article was first published in The Third Way magazine. It will be followed by it’s companion piece, by Justin Kenrick, from the same issue. By Douglas Alexander In just over a year voters across Scotland will go to the... Read More ›


Bringing It All Back Home
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 8:00am
Scotland’s sprawling local government is the least democratic in Europe, leading to stasis and alienation. Drawing on stunning local successes both here and abroad, in the latest extract from Closer – Lesley Riddoch calls for radical decentralisation. When we are... Read More ›

EVENT: Changin Scotland (1st-3rd Nov)
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 6:47am
This November Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart are at the picturesque setting of Newbattle Abbey College just south of Edinburgh for a weekend on how to do social change, activism and campaigning in a different way. The weekend will be... Read More ›

Chomsky on Self-Determination
by bellacaledonia
7 Oct 2013 at 10:49am
By Iain Robson Prof Noam Chomsky, author of “Occupy”, is a linguist, philosopher and political activist who has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955. He came to public attention during the 1960s as a protester opposing the... Read More ›


Paul Mason at FutureFest
by bellacaledonia
7 Oct 2013 at 3:54am
Paul Mason (@paulmasonnew) Culture & Digital Editor, Channel 4 News, author of ‘Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere’ (Verso). Blogs here. Here at Futurefest … Filed under: Banking Crisis, Collapsononics Tagged: Paul Mason

Media Wars
by bellacaledonia
6 Oct 2013 at 11:30am
By Mike Small News this week that Newsnet Scotland had broken through the 100,000 mark attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site which brings to mind the often heralded but little analysed notion of a new emergent alternative... Read More ›

Imagine the Present as History
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2013 at 5:41pm
By  Donald Adamson In a recent article in Bella Caledonia (1) I looked at the relative population changes in Scotland and England since 1970 and how these changes had contributed to the effective disenfranchisement of Scotland?s voters in UK general... Read More ›


Talks from Yes Leith
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm
There’s a story you’re being told that politics is dead and this is just the same old politics. Nothing will change. Nothing ever changes. It’s a form of social control. Don’t believe it. The importance of live public events is... Read More ›

Toil as Citizenship
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 9:14am
Bella has been thinking about work and economy in the context of Occupy, independence, climate change and collapsonomics. Here’s David Graeber: In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Britain... Read More ›


When I Was a Child
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 7:11am
“Why the teaching of Scottish culture and history helped inform my intention to vote for an independent Scotland.” By Stewart Bremner. Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: Scottish History, Stewart Bremner


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond - BBC News
8 Oct 2013 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond
BBC News
"We have seen a restricted briefing document from the MoD, from the team that's been charged with preparing and putting out the Scotland analysis paper on the issue of Scottish independence. "It offers us some insight i...


Scottish independence: what will happen to house prices? - Telegraph.co.uk
8 Oct 2013 at 1:00am

Scottish independence: what will happen to house prices?
Telegraph.co.uk
?Being 45 minutes on the train from Edinburgh, Berwick would come to the fore as a highly strategic spot,? says Malcolm Leslie of Savills in Edinburgh, who is also of the view that ?high-earning people in Scotland might get cl...


Scottish independence: Hammond says SNP defence plan 'insultingly vague' - BB...
8 Oct 2013 at 4:39am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Hammond says SNP defence plan 'insultingly vague'
BBC News
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the SNP's defence plans for an independent Scotland are "insultingly vague". Mr Hammond was speaking at the launch of the UK government's report defending the British ...


Alistair Carmichael promises to 'shake up' Scottish independence debate - Tel...
7 Oct 2013 at 9:17am

The Guardian

Alistair Carmichael promises to 'shake up' Scottish independence debate
Telegraph.co.uk
The Orkney and Shetland MP paid tribute to Mr Moore's legacy, particularly his role in agreeing the deal with the Scottish Government to stage the independence referendum and overseeing the devolutio...


Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency - Scotland on Sunday
5 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency
Scotland on Sunday
CLAIMS that the Yes Scotland campaign is split over economic policy resurfaced last night when the Scottish Green Party voted that Scotland should have its own currency after independence. Delegates at the Green ...


Scottish independence: Warning over Scots regiments - Scotland on Sunday
5 Oct 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Warning over Scots regiments
Scotland on Sunday
Ministry of Defence sources are also warning this weekend that independence would mean that Scotland ?shutting the door? on British military contracts, such as those won by the Clyde shipyards for new aircraft ...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
4 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Opec head blow to Salmond: Scotland should stay in UK - Telegraph.co.uk
7 Oct 2013 at 9:56am

Telegraph.co.uk

Opec head blow to Salmond: Scotland should stay in UK
Telegraph.co.uk
Offering his own personal view on the matter of Scottish independence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph in London, Opec Secretary General Abdalla Salem el-Badri said that an independent Scotland would be unt...


Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim - Scotsman
4 Oct 2013 at 6:09pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Green Party leader Patrick Harvie will today claim that only a ?radical vision? of independence will deliver a Yes vote in next year's referendum. Mr Harvie will use his speech to the Scottish Green Party conference to w...


Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call - Scotsman
5 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call
Scotsman
SCOTLAND should withdraw from the UK-wide energy market and put control over its own resources into public hands, a radical new report declares today. Published by the left-wing Jimmy Reid Foundation amid growing anger over th...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence would 'cost thousands of defence jobs' - Telegraph.co.uk
8 Oct 2013 at 2:28pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence would 'cost thousands of defence jobs'
Telegraph.co.uk
He described SNP defence plans, less than a year before the referendum, as ?insultingly vague?, and said the future security of the Scottish people was too important to be ?ducked and dodged?. Mr Hammond cla...


Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond - BBC News
8 Oct 2013 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond
BBC News
Mr Hammond said: "What little the SNP have published of their plans for the defence of an independent Scotland doesn't add up. "And it does nothing to suggest that the Scottish people would benefit from anything like th...


UK MoD: Independence Could Harm Scotland's Security - DefenseNews.com
8 Oct 2013 at 1:14pm

UK MoD: Independence Could Harm Scotland's Security
DefenseNews.com
?It's not clear what level of security and protection the proposals [from the Scottish National Party, or SNP] would provide for Scotland; but it is clear that it would be much less than that provided to Scotland as part of the UK,...


UK's Philip Hammond challenges SNP on Scotland defence policy - Financial Times
8 Oct 2013 at 11:00am

UK's Philip Hammond challenges SNP on Scotland defence policy
Financial Times
Philip Hammond, UK defence secretary, has challenged the Scottish National party to explain how an independent Scotland could maintain promised military forces within its proposed annual budget of £2.5bn. SNP pledges to r...


Defence jobs 'risked by debate' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
8 Oct 2013 at 10:41am

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Defence jobs 'risked by debate'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The Westminster Defence Secretary launched an attack on Scottish National Party (SNP) plans for a future independent defence force during a visit to Edinburgh. He accused the party of failing to set out...


Independence debate ?damaging? defence industry - Scotsman
8 Oct 2013 at 10:15am

Scotsman

Independence debate ?damaging? defence industry
Scotsman
But the SNP rejected his claims and insisted that Scotland could have a defence force suited to the country's needs, without nuclear weapons. Mr Hammond, focusing much of his speech on jobs, said: ?The nationalists have created a high...


Scottish independence: Hammond says SNP defence plan 'insultingly vague' - BB...
8 Oct 2013 at 10:12am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Hammond says SNP defence plan 'insultingly vague'
BBC News
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the SNP's defence plans for an independent Scotland are "insultingly vague". Mr Hammond was speaking at the launch of the UK government's report defending the British ...


Alex Salmond Accused Of 'Insultingly Vague' Defence Plans For Independent ......
8 Oct 2013 at 9:20am

Alex Salmond Accused Of 'Insultingly Vague' Defence Plans For Independent ...
Huffington Post UK
... in the UK armed forces or in the defence industry that equips and supports them. "Instead of coming forward with detailed, costed and credible proposals to fulfil that first duty of government, the ...


Debate 'puts defence jobs at risk' - ic Solihull.co.uk
8 Oct 2013 at 9:00am

Debate 'puts defence jobs at risk'
ic Solihull.co.uk
The Defence Secretary launched an attack on Scottish National Party (SNP) plans for a future independent defence force during a visit to Edinburgh. He accused the party of failing to set out coherent proposals with just one year to go before the ...


Independent Scottish army would not attract troops of sufficient 'calibre', s...
8 Oct 2013 at 8:50am

Telegraph.co.uk

Independent Scottish army would not attract troops of sufficient 'calibre', says ...
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP has made the removal of the weapons system a key plank of its proposal for independence. The Defence Secretary said it would take a "brave" person to decide to abandon what he...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Ahead of Scotland referendum and 2015 election Cameron reshuffles cabinet - M...
7 Oct 2013 at 8:32pm

Herald Scotland

Ahead of Scotland referendum and 2015 election Cameron reshuffles cabinet
MercoPress
British Prime Minister David Cameron has kicked off a coalition reshuffle, with Scottish Secretary Michael Moore among the casualties. The Liberal Democrat's Cabinet post is being taken by the party'...


Pack reshuffled for referendum - Herald Scotland
7 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Pack reshuffled for referendum
Herald Scotland
Mr Moore has been replaced because Nick Clegg feels he needs more of a political bruiser at the helm at the Scotland Office, ahead of the independence referendum. With less than a year to go, Alistair Carmichael's set of skills seems better suited.



Inside Track: Referendum? Sorry, that's too much information - Herald Scotland
7 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Inside Track: Referendum? Sorry, that's too much information
Herald Scotland
On the other side of the debate, the Scottish Government's referendum website lists 22 publications detailing its plans for independence, in addition to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's blog and further background r...


Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond - BBC News
8 Oct 2013 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond
BBC News
The Scottish government proposes a £2.5bn defence force if there is a "yes" in next September's referendum. Scotland's Veterans' Minister Keith Brown said the plan was for a defence force in Scotland growing from 11,000...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to pa...


Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, herald...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
4 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress ...


Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron rules out TV debate with ... ...
27 Sep 2013 at 11:40am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron rules out TV debate with ...
The Independent
David Cameron has ruled out going head-to-head on television with Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, ahead of next year's referendum on independence. Mr Salmond has repeatedly challen...


Lamont expects to 'warmly celebrate' referendum 'no' vote - Herald Scotland
21 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Lamont expects to 'warmly celebrate' referendum 'no' vote
Herald Scotland
I expect to be standing in front of a UK Labour conference audience as Scottish leader of a party that has persuaded most Scots that our future lies in partnership with our neighbours." Lamont's contribution is...



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Anything Goes

Flegs - Stirling Style
8 Oct 2013 at 3:45pm



Pride Of 'britain.'
8 Oct 2013 at 3:45pm
Is this year the first time a prime minister has bothered his/her backside to attend?

Cynical/Par...

Stirling Council
8 Oct 2013 at 12:27pm

The Labour/Tory-run cooncil to 'resolve' to stand up for the symbols of 'our country' and fly the...



Mind Your Language
8 Oct 2013 at 11:09am

Why was this never shown again?

 

 

http://youtu.be/KlmOrb1Tg1I



Cookie Monster On Newsnight...
8 Oct 2013 at 10:47am

Too much drug taking at the BBC... 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24439648



Paxo Stuffs It To Cameron
8 Oct 2013 at 9:18am

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/paxman-slams-pms-ww1-comments-231752119.html#kckslZn

 

I'm with Santa Pa...



Dows Bar Appreciation
8 Oct 2013 at 8:32am

Love this place, fantastic wee bar



Prestwick Airport
8 Oct 2013 at 7:33am

Scottish Government apparently going to take over it 

 

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



Zipper, Zip,fly
8 Oct 2013 at 6:56am
Just came back from the 'Gents' to discover my 'shoppie door' was still open.
 
Got me thinking a...

Peter Higgs - Nobel Prize
8 Oct 2013 at 6:27am

Awarded this morning, shared with Francois Englert. Work done while he was at the University of E...




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Better Nation

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

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...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...


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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.

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Edinburgh scientist wins Nobel prize for physics
by sean.lafferty
8 Oct 2013 at 9:15am

Peter Higgs of Edinburgh University has won the Nobel prize for physics , along with Francois Eng...



Yes Scotland answers your questions: Pensions
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
8 Oct 2013 at 7:53am
Video of VllYFdjuJJM

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...



Scotsman columnist says No campaign 'failing to do its sums properly'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
8 Oct 2013 at 6:03am

A national newspaper columnist has forensically dismantled the No campaign?s "spurious statistics...



The indefensible Ministry of Defence
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
8 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
Tory Defence Secretary Philip Hammond?s latest intervention in the referendum debate has made for...

Inspirational story of cancer sufferer's fight to vote Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
8 Oct 2013 at 5:00am

The story of a cancer sufferer opting for life-prolonging treatment so that she can live long eno...



An Open Path to Local Democracy
by Cailean Gallagher
7 Oct 2013 at 11:01am

What would it take to put stronger local democracy at the heart of Scotland?s constitutional futu...



Green conference highlights range of Yes possibilities
by Cailean Gallagher
7 Oct 2013 at 9:32am

In 2014, the people of Scotland will decide whether Scotland should be an independent country.  I...



Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Oct 2013 at 6:00pm
A Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland. That is the argument made in Yes Sco...

Actor Peter Mullan confident Scotland will say Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Oct 2013 at 5:00am

Peter Mullan, who stars in the new movie Sunshine on Leith, has spoken of his confidence that Sco...



Balls and Darling ? more scare stories but no genuine debate
by Stuart McDonald
4 Oct 2013 at 7:47am
If the intervention in the referendum by Westminster politicians this week tells us anything, it?...

Young people next in line for Cameron?s welfare cuts
by Stuart McDonald
3 Oct 2013 at 7:31am

David Cameron had only one new policy to announce in his speech to Tory conference this week:  ou...



Correcting Alistair Darling on oil and gas
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 8:50am

Perhaps Alistair Darling hadn?t read the Fiscal Commission Working Group report on an oil and gas...



Scotland 'top worldwide university destination' - British Council
by Peter Dempsie
2 Oct 2013 at 5:55am

Scotland has been ranked as the top worldwide university destination for overall international st...



The oil funds we could have had - and could still have
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

While there is a debate to be had about how best to use our oil reserves, there is no doubt that ...



UK economy 'will thrive' after Scotland becomes independent
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
2 Oct 2013 at 4:22am

The rest of the UK economy will continue to thrive after Scotland votes for independence, a surve...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
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
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...


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


Prestwick airport set to be nationalised
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 12:31pm

Scottish government in talks to buy loss-making airport that was put up for sale last year by New Zealand-based owner

Scottish ministers are to take Prestwick airport into public ownership in an att...




Scotland's human trafficking bill could make it a 'beacon to the world'
8 Oct 2013 at 10:03am

MSP Jenny Marra points out there are more trafficking victims in Scottish jails than perpetrators, as she launches consultation

It's a cold March morning in Aberdeen. A woman in her mid-20s is shopp...




Scottish independence would risk 12,000 defence jobs, says Hammond
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 1:00am

UK defence secretary accuses SNP of being 'insultingly vague' about its proposals for an independent defence force

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a new row over Scottish indepen...




SNP demands debate with Philip Hammond after job loss claims
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Defence secretary claims 12,000 jobs would be jeopardised by a yes vote in 2014 Scottish independence referendum

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a fresh row over Scottish indepen...




Alistair Carmichael gets Nick Clegg nod to battle against Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 2:02pm

Michael Moore's replacement as Scottish secretary is felt to be combative enough to fight 'wounding, bloody campaign'

The appointment of Alistair Carmichael as the new Scotland secretary is a nakedl...




Ministerial reshuffle: Alistair Carmichael new Scottish secretary
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 10:13am

Michael Moore replaced by Alistair Carmichael whose direct style will drive the coalition's Scottish independence campaign

Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary and one of the most senior figures in...




Reshuffle of Tory ministers and Labour top team to follow Lib Dem rejig
by Rowena Mason
7 Oct 2013 at 6:13am

Sacking of Lib Dem Scottish secretary to be followed by shake-up of Tory posts and opposition frontbenchers

Nick Clegg has kicked off a government reshuffle by sacking Michael Moore, the Scottish se...




Scottish independence: armed forces will be under-funded, says MoD
by Severin Carrell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Report states £2.5bn proposed annual budget for Scottish Defence Force is too small and takes no account of startup costs

An independent Scotland will face an "immediate and pressing challenge" to s...




David Cameron must lock horns with Alex Salmond soon | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
6 Oct 2013 at 12:20am

The prime minister says he's passionate about the union, but shows a curious reluctance to defend it in public debate

In the week of the Conservative party conference, the consequences of not gettin...




David Cameron still in broadcasters sights as they consider referendum debates
by Severin Carrell
4 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

The BBC, Sky and STV are to start outline talks with Better Together about staging leaders' debates on independence but won't be told to forget about getting the prime minister involved

Has Better T...




Ed Balls: Alex Salmond's sterling currency union plans flawed
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 4:20pm

Shadow chancellor says nationalists want to dismantle the very things that make a shared currency work

Ed Balls has challenged Alex Salmond's plans for a new sterling currency union after independen...




Better Together bids to sidestep Salmond over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

Now that David Cameron has rejected Alex Salmond's challenge for a live TV debate on independence, the pro-UK Better Together campaign asks for formal talks on another contest, against Alistair Dar...




Scottish government pledges to set up North Sea oil funds after independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Oct 2013 at 10:22am

Finance secretary says surplus tax receipts cash would be used to soften blow of collapses in oil revenues on public spending

The Scottish government has pledged to establish two oil funds after ind...




Europe's nationalists seek solidarity with Scotland's independence campaign
by Severin Carrell
30 Sep 2013 at 5:16am

Amongst the saltires flying at the independence march in Edinburgh were flags from Flemish Belgium, Catalonia, Sardinia and Venice as European nationalists plan for a mass march in Brussels

The Scot...




Cameron rejects Salmond's call for TV debate on Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Sep 2013 at 9:28am

David Cameron says first minister is trying 'diversionary tactic' and should instead go head to head with Alistair Darling

David Cameron has ruled out staging a televised debate on Scottish independ...




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