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SNP anger at council 'snub' to Sturgeon
THE SNP has accused Scotland's biggest Labour-run council of snubbing Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over an offer to speak at a major economic conference.

Cameron urged to hire poll strategist
Boris Johnson has urged David Cameron to hire right-wing political strategist Lynton Crosby and give him a free hand to run the Conservatives' 2015 General Election campaign.

Price rises 'harming' efforts to tackle fuel poverty
Efforts to end fuel poverty are being undermined by energy companies' price increases, the Deputy First Minister said.

Unfair tax system is fuelling Scotland's inequality
THREE-QUARTERS of Scots think taxes should be raised for those with the highest incomes and wealth.

PM supports 'arranged' exit from Syria for Assad
David Cameron has suggested Syrian President Bashar al Assad should be spirited out of the country to avoid any further bloodshed.

MP 'embarrassed' at missing debate
A Labour MP said she was "embarrassed" after a Westminster debate on Scotland and the European Union was cancelled when she turned up late.

Dorries suspended over show
The Conservative Party has suspended the whip from MP Nadine Dorries after it emerged she was planning an extended absence from Westminster to appear on television's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Tom Peterkin: Sorry Ms Dorries, but reality TV won?t help either your or the ...

For hard core arrows fans, the thought of spending a month with Eric Bristow might seem quite appealing. Just think of the tales Bristow could tell of his epic battles with the late Jocky Wilson and that other great athlete John “9-dart” Lowe.



George Kerevan: New Archbishop following a well-trodden path

To rid the UK of the anti-democratic Old Etonian network, we must first abolish the British Establishment, not the famous old school, writes George Kerevan.



Iain Gray: Scotland needs devo-Mack

Holyrood is recognisably the parliament John Pitcairn Mackintosh designed decades ago and we must fight to ensure his ideology endures, writes Iain Gray.



Scottish independence: Electoral Commission ?is vital to ensure fair play?

THE outcome of the independence referendum will face “serious problems” if SNP ministers ditch the country’s official elections watchdog as a “guarantor” of the process, MSPs have heard.



Gregor Gall: Salmond?s lost opportunities to sell his vision

The First Minister has yet to explain how Scotland will be more socially just under independence, writes Gregor Gall.



Joyce McMillan: Victory offers chance to take risks

Barack Obama’s supporters expect liberal political action, and the rest of the world is watching too, writes Joyce McMillan.



Methadone ?stranding? drug users, insist critics

THE USE of the heroin substitute methadone to help addicts kick their habit has come under attack with a warning that many drug users are being left “stranded in the system”.



Ian Perry: Statistics don?t tell the real story of planning decisions

The Scottish Government has recently released statistics in relation to local authority planning decisions. I wanted to respond to subsequent comments made by house builders with regard to apparent long delays in issuing planning consents for major developments.



Scotland-wide lawyers? strike looms over legal aid row

THE prospect of the first Scotland-wide strike by lawyers came closer last night after another legal professionals’ group backed industrial action.



Gina Davidson: One in the i for Santa Salmond

JUST when you thought you could unclench your buttocks and kick back on the sofa in an apolitical sloth after the American electorate actually saw sense and voted Barack Obama back into the White House for another four years, along comes another issue to get you jumping off that space-saving Ikea two-seater in a sweaty rage.



Scottish independence: Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending could ...

THE result of the independence referendum would face “serious problems” if SNP ministers don’t follow the advice of the country’s elections watchdog.



David Torrance: Salmond is still box office

THE First Minister is as confident as ever, but he remains a better advocate of the SNP as a party of government rather than a party of independence, writes David Torrance.



BBC issues apology over Salmond bachelor comments

The BBC has apologised for labelling Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond a bachelor.



?Dave will be happy to be rid of me ? I?m a thorn in his side? says jungle MP

Suspended Tory MP Nadine Dorries believes Prime Minister David Cameron will be “relieved” to see the back of her after she flew to Australia to take part in I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and admitted: “I am a thorn in his side.”



Alex Salmond hints at retirement from top job as he becomes longest serving F...

ALEX Salmond revealed yesterday that the row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was the lowest point of his leadership.



Wingsland Blog

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

Third time?s the charmer
Some alert listeners picked up a curious story on today’s edition of Good Morning Scotland, which was reported on the Tattie Scones blog and which we immediately set about investigating further. It was another outing for the “Scotland could be partitioned after the independence referendum” nonsense first peddled by a Tory peer back in January [...]

Doing it deliberately
The Daily Record carries the results of an interesting poll today. Carried out by the paper itself among its own readers, it shows conclusive support for a range of SNP policies. For example, 79% of Record readers want to retain Sterling should Scotland become independent, in line with the Nats’ position. They want Scotland to [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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

Moore 'confident' of added powers
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says he is "confident" Scotland will get more powers following a "no" vote in the independence referendum.

Qualified staff improve learning
Being taught by highly qualified staff makes a difference to the education of nursery school children in Scotland, a report concludes.

One-bin council ponders increase
A council which currently provides just one bin to homeowners is considering moves to give out five new waste containers.

Council makes living wage plan
Staff at Edinburgh City Council could benefit from the introduction of the living wage from January next year.

Salmond will not go 'on and on'
SNP leader Alex Salmond tells the BBC he is proud to be Scotland's longest-serving first minister but he has no intention of going "on and on".

Lawyers threat over legal change
Lawyers threaten industrial action over planned Scottish government changes to criminal legal aid.

'Review needed' on reoffending
The Scottish government is urged to re-think its strategy to tackle criminal reoffending by the spending watchdog.

New £1.2m fund to aid Malawi poor
The Scottish government is inviting organisations to bid for £1.2m in funding to carry out projects aimed at helping poor people in Malawi.

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

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

Ash tree disease at seven sites
Seven cases of the tree disease Chalara ash dieback are confirmed in Scotland as a major survey by the Foresty Commission is completed.

VIDEO: Scottiish Parliament
Alex Salmond insists NHS is not in crisis and that the Scottish government had maintained funding of health boards in real terms during first minister's questions on 8 November 2012.

AUDIO: Salmond talks of achievements
Alex Salmond talks of his achievements as Scotland's longest-serving first minister.

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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First Minister's Questions - 08 Nov 2012 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



Scotland?s Place in the World and the Problem with British Isolationism

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 3rd 2012

Europe has been in the headlines in the last two weeks. There was Salmond?s little legal controversy on EU matters, followed by David Cameron?s problems with his backbenchers on Europe, while some Labour politicians charged Ed Miliband with opportunism for siding with Tory Euro-sceptics.

If it is possible to rise above Scots insularity and petty partisanship which we have seen in the last week, it would be helpful to note the wider European and international dimension in which the Scottish self-government and independence debate, is now located.



A High Court judge and an allegation of criminality

By Kenneth Roy
 
The week before last ? on 23 October ? an extraordinary story appeared on the BBC in the name of one of the most experienced journalists in Scotland, Reevel Alderson. Its online version was headed: 'Lockerbie group accuse Lord Advocate Colin Boyd'. Mr Alderson reported in his first paragraph that it was being alleged that Lord Boyd (as he now is) had attempted to pervert the course of justice.



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

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



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

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



Scots should reject this Gutter Referendum Rhetoric

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



American independence? That would be folly

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



In the teeth of the gale

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



First Minister's Questions: 01 November 2012 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



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

By Kenneth Roy

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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My faith in the media (partially) restored

The debate about Scottish independence has been ramping up since the SNP was re-elected with a majority in 2011, and will continue to do so until the referendum in 2014.



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Nats' bleak outlook in battle over freebies
Labour keeps up its assault on Scotland's freebie culture while Alex Salmond pledges that he will go on and on and on...

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Anti Independence Group Desperately Look For A Platform For Alistair Darling

Today's story in The Herald that Labour controlled Glasgow City Council has snubbed Nicola Sturgeon and asked an opposition backbench MP from Edinburgh to instead appear at its State of the Economy conference, will come as no surprise to anyone aware of Glasgow Labour's petty politics.



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The most intolerant nationalism on these islands is British

How strange that it never occurs to people who attack nationalism (of the Scottish or Welsh varieties) as 'sick', 'divisive', 'whimsical', 'arrogant' and 'sideshow politics' (all terms used by Christina Bridge – 1 November – in her piece 'Down with devolution') that the strongest, most intolerant and least sensitive nationalism active within these islands is the British variety.



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Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending could damage credibility of r...

THE result of the independence referendum would face “serious problems” if SNP ministers don’t follow the advice of the country’s elections watchdog.

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Secessions That Will Redraw Europe

On November 25, Catalonia, the richest region of Spain, will hold regional elections. Artur Mas, the leader of the regional government, is campaigning on a platform demanding more autonomy for Catalonia.

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Michael Kelly: The US offers a history lesson for Nationalists

SUPPORTERS of Scottish independence are mistaken if they think America’s past strengthens their case, writes Michael Kelly.

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Moore 'confident' of added powers

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says he is "confident" Scotland will get more powers following a "no" vote in the independence referendum.

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Scottish Secretary Michael Moore criticises SNP claims of continued EU member...

THE SNP Government insist Scotland will continue to be part of the European Union, while opponents argue it would have to reapply and the lose the existing rights of the UK.

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Scotland?s Place in the World and the Problem with British Isolationism
By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, November 3rd 2012 Europe has been in the headlines in the last two weeks.

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Independence versus greater devolution
Attaining an independent nation has been at the forefront of the Scottish political agenda since the SNP became a minority administration at Holyrood in 2007.

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Michael Fry: A No vote may see Scots leave the EU by default

WITH THE Tories on a course out of the EU, says Michael Fry, a pro-Europe Scotland that is still part of the UK may be forced to follow. ...

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Timeline to Independence
The campaign for Scotland's independence is being muddied and distorted by a chaotic media narrative.

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Alistair Darling: Alex Salmond must 'come clean' over EU

Alistair Darling has urged Alex Salmond to “come clean” and admit that an independent Scotland would not gain EU membership on “nod and a wink”.

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Your chance to submit questions to Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond is being interviewed by Jon Snow next month on the independence referendum, and here's your chance to set some of the questions for the First Minister.



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Daily Record

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Alex Salmond admits compensation awarded to William Beggs over appeals delay ...
THE "limbs-in-the-loch" killer, who was convicted of murdering 18-year-old Barry Wallace in 2001, was awarded £4,800 in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

MSP's fury at sauna licence decision by Edinburgh City Council
RHODA GRANT wants paying for sex to be made illegal in Scotland and questioned how sauna licensing could remain workable when Scotland has a national police force.

Council gives saunas the go-ahead to continue in the capital
THERE was virtually no debate yesterday as councillors gave a series of licence applications their unanimous backing despite critics saying saunas are little more than brothels and should be outlawed.

Labour MSP takes fight against methadone barons to Holyrood
MAMMOTH sums pocketed by Scotland?s 'methadone millionaires' will be probed at Holyrood today by Community safety spokeswoman Jenny Marra who insists cash would be better spent on residential treatment.

Rebel Tory Nadine Dorries faces sleaze probe over her daughter's role
NADINE was slammed for entering I'm A Celebrity... Get Me out of Here and is now being probed after declaring her daughter as an aide even though she works full-time for a law firm.

Disgraced ex-council boss Steven Purcell collapses with liver failure
FORMER Labour politician was taken to hospital with suspected liver failure from his luxury flat as pals say he had just been on a drinking binge.

Vote no to independence and I'll go, says Alex Salmond
FIRST MINISTER insisted he would not 'go on and on' if voters shoot down his independence dream but said he had no immediate plans for retirement.

Scottish Government launches anti-litter strategy ahead of major sporting events
WITH the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games set to be held in Scotland in 2014, a summit will be held in the new year to tackle the litter problem.

Almost 80 per cent of Scots want to keep the pound if country becomes indepen...
A SURVEY of 500 readers shows voters back SNP plans for sterling, NATO and staying in EU.

Government face questions after it's revealed quarter of women reoffend withi...
THE Scottish Government has been told to explain why reoffending levels are so high despite £128million being spent to try and reduce the spiral of crime.

Time to step up MacAskill
HAVING spent over £120m in a bid to stop prisoners reoffending after release, the Scottish Government is underfire at the latest statistics.

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

UK government issues statement fuelling row over an independent Scotland's status in the European Union

The UK government says an independent Scotland would have to apply as a new member state to jo...



Nick Clegg attacks Philip Hammond for 'jumping the gun' on Trident

Deputy PM shows anger at defence secretary's plans for deterrent renewal without coalition-agreed study of alternatives

Nick Clegg has accused the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, of "jumping the ...



Donald Trump is a joke, but not a harmless one | Anthony Baxter

As I learned while making my film, You've Been Trumped, the billionaire uses his celebrity and wealth to get his own way

There was something bizarre, sad and deeply unsettling about Donald Trump's m...



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

Report suggests Westminster government could be forced to disarm and find new home for Clyde-based nuclear weapons

A vote for Scottish independence could force the UK to "unilaterally disarm" its Tr...



'Join the queue' for EU membership, Spain tells Alex Salmond

Further blow for Scottish independence camp as Spanish foreign minister says new nation would not be automatic EU member

Alex Salmond's chaotic attempts to persuade voters he could take an independe...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading Scottish voters about EU legal advice

First minister had said his claim of automatic EU membership after independence was backed up by his legal officers

Alex Salmond has been accused of misleading voters about the legal advice given to...



Two MSPs resign from SNP over party's Nato stance

John Finnie and Jean Urquhart quit over decision to end opposition to Scotland joining nuclear-armed military alliance

Two Scottish National party members of the Scottish parliament who led a rebell...



Independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles, says Alex Salmond

Scotland's first minister rejects suggestion that UK could keep nuclear weapons on Clyde if Scotland voted for independence

Alex Salmond has rejected suggestions that an independent Scotland would a...



Alex Salmond gains slim SNP vote for joining Nato

Conference delegates narrowly back new policy to support Nato membership if independence referendum is won

Alex Salmond has won a narrow victory in his attempts to overturn the Scottish National par...



Scottish independence campaign to distribute 1m leaflets

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

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



SNP can win independence for Scotland, Salmond tells conference

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

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



Liberal Democrats in Scotland propose 'home rule all round'

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

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



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?DANGERMOUSE? AND THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
By Donald S Murray Among the ?critics? of Gaelic I have observed over the last few years, there appears to be a large number of avid watchers of old episodes [...]

Calm Your Jets
by Michael Greenwell When Obama won 4 years ago, a number of people took the huff with me for mentioning these facts that I had found (via Andy Best)? So, [...]

Congratulations to Celtic for a great performance
Congratulations to Celtic for beating Barcelona 2-1 at Parkhead.  It was a fantastic result which was just the shot in the arm Scottish football needed after the Craig Levein embarrassment. [...]

Book Review: Thinking in Pibroch
Dougie Strang reviews Voicing Scotland, a new publication written by musician Gary West and published by Luath Press THINKING IN PIBROCH Voicing Scotland is a timely examination of the nature and [...

US Vote: Barry Graham?s Election Day Diary
Writing exclusively for Bella Caledonia another Scots author in exile Barry Graham gives a running commentary  from Portland, Oregon, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney slug it out in a closely [...]

US Vote: Irvine Welsh?s Election Day Diary
Writing exclusively for Bella Caledonia author Irvine Welsh gives a running commentary  from Chicago as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney slug it out in a closely run contest to be [...]

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision - Scotsman

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Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision
Scotsman
On the day Alex Salmond and David Cameron signed off the ?Edinburgh Agreement? over the terms of the forthcoming referend...


Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play' - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play'
Scotsman
And the Scottish Government faced fresh criticism at Holyrood yesterday over its position on joining the EU...


Only one way to vote if Scots want to stay in EU - Financial Times

Only one way to vote if Scots want to stay in EU
Financial Times
Now I find myself thinking that only by voting for independence can the Scots avoid a small-state mentality, for that mentality seems ...


Scottish independence: Culture secretary pledges to safeguard arts spending i...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Culture secretary pledges to safeguard arts spending in ...
Scotsman
?The Scottish Government supports independence so that it can choose its own priorities, and boost ...


Separatist movements raise questions about the EU - Financial Times (blog)

Separatist movements raise questions about the EU
Financial Times (blog)
Independence movements in Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders are capturing votes and the public imagination as they seek to brea...


Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Johann Lamont has hit out at what she describes as Scotland's "something for nothing" culture, casting in doubt Labour's support for free univers...


SNP claims on EU status criticised - ic Scotland.co.uk

SNP claims on EU status criticised
ic Scotland.co.uk
... MP's comment contradicts Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who told MSPs on October 23 that the so-called Edinburgh agreement allows the S...


NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond? - L...

Left Foot Forward

NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond?
Left Foot Forward
Scottish Labour have warned the SNP are not dealing with harsh economic facts in their dri...


Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws - Telegraph.co.uk

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Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws
Telegraph.co.uk
They suggested this meant the remainder of the UK would have to accede to a separate Scotland's wishes when...


Scottish independence: Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending ... - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending ...
Scotsman
But constitutional expert Alan Trench warned a Holyrood committee this morning that it could damage the cre...


SNP

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Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision - Scotsman

Scotsman

Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision
Scotsman
His speech to the SNP conference showed a slight change in tack when he proclaimed that the best way to defend the gains ...


Iain Gray: Scotland needs devo-Mack - Scotsman

Scotsman

Iain Gray: Scotland needs devo-Mack
Scotsman
Mackintosh scorned the idea of devolution as a response to the SNP ?threat?. His argument was for better government. He believed that the ?Westmin...


Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play' - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play'
Scotsman
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already indicated that SNP ministers will defy the Electoral Comm...


HOLYROOD TV VIEWERS SHUN SALMOND GRILLING - Express.co.uk

HOLYROOD TV VIEWERS SHUN SALMOND GRILLING
Express.co.uk
Mr Salmond's clashes with opposition leaders are supposed to be Scotland's set-piece political event. It is the only time of the week when his ...


Environmental factors can mitigate genetic risk for developing alcohol proble...

Environmental factors can mitigate genetic risk for developing alcohol problems
Science Codex
A new study has looked at gene-environment interactions between a functional single nucleotide polymorphi...


Nats' bleak outlook in battle over freebies - Telegraph.co.uk

Nats' bleak outlook in battle over freebies
Telegraph.co.uk
All joking aside, and it is probably too early for levity, the cost of what the SNP says it can afford and the cuts it is forced to make in...


Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour'
ic Scotland.co.uk
But the SNP leader said Labour's review of such public services put at risk the "crucial gains of devolution". Mr Salmond, who is now Scotland's ...


SNP claims on EU status criticised - ic Scotland.co.uk

SNP claims on EU status criticised
ic Scotland.co.uk
The SNP's position on continued membership of the European Union has been further criticised by the Scottish Secretary. Michael Moore said there i...


NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond? - L...

Left Foot Forward

NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond?
Left Foot Forward
Scottish Labour have warned the SNP are not dealing with harsh economic facts in their dri...


Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP MSPs on Holyrood's new Referendum Bill committee yesterday pointed to a section of the deal that stated...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision - Scotsman

Scotsman

Gregor Gall: Salmond's lost opportunities to sell his vision
Scotsman
On the day Alex Salmond and David Cameron signed off the ?Edinburgh Agreement? over the terms of the forthcoming referend...


Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play' - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Electoral Commission 'is vital to ensure fair play'
Scotsman
The Scottish Government's position was defended earlier this week by the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland. H...


Separatist movements raise questions about the EU - Financial Times (blog)

Separatist movements raise questions about the EU
Financial Times (blog)
In late 2014, Scots will vote in a referendum that will either confirm or reject the 1707 Act of Union with England. Catalans ...


Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Shift on benefits 'may cost Labour'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Johann Lamont has hit out at what she describes as Scotland's "something for nothing" culture, casting in doubt Labour's support for free univers...


SNP claims on EU status criticised - ic Scotland.co.uk

SNP claims on EU status criticised
ic Scotland.co.uk
Michael Moore said there is no reason why the key issues could not have been explored before the British-Scottish agreement was signed last month,...


NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond? - L...

Left Foot Forward

NHS on 'amber alert' in Scotland ? is the same true for trust in Salmond?
Left Foot Forward
Scottish Labour have warned the SNP are not dealing with harsh economic facts in their dri...


Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Michael Moore: Referendum deal does not fix separation flaws
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP MSPs on Holyrood's new Referendum Bill committee yesterday pointed to a section of the deal that stated...


As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions on Thursday, 8 November - BBC News

As-it-happened: First Minister's Questions on Thursday, 8 November
BBC News
SNP leader Mr Salmond reached a political milestone this week when he became Scotland's longest-serving first minister. In ...


Scottish independence: Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending ... - ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Defying electoral watchdog on campaign spending ...
Scotsman
Claims by Ms Sturgeon that the historic Edinburgh Agreement to stage the referendum was needed before she c...


'Labour's review of universal benefits will cost its leader her job' - stv.tv

'Labour's review of universal benefits will cost its leader her job'
stv.tv
Tweet Facebook Tweet Google. Labour's review of universal benefits could cost Labour leader Johann Lamont her job and leave...


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Last Day For £3.6M Lottery Jackpot Claim
Seen this, surely at this point they should give as much detail as possible to find the winner.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-20251283#

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Piss Survey
(Presumably) due to the antibiotics I'm on, my piss currently smells of popcorn being cooked.

What's the strangest your wee has smelled?

Scotland In Autumn
Was thinking about driving north on Saturday to take some photos of the autumnal colours in Perthshire / Pitlochry-shire. Anyone in that area able to tell me if I'm too late and all the leaves are ...

Motorists V Cyclists
I see Britain's greatest ever road cyclist was knocked off his bike yesterday. Hopefully he is okay.

Not sure of the circumstances but doesn't really surprise me that something like this could hap...

Fat Fingers
To the many Tambers who think I have been looking at their profile, sorry, it's my fat fingers which have 'clicked' on your user name rather than the topic. It's one of the downsides I have found w...

Fat Fingers
To the many Tambers who think I have been looking at their profile, sorry, it's my fat fingers which have 'clicked' on your user name rather than the topic. It's one of the downsides I have found w...

Ian Davidson (Again)
I see this clowns at it again.

It was almost in disbelief what i heard on good morning Scotland today.
Ian Davidson mp for Govan wants the regions of Scotland who vote no in the independence refer...

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Watching Tv Shows Online
Came home from a trip away to find that my mate has Sky+ all of the up to date episodes of Season 2 of Homeland. However he forgot to record the first episode....doh!

Now, I am trying to see if I ...

Holiday In Scotland With Kids
usually go to center parcs with several other families but now there are a few of the kids going to school the prices for the school holidays are ridiculous

anyone got any suggestions for somethin...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

How much of an influence will money have on the Independence referendum?
and the 2015 General election? The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that no campaign was in disarray, due to major unionist parties donors not willing to donate to the no campaign. Willie Hau...

Is Alex Salmond one of the day?s big losers?
Why did the SNP make Glasgow their key target? In our PB prediction poll a couple of weeks ago a reasonable majority of participants said that the SNP would win control of the city of Glasgow. That...

Will being called ?Skintland? boost the YES or NO campaigns?
What’ll the “Economist cover” do to the referendum? Above is a version of what’s said to be the front cover of the latest Economist which hasn’t going down too well in nationalist circles overnight...

Scot Goes pop

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

The black hole where the US media's coverage of third party candidates should be
It was an interesting experience watching CNN's election coverage as one of the roughly 1% of voters who had plumped for someone other than Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Although I'd been in that p...

It's independence referendum day...
...in Puerto Rico.  The fact that you probably didn't know that (no offence to anyone who did!) should perhaps cause us to question our assumption that any independence referendum is bound to attra...

Questions to which the answer is 'if you don't stop asking these horrid quest...
Gordon Brown may not have been the greatest ever PM, but it's now clear that was not the summit of his political career. No, the role that history has been preparing him for is to resurrect Labour...

Phil's Fallout Feeds My Five-Year-Old
Brit Nuke chief Phil Hammond today BLASTED the parochial Jock First Minister for his "crazy obsession" with averting global nuclear catastrophe.

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...

Why are YouGov so convinced they can "improve" on the referendum question?
I overlooked this YouGov poll on independence the other day, which essentially shows an identical position to the previous poll by the same company a week earlier -

Yes 29% (-1)
No 55% (-1)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"If any thinking person wants another rea...