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Shamed Walker finally resigns
WIFE- beating MSP Bill Walker finally quit the Scottish Parliament last night, blaming a "media onslaught" for his resignation.

Falkirk Labour contender: 'We need to know why Unite accusations were withdrawn'
A contender in Labour's botched selection race in Falkirk has broken her silence about the scandal threatening to engulf party leader Ed Miliband.

Charity criticised for hiring process that sparked nepotism claims
A publicly funded charity has been criticised by the industry watchdog after it gave a plum job to the chief executive's wife.

Falkirk fiasco gets murkier
In July, Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed head on allegations that the trade unite Unite had tried to "fix" the Falkirk selection contest to help its favoured candidate.

MoD chief blames ministers for his department's blunders
The man in charge of equipment at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has warned officials offer "opinion" not fact on defence programmes, including the aircraft carriers being built on the Clyde, because of pressure from ministers.

Cameron in swipe at Putin over Syria war deadlock
THE world must not "contract out" its morality to the United Nations by giving permanent members such as Russia the final say on whether military action should be taken against Syria, David Cameron said yesterday.

Charities welcome ministers' lobbying bill U-turn
The Government has announced a U-turn on its controversial lobbying legislation after a backlash by charities who feared the bill would hit their campaigns.

Rail leader in call for new 'party of labour'
Rail union leader Bob Crow is to call for a "new party of labour" to challenge the policies of the three main political parties.

Blair disagrees with Miliband
Ed Miliband's stance on military action against Syria has come under fire from Tony Blair.

Pressure intensifies on Walker
DISGRACED MSP Bill Walker is to face continuing pressure in the run-up to his sentencing for 23 counts of assault against women over a period of almost 30 years.

Police unit boss refuses to publish client list
The head of a national police unit has refused to publish a list of clients of rogue private detectives despite an ultimatum from MPs.

Holyrood consults with prison service over Walker salary cut
HOLYROOD officials asked the prison service whether a jailed MSP could carry out his job before recommending that Bill Walker be stripped of 90% of his salary if he is given a custodial sentence.

MoD officials 'given just hours' to alter aircraft carrier plans
Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials were given only hours to pull together botched plans to change the design of the aircraft carriers being built on the Clyde.

The bouncer expertly bounced as Rennie and Lamont land FMQs blows
HE always had the physique for it, but yesterday Alex Salmond was installed as the bouncer at the gate of Scotland's nurseries, merrily turning away tearful bairns who only ever wanted to laugh, learn and swap nits.

McColl denies Rangers vote
TYCOON Jim McColl has denied ­agreeing to a "vote of confidence" in the current board members at Rangers as a condition of entry for the proposed new arrivals in the Ibrox directors' box.


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Historic Scotland attractions welcome 1.7m people
8 Sep 2013 at 7:18am

A RECORD 1.7 million people visited Historic Scotland attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Linlithgow Palace this summer, the Scottish Government agency said today.



Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to step down in 2015
8 Sep 2013 at 6:25am

LIBERAL Democrat Sarah Teather issued a stinging criticism of her own party over immigration and welfare as she announced she would quit Parliament at the next general election.



Alex Neil rejects direction of NHS in England
7 Sep 2013 at 4:56pm

HEALTH secretary Alex Neil has attacked the ­“damaging” effects of NHS privatisation in England, pledging to take the service in Scotland down a different path to ensure the best care for patients.



Unemployment ?could be double official figures?
7 Sep 2013 at 4:46pm

UNEMPLOYMENT could be almost double the figure of 2.5 million when groups such as the economically inactive are added to the total, the TUC claimed yesterday.



Rogue PI list to be published as nine names removed
7 Sep 2013 at 4:42pm

NINE names have been removed from a controversial list of clients of rogue private detectives just days before it is expected to be published, Scotland Yard has said.



China salmon exports spark human rights row
7 Sep 2013 at 2:40pm

A MAJOR bid by SNP ministers to boost exports of Scottish salmon to China has triggered a fresh human rights row, amid claims that Scotland is “trading away” its values.



Andrew Wilson: Unite behind single vision for independence
7 Sep 2013 at 1:53pm

LISTEN to the views of the metropolitan informed and intelligent and you would be entitled to think that, with just over a year to go, the referendum is all but over.



Drumlanrig: Nicola Sturgeon | Anas Sarwar | Alan Bisset
7 Sep 2013 at 1:49pm

THE “highlight” of the political week was STV’s stairheid rammy between Nicola Sturgeon and Anas Sarwar.



Gerald Warner: America and the Syria debate
7 Sep 2013 at 1:46pm

‘THIS is something that the United States as a country needs to do.” Those words from John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, epitomised the fatal disconnection between politicians and electorates that is gradually fuelling a revolution in the political system of the western world.



Alex Neil: No chance of privatised NHS on my watch
7 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm

THE NHS is a precious institution, right at the heart of Scottish society. I and my family have benefited from its care and I will do all that I can to ensure Scotland’s health service maintains its superb record of caring for the people of Scotland.



Euan McColm: Working on Glasgow?s workless statistic
7 Sep 2013 at 1:40pm

AMONG the many characters who populate Glasgow folklore – the hard man with the heart, the tough mother hen raising six kids on nothing but love and hope – one of the most prominent is the defiant worker.



Eddie Barnes: Reasons for backing the Union
7 Sep 2013 at 1:36pm

Is it old-fashioned loyalty, or issues like currency and pensions, that drives a majority of Scots to back the Union, asks Eddie Barnes



Holyrood needs power to remove MSPs, says Salmond
7 Sep 2013 at 7:46am

Holyrood should be given power over the disqualification of MSPs “without delay”, Alex Salmond has demanded.



Falkirk affair: Labour facing calls to apologise
7 Sep 2013 at 6:34am

ED Miliband was facing a wave of fresh recriminations and infighting over Labour’s handling of vote-rigging claims in Falkirk and the party’s relationship with the unions on Saturday night.



MSP Bill Walker submits resignation
7 Sep 2013 at 6:17am

BILL Walker has bowed to political and public pressure and quit Holyrood following his conviction for 23 charges of domestic assault against three ex-wives and a step-daughter.




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The convertibles and the others
by Douglas Daniel
8 Sep 2013 at 9:37am
As we’ve already noted today, those who don’t currently support independence can be split into two groups: those who can be persuaded to support it, and those who can’t. For the purposes of winning the referendum it’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two, so as to avoid wasting time trying [...]

Hearts and minds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Sep 2013 at 6:01am
Scotland on Sunday this week carries a piece interviewing No voters to find out why they’re currently intending to keep Scotland governed by Westminster (following on from a similar article about Yes supporters last week). It’s an interesting snapshot of both diehards and people who could yet be turned round. Let’s take a look and [...]

Different challenges
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Sep 2013 at 4:04am
Norway is a country with a slightly smaller population than Scotland, with more difficult territory and climate. It discovered oil in its territorial waters at the same time as Scotland, and in broadly similar quantities. While Scotland’s standard of living is in freefall, like that of the rest of the UK, due to Tory austerity [...]

Untangling the knots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Sep 2013 at 5:49am
We’re still trying to pick through the half-dozen or so completely contradictory statements various senior Labour figures – including Ed Miliband, Liam Byrne, Johann Lamont and Anas Sarwar – have made about the bedroom tax this week. This quote from an article in the Herald illustrates the problem: “Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam [...]

One man and his props
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm
He’s got a fake paper! He’s got a (meaningless) real paper! He’s got a pen and he’s not afraid to brandish it! Truly, Anas Sarwar is Labour’s Renaissance man.

Roll call
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 12:59pm
Okay, it’s going to be FAR too much work to plough through well over 500 comments in the previous thread to work this out, so let’s do it the easy way. If you’re planning to attend the march and rally on Calton Hill later this month, please post ONCE in the comments below. (Put anything [...]

Errors and omissions expected
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 12:00pm
This just in: Labour policy clarification on the bedroom tax, from the horse’s mouth. (No, really. We’re not being satirical, although they might be.) From: Frontbench <frontbench@labour.org.uk> Sent: 06 September 2013 17:46 Subject: Response from the Labour Party Good afternoon, Thank you for your email regarding the bedroom tax. For help with specific cases please get in touch with your [...]

Then they come to fight you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 9:18am
It’s not even a fortnight since we started to document the increasing levels of bullying, intimidation and dirty tricks employed by the No campaign against the far more numerous grassroots activists of Yes Scotland. We must admit, we weren’t expecting it to descend to outright physical violence quite this soon. The picture above is taken [...]

159 seconds in Glasgow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Click the image below to listen to the last two-and-a-half minutes of Scotland Tonight’s special referendum debate on the subject of welfare. If you want to give yourself a hollow laugh, count the number of times Anas Sarwar says “I’m going to answer that question”, and then doesn’t answer the question.

The judges? decision
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Sep 2013 at 6:41am
Last night’s debate, as seen by studio pundits Bernard Ponsonby and Colin Mackay. We can only commend STV on its generous supplies of green-room hospitality.


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Ex-wife talks of Walker 'outrage'
8 Sep 2013 at 11:29am
An ex-wife of disgraced MSP Bill Walker says his attempts to remain at Holyrood provoked "outrage".


Union 'vindicated' in Falkirk row
8 Sep 2013 at 7:09am
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says he is "delighted" the union has been "vindicated" over the Falkirk vote-rigging allegations that led to a major row with Labour leader Ed Miliband.


Tories urge football booze review
7 Sep 2013 at 4:29am
The Scottish Conservatives call for a review of the ban on the sale of alcohol at Scottish football matches.


'Record-breaking' visitor summer
8 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
Scotland's visitor attractions enjoyed a "record-breaking" summer, with Edinburgh Castle seeing its best month ever.


Dundee Cake seeks EU name status
6 Sep 2013 at 5:56am
An application is being lodged to gain European protected name status for Dundee Cake to ensure it is baked and decorated in the area.


Disgraced MSP faces 90% salary cut
5 Sep 2013 at 6:44am
Disgraced MSP Bill Walker is set to have his parliamentary salary cut by 90% if he is jailed for his domestic abuse crimes.


Clegg hits back over HS2 criticism
5 Sep 2013 at 3:16pm
The Deputy Prime Minister hits back at criticism from two high profile Labour MPs over plans for a high-speed rail link.


Reshuffle for Scots Tory team
5 Sep 2013 at 12:16pm
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson reshuffles her front bench team, marking a return from the back benches for her leadership rival Murdo Fraser.


MSPs hear evidence on gay marriage
5 Sep 2013 at 9:29am
The two sides of the same-sex marriage debate give evidence to a committee of MSPs examining a Scottish government bill on the matter.


CBI boss raises independence doubts
5 Sep 2013 at 2:21pm
The president of business body the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that Scottish independence would disrupt the economy.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
5 Sep 2013 at 7:23am
Alex Salmond defends a £500m disparity in major transport project figures.


AUDIO: Release plan 'targets most dangerous'
4 Sep 2013 at 2:46am
Scotland's Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, believed plans to stop the automatic early release of some prisoners would target Scotland's most dangerous criminals.


VIDEO: Salmond sets out new law plans
4 Sep 2013 at 4:55am
Alex Salmond has set out the Scottish government's law-making plans for the year ahead - among them an end to the automatic early release from prison of violent and sexual offenders.


AUDIO: Osborne says UK 'absorbs shocks'
3 Sep 2013 at 3:21am
The Chancellor George Osborne puts the economic case for Scotland staying a part of the United Kingdom saying the Union can absorb economic shocks.


AUDIO: Package of bills 'will be radical'
3 Sep 2013 at 2:01am
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish government is making the most of the powers it has and will present a "radical" legislative programme to parliament.


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Real people suffer behind the bedroom tax headlines
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
8 Sep 2013 at 4:15am

By Sandra Webster

SINCE its introduction in April, the Bedroom Tax has never been out of the headlines. Behind these headlines which quickly become yesterday?s news, are the real stories of the lives that are affected. Although the coalition promised to protect the most vulnerable, it becomes clearer each day that these are among the greatest affected. As we prepare to march on the Lib Dem UK conference, it is good to be reminded of why we are taking action.



Be afraid, be very afraid ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:11pm

By a Newsnet reporter  

Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty?

The Fear Factor is a series of 6 short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid, about what?s in store for their poor wee country.



More from the polls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:00pm

By Dave Taylor

TNS-BMRB must be deeply regretting their launch of the ?Scottish Opinion Monitor? (presumably to try to rival Ipsos-MORI?s ?Scottish Public Opinion Monitor?) with the first of their planned monthly polls on the referendum. Every pollster produces a rogue poll from time to time, but to have such an obvious rogue as the first of your series must be embarrassing.

Whether the Herald is embarrassed by its headlining of the poll may be less clear!



Charity music festival organisers hope for a bumper year
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
5 Sep 2013 at 8:53am

By Lynda Williamson

This weekend over 100 musical acts will converge on the Colstoun Estate in the heart of rural East Lothian to perform free of charge at the family friendly Linkylea music festival.

Now in its 9th year the organisers of this small and quirky, two day festival have given more than £40,000 to good causes in India.



A Rare Moment of Wisdom at the Heart of British Democracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:58am

By Gerry Hassan

Parliamentary debates about military intervention are often rightly solemn occasions. They carry the weight of history and memories of past triumphs and disasters.

The Syria debate this week had initially been downplayed by the Cameron government as it faced the realities of parliamentary arithmetic and the possibility of defeat. But this was historic, evoking past even more momentous debates, and opening a chapter in British foreign policy which could see military intervention in Syria without the UK.



That was the media overkill that was
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:51am

By Kenneth Roy

Asked why a dead person who did not seem particularly significant had received so much favourable press attention, Alan Bennett replied: 'Because he was a journalist'. Although I remember reading this somewhere, I checked the usual sources last night and failed to unearth the quote. It is possible that I just imagined Alan Bennett said it; or feel that he ought to have said it.

It's true, anyway. We are very good at looking after our own: telly people in particular.



Syria needs help not more bombs
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
2 Sep 2013 at 9:48am

By Aamer Anwar

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the world that ?Assad?s regime had the largest chemical weapons program in Middle East? as 1429 Syrian men, women and children were murdered with chemical weapons in Damascus.

The Chemical Weapons Convention boldly set out for ?the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons?. Syria however is not the only one in the region not to have signed the convention or to have used chemical weapons.



Freddie Starr Hacked My Hamster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm


By David Lyon


Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack. Are you sick of this word yet? I am.

The media have never had much flair for reporting matters of a technical nature. Whether this is because the public have no stomach for the required level of detail or is simply the latest concession to our current diet of theatre over fact is anyone's guess.



A view from Galiza: What's happening in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
30 Aug 2013 at 3:44pm

By Pilar Fernández

Colleagues at Newsnet Scotland have launched the first video of the Duggy Dug Project. Financed by private donations, its objective is to report on the most important themes of debate in Scotland now with the occasion of the referendum to be held on 18 September 2014.  Duggy Dug will be responsible for explaining everything that relates to an independent Scotland in an educational, fun and simple way. The Scottish actor Brian Cox puts his voice to this very clever Scottish dog.



How to end the Bedroom Tax
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 Aug 2013 at 10:22am

By Campbell Martin

the3towns.com this week reveals the shocking consequences of the Bedroom Tax in North Ayrshire: in the same week that the local Council had 8 one-bedroom properties available for allocation, there were 1,765 tenants facing higher rent charges because the UK Government deems them to have at least one room more than they need in their home.




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All that pooling and sharing and little to show for it
by Peter A Bell
8 Sep 2013 at 4:23am

Having just read the speech Gordon Brown gave on Monday, it’s now clear why Scottish Labour took a while to post it.  Let’s just say it’s not one of his finest. And that’s being charitable.




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Scottish Secretary seeks Holyrood meeting to discuss disgraced MSP
by Peter A Bell
7 Sep 2013 at 10:33am

Michael Moore writes to presiding officer and party leaders as officials explore possible solutions.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm sure that most people, upon reading that "disqualification of MSPs is determined by UK legislation", will be wondering why. Once again we see amply illustrated the fact t...



Panelbase bans new members from independence polls
by Peter A Bell
7 Sep 2013 at 2:46am

A LEADING polling organisation has banned new members from contributing to future polls on Scottish independence amid concerns that it has been swamped by Nationalists seeking to “influence” the results.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Yet more rash and wholly unfounded allegations from Project Fear. They ...



Scottish Labour noncommittal over bedroom tax
by Peter A Bell
7 Sep 2013 at 2:32am

LABOUR has stopped short of a commitment to abolishing the bedroom tax if it wins power in the next election in 2015, prompting claims thatthe party is “mired in confusion” over the controversial policy.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It now becomes clear that Anas Sarwar's statement on the bedroom tax wa...



Scotland?s food and drink has got what it takes
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 5:20pm

Scotland’s food and drink industry is yet another of the many success stories of our economy.

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Errors and omissions expected
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 1:33pm

This just in: Labour policy clarification on the bedroom tax, from the horse's mouth. (No, really. We're not being satirical, although they might be.)


Peter A Bell's insight:

Anas Sarwar slapped down by British Labour on bedroom tax.



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Singer, 80, assaulted by woman
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 10:00am
POLICE are hunting a woman who attacked an 80-year-old Canadian gospel singer outside the former home of John Knox in Edinburgh.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Why no mention of the fact that the victim was a Yes campaigner and his attacker a unionist fanatic who assaulted the elderly gentleman while tryi...



Then they come to fight you
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 9:39am

It’s not even a fortnight since we started to document the increasing levels of bullying, intimidation and dirty tricks employed by the No campaign against the far more numerous grassroots activists of Yes Scotland. We must admit, we weren’t expecting it to descend to outright physical violence q...



Back to the future
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 7:06am

Anas Sarwar’s boorish embarrassment of a performance on last night’s STV debate doesn’t deserve a post of its own, frankly. As the Glasgow MP who thinks Scotland is a dictatorship oafishly shouted idiotic slogans over the top of Nicola Sturgeon non-stop for 45 minutes, all we could hear were the ...



Borderers still being frozen out of referendum TV coverage
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 7:01am

SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has condemned broadcasters for continuing to leave Borderers frozen out of the referendum TV coverage.




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As Others See Us: The View from Belgium
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 5:38am
IT's an old line but we all know it.
Peter A Bell's insight:

David Leask quite fairly notes the existence, up to a point, of a "multi-national identity" within the UK. But in a curious, and possibly telling slip, he attributes this phenomenon to something called "Britain". Which is ironic because t...



Scottish housing market strengthened by Independence
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 5:02am

Having been a domestic conveyancing solicitor for 35 years I have witnessed the booms and busts of the domestic property market throughout Scotland; the scramble for limited mortgage funds of the late 1970s to the over abundance of paper money in the 2000s; from mortgage interests rates of over 1...



Catalan News Agency - ?Plebiscite? election in 2016 if Spain refuses to allow...
by Peter A Bell
6 Sep 2013 at 2:09am

The Catalan President, Artur Mas, argued on Thursday that “plebiscite-style” elections should be held in 2016 – when the current term finishes – if the Spanish government does not allow the independence referendum to take place next year. In an interview with Catalan radio, Mas said he aims to fi...

Anas Sarwar: Future Labour government 'will abolish bedroom tax'
by Peter A Bell
5 Sep 2013 at 7:14pm

Anas Sarwar, deputy leader of Scottish Labour, made the pledge during a debate on Scotland Tonight.
Peter A Bell's insight:

An appalling performance from Anas Sarwar who was clearly there, not to participate in debate but to prevent Nicola Sturgeon being heard. Apart from the disgraceful spoiling t...



Peter A Bell: Of flags and feelings
by Peter A Bell
5 Sep 2013 at 2:27pm

As someone with a bit of a passion for live music, one of the highlights of my year is Perth's annual Southern Fried Festival - a superb celebration of American roots music over the course of what, for me, is now a lost weekend every July. I love it! But there was one incident this year which cau...




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Pressure mounts on SNP to reveal why wife-beater MSP Bill Walker was chosen t...
by dailyrecord
8 Sep 2013 at 7:46am
LABOUR and the Liberal Democrats have called for further investigations into why the 71-year-old was allowed to stand in the 2011 Holyrood election.


Teachers' account of how she was shipwrecked and met JFK in Glasgow within a ...
by Lorna Hughes
8 Sep 2013 at 6:03am
MILDRED FINLEY met JFK when he came to Glasgow to support the American survivors of the Athenia disaster. Here is her account of that time.


MPs meet to discuss why Britain allowed nerve gas ingredients to be exported ...
by Russell Findlay
8 Sep 2013 at 2:11am
Politicians will hold high-level talks at Westminster to try to find out how the UK granted export licences for chemicals capable of being turned into a deadly weapon.


Scots comic Des McLean brands Tommy Sheridan 'bitter and nasty' after politic...
by Norman Silvester
7 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
McLEAN, who is set to play Sheridan in a new stage show, insists the politicians latest attack on Rosie Kane is ridiculous.


Wife beating MSP Bill Walker resigns from Scottish Parliament after being con...
by dailyrecord
7 Sep 2013 at 1:12pm
THE 71-year-old MSP was convicted of a string of domestic abuse offences against his ex-wives, but had refused to resign his seat despite pressure from campaigners.


Falkirk row: Labour dismisses calls to apologise to a would-be MP cleared ove...
by dailyrecord
7 Sep 2013 at 5:25am
THE party announced yesterday that an internal inquiry found party rules were not breached in Falkirk after "key evidence" in the case - which it had referred to the police - was withdrawn.


Scottish Secretary Michael Moore wants to meet Holyrood's presiding officer t...
by Lindsey Archibald
7 Sep 2013 at 4:43am
WALKER is due to be sentenced later this month after being convicted of 23 domestic abuse charges but has refused to resign his Scottish Parliament seat.


Football alcohol ban needs reviewed to create extra income for cash-strapped ...
by Lindsey Archibald
7 Sep 2013 at 4:38am
RUTH Davidson says her party will write to the 42 senior football clubs seeking their views on selling alcohol at matches. She believes the ban has to be looked at.


Falkirk selection row: Labour clear Unite union of vote rigging
by dailyrecord
6 Sep 2013 at 2:59pm
LABOUR said an internal inquiry found no evidence rules were breached by the union which had been accused of trying to rig the selection of a party candidate in Falkirk.


Ed Miliband to blame if Labour lose out on millions of pounds in donations, s...
by Mark Ellis
6 Sep 2013 at 3:53am
PAUL KENNY of the GMB spoke out after his union cut affiliated membership fees paid to the party from £1.2million to £150,000.


Daily Record hand over bedroom tax dossier to UN envoy Raquel Rolnik as she a...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Sep 2013 at 1:53am
THE UN special envoy flew into Scotland and met with tenants and housing officials in Edinburgh and Glasgow as she investigated the controversial tax.


Union GMB axe Labour funding by more than £1m in wake of selection scandal in...
by Jason Beattie
5 Sep 2013 at 2:07am
IF other unions follow the lead of the GMB, then Labour could be left in a financial crisis.


Labour reveals £50million plan to beat the hated Bedroom Tax and keep poor Sc...
by David Clegg
5 Sep 2013 at 1:48am
UNDER a new Member's Bill put forward by Jackie Baillie, bedroom tax evictions would be banned.


Scottish Government donate further £100k to aid people of Syria with emergenc...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2013 at 10:47am
THE cash will be given to help provide food, clean water, emergency shelter and medical care for those in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries.


Bedroom tax: Labour to propose new bill to ban evictions which result from co...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2013 at 7:11am
LABOUR'S Jackie Baillie has also called for the Scottish Government to find £50 million to plug the gap in council and housing association funding caused by rent arrears resulting from the tax.


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Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at le...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Sep 2013 at 6:35am
Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at least 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining in the Scotlandshire sector of the North Sea, have been revealed as 'fantasy economics' by a new UK Treasury report.


SNP oil figures 12 times too high, claims visiting m...

We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put 4 past the Moldovan separatists was disappointing.

"Teuchter separatist forced out of spoof broadcaster"
and
"Violence ?An SNP stunt' say U-KOK

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

One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, R...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2013 at 1:42pm
One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, Rough Justice, has created a series of 6 films for BBC Scotlandshire on the subject of separation.


The Fear Factor
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Each film will examine, in forensic detail, the enormously successful tactics of ...

Our first new pair of pants since before the summer! "New poll finds majorit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 3:19pm
Our first new pair of pants since before the summer!

"New poll finds majority ?have never heard of Scottish independence?"
and
"WASPs (Workless And Scottish People) ? a real danger say Red Cross"
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

We asked &#x201c;In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 11:19am
We asked ?In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster??


Poultice ? Unionists declare overwhelming enthusiasm for anal insertion
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88% of you advocated that the UK Parliament should retain...

Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are cond...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are conducted after a newspaper reported that separation was ? ahahahahaha! ? ahead! In the polls!


Phone-hacking bastards conspire with Salmond
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Sarwar - ?I?m gonna go tell ma da? about this.?

U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole dam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole damned thing, and doing it deliberately too".


SNP guilty of solving Puma helicopter problem
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Nimrods have gone, so have the protection vessels, and now the coastguard stations, tugs and helicopte...

Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called for balance to be restored to the debate on separation as we approach the 1year2nogo milestone.


U-KOK: Now is the Time for a Balanced Debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Labour's Ian Davidson MP, Chairchoob of the Scottish ...

Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my par...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 5:39pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to".

We have just obtained the original Cameron image - before it was 'shopped by BT.



Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my part...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 2:25pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to".



Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emper...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2013 at 3:54pm
Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emperor from Mars and must tender his resignation, the opposition has insisted.


Salmond accused of being from Mars
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?Honestly, I don?t know why people would bother keeping tabs on Scotlandshire politic...

Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2013 at 2:35am
Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's latest spontaneous grassroots campaign, NO! Glasgow, which is to be launched at a secret location somewhere in the city, on an undisclosed date and at a time which no-one must know.


If you can find them...mibbes you can ...

Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Aug 2013 at 5:36pm
Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlandshire. Deployed by skilled counsel, it should allow the noble and distinguished defender of the Union, Lord Michael Forsyth of Dunspeedin to mount a successful appeal against his unfair conviction.


Forsyth feartie flight l...

Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.


Shocking New Emails ...

Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blow today as the Galaxy's top Klingon cast doubts on SNPs claims that Scotlandshire would be allowed to join the United Federation of Planets U-FoP within months of a Yes vote in the separation referendum.


Scotland may not ...


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Stands Scotland Where it Did? Work in Progress
by bellacaledonia
7 Sep 2013 at 5:59am
Thanks to Christine Hamilton for alllowing us to re-publish her piece to a wider audience. This is her paper presented at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow on 4 September 2013,... Read More ›

The Magical Spectacles of Revolution
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 3:11pm
By Ewan Morrison We seem to be obsessed at the moment with the idea that The Truth is being hidden from us. The government of the world conspire to keep us in ignorance, or so the story goes, and the... Read More ›


Fear Factor 1
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 1:21pm
Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Factor is a series of short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid,... Read More ›


Tintin in Scots and Gaelic
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2013 at 4:56am
Tintin in Scots and Gaelic! One of my favourite Tintin’s … Looking forward to Captain Haddock’s outbursts being translated! Tintin an his faithfu dug, Tarrie, are on the trail o an international gang o conterfaiters. Forby, they themsels are bein... Read More ›

Testosterone Democracy
by bellacaledonia
3 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small It’s entirely appropriate on the day that Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance protest outside the parliament about the Bill Walker fiasco that we look at Testosterone Democracy and the UK. OK? From the perpetual need to... Read More ›


Domestic Affairs
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
By Anni Donaldson Shona Robison MSP, Minister with Responsibility for Equalities, recently stressed the Scottish Government?s continued commitment to preventing domestic abuse and to challenging public attitudes. She was clear that, ?There is never an excuse for abuse? and firmly... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #19: Waiting for the wave to come
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
by George Gunn Last week aftershocks from two earthquakes in the Irish Sea were felt for several days. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said they were probably caused by stresses built up by the weight of glaciers during the... Read More ›


On the Far Side of Revenge
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 12:14pm
Remembering Seamus Heaney. At the start of ¡Pistoleros! 1:1918, Heaney is quoted: History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’ But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and... Read More ›


Leading by Example
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 4:01am
Coverage of the independence debate has so far thrived on fear and smear – but is the truth more inspiring? JUSTIN KENRICK believes an independent Scotland could bring hope in a global, interconnected world. When there is such a need... Read More ›

John Bellany, an artist who spoke to the people
by bellacaledonia
29 Aug 2013 at 9:21am
by Kevin Williamson “To whom does the meaning of the art of the past properly belong? To those who can apply it to their own lives, or to a cultural hierarchy of relic specialists?”  JOHN BERGER The art of John... Read More ›


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Scotland's Secession Vote: Indecisive Independence - Huffington Post
7 Sep 2013 at 10:22am

Scotland on Sunday

Scotland's Secession Vote: Indecisive Independence
Huffington Post
By HENRY MOLSKI, for The Pulitzer Center. As the July sun descends behind the Scottish hills and the temperature drops just enough to fog up a window, Barry Lane locks up his chickens in their coop and secures the ...


Scottish independence: Report on Glasgow autonomy - Scotsman
6 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Report on Glasgow autonomy
Scotsman
GLASGOW would want greater autonomy if Scotland voted for independence, according to a new report which says the city could lose its ?competitive advantage? against English cities. The report, by the council's chief executive George...


Scottish Independence singer to go on after attack - Edinburgh Evening News
6 Sep 2013 at 6:08am

Scottish Independence singer to go on after attack
Edinburgh Evening News
A PRO-INDEPENDENCE campaigner assaulted on the Royal Mile has returned to the scene of the attack to prove he is ?unbowed?. James McMillan, 80, from Pilrig, was sent crashing to the ground by a woman following an altercation ...


Scottish independence would create 'economic dislocation', says CBI chief Mik...
6 Sep 2013 at 5:32am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence would create 'economic dislocation', says CBI chief Mike ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Speaking at the CBI Scotland annual dinner in Glasgow, the BT chairman said he remains unconvinced that independence would be a good economic move for the Scottish. ?The CBI is not conv...


Scottish Independence campaigner, 80, attacked - Edinburgh Evening News
5 Sep 2013 at 6:09am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence campaigner, 80, attacked
Edinburgh Evening News
A PRO-INDEPENDENCE campaigner has been assaulted on Edinburgh's Royal Mile by a woman who was outraged at his Yes placard. ? Police examine CCTV footage to catch elderly man's attacker. ? 'Monstrous woman' b...


Scottish independence: One in four will vote yes - Scotsman
3 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: One in four will vote yes
Scotsman
The TNS poll, which posed the question to be put to voters ? ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? ? also reaffirmed the difficulty the pro-independence side has in attracting women and elderly voters, with just one in five sa...


Scottish Independence: what does it mean for the finance sector? - BBC News
7 Sep 2013 at 5:04am

Scottish Independence: what does it mean for the finance sector?
BBC News
It's five years since catastrophe hit Scotland's banks. And as the TSB, or Trustee Savings Bank, is re-born next week - its 203-year roots in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire - the reverberations of the meltdown continue. Meanwhile, w...


Scottish independence: Border tensions - BBC News
4 Sep 2013 at 1:47am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Border tensions
BBC News
George Osborne doesn't always find himself among friends when he ventures north of the border. But oil industry executives have grown to like him. They got there by a roundabout route, having been infuriated by his tax raid in the 20...


Scottish independence: Duncan Bannatyne backs Union - Scotland on Sunday
7 Sep 2013 at 4:44am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Duncan Bannatyne backs Union
Scotland on Sunday
In coming out against Scottish independence, the Clydebank-born tycoon yesterday claimed he had been attacked over his support by ?racists?. Mr Bannatyne, 64, was moved to declare his backing for the UK, after ...


Britain's Global Influence Undermined by Scottish Independence Call - Counter...
6 Sep 2013 at 3:27am

Britain's Global Influence Undermined by Scottish Independence Call
CounterPunch
SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF COLONIALISM ? Jennifer Loewenstein explains why the Syria civil war is an engineered catastrophe by tracing the grim history of French and British colonial meddling in the Middle East; SNOWDE...



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Evidence of what the SNP has squandered in Argyll and Bute - For Argyll
8 Sep 2013 at 1:53pm

For Argyll

Evidence of what the SNP has squandered in Argyll and Bute
For Argyll
SNP sources at Argyll and Bute Council are pointing to positive aspects of their Group's record in administration which remain unnoticed and unacknowledged. There is evidence to support their position. It reinforces the...


Bill Walker resignation: MSP convicted of wife-beating is still in denial, ex...
8 Sep 2013 at 1:48pm

The Independent

Bill Walker resignation: MSP convicted of wife-beating is still in denial, ex-wife ...
The Independent
Opposition parties called on the SNP to hold an independent inquiry, saying it had been aware of allegations against Walker. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:...


Disgraced MSP 'needs further probe' - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
8 Sep 2013 at 11:51am

Disgraced MSP 'needs further probe'
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the SNP to commission an independent inquiry into Walker's selection as a candidate for the party, while Labour wants the party to publish all the information it possessed on any allegatio...


Fat Plus SNP Fights Metabolic Syndrome - MedPage Today
8 Sep 2013 at 11:02am

Fat Plus SNP Fights Metabolic Syndrome
MedPage Today
In a randomized, controlled trial, patients with the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1522813 in the insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS1) gene had a significantly greater chance of having metabolic syndrome resolve if they were on a high-fat...


Calls for investigation of Bill Walker's selection as SNP candidate - stv.tv
8 Sep 2013 at 7:58am

Calls for investigation of Bill Walker's selection as SNP candidate
stv.tv
Opposition parties have called on the SNP to further investigate the circumstances surrounding disgraced MSP Bill Walker's election to Holyrood. Walker, who was convicted of a string of domestic abuse charges, bowed to press...


SNP inquiry call into how wife beater Bill Walker became an MSP - Telegraph.c...
8 Sep 2013 at 8:51am

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP inquiry call into how wife beater Bill Walker became an MSP
Telegraph.co.uk
The 71-year-old was expelled from the SNP last year when allegations of domestic abuse became public but it has been alleged the party knew about his history of violence towards women years before. Rob Ar...


Bill Walker case: Ex-wife talks of 'outrage' over MSP's domestic abuse - BBC ...
8 Sep 2013 at 7:09am

BBC News

Bill Walker case: Ex-wife talks of 'outrage' over MSP's domestic abuse
BBC News
There have been calls for the SNP to explain Walker's election to Holyrood. The party said that when evidence of charges emerged Walker was expelled. Walker, from Alloa in Clackmannanshire, is due to be sentence...


Bill Walker the wife beater resigns - Express.co.uk
8 Sep 2013 at 4:33am

Bill Walker the wife beater resigns
Express.co.uk
An SNP spokesman said Walker's position had become ?untenable? amid growing public anger, adding: ?People across the political spectrum have been demanding that he resign his seat, and it is right that there will now be a by-election so that the peo...


Bill Walker MSP resigns after pressure over domestic abuse convictions - New ...
8 Sep 2013 at 3:41am

Bill Walker MSP resigns after pressure over domestic abuse convictions
New Statesman
... Parliament after pressure over his domestic abuse convictions. The independent Dunfermline MSP was found guilty of 23 charges over three decades at a court in Edinburgh last month. When the allegations were mad...


Beat it you Brute - The Scottish Sun
8 Sep 2013 at 1:49am

Beat it you Brute
The Scottish Sun
The ex-SNP MSP, who was axed from the party when the allegations surfaced, denied the charges. The maximum jail sentence he could receive later this month is just one year. And his refusal to quit had sparked anger among the public and politicians, with ...

and mor...



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Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts - BBC ...
5 Sep 2013 at 3:35am

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts
BBC News
The president of business body the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that Scottish independence would disrupt the economy. Sir Mike Rake made the comment when he addressed CBI Scotland's annual di...


Back on the road for the referendum ... the return of the Bus Party - Herald ...
7 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Back on the road for the referendum ... the return of the Bus Party
Herald Scotland
IN the final days before the 1997 devolution referendum, a constantly changing mix of artists, writers, poets and musicians shared a mini-bus on a 750-mile dash to get the nation's democratic juices flowing with ide...


SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am

Scotsman

SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum
stv.tv
A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by Panelbase last month and...


Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:58am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Re...


'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote - Reuters UK
4 Sep 2013 at 9:18am

The Guardian

'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - With a year until Scotland's referendum on independence, enough voters are "don't knows" to swing the vote and only one in four are certain to vote for separating from Britain, according to an opi...


Yes campaigners attack Borders TV for referendum blackout - Herald Scotland
5 Sep 2013 at 10:49am

Herald Scotland

Yes campaigners attack Borders TV for referendum blackout
Herald Scotland
She said: "At such an important political juncture in Scotland's history I do not intend to give in and accept that simply by virtue of geography, viewers on the Scottish side of the ITV Border region should be...


Borderers still frozen out of referendum coverage - SNP (press release)
5 Sep 2013 at 10:20am

Borderers still frozen out of referendum coverage
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has condemned broadcasters for continuing to leave Borderers frozen out of the referendum TV coverage. The South Scotland MSP has written to Michael Jermey, Director of News, Current Affairs and Sport at ITV...


Council warns of referendum 'lending risk' - Herald Scotland
4 Sep 2013 at 9:10pm

Herald Scotland

Council warns of referendum 'lending risk'
Herald Scotland
The report called for clarity from the Scottish Government about possible future funding arrangements in order to reassure English lenders and maintain the UK-wide loans system before the referendum. It also urged the Governm...


Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom - Financial Times
31 Aug 2013 at 5:46am

Scotsman

Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom
Financial Times
The Orkney Islands have been part of Scotland for more than 500 years, but it is a mark of the distinctive culture of this green and windswept archipelago that many locals still do not think of themselves as very Sc...


Scottish independence: Report on Glasgow autonomy - Scotsman
6 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Report on Glasgow autonomy
Scotsman
The report recommendeds the council seeks assurances from the Scottish Government that if next year's referendum brings a Yes vote, Glasgow should have ?at least the same or greater powers as English cities and greater subsidiarity ...



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Tom Daly - Commonwealth Games Ambassador
8 Sep 2013 at 2:19pm

 

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Has Everyday Fashion Stood Still?
8 Sep 2013 at 5:09am

I have watched a couple of programmes this last week about the 9/11 attacks. Watching the people ...



Bbc Alba
7 Sep 2013 at 5:49pm

Catch it if you can - old(er) like me - but a great Scottish persona.

 

Took the music to 'the en...



Murdering Scum
7 Sep 2013 at 5:42pm

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/fear-led-police-killer-cregan...



Last Night Of The Proms
7 Sep 2013 at 5:37pm

You'll never walk alone, folk in the Albert Hall giving it laldy, cut to Glasgow, not much happen...



Ricky Burns
7 Sep 2013 at 2:51pm

Does anyone know when his fight is scheduled to start?

 

Could be a good one - he was struggling ...



Daddy Longlegs
7 Sep 2013 at 9:31am

I feel a bit sorry for them, all they seem to do is fly up and down walls and get trapped in lamp...



The Spider
6 Sep 2013 at 6:59pm

My name's Dave, and I like spiders.

 

I'm talking UK spiders obviously.

 

I like 'em.

 

They're f...



Old Skool Tunes
6 Sep 2013 at 7:09am
I'm trying to create a playlist and am looking for old skool dance tunes from the early 90's (and...

Stv Referendum Special
5 Sep 2013 at 4:36pm

Just started at 10.30, should be an interesting debate without the usual BBC bias......




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

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...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
by James
4 Aug 2013 at 8:38am
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...


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

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 ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2013 at 9:25pm
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2013 at 10:01pm
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 6:48pm
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 7:55am
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
by James Kelly
9 Aug 2013 at 1:17pm
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...


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Yes vote would be the perfect birthday present for schoolboy Ethan
by Peter Dempsie
8 Sep 2013 at 3:40am

Schoolboy Ethan Dalziel will make his own special mark on history when Scotland goes to the polls...



Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on UK immigration policy
by Kevin Gilmartin
7 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today's Herald highlighting t...



Yes wins LGBT debate
by Kirsty MacAlpine
6 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

Those in favour of an independent Scotland side won a debate last night between Yes LGBT and the ...



Scotland?s food and drink has got what it takes
by Angus Millar
6 Sep 2013 at 8:43am

An industry survey reported today has found that more than 5,600 new jobs could be created in Sco...



A new relationship of equality between the British nations
by Stephen Noon
5 Sep 2013 at 11:48am

People like me, political advisers, can spend too much time thinking about ways of characterising...



Perspectives: 'Low pay crisis shows Scotland's wealth isn't working for peopl...
by Cailean Gallagher
4 Sep 2013 at 11:23am

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



We all agree - Scotland's got what it takes
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 1:55pm

Today?s treasury report is, for the most part, a welcome contribution which moves the referendum ...



Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 4:40am

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster governme...



Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Stuart McDonald
2 Sep 2013 at 8:04am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scot...



Yes will give us real choice and control over our future
by Peter Dempsie
30 Aug 2013 at 6:48am

The publication of the Scottish Government?s White Paper in the autumn will undoubtedly be a key ...



Women are harder hit by Westminster?s welfare cuts
by Peter Dempsie
29 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

Women are far harder hit than men by Westminster?s welfare cuts, according to new research.

Analy...



The No campaign has the balance all wrong
by Stuart McDonald
28 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm

Even crossing the road involves risks and uncertainties, yet also advantages! The No campaign has...



The People?s Constitution
by Peter Dempsie
28 Aug 2013 at 8:42am

First Minster Alex Salmond has today highlighted the ?democratic deficit? caused by lack of a wri...



London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Stuart McDonald
27 Aug 2013 at 11:17am

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been asto...



Borderlands - a renewed relationship between Scotland and Northern England
by Angus Millar
23 Aug 2013 at 10:39am

Independence presents exciting opportunities for closer economic, social and cultural co-operatio...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
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All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
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Pandering to Racism
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26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
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Bill Walker resigns from Scottish parliament after abuse convictions
7 Sep 2013 at 4:41pm

Disgraced MSP says 'media onslaught' has made it impossible for him to continue

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker ? convicted of a string domestic abuse offences ? has resigned from the Scottish parliament....




Scottish MSP Bill Walker to have pay cut if jailed for domestic violence
by Severin Carrell
5 Sep 2013 at 9:02am

MSP for Dunfermline has refused to quit despite conviction for 23 assaults over 30 years on ex-wives and stepdaughter

The Scottish parliament is to dock the pay of the disgraced MSP Bill Walker if h...




Thanks to the independence vote, Scottish politics is fun again | Fraser MacD...
by Fraser MacDonald
4 Sep 2013 at 11:21am

Not only do Scots have a rare chance to enact lasting change, the vote has energised other key debates such as land reform

At the heart of the Scottish independence referendum is the philosophical p...




Opinion polls show voters can be steered to say 'yes'
by Severin Carrell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:06am

A spate of opinion polls mark the start of the new political year and a stepping up of referendum campaigning, but how much do they tell us about the final result?

With the referendum campaigns fast...




Alex Salmond's £1.5tn oil wealth figure is targeted by Treasury
by Severin Carrell
4 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

The claim that Scotland's North Sea oil reserves are worth £1.5tn is one of the biggest numbers in the Scottish independence debate, and is under highly critical scrutiny

It is one of the most frequ...




Treasury: Scottish oil savings fund would need spending cuts or tax rises
by Severin Carrell
3 Sep 2013 at 11:43am

Alex Salmond's proposals to save oil tax revenues in a specific fund would come at a price, report says

The Treasury has warned that Alex Salmond's plans for a multi-billion pound Scottish savings f...



MacMahon quits Scotsman for ITV
by Roy Greenslade
3 Sep 2013 at 2:50am

Peter MacMahon, former Daily Mirror political editor and current Scotsman deputy editor, has been appointed as political editor of ITV Border.

He is joining ahead of next year's referendum on Scott...




Scottish households 'would be £2,000 better off if voters reject independence'
by Severin Carrell
1 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

George Osborne to argue that remaining in the UK would boost real incomes in Scotland by 4% over the next 30 years

Scottish households will be about £2,000 better off and freer to work and trade wit...




Scottish referendum: a revolution, yes, but no blood will be shed | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Aug 2013 at 6:07pm

Emotions will run high in the referendum but we won't see armed militia in the Highlands if the cause of independence is lost

What will history call the movement for Scottish independence if there i...




Independent Scotland would struggle on world stage, says Alistair Darling
31 Aug 2013 at 10:47am

Former chancellor says Scotland would lack diplomatic clout in dealing with crises such Syria if it chooses to leave the UK

Scotland would struggle to have the same diplomatic clout in dealing with ...




Battle of Flodden fights to take its rightful place in Scottish history
by Robin McKie
31 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

As the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden approaches, efforts are being made to recognise its importance

In a few days, a ceremony will be held at Branxton church, near Coldstream in Northum...




New 'going home' immigration posters shameful, say Scottish politicians
30 Aug 2013 at 6:49am

Home Office heavily criticised for advertisements at immigration reporting centres in Glasgow and Hounslow, west London

A new Home Office poster campaign that advises immigrants to "ask about going ...




Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'
by Severin Carrell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotland's deputy first minister says Westminster's reforms will have a disproportionate impact on women

Nicola Sturgeon has said fresh evidence that Westminster's welfare reforms are having a direc...




Scottish secretary accuses SNP of retreat on independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Aug 2013 at 6:03pm

Michael Moore claims Scottish National party is 'changing the packaging' in order to win September 2014 referendum

Alex Salmond's government is in a headlong retreat over its plans for independence ...




Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
24 Aug 2013 at 11:01pm

Yes campaigners will have to change their tactics to counteract Better Together's negativity

There are people in Scotland who would have us believe that the independence debate must rise on angels' ...




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