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Second authority quits Cosla
A SECOND local authority has signalled its intention to leave council umbrella group Cosla amid claims that it has "lost its teeth" in negotiations with the Scottish Government.

Balls criticises male dominance
THE absence of any female economists on the Bank of England monetary policy committee (MPC) is a symptom of a Conservative "problem with women", shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said.

Salmond backs MacAskill in corroboration change row
ALEX Salmond had to come to the aid of beleaguered Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill over the planned abolition of the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials, as Tories and LibDems mounted a joint attack at First Minister's Questions.

Finance commission proposed
ANY Scottish equivalent of the Office of Budget Responsibility must be accountable to the Parliament rather than Government, according to a report by MSPs.

Salmond left mixed up by the class struggle
IT was class war, but not as we know it.

Grayling hits out at BBC over its 'cultural leaning to left'
The BBC has a "cultural leaning to the left" and needs to work on its impartiality, a Tory minister has claimed.

Call to move on in gay marriage row
AN MSP who led the line on amendments critical of same-sex marriage has called for both sides to put their differences behind them and campaign on key issues like poverty.

Final pre-poll budget approved
THE Scottish Government's final budget before the independence referendum has been approved with the support of Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MSPs after John Swinney confirmed measures to wipe out the so-called bedroom tax, improve childcare and promote healthy lifestyles.

NHS funding crisis could deepen austerity
An NHS funding crisis and Britain's burgeoning population could make George Osborne's austerity plans even tougher after the election, an influential think-tank has warned.

Men are sitting targets as Ed puts PM on the spot
HARRIET Harman, Labour's indefatigable champion for women's rights, noted at the weekend how it was "raining men" in the Tory Party.

Coalition's policies will diverge
THE Lib-Con Coalition partners are to embark on an increasingly divergent policy path, the Liberal Democrat leadership has revealed, with the differentiation strategy becoming more intense from as early as this April, more than a year out from the next General Election.

Setback for MacAskill in fight to abolish corroboration rule
KENNY MacAskill's plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials have been dealt a serious blow by Holyrood's Justice Committee.

Camley's Cartoon: on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Scotland
Scotland yesterday became the 17th country in the world to pass same-sex marriage laws. 

'This is a momentous day for equality in our nation'
IT was a historic day marked by an impassioned debate which ended with applause from supporters in the public gallery.

MacAskill under fire as judge appointed for reforms review
THE Law Society of Scotland has again condemned proposals by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill for pushing through his plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials.


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Brian Ferguson: Battle to sell Bannockburn event
9 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

The Witchery, one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive restaurants, takes its name from the spot on nearby Castlehill where hundreds of witches were burned at the stake, but last week, in the establishment’s secret garden, I was merely told off for asking one tricky question too many of Scotland’s tourism minister at the launch of VisitScotland’s latest big campaign launch.



Leaders: Bannockburn event in danger of defeat
9 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

With five months to go, Bannockburn could be heading towards a historic rout – for VisitScotland.



Brian Monteith: Yes vote won?t keep Tories out
9 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

The electorate will decide if there will be future Conservative governments, not the SNP, writes Brian Monteith



Scottish independence: John Swinney hails Norway
9 Feb 2014 at 6:56am

THE Scottish Government is seeking inspiration from Norway as it marks the 200th anniversary of its independence from Denmark with praise for its approach to social enterprise and childcare.



Scottish independence:Post-Yes tax rise ?expected?
9 Feb 2014 at 6:44am

MORE than half of Scots expect to pay more tax if Scotland becomes independent, a new poll has found.



Scotland on Sunday Cartoon: Scottish Labour
8 Feb 2014 at 6:05pm

THE apparent row within Scottish Labour is the subject of this week’s cartoon.



Dani Garavelli: Time for tough love for Bercow
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE’S something slightly odd going on with Sally Bercow.



Immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

TORY immigration minister Mark Harper has quit his post after it emerged he had employed a cleaner who was in the UK illegally.



Tom Peterkin: Where now for Scottish Labour?
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

WITH MPs and MSPs at odds over tax plans for Holyrood, Tom Peterkin asks if the party of home rule has lost its way over devolution



Scottish independence: ?£5bn defence assets? claim
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THE rest of the UK would owe an independent Scotland almost £5 billion in defence assets or cash even if it handed over all the major items of military hardware identified in the independence white paper, SNP research today reveals.



Andrew Wilson: Yes vote won?t sever all UK ties
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

PROFESSOR Richard Rose is the doyen of political scientists in the UK. Born in St Louis, Missouri, he has spent more than four decades in post at Strathclyde University on and off.



Euan McColm: Holyrood better for Harvie?s presence
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE’S a deeply irritating tendency for some people to talk wistfully about how much better things would be if political opponents spent more time agreeing with each other.



Scottish independence: Salmond slams rowing Labour
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond has claimed that Labour’s “bitter in-fighting” over plans to increase the Scottish Parliament’s powers has made it impossible for the pro-UK campaign to deliver a positive alternative to independence.



Corroboration change dubbed ?a pig in a poke?
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

MSPs are being “invited to buy a pig in a poke” by the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill in his bid to abolish the legal need for corroboration, the new dean of the Faculty of Advocates has warned.



Drumlanrig: David Cameron | Chic Brodie
8 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THE last thing David Cameron intended to do when he made his tub-thumping speech on British patriotism at the Olympic Park in London was to expose bitter splits within the Better Together camp.




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Stories of the week, 9/2/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2014 at 1:04pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. Unleashing a firestorm The Financial Times breaks ranks and tells the truth. 2. Ask and ye shall receive Actual lovebombs from the rest of the UK. 3. Father knows best Lesley Riddoch puts David Aaronovitch in his place. 4. The ultimate weapon John Barrowman [...]

The Barnett Future
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2014 at 6:32am
We had a rather surprising conversation with Alan Trench of the “Devolution Matters” blog yesterday, and it inspired us to get on with something we’ve been meaning to do for ages anyway: compiling evidence regarding the future of the Barnett Formula for UK public spending should Scotland vote No to independence. Quotes in no particular order. [...]

The blood sacrifice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2014 at 7:00pm
As David Cameron came out of the closet this week to proclaim his great love for Scotland (a love most commonly demonstrated by forcing policies on it that its people despise and its elected representatives vote overwhelmingly against), we found ourselves pondering what could have provoked such a drastic step. After all, it’s hardly a [...]

Father knows best
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2014 at 6:48am
Commentator and writer Lesley Riddoch (whose acclaimed recent book Blossom is a comically absurd bargain at £1.09 on Kindle this month) asked earlier this afternoon for her appearance on today’s Good Morning Scotland along with English journalist David Aaronovitch to be put online, and we’re happy to oblige. Readers unusually sensitive to condescending, patronising metropolitan hacks [...]
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Come on, Labour voters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2014 at 5:26am
If nothing else about independence tempts you, surely this does? “Sixteen per cent of Scottish voters – the equivalent of 640,000 people – say they would think about moving away if Alex Salmond achieves his dream of breaking up the United Kingdom. Conservative voters were the most likely to say they would think about emigrating [...]

Fields of gold
by Chris Cairns
8 Feb 2014 at 1:30am

Some fine-tuning required
by William Duguid
7 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm
[Tristan: this is my first draft. Give it a once-over, there's a chap. DC.] People of England, Wales and Northern Ireland! Scotland! Stop pulling that face. This is about you, but it?s not for you. Daddy?s speaking to the other children now. Don?t interrupt. Why? Because it?s rude. Look, I don?t care if that IS [...]

Eight weeks later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2014 at 2:45pm
From Oddschecker. Click to enlarge. Proves nothing, of course. But the trend’s the thing, readers.

Ask and ye shall receive
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2014 at 11:19am
Today, the Prime Minister of the UK, who wants Scotland to stay in the UK but won’t go there and make the case for it, asked the non-Scottish citizens of the rest of the UK to tell Scots how they felt about Scottish independence. This is what some of them said. God bless you, people [...]

Taking no prisoners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2014 at 9:38am
Just to tide you over while we pop out to the shops, readers: Can you tell we just recently got some good video-capture software?


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'Economy matters most' in referendum
8 Feb 2014 at 6:18pm
The economy is the issue that matters most to voters taking part in the independence referendum, a poll carried out for the BBC suggests.


Scheme to get the sick back to work
9 Feb 2014 at 10:58am
People off sick for more than four weeks are to be offered advice to get them back to work more quickly under a new government scheme.


Legal action taken over baby ashes
9 Feb 2014 at 8:48am
Parents alleging the wrongful disposal of baby ashes in Aberdeen are taking legal action against the city council at the Court of Session.


Schools enlisted to help tackle FGM
8 Feb 2014 at 12:08pm
Every head teacher in Scotland is to be asked to train staff and educate parents about female genital mutilation (FGM).


Teenage smoking 'at record low'
8 Feb 2014 at 8:32am
Smoking among young teenagers in Scotland is at its lowest level since modern surveys began, a study by Ash Scotland suggests.


Cameron: Seven months to save UK
7 Feb 2014 at 11:31am
David Cameron urges the rest of the UK to tell Scots to reject independence in an emotional speech - but Alex Salmond accuses the PM of being scared to take part in a debate with him.


Police confirm front desk closures
7 Feb 2014 at 2:03pm
Police Scotland announce the closure of dozens of police station front counters across the country after a review of services.


Pension age rise 'could be delayed'
7 Feb 2014 at 7:00am
Analysis by economic experts suggests an independent Scotland could delay the rise in the state pension age by 12 years.


Civil court reforms to speed justice
7 Feb 2014 at 6:41am
Reforms are proposed which ministers say will speed up Scotland's civil courts, reducing costs and making it easier to access justice.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


VIDEO: Salmond 'ducking big questions'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:26am
A white paper setting out a blueprint for an independent Scotland contains nothing new, according to former UK chancellor Alistair Darling.


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Wooing the undecided voter
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Feb 2014 at 10:39am

  By Lesley Riddoch

UNDECIDED -- unsure, uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unresolved, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, tentative, wavering, vacillating, oscillating, equivocating, dithering, uncommitted, floating, shilly-shallying, wobbling, vague, hazy, unclear, ambivalent, in two minds, torn and split.

You?d need the self-esteem of a vole to be Undecided in Scotland and yet Don?t Knows still form a quarter of those surveyed in every independence poll. How come -- especially after the voluminous White Paper?



Biggest figures in plastic surgery since recession ? but is this welcome news?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Feb 2014 at 11:10am

By Lynn Malone
 
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), released figures this week that suggest a huge increase in the popularity of plastic surgery in the UK - with breast augmentation hitting the number one spot.  These figures, they claim, show an impressive rise in demand for various procedures since the start of the recession in 2008.
 
Britain, apparently, is booming. 



Vote Yes to save the Union
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Feb 2014 at 9:24am

  By Peter A. Bell
 
I first wrote about the implications of a No vote way back in June 2012 (What does no really mean?).  At the time, such "negativity" was generally frowned upon within an independence campaign determined to be totally positive, although many people expressed the view that I was actually being overly optimistic.
 
Since then, however, the theme has become part of the narrative of the referendum campaign.



Have you ever wondered what Hell is like?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Feb 2014 at 5:06pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
If you're good you go to heaven and if not then you go to hell.  Eternal damnation is what awaits sinners and floating about in fluffy clouds is the prize for all goody-two shoes.
 
But what is hell?  This week we saw a snapshot of what hell might look like when the Better Together gates opened and the flames of fear roared out.



Apocalypse Now: Destroying the Union to save it
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 6:33am

  By Hamish Scott

There is a famous quote - though usually misquoted - given by a United States army officer to a journalist covering Vietnam?s American War, in justifying the destruction wrought on a South Vietnamese town, that: 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it?.

It seems unionists are taking a similar approach to saving the Union in the independence referendum campaign.



The scare story that refuses to die is killed again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 1:36am

By Paul T Kavanagh

There?s been further confirmation from the Spanish Government that they ?will not interfere? in Scotland?s EU membership if we achieve independence legally.  Of course, the Spanish Foreign Minister said as much a few weeks back, when as reported in the Spanish press and on this blog.

Strangely this news wasn?t prominent in the Scottish media, who were probably on holiday or something at the time.



Double Bluff
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 1:08am

By Derek Bateman

Of all the strengths at the disposal of the Yes campaign one of the most muscular and effective is the selfish and ill-informed posturing of Tory English backbenchers. These are individuals, virtually all male, whose braying and crowing against rebellious Scots is a counter-effective agent in the cause of Union.

In fact, collectively they sound like people who are secretly against Union just as they are more openly against the EU and they find it impossible to stop themselves from damaging their own country and their own party.



Guilty of bias by omission
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Feb 2014 at 12:14am

  By Paul T Kavanagh

The recent paper from the University of the West of Scotland on bias in the Scottish broadcast media has not been given any coverage in the media which is the subject of its study.  Scotland's broadcasters don't want their audience to know that they are biased, partial, and only covering one side of the story.



Mark Carney is someone an independent Scotland can do business with
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Feb 2014 at 3:09pm

  By George Kerevan
 
WHO made the following positive statements about the potential of a currency union between an independent Scotland and rUK?

"?it eliminates the transactions costs associated with using, and switching between, different currencies?Sharing a currency can promote investment by reducing uncertainty about currency movements and giving businesses access to deeper, more liquid financial markets? Sharing a currency can also help to increase the mobility of labour and capital, raise trade in goods and services, and improve the flow of technology and ideas."



Independence is an opportunity to create a wealthier, healthier Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Feb 2014 at 4:59pm

By Michael Fry
 
Mrs Margaret Thatcher was the basic cause of the descent into drink and drugs of the old Scottish male working class, according to Alex Neil, health secretary in the Scottish government, during a speech at the weekend. 

By robbing them of their jobs in the traditional heavy industries she also took away their sense of personal worth, and they chose the only way out available to the communities which had shaped them and which they had shaped.




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Foreign Office caught asking Spanish press to undermine Scottish independence
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 8:26am

THE Foreign & Commonwealth Office has again been accused of meddling in the referendum, after it emerged that the British Embassy in Madrid has been urging newspapers in Spain to publish criticisms of Scottish independence.

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BBC: Can We Just Let It Go Now?
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 8:20am

BBC Scotland is attempting to extricate itself from the controversy over the UWS Bias in Broadcasting report. In a letter to the researcher Dr John Robertson they repeat accusations that his work is unprofessional and say they now conclude they “must agree to disagree”.




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Scottish University at centre of Cameron speech controversy will contribute c...
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 8:17am

A Scottish University whose Vice Chancellor officially joined David Cameron at an event at which the PM made a speech urging Scots to vote No, has admitted it will make a financial contribution to the cost of the event but denied backing No.




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"Telt"
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 8:00am
This was the week when Better Together ramped it up. First, there was an intensifying of the spook 'em tactics.

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Scottish Parliament campaigner remains sceptical of further devolution | Yes ...
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 7:39am

The former chairman of the Scottish Constitutional Convention has raised issue with the uncertainty of a No vote, claiming we "only know what we are not getting".



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Scottish independence: Salmond slams rowing Labour
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 7:26am

ALEX Salmond has claimed that Labour’s “bitter in-fighting” over plans to increase the Scottish Parliament’s powers has made it impossible for the pro-UK campaign to deliver a positive alternative to independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Even as British Labour in Scotland seek to deceive the people...



The Barnett Future
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 6:41am

We had a rather surprising conversation with Alan Trench of the "Devolution Matters" blog yesterday, and it inspired us to get on with something we've been meaning to do for ages anyway - compiling...

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Can Beeb be unbiased over indy?
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 6:35am

AFTER better than three decades in business, Newsnight is a broadcasting institution.

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Senior oil & gas industry executive declares membership of Business for Scotl...
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 6:31am

Hugh Fraser, an oil and gas industry executive, has added his support to the Yes camp, claiming it would be the best way to provide a legacy from North Sea oil for future generations. The managing partner of Andrews Kurth (Middle East), located in Dubai, writes below for Business for Scotland. He...

The blood sacrifice
by Peter A Bell
9 Feb 2014 at 6:15am

As David Cameron came out of the closet this week to proclaim his great love for Scotland (a love most commonly demonstrated by forcing policies on it that its people despise and its elected repres...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Vote Yes to save the Union
by Peter A Bell
8 Feb 2014 at 10:29am

I first wrote about the implications of a No vote way back in June 2012 (What does no really mean?).  At the time, such "negativity" was generally frowned upon within an independence campaign determined to be totally positive, although many people expressed the view that I was actually being over...



SNP hails US economic author's support for iScotland
by Peter A Bell
8 Feb 2014 at 9:19am
The SNP has hailed comment from a distinguished US publishing house welcoming the prospect of Scottish independence.

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Scottish Independence. Your thoughts? | Max Keiser
by Peter A Bell
8 Feb 2014 at 9:14am

I can’t believe how much coverage there is here to the September vote on Scottish independence. Almost every time I turn on the radio, there’s more talk about it. We’ll be talking about it too this week on Keiser Report when Dominic Frisby gives his take. Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts ...



Boss of 3500-worker company: I'll move HQ out of Scotland if there's an indy Yes
by Peter A Bell
8 Feb 2014 at 8:37am
A Scotland-based company which employs 3,500 people around the world has threatened to move its headquarters elsewhere if independence is voted for.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If Alan Savage cannot figure out for himself what the alternatives to continuing the currency union are then surely he could a...



Father knows best
by Peter A Bell
8 Feb 2014 at 7:56am

Commentator and writer Lesley Riddoch (whose acclaimed recent book Blossom is a comically absurd bargain at £1.09 on Kindle this month) asked earlier this afternoon for her appearance on today's Go...
Peter A Bell's insight:

David Aaronovitch completely fails to grasp the concept of emergent proper...




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Independence referendum: What do the Auld Enemy really think? We canvas opini...
by dailyrecord
9 Feb 2014 at 3:38am
VICTORIA RAIMES speaks to Scotland and England fans heading to yesterday's match at Murrayfield for a, admittedly unscientific, cross-border opinion poll.


Health Secretary Alex Neil's medical advisers held secret talks with controve...
by Marion Scott
9 Feb 2014 at 3:26am
CAMPAIGNERS have criticised the timing of the talks after the Sunday Mail revealed the agony suffered by thousands of women who have had mesh surgery.


Economy is the biggest issue for voters in independence referendum, according...
by Mark Aitken
9 Feb 2014 at 3:18am
A POLL by Sir Tom Hunter's scotlandseptember18.com group suggests that the economy is the most important issue to Scots voters in the lead-up to the referendum.


UK Immigration Minister Mark Harper quits after his cleaner was revealed to b...
by dailyrecord
9 Feb 2014 at 2:52am
TORY Immigration Minister Mark Harper has resigned after the embarrassing blunder but stresses that he has not broken any laws.


Independence Referendum: Boss of 3500-worker company says he'll move HQ from ...
by dailyrecord
8 Feb 2014 at 6:33am
ALAN Savage, chair of Orion Group, threatens company move due to uncertainty over an independent Scotland's economic future.


Independence referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron vows to keep United Kin...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Feb 2014 at 9:01pm
THE Prime Minister called for Scots to stay in the UK during an emotional speech yesterday while Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has called for a live televised debate between the pair.


Torcuil Crichton: If David Cameron wants to appeal to Scots.. he should at le...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Feb 2014 at 10:54am
AFTER Cameron addressed the Scottish public from the London Olympic velodrome, TORCUIL reckons the Prime Minister's speech would have been better received if it had been staged in Glasgow. 


Shameless freed former MP Denis MacShane compares himself to cleared Corrie s...
by James Lyons
7 Feb 2014 at 7:44am
MacShane was jailed for six months just before Christmas for fiddling £13,000 from his taxpayer-funded expenses


Scottish independence: Yes vote could delay increases in retirement age thank...
by dailyrecord
7 Feb 2014 at 7:24am
THE Scottish Government has pledged to keep the "triple-lock" guarantee for pensions to ensure they keep pace with earnings and rising costs - for at least the first term of an independent parliament.


David Cameron makes emotional plea as he says Scottish voters have 'seven mon...
by dailyrecord
7 Feb 2014 at 6:20am
THE Prime Minister invoked the spirit of the London Olympics in a bid to persuade Scots not to vote for independence on September 18.


Record View: Absentees are food for thought
by Record View
7 Feb 2014 at 3:05am
RECORD VIEW says Labour can forget about getting into power in Westminster in 2015 unless they win - and win big in the Scottish referendum.


Independence referendum: David Cameron set to tell UK voters they 'have seven...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Feb 2014 at 1:25am
THE SNP have accused the Prime Minister of delivering "high-handed lectures" as he urges voters across the UK to tell Scots they want us to stay.


Scottish Government urged to consider ditching controversial plans to abolish...
by dailyrecord
6 Feb 2014 at 4:24am
HOLYROOD'S Justice Committee made the plea as it was revealed the majority of MSPs on the committee do not believe the case has been made for the change.


Record View: Labour's healthy dose of reality
by Record View
6 Feb 2014 at 3:40am
RECORD View says it's time for Labour to spell out in ordinary language the cost of independence to the average family and to explain the social justice case for staying united with the rest of the UK.


Minimum price for alcohol: Scotch Whisky Association set to return to court t...
by dailyrecord
6 Feb 2014 at 3:38am
THE Scottish Government has said it is committed to introducing the policy in a bid to address Scotland's unhealthy relationship with drink, and save lives.


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Things seem to be hotting up down at Project Fear. Now they tell us they will...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Feb 2014 at 5:38pm
Things seem to be hotting up down at Project Fear. Now they tell us they will take away our language. What next?


Scots could be banned from speaking English, warns academic
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As usual, it is London's refusal to definatively rule our a language union which is causing all the...

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7 Feb 2014 at 4:57pm

An independent Scotlandshire would have no protection against destruction by ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Feb 2014 at 2:32pm
An independent Scotlandshire would have no protection against destruction by falling meteors, warn scientists from the Department of Reclining Chairs at the London School of Ergonomics.


Separate Scotlandshire may be susceptible to space storms, say scientists
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The tiny Sco...

John Smith's wee girl is joining the spoof BBC channel to help with its refer...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Feb 2014 at 6:49am
John Smith's wee girl is joining the spoof BBC channel to help with its referendum 'coverage'.


The News it is a-changin
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In the pretendy wee Parliament, the Natz whined that Johann La-Mont had described issues such as Trident, the Bedroom Tax, illegal wars and policies to...

BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Tog...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Together activist, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that he will be employing 'body doubles' to represent him at future public appearances.


Salmond employs body doubles after 'death Tweet'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk...

Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil D...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Feb 2014 at 12:13pm
Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil Dictator Eck!

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/655-cybernat-abusers-under-salmonds-control-says-peer.html



The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Feb 2014 at 12:38pm
The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim proves beyond all doubt that nasty Cybernat tweeters are being directly controlled by Alex Salmond.


Cybernat abusers under Salmond's control, says pished Peer
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Foulkesake - I invented the concept o...

Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Bet...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Feb 2014 at 4:21pm
Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Betamax recorder is broken again.


And now the Scotlandshire News from where we are
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In the pretendy wee Parliament, the Natz whined that Johann La-Mont had described issues such as Trident, the Bedro...

Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm
Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.



A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jan 2014 at 4:54pm
A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, bully and spy on brave Better Together footsoldiers has been foiled by the quick thinking genius of UKOK head, Blare MacDougall.


Brave Blare Blocks Cybernat Snooper Scheme
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Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart. Soon we'll have all t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jan 2014 at 3:50pm
Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart.
Soon we'll have all those damned cybernats identified.



Holy Murphy's other prayer... ... and the original: http://www.bbc.scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Jan 2014 at 4:36pm
Holy Murphy's other prayer...

... and the original:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/652-holy-murphys-prayer.html



Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 5:31pm
Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser and troll in the Scotsman comments, working for Laird Foulkes.

She is now complaining - in that fine socialist journal the Daily Mail - that she has been upset by a 'recent' tweet sent in 2012 which said, "...dancing...

"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 3:06pm
"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?


Holy Murphy's Prayer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Any reader able to suggest who Murphy might be should send their suggestion, written on the label of a full bottle of Islay Malt, addressed to the professor c/o BBC Scotlandshire.

Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jan 2014 at 11:55am
Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of those evil Cybernats ever manage to sneak onto the telly. But first we need to identify exactly who they are.
Please share this image and help Jim smoke them out.




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It's time to get above ourselves


Help Falkirk Fight Dart
by bellacaledonia
8 Feb 2014 at 4:08pm
This is the first of a series of articles on fracking in Scotland. The background is that Dart Energy submitted a planning application to both Falkirk and Stirling Councils to build 14 new well pads with 22 new coalbed methane... Read More ›


North Star
by bellacaledonia
8 Feb 2014 at 6:13am
By Mike Small “Alex Salmond is right “Cameron doesn’t speak for England, he speaks for a Westminster elite” Go for it, Scotland” – Billy Bragg The last few days marks a change in the referendum debate. Cameron’s Olympically disastrous intervention... Read More ›


The Hunger Games
by bellacaledonia
7 Feb 2014 at 9:22am
By Mike Small Today Britain’s Invisible Man spoke at The Hunger Games. Actually, he didn’t. Like most of the No campaign he made reference to past events, in this case those wonderful days when we opened the Olympics, Sir Chris... Read More ›


Know Your Place ? Gaelic and Elements of the Left
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 2:05pm
By Angus MacLeod There is a pernicious view abroad amongst elements of the Scottish Left that Gaelic, its promotion and the promotion of equality for Gaels, are linked to essentialism, to blood-and-soil irrationality, in short to the politics of reaction.... Read More ›

Westminster Debating
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 1:55pm
In the House of Commons the only pro-independence speaker was drowned out by all sides. Here’s the transcript… Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP): It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Sir... Read More ›

Bob versus Bob
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 9:09am
“Duncan Smith is paradox personified. He wept at the plight of the poor yet now hands out punishments that must bring tears to their eyes. In 2005, at a fringe meeting at the Labour party conference, he called on Labour... Read More ›


Keeping Up with the Jones
by bellacaledonia
5 Feb 2014 at 3:31pm
By Mike Small Owen Jones is a funny and perceptive writer. His book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class is a contemporary classic: “In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little... Read More ›


Whisky Galore
by bellacaledonia
4 Feb 2014 at 10:30am
The exploits of the Buckfast Triangle has been in the news recently. But here, Alex Renton explores the other end of corporate booze culture.  The Scotch Whisky Association is back in court again this week pursuing the bizarre notion that a... Read More ›

Just Say Naw ? To Galloway?s Sectarian British Unionism
by bellacaledonia
3 Feb 2014 at 11:11am
Remember George the anti-Iraq war campaigner ? then look at his allies now. By Richard Cameron. With the Scottish independence referendum less than nine months away, George Galloway is bringing his ?Just Say Naw? roadshow to Edinburgh?s Assembly Rooms on... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #24 ? Get Stuffed
by bellacaledonia
2 Feb 2014 at 2:54pm
by George Gunn As Ian Lang both stood up to speak in the House of Lords against Scottish independence and at the same time sunk into the Hades of history it is perhaps as good a time as any ?... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Double blow for Alex Salmond's economic plans - Telegr...
9 Feb 2014 at 11:57am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: Double blow for Alex Salmond's economic plans
Telegraph.co.uk
There were also renewed fears that a yes vote could trigger a business exodus as the chairman of Orion Group, which employs hundreds of Scots in the oil and gas industry, said independence could mean...


Scottish independence: Seven months to save UK, Cameron says - BBC News
8 Feb 2014 at 6:21pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Seven months to save UK, Cameron says
BBC News
David Cameron has urged the rest of the UK to tell Scottish voters to reject independence saying he could not bear to see the country "torn apart". Pro-Union campaigners had "seven months to save the most extraordinary co...


Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters - BBC News
8 Feb 2014 at 6:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters
BBC News
The economy is the issue that matters most to voters taking part in the independence referendum, a poll carried out for the BBC has suggested. The results of the poll feature in a documentary, Scotland's Top Ten Battlegrounds,...


Scottish independence: John Swinney hails Norway - Scotsman
9 Feb 2014 at 7:04am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: John Swinney hails Norway
Scotsman
The visit coincides with the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution, when it gained independence from Denmark, and comes seven months ahead of Scotland's own independence referendum. Mr Swinney said childcare, a key area for refo...


Scottish independence: Call to 'settle' on currency - Scotsman
7 Feb 2014 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call to 'settle' on currency
Scotsman
The outlook for Scotland after independence was put under the spotlight in a National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) paper published in Edinburgh yesterday, with contributions from a range of leading economists....


UK urges Spanish press to censure Scotland independence - Press TV
9 Feb 2014 at 4:13am

Press TV

UK urges Spanish press to censure Scotland independence
Press TV
The Scottish government said the letter proves that London is trying to stir hostility overseas to Scotland's independence, despite UK Prime Minister David Cameron's claim that the decision is purely ?a debate between Scots.? ...


Scottish independence: Pension age rise 'could be delayed' - BBC News
7 Feb 2014 at 7:02am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Pension age rise 'could be delayed'
BBC News
An independent Scotland could delay the rise in the state pension age by 12 years, according to economic analysis. It could benefit from a lower cost of providing pensions as Scots, on average, have shorter lives than the r...


England and Wales urge Scotland - Don't leave us - Reuters UK
5 Feb 2014 at 2:44am

Scotsman

England and Wales urge Scotland - Don't leave us
Reuters UK
As debate over Scotland's independence referendum heats up, an opinion poll showed a rising number of English and Welsh want Scotland to stay in the 307-year group forged by the Treaty of the Union that created the United Kingdom o...


At-a-glance: Scottish independence fiscal questions report - BBC News
7 Feb 2014 at 10:05am

At-a-glance: Scottish independence fiscal questions report
BBC News
In a paper entitled Fiscal challenges and opportunities for an independent Scotland, authors Rowena Crawford and Gemma Tetlow (Institute for Fiscal Studies) look at some of the key fiscal questions related to Scottish independence....


Foreign Office caught asking Spanish press to undermine Scottish independence...
8 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Foreign Office caught asking Spanish press to undermine Scottish independence
Herald Scotland
Sunday 9 February 2014. THE Foreign & Commonwealth Office has again been accused of meddling in the referendum, after it emerged that the British Embassy in Madrid has been urging newspapers...



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Brian Monteith: Yes vote won't keep Tories out - Scotsman
9 Feb 2014 at 3:26pm

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: Yes vote won't keep Tories out
Scotsman
There are many tartan kites being flown by the SNP in an attempt to garner more Yes votes. These include that Scotland can keep the pound without losing its newly-gained economic independence; that we can have different immigration pol...


New tool for improving soybeans - Minnesota Farm Guide
9 Feb 2014 at 3:05pm

New tool for improving soybeans
Minnesota Farm Guide
The tool is a glass chip with a difficult name: the SoySNP50K iSelect SNP BeadChip. It's about 3 inches long and has an etched surface that holds thousands of DNA markers, which can be deciphered by computers and used by scientists to characteriz...


All to play for in referendum as SNP soar ahead - SNP (press release)
9 Feb 2014 at 7:55am

All to play for in referendum as SNP soar ahead
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today welcomed a Panelbase poll in the Sunday Times showing a swing of only just over seven per cent is needed to secure a Yes vote in September's referendum. The poll also shows a strong lead in both the constituency a...


Scottish independence: '£5bn defence assets' claim - Scotsman
8 Feb 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: '£5bn defence assets' claim
Scotsman
THE rest of the UK would owe an independent Scotland almost £5 billion in defence assets or cash even if it handed over all the major items of military hardware identified in the independence white paper, SNP research today reveals...


Scottish independence: opponents are like rabbits in SNP's headlights - The G...
8 Feb 2014 at 4:18pm

The Guardian

Scottish independence: opponents are like rabbits in SNP's headlights
The Guardian
With barely seven months until Scotland decides its future, the No campaign is now being forced to dance to Alex Salmond's tune. These are desperate days for those entrusted with the task of ensuring that...


Bedroom tax campaigners demand refunds for tenants - Scotsman (blog)
8 Feb 2014 at 9:31am

Scotsman (blog)

Bedroom tax campaigners demand refunds for tenants
Scotsman (blog)
The SNP and Labour set aside wider political differences to find a way to help affected tenants in the Scottish Budget, setting aside an additional £12 million to take the mitigation fund up to the £50 million needed ...


Billy Bragg support for a Yes vote welcomed - SNP (press release)
8 Feb 2014 at 8:45am

Billy Bragg support for a Yes vote welcomed
SNP (press release)
Rock legend Billy Bragg's online comments in support of a Yes vote have today been welcomed by SNP MP Pete Wishart. Following David Cameron's bumbling intervention yesterday, Billy Bragg tweeted: ?Alex Salmond is right 'Cameron doesn't...


Lib Dem and Tory no show at foodbanks debate - SNP (press release)
8 Feb 2014 at 3:12am

Lib Dem and Tory no show at foodbanks debate
SNP (press release)
An SNP MSP has written to Lib Dem and Tory whips in the Scottish Parliament demanding answers following the failure of MSPs from either party to turn up to a Members' Debate on the rising use of foodbanks. Stuart McMillan, who led the...


SNP hails US economic author's support for iScotland - Herald Scotland
8 Feb 2014 at 6:01am

Herald Scotland

SNP hails US economic author's support for iScotland
Herald Scotland
In an article circulated by the SNP, Slate business and economics correspondent Matthew Yglesias said: "Scotland's independence referendum later this year hasn't gotten much coverage in the United States and most of...


Bedroom tax: Campaigners to hold 'wake' for the hated tax after Scottish ... ...
8 Feb 2014 at 4:47am

Scottish Daily Record

Bedroom tax: Campaigners to hold 'wake' for the hated tax after Scottish ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP and Labour set aside wider political differences to find a way to help affected tenants in the Scottish Budget, setting aside an additional £12million to take the mitigati...



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Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron invokes great Scots in the .....
8 Feb 2014 at 6:52am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron invokes great Scots in the ...
The Independent
Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron invokes great Scots in the pursuit of Union as fears grow that Scotland might vote 'yes'. James Cusick Author Biography. James Cusick. James ...


Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters - BBC News
8 Feb 2014 at 6:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters
BBC News
The economy is the issue that matters most to voters taking part in the independence referendum, a poll carried out for the BBC has suggested. The results of the poll feature in a documentary, Scotland's Top Ten Battlegrounds,...


Scottish independence: Seven months to save UK, Cameron says - BBC News
8 Feb 2014 at 6:21pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Seven months to save UK, Cameron says
BBC News
... instead of lecturing Scottish voters in a "sermon from Mount Olympus". But Mr Cameron, who chose to make his biggest intervention in the referendum debate so far at the Olympic Park in East London, said he planned to ...


What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote? - BBC News
6 Feb 2014 at 11:50am

BBC News

What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote?
BBC News
The Scottish independence debate is in full swing, but one question that has yet to be properly answered is: what happens to the 59 MPs representing Scottish seats at Westminster if September's referendum results in a "yes" vo...


England and Wales urge Scotland - Don't leave us - Reuters UK
5 Feb 2014 at 2:44am

BBC News

England and Wales urge Scotland - Don't leave us
Reuters UK
As debate over Scotland's independence referendum heats up, an opinion poll showed a rising number of English and Welsh want Scotland to stay in the 307-year group forged by the Treaty of the Union that created the United Kingdom o...


Scotland's referendum: Lib Dems refresh home rule option - BBC News
4 Feb 2014 at 4:34pm

Scotland's referendum: Lib Dems refresh home rule option
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said his party has refreshed its "hundred year old commitment to home rule all round". In speech to the David Hume Institute, Mr Rennie said the Liberal Democrats thought federalism within the UK...


Scottish and EU referendums: The effect on Northern Ireland - BBC News
6 Feb 2014 at 11:47am

BBC News

Scottish and EU referendums: The effect on Northern Ireland
BBC News
During a debate in the Irish parliament, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny said it "matters to us all on this island, north and south, how the people of Scotland vote in their referendum on independence this September"...


MSPs pass pre-referendum Scottish budget - BBC News
5 Feb 2014 at 11:51am

BBC News

MSPs pass pre-referendum Scottish budget
BBC News
However, the Conservatives opposed the budget, saying it did not do enough to boost the economy. The budget includes measures to mitigate the effects of the UK government's changes to housing benefit. Scottish government Finance Secretary Jo...


Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote - Reuters UK
3 Feb 2014 at 2:10am

Scotsman

Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote
Reuters UK
In the referendum, to be held on September 18 this year, voters will decide whether Scotland, which has a population of just over 5 million and is a source of North Sea oil, should end its 307-year-old union with ...


Newsnight Scotland to be axed ahead of referendum - Herald Scotland
5 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Newsnight Scotland to be axed ahead of referendum
Herald Scotland
A SHAKE-UP of BBC Scotland's referendum coverage will see the axing of Newsnight Scotland, the launch of a new nightly news programme and the return of presenter Sarah Smith to the corporation. A SHAKE-UP of BBC Scotland's referendum...



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Labour Mp Jim Hood - Oppose At Any Cost.
9 Feb 2014 at 1:41pm

I thought this deserved its own thread. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Glorious Union, 750 Years Invasion Free...
9 Feb 2014 at 1:16pm

 

What a lunatic. 



Yes Today - A Wee Tune
9 Feb 2014 at 9:27am

Obviously I'm not telling anyone how I might be voting  , but for some reason this wee idea poppe...



Alex Salmond Calmly Overpowers C4 Presenter
9 Feb 2014 at 5:56am

Alex Salmond calmly overpowers C4 presenters barrage of questioning

This is why the YES vote is g...



Graham Bell Does The Downhill Course At Sochi
9 Feb 2014 at 4:34am
Graham Bell takes a camera down the course. Skis it without sticks FFS! This is quite impressive

...

Immigration Minister Resigns
8 Feb 2014 at 6:58pm

Oops



Did No Voters Sing Gstq At Murrayfield ?
8 Feb 2014 at 12:40pm

What a dilemna for the Unionists at Murrayfield today. What anthem did they sing today ?



90S Viz
8 Feb 2014 at 11:07am

whats the difference between a 90s Viz and the Daily Mail..... FERK ALL

 

 



Trigger
7 Feb 2014 at 7:16pm

Trigger would have been 70 today.

 

To celebrate his life today is Dave day.

 

The idea is whoeve...



Ian Smart On Billy Bragg
7 Feb 2014 at 4:11pm
Ian Smart ‏@ianssmart  3h

Bragg reminds you of that part of the British Left who initially though...




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

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers a...

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...


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

The distorting average
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2014 at 11:35am

I know that a number of us feel that John Curtice's polling analysis is now noticeably fairer to ...



New Panelbase referendum poll
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2014 at 6:29pm
There's a new Panelbase poll out tonight on referendum voting intentions, which as you'd expect s...

What to do if an English person phones you to beg Scotland not to "leave" : y...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2014 at 12:46am

1) Gently point out that Scotland isn't "going" anywhere, because it will retain the exact same g...



Support for independence rises to its highest level of the campaign in latest...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2014 at 2:31am

Just when we were feeling mildly disappointed that YouGov had broken the seemingly relentless seq...



YouGov's 'phantom poll' comes in from the cold - but serious unanswered quest...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 11:38pm

Thanks to Calum Findlay for pointing out that YouGov have furtively released the datasets for the...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Identifying the non-identifiable
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 5:00am
"All the calculations about who gets what slice of the public cake are based on what the Treasury...

Political Betting moderator "The Screaming Eagles" lies about me, dehumanises...
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2014 at 10:47am
Some of you may have seen the comment left by pro-independence Political Betting poster Mick Pork...

Trying to make sense of YouGov's latest idiocy (it isn't easy)
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 6:29pm
A little flurry of excitement tonight, because YouGov have released a table showing that a poll c...


Celtic Connections photos
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 1:14am
Last night I finished off two weeks of immersion in Celtic Connections by going to the Young Trad...

Six Nations 2014 prediction
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2014 at 8:59am
As ever, I was asked by a member of my family to fill in a Six Nations prediction form for a comp...

More drama as TNS-BMRB poll suggests the pro-independence campaign have close...
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2014 at 7:23pm
There are two new referendum polls out tonight, one from a polling company that is a veteran of t...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some politicians didn't require the benefit of hindsigh...
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2014 at 5:00pm
"Will the approach that is being taken work?  The argument is that it will be a salutary lesson, ...

ICM poll looks robust
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2014 at 9:05pm
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of the full datasets for the remar...

SNP enjoy huge 19% lead over Labour in ICM poll
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Further details of this weekend's extraordinary ICM poll have been released by the Scotsman. Unf...

This is the bit where everything changes - sensational ICM poll shows pro-ind...
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2014 at 8:14pm
At moments like this you're supposed to punch the air in delight, but I'm so dumbfounded that I t...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes Scotland response to trio of polls
by Sean Lafferty
9 Feb 2014 at 7:59am
Yes Scotland welcomes the findings of two surveys that put the economy at the top of most people?...

Scottish Parliament campaigner remains sceptical of further devolution
by Sean Lafferty
9 Feb 2014 at 7:10am
The former chairman of the Scottish Constitutional Convention has raised issue with the uncertain...

A Yes vote is the route to more job security and better living standards
by Sean Lafferty
7 Feb 2014 at 12:28pm
A Yes vote is the path to greater job security and good standards of living, Deputy First Ministe...

Daily Digest: David Cameron, Bedroom Tax arrears & No's negativity
by Stuart McDonald
7 Feb 2014 at 9:11am

David Cameron's intervention

On his last visit he sailed down the Clyde on a nuclear submarine.  T...



Scotland could be even richer than previously thought, say economic experts
by Sean Lafferty
7 Feb 2014 at 5:33am
Yes Scotland today welcomed a report by economic experts which suggests that Scotland could be ev...

Glasgow's No campaign adopt cowering Cameron?s approach to debates
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 11:03am
Glasgow?s No campaign is running scared and dodging debates in the same way as David Cameron acco...

Why a Yes vote is good for Scotland's trade unions and working people
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 9:28am
Yes Scotland today publishes Part Two of a new phase in the referendum campaign by spelling out t...

Daily Digest: bedroom tax banished and Bob Holman backs Yes
by Stuart McDonald
6 Feb 2014 at 6:53am

Scottish Parliament ?banishes? hated bedroom tax

There is widespread coverage in today?s papers on...



Committed Labour Party member backs independence to reduce poverty gap
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 5:34am
One of the most distinguished anti-poverty campaigners in Scotland has revealed he?s backing inde...

Massie: Victory is within reach of the Yes campaign
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 5:22am
Leading commentator Alex Massie today confirms that momentum in the independence debate is with Y...

Yes Scotland welcomes Bedroom Tax agreement
by Sean Lafferty
5 Feb 2014 at 11:35am

Yes Scotland has welcomed the Budget agreement between the SNP and Labour on the hated Bedroom Ta...



Only a Yes Vote Guarantees our Public services
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 8:14am

Tory MPs suggest the Barnett Formula, should be revised or scrapped for the 18-month period betwe...



Daily Digest: Signing up the Missing Million and Scotland Working to End Bedr...
by Stuart McDonald
5 Feb 2014 at 5:34am
The ?missing million? is a rough estimate of the number of people in Scotland who could vote but ...

National Voter Registration Day
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 4:48am
Video of PvrFCy8nbck

The Yes campaign today urged voters from all sides of the debate to make s...



Yes campaigners appeal to the 'Missing Million' to register for #indyref vote
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 2:30am

Yes Scotland launched an appeal to unregistered voters - the so-called ?missing million? - to ens...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Nuclear weapons
9 Feb 2014 at 11:43am

This seems to come up a lot amongst Yes voters as a reason to become independant. Personally I do...



Angry Taxi Driver
8 Feb 2014 at 2:43pm

 

EDIT: See it posted below now. Apologies.



Don't go. I love you and respect you. I really do...
5 Feb 2014 at 9:05pm

We keep getting told that Scotland is a valued region of the UK. That we are better together. And...



Tommy Sheridan
3 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm

Don't know if this speech has been posted elsewhere - even if it has it deserves it's own thread....



For those planning to vote "no"...
3 Feb 2014 at 1:23pm

I'd be interested to hear your reasonings.  Not that I'm in any danger of changing my mind, but I...



Will we go totally metric in the event of a 'Yes' vote
2 Feb 2014 at 4:45am

Personally I would like to keep it the way it is - a half way house.

 

But would we see road sign...



Stamps 2014 (October)
1 Feb 2014 at 5:44am

I think we need to get our stamps sorted now just to be on the safe side?

 

or maybes

 

If ...



FAO Unionists ..Should Westminster come clean?
30 Jan 2014 at 11:03am
I have asked the unionists this question directly on other threads without response. Indeed they ...

National Anthem of an Independent Scotland
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

What should be the official national anthem?

 

Personally I'm in favour of Scotland the Brave as ...



Do we all agree with the 50p tax rate
28 Jan 2014 at 6:48am

Does anyone think the SG should comment on the 50p tax rate?



Head of State in an independent Scotland
27 Jan 2014 at 8:49pm
Apologies in advance if I'm being daft asking, but this point seems to have hardly even been ment...

Better Together - As long as your Tory/Lib/Lab
25 Jan 2014 at 2:40pm
On the 12th May 2013 a Better Together spokesman said: Only three parties are part of the offici...

Allistar Carmichael
23 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm
Apparently saying and independent Scotland may need border controls with England,,,honestly! You ...

Question Time from Dundee - 23/1/14
23 Jan 2014 at 10:07am
Question Time tonight is coming from Dundee, and the make-up of the panel suggests it'll be refer...

Referendum Debate - Greenock
21 Jan 2014 at 12:51pm

BBC Two tonight at 9pm. Thread to discuss the show.

 

Not sure how the debate is going to be stru...




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


David Cameron is betting that the Scots want to be told they're loved | Andre...
by Andrew Rawnsley
9 Feb 2014 at 12:50am

Some pro-union campaigners believe fearmongering in Scotland is enough. The prime minister doesn't agree

In his speech on Scottish independence, David Cameron declared: "The outcome is still up in t...




Scottish independence: it's not Scotland's job to save England from its faili...
8 Feb 2014 at 6:06pm

Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael's talk of 'shared values' is vague and unprovable

You carried two articles about the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence in last week's Observer: t...




What would independence mean for Scotland's money machine?
by Phillip Inman
8 Feb 2014 at 6:04pm

The major industries are expressing mixed feelings about a possible yes vote. Observer writers introduce the arguments

Alex Salmond can already picture himself sitting with a downcast David Cameron ...




Scottish independence: opponents are like rabbits in SNP's headlights | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
8 Feb 2014 at 3:03pm

With seven months to go, the momentum is with the Yes campaign

With barely seven months until Scotland decides its future, the No campaign is now being forced to dance to Alex Salmond's tune. These ...




Disunited kingdom: London's word is met with growing cynicism | Observer edit...
by Observer editorial
8 Feb 2014 at 2:33pm

London is not a city state. It is a capital city with responsibilities

Sometimes, in politics as in life, everything connects: there is confidence and momentum. Sometimes, but not too often? Conside...



Scottish referendum: groundworks | Editorial
by Editorial
7 Feb 2014 at 5:30pm

To make the case for Scotland's importance to the UK, David Cameron needs a proposition that goes beyond the status quo

David Cameron, a Conservative politician with a southern English seat, is not ...




If I were a Scot, I might vote yes to independence. As it is, I can only plea...
by Jonathan Freedland
7 Feb 2014 at 2:00pm

Ignored for so long, it's little wonder so many in Scotland are straining to break away. But heaven help us all if they do

Even before David Cameron had opened his mouth, a Scottish friend of mine g...




Alistair Darling accuses Alex Salmond of acting like a head of state
by Jonathan Freedland
7 Feb 2014 at 2:00pm

SNP conducting campaign of intimidation and abusing Holyrood powers to gag opponents of independence, says no vote leader

The leader of the campaign against Scottish independence has accused Scotlan...




Salmond's pension plans for Scotland are unaffordable, warns thinktank
by Severin Carrell
7 Feb 2014 at 12:10pm

Economist casts doubt on long-term viability of larger state pension promised by SNP under independence

Alex Salmond's plans to guarantee higher state pensions after Scottish independence will be un...




Scottish independence: ?we want you to stay?, says David Cameron - video
7 Feb 2014 at 11:34am

The prime minister, David Cameron, says 'years of history hang in the balance' in the run up to Scotland's vote on independence





In Times Like These by Maureen Duffy ? review
by Jane Housham
7 Feb 2014 at 11:08am

A brisk novel that imagines the calamities that could ensue if Scotland left the union

Duffy's brisk novel of ideas imagines the chain of calamities that could ensue if Scotland voted to leave the u...




Phone a friend in Scotland on David Cameron's behalf and snare yourself a swi...
by Libby Brooks
7 Feb 2014 at 10:03am

Many Scots are undecided about September's referendum and campaigning has shed little light on the matter

The Irish philosopher George Berkeley is usually credited with the lumberjack's thought expe...




Scottish independence: the economic implications
by Angela Monaghan
7 Feb 2014 at 9:22am

National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NIESR) looks at tax and spending policies, pensions and currency for an independent Scotland

The debate on Scottish independence has centred on th...




Our Island Story: Not as Conservative as David Cameron imagines
by Tom Holland
7 Feb 2014 at 7:46am

The PM is broadcasting his love of Henrietta Marshall's book while campaigning against Scottish independence. It's an odd choice of propaganda

Politicians, cynics like to imagine, publicise their ch...




David Cameron sets out 'emotional, patriotic' case to keep Scotland in UK
by Patrick Wintour
7 Feb 2014 at 7:18am

Prime minister uses speech at Olympic Park to make personal plea in runup to Scottish independence referendum

The United Kingdom has just seven months to "save the most extraordinary, buccaneering, ...




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