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Glasgow political row ends in pub brawl
STRATHCLYDE Police are investigating allegations a senior Labour councillor in Glasgow threatened a Conservative member of the local authority.

Tax row engulfs Scottish Enterprise chief
ONE OF Scotland's highest-paid quango bosses is under pressure to quit her lucrative second job with a private FTSE 100 company, after it emerged it had paid no UK corporation tax for a decade.

Probe into George Square facelift fiasco
THE saga of the abandoned redesign?of?Glasgow's George Square, which cost taxpayers £100,000, is to be investigated by public spending watchdogs.

Labour candidate faced discipline over union role
A frontrunner in the fight to become the next Labour candidate in the seat vacated by disgraced MP Eric Joyce faced disciplinary charges in a previous role as a trade union official.

Council status 'to be enshrined'
Nicola Sturgeon has said independence is the only option which will allow the role and status of local government to be enshrined in a written constitution.

Darling backs more devolution
ALISTAIR Darling will today back calls to devolve powers from Holyrood to Scotland's local authorities.

Sturgeon looks to end child poverty
INDEPENDENCE and control over Scotland's resources offer the best hope for eradicating child poverty, and enshrining the rights of young people in a written constitution would help the process, the Deputy First Minister said.

Iain Duncan Smith Scots snub claims
IAIN Duncan Smith has been accused of snubbing the Scottish people by finally agreeing to make a trip to Edinburgh for talks over the Government's controversial welfare reforms only because he is in the capital for a conference.

Osborne's spending cuts 'marred by short-termism'
George Osborne's austerity programme of public spending cuts was marred by a short-termist approach and a lack of joined-up thinking across government, an influential Westminster watchdog said today.

Argyll and Bute councillor quits top position
AN SNP-run local authority has been dealt another significant blow in the space of a month with the resignation from the party of a leading councillor.

Local government overhaul urged by new councils chief
SCOTLAND'S most senior councillor will today lay out a radical vision for the overhaul of local government after the 2014 referendum, calling for the largest decentralisation of power ever undertaken.

Cameron accused of politicising hospital scandal
Labour have accused David Cameron of a "shabby" attempt to politicise the Mid-Staffordshire health scandal after the Prime Minister put some of the blame for hospital deaths on the target culture introduced by the previous government.

Anger at 'shed tax' go-ahead
BUILDERS have hit out at a decision to hike planning application fees by 20% in a move dubbed a "shed tax".

PM deals himself a bad hand with a convoluted casino metaphor
Repetition, as they say, is a sign you failed to get your message across the first time.

Women's Minister breaks her silence about Rennard claims
WOMEN'S Minister Jo Swinson has spoken publicly about the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations for the first time in almost two weeks.

 

Scotsman

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Iraq: Meyer critical of reasons for UK joining war

THE British ambassador at the time the Iraq War started has claimed that Tony Blair was “more evangelical than the Christian right” in the run up to the conflict. Marking the tenth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, Sir Christopher Meyer has penned a critical article of the reasons which pushed the UK into joining the US in going to war.



Nick Clegg wants Lib Dems to attack Tories

NICK Clegg urged Liberal Democrats to turn their fire on the Tories, as he attempted to draw a line under damaging scandals and build on the Eastleigh by-election victory.



Archbishop of Canterbury attacks benefit changes

The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned Government plans to change the benefits system, saying it will have a “deeply disproportionate” effect on children.



Scottish independence: Call for oil future clarity

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has called for clarity when debating the future of North Sea oil in terms of Scottish independence.



The Scotsman cartoon - 10/03/13

Our cartoonist explores the uncertainty that surrounds the independence question



Nick Clegg urges Lib Dems to round on Tories

NICK Clegg will today insist the Liberal Democrats are no longer a party of protest as he urges activists to attack their coalition partners, the Tories.



Euan McColm: SNP ignore the lessons of Blair?s Third Way at their peril

DURING the 2007 Holyrood election campaign, Labour in Scotland had a particularly difficult problem. Or, at least, it thought it did.



£60m fund aims to lower energy bills

A FUND to help make households more energy-efficient has been allocated to local ­authorities.



Drumlanrig: Trooping his true colours perhaps?

JIM Murphy, the shadow defence secretary and Labour “big beast”, is not exactly the toast of his pro-Union colleagues, it seems.



Ronald Bowie: Wrong time to gamble with your pension

YOUR first day at work is a big milestone in life. After spending childhood, adolescence and early adulthood working your way through your education, setting off into the big, bad world of work is an intimidating prospect.



Salmond demands apology over military base review

ALEX Salmond has despatched an angry tirade to David Cameron demanding the Prime Minister apologise for the UK Government’s “deplorable” handling of its military base review.



Euan McColm: We no longer agree with Nick

CAN it really be less than three years since we all agreed with Nick?



?Section 28? fears for teaching of gay marriage law

GAY rights activists have warned of the re-introduction of Section 28-style legislation in Scotland amid fears over how a controversial new law on same-sex marriage will be taught in schools.



Clegg in fulsome tribute to ?outstanding? Huhne

NICK Clegg lavished praise on disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne as an “effective” and “outstanding” politician yesterday.



Scottish independence: Yes vote ?threat to pensions?

SCOTLAND faces a stark choice between higher tax or lower pensions if it votes for independence, a leading financial expert warns today.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

And finally? #25
A creative reader writes in to notify us of these splendid-looking mugs, and to pledge that all profits (about 45% of the sale price) will be donated to our fundraiser. Frankly we’re taking them at their word on the second part, but either way they seem a rather excellent thing to have in your home.

The lies of others
It’s weird watching the Sunday papers all decrying the media’s handling of Wednesday’s leaked Scottish Government document. Everyone seems to agree that the Cabinet paper wasn’t any kind of smoking gun – the consensus is that John Swinney’s comments were sensible, cautious and largely misrepresented in the press. Eddie Barnes in Scotland on Sunday, for [...]

Stacking chips for the rainy day
Poe’s Law, which we only discovered on Wikipedia this morning, says that “without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and an exaggerated parody of extremism”. Or in other words, there’s a name for when people are so batshit crazy you can’t satirise [...]

Poor little rich country
We’ve just had to have a bit of a sit down after trying in vain to get our heads around the dizzying spin deployed in a story in this morning’s Herald, which appears to utilise some form of crazed Catch 22 to ensure that no matter whether an independent Scotland was stony broke or rolling [...]

A rock and a hard place
Catastrophe! Scottish independence (surely “separation”?) will destroy your old-age pension, says yesterday’s Scottish Daily Express. We suppose we better vote No to keep them safe, then. Oh.

Always at war with Eastasia
This is a thing that really just happened. “Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will have a statue erected in her honour in her home town of Grantham in Lincolnshire. A plan to raise more than £200,000 for a statue and renovation project at the Grantham Museum has been unveiled. Labour councillors had called for [...]

Participative democracy
An alert reader gives us advance notice that the BBC are planning a live online readers’-question-and-answer session with Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Something to coincide with the Scottish Lib Dem spring conference next week. Here’s the one we submitted – we feel sure the BBC will select it to ask him. “Mr Rennie, do [...]

Who to believe? #2
So what’s really going to happen to oil revenues in the next few years? “An independent Scotland would begin with a £4 billion black hole in its finances due to a fall in oil revenues, UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said yesterday.” (The Scotsman, 2nd March 2013) “”Oil production should revive from [...]

Who to believe?
From the Luxembourg newspaper Wort.lu on Tuesday: “Luxembourg?s Foreign Minister has backtracked on a comment about Scotland?s independence which was quoted in the British media, saying it was misinterpreted.“ From today’s Scottish Daily Mail: “The minister’s spokesman has made clear to the BBC that he has ‘no problems’ with our reporting of his remarks.” (column [...]

Quoted for truth #11
The Scottish Sun Says, 7th March 2013: “Here’s a radical idea for the Better Together campaign. Just once, just for a change, let?s hear something positive about why Scotland would be better staying part of the United Kingdom. Because frankly, the scare stories are wearing a bit thin. The latest is over a leaked SNP [...]

BBC Scotland

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

'Broken trust' on troop numbers
First Minister Alex Salmond calls on David Cameron to apologise for what he says is the UK government's "broken commitment" on troops in Scotland.

Funding of £60m to insulate homes
A £60m fund is launched by the Scottish government to help councils target areas of fuel poverty and better insulate homes.

UK 'gives firms best of both worlds'
Scotland has "big opportunities" to do business in Brazil as part of the UK, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says, ahead of a visit to the country.

Workers rally over blacklisting
Construction workers who appeared on a blacklist used by major firms to vet employees take part in a demonstration in Dundee.

Clash over Scots constitution plan
Leaders on both sides of the independence debate speak at a Cosla conference and clash over plans for a written Scottish constitution.

Trip marks tram section handover
The first completed section of the tram route is handed over from the contractor to Edinburgh City Council.

Wi-fi to be introduced to ferries
CalMac is to make wi-fi available on all its sailings between the Western Isles and the mainland by the end of the year.

Scots pension plans to be published
Welfare and pension plans for an independent Scotland are expected to be published by the Scottish government in the next few months.

Psychiatric wards 'neglect' duty
Psychiatric hospitals must consider the children of those who are given compulsory mental health treatment, according to a health watchdog.

Group says fish stocks are 'healthy'
A new pressure group is campaigning against conservationists' claims North Sea cod stocks are under threat.

Plan to revive Union Street unveiled
A 10-point plan is drawn up to try to revive the fortunes of Aberdeen's Union Street.

110 jobs to go in factory closure
Cleaning product firm Jeyes has confirms it will close its factory in East Kilbride with the loss of 110 jobs.

Teaching union urges strike vote
One of Scotland's largest teaching unions is urging its members to vote for strike action over changes to their pensions.

Concerns raised over wild land
The Scottish government defends its record on wind farm applications in the face of criticism that it is failing to protect wild land areas.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond insists projected oil revenues will rise due to increased investment.

Newsnet Scotland

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An English referendum?

By Father Ross K. Bell

Around this time in 1979, I was studying for my Scottish O? Grades.  For our English exam we had been given Animal Farm, by George Orwell to study. 

I recently came across my copy of the book, obviously purloined from Bell Baxter High School (should they wish it back please feel free to contact me) I had covered the book with a page from Punch 28th Feb 1979.  What  was written thereon is worth reproducing here; it is utterly germane to our current situation.



Facts, leaks and speculation: Just who fears debate?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Much gnashing of teeth and anger has been aimed at the BBC over its reporting, or lack of, of the latest GERS report.
 
GERS is the annual 'state of the Scottish economy' publication that seeks to provide, as accurately as is possible, an indication of Scotland's relative economic performance using official government figures and statistics. 



Besides Pacific Quay, what else has been secretly privatised?

By Mark McNaught

Last week?s disclosure by NNS that the BBC Scotland Pacific Quay building is owned by murky investor partnerships, and taxpayers are paying exorbitant rent on what one would have assumed to be public property, leads us to an even larger question: what else has been secretly privatised? What other presumably public patrimony has been clandestinely securitised into collateralised debt obligations?



BBC Scotland 'hard core' on war footing as the battle for minds heats up

  By a Newsnet reporter

It?s hardly a surprise to find that the British Broadcasting machine?s Scottish outpost has kicked into full war mode when the future of the United Kingdom is under threat, this after all is what state broadcasters do.

The first ?law? of broadcasting during any war is to provide as much ?news? as possible to ensure the man (or woman) in the street keeps faith with your side.



An argument that simply runs out of currency

  By George Kerevan
 
CREDIT where credit is due: the Better Together campaign pulled off a coup with its publication of a leaked cabinet paper from John Swinney, laying out fiscal options in the post-independence period.
 
However, what the document actually says is very different from the spin put on it by the No campaign. Quite the opposite in fact.



Alan Bisset on Scottish culture

Alan Bisset at the Augustine Church, Sunday 3 March 2013, talks about the cringe, culture, Scottish literature and how Scots look at themselves.

The talk was part of an evening on Scottish Self-determination & Independence.



First Minister's Questions - 07 Mar 2013 - video

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

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



Breaking the Neoliberal Financial Moulds in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

Structural debt and deficit, reserve currency bonds, IMF tutelage, World Bank structural adjustment, forced austerity, and other blunt financial instruments that have formed the international financial system since the Bretton Woods agreement of 1947 have shown their age and inflexibility.

As part of the UK, Scotland is bound to this institutionalised financial fate, with little control over its own economic management.



BBC Scotland in spotlight again as second Foreign Minister claims EU comments...

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC is facing more questions over its coverage of independence issues after another Foreign Minister appeared to question the interpretation placed on remarks made relating to Scottish independence.
 



The bad men of the Scottish church who sleep undisturbed

By Kenneth Roy

My interest in religion, once curious and keen, was finally extinguished by the cruelty and megalomania of God's representatives on earth. I decided that I didn't like the company God was keeping; that God had some very odd friends. So the boy who once went to church twice every Sunday ? not because he was coerced into doing so but because he just liked going to church ? now doesn?t go at all. How revealing of my own vulnerability that I reverted instinctively to the third person for that small confession.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Independence: Organ transplant claims challenged

A LEADING kidney specialist has challenged claims from pro-UK campaigners that an independent Scotland would have problems getting vital organ transplants from the rest of the UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:
More unionist scaremongering lies exposed!

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Oil can give SNP the jump on Unionist rivals

This week Finance Secretary John Swinney will publish his forecasts for the oil revenue which could accrue to an independent Scotland after 2016 ...



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Bill Jamieson: Scotland, debt and the moment of truth
A MOMENT of truth on the finances of an independent Scotland had to come some time. It is as well that it has come now.
Peter A Bell's insight:
That oil production and revenues are volatile is hardly news to anyone. It begs an obvious question. What happened to the oil fund that should have been helping to mitigate the effects of this volatility on the wider economy?The answer, of course, is that the British state has squandered it. And, as if to compound their incompetence, UK Governments have managed to run up eye-watering levels of debt. It's as if you won £50million on the lottery and, a year later had nothing to show for it but several million pounds worth of debt.Which begs another question. Would the aforementioned hapless lottery loser be the person you would pick to manage your financial affairs?Probably not, would be my guess.And yet this is what Bill Jamieson appears to be suggesting that we do. Having complied a devastating dossier of the appalling incompetence of successive UK Governments, he seems to be advising that we continue to entrust the care of our economy to the self-same incompetents.I can only assume that the important part of his argument was lost in some particularly clumsy sub-editing.

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The case for Scottish independence is based on a short-term, simplistic analysis

The Scottish nationalists pick the best years for North Sea oil receipts and extrapolate into the future. The pro-UK voices point out that the decision to leave the UK is a long-term one and so we must look beyond short-term and simplistic analysis.
Peter A Bell's insight:
I've a wee tip for Blair McDougall. When you mention "simplistic analysis" in the title of article it's probably better to avoid such sweeping generalisations as the one about the SNP blaming "every problem" on the UK. Probably as well also to avoid statements of the gob-smackingly obvious such as the inane observation that "voters have to decide for themselves".And having made the almost as glaringly obvious observation that "a referendum isn't an election", you are inevitably going to look more than a little foolish if you then go on to avoid any mention of the Yes Scotland campaign and instead couch your whole "argument" in terms of a party political contest between the SNP and your (former?) employers in the British Labour Party.It might be best to draw a discreet veil over the stuff about voters not taking elections seriously, Although I suppose we should be grateful for the insight McDougall offers into the degree of contempt in which he and his fellow British nationalists hold the Scottish electorate.

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Oil: boom times ahead? | Herald Scotland

EXCLUSIVE: Finance Secretary John Swinney today claims the early years of independence would coincide with a "massive North Sea oil boom" which would help Scotland invest in public services, set up a long-term oil fund, and reduce Government borrowing.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Note the characteristic duplicity of British Labour as exemplified by Ken Macintosh. When John Swinney's words suit the devious purposes of the anti-independence campaign - albeit with the customary degree of misrepresentation and distortion - they are deemed to be entirely accurate and honest. When Swinney's utterances threaten to be an embarrassment to the British nationalist cause, all of a sudden they are to be treated with "extreme scepticism".

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'This leaked paper shows we're serious - but we've nothing to fear'

Scotland is a wealthy country.

That is the key fact which underlies the welter of figures, claims and counter-claims of recent days about Scotland's economic prospects as an independent nation.



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Wings Over Scotland | The lies of others

It’s weird watching the Sunday papers all decrying the media’s handling of Wednesday’s leaked Scottish Government document. Everyone seems to agree that the paper wasn’t any kind of smoking gun – the consensus of opinion is that John Swinney’s comments were sensible, cautious and largely misrepresented in the press.



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Eddie Barnes: Every drop counts

THE pro-independence campaign had been looking forward to last Wednesday.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Neither social justice nor economic prosperity (I suspect most of us would settle for a little stability) are fated. They are matters of political choice. And it is no more than the most basic good sense to insist that consideration of such choices is informed with a healthy measure of pragmatism. And that is precisely what was demonstrated by the leaked document. John Swinney is no woolly-minded dreamer.But this out-of-date discussion paper is irrelevant in any case. The whole point is that the UK Government has CHOSEN to sacrifice the economic welfare and security of the many - which inevitably includes the weakest and most vulnerable in society - in order to prop up an economic system which has repeatedly and disastrously failed. It is a CHOICE. It is NOT something forced upon the likes of Cameron and Osborne, or any of their predecessors, by unavoidable circumstances or the invisible hand of disinterested, impartial but ultimately benign market forces.They CHOOSE to serve the interests of entrenched elites rather than address the needs society as a whole. And here we come to the crux of the matter.THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO LOGICAL, RATIONAL REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANY DIFFERENT CHOICE MIGHT EVER BE MADE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE BRITISH STATE.If we want a government that makes different, better choices then we must acknowledge that this will only be possible with independence. The British state will not deliver the kind of society that we aspire to.Nobody claims it will be easy. It is only unionists who ever talk of a promised "land of milk and honey". If John Swinney's paper tells us anything it is that he and the SNP are realistic about our prospects. That they are aware of the difficult choices that will almost certainly be required. But they are OUR choices! Only by having the power to make those choices will the people of Scotland be able to forge a nation and a society that reflects their standards, priorities and aspirations.Does the corrupt, anachronistic union offer anything better? Does it even offer the hope of something better?

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Euan McColm: SNP ignore the lessons of Blair?s Third Way at their peril

DURING the 2007 Holyrood election campaign, Labour in Scotland had a particularly difficult problem. Or, at least, it thought it did.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Euan McColm seems to be of the view that the whole bloody, murderous, shameful Iraq episode should not be a factor in our assessment of Tony "The Weasel" Blair. That we should simply disregard the lies and deception he perpetrated in the service of a US-inspired neo-imperialist warmongering agenda. That we should elide from our collective memory the death and destruction that this supremely arrogant creature considered a price worth paying for his "place in history". That we should simply forget the way he diminished us all and devalued humanity itself in pursuit of nothing more worthy than his own aggrandisement.Instead, McColm suggests we should focus on the odious Blair's talents as a political lounge-lizard. We should care only about his abilities as an oleaginous leech with an insidious ability to latch onto people's hopes and aspirations and drain them to a husk in order to feed his own ego.In his customary shallow fashion, McColm bids us draw a ludicrously simplistic parallel between Blair's NuLabour project and the strategies and tactics which have brought the SNP its recent electoral success. In doing so he would have us believe that the SNP has been as ready to forsake principle in the service of political expediency as Blair was. He seeks to tar the SNP with the brush of Blair's treacherous inconstancy in the same way that puerile taunts of "Tartan Tories" seek to associate the SNP with the worst of right-wing British conservatism.In short, this whole article is nothing more than yet another attempt at an anti-SNP smear. It will be no more successful than all the rest. It will fail because McColm and others of his ilk do not have the power to manipulate popular perceptions that they flatter themselves with. No matter what they say, Blair will continue to be held in general contempt for his crimes. And no matter how hard McColm tries, none of that is going to rub off on Alex Salmond and his team.

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Scottish independence: Call for oil future clarity

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has called for clarity when debating the future of North Sea oil in terms of Scottish independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:
It seems that Michael Moore is now seeking to address his essential pointlessness by claiming magical powers of prophesy. Never let it be said that this was a man who baulked at making a complete fool of himself in the service of the British state.If Moore was as interested in the facts as he feigns then he might have mentioned that the "tax reliefs" of which he boasts were forced on the UK Government by the need to try and undo the damage done by its own £2billion per year tax grab back in 2011.That is not the extent of Moore's deviousness and dishonesty. Those not blinded by British nationalist prejudice will note the contradiction in insisting on the volatility of oil revenues while demanding the kind of certainty about the future that this volatility renders unattainable. The kind of certainty that is only promised by purveyors of political snake-oil such as Michael Moore.No Better Together rant would be complete without a brazen insult to the people of Scotland. And the Prince of Pointlessness is ever ready to deliver. According to Moore, Scotland is not capable of representing itself in the world. Apparently, we need him to do it for us. Frankly, I hadn't realised we were that desperate.

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Scottish independence: Yes vote ?threat to pensions?

SCOTLAND faces a stark choice between higher tax or lower pensions if it votes for independence, a leading financial expert warns today.
Peter A Bell's insight:
The usual one-sided sensationalist nonsense from Scares on Sunday. How many things that were supposedly guaranteed by the union have already been lost, or are in the process of being destroyed? The real deception here is the pretence that being part of the UK somehow banishes all risk and uncertainty. It does not!What being part of a corrupt, incompetent and anachronistic union does is prevent us dealing with risk and uncertainty in a way that suits our circumstances and the standards and priorities determined by the people of Scotland.British nationalists will, of course, totally fail to see the glaring contradiction in this latest piece of unionist propaganda. On the one hand it argues that Scotland is beset by peculiar circumstances that pose particular difficulties for pension provision. But it simultaneously argues that, rather than address the issue as an independent nation and according to our needs and wishes, we should settle for whatever "solutions" may be devised by a British government whose priorities are informed by interests which are not ours.The future is always uncertain. British nationalists tell the people of Scotland that they are not capable of managing this uncertainty. They insist that we need people like David Cameron and George Osborne to do it for us. I disagree. And I'll be voting YES.

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Falkland Islands hold referendum on disputed status

People living in the Falkland Islands are voting in a referendum on their political status, amid tensions between Argentina and Britain over sovereignty.

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The ?Swinney report? shows why we need to be radical when it comes to economi...

The ‘top secret dossier’ that was a ‘hammer blow to the SNP’, according to Alasdair Darling and Better Together, was certainly overblown and distorted by the unionist press as per usual. But let’s not kid ourselves; it was damaging.

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Salmond snubs Darling talks

Peter A Bell's insight:
As any informed observer will realise, Darling's challenge to Salmond was only issued in the first place because he and his minders knew that it would be rejected. Facing Salmond in head-to-head debate is the very last thing Darling wants. This is a man who cannot even hold his own when presenting a prepared speech to a sympathetic audience. A man who constantly gives the impression that he is addressing the issues from the remote safety of some time in the mid-1970s.Protocol demands that, at this level, politicians only deal with their opposite number. Darling's opposite number is Blair Jenkins. Someone he is equally unfit to debate with. Salmond's opposite number is David Cameron. But Cameron wants to delegate all the hard stuff to his British Labour lackeys.

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Wings Over Scotland | Stacking chips for the rainy day

Poe’s Law, which we only discovered on Wikipedia this morning, says that “without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and an exaggerated parody of extremism”. Or in other words, some people are so batshit crazy you can’t satirise them, because you simply couldn’t invent anything madder than what they say for real.



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Daily Record

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Alex Salmond demands Prime Minister David Cameron apologises for cutting the ...
THE First Minister says it's a disgrace only 600 more troops will be based in Scotland which is a far cry from the 5000 first promised by the Government.

Gambling crackdown: 4 bookies, 16 bandit machines in just 200 yards in Glasgo...
DUKE Street in Glasgow is rife with betting shops and now politicians want a ban on the opening of new bookies to halt an epidemic of gambling machines.

Revealed: Our kids will inherit a £2billion pensions timebomb
NEW figures show the country's elderly population is set to continue to rise sending the cost of pensions to almost £8billion a year.

Scotland's top judge summoned to appear before MSPs after trying to block reg...
A HOLYROOD committee want the law chief to explain why he tried to halt a register which would reveal judges' business, professional and financial links.

Theresa May's vow to Tory party conference: We'll scrap the Human Rights Act
THE Home Secretary told the Conservative faithful that the party could also back out of the country's obligations to the European Court of Human Rights.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg praises speeding points dodger Chris Huhne
THE Deputy Prime Minister says Huhne, who could be jailed on Monday, is an extremely powerful thinker and was a very effective secretary of state.

Independence referendum: UK helps Scotland internationally, says Scottish Sec...
MICHAEL MOORE is on his way to Brazil and says the country is a typical marketplace where Scotland would suffer if it broke away from the union.

Revealed: Devastating impact of college cuts as figures show 120,000 fewer st...
COLLEGE provisions have been slashed in Scotland as the education sector prepares for another £25million cut next year.

Student numbers in Scotland decrease by 120,000 since SNP came into power
OPPOSITION politicians have blasted the SNP administration for the overall fall in student numbers.

Scottish Government launches new clampdown on loan sharks who blight our comm...
MSPs including John John Swinney have encouraged the public to report the criminals using schemes such as the Record's Shop a Shark campaign.

John Swinney defends independence after we confront him with story on £28bn b...
WE confronted the Finance Secretary about the secret dossier which critics say has shattered the SNP?s case for independence with plans to cut pensions and welfare, and a flustered Swinney then rushed straight to Edinburgh to see the First Minister come under pressure in Holyrood.

Post-referendum councils to be discussed at conference in St Andrews
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour MP Alistair Darling will outline the pros and cons for local government post 2014.

Education ministers to join schoolchildren to mark the first International Sc...
MIKE Russell will visit schools to raise awareness of good nutrition and foster healthy eating habits in children both in school and at home.

Taxpayers fork out £200k golden handshake for axed council boss
SOUTH Ayrshire chief executive David Anderson walks away with fat payout after just five years, despite concerns over his performance in the job.

Teachers urged to vote for strike action in a row over their pensions
THE EIS say changes to teachers' pensions could see them working beyond 65- members have three weeks to vote.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish finance figures spark row over North Sea oil and independence

SNP claims oil revenues would have made Scotland better off than rest of UK last year but opponents disagree with analysis

The Scottish independence movement has seized on new figures showing that S...



Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister

Westminster would control Bank of England decisions even if Scotland kept sterling as its currency, says Michael Moore

An independent Scotland would not be allowed a role in setting policy for the B...



Scotland: Britain's real referendum | Editorial

Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape

It is about time that British politics got real about the referendum. Not the hypothetical referendum on th...



SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon says independent Scotland could begin 15 months after a 'yes' vote but critics dismiss timetable as 'absurd'

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged David Cameron to start talks on an "order...



Steve Bell on the wording of the Scottish independence referendum question ? ...

Alex Salmond accepts election watchdog's criticism of original wording as well as its proposed campaign spending limits

Steve Bell



Alex Salmond's Scottish independence referendum question rejected

Electoral Commission says SNP leader's choice of wording was biased in favour of a yes vote and should be dropped

Alex Salmond's preferred referendum question on Scottish independence has been rejec...



Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Bella Caledonia


Fresh Thinking for the New Republic

For A? That 16 ? Putting Rights To Right (with Pat Kane)
While we await the next Sunday edition of For A’ That Podcast (no.17) with Michael Greenwell and Andrew ‘Peat Worrier’ Tickle here’s the midweek one with the ever articulate and [...]

Sex and Power
Juliet Swann is a feminist & environmentalist who passionately hopes that the independence debate can change the lives of women in Scotland for the better. International Women?s Day ? why [...]

VIDEO: Alan Bissett talk on identity, feminism, and the so-called Scottish cr...
Author Alan Bissett gives a short but wide-ranging talk that ranges over feminism, playing Andrea Dworkin on stage (aye!) and Scottish identity; including film, cultural colonisation and the so-cal...

The Death of Hugo Chavez
The Death of Hugo Chavez By Callum McCormick The announcement of the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez provides an opportunity for us to look back on the most important [...]

Paying for Higher Education
by Margaret & Jim Cuthbert This article reviews existing tuition fee arrangements for higher education throughout Europe, and drawing on this, suggests a number of approaches which the Scottish gov...

Performing Tam o? Shanter
by Kevin Williamson The lure and challenge of performing Tam o’ Shanter was far too enticing to  ignore. It’s the biggie, the epic masterpiece, all 224 lines of it, that [...]

Broken Britain
By Kate Higgins My first ever job on leaving university was as a graduate trainee for a retail company and it involved spending time in different stores around the UK. [...]

When the Boat Comes In
By Fiona MacInnes There?s something fishy going on. Funded to the tune of $500,000 by the Oak foundation ?Hugh?s Great Fish Fight? (Channel 4) with the great proletarian leader himself [...]

From the Province of the Cat 13: The Language of the Birds
by George Gunn ?The past is unbearable, the present is degenerate, so our only hope lies in the future.?  So wrote Bertolt Brecht some 70 years ago. He had Europe [...]

The Scottish Indy Podcast 18 ? Ruaridh and Keith Waddell
“Dodging riots and tear gas in Livingstone today. There is a by-election tomorrow and the leader of the opposition has been arrested and charged with inciting violence, personally I think [...]

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Call for oil future clarity - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call for oil future clarity
Scotsman
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has called for clarity when debating the future of North Sea oil in terms of Scottish independence...


The case for Scottish independence is based on a short-term, simplistic analy...

The case for Scottish independence is based on a short-term, simplistic analysis
Left Foot Forward
Independence was the answer, regardless of what the question was. In much the same way that UKIP fra...


Scottish independence: Yes vote 'threat to pensions' - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Yes vote 'threat to pensions'
Scotland on Sunday
Days after a leaked report revealed the Scottish Government is reviewing the affordability of a state pension...


Scottish independence: Fjords flowing with funds - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Fjords flowing with funds
BBC News
The most tantalising prospect for the nationalist cause is that an independent Scotland could turn itself into Norway. It would quite...


Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote - BBC News

BBC News

Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote
BBC News
A bill that will pave the way for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scotland's independence referendum is to go before the Scottish ...


Scottish independence: Clash over Scottish constitution - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Clash over Scottish constitution
BBC News
Leaders on both sides of the independence debate have clashed over plans for a written Scottish constitution. Deputy First Min...


Scottish independence: Leak reveals SNP fears over finances - The Independent

The Independent

Scottish independence: Leak reveals SNP fears over finances
The Independent
A Scottish Government spokesman said the report demonstrated the depth and detail of its planning for indepe...


Scottish independence: What are currency options? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: What are currency options?
Scotsman
At an earlier stage of discussion of Scottish independence, there were suggestions that euro membership would represent a powerful d...


Scottish independence: Union goes with grain of history, says Tony Blair - BB...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Union goes with grain of history, says Tony Blair
BBC News
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Scotland's political union with the rest of the UK "goes with the g...


Luxembourg warns against Scottish independence - Scotsman

Scotsman

Luxembourg warns against Scottish independence
Scotsman
The comments come just a month after the United States vowed to remain neutral in the independence debate, with most EU member states a...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

DS calls for ban of right-wing group over ?in?i? posters - B92

B92

DS calls for ban of right-wing group over ?in?i? posters
B92
DS calls for ban of right-wing group over ?in?i? posters. Source: Tanjug. BELGRADE -- The Democratic Party (DS) has called on the autho...


SNP vote climbs as Lib Dems face mainland wipeout - SNP (press release)

SNP vote climbs as Lib Dems face mainland wipeout
SNP (press release)
Following on from recent Holyrood polls which show that SNP support is still around the same level which delivered our landslide ...


SNP vote climbs as Lib Dems face maniland wipeout - SNP (press release)

SNP vote climbs as Lib Dems face maniland wipeout
SNP (press release)
Following on from recent Holyrood polls which show that SNP support is still around the same level which delivered our landslide ...


Salmond: extent of Blair's Iraq deception exposed - SNP (press release)

Salmond: extent of Blair's Iraq deception exposed
SNP (press release)
Damning new revelations published today (Sun) expose the extraordinary extent of the deception perpetrated by former Labour Prime...


Resignation 'a serious blow' to SNP, says Bute councillor - Buteman

Resignation 'a serious blow' to SNP, says Bute councillor
Buteman
His former colleague, Bute SNP councillor Robert Macintyre, told The Buteman: ?I am very sorry that the SNP group has lost a councill...


Call for supermarket horsemeat investigation - SNP (press release)

Call for supermarket horsemeat investigation
SNP (press release)
In the wake of the horsemeat mislabelling scandal an SNP MSP is today calling for an investigation by the new Supermarket Ombudsman in...


'Swinney is being honest in private ... but not with the voters' - Herald Sco...

'Swinney is being honest in private ... but not with the voters'
Herald Scotland
This week it turns out that the SNP's own Cabinet Secretary for Finance has been sharing all of these points and more ...


Oil can give SNP the jump on Unionist rivals - Herald Scotland

Oil can give SNP the jump on Unionist rivals
Herald Scotland
Unionists will no doubt sigh that, behind in the polls, the SNP has broken the emergency glass and revived its old slogan: 'It's Scotland'...


With enemies like the Better Together campaign who needs friends? - Herald Sc...

Herald Scotland

With enemies like the Better Together campaign who needs friends?
Herald Scotland
Commentators like me kept saying it couldn't be done, that the SNP Government would find it impossible...


Oil: boom times ahead? - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Oil: boom times ahead?
Herald Scotland
Putting the 40-year-old debate over "Scotland's Oil" back at the heart of the independence campaign, the SNP Government will publish its own deta...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote - BBC News

BBC News

Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote
BBC News
A bill that will pave the way for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scotland's independence referendum is to go before the Scottish ...


Scots could see second referendum, says ex-SNP leader - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scots could see second referendum, says ex-SNP leader
Scotsman
FORMER SNP leader Gordon Wilson says Scots should be asked to vote in a second ?multi- option? referendum after independence ? t...


The Referendum Q & A: George Galloway - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: George Galloway
Herald Scotland
George Galloway, originally from Dundee, is Respect MP for Bradford West. Which way will you be voting in the independence referen...


Independence referendum: UK helps Scotland internationally, says Scottish ......

Independence referendum: UK helps Scotland internationally, says Scottish ...
Scottish Daily Record
"Every week staff from UKTI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are working hard in places like...


Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote
BBC News
A mock referendum among students on Scottish independence has resulted in a large majority in favour of staying w...


Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears
Scotsman
?There is no evidence that the referendum debate has an impact on tourism. That's important because the English market is absolutel...


Scottish independence: Glasgow students stage early referendum - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Glasgow students stage early referendum
BBC News
Glasgow university students will be taking part in a "dress rehearsal" ballot box vote on the Scottish independence ref...


Scottish Parliament referendum power to be rubber-stamped by Privy Council - ...

BBC News

Scottish Parliament referendum power to be rubber-stamped by Privy Council
BBC News
The legal agreement for the Scottish Parliament to organise an independence referendum is to be rubber-stam...


The case for Scottish independence is based on a short-term, simplistic analy...

The case for Scottish independence is based on a short-term, simplistic analysis
Left Foot Forward
That seems obvious, but the importance of the differences between an election and a referendum help ...


Scottish referendum: Post-independence regulation 'would be simpler' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish referendum: Post-independence regulation 'would be simpler'
BBC News
The regulation of industries such as the energy sector would be more straightforward if Scots voted for independe...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

The Falklands

The Falklands are having a referendum today and tomorrow to vote on whether they wish to stay as an overseas british territory.

is there any danger at all they will vote no? What is the population ...



It'll Be An Oily Week For The Unionists

The Scottish government is due to release a report this week with a very positive outlook for north sea oil (a weirdly positive article in the herald  explains more). They got this more positive ou...



What Did You Do For Your 30Th?
A thread for the more mature tamber . . .

'Celebrating' mines in November and thinking what to do. Current plan is to spend 3 weeks in Japan

Go Binos!
To celebrate:-

A British bush pilot is flying on a job through the Australian outback when he encounters engine problems and is forced to make a crash landing. He survives, but is found unconscious...

Human Rights Act

The Tories talking about scrapping the human rights act if they win the 2015 election...

 

Anyone else concerned by this?

 

Whats wrong with some of our English cousins? I'm really concerned by the...



Scotland's Modern Art And Architecture

Thought I'd start this thread to have a look at what folk think of recent art and architecture projects that have sprung up over the last few decades in Scotland.

 

Whether you think it's pash or g...



If You'd Been In The Pub Tonight With Another Tamber, What Would You Post About?

Apart from giraffes.



Leo Sayer
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_P7EkR8UjFs

Alternative Proposed To Aberdeen Bypass

By ACC's deputy leader.



Scottish Coal Mining At Risk

Coal mining is a bit of a cuddly toy topic on here along with the romanticism of heavy industry.

 

Looks like Scottish coal mining could be closed down with the remaining pits at risk.  An industry...



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

Ashcroft poll : SNP hold clear lead in Lib Dem-held seats
The latest Ashcroft vanity-fest megapoll is out, and perhaps of most interest to us are the figures for Lib Dem-held seats in Scotland, and for Labour v SNP battleground seats.  Hold onto your hats...

Is Scotland even more anti-Tory than we realised?
YouGov have provided some timely food for thought for those who still delude themselves that the political centre of gravity in Scotland isn't fundamentally different to the rest of the UK...

Perc...

Moving in the right direction
My latest article for the International Business Times is now up, on the subject of an encouraging few weeks for the Yes campaign, and how two of the No side's favourite scare stories have bitten t...

What's an anti-nuclear country to do?
I gather from a newspaper report today that the UK government has decreed (in its usual self-effacing manner) that an independent Scotland would be 'banned' from possessing nuclear weapons.  So let...

And you dare me to face the attack
Yes folks, it's that time of the year already, when I pointlessly alienate 99% of regular readers by reminding you that this is (theoretically at least) a Eurovision blog as well as a Scottish poli...

Plaid Cymru surge to joint lead for Assembly list vote in dramatic YouGov poll
Here is the type of bizarre poll that we used to see in Scotland when people still thought that the list vote was a second preference vote. But the Additional Member System has been operating in W...

Comment is free (at least here)
I'll start by apologising in advance, because the majority of you won't have a clue what this post is all about. But as a matter of principle, I object strongly to being censored, especially when ...

Will the Tories rebrand themselves as 'Scotland for Socialism'?
I received a glossy No2AV-style purple leaflet the other day from an organisation calling itself 'Scotland for Marriage', and yet curiously their main preoccupation seems to be with preventing cert...

Yes voters who were born outside Scotland
I'm not sure if this has been commented upon elsewhere yet, but one feature of last week's Ipsos-Mori poll on independence that struck me as particularly interesting was the breakdown of voting int...

Creative accountancy on Twitter
Spotted on Twitter earlier this morning -

Katherine O'Donnell ?: Comparison with Nov 2012 Ipsos MORI poll suggest Scots keener than the English on EU - 50% of English wanted out, 53% of Scots want...

Labour vote falls 4% in Rutherglen South by-election - Labour councillor desc...
This was the rather startling verdict of Labour councillor Davie McLachlan on yesterday's Rutherglen South by-election -

"Amazing result and body blow to the nats. The downfall begins"

"Massive d...


Another tragic example of the 'empowering' effect of owning guns for self-def...
Unconfirmed media reports this morning are suggesting an unimaginable human tragedy - that legendary South African athlete Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead after mistaking h...

Ipsos-Mori becomes third pollster this year to show a swing in favour of inde...
Here are the latest Ipsos-Mori findings on independence, which make highly encouraging reading for the Yes campaign -

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 34% (+4)
No 55% (-3)


In theor...

My campaign to be Pope starts here
I was surprised and delighted to discover on the BBC website a couple of hours ago that I am fully eligible to be elected Pope next month. It seems that there are no boring requirements about havi...

I-I-I-I wouldn't change a thi-ing
From the BBC -

Writing before the launch of the Westminster government's document, Mr Cameron pledged that his government would put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.

He said:...


 

     

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