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Civil servants to strike as part of biggest action since 1926
9 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
PUBLIC services face disruption today as thousands of civil ­servants join as many as an ­one million workers south of the Border in a strike over pay.

Blue Dave goes on the attack as if he had Alex Salmond in his sights
9 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
AFTER a comradely agreement about how the Tour de France had been a tour de force in England, PMQs sped down hill very quickly as round two of the NHS statistical ding-dong between Ed and Dave took hold.

Baroness backed by PM to lead inquiry into abuse
9 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron is steadfastly standing by Baroness Butler-Sloss as head of the new wide-ranging inquiry into historical child abuse allegations despite calls for her to step aside because she is an Establishment figure.

Team UK football proposal shot down in flames
9 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
THE failure of the England football team in the World Cup has prompted a Tory MP to resurrect the controversial idea of scrapping the four home nation teams and creating a single UK one - just two months before Scots vote on independence.

Tax baseline is set too low after error
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE head of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has apologised to MPs for an error which led tax officials wrongly to claim they were bringing in billions of pounds in additional tax revenue for the Exchequer.

Minister sacked for 'unacceptable' acts
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
WALES's Environment Minister Alun Davies has been sacked from his post for "unacceptable behaviour".

Mandarin tells MPs of concern at missing 114 files
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE top mandarin at the Home Office has admitted he is "concerned" more than a hundred files linked to allegations of paedophile activity in Westminster have gone missing.

Harman: Snub by Brown was sexist
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
Harriet Harman has suggested Gordon Brown sidelined her as prime minister because she was a woman.

Two inquiries into child abuse
7 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government has ­promised maximum transparency as it launched two high-level inquiries into allegations of historic child abuse.

Benefits shake-up is delayed by Treasury
7 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
The Treasury has still not signed off the Government's troubled flagship benefits reform, the head of the civil service has told MPs.

Proposals to allow disgraced MPs to be fired by electorate
7 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
A CROSS party group has set out proposals to give voters stronger powers to sack their MP than those outlined by the Government amid fears the public will feel "duped" by the current planned new laws.

Minister's trip to a Latvian dance festival is criticised
7 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
The Scottish Government has spent almost £219,000 on overseas trips for ministers and their officials in the last three years, figures show.

Parade reaction 'a threat to stability'
6 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
Governance in Northern Ireland is set to be impacted by the unionist and loyalist reaction to a controversial decision to limit an Orange Order parade in Belfast, a senior member of the protestant loyal order has warned.

Labour bid to axe 'weak' List MSPs
5 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTTISH Labour members are planning an organised effort to unseat at least four MSPs they believe are among the party's weakest performers.

Passenger safety must come first, cautions Cameron
4 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
THE safety of passengers "must come first," David Cameron has said as security was stepped up at British airports amid fears that terrorists are working on a bomb that could sidestep current measures.


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Referendum round-up: Energy | Currency | Oil
10 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Scottish civil servants join UK pay strike
10 Jul 2014 at 5:41am

THOUSANDS of Scottish public sector workers have joined a UK-wide walkout as they demand an increase in pay.



GB energy market ?should stay after independence?
10 Jul 2014 at 5:31am

THE current single market for gas and electricity across Great Britain should remain in place if Scotland votes ‘Yes’ in September’s Scottish independence referendum, experts have concluded.



Judge refuses to quit sexual abuse probe
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A RETIRED judge appointed to chair a UK government inquiry into allegations that establishment figures conspired to cover up child abuse has insisted she will not quit.



Independence uncertainty affects property market
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

BUYERS of high-value property are putting off purchasing homes in Scotland until after the referendum due to uncertainty about their employment prospects north of the Border and a lack of clarity over Scotland’s currency, high-end estate agencies have said.



Whisky boss: No intimidation by Yes camp
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THE head of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has countered claims that bosses have faced pressure from Nationalists not to enter the debate on Scottish independence.



The Scotsman cartoon: Child abuse inquiry
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE have been growing expressions of concern that Lady Butler-Sloss is too closely tied to the establishment to carry out the inquiry that establishment figures conspired to cover up child abuse.



David Frost: Scotland famous for robust debate
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

Passionate, robust, committed – just some of the adjectives to describe the debate around Scottish independence. That’s how it should be.



Tom Peterkin: Money talks in independence campaign
9 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

AT BETTER Together HQ, there is a strange feeling of gratitude for the tightening of the polls that saw Yes Scotland close the gap on the No campaign a few weeks ago. Apparently, it was the notion that independence was a very real threat that led to wealthy No supporters opening their wallets and contributing to the recent influx of donations.



Leaders: Establishment must step back from inquiry
9 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

ELIZABETH Butler-Sloss is a woman of admirable intelligence and integrity who has contributed a great deal to public life, notably as a High Court judge. She served as president of the High Court Family Division in England and Wales, and her inquiry into the Cleveland child-abuse scandal resulted in landmark legislation on child protection.



Bill Jamieson: Miliband stuck in the doldrums
9 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

AS AUSTERITY cuts fail to whip up a whirlwind of discontent, Labour may struggle to sell policies of yesteryear, writes Bill Jamieson



Referendum round-up: EU | North Sea oil
9 Jul 2014 at 12:11pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP
9 Jul 2014 at 8:35am

LABOUR’S shadow work and pensions minister has said Scots are just as supportive as voters in the rest of the UK in wanting to “control” social security as she insisted her controversial pledge to be tougher than the Tories on benefits would help the party’s campaign against independence.



Public bodies urged to invest in town centres
9 Jul 2014 at 5:12am

PUBLIC BODIES across Scotland are being urged to adopt a new approach that puts town centres first when considering new investment decisions.



Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers
8 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

INFORMAL discussions on bringing the next wave of powers to Holyrood have begun between the three main unionist parties in Westminster, a senior Liberal Democrat coalition figure has told The Scotsman.




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The cataclysm continues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jul 2014 at 3:08pm
Only our very alertest readers are likely to recall our first brush with Azeem Ibrahim of the “Scotland Institute”, a right-wing think tank which recently came up with a report on an independent Scotland’s debt that was picked up by some of the less discerning newspapers but which we ignored for being too boring. And we must concede fair […]

That pesky vortex again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jul 2014 at 5:02am
Kudos is due to the Daily Record today, which has a large and prominent feature about NHS surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, with whom readers should be familiar. Her message, from a position of knowledge and authority, of the fate awaiting the NHS on both sides of the border is a powerful one and makes a strong […]

The pensioner jackpot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jul 2014 at 11:05am
We got an email from an alert reader today making an intriguing observation. We feel sure we must be missing something about it, but we can’t figure out what it is. Perhaps you can help. Let’s walk through it. We know, by the DWP’s own admission, that the UK government is obliged to keep paying […]

What?s that name again?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jul 2014 at 9:16am
They say that men think about sex every six seconds. Apparently Jenny Marra thinks about Alex Salmond every 12, as she manages to get his name into this 48-second clip from last night’s BBC Scotland debate no fewer than four times, even though the question was about reducing poverty and saving money on aircraft carriers […]

A different parallel
by John Demmery Green
9 Jul 2014 at 4:48am
Last month we carried a view of the Scottish independence debate from the Canadian province of Quebec. Today we hear from the English-speaking side of the country. In English-speaking Canada, few people seem to be aware of Scotland’s independence referendum. It doesn’t register much in the papers, much less our cheerfully oblivious TV news. The […]

The gold-plated grassroots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2014 at 9:06am
The Electoral Commission has this afternoon released the first of four sets of data about cash contributions and loans to referendum campaigning organisations, this one comprising information about donations over £7,500. Having complained bitterly just a couple of months ago about being the “underdog” because “the Yes camp have more financial firepower”, Blair McDougall’s “Better Together” […]

Diving for dear life
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2014 at 6:01am
Andrew Nicoll in the Scottish Sun, 7 July 2014: “The summer break means there are now only nine sitting days of the Scottish Parliament left before the big independence vote. It also means I?ve more time on my hands to catch up with stuff, like a fascinating report from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre looking at […]

A thing that isn?t true
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jul 2014 at 3:43am
To be honest, readers, when we’re busy, which is always, we have a tendency to stop reading newspaper stories by the time they get to the quote from a “Better Together” or UK government spokesman. It’s not exactly tricky to predict what they’re going to say, and in the case of the former it’ll usually be […]

We?re confused about the rules again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jul 2014 at 3:42pm
Channel 4 has now aired its Dispatches programme about “intimidation”, in which a lot of grown adults from the cut-throat world of business whined about possible vague hints they may or may not have picked up that the Scottish Government would rather they kept quiet about independence. The estimable Lallands Peat Worrier skewers the subject […]

To punch above our weight
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jul 2014 at 9:00am
Earlier today we referred to a story from the Sunday Times, picked up by some of the tabloids this morning, about how Scotland manager Jock Stein tried to cancel a World Cup scouting trip to New Zealand in 1982 in a panic because he feared that Margaret Thatcher was about to start a nuclear war over […]


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Single energy market recommended
10 Jul 2014 at 6:44am
Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland becomes independent, a report says.


Minister unhappy over consultation
10 Jul 2014 at 7:38am
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill accuses the UK government of a "lack of prior consultation" over new surveillance powers.


North Sea oil revenue 'to fall'
10 Jul 2014 at 10:45am
The OBR predicts dwindling revenue from North Sea oil will increase the pressure on government finances over the coming decades, but the Scottish government dismisses the figures as "nonsense".


Whisky boss: 'I've not been bullied'
10 Jul 2014 at 3:27am
The current chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association says no-one has attempted to bully him during the referendum campaign.


Civil servants stage 24-hour strike
10 Jul 2014 at 8:57am
Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union are staging a 24-hour strike in Scotland over pay cuts.


GPs 'hindered by outdated buildings'
9 Jul 2014 at 8:40pm
GPs say patient care is being hindered by cramped and inadequate practice buildings, according to BMA Scotland.


Juncker will respect Scottish result
10 Jul 2014 at 5:59am
The president-designate of the EU Commission is reported to have told a group of MEPs he will respect the result of Scotland's referendum.


STV confirm referendum debate date
9 Jul 2014 at 1:01pm
A televised referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling will go ahead in August after a dispute over dates is settled.


Court bid to block named person plan
9 Jul 2014 at 6:29am
A legal challenge to the Scottish government's plan to appoint named guardians for every child in the country goes to court.


Call for town centres to come first
9 Jul 2014 at 7:18am
Public bodies across Scotland are urged to put town centres first when considering new investment decisions.


Actor claims referendum play ban
8 Jul 2014 at 4:39pm
Actor David Hayman claims his play about Scottish independence has been banned in several areas of Scotland.


Wind farm plan gets judges' go-ahead
9 Jul 2014 at 8:49am
Plans by Viking Energy to build a major wind farm in Shetland are given the go-ahead by the courts.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


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.


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A shift in political power
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jul 2014 at 1:08am

By George Kerevan
 
On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world for the better. It was quite a shock. Hardly any of them wore smart suits or were looking for a parliamentary career. There were lots of women as well as men, and children as well adults. And lots and lots of folk under 30. Was this truly a political gathering?



Lights out BBC in an independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jul 2014 at 1:03am

By Mark McNaught

Living in France detached from the daily slugfest of the ?Scottish? media, attending the recent BBC protest in Glasgow really hit home the degree to which the media landscape has been so dominated by the BBC, the London-based newspapers, and commercial corporate colossus media.



Australian Federation vs Scottish Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jul 2014 at 2:02pm

By Tim Morgan
 
One day this year this Australian was looking for sign language videos and by chance I came across one by sign4scotland YouTube channel ? suddenly I was exposed to the Scottish independence debate and I was hooked.

The more I read, the more I realised that the obvious choice was for Scotland to become independent.



Do you think Britain is a fair country?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jul 2014 at 1:23pm

By Russell Bruce
 
Most of us feel reasonably comfortable if a bit squeezed.  We hear a lot about inequality, fuel poverty, cuts to the benefits of the disabled, the rise of foodbanks.  But how much do we really think about whether our society could be fairer?
 
With the independence referendum we have an opportunity to re-examine what it is to be part of Britain and how British we may or may not feel and how that links with our Scottish identity.



Veteran socialist Ena McLean explains why she is voting Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jul 2014 at 3:56pm

By Ena McLean

ENA McLEAN is a veteran socialist, a warm, lively woman in her seventies who lives in Knightswood, Glasgow. She rejoined the SSP last year. She was due to speak at a recent SSP public meeting in Knightswood on the socialist case for independence, but was ill on the day and couldn?t deliver her speech. But Ena is keen to share her thoughts so here is the speech she would have delivered.



People's power in the independence battle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
6 Jul 2014 at 2:13pm

  By Ken Ferguson

Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic voting system which guarantees that, whoever wins, policies remain big business and banker friendly with only mild differences in tone between the so called mainstream parties.

It was against this reality that, in the latest foray north of the border by a Westminster ?Big Beast? Miliband?s ?vision? of a No-voting Scotland at the heart of a supposedly renewed and progressive UK had, as one respected commentator said ?the impact of a blancmange hitting concrete?.



Independence ? Dare to dream Alex
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jul 2014 at 8:44am

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
I had a dream last night.
 
The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit ? two months before he addressed a quarter of a million people at the March for Liberty in Washington, 1963.  What has that famous, soaring speech got to do with the relatively humdrum realities of the Scottish independence campaign? Bear with me.



Blithering idiocies and the maturity of children
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
How do you respond to blithering idiocy without descending into idiocy yourself? It's a difficult question, and one which is regularly posed to independence supporters.

Anger at the shit-stirring proclivities of mainstream journalists itself becomes murphed into the 'abuse' of poor Unionist commentators who have a god-given right to spew lying bile in a crude and transparent attempt to mislead and misdirect, and it becomes a tale of evil bullying nationalists and not a tale of a journalist who traduces his profession.



YouGov's Great Wall of Secrecy, Bluster and Evasion
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Jul 2014 at 11:36am

  By James Kelly
 
YouGov have been on the warpath over the last couple of days.  Nothing unusual in that, you might think - all of the polling firms that have been active in the referendum campaign so far have naturally been keen to defend their reputations, their methodologies and their results against any criticism.  
 



Say ?naw? Galloway tells voters
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Jul 2014 at 2:02pm

By George Kerevan
 
The Better Together side in the referendum campaign has an unexpected secret weapon in its battle to defend Great Britain: George Galloway, he of the embarrassing cat impersonation on Celebrity Big Brother and that chilling meeting with Saddam Hussein. For the bête noire of the Tory tabloids and the man expelled from Labour for ?bringing the party into disrepute? is currently packing halls from working class Coatbridge to middle class Edinburgh, with his populist ?just say naw? message.




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The cataclysm continues
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 4:14pm

Only our very alertest readers are likely to recall our first brush with Azeem Ibrahim of the "Scotland Institute", a right-wing think tank which recently came up with a report on an independent Sc...


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Episode 6: Creatives - Bateman Broadcasting
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 2:09pm

Bateman Broadcasting took on the views of The Creatives this week, including newspaper editor Richard Walker, playwright and author Alan Bissett, screenwriter Sergio Casci and political strategist (yes, they can be creatives too!) Stephen Noon.


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The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair?
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 11:02am

by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2 hour debate broadcast...


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How Scottish football could benefit from independence
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 5:35am

A quick glance through the Scottish Government’s white paper on Independence will reveal that virtually no mention is made of Scottish sport in the 600+ page document. This is ...



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That pesky vortex again
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 5:24am

Kudos is due to the Daily Record today, which has a large and prominent feature about NHS surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, with whom readers should be familiar. Her message, from a position of knowled...

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Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 5:19am

LABOUR’S shadow work and pensions minister has said Scots are just as supportive as voters in the rest of the UK in wanting to “control” social security as she insisted her controversial pledge to be tougher than the Tories on benefits would help the party’s campaign against independence.
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New calls for English devolution sparked by independence debate
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

THE time for fiscal devolution in England has come, MPs have warned, as they made it clear the debate on independence was having a major influence on the so-called English Question.

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A Letter to Scotland?s New Radicals
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 4:33am

Radical Scotland’s re-emergence and re-invigoration around the independence referendum has been one of the most welcome and positive occurrences for many years in Scottish politics.



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Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassion...
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 3:25am

BREAST surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford was recorded giving a speech to the Women for Independence group as she predicted that the NHS would die in ten years if Scots vote No

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Single energy market recommended
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 2:48am

Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland became independent, a report has said.



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Juncker: No automatic EU entry for Scots
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 2:41am

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has made clear he will respect the outcome of September's referendum but signalled that in the event a Yes vote, Scotland's membership of the European Union would not be a simple, ­automatic process.
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Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 2:09am

INFORMAL discussions on bringing the next wave of powers to Holyrood have begun between the three main unionist parties in Westminster, a senior Liberal Democrat coalition figure has told The Scotsman.
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These are not "talks on additional powers". They are talks on how to with...



New EC President will respect Scottish referendum result
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 1:53am

The EC’s next President has endorsed the Scottish independence referendum and confirmed he will respect the result.



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Darling U-turn over Salmond STV debate means head-to-head is on
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 1:48am

Better Together head Alistair Darling has agreed to take part in a televised debate with Alex Salmond on the issue of Scottish independence.




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Former Chairman of Scottish Labour slams party?s embrace of Tory welfare plans
by Peter A Bell
10 Jul 2014 at 1:45am

The former Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party has condemned his party's defence of Tory pension and welfare plans.



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Video: Well-kent faces from world of showbiz, sport and business lend their s...
by dailyrecord
10 Jul 2014 at 12:34pm
THIRTY-TWO celebrities including Brian Cox, Elaine C Smith, Martin Compston and Andrew Fairlie appear in the five-minute video which was produced by award-winning Freak Films.


Labour peer escapes probe over 20 historic child sex abuse claims because he ...
by Tom Pettifor
10 Jul 2014 at 3:32am
THE member of the House of Lords will not be arrested or interviewed by police investigating the alleged sexual assaults on vulnerable boys in children's homes.


Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassion...
by Annie Brown
9 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
BREAST surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford was recorded giving a speech to the Women for Independence group as she predicted that the NHS would die in ten years if Scots vote No


Thousands of public sector workers go on strike across Scotland over ConDem cuts
by Paul O'Hare
9 Jul 2014 at 5:35pm
SCOTTISH Government and Parliament staff and civil servants in Scotland will join the 1.5 million-strong strike of civil servants, teachers, local government, fire and transport workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


It's on: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling agree to go head to head in televi...
by dailyrecord
9 Jul 2014 at 12:36pm
A PROPOSED clash on July 16 was ditched but now Scottish First Minister Salmond and Labour MP and Better Together leader Darling have set a day for the eagerly anticipated head to head.


Glasgow's billion-pound-plus city deal slammed for lack of vision over infras...
by Joe McGuire
9 Jul 2014 at 9:56am
THE Westminster portion of the investment package was also criticised as an independence referendum bribe by SNP MSP Bob Doris.

Top civil servant admits 114 child abuse files may have been destroyed as he ...
by Ashleigh McGinley
9 Jul 2014 at 5:07am
BUNGLING Mark Sedwill said he was "concerned" about the missing child abuse files but confessed that he did not know what was in the films - or why they vanished.


Nicola Sturgeon demands answers from Prime Minister over claims defence jobs ...
by dailyrecord
9 Jul 2014 at 2:57am
THE Deputy First Minister wrote to David Cameron after a report claimed it's in the UK's best interest to spend £130billion renewing the hated nuclear weapons system.


Record View: Passport Office can afford to hire staff
by Record View
9 Jul 2014 at 2:57am
AS the Passport Office reveal healthy profit of £50million this year RECORD VIEW insists the money should be used to hire new staff in bid to cut backlog crisis.


Comic Rory Bremner and Gordon Brown spice up independence debate with one-off...
by Allan Rennie
9 Jul 2014 at 2:49am
THE former prime minister insisted he'd no longer be taking centre stage in frontline politics during the special referendum event with Bremner at Dunfermline's Alhambra Theatre.


Joan McAlpine: Scotland is big enough and smart enough to go it alone
by Joan McAlpine
9 Jul 2014 at 2:31am
AS the independence referendum edges closer JOAN insists Scotland is big enough, rich enough and brainy enough to take full responsibility of its own future.


Independence referendum: Yes and No campaigns have banked almost £4m in donat...
by dailyrecord
8 Jul 2014 at 8:38am
FIGURES released by the Electoral Commission revealed the Better Together campaign has banked over £1.2milllion more than their pro-independence campaign.


Torcuil Crichton: There is a sweating panic in the corridors of Westminster
by Torcuil Crichton
8 Jul 2014 at 3:16am
TORCUIL reckons David Cameron and Westminster fear there is a runaway train of horrific sex abuse allegations coming down the tracks with little or nothing they can do to divert it.


Government launches two inquiries into Westminster child sex scandal.. neithe...
by Jason Beattie
8 Jul 2014 at 1:26am
THE PM sent his Home ­Secretary Theresa May into the Commons to declare the inquiry will not be led by a judge who has the power to summon witnesses and seize papers


Gordon Brown: Greedy power firm fatcats will get £100 million bonus if the UK...
by Torcuil Crichton
7 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown has claimed an independent Scotland would be a 'soft touch' for energy firms.


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BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the hap...
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8 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the happy news from Edinburgh Zoo that Tian Tian's has conceived, with fingers crossed that it turns into a full blown pregnancy.

Please leave your competition entry in the comments.

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Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest war...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jul 2014 at 3:13pm
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest warship is to be donated to Glasgow City Council.



Cameron donates HRH Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow City Council
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EXCLUSIVE NEWS The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resig...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 3:30pm
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The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resign following the revelation that he may have fathered a secret love child in the 70's.


UKIP MEP may have nationalist love child
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SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson has today warned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS
Scottish Labour?s health spokesperson has today warned that separation from the protective umbrella of the United Kingdom will see the reintroduction of nit nurses in schools north of the border and may result in draconian border quarantine measures to prevent Scotlandshire ...

Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!




Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm
Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with being an elected Labour politician.

Those damn Natz and their kids done for a future leader of Scotlandshire Labour.




Congratulations Andy Murray. You're Scottish again!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 4:50pm
Congratulations Andy Murray.

You're Scottish again!




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Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jun 2014 at 2:51pm
Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small amount of intelligence suggested crazed Cybernatz were about to mount a dirty protest against the national state broadcaster.


BBC bully protest declared a flop
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we wa...

Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jun 2014 at 3:43pm
Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again.

Goodness knows how abusive the Scotch foreigners will become if the Natz somehow many to win the pretendy separation referendum in a few months.




WATERBOARDING NEWS: UKOK open Camp MacGitmo as the home for their new Blair W...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jun 2014 at 6:50am
WATERBOARDING NEWS: UKOK open Camp MacGitmo as the home for their new Blair Witch Project.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10901524/Yes-Scotland-facing-cash-inquiry-over-front-groups.html#disqus_thread




No Thanks campaigners say they are delighted by a new poll which shows them 3...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jun 2014 at 4:36pm
No Thanks campaigners say they are delighted by a new poll which shows them 3 points higher than last month, reversing the recent momentum of the Separatist Yes Scotlandshire movement.


UKOK gains 3 points as Splittists Split over Splits
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We asked UKOK head Alistair Darling...

ISLES NEWS: Teuchters fundraising for a splittist HQ in Stornoway. Somewhere ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jun 2014 at 12:44pm
ISLES NEWS: Teuchters fundraising for a splittist HQ in Stornoway. Somewhere to keep the sheep, perhaps?
We urge you not to go there and not to fund this!



Help fund a campaign office for Yes Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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Help fund the opening of a campaign office in the middle of Stornowa...

What's wrong Darling? Don't tell me you're having second thoughts now that we...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jun 2014 at 6:07pm
What's wrong Darling? Don't tell me you're having second thoughts now that we've announced the date. #JustSayNaw




Give it a rest, Johann.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jun 2014 at 6:52am
Give it a rest, Johann.





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The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair?
by bellacaledonia
10 Jul 2014 at 7:46am
by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland?s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2 hour debate broadcast by STV on 5th August.  Unless you are David... Read More ›

How Scottish football could benefit from independence
by bellacaledonia
10 Jul 2014 at 5:05am
by Stephen O’Donnell A quick glance through the Scottish Government?s white paper on Independence will reveal that virtually no mention is made of Scottish sport in the 600+ page document. This is perhaps understandable, given that any claim by the... Read More ›

?Imagine A Better Scotland? ? The Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour (Wed-Sat)
by bellacaledonia
9 Jul 2014 at 9:57am
National Collective: ?Imagine A Better Scotland? is the Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour, brought to you by National Collective. Over 4 days and nights, at Summerhall Arts Centre, National Collective presents a series of events designed to engage, inspire... Read More ›

Enthusiastic Scots rally round to revive hutting
by bellacaledonia
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
The Broons with their But an? Ben might be a national icon ? but the truth is that very few Scots are as lucky to have a simple, back-to-nature retreat to escape to with their families. On Saturday, Scots from all... Read More ›

The Mindset of a Colony
by bellacaledonia
9 Jul 2014 at 2:32am
by Margaret & Jim Cuthbert The May/June issue of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, which of course you will all have read, actually resonates in a surprising way with the Scottish referendum debate. (Actually, this journal is not... Read More ›

Yestival rolls into Falkirk tonight
by bellacaledonia
8 Jul 2014 at 9:46am
Yestival rolls into Falkirk tonight with a top notch line-up by any measure.  So what you waiting for? Get yourselves along!Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Alan Bissett, Falkirk area, Findlay Napier, Gav Prentice, National Collective, Stephen Greenhorn, Yestival

Why we need to do something about the Orange Order
by bellacaledonia
8 Jul 2014 at 7:00am
by J Simon Jones What were you doing on Saturday afternoon? I was in Rothesay, milling around the town centre. And why not? It?s not like there was a reason not to be. The sun was shining, the sea at... Read More ›

In defence of wild land is not in defiance of people
by bellacaledonia
8 Jul 2014 at 4:28am
by Johnny Marten A response to Who’s Land is it Anyway by Dòmhnall Iain Dòmhnallach The Core Areas of Wild Land (CAWL) map produced by Scottish Natural Heritage and the John Muir Trust (JMT) has received much criticism and little... Read More ›

Late Call ? Editors Blog 6
by bellacaledonia
7 Jul 2014 at 3:20pm
There was no Editors Blog last night.  I got home from the Festival of the Common Weal in Glasgow just after 10pm and collapsed into bed, totally knackered.  But it was worth the trip.  I wasn’t there for the whole thing but you could... Read More ›

A sporting chance?
by bellacaledonia
7 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
by Patrick Small Happy Andy Murray Day. It?s exactly a year since the eruption of joy as Murray raised the Wimbledon trophy aloft on that magnificent sunny afternoon. Most of us know where we were when Djokovic?s return hit the... Read More ›


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Scottish independence - The Economist
10 Jul 2014 at 2:40pm

The Economist

Scottish independence
The Economist
But their statist philosophies are more likely to drive Edinburgh's fund managers, Aberdeen's oil-services engineers and other talented Scots south. Independence would also impose one-off costs: a new Scottish state would have to set up an army, a .....


Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote - The ...
10 Jul 2014 at 1:31pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote
The Independent
The 29-year-old boxer is talking about the Scottish referendum on independence. A veteran of two past Games, winning bronze in Delhi four years ago and competing in Melbourne in 2006, he is contemp...


Scottish independence: Former pro-union voters explain why they changed their...
9 Jul 2014 at 7:22am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Former pro-union voters explain why they changed their ...
The Independent
?I've been interested in Scottish independence since I moved to Scotland. The first essay I wrote in history was about devolution. But I didn't really decide until the start of this year...


Scottish independence: Whisky boss says he has not been bullied - BBC News
10 Jul 2014 at 3:29am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Whisky boss says he has not been bullied
BBC News
The current chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said no-one has attempted to bully him during the referendum campaign. David Frost - who took up his role in January - said he had been involved in...


Scottish Banks Brace for Independence Vote - Wall Street Journal
9 Jul 2014 at 5:57am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Banks Brace for Independence Vote
Wall Street Journal
In 2007, RBS played music from "Braveheart"?the Mel Gibson film about a 13th century warrior who led the Scots in the first war of Scottish independence?at its annual shareholder meeting. But following a £45.5 billion...


Scottish Independence: Yes vote would be 'worse than the banking crisis', say...
8 Jul 2014 at 6:19am

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Yes vote would be 'worse than the banking crisis', says ...
The Independent
Mr Darling revealed that his No camp may make a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission about allegations that the Scottish National Party threatened some businessmen with ?retribu...


Scottish independence: Portree referendum debate round-up - BBC News
9 Jul 2014 at 4:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Portree referendum debate round-up
BBC News
Keith Mackenzie asked: "What prize is independence from Westminster if it is replaced by centralisation of powers to Edinburgh?" 4. Robbie Dempsey asked: "Would an independent Scotland be better placed to tackle poverty and ...


Scottish independence could be 'more damaging for UK than 2008 banking crisis...
7 Jul 2014 at 5:52pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence could be 'more damaging for UK than 2008 banking crisis'
Telegraph.co.uk
... Dispatches last night that he put pressure on the Scotch Whisky Association to keep out of the independence debate. ?It is high time the UK Government retracted its bogus claims on the ...


Scottish independence: Life beyond oil in Texas and California - BBC News
10 Jul 2014 at 12:42pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Life beyond oil in Texas and California
BBC News
Whether or not Scotland votes for independence in the referendum in September, there is an attempt taking place to broaden out the economy and ensure it is not over reliant on the oil industry. Two states in the USA, wh...


As independence vote looms, Scotland's youths swept up in once-in-a-lifetime ...
4 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

Washington Post

As independence vote looms, Scotland's youths swept up in once-in-a-lifetime ...
Washington Post
With less than 100 days to go, opinion polls show that most Scots agree, even among the 16- and 17-year-olds who will be allowed to cast a ballot for the first time. But in the gothic str...



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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Rating Lowered to Neutral at JPMorgan ... - W...
10 Jul 2014 at 2:26pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Rating Lowered to Neutral at JPMorgan ...
Watch List News (press release)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) logo China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) was downgraded by equities research analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from an ?overweight? rating to a ?neut...


MoD accept responsibility on Dalgety Bay radiation - SNP (press release)
10 Jul 2014 at 1:10pm

MoD accept responsibility on Dalgety Bay radiation
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed that the Ministry of Defence have finally accepted responsibility for the radioactive contamination in Dalgety Bay ? and called for clean-up operations to begin as soon as possible. The MoD's report publishe...


Samsung Techwin launches 'world-first' speed dome - Port Technology Internati...
10 Jul 2014 at 10:43am

Port Technology International

Samsung Techwin launches 'world-first' speed dome
Port Technology International
Electronics giant Samsung Techwin has launched the SNP-6320, hailed as the world's first 2MP full HD 32x optical zoom PTZ speed dome. The move further strengthens the company's existing fami...


Samsung strengthens WiseNetIII camera range with launch of SNP-6320 2MP ... -...
10 Jul 2014 at 10:28am

Samsung strengthens WiseNetIII camera range with launch of SNP-6320 2MP ...
SourceSecurity.com
Samsung Techwin has further strengthened its formidable family of open platform WiseNetIII cameras and domes with the launch of the SNP-6320, the World's first 2MP Full HD 32 x optical zoom PTZ speed dome...


Scottish nationalism - The Economist
10 Jul 2014 at 8:38am

The Economist

Scottish nationalism
The Economist
?WHAT'S 'better together' about here?? asks David Linden, a 24-year-old activist for the Scottish National Party (SNP), gesturing to a turd-strewn street of rundown public housing in Shettleston, in the East End of Glasgow. Mr Linden, who is campaigni...


UCAS figures show Scotland has 'got what it takes' - SNP (press release)
10 Jul 2014 at 8:20am

UCAS figures show Scotland has 'got what it takes'
SNP (press release)
New figures showing a record number of university applications has been welcomed by the SNP. The UCAS figures show a record high in the number of Scots applying to study at Scottish universities. Meanwhile, applicant numbers sou...


Scotch chief: 'I haven't been bullied' - The Drinks Business
10 Jul 2014 at 6:46am

The Drinks Business

Scotch chief: 'I haven't been bullied'
The Drinks Business
His predecessor, Gavin Hewitt, has accused the SNP of trying to ?neuter? business opinion on the matter of Scottish independence ? an allegation strongly denied by the governing Scottish nationalists. Writing in the Scots...


SNP's state guardian plan is 'against the law' say court challengers - Expres...
10 Jul 2014 at 3:19am

Express.co.uk

SNP's state guardian plan is 'against the law' say court challengers
Express.co.uk
Outside the court, concerned parents accused the SNP Government of ?using a hammer to crack a nut? and vowed to try to prevent the state guardians law from coming into force. Simon Calvert, deputy direct...


Business chief reveals SNP's 'intimidation' - Express.co.uk
9 Jul 2014 at 6:34pm

Express.co.uk

Business chief reveals SNP's 'intimidation'
Express.co.uk
He wrote: ?From personal and anecdotal evidence, I learnt SNP leading lights have a habit of warning off opponents in a threatening manner. As a veteran CBI Council member, I know executives who speak out against independence re...


Samsung Techwin introduces the World's first 2MP Full HD 32 x PTZ speed dome ...
10 Jul 2014 at 3:08am

Infologue.com (press release)

Samsung Techwin introduces the World's first 2MP Full HD 32 x PTZ speed dome
Infologue.com (press release)
Samsung Techwin has launched a new member of its family of open WiseNetIII cameras and domes with the launch of the SNP-6320, the World's first 2MP Full HD 32 x op...



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Scottish independence: Portree referendum debate round-up - BBC News
9 Jul 2014 at 4:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Portree referendum debate round-up
BBC News
Go to the BBC's Scotland's Future page for analysis, background and the latest news on the Scottish independence referendum. But the event wasn't just for the audience facing the panel - through social media, using the '#bbc...


Report: Scottish independence referendum debate from Portree - BBC News
8 Jul 2014 at 4:04pm

BBC News

Report: Scottish independence referendum debate from Portree
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Portree, on Skye. On the panel: Labour MSP Jenny Marra, Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, actor David Hayma...


Scottish independence: Actor David Hayman claims referendum play ban - BBC News
8 Jul 2014 at 4:41pm

Scottish independence: Actor David Hayman claims referendum play ban
BBC News
Actor David Hayman has claimed his play about Scottish independence has been banned in several areas of Scotland. The Scots stage and screen star told the BBC several council-run theatres were not allowing his touring one...


Investors flee Scotland ahead of independence referendum - CITY A.M.
10 Jul 2014 at 3:28am

CITY A.M.

Investors flee Scotland ahead of independence referendum
CITY A.M.
Businesses are diverting investment away from Scotland and into other areas like the north of England because of the uncertainty around September's independence referendum, PwC bosses said yesterday. And the business servic...


Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making ... - Sco...
10 Jul 2014 at 1:00am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making ...
Scottish Daily Record
ONE of Scotland's top breast surgeons has become a YouTube sensation with a grim warning that the NHS will die ? without a Yes vote. Dr Philippa Whitford, 55, has broken ranks to predi...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? Loretto Lecture - The Edinburgh Reporter
10 Jul 2014 at 1:11pm

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish Independence Referendum ? Loretto Lecture
The Edinburgh Reporter
IT is the topic on everyone's lips; one of the most discussed events in Scotland's recent history, maybe even overtaking that of the weather. The referendum. Of course, one can only speculate as to the o...


Indyref Daily: STV's briefing on independence referendum campaign - stv.tv
9 Jul 2014 at 10:41am

stv.tv

Indyref Daily: STV's briefing on independence referendum campaign
stv.tv
I have this uncontrollable urge to make everything about the independence referendum." "Take a stiff drink once a day and come back to see me on September 19." The Scottish Sun reports that Scots actor Peter Capaldi will...


Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling agree date for STV referendum debate - stv.tv
9 Jul 2014 at 12:01pm

stv.tv

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling agree date for STV referendum debate
stv.tv
STV has hosted four referendum debates under its Scotland Tonight brand. Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon went head-to-head with former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, Scottish Labour's deputy leader Anas Sar...


New TNS independence referendum poll shows 'No' vote still ahead - stv.tv
6 Jul 2014 at 7:11am

stv.tv

New TNS independence referendum poll shows 'No' vote still ahead
stv.tv
Sarah-Jane Walls, operations manager for Yes Scotland, said: "Support for Yes has increased since the last poll published by Sir Tom - it is over 40%, and we are confident of moving above 50% in the referendum. "A key fig...


A widening impact of the referendum result - Herald Scotland
8 Jul 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

A widening impact of the referendum result
Herald Scotland
What is more surprising, however, is his focus on Scotland's independence referendum. Cllr Sparks was clear. The English question will fester, he warned, should Scotland reject independence but gain more powers as promised by...



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Salmond Darling, Debate Is On
9 Jul 2014 at 4:24pm

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/alex-salmond-and-alistair-darling-to-go-head-to-head...



Karma...
9 Jul 2014 at 3:57pm
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/buffalo-bill-hillmann-author-pamplona-bull-run-guide-gets-gored...

Bbc Reporting Scotland
9 Jul 2014 at 12:38pm

Hits new heights of Pravdaesque reporting tonight!

 

Doing a piece on No campaigners in Edinburgh...



Future Islands
9 Jul 2014 at 11:56am
Not sure if this has been posted out below but check out Baltimore's Future Islands' performance ...

Street Fighting Wishaw Style
9 Jul 2014 at 7:01am

Mass brawl in the street apparently. Anyone from thereabouts know anything?

 

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Smell In Glasgow Today
8 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm
I could smell this after work from the city centre to the west end, Doesnt seem right to me to be...

Pics Of Glasgow In The 70S / 80S / 90S
8 Jul 2014 at 2:08pm
http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/archive/o_t__t_1654__start_0__index.html

Campaign Donations
8 Jul 2014 at 11:41am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28209643

So much for the past better togeth...

3 Pandas
8 Jul 2014 at 10:19am

Tian Tian just gave birth - hurrah!!

 

 



George Galloway Supports Independence
8 Jul 2014 at 8:19am

 

Just not for Scotland.




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Scottish independence referendum campaigners' donations published
by Libby Brooks
8 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

Both camps trade insults as the Electoral Commission publishes its first report on donations to r...



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...



Scottish independence referendum: moderator calls time on online abuse
by Libby Brooks
16 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Moderator of the church of Scotland warns that a tiny minority of cyberbullies is drowning out th...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from JK Rowling to Hillary C...
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 8:52am

With 100-ish days to go, light and shade from another seven days of campaigning

Cannae be arsed th...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of comp...



Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron TV ...
by Severin Carrell
10 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm

The former prime minister has gone off-script by backing proposals from his arch enemy Alex Salmo...



Scottish independence referendum: here come the pledge cards
by Libby Brooks
9 Jun 2014 at 11:48am

With one hundred days to go until the vote, the campaigns have brought out their pocket-sized gui...




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

Believe me when I say to you, I hope the Middlelanders love their children too
by James Kelly
9 Jul 2014 at 10:30am
Well, it's now official from the BBC website - the unspoofable Tory MP Rory Stewart has abandoned...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Never forget how fortuitous our opportunity is...
by James Kelly
9 Jul 2014 at 5:30am
"If I had the chance to be independent from the Tory-Liberal-New Labour bunch, I'd jump at it."

Fi...

Anecdotal evidence for Shy Yes Syndrome
by James Kelly
8 Jul 2014 at 11:06am
You might remember that ICM tainted the results of their last-but-one referendum poll by asking a...

A few more bits and bobs from the TNS-BMRB poll
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2014 at 8:57pm
One thing that always amuses me when I read through the TNS datasets is the crossbreak that shows...

Extraordinary : the opinion poll the No campaign were gloating about last nig...
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2014 at 8:15am
There have been a lot of contradictory suggestions about what "the main lesson" of the new TNS-BM...

New TNS-BMRB poll shows 2% increase in support for independence
by James Kelly
5 Jul 2014 at 9:27pm
Well, the plot thickens.  As we were waiting for a poll in the Sunday Post that No campaign staff...

Marking your card for tomorrow
by James Kelly
5 Jul 2014 at 7:26pm
There's a new referendum poll out tomorrow in the Sunday Post.  If it follows the same pattern as...

More on Kellner
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2014 at 11:59am
Just to let you know I've written an article for Newsnet Scotland about this week's ongoing YouGo...

Are Peter Kellner and YouGov Yes Scotland?s hidden asset?
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post by Alasdair Stirling

YouGov's Peter Kellner has written an extraordinary blog article...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The insult is in proportion to our size
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"It's a racist argument that Scots uniquely cannot run a country when there are smaller nations t...

OK, YouGov, your self-imposed purdah period is at an end. NOW will you answe...
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2014 at 6:34pm
You might remember that Laurence Janta-Lipinski's excuse last night for refusing to answer any qu...

YouGov's mask slips as an angry Laurence Janta-Lipinski justifies his company...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 7:32pm
Words (almost) fail me.  Laurence Janta-Lipinski is a London-based employee of YouGov, and I firs...

YouGov's controversial methodology has now claimed the mantle of the outright...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 4:29pm
Apparently there is a new YouGov poll out in The Times tomorrow.  The paper's Nat-bashing night e...

Cameron's Euro posturing proves to be double setback for the anti-independenc...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 11:36am
We know that there are two key factors outwith the Yes campaign's control that could potentially ...

Seducing Rob Shorthouse
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2014 at 9:16am
This is not the most riveting Twitter exchange I've ever reposted here, but it's still worth look...


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Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Oui picnic in the park organised by French for Yes on Bastille Day
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jul 2014 at 6:34am

French-born MSP Christian Allard is inviting French people and Francophiles alike to celebrate th...



Yes from distinguished academic and former Royal Society president
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jul 2014 at 6:19am

Yes campaigners today warmly welcomed the support of Sir Michael Atiyah, one of Britain?s most di...



A Yes vote can help tackle fuel poverty in Scotland
by Angus Millar
10 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Independence will deliver the powers that Scotland needs to tackle rising energy bills and addres...



Senior Labour member back Yes for Scotland?s workers
by Peter Dempsie
9 Jul 2014 at 7:52am

A senior Labour Party member from Scotland has said a Yes vote is the best route to a brighter fu...



NHS Scotland - Westminster controls the purse strings
by Peter Dempsie
9 Jul 2014 at 5:48am
"As a breast cancer surgeon I know that treating cancer involves multi-speciality teams, often ac...

Yes Scotland response to the Electoral Commission donations publication
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jul 2014 at 11:29am

Supporters of Yes Scotland have been ?overwhelming? in their generosity according to the campaign...



Yes Scotland responds to No campaign pensions paper
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jul 2014 at 7:41am

A former Labour Party stalwart has called the No campaign?s pensions paper published today ?meani...



Westminster?s austerity obsession is harming people
by Angus Millar
8 Jul 2014 at 3:31am
Westminster?s austerity obsession is harming people, communities and enterprise across Scotland. ...

Perspective: With Yes, we can work to create a fairer and more inclusive Scot...
by Peter Dempsie
8 Jul 2014 at 2:08am
My reason for voting Yes hinges on the prospect of achieving more equality and social justice in ...

Top European science advisor says Scotland?s elite status will remain after Y...
by Sean Lafferty
7 Jul 2014 at 7:31am
Scotland?s status as a leader in scientific research will continue after a Yes vote according to ...

Academics for Yes welcome statement by Glasgow University principal
by Peter Dempsie
7 Jul 2014 at 7:18am
Academics for Yes today welcomed a statement by the Principal of Glasgow University, Professor An...

Expert report highlights an independent Scotland's 'uninterrupted' EU membership
by Peter Dempsie
7 Jul 2014 at 5:21am
Lawyers for Yes today welcomed authoritative new research which confirms an independent Scotland ...

Even Westminster agrees that pensions are secure with a Yes vote
by Angus Millar
7 Jul 2014 at 2:39am
The pensions of Scotland?s older people are safe with independence ? that?s not just the position...

Cream of Scotland's literary community gather to say why they are voting Yes
by Sean Lafferty
6 Jul 2014 at 2:15pm
Some of Scotland's finest literary figures gathered at a special public reading today to express ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Our friends in the south
10 Jul 2014 at 10:22am

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/07/04/our-friends-in-the-south/

 

"The progressive left in Lond...



Those who vote 'No' have no place in Scotland post-ref..
9 Jul 2014 at 1:34pm
Pretty much as the title says. Those voting "no" are just desperate for gentle caress of their co...

Most deplorable 'Better Together' politician.
8 Jul 2014 at 11:54am

Very much the crème de la crème of lying b*****ds but who gets your vote for the most risible?



Borders
8 Jul 2014 at 5:35am



2046 world cup bid?
7 Jul 2014 at 9:32am

Just mulling something over, but by 2046 we could have been an independent country for 30 years.

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Commonwealth Games
7 Jul 2014 at 3:11am
I know there are myths regards the effect sport has on the electorate's vote. An oft-quoted exam...

Sod the polls - let's get a picture ourselves
6 Jul 2014 at 7:58am

Rather than worrying about why all the polls seem to think we're heading for a No vote, let's try...



The Orange Order and the Independence Debate
5 Jul 2014 at 12:52pm

Knowing that there would be a watchful eye over their antics today, you would have thought that t...



No Voters - What would it take for you to vote Yes.
4 Jul 2014 at 1:25am

As the title says - what would it take for No voters to become convinced to vote Yes?

 

Didn't cr...



What would it take for you to vote no?
3 Jul 2014 at 3:13am

I know there's trust issues (and historically just ones at that) that Westminster would offer som...



Nazi slurs from Better Together
1 Jul 2014 at 1:29pm

Kathy Wiles was selected on Monday to be the Labour Party candidate for Angus at the 2015 general...



The big picture
1 Jul 2014 at 1:00pm

Hello folks. New to this forum. Stumbled across it through looking for a decent independence deba...



Pro-union Booklet in the Post
30 Jun 2014 at 3:07am
Is there a thread on this? Surely there must be.

I may be missing it, but I didn't receive a copy...

Referendum Quick Question thread.
27 Jun 2014 at 4:54pm

The thread for any questions relating to September's vote.  

 

The Independence debate forum is a...



Scottish Independence - How Will You Vote? MkIII
27 Jun 2014 at 5:54am

With little more than 3 month until the vote actually takes place, I thought it was worth having ...




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Scottish referendum: Salmond and Darling finally agree date for TV debate
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
10 Jul 2014 at 4:58am
First minister and Better Together campaign leader end weeks of wrangling to confirm plan for two-hour live independence debate

The date for a live television debate between Alex Salmond and Alistai...




Romanticising the Scots does Scotland no favours | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
10 Jul 2014 at 1:00am
The argument that Scotland's problems are exceptional, and solvable only by independence, is wrong on both counts

Rule one in British politics, according to Harold Macmillan, was never to invade Afg...




Why independence is on the minds of Scottish islanders | Madeleine Bunting
by Madeleine Bunting
7 Jul 2014 at 3:04am
Land reforms since devolution give islanders the sense that Edinburgh, not London, is more attuned to their needs

It was clear the minute I drove off the ferry on Barra in the Outer Hebrides. A mass...




General election and EU referendum worries main risks to business, says poll
by Katie Allen
6 Jul 2014 at 6:02pm
Threats ranked ahead of September's Scottish independence vote and impending interest rate rise for chief financial officers

Political uncertainty around next year's election and the prospect of a r...




Scottish business leaders stifled in independence debate
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
6 Jul 2014 at 11:00am
Several say they have felt under direct pressure from Scottish government to remain silent on issue

Business leaders claim they have felt under direct pressure from the Scottish government to remain...




Scottish independence supporters carve 25-metre 'yes' into hillside
by Press Association
6 Jul 2014 at 9:52am
Four men hope to influence voters after using garden strimmers to make political statement in Banffshire town

Independence supporters have carved a 25-metre yes into a Scottish hillside.

Richard O'Ne...




Scotstoun: where Scottish independence feels like a threat
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
4 Jul 2014 at 11:28am
Once proud, but now largely impoverished, the Glasgow district is wary of more potential job cuts in the event of a yes vote

The streets around the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow's Scotstoun, one o...




Supercarrier made in Britain hailed as flagship for Better Together campaign
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Jul 2014 at 9:59am
HMS Queen Elizabeth, built in England and Scotland, held up as prime example for why Scots should vote no on independence

Britain's largest ever warship, a vast aircraft carrier, has been welcomed i...




Cameron direct plea to Scots Tories: 'Independence will break my heart'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Jul 2014 at 1:11pm
Party rally in Perth hears prime minister associate 'pride and patriotism' to voting for Scotland to remain united with rest of UK

David Cameron says a vote backing independence for Scotland would "...




Cameron unveils £500m funding for Glasgow before 'no' campaign rally
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Jul 2014 at 7:05am
PM announces deal to boost infrastructure investment and employment which he says will create up to 28,000 jobs

David Cameron has confirmed that Glasgow has become the latest city to win special fun...



Independent Scotland 'could be bitcoin testbed'
by Alex Hern
3 Jul 2014 at 4:12am

Assistant governor of Australia's central bank said it would be similar to Scotland's period of free banking in the 18th and 19th centuries

An independent Scotland could be the perfect testbed for...



Can you be Scottish and British?
by James Walsh and Guardian readers
3 Jul 2014 at 3:00am

Has the Scottish independence debate affected your perceptions of national identity? Share your views with us

The independence debate continues apace, with a third of Scots still undecided how they ...




Cameron accuses SNP of threats to business leaders over no vote
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
2 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
PM tells MPs: 'Pressure is being put on businesses by Scottish government with all sorts of threats against speaking out'

David Cameron has accused the SNP of issuing threats and warnings against bu...



Mike Myers asked: would Shrek vote for an independent Scotland?
by Elena Cresci
2 Jul 2014 at 5:14am

The comedian was asked what the Scottish ogre would make of an independent Scotland while promoting his new film

A grumpy, green ogre is the latest celebrity to chip in on the Scottish Independence ...




Home rule within UK best for Scotland, says former Labour first minister
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
1 Jul 2014 at 8:47am
Speaking on 15th anniversary of Scottish parliament opening, Jack McConnell says campaign is unnecessarily polarised

The former Labour first minister Jack McConnell has set out a positive case for S...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Martin Kettle?s pandanoculars
by weegingerdug
10 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm
You have to love Martin Kettle, desperately seeking an intellectual case for Scotland to remain within the Union, and all the while he examines Scotland from afar through the wrong end of ink cover...

EU certainty? Here?s a certainty ? we can?t be expelled
by weegingerdug
9 Jul 2014 at 2:08pm
In his blog yesterday, Derek Bateman gave a link to a legal paper published this month by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, a professor of European and Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford....

Solidarity with Scotland: an update
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 9:17pm
The international campaign Solidarity with Scotland has been active for over three months now, being born in April 2014 out of an initiative of ordinary Scots and Galicians, and is coordinated by P...

Indy Pet Dance
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 5:38pm
Let’s have a wee celebration of Pets for Yes.  To kick things off, here’s a Dug Wi Wings. Send the dug a photo of your Yes Pet and I’ll add it to a new Indy Pet Dance page on the main menu bar abov...

What John McTernan did on his holidays
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 12:20pm
John McTernan, in case you’re lucky enough never to have heard of him, which makes this your unlucky day, was once employed as Tony Blair’s spin doctor. He then went off to Australia to perform the...

The alienation of an alien nation
by weegingerdug
7 Jul 2014 at 1:31pm
So we’ve had Danny Alexander making up statistics about start up costs and his arithmetical nervous breakdown being taken apart by the very man who supplied the raw data to begin with. The Foreign ...

A letter to a wee ginger dug from a wee orange lamb
by weegingerdug
6 Jul 2014 at 8:13am
A guest post by Lauren Reid So I’m sat here right now at nine on a Friday night wondering how I put it into words, my journey from a ‘staunch’ No to an active yes. I’ve had to explain it to close f...

Independence for the intimidated
by weegingerdug
5 Jul 2014 at 6:06pm
A guest post by Macart I don’t think its too out there by this point to hazard a theory that the Westminster political establishment (cross party natch), Better Together (cross party ditto), and th...

A letter to a wee ginger dug
by weegingerdug
5 Jul 2014 at 7:36am
A guest post by David Kelly I am a computer specialist who has been working in the Oil and Gas sector in Aberdeen for almost 40 years. I am called a “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) because I know a f...

Diver-yes-ity : The missing verse
by weegingerdug
4 Jul 2014 at 6:31pm
Silly me.  I missed out an entire verse of lyrics to the Diver-yes-ity (officially my new favourite word) song.  So here’s the complete version for everyone who wants a Caledonian sing-a-long-a-Gay...


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Work as if you live in the early days of a

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear stance is one of the few pieces of political radicalism, along wi...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburgh and London, and a shared frame that could have been designed between them to drive down turnout. T...

Who might Scotland have elected under STV?
by James
27 May 2014 at 10:31am
This excellent question was asked this morning by ERS Scotland, and it’s of course impossible to tell, because we all (well, a third of us) filled in a ballot paper with a single X on it, and becau...


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