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The Herald

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Duncan Smith: Benefit cuts have reduced unemployment
10 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
WORK and Pensions ­Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said that his department's billions of pounds worth of benefits cuts have helped cut unemployment and the UK's reliance on immigrant labour.

Ukip MEP praises Hitler's speaking style
10 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
A UKIP MEP is embroiled in a row after advising prospective party candidates to emulate the speaking style of Hitler.

Warsi: Failure to win over ethnic minorities will cost Cameron victory
10 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron will not be able to win a majority at the next election because he has failed to woo ethnic minorities, Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister has warned.

Ministers meet industry chiefs over Russia's food import ban
8 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
HOLYROOD ministers are seeking urgent meetings with industry leaders to discuss the impact of Russia's trade embargo on food imports from the west.

Farage on Ukip shortlist for his local seat
8 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
NIGEL Farage is edging closer to confirming he will run for the Kent Westminster seat of Thanet South at next May's general election.

Sinn Fein's attitude to welfare reform 'will bring down assembly'
8 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has warned that Sinn Fein's failure to implement welfare reform is the problem most likely to bring down the devolved assembly.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
8 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm

Peerage for ex-CBI Scotland chairman
8 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
GLASGOW businesswoman Nosheena Mobarik, a Conservative candidate in the European election and a member of the board of Better Together, is among is among a batch of new working peers announced at Westminster.

Authorities named and shamed by info tsar over FoI delays
7 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Scottish Government, health boards and local authorities have been criticised by the information tsar, who has taken the unusual step of laying a special report before Holyrood expressing her concern.

Boris hikes up EU pressure on Cameron
7 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Boris Johnson has ratcheted up the pressure on David Cameron over the European Union, saying it should be "easy" to deliver sweeping reform in Brussels.

'Sixty-year wait' for equal pay for women
7 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
WOMEN will have to wait another 60 years for equal pay if the gender wage gap continues to close at the same rate, according to a senior Labour MP.

Britain to give £5m for battle against Ebola
7 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
BRITAIN is to contribute more funds to help countries affected by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus after the Government emergencies committee met to discuss how to limit the spread of infection.

UK issues export licences worth almost £8 billion for sale of arms to Israel
6 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
THE Government has issued export licences worth at least £7.9 billion for the sale to Israel of arms and other dual-use military equipment - although not all of it is destined for armed forces.

PM swift to name Warsi successor
6 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has moved swiftly to replace Baroness Warsi following her resignation from the Government over its policy on Gaza.

Javid slates Labour over deficit
6 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour have not "learnt their lesson" on the deficit, the Culture Secretary said as he claimed "spending and borrowing run through Labour like the words in a stick of rock".


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Omagh bombing: Report to reveal what police knew
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

AN investigation by the police ombudsman into a bombing in Northern Ireland which killed 29 people is to be published.



Grey areas cloud Border views of independence
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

FARMERS reliant on a single-country lifestyle, writes Jane Bradley



Scottish independence: Debate to air across UK
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

THE next TV referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling is to be broadcast to viewers in the rest of the UK.



The Scotsman cartoon: B is for Boris
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond presents an alternative version of his much-called for Plan B to his critics - London Mayor and Tory heavyweight Boris Johnson.



Leaders: Retirement age | Drumhead Service
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

NOT all that long ago, the idea that we would still be working after “retirement” and that the official retirement age might be pushed back beyond age 65 would have been greeted with dismay and apprehension.



Boris Johnson vows to resist Scots tax devolution
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Boris Johnson was accused of wanting to “turn the screw on Scotland” after he said the UK should resist handing new tax raising powers to Holyrood if independence is rejected next month.



Iraq: UK to send more advisors to threatened town
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

BRITAIN is planning to send more advisers to an Iraqi town under threat from Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) extremists amid fears of an humanitarian disaster.



Most Britons expect to work on after ?retirement?
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

MORE than two thirds of people in the UK expect to continue to do some work after they technically retire, a report has claimed.



Brian Monteith: Rushing towards fiscal uncertainty
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

IT’S difficult to trust Salmond’s economic judgment after his previous prevarications and u-turns, writes Brian Monteith



Scottish independence: ?Mortgages up £1600 if Yes?
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

THE average family could face an extra £1,600 a year in mortgage repayments under First Minister Alex Salmond’s plans for independence, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has warned.



Warsi: ?Too white? Tories will lose next election
10 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

David Cameron will not be able to win a majority at the next election because he has failed to woo ethnic minorities, Britain’s first female Muslim Cabinet minister has warned.



?Conquer your fears? Brian Cox urges voters
10 Aug 2014 at 4:31pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Actor Brian Cox has urged voters to “conquer their fears” and vote for an independent Scotland.



Hitler held up as model orator by Ukip MEP
10 Aug 2014 at 3:49pm

A UKIP MEP is embroiled in a row after advising prospective party candidates to emulate Hitler’s speaking style.

Bill Etheridge is said to have described the Nazi dictator as a “magnetic and forceful” performer who “achieved a great deal”.



Veteran Erdogan wins landmark Turkish election
10 Aug 2014 at 3:10pm

THE people of Turkey voted in Recep Tayyip Erdogan as leader today in their first direct presidential election, a landmark in the country’s 91-year history as a republic.



Lesley Riddoch: Let?s concentrate on real debate
10 Aug 2014 at 3:00pm

THE media’s obsession with currency union is diverting attention from key devolved issues, says Lesley Riddoch




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And smile, smile, smile
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2014 at 3:30pm
Alert readers may recall that when the UK government announced plans for a £55m jamboree to mark the beginning of World War 1, on a date conveniently before the independence referendum rather than the traditional Remembrance Day in November, the more cynical of Yes supporters were immediately suspicious and/or angry. But despite David Cameron initially […]

The subhumans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2014 at 9:01am
One of the most enlightening aspects of doing this website has been seeing how the nation’s elected representatives behave towards the people they ostensibly represent. We’ve been collating the responses from various Unionist MPs, MSPs and assorted others to these questions we raised recently and the standard has varied wildly, from serious and considered to petulant and juvenile. (Many […]

Hobson?s Choice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
The Telegraph, 10 August 2014: “Policy Exchange, a think tank with close links to the Conservative Party, will later this month publish a report calling for the government’s £26,000 benefits cap to be lowered outside London to reflect the lower cost of living. Labour has previously made a similar suggestion and the Conservatives are being […]

Lie back and think of England
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2014 at 3:17am
Any enterprise as crass, witless and poorly-thought-out as Dan Snow’s “Let’s Stay Together” campaign – funded by the same man who gives millions to murderous war criminals and populated by a curious mix of billionaire Tories, Sirs, Lords, Baronesses and Z-list nobodies – will always create all manner of hostages to fortune. We’ve already mentioned David Starkey, […]

Dear Alistair
by Robert Moffat
9 Aug 2014 at 1:51pm
I watched your STV debate with Alex Salmond on Tuesday night with interest. As the debate progressed I began to realise that your task would be so much easier if you simply put forward reasons why the United Kingdom, in its present form, is a positive force that serves the Scottish people and satisfies their […]

It?s the wrong colour, too
by Chris Cairns
9 Aug 2014 at 12:00am

We, a few of the people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2014 at 11:21am
In a blur of media excitement this week about such stellar household names as Haydn Gwynne, Maggi Hambling, John Illsley, William Dalrymple, James Timpson, Amanda Foreman, Andy Puddicombe, David Rowntree, Bill Morris, David Goodhart, William Boyd, Tracy Brabin, Paul Cartledge, Glen Baxter and Andy Barrow* all telling Scots to vote No because they love us, an even more thrilling endorsement for the Union […]

Arithmetic for thickos
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2014 at 3:34am
Remember the happy days of 2012 when Unionists complained endlessly that the independence debate was in danger of becoming bogged down by arguments about process rather than politics, readers? We’re now in the third straight day of the No campaign and the media obsessing about a process (an independent Scotland’s currency arrangements) rather than the […]

Westminster?s offer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
Because you know he’s coming. Do you feel lucky, Labour voters?

Tough love
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2014 at 10:00am
We can’t really avoid mentioning the big list of “celebrities” for No assembled today by the cuddly, fluffy, funded-by-Tory-donor-oil-tycoon-linked-to-genocidal-murderers “Let’s Stay Together” campaign to lovebomb Scottish voters, summed up perfectly by an alert reader on Twitter as “a veritable Who’s That? of the British establishment”. One of the people we HAD heard of on the list […]


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Facebook indyref voter life event
10 Aug 2014 at 7:04pm
Facebook launches new a life event, enabling people to tell friends they have registered to vote in the independence referendum.


Figures reveal ward occupancy rates
10 Aug 2014 at 7:02pm
Wards in many of Scotland's hospitals consistently have higher than recommended occupancy rates, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.


Salmond: No camp 'playing with fire'
10 Aug 2014 at 11:02am
Campaigners for the Union are "playing with fire" by attempting to block a post-independence currency deal, Alex Salmond says.


Darling expects debate 'this month'
9 Aug 2014 at 6:52pm
Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, says he expects to debate with Alex Salmond again before the end of the month.


Jobs programme age limit extended
9 Aug 2014 at 7:03pm
The age limit for a government-funded employment programme is extended from 24 to 30.


Government reveals green plan
8 Aug 2014 at 6:04pm
The Scottish government publishes a report which, it says, highlights the environmental benefits of independence.


Miliband: 'Come clean' on currency
8 Aug 2014 at 6:07am
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on the Scottish government to spell out alternatives to currency union.


Salmond says 'we're keeping pound'
7 Aug 2014 at 2:59pm
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond insists Scotland will retain sterling under independence, in the face of continued opposition criticism.


Scots banks warned on currency union
8 Aug 2014 at 4:49am
Scottish banks might not be bailed out in a financial crisis if an independent Scotland had no formal currency union with the rest of the UK, a report says.


Thousands on nursery waiting lists
7 Aug 2014 at 7:04pm
More than 12,000 babies and toddlers are on waiting lists for local authority nursery places, according to figures obtained by the BBC.


Call for access to cancer drug
8 Aug 2014 at 5:51am
A charity is calling for a new breast cancer drug to be made routinely available in Scotland following a proposal not to fund it England.


Minister 'determined' to axe Trident
6 Aug 2014 at 11:30am
The Scottish government wants immediate discussions to remove Trident from Scotland following a referendum "Yes" vote, minister says.


Celebrities call for Scots No vote
7 Aug 2014 at 5:44am
Public figures including Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench urge Scotland to say "No" to independence, despite not being able to vote in the referendum.


Row over Palestinan flag plans
7 Aug 2014 at 6:01am
A row breaks out over Glasgow City Council's plans to raise the Palestinian flag over the city chambers on Friday.


Health boards receive extra funding
7 Aug 2014 at 8:39am
An extra £5m is to be invested in seven health boards across Scotland to reduce the amount of time patients remain in hospital.


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The media has abandoned us, so we should now abandon them
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Aug 2014 at 6:21pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
'The Freedom of the Press'.  It's a statement that's wheeled out whenever newspapers fear a curb on their more nefarious practices might be on the way.
 
Without freedom, says the fourth estate, we wouldn't be able to pursue those in power, we wouldn't be able to expose corruption.



No Deal on currency union ... No deal on debt
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm

  By Russell Bruce

Listen to Alex Salmond speaking to business leaders at the Vision for Scotland Conference in Edinburgh on 6th August.  It is vital there is no doubt what the position of the Scottish Government is going into the negotiations following a Yes vote. 

The First Minister explains the pros and cons of the other options considered by the Fiscal Commission.



The Bigger The Lie - Media Bias in the Scottish Independence Referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Aug 2014 at 12:13pm

  In January this year a study by a Scottish academic caused a sensation when it revealed anti-independence bias existed in early evening news programmes broadcast in Scotland.
 
The study by Professor John Robertson resulted in BBC Scotland management appearing in front of a Holyrood Committee to explain the findings.



Beyond the hype of the TV debate is the real Yes campaign
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Aug 2014 at 4:59pm

  By Lesley Riddoch

STV's "Scotland Decides" TV debate was a big disappointment for Yes supporters ? there's no denying it.  Alex Salmond was off form and curiously slow on his feet.  By contrast the normally soporific Alistair Darling acted like a man possessed. Each man performed against type ? and against hype.

SNP supporters expected their leader to simply switch on the vice-like control of proceedings he demonstrates every week in Holyrood ? even though this was a debate between equals not a First Minister's showcase.



Why Scotland must vote Yes - the case for women
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Aug 2014 at 3:54pm

By Pam Currie

?Oh, I don?t know what to think?? ? ?What if?? ? ?We?ll never manage it?? Sound familiar? It does to me. In recent months I?ve been the length and breadth of my local area, South Ayrshire, talking to voters on street stalls, doorsteps and in village halls.



The referendum is not about the politicians, it's about us
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Aug 2014 at 2:09pm

By Alex Mooney
 
All recent polls show the undecided will be the decisive factor in the outcome of the Scotland referendum - and you have to sympathise with the plight of those still sitting on the fence.
 
The poor folks have been bombarded from both sides with figures, claims, counter-claims and a barrage of words and hot air on the subject - leaving them more confused than ever.



Margo Mobile Hits the Road
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Aug 2014 at 12:53am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Govan has been good to Jim Sillars, and his late wife, Margo MacDonald. Back in 1973, Margo sensationally won a by-election on the banks of the Clyde for the SNP, catapulting the 30-year-old with the flowing blonde locks into the glare of the UK media spotlight. Fifteen years later, Jim repeated the trick. 
 



Glasgow 2014 ? Team BBC, Team Scotland and Team GB
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Aug 2014 at 5:07pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

Well Glasgow 2014 is over and what a show it was.  The closing ceremony was the icing on the cake with Burns? Aye Fond Kiss beautifully sung as the Commonwealth flag was lowered.

There were highs and lows, moments of great drama mixed and moments of humour.  Dougie McLean brought it all to an end with a wonderful rendition of Caledonia ? and followed it up with a tearful Auld Lang Syne, with help from Lulu and Kylie.



21st century Britain is glaringly unjust and getting worse
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Aug 2014 at 4:40pm

By Jonathon Shafi

The UK is now so far down the path of privatisation and austerity, that deviating from it will take a movement on the scale of the Chartists to turn back the tide. Twenty per cent of young people are unemployed, and today they are told they must work until 70 before receiving a pension.



Again and again and again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Aug 2014 at 3:08pm


We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor

By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: ?History? It?s just one fuckin thing after another!?. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.




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What to do when Scottish Nationalists move in next door ? Telegraph Blogs
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 12:12pm

When our neighbours told us they were moving out for most of August to make way for an acting troupe we weren’t particularly surprised, or bothered. This is Edinburgh and "festival lets" are commonplace for those whose properties are close enough to the town centre to make them coveted by visitin...

Hayman: I am the Nationalist actor attacked as 'the enemy' by the blogger nex...
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 10:55am

IT was the blog that had the luvvies of the Edinburgh Festival gossiping all week.


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Unfortunately, "anger", "bile" and "hate" is what we have come to expect from The Telegraph and British nationalists in general. Alan Cochrane in particualr has come to be known for his bitter...



McLeish hits out at Labour?s currency union vow
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 10:23am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The former first minister Henry McLeish has criticised Labour’s pledge to block a currency union claiming it was a threat against Scottish voters.


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I think what may aggravate most people in Scotland, and anyone who has a sense of reasonableness and fair...



The subhumans
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 9:33am

One of the most enlightening aspects of doing this website has been seeing how the nation's elected representatives behave towards the people they ostensibly represent. We've been collating the res...


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Salmond: there is literally nothing anyone can do to stop an independent Scot...
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 8:38am

THE language of politics can be highly instructive and deeply revealing as to the motives and priorities of individuals, parties and campaigns.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Here is the question. What price will the people of the rest of the UK be prepared to pay in an effort to punish he people of Scotl...



Hobson's Choice
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 7:23am
The Telegraph, 10 August 2014: "Policy Exchange, a think tank with close links to the Conservative Party, will later this month publish a report calling for the government's £26,000 benefits cap to...


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Scottish independence: FM stands firm on currency
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 7:16am

ALEX Salmond is standing his ground and refusing to name a Plan B for Scotland’s currency after independence, despite mounting criticism of his leadership and unprecedented pressure from his opponents.


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Tom Peterkin opens with an outright lie. The alternatives, should the Bri...



The future is coming on
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:36am

But these three polls all suggest that to varying degrees, there is a softening of the no vote, a shift to yes and a rise in the number of don't knows. Indeed, among 25 to 34s who are much more lik...


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Labour warned over currency union threat | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:32am

Former First Minister Henry McLeish has condemned Labour’s threat to try and stop Scotland using the pound following a Yes vote as a “serious miscalculation”, and an attempt “to thwart the settled will of the Scottish people".


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Lie back and think of England
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:26am

Any enterprise as crass, witless and poorly-thought-out as Dan Snow's "Let's Stay Together" campaign - funded by the same man who gives millions to murderous war criminals and populated by a curiou...


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The Sad and Ugly End of British Socialism
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:19am

Look at what has become of the "people's" party in Scotland. Look at their narrow, ugly, sad hatred that blinds them to everything else. They only know their own hatr...


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Dear Alistair
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

I watched your STV debate with Alex Salmond on Tuesday night with interest. As the debate progressed I began to realise that your task would be so much easier if you simply put forward reasons why ...


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To the Editor
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:10am

The Editor The Scotsman Conference House 152 Morrison Street Edinburgh EH3 8EB   Dear Sir, I saw on Twitter mention of your section Referendum Debate as it Happens including a post from my blo...



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Indyref Poster Competition
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 6:01am

Here's the long-list of entries for our poster competition in collaboration with the Scottish Independence Convention. If you are sharing these images (please do!), please credit the individual art...


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Boris Johnson rallies Tories against more powers | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
10 Aug 2014 at 5:58am

The empty promises of the No camp over more powers for Scotland have been exposed today – after Boris Johnson sought to rally the Tories against more powers on the same day he admitted his plans to lead his party after the 2015 election.




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Polly Toynbee: Scotland remains Europe's basket case for health inequality sh...
by dailyrecord
10 Aug 2014 at 3:56am
POLLY Turnbee, a columnist at The Guardian and the author of Unjust Rewards and Hard Work, warns that if an independent Scotland wants to close the poverty gap the Scottish people will have to pay for it.


Alex Salmond says an independent Scotland 'will not settle for second best' a...
by dailyrecord
9 Aug 2014 at 4:44am
THE First Minister set out why he will not reveal an alternative to a currency union with the rest of the UK in an open letter to voters published today.


New poll reveals clear majority of voters think Alistair Darling won first te...
by dailyrecord
9 Aug 2014 at 4:43am
THE Better Together leader was judged by 53 per cent of respondents to a new poll to have won Tuesday night's TV debate against Alex Salmond.


Record View: Scots voters still in the dark on Yes campaign's currency plans
by Record View
9 Aug 2014 at 2:19am
JOHN SWINNEY has failed to shed any new light on the currency issue that continues to dominate the news agenda.


Young thug filmed by pal stamping on Better Together sign before uploading fo...
by dailyrecord
9 Aug 2014 at 1:46am
JORDAN THOM filmed his pal Dave Bisset pulling down the No Thanks banner before trampling on it.


Ed Miliband piles pressure on Alex Salmond by vowing to make a veto on curren...
by Andy Philip
8 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
LABOUR leader draws a line in the sand over the pound and says SNP's plan would cost jobs and create economic upheaval.


Pressure grows on Alex Salmond as bookies offer odds of 4/1 First Minister wi...
by dailyrecord
8 Aug 2014 at 4:20am
THE SNP leader is under fire after a faltering performance in Wednesday's independence live debate with Better Together chief Alistair Darling.


Political pop star Billy Bragg reveals why he is hoping Scotland votes for in...
by John Dingwall
8 Aug 2014 at 3:50am
ENGLISHMAN Bragg is renowned for his activist edge and says he hopes a vote for Scottish independence would shake up the rest of the United Kingdom.


Tired independence debate showing leads to questions over whether Alex Salmon...
by Keith McLeod
8 Aug 2014 at 1:53am
WE trace the First Minister's movements over the past two months as medical experts suggest his hectic schedule and strict diet may explain his lacklustre performance in the live TV debate with Alistair Darling.


Alex Salmond declares ?It is our pound and we?re keeping it" as he tries to r...
by Andy Philip
7 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
FIRST Minister airs his new rallying cry at Holyrood as he bids to mend the damage done to the Yes campaign during his bruising TV debate with Alistair Darling.


Homeless man told he can't vote in independence referendum because he doesn't...
by Craig Robertson
7 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
OFFICIALS say a park bench, bus shelter or shop doorway would be an acceptable address for those of no fixed abode but not a friend's address.


Alex Salmond comes under further pressure to reveal his 'Plan B' for currency...
by dailyrecord
7 Aug 2014 at 7:29am
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont said the people deserved to know which of the range of currency options the First Minister backed in the event of being denied the pound.


Video: English funnyman Russell Brand comes out in favour of Scottish indepen...
by Sarah Vesty
7 Aug 2014 at 6:57am
TEH 39-year-old, who is no stranger to controversy, said he believed in nations getting smaller and having more power for the people in the video posted on August 5.


200 celebrities back a No vote.. but Record readers reckon they should mind t...
by Chris Clements
7 Aug 2014 at 5:13am
Bruce Forsyth, Mick Jagger and Simon Cowell were among those backing a No, but 65% of Record readers think famous faces shouldn't express an opinion.


Annie Brown: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi's resignation was refreshingly noble
by Annie Brown
7 Aug 2014 at 3:27am
AS Warsi steps down from her role as senior foreign office minister ANNIE says it is good to see a small glimmer of principle still lurks in modern day politics.


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So the Poultice master stroke destroyed Alecsammin. But more needs to be done...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Aug 2014 at 2:19pm
So the Poultice master stroke destroyed Alecsammin. But more needs to be done. We report on our poll.


Our tactics worked!
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any simil...

Dateline Scotland Edition 2 now available. Specially commissioned by BBC Sc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Aug 2014 at 11:38am
Dateline Scotland Edition 2 now available.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 2

This week's headlines: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling go head to head, we have detailed analysis, yet another Yes group is announced, and the pressure on ...

As the minutes tick down to the Big Fight, the question on everyone's lips is...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Aug 2014 at 10:22am
As the minutes tick down to the Big Fight, the question on everyone's lips is "Who'll blink first? John Poultice brings you an exclusive foretaste of the action - and a new poll!


Poultice: Darling needs to give Scotlandshire viewers what they want
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We apologise to GCHQ and the other organs of state for suggesting in the prev...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Aug 2014 at 11:25am
We apologise to GCHQ and the other organs of state for suggesting in the previous article that only BBC Sport saved the Empire. With the campaign already victorious for our side, we are pleased to pay tribute to their work too.


No oil field off Shetland - official
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The Games are over. It was a close run thing, but BBC Sport saved the Games f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Aug 2014 at 12:11pm
The Games are over. It was a close run thing, but BBC Sport saved the Games for the Empire.



BBC saves the Great British Imperial Games from the Scots
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Viewers in Scotlandshire did not, in this instance, have their own programmes.

Now that the preliminaries of the Empire Games are over, we move on to the ma...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Aug 2014 at 5:46pm
Now that the preliminaries of the Empire Games are over, we move on to the main event!


Tune in on Tuesday at 7pm for the final fight of Glasgow 2014
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories fr...

Toons urge loyalists to avoid funding Greig Moodie (splittist bastirt!).
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
Toons urge loyalists to avoid funding Greig Moodie (splittist bastirt!).


Scurrilous Toons show Natz Depravity
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Co**burn said: They're not ramming it home hard enough. No comment required.

Our new hard hitting news and current affairs show. Specially commissioned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jul 2014 at 7:09am
Our new hard hitting news and current affairs show.

Specially commissioned for BBC Scotlandshire (honest)!


Dateline Scotland: Episode 1

This week's headlines: Jesus Christ backs the Better Together campaign; Vote No Borders moves for UK to form union with France; and pitch invasion delays Gla...

BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE Chairchoob has spoken with a man who knows a guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jul 2014 at 6:13am
BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE

Chairchoob has spoken with a man who knows a guy that met his mucker down the pub, where someone alleged they overheard Usain Bolt saying: "Scotlandshire is pure shit! London is the dog's bollocks."

Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border. He passionate...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jul 2014 at 12:49pm
Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border.
He passionately wishes Scotland to stay within his (and our) beloved Union and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to achieve his dreams.



The Incredible Story of Rory the Tory
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Earlier this year, Rory m...

BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jul 2014 at 6:15am
BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at the Commonwealth Games.

Even the spoof media has managed to come onboard the real "Games" in a last ditch effort to save our glorious Empire from being torn apart.

We present to you the endearing image of the Games.




Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jul 2014 at 9:17am
Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire that will be introduced after the vile Natz are crushed in the forthcoming splittist referendum.

The new anthem has been composed and written by Lord Barrowman of Naetalent, the world famous entertainment legend and NO su...

The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am
The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators.

Yes, Team Scotlandshire singing Flower of Scotland before they make their entrance at last night's Commonwealth Games.

Will the Natz stop at nothing to politicise the games?


Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony - Team Scotla...

BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's A...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's Audience Council has never been happier with our coverage of the splittist referendum.

Any criticism being highlighted in the splittist press is aimed squarely at the spoof BBC on the opposite bank of the Clyde.

Remem...

BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today anno...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jul 2014 at 2:59pm
BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today announced a U-turn on their policy of opposition to Independence and have apologised to the people of Scotlandshire for their previous stance.


Liberal Democrats to apologise after U-turn on Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co....


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Scotland's Fifth Estate


Brain v Blancmange
by bellacaledonia
10 Aug 2014 at 10:54am
By Mike Small As Jenny Hjul appears to be cooking nicely in a ceviche of her own bile, the contrasting experiences of the campaign strike home. For one side the entire last year is something they wish never happened at all, for... Read More ›


The Sad and Ugly End of British Socialism
by bellacaledonia
10 Aug 2014 at 2:21am
By Peter Arnott Look at them.  Look at what has become of the “people’s” party in Scotland. Look at their narrow, ugly, sad hatred that blinds them to everything else. They only know their own hatred and resentment.  They only want... Read More ›

Brian Cox in Edinburgh ? Scotland?s Path To Re-Enlightenment
by bellacaledonia
9 Aug 2014 at 7:02am
Iconic Scottish actor, Rector of Dundee University and Yes campaigner, Brian Cox, sets out his vision as to why the concept of Scottish independence has come of age. As Scotland gets ready to take its place on the world stage, Brian... Read More ›


Indyref Poster Competition
by bellacaledonia
9 Aug 2014 at 3:36am
Here’s the long-list of entries for our poster competition in collaboration with the Scottish Independence Convention. If you are sharing these images (please do!), please credit the individual artist and @ScotIndConv. In two weeks we’ll announce the shortlist to go... Read More ›


42 Reasons for Yes
by bellacaledonia
9 Aug 2014 at 3:00am
By Adam Ramsay Better Together know they are ahead. They also know that, the more people hear the arguments for independence, the more likely they are to vote yes. For them, the strategy is therefore simple. It is what football... Read More ›


People Make Gaza
by bellacaledonia
8 Aug 2014 at 4:16pm
By Dominyka Ba?anskait? ?Stop the War? coalition has been involved with doing work around Palestine for a long time, and has now set up an emergency organising committee involving fifteen different organisations to coordinate the work done in Scotland. They... Read More ›


Towards a Fifth Estate
by bellacaledonia
8 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm
Everywhere we look, our media is failing us. Whether it’s the referendum campaign, the reporting from Gaza, or the representation of women, it’s a corrosive, abusive force. The way we share information, the stories we tell each other, has been... Read More ›


Crony Britain versus real Change
by bellacaledonia
8 Aug 2014 at 11:53am
By Mike Small Joyce McMillan’s one of the country’s best writers, finest cultural commentators and, as I experienced first hand with her on the stump in Comrie, a pretty effective public speaker too. Most of what she writes here is... Read More ›


Referendum TV ? Prog 1
by bellacaledonia
8 Aug 2014 at 11:40am
The first broadcast of Referendum TV, with guests – novelist Sara Sheridan, part of the recent National Collective Yestival, Dundee band Orc Mischief, and Tomak Barkowy – Polish actor and founder of Polish for Yes. It’s all a bit wobbly, and a... Read More ›


Beyond Yes or No ? the debate on Scotland?s currency has missed the point
by bellacaledonia
8 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
By Duncan McCann Danes observing the Scottish independence debate must be alarmed to discover that, according to British conventional wisdom, their country (population 5.5 million v Scotland?s 5.3 million) is not a viable independent state. It would seem, according to... Read More ›


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Support for Scottish independence drops after TV debate: poll - Reuters
9 Aug 2014 at 6:47am

Reuters

Support for Scottish independence drops after TV debate: poll
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Support for Scottish independence has fallen following a TV debate this week and the campaign to split the United Kingdom will need a dramatic turnaround if it is to win a forthcoming referendum, a poll ...


Scottish Independence: Morrissey urges Scots to leave 'United King-dumb' - Th...
10 Aug 2014 at 10:58am

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Morrissey urges Scots to leave 'United King-dumb'
The Independent
Scottish Independence: for and against. The former frontman of The Smiths is not alone in his opinion. He joins a host of celebrities who have spoken out in favour of an independent Scotland, fro...


Scottish independence: Celebrities call for Scots No vote - BBC News
7 Aug 2014 at 10:30am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Celebrities call for Scots No vote
BBC News
Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench are among 200 public figures who have signed a letter urging Scotland to vote "No" in the independence referendum. The list was set up by Let's Stay Together, a group of campaigners who do...


Scottish independence: Facebook adds 'registered to vote' life event - BBC News
10 Aug 2014 at 7:51pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Facebook adds 'registered to vote' life event
BBC News
Facebook has launched new a "life event" enabling people to tell friends they have registered to vote in the independence referendum. The feature will allow users over 16 in Scotland to add the life event to their...


Scottish independence: Salmond says 'we're keeping the pound' - BBC News
7 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond says 'we're keeping the pound'
BBC News
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has insisted Scotland will retain sterling under independence, in the face of continued opposition criticism. He said a formal currency union with the rest of the UK was the best opti...


Scottish independence: The Scots in England who want Scotland to go it alone ...
6 Aug 2014 at 8:53pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: The Scots in England who want Scotland to go it alone
BBC News
Hundreds of thousands of Scottish-born people live south of the border. And despite making England their home, some want to see an end to the union. There are more Scots in England than any city in Scotlan...


Scottish independence: Sean Connery and Gerard Butler vote yes while Susan .....
9 Aug 2014 at 3:09am

Mirror.co.uk

Scottish independence: Sean Connery and Gerard Butler vote yes while Susan ...
Mirror.co.uk
It certainly hasn't been a case of 'no comment' on planet showbiz when it comes to Scottish independence. The yes/no campaign has been rolling on for months, and celebrities have been quick to ju...


Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling Clash in Debate - Wa...
6 Aug 2014 at 6:09am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling Clash in Debate
Wall Street Journal
The man who wants to take Scotland out of the U.K. and the leader of the campaign to keep the union together clashed Tuesday in a televised debate over the pros and cons of Scottish indep...


Scottish independence: Banks warned on currency union - BBC News
7 Aug 2014 at 10:38pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Banks warned on currency union
BBC News
Scottish banks might not be bailed out in a financial crisis if an independent Scotland had no formal currency union with the rest of the UK, a report says. The SNP says Scotland would keep the pound in a formal union - an optio...


Scottish independence: how businesses and their workers could be affected - T...
8 Aug 2014 at 11:23am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: how businesses and their workers could be affected
Telegraph.co.uk
A spokesman for Mr Salmond said: "With independence, Scotland will be able to send a clear signal that it is one of the most competitive and attractive economies in Europe, with tax rates design...



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Finally the truth? there is no plan B - Express.co.uk
10 Aug 2014 at 8:48pm

Express.co.uk

Finally the truth? there is no plan B
Express.co.uk
However, the strategy was condemned by Scottish politicians from all parties - including Mr Salmond's mentor and former SNP leader Jim Sillars. In a move that is certain to ramp up the pressure on the First Minister from within his ow...


Nationalist MSP knives are out for 'lame duck' Salmond - Express.co.uk
10 Aug 2014 at 8:46pm

Express.co.uk

Nationalist MSP knives are out for 'lame duck' Salmond
Express.co.uk
The SNP leader yesterday sought to regain ground, insisting that Westminster's sterling zone veto was a ?kamikaze? campaign tactic that would backfire on Unionists. But it was undermined by a fresh round of briefings ...


More referendum TV debates possible - Hebdenbridge Today
10 Aug 2014 at 7:05pm

Hebdenbridge Today

More referendum TV debates possible
Hebdenbridge Today
There "is not a shred of evidence" that George Osborne's insistence that an independent Scotland will lose the pound damaged the No campaign in the polls despite the SNP's insistence that it backfired, Mr Darling said. Both po...


'Voice of Oban' letter now with Police Scotland in Oban - For Argyll
10 Aug 2014 at 10:36am

For Argyll

'Voice of Oban' letter now with Police Scotland in Oban
For Argyll
A former SNP councillor, Louise Glen-Lee, who resigned her seat and returned to her former job as a reporter at The Oban Times, has been a vocal campaigner against the sale of Rockfield, with access to the column of the pa...


Salmond rules out currency 'Plan B' - Stornoway Gazette
10 Aug 2014 at 6:21pm

Stornoway Gazette

Salmond rules out currency 'Plan B'
Stornoway Gazette
And neither myself, my colleagues in the SNP, or the wider Yes campaign will ever settle for second best for Scotland. "The last thing I would do is back a plan which wasn't the best one for Scotland." He said Scotland would be ...


Misplaced plan - Scotsman
10 Aug 2014 at 6:10pm

Misplaced plan
Scotsman
I therefore tend to avoid commenting on his regular columns, but he quotes a noted economist in his piece (Perspective, 9 August), which merits further comment. The economist in question, Ronald MacDonald, referring to the SNP's insistence on a currency ...

and more »


Scottish independence: 'Mortgages up £1600 if Yes' - Scotsman
10 Aug 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Mortgages up £1600 if Yes'
Scotsman
She told the invited audience of 200 at Kinning Park Complex that Scotland would face an ?additional wave of austerity? after a Yes vote with a gaping hole in the SNP's plan to fund public services and protect jobs. She said: ?We w...


Brian Monteith: Rushing towards fiscal uncertainty - Scotsman
10 Aug 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: Rushing towards fiscal uncertainty
Scotsman
On top of this state munificence we have also had the unashamed political bribery of the SNP's white paper that makes a promise on childcare that has not been modelled (so no-one knows how it will be afforded and delivered). A furt...


Social justice is the new currency as debate widens - The Times (subscription)
10 Aug 2014 at 6:02pm

Social justice is the new currency as debate widens
The Times (subscription)
Labour and the SNP have renewed hostilities in their battle over who can best deliver ?social justice?, with Johann Lamont claiming that the Nationalists cannot be trusted and Nicola Sturgeon saying that Westminster was to...


Alex Salmond admits there is no plan B as he insists Scotland will keep pound...
10 Aug 2014 at 1:12pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond admits there is no plan B as he insists Scotland will keep pound
Telegraph.co.uk
Jim Sillars, the former SNP deputy leader, warned the issue was handing the political initiative to the opposition because ?it takes two to make a currency union, just like it take two to ta...



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Every household in Scotland to receive referendum voting guide - stv.tv
10 Aug 2014 at 6:11pm

stv.tv

Every household in Scotland to receive referendum voting guide
stv.tv
Every household in Scotland is being sent an impartial guide to voting in the independence referendum. The Electoral Commission's guide contains factual information on how to register to vote and the different ways of casti...


Scotland's referendum unlikely to help Quebec sovereigntists - Toronto Star
6 Aug 2014 at 3:15pm

Toronto Star

Scotland's referendum unlikely to help Quebec sovereigntists
Toronto Star
The wording of Scotland's question was cleared by both Westminster and Edinburgh's parliaments as part of a larger agreement that would see a simple majority victory trigger independence-related negotiations. (The...


Scottish independence referendum: Simon Cowell and Mick Jagger among stars .....
7 Aug 2014 at 1:25pm

Mirror.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: Simon Cowell and Mick Jagger among stars ...
Mirror.co.uk
More than 200 celebrities and public figures - including Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell and Sir Steve Redgrave - signed an open letter urging Scotland to vote no in next month's r...


Scottish independence referendum: Yes campaign admits it needs to change ... ...
7 Aug 2014 at 4:29am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Yes campaign admits it needs to change ...
The Independent
Alex Salmond will change tactics in the next televised referendum debate and be ?more expansive? on the currency options an independent Scottish treasury would face if Westminster rejected sh...


Ahead of independence referendum, Scotland debates what currency to use - Dai...
10 Aug 2014 at 12:20am

Daily News & Analysis

Ahead of independence referendum, Scotland debates what currency to use
Daily News & Analysis
A formal currency union would not be in the interests of an independent Scotland, the leader of the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together has said, stepping up pressure on natio...


Scottish referendum: Actor Brian Cox calls for independence - Belfast Newsletter
10 Aug 2014 at 2:01pm

Belfast Newsletter

Scottish referendum: Actor Brian Cox calls for independence
Belfast Newsletter
Actor Brian Cox has urged voters to ?conquer their fears? and vote for an independent Scotland. The prominent Yes campaigner and rector of Dundee University told an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fr...


Scotland referendum unlikely to help PQ cause - Waterloo Record
8 Aug 2014 at 3:09am

Scotland referendum unlikely to help PQ cause
Waterloo Record
Until the Parti Québécois was defeated in April, Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum on independence loomed large on the sovereignty calendar. From the moment it was scheduled, PQ strategists believed the Scottish campaign ? coming as they th...


Latest Scottish commercial property sales figures reflect referendum uncertai...
9 Aug 2014 at 5:25am

Latest Scottish commercial property sales figures reflect referendum uncertainty
The Galloway Gazette
The Scottish Property Federation (SPF), which has analysed the RoS figures, expects to see investor appetite return in the autumn, predicting that once uncertainly surrounding the referendum vote h...


Scots Referendum Poll Suggests No Games Boost for Salmond - Bloomberg
3 Aug 2014 at 6:16pm

Scotsman

Scots Referendum Poll Suggests No Games Boost for Salmond
Bloomberg
The Scottish National Party that runs the devolved government in Edinburgh said the success of the two-week games, which ended yesterday, may still have an effect on undecided voters as the referendum approaches on Sept. 18...


Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ... -...
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am

stv.tv

Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ...
ABC Online
As Glasgow basks in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch, the real game in Scotland is arguably still to come. In less than two months, Scots will vote in a refe...



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Sunday Herald Front Page
10 Aug 2014 at 7:08am



Frank Maloney Now A Bird
10 Aug 2014 at 6:56am
Wow.

Daily Record
10 Aug 2014 at 1:35am

Any Yes voter buy this rag? It is getting worse than the Daily Mail. I read papers whilst in cafe...



The Big Picnic
9 Aug 2014 at 5:42pm

Fantastic piece of theatre.

I remember watching it 20 years ago, it was fantastic then, still fan...



The Best Candle
9 Aug 2014 at 4:53pm

What's the best candle type overall?

 

I don't like the cheapy small flat ones that are ~1cm (var...



I Think The Girl On The Left Is Playing A Guitar
9 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm



Indyref Poster Competition
9 Aug 2014 at 6:31am

Favourites anyone? http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/08/09/indyref-poster-competition/

 

IMO the ...



Latest Bt Campaign
9 Aug 2014 at 5:49am

 

Whit a riddy!!!!!!!!!!! 



Commonwealth Opening
8 Aug 2014 at 1:48pm
Put me out my misery, what was the song the ballet dancers danced to during the opening ceremony?

The Olympics - Athens 2004
8 Aug 2014 at 11:02am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/28693970

 

I think pictures like these are a disgrace and p...




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Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling: the debate for Scotland
by Ben Quinn and Paul Owen
5 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

ICM/Guardian poll identifies Alistair Darling as winner of the Scottish Independence debate
Salm...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: trains, teacakes and telly
by Libby Brooks
1 Aug 2014 at 3:34am

Your hand-picked selection of news, commentary and funny stuff

Weve been a bit quiet this week, wh...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from cairns to Cymru
by Libby Brooks
25 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

This weekly round-up is brought to you f...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: the campaign belongs to Fred...
by Libby Brooks
18 Jul 2014 at 4:04am

Weekly round-up including Let's Stay Together, Jean-Claude Juncker and Murphy the dog

Regular read...



Alex Salmond tries to woo Liverpool - with help from a Labour heavyweight
by Helen Pidd northern editor
18 Jul 2014 at 2:51am

The Scottish first minister took a trip on the Mersey ferry with a new supporter, former defence ...



Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
by Libby Brooks
11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...



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...




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

Setback for the No campaign as new YouGov poll fails to back up their complac...
by James Kelly
10 Aug 2014 at 6:52pm
It's been a night of frustration for Blair McDougall, the No camp's embarrassment of a campaign c...

Reasons to be sceptical about the changes in the new Survation poll
by James Kelly
9 Aug 2014 at 9:44pm
I've been away all day, but I've finally had a chance to catch up with the way Survation are repo...

Marking your card for tonight's Survation poll
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2014 at 4:40pm
There's a new Survation poll on its way tonight, but unless it appears very soon I'm not going to...

How was it for you, Darling?
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2014 at 9:52am
Just to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about Tuesday ...

Concerns mount over the role of No-friendly pollster Ipsos-Mori in hand-picki...
by James Kelly
7 Aug 2014 at 12:28pm
Ipsos-Mori are not merely one of the two most No-friendly pollsters in this campaign. They've al...

Wisdom on Wednesday : You may be interested to learn of some additional perks...
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"Scotland, voting Yes in the referendum will consign the Tories to oblivion, you'll feel like Rip...

Yes campaign surge to new record high in sensational poll from traditionally ...
by James Kelly
5 Aug 2014 at 2:04pm
Has the Glasgow 2014 effect worked its magic?  Since the campaign started, Ipsos-Mori has never s...

Can someone please explain to STV how debates are supposed to work?
by James Kelly
5 Aug 2014 at 7:52am
Try to imagine a tennis umpire saying something like this -

"Advantage Djokovic.  Ladies and gentl...


Road race and closing ceremony photos
by James Kelly
3 Aug 2014 at 9:40pm
I didn't intend to go to either the opening or closing ceremony, but somehow I ended up going to ...

Pro-independence campaign remain on all-time high of 47% in new Survation poll
by James Kelly
2 Aug 2014 at 4:35pm
A new Survation poll is out tonight, and it has more or less crushed the fantasy that there has b...

Yet another Ipsos-Mori megapoll underway, possibly paid for by the taxpayer -...
by James Kelly
2 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
From the sheer number of people that have reported being interviewed over the last few days, it's...


Commonwealth Games photos
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2014 at 8:27pm
I won't try your patience with too many of these, because I know the picture quality is somewhat ...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The housemates up for eviction this year are...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"A Yes for independence, Michelle Mone leaves. A No for independence, I leave. Vote wan of us o...

A Commonwealth Games FAQ, brought to you by George Orwell
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 5:34pm
Q.  Can I bring the flag of a political cause or of a non-competing nation to the venue?

A.  Absol...


The Gaelic musical that likes to say Yes
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 12:30pm
Ah, the Commonwealth Games.  Is this the greatest show that the far north of "the Middleland" has...


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Former Labour defence minister backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jul 2014 at 7:33am

Former Labour defence minister Peter Kilfoyle has backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence ...



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...

Boris tells Scotland ?there?s no need? for new powers
by Sean Lafferty
10 Aug 2014 at 9:24am

Scotland?s prospects of being offered more powers in the event of a No vote looked even slimmer w...



Teachers for Yes launches with ?hands off? message to Westminster
by Sean Lafferty
10 Aug 2014 at 7:03am

Only a Yes vote offers the powers to protect Scotland?s valued education system from future Westm...



A Yes will see Scotland re-emerge as a nation of enlightenment, says Brian Cox
by Sean Lafferty
10 Aug 2014 at 4:45am

A Yes vote will enable Scotland to re-emerge as a nation of ideas and innovation and restore our ...



Poll of polls analysis shows narrowest gap so far
by Sean Lafferty
10 Aug 2014 at 4:22am

Following the Alex Salmond-Alistair Darling STV debate on Tuesday, the Yes Scotland campaign publ...



Leading Environmental Campaigners Welcome 5 Green Gains of Yes
by Stuart McDonald
9 Aug 2014 at 12:54pm

Friends of the Earth Scotland have welcomed a new Scottish Government publication on five key gai...



Yes is Scotland's one opportunity to protect our NHS, says Sturgeon
by Peter Dempsie
9 Aug 2014 at 3:06am
?The Westminster parties are fixated with cutting Scotland?s budget after a No vote - and the imp...

Warning to Miliband from Labour heartland ? ?More than 30% of your voters bac...
by Sean Lafferty
8 Aug 2014 at 8:02am

Three generations of past and present Labour activists sent a no-nonsense message to party leader...



Ed Miliband must admit the NHS is not safe with Westminster
by Angus Millar
8 Aug 2014 at 6:18am
On his visit to Scotland today, Ed Miliband must be open about the serious impact of Westminster ...

John Lambie adds to Team Yes managerial experience
by Sean Lafferty
8 Aug 2014 at 5:35am
The footballing declarations for Yes Scotland continued as the campaign pulled-off the sensationa...

Football couple make their pitch for a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
8 Aug 2014 at 5:10am
Soccer couple Eddie Black and his wife Emma, who are leading figures in Scotland?s top women?s fo...

Former No campaign councillor calls for a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
8 Aug 2014 at 2:14am
A leading member of the Labour movement has switched his backing from No to Yes in the independen...

A reply to the No campaign's celebrities
by Stuart McDonald
7 Aug 2014 at 8:19am

Dear Friends,

No need to worry - we aren't moving anywhere after a Yes vote. We too value the bond...



One Opportunity - to use our wealth for Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
7 Aug 2014 at 5:04am
With exactly six weeks to go to the referendum, the Yes campaign today launched a new poster to s...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

National Spending
10 Aug 2014 at 9:17am

This guy has spent a bit of time creating a spreadsheet for National Spending etc., it makes very...



Should I vote yes?
9 Aug 2014 at 11:58am

I am not sure how I am going to vote.

 

I have a mortgage to pay off and a job which is partially...



Russia
8 Aug 2014 at 2:04am
Just how damaging will the UK policy of sanctions against Russia, be on the Scottish Food & Drink...

Boris.....
6 Aug 2014 at 5:55pm
So Boris is set to stand as an MP, quite popular with the Tory faithful and worryingly popular wi...

Is democracy important?
6 Aug 2014 at 12:52pm

So just how important is democracy? Should we decide who runs our country and all aspects of it o...



Does anyone here believe we can't use the pound?
6 Aug 2014 at 1:51am

Seemed to be Darlings best hand last night. Does anyone here actually believe this? 

 

Option 1 -...



George Osborne - Welfare Bill preventing "important projects"
5 Aug 2014 at 10:55am
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/08/osbornes-choice-important-projects-or-welfare/

He...

Results
1 Aug 2014 at 2:33am
Anyone know how the results will be shown on tele and at what time? There's a chance I may be wor...

Referendum result prediction game
30 Jul 2014 at 8:30pm

Right, this may be the first thread in this sub-forum which isn't about our opinions on the debat...



20 unionist answers to debunk
30 Jul 2014 at 11:09am

Anybody want to take a shot at this?

 

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hilarywardle/people-explain-why-...



More MSM bias - Dateline Scotland
30 Jul 2014 at 5:59am

f**k sake.

 



FAO committed yes voters
30 Jul 2014 at 5:45am

Hi folks, hope you're all well

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a bit of a question for you this morning. Why ...



Police Scotland for No.....
29 Jul 2014 at 5:24am

....or just laying down the law?

 

 

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/glasgow-2014-te...



Is this the kind of man..
28 Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

.. you want in charge of your country's defence?

 

Yet another reason to get these p***ks to f**k...



Note for all Students
27 Jul 2014 at 4:22pm
The referendum is taking place in September, which for many of you will be during Freshers Week a...


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Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and comment on Scottish politics from the Guardian

Chinese empresses, Gruffalos and Alain de Botton: Day two at the Edinburgh in...
by Marta Bausells
10 Aug 2014 at 2:15pm

From the Jesus and Mary Chain to the Gruffalo to a discussion of inherited creativity by Julia Kerr and her son, we bring you the highlights of the second day of the festival

Inner voices and indepe...


Independent Scotland would use pound 'come what may', says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
10 Aug 2014 at 12:15pm
Nothing anyone can do will stop us using sterling, insists first minister, despite main UK parties ruling out currency union

Alex Salmond has given his clearest indication yet that he would want an ...




Salmond and Darling squabble, but the real conversation about the Scottish re...
by Bella Bathurst
10 Aug 2014 at 12:12am
Every family and every workplace has become its own tiny nation-state, with all shades of opinion on display

The great thing about television debates is not what gets said but all the things that ge...




How sweet Simon Cowell backs the union | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Aug 2014 at 1:30pm
We know most English people like the Scots, but why do they feel it necessary to write open letters about Scottish independence to show how much they care?

What a pleasant surprise I got on Thursday...




Salmond refuses to consider currency Plan B for independent Scotland
by Chris Johnston and Severin Carrell
9 Aug 2014 at 6:04am
First minister says any plan other than sterling union would be second best and offers national debt-Bank of England deal

Alex Salmond has refused to be drawn on his back-up plan if an independent S...



Jeremy Clarkson holds key to Scots referendum | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
8 Aug 2014 at 1:30pm

The issue of the pound and an independent Scotland is surely a unionist scare (Report, 8 August). Ireland kept the pound from 1921 until 1979. Only at that point did the then Irish taoiseach, Charl...




I won't let an independent Scotland keep the pound, says Ed Miliband
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Aug 2014 at 12:04pm
Labour will seek mandate to Salmond veto plan, says leader adding threat to default on share of UK debt is 'extraordinary'

The conflict over Scotland's currency options after independence has intens...




Postal costs in Scotland could rise after independence, say MPs
by Severin Carrell and Patrick Wintour
8 Aug 2014 at 6:40am
Committee says continuing provision of universal postal service could require significant additional cost to taxpayer or consumer

Postal services in rural Scotland could suffer significant damage af...




Scottish yes vote on independence could lead to currency limbo, say MPs
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
8 Aug 2014 at 2:44am
Committee raises concerns that Scotland could in the short term be unable to join a sterling currency union or adopt euro

A yes vote for independence would break up the UK single market and in the s...




Douglas Alexander calls for Scottish national convention after referendum
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
7 Aug 2014 at 6:23pm
Nation must 'chart new vision' after vote on independence as unionist parties suggest further devolution regardless of result

The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has revived his idea fo...




It's Scotland's pound and we're keeping it, says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
7 Aug 2014 at 4:40pm
First minister indicates independent Scotland would use sterling even if formal sterling zone was rejected by UK government

Alex Salmond has provoked a fresh battle over his plans for a Scottish cur...




Businessman stakes record £600,000 bet on Scottish independence no vote
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
7 Aug 2014 at 3:43pm
The punter, described as a businessman who won't have a vote in September's referendum, stands to make £133,333

A wealthy gambler has put £600,000 on a no vote in the Scottish independence referendu...




Ties and tears in Edinburgh plays amid Scots' real-life separatist drama
by Mark Lawson
7 Aug 2014 at 10:35am
Loyalty and distrust with gags and wordplay feature strongly in this year's line-up as Scotland's independence vote looms

There have been 67 Edinburgh Festivals, but this year's represents a first...




Celebrities' open letter to Scotland full text and list of signatories
by Guardian Staff
7 Aug 2014 at 5:41am
More than 200 public figures write open letter to the people of Scotland, urging them to vote no to independence

The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours a...




Scotland urged to vote no to independence by celebrities' open letter
by Alexandra Topping
7 Aug 2014 at 4:55am
Figures from sport and arts including Mick Jagger, Tom Daley and Judi Dench call on Scots to remember 'bonds of citizenship'

Read the full text of the letter and all the names

More than 200 celebrit...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The crumbling castle of can?t
by weegingerdug
10 Aug 2014 at 12:00pm
Go home Yes supporters. Let’s stick our heads under the duvet and give up. It’s all over, we’ve lost, we’ve been trounced and humiliated and everybody hates us … Meanwhile in other news from the sa...

Hope and trust
by weegingerdug
9 Aug 2014 at 4:38pm
A guest post by Nancy Burge I was pondering over the media?s insistence on focusing on whether or not Scotland would have a currency union after independence. Some people are saying they can?t deci...

The things we?ve learned
by weegingerdug
8 Aug 2014 at 3:46pm
The independence referendum has been a learning experience for Scotland. Irrespective of how the vote goes in September – and I remain convinced that it will be a Yes – this country has improved an...

Vote Nob Orders for nobs
by weegingerdug
7 Aug 2014 at 3:51pm
While most of the media keeps up the currency naw naw naw nyah nyah nyah, there’s been a wee spot of love bombing plaintively pledging its troth. Scotland got a luvvie letterette today. Now we can ...

The Jeremy Clarkson of the independence debate
by weegingerdug
6 Aug 2014 at 11:15am
So that was the great debate then. The media has, entirely predictably, already decided that Alistair’s tiring liar salad has won it for the Union, and the Yes campaign can pack up and go home beca...

The great maltesers debate
by weegingerdug
5 Aug 2014 at 5:10pm
Here we go then, the great debate, the dug’s been walked and I’m sitting in front of the telly with a mug of tea and a box – yes an entire box – of Maltesers. But Emmerdale is still on so I’ve been...

Thank you
by weegingerdug
3 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm
I’d just like to thank everyone for their kind words and comments on yesterday’s blog post. I was deeply touched seeing the support and love which was so freely and generously offered. I visited An...

The rain in Carntyne
by weegingerdug
2 Aug 2014 at 3:25pm
I’m walking home from the hospital in the rain along Edinburgh Road in Carntyne. Grey, overcast, a storm ahead and with no way to prevent my partner’s decline, nothing to stop it happening. Human b...

Yes we cantata
by weegingerdug
1 Aug 2014 at 10:56am
Another great wee video from our friends in Galicia.  This is the popular Galician duo Cantata Vernácula singing a traditional Galician folk song – and watch out for a wee surprise at the end!

Back to the future with Marty Kettle
by weegingerdug
31 Jul 2014 at 2:32pm
The Guardian’s Martin Kettle has been making use of his steam powered time machine Delorean to voyage into the future and look back at the independence referendum from the vantage point of 2024, us...


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Work as if you live in the early days of a

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five for our rolling sequence of Survation polls, conducted as always in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The June results are here, and the...

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...


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