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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Salmond avoids referendum talk on the by-election campaign trail
ALEX Salmond urged voters to focus on the SNP's record at ­Holyrood as he launched his party's Cowdenbeath by-election campaign.

Cabinet to visit Bathgate as part of 2014 poll debate
Alex Salmond has announced he will take his cabinet to Bathgate for the first in a series of special meetings where people can question SNP ministers on their independence plans.

EU referendum Bill clears Lords hurdle
THE Tory plan for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords yesterday.

Cameron provokes EU wrath over planned immigration reform
BRUSSELS and Westminster have become embroiled in a war of words over claims the UK Government has stoked up fears over immigration for political purposes.

Minister backs dog controls bid
PROPOSALS for compulsory microchipping of dogs and the reintroduction of licensing with restrictions on ownership have been welcomed by the community safety minister.

Scots Labour leader lobs White Paper at Salmond ... and scores direct hit
NOT that she's obsessed, you understand, but Labour's Johann Lamont has a bit of a thing for the independence White Paper, a thing for throwing it at Alex Salmond's head.

Clegg plays it cool over rift with Balls
NICK Clegg has responded coolly to Ed Balls's attempt at healing their rift by branding as "completely ridiculous" the idea the Shadow Chancellor's warm words about him were paving the way for a post-election Lab-Lib coalition.

'Breakdown' predicted for Tories after MEP elections
Senior Liberal Democrats fear the Conservatives will have a "collective nervous breakdown" after this year's MEP elections - and adopt a more extreme position on Europe.

Osborne warns on minimum wage rise
DOWNING Street has denied the Coalition is sending out mixed messages on the national minimum wage.

MP considers scrapping 'whisky tax'
A UK Treasury minister has pledged to seriously consider cutting tax on whisky.

New Year truce is ended as Glasgow MP gets in PM's hair with cutting jibe
The New Year appeared to have brought a new tone to Prime Minister's Questions.

Number of women in colleges continues to decline
THE number of women entering college north of the Border has continued to fall after a change in policy by the Scottish Government.

£3.5m childcare boost to create 2000 new jobs
MORE than 2000 jobs will be created after funding of £3.5 million was pledged to support the extension of free childcare in Scotland.

Westminster pledges to tackle betting machines
THE UK Government has pledged to do whatever it takes to protect gamblers from so-called "crack cocaine" betting machines, which can cost players £300 a minute but have raked in more than £1.4 billion in annual profits for the betting industry.

Salmond: thousands more to be given free childcare
FREE childcare will be extended to thousands of extra families, Alex Salmond has announced, as he also confirmed plans to fund school meals for all pupils in the first three years of primary.


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Richard Meade: Longer life means discussing death
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

WHY is it that so many of us are afraid to talk about death and dying? Is it fear, misunderstanding, worry?



Extra childcare ?worth £2.2bn for Scotland? claim
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond’s plans to xtend free childcare will increase economic output by £2.2 billion and revenues by an estimated £700 million, a Scottish Government paper claims today.



Andrew Wilson: ?Posh? Cameron welcome in Scotland
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

I REALISE I may occupy a minority ­position in this but I feel very uneasy when anyone, but especially a politician, tells anyone from furth of Scotland that they would be too “anything” to succeed here.



Labour MSP ?may quit Holyrood for Westminster?
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ONE of the Labour leaders of the campaign against indep­endence is considering quitting Holyrood for Westminster.



Scottish independence: ?UK would be weaker? - poll
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ALMOST half of the British people believe that the UK would be weakened in the event of Scottish independence, according to the first poll to illustrate the extent that Scotland is valued by its neighbours.



?Don?t jail young offenders, tag them? says expert
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

YOUNG criminals should be tagged as an alternative to prison sentences of six months or less, an influential academic has said.



Drumlanrig: Alex Salmond | Cowdenbeath by-election
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

DRASTIC measures can be called for to avoid politicians on the campaign trail – but a journey Down Under is surely taking things a bit far.



Euan McColm: How can we afford golden goodbyes?
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

REDUNDANCY can be the most devastating life experience, especially for the middle-aged. There are the practical considerations: how am I going to pay the rent or mortgage? Are there any jobs I can actually do? Do I need to retrain?



Mike Russell to hold talks on music tuition
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell will meet with several key music officials tomorrow in the next step towards implementing the government’s plan to overhaul instrumental music tuition.



Tuition fees post-independence may face EU probe
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ACADEMICS have warned that the Scottish Government’s plan to charge tuition fees for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland after independence will run into legal problems.



Jim Murphy: Change government, not passports
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

DON’T believe the SNP’s dogma, Scots already have the power to make the UK a better place to live, writes Jim Murphy



Scotland on Sunday cartoon: Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s return to the political fray is the subject of today’s cartoon.



Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies
11 Jan 2014 at 6:41am

IN ISRAEL, he was known simply as “Arik”. But for many others Ariel Sharon remains, even in death, one of the most controversial figures in Middle Eastern politics.



Labour in despair on school meals, says Salmond
10 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

LABOUR politicians across Scotland must have their “heads in their hands” after the party’s MSPs voted against Scottish Government plans for free school meals last week, Alex Salmond has insisted.



Scottish independence: Devolution ?a fairer deal?
10 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

FURTHER devolution would offer Scotland a “fairer deal” than independence, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown.




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Fear of Godwin
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jan 2014 at 6:35am
Very many years ago, in a previous life, we wrote a short article about the widely misunderstood and endlessly-misapplied principle of “Godwin’s Law”. Regularly cited by idiots who claim that mentioning Hitler or the Nazis in an argument means you automatically lose, it actually says no such thing, and such usage is in fact a wildly irresponsible act [...]

The conscientious objector
by Chris Cairns
11 Jan 2014 at 3:00am
(Story 1, story 2)

The secret of good comedy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2014 at 4:28pm
…they say, is timing. Alert readers may have noticed that Scottish Labour have spent all day on a cheap smear attempt against SNP Cowdenbeath by-election candidate Natalie McGarry, based on a couple of personal Twitter comments she made two years ago that were mildly critical of teachers, and which Labour had evidently rather creepily kept [...]

The takeover bid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2014 at 1:00pm
Chapter 8 of “The Claim Of Scotland”. Quote Of The Chapter: “Scotland is expected to swallow the medicines, certainly distasteful and probably harmful, which are devised to cure ailments other than her own.” Hey, you think we just throw this thing together?

Some things you should know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2014 at 10:28am
Just a wee round-up. “Plan for Ukip ‘vote swap’ with Tories to to keep Miliband out of No. 10 Writer and Conservative campaigner Toby Young plans to launch a website that will encourage Conservatives and Ukip supporters to pledge to swap votes in margnial constiuencies” We’re going to assume they mean “marginal” and “constituencies” there. [...]

The immigration falsehood
by Andrew Leslie
10 Jan 2014 at 5:01am
It says something about the baleful influence of the right-wing press (not to mention Tory, UKIP and Labour politicians desperate to seek its favour) that some people in Scotland mention immigration as a reason for voting No. Of the many scare stories originating south of the border, this one is among the least applicable to [...]

For Mike Dailly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm
(Story.)

Reader alertness test
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2014 at 2:02pm
Just a quick one, folks. Here’s a story we touched on earlier today, that appeared in today’s Scotsman and Daily Record. (It even briefly showed up in the Herald, but was deleted faster than we could save it.) At first glance it appears to be identical in both papers, but it isn’t. In fact there’s a [...]

Kept in the dark
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm
The Scotsman and Herald both carry stories today reporting an Ipsos-MORI poll which found that only 14% of voters considered themselves to be “well-informed” about the referendum debate, and that two-thirds of the electorate had difficulty in discerning whether what they were being told was true or not. Since this site’s entire reason for existence [...]

The framework of taxation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Jan 2014 at 11:28am
Chapter 7 of “The Claim Of Scotland”: Quote Of The Chapter: “A good man may learn to content himself with a modest estate. What he finds intolerable is that his estate should be mismanaged at great expense, and without any proper audit, by a trustee who insists on doling out to him his own money [...]


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Keeping tuition fees 'breaks EU law'
11 Jan 2014 at 9:00pm
Charging tuition fees to students from the rest of the UK in an independent Scotland could break European law, pro-union academics claim.


'Social justice' call for UK union
11 Jan 2014 at 10:28am
Scottish and UK parliaments could both be strengthened by a legally-binding shared vision of social justice, says Gordon Brown.


New protection for genuine Scotch
10 Jan 2014 at 8:38am
A new scheme is launched by the UK government to protect the Scotch whisky industry from fake or sub-standard products.


Parties hit Fife by-election trail
10 Jan 2014 at 9:43am
Candidates from Scotland's main parties have been campaigning ahead of the Scottish Parliament Cowdenbeath by-election.


Ex-civil servant joins No campaign
9 Jan 2014 at 7:54am
A former senior civil servant says he will help the pro-Union Better Together campaign to "unpick and explain" the powers of the current devolved settlement.


'Mayhem' claim over warden removal
9 Jan 2014 at 9:33am
A senior councillor in the Borders claims the removal of the police traffic warden service could result in "mayhem".


Health tax on stores to end in 2015
9 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
An extra business rates levy on larger shops selling alcohol and tobacco will end in 2015, Scottish ministers confirm.


Former councillor in payback order
9 Jan 2014 at 5:39am
A former Highland councillor is given a community payback order after admitting to election expenses fraud charges.


Fuel poverty project lost £11.5m
8 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
A project launched to meet commitments to renewable energy and tackling fuel poverty resulted in a "serious loss", a report says.


Holyrood backs school park plan
9 Jan 2014 at 11:54am
MSPs have unanimously backed a controversial private bill to allow a secondary school to be built in a public park.


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


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


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


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


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


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The Berlin Wall of Resistance
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jan 2014 at 1:06am

By Derek Bateman

I realised how opaque the EU was the day I stepped out of a lift at the Parliament in Strasbourg, saw I was on the wrong floor and returned to the lift to find there was no call button ? it was a lift that let you out but didn?t let you back in. Maybe that will be Scotland?s destiny in the Alice in Wonderland underworld of European affairs.



Pope Francis lights political fuse
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jan 2014 at 1:02am

By George Kerevan
 
WHO is the politician to watch in 2014? Answer: Pope Francis, aka George Mario Bergoglio, 266th head of the Church of Rome with its 1.2 billion members. Marxists talk about a Bonapartist figure: an individual able to command events when the opposing class forces normally shaping history are in temporary equilibrium. Enter unexpectedly from stage left the former nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who last year was elevated to the Papacy on the retirement of Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus).



Stop Right There
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jan 2014 at 1:37am

By Derek Bateman

Nine months to go and it is time to make a stand. 2014 is the turning point and the moment we stop, turn and confront. In the time left those of us who believe in Scotland?s independence have to do more than resist.

We have to return the challenge with interest and make this the year when the Union is examined in relentless detail, when its worth is questioned and its agents pressurised.



Welcome to 2014 ? the year of Scotland?s Big Decision
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jan 2014 at 5:38pm

  By Lesley Riddoch

Okay ? the referendum?s just a few days closer than it was last week.  But that single digit change in the year will create a semblance of focus and momentum once Holyrood, Westminster, Better Together and the Yes Campaigns crank their publicity machines into action after the Festive Break.



Only Middle England can force Camera-shy Cameron to debate with Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Jan 2014 at 4:30pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
The Yes campaign has flown out of the blocks in 2014.  Two clever surveys have placed the No campaign on the back foot.
 
People want the No camp to spell out what a No vote will mean and they also want to see a head-to-head between PM David Cameron and FM Alex Salmond.



Will the council tax freeze finally catch up with Labour in Cowdenbeath?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jan 2014 at 4:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

It's the single most fought over issue in Scottish politics after independence.

The brainchild of Finance Secretary John Swinney in 2007 after the SNP's local income tax idea hit the buffers, the council tax freeze has been a torch held aloft by the SNP and a thorn in the side of the Scottish Labour party ever since.



Independence must lead to a better future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Dec 2013 at 12:01pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The release of Scotland?s Future has begun to put some flesh on the bones of what an independent Scotland will look like. However, further details on how a fairer, more egalitarian, and prosperous society must be developed not only to secure a yes vote, but to assure that a new Scottish democracy is not smothered by aristocratic and corporate plutocracy as Westminster has.



Independence and the EU - How BBC Scotland were caught misleading the public ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2013 at 12:14am

  By a Newsnet reporter

On Thursday 19th December, following a near year-long complaint against BBC Scotland, the BBC Trust finally came to a decision.  The ruling, yet to be officially announced but leaked to Newsnet Scotland, was that BBC Scotland had misled viewers over a high profile news item broadcast on the flagship news programme Reporting Scotland.



Bells ring for new order in Spain
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jan 2014 at 4:57am

By George Kerevan
 
The fateful year has finally arrived after centuries of agitation. The political die is cast but the outcome is uncertain. One thing is sure: the date for the independence referendum is set? 9 November. In Catalonia, that is.
 
Catalan president Artur Mas has announced he will follow Scotland?s lead and hold a referendum this November, so the Catalans can ?decide for themselves on their own future?. He made his historic statement flanked by the leaders of five parties who between them command two-thirds of the seats in the Catalan parliament. Polls put support for Catalan independence at 56 per cent.



I'm an economist...let me through!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jan 2014 at 5:26pm

By Derek Bateman

Some of Britain?s most respected economists have delivered a damning indictment on Alex Salmond?s plans for independence, I read in the papers. And quite right too, if that?s their view, delivered in the FT?s predictions poll for 2014.

You may not be overly surprised that 100 economists, none of them with any direct Scottish link I could see (bar one employed at RBS), and heavily concentrated in the City of London, should harbour doubts about the economic effects of independence.




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Brown's speech makes case for Yes vote say SNP
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 7:35am

A speech by former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown in which he argues for more powers for the Scottish Parliament has been described as making the case for a Yes vote by the SNP.




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Author claims Burns would have backed independence
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 7:24am

HE is perhaps the ultimate celebrity endorsement for either camp in the referendum debate.

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Gordon Brown to make ?social justice in UK? call
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 6:54am

GORDON Brown will today propose constitutional reforms that would enshrine his belief in the sharing of resources for social justice across the United Kingdom.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Here's the question. Are the British nationalists' efforts to deceive the people of Scotland likely to be any more ...



Brown attacks 'bogus' SNP claims on future oil revenue
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 5:17am

GORDON Brown today makes his most significant intervention in the ­independence debate to date, saying the Scottish Government's
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm pretty sure few people in Scotland take Gordon Brown's pronouncements on economic matters seriously. But lets suppose for a moment he's not ju...



Une Ecosse indépendante: a French legal view
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 3:59am

Earlier this week, a renowned expert in EU law published a paper arguing that it is in the interests of the EU to negotiate with the Scottish government following a yes vote, in order to ensure a s...

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A DWP Fit For Purpose? There?s an idea!
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 3:55am

Despite the constant blame game by the Tories about the DWP under Labour, it seems that in recent years the Conservatives have continued the downward spiral of chaos that has effectively created a monster that is not fit for purpose.

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Labour in despair on school meals, says Salmond
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 3:51am

LABOUR politicians across Scotland must have their “heads in their hands” after the party’s MSPs voted against Scottish Government plans for free school meals last week, Alex Salmond has insisted.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Never having had a thought he could call his own, Anas Sarwar is, as ever, spo...



Companies playing into SNP hands by refusing to oppose Scottish independence ...
by Peter A Bell
11 Jan 2014 at 2:52am

Insiders at the Better Together campaign say many business leaders have privately indicated their opposition to independence but few wish to speak out publicly
Peter A Bell's insight:

The idea that businesses are afraid to speak out against government policy is, of course, a nonsense. Companies def...



THE CASE FOR UNIVERSALISM AND WHY LABOUR SHOULD FULLY EMBRACE IT.
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 3:02pm

The Labour party was built on a foundation of universalism, it has always been close to their hearts. 


 It has been even been said that the spirit of the 1945 Labour Government was built on the idea that everyone, regardless of income, receives the same services. They believe that universalism pro...



Silly Wee Scotland
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 10:52am

“Don’t put North Britain on your paper; put Scotland and be done with it. Alas, that I should be stabbed in the house of my friends! The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the name of yours” - RLS




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Some things you should know
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 10:46am

Just a wee round-up. "Plan for Ukip 'vote swap' with Tories to to keep Miliband out of No. 10 Writer and Conservative campaigner Toby Young plans to launch a website that will encourage Conservativ...

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French study questions whether Catalonia could be expelled from the European ...
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 10:42am

French study questions whether Catalonia could be expelled from the European Union - VilaWeb. Diari Electrònic Independent
Peter A Bell's insight:

Am I alone in being perplexed and irritated by the fact that the mainstream media inScotland trumpets the merest passing remark that can be spun as cast...



SCOT goes POP!: Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-info...
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 10:18am

Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from the recent Ipsos-Mori poll commissioned by the Law Society, which sought to ascertain (among other things) how well-informed voters feel about the independence debate.  It hasn't been commented upon muc...



Scottish independence: Public to quiz SNP Cabinet
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 9:41am

Alex Salmond has announced he will take his cabinet to Bathgate for the first in a series of special meetings where people can question SNP ministers on their independence plans.

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Farmer's poll highlights move towards Yes | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
10 Jan 2014 at 9:27am

The SNP today (Friday) welcomed a new poll by The Scottish Farmer showing that 47% of respondents will vote Yes in the Scottish independence referendum.



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Former PM Gordon Brown calls for Scotland to stay within UK.. but with additi...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Jan 2014 at 4:10am
THE former Prime Minister believes the Union must offer more to Scots as an alternative to outright independence.


Revealed: True facts about cost of living crisis hitting families under Con-Dems
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Jan 2014 at 2:31am
DAMNING research shows wages down by £1600 across the UK since Cameron took power.


Alex Salmond and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson launch Cowdenbeath by-ele...
by dailyrecord
10 Jan 2014 at 5:25am
THE leaders of the two parties will be promoting their candidates today in a bid to win a seat in the Fife constituency.


Scots power firms accused of short-changing customers on £50 green levy rebat...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Jan 2014 at 4:07am
SHADOW energy secretary Caroline Flint said customers would still see their bills rise despite David Cameron insisting everyone would receive a rebate.


Record View: Coalition need to give the bereaved breathing space
by Record View
10 Jan 2014 at 3:01am
RECORD VIEW discusses the savage bedroom tax clause which gives housing benefit claimants, who have lost a loved one, just 12 weeks to decide what to do with the spare room left behind.


Bedroom tax: Anger as grieving families are targeted by savage policy if spar...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Jan 2014 at 1:39am
ONE young mum reveals how she was told she'd have to pay extra tax for her dead son's room less than two years after he lost his life in a fire. 


Scotland's youngest councillor escapes a prison sentence after admitting to f...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
ALEXANDER MURRAY-MacLEOD, 20, who ran up three times the permitted amount of expenditure during his successful 2012 campaign, was given 160 hours of community service.


Stop the danger dogs: Licensing and compulsory microchipping plan is welcomed...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 9:14am
ROSEANNA Cunningham said the proposals being considered by the Scottish Government were hard to argue against but warned any form licensing would have to be an improvement on previous ineffective systems.


Taxpayers must be given answers over 'golden goodbyes' to civil servants, say...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 8:14am
RUTH Davidson was referring to the £300,000 settlement for ex-Historic Scotland chief Ruth Parsons when she raised the issue at First Minister's Questions today.


Scottish independence: Ex-civil servant Jim Gallagher joins Better Together c...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 5:09am
PROFESSOR Jim Gallagher has been appointed to the Better Together campaign as a policy and strategy adviser.


MSPs to consider private Bill which will permit new high school to be built o...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 4:37am
AN attempt to build a controversial new high school on common good land could take a step forward as MSPs are asked to support a private Bill at Holyrood.


Commonwealth Games too big to be hijacked by independence poll campaigners, s...
by dailyrecord
9 Jan 2014 at 1:53am
ALEX Salmond's response follows Lord McConnell's plea to hold a ceasefire between the Yes and No camps for duration of the Glasgow 2014 games.


Humza Yousaf: 2014 set to thrill with Commonwealth Games and independence ref...
by Humza Yousaf
8 Jan 2014 at 9:48am
HUMZA YOUSAF reckons this year will be a massive one for Glasgow and Scotland, and points out the blinkered nature of anti-immigration rhetoric.


Cowdenbeath by-election campaign launch: Gordon Brown urges Scots to 'think c...
by dailyrecord
8 Jan 2014 at 7:45am
SPEAKING at the launch for by-election candidate Alex Rowley, Brown insisted the future of Rosyth depends on having a Labour administration in Fife and also having Scotland as part of the UK.


Video: Fergus Ewing launches VisitScotland's campaign for Homecoming Scotland...
by dailyrecord
8 Jan 2014 at 6:44am
THE tourism minister urged Scots to participate in some of the hundreds of events running alongside this year's Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.


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Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jan 2014 at 1:20pm
Anti-English rhetoric reaches new depths.


Police asked to investigate Chairchoob?s 'anti?English' jibes
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Police Scotlandshire still has a live ongoing investigation to the disappearance of the BBC in Scotlandshire's Isabel Fraser, who was last seen receiving an aggravated ...

Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jan 2014 at 1:19pm
Sport has replaced religion as "the opiate of the masses" and Jack McConnell wants to keep it that way.


Former FM McConnell demands referendum campaign truce
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since the final game against Sweden doesn't happen till 17 September, referendum campaigning should not restart un...

"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jan 2014 at 11:44am
"I'll give all you have, to save Britain", declared pretendy Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont.


SLAB rides to Osborne's rescue
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No one should object to giving up some luxuries like food and health to ensure that we still have Trident to protect ourselves against ..., a...

The Natz were yesterday accused of bullying, and being frankly beastly, to an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jan 2014 at 12:58pm
The Natz were yesterday accused of bullying, and being frankly beastly, to anyone who doesn?t agree with them.


Sturgeon accused of bullying
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That wee nippy sweety Nicola took a terribly scathing tone and told me I was wrong. How dare she speak to me like that?

Alex Salmond is in bed with controversial ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan, Alistair Dar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Jan 2014 at 2:24am
Alex Salmond is in bed with controversial ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan, Alistair Darling claimed yesterday.


Dictator Eck 'in bed' with ex-jail bird Tommy Sheridan, claims U-KOK head Alistair Darling
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THE former chancellor made the claim as he defended working with the Tories in h...

New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jan 2014 at 4:33pm
New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.


Voters to SNP: Give us independence now
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Lamont: When the SNP launched their white paper last month they claimed independence was their priority. They could prove this by getting on with the job...

In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jan 2014 at 12:26pm
In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly stated that he has "changed his mind" about Scottish independence and will in fact now be voting "no" in the referendum he has worked so hard to facilitate.


Alex Salmond makes dramatic u-turn
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It i...

2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...



Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Un...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 12:12pm
Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Union.


Chairchoob plucks the Scotmid chickens
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Obvious product placements would be to ensure that the U-KOK logo is printed on all condoms sold in Scotlandshire

Wee Jocky and the Bogeyman ponder an independent Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2014 at 2:29pm
Wee Jocky and the Bogeyman ponder an independent Scotlandshire



This site is run by the good residents of St. Kilda in a sterling effort to k...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2014 at 6:18am
This site is run by the good residents of St. Kilda in a sterling effort to keep it British, to ensure none of the lovely (but volatile) oil in the Atlantic is grabbed by the Celtic splittists.

Please visit and like the page as, in common with UKOK itself, their numbers are low and they have ver...

Fears over the fate of the missing LibDem politician were allayed as Alistair...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jan 2014 at 12:24pm
Fears over the fate of the missing LibDem politician were allayed as Alistair Carmichaelmoore is found up the prime Minister's arse.


Missing Scottish Secretary found alive in Cameron's colon
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
As to his choice of bolt-hole, it should be remembered that the PM is a Conservat...

A little Hogmanay message for all our viewers.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Dec 2013 at 4:29pm
A little Hogmanay message for all our viewers.



The un-predictions for 2014 - what definitely won't occur.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Dec 2013 at 11:56am
The un-predictions for 2014 - what definitely won't occur.


These WON'T happen in 2014!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I was privileged to be given a shottie of Glasgow Council's political prediction tool (the famous Weegie Board) and was able to raise the greatest star in the firmament of the political...

As 2013 draws to a close, U-KOK have announced their line up for the last 9 m...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Dec 2013 at 5:04pm
As 2013 draws to a close, U-KOK have announced their line up for the last 9 months of project Fear. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Please share widely - the FUDS need the publicity.




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Silly Wee Scotland
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 10:34am
“Don?t put North Britain on your paper; put Scotland and be done with it. Alas, that I should be stabbed in the house of my friends! The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the... Read More ›

Toxic TV
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 8:05am
By Mike Small There’s no better example of the anglosphere* in action than BBC Question Time, where hereditary media bore David Dimbleby presides over a half-hearted attempt at ‘participation’. Last night, as now seems essential, UKIP were present to pronounce... Read More ›

The ethnic vote: the enemy in our midst? Lessons from the Quebec referendum
by bellacaledonia
10 Jan 2014 at 4:04am
By Kevin Brown As a Canadian I well remember Parti Quebecois leader Jacques Parizeau?s bitter remarks to his followers on October 30th, 1995, on the night of Quebec?s independence referendum, when the province lost its bid to become an independent... Read More ›


Stupid Boy
by bellacaledonia
9 Jan 2014 at 6:08am
Of all the arguments against independence the worst and most insulting of them all is that we are somehow uniquely incapable of running our own affairs. In the first of our too wee, too poor, too stupid series, Hardeep Singh... Read More ›

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
by bellacaledonia
8 Jan 2014 at 4:32pm
By Mike Small The Scottish Labour Party may have done itself irreparable damage yesterday with a bizarre and potentially suicidal response to a basic social policy with mass appeal in the free school meals policy. The attempt to explain-away this... Read More ›


Economic Facts
by bellacaledonia
8 Jan 2014 at 5:20am
Ivan McKee from Business for Scotland gives a presentation on ‘The Economic Case for Independence’. From The Glad Cafe, Shawlands, Glasgow on the 26th Nov 2013 by Scottish Independence Live Events Filed under: Referendum on Independence Tagged: Business for Scotland,... Read More ›

Hoops
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2014 at 9:30am
By Mike Small As Scotland enters its historic year what we need is journalists, good journalists. This week David Limond may go to jail for attacking a brave young female journalist just for doing her job. Sheriff Scott Pattison has... Read More ›

Hope and Glory?
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2014 at 7:37am
By Mike Small I’m beginning to think there’s a connection between this weeks story about dogs shitting facing north and Unionist commentators output (presumably genuflecting south). Hamish Macdonell is on fine form squatting here (apparently someones had the temerity to... Read More ›

Cafe Democracy
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2014 at 4:32pm
By Lesley Riddoch What?s the connection between the independence referendum, pop up cafes and Helsinki? Bear with me. Restaurants and cafes are rarely seen as centres of radical thought these days. Even though Camille Desmoulins chose the Café de Foy... Read More ›


Celtic Connections Preview
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2014 at 9:05am
Just as Celtic Connections comes round again this is a great interview with Donald Shaw and Joe Boyd talking about cultural revival and featuring Martyn Bennett with Cuillin Music from 1999. This year Celtic Connections will be at the SSE... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll - Scotland on Sunday
11 Jan 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll
Scotland on Sunday
ALMOST half of the British people believe that the UK would be weakened in the event of Scottish independence, according to the first poll to illustrate the extent that Scotland is valued by its neighbours. The ...


Scottish independence: Query over tuition fees legality - BBC News
11 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence: Query over tuition fees legality
BBC News
Charging tuition fees to students from the rest of the UK in an independent Scotland could break European law, according to pro-union academics. EU law prevents undergraduates from European countries outside the UK being cha...


Scottish independence: Devolution 'a fairer deal' - Scotsman
11 Jan 2014 at 7:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Devolution 'a fairer deal'
Scotsman
FURTHER devolution would offer Scotland a ?fairer deal? than independence, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. The Scottish Parliament should be made irreversible, with ?maximum devolution of powers in training, transpo...


Scottish independence issue reminiscent of solidarity - RT (blog)
11 Jan 2014 at 4:16am

RT (blog)

Scottish independence issue reminiscent of solidarity
RT (blog)
I will be voting 'No' in this year's referendum on Scottish independence. I will do so as a statement of solidarity with working people the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. There is undoubtedly much that is regressive...


Scottish independence: Public to quiz SNP Cabinet - Scotsman
10 Jan 2014 at 6:59am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Public to quiz SNP Cabinet
Scotsman
?We've already put forward our proposals for Scotland's future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland, but it's crucial everyone who lives and works in Scotland considers...


Scottish independence: Alistair Darling answers your questions - BBC News
11 Jan 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Alistair Darling answers your questions
BBC News
In the latest of a series of BBC Scotland independence referendum webcasts, the leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, answered your questions. The BBC's Bill Whiteford put a variety of issues to the ...


Leaders: Independence appeal | Scotland's pubs - Scotsman
11 Jan 2014 at 2:06pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Independence appeal | Scotland's pubs
Scotsman
Up until now, the picture of how people in rUK (the rest of the UK) view Scottish independence has been largely anecdotal. It has allowed all kinds of speculation on the effect a breakaway Scotland would have on the nations and regions...


Scottish independence: Gallagher joins No campaign - Scotsman
9 Jan 2014 at 5:22am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Gallagher joins No campaign
Scotsman
?A campaign which is there to persuade people to reject the independence proposition will inevitably have to start by explaining what is wrong with it,? Prof Gallagher told the Good Morning Scotland programme. ?At the back end of l...


Scottish independence: Do politics and sport mix? - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do politics and sport mix?
BBC News
Former Scottish first minister Lord McConnell has called on both sides of the independence debate to declare a "truce" during this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is worried politicians may try to hijack the sporting even...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon speech kicks off 'intriguing' year - BBC News
7 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon speech kicks off 'intriguing' year
BBC News
Perhaps it is the turning of the year, perhaps it is my recent wedding anniversary or my impending birthday - these days, they loom rather than spring - but I could not resist indulging in a little gentle, internal ...



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Brown fuels 'I'll quit' speculation: Former Prime Minister refuses to say whe...
11 Jan 2014 at 10:41pm

Daily Mail

Brown fuels 'I'll quit' speculation: Former Prime Minister refuses to say whether ...
Daily Mail
Instead, the SNP proposes that Scotland would share the pound with the rest of the UK in a 'currency union' which Mr Brown claims would result in Scotland having less power than it does now. '...


Charging British students tuition fees for Scottish universities after indepe...
11 Jan 2014 at 10:41pm

Daily Mail

Charging British students tuition fees for Scottish universities after independence ...
Daily Mail
The SNP-led Scottish Government has said that English, Welsh and Northern Irish students would continue to pay fees following a yes vote in September's referendum, even though Scottish stude...


Brown wants resource pool with Scotland - Peninsula On-line
11 Jan 2014 at 9:12pm

Brown wants resource pool with Scotland
Peninsula On-line
Brown will attack the SNP over funding of its plans for an independent Scotland. ?First, they calculate oil and gas revenues as at least £6.8bn in 2016-2017 when all formal and independent forecasts suggest the correct figure is likely to be...


Scaremongering from the SNP, too - Herald Scotland
11 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

Scaremongering from the SNP, too
Herald Scotland
Surely the SNP are not seriously implying that, should Scotland vote to remain within the United Kingdom, there would be a lurch back to the discredited policies of the 1980s, when most of the advocates of Thatcherism are no longer in office, several...


Pro-union academics challenge snp plans to charge rUK students tuition fees -...
11 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

Pro-union academics challenge snp plans to charge rUK students tuition fees
Herald Scotland
SNP ministers last night refused to publish legal advice used to justify their claim that an independent Scotland would be in a "unique and exceptional position" to demand university tuition fees from studen...


Brown's vision of 'union for social justice' ... if Scotland gets more powers...
11 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

Brown's vision of 'union for social justice' ... if Scotland gets more powers
Herald Scotland
With the SNP citing Coalition welfare cuts as evidence of how the Union imposes callous policies on Scotland, the former Labour prime minister tried to wrest the fairness agenda away from the Nationalists ...


Cameron's covert operation - Herald Scotland
11 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

Cameron's covert operation
Herald Scotland
Instead of making life difficult for the SNP, David Cameron recognised Alex Salmond's mandate for an independence referendum and paved the way for a fair and legal vote. He made clear the constitutional issue would be settled in Scotland, with his ...

and m...


Business needs SNP answers - Scotsman
11 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Business needs SNP answers
Scotsman
But, if the SNP shows reluctance to answer CBI Scotland's detailed questions, businesses will be inclined towards the worst-case scenario if Scotland votes to become independent. This, among other things, could lead to more profits being repatriated to ...



Extra childcare 'worth £2.2bn for Scotland' claim - Scotland on Sunday
11 Jan 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Extra childcare 'worth £2.2bn for Scotland' claim
Scotland on Sunday
ALEX Salmond's plans to xtend free childcare will increase economic output by £2.2 billion and revenues by an estimated £700 million, a Scottish Government paper claims today. An analysis of the impact of the SNP...


Brown outlines devolution options - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
11 Jan 2014 at 6:38pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Brown outlines devolution options
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP said Mr Brown is "unwittingly making the case for a Yes vote" because he did not deliver further devolution during his time at the top of the UK Government. The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP wa...



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Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independ...
7 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm

stv.tv

Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independence?
BBC News
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the pro-Union Better Together campaign to outline what a "no" vote in the referendum would mean for voters. She said the Scottish government's White ...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...


Salmond avoids referendum talk on the by-election campaign trail - Herald Sco...
10 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Salmond avoids referendum talk on the by-election campaign trail
Herald Scotland
The First Minister attempted to play down the impact of the independence referendum on the January 23 by-election to replace long-serving Labour MSP Helen Eadie, who died in November following a battle w...


Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll - Scotland on Sunday
11 Jan 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'UK would be weaker' - poll
Scotland on Sunday
A spokesman for the No campaign said: ?The referendum vote is a decision for Scots to make but this poll is clear evidence that people all across Britain acknowledge the important contribution Scotland makes to ...


Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose - BBC News
3 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scottish Daily Record

Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose
BBC News
Timing matters in politics. The referendum on Scottish independence - and its associated campaign - coincide with the European elections in May this year and the run-up to the UK General Election in May next year....


Alf Young: Referendum dream could become nightmare - Scotsman
10 Jan 2014 at 4:01pm

Herald Scotland

Alf Young: Referendum dream could become nightmare
Scotsman
Any independence package that emerged would have had to go back to second referendum, to secure the Scottish people's backing, before the process of becoming independent could proceed. We would all have been spared nearly tw...


EU referendum Bill clears Lords hurdle - Herald Scotland
10 Jan 2014 at 9:09pm

EU referendum Bill clears Lords hurdle
Herald Scotland
THE Tory plan for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords yesterday. THE Tory plan for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union cleared its first hurdle in the ...


Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum - BBC News
6 Jan 2014 at 4:20am

Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum
BBC News
The leaders of the two Scottish independence referendum campaigns have outlined their views during an interview on BBC Radio Scotland. Blair Jenkins, who is head of pro-independence Yes Scotland, believes that whether people vote "y...


TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 11:55am

TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members
BBC News
BBC Scotland is hosting a series of TV programmes at venues the length and breadth of the country and is appealing to members of the public to be part of the audience. The first is taking place in Greenock on Tuesday, 21 January - a little ...


How twitter is being used in the Scottish independence referendum debate - Ph...
9 Jan 2014 at 8:20am

How twitter is being used in the Scottish independence referendum debate
Phys.Org
A snapshot of data on #indyref was collated by researchers at the University of Glasgow's Policy Scotland as part of an ongoing research project to monitor how twitter is being used in the referendum debate. Details o...



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Anything Goes

Moscow State Circus Brae Head
11 Jan 2014 at 5:51pm
Brilliant day out. The wee man loved it and there was some nice scottish touches for the home cro...

Sunday Herald Tomorrow, Cameron Plea To Putin: Help Me Stop Salmond
11 Jan 2014 at 5:06pm



The Bridge/thetunnel
11 Jan 2014 at 5:03pm

Big fan of the first series of The Bridge and now having a marathon run with series two.  So far ...



To Russia With Love
11 Jan 2014 at 4:49pm

Kevin Pringle @KevinJPringle 1m

'To Russia with #ProjectFear' - the No camp plea to Putin to ...



Gordon Brown Call For Maximum Devolution
11 Jan 2014 at 1:09pm
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/11/gordon-brown-constitutional-reforms-scotland-brit...

Immortal Memory
11 Jan 2014 at 5:56am

Daen a wee bit of factoid-finding for the Big Nicht.....

 

A Man's a Man for A' That.......

 

170...



Flood Of Immigrants From Yugoslavia
10 Jan 2014 at 6:36pm

What the utter f*ck

 


Ms Dorries said: “There has been no tidal wave but there might be tomorrow,...



Unable To Reply To Quotes
10 Jan 2014 at 2:01pm

Yes I know this should be in another section but have tried what was suggested on there without a...



Ebay
10 Jan 2014 at 4:15am
After you have sold an item and received payment where can you find the buyers name and address t...

Mogwai - Rave Tapes
10 Jan 2014 at 2:11am
Scotland's best band return with a new record, out next week I think




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

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

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

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

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

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...


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

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...

Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-informed than Yes vo...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm
Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from th...

Political predictions for 2014
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2014 at 11:37am
Just over a year ago when I was coming home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, I was rathe...

New ComRes poll of referendum voting intentions in the Borders and Dumfries &...
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 7:15pm
The anti-independence campaign have spent the evening making an unconvincing attempt at looking t...

David Aaronovitch loses the plot a bit further
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 12:11pm
I've just had this bizarre exchange on Twitter with the ultra-Blairite commentator David Aaronovi...

Do you think Alex Salmond should give you a free wok?
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2014 at 8:20pm
After hearing the results of the poll on childcare that was commissioned by the anti-independence...

Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by publishing YouGov ...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 8:06pm
Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutiona...

Nice to be ruled by Tories we didn't vote for, to be ruled by Tories we didn'...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20pm
The full story isn't online yet, but judging from the preview of the Herald's front page, it seem...

Poll Exclusive : Voters demand that the Scotland on Sunday newspaper deliver ...
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Pollster : OK, here's the next question.  How and when do you think that free childcare provision...

England Ashes debacle - another blow for McDougall?
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm
Believe it or not, I do genuinely have a passing interest in cricket, so I decided to have a litt...

Answers At About Eight
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2014 at 2:02pm
So the moment you've all been waiting for - here are the eleven Labour MSPs (past and present) wh...


Anagrams At About Eight : Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2014 at 2:03am
Happy New Year, everyone!  Well, isn't this exciting?  On this day three years ago I wrote someth...

Ten reasons to be optimistic about a Yes to independence in 2014
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2013 at 6:30pm
Unlike so many of our friends in the London media, I don't claim to have a crystal ball handy, an...

The anti-independence campaign are insulting some of the world's leading econ...
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2013 at 6:30pm
A guest contribution by Dorice

We shouldn't be remotely surprised by the results of yesterday's Pa...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Scottish farmers' support for independence grows
by Sean Lafferty
10 Jan 2014 at 11:31am
Yes Scotland has welcomed a poll by the Scottish Farmer showing that 47% of respondents will vote...

Norwegians point the way as 'oil fund millionaires'
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jan 2014 at 8:04am
Norway?s oil fund has grown so large that every Norwegian is now theoretically a millionaire, it ...

If Cameron isn't right to debate Scotland, why is he right to govern Scotland?
by Kevin Gilmartin
9 Jan 2014 at 7:37am
The No campaign say that David Cameron is not the right person to make the case for continued Wes...

Former BBC journalist demands greater scrutiny of No campaign
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jan 2014 at 8:11am
Former BBC broadcaster Derek Bateman is calling 2014 the year where the union and No campaign is ...

More hard questions about a No vote
by Cailean Gallagher
7 Jan 2014 at 7:10am

Yesterday George Osborne announced what he called "hard truths" that would be the consequences of...



?2014 is the year of hard truths? for the UK ? and for the No campaign
by Cailean Gallagher
6 Jan 2014 at 7:14am

This morning George Osborne said ?2014 is the year of hard truths?.

With plans to cut another £25 ...



Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote
by Sean Lafferty
6 Jan 2014 at 6:31am

Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon today questioned the...



Only a Yes vote will meet demands for more powers
by Peter Dempsie
6 Jan 2014 at 6:24am
A poll heralded by the No campaign has found that independence is more popular than sticking with...

More evidence of Westminster acting against interests of Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
5 Jan 2014 at 9:35am
Further evidence of Tory governments at Westminster acting against the interests of Scotland has ...

Former Labour council chief is latest high-profile figure to say Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 5:15am
John Mulvey, former leader of Lothian Region, Poll Tax rebel and dedicated thorn in the side of M...

'We can ensure a secure, green and affordable energy supply'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 4:42am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

'I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young ...
by Peter Dempsie
4 Jan 2014 at 7:07am

"I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young people - we've seen ...



Thatcher's secret plan to slash millions from Scots budget
by Peter Dempsie
3 Jan 2014 at 10:35am
The UK Government of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher planned ?secret cuts? targeted at Sc...

'The only way to to protect us against higher living costs'
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Jan 2014 at 5:32am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

'Investing in the public services that matter to us'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
1 Jan 2014 at 6:13am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Putin
11 Jan 2014 at 6:10pm



Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm

Let's hope he starts to talk more about the financial black hole or suchlike facing an independen...



Glasgow 2014 shouldn't be used for political gain says Joke McConn
7 Jan 2014 at 8:25pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25645859

 

He must have missed the OTT po...



The Economic Case for an Independent Scotland
7 Jan 2014 at 1:37pm

Interesting post from Business for Scotland with plenty of citations.

 

http://businessforscotlan...



English celebs to "lovebomb" Scotland
5 Jan 2014 at 6:07pm

http://t.co/kBNYiSMN96

 

Yet, David Cameron still refuses to debate Salmond as it should be a deb...



View from afar
5 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
I just want to say upfront that I don't personally care which way the vote goes but as someone wh...

Yet another senior Labour figure comes out for YES
4 Jan 2014 at 7:17pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-labour-figure-joins-yes-1...



Airdrieonians chairman says NO.
3 Jan 2014 at 8:31am
Not much of a surprise really. Attached Thumbnails

Labour's counter offer
3 Jan 2014 at 5:56am
According to Severin Carrell in the Guardian today, Labour are due to release plans for further d...

Thatcher's secret cuts to Scottish budget
2 Jan 2014 at 7:01pm
Not really a surprise

http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/thatcher-made-secret-cuts-t...

Patriotism
1 Jan 2014 at 8:38pm

How big a part will it play in voting? i'm sure a few people will vote yes just because they ''di...



"Scotland has fallen among thieves . . . ." Ian Hamilton QC
1 Jan 2014 at 5:56pm



Well its been quiet....
26 Dec 2013 at 7:50pm
So I thought I would draw everyones attention to these guys/Turtles.


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Wealthy Nation
21 Dec 2013 at 8:03am
The phrase "welcome contribution to the debate" has been criminally overused but it genuinely app...

The role of the media in #indyref
19 Dec 2013 at 4:52pm

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-news/8490-exclusive-trust-finds-bbc-scotland-guilty...




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


Alistair Darling denounces internet 'cyber-nats' in Scottish vote
by Daniel Boffey
11 Jan 2014 at 6:57pm

Labour MP leading campaign for Scotland to remain part of Britain says Alex Salmond could stop 'vile abuse' if he wanted to

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor who is leading the campaign agains...




Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion by Linda Colley ? review
by Colin Kidd
9 Jan 2014 at 3:00am

In the year of the Scottish referendum, Linda Colley looks at the past, and the future, of Britishness

Half a century ago, British nationhood seemed so unproblematic that nobody bothered to study it...




Modern Britain can survive ? if we all have the will for it | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
8 Jan 2014 at 2:34pm

We'll need something more than the Queen and bad weather to bind this nation in the year of the Scottish referendum

The current storms and floods offer a tantalising twist to the age-old infatuation...




Alex Salmond unveils plans for free primary school meals in Scotland
by Severin Carrell
7 Jan 2014 at 11:53am

All children in primary classes one to three will have right to receive free lunches from next January, first minister says

Alex Salmond has confirmed that all primary school children in Scotland ag...




Who better to convince Scots to reject independence than English celebrities?...
by Mike Small
7 Jan 2014 at 11:15am

The Better Together campaign may be growing desperate, but the least it could do is find Scottish C-listers to support it

When The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright was paid £7,000 to flick the swi...




A solution for Scottish independence | Katharine Whitehorn
by Katharine Whitehorn
6 Jan 2014 at 5:00am

Scots living in England won't be able to take part in the forthcoming vote, but could there be a third parliamentary way?

In the coming referendum on Scottish independence, Scots living in England w...




We need new solutions for governing this disunited kingdom | Linda Colley
by Linda Colley
5 Jan 2014 at 10:25am

Calls for the break-up of the UK are nothing new. A hundred years ago, Ireland was seeking self-determination

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. But there is anoth...




Cameron refuses to go head to head with Salmond over Scotland
by Rowena Mason
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20am

Prime minister says he will work hard to win referendum but independence is for Scots to debate among themselves

David Cameron has rejected the latest challenge from Alex Salmond to debate the issue...




And you thought the Scots won Bannockburn | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm

Prepare for a vicious, not to say mendacious, propaganda campaign in the run-up to the independence vote

The most entertaining aspect of the independence debate last year was observing how the No ca...




Scottish independence yes vote would drive change in England, says writer
by Severin Carrell
3 Jan 2014 at 11:19am

Playwright David Greig says Newcastle and Manchester could be inspired to seek greater political and economic freedom

David Greig, one of the UK's leading playwrights, has predicted that a yes vote ...




Yes Scotland campaigners prepare to make the case for independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Jan 2014 at 10:17am

Blair Jenkins says independence is solution for those with a 'progressive view of what Scottish society can and should be'

The headquarters for Scotland's official independence campaign are designed...




David Cameron calls on Scots to stay in UK during new year's message
by Rowena Mason
31 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm

Prime minister entreats Scotland to vote no to independence during televised statement that includes vow of austerity

David Cameron has used his new year's message to plead with the Scots to stay in...



United Kingdom: no longer at ease | Editorial
by Editorial
31 Dec 2013 at 3:40pm

Is the state of our union strong? Many people will feel that the answer is no

Every January, the president of the United States addresses a televised joint session of Congress in a speech that tradi...




The Conservatives should embrace a yes vote for Scottish independence now | S...
by Simon Jenkins
31 Dec 2013 at 11:00am

Britain has fought many wars over self-determination, so independence for Scotland should not be treated as a privilege

This could be the year that Great Britain comes to an end. The prospect is his...




Prisoners fail to overturn ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:58am

Three inmates likely to appeal after judge rejects challenge to Alex Salmond's ban on prisoners voting in 2014 poll

Three Scottish prison inmates are likely to appeal against a judge's decision to t...




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