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Taoiseach talks up role of UK in EU
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has arrived in the UK for a two-day visit saying it was important for the European Union to include a strong Britain.

Tory claims Britons are not prepared to work
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
British workers have been replaced by migrants in food and farming jobs only because they are not prepared to do the work, a Conservative former coalition minister has said.

Scottish devolution blueprint 'would aid Crimea'
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
Scottish-style devolution has been suggested as an option for Crimea by a former Russian oligarch.

Miliband backs youth jobless policy
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
ED Miliband has defended his flagship jobs policy to tackle youth unemployment, which will now run for the whole of the next UK parliament to 2020, insisting that the recovery cannot be restricted to just well-off bankers.

Nick Clegg makes a plea for Scots to stay in the Union
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
NICK Clegg appealed to Scotland to stay in the Union yesterday as his office was forced to say he had no plans to quit as Liberal Democrat leader if the party loses power at the next General Election.

Party goes on the offensive over Europe
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
THE last thing Nick Clegg needed at the end of the conference were questions about his leadership - because leadership is exactly what he and his party hope to show in the next few months.

PM commits £45m to 'internet of things'
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
FUNDING for research into using the internet to improve everyday devices is to be more than doubled as part of efforts to make the UK a world leader in digital technology, David Cameron said.

Greater transparency call over income tax collection
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
GREATER transparency is needed if Holyrood is to be able to scrutinise Customs' collection of the new Scottish rate of income tax, a parliamentary committee has said.

Lochhead's concern over radiation leak
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
SCOTLAND'S Environment Secretary is to make a parliamentary statement about a radiation leak at a nuclear test reactor.

THiS weeK in Holyrood
9 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
ONE of the main debates in the Scottish Parliament this week will be on Thursday when the welfare reform committee will lead a debate on the impact of the UK Government's welfare reform policies.

Alexander pledges tax allowance rise in speech at conference
7 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
WORKERS will get a £500 tax cut if the Liberal Democrats are part of the next government at Westminster, Danny Alexander will pledge today.

Cameron nanny's citizenship 'proper'
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
Downing Street has insisted David Cameron followed all the "proper processes" after it emerged his Nepalese nanny has been granted British citizenship.

Sepa blamed for SNP being unaware of radiation leak
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has blamed a quango for the fact the Scottish Government was not told of a radiation leak on Scottish soil for more than two years.

Unspun: the politics diary
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
Bullying crackdown

Carmichael: we will keep Scots seats at election
6 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
THE Liberal Democrats should keep all their Scottish seats in next year's general election, a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister has predicted.


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George Kerevan: Brown?s plan a recipe for disaster
11 Mar 2014 at 5:42pm

FORMER premier’s peculiar proposals would bring instability, not devo-max to Scotland, writes George Kerevan



Allan Massie: No pointers in European election
11 Mar 2014 at 5:37pm

Low turnout will mean few conclusions can be drawn ahead of the referendum and next year’s general election, writes Allan Massie



Leaders: Mark Carney | White paper cost
11 Mar 2014 at 5:35pm

ONCE upon a time Governors of the Bank of England preferred anonymity, believing that if they spoke in public it could unsettle the financial markets.



Dounreay: Sepa exemption bid after ?cover up?
11 Mar 2014 at 4:58pm

The Scottish Government will try to lift the exemption which prevents its environment officials from inspecting military nuclear facilities following what it described as a recent “cover-up” at Dounreay.



Part-time fire service on its knees, MSPs told
11 Mar 2014 at 4:07pm

THE retained fire service is “on its knees”, with many parts of the country left without cover, MSPs have been told.



SNP under-estimated deficit by £3bn, says Treasury
11 Mar 2014 at 3:15pm

THE Scottish Government has under-estimated Scotland’s deficit by more than £3 billion and relies on over optimistic predictions on oil and gas revenues which are already out of date, a Treasury analysis paper has confirmed.



Scotland ?one of world?s wealthiest countries?
11 Mar 2014 at 12:29pm

Scottish independence: Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, official figures today showed.



Carney: RBS may have to leave independent Scotland
11 Mar 2014 at 7:56am

GOVERNOR of the Bank of England Mark Carney has said that it is “a distinct possibility” that the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds would have to relocate their headquarter operations to the rest of the UK in the event of a Yes vote for independence.



£800k spent meeting White Paper demands
11 Mar 2014 at 6:31am

Scottish independence: Scottish Government has spent £800,000 so far meeting the demand for copies of its blueprint for independence.



Faslane staff stage first walkout in 42 years
11 Mar 2014 at 6:11am

Hundreds of workers at the Faslane nuclear base staged their first walkout in 42 years on Tuesday after rejecting what they say is a derisory pay offer from their employers.



RMT Union leader Bob Crow dies aged 52
11 Mar 2014 at 5:19am

RMT union leader Bob Crow, who was synonymous with transport disputes across Britain, has been praised by friends and foes alike after dying today from an apparent heart attack, aged 52.



Philip Hammond hits back at Dounreay leak claims
11 Mar 2014 at 4:44am

DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond has today hit back at claims he deliberately kept the Scottish Government in the dark over a leak in a nuclear reactor in Caithness and suggestions that it posed a risk to the environment.



BBC portrayed Alex Salmond as ?figure of fun?
11 Mar 2014 at 1:39am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: An academic has accused BBC Scotland of “thought control” and “suppressing” critical research which he published into coverage of the independence referendum on TV news.



Public sector staff £2.12 an hour better off
10 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

PUBLIC sector workers still earn significantly more per hour than those in the private sector – despite government pay freezes and spending cuts in recent years.



Tory MP in ?gay sex abuse? at Commons
10 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Drink-fuelled MP Nigel Evans used his “powerful” ­political influence to sexually take advantage of seven young men, a court heard.




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Scotland?s Future In Scotland?s Hands
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Mar 2014 at 11:00am
Still no sign of any video despite repeated requests, but we’ve finally managed to lay our hands on an audio recording of Alex Salmond’s New Statesman lecture in London last week, including the audience question-and-answer session afterwards. (The main speech ends at 36m, if you’ve already read it and want to get to the Q&A.)
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Personalising the debate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Mar 2014 at 8:36am
We’ve just watched three hours of the Education and Culture Committee at Holyrood discussing the report on media bias by Professor John Robertson of the University of the West of Scotland, which featured the good professor himself and senior BBC Scotland executives including Ken McQuarrie and John Boothman. The contrast between Prof. Robertson’s absolute frankness […]

Please stop lying to us
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Mar 2014 at 4:46am
This sort of thing just won’t do at all, STV. Because that closing comment isn’t true, is it? The clip above comes from last night’s edition of Scotland Tonight. It was part of a section of the show in which one very common falsehood – that “more powers” is a much more popular option than […]

The countdown starts tomorrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Mar 2014 at 2:25pm
We seem to have hit a bit of a lull in the independence debate. Even the papers look to be just a touch bored of recycling the same “Project Fear” scare stories for the 14th or 15th time, and it’s hard to keep track of all the identikit “warnings” from various corporations that don’t actually […]

An apology to Gordon Brown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Mar 2014 at 9:30am
Earlier today we may have given some readers the impression that Gordon Brown’s six-point proposals for the constitutional future of Scotland within the UK were weak, vague and essentially meaningless waffle. However, now that we’ve seen the recommendations (in a report rather egotistically entitled “Campbell II”) also produced today by Sir Menzies Campbell of the […]

The kingdom of the blind
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Mar 2014 at 7:00am
It’s Monday, so it must be time for Gordon Brown to lumber into the independence debate again. The man who was the least popular Prime Minister of the last 50 years magically transforms into a respected elder statesman when the British left is desperately trying to lend some progressive gravitas to the floundering No campaign […]

The flexibility of speculation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Mar 2014 at 4:47am
If you work in the media, the great attraction of completely making up stories is that everyone’s forgotten about them a few days later, so you can make up a totally different, equally false version at a later date with impunity. Alert readers may recall, for example, that last November much of the media decided […]

Stories of the week, 9/3/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Mar 2014 at 4:21pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. (Sorry, we’ve forgotten to do these for a couple of weeks. Things have been a little busy.) 1. The price of the BBC A realistic analysis of how well off a Scottish state broadcaster would be. 2. Sticking to the script Labour MSP […]

A mental exercise
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Mar 2014 at 9:00am
We’ve commented before on the odd way that newspapers can reveal their bias in the way they phrase their reporting, rather than in the actual content of it, which can be entirely factually accurate. As we noted, a particular giveaway is the angle from which they view statistics, and especially opinion polls. A poll showing […]

The Kings Of The South
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Mar 2014 at 6:19am
We again commend this week’s edition of the Sunday Herald to readers as 69p (for the digital version, or whatever the physical one costs in a newsagent these days) well spent on some interesting and balanced journalism. Iain Macwhirter’s column is a particularly good read today, unusually incendiary and impeccably argued, but the thing that […]


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MoD 'to lose' environment powers
11 Mar 2014 at 4:18pm
The Ministry of Defence will lose powers for environmental regulation on radioactivity in Scotland, under Scottish government plans.


Carney says RBS move a 'possibility'
11 Mar 2014 at 12:26pm
The governor of the Bank of England tells MPs it is "a distinct possibility" that RBS would have to relocate to England if Scotland votes for independence.


Drug seizures fall by 3% in Scotland
11 Mar 2014 at 7:39am
Scottish police forces make 766 fewer drug seizures in 2012/13 than in 2011/12, according to new figures.


Council to send out 'No vote' letter
11 Mar 2014 at 11:05am
The Labour-led Aberdeen City Council administration is to press ahead with sending out letters endorsing a "No" vote in the independence referendum.


White Paper costs rises to £1.25m
11 Mar 2014 at 8:23am
More than 100,000 copies of the Scottish government's White Paper have been ordered since its release, at a cost of £1.25m.


Digital gets £6.6m to attract jobs
11 Mar 2014 at 7:21am
Scotland's digital sector given £6.6m by the Scottish government in a bid to attract up to 11,000 jobs and boost training


Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK
10 Mar 2014 at 10:37am
Former prime minister Gordon Brown believes Holyrood should be given more control over tax as part of a power sharing plan between London and Edinburgh.


Faulty implants end women's sex life
10 Mar 2014 at 8:49pm
Two women who were severely injured by commonly-used surgical implants have revealed their stories ahead of mass legal action against the manufacturer.


Zero hours concern over rail safety
10 Mar 2014 at 1:20pm
Claims that the introduction of zero hours contracts could affect safety on Britain's railways are a cause for concern, an MP has said.


Sturgeon attacks UK welfare changes
10 Mar 2014 at 9:32am
More children will be "pushed into poverty" by UK government welfare reforms, Scotland's deputy first minister has said.


Vote 'will not affect Grangemouth'
10 Mar 2014 at 7:00am
The result of the independence referendum will not make a difference to the future of the Grangemouth oil refinery, according to its boss.


Teachers' pay deal formally agreed
10 Mar 2014 at 11:53am
Teachers are to get a pay rise after a new deal on wages and conditions was formally agreed by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers.


Doctors back assisted suicide bill
10 Mar 2014 at 11:27am
The proposed assisted suicide bill would help palliative care in Scotland, according a letter written by a group of senior doctors


Students 'vote' on independence
10 Mar 2014 at 1:12pm
Students in Glasgow have been "voting" on Scottish independence - with opposing results.


Apology demanded over nuclear fault
10 Mar 2014 at 1:31am
Scotland's first minister demands an apology from Number 10 for not being told about a radiation problem at a nuclear test reactor in the Highlands.


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Recording now?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Mar 2014 at 4:53pm

By Derek Bateman

Wow! What a reaction?dozens of conversations and observations and some truly enlightening contributions full of fact and analysis. This is the place to be, I think. Even with all the assortment of emphasis and approach, it is clear we are all agreed that we are not being well served by BBC Scotland. That?s putting it mildly.

I know some responders are suggesting I am defending the BBC against claims of bias. I am not. I said at the outset that there was a general thrust in news and current affairs which doesn?t challenge enough and is too happy to accept a script which has Made in Britain stamped on it.



Scotland needs an independent currency
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Feb 2014 at 2:16pm

By Colin Fox

There is a perfectly sensible debate to be had over what currency an independent Scotland should use but as usual the No side prefers to invent scare stories and deliver empty threats.  George Osborne's visit to Edinburgh's Point Hotel on 13 February to tell Scotland that ?leaving the UK means leaving the pound? is a case in point.



Big Business and its warnings of a Yes Armageddon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 5:01pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So LLoyds Banking Group, Barclays and Shell have joined RBS and Standard Life to warn that Scottish independence could destabilise business.
 
Lloyds annual report fears an independent Scotland might have a poorer credit rating than the rest of the UK so the cost of borrowing on international markets might rise.  A bit rich you might think, coming from a company whose disastrous management has meant massive borrowing from the domestic taxpayer ? but let's leave that to one side.



We're leaving Scotland - A look behind the big business scares
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Mar 2014 at 6:44pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
Recently a few UK businesses have decided to enter the independence debate.  Their annual reports contained a nod to this September?s referendum ? some a little more than a nod.
 
In truth most were pretty anodyne and the statements were less about entering the debate on independence and more about satisfying a requirement to acknowledge there was a possibility that Scots could indeed vote to end the Union.



Duggy Dug IV - Europe: We're in and we're stayin' in
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 11:43am

  This is our fourth installment of the Duggy Dug series of animated cartoons aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the independence debate.  In this episode we see Duggy explain just why Scotland will remain a member of the European Union after independence, contrary to claims from those who would suggest otherwise.

As Duggy makes clear, Scotland is already a member of the EU and a Yes vote will simply allow us to continue that membership and become a member in our own right.  Claims that Spain will block Scotland's membership are similarly dealt with by wee Duggy and his Barcelona friend Pep.



Newsnet Scotland ... the final stretch
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31am

  We're officially into the last 200 days of the referendum campaign, so it's time to let our readers know where we are and what we plan as we move forward to the referendum itself.

This time last year the site was attracting around 80,000 unique visitors each month.  In the space of twelve months we have increased our readership by an impressive 60,000 and are now on course to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in March - the first six days of this month has witnessed over 38,000 unique visitors.



Standard Life should seek answers from Westminster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 12:59am

By James Scott

There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign's attempts to recruit business leaders to forecast woe and destruction after a Yes vote for Scottish independence.

I, for one, have been through it all before.



Ailsa McKay 1963-2014
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm

By Derek Bateman
 
What a shock today to Google the name of Ailsa McKay and to find she had died in the last 24 hours. I wanted to get in touch about an interview with her and didn?t realise she was so poorly. Such a grounded and committed woman to lose at any time but with Scotland in political turmoil her presence was like a rock. My condolences go to her family.



Will the real No campaign please stand up
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Mar 2014 at 11:38pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jose Manuel Barroso, Bob Dudley and David Nish - three men who have dominated recent media coverage of the independence referendum.  They are the heads of the European Commission, BP and Standard Life respectively.
 
Vaclav Klaus, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Michael O'Leary and Willie Walsh ? four people who haven't featured quite as much, indeed if at all in some cases.



Johnny Foreigner
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

By Derek Bateman
 
The First Minister says we won?t be foreigners if we are independent. Speak for yourself, Mr Salmond. Who wants to be part of a country that deliberately legislates for poverty, wrecks lives, campaigns for the wealthy and closes its doors to Scotland?
 
If it means severing our links with the austerity merchants of London, I demand to be foreign. If it means no more illegal wars, I scream that I am from a foreign land. And if it brings social justice instead of embedded inequality, then call me Johnny Foreigner. I will be foreign to the Little Englanders and proud of it too.




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Douglas Lindsay | The Blog
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 6:13pm
Scottish crime writer Douglas Lindsay, author of the Barney Thomson barbershop death junkie series
Peter A Bell's insight:

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BBC go to Holyrood
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 5:41pm

Today was the day that the BBC Scotland top brass deigned to go to Holyrood to answer questions on their reporting bias on the Independence referendum. First up before the MSPs was not the BBC, but...

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Bemis: Conference for Employment, Race Equality & #Indyref
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 5:34pm

BEMIS, Scottish Refugee Council and STUC (One Workplace), held a conference 10 March, that sought to generate an informed debate regarding employment and race equality in relation to the independen...

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Council to send out 'No vote' letter
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 5:19pm

The Labour-led administration on Aberdeen City Council is to press ahead with sending out letters endorsing a "No" vote in September's independence referendum.



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The Near Abroad
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 5:13pm

Scottish nationalism, as John Bew has done in the New Statesman,[1] is that it invites a rather obvious and unflattering comparison. W...



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Swinney: iScotland would be 14th wealthiest nation in the world
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 3:12pm
Scotland would be the 14th wealthiest nation in the world if it was independent, according to new Scottish Government analysis.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Once again we find a British nationalist making an utter fool of himself by rushing to attack the SNP without regard for the facts. As the article ...



Scotland ?one of world?s wealthiest countries?
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 12:55pm

Scottish independence: Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, official figures today showed.

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Why I'll be voting yes to Scottish independence
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 12:19pm

Bob Holman: An independent Scotland led by the Scottish National party would reduce poverty and narrow the gap between rich and poor

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New academic evidence adds weight to independence case
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 12:16pm

Economic evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament confirms the strong foundations behind a ‘Yes’ vote for independence. Professors Anton Muscatelli and Professor Jeremy Peat will present evidence to the Scottish Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee tomorrow on the economics of Scottish

See i...

Personalising the debate
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 12:03pm

We've just watched three hours of the Education and Culture Committee at Holyrood discussing the report on media bias by Professor John Robertson of the University of the West of Scotland, which fe...

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Futurama
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 11:58am

Some details are beginning to emerge of Gordon Brown's actual policy content from his secret meeting in Tollcross yesterday. There's to be no control of income tax rates as the interi...



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Alex Salmond ran up £100k bill at Edinburgh Castle
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 11:35am

ALEX Salmond spent almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ money entertaining football bosses, ambassadors and film executives at Edinburgh Castle.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is truly ludicrous stuff from the failing Scotsman. And I don't just mean the fact that they throw numbers out there with no attempt...



Tommy Sheridan on Independence - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 10:48am

"Dedicated to Elaine Smith, a fine Fife woman who sadly died of Cancer shortly before Christmas." - Tommy Sheridan. Tommy Sheridan, Socialist and former memb...

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Spiteful Tories are blocking Scotland?s bid to banish the hated bedroom tax
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 6:41am

WESTMINSTER snubs Holyrood plea to remove cap on housing payments that are used to bail out victims of the shameful social policy.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The odious Jackie Baillie still more interested in attacking the Scottish Government than standing up for the victims of a policy that her own p...



No camp big guns make case to give more power to Holyrood
by Peter A Bell
11 Mar 2014 at 6:10am

THE campaign to persuade Scots that a No vote in September's referendum would produce positive change for the country has begun in earnest after heavyweights Gordon Brown and Sir Menzies Campbell demanded more powers for Holyrood.
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But they are not making the case for more po...




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The Royal Bank of Scotland may have to move outside of Scotland if voters bac...
by dailyrecord
11 Mar 2014 at 10:36am
MPs were also told that the rest of the UK was likely to end up bailing out Scotland in the event of a crisis if there was a currency union even if there were explicit guarantees written into an agreement ruling out such an event.


Hundreds of workers at Faslane nuclear base go on strike after rejecting a 'd...
by dailyrecord
11 Mar 2014 at 4:38am
UNITE suspended a planned stoppage last month at the site on the Clyde but has revived action after most of its members turned down a 2% offer.


Former Tory vice chairman used his 'position of influence' to abuse seven you...
by Paul Byrne
11 Mar 2014 at 4:07am
NIGEL Evans, a former deputy speaker, used the Palace of Westminster and a Tory Party conference to carry out his attacks on young men, a jury was told.


Record View: Time to ditch the bedroom tax and stop delay tactics
by Record View
11 Mar 2014 at 3:56am
AS the Scottish Government accuse Westminster of snubbing their plea to remove cap on housing payments RECORD VIEW urges Westminster to authorise the legal change.


Independence referendum: Devo max talks to agree enhanced powers for Scotland...
by David Clegg
11 Mar 2014 at 3:38am
YESTERDAY Gordon Brown outlined his vision for a new relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK where nations shared power, risk and resources.


Joan McAlpine: Scots are being kept in the dark over poisonous radioactive le...
by Joan McAlpine
10 Mar 2014 at 7:01pm
JOAN says the latest revelation about naval reactor in Caithness shows how Westminster and the Ministry of Defence treat the Scottish people with contempt.


James Naughtie still in the hunt for redemption after his infamous on-air how...
by John Dingwall
10 Mar 2014 at 7:01pm
SCOTS presenter says he?ll never live down slip of the tongue involving Jeremy Hunt and tells how he has written a novel about seedy parliamentarians that is being published just as independence debate is hotting up.        


Spiteful Tories are blocking Scotland?s bid to banish the hated bedroom tax
by David Clegg
10 Mar 2014 at 7:01pm
WESTMINSTER snubs Holyrood plea to remove cap on housing payments that are used to bail out victims of the shameful social policy.


Independence referendum: Gordon Brown set to outline plans to give Scottish G...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Mar 2014 at 10:00pm
THE former Prime Minister will use a speech to outline his "Union for Fairness" that will see the Scottish Government strengthened with more powers, including the ability to raise their own taxes.


Independence referendum: More than a third of Scots firms 'would consider mov...
by dailyrecord
9 Mar 2014 at 8:07am
THE Survation poll of 100 businesses showed 36 per cent would consider relocating outside an independent Scotland while 40 per cent said they would not.


Veteran left-winger Tariq Ali announces his support for Scottish independence
by dailyrecord
9 Mar 2014 at 7:58am
AUTHOR and activist Ali will deliver lectures in Edinburgh and Glasgow on why he thinks Scots should vote Yes to independence.


Andy Murray vows to stay tight lipped on Scottish independence debate to avoi...
by dailyrecord
9 Mar 2014 at 7:53am
MURRAY received a barrage of abuse eight years ago when he jokingly claimed he would be supporting anyone but England in the World Cup - so he says he won't go public on his thoughts about independence.


Alex Salmond demands apology from David Cameron over nuclear submarine fault
by dailyrecord
9 Mar 2014 at 7:45am
THE MoD failed to tell Scottish ministers when a small leak was discovered in 2012 and Salmond has written to the Prime Minister to express his ?deep dismay? about the affair.


Mail Opinion: Only thin skinned would take offence at Jim Murphy?s assessment...
by Mail Opinion
9 Mar 2014 at 6:35am
MAIL Opinion on why Jim Murphy's frank assessment of England's World Cup hopes - and why they should be taken with no more than a pinch of salt.


Referendum: Yes vote will risk finance jobs and put economy on hold for five ...
by dailyrecord
9 Mar 2014 at 4:30am
FIONA WOOLF warned that breaking the close ties between London and Edinburgh?s financial centres could cost many of the 180,000 workers in the sector their jobs.


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Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in the loving embrace of Gideon Osborne had suffered vicious abuse from Cybernats!


Poll Points to Personalised Perfidy by Punters
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New poll is available - Should Scotlandshire be similarly treated to C...

The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Educati...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:44am
The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Education and Culture Committee into appearing before members this morning from 10am.

Why would MSPs wish to interview comedy writers and satirists?

Kenny McQuarrel, Director General of BBC Scotlandshire, has this morning v...

The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Mar 2014 at 5:18pm
The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair Darling had been suspended from the internet.


Cyber-bullies strike again as Darling banned from Twitter
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and i...

It's a long time since we changed our pants, but our new pair of briefs is no...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
It's a long time since we changed our pants, but our new pair of briefs is now on display.
'Kim Jong-un "more popular than Salmond", say facts'
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'Ex-politicians say Scotlandshire should get something '


BBC Scotlandshire - Short news articles
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Tit-March "not a muppet" says Tit-March.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 3:38pm
Tit-March "not a muppet" says Tit-March.


Titchmarsh - Time to pile on more manure
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For those of you in the far north, considering polluting Scotlandshire's dour landscape with plants, please note the advice we gave last year in Gardening with Unionists.

The sheer vandalism of a national monument put right by the Queen's own flowe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 2:32pm
The sheer vandalism of a national monument put right by the Queen's own flower fingerer and his brave onionist helpers.



In this fourth instalment of the Duggy Dug series of animated black comedy po...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
In this fourth instalment of the Duggy Dug series of animated black comedy political thriller movie epics, aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the pretendy vote on separation, the anti-hero Duggy explains just why Scotlandshire will remain a member of the European Union.


Duggy Dug: BBF...

The few still living in a separate Scotlandshire could be required to apply f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Mar 2014 at 2:37pm
The few still living in a separate Scotlandshire could be required to apply for fUK/Eng citizenship, claims occasional Highland MP Danny Alexander.


Scots could be forced to become English, warns Alexander
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Danny is just trying to find a way to stay in fUK/Eng politics afte...

Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Jo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 5:07pm
Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Journalists. Sadly, no intelligence can be as artificial as Mundell's.


Alas, poor Yorick
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Unfortunately, no computer seems to be able to replicate the mind-bogglingly irrational stupidity of David M...

A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 2:26pm
A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's splittist pretensions today as yet another US-based megastar has called upon Scots to stay within the Union.


Laddie Gagger: Another US megastar comes out for No
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
No true-thinking Scotchman or Jockes...

Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 5:47pm
Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to Lady Alba and team.


Lady Alba - Bad Romance (Gaga for Indy)
Vocals and lyrics by Zara Gladman Original track by Lady Gaga - no copyright infringement intended! I want your weapons I want student fees I want a country ...

BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 4:10am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent.

Following the latest slippery news that Aiberdeen City Cooncil won't now be banning Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

'Wullie Young tells me "I'm now calling...

Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm
Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.


Ye?re Barred! ? Aberdeen tells rowdy St Andrew?s mob
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire, said that she was horrified to discover that her daughter Nicola was a member of the Cabinet Club

A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence demonstrates how effectively some Scots can be scared into submissiveness.


A Lesson in Fear: A new horror film by M Knighted Saylieman
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing ...

BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 11:23am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following the announcement that Aiberdeen City Cooncil is to ban Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

"A source tells me @AlexSalmond will urinate on front door o...


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The Near Abroad
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 4:56pm
By Gavin Falconer The trouble with an Ulster Unionist berating Scottish nationalism, as John Bew has done in the New Statesman,[1] is that it invites a rather obvious and unflattering comparison. Why, a reader might ask, should one favour a... Read More ›

Futurama
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 9:43am
By Mike Small Some details are beginning to emerge of Gordon Brown’s actual policy content from his secret meeting in Tollcross yesterday. There’s to be no control of income tax rates as the interim report suggested, but allow the Scottish... Read More ›


Tommy Sheridan on the Certainty of No
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 8:31am
Tommy Sheridan on social brutality, inequality, austerity Britain and how independence can reverse that trend … “85 individuals have a collective wealth greater than 3.5 billion people …” Filed under: Anti-Capitalism, Poverty Tagged: #indyref, Atos, austerity, Labour, Rochdale, Scotland


Dismantling the British State
by bellacaledonia
10 Mar 2014 at 9:30am
Exclusive interview for Bella Caledonia with Tariq Ali prior to his double-lecture this week in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Gordon?s Magic Roundabout
by bellacaledonia
10 Mar 2014 at 6:06am
By Mike Small “I yield to no one in my pride in being Scottish”. Yield not Gordon but try talking such indecipherable nonsense. So now we know what Gordon Brown has been doing all these years. It’s not all been... Read More ›


Sail Away
by bellacaledonia
9 Mar 2014 at 11:04am
We stand on the verge ... we should stand strong in the face of the City and corporate elite, and present a people?s prospectus for lasting social change. Its time to start thinking independently of the economic dogma that has driven millions to poverty and despair.


Swindled
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 8:32am
I feel like Scotland has been swindled. We have been taught to feel grateful for the existence of the UK and that by being part of their 'team' we are better off


Change is scary: Change Now
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 4:57am
"Vote no and nothing will change for you, your daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. Vote yes and potentially, everything will..."


My Journey to Yes
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 3:37am
As part of our ongoing series celebrating International Women's Day, artist Janie Nicoll argues poetically for a Yes vote as a voice of optimism for change ...


Imagine A Better Scotland ? Lesley Riddoch
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 3:21am
As part of our ongoing series to celebrate International Women’s Day,  Lesley Riddoch helps imagine a better Scotland. ************************************************ Join Women for Independence here. Please share this article on Facebook.Filed under: Women, Yes Scotland Tagged: #indyref, #ScotY...


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Scottish independence: Gordon Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK - BBC News
11 Mar 2014 at 3:22pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK
BBC News
The Scottish government said only independence would give Scotland the powers it needed to flourish. Speaking in Glasgow ahead of the 18 September independence referendum, Mr Brown argued for a move away from a central...


Scottish independence: Currency reserves warning - Scotsman
11 Mar 2014 at 8:05am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Currency reserves warning
Scotsman
He also insisted that with currency union Scotland's economy would still need to be integrated including banking union undermining any economic independence for an independent Scotland. He said: ?Viability in a currency union is a bi...


Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum - Reuter...
10 Mar 2014 at 12:15pm

BBC News

Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum
Reuters UK
Bowie faced a flood of online abuse from nationalist "cybernats" last month when he said "Scotland, stay with us" at an awards show. Left-wing English singer and activist Billy Bragg, who supports independence, ...


Scottish independence: Council sending out 'No' vote letters - BBC News
11 Mar 2014 at 11:09am

Scottish independence: Council sending out 'No' vote letters
BBC News
Scottish independence: Council sending out 'No' vote letters. The Labour-led administration on Aberdeen City Council is to press ahead with sending out letters endorsing a "No" vote in September's independence referendum. About 2...


Scottish independence: Call for votes for expats - Scotsman
10 Mar 2014 at 8:46am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call for votes for expats
Scotsman
SCOTS living outside the country should be allowed to cast a vote in the independence referendum in September, according to an expert on EU law. Barrister Aidan O'Neill QC has penned legal advice suggesting that the rules of the refe...


Scottish independence and the English question - Aljazeera.com
9 Mar 2014 at 6:31am

Scottish independence and the English question
Aljazeera.com
Opinions are divided on the matter of the British constitution. On the one hand, the politicians, the civil service and the judiciary, along with their allies and dependents in the financial sector and the serious media, take the view tha...


Scottish independence: 36% of firms may move - Scotsman
9 Mar 2014 at 8:10am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 36% of firms may move
Scotsman
Concerns about independence have been raised by a string of Scottish businesses in recent weeks, including Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Standard Life, Royal Bank of Scotland, Alliance Trust and Aggreko. The heads of major oil companie...


Scottish independence: BBC rejects bias claims - Scotsman (blog)
11 Mar 2014 at 12:47pm

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: BBC rejects bias claims
Scotsman (blog)
John Robertson, a researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, claimed the BBC had threatened him following the publication of his study which concluded that there had been a three to two imbalance towards anti-i...


Scottish independence: balancing the books - BBC News
11 Mar 2014 at 6:19pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: balancing the books
BBC News
Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland isn't the most riveting read, but it matters a lot in the independence debate. It is the assessment of Scottish government statisticians of how much Scotland raises in tax, and how much is spent ...


Scottish independence: Citigroup says formal currency union 'unlikely' - BBC ...
7 Mar 2014 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Citigroup says formal currency union 'unlikely'
BBC News
The Scottish government said the pound was "as much Scotland's as it is the rest of the UK's". Citi's report on the implications of a vote for independence came as Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander...



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Opinion: Scots seem likely to reject independence ? this time - Montreal Gazette
11 Mar 2014 at 6:29pm

Montreal Gazette

Opinion: Scots seem likely to reject independence ? this time
Montreal Gazette
It was a cold shower for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and the number of people planning to vote Yes in the referendum dropped to 32 per cent, while the No vote remained unchanged at 57 per cent. The...


Allan Massie: No pointers in European election - Scotsman
11 Mar 2014 at 5:40pm

Allan Massie: No pointers in European election
Scotsman
IN A letter to this newspaper published yesterday, Mr William Ballantine from Bo'ness wrote: ?The SNP dominates Holyrood because its core vote of about 25 per cent always turns out to vote, and the rest of us didn't. A turnout of 50 per cent s...


Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war - Straig...
11 Mar 2014 at 5:12pm

Straight.com

Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war
Straight.com
It was a cold shower for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and the number of people planning to vote ?yes? in the referendum dropped to 32 percent, while the ?noes? remained unchanged at 57 percent. Lots ...


Scots seem likely to reject independence ? this time - Montreal Gazette
11 Mar 2014 at 4:46pm

Montreal Gazette

Scots seem likely to reject independence ? this time
Montreal Gazette
It was a cold shower for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and the number of people planning to vote Yes in the referendum dropped to 32 per cent, while the No vote remained unchanged at 57 per cent. The remainin...


SNP under-estimated deficit by £3bn, says Treasury - Scotsman
11 Mar 2014 at 3:26pm

SNP under-estimated deficit by £3bn, says Treasury
Scotsman
But the Treasury analysis claims that the debt per head in Scotland will be between £880 and and £1,000 more per head than the UK in 2016/17, the year the SNP propose independence would happen. Treasury officials estimate that by 2016/17 t...


Carney: RBS may have to leave independent Scotland - Scotsman
11 Mar 2014 at 3:18pm

Carney: RBS may have to leave independent Scotland
Scotsman
The warning came as the Governor also claimed Scotland would need currency reserves ?multiple times? the size of its GDP to withstand tests by the international markets on the SNP's preferred option of a currency union or continuing to inf...


Carney: RBS may have to leave indpendent Scotland - Scotsman (blog)
11 Mar 2014 at 2:54pm

Scotsman (blog)

Carney: RBS may have to leave indpendent Scotland
Scotsman (blog)
The warning came as the Governor also claimed Scotland would need currency reserves ?multiple times? the size of its GDP to withstand tests by the international markets on the SNP's preferred option of a currency union...


SNP's Alex Salmond 'Refuses to Listen to Warnings Over Independence' - Intern...
11 Mar 2014 at 2:01pm

International Business Times UK

SNP's Alex Salmond 'Refuses to Listen to Warnings Over Independence'
International Business Times UK
As the debate over the country's future intensified, Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the SNP leader was losing credibility after a series ...


England facing higher prescription charges - SNP (press release)
11 Mar 2014 at 12:54pm

England facing higher prescription charges
SNP (press release)
While patients south of the border will have to pay £8.25 for a single prescription by 2015/16, patients in Scotland will not pay a penny thanks to the SNP's move to abolish prescription charges and end the unfair tax on ill health. Com...


Scotland 'one of world's wealthiest countries' - Scotsman
11 Mar 2014 at 12:36pm

Scotsman

Scotland 'one of world's wealthiest countries'
Scotsman
It ranks 14th in world league tables, four places higher than the UK as a whole, prompting the SNP Government to declare Scotland ?can more than afford to be an independent country.? But Scotland has tumbled down six places from the 8t...



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Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war - Straig...
11 Mar 2014 at 5:12pm

Straight.com

Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war
Straight.com
The referendum on Scotland's independence is only six months away, and suddenly the cautious sparring between the Conservative-led coalition government in London and First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-indep...


Independence referendum: Devo max talks to agree enhanced powers for ... - Sc...
11 Mar 2014 at 3:49am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Devo max talks to agree enhanced powers for ...
Scottish Daily Record
Yesterday, former PM Gordon Brown also outlined his vision for a new relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK. As revealed in the Record, he outlined key changes to move a...


Scottish independence: Grangemouth 'not affected' by referendum vote - BBC News
10 Mar 2014 at 5:05am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Grangemouth 'not affected' by referendum vote
BBC News
"Increasing numbers of businesses - small, medium and large - are acknowledging that Scotland is an excellent place to do business, and will continue to be so after the referendum," the spokesman said. "With the f...


Sean Connery Denied Scottish Vote Open to Foreigners - Bloomberg
10 Mar 2014 at 4:09am

BBC News

Sean Connery Denied Scottish Vote Open to Foreigners
Bloomberg
Even as 800,000 Scots living abroad have no vote, Francis and Sliwinski are among the 17 percent of Scotland's population born outside the country, many of whom do have a say in the referendum. ?The choice about who gets to vote...


Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk' ...
5 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk'
BBC News
Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays have both cited the Scottish independence referendum as a potential risk to their businesses. In their annual reports, the banks listed the referendum alongside a raft of ...


Academic blasts coverage of research into referendum 'media bias' - stv.tv
11 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm

Scotsman (blog)

Academic blasts coverage of research into referendum 'media bias'
stv.tv
An academic who released research claiming "evidence of bias" in STV and BBC coverage of the referendum has hit out at the media for ignoring his work. Professor John Robertson of the University of the West of S...


Scotland's referendum: Salmond says independence will benefit whole UK - BBC ...
3 Mar 2014 at 9:49pm

BBC News

Scotland's referendum: Salmond says independence will benefit whole UK
BBC News
An independent Scotland with a strong economy would benefit the whole of the UK, First Minister Alex Salmond has told a gathering in London. In his New Statesman lecture the SNP leader said a post-Yes Scotland w...


Referendum jitters hit wealthy buyers in the Scottish housing market - The In...
9 Mar 2014 at 3:21pm

The Independent

Referendum jitters hit wealthy buyers in the Scottish housing market
The Independent
Scotland's natural beauty and quality of life, its educational establishments will always be a pull factor whatever the outcome of the referendum.? Sarah Speirs, director of the Royal Institution of ...


Crimea is not Scotland - Washington Post (blog)
7 Mar 2014 at 3:59pm

Washington Post (blog)

Crimea is not Scotland
Washington Post (blog)
Scotland decided to hold its referendum after the Scottish National Party won power on a platform that proposed independence. Those in Crimea's parliament who proposed its referendum were never voted into power, and were only put i...


Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ... - ...
2 Mar 2014 at 1:01pm

Daily Mail

Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ...
Daily Mail
Film star Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence when a referendum is held in September. The longtime independence advocate says in The Sun on Sunday newspaper that the opportunity ...



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Channel 4 - Strippers
11 Mar 2014 at 5:09pm
Durty bar stewards.

Hang That For A Feckin Job...
11 Mar 2014 at 2:35pm

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/wanted-sri-lanka-hangman-fear-gallows

 



A Housing Query Re Independence
11 Mar 2014 at 2:01pm

was asked by a work colleague what the Yes/Snp stance is on affordable housing new builds as it h...



Another Day Another Indy Poll
11 Mar 2014 at 9:36am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-within-snp-s-grasp-poll-1...



Zicolad/alan
11 Mar 2014 at 8:48am

Just had Zico's lassie on the phone, he's been admitted to Glasgow Royal.

 

I'll keep those that ...



Aberdeen City Council To Press On With Misuse Of Funds
11 Mar 2014 at 7:52am

BBC North East Scot @BBCNorthEast 32m

The Labour run @AberdeenCC administration is to proceed...



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11 Mar 2014 at 6:33am
A political party in New Zealand has promised a referendum on changing their flag - union flag in...

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11 Mar 2014 at 5:29am

Bob Crow



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10 Mar 2014 at 4:07pm
I've recently discovered this fantastic beer. I was wondering if anyone knew of any puns that sel...

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10 Mar 2014 at 3:29pm

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

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...

What?s the weather like in Montenegro?
by James
12 Feb 2014 at 9:49am
The latest round of “positive campaigning” from the Westminster parties centres again on the curr...

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Telegraph shoot themselves in foot with headline implying that Andy Murray pr...
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2014 at 1:05pm
I've seen some bizarre, logic-defying Telegraph headlines on the subject of independence in my ti...

Anti-independence campaign disgrace themselves yet again by ignoring evidence...
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2014 at 10:22am
Most of us on the pro-independence side, particularly those of us who make online comments about ...

Sagacity on Saturday : Dragging the Westminster parliament kicking and scream...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"The Honourable Gentleman keeps referring to 19th Century practices in this place. Does he not th...

Let's play rounders!
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2014 at 11:39am
I've just noticed something rather peculiar.  Of the seven BPC pollsters that have published refe...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP open up big Scottish Parliament lead
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 9:08pm
So now we turn to the other side of the coin when it comes to the Ipsos-Mori enigma - they may be...

A bit more on polling methodology
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 10:56am
I thought you might be interested in this comment left by a user on Reddit. (I stumbled across i...

Ipsos-Mori consolidate their status as the extreme outliers
by James Kelly
3 Mar 2014 at 11:39pm
One thing that we can certainly deduce from yesterday's Ipsos-Mori poll is that the Yes campaign ...

YouGov poll shows support for independence rising to its highest level of the...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 8:42pm
Apologies for being a bit later than usual with this poll - I've been having the week from hell. ...

Sagacity on Saturday : What Blairites mean when they talk about 'decentralisa...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"In the Soviet Union, whatever the Constitution said, in practice the constituent republics were ...

Am I genetically programmed to review last night's Sturgeon v Lamont debate? ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2014 at 3:15am

Derek Bateman's verdict was : "If there's been a worse 'debate' anywhere, I missed it."  To which...



So should Cameron debate with Salmond, or should he just butt out of the refe...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:45am
I can't tell you how honoured I was to start my Tuesday morning by having a brief exchange of vie...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes - now in graphical form!
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:10am
Huge thanks to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, which offers a visual accompaniment to th...

Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
As the evidence mounts that journalists in the mainstream media (including the BBC, the Scotsman ...

Norman Smith : I would say he's lost the plot, but did he ever have it?
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 2:37am
The BBC's Norman Smith, he of the cringe-inducing "Sassenachs" monologue, continues in his fearle...

YouGov subsample spectacular
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2014 at 5:48am
Just as a bit of fun, I thought it might be worth mentioning the results of the 206-strong Scotti...


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Daily Digest: TV #indyref bias to be explored and Leading economist backs sha...
by Stuart McDonald
11 Mar 2014 at 5:44am
According to the Herald, the Scottish Parliament is to investigate the findings of an academic re...

A Yes vote is the way to achieve tax and welfare powers Scotland needs
by Sean Lafferty
10 Mar 2014 at 10:31am
The fact that these former leaders agree that the Scottish Parliament needs significantly increas...

Daily Digest: Job insecurity, low pay and child poverty ? Westminster isn?t w...
by Stuart McDonald
10 Mar 2014 at 7:14am
The growth of zero-hours contracts is one of the reasons why so many hard-working people are fear...

Why we can, should and must be independent
by Stephen Noon
10 Mar 2014 at 5:10am

With six months to go to the referendum, the Yes campaign is moving up another gear. Between now ...



Westminster austerity offers Scotland's children a bleak future
by Sean Lafferty
9 Mar 2014 at 8:18am
A report by the Child Poverty Action Group has cast light on the damning future that could await ...

'A campaign based almost entirely on fear has lost the argument'
by Sean Lafferty
9 Mar 2014 at 8:10am
In today?s Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter asks whether recent No campaign economic interventions ...

Perspective: 'The UK is certainly not OK for many women'
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Mar 2014 at 8:01am
"UK OK" is the slogan for the Better Together campaign. The UK is OK...? I don't agree. In the ye...

Perspective: The importance of International Women's Day
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 10:11am
Green councillor Maggie Chapman explains that changing the perception of women?s contribution to ...

Perspective: A country where we can look after all of the people, all of the ...
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:43am
Businesswoman Helen MacDonough explores the chances offered to women by Scotland becoming indepen...

Perspective: Female involvement is vital in all aspects of this debate
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:40am
Amy McKechnie says that, with Yes, women can be part of creating a new type of society.

Perspective: A vote for independence is a vote for women
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:35am
Cat Boyd explains that a Yes vote is not just a vote for a new Scotland, but that it is a vote fo...

Daily Digest: Aviva chief says referendum a matter for Scots.
by Stuart McDonald
7 Mar 2014 at 5:09am
The Herald reports that the Yes campaign has been ?boosted? after the chief executive of insuranc...

Why a Yes vote is the key to a better and fairer deal for women in Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 4:29am
Women in Scotland want a better deal. They need it and they deserve it. By taking responsibility...

Perspective: I am excited at the prospect of what an independent Scotland can do
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 4:16am
Mother-of-two Pat Bremner explains why she has decided to vote Yes on 18 September.

Boss of UK's biggest insurance giant says referendum a matter for Scots
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 4:09am
Mark Wilson, Chief Executive of the UK's biggest insurance company, Aviva "We operate all around ...


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The Porridge - A Scottish satire website
11 Mar 2014 at 6:21am
Hello,   We launched comedy website The Porridge (http://theporridge.co.uk) just over a year ago,...

Cameron's poularity soars on Social Media
11 Mar 2014 at 1:22am
Unrelated to the Indy debate but an interesting insight into the mind of the Tory Westminster mac...

Predictions
9 Mar 2014 at 5:54pm
Just a bit of fun - so keep it sensible.

What do you think the final split in votes will be in th...

2015 UK general election voting intentions
9 Mar 2014 at 1:20pm

Stemming on from the other thread.

 

 

 

For me it would be Labour in the result of a no vote and...



Vince Cable, the rise of UKIP & the YES movement.
7 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Delivering a speech tonight outlining the divergent political ambitions between the Scottish Elec...

Yes Scotland Lady Gaga video goes viral!
7 Mar 2014 at 11:41am

A pro independence video of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube!

h...



The wonders of austerity
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31pm

A direct result of one of Ian Duncan Smith's policies.  I haven't seen this here yet, apologies i...



Better Together football match!
6 Mar 2014 at 10:42am

There might be a Better Together Cup!

Crazy story!

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/politics/...



Why is 'P&B' so disproportionately 'Yes' ?
6 Mar 2014 at 7:45am
Why does P&B contain such a disproportionate amount of 'Yes' voters ?      Is it just 'cause P&Bers ar...

More BetterTogether lies...
6 Mar 2014 at 4:58am
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/alex-salmond-london-is-dark-star-of-the-economy...

@ yes supporters: How will you react if the result is no
5 Mar 2014 at 10:10am

Just wondering.



We are #BetterTogether because...
4 Mar 2014 at 1:19pm

I have to argue this in some sort of debate type thing in university because my lecturer told me ...



Ukraine: A reason to vote no?
4 Mar 2014 at 8:03am

Of rUK couldn't afford nuke then the Russians could kill us all



New Labour writer accuses Scots of racism
4 Mar 2014 at 5:32am

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100261889/ukip-are-now-a-racist-party/

I point out to ...

Shite people write about the referendum on social media
3 Mar 2014 at 1:10pm

Some loony wrote this comment on a pro indy post somebody I was at school with made.

 

 

 

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Scotland is already a country apart, and a social democratic one | Peter Heth...
by Peter Hetherington
11 Mar 2014 at 1:37pm

For 15 years, the country has steered a course that is at odds with both New Labour and the coalition government

Hell hath no fury like leftish politicians scrapping over social policy. On the surfa...




North Sea oil is key to an independent Scotland | Gavin McCrone
by Gavin McCrone
11 Mar 2014 at 11:51am

The pound and the EU are important issues for the health of the economy. But without this revenue stream it would suffer

A small country may sometimes do better economically if it is independent tha...




Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer? | Nicola McEwen
by Nicola McEwen
11 Mar 2014 at 11:00am

Plans to scrap the bedroom tax and roll back other welfare reforms are all very well but a future Scottish government will be constrained by finances

At its height, the welfare state was a symbol of...




Carney: RBS may have to move HQ to England if Scots vote for independence
by Sean Farrell
11 Mar 2014 at 10:13am

'It's a distinct possibility,' Bank of England governor tells MPs, referring to EU rules on where banks can be headquartered

Royal Bank of Scotland may have to move its headquarters to England if Sc...




Scottish referendum has power to renew British politics | Severin Carrell
by Severin Carrell
11 Mar 2014 at 7:30am

Researchers are using the Scottish independence referendum to conduct a holistic study of voting patterns

Scottish independence? Its civil service is already there

Would independence make Scotland's ...




Why I'll be voting yes to Scottish independence | Bob Holman
by Bob Holman
11 Mar 2014 at 6:50am

An independent Scotland led by the Scottish National party would reduce poverty and narrow the gap between rich and poor

Scotland is already a country apart, and a social democratic one

I was born in...




Steve Bell on Gordon Brown and Scottish independence ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
10 Mar 2014 at 7:22pm

Former Labour PM calls for Scotland to have right to set tax and welfare policies

Steve Bell



Scotland: the Brown blueprint | Editorial
by Editorial
10 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm

Former PM has proposed Westminster should cede several fiscal levers of power to Holyrood

It was Alex Salmond who wanted to put enhanced devolution on the Scottish referendum ballot, and he may feel...




Lib Dems back Labour's post-Scottish referendum devolution proposals
by Severin Carrell
10 Mar 2014 at 12:28pm

Brown and Campbell urge parties to agree to devolve more powers to Holyrood in event of vote against independence

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are edging towards a post-referendum pact on furthe...




Scotland's dirty secret: it has Thatcherites too | Andy Beckett
by Andy Beckett
10 Mar 2014 at 6:24am

Tartan Toryism helped Thatcher win. After the referendum, we'll know how deep it really runs

Scotland has a dirty secret. Many Scots liked Thatcherism. But these people have been written out of hist...




Scottish independence: one in three firms could relocate after a yes vote
9 Mar 2014 at 6:04pm

Survation poll of 100 Scottish businesses shows 36% would consider moving following a yes vote on 18 September

More than a third of Scottish firms may relocate outside Scotland in the event of indep...




Alex Salmond demands apology over radiation leak at MoD test reactor
9 Mar 2014 at 4:05am

First minister says UK government 'disrespected' Scottish ministers by failing to reveal problem at Dounreay nuclear site

Alex Salmond has demanded an apology from David Cameron for failing to tell ...




Andy Murray keeps quiet on Scottish independence
9 Mar 2014 at 3:57am

Scottish Wimbledon champion says his views are not relevant as he cannot vote as a resident of England

Andy Murray will not make his views on Scottish independence known because he does not want a r...




Scottish independence: Alliance Trust starts registering companies in England
by Jennifer Rankin
7 Mar 2014 at 9:15am

Dundee-based pensions and savings firm says referendum is creating uncertainty for its customers and business

Dundee-based pensions and savings firm Alliance Trust has started registering companies ...




Danny Alexander: decision to rule out currency union with Scotland is final
by Nicholas Watt
7 Mar 2014 at 7:45am

Lib Dem says there are 'no ifs, no buts' amid fears in pro-UK camp that Scottish voters do not believe warnings on pound

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has said the decision o...




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