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Ukrainians attack Salmond for Putin letter
11 May 2014 at 9:02pm
Ukrainians in Scotland have criticised Alex Salmond for failing to apologise for comments apparently praising Russian president Vladimir Putin.

'When I met John Smith, I saw gravitas, decency and integrity'
9 May 2014 at 9:04pm
He has been described by many people as the greatest Prime Minister Britain never had.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
9 May 2014 at 9:03pm
Taking on the law

Miliband vows to give Scotland more powers if he is elected
9 May 2014 at 9:03pm
Ed Miliband has promised to hand "crucial" new powers to the Scottish Parliament if he is elected Prime Minister next year.

Women to close in on the frontline
8 May 2014 at 9:03pm
THE prospect of women serving on the combat frontline has moved a step closer after Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, announced he was bringing forward a review about whether or not they could join the infantry and armoured corps.

Greens going head to head with Ukip for European seat
8 May 2014 at 9:03pm

Barroso says UK is 'special case within EU'
8 May 2014 at 9:03pm
THE president of the European Commission has called for Britain to be treated as a special case in the European Union, and other member states "can and should" find ways to respond to its concerns over its position.

Intelligence agencies under scrutiny
8 May 2014 at 9:02pm
THE credibility of the security and intelligence agencies is being hit by ineffective oversight, an influential group of MPs has said.

A case of 'My brain is bigger than your brain'
7 May 2014 at 9:02pm
SIZE matters; in politics as well as in business.

UK Government set for action in Pfizer bid
7 May 2014 at 9:02pm
THE UK Government is set to do "what is necessary" in any takeover bid by the US drugs giant Pfizer for the UK's AstraZeneca, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has suggested, as David Cameron made clear the American company needs to provide more assurances on jobs and investment.

Humanists make their school point
6 May 2014 at 9:03pm
A HUMANIST group has used a slot at the Scottish Parliament to attack denominational education.

Think-tank experts warn of Help to Buy price-rise risks
6 May 2014 at 9:03pm
Tory-Lib Dem ministers may have to step in to cool soaring house prices - and restrict their flagship Help to Buy scheme - a leading international economic think tank has warned.

Coalition could intervene in Pfizer's AstraZeneca buyout
6 May 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government could intervene if the biggest takeover in British corporate history goes ahead.

Hague offers UK's 'practical help' to crisis-hit Ukraine
5 May 2014 at 9:03pm
William Hague has tried to reassure Ukraine that Britain is offering "practical help" to deal with the raging crisis in the country as he begins a tour of former Soviet states.

Clegg kicks off vote battle by attacking Ukip
5 May 2014 at 9:02pm
NICK CLEGG will today warn that Ukip has replaced his Liberal Democrats as Britain's protest vote as he launches its English local elections campaign.


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John Smith legacy ?can help image of politics?
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

A new centre dedicated to rehabilitating the image of public service has been launched at Glasgow University as a lasting tribute to the life and work of John Smith, the former Labour leader.



Salmond casts net wide for independence negotiators
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Alex Salmond has already started assembling the team that will negotiate Scottish independence in the event of a Yes vote in September’s referendum.



Salmond stops short of apology over Putin
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Alex Salmond has offered to meet members of the Ukrainian community in Scotland in a bid to defuse a row over his praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin.



Independence: Lottery winners give Yes camp £2.5m
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir have given £2.5 million to the pro-independence campaign in the past year, donation figures have revealed.



Cigarette packs ?could see whisky in trade war?
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTCH whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to ­introduce plain packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and the rest of the UK, MPs fear.



Scottish independence: Tragic to leave UK - Callow
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Actor Simon Callow has said it would be “tragic” if Scotland leaves the UK. The actor, 64, described Edinburgh as the “capital of the kingdom in the north” and said he would feel “diminished” in the event of a Yes vote.



Hundreds remember Glasgow factory blast tragedy
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial service yesterday to remember those killed in a gas explosion at a Glasgow 
factory ten years ago.



Nigeria: UK troops ?could help rescue girls?
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that British troops could be used to help rescue the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.



The Scotsman cartoon: Yes campaign lottery winners
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

A couple who won £161 million on the EuroMillions lottery have given £2.5million to the pro-independence campaign in the past year, donation figures have revealed.



New bankruptcy bill a balancing act
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

Legislation won’t please everyone, says Richard McMeeken



An appeal for the court of last resort
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm

In the event of independence, losing the Supreme Court may turn out to put Scottish law into a backward spin, says Michael Sheridan



Leaders: UK right to offer help in Nigeria
11 May 2014 at 4:00pm

PRIME Minister David Cameron has promised that Britain “will do what we can” to help find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.



Lesley Riddoch: No need to fan imaginary flames
11 May 2014 at 4:00pm

It’s not worth talking about reconciliation after the referendum – what’s needed is real debate now, writes Lesley Riddoch



Brian Monteith: Yes vote the end for Cameron
11 May 2014 at 4:00pm

Politicians should take the rap when wrong, so Salmond and Cameron better have resignation speeches ready, writes Brian Monteith



Scottish Green Party urges voters to back ?hope?
11 May 2014 at 11:53am

The Scottish Green Party has called on voters to back its message of “hope” in an attempt to send the party’s first MEP to Brussels.




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Stories of the week, 11/5/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 May 2014 at 2:39pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. Quoted For Truth Extra The first defection to Yes from inside “Better Together” itself. 2. The talk of the town What Alex Salmond really said to GQ, stripped of media hysteria. 3. What an arsehole looks like Vile taxpayer-funded scumbag abuses far superior […]

Odd spin out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 May 2014 at 9:22am
The Sunday Mail has a surprisingly low-key piece today about a new opinion poll commissioned by the paper through the little-known pollster Progressive Partnership (who aren’t a member of the British Polling Council) and conducted by YouGov. Oddly, it seems to have produced two very different sets of results. The Mail itself says the poll shows […]

A ball and a yard of grass
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 May 2014 at 5:23am
This morning’s Sunday Herald carries a typically sour and sneery quote from “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall in response to a Yes Scotland release of financial data relating to its campaign funding: “No-one would criticise the Weirs, who are ­longstanding SNP supporters. However, it is extraordinary that compared to the tens of thousands of small […]

Quoted For Truth Extra
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 May 2014 at 8:43am
Better Together co-ordinator defects to Labour For Independence With just over four months to go until the referendum, a disillusioned Better Together campaign co-ordinator has defected to Labour For Independence and declared his support for a Yes vote on September 18th. Gary Wilson, a Labour Party member, was for six months the local “Better Together” co-ordinator within the […]

Stripped bare
by Chris Cairns
10 May 2014 at 3:10am
We apologise on all sorts of levels.

Labour?s PR wing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2014 at 12:51pm
There doesn’t seem to have been a huge amount of coverage of Ed Miliband’s visit to Scotland today, presumably because there’s so little to report. The Labour leader came to Dundee and promised to commit to implementing the party’s feeble and essentially meaningless “Devo Nano” proposals - something that both he and Johann Lamont had already […]

The Arc Of Resurgency
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2014 at 10:29am
There’s not been much happening in the news today, folks, but luckily an alert reader came to the rescue with a story from the Financial Times that had slipped past us and which we have the oddest sensation the Scottish press won’t pick up either. “Ireland?s long-term borrowing costs have fallen below those of the […]

Say hello, wave goodbye
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 May 2014 at 4:16am
David Cameron tells the nation on this morning’s BBC News that the Conservatives are the party for those who want Britain out of the EU. Curiously, in England this statement is meant as a vote-winner. Each to their own.

Why Scotland can?t afford a No
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2014 at 3:52pm
We can do this in one picture, folks. Remember barely a fortnight ago, when the Tories were wailing about how there wasn’t enough immigration into Scotland to sustain its economy in the coming decades? Here’s a little snippet of data from a Survation poll for the Daily Mirror earlier this week. Well, there’s a dilemma, eh? […]

Quoted for truth #51
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 May 2014 at 11:00am
Owen Jones in the Guardian, 8 May 2014: “Despite being occasionally portrayed as the second coming of Vladimir Lenin, Labour’s key policies are a mixture of backing Tory spending plans for a year, real-term cuts to public sector pay, restoring the 50p tax (apparently temporarily), a short-term energy bill freeze and more secure private-sector tenancy […]


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John Smith Centre created in Glasgow
11 May 2014 at 6:00pm
A new centre promoting public service is to be created at the University of Glasgow, in memory of the late Labour leader John Smith.


Salmond offers Putin row meeting
11 May 2014 at 11:12am
The first minister offers to meet Ukrainians in Scotland after the row over his qualified praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin.


Kirk offers post-referendum service
11 May 2014 at 11:34am
Leaders from all sides of the referendum campaign have been invited to a Church of Scotland reconciliation service three days after the vote.


Lotto winners give £2.5m to Yes
11 May 2014 at 6:41am
A couple who won £161m on the Euromillions lottery gave a further £2.5m to the Scottish independence campaign in the past year.


Concern over civil justice shake-up
9 May 2014 at 9:23am
A planned government shake-up to improve access to Scotland's civil court system may not meet all the aims it has set out, MSPs say.


Miliband offers Scotland 'contract'
9 May 2014 at 7:59am
Ed Miliband promises to deliver new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Labour wins the 2015 UK general election.


UKIP will win Scotland seat - Farage
9 May 2014 at 2:41pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells a rally in Edinburgh that his party "will win a seat" in the European elections for the first time in Scotland.


PM: Scots vote 'not about my future'
9 May 2014 at 3:17am
David Cameron signals he would not quit as prime minister in the event of a "Yes" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.


Team Scotland 'possible' for Rio
9 May 2014 at 12:41am
An independent report concludes that there are 'no obvious barriers' to an independent Scotland competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Number of whooping cough cases falls
8 May 2014 at 6:23pm
A scheme encouraging pregnant women to be vaccinated against whooping cough helps to reduce the number of children affected by the illness.


Scotland to pilot 'Clare's law'
8 May 2014 at 11:26am
A scheme allowing people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence will be piloted in Scotland.


Lotto winners condemn indyref smears
8 May 2014 at 4:30am
A couple who won £161m on the Euromillions lottery call for an end to the "smears" which they say are blighting the Scottish independence debate.


Minister makes patient charge pledge
8 May 2014 at 11:59am
No patients will suffer financial loss as a result of implementing the recommendations contained in a review of long-term care, according to Health Secretary Alex Neil.


Thousands waiting longer in A&E
8 May 2014 at 8:42am
The number of patients waiting longer than the four hour target in accident and emergency departments has nearly tripled, says Audit Scotland.


Call for more female entrepreneurs
8 May 2014 at 8:32am
Scotland's economy could be boosted by 5% if more female entrepreneurs set up in business, argues the new women's employment secretary.


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New episode of White House drama
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 May 2014 at 2:21am

  By George Kerevan
 
YOU?D be laughed out of the room if you suggested it as the plot for a TV soap. Imagine: Hillary Clinton, the wife of a former (philandering) US president, gets her own back by going into politics and serving as a tough, no-nonsense foreign secretary. Now she plans to run for the White House itself.
 
Meanwhile, on their sprawling ranch in windy Texas, the oil-rich Bush clan are plotting to defeat Hillary and seize the US government for a third time. Patriarch George H, who founded the family fortune wildcatting in the Gulf of Mexico, was briefly president before being defeated by Hillary?s ?good old boy? husband, Bill. He nurtures a grudge.



Listening to Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 May 2014 at 11:33am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The 1965 German general election campaign was an enervating affair. Conservative Chancellor Ludwig Erhard was a stolid character. His Social Democratic counterpart, Willy Brandt, was livelier but wary of saying anything interesting least he be branded a 'Communist'. So he played it safe ? and boring.



The latest NHS waiting time 'crisis' - I smell a rat
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 May 2014 at 4:58pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday we had the latest attempt by Labour and their media cronies to present the NHS in Scotland as somehow in crisis and at breaking point.
 
The usual headlines appeared on BBC Scotland online news, and Radio Scotland?s morning news programme Good Morning Scotland went through its now familiar routine of repeating the headline at regular intervals.



Scottish Secular Society announces backing for Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 May 2014 at 1:41pm

The Scottish Secular Society (SSS) has today announced its support for a YES vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
 
The decision was taken after extensive consultations with its members, who have supported this stance by more than 90% of the votes cast in an online poll. Dr Elliot Bulmer, in a submission below, briefly sets out the reasons why the SSS has chosen to support Scottish independence.



Punching above our weight
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 May 2014 at 3:10pm

By Hamish Scott
 
The phrase ?punching above our weight? is popular with Unionists. They apply it in at least three ways: that, variously, Scotland, England, and the United Kingdom as a whole, each punch above their weight because of the Union.
 
This article looks at how the UK and Scotland ?punch above their weight? in the world, and how that would, or could, be affected by Scottish independence. 



The UK isn't working
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 May 2014 at 11:58am

  By Campbell Martin
 
Announced last week, the Tory-led UK Government's new 'Help to Work' scheme is nothing more than yet another attack on the unemployed.
 
An adaptation to the existing 'Work Programme', the new element will see people either forced to work for no pay or attend a Jobcentre every day.



It's a No to the BBC's referendum coverage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 May 2014 at 5:35pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Is the BBC having a good referendum campaign?  Not on your nelly.  Each day brings fresh accusations of bias, selective reporting, misrepresentation and lack of imagination.

This week's clutch of accusers make unlikely bedfellows ? the former Unionist leader Lord Trimble insists he did not tell the BBC a Yes vote in Scotland would lead to violence in Ulster; the National Collective says millionaire-funded, London-based "No Borders" was misrepresented as a grassroots Glasgow-based organisation



BBC Scotland - Inept or Corrupt?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 May 2014 at 4:42pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

There was an interesting exchange of views on Derek Bateman's blog towards the end of last week. 

The former BBC man, who is now firmly in the Yes camp and arguing passionately for a Yes vote, had what is best described as a healthy exchange of views with those who post comments beneath his online offerings.



Colin Fox to address the Oxford Union
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 May 2014 at 4:52am

SSP national spokesman Colin Fox has been invited to address the Oxford Union next week on the motion 'This House believes Scotland should be an Independent country'. His invitation gives the Scottish Socialist Party the chance to take our case for an independent socialist Scotland to students at Britain's elite university. This is a preview of his speech.

By Colin Fox

With the Independence referendum just five months away and the polls now showing that the contest is neck and neck, Scotland is gripped by this debate in a way never seen before.



Why did an RAF Chinook crash into the Mull of Kintyre?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 May 2014 at 9:47am

By Steuart Campbell

The 2nd of June will see the 20th anniversary of the RAF?s worst peacetime accident: the crash of a Chinook helicopter (ZD576) into the Mull of Kintyre in 1994 killing all 29 occupants. The 25 passengers were all top security specialists involved in planning secret tactics against the IRA in Northern Ireland, the origin of the flight. They were on their way to a conference at Fort George.




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Reconciliation, and Truth
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 12:41pm

 Today the Church of Scotland has come out with what’s being called a reconciliation service after the referendum. The Rev John Chalmers, soon to be installed as the moderator of t...



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Sturgeon pension challenge to Westminster parties | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 12:37pm

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (Sunday) called on Westminster to come clean on the level that the new single tier state pension - due to be introduced in 2016 - will be set at.



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Darling sidelined as No camp scaremongering flops | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 12:31pm

Reports today that Alistair Darling is being ‘sidelined’ as leader of the No campaign are a clear admission that Project Fear’s negative campaign is failing, the SNP have said.



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Yes Scotland welcomes support from chief devolution architect | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 11:54am


Peter A Bell's insight:

Yes Scotland today welcomed the decision of Canon Kenyon Wright, one of the chief architects of Scottish devolution, to back a Yes vote on September 18.



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How Westminster has mismanaged Scotland's oil wealth | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 11:52am

The Sunday Herald today has reported on a report from Gavin McCrone in 1976 that shows that "Jim Callaghan's government chose to spend the tax revenues from oil immediately, a pattern that continues to this day, leaving the UK and Iraq as the only oil-producing nations in the world without some f...



Yes Scotland publishes details of campaign donations | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 11:49am

Yes Scotland today publishes details of donations to the campaign, including contributions from those who have given more than £7,500, since April 1 last year.



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Labouring after a Yes
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 11:12am

There’s a fair bit of obsession with what happens after a No vote. I’ve written about it myself and believe that it will pile unbelievable pressure on Labour as the lead No party to deliver somethi...

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Odd spin out
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 11:04am

The Sunday Mail has a surprisingly low-key piece today about a new opinion poll commissioned by the paper through the little-known pollster Progressive Partnership (who aren't a member of the Briti...

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Scottish Independence: Carmichael?s new UK booklet
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 9:58am

BEING PART of the UK offers Scotland the “best of both worlds”, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said as he launched a booklet about its benefits.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Carmichael really is a clown. Anybody who can describe the financial sector as “vibrant and secure” must be playing for la...



Lottery-winning Weirs donate £2.5m more to the Yes campaign
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 8:29am

EUROLOTTERY winners Chris and Colin Weir have given a further £2.5 million to the campaign for independence, the Sunday Herald can reveal.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The usual inanity from Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall who still hasn't grasped the true nature of the Yes campaign. H...



Devolution architect comes out in support of a Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 7:52am
ONE of the architects of devolution has come out in support of a Yes vote in the referendum.

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Exclusive: McCrone 2, secret report which advised Westminster to set up oil fund
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 7:40am
LABOUR ministers were repeatedly advised in the 1970s to set up an oil fund to secure a legacy from the North Sea but failed to do so, newly unearthed archive papers have revealed.

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Douglas Alexander?s referendum olive branch to SNP
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 7:34am

LABOUR is to invite the SNP to work with it to create a new era of devolution, if Scotland votes against independence in the September referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Douglas Alexander proposes a new constitutional convention in the event of a No vote in Scotland's independence referendum.* But...



Why Glasgow is the Scottish independence game-breaker
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 6:42am

Nurturing and regenerating the city has never been more important for the country as a whole



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PM's coat on a shoogly peg - but feart to debate | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
11 May 2014 at 6:32am



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John Smith tragedy: Widow of Labour leader hopes his commitment to public ser...
by dailyrecord
11 May 2014 at 9:00pm
ON the 20th anniversary of John's death, his wife ELIZABETH SMITH reflects on losing her husband and reveals why she hopes the centre in his name can restore the reputation of the role of public servants.


Alex Salmond set to meet angry Ukrainians who confronted him over his praise ...
by dailyrecord
11 May 2014 at 5:40pm
THE First Minister sparked outrage in the Ukrainian community when he said it was a "good thing" that Putin has "substantially restored Russian pride".


Sunday Mail opinion poll: Gap closes between the Yes and No campaigns but Bet...
by Mark Aitken
11 May 2014 at 5:52am
A SUNDAY MAIL opinion poll carried out by the firm that was first to predict the SNP winning a majority at Holyrood in 2011 reveals that time could be running out for the Yes campaign to attract enough voters to win on September 18.

Independence referendum: Full results of the Sunday Mail's exclusive poll
by dailyrecord
11 May 2014 at 5:52am
THE latest poll indicates that the gap between the Yes and No campaigns is narrowing - but that Better Together still retains a significant lead.


John McTernan: 20 years on from the death of Labour leader John Smith the par...
by dailyrecord
11 May 2014 at 3:05am
McTERNAN, a former advisor to Tony Blair, says Labour should honour the legacy of its former leader by matching his imagination and determination. 


Edinburgh hears Salmond's plea for peaceful UKIP protest, one year after Fara...
by David Clegg
10 May 2014 at 3:17am
Edinburgh has peacefully demonstrated UKIP's capital visit after First Minister Alex Salmond called for the Scottish people to tone down their protests in light of last year's tensions.


Ed Miliband pledges to hand 'crucial' new powers to the Scottish Parliament i...
by dailyrecord
9 May 2014 at 7:41am
HE used a visit to Dundee to announce a new "contract" with the people of Scotland - five key pledges that he vowed Labour would deliver in its first batch of legislation.


Ukip is poised to make its breakthrough in Scotland at the European election ...
by dailyrecord
9 May 2014 at 4:49am
NIGEL Farage is expected to be in Edinburgh tonight to back David Coburn's European campaign - almost exactly a year since the leader had to be rescued by police from a group of rowdy protesters in the Scottish capital.


David Cameron: I won't resign as Prime Minister if Scotland votes for indepen...
by dailyrecord
9 May 2014 at 4:45am
ASKED if he would quit if he presided over the break-up of the United Kingdom, Mr Cameron said he intended to spend "every one of the next 364 days" before the 2015 general election pursuing his long-term economic plan.


Ed Miliband's pledge to Scots: Vote No in referendum and I'll deliver more ho...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 May 2014 at 2:46am
THE Labour leader will deliver a bold message in Dundee today, vowing to improve taxation powers, employment and housing benefit north of the border should Scotland vote No and his party win next May's General Election.


Alex Salmond accused of caring more about referendum than health of Scots aft...
by David Clegg
8 May 2014 at 6:01pm
LABOUR accused the First Minister of neglecting the health of Scots after the Audit Scotland report revealed increasing waiting times in A&E.


Record View: Ed Miliband shows that he's got real backbone
by Record View
8 May 2014 at 6:01pm
IF Ed Miliband is to succeed in keeping Scotland part of the UK, RECORD VIEW says Labour must take nothing for granted in the months leading to the referendum.


A law giving people the right to know if their partner has a history of domes...
by dailyrecord
8 May 2014 at 6:50am
THE Chief Constable has proposed a new group to look at the so-called Clare's Law, which has already been trialled in England and Wales, First Minister Alex Salmond revealed.


Euromillions lottery winners who scooped £161 million defend their decision t...
by dailyrecord
8 May 2014 at 3:26am
CHRIS and Colin Weir, who claimed the prize in 2011, have made a rare public statement in the face of criticism of their donations, which include £1 million to Yes Scotland last year.


Record View: Our NHS needs a shot in the arm
by Record View
8 May 2014 at 3:08am
RECORD VIEW says a devastating report published today shows that over the last seven years, the SNP have a lot to answer for on the NHS.


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by BBC Scotlandshire
11 May 2014 at 2:37pm

Why Cameron must resign
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Price for failure must be resignation for Cameron and independence for the idiot Scotch

Cameron told "You'll have to go, if you can't even keep the family pet in lin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 May 2014 at 1:09pm
Cameron told "You'll have to go, if you can't even keep the family pet in line".


Why Cameron must resign
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Price for failure must be resignation for Cameron and independence for the idiot Scotch

Labour MP disappears : New fears for the Chairchoob.
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 May 2014 at 2:13pm
Labour MP disappears : New fears for the Chairchoob.


Labour MP disappears suddenly - family 'concerned for his safety'
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Fuc*ing good idea, though, enthused the Chief Whip, we could toss all those Welsh tossers back to Wales.

More shocking revelations emerge from THAT interview in GQ.
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 May 2014 at 4:51pm
More shocking revelations emerge from THAT interview in GQ.


Salmond admires Campbell: FM in gay marriage shocker
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All of these commentators, while contorting to find a sufficiently damning interpretation of the SNP leader's words, appear to have missed the most startling revel...

Wee Ginger Dug reveals the truth about the "Nation of Drunks".
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 May 2014 at 2:11pm
Wee Ginger Dug reveals the truth about the "Nation of Drunks".


Last orders in a nation of drunks
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Whit dae yese waant tae chynge it fur? Jist gaunnie no? Fuckn Alicsammin.

Salmond accused - ‘personally responsible’ for cancelling Firefly!
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 May 2014 at 2:02pm
Salmond accused - ?personally responsible? for cancelling Firefly!


What the Papers Say - North British Post on Firefly
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A spokesperson for Salmond declined to comment, saying only ?Firefly? Christ. What?ll you blame him for next, the way that Lost ended??.

Beatles now not only "foreign", but lampooned by vicious Natz - a sad day for...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 May 2014 at 7:14pm
Beatles now not only "foreign", but lampooned by vicious Natz - a sad day for Liverpool.


Splittist songster shites on Great British culture
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No self respecting Scotlandshire wifie, who would surely know her way around a kitchen, would attempt to microwave soup when she had...

Sell Out! BBC Scotlandshire exposes the naked opportunism of some in the spli...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 May 2014 at 3:38pm
Sell Out! BBC Scotlandshire exposes the naked opportunism of some in the splittist referendum. (PS we have lots of souvenir copies of today's Sunday Herald.)


Sell Out!
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A new underwater campaign, headed by Union stalwarts Lady Alba and Greg Moodie, is set to blow the split...

In anticipation of our Sellout special, we bring you this historic image.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 May 2014 at 1:13pm
In anticipation of our Sellout special, we bring you this historic image.




Sunday Herald finally sells out! Separatist blamed. Read our exclusive expos&...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 May 2014 at 5:41am
Sunday Herald finally sells out! Separatist blamed. Read our exclusive exposé, coming soon.




We note that a minor publication appears to be supporting splittism. We are u...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 May 2014 at 4:22pm
We note that a minor publication appears to be supporting splittism. We are unconcerned.


Sunday Herald - Bastirts!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Bastirts! Fuc*ing Bastirts!

We triumph the achievements of the U-KOK online campaigners - especially newc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 May 2014 at 4:15pm
We triumph the achievements of the U-KOK online campaigners - especially newcomers VOTE NOB ORDERS.


Unionists triumph on the internet
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In an exciting new development, BBC London has spent simply HOURS promoting a new grassroots campaign called VOTE NOB ORDERS.

World condemns Salmond for praising Beelzebub.
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 May 2014 at 3:52pm
World condemns Salmond for praising Beelzebub.


Salmond?s sympathy for the Devil
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
To call Satan a freedom fighter and God a dictator is simply staggering.

From a Swiss cartoon, we rescued this discarded pair of pants, and used them ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm
From a Swiss cartoon, we rescued this discarded pair of pants, and used them to save the Union.
Blow for Salmond as referendum revealed to be "a sham"
and
Blow for splittists as No voters flood north
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html




For your delectation, Scotlandshires's most interesting MP - a match for Jam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Apr 2014 at 2:33pm
For your delectation, Scotlandshires's most interesting MP - a match for James Kelly MSP any day!


Scottish political movers and shakers No 10 - Brian Donohoe
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Donohoe reached the pinnacle of his political career as Secretary of the Westminster Parliamentary Rangers Suppor...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Reconciliation, and Truth
by bellacaledonia
11 May 2014 at 12:30pm
By J. Simon Jones Today the Church of Scotland has come out with what?s being called a reconciliation service after the referendum. The Rev John Chalmers, soon to be installed as the moderator of the Church of Scotland, is quoted... Read More ›

Eurovision
by bellacaledonia
10 May 2014 at 4:02am
By Jamie Maxwell There is a theory going around that, despite a few superficial differences, the SNP and UKIP actually have a lot in common; that Scottish nationalists and English eurosceptics share the same small-minded, separatist view of the world.... Read More ›

Celebrating Eorpa
by bellacaledonia
9 May 2014 at 8:23am
By Toni Giugliano, Italian-born Scot (candidate for the European elections) The hype over Romanian and Bulgarian migrants marked one of the most depressing aspects of Westminster politics, not because it was incited by UKIP but because the Westminster parties chose... Read More ›


Realfinanz
by bellacaledonia
9 May 2014 at 5:59am
By John S Warren The NIESR ?Monetary Union and Fiscal Constraints? (No.288, May, 2014) argues that currency union will not work because the evidence shows that such currency unions have not tended to last. Unfortunately the evidence presented by NIESR... Read More ›

Permitted Participants
by bellacaledonia
8 May 2014 at 2:58pm
By Mike Small Apart from the terrible language – ‘Permitted Participants’ suggests others are not permitted – the registration for the Electoral Commission is a marker of the wider movement. Now that the Scottish Independence Convention, National Collective, GenYes have... Read More ›

Doubt?
by bellacaledonia
7 May 2014 at 5:48am
By Mike Small Standing on the steps of No 10 Margaret Thatcher spoke these words: “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony … may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is... Read More ›

A Question of Sport
by bellacaledonia
6 May 2014 at 3:18pm
By Daibhidh Rothach Around a decade ago, still with the naive belief that a Scots-speaking ‘ned’ from the South West would be given any sort of opportunity amidst the rampant prejudice of Gaeldom and its cultural environs, I sat in... Read More ›

Changing Scotland
by bellacaledonia
6 May 2014 at 7:38am
By Mike Small The announcement from the Sunday Herald couldn’t have been imagined a few years ago (‘The prize is a better country. It’s as simple as that.’) We’re in the middle of rapid change. This isn’t to suggest that... Read More ›


Celebrating Separatism
by bellacaledonia
5 May 2014 at 4:45pm
By J. Simon Jones ?Ordinary People.? ?Ordinary Hard Working People.? ?Ordinary Scots.? Spot the odd one out? There isn?t one, it?s just that the last is also the newest-touted with relish on the No Borders? website . Really they?re all... Read More ›


Media Wars
by bellacaledonia
3 May 2014 at 3:11pm
By Mike Small Asking Ian Jack to write about new media is a little like asking Ray Reardon to comment on Grand Theft Auto. From a man who seems to have made a living writing a column about steam trains... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Lotto winners give further £2.5m to Yes - BBC News
11 May 2014 at 12:07pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lotto winners give further £2.5m to Yes
BBC News
A couple who won £161m on the Euromillions lottery have given a further £2.5m to the Scottish independence campaign in the past year. Yes Scotland figures show Chris and Colin Weir each donated £1.25m, after a £1m donat...


Scottish Independence Vote Could Set Off EU Exodus - New York Times
11 May 2014 at 3:53am

Herald Scotland

Scottish Independence Vote Could Set Off EU Exodus
New York Times
If the Scots vote to leave Britain in September, that could set off a chain reaction that leads to the rest of Britain's quitting the European Union. This is a threat British pro-Europeans need to take seriously, given...


Scottish independence: Call for UK cities to be given greater powers - BBC News
9 May 2014 at 11:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Call for UK cities to be given greater powers
BBC News
The Core Cities Group made the plea for greater devolution to the cities as it met in Glasgow for the first time. Enhancing their economic powers would help cities create jobs and grow their economies, they said. ...


Scottish independence: Athletes 'could choose Team Scotland' for Rio Olympics...
9 May 2014 at 12:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Athletes 'could choose Team Scotland' for Rio Olympics
BBC News
Scottish athletes could choose between Team GB and Team Scotland for the 2016 Olympics, if the country votes for independence, a report has said. The independent analysis was compiled by former Labour fir...


Scottish independence: Ed Miliband offers new 'contract' with Scotland - BBC ...
9 May 2014 at 9:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ed Miliband offers new 'contract' with Scotland
BBC News
Ed Miliband has promised new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Labour wins the 2015 UK general election. The Labour leader said a Scotland Bill would be included in his government's first Queen's Speech. The...


Scottish independence: Sectarianism fears as Orange Order to march in ... - T...
11 May 2014 at 3:52pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: Sectarianism fears as Orange Order to march in ...
The Independent
EuroMillions lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir have given a further £2.5m to the independence campaign. The staunch SNP supporters, who gave £1m to Yes Scotland in 2013, are among more than 1...


David Cameron suggests he will not resign over Scottish independence - Telegr...
9 May 2014 at 6:57am

Telegraph.co.uk

David Cameron suggests he will not resign over Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked whether he would resign if Scotland votes Yes to independence, Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 5 Live: "My name is not appearing on the ballot paper. I don't even have a vote in this Scottish referen...


Scottish independence: Lottery winners call for end to 'smears' - BBC News
8 May 2014 at 3:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lottery winners call for end to 'smears'
BBC News
A couple who won £161m on the Euromillions lottery have called for an end to the "smears" which they said were blighting the Scottish independence debate. Colin and Chris Weir are reported to have given £3m of their fo...


Scottish Independence: Westminster Blind to 'Armageddon Scenario' if Scotland...
9 May 2014 at 7:45am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: Westminster Blind to 'Armageddon Scenario' if Scotland ...
International Business Times UK
It is being called the Armageddon scenario. What exactly will happen if all the polls and political certainties are turned on their heads and Scotland vot...


Scottish Independence: EIS launches manifesto - Scotsman
9 May 2014 at 4:30am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: EIS launches manifesto
Scotsman
CAMPAIGNERS on both sides of the independence debate are being challenged to set out their support for education in Scotland. Teachers' leaders in the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) union have today launched their own manifesto...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

Lottery pair's £2.5m for Scots: Couple have provided over 80% of funding for ...
11 May 2014 at 9:46pm

Daily Mail

Lottery pair's £2.5m for Scots: Couple have provided over 80% of funding for 'yes ...
Daily Mail
It shows that the Ayrshire couple, who won £161m in a Euromillions draw in 2011, has donated a total of £4.5m to SNP and the Yes campaign since their win - £1.5m more than had previously been ...


SNP's prospects - Scotsman
11 May 2014 at 6:03pm

SNP's prospects
Scotsman
The SNP's efforts to recruit support for independence had Nicola Sturgeon recently pleading with Labour voters to vote Yes. Historically, what other political party has relentlessly slated the opposition, but then attempted to publicly recruit its supporters?



The Scotsman cartoon: Yes campaign lottery winners - Scotsman
11 May 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

The Scotsman cartoon: Yes campaign lottery winners
Scotsman
A couple who won £161 million on the EuroMillions lottery have given £2.5million to the pro-independence campaign in the past year, donation figures have revealed. SNP supporters Chris and Colin Weir, who claimed the prize in 2011,...


4 Independence: Lottery winners give Yes camp £2.5m - Scotsman
11 May 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

4 Independence: Lottery winners give Yes camp £2.5m
Scotsman
Better Together said the fact that the nationalist campaign relies on one source for nearly 80 per cent of funding was proof that Yes Scotland had little support beyond ?the usual SNP sources?. Better Together campaign director Bl...


SNP student leader in racism row for calling David Cameron an English t*** - ...
11 May 2014 at 12:11pm

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP student leader in racism row for calling David Cameron an English t***
Telegraph.co.uk
Roisin McLaren, president of Edinburgh University's SNP branch, said that she had ignored the Prime Minister's pleas to save the Union because it was ?an English t*** telling us all what to do....


Yes Scotland almost entirely bankrolled by lottery winners - Telegraph.co.uk
11 May 2014 at 11:36am

Telegraph.co.uk

Yes Scotland almost entirely bankrolled by lottery winners
Telegraph.co.uk
... than the pro-UK Better Together group. The latest donation figures were published amid Yes Scotland's attempts to convince undecided Scots, and particularly Labour voters, that a vote for independence does...


Labour to invite SNP to make devolution work if Scotland votes No - Herald Sc...
11 May 2014 at 6:09am

Herald Scotland

Labour to invite SNP to make devolution work if Scotland votes No
Herald Scotland
SNP MSP Bruce Crawford said: "We are entirely focused on achieving a Yes vote in September in the best interests of Scotland - and are confident of doing so with the polls now virtually neck and neck. W...


Scottish independence: Lotto winners give further £2.5m to Yes - BBC News
11 May 2014 at 12:07pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lotto winners give further £2.5m to Yes
BBC News
The pro-Union group indicated Yes Scotland was catching up with its own disclosure on donations, but said the figures showed the independence campaign relied on one "SNP source" for nearly 80% of its funding. The indepe...


Lottery duo give £2.5m to Yes camp - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
11 May 2014 at 11:42am

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Lottery duo give £2.5m to Yes camp
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
A couple who won £161 million on the EuroMillions lottery have given £2.5million to the pro-independence campaign in the past year, donation figures have revealed. SNP supporters Chris and Colin Weir...


Secret paper shows Labour rejected oil fund - SNP (press release)
11 May 2014 at 11:23am

Secret paper shows Labour rejected oil fund
SNP (press release)
Secret papers show that the Labour Westminster Government of the late 1970s were repeatedly told by their chief economic adviser to set up an oil fund. However, the then Prime Minister James Callaghan rejected the report ? despite a wa...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Orange Order may stage pro-Union march on eve of Scottish referendum - Herald...
11 May 2014 at 1:21am

Herald Scotland

Orange Order may stage pro-Union march on eve of Scottish referendum
Herald Scotland
Although most of those taking part will be from Scotland, the fiercely pro-Union Protestant movement also expects some Orange bands from Northern Ireland "to show support". Loading article content. T...


Latest poll: Yes 34%, No 54%, Undecided 12% - Herald Scotland
11 May 2014 at 6:50am

Herald Scotland

Latest poll: Yes 34%, No 54%, Undecided 12%
Herald Scotland
More than half of voters could reject independence for Scotland in the referendum, a new poll suggests. More than half of voters could reject independence for Scotland in the referendum, a new poll suggests. The survey, publ...


Scottish independence: Referendum vote details unveiled - BBC News
7 May 2014 at 8:04am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum vote details unveiled
BBC News
Voters will be sent polling cards for the Scottish independence referendum a month before the ballot. The chief counting officer for the referendum, Mary Pitcaithly, has instructed the country's 32 councils to send out the car...


Scotland's referendum: Eight things that connect Wales with Scotland - BBC News
8 May 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Scotland's referendum: Eight things that connect Wales with Scotland
BBC News
What kind of relationship would Scotland have with the rest of the UK if independence were to happen? UK Chancellor George Osborne says Scotland and the rest of the UK would become foreign countries. However, Scot...


In Scotland's independence referendum, Lady Alba is voting 'Naw!' - Public Ra...
6 May 2014 at 11:56am

Public Radio International

In Scotland's independence referendum, Lady Alba is voting 'Naw!'
Public Radio International
Zara is in her late 20s and a scientist. She got her PhD a couple of years ago in ecology and now works doing outreach for the annual Glasgow Science Festival. She's planning to vo...


Scottish independence: Kirk offers post-vote 'healing' service - BBC News
10 May 2014 at 6:46pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Kirk offers post-vote 'healing' service
BBC News
Leaders from all sides of the referendum campaign have been invited to a Church of Scotland reconciliation service three days after the vote. The service, at Edinburgh's St Giles' Cathedral on 21 September, will focus o...


Hundreds protest as Farage claims UKIP can win Scottish seats - stv.tv
9 May 2014 at 2:40pm

stv.tv

Hundreds protest as Farage claims UKIP can win Scottish seats
stv.tv
A European election breakthrough for UKIP in Scotland would expose the independence referendum as "a misnomer", according to Nigel Farage. Speaking ahead of a speech in Edinburgh, the UKIP leader insisted his party is poised...


Sunday Mail opinion poll: Gap closes between the Yes and No campaigns but ......
11 May 2014 at 6:00am

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Sunday Mail opinion poll: Gap closes between the Yes and No campaigns but ...
Scottish Daily Record
More than 1300 Scots were interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday, with 88 per cent of them saying they definitely planned to vote in the referendum. Asked if Scotland s...


Referendum debate 'needs to improve' - BBC News
1 May 2014 at 1:29am

BBC News

Referendum debate 'needs to improve'
BBC News
Both sides of the independence debate need to "step up their game" in the final months of the referendum campaign, according to a survey of Scottish businesses. The survey for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) found more than half of respo...


Scottish independence: CBI reverses referendum stance - BBC News
25 Apr 2014 at 1:02pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: CBI reverses referendum stance
BBC News
The CBI is to attempt to reverse its position as a registered campaigner against Scottish independence. The business lobby group registered last week with the Electoral Commission, allowing it to spend up to £150,000 in campaign...



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Referendum Reconciliation
11 May 2014 at 8:22pm
http://m.stv.tv/news/scotland/274817-church-of-scotland-to-host-post-referendum-reconciliation-se...

The Eu, Efta And Out Of Europe
11 May 2014 at 1:29pm
Coming from a fishing comunity i have witnessed first hand the "bad side" of being in the eu,with...

How Many Young Tories Can You Fit In A Phone Box?
11 May 2014 at 10:26am

OK own up. How many of you youngsters had tickets for this.

 

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/pol...



So, Will A Bbc Radio Dj Playing Oliver's Army Will Get The Sack?
11 May 2014 at 9:50am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/after-jeremy-clarkson-row-veteran-dj-is-forced-t...



Vote Winner For Yes Campaign
11 May 2014 at 3:47am

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/orange-order-may-stage-pro-union-march-on-...



Take That.............. You Twats
10 May 2014 at 5:40pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27356896

 

Will they be treated with the same distain as a builder c...



Generation War
10 May 2014 at 5:22pm
German soap opera based 1941 to 1945.

Creating alot of debate on victimisation of germans.

Only c...

Bigots Wish To Hold Anti Yes Rally
10 May 2014 at 5:12pm
sunday herald @newsundayherald · 32m

Exclusive: Orange order hope to stage big pro-union rally i...



Fifa14 On Xbox
10 May 2014 at 12:58pm

Some woman I'm following on twitter seems to have a problem with xbox/microsoft. She set the game...



'best Of Both Worlds'
10 May 2014 at 11:50am

BT's one minute film launched in cinemas throughout May.

 

Beamer cringe alert. 

 

 




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

Labour and the SNP are out of touch
by James
5 May 2014 at 7:21am
Over the weekend some Labour candidates wrote to the papers in support of cautious and gradual ra...

Londoners and Leithers, struggling together
by Dom
2 May 2014 at 8:58am
Walking around Westfield Statford City, a sweeping arc of restaurant chains and pretend outdoor h...

I, nationalist.
by Dom
28 Apr 2014 at 10:01am
I?ve never been one to call the Deputy First Minister by her first name, as if we?re just mates. ...

National or Northern? One is far healthier than the other
by Dom
21 Apr 2014 at 4:21pm
There was, for a space of about six months between the release of the White Paper on Independence...

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...


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

Scot Goes Pop Fundraiser : For accurate reporting of Indyref Polls
by James Kelly
23 May 2014 at 12:14am
Click here to go straight to the Indiegogo fundraising page.

(Note : This is now a 'sticky' post t...

Huge surge in support for independence in remarkable new poll from Progressiv...
by James Kelly
11 May 2014 at 8:13am
I mentioned in my post this morning that my decision to introduce a Poll of Polls on this blog wa...

My prediction for the Eurovision final
by James Kelly
9 May 2014 at 6:24pm
I absolutely bloody loathe country music.  One fine sunny day when I was a teenager, my sister an...

From Holland, with love
by James Kelly
8 May 2014 at 5:54pm
Not, as you might think, a reference to the seemingly increasing chance that the Netherlands are ...

My prediction for Thursday's Eurovision semi-final
by James Kelly
7 May 2014 at 11:10pm
This is the weaker of the two semis in the sense that it doesn't feature any of the favourites, b...

This one will make your head hurt
by James Kelly
7 May 2014 at 6:44pm
There's one advantage of Scotland being an independent country that isn't even up for debate - we...

The Ipsos-Mori mystery
by James Kelly
7 May 2014 at 9:44am
There was a rumour doing the rounds on Twitter last night that the No campaign recently commissio...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Eurovision Edition
by James Kelly
7 May 2014 at 5:00am
"Why, darling, you don't come?
The day after marriage, I went in the streets with my bride
She want...


Went to desert, made it rain, swam through a shark tank bloodily
by James Kelly
6 May 2014 at 8:23pm
Isn't it amazing the effect that lower expectations can have?  Based on my poor opinion of many o...

Free Pork
by James Kelly
6 May 2014 at 10:47am
Not an offer, alas, but a moral imperative.  Long-term readers who recall the Kafkaesque nature o...

My predictions for Tuesday's Eurovision semi-final
by James Kelly
5 May 2014 at 8:48pm
Marcia is quite right - it's high time for Scot Goes Pop to revert to being a Eurovision blog for...

My version of Better Together's cinema ad (I've made a few minor improvements)
by James Kelly
3 May 2014 at 10:56pm


You'll have to forgive this being an audio-only version.  I don't want to cramp Better Together's...

Huge surge in support for the SNP in Caol and Mallaig by-election
by James Kelly
2 May 2014 at 10:38am
The first Thursday of May is the traditional slot allotted for local elections in the UK, so ther...

Pro-independence campaign cut the gap to yet another record low in dramatic n...
by James Kelly
1 May 2014 at 11:02am
A new referendum poll has just been released on the Channel 4 News website. It was conducted by ...

"It's not you, it's me"
by James Kelly
1 May 2014 at 1:04am
Last week's post 'The Mad, Mad World of Rory Stewart' was originally going to have the words 'and...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes Scotland welcomes support from chief devolution architect
by Peter Dempsie
11 May 2014 at 5:18am
Yes Scotland today welcomed the decision of Canon Kenyon Wright, one of the chief architects of S...

How Westminster has mismanaged Scotland's oil wealth
by Sean Lafferty
11 May 2014 at 4:26am
McCrone said an oil fund should make 'regional development' a priority, and that if a Scottish As...

Yes Scotland publishes details of campaign donations
by Peter Dempsie
11 May 2014 at 2:22am
Yes Scotland today publishes details of donations to the campaign, including contributions from t...

No campaign organiser defects to Yes
by Sean Lafferty
10 May 2014 at 11:36am

A Better Together coordinator within the Edinburgh East Labour Party has moved to Yes declaring h...



It's time to take control and determine our future in Europe ourselves
by Toni Giugliano
9 May 2014 at 8:56am
For the past four decades, the UK has been on the edges, not shaping the European debate but mere...

Where are the benefits of the UK Economy for families
by Sean Lafferty
9 May 2014 at 8:20am
Video of P2CeEgWXG7o

Why is it families aren't feeling the benefits of living in one of the wor...



Daily Digest: Westminster?s cost of living crisis laid bare and Miliband firs...
by Stuart McDonald
9 May 2014 at 7:41am
More evidence of the Westminster cost of living crisis is highlighted today. The Independent rev...

BT to stay in Scotland after independence
by Sean Lafferty
9 May 2014 at 6:29am
Telecoms giant BT is staying in Scotland ?regardless of the outcome? of September?s referendum. ...

Daily Digest: Don?t believe Westminster promises
by Stuart McDonald
8 May 2014 at 6:47am
Plaid Cymru's leader, Leanne Wood, has warned that we cannot trust ?dithering? Westminster promis...

Another No campaign myth bites the dust
by Stewart Bremner
7 May 2014 at 9:45am
UK Pensions Minister Steve Webb confirms to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee that ...

With a Yes vote we can use Scotland's wealth to halt the scandal of child pov...
by Peter Dempsie
7 May 2014 at 5:09am
The latest phase of Yes Scotland?s poster campaign is launched today with a powerful message abou...

Daily Digest: State Pensions will be paid in an independent Scotland and Came...
by Stuart McDonald
7 May 2014 at 5:05am
Another No campaign myth bites the dust, with UK Pensions Minister Steve Webb confirming to the H...

Chief Executive confirms Tesco will stay
by Stewart Bremner
6 May 2014 at 10:15am
"We're the biggest retailer in Scotland, our bank is headquartered there? we're going to be in Sc...

Decisions affecting our lives will be made on our doorstep
by Stewart Bremner
6 May 2014 at 8:35am
"Decisions affecting our lives will be made on our doorstep, by the people who live here. By us."...

The prize is a better country
by Stewart Bremner
6 May 2014 at 7:35am
"The prize is a better country, it is as simple as that" ? The Sunday Herald


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

The Scottish NHS
9 May 2014 at 3:58pm

I'm looking to pick your brains. As far as I was aware the NHS in Scotland is independent of the ...



Scottish politics in general and relative influence of Eastern Europe
8 May 2014 at 5:35pm

Maybe some of the pish that rocks H_B and pals can be discussed on here, rather than clogging up ...



BT mantra
8 May 2014 at 2:43pm
The bitter together children have came up with rather alot of REALLY anoying mantra esk slogans s...

The Courier independence roadshow
6 May 2014 at 7:21am

The Courier newspaper are out and about in a van getting opinions and doing a straw pole of peopl...



Sunday Herald says Yes.
3 May 2014 at 4:29pm



The "grassroots" NobOrders campaign
2 May 2014 at 4:01pm

What are the odds that this is indeed a groundswell of love and fraternity for the Union?

 

http:...



Three stooges.
2 May 2014 at 7:41am
Alex Salmond must be delighted with the reaction to the GQ interview.
In FMQ he had to listen to ...

Which Political Party accurately mirror your views?
1 May 2014 at 8:47am

I know it's not strictly an independence topic but it seemed like the best place to do it.

 

http...



Funny hair
30 Apr 2014 at 4:54pm
Hows big Don going to feel when we become independant and stick an oilrig offshore infront of Tur...

Authoritarian Dear Leader's party in ruins again yet again
30 Apr 2014 at 12:41pm

Minimum alcohol pricing delayed, pending investigation by European courts.

 

 

Second time in a w...



The debate that never was
30 Apr 2014 at 2:25am
The Electoral Reform Society were asked to chair an independence referendum debate in Glasgow thi...

The people of Bath are anti-English bigots!
29 Apr 2014 at 12:10pm

Disgusting behaviour, chasing the Greater Spotted Farage from his natural habitat. People need to...



Say Yes to Independence Stop Cannabis Law Reforms
28 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm

At a recent meeting it was announced by the SNP that an Independent Scotland would reject the law...



Salmond's speech and more desperation from the No's...
28 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm

More sensationalistic nonsense from those opposing Scottish independence..

 

http://www.dailymail...



Scotland's Farage
28 Apr 2014 at 3:15am

http://athousandflowers.net/2014/04/27/meet-ukip-scotlands-nigel-of-the-north-2/

 

 

 

What a ple...




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


Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir donate 79% of Yes Scotland funds
by Libby Brooks
11 May 2014 at 11:29am
Pro-union campaign claims Weirs' donation reveals narrow SNP base of support for Scotland's pro-independence movement

Nearly 80% of donations to Scotland's pro-independence campaign over the past ye...




Scottish independence could hit overseas student numbers, says survey
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
11 May 2014 at 6:02pm
Poll finds 46% of non-EU students less like to choose university in independent Scotland because they want a British degree

Scottish universities could lose more than two-fifths of their non-EU stud...




Scottish independence: Ulster loyalists urged to keep out of campaign
by Henry McDonald in Belfast and Severin Carrell in Edinburgh
11 May 2014 at 11:51am
UDA hardman says they would alienate Catholic voters after Scottish Orange Order plans big pro-union march five days before referendum

One of Northern Ireland's most feared paramilitary hardmen has...




Scotland's papers don't get a vote of confidence over independence
by Peter Preston
10 May 2014 at 6:05pm
If ever there were proof of the belief that politics doesn't sell papers, it's the circulation figures for the Scottish press

Newspaper sales in April mostly edged up a mite (0.31% overall) on March...




Why Glasgow is the Scottish independence game-breaker | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
10 May 2014 at 1:04pm
Nurturing and regenerating the city has never been more important for the country as a whole

As an attempt to influence the outcome of the referendum, it was much more imaginative than anything the ...




Scottish independence: what young Scots want
by Bella Bathurst
9 May 2014 at 5:59pm
It's the young who will inherit the fallout from Scotland's independence vote. So what do they want? Bella Bathurst travels from the lowlands to the islands, and finds a nation on a knife edge

Archi...



Scottish referendum: accentuate the positive | Editorial
by Editorial
9 May 2014 at 3:23pm
Many have still not woken up to the importance of the vote but the revived debate and engagement are all to the good

The most important political event in Britain this year by far and bar none is...




Ukip bullish about chances of breakthrough in Scotland
by Severin Carrell
9 May 2014 at 3:01pm
Nigel Farage insists his party will win the sixth Scottish European parliament seat, despite anti-Ukip protests in Edinburgh

The last time Nigel Farage came to Edinburgh, he found himself unexpected...




Why mighty Yorkshire is another country in waiting | Simon Jenkins
by Simon Jenkins
8 May 2014 at 2:27pm
The proud county of Yorkshire can go one better than 'minority' Cornwall. After years of London centralisation, it's payback time

The warm-up question for the BBC's Question Time panel in Leeds last...




David Cameron defends decision to allow Scottish independence vote
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
8 May 2014 at 1:38pm
Prime minister says he had no choice but to authorise vote after Scottish National party won majority in Holyrood in 2011

David Cameron has mounted a robust defence of his decision to support a refe...




David Cameron says he will not resign if Scotland votes for independence
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
8 May 2014 at 4:01am
Revelation shows No 10 may be concerned that some Scots will vote for independence as a way of expressing dislike of Tories

David Cameron has told allies he will not resign as prime minister if Scot...




Scottish voters warned by Welsh politician not to trust Westminster
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
7 May 2014 at 6:08pm
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood questions whether UK parties will deliver on promises if voters say no to independence

The Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has warned Scottish voters they cannot trust ...




Economists warn Scotland over keeping pound if independence goes ahead
by Angela Monaghan
7 May 2014 at 6:01pm
New research suggests a formal currency union with the UK would be neither practical nor desirable
David Cameron says he will not resign if Scotland votes for independence

An independent Scotland tha...




Most British businesses want Scotland to stay in UK, survey shows
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
7 May 2014 at 3:03am
British Chambers of Commerce says 85% of firms polled want Scottish voters to reject independence

A large majority of British businesses want Scotland to vote no to independence because they fear th...




Labour MP walks out of Westminster hearing on Scottish currency union
by Severin Carrell
6 May 2014 at 11:37am
Paul Flynn questions impartiality of Commons committee looking at Treasury's decision to publish civil service advice

A senior Labour MP has walked out of a Westminster committee hearing in an angry...




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Out for indy
by weegingerdug
11 May 2014 at 10:29pm
I don’t often comment on Guardian articles, but did the other day. It was in reply to a particularly annoying and persistent clueless Unionist who wanted to know what independence supporters were “...

A few bits and pieces
by weegingerdug
11 May 2014 at 2:51pm
A few updates on projects and campaigns today. Oor Wey – the grassroots karaoke mix Yew Choob have received a fantastic response to their wonderful rendition of Oor Wey. Now they’ve suggested takin...

Male pattern Westminsterness
by weegingerdug
9 May 2014 at 12:28pm
In Thursday’s papers we were told that Davie Cameron will not resign if there’s a Yes vote in September’s referendum. Which doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, seeing as how shamelessness is...

A day off
by weegingerdug
8 May 2014 at 11:40pm
I’m having a day off, or maybe two, because I’m going to play with model trams, watch videos, and do other generally inconsequential things. So nothing to see here, move along now.  

Oor Wey ? the punk mix
by weegingerdug
7 May 2014 at 7:09pm
Courtesy of those very clever and talented people at Yew Choob.  For you traditionalists out there, they promise to do a lounge lizard mix soon, but I liked the energy and the subversiveness of the...

Bedtime for a fairy story
by weegingerdug
6 May 2014 at 10:00pm
I don’t do Twitter and am the world’s most reluctant Facebooker, being far too anti-social for social media. I’ve got a PhD in time-wasting as it is. Getting into Facebook or Twitter would be like ...

Pwned and poonds
by weegingerdug
5 May 2014 at 10:03pm
Monday was a bank holiday, so it was a slow news day. We got treated to mair pish from the Guardian, another jokey wee article spunkily poking unfunniness at the audacity of provincials who think t...

Revolving the cringe
by weegingerdug
4 May 2014 at 10:23pm
Scotland is uniquely incapable of governing itself. It’s the only notable thing about us. We’re not programmed to take decisions. Not like those Norwegians or Finns who are all six foot tall blond ...

Oor wey
by weegingerdug
3 May 2014 at 7:32pm
This post is entirely the fault of WRH2, who left a comment on the previous post and gave me a mad idea that refused to leave my head until I wrote it down.  Evil cybernatty person, and there was m...

Untamed lawns
by weegingerdug
3 May 2014 at 1:26pm
Ian Jack writes like he’s a character in the movie Alien, who knows that at any moment an evil monster is going to burst out of their stomach, slaughtering them in a gruesome explosion of intestine...


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