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Hypocrisy claim as Labour rents from lobbyists
SCOTTISH Labour has been accused of hypocrisy after spearheading a crackdown on the lobbying industry at Holyrood while sub-letting its new Edinburgh office from a firm that charges clients to help influence decision-makers.

Social work boss's £600,000 goodbye
THE senior council official in charge of dealing with poverty and neglect in Glasgow has received a golden goodbye worth almost £600,000 - the equivalent of a pound for every man, woman and child in the city.

Kirk care staff caught up in zero-hours contracts row
The Church of Scotland's social care arm is employing hundreds of staff on controversial zero-hours contracts.

Bercow criticises 'control' of debates
Governments will have to give up their "astonishingly arrogant" control of what is debated in Parliament if it is to stay relevant, Commons Speaker John Bercow said on a taxpayer-funded trip to New Zealand.

Salmond 'out of control' in school visit row, says Labour council leader
Alex Salmond has been branded out of "out of control" after Scotland's top civil servant dismissed calls for an inquiry into his conduct during a by-election.

Minister calls for zero-hours crackdown
A CONSERVATIVE Cabinet ­minister has called for a crackdown on the number of controversial zero-hours contracts given to workers.

Interest rates to stay low until unemployment level is reduced
Homeowners will benefit from at least another three years of low mortgage payments, the new governor of the Bank of England has signalled.

Insults flying in clash between First Minister and city leaders
AN extraordinary war of words has broken out between Alex Salmond and one of Scotland's biggest councils over a by-election visit to a primary school.

Report redaction prompts criticism of May
Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of a cover-up after she used legal powers to keep parts of a critical inspection into UK border controls secret.

Conflicting reports after Cameron and Spanish PM hold talks
David Cameron told Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy the situation at the border with Gibraltar is "not acceptable" as the two leaders held talks aimed at calming tensions.

LibDems hit out at Tories in policy row
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservatives - accusing their Coalition colleagues of attempting to pinch one of their policies and claim it as their own.

MEP is sorry after 'bongo bongo land' jibe in speech
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has said he sincerely regrets "any genuine offence which might have been caused" by his comments that the UK should not send aid to "bongo bongo land".

Ukip MEP regrets 'bongo bongo land' comments
THE UK Independence Party Euro MP who said Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land" said he sincerely regretted "any genuine offence which might have been caused".

Move to the middle,says David Miliband
LABOUR should do more to appeal to the middle classes, David Miliband has suggested in a move that will be seen by many as a parting shot against his brother's leadership of the party.

Tory MP backs living wage call
THE campaign for firms to pay workers a "living wage" has been joined by a Tory MP who urged colleagues to accept the case for fairer pay.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: Michael Moore on referendum

A “NON-job”. A mocking description applied to the office of the Secretary of State for Scotland since the Scottish Parliament hoovered up its powers in 1999.



Scottish independence: ?Crack down on nuisance calls?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will crack down on nuisance callers, SNP ministers have declared in a fresh attempt to show the benefits of a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.



£67m boost to NHS staff to avert age crisis

ADDITIONAL doctors and nurses are to be recruited and extra operations carried out in an effort to combat the increasing demands placed on the NHS by an ageing population, the Scottish Government has revealed.



Chris Huhne hired as manager of energy firm

FORMER MP and convicted criminal Chris Huhne has been hired as the manager of an energy firm just months ­after being released from prison.



Scottish independence productions ban at EIF 2014

INDEPENDENCE-themed productions will be excluded from next year’s Edinburgh International Festival after its director declared the prestigious arts event will remain politically neutral.



Jobs crisis: One in ten left underemployed

ONE in ten people in the labour market now rank themselves as “underemployed” and want to work more hours, according to new figures that reveal the full extent of the jobs crisis.



Michael Moore sees case for further devolution

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore has said there is a “strong case” for devolving parts of the welfare state to ministers at Holyrood, in a wide-ranging interview on the future of devolution.



Cigarettes to go in back rooms of duty free shops

CIGARETTES are being banished to the back rooms of Scotland’s duty free shops in a move which could significantly cut airport revenue.



Gerald Warner: Grand delusion blinds Tories to electoral precipice

THE mood in the bunker is buoyant. Dave’s Ardennes Offensive is under way and the Tory press and blogosphere are rife with exultant claims of “economic recovery”, “a turnaround in the polls”, Labour imploding and Ukip collapsing.



Andrew Wilson: Importance of character in politics

CHARACTER in its truest sense is rarely thrown into relief in normal daylight.



Dani Garavelli: Blaming victim easy opt-out for judges

THE 13-year-old who was abused by Neil Wilson could not really have been any less “predatory”.



Drumlanrig: Liverpool | Alex Salmond | Speeches

CLEAR proof that far from deterring inward investment, the Scottish independence referendum is leading to a Scottish boom.



Euan McColm: Backdoor spat an affront to electorate

THIS is a story about the First Minister of Scotland going into a school through the back door. And about the state of our ­country.



Jim Gallagher: It?s No to endless arguing

IN AN amusingly cheeky article in Scotland on Sunday (14 July), Stephen Noon speculated that a Yes vote in the independence referendum would be good news for the Labour Party.



Comment: Sizing up the Curriculum for Excellence

Scottish pupils have set an exams record, but will the Curriculum for Excellence make the grade next year, asks Dani Garavelli



Wingsland Blog

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Quoted for truth #27
George Orwell, “The Freedom Of The Press”, 1943: “?If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and [...]

Closing ranks
When we commissioned our poll, we were about 50/50 in terms of whether the mainstream media would cover it. When the results came in, we cautiously shifted to 60/40 in favour. No matter how piqued the press was about this site’s scrutiny of it for the last year and a half, we reasoned, these results [...]

Data mining #5
A series of super-short snippets from our splendid survey. ———————————————————————————————— VOTERS WHO EXPRESS ANY OPINION ON MEDIA BIAS Men: 60% Women: 37% ————————————————————————————————

Data mining #4
A series of super-short snippets from our splendid survey. ———————————————————————————————— VOTERS WHO HAVE HEARD OF THE WEBSITE “LABOUR HAME” SNP: 6% Conservative: 4% Labour: 4% Lib Dem: 2% ———————————————————————————————— HAVE HEARD OF THE WEBSITE “LABOUR FOR INDEPENDENCE” Labour: 12% SNP: 12% Conservative: 10% Lib Dem: 6% ————————————————————————————————

Data mining #3
A series of super-short snippets from our splendid survey. ———————————————————————————————— VOTERS WHO THINK ALISTAIR DARLING ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH Lib Dems: 9% Conservatives: 6% Labour: 4% SNP: <1% Age 45-54: <1% Age 55-64: 1% Age 65+: 8% ————————————————————————————————

Data mining #2
A series of super-short snippets from our splendid survey. ———————————————————————————————— VOTERS MOST AFRAID OF TERRORIST ATTACKS Conservative: 55% Lib Dem: 42% Labour: 32% SNP: 26% ———————————————————————————————— VOTERS MOST AFRAID OF SPACE MONSTERS Conservative: 6% Labour: 5% SNP: 4% Lib Dem: <1% ————————————————————————————————

Data mining #1
A series of super-short snippets from our splendid survey. ———————————————————————————————— UNDECIDED WHICH WAY THEY’LL VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM Men: 22% Women: 38% ————————————————————————————————

The fifth column
Earlier this week, mad Labour activist Ian Smart posted a tweet – now deleted – in which he referred to Labour For Independence as “fifth-columnists”. (Which caught our eye as Labour types unfailingly leap on any renegade cybernat types intemperately denouncing Unionists as “traitors” or “Quislings”.) But the phrase reminded us of something Labour like [...]

Consumed with what?s to transpire
Meet the least believed man in Scotland.

Talent borrows, genius steals
Viewers who are still awake after all today’s excitement will doubtless recall an article from this morning in which we reported the fact that hapless “Better Together” director Blair McDougall had issued an extraordinary petted-lip complaint about the Yes camp daring to use the phrase “best of both worlds”, as if it was copyrighted. (The [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Increase in missed NHS appointments
The number of missed hospital appointments in Scotland increases by nearly 25,000 in a year.

Allergy MP backs treatment campaign
An MP who almost died from an allergic reaction to nuts backs a campaign to highlight the availability of emergency treatment in pharmacies.

Organisers plan 'smoke-free' games
The organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow say the event will be entirely "smoke-free".

Scottish population at record high
The number of people living in Scotland has reached a new high of 5,313,600, according to the latest official figures.

Spat 'will not affect investment'
The leader of Aberdeen's council and Scotland's deputy first minister promise recent differences will not affect future investment in the city.

Jimmy Savile-themed float criticised
MSP Christine Grahame describes as "distasteful" a float featuring men dressed as Jimmy Savile and several schoolgirls.

Baby ashes support group organised
A support group is to be set up in Aberdeen for those affected by cases where baby ashes may have been disposed of without parents' knowledge.

Hundreds test out games at festival
The first day of Scotland's biggest computer games festival sees hundreds of people try their hands at the latest games.

Alex Salmond attacks city council
First Minister Alex Salmond launches a strongly-worded attack on the way Aberdeen City Council is run, but the local authority's leader hits back.

Seminars to focus on Scots security
A series of seminars looking at security in Scotland will take place in the run up to the independence referendum and beyond.

Rates linked to jobless target
Bank of England governor Mark Carney tells the BBC that new guidance on future interest rates is about creating 'clarity' about monetary policy.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Can welfare reforms be reversed?
BBC Scotland's political correspondent Raymond Buchanan rounds up the latest report on pensions and benefits.

VIDEO: Alarm over alcohol pricing plan
European wine-producing nations are warning that Scotland's plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could have a devastating impact on the industry.

VIDEO: Scottish islands seek greater autonomy
Scotland's three island councils are campaigning for greater powers after the independence referendum.

Newsnet Scotland

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Newsnet Scotland presents ... Duggy Dug in ... Scotland's Oil

  Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in presenting the first in a series of animations that will take an off beat look at some of the key issues surrounding the independence debate.

Duggy Dug is our animated cartoon character who will raise a smile and a chuckle whilst providing his own inimitable commentary.



Red Ed closes British road to Socialism

By John McAllion
 
The British left have long since ceased to have any faith in the leadership of the Labour Party.

The Communist Party in its "Open Letter to Workers Socialists and the Labour Movement" (2011) frankly admitted that the movement goes largely unrepresented in the House of Commons because the Labour Party leadership refuses to fight for policies that would defend public services, jobs, wages and pensions.



Central bankers and politics

By George Kerevan
 
IN the Good Old Days (ie from 1997 till last Wednesday) the Governor of the Bank of England was supposed to be a plumber rather than a politician.
 
His job was to ensure that inflation was squeezed out of the economy by raising interest rates whenever banks lent consumers too much on their credit cards, or funded speculative property developers. If inflation was under control, the theory went, business would have the confidence to invest and create jobs.



Identity charade

  By Elliot Bulmer
 
RECENTLY I have been paying very close attention to the referendum campaign.
 
It has all the elements of a political epic: a hardy people, inhabiting a windswept land at the fringes of the known world, bravely determining their future by democratic means. I refer, of course, not to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, but to the referendum held in the Falkland Islands in March this year. The result was a predictable landslide in favour of retaining existing ties with the UK. "Like UKIP with penguins", was one friend's dismissive verdict after seeing the mass ranks of Union flags waving on the BBC news.



A Tough but Worthy Road towards Catalonian Independence

By Mark McNaught
 
Having spent the last week in Catalonia, I am struck both by the difficulty of the task ahead for their independence movement, yet also the fierce determination of Catalans to see it through and chart their own destiny.
 
The Spanish government has steadfastly refused to engage with the Catalonian government over the referendum, citing as justification the 'indivisibility' clause of the Spanish constitution.



After the murder of Daniel the Witch Hunt begins

By Aamer Anwar

The murder trial of the parents of Daniel Pelka concluded last week with their conviction. Described as looking like a concentration camp victim before his death in March 2012, Daniel was found scavenging for food in the bins by his teachers.
 
A victim of unspeakable torture he would go to school with black eyes and bruising round his neck.



Occupied and occupier - The media in Scotland

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So the campaign to discredit the Labour for Independence movement gathers pace with another 'revelation' in a Sunday newspaper adding to photographs and statements from the Labour party and Better Together.
 
The referendum debate sits in a corner shaking its head as Scotland's media does what it does best, riding to the aid of the Labour party in Scotland, chucking mud at anything that gets in its way.



BBC bias: Righteous indignation is a comfort blanket for grown ups

By Iain Bruce

I don't expect many Newsnet Scotland readers will disagree with me that BBC Management in Scotland are sailing perilously close to new levels of institutional arrogance and political manipulation and in creating the impression of operating beyond the control of the Trustees.

In so doing the Trustees are failing in their duty in particular to maintain the highest editorial standards of impartiality, accuracy and fairness in the delivery of factual information on the developing issues in the referendum dialogue on Scottish Independence.



My blueprint for independence

  By George Kerevan
 
LAST week in this column I penned an open letter to Alex Salmond arguing there is a lack of passion in the Yes campaign ? that we lack a compelling vision of the new Scotland that can mobilise a Yes majority, and lay out a blueprint for national regeneration. This week, I try to spell out the bare bones of such a manifesto.



Unionist lies, scaremongering, distortion and misrepresentation

  By Campbell Martin
 
Nine-years ago, in a pamphlet on Scotland?s constitutional future, I wrote that as we neared a referendum on independence, the full resources of British political parties, the British media and the British establishment would be used to ?persuade? us in Scotland that, actually, we really are ?too wee, too poor and too stupid? to govern our own country.
 
I argued that the British would lie, scaremonger, distort reality and mislead.  It was always going to happen because there is no positive case for Scotland remaining as nothing more than a region within the British Union.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Scottish independence: ?Crack down on nuisance calls?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will crack down on nuisance callers, SNP ministers have declared in a fresh attempt to show the benefits of a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.



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England needs to start thinking about itself before it is too late

Henry Porter: Scottish eyes are trained on their coming referendum, but the English are still not addressing their future

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Andrew Wilson: Importance of character in politics

CHARACTER in its truest sense is rarely thrown into relief in normal daylight


It is the dark times of crisis that tend to truly show the mettle of a person. And also the brightly lit times of elation, victory and success.




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Ownership and Patrimony in an Independent Scotland

The recent revelations in the Independent on the lack of cooperation between aristocratic landowners and the Scottish government over land reform reveal not only the scandalously excessive influence of feudalism within the UK, but also the need for Scotland upon independence to clearly assess who...



Scottish independence productions ban at EIF 2014

INDEPENDENCE-themed productions will be excluded from next year’s Edinburgh International Festival after its director declared the prestigious arts event will remain politically neutral.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Sir Jonathan Mills may imagine that art is somehow outside politics, but I suspect the a...



The Panelbase poll for Wings over Scotland

The recent poll carried out by Panelbase on behalf of the political website Wings over Scotland (WoS) contained some very intriguing responses to some very interesting and clever questions.




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Michael Moore sees case for further devolution

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore has said there is a “strong case” for devolving parts of the welfare state to ministers at Holyrood, in a wide-ranging interview on the future of devolution.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Mr Pointless living up to the well-earned soubriquet once again. Even if there was a...



Closing ranks

When we commissioned our poll, we were about 50/50 in terms of whether the mainstream media would cover it. When the results came in, we cautiously shifted to 60/40 in favour. No matter how piqued the press was about this site’s scrutiny of it for the last year and a half, we reasoned, these resu...



Q: What about immigration in an independent Scotland?

Q: What about immigration in an independent Scotland?


A: At the outset, the immigration system would be similar to what exists now, and it would then of course depend on who was elected as the Scottish Government as to what changes would be introduced.



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Responding to Professor McCrone's new book

The well known Scottish economist Professor Gavin McCrone, former Chief Economist at the Scottish Office, has entered into independence debate with his new book Scottish Independence: Weighing Up t...

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Yes LGBT steps up campaign for equal rights in written constitution

A campaign to enshrine equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in a written Scottish constitution will take a major step forward tomorrow.



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Poll finds majority would vote No to Scotland joining the UK

Just 18% of Scots would vote to join the Union if Scotland was already an independent country choosing whether or not to hand powers over to Westminster, a new poll has revealed.



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A Return to the Fray

So, I'm back.

But while you you're away you get the chance to view things from a distance.

And from a distance it is clear the Scottish Constitutional debate is already moving on beyond 18th September 2014.


Peter A Bell's insight:

One might be forgiven for thinking that Ian Smart was being paid b...



Better Together chief left red faced after 'stolen language' claim backfires

A claim by leaders of the No campaign that the SNP has 'stolen' key slogans from it has backfired after it emerged it hijacked its own campaign name from the Scottish NHS.




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Gerry Hassan: Unionists declare your ?nationalism?

If British nationalism wanted to be relevant, it would come up with projects which tried to tackle the realities of this disunited kingdom, writes Gerry Hassan
Peter A Bell's insight:

Gerry Hassan may be stating the obvious when he points out that unionism is British nationalism, but he makes the p...



Daily Record

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Spain and Argentina to join forces in UN against Britain over Gibraltar and F...
SPAIN'S foreign minister is expected to suggest the two countries team up to present their cases against Britain controlling the two territories at the United Nations.

Revealed: Lazy Scots Lords don't say a single word in Westminster.. but pick ...
PRINCE Charles' cousin is among those to pocket thousands of pounds a day in expenses from the House of Lords.

Tommy Sheridan using the bedroom tax to rebuild his political career, says fo...
Ex-MSP Rosie speaks out as she prepares to play herself in "I, Tommy" about the former politicians sex scandal.

Government blasted over tax dodgers 'stunt' and told to put more effort into ...
THE SNP's Stewart Hosie said the Government should be focusing on collecting tax from companies like Google and Amazon rather than chasing individuals.

Nick Clegg facing bedroom tax backlash when he visits Scotland for conference...
CAMPAIGNERS are planning to demonstrate during the Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow next month.

MSP Joan McAlpine named as 'the other woman' in divorce proceedings for polit...
THE SNP's Joan McAlpine is accused of having had an affair with political activist Mark McLachlan.

Worst yet to come warning with George Osborne set to slash extra £2.7bn from ...
THE full impact of the Con-Dem cash squeeze is still to be felt with services braced for a new round of savage cost cutting.

UKIP MP Godfrey Bloom rebuked by party chiefs over 'bongo bongo land' foreign...
BLOOM also claimed at a meeting of supporters that those who receive taxpayer-funded aid spend the money on designer sunglasses, apartments in Paris and Ferraris.

Liam Byrne calls for bedroom tax to be axed as affected households reveal the...
LABOUR have called on the tax to be dropped after claiming that 96 per cent of people affected by the controversial bedroom tax have nowhere to move to.

Scottish Government to make carbon monoxide alarms compulsory from October
THE regulation which will come into force on October 1, will see a change in building regulations, meaning that alarms will need to be fitted when new or replacement boilers, fires, heaters and stoves are fitted.

Joan McAlpine: Let farmers reap harvest of independent Scotland
JOAN McALPINE says that Scotland's position within Great Britain means our rural industries are at an unfair disadvantage on the world stage.

Britain's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar vows to fight child poverty as he i...
SARWAR, who was the Labour MP for Glasgow Govan, pledged to use education to help children as he yesterday became one of Pakistan's most powerful politicians.

Living standards plummet as David Cameron's leadership costs working families...
RESEARCH shows that living standards are falling more rapidly than any other time on record under the Tory leader, with working people set to be out of pocket nearly £7000 by 2015.

Former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar sworn in as Punjab governor
SARWAR, who stepped down as an MP three years ago, has vowed to get one million more children into education every year in the Pakistan province.

Con-Dem ministers set to go ahead with controversial plans to offer working p...
TO be eligible for the £1billion online voucher system, both parents will have to work - or the one parent in the case of lone parent families.

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Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say. Specially sele...
Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say.

Specially selected tasters for lovers of pure mince.



By Blare MacDugall "I have just been given incontrovertible proof, by an impe...
By Blare MacDugall
"I have just been given incontrovertible proof, by an impeccable source (me), that the entire movement for separation in Spain's region of Catalonia is nothing more than a front organisation for the Scottish Nationalist party."


Catalonian Independence Movement an SNP front, clai...

Scotlandshire is the ideal place for testing off-road vehicles - they have fe...
Scotlandshire is the ideal place for testing off-road vehicles - they have few roads up there, and if you run over some of their populace it doesn't matter.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/492-motoring-separately-who-would.html
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Today sees the launch of the most heinous piece of propaganda yet to be produ...
Today sees the launch of the most heinous piece of propaganda yet to be produced by that factory of lies, the Yes Scotlandshire campaign.

A new website hosting a short film has been released by shifty separatists. This film features a small dog, Duggy Dug, who appears to speak on behalf of the n...

Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a...
Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a massive network of pipes to pump huge quantities of fresh water from Scotlandshire to the parched capital.


London mayor to replace Johann Lamont, say SNP
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Scottish farmers have had a very bad sum...

On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness...
On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness, BBC Scotlandshire launched its new flagship tea-time programme, ?I love my country!!!?. Not even the most cynical viewer could fail to be moved to tears by this display of metropolitan chaviness.


UK Home Office launches...

Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claim...
Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claims that he deliberately misled the public about the amount of oil remaining in the North Sea.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/489-darling-denies-all-knowledge-of-missing-o
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk

There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling its...
There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling itself ?Labour for independence? is nothing but a front for the SNP.


'Labour For Indy' - An Oxymoron*
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-co...

The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front fo...
The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front for the damned Tories!



Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionis...
Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionist opinion to preserve his income stream.


Poultice polls 'Something for Nothing'
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The prime target for immediate cuts, however, was spoof broadcaster 'BBC London (Glasgow Office)'. 45.3% targetted ...

If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury...
If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury will collect all of Iran's vast oil revenues, and will be required to pay back less than 10% of the total tax take to the Islamic Republic in return, keeping the balance for themselves.


Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? ...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.

Unite the union (that is, the union itself as opposed to "unite the union" the campaign for a different union altogether) threatened to shut down Grangemouth refinery, which could c...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.


Falkirk - fratricidal fiddlers face furious foes
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Johann Lamont was unavailable for comment. As was everyone else in Labour's Scotlandshire subsidiary.

A new claim by Dictator Eck (&#xa9;2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace ag...
A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace again.


Salmond's rearmament plans threaten European peace
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond must detail exactly the hideous death each recruit will suffer as a stormtrooper in a separate Scotlandshire invasion horde

Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies! "North Bri...
Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies!
"North Britain Isles in turmoil following Salmond visit"
Fury as slippery Salmond escapes again

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

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It's time to get above ourselves

The Power to Sell Books
By Peter Burnett Scottish writing is in great shape. Scottish publishing is not, and nobody is doing anything about it. Could it be because we have no power? By power here, I mean the ability of a publisher to promote... Read More ›

New Order
By Mike Small Alan Taylor – author of possibly the most hackneyed weekly column in the multiverse – is sad about the state of the Scottish game (‘Fans are the losers’). He writes: I last saw Rangers play on television.... Read More ›

5 of the Best of the Fest
Each week of the festival we have 5 recommendations for the very best of the Edinburgh Festivals- and a ticket giveaway. This week we have 2x free tickets for 5 Artists in Search of a Country at the Assembly Rooms... Read More ›

Right Now, We Have An Emergency At Fukushima ?
The Wall Street Journal notes that radiation levels outside the plant are likely higher than inside the reactor. How could it be more radioactive outside the nuclear reactors? The reactors have lost containment, and experts have no idea where the nuclear cores are. And the problems which have bee...

Big Thanks for Attending ?
A statement from Graham Barton on the whole Labour for Independence ‘story’: “The photograph that was used in the article written by Euan McColm  entitled ?Labour for independence, really?’ which was published on Think Scotland was taken by myself on... Read More ›

There?s Nothing Wrong with the Car!
The deeply nuanced thinking behind the Unionist campaign revealed in this exclusive Scotsman piece by Allan Massie: The Better Together campaign is regularly accused by its opponents, the Separatists, of negativity. Quite right too; the campaign is negative. It is... Read More ›

The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence
  The Ministry of Defence’s latest threat to keep Faslane as sovereign territory in the event of Scottish Independence should be seen in the context of Britain’s imperial history of maintaining military bases against the wishes of local people across... Read More ›

Burgers from the Super Rich
By Mike Small What do laser firing robots, George Osborne and Lab Burgers have in common? All operate in a world of make believe, whether it’s the notion that in vitro meat will ‘feed the world’ (let’s all hold hands),... Read More ›

Creativity and Austerity
The Inaugural Opening Address of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival written and delivered by Mark Ravenhill. Yesterday I woke up, checked my Facebook feed first off as I always do and read this status update from a young playwright: Dreamt I... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #18 ? Where Three Roads Meet
by George Gunn Last week like Oedipus at Colonus, in Sophocles play of the same name, I stood where three roads met. One sloped South to Braemore in the lee of Morven and the Scarabens. The other dreamed its way... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

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Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

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Scots face uphill battle for independence
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Glasgow, Scotland - A referendum on Scottish independence, due to take place on September 18, 2014, will mark the most important constitutional event in British history since the Act of Union united Scotland and England in 1707. B...


Scottish independence: 'Crack down on nuisance calls' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Crack down on nuisance calls'
Scotsman
Finance Secretary John Swinney said an independent Scottish Government would impose far tougher sanctions on unscrupulous firms which sanction sales cold calls. He claimed independence was required for such action because the UK...


Why Scottish Culture MUST Be Kept Separate From the Independence Push - Huffi...

Telegraph.co.uk

Why Scottish Culture MUST Be Kept Separate From the Independence Push
Huffington Post UK
Let me explain. I'm a Scottish woman who's lived in England for nine years (yes, long distance can work) and the current government's pursuit for independence has seriously unmoored me from my na...


Scottish independence: Call for Citizen's Panel - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call for Citizen's Panel
Scotsman
A REFERENDUM Citizen's Panel should be created to oversee the independence debate, amid concern voters are being treated like ?idiots?, according to a seasoned veteran of the nationalist movement. Margo MacDonald says many Scots are b...


Scottish independence: Book festival's 'key role' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Book festival's 'key role'
Scotsman
Mr Barley said one of the main themes underpinning this year's festival was the cultural explosion in Scotland over the past 30 years and the impact the independence debate, and the result, would have on it. He revealed he had ?big ...


Scotland's left and independence - Herald Scotland

Scotland's left and independence
Herald Scotland
The Yes campaign also includes the Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party, Trade Unionists for Independence and many other groups and individuals, most of whom are not members of the SNP or any other political party. Cllr Andrew Coventry.



Scottish independence: Row over campaign phrase - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Row over campaign phrase
Scotsman
However, in a speech earlier this summer, Nicola Sturgeon argued that independence ?really would represent the best of both worlds?. She said a Yes vote would lead to a sovereign Scotland as well as a close relationship with the rest ...


Scottish independence: Edinburgh Festival gets political - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Edinburgh Festival gets political
BBC News
Edinburgh's festival season is in full swing with every topic under the sun being debated. There are plenty prepared to tackle everything from corruption to the exploitation of women but only a handful of shows are about the ...


Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe? - Channel 4 News

Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe?
Channel 4 News
But there are quite a few Scottish shows that do look at independence. How would Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman poet Robert Burns, vote? That's one fringe show. Another, I'm With The Band has an Englishman, an Irishman, ...


Scottish independence: Warning over tax rises - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Warning over tax rises
Scotland on Sunday
A SECOND wave of fierce spending cuts or tax rises, bigger than those experienced so far, will hit Scotland after the independence referendum and the next general election, a new economic analysis says today. The rep...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Scots 'should have vote on Queen' after Yes vote says SNP minister - stv.tv

Scots 'should have vote on Queen' after Yes vote says SNP minister
stv.tv
In response to Ms Campbell's comment, Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: "It is increasingly clear that many leading SNP MSPs and MPs are doing nothing other than paying lip-service to the First Minister...


Visions and dreams of 'socially just' Scotland? - Spenborough Guardian

Visions and dreams of 'socially just' Scotland?
Spenborough Guardian
The SNP is very keen to push the idea of a ?socially just? Scotland. Many will remember visions and dreams of a socially just European community. Here's a suggestion to prove his sincerity. Mr Salmond should make the declaration t...


SNP minister: People will decide after independence whether to keep Queen - T...

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP minister: People will decide after independence whether to keep Queen
Telegraph.co.uk
John Finnie, an independent MSP who resigned from the SNP last year over Nato membership, said yesterday: ?I seek a socially just Socialist Republic?. Despite the First Minister's claim that the...


Children's Minister signals rethink on Queen as Head of State AFTER 'Yes' vot...

For Argyll

Children's Minister signals rethink on Queen as Head of State AFTER 'Yes' vote ...
For Argyll
There have been disputing factions in the partially conservative, partially socialist and partially republican SNP over First Minister, Alex Salmond's single-handed appointment of the Queen as He...


Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Scots face uphill battle for independence
Aljazeera.com
The Scottish National Party (SNP), whose decisive victory in the May 2011 Scottish parliamentary election gave them the required majority to pursue their dream of independence, has found the going tough - and this constitutional b...


Taxpayers fund limos for festive nights - Express.co.uk

Taxpayers fund limos for festive nights
Express.co.uk
Yesterday, Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said: ?For SNP ministers to be swanning around using taxpayer-funded ministerial cars to treat themselves to trips home from bars, nightclubs and restaurants is a slap in the face to hardworkin...


First Minister's aide named in divorce case - Express.co.uk

First Minister's aide named in divorce case
Express.co.uk
Mrs McLachlan, a photographer who has worked for the SNP, claims that she learned of the alleged affair last October. The McLachlans, of Dumfries, have been married for 29 years and have two adult children. The relationship between Mr McLach...


Westminster must end silence on welfare reforms - SNP (press release)

Westminster must end silence on welfare reforms
SNP (press release)
The SNP have called on the Westminster Government to tear down its wall of silence on the impact of welfare reforms in Scotland after it emerged that the UK Government is consistently failing to provide information on the effect of...


Looking for anger from the SNP - Herald Scotland

Looking for anger from the SNP
Herald Scotland
I have always been a Unionist but am now swithering. Her letter has more or less convinced me to vote Yes. It`s just a pity the politicians don`t talk like that. Maybe the SNP are keeping their powder dry for the final round. I hope so. Rab Young. Glas...


Scotland's left and independence - Herald Scotland

Scotland's left and independence
Herald Scotland
Apparently members of the Labour Party elite have accused Labour for Independence (LFI) of being an SNP front (Fresh questions raised over pro-independence group's Labour credentials, News, August 4). Apparently members of the Labour Party elite ...



Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Michael Moore on referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Michael Moore on referendum
Scotsman
?The electorate delivered an outcome in Scotland two years ago which was unarguable. The SNP got a majority?, he says. The commitment in First Minister Alex Salmond's manifesto to hold a referendum was concrete. It was Moore's job ...


Let's make voting in referendum compulsory - Herald Scotland

Let's make voting in referendum compulsory
Herald Scotland
IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? Custom byline text: Harry Reid. Th...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Yes campaign split over Canavan's call for referendum on Royals - STV Local

The Independent

Yes campaign split over Canavan's call for referendum on Royals
STV Local
A referendum on the future of the Royal family in Scotland should be held if the country becomes independent, according to a leading member of the Yes Scotland campaign. Former MSP Dennis Canavan, who now chair...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

Scottish Daily Record

Majority not ready for referendum
Herald Scotland
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enoug...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum - Herald Scotland

Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum
Herald Scotland
Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum. Tuesday 6 August 2013. It's Tuesday night in an uncharacteristically muggy Edinburgh, and in a city centre basement bar sweat-box, a band is about to play their first - and possibly fi...


Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
Already, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) has appointed seven one-year fellowships, which will look into various aspects of Scottish independence. But in a parliamentary answer, David Willetts...


Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash - BBC News

Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash
BBC News
The Liberal Democrats have moved the date of their national conference in 2014 to avoid a clash with the Scottish independence referendum. The event had been due to take place in Liverpool from 13 to 17 September. It will now open ...


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The Day Scottish Journalism Died

"In the future, when newspapers are only a memory and your children ask you when Scotland’s press...



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Rock Nite At Classic Grand,

My Band along with a few others will be playing at the Classic Grand Friday 23rd August, Loud Roc...



What's Your Favourite Takeaway?
Chinese; Sweet and sour king prawn, egg fried rice and a side of prawn crackers.

Indian; Tandoor...

Public Transport

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9L--MX7-ZI



Biter - Bitten

At least this looks like a true tale... 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/...



Runrig

Heading along to the 40th anniversary gig at the black isle showground this afternoon.

Going to ...



Big Night Out In Glasgow
DJ Angerfist on the wheels of steel.


http://www.vice.com/en_uk/big-night-out/the-gabber-night

Chicken Maryland...wtf!
I've just had this from my local Chinese as a takeaway, I've never had it before and just thought...

Man Dies After Being Removed From Club
I'm sure there will be a lot to be said about this.

http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx...

Better Nation

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

This is what fear looks like
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Scot Goes pop

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

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Perspectives: Distance cannot allow us to abdicate our responsibility to help...

The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Y...



Yes LGBT steps up campaign for equal rights in written constitution

A campaign to enshrine equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in a writt...



Poll finds majority would vote No to Scotland joining the UK

Just 18% of Scots would vote to join the Union if Scotland was already an independent country cho...



Reports highlight opportunities of a Yes vote

Two Reports published today shine a light on our economic direction over the coming years, and hi...



Perspectives: Bedroom tax is causing misery for 80,000 of our most vulnerable...

People cannot fail to have been moved by reports this week of how the hated ?bedroom tax? is caus...



Crofting for Yes launches at Black Isle Show

Crofting for Yes, the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence, will be launched to...



Scotland can do better on Welfare and Pensions

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum on an independent Scotland ?would give the opportunity for m...



Independence is a chance to build a fairer and affordable welfare system

Responding to an IFS report on benefits spending, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland,...



Perspectives: The best case for welfare justice

The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Y...



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

Labour for Independence will hold their first policy conference at the STUC in Glasgow this weeke...



Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues ...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



 

   

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