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Farage: I'd do a deal with Labour if the terms were right
12 Nov 2014 at 11:32am
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hinted he would be willing to "do a deal" with Labour if the terms were right.

Cameron hails European benefits ruling as 'common sense'
11 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has hailed a European court ruling which appeared to support limits on the benefits that can be claimed by European nationals.

Cameron ridicules opposition's lack of strategy
10 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
BRITAIN cannot secure reform of the European Union by just saying it will "stick with whatever we have come what may", David Cameron has said.

UK banks sued by families of dead US troops
10 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
RBS, HSBC and Barclays are being sued by the families of US soldiers killed in combat in Iraq for allegedly processing Iranian money that paid for shootings and roadside bombs.

Cameron in dash to vote
10 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron dashed back from a Lord Mayor's banquet to vote in the Commons last night, as the Government won a dramatic and controversial vote on its bid to sign up afresh to European justice measures.

Cuts from Osborne are still awaited
10 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
The Government has yet to spell out details of £38 billion of spending cuts which would have to be imposed after the general election to meet Chancellor George Osborne's plan to eliminate the deficit without tax rises, an influential economic think tank has warned.

'A return to two-party politics risks recovery'
10 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
THE "delicate" economic recovery will be put at risk unless the Liberal Democrats form part of the next government, Nick Clegg has claimed.

SNP and Greens protest at exclusion from TV debates
10 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
POLITICAL parties including the SNP and the Greens have banded together to protest at their exclusion from next year's scheduled General Election televised debates.

Miliband critics under fire
9 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
PLOTTERS against Ed Miliband have been attacked as backers of his brother David who have never accepted the result of the Labour leadership contest.

Clegg: One-party rule would damage UK
9 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
NICK Clegg will warn industry leaders that a return to single-party government will jeopardise the country's recovery and send business profits plummeting.

Miliband insists he is man to lead as secret plot is denied
7 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
Ed Miliband has made clear that he intends to lead the Opposition into the 2015 General Election after two senior colleagues denied they had been plotting behind his back should he step down.

Chancellor accused of 'smoke and mirrors' in row over EU
7 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
George Osborne has been accused of resorting to "smoke and mirrors" after he claimed to have halved the ­additional bill Britain will pay towards the European Union (EU) budget from £1.7 billion to £850 million.

Crisis over Miliband's leadership as poll shows SNP support
6 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR politicians have warned of a serious problem with Ed Miliband's leadership following reports of a backbench plot to oust him.

Supermarkets cut fuel prices after warning to pass on fall
6 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
Supermarkets have launched a petrol price war after warnings drivers would be outraged if they failed to pass on cuts to the wholesale cost of oil.

EU free movement defended by leaders
6 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
More European leaders have poured cold water on David Cameron's hopes to restrict free movement within the European Union.


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Scotland?s recovery could be ?running on empty?
12 Nov 2014 at 12:56pm

SCOTLAND’S recovery from recession could soon be “running on empty” unless action is taken, an economics expert has warned.



Nigel Farage hints at election ?deal? with Labour
12 Nov 2014 at 12:42pm

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hinted he would be willing to “do a deal” with Labour if the terms were right.



New poll puts SNP 1% behind Lib Dems in UK
12 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm

A NEW poll has shown strong backing for the Scottish National Party (SNP) ahead of next year’s General Election, with the Nationalists just one point behind the Liberal Democrats throughout the UK.



MoD considers pulling £4bn Clyde frigate contract
12 Nov 2014 at 9:33am

THE Ministry of Defence has admitted it is considering abandoning its promise to build the new type 26 frigates on the Clyde and instead seek an alternative from abroad, the head of Royal Navy has admitted.



Police Scotland slower at recording sex crimes
12 Nov 2014 at 9:13am

POLICE are slower to record sexual offences than cases of assault, robbery and housebreaking, an audit of crime statistics has found.



Carmichael calls for healing of referendum divisions
12 Nov 2014 at 8:20am

SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael said he wants to “press the reset button” on Westminster’s relationship with the Scottish Government after Nicola Sturgeon takes over as First Minister.



Contractor ?will support? Edinburgh trams inquiry
12 Nov 2014 at 7:16am

THE contractor behind the Edinburgh Trams project has broken its silence to state that it intends to “fully support” the public inquiry in the belief that it will vindicate them in their role in the controversial £1 billion project.



English drivers must be warned on new drink limit
12 Nov 2014 at 6:01am

ENGLISH DRIVERS crossing the border into Scotland must be made aware of looming changes to the drink drive laws over the festive period, a report by MSPs has warned.



Salmond: I?ll see independence within my lifetime
12 Nov 2014 at 5:42am

Alex Salmond believes Scotland will be independent within his lifetime despite the people’s rejection of it in the September referendum.



Alex Neil calls for ?hospital safety huddles?
12 Nov 2014 at 4:02am

WORKERS should hold a “hospital safety huddle” every morning to identify risks and challenges to patient safety in the day ahead, Health Secretary Alex Neil has said.



Sturgeon questioned on Prestwick Airport evictions
12 Nov 2014 at 2:16am

NICOLA Sturgeon told MSPs today that Prestwick Airport managers would have to justify their eviction of aircraft handling firms Greer Aviation and Landmark Aviation, and she would not “micro-manage” the Scottish Government-owned site.



Anas Sarwar: SNP are a ?barrier to success?
12 Nov 2014 at 12:59am

THE SNP is a barrier to the success of Scotland’s young people, according to interim Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar.



?No evidence? of Home Office paedophile cover up
11 Nov 2014 at 6:29pm

A REVIEW of the Home Office’s handling of paedophile ring ­allegations in the 1970s, 80s and 90s has found no evidence of a cover-up – but warned it is ­impossible to draw any firm conclusions.



Unions back Scottish Labour leadership rivals
11 Nov 2014 at 6:26pm

two rival candidates for the ­Scottish Labour leadership have each won the endorsements of leading unions.



Children could start primary school a year later
11 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

THE prospect of Scottish youngsters starting school at the age of six is being considered by cash-strapped councils who say it could be “better” for their education, MSPs have been told.




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Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Barely worth the words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2014 at 11:49am
This: And this: And of course this: And then, with crushing inevitability, this: All on you, No voters. YOU go to Govan and explain it to them.

Busy doing nothing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Nov 2014 at 6:09am
There’s so little happening in Scottish politics today, readers, that the Scottish Sun has been reduced to interviewing a brick. And no, that’s not rhyming slang. Frankly, folks, at that point we may as well have the day off.

Behind the mask
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Nov 2014 at 5:08am
On last night’s Scotland Tonight, prospective Scottish Labour deputy “leader” Katy Clark MP told the nation that “it could be Scotland that lets us down”. It wasn’t a slip of the tongue. By “us” she meant the Labour Party, and she went on to elaborate, telling the old Labour story about how UK general elections are […]

Informing ongoing policy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2014 at 9:36am
Alert readers will know that we like to keep you updated on the progress of our Freedom Of Information requests. Way back in May this year we sent one regarding the infamous unpublished opinion poll, and got a response the following month. We weren’t very happy with it, though, and we followed it up. And […]

The news where everyone is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2014 at 7:04am
One week after the independence referendum we posted about a fundraiser by the producers of Dateline Scotland. It was an unusual fundraiser, in that it didn’t promise to actually produce anything – the team simply wanted money to sustain them while they worked towards something much bigger. The fundraiser was a massive success, reaching more than three times its […]

The proud and patriotic Scot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Nov 2014 at 4:43am
The Independent, 10 November 2014: “Ed Miliband tried to persuade Gordon Brown to stand for the leadership of Scottish Labour, according to a senior party source. Mr Miliband sent a member of the Shadow Cabinet to ask the former prime minister to stand before nominations closed last week, according to the source. ‘Gordon showed good […]

If only someone had thought
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Nov 2014 at 7:32am
George Osborne on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning: “There’s a very interesting idea which we want to explore, which is whether you could create a sovereign wealth fund for the money that comes from the shale gas that we’re going to be pulling out of the ground, particularly in the north of […]

Right around the corner
by Chris Cairns
8 Nov 2014 at 12:00am

The meaning of devo-max
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2014 at 9:37am
As the Smith Commission continues its fundamentally pointless and impossible deliberations, in which it’s expected to digest and consider many thousands of submissions (including hundreds of detailed ones from political organisations and “civic Scotland”) in around three weeks, the Scottish and UK press is still casually and inaccurately tossing around the term “devo-max”. There seem to […]

Slim pickings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2014 at 12:00am
When we commissioned our latest poll, the candidates for the Scottish Labour sort-of leadership hadn’t yet been finalised. In fact, we’re not even sure whether the post of deputy “leader” was up for grabs at that point, with Anas Sarwar having said that he had no intention of stepping down, shortly before stepping down. But in […]


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Sturgeon calls for future vote power
12 Nov 2014 at 9:46am
Scotland's incoming first minister says the Scottish Parliament should have the power to call any future independence referendum.


Scottish unemployment down by 10,000
12 Nov 2014 at 4:45am
The number of jobless people in Scotland fell by 10,000 over the three months to September, according to official figures.


Funding flaw 'benefited Scotland'
12 Nov 2014 at 4:08am
Scotland avoids spending cuts of £600m between 2010 and 2013 because of a "flaw" in the central government funding formula, a report says.


'School at six' debate welcomed
12 Nov 2014 at 5:25am
Scotland's Education Secretary Michael Russell says he "welcomes the debate" on whether children should start school at the age of six.


Osborne 'must invest' in Scotland
12 Nov 2014 at 8:12am
The Chancellor must invest more in Scotland to prevent its economy stagnating, according to economists.


Sturgeon positive over spaceport bid
12 Nov 2014 at 11:25am
Scottish government-owned Prestwick Airport is in a good position to become the UK's first spaceport, the deputy first minister says.


Pupils 'lacking science equipment'
11 Nov 2014 at 6:13pm
School pupils are not being given the science equipment they need, according to a group of professional bodies.


'Huddle' call for hospital safety
11 Nov 2014 at 6:19pm
Hospital staff should hold a "safety huddle" every morning, the Health Secretary Alex Neil says.


Plans to tackle child sex abuse
11 Nov 2014 at 10:30am
A national action plan to tackle child sex abuse in Scotland is announced, amid a warning the problem is widespread.


Major concern over hospital hygiene
11 Nov 2014 at 6:32am
NHS Lanarkshire is reported to ministers over repeated failures to meet hygiene standards at Hairmyres Hospital.


Scots Tory leader condemns gay abuse
11 Nov 2014 at 5:41am
The openly gay leader of the Scottish Conservatives hits out out at homophobic abuse directed at her online.


Labour job rivals pledge reforms
11 Nov 2014 at 1:04pm
Candidates in the race to become the new Scottish Labour leader say future decisions about how the party is run will be made in Scotland.


Sturgeon 'will focus' on inequality
11 Nov 2014 at 7:03am
Nicola Sturgeon promises to lead a government with a "sharp focus" on tackling inequality when she becomes first minister.


Wild animal circus ban considered
11 Nov 2014 at 10:42am
The environment secretary says the Scottish government will "look carefully" at changing the law to ban circuses from using wild animals.


Fracking regulations 'too strict'
11 Nov 2014 at 5:55am
Leading energy engineers from Glasgow University call for regulations on fracking to be relaxed.


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Creative Scotland still facing arts funding decision problems
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Nov 2014 at 6:29am

By Hugh Kerr


Creative Scotland the troubled body responsible for distributing around £100 million of our money to fund the arts has managed to create a stushie over its first funding budget since it was relaunched.

In particular it has caused major comment by cutting the budget entirely of Scottish Youth Theatre, which was responsible for the beginnings of many great theatrical careers in Scotland. It has also cut the budget of the Traverse and the Lyceum, two of Scotland's leading theatres by major amounts, while rewarding their near neighbour Dance Base with a 24 per cent increase. I am assured that Creative Scotland CEO's original career as a dancer is mere coincidence!

Readers with a long memory and an interest in these matters will recall that this is but the latest problem of Creative Scotland, but let me give you a quick resume.

Creative Scotland was born out of the merger of the previous funding organisations the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. It took years, lots of consultants' reports and several million pounds to set up Creative Scotland.

Its first CEO was an Englishman Andrew Dixon, who announced at his first press conference after appointment: "I am really looking forward to finding out about the arts in Scotland?.

Now before I get accused of being anti-English, I am not arguing that you have to be born in Scotland to know the arts in Scotland.  After all, 7:84 Theatre founder John McGrath  was a Liverpudlian via Oxford,  but of course he lived and worked in Scotland and knew the arts well.

The problem with Andrew Dixon wasn't that he was English but as he readily admitted himself he knew little about Scotland's arts. This was the basis of his undoing because when he came to spend his budget not knowing the companies, he  hired a consultant. After charging £250,000, the consultants  advised him to set up a market place, make everyone compete for their grants on a project basis, and end this cushioned three-year funding.

This went down like a lead balloon and a letter was circulated which quickly attracted a huge number of signatures from Scottish actors, directors, producers and administrators protesting the scheme.

Within weeks Andrew Dixon had been forced to resign (leaving with a reputed package of around £100,000) and anguished consultation began on the future with lots of seminars all over the country. How much attention was paid to these is hard to say. Some of us thought it was a classic PR exercise and that was confirmed when the board of Creative Scotland, made up mainly of people from business and the great and the good, announced their replacement CEO, Janet Archer.

She  had been a dancer and then went into arts administration in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. When I met her recently at the opening of 25 Years of Scottish Modern Art, I surprised her by saying I used to represent her in the European Parliament where I was on the Culture Committee.I was the MEP for Hertfordshire and Essex. Janet became an administrator for a dance organisation in England.  So after the debacle of appointing  Andrew Dixon, it was surprising to say the least when she was appointed the new CEO of Creative Scotland. As one journalist put it to me: "It's as if Creative Scotland are putting up two fingers to their critics who brought down Andrew Dixon."

Janet Archer didn't exactly woo over the arts journalists by refusing to be interviewed by them son after getting the job, which is of course what normally happens in an important new appointment. She was finally made available for interview several months, no doubt giving her time to learn more about Scottish culture. However, when asked about the fate of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews (closed due to funds being withdrawn by Creative Scotland's predecessor the Scottish Arts Council), she replied: "I am afraid I don't know where that is."

She did invite ridicule by saying she had spent six months as a baby in East Kilbride, and had once driven a minibus to Stirling University, in an attempt to establish some Scottish credentials.

Her main claim to knowledge of Scotland came in a supporting statement from Laura Eaton Lewis, who heads up a small Glasgow-based dance organisation The Work Room, which Janet Archer had chaired for a few meetings. Laura later earned a place on Janet's "External Reference Group".

So, given all that, perhaps it was no surprise that the major beneficiary of the new budget is: dance! While the Lyceum Theatre was cut by 17per cent or £212,000 a year, and the Traverse by 11 per cent, or  £108,000 a year, and Scottish Youth Theatre cut altogether, Dance Base in Edinburgh got an increase of 24.5 per cent to £408,000 a year. Dance Base is located in a rather nice glass-fronted building nestling near the castle.

I am all in favour of people dancing, however a couple of things stand out about Dance Base. Firstly its budget is over £1m, much of which comes from grants and much of that goes on staff and it benefits very few, largely the people who go there to dance, there are very few spectators at Dance Base.

Of course the problem of people in top jobs in the arts in Scotland who know little about Scotland is not new. Indeed there is a continuing cultural cringe in Scotland around these appointments, despite the establishment of the parliament and the heightened consciousness around the referendum.

Alasdair Gray suggested that these high level positions were occupied by either "settlers or colonists?. His use of language may have been a little provocative but his point had some substance. Most of the top jobs in Scottish cultural organisations in recent years have gone to people from outside Scotland, often with little knowledge of Scotland. For example in the 67 years of the Edinburgh Festival, the greatest arts festival in the world, there has never been a Scottish director. The outgoing director Jonathan Mills seemed little interested in Scottish culture, asserting that it was "an international festival", even though yet a major part of its stated mission is "to present the best of Scottish culture and Scottish companies to the world".

It is not just the Edinburgh Festival and Creative Scotland that are headed up by non-Scots but many of the other top arts organisations. The National Theatre of Scotland for example which after years of campaigning by prominent people in Scottish Theatre appointed an English director, Vicky Featherstone who recently admitted that being English had caused her problems.She was replaced by another English appointee, Laurie Sansom, and meantime great Scottish directors like the late great David McLennan were passed over.

Similar problems exist in other areas,for example in the visual arts,with all the directors of the National Galleries coming from outside Scotland and major exhibitions being curated from Scotland with no Scottish paintings represented!

However as Alasdair Gray observed, these appointments are made by people in Scotland, so maybe one of the questions we should ask is how are these appointing boards selected, and should they be democratised to reflect more the artists and the community they serve? At present they are often composed of people from business and the great and the good, plus some people from the arts they serve.

Of course making cuts in an era of constrained budgets is never easy,and we should point out that the Scottish Government has largely protected spending on the arts, whereas the English Arts Council has face major cuts. However in its major cuts to theatre, in particular the axing of Scottish Youth Theatre which has many powerful friends, Janet Archer may have created a perfect storm.

The solution could be a much bigger arts budget but of course in an era of even more savage cuts from our Westminster paymasters this is unlikely. So my suggestion in the meantime is let us scrap Creative Scotland this would save us a few million, and place the large companies into the national funding scheme which already administers grants to many of the major companies. The remaining budget should be given to local authorities, ring-fenced for local spending on the arts. It's not perfect but at least they would know where their local theatres are.

* Hugh Kerr was previously an MEP who served on the Culture Committee of the European Parliament.



A Catalan view of that 'illegal' referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Nov 2014 at 5:11pm

By Xavier Solano

Catalans have voted, and have done so in defiance of the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court that declared this consultation illegal. It is remarkable that 40,000 volunteers and over 2.3 million people defied the Court?s suspension, especially taking into account that it was known that Spain?s public prosecutor would investigate whether anyone breached the suspension.



Catalonia dreaming
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Nov 2014 at 11:41am

  Special report from Peter Geoghegan, Barcelona
 
At midnight on Saturday, a huge digital clock on the wall of an apartment block in Plaça Sant Jaume square, in Barcelona, flipped to 00:00:00.
 
"Fem un pais nou" ("Make a New Country") said a sign next to the timer.  Red and yellow Catalan flags were draped across the adjacent balconies.  The day of Catalonia's poll on independence had arrived.



Tories block SNP fisheries move
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Nov 2014 at 3:08pm

By a Newsnet Reporter


The row over Scottish representation at European Union fisheries talks intensified tonight as First Minister Alex Salmond continued to press the UK Government for an explanation of the decision to draft in a Tory peer to lead its delegation in Brussels.


The Scottish government was incensed when it chose the inexperienced Lord de Mauley to stand in for UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who cannot attend the talks.



Jim Murphy's sectarian U-turn goes unchallenged
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Nov 2014 at 4:16pm

  Analysis  By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy says he will repeal the anti-sectarianism legislation if he becomes First Minister.  Scottish Labour's saviour in waiting has vowed to "scrap the Football Act right away." if Labour wins the 2016 Scottish election.

Murphy's announcement was reported in a manner that suggested it was a novel policy statement from the Labour MP.  It was splashed on the front pages of both The Herald and Scotsman.



SNP polling breaks all records
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Nov 2014 at 4:50pm

  By A  Newsnet Reporter

Latest polling suggests that the SNP?s grip on Scottish politics has continued to tighten since the independence referendum.

The poll, conducted for STV by Ipsos MORI, shows that SNP support in the constituency vote in the Scottish elections stands at a record-setting 57 per cent ? 34 points ahead of Labour.



Times They Are A-Changin', We Hope!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2014 at 11:35am

Comment by Iain Robertson

There should be a red, white and blue Cerberus statue outside the parliament buildings in London, with three laughing heads depicting the band of merry millionaires running the UK?s establishment democracy.



Reform Scotland makes its Home Rule case
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2014 at 11:18am

Reform Scotland, a loose cross-party think tank which has long pushed for Devo Max, launched its latest proposals at Our Dynamic Earth on Monday.


Hugh Kerr was there to find out more...



SNP and indy poll boost spells doom for Miliband
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 10:36am

By a Newsnet Reporter

 

Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond said today that Scottish Labour would continue to pay the price for working within the Better Together campaign, after significant opinion polls indicated the SNP in a significant lead for Scottish seats in the UK General Election.

 

Over many years, received wisdom has been that Scots tend to vote for UK parties at Westminster. But two polls show the SNP in big leads over Labour, as the latter grapples with the task of electing a new leader in Scotland.



Government funded drugs charity promoting Buddhism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 4:38am

By Roberto Maranzano

The Scottish Government has been accused of sponsoring a pro-Buddhism charitable organisation that works with former drug addicts.

Questions are being asked within the drug rehabilitation world as to why grant aid is paying for the promotion of the eastern religion, and particularly to vulnerable people.




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

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Scottish Government seek assurances Hunterston power station won't become UK'...
by dailyrecord
12 Nov 2014 at 10:26am
EDF ENERGY has applied for permission to transport radioactive waste from around the UK to the No...


Internet troll who targeted Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson apologises for ho...
by James Moncur
12 Nov 2014 at 4:28am
PAULA Stocks, who subjected the Tory leader to homophobic abuse, apologised for the comment but i...


Under-fire Education Secretary Mike Russell blames swingeing cuts on Scotland...
by David Clegg
12 Nov 2014 at 3:35am
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Record View: Yes man blame game must end
by Record View
12 Nov 2014 at 2:37am
RECORD VIEWS says Mike Russell should stop harking back to the referendum and instead focus on in...


Joan McAlpine: Blinkered Labour came up short on wage pledge
by Joan McAlpine
12 Nov 2014 at 2:03am
JOAN says the only way to ensure everyone gets a living wage is to raise the the national minimum...


Labour leadership contest: Communication Workers Union gives 'full support' t...
by Alan Jones
11 Nov 2014 at 5:08am
THE union which represents 200,000 postal and telecommunication workers believe Findlay is the fi...


Alex Salmond slams David Cameron for sending toff banker to represent interes...
by David Clegg
11 Nov 2014 at 12:47am
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Gay hate trolls target Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson
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10 Nov 2014 at 4:26pm
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Alex Salmond slams David Cameron for sending clueless Tory peer to represent ...
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10 Nov 2014 at 12:31pm
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10 Nov 2014 at 6:07am
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IN an exclusive interview, the Daily Record columnist said she wanted to "win back the trust of S...


Alistair Darling to stand down as Labour MP at next election
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Record View: SNP must deliver on social justice
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10 Nov 2014 at 3:45am
RECORD View discusses the importance of social justice and says whether it's the NHS, care for ol...


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11 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
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Murphy: In the end, it's all a question of trust.
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2014 at 10:42am
Murphy: In the end, it's all a question of trust.




Forget Chris Morris and The Day Today, those idiot Dateline Scotland anchorme...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2014 at 4:32pm
Forget Chris Morris and The Day Today, those idiot Dateline Scotland anchormen, who we briefly co...

The young Natz trickster must be buying likes to have surpassed our choice fo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
The young Natz trickster must be buying likes to have surpassed our choice for Labour in Scotland...

EXCLUSIVE: Following the Capital's 60% NO vote, the Scottish Goverment's new ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2014 at 6:27pm
EXCLUSIVE:
Following the Capital's 60% NO vote, the Scottish Goverment's new third Forth crossing...

BREAKING NEWS Spanish splittists vote for separation from Spain. With a tu...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2014 at 6:13pm
BREAKING NEWS

Spanish splittists vote for separation from Spain.

With a turnout of 2,250,000 t...

Oor BBC Westminster colleagues haven't yet managed to rid London Labour of Re...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Oor BBC Westminster colleagues haven't yet managed to rid London Labour of Red Ed, now this wee S...

Oor choice for Leader of the North North British branch of London Labour has ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Nov 2014 at 6:57am
Oor choice for Leader of the North North British branch of London Labour has a very serious chall...

Remember, remember...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Nov 2014 at 8:44am
Remember, remember...




BBC Scotlandshire has been vilified for too long over our coverage of the Lab...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
BBC Scotlandshire has been vilified for too long over our coverage of the Labour Party branch off...

The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Nov 2014 at 11:56am
The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to the position of leade...

Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Mana...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Nov 2014 at 4:29pm
Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Manager of the Labour in...

(no title)
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53am



As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 2:43pm
As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.




EXCLUSIVE: On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
EXCLUSIVE:
On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned to Scotlandshire, JK...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination
independence - autonomy - self-determination


Power to the People
by bellacaledonia
12 Nov 2014 at 11:07am
By Philip Johnstone Amid all the debate surrounding the Smith commission there has been surprisin...


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
by bellacaledonia
10 Nov 2014 at 9:08am
Based on confidential interviews with BBC journalists Adrian Searle on how disaffection with edit...

Campaign for Scottish Home Rule
by bellacaledonia
10 Nov 2014 at 3:05am
by Jennifer Dempsie If like me, as a frustrated independence supporter, have been trying to get y...


Yes Catalunya
by bellacaledonia
9 Nov 2014 at 5:30am
Show your solidarity with Catalonia by leaving a comment below our Open letter: “In Scotland we r...


?Responsibility without power?: no way to run Scotland in the Union
by bellacaledonia
8 Nov 2014 at 5:05am
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert Like many others, we put in our submission to the Smith Commission l...


Young Fathers Reject Tabloid Culture
by bellacaledonia
7 Nov 2014 at 1:01am
Edinburgh based band Young Fathers last week won the Mercury Prize adding it to the SAY Award won...


Glasgow City Council?s Budget Cuts: Corporate Profits Or Local Jobs?
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:46pm
By Mike Edwards The Herald reported on Thursday, ?Job fears as Glasgow council faces cuts in exce...


Occupy Democracy open call-out of support for Radical Independence Campaign
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:39pm
By ‘Occupy Democracy – London’ Occupy Democracy supports the Radical Independence call for an Ind...


Parallel Universes
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:35pm
By Mike Small In this still-liminal land, everyone is groping about to find meaning, clarity, pur...

All roads lead back to the Independence debate
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 6:56am
by Irvine Welsh Scottish Independence, as an ongoing process, has never been about an event such ...


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime' - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Nov 2014 at 4:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime'
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked about...


Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen - NPR (blog)
10 Nov 2014 at 5:22am

NPR (blog)

Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen
NPR (blog)
But turnout was l...


Will Andy Murray be Booed at ATP Finals Over Scottish Independence Yes Vote? ...
10 Nov 2014 at 8:14am

International Business Times UK

Will Andy Murray be Booed at ATP Finals Over Scottish Independence...


Scottish Independence Will Happen in 20 Years Says SNP's Alex Salmond - Inter...
3 Nov 2014 at 8:35am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence Will Happen in 20 Years Says SNP's Alex Salm...


Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum - Scotsman
31 Oct 2014 at 10:26am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
Scotsman
Meanwhile, 55 per cent are in favou...


Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence - Telegraph....
15 Oct 2014 at 11:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
But...


Scottish Independence Activists Want Catalonia to Break Away from Spain - VICE
10 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm

VICE

Scottish Independence Activists Want Catalonia to Break Away from Spain
VICE
That Catalans were...


New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin - CryptoCoinsNews
3 Nov 2014 at 5:57am

CryptoCoinsNews

New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin
CryptoCoinsNews
Scotland The r...


Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:29am

Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as ...
The Drum
Newsques...


The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ... ...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:37am

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ...
Huffington Post UK
A n...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

Poll suggests SNP are closing on Lib Dems in UK-wide support - stv.tv
12 Nov 2014 at 3:10pm

stv.tv

Poll suggests SNP are closing on Lib Dems in UK-wide support
stv.tv
A poll has suggested that...


Scotland will be independent in my lifetime, says Alex Salmond - Irish Times
12 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm

Irish Times

Scotland will be independent in my lifetime, says Alex Salmond
Irish Times
Equally, he c...


There will be independence in my lifetime, says Salmond - Irish Times
12 Nov 2014 at 2:39pm

Irish Times

There will be independence in my lifetime, says Salmond
Irish Times
Equally, he could ru...


Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Closing of Private Placement of 725000 Units at ....
12 Nov 2014 at 2:30pm

Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Closing of Private Placement of 725000 Units at ...
Marketwired (press...


'The best place to build these frigates is on the Clyde and everybody knows t...
12 Nov 2014 at 2:13pm

STV Glasgow

'The best place to build these frigates is on the Clyde and everybody knows that'
STV G...


'Punitive tax will jeopardise fragile housing market' - The Times (subscription)
12 Nov 2014 at 1:40pm

The Times (subscription)

'Punitive tax will jeopardise fragile housing market'
The Times (subscript...


Michael Fallon overrules First Sea Lord over Scottish shipyards - Telegraph.c...
12 Nov 2014 at 12:52pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Michael Fallon overrules First Sea Lord over Scottish shipyards
Telegraph.co.uk
Mich...


Scottish Secretary offers Nicola Sturgeon olive branch - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Nov 2014 at 12:43pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Secretary offers Nicola Sturgeon olive branch
Telegraph.co.uk
But doubts ab...


Labour votes to continue welfare cuts for disabled - SNP (press release)
12 Nov 2014 at 11:10am

Labour votes to continue welfare cuts for disabled
SNP (press release)
In the Scottish Parliament t...


Alex Salmond Seriously Damaged His Wrist By Shaking Too Many Hands ... - Buzz...
12 Nov 2014 at 12:20pm

Alex Salmond Seriously Damaged His Wrist By Shaking Too Many Hands ...
BuzzFeed News
... Ryder Cup ...



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

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters UK
7 Nov 2014 at 8:19am

Reuters UK

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
Reuters UK
LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reu...


Carmichael calls for healing of referendum divisions - Scotsman
12 Nov 2014 at 8:31am

Scotsman

Carmichael calls for healing of referendum divisions
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair C...


STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years - st...
31 Oct 2014 at 9:01am

stv.tv

STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years
stv.tv
Two thirds of...


Manchester devolution needs (another) Scotland-style referendum, says Green r...
12 Nov 2014 at 12:52am

Mancunian Matters

Manchester devolution needs (another) Scotland-style referendum, says Green rep
M...


New poll suggests Scotland would vote Yes if another referendum were held tod...
1 Nov 2014 at 3:56am

Scottish Daily Record

New poll suggests Scotland would vote Yes if another referendum were held to...


UK's Cameron rejects Scottish proposal on EU referendum - Reuters
29 Oct 2014 at 9:41am

Herald Scotland

UK's Cameron rejects Scottish proposal on EU referendum
Reuters
Cameron made several...


Catalonians head to polls to vote in a referendum that has now been outlawed ...
8 Nov 2014 at 9:07pm

Herald Scotland

Catalonians head to polls to vote in a referendum that has now been outlawed
Herald...


Surge in growth rate after referendum blip - Herald Scotland
9 Nov 2014 at 9:07pm

Shopfloor

Surge in growth rate after referendum blip
Herald Scotland
Donald Macrae, chief economist...


Scots take politics as seriously as Catalans - Herald Scotland
10 Nov 2014 at 9:07pm

Scotsman

Scots take politics as seriously as Catalans
Herald Scotland
Over here, the Scottish and Br...


Senior politicians from across referendum divide back new campaign for ... - ...
3 Nov 2014 at 6:05am

Scottish Daily Record

Senior politicians from across referendum divide back new campaign for ...
Sc...



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Anything Goes

Only A No Vote Secures Shipbuilding In Scotland
12 Nov 2014 at 10:25am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/mod-considers-pulling-4bn-clyde-frigate-contract-1-3602708



Warren Clarke
12 Nov 2014 at 9:54am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30023012

 

One of my favourite actors 



Burdz You Don't Want To Ride, But Probably Should.
12 Nov 2014 at 5:04am
Just to flip the idea on its head, burds that everyone else likes, and you don't get it, or you k...

Happy Days
12 Nov 2014 at 4:24am

Big Judith is back doing the weather on the BBC, lovely.



Depression
11 Nov 2014 at 4:54pm
Is killing me 😭

Katy Clark
11 Nov 2014 at 2:50pm

Katy Clark saying that Scotland could let down labour on the general election .... who the f*ck d...



George Galloway (Again!)
11 Nov 2014 at 1:11pm
Lost the plot a bit on twitter, now saying that Celtic fans should be supporting Ireland against ...

Burdz Ye'd Love Tae......... But Widnae Tell Anyone
11 Nov 2014 at 1:00pm

Kind-of ugly chicks you'd fancy a rattle at but would keep it schtum for fear of embarrassment fr...



Toast Of London
11 Nov 2014 at 3:05am

Very funny



How Rich Are You
10 Nov 2014 at 2:06pm
Channel 4. Could be interesting.

Flures of this world (top 1%) have as much as bottom 55% in term...


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Guardian Scottish Independence blog

The Guardian
Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating fu...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebol...



Scotland after the independence referendum: week in review
by Libby Brooks
26 Sep 2014 at 12:12pm

Vow wobbles, an energised electorate, first-time voters reflect and the beginnings of a new polit...



Nicola Sturgeon parks independence and opts for devolution: five reasons why ...
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the SNP has sidelined its historic quest for independence after it ...



Nicola Sturgeon faces cuts and hard choices as domestic realities bite at Hol...
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm

The debates and wrangles over the Scottish parliaments tax and welfare powers will dominate Nicol...



Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics
by Libby Brooks
23 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over ...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...


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newest submissions : Scotland
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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

SCOT goes POP!: SNP soar to a Britain-wide vote of 8% in astounding Ipsos-Mor...
12 Nov 2014 at 3:11pm
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BBC News - Nicola Sturgeon calls for future vote power
12 Nov 2014 at 2:32pm
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Royal Bank of Scotland among five banks fined £2bn over foreign exchange trading
12 Nov 2014 at 1:24pm
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/r/Scotland before, during and after the referendum.
12 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
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No Study Leave for Highland Pupils
12 Nov 2014 at 11:43am

Hello, I am a 16 year old pupil at Millburn Academy currently in my fifth year at the school. I h...



There's a momentary chance to push the Scottish government into introducing r...
12 Nov 2014 at 10:45am
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Poll: Labour support lowest since before 2010 general election (UK)
12 Nov 2014 at 9:47am
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MoD considers pulling £4bn Clyde frigate contract.
12 Nov 2014 at 9:46am
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Autumn on Isle of Bute
12 Nov 2014 at 7:35am
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Salmond: I?ll see independence within my lifetime - The Scotsman
12 Nov 2014 at 5:55am
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Funding Flaws 'Aid Scotland And NI' - Heart Scotland News
12 Nov 2014 at 2:20am
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MI5 - BBC staff-vetting storm (19.8.85)
11 Nov 2014 at 3:12pm
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Question about a phrase
11 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm

I was born in Scotland and my mothers side is Scottish. When I was young I vividly remember heari...



Polish war hero bear Wojtek to appear on Edinburgh bus. - A 10ft bronze statu...
11 Nov 2014 at 11:19am
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11 Nov 2014 at 8:04am
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Work as if you live in the early days of a

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered pol...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for ...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game ...

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this ...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader...

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion callin...

Join the conversation
by Guest Blog
14 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post today from Andrew McFadyen on the future of the Labour Party: here’s the Labour for ...

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provo...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise ...


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Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Jim Murphy ahead in Scottish Labour leadership race
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Nov 2014 at 12:12pm
Former shadow international development secretary backed by double the total support gained by leadership rivals

Jim Murphy has taken a commanding lead in the contest to become Scottish Labour leade...



Labour party faces losing up to 20 seats in Scotland as SNP support surges
by Severin Carrell, Paul Delamore and Steven Semple
3 Nov 2014 at 7:37am

Analysis of voting in independence referendum and latest polls suggest Westminster seats at risk from yes alliance

DATA: get the full spreadsheet of results

Scottish Labour leaders have privately adm...



Lord Barnett, Labour minister who devised Barnett formula, dies aged 91
by Press Association
3 Nov 2014 at 4:21am
He formulated the system for allocating public spending to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but came to think it unfair

Lord Barnett, the former cabinet minister who devised the system for alloc...



Why Ed Miliband now looks for salvation from an old Scottish foe | Andrew Raw...
by Andrew Rawnsley
1 Nov 2014 at 7:05pm
The Labour leader desperately needs Jim Murphy to revive the demoralised party north of the border

One of the many reasons that I never lose my appetite for politics is the menu of lip-smacking iron...



Is Jim Murphy really the man to lead Scottish Labours recovery? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
1 Nov 2014 at 7:04pm
The Westminster MP for East Renfrewshire is diligent and hard working, but...

On Scottish Labours internal Doomsday Clock, its three minutes to midnight and the partys few available options for prev...



Scotland would now vote for independence, poll finds
by Press Association
1 Nov 2014 at 12:33pm
Just six weeks after majority voted no, YouGov survey finds 52% of people in favour of leaving UK

The race to lead the Labour party in Scotland has intensified with further union backing for left-wi...




Martin Rowson on the Scottish Labour party cartoon
by Martin Rowson
31 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
Continue reading...

Alex Salmond interview: Ive never had a problem with taking decisions, or bee...
by Ruth Wishart
31 Oct 2014 at 11:11am

Last month Alex Salmond brought Scotland to the brink of independence and then dramatically resigned as SNP leader. In his first interview since the vote he looks at how Scotland has changed and ...



Jim Murphy: can the Irn-Bru street fighter save Scottish Labour?
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
31 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
The big political beast in the Scottish Labour party leadership contest is a vegetarian teetotaller who can be hard as nails yet may have enough stardust to revive the partys fortunes

In an era in ...



Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

Labour party leader reacts after poll suggests Scottish National party could win up to 54 Scottish seats in 2015 election

Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must fight for every hour and every ...




Politics Weekly podcast: Scottish Labour, Mediterranean migrants and US midterms
by Presented by Hugh Muir and produced by Phil Maynard
30 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
Libby Brooks, Anne Perkins, Ken Rudin and Martin Kettle join Hugh Muir to discuss Labour's Scottish meltdown, migration across the Mediterranean Sea and the US mid-term elections Continue reading...

Sturgeons Euro gambit could galvanise another Scottish independence tilt | Ru...
by Ruth Wishart
30 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
Nicola Sturgeons bid for a Scottish veto over a European exit further defines SNP politics as a Ukip-free zone

Nicola Sturgeons bid to let the four home nations have an individual say on whether to ...



Labour faces massive losses to SNP at UK general election, poll shows
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
Shock Ipsos Mori poll comes as Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to be the next Scottish Labour leader, accuses his party of lacking passion

Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to become the next Scottish...



Scottish no voters have every reason to feel let down since the referendum | ...
by Mike Small
30 Oct 2014 at 8:56am
Labours woes are the least of Scotlands concerns right now. The famous silent majority of no voters is hushed and somnolent

Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with fur...



Jim Murphy, Neil Findlay to stand in Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm

Former Scottish secretary and Scottish shadow health secretary enter contest after Gordon Brown rules himself out

The former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has announced that he intends to stand for ...




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Wee Ginger Dug
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Biting the hand of Project Fear

I want my devo max
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2014 at 3:14pm
So where’s my devo max then? Like most people in Scotland who have been following political developments over the past few years – which is most people in Scotland – I fancy I have quite a good ide...

Up in smoke
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
It’s only after you break a bad habit that you realise just how bad it was for you. Like giving up smoking or voting Labour in Scotland. That’s been a vicious addiction that hundreds of thousands h...

Jim Murphy?s BOGOF
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
Less than two months after the referendum, you know, that vote that was supposed to establish the settled will of the Scottish people until the Sun expands in a ball of hot gas and consumes the Ear...

Red pandas and pop tarts
by weegingerdug
30 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The red panda is a real thing. It’s much smaller beastie than the better known giant panda, but it’s only marginally less endangered. According to Wikipedia, the red panda faces extinction because ...

scot2.scot gets ready to launch
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2014 at 2:35pm
We live in a country where the people voted to continue to be ruled by a parliament in London. Okay, the majority wasn?t very large but it gave the parliament in London the green light to ?get ahea...

Spermatazoa and Jim Murphy
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2014 at 6:19pm
What happens when you call an election and no one comes? Labour looks like it may be about to find out as each of those tipped as future pretendy leader of the pretendy “Scottish Labour” branch off...

Is schadenfreude fatal?
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2014 at 2:13pm
Less than two months since Scotland voted No, and it’s become clear that the big loser from the independence referendum isn’t the SNP or the other pro-independence parties, it’s Labour. Is schadenf...

A wee update about flitting and fags
by weegingerdug
23 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm
The fact I’m posting this ought to let you know that I’m back online again – whoo hoo. But this isn’t a post about the Smith Commission, the British Labour party, or any wit and wisdom about anythi...

How now Brown?s vow
by weegingerdug
18 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
The road to Hell, blog posts, and post-referendum vows is paved with good intentions. Or at least that holds true for two items on the list, whether there were ever any good intentions in the vow i...

Newton?s law of Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm
When I’m not wondering why I have a waffle iron, and am still unclear on what a waffle iron is, never mind wondering why there’s one in the cupboard, I’ve been on the phone to utilities companies, ...


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