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'Fergie deserves a statue in Aberdeen'
HIS success at Manchester United has cemented his reputation as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

Miliband warns against Euro referendum
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says plans for an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union are wrong and threaten to undermine business confidence in Britain as a trade partner.

I back Mugabe land grab says MSP-in-waiting
A Frenchman in line to become a Scottish Nationalist MSP has been criticised for defending Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe's notorious land reform policies.

Only Black Tory goes
THE only black working-class adviser to David Cameron has been pushed out of Downing St by an Old Etonian "clique", it has been claimed.

Miliband claims PM is in a panic over Tory Europe rebellion
ED Miliband today brands the Prime Minister "weak and panicked" and unable to stand up for the national interest because of the continuing Tory rebellion on Europe.

Thatcher 'party' candidate opts out of seat battle
KARIE Murphy, the frontrunner to be Labour's General Election candidate in Falkirk, the seat held by disgraced MP Eric Joyce, has dramatically pulled out of the race for the candidacy.

Chancellor in recovery claim as G7 ministers meet for summit
BRITAIN is further along the road to economic recovery than many of its rivals, George Osborne has claimed as finance ministers from the G7 leading nations gathered at a stately home in Buckinghamshire for their annual meeting.

Plan for coalition, Adonis tells Labour
Labour must draw up plans for a possible coalition with the Liberal Democrats if it fails to win the next General Election outright, a senior peer said.

Scots MPs told to repay profits from homes
TWO Scottish MPs are among those politicians asked to pay back a total of almost £500,000 of profits from their taxpayer-funded homes as it emerges that Westminster's expenses watchdog has launched a legal action to recover £54,000 from just one backbencher.

Another £74m lost on carrier plan, MPs told
THE Ministry of Defence has been urged by Westminster's spending watchdog to get a grip on the "ongoing fiasco" of the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier programme after it emerged that another £74million of taxpayers' money has been lost on the project.

Lamont blasts SNP over sharp rise in A&E waiting times
A HUGE spike in the numbers of patients facing delays in treatment at accident and emergency departments has been highlighted by Labour at Holyrood.

Miliband hailed a hero after helping cyclist
Ed Miliband was hailed as an "action hero" by a woman cyclist after he came to her aid when she tumbled from her bike.

Cameron feels the heat from Tory 'pessimists' on Europe
David Cameron has lashed out at Tory Eurosceptics in a sign of the increasing pressure on his authority ahead of a potential Commons showdown next week.

Councillor reported for calling SNP 'facists'
A councillor has been reported to standards watchdogs over claims that she described the SNP as fascists during a stormy council meeting this week.

Baroness Williams says Lord Rennard 'selfless'
BARONESS Shirley Williams said fellow Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, who is currently being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, is "absolutely selfless" and at worst guilty of "misbehaving".

 

Scotsman

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Chaos after council deal sparks rebellion

Moves by a Scottish council leader to strengthen the numbers in his ruling coalition appear to have backfired.



Clegg childcare reform opposition ?to fend off coup?

NICK Clegg’s opposition to childcare reforms in England is part of an effort to fight off internal efforts to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader, Education Secretary Michael Gove said.



Adams more logic than Salmond over UK exit - Farage

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that Sinn Fein politician Gerry Adams’ position on taking Northern Ireland out of the UK and Europe is more logical Alex Salmond’s plan for Scotland.



Independence: Brown in ?United With Labour? speech

GORDON Brown will today make a major intervention in the campaign against independence, when he delivers a keynote speech at a flagship Labour event in Glasgow.



Sturgeon: ?A natural majority for independence?

The Deputy First Minister believes there is a “natural majority” for independence, despite polling that suggests the opposite.

She will make the comments in a speech in Glasgow today, billed by the SNP as an attempt to move the campaign “on to a new level”.



Trump to launch legal campaign against Salmond

PROPERTY tycoon Donald Trump yesterday vowed to take Alex Salmond “to hell” as he prepared to launch a legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s support for an offshore wind farm.



Oil will last for rest of century - Fergus Ewing

SCOTLAND’S energy minister, Fergus Ewing, has claimed North Sea oil and gas production will continue until the end of this century.



The Scotsman cartoon - 13/05/13

Michael Gove’s contribution to the debate on Britain leaving the EU is the subject of today’s cartoon



Council chiefs? pay an area for transparency

JUST how much do you think the top managers of your local council should be paid? I suspect this is not a question we ask 
 ourselves very often unless one of two things happen – either there is a change at the top and the post is advertised, or someone publishes a list and we gag on our porridge at the scale of the remuneration.



Lesley Riddoch: Blast from the past, welcome or not

BRUISER Brown is back in business. Labour’s heavyweight enters the ring.



Ukip to field candidate in Aberdeen Donside by-election

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he prepares to target SNP voters in a Holyrood by-election.



Michael Gove would back Britain leaving the EU

BRITAIN leaving the EU would be “perfectly tolerable” and bring some benefits, Education Secretary Michael Gove has said, as he confirmed he would vote to quit Brussels if there was an immediate referendum.



Wind farm targets may be hit by no-go zones

ALEX Salmond will struggle to fulfil his ambitious renewable targets as a result of Scottish Government proposals to increase wind farm-free zones around towns, a leading energy expert has claimed.



Independence: Last-minute bid for prisoners? vote

LEADING figures from the worlds of law, justice, academia and the arts have made a last-minute bid to persuade MSPs to allow thousands of prisoners in Scotland to vote in the independence referendum.



G7 countries firm on tax evasion, claims Osborne

THE G7 group of industrialised nations has agreed that there must be collective action against tax evasion and avoidance, George Osborne has said.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Bad-karma chameleon
The Scottish media is full today of Gordon Brown’s latest attempted intervention in the independence debate. Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Herald both report that the former Prime Minister will urge Scots to “ditch the Tories, not the Union” (as the original SoS headline put it before being changed online to the rather more [...]

Full marks for persistence
If there's one area where you really have to hand it to "Better Together", it's sheer shamelessness. Despite having been humiliatingly exposed for inflating attendance figures at their events by at least 100% twice on this site alone, to the great merriment of Yes campaigners, they just keep right on going without a hint of [...]

Call the fire brigade
 

Let?s be careful out there
 

A plague on all your houses
Yesterday we were reading an engrossing article by Peter Kellner, the president of YouGov. It's only available in PDF form as far as we can tell, and in terms of formatting it's a bit of a trial to get through, but the information within is fascinating. It's a study of the difficulties faced by Labour [...]

Some tweaking
We've been doing a little minor smartening-up around the place this afternoon, mostly (though not exclusively) for the benefit of people using the site via mobile phones or tablets. There's a new comment box that should work for both iOS and Android devices (and will enable you to italicise, bold or underline things, as well [...]

Why so worried?
We’re a little suspicious of yesterday’s Ipsos MORI poll on Scottish politics. It’s not so much the numbers for independence, which are within normal fluctuations and error margins and may also reflect a recent tsunami of doom-laden, irrational and hyperbolic media coverage on the currency issue. No, what’s got us in sceptical mood are the [...]

Don?t say you weren?t warned
Extracts from a piece last year on the highly influential Conservative Home: “Drawn up more than three decades ago by now Lord Barnett the [Barnett] formula distributes taxpayers’ money across the UK. Even Lord Barnett now describes the formula as “unfair”. On both the Left (IPPR) and Right (TaxPayers’ Alliance) there is agreement that the [...]

Standing up for your own side
Sir Alex Ferguson (no relation) resigned as manager of Manchester United this week. The resulting deluge of newspaper articles covered a wide range of opinions, both gushingly complimentary and rather less so, but one characteristic of the man was uniformly (and approvingly) agreed on – that he always defended his players. And it was hard [...]

As night follows day
As we predicted last week, the BNP is now encouraging its members to join UKIP. The image below is taken from a Nick Griffin article on the former’s website. We’ve put it up as a screenshot in order to avoid linking to the site, but if you really want to find the entire piece you [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Economic activity 'gathers pace'
A more robust recovery in the Scottish economy could be under way, a survey of purchasing managers suggests.

Gaelic spending backed, survey finds
A survey of Scots' attitudes to Gaelic suggests most respondents support government spending on promoting the use of the language.

Games ticket prices to be revealed
The cost of securing seats to watch Commonwealth Games events is to be revealed as organisers announce their ticketing policy.

Sturgeon in new Yes vote drive
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell activists there is a "natural majority" for independence.

Labour launches referendum campaign
Former prime minister Gordon Brown is due to speak at the launch of Labour's campaign to keep Scotland in the UK.

Event to debate workplace gay issues
Trade union members are gathering in Glasgow to debate workplace issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond is criticised over increasing A&E waiting times.

VIDEO: Independent Scotland 'welcome' at UN
Glenn Campbell visits the UN headquarters in New York to look at the role of international affairs in the debate over Scotland's future.

VIDEO: What role for UKIP in Scotland?
BBC Scotland's political correspondent, Niall O'Gallagher, looks at the influence UKIP could have on Scotland's future.

VIDEO: Journalists on independence issues
Holyrood journalists Alan Cochrane and Andrew Nicoll give their assessment on the referendum campaign.

VIDEO: Whisky drink price challenge fails
The Scotch Whisky Association loses its legal challenge against government plans for minimum pricing for alcohol.

Audience plea for TV debate
Newsnight Scotland wants to hear from non-Scots voting in the referendum

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Comic Trumps Academic in "Evil Cybernat" Publicity Stunts

By Roddy Macdonald

As the storm in a teacup that was the utterly contrived Susan Calman "abuse" and "death threats" stooshie was subsiding, Tom Peterkin of†the Scotsman/Scotland†on Sunday obviously thought he'd stoke the flames of Cybernat Hysteria and get in touch with Dr Gavin Bowd of St Andrews University.† On 5th May they published the article Academic Gavin Bowd Calls Police After Online Abuse.

This hilarious article which is almost beyond parody kicks off:



Who Speaks for Scotland and Where are the Empathy Makers?

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, May 11th 2013

These are baffling times ? of big issues and challenges, but of a politics and political conversations which are increasingly problematic, not just in Scotland but across much of the world.

How many times have we been told that the independence debate is a ?once in a lifetime opportunity? or ?a historic moment??



Irish eyes are smiling

By William C McLaughlin

Now we know.† It`s official.† The Atlantic Margin which runs down from Greenland, past the west coast of Scotland and Ireland, to the west coast of Africa, has been identified by Cairn Energy as an under-explored area with great potential.†

Scotland, take note, exploration has now commenced in Ireland's Atlantic Margin.† Two licences, about 100 miles off Ireland, at the Spanish Point gas condensate and the Burren oil discoveries, are estimated to contain more than 200 million barrels recoverable oil equivalent.



Our friends the good English

By G.A.Ponsonby

Like most this week I followed the aftermath of the Ian Smart racist tweet and was genuinely saddened by the depressing mindset of some pro-Union Scots.

I had half prepared an article on the episode when it struck me I was being drawn into a nebulous cloud of negativity from which nothing positive could emerge.



No solution in boycotting Israel

By George Kerevan

SHOULD UK academics boycott work with Israeli universities? Yes, says Stephen Hawking, the most famous physicist since Einstein (himself a prominent Zionist and also, as a socialist, a stout promoter of Jewish-Arab co-operation).

Hawking is in the news for reversing his original decision to attend the annual conference organised by Simon Peres, Israel?s president and joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat.



Why Scotland must stay in Europe

By Tony Giugliano

Next year's referendum will not only be about Scotland's future in the Union, but about Scotland's place in the world.

It'll be a choice between a UK increasingly marginalised at the European fringes and an independent Scotland working constructively with her neighbours.



If you liked the bedroom tax you'll LOVE the next coalition

By Ken Ferguson

The sweeping gains by the "fruitcakes" of UKIP - which we look at elsewhere in this Voice - throws a harsh spotlight on the growing chasm between the politics of England and Scotland.

Bluntly put, in the mainstream of Westminster's largely English-based politics, the dominant trend is moving policies increasingly to the hard right backed by shrill campaigns - often racist - in the tabloid press, which in turn set the tone of the debate.



Independence is the key to unlocking Scottish business potential

By Kenneth Anderson

Scotland still has vast business and economic potential, that remains untapped.† Despite the negativity of the No campaign there is no doubt we are fortunate to live in a country amongst the wealthiest on the planet.†

This wealth derives not just from oil and gas, but from a diverse range of sectors including renewables, tourism, food and drink, engineering, our Universities, life sciences and financial services such as asset management and insurance.



Dr Who is Frances Barber?

By Natalie McGarry

Last year I had perhaps the most baffling Twitter interlude of my 4 year presence on that site: an apparently well respected actress, Frances Barber, told me to "F*ck off and die". Clearly something precipitated this, otherwise why would a celebrated luvvie react with such vitriol?

Frances Barber ? in her bio ? is, or was, a Labour Party member. She is also pro-union. So, what was I guilty of which provoked her very offensive response? I must have tweeted something pretty abhorrent, right? Here is the exchange, you decide:



The UK must find constitutional equilibrium to survive

By Mark McNaught

The Edinburgh accords were signed in October 2012, giving legal sanction to the Scottish referendum. The result is that both sides are bound by law to respect the will of the Scottish people and work to enact the result in good faith.

David Cameron promised that in the event of a ?no? vote, more powers would be devolved to Scotland, and additional powers to Wales and Northern Ireland. Since then, Westminster has refused to grant further taxing powers to Northern Ireland, and Wales is awaiting news of what further powers could be devolved to their parliament.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

An Open Letter to Labour Voters

In a scene replicated in many Scottish workplaces I’m sure, I was recently party to a lunchtime conversation on voting intention. One colleague stated that they would always “vote for the red rose, my family always has”. I thought this beautifully stated a very popular position, and that it would...



Alf Young: SNP only has own strategy to blame

Playing the long game and insisting on a single referendum may be the undoing of the Yes campaign, writes Alf Young
Peter A Bell's insight:

We don't know that Scotland wants a formal currency union with the UK. We know only that this is SNP policy. But, like so many of his colleagues, Alf Young see...



Gordon Brown's argument for the union is nonsense | Scottish National Party

Speaking at a Yes campaign event in Glasgow this evening (Sunday), Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond said that the case against independence now being made by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown - i.e. that Scottish MPs are necessary to determine a Labour government at...



Who Speaks for Scotland and Where are the Empathy Makers?

These are baffling times – of big issues and challenges, but of a politics and political conversations which are increasingly problematic, not just in Scotland but across much of the world.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Another tedious whinge about the quality of the debate on Scotland's constitutional f...



Union with Ukip's England? Spare us

Kevin McKenna: Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plank

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Young voter registration

A young voter registration form that will give young people the right to have their say on the opportunity of independence for Scotland has been endorsed after independent testing, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.



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Independence: Sturgeon - ?no? vote is a ?gamble?

NICOLA Sturgeon will warn Scottish voters tomorrow that a “no” to independence next year is a “gamble” that will pave the way to a “bleak” future of poorer children, longer working hours and a broken welfare state, as she turns her fire back on those supporting the UK.



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SNP MPs to block move for early EU vote

SNP MPs will reject Eurosceptic Tory moves to introduce an early EU referendum that would take place before Scotland had time to achieve independence from the rest of the UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Can we afford to vote No in next year's independence referendum knowing that this will mean giving u...



Westminster and Scotland head in different directions as UK parties pander to...

The different directions being taken by Scotland and Westminster have become even more apparent as UKIP - a party with a negligible presence in Scottish politics – has been setting the agenda at Westminster, the SNP has said.



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Balanced Debate Rally - An interview with organiser Mark Piggott

Next Saturday will see hundreds of people gather in Glasgow City centre ready to march from Strathclyde University to St Enoch Square.



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Sturgeon details the "two futures" facing Scotland | Scottish National Party

In a keynote speech in Glasgow on Monday, Deputy First Minister and Depute SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon will move the referendum campaign onto a new level, and put further detail on the theme of the the "two futures" facing Scotland between independence or continuing under Westminster control, whic...



Leaked paper undermines Treasury scaremongering | Scottish National Party

The UK Treasury’s forthcoming paper on the impact of Independence on mortgages has been dealt a significant blow today as the SNP revealed a leaked copy of a working draft planned to use the UK’s triple A status as a key argument.



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Bad karma chameleon

The Scottish media is full today of Gordon Brown's latest intervention in the independence debate. Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Herald both report that the former Prime Minister will urge Scots to "ditch the Tories, not the Union" – as the original SoS headline put it before being changed on...



Independence: Brown urges Scots not to give up on UK

GORDON Brown will return to front-line political campaigning tomorrow by spearheading Labour’s bid to keep Scotland within the UK, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It hardly matters what has-beens British Labour drags up from the cellar, the fact remains that they have nothing...



BROWN RETURNS TO FIGHT FOR THE UNION

FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown will make a rare high-profile appearance tomorrow when he helps launch Labour's campaign for Scotland to stay in the Union.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Is Brown supposed to give the anti-independence campaign more credibility? Does anybody trust British Labour to deli...



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Independence referendum: Gordon Brown to launch 'United with Labour' pro-UK c...
BROWN will launch the campaign, which will aim to contact half a million households in three months, in Glasgow on Monday.

Independence referendum vote should be opened up to prisoners, says Lib Dem j...
ALISON McInnes argues that allowing short term prisoners the vote in the independence poll would be a step towards their rehabilitation and re-engagement with society.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage insists he will play a key role in the campaign agai...
THE Better Together campaign has refused to work with UKIP but Farage still plans to visit Scotland this week to canvas business leaders.

David Cameron: Forcing disabled people out of their homes because of the bedr...
The Prime Minister made the shock admission after he was asked to personally intervene in the case of Iris Henderson, who was born with dwarfism.

Lib Dems select former adviser to Scottish Secretary to stand in Aberdeen Don...
CHRISTINE Jardine will contest the by-election which has resulted from the death last month of SNP MSP Brian Adam.

Tory civil war over European Union is damaging Scotland abroad, SNP claims
THE Nationalist leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, reckons that the Conservatives internal division over the EU is harming Scottish interests abroad.

Record View: SNP must rally to save Union
RECORD VIEW says that Scotland's interests are best served being part of the European Union, something the SNP must protect.

Bungling Atos rake in £500million of taxpayers' cash from botched fitness-to-...
MP Tom Greatrex says it's wrong for the private firm to be cashing in when sick and disabled people are suffering because of the "mess" caused by new rules on claiming benefits.

David Clegg: Nats independence campaign is inspired by Muhammad Ali?s famous ...
THE SNP say their campaign is about letting their opponents tire themselves out battering the hell out of them but when will the comeback start?

Survey reveals that support for Scotland to stay in the UK is at highest for ...
THE survey found that 59 per cent of people who will vote in the 2014 referendum are against independence.

Shock figures show a third of thugs convicted for abusing their partners esca...
THE Scottish Government figures show of the 8869 people found guilty of abuse last year just 31 per cent were fined and 25 per cent were given community sentences.†††††††††††

Immigration control the main plank of new Government legislation in Queen's s...
CAPPING of bills for social care and introduction of a new flat-rate state pension are the other agenda leaders.

Scotland at risk of falling head-first into a child poverty crisis thanks to ...
SAVE the Children says nearly three in 10 of our kids are affected by the tax and benefit reforms while a leading thinktank claims cuts will plunge one million children into poverty by 2020.

Revealed: Accounts error saw Scottish teachers' pension liabilities wrongly i...
FINANCE secretary John Swinney lays blame on Westminster but claims no individual teacher or pension has lost out as a result.

Not all drug addicts and alcoholics are bad parents, says Scotland's Children...
MSPs are advised against making assumptions that children of substance abusers would be better off in care.

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Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Uni...
Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Union in the by election called for 20 June following the death of separatist MSP Brian Adam.


Aberdeen Donside - Candidates for the Union
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The Liberal Democrats have selected a guaranteed loser to we...

Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth
Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth


Forsyth takes a gander at Cameron?s hypocrisy, and 'gooses' him
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Lord Forsyth makes dramatic discovery. Cameron is a two-faced ......

Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political...
Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political Scotlandshire, we present -


Scottish political movers and shakers No 6 - George Foulkes
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He had a natural talent for its distinctively immature side - deceit, dissimulation, and dirty tricks.

Panicked Tory MP's checked themselves into 'Private' NHS England Hospitals af...
Panicked Tory MP's checked themselves into 'Private' NHS England Hospitals after being told by the SNP they had been "impaled by their own arguments"


SNP accused of scaremongering by panicked Tory Grandees
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it really is all about the fishing and not making sure bankers get...

IN BRIEFS -More uncertainty about separation
IN BRIEFS -More uncertainty about separation


Future of T in the Park after separation ?uncertain?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do you want to see T in the Park consisting of Andy Stewart, Michelle McManus and not a whole lot else?

EXCLUSIVE! No need to wait till September 2014 for the Referendum result. Rea...
EXCLUSIVE! No need to wait till September 2014 for the Referendum result. Read it here now.


Independence Result Declaration Announced
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We've got £30,000 on the nose for that race at 100-1, and if you think we're sharing that kind of information with you, you are out of you...

IN BRIEFS - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has marked the retirement ...
IN BRIEFS - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has marked the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson by publishing 500 questions for his successor.


Rooney demands answers
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What will be the cost of a first class prostitute at Manchester United?

NEW FEATURE! This involves lots of words that have to be read, but there are ...
NEW FEATURE! This involves lots of words that have to be read, but there are still pictures for the benefit of our usual viewers.


What do Real Scots think of separation?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?I?ve been tangled up with some nasty characters, I?ll be honest. One time I accidentally handed over ...

IN BRIEFS - EXCLUSIVE!!! New role for Fergie.
IN BRIEFS - EXCLUSIVE!!! New role for Fergie.


EXCLUSIVE: Sir Alex set for U-KOK role - Salmond accused of dropping the ball
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alex Salmond can?t answer any of our important questions on postage stamps and dialling codes

Hot off the press from our very own Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive): "We at BBC @...
Hot off the press from our very own Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive):
"We at BBC @ScotlandshireGB have a world exclusive coming, I'm in Manchester trying to find Old Trafford now, stay tuned!"


Nat Hunter (ScotshireLive) on Twitter
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The latest from Nat Hunter (@ScotshireLive). Chief political c...

U-KOK head Alastair Darling today issued a stern rebuff to UKIP, that Scots a...
U-KOK head Alastair Darling today issued a stern rebuff to UKIP, that Scots aren't Better Together with them.


U-KOK tell UKIP - 'F**k Off. You're not Scots'
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The fate of the Union will be in my hands. Damn it, I've dropped the mike. Butterfingers!

Since it’s a lovely day, cherry blossoms in bloom, here is some spring garden...
Since it?s a lovely day, cherry blossoms in bloom, here is some spring gardening advice.


Gardening with unionists
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So, to retain the status quo in your garden, choke off new blossoms by ensuring a good supply of weeds.

In the beginning was the primordial soup. Much, much later, there appeared th...
In the beginning was the primordial soup. Much, much later, there appeared the Lump of Slime.


The gradual and unsuccessful evolution of the Lump of Slime
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In the end, it appears, the Lump of Slime was never quite capable of becoming a real boy.

IN BRIEFS - The Common Weal gathers increasing support.
IN BRIEFS - The Common Weal gathers increasing support.


Coalition welcomes Reid Foundation report
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UKIP spokesman for Scotlandshire Sir Numpty McThackery admitted he hadn?t read the report

BBC Scotlandshire has teamed up with Edinburgh regional paper 'The Hootsmon' ...
BBC Scotlandshire has teamed up with Edinburgh regional paper 'The Hootsmon' to investigate just now deeply the vein of humourless aggression runs within the Yes campaign in Scotlandshire.


Calman Commission can't find 'death threat' cybernats
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Sadly, we were quite unable ...

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
We have I us what we would become?in this state people are on the tip of their own tongue, only they do not yet know what they taste like. - Ernst Bloch

Meme Warfare, Occupy and Indy Scotland
Micah White on Adbusters, Meme Warfare and Occupy tactics … worth listening to for the indy movement. Key issues: don’t confuse the social media campaign with THE movement, it is Continue reading

Frankie Boyle and Max Keiser
Max Keiser and Frankie Boyle discuss Scottish independence ...

Scotland Loves Trident?
By Jamie Maxwell As George Eaton points outs in the New Statesman this morning, the opposition of the Scottish public to nuclear weapons ?has long been regarded as one of Continue reading

Raw Data
Raw Data by Jake Fried 2013. Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee. More at inkwood.net Filed under: Arts & Culture

SCOTLAND 3.0
This is the first of a series of extracts from Scotland’s Road to Socialism – Time to Choose, edited by Gregor Gall and published by Scottish Left Review Press. By Continue reading

Stooshie Alert
By Elaine C Smith This week?s stooshie in ?Bonnie Scotchland? has centred on the lack of political satire here. This has, of course, been used by the ?Bitter Together? campaign Continue reading

Zombie Nation
Here’s a film by Adam Curtis ‘The Living Dead’ – about how Britain thrives on fictional notions of the past. It’s a powerful reminder of why it’s an irredeemable state. Continue reading

Scottish Indy Podcast 50
FIFTY episodes! Yes, I know it says 24 up there but if you count For A? That and the couple of little specials, this one makes fifty. That being the Continue reading

In Praise of Uncertainty
By Christopher Silver ?On issues such as the costs for establishing a diplomatic network, EU Membership, a currency union and on pensions the unanswered questions are mounting up and they Continue reading

Lords Lawyers and Racist Tweets
The hypocrisy of the No campaign and their media cheerleaders is both overwhelming, and, slightly comic. As a touchstone of what’s happened to Labour though this is actually tragic … Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Labour launches referendum campaign - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Labour launches referendum campaign
BBC News
Former prime minister Gordon Brown is due to speak at the launch of Labour's campaign to keep Scotland in the UK. The party will be launching its United with Labour campaign in Glasgow on Monday, which it says offers a "dif...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon in new Yes vote drive - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon in new Yes vote drive
BBC News
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell activists there is a "natural majority" for independence. At a speech in Glasgow on Monday, she will say she is confident of securing a Yes vote in next year's referendu...


Scottish independence: Businessmen slam debate - Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: Businessmen slam debate
Scotsman (blog)
TWO leading Scottish business figures, Jim McColl and Sir Tom Farmer, have condemned the quality of debate surrounding next year's independence referendum, accusing the Unionist camp of ?scaremongering? and the Yes Scotla...


Scottish independence: Poll drop in Yes backing - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Poll drop in Yes backing
Scotland on Sunday
By contrast a half of 18-24 year olds say they are supportive of independence. A spokeswoman for Yes Scotland said: ?It is clear that when it comes to economic and social policy, the Westminster system is not worki...


Four in ten Scottish charities 'think independence would hurt funding' - Thir...

Telegraph.co.uk

Four in ten Scottish charities 'think independence would hurt funding' - Third ...
Third Sector
More than four in 10 charities in Scotland think that independence for the country would have a negative effect on their funding from UK-wide trusts and foundations, research by the Instit...


The Queen's Speech 2013 - BBC News

BBC News

The Queen's Speech 2013
BBC News
For Scotland she said: "My government will make the case for Scotland to remain part of the UK." Scots voters will take part next year in a Scottish independence referendum. They will be asked on Thursday, 18 September, to answer the straightforward ...
Queen...


Scottish independence: Damage to UK's reputation 'inevitable' say MPs - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Damage to UK's reputation 'inevitable' say MPs
BBC News
An independent Scotland would leave the rest of the UK's international reputation damaged, a committee of MPs has said. A report by the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee also said the UK's influence in the EU may...


Scottish independence: Academic warns of legal wrangle over North Sea oil - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Academic warns of legal wrangle over North Sea oil
BBC News
A legal expert has warned that Scotland's share of North Sea oil could be subject to years of legal wrangling if the country voted for independence. Prof John Paterson from Aberdeen University said dividing t...


Scottish independence: Battle over family finance - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Battle over family finance
Edinburgh Evening News
Scotland on Sunday understands that the UK government intends to publish three detailed papers in the next few weeks and months, with the first set to focus on mortgages, financial services and pensions a...


Scottish independence: Nuclear waste storage quiz - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Nuclear waste storage quiz
Scotsman
The Scottish Government is being urged to spell out what will happen to spent nuclear fuels and other nuclear materials in Scotland after independence. ? Scottish Government asked to outline what it would do with storage of nuclear ...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Chaos after council deal sparks rebellion - Scotsman

Chaos after council deal sparks rebellion
Scotsman
The council's SNP group will hold crisis talks today, after the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) suspended them for inviting the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups to join the council's ruling administration without permission. The ...


Scotland may go it alone on plain cigarette packets - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)

Scotland may go it alone on plain cigarette packets
The Times (subscription)
SNP ministers are prepared to make Scotland the first part of the United Kingdom where cigarettes are sold in plain packets. The Scottish government is committed to reducing the number of smokers fr...


Sturgeon: 'A natural majority for independence' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Sturgeon: 'A natural majority for independence'
Scotsman
Ms Sturgeon will refer to a YouGov poll, commissioned by the SNP, which suggested 47 per cent of people in Scotland would be more likely to vote Yes, or already plan to vote Yes, if the Yes campaign can persuade them Scotland will be ...


Lesley Riddoch: Blast from the past, welcome or not - Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)

Lesley Riddoch: Blast from the past, welcome or not
Scotsman (blog)
Of course the SNP must tackle the same questions. But today is Gordon Brown's day and Labour's opportunity to re-energise an electorate behind an alternative vision for Scotland and Britain. Scots might care greatly ...


Bash the Tories if you must, Mr Brown, but keep the Nats in your sights - Tel...

Bash the Tories if you must, Mr Brown, but keep the Nats in your sights
Telegraph.co.uk
It's not so much a re-launch, from Nicola Sturgeon, as that would pre-suppose that the flagging SNP campaign had ever actually got off the ground; it plainly hasn't, as can be seen from the numerous poll figures...


National debt claim sparks row - Paisley Daily Express

National debt claim sparks row
Paisley Daily Express
SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said the comments show Scotland can strike a good deal if there is a Yes vote in September next year. Story continues Continue story. ADVERTISEMENT. mpuAdvertisement. "On independence, Scotland is entitled to a fair share o...


Farage: Ukip to target SNP vote - The Blairgowrie Advertiser

Farage: Ukip to target SNP vote
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he prepares to target SNP voters in a Holyrood by-election. The politician said membership is growing days before he is due to visit Edinburgh and announce ...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon in new Yes vote drive - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon in new Yes vote drive
BBC News
The SNP claimed the speech would move the campaign "on to a new level". Ms Sturgeon will say: "I am convinced, from talking to people across the country, that there is a natural majority in Scotland for independence. "What do I ...


Farage: Ukip will target SNP vote - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Farage: Ukip will target SNP vote
Herald Scotland
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he prepares to target SNP voters in a Holyrood by-election. Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he pre...


SNP Constituency Association Convener's email tells a tale - For Argyll

For Argyll

SNP Constituency Association Convener's email tells a tale
For Argyll
On Wednesday 8 May 2013 the Argyll & Bute SNP Council Group were informed, through their Leader Cllr MacCuish that the NEC, acting through its nominated sub committee, had refused permission for a new coalition involvin...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Labour launches referendum campaign - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Labour launches referendum campaign
BBC News
Former prime minister Gordon Brown is due to speak at the launch of Labour's campaign to keep Scotland in the UK. The party will be launching its United with Labour campaign in Glasgow on Monday, which it says offers a "dif...


LibDems push for prisoners to get a vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Scotsman

LibDems push for prisoners to get a vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
In March, the SNP Government introduced the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill to Holyrood, legislation that will determine who gets a vote in the plebiscite. As things stand, those who will be aged 16 and...


Miliband warns against Euro referendum - Herald Scotland

Scotland on Sunday

Miliband warns against Euro referendum
Herald Scotland
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says plans for an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union are wrong and threaten to undermine business confidence in Britain as a trade partner. LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says plans for ...


Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum? - Spectator....

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one. As well as David Cameron's promised 'proper' referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union, there is also the one on Sc...


Can the Yes Scotland referendum campaign turn its fortunes around? - stv.tv

BBC News

Can the Yes Scotland referendum campaign turn its fortunes around?
stv.tv
A new poll puts support for the Union at a two-year high. With less than 500 days to go until the independence referendum, today's Ipsos-MORI opinion poll highlights the scale of the challenge facing those campaigning...


Scottish independence: MSPs back referendum franchise plans - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs back referendum franchise plans
BBC News
Plans to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum have been backed by a Holyrood committee. The Referendum Bill Committee also said it was right that convicted prisoners should be b...


STV to broadcast its first TV debate on independence referendum - stv.tv

The Drum

STV to broadcast its first TV debate on independence referendum
stv.tv
Presented by John MacKay and Rona Dougall, Scotland Tonight Referendum Special will see the politicians answer burning questions about the economics of independence and debate whether Scotland will be better or worse off...


MSPs query BBC's ability to cover referendum and Games - Herald Scotland

BBC News

MSPs query BBC's ability to cover referendum and Games
Herald Scotland
BBC Scotland has said it must find "savings" of £16.1 million by the end of 2016-17, equating to a cut of 100-120 posts. The committee report notes "clear disagreement" between BBC Scotland management and trade unions ab...


Referendum countdown: 500 days until Scots vote on independence - stv.tv

Referendum countdown: 500 days until Scots vote on independence
stv.tv
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the independence referendum, which is taking place on September 18 2014, would give people the "opportunity to take our future into our hands". While the SNP administration at Holy...


No referendum vote for ex-pats - Herald Scotland

No referendum vote for ex-pats
Herald Scotland
He is entitled to his opinion, but I suspect few Scots, or residents in Scotland, will share it. Once again he trots out the tired old argument about qualification to vote in the referendum. Even Mr Mowbray must by now be aware that the argument has ...



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Ricky Burns Tonight

Anyone else going? 

 

Local lad John Simpson is fighting also



West Highland Line

Looking to do this next week. Can anyone recommend accommodation in Oban and Fort William? Prefer...



Hope They Dont Do This At The Football
'Name the singer or you're not coming in'      

Music fans queuing up to see The Vacc...



Sharing A Coke



Fancy Dress

A guy goes to a fancy dress party with a woman draped over his shoulders and says he's come as a ...



Is It Friday Joke Time Yet?

Ohio victim Amanda Berry was delighted when she was finally freed, but she was flipping ecstatic ...



Just 31 Days

 

https://bleep.com/boards-of-canada-tomorrows-harvest

 

 I'm so happy.

 

8 Years I've been wai...



Friends Of Brazil

Think was covered in a thread a while ago, but I can’t find it.

 

I watched Gregory’s Girl last n...



Better Nation

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

Bearding the Tavish in his den
Last night a debate took place on Shetland. In one corner for The Rumble In The Northern Isles wa...

Questions for Better Together
A guest today from Keir Liddle on those infamous 500 questions, as lovingly parodied on Twitter. ...

It?s all relative
A guest post today from Labour MSP†Ken Macintosh, who shadows John Swinney at Holyrood. Ken’s blo...

The Aberdeen Donside by-election
The sad death of Brian Adam MSP just under a fortnight ago means the first Holyrood by-election o...

The North is rising
I?ve been somewhat sceptical as to some of the overtures being made toward the Nordic countries b...

Labour?s timidity on pay
The week before their 29% triumph in the local elections down south, “Red Ed” set out a timid Bla...

The march of the ?kippers as the revenge of Yes to AV
The Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 was one of the most cynical episodes in modern British po...

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for sai...

With helpful advice like this?
Today’s Scotland on Sunday leads with “splits” in the Yes camp, revealing (shock!) that the SNP h...

Scot Goes pop

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

(no title)
Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. As an experiment, James has kindly allowed me space o...

Ipsos-Mori : SNP retain lead in Scottish Parliament voting intentions
As you'll probably have seen by now, the latest full-scale Scottish poll from Ipsos-Mori is out, ...

"You're an idiot - now go and play with something sharp" says the No campaign...
I realise there's a slight danger of turning this blog into one long transcription of my exchange...

Does James Mackenzie have a problem with alternative points of view?
James Mackenzie, the supremo of the Better Nation blog, has in a somewhat haughty (and not exactl...

Questions to which the answer is "don't ask questions with your mouth full, y...
It's strategy, Jim, but not as we know it. The No campaign seem to have convinced themselves tha...

By all means let's be civilised, but let's do it because we're human beings
Let me say straight away that I quite like Susan Calman - I've seen her live a few times, and whi...

Darling : "I'm in the wrong campaign!"
This seems to be the top tweet featuring the #indyref hashtag at the moment -

"@TogetherDarling ...

Fancy becoming a contributor to Scot Goes Pop?
In recent months, the visitor numbers to this blog have reached unprecedented levels. Although t...

Disaster for Labour : local election results confirm they are headed for defe...
Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a ...

Clegg In Seventh Heaven As Libs Lick Lousy Loony
The future of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party was called into question tonight, as it sen...

House of Commons report confirms that Scottish independence would be a force ...
It's rare that a report by Westminster's Foreign Affairs Committee paints such an inspiring pictu...

Here's why Labour are probably going to lose the next UK general election
Until recently, I tended to go along with the conventional wisdom that the balance of probability...

Don't these bleedin' Jocks have a sense of humour?
One of the great taboos on Have I Got News For You is audience interaction. It just doesn't happ...

Notes on a non-scandal
In the latest scare story about Scotland's currency that has been concocted by the No campaign (a...

Now that the daffodils are back, it's time to vote for a blog that is fightin...
My fellow citizens, these are uniquely dangerous times that we live in.

Lord Fraser wants to c...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Bad-karma chameleon
From Wings Over ScotlandBad-karma chameleonhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/bad-karma-chameleon/?utm_...

German government adviser says independent Scotland would be part of EU
Yes Scotland today welcomed comments by an adviser to the German government that Scotland would...

Full marks for persistence
From Wings Over ScotlandFull marks for persistencehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/full-marks-for-per...

Call the fire brigade
From Wings Over ScotlandCall the fire brigadehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/call-the-fire-brigade/?...

Let?s be careful out there
From Wings Over ScotlandLet?s be careful out therehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/lets-be-careful-ou...

Social, Democratic and Economic Case for Independence
The key democratic, social and economic arguments set out the compelling case for independence Ex...

A plague on all your houses
From Wings Over ScotlandA plague on all your houseshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/a-plague-on-all-y...

Some tweaking
From Wings Over ScotlandSome tweakinghttp://wingsoverscotland.com/some-tweaking/?utm_source=rss&u...

Why so worried?
From Wings Over ScotlandWhy so worried?http://wingsoverscotland.com/why-so-worried/?utm_source=rs...

Scotland Has the Right to Steer its Own Destiny Under its Own Command.
The Scots are the inheritors of a deep and long history through which they have formed a rich cul...

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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Sunday Return
Back home today from a very life-affirming Uzbek opposition meeting in Istanbul. Blogging resumes...

Virus
A computer virus is sending out emails from me – don’t open if you get one. I am puzzled how this...

Fat Cat Culture
The Guardian today published a photo of a bit of derelict yard where kids had been playing, as ev...

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson is fit to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jock Stein. That is most of what nee...

Lawson: The Banker?s Poison is Out
It is the bankers who pay the rat Lawson who want London as an offshore money-laundering centre o...

Lynne Stewart ? Last Chance for Compassionate Release
In the same week that the Obama administration decided there would be no prosecutions of Bush aco...

Killing Syrians ? A Game Anyone Can Play
Israel’s massive air strikes against Syria are, beyond argument, illegal. There is no provision i...

Political Rape
Nigel Evans is fully entitled to the presumption of innocence; and the media seem more inclined t...

British Embassy Promotes Despotism in Bahrain
The British Embassy in Bahrain is promoting the appalling attack on human rights in that country ...

McCormick Con Exposed the Truth about Iraq
It is tempting to treat the jailing of fake bomb detector salesman James McCormick as comedy, so ...

We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields
“We earned them votes tonight”, said Emma Lewell-Buck. The House of Commons has gained a social w...

Preparations for War
Reading two reports by Lieutenant Leech written between January and March 1838. The first, on Can...

No Politics is Local
Two friends of mine, one a Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat, both of whom live in London, ...

The Toils of the Historian
It is 3.30am and I have just finished reading and analysing A Report on the Sindhian, Khelat and ...

Jeffrey Sachs From the Heart
I met Jeffrey Sachs a few times in my diplomatic career, in Warsaw, Accra and Vienna and certainl...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

Union with Ukip's England? Spare us | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plank

One by one, the few remaining ties that bind us with England are being loosened. For those of us who have cherish...



Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU states

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle...



Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Scotch Whisky Association's challenge to 50p minimum price a unit is dismissed

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that ...



Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...



Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local el...

George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were t...



Letters: Currency questions for Scotland

Even if Scotland votes for independence and manages to keep the pound (No currency union with independent Scotland, says Osborne, 24 April), there's another problem facing its choice of currency. T...



Scotland's independence debate is giving unionism a shot in the arm | Martin ...

Alex Salmond's SNP should be crowing after Osborne's speech. But pro-UK politics is making a confident comeback

This week Alex Salmond was gifted the sort of opportunity he is supposed to dream of. ...



Scotland: the nitty-gritty of an ideal | Editorial

The danger for unionism is that the nationalist tide is met with a run of unplanned concessions

As with David Cameron's recent trip to Scotland to put the case for a Trident missile that has always ...



Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish first minister tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independence ...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland




Currency union with Scotland may not be in UK's interest, says Osborne

Chancellor says abandoning current currency arrangements 'would represent a very deep dive indeed into uncharted waters'

An independent Scotland would be forced to adopt new currency arrangements th...



Scottish currency options: not a simple matter

First minister Alex Salmond favours using sterling in a formal currency union, but he faces a fight

Those pressing for a yes vote in next year's referendum on Scottish independence need to convince ...




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