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Budget sparks row over £20m to ease pain of 'bedroom tax'
A FURIOUS row has broken out over Scottish Government efforts to soften the impact of the "bedroom tax" after John Swinney used his budget to announce a £20million fund to help tenants struggling to pay their rent.

Parties to select candidates in contest to replace Walker
CANDIDATES for the by-election to replace disgraced former MSP Bill Walker will be selected early next week, parties have said, as they prepared for a potentially bruising contest in Dunfermline.

Minister throws housing policy into doubt
A senior cabinet minister has thrown into doubt the Coalition's flagship plan to offer homebuyers loans worth 20% of their mortgage.

Budget: key points
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Tories on back foot after UN report
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said his Government has to look very carefully at how it implements the "bedroom tax" after a UN official called for the policy to be scrapped.

Cameron gets animated with union attack on Miliband
It is probably fair to say that never before has anyone ever compared Ed Miliband to Robert De Niro.

Crusading MSP aims to make 'malicious revenge porn' illegal
People who post "revenge porn" images of their ex-partners on the internet should be prosecuted, according to MSPs.

Budget sparks row over cuts
JOHN Swinney's last budget before the independence referendum has sparked a major row over the "bedroom tax".

Brown's 'absence' attacked
A Conservative minister has hit out at former prime minister Gordon Brown, dubbing the one-time Labour leader a "zero hours" MP.

Former deputy Commons speaker 'in land of limbo'
Former deputy Commons speaker Nigel Evans said he had been left in a "land of limbo" and the decision to step aside in the wake of charges of sex offences against seven men had been the "most painful thing I have endured in my life".

Alexander seeks US support over Trident proposal
Danny Alexander has appealed for the United States to support for his party's vision for a scaled-back version of Trident.

Miliband in pledge over reforms to party funds
ED Miliband has stepped away from trying to dilute further trade union power by ruling out any changes to the unions' block vote or their role in selecting the Labour leader this side of the next General Election.

Increased power call for cities
CITIES are being urged to join forces in a bid to win more powers from the Scottish Government.

Miliband mends relations
ED Miliband has sought to mend his strained relations with the trade unions, describing their members as "the backbone of Britain" and moving away from any attempt to end the unions' influential block vote before the next General Election.

Man with Parkinson's 'ordered to move out'
A council official enforcing the so-called bedroom tax told a man with Parkinson's disease to move into a one-bedroom house with inflatable beds for his disabled son and pregnant daughter, MSPs have heard.


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Aberdeenshire council progressing gypsy proposal
12 Sep 2013 at 11:17am

ABERDEENSHIRE Council is set to press ahead with controversial proposals to locate a halting site for gypsies and travellers at a rural hamlet where a country fair has been held annually for more than 100 years.



SNP accused of using taxpayer cash to buy land
12 Sep 2013 at 6:44am

THE SNP government was accused of using taxpayers’ cash to buy a piece of land for £840,000 from a leading businessman before selling it backto him for just £50,000 at First Minister’s questions today.



Budget will minimise bedroom tax hit - Swinney
12 Sep 2013 at 6:21am

The Finance Secretary has said his spending plans will support those facing hard times under UK welfare reforms, as political opponents labelled his Budget a missed opportunity to grow the economy.



Church of Scotland ?has no plan to stop marriages?
12 Sep 2013 at 4:58am

THE Church of Scotland has denied that it is making plans to stop conducting marriages as a result of the gay marriage row.



Scottish Independence referendum bill backed
12 Sep 2013 at 12:18am

The ground rules for the independence referendum have been backed in a vote at Holyrood.



Alex Salmond to be quizzed committee heads
12 Sep 2013 at 12:02am

The First Minister will be grilled by the assembled heads of every Holyrood committee on his plans for government for the first time today.



Bill Walker: Female shortlist calls on Labour, SNP
11 Sep 2013 at 5:00pm

LABOUR and the SNP are under pressure to adopt all-women shortlists to select candidates for the by-election to replace convicted wife-beater Bill Walker.



Final days of Fred Goodwin?s RBS reign revealed
11 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm

IN this extract from his book revealing the inside story of the collapse of RBS, Iain Martin tells how Fred Goodwin was reduced to tears after being fired from the biggest job in Scotland.



Comment: Walker by-election can be watershed
11 Sep 2013 at 3:43pm

AFTER the Bill Walker abuse case, the SNP and Scottish Labour must use Dunfermline to make a positive statement, write Susan Dalgety and Kate Higgins



Alex Massie: How will SNP fare after Salmond?
11 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm

IF Scotland votes No next year, will Alex Salmond retain his enthusiasm for the political hurly-burly and if not, who can match the political titan, asks Alex Massie



Leaders: Scotland?s budget | All-female shortlists
11 Sep 2013 at 3:26pm

JOHN Swinney, in the six years he has been in charge of Scotland’s finances, has shown a deft touch in making the most of the money at his disposal. With the amount of cash Scotland gets from the Treasury under unprecedented pressure during his time in office, he has usually managed to distribute the pain in such a way as to disguise – to some extent – the reality of brutal cuts.



Bill Jamieson: Budget leaves much to be desired
11 Sep 2013 at 3:23pm

THE bigger picture has been lost in a political budget concerned with keeping the SNP sweet with voters, writes Bill Jamieson



The Scotsman cartoon: John Swinney and the Budget
11 Sep 2013 at 12:41pm

JOHN Swinney’s presentation of the Holyrood budget is the subject of today’s cartoon.



Moray libraries: Councillors write to watchdog
11 Sep 2013 at 11:53am

OPPOSITION SNP councillors on Moray have today written to Scotland’s equalities watchdog, challenging the administration’s decision to press ahead with controversial plans to axe almost half the area’s libraries.



John Swinney outlines Scottish budget for 2014/15
11 Sep 2013 at 8:58am

JOHN Swinney confirmed massive cuts for councils and rises in business taxation in his budget, as he sought to dull the pain of austerity by pledging to mitigate the effect of the “bedroom tax”.




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A sense of priorities
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2013 at 9:00am
The papers, as you’d expect, take some differing views today of John Swinney’s draft Scottish Government budget, delivered in the Holyrood chamber yesterday. But two articles in particular caught our eye. This is the Daily Record, in a comprehensive and balanced piece on the bedroom tax announcement, accurately headlined “SNP to ease bedroom tax pain [...]

The silenced socialists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2013 at 6:00am
Alert readers will doubtless have spotted the news that the UK government is to press ahead with the sell-off of the Royal Mail. After all, with brutal job cuts under both Labour and Tory/Lib Dem governments having put over 50,000 people out of work in recent years the post is now not just viable but [...]

New coalition welfare policy unveiled
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2013 at 4:03am
We wish we were joking. But we’re not. “Jobseekers using the government?s new jobs website, Universal JobMatch, have been receiving messages encouraging them to participate in clinical trials.  Users have received multiple messages from the service inviting them to apply for jobs, only to find these ?employment opportunities? are actually clinical trials. The Scriptonite Daily [...]

Hard times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
We’re most grateful to the eagle-eyed reader who spotted something today that had escaped our notice, and apparently also that of the Scottish media. When we were trying to figure out the likely membership of “Scottish Labour” back in June, the most recent set of accounts for the branch (or “Accounting Unit” as it’s officially [...]

Something something Oceania
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2013 at 7:26am
As you can perhaps tell, we’re starting to run out of post titles referencing “1984″ and the Ingsoc habit of rewriting newspaper versions of history to pretend that certain things which happened didn’t happen, and vice versa. Here’s today’s case in point: Wait a minute – “shifts to”? Are we sure about that? “A white [...]

Cowardice and courage
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Sep 2013 at 5:03am
The Scottish and UK press are both leading today with coverage of the intervention in the bedroom tax debate by UN special investigator Raquel Rolnik (below). The Guardian (which is also sharp enough to pick up government housing minister Grant Shapps’ extraordinarily petulant response on radio and TV this morning) and Daily Record both give it front-page [...]

Dishonesty and delusion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Sep 2013 at 6:29am
In our view, it’s a serious mistake to treat prominent Labour activist Duncan Hothersall as someone sincerely concerned with the best interests of the Scottish people, differing only in how those interests are to be best served. His sole aim is to advance the fortunes of the Labour Party, and himself within it. But that’s [...]

Fingers jammed in ears
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Sep 2013 at 4:25am
Sometimes even a site like this, dedicated to spending a large percentage of its time exposing the barely-concealed bias of the Scottish press, is almost lost for words. We’ll see if we can dredge up a few for the latest plume of billowing black smoke and flame to spurt out during the death-dive of the [...]

We?ve got it on tape
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm
This is what we use to record episodes of “Call Kaye”.

Honesty boxing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Sep 2013 at 12:07pm
Shall we keep track of some of the falsehoods printed by the Scottish and UK media today with regard to the Lord Ashcroft polling, and see which ones ever get corrected? It seems like that’s the sort of thing we usually do, so we probably should. Here’s Simon Johnson in the Telegraph: “The survey of [...]


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Kirk 'may stop conducting marriages'
12 Sep 2013 at 9:23am
The Church of Scotland questions whether it could continue to offer marriages if same-sex legislation led to expensive court challenges.


Concern over government land deal
12 Sep 2013 at 11:37am
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont raises concerns during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood over a controversial land deal involving a businessman.


MSPs endorse Scots referendum plan
12 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
Proposals for holding the Scottish independence referendum are endorsed by the Holyrood parliament.


Pledge to end car emissions by 2050
12 Sep 2013 at 12:09pm
The Scottish government says it wants the country's towns and cities to be free of emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles by 2050.


Green power pace 'needs to quicken'
11 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
The rate that green energy projects are coming online needs to double to meet renewable targets, auditors say.


Salmond goes before committee heads
12 Sep 2013 at 10:27am
The heads of Holyrood committees were given the opportunity to question First Minister Alex Salmond.


Scots fishermen numbers 'fall by 5%'
12 Sep 2013 at 6:52am
The number of fishermen working in the industry in Scotland has fallen by 5%, according to new figures.


Swinney outlines 'more cash' budget
11 Sep 2013 at 12:01pm
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney outlines an "economy boosting" budget and rejects accusations of putting the country on pause until after the independence referendum.


Date set for Dunfermline by-election
11 Sep 2013 at 5:14am
The Dunfermline by-election to find a replacement for disgraced former MSP Bill Walker will be held on 24 October.


Scottish unemployment up by 10,000
11 Sep 2013 at 9:52am
The number of unemployed Scots rose by 10,000 to 203,000 between May and July, according to the latest official figures.


Views sought on trafficking bill
10 Sep 2013 at 6:19pm
Human trafficking could be tackled in Scotland under plans for a new law, described by one expert as the most comprehensive in the world.


August sales 'best for four years'
10 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
Growing consumer optimism lifts Scotland's retail sales to their best August performance for four years, according to new figures.


Tory anger over UN benefits report
11 Sep 2013 at 9:03am
Conservative chairman Grant Shapps calls a UN official's criticism of housing benefit changes a "disgrace" and protests to the UN secretary general.


Gordon Brown's Syrian refugee school plan
11 Sep 2013 at 4:10am
Syria's refugee crisis is also threatening to become a long-term education disaster.


MPs to examine helicopter safety
11 Sep 2013 at 1:34am
An inquiry into offshore helicopter safety is to be carried out by a committee of MPs at Westminster.


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Scotland is Different and not that Different: But what does it mean?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Sep 2013 at 4:35am

By Gerry Hassan

Scotland is different. Everybody who lives or works here or knows anything about Scotland recognises this.

Scotland has had a distinctive history, traditions, institutions and set of experiences. Unlike Wales, it never fully disappeared, even at the height of unionist Britain, and remained a legal and administrative entity and not part of ?Greater England?. All of this meant that the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 was relatively simple and straightforward, building on the legacy of over a century of administrative devolution.



I have a dream v I have a drone & apology for Unite??
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
8 Sep 2013 at 5:21pm

By Aamer Anwar

Two weeks ago President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King?s famous ?I Have a Dream speech?, claiming he shared the dream. Yet King was about more than racial harmony.  He believed the Vietnam war diverted attention from poverty at home and saw an irony in sending poverty stricken blacks thousands of miles away to fight for ?guaranteeing liberties? when they had no such thing back home.



Real people suffer behind the bedroom tax headlines
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
8 Sep 2013 at 4:15am

By Sandra Webster

SINCE its introduction in April, the Bedroom Tax has never been out of the headlines. Behind these headlines which quickly become yesterday?s news, are the real stories of the lives that are affected. Although the coalition promised to protect the most vulnerable, it becomes clearer each day that these are among the greatest affected. As we prepare to march on the Lib Dem UK conference, it is good to be reminded of why we are taking action.



Be afraid, be very afraid ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:11pm

By a Newsnet reporter  

Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty?

The Fear Factor is a series of 6 short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid, about what?s in store for their poor wee country.



More from the polls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:00pm

By Dave Taylor

TNS-BMRB must be deeply regretting their launch of the ?Scottish Opinion Monitor? (presumably to try to rival Ipsos-MORI?s ?Scottish Public Opinion Monitor?) with the first of their planned monthly polls on the referendum. Every pollster produces a rogue poll from time to time, but to have such an obvious rogue as the first of your series must be embarrassing.

Whether the Herald is embarrassed by its headlining of the poll may be less clear!



Charity music festival organisers hope for a bumper year
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
5 Sep 2013 at 8:53am

By Lynda Williamson

This weekend over 100 musical acts will converge on the Colstoun Estate in the heart of rural East Lothian to perform free of charge at the family friendly Linkylea music festival.

Now in its 9th year the organisers of this small and quirky, two day festival have given more than £40,000 to good causes in India.



A Rare Moment of Wisdom at the Heart of British Democracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:58am

By Gerry Hassan

Parliamentary debates about military intervention are often rightly solemn occasions. They carry the weight of history and memories of past triumphs and disasters.

The Syria debate this week had initially been downplayed by the Cameron government as it faced the realities of parliamentary arithmetic and the possibility of defeat. But this was historic, evoking past even more momentous debates, and opening a chapter in British foreign policy which could see military intervention in Syria without the UK.



That was the media overkill that was
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:51am

By Kenneth Roy

Asked why a dead person who did not seem particularly significant had received so much favourable press attention, Alan Bennett replied: 'Because he was a journalist'. Although I remember reading this somewhere, I checked the usual sources last night and failed to unearth the quote. It is possible that I just imagined Alan Bennett said it; or feel that he ought to have said it.

It's true, anyway. We are very good at looking after our own: telly people in particular.



Syria needs help not more bombs
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
2 Sep 2013 at 9:48am

By Aamer Anwar

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the world that ?Assad?s regime had the largest chemical weapons program in Middle East? as 1429 Syrian men, women and children were murdered with chemical weapons in Damascus.

The Chemical Weapons Convention boldly set out for ?the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons?. Syria however is not the only one in the region not to have signed the convention or to have used chemical weapons.



Freddie Starr Hacked My Hamster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm


By David Lyon


Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack. Are you sick of this word yet? I am.

The media have never had much flair for reporting matters of a technical nature. Whether this is because the public have no stomach for the required level of detail or is simply the latest concession to our current diet of theatre over fact is anyone's guess.




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The Fear Factor: 'Part of the Union' (2 of 6)
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 1:29pm

Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Facto...

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Pensions, Investment and the Building of a New Scotland
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 12:58pm

This article is part of our Vision for Scotland series, where business for Scotland members share their ideas for a better Scotland in order to stimulate intelligent debate and discussion.

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Independence referendum legislation to be debated at Holyrood
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 7:02am

The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill sets out the date and procedures for the referendum.

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The silenced socialists
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 6:25am

Alert readers will doubtless have spotted the news that the UK government is to press ahead with the sell-off of the Royal Mail. After all, with brutal job cuts under both Labour and Tory/Lib Dem governments having put over 50,000 people out of work in recent years the post is now not just viable...



Closer
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 6:00am

We’ve been a working on a special project which goes to press today. It’s our new journal Closer which will be launched at The After Party on Sat 21 Sept  at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. It’s a limited edition newspaper format with some of the best commentary around as we mark the milestone of ‘one...



New coalition welfare policy unveiled
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 4:55am

We wish we were joking. But we're not.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Maxed-out at Wonga! Sell yourself for medical experiments!



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Budget sparks row over £20m to ease pain of 'bedroom tax'
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 4:44am
A FURIOUS row has broken out over Scottish Government efforts to soften the impact of the
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is to be expected that what we are obliged to accept instead of a proper opposition at Holyrood should complain loud and long about the administration's announced budget. Pointless n...



Forget all the niceties and concentrate on the awful
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2013 at 3:32am

CARDS on the table.


When the genes for economic literacy were doled out there was a fair queue up ahead. So I'll leave the finer points of where John Swinney is putting his money in relation to his mouth to those who crunch numbers with rather more credibility.




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16 years on ? it?s time for another Yes
by Peter A Bell
11 Sep 2013 at 2:20pm

16 years ago to the day, Scotland’s voters gave a resounding Yes to the creation of a Scottish Parliament in the 1997 devolution referendum.  I was in the Edinburgh conference centre on the night the result was declared – a moving and unforgettable occasion.



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Something something Oceania
by Peter A Bell
11 Sep 2013 at 7:51am

As you can tell, we’re starting to run out of post titles referencing “1984″ and the Ingsoc habit of rewriting newspaper versions of history to pretend that certain things which happened didn’t happen at all, and vice versa. Here’s today’s case in point:




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Alex Salmond's independence white paper shifts to November
by Peter A Bell
11 Sep 2013 at 7:37am

The first minister is a master of political theatre but unexpected events and a crowded diary are affecting the launch of the biggest document of his career
Peter A Bell's insight:

That's one hell of a lot of words to say precious little about nothing of any great consequence. I'm quite sure that n...



Sign The Business Declaration
by Peter A Bell
11 Sep 2013 at 6:39am

What is the vision for business and the economy in an independent Scotland?


Business for Scotland is a co-operatively owned business network for business people and professionals who believe that Scotland will prosper as an independent country.


We have created an aspirational business declaration, ...



Spain has let Catalonia down, now it must let it go
by Peter A Bell
11 Sep 2013 at 6:24am

Francesc Homs: The government in Madrid stands in the way of an independent Catalonia. We march on our national day for a referendum

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Brian Wilson: Currency debate almost laughable
by Peter A Bell
10 Sep 2013 at 8:23pm

IF it wasn’t so serious, the SNP’s divisions over what currency we should adopt would be laughable, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Yet another dismal diatribe from Brian Wilson that oozes tribal hatred for the SNP and sneering contempt for Scotland in roughly equal measure. And little ...



Trust to probe BBC Scotland over Creighton EU 'News Blackout' claims
by Peter A Bell
10 Sep 2013 at 4:10pm

BBC Scotland chiefs are to be investigated by the corporation's Trust following complaints that the broadcaster imposed a news blackout of comments from a Foreign Minister.




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All Scottish political parties have agreed ground rules for independence refe...
by dailyrecord
12 Sep 2013 at 12:32pm
NICOLA Sturgeon says agreement will allow Scots to make historic choice next year.


Glasgow 2014 could lead to an influx of victims of human trafficking, accordi...
by dailyrecord
12 Sep 2013 at 7:27am
ANTI-TRAFFICKING co-ordinator Myria Vassiliadou has told MSPs they must make victims who are smuggled into this country for sex a priority.


Whining Tory chief blames Daily Record dossier for convincing UN inspector th...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Sep 2013 at 2:19am
MILLIONAIRE MP Grant Shapps branded UN special housing investigator Raquel Rolnik's report ?an absolute disgrace? and vowed to complain to the UN Secretary General about it.


SNP to ease bedroom tax pain of affected Scots with £20m fund.. but Labour sa...
by David Clegg
12 Sep 2013 at 1:31am
FINANCE secretary John Swinney has said that the cash has been taken from the finance budget to help out the Scots in need.


John Swinney vows to boost economy as he outlines Scottish Budget for next tw...
by dailyrecord
11 Sep 2013 at 10:35am
The Finance Secretary highlighted more money for affordable housing, colleges and nursery provision as he outlined his spending plans for the next two years.


Yes Campaign distance themselves from pro-independence blogger after online c...
by dailyrecord
11 Sep 2013 at 9:11am
STUART CAMPBELL, who runs the Wings Over Scotland blog, had also made controversial comments about the Hillsborough disaster.


In pictures: 360 degree panoramic view of The Chamber at the Scottish Parliament
by Henrik Brandt
11 Sep 2013 at 8:59am
HAVE a look at The Chamber in the Scottish Parliament as you have never seen it before.


United Nations criticism of the so-called bedroom tax backed by the Scottish ...
by Lindsey Archibald
11 Sep 2013 at 8:46am
SCOTTISH housing minister Margaret Burgess welcomed the findings of UN special envoy Raquel Rolnik who said the policy was a breach of human rights.


Tory party chairman Grant Shapps attacks UN investigator for talking to the D...
by dailyrecord
11 Sep 2013 at 4:48am
THE chairman of the Conservative party branded a report by Raquel Rolnik "completely wrong" and an "absolute disgrace".


Bill Walker by-election to be held on Thursday October 24 to fill the Dunferm...
by dailyrecord
11 Sep 2013 at 4:34am
BILL WALKER resigned from the Scottish Parliament at the weekend after being convicted of 23 domestic abuse charges last month.


Labour leader Ed Miliband tries to soothe tensions with unions as he speaks t...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Sep 2013 at 2:39am
THE Labour leader backed away from moves to limit union powers and influence as he spoke to the Trade Unions Congress conference yesterday.


John Swinney: Ignore what the polls say.. we can still win independence vote
by David Clegg
10 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
AS he gears up for another budget, Finance Secretary John Swinney explains why he still thinks his party will succeed in the independence battle, despite polls showing only a third of Scots back their plan.


Bedroom Tax DOES breach human rights and should be scrapped, says the United ...
by Nick Sommerlad
10 Sep 2013 at 5:59pm
UNITED NATIONS special envoy Raquel Rolnik will call on the Con-Dems to scrap the tax, which she believes breaches the basic right to housing.


Imprisoned MSPs to have their pay docked by 90 per cent following emergency vote
by dailyrecord
10 Sep 2013 at 12:17pm
TODAY'S vote follows the case of Bill Walker who this week resigned as an MSP after being convicted of a string of domestic abuse offences against his ex-wives.


Holyrood still looking at powers to dock pay of imprisoned MSPs after Bill Wa...
by dailyrecord
10 Sep 2013 at 5:57am
MSPs will debate the plans to slash 90 per cent off salaries for politicians sent to jail, sparked by Bill Walker's refusal to stand down.


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A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2013 at 1:18pm
A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyllic spot.


Yes Scotland thinks outside the box
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any simi...

Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at le...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Sep 2013 at 6:35am
Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at least 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining in the Scotlandshire sector of the North Sea, have been revealed as 'fantasy economics' by a new UK Treasury report.


SNP oil figures 12 times too high, claims visiting m...

We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put 4 past the Moldovan separatists was disappointing.

"Teuchter separatist forced out of spoof broadcaster"
and
"Violence ?An SNP stunt' say U-KOK

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

One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, R...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2013 at 1:42pm
One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, Rough Justice, has created a series of 6 films for BBC Scotlandshire on the subject of separation.


The Fear Factor
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Each film will examine, in forensic detail, the enormously successful tactics of ...

Our first new pair of pants since before the summer! "New poll finds majorit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 3:19pm
Our first new pair of pants since before the summer!

"New poll finds majority ?have never heard of Scottish independence?"
and
"WASPs (Workless And Scottish People) ? a real danger say Red Cross"
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

We asked “In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 11:19am
We asked ?In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster??


Poultice ? Unionists declare overwhelming enthusiasm for anal insertion
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88% of you advocated that the UK Parliament should retain...

Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are cond...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are conducted after a newspaper reported that separation was ? ahahahahaha! ? ahead! In the polls!


Phone-hacking bastards conspire with Salmond
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Sarwar - ?I?m gonna go tell ma da? about this.?

U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole dam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole damned thing, and doing it deliberately too".


SNP guilty of solving Puma helicopter problem
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The Nimrods have gone, so have the protection vessels, and now the coastguard stations, tugs and helicopte...

Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called for balance to be restored to the debate on separation as we approach the 1year2nogo milestone.


U-KOK: Now is the Time for a Balanced Debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Labour's Ian Davidson MP, Chairchoob of the Scottish ...

Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my par...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 5:39pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to".

We have just obtained the original Cameron image - before it was 'shopped by BT.



Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my part...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 2:25pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to".



Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emper...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2013 at 3:54pm
Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emperor from Mars and must tender his resignation, the opposition has insisted.


Salmond accused of being from Mars
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?Honestly, I don?t know why people would bother keeping tabs on Scotlandshire politic...

Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2013 at 2:35am
Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's latest spontaneous grassroots campaign, NO! Glasgow, which is to be launched at a secret location somewhere in the city, on an undisclosed date and at a time which no-one must know.


If you can find them...mibbes you can ...

Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Aug 2013 at 5:36pm
Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlandshire. Deployed by skilled counsel, it should allow the noble and distinguished defender of the Union, Lord Michael Forsyth of Dunspeedin to mount a successful appeal against his unfair conviction.


Forsyth feartie flight l...

Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.


Shocking New Emails ...


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Closer
by bellacaledonia
12 Sep 2013 at 5:41am
We’ve been a working on a special project which goes to press today. It’s our new journal Closer which will be launched at The After Party on Sat 21 Sept  at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. It’s a limited edition newspaper... Read More ›

Remembering Chile, 40 Years Ago Today: An Unfinished Song
by bellacaledonia
11 Sep 2013 at 6:16am
by Victor Jara There are five thousand of us here in this small part of the city. We are five thousand. I wonder how many we are in all in the cities and in the whole country? Here alone are... Read More ›

The Branded Hand
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 8:06am
By David Morgan @anotherscotland Strange things are happening following the government?s defeat over Syria. Political commentators wring their hands, agonising over whether Britain has lost influence in the world or whether the ?special relationship? has been put in jeopardy. Meanwhile... Read Mo...


Hate Van Tactics Moved North
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
Good to see that Nicola Sturgeon has condemned the disgraceful pilot scheme running in Glasgow. This from Yes: Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today’s Herald highlighting the problems with the current “Go Home” campaign being carried... Read More ›


What Remains?
by bellacaledonia
9 Sep 2013 at 4:01am
Interesting mixture of category error, genuine regret, inappropriate possessiveness and complete confusion in this polling from the Scottish Times … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: confusion, video

Stands Scotland Where it Did? Work in Progress
by bellacaledonia
7 Sep 2013 at 5:59am
Thanks to Christine Hamilton for alllowing us to re-publish her piece to a wider audience. This is her paper presented at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow on 4 September 2013,... Read More ›

The Magical Spectacles of Revolution
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 3:11pm
By Ewan Morrison We seem to be obsessed at the moment with the idea that The Truth is being hidden from us. The government of the world conspire to keep us in ignorance, or so the story goes, and the... Read More ›


Fear Factor 1
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 1:21pm
Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Factor is a series of short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid,... Read More ›


Tintin in Scots and Gaelic
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2013 at 4:56am
Tintin in Scots and Gaelic! One of my favourite Tintin’s … Looking forward to Captain Haddock’s outbursts being translated! Tintin an his faithfu dug, Tarrie, are on the trail o an international gang o conterfaiters. Forby, they themsels are bein... Read More ›

Testosterone Democracy
by bellacaledonia
3 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small It’s entirely appropriate on the day that Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance protest outside the parliament about the Bill Walker fiasco that we look at Testosterone Democracy and the UK. OK? From the perpetual need to... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:07am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan
BBC News
The Scottish government's bill to hold the vote, in autumn 2014, has now cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. The legislation sets out the referendum rules, like the question to be asked and campaign spending limits. But the Sc...


In Scotland's borderland, enthusiasm for independence elusive - Reuters
12 Sep 2013 at 8:29am

Washington Post

In Scotland's borderland, enthusiasm for independence elusive
Reuters
With just a few percent of Scotland's 5 million population, opinion here is not necessarily a barometer for the rest of the country. But polls show the Scottish National Party's (SNP) push for independence, somethi...


Growing Support for Scottish Independence... In England - Huffington Post UK
11 Sep 2013 at 6:22am

Growing Support for Scottish Independence... In England
Huffington Post UK
The introduction of devolution in Scotland and Wales and its re-introduction in Northern Ireland was one of the major achievements of the Labour government. Yet its aspirations for fostering devolution in England largely cam...


Scottish independence: 'Own currency needed' claim - Scotsman
9 Sep 2013 at 5:33pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Own currency needed' claim
Scotsman
IT IS hard to envisage full independence for Scotland without making the ?difficult? transition towards a separate currency, economists have warned. An independent Scotland's economy could be dominated by England if it continued to...


Scottish Independence referendum bill backed - Scotsman
12 Sep 2013 at 12:40pm

Scotsman

Scottish Independence referendum bill backed
Scotsman
The ground rules for the independence referendum have been backed in a vote at Holyrood. The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill passed the first of three stages needed before it can become law. All political parties voted for the gene...


Scottish independence: transport system promise - Scotsman
10 Sep 2013 at 7:05am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: transport system promise
Scotsman
An independent Scotland would have a more modern and joined up transport system, Nicola Sturgeon told haulage chiefs today. The Deputy First Minister said the Scottish Government is committed to the largest transport investment progra...


Scottish Independence Backed By More English People Than Scottish - Huffingto...
10 Sep 2013 at 7:13am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence Backed By More English People Than Scottish
Huffington Post UK
Scottish independence has greater support in England than in Scotland, an influential new report has found. One in four English people (25%) back the break-up of the United Kingdom, compared t...


Comment: Scotland won't be fooled by 'Budget for independence' - Express.co.uk
12 Sep 2013 at 6:09am

BBC News

Comment: Scotland won't be fooled by 'Budget for independence'
Express.co.uk
Mr Swinney's announcements yesterday did indeed amount to a "Budget for independence", as it has been called - although no longer by the Nationalists - but it is one that is already being dissected and costed, as h...


Scottish independence: New currency 'real option' - Scotsman
9 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: New currency 'real option'
Scotsman
They said that an independent Scotland would find it easier to have its own currency because Scottish banks already issued their own banknotes. And a Scottish currency could be pegged against the euro in the same way that the Swedis...


Independence support higher in England - Herald Scotland
9 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Independence support higher in England
Herald Scotland
Only one in four people in England believe Scotland should be governed independently, the latest British Social Attitudes survey shows. However, the same survey shows just 23% of Scots back independence. The Scottish figure was p...



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New Mutation Identified, Associated With Better Survival In Lung Cancer Patie...
12 Sep 2013 at 1:41pm

New Mutation Identified, Associated With Better Survival In Lung Cancer Patients
RedOrbit
In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, the team from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies shows that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a gene that protects cells from oxidative s...


Alex Salmond urged to explain £790000 property deal loss - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Sep 2013 at 1:22pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond urged to explain £790000 property deal loss
Telegraph.co.uk
However, she told First Minister's Questions the plot was recently sold back to him for only £50,000, following the decision by SNP ministers to abandon the rail link. Ms Lamont courted controversy by insinuatin...


SNP still able to win independence in vote: Scottish MP - Press TV
12 Sep 2013 at 12:10pm

Press TV

SNP still able to win independence in vote: Scottish MP
Press TV
On Tuesday, John Swinney recognized the degraded public opinion toward the move, which would see Scotland separating from the UK, but he was still sure that the Scottish National Party (SNP) could swing the vote. Referring to ...


Lamont must apologise for smear after basic errors - SNP (press release)
12 Sep 2013 at 11:40am

Lamont must apologise for smear after basic errors
SNP (press release)
Labour leader Johann Lamont is facing demands to apologise this evening after attempting to smear prominent Scottish businessman John McGlynn and getting basic facts wrong at First Minister's Questions today (Thursday). Johann L...


Parties name candidates for council by-election - Dunferline Press
12 Sep 2013 at 8:50am

Parties name candidates for council by-election
Dunferline Press
David Ross (Conservative), Helen Cannon-Todd (SNP), Billy Pollock (Labour) and Robin Munro (Lib Dem) are set to battle it out on Thursday 24th October to be elected fourth councillor for the ward. They will succeed the late Labour cou...


SNP accused of using taxpayer cash to buy land - Scotland on Sunday
12 Sep 2013 at 6:54am

Scotland on Sunday

SNP accused of using taxpayer cash to buy land
Scotland on Sunday
THE SNP government was accused of using taxpayers' cash to buy a piece of land for £840,000 from a leading businessman before selling it backto him for just £50,000 at First Minister's questions today. Labour leader...


No camp "bad call" myth debunked - SNP (press release)
12 Sep 2013 at 6:39am

No camp "bad call" myth debunked
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming confirmation that The European Commission is proposing to completely scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe as part of a raft of measures to reform the telecoms market. The proposal is set to see roaming charg...


Tax blow for Scots business in 'zombie' Budget - Express.co.uk
12 Sep 2013 at 6:09am

Tax blow for Scots business in 'zombie' Budget
Express.co.uk
The tax raid comes despite pleas for a 'moratorium' following the SNP's supermarket tax and empty property levy, which have cost firms £131million in the past year. Critics said the Budget came from a ?zombie Government? too distracted by...


£20 million 'bedroom tax' fund included in Scottish budget - The Courier
12 Sep 2013 at 4:59am

The Courier

£20 million 'bedroom tax' fund included in Scottish budget
The Courier
Mr Swinney also said the SNP Government would help mitigate Westminster welfare reforms ? but opposition accused him of putting Scotland ?on pause? until next autumn's independence referendum. The finance secretary sa...


Alex Massie: How will SNP fare after Salmond? - Edinburgh Evening News
12 Sep 2013 at 4:48am

Edinburgh Evening News

Alex Massie: How will SNP fare after Salmond?
Edinburgh Evening News
On another, the public still seems minded to vote for the SNP at the next Holyrood election. Of course, the aftermath of a No vote might change that calculation, but on current projections, the Nationalists w...



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Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:07am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan
BBC News
The Scottish government's bill to hold the vote, in autumn 2014, has now cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. The legislation sets out the referendum rules, like the question to be asked and campaign spending limits. But the Sc...


Scottish Independence referendum bill backed - Scotsman
12 Sep 2013 at 12:40pm

Scotsman

Scottish Independence referendum bill backed
Scotsman
The ground rules for the independence referendum have been backed in a vote at Holyrood. The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill passed the first of three stages needed before it can become law. All political parties voted for the gene...


Scottish budget: Swinney pledges spending plans to 'boost economy' - BBC News
11 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm

BBC News

Scottish budget: Swinney pledges spending plans to 'boost economy'
BBC News
Mr Swinney told MSPs the Scottish government's conventional capital budget was being reduced by 26.6%, as UK ministers seek to reduce the nation's spending deficit. Speaking ahead of the independence referendum, on ...


Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts - BBC ...
5 Sep 2013 at 3:36am

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts
BBC News
The president of business body the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that Scottish independence would disrupt the economy. Sir Mike Rake made the comment when he addressed CBI Scotland's annual di...


Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:58am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Re...


SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am

Scotland on Sunday

SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum
stv.tv
A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by Panelbase last...


Poll: Scots to reject independence, re-elect SNP - Scotland on Sunday
8 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Poll: Scots to reject independence, re-elect SNP
Scotland on Sunday
While research on the specific ?Yes-No? question was conducted between February and May of this year, with several polls having been released since then, it is based on the biggest sample of Scots so far ? more th...


BBC Scotland to track 'hopes, dreams and fears' of 50 teenagers during run-up...
11 Sep 2013 at 3:59pm

BBC Scotland to track 'hopes, dreams and fears' of 50 teenagers during run-up ...
allmediascotland.com (press release)
A GROUP of 50 teenagers are to share their ?hopes, dreams and fears? on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland during the lead up to next year's referendum on Scotland's constitutiona...


Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom - Financial Times
31 Aug 2013 at 5:46am

The Orcadian

Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom
Financial Times
The Orkney Islands have been part of Scotland for more than 500 years, but it is a mark of the distinctive culture of this green and windswept archipelago that many locals still do not think of themselves as ver...


'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote - Reuters UK
4 Sep 2013 at 9:18am

'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - With a year until Scotland's referendum on independence, enough voters are "don't knows" to swing the vote and only one in four are certain to vote for separating from Britain, according to an opinion poll on...



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Anything Goes

Dugs
12 Sep 2013 at 7:13am

Not the ones you attack on buses, the racing ones.

 

I'm looking for something a bit different to...



Mental...i'lll Gi'e Ye Mental...
11 Sep 2013 at 7:05pm

Bet few of you a have seen this!

 

 

Coronation Street  - where's his daughter? Wife?

 

 

Way ta...



Worst/best Song In The World
11 Sep 2013 at 6:37pm



Employment And Hr Issues
11 Sep 2013 at 3:11pm
Can anyone recommend a good employment/hr specialist?

Catalan Human Chain
11 Sep 2013 at 9:38am

If anyone fancies a look, at 4.15pm the people of Catalunya will form a human chain stretching fr...



Paisley Beer Festival
11 Sep 2013 at 7:07am

Starts today.

 

Anybody going? Scotlands biggest beer festival and the list is pretty impressive....



Model Railway Fan?
11 Sep 2013 at 6:44am

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=gn1qMYfFrro&feature=related

 

Jeezo - get a hobby!!!  



9/11 - 12 Years Ago Today
11 Sep 2013 at 6:37am

Did you know that a 3rd building fell on 9-11? That bill board is today over Times Square. It was...



The Annual 'it's Far Too Early For Christmas In Shops' Thread
11 Sep 2013 at 5:09am
Sainsburys in Colliers Wood, about 15 bays of Christmas biscuits and confectionary.

Sunshine On Leith
10 Sep 2013 at 5:07pm

Aye or Naw? (I'm a mibbee)

 




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

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
by James
4 Aug 2013 at 8:38am
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...


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

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2013 at 9:25pm
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2013 at 10:01pm
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...


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16 years on ? it?s time for another Yes
by Blair Jenkins
11 Sep 2013 at 10:29am

16 years ago to the day, Scotland?s voters gave a resounding Yes to the creation of a Scottish Pa...



Our universities excel ? with Yes we can ensure Scotland feels the full reward
by Stuart McDonald
10 Sep 2013 at 5:50am

Scotland?s higher education sector continues to enjoy an outstanding international reputation, wi...



Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on UK immigration policy
by Kevin Gilmartin
7 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today's Herald highlighting t...



Yes wins LGBT debate
by Kirsty MacAlpine
6 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

Those in favour of an independent Scotland side won a debate last night between Yes LGBT and the ...



Scotland?s food and drink has got what it takes
by Angus Millar
6 Sep 2013 at 8:43am

An industry survey reported today has found that more than 5,600 new jobs could be created in Sco...



A new relationship of equality between the British nations
by Stephen Noon
5 Sep 2013 at 11:48am

People like me, political advisers, can spend too much time thinking about ways of characterising...



Perspectives: 'Low pay crisis shows Scotland's wealth isn't working for peopl...
by Cailean Gallagher
4 Sep 2013 at 11:23am

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



We all agree - Scotland's got what it takes
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 1:55pm

Today?s treasury report is, for the most part, a welcome contribution which moves the referendum ...



Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 4:40am

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster governme...



Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Stuart McDonald
2 Sep 2013 at 8:04am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scot...



Yes will give us real choice and control over our future
by Peter Dempsie
30 Aug 2013 at 6:48am

The publication of the Scottish Government?s White Paper in the autumn will undoubtedly be a key ...



Women are harder hit by Westminster?s welfare cuts
by Peter Dempsie
29 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

Women are far harder hit than men by Westminster?s welfare cuts, according to new research.

Analy...



The No campaign has the balance all wrong
by Stuart McDonald
28 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm

Even crossing the road involves risks and uncertainties, yet also advantages! The No campaign has...



The People?s Constitution
by Peter Dempsie
28 Aug 2013 at 8:42am

First Minster Alex Salmond has today highlighted the ?democratic deficit? caused by lack of a wri...



London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Stuart McDonald
27 Aug 2013 at 11:17am

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been asto...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...


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


Alex Salmond's independence white paper shifts to November
by Severin Carrell
11 Sep 2013 at 6:54am

The first minister is a master of political theatre but unexpected events and a crowded diary are affecting the launch of the biggest document of his career, the independence white paper

Amongst Ale...




Lord Ashcroft's Scottish polling: mums, dodgy sums and naked politics
by Severin Carrell
9 Sep 2013 at 10:20am

The former Tory treasurer, Lord Ashcroft, has just published three major polls of more than 12,000 Scottish voters which are generating as much heat as light on Scottish independence

A new "super po...




Scottish independence: 65% against split from UK in Tory poll
by Severin Carrell
8 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

New 'super poll' shows biggest majority yet of Scots against leaving UK and that independence is 'wrong priority'

A majority of Scottish voters are opposed to Alex Salmond's quest for independence, ...




Bill Walker resigns from Scottish parliament after abuse convictions
7 Sep 2013 at 4:41pm

Disgraced MSP says 'media onslaught' has made it impossible for him to continue

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker ? convicted of a string domestic abuse offences ? has resigned from the Scottish parliament....




Scottish MSP Bill Walker to have pay cut if jailed for domestic violence
by Severin Carrell
5 Sep 2013 at 9:02am

MSP for Dunfermline has refused to quit despite conviction for 23 assaults over 30 years on ex-wives and stepdaughter

The Scottish parliament is to dock the pay of the disgraced MSP Bill Walker if h...




Thanks to the independence vote, Scottish politics is fun again | Fraser MacD...
by Fraser MacDonald
4 Sep 2013 at 11:21am

Not only do Scots have a rare chance to enact lasting change, the vote has energised other key debates such as land reform

At the heart of the Scottish independence referendum is the philosophical p...




Opinion polls show voters can be steered to say 'yes'
by Severin Carrell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:06am

A spate of opinion polls mark the start of the new political year and a stepping up of referendum campaigning, but how much do they tell us about the final result?

With the referendum campaigns fast...




Alex Salmond's £1.5tn oil wealth figure is targeted by Treasury
by Severin Carrell
4 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

The claim that Scotland's North Sea oil reserves are worth £1.5tn is one of the biggest numbers in the Scottish independence debate, and is under highly critical scrutiny

It is one of the most frequ...




Treasury: Scottish oil savings fund would need spending cuts or tax rises
by Severin Carrell
3 Sep 2013 at 11:43am

Alex Salmond's proposals to save oil tax revenues in a specific fund would come at a price, report says

The Treasury has warned that Alex Salmond's plans for a multi-billion pound Scottish savings f...



MacMahon quits Scotsman for ITV
by Roy Greenslade
3 Sep 2013 at 2:50am

Peter MacMahon, former Daily Mirror political editor and current Scotsman deputy editor, has been appointed as political editor of ITV Border.

He is joining ahead of next year's referendum on Scott...




Scottish households 'would be £2,000 better off if voters reject independence'
by Severin Carrell
1 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

George Osborne to argue that remaining in the UK would boost real incomes in Scotland by 4% over the next 30 years

Scottish households will be about £2,000 better off and freer to work and trade wit...




Scottish referendum: a revolution, yes, but no blood will be shed | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Aug 2013 at 6:07pm

Emotions will run high in the referendum but we won't see armed militia in the Highlands if the cause of independence is lost

What will history call the movement for Scottish independence if there i...




Independent Scotland would struggle on world stage, says Alistair Darling
31 Aug 2013 at 10:47am

Former chancellor says Scotland would lack diplomatic clout in dealing with crises such Syria if it chooses to leave the UK

Scotland would struggle to have the same diplomatic clout in dealing with ...




Battle of Flodden fights to take its rightful place in Scottish history
by Robin McKie
31 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

As the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden approaches, efforts are being made to recognise its importance

In a few days, a ceremony will be held at Branxton church, near Coldstream in Northum...




New 'going home' immigration posters shameful, say Scottish politicians
30 Aug 2013 at 6:49am

Home Office heavily criticised for advertisements at immigration reporting centres in Glasgow and Hounslow, west London

A new Home Office poster campaign that advises immigrants to "ask about going ...




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