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Sturgeon in disability row over 2014 Games
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being targeted by protesters who want the controversial "fit-for-work" benefits test company Atos dropped as a sponsor of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Lamont under fire for failing to save Holyrood benefit debate ... after calli...
SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont has been accused of rank hypocrisy after Labour torpedoed a Holyrood debate on universal benefits, despite Lamont regularly accusing the SNP of trying to stifle debate on the subject.

White Paper will reveal details of new pension two lines
WOMEN, carers, the low-paid and self-employed are expected to be the main beneficiaries of a new flat-rate state pension to be outlined in a Coalition White Paper tomorrow.

It wasn't advertised, but boss's wife still got a top NHS job
A controversial health board is under fresh scrutiny after it emerged that the chief executive's wife secured a director's post following a shake-up of senior management.

Backing for NHS board disclosure
Scottish Conservatives have backed moves to force a health board to hand over confidential papers which could provide crucial new details about its involvement in a waiting times scandal.

New triple-dip fears
FEARS that the UK economy is on course for a "triple-dip" recession have been raised on two fronts.

Tory MEP leader warns against 'snarling across the Channel'
The leader of the Conservatives MEPs has accused the Government of "snarling like a pitbull across the Channel".

Cameron is warned over EU 'blackmail'
GERMANY has warned the UK Government against trying to "blackmail" the European Union in order to get a new settlement with Brussels, stressing a British exit would be a disaster.

Government review of payback orders
THE Scottish Government has ordered a review of Community Payback Orders (CPOs), the punishments that replaced Community Service Orders.

Brown to speak on Remploy closures
Former prime minister Gordon Brown will make his first Commons speech in more than a year next week.

Anger as MPs say they want a 32% pay rise
MEMBERS of the UK Parliament have been accused of "living in cloud cuckoo land" after they said they deserved a 32% pay rise from £65,738 to £86,250 ? in the week they capped benefit rises to just 1%.

Coalition faces nepotism claim
DAVID CAMERON has been accused of nepotism after a former Tory donor was handed a key education post in the Coalition Government and nominated for a peerage.

Cover-up row over Coalition 'audit of failures'
David Cameron's Government has been humiliatingly forced to publish a mid-term "failure audit" amid accusations of a cover-up.

Obama wants Britain to stay in outward-looking EU
BARACK Obama wants Britain to remain a key player in the European Union (EU), the United States Government has made clear, warning that referendums turn countries "inward".

It's what it doesn't say that counts
When is a failure not a failure?

 

Scotsman

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Scottish Independence: Referendum ?decided by economics, not national identity?

The outcome of Scotland’s independence referendum will boil down to economics rather than a sense of national identity, according to research.



Plans for flat-rate pension to be unveiled

DETAILS of a radical shake-up of the state pension, which will introduce a single flat rate from 2017, are due to be unveiled by the coalition tomorrow.



Benefits reform ?to force 1 in 4 into poverty?

ONE in four Scots will be living in poverty by the end of the decade if the coalition government forges ahead with “criminal welfare reforms” that draw together a range of benefits into one universal credit, according to charity chiefs.



Survey reveals most English won?t see Scots as foreigners

MOST English people will ­never regard the Scots as foreigners even if Scotland votes for independence next year, a new survey has revealed.



Ed Miliband takes aim at rogue landlords

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband yesterday outlined his party’s plans to make the housing market fairer for people who rent their homes privately.



UK says no to talks on independence

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore has warned the SNP that the Westminster government will not enter negotiations about splitting up the United Kingdom before the 2014 referendum.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon - 13/01/13

The critics are divided...



Missing pup?s owners think couple took her to Capital

THE owners of a puppy that went missing in Linlithgow on Hogmanay believe she could be in Edinburgh.



Scottish Government unveils modern apprenticeships for fishing industry

THE Scottish Government today launched a new modern apprenticeship training programme to give young people the chance to enter Scotland’s £500 million a year fishing industry.



Royal charter ?wrong? for press watchdog

TORY proposals for a press regulator backed by Royal charter would put too much power in the hands of ministers and be an inappropriate role for the monarch, Labour has said.



Alcohol pricing row heads to court

The Scottish Government’s legislation on minimum alcohol pricing will be challenged in court next week.



George Osborne raises prospect of Britain quitting the EU

GEORGE Osborne has raised the prospect that Britain could pull out of the European Union unless changes are made in Brussels.



Clark Cross: Britain is in breach of UN rules on wind farms

CHRISTINE Metcalfe – a member of Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council – is determined to halt the relentless march of Britain’s wind turbines.



The Scotsman cartoon - 12/01/13

The Savile scandal



MPs? demands for pay rise slammed by union leaders

MPs ARE demanding a £20,000 pay rise, just days after voting for cuts and caps on benefits for millions of struggling families.



Wingsland Blog

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

Glass half smashed
Readers will recall that earlier this week we heartily recommended a fantastic article written by Irvine Welsh for Bella Caledonia. Talking of the “Trainspotting” author’s happy times living with family in England and discussing how Scottish independence could enhance British cultural unity, it was an enormously positive piece which was widely acclaimed and warmly received [...]

Specialist subject: the bleeding obvious
Scotland on Sunday today carries an interview with Michael Moore, in which the Scottish Secretary rather undermines the No campaign’s constant demands for “detail” about an independent Scotland by admitting that the Westminster government will refuse to discuss matters like Scotland’s possible share of UK debt in advance of the referendum. There’s an even stranger [...]

Who cares?
Two ostensibly-unrelated stories from today’s Scottish press leap out at each other with such force you fear the collision could almost create an actual thunderstorm. “Benefits reform ‘to force 1 in 4 into poverty’”, roars Scotland On Sunday’s second-top story above a curiously makeover-ish picture of Margaret Curran and news of a report by the [...]

Rallying to the flag
Alert readers will recall earlier this month, when the Herald reported that the “flag riots” still going on in Belfast were to spread to Scotland. The paper noted that: “Demonstraters supporting the Loyalist Union flag dispute in Northern Ireland are turning their attention to Scotland’s independence referendum, with a protest planned against senior SNP figures [...]

A letter to a Unionist
Hello. Someone directed me to your blog today, which I’d have posted this on if I could have been bothered with registering for a “LiveJournal”, “TypePad”, “AIM” or “OpenID” account, whatever the heck those are. But I can’t – at my age I’d rather have a root canal than waste my time signing up to [...]

Vote No for [TBC]
The final aspect of the independence debate touched on by Alistair Darling’s interview on Newsnight Scotland last night brought some more much-needed clarity to the situation. In this segment of the programme the issue being pursued by Gordon Brewer was what the Unionist parties were going to offer the Scottish electorate in the way of [...]

The Fourth Reich?
While we welcomed the definitive answer on the question of an independent Scotland’s relationship to the United Kingdom, we were a little disturbed by something Alistair Darling said about Europe in his Newsnight Scotland interview last night. It happened at 13m 42s. See what you think. (Emphasis Darling’s own this time.) “A currency union means [...]

One more time for the folks at home
For goodness’ sake. Despite believing we’d laid the issue to rest once and for all, we’re STILL getting comments and tweets from readers who haven’t grasped Alistair Darling’s simple, straightforward explanation of whether Scotland’s decision in the independence referendum would be irreversible and forever, or whether we would instead quickly and inevitably find ourselves back [...]

The (very) hokey cokey
Readers might be forgiven for experiencing a sense of deja vu on watching last night’s Newsnight Scotland, which featured a rather animated interview with Alistair Darling. Because not for the first time, the No campaign chief seemed to be experiencing a considerable amount of difficulty in getting his story straight. Let’s examine a couple of [...]

Surely some mistake
February 2012: “Don’t worry, Scotland – the Olympics might be costing you millions of pounds, but look at all the extra tourism you’ll be getting from it to compensate!” What could possibly go wrong? Bring on the bonanza! January 2013: “The number of tourists visiting Scotland fell sharply last summer, according to official figures. The [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Talks call on independence impact
The SNP calls for "technical discussions" as the UK government insists it will not "set out a contingency plan" for independence.

Calls to NHS 24 'should be free'
Calls to NHS 24 should be free, the Scottish Tories say, as Westminster moves to introduce a free, one-stop number in England and Wales.

Cash boost for West Highland Way
Some trails on Scotland's famous West Highland Way will be improved with £750,000 in government funding.

Call to push Scots whisky trail
Speyside's malt whisky heritage should be marketed more vigorously to attract wealthy tourists, say a former chairman of VisitScotland.

'Cautious optimism' for fishing
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead expresses "cautious optimism" about the future of the Scottish industry.

MPs call for consensus over vote
MPs call on the Scottish government to put aside party politics when working out the rules of the 2014 referendum.

Welfare 'key' for lone parents
Welfare reform is having a "shocking" impact on lone parents, according to research published by the Poverty Alliance.

Salmond cleared of breaching code
An independent investigation clears First Minister Alex Salmond of breaking the ministerial code over a row about an independent Scotland's status in the EU.

Funeral held for SNP's ex-leader
Senior SNP figures have gathered in Dundee for the funeral of the party's former leader Jimmy Halliday.

Mannequin charge woman acquitted
An Aberdeen woman charged after a mannequin was entered as a candidate in last year's city council election is acquitted.

Shetland budget progress praised
A report praises progress at Shetland Islands Council but highlights "major challenges" in tackling its long-term budget problems.

MSP makes bus regulation bill bid
The former leader of the Scottish Labour Party is hoping to bring forward a parliamentary bill aimed at strengthening regulation in the Scottish bus industry.

Call for greater oil fund detail
Opposition parties call on the Scottish government to give greater detail about its plans for an oil fund in the event of independence.

Trident move 'would cost billions'
Moving nuclear weapons from the Clyde after Scottish independence would cost billions of pounds and thousands of jobs, the UK government claims.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond defends the record of former health secretary Nicola Sturgeon, under attack from Labour, during first minister's questions on 2013.

Newsnet Scotland

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Labour for Indy on 'One Nation' Britain

By Allan Grogan, Labour for Independence

In his indelible quest for the approval of Middle England, Labour leader Ed Miliband declared that both old and New Labour have lost relevance, Yet the values of Real Labour are very much at the heart of issues faced north and south of the border and should not be summarily dismissed in the quest for a Disraeli-esque Britain.



Go aboard ? not abroad!

By Norrie Hunter

A cruising holiday on a 117ft converted barge, as it sedately plied the Great Glen and through Loch Ness, was in stark contrast to our last break afloat on a yacht in the Caribbean.
 
Three American tourists were to be our fellow passengers aboard the 127 ton ?Scottish Highlander?, which was moored alongside pontoons at the head of Neptune?s Staircase near Fort William. This series of locks marks the start of the Caledonian Canal, connecting the sea at Loch Linnie to Loch Lochy then up through the Great Glen to Inverness and the Moray Firth.



Washington wary of a fragmented Europe

By George Kerevan
 
PREDICTABLY, the warning from Philip H. Gordon, President Obama?s point man in Europe, that Britain should stay in the EU, has provoked howls of outrage. Ukip?s Nigel Farage, who has a pithy way with words, retorted: ?We said no to America over Vietnam and we?ll say no to them over the EU?. Possibly Nigel has forgotten we did not say no to them over Iraq.



Ireland's green policy is having a transformational effect on their economy

By Joanna Gough

Ireland previously had a reputation for being one of the least environmentally friendly countries in Europe.

Eamon Ryan, former Minister of Energy (2007 to 2011)  stated: ?We were lapping up fossil fuels and buying bigger cars and homes ? very American. But slowly, progressively, we're taking a fresh look at our lifestyle.?



First Minister's Questions - 10 Jan 2013 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



The Mindless Obstinacy of the UK Imperial Mindset

  By Mark McNaught

Several weeks ago, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore confessed before the House of Lords that the government was making no contingency plans in the case of Scottish independence.

The Ministry of Defence recently stated that it was making no plans to relocate the Trident submarine from Faslane, seeing no need because they believe Scotland would never vote to leave the UK.



It's not the 'colonists' who are the problem. It's the Scots

By Kenneth Roy
 
I treasure it still, the letter from the Scottish Arts Council rejecting my request for a small grant to keep alive a professional touring theatre company ? 'the only one at the moment with the courage to seek new audiences in Scotland for new work by Scottish writers' as the Glasgow Herald generously described it in the autumn of 1972. The letter said, and I'm quoting direct, that 'as a touring company you are not eligible for the touring grant'. Brilliant.



A New Scottish Democracy: A Small Nation with Big Ideas

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, January 5th 2013

The Scottish experience like most places is filled with myths and delusions about who we are and what it says about us.

Unlike other places, Scotland also seems to have a deep-seated conservatism, lack of curiosity in others, and a profound insularity which sees Scotland as exceptional and unique.



The Homeless Don?t Vote

By Celia Fitzgerald

The homeless do not vote because it?s too difficult to register and the poor are afraid to register because of a deep seated distrust of the system.

This may go some way to explaining why Labour has managed to keep its stranglehold on Scottish politics so long after it abandoned its socialist principles and embraced Thatcherism.  Prominent among these was Thatcher?s flagship policy of the right to buy.



Service sector gets 2013 off to a gloomy start

  By George Kerevan
 
NEWS that private service sector activity in the UK has shrunk for the first time in two years is not the best way to start 2013.
 
The main Markit Purchasing Managers? Index (PMI) fell into negative territory in December. In other words, more service sector managers were reporting a fall in business than an expansion. Add in poor construction figures and it looks likely that UK output in the fourth quarter might have been negative, down perhaps 0.2 points.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Michael Moore: Uncertainty of independence can?t be wished away

THE UK Parliament will vote this week on legislation which, if ­approved, will allow the Scottish Government to hold a legal, fair and decisive referendum on independence by the end of 2014.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Michael Moore is doubtless correct to say that "uncertainty" cannot be wished away. But since nobody claimed that it could his comments only serve to underline the profound pointlessness of the man.While nobody is suggesting the "uncertainty" might be magically dispelled there are increasing numbers of people objecting to the fact that the anti-independence campaign is pursuing a strategy which consists entirely of an effort to maximise confusion and doubt with an endless stream of smears, scaremongering, obfuscation, distortion and downright dishonesty.And now we have Moore openly boasting of the fact that neither he nor, if he is to be believed, anyone else in the British parties will lift a finger to ensure that the people of Scotland get the informed debate that they deserve as they prepare for the referendum on Scotland's constitutional future.That the NO campaign is disinclined to provide any answers is something which we've been aware of for some time. Moore now confirms that this unremitting evasiveness is official UK Government policy.Preliminary "technical discussions" as proposed by the Scottish Government (http://bbc.in/V56Lyj) are not only perfectly feasible they are the obvious course of action for any competent government in the circumstances.If Moore and his ilk were not being totally disingenuous and sickeningly hypocritical when they bleat about "uncertainty" they would be clamouring for such discussions at the earliest opportunity.

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Talks call on independence impact

The SNP calls for "technical discussions" as the UK government insists it will not "set out a contingency plan" for independence.

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Flag Daze

By Mike Small Gerry Hassan wrote recently: “Pro-independence forces cannot just imagine, as Welsh and Sturgeon did, that Britain is dead or beyond reinvention, and that we can seamlessly move...

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UK says no to talks on independence

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore has warned the SNP that the Westminster government will not enter negotiations about splitting up the United Kingdom before the 2014 referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Readers will note the glaring hypocrisy of British nationalists such as Moore who demand "clarity" on what a post-independence Scotland might look like while doing all they can to obscure the implications of the vote, whichever way it goes.It's all just political posturing, of course. The man known as "Mr Pointless" desperately trying to look as if he is in command of a situation which was long since lost to him. But it is interesting to note that Moore no longer even pretends to represent Scotland's interests. When negotiations between Scotland and rUk take place - as they surely will whatever noises he makes in the interim - Moore has chosen which side of the table he will be on. He will no more be speaking for Scotland then than he does now.

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Euan McColm: Darling can?t stay in the comfort zone ? his country needs him

THE previous year he’d been at the lectern, but, when Alistair Darling attended the Mansion House in London for the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s annual speech on the state of the economy in June 2010, he was just another audience member.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Once again we have a a self-styled expert on Scottish politics writing an entire article supposedly about the referendum but failing to make any mention of the principal independence campaign organisation, Yes Scotland. Locked in a mindset from a bygone age, Euan McColm can do no better than view the independence campaign in terms of an old-style party political contest with his questionable hero, Alistair Darling, going head-to-head with "the enemy".The shallowness of this analysis is accentuated in other ways. The fact that McColm seems to imagine "his [Darling's] country" to be Scotland when it could hardly be clearer that he is, in fact, a British politician. Like other British politicians such as Gordon Brown, Jim Murphy and Maggie Curran, whatever may be left of Darling's loyalty after tribute has been paid to party and personal advancement is owed entirely to the British state. These politicians no more represent the interests of Scotland's people than does Michael Moore.Then there is McColm's naive anticipation of some kind of positive vision for Scotland from Darling or any other British nationalist. Even those of us who don't get paid to observe Scotland's political scene long since realised that the Bitter Together mob had painted themselves into a corner with their dogmatic commitment to the status quo.In large part, of course, they were danced into this corner by some very clever tactics from the SNP. Salmond's teasing mention of a "second question" was always intended to elicit explicit rejection of "more powers" by the anti-independence camp. He could hardly have hoped the ruse would be so effective.It may be that Darling knows he can't talk a positive vision for Scotland without being perceived as making concessions to the independence case. Or it may be that he simply has no positive vision to offer. Either way, it's not going to happen. The "No Scotland" effort has forfeited - or been robbed of - that most valuable of political commodities, options. It has nowhere to go but deeper into the sewer of smears, scaremongering, distortion and downright lies. Watch this newspaper for all the evidence you need of that.

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More to SNP than the fight for independence
STEPHEN Noon has served the SNP well, and if he feels that when Scotland becomes independent (Insight, 30 December) that will be his job done, he is entitled to his choice.

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Now it?s time to get down to the ?why? of independence

JANUARY has always been a time to look to the future

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Labour for Indy on 'One Nation' Britain

In his indelible quest for the approval of Middle England, Labour leader Ed Miliband declared that both old and New Labour have lost relevance, Yet the values of Real Labour are very much at the heart of issues faced north and south of the border and should not be summarily dismissed in the quest for a Disraeli-esque Britain.



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Wings Over Scotland | Rallying to the flag

Alert readers will recall earlier this month, when the Herald reported that the “flag riots” still going on in Belfast were to spread to Scotland.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Derisory turnout at unionist "rally".

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Towards a plausible EU response to breakaway regions

The EU's handling of secessionist movements in places such as Catalonia or Scotland will be a major test in the coming years.
Peter A Bell's insight:
How can there be "a clear position on the legal status of the breakaway regions" when their circumstances differ so greatly? What about those, such as Scotland, which are not "regions", but nations with a continuing identity as such?

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Westminster is greatest threat to Scotland in EU | Scottish National Party

Comments today from George Osborne in which he threatens to pull the UK out of Europe add to the increasing evidence that it is the Westminster system that is the only significant threat to Scotland’s continued EU membership.



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Devolution ? What have they got to hide?

The SNP have asked the British government for the minutes of the 1997 cabinet meeting on devolution in which it was decided that the Scots and Welsh would be allowed self government whilst England would not.



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Gerry Hassan: Current state of Britain is elephant in the room

THE Great Debate has begun, and already tanks and troops are being mobilised on both sides.

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Wings Over Scotland | A letter to a Unionist

Hello. Someone directed me to your blog today, which I’d have posted this on if I could have been bothered to register for a “LiveJournal”, “TypePad”, “AIM” or “OpenID” account, whatever the heck those are. But I can’t – at my age I’d rather have a root canal than waste my time signing up to yet another obsolete social-media network for the dubious privilege of commenting on someone’s website – so I’ll write it here instead. You’re welcome to any extra traffic the link will bring you. Consider it a gift.



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Bitterness evident as Committee grudgingly accepts Referendum reality

The SNP has welcomed the “grudging” acceptance from a House of Commons group of MPs that the Scottish Government has the power to hold an independence referendum and determine the process.



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Daily Record

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Labour MP Tom Clarke believes solidarity shown by Timex staff 20 years ago ca...
THE Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP, who was shadow secretary at the time of the Timex dispute, has no doubt the spirit of workers lives on today.

NHS close to breaking point because of the Norovirus outbreak, says Shadow He...
SCOTLAND?S hospitals are in crisis and cannot cope with the winter vomiting bug due to a shortage of nurses.

Workers may be forced to keep jobs longer and save to pay for their retiremen...
WORKERS in their 30s have been warned the Government has no idea when they will be allowed to retire as pensioners look set to be the next group to feel the pinch of the austerity plans.

George Osborne threatens a British walkout if the European Union doesn't change
ACCORDING to Chancellor George Osborne, the European Union must introduce meaningful reform if the UK is to continue its EU membership.

UK Government could demand North Sea oil and compensation for removing nuclea...
A REPORT suggests that Independence may lead to problems with oil revenue, nuclear weapons and maintaining the sterling currency in Scotland.

Shopkeeper who put dummy forward as election candidate is acquitted after cro...
RENEE SLATER was charged and her mannequin 'Helena Torry' was taken into custody after she registered the dummy for the Aberdeen City Council election last May.

MPs spark fury by asking for £20k wage rise just days after capping benefits ...
THE poll at Westminster showed MPs believe they are worth on average £86,250 on average.

Nick Clegg mauled by former Lib Dem councillor during radio phone-in show
THE irate councillor told Clegg he had torn up his party membership card over the Coalition Government's attack on some of the country's poorest families.

Criminals escaping full punishment under community payback scheme
TORY leader Ruth Davidson says thousands of offenders fail to complete unpaid work ordered by courts.

Awards scheme to honour medics who help stricken service personnel
Veterans Minister Keith Brown joins soldiers at barracks to launch scheme to recognise health heroes.

Gypsy-Travellers 'unwilling to interact', according to official report
BARRIERS between Gypsy-Travellers and "settled" communities are likely to remain because of an unwillingness to interact, MSPs have been told

Alex Salmond in clear over Europe legal advice row
An investigation's found the First Minister did not break Ministerial Code over his stance on whether the Holyrood Government had been told about EU position after independence.  

Government forced to reveal 70 broken pledges hidden from mid-term review
CAMERON'S latest dodgy dossier features a list of so called accomplishments from the ConDems.

Failed coalition covers up truth
THE ConDem's troubled marriage has presided over and ignored a string of broken promises and failed targets.

£750,000 student aid packaged unveiled for Scots studying at European univers...
SCOTTISH students studying at European Union universities will be offered a full package of financial support for the first time under a £750,000 pilot scheme.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



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Flag Daze
By Mike Small Gerry Hassan wrote recently: “Pro-independence forces cannot just imagine, as Welsh and Sturgeon did, that Britain is dead or beyond reinvention, and that we can seamlessly move [...]

Scotland and the Nexus of Nationhood
By Alastair McIntosh In a recent Scotsman essay Gerry Hassan cited Ernest Renan?s celebrated 1882 lecture to the Sorbonne: Qu’est-ce qu’une nation? ?What is a Nation?? (ii) Renan, a Breton, [...]

Chav Culture
Chavismo after Chavez: what next for Venezuela?

Irvine Welsh on ?Scottish Independence and British Unity?
Bella Exclusive: Irvine Welsh essay on Scottish Independence and British Unity

Happy David Bowie Day!
by Kevin Williamson The whole world, it would seem, has fallen back in love with David Bowie.  Today (on his 66th birthday) Bowie released Where Are We Now?  - his first [...]

The Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 16 ? Clare Galloway
by Michael Greenwell Back after the little break over the period, episode 16 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is here. This time I spoke to Clare Galloway who is an [...]

From the Province of the Cat: Dounreay is a war crime
by George Gunn Because Dounreay was built to produce plutonium for military use during the Cold War Dounreay is a war crime perpetrated on the people of Scotland by the [...]

Resolution
Bella is in reflective mood and wants to respond to the challenge laid down by Gerry Hassan about ‘the thinness of much of what passes for public debate’. We want [...]

Arc of Innovation?
Here’s an unashamed plug for Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic Horizons series with two events coming up ‘The Great Green Danes’ in January and ‘Iceland Bounces Back’ in February. First up, something [...]

On to a New Media
The media in Scotland remains a travesty of poor quality, underfunded, grossly biased and deeply conservative broadcasting and print media. There’s not a newspaper in Scotland that is pro-independe...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence will allow us to become more British, says Irvine Welsh...

The Guardian

Scottish independence will allow us to become more British, says Irvine Welsh
The Guardian
"The idea of the political independence of England and Scotland leading to conflict, hatred and ...


Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year - The G...

The Guardian (blog)

Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year
The Guardian (blog)
As the piece reported, he was aiming at the Scottish government's and Yes Scotland's asser...


Scottish Independence: Referendum 'decided by economics, not national identit...

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish Independence: Referendum 'decided by economics, not national identity'
Scotsman (blog)
The report follows two studies by international macroeconomics firm Capital Economics th...


Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance
BBC News
Earlier this week it said moving nuclear weapons from the Clyde after Scottish independence would cost billions o...


No independence talks ahead of vote - ic Dumfries.co.uk

No independence talks ahead of vote
ic Dumfries.co.uk
The UK Government will not enter into negotiations over the terms of Scottish independence before the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Secretary has...


No talks over independence before 2014 referendum, says Moore - Herald Scotland

No talks over independence before 2014 referendum, says Moore
Herald Scotland
The UK Government will not enter into negotiations over the terms of Scottish independence before the 2014 referendum, th...


Scottish Secretary: No independence talks before 2014 referendum - stv.tv

Scottish Secretary: No independence talks before 2014 referendum
stv.tv
There will be no "contingency plan" for Scottish independence ahead of the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Secretary has said. Th...


Bill Jamieson: Fiscal doubts sour the Scottish debate - Scotsman

Scotsman

Bill Jamieson: Fiscal doubts sour the Scottish debate
Scotsman
Its main conclusion is that the direct fiscal consequences of Scottish independence ?would probably be minor?. But it has more s...


UK says no to talks on independence - Scotsman

Scotsman

UK says no to talks on independence
Scotsman
Moore also signalled that the UK government would play hard-ball if Scotland did vote for independence ? a scenario that would force the UK admini...


Independence and the economy - Herald Scotland

Independence and the economy
Herald Scotland
The casual observer might assume that in deciding whether to vote for Scottish independence, having a strong sense of Scottish identity would be a key fac...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP lead in European Parliament voting intentions - SNP (press release)

SNP lead in European Parliament voting intentions
SNP (press release)
Analysis of the most recent Scottish voting intentions shows the SNP hold a lead with 34 per cent of European Parliament voting i...


No camp U-turn on raising tone of debate in 2013 - SNP (press release)

No camp U-turn on raising tone of debate in 2013
SNP (press release)
The SNP has pointed out the seven days of negativity from the anti-independence campaign in the first full week of the New Year de...


Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance
BBC News
The SNP has called for "technical discussions" between the UK and Scottish governments ahead of the 2014 independ...


Independence would boost aid budget - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Independence would boost aid budget
ic Dumfries.co.uk
If a yes vote is returned in the 2014 referendum, an SNP administration would look to exceed UN spending targets on international aid, and is "ac...


Minister: Trident money could be spent on helping world's poorest - stv.tv

Minister: Trident money could be spent on helping world's poorest
stv.tv
If a yes vote is returned in the 2014 referendum, an SNP administration would look to exceed UN spending targets on internatio...


Politicians clash again over border control claims - The Southern Reporter

Politicians clash again over border control claims
The Southern Reporter
Mr Wheelhouse told TheSouthern: ?The SNP does not advocate physical border controls on the border with England and our policy ...


Salmond: 2013 - time for the ?why? of independence - SNP (press release) (blog)

Salmond: 2013 - time for the ?why? of independence
SNP (press release) (blog)
First Minister and SNP Party Leader Alex Salmond discusses the coming year, saying 2013 will answer the big questions on ...


'Multilateralist' Labour must say Faslane vision - SNP (press release)

'Multilateralist' Labour must say Faslane vision
SNP (press release)
Labour must outline its own vision for Faslane as a conventional base, the SNP has said ? otherwise its claims to support multi-la...


'London's EU ultimatum hurts Scotland' - Press TV

Press TV

'London's EU ultimatum hurts Scotland'
Press TV
The warning by the Scottish National Party (SNP) came after Osborne delivered a stark ultimatum to the EU, in an interview with German newspape...


MP expresses concern over impact of Royal Mail privatisation - Stornoway Gazette

MP expresses concern over impact of Royal Mail privatisation
Stornoway Gazette
The SNP say that current moves to introduce ?end-to-end? service posed a real threat to the Universal Service, which cou...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scottish Independence: Referendum 'decided by economics, not national identit...

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish Independence: Referendum 'decided by economics, not national identity'
Scotsman (blog)
The outcome of Scotland's independence referendum will boil down to economics rather tha...


Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Talks call after 'no contingency plan' stance
BBC News
The SNP has called for "technical discussions" between the UK and Scottish governments ahead of the 2014 independ...


Independence would boost aid budget - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Independence would boost aid budget
ic Dumfries.co.uk
An independent Scotland would go from having a foreign aid budget of £9 million, to a budget of hundreds of millions, according to the Internatio...


No independence talks ahead of vote - ic Dumfries.co.uk

No independence talks ahead of vote
ic Dumfries.co.uk
The UK Government will not enter into negotiations over the terms of Scottish independence before the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Secretary has...


Minister: Trident money could be spent on helping world's poorest - stv.tv

Minister: Trident money could be spent on helping world's poorest
stv.tv
Projects to improve the lives of thousands of the world's poorest people could receive dramatically more investment from an in...


No talks over independence before 2014 referendum, says Moore - Herald Scotland

No talks over independence before 2014 referendum, says Moore
Herald Scotland
The UK Government will not enter into negotiations over the terms of Scottish independence before the 2014 referendum, th...


Scottish Secretary: No independence talks before 2014 referendum - stv.tv

Scottish Secretary: No independence talks before 2014 referendum
stv.tv
There will be no "contingency plan" for Scottish independence ahead of the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Secretary has said. Th...


Salmond: 2013 - time for the ?why? of independence - SNP (press release) (blog)

Salmond: 2013 - time for the ?why? of independence
SNP (press release) (blog)
And Scotland's future will be centre stage this coming week when Westminster debates plans to transfer responsibility for...


Exclusive: SNP aims to make independent Scotland a world leader in aid - Hera...

Herald Scotland

Exclusive: SNP aims to make independent Scotland a world leader in aid
Herald Scotland
Yousaf, currently Minister for External Affairs and International Development, says an SNP govern...


Bill Jamieson: Fiscal doubts sour the Scottish debate - Scotsman

Scotsman

Bill Jamieson: Fiscal doubts sour the Scottish debate
Scotsman
The referendum vote in 2014 will not be the end of an already long period of uncertainty, but the end of the beginning; not a re...


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Regional Benefits

There was an article in "The i" yesterday about the Conservatives next manifesto and how they might  change the welfare system so claimants receive differing benefit levels  depending on where they...



Can You Learn A Language In Your Older Years?

Really fancy learning German.Can you do it yourself in terms of at least holding a conversation?



Record Temperature Set

Toronto hit a record high temperature yesterday.

 

We reached13 degrees C (which beat the previous record high of 9.6 degrees C)

 

Should a 3.4 degree C rise in our previous high be a concern?

 

No...



Is There A Prize?

For the millionth post? 999,774 & counting.



Dark Matter?

I watched the stargazing live programme this week, it was said that galaxies are moving apart and the speed at which they are doing so is increasing.

 

This, they said was possibly due to "Dark Mat...



Old Paper Driving Licences Being Withdrawn In 2015

It is all here

 

What is the betting DVLA charge you £20 when you paper licence says it covers you till your 70?



50% Of Food Is Thrown Away!

Read a report that up to 50% of food produced is being thrown away by western consumers and producers.

30% of the veg., grown in Britain, is not harvested due it being mishap-en and therefore not u...



Splash
celebrity (??) diving .. is this a new low. ffs

Taylor Wimpey Shares.
Been on here before discussing this.work for the company and our shares are going up daily.currently just over 74p and we have been told by our top dog that by xmas 2013 there hoping for £1.20.onvi...

Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

How much of an influence will money have on the Independence referendum?
and the 2015 General election? The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that no campaign was in disarray, due to major unionist parties donors not willing to donate to the no campaign. Willie Hau...

Is Alex Salmond one of the day?s big losers?
Why did the SNP make Glasgow their key target? In our PB prediction poll a couple of weeks ago a reasonable majority of participants said that the SNP would win control of the city of Glasgow. That...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

Quote of the year, and it's still only week two
This is a two-and-a-half-day-old quote from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, arguing for a hefty increase in MPs' salaries in order to attract the best 'talent'. As you read this, try very hard to remember...

"Disenfranchise" Neil Kinnock? How very dare we?
In spite of my best efforts (and several re-readings), I'm not sure I entirely understand the point being made by the Ian Stewart article republished by Wings Over Scotland. There are a couple of ...

Happy New Year
Just a very quick note to wish you all a happy new year - a year which for superstitious reasons I will exclusively be referring to as "this year", rather than using some arbitrary number that even...

Nuclear democracy
On a number of occasions I've made the point that Britain is, at best, a semi-democracy, due to the House of Lords being unelected. Some people react incredulously to that notion, and insist that ...

The imperial delusion lives on
The SNP's Angus MacNeil and Labour's George Foulkes found some rare common ground a few days ago in condemning the Queen's 'silent' participation in a cabinet meeting, on the grounds that it breach...

In wake of Newtown, Baker goes sinister
Question : If you were an American libertarian blogger who had spent almost every waking moment over the last decade advancing the fantastical notion that a gun free-for-all has made your country s...

Why the Northern Ireland demographic shift does matter
Ten years ago, the results of the Northern Ireland census were greeted with a not inconsiderable amount of unionist gloating. All the expectations had been that there would be evidence of a signif...

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

Open questions
Leaving aside the obvious jibe that 'Open Unionism' is a contradiction in terms, my eye was caught by this article of the 'anyone to the left of Enoch Powell is a Marxist' variety -

"It became mor...

Response to Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex
Having got into the swing of responding to consultations earlier in the year, I thought I'd have another go with Labour MSP Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex (ie. the ...

Ashcroft poll : SNP lead in Westminster voting intention
The Tories' billionaire puppet-master Lord Ashcroft recently conducted a UK-wide mega-poll of Westminster voting intention, with a sample size some eight times larger than a regular poll. That mea...

Special appeal : Scots Wikipedia contributors needed!
I've just found myself writing a rather impatient email reply to someone whose heart is in the right place, but who I think is lashing out in entirely the wrong direction. Basically, he's one of o...

Clinton doesn't just oppose "separatism" - he opposes democratic self-determi...
Our old friend Duncan Hothersall was full of beans yesterday about the supposed 'endorsement' of the No campaign by Bill Clinton. In truth, of course, it was no such thing - the comment Clinton ma...

Today is Thursday 15th November 2012...
Remember that date. It will live in infamy.

Just eighteen months ago, brave men and women across the United Kingdom raised their hands in defiance, and said: "No. This shall not be." In doing s...