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UK Government under pressure to set up constitutional convention following in...
13 Oct 2014 at 10:29am
The Government has come under renewed pressure to set up a constitutional convention in the light of the independence referendum in Scotland.

Hague: House of Commons is very determined to honour commitments made to Scot...
13 Oct 2014 at 10:15am
No one is looking for a "partisan fix" to the question of English votes on English laws, William Hague has told MPs as he announced a full day's debate tomorrow on the fall out from the Scottish independence referendum.

SNP criticise 'utterly unacceptable' exclusion from pre-election TV debates.....
13 Oct 2014 at 5:04am
Scotland's burgeoning pro-independence parties have criticised UK broadcasters' decisions to exclude them from national general election debates - and have found an ally in the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

Voting age should be cut to 16, finds study
12 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
The voting franchise in all elections should be extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds, following the independence referendum, a study suggests.

Farage: UKIP will prop up minority Tory govt...if they agree to EU referendum
12 Oct 2014 at 10:20am
Nigel Farage has said Ukip would prop up a minority Conservative government if the Tories agreed to a swift and fair referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

Tory MP to resign over sex scandal
11 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
A Conservative MP who quit as a minister over an internet sex scandal is to stand down from Parliament, claiming the media spotlight had become "intolerable".

Ukip could win safe Labour seats in north, warn party stalwarts
10 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
Senior Labour figures have warned that the party could lose safe seats to Ukip in the wake of an unexpectedly narrow victory in the north of England.

Donohoe attacks Farage over call for English-only voting
10 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
A SCOTS MP has criticised Nigel Farage over his call for Scottish politicians to abstain from voting in the Commons on certain issues - with immediate effect.

Ukip wins first MP with landslide over Tories, slashes Labour majority in nor...
10 Oct 2014 at 12:23am
Ukip has its first elected MP after a dramatic night which left the two main Westminster parties licking their wounds.

Clegg takes aim at Farage and Salmond over 'politics of fear'
8 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
Nick Clegg has accused First Minister Alex Salmond and Ukip leader Nigel Farage of a "politics of fear" that offers false comfort but cannot improve voters lives.

Are the LibDems resigned to their political fate?
8 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
THERE was a curious mood at this week's gathering of the Liberal Democrats; a contented Zen-like resignation to their fate.

Tories braced for Ukip victory in Clacton
8 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron and Conservative headquarters will tonight be bracing themselves for the expected embarrassment of losing the Clacton-on-Sea seat in a by-election, which is due to deliver Nigel Farage's Ukip its first MP.

Deputy PM shows some home movies but then turns to the real world
8 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
There was a touch of the Alan Partridge about the introduction to Nick Clegg's conference speech.

We're committed to green cause, says leader
8 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
NICK Clegg mocked the Prime Minister as he set out how the Liberal Democrats would push through major environmental reforms if they were returned to government, telling activists:

Leader lists the runners and riders for top job
8 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
in his keynote address to the Liberal Democrat conference Nick Clegg has highlighted several of the key contenders expected to be in the running to replace him as leader when he stands aside.


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Westminster to hold post-referendum debate
13 Oct 2014 at 10:44am

NO ONE is looking for a “partisan fix” to the question of English votes on English laws, William Hague has told MPs as he announced a full day’s debate tomorrow on the fall out from the Scottish independence referendum.



Dundee council webcam ?used for spying on people?
13 Oct 2014 at 6:16am

A TOP UK internet security expert says people are using a public webcam to spy on people in their homes.



SNP slams omission from leaders? TV debates
13 Oct 2014 at 5:29am

THE SNP has hit out at plans for a series of nationwide leaders’ debates on television ahead of next year’s UK election which would freeze out the Nationalists - but include UKIP leader Nigel Farage.



Welfare reform ?impacts Scots families in poverty?
13 Oct 2014 at 3:37am

FAMILIES in Scotland are being affected by Westminster’s changes to the benefit system, according to ministers.



Under-18s ?should be given right to vote?
13 Oct 2014 at 3:05am

THE VOTING franchise in all elections should be extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds, following the independence referendum, a study suggests.



Rents charged by private landlords could be capped
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

A CONSULTATION on tenancy reform has been launched by the Scottish Government in the first major overhaul of legislation in the private rented sector for 25 years.



Cameron putting fragile Union at risk, warns Brown
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of putting Scotland’s place in the UK at risk and said the Prime Minister had been “unstatesman-like” in his response to the No vote.



Ukip to target ?rust belt? seats in Scotland
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

THE UK Independence Party will target up to a dozen safe Labour seats at Westminster as part of a “rust belt” general election ­strategy in working-class parts of Scotland that have lost heavy industry and seen major job losses.



Troops pulled back ahead of Putin and Poroshenko meeting
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to pull back from the Ukrainian border, just days before he is due to have a rare meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart.



Bosnia goes to the polls as ethnic rivalry continues
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

BOSNIANS voted for national, regional and local representatives yesterday in elections dominated by issues of identity and statehood that remain unresolved after almost 20 years of peace, and with scant prospect of any genuine change.



Farage says Ukip would prop up Conservatives
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

NIGEL Farage has said Ukip would prop up a minority Conservative government if David Cameron agreed to a “full, free and fair” referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.



Miliband: Immigrants must ?earn right to benefits?
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

Ed MILIBAND has pledged a shake-up of benefit rules to ensure that migrants “earn the right” to the UK’s welfare state and face stiff English language tests before taking up jobs in response to the surge in support for Ukip.



Hotel staff honour Brighton bomb dead
12 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

A SOLEMN minute’s silence was held in Brighton yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the bomb that ripped through the Grand Hotel, killing five people and seriously injuring 
34 others.



Brian Monteith: Swinney tax stamps on aspirations
12 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Replacing stamp duty with swingeing taxes on property isn’t going to attract many buyers, writes Brian Monteith



Lesley Riddoch: Time for everyone to join party
12 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

A massive surge in political membership brings with it the challenge to encourage non-aligned activism, writes Lesley Riddoch




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Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Club membership increases
by Chris Cairns
11 Oct 2014 at 1:59am

The jumping-off point
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Oct 2014 at 6:42am
A few days ago (and by criteria unknown), Wings Over Scotland was deemed the third most influential politics blog in the UK, which was nice. The #1 was LabourList, which today published a piece on last night’s two election results. So let’s talk about UKIP. For months now, ever since attending one of the party’s […]

By way of example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2014 at 6:43am
With reference to our post from earlier today, we couldn’t help but notice Scottish Labour whining loudly this morning about the award of the ScotRail franchise to Dutch state-owned railway company Abellio. (On what sound like very good terms.) We asked the party’s infrastructure spokesman James Kelly what Labour would have done instead had they been in […]

The way ahead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2014 at 6:00am
We’re still on holiday until Tuesday, readers. But we wanted to ask you something. It seems inevitable that there’ll be fewer developments and less news directly related to independence in the coming months. There’ll still be lots of stuff it’s possible to view from an independence angle, of course, but not as starkly as in […]

Letters to the editor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2014 at 9:37am
From today’s Daily Record: Better late than never, eh?

The corridors of power
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2014 at 9:15am
We couldn’t help noticing this sad story from yesterday’s Sunday Times: That’s Johann Lamont, readers – the woman who wants to lead Scotland, but had to be “rescued” when she tried to negotiate entry into a lift. God save us.

Taking the biscuits
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
Not a spoof. Spotted at the Lib Dem conference: The second paragraph says more than we could.

Gogszilla Returns (to the back benches)
by Greg Moodie
3 Oct 2014 at 10:48am
. Now in a glamorous second imprint! Hurry!

This is the party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference today:

The end of the beginning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 5:26am
Wings stats for September, for those keeping score. Things should be interesting from here. The big number on that chart is the 911,054 unique readers. That’s a massive 354,154 extra compared to August – a 61% increase –  and well over 650,000 more than July. (And that’s despite averaging under two posts a day for […]


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Devolution 'command paper' published
13 Oct 2014 at 12:14pm
The UK government formally publishes plans on giving more powers to the Scottish Parliament, following the vote against independence.


Date set for first gay marriages
13 Oct 2014 at 8:40am
Same-sex couples will be able to get married in Scotland from 31 December, the Scottish government announces.


Scottish leaders invited to debate
13 Oct 2014 at 12:18pm
BBC Scotland writes to the leaders of the main political parties inviting them to discuss setting up general election debates.


'Pay if you clear' plan for new drug
13 Oct 2014 at 10:35am
The NHS in Scotland could be reimbursed for the cost of a new hepatitis drug if sufferers fail to clear the virus.


New breast cancer use drug ruled out
13 Oct 2014 at 10:18am
The organisation which decides which medicines should be routinely available on the NHS decides not to approve the breast cancer drug Kadcyla.


Farage TV debate offer angers rivals
13 Oct 2014 at 11:03am
The SNP, Lib Dems and Greens criticise plans for election TV debates after UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is invited to take part.


'Banking' fishing quotas welcomed
13 Oct 2014 at 11:00am
Scottish fishing leaders welcome a move from Europe's fisheries commissioner to "bank" unused mackerel quotas until next year.


Inverclyde hospital asked to improve
13 Oct 2014 at 8:03am
Hospital inspectors ask NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to make improvements in 14 areas relating to care for older people.


Voting age 'should be extended'
12 Oct 2014 at 7:07pm
Voting in all elections should be extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds, following the independence referendum, a study suggests.


Thousands attend independence rally
12 Oct 2014 at 9:24am
Police say 6,000 people attended a pro-independence "Hope over Fear" rally in Glasgow's George Square


PM 'unstatesmanlike', says Brown
12 Oct 2014 at 6:54am
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of risking the future of the United Kingdom.


Brown welcomes Scots-Asian support
11 Oct 2014 at 6:02pm
Transport minister Keith Brown has welcomed the support of two high-profile Scots-Asians for his bid to become deputy leader of the SNP.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13am
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.


VIDEO: Yes support rally attracts thousands
13 Oct 2014 at 3:53am
Thousands gather at a rally in Glasgow aimed at maintaining the Yes campaign momentum of the Scottish independence referendum.


VIDEO: Scottish Greens membership surges
12 Oct 2014 at 9:54am
The Scottish Greens say they've been energised by the referendum campaign.


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Farage TV move infuriates parties
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2014 at 8:30am

By a Newsnet Reporter

UK broadcasting laws on election coverage are in chaos following a decision to include UKIP leader Nigel Farage within a series of planned "leadership debates" involving BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 before next year's UK General Election.

The broadcasters' apparent decision to include the leader of a party with just one MP has already attracted widespread criticism outside Westminster, as larger parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland protest the move.

It seems inevitable that court action, and formal complaints to the regulator Ofcom and the BBC Trust, will follow news of the decision.

The four broadcasters intend to share three debates next year.

One will be between Tory David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband. A second debate will feature those two, plus the Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg. A third debate will feature those three, plus Farage.

Already criticism has been voiced by the English Green Party, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru. A further protest may be made by at least one of the Northern Ireland parties.

The complaint will concern two obvious points: firstly, that the other parties (who also have elected Members of Parliament in Westminster) are being treated unfairly and secondly that network TV coverage will make it appear that Farage has a status of a larger party leader.

There is already a widespread concern that disproportionately heavy coverage of Farage and UKIP helped boost the party in the European elections earlier this year.

Clegg's inclusion in TV debates in 2010 undoubtedly boosted the profile of his party in that year's election, and helped thrust the hitherto little-known MP into Government as part of the Con-Lib coalition.

UKIP gained its first MP only last week, after a ex-Tory defector stood again in his own constituency and retained the seat for his new party.

The planned all-male TV debates will enjoy massive audiences and huge promption by the TV channels as well as the UK national press. This in itself reinforces the image of "UK Politics" being a three-party (and now four-party) affair, ignoring the realities of devolution and issue politics.

Angus Robertson, the SNP's Westminster leader, described the broadcasters' plan as "utterly unacceptable to any democrat".

Similar ciriticisms have been made by English Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, who said that the TV companies had shown themselves to be out of touch, "clinging to the notion that there is no alternative to the tired Westminster elite".

The proposed debates - which would take place over three weeks directly before the May 7 election - are expected to attract scrutiny from Ofcom and the Electoral Reform Society.





Salmond demands Treasury 'leak' probe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Oct 2014 at 6:59pm

By a Newsnet Scotland reporter

First Minister Alex Salmond has demanded a formal investigation into the RBS affair involving BBC News at the height of the Scottish referendum campaign last month.

Mr Salmond wants a probe into allegations that the Treasury disclosed market-sensitive information about the bank's position on independence

The claim is that the leak occurred before the RBS board had discussed the company's position on the evening of September 10.

It is believed that an email about RBS planning to transfer its head office to London in the event of a Yes vote was sent at 10.16pm, while the board meeting was taking place. It is understood the board meeting continued until 10.40pm.

The significance of the timing will be at the heart of any investigation that is initiated by the Financial Conduct Authority, with whom Mr Salmond has lodged the complaint. He alleges that the leaking of market-sensitive information breaches City rules, and, if proven, could be a criminal offence.

The leak was at the heart of the infamous incident involving the First Minister and BBC political editor Nick Robinson, the alleged beneficiary of the Treasury leak. Mr Robinson's arrival in Scotland to cover the referendum soon after the London press reacted to a YouGov poll that put the Yes vote ahead at a crucial time, prompted huge controversy.

He claimed on UK national news that Mr Salmond had not answered one of his questions, despite video evidence that he had done so. The ensuing row is at the heart of the row about media bias, and particularly about the BBC's coverage of the referendum campaign.

The BBC has since insisted that it handled the referendum fairly, a claim that has attracted controversy itself.

A decision on whether to hold an inquiry now lies with FCA chief executive Martin Wheatley, as he decides whether to agree to the First Minister's demand and infuriate Treasury officials and their political boss, "no currency union" Chancellor Osborne.



All-party "devo" meeting delayed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Oct 2014 at 5:39pm

 

By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the unelected peer with the task of delivering greater democracy to Scotland, has delayed all-party talks on the devolution settlement until October 22.

 

His decision emerged as the Scottish National Party lodged its proposals for "Devo Max", alongside the five other main parties and a welter of submissions from civic organisations and members of the public.

 

Predictably, as two pro-independence parites, the SNP and Greens have lodged demands for a great deal more devolution than that sought by their Unionist counterparts. The SNP want Holyrood to have full control over all tax policy, as well as powers over welfare and broadcasting.

 

The Greens want broader economic powers, as well as increased powers in the area of energy policy and control of most of the welfare system.

 

The three "Better Together" parties have re-affirmed their earlier devolution proposals, the most radical of which (from the Conservatives) includes setting rates and bands of income tax, and a share of VAT.

 

The weakest package comes from Labour, the party with most to lose in the devolution debate as it struggles to justify the continuance of the so-called West Lothian Question, where Scottish MPs have to power to vote on English-only matters at Westminster.

 

Labour fears that the loss of Scottish MPs from English-only debates would make it difficult for a future Labour Government to push through its legislative programme for England.

 

A Labour Government appeared even less likely this week, as the party struggled to preserve a previously-safe seat of Heywood & Middleton, as erstwhile supporters deserted it for right-wing anti-immigration party UKIP.

 

In a bid to deflect attention from its Scottish position, Labour made a half-hearted call for the SNP and Greens to back down from supporting full Scottish independence, following last month's 55-45 referendum result.

 

Lord Smith has the task of delivering some kind of devolution proposal by November 30. It seems likely that will happen only after a great deal of compromise by the various parties. Smith has asked dozens of other groups to submit ideas for the devolution package. "This may give him something to read while Labour fights a rear-guard action to lower expectations all round," commented one observer.

 

The Scottish Government proposal can be read here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0046/00460563.pdf

 

 



Glasgow sets standard on climate change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Oct 2014 at 11:34am

By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).



Integrity of Referendum Vote Must Be Transparent
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm

By Mark McNaught

I?m not one that easily gives in to conspiracy theories, but there are too many questions regarding the validity of the ?no? vote for it to be accepted at face value.

While this article goes into the allegations with more forensic accuracy than I will, the integrity of the vote and the process is paramount to Scots accepting their status within the UK, especially in light of the implosion of the promises made before the vote, going back to war in Iraq, and announcing fracking in Scotland?s central belt immediately after the vote.



Longannet under threat in Grid costs wrangle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2014 at 4:27pm

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.



Newsnet Scotland ? A Continuing Story
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2014 at 2:15pm

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.



Cross-party ?Vow? has Promised Secure Autonomy and Sovereignty for Scotland, ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2014 at 7:11am

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ?vow? made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ?yes? vote may have been effective in securing a ?no? in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster?s and Holyrood?s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ?permanent?, and what that means constitutionally.



New Media For A New Scotland: The Documentary
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Sep 2014 at 5:10pm

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.



'Let's call it Devo Max'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 3:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.




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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt
by Peter A Bell
27 Sep 2014 at 9:43am
HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposit...



Five Million Questions - Bought and Sold, or Hype in Bold? Newspaper Framing ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

The following findings are published by Dr David Patrick who is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was awarded his PhD (History) in 2013 from the University of Sheffield, for his thesis, "Framing Disinterest: Anglo-American Pre...



Our man on the scene
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

There's been a lot of talk on Twitter and Facebook of irregularities at the referendum counts, leading to accusations that the referendum was somehow fixed, culminating in a petition to have the pr...



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Election watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp access to postal ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

POLICE have been called in to ­investigate allegations Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

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The Scottish National Party Is Now On The Brink Of Political Obliteration
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

The SNP must reinvent itself after referendum loss.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Had to laugh at the headline. And the article itself was just about as hilarious. I'm not sure who told Thomas Hirst he could be a political analyst, but they grievously deceived the fool.



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The best of friends
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:23am

We’ve known and documented for some time now that Scottish Labour’s attitude towards “foreigners” is, well, let’s be super-generous and say “ambiguous”. But this photo from nine days ago made even us take a sharp breath.

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MOVING ON
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:16am

The last few days have been just about the most traumatic, exhilarating and emotionally draining I have ever known in my political life. Yet, I still feel invigorated, hopeful and optimistic about ...

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Call to boycott ?firms who scared Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

POLITICAL leaders from both sides of the referendum debate joined in a pledge of unity for a common purpose as part of a reconciliation service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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Darling accuses Salmond of losing the plot
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

SPEAKING at the Labour conference, Darling claimed the First Minister's suggestion that there could be a parliamentary route to independence was "dangerous".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Darling and Lamont appear to be competing to see which of them can be the most vacuous and hypocritical. Darling seem...



Labour's battle in a divided city
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 5:46am

All eight constituencies backed the SNP's Yes campaign in a move which has bolstered their hopes of taking the city, a long-term Labour stronghold, next year.

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Better Together Campaign Chief: We Would Have Struggled To Win Without "Scare...
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 3:02am

He said the campaign’s own research showed negative tactics worked

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Labour will look to reach out to Scottish Yes voters
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

Labour are going to focus on reaching out to disillusioned traditional Labour supporters who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum. Three of the four local authorities where a majority supported ind...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those "senior Scottish Labour figures" are a bit late listening to people'...



Tory MPs turn crackpot and adopt crackpot BNP policy on English Parliament
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

(not satire - it's the Tories!) The biggest supporters of an English parliament used to be the far-right skinheads of the neo-nazi British National Party and the equally crackpot English Democrats....

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Why the Salmond magic is in need of a revisionist take
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 8:46am
Displayed in the main reception room of Bute House is Sir James Gunn's painting of the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do you think maybe David Torrance is seriously pissed off at being excluded from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference? This ...



The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Scottish Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael says further devolution for S...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Oct 2014 at 10:01am
THE three main UK political parties will be involved in the Smith Commission to reach an all-party agreement before November 30.


It's time for action as well as words over Palestine, says leading charity wo...
by Annie Brown
13 Oct 2014 at 4:58am
MPs will vote today on recognising Palestine as a state for the first time ever - but Laurie Gayle warns that the move is at risk of being completely superficial.


Kezia Dugdale: It's time Nicola Sturgeon accepted vote for No means No
by Kezia Dugdale
13 Oct 2014 at 4:09am
LABOUR MSP Kezia urges her counterpart to move past the independence at all costs of Alex Salmond and join the other parties in trying to make devolution work for Scotland.


Scots youth groups unite to demand permanent vote in future elections for 16 ...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
AN alliance of the biggest youth organisations have called for the Smith Commission on devolution to make sure that teenagers have the franchise in all future local and national elections.


Ed Miliband faces stormy showdown talks with backbenchers as criticism of his...
by dailyrecord
12 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Labour leader is expected to face awkward questions about last week's by-election in the Manchester constituency of Heywood and Middleton during a Parliamentary meeting today.


Hope Over Fear Rally: Thousands gather in George Square for pro-independence ...
by Joe McGuire
12 Oct 2014 at 11:50am
A SEA of Saltires took over Glasgow's George Square as an estimated 7000 people turned out for the Hope Over Fear rally, led by Solidarity Scotland co-convenor Tommy Sheridan.


John Niven: People of Clacton, who gave Britain its first UKIP MP, must never...
by John Niven
12 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
JOHN reckons UKIP having an MP sitting in the House of Commons goes against nature.


Labour elder statesman calls for new leader and new direction for party in Sc...
by dailyrecord
12 Oct 2014 at 5:45am
SIR Charles Gray says change for Scottish Labour is overdue - and should not be postponed.


New Scottish Labour pressure group plans 'democratic revolution' in the party...
by Mark Aitken
12 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
SENIOR politicians and trade unionists aim to distance Scottish Labour from London leadership.


"I craved thrill of sex texts": Disgraced Tory MP Brooks Newmark reveals he's...
by Matthew Drake
12 Oct 2014 at 2:02am
THE dad-of-five admitted ?craving ­adrenaline and risk? and blamed work stress for his ?increasingly erratic behaviour?.


Record View: UKIP are a threat Labour must not avoid confronting
by Record View
11 Oct 2014 at 3:02am
RECORD VIEW says that Labour have to mount a strong response as UKIP gain their first Westminster MP .


Ed Miliband urged to engage with core Labour voters before it's too late afte...
by dailyrecord
11 Oct 2014 at 12:00am
BACKBENCHERS speak out after Nigel Farage's party come close to beating Labour in Manchester heartland on the same night they take a Tory seat.


SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon submits radical plans for 'independence lit...
by Andy Philip
10 Oct 2014 at 4:20pm
DEPUTY First Minister calls for Holyrood to be handed maximum home rule as Scottish Government proposals for change are lodged with Lord Smith of Kelvin's commission.


SNP membership reaches 80,000 following Scottish referendum
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
THE SNP's Derek Mackay was delighted with the news and said that the referendum had unleashed a new spirit of democratic engagement.


As UKIP gains first elected MP, Torcuil Crichton wonders what it means for th...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Oct 2014 at 7:02am
TWO by-election results do not change the face of British politics but they are a tremors of an earthquake that could be to come.


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BBC Scotlandshire's Facebook Wall
BBC Scotlandshire's Facebook Wall

Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conserva...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Oct 2014 at 1:59pm
Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservative parties have been holding secret talks concerning their 2015 election strategy, which could lead to the merger of the two parties, BBC Scotlandshire has learned


Scottish Labour and Conservatives parties to form even ...

The Bastirts!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2014 at 1:48pm
The Bastirts!




Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2014 at 11:39am
Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Better Together campaign, almost every aspect of life in Scotlandshire has shown a rapid improvement.


Britain blooms as Scotlandshire is unquestionably Better Together
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since last Fr...

Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm
Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.


George Galloway revealed to be the Queen?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
She's a very doggy person.She never purrs

Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.


Entryism threat faces SNP and other splittist parties
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I was turned down for being insufficiently fawning to Alecsammin

It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
SLAB We are always right. In our world, everything is happy and nice, and everybody loves us.

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...


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communication - power


Thank You
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2014 at 4:43am
Thanks to all Bella readers and supporters, we’re creating an acknowledgement page but in the meantime THANK YOU ALL for your generosity and support. This movement isn’t going anywhere and is just about to have a much stronger and clearer... Read More ›


The Case for Scotland Making a Unilateral Declaration of Independence in May ...
by bellacaledonia
12 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm
By Patrick Scott Hogg I heard of a possible unilateral declaration of Scottish Independence from the late Robin Cook MP in 1983 at the Labour Party Conference in Perth City Hall. I asked Robin about Labour?s prospects at the election.... Read More ›


A Tale of Two Defections
by bellacaledonia
11 Oct 2014 at 3:33pm
By Anarchistteacher A Tory MP decided that his party no longer reflected his political beliefs; left said party to join UKIP (that voice of reasoned and measured political engagement in 21st century Britain). At the by-election triggered by his defection, UKIP... Read More ›


Announcing New Bella
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2014 at 11:40am
Bella is changing to meet the needs of our new political situation. Bella aims to be the best site for commentary, analysis and reporting on Scotland and beyond. We want to capture and recharge the energy of the Yes movement... Read More ›


From Clacton with Hate
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2014 at 6:02am
Mike Small asks Who are the narrow nationalists now? Remind us who the Death-Eaters are? Where is the denouncement of bigotry and prejudice? The noise from Scotland’s ‘silent majority’ is deafening. A few more doors knocked and UKIP might have taken Heywood... Read More ›


A Perfect Storm ? Militant Atheism and Fundamentalist Islam
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2014 at 4:57am
Adrian Martinez on ‘the iron fist of short term thinking that always sees imposing control as the answer, rather than understanding the real issues that need to be addressed, and building the relationships needed to address them’.  The mother of... Read More ›


New Media Questions
by bellacaledonia
9 Oct 2014 at 4:44pm
The ‘new media’ gets some stick for not working under the same ‘constraints’ and ‘rigour’ as the traditional press. We think this is funny given the culture, (mal) practices and track record of much of the mainstream media. Here’s some guidelines and thoughts... Read More ›


Everything is Awesome
by bellacaledonia
9 Oct 2014 at 12:07pm
This chilling video ended a £70m partnership between Shell and Lego. Greeneace targeted Lego with the video that attracted nearly 6m views for its depiction of a pristine Arctic, built from 120kg of Lego, being covered in oil.   Filed under: Death of Capitalism... Read More ›


This Changes Everything
by bellacaledonia
9 Oct 2014 at 10:46am
Naomi Klein discusses her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood, as part of COIN’s climate conversations series at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford 8th October 2014 Filed under: Environmental Justice Tagged: Naomi Klein


#IndyRef ? Can Social Media Fuel Political Change?
by bellacaledonia
9 Oct 2014 at 7:02am
By Jamie Mann In modern social political movements, social media is a valuable tool for raising awareness, influencing public opinion, and mobilising activists. It was crucial in spreading information, encouraging participation, and organising mass protests during the Arab Spring ?... Read More ›


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Scotland and Independence

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

Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ... - ...
13 Oct 2014 at 5:47am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ...
Huffington Post UK
Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow for a rally in support of Scottish independence on Sunday. The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an indepe...


Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over. - Forbes
20 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

Forbes

Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over.
Forbes
Politicians in Westminster, panicked by the threat of a vote for independence, promised before the referendum that they would devolve more powers oto Scotland if it stayed in the union. In other words, even if the Scots voted 'no' they wo...


Bank of England discloses Scottish independence plans - Telegraph.co.uk
10 Oct 2014 at 12:54pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Bank of England discloses Scottish independence plans
Telegraph.co.uk
... a statement immediately reaffirming its responsibilities for financial stability, prudential regulation, banknotes and monetary policy in the entire United Kingdom, including Scotland, until legislation enactin...


Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus - Daily Californian
25 Sep 2014 at 1:53pm

Daily Californian

Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus
Daily Californian
On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland decided to reject secession from the United Kingdom by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. Had Scotland voted in favor of the split, the country would have been the wo...


The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad - FiveThirtyEight
19 Sep 2014 at 7:41am

The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad
FiveThirtyEight
Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. A YouGov poll earlier this month, for ex...


Scottish independence: 'Respect the result' - PM - Scotsman
7 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Respect the result' - PM
Scotsman
DAVID CAMERON last night said all sides should respect the referendum No vote saying he believed the matter had been settled for at least a generation. In a BBC interview, the Prime Minister also said the UK parties' promise to deliv...


Stay or Go: Scotland's Independence Vote Nears With Polls Neck-and-Neck - New...
13 Sep 2014 at 2:55pm

Newsweek

Stay or Go: Scotland's Independence Vote Nears With Polls Neck-and-Neck
Newsweek
Opposing supporters wait for the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, during a campaign visit, ahead of the forthcoming Scottish vote for independence from the United Kingdom, in East Kilbr...


How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything -...
19 Sep 2014 at 11:33am

The Week Magazine

How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything
The Week Magazine
Nine words. Millions of different reasons for voting. In the end, the "No" campaign won by 2,001,926 votes to the "Yes" campaign's 1,617,989 on a record-high turnout of 84.5 percent. That'...


Everything you need to know about Scotland's independence vote - Washington P...
18 Sep 2014 at 3:42pm

Washington Post (blog)

Everything you need to know about Scotland's independence vote
Washington Post (blog)
Scots headed to the polls Thursday to determine whether or not to break its 300-year-old United Kindgom relationship. If Scotland decides to leave the U.K., it would be the first such breakup...


Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ... ...
1 Oct 2014 at 11:50am

New Statesman

Scottish Independence Poll: Were Youngest Voters Less Likely To Vote For ...
Huffington Post UK
The youngest voters to take part in Scotland's historic referendum were actually less likely to vote for independence, a leading academic has said. The claim flies in the face of the emergin...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Video: Nigel Farage invited on televised leaders' debates but Greens and SNP ...
13 Oct 2014 at 1:41pm

Video: Nigel Farage invited on televised leaders' debates but Greens and SNP ...
Belfast Telegraph
A joint statement by the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Channel 4, has revealed the Prime Minister would take on not only Labour's Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, but also Ukip leader Nigel Farag...


SNP 'cannot introduce independence by the back door' - Telegraph.co.uk
13 Oct 2014 at 1:09pm

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP 'cannot introduce independence by the back door'
Telegraph.co.uk
Responding to a question from Pete Wishart, the SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire, calling for 'devo max', Mr Carmichael said: ?If he tries to subvert the Smith process by getting independence through the back d...


SNP attacks 'Westminster carve-up' over TV debates - Telegraph.co.uk
13 Oct 2014 at 1:01pm

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP attacks 'Westminster carve-up' over TV debates
Telegraph.co.uk
Ukip said the Nationalists should be included but the Tories and Liberal Democrats said they are not fielding candidates in the vast majority of the country and Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP's incoming leader, has ?no desi...


Westminster Command Paper fails to reflect 'vow' - SNP (press release)
13 Oct 2014 at 12:06pm

Westminster Command Paper fails to reflect 'vow'
SNP (press release)
"The SNP are working constructively within the Smith process, and we want the outcome to meet the high expectations of the people of Scotland as expressed in the referendum, given the various promises of 'devo max', 'near federali...


Ukip's Nigel Farage to attend TV general election debate despite SNP, Green ....
13 Oct 2014 at 11:56am

The Drum

Ukip's Nigel Farage to attend TV general election debate despite SNP, Green ...
The Drum
Farage will attend the first of three debates jointly proposed by the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 despite UKIP only recently receiving its first MP following Douglas Carswell's defection from the Conser...


Devomax Daily: Stephen Daisley on debates, SNP, UKIP and Hope over Fear - stv.tv
13 Oct 2014 at 11:45am

stv.tv

Devomax Daily: Stephen Daisley on debates, SNP, UKIP and Hope over Fear
stv.tv
Future SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been invited on Strictly Come Dancing after the SNP was snubbed for the TV debates. The BBC is understood to have made the offer to the Glasgow Southside MSP...


Devomax Daily: Sturgeon offered Strictly Come Dancing in lieu of debate - stv.tv
13 Oct 2014 at 11:40am

stv.tv

Devomax Daily: Sturgeon offered Strictly Come Dancing in lieu of debate
stv.tv
Future SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been invited on Strictly Come Dancing after the SNP was snubbed for the TV debates. The BBC is understood to have made the offer to the Glasgow Southside MSP...


Ukip's Nigel Farage Invited To Take Part In Election 2015 Leaders Debates By ...
13 Oct 2014 at 10:27am

Ukip's Nigel Farage Invited To Take Part In Election 2015 Leaders Debates By ...
Huffington Post UK
"Current Westminster voting intentions put the SNP in the lead in Scotland, and it is clearly wrong that the leader of the third biggest political party in the UK should be shut out of these network ...


The SNP Blasts 'Unfair' Leadership Debate Plans After Farage Is Invited - New...
13 Oct 2014 at 10:24am

Newsweek

The SNP Blasts 'Unfair' Leadership Debate Plans After Farage Is Invited
Newsweek
The Scottish National Party (SNP) have branded UK broadcasters' plans to for a series of televised debates ahead of the general election in May as ?utterly unacceptable? and ?clearly inappropriate for Scotland?...


Leaders' debates: SNP and Green party consider legal action - The Guardian
13 Oct 2014 at 11:06am

The Guardian

Leaders' debates: SNP and Green party consider legal action
The Guardian
In 2010, the SNP won permission for a judicial review of the BBC's refusal to give the party the same status as Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems in the series of general election leaders' debates but with...



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

Britain's Hammond sees Scotland referendum as 'model' for Iraq - Yahoo News
13 Oct 2014 at 10:05am

Yahoo News

Britain's Hammond sees Scotland referendum as 'model' for Iraq
Yahoo News
Scotland voted to reject independence last month after a close referendum campaign in which it had looked like the "Yes" camp could snatch a surprise victory. Many Iraqis in the northern autonomous region of Kurdist...


Referendum stalled Scottish housing market - Holyrood.com
13 Oct 2014 at 1:30am

Referendum stalled Scottish housing market
Holyrood.com
Demand for housing dropped during September to its lowest level since January 2013 as referendum uncertainty hit the Scottish market, a new survey reveals. The number of new homes coming onto the market also decreased, with a net balance of 14...


Scottish referendum: This is what Bank of England would have done had ... - T...
10 Oct 2014 at 2:41pm

The Independent

Scottish referendum: This is what Bank of England would have done had ...
The Independent
Scotland said no to independence and preserved its 307-year-old union with England after a historic referendum on 18 September. However, minutes of the Financial Policy Committee (FPC) shows the...


Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes...
2 Oct 2014 at 12:23pm

Newsweek

Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes ...
Newsweek
Scottish police are investigating a case of electoral fraud in last month's independence referendum after a video emerged online today of a man claiming to have found a bag of ?hundreds? of voting bal...


Harvie asks Scots to move on from referendum - Scotsman
11 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Scotsman

Harvie asks Scots to move on from referendum
Scotsman
SCOTLAND could be damaged if the country fails to move on from the ?dividing line? created by the independence referendum, Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie has warned. Harvie said there was still a ?window of opportunity? to cha...


After the Scotland referendum: What happens next - CBC.ca
19 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

CBC.ca

After the Scotland referendum: What happens next
CBC.ca
In the waning days before Thursday's historic referendum, worried leaders in Westminster offered the prospect of devolving more powers to Scotland in a bid to keep the 307-year-old union together. But promises made in the heat of a campa...


Scotland referendum result: Nigel Farage on devolution says English 'have bee...
19 Sep 2014 at 4:26am

The Independent

Scotland referendum result: Nigel Farage on devolution says English 'have been ...
The Independent
Describing Prime Minister David Cameron as "a disaster" and the leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband, as "wholly ineffective", Farage's article is critical of the concept of giving Sco...


Scotland's referendum result - The Economist (blog)
20 Sep 2014 at 4:53am

Scotland's referendum result
The Economist (blog)
Salmond was naïve on 2 counts I think there was too much lack of definitive direction of an independent Scotland, not entirely the fault of Scotland but what highlighted the undertones of what was wrong with what they were leaving or what they ...

an...


Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

TIME

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17, 2014, on ...


The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts - Mirror.co.uk
16 Sep 2014 at 5:59am

Mirror.co.uk

The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts
Mirror.co.uk
This will depend on two factors: what share of North Sea oil Scotland will inherit if the referendum is successful; and the production & price of oil. Currently the revenues generated by North Sea oil all go ...



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Radio Apps
13 Oct 2014 at 1:13pm

Anyone know a good App to listen to the match on Radio Scotland or 5 Live tomorrow?

I am going to...



Leaders Debates Pre General Election
13 Oct 2014 at 8:40am
I see Farage is going to be in one of them!!

Worst Joke You`ll Hear The Day
13 Oct 2014 at 7:33am

a pal of mine has just returned from africa and he can`t stop buying raffle tickets.doctors have ...



Is Dr Who Getting A Bit
13 Oct 2014 at 4:50am

pish???

I think Peter Capaldi is excellent in the role and Jenna Coleman is flipping gorgeous but...



Boe Response To A Yes Vote
13 Oct 2014 at 2:09am
Saw this in the Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/10/scotland-independence-b...

Britains Greatest Pilot
13 Oct 2014 at 1:38am

Anyone see this on bbc 2 last week ? - Eric "winkle" Brown born in Leith and aged 95, flew over 4...



Shreds Music Videos
12 Oct 2014 at 5:55am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOF1FJ7wGhw



Hope Over Fear - George Square Today
12 Oct 2014 at 4:52am
Anybody going?

Will head down for a couple of hours.

Day Trips In Scotland
12 Oct 2014 at 3:39am
Where's good to jump on a train from Edinburgh for the day?

Been to Glasgow many times so that's...

Jackie Phuckin Bird And The B B Phuckin C
11 Oct 2014 at 9:14pm

What the phuck is this pish?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29570930

 

A stupid wee anno...




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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

Th...



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

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...




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

A democratic outrage : the broadcasters plan to totally exclude the SNP and P...
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2014 at 5:28am
After the debacle of the rigged 2010 leaders' debates (which not only saw the SNP and Plaid Cymru...

SNP soar to 41% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2014 at 2:45pm
We'll soon see what the Sunday YouGov poll brings, but as of this moment, it remains the case tha...

What does UKIP's breakthrough mean for Scotland?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2014 at 11:35am
Oddly enough, I didn't see Ruth Davidson tweeting the words "Well done, Clacks!" this time.  The ...

Now is the time to act (again) : make your own submission to the Smith Commis...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 4:35pm
Well, it's only a few weeks since we all took a few minutes out of our time to vote for the indep...

Is it just me, or do you get the impression Neil Lovatt didn't like the last ...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 5:41am
This little spectacle has been going on for the best part of 24 hours now...

"Ahhh nothing like a ...

Poll of Polls update, and a response to "Alligator Man"
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2014 at 7:56am
Since the last Poll of Polls update, there have been four new Scottish subsamples published, all ...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser breaks through £5000 barrier
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 4:04pm
A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot G...

The proper capital city of a proper country
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Back in June, I went to Cramond Island for the first time since I was a very young child.  While ...

Lies, lies, lies : the evidence that the No campaign won by deceiving voters ...
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm
Before the referendum, Gordon Brown solemnly promised that a No vote would lead automatically to ...

Pondering a Panelbase puzzler
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
As Scottish Skier has been repeatedly cautioning us, it's difficult to have a lot of confidence i...

SNP lead across the board in poptastic Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 9:36am

Thanks to Scottish Skier for alerting me to a new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase, which ...



SNP extend lead to 10.3% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 5:09am
I went to bed last night convinced that the SNP's extraordinary run of being in the lead in every...

You really couldn't make this up
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 6:33pm
So let me get this straight.  Gordon Brown has said "the vow" wasn't worth the parchment it was w...

Advantage Sturgeon
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 10:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

SNP open up 9.6% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
I've been mulling over how I can best keep track of Scottish voting intentions for next year's We...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

We need to get behind one party or UKIP will get in through the backdoor.
13 Oct 2014 at 11:57am

But yessers are split between SNP, Labour, Greens, and SSP

We're fucked

I don't doubt the immense...



Scotland Tourism Statistics [Infographic]
13 Oct 2014 at 10:49am
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The parties? published proposals on further devolution for Scotland
13 Oct 2014 at 9:18am
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Traveling to Paris ? have RBS bank card, any advice?
13 Oct 2014 at 9:09am

I am traveling to Paris and have an RBS bank card and wondered if anyone could tell me if they ha...



Jobs in Scotland - Anyone have a favourite website to search
13 Oct 2014 at 8:23am

Title says it all really. Have been looking without much joy. Are jobs that scarce or am I lookin...



MoD wants to dump radioactive waste into Clyde
13 Oct 2014 at 7:51am
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Edinburgh woman finds 3 inch leech up her nose
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SCOT goes POP!: A democratic outrage : the broadcasters plan to totally exclu...
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Devolution proposals to be published
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Dunfermline's most vague sign post...
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UKIP's Nigel Farage invited on leaders' TV debates
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Virgin Tivo Remote Glasgow Area
12 Oct 2014 at 7:53pm

So I managed to drop my Tivo remote into my mug of tea, which apparently they don't like. Looked ...



From Hogmanay, same-sex couples shall be able to marry in Scotland!
13 Oct 2014 at 3:06am
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William Hague sets timetable for debate on English votes for English laws
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
13 Oct 2014 at 1:43pm
Commons leader says MPs will have vote on issue by end of December if main parties fail to reach agreement

William Hague is to intensify moves towards introducing so-called English votes for English...



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

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebola, publication of the command paper on Scotland and reaction to the plan for TV election leaders deb...



Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalonian independence
by AFP in Barcelona
12 Oct 2014 at 1:52pm
Around 40,000 people wave Spanish and Catalan flags a month before proposed vote on Catalonian secession

Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spains national day, to oppose moves to...



David Cameron playing fast and loose with constitution, says Gordon Brown
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
12 Oct 2014 at 6:25am
Former PM says Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax-raising powers to Scottish parliament are gift to separatists

David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the UK constitution, the forme...



Gordon Brown calls on Scottish parties to back revenue plan
by Press Association
12 Oct 2014 at 2:46am
Scottish Labour party wants Holyrood to raise 54% of its own revenue, quadrupling from £4bn to £18bn in 2016

Gordon Brown has urged Holyroods unionist parties to unite around his plan to make the Sc...



Why AC/DCs Angus and Malcolm Young make us all Better Together
by Kevin McKenna
11 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotland has passed up a chance to heal the wounds of the referendum in voting not to recognise the achievements of the Young brothers

The political elite is unremitting in its efforts to convince u...



Scottish government calls for maximum devolution
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
10 Oct 2014 at 1:02pm
Post-referendum proposals submitted to Smith commission stop just short of what would have been achieved by independence

The Scottish government has called for maximum devolution within the UK, incl...



Scottish government unveils mansion tax plan
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Oct 2014 at 1:38pm

Finance secretary John Swinney says progressive system will boost affordability of homes for less well-off and first-time buyers

A new mansion tax has been introduced by Scottish ministers to fund a...



If Scotland declines, we can only blame ourselves | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm
The Tory party conference exposed all the malign policies Scotland could have escaped from with a yes vote

It was entirely understandable that many of us might have forgotten what the actual Conserv...



Is the campaign for Scottish independence over?
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
2 Oct 2014 at 7:00am
Two weeks after the referendum, yes campaigners energised by the independence movement are looking for a new purpose

Marie Penman has no intention of packing up her pro-independence banners or tucki...



Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Oct 2014 at 5:22am
Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

Nicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to block the introduction of univ...




Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote - video
by Euan Robertson
1 Oct 2014 at 3:05am
Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the pro...

Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum autopsy | Media Monkey
by Monkey
1 Oct 2014 at 2:05am
Controversial comedian returns to the corporation with iPlayer-only show picking over the entrails of the independence vote

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (th...



Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 1:29pm
Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to...



The taxing questions facing Scotland and England
by Peter Hetherington
30 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Following the Scottish independence referendum, its right the SNP should push for the greater fiscal powers promised. But what about overcentralised England?

If you thought some key social policy as...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13pm
I’m now at the “oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea” stage in the house flitting process, and am sitting here surrounded by packing cases and piles of assorted stuff all over the floor...

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...

Labour, wonga puppets, and the moral high ground
by weegingerdug
3 Oct 2014 at 4:50am
So it’s a final farewell to the poll tax. Well, I say “farewell”, when “consigned to the bin where it always belonged” is more appropriate. The Scottish Government has announced that local authorit...

Upstaged by an autocue
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm
I’ve been watching parts of the Tory party conference. Not much of it, as the human body is only so strong and watching the entire proceedings would take at least four packets of immodium and a bal...

The nectar is mince
by weegingerdug
30 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm
Ruth Davidson, who’s abseiling all over the Tory party conference in Birmingham this week enjoying her fifteen minutes of relevance, has made the startling claim that the Conservatives might consid...

Ten days after
by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
A guest post by William Duguid Call off the search party, I?m still here. It?s just taken me a bit longer to return to blogging than I expected. It?s not that I?ve been lying disconsolately in bed,...

Being irrelevant
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2014 at 8:20am
Yeah! We’re irrelevant again. So we had this wee referendum thingy and Scotland scared the shiters out of the Westminster establishment – which was a lot of fun – and the UK media and political cla...

An open letter to Magrit Curran
by weegingerdug
22 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, but I read in the Scotsman that Magrit Curran is to head a British Labour party commission which plans to visit the 10 areas of former British Labour support ...

A short pause for breath
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
The last few weeks have been pretty momentous, and not just the referendum but on a far more personal level. I need some time to think, to catch up with myself, and to start to tackle the foundatio...

A phoenix from the ashes
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
It’s time for the British Labour party in Scotland to end. Their party is over, their balloons bounce only because they are kept aloft by an alliance with big business and the City of London. Briti...


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Work as if you live in the early days of a

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provoking image on the front of their delegate packs ? an inverted map of the UK with Scotland in the mid...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise and hate in politics. Thanks Duncan! We?re living in exciting times, Scotland has changed for the be...

Two weeks, two votes, two very different journeys
by Dom
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
The day before the referendum on Scottish independence I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the Bathgate and Airdrie way, through the central belt. With a Danish TV crew in tow we rolled pas...

A modest riposte
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 8:31am
Esteemed traitor Peat Worrier wrote today about the SNPs new mission: “the greatest autonomy possible within the Union.” based on another key phrase which was heavily used during the campaign: “Abs...

Polling day
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
Like the French Revolution it’s a bit early to say what the referendum result means. The next steps need to be open, inclusive and fast but more of that in another post. In this I thought I’d talk ...

What it is and what it isn?t
by James
23 Sep 2014 at 6:56am
First things first. We lost. We know how and why we lost, too. There was a solid base of natural No voters for them to build on, and their demographics have been well analysed in the aftermath. Man...

Some thoughts on the 45
by Guest Blog
22 Sep 2014 at 1:25pm
A quick guest post from Sarah Beattie-Smith, an activist with the Scottish Greens. Thanks Sarah! More post-indyref analysis to come. I get it. I get why you might want to hold on to the fact that y...

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...


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