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Flagship jobs scheme branded ineffective ? by its organisers
12 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
A FLAGSHIP government employment scheme has been branded ineffective by half the organisations paid to deliver it, according to a leaked report.

SKETCH: Same old accusations as deputies are unleashed but dogfight lacks bite
12 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
It is a relationship that has taken a battering since the 2010 election.

LibDems want Labour to 'step up' with case for staying in EU
12 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
THE Liberal Democrats have attacked Labour over Europe accusing the party of failing to make the case to stay in the European Union (EU).

Attack launched on rebel councils
12 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
SCOTLAND'S most senior ­councillor has rounded on rebel local authorities threatening to quit their representative body, warning of the repercussions of "spitting the dummy out".

MSPs approve Scots pine as national tree
11 Mar 2014 at 10:05pm
MSPs have given their backing to the Scots pine being declared the national tree of Scotland.

UK economy 'to be strongest in G7 this year'
11 Mar 2014 at 10:04pm
BRITAIN'S economy will be growing faster than any of the other G7 states by the middle of this year, a international economic thinktank has forecast.

Cameron and Kenny salute Anglo-Irish relationship
11 Mar 2014 at 10:04pm
Anglo-Irish relations are at an "all-time high", David Cameron and his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny insisted as they met for talks in Downing Street.

Channel 4 may stage leaders' debates
11 Mar 2014 at 10:04pm
NEXT year's general election could feature four televised leaders' debates, after Channel 4 said it had secured agreement from other broadcasters that it should be involved.

Call to sack abusive SNP councillor
11 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
THE SNP is facing calls to sack the deputy leader of the party on Glasgow City Council after he was found guilty of acting in a threatening or abusive manner.

Lochhead seeks to remove MoD's Crown immunity after Dounreay
11 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
THERE were the makings of a constitutional crisis between London and Edinburgh last night as a Holyrood minister's pledge to strip the Ministry of Defence of Crown immunity was rubbished as "not mature government."

Taoiseach talks up role of UK in EU
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has arrived in the UK for a two-day visit saying it was important for the European Union to include a strong Britain.

Tory claims Britons are not prepared to work
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
British workers have been replaced by migrants in food and farming jobs only because they are not prepared to do the work, a Conservative former coalition minister has said.

Scottish devolution blueprint 'would aid Crimea'
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
Scottish-style devolution has been suggested as an option for Crimea by a former Russian oligarch.

Miliband backs youth jobless policy
10 Mar 2014 at 10:02pm
ED Miliband has defended his flagship jobs policy to tackle youth unemployment, which will now run for the whole of the next UK parliament to 2020, insisting that the recovery cannot be restricted to just well-off bankers.

Nick Clegg makes a plea for Scots to stay in the Union
9 Mar 2014 at 10:03pm
NICK Clegg appealed to Scotland to stay in the Union yesterday as his office was forced to say he had no plans to quit as Liberal Democrat leader if the party loses power at the next General Election.


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The Scotsman cartoon: Trams and business to go
13 Mar 2014 at 8:58pm

ALEX Salmond hails the success of trams on the same day some big business bosses threaten to derail the Yes campaign



?Mummy-centric? society is freezing us out
13 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

FATHERS across Scotland are being frozen out of their children’s lives by a regime of “systematic exclusion” in public institutions including schools, hospitals and nurseries, MSPs have been told.



Bankers could still be stripped of bonuses
13 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Reckless bankers who have been reckless could be stripped of bonuses up to six years after they pocket them under plans set out by the Bank of England.



Budget freeze on beer duty is a must
13 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Any increase in duty now would undo all the good which has come from last year’s cut, says Colin Valentine



John McTernan: Miliband ties up Tories over Europe
13 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

YES, his policy means different things to different people – but that’s why it will work. It also locks Cameron into a debate he can’t win, says John McTernan



Comment: plan needed to break London?s hegemony
13 Mar 2014 at 9:07am

MAINSTREAM academic research has long recognised the dangers and negative impact of uneven economic development.



FMQs: Alex Salmond under pressure over oil revenue
13 Mar 2014 at 8:46am

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond came under pressure from opposition leaders at Holyrood to explain how an independent Scotland would deal with the dramatic fall in oil revenues suffered last year.



Scottish independence: Yes support at 6-month high
13 Mar 2014 at 6:44am

SUPPORT for Scottish independence has reached its highest level for more than six months, according to a new opinion poll.



Tory minister ?insulting Holyrood on welfare?
13 Mar 2014 at 4:53am

THE UK employment minister is “insulting” welfare claimants by refusing to give evidence to MSPs about benefits sanctions, the convener of a Holyrood committee has said.



Holyrood lobbyists ?should join voluntary register?
13 Mar 2014 at 2:01am

LOBBYISTS should be invited to sign up to a voluntary register for a trial period if MSPs decide their activities merit closer scrutiny in Scotland, the Public Standards Commissioner has advised.



G7 leaders demand Crimea referendum be put on hold
12 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Leaders of the Group of Seven economies have told Russia to stop its work on a referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region and “cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea” or face action.



Russia ?massing 80,000 troops on Ukrainian border?
12 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Ukraine officials yesterday accused Russia of conducting a large military build-up near the country’s border that raises the threat of an invasion.



Spirit of JFK invoked by Cosla chief
12 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

THE president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) will today urge councils not to “spit the dummy out” by quitting the body when they cannot reach agreement.



Texts between Brooks and Blair that ended in a kiss
12 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

Rebekah Brooks texted Tony Blair that she was “feeling properly terrified” as she prepared for a grilling by police, the hacking trial has heard.



SNP fails to make financial case for Yes - Leckie
12 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm

THE leader of the main body for tourism businesses in Scotland has warned the Scottish Government that it has failed to make the financial case for independence.




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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

How Labour can win in 2016
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Mar 2014 at 5:00pm
We’ve talked a bit today about a fascinating poll by Survation for the Daily Mail last month, whose findings got very little coverage in the media, perhaps because they revealed the rather off-message fact of how ineffectual two of the No campaign’s three great pillars of propaganda have been proving. But there was another interesting […]

As bad as each other
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Mar 2014 at 3:00pm
Below is a spread from Aberdeen newspaper the Evening Express tonight, reporting the findings of a poll about the conduct of the city’s council in recent weeks, covering incidents like the Labour/Tory administration’s mind-boggling attempts to ban Scottish Government ministers from all council-owned property and the controversy over a letter sent out with council tax […]

The missing millions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Mar 2014 at 12:35pm
Last month there was a mild flurry of activity in the press about the so-called “missing million” – Scots entitled to vote, but who choose for one reason or another not to. Catchy as it is, the phrase seems a significant understatement. Around four million people in Scotland meet voting criteria, but fewer than half of […]

The problem with polls
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Mar 2014 at 9:27am
As commissioners of opinion polls ourselves, we know all too well that one of the more unwelcome aspects of the pursuit is that sometimes you don’t like the answers you get – we were noticeably dismayed, for example, by one or two of the things revealed about social attitudes in our last poll. Today’s media […]

A letter from Standard Life
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Mar 2014 at 6:54am
To an alert Wings reader who contacted them last month. Emphasis ours. “Dear [redacted] Thank you for your email of 27 February 2014. We are disappointed that our statement has caused you concern. To clarify our position, Standard Life currently has no plans to relocate or transfer parts of our operations out of Scotland. What […]

We less, we happy less
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2014 at 9:00pm
We’re given to believe that this is real, not a spoof. Just when we thought our opinion of them couldn’t possibly sink any lower. These are the other two posters which were leaked to us via a polling company: Is it fair to say the “positive case for the Union” is finally officially dead?

Left hand, meet right hand
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2014 at 5:00pm
Here’s the Scottish Conservatives deputy leader Jackson Carlaw, fuming on the BBC website yesterday about the £1.3m cost of producing and distributing the Scottish Government’s independence white paper: “This would be a considerable spend for a work of fact, but this must be one of the biggest ever taxpayer-funded investments for a work of fiction. […]

Instructions on sex and travel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2014 at 1:30pm
We don’t mind telling you, folks, we’re struggling on this one. “If Scotland was independent today we would have no option but to cut spending on services like schools and hospitals or put up taxes ? or probably both. Today as part of the UK we don’t have to do that.” (Alistair Darling) But… don’t… […]

The effect and the cause
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2014 at 11:30am
A couple of interesting passages from Hansard in January 2012: “The Government?s decision in March 2011 to increase tax rates on the industry, which increased the top tax rate to 81% and the corporation tax rate to 62%, is inevitably and regrettably having a chilling effect on the leading indicators of investment. The signs of […]

Sympathy for the devil
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Mar 2014 at 9:10am
We don’t say it very often, readers, but as a civilised human being with even the merest glimmer of empathy it’s hard not to feel sorry for “Better Together” sometimes. It must be absolute agony for them today, trying to talk about the slightly disappointing GERS figures without screaming “TOO WEE! TOO POOR! TOO STUPID!” […]


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Scots NHS staff to receive pay boost
13 Mar 2014 at 2:31pm
Scottish NHS staff are to receive a 1% pay rise despite the English Health Secretary saying it is "unaffordable".


Babcock raises independence concerns
13 Mar 2014 at 1:56pm
The owners of Rosyth Dockyard raise concerns about the possible impact of Scottish independence, saying it could create "risk and uncertainty".


Cosla 'still has a part to play'
12 Mar 2014 at 10:53pm
Cosla president David O'Neill argues that the local government organisation still has a bright future after seven councils threaten to leave.


Apprenticeship numbers 'on target'
12 Mar 2014 at 10:54pm
More than 25,000 apprentices have started their training in each of the past two years, according to the latest figures.


Scots public spending deficit rises
12 Mar 2014 at 12:02pm
The size of Scotland's public spending deficit has risen, according to the latest Scottish government estimates.


Mackerel quotas agreed after dispute
12 Mar 2014 at 5:10pm
Mackerel fishing quotas for EU, Faroese and Norwegian fishermen are agreed after a long-running dispute.


Contract worth £20m for patrol ships
13 Mar 2014 at 5:51am
BAE Systems is to begin advance work on three new Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels after the MoD signed a £20m parts contract.


Economists clash on future currency
12 Mar 2014 at 1:07pm
Economists including a former Bank of England deputy governor clash over the currency options of an independent Scotland.


Vote letters 'to attract complaints'
12 Mar 2014 at 12:03pm
Aberdeen City Council's chief executive tells staff it is likely complaints will be received about letters endorsing a "No" vote in the independence referendum.


Scotland 'can hear patent cases'
13 Mar 2014 at 4:12am
The UK government announces that Scotland's Court of Session has been granted the right to hear new patent cases.


Soros: Scotland could not keep pound
12 Mar 2014 at 12:56pm
Billionaire investor George Soros says he does not think it would be possible for an independent Scotland to retain sterling.


Blacklist guidelines to be adopted
13 Mar 2014 at 5:31am
Dumfries and Galloway Council is to adopt guidelines to stop construction firms involved in blacklisting workers seeking public sector contracts.


MoD 'to lose' environment powers
11 Mar 2014 at 4:18pm
The Ministry of Defence will lose powers for environmental regulation on radioactivity in Scotland, under Scottish government plans.


Call to widen finance for small firms
11 Mar 2014 at 9:30pm
New sources of credit are needed for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), according to the Scottish Parliament's economy committee.


Carney says RBS move a 'possibility'
11 Mar 2014 at 12:26pm
The governor of the Bank of England tells MPs it is "a distinct possibility" that RBS would have to relocate to England if Scotland votes for independence.


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Stop Press!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Mar 2014 at 1:57am

By Derek Bateman

How do you report a larger deficit in Scotland?s budget? Easy ? you report that the income is down because oil is volatile and get someone from each side of the debate to state their case. In essence, that is it. It is the simple, formulaic process used to inform the public. But does it?inform?

Only if you think reporting a car crash amounts to saying two vehicles hit each other on the road.  If you are interested in why that happened and how it could be avoided in future, you are unlikely to learn from most broadcast news where the event itself is classed as ?news?.



Scotland needs an independent currency
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Feb 2014 at 2:16pm

By Colin Fox

There is a perfectly sensible debate to be had over what currency an independent Scotland should use but as usual the No side prefers to invent scare stories and deliver empty threats.  George Osborne's visit to Edinburgh's Point Hotel on 13 February to tell Scotland that ?leaving the UK means leaving the pound? is a case in point.



A week in the life of Reporting Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Mar 2014 at 1:59am

  By G.A.Ponsonby

This week the Scottish Parliament will look into a study carried out by an academic that suggested the news output of BBC Scotland was biased against independence.

Professor John Robertson's research suggested evening news output favoured the No campaign by a ratio of three to two, allowed more comment from pro-Union commentators and led with anti-independence stories more than pro-independence stories.



Recording now?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Mar 2014 at 4:53pm

By Derek Bateman

Wow! What a reaction?dozens of conversations and observations and some truly enlightening contributions full of fact and analysis. This is the place to be, I think. Even with all the assortment of emphasis and approach, it is clear we are all agreed that we are not being well served by BBC Scotland. That?s putting it mildly.

I know some responders are suggesting I am defending the BBC against claims of bias. I am not. I said at the outset that there was a general thrust in news and current affairs which doesn?t challenge enough and is too happy to accept a script which has Made in Britain stamped on it.



Big Business and its warnings of a Yes Armageddon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 5:01pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So LLoyds Banking Group, Barclays and Shell have joined RBS and Standard Life to warn that Scottish independence could destabilise business.
 
Lloyds annual report fears an independent Scotland might have a poorer credit rating than the rest of the UK so the cost of borrowing on international markets might rise.  A bit rich you might think, coming from a company whose disastrous management has meant massive borrowing from the domestic taxpayer ? but let's leave that to one side.



We're leaving Scotland - A look behind the big business scares
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Mar 2014 at 6:44pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
Recently a few UK businesses have decided to enter the independence debate.  Their annual reports contained a nod to this September?s referendum ? some a little more than a nod.
 
In truth most were pretty anodyne and the statements were less about entering the debate on independence and more about satisfying a requirement to acknowledge there was a possibility that Scots could indeed vote to end the Union.



Duggy Dug IV - Europe: We're in and we're stayin' in
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 11:43am

  This is our fourth installment of the Duggy Dug series of animated cartoons aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the independence debate.  In this episode we see Duggy explain just why Scotland will remain a member of the European Union after independence, contrary to claims from those who would suggest otherwise.

As Duggy makes clear, Scotland is already a member of the EU and a Yes vote will simply allow us to continue that membership and become a member in our own right.  Claims that Spain will block Scotland's membership are similarly dealt with by wee Duggy and his Barcelona friend Pep.



Newsnet Scotland ... the final stretch
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31am

  We're officially into the last 200 days of the referendum campaign, so it's time to let our readers know where we are and what we plan as we move forward to the referendum itself.

This time last year the site was attracting around 80,000 unique visitors each month.  In the space of twelve months we have increased our readership by an impressive 60,000 and are now on course to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in March - the first six days of this month has witnessed over 38,000 unique visitors.



Standard Life should seek answers from Westminster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 12:59am

By James Scott

There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign's attempts to recruit business leaders to forecast woe and destruction after a Yes vote for Scottish independence.

I, for one, have been through it all before.



Ailsa McKay 1963-2014
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm

By Derek Bateman
 
What a shock today to Google the name of Ailsa McKay and to find she had died in the last 24 hours. I wanted to get in touch about an interview with her and didn?t realise she was so poorly. Such a grounded and committed woman to lose at any time but with Scotland in political turmoil her presence was like a rock. My condolences go to her family.




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Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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New poll shows 'Project Fear' is failing as support for Yes continues to rise...
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 6:25pm



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As bad as each other
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 3:59pm

Below is a spread from Aberdeen newspaper the Evening Express tonight, reporting the findings of a poll about the conduct of the city's council in recent weeks, covering incidents like the Labour/T...

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Rise of the town hall meeting
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 2:41pm

The independence referendum has heralded what some are calling a grassroots revival - the return of the public meeting.



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The Taxman and the Corporate Oil Investor
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 1:03pm

I read this years GERS yesterday. GERS stands for Government Expenditure Revenue Scotland and is an analysis of tax flowing from Scotland to the UK Treasury.  As a supporter and promoter of Scottis...

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French MP claims Barroso entered debate to secure Nato job
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 1:00pm

JosE Manuel Barroso intervened in the Scottish independence debate

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The missing millions
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 12:53pm

Last month there was a mild flurry of activity in the press about the so-called "missing million" - Scots entitled to vote, but who choose for one reason or another not to. Catchy as it is, the phr...

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Mental Health and Independence
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 11:15am

Beyond the Great British Bunfight over facts, figures and legalities on the issue of Scotland’s independence from Westminster governance and its exit from the United Kingdom ther...



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Aye Inspired
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 11:08am

Hi, My name's Gillian. Also known as Misssy M. I'm a creative type, I'm also a yes voter. I'm a member of National Collective, which is a huge group of creative folks who want Scottish independence and I want to get out there and start talking to people about independence. I'm not a politician, I...



Events
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 10:47am

Business for Scotland latest events Business for Scotland Aberdeen Event The city of Aberdeen hosts its very first Business for Scotland event dedicated to the positive economic case for independence.  Whether a yes, no or undecided voter, come along to hear business people such as Mark Shaw of

Se...

The problem with polls
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 10:05am

As commissioners of opinion polls ourselves, we know all too well that one of the more unwelcome aspects of the pursuit is that sometimes you don't like the answers you get - we were noticeably dis...

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The Big Question: Who ?Lost? Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 9:55am

The independence debate is a product of Scotland changing over decades and generations. Subsequently, this debate has also accelerated and abetted change, challenging old assumptions and throwing light on parts of our public life never previously thoroughly examined.



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'Vote can end introverted Scottishness'
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 9:43am

An independent Scotland would promote itself more confidently and get away from
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm not sure that the notion of "introverted Scottishness" referred to by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is relevant any longer. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum this September, Scot...



Bill Jamieson: Cornwall finds strength in the SNP
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 8:51am

SCOTLAND is not alone in its fight for independence – one county has been a law unto itself for years, writes Bill Jamieson

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SNP lead over Labour grows in Survation poll | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 7:35am

The SNP is this morning welcoming a Survation poll for the Daily Record, which shows support for the SNP at 45 per cent on the constituency vote and 40 per cent on the regional vote - both over ten points ahead of Labour.



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Universities call for legal certainty on tuition fees in iScotland
by Peter A Bell
13 Mar 2014 at 7:33am

SCOTTISH universities are demanding legal certainty after a Yes vote in the independence referendum about whether they can continue to charge fees to students from the rest of the UK.
Peter A Bell's insight:

In their customary infantile fashion, unionists try to make out that the issue with tuition...




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Humza Yousaf: Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal a good cause
by Humza Yousaf
13 Mar 2014 at 9:19am
HUMZA YOUSAF speaks of the good work of Marie Curie Cancer Care in his latest Glasgow Now column.


Labour row over Ed Miliband's Euro referendum compromise
by Jason Beattie
13 Mar 2014 at 4:46am
THE Labour leader ended months of uncertainty by saying he would not follow David Cameron by promising a referendum come what may in 2017.


Record View: Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power
by Record View
13 Mar 2014 at 3:54am
RECORD VIEW analyses our exclusive independence poll and what the results mean for our main political parties.


GERS figures: Oil poured on troubled waters for SNP
by dailyrecord
13 Mar 2014 at 3:44am
THE annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report, out yesterday, showed the gap between public spending and taxes increased by £3.5billion to £12.1billion last year.


Alex Salmond: Our future belongs in our own hands
by dailyrecord
13 Mar 2014 at 3:35am
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond points to investment in North Sea oil and gas, rail, schools and hospitals as he makes the case for independence.


Referendum: New poll puts support for independence at highest level this year...
by David Clegg
13 Mar 2014 at 3:26am
THE new Survation poll carried out for the Daily Record showed 39 per cent plan to vote Yes and 48 per cent No - but Alex Salmond faces a huge task to convince female voters with 51 per cent in support of a No vote.


Should Nigel Farage be using taxpayers' cash on his wife and his "ex mistress...
by Tom McTague
12 Mar 2014 at 6:09pm
MEP Nikki Sinclaire questions Farage on keeping his wife and "former mistress" Anabelle Fuller at the tax payers' pleasure


Glasgow City Council SNP deputy leader Billy McAllister vows to stay in job a...
by Joe McGuire
12 Mar 2014 at 8:45am
COUNCILLOR McAllister, who was fined £200 for shouting and swearing at a man, says he will stay in his job despite calls for him to resign.


Record View: Shocking way to treat our own folk
by Record View
12 Mar 2014 at 4:22am
RECORD VIEW condemns the UK's immigration system which rules Scots mum Kirsty must have a guaranteed job here before she and her American husband will be allowed to enter the country. 


£1.3m of public money spent on Alex Salmond's 670-page White Paper on Indepen...
by dailyrecord
12 Mar 2014 at 3:58am
THE "independence bible" cost £75,000 just to draw up and £350,000 to print, while another £375,000 was spent on distributing the official document.


Independence referendum: Scotland would have to commit to joining Euro to gua...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Mar 2014 at 3:53am
MARK Carney insisted Alex Salmond's vision of an independent Scotland in Europe while part of a currency union with the remainder of the UK was impossible.


Housing minister holds summit on future of Bellgrove dosshouse after Daily Re...
by John Ferguson
12 Mar 2014 at 2:19am
MARGARET Burgess met Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson to discuss alternative living accommodation for residents at the Bellgrove slum as the first stage to its closure.


The Royal Bank of Scotland may have to move outside of Scotland if voters bac...
by dailyrecord
11 Mar 2014 at 10:36am
MPs were also told that the rest of the UK was likely to end up bailing out Scotland in the event of a crisis if there was a currency union even if there were explicit guarantees written into an agreement ruling out such an event.


Hundreds of workers at Faslane nuclear base go on strike after rejecting a 'd...
by dailyrecord
11 Mar 2014 at 4:38am
UNITE suspended a planned stoppage last month at the site on the Clyde but has revived action after most of its members turned down a 2% offer.


Former Tory vice chairman used his 'position of influence' to abuse seven you...
by Paul Byrne
11 Mar 2014 at 4:07am
NIGEL Evans, a former deputy speaker, used the Palace of Westminster and a Tory Party conference to carry out his attacks on young men, a jury was told.


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Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to ov...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to overwhelm dissident splittists.



GERS boost for the Empire!
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That means that the UK will now be able to compete for a playoff place to gain admission to the G46

Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in the loving embrace of Gideon Osborne had suffered vicious abuse from Cybernats!


Poll Points to Personalised Perfidy by Punters
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New poll is available - Should Scotlandshire be similarly treated to C...

The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Educati...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:44am
The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Education and Culture Committee into appearing before members this morning from 10am.

Why would MSPs wish to interview comedy writers and satirists?

Kenny McQuarrel, Director General of BBC Scotlandshire, has this morning v...

The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Mar 2014 at 5:18pm
The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair Darling had been suspended from the internet.


Cyber-bullies strike again as Darling banned from Twitter
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and i...

It's a long time since we changed our pants, but our new pair of briefs is no...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
It's a long time since we changed our pants, but our new pair of briefs is now on display.
'Kim Jong-un "more popular than Salmond", say facts'
and
'Ex-politicians say Scotlandshire should get something '


BBC Scotlandshire - Short news articles
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Tit-March "not a muppet" says Tit-March.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 3:38pm
Tit-March "not a muppet" says Tit-March.


Titchmarsh - Time to pile on more manure
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For those of you in the far north, considering polluting Scotlandshire's dour landscape with plants, please note the advice we gave last year in Gardening with Unionists.

The sheer vandalism of a national monument put right by the Queen's own flowe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 2:32pm
The sheer vandalism of a national monument put right by the Queen's own flower fingerer and his brave onionist helpers.



In this fourth instalment of the Duggy Dug series of animated black comedy po...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
In this fourth instalment of the Duggy Dug series of animated black comedy political thriller movie epics, aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the pretendy vote on separation, the anti-hero Duggy explains just why Scotlandshire will remain a member of the European Union.


Duggy Dug: BBF...

The few still living in a separate Scotlandshire could be required to apply f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Mar 2014 at 2:37pm
The few still living in a separate Scotlandshire could be required to apply for fUK/Eng citizenship, claims occasional Highland MP Danny Alexander.


Scots could be forced to become English, warns Alexander
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Danny is just trying to find a way to stay in fUK/Eng politics afte...

Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Jo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 5:07pm
Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Journalists. Sadly, no intelligence can be as artificial as Mundell's.


Alas, poor Yorick
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Unfortunately, no computer seems to be able to replicate the mind-bogglingly irrational stupidity of David M...

A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 2:26pm
A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's splittist pretensions today as yet another US-based megastar has called upon Scots to stay within the Union.


Laddie Gagger: Another US megastar comes out for No
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
No true-thinking Scotchman or Jockes...

Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 5:47pm
Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to Lady Alba and team.


Lady Alba - Bad Romance (Gaga for Indy)
Vocals and lyrics by Zara Gladman Original track by Lady Gaga - no copyright infringement intended! I want your weapons I want student fees I want a country ...

BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 4:10am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent.

Following the latest slippery news that Aiberdeen City Cooncil won't now be banning Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

'Wullie Young tells me "I'm now calling...

Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm
Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.


Ye?re Barred! ? Aberdeen tells rowdy St Andrew?s mob
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire, said that she was horrified to discover that her daughter Nicola was a member of the Cabinet Club

A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence demonstrates how effectively some Scots can be scared into submissiveness.


A Lesson in Fear: A new horror film by M Knighted Saylieman
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing ...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination

Freedom & Faith: A Question of Scottish Identity
by bellacaledonia
13 Mar 2014 at 11:05am
What is our understanding of Scotland’s spiritual identity? This is a time in Scotland’s history when the nation is intensely examining, rediscovering and re-shaping every aspect of its identity. The questions we have begun to ask about ourselves will be... Read More ›


Mental Health and Independence
by bellacaledonia
13 Mar 2014 at 10:29am
By Nicky Patterson Beyond the Great British Bunfight over facts, figures and legalities on the issue of Scotland?s independence from Westminster governance and its exit from the United Kingdom there exists a vast mass of experiential reasoning as to why... Read More ›


Untitled Projects present: Cain?s Book
by bellacaledonia
13 Mar 2014 at 9:46am
Untitled Projects are putting on a theatre performance based on Cain’s Book featuring film, photographic projection, formation dance interludes, and live music there are also cappella songs featuring in the evening, performed by the cast, including  a couple of songs by... Read More ›


Whose Land is it Anyway?
by bellacaledonia
12 Mar 2014 at 4:35pm
By Dòmhnall Iain Dòmhnallach An earlier version of this article was published in the Oxford Left Review in 2014 under the headline Whose Land is it Anyway? ? Radical Land Reform in Gaelic Scotland. It was in my last year of... Read More ›


Silence and Collusion
by bellacaledonia
12 Mar 2014 at 9:38am
Professor John Robertson to Education and Culture Committee on BBC response to research into bias in the referendum coverage: “I interpret the above as an attempt at thought control” Filed under: Media Tagged: BBC Scotland, Education and Culture Committee, John... Read More ›

Let?s Make Scotland Unrecognisable
by bellacaledonia
12 Mar 2014 at 9:17am
By Stewart McDonald Today sees a raft of news coverage about yet another set of figures showing just how wealthy a nation we really are. Scotland, according to these figures, would be the fourteenth wealthiest nation on earth if we... Read More ›

Standard but Poor
by bellacaledonia
12 Mar 2014 at 8:48am
By James Maxwell With the publication of the 2012/13 GERS figures this morning, the fiscal case for Scottish independence has ?collapsed?. Or so says Iain Gray, Scottish Labour?s shadow finance secretary. The reality, as ever, is rather different. GERS shows... Read More ›


The Near Abroad
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 4:56pm
By Gavin Falconer The trouble with an Ulster Unionist berating Scottish nationalism, as John Bew has done in the New Statesman,[1] is that it invites a rather obvious and unflattering comparison. Why, a reader might ask, should one favour a... Read More ›

Futurama
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 9:43am
By Mike Small Some details are beginning to emerge of Gordon Brown’s actual policy content from his secret meeting in Tollcross yesterday. There’s to be no control of income tax rates as the interim report suggested, but allow the Scottish... Read More ›


Tommy Sheridan on the Certainty of No
by bellacaledonia
11 Mar 2014 at 8:31am
Tommy Sheridan on social brutality, inequality, austerity Britain and how independence can reverse that trend … “85 individuals have a collective wealth greater than 3.5 billion people …” Filed under: Anti-Capitalism, Poverty Tagged: #indyref, Atos, austerity, Labour, Rochdale, Scotland


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Scottish independence: Rosyth owner Babcock raises "Yes" vote concerns - BBC ...
13 Mar 2014 at 1:57pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Rosyth owner Babcock raises "Yes" vote concerns
BBC News
The owners of Rosyth Dockyard have said Scottish independence could lead to additional "risk and uncertainty" for the company. Babcock managers told Rosyth workers that a "Yes" vote could mean the end of its Roy...


Scottish independence: Yes support at 6-month high - Scotsman
13 Mar 2014 at 6:53am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes support at 6-month high
Scotsman
SUPPORT for Scottish independence has reached its highest level for more than six months, according to a new opinion poll. When asked how they would vote if the referendum was held today, 39.3 per cent of those surveyed said Yes, c...


Scottish independence: Firms may decamp - Cable - Scotsman
13 Mar 2014 at 7:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Firms may decamp - Cable
Scotsman
In a keynote speech in Glasgow yesterday, Mr Cable said it was ?very difficult to see how major financial institutions could continue to operate? in an independent Scotland if First Minister Alex Salmond pursued his plan to retain ste...


Scottish independence: Economists clash on post-independence currency options...
12 Mar 2014 at 1:09pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Economists clash on post-independence currency options
BBC News
But Glasgow University's Prof Anton Muscatelli said a currency union would be in everyone's interests. The clash came ahead of Scotland's independence referendum. On 18 September voters in Scotland will b...


Scottish independence: balancing the books - BBC News
12 Mar 2014 at 6:51am

BBC News

Scottish independence: balancing the books
BBC News
Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland isn't the most riveting read, but it matters a lot in the independence debate. It is the assessment of Scottish government statisticians of how much Scotland raises in tax, and how much is spent ...


Scottish independence: Scotland could not keep the pound, says George Soros -...
12 Mar 2014 at 12:57pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scotland could not keep the pound, says George Soros
BBC News
Billionaire investor George Soros has said he does not think it would be possible for an independent Scotland to keep the pound. Mr Soros said a separate currency would be "potentially dangerous" and sugges...


Scottish independence: Rise of the town hall meeting - BBC News
13 Mar 2014 at 10:28am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Rise of the town hall meeting
BBC News
The independence referendum has heralded what some are calling a grassroots revival - the return of the public meeting. Hundreds of people are packing into town halls to listen to campaigners try to persuade them to vote for thei...


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK - BBC News
11 Mar 2014 at 3:22pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown outlines 'power-sharing' UK
BBC News
The Scottish government said only independence would give Scotland the powers it needed to flourish. Speaking in Glasgow ahead of the 18 September independence referendum, Mr Brown argued for a move away from a central...


Scottish independence: Scaremongering a myth - PM - Scotsman
13 Mar 2014 at 7:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scaremongering a myth - PM
Scotsman
DAVID Cameron will today say that Nationalist claims No campaigners are guilty of scaremongering are a ?myth? when he addresses the Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh. The Prime Minister will argue that ?serious, non-part...


Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum - Reuter...
10 Mar 2014 at 12:15pm

BBC News

Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum
Reuters UK
Bowie faced a flood of online abuse from nationalist "cybernats" last month when he said "Scotland, stay with us" at an awards show. Left-wing English singer and activist Billy Bragg, who supports independence, ...



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A Scottish neverendum? - Gulf Daily News
13 Mar 2014 at 9:30pm

A Scottish neverendum?
Gulf Daily News
It was a cold shower for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and the number of people planning to vote "yes" in the referendum dropped to 32 per cent, while the "noes" remained unchanged at 57pc. Lots of Scots would like independence if it doesn't cost them ......


Julian Calvert: Which way will Scotland's tabloids go on independence? - allm...
13 Mar 2014 at 7:07pm

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Julian Calvert: Which way will Scotland's tabloids go on independence?
allmediascotland.com (press release)
Less well known across the UK is the front page which appeared north of the border in May 2011 ? voters in the Scottish Parliament were told to 'Keep Salm ...


A currency 'con' - Scotsman
13 Mar 2014 at 7:03pm

A currency 'con'
Scotsman
Jim Fairlie (Letters, 13 March) expresses his incredulity at the SNP's currency ?plan?. I made a similar point on these pages some weeks ago but Mr Fairlie states the case much more cogently and, given that he is a lifelong Nationalist, surely he deserves a ...



Scotland can still do better on its own - Scotsman
13 Mar 2014 at 7:03pm

Scotland can still do better on its own
Scotsman
One particular aspect of the campaign is the use by the SNP of resources paid for by the state to publish its white paper and another is its similar use of civil servants paid for by the British public to undermine the fabric of the British state. No...


Super Nova Receives Positive N.I. 51-101 Report on the McAfee Well in Frio .....
13 Mar 2014 at 3:35pm

Super Nova Receives Positive N.I. 51-101 Report on the McAfee Well in Frio ...
Marketwired (press release)
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 13, 2014) - Super Nova Minerals Corp. (CSE:SNP) (PINKSHEETS:SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Super Nova") reports that the Company is in receipt of a...


The Battle of Scottish Secession - Power Line (blog)
13 Mar 2014 at 6:08pm

The Battle of Scottish Secession
Power Line (blog)
(Interestingly, the SNP also assures Scots that ?current [television] programming like EastEnders, Doctor Who, and Strictly Come Dancing?will still be available in Scotland.? Here's a thought experiment: how many upscale American liberals would con...


DYER STRAIT: To stay or go, the Scottish neverendum - Pentiction Western News
13 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm

DYER STRAIT: To stay or go, the Scottish neverendum
Pentiction Western News
It was a cold shower for the Scottish National Party (SNP), and the number of people planning to vote Yes in the referendum dropped to 32 per cent, while the ?noes? remained unchanged at 57 per cent. Lots of Scots would lik...


Former GCHQ chief says SNP's anti-nuclear stance would cast 'dark shadow ... ...
13 Mar 2014 at 3:42pm

The Independent

Former GCHQ chief says SNP's anti-nuclear stance would cast 'dark shadow ...
The Independent
Former GCHQ boss Sir David Omand has warned that the SNP's defence and security plans would cast ?a dark shadow? over a newly independent Scotland. He said that the SNP's anti-nuclear stance ...


SNP tuition fees plan 'a covert form of discrimination', says Labour - stv.tv
13 Mar 2014 at 10:55am

stv.tv

SNP tuition fees plan 'a covert form of discrimination', says Labour
stv.tv
The SNP hopes to maintain fee-free education for Scottish residents and continue to charge English, Welsh and Northern Irish residents in the event of independence. Scottish Labour said the SNP's plans would breach Eu...


Tourism in Scotland could see boost from Yes vote - SNP (press release)
13 Mar 2014 at 2:09pm

Tourism in Scotland could see boost from Yes vote
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed a poll which shows that tourists in the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland would not be deterred from visiting Scotland after a Yes vote ? and that tourism would actually receive a boost after indepen...



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

Crimea referendum no different to Scotland, says information minister - ITV News
13 Mar 2014 at 2:38pm

ITV News

Crimea referendum no different to Scotland, says information minister
ITV News
Crimea's new information minister has told ITV News' James Mates that the region's planned referendum is no different to the situation in Scotland and Catalonia. "It's the same situation as we will see in Scotlan...


Why Is Crimea Different From Scotland Or Kosovo? - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
13 Mar 2014 at 2:08pm

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Why Is Crimea Different From Scotland Or Kosovo?
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Politicians and Russian media have pointed to both the West's support for Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 and an upcoming referendum in Scotland that could see the coun...


Referendum: New poll puts support for independence at highest level this year...
13 Mar 2014 at 3:39am

Scottish Daily Record

Referendum: New poll puts support for independence at highest level this year ...
Scottish Daily Record
ALEX Salmond is facing an uphill battle to win the referendum ? despite support for independence rising to the highest level this year. A major new poll shows 39 per cent of ...


Rosyth 'unlikely' to carry out Royal Navy work after independence - stv.tv
13 Mar 2014 at 12:08pm

stv.tv

Rosyth 'unlikely' to carry out Royal Navy work after independence
stv.tv
"We pledge to support shipbuilding and defence jobs in Scotland regardless of the outcome of the referendum - it is a shame that No campaign politicians seem unable to do likewise. Let's not forget that the number of MoD...


Independence referendum: Scotland would have to commit to joining Euro to ......
12 Mar 2014 at 4:14am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Scotland would have to commit to joining Euro to ...
Scottish Daily Record
AN independent Scotland would have to commit to joining the euro if it wants to be a member of the EU, the Bank of England governor said yesterday. Mark Carney made clear that Al...


Crimea is not Scotland - Washington Post (blog)
7 Mar 2014 at 3:38pm

Washington Post (blog)

Crimea is not Scotland
Washington Post (blog)
Scotland decided to hold its referendum after the Scottish National Party won power on a platform that proposed independence. Those in Crimea's parliament who proposed its referendum were never voted into power, and were only put i...


Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war - Straig...
12 Mar 2014 at 5:00am

Straight.com

Gwynne Dyer: Referendum on Scotland's independence likely a long war
Straight.com
The referendum on Scotland's independence is only six months away, and suddenly the cautious sparring between the Conservative-led coalition government in London and First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-indep...


Cameron seeks to counter claims of 'scaremongering' in referendum - stv.tv
13 Mar 2014 at 7:08pm

stv.tv

Cameron seeks to counter claims of 'scaremongering' in referendum
stv.tv
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon dismissed Mr Cameron's ?increasingly ham-fisted? efforts to articulate the No campaign's message and claimed the Tories had ?no mandate? in Scotland. All three UK political parties h...


Scottish independence: Grangemouth 'not affected' by referendum vote - BBC News
10 Mar 2014 at 5:05am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Grangemouth 'not affected' by referendum vote
BBC News
"Increasing numbers of businesses - small, medium and large - are acknowledging that Scotland is an excellent place to do business, and will continue to be so after the referendum," the spokesman said. "With the f...


Scottish independence: Glasgow students 'vote' on the referendum - BBC News
10 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Glasgow students 'vote' on the referendum
BBC News
A mock referendum at Glasgow Caledonian University rejected independence, with 63% of students voting to remain in the UK. Meanwhile, Muslim students at Strathclyde University backed independence following a debate, w...



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Spinal Tap
13 Mar 2014 at 3:05pm

Despite being out for nearly 30 years I can say I have never seen it nor known much of about the ...



Sxsw
13 Mar 2014 at 11:53am

Hi Guys

 

Overwhelmed by the amount of texts/e-mails over the last few hours [including many from...



Check This Out For Spam Email!
13 Mar 2014 at 9:30am

Am ragin aboot this one!!!

 



East Kilbride - Car Share From Clydebank Or Surrounding Areas
13 Mar 2014 at 8:27am
I have recently started a new job in East Kilbride but living in Clydebank and not yet having a d...

Bomb In Partick
13 Mar 2014 at 8:11am

An old one

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-26563487

 

Traffic round there mi...



Learning A Language?
12 Mar 2014 at 4:08pm
Probably a thread thats been done to death over the years but cant see anything. Decided that I w...

Sometimes It's Just Not Your Day
12 Mar 2014 at 10:36am



Buildings Collapse
12 Mar 2014 at 9:51am
Couple of buildings collapse in Harlem, gas explosion thought to have caused it

Michael Kelly
12 Mar 2014 at 8:39am



2012-2013 Gers Figures - Due Today
12 Mar 2014 at 4:05am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-26541575

 

 

Given its share of offshore oil and gas revenu...




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

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...

What?s the weather like in Montenegro?
by James
12 Feb 2014 at 9:49am
The latest round of “positive campaigning” from the Westminster parties centres again on the curr...

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers a...

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...


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

Hammerblow for McDougall's crazy obsession with maintaining Tory rule from Lo...
by James Kelly
13 Mar 2014 at 7:06am
There have been a number of encouraging polls for the pro-independence campaign this year, but th...

Wisdom on Wednesday : No-one forced the MoD to put all their eggs in one basket
by James Kelly
12 Mar 2014 at 6:00am
"The Americans were much more sensible. When they set up house in the Holy Loch they brought most...

Telegraph shoot themselves in foot with headline implying that Andy Murray pr...
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2014 at 1:05pm
I've seen some bizarre, logic-defying Telegraph headlines on the subject of independence in my ti...

Anti-independence campaign disgrace themselves yet again by ignoring evidence...
by James Kelly
9 Mar 2014 at 10:22am
Most of us on the pro-independence side, particularly those of us who make online comments about ...

Sagacity on Saturday : Dragging the Westminster parliament kicking and scream...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"The Honourable Gentleman keeps referring to 19th Century practices in this place. Does he not th...

Let's play rounders!
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2014 at 11:39am
I've just noticed something rather peculiar.  Of the seven BPC pollsters that have published refe...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP open up big Scottish Parliament lead
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 9:08pm
So now we turn to the other side of the coin when it comes to the Ipsos-Mori enigma - they may be...

A bit more on polling methodology
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 10:56am
I thought you might be interested in this comment left by a user on Reddit. (I stumbled across i...

Ipsos-Mori consolidate their status as the extreme outliers
by James Kelly
3 Mar 2014 at 11:39pm
One thing that we can certainly deduce from yesterday's Ipsos-Mori poll is that the Yes campaign ...

YouGov poll shows support for independence rising to its highest level of the...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 8:42pm
Apologies for being a bit later than usual with this poll - I've been having the week from hell. ...

Sagacity on Saturday : What Blairites mean when they talk about 'decentralisa...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"In the Soviet Union, whatever the Constitution said, in practice the constituent republics were ...

Am I genetically programmed to review last night's Sturgeon v Lamont debate? ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2014 at 3:15am

Derek Bateman's verdict was : "If there's been a worse 'debate' anywhere, I missed it."  To which...



So should Cameron debate with Salmond, or should he just butt out of the refe...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:45am
I can't tell you how honoured I was to start my Tuesday morning by having a brief exchange of vie...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes - now in graphical form!
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:10am
Huge thanks to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, which offers a visual accompaniment to th...

Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
As the evidence mounts that journalists in the mainstream media (including the BBC, the Scotsman ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Scottish poverty report reveals cost of voting No
by Sean Lafferty
13 Mar 2014 at 10:47am
The appalling level of inequality in Scotland was revealed today with the publication of a report...

French politicians say Oui to Scotland?s EU membership
by Peter Dempsie
13 Mar 2014 at 8:42am
Two leading French politicians support Scotland?s continuing membership of the EU after independe...

Scotland has generated more tax per head than the rest of the UK
by Peter Dempsie
13 Mar 2014 at 8:00am

Scotland has generated more tax per head than the rest of the UK for each and every one of the pa...



Daily Digest: Yes support continues to grow and Yes to fair pay
by Stuart McDonald
13 Mar 2014 at 7:03am
A new Survation opinion poll carried by the Daily Record shows Yes support continuing to grow, an...

New poll shows 'Project Fear' is failing as support for Yes continues to rise
by Peter Dempsie
13 Mar 2014 at 5:11am
Yes Scotland today welcomed a new poll which shows support for Yes at its highest level so far si...

Yes Scotland chalks up student vote win in the heart of Glasgow
by Sean Lafferty
12 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
Yes Scotland tonight hailed another decisive win in the series of student independence debates.

'One of the wealthiest nations in the world - a fantastic starting point'
by Kevin Gilmartin
12 Mar 2014 at 2:08pm
Video of 9DW-0KjnQBc

Blair Jenkins gives his reaction to the GERS figures released today, sayin...



GERS: Scotland?s got firm financial foundations to be a successful independen...
by Stephen Noon
12 Mar 2014 at 5:42am
The evidence for Scotland?s strong financial and economic position is building with the publicati...

Scotland?s got what it takes to prosper with a Yes
by Peter Dempsie
12 Mar 2014 at 5:38am
'No' politicians want us to believe we are too poor to be independent, but the reality is very di...

Daily Digest: Scotland one of the world?s wealthiest countries
by Stuart McDonald
12 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
Scotland would be placed 14th in the rankings of the world?s wealthiest countries, the OECD - fou...

Daily Digest: TV #indyref bias to be explored and Leading economist backs sha...
by Stuart McDonald
11 Mar 2014 at 5:44am
According to the Herald, the Scottish Parliament is to investigate the findings of an academic re...

A Yes vote is the way to achieve tax and welfare powers Scotland needs
by Sean Lafferty
10 Mar 2014 at 10:31am
The fact that these former leaders agree that the Scottish Parliament needs significantly increas...

Daily Digest: Job insecurity, low pay and child poverty ? Westminster isn?t w...
by Stuart McDonald
10 Mar 2014 at 7:14am
The growth of zero-hours contracts is one of the reasons why so many hard-working people are fear...

Why we can, should and must be independent
by Stephen Noon
10 Mar 2014 at 5:10am

With six months to go to the referendum, the Yes campaign is moving up another gear. Between now ...



Westminster austerity offers Scotland's children a bleak future
by Sean Lafferty
9 Mar 2014 at 8:18am
A report by the Child Poverty Action Group has cast light on the damning future that could await ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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The Porridge - A Scottish satire website
11 Mar 2014 at 6:21am
Hello,   We launched comedy website The Porridge (http://theporridge.co.uk) just over a year ago,...

Cameron's poularity soars on Social Media
11 Mar 2014 at 1:22am
Unrelated to the Indy debate but an interesting insight into the mind of the Tory Westminster mac...

Predictions
9 Mar 2014 at 5:54pm
Just a bit of fun - so keep it sensible.

What do you think the final split in votes will be in th...

2015 UK general election voting intentions
9 Mar 2014 at 1:20pm

Stemming on from the other thread.

 

 

 

For me it would be Labour in the result of a no vote and...



Vince Cable, the rise of UKIP & the YES movement.
7 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Delivering a speech tonight outlining the divergent political ambitions between the Scottish Elec...

Yes Scotland Lady Gaga video goes viral!
7 Mar 2014 at 11:41am

A pro independence video of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube!

h...



The wonders of austerity
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31pm

A direct result of one of Ian Duncan Smith's policies.  I haven't seen this here yet, apologies i...



Better Together football match!
6 Mar 2014 at 10:42am

There might be a Better Together Cup!

Crazy story!

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/politics/...



Why is 'P&B' so disproportionately 'Yes' ?
6 Mar 2014 at 7:45am
Why does P&B contain such a disproportionate amount of 'Yes' voters ?      Is it just 'cause P&Bers ar...

More BetterTogether lies...
6 Mar 2014 at 4:58am
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/alex-salmond-london-is-dark-star-of-the-economy...

@ yes supporters: How will you react if the result is no
5 Mar 2014 at 10:10am

Just wondering.



We are #BetterTogether because...
4 Mar 2014 at 1:19pm

I have to argue this in some sort of debate type thing in university because my lecturer told me ...



Ukraine: A reason to vote no?
4 Mar 2014 at 8:03am

Of rUK couldn't afford nuke then the Russians could kill us all



New Labour writer accuses Scots of racism
4 Mar 2014 at 5:32am

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100261889/ukip-are-now-a-racist-party/

I point out to ...

Shite people write about the referendum on social media
3 Mar 2014 at 1:10pm

Some loony wrote this comment on a pro indy post somebody I was at school with made.

 

 

 

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Engineering interests in Scotland warn of risk of independence to business
by Severin Carrell
13 Mar 2014 at 5:51pm

Babcock issues statement confirming it has told unions independence carried some 'uncertainties for its business'

Major engineering interests in Scotland, including the defence contractor Babcock, w...




Scots, undo this union of rogues. Independence is the only way to fulfil your...
by Tariq Ali
13 Mar 2014 at 12:00pm

For the first time since 1707, Scotland has its sovereignty, honour and dignity within its grasp

Independence is the only way Scotland can realise its full political and cultural potential in the 2...




Scotland's deficit of £12bn damages Alex Salmond's case for independence
by Severin Carrell
12 Mar 2014 at 9:34am

Expected sharp decline in oil revenues Fall in North Sea oil revenues cut Scotland's revenues by £4.5bn from the previous year

Alex Salmond's economic case for independence endured a blow after it e...




Which way now for public services in Scotland?
by Saba Salman
12 Mar 2014 at 2:00am

In September, Scottish residents will vote in an independence referendum. We asked experts working in housing, local authorities, social work, charities and public health what impact a yes vote mig...




Scotland is already a country apart, and a social democratic one | Peter Heth...
by Peter Hetherington
11 Mar 2014 at 1:37pm

For 15 years, the country has steered a course that is at odds with both New Labour and the coalition government

Hell hath no fury like leftish politicians scrapping over social policy. On the surfa...




North Sea oil is key to an independent Scotland | Gavin McCrone
by Gavin McCrone
11 Mar 2014 at 11:51am

The pound and the EU are important issues for the health of the economy. But without this revenue stream it would suffer

A small country may sometimes do better economically if it is independent tha...




Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer? | Nicola McEwen
by Nicola McEwen
11 Mar 2014 at 11:00am

Plans to scrap the bedroom tax and roll back other welfare reforms are all very well but a future Scottish government will be constrained by finances

At its height, the welfare state was a symbol of...




Carney: RBS may have to move HQ to England if Scots vote for independence
by Sean Farrell
11 Mar 2014 at 10:13am

'It's a distinct possibility,' Bank of England governor tells MPs, referring to EU rules on where banks can be headquartered

Royal Bank of Scotland may have to move its headquarters to England if Sc...




Scottish referendum has power to renew British politics | Severin Carrell
by Severin Carrell
11 Mar 2014 at 7:30am

Researchers are using the Scottish independence referendum to conduct a holistic study of voting patterns

Scottish independence? Its civil service is already there

Would independence make Scotland's ...




Why I'll be voting yes to Scottish independence | Bob Holman
by Bob Holman
11 Mar 2014 at 6:50am

An independent Scotland led by the Scottish National party would reduce poverty and narrow the gap between rich and poor

Scotland is already a country apart, and a social democratic one

I was born in...




Steve Bell on Gordon Brown and Scottish independence ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
10 Mar 2014 at 7:22pm

Former Labour PM calls for Scotland to have right to set tax and welfare policies

Steve Bell



Scotland: the Brown blueprint | Editorial
by Editorial
10 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm

Former PM has proposed Westminster should cede several fiscal levers of power to Holyrood

It was Alex Salmond who wanted to put enhanced devolution on the Scottish referendum ballot, and he may feel...




Lib Dems back Labour's post-Scottish referendum devolution proposals
by Severin Carrell
10 Mar 2014 at 12:28pm

Brown and Campbell urge parties to agree to devolve more powers to Holyrood in event of vote against independence

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are edging towards a post-referendum pact on furthe...




Scotland's dirty secret: it has Thatcherites too | Andy Beckett
by Andy Beckett
10 Mar 2014 at 6:24am

Tartan Toryism helped Thatcher win. After the referendum, we'll know how deep it really runs

Scotland has a dirty secret. Many Scots liked Thatcherism. But these people have been written out of hist...




Scottish independence: one in three firms could relocate after a yes vote
9 Mar 2014 at 6:04pm

Survation poll of 100 Scottish businesses shows 36% would consider moving following a yes vote on 18 September

More than a third of Scottish firms may relocate outside Scotland in the event of indep...




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