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Publication of list of missing files delayed for eight weeks
11 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
MOST of the 114 missing Home Office documents potentially linked to child sex abuse allegations in Westminster appear to be about routine inquiries from ≠politicians, according to the department's top official.

Leaders condemn violence carried out in name of Islam
11 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
MUSLIM leaders in Britain have condemned the ≠extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), expressing their "grave concern" at continued violence in its name.

SNP anger at lack of consultation on emergency data law
10 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
THE Scottish Government has hit out at the "lack of prior consultation" from UK ministers before fast-track legislation to ensure police and security services can access mobile and internet data was announced.

Taxpayers lost out on £1bn in sell-off of Royal Mail
10 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
TAXPAYERS have lost £1 billion in the "botched" sell-off of Royal Mail because the UK Government underestimated the demand for shares, according to a damning new report.

Factfile The new Bill
10 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
l Will this bill give the state new powers to spy on people's phone calls and emails?

Defra pays £580m fine for payment chaos
10 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
The bill to taxpayers in Brussels' fines for the Government's mishandling of EU financial help for farmers is likely to top £580 million, a public spending watchdog said.

Rumours fly that Boris Johnson could fight for vacant Tory safe seat
10 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
AN opportunity has opened up for London Mayor Boris Johnson to make a Commons return after the sitting MP in a Tory safe seat announced he will not be standing at the next General Election.

Civil servants to strike as part of biggest action since 1926
9 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
PUBLIC services face disruption today as thousands of civil ≠servants join as many as an ≠one million workers south of the Border in a strike over pay.

Blue Dave goes on the attack as if he had Alex Salmond in his sights
9 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
AFTER a comradely agreement about how the Tour de France had been a tour de force in England, PMQs sped down hill very quickly as round two of the NHS statistical ding-dong between Ed and Dave took hold.

Baroness backed by PM to lead inquiry into abuse
9 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron is steadfastly standing by Baroness Butler-Sloss as head of the new wide-ranging inquiry into historical child abuse allegations despite calls for her to step aside because she is an Establishment figure.

Team UK football proposal shot down in flames
9 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
THE failure of the England football team in the World Cup has prompted a Tory MP to resurrect the controversial idea of scrapping the four home nation teams and creating a single UK one - just two months before Scots vote on independence.

Tax baseline is set too low after error
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE head of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has apologised to MPs for an error which led tax officials wrongly to claim they were bringing in billions of pounds in additional tax revenue for the Exchequer.

Minister sacked for 'unacceptable' acts
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
WALES's Environment Minister Alun Davies has been sacked from his post for "unacceptable behaviour".

Mandarin tells MPs of concern at missing 114 files
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE top mandarin at the Home Office has admitted he is "concerned" more than a hundred files linked to allegations of paedophile activity in Westminster have gone missing.

Harman: Snub by Brown was sexist
8 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
Harriet Harman has suggested Gordon Brown sidelined her as prime minister because she was a woman.


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Scots? fears of EU exit boost independence support
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

SUPPORT for independence would increase in the run-up to the ­referendum if Scots feared the UK would exit the EU, a poll for The Scotsman has revealed.



Church braced for abuse scandals, warns archbishop
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

AN INQUIRY into allegations of child sex abuse at the heart of the Establishment is likely to turn up fresh claims about the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted.



Space, the final frontier in independence debate
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND could host the UK’s first dedicated base for space-planes, according to new Westminster plans.



Sturgeon warns Europeans could lose right to stay
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that ­keeping an independent ­Scotland out of the EU could mean people from other European nations living in Scotland could “lose the right to stay here”.



Yes campaign in U-turn on suspended politician
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Yes campaign was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over its use of a Labour politician who supports independence in its publicity material after learning he was banned from standing as an MP for boasting about his sex life and making racist comments.



The Scotsman cartoon: Independent Scotland and EU
13 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland being kept out of the EU would put at risk the residency rights of people from other European states living in the country after it became ­independent.



Brian Monteith: Taking Barnett?s name in vain
13 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

New formula needed, mostly to stop nationalists being economical with the truth, writes Brian Monteith



Lesley Riddoch: Lost faith in justice system
13 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

The Establishment should be made to face up to corruption allegations that threaten democracy, writes Lesley Riddoch



Leaders: Pressure must be brought to bear on Israel
13 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

News that Israeli troops have been deployed inside the Gaza Strip for the first time in the current conflagration marks a deeply troubling escalation of a heavy offensive that has already been under way for a week.



Corby says No in mock independence referendum
13 Jul 2014 at 9:10am

An English town dubbed ‘little Scotland’ has held its own mock independence referendum.



Independence: No vote ?would hurt Scots NHS?
13 Jul 2014 at 8:59am

THE NHS in Scotland would be “hit by hugely damaging cuts” if there is a No vote in the referendum, according to the Deputy First Minister.



£2.2m to help develop Scots wind farms
13 Jul 2014 at 8:58am

A PROJECT to reduce the cost and time it takes to establish offshore wind farms is to benefit from £2.2 million of Government funding.



Belle & Sebastian frontman now backing Yes vote
13 Jul 2014 at 8:56am

BELLE & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch says he has changed his mind about independence as a result of the debate and he now backs Scotland going it alone.



Over 40 quango chiefs paid more than Alex Salmond
13 Jul 2014 at 6:12am

MORE than 40 quango bosses are paid more than the First Minister’s £141,000 annual salary, research has found.



Leaders: Time running out for Yes vote
12 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

WITH a little more than two months to go until the referendum on Scottish independence, the Yes campaign has problems.




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Sometimes you wonder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jul 2014 at 12:36pm
To be fair, the article in today’s Sunday Mirror isn’t shy about setting out its position. “In the end it will all come down to two little words. One of which will save our 300-year union with Scotland. The other will rip it to shreds.†If Scotland?s Bravehearts vote YES on September 18 it will tear […]

The state?s revenge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jul 2014 at 8:00am
We were in quite a cheerful†mood last night. The “indy cyclist” Mark Coburn had just achieved the goal on his latest fundraiser for various Yes groups, which meant that any extra money raised between now and the end of the project next Friday would go to the Maryhill Food Bank run by Julie Webster, which […]

A war on two fronts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jul 2014 at 6:28am
Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald, 13 July 2014: “The Scottish Parliament is responsible for health in Scotland but funding remains with Westminster through the Barnett Formula, which increases or decreases every year in line with health spending in England. The intention of the UK health reforms is to get private companies to take on […]

They are legion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2014 at 6:59am
Alert readers may recall a piece two months ago when we gently mocked the No campaign’s comical claim to have “more boots on the ground than its nationalist opponents“. An article in the Telegraph suggested that “Better Together” could deploy 30,000 grassroots activists to knock doors and hand out leaflets paid for by millionaire Tory […]

The guest editor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
We assume Danny Alexander has been writing for the Record this morning. We still haven’t been issued with our special UK Goverment Scottish Independence Costs Calculator†by the Treasury, but we nevertheless still feel fairly confident that £550 million minus £250 million is £300 million, not £3 billion. It’s not just a clumsy typo where someone’s […]

Bullying epidemic escalates
by Chris Cairns
11 Jul 2014 at 8:00pm

Scottish media rediscovers voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2014 at 11:00am
Our ever-alert readers will almost certainly recall – for it was only four days ago – this piece, in which we noted the Scottish media’s curious reluctance to cover what looked like a pretty blockbusting story. Professor Sir Donald Mackay of the pro-devolution think tank Reform Scotland, an extremely†distinguished businessman and adviser to the UK […]

A little advance warning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2014 at 8:00am
An alert and concerned reader living in the USA sent us a survey this week. It claimed to be from a charity called The Friends Of Scotland, which first rang a bell with us in relation to a very popular article we ran about six weeks ago, and which referred to a committee in the […]

Sprinting for the line
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
The Daily Record has a new poll from Survation today, with the same razor’s-edge findings as their last one. With don’t-knows excluded, the vote is poised at 47 Yes 53 No, which is statistically a dead heat (as polls of this size have a 3% margin of error). The paper oddly chooses to lead not […]

A tale of two hearts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2014 at 12:43am
From last night’s Question Time. We don’t think it’s funny. We think it sums up the respective campaigns pretty well, in truth.


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Lawyers call for referendum answers
13 Jul 2014 at 6:40pm
The Law Society of Scotland says important questions on Scotland's future remain unanswered.


Scotland could host UK spaceport
12 Jul 2014 at 6:04pm
The UK government wants to establish a spaceport by 2018, with six of the eight potential locations sited in Scotland.


Funding to cut cost of wind energy
12 Jul 2014 at 6:04pm
The Scottish government confirm £2.2m of funding for a project which aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.


Scotland 'must choose head of state'
11 Jul 2014 at 6:18pm
An independent Scotland must be allowed to choose its head of state, Scottish republicans argue.


Referendum debate audience sought
13 Jul 2014 at 6:42pm
Audience members are being sought for a BBC Radio Scotland independence referendum debate in Inverurie.


Report criticises quango pay
13 Jul 2014 at 7:29am
Forty-three senior quango executives in Scotland are paid more than the first minister, according to a new report.


'Little Scotland' votes for UK unity
13 Jul 2014 at 11:40am
A mock independence vote held in a part of England dubbed "Little Scotland" rejects breaking up the United Kingdom.


Pensioners 'could be better off'
11 Jul 2014 at 6:01am
Pensioners in Scotland could be £260 a year better off after independence, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says.


Scottish oil claims 'fantastical'
11 Jul 2014 at 8:42am
The chief secretary to the treasury claims the Scottish government is offering voters a "fantastical" future based on unrealistic oil forecasts.


Robison defends Commonwealth uniform
11 Jul 2014 at 10:56am
Shona Robison urges people to get over their objections to Team Scotland's Commonwealth Games uniform and back the team.


Minister unhappy over consultation
10 Jul 2014 at 7:38am
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill accuses the UK government of a "lack of prior consultation" over new surveillance powers.


Tendering for new planes starts
11 Jul 2014 at 5:01am
Plans to buy two new planes to serve the lifeline air service linking Barra, Tiree and Campbeltown with Glasgow take a step forward.


Teenagers admit trying e-cigarettes
10 Jul 2014 at 10:10pm
Almost a quarter of 13 and 14-year-olds in Scotland have tried electronic cigarettes, according to Ash Scotland.


Single energy market recommended
10 Jul 2014 at 6:44am
Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland becomes independent, a report says.


North Sea oil revenue 'to fall'
10 Jul 2014 at 10:45am
The OBR predicts dwindling revenue from North Sea oil will increase the pressure on government finances over the coming decades, but the Scottish government dismisses the figures as "nonsense".


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Just who exactly are the OBR and are their forecasts on oil believable?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Jul 2014 at 6:03am

† By Martin Kelly

In March 2013 I wrote an article which looked at the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) and asked whether its forecasts on oil revenue were believeable.

Since the article was published, the body set up by George Osborne has revised its forecasts for the oil and gas sector downwards several times - the latest by a whopping twenty five per cent.



A new Scotland ... A new media
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Jul 2014 at 2:12am

† By G.A.Ponsonby

On Sunday I went along to an event in Glasgow organised by the Common Weal. †It was ostensibly a Yes supporting event but there were discussions and performances that wandered into other related areas.

One such was the media. †Head of the Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, gave an impassioned speech about the need for a Yes vote. †He also gave the audience a glimpse of what†a new media could look like post referendum.



Labour Pains
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Jul 2014 at 12:54am

By Derek Bateman

The agony of the real Labour voter?trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man?s club of Tory donors and yet impotent and unable to speak up. Month after month of humiliation as pro-Trident Jim Murphy champions their cause, the Clyde shipyard workers are turned into traitors, and bankers, aristocrats, landowners and millionaire bosses pay their bills. Meanwhile their real option of Devo Max is first removed from the ballot and then castrated by their own party as an act of expediency.



A shift in political power
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jul 2014 at 1:08am

By George Kerevan

On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world for the better. It was quite a shock. Hardly any of them wore smart suits or were looking for a parliamentary career. There were lots of women as well as men, and children as well adults. And lots and lots of folk under 30. Was this truly a political gathering?



Lights out BBC in an independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jul 2014 at 1:03am

By Mark McNaught

Living in France detached from the daily slugfest of the ?Scottish? media, attending the recent BBC protest in Glasgow really hit home the degree to which the media landscape has been so dominated by the BBC, the London-based newspapers, and commercial corporate colossus media.



Australian Federation vs Scottish Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jul 2014 at 2:02pm

By Tim Morgan

One day this year this Australian was looking for sign language videos and by chance I came across one by sign4scotland YouTube channel ? suddenly I was exposed to the Scottish independence debate and I was hooked.

The more I read, the more I realised that the obvious choice was for Scotland to become independent.



Do you think Britain is a fair country?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jul 2014 at 1:23pm

By Russell Bruce

Most of us feel reasonably comfortable if a bit squeezed.† We hear a lot about inequality, fuel poverty, cuts to the benefits of the disabled, the rise of foodbanks.† But how much do we really think about whether our society could be fairer?

With the independence referendum we have an opportunity to re-examine what it is to be part of Britain and how British we may or may not feel and how that links with our Scottish identity.



Veteran socialist Ena McLean explains why she is voting Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jul 2014 at 3:56pm

By Ena McLean

ENA McLEAN is a veteran socialist, a warm, lively woman in her seventies who lives in Knightswood, Glasgow. She rejoined the SSP last year. She was due to speak at a recent SSP public meeting in Knightswood on the socialist case for independence, but was ill on the day and couldn?t deliver her speech. But Ena is keen to share her thoughts so here is the speech she would have delivered.



People's power in the independence battle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
6 Jul 2014 at 2:13pm

† By Ken Ferguson

Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic voting system which guarantees that, whoever wins, policies remain big business and banker friendly with only mild differences in tone between the so called mainstream parties.

It was against this reality that, in the latest foray north of the border by a Westminster ?Big Beast? Miliband?s ?vision? of a No-voting Scotland at the heart of a supposedly renewed and progressive UK had, as one respected commentator said ?the impact of a blancmange hitting concrete?.



Independence ? Dare to dream Alex
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jul 2014 at 8:44am

† By Lesley Riddoch

I had a dream last night.

The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit ? two months before he addressed a quarter of a million people at the March for Liberty in Washington, 1963.† What has that famous, soaring speech got to do with the relatively humdrum realities of the Scottish independence campaign? Bear with me.




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CBI emails were deleted says Electoral Commission as questions remain over ca...
by Peter A Bell
13 Jul 2014 at 5:50am

Communications between the Electoral Commission and the CBI that led to a meeting to discuss the independence referendum, have been deleted the electoral watchdog has told Newsnet Scotland.


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£1/4 million of public cash wasted after UK Govt anti-indy leaflet blunder
by Peter A Bell
13 Jul 2014 at 5:48am

A quarter of a million pounds of taxpayers’ cash has been wasted by the UK Government after a printing blunder meant anti-independence leaflets had to be shredded, an insider has claimed.


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Scottish independence poll shows stalling Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
13 Jul 2014 at 5:36am

SUPPORT for Scottish independence has fallen over the last month, according to an exclusive poll which suggests the Yes campaign is stalling.



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If it is true that the British parties' "strategy to offer more Holyrood powers has hardened the No vote" then this means only that t...



Questions over Better Together's registration for referendum role
by Peter A Bell
13 Jul 2014 at 4:22am

BETTER Together's place in the referendum campaign was last night thrown into confusion, after it emerged its official application to take part contained the wrong address.


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Scottish independence: ?Yes? at 41% in new poll
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 11:13am

POLLING firm Survation have recorded their highest-ever level of support for a ‘Yes’ vote in September’s Scottish independence referendum in a new opinion poll.


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Energy crisis warning after power imported from England
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 10:38am

SCOTLAND is on the brink of an energy crisis, a leading expert has warned, after it emerged the country has begun to rely on electricity produced in England to keep the lights on.


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This whole article is almost comically contrived as a piece of Magnus Gardham's trade-mark anti...



Legal expert cited by SNP reveals why he will vote No
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 10:00am

A DISTINGUISHED legal expert, whose views have been used to support Alex Salmond's case for independence, explains today why he will vote No in September's referendum.


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Scottish independence: Alexander in Salmond blast
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 9:30am

ALEX Salmond is being unfair to voters in the referendum by “promising milk and honey” when he should be spelling out the “painful choices a separate Scotland would have to make”, the UK’s chief treasury minister has claimed.


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The guest editor
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 7:38am

We assume Danny Alexander has been writing for the Record this morning. We still haven't been issued with our special UK Goverment Scottish Independence Costs Calculator by the Treasury, but we nev...



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The third Scotland won't be denied - whatever the referendum result
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 7:30am

John Harris in Edinburgh: Outside Scotland's two dominant parties a group of radical young voices is blazing a trail for a fresh kind of left politics


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Guardian journalist, John Harris, speaking at Yestival
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 7:25am
Its refreshing to hear from a journalist who comes to Scotland, listens carefully to what is being said, then reports back to London media with a candid open-minded honesty.  The fact this hasn't h...


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Scottish media rediscovers voice
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 7:00am

Our ever-alert readers will almost certainly recall - for it was only four days ago - this piece, in which we noted the Scottish media's curious reluctance to cover what looked like a pretty blockb...


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Common Cause?
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 6:55am

It’s a truism that, down the centuries, Scotland’s greatest export has been its people. Indeed, a strong element of the current Year of Homecoming—allied with the hosting of the ...


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A little advance warning
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 6:31am

An alert and concerned reader living in the USA sent us a survey this week. It claimed to be from a charity called The Friends Of Scotland, which first rang a bell with us in relation to a very pop...


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The Referendum
by Peter A Bell
12 Jul 2014 at 6:22am

This is a collection of posts that chart my personal journey (in reverse) over the two years leading up to the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014 11 July 2014 LOOK TO THE HEART A...


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More than 40 Scottish quango bosses are paid £141,000 - more than First Minis...
by dailyrecord
13 Jul 2014 at 6:26am
AND think-tank claims quangos are not sufficiently accountable to Scottish Parliament and people.


Sunday Mail Opinion: As we head into the final straight for the referendum, i...
by Mail Opinion
13 Jul 2014 at 3:50am
WE asked two leading political journalists, Jamie Maxwell and David Torrance, to set out the issues for and against today - it's a worthwhile read.


Independence made easy: Two political journalists launch guide for voters to ...
by dailyrecord
13 Jul 2014 at 3:29am
JOURNALISTS Jamie Maxwell and David Torrance have written a handy guide for voters as the referendum looms nearer.


Scotland has the power to dismantle a 300-year union which saw our soldiers m...
by Carole Malone
13 Jul 2014 at 12:00am
Sunday Mirror columnist Carol Malone says: "our finest hours down the centuries have been together but maybe the marriage really is over"


Record View: Whether we like it or not - Scotland needs immigrants to bolster...
by Record View
12 Jul 2014 at 4:09am
SCOTS would be more open to immigration if they felt secure about public service funding and job prospects says RECORD VIEW


More than half of voters are against SNP plans to increase immigration to ind...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Jul 2014 at 3:59am
MOST Scots want fewer immigrants coming into the country says Daily Record poll on referendum issue.


Alex Salmond demands Danny Alexander apologises for a missing 'mountain of bl...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Jul 2014 at 3:52am
THE Lib Dem Treasury minister had accused Salmond of offering a ?fantastical picture? of what ≠an ≠independent Scotland?s oil-pumped finances would be.


Iain Duncan Smith could be axed in Tory reshuffle as desperate David Cameron ...
by Jason Beattie
11 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Work and Pensions minister and former Tory leader has come in for criticism from opponents and charities over his mishandling of brutal welfare cuts.


Record View: History can't show a country broken
by Record View
11 Jul 2014 at 3:56am
WITH just 10 weeks to go to polling day RECORD VIEW reckons we need to act and campaign with dignity and grace because we need to live with each other and shape our country long after the referendum is over.


Torcuil Crichton: Sam Galbraith is a voice which demands attention especially...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Jul 2014 at 2:10am
TORCUIL recalls a spell in hospital as a youngster in which Sam Galbraith was part of a team which helped him overcome a serious head injury.


Independence referendum: Yes vote will jeopardise the vital cross-border care...
by dailyrecord
11 Jul 2014 at 1:51am
GALBRAITH, who went through life-saving surgery in Newcastle 25 years ago, fears a vote for independence could put barriers in the way of people facing the same serious health problems he battled through.


Scottish independence: New poll shows vote is on a knife edge with just five ...
by Torcuil Crichton
11 Jul 2014 at 1:36am
THE Survation poll of 1013 Scots†revealed that, with less than 10 weeks to go, more Scots are inching towards the Yes camp.


Video: Well-kent faces from world of showbiz, sport and business lend their s...
by dailyrecord
10 Jul 2014 at 12:34pm
THIRTY-TWO celebrities including Brian Cox, Elaine C Smith, Martin Compston and Andrew Fairlie appear in the five-minute video which was produced by award-winning Freak Films.


Labour peer escapes probe over 20 historic child sex abuse claims because he ...
by Tom Pettifor
10 Jul 2014 at 3:32am
THE member of the House of Lords will not be arrested or interviewed by police investigating the alleged sexual assaults on vulnerable boys in children's homes.


Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassion...
by Annie Brown
9 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
BREAST surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford was recorded giving a speech to the Women for Independence group as she predicted that the NHS would die in ten years if Scots vote No


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Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 4:57pm
Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politics. He cares deeply about the outcome of the referendum. As good luck would have it, he discovers that Britain's flagship current affairs show is coming to his home town.


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True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final. Th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 2:06pm
True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final.

The Krauts or the Argies?

We've had to kick both of them into touch with our military might.

Would have been so much easier if England had only got through to the final - like they are entitled to.

Anyone help us out...

John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 12:27pm
John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?




Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal se...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jul 2014 at 4:08pm
Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal setback today as it was revealed that members of UKOK were behind the design of the new uniforms for the opening ceremony Commonwealth Games.


Blow for Salmond as UKOK admit designing Commonwealth Games kit
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Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!




BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the hap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the happy news from Edinburgh Zoo that Tian Tian's has conceived, with fingers crossed that it turns into a full blown pregnancy.

Please leave your competition entry in the comments.

1st prize: "Gie me a doin" date with the...

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest war...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jul 2014 at 3:13pm
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest warship is to be donated to Glasgow City Council.



Cameron donates HRH Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow City Council
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The vessel herself serves no conceivable military purpose in the 21st century, as we ca...

EXCLUSIVE NEWS The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resig...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 3:30pm
EXCLUSIVE NEWS
The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resign following the revelation that he may have fathered a secret love child in the 70's.


UKIP MEP may have nationalist love child
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5 Jul 2014 at 5:18am



SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson has today warned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS
Scottish Labour?s health spokesperson has today warned that separation from the protective umbrella of the United Kingdom will see the reintroduction of nit nurses in schools north of the border and may result in draconian border quarantine measures to prevent Scotlandshire ...

Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!




Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm
Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with being an elected Labour politician.

Those damn Natz and their kids done for a future leader of Scotlandshire Labour.




Congratulations Andy Murray. You're Scottish again!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 4:50pm
Congratulations Andy Murray.

You're Scottish again!




Andy Murray

www.andymurray.com

Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jun 2014 at 2:51pm
Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small amount of intelligence suggested crazed Cybernatz were about to mount a dirty protest against the national state broadcaster.


BBC bully protest declared a flop
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we wa...

Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jun 2014 at 3:43pm
Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again.

Goodness knows how abusive the Scotch foreigners will become if the Natz somehow many to win the pretendy separation referendum in a few months.





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Whose Side Do You Want To Be On? (The Infographic?s Tale)
by bellacaledonia
13 Jul 2014 at 8:31am
by Kevin Williamson It wasn’t exactly worthy of the name “infographicgate” but when it appeared online the above picture†sent the chieftains†of the No campaign into†purple apoplexy yesterday. Heid Naysayer Blair McDougall led the stampede to condemn the official Yes Scotland... Read More ›

Jackie Kay! The Pastels! Broken Records! Jock Scot! Rachel Maclean! All toget...
by bellacaledonia
12 Jul 2014 at 3:00am
Seeing as this is my last day in the Editor’s chair before Mike returns†suntanned and rested I’m going to take the opportunity to brazenly, blatantly†and†unapologetically plug an amazing†Neu! Reekie! event I’ve helped organise. It’s a showcase of some of Scotland’s... Read More ›

Guardian journalist, John Harris, speaking at Yestival
by bellacaledonia
11 Jul 2014 at 3:00pm
Its refreshing to hear from a journalist who comes†to Scotland, listens†carefully to what is being said, then†reports†back to London media with a candid open-minded honesty. †The fact this hasn’t happened very much†is partially responsible for the ignorance and disinformation so... Read More ›

Common Cause?
by bellacaledonia
11 Jul 2014 at 11:50am
by Paul F Cockburn It?s a truism that, down the centuries, Scotland?s greatest export has been its people. Indeed, a strong element of the current Year of Homecoming?allied with the hosting of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow?is attracting visitors... Read More ›

Here?s the great new Vote Yes campaign video?
by bellacaledonia
11 Jul 2014 at 6:29am
“We have a chance to change our future”.Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Vote Yes campaign video

Journey To Yes
by bellacaledonia
10 Jul 2014 at 6:36pm
by Deirdre Forsyth I am a single parent, now retired from local government where I worked most of my life, and have been a supporter of Scottish independence for many years.† So when the Edinburgh Agreement was signed and it... Read More ›

The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair?
by bellacaledonia
10 Jul 2014 at 7:46am
by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland?s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2†hour debate broadcast by STV on 5th August.† Unless you are David... Read More ›

How Scottish football could benefit from independence
by bellacaledonia
10 Jul 2014 at 5:05am
by Stephen O’Donnell A quick glance through the Scottish Government?s white paper on Independence will reveal that virtually no mention is made of Scottish sport in the 600+ page document. This is perhaps understandable, given that any claim by the... Read More ›

?Imagine A Better Scotland? ? The Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour (Wed-Sat)
by bellacaledonia
9 Jul 2014 at 9:57am
National Collective: ?Imagine A Better Scotland? is the Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour, brought to you by National Collective. Over 4 days and nights, at Summerhall Arts Centre, National Collective presents a series of events designed to engage, inspire... Read More ›

Enthusiastic Scots rally round to revive hutting
by bellacaledonia
9 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
The Broons with their But an? Ben might be a national icon ? but the truth is that very few Scots are as lucky to have a simple, back-to-nature retreat to escape to with their families.†On Saturday, Scots from all... Read More ›


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'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum - BBC News
13 Jul 2014 at 6:47pm

BBC News

'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum
BBC News
A mock independence vote held in a part of England dubbed "Little Scotland" has rejected breaking up the union. The ballot, which was held during Corby's annual Highland Gathering, saw 576 votes cast with 162 backing ...


Scottish independence: Scotland 'must choose head of state' - BBC News
11 Jul 2014 at 6:19pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scotland 'must choose head of state'
BBC News
An independent Scotland must be allowed to choose its head of state, Scottish republicans have argued. The Scottish government has pledged to keep the Queen as head of state in the event of a "Yes" vote in the 18 September...


Scottish Independence: Could It Be A 'Ticking Time Bomb' For Northern Ireland...
12 Jul 2014 at 3:34am

Scottish Independence: Could It Be A 'Ticking Time Bomb' For Northern Ireland?
Huffington Post UK
People have made stark predictions of what Scottish independence could mean for Northern Ireland, a place that is haunted by a history of violence, well within living memory. The strong connection betw...


Scottish independence: 'Yes' at 41% in new poll - Scotsman
11 Jul 2014 at 6:18am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Yes' at 41% in new poll
Scotsman
Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign, described the latest poll as ?extremely encouraging?. He said: ?This is the highest level of support for Yes so far in the Daily Record/Survation polls, and...


Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote - The ...
10 Jul 2014 at 1:31pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote
The Independent
The 29-year-old boxer is talking about the Scottish referendum on independence. A veteran of two past Games, winning bronze in Delhi four years ago and competing in Melbourne in 2006, he is contemp...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling formally agree TV .....
9 Jul 2014 at 1:24pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling formally agree TV ...
Telegraph.co.uk
For the Yes campaign, it is a golden opportunity to convert the tens of thousands of extra Scots polls suggest they need to win the election. For the pro-UK campaign, there is the chance to...


Scottish independence: Single energy market should continue, says report - BB...
9 Jul 2014 at 8:56pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Single energy market should continue, says report
BBC News
Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland became independent, a report has said. The report came from a commission which examined possible regulation...


Thales warns on Scottish independence - Financial Times
13 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm

Thales warns on Scottish independence
Financial Times
Thales has become the latest defence contractor in Scotland to warn about the risks of independence, as its UK chief executive said a Yes vote in September would probably make business more difficult. Victor Chavez, the chief executive of Thales...


UBS: A No vote on Scottish independence will still shake financial markets - ...
10 Jul 2014 at 3:45am

CITY A.M.

UBS: A No vote on Scottish independence will still shake financial markets
CITY A.M.
International investors aren't taking the Scottish referendum seriously enough. That's the verdict from Swiss bank UBS. In all their discussions with investors, "the topic of Scotland's independence refere...


Scottish independence: support for Yes campaign falls - Evening Standard
13 Jul 2014 at 7:09am

Evening Standard

Scottish independence: support for Yes campaign falls
Evening Standard
"With just over two months to the referendum, we believe our message that only with the powers of independence can we make the wealth of Scotland work for all the people will win over the large number of people w...



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Lawyers demand plan B answers - The Times (subscription)
13 Jul 2014 at 6:21pm

Lawyers demand plan B answers
The Times (subscription)
The Law Society of Scotland has accused the SNP government of failing to provide enough information about some of the most fundamental issues concerning the country's future. The independence referendum takes place in less than ten weeks and th...


Margo Mobile bid for 'Yes' cash - MidLothian Advertiser
13 Jul 2014 at 6:09pm

MidLothian Advertiser

Margo Mobile bid for 'Yes' cash
MidLothian Advertiser
She most recently served as an independent MSP after leaving the SNP, but remained a strong supporter of independence and was described as "the brightest light in the Scottish political sky" at a memorial service after her d...


Poll shows Scots want to keep politics out of the Games - Express.co.uk
13 Jul 2014 at 5:36pm

Express.co.uk

Poll shows Scots want to keep politics out of the Games
Express.co.uk
In rare cross-party agreement, 91 per cent of Conservative voters, 88 per cent of Labour and Lib Dem voters, and 80 per cent of SNP voters said the two week event should be politics free. Just 10 per cent said such b...


The 'third Scotland' won't be denied - gulfnews.com
13 Jul 2014 at 11:01am

The 'third Scotland' won't be denied
gulfnews.com
Some of them may blur into the more creative fringes of the SNP, but a lot of people believe that Salmond's party is both Janus-faced ? trying to combine Nordic social visions with essentially Anglo-American economics ? and increasingly arrogant and...


Scottish independence referendum: Border skirmish in the offing? - The Journal
13 Jul 2014 at 10:22am

The Journal

Scottish independence referendum: Border skirmish in the offing?
The Journal
This means that Scotland's inclusion within the common travel area would not mandate the absence of any border controls ? contrary to what the SNP have claimed in their independence white paper, ?Scotland's Futu...


Reshuffle distracts from DWP in 'utter shambles' - SNP (press release)
13 Jul 2014 at 3:26am

Reshuffle distracts from DWP in 'utter shambles'
SNP (press release)
Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said: ?When it comes to welfare, Westminster is an utter shambles. ?While the UK government may be focusing on reshuffling their cabinet, they need to urgently ...


Sillars launches the Margo Mobile campaign to fight for indy - Herald Scotland
13 Jul 2014 at 4:09am

Herald Scotland

Sillars launches the Margo Mobile campaign to fight for indy
Herald Scotland
Ms MacDonald was the ''blonde bombshell'' who scored a shock SNP victory in Govan in 1973 and was an SNP MSP in the first Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a dispute with the party she won three landmar...


WITH just two months until Scotland's historic referendum on independence ......
13 Jul 2014 at 3:57am

Scottish Daily Record

WITH just two months until Scotland's historic referendum on independence ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP contend that Scotland's economy has failed to achieve its potential within the Union and Scottish economic growth rates have lagged behind those in many comparable- sized...


Yes campaigner says 'MP peddling scare stories over yard jobs' - Greenock Tel...
12 Jul 2014 at 3:00am

Yes campaigner says 'MP peddling scare stories over yard jobs'
Greenock Telegraph
The SNP man declared: ?It is beyond belief that Iain McKenzie ? a member of the London parliament ? claims that only Westminster can protect Scottish shipbuilding. ?This is an industry that, in the last 30 years, has ...


The Twelfth: Orange Order will resist SNP attempts to take Scotland out of th...
12 Jul 2014 at 9:03am

Ballymoney and Moyle Times

The Twelfth: Orange Order will resist SNP attempts to take Scotland out of the ...
Ballymoney and Moyle Times
The Loyal Orders and Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland will staunchly resist any attempts by the Scottish National Party to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. T...



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'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum - BBC News
13 Jul 2014 at 6:47pm

BBC News

'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum
BBC News
A mock independence vote held in a part of England dubbed "Little Scotland" has rejected breaking up the union. The ballot, which was held during Corby's annual Highland Gathering, saw 576 votes cast with 162 backing ...


Questions over Better Together's registration for referendum role - Herald Sc...
12 Jul 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Questions over Better Together's registration for referendum role
Herald Scotland
However, the Commission was unable to say if the application complied with the relevant section of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013, which is the critical law involved. A Yes campaign sourc...


Scottish independence: 'I will respect referendum result', says Juncker - BBC...
9 Jul 2014 at 11:26am

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'I will respect referendum result', says Juncker
BBC News
The president-designate of the EU Commission is reported to have said he would respect the result of Scotland's referendum. On Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker met with a group of MEPs. Mr Juncker told them he wa...


Scottish independence: Corby, England's "little Scotland", to hold mock refer...
13 Jul 2014 at 7:11am

CITY A.M.

Scottish independence: Corby, England's "little Scotland", to hold mock referendum
CITY A.M.
The English town of Corby, Northamptonshire, is holding a mock Scottish independence referendum today as part of the town's Highland Gathering, an annual event featuring Scottish music and dancing....


New referendum poll suggests support for Yes vote has fallen - stv.tv
13 Jul 2014 at 5:01am

New referendum poll suggests support for Yes vote has fallen
stv.tv
Support for Scottish independence has fallen and more voters believe further devolution will be delivered in the event of a No vote, according to a poll. A total of 34% of people said they support a Yes vote in the latest poll by I...


Scottish independence referendum: Border skirmish in the offing? - The Journal
13 Jul 2014 at 10:22am

The Journal

Scottish independence referendum: Border skirmish in the offing?
The Journal
One question that keeps raising its head in the Scottish independence debate is about border controls and what would happen between Scotland and the rest of the UK at border towns like Gretna Green ? a particula...


Mock referendum in "little Scotland" - ITV News
13 Jul 2014 at 2:32am

Mock referendum in "little Scotland"
ITV News
An East Midlands town nick-named "little Scotland" is holding a mock referendum on Scottish independence. It is being held as part of the annual Highland Gathering in Corby. Thousands of people who live in the Northamptonshire town are of Scottish ...



Report: Scottish independence referendum debate from Portree - BBC News
8 Jul 2014 at 4:04pm

BBC News

Report: Scottish independence referendum debate from Portree
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Portree, on Skye. On the panel: Labour MSP Jenny Marra, Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, actor David Hayma...


#Highlander give amazing (but slightly scary) speech on Question Time - Metro
12 Jul 2014 at 4:07am

Metro

#Highlander give amazing (but slightly scary) speech on Question Time
Metro
As the referendum for Scottish independence draws closer, opinions and emotions are getting louder and more impassioned by the day. However this noble gentleman definitely takes the biscuit. Some people were a little c...


Independence referendum: Vote Yes to save the NHS says top surgeon - Scotland...
12 Jul 2014 at 8:36am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: Vote Yes to save the NHS says top surgeon
Scotland Now
THE NHS in Scotland will die within 10 years without a Yes vote, according to one of the country's top breast surgeons. The alarming prediction from Dr Philippa Whitford, 55, has provoked a storm of controve...



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Israel ?
13 Jul 2014 at 5:38pm

I wish someone could explain to me why Israel massacres innocent civilians. A country many of who...



Century In Film: From Scotland With Love
13 Jul 2014 at 3:18pm
Just watching this just now (recording the wc final to watch when its quieter later tonight)

The...

Alton Towers Basket Ball Stall Near Rickshaw
13 Jul 2014 at 3:06pm
My brother in law won a unicorn out of despicable me.

He wasn't allowed to play again as he knows...

Now It Looks Certain Scotland Wants To Remain British
13 Jul 2014 at 8:05am

The Yes vote is drifting drasticlly .

 

 

Can i have some sort of Apology ? 



Do You Want A Rocket Launch Site Near You In Scotland
13 Jul 2014 at 6:50am

The UK government have listed 3 possible sites in Scotland out of 8 in the UK.for a Rocket Launch...



Red Arrows "chocs Away"
13 Jul 2014 at 4:26am

Staggered to find out that this piece of imperial supremacy costs 300 million to fund per annum P...



T In The Park
12 Jul 2014 at 6:47pm
Jesus wept

Too Dangerous To Fly
12 Jul 2014 at 2:56pm

yep the most expensive plane in history has been grounded because it's too dangerous to fly and t...



Baton Relay
12 Jul 2014 at 2:34pm

got to be the proudest moment ever my very good lady,and best pal with the baton todayhttp://iche...




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Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
by Libby Brooks
11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...



Scottish independence referendum campaigners' donations published
by Libby Brooks
8 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

Both camps trade insults as the Electoral Commission publishes its first report on donations to r...



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...



Scottish independence referendum: moderator calls time on online abuse
by Libby Brooks
16 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Moderator of the church of Scotland warns that a tiny minority of cyberbullies is drowning out th...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from JK Rowling to Hillary C...
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 8:52am

With 100-ish days to go, light and shade from another seven days of campaigning

Cannae be arsed th...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of comp...




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

Huffington Post's credibility on referendum reporting lies in tatters after b...
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2014 at 9:19am
Just a very quick post, because I'm almost lost for words. This is the way Huffington Post UK ha...

Is that it?! ICM poll the No campaign have been crowing about all evening sh...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2014 at 6:09pm
This month's ICM poll has just been released, and shows only margin of error changes.  The headli...


"I'm a gardener" : Eyebrows raised after latest shock claim by spin doctor Mc...
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2014 at 12:31pm
It was a lovely, hot, sunny day yesterday, and naturally I couldn't think of anything I'd rather ...

Unrounded Survation figures confirm the No lead has fallen to its lowest leve...
by James Kelly
11 Jul 2014 at 9:12am
As I suspected they would, the newly-released Survation datasets confirm two things - a) the Yes ...

Support for independence soars to highest ever level in landmark Survation poll
by James Kelly
10 Jul 2014 at 6:50pm
The new Survation poll for the Daily Record has just been released, and it shows a strikingly sim...

Believe me when I say to you, I hope the Middlelanders love their children too
by James Kelly
9 Jul 2014 at 10:30am
Well, it's now official from the BBC website - the unspoofable Tory MP Rory Stewart has abandoned...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Never forget how fortuitous our opportunity is...
by James Kelly
9 Jul 2014 at 5:30am
"If I had the chance to be independent from the Tory-Liberal-New Labour bunch, I'd jump at it."

Fi...

Anecdotal evidence for Shy Yes Syndrome
by James Kelly
8 Jul 2014 at 11:06am
You might remember that ICM tainted the results of their last-but-one referendum poll by asking a...

A few more bits and bobs from the TNS-BMRB poll
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2014 at 8:57pm
One thing that always amuses me when I read through the TNS datasets is the crossbreak that shows...

Extraordinary : the opinion poll the No campaign were gloating about last nig...
by James Kelly
6 Jul 2014 at 8:15am
There have been a lot of contradictory suggestions about what "the main lesson" of the new TNS-BM...

New TNS-BMRB poll shows 2% increase in support for independence
by James Kelly
5 Jul 2014 at 9:27pm
Well, the plot thickens.  As we were waiting for a poll in the Sunday Post that No campaign staff...

Marking your card for tomorrow
by James Kelly
5 Jul 2014 at 7:26pm
There's a new referendum poll out tomorrow in the Sunday Post.  If it follows the same pattern as...

More on Kellner
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2014 at 11:59am
Just to let you know I've written an article for Newsnet Scotland about this week's ongoing YouGo...

Are Peter Kellner and YouGov Yes Scotland?s hidden asset?
by James Kelly
3 Jul 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post by Alasdair Stirling

YouGov's Peter Kellner has written an extraordinary blog article...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The insult is in proportion to our size
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"It's a racist argument that Scots uniquely cannot run a country when there are smaller nations t...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Vote Yes for fairness and prosperity ? Plaid ex-Leader
by Sean Lafferty
13 Jul 2014 at 8:49am

The people of Scotland must vote Yes in September, because they would bitterly regret a No vote i...



Yes Scotland says new poll shows there is everything to play for
by Sean Lafferty
13 Jul 2014 at 4:35am

Commenting on a new ICM poll published today by Scotland on Sunday, Yes Scotland Chief Executive ...



Voting Yes for Scotland?s families
by Angus Millar
11 Jul 2014 at 10:09am
Families across Scotland have so much to gain from a Yes vote on September 18. By taking control ...

What Yes means for older people
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Jul 2014 at 6:59am
Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and spending on pensions is more afforda...

Support for Yes rises to new high in Survation poll
by Sean Lafferty
11 Jul 2014 at 4:32am

Yes Scotland is now within touching distance of success in September, according to a new Survatio...



Oui picnic in the park organised by French for Yes on Bastille Day
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jul 2014 at 6:34am

French-born MSP Christian Allard is inviting French people and Francophiles alike to celebrate th...



Yes from distinguished academic and former Royal Society president
by Peter Dempsie
10 Jul 2014 at 6:19am

Yes campaigners today warmly welcomed the support of Sir Michael Atiyah, one of Britain?s most di...



A Yes vote can help tackle fuel poverty in Scotland
by Angus Millar
10 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Independence will deliver the powers that Scotland needs to tackle rising energy bills and addres...



Senior Labour member back Yes for Scotland?s workers
by Peter Dempsie
9 Jul 2014 at 7:52am

A senior Labour Party member from Scotland has said a Yes vote is the best route to a brighter fu...



NHS Scotland - Westminster controls the purse strings
by Peter Dempsie
9 Jul 2014 at 5:48am
"As a breast cancer surgeon I know that treating cancer involves multi-speciality teams, often ac...

Yes Scotland response to the Electoral Commission donations publication
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jul 2014 at 11:29am

Supporters of Yes Scotland have been ?overwhelming? in their generosity according to the campaign...



Yes Scotland responds to No campaign pensions paper
by Sean Lafferty
8 Jul 2014 at 7:41am

A former Labour Party stalwart has called the No campaign?s pensions paper published today ?meani...



Westminster?s austerity obsession is harming people
by Angus Millar
8 Jul 2014 at 3:31am
Westminster?s austerity obsession is harming people, communities and enterprise across Scotland. ...

Perspective: With Yes, we can work to create a fairer and more inclusive Scot...
by Peter Dempsie
8 Jul 2014 at 2:08am
My reason for voting Yes hinges on the prospect of achieving more equality and social justice in ...


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Scottish Independence Debate

Important information about independence bill
12 Jul 2014 at 7:16pm

I've sat and picked apart certain parts of the newly posted "Scottish Independence Bill" and have...



So why are people voting NO?
11 Jul 2014 at 4:01pm
Still to hear valid reasons why people are voting NO and there's only a couple of month left till...

This... this is what No voters are like...
11 Jul 2014 at 3:51am

 

 

We should be lucky he stopped short of shouting "No Surrender".

 

 



Question Time
10 Jul 2014 at 4:31pm

From Inverness tonight and could be interesting as, for once, there are no politicians on the pro...



Our friends in the south
10 Jul 2014 at 10:22am

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/07/04/our-friends-in-the-south/

 

"The progressive left in Lond...



Those who vote 'No' have no place in Scotland post-ref..
9 Jul 2014 at 1:34pm
Pretty much as the title says. Those voting "no" are just desperate for gentle caress of their co...

Most deplorable 'Better Together' politician.
8 Jul 2014 at 11:54am

Very much the crème de la crème of lying b*****ds but who gets your vote for the most risible?



Borders
8 Jul 2014 at 5:35am



2046 world cup bid?
7 Jul 2014 at 9:32am

Just mulling something over, but by 2046 we could have been an independent country for 30 years.

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Commonwealth Games
7 Jul 2014 at 3:11am
I know there are myths regards the effect sport has on the electorate's vote. An oft-quoted exam...

Sod the polls - let's get a picture ourselves
6 Jul 2014 at 7:58am

Rather than worrying about why all the polls seem to think we're heading for a No vote, let's try...



The Orange Order and the Independence Debate
5 Jul 2014 at 12:52pm

Knowing that there would be a watchful eye over their antics today, you would have thought that t...



No Voters - What would it take for you to vote Yes.
4 Jul 2014 at 1:25am

As the title says - what would it take for No voters to become convinced to vote Yes?

 

Didn't cr...



What would it take for you to vote no?
3 Jul 2014 at 3:13am

I know there's trust issues (and historically just ones at that) that Westminster would offer som...



Nazi slurs from Better Together
1 Jul 2014 at 1:29pm

Kathy Wiles was selected on Monday to be the Labour Party candidate for Angus at the 2015 general...




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Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch switches to back Scottish independence
by Press Association
13 Jul 2014 at 4:39am
Formerly pro-union musician says he now believes Scotland should go it alone

The Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch has said he has changed his mind about independence as a result of the de...




Yes or No? Scotland's stars take sides in independence debate
by Kevin McKenna
12 Jul 2014 at 5:43pm
Sean Connery and Frankie Boyle say yes. David Tennant and Susan Boyle say no. Will Scots be swayed by the celebrity vote?

The Better Together campaign is to unveil later this week a phalanx of UK ce...




Lucy Mangan: never mind Scottish independence, let's balkanise the whole island
by Lucy Mangan
12 Jul 2014 at 2:00am
'Come Scottish independence, there will be puffins on the Isle of Noss who have more say in what goes on at Holyrood than anyone in England does in Westminster, up to and including Nick Clegg'

There...




The third Scotland won't be denied - whatever the referendum result | John Ha...
by John Harris
11 Jul 2014 at 10:14am
Outside Scotland's two dominant parties a group of radical young voices is blazing a trail for a fresh kind of left politics

The session is titled Seven minutes to Yes. Seven supporters of the organ...




Danny Alexander: Alex Salmond's portrait of Scottish finances 'fantastical'
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
11 Jul 2014 at 8:26am
Chief secretary to the Treasury's letter circulated a day after OBR's oil and gas revenue projections lowered by a quarter

Danny Alexander has accused Alex Salmond of offering a "fantastical pictur...




Scottish referendum: Salmond and Darling finally agree date for TV debate
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
10 Jul 2014 at 4:58am
First minister and Better Together campaign leader end weeks of wrangling to confirm plan for two-hour live independence debate

The date for a live television debate between Alex Salmond and Alistai...




Romanticising the Scots does Scotland no favours | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
10 Jul 2014 at 1:00am
The argument that Scotland's problems are exceptional, and solvable only by independence, is wrong on both counts

Rule one in British politics, according to Harold Macmillan, was never to invade Afg...




Why independence is on the minds of Scottish islanders | Madeleine Bunting
by Madeleine Bunting
7 Jul 2014 at 3:04am
Land reforms since devolution give islanders the sense that Edinburgh, not London, is more attuned to their needs

It was clear the minute I drove off the ferry on Barra in the Outer Hebrides. A mass...




General election and EU referendum worries main risks to business, says poll
by Katie Allen
6 Jul 2014 at 6:02pm
Threats ranked ahead of September's Scottish independence vote and impending interest rate rise for chief financial officers

Political uncertainty around next year's election and the prospect of a r...




Scottish business leaders stifled in independence debate
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
6 Jul 2014 at 11:00am
Several say they have felt under direct pressure from Scottish government to remain silent on issue

Business leaders claim they have felt under direct pressure from the Scottish government to remain...




Scottish independence supporters carve 25-metre 'yes' into hillside
by Press Association
6 Jul 2014 at 9:52am
Four men hope to influence voters after using garden strimmers to make political statement in Banffshire town

Independence supporters have carved a 25-metre yes into a Scottish hillside.

Richard O'Ne...




Scotstoun: where Scottish independence feels like a threat
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
4 Jul 2014 at 11:28am
Once proud, but now largely impoverished, the Glasgow district is wary of more potential job cuts in the event of a yes vote

The streets around the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow's Scotstoun, one o...




Supercarrier made in Britain hailed as flagship for Better Together campaign
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Jul 2014 at 9:59am
HMS Queen Elizabeth, built in England and Scotland, held up as prime example for why Scots should vote no on independence

Britain's largest ever warship, a vast aircraft carrier, has been welcomed i...




Cameron direct plea to Scots Tories: 'Independence will break my heart'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Jul 2014 at 1:11pm
Party rally in Perth hears prime minister associate 'pride and patriotism' to voting for Scotland to remain united with rest of UK

David Cameron says a vote backing independence for Scotland would "...




Cameron unveils £500m funding for Glasgow before 'no' campaign rally
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Jul 2014 at 7:05am
PM announces deal to boost infrastructure investment and employment which he says will create up to 28,000 jobs

David Cameron has confirmed that Glasgow has become the latest city to win special fun...




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Wee Ginger Dug
Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Labour?s six unanswered questions
by weegingerdug
13 Jul 2014 at 6:48pm
I had that wee Wullie Bain at my door the other day. I didn’t know it was Wullie at the door, seeing as how at the time I was engaged with a wullie of my own – which I refuse to describe as wee, se...

Eddi Reader: Uncut and unscripted
by weegingerdug
12 Jul 2014 at 11:12am
This video is part of a series for Scotland’s Big Yes No Debate.† Presented by Tabitha Mudaliar, in this video Eddi Reader, the highly acclaimed Scottish singer songwriter and musician, talks openl...

A message to Scotland from an Aboriginal elder
by weegingerdug
11 Jul 2014 at 5:38pm
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, an Arabunna elder from Lake Eyre in South Australia sends a message to support an independent, nuclear free Scotland. He apologizes to the people of Scotland because 42m litr...

Another letter from a wee sheared Orange lamb
by weegingerdug
11 Jul 2014 at 10:07am
  a Guest Post by Lauren Reid I am just an ordinary mum from Bathgate campaigning for Scotland to become an Independent Nation. I’m not a secret SNP activist nor have I ever voted for them in my li...

Martin Kettle?s pandanoculars
by weegingerdug
10 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm
You have to love Martin Kettle, desperately seeking an intellectual case for Scotland to remain within the Union, and all the while he examines Scotland from afar through the wrong end of ink cover...

EU certainty? Here?s a certainty ? we can?t be expelled
by weegingerdug
9 Jul 2014 at 2:08pm
In his blog yesterday, Derek Bateman gave a link to a legal paper published this month by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, a professor of European and Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford....

Solidarity with Scotland: an update
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 9:17pm
The international campaign Solidarity with Scotland has been active for over three months now, being born in April 2014 out of an initiative of ordinary Scots and Galicians, and is coordinated by P...

Indy Pet Dance
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 5:38pm
Let’s have a wee celebration of Pets for Yes.† To kick things off, here’s a Dug Wi Wings. Send the dug a photo of your Yes Pet and I’ll add it to a new Indy Pet Dance page on the main menu bar abov...

What John McTernan did on his holidays
by weegingerdug
8 Jul 2014 at 12:20pm
John McTernan, in case you’re lucky enough never to have heard of him, which makes this your unlucky day, was once employed as Tony Blair’s spin doctor. He then went off to Australia to perform the...

The alienation of an alien nation
by weegingerdug
7 Jul 2014 at 1:31pm
So we’ve had Danny Alexander making up statistics about start up costs and his arithmetical nervous breakdown being taken apart by the very man who supplied the raw data to begin with. The Foreign ...


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

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five†for our rolling sequence of Survation†polls, conducted as always in partnership with the†Daily Record†and Dundee University’s†5 Million Questions. The June†results are†here, and the...

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to†@pastachips†for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to†Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at†WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for†today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear stance is one of the few pieces of political radicalism, along wi...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburgh and London, and a shared frame that could have been designed between them to drive down turnout. T...


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