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Government backs Bill to enshrine development aid spending in law
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
The Government has endorsed a Liberal Democrat-sponsored Bill to write into law a minimum 0.7% spending commitment on international aid, despite objections from Tory backbenchers.

Boris Johnson chosen to fight safe Tory seat
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
BORIS Johnson has been selected as the Conservative candidate to fight the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the General Election.

Final bill for MPs' expenses is claimed as a victory for new regulatory regime
11 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
THE total bill for MPs' expenses and costs rose from £98 million to £103 million last year, according to the latest figures.

Northern Ireland's peace in peril, says Adams
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
SINN Fein president Gerry Adams has said Northern Ireland's political process is in serious difficulty.

Libor fines should pay Gurkha pensions, urges concerned Conservative MP
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE money generated from Libor fines should be used to support Gurkha veterans forced to survive without army pensions, an MP has said.

Pressure on Russia over downed plane
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government has issued a fresh request to Russia to help investigators gain access to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.

£100m of tax bills paid with art
10 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Works of art and other heritage objects worth more than £100 million were accepted by the Westminster Government instead of tax over a five-year period, new figures show.

UK unexpectedly given supervision of EU financial services
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
NEW European Commission ­President Jean-Claude Juncker has unexpectedly handed super­vision of EU financial services to Britain.

Speaker told to wait on Clerk's appointment
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
Former Labour Cabinet minister Jack Straw is to chair an inquiry into the governance of the House of Commons amid a row over the hiring of a new Commons Clerk.

Obama sends best wishes to athletes
9 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
BARACK Obama has wished the teams competing in the Invictus Games well as Prince Harry staged a party to welcome those taking part in the sporting spectacle.

Blair aide defends terror suspect meeting
8 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
Tony Blair's former chief of staff has defended his decision to meet with an on-the-run republican terror suspect as part of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland.

Labour MP Jim Dobbin dies on trip to Poland aged 73
7 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
ED Miliband has paid tribute to the Labour party backbencher Jim Dobbin, who has died aged 73.

Alliance assures Kiev that Nato member states will be defended
5 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has given a cautious welcome to a ceasefire in Ukraine but insisted what was needed was a long-term peace plan, warning that the West would not accept any partition of the crisis-torn country.

Obama: The West will defeat 'extremist nihilism' of the Islamic State terrorists
5 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
BARACK Obama has made it clear the West will defeat the "extremist nihilism" of the Islamic State as he toughened up his stance after claims of a lack of leadership by the US president against the terror threat.

Miliband told to offer EU vote or risk losing General Election
5 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
ED MILIBAND risks losing next year's General Election if he does not offer voters a referendum on the EU, the leader of the UK's largest union has warned.


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Scottish independence: Yes protest at BBC ?bias?
14 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm

YES supporters have held a demonstration outside BBC Scotland’s headquarters in what they said was a protest over the broadcaster’s coverage of the referendum.



Tory donor John McGlynn backs Scottish independence
14 Sep 2014 at 9:27am

A leading businessman who has donated cash to the Conservatives has said he is voting Yes in the independence referendum because the offer of more power for Holyrood is “too little too late”.



Scottish independence: Yes confident of victory
14 Sep 2014 at 9:18am

PRIVATE canvassing data collected by the campaign for Scottish independence shows a majority for a Yes vote, its chief executive has revealed.



Michelle Mone ?scared? of Scottish independence
14 Sep 2014 at 8:19am

Bra Queen Michelle Mone says she is “very scared” about the prospect of Scottish independence and that more Holyrood powers is the “way forward for Scotland.”



Scottish independence: Yes/No enter final week battle
14 Sep 2014 at 8:09am

THE rival camps in the Scottish independence debate are embarking on a concerted effort to win over undecided voters as a clutch of polls failed to give any decisive indication as to how the country will vote in Thursday’s referendum.



Scottish independence: no repeat referendum - Salmond
14 Sep 2014 at 7:46am

SCOTLAND’S First Minister has said the independence vote is a “once in a generation” opportunity as he pledged not to bring back another referendum if Scots choose to remain in the UK.



?Devo Manc? call for devolution to Manchester
14 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

MANCHESTER should be given income-tax raising powers and complete control of spending within five years as a blueprint for granting full devolution to English cities, a think tank said.



Scottish independence: Darling slams Yes ?bullying?
14 Sep 2014 at 7:14am

BETTER TOGETHER campaign chief Alistair Darling today said the “bullying” tactics of the Yes campaign in the referendum is the worst he has encountered in more than three decades in politics.



Scottish independence: EU negotiations under way
14 Sep 2014 at 5:10am

ALEX SALMOND today revealed that he has opened negotiations with other European countries including France, Spain and Italy about the prospect of an independent Scotland joining the EU.



Comment: The huge costs of Scotland getting small
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

AS THE SONG says, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” The Scottish push for secession from the United Kingdom takes for granted the benefits of peaceful, deep, economic, social, and political integration, all of which will indeed start to go following a Yes vote.



Alex Salmond: A rare moment for any nation
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

First Minister Alex Salmond says we can vote for independence with our hearts and heads



Orange Order rally over ?evil? threat to Union
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Scottish independence: The Better Together campaign last night distanced itself from a “Proud to be British” Orange Order rally which warned against the “divisive and evil enemy” of Scottish nationalism and of the “delusional” politics of First Minister Alex Salmond.



Andrew Wilson: No voters reflect on Project Fear
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

DECIDED or leaning, if No is in your mind as you ponder your vote this week, I urge you to do me the privilege of reflecting on the next few hundred words. I will respect your final judgment, of course I shall.



Claire Black: My referendum vote remains the same
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

THE next time you read this column, things will be different. Not everything – the world will still be turning on its axis, you still won’t be able to find a tape measure when you need one – but no matter which way the vote goes on Thursday, we’ll all be changed for it. Many of us already are.



Scottish independence: How was it for you?
13 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

With the big vote just days away, impassioned activists and impartial onlookers alike tell Dani Garavelli how the referendum campaign has made an indelible mark on their lives




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We are not afraid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2014 at 3:30am
Alert readers will remember that Gordon Brown, who is apparently some sort of former politician, has recently been spreading the completely baseless scare story that Scots would no longer receive organ transplants or blood transfusions from other people in the UK (and vice versa) in the event of independence. Last night, not long after the […]

And then my heart went boom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 4:54pm
The picture the BBC chose to illustrate events in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street today: What was actually happening: Make up your own mind.

To my friends in Labour
by James Forrest
13 Sep 2014 at 6:59am
Hello. Some of you will know me, but most of you won?t. That?s alright. That?s not important. All you have to know right now is that I’m just like you. We may well be on different sides in this referendum race ? I’m on team Yes ? but we are the same. I come from […]

If you love someone, keep them prisoner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
An interesting piece in the Herald today: Right there, in just two sentences, the spirit of the Union: English people think they should have been allowed to force the Scots to remain in the UK against their will. If 70% of English people voted against independence (or even in fact, if just 70% of the […]

Unicorns over Cowcaddens
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 3:30am
The below appears to be Magnus Gardham’s column in today’s Herald. Braveheart will not be shown on TV until after the referendum, and thank heavens for small mercies. Star and director Mel Gibson himself notes that the film is a “historical fantasy” and shouldn’t be taken as the accurate portrayal of Wallace’s life. And it […]

The opposite of prestige
by Chris Cairns
13 Sep 2014 at 1:00am

Getting in a pickle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2014 at 2:00pm
Yeah, okay, we know the joke doesn’t quite work because the spelling’s not right. But there’s already plenty of comedy in the fact that Richard Branson is the latest celebrity to sign up to the No camp. Why? That’s why. Still, bless ‘em for trying.

In sickness and in health
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
We couldn’t help but notice Labour peer, Stalin-moustache enthusiast and celebrity Bobby Ball lookalike Lord/Baron Robert Winston standing at the front of the party’s boorish stag-party gathering of MPs and MSPs in Glasgow yesterday, as Ed Miliband railed against the dastardly SNP and insisted that the NHS wasn’t under threat. (We didn’t see Andy Burnham among the […]

Vote stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2014 at 6:00am
An extraordinary letter sent out to members by trade union USDAW this week: It’s not extraordinary that the union should choose to take a No position. It’s perfectly entitled to do that, and to advise its members of its view. It’s the last paragraph that blows us away. Not just the ironic juxtaposition of “Don’t […]

What passes for subtlety
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Sep 2014 at 3:27am
Former Labour spindoctor Charlie Whelan in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald: Click to enlarge as Whelan segues seamlessly from terrible Scottish “nationalism” to racial genocide in Auschwitz, because, you know, Yes voters are all basically Nazis*. *George Galloway’s comments (made in his capacity as a nominated representative of “Better Together”) from yesterday’s BBC “Big Big Debate” […]


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Leaders stress Scots vote will stand
14 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Alex Salmond says the independence referendum is "a once in a generation opportunity" while Alistair Darling says there would be "no way back".


Crowd protests against 'BBC bias'
14 Sep 2014 at 10:42am
A large crowd gathers outside of BBC Scotland's Glasgow HQ to protest against an alleged institutional bias against Scottish independence.


Salmond: 'Celebration not reckoning'
13 Sep 2014 at 9:08am
Alex Salmond praises former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars but says there will not be a "day of reckoning" following a "Yes" vote.


Shop costs warning over 'Yes' vote
13 Sep 2014 at 12:29pm
The bosses of three major retailers warn Scots consumers could face higher prices if Scotland votes for independence.


What price Scottish independence?
12 Sep 2014 at 2:39am
If people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are no longer buying British when buying Scottish, will Scottish businesses sell less south of the border?


MPs to debate more Scotland powers
14 Sep 2014 at 12:00pm
Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to lead a House of Commons backbench debate on increasing the powers of the Scottish Parliament.


Referendum business row intensifies
12 Sep 2014 at 3:30pm
The referendum row over business intensifies as big name retail bosses plan to publish a letter warning of price rises if Scots vote "Yes" to independence.


Farage urges Queen to back No vote
12 Sep 2014 at 6:55am
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he thinks the Queen should intervene in the Scottish independence referendum.


Campaigns in debate clash over NHS
11 Sep 2014 at 2:58pm
Supporters and opponents of independence argued over the best way to protect the NHS during the BBC's Big, Big Debate in Glasgow.


Shop bosses in new 'Yes' vote warning
12 Sep 2014 at 11:49am
The BBC learns that leading retailers are planning a joint warning of higher business costs should Scotland become independent as the war of words heats up.


Child exploitation 'severe problem'
12 Sep 2014 at 8:07am
A children's charity says Scotland must learn lessons from the child sex abuse scandal uncovered in Rotherham.


'Largest' electorate for referendum
11 Sep 2014 at 7:18am
More than 4.2 million people have registered to vote in the independence referendum, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland.


Scotland 'on cusp of making history'
11 Sep 2014 at 7:01pm
Scotland is on the "cusp of making history" by voting for independence, the country's first minister says as he addresses the international media.


Scotsman newspaper backs 'No' vote
11 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
Edinburgh-based newspaper The Scotsman has come out in support of a "No" vote in next week's Scottish independence referendum.


Independent Scotland 'would prosper'
11 Sep 2014 at 5:18am
Aberdeen Asset Management chief Martin Gilbert predicts Scotland will prosper whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.


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An Orange Morning in Edinburgh
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Sep 2014 at 8:37am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
On Saturday, I took the 10am train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we pulled out of the station the tinny sound of flute band music on mobile phones began.  A woman near the end of the corridor had a Union flag on her lap.
 
Across the aisle from me sat four burly men.  They were all drinking cans of Stella.  The youngest had a soft, babyish face and wore an Orange t-shirt with a Rangers crest framed by the motto "we are the people" in ornate font.



Zero votes for NO after democratic debate in Usdaw meeting
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Sep 2014 at 5:59am

By an Usdaw member, reporting from her union branch debate

Exactly a week before the Referendum, I attended what I think is the only branch of Usdaw in the whole of Scotland to have a well advertised, democratic debate of union members between Yes and No, with speakers for each side, and a full, fair debate where members' questions and concerns were answered.



Vote Yes to throw off elite rule
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Sep 2014 at 4:12pm

By Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP

The referendum has seen the greatest explosion of political engagement in our lifetimes.  People in Britain are generally told that it?s best if we let our betters make the decisions for us, but now Scots have our own future in our own hands, and we are proving more than up to the task.

This needn?t be a flash in the pan. If we vote Yes, real democracy, driven by ordinary people, could be the norm.



The Real IndyRef Division
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Sep 2014 at 4:31am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The referendum has divided Scotland.  It has been bitter and nasty.  Turned friends into enemies, lovers into fighters.
 
Whatever happens next week Scotland will be a more fractured place for all this unnecessary talk about frivolous things such as politics, and economics, and the future.



Can Brown save the Union with a timetable?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Sep 2014 at 8:52am

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Can Gordon Brown's new timetable for more devolution coax wavering voters back to the No camp before next Thursday?
 
It's certainly true that Devo Max would have won the referendum hands down two years ago.  But Devo Max isn't what Gordon Brown is offering now and two years has proved to be a small eternity in Scottish politics.



PAUL KRUGMAN, WHAT THE HECK?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Sep 2014 at 4:23pm

  By George Kerevan
 
Since I was stood down by Channel 4 News to debate US economist Paul Krugman on Scottish independence and currency ? with no explanation - I thought the readers of Newsnet Scotland might like to hear what I would have said.



On Paul Krugman's New York Times Editorial 'Scots, What the Heck?'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Sep 2014 at 10:09am

  By Mark McNaught
 
When Newsnet Scotland availed me of the opportunity to write editorials two years ago, I was able to pursue an art form that I could only dream of living in the United States, especially in the Washington Post and the New York Times.



George Osborne 'devalues' pound
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm

  By Russell Bruce
 
On Sunday morning on the Andrew Marr show Chancellor George Osborne was pressed by Marr on currency arrangements in the event of a Yes vote.
 
Osborne was very, very clear: "Scotland would not be sharing the pound, as an independent country, with the rest of the United Kingdom."



Subsidising social inequality
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
6 Sep 2014 at 6:32am

By Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place. If the complete abolition of private schools in Scotland appears unlikely at present, however, the removal of their charitable status is a moral necessity.



Labour voters are moving to Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
5 Sep 2014 at 1:44pm

By Alan Bissett

WE are going into the last ten days of the long campaign for Scottish independence and things are now very exciting indeed.

The latest poll, from the No- friendly YouGov, places Yes at 51 per cent and No at 49 per cent, a massive swing of 12 per cent in just one month, making victory for Yes very much possible.  Even Better Together cheerleaders the Daily Mail are describing the result of as being 'on a knife edge'.




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Caledonia by Dougie MacLean, Perth High Street, 13th September 2014 - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 11:40am

Dougie MacLean playing Caledonia in Perth High Street 13th September 2104 with Pete Wishart.

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The Case for an English Parliament Is About to Become Unanswerable - The Left...
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 11:24am

The Left should be out of the blocks quickly when the debate over devolution for England begins in earnest after the probable no vote next Thursday. And we should shape the campaign for a new settlement in our own image - an image that draws on every...

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Logic's Rock: Hold ... Hoooold ... Raise the Lancets!
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:16am



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Sillars: scaremongering business leaders will face a day of reckoning if Scot...
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:14am

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has attacked

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British for Yes
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:12am

In that latest Guardian poll, the one that gave Yes 49, and No 51 - which to me suggests Yes coming through ahead on the day - they asked why people were voting as they were: - Th...



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Why I'm Voting "Yes"
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:05am

Jonathan Kiehlmann on his Journey to Yes "In May 2007, the SNP took control of the Scottish Parliament. This made me sad, as I feared this would lead to the break-up of the Union. Tony Blair was st...

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Scotland is an incredibly wealthy country - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 4:55am

An independent Scotland “would be in the top 20 countries globally” in terms of our national wealth per head, according to the Financial Times. With independ...

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Common sense on currency | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
13 Sep 2014 at 4:54am

What the Scottish Government Proposes


Scotland will continue to use the pound ("£") after independence, and cannot be stopped from doing so.  


The Scottish Government, based on expert advice, believes that Scotland should continue to use the £ as part of a currency union with the rest of the UK (“r...



In sickness and in health
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:56am

We couldn't help but notice Labour peer, Stalin-moustache enthusiast and celebrity Bobby Ball lookalike Lord/Baron Robert Winston standing at the front of the party's boorish stag-party gathering o...

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UK To Get VETO On Gordon Brown's Devo Proposals
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

Gordon Brown Wrong Again Gordon Brown’s Devo Timetable unconstitutional according to House Of Lords. In an act of desperation the NO campaign pushed Gordon Brown to the fore to announce a timetable for what they call “more powers” in the event of a NO vote.  This supposedly iron clad

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Miliband slammed for standing 'shoulder to shoulder' with peer who wants to c...
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:40am

Miliband slammed for standing 'shoulder to shoulder' with peer who wants to charge sick £200 to see GP

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BBC reporter caught red-handed manipulating video in Scottish indy campaign
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:39am
(not satire - it's the BBC!) Even a hardened old cynic like me is a little bit shocked by this. The BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson edited out an answer by Alex Salmond and told viewers the Sc...

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Vote stupid
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:26am

An extraordinary letter sent out to members by trade union USDAW this week: It's not extraordinary that the union should choose to take a No position. It's perfectly entitled to do that, and to adv...

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What passes for subtlety
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:23am

Former Labour spindoctor Charlie Whelan in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald: Click to enlarge as Whelan segues seamlessly from terrible Scottish "nationalism" to racial genocide in Auschwitz, b...

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How Scotland?s ?yes? side mastered the art of mob politics - Spectator Blogs
by Peter A Bell
12 Sep 2014 at 7:20am

While distributing free Spectators in Glasgow yesterday, I came across a Labour rally and ended up standing about two metres away from Ed Miliband as he gave his speech. But no…
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Fraser Nelson nicely illustrates the fear that is causing such panic in the British establishment...




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'Sack Nick Robinson': Thousands of Yes campaigners demonstrate outside BBC Sc...
by Gary Fanning
14 Sep 2014 at 7:51am
FURIOUS demonstrators were carrying placards  branding under-fire Robinson a ?liar? over his alleged bias in the independence referendum debate.


Residents of rundown housing estate just 400m from Holyrood reveal they are r...
by Mark Aitken
14 Sep 2014 at 5:43am
LOCALS in Dumbiedykes who are fed up with unemployment, poverty and ill health have been energised by the Yes campaign and could be crucial in Thursday's vote.


Independence referendum: Leaders on both sides look back on the crucial point...
by dailyrecord
14 Sep 2014 at 5:41am
BLAIR Jenkins, of Yes Scotland, and Better Together's Blair McDougall pick the moments that may have changed the game and transformed the country.


Independence referendum: Firebrand writer Owen Jones on how the working class...
by Lesley Roberts
14 Sep 2014 at 4:05am
THE left-winger believes people who haven't voted for years but are now fed up being ignored by Westminster will seize the chance to take part in the referendum.


Independence referendum: Just say 'NO' and give us one last chance, says John...
by John Prescott
14 Sep 2014 at 4:04am
THE former Deputy Prime Minister makes a final appeal to Scottish voters ahead of Thursday's independence vote.


Independence referendum: With only four days to go, Yes and No sides plan las...
by Mark Aitken
14 Sep 2014 at 2:47am
WHILE Yes campaigners will target the grey vote by sending leaflets to more than a million OAPs, Better Together are focusing on the 500,000 undecided Scots


Independence referendum: As night follows day, the cost of living will be mor...
by Alistair Darling
14 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
SPEAKING directly to Daily Record and Sunday Mail readers, Alistair Darling wants you to be certain beyond all doubt that you want to separate from a union of countries that has been successful for 300 years.


Independence referendum: We don't need to rise and be a nation again, we just...
by Alex Salmond
14 Sep 2014 at 1:48am
ALEX Salmond writes for the Sunday Mail to ask readers to return Scotland to sovereignty for the first time in three hundred years.


Independence referendum: Conflicting results from extraordinary day of pollin...
by Ross McCafferty
13 Sep 2014 at 3:55pm
THREE conflicting polls show future of UK is still on a knife edge with less than a week to go before the independence referendum.


Independence referendum: Think tank says Scotland needs 20,000 more immigrant...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 12:18pm
THE Scotland Institute has warned that the Yes Campaign has significantly underestimated how many new entrants are required to balance out the country's aging population.


Independence referendum: Phone companies issue open letter warning of rising ...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 11:46am
Telecoms chiefs including those from O2, Vodafone, EE and Three have all warned that a number of factors would need to be resolved to continue offering a service in an independent Scotland.


Video: Rupert Murdoch met by Yes and No supporters outside Aberdeen pub
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
CONTROVERSIAL media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was intercepted by Yes and No supporters as he left the Prince of Wales pub in Aberdeen.


Independence referendum: New Survation poll shows Better Together maintain na...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 10:14am
OMITTING undecided voters from the figures, 54 per cent voiced support for the no campaign but nine per cent of voters are still to make up their mind with only five days to go.


Independence referendum: Senior figures in the Orange Order describe Scottish...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 8:44am
THOUSANDS of Orangemen held a "Proud to be British" rally in Edinburgh in support of the Union earlier today. Check out our picture gallery.


Independence referendum: Jim Murphy says he's lost most of his voice 'but not...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2014 at 8:26am
THE East Renfrewshire MP addressed an audience from his Irn-Bru crate for the last time as he completed his campaign tour in the heart of his home city Glasgow.


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Cameron bids for new conquest, as he loses Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2014 at 11:04am
Cameron bids for new conquest, as he loses Scotlandshire


Cameron urges Swedes to abandon separatism and vote for his party of Cnuts
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Recreate Cnut's North Sea Empire, and once again have total Cnuts like me ruling you.

Are your children happy? Free from anxiety? We can fix that.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2014 at 11:09am
Are your children happy? Free from anxiety? We can fix that.


A Referendum tale for wee folk
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We bring you a classic tale to terrify the weans

The Balloch Examiner raises the threat level from splittism to stratospheric ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2014 at 7:33am
The Balloch Examiner raises the threat level from splittism to stratospheric levels. Scotlandshire could lose its entire parasite population!


Clock Tick-ing For Salmond As Nits Say Naw To Separation
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Several of Scotland's most common species of blood-sucking parasites have announc...

As Scotlandshire threatens to bring the universe to the point of extinction -...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2014 at 4:48pm
As Scotlandshire threatens to bring the universe to the point of extinction - the Empire Strikes Back!


Biblical Dentists for Naw outline the 10 plaques of Splittism
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The Sgianach Midge will take on all comers - and win

BBC Scotlandshire staff don't think the new Star Wars movie is up to much. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2014 at 4:33am
BBC Scotlandshire staff don't think the new Star Wars movie is up to much.

George Lucas' standards are obviously slipping.



Empire strikes back

The Labour Empire Strikes back in Glasgow. A gathering on your taxpayers money to convince you to vote for the Empire! Vote Slavery Vote Empire Vote Glo...

The Niggle & Georgie Show - coming to a Lodge near you!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Sep 2014 at 4:08pm
The Niggle & Georgie Show - coming to a Lodge near you!


After the warm-up acts, it's the Niggle and Georgie show!
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George Dumfries and Galloway, speaking from his Brick Lane Penthouse said plenty as he sipped milk through a straw

Poultice pontificates on polls - but this time gives you the chance to squadi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm
Poultice pontificates on polls - but this time gives you the chance to squadillions of cash!


Referendum voting 'has been going on for months' - Absence of U-KOK activists finally explained
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There are £millions to be made from knowing the result in advance, and influencing ...

Readers should note that the so-called "Dateline Scotland" uses moving pictur...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Sep 2014 at 7:33am
Readers should note that the so-called "Dateline Scotland" uses moving pictures. Research has shown that watching moving pictures reduces your wist for and ability to have sex.

So Episode 7 comes with a Government Health Warning - DON'T WATCH IT!



Dateline Scotland: Episode 7

This week's headlines...

Academics prove that Scotland should be less well-educated.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2014 at 1:34pm
Academics prove that Scotland should be less well-educated.


Academics for No publish their research
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Better Together are cereal misleaders.

Kate's pregnancy - the story behind the story.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2014 at 9:35am
Kate's pregnancy - the story behind the story.


Will came too late to save the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Extra security should be provided to prevent her from making a break for the Scottish border, when her time is due

Purdey in Purdah. The New Avengers are here in Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Sep 2014 at 10:58am
Purdey in Purdah. The New Avengers are here in Scotlandshire.


New Avengers - the new idea to save the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other...

Our lawyers are currently looking over these libellous remarks made by well k...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Sep 2014 at 7:42am
Our lawyers are currently looking over these libellous remarks made by well know rabble rouser and hate speech writer Rab McNeil.

The fact he prefers to use the colloquial "Rab" rather than "Robert" is obvious proof of his links to AlecSammin and the Cybernats.

The rapacious rapscallion will...

"Am bu choir do dh'Alba a bhi neo-eisimeileach" seems to have caused a frisso...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Sep 2014 at 1:52pm
"Am bu choir do dh'Alba a bhi neo-eisimeileach" seems to have caused a frisson of linguistic discord.


Crisis in Gàidhealtachd as U-KOK accused of 'impropriety'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I cannot accept that voting for independence will make me any more depraved than I already am

A sneak preview of our new video clip show coming shortly to BBC Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2014 at 10:03am
A sneak preview of our new video clip show coming shortly to BBC Scotlandshire.


#indyref HILARIOUS VIDEO

#Omg.... funny as hell! #VOTENO >>LIKE>>>> Evolution Official Marketing, Events & ModelsBringing a bit of lightheartedness to the #indyref! #Hilarious#voteno ;)

Can you help? Police Scotlandshire has put out an urgent bulletin for a str...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2014 at 9:05am
Can you help?

Police Scotlandshire has put out an urgent bulletin for a street magician who's been defrauding the good people of Scotlandshire.

He's not even that good at the magic.

One victim reported: "He's no David Blaine for sure!"

Call Crimeploppers on 0800 666 666 666.

Don't go to ...


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it's time to get above ourselves


Who Wants to be Comfortably Numb?
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 9:49am
By Susan J 2014 has fundamentally transformed me. I didn?t expect it. This time last year, Scottish independence was something I barely thought about. Struggling to balance long hours in an office job with raising two children, I wasn?t exactly... Read More ›


It?s coming yet for a? that ?
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 9:34am
By Gordon McAllan The claims and counter-claims of the opposing camps in the Scottish Independence debate have become very familiar ? we must be almost word-perfect by now. It?s a bit like those primitive computer Ping Pong games. And we... Read More ›


Yes, But
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
By Richard Gunn I know that it’s late in the day, but maybe it is time to reconsider fundamentals. In Scotland, perhaps we should support not a YES campaign, but a YES, BUT campaign. A YES, BUT campaign would (as... Read More ›


Closer Launch Invitation
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 5:07am
Tomorrow we launch Closer 3 – it’s our magazine written by and for women on independence. It features a spectacular pull-out poster by Rosie Balyuzi, essays by Tessa Ransford, Lesley Riddoch, Lauren Currie, Alison Johnstone and Cat Boyd, and loads more,... Read More ›

The indyref, democracy, the political class and partythink
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 3:39am
by Ian Gillan With just days to go until the Scottish independence referendum, the country has changed. It?s never felt like this before. The wonder of democracy shines everywhere. I?m voting yes, and I?ll explain why in a minute. But you?ll... Read More ›


Among the Atavists
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 2:28am
By Jamie Allinson (republished with thanks from The Disorder of Things) If there is one especially lazy characterization among the many about Scotland?s independence referendum, it is the description of the Yes movement as motivated by ?atavistic ethnic tribalism? or... Read More ›


Corruption from the top, leads to Economic pestilence and plague (again!)
by bellacaledonia
13 Sep 2014 at 7:06pm
By Angus Ogg So Deutsche Bank have now joined the long queue to predict pestilence and plagues of frogs in Scotland should the voters exercise their democratic right to choose their own fate. However, is this Deutsche Bank really worth... Read More ›


The Last 5 Days of Britain
by bellacaledonia
13 Sep 2014 at 6:33pm
By Mike Small Farage has been to Edinburgh preaching his Golf Club xenophobia.The Orange Order have been here on a charm offensive, pointing to the future. Jim and Douglas have been ‘pooling and sharing’ and Gorgeous George has been here selflessly... Read More ›


In Defence of Sillars
by bellacaledonia
13 Sep 2014 at 2:07pm
By Ben Wray Jim Sillars has merely pointed out the fact that an independent Scotland could challenge the ability of multinational corporations to subvert democracy, and the independence movement should stand behind him for his honesty. The No campaign’s uproar... Read More ›


Drumchapel Conversations
by bellacaledonia
13 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
By Henry Bell I?m stood in Drumchapel community centre talking with two men born and brought up in the Drum, stood around a piece of paper with a pound sign on it. One of them says growing up round here... Read More ›


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Scottish Independence Coming Down To A Close Vote, Polls Say - Huffington Post
14 Sep 2014 at 9:39am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Independence Coming Down To A Close Vote, Polls Say
Huffington Post
Two new polls released on Saturday suggest that Scottish support for staying in the United Kingdom is inching ahead of the desire for Scottish independence, while a third poll found the opposite trend. A fou...


Scottish independence: whichever way the vote goes, Britain will be changed ....
14 Sep 2014 at 5:28am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: whichever way the vote goes, Britain will be changed ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Salmond has proposed that Scotland would attain full independence from the UK on March 24, 2016. If he succeeds, the elections for the Scottish parliament on May 5, 2016 would establish...


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

Newsweek

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


Immigrant Vote Crucial To Scotland Independence - Huffington Post
13 Sep 2014 at 8:44pm

Immigrant Vote Crucial To Scotland Independence
Huffington Post
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) ? On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears. Colorful displays of Yes posters outnumbe...


Scottish independence: Thousands on the streets for weekend campaign - BBC News
13 Sep 2014 at 5:54pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Thousands on the streets for weekend campaign
BBC News
Thousands of supporters of both sides in the Scottish referendum debate took to the streets on the final weekend before the vote. The pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign had said Saturday would be the "biggest ...


Scottish independence: Crowd protests against 'BBC bias' - BBC News
14 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Crowd protests against 'BBC bias'
BBC News
The exchange came after the BBC reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would move its registered headquarters to London if Scots voted for independence. Mr Salmond said the Treasury had leaked details of an RBS notice...


The Simpson's Groundskeeper Willie says Yes in Scotland independence joke ......
14 Sep 2014 at 2:16am

Slate Magazine (blog)

The Simpson's Groundskeeper Willie says Yes in Scotland independence joke ...
Daily Mail
With the Scottish independence referendum just five days away, one of the country's most famous citizens has finally had his say on the vote. Groundskeeper Willie, the beloved Simpsons char...


Scottish independence: 'Our soldiers lost their lives trying to preserve the ...
14 Sep 2014 at 5:34am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: 'Our soldiers lost their lives trying to preserve the ...
Telegraph.co.uk
One telephone poll of 1,000 Scots by Survation, for the Better Together campaign against independence, gave the No vote an eight-point lead ? on 54 per cent, compared with 46 per cent for...


Scottish independence: it's a scandal that half of us are excluded from the v...
14 Sep 2014 at 11:58am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: it's a scandal that half of us are excluded from the vote
Telegraph.co.uk
We shall doubtless soon see a claim that independence makes an outbreak of the Ebola virus more likely. As Defoe remarked 300 years ago, the English are a mongrel race. I love Scotland an...


Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls - Reuters
13 Sep 2014 at 6:24am

Reuters

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls
Reuters
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The fate of the United Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum on Scottish independence as three new polls on Saturday showed a slight lead for supporters of the union, but ...



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How history turned against Tory-voting Scotland - The Guardian
14 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm

The Guardian

How history turned against Tory-voting Scotland
The Guardian
The SNP at the time was but an irrelevant and eccentric sect rather than a mainstream political party. Indeed, despite the mythology of Red Clydeside, Scotland had voted mainly for the Tories in the 1920s and 1930s. The Labour...


Scottish independence: Broadcasting changes could damage democracy - The Guar...
14 Sep 2014 at 12:05pm

The Guardian (blog)

Scottish independence: Broadcasting changes could damage democracy
The Guardian (blog)
Here the incoherence of the SNP's position across so many areas comes into focus: they insist Scots get a bad enough deal from Westminster to justify all the costs and uncertainties of independ...


Independence, and then what? - The Edinburgh Journal
14 Sep 2014 at 9:34am

Independence, and then what?
The Edinburgh Journal
The 'mainstream' (SNP) case focuses on economics and self-interest. The left wing case, championed by many students and disillusioned ex-Labour supporters, emphasises opportunities for increased 'social justice' and democracy, whilst a more extreme...


Don't believe the NHS scare stories - Hawick News
14 Sep 2014 at 9:07am

Hawick News

Don't believe the NHS scare stories
Hawick News
As for cutbacks in NHS Scotland finances, the SNP Government has always had, but has never used, the power to raise Income Tax by up to three pence in the pound. If Mr Salmond and his colleagues had really wanted to protect or increase spen...


Scottish independence referendum: six questions that will help decide the out...
14 Sep 2014 at 9:00am

Scottish independence referendum: six questions that will help decide the outcome
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
Men have been over-represented among SNP voters for as long as it has been a major political force, reflecting both female scepticism about the SNP's goal of independence, but also more negative...


Sky News - Murnaghan Interview with Nicola Sturgeon, SNP & Douglas ... - DeHa...
14 Sep 2014 at 8:11am

Sky News - Murnaghan Interview with Nicola Sturgeon, SNP & Douglas ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
DERMOT MURNAGHAN: The death of the hostage David Haines has clearly altered the tone of the referendum campaign here in Scotland today but it is likely to remain a passionate and high s...


Our £30bn divorce: If Scotland leaves, get set to fight over oil, land, works...
14 Sep 2014 at 8:05am

Daily Mail

Our £30bn divorce: If Scotland leaves, get set to fight over oil, land, works of art ...
Daily Mail
Overall, the UK owns £337billion-worth of property, assets and equipment around the world, from embassies and consulates to art works and aircraft carriers. Scotland has one-twelfth of the ...


Salmond: 'Referendum is once in a generation opportunity' - BBC News
14 Sep 2014 at 4:35am

BBC News

Salmond: 'Referendum is once in a generation opportunity'
BBC News
SNP leader Alex Salmond has said the Scottish referendum is a "once in a generation opportunity". Speaking to Andrew Marr he said that a simple majority, however close, would be accepted by both sides in the campaign and the...


Scottish independence referendum: Survation poll gives no 8-point lead - live...
13 Sep 2014 at 6:07pm

The Guardian (blog)

Scottish independence referendum: Survation poll gives no 8-point lead - live
The Guardian (blog)
The SNP government is more pro-immigration than the UK government. That's partly a factor of demographics, and the fact that Scotland's elderly population is creating a shortage of w...


Two Plymouth warships could be handed over to new Scottish nation - Plymouth ...
14 Sep 2014 at 3:43am

Two Plymouth warships could be handed over to new Scottish nation
Plymouth Herald
Plymouth would be asked to hand over two major warships to Scotland in the event of a 'yes' vote on independence, it has been revealed. The SNP would want the rest of the UK to hand over a number of military assets so...



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Bracing for Change on Scotland's Border, Whatever the Referendum Result - New...
13 Sep 2014 at 2:10pm

New York Times

Bracing for Change on Scotland's Border, Whatever the Referendum Result
New York Times
BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, England ? This is England's northernmost town, and it has changed hands between the Scots and the English more than a dozen times in the last 1,400 years. It hasn't been a true b...


BBC Scotland protests: Scottish independence referendum coverage ... - The In...
14 Sep 2014 at 9:36am

The Independent

BBC Scotland protests: Scottish independence referendum coverage ...
The Independent
Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, said in an interview published yesterday [SUN] that the corporation was unconsciously slanting its coverage in favour of the Better Together campaign because ...


Referendum in Scotland, Dissected by Investor - New York Times
12 Sep 2014 at 7:16pm

New York Times

Referendum in Scotland, Dissected by Investor
New York Times
So I've had more than a passing interest in the issue of Scottish independence, which will be resolved next week with the independence referendum in Scotland. After more than 300 years of being treated like a poor relation b...


With Scotland's historic independence vote teetering on a knife-edge... What ...
14 Sep 2014 at 10:43am

National Post

With Scotland's historic independence vote teetering on a knife-edge... What ...
This is Money
The Scottish independence referendum on Thursday could go either way. But whether the result is an 'Aye' or 'Naw' there will be an impact on personal finances. The Mail on Sunday explains wha...


Scottish referendum: The issues that may decide it - CBC.ca
13 Sep 2014 at 7:31am

Scottish referendum: The issues that may decide it
CBC.ca
In the campaigns to capture the hearts and minds of Scots ahead of next week's independence referendum, much talk has swirled around everything from the fate of lucrative offshore oil and gas revenues to feelings about being governed by poli...


Scotland referendum: Up to 400 at Cardiff Yes rally - BBC News
13 Sep 2014 at 9:27am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Up to 400 at Cardiff Yes rally
BBC News
About 400 people have been taking part in a rally in Cardiff to urge Scotland to vote Yes in next week's referendum. Campaigners, including Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, gathered at the Senedd. The event, taking place as the two...


Quebec sovereigntists live vicariously through Scotland's referendum - Maclea...
14 Sep 2014 at 9:48am

CTV News

Quebec sovereigntists live vicariously through Scotland's referendum
Macleans.ca
A pro-independence supporter holds a ?Yes? flag as Scottish MP Jim Murphy addresses pro-union ?Better Together? campaign supporters in Edinburgh on September 8, 2014, ahead of the upcoming Scottish independence...


Scotland independence referendum's last gasp march - Daily Mail
14 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

Daily Mail

Scotland independence referendum's last gasp march
Daily Mail
Alistair Darling, the former Labour Chancellor leading the campaign to preserve the United Kingdom, said the referendum was the biggest decision most Scots would ever make ? yet critical issues were not resolved. 'We still don'...


Thousands Have Already Cast Their Votes In Scotland's Independence ... - Five...
11 Sep 2014 at 11:32am

CTV News

Thousands Have Already Cast Their Votes In Scotland's Independence ...
FiveThirtyEight (blog)
British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Scotland on Wednesday to deliver a message to voters: ?We want you to stay.? With just days left ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on whether Scotland shoul...


Scottish independence: The real referendum poser is what to bet? - The Indepe...
12 Sep 2014 at 6:17pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: The real referendum poser is what to bet?
The Independent
But this defies Scottish political history. The 1979 devolution referendum attracted turnout of 63.6 per cent, and in the 1997 devolution vote 60.4 per cent voted. In the last general election 63 per cen...



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Droid Ower Castlegait Aberdeen 14 Sep 2014
14 Sep 2014 at 11:41am



The Butterfly Rebellion 2014
14 Sep 2014 at 11:32am

Great piece on the grass roots movement for independence

 

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Guardian Follows Bbc Lead
14 Sep 2014 at 10:50am
I know The Guardian came out in favour of No in an editorial but I have found it and The Observer...

Deutsche Bank...how To Complain To Them!
14 Sep 2014 at 9:16am

Join me in complaining to Deutsche Bank about their intervention into OUR referendum on behalf of...



Protest At Bbc In Glasgow
14 Sep 2014 at 8:25am
Let's see if the knobs report this!

Tommy S V Weetabix Heid
14 Sep 2014 at 8:05am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gmjl7/sunday-politics-14092014

 

Tommy Sheridan v Andrew ...



Dundee - "no" Stronghold (Apparently)
14 Sep 2014 at 7:28am
Not been to Dundee for a while, but if comments on here are correct, I find this very hard to bel...

Ochil Hills Yes!
14 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
Anyone seen the 2 huge painted 'yes' on the cliffs above Alva?
Think it's on torry hill funnily e...

Buchanan Street Yesterday - Video
14 Sep 2014 at 6:43am



How Do We Convince The Undecided To Vote Yes ?
14 Sep 2014 at 6:42am

I've never been great at getting my point across, but for anyone who dares to dream of a better f...




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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
What Sunday papers say abou...

Scottish independence referendum: Survation poll gives no 8-point lead - live
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Jim Sillars Today interview - SummaryLunchtime summary
Survation poll puts no camp 8 points ahead
A...

Scottish independence referendum: ICM poll gives no camp lead of just 2 point...
by Andrew Sparrow
12 Sep 2014 at 12:22pm
Oil expert says independence best for North Sea oil industryNo side ahead by just two points, say...

Scottish independence referendum week in review: finance, flashmobs, effing T...
by Libby Brooks
12 Sep 2014 at 3:43am

Highlights from an exceptionally busy weeks reporting, as the referendum campaign enters its fina...



New poll has Scotland rejecting independence by four-point margin as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Ben Quinn
11 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm
Salmonds press conference - Sparrows verdictEarly afternoon summarySalmond accuses Treasury of tr...


Rupert Murdoch's Sun swings towards yes vote for Scotland
by Roy Greenslade
10 Sep 2014 at 1:27pm
Damning of Better Together campaign and praise for Alex Salmond indicate Scots edition will urge ...

Scottish independence: poll gives no camp 6-point lead - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
10 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm
Daily Record poll gives no camp six-point leadLunchtime summaryDid Cameron/Miliband/Clegg make a ...

Scottish independence: UK party leaders race to Scotland - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
9 Sep 2014 at 11:48am
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in emergency visit to ScotlandGordon Brown to spearhead Labours last-...

Scottish independence: 10 days to referendum - As it happened
by Ben Quinn
8 Sep 2014 at 12:17pm
Gordon Brown unveils proposals to devolve new powers to ScotlandSterling slumps after opinion pol...

Scottish independence: Poll shows yes side in the lead - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
7 Sep 2014 at 6:17am

Poll for YouGov shows yes camp ahead with 51 percent, with no on 49 percent

Scots expected to be...



Scottish independence: 13 days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
5 Sep 2014 at 11:15am

Follow rolling coverage of events including :

Battle over centre left, working class votes heats ...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: Jim Murphy and the wish tree
by Libby Brooks
5 Sep 2014 at 9:35am

A round-up of our campaign coverage: Faslane, academics, a breakthrough poll for yes and the myst...



Scottish independence referendum: two weeks to go live
by Ben Quinn
4 Sep 2014 at 6:25am

Follow this link for September 5ths liveblog.

3.23pm BST

And heres Libbys full report on the Salm...



Scottish independence campaign battles over NHS and Nato amid worries over re...
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 10:05am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the clock ticks down to polling day on September 18

Yesterda...



Scottish independence: 15 to days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 2:14am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll show...




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

Panelbase poll shows Yes at 50% among the whole sample
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2014 at 9:11am
Many thanks once again to Ivor Knox for sending me the Panelbase datasets - and the big news is t...

Yes campaign soar to all-time high of 49% in pulsating Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 4:20pm
So much for Euan McColm's hints that there was bad polling news for Yes coming tonight.  Hot on t...

Yes campaign open up eight-point lead in stunning poll from "gold standard" ICM
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 2:02pm
Just one day after their extraordinary telephone poll that put Yes within 1% of victory, the UK's...

Yes secure second-highest ever showing in a telephone poll - and it was commi...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 8:58am
New Survation telephone poll commissioned by the No campaign -

Should Scotland be an independent c...


A cornucopia of miscellany
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2014 at 7:08pm
While there's a very brief lull in the mayhem, I thought I'd go through my inbox and try to catch...

Yes vote surges to 49% in earth-shaking new TELEPHONE poll from "gold standar...
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2014 at 6:34am
ICM, the firm regarded by many as the UK's "gold standard" polling organisation, have released th...

Yes campaign are just 2% from victory in remarkable YouGov poll
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 4:05pm
It was probably always inevitable that there would be some reversion to the mean from YouGov afte...

Significant swing to Yes in new ComRes poll of the Borders and Dumfries & Gal...
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 12:06pm
A new ComRes regional poll of one the most No-friendly parts of the country, the Borders and Dumf...

Poll schedule for tonight
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 10:57am
The ones we know about so far are...

6pm : ComRes regional telephone poll of the Borders and Dumfr...

A polite message to "effing" David Cameron
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 8:59am
Mr Prime Minister, sir.

The reason I am voting Yes is not that I want to, in your words, "give the...

ICM telephone poll poser
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

Thanks to Xabi on the previous thread for letting me know that ICM are conducting a referendum po...



Survation appear to be showing Yes on 47.1% - a slight increase on the last poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2014 at 6:16pm
Apologies for taking so long to get some analysis of the Survation poll up.  I was out and about ...

Yes campaign remain on all-time high in new Survation poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2014 at 11:59am
New Survation poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 47% (n/c)
No 53% (n/c)

UPDATE : I...

An important point about tonight's Survation poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2014 at 5:43am

A new Survation poll is due to be released at 10.30 this evening, although there's always a chanc...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Is there even one example?
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
"'Let's go back to being governed by our larger neighbour,' said no independent nation ever."

Nove...


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14 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm
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Photos from the Edinburgh Yes event today
14 Sep 2014 at 12:55pm
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i have to do a small survey on crime for advanced higher modern studies. if y...
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A Night For Scotland
14 Sep 2014 at 12:53pm

A night for Scotland is due to kick off at 7pm live from Usher Hall in Edinburgh. The livestream ...



Queen seems to back No
14 Sep 2014 at 11:28am
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IndyRef: If we get the 'Yes' vote, will we no longer use .co.uk in our websites?
14 Sep 2014 at 12:44pm
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The Last 5 Days of Britain
14 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm
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Cartoon: A Better Together realisation
14 Sep 2014 at 12:40pm
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BBC Scotland today.
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The Road to Full Parliamentary Powers.
14 Sep 2014 at 12:33pm
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Queen hopes Scottish independence voters will 'think carefully about future'
14 Sep 2014 at 12:22pm
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14 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

OutKast - Hey Ya! (lyrics)

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'We will win.' Alistair Darling claims victory is in sight for no vote
by Toby Helm, Kevin McKenna and Daniel Boffey
13 Sep 2014 at 4:28pm
'Be in no doubt,' says Better Together chief as Opinium poll for the Observer shows no vote on 53% to 47% for yes

Alistair Darling all but declared victory for the no campaign ahead of Thursday's hi...




Scotland: yes campaign struggles to win over farming communities
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
14 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm
Support for independence mainly seen in urban centres, but the yes campaign needs rural votes if it is to tip the balance

At Whitfmuir farm, by West Linton, Heather Anderson is working out her perce...



How history turned against Tory-voting Scotland | Tom Devine
by Tom Devine
14 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm
When the unionists won a famous election victory in 1955, the SNP was an irrelevant sect. Then came Thatcher and the 1980s

In four days time, we may see the end of Britain as we and our ancestors ha...



Scottish independence: Broadcasting changes could damage democracy
by Claire Enders
14 Sep 2014 at 12:05pm
Costs would rise for all the UKs nations and Scots would lose universal access to TV and radio channels

If Scotland votes yes, there will be radical changes in the media available in Scotland, and t...



Scottish independence: A yes vote could prove a boost to the declining press
by Iain Macwhirter
14 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm
Newspapers and magazines may benefit from renewed business activity and new journalistic vehicles could emerge

In 1996 when the Scotsman was relaunched by the Barclay twins under the editorship of ...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
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Scottish referendum: majority of Sunday newspapers back no vote
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
14 Sep 2014 at 11:06am
Scotland's Sunday Post says UK 'success story' too important to cast aside, but Sunday Herald tells readers 'now is the time'

Campaigners against Scottish independence were given a late boost when a...




Queen hopes Scottish independence voters will 'think carefully about future'
by Nicholas Watt and Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2014 at 11:04am
Comment after Sunday morning service at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral, interpreted as a boost to no campaign

The Queen has made a rare intervention on the political stage to express the hope that vote...




Scottish referendum underscores Labour's decline as an electoral force
by John Harris
14 Sep 2014 at 7:10am
Voters on both sides of Scotland's border describe a party that has lost touch with the views of ordinary working-class people

In Robert Muirhead's spotlessly tidy home on the Hallglen estate outsid...




An independent Scotland and economic realities of size on global stage
by Phillip Inman, economic correspondent
14 Sep 2014 at 6:47am
Similar-sized developed economies such as Ireland and New Zealand offer examples of struggles that could lie ahead

Scottish independence referendum live blog

Alex Salmond says corporation tax is ch...




Scottish referendum: Salmond invites rivals to join 'Team Scotland'
by Nicholas Watt and Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2014 at 6:00am
First minister accused of 'premature victory lap' after inviting Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling to negotiate secession

Alex Salmond has invited Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling to join his "Team...




The world view of Scotland's vote: Russia turns blue, China sees red
by Emma Graham-Harrison
13 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
Newspapers and social media report the decision facing the Scottish people with a mixture of fervour, fear and indifference

Beyond the confines of Britain, the prospect of an independent Scotland ha...




Devolution is for everyone. A no vote will change all of Britain
by Ed Miliband
13 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
Whether Scots vote no or yes, it is clear that we cannot carry on with an economy which lets so many people down

There can be no doubt that this referendum has changed Scotland. But it has not just ...




A Scottish currency is still likely to be the toughest test for Holyrood
by Phillip Inman
13 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
While independence may be attractive, how Scotland plans to manage its currency should provide a reality check for voters

There is no doubting the emotional appeal of independence. For many Scots th...




Whatever the outcome in Scotland, please let Rupert Murdoch be wrong
by Peter Preston
13 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
The press baron is enjoying speculation about which way his Scottish Sun will go. But, as ever, he just wants to back a winner

Mr Rupert Murdoch tweeting incorrigibly from afar about the future of ...




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Be brave, be bold, believe
by weegingerdug
13 Sep 2014 at 3:26pm
Why I’m voting Yes.  A video by Louise Rutherford

In memory of Andy
by weegingerdug
12 Sep 2014 at 7:27pm
Andy Kavanagh-Mosson was born in 1936 into a different world, the son of an unmarried Irish mother who fled to London to ensure that she could keep her child.  She was a strong and determined woman...

Arresting Ronnie Kray
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2014 at 8:33pm
I wasn’t going to post anything today, but for the past couple of days Scotland has been subject to the most intense napalming of fear and scares since the referendum campaign began. We are warned ...

Fat-cats and hangdog looks
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2014 at 6:23am
We’ve been blowed again, because of an opinion poll showing that the gap between Yes and No is within the margin of error, just like the last one that showed the gap between Yes and No was within t...

The breakfast revolution
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2014 at 7:03pm
It’s all got terribly exciting of late, but I’ve not really been following any of it too closely, what with organising a funeral, and when not occupied with that have been fully engaged with full-o...

So this is it
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) It?s decision time. Three years of debate, miles of newsprint, mountains of leaflets, ?think tank? reports, government papers, countless hours of broadcast ar...

Should Scotland be a country?
by weegingerdug
8 Sep 2014 at 11:49am
A guest post by Bob Hastings ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? That?s the question we have to answer on September 18. But there?s one word too many in that question. It should read simpl...

A leaf falls
by weegingerdug
5 Sep 2014 at 6:40pm
I wanted to say a few words to thank everyone for the kind messages of condolences, support and love. Thank you, you’ve helped to make the unbearable a bit less unbearable. I’d also like to thank a...

Sugar coated fluff puffs and leaps of faith
by weegingerdug
3 Sep 2014 at 1:35am
It’s coming, you can feel it in the air and hear it in the conversations around you. Today at the hospital as I walked onto the ward four nurses were having an animated conversation about independe...

Solidarity with Scotland from all over the world
by weegingerdug
2 Sep 2014 at 4:53pm
  Solidarity with Scotland has just released a new video – people all over the world demonstrating their support for independence and willing us to vote Yes, for ourselves, for them, and for a bett...


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Scotland?s public sphere, not the BBC, is the real problem
by Dom
14 Sep 2014 at 11:21am
Today, thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside of the BBC in Glasgow in order to protest against bias in the state-run broadcaster. How right or wrong they are is debatable ? bias ...

No shock, no awe
by James
13 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
The establishment’s campaign to undermine a Yes vote got properly underway last week: every day a new banker or corporate boss was wheeled out to say we’d all be impoverished by a Yes. The media as...

As the referendum dawns, what new conversations will break?
by Guest Blog
8 Sep 2014 at 7:20am
A guest post today, looking beyond the indyref, from Shonagh McEwan, former head of research for the Green MSPs. Thanks Shonagh! Scotland is nearly there. The polls are suggesting a narrow result, ...

Strange times
by Aidan
3 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
There’s a lot I find odd about the referendum. I hate giving up Saturday mornings for it. And the Saturday afternoons. And Sunday mornings. And Sunday afternoons. And Wednesday evenings. And Tuesda...

Could the ?Missing Million? Swing It to Yes?
by Aidan
2 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
Apologies to What Scotland Thinks for ripping off borrowing their title for this This post is not about the ‘missing million’ voters, who are largely Labour No voters who we spend a lot of our time...

From the inside, the referendum is almost too close to call
by Dom
21 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
Working at a university I count the year from September to September. The last few days of August have the same timeless quality as the lull between Christmas and January. As the Scottish Parliamen...

Some thoughts on nationalism and the messages of No
by James
16 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
Maybe blogging less is a symptom of tweeting more. I don’t know. But I wrote a few things on “popular microblogging site twitter dot com” yesterday evening and was very kindly encouraged to gather ...

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

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...


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