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Guardian laws do not breach human rights, say ministers
LAWS appointing an adult guardian for every youngster in Scotland comply with European Union laws despite legal threats from opponents, ministers have insisted.

Milband in Tories warning following by-election
The Conservatives should be deeply concerned about the party's thrashing in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election, Labour leader Ed Miliband said after his party held the seat comfortably with 55% of the vote.

Union warns of backlash from women
The Government faces a backlash from women at the next general election because of the way they have been hit by cuts in public sector jobs and services, a union leader has warned.

Environment Agency redundancy plans on hold as crisis continues
THE embattled Environment Agency (EA) has put on hold plans to cut jobs as southern England continued to deal with the flooding crisis.

Camley's Cartoon: on whether a yes vote would guarantee Scottish independence
Negotiations between Edinburgh and London would need to be satisfactorily or t he planned Independence Day of March 24, 2016, following a yes vote would not happen.

Unite leaders back Labour move
LEADERS of Unite have backed plans to reform the historic link between Labour and the unions.

Bequest takes Tory donations to £4.8m
A BEQUEST to the Tories worth almost £770,000 was among more than £4.8 million received in donations by David Cameron's party in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Call for end to council tax freeze
A TRADE union has called for an end to the council tax freeze and reforms to local government finance as councils across Scotland set their budgets for next year.

Overdue debt of £22bn led to more borrowing
AT least £22 billion of overdue debt was owed to the Government for reasons including unpaid taxes, fines and benefit overpayments but officials have not got to grips with the problem, a spending watchdog has found.

Clegg adamant over Rennard
LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said he will not back down over his demand for an apology from a peer in a sexual harassment row despite threats of legal action.

Row over support for Lamont's tax plans
Labour MPs opposed to Scottish leader Johann Lamont's income tax plans have attacked claims that Welsh politicians have bolstered her position.

Farage slams 'dirty' by-election campaign
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has complained of verbal abuse and criminal damage against his supporters in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election campaign, which he said had been "as dirty as they come".

Brown in appeal over plan to help educate Syrian refugees
Gordon Brown is to ask the UK Government to back an emergency plan to educate 435,000 Syrian refugee children.

Burnham hints at voting against HS2
Questions over Labour's commitment to the HS2 rail project have resurfaced, after a senior shadow cabinet member indicated he could vote against the scheme.

MPs urge overhaul to issuing of foreign grants
MORE overseas aid should be given in the form of loans rather than handouts, with grants only for the poorest countries or for emergency situations, MPs have recommended.


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The Scotsman cartoon: Scotland?s currency Plan B
14 Feb 2014 at 8:14pm

ALEX SALMOND looks reluctant to use his emergency option after Chancellor George Osborne said the UK would refuse to enter into a currency union with Scotland in the event of independence.



Scottish independence: Split on currency Plan B
14 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

MEMBERS of a commission set up by Alex Salmond to examine currency options were last night divided on what Plan B could be adopted in an independent Scotland after the SNP’s plan to share sterling was ruled out by Westminster.



Leaders: Somerset flooding | Clutha
14 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

MORE torrents of rain have swamped southern England, adding many thousands more people to the already dreadfully long list of those whose homes have been flooded.



EU trying to get Ukraine under its wing - Russia
14 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

RUSSIA has accused the European Union of seeking to create a “sphere of influence” on its borders by pressing Ukraine to choose closer ties with the EU at the expense of relations with Moscow.



China ?to press N Korea to quit nuclear programme?
14 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

United States secretary of state John Kerry has announced that China is willing to exert more pressure to get North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.



SNP MSP racially abused while selling Big Issue
14 Feb 2014 at 4:47pm

A GOVERNMENT minister was subject to racist abuse while acting as a guest Big Issue seller to highlight the plight of Scotland’s homeless.



Stephen McGinty: Benedict?s unlikely revolution
14 Feb 2014 at 4:06pm

POPE Francis has transformed the reputation of the Catholic Church in the past year – but only because his heavily criticised predecessor was wise enough to step down, writes Stephen McGinty



Brian Wilson: Salmond loses round of call my bluff
14 Feb 2014 at 3:30pm

A crucial plank in the pro-independence case has collapsed amid acrimony concerning a future currency, writes Brian Wilson



Wythenshawe by-election:UKIP beat Tories to second
14 Feb 2014 at 8:27am

THE anti-European Union party UKIP pushed the Tories into third place as Labour comfortably won the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election on Thursday.



Scottish independence: ?UK will respect Yes vote?
14 Feb 2014 at 5:33am

CHIEF Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has rejected claims that the UK Government could ignore a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.



Scotland ?will have range of? currency options
14 Feb 2014 at 4:58am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alex Salmond has said an independent Scotland will have a range of currency options but he will not give up on his “Plan A” of a currency union with the remainder of the UK.



Scottish independence: ?Migration could rise?
14 Feb 2014 at 1:03am

AN independent Scotland might attract a higher number of international migrants than at present, with no significant change in cross-border movement between Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland, experts have suggested.



Sturgeon pledges healthier ties after independence
13 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she “hates” the SNP policy on tuition fees, under which an independent Scotland would charge only those from the rest of the UK.



SNP under pressure for Plan B on Scottish currency
13 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

Scottish independence: The SNP is under pressure to set out an alternative to a formal currency union with the rest of the UK in the event of independence, after the three main unionist parties said they would not agree to such a deal.



Scottish independence: ?Currency union too risky?
13 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

A TREASURY analysis paper published yesterday concluded there is “no evidence” a currency union between the rest of the UK and Scotland post-independence could work.




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Stuey?s Night Off
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Feb 2014 at 2:02pm
Okay, readers, there’ve been quite a few 18-hour work days recently, and an awful lot of pain-in-the-arse stuff to deal with. Tonight I’m kicking back, cracking open a smooth and spicy Bundaberg Ginger Beer, and playing TxK. Talk amongst yourselves. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

They don?t care about you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Feb 2014 at 6:00am
Labour’s Michael Kelly on last night’s Newsnight Scotland, explaining that Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs would “to a person” back Ed Balls refusing a currency union, even if it damaged Scotland, because otherwise Labour might lose a UK election: It’s nice to know clearly and unambiguously where Scotland stands as far as Scottish Labour’s concerned, […]

Politician For Beginners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Feb 2014 at 4:04am
In our public-funded role of monitoring the Scottish and UK media, readers, there is but one major frustration. Time and again we find ourselves figuratively – and occasionally really – screaming at newspapers or TV screens, unable to understand why we’re the only people who can actually hear what politicians are saying. In a world […]

The St Valentine?s Day Massacres
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2014 at 6:19pm
Can’t wait to read these two stories in the morning. Goodnight, readers.

Accountable to you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2014 at 4:22pm
The man the No campaign want to keep in charge of Scotland’s finances:

Joining the Euro for idiots
by Douglas Daniel
13 Feb 2014 at 2:00pm
Britain and Scotland’s journalists have set a high bar for stupid today, but this might take the biscuit. Almost every half-cut hack and so-called expert who talks about the currency options open to Scotland casually mentions that Scotland “could join the Euro”. Whether such people are doing so through ignorance of the rules of the […]

The angels? share
by Scott Minto
13 Feb 2014 at 11:01am
The term “angels’ share” comes from the ancient Scottish tradition of Whisky making and refers to the phenomenon of sealing up a volume of whisky in an oak barrel only to find less fluid in the sealed barrel when it?s re-opened. We can only assume that it was a mite confusing to people in the […]

Problems solved while you wait
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2014 at 8:00am
It’s been hard to miss the constant shrieking from Unionists in recent days (and indeed, weeks and months) about the consequences of an independent Scotland telling the rUK where to shove its debt in the event of a non-cooperative approach to negotiations. The words “renege” and “default” are repeated constantly, sometimes dozens of times in […]

Turn and river
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2014 at 5:39am
The most significant message of George Osborne’s much-trailed speech in Edinburgh today wasn’t actually in the speech at all. The text itself was drivel, founded largely on arguments discredited literally years ago – chiefly that an independent Scotland would have to bear all the costs were one of its banks to go bust again. (Yes, […]

A reliable witness
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2014 at 2:20am
It would do our blood pressure no good at all to analyse in detail the extraordinary parade of dishonesty and naked bias that made up last night’s edition of Newsnight Scotland (RIP pending). Instead, we’ll just show you these two super-short clips of one of the show’s “expert” guest analysts, the former Labour spin doctor […]


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Salmond hits back in currency row
14 Feb 2014 at 3:46am
Alex Salmond accuses the three main UK parties of "bluff, bluster and bullying" over their opposition to a currency union with an independent Scotland.


'No cross-party plan' on devolution
14 Feb 2014 at 10:48am
There will be no cross-party announcement on further devolution for Scotland before the referendum, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said.


'Yes' vote 'means leaving pound'
13 Feb 2014 at 11:07am
UK Chancellor George Osborne says a vote for Scottish independence would mean walking away from the pound.


Council ditches £2m savings proposal
14 Feb 2014 at 11:01am
North Lanarkshire Council drops plans to make £2m of savings from changes to staff contracts.


Teachers call for less bureaucracy
14 Feb 2014 at 9:51am
The EIS calls for a cut in the amount of bureaucracy it claims members are facing because of new qualifications for secondary pupils.


Council buys destroyed care home
14 Feb 2014 at 6:27am
A specialised play and respite centre for disabled children is to be built on the site of a care home destroyed in a fire.


Council announces housing rent rise
14 Feb 2014 at 5:25am
Rents for council house tenants in West Dunbartonshire are to rise by 7.63% from 1 April, it is announced.


RBS would 'adapt' to independence
12 Feb 2014 at 12:51pm
RBS chief executive Ross McEwan says the bank could "adapt" in the event of a "Yes" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.


Another council may quit Cosla
13 Feb 2014 at 11:09am
Another major council says it is planning to leave Cosla, the body that represents Scottish local authorities.


Community groups secure funding
11 Feb 2014 at 6:50pm
Grants from the government-backed Scottish Land Fund are awarded to three community group projects in the Highlands.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


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Osborne's currency threat is indeed a defining moment
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Feb 2014 at 5:14pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Did you know that the BBC has demanded an apology from Newsnet Scotland?  Well, OK not the whole BBC just London correspondent Tim Reid.

Tim was upset by an article published by Newsnet Scotland the day before George Osborne made his speech in Edinburgh in which the Chancellor ruled out a currency union with an independent Scotland.



We Love You, You Bastards
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Feb 2014 at 1:27am

By Derek Bateman

What happened to my love-bombing? Where are those arms that reached out all the way from the Olympic Velodrome? Where is the shared history and where the shared principles? What happened to the family of nations bound by ties of blood and history? Am I to think that on the back of Please don?t go are added the words or you?ll pay for it?



Labour Party assumes jobless means 'thick'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Feb 2014 at 4:57pm

By Campbell Martin
 
Attempting to show they are as tough on 'benefits scroungers' as the Tories, the Labour Party's spokesperson on Work and Pensions last week announced that the unemployed should have to sit tests in English and Maths.
 
If an out-of-work person failed such a test, a future Labour government would take away their benefit unless they undertook training in these subjects areas.?



We The People ? A Prototype Scottish Constitution Project
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Feb 2014 at 5:52am

By Mark McNaught
 
With the international participation of scholars and specialists, we at Newsnet Scotland are undertaking an ambitions project to develop a written constitution underpinning a modern independent Scotland worthy of its people.
 
Scotland's Future calls for a constitutional convention after independence in 2016 to draft a written constitution.  In the meantime, this does not prevent citizens and people throughout the world with good ideas from crowd-sourcing a solid, well thought out constitution worthy of ratification.



The Battle for Britishness
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Feb 2014 at 5:24pm

By Stephen Bowman
 
Last September I was interviewed on the radio by BBC Newcastle as part of a feature they were doing to mark the countdown to this year's Scottish independence referendum. The one question that I wish I had answered differently was when they asked me whether I felt British. To my own surprise, I said yes. What I should really have said was, 'yes, but...'



Don't cringe, embrace your inner Braveheart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Feb 2014 at 4:14pm

By Christian Wright
 
Since Unionists are forever poking Braveheart in our face as a pejorative, it is time that we took ownership of it and defined it.
 
Braveheartism: Advocates that Scotland's past is integral to it's future. That its history and mythology play a key role in the creation and development of the Scottish identity.



Biggest figures in plastic surgery since recession ? but is this welcome news?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Feb 2014 at 11:10am

By Lynn Malone
 
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), released figures this week that suggest a huge increase in the popularity of plastic surgery in the UK - with breast augmentation hitting the number one spot.  These figures, they claim, show an impressive rise in demand for various procedures since the start of the recession in 2008.
 
Britain, apparently, is booming. 



Cameron fails to appreciate independence is about people and good governance
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Feb 2014 at 2:19pm

By Mark McNaught
 
In his speech on February 7th at the Olympic velodrome in London, David Cameron made an emotional appeal to Scots to remain in the UK, and for the people of England, Northern Ireland, and Wales to phone and tweet Scots to exhort them to remain mired with them in the corrupt Westminster system. He presumably did not anticipate the opposite reaction.



Wooing the undecided voter
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Feb 2014 at 10:39am

  By Lesley Riddoch

UNDECIDED -- unsure, uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unresolved, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, tentative, wavering, vacillating, oscillating, equivocating, dithering, uncommitted, floating, shilly-shallying, wobbling, vague, hazy, unclear, ambivalent, in two minds, torn and split.

You?d need the self-esteem of a vole to be Undecided in Scotland and yet Don?t Knows still form a quarter of those surveyed in every independence poll. How come -- especially after the voluminous White Paper?



Vote Yes to save the Union
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Feb 2014 at 9:24am

  By Peter A. Bell
 
I first wrote about the implications of a No vote way back in June 2012 (What does no really mean?).  At the time, such "negativity" was generally frowned upon within an independence campaign determined to be totally positive, although many people expressed the view that I was actually being overly optimistic.
 
Since then, however, the theme has become part of the narrative of the referendum campaign.




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They don't care about you
by Peter A Bell
14 Feb 2014 at 7:35am
Labour's Michael Kelly on last night's Newsnight Scotland, explaining that Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs would "to a person" back Ed Balls refusing a currency union, even if it damaged Scotland, bec...

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Politician For Beginners
by Peter A Bell
14 Feb 2014 at 4:13am

In our public-funded role of monitoring the Scottish and UK media, readers, there is but one major frustration. Time and again we find ourselves figuratively - and occasionally really - screaming a...

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SCOT goes POP!: UK teeters on the brink of dictatorship as Tory government th...
by Peter A Bell
14 Feb 2014 at 3:43am



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Predictable Paradox: When Yes doesn't mean Yes? Er... no.
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 7:34pm

Today's Herald front page leads with the headline "Yes does not mean Yes". The byline claim was that "A Referendum Yes vote would not guarantee Scottish independence and the 'status quo' would be maintained if talks do not go smoothly, a senior coalition source has warned".


Peter A Bell's insight:...

Accountable to you - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 6:23pm

Another government minister ducks questioning from STV's Bernard Ponsonby - this time it's George Osborne coming to Edinburgh to tell Scots they can't use th...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Excellent wok by Bernard Ponsonby exposing Osborne's refusal to answer questions of the implications of abolishing...



Joining the Euro for idiots
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 5:27pm

Britain and Scotland's journalists have set a high bar for stupid today, but this might take the biscuit. Almost every half-cut hack and so-called expert who talks about the currency options open t...

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As Others See Us: World Press on Osborne's Currency Gambit
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 5:13pm
IT was a threat in French, a threat in German and a threat in Spanish.

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Sturgeon: I'm not the one issuing threats
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 4:59pm

George Osborne is the one "issuing threats", said the SNP's deputy leader over a bid to block a currency union with an independent Scotland.



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An independent Scotland would have to join the euro ? here's why and what it ...
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 4:01pm

To nobody’s surprise but Alex Salmond’s, the finance spokesmen of the UK’s main political parties have confirmed that, in the event of Scottish independence, the rest of the UK (rUK) would not agree to a currency union with Scotland, with George Osborne speaking this morning in Edinburgh with his...

Ed Balls: Currency union with Scots ?won?t happen?
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 2:23pm

THE Scottish people have a hugely important decision to make this year - whether to leave the UK or stay in our union. I do not have a vote, but I strongly hope the Scottish people choose to stay.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Yet again we find British Labour standing shoulder to shoulder with their Tory...



Osborne's politics of Dirty Harry on currency union
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 12:51pm

After the love, the rough wooing.

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The People vs the British State
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 12:11pm

The rights and wrongs of currency union is really not the issue. The core of the matter is that the elite in Westminster have lost control of the argument ... Jonathon Shafi on the British regime c...

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The angels' share
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 11:54am

The term "angels' share" comes from the ancient Scottish tradition of Whisky making and refers to the phenomenon of sealing up a volume of whisky in an oak barrel only to find less fluid in the sea...

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Osborne: if Scotland walks away from the UK it's also walking away from the p...
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 11:38am

Chancellor George Osborne declared today he would not sign up to a currency union with an independent Scotland, saying such a deal would "not work" and was "not going to happen".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Has Alex Salmond played another blinder here? He is known for his knack of manipulating politica...



Boys of the Old Brigade
by Peter A Bell
13 Feb 2014 at 10:23am

Steadily shoulder to shoulder, steadily blade by blade Marching along, singing a song, like the boys of the old brigade  Eyes right! There goes Labour in lockstep with their political allies the Co...

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It's official: Prime Minister David Cameron is the biggest Twit in Westminster
by dailyrecord
14 Feb 2014 at 12:15pm
THE Tory leader has the largest number of Twitter followers with 590,000 - twice as many as his Labour rival Ed Miliband.


Scottish independence: UK Government will 'totally respect' a Yes vote in ref...
by dailyrecord
14 Feb 2014 at 5:53am
THE Chief Treasury Secretary insisted the result of the referendum on September 18 will be "respected, full stop, end of story' as he rubbished claims that a Yes vote would be ignored by Westminster.


Alistair Darling: Currency union is a big gamble we don't have to take
by Alistair Darling
14 Feb 2014 at 3:31am
BETTER Together campaign leader ALISTAIR DARLING says by voting No to independence Scotland can share a strong single currency that supports jobs and our economy.


Yes vote in referendum would not automatically mean creation of an independen...
by dailyrecord
14 Feb 2014 at 3:25am
THE senior UK Government source says a Yes vote is just the start of the process towards independence, not the end.


Henry McLeish: We need common sense instead of political posturing
by Henry McLeish
14 Feb 2014 at 3:22am
FORMER Labour First Minister HENRY McLEISH says George Osborne's intervention in the currency debate runs the risk of pushing more Scots into voting Yes.


Record View: Alex Salmond must come up with currency Plan B.. and quickly
by Record View
14 Feb 2014 at 2:52am
AS the currency issue continues to dominate the independence debate RECORD VIEW says Scots have the right to know what money they would be using in the event of a Yes vote on September 18.


Pressure grows on Alex Salmond after bid for independent Scotland to share st...
by David Clegg
13 Feb 2014 at 9:00pm
THE First Minister was under huge pressure to come up with a Plan B after Chancellor George Osborne categorically said a currency union between a separate Scotland and the rest of the UK "is not going to happen".


Independence debate enters defining stage as George Osborne rules out SNP pla...
by David Clegg
13 Feb 2014 at 6:06am
THE Chancellor delivered a severe blow to the SNP's currency union policy in Edinburgh this morning saying: "People need to know that is not going to happen".


David Clegg: Currency union policy is off the table.. what Alex Salmond does ...
by David Clegg
13 Feb 2014 at 5:19am
RECORD political editor DAVID CLEGG says Alex Salmond now faces the most important moments of his SNP leadership after Chancellor George Osborne ruled out any prospect of an independent Scotland sharing the pound.


Chancellor George Osborne: Voting 'Yes' for independence means Scotland leavi...
by dailyrecord
13 Feb 2014 at 4:46am
OSBORNE delivered a severe blow to the SNP's currency union policy in Edinburgh this morning saying: "People need to know that is not going to happen".


Record View: Latest development in Scottish independence debate is all about ...
by Record View
13 Feb 2014 at 3:52am
AS Westminster's three main political parties reject SNP's currency union policy RECORD VIEW agrees with Jim Sillars' point that Alex Salmond should have foreseen the need for a Plan B.


Independence referendum: Johann Lamont claims Scotland have no right to keep ...
by dailyrecord
13 Feb 2014 at 3:39am
THE Scottish Labour leader insists it's in Scotland's best interest to keep the pound and that can only be achieved by voting No to independence in September.


Independence referendum: There's a sensible Plan B.. if the SNP leadership ca...
by dailyrecord
13 Feb 2014 at 3:27am
EX-SNP deputy leader JIM SILLARS questions why Alex Salmond has threatened to default on Scotland's share of the UK debt instead of creating a Plan B in the wake of the currency union policy being rejected.


Independence referendum: 'No' campaign parties line-up behind George Osborne ...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Feb 2014 at 3:13am
THE Tory Chancellor will reject any hope of an independent Scotland forming a "sterling zone" with the remains of the UK in which the Bank of England would guarantee Scottish finances.


Alex Neil vows to launch NHS probe after Daily Record reveals frail pensioner...
by Stephen Stewart
13 Feb 2014 at 2:15am
THE Health Secretary vowed to get to the bottom of the backlog which saw 85-year-old Margaret Brock left in limbo for hours in A&E due to a lack of beds at Glasgow's Western Infirmary.


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It is never acceptable for a media broadcaster (not specifically licensed to ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Feb 2014 at 2:24pm
It is never acceptable for a media broadcaster (not specifically licensed to do so, as we are) to misrepresent the words of a contributor in an interview.

When the words of our Director General, Kenny McQuarrel, were edited in such a way as to allow other voices to be heard, and his carefully pr...

We go to law, in protest against our DG's words being edited, distorted, and ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Feb 2014 at 1:53pm
We go to law, in protest against our DG's words being edited, distorted, and taken out of context. Bastards! That's what we do!


Vicious misreporting of BBC Scotlandshire brings legal challenge
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Regretfully, we cannot now accept English money, as the announcements from the ...

Scotlandshire to be denied access to English water! Drought threatens.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Feb 2014 at 4:19pm
Scotlandshire to be denied access to English water! Drought threatens.


Splittist Scotlandshire won?t be allowed to use English water
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Rain that falls on the green, green grass of England ? be it in Oxford, Workington, Belfast or Cardiff ? is English rain and a splittist Sc...

Listen to our Director General Kenny McQuarrel in 'conversation' with three e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Feb 2014 at 5:34pm
Listen to our Director General Kenny McQuarrel in 'conversation' with three evil Cybernats.


For A' That 40 - Love-bombed to Death
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For the 40th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew made his return and we were joined by Anne Donohoe and Kenny McQuarrel, who is the Director Genera...

Unanimity across Scotlandshire! Plaudits for Anus rain on his head.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Feb 2014 at 3:52pm
Unanimity across Scotlandshire! Plaudits for Anus rain on his head.


Anus proved right!
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The remnant of GCU funding that isn't going to the Better Together campaign will be allocated to a new Department of Horological Inconsequentiality

Plans are announced to move Trident to flooded Somerset after Scottish indepe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Feb 2014 at 2:34pm
Plans are announced to move Trident to flooded Somerset after Scottish independence


Somerset Levels set to become new home for Trident
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Flooded farms and villages in the Somerset Levels are destined to remain submerged indefinitely under new plans revealed today by Communi...

Flooded farms and villages in the Somerset Levels are destined to remain subm...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Feb 2014 at 4:07pm
Flooded farms and villages in the Somerset Levels are destined to remain submerged indefinitely under new plans revealed today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.


Somerset Levels will be flooded for decades, says Mr Pickles
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We asked Mr Pickles - so-called for his twin ...

Things seem to be hotting up down at Project Fear. Now they tell us they will...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Feb 2014 at 5:38pm
Things seem to be hotting up down at Project Fear. Now they tell us they will take away our language. What next?


Scots could be banned from speaking English, warns academic
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As usual, it is London's refusal to definatively rule our a language union which is causing all the...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Feb 2014 at 4:57pm

An independent Scotlandshire would have no protection against destruction by ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Feb 2014 at 2:32pm
An independent Scotlandshire would have no protection against destruction by falling meteors, warn scientists from the Department of Reclining Chairs at the London School of Ergonomics.


Separate Scotlandshire may be susceptible to space storms, say scientists
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The tiny Sco...

John Smith's wee girl is joining the spoof BBC channel to help with its refer...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Feb 2014 at 6:49am
John Smith's wee girl is joining the spoof BBC channel to help with its referendum 'coverage'.


The News it is a-changin
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In the pretendy wee Parliament, the Natz whined that Johann La-Mont had described issues such as Trident, the Bedroom Tax, illegal wars and policies to...

BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Tog...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Together activist, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that he will be employing 'body doubles' to represent him at future public appearances.


Salmond employs body doubles after 'death Tweet'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk...

Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil D...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Feb 2014 at 12:13pm
Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil Dictator Eck!

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/655-cybernat-abusers-under-salmonds-control-says-peer.html



The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Feb 2014 at 12:38pm
The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim proves beyond all doubt that nasty Cybernat tweeters are being directly controlled by Alex Salmond.


Cybernat abusers under Salmond's control, says pished Peer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Foulkesake - I invented the concept o...

Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Bet...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Feb 2014 at 4:21pm
Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Betamax recorder is broken again.


And now the Scotlandshire News from where we are
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Supple Minds
by bellacaledonia
14 Feb 2014 at 11:33am
‘The independence referendum is, in a stark way, beginning to reveal the real lines of power and authority inside the UK’ writes the  NEF’s James Meadway The referendum on Scottish independence is provoking political convulsions in Westminster. With polls showing... Read More ›

Black Swans
by bellacaledonia
14 Feb 2014 at 10:45am
The first Black Swan flew over the indy debate this week. Everybody freaked out. The consequences are still being discussed but it does put paid to the slightly comic idea, still being circulated around some on the left that this isn’t... Read More ›

Coinage
by bellacaledonia
14 Feb 2014 at 8:02am
The Coin We brushed the dirt off, held it to the light. The obverse showed us Scotland, and the head of a red deer; the antler-glint had fled but the fine cut could still be felt. All right: we turned... Read More ›


The People vs the British State
by bellacaledonia
13 Feb 2014 at 11:08am
The rights and wrongs of currency union is really not the issue. The core of the matter is that the elite in Westminster have lost control of the argument … Jonathon Shafi on the British regime crisis. In recent weeks... Read More ›

Born Honest Born Clever
by bellacaledonia
13 Feb 2014 at 5:49am
By Robin McAlpine How a nation is born ? and how it behaves as it is born ? matters. History tells us this. A nation born in blood almost always has a future of blood ahead of it. A nation... Read More ›

Curious George
by bellacaledonia
13 Feb 2014 at 4:45am
As writer Iain Macwhirter puts it plainly: “Britain isn’t in a position to tell Scotland anything, and the pound is common property” But facts don’t seem a problem for our bullish Chancellor. He specifically said: “The people of the rest... Read More ›


Jekyll and Hyde
by bellacaledonia
12 Feb 2014 at 1:09pm
The week started well, with Rory wanting to find 100,000 people to man the border hills with flaming torches and David Cameron urging a constitutional orgy of inter-national love messaging. Unfortunately by Wednesday the No campaign had descended into a... Read More ›

Falling Over
by bellacaledonia
11 Feb 2014 at 1:47am
By Mike Small The biggest obstacle to a Yes victory is a credible alternative. Dave’s faltering pledges of love and miscued utterances won’t cut it. Not on the day when the climate change denying Environment Minister found his credibility washed... Read More ›

Whose Voice?
by bellacaledonia
10 Feb 2014 at 4:40pm
David McKinnon on the distortion and confusion of the Communication Workers Union. What is most worrying about the information widely available to the electorate is the subtle bias of the media sources from where people, for the most part, get... Read More ›


Some Hard Truth About Scottish Rap: Hip Hop and Independence
by bellacaledonia
10 Feb 2014 at 1:14am
This year is the most important year of our lives. We have a chance to influence an historical event. Too many of us are just sitting around waiting for people we don?t trust to give us answers. It?s time for Scottish Hip Hop to stand up and be counted. Let us just be honest about how things have...


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

Scottish independence: Currency crunch - BBC News
14 Feb 2014 at 8:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Currency crunch
BBC News
Today, we have reached a crunch point in the debate on independence. The seemingly unstoppable force of nationalism meets the immovable object representing the interests of the rest of the UK. The Treasury has published a civil service study o...


Scottish independence: Effect on England, Wales and N Ireland - BBC News
14 Feb 2014 at 2:15am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Effect on England, Wales and N Ireland
BBC News
Scottish independence would affect those south of the border, with changes for life in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. David Thompson looked at what a smaller UK might be like without its second-largest nation, as h...


Scottish independence 'may be denied if Yes win' - Edinburgh Evening News
14 Feb 2014 at 5:50pm

BBC News

Scottish independence 'may be denied if Yes win'
Edinburgh Evening News
SCOTLAND may not get independence even if the Yes campaign wins the referendum, it was claimed today. An unnamed senior colleague of Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted saying a Yes vote would not guarantee independ...


Scottish independence: What next for currency debate? - BBC News
13 Feb 2014 at 4:50am

Scottish independence: What next for currency debate?
BBC News
UK Chancellor George Osborne will rule out a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, government sources have told the BBC. His position will also be backed by Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Liberal Democrat Chief Secr...


Scottish independence: UK parties 'will block money union' - BBC News
12 Feb 2014 at 1:41pm

Scottish independence: UK parties 'will block money union'
BBC News
The three main Westminster parties are to declare that whoever forms the next UK government will not enter a currency union with an independent Scotland. The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats will make the comments on Thu...


Scottish independence: Yes might not mean Yes - Edinburgh Evening News
14 Feb 2014 at 2:53am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Yes might not mean Yes
Edinburgh Evening News
SCOTLAND may not get independence even if the Yes campaign wins the referendum, it was claimed today. An unnamed senior colleague of Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted saying a Yes vote would not guarant...


Scottish independence: Farmers 'would get better deal' with Yes vote - BBC News
11 Feb 2014 at 2:07am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Farmers 'would get better deal' with Yes vote
BBC News
Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said Scotland had the lowest direct farm payments of any EU country. The comments came ahead of the independence referendum, on 18 September. The UK government said ...


Scottish independence: 'No cross-party plan' on devolution - BBC News
14 Feb 2014 at 7:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'No cross-party plan' on devolution
BBC News
There will be no cross-party announcement on further devolution for Scotland before the referendum, the leader of the Scottish Tories has said. In a speech in Edinburgh, Ruth Davidson hinted she was in favour of further tax...


Yes campaign readies million-pound marketing blitz - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Feb 2014 at 5:34am

Telegraph.co.uk

Yes campaign readies million-pound marketing blitz
Telegraph.co.uk
... it was claimed. The revelation has reignited the row over funding, with critics accusing the pro-independence camp of hiding its donor base and using taxpayers' money on political projects ? an accusation vigorous...


Scottish independence: 'Migration could rise' - Scotsman
14 Feb 2014 at 1:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Migration could rise'
Scotsman
The level of people moving between Scotland and the rest of the UK is likely to stay largely the same regardless of the outcome of the independence referendum, according to the ESRC Centre for Population Change. Their research looked at...



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Google News

Yes might not mean Yes: 'smooth' iScotland talks still needed, says Coalition...
14 Feb 2014 at 9:10pm

Herald Scotland

Yes might not mean Yes: 'smooth' iScotland talks still needed, says Coalition ...
Herald Scotland
Dismissing the SNP Government's 18-month timescale for completing negotiations as "totally unrealistic", the source said: "A Yes vote in the referendum would be the start of a process, n...


Scots are too big for squabbling separatism - Herald Scotland
14 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Scots are too big for squabbling separatism
Herald Scotland
It is the movement of history that makes the SNP's arguments for independence so phoney. If independence for Scotland meant that its citizens would have to get visas to travel to England and Northern Ireland; pass through passport control ...


Salmond taunts Coalition over its 'backfiring' tactics on poll - Herald Scotland
14 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Salmond taunts Coalition over its 'backfiring' tactics on poll
Herald Scotland
The senior source said the SNP government's 18-month timescale for all negotiations to be completed was "totally unrealistic". He added: "It would not be a question of defying the wishes of the Scottish pe...


Scottish independence: Split on currency Plan B - Scotsman
14 Feb 2014 at 6:02pm

Scottish independence: Split on currency Plan B
Scotsman
MEMBERS of a commission set up by Alex Salmond to examine currency options were last night divided on what Plan B could be adopted in an independent Scotland after the SNP's plan to share sterling was ruled out by Westminster. The Fiscal Comm...


David Cameron takes a leaf out of Salmond's book and speaks to the heart, not...
14 Feb 2014 at 5:58pm

David Cameron takes a leaf out of Salmond's book and speaks to the heart, not ...
New Statesman
The ?Better Together? campaign appeals (like its spokesman, Alistair Darling) to the mind, while Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP ? who doesn't have the fig leaf of a thought-through policy or a contingen...


SNP MSP racially abused while selling Big Issue - Scotsman
14 Feb 2014 at 4:54pm

Scotsman

SNP MSP racially abused while selling Big Issue
Scotsman
The man then launched into a tirade about Romanians and Bulgarian immigrants in Scotland, despite the presence of news cameras filming the SNP politician. The Glasgow-list MSP told The Scotsman: ?I was selling the Big Issue at the Dun...


Osborne Shuts Door to Independent Scotland Keeping Pound - Businessweek
14 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm

Osborne Shuts Door to Independent Scotland Keeping Pound
Businessweek
?The SNP's claims that an independent Scotland could or should be able to share the pound are pure fiction.? Labour finance spokesman Ed Balls said Scotland will not keep the pound if voters choose independence. It would be ?cata...


Salmond must do better to convince voters on separation - Telegraph.co.uk
14 Feb 2014 at 3:35pm

Salmond must do better to convince voters on separation
Telegraph.co.uk
The markets were reassured four weeks ago that the Treasury would honour all of the UK's internal debts if the SNP threatened to default, which is precisely what they did in reaction to the Chancellor's veto. What can we now ex...


Scotland referendum: politics at the business end - The Guardian
14 Feb 2014 at 2:28pm

Scotland referendum: politics at the business end
The Guardian
Until now, the version of Scottish independence under discussion was invariably the one proposed in the Panglossian you-won't-feel-a-thing terms recently cultivated by the SNP ? an independent Scotland seamlessly retaining the crown, th...


Losing the battle but winning the war - The Economist (blog)
14 Feb 2014 at 1:34pm

Losing the battle but winning the war
The Economist (blog)
If the London leaders had any guts they would not only outlaw the SNP and secession but put a gun on the table when telling the Scots this, looking them straight in the eye. I loathe Churchill as I am a Marxist but how I miss him now! The S...



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Scotland referendum: Yes vote would not guarantee all of Alex Salmond's ... -...
14 Feb 2014 at 1:00am

The Independent

Scotland referendum: Yes vote would not guarantee all of Alex Salmond's ...
The Independent
The Westminster establishment are now so worried about losing the referendum that they are threatening to refuse to respect the democratic will of the people of Scotland and rip up the Edinbur...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
12 Feb 2014 at 7:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


Open-minded on Scottish independence referendum - Scotsman
13 Feb 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Open-minded on Scottish independence referendum
Scotsman
IN the run-up to the Scottish referendum, one of the Open University's unique features has attracted attention from commentators both within Scotland as well as much further afield. As the Open University is the only university that o...


Scottish Life owner in referendum warning - Herald Scotland
12 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Scottish Life owner in referendum warning
Herald Scotland
Custom byline text: tim sharp city editor. Phil Loney, chief executive of mutually owned Royal London, said that it would reconsider whether its 1200 employees in Scotland could continue to service customers across the UK if t...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? What's the chat this week? - The Edinburgh...
14 Feb 2014 at 9:49am

Scottish Independence Referendum ? What's the chat this week?
The Edinburgh Reporter
A resumé of remarks and comments and pointers to articles about the Scottish Independence Referendum. People living in Scotland are invited to vote in the referendum on independence from the United Kingdom on 18 Se...


Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters - BBC News
8 Feb 2014 at 6:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'Economy matters most' to voters
BBC News
The economy is the issue that matters most to voters taking part in the independence referendum, a poll carried out for the BBC has suggested. The results of the poll feature in a documentary, Scotland's Top Ten Battlegrounds,...


James Cusick's Scottish referendum sketch: And the gold medal for defending ....
8 Feb 2014 at 7:00am

The Independent

James Cusick's Scottish referendum sketch: And the gold medal for defending ...
The Independent
A risk-averse Cameron is now leading from the front, and his promise that he will repeatedly go to Scotland between now and September, suggests that Alistair Darling's days as the figurehe...


Yes vote in referendum would not automatically mean creation of an ... - Scot...
14 Feb 2014 at 3:31am

Yes vote in referendum would not automatically mean creation of an ...
Scottish Daily Record
The government source also said that the Scottish government's 18-month roadmap for completing negotiations was "totally unrealistic". The source told The Herald newspaper: "A Yes vote in the referendum wou...


Scottish independence: Are referendum polls on the move? - BBC News
27 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Are referendum polls on the move?
BBC News
Until now, one of the most remarkable features of the opinion polls on how people propose to vote in the referendum on Scottish independence has been their stability. Almost every company has reported much the same ...


Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker? - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

ITV News

Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker?
BBC News
Could a seemingly random sum of money help voters make their decision in the Scottish independence referendum? Since 2011, the authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes have been asking the same key questions based ...



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Anything Goes

Uk Government To Overturn Indyref Vote
14 Feb 2014 at 9:52pm

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/yes-does-not-mean-yes.23438016

 

 

 

So th...



Positive Case For Scotland The Union?
14 Feb 2014 at 2:42pm
Came across one of my friends posting on the Better Together Facebook page (Yes voter - fair play...

Nick Curtis London Standard On Independence
14 Feb 2014 at 1:40pm

http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/nick-curtis-scotland-would-not-be-bonnie-or-brave-on-its-own-91...



How Has Osborne's Speech Gone Down With Undecideds?
14 Feb 2014 at 12:36pm

I have to say, I think it has done BT more harm than good. Judging by social media alone it seems...



F*ckin Cringers Squeeling With Glee At Gideon's Shite
14 Feb 2014 at 10:26am

F*ck off.

 

You heard it here first.



The Clutha
14 Feb 2014 at 10:16am
Double engine failure due to loss of fuel being reported in the interim report, despite there bei...

Currency Union The Pound
14 Feb 2014 at 9:13am

The pound over the last 5 years has lost nearly a 1/3 rd of its value it is not a stable or stron...



Passive Aggresssive Wheelchair Ramp
14 Feb 2014 at 8:19am

west dumbartonshire council is famous

 

 

http://boingboing.net/2014/02/14/the-most-passive-aggre...



Books You Would Recommend
14 Feb 2014 at 7:28am

Been reading a bit more recently and just wondered what books folk would recommend to others.

 

I...



Papa Walton
14 Feb 2014 at 6:31am

Played a great role.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26185124




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....


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

UK teeters on the brink of dictatorship as Tory government threatens to ignor...
by James Kelly
13 Feb 2014 at 8:32pm
There's a very good word to describe a situation where a government sustains its power in direct ...

What the Yes campaign should do if the three London parties "rule out" a form...
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2014 at 2:13am
1) Although this would be the bluff of the century on the part of the London parties, and althoug...

To preamble or not to preamble - is that the question?
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2014 at 11:58pm
I've been having an interesting exchange with Bill Walker (hopefully not THE Bill Walker!) at the...

A friendly plea to Ben Riley-Smith of the Telegraph : please get your facts s...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2014 at 9:42am
It says something about how dire the Telegraph's coverage of the referendum has been that an arti...

Breaking : Panelbase confirm that they have used a 'stealth preamble' in thei...
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2014 at 11:14am

You might remember that Calum Findlay revealed in a comment on this blog that Panelbase secretly ...



Curling : A Scolympian Story
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2014 at 1:40am
The men's and women's curling competitions are getting underway today at the Winter Olympics in S...

The distorting average
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2014 at 11:35am

I know that a number of us feel that John Curtice's polling analysis is now noticeably fairer to ...



New Panelbase referendum poll
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2014 at 6:29pm
There's a new Panelbase poll out tonight on referendum voting intentions, which as you'd expect s...

What to do if an English person phones you to beg Scotland not to "leave" : y...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2014 at 12:46am

1) Gently point out that Scotland isn't "going" anywhere, because it will retain the exact same g...



Support for independence rises to its highest level of the campaign in latest...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2014 at 2:31am

Just when we were feeling mildly disappointed that YouGov had broken the seemingly relentless seq...



YouGov's 'phantom poll' comes in from the cold - but serious unanswered quest...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 11:38pm

Thanks to Calum Findlay for pointing out that YouGov have furtively released the datasets for the...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Identifying the non-identifiable
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 5:00am
"All the calculations about who gets what slice of the public cake are based on what the Treasury...

Political Betting moderator "The Screaming Eagles" lies about me, dehumanises...
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2014 at 10:47am
Some of you may have seen the comment left by pro-independence Political Betting poster Mick Pork...

Trying to make sense of YouGov's latest idiocy (it isn't easy)
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 6:29pm
A little flurry of excitement tonight, because YouGov have released a table showing that a poll c...


Celtic Connections photos
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 1:14am
Last night I finished off two weeks of immersion in Celtic Connections by going to the Young Trad...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

What confidence can we have that they will deliver more powers?
by Peter Dempsie
14 Feb 2014 at 10:06am
If the No campaign can?t agree a joint plan on more powers for Scotland, then what confidence can...

Daily Digest: Osborne?s posturing backfires and u-turns
by Peter Dempsie
14 Feb 2014 at 6:52am
With Osborne?s ?feckless? political strategy still dominating the political press, Professor Chri...

Why a Yes vote will be good news for Scotland's young people
by Peter Dempsie
14 Feb 2014 at 5:42am
Independence is absolutely essential for young people in Scotland - a Yes vote means we can safeg...

Silent Auction - Give the gift of Yes this Valentine's Day
by Sean Lafferty
13 Feb 2014 at 5:54am
Have you left it late and forgotten to buy your loved one a St Valentine?s Day gift? If so, Yes S...

Henry McLeish exposes reality of Westminster
by Peter Dempsie
13 Feb 2014 at 5:32am

Former Labour first minister Henry McLeish exposes the reality of the latest Westminster "fear an...



Daily Digest: Henry McLeish calls Osborne?s bluff
by Stuart McDonald
13 Feb 2014 at 4:58am

McLeish calls Osborne?s bluff

George Osborne?s political posturing on currency this morning is hea...



Put things in the right perspective
by Peter Dempsie
13 Feb 2014 at 3:26am
Nearly a year ago when Osborne first tried his sabre-rattling over currency, Professor David Blan...

We've had the Charm offensive, this week its just offensive on the pound
by Peter Dempsie
12 Feb 2014 at 6:31am

Don?t lose sight of the fact that Osborne doesn?t have the power to prevent us from using the £ a...



Daily Digest: They said one thing last week ? but something starkly different...
by Stuart McDonald
12 Feb 2014 at 5:57am
We know that public opinion on both sides of the border is firmly in favour of independent Scotla...

Video: What if 'can't do' became 'can do'?
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
12 Feb 2014 at 4:49am
Video of dHW-RDJOJTo

Tired of being told what Scotland can't do? This video by upcoming filmmak...



Consequences of a No become clearer: austerity under the Tories or Labour
by Cailean Gallagher
11 Feb 2014 at 9:31am

Today the consequences of a No vote became clearer: guaranteed Westminster austerity under the To...



Daily Digest: Scotland?s hydro and a tale of two futures
by Stuart McDonald
11 Feb 2014 at 6:02am
With all this austerity, few will be surprised at the findings of a new Resolution Foundation rep...

John McInally, Vice President of PCS, on the gains of Yes
by Peter Dempsie
10 Feb 2014 at 11:25am
Video of 4WW8v4jn-fY

Speaking at the Glasgow launch of PCS, the organisation's Vice President, ...



Nicola Sturgeon discusses gains of Yes for working people
by Peter Dempsie
10 Feb 2014 at 6:03am
Video of 71ON7VZX52I

Speaking at the Glasgow launch of Public and Commercial Services Union for...



Daily Digest: Voters believe Scottish Parliament should have control of immig...
by Stuart McDonald
10 Feb 2014 at 5:36am
A new academic study by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, has found that a c...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

People who have changed from undecided/no to yes
13 Feb 2014 at 9:41am

Why did you change your mind?



Your plan B for the currency.
13 Feb 2014 at 7:49am

My preference would be to use our own currency.



George Osborne's speech
13 Feb 2014 at 3:44am
Seems to suggest that a currency union is a no go?

I will keenly listen to the counter arguments ...

Independence Debate In Motherwell
9 Feb 2014 at 7:30pm

Was at a debate in the Glo Centre in Motherwell hosted by the Lanarkshire Forum For Independence....



Nuclear weapons
9 Feb 2014 at 11:43am

This seems to come up a lot amongst Yes voters as a reason to become independant. Personally I do...



Angry Taxi Driver
8 Feb 2014 at 2:43pm

 

EDIT: See it posted below now. Apologies.



Don't go. I love you and respect you. I really do...
5 Feb 2014 at 9:05pm

We keep getting told that Scotland is a valued region of the UK. That we are better together. And...



Tommy Sheridan
3 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm

Don't know if this speech has been posted elsewhere - even if it has it deserves it's own thread....



For those planning to vote "no"...
3 Feb 2014 at 1:23pm

I'd be interested to hear your reasonings.  Not that I'm in any danger of changing my mind, but I...



Will we go totally metric in the event of a 'Yes' vote
2 Feb 2014 at 4:45am

Personally I would like to keep it the way it is - a half way house.

 

But would we see road sign...



Stamps 2014 (October)
1 Feb 2014 at 5:44am

I think we need to get our stamps sorted now just to be on the safe side?

 

or maybes

 

If ...



FAO Unionists ..Should Westminster come clean?
30 Jan 2014 at 11:03am
I have asked the unionists this question directly on other threads without response. Indeed they ...

National Anthem of an Independent Scotland
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

What should be the official national anthem?

 

Personally I'm in favour of Scotland the Brave as ...



Do we all agree with the 50p tax rate
28 Jan 2014 at 6:48am

Does anyone think the SG should comment on the 50p tax rate?



Head of State in an independent Scotland
27 Jan 2014 at 8:49pm
Apologies in advance if I'm being daft asking, but this point seems to have hardly even been ment...


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Alex Salmond under pressure to produce alternative currency plans
by Severin Carrell
14 Feb 2014 at 9:32am

First minister should pursue 'plan B' after three Westminster parties ruled out deal on sterling, say nationalists and allies

Alex Salmond is facing growing pressure to set out alternative plans for...




Alex Salmond responds angrily to Osborne's rejection of currency union
by Severin Carrell
13 Feb 2014 at 11:53am

No deal on sterling will mean no deal on national debt, Scottish first minister says, as all three pro-union parties back chancellor

Alex Salmond has renewed his threat that Scotland could refuse to...




George Osborne: ?stakes couldn?t be higher? in Scottish independence referend...
13 Feb 2014 at 6:53am

The chancellor George Osborne says Scotland should vote against independence in order to benefit from keeping the pound





Independent Scotland: Treasury warns of 'unbridgeable challenges' over pound
by Nicholas Watt, Severin Carrell
13 Feb 2014 at 2:03am

George Osborne, Ed Balls and Danny Alexander form rare alliance to insist independent Scotland could not keep pound

George Osborne is to launch a cross-party campaign by Britain's three main politic...




Alex Salmond no longer has the pound in his pocket | David Torrance
by David Torrance
12 Feb 2014 at 12:37pm

George Osborne's Edinburgh speech will challenge the SNP leader to reveal his plan B for an independent Scottish currency

In November 1967 the Labour prime minister, Harold Wilson, took to the airwa...




Scotland must play a high-stakes poker game with Westminster over the pound
by Larry Elliott
12 Feb 2014 at 9:43am

There remain a number of currency options available to the yes camp despite the toughening up of the rhetoric from the three main parties at Westminster

Although there are still seven months to go b...




UK parties 'ganging up' to bully Scots into rejecting independence, says SNP
by Nicholas Watt
12 Feb 2014 at 4:36am

Scottish deputy first minister condemns threats to reject currency union as 'cack-handed panicky' tactics

Britain's main political parties are seeking to gang up and bully the people of Scotland to ...



Consequences of Scottish independence for the rest of the UK | @guardianletters
11 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

Your editorial and Jonathan Freedland's column (If I were a Scot ?, both 8 February) ? as well as the bulk of comment from the London media ? don't begin to grasp the consequences of Scottish indep...




Donald Trump buys Irish golf resort after losing Scotland court battle
by Severin Carrell
11 Feb 2014 at 1:14pm

US billionaire says he'll divert energies to five star complex while he appeals against defeat over decision to approve windfarm

Donald Trump has bought a five star golf resort on the west coast of ...




David Cameron is betting that the Scots want to be told they're loved | Andre...
by Andrew Rawnsley
9 Feb 2014 at 12:50am

Some pro-union campaigners believe fearmongering in Scotland is enough. The prime minister doesn't agree

In his speech on Scottish independence, David Cameron declared: "The outcome is still up in t...




Scottish independence: it's not Scotland's job to save England from its faili...
8 Feb 2014 at 6:06pm

Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael's talk of 'shared values' is vague and unprovable

You carried two articles about the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence in last week's Observer: t...




What would independence mean for Scotland's money machine?
by Phillip Inman
8 Feb 2014 at 6:04pm

The major industries are expressing mixed feelings about a possible yes vote. Observer writers introduce the arguments

Alex Salmond can already picture himself sitting with a downcast David Cameron ...




Scottish independence: opponents are like rabbits in SNP's headlights | Kevin...
by Kevin McKenna
8 Feb 2014 at 3:03pm

With seven months to go, the momentum is with the Yes campaign

With barely seven months until Scotland decides its future, the No campaign is now being forced to dance to Alex Salmond's tune. These ...




Disunited kingdom: London's word is met with growing cynicism | Observer edit...
by Observer editorial
8 Feb 2014 at 2:33pm

London is not a city state. It is a capital city with responsibilities

Sometimes, in politics as in life, everything connects: there is confidence and momentum. Sometimes, but not too often? Conside...



Scottish referendum: groundworks | Editorial
by Editorial
7 Feb 2014 at 5:30pm

To make the case for Scotland's importance to the UK, David Cameron needs a proposition that goes beyond the status quo

David Cameron, a Conservative politician with a southern English seat, is not ...




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