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The Witch Is Dead song fails to reach No 1 slot
Ding Dong!

Labour claims SNP dealing poorest Scots a double blow
SNP cuts to local government are hitting the same deprived communities that are suffering the most from the UK Government's welfare changes, it has been claimed.

Chances of avoiding triple dip 'tight'
The chances the UK will escape a triple dip recession are tight, Coalition sources have said.

Miliband told to offer alternative to Coalition
ED Miliband has again been warned by New Labour grandees that he must not allow the party to become simply a party of protest but offer alternative policies to the Conservative-led Coalition.

'She reinforced the case for Scots independence'
Many years ago, I requested a meeting with Margaret Thatcher to discuss a jobs crisis in Falkirk.

Dennis Canavan: how Thatcher reinforced the case for Scottish independence
DENNIS CANAVAN reflects on the death of Baroness Thatcher

Taxpayers landed with £27,000 legal bill for MP's £23.90 expenses claim
A SCOTTISH Labour MP has landed taxpayers with a £27,000 legal bill after a Commons expenses dispute over a £24 train ticket.

MSPs debate 'selfish' legacy
MSPs are set to clash over Baroness Thatcher within minutes of her funeral next week, after Green and Independent MSPs announced a debate to discuss her legacy of "selfishness".

BBC chart show slaps ban on Thatcher song
THE BBC has banned the controversial anti-Thatcher song, Ding Dong!

Pressure mounts on disgraced bosses amid bonus anger
PRESSURE is mounting on the disgraced former bosses of Halifax Bank of Scotland amid growing anger over their mammoth pension pots and nearly £1 million of "bonuses for going bust".

Ireland and Portugal given loan extension
EUROPEAN Union finance ministers have agreed to grant Ireland and Portugal seven years more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth.

Cameron family visits Merkel
David Cameron and his family last night dined with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her private residence ahead of talks about the future shape of the European Union.

Controversial NHS patient records system axed
A £50 MILLION NHS computer system which was meant to unify patient records has been scrapped by the Scottish Government after a decade of failure.

University defends benefits report after Tory criticism
THE university whose researchers revealed £1.6 billion would be sucked out of the Scottish economy by Westminster benefit changes has slapped down a Tory MSP who accused it of "socialist bias."

Miliband warned not to ignore Blair's intervention
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has been cautioned not to ignore Tony Blair's warning his party's response to the UK Government's controversial welfare reforms is outdated.

 

Scotsman

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Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead fails to top charts

DING Dong The Witch Is Dead — the song propelled into the charts by opponents of Baroness Thatcher — failed to reach the No 1 spot in the official charts yesterday.



Thatcher funeral: Boris Johnson among guests

CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White, London mayor Boris Johnson and businessman Gerald Ronson – who was jailed for his part in the Guinness shares scandal – are among the latest confirmed guests for the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.



SNP attacks Labour ?plan? for income tax

A ROW in the Scottish Labour Party over proposals to hand Holyrood control of all income tax raised north of the Border could actually mean Scots are denied control of any extra economic levers if they vote against independence, the SNP said yesterday.



Independence: Cybercrime warning for ?Yes? vote

A FORMER FBI agent has warned Scotland will be more vulnerable to cybercrime if it becomes independent.



David Bell: Cuts will be ?severe? rather than ?draconian?

WHILE the changes in taxes and cuts in capital spending that are part of the austerity programme are largely complete, there is still some way to go on the cuts in current spending – the day-to-day spending that pays for refuse collectors, nurses, teachers etc.



Thatcher: Scots Tories attempt to postpone debate

THE Scottish Conservatives are to stage a last-ditch effort to get a Holyrood debate on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher postponed until after her funeral.



Brian Monteith: Statistics disprove Thatcher myths

SINCE Margaret Thatcher’s death last Monday, we have seen some unprecedented behaviour on the streets, on football terraces and in the music charts of Britain.



Lesley Riddoch: No disrespect, but debate goes on

IS IT a snub to Margaret Thatcher to debate her legacy at the same time as Wednesday’s funeral?



Public sector job cuts: Full pain ?still to be felt?

THE full pain of public sector job cuts is “still to be felt” with up to 340,000 posts expected to be axed before the next general election, a prominent economist warns today.



Ex-HBOS boss Colin Matthew urged to hand back pension

PRESSURE is mounting on a former Halifax Bank of Scotland executive to give up his £416,000-a-year pension.



The Scotsman cartoon - 15/04/13

A London School of Economics study trip to North Korea reportedly provided cover for a BBC Panorama documentary team



Thatcher: Conga in Glasgow to mark hated legacy

“IT’S the legacy we hate, not the person,” said John Paul Coyle, as he stood in the heart of Glasgow’s George Square wearing a T-shirt declaring Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, illustrated by a small, green-tinted picture of the late Baroness Thatcher.



Independence: Alert over passports following ?Yes?

PLANS for an “inclusive” citizenship rule in an independent Scotland could be limited by pressure from within Scotland, the UK and Europe over its impact on immigration.



Labour MPs to snub Lamont over income tax plan

SCOTTISH Labour MPs are planning to boycott this week’s party conference over a ­proposal for the complete ­devolution of income tax.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon - 14/04/13

Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Salmond and Thatcher’s legacy feature in today’s cartoon



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Quoted for truth #13
Scotland on Sunday, 14th April 2013 (our emphasis): “[A Labour] MP pointed out that any further devolution would need support from the Labour Party in England: ‘Johann can?t just say to Ed [Miliband, the Labour leader] this is what I want. These decisions and policies have consequences for the whole of the UK. There are [...]

And finally? #31
Readers! Scotland on Sunday’s Euan McColm – who is a proper, mature, grown-up journalist, unlike we scurrilous, anonymous blogger types – has a message for you with regard to modern developments in the financing of alternative media sources. (As we’re aware that some people are uncomfortable with robust language, we’ve blurred out part of the [...]

Through the looking glass
We’ve been documenting of late how the No campaign has grown increasingly negative and smear-based since the turn of the year, as opinion polls show a trend of small but consistent movement towards independence. One of the core characteristics of negative political campaigning is to accuse your opponents of doing the thing you’re actually doing, [...]

The myth of multilateralism
The Labour Party’s clinging to the pretence of a commitment to multilateral nuclear disarmament is perhaps the most cynical of all the lies it still tells the electorate, on either side of the border. This weekend, as thousands of protesters congregate in Glasgow, Labour activists are mounting a frantic rearguard action pretending that independence and [...]

Everybody?s friend
Ian Taylor, chief executive and president of Vitol, is the donor who just keeps on giving: “Oil market dealers confirmed on Friday that a Syrian government tender on behalf of state oil company Sytrol for gasoline that closed on the market this week has been picked up by giant oil traders Trafigura and Vitol. Syria [...]

Don?t stand so close to me
Here’s Ken Macintosh MSP (Labour) on today’s Good Morning Scotland: GARY ROBERTSON: Do you have concerns about where the funding for the Better Together campaign is coming from? There have been questions about a half-a-million donation from Ian Taylor and his background. Do you have concerns about that as someone who?s part of that campaign? [...]

Way down deep in the middle of the Congo
We haven’t heard any more from Ian Taylor’s lawyers yet. But in a surprising development never previously observed on the internet, his attempt to silence various pro-independence voices appears to have resulted in people digging deeper into the affairs of Vitol, the oil-trading company of which he’s been Chief Executive since 1995. One particularly interesting [...]

Scraping the barrel
It seems odd to talk of the anti-independence campaign being “desperate” when most polls still give them a significant lead. But to any rational observer the tone of the debate has changed noticeably since the turn of 2013, culminating in the extraordinary and hysterical outburst on the “Better Together” website this week [local copy] when challenged [...]

Binoculars on backwards
This is “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall looking comfortable and confident on last night’s edition of Scotland Tonight as the recently-controversial subject of campaign donations was discussed. Not for the first time, his comments seemed a little at odds with the truth. Later in the show Mr McDougall came out with some extraordinary unsupported [...]

Lucky you?ve got a safety net
There’s an old maxim that serves all writers well: “Perfection is when there’s nothing left to take away”. With that in mind, let’s see how few words we can render the complex issue of the future of welfare in the UK in. But in case those aren’t enough, we’ll expand just a little. Here’s what [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Scotland's debt 'could be lower'
The Scottish government is proposing an independent Scotland could take on a public sector debt burden at just over half of the rate faced by the whole UK.

Tory anger at Thatcher debate timing
The Scottish Conservatives have hit out at plans to hold a Holyrood debate on the legacy of former PM Margaret Thatcher, on the day of her funeral.

Protesters march against Trident
Hundreds of protesters join MSPs and union leaders for an anti-nuclear march in Glasgow, which is part of a weekend of events organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition.

Lib Dems in baby ashes inquiry call
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have backed calls for a nationwide inquiry into the way the remains of dead babies have been disposed of at crematoriums.

Help promised to snow-hit farmers
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead says farmers affected by recent severe snow will get further help from the Scottish government.

Welfare cuts 'to hit Scots economy'
Welfare cuts will take more than £1.6bn a year out of the Scottish economy and hit the poorest parts hardest, according to new research.

Reoffending tackled in £7.7m scheme
The Scottish government it is to allocate almost £7.7m to a scheme intended to reduce re-offending.

Royal Mile's future to be considered
The future of the Royal Mile is to be considered in a consultation exercise launched by Edinburgh city council.

Court challenge on croft evictions
Absentee crofters being evicted for not using their land have joined forces to challenge the decision and may take their fight to the European courts.

'Highest-ever' organ donor figures
The highest-ever number of organ transplants were carried out in Scotland last year, new figures indicate.

Social housing in a 'perfect storm'
A council is headed for difficulties in tackling the need for social housing, its former housing committee chairwoman says.

Yes Scotland reveals donor list
The campaign for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has revealed.

Salmond 'certain' on Nato membership
The Scottish first minister says he is "certain" that Nato countries would accept an independent Scotland opposed to nuclear weapons into the alliance.

Council chief executive to retire
Highland Council's chief executive is to retire at the end of August after 22 years with the local authority.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Labour MSP calls for emergency legislation to mitigate the "bedroom tax".

Newsnet Scotland

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Thatcher?s Positive Legacy: an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

The reaction to the death of Margaret Thatcher has reminded the UK how divisive her reign as Prime Minister was, and the extent to which her economic and social policies were a Rorschach test for the UK electorate.

Her defenders see a neo-liberal gladiator, thrashing unions and regulations to bring about a free-market utopia, where ?aspiration? and upward social mobility are the most valued attributes. Working people who simply want to earn a decent living and raise their children do not get a ticket.



The No campaign gets its figures wrong again

By Gordon McIntyre-Kemp 
 
Ian Taylor, the No Campaign?s largest donor, wrote an article in The Sunday Herald last week explaining ?Why he gave the No Campaign £500,000?. 

The donation itself has caused some heated political debate (around the fact that he is not registered to vote in Scotland), but since this site is a professional business and economics online magazine, we will focus on the economic claims Mr Taylor makes.
 



George Kerevan: creating fiscal fix just possible

  By George Kerevan
 
I?M JUST back from Asia where they still make things ? mobile phones, computers and all the fashionable clothes you like to wear. Of course, a lot of this fancy stuff is designed in the West. But don?t imagine the Chinese lack either the culture to design entrancingly beautiful things, or the brains to write software.
 
Arriving back home, I read the papers with my normal dismay. The main headlines were about a prime minister who left office before cellphones were available (read: nostalgia) and the impact of welfare cuts (read: managing decline).



Why did the banks only become Scottish after they failed?

By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp 
 
Why did the banks only become Scottish ? after they failed?  This joke reminds me though, of the one of the rallying calls of the ?No? campaign.

The accusation that 'Scotland?s' banks were bailed out by the UK; specifically Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBoS).



Newsnet Scotland's leaflet promo returns

Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in announcing the re-activation of our promotional leaflet campaign.
 
At the beginning of the year we launched a trial campaign aimed at getting our readers involved in promoting the website.  We were taken aback by the response and our initial print run of 5000 leaflets was snapped up within the first three days.



Out of sight out of mind

By Calum Ansell

The decision taken last week by David Cameron not to get involved in a debate with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on the issue of Scottish independence is one that has, by and large, passed the traditional Scottish media unnoticed despite its significance.

Being the elected leader of the institution that the Better Together campaign is asking Scots to endorse means that Cameron cannot take a back seat in this debate. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom one would think that Cameron should be campaigning with ?every single fibre? he has instead of leaving the debate to a previous and previously disgraced Chancellor of the Exchequer.



Thatcher?s real Legacy

By A.Anderson

On Monday the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed that Margaret Thatcher had ?saved Britain? by the economic policy she adopted and stuck to, in such a stubborn manner, while other politicians and news pundits made similar claims.

So what was Thatcher?s contribution to economic policy in Britain and is there some clear definition of Thatcherism?



Abolishing Aristocratic Entitlement in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

Last week the welfare debate took a turn for the vile when Chancellor George Osborne capitalised on the arson case of Mick Philpott to draw a parallel between receiving welfare benefits and burning your children to death.

There is a picture online of Philpott wearing an England jersey.  It would be equally ludicrous to suggest that he burned his children because he?s an England fan.  Regrettably, psychopaths come from all classes, and Osborne?s vicious insinuation reflects the current base level of debate on class.



Lady Thatcher ? Farewell and Thanks

By Canon Kenyon Wright
 
So we say farewell to the Iron Lady.
 
We never met, but I once ? I think on ?Any Questions?, - said I felt I would have liked her.  Not, I hasten to say because of her views and policies, both of which I believe to have been fundamentally flawed, but because she had a conviction and consistency that put her head and shoulders above many politicians.



Political Porn

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It?s caused outrage and anger with many vowing never to purchase the newspaper again. 
 
The image of the Saltire with a Nazi swastika superimposed over the cross of St Andrew is a low point in Scottish journalism.  What it might mean for the readership of Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman is anyone?s guess.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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SNP attacks Labour ?plan? for income tax
A ROW in the Scottish Labour Party over proposals to hand Holyrood control of all income tax raised north of the Border could actually mean Scots are denied control of any extra economic levers if they vote against independence, the SNP said...

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Independence: Cybercrime warning for ?Yes? vote
A FORMER FBI agent has warned Scotland will be more vulnerable to cybercrime if it becomes independent.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Just when you thought the unionist scare stories couldn't get any more ridiculous.

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Independence: Alert over passports following ?Yes?

PLANS for an “inclusive” citizenship rule in an independent Scotland could be limited by pressure from within Scotland, the UK and Europe over its impact on immigration.

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Murphy admits NATO members can be non-nuclear | Scottish National Party

The SNP has welcomed confirmation from Labour's Defence Spokesperson Jim Murphy that "you don't have to have nuclear weapons on your soil" to be in NATO - as the SNP are proposing for an independent Scotland.



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Sign for Scotland: How much for a Voltron? - The Scottish Defence Force

 I’ve probably revealed my age with the title of this post, but how much should it cost to defend Scotland?


There are three answers:          The amount that Westminster charges us now
                                              The amount that similar countries pay
                                              The amount we want



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For A' That 21 - The Ex PM & Libel

For episode 21 of the For A' That podcast, Andrew and I were joined by Peter Bell. We talked about the passing of Thatcher from a number of different perspectives including historical revisionism, ...

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What it will take to break up Britain

IN AN exclusive extract from a new book on the independence referendum, Iain McLean, Jim Gallagher and Guy Lodge look at what it will take to break up Britain.

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Labour former FM distances himself from donation | Scottish National Party

Labour former First Minister Henry McLeish has now voiced his concerns about the £500,000 donation from Ian Taylor, on a day when there is a series of new broadsheet newspaper revelations about the activities of Vitol, the company of which Mr Taylor is president and chief executive.



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Obsorne should study Scotland's balance sheet | Scottish National Party

Commenting on the publication by the Scottish Government of the comprehensive Scotland's Balance Sheet - which demonstrates Scotland's stronger financial position compared to the UK across a range of scenarios, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said that George Osborne should read the document carefully before lecturing Scotland on its public finances.



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McLeish questions oil dealer?s £500k Unionists gift

FORMER Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has voiced concerns that a £500,000 donation from a controversial oil dealer to the anti-independence campaign could harm the Unionist cause.

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New calculation slashes Scotland's debt

THE SNP Government last night challenged Westminster's view that an independent Scotland would automatically be burdened with a £100 billion share of the UK's national debt, and suggested a far lower figure of £56bn instead.



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Euan McColm: Independence campaigns pay price for money entering debate

IF THERE’S one thing sure to set even the closest friends against each other, it’s a disagreement over money. We’ve all seen it happen and quite a few of us, frankly, are still angry we’re never going to see that 50 quid again.

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The Tom and Jerry episode of the referendum campaign

It was inevitable that there would be at least one spat over donations in the independence referendum and that it would be nasty. 


Peter A Bell's insight:
I don't understand this article at all. It seems to be founded on the premise that the anti-independence campaign has raised more money than Yes Scotland. This is an entirely false premise.It also seems to assume some sort equivalence between the two campaigns in terms of "dodgy donations". But there is no such equivalence. There are no question marks over any donations received by Yes Scotland. The same certainly cannot be said of Better Together.

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Quoted for truth #13

Scotland on Sunday, 14th April 2013 (our emphasis):

    “[A Labour] MP pointed out that any further devolution would need support from the Labour Party in England: ‘Johann can’t just say to Ed [Miliband, the Labour leader] this is what I want. These decisions and policies have consequences for the whole of the UK. There are Labour MPs in England now who are getting fed up with it, not just Tories.’”

 



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And finally... #31

Readers! Scotland on Sunday’s Euan McColm – who is a proper, mature, grown-up journalist, unlike we scurrilous, anonymous blogger types – has a message for you with regard to modern developments in the financing of alternative media sources.



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Daily Record

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'Tough and tearful week' beckons for Iron lady's daughter Carol Thatcher
CAROL Thatcher this morning said her mother's death is "deeply sad" and a "thought provoking moment in life".

Thousands of anti-nuclear protesters attend Glasgow march against Trident
POLITICIANS and trade unionists attended the rally which is part of a weekend of protests against nuclear weapons.

Thatcher's £6million townhouse owned by mystery company with links to tax havens
EXPERTS say financial trail leads to offshore businesses in British Virgin Islands with links to Liechtenstein and Jersey.

Church slams bedroom tax as survey reveals there's not enough single room hom...
AROUND 100,000 people with surplus bedrooms are affected by the tax, but the church says it is unfair and unworkable.

Three councillors who topped up an official?s payoff with £200,000 of charity...
FURY has erupted over the ruling dished out to the three councilors who used the money which was earmarked for helping Glasgow's poverty stricken areas.

Cameron flies to Berlin to state his case for EU reforms to Merkel
GERMAN government say they are 'open to arguments' for handing some power back into the hands of member states.

College students get more cash for bursaries as SNP announce funding package
OPPOSITION parties say extra support only goes to reverse previous further education cuts by the Scottish Government.

Margaret Thatcher snatched £130bn of Scottish wealth as she axed 250,000 of o...
FIGURES show Tory leader squandered North Sea oil cash on her destructive policies while industrial decline and unemployment soared.

Margaret Thatcher's funeral guestlist: Over 2000 invited to ceremonial event ...
AS the list was released, ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan have said health problems will keep them from attending.

Church offers reward of return of moderator's lost jewels
THE Right Reverend Albert Bogle said he was "praying" for the return of his official cross and ring, which went missing at Edinburgh Airport.

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair warns Labour: Don't fight old left battles
BLAIR, writing in the New Statesman, warned against a return to Left/Right dividing lines of the 1980s when Labour languished in opposition to Margaret Thatcher's Tories.

Map reveals true extent of devastation wrought by Mrs Thatcher on Scotland's ...
OUR gravestone front page from yesterday has praised for highlighting the real legacy of Thatcher's brutal economic policy on the people of Scotland.

Chancellor George Osborne's £1.6billion welfare lie will cost every Scot £500...
CHARITY chief slams Tory toff for trying to pull the wool over the public's eyes as the true cost of his savage welfare cuts are finally exposed.

Tory tributes to Thatcher interrupted as Scots MP tells Commons that our nati...
SPECIAL sitting of MPs is called to honour Conservative icon but Angus Robertson highlights the former Prime Minister's divisive legacy in Scotland.

Prime Minister David Cameron: Margaret Thatcher made Britain great again
DAVID CAMERON led the speeches as Parliament was recalled to allow MPs and peers to pay tribute to the former Tory Prime Minister. The PM said Thatcher was an "extraordinary woman".

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

Nato rejects Alex Salmond claim over Scottish membership

Nato official says an independent Scotland would have to be treated as a new applicant after leaving UK

Nato has rejected Alex Salmond's claim that an independent Scotland would automatically become...



PM challenged on Trident's future in runup to Scottish independence vote

Senior Tory peers tell Cameron he has to answer questions about impact of independence on Trident base near Glasgow

David Cameron has been warned by senior Tory peers that he has to answer questions...



Scotland was Margaret Thatcher's mission impossible | Charles Kennedy

Thatcher never understood why the Scots despised her. We reckoned it was because we understood her only too well

When I started knocking on Highland doors in May 1983, two things struck me more than...



Letters: Scottish identity

I agree with Elliot Bulmer (Response, 1 April) that a British constitution should be based on the principle of popular sovereignty, not parliamentary sovereignty. Indeed, it would be pointless to e...



Margaret Thatcher: US cables detail her resistance to Scottish devolution

Wikileaks has published 1.7m originally classified and secret US cables from the 1970s, where diplomats describe the then Tory leader as rigid, right wing and leader of an English backlash on devol...



Better Together first to declare donors, and ignores 'Scotland only' challenge

After ignoring an offer from Yes Scotland to agree a timetable for publishing donations, Better Together has released its biggest backers' names, including large sums from outside Scotland

The pro-U...



The readers' editor on? coverage of the Scottish independence debate

The referendum on Scottish independence is a real challenge and an opportunity for the Guardian, but there is some deep-seated resentment to navigate

Criticism of the Guardian's coverage of parts of...



Cameron commits to keeping Scottish defence jobs in pro-UK appeal

Sector employs 12,600 people in Scotland and has annual sales of £1.8bn, PM says in plea to voters to reject Scottish independence

David Cameron says he is still committed to keeping defence jobs in...



Scotland's new unified police force replaces eight regional constabularies

Police Scotland's new chief constable, Stephen House, believes force will be model for 'inevitable' union in England and Wales

For nearly 40 years, the farming and fishing counties of Dumfries and G...



The Scottish referendum is about popular sovereignty, not identity | Elliot B...

In his call for a constitutional convention, Vernon Bogdanor does not grasp what is at stake in Scotland's independence debate

In his article on the implications of Scottish devolution, Vernon Bogda...



Scotland and the UK: state of the union | Editorial

The rest of Britain must not ignore devolution until the Scots make up their minds ? the consequences affect us all

The Scottish independence referendum in September 2014 doubtless still feels a rem...



Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs

Piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland risks leaving union fragmented, MPs' committee warns

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned ministers that resentment amongst English ...



Scottish Tories reverse anti-devolution stance with call for greater powers

Scottish Conservative leader, who opposed more devolution in 2011, sets out proposals as alternative to independence

David Cameron has cleared the way for the Scottish Tories to propose even greater...



The one-state solution to England's role in a devolved UK | Vernon Bogdanor

The constitutional issues facing the United Kingdom can only be resolved with a genuine attempt to codify Britishness

Next year, on 18 September, the Scots will decide whether they want to remain Br...



Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna

Johann Lamont says her party's on pause till next year. Not a great idea, but sadly typical

The day that has been chosen for immortality is 18 September 2014. The least it could do, by way of gratit...



Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - autonomy - self-determination

We need National Collective
By Kate Higgins So, the Augusta National Golf Club, that paean to tradition and bastion of all things traditionally WASP has decided to punish the 14 year old golf wunderkind, Continue reading

Odyssey
The first of a new series highlighting innovation and new talent in Scotland today, by Rebecca Nada-Rajah On a foggy evening on London Road I sit for a coffee with Continue reading

The Scottish News Commons
What’s the future for journalism in Scotland? David Eyre has a big idea. There’s a big moor fire near Gairloch and the reporter from the local community radio station goes Continue reading

Post-Thatcherite Scotland
By Mike Small Despite desperate (frantic) attempts to re-write history with variations of ?Scotland never rejected Thatcher?  by an assortment of  scribes (no names necessary*) the reality is, we d...

The Holy Show ? A Neu! Reekie! special
For the last two and a half years I’ve been helping organise a series of leftfield cultural gatherings under the Neu! Reekie! banner.  Neu! Reekie! is usually based in Edinburgh’s Continue reading ...

In Solidarity with National Collective [Part 1]
RESISTANCE CHECKLIST: Resist whatever seems inevitable. Resist people who seem invincible. Resist the embrace of those who have lost. Resist the flattery of those who have won. Resist any idea Cont...

You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore
by Jim & Margaret Cuthbert David Cameron was hailed as a hero by the British media and Westminster after his ?success? in EU budget negotiations in February. However, one of Continue reading

The Patriot Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher: symbol of liberty and strength. Changed Britain and the world for the better. May she rest in peace. – Rupert Murdoch ?@rupertmurdoch By Mike Small As we enter Continue reading →...

Province of the Cat #14: Easter In Atomic City
by George Gunn (On CB radios, in the 1970?s, Thurso was referred to as ?Atomic City?) The snow falls over Thurso as I walk the early morning streets of this Continue reading

Gotcha
Here’s our Top 20 of Maggie’s Jukebox… 1. Tramp the Dirt – Elvis Costello 2. Fascist Groove Thang -  H 17 3. Ghost Town – The Specials 4. Stand Down Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: go figure - BBC News

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Scottish independence: go figure
BBC News
Well, the political intention is clear: to kill off the notion that Scotland is incapable of paying its way. That used to be an argument often made a...


'She reinforced the case for Scots independence' - Herald Scotland

The Caledonian Mercury

'She reinforced the case for Scots independence'
Herald Scotland
However, I have been struggling all week to find something positive to say about the Thatcher legacy in Scotland...


Independence: Alert over passports following 'Yes' - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Independence: Alert over passports following 'Yes'
Scotland on Sunday
Leading academics say the country's ability to offer automatic citizenship to those with ties to Scotland ? or ...


Scotland's independence leader on how Margaret Thatcher helped Scottish ... -...

Foreign Policy (blog)

Scotland's independence leader on how Margaret Thatcher helped Scottish ...
Foreign Policy (blog)
Scotland is currently gearing up for an independence referendum scheduled for Se...


Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list
BBC News
The campaign for a Yes vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has r...


Scottish independence: Lords' committee calls for debate clarity - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lords' committee calls for debate clarity
BBC News
Both the UK and Scottish governments have been told by a committee of peers to be "more open" about what happens afte...


Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote
BBC News
Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has said he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's refere...


A Vote on Scottish Independence - New York Times

Mancunian Matters

A Vote on Scottish Independence
New York Times
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18, 2014, whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent natio...


Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'variety show' to tour country
Scotsman
The artistic director of the Traverse Theatre, London-born Orla O'Loughlin, said she had had just one submission on the issue of ...


Opinion Report: Scottish Independence - New York Times (blog)

Opinion Report: Scottish Independence
New York Times (blog)
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18, 2014, whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation. A...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP attacks Labour 'plan' for income tax - Scotsman

SNP attacks Labour 'plan' for income tax
Scotsman
A ROW in the Scottish Labour Party over proposals to hand Holyrood control of all income tax raised north of the Border could actually mean Scots are...


No campaign pressured to return £500000 donation - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)

No campaign pressured to return £500000 donation
The Times (subscription)
Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster, called on the anti-independence group to hand back th...


Murphy admits NATO members can be non-nuclear - SNP (press release)

Murphy admits NATO members can be non-nuclear
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed confirmation from Labour's Defence Spokesperson Jim Murphy that "you don't have to have nuclear weapons on your ...


Scottish MPs urged to vote against rise in Air Passenger Duty - stv.tv

Scottish MPs urged to vote against rise in Air Passenger Duty
stv.tv
The SNP called on politicians of all parties to scrap the proposed APD hike, saying that increasing the cost for airlines to fly t...


Obsorne should study Scotland's balance sheet - SNP (press release)

Obsorne should study Scotland's balance sheet
SNP (press release)
Commenting on the publication by the Scottish Government of the comprehensive Scotland's Balance Sheet - which demonstrates Scotland'...


Labour MPs to boycott Lamont's devolution plans - SNP (press release)

Labour MPs to boycott Lamont's devolution plans
SNP (press release)
Johann Lamont has suffered a severe blow to her authority after Labour MPs criticised her plans for further devolution of powers to...


Scottish independence: go figure - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: go figure
BBC News
The SNP's latest publication, 'Scotland's Balance Sheet', provides campaigning ammunition pointing to Scots paying more in tax and spending less, as ...


MPs must reject Air Passenger Duty hike this week - SNP (press release)

MPs must reject Air Passenger Duty hike this week
SNP (press release)
Scottish MPs must stand up for Scotland and reject the rise in Air Passenger Duty, the SNP has said. Speaking ahead of this week'...


Labour MP must pay back £27000 expenses legal bill - SNP (press release)

Labour MP must pay back £27000 expenses legal bill
SNP (press release)
Labour MP Jim McGovern has left the taxpayer liable for a legal bill of £27,000 ? because he refused to pay for a £24 train tick...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP): Are Hedge Funds Right About ... ...

Insider Monkey (blog)

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP): Are Hedge Funds Right About ...
Insider Monkey (blog)
Judging by the fact that China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) has f...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Second vote may be needed to resolve post-referendum issues - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Second vote may be needed to resolve post-referendum issues
Herald Scotland
Professor John Kay, an economist, who sat on the Scottish Government's economic advisory panel, was respondi...


Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m
BBC News
The latest estimated cost of holding the Scottish independence referendum stands at £13.3m, a rise of about £3m on previous...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Alex Salmond Announces Scottish Independence Referendum Date As 18th ... - Hu...

The Independent

Alex Salmond Announces Scottish Independence Referendum Date As 18th ...
Huffington Post UK
Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, has announced that the country's independence refer...


Yes vote in the referendum would take us a step closer to nuclear disarmament...

Yes vote in the referendum would take us a step closer to nuclear disarmament
Herald Scotland
But that is not the case in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament has just voted against having nuclear weapo...


Scottish independence: more information or more questions? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: more information or more questions?
BBC News
The Scottish Tories re-opened the door to the transfer of further powers. There was continued delay, until after Scotland's...


Scotland's independence poll will be closely watched in NI Referendum ripple ...

BBC News

Scotland's independence poll will be closely watched in NI Referendum ripple ...
BBC News
With 18 September 2014 confirmed as the date of the vote, the countdown to Scotland's referendum on i...


Yes campaign gains ground in latest independence referendum poll - stv.tv

BBC News

Yes campaign gains ground in latest independence referendum poll
stv.tv
Annabelle Ewing MSP, an SNP member of Holyrood's Referendum Bill Committee, said: "Almost two years on from the huge la...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner
Herald Scotland
He is currently working on a one-off political comedy for BBC Scotland, called Rory Goes to Holyrood. Which way will you be voting in...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Hillsborough Disaster

We have the truth soon we will have our justice.

 

Justice for the 96.



New Jack City

I'm just watching this film now, and just like I suspected when I saw it aged 17, it's the worst film ever made.

 

If anyone has designs on doing a ironic bad acting film thing, get your material h...



More Reason For Wibble To Dislike Bobby Charlton?

 

She was a great leader of men, absolutely first class and there is every reason why it should be recorded, what she has done.

 

Football wasn’t her main theme and wasn’t exactly in her thoughts a...



Scotland's Balance Sheet Published

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/04/BalanceSheet120413



Power Cut
Anyone in West End/Maryhill had power cut today?

Pain in the arse.

I blame Thatcher.

A Schizophrenics Car?



Man Killed By Beaver...

That'll teach him not to take photos....

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307572/Beaver-attack-Fisherman-killed-BEAVER-tried-photo-lake-Belarus.html

 

 



Filth, Teaser Trailer (Starring James Mcavoy, Based On Irvine Welsh Book)

Looking forward to this. Should be interesting. Can't believe its been 17 years since Trainspotting film...

 

 

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vyOZRHgpxG8" frame...



Commonwealth Games Volunteering

Anyone else from here apply?

 

If so, has anyone been through the interview yet and what format did it take?



Congrats To Grandad Rough

many congratulations to Tam Rough for becoming a Grandad to wee Lyle who is already an SSC member when just hours old !

 

superb big man, made up for you an the Clan 



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

The "international socialist movement" and its curious obsession with boundaries
Duncan Hothersall, leading Twitter propagandist for what he fondly describes as "the international labour movement" (better known to us as the UK Labour Party, an esteemed former member party of th...

YouGov poll on attitudes to Mrs Thatcher shows sharp Scottish divergence
Here is the regional breakdown of the YouGov poll from a couple of days ago on public perceptions of Mrs Thatcher following her death. There won't be any great surprises here, except for those who...

We are all National Collective
I've got a very soft spot for National Collective, partly because I was a contributor to the site in its early days, but mainly because it's since developed into an all-round class act, which does ...

Lib Dems' Moore deliberately lies in the Huffington Post - no ifs, no buts, n...
Michael Moore (aka "the man who gave us votes at 16 by opposing it") furiously spins for Blighty in the US edition of the Huffington Post -

"Scotland is facing an historic decision in 2014: whethe...

TNS-BMRB poll : Decrease in opposition to independence
Doubtless the above headline will be seen as spin, but when we have Magnus Gardham and his ilk perpetually spinning in the opposite direction on behalf of the 'mainstream media', I'm not going to a...

Did Mrs Thatcher do any good things?
Above all else, today is a terribly sad day for Margaret Thatcher's family, her friends, and all those who feel a sense of loss as a result of her passing. I'm beginning to wonder if the former PM...

Are you called David?
I've just stumbled across a Twitter campaign that unaccountably has just nine followers at present. Called 'Davids for Indy', it seeks to identify every David in Scotland who will be voting Yes in...

More befuddlement on Scotland from the London media - it's the Independent's ...
In 2011, the Scottish Sun came out in support of the SNP, but made clear that they remained firmly opposed to independence. They were probably hoping (and expecting) that the SNP would win, but no...

Tavish didn't "save our p'lice" - but did he save Rennie's skin?
This seems almost uncannily topical on the day that the merger of Scotland's police forces finally takes effect, but a YouGov survey of leading political strategists and advertising executives has ...

YouGov poll : Scots reject No campaign's wish for key powers to remain at Wes...
YouGov have released the details of an SNP-commissioned poll that primarily inquired into where people think that key decision-making powers should lie.

Which government do you think should be res...

Panelbase shows yet another swing in favour of independence - plus a huge SNP...
I seem to be saying this quite a lot recently, but the latest poll on independence voting intentions shows a swing to the Yes campaign. Better still, it also marks the No side's lowest lead in any...

Spot the howlers (it's not hard)
I took issue with a Guardian piece a few hours ago, but that one looks positively well-informed compared to this frankly laughable effort by Alex Stevenson in politics.co.uk. I appreciate that the...

More terminological inexactitude from the Guardian
This is an excellent example of how the London media persistently misrepresent the state of play shown by polls on independence, while maintaining a veneer of plausibility -

"But opposition leader...

It's a date
So there it is. We'll either remember Thursday, 18th September 2014 as one of the best days of our lives, or...we'll spend a wee while trying to forget it ever happened. Let's make sure it's the ...

Even the Daily Mail has noticed that Scotland is fundamentally different
Apologies if this has already been widely mentioned elsewhere, but courtesy of the PB poster Tim I've just spotted the hilarious contrast between the front pages of today's Scottish and English edi...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Margaret Thatcher?s legacy reinforces case for independence
The legacy of Margaret Thatcher reinforces the case for Scottish independence, says Dennis Canavan, writing in the Sunday Herald. In the piece, the chair of the Yes Scotland Advisory Board says...

?The difference between Yes and No?
Extract of a speech by Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, to a Yes West Lothian business and community dinner on 12 April, 2013. There are clear contrasts emerging between the two ...

Quoted for truth #13
From Wings Over ScotlandQuoted for truth #13http://wingsoverscotland.com/quoted-for-truth-13/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quoted-for-truth-13http://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings O...

And finally? #31
From Wings Over ScotlandAnd finally? #31http://wingsoverscotland.com/and-finally-31/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=and-finally-31http://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland ...

Through the looking glass
From Wings Over ScotlandThrough the looking glasshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/through-the-looking-glass/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=through-the-looking-glasshttp://wingsoverscotland...

The myth of multilateralism
From Wings Over ScotlandThe myth of multilateralismhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-myth-of-multilateralism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-myth-of-multilateralismhttp://wingsoversc...

Everybody?s friend
From Wings Over ScotlandEverybody?s friendhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/everybodys-friend/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=everybodys-friendhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Sc...

Ian Duncan Smith : Protester: We Will See The End Of You!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exh8t6lUpAI

Why NATO Would Want Scotland Inside The Tent After Yes Vote
NATO is conducting joint exercises off the Scottish coast. They come just after the trip by Alex Salmond to America and his lecture to the Brookings Institute think tank, where he said Scotland’s i...

Margaret Thatcher?s legacy reinforces case for independence
The legacy of Margaret Thatcher reinforces the case for Scottish independence, says Dennis Canavan, writing in the Sunday Herald. In the piece, the chair of the Yes Scotland Advisory Board says...

   

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