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The Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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David Cameron: Yes vote would break British hearts
15 Sep 2014 at 12:34pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: David Cameron last night made his most emotional plea for the United Kingdom when he warned that a Yes vote would break-up the greatest family of nations that the world has ever seen.



Scottish independence: Monarchy ?rethink? if No
15 Sep 2014 at 12:17pm

A “No” vote in the Scottish referendum could prompt a “serious rethink” of the UK’s constitution including the monarchy, one academic suggested.



Video report: Picking up the pieces after the vote
15 Sep 2014 at 11:47am

NATIONWIDE polling ahead of this week’s referendum suggests that the nation is split in two between Yes and No; many families across Scotland are no different.



Scottish independence: Ex-Labour mayor backs Yes
15 Sep 2014 at 11:40am

A FORMER Labour mayor and trade union figure from the north of England has urged people in Scotland to vote for independence.



Sir Menzies Campbell hails Scots powers ?spirit?
15 Sep 2014 at 11:25am

The same spirit that led to the creation of the Scottish Parliament will ensure it gets more powers quickly if this week’s referendum results in a No vote, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said.



Sun to shine on Scottish independence referendum
15 Sep 2014 at 11:01am

Whatever the result, the good news is that the sun is likely to shine on the day of the referendum - on those living in the west of Scotland, at least.



Northen Ireland FM pays tribute to Ian Paisley
15 Sep 2014 at 10:24am

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has paid tribute to the late Ian Paisley as the undisputed leader of unionism.



Scottish independence: ?Expect cuts every year?
15 Sep 2014 at 9:51am

THE government of an independent Scotland will have to make cuts “year after year after year, with no end in sight” Lib Dem Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has warned as he tries to woo voters in one of the key battlegrounds in the referendum.



Menzies Campbell: Federalism in touching distance
15 Sep 2014 at 7:22am

WE ARE now three short days away from facing the biggest decision of our lifetime. The iron man equivalent of political campaigns is drawing nearer towards the finishing line.



Scottish independence referendum donors revealed
15 Sep 2014 at 6:50am

A FORMER Royal Bank of Scotland chairman, a North East-based fisherman and the vice-president of Chelsea have donated a total of £130,000 to Yes and No groups.



SNP ?underestimate? economic risk of independence
15 Sep 2014 at 5:37am

SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS have severely underestimated the economic risks of Scottish independence, according to a centre-right think tank.



Anti-IS coalition efforts increase
15 Sep 2014 at 5:15am

The brutal murder of one British aid worker and threat to kill a second will add urgency to efforts today to form a substantial international coalition to mount an assault on Islamic State (IS) extremists.



Facts winning No battle argues Douglas Alexander
15 Sep 2014 at 5:00am

An “avalanche of facts” has engulfed assertions from the Yes Scottish independence referendum campaign over the economy, Labour MP Douglas Alexander has said.



Scottish independence will ?weaken economy?
15 Sep 2014 at 4:04am

A MAJORITY of city fund managers think the economy of an independent Scotland would become weaker over the long-term, according to a survey.



Scottish independence: Musicians back independence
15 Sep 2014 at 3:13am

SOME OF Scotland’s top musical talent has taken to the stage to urge voters to back independence.




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A simple misunderstanding
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Scottish Labour, having seemingly faced up to their shortcomings as a political branch office and thereby despaired of being able to win any arguments, have now resorted to what appears to be a final strategy: telling undecideds to vote No for no reason at all. “If you don’t know, Vote No” is the very basest […]

In at the deep end
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2014 at 6:27am
Well, at least now I know how a bullet feels when it gets fired from a gun. I got home on Saturday evening, and started with a wander around the former social-housing estate where my parents live, now bisected by walls and fences and hedges where people bought their houses under Right To Buy and […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Salmond and PM present rival visions
15 Sep 2014 at 11:49am
First Minister Alex Salmond joins business leaders to argue for a Yes vote, as Prime Minister David Cameron outlines "head and heart" reasons to vote No.


'No' receives most campaign cash
15 Sep 2014 at 7:37am
The campaign to keep Scotland in the Union received more cash in total than the pro-independence side, according to the final set of official figures.


Call to end journalist intimidation
15 Sep 2014 at 9:23am
The National Union of Journalists calls for an end to the bullying and intimidation of its members covering the independence debate.


Shipbuilders voice Yes vote concerns
15 Sep 2014 at 9:42am
A group of young shipbuilders writes to First Minister Alex Salmond saying they are "gravely concerned" about the future of the industry if Scotland becomes independent.


Pensioners urged to back 'Yes' vote
15 Sep 2014 at 6:59am
Nicola Sturgeon urges pensioners to vote for independence, during the last week of campaigning before Thursday's vote.


Leaders stress Scots vote will stand
14 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm
Alex Salmond says the independence referendum is "a once in a generation opportunity" while Alistair Darling says there would be "no way back".


Two arrests outside 'Yes' concert
15 Sep 2014 at 5:44am
Two 18-year-old men are charged with assault after an incident outside a pro-independence concert in Edinburgh.


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


Queen: Think carefully about future
14 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
The Queen says she hopes "people will think very carefully about the future" ahead of the referendum on independence.


Clash over Scots referendum coverage
14 Sep 2014 at 3:20pm
Key figures on both sides of the Scottish independence debate clash over media coverage of the campaigning on Scotland's future.


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


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


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


VIDEO: Alistair Darling on Reporting Scotland
14 Aug 2014 at 2:35pm
Chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling MP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Sally Magnusson about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: First Minister on Reporting Scotland
13 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
First Minister Alex Salmond MSP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


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Dear No voter,
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 4:39am

By Alex Mooney

The polls reckon most No voters are like me - of the mature variety, with children and grandchildren, trying to protect what you have worked for over a lifetime.

You are not entirely happy with the politicians who govern you but at least it's the devil you know.  Taking a step into the unknown is a gamble too far.



Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 3:12am

By Mark McNaught

For some reason I thought maybe there were journalistic depths to which the Daily Mail could not sink.  Any illusions I harboured were dispelled by this article with Alex Salmond juxtaposed with Kim Jong Un.

This followed the Mail printing in its Scottish edition the headline ?Cameron: Don?t rip our family apart?, whereas ?Why don?t we tell the Scots to shove off? was emblazoned on the English edition on the same day.



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

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



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

By an Usdaw member, reporting from her union branch debate

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



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

By Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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




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Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Cash-and-Carry boss dismisses supermarket scare story | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:54pm

One of Scotland’s biggest cash-and-carry operations has dismissed No campaign claims that supermarket prices will rise in an independent Scotland, stating that his company plans to lower them.

Mohammed Ramzan, the Chairman of United Wholesale Grocers, is voting Yes and has labelled the threats as ...



Don't expect any gratitude for a No vote. The future's Boris.
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm

'Never go below the line', friends tell me. They mean don't look at the comment sections on UK newspapers if you want to retain your sanity. But you would think the liberal Guardian would be an exc...



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Forces veterans slam Dannatt after ex-general claims Yes an insult to dead so...
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm

Forces veterans slam Dannatt after ex-general claims Yes an insult to dead soldiers



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Tommy Sheridan might have just sealed Independence for Scotland - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm

Tommy Sheridan demolishes the BBC and all No campaign arguments in ten minutes. Look at the people who want you to vote No and ask yourself why? Vote for our...

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In at the deep end
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 11:57am

Well, at least now I know how a bullet feels when it gets fired from a gun. I got home on Saturday evening, and started with a wander around the former social-housing estate where my parents live, ...



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Scottish Independence: Ignore The Doomsayers
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 11:17am

Do you want to see wholesale panic on the world’s financial markets? Do you want to see terror, despair, and mayhem? Do you want to see grown men desperately stuffing their money under the mattress, riots in the streets, banks set ablaze, and women running down the road screaming and flapping the...

The Last 5 Days of Britain
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 11:13am

Farage has been to Edinburgh preaching his Golf Club xenophobia.The Orange Order have been here on a charm offensive, pointing to the future. Jim and Douglas have been 'pooling and sh...



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Jim Sillars - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 11:10am

Excellent Jim Sillars interview on BBC

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The Purging of Scottish Madness, by Ciaran Healy
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 11:08am

I was lucky enough to have a hand in bringing the world down in 2008.  Not a very big hand, of course.  I was a headhunter.  I found a certain kind of person for a certain kind of ba...



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Bonnie Greer gives her view on impartiality of Independence reporting. - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:51am



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We need a government which will support rural areas - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:42am

Màiri McAllan grew up in the rural town of Biggar and was educated in the city of Glasgow. She wants Scotland to have the powers to support rural areas by gi...

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In Defence of Sillars
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am

Jim Sillars has merely pointed out the fact that an independent Scotland could challenge the ability of multinational corporations to subvert democracy, and the independence movement sh...



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James Cook Treasury Leak - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:31am



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Scotland's Referendum 2014 - The Wee Blue Book Narrated - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:25am

The pocket guide to the independence referendum is here. The Wee Blue Book, is a very useful booklet full of facts and figures about Scottish independence, i...

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Corruption from the top, leads to Economic pestilence and plague (again!)
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2014 at 10:19am

So Deutsche Bank have now joined the long queue to predict pestilence and plagues of frogs in Scotland should the voters exercise their democratic right to choose their own fate. Howev...



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'If you don't like me, I won't be here forever': David Cameron delivers emoti...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 12:25pm
DURING a speech in Aberdeen the Prime Minister warned that if Scots vote for independence on Thursday it would result in a "painful divorce".


Independence referendum: Latest news LIVE September 15
by Tony McGuire
15 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm
JOIN us for a day of unbiased live updates, comment, facts, figures polls and all the big and little stories that will help you make the right decision on Thursday.


Independence referendum: Protest outside BBC Scotland's HQ was 'peaceful and ...
by Mark McGivern
15 Sep 2014 at 10:27am
THE First Minister backed the protest at the BBC HQ in Glasgow despite the NUJ hitting out at abuses of journalists by supporters of both sides.


Independence referendum: Nationalist demo outside BBC HQ was aimed at intimid...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 9:20am
IN an exclusive piece for the Daily Record, former Labour cabinet minister and journalist Brian Wilson says that the protest outside the BBC Scotland's HQ in Glasgow was targeted at intimidating journalists in the final days before the independence referendum.


Lanarkshire Business Group referendum debate
by Julie Gilbert
15 Sep 2014 at 8:51am
Hamilton councillor Monica Lennon presented the case for a No vote and Michelle Rodger, who is founder of Tartan Cat Communications and leader of the Glasgow Group of Business for Scotland, made the case for Yes.


Hamilton MP Tom Greatrex makes case for No: Vote for solidarity not division ...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 8:35am
Hamilton West MP Tom Greatrex puts the case for 'No'


Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie makes case for Yes: Say 'Yes' and help build ...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 8:22am
Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie puts the case for 'Yes'


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of 'scaremongerin...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 8:01am
THE First Minister's comments came as Cameron prepared to warn undecided voters there could be "no going back" if they opt for independence.


Thousands of Scots cross the border to England every year for vital treatment...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2014 at 3:42am
DAVID MILES, a Carnegie Scholar at the University of St Andrews and who himself has benefited from life-saving NHS treatment, warns that thousands of annual ambulance trips across the border could be put at risk if the nation votes for independence.


Kezia Dugdale: Don't mortgage your future on an independence fantasy
by Kezia Dugdale
15 Sep 2014 at 2:56am
WITH just three days to go before the nation votes, KEZIA warns Scots against a blind leap into a land of uncertainty which she says would be an independent Scotland.


Independence referendum: Top economists spell out 13 ways a Yes vote will hit...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Sep 2014 at 2:25am
THIRTEEN experts have written a joint letter to the Daily Record explaining exactly why they fear Scotland will not be richer or fairer after a vote for independence.


Independence referendum: Yes campaigners protest outside BBC Scotland HQ over...
by John Ferguson
14 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
THE furious protesters, who marched from Glasgow city centre to BBC Scotland's HQ, called for Nick Robinson to be sacked over his alleged bias in the independence referendum debate.


Gordon Brown names the date for Commons debate on increased powers for Scotti...
by Torcuil Crichton
14 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm
THE former Prime Minister has been granted time on Thursday, October 16, to outline his timetable for more devolved powers in the event of a No vote in this week's referendum.


Independence referendum: Scots musicians stage Yes campaign concert in Edinbu...
by Paul English
14 Sep 2014 at 4:08pm
POP met politics as over two thousand pro-independence fans turned out for the gig featuring acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Amy Macdonald and Eddi Reader in Edinburgh's Usher Hall.


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


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Yes campaign buoyed by Queen's intervention.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2014 at 6:48am
Yes campaign buoyed by Queen's intervention.


Blow for U-KOK as Queen wades into the debate
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The Queen is supposed to be politically neutral, which means encouraging blind acceptance of the status quo.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

George Lucas' standards are obviously slipping.



Empire strikes back

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

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


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

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


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

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

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



Dateline Scotland: Episode 7

This week's headlines...

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


Academics for No publish their research
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Better Together are cereal misleaders.

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


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

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


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

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

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

The rapacious rapscallion will...

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


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

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


#indyref HILARIOUS VIDEO

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it's time to get above ourselves

The best of both worlds
by bellacaledonia
15 Sep 2014 at 12:02pm
  by George Gunn   They come together the burghers of London to steal our chattels so that we can rent them back because this to them is free of risk & if we comply by agreeing with them then... Read More ›


The Butterfly Rebellion
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2014 at 2:55pm
By Robin McAlpine The lairds came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. Then the lords came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. But we were in the fields building a rebellion. We... Read More ›


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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Ten Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Referendum - NBCNews.com
15 Sep 2014 at 9:06am

NBCNews.com

Ten Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Referendum
NBCNews.com
LONDON -- Britain is under 72 hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime vote on Scottish independence that could break up the 307-year-old United Kingdom, splitting apart one of America's key global allies. With polls sug...


David Beckham on Scottish Independence: Sportsman urges nationals to vote ......
15 Sep 2014 at 11:18am

The Independent

David Beckham on Scottish Independence: Sportsman urges nationals to vote ...
The Independent
Scottish Independence: For and against. ?I took as much satisfaction in seeing Sir Chris Hoy or Andy Murray win gold as I did watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah do the same in the Olympic Stad...


Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens - Reuters
14 Sep 2014 at 1:35pm

Reuters

Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens
Reuters
Salmond has frequently accused the BBC - which could be carved up if Scotland votes for independence - of siding with the unionists. A BBC spokesperson said the corporation has been "rigorously impartial". But the i...


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

Newsweek

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


Scottish nationalists 'severely underestimate the economic risks of ... - Tel...
15 Sep 2014 at 3:04am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish nationalists 'severely underestimate the economic risks of ...
Telegraph.co.uk
A Better Together spokesman said independence would be a "huge risk" while a No vote offers "faster, better, safer change". John Swinney, Scotland's finance minister, said the report was "stuffed ...


Scottish independence: Vivienne Westwood 'unpatriotic' - BBC News
15 Sep 2014 at 11:48am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Vivienne Westwood 'unpatriotic'
BBC News
English designer Vivienne Westwood has declared her support for Scottish independence from the rest of the UK. Speaking during her Red label 2015 show at London Fashion Week, she said she was ''very unpatriotic about England be...


Scottish independence referendum: House prices could fall by £30000 - Daily Mail
15 Sep 2014 at 6:17am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: House prices could fall by £30000
Daily Mail
House prices could fall by more than £30,000 if Scotland breaks away from the UK, it was claimed today. Property website Zoopla suggested that a Yes vote in Thursday's referendum could cause as bad a shock...


Scottish Independence Poll Gives 'Yes' Campaign 8 Point Lead, But Other Polls...
15 Sep 2014 at 11:18am

Scottish Independence Poll Gives 'Yes' Campaign 8 Point Lead, But Other Polls ...
Huffington Post UK
Reacting to news of the ICM poll, Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, said it showed "everything to play for" before September 18. "We are working flat out to ensure that we achieve ...


Worry and Mystification in China Over Scotland Independence Vote - Newsweek
15 Sep 2014 at 7:34am

Newsweek

Worry and Mystification in China Over Scotland Independence Vote
Newsweek
A diplomat in Beijing said all a 'yes' vote for an independent Scotland would mean for China would be "another ambassador". But China has in the past not been so tolerant of some independence movements around the worl...


Scottish independence: Eddie Izzard urges Londoners to rally in Trafalgar ......
15 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm

Evening Standard

Scottish independence: Eddie Izzard urges Londoners to rally in Trafalgar ...
Evening Standard
But yes campaigners said the Prime Minister was a reason to vote for independence. Scottish Nationalist minister Kenny MacAskill said: ?This is our chance to make sure that we end a situat...



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How history turned against Tory-voting Scotland - The Guardian
15 Sep 2014 at 12:10pm

The Guardian

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


Schizophrenia is Actually 8 Genetic Disorders - Bioscience Technology
15 Sep 2014 at 11:49am

Schizophrenia is Actually 8 Genetic Disorders
Bioscience Technology
In all, the researchers analyzed nearly 700,000 sites within the genome where a single unit of DNA is changed, often referred to as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). They looked at SNPs in 4,200 people with schizophrenia and ...


Schizophrenia Caused by Eight Different Genetic Disorders, New Study Shows - ...
15 Sep 2014 at 11:32am

The Utah People's Post

Schizophrenia Caused by Eight Different Genetic Disorders, New Study Shows
The Utah People's Post
The team was able to identify the differences between the SNP's of schizophrenic patients and healthy controls. It seems that different genetic variations interact with each other...


Sturgeon: UK Gov pressure on business unacceptable - SNP (press release)
15 Sep 2014 at 11:32am

Sturgeon: UK Gov pressure on business unacceptable
SNP (press release)
The SNP is reiterating the call for full disclosure on Westminster's attempts to brief against Scotland in recent weeks - in light of claims that the UK Government's most senior civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood has been pressuri...


Sinopec to Sell Retail Stake of 29.9% Amounting to $17.4B - Analyst Blog - NA...
15 Sep 2014 at 11:09am

Sinopec to Sell Retail Stake of 29.9% Amounting to $17.4B - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. ( SNP ) or Sinopec intends to sell a stake worth $17.4 billion in its retail unit to a large group comprising mainly of domestic investors. The move comes amid China's attempt to restr...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon split on Yes ... - Th...
15 Sep 2014 at 11:08am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon split on Yes ...
The Independent
A split has emerged between the SNP leader, Alex Salmond, and his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, over the protests mounted by Yes supporters outside BBC offices against alleged bias in its reporting of...


Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorder...
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders
Washington University in St. Louis News
In all, the researchers analyzed nearly 700,000 sites within the genome where a single unit of DNA is changed, often referred to as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). They loo...


Who is Scotland's Alex Salmond? - Al Jazeera America
15 Sep 2014 at 10:22am

Who is Scotland's Alex Salmond?
Al Jazeera America
Salmond made his name in the 1980s as a left-wing firebrand, whose radical ideas briefly got him expelled from his own party, the Scottish National Party (SNP). When he was first elected in 1987, the main business of Scottish politics was the battl...


Yes vote 'will bring oil boom to Clyde' - Buteman
15 Sep 2014 at 10:08am

Buteman

Yes vote 'will bring oil boom to Clyde'
Buteman
The SNP quartet of Michael Russell, Margaret Burgess, Chic Brodie and Kenny Gibson talked up the ?vast natural resources? in the lower Firth at a gathering in Irvine on Monday. Mr Russell, the constituency MSP for Argyll and Bute, said: ?Instea...


News Update: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Vonage Holdings Corp ... - Avauncer
15 Sep 2014 at 10:07am

News Update: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Vonage Holdings Corp ...
Avauncer
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) is planning to sell a $17.5 billion stake in its retail business, reflecting the strong government drive to restructure many state-owned enterprises. Sinopec might be hopi...



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Scotland referendum: Queen says think carefully - CBC.ca
15 Sep 2014 at 9:29am

The Independent

Scotland referendum: Queen says think carefully
CBC.ca
While the queen has been careful not to betray her own opinion, some may interpret her comments as a suggestion that Scots looking to embrace independence should be cautious about severing Scotland's long ties to the United Kingd...


Scottish independence: Guide to Scotland referendum night - BBC News
15 Sep 2014 at 10:23am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Guide to Scotland referendum night
BBC News
Chief counting officer for the referendum Mary Pitcaithly says she will announce the result at "breakfast time" on Friday 19 September. The result is most likely to be between 06:30 BST and 07:30 BST, according to Elections ...


Scottish independence referendum: House prices could fall by £30000 - Daily Mail
15 Sep 2014 at 6:17am

Scottish independence referendum: House prices could fall by £30000
Daily Mail
House prices could fall by more than £30,000 if Scotland breaks away from the UK, it was claimed today. Property website Zoopla suggested that a Yes vote in Thursday's referendum could cause as bad a shock to the markets...


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

New York Times

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


Scotland Referendum and NZ Election Previews - The Conversation AU
14 Sep 2014 at 5:31pm

Scotland Referendum and NZ Election Previews
The Conversation AU
In the next week there will be a referendum in Scotland to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country; polls currently show a very close race, with NO to independence slightly ahead. A general election will also be h...


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

New York Times

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


Scottish referendum: The issues that may decide it - CBC.ca
13 Sep 2014 at 7:28am

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


Scotland referendum: UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaks - CBC.ca
15 Sep 2014 at 10:14am

Scotland referendum: UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaks
CBC.ca
While the queen has been careful not to betray her own opinion, some may interpret her comments as a suggestion that Scots looking to embrace independence should be cautious about severing Scotland's long ties to the United Kingdom,...


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

BBC News

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


Scotland referendum 'Yes' would mean exit from NATO, EU - Toronto Star
15 Sep 2014 at 9:14am

Toronto Star

Scotland referendum 'Yes' would mean exit from NATO, EU
Toronto Star
BRUSSELS?If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security ? the European Unio...



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Jackie Bird
15 Sep 2014 at 12:37pm

Why do they bother having a No politician on when she's on??



Brown Calls For More Jam Tomorrow
15 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

So after the 'more powers' idea that was hurriedly cobbled together and laughed at last week.... ...



Cameron Live On Sky News
15 Sep 2014 at 11:16am
Somebody pass him a packet of tissues.

If You're Undecided, Watch This Video.
15 Sep 2014 at 11:09am

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=864793176864927

 

Better together?



Gus Lennie
15 Sep 2014 at 10:59am
Archibald Ives is deed.

A Collection Of The Best Arguments To Convince.
15 Sep 2014 at 10:24am
Maybe a bad idea but I'm struggling to convince a couple of members of my family to move away fro...

Gi'es A Hand
15 Sep 2014 at 10:09am

http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/News/Manchester-the-Scottish-link



My Independence Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 9:50am

New article up on the blog, with details of how the first day's campaigning went.

http://saoralba...



Notch
15 Sep 2014 at 9:04am

Taking a break from politics.  The end of an era:

 

http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/



Nuj
15 Sep 2014 at 8:52am

BBC reporting that the NUJ have released a letter that basically says that its members are being ...




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

Scottish independence referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland to campaign - live
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 12:36pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Scots expected to be...



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

Follow rolling coverage of events including :

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



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

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



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

Follow this link for September 5ths liveblog.

3.23pm BST

And heres Libbys full report on the Salm...




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

Poll of Polls ? a longer-term perspective
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2014 at 12:16pm
A guest post by Ivan McKee

With the frequency of polls increasing now it?s easy to get sucked into...

My appearance on BBC Breakfast
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2014 at 4:54am
A few of you might have seen me on the BBC Breakfast show this morning - I took part in a little ...

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

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

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

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

Should Scotland be an independent c...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

UPDATE : I...


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Scottish Independence will inspire change in the rest of the UK through Yorks...
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A New Kind Of Democracy | ascreamofconsciousness
15 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
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Where would be a good place for us foreigners to follow the referendum live o...
15 Sep 2014 at 12:49pm

Beside hammering reddit with F5 key presses I mean.

Also, any Scottish snack you suggest to go al...



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15 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm
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'Sack Nick Robinson!' Pro-indy Scots denounce ?liar? BBC journo in protest
15 Sep 2014 at 12:43pm
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English will deny Scotland the pound. Anyone still think there will be a curr...
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Osborne Spent Nearly £200,000 Of Your Money Protecting Bankers From Brussels
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Pollsters could have got it wrong on the Scottish independence referendum - B...
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Independent Scotland?s prosperity hinges on five challenges - FT.com
15 Sep 2014 at 12:14pm
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Polled by YouGov today
15 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm

Expect a poll out by tomorrow Wednesday evening

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After Thursday, I fear Scotland will change for the worse, regardless of the ...
15 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm

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Curb Scottish MPs' voting rights after no vote, say senior Tories
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
15 Sep 2014 at 3:46am
Independence would make reduction in Scottish MPs' ability to vote on England-only legislation inevitable, says Kenneth Baker

Live blog: Monday's developments on the Scottish referendum

Senior Cons...




Alex Salmond backs protests against 'bias' shown by BBC's Nick Robinson
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
15 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm
National Union of Journalists condemns yes camp's intimidation after angry demonstration outside corporation's Scottish HQ

Live blog: Monday's Scottish referendum campaigning

Alex Salmond has backed ...




Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
15 Sep 2014 at 12:36pm
In voice close to breaking, prime minister spells out cost of Scotland leaving on final visit before independence vote

David Cameron has delivered a stark message to the people of Scotland that they...



Scottish independence referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland to campaign - live
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 12:36pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon summary

6.29pm BST

On Thursday, Scotland votes, and the future of our country is at stake. On Friday, ...



Scotland independence referendum: is your family divided over how to vote?
by James Walsh
15 Sep 2014 at 12:17pm

We want to hear from families who are at odds - cheerfully or otherwise - over which way to vote as Scotlands independence poll approaches

From our GuardianWitness assignment on the mood of Scotland...




Independent Scotland should not use pound, say 63% of English and Welsh
by Tom Clark
15 Sep 2014 at 12:10pm
Guardian/ICM poll finds popular support for Westminster parties' refusal to allow currency union in event of yes vote

More than six out of 10 people in England and Wales believe the government shoul...



I launched Devo Plus, but Im considering voting yes | Ben Thomson
by Ben Thomson
15 Sep 2014 at 11:15am
While the unionists have dithered over devolution, its the campaign for an independent Scotland that has come closest to Devo Plus

Live blog: Mondays developments on the Scottish referendum

When I l...




Both of the Scottish independence campaigns are flawed here's how | John Har...
by John Harris and John Wight
15 Sep 2014 at 10:30am
As the yes and no campaigns approach the home straight, John Harris and John Wight discuss where they have fallen down

Live blog: Monday's developments on the Scottish referendum Continue reading...


Alex Salmond dismisses Asda's fears over cost of Scotland's independence video
by Guardian Staff
15 Sep 2014 at 9:51am
Alex Salmond says he doubts Asda will leave Scotland if the country gains independence and says the retailer is under pressure from Westminster to oppose the yes campaign. Andy Clarke, the chief ex...


Devine makes rational case for Scotland but 'we're different' claim lacks facts
by Michael White
15 Sep 2014 at 7:45am
Historian's suggestion of diverging cultures disproved by studies showing English, Welsh and Scots think alike on most matters

Liveblog: Monday's developments on the Scottish referendum

Ever since t...



Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are turning to polling day. What happens after polling stations close on Thursday? And when will the fina...



With the Scottish result on a knife-edge, the spotlight falls on the undecide...
by Peter Kellner, for YouGov, part of the Guardian Comment Network
15 Sep 2014 at 7:34am
Recent independence polls put the dont knows at anywhere between 6 and 23% lets look at who this section of society is

There has been much discussion about the true number of dont knows in opinion ...



Why Vivienne Westwood supports Scottish independence even though she's English
by Hannah Marriott
15 Sep 2014 at 6:43am

The Derbyshire-born punk designer has used her London fashion week show to endorse the Yes vote. Its the latest in a long list of causes she has embraced on and off the catwalk

Though she was born i...



Crossword roundup: See ye efter, wag-at-the-wa?
by Alan Connor
15 Sep 2014 at 4:52am

What would Scottish independence mean for crosswords? Heres this weeks pick of the best and clamjamphriest cryptic clues

How to imagine crosswords in an independent Scotland? No longer can the Sas...



What would Scottish independence mean for the north-east and Cumbria?
by Keith Shaw
15 Sep 2014 at 3:09am

Professor Keith Shaw from Northumbria University examines whether a yes vote in Scotland would be bad for its close cousins across the border

Given a shared border history, a number of common econom...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The shlock of naw
by weegingerdug
15 Sep 2014 at 7:19am
A few random thoughts at the start of a new week and a new life.  Queen Betty has spoken, she wants people to “think very carefully” before exercising their vote on Thursday. The No campaign has, p...

Wales supporting YES ? Cymru?n cefnogi IE
by weegingerdug
14 Sep 2014 at 5:19pm
Well that’s annoying – the video won’t embed. This is a video of a rally in support of Scottish independence which took place in Cardiff on Saturday. You’ll have to click the link http://new.livest...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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