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Votes by Scots MPs 'have little influence on English-only bills'
CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce "English votes for English laws" would have affected fewer than a handful of bills in the last decade, according to research by a Labour MP.

Claim Tories tried to steal LibDem tax plan
DANNY Alexander has hit out at the Conservatives for trying to steal the Liberal Democrats' tax policy, insisting no one will be fooled by suggestions the Tories now want a tax-free personal allowance of £12,500.

Former leader to be baroness
ANNABEL Goldie, the former Scottish Conservative leader, is to be ennobled on Monday, November 11.

Chancellor faces cost challenge from Balls
LABOUR has renewed its challenge to George Osborne to support a move that would enable the UK Government's independent economic forecaster to audit parties' tax and spending manifesto proposals ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Boris confusion raises questions on China visa bid
BORIS Johnson has cast doubt on a flagship Coalition plan to fast track visas for Chinese tourists, just hours after the scheme was announced by George Osborne.

Cameron calls for EU to cut red tape for small business
David Cameron has called on European leaders to cut red tape for British businesses as he prepares for a showdown on the issue next week.

The Herald launches search for Scots politician of the year
THE growing impact of social media on politics will be recognised for the first time in The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2013.

Air duty is 'punitive and bad for growth'
SCOTLAND must be given the same freedom as Northern Ireland to set or abolish Air Passenger Duty, according to the think tank established by former SNP leader Gordon Wilson.

UK to relax visa rules for Chinese
MOVES to relax visa rules for Chinese visitors to the UK to boost tourism and trade have been welcomed by Scottish Ministers.

Deadlock over royal charter to regulate press
BRITAIN'S main political parties and the newspaper industry remain deadlocked after the latest attempts to reach an agreement on regulation of the press following the phone-hacking scandal.

NHS complaint statistics wrong
THE Scottish Government has been accused of a major oversight after statistics which appeared to show a fall in the number of complaints against doctors and dentists were revealed to be false.

PM accused of Royal Mail 'fire sale' as share price shoots up
DAVID Cameron has been accused of massively undervaluing Royal Mail after privatisation added more than £1 billion to the company's worth with nearly 700,000 small investors seeing the value of their shares shoot up by more than 37%.

Anti-terror powers are outside law, say MPs
CONTROVERSIAL anti-terror powers that allow police to hold people at airports without suspicion are unlawful, MPs have said.

Sudanese immigrants demonstrate
SUDANESE people living in Scotland have called on MSPs to help draw attention to conflict in the African country.

Adams angry at cover-up claims
SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams claims he has become the victim of a witch hunt over allegations he covered up his brother's sex abuse.


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Plebgate police officers? ?honesty? questioned
15 Oct 2013 at 9:20am

The police watchdog has questioned the “honesty and integrity” of three officers who were spared misconduct hearings over claims they tried to discredit former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell.



Dunfermline by-election: Meet the candidates
15 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

THE Dunfermline by-election, triggered by the resignation of Bill Walker MSP after his conviction on 23 charges of assault, will take place on October 24th 2013.



Overfishing worse in Scotland - conservation group
14 Oct 2013 at 5:06pm

A CONSERVATION group has called for improved management of Scotland’s coastal fisheries – claiming they are overfished and massively under-resourced compared to England.



Tory £500 tax break plan sparks row with Lib Dems
14 Oct 2013 at 4:46pm

THE Conservatives are considering a £500 tax break for millions of people, raising the personal threshold where people start to pay income tax from £10,000 to £12,500.



Peter Jones: Yes to an oil fund, but not just yet
14 Oct 2013 at 3:37pm

The economy could have diverged from the UK’s in 1980, but now that will take time and there are other priorities, says Peter Jones



Christine Jardine: Press charter ticks right boxes
14 Oct 2013 at 3:37pm

The media has shown it cannot control itself, so the polilticians’ Royal Charter now looks like the best way to regulate the press, writes Christine Jardine



Leaders: Energy price blame war must end
14 Oct 2013 at 3:37pm

If the heat being generated by the debate over energy prices could be captured, it would certainly keep a lot of homes warm this winter.



David Maddox: Labour is sailing into deep water
14 Oct 2013 at 3:36pm

Labour’s political strategy has become a bit like the Sir Ben Ainslie school of politics. In the style of the great Olympic yachtsman, just as you think Labour is tacking hard to the left, then it tacks back to the right.



Melanie Ward: Israel?s settlements devastate peace
14 Oct 2013 at 3:36pm

Israel’s expansion into Palestinian land must stop in order for an end to the conflict to stand a chance, writes Melanie Ward



George Osborne: UK should respect Chinese industry
14 Oct 2013 at 3:00pm

Britons need to stop viewing Chinese industry as a “sweatshop” and accept it is a world leader in high-tech industries, George Osborne has said.



?Go home?, Tory minister tells asylum seeker on TV
14 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm

The Immigration Minister today told a failed asylum seeker live on television that he should go home.



Local taxation sensible option for council budgets
14 Oct 2013 at 12:30pm

Scotland’s local authorities have this week raised the prospect of new taxes being levied by them to support their budgets after many years of the council tax freeze. Whilst new taxes are never welcome, I’d suggest there is something to welcome here.



Call for improved management of coastal fisheries
14 Oct 2013 at 10:50am

A CONSERVATIONIST group has called for improved management of Scotland’s coastal fisheries – claiming they are overfished and massively under-resourced compared to England.



?Dot Scot? internet domain given go-ahead
14 Oct 2013 at 6:39am

SCOTLAND is set to receive its own internet domain after an international authority gave permission for the country to have its own unique web addresses.



Campaigners in tenants? electrical checks call
14 Oct 2013 at 5:11am

MINISTERS are being urged to back mandatory five yearly checks of all privately rented homes to prevent the thousands of fires caused by electrical faults every year in Scotland.




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The bully?s gospel
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2013 at 6:59am
Alistair Darling is in full Private Fraser mode over on the “Better Together” website today with his campaign’s latest variant on the timeless “too wee, too poor, too stupid” theme. Allow us to save you some time by stripping the entire 1000-word rant down to its three core paragraphs: “Scotland has run a net fiscal deficit in [...]

Let?s take the morning off
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2013 at 4:32am
Because frankly we could write 10,000 words and not say as much about the state of the United Kingdom in 2013 – and its future – as these two pictures do. Here’s the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (far right), grinning like a Blue Peter competition winner as rich people fall over themselves to make [...]

North from here
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2013 at 2:41pm
As a NATO member state with a strategically important position in the North Atlantic yet essentially no military at all, Iceland represents an intriguing counterpoint to the arguments of the No campaign that an independent Scotland would be somehow dangerously vulnerable to attack from enemies unknown. Earlier this year, the Icelandic Review of Politics and [...]

The other side?s rules
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2013 at 6:57am
Alert readers may recall a piece yesterday in which we highlighted the strange nature of this weekend’s Sunday Post front-page lead story. It appeared to regard the Scottish Government pursuing the policies on which it had stood for election as some sort of illegitimate guilty secret, and made great play of the fact that the [...]

Corrections and clarifications
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Alert readers will have noticed that the mainstream press has been rummaging through its Greatest Nat-Bashing Hits again over recent days, trying to flog one last turn around the track out of the year-old “EU advice” story. The Herald, Telegraph, Express and others have all dredged it up again to excoriate the Scottish Government for [...]

Organisation does job
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2013 at 8:54am
This is the front page lead story from today’s Sunday Post: There’s a curious line there. Can you spot it? What Andrew Picken’s keen journalistic nose appears to have EXCLUSIVELY uncovered is that the Scottish government is doing what it was democratically elected to do – pursue the policies in its manifesto. We’re not sure [...]

The head of the hydra
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2013 at 5:43am
We must confess, we’ve never quite understood the No campaign’s longing to turn the independence referendum into one on Alex Salmond. The First Minister certainly divides opinion, but his personal ratings are consistently more impressive (and by a considerable distance) than poll figures for Yes. The latest one we could find (from a month ago) [...]

Sub: please check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Oct 2013 at 6:40pm
From another ridiculous, barrel-scraping right-wing tabloid piece today: “Another song pays tribute to the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, while All Jock Tamson?s Bairns are Coming Home, by Steven Clark, welcomes refugees from ?Iraq, Zimbabwe, Turkey and Somalia?. Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said: ‘The SNP is abusing the education system to promote its own [...]

A letter to Mum and Dad
by Calum Craig
12 Oct 2013 at 3:46am
Dear Mum and Dad, I’m writing this letter because I want to talk to you about a topic that’s extremely important to me. I’ve broached it once or twice but haven’t felt fully comfortable pursuing it as neither of you, for your own and separate reasons, are open to this kind of discussion. So I’m [...]

Voters kidnapped by aliens
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Oct 2013 at 9:45am
Few people seem to have noticed the appearance of a new TNS-BMRB Scottish opinion poll today. After taking a bit of a savaging for their previous poll, whose sample suggested that Labour had won the 2011 Holyrood election, the company has changed its methodology to reflect reality – though it’s made little difference to the [...]


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'Hundreds more' council jobs to go
15 Oct 2013 at 8:31am
Hundreds more council jobs are set to be cut in the next few years, according to BBC Scotland research.


'Disappointment' over refinery talks
15 Oct 2013 at 7:58am
Talks resume at the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant in a bid to avert a planned strike.


Man in court for staring at MSP
15 Oct 2013 at 9:56am
A 47-year-old man appears in court charged with staring at Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon from a car.


Moray library closures rethink urged
15 Oct 2013 at 5:02am
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop urges Moray Council to reconsider the closure of seven of its 15 libraries, and expresses "dismay".


Ministers target NHS weekend care
14 Oct 2013 at 7:31am
Health Secretary Alex Neil says more should be done to make sure the NHS provides the same service at weekends as it does during the week.


Focus on crimes against older people
14 Oct 2013 at 7:53am
Crimes against older people will be given increased scrutiny under new Scottish prosecution guidelines.


Smaller parties on by-election trail
14 Oct 2013 at 12:58pm
The Scottish Green, Ukip and independent candidates for the Dunfermline by-election hit the campaign trail.


Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
13 Oct 2013 at 9:27am
The lyrics from The Proclaimers first hit song, quarter of a century ago, continue as an anthem to the 1980s.


Wind farm 'gravy train' criticised
12 Oct 2013 at 6:54pm
The Conservative Party says councils in Scotland have received more than 2,500 wind farm applications in the past 18 months.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
10 Oct 2013 at 7:25am
Alex Salmond is accused of being "simply dishonest" over plans to set up two oil funds.


VIDEO: The towns named in Letter from America
13 Oct 2013 at 7:43am
The Proclaimers play Glasgow and mark 25 years since they broke through with their political anthem Letter from America.


VIDEO: Oil fund row breaks out in Holyrood
10 Oct 2013 at 9:07am
There have been furious exchanges at Holyrood over claims ministers downplayed advice from their officials about the costs of setting up an oil fund.


AUDIO: Swinney says oil fund 'prudent'
10 Oct 2013 at 5:17am
The Scottish government's Finance Secretary John Swinney believes that if debt in an independent Scotland was reducing then it would be prudent to invest in an oil fund.


AUDIO: Proclaimers explain their politics
13 Oct 2013 at 6:03am
Pienaar's Politics on BBC Radio 5 live hears from The Proclaimers - Craig and Charlie Reid - about their work and their politics.


Put your questions to Angus Robertson
14 Oct 2013 at 5:34am
Your chance to quiz the SNP's Angus Robertson


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Business as Usual?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Oct 2013 at 4:26pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
The easy option for critics is, by definition, to criticise.  Pointing out where it all goes wrong is the privilege of the observer.  Actually solving the problem is the preserve of the decision-maker and that is much the harder part of the deal.
 
So having criticised the BBC for its failings, what would I have done about the referendum if I'd had executive power?



The Dangers of the Right-Wing Revolutionaries in the UK and US
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2013 at 1:06pm

By Gerry Hassan

The world as we know it stands on the brink of extinction. It could literally come to an end next Thursday on October 17th.

This is not some Nostradamus style prediction but the stand-off between Democrats and Republicans in the US over whether to raise the debt ceiling.



Armed Forces Personnel in an Independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2013 at 9:00am

By Angus Robertson MP

Service personnel and their families are a unique and special part of society.  With very real risks to their personal safety they work on our behalf at home and abroad.  As never before the public is supporting service and veterans charities to ensure maximum support for those prepared to put their lives on the line.

The Scottish Government has prioritised veterans issues and is delivering the gold standard in veterans provision in the UK.  All of Scotland?s local authorities have signed up to the armed forces covenant.



Common Weal highlights fundraising appeal
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2013 at 6:27am

  There are now just under two weeks left of the Jimmy Reid Foundation's fundraising appeal for our Common Weal project.  The Common Weal is our vision of a fairer, more equal Scotland, with a high-wage economy, universal benefits, and strong public services.

We have successfully moved this vision to the centre of the constitutional debate by commisioning reports from experts across a range of disciplines.



Scottish independence and the English working class
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Oct 2013 at 4:10pm

By Campbell Martin
 
In 2006 Tony Benn said, "The Labour Party has never been a socialist party, but it's always had socialists in it, just as there are some Christians in the church."
 
There are now very few socialists in the Labour Party and it would certainly be impossible to square Labour's policy agenda with socialist beliefs.



Changing a dull knife for a rusty meat cleaver
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Oct 2013 at 3:38pm

By Mark McNaught
 
It has become apparent to the UK coalition that Michael Moore as Secretary of State for Scotland was not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and they need to instead bust out the rusty meat cleaver to hack away at Scots' desire for self-governance. 
 
This appears to be the logic behind Moore's sacking and Alistair Carmichael's appointment as Scottish Secretary.



Blossom: What Scotland Needs To Flourish - Lesley Riddoch (Luath)
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Oct 2013 at 2:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Why are Scots happy with second best; what is it about Scottish people that renders them apparently ambivalent about the land and who owns it, or rather who doesn't?
 
How has a lack of social housing affected the psyche of the working class Scots over the centuries and what is the link between poor health and undemocratic feudal law?



Independence debate provides real opportunities for the left
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
5 Oct 2013 at 4:43am

  By Jonathan Shafi, a co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign

The independence referendum has provided an opportunity for left wing ideas to grow and for socialist principles to feed in to mainstream discourse.

As socialist, progressives, radicals we are in a situation that allows us to promote our vision of society.  We are able to say how we would run things and expose what?s wrong with the neoliberal consensus and the Westminster establishment.



Coward's Way
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Oct 2013 at 12:02am

  By Derek Bateman
 
If your response to the news of Michael Moore's departure was, like mine: So what?...you might be interested in this tale of how the mighty Moore fought tooth and nail for the Union.
 
Listening to Scottish Questions from Westminster on your behalf ? right there I have justified the licence fee ? I sat open-mouthed two years ago as Moore was asked by one of those English backwoods Tory buffoons who view Scotland through the sights of a double-barrelled Purdey, Philip Hollobone (Kettering):



What did devolution ever do for Easterhouse?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2013 at 4:23pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Labour likes to think that ?devolution?, like the NHS is its exclusive project. ?We legislated for the Scottish Parliament? you hear on occasion from numerous party spokespeople.
 
This is proprietorial, but there is also a Labour story which stresses that devolution is about changing Scotland, better governance and improving lives, differentiating it from the Tories and SNP.




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Peter A Bell: Looking behind the polls
by Peter A Bell
15 Oct 2013 at 8:58am

I don't often comment on polls. I find it a bit of a pointless exercise. Such comments as I see on independence referendum-related polling usually fall into two categories. There's the endlessly analytical poring over the minutiae of the data that looks like a hell of a lot of work only to be ren...



The bully's gospel
by Peter A Bell
15 Oct 2013 at 7:11am

Alistair Darling is in full Private Fraser mode over on the "Better Together" website today with his campaign's latest variant on the timeless "too wee, too poor, too stupid" theme. Allow us to sav...

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Let's take the morning off
by Peter A Bell
15 Oct 2013 at 7:00am

Because frankly we could write 10,000 words and not say as much about the state of the United Kingdom in 2013 - and its future - as these two pictures do.



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Carmichael the Coalition koala
by Peter A Bell
15 Oct 2013 at 3:27am

Scotland has a new governor general, Alistair Carmichael has replaced Hermann Moorester because Westminster wants a bruiser to lead the anti-indy campaign, and David Cameron needs a stand-in for a debate with the Eck.




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Business as Usual?
by Peter A Bell
15 Oct 2013 at 3:04am

The easy option for critics is, by definition, to criticise.  Pointing out where it all goes wrong is the privilege of the observer.  Actually solving the problem is the preserve of the decision-maker and that is much the harder part of the deal.




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North from here
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 3:21pm

Earlier this year, the Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration published a paper looking at the implications of Scottish independence for Scotland, the rUK and the rest of NATO. An alert reader sent it to us a while ago and we’ve just got round to reading it all the way through. (It’s a m...



Both Sides of the Tweed
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 3:06pm

Dick Gaughan has been at the heart of Scottish cultural revival through an uncompromising firebrand folk for thirty years and more. Iain Robson of the Scotland Pages asked him about the coming politics.



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Why the No campaign REALLY don't want a Scottish oil fund
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 11:04am

Almost every nation that's discovered oil or great mineral wealth has started a sovereign wealth fund and they've all become wealthier societies - except Scotland.

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The KILTR Referendum Debates
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 10:47am

We're very excited to be hosting a series of Referendum debates around a number of subjects we feel are pertinent to the conversation on whether Scotland should become an independent country. Be quick to get your place in the live audience though, or tune into KILTR.com to watch the whole thing l...



Independence for All, not just party politicos
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 10:22am

Fresh from my chat on Inverclyde radio this morning, (The programme will be repeated tomorrow night at 11pm) where I speak about Independence with a rather broad brush.

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Closing Westminster?s £35bn tax gap
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 10:19am

Official figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs last week revealed a “tax gap” – the difference between the tax which should be paid and what is actually collected – of around £35 billion. That’s a massive enough figure in itself.

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'Yes campaign is one of optimism and aspiration'
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 10:10am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh spoke at the Plaid Cymru conference in Aberystwyth at the weekend.

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Union Dividends 2
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 8:20am

When it comes to foreign affairs, one of the oft-repeated messages from the unionist campaign is that an Independent Scotland would lose the ability to influence world affairs for the better.




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I was abducted by aliens...
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 8:15am

I haven’t posted for a couple of days* because I was sitting here about to write when everything went wobbly as if my eyes were loose in my head, my body felt as if I was on a rocking boat and I was trying to walk the deck against a headwind. Then it all went black.


When I came to I was lying spre...



The other side's rules
by Peter A Bell
14 Oct 2013 at 7:39am

Alert readers may recall a piece yesterday in which we highlighted the strange nature of this weekend’s Sunday Post front-page lead story. It appeared to regard the Scottish Government pursuing the policies on which it had stood for election as some sort of illegitimate guilty secret, and made gr...




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Report says the country is out of recession despite many Scots battling with ...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Oct 2013 at 3:10am
THE Bank of Scotland survey had suggested that the country was on its way out of the recession, but for many Scots, that is not the case.


Record View: The recovery of the economy must benefit everyone, not just the ...
by Record View
15 Oct 2013 at 2:52am
RECORD View discusses why we should not get too excited about the recovering economy as there is still a long way to go.


Fuel shortages could be on the way as Grangemouth prepares for 'cold shutdown...
by Chris Clements
15 Oct 2013 at 2:15am
OIL bosses at the refinery have instructed staff to begin closing taps at the plant to prevent the flow of new oil in preparation for a full shutdown.


Joan McAlpine: They've walked 500 miles but never left their roots
by Joan McAlpine
14 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN reckons Scotland has a lot to look forward to if it takes a lead from The Proclaimers and sees that it can succeed in the world on its own terms.


Talks set to take place between the owners of a Grangemouth petrochemical sit...
by dailyrecord
14 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
BOSSES from Ineos say they hope to resolve the dispute over a union convenor when they meet with Conciliation Service Acas in Glasgow this afternoon.           


Labour leader Ed Miliband: The first thing I'll do if I'm elected as Prime Mi...
by Euan Hamilton
13 Oct 2013 at 3:36am
MILIBAND spoke out following the decision by energy firm SSE to hike their prices by 8.2 per cent.


Revealed: Saddam firm buys Britain's nerve gas chemicals
by Russell Findlay
12 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE UK Government granted two licences to export potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride - the key ingredients in deadly sarin - to Syria last January.


Glasgow City by-election: Labour wins over SNP in Govan as by-election result...
by Carla Callaghan
11 Oct 2013 at 5:42am
LABOUR'S John Kane triumphed in Govan last night with the latest of a run of disappointing results for the SNP.


Johann Lamont told to withdraw comments after branding Alex Salmond dishonest...
by David Clegg
11 Oct 2013 at 2:30am
THE Labour leader was twice told by Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick to take back her comments during the row at First Minister's Questions.


Concerns over plans to shut fire station control rooms rejected by community ...
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2013 at 8:52am
ROSEANNA Cunningham says the public will not see any change under the proposal to cut the number from eight to three across Scotland.


New Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael slams negative campaigning in the ...
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2013 at 8:14am
THE Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland demonstrated why he is widely considered to be more combative than Mr Moore as he commented on the independence campaign so far.


Scots are fleeing rural areas of the country in search of quicker internet sp...
by dailyrecord
10 Oct 2013 at 2:24am
RURAL Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead told MSPs that not only were people moving to urban areas for education and employment, but also to enjoy a speedier internet connection.


Fury as Con-Dems' plan to hand east coast rail franchise over to fatcats afte...
by David Clegg
9 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
NOW that the east coast line is making money for the public, the Tories want to reprivatise the line with firms such as Eurostar and Stagecoach interested.


Sir Menzies Campbell to stand down from Parliament at the next election in 2015
by dailyrecord
9 Oct 2013 at 12:00pm
NICK Clegg says it's a "sad day for British politics" as the former leader of the Lib Dems, who has served as MP for North East Fife since 1987, makes his intention known.


Council chiefs warn of possible cuts to local authority jobs and services due...
by dailyrecord
9 Oct 2013 at 7:59am
BOSSES from Aberdeen, Midlothian and Falkirk councils were giving evidence on the impact of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget for 2014/15 at Holyrood today.


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Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 7:34am
Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are being taught to sing for separation, our London-based culture correspondent pays a visit to Scotlandshire to go undercover and investigate the propaganda being used by separatists.


Fascists in a fash over feis
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Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an his...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Oct 2013 at 3:51pm
Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an historic win in the Govan council by-election.


Govan: 'We'll keep the red (white & blue) flag flying here'
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Conservative cash, Better Together footsoldiers and United with Labour stalwarts, all worki...

As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 3:26pm
As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, we bring you an even greater threat!


Independent Scotland At Greater Risk Of Defeat By Alien Invasion Warning
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When asked for comment, George Foulkes said that Lord Norvincciax of the Yazvidian gal...

What a nice guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 12:50pm
What a nice guy...



Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 8:11am
Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of applications for posts at BBC Scotlandshire.

Committed, as we are, to satisfying the demands of our readership (other than those that are illegal or that would require us to become contortionists) we seek your guidance...

SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council lead...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 3:40pm
SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council leaders and has a warning for England's northernmost county.


HP?s SoS ? You?ve had your chips, Stirlingshire
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So watch out, residents of England's most Northerly county. Ally's not so tartan army will...

As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 6:45am
As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond farewell.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 9 - Ming Campbell
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We look forward to the day when Lord Ming of that place in my old constituency that I can't pronounce takes his seat among the ...

A regrettable lack of punctuation, in the MoD press briefing about Hammond's ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Oct 2013 at 4:35pm
A regrettable lack of punctuation, in the MoD press briefing about Hammond's visit to Scotlandshire, will be misinterpreted we fear.


Hammond itinerary - Eats Shits and Leaves
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Those building the aircraft carriers, and those putting the bits together, will need to find othe...

We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Oct 2013 at 2:03pm
We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate our innocence, this is the kind of stuff we reject.


Scotlandshire to be destroyed in horrific terror attack if it votes Yes to separation
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Sometimes we are sent stories that are simply too silly ...

First Minister of Scotlandshire and Holyrood heavyweight Alex Salmond's plans...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Oct 2013 at 5:55pm
First Minister of Scotlandshire and Holyrood heavyweight Alex Salmond's plans to retain the pounds have been foiled by none other than recently retired head of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, it was revealed today.


Salmond accused of causing deflation with ex BoE Chief
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BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope tha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope that you haven't) reveal that the US are laying the blame, for their largest loss of aircraft since the Vietnam War, on the UK.


USA - UK can afford nukes, but can't build a f**king fence?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotla...

No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a choice.



Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now. Sometimes scary things do...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm
Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now.

Sometimes scary things do happen. Take for example oil baron Ian Taylor's attempt to censor a leading website for Scottish artists after they questioned his £500,000 donation to the no campaign. The Scottish press was too absorbed in its own dea...

Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2013 at 3:03pm
Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision by statisticians from London and Edinburgh to publish a 'Bible' of accurate information about the strength of the UK and the pitiful weaknesses of Scotlandshire.


Blare McDougall welcomes publication of new Bible
www.bbc.sc...

Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Oct 2013 at 5:29pm
Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we have a new poll!


Poultice ? Your views on the Edinburgh splittist marchers
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories f...


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it's time to get above ourselves

Both Sides of the Tweed
by bellacaledonia
14 Oct 2013 at 2:49pm
Dick Gaughan has been at the heart of Scottish cultural revival through an uncompromising firebrand folk for thirty years and more. Iain Robson of the Scotland Pages asked him about the coming politics: The idea that Independence will solve anything... Read More ›

Hit the North
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2013 at 4:34pm
By Fiona MacInnes Orkney has been a safe Liberal and then Lib-Dem seat for as long as anyone up here has political memories. There was a time before Liberals and that was Tory or rather Conservative and Unionist? The isles... Read More ›

The Snarling of the Euro Right
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2013 at 5:26am
By Alyn Smith Nigel Farage took his snake oil circus to Manchester for the Tory conference a couple of weeks ago. UKIP, the Bruges Group, the Forest pro-smoking group and the ‘Freedom Association’ were all in one room like a... Read More ›

The Wit and Wisdom of No
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2013 at 11:01am
Bella is responding to the brand new Scottish Secretary’s call for more ?passion and wit? to win over voters. Which of the following are your favourite campaign gaffs by the collective wisdom that is our beloved NO bodies? 1. The... Read More ›


Power Sharing
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2013 at 6:22am
On the day Scottish Southern Energy hikes gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households Bella explores a different path. The stranglehold of private utilities means only one thing, more fuel poverty whilst Alistair Philips-Davies CEO of... Read More ›


Walking Together
by bellacaledonia
9 Oct 2013 at 8:51am
Yesterday we published Douglas Alexander, from Third Way magazine – today  JUSTIN KENRICK articulates a very different vision of an independent Scotland in a global, interconnected world. When there is such a need to challenge the way financial interests are... Read More ›

Let?s Work Together, Not Walk Away
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 2:46pm
This article was first published in The Third Way magazine. It will be followed by it’s companion piece, by Justin Kenrick, from the same issue. By Douglas Alexander In just over a year voters across Scotland will go to the... Read More ›


Bringing It All Back Home
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 8:00am
Scotland’s sprawling local government is the least democratic in Europe, leading to stasis and alienation. Drawing on stunning local successes both here and abroad, in the latest extract from Closer – Lesley Riddoch calls for radical decentralisation. When we are... Read More ›

EVENT: Changin Scotland (1st-3rd Nov)
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2013 at 6:47am
This November Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart are at the picturesque setting of Newbattle Abbey College just south of Edinburgh for a weekend on how to do social change, activism and campaigning in a different way. The weekend will be... Read More ›

Chomsky on Self-Determination
by bellacaledonia
7 Oct 2013 at 10:49am
By Iain Robson Prof Noam Chomsky, author of “Occupy”, is a linguist, philosopher and political activist who has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1955. He came to public attention during the 1960s as a protester opposing the... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Look to Norway - McLeish - Scotland on Sunday
14 Oct 2013 at 8:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Look to Norway - McLeish
Scotland on Sunday
His intervention came after he said he would answer a call from the SNP to set up a ?council of state? of the party's political rivals to help negotiate Scotland's split from the rest of the UK, if the country vote...


Scottish independence: Scottish Defence Force plan - Scotland on Sunday
13 Oct 2013 at 9:31am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Scottish Defence Force plan
Scotland on Sunday
?With independence personnel will be able to work their way up through the ranks to the highest command posts in Scotland. Not only will there be exciting career opportunities, first rate training and postings p...


Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference - Scotland on Sunday
13 Oct 2013 at 7:18pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference
Scotland on Sunday
?There is of course intense interest in Scotland's future status ahead of next year's referendum, but the idea the attendance of these diplomats implies support for independence is a fantasy. ?There will be a...


Scottish independence support at 25 per cent - poll - Scotsman
11 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence support at 25 per cent - poll
Scotsman
With support for independence seemingly stalled, Yes Scotland drew comfort from the increasing number of don't knows, arguing that they could be convinced to support independence. ?Different polls report various results, but with ...


Scottish independence:Undecided voters at new high - Scotland on Sunday
11 Oct 2013 at 9:21am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence:Undecided voters at new high
Scotland on Sunday
The 3 per cent rise in undecided voters in Scotland from a previous TNS poll in August appears to have come from the No camp, which recorded a consequent 3 per cent drop to 44 per cent, while support for indepen...


Scottish independence: Oil fund clash at FMQs - Scotland on Sunday
10 Oct 2013 at 8:42am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Oil fund clash at FMQs
Scotland on Sunday
But the independence of the Fiscal Commission report was then challenged by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson who revealed that parts of it were cut and pasted from the previous Scottish Government paper, but with ?...


Is UK gearing up for fight over Scottish independence? - Christian Science Mo...
9 Oct 2013 at 10:29am

Christian Science Monitor

Is UK gearing up for fight over Scottish independence?
Christian Science Monitor
Glasgow, Scotland. With less than a year to go to a referendum on Scottish independence, the British coalition government has replaced the minister responsible for Scotland in a surprise cabine...


Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond - BBC News
8 Oct 2013 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond
BBC News
"We have seen a restricted briefing document from the MoD, from the team that's been charged with preparing and putting out the Scotland analysis paper on the issue of Scottish independence. "It offers us some insight i...


Scottish Socialist Party lays down marker on Scottish independence and the .....
14 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm

Socialist Resistance

Scottish Socialist Party lays down marker on Scottish independence and the ...
Socialist Resistance
Ralph Blake asks what should one want from one of the left Scottish currents in their contribution to the debate on Scottish independence? I can see three desirable contributions ...


Scottish independence: Questions raised over oil fund - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 9:16am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Questions raised over oil fund
BBC News
Scottish ministers were warned by their own economic advisers that plans for an oil fund under independence may require tax rises or spending cuts. The advice, written for the government last year and published under freedom of ...



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Calls to drop Scotland's gay blood donation ban gather political momentum - P...
15 Oct 2013 at 11:56am

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Calls to drop Scotland's gay blood donation ban gather political momentum
PinkNews.co.uk
SNP MSP Linda Fabiani has written to SNP Health Secretary Alex Neil asking him to outline the Scottish Government's ?intentions on further equalising the donation criteria for men who have sex wit...


Royal Mail CEO paves way for price increase - SNP (press release)
15 Oct 2013 at 11:46am

Royal Mail CEO paves way for price increase
SNP (press release)
The CEO of Royal Mail has said the price of stamps is likely to increase now Royal Mail is privatised. Speaking to Sky News, Moya Greene said the postal operator's products were cheaply-priced compared to many European rivals and that ...


Zacks Downgrades China Petroleum and Chemical to Neutral (SNP) - WKRB News
15 Oct 2013 at 11:29am

Zacks Downgrades China Petroleum and Chemical to Neutral (SNP)
WKRB News
China Petroleum and Chemical logo China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE:SNP) was downgraded by Zacks from an ?outperform? rating to a ?neutral? rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, Stock Ratings Network.com r...


Motion S4M-08020: Stuart McMillan - Labour Council Supports SNP Policy - DeHa...
15 Oct 2013 at 10:57am

Motion S4M-08020: Stuart McMillan - Labour Council Supports SNP Policy
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
That the Parliament welcomes Inverclyde Council's calls for the next UK or Scottish administration to consider the renationalisation of Royal Mail; understands that the Labour-controlle...


Scottland's Effort to End Ban on Gay Blood Donations Gathering Steam - Gayapolis
15 Oct 2013 at 9:14am

Scottland's Effort to End Ban on Gay Blood Donations Gathering Steam
Gayapolis
Calls by a Scottish National Party MSP to ease restrictions preventing gay and bisexual men donating blood in Scotland have gained the support of Scotland's Labour Party along with Scotland's Liberal Democrats. SNP MSP L...


As Others See Us: The View from Iceland - Herald Scotland (blog)
15 Oct 2013 at 8:50am

As Others See Us: The View from Iceland
Herald Scotland (blog)
Is Scotland wee? Jack McConnell thought so. The former first minister famously marketed "the best small country in the world" until, a thousand winces later, the slogan was unceremoniously dropped. The SNP also seems to think we are lit...


Claim NHS Fife suffers £12 million funding shortfall - The Courier
15 Oct 2013 at 8:17am

The Courier

Claim NHS Fife suffers £12 million funding shortfall
The Courier
On a visit to Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, party representatives said a report had revealed the health board was left with the cash black hole because of the SNP's favoured NHS Resource Allocation Committee appro...


Dunfermline by-election: Meet the candidates - Scotland on Sunday
15 Oct 2013 at 7:42am

Dunfermline by-election: Meet the candidates
Scotland on Sunday
Mr Reekie has accused the SNP and Labour of 'petty political mud-flinging', and is focusing his campaign on job creation and regeneration of Dunfermline's city centre, adding: ?Dunfermline is in desperate need of regeneration. That wil...


Time to Change the Old Tunes - Huffington Post UK
15 Oct 2013 at 2:51am

Time to Change the Old Tunes
Huffington Post UK
The row of the last few days has focused on the gap between what the SNP Government says in public about the affordability of an oil fund and what their economic advisers told them in private. As important as the issues of trust raised by this affair ...


Moray library closures: Fiona Hyslop set to intervene - Scotland on Sunday
15 Oct 2013 at 5:19am

Scotland on Sunday

Moray library closures: Fiona Hyslop set to intervene
Scotland on Sunday
Ms Hyslop states in her letter to the SNP Group on Moray Council: ?I intend to write to Moray Council about the decision and assure you that I am considering the implications further as regards the message it...



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Exclusive: Devastating dossier written for Alex Salmond warns Scottish ... - ...
10 Oct 2013 at 3:09am

Daily Mail

Exclusive: Devastating dossier written for Alex Salmond warns Scottish ...
Daily Mail
Analysis by the non-partisan What Scotland Thinks organisation has found that 66 per cent of women are likely to vote No in next year's referendum, based on latest polling figures. That compares to 53 pe...


Scottish Socialist Party lays down marker on Scottish independence and the .....
14 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm

Socialist Resistance

Scottish Socialist Party lays down marker on Scottish independence and the ...
Socialist Resistance
SSP In its recently published pamphlet ?The case for an socialist independent Scotland? written by its co-convenor Colin Fox ,the SSP, one of several left currents in Scotland tha...


Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum - Christi...
11 Oct 2013 at 6:59am

ChristianToday

Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum
ChristianToday
Christians across Scotland are uniting in a year of prayer leading up to the independence referendum in September 2014. A twelve-hour session of worship and prayer will be held on St Andrew's Day - 30 N...


Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, heralding 12 ...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to pa...


Scottish independence: Are pensions a referendum decider? - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 5:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Are pensions a referendum decider?
BBC News
The SNP has racked up the referendum tension another notch by bringing up the question of pensions. The majority party in Holyrood has said state pensions will be secure in an independent Scotland. It has also claimed that p...


Dear Sirs, the referendum debate is getting thrilling - Herald Scotland
10 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Dear Sirs, the referendum debate is getting thrilling
Herald Scotland
Scots living outside Scotland but inside the UK might not get a vote in the referendum, but we have a voice and we care deeply about our country." Will the Yes camp give a flying Scotsman what Fergie does in his capacity as trave...


Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress so far. But he called f...


Voting Yes in referendum will be taking a leap in the dark - Herald Scotland
14 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Voting Yes in referendum will be taking a leap in the dark
Herald Scotland
ALLAN Steele wants the Better Together Campaign to give up its negative, scaremongering approach, and start to tell us what additional powers would be devolved to Scotland in the event of a No vote in the referendum. He is r...


Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference - Scotland on Sunday
13 Oct 2013 at 7:18pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference
Scotland on Sunday
?The number of diplomats attending this year is a clear reflection of the interest around the world in Scotland's referendum and the decision that people living here will make next year.? AN SNP government in...



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Steak Pies
15 Oct 2013 at 6:11am

ok all you foodies out there where is the best place to order steak pies online  have tried cromb...



Droolers... It's For Yoooohhhhhoooo!
15 Oct 2013 at 4:28am

A couple of posters that immediately spring to mind could well benefit from this:

 

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Scottish Hawkers, Tinkers And Travellers
14 Oct 2013 at 6:31am

 I've always been aware that my on my dad's side of the family there had been some 'tinkers', tha...



Seriously Though
13 Oct 2013 at 9:12pm
Don your mofo sunglasses.



Dat's your Scotland!

Bbc News And Current Affairs Review
13 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm

BBC News and Current Affairs review

 

http://consultations.external.bbc.co.uk/bbc/news_review

 

I...



Corrupted Kindle Screen
13 Oct 2013 at 5:24pm

 

Anybody had this problem with their Kindle?

 

It has happened without any recent activity and ...



Those Recently Discovered Dr Who Episodes
13 Oct 2013 at 4:28pm

The ones that were missing because the BBC had an insane policy of destroying recorded TV program...



A Wee Game For The Long Winter Nights...
13 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm

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Michelle Mone
13 Oct 2013 at 12:27pm

FFS, can the papers in Scotland not let a day pass without telling us what the f*ck she is doing?...



The Strange Case Of Giddeon Osbourne, The Hooker And Police Raids
13 Oct 2013 at 8:58am
Met up to their usual shady tricks after vice madam says she is going to tell all.


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

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...


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

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...

TNS-BMRB poll shows swing in favour of independence
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 8:15am
Some very welcome news on the referendum front today - the latest TNS-BMRB poll has shown the No ...

Are Labour now standing candidates on behalf of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition?
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 7:29am
It's long been obvious that the Tory/Lib Dem government are desperate for Labour people to speak ...

What will you spend your money on today?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
I was contacted last night by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, who asked me to give a mention to the fu...

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Let's close Westminster's £35bn tax gap
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 8:04am

 



Public services 'central to union members' view of independence'
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 10:38am

A trade union survey shows that the future of public services is central to members? views on the...



Yes Scotland answers your questions: the Constitution
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
15 Oct 2013 at 7:59am
Video of 6-I2axKqCjU

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...



Reports of US accidents show risks of Scotland's nuclear weapons
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 6:09am
Recent reports about the very large number of "significant incidents" involving American nuclear ...

Yes Scotland answers your questions: young voters
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 10:38am
Video of ZjNV72S8D1o

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, answering questions sent in...



Closing Westminster?s £35bn tax gap
by Stuart McDonald
14 Oct 2013 at 6:04am

Official figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs last week revealed a ?tax gap? ? the diff...



'Yes campaign is one of optimism and aspiration'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 5:39am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh spoke at the Plaid Cymru conference in Ab...



Red Cross to step in with food aid for UK ? still ?all in this together??
by Stuart McDonald
11 Oct 2013 at 8:02am
The Independent reports today that for the first time since the Second World War the Red Cross is...

Perspective: 'The benefit of equality and self-determination'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
11 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
It seems that one decisive issue for the outcome of the referendum will be "the economy". People ...

Abertay Uni debate shows momentum with Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Oct 2013 at 4:24am
Video of A5oHTBvidgc Stuart Hosie MP and Lord George Robertson debated independence as part of ...

Yes Scotland answers your questions: Social care
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
10 Oct 2013 at 7:20am
Video of wkEsA5Qjl2g

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...



No campaign opposed to sharing energy wealth fairly
by Stuart McDonald
10 Oct 2013 at 5:45am

Alistair Darling and the No campaign are once again taking the smoke-and-mirrors approach to the ...



The UK is heading for Victorian levels of inequality
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
9 Oct 2013 at 3:43am
Video of aOJ93tAbPP0 So much for the ?pooling and sharing? that Gordon Brown and the No campaig...

Edinburgh scientist wins Nobel prize for physics
by sean.lafferty
8 Oct 2013 at 9:15am

Peter Higgs of Edinburgh University has won the Nobel prize for physics , along with Francois Eng...



Yes Scotland answers your questions: Pensions
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
8 Oct 2013 at 7:53am
Video of VllYFdjuJJM

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...


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Limits on use of North Sea oil vital to protect climate, warns Mary Robinson
by Severin Carrell
9 Oct 2013 at 10:42am

Former Irish president criticises Scottish and UK governments for claiming to be greener yet promising more oil and gas

Mary Robinson, one of the world's senior diplomats, has warned that Scottish a...




Scottish government clashes with Philip Hammond over defence strategy
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 4:39pm

Defence secretary's claims that armed forces' presence in Scotland will increase are a misrepresentation, says SNP

The armed forces' presence in Scotland is set to increase despite the overall cuts ...




Prestwick airport set to be nationalised
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 12:31pm

Scottish government in talks to buy loss-making airport that was put up for sale last year by New Zealand-based owner

Scottish ministers are to take Prestwick airport into public ownership in an att...




Scotland's human trafficking bill could make it a 'beacon to the world'
8 Oct 2013 at 10:03am

MSP Jenny Marra points out there are more trafficking victims in Scottish jails than perpetrators, as she launches consultation

It's a cold March morning in Aberdeen. A woman in her mid-20s is shopp...




Scottish independence would risk 12,000 defence jobs, says Hammond
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 1:00am

UK defence secretary accuses SNP of being 'insultingly vague' about its proposals for an independent defence force

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a new row over Scottish indepen...




SNP demands debate with Philip Hammond after job loss claims
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Defence secretary claims 12,000 jobs would be jeopardised by a yes vote in 2014 Scottish independence referendum

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a fresh row over Scottish indepen...




Alistair Carmichael gets Nick Clegg nod to battle against Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 2:02pm

Michael Moore's replacement as Scottish secretary is felt to be combative enough to fight 'wounding, bloody campaign'

The appointment of Alistair Carmichael as the new Scotland secretary is a nakedl...




Ministerial reshuffle: Alistair Carmichael new Scottish secretary
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 10:13am

Michael Moore replaced by Alistair Carmichael whose direct style will drive the coalition's Scottish independence campaign

Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary and one of the most senior figures in...




Reshuffle of Tory ministers and Labour top team to follow Lib Dem rejig
by Rowena Mason
7 Oct 2013 at 6:13am

Sacking of Lib Dem Scottish secretary to be followed by shake-up of Tory posts and opposition frontbenchers

Nick Clegg has kicked off a government reshuffle by sacking Michael Moore, the Scottish se...




Scottish independence: armed forces will be under-funded, says MoD
by Severin Carrell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Report states £2.5bn proposed annual budget for Scottish Defence Force is too small and takes no account of startup costs

An independent Scotland will face an "immediate and pressing challenge" to s...




David Cameron must lock horns with Alex Salmond soon | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
6 Oct 2013 at 12:20am

The prime minister says he's passionate about the union, but shows a curious reluctance to defend it in public debate

In the week of the Conservative party conference, the consequences of not gettin...




David Cameron still in broadcasters sights as they consider referendum debates
by Severin Carrell
4 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

The BBC, Sky and STV are to start outline talks with Better Together about staging leaders' debates on independence but won't be told to forget about getting the prime minister involved

Has Better T...




Ed Balls: Alex Salmond's sterling currency union plans flawed
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 4:20pm

Shadow chancellor says nationalists want to dismantle the very things that make a shared currency work

Ed Balls has challenged Alex Salmond's plans for a new sterling currency union after independen...




Better Together bids to sidestep Salmond over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

Now that David Cameron has rejected Alex Salmond's challenge for a live TV debate on independence, the pro-UK Better Together campaign asks for formal talks on another contest, against Alistair Dar...




Scottish government pledges to set up North Sea oil funds after independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Oct 2013 at 10:22am

Finance secretary says surplus tax receipts cash would be used to soften blow of collapses in oil revenues on public spending

The Scottish government has pledged to establish two oil funds after ind...




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