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Ukip leader 'no danger' to UK
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ALMOST half of voters do not believe UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage is a "danger to Britain", according to a new poll.

Vaz calls for CPS sex cases investigation
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
A COMMITTEE of MPs has called for an investigation into the way prosecutors handle high-profile cases involving alleged sex offences following the acquittal of ex-Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans on a string of charges.

£7.5bn fuel duty freeze boost predicted
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ABANDONING fuel duty rises would boost the UK economy by as much as £7.5 billion or £300 per household in the next 20 years, according to Treasury analysis.

Factfile What Scotland will have
13 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The Ministry of Defence says by 2020 Scotland will have:

MP defends colleagues over sleaze
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
MPs are "paragons of virtue" compared to politicians in other countries, a senior Conservative has insisted.

Call for public sector revolution
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
EVENTS such as the Mid Staffs hospital scandal could be repeated unless there is a revolution in the way the public sector is run, a Commons committee has warned.

Prospect of peer returning to key party role
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
LORD Rennard might still have a future with the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, has suggested.

Nationalists pay MacDonald tribute by applause
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
MARGO MacDonald, the veteran MSP who died last week, was given a heartfelt minute's applause at the SNP conference.

Osborne: critics of economic plan were all wrong
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
CRITICS of Britain's economic recovery plan have been proved "comprehensively wrong", George Osborne has said.

Evans accuser claims predatory behaviour of MPs is ignored
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The exploitation of vulnerable young parliamentary researchers by predatory MPs is being "brushed under the carpet" by the main political parties, one of the alleged victims of Nigel Evans has claimed.

Spanish state ships sail into Gibraltar waters 600 times
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Spanish government vessels have unlawfully entered British territorial waters around Gibraltar more than 600 times since the start of 2013, official figures show.

Big rise in MPs' mail allowance
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
A POSTAGE and stationery allowance funded by the taxpayer has been increased by £350 per MP to cover Royal Mail's price rises.

Hague accuses Syria of starving victims
10 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime has used "starvation as a weapon of war", Foreign Secretary William Hague said, as he launched a report documenting human rights violations around the world.

Prime Minister brands Ukip and the Liberals 'extremist'
10 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has sought to draw a line under the Maria Miller setback by launching the Conservatives' European parliamentary election campaign, branding Ukip and the Liberal Democrats "extremist".

Post-Yes Scotland may bring in recall of politicians
10 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE right to recall politicians for poor behaviour between elections should be enshrined in a written constitution for an independent Scotland, according to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.


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Leaders: Inflation | Silvio Berlusconi
15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

INFLATION is the canary in the economic coalmine. When that little yellow feathered fellow falls off his perch, and inflation rises steeply, it is time to put the brakes on the economy, and fast.



Chris Marshall: Corroboration causing consternation
15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

WHEN 20-year-old Peter Cadder was convicted of two assaults and a breach of the peace at Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2009, there was no telling how this seemingly routine case would go on to shape Scottish justice.



George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good
15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Why Scots would do well to remember John Smith – and the fair and decent land that never was, writes George Kerevan



Louise Batchelor: More Scots should have more say
15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Scotland’s environment is superb but it alarms me how little say most of us have in how it is managed, writes Louise Batchelor



Allan Massie: Trident is a Catch-22 situation
15 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

A more flexible attitude to nuclear would reassure Nato and others that the SNP takes defence seriously, writes Allan Massie



Labour pledges more help for women after No vote
15 Apr 2014 at 2:15pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Labour has pledged to offer more support to women as the political fight for their votes in the referendum steps up a gear.



Scottish independence: Navy chief expresses fears
15 Apr 2014 at 3:03am

THE First Sea Lord has claimed the “very heart” of Britain’s maritime defence forces would be damaged by Scottish independence.



Nigel Farage challenges Salmond to TV debate
14 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged First Minister Alex Salmond to a televised debate ahead of the independence referendum.



Brooks affair shouldn?t have happened - Coulson
14 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson told the phone hacking trial his affair with Rebekah Brooks “shouldn’t have happened”.



Repairing breakdown in trust with the electorate
14 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

TWO-WAY dialogue helps to heal, says Andrew Burns



Scotsman cartoon: Trident and Scottish independence
14 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

The Scottish Governement’s plan to scrap Trident would cast a “dark shadow” over the international reception given to an independent Scotland, according to high-ranking defence veterans.



Peter Jones: No campaign needs to be slicker
14 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Showing the benefits of the union, rather than what could be lost under independence, might be a better tactic, writes Peter Jones



Andrew Whitaker: General Election has echoes of 1992
14 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

NEXT year’s General Election looks set to be the closest, most bitterly fought Westminster election since 1992 when John Major’s Conservatives defeated Labour, led by Neil Kinnock.



Leaders: Ukraine crisis | Nigel Farage
14 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Takeovers of Ukrainian government buildings by gunmen in the eastern part of the country are deeply alarming, threatening a spiral into anarchic chaos.



Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes
14 Apr 2014 at 10:52am

A LABOUR Party chairman has declared his support for Scottish independence.




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Wings over Scotland blog

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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

Quoted for truth #49
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2014 at 12:09pm
Matthew Norman in the Independent, 15 April 2014: “In the entire global history of the political campaign, has any been more misconceived, wretchedly executed and potentially self-defeating than the one designed to keep Scotland within the United Kingdom? Until proof is found of a Eugene Terre?Blanche run for mayor of Soweto on the Apartheid Now […]

Something fishy
by Douglas Daniel
15 Apr 2014 at 8:21am
The chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, was reported in yesterday’s Press & Journal as saying that a vote for independence would leave Scotland with a weaker voice in the EU, as it would only have seven votes in the Council of EU Ministers, compared to the UK’s 29 votes. (Which it […]

All of your guns at once
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2014 at 4:30am
It’s one of the more striking aspects of the No campaign that no matter how many panicky editorials appear in right-wing papers bemoaning the fact that their neverending litany of negativity and scaremongering is proving counter-productive (we don’t even bother linking to them any more, there are so many), and no matter how many kickings […]

For their eyes only
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2014 at 6:40am
Alert readers can’t have failed to notice a certain reticence on the part of Scottish Labour to clarify key aspects of their shambolic proposals for further devolution in the event of a No vote. (In response to our latest enquiries, genetically-programmed Central Scotland list MSP Siobhan McMahon sent a Wings reader a letter at the […]

Idiot shortage averted
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04am
Readers who may have been alarmed that the Scotsman hadn’t run any Michael Kelly columns for a while can breathe a sigh of relief this morning, as the role of “clueless idiot blithely spouting inflammatory and wrong-headed drivel about sectarianism and independence” is clearly in safe hands. On Friday the normally-respectable International Business Times published […]

Stories of the week, 13/4/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2014 at 4:31pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. Playing with fire The No campaign turns ugly. Okay, more ugly. 2. Neither national nor collective Some particularly audacious “Better Together” lies about the NHS. 3. People are strange The most curious results from our third Panelbase poll. 4. Fine-tuning the news The Scotsman […]

No jocks please, we?re British
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2014 at 11:27am
One of the great things about this site’s sky-high viewing figures is that on the rare occasions when we might be, for example, out having a walk in the park to get over the crushing disappointment of somehow losing yet another Scottish Cup semi-final, our ever-vigilant readers will remain alert. Otherwise, we might have missed […]

Misleading advertising
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The pitch: The reality: Mind you, it could have been worse. It could have been Airdrie.

No That?s What I Call Music
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Apr 2014 at 6:29am
We’re off to watch the Scottish Cup semi-final now, so to keep you all entertained for the next couple of hours here’s a little something we put together at the request of columnist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch, and for anyone who was listening to Radio Scotland’s “Headlines” this morning. Hopefully we won’t need it ourselves […]

The not-so-iron bar
by Cath Ferguson
12 Apr 2014 at 12:00pm
Even Sparta?s mythical iron-bar currency - specifically designed, so legend had it, to shackle the economy by being too heavy to buy or trade anything – was marginally better, in Alistair Darling?s view, than anything an independent Scotland might be able to use for money, all of which will lead to inevitable doom. Because Scotland, as all […]


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Independence 'risks defence jobs'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:50am
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.


Debt dump 'worth more than oil'
14 Apr 2014 at 7:37pm
Dumping a share of the UK's debt would be worth twice as much to an independent Scotland as North Sea oil, academics say.


Modern apprentices target to rise
15 Apr 2014 at 11:54am
First Minister Alex Salmond announces an increase in targets to create 30,000 new modern apprenticeships a year in Scotland by 2020.


Pledge to have 50% women on boards
15 Apr 2014 at 12:39am
Half of Scottish public boards would in future be made up of women, under a Labour pitch to female voters ahead of the independence referendum.


Councillors vote to close school
15 Apr 2014 at 10:48am
Parents campaigning to save a Fife primary school are left disappointed after councillors back plans to close it down.


'Record' year for regional airports
14 Apr 2014 at 4:31am
A burgeoning energy sector helped Scottish regional airports attract record passenger traffic last year, according to operator Hial.


Protest fears led to Red Road U-turn
14 Apr 2014 at 5:38am
Plans to blow up five tower blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games were abandoned over fears protestors would threaten safety and security.


'Almost 85,000' Scots on zero-hours
13 Apr 2014 at 6:53pm
As many as 85,000 people in Scotland could be employed on zero-hours contracts, according to the Scottish Trades Union Council.


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Salmond 'ducking big questions'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:26am
A white paper setting out a blueprint for an independent Scotland contains nothing new, according to former UK chancellor Alistair Darling.


VIDEO: Shared currency 'best for UK'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:55am
The SNP has rebuffed criticism of a white paper which sets out what it calls a "mission statement" for Scotland's future.


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A response to Professor Colin Kidd's interview in the St Andrews student news...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 2:50pm

By Ashley Husband Powton
 
Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper.
 
Peppered with unsubstantiated claims, increasingly wild assertions, and shamelessly one-sided in its analysis, I, for one, am bitterly disappointed, and affronted.



The Case for a Scottish Secular Republic
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 11:28am

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.



Better Together ... or Oops for short
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

  By Dave Taylor
 
This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.  YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.
 
The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival. 



Cataclysm and Armageddon ? Referendum lessons from Scottish football
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 3:50pm

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.  For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.



Uncertain Unionisms
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Apr 2014 at 3:29am

  By Peter Geoghegan

?The one thing we learn from history, is that we learn nothing from history.? Hegel?s quip might be a witty line, but when it comes to the referendum the occasional dip into the annals can often prove illuminating ? if only to show mistakes of the past in a new light.

Take the 1895 general election, when a Conservative-Liberal Unionist government was returned to power in Westminster. Shortly afterwards, Gerald Balfour, the new Chief Secretary for Ireland, summarised the government?s Irish policy as ?killing home rule with kindness?.



Cameron Backs Yes Vote
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Apr 2014 at 1:07am

By Derek Bateman

There is one option left to the No side as far as I can see and they won't take it. It is Reversion. They must rewind, undo, start again and admit everything that went before was a mistake.

They must apply the air brakes, screech to a halt, burn rubber and come to a juddering stop. Dead weight ? Darling, McDougall and co ? must be jettisoned and the whole Better Together convoy turned around and headed in the opposite direction.



What the papers say ? BBC Scotland will repeat
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Apr 2014 at 4:02pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Newspaper sales in Scotland are tumbling.  The Daily Record, Scottish Sun, the Scotsman and Herald are all suffering as readers move to the internet in their droves.
 
The new web based medium is fast replacing newsprint as the place to go for comment, analysis and news.  The web is playing a critical role in the independence referendum as a recent poll for online site Wings Over Scotland found.



A rocket for the former Nato head
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Apr 2014 at 1:05am

  By George Kerevan
 
SUPPOSE that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had gone missing over the Atlantic. Britain would be hard put to mount a search mission because its air and naval forces are now denuded. The RAF?s entire fleet of Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft were withdrawn from service in 2011, as a crude economy measure by the Treasury.
 
Of course, we could put up a few Hercules transport planes with binoculars, plus the odd Royal Navy frigate with a helicopter. But any passengers floating in a rubber dingy in the Atlantic are going to have to rely on the Americans, Canadians and Norwegians (who have long-range Lockheed P-3 planes) to supply the backbone of any aerial search effort.



Yes needs to do more to persuade Scotland's women
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Apr 2014 at 12:52am

  By Lesley Riddoch

Why are women still lagging behind men in support for Scottish independence?  At first the gender gap was ignored, now thousands of column inches have been written.

A small raft of explanations have been floated ? chief amongst them the notion articulated by Professor John Curtice that women lack the hunter-gatherer instinct and tend to be home-makers not risk-takers. ScotCen Social Research Director, Rachel Ormston observes more men are ?heart? nationalists who support Scottish independence as a matter of conviction than women who are more pragmatic, assessing and practical.



BBC Scotland and Better Together ? Two organisations in trouble
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Apr 2014 at 5:18pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

Alex Salmond is in the USA this week.  The First Minister is meeting businesses and giving speeches and interviews.  He's promoting Scottish business and culture and of course his visit coincides with the annual Scotland Week celebrations in the USA.

But Mr Salmond has struggled to grab the headlines over here.  One reason was a speech given by former Labour MP George Robertson.




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NUJ National Organiser: Scottish governments need powers to improve workers' ...
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

  NUJ  National organiser Paul Holleran has told STUC delegates that his union would welcome the setting up of an independent Health and Safety Executive controlled by a future Scottish govern...

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It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ?No?
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 12:35pm

In the entire global history of the political campaign, has any been more misconceived, wretchedly executed and potentially self-defeating than the one designed to keep Scotland within the United Kingdom?

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Quoted for truth #49
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 12:30pm
Matthew Norman in the Independent, 15 April 2014: "In the entire global history of the political campaign, has any been more misconceived, wretchedly executed and potentially self-defeating than th...

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Idiot shortage averted
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 12:03pm

Readers who may have been alarmed that the Scotsman hadn't run any Michael Kelly columns for a while can breathe a sigh of relief this morning, as the role of "clueless idiot blithely spouting infl...

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The Navy Lark
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 11:51am

Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas KCB DSC DL First Sea Lord   HMS Pinafore… Be careful to be guided by this golden rule Stick close to your desks and never go to sea And you all may be Rule...

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Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes at STUC Congress | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 11:37am

Our Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day at the STUC Congress in Dundee yesterday, and they’ve been finding that the Labour movement is full of Yes voters, at all levels.  



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Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 10:57am

A LABOUR Party chairman has declared his support for Scottish independence.

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I Shall Vote No
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 10:55am

[After Christopher Logue, I Shall Vote Labour (1966)] By A.R. Frith I shall vote No because, without Westminster, We'd never have got rid of the Poll Tax I shall vote No because eight hundred thous...

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Think Tank says pound 'not asset' but no debt leaves Scotland in surplus
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 7:52am

An academic think tank has today claimed that the pound is not an asset that can be 'shared' following a Yes vote, but has said that a newly independent Scotland free from UK debt will benefit to the tune of billions of pounds.




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Drone Warrior
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 7:17am

Philip Hammond arrives in Glasgow today to visit a Drones factory and champion Weapons of Mass Destruction. En route he was keen to spread the usual selection of apocalyptic stories. Let's not focu...

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Shortbread Zeal Deficiency
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 7:06am

Recent attempts to scarify the independence debate by trying to smear Alan Bissett will fail ('Curious case of SNP's shift from ethnic nationalism'), and offer up further evidence of ...



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Curious case of SNP's shift from ethnic nationalism
by Peter A Bell
15 Apr 2014 at 7:01am

It's a canard of the contemporary constitutional debate that Scottish Nationalism is
Peter A Bell's insight:

What a snide and sleekit wee creature David Torrance is. The entire article is nothing more than a clumsily contrived attempt to smear the SNP with the taint of ethnic nationalism. Having ma...



Angus Robertson on Trident, negotiation and removal timescales - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
14 Apr 2014 at 11:17am



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No camp 'complete fiction' on education criticised | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
14 Apr 2014 at 11:06am

Another Project Fear scare story has fallen apart after a senior academic described the No camp’s claims on higher education as based on “hyperbole and complete fiction”.



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SNP?s nuclear weapons ban ?unacceptable for Nato?
by Peter A Bell
14 Apr 2014 at 10:06am

THE SNP’s plan to scrap Trident would cast a “dark shadow” over the international reception given to a newly independent Scottish nation, according to a dozen high-ranking defence veterans.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Apparently, a bunch of mothballed military types have seen fit to write a threatening...


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Alex Salmond 'guarantees' shipbuilding industry will continue long-term in an...
by dailyrecord
15 Apr 2014 at 8:34am
THE First Minister told the Scottish Trades Union Congress today he believes the Royal Navy would continue to order ships from Scottish yards but added that the industry would also have to diversify.


Thousands of defence jobs will be at risk if Scotland votes for independence,...
by dailyrecord
15 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
THE Defence Secretary issued the direct warning to employees at a Glasgow-based firm that their future prosperity, and that of their families, would be put in jeopardy by a Yes vote in September.


Record View: Outlaw zero-hours contracts which treat workers with zero respect
by Record View
15 Apr 2014 at 5:21am
RECORD VIEW slams the practice of zero-hours contracts after a STUC survey revealed 85,000 Scots were employed on the unacceptable deals.


Union chief hits out after STUC stats show 85,000 Scots are employed on zero-...
by Mark McGivern
15 Apr 2014 at 5:02am
THE STUC believe the scale of the problem, which they have dubbed "bonded labour" is far worse than they previously estimated.


UK's shared defence forces provide the 'security and peace of mind' which und...
by Lindsey Archibald
15 Apr 2014 at 2:13am
THE Defence Secretary also says a Yes vote in September would also result in "long and protracted negotiations" over defence issues such as the Trident nuclear weapons at Faslane.


UKIP's Nigel Farage could face expenses probe after receiving EU cash to pay ...
by Piers Eady
14 Apr 2014 at 6:26pm
He has raked in an average of £15,500 a year from the EU since at least 2009 to pay for the upkeep of his constituency office


Scots expats vote 'Yes' to independence in Scotland Now online poll
by Scotland Now
14 Apr 2014 at 8:01am
WITH many Scots expats disappointed that they can?t take part in Scotland?s historic independence referendum on September 18, we gave them the chance to say 'Yes' or 'No' with our online poll.


David Torrance: Possibility of independent Scotland has increased thanks to p...
by dailyrecord
13 Apr 2014 at 4:19am
POLITICAL commentator David Torrance, who is also Alex Salmond's biographer, says the First Minister is not taking win for granted but is confident momentum for independence is gathering impetus.


SNP in Aberdeen: Alex Salmond uses conference speech to persuade women to vot...
by Mark Aitken
13 Apr 2014 at 2:08am
FIRST Minister vows to help females land top roles in business in bid to close gap in independence race.


SNP Conference: Alex Salmond insists now is the 'time to say Yes' to independ...
by dailyrecord
12 Apr 2014 at 11:01am
THE First Minister said the vote on whether Scotland should stay in the UK was about putting the future of Scotland in the hands of Scots and not about him or the SNP.


Three in five Scots think September referendum should settle the independence...
by dailyrecord
12 Apr 2014 at 8:43am
ACCORDING to a poll conducted for Better Together, 59 per cent of Scots questioned think the Scottish Nationalists are turned off by the idea of a 'neverendum' reoccurring every few years .


SNP Conference: Independent Scotland will save young families up to £5000 a y...
by dailyrecord
12 Apr 2014 at 8:02am
THE Scottish Government has made a pledge that parents with young children in nursery and primary school could save £4900 a year thanks to free school meals and better funding for childcare.


Tory councillor faces calls to resign after saying in meeting: When rape is i...
by Adam Aspinall
12 Apr 2014 at 7:32am
BARBARA Driver has apologised for what she admits was a "dreadful" comment delivered during a debate about housing.


David Cameron fears more gay sex scandals will emerge as the Tory leader brac...
by dailyrecord
12 Apr 2014 at 2:22am
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron is worried a fresh wave of sexual harassment allegations could rock the Conservative party amid probes into sexual bullying within Westminster.


SNP Conference: Alex Salmond to stress a vote for independence is not a vote ...
by David Clegg
12 Apr 2014 at 1:38am
THE First Minister will attempt to remove personalities from the referendum equation and will pledge to begin independence negotiations within days if the Yes vote should win.


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Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.


Too many windfarms built in windy places, claims Tory moron
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Tory MSPs in Scotlandshire are benefiting far more from renewable energy payments than their landed MP counterparts in England

Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Apr 2014 at 9:07am
Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution would be the end of independence, has now claimed that independence would be the end of HIM.


Robertson warns independence would be 'the end of my world as we know it'
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Robertson told a packed confe...

Splittist debate descends into violence.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Apr 2014 at 1:10pm
Splittist debate descends into violence.


Natz politician in pub brawl
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Should the polls still deteriorate, UKOK will apologise for the damage done to Scotlandshire, and promise to be much nicer people in future

Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
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We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
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Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
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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 terminally biased national broadcasters is entirely unfortunate.

Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
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A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
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 terminally biased national broadcast...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.



It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Camero...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm
It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Cameron.


Barosso guttered after failure to get UK support for top NATO job, despite sucking Cameron
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Barroso might turn on Cameron and say ?In ye come Scotland. Fu*k the Tory bastirt.?

The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its la...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm
The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its latest devolution proposals today, at the same time as the rest of the country.


Labour ?Declaration of Dependence? may lead to DEVO R.C.E.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The proposals, which were 2 years in the making, were comp...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Chase Yirsel
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 3:20pm
This is the sound of the new Scotland this Spring, alive with questions and energy about what is an what is to be. It’s a brilliantly hard hitting EP chock with one-liners that takes Stanley Odd to new musical heights.... Read More ›


I Shall Vote No
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 9:04am
[After Christopher Logue, I Shall Vote Labour (1966)] By A.R. Frith I shall vote No because, without Westminster, We’d never have got rid of the Poll Tax I shall vote No because eight hundred thousand Scots live in England, and... Read More ›

Drone Warrior
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 5:50am
Philip Hammond arrives in Glasgow today to visit a Drones factory and champion Weapons of Mass Destruction. En route he was keen to spread the usual selection of apocalyptic stories. Let’s not focus on the shambles of his negotiating message... Read More ›


Land Matters
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 4:46am
By Dougie Strang In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing wood – * It’s now widely agreed by scientists that we are living... Read More ›


Shortbread Zeal Deficiency
by bellacaledonia
14 Apr 2014 at 3:34pm
By Mike Small Recent attempts to scarify the independence debate by trying to smear Alan Bissett will fail (‘Curious case of SNP’s shift from ethnic nationalism‘), and offer up further evidence of a Unionist community running out of ideas. These... Read More ›


The Salmon Run
by bellacaledonia
14 Apr 2014 at 1:28pm
Who owns fishing? Daibhidh Rothach explores the democracy of fish. Scotland’s angling is one of our greatest natural assets. To those who own it, it also provides a nice little earner. A heritable property, the right to fish for salmon... Read More ›

A Sense of Entitlement
by bellacaledonia
12 Apr 2014 at 6:05pm
By Mike Small Some of the anti-politics meme – even in the week of Maria Miller – is really disastrous. The Daily Telegraph’s expenses expose was both brilliant and terrible as it merged a godawful schadenfreude with a commercial glint... Read More ›


Ian Hamilton QC in Oban
by bellacaledonia
12 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Sometimes you realise you are watching something amazing unfold … Filed under: Commentary


Independent Women
by bellacaledonia
12 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm
By Hannah Wallace In the week we lost Margo MacDonald, the SNP finally, finally announced some breakthrough policies for women. Call it politics, call it one-upmanship (sic), I don’t care. I’m pretty proud that now 40% of the Scottish Cabinet... Read More ›


The Man Who Fell to Earth
by bellacaledonia
12 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
It's Back to Bowie's at the Edinburgh festival this year ...


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Apr 2014 at 4:56am

Express.co.uk

Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Royal Navy has 16 ships and submarines and two Royal Marines Commando units based in Scotland. The SNP has promised to maintain all military bases in Scotland in the event of independence and has said they would...


Scottish independence: Yes vote 'risk to jobs' - BBC News
14 Apr 2014 at 9:18pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes vote 'risk to jobs'
BBC News
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has predicted that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk. Speaking to defence workers in Glasgow, he claimed the UK's shared defence forces provide benefits of scale. SNP defen...


US remains a wild card in Scottish independence vote - Washington Post
12 Apr 2014 at 7:06pm

Washington Post

US remains a wild card in Scottish independence vote
Washington Post
LONDON ? With support growing for independence just months before Scots decide whether to break up with Britain, outsiders are weighing in with impassioned calls to keep the three-century-old union together. British...


Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about? - BBC News
14 Apr 2014 at 7:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about?
BBC News
Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about? 13 April 2014 Last updated at 16:42 BST. What would happen to Trident on the Clyde, what kind of Army would an independent Scotland have and how much would it cos...


Scottish independence poll tracker - Financial Times
15 Apr 2014 at 1:41pm

Scottish independence poll tracker
Financial Times
In less than six months, the Scottish people will vote in a referendum that could see the country break away from the rest of the UK. Using polling data collated by the UK Polling Report and What Scotland Thinks, we have analysed all polls conducte...


Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes - Scotsman
14 Apr 2014 at 10:57am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes
Scotsman
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon made a special appeal to Labour voters to back independence in her conference speech on Friday, amid a concerted push to make pro-independence group Yes Scotland more appealing to supporters of the...


Scottish independence TV debate - BBC News
15 Apr 2014 at 2:29pm

Scottish independence TV debate
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC Scotland television debate, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, comes from Kirkwall in Orkney. On the panel: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, Former ...



Scottish independence is 'risk to defence jobs' - Scotsman
14 Apr 2014 at 4:54am

Scotsman

Scottish independence is 'risk to defence jobs'
Scotsman
?In addition to the debates about monetary and fiscal policy, there is genuine uncertainty about the impact of independence on the UK's - and Scotland's - international influence, export opportunities and inward investment. ?Companies...


Scottish independence 'would harm world's poorest' - Scotsman
13 Apr 2014 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'would harm world's poorest'
Scotsman
However, the Scottish Government accused the UK minister of using the world's poor as a ?political football?. The UK's aid budget currently stands at £11 billion per year. The SNP has already pledged to spend almost £1bn a year aft...


Scottish independence: Hammond says Yes vote risks Scottish defence jobs - BB...
15 Apr 2014 at 8:33am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Hammond says Yes vote risks Scottish defence jobs
BBC News
Philip Hammond was speaking in Glasgow when he questioned the SNP's plans for the defence of Scotland and claimed the security of the entire UK would be damaged by independence. Mr Hammond said UK governments ...



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Allan Massie: Trident is a Catch-22 situation - Scotsman
15 Apr 2014 at 3:24pm

Scotsman

Allan Massie: Trident is a Catch-22 situation
Scotsman
The SNP position is: ?We don't like Trident, and we want the submarines out of Scotland.? It's fair to say that plenty of supporters of other parties, including some who may vote No in September, are equally opposed to nuclear weapons a...


Scottish Independence: SNP Plan To Scrap Trident 'Unacceptable For Nato ... -...
15 Apr 2014 at 3:14pm

Scottish Independence: SNP Plan To Scrap Trident 'Unacceptable For Nato ...
Huffington Post UK
The SNP's plan to scrap Trident would cast a "dark shadow" over the international reception given to a newly independent Scottish nation, according to a dozen high-ranking defence veterans. Admiral Sir Ma...


Scotland's Nuclear Dodge - Wall Street Journal
15 Apr 2014 at 3:11pm

Scotland's Nuclear Dodge
Wall Street Journal
The left-wing, pro-independence Scottish National Party views the Trident as a symbol of British imperialism. "For decades we have been part of a Westminster system that has sought to project global power," the SNP's pro-independence white paper says.

and...


Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond - Eagle Radio
15 Apr 2014 at 3:01pm

Scotland Split Would Risk Jobs, Warns Hammond
Eagle Radio
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, argued the SNP's proposed ban on nuclear weapons "would be unacceptable for Nato". An SNP-led government would want to continue membership of the military alliance, w...


Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Apr 2014 at 2:30pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences
Telegraph.co.uk
... while only paying a fraction of the cost of their upkeep. But there is a strong likelihood that this mutually beneficial arrangement will come to an abrupt end if Alex Salmond and the SNP are successful in September's ...


Labour pledges more help for women after No vote - Scotsman
15 Apr 2014 at 2:23pm

Scotsman

Labour pledges more help for women after No vote
Scotsman
?But today, progress has stalled. While the Tories' cuts fall disproportionately on women, the SNP have failed to make any difference. They promise more after independence, but this SNP Government has cut 47,000 jobs in local governm...


Hammond warning over defence jobs - Donside Piper and Herald
15 Apr 2014 at 2:22pm

Donside Piper and Herald

Hammond warning over defence jobs
Donside Piper and Herald
But he criticised the SNP Government in Edinburgh's proposals, saying First Minister Alex Salmond wants to keep voters in the dark until after the referendum. "So fundamental are the uncertainties regarding the Scott...


Defence of the Union comes under fire - Financial Times
15 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm

Defence of the Union comes under fire
Financial Times
Mr Hammond's intervention was supposed to put the SNP on the back foot but it also exposed tensions between Labour and Conservatives over the way the pro-union campaign is run. The cross-party Better Together campaign, led by former Labour ...

an...


Salmond 'keeping Scots in dark over defence' - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Apr 2014 at 12:23pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Salmond 'keeping Scots in dark over defence'
Telegraph.co.uk
Angus Robertson, the SNP Westminster leader, accused Mr Hammond of being out of touch with reality and said the Government had been responsible for deep military cuts in Scotland. "Decisions at Westminster have seen Scotlan...


Fishmeal industry lost over USD 87 million - FIS
15 Apr 2014 at 11:41am

FIS

Fishmeal industry lost over USD 87 million
FIS
Out of a total of 12 Peruvian companies in the fishmeal and fish oil industry, only two recorded profits during 2013, while the other ten accumulated a loss of PEN 242 million (USD 87.4 million), the National Society of Fisheries (SNP) reported. The...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence poll tracker - Financial Times
15 Apr 2014 at 1:41pm

Scottish independence poll tracker
Financial Times
In less than six months, the Scottish people will vote in a referendum that could see the country break away from the rest of the UK. Using polling data collated by the UK Polling Report and What Scotland Thinks, we have analysed all polls conducte...


No matter the referendum outcome, fairer rates must figure - Herald Scotland
14 Apr 2014 at 9:09pm

No matter the referendum outcome, fairer rates must figure
Herald Scotland
Scotland is just five months away from our most important constitutional decision in over 300 years and, understandably, this has inspired a healthy debate about what Scotland's future tax framework might look like, either u...


After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence? - CNN
19 Mar 2014 at 12:17am

Radio 1

After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence?
CNN
Russian lawmakers have drawn a parallel between Scotland's vote and the referendum held in Ukraine's Crimea region Sunday. But any such comparison is disingenuous: The referendum in Scotland is being held with the consent of th...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? The Econ... - The Edinburgh Reporter
14 Apr 2014 at 12:15am

Scottish Independence Referendum ? The Econ...
The Edinburgh Reporter
This week a packed meeting at Murrayfield Stadium's Thistle Suite listened to John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Michelle Thomson from Business For Scotland argue the case for independence...


Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Contradictions muddy the referendum waters - Herald Scotland
13 Apr 2014 at 9:09pm

BBC News

Contradictions muddy the referendum waters
Herald Scotland
Then the Chancellor George Osborne departed from that position by ruling out a currency union with an independent Scotland, a stance backed by the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats. Loading article content. Then an unnamed UK G...


Scottish expats polled on independence by Scotland Now after referendum ... -...
8 Apr 2014 at 4:19am

Mirror.co.uk

Scottish expats polled on independence by Scotland Now after referendum ...
Mirror.co.uk
Scots expats disappointed they can't take part in Scotland's historic Independence referendum vote on September 18 can get their voice heard in a new poll by Scotland Now. The Mirror's new sister on...


Why the independence referendum offers brands in Scotland a great opportunity...
9 Apr 2014 at 9:54am

Why the independence referendum offers brands in Scotland a great opportunity
The Drum
While recent polls suggest a significant number of undecided voters in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, one thing is clear: this momentous event offers great opportunity for all those working in mar...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? The Economic Case for Independence - The E...
14 Apr 2014 at 7:35am

IANS

Scottish Independence Referendum ? The Economic Case for Independence
The Edinburgh Reporter
This week a packed meeting at Murrayfield Stadium's Thistle Suite listened to John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Michelle Thomson from Business For Scotland argu...


Scottish Lib Dem conference: Minister Carmichael says 'look beyond referendum...
29 Mar 2014 at 7:07am

BBC News

Scottish Lib Dem conference: Minister Carmichael says 'look beyond referendum'
BBC News
Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael has called for people to look at what lies beyond the September independence referendum. Speaking at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party conference in ...



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Any Plumbers Or Shower Experts?
15 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
Going to be fitting new bathroom soon and wanting some advice on type of shower to fit.

My water ...

Bbc2 Indyref Debate Tonight
15 Apr 2014 at 1:36pm

Interesting panel tonight, you have Carmichael and Brian Wilson for No, Angela Constance and Lesl...



Reasons To Vote Yes
15 Apr 2014 at 1:16pm



How To Deal With Customer Complaints - Us Airways Style
15 Apr 2014 at 12:47pm

http://www.mediaite.com/online/us-airways-tweets-pornographic-plane-in-vagina-pic-at-angry-customer/



What The Fekking Fekk?
15 Apr 2014 at 12:43pm

 



George Galloway Tweet
15 Apr 2014 at 10:54am
  George Galloway @georgegalloway

Listening to Hillsborough ceremony at Anfield. Why would a...



I Shall Vote " No"
15 Apr 2014 at 9:34am

[After Christopher Logue, I Shall Vote Labour (1966)]
By A.R. Frith

I shall vote No because, with...



International Space Station
14 Apr 2014 at 4:42pm

I tried to photograph it but the are too many street lights round here, tomorrow night I'm going ...



Electoral Roll
14 Apr 2014 at 4:32pm

I've been living abroad for a while but I'm moving back to Scotland in the near future. Just wond...



Yes Poster For My Window
14 Apr 2014 at 3:11pm

Can anyone tell me where I can get a YES poster for my front window. Or possibly e-mail me an A4 ...




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

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...


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

What Better Together would be saying about their YouGov poll if they had just...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
What Better Together actually said : This latest poll, which saw 1148 adults surveyed in Scotland...

Sagacity on Saturday : A Non-Sagacity Special
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."

Said by f...

Poll commissioned by anti-independence campaign backfires catastrophically, w...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm

One day, very very soon, we're going to start calling a brass neck a 'McDougall'. Just 24 hours a...



YouGov continues to cynically mislead its own respondents - but still finds a...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Terribly mysterious thing, this - Blair McDougall has decided to ignore the results of a new poll...



Two new referendum polls put support for independence at the heady heights of...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Well, that's the last time I take anything the Political Editor of the Daily Record says on Twitt...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The biggest 'known unknown' is that we know we're going...
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"I believe...that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if ...

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...



Just a quick warning
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 9:54am
If you happen to see any offensive anti-English remarks in the comments section of this blog (or ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Trade Union Members talking at STUC in Dundee
by Peter Dempsie
15 Apr 2014 at 9:18am
Video of wsLVrLbqaaI Individual members of various trade unions talking about the role of Trade...

Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes at STUC Congress
by Stuart McDonald
15 Apr 2014 at 5:22am
Our Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day at the STUC Congress in Dundee yesterday, an...

Daily Digest: David Cameron will resign if Scotland votes Yes
by Stuart McDonald
15 Apr 2014 at 5:01am
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that ?David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland. A P...

Top Labour official is backing independence
by Peter Dempsie
14 Apr 2014 at 11:06am
A senior Labour Party figure in Glasgow has declared his support for independence, citing the ?re...

Daily Digest: Westminster?s currency bluff has crumbled and ?Murkier and more...
by Peter Dempsie
14 Apr 2014 at 10:23am
Following on from last month?s currency confession by a senior UK government minister in the Guar...

Scots trade unions shackled by Westminster
by Sean Lafferty
13 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
Scotland?s trade unions have been held back for a generation under Westminster governments that h...

Yes vote increases with prospect of Tory and Labour general election victory
by Sean Lafferty
13 Apr 2014 at 4:56am
The Yes Scotland campaign commissioned a poll by Panelbase, which found the following headline ra...

Edinburgh?s Asian community to hear case for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
13 Apr 2014 at 1:01am
Scots Asians for Yes is hosting a public meeting in Edinburgh tomorrow with an array of speakers,...

World voices tell Scotland to ?go for it?
by Sean Lafferty
12 Apr 2014 at 10:24am
Scotland?s bid for independence was given a celebrity boost today with the unveiling of #goforitS...

Former Scotland manager calls for Cameron v Salmond debate
by Sean Lafferty
12 Apr 2014 at 10:14am
A former Scotland international football team manager is calling for a televised independence deb...

Blair Jenkins to deliver guest speech at SNP conference
by Sean Lafferty
11 Apr 2014 at 10:17am
Many people in Scotland who had ?given up on politics and elections? are likely to vote Yes this ...

#YouYesYet are mobilising our generation
by Peter Dempsie
11 Apr 2014 at 4:55am
Yesterday we have asked those who have already moved to Yes to give their reasons by taking a pic...

New Poll: Yes 47% - Strong majority would vote Yes in #indyref if better off
by Sean Lafferty
10 Apr 2014 at 5:50am
The poll finds that Yes only needs another 3 points to get to 50 per cent - and that a strong maj...

Daily Digest: Friends of the Earth attack Westminster nuclear subsidies and O...
by Stuart McDonald
10 Apr 2014 at 5:49am
Coalition partners in the Tory party were planning to kill off on-shore wind altogether in a move...

Yes for stronger local democracy ? and the opportunity to transform Scotland
by Stephen Noon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:26am
Recently the Scottish Greens published a set of ideas for revitalising local government and local...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

peace & prosperity
12 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
what is the longest period of peace in scottish history?
what period encompasses the scottish enli...

So I finally found the elusive ATOS figures
11 Apr 2014 at 6:23pm

http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/atos-is-pulling-out-of-its-contract/

...

Give voters ability to ‘sack’ MSPs - Sturgeon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/give-voters-ability-to-sack-msps-sturgeon-1-33722...

Neutral Idea
9 Apr 2014 at 3:02pm

Many people on this forum may have read my posts and hopefully noticed I am an undecided voter.  ...



Euro elections
9 Apr 2014 at 4:51am

Looks like the SNP are going to top the poll by 10%+

 

 

 

Great news for the yes campaign



What if....
8 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm

it's a draw? Could we have a penalty shoot-out & who's going to take 'em.

 

Anyone care to name t...



Scottish independence will end civilisation as we know it
8 Apr 2014 at 2:27am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26933998

 

Point and laugh



labour bring our the big guns
7 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/independence-referendum-labour-legends-drafted-3383905...

Those nasty nationalists
6 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm

Going around harassing peaceful political campaigners in the street.

 

 

Skip to 1:28 to shuffle...



Immigrants Only Poll
6 Apr 2014 at 10:13am

Being an immigrant myself, I moved up here 9 years ago.

 

I was wondering what other not born her...



Margo's deid
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am

Staunch independence campaigner has sadly left us........

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...



Just a Thought...
3 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

Are you happy/comfortable with the following:

 

1. UK gov colluding with banks to leave us a lega...



The Referendum - anyone else sick of it?
3 Apr 2014 at 5:16am

I know I am.

 

Before the details of the Referendum were announced I took only a passing interest...



Scotland should stay in the union.
1 Apr 2014 at 5:21am

We need Scotland to stay in the union. Look at how many jobs could be lost in the finance industr...



Barrhead Travel scaring staff into voting No
31 Mar 2014 at 4:45am
I wonder how many other companies are doing the same




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Everything up for negotiation if Scots vote for independence, Hammond says
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
Defence secretary appears to undermine no camp, saying: 'You can't go into any negotiation with things that are non-negotiable'

The campaign against Scottish independence has been thrown into confus...



Scottish referendum: yes, it could happen | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Apr 2014 at 5:01pm
Ever since Osborne went to Scotland and argued against a future currency union, it is the yes campaign that has prospered

As the vote in September nears, the argument about Scottish independence is ...




Alex Salmond brands anti-Scottish independence campaign 'miserable'
by Severin Carrell Scotland Correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 11:43am
First minister tells SNP the pro-independence movement is instead a 'beacon of hope' for Scotland

Alex Salmond has attacked the campaign against Scottish independence as "the most miserable, negativ...




'Team Scotland': Salmond calls on Labour voters to back independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 3:27am
SNP leader says a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could lead to a Labour government in Edinburgh

Alex Salmond has appealed to Scotland's voters to ignore him and the Scottish National party...



The future of Scotland's currency continues to divide opinion, polls show
by Leila Haddou
11 Apr 2014 at 9:37am

YouGov poll finds 53% of Britons outside Scotland oppose the country keeping the pound and believe it has no viable alternative to sterling should it vote for independence

As currency continues to d...




Scottish independence: no campaign's scare tactics backfiring, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason and Severin Carrell
11 Apr 2014 at 5:35am
First minister attacks 'apocalyptic' claims of risks to global security and says support for yes vote in referendum is rising

Alex Salmond has said attempts by UK ministers and a former Nato secreta...




Scotland likely to choose independence, foreign diplomats believe
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
10 Apr 2014 at 12:02pm
Sources in diplomatic corps in Edinburgh say tide of opinion has shifted, while opinion polls show increase in support for yes vote

Foreign diplomats believe Scotland is likely to vote for independe...




SNP conference: Alex Salmond can bask in the glow of a win-win scenario | Dav...
by David Torrance
10 Apr 2014 at 3:53am
The Scottish nationalists will emerge stronger from the referendum on independence regardless of the result

Earlier this week the Parti Québécois, which is to Canadian politics what the SNP is to th...




Ed Davey says an independent Scotland must fund its own energy projects
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Apr 2014 at 2:55pm
Blow to Alex Salmond's 2020 renewables target as energy secretary rules out billions in UK energy subsidies upon yes vote

The energy secretary Ed Davey has rejected Scottish government calls for the...




Lord Robertson is trying to bully Scots into voting no in the referendum | Ow...
by Owen Jones
8 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
The former defence secretary and Nato chief's claims that a Scottish break from the union will imperil the west are part of an anti-democratic campaign that is backfiring

If Scotland votes to break ...




Independent Scotland would face immediate £23bn debt thinktank
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
Scottish government spokeswoman says NIESR analysis 'misunderstand how government debt works'

An independent Scotland would face an immediate debt repayment of £23bn to the UK Treasury, equivalent t...




Scottish independence would weaken UK's global status, says ex-Nato chief
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 4:40am
Lord Robertson says yes vote would boost west's enemies and 'forces of darkness' and embolden dictators across the world

George Robertson, the formerly UK defence secretary and Nato chief, has claim...




I will vote no to independence because I love Scotland | Menzies Campbell
by Menzies Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm
Those who argue against independence have a duty to recognise that most Scots want their parliament to have more powers

It is the love that rarely speaks its name. For it is now unfashionable to tal...




Scottish nationalists are 'monstering' UK supporters, says Alistair Darling
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
6 Apr 2014 at 5:26am
Head of no campaign accuses pro-independence activists of shouting down those who disagree with them

Nationalist campaigners are bringing shame to Scotland by the way in which they "monster" support...




Wanted: Scottish spies. Pinstripe suit optional | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Apr 2014 at 12:30pm
If Scotland becomes independent, will its intelligence service be home-grown or MI5 'illegals' operating out of a UK embassy?

From an unremarkable property in a dishevelled neighbourhood not far fro...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Hysterical history
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Rory Stewart’s unionist propaganda thinly disguised as a BBC history documentary has provoked the ire of SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who has attacked the BBC for yet another of its exercises in compul...

Project Fear?s gumsy midgie
by weegingerdug
13 Apr 2014 at 10:50pm
Another day, another scare story. Now we’re told (copyright Justine Greening the Tory International Development Secretary) that Scottish independence will rip the bread from the mouths of the poore...

Stuff to waste time on a Sunday
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm
Yesterday’s appeal for translation help for Solidarity with Scotland produced a fantastic response.  Huge thanks to everyone who offered to help or made suggestions.  It also produced an interestin...

Labouring the point of independence
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 8:49pm
Alicsammin has made an appeal for Labour voters to remember something that Better Together and the Unionist media are desperate for them to forget – the referendum in September is not an election a...

Translators wanted for Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
11 Apr 2014 at 4:35pm
OK. I said I’d never ask for donations on this blog, but I’d like to be somewhat less hypocritical than Better Together and ask for a donation of sorts anyway. Not donations of money, but donations...

Diplomatic message
by weegingerdug
10 Apr 2014 at 9:06pm
Oh dear. People in Scotland don’t believe Project Fear’s currency threat. A series of economists don’t believe it, and have popped out of academia to challenge Better Together’s threat in erudite s...

Haud yer wheesht
by weegingerdug
10 Apr 2014 at 6:40am
Scotland isn’t allowed to have an opinion. Not according to Michael Fallon, the Tory energy secretary who acts as minder to Ed Davey in order to prevent any Lib Dem-ish sandal wearing in Westminste...

Project Fear goes green
by weegingerdug
9 Apr 2014 at 8:28am
What’s going on with Project Fear? It’s genuinely perplexing. Some aspects of the campaign so far have gone according to expectations – everyone expected the mainstream media to be universally bias...

Clatty jizzum
by weegingerdug
8 Apr 2014 at 7:27am
I know we’re not supposed to go in for personal abuse, what with it being monstering and everything. But sometimes – well OK, daily – a Unionist politician utters something so gob-smackingly arsewi...

Not a legend, an epitaph
by weegingerdug
7 Apr 2014 at 8:03pm
The Labour party, after the currency union veto which left its credibility as sound as the Zimbabwean dollar, and the devobuggerall which not even their own leadership understands, has now announce...


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