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Unspun - the politics diary
13 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
1966 and all that

Miliband says sorry for posing with The Sun
13 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
ED Miliband has apologised after Labour figures in ­Liverpool expressed anger at his decision to pose with a copy of The Sun.

MPs in call for more action to tackle illicit cigarette smuggling
13 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
MPs have complained of a "farcical" lack of action against tobacco manufacturers in a stinging assessment of Government efforts to tackle smuggling.

Salmond defies call to axe aide in e-mail attack row
12 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond is facing mounting pressure to sack a senior spin doctor after he admitted the aide acted inappropriately when he contacted a newspaper about a No campaigner.

Miliband in minimum wage vow
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged that the party will increase the minimum wage if it wins the General Election.

Cameron in attack on Euro 'stitch-up'
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron is expected to attack what he suggests is an underhand and undemocratic stitch-up operation going on to choose the next European president.

Farage facing donation fine
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Nigel Farage could face punishment from the elections watchdog after failing to declare £200,000 of donations.

Fast-track passport fees are dropped amid delay chaos
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
FAST-TRACK fees costing £55 for those with an "urgent need to travel" are to be dropped in a bid to assuage the mounting public anger over delays to up to 30,000 passports.

Osborne acts on risky mortgages
12 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
GEORGE Osborne is to give the Bank of England the power to cap risky mortgage loans to prevent a housing bubble developing across the UK.

Hague rules out sending UK troops back to Iraq
11 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
FOREIGN Secretary William Hague has ruled out any prospect of British troops being sent into Iraq again.

UK Government out to blitz abuse in financial services
11 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government today announces more steps to clamp down on abuse in the financial services sector and raise standards to protect the public.

Cameron's trunks call as gameplan a winner
11 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
THOSE of a nervous disposition should look away now, but an image was conjured up at PMQs which had most of us rushing for the smelling salts - David Cameron in his Speedos.

Loan shark victims have 'doubled'
11 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
The number of Scots suffering at the hands of loan sharks has risen over the last four years, new figures suggest.

PMQs sketch: the unedifying image of David Cameron in Speedos
11 Jun 2014 at 10:50am
Those of a nervous disposition should look away now but an image was conjured up at PMQs, which had most of us rushing for the smelling salts - David Cameron in his Speedos. I warned you.

Blair: I owe my premiership to Aberdeen's Euro cup triumph
10 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
THE truth can now be told:


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Poll: Scots trust Holyrood more than Westminster
15 Jun 2014 at 7:21am

THREE times as many people trust Holyrood to make decisions in the interests of Scotland as opposed to politicians at Westminster, a poll has revealed.



Dani Garavelli: Bannockburn - a battle for hearts
15 Jun 2014 at 6:58am

Marking the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s victory in this referendum year risks reopening old wounds, finds Dani Garavelli.



The Scotsman cartoon: Indy infighting
14 Jun 2014 at 8:47pm

AS THE world’s attention decends on Brazil for the start of the World Cup, Scotland remains at home battling amoungst itself.



Dani Garavelli: We must tackle world rape crisis
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE has been a fair bit of sneering over the “star-studded” Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London last week, writes Dani Garavelli



Lamont, Davidson and Rennie: More power for Scots
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

OUR three parties are founded on very different values and we have always disagreed passionately on the content of policy, co-write Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie



Patrick Harvie: Positives of internet under threat
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE is a positive potential of the internet that is currently under threat writes Patrick Harvie



SNP to propose making nuclear ban law
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Scottish government is to propose that the removal of nuclear weapons should be a legal requirement in an independent Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.



Leaders: Referendum losers | Bannockburn for all
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

MUCH attention in the independence referendum campaign has understandably focused on the actions of a small minority of campaigners, usually online, who think fit to hurl vile personal abuse at those they disagree with.



Scots fear division after independence vote
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

ALMOST two fifths of people in Scotland believe the country will be left “badly divided” after the independence referendum, according to the first poll to measure the effect the constitutional debate is having on Scottish society.



Euan McColm: Gunn must be fired for SNP integrity
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

GUNN must be fired if Salmond and the SNP are to have any claims of integrity writes Euan McColm



Andrew Wilson: JK Rowling?s story is inspiration
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

JK ROWLING’S story is an inspiration for future of our brave new land writes Andrew Wilson



Opposition leaders vow more powers for Holyrood
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THE leaders of Scotland’s three main opposition parties will tomorrow issue a joint statement committing their parties to transferring more powers to Holyrood in the event of a No vote.



Drumlanrig: Salmond meets expats | Pope | Pensions
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THIS week Alex Salmond will take part in a charming ceremony with a group of ex-pats, who have made their home in Scotland.



John Curtice: Credibility of devolution is key
14 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

SEPTEMBER’S referendum is meant to be about whether Scotland wants to be independent or not. But gradually it has morphed into a choice between independence and more devolution, writes John Curtice



Brian Wilson: Campbell Gunn part of SNP machine
14 Jun 2014 at 3:09am

I have known Campbell Gunn for many years and, as a journalist, he was always perfectly fair in his dealings. The change of environment to the inner sanctums of nationalism does not seem to have been beneficial.




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Stories of the week, 15/6/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2014 at 4:33pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. Voters less ordinary Housewife turns out to be activist. What could go wrong? 2. Inaudible mumble amplified A good week to bury someone calling a million Scots racists. 3. Becoming the story Smearing the messenger. 4. To the editor of the Scotsman Standing by […]

The evolution of tone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2014 at 7:51am
WEDNESDAY: Panini “politics sticker album” jokes are evidence of vile abuse: SUNDAY: Panini “politics sticker album” jokes are light-hearted comedy material: The BBC: you have to pay for this or you go to jail, readers.

Be the change you want to see
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:34am
The Sunday Mail has an editorial leader today about “cybernats”, in which the Daily Record’s sister paper offers the view that “far too much attention is given to these clowns”. It’s a good point – there’s been a surfeit of coverage of the subject lately. From the last four days alone. Why can’t people just stop going […]

Kiss this love goodbye
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jun 2014 at 7:30pm
For our 2,500th post we wanted to say something positive about the media for a change, and the opportunity has presented itself, albeit in a sad way. BBC Radio Scotland’s Sunday morning show “Headlines” is the only political programme – radio or telly – that we made a point of never missing, and today is […]

Becoming the story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Jun 2014 at 6:12am
The story in yesterday’s Scotsman carrying outrageous and defamatory slurs against me has today vanished from its website. There’s nothing by way of an apology or correction in the paper’s usual page 2 corrections column, however, and there’s been no reply to either my email of yesterday morning or the letter our solicitor sent yesterday […]

The growing consensus
by Chris Cairns
14 Jun 2014 at 2:57am

Twitching corpse stamped on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jun 2014 at 10:00am
Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir has a piece today on the nasty comments a tiny handful of idiots made to JK Rowling this week, which – unlike the alleged “barrage” of abuse supposedly unleashed against Labour activist Clare Lally – can at least definitely be said to have happened. The column is a tiresome one-sided […]

We need to talk about John
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jun 2014 at 6:57am
Alert readers will have had a hard time missing Labour spin doctor John McTernan on TV and radio and in newspapers this week. A former special adviser to Tony Blair, he’s been rolled out on heavy rotation across the media to pontificate on Campbell Gunn’s minor briefing error (which was swiftly apologised for) about frontline […]

To the editor of the Scotsman
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jun 2014 at 3:19am
Your defamatory lies really ought to stop. In today’s edition, you allege in reference to me that: “Mr Campbell ? who recently registered Wings Over Scotland as an official participant in the independence campaign ? has also used the site to call on nationalist campaigners to photograph their opponents so that they can be publicly […]

The unacceptable face of politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jun 2014 at 6:50am
Is mine, of course. From last night’s Scotland Tonight, in case you missed it: Particular kudos to STV for finding footage (it’s right at the start of this clip) of Clare Lally introducing and launching Johann Lamont’s Scottish Labour leadership bid in November 2011, even though the Daily Record said in August 2012 that she had […]


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Campaigners condemn online abuse
15 Jun 2014 at 8:54am
Labour MSP Jackie Baillie and Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins condemn online abuse in Scotland's referendum campaign.


'No nuke' independence constitution
14 Jun 2014 at 6:16pm
The removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil should be part of a post-independence constitution, according to Scotland's deputy first minister.


Pope comments on Scots independence
13 Jun 2014 at 1:57pm
Campaigners on both sides of the Scottish independence referendum debate welcome comments from the Pope on independence.


Former principals back the Union
15 Jun 2014 at 10:53am
Nine former principals of Scottish universities sign a joint statement backing Scotland remaining in the UK.


Rival Scots industry visions set out
13 Jun 2014 at 9:39am
The campaigns for and against Scottish independence set out their plans on boosting industry.


Carmichael backs English devolution
15 Jun 2014 at 8:37am
The Scottish Secretary says he backs devolved powers for England, describing it as the "unfinished business" of setting up the Holyrood Parliament in the 1990s.


Ex-STUC president declares for 'Yes'
15 Jun 2014 at 5:28am
Former Scottish Trades Union Congress president Pat Kelly declares support for the campaign for Scottish independence.


New bowel cancer screening trialled
14 Jun 2014 at 6:16pm
A new camera technique for detecting bowel cancer is to be trialled in some parts of Scotland.


Hillary Clinton opposes 'Yes' vote
13 Jun 2014 at 6:47am
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she hopes Scotland does not become independent from the rest of the UK.


Hate crimes fall at football matches
13 Jun 2014 at 6:58am
The number of sectarian incidents recorded at Scottish football matches fell in 2013/14, according to Crown Office figures.


Poor children 'held back at school'
12 Jun 2014 at 6:29pm
Young Scots believe poverty prevents children from having a fair chance at school and affects their future opportunities, a new survey reveals.


Pro-union booklet to cost £720,000
12 Jun 2014 at 4:33pm
The UK government is to post out a booklet to every Scottish home setting out the "positive case" for the UK , at a cost of £720,000.


Salmond faces calls to sack adviser
12 Jun 2014 at 10:59am
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond faces further calls to sack one of his senior advisers who made a false claim about the mother of a disabled child.


Baby ashes scandal report submitted
12 Jun 2014 at 2:07pm
The work of the infant cremation commission has been handed over to the Scottish government and is set to be published on Tuesday.


Lord Hardie to chair trams inquiry
12 Jun 2014 at 7:54am
Former Lord Advocate Lord Hardie is to chair the inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco, the first minister has announced.


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Trolling, Trolling, Trolling, Dear Ms. JK Rowling...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jun 2014 at 8:08am

Dear Joanne
 
We haven?t met but since we?re both writers, indeed both members of the same writers' association, I thought I?d drop you a line. We both live in Perthshire, you in a castle, me in a flat.
 
You used to work for Amnesty International; I used to be a member and still campaign on human rights. I?m sure we have lots of other things in common though my book sales, income and public profile are, well, let?s be kind and say a wee bitty less than yours.



Unionism and a sense of Déjà vu
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jun 2014 at 6:06am

By Hamish Scott
 
It is over 300 years since the Unionist campaign of the 1700s to bring about the Union between Scotland and England.  We now have a Unionist campaign in the 2010s to retain that Union in the coming independence referendum.  Scotland, England and the world, have all changed hugely in the intervening period. 
 
Yet despite that change, we might be forgiven for feeling a strong sense of déjà vu when comparing the current campaign to that of the 1700s, for both campaigns bear considerable similarities in both their circumstances and characteristics.



We are intolerant, we are out of control ... we must be dealt with
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Jun 2014 at 12:52am

  By G.A.Ponsonby

If Pat Lally has a daughter-in-law then she's probably hoping the brouhaha over Campbell Gunn's email blows over soon so that she can come out of hiding.

I've watched the latest media circus with a wry smile as yet another one of my end-of-year predictions comes true.



Is There A War On?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Jun 2014 at 12:08am

By Derek Bateman
 
Let's lay this nazi thing while the apologists squirm their way this way and that. When a politician is asked if the SNP is a civic nationalist movement, there is only one answer. It is this. 'Of course they are. They couldn?t have garnered 45 per cent of the popular vote in a mature democracy like Scotland and been elected to government if they were anything else.

We?re actually quite proud in Scotland that our debate is not ethnically based and has been conducted in civilised terms. Our nationalists only want political independence. I disagree with them.'



BBC's back to front news and why we should be worried
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jun 2014 at 5:00pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday the world according to BBC Scotland turned upside down.  I tuned in to Good Morning Scotland to be regaled with the news that Scotland was set to deprive the north of England of jobs.
 
One of the poorest regions of the UK, said a concerned BBC reporter, stood to lose a significant number jobs due to a controversial policy being pursued by the SNP.



Michael Gove's schooldays
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Jun 2014 at 2:26pm

By George Kerevan
 
Michael Gove is the Scots born cabinet minister who finds himself in charge of schools in England.  But what was Gove like in his younger days.
 
Here George Kerevan takes an offbeat look at what classroom exchanges may have been like.



He's Escaped?!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jun 2014 at 9:27am

  By Derek Bateman
 
I?m not buying the Clever Conspiracy line over Gordon Brown messing up the No strategy. He has mined key initiatives carefully crafted over the months which have had to be held together in the face of glaring inconsistency and sometimes ridicule. He has left the Better Together leadership facing awkward questions and created a fissure in the united front for Unionism.



Ignore Obama?s Comments: There will be Deep Support in the US for Scottish In...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Jun 2014 at 3:53pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
Despite the howitzer blasts from the unionist media, US President Barack Obama did not ?intervene? in the Scottish independence debate.  He was merely uttering anodyne diplospeak to offer tepid support for David Cameron with which he was holding a joint press conference, likely at Cameron?s behest.  He could not have done otherwise, and nothing more should be read into it than that.



Vote No for Devo-More ... maybe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Jun 2014 at 4:53am

  By Lesley Riddoch

Does it look as if a No vote has become a vote for Devo More?
 
The Conservatives surprised many by completing a hat trick of unionist parties proposing more powers for Holyrood if Scots vote No on September 18th.  Lord Strathclyde?s Commission boldly recommended Scots should have full control over income tax and Housing Benefit payments, a step further than Labour and just behind the Lib Dems? plan to devolve most income tax along with Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax ? if any of their Scottish MPs survive the next election, that is.



Colonial and Corrupt ? Time?s up for BBC Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jun 2014 at 5:22pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
President Obama has spoken; the USA made a tragic mistake when it fought off colonial rule over 200 years ago.  America wants to rejoin the self-styled 'greatest Union on earth'.
 
OK, not quite, but what an interesting question it would have been to the US President ? why did they leave the UK when it was (then) a 100 year old success story?




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Scottish independence yes campaign attacked by John Reid as race tightens
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 10:12am

Former Labour minister accuses yes campaign of 'fantasies and wishful thinking' as polls show two sides almost neck and neck

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Pope's views on independence may have been misreported
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:40am

Media reports that the Pope said the case for Scottish independence should be "taken with lots of grains of salt" have been challenged after translations of the Pontiff’s words called them into question.



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Newspaper forced to withdraw article after levelling false claims against pro...
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:36am

A newspaper is facing the prospect of legal action after publishing false allegations against the editor of a popular pro-independence website.



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Yes group steps up bid to woo Labourites
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:23am
THE first national canvass of the working-class voters regarded as critical to the outcome of the independence referendum will take place next week, as the Yes side ramps up its efforts to win over traditional Labour supporters.

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An easy way to bury good news
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:16am
Finally, every time the Scottish Government and the Yes campaign are having to rebut, the good news, the news we want people in Scotland and especially, the undecideds, to hear and take on board, i...

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Kiss this love goodbye
by Peter A Bell
15 Jun 2014 at 5:05am
For our 2,500th post we wanted to say something positive about the media for a change, and the opportunity has presented itself, albeit in a sad way. BBC Radio Scotland's Sunday morning show "Headl...

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Open Letter to the so-called Cybernats - 10.01 Campaign
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 11:26am

To the useful idiots From Jim Sillars Dear All, I am sure...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Speaking of "useful idiots", what could be more "useful" to Better Together than an "idiot" who goes out of his way to confirm and perpetuate that outfit's despicable smear campaign against Scotland's independence ...



Record View: Politicians must unite against vile abusers
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 9:23am

RECORD VIEW says for Scotland’s sake, for the sake of our international reputation and for the sake of our political culture after this vote politicians must unite against the abusers.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What we all need to unite against is this vicious smear campaign being orchestrated by Bet...



The F Word
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 8:44am

It's constitutional Sesame Street on Bella today. Today's letter is F. In an attempt to give credibility to the Devo Nano proposals that lie about the constitutional house like bits o...



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Becoming the story
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 8:18am

The story in yesterday's Scotsman carrying outrageous and defamatory slurs against me has today vanished from its website. There's nothing by way of an apology or correction in the paper's page 2 c...

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Brian Wilson: Campbell Gunn part of SNP machine
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 8:15am

I have known Campbell Gunn for many years and, as a journalist, he was always perfectly fair in his dealings. The change of environment to the inner sanctums of nationalism does not seem to have been beneficial.
Peter A Bell's insight:

British nationalist fanatics such as Brian Wilson are never mor...



Tarff Advertiser: Making sense of the UK Media line.
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 7:14am

To get the smallest sniff of change in England feudal establishment which has remained entrenched since 1215 and the threat it posed to the English crown with the Magna Carta, a document that was only 'Law' for around six weeks, first Scotland has to vote 'Yes' in September - something the UK med...



Labour urges investigation into ?Gunngate? email
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 6:55am

ALEX Salmond was last night under renewed pressure to sack a spin doctor who briefed against a young mother, after Labour called on Scotland’s top civil servant to investigate.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is something rather sad about British Labour's efforts to milk the Gunn/Lally thing for vast...



Pro-Union campaign warned to keep it positive
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 6:25am

PRO-UK campaigners have been warned not to
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is no "pro-union" campaign. There is only an increasingly shrill and splenetic anti-independence campaign.

There is no positive message from the anti-independence campaign. There is only the unremitting, relentless, grinding ne...



Committee row expert seeks apology from SNP MSP
by Peter A Bell
14 Jun 2014 at 5:15am

A LEGAL expert is demanding a formal apology from an SNP MSP who he accused of treating him with “disrespect” during a Holyrood committee meeting.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Looking at the comments on this story it is striking how many people have immediately leapt to the conclusion that they were bei...




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John Niven: Rowling didn't decamp to London, she pays her taxes, she gives to...
by John Niven
15 Jun 2014 at 8:21am
JOHN hits out at the online trolls who abused JK Rowling after she waded into the independence debate with comments and a substantial donation to Better Together.


Independence poll shows Yes support is higher than ever with 43% of voters no...
by Gary Fanning
15 Jun 2014 at 5:18am
A PANELBASE poll has shaken Better Together campaigners and bolstered the Yes campaign after showing a record high in independence support.


Sunday Mail Opinion: Examples should be made of online trolls on either side ...
by dailyrecord
15 Jun 2014 at 2:30am
AS JK Rowling and Claire Lally came under internet scrutiny for their voting intentions this week, the Sunday Mail thinks that those extreme keyboard warriors should be cautioned by the police.


Nicola Sturgeon: Ban on nuclear weapons in Scotland will go ahead with Indepe...
by Mark Aitken
15 Jun 2014 at 2:25am
TRIDENT will be removed by 2020 with a Yes vote, promises the Deputy First Minister, as part of a newly written constitution for Scotland.


Johann Lamont MSP: Hillary Clinton is an ambassador for change, but she knows...
by dailyrecord
14 Jun 2014 at 1:59am
IT's always worth listening to Hillary Clinton when she speaks, says JOHANN, because she has a great track record for standing up for ordinary people and, in particular, ordinary women.


Pope Francis becomes third world figure to enter independence debate by voici...
by Keith McLeod
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Pope's comments on Scottish independence came after President Barak Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed their views on separation.


Record View: Politicians must unite against vile abusers
by Record View
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW says for Scotland?s sake, for the sake of our international reputation and for the sake of our political culture after this vote politicians must unite against the abusers.


Pope Francis the latest world figure to enter the independence debate by voic...
by Keith McLeod
13 Jun 2014 at 10:20am
HIS comments on the independence referendum follows President Barack Obama and former US Secretatry of State and First Lady, Hillary Clinton.


Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's independence comments will be a boost for ...
by Lindsey Archibald
13 Jun 2014 at 8:47am
MRS Clinton said she would "hate" Britain to "lose Scotland" while last week Mr Obama said he believed that the United Kingdom appears to have "worked pretty well".


Ukip leader Nigel Farage could face year in jail for allegedly failing to dec...
by James Lyons
13 Jun 2014 at 2:25am
The UKIP chief is said to have failed to tell the Electoral Commission about an office he has been loaned rent-fee for more than a decade


Hillary Clinton becomes latest powerful figure to intervene on the independen...
by Lindsey Archibald
13 Jun 2014 at 1:39am
THE former US secretary of state said she believes a yes vote would be a "loss for both sides" and she is hoping that it does not happen.


Can Ed Miliband save the Union? Pressure mounts on the Labour leader to secur...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Jun 2014 at 1:36am
A POLL for the Daily Record shows Scots would vote for independence if there is a hint that David Cameron will retain power with a Tory-led government in 2015.


Referendum: Queen refused Cameron calls to back Union
by dailyrecord
12 Jun 2014 at 12:42pm
THE Prime Minister reportedly asked the Monarch twice to voice her support but she insisted she stayed out of the Scottish independence debate.


Salmond defies call to sack spin doctor after he made false claims about camp...
by David Clegg
12 Jun 2014 at 11:54am
THE First Minister admitted Campbell Gunn had made a mistake over Clare Lally ? but he insisted he had not broken the code of conduct and could keep his job.


Alex Salmond faces calls to sack senior adviser over false claims he made abo...
by dailyrecord
12 Jun 2014 at 8:22am
SALMOND resisted calls from parties to sack senior special advisor Campbell Gunn - insisting he had not been "responsible for torrent of abuse" aimed at Clare Lally.


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BBC researchers have finally unmasked the evil SNP puppet master who has been...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:53pm
BBC researchers have finally unmasked the evil SNP puppet master who has been coordinating a torrent of vile online abuse by hordes of unwashed keyboard warriors known as cybernats.


Vile cybernat puppet master is unmasked by BBC
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond really is exactly like Lord Voldemo...

Finally, Salmond's cyberhenchman is uncovered.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:01pm
Finally, Salmond's cyberhenchman is uncovered.


Vile cybernat puppet master is unmasked by BBC
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond really is exactly like Lord Voldemort, except he's not imaginary and you CAN speak his name and anyway the SNP has always refused to send anyone to the House of Lords. Bu...

Red Toly, Blue Toly, Yellow Toly - Better Together? Mixing may change the col...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 10:38am
Red Toly, Blue Toly, Yellow Toly - Better Together?
Mixing may change the colour, but it can't hide the smell.




In an historic shift, the Orange Order has honoured the Pope's recent convers...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:50am
In an historic shift, the Orange Order has honoured the Pope's recent conversion to U-KOK membership by adding the Holy 'C' to the spelling of Pollokshaws.

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/760-orange-order-qappalled-and-dismayedq-as-pope-becomes-latest-u-kok-campaigner.html...

BBC Scotlandshire refutes the accusation that our coverage of the Pope's inte...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:18am
BBC Scotlandshire refutes the accusation that our coverage of the Pope's intervention to save the Union has been partial in any way whatsoever.

Our loyal readers will know our true motives in all that we do and the need to crush lying splittist scum like NewsNatz Scotland [spit].

How they per...

Members of the anti-independence Friends of the Union Better Together U-KOK L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm
Members of the anti-independence Friends of the Union Better Together U-KOK Labour United No Thanks campaign could hardly contain themselves on Friday when his excellency Pope Francis declared that he will be campaigning alongside them.


Orange Order 'appalled and dismayed' as Pope becomes latest U...

Seems like this has been going on for some time...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 10:13am
Seems like this has been going on for some time...




EXCLUSIVE: U-KOK advert filmed in BBC studios "not exactly a one-off incident...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 4:24am
EXCLUSIVE: U-KOK advert filmed in BBC studios "not exactly a one-off incident" claims insider. #IndyRef




It's all that Salmond's fault, say Westminster Boffins.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2014 at 4:32pm
It's all that Salmond's fault, say Westminster Boffins.


Alex Salmond to blame for abusive BritNat tweets, say ONS
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Natslanders carry the highest Cybernat Hyperbolic Index of Badness (CHIB) - a scale of nastiness which goes from 1 (anodyne) all the way to 11 (Full Separatis...

Coming soon to an overly-large, secret location near you. Be afraid. Be very...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2014 at 12:42pm
Coming soon to an overly-large, secret location near you.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And keep your hands on your pensions at all times.




In an article published on the Better Together website, Blare McDougall, who ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2014 at 2:18pm
In an article published on the Better Together website, Blare McDougall, who is the official head of U-KOK, said that a narrow victory for Yes would be "the worst of both worlds" and would leave a "deeply divided Scotland".


Extraordinarily, U-KOK head backs a vote for Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshi...

Ms JK Rowling (in it) conjures up a cool mil for Project Fear - funding 2/3 o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2014 at 1:12pm
Ms JK Rowling (in it) conjures up a cool mil for Project Fear - funding 2/3 of their entire spending limit.

The other 1/3 comes from our friend and benefactor, sanction -busting tax-evading war-criminal-funding Ian Taylor of Vitol.

Nonetheless, it's nice to see U-KOK getting their first ever d...

Sometimes. when someone makes a complaint, you just have to put your hands up...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2014 at 2:21pm
Sometimes. when someone makes a complaint, you just have to put your hands up...


BBC Scotlandshire gives the leveson right to reply to a complainant
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Both we and the satirical BBC Scotland may be organs of the state with appalling levels of political bias, but we at least ...

It's the last stop for Anus as his boss plays the chippie clippie.
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2014 at 12:26pm
It's the last stop for Anus as his boss plays the chippie clippie.


With 100 days left, Sarwar gets his ticket punched as Lamont says, 'C'moan, get aff!'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
£300 a day, and tax free at that, for just turning up to enjoy a delicious lunch at the tax-payers expense

Sometimes, satire is unnecessary!
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jun 2014 at 1:28pm
Sometimes, satire is unnecessary!


Alex Salmond Is A 'Prototype Dictator' And 'Master Of The Borg'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Co**burn said: They're not ramming it home hard enough. No comment required.


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Why Vote Yes?
by bellacaledonia
15 Jun 2014 at 4:44pm
With Jonathon Shafi … Filed under: Film and Animation Tagged: Jonathon Shafi, RIC


The F Word
by bellacaledonia
14 Jun 2014 at 8:16am
By Mike Small It’s constitutional Sesame Street on Bella today. Today’s letter is F. In an attempt to give credibility to the Devo Nano proposals that lie about the constitutional house like bits of broken furniture, many articles have been... Read More ›


Closer Launch
by bellacaledonia
13 Jun 2014 at 4:27am
The next issue of Closer magazine launches this Saturday featuring fourteen writers, artists and thinkers on how to create a democracy in Scotland. It also includes a free commemorative poster by Noel Douglas. You can BUY YOUR COPY HERE and... Read More ›


Spin and Smear
by bellacaledonia
12 Jun 2014 at 7:28am
The Better Together campaign has been one extended smear operation and the permanent attacks on Yes supporters as abusive and aggressive has been part of that campaign from day one.


Language and Largs
by bellacaledonia
12 Jun 2014 at 4:50am
When a languages dies, it is gone forever, only the whistle of the wind through grass, the gurgle of the moor burn at night, left to answer its ghost. While the tongues of the Pirahã and Cherokee are of equal value in the mesmerising tapestry of world culture and language, only Scotland can save ...

Scottish Mainland Oil and Gas
by bellacaledonia
12 Jun 2014 at 4:24am
PAPER ? 2 SCOTTISH MAINLAND (ONSHORE) OIL AND GAS : `A SONG STILL TO BE SUNG`. By William Cameron McLaughlin BA(Hons), MBA The reaction the writer usually gets from most people when mainland or onshore Scottish oil and gas is... Read More ›


The Real State of Scotland?s Oil and Gas Reserves
by bellacaledonia
11 Jun 2014 at 8:02am
The first of a two-part contribution by WILLIAM C. McLAUGHLIN BA (Hons), MBA PAPER 1 ? SCOTLANDS ATLANTIC MARGIN and ESTUARY RESERVES. PAPER 2 ? SCOTLAND?S ONSHORE RESERVES Introduction Bill ?Big Mac? McLaughlin worked as a consultant to industry, he... Read More ›


Talking to the Nay Sayers
by bellacaledonia
11 Jun 2014 at 6:51am
By Peter Arnott Is Scotland a real place? Is democracy the best form of government? Answer ?Yes? to both of these questions? Then you have to vote Yes on September 18th. In case that wording is problematic, let us ask... Read More ›


Alan Smart talks to Bellavision
by bellacaledonia
11 Jun 2014 at 3:46am
Veteran Labour activist turned singer-songwriter Alan Smart talked to Bellavision at a wet Yes in the Park event about his journey to Yes … Filed under: Bellavision Tagged: #indyref, Bellavision, Yes in the Park


You Have Entered the Twilight Zone
by bellacaledonia
10 Jun 2014 at 10:16am
So here’s the four versions of the Alistair Darling interview with editor Jason Cowley: Print version 1: “I suggest to him that Salmond has successfully redfined the SNP as representing a civic nationalism. “Which it isn’t,” Darling says. But, I... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: clan chiefs to declare neutral stance - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Jun 2014 at 9:21am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: clan chiefs to declare neutral stance
Telegraph.co.uk
The body which represents some of Scotland's most influential clan chiefs will declare its neutrality over independence this week, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (SCS...


Polls show Scottish independence vote is closer than ever - Reuters UK
15 Jun 2014 at 10:57am

Reuters UK

Polls show Scottish independence vote is closer than ever
Reuters UK
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The campaign for Scottish independence continues to gain ground against its pro-union rival, two surveys showed on Sunday, as pollsters near consensus that the race is getting ever-tighter ahead of ...


Scottish independence: nuclear free promise for constitution - BBC News
14 Jun 2014 at 9:56pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: nuclear free promise for constitution
BBC News
The removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil should be part of a post-independence constitution, according to Scotland's deputy first minister. Nicola Sturgeon said a legal obligation to work for nuclear disarmament ...


Pope Francis Voices Fears Over Scottish Independence, Asks If Case For It Is ...
14 Jun 2014 at 10:07pm

BBC News

Pope Francis Voices Fears Over Scottish Independence, Asks If Case For It Is ...
Huffington Post UK
... Pope Francis highlight just how important the decision we have to make in September is." Daily Brief. A spokesman for the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign said: "As His Holiness say...


Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson answers your questions - BBC News
15 Jun 2014 at 8:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson answers your questions
BBC News
In the latest in a series of BBC Scotland referendum webcasts, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson answers your questions. Speaking to presenter Isobel Fraser, Ms Davidson said she might be persuaded to back a curre...


Only a Few Will Decide on What Could Be a Big Shift for Britain - New York Times
12 Jun 2014 at 9:26am

New York Times

Only a Few Will Decide on What Could Be a Big Shift for Britain
New York Times
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, the leaders of the Scottish National Party, in front of a sign indicating the date of Scotland's independence referendum outside Parliament in Edinburgh. Credit David Moir/...


Scottish independence: Group of former university chiefs back Scotland in UK ...
15 Jun 2014 at 10:49am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Group of former university chiefs back Scotland in UK
BBC News
Nine former principals of Scottish universities have signed a joint statement backing Scotland remaining in the UK. The senior academics argued that independence would put research funding from UK-wide bod...


Scottish independence: Campaigners condemn online abuse - BBC News
15 Jun 2014 at 8:55am

Scottish independence: Campaigners condemn online abuse
BBC News
Labour MSP Jackie Baillie and Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins have condemned online abuse in Scotland's referendum campaign. Ms Baillie, who supports the Union, said the debate had reached a "new low" after author JK Rowlin...


Former STUC leader voices support for Scottish independence - stv.tv
15 Jun 2014 at 2:34am

Former STUC leader voices support for Scottish independence
stv.tv
Pat Kelly, who was once president of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said he was convinced that independence was the right option for Scotland and the Scottish Labour party. He said: "My support for independence is based on far ...


Pope backs Scottish NO vote on independence after Hillary Clinton, Obama and ...
14 Jun 2014 at 8:02am

Daily Mail

Pope backs Scottish NO vote on independence after Hillary Clinton, Obama and ...
Daily Mail
The Pope entered Scotland's independence debate yesterday, saying he would be worried by a vote to split up the UK. Pope Francis said the break-up of countries such as the former Yugoslavia that ha...



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Former SNP leader joins opposition calls for Gunn to go - The Times (subscrip...
15 Jun 2014 at 5:31pm

The Times (subscription)

Former SNP leader joins opposition calls for Gunn to go
The Times (subscription)
Published 1 minute ago. Campbell Gunn, the beleaguered spin doctor, was last night under renewed pressure to quit after a former leader of the SNP said that he believed that the Scottish governm...


Labour urged to support reindustrialisation plans - SNP (press release)
15 Jun 2014 at 3:51am

Labour urged to support reindustrialisation plans
SNP (press release)
The SNP has called on the Labour party to put aside the politics around the referendum and to unite in support of the Scottish Government's plans to reindustrialise Scotland after a Yes vote. The Scottish Government has announced...


Week of woe for Lib Dems - SNP (press release)
15 Jun 2014 at 3:35am

Week of woe for Lib Dems
SNP (press release)
The SNP is highlighting a week of woe for the Lib Dems? after their two most senior figures in Scotland were all over the place on a series of key issues. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, appeared before a Scottish Parliament committee t...


SNP condemn calls for more UKIP peers - SNP (press release)
15 Jun 2014 at 9:48am

SNP condemn calls for more UKIP peers
SNP (press release)
UKIP and the unelected House of Lords are two extremely good reasons to vote Yes in September. With a Yes vote we will no longer waste around £50m each year on a Westminster system that sees unelected peers paid up to £300 a day simply for t...


Sarwar refuses to back Johann Lamont's leadership - SNP (press release)
15 Jun 2014 at 8:01am

Sarwar refuses to back Johann Lamont's leadership
SNP (press release)
?It's no wonder that senior figures in Labour are starting to ask questions about Johann Lamont's leadership ?the latest Scottish Parliament voting intention poll showed the party languishing 18 points behind the SNP. ?And with L...


Poll: Scots trust Holyrood more than Westminster - Scotsman
15 Jun 2014 at 7:29am

Scotsman

Poll: Scots trust Holyrood more than Westminster
Scotsman
Better Nation founder James Mackenzie said the poll suggested that if the SNP focused on the referendum, instead of trying to win both that vote and the 2016 Scottish elections, a majority of Scots could be persuaded to back independ...


The week Scotland fell victim to cybernuttery - Herald Scotland
14 Jun 2014 at 9:08pm

The week Scotland fell victim to cybernuttery
Herald Scotland
Normally sensible people took to trawling the sewers of the internet for vile abuse, reposting it and then claiming it was an "SNP-co-ordinated cybernat" attack on women in public life, including JK Rowling. One of the most mild-mannered...


Nicola Sturgeon: Ban on nuclear weapons in Scotland will go ahead with ... - ...
15 Jun 2014 at 2:34am

Scottish Daily Record

Nicola Sturgeon: Ban on nuclear weapons in Scotland will go ahead with ...
Scottish Daily Record
And the SNP pledge after a Yes vote is that an interim constitution would propose the removal of nuclear weapons and a permanent one after 2016 would state they can never again be b...


If nukes do become illegal does SNP think Nato will let us join? - Express.co.uk
14 Jun 2014 at 7:11pm

Express.co.uk

If nukes do become illegal does SNP think Nato will let us join?
Express.co.uk
THE SNP Government has been told Scotland will not be allowed to join Nato as an independent nation if ministers ban nuclear weapons in a constitution. By: Paula Murray. Published: Sun, June 15, 2014. Snp, G...


Euan McColm: Gunn must be fired for SNP integrity - Scotsman
14 Jun 2014 at 6:02pm

Euan McColm: Gunn must be fired for SNP integrity
Scotsman
A civil servant working for the First Minister of Scotland is caught passing inaccurate information about a woman to a journalist. The only logical explanation for this act is that it was hoped the information might undermine the authority ...



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Scottish independence: Referendum debate 'tearing families apart' - The Indep...
15 Jun 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: Referendum debate 'tearing families apart'
The Independent
The ICM poll also found that 21 per cent admitted that discussions about how they should vote in the independence referendum had degenerated into rows with friends or relatives. The poll, for the Scotla...


Scotland independence debate heats up ahead of referendum - CNN
10 Jun 2014 at 9:51am

Press TV

Scotland independence debate heats up ahead of referendum
CNN
It's a vote that could end Scotland's 300-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Activists on both sides are stepping up their e...


Former Scottish university principals back referendum No vote - stv.tv
14 Jun 2014 at 8:02pm

Former Scottish university principals back referendum No vote
stv.tv
In a joint statement, nine former principals Scottish universities expressed their support for a No vote in the independence referendum. The academics said there are two "fundamental risks" which will arise from leaving the UK. "T...


Ex-university heads warn of independence risks - The Times (subscription)
15 Jun 2014 at 5:31pm

The Times (subscription)

Ex-university heads warn of independence risks
The Times (subscription)
The ?brightest and best future? for higher education in Scotland is to remain in the UK, according to a group of former university principals. In a joint statement, they have expressed their support for ...


Scottish independence: Who are the big and small money referendum donors? - B...
11 Jun 2014 at 9:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who are the big and small money referendum donors?
BBC News
On the other side of the debate, lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir have given £3.5m to Yes Scotland since its launch. The Electoral Commission laid down strict rules around how much each side can spend dur...


Lamont: Referendum is not Scotland's most important decision - stv.tv
14 Jun 2014 at 8:48am

stv.tv

Lamont: Referendum is not Scotland's most important decision
stv.tv
The independence referendum is not the most important vote Scotland has ever faced, according to Labour leader Johann Lamont. Ms Lamont played down the September 18 vote in response to those who say it is the most important d...


Referendum: Scots voters demand to know bill for independence infrastructure ...
14 Jun 2014 at 6:08pm

Scotland Now

Referendum: Scots voters demand to know bill for independence infrastructure ...
Scotland Now
But earlier this week Scotland's chief economic adviser Gary Gillespie told MSPs that no additional work ? other than what is already in the white paper ? had been carried out on the set-up cos...


Scottish referendum set to be the most gambled on political event ever - The ...
14 Jun 2014 at 10:44am

Scottish referendum set to be the most gambled on political event ever
The Independent
William Hill one of Britain's biggest three bookmakers has said that the Scottish referendum is set to earn the company more than any other political vote or event including the general election. Graham Sharpe a ...


Scots Referendum: Polls Reveal Complex Story - Sky News
9 Jun 2014 at 5:13pm

BBC News

Scots Referendum: Polls Reveal Complex Story
Sky News
The polling evidence with 100 days to go in Scotland's referendum campaign suggests that voters will reject independence from the UK. Although the gap between Alex Salmond's Yes camp and the Better Together campaigners - a cross-party co...


Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson answers your questions - BBC News
15 Jun 2014 at 8:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ruth Davidson answers your questions
BBC News
In the latest in a series of BBC Scotland referendum webcasts, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson answers your questions. Speaking to presenter Isobel Fraser, Ms Davidson said she might be persuaded to back a curre...



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Now It Looks Certain That Scotland Will Vote No
15 Jun 2014 at 5:35pm

Can we all get back to supporting the National team without all the pish Nat comments .

 

We are ...



Captain Scarlet - Deid
15 Jun 2014 at 3:59pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27859814

Gordon Wilson On Scottish Independence
15 Jun 2014 at 10:20am

 

 

Just uploaded this - some great stuff from Gordon Wilson.



David Cameron And British Values
15 Jun 2014 at 10:09am

keeps yattering on about children learning British values .... does he not mean "English Values" ...



Bunny Goes To Ground
15 Jun 2014 at 5:46am

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/actor-sam-kelly-who-starred-7269342...



Fm Q&a On Forth 2 Now
15 Jun 2014 at 5:39am

http://radioplayer.forth2.com/live/



New Poll Results
15 Jun 2014 at 3:39am
http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/home-news/yes-48-no-52-breakthrough-poll-has-yes-at-rec...

Why Should We Have A Football Team
14 Jun 2014 at 10:37pm

We shouldn't.

 

We could have the most absurb situation and going by polls, it might well happen....



Another New Poll
14 Jun 2014 at 5:15pm
Panelbase yes 48% no 52%. In Sunday herald tomorrow.

Also a story about the truth behind the cyb...

Board Clock
14 Jun 2014 at 4:47pm

Its 4 minutes out for me, any idea how to correct?




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Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
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Scottish independence referendum week in review: from JK Rowling to Hillary C...
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 8:52am

With 100-ish days to go, light and shade from another seven days of campaigning

Cannae be arsed th...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of comp...



Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron TV ...
by Severin Carrell
10 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm

The former prime minister has gone off-script by backing proposals from his arch enemy Alex Salmo...



Scottish independence referendum: here come the pledge cards
by Libby Brooks
9 Jun 2014 at 11:48am

With one hundred days to go until the vote, the campaigns have brought out their pocket-sized gui...



Obama's Scottish independence intervention gets a cautious reaction
by Libby Brooks Severin Carrell
7 Jun 2014 at 5:21am

Campaigners on both sides of referendum debate remain uncertain about long-term impact of US pre...



Scottish independence week in review: from Obama to Lego via Kim Jong-il
by Libby Brooks
6 Jun 2014 at 9:23am

Highs and lows from another seven days of referendum campaigning, plus an exclusive new rap from ...



What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?
by Libby Brooks
4 Jun 2014 at 8:17am

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits syst...



Scottish independence, Gordon Brown and the power of no
by Libby Brooks
4 Jun 2014 at 2:55am

Campaign bites: United With Labour launch their referendum campaign at the City Halls, Glasgow

"He...



Scottish independence: this week in the referendum campaign
by Libby Brooks
23 May 2014 at 3:19am

What went down while you were out - inequality, religion, European elections and the Proclaimers

M...



Scottish independence referendum by phone: 'Even yes voters were polite'
by Libby Brooks
21 May 2014 at 5:45am

Campaign Bites: an evening of Blether Together telephone canvassing with pro-union volunteers fro...



This week in the #indyref campaign
by Libby Brooks
16 May 2014 at 3:29am

Mixed boilings, Darling dismay and David Cameron's two-day trip: highlights from the week's Scott...



"They reminded me of a couple of fishwives"
by Libby Brooks
15 May 2014 at 5:02am

Largs residents on negativity in the Scottish referendum campaign

Largs is one of a handful of sea...




Healing and reconciliation become new buzzwords in Scottish independence battle
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 May 2014 at 8:47am
The anniversary of the opening of the Scottish parliament and the death of John Smith, have coinc...

Campaign Bites: the Radical Independence Campaign in Inverness
by Libby Brooks
12 May 2014 at 3:35am

Members of the young, green, socialist campaign for Scottish independence explain what they're ab...



Your Friday Scottish #indyref round-up
by Libby Brooks
9 May 2014 at 8:31am

Risky voters, lottery winners and partisan cats: another handful of highlights from the Scottish ...




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

The unrounded Panelbase figures are even better for Yes
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2014 at 10:38am
Panelbase have got into the rather refreshing habit of releasing the datasets for their Sunday po...

Pro-independence campaign close the gap to just 7% in dramatic poll from "gol...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 6:18pm
The second referendum poll of this evening is now out, from the firm that is often regarded as th...

Pro-independence campaign surge to 48% in spectacular new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm
The Sunday Herald have just tweeted the results of this weekend's new Panelbase poll (with Don't ...

Coming soon, to a blog near you...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 3:48pm
In case you haven't heard, we'll shortly be discovering the results of two new referendum polls -...

Is it time for the Yes campaign to play hardball against gutter journalism?
by James Kelly
12 Jun 2014 at 10:41pm
VICTORIA : It's a fossil.

THE DOCTOR : Victoria, be careful. Let me see that. Yes, it's certainly...

Pro-independence campaign close the gap to just 5% in sensational new Survati...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 5:10pm
Based only on some very insubstantial straws in the wind, I've had a slight feeling that the dire...

TNS-BMRB poll : Support for independence stands at 45% among definite voters ...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 9:42am
As I said last night, the aspect of the new TNS-BMRB poll that will be of most interest to the Ye...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The more things change, the more they stay the same...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
"The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name ...

TNS-BMRB poll suggests Yes campaign have retained their big gains among defin...
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2014 at 6:30pm
This month's edition of the TNS-BMRB referendum poll has just been released, and it shows an almo...

Breaking : ICM change their question sequence again
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2014 at 12:21am
A week has passed since the last full-scale referendum poll was released, but we should certainly...

Whatever else may be true about this campaign, it's not true that "Better Tog...
by James Kelly
9 Jun 2014 at 10:30am
Of the many objectionable things that journalists tend to do in their coverage of opinion polls, ...

Those in glass houses and all that...
by James Kelly
7 Jun 2014 at 7:25pm
Kenny Farquharson of Scotland on Sunday, in a tweet about the Populus poll which so far has been ...

Populus poll : Most Scots think they would regret voting against independence
by James Kelly
7 Jun 2014 at 9:05am
The mist has cleared somewhat on the Populus poll that we heard the early details of last night, ...

UPDATED : Populus puts support for independence at 46% - but is it an unweigh...
by James Kelly
6 Jun 2014 at 5:16pm
Thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for pointing out that the SNP's Twitter feed is reporting...

DODGY POLL ANALYSIS KLAXON + + + Yes, it's Fraser Nelson again + + + DODGY PO...
by James Kelly
6 Jun 2014 at 10:57am
It almost seems absurd to home in on this relatively minor detail from an epically offensive arti...


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With a Yes we can feel more of the benefit of our nation's great wealth
by Stephen Noon
15 Jun 2014 at 2:58pm
Video of m4-kwTwr3nY

With independence we can turn a wealthy country into a rich society so tha...



Scotland is one of the world's wealthiest nations
by Stephen Noon
15 Jun 2014 at 2:52pm
Video of SxaQxZBXPpI

Here are sixteen key facts which add up to a bright and successful future ...



Cameron McNeish: Why I?m voting Yes
by Peter Dempsie
15 Jun 2014 at 5:44am
IN 45 years of climbing mountains and exploring wild places in all corners of the world I?ve lear...

Former STUC president and leading Labour figure declares support for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
15 Jun 2014 at 3:12am
Pat Kelly, a former president of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and prominent Labour Party me...

Yes support climbs to campaign high
by Peter Dempsie
14 Jun 2014 at 6:42pm
Yes Scotland today published a new poll, commissioned by the pro-independence campaign and conduc...

The only word on my lips on September 18 will be Yes, says River City star
by Peter Dempsie
14 Jun 2014 at 1:38am
River City favourite Keira Lucchesi has declared her support for a Yes vote, joining a growing li...

Briefing: Yes to better support for our carers
by Stuart McDonald
13 Jun 2014 at 11:29am

This weekend marks the culmination of Carers Week which seeks to raise awareness and improve the ...



A Yes vote can revitalise Scotland?s industry
by Angus Millar
13 Jun 2014 at 6:39am
Independence means we can revitalise Scotland?s industry, implementing an ambitious reindustriali...

Poll success as a majority of young people say Yes
by Peter Dempsie
13 Jun 2014 at 6:08am
More of Scotland?s young people are moving to Yes according to a new poll by Survation. A majorit...

Yes will start a race to the top on wages
by Cailean Gallagher
12 Jun 2014 at 7:50am
The latest jobs figures show the rise in Scotland?s wages has come to a stuttering halt. After a ...

Poll shows Yes vote is within reach as gap continues to narrow
by Sean Lafferty
12 Jun 2014 at 2:10am
Yes Scotland today welcomed a new poll which shows the pro-independence campaign continues to clo...

The campaign for Scottish independence has reached new heights - the roof of ...
by Peter Dempsie
11 Jun 2014 at 4:36am
Two Yes supporters unfurled a Saltire within minutes of achieving their goal, the summit of Mount...

Senior Labour Party official backs Yes
by Peter Dempsie
11 Jun 2014 at 4:26am
A senior Labour Party official helping run the constituency of two shadow ministers at Westminste...

100 days to go and 100 years apart
by Sean Lafferty
10 Jun 2014 at 9:00am
With Scotland reaching the 100 day mark to our referendum date with destiny, centenarian and Worl...

More high school debate wins for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
10 Jun 2014 at 6:48am
A debate at St Mungo?s Academy in Glasgow on Monday saw the Yes side win 59% of the vote, with No...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

After the bickering of the past couple of days..
12 Jun 2014 at 12:55pm

.. here's something beautiful. Enjoy.

 



The Independence Vote, Afterwards.
12 Jun 2014 at 11:35am

Having lived away from Scotland for over 18 years and not eligible to vote I haven't taken as muc...



'NO' vote. No More Scottish fitba' team
11 Jun 2014 at 4:51pm
The Brits aren't too popular on planet FIFA. Especially among African and Carribean countries. I...

another rich english toff sticking their nose in
11 Jun 2014 at 4:57am

another member of the english elite who has no idea what its like to be a working class person li...



No Thanks!
10 Jun 2014 at 3:28pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27779131

 

 

The No camp really do seem t...



Registering to vote
10 Jun 2014 at 6:29am
I'll be a 1st time voter in September but I'm not sure how to go about registering. I printed off...

Alistair Darling telt on the news
9 Jun 2014 at 4:24pm
Did anyone see stv news today?
Darling was campaigning in Edinburgh and some wee jake ball did th...

Common Weal
9 Jun 2014 at 11:49am

I'm surprised that there isn't already a thread on this, but I would imagine that it merited one ...



100 days to go
9 Jun 2014 at 4:05am
Right, 100 days left, official campaigning just started the other week.

What can we expect to se...

Good Kevin McKenna article
8 Jun 2014 at 12:06pm

I agree with a lot of the point he parsed about here, illustrating why defending the union is bec...



Labour MP supports independence
6 Jun 2014 at 9:40am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27737476



Obama's Intervention
5 Jun 2014 at 4:17pm

Anyone else pissed off with BBC News of Obama's "intervention"? The diminutive Douglas Alexander ...



Tories on further Devolution
1 Jun 2014 at 2:45pm
Interesting development being reported ahead of the publication of the Strathclyde Commission's r...

FAO No Voters
1 Jun 2014 at 1:50pm

If this has been done before then feel free to delete it or merge.

 

I've tried asking a few peop...



Funny or offensive?
30 May 2014 at 9:19am

I was alerted to this last night. A wee image I'd made and put on Facebook has been printed off a...




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Scottish independence yes campaign attacked by John Reid as race tightens
by Libby Brooks
15 Jun 2014 at 7:37am
Former Labour minister accuses yes campaign of 'fantasies and wishful thinking' as polls show two sides almost neck and neck

The former Labour cabinet minister John Reid has accused the campaign for...




The referendum campaign's not toxic, but intoxicating | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
14 Jun 2014 at 2:05pm
As the Scottish independence vote nears, Better Together is getting desperate and making embarrassing mistakes

Fewer than 100 sunsets now until dawn breaks on Scotland's fateful day and the campaig...




Gordon Brown: independence could hit lottery funding for Scottish projects
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
Former prime minster says many Scottish cultural institutions would be unable to access millions of pounds of grants

Gordon Brown has predicted that major Scottish arts, community and cultural proje...




Pope enters Scottish independence debate with warning against division
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 11:15am
Pope Francis says every independence movement is different, but separation of countries must be 'handled with tweezers'

A papal warning about the consequences of national division has been interpret...




Scottish independence would change England more than Scotland | Deborah Orr
by Deborah Orr
13 Jun 2014 at 8:31am
JK Rowling is right that kneejerk, sentimental patriotism is unappealing but why wouldn't Scotland want to govern itself, with UK democracy in such a parlous state?

Alarmed by the aggressive timbre ...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of company and quango boards but what about the Scottish parliament, where her own party lags behind on gen...




Hillary Clinton: I would hate Britain to lose Scotland
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01am
Former US secretary of state says she believes a yes vote in the independence referendum would be a loss for both sides

Hillary Clinton has become the latest significant international figure to offe...




What's good for Scotland is good for Britain too | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
12 Jun 2014 at 3:01pm

While it was good to see the Better Together campaign finally being urged to accept that its negative campaign has not worked in Scotland (It's not Scotland v Britain, 10 June), Gordon Brown contin...




Independence for Scots may close off BBC, says Gordon Brown
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 Jun 2014 at 2:01pm
Former PM says economics of split will adversely affect TV licence payers, as well as pensions, jobs and healthcare funds

Gordon Brown has warned that Scottish families face losing their favourite B...




'Cybernat' attacks on JK Rowling won't sway Scottish voters | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
12 Jun 2014 at 11:19am
Online abuse is emanating from both sides, but voters unsure about Scottish independence are more likely to react to serious policy than sniping

Time and the Scottish Charity Regulator will tell if ...




Alex Salmond will not sack adviser over email attacking Better Together speaker
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03am
First minister says Campbell Gunn has not broken civil service code by suggesting Clare Lally lied about her links to Labour

Alex Salmond has refused to sack a special adviser who suggested the moth...




Scottish charity investigated after Twitter abuse targets JK Rowling
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
11 Jun 2014 at 2:39pm
Author called a 'bitch', following her £1m donation to the no campaign in the Scottish independence referendum

The Scottish charities regulator is making "urgent inquiries" after a charity called JK...




Gordon Brown is right: federalism is on its way if the Scots shun independenc...
by Martin Kettle
11 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm
The F-word is on the UK's agenda there is no going back to undivided Westminster rule

On my shelves I have several books by Gordon Brown. One or two, I must confess, have barely been opened. The Ch...




Will celebrity endorsement sway yes or no vote in Scotland?
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
11 Jun 2014 at 5:48am
JK Rowling has backed the Better Together campaign but academics are undecided on whether people care what Irvine Welsh or Susan Boyle say

The endorsement of the anti-independence campaign by JK Row...




JK Rowling donates £1m to Scotland's anti-independence campaign
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
11 Jun 2014 at 3:59am
Harry Potter author backs Better Together campaign saying it would be a 'historically bad mistake' to leave the UK
Will celebrity endorsement sway voters?

JK Rowling, the multimillionaire author of...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Groupthink
by weegingerdug
15 Jun 2014 at 10:47am
There was an interesting interview with Scottish journalist Iain MacWhirter published today in the Basque newspaper Deia. In the interview, Iain talks about the decision taken by the Sunday Herald ...

Searching for a miracle
by weegingerdug
14 Jun 2014 at 7:14am
Better Together No Thanks, shortly to be rerebranded as BeTNoTh because the perfect brand image for the Union is casino capitalism presented by a BBC weather announcer, are in a spot of betterbothe...

Not caring
by weegingerdug
13 Jun 2014 at 8:21am
There have been a number of interesting developments in the independence debate over the past few days. Gordie Broon drove his clunking fist through the middle of the tissue of lies, wishful thinki...

Yes please
by weegingerdug
12 Jun 2014 at 11:33am
Several of you have asked for “Yes please” buttons and posters. Happy to oblige. Update: Added several more “Yes Please” slogans. So many reasons, I could go on for days doing this … Update 2: Frid...

Revenge of the 1980s VW camper van ? Taking back no thanks
by weegingerdug
11 Jun 2014 at 5:38pm
The most famous “No Thanks” slogan was “Nuclear power, No thanks”.  Auld Eurohippies everywhere would be horrified to see what Better Together – fans of nuclear weapons and nuclear power stations –...

The No Slogan Slogan Paradox
by weegingerdug
11 Jun 2014 at 6:37am
Better Together has unveiled its new campaigning slogan because “better together” just wasn’t working for them. It’s difficult to make the claim that you’re better together when your own campaign t...

The clunking fistula
by weegingerdug
10 Jun 2014 at 2:04pm
The clunking fist has clunked again. Gordie’s gone and punched above his weight right through the middle of Alistair Darling’s carefully contrived strategy to frighten seven shades of shite out of ...

Gordon Brown ? the Strangled Version
by weegingerdug
9 Jun 2014 at 10:57pm
Gordon Brown, vain and pompous Spinning round like his moral compass Had no vision Lost the election What a let down is Gordon Brown When PM, Scotland got no look But he’s got vision now he’s touti...

100 days until the door opens
by weegingerdug
9 Jun 2014 at 12:12pm
There was a nice wee story from the Basque Country that got lost amidst the Obamahoo and the AndyMurrayha that’s dominated the press over the past few days. Last week final year students in Basque ...

Scotland?s Big Yes/No Debate
by weegingerdug
9 Jun 2014 at 6:13am
A guest video post by David Milligan This is the first in a planned series of videos from the Facebook group Scotland’s Big Yes/No Debate.  With over 10,000 members, the group offers a sane and res...


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Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear stance is one of the few pieces of political radicalism, along wi...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburgh and London, and a shared frame that could have been designed between them to drive down turnout. T...

Who might Scotland have elected under STV?
by James
27 May 2014 at 10:31am
This excellent question was asked this morning by ERS Scotland, and it’s of course impossible to tell, because we all (well, a third of us) filled in a ballot paper with a single X on it, and becau...

Swedish pluralism means Nigel might get some friends in Brussels and the Gree...
by Dom
27 May 2014 at 1:48am
How the European elections play out in different countries is highly dependent on which system of election the member state uses. The British regional list system (including Wales and Scotland, but...

Final YouGov poll for Scotland is utterly clear
by James
22 May 2014 at 4:22am
Last night I blogged about the downsides of the Euro electoral system and the tactical voting it encourages. I argued that there were two seats in contention, and they could be between any of the T...

Tomorrow?s forgotten voters
by James
21 May 2014 at 3:41pm
The very roughly proportional electoral system for the Euro elections gives us no more nuanced a vote than Westminster, a simple crude X with not even a second preference. As with all systems that ...

Have we reached peak Guardian?
by Dom
16 May 2014 at 8:55am
For a while I was the only one reading the Guardian, or so I thought. It started off with me reading the paper Guardian with a cup of coffee. Occasionally I?d laugh at the odd meta-article that cre...


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