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Labour spat over Baillie vow to scrap bedroom tax
LABOUR will scrap the so-called bedroom tax if it regains power at the 2015 General Election, the party's Scottish?welfare spokeswoman said yesterday.

Anger as Rennie accuses SNP of 'holding the future of children hostage'
ALEX Salmond is holding children "hostage", the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie?Rennie claimed yesterday, prompting a furious rebuke from the SNP.

Clegg hits out at 'bizarre' Tories
NICK Clegg last night attacked his Conservative partners in the Coalition for "bizarre" and heartless ideas on employment, in a sure sign the LibDems are trying to distance themselves from the Tories ahead of the next General Election.

Battle for Dunfermline begins as parties select their candidates
THE fight for the Dunfermline by-election will begin in earnest over the next 24 hours, as Labour and the SNP select the candidates they hope will replace Bill Walker on October 24.

Walker had endorsed 'disgraceful' statement
WIFE-beater Bill Walker endorsed a "disgraceful" statement attacking one of his abuse victims, according to a leaked conversation with his former spin doctor.

Councillor's fury at controversial Games sponsor
ALLOWING the welfare benefits test company Atos to sponsor the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a "major mistake" which could mire the event in controversy, a city politician has warned.

Sturgeon says sorry for ignoring Bill Walker warnings
THE Deputy First Minister has personally apologised to the whistleblower who warned the SNP about wife-beater Bill Walker's violent past.

Sheridan gave lecture to social work students
GLASGOW Caledonian University has been criticised after perjurer Tommy Sheridan was allowed to address first-year social work students.

Thank LibDems 'for pulling UK out of slump'
DANNY Alexander says he has a mission between now and the 2015 General Election to ensure the Liberal Democrats "get the credit we deserve" for their essential role in pulling Britain out its slump and putting it back on the road to recovery.

Leader claims Greens the only alternative
English Green Party leader Natalie Bennett claimed her party was the only credible alternative to "three virtually indistinguishable neo-liberal parties".

Pair resign from regeneration company
TEMPORARY replacements have been appointed to a regeneration company accused of failing to meet key targets on jobs, homes and investment after its chairman and chief executive quit.

Lib Dems 'vital to economy'
BRITAIN'S economic recovery is down to the Liberal Democrats' very difficult decision to go into coalition with the Conservatives three and a half years ago, Danny Alexander will announce today.

Rennie: SNP is holding children to ransom over early years care
The Scottish Government is being accused of holding a generation of children to ransom with its approach to early-years care provision.

LibDem gathering to boost Glasgow
MORE than 5000 people are due to descend on Glasgow this weekend for the Liberal Democrats annual autumn conference.

Bill 'will outlaw union blacklists'
ALEX Salmond has pledged to use a new Procurement Bill to outlaw blacklisting against trade unionists and to help local communities and smaller companies benefit from public contracts.


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William Hague to meet Iran?s foreign minister
15 Sep 2013 at 11:44am

FOREIGN Secretary William Hague is to meet the Iranian foreign minister in a sign of a possible thaw in relations with Tehran following the election of new President Hassan Rouhani.



Salmond: Royal Mail sale should follow referendum
15 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

PLANS to privatise the Royal Mail should be put on hold until after the Scottish independence referendum, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.



Labour name Cara Hilton as Dunfermline candidate
15 Sep 2013 at 10:04am

LABOUR have named Cara Hilton as their candidate for the Dunfermline by-election.



Charles Kennedy: Euro switch a generation away
15 Sep 2013 at 9:01am

THERE is no prospect of Britain joining the European single currency for a generation at least, former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy told party activists today.



Lib Dems back nuclear power in conference vote
15 Sep 2013 at 6:31am

LIBERAL Democrats activists broke with tradition today and voted in favour of nuclear power for the first time in the party’s history.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon: Lib Dem Conference
14 Sep 2013 at 7:13pm

Danny Alexander puts his foot in it as the Liberal Democrats attempt to reassert themselves at their annual conference in Glasgow.



Scottish independence: New poll danger for No camp
14 Sep 2013 at 4:30pm

THE battle for Scotland’s future could be thrown into the balance if the pro-UK side stops short of a cast-iron commitment to hand more powers to the Scottish Parliament, a new poll reveals today.



Alex Salmond: The case for Scottish independence
14 Sep 2013 at 4:15pm

IN A little over a year’s time, the people of Scotland will decide the future of our nation.



Analysis: Poll leaves independence vote in balance
14 Sep 2013 at 4:09pm

BOTH sides can take some comfort from our ICM poll today. For the Yes side there is the reassurance that things may not be so bad as suggested by some recent polls that put support for independence at below 30 per cent.



Lib Dem Conference: Rennie?s independence plea
14 Sep 2013 at 4:05pm

THE Liberal Democrats began their charm offensive in ­Scotland last night as their conference got underway in Glasgow by declaring they would be “heartbroken” if the country opted to back independence next year.



Scottish independence: No ?Quebec style row?
14 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm

THE debate over Scottish independence will not descend into a battle over identity as happened in Quebec, the Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, will tell a conference fringe today.



Scots islands promised better wind power deal
14 Sep 2013 at 3:53pm

WIND power on Scotland’s three major islands is to be given a boost by ministers in an effort to make it less costly to send renewable energy to the mainland.



Alistair Darling: Alex Salmond scared of TV debate
14 Sep 2013 at 3:52pm

ALISTAIR Darling has accused Alex Salmond of “running scared” of a series of live TV debates between the pair on Scottish independence prior to next year’s referendum.



Scottish independence: Passport controls warning
14 Sep 2013 at 3:46pm

ENGLAND could demand passport controls at the Scottish border after independence if a future Edinburgh government were to operate a more liberal immigration policy, a report says today.



Nick Clegg interview: ?We took hit for Britain?
14 Sep 2013 at 3:45pm

NICK Clegg has recently moved to Scotland – the bit that remains in Whitehall, that is. After becoming Deputy Prime Minister in 2010, he moved into nice digs in the Cabinet Office.




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Low-fibre diet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2013 at 8:21am
David Cameron, 6 May 2011: “If they want to hold a referendum, I will campaign to keep our United Kingdom together with every single fibre that I have.” David Cameron, 15 September 2013: If those are all the Prime Minister’s fibres, we advise some Bran Flakes.

Taking the plunge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2013 at 5:09am
Isn’t it weird how since we did this, everyone’s suddenly started asking much more interesting questions in opinion polls about independence? After months with almost no polling at all, and what there was being restricted to boring Yes/No affairs, there’s been an explosion in surveys conducted by every conceivable pollster for everyone and his dog, [...]

What if you were a party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2013 at 3:01pm
…and nobody came? Though it’s being held in Glasgow, this isn’t just the Scottish Lib Dems conference. This is the conference for the entire UK party. Possibly all their voters too. Tick tock, Lib Dem MPs. Tick tock.

The hope of the future
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2013 at 9:00am
This is a leaflet distributed to pupils at Ellon Academy in Aberdeenshire this week. It was put together by “the school’s Better Together team” as part of the lead-up to a mini-referendum this Tuesday and sent to us by a concerned parent. Click the images to enlarge. To be honest, we don’t even know where [...]

A brave electoral strategy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2013 at 6:59am

Somewhere in time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
We already knew that Jackie Baillie had a somewhat shaky grasp of chronology. Last week she told Newsnight Scotland that to find some of the £50m required for Scotland to subsidise the UK government’s bedroom tax, she’d magically travel into the past and un-spend £7m (or as she put it, £10m) of tourism investment that’s [...]

At Battle Mountain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm
“Graeme Obree sets prone cycling speed record” – 13 September 2013

Old Labour, New Labour, slave labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2013 at 12:07pm
Just a couple of short extracts from a chilling article on Labour Uncut this afternoon to give you that feelgood Friday-afternoon vibe. They refer to a document called “Labour?s manifesto uncut: How to win in 2015 and why”. The key concept can be summed up in just two paragraphs. “Our polling shows that 44 per [...]

An apology to Anas Sarwar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2013 at 7:07am
NOTICE: It has come to our attention that an article on Wings Over Scotland last week contained a factual error. In the post “One man and his props”, we alleged that in addition to a fake government paper brandished by the deputy leader of the Labour Party in Scotland during a televised debate, a “real” [...]

The lies of the land
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2013 at 5:29am
Sometimes it’s hard not to salute the Scottish media’s sheer dogged, implacable commitment to misinformation, even in the face of seemingly-impossible odds. Yesterday’s fiasco at First Minister’s Questions, where Johann Lamont dug herself a great big hole while trying to smear a successful Scottish businessman and imply corruption where none existed, was so farcically absurd [...]


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Call for Royal Mail flotation delay
15 Sep 2013 at 12:31pm
There should be a moratorium on the privatisation of Royal Mail until after the independence referendum, says Scotland's first minister.


Economic focus for referendum debate
14 Sep 2013 at 6:20pm
The Scottish government promises a series of papers on the economic case for independence with almost a year to go until the referendum.


Independence migration issues raised
15 Sep 2013 at 6:22am
A study suggests questions remain to be answered about immigration to Scotland after the independence referendum.


Labour disputes 'bedroom tax' claim
14 Sep 2013 at 9:30am
Labour says it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes despite a claim by a senior figure in the Scottish party that it will.


Glasgow hosts Lib Dem conference
14 Sep 2013 at 12:02pm
Liberal Democrat members gather in Glasgow for the party's combined Scottish and UK conferences.


Delivery charges 'summit' offer made
13 Sep 2013 at 9:27am
The UK's consumer affairs minister proposes a summit of online retailers in a bid to reduce the delivery surcharges on goods to remote parts of Scotland.


Companies shortlisted for A9 work
13 Sep 2013 at 6:23am
A shortlist of companies to be invited to tender for A9 dual carriageway design contracts is revealed by Transport Scotland.


Trains used for whisky deliveries
13 Sep 2013 at 6:44am
The whisky industry on Speyside begins a two-month trial to improve the use of rail freight with the aim of reducing traffic and emissions.


Concern over government land deal
12 Sep 2013 at 11:37am
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont raises concerns during First Minister's Questions over a controversial land deal involving a businessman.


Kirk 'may stop conducting marriages'
12 Sep 2013 at 9:23am
The Church of Scotland questions whether it could continue to offer marriages if same-sex legislation led to expensive court challenges.


MSPs endorse Scots referendum plan
12 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
Proposals for holding the Scottish independence referendum are endorsed by the Holyrood parliament.


Pledge to end car emissions by 2050
12 Sep 2013 at 12:09pm
The Scottish government says it wants the country's towns and cities to be free of emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles by 2050.


Salmond goes before committee heads
12 Sep 2013 at 10:27am
The heads of Holyrood committees were given the opportunity to question First Minister Alex Salmond.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
12 Sep 2013 at 8:14am
Alex Salmond insists ministers are not involved in land transactions for transport projects.


AUDIO: McGlynn unhappy with land deal remark
12 Sep 2013 at 8:54am
Glasgow businessman John McGlynn says he is "extremely concerned" that Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont questioned the circumstances surrounding the sale of a piece of land.


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Mind the gap! Why companies are polls apart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 2:04pm

  By Ivor Knox 
  
IN OUR regular Sunday Times referendum polls, Panelbase has generally shown a No lead of about 10%-12% (excluding undecided), which is a smaller gap than most of the surveys conducted by other agencies over the past 18 months or so.

Political polling is a mixture of art and science, and the construction of an accurate snapshot of public opinion at a given moment in time includes several elements which can influence the results, such as methodology (online, phone, face to face), sample source, and question wording/order.



The Scottish budget and unionist hypocrisy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Sep 2013 at 3:42pm

By Campbell Martin
 
On Wednesday the SNP Scottish Government announced its draft budget for 2014/15 ? it's in draft form until it receives the backing of parliament.
 
Budget-setting must be a hugely frustrating exercise for the Scottish Government: SNP Ministers know what they want to do, and how much policies and initiatives would cost, but are severely constrained by the limitations of devolution.



Fighting Poverty is about more than the Bedroom Tax
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 3:08am

By Gerry Hassan
 
This week?s Scottish Government Budget for 2014-15 and 2015-16 saw battlelines drawn on who and how best to mitigate the worst effects of the bedroom tax.
 
Now in a week when the UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik weighed in against the measure, it has to be recognised that this is not the main challenge facing welfare in Scotland.



BBC chiefs like bankers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Sep 2013 at 12:57am

By George Kerevan
 
WHAT exactly is the British Broadcasting Corporation for? Apart, that is, from bunging excessive amounts of taxpayers' money as "sweeteners" to departing BBC executives.
 
Last July, the National Audit Office (NAO), the public spending watchdog, reported that the BBC had paid out £25 million in severance settlements to 150 senior staff.  This works out at a cool £167,000 a head. 



The Bedroom Tax and the Brazilian woman who stood up to Westminster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Sep 2013 at 4:53pm

By Lynn Malone
 
How conniving of the UK government to home in on the UN Special Rapporteur's failure to refer to the Bedroom Tax by its policy name, their hissy fit causing a media furore.
 
Tory MP Grant Shapps' tantrum was covered by media outlets everywhere, his outburst both arrogant and thoughtless, considering the people at the centre of this issue are the most marginalised in society.  It smacks of deliberate digression, a ploy to take the heat off the real story ? Raquel Rolnik's recommendations to scrap the hated Bedroom Tax.



Scotland is Different and not that Different: But what does it mean?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Sep 2013 at 4:35am

By Gerry Hassan

Scotland is different. Everybody who lives or works here or knows anything about Scotland recognises this.

Scotland has had a distinctive history, traditions, institutions and set of experiences. Unlike Wales, it never fully disappeared, even at the height of unionist Britain, and remained a legal and administrative entity and not part of ?Greater England?. All of this meant that the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 was relatively simple and straightforward, building on the legacy of over a century of administrative devolution.



I have a dream v I have a drone & apology for Unite??
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
8 Sep 2013 at 5:21pm

By Aamer Anwar

Two weeks ago President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King?s famous ?I Have a Dream speech?, claiming he shared the dream. Yet King was about more than racial harmony.  He believed the Vietnam war diverted attention from poverty at home and saw an irony in sending poverty stricken blacks thousands of miles away to fight for ?guaranteeing liberties? when they had no such thing back home.



Real people suffer behind the bedroom tax headlines
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
8 Sep 2013 at 4:15am

By Sandra Webster

SINCE its introduction in April, the Bedroom Tax has never been out of the headlines. Behind these headlines which quickly become yesterday?s news, are the real stories of the lives that are affected. Although the coalition promised to protect the most vulnerable, it becomes clearer each day that these are among the greatest affected. As we prepare to march on the Lib Dem UK conference, it is good to be reminded of why we are taking action.



Be afraid, be very afraid ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:11pm

By a Newsnet reporter  

Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty?

The Fear Factor is a series of 6 short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid, about what?s in store for their poor wee country.



More from the polls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
5 Sep 2013 at 2:00pm

By Dave Taylor

TNS-BMRB must be deeply regretting their launch of the ?Scottish Opinion Monitor? (presumably to try to rival Ipsos-MORI?s ?Scottish Public Opinion Monitor?) with the first of their planned monthly polls on the referendum. Every pollster produces a rogue poll from time to time, but to have such an obvious rogue as the first of your series must be embarrassing.

Whether the Herald is embarrassed by its headlining of the poll may be less clear!




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Leading environmental campaigner Richard Dixon backs a Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 1:00pm

One of Scotland's most senior environmental campaigners has declared his support for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum.



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Lib Dem Conference: Rennie?s independence plea
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 12:43pm

THE Liberal Democrats began their charm offensive in ­Scotland last night as their conference got underway in Glasgow by declaring they would be “heartbroken” if the country opted to back independence next year.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If the LibDems had been aiming for a "charm offensive" they'd h...



Low-fibre diet
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 8:47am

David Cameron, 6 May 2011: "I will fight to keep the United Kingdom together with every fibre that I have." David Cameron, 15 September 2013: If those are all the Prime Minister's fibres, we advise...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Cameron demonstrates the poverty of the unionist argument.



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Scottish independence: New poll danger for No camp
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 8:18am

THE battle for Scotland’s future could be thrown into the balance if the pro-UK side stops short of a cast-iron commitment to hand more powers to the Scottish Parliament, a new poll reveals today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Eddie Barnes talks of a "cast-iron commitment" to hand more powers to the Scot...



Independence referendum: It?s the 'Braveheart tendency' vs the women of Scotland
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 6:26am

A “Braveheart tendency” is leading to more men backing independence for Scotland than women, one of the most senior Scots in the British government says today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The unionists' obsession with "Braveheart" doesn't get any less tedious.



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Don't break up the UK family, PM urges Scots - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 6:20am

David Cameron today urges Scottish voters not to break up Britain’s “family of nations” a year before they go to the polls in the referendum on independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

We are not a family. We are neighbours. We can be better neighbours as equal independent nations.



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A year that will shape Scotland's destiny
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 6:15am

Kevin McKenna: The Better Together campaign is arid; the Yes activists are too meek. Both sides must sharpen up if they want to carry the day

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Taking the plunge
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 6:10am

Isn't it weird how since we did this, everyone's suddenly started asking much more interesting questions in opinion polls about independence? After months with almost no polling at all, and what th...

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A Burdz Eye View
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 6:06am

Dear Andrew


I’ve been reading your columns this past few weeks and can’t help thinking, egotist that I am, that they’re more than a little directed at the likes of me.  I’m writing this letter to let you know that they have indeed got me thinking and -  music to  your ears – listening.



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Salmond versus Cameron: an unlikely TV debate but one to relish
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 4:56am

It would be one of the most electrifying debates in British politics, but there is little chance that David Cameron will go head-to-head with Alex Salmond live on television
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is another reason why Cameron is unlikely to face Salmond in a TV debate. Of late, it has been ...



Analysis: Poll leaves independence vote in balance
by Peter A Bell
15 Sep 2013 at 4:49am

BOTH sides can take some comfort from our ICM poll today. For the Yes side there is the reassurance that things may not be so bad as suggested by some recent polls that put support for independence at below 30 per cent.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

The hope of the future
by Peter A Bell
14 Sep 2013 at 9:25am

This is a leaflet distributed to pupils at Ellon Academy in Aberdeenshire this week. It was put together by “the school’s Better Together team” as part of the lead-up to a mini-referendum this Tuesday and sent to us by a concerned parent.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Young minds blighted by Project Fear...



Ensuring our older people get a fair share with a Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
14 Sep 2013 at 3:31am

Without the powers of independence, Scotland is powerless to deliver a fairer deal on pensions and social security.

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Sturgeon and Canavan set out independence case in Irvine
by Peter A Bell
14 Sep 2013 at 2:18am
Scotland is a “very, very rich country” and can more than afford to become an independent nation.

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Salmond: PM must say yes to independence showdown
by Peter A Bell
14 Sep 2013 at 2:12am
ALEX Salmond has delivered his most bullish demand yet for a head-to-head independence debate with David Cameron after they were named joint winners of a prestigious political award.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is, of course, the possibility that Cameron's refusal to meet with Salmond in a head-t...




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Polls showing support for the Union but the results are welcomed by Independe...
by dailyrecord
15 Sep 2013 at 8:02am
RESULTS show backing for the Union is 10 per cent more than for Scottish independence with Nationalists encouraged by statistics.


Prime Minister David Cameron rejects Alex Salmond's calls for a live televise...
by Mark Aitken
15 Sep 2013 at 2:17am
CAMERON has turned down the offer with No10 calling on Salmond to go head-to-head with Better Together leader Alistair Darling.


Liberal Democrats to be shamed at own party conference as thousands set to de...
by David Clegg
13 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
SCOTTISH party leader Willie Rennie, who last night defended the controversial welfare reform, will be among those targeted by demonstrators.


Record View: Support for hated Bedroom Tax shows Liberal Democrats are just Y...
by Record View
13 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW warns the Lib Dems are in danger of deserved electoral oblivion north of the border, as the party that once championed beneficial reform are now just Conservatives in disguise.


MPs' expenses: Dozens hand relatives taxpayer-funded pay rises worth up to £3...
by James Lyons
13 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm
Tory Nadine Dorries gave her daughter Phillipa a pay rise of at least £15,000 a year from taxpayers? cash while she worked for her


Scottish Government announce introduction of charge for carrier bags
by Carla Callaghan
13 Sep 2013 at 6:48am
SCOTLAND uses 750 million each year, which is the highest number used in the whole of the UK.


Postal service in thousands of remote Scottish communities will be destroyed ...
by Torcuil Crichton
13 Sep 2013 at 2:25am
The Government could make up to £3billion with the privatisation plans but the service will be eroded or scrapped in may remote place due to cost.


First Minister Alex Salmond slammed after bizarrely claiming thousands of wom...
by dailyrecord
13 Sep 2013 at 2:06am
SALMOND was blasted by political rivals when he said the 13,000 rise in female unemployment was encouraging and showed "hope" as more women were getting work in the first place.


Scots families are almost £1000 worse off than they were four years ago, acco...
by David Clegg
13 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
A REPORT by Asda has revealed the average Scottish household is £990 poorer than they were in 2009, and they predict spending power will only get worse.


Shamed MP Eric Joyce claimed £191,783 of taxpayers cash on top of his £65,000...
by John Ferguson
13 Sep 2013 at 1:44am
THE Falkirk MP has continued to claim for everything from ­restaurant meals to parking fees despite calls for him to resign over a Commons bar brawl last year.


All Scottish political parties have agreed ground rules for independence refe...
by dailyrecord
12 Sep 2013 at 12:32pm
NICOLA Sturgeon says agreement will allow Scots to make historic choice next year.


Glasgow 2014 could lead to an influx of victims of human trafficking, accordi...
by dailyrecord
12 Sep 2013 at 7:27am
ANTI-TRAFFICKING co-ordinator Myria Vassiliadou has told MSPs they must make victims who are smuggled into this country for sex a priority.


Whining Tory chief blames Daily Record dossier for convincing UN inspector th...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Sep 2013 at 2:19am
MILLIONAIRE MP Grant Shapps branded UN special housing investigator Raquel Rolnik's report ?an absolute disgrace? and vowed to complain to the UN Secretary General about it.


SNP to ease bedroom tax pain of affected Scots with £20m fund.. but Labour sa...
by David Clegg
12 Sep 2013 at 1:31am
FINANCE secretary John Swinney has said that the cash has been taken from the finance budget to help out the Scots in need.


John Swinney vows to boost economy as he outlines Scottish Budget for next tw...
by dailyrecord
11 Sep 2013 at 10:35am
The Finance Secretary highlighted more money for affordable housing, colleges and nursery provision as he outlined his spending plans for the next two years.


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Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countrie...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 4:01pm
Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countries rights to abuse human rights in their own way.


UN report breaches human rights - say Brits
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One of the English visits was to a poor city filled with slums and scroungers. And the other was to Ma...

A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem gr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem groupies throwing their Union Jack ones at Wullie Rennie.

"Bateman blows the gaff on the splittists and the spoof channel"

and

"Lib Dems slam smear report on eve of their Glasgow Conference"


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'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 3:46am
'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by Rough Justice, is now on the ayePlayer.

This episode examines the huge benefits of being part of the world's most successful political and economic union. Viewer discretion is advised.


The Fear Factor
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High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's pow...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's powerful message.


Do Not Forsake Me - Oh My Darlin'
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Alastair stares at the crowd, contemptuously throws his marshal's star in the dirt, and leaves for town (London) with his bank balance considerabl...

John "Big Man" Bercow yesterday declared that use of the term “separat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2013 at 4:21pm
John "Big Man" Bercow yesterday declared that use of the term ?separate? would no longer be allowed in questions within the Palace of Westminster.


Splittists force Commons to use the 'I' word and not the 'S' word'
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There will be no hooliganism. There will be no vandalism. ...

A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2013 at 1:18pm
A group of Yes Scotland supporters prepare for a day's campaigning in an idyllic spot.


Yes Scotland thinks outside the box
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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 simi...

Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at le...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Sep 2013 at 6:35am
Claims made by the SNP-led 'government' of Scotlandshire that there are at least 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining in the Scotlandshire sector of the North Sea, have been revealed as 'fantasy economics' by a new UK Treasury report.


SNP oil figures 12 times too high, claims visiting m...

We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
We have changed our pants after the soccer game. That England could only put 4 past the Moldovan separatists was disappointing.

"Teuchter separatist forced out of spoof broadcaster"
and
"Violence ?An SNP stunt' say U-KOK

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, R...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Sep 2013 at 1:42pm
One of Scotlandshire's smallest and most obscure film production companies, Rough Justice, has created a series of 6 films for BBC Scotlandshire on the subject of separation.


The Fear Factor
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Each film will examine, in forensic detail, the enormously successful tactics of ...

Our first new pair of pants since before the summer! "New poll finds majorit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 3:19pm
Our first new pair of pants since before the summer!

"New poll finds majority ?have never heard of Scottish independence?"
and
"WASPs (Workless And Scottish People) ? a real danger say Red Cross"
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

We asked “In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 11:19am
We asked ?In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster??


Poultice ? Unionists declare overwhelming enthusiasm for anal insertion
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
88% of you advocated that the UK Parliament should retain...

Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are cond...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are conducted after a newspaper reported that separation was ? ahahahahaha! ? ahead! In the polls!


Phone-hacking bastards conspire with Salmond
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sarwar - ?I?m gonna go tell ma da? about this.?

U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole dam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole damned thing, and doing it deliberately too".


SNP guilty of solving Puma helicopter problem
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Nimrods have gone, so have the protection vessels, and now the coastguard stations, tugs and helicopte...

Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called for balance to be restored to the debate on separation as we approach the 1year2nogo milestone.


U-KOK: Now is the Time for a Balanced Debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Labour's Ian Davidson MP, Chairchoob of the Scottish ...

Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my par...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 5:39pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to".

We have just obtained the original Cameron image - before it was 'shopped by BT.




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it's time to get above ourselves

The Where and Who of Independence
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2013 at 4:17am
Ending colonialism is what is needed, but it doesn't happen with a declaration of independence and a new flag. That just brings a more local elite into power to continue the same mistaken direction, exploitation and domination.

Testosterone Democracy? aka Patriarchy
by bellacaledonia
14 Sep 2013 at 3:54am
By Anni Donaldson This is a good time to reflect on some of our ‘cherished myths’ and draw attention to Scotland’s national tendency to construct misleading narratives about the kind of society we have. Kate Clanchy has argued that it... Read More ›

Closer
by bellacaledonia
12 Sep 2013 at 5:41am
We’ve been a working on a special project which goes to press today. It’s our new journal Closer which will be launched at The After Party on Sat 21 Sept  at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. It’s a limited edition newspaper... Read More ›

Remembering Chile, 40 Years Ago Today: An Unfinished Song
by bellacaledonia
11 Sep 2013 at 6:16am
by Victor Jara There are five thousand of us here in this small part of the city. We are five thousand. I wonder how many we are in all in the cities and in the whole country? Here alone are... Read More ›

The Branded Hand
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 8:06am
By David Morgan @anotherscotland Strange things are happening following the government?s defeat over Syria. Political commentators wring their hands, agonising over whether Britain has lost influence in the world or whether the ?special relationship? has been put in jeopardy. Meanwhile... Read Mo...


Hate Van Tactics Moved North
by bellacaledonia
10 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
Good to see that Nicola Sturgeon has condemned the disgraceful pilot scheme running in Glasgow. This from Yes: Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today’s Herald highlighting the problems with the current “Go Home” campaign being carried... Read More ›


What Remains?
by bellacaledonia
9 Sep 2013 at 4:01am
Interesting mixture of category error, genuine regret, inappropriate possessiveness and complete confusion in this polling from the Scottish Times … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: confusion, video

Stands Scotland Where it Did? Work in Progress
by bellacaledonia
7 Sep 2013 at 5:59am
Thanks to Christine Hamilton for alllowing us to re-publish her piece to a wider audience. This is her paper presented at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow on 4 September 2013,... Read More ›

The Magical Spectacles of Revolution
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 3:11pm
By Ewan Morrison We seem to be obsessed at the moment with the idea that The Truth is being hidden from us. The government of the world conspire to keep us in ignorance, or so the story goes, and the... Read More ›


Fear Factor 1
by bellacaledonia
5 Sep 2013 at 1:21pm
Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Factor is a series of short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid,... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Immigration queries 'whatever referendum result' - BBC...
14 Sep 2013 at 6:25pm

Scottish independence: Immigration queries 'whatever referendum result'
BBC News
Significant questions remain to be answered about immigration to Scotland after the independence referendum, a report has said. The analysis from Oxford University's Migration Observatory said there will be issues what...


Scottish Independence Campaign Underway As Referendum, Economic ... - Huffing...
15 Sep 2013 at 3:18pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence Campaign Underway As Referendum, Economic ...
Huffington Post UK
With 12 months still to go before Scots go to the polls to give their verdict on full independence, tensions are already running at fever pitch, with both campaigners counting on their launches of ...


Alex Salmond: The case for Scottish independence - Scotland on Sunday
14 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Alex Salmond: The case for Scottish independence
Scotland on Sunday
Contrast that with Westminster's dismal record of decision-making for Scotland. A generation ago, Westminster gave Scotland the poll tax. This generation of Tory-led government has given us the bedroom tax, which ...


Scottish independence: Willie Sullivan and Alex Massie - BBC News
14 Sep 2013 at 3:48am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Willie Sullivan and Alex Massie
BBC News
In the first of a new series of BBC Scotland's series of webcasts we continue putting your questions on independence to key figures and decision makers. Today's guests focus on what kind of nation Scotland should aspire to be. ...


Rennie: vindictive nationalists are blackmailing Scots to win independence - ...
15 Sep 2013 at 11:19am

Herald Scotland

Rennie: vindictive nationalists are blackmailing Scots to win independence
Herald Scotland
The Scots are being held to ransom by tub-thumping nationalists who won't bring about positive change until they get independence, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said today. The S...


Scottish independence: Passport controls warning - Scotsman
14 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm

Scottish independence: Passport controls warning
Scotsman
Under independence, the report concludes that if Scotland were to encourage greater non-EU immigration ?there may be calls from the rest of the UK for Anglo-Scottish passport controls.? In the case of a ?no? vote, Scotland could pursue a Can...


In Scotland's borderland, enthusiasm for independence elusive - Reuters UK
13 Sep 2013 at 2:43am

Washington Post

In Scotland's borderland, enthusiasm for independence elusive
Reuters UK
With just a few percent of Scotland's 5 million population, opinion here is not necessarily a barometer for the rest of the country. But polls show the Scottish National Party's (SNP) push for independence, some...


Scottish independence: No 'Quebec style row' - Scotsman
14 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

ITV News

Scottish independence: No 'Quebec style row'
Scotsman
THE debate over Scottish independence will not descend into a battle over identity as happened in Quebec, the Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, will tell a conference fringe today. The Liberal Democrat MP says Canadian contacts have war...


Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:07am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan
BBC News
The Scottish government's bill to hold the vote, in autumn 2014, has now cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. The legislation sets out the referendum rules, like the question to be asked and campaign spending limits. But the Sc...


Growing Support for Scottish Independence... In England - Huffington Post UK
11 Sep 2013 at 6:22am

Growing Support for Scottish Independence... In England
Huffington Post UK
The introduction of devolution in Scotland and Wales and its re-introduction in Northern Ireland was one of the major achievements of the Labour government. Yet its aspirations for fostering devolution in England largely cam...



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Scottish Independence Campaign Underway As Referendum, Economic ... - Huffing...
15 Sep 2013 at 3:18pm

Scottish Independence Campaign Underway As Referendum, Economic ...
Huffington Post UK
One poll by Panelbase, commissioned by the Scottish National Party (SNP), found that among those certain to vote in the referendum, 44% will choose Yes and 43% will choose No. "This is going to be a real rollerco...


Labour launches by-election fight - Stirling Observer
15 Sep 2013 at 3:14pm

Labour launches by-election fight
Stirling Observer
Instead, we have an SNP Government that is more interested in the referendum than standing up for the people of Dunfermline. "Dunfermline needs an MSP who will work their socks off for this constituency and who will go to Parliament and put Dunfer...


Scotland's campaign for independence must be Gandhian in its ambition - The G...
15 Sep 2013 at 2:56pm

The Guardian

Scotland's campaign for independence must be Gandhian in its ambition
The Guardian
The SNP leader can happily make a speech about the "five unions" that he would like to see an independent Scotland retain ? sterling as a currency, Nato and EU membership, the monarchy under the Commonwea...


The English plotting Scotland's escape - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Sep 2013 at 2:31pm

Telegraph.co.uk

The English plotting Scotland's escape
Telegraph.co.uk
Raised in London and educated at Cambridge University, he worked as a chemical engineer in England before moving with his family to Scotland in 1989. Now aged 59, he joined the SNP in 2001 and is Member of the Scottish Parliament...


Labour choose female councillor as candidate in Bill Walker seat - Herald Sco...
15 Sep 2013 at 2:19pm

Labour choose female councillor as candidate in Bill Walker seat
Herald Scotland
Instead, we have an SNP Government that is more interested in the referendum than standing up for the people of Dunfermline. "Dunfermline needs an MSP who will work their socks off for this constituency and who will go...


Rennie: Scots held to ransom by SNP - Kilmarnock Standard
15 Sep 2013 at 12:00pm

Rennie: Scots held to ransom by SNP
Kilmarnock Standard
The Scots are being held to ransom by tub-thumping nationalists who won't bring about positive change until they get independence, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said today. The Scottish National Party's "perverse logic" meant th...


Rennie: vindictive nationalists are blackmailing Scots to win independence - ...
15 Sep 2013 at 11:19am

Herald Scotland

Rennie: vindictive nationalists are blackmailing Scots to win independence
Herald Scotland
Willie Rennie suggested the SNP are a vindictive party that would do or say anything to get to power - even blackmailing voters with a promise that an independent Scotland would result in the f...


Poll puts SNP support at 2011 landslide levels - SNP (press release)
15 Sep 2013 at 9:07am

Poll puts SNP support at 2011 landslide levels
SNP (press release)
?For the SNP to enjoy the same landslide levels of support ? more than six years into office ? is a fantastic achievement by any standard. ?The SNP continues to move Scotland forward ? delivering strong, competent government in the ...


LibDems' nuclear vote shows they can't be trusted - SNP (press release)
15 Sep 2013 at 8:20am

LibDems' nuclear vote shows they can't be trusted
SNP (press release)
The SNP has condemned the LibDems for performing a controversial U-turn on their opposition to new nuclear energy at their UK Conference in Glasgow today. Despite vowing to keep the coalition on track to be the ?greenest governme...


Alex Salmond challenges Cameron to St Andrew's day TV duel - The Guardian (blog)
15 Sep 2013 at 7:44am

The Guardian (blog)

Alex Salmond challenges Cameron to St Andrew's day TV duel
The Guardian (blog)
He is in charge of the Yes Scotland and the SNP campaign. He should have the courage of his convictions to debate this. Salmond insists he is far from feart; in fact he wants a live debate premier to p...



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Independence referendum: It's the 'Braveheart tendency' vs the women of Scotl...
14 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

The Independent

Independence referendum: It's the 'Braveheart tendency' vs the women of Scotland
The Independent
With this week marking exactly a year to go until the referendum, David Cameron will today warn that Scotland's independence would transform the UK's ?family of nations? into a relationsh...


Scottish independence: Immigration queries 'whatever referendum result' - BBC...
14 Sep 2013 at 6:25pm

Scottish independence: Immigration queries 'whatever referendum result'
BBC News
Significant questions remain to be answered about immigration to Scotland after the independence referendum, a report has said. The analysis from Oxford University's Migration Observatory said there will be issues what...


Scottish independence: Economic case to be outlined with one year to go - BBC...
14 Sep 2013 at 6:21pm

Scottish independence: Economic case to be outlined with one year to go
BBC News
The Scottish government is to publish analysis of the key economic issues of the referendum debate ahead of its white paper on independence. Deputy First minister Nicola Sturgeon said it would be the "second phase" of ...


Salmond: Royal Mail sale should follow referendum - Scotland on Sunday
15 Sep 2013 at 10:16am

Scotland on Sunday

Salmond: Royal Mail sale should follow referendum
Scotland on Sunday
?The Scottish Government is firmly opposed to the privatisation of Royal Mail and this proposed sell-off of an essential public service should be subject to a moratorium until the result of Scotland's referendum ...


Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:07am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan
BBC News
The Scottish government's bill to hold the vote, in autumn 2014, has now cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. The legislation sets out the referendum rules, like the question to be asked and campaign spending limits. But the Sc...


Parallel journeys - Herald Scotland
14 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Parallel journeys
Herald Scotland
In November 2012, just over a month after Alex Salmond and David Cameron signed the Edinburgh Agreement granting Holyrood the power to stage a referendum on Scottish independence, Catalonia held an election to its devolved national legislature that ....


Scottish Independence referendum bill to be debated - Scotland on Sunday
12 Sep 2013 at 6:06am

Scottish Independence referendum bill to be debated
Scotland on Sunday
Legislation to enable the independence referendum to take place will be debated by MSPs at its first stage today. The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill makes provisions for the historic vote to be held next year, setting out...


Scottish Independence referendum bill backed - Scotsman
12 Sep 2013 at 12:40pm

Scotsman

Scottish Independence referendum bill backed
Scotsman
The ground rules for the independence referendum have been backed in a vote at Holyrood. The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill passed the first of three stages needed before it can become law. All political parties voted for the gene...


When will Scotland's music veterans make some noise about the Referendum? - H...
13 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

When will Scotland's music veterans make some noise about the Referendum?
Herald Scotland
Aweek today, and a year ahead of the Referendum on Scottish Independence, a March and Rally for Independence will assemble on the Royal Mile and gather on Calton Hill for speeches and entertainment. Aweek toda...


Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts - BBC ...
5 Sep 2013 at 3:36am

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: CBI boss Sir Mike Rake raises independence doubts
BBC News
The president of business body the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that Scottish independence would disrupt the economy. Sir Mike Rake made the comment when he addressed CBI Scotland's annual di...



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Eck V Dave
15 Sep 2013 at 3:40pm
Bring it ON!!

http://m.scotsman.com/news/alex-salmond-the-case-for-scottish-independence-1-309415...

The Story Of The Jews
15 Sep 2013 at 3:02pm
Episode 3 of 5 on BBC2 now. Been a great series so far.

Saturday 21 Sep Independence Rally Edinburgh
15 Sep 2013 at 2:29pm

http://www.independencerally.com/

 

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Top Movies
15 Sep 2013 at 10:00am

Not watched any films at all for about the last 18 months anyway, due to having a 2 and a half ( ...



Smoke Alarms
15 Sep 2013 at 3:13am

Just a reminder to check your smoke alarms - if mine hadn't been working at 4:30 this morning I w...



Celtic Connections January 2014
14 Sep 2013 at 6:54pm
http://www.celticconnections.com/Events/Pages/Event.aspx?ev=641&ty=Indie

Mogwai at glasgow concer...

Lib Dem Conference - Glasgow
14 Sep 2013 at 4:24pm
Have you no shame. Have just seen actual badge carriers.


Cameron's bitches.

Labour And The Bedroom Tax
14 Sep 2013 at 1:30pm

First Anas Sarwar and now Jackie Baillie:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politi...



Anyone Getting A .scot Web Address?
14 Sep 2013 at 10:16am
Thought a few on here might be tempted by the new release of Internet domain addresses.

Biffer@i...

Shove Yer Deep-Fried Mars Bars
13 Sep 2013 at 2:42pm

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Better Nation

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

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

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

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...


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

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

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

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

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...


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Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Leading environmental campaigner Richard Dixon backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
15 Sep 2013 at 11:05am

One of Scotland's most senior environmental campaigners has declared his support for a Yes vote i...



Momentum is with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
15 Sep 2013 at 5:23am

Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said in response to the ICM poll in Scotland on S...



Small independent nations are the world?s happiest
by Angus Millar
14 Sep 2013 at 4:00am

Small independent nations of comparable size to Scotland are the world?s happiest, figures from t...



Ensuring our older people get a fair share with a Yes vote
by Angus Millar
13 Sep 2013 at 10:50am

A Yes vote offers us the opportunity to build a fairer pensions system in an independent Scotland...



16 years on ? it?s time for another Yes
by Blair Jenkins
11 Sep 2013 at 10:29am

16 years ago to the day, Scotland?s voters gave a resounding Yes to the creation of a Scottish Pa...



Our universities excel ? with Yes we can ensure Scotland feels the full reward
by Stuart McDonald
10 Sep 2013 at 5:50am

Scotland?s higher education sector continues to enjoy an outstanding international reputation, wi...



Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on UK immigration policy
by Kevin Gilmartin
7 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

Yes Scotland advisory board member, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, writes in today's Herald highlighting t...



Yes wins LGBT debate
by Kirsty MacAlpine
6 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

Those in favour of an independent Scotland side won a debate last night between Yes LGBT and the ...



Scotland?s food and drink has got what it takes
by Angus Millar
6 Sep 2013 at 8:43am

An industry survey reported today has found that more than 5,600 new jobs could be created in Sco...



A new relationship of equality between the British nations
by Stephen Noon
5 Sep 2013 at 11:48am

People like me, political advisers, can spend too much time thinking about ways of characterising...



Perspectives: 'Low pay crisis shows Scotland's wealth isn't working for peopl...
by Cailean Gallagher
4 Sep 2013 at 11:23am

The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the view...



We all agree - Scotland's got what it takes
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 1:55pm

Today?s treasury report is, for the most part, a welcome contribution which moves the referendum ...



Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 4:40am

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster governme...



Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Stuart McDonald
2 Sep 2013 at 8:04am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scot...



Yes will give us real choice and control over our future
by Peter Dempsie
30 Aug 2013 at 6:48am

The publication of the Scottish Government?s White Paper in the autumn will undoubtedly be a key ...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Scotland's campaign for independence must be Gandhian in its ambition | Pat Kane
by Pat Kane
15 Sep 2013 at 2:30pm

What the no camp doesn't realise is that the real strength of the yes campaign lies in its efforts to revitalise citizenship itself

A year into the Scottish independence campaign, and with one more ...




Alex Salmond challenges Cameron to St Andrew's day TV duel
by Severin Carrell
15 Sep 2013 at 7:01am

The first minister has thrown down a gauntlet to David Cameron, urging him to agree to a TV debate on 30 November as pressure on the prime minister mounts

Alex Salmond has stepped up his challenge t...




Nick Clegg: what Scottish people want isn't on referendum ballot paper
by Nicholas Watt
15 Sep 2013 at 6:49am

Lib Dem leader says 'devo-max' is 'where I think we need to go as a nation ? as a United Kingdom and as Scotland'

Nick Clegg has admitted that the Scottish people will not be given a chance to vote ...




Victoria Derbyshire: 'Listeners trust us to tell their stories'
by Liz Hoggard
14 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

The hardworking, groundbreaking 5 Live presenter would like to be more frivolous? if only her schedule would allow it

Growing up in Lancashire, Victoria Derbyshire was the archetypal hard-working gr...




Salmond versus Cameron: an unlikely TV debate but one to relish
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

It would be one of the most electrifying debates in British politics, but there is little chance that David Cameron will go head-to-head with Alex Salmond live on television

A fresh round of salvos ...




A year that will shape Scotland's destiny | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
14 Sep 2013 at 2:05pm

The Better Together campaign is arid; the Yes activists are too meek. Both sides must sharpen up if they want to carry the day

In the slew of horror fiction that the unionist camp has produced this ...




Alistair Darling: Scottish independence outcome is 'pretty fluid'
by Severin Carrell
13 Sep 2013 at 10:54am

With one year to go, the large number of undecided voters makes the result hard to predict despite persistant polling suggesting a preponderance of 'no' sentiment

Alistair Darling has admitted that...




Alistair Darling's lessons from Lehman Brothers
by Larry Elliott
13 Sep 2013 at 9:57am

Darling explains what it was like to be in the eye of the storm and why he remains unconvinced that the storm has blown itself out

Back in the summer of 2007, Alistair Darling became chancellor of t...




Alex Salmond's independence white paper shifts to November
by Severin Carrell
11 Sep 2013 at 6:54am

The first minister is a master of political theatre but unexpected events and a crowded diary are affecting the launch of the biggest document of his career, the independence white paper

Amongst Ale...




Lord Ashcroft's Scottish polling: mums, dodgy sums and naked politics
by Severin Carrell
9 Sep 2013 at 10:20am

The former Tory treasurer, Lord Ashcroft, has just published three major polls of more than 12,000 Scottish voters which are generating as much heat as light on Scottish independence

A new "super po...




Scottish independence: 65% against split from UK in Tory poll
by Severin Carrell
8 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

New 'super poll' shows biggest majority yet of Scots against leaving UK and that independence is 'wrong priority'

A majority of Scottish voters are opposed to Alex Salmond's quest for independence, ...




Bill Walker resigns from Scottish parliament after abuse convictions
7 Sep 2013 at 4:41pm

Disgraced MSP says 'media onslaught' has made it impossible for him to continue

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker ? convicted of a string domestic abuse offences ? has resigned from the Scottish parliament....




Scottish MSP Bill Walker to have pay cut if jailed for domestic violence
by Severin Carrell
5 Sep 2013 at 9:02am

MSP for Dunfermline has refused to quit despite conviction for 23 assaults over 30 years on ex-wives and stepdaughter

The Scottish parliament is to dock the pay of the disgraced MSP Bill Walker if h...




Thanks to the independence vote, Scottish politics is fun again | Fraser MacD...
by Fraser MacDonald
4 Sep 2013 at 11:21am

Not only do Scots have a rare chance to enact lasting change, the vote has energised other key debates such as land reform

At the heart of the Scottish independence referendum is the philosophical p...




Opinion polls show voters can be steered to say 'yes'
by Severin Carrell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:06am

A spate of opinion polls mark the start of the new political year and a stepping up of referendum campaigning, but how much do they tell us about the final result?

With the referendum campaigns fast...




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