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Civil service pay-offs cost almost £300m
SEVENTEEN central Government departments spent almost £300 million on civil servant pay-offs last year, official figures show.

Labour 'rejected bedroom tax suggestion'
The last Labour government ruled out introducing the so-called bedroom tax when it was in power, senior party sources have said.

Cameron satisfied as Tories and LibDems hand share of bequest to Treasury
David Cameron has said it is "right" that the Tories and Liberal Democrats give up a £520,000 bequest from a former nurse amid confusion over whether she actually meant the money to go to the Government.

Glasgow MP defends 'ruthless' Miliband
ONE of Ed Miliband's own MPs has defended the party leader - as he dubbed him a "ruthless bastard".

£7m bill for Parliament catering
THE bill for subsidising the UK Parliament's exclusive bars and restaurants was more than £7 million last year.

No further action for ex-MSP in inquiry
A FORMER MSP has been told that no further action will be taken against him after a lengthy police financial probe.

Labour Party received more than £2.4m from trade unions
THE size of Labour's gamble over Falkirk has been highlighted by figures which show the party received more than £2.4 million from trade unions in just three months earlier this year.

Scottish military could be 60% cheaper than current spending on defence
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland's armed forces could cost up to 60% less than the country's present share of UK defence spending, according to an expert.

Tributes after death of former Scottish Conservative leader
TRIBUTES have flooded in from across the political spectrum for the former Holyrood Conservative leader David McLetchie after he lost a long battle against cancer.

Demand to scrap zero-hour contracts
Union leaders have called on Government ministers to scrap controversial "zero-hour" contracts after a poll showed that more than half of the public now support a ban.

England v Scotland: Cameron, fearing own goal, declines to pin colours to mast
IT IS the political football some leaders do not want to be passed.

110,000 more jobs still needed
Scotland needs another 110,000 jobs to return to the levels enjoyed before the financial crisis five years ago, a think tank has warned.

Cameron 'betraying traditional family'
DAVID CAMERON and George Osborne have been accused of "leading a charge" against the traditional family in an attack by the leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

Pleas for truce in Salmond poll row
ConserVatives and Liberal Democrat MSPs have urged First Minister Alex Salmond and Aberdeen City Council to end their dispute over his conduct during a recent by-election.

Miliband told: Bring back Mandelson to get message across
Ed Miliband has been told to bring back former Labour spin doctor Peter Mandelson to stem increasing criticism of his leadership from his own MPs.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark

Novelist William McIlvanney has said he is “totally in the dark” about suggestions he could be asked to help write the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence.



Cartoons of the week, 10-16 August

The past week in politics, as illustrated by Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday cartoonists Iain Green and Brian Adcock



Anti-English feeling entrenched in Scotland - Marr

The broadcaster Andrew Marr has warned that anti-English feeling is still “entrenched” in Scotland and can be “toxic”.



Family of Abu Qatada leave UK for Jordan

The family of radical cleric Abu Qatada – who was deported to Jordan – has left the UK, the Home Office said last night.



Whole of UK valued at a total of £7.3 trillion

THE value of Britain can be ­revealed. Figures yesterday ­declared that the complete worth of everything in the UK in 2012 came to a grand total of £7.3 ­trillion.



Obesity: Hospitals and supermarkets ?must do more?

HOSPITALS and supermarkets in Scotland must work harder to combat the country’s growing obesity problem, the Scottish Government’s health minister has warned.



The Scotsman cartoon - 16/08/13

Nato is the subject of today’s cartoon



Andy Maciver: Make your mind up time for the vote

Most Scots want constitutional change, however the last thing those who fear uncertainty need is not a decisive vote for or against independence, but a narrow No, writes Andy Maciver



Scott Macnab: Holding the reins of power

David Cameron doesn’t stop to talk when he visits Scotland.



George Kerevan: Japanese and Chinese sabre-rattling

Japanese and Chinese sabre-rattling could yet precipitate a global war much as a murder in the Balkans once did, warns George Kerevan



Ed Miliband least popular main party leader - poll

Ed Miliband is the leader voters like the least of the three main party chiefs even though Labour remains ahead of its opponents, a new poll shows.



?Men better than women at bridge? - Ukip treasurer

A senior UK Independence Party figure has rejected claims that he made sexist remarks during a debate on gender quotas for company boards.



Joyce McMillan: Independence and the Festival

Sir Jonathan Mills has sparked a row about independence and the Festival. But we’ll have the last word, writes Joyce McMillan



Egypt: Protestors were given ?huge chance? to go

The Egyptian ambassador to the UK has insisted the authorities’ crackdown on supporters of the ousted president which left more than 500 people dead was a proportionate response.



Highland Council to relaunch deprived area fund

HIGHLAND Council is to relaunch its deprived area fund to help create employment and tackle poverty across the region.



Wingsland Blog

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Blood from a stone
We might have to transcribe the whole thing, because it’s remarkable. But for now here’s just a brief flavour of Willie Rennie on the subject of an independent Scotland’s membership of NATO, from last night’s Newsnight Scotland (from 5m 40s). WILLIE RENNIE: Independence might well be inconsistent with being a member of NATO. RAYMOND BUCHANAN: [...]

The end of radio
We’re using that phrase in the sense of “the end of the universe”, we should say. We’ve done interviews for radio in the BBC’s tiny Bath studio before, but this is the first time we’ve had to let ourselves in and do the whole thing solo. After a week of shouting about how the Scottish [...]

Undisclosed interests
Newsnet Scotland this morning attacks some comments by BBC presenter James Naughtie in which he remarks disapprovingly on the aesthetic state of Princes Street in Edinburgh. To be honest, we’re with the Beeb’s man on this one – as documented by the splendid Facebook page Lost Edinburgh, the capital’s main thoroughfare is a living catalogue [...]

Two more milestones
We try not to bang on about our readership stats so often these days, but as some mainstream media types have been casting doubt on our figures this week and we’ve just passed a couple of nice round numbers, we thought you might like to know. We’d like to say a big “Welcome!” to the [...]

The twist in the tale
We haven’t bothered covering the latest confected anti-independence scare from a clearly bored political media before now, because it’s such a weak effort that in the interests of at least a vague impression of balanced journalism they haven’t been able to avoid undermining it themselves, without needing our help. But hey, there’s not much happening [...]

Translation mishap
We were very proud of a terrific performance from Scotland at Wembley last night, in a highly entertaining friendly the national side was unlucky to lose due to a couple of lapses in concentration at set pieces. We also greatly enjoyed the tremendous atmosphere created by both sets of fans, which we read about in [...]

A welcome back
…to reporting of opinion polls in the Scottish media! These are all from today: “More than half of Scots live on ready meals or takeaways at least three times a week, according to a new poll.” Vital data, there. And definitely more interesting and important than learning that two-thirds of Scots don’t believe the promises [...]

False flag operation
Readers who haven’t recently suffered a blow to the head will probably recall that “Better Together” campaign director Blair McDougall was quoted in the Scotsman last week (in a story which WAS considered worthy of coverage), bitterly complaining that the Yes campaign had used the phrase “best of both worlds”, which for some reason he [...]

What they left out
A particularly alert reader contacted us this morning with an observation so subtle it had totally escaped us, even though we’d seen both the things in question. On last night’s BBC News at Six, the lead story – taking up over six minutes of the 30-minute show – was a steep 4.1% rise in English [...]

The non-story so far
A quick update on how mainstream media coverage of our poll is going. NEWSPAPERS Daily Record: Tiny paragraph on Monday, Joan McAlpine column on Tuesday. Sunday Mail: Nothing we know of. Scottish Sun: Nothing we know of. Scottish Daily Mail: Heavily-spun page 4 article on Tuesday. Scottish Mail On Sunday: Small joke piece. Sunday Post: Nothing we know [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Nato talks over Scots independence
Nato sources confirm a meeting was held last month with Scottish government officials to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence.

Sleeper train improvements outlined
Rail companies competing for the Caledonian sleeper franchise are told the service must be "emblematic of the best of Scotland"

Council 'interfering' in pay row
Stirling council has been accused by the Unison union of interfering in national pay bargaining negotiations.

Island living increases in Scotland
The number of people living on Scottish islands has increased to more than 100,000, the latest Scottish census figures say.

Preferred travellers' site selected
A new permanent halting site for travellers in Aberdeen - in Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn - is selected.

New body to oversee trams and buses
A new organisation called Transport for Edinburgh is to be created to oversee the capital's tram and bus services.

More Scots secure university places
Nearly 3,000 Scots have found a place at university since the exam results were published last week, according to official figures.

Raids 'will not stop' new saunas
Police action against licensed saunas in Edinburgh will not prevent similar premises opening in the future, according to the city council.

Employment figures at four-year high
The number of Scots in work reaches its highest level for more than four years, according to new official figures.

PM offers Commonwealth Games help
The prime minister is to hold a cabinet meeting in Scotland later this year to "take stock" of preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Senior politicians row over A9 plan
Two senior politicians get embroiled in a row over plans to install average speed cameras on a long stretch of the notorious A9.

Council workers vote against strike
Council workers in Scotland narrowly vote against going on strike over a pay offer described by their union Unison "as miserly".

Scottish exports 'to outstrip UK'
Exports of Scottish goods are forecast to grow faster than the rest of the UK over the next four years.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Scots Tory David McLetchie dies
David McLetchie, the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, dies from cancer at the age of 61.

Newsnet Scotland

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Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

Nate Silver's rash and uninformed prediction

  By Mark McNaught
 
Reports by the Scotsman and the Telegraph over US polling guru Nate Silver's contention that there is 'no chance' that Scotland will vote 'Yes' in 2014 reveal not only his casual ignorance of the Scotland referendum debate, but also reminds us how vague polls and a sycophantic unionist media regrettably continue to dominate the independence debate.
 
Nate Silver built an innovative and effective method of statistical analysis to predict the results of US elections.



The Scottish media and the poll that never was

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
In a weekend devoid of news, save for the tribulations at Ibrox and calls for Charles Green to go, a poll appeared that offered up all sorts of juicy titbits for a media looking for a story.
 
The poll was carried out by a reputable organisation - Panelbase - and details were published by the company on Friday.



Unionists, come out and declare your 'nationalism'

  By Gerry Hassan 
 
The story is familiar: there is a pesky, partisan, immature nationalism out and about influencing our body politic.
 
This is the account of Scottish nationalism put forward by a range of commentators and public figures. Yet it could as easily be articulated about the ideas of unionism because unionism is at its heart a form of nationalism ? British state nationalism.



Newsnet Scotland presents ... Duggy Dug in ... Scotland's Oil

  Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in presenting the first in a series of animations that will take an off beat look at some of the key issues surrounding the independence debate.

Duggy Dug is our animated cartoon character who will raise a smile and a chuckle whilst providing his own inimitable commentary.



Red Ed closes British road to Socialism

By John McAllion
 
The British left have long since ceased to have any faith in the leadership of the Labour Party.

The Communist Party in its "Open Letter to Workers Socialists and the Labour Movement" (2011) frankly admitted that the movement goes largely unrepresented in the House of Commons because the Labour Party leadership refuses to fight for policies that would defend public services, jobs, wages and pensions.



Central bankers and politics

By George Kerevan
 
IN the Good Old Days (ie from 1997 till last Wednesday) the Governor of the Bank of England was supposed to be a plumber rather than a politician.
 
His job was to ensure that inflation was squeezed out of the economy by raising interest rates whenever banks lent consumers too much on their credit cards, or funded speculative property developers. If inflation was under control, the theory went, business would have the confidence to invest and create jobs.



Identity charade

  By Elliot Bulmer
 
RECENTLY I have been paying very close attention to the referendum campaign.
 
It has all the elements of a political epic: a hardy people, inhabiting a windswept land at the fringes of the known world, bravely determining their future by democratic means. I refer, of course, not to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, but to the referendum held in the Falkland Islands in March this year. The result was a predictable landslide in favour of retaining existing ties with the UK. "Like UKIP with penguins", was one friend's dismissive verdict after seeing the mass ranks of Union flags waving on the BBC news.



A Tough but Worthy Road towards Catalonian Independence

By Mark McNaught
 
Having spent the last week in Catalonia, I am struck both by the difficulty of the task ahead for their independence movement, yet also the fierce determination of Catalans to see it through and chart their own destiny.
 
The Spanish government has steadfastly refused to engage with the Catalonian government over the referendum, citing as justification the 'indivisibility' clause of the Spanish constitution.



After the murder of Daniel the Witch Hunt begins

By Aamer Anwar

The murder trial of the parents of Daniel Pelka concluded last week with their conviction. Described as looking like a concentration camp victim before his death in March 2012, Daniel was found scavenging for food in the bins by his teachers.
 
A victim of unspeakable torture he would go to school with black eyes and bruising round his neck.



Occupied and occupier - The media in Scotland

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So the campaign to discredit the Labour for Independence movement gathers pace with another 'revelation' in a Sunday newspaper adding to photographs and statements from the Labour party and Better Together.
 
The referendum debate sits in a corner shaking its head as Scotland's media does what it does best, riding to the aid of the Labour party in Scotland, chucking mud at anything that gets in its way.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Anti-English feeling entrenched in Scotland - Marr

ANTI-English feeling is still “entrenched” in Scotland and can be“toxic”, broadcaster Andrew Marr warned today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is unfortunate that Andrew Marr damages his reputation by thoughtlessly regurgitating unionist lies and myths in this way. The perfectly legitimate and entirely...



Dispelling the Myths #10: Renewables

We are working hard to make Scotland Europe’s green energy powerhouse Scotland has   enviable green energy resources which are delivering jobs and investment to communities across the country.

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NATO: Unionist nuclear attacks undermined by Spanish precedent

Claims that an independent Scotland would be prevented from joining NATO if it insisted on the removal of the Trident nuclear weapons system from the Clyde have been undermined after it emerged a similar situation has arisen before.




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Undisclosed interests

Newsnet Scotland this morning reports some comments by BBC presenter James Naughtie in which he remarks disapprovingly on the aesthetic state of Princes Street in Edinburgh. To be honest, we’re with the Beeb’s man on this one – as documented by the splendid Facebook page Lost Edinburgh, the capit...



Nato warning for SNP over removing Trident | UK | News | Daily Express

SENIOR Nato officials have warned Alex Salmond that an independent Scotland would not be allowed to join it if the SNP carried out its plan to remove Trident nuclear submarines from Faslane on the Clyde.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is all lies, of course. Nobody from Nato has said or even suggeste...



NATO: Unionist nuclear attacks undermined by Spanish precedent

Claims that an independent Scotland would be prevented from joining NATO if it insisted on the removal of the Trident nuclear weapons system from the Clyde have been undermined after it emerged a similar situation has arisen before.




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Scottish independence: Scots Government-Nato talks

SCOTTISH Government officials have held talks with Nato to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence, it was confirmed yesterday.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Unless the sovereign people of Scotland elect a government that is in favour of allowing foreign powers to use Scotland as ...



Edinburgh: BBC presenter under fire over 'cheap and nasty' remarks

Broadcaster James Naughtie, who is set to present the BBC's coverage of Scotland's independence referendum, has attracted criticism after describing shops on the Scottish capital's main thoroughfare as "cheap and mostly nasty".



Peter A Bell's insight:

Britnats never miss an opportunity to denigrate...



Scottish military could be 60% cheaper than current spending on defence
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland's armed forces could cost up to 60% less than the country's present share of UK defence spending, according to an expert.

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One Nationism Unleashed

Our Kingdom recently published an article by David Rickard on English politics and identity. It’s an extraordinary piece (‘We can’t resist privatisation until we restore the national’)


"We are the nation referenced in the very name of the National Health Service. And the nation in this instance, a...



Comments show only Yes vote can secure powers | Scottish National Party

The report that Professor Jim Gallagher, who was Secretary of the Calman Commission, has branded as 'fantastical' the idea that the powers of "devo-max” might be available after a No vote in the referendum shows that only a Yes vote can secure the full economic and welfare powers that the people ...



Scotland is forecast to vote no. What happens next?

Will a no vote in the independence referendum end Alex Salmond's career? Don't bet on it, says Ben Riley-Smith.

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Dundee school pupils encouraged to vote in independence referendum
Dundee school pupils encouraged to vote in independence referendum

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Nate Silver, Scottish independence, and the tactical nous of the SNP
During an appearance at the Edinburgh book festival– –which is like the Edinburgh fringe, only with fewer puppet-based “re-imaginings” of the Chartist Movement, and more books– –Nate Silver was ask...
Peter A Bell's insight:

A remarkably comprehensive catalogue of British nationalist prejudice and ...



The twist in the tale

We haven't bothered covering the latest confected anti-independence scare from a clearly bored political media before now, because it's such a weak effort that in the interests of at least a vague ...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Daily Record

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NATO chiefs warns SNP they will be barred from joining alliance if they force...
NATIONALIST party's defence policy for an independent Scotland is holed below the waterline by officials in Brussels.

Scottish Government officials have had talks with Nato in advance of independ...
NO campaigners warn that independent Scots bid to join Nato could be thwarted by threat to remove Trident subs from Clyde.

Tories and Lib Dems hand back half-million pound donation after outcry over w...
SHAMED ConDems give Joan Edward's bequest to Treasury after grabbing it as political donation.

Revealed: Workers on Government?s flagship £294m Borders rail link project ar...
THE Daily Record has been contacted by irate workers who have been told to stay at home for days without pay when work dried up on the project.

David Cameron ducks questions on bedroom tax and other big issues as he makes...
DAILY Record blocked by barricade of spin doctors as we try to grill Prime Minister.

VIDEO: Watch as Ed Miliband is egged during campaign visit to London street m...
He had hoped to use his first public foray after a two-week break to highlight Britain?s cost of living crisi

Transport Minister Keith Brown comes under fire for deciding to install avera...
HIGHLAND MP Danny Alexander says the move to spend £2.5 million on the cameras between Dunblane and Inverness is 'knee jerk'.

Half of unemployed youngsters have NEVER had a job, new study reveals
THE study found that since 1998 the number of 16-24-year-olds who have never had a job has almost doubled to 640,000.

Record View: David Cameron's refusal to back England against Scotland is plai...
RECORD VIEW insists David Cameron is no Rod Stewart and can't claim split loyalties ahead of Scotland's friendly against England.

Joan McAlpine: If we were independent who would sign up for the Union?
JOAN says giving up the chance of independence would see us living in the fourth most unequal country in the developed world and leave families struggling with rising prices. 

Alex Salmond leads tributes as former Scottish Conservative leader dies of ca...
THE Lothian MSP, who was awarded a CBE in June, passed away at Edinburgh's St Columba's Hospice after battling cancer for more than a year.

Tributes flood in for ex Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie who has...
THE MSP who became leader of the Scottish Conservatives in 1999, passed away this morning at St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh, following a long battle with cancer.

Scotland needs more than 100,000 new jobs for employment to get back to pre-r...
FIGURES show employment has fallen by 2.6 per cent since the banking crash of 2008 ? leaving a 'jobs gap' of 110,000 positions.

Record View: Work together to create jobs
RECORD VIEW says politicians of all stripes and parliaments need to put aside their warring ways and work together to get people into jobs.

Spain and Argentina to join forces in UN against Britain over Gibraltar and F...
SPAIN'S foreign minister is expected to suggest the two countries team up to present their cases against Britain controlling the two territories at the United Nations.

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The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinbu...
The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinburgh zoo.


Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
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Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tor...

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separa...
A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separate Scotlandshire, and he's no sucker.


'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh Internat...
There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, its outgoing director announced yesterday.


Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a ti...

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Timeline Photos
Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say.

Specially selected tasters for lovers of pure mince.

BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel...
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel 4 to the Office of Communications (OFCOM) for high treason and aiding and abetting the separatist cause.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/500-demands-that-ofcom-investigate-channel-4.
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Catalonian Independence Movement an SNP front, claims BT
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Any invading aliens would clearly be coming here to avail themselves of 'the best of both worlds', a phrase to which we own the copyright and which the separatists have already attempted to steal from us

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Dictionaries and polls
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46% of Tories, 23% of Labour and 16% of LDs would vote to unite under Westminster rule if Scotlandshire was to currently suffer the indignity of being separate.

As U-KOK shows signs of wilting, will there be a new hand to stimulate greate...
As U-KOK shows signs of wilting, will there be a new hand to stimulate greater excitement? Read Poultice on the latest pole.


Dictionaries and polls
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46% of Tories, 23% of Labour and 16% of LDs would vote to unite under Westminster rule if Scotlandshire was to currently suf...

Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say. Specially sele...
Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say.

Specially selected tasters for lovers of pure mince.



Bella Caledonia


Power starts where you accept complicity

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish
An extract from Lesley Riddoch’s new book: Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know ? the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve... Read More ›

George Davie: Life and significance
An excerpt from the Introduction to the new edition of George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect, Edinburgh University Press, 2013. By Murdo Macdonald George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect: Scotland and her Universities in the Nineteenth Century was first published in 1961.... Read More ›

One Nationism Unleashed
By Mike Small Our Kingdom recently published an article by David Rickard on English politics and identity. It’s an extraordinary piece (‘We can’t resist privatisation until we restore the national’) We are the nation referenced in the very name of... Read More ›

A No vote won?t save England from the English
By Jamie Maxwell Mrs Thatcher may not have governed Scotland ?like a province?, as the signatories to Charter 88 claimed towards the end of her premiership, but she certainly entertained a profound disregard for Scottish opinion. Her insistence on implementing... Read More ›

The Sea Inside
The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives,... Read More ›

Jonathan Mills? Declaration of Dependence
In fact, one might categorise Mills predilection for being what he calls ?politically neutral? and avoiding the biggest decision affecting Scotland for 400 years as actually being a commercial decision: one that presses the buttons for a government?s public funding... Read More ›

For Jon Brookes
“Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that... Read More ›

Culture Club
“…Sir Jonathan Mills told Scotland on Sunday that he had decided to sidestep politics and would not be commissioning any work about the independence debate for the 2014 [Edinburgh International Festival], which takes place in the final weeks of campaigning before... Read More ›

Books Upside Your Head
Provoked by Peter’s article and regularly harassed by people who’s books we have promised to review, and haven’t (sorry), today Bella launches it’s new book review section. We’ll be focusing on an eclectic mix of contemporary fiction and non-fiction relating... Read More ›

The Power to Sell Books
By Peter Burnett Scottish writing is in great shape. Scottish publishing is not, and nobody is doing anything about it. Could it be because we have no power? By power here, I mean the ability of a publisher to promote... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato
BBC News
A meeting was held last month between Scottish government officials and Nato to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence. The talks were held at Nato's headquarters in Brussels. Senior Scotti...


Scottish independence: 44% still undecided - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 44% still undecided
Scotsman
Almost half of Scots remain undecided over how, or if, they will vote in next year's independence referendum, new research has shown, with pollsters saying the result is ?not cut and dried?. Ipsos Mori yesterday released fresh analysis rev...


Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark
Scotsman
Earlier during the book festival event, Mr McIlvanney signalled his intention to back the pro-independence camp at next year's referendum, saying he would like Scotland to ?have control of its own destiny?. He issued a warning abou...


Scotland is forecast to vote no. What happens next? - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Scotland is forecast to vote no. What happens next?
Telegraph.co.uk
There is ?virtually no chance? of Scotland voting for independence in next year's referendum. The man who predicted how each of America's 50 states would vote in the 2012 US presidential election has said only a "maj...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


Scottish Independence: 44% unsure what to vote - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence: 44% unsure what to vote
Edinburgh Evening News
... order for the pro-independence campaigners to win. Mark Diffley, Ipsos Mori's research director in Scotland, said: ?As it looks now, the yes side would need to capture somewhere between two-thirds and th...


Churchman predicts Scotland will say no to independence - ChristianToday

ChristianToday

Churchman predicts Scotland will say no to independence
ChristianToday
... could sway the vote on independence. The Reverend Dr Iain D Campbell points out that support for the royal family is still strong across Scotland and that politicians have failed to engage the nation in serious...


Aileen Campbell [left] was on the panel with Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson ...

Scotsman

Aileen Campbell [left] was on the panel with Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson ...
BBC News
The people of Scotland should decide whether the Queen would remain as head of state in the event of independence, a Scottish minister has said. Aileen Campbell made her views known on the BBC Three pr...


How would independence affect our children? - Herald Scotland

How would independence affect our children?
Herald Scotland
We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well then your comments will be subject...


Scottish independence: Payday loan interest rates 'to be capped' post-Yes - B...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Payday loan interest rates 'to be capped' post-Yes
BBC News
Interest rates on payday loans would be capped in an independent Scotland, according to Finance Secretary John Swinney. He made the pledge as he outlined plans for a reformed system of consumer protection aft...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

McIlvanney 'in dark' on SNP move - The Blairgowrie Advertiser

McIlvanney 'in dark' on SNP move
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Novelist William McIlvanney has said he is "totally in the dark" about suggestions he could be asked to help write the Scottish Government's white paper on independence. The Scots writer said the first he heard about the idea was when it a...


Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark
Scotsman
SNP figures were reported to have put McIlvanney to the top of their list. But asked whether he had accepted an invitation to do so, McIlvanney told reporters: ?The first I heard about it was when it was written in the newspaper an...


Super Nova Minerals Corp.: Clarification and Retraction of Previously Issued ...

Super Nova Minerals Corp.: Clarification and Retraction of Previously Issued ...
Marketwire (press release)
(CNSX:SNP) (the "Company") announces that as a result of review by the British Columbia Securities Commission ("BCSC"), the Company is issuing the following news release to clarify certain te...


Andrew Marr: beware Anglophobia in run-up to indyref - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Andrew Marr: beware Anglophobia in run-up to indyref
Herald Scotland
Friday 16 August 2013. Broadcaster Andrew Marr today provoked an angry reaction from the SNP after he warned of "Anglophobia" in Scotland ahead of next year's referendum. Broadcaster Andrew Marr today provoked an an...


UK cuts undermining poverty reduction targets - SNP (press release)

UK cuts undermining poverty reduction targets
SNP (press release)
?The SNP Government's efforts to tackle poverty are constantly undermined by the detrimental cuts of a Westminster Government that has no concern for the thousands of people suffering from these changes. ?An independent Scotland woul...


What is Labour going to do about "Labour for Independence" ? that SNP-driven ...

What is Labour going to do about "Labour for Independence" ? that SNP-driven ...
Conservative Home (blog)
It is given financial and material support from the Yes Scotland campaign, which in turn is funded by SNP donors. More openly, it appears regularly at Yes Scotland events where it is supported ...


Minutes of SNP Group meeting voting to talk to Argyll and Bute for Change - F...

For Argyll

Minutes of SNP Group meeting voting to talk to Argyll and Bute for Change
For Argyll
For Argyll has a copy of the minutes of the recent SNP group meeting ? published below. This was the meeting where, with Council Leader McCuish the sole objector, the majority voted to enter talks with Ar...


'Independent Scotland could make major defence savings' - Public Service

'Independent Scotland could make major defence savings'
Public Service
Lee, a retired colonel in the Irish Defence Forces, claims that approach would cost around £1.4bn a year ? substantially lower than the £2.5bn the SNP has pledged to spend on a Scottish Defence Force and less than half the £3.3b...


UK could keep independent Scotland out of Nato - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)

UK could keep independent Scotland out of Nato
The Times (subscription)
The SNP's defence plans have been badly undermined after Nato officials indicated that an independent Scotland would struggle to join the alliance if it banished nuclear weapons from its shores. It emerg...


Weekend Warmup: Jonathan McDonald's five best bets, on iPad app and at ... - ...

Weekend Warmup: Jonathan McDonald's five best bets, on iPad app and at ...
The Province
Chung-Ping LL (Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei), 10 a.m., TSN2; Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers, 10 a.m., SNP; Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, 4 p.m., SNP, TEAM 1040; Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Vancouver Canadi...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe - Herald Scotland

The Guardian

Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe
Herald Scotland
I AGREE with Alasdair Gray that we are suffering from what he calls Scottification, or the cultural cringe: the belief that anyone from outside Scotland must be better than someone from inside the country ("L...


'Robot' referendum team slated - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

'Robot' referendum team slated
Herald Scotland
Gordon Wilson said negative campaigning worked and SNP MSPs and MPs and cross-party allies in the Yes Scotland group should "be deployed as soon as possible in a managed offensive" against "the enemy" of the UK capital and the prosperous...


Scottish independence: 44% still undecided - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 44% still undecided
Scotsman
Almost half of Scots remain undecided over how, or if, they will vote in next year's independence referendum, new research has shown, with pollsters saying the result is ?not cut and dried?. Ipsos Mori yesterday released fresh analysis rev...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Scots face uphill battle for independence
Aljazeera.com
Glasgow, Scotland - A referendum on Scottish independence, due to take place on September 18, 2014, will mark the most important constitutional event in British history since the Act of Union united Scotland and England in 1707. B...


The principle of referendum - Herald Scotland

The principle of referendum
Herald Scotland
I READ with interest the comments of Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw ("SNP accused of dishonesty over 'plans' for referendum on the monarchy", The Herald August 12). I READ with interest the comments of Scottish Conservative deputy ...



Chauvinism and construction in Scotland's referendum discourses - Ekklesia

Chauvinism and construction in Scotland's referendum discourses
Ekklesia
On 18 September 2014 a referendum will take place in Scotland that will decide whether or not Scotland should become independent of the rest of the United Kingdom: the referendum was a key manifesto pledge of the Scottish Nati...


BBC Connected Studio focuses on Scottish referendum - Broadcast

BBC Connected Studio focuses on Scottish referendum
Broadcast
The latest event, scheduled for 17 September in BBC Scotland's Glasgow headquarters, will task attendees with generating ideas which will make the issues surrounding the referendum accessible to youngsters. In its latest Innovation Brief...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Voting in 2014 referendum must be compulsory - Herald Scotland

Voting in 2014 referendum must be compulsory
Herald Scotland
I believe that voting in the forthcoming referendum should be compulsory (in that sense), to try to avoid the outcome (whatever it might be) being forever blighted by the fact that, in the event, it had not commanded the support of the ma...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Samsung S4

Just got my upgrade through, never used one, is it any good (Currently using a nokia lumia window...



Positive 'yes' Stories

i thought I would start a thread on the positives of independence and the positive press stories....



Stacey Dooley
Wtf has happened to the bbc, why is she suddenly an investigative journalist looking into the dru...

Loud Gig!
The Courteeners & Kings of Leon are playin Bellahouston Park tonight and I can hear it pretty cle...

Bt Sport Now On Virgin Media

BT Sports 1 and 2 and ESPN have appeared on Virgin Media (free of charge on XL at least), happy d...



Scotland Is 2Nd Fattest Country In The World

Costing the NHS £200 million a year.  Some people have never chopped an onion or peeled a carrot!...



Barking Mad!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-zoo-under-fire-disguising-dog-lion-070130828.html#XWUudMb



Why ?
Great night last night, a truly remarkable showing by a team which displayed that the will to win...

Pub To Watch Game Tonight In Belfast?
Anyone know of a pub in Belfast that will have the game on tonight?

Cher Lloyd And The Jobbie Video Pt 2



Better Nation

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

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Scot Goes pop

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

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Independence is the right option for Scotland and the UK

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

Laurie Clark, owner and managing director of Anglo-Scott...



Yes vote would allow Scotland to better protect consumers - and act on "legal...

A new discussion paper by the Scottish Government has outlined how an independent Scotland would ...



Independent Scotland could act to protect people against cold calls

An independent Scotland would be able to act to protect families and individuals against cold cal...



Westminster?s failing people who work in Scotland

Working people in Scotland and across the UK are being failed by Westminster.

Wages have fallen f...



Yes LGBT steps up campaign for equal rights in written constitution

A campaign to enshrine equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in a writt...



Poll finds majority would vote No to Scotland joining the UK

Just 18% of Scots would vote to join the Union if Scotland was already an independent country cho...



Reports highlight opportunities of a Yes vote

Two Reports published today shine a light on our economic direction over the coming years, and hi...



Perspectives: Bedroom tax is causing misery for 80,000 of our most vulnerable...

People cannot fail to have been moved by reports this week of how the hated ?bedroom tax? is caus...



Crofting for Yes launches at Black Isle Show

Crofting for Yes, the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence, will be launched to...



Scotland can do better on Welfare and Pensions

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum on an independent Scotland ?would give the opportunity for m...



Independence is a chance to build a fairer and affordable welfare system

Responding to an IFS report on benefits spending, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland,...



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
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
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Andrew Marr 'very worried' by tone of Scottish independence debate

Broadcaster talks 'toxic' anglophobia at Edinburgh international book festival, in first public appearance since stroke

It was a frail figure who gingerly made his way on to the stage at the Edinbur...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Trident base promises

Both political opponents and allies of Scottish government say pledge to join Nato is at odds with stance on nuclear disarmamant

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of misleading voters over ...



Lanark author slams 'Scotophobic' culture agenda

Alasdair Gray says appointment of English people to cultural jobs in Scotland is part of part of anti-independence strategy

Alasdair Gray, author of the classic novel Lanark and one of Scotland's ou...



Scottish independence campaign has almost no chance, says Nate Silver

Political polling guru says data on referendum is 'pretty definitive' unless there is a major crisis in England

The campaign for Scottish independence has "virtually no chance" of victory, according...



The Edinburgh festival's attempt to keep politics out in 2014 is farcical | M...

With the Scottish independence referendum looming, any attempt to artificially separate art and politics is likely to fail

On Monday the Scottish Independence Convention hosted the first major Scott...



David McLetchie

Former Scottish Conservative leader held in high regard by colleagues and constituents

David McLetchie, who has died of cancer aged 61, belonged to a threatened species, as a leading Scottish Tory p...



David McLetchie, former Scottish Conservative leader, dies aged 61

Tributes from across the political spectrum to former lawyer who became MSP in 1999

Former Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie has died, aged 61.

McLetchie led the Scottish Tories for seven ...



Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



 

   

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