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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Government backs Bill to enshrine development aid spending in law
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
The Government has endorsed a Liberal Democrat-sponsored Bill to write into law a minimum 0.7% spending commitment on international aid, despite objections from Tory backbenchers.

Boris Johnson chosen to fight safe Tory seat
12 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
BORIS Johnson has been selected as the Conservative candidate to fight the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the General Election.

Final bill for MPs' expenses is claimed as a victory for new regulatory regime
11 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
THE total bill for MPs' expenses and costs rose from £98 million to £103 million last year, according to the latest figures.

Northern Ireland's peace in peril, says Adams
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
SINN Fein president Gerry Adams has said Northern Ireland's political process is in serious difficulty.

Libor fines should pay Gurkha pensions, urges concerned Conservative MP
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE money generated from Libor fines should be used to support Gurkha veterans forced to survive without army pensions, an MP has said.

Pressure on Russia over downed plane
11 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government has issued a fresh request to Russia to help investigators gain access to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.

£100m of tax bills paid with art
10 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Works of art and other heritage objects worth more than £100 million were accepted by the Westminster Government instead of tax over a five-year period, new figures show.

UK unexpectedly given supervision of EU financial services
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
NEW European Commission ­President Jean-Claude Juncker has unexpectedly handed super­vision of EU financial services to Britain.

Speaker told to wait on Clerk's appointment
10 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
Former Labour Cabinet minister Jack Straw is to chair an inquiry into the governance of the House of Commons amid a row over the hiring of a new Commons Clerk.

Obama sends best wishes to athletes
9 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
BARACK Obama has wished the teams competing in the Invictus Games well as Prince Harry staged a party to welcome those taking part in the sporting spectacle.

Blair aide defends terror suspect meeting
8 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
Tony Blair's former chief of staff has defended his decision to meet with an on-the-run republican terror suspect as part of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland.

Labour MP Jim Dobbin dies on trip to Poland aged 73
7 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
ED Miliband has paid tribute to the Labour party backbencher Jim Dobbin, who has died aged 73.

Alliance assures Kiev that Nato member states will be defended
5 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has given a cautious welcome to a ceasefire in Ukraine but insisted what was needed was a long-term peace plan, warning that the West would not accept any partition of the crisis-torn country.

Obama: The West will defeat 'extremist nihilism' of the Islamic State terrorists
5 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
BARACK Obama has made it clear the West will defeat the "extremist nihilism" of the Islamic State as he toughened up his stance after claims of a lack of leadership by the US president against the terror threat.

Miliband told to offer EU vote or risk losing General Election
5 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
ED MILIBAND risks losing next year's General Election if he does not offer voters a referendum on the EU, the leader of the UK's largest union has warned.


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Scottish independence: Spanish Ayes from Catalonia
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

English teacher Marta Vallbona is gathering up pro-independence leaflets and checking off names on a list. She is heading out to canvass ­voters, hoping to convince them to vote in favour.



Scottish independence: Brown appeals to pensioners
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

GORDON Brown appealed to pensioners yesterday to persuade young voters to reject independence as he delivered his last referendum campaign speech in Clydebank.



Business leaders: No vote best way to boost jobs
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The leaders of business lobbying body the CBI have come together to appeal to people in Scotland to reject independence.



Scottish independence: Salmond?s letter to voters
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Alex Salmond has made an emotional eve-of-poll plea to Scots to seize their historic opportunity and “wake up on the first day of a better country” in an open letter to the nation.



Analysis: John Curtice on the latest ICM poll
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Unless our latest ICM poll proves wholly inaccurate, either Yes or No activists will be bitterly disappointed on Friday – and asking what they might have done to have avoided losing so narrowly. Here are a few suggestions.



Scottish independence: Clashes mar Miliband visit
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband accused the Yes campaign of “ugly” tactics yesterday after protesters hurled abuse at him in chaotic scenes during a visit to Edinburgh.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Cameron?s last-minute pledge
16 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron is facing growing pressure from Conservative MPs after promising more powers for Scotland if there is a No vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.



George Kerevan: The reason size doesn?t matter
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

The move to an independent state is not driven by romanticism but by political evolution, writes George Kerevan



Allan Massie: The UK?s value is immense
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

In any democracy, many people endure a government they didn’t vote for. There is still time to think, writes Allan Massie



Chris Marshall: Independence won?t save us from IS
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

WHILE most of Scotland will be waking up on Friday to the result of a referendum currently too close to call, terrorism experts from across the UK and beyond will be gathering in St Andrews to mark ten years of the university’s seminal Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence and discuss the growing threat of the group calling itself Islamic State (IS).



Scottish independence essay: We?re ready to leave
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

This is the latest in a weekly series of indyref essays in which influential figures explore ideas related to the Scottish independence referendum.



Leaders: Sustenance for both camps in our ICM poll
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

BOTH sides in Scotland’s increasingly tense referendum campaign have cause to take encouragement from the exclusive ICM Research opinion poll we publish today.



Scottish independence poll: ICM puts Yes up to 48%
16 Sep 2014 at 2:50pm

SUPPORT for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today.



Independence round-up: Betfair | TNS poll | Border
16 Sep 2014 at 12:15pm

CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories, features and opinion pieces featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.



Police rest days switched ahead of polling day
16 Sep 2014 at 11:58am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Police Scotland has re-scheduled rest days for officers amid fears a high voter turnout could lead to long queues outside polling stations.




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We have a number of questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm
Concerning this: 1. Given that the “paying out early” routine has been done at least a dozen times before (sometimes with hilarious consequences) and is therefore of little PR value, how stupid do you have to be to do it over the independence referendum? 2. Paying out early on Manchester United winning the league doesn’t […]

Two lost cousins
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2014 at 4:04am
Two full-page ads in today’s Scottish Sun from the two faces of the No campaign: Vague, incoherent, half-hearted lies from an old dinosaur too bewildered to know where to lie down and die, and a demented racist holed up in a rural Post Office waiting for the men with the nets and the tranquilisers to […]

Nick Clegg Signs Another Pledge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2014 at 4:22pm
Yeah, again. Do we even need to bother? 1. “The Scottish Parliament is permanent” A meaningless platitude. As long as Westminster is sovereign, it can close Holyrood down at a moment’s notice. No government can bind its successors. Six years from now when Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, do you think he’ll give a toss […]

A simple misunderstanding
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Scottish Labour, having seemingly faced up to their shortcomings as a political branch office and thereby despaired of being able to win any arguments, have now resorted to what appears to be a final strategy: telling undecideds to vote No for no reason at all. “If you don’t know, Vote No” is the very basest […]

In at the deep end
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2014 at 6:27am
Well, at least now I know how a bullet feels when it gets fired from a gun. I got home on Saturday evening, and started with a wander around the former social-housing estate where my parents live, now bisected by walls and fences and hedges where people bought their houses under Right To Buy and […]

We are not afraid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2014 at 3:30am
Alert readers will remember that Gordon Brown, who is apparently some sort of former politician, has recently been spreading the completely baseless scare story that Scots would no longer receive organ transplants or blood transfusions from other people in the UK (and vice versa) in the event of independence. Last night, not long after the […]

And then my heart went boom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 4:54pm
The picture the BBC chose to illustrate events in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street today: What was actually happening: Make up your own mind.

To my friends in Labour
by James Forrest
13 Sep 2014 at 6:59am
Hello. Some of you will know me, but most of you won?t. That?s alright. That?s not important. All you have to know right now is that I’m just like you. We may well be on different sides in this referendum race ? I’m on team Yes ? but we are the same. I come from […]

If you love someone, keep them prisoner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
An interesting piece in the Herald today: Right there, in just two sentences, the spirit of the Union: English people think they should have been allowed to force the Scots to remain in the UK against their will. If 70% of English people voted against independence (or even in fact, if just 70% of the […]

Unicorns over Cowcaddens
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2014 at 3:30am
The below appears to be Magnus Gardham’s column in today’s Herald. Braveheart will not be shown on TV until after the referendum, and thank heavens for small mercies. Star and director Mel Gibson himself notes that the film is a “historical fantasy” and shouldn’t be taken as the accurate portrayal of Wallace’s life. And it […]


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Referendum campaigns make final push
16 Sep 2014 at 7:36pm
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.


Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge
16 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.


Scots NHS 'faces £400m funding gap'
15 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
Confidential papers passed to the BBC suggest a radical cost-saving plan will be implemented in the Scottish NHS after the referendum.


Scots vote sparks 10m Facebook hits
15 Sep 2014 at 6:07pm
Social media giant Facebook has seen 10 million interactions concerning the Scottish independence referendum in a five-week period.


Vote 'a unique opportunity' for jobs
16 Sep 2014 at 6:27am
Scottish government ministers say a "Yes" vote on Thursday will give Scotland a "unique opportunity" to secure job creating powers.


Brown attacks SNP on NHS protection
16 Sep 2014 at 10:54am
The SNP are "perpetrating a lie" about protecting the NHS with independence, says former prime minister Brown.


Miliband hits back at 'ugly' tactics
16 Sep 2014 at 2:27pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband accuses the pro-independence campaign of "ugly" tactics after clashing with Yes supporters in Edinburgh.


Yes campaigners stage Glasgow rally
16 Sep 2014 at 3:38pm
About 1,500 pro-independence supporters take part in a rally in the heart of Glasgow, following Monday's pro-Union rally in London.


Salmond and PM present rival visions
15 Sep 2014 at 2:52pm
First Minister Alex Salmond joins business leaders to argue for a Yes vote, as Prime Minister David Cameron outlines "head and heart" reasons to vote No.


Call to end journalist intimidation
15 Sep 2014 at 9:23am
The National Union of Journalists calls for an end to the bullying and intimidation of its members covering the independence debate.


'No' campaigners hold London rally
15 Sep 2014 at 3:35pm
Pro-union supporters and celebrity campaigners take part in a rally in London aimed at persuading Scotland's voters to reject independence.


'No' receives most campaign cash
15 Sep 2014 at 7:37am
The campaign to keep Scotland in the Union received more cash in total than the pro-independence side, according to the final set of official figures.


Shipbuilders voice Yes vote concerns
15 Sep 2014 at 9:42am
A group of young shipbuilders writes to First Minister Alex Salmond saying they are "gravely concerned" about the future of the industry if Scotland becomes independent.


Pensioners urged to back 'Yes' vote
15 Sep 2014 at 6:59am
Nicola Sturgeon urges pensioners to vote for independence, during the last week of campaigning before Thursday's vote.


Two arrests outside 'Yes' concert
15 Sep 2014 at 5:44am
Two 18-year-old men are charged with assault after an incident outside a pro-independence concert in Edinburgh.


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A personal plea to the undecideds
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 4:05pm

By Sinclair Macleod
 
This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy.  He awoke at around three o?clock on the Wednesday morning with a severe headache, and by half past six he was on a ventilator in Yorkhill Hospital diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Over the next day and a half the doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save his life but on the Thursday afternoon we were told there was nothing they could do for him.



Vote Yes for a Scottish Political Enlightenment
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 3:45pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
"On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When we pick up that wee bit of paper, we are sovereign, for the first time in the Scottish nations' history, with all the power required over our country, our ancestors didnae have the vote 300 odd years ago. We have it now. And that vote is powerful. If at 1 minute past 10, we voted no, we give it away, and virtually become a region of England. But if at 1 minute past 10, we have voted yes, all those powers we had in 15 hours, remain in Scotland forever."

Jim Sillars' final public meeting 15/09/2014



Dear No voter,
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 4:39am

By Alex Mooney

The polls reckon most No voters are like me - of the mature variety, with children and grandchildren, trying to protect what you have worked for over a lifetime.

You are not entirely happy with the politicians who govern you but at least it's the devil you know.  Taking a step into the unknown is a gamble too far.



Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2014 at 3:12am

By Mark McNaught

For some reason I thought maybe there were journalistic depths to which the Daily Mail could not sink.  Any illusions I harboured were dispelled by this article with Alex Salmond juxtaposed with Kim Jong Un.

This followed the Mail printing in its Scottish edition the headline ?Cameron: Don?t rip our family apart?, whereas ?Why don?t we tell the Scots to shove off? was emblazoned on the English edition on the same day.



An Orange Morning in Edinburgh
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Sep 2014 at 8:37am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
On Saturday, I took the 10am train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we pulled out of the station the tinny sound of flute band music on mobile phones began.  A woman near the end of the corridor had a Union flag on her lap.
 
Across the aisle from me sat four burly men.  They were all drinking cans of Stella.  The youngest had a soft, babyish face and wore an Orange t-shirt with a Rangers crest framed by the motto "we are the people" in ornate font.



Zero votes for NO after democratic debate in Usdaw meeting
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Sep 2014 at 5:59am

By an Usdaw member, reporting from her union branch debate

Exactly a week before the Referendum, I attended what I think is the only branch of Usdaw in the whole of Scotland to have a well advertised, democratic debate of union members between Yes and No, with speakers for each side, and a full, fair debate where members' questions and concerns were answered.



Vote Yes to throw off elite rule
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Sep 2014 at 4:12pm

By Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP

The referendum has seen the greatest explosion of political engagement in our lifetimes.  People in Britain are generally told that it?s best if we let our betters make the decisions for us, but now Scots have our own future in our own hands, and we are proving more than up to the task.

This needn?t be a flash in the pan. If we vote Yes, real democracy, driven by ordinary people, could be the norm.



The Real IndyRef Division
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Sep 2014 at 4:31am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The referendum has divided Scotland.  It has been bitter and nasty.  Turned friends into enemies, lovers into fighters.
 
Whatever happens next week Scotland will be a more fractured place for all this unnecessary talk about frivolous things such as politics, and economics, and the future.



Can Brown save the Union with a timetable?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Sep 2014 at 8:52am

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Can Gordon Brown's new timetable for more devolution coax wavering voters back to the No camp before next Thursday?
 
It's certainly true that Devo Max would have won the referendum hands down two years ago.  But Devo Max isn't what Gordon Brown is offering now and two years has proved to be a small eternity in Scottish politics.



PAUL KRUGMAN, WHAT THE HECK?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Sep 2014 at 4:23pm

  By George Kerevan
 
Since I was stood down by Channel 4 News to debate US economist Paul Krugman on Scottish independence and currency ? with no explanation - I thought the readers of Newsnet Scotland might like to hear what I would have said.




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Scotland's Deciding
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 7:03pm

It seems Alistair Darling has been cast aside after his disastrous tv debate performance with Salmond. Such a change from the Yes team would have been pounced on by a conscious profes...



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The Anarchist Vote
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 5:59pm

A some time theme of articles on Bella has been people’s journey from DON’T KNOW to YES. The passage from ABSTENTION to YES has just as much to offer however. The possibility of ab...



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Scottish independence: The blame game begins in No camp even before the first...
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 4:21pm

The blame game has begun, even before we know the result of Thursday's referendum. Even if the Scottish people vote against independence, the way the UK is run is going to change. So politicians of all hues are scrambling to get their excuses in first.


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This was quite interes...



Alex Salmond and Jackie Bird - Scotland's Referendum 2014 - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 3:58pm



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Scottish independence: Defence is new battleground
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 2:25pm

DEFENCE became the main battleground in the independence referendum yesterday as both Yes and No camps drafted in former military personnel in the fight for the hearts and minds of Scots voters.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is not a new scare story from the anti-independence mob. In fact, it is one...



Why anarchists should vote ?Yes?
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 2:04pm

This piece by Thomas Swann contributed to the debate between authors like Gordon Asher, Leigh French and Richard Gunn, and draws on arguments from Israeli anarchist Uri Gordon on anarchists support...



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Scottish independence and the UK?s depleted uranium weapons
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 2:00pm

If we win a Yes vote on Thursday, the ramifications are huge. One issue that has not been discussed in terms of the assets and 'debts' is the toxic legacy of the British State. Here the Internation...



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"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, don't miss it" - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm



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We have a number of questions
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:48pm

Concerning this: 1. Given that the "paying out early" routine has been done at least a dozen times before (sometimes with hilarious consequences) and is therefore of little PR value, how stupid do ...

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Former police chief says a Yes vote will help secure a safer Scotland | Yes S...
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:43pm

A leading former police chief who was instrumental in re-shaping the service in Scotland has signed up for Yes.


Ex-Chief Superintendent David O’Connor says he believes that independence will help guarantee the future of Police Scotland - the new single force he helped to create - and lead to a saf...



People in Scotland will find it hard to swallow Cameron's last-minute 'vow' o...
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:32pm



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#YesBecause Kate Higgins
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:23pm

Kate is a seasoned blogger (A Burdz Eye View) and Yes campaigner who agreed to share her journey to Yes! I’m three beers to the good. A lovely social night among the guid folk in the Yes campaign i...

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New Statesman | Is the leaders' vow of power to Scotland already unravelling?
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 1:16pm

Covering the rammies and stooshies of the Scottish referendum build-up, I find myself more and more trying to shoehorn in the popular, if hackneyed, Robert Burns line: “The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men/Gang aft agley”.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Are we expected to believe that Cameron and his cro...



Lawyers call emergency meeting to combat 'absurd' No campaign scare tactics |...
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 12:52pm



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David Cameron faces Tory 'bloodbath' over 'unfair' cash for Scotland - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm

Tory backbenchers vow to block 'on the hoof' promise to sustain higher Scottish funding

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'If you vote No on Thursday, change will start on Friday': Ed Miliband delive...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
AFTER being heckled by Yes supporters during a walkabout in Edinburgh the Labour leader called for calm as campaigners on both sides prepare for a final push ahead of tomorrow's historic vote.


'Don't let it slip through our fingers.. let's do this': Alex Salmond urges S...
by Alex Salmond
16 Sep 2014 at 9:00pm
AS we enter the final day of campaigning Salmond says a Yes vote on Thursday could make Scotland a global success story - a beacon of economic growth and a champion of social justice.


Police launch probe after death threat aimed at George Galloway is sent to Ho...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2014 at 6:39pm
ACCORDING to sources, the letter sent to the Houses of Parliament included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".


Independence referendum: Bill Clinton urges Scots to back No vote.. but admit...
by Chris Clements
16 Sep 2014 at 5:30pm
THE former US president said fears over the pound and new powers promised to Scotland mean he is backing a No vote in Thursday's referendum.


Independence referendum: Yes and No votes neck and neck as both sides gear up...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2014 at 3:40pm
SURVEYS carried out by Opinium and ICM both gave No a slender lead ahead of the final day of campaigning - with 52 per cent to 48 per cent.


Independence referendum: Cast your vote for confidence, prosperity and lastin...
by Ricky Ross
16 Sep 2014 at 1:55pm
YES supporter and Deacon Blue legend RICKY ROSS says he believes a Yes vote in Thursday's referendum can deliver a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous future for Scotland.


Independence referendum: Latest news RECAP September 16
by Tony McGuire
16 Sep 2014 at 1:11pm
With only two days to go, the Daily Record remains impartial in our delivery of all the day's biggest referendum stories.


Independence referendum: How dare Salmond lecture me about patriotism, Tom Br...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm
LEGENDARY political commentator TOM BROWN said he will not take lessons from Salmond on patriotism as he insisted his decision to vote No is because he believes it is the best outcome for our families and fellow-Scots.


Independence referendum: Ed Miliband forced to abandon Edinburgh walk-about a...
by Ben Russell
16 Sep 2014 at 12:30pm
LABOUR had attempted to keep details of the visit quiet to prevent it being hijacked but Mr Miliband found himself surrounded by media and angry campaigners in the capital.

Independence Referendum: Postal voters told it's too late for a change of hea...
by Craig Robertson
16 Sep 2014 at 11:58am
IN light of fresh campaigning by both sides of the debate, some of the 70,000 postal voters who have already cast their vote have said they would like to change their vote.


Scottish independence: Ed Miliband abandons Edinburgh walk-about as Yes and N...
by Ben Russell
16 Sep 2014 at 11:51am
Labour had attempted to keep details of the visit quiet to prevent it being hijacked but Mr Miliband found himself surrounded by media and campaigners


Independence referendum: New poll reveals 63% of adults south of border want ...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2014 at 11:16am
THE TNS poll also found 40 per cent of English and Welsh adults reckoned a Yes vote in Thursday's referendum would leave the rest of the UK worse off.


Independence referendum: Bookmakers paying out on 'No' vote - three days early
by Anthony Bond
16 Sep 2014 at 8:01am
BETFAIR tweeted this afternoon to say it believes Scotland will vote to stay within the United Kingdom after Thursday's crucial vote


Independence referendum: Leaked report suggests NHS in Scotland faces £400m c...
by David Taylor
16 Sep 2014 at 6:38am
THE report was leaked by senior NHS staff furious with claims from Yes campaigners that the NHS is under threat if Scotland votes No.


Mr Fixit: Odds on No victory remain incredibly short despite polls telling us...
by Mr Fixit
16 Sep 2014 at 6:16am
WITH just two days until Scotland goes to the polls, our resident tipster MR FIXIT can't understand why the odds on the No campaign winning remain so low.


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Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Disaster looms! The oil will really run out!


Oil will 'run out completely in less than 18 months', warns Darling
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A Yes vote would be a disaster of biblical proportions and unthinkably bad for the economy of my Country

New Scottish satire paper hits the streets!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 8:04am
New Scottish satire paper hits the streets!


Daily Record rebrands as the Daily Onion
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Good satire relies on producing something ridiculous that politicians MIGHT say which, on reflection, is just silly.

Everywhere in the UK say they are delighted to have more powers, and oodles o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
Everywhere in the UK say they are delighted to have more powers, and oodles of cash, transferred to Scotland!


UK pledge: Vote no and you?ll get more than anyone else!
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Unionist proposals Grrate

In yet another devastating blow to the nationalists, a slowly rising megastar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm
In yet another devastating blow to the nationalists, a slowly rising megastar of Dateline Scotland has secretly married the NoThanks! chief spokestragedist in a top secret ceremony, at a top secret location, all paid for by a top secret Better Together donor.


Secret betrothal for Scotlandshire me...

We bring you an update from the sickbed of Nick Robinson.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
We bring you an update from the sickbed of Nick Robinson.


And here's to you Mr Robinson. Jesus!
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I was shocked to see how the poor man has changed so rapidly

Yes campaign buoyed by Queen's intervention.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2014 at 6:48am
Yes campaign buoyed by Queen's intervention.


Blow for U-KOK as Queen wades into the debate
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The Queen is supposed to be politically neutral, which means encouraging blind acceptance of the status quo.

Cameron bids for new conquest, as he loses Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2014 at 11:04am
Cameron bids for new conquest, as he loses Scotlandshire


Cameron urges Swedes to abandon separatism and vote for his party of Cnuts
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Recreate Cnut's North Sea Empire, and once again have total Cnuts like me ruling you.

Are your children happy? Free from anxiety? We can fix that.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2014 at 11:09am
Are your children happy? Free from anxiety? We can fix that.


A Referendum tale for wee folk
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We bring you a classic tale to terrify the weans

The Balloch Examiner raises the threat level from splittism to stratospheric ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2014 at 7:33am
The Balloch Examiner raises the threat level from splittism to stratospheric levels. Scotlandshire could lose its entire parasite population!


Clock Tick-ing For Salmond As Nits Say Naw To Separation
ballochexaminer.com
Several of Scotland's most common species of blood-sucking parasites have announc...

As Scotlandshire threatens to bring the universe to the point of extinction -...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2014 at 4:48pm
As Scotlandshire threatens to bring the universe to the point of extinction - the Empire Strikes Back!


Biblical Dentists for Naw outline the 10 plaques of Splittism
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Sgianach Midge will take on all comers - and win

BBC Scotlandshire staff don't think the new Star Wars movie is up to much. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Sep 2014 at 4:33am
BBC Scotlandshire staff don't think the new Star Wars movie is up to much.

George Lucas' standards are obviously slipping.



Empire strikes back

The Labour Empire Strikes back in Glasgow. A gathering on your taxpayers money to convince you to vote for the Empire! Vote Slavery Vote Empire Vote Glo...

The Niggle & Georgie Show - coming to a Lodge near you!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Sep 2014 at 4:08pm
The Niggle & Georgie Show - coming to a Lodge near you!


After the warm-up acts, it's the Niggle and Georgie show!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
George Dumfries and Galloway, speaking from his Brick Lane Penthouse said plenty as he sipped milk through a straw

Poultice pontificates on polls - but this time gives you the chance to squadi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm
Poultice pontificates on polls - but this time gives you the chance to squadillions of cash!


Referendum voting 'has been going on for months' - Absence of U-KOK activists finally explained
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
There are £millions to be made from knowing the result in advance, and influencing ...

Readers should note that the so-called "Dateline Scotland" uses moving pictur...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Sep 2014 at 7:33am
Readers should note that the so-called "Dateline Scotland" uses moving pictures. Research has shown that watching moving pictures reduces your wist for and ability to have sex.

So Episode 7 comes with a Government Health Warning - DON'T WATCH IT!



Dateline Scotland: Episode 7

This week's headlines...

Academics prove that Scotland should be less well-educated.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Sep 2014 at 1:34pm
Academics prove that Scotland should be less well-educated.


Academics for No publish their research
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Better Together are cereal misleaders.


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Scotland?s Deciding
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 6:04pm
By Mike Small It seems Alistair Darling has been cast aside after his disastrous tv debate performance with Salmond, and Gordon Brown has been put in charge to make the case at this late hour. Such a change from the... Read More ›


Polly Toynbee agus sgleò na mòr-chathrach
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 5:20pm
By Wilson Macleod Mar as trice tha na h-aithrisean agus na beachdan a tha nochdadh anns na pàipearan-naidheachd à Lunnainn air poileataigs Alba agus ceist na neo-eisimileachd ag innse dhuinn barrachd mu thuigsean Lunnainn seach thuigsean Alba fhèin. Tha sin... Read More ›


The Anarchist Vote
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 4:37pm
By Peter Burnett A some time theme of articles on Bella has been people?s journey from DON?T KNOW to YES. The passage from ABSTENTION to YES has just as much to offer however. The possibility of abstention has been a... Read More ›


Why anarchists should vote ?Yes?
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 1:23pm
This piece by Thomas Swann contributed to the debate between authors like Gordon Asher, Leigh French and Richard Gunn, and draws on arguments from Israeli anarchist Uri Gordon on anarchists supporting state formation as a strategic move in a larger struggle. It has... Read More ›


Scottish independence and the UK?s depleted uranium weapons
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm
If we win a Yes vote on Thursday, the ramifications are huge. One issue that has not been discussed in terms of the assets and ‘debts’ is the toxic legacy of the British State. Here the International Coalition to Ban... Read More ›

An Open Letter To Ewan Morrison From A Mate
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 5:58am
by Kevin Williamson Dear Ewan You’re a pal and will still be on Friday morning.  That won’t change.  I’m writing this in the spirit of our friendship.  Don’t worry, there’s no lambasting of you, or any of that soapbox diplomacy nonsense.... Read More ›


We Are Rising
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 5:40am
Throughout the last year new leaders have emerged everywhere. Here’s one of them. This is a remarkable inspirational speech by Loki.    Filed under: Commentary Tagged: inspirational speech


The New Reality
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 5:19am
By Peter Arnott Raymond Williams, the Welsh critic whose lectures I was once privileged to attend (free) as a student  in England, wrote in Culture and Society (1958) these words I have tattooed on my heart: “There are ideas and... Read More ›


A Risk Assessment for future of the UK
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2014 at 4:06am
By Laura Eaton Lewis?My heart says yes and my head says no.?That?s how the narrative goes, isn?t it?  That the only reason to vote yes is out of patriotism and that we must try and quell those feelings to think... Read More ›


Closer and Closer
by bellacaledonia
15 Sep 2014 at 6:55pm
We publish all of our print edition Closer magazines online for the first time - and launch our new women's issue. Buy a hard copy or download yours today.


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Expatriates Must Sit Out Scotland Independence Vote - Wall Street Journal
16 Sep 2014 at 10:04pm

Wall Street Journal

Expatriates Must Sit Out Scotland Independence Vote
Wall Street Journal
Recent polls have shown a surge in support for Scottish independence, though most indicate the pro-union camp remains slightly in the lead. Expatriate Scots, living anywhere from London to São Paulo, have bee...


Why is the US nervous about Scottish independence vote? - CNN
16 Sep 2014 at 3:00pm

CNN

Why is the US nervous about Scottish independence vote?
CNN
Washington (CNN) -- When it comes to the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to yourself, and avoid getting dragged into the fray. T...


Scotland independence: Welcome to the nation formerly known as the UK - The I...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:40am

The Independent

Scotland independence: Welcome to the nation formerly known as the UK
The Independent
There is not going to be a war of independence, nor indeed a civil war as happened in Ireland afterwards. Nor is there going to be partition, even though some parts of Scotland are solidly unionist....


Scottish Independence Movement's Wager on Energy Could Prove Risky - New York...
16 Sep 2014 at 6:44pm

New York Times

Scottish Independence Movement's Wager on Energy Could Prove Risky
New York Times
Even though some big oil companies have begun venturing farther offshore into deeper waters north of Scotland, the industry opposes the independence movement and might think twice before making the billi...


Many Questions Arise From Scottish Independence Vote - New York Times
16 Sep 2014 at 9:53am

Many Questions Arise From Scottish Independence Vote
New York Times
The Scottish independence referendum will ask simply, ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? The language, approved in a deal in 2012, requires voters to cast a yes or no ballot, and the two campaigns have organized themselve...


Scottish independence: women voters could save the Union - Telegraph.co.uk
16 Sep 2014 at 3:02pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: women voters could save the Union
Telegraph.co.uk
If Scotland votes in favour of independence, respondents believe the main driving force will have been ?dislike? of Westminster politicians, a factor named by 38 per cent. The next most popular reason for suppor...


Scotland independence: What a Yes vote would mean - the experts' view - The I...
16 Sep 2014 at 4:01pm

The Independent

Scotland independence: What a Yes vote would mean - the experts' view
The Independent
Scottish membership of the EU would need unanimous approval from the member-states. Would Spain, Belgium or Germany welcome Scotland when this would give encouragement to Catalan, Basque, Flemish an...


Scottish Independence Could Cut Home-Buyers' Currency - Wall Street Journal
16 Sep 2014 at 5:47am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence Could Cut Home-Buyers' Currency
Wall Street Journal
Unilateral use of the pound would undoubtedly be costly for Scotland, while joining the euro probably requires the creation of a Scottish currency first to align the new economy with the rest of the eurozon...


Scottish independence poll: ICM puts Yes up to 48% - Scotsman
16 Sep 2014 at 2:56pm

Scottish independence poll: ICM puts Yes up to 48%
Scotsman
SUPPORT for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland's independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today. The Yes vote stands at 48 per cent compared with 52 p...


Scotch lovers, watch out: Scottish independence could hurt - Financial Post
16 Sep 2014 at 10:44am

Financial Post

Scotch lovers, watch out: Scottish independence could hurt
Financial Post
A series of recent polls indicating strong voter support on both sides of the Scottish independence debate has forced markets to address the possibility that Thursday's referendum will have a meaningful impact o...



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Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons - Westport News
17 Sep 2014 at 1:01am

Separatists in Quebec, Scotland share lessons
Westport News
The pro-independence counterparts have kept in contact ever since, and a group of SNP delegates traveled to Quebec as recently as 2011. The Scottish have inquired on how Quebec separatists organized their campaign and planned to acquire in...


Scotland will struggle to make its way as a newly independent state - The Gua...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:54am

The Guardian

Scotland will struggle to make its way as a newly independent state
The Guardian
As with Kosovo, the silent ambivalence, bordering on hostility, to the SNP-led campaign points to a long and rocky road ahead should the yes camp prevail. All the indications are that full international acc...


Henry Hill: The critical mystery ? how will different parts of Scotland vote?...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:53am

Henry Hill: The critical mystery ? how will different parts of Scotland vote?
Conservative Home
Tomorrow night is the big night, the end of what feels like a very, very long road from the SNP's 'impossible' victory in the 2011 Scottish election. It will be an election night like none before. Yet de...


Scotland independence: A nation divided against itself: Brown says SNP are .....
17 Sep 2014 at 12:40am

The Independent

Scotland independence: A nation divided against itself: Brown says SNP are ...
The Independent
Gordon Brown, campaigning at an event at Clydebank Town Hall on Tuesday, said: ?It is the SNP who are perpetrating a lie about what the NHS can and cannot do in Scotland.? (PA) Margaret Cur...


Scottish Independence SNP Lies on NHS, Economy, Debt, Oil and Currency - The ...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:36am

Scottish Independence SNP Lies on NHS, Economy, Debt, Oil and Currency
The Market Oracle
If you watch the mainstream news then the SNP lie that you are most likely to hear repeated is that spending on the NHS would be cut or that the NHS will be privatised if Scotland does not gain independence / s...


Five things you need to know today Edinburgh! - The Edinburgh Reporter
17 Sep 2014 at 12:30am

Five things you need to know today Edinburgh!
The Edinburgh Reporter
They express deep concern over the SNP's plans to set up a separate Scottish Defence Force with a budget of just £2.5 bn a year. This would pay for two frigates, four mine hundters and 12 Typhoon jets. It comes after NATO's former...


MONTREAL (AP) ? Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week... - Myne...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:28am

Mynextfone

MONTREAL (AP) ? Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week...
Mynextfone
The pro-independence counterparts have kept in contact ever since, and a group of SNP delegates traveled to Quebec as recently as 2011. The Scottish have inquired on how Quebec separatists organized their ca...


Oui? Aye! Quebec's separatist movement has rendezvous with Scotland's ahead ....
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24am

Oui? Aye! Quebec's separatist movement has rendezvous with Scotland's ahead ...
Newser
The pro-independence counterparts have kept in contact ever since, and a group of SNP delegates traveled to Quebec as recently as 2011. The Scottish have inquired on how Quebec separatists organized their campaig...


Salmond: No One Can Stop Scotland Using Pound - Key 103 Manchester
17 Sep 2014 at 12:22am

Salmond: No One Can Stop Scotland Using Pound
Key 103 Manchester
SNP leader Alex Salmond has insisted an independent Scotland could not be prevented from using the pound. He told Sky's Adam Boulton: "All this stuff about about being able to be vetoed from using the pound actually isn't true. "No on...


The Independence Referendum Has Brought Out the Worst of the SNP - Huffington...
17 Sep 2014 at 12:17am

The Independence Referendum Has Brought Out the Worst of the SNP
Huffington Post UK
Had you asked me four years ago, I would not have had a particularly strong opinion on the SNP. They were popular among the Scots after all, having won an overall majority in a system designed to stop that from happ...



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With 48 Hours To Go, Sides In Scottish Referendum Make Final Push - Huffingto...
16 Sep 2014 at 4:40pm

Globalnews.ca

With 48 Hours To Go, Sides In Scottish Referendum Make Final Push
Huffington Post
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) ? The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate...


Scotland vote: UK leaders pledge 'extensive new powers' for Scots - CBC.ca
16 Sep 2014 at 9:33pm

Scottish Daily Record

Scotland vote: UK leaders pledge 'extensive new powers' for Scots
CBC.ca
The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate has grown increasingly urge...


As Scotland referendum nears, Yes and No sides realize every vote counts - To...
16 Sep 2014 at 10:10am

Toronto Star

As Scotland referendum nears, Yes and No sides realize every vote counts
Toronto Star
But Sumen told her mother that every vote does count in this referendum; that Scotland could lose this chance at independence by ?just one vote, or just 10 votes ? imagine!? They cast their mother-and-...


POLL: Should Scotland Be an Independent Country? - TIME
16 Sep 2014 at 2:04am

POLL: Should Scotland Be an Independent Country?
TIME
But while Thursday's referendum is open only to residents of Scotland, many other people around the world feel invested in the future of the Highlands. Not just Hibernophiles and other Celtic advocates, for whom the keening whine of the bagpipe ...


Scotland referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron warns vote is 'forever' - C...
15 Sep 2014 at 1:51pm

Scotland referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron warns vote is 'forever'
CBC.ca
British Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned speech to the people of Scotland today, warning that their referendum decision on independence Thursday will be "forever" and urging them to consider their "chil...


Canadian Scots will closely watch Thursday's referendum - CBC.ca
16 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

Toronto Sun

Canadian Scots will closely watch Thursday's referendum
CBC.ca
Gibson, who was born in Scotland and moved to Toronto in 1967, said Thursday's independence referendum will be closely watched by members of his group. "[Scots are] trying to decide what society they live in," Gibson said Tue...


Graphic: As Scotland's referendum nears, a selection of other (possible ... -...
16 Sep 2014 at 10:19pm

Graphic: As Scotland's referendum nears, a selection of other (possible ...
National Post
Jack M. Mintz: Scotland and the economics of country break-ups · Elizabeth, Queen of Scots? Chances good even if England's northern neighbours vote yes, they'll keep the same monarch · Kelly McParland: London ...


Scottish referendum splits families, beer drinkers - CBS News
16 Sep 2014 at 6:56pm

Scottish referendum splits families, beer drinkers
CBS News
But across Scotland polls show the vote is too close to call. Alex Salmond, the Yes campaign leader, feels history is on his side. "This is an example of a country which has been progressing on a road to full self-government for a hundred ...


The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts - Mirror.co.uk
16 Sep 2014 at 5:59am

Mirror.co.uk

The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts
Mirror.co.uk
This will depend on two factors: what share of North Sea oil Scotland will inherit if the referendum is successful; and the production & price of oil. Currently the revenues generated by North Sea oil all go ...


Scottish independence: Betfair pays out 'No' bets in referendum- even though ...
16 Sep 2014 at 7:51pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: Betfair pays out 'No' bets in referendum- even though ...
The Independent
Opinion polls suggest the Scottish vote will be extremely tight but experts think ?No? is likely to win narrowly. According to trading on the Betfair exchange, there is a 79 per chance of...



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Last Full Day Of Campaigning
16 Sep 2014 at 9:39pm
Let's do this! Make sure you make contact as many undecided voters as you can and point them in ...

The Great Dictator - David Hayman - Scottish Independence
16 Sep 2014 at 7:46pm



What's Brown And Shite?
16 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm

Gordon's promises.

 



Last Night
16 Sep 2014 at 5:53pm

Tomorrow will be crazy.

 

After that who knows.

 

So maybe this is our last night 'together' as t...



Tory Backlash Starting?
16 Sep 2014 at 5:35pm
Philip DaviesVerified account@PhilipDaviesMP

For the record, I will not be voting to maintain a...



1 More Day To Go! Are We On The Cusp Of History?
16 Sep 2014 at 5:35pm

Despite all negativity and doubts better together want us to believe, will our Scottish resilienc...



Never Thought I Would See The Day
16 Sep 2014 at 5:27pm

Well, this is it. Last day of campaigning tomorrow. I sit here with a Talisker in hand and I hone...



Jamie Murray
16 Sep 2014 at 5:27pm
Jamie Murray @jamie_murray · 1h

Great effort from Yes Campaign to get to this point considering...



Positive Vibes
16 Sep 2014 at 4:42pm

Apologies if my thread yesterday kicked off a bit of doom and gloom amongst us as was certainly n...



Greenock Tonight
16 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm
My sister was at a last minute Yes party in a park.

Got crscking aerial photo. On my phone so ca...


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Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
What Sunday papers say abou...

Scottish independence referendum: Survation poll gives no 8-point lead - live
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Jim Sillars Today interview - SummaryLunchtime summary
Survation poll puts no camp 8 points ahead
A...

Scottish independence referendum: ICM poll gives no camp lead of just 2 point...
by Andrew Sparrow
12 Sep 2014 at 12:22pm
Oil expert says independence best for North Sea oil industryNo side ahead by just two points, say...

Scottish independence referendum week in review: finance, flashmobs, effing T...
by Libby Brooks
12 Sep 2014 at 3:43am

Highlights from an exceptionally busy weeks reporting, as the referendum campaign enters its fina...



New poll has Scotland rejecting independence by four-point margin as it happ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Ben Quinn
11 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm
Salmonds press conference - Sparrows verdictEarly afternoon summarySalmond accuses Treasury of tr...


Rupert Murdoch's Sun swings towards yes vote for Scotland
by Roy Greenslade
10 Sep 2014 at 1:27pm
Damning of Better Together campaign and praise for Alex Salmond indicate Scots edition will urge ...

Scottish independence: poll gives no camp 6-point lead - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
10 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm
Daily Record poll gives no camp six-point leadLunchtime summaryDid Cameron/Miliband/Clegg make a ...

Scottish independence: UK party leaders race to Scotland - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
9 Sep 2014 at 11:48am
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in emergency visit to ScotlandGordon Brown to spearhead Labours last-...

Scottish independence: 10 days to referendum - As it happened
by Ben Quinn
8 Sep 2014 at 12:17pm
Gordon Brown unveils proposals to devolve new powers to ScotlandSterling slumps after opinion pol...

Scottish independence: Poll shows yes side in the lead - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
7 Sep 2014 at 6:17am

Poll for YouGov shows yes camp ahead with 51 percent, with no on 49 percent

Scots expected to be...



Scottish independence: 13 days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
5 Sep 2014 at 11:15am

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Battle over centre left, working class votes heats ...




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

Yes vote soars to new all-time high of 48% in scintillating Survation survey
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2014 at 4:10pm
New Survation poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (+1)
No 52% (-1)

So all thr...

Yes vote increases to 48% in awesome Opinium offering
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2014 at 3:12pm
New Opinium poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (+1)
No 52% (-1)

Remember tha...

Yes campaign just 2% from victory in new ICM poll
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2014 at 3:02pm
ICM poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (-6)
No 52% (+6)

The percentage changes...

Shall nation speak truth unto nation?
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2014 at 10:16am
I have a new article at the International Business Times, on the subject of whether or not the BB...


Poll of Polls ? a longer-term perspective
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2014 at 12:16pm
A guest post by Ivan McKee

With the frequency of polls increasing now it?s easy to get sucked into...

My appearance on BBC Breakfast
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2014 at 4:54am
A few of you might have seen me on the BBC Breakfast show this morning - I took part in a little ...

Panelbase poll shows Yes at 50% among the whole sample
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2014 at 9:11am
Many thanks once again to Ivor Knox for sending me the Panelbase datasets - and the big news is t...

Yes campaign soar to all-time high of 49% in pulsating Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 4:20pm
So much for Euan McColm's hints that there was bad polling news for Yes coming tonight.  Hot on t...

Yes campaign open up eight-point lead in stunning poll from "gold standard" ICM
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 2:02pm
Just one day after their extraordinary telephone poll that put Yes within 1% of victory, the UK's...

Yes secure second-highest ever showing in a telephone poll - and it was commi...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2014 at 8:58am
New Survation telephone poll commissioned by the No campaign -

Should Scotland be an independent c...


A cornucopia of miscellany
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2014 at 7:08pm
While there's a very brief lull in the mayhem, I thought I'd go through my inbox and try to catch...

Yes vote surges to 49% in earth-shaking new TELEPHONE poll from "gold standar...
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2014 at 6:34am
ICM, the firm regarded by many as the UK's "gold standard" polling organisation, have released th...

Yes campaign are just 2% from victory in remarkable YouGov poll
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 4:05pm
It was probably always inevitable that there would be some reversion to the mean from YouGov afte...

Significant swing to Yes in new ComRes poll of the Borders and Dumfries & Gal...
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 12:06pm
A new ComRes regional poll of one the most No-friendly parts of the country, the Borders and Dumf...

Poll schedule for tonight
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2014 at 10:57am
The ones we know about so far are...

6pm : ComRes regional telephone poll of the Borders and Dumfr...


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Polls will be open in 24 hours.
17 Sep 2014 at 1:01am

Holy fuck.

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March 2016 following a NO vote?
16 Sep 2014 at 5:08pm
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Eight unanswered questions about Scottish independence
16 Sep 2014 at 5:11pm
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Scottish independence: catalogue of errors that has brought UK to the brink
16 Sep 2014 at 8:09pm
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7 things you never realised weren't Scottish.
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16 Sep 2014 at 11:58pm
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Why a No Vote puts the UK on probation...and puts pressure on the SNP
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Just a reminder than in the future of the Doctor Who universe, Scotland is in...
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The 10 daftest scare stories from the No campaign
16 Sep 2014 at 11:56pm
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16 Sep 2014 at 11:26pm

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A HUMBLE REQUEST (from an Manc)
16 Sep 2014 at 10:56pm

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Independent Scotland will face NHS budget cuts, says Alistair Darling
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
16 Sep 2014 at 4:14am
No-campaign leader accuses Alex Salmond of deceiving voters about health funding shortfall and planned spending cuts

Live blog: Tuesday's developments on Scottish independence

Voting no to independe...




If Scotland votes no: fast-track new tax powers and threat of Tory backlash
by Severin Carrell and Nicholas Watt
17 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
There are unresolved differences between parties over extent of new powers, while West Lothian question will be revisited

If Scotland votes against independence, much depends on the margin of the no...



Whatever the Scottish referendum result, its a Yes for pupil engagement
by Lynn Cooper
17 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
With the Scottish referendum almost upon us, teacher Lynn Cooper explains how election fever has gripped her Aberdeenshire school

Exactly a year ago this week, schools in Aberdeenshire found out the...




If Scotland votes yes: a phone call from Cameron then hard negotiations begin
by Nicholas Watt and Severin Carrell
17 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
David Cameron will want to adopt a warm but firm approach if he has to call Alex Salmond to concede defeat

A series of carefully laid plans drawn up in secrecy in Whitehall over recent months will b...




Scotland will struggle to make its way as a newly independent state
by Simon Tisdall
17 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
It is a tough world out there, and getting tougher the SNP has blithely assumed Scotland will be unquestioningly welcomed

Newly independent states typically struggle to make their way in the world,...



Everyone says Daves speech was literally tragic, as in actual tears
by As seen by Catherine Bennett
17 Sep 2014 at 12:00am
What the prime ministers wife might have said about David Camerons visit to Aberdeen this week

Well seriously, I said to Mummy, how typical is this. It is Sunday night, total end-of-LFW insanity as ...




EU officials, already vexed by 'British question' must consider Scotland too
by Ian Traynor, Europe editor
17 Sep 2014 at 12:00am
Yes vote to independence will take EU into uncharted waters, and could see Scotland clamouring to join while England leaves

A new regime is just taking shape in Brussels, readying to run the Europea...




Scottish independence referendum: the global view
by Guardian Staff
17 Sep 2014 at 12:00am
How nations from Spain to China view the possible effects of Thursday's vote

Scottish independence is being thought of in Germany mainly for its potential effect on the EU especially its nascent se...




Scottish independence: thousands of activists to mobilise voters on big day
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
17 Sep 2014 at 12:00am
Both sides to take to streets during Thursday's referendum in Scotland's largest ever get-out-the-vote operation

Tens of thousands of activists from both sides of the Scottish independence referendu...




Bill Clinton says Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom
by Kevin Rawlinson
16 Sep 2014 at 6:03pm
Former US president says uncertainties over how country would be run had led him to believe no vote would be most beneficial

The former US president Bill Clinton has said Scotland should remain part...




Leading Scottish businessman rejects Salmond's currency union proposals
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
16 Sep 2014 at 3:44pm
Sir Tom Hunter says about the pound sterling: 'there's no question that the way we are currently is best for business'

One of Scotland's best known entrepreneurs, Sir Tom Hunter, has rejected Alex S...




Scottish independence vote: NHS leak fuels campaign clashes
by Severin Carrell, Patrick Wintour, Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
16 Sep 2014 at 3:40pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband forced to abandon walkabout as two polls give no vote a four-point lead

Ed Miliband was forced to abandon a chaotic walkabout in Edinburgh on Tuesday after being verbally a...




Politicians' Scottish funding pledge brings anger from rest of the UK
by Patrick Wintour
16 Sep 2014 at 3:02pm
MPs and council leaders unhappy with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband's joint promise in Daily Record

English and Welsh politicans challenged the sudden pledge overnight by all three main W...




Edinburgh shoppers flee campaigners and the media Milimob
by John Crace
16 Sep 2014 at 3:01pm
Ed Miliband's independence referendum walkabout to meet ordinary voters was missing only one thing ordinary voters

Somewhere in the middle of the flashmob of reporters and broadcasters was Ed Milib...




Scottish independence: catalogue of errors that has brought UK to the brink
by Linda Colley
16 Sep 2014 at 2:25pm
Both sides of the independence struggle have failed to understand each other. The repercussions could affect millions

So why did it go wrong and when? To be sure, political unions between European ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Making a vow
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2014 at 5:02pm
There was a vow on the front page of the Record yesterday. Britain isn’t just great, it’s superduper and comes with fruit preserves. Davie, Ed and Nick have promised Scotland jam, and marmalade, an...

A personal plea to the undecideds
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2014 at 10:46am
A guest post by Sinclair of Indie Authors for Scotland This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy. He awoke at around three o?cl...

The shlock of naw
by weegingerdug
15 Sep 2014 at 7:19am
A few random thoughts at the start of a new week and a new life.  Queen Betty has spoken, she wants people to “think very carefully” before exercising their vote on Thursday. The No campaign has, p...

Wales supporting YES ? Cymru?n cefnogi IE
by weegingerdug
14 Sep 2014 at 5:19pm
Well that’s annoying – the video won’t embed. This is a video of a rally in support of Scottish independence which took place in Cardiff on Saturday. You’ll have to click the link http://new.livest...

Be brave, be bold, believe
by weegingerdug
13 Sep 2014 at 3:26pm
Why I’m voting Yes.  A video by Louise Rutherford

In memory of Andy
by weegingerdug
12 Sep 2014 at 7:27pm
Andy Kavanagh-Mosson was born in 1936 into a different world, the son of an unmarried Irish mother who fled to London to ensure that she could keep her child.  She was a strong and determined woman...

Arresting Ronnie Kray
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2014 at 8:33pm
I wasn’t going to post anything today, but for the past couple of days Scotland has been subject to the most intense napalming of fear and scares since the referendum campaign began. We are warned ...

Fat-cats and hangdog looks
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2014 at 6:23am
We’ve been blowed again, because of an opinion poll showing that the gap between Yes and No is within the margin of error, just like the last one that showed the gap between Yes and No was within t...

The breakfast revolution
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2014 at 7:03pm
It’s all got terribly exciting of late, but I’ve not really been following any of it too closely, what with organising a funeral, and when not occupied with that have been fully engaged with full-o...

So this is it
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) It?s decision time. Three years of debate, miles of newsprint, mountains of leaflets, ?think tank? reports, government papers, countless hours of broadcast ar...


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Work as if you live in the early days of a

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...

Scotland?s public sphere, not the BBC, is the real problem
by Dom
14 Sep 2014 at 11:21am
Today, thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside of the BBC in Glasgow in order to protest against bias in the state-run broadcaster. How right or wrong they are is debatable ? bias ...

No shock, no awe
by James
13 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
The establishment’s campaign to undermine a Yes vote got properly underway last week: every day a new banker or corporate boss was wheeled out to say we’d all be impoverished by a Yes. The media as...

As the referendum dawns, what new conversations will break?
by Guest Blog
8 Sep 2014 at 7:20am
A guest post today, looking beyond the indyref, from Shonagh McEwan, former head of research for the Green MSPs. Thanks Shonagh! Scotland is nearly there. The polls are suggesting a narrow result, ...

Strange times
by Aidan
3 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
There’s a lot I find odd about the referendum. I hate giving up Saturday mornings for it. And the Saturday afternoons. And Sunday mornings. And Sunday afternoons. And Wednesday evenings. And Tuesda...

Could the ?Missing Million? Swing It to Yes?
by Aidan
2 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
Apologies to What Scotland Thinks for ripping off borrowing their title for this This post is not about the ‘missing million’ voters, who are largely Labour No voters who we spend a lot of our time...

From the inside, the referendum is almost too close to call
by Dom
21 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
Working at a university I count the year from September to September. The last few days of August have the same timeless quality as the lull between Christmas and January. As the Scottish Parliamen...

Some thoughts on nationalism and the messages of No
by James
16 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
Maybe blogging less is a symptom of tweeting more. I don’t know. But I wrote a few things on “popular microblogging site twitter dot com” yesterday evening and was very kindly encouraged to gather ...

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...


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