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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

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 referendum, plus jokes.

Don?t vote in ignorance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2014 at 4:49am
Scottish Labour and “Better Together” have clearly decided to go out all guns blazing with their pitiable last-ditch desperation slogan “If you don’t know, vote No”. Blair McDougall faithfully recited it on “Good Morning Scotland”, and the leaflet on the left-hand side of the image below was being shoved through people’s doors last night. (Complete […]

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 […]


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Mass rallies mark referendum climax
17 Sep 2014 at 11:15am
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.


Scotland's jobless total down 15,000
17 Sep 2014 at 5:10am
Unemployment in Scotland falls by 15,000 to 168,000 between May and July, taking the unemployment rate down to 6%.


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.


'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.


Hostage rescue options limited - UK
15 Sep 2014 at 11:43am
Britain cannot send special forces to rescue a UK hostage from Islamic State militants "because we don't know where he is", UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.


VIDEO: Alistair Darling on Reporting Scotland
14 Aug 2014 at 2:35pm
Chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling MP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Sally Magnusson about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: First Minister on Reporting Scotland
13 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
First Minister Alex Salmond MSP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: Shona Robison answers your questions
11 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, answers your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


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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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Governer of BOE confirms Scottish Assets worth more than £1 Trillion
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 11:02am

Mark Carney, governor of the bank of England has confirmed that Scottish assets are worth over "a trillion sterling"

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This Is When The Scottish Independence Result Will Be Announced
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 10:48am

The question is simple enough. "Should Scotland be an independent country?" But when will we actually know how the Scottish have voted? Polling stations for the referendum open across the country at 7am on Thursday 18 September and close at...

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Football legend Steve Archibald signs for Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 10:33am



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Scotland Be Brave
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 9:55am

Our day of reckoning finally arrives tomorrow.  Every hair on the back of my neck is standing on end just writing this.  This is big.  Perhaps the biggest day of our lives.  For...



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Media Democracy in the #indyref
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 9:42am

Pete Wishart tweeted this morning: "It now looks likely that none of the daily Scottish press will support Yes, Welcome to press diversity in Scotland. We have been let down." We have...



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Logic's Rock: The Last Post
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 9:15am
Pride is a thing I've often railed against. Anyone with the wit to type "Roddy Macdonald" "Gay" and "Pride" into Google will see that for themselves. Why the hell should one be proud of being gay? One just is. Just like how the hell should one be proud of being Scots? It is an accident of birth.

S...

No campaign 'vow' unravels within 24 hours | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 9:04am



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Andy Myles: A letter to undecided voters
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 8:53am
Dear undecided voter As a liberal, I have always believed in the sovereignty of the people – and that power should be kept as close to the individual as possible. That’s why I spent thirty years ca...

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Ricky Ross: Cast your vote for lasting democracy for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 8:50am

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.

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Salmond issues final plea to voters to 'trust ourselves' and vote Yes
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 8:41am

The First Minister has written a personal letter to the electorate to urge them to vote for independence.

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Alex Salmond: An interview with the man who would break Britain
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 8:35am
Politics.co.uk sits down for a one-on-one interview with Alex Salmond on the eve of the Scottish independence vote

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"I dinnae trust ANY of them!"
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 7:51am
Independence doesn't deliver us to a land where unicorns with gold horseshoes dance in cool streams of milk and honey - we never claimed that it would. I'm not a fan of honey anyway...

But it does...

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The Great Dictator - David Hayman - Scottish Independence - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 6:48am

The Great Dictator Speech by David Hayman

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Politicians' Scottish funding pledge brings anger from rest of the UK
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 6:44am

MPs and council leaders unhappy with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband's joint promise in Daily Record

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Why the pro-unionist campaign is falling apart
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2014 at 6:12am

The UK establishment has united together in a desperate effort to protect London rule over Scotland. This collaboration is obvious both in the fact that the three Westminster establishment parties are happy to put aside their differences (as small as they are these days) and join forces in opposi...




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Independence referendum: Latest news LIVE September 17
by Tony McGuire
17 Sep 2014 at 11:16am
There's only one day left of campaigning and the Daily Record has you covered with all the latest news updates.


Independence referendum: Prime Minister signals he'll refuse calls to resign ...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2014 at 8:51am
DAVID Cameron says he is determined to fight on to next year's General Election when electorate will decide his future.


Independence referendum: Yes and No leaders make last-gasp rallying call to v...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2014 at 8:08am
ALISTAIR Darling, who is leading the campaign to keep the UK together, said: "We are on the eve of the most momentous decision that Scotland will ever take.


Scotland's young people have responsibility to take part in vote to decide na...
by Craig Robertson
17 Sep 2014 at 5:06am
REFERENDUM is first UK election allowing under-18s to have their say and Scotland's young are urged to make their voices heard.


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond tried to force university principal to ...
by Vivienne Aitken
17 Sep 2014 at 3:46am
SALMOND telephoned Professor Louise Richardson demanding she clarify remarks she made about the consequences of leaving the UK in a conversation described as ?loud and heated?.


Independence referendum: Donald Dewar would have been affronted by suggestion...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2014 at 2:43am
IAIN Dewar says his father - the first First Minister - wanted solidarity for UK and would have said no to separation.


'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.


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond urges Scots to wake up on Friday to fir...
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: England and Scotland are united by centuries of gold...
by Oliver Holt
16 Sep 2014 at 2:06pm
Chief sports writer Oliver Holt on why it would be a huge shame to start erecting barricades in our sporting memories


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.


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An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
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Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...

Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelatio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 3:28am
Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelations about the anchormen of the "award winning" show.

Today's episode will be the last!


Dateline Scotland anchormen become the story
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In a final devastating blow to the nationalists, coming with only ...

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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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
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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


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One Chance, Just One Chance
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 10:41am
By Jonathan Rowson We have a few hours to persuade no-leaning voters who might be swayed by a pernicious promise that they can keep the apparent safety and comfort of the UK, while also getting ?further powers? for Scotland. This... Read More ›


Scotland Be Brave
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 6:10am
by Kevin Williamson Our day of reckoning finally arrives tomorrow.  Every hair on the back of my neck is standing on end just writing this.  This is big.  Perhaps the biggest day of our lives.  For 15 hours we?ll have the... Read More ›


Media Democracy in the #indyref
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 5:47am
By Mike Small Pete Wishart tweeted this morning: “It now looks likely that none of the daily Scottish press will support Yes, Welcome to press diversity in Scotland. We have been let down.” We haven’t. They have been exposed. Late... Read More ›


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


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Here's What To Expect After Scotland's Independence Vote - Huffington Post
17 Sep 2014 at 9:10am

USA TODAY

Here's What To Expect After Scotland's Independence Vote
Huffington Post
The campaign pushing for Scottish independence has gathered considerable momentum in recent weeks, with the result of Thursday's referendum likely to be close. Should Scottish voters choose to leave the United Kingdom...


Independence Movement's Energy Wager Could Prove Risky for Scotland - New Yor...
17 Sep 2014 at 9:31am

New York Times

Independence Movement's Energy Wager Could Prove Risky for Scotland
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 bill...


Ten Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Referendum - NBCNews.com
17 Sep 2014 at 2:49am

NBCNews.com

Ten Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Referendum
NBCNews.com
LONDON -- Britain is under 72 hours away from a once-in-a-lifetime vote on Scottish independence that could break up the 307-year-old United Kingdom, splitting apart one of America's key global allies. With polls sug...


Scotland independence vote: The idiot's guide - Stuff.co.nz
16 Sep 2014 at 10:15pm

Stuff.co.nz

Scotland independence vote: The idiot's guide
Stuff.co.nz
On September 18, Scottish voters will take to the polls to answer one yes or no question: Should Scotland be an independent country? It might sound simple, but the issue of Scottish independence is a bit like a complicated divorce...


Scottish independence: What would happen to Labour if Scotland votes Yes? - T...
17 Sep 2014 at 11:23am

The Independent

Scottish independence: What would happen to Labour if Scotland votes Yes?
The Independent
It currently holds 41 of Scotland's 59 constituencies ? which would no longer send MPs to Westminster after ?independence day?, which is due to happen in March 2016 on Alex Salmond's timetable. ...


Scottish independence: What might it mean for sport? - BBC Sport
17 Sep 2014 at 8:56am

BBC Sport

Scottish independence: What might it mean for sport?
BBC Sport
If homeowners displaying campaign posters in their windows was a sport, Scotland's "yes" campaign appears to be leading the "no" team 4-0 with three minutes to play. That was certainly the impression in Glasgow's West End last ...


Scottish Independence: What? - The Atlantic
16 Sep 2014 at 5:17pm

Scottish Independence: What?
The Atlantic
This means Scottish independence is closer to a reality now than at any point since 1707, when Scotland?which by then had spent most of a millennium as an independent kingdom but was growing short on funds?signed the Act of Union with England.



UK party leaders promise Scotland new powers ahead of key independence vote -...
16 Sep 2014 at 8:28am

UK party leaders promise Scotland new powers ahead of key independence vote
CNN
Edinburgh, Scotland (CNN) -- The three main UK party leaders gave a joint promise Tuesday that Scotland will get extra powers if it opts to stay part of the United Kingdom in a landmark vote in two days' time. Opinion p...


Scots, Scottish Americans in Chicago brace for Thursday's independence vote -...
17 Sep 2014 at 6:30am

Scots, Scottish Americans in Chicago brace for Thursday's independence vote
Chicago Tribune
Their support for Scottish independence reflect polls that have narrowed in recent weeks. A recent poll for Britain's Sunday Times shows the pro-union camp only 2 points ahead of those who favor a split. Man...


Expatriates Must Sit Out Scotland Independence Vote - Wall Street Journal
16 Sep 2014 at 2:02pm

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...



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Scottish independence: 'Scotland doesn't belong to the SNP,' fired-up Gordon ...
17 Sep 2014 at 11:23am

Scottish independence: 'Scotland doesn't belong to the SNP,' fired-up Gordon ...
The Independent
The skirl of bagpipes, tartan kilts, the odd Saltire waved in the air, the audience clapping as though they were at a boisterous Highland ceilidh. All the expected elements of a hard-line gathering to c...


Brown warns of Yes vote 'trapdoor' - The Courier
17 Sep 2014 at 11:14am

The Courier

Brown warns of Yes vote 'trapdoor'
The Courier
The Labour MP said the SNP is leading Scotland into "a trap" - an "economic minefield where problems could implode at any time". He also dismissed reports of concern among MPs in the UK regions about the new powers on offer to Scotland if it...


"Silent no more": Watch Gordon Brown's patriotic and passionate Scotland spee...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:57am

"Silent no more": Watch Gordon Brown's patriotic and passionate Scotland speech
New Statesman
Tell them that Scotland does not belong to the SNP, Scotland does not belong to the Yes campaign, Scotland does not belong to any politician ? Mr Salmon, Mr Swinney, me, or any other politician ? Scotland ...


Sinopec, PetroChina plan to increase shale output by 40% - Seeking Alpha (reg...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:54am

Sinopec, PetroChina plan to increase shale output by 40%
Seeking Alpha (registration)
SNP plans to invest 21.5B yuan ($3.5B) in shale gas drilling and expects to produce as much as 3.5B cu. meters by 2015, while PTR is targeting output of more than 2.5B cu. meters in 2015 after investing 11.2B yuan...


Heckles, lies and 'a bullet': the day the Scottish referendum turned nasty - ...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:24am

Express.co.uk

Heckles, lies and 'a bullet': the day the Scottish referendum turned nasty
Express.co.uk
The three Westminster party leaders jointly declared that Holyrood would be given greater control over tax, benefits and health as they tried to halt the SNP drive to lead Scotland out of the union...


Separatists in Quebec are watching as Scotland votes - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
17 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Separatists in Quebec are watching as Scotland votes
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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 organize...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Lifted to "Hold" at Jefferies Group (SNP) - M...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:16am

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Lifted to "Hold" at Jefferies Group (SNP)
Mideast Time
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) logo Jefferies Group upgraded shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) from an underperform rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Monday mornin...


Independence referendum: West Dunbartonshire Yes campaigner Iain ... - Scotti...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:15am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: West Dunbartonshire Yes campaigner Iain ...
Scottish Daily Record
When asked about the impact an independent Scotland could have on Faslane, former SNP council leader Iain Robertson said: ?The key thing is that Jackie Baillie has consistently commented ...


'Independence offers a bit of hope': Scottish working-class eyes yes vote - A...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:13am

'Independence offers a bit of hope': Scottish working-class eyes yes vote
Al Jazeera America
Fifty-year-old Anderson ? herself a former Labour voter who moved to the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) some years ago ? grew up in the area and now works there as a housing officer. One of ...


North Ayrshire Labour anger over Yes campaign colours - Ardrossan and Saltcoa...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:13am

North Ayrshire Labour anger over Yes campaign colours
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
?If the SNP thought it had a good enough case they wouldn't have to pretend to be something they are not?. But council leader, the SNP's Willie Gibson, hit back: ?I am saddened but not surprised by the news that a ...



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As historic referendum nears, Scots not feeling English love - The Globe and ...
17 Sep 2014 at 10:15am

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As historic referendum nears, Scots not feeling English love
The Globe and Mail
If Scotland votes for independence in Thursday's historic referendum, the Yes side will claim its victory is one of optimism over fear. But part of its surge in the polls has been due to much more negative senti...


Scotland's referendum count: When to expect what - Financial Times
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am

Scotland's referendum count: When to expect what
Financial Times
Counting in Scotland's independence referendum will take place on Thursday night, with results from each of the 32 council areas being declared in the early hours of Friday morning. More than 4m people have registered to vote in the r...


Scottish independence referendum voters are still undecided - Daily Mail
16 Sep 2014 at 6:16pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence referendum voters are still undecided
Daily Mail
The fate of the United Kingdom is in the balance, with tomorrow's Scottish independence referendum still on a knife-edge, an exclusive poll reveals. With only 24 hours to go in the increasingly rancorous campaign, the ...


Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum - Foreign Policy
17 Sep 2014 at 10:11am

The Independent

Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum
Foreign Policy
But the effects on Scottish independence for U.S. security policy aren't only long term. A "yes" vote in the referendum will immediately cause chaos within the RUK's defense and foreign policy apparatus. There ar...


Scotland referendum: Britain on the brink - Globalnews.ca
16 Sep 2014 at 5:54am

Globalnews.ca

Scotland referendum: Britain on the brink
Globalnews.ca
LONDON ? With only three days to go until Scotland's historic referendum on independence, people across the United Kingdom are holding their collective breath. The latest polls show the vote is still too close to call. Both sides ...


London Repeats Offer of New Powers if Scotland Votes No - New York Times
16 Sep 2014 at 3:49pm

London Repeats Offer of New Powers if Scotland Votes No
New York Times
LONDON ? With two days of fevered campaigning left before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence, the leaders of the three main British political parties renewed a pledge on Tuesday to grant Scots ?extensive new powers? ...


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-...


Scottish independence referendum live poll tracker - Mirror.co.uk
17 Sep 2014 at 6:11am

Mirror.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum live poll tracker
Mirror.co.uk
This graph shows the results of a series of #indyref polls as tracked by the website 'What Scotland Thinks'. It's important to bear in mind that these polls employ different methodologies and phrase questions differently. E...


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

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 urgent. Anti-independence...


Scottish independence: When will the result be announced? - CITY A.M.
17 Sep 2014 at 5:34am

CITY A.M.

Scottish independence: When will the result be announced?
CITY A.M.
The moment most of the UK has been waiting for (without actually being able to take part in) is almost upon us - the Scottish independence referendum will take place tomorrow. With the latest opinion polls showing the narr...



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Gordon Browns Passionate Speech
17 Sep 2014 at 9:52am
Gordon Brown's Better Together speech the day bef:

A Natural Majority For Yes.
17 Sep 2014 at 9:10am

A very interesting link and data samples.

 

http://www.betternation.org/2014/09/a-natural-majorit...



Ruth Davidson Backing A Currency Union?
17 Sep 2014 at 9:09am

Seeing posts on nfacebook and a press release from snp that ruthie has said of course therell be ...



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17 Sep 2014 at 8:08am
Latest newsflash , mandelsson, kinnock , tonypandy , all previous euro leaders say we wont be all...

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I realise this is a little off the topic of the moment, but I'm looking for help with a travel vi...



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17 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
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I give him all of my w...

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17 Sep 2014 at 6:58am

Sheridan on just after 5pm.

 

Bands/speeches from the afternoon (around 3pm) until 8pm.

 

 



The History Of The Last 50 Worldwide Independence Referendums
17 Sep 2014 at 6:50am

In the 50 worldwide independence referendums since 1847(?) 44 have been YES, and only 6 have been...




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Scottish independence referendum: Two news polls show no lead - at 4pt and 2p...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



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...




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

Scotland stands on the brink of independence tonight as Yes vote surges to 49...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 11:26am
New Ipsos-Mori telephone poll :

Yes 49% (+7)
No 51% (-7)

More details and a Poll of Polls update to ...

A fourth successive poll within less than 24 hours puts Yes just 2% away from...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 9:26am
Panelbase's final poll of the campaign :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (-1)
No ...

Extraordinary : ICM still aren't weighting by country of birth, even though t...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 7:37am
Well, the title says it all, really.  I just don't know what credibility ICM think their publishe...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Looking at ourselves in the mirror tomorrow
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
"It's no use in thinking it's too late for changing
No use in thinking that it's not up to you
You ...

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...


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George Square the now
17 Sep 2014 at 11:33am
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Scotland's Referendum
17 Sep 2014 at 11:32am

Scots, tomorrow is a Historic day. Be part of it. Ignore the moot debates, ignore the propaganda....



The potential legal implications of an independent Scotland
17 Sep 2014 at 11:31am
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North Ayrshire Count location?
17 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

hey, guys was wondering if anyone knew the location for the North Ayrshire counting, and if the p...



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17 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

Whole world will be watching. No pressure though!

Do what you think is best and all that jazz.

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Dear Scotland...
17 Sep 2014 at 11:27am

It's been many weeks now since I started investigating the Yes and No propositions. I've sought y...



"Labour figures have called on Gordon Brown to purge the "Scots Mafia" around...
17 Sep 2014 at 11:25am
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How to vote correctly! Put a CROSS (X) in the box.
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Is there any chance of us having a live thread for the results coming in tomo...
17 Sep 2014 at 11:20am

Would be nice to have it all coming in with a bit of commentary from everyone on this sub

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Scottish referendum campaigns make final pitches in last 24 hours before vote
by Rowena Mason, Severin Carrell and Patrick Wintour
17 Sep 2014 at 6:53am
Yes and no campaign leaders out in force across Scotland, as Alistair Darling admits vote will go 'right down to the wire'

Live blog: Wednesday's developments in the campaign

The leaders of the yes a...




Scottish independence: still undecided? Six key economic issues to consider
by Larry Elliott, economics editor
17 Sep 2014 at 11:29am
No camp's warnings on financial pitfalls can't sway the committed but arguments might work on the 'don't knows'

Scotland's economy was in good shape in the runup to the independence referendum. As t...



Scottish independence referendum: Two news polls show no lead - at 4pt and 2p...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish independence referendum

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darlings Today interviews - SummaryGordon Browns s...

Scottish independence referendum: news organisations step up security
by Tara Conlan
17 Sep 2014 at 11:13am
Journalist claims to have received threat to their family
BBC staff said to have received hate mail
Kay Burley apologises after calling campaigner a knob

As security is stepped up by the BBC and the...



In Scotlands romcom, who wants to wake up with David Cameron on Friday? | Bro...
by Brooke Magnanti
17 Sep 2014 at 11:00am
As a yes-voting migrant, Ive got my own reasons for rejecting Westminster. But for most Scots its all about trust, or the lack of it

Live blog: Wednesdays Scottish referendum developments

Floppy-hai...



Scottish independence: how Facebook could change it all
by Jamie Riddell
17 Sep 2014 at 10:03am

The outcome may be swung by Facebook activity in the last 24 hours, and the Yes Scotland campaign is ahead

Neck-and-neck polls currently fill the front pages, and the Scotland independence vote is o...




Scottish independence: the mood is fantastic, says SNP's Nicola Sturgeon video
by Guardian Staff
17 Sep 2014 at 9:35am
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon sounds upbeat as the campaigns enter their final day before the referendum on independence on Thursday. Campaigners are out in force across Scotland...


Gordon Brown in passionate appeal to wavering Labour voters
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
17 Sep 2014 at 9:16am
The former prime minister refers to the 'risks of the known' an 'economic trapdoor' from which Scotland might never escape

Live blog: Wednesday's campaign developments

Gordon Brown has delivered a v...



How big could the gap between yes and no be in the Scottish independence refe...
by George Arnett
17 Sep 2014 at 9:16am

If the split is 51% to 49% in either direction on an 80% turnout then the number of voters swinging the election would be roughly equivalent to the capacity of Murrayfield

Murrayfield, the Scottish ...



If Scotland divorces Britain, who will get the TV?
by Mark Lawson
17 Sep 2014 at 9:02am

A victory for the yes campaign may cut the nation adrift from the BBC, which would be bad news for the future of Scottish TV production. Though viewers north of the border have been promised that E...




Gordon Brown urges voters to reject Scottish independence: 'we are part of a ...
by Guardian Staff
17 Sep 2014 at 8:41am
Gordon Brown rallies no supporters on in Glasgow on Wednesday in an impassioned plea to the Scottish people to remain in the union, evoking war time camaraderie and historical support between Scotl...

Björk shows support for Scottish yes vote with Declare Independence post
by Guardian music
17 Sep 2014 at 8:38am

Icelandic pioneer posts the lyrics to 2008 track onto her Facebook ahead of the forthcoming referendum

Bowie, Boyle, Bragg, Belle and Sebastian; musics most revered names have all voiced their view...




Spain says it could take independent Scotland years to win EU membership
by Ashifa Kassam in Madrid, Ian Traynor in Brussels
17 Sep 2014 at 8:38am
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy also seeks to draw clear line between secessionist movements in Scotland and Catalonia

Live blog: Wednesday's developments in the campaign

The Spanish government...



Fair representation in a new United Kingdom | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
17 Sep 2014 at 8:12am
Continuing to overlook any members of a family, by choice or habit, is really storing up trouble

When John Denham calls for an English Labour party he articulates what for many will be seen as a com...



Which political speeches have genuinely moved you? | Open thread
by Open thread
17 Sep 2014 at 8:11am
Gordon Browns address to a Better Together rally has been hailed by some as his moment of redemption. Tell us the best political speech you have heard

Live blog: Wednesdays Scottish referendum deve...


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Tino rangatiratanga ? a letter from an old friend in NZ
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17 Sep 2014 at 9:42am
A guest post by Tina McCafferty I am wondering how you are? How the days are and where you find yourself? I was very glad that my mum and sister could come to the Andy’s funeral and represent my fa...

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...


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A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

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 ...


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