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Cameron in vow to put family at centre of policy
17 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
ALL government policies will have to pass a "family friendly" test under plans being set out by David Cameron.

Scots still struggling to pay bills
16 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTS' average earnings will not return to their pre-recession level until 2016 at the earliest, new analysis has revealed.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
15 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Any old excuse

Blueprint for councils revamp given welcome
14 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
PROPOSALS to overhaul local government, create more councils and hand them major powers have been hailed by campaigners as a crucial milestone in reinventing Scottish democracy.

Ban brings new markets for mackerel
14 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
NEW markets for Scottish mackerel exports in Asia and west Africa are to be explored in response to Russia's food export ban.

LibDems will raise allowance to £12,500
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
The Liberal Democrats have promised to raise the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 in manifesto plans for next year's General Election.

Starting up business set to be made easier
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Entrepreneurs will be given greater freedom to start up a business from their home as part of new measures announced by the Westminster Government.

Camley's Cartoon: on radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 2:39am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 12:45am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Changes could be on the way for workers
14 Aug 2014 at 12:44am
A NEW industrial relations body made up of trade unions and employers is among 30 recommendations of a major report on improving workplace relations and productivity.

UK will take part in bid to rescue refugees in Iraq
14 Aug 2014 at 12:44am
THE UK will be involved in a US-led plan to rescue thousands of refugees who are stuck on a mountain in Iraq after they fled the terrorist group Islamic State.

Holyrood defies European court on inmate votes
12 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
MINISTERS at Holyrood have backed their Westminster counterparts following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that it was wrong to deny Scottish prisoners the right to vote.

Immigrants had Conservative drive to better themselves, reflects Sir John
12 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
SIR John Major has spoken of the "very Conservative instinct" of immigrants who came to post-war Britain to "better themselves and their families".

'McMafia' waste gangs are targeted
12 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Environmental officers are looking to Italy to crack down on a "McMafia" which is profiting from illegal waste disposal in Scotland.

UK in export licences warning
12 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Licences for the export of equipment which could be used by Israeli forces in Gaza may be suspended if there is a fresh outbreak of violence, the Government has said.


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Peter Jones: Economic limbo a real possibility
18 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

US London-based banks are already eyeing Dublin as a haven should the UK leave the EU. How do we stand, asks Peter Jones



Leaders: Grangemouth fracking | Julian Assange
18 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

SHALE gas and its possible exploitation in Scotland has so far been a controversy simmering in the background waiting to happen. The purchase by chemicals giant Ineos of a large stake in a licence to explore in the area surrounding its Grangemouth petrochemical plant brings this contentious issue much closer to boiling point.



David Maddox: Bercow tackling another bastion
18 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

ONE of the regular strands of argument from those campaigning for a Yes vote in the independence referendum is that Westminster – by which they mean the politics of the Houses of Parliament – is a broken system that does not reflect life in the outside world.



?No evidence referendum to blame for Outlander snub?
18 Aug 2014 at 3:35pm

SCOTLAND’S answer to Game of Thrones has now been snapped up by 15 countries around the world, says the bestselling writer who created it.



Ex-Labour MSP Sam Galbraith dies aged 68
18 Aug 2014 at 2:53pm

FORMER Scottish education minister Sam Galbraith has died.



Scottish independence: PM says Salmond ?desperate?
18 Aug 2014 at 1:02pm

DAVID Cameron has branded Alex Salmond a “desperate man” making a “pretty desperate argument” as the two leaders outlined their views over the consequences for the NHS after a Yes or No vote next month.



Scottish independence round-up: YouGov | Hearts
18 Aug 2014 at 12:07pm

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



Scottish independence: Ricky Ross backs Yes push
18 Aug 2014 at 11:18am

MUSICIAN and pro-independence campaigner Ricky Ross has insisted everything is still to play for with one month to go until the independence referendum.



US firm cancels visit over Glasgow Palestine flag
18 Aug 2014 at 9:39am

PLANS that would have seen 600 American visitors come to Glasgow have been cancelled due to Glasgow City Council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag over the City Chambers.



Alistair Darling says Gordon Brown rift is healed
18 Aug 2014 at 9:10am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alistair Darling has said that working closely with Gordon Brown in the No campaign has healed the rift between the two men, caused by a series of bitter clashes in the last Labour government.



Scottish independence: FM backs sterlingisation
18 Aug 2014 at 8:50am

KEEPING the pound without the backing of the Bank of England is a viable “transitional option” for an independent Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.



Independence: Hearts angry over ?Yes? leaflets
18 Aug 2014 at 6:50am

HEART of Midlothian Football Club have issued a statement accusing pro-independence campaigners of attempting to “hijack” the club’s logo ahead of yesterday’s Edinburgh derby against Hibernian.



Regional control rooms closures could risk lives
18 Aug 2014 at 6:28am

DIFFICULTIES with understanding northern dialects and local geography will put lives at risk following the closure of regional emergency services control rooms, it has been claimed.



Julian Assange says he ?will leave embassy soon?
18 Aug 2014 at 5:30am

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has said he “will be leaving the embassy soon” during a press conference at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has sought asylum for more than two years.



Scottish independence: Yes at 43% in YouGov poll
18 Aug 2014 at 5:30am

A NEW YouGov opinion poll for the Times has added to evidence that support for independence has risen with one month to go before the vote.




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Not stopped: Hama time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 1:18pm
Earlier today we highlighted some rather ugly tweets (and retweets) from the No campaign’s latest “grassroots” star, Yvonne Hama of Airdrie, who’s apparently a big fan of the BNP’s Nick Griffin and the idea of hanging Catholics from trees. Within hours of the revelations her Twitter accounts had all been deleted and her blog on […]

Wee Blue Update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 12:08pm
Help. We’ve been absolutely swamped in demand for The Wee Blue Book. (We’re not ignoring emails, just using them to put together a database for distribution.) We’ve used the proceeds of our mindbogglingly successful fundraiser to get 250,000 copies thundering through the print presses as we speak, but an order that size takes quite a […]

Fool you twice, shame on you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 6:30am
Perhaps the most notorious injustice ever committed by the UK government against Scotland (with the possible exception of the infamous “40% rule” in the 1979 devolution referendum in which the dead were counted as No votes) was the suppression for 30 years of the McCrone Report, which revealed how wealthy an independent Scotland would have […]

Bigots Together
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 3:33am
It’s a fact – and we imply only correlation, not causation – that most of Scotland’s least pleasant people are to be found on the No side of the independence debate. The BNP, the SDL, Britannica, Holocaust denier Alistair McConnachie, the Orange Order and all manner of other Loyalist nasties cling to the Union Jack […]

Lies caught while you wait
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Aug 2014 at 10:59am
Here’s Alistair Darling on Radio Clyde this morning, reported by STV: “I’ve always said Scotland could go it alone, however you’d have to cut your cloth according to your means. I think it would be less successful and we’d be less prosperous if we left the UK, if you look at countries like Denmark you […]

My vile BritNat assault ordeal
by Ray McRobbie
17 Aug 2014 at 7:30am
I’d waited a long time for an official independence meeting to take place in my home town of Stonehaven, so when I read on Monday morning that Better Together (or No Thanks or SNPSNPSNPBOOO! or whatever they’re calling themselves this week) were holding just such a thing at the town hall that evening, I bounded along Allardice […]

Fleeing the field
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Aug 2014 at 4:13am
The media coverage of the first TV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling was a classic, but transparent, stitch-up. A poll which had a majority Unionist sample before the debate began duly reported a “victory” for Darling, even though among the sample’s small number of undecideds most thought Salmond had won. But that crooked […]

All in the edit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Aug 2014 at 10:00am
An alert reader notes an interesting choice of cutoff point on Reporting Scotland: (From Friday 15 August, 11m 53s.)

Clinging on to the lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
This is Conservative MSP John Scott openly lying to an audience in Ayr yesterday on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Big Debate”, on the subject of whether Scottish people would continue to have access to English hospitals (and specifically Great Ormond Street children’s hospital) in the event of independence. The female voice correcting him is Jeane Freeman. […]

True fear
by Chris Cairns
16 Aug 2014 at 3:57am


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Many tributes paid to Sam Galbraith
18 Aug 2014 at 12:19pm
Former Scottish education minister Sam Galbraith, thought to be the world's longest-surviving lung transplant patient, dies at the age of 68.


Referendum debate enters final month
18 Aug 2014 at 9:43am
Both sides in the Scottish independence hold events as the campaign marks one month to go.


UK oil forecasts 'too pessimistic'
17 Aug 2014 at 6:28pm
Future North Sea oil and gas revenues could be six times higher than an economic watchdog has forecast, a report claims.


Post deleted from No campaign site
18 Aug 2014 at 8:45am
Better Together removes a blog post from its official website amid allegations its author expressed "unacceptable" views on Twitter.


Salmond to clarify currency stance
17 Aug 2014 at 9:25am
Alex Salmond says he will explain his currency stance in more detail in a televised BBC debate later this month.


Saving Ferguson yard 'a priority'
17 Aug 2014 at 8:13am
The Scottish finance secretary says he has not given up hope of the last commercial shipyard on the River Clyde being saved.


High exam failure rate is defended
18 Aug 2014 at 12:11pm
The Scottish Qualifications Authority defends one of the new exams after an unusually large number of candidates failed.


Leading historian backs Yes campaign
17 Aug 2014 at 8:20am
The leading Scottish historian, Sir Tom Devine, announces he is now planning to vote "Yes" in the independence referendum.


Oil and gas prospects to be examined
17 Aug 2014 at 7:29am
The Scottish government is to team up with industry and academics to examine the prospects of finding oil and gas to the west of Scotland.


NHS becomes referendum battleground
17 Aug 2014 at 4:15am
The health service becomes a key battleground in the Scottish independence campaign as the Tories accuse the SNP of a "smear campaign".


Earnings 'lagging' economic progress
16 Aug 2014 at 6:14pm
Average earnings in Scotland will not return to pre-recession levels until at least 2016, Scottish government analysis suggests.


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.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


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Huge North Sea oil find enough to produce for over thirty five years
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 1
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Mar 2014 at 5:26pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.



What does the Yes campaign have that No doesn?t?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Aug 2014 at 6:09pm

Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear.  It remains the world's first manifesto for mass-inertia.  The world's shortest political programme, that can be distilled into four tiny hopelessly limiting letters: 'UK:OK'
 
But what does Yes have?



A currency union would save the rest of the UK from Ed Balls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Aug 2014 at 1:43pm

By George Kerevan
 
WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? Sure, there are technical issues regarding how such an arrangement would be managed. But the vehemence of the rejection of the notion is both surprising and personal.
 
For Instance, Ed Balls says he will refuse to serve as Labour?s Chancellor of the Exchequer if a currency union is created. I understand Nye Bevan resigning from the Labour government in 1951 after the introduction of NHS prescription charges.



Oppose the plan to move nuclear waste by sea
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Aug 2014 at 4:25pm

By John Finnie MSP

In 2006 George Monbiot wrote a fascinating article on Dounreay, the Nuclear Power Plant near Thurso in Caithness. He states, ?In 1954 the nuclear industry, shielded from public scrutiny by the Official Secrets Act, behaved as if it were based on an uninhabited planet?. The cold war and the prospect of electricity too cheap to meter seemed to justify almost any kind of corner-cutting.



Catalonia in Scotland's Independence Slipstream
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Aug 2014 at 12:24pm

By Mark McNaught

In late July in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of participating in a round table discussion over Catalonia's constitutional future.  The other participants were very curious about the status of the 'yes' campaign in Scotland, and whether the corporate polls were correct in predicting a 'no' vote.



Scotland's Two Referendums
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Aug 2014 at 2:59pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last Tuesday night, I watched, along with most of Scotland, two besuited, middle-aged men argue with each other on national television for the best part of two hours. In the main it was pretty unedifying stuff.
 
Alastair Darling refused to accept that Scotland could function as an independent country; Alex Salmond made the frankly bizarre decision to waste valuable minutes asking facile questions about 'Project Fear' scare stories. The crowd booed and cheered on cue. All in all there was little ? if anything ? to differentiate this from the 'Punch and Judy' politics that nationalists have, rightly, chastised Westminster for.



Childcare Is Already A Game Changer
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Aug 2014 at 2:18pm

  Why Did The BBC Ignore The Evidence On Improvements In The Sector asks the Professor of Childhood Inclusion at the University of Edinburgh

By John M. Davis 
 
This article is a response to a BBC report on early years provision on the 8th of August. 

In contrast to the BBC report the article illustrates the great improvements that have been a/brhieved in the sector and outlines the positive, progressive and open approach to change taken by Childhood Practitioners who lead early years and out of school provision. 



The media has abandoned us, so we should now abandon them
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Aug 2014 at 6:21pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
'The Freedom of the Press'.  It's a statement that's wheeled out whenever newspapers fear a curb on their more nefarious practices might be on the way.
 
Without freedom, says the fourth estate, we wouldn't be able to pursue those in power, we wouldn't be able to expose corruption.



No Deal on currency union ... No deal on debt
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm

  By Russell Bruce

Listen to Alex Salmond speaking to business leaders at the Vision for Scotland Conference in Edinburgh on 6th August.  It is vital there is no doubt what the position of the Scottish Government is going into the negotiations following a Yes vote. 

The First Minister explains the pros and cons of the other options considered by the Fiscal Commission.




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Not stopped: Hama time
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 1:58pm

Earlier today we highlighted some rather ugly tweets from the No campaign's latest "grassroots" star, Yvonne Hama of Airdrie, apparently a fan of the BNP's Nick Griffin and the idea of hanging Cath...

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Cameron: Salmond's a desperate man with a desperate argument on the NHS
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 1:42pm
David Cameron has branded Alex Salmond a
Peter A Bell's insight:

If I was inclined to be generous I would describe David Cameron's little tirade as disingenuous. Or perhaps I might resort to the old cliche and accuse him of being "economical with the truth". In fact, he is being positively parsimon...



Nuclear warhead facility could be built near Falmouth
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 1:01pm

THE people of Falmouth, and more specifically Flushing and Mylor, have more to fear than most if Scotland gains its independence in September, according to a new report from the Royal United Services Institute.

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How a Scotland ?Yes? Vote Could Challenge the UK Nuclear Weapons Program
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 12:56pm

The entire Scottish independence movement is firmly against nuclear weapons," Jimmy Watson, a resident at Faslane Peace Camp, tells me.
At 32 years old, Faslane is one of the world’s longest-running p

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Aye? | berfrois
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 11:58am

For socialists the question is about whether or not independence strengthens the working class. But the working class with which we should be concerned is not only British, still less only Scottish, but international. Furthermore, the question cannot be posed in a purely economic way: strength co...

Author James Robertson: SNP would cease to exist five years after a Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 9:59am

The leading Scottish author James Robertson has predicted the Scottish National Party will cease to exist within years of a Yes vote in the coming independence referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm not sure where James Robertson has been for the last couple of years, but he appears to have totall...



Official oil forecasts are far too pessimistic, says business group
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 9:36am

Future oil and gas forecasts by an economic watchdog have been described as

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Salmond: I should have done better on currency
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:57am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alex Salmond has admitted he could have made his position on the currency of an independent Scotland clearer during his televised debate with No campaign leader Alistair Darling.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems that Alistair Darling can't speak without lying. The drivel he t...



Yes supporters talk about getting involved with Yes - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:39am

Arran Moffat has made this film about a recent Edinburgh SuperSaturday. Why not get #activeYes and join a Yes event near you?

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Fool you twice, shame on you
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:29am

Perhaps the most notorious injustice ever committed by the UK government against Scotland (with the possible exception of the infamous "40% rule" in the 1979 devolution referendum in which the dead...

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Independent Film Makers Release Indyref Film Online
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:23am

Scotland Yet, a film about independence, has been released online in an effort to shift the focus of the referendum away from party politics. Rough Justice Films, an Edinburgh based film company, h...

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People agree with Scottish Government on currency union | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:14am

The majority of people in Scotland - encompassing both men and women, and including Labour voters - agree that sharing the pound in a currency union is in the interests of both Scotland and the rest of the UK, a new poll confirms today.



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First Minister comments on N-56 report | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:09am

Commenting on the publication of a report by N-56, an apolitical economic think tank, which says oil and gas revenues more than 6 times that estimated put Scotland’s finances in the black and provide opportunity to establish oil fund, First Minister Alex Salmond said:


“This substantial new report ...



Why Voting No threatens Scotland's NHS
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 8:03am

How does what is going on in England with the NHS impact on Scotland? It's all about the money, innit.



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Bigots Together
by Peter A Bell
18 Aug 2014 at 7:44am

It's a fact - and we imply only correlation, not causation - that most of Scotland's least pleasant people are to be found on the No side of the independence debate. The BNP, the SDL, Britannica, H...



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David Clegg: Alex Salmond presiding over campaign that is characterised by sc...
by David Clegg
18 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
AS Yes Scotland warn a No vote will mean the collapse of the NHS and the end of free education DAVID insists evidence to back up these claims is difficult to come by.


Former Scottish Education Minister Sam Galbraith dies, aged 68
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Aug 2014 at 10:44am
THE Labour stalwart, a former MP and one of the founding members of the Scottish parliament, was one of the UK?s longest surviving lung transplant patients.


Independence support grows with exactly a month to go before referendum
by dailyrecord
18 Aug 2014 at 2:46am
A NEW YouGov poll shows support for a Yes vote has grown from 39 per cent to 43 per cent although the No camp maintained a 14-point lead.


Record View: Currency gamble is risky business for Salmond
by Record View
18 Aug 2014 at 2:31am
RECORD VIEW warns Alex Salmond is doing nothing to convince the undecideds in the independence debate with his refusal to come up with a plan B to currency union.


Kezia Dugdale: Yes camp must not take voters for fools over the pound
by Kezia Dugdale
18 Aug 2014 at 2:17am
KEZIA says Alex Salmond is becoming an "increasingly toxic aspect of the Yes campaign" with his refusal to even contemplate a plan B on currency.


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond admits he WON'T outline currency plan B...
by Andy Philip
17 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
WITH exactly a month to go before polls open and despite repeated calls for detail on the currency back-up option for Scotland, the First Minister admitted he won't outline any details before entering a period of negotiation.


Glasgow's homeless to be given voice in Scottish independence referendum thro...
by Joe McGuire
17 Aug 2014 at 12:46pm
A POLITICAL hustings is to be held at the charity's city centre establishment, while staff are helping service users register to vote.


Ex Bank of England exec: Brian Quinn: 'George Osborne was correct Scotland co...
by dailyrecord
17 Aug 2014 at 8:48am
BRIAN QUINN, former Bank of England executive and honorary professor of economics at Glasgow University explains why he thinks we need to listen to George Osborne's declaration that we cannot keep the pound in an independent Scotland.


Top Scots historian reveals he will be voting Yes in referendum and claims th...
by dailyrecord
17 Aug 2014 at 6:55am
HISTORIAN Sir Tom Devine has backed Scottish independence in the upcoming referendum, believing that the foundations of the union are 'gone or massively diluted'


Douglas Alexander calls for Gaza watchdogs to monitor exports of UK weapons f...
by Mark Aitken
17 Aug 2014 at 3:00am
THE Shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander has called for tighter control of British defence sales after THE SUNDAY MAIL how some Israeli bombs are filled with parts from Scottish firms.


Ecklaration of Arbroath: Alex Salmond invokes spirit of Robert the Bruce as h...
by Mark Aitken
17 Aug 2014 at 2:14am
FIRST Minister, Alex Salmond will visit Arbroath tomorrow to revamp the town's historic 1320 Declaration as he seeks to bolster Yes support.


Yes vote 'not in world's interest', Australia's prime minister has warned
by dailyrecord
16 Aug 2014 at 5:40am
TONY Abbott became the latest international leader to wade into the debate after US president Barack Obama said his administration had a "deep interest" in ensuring the UK remained united.


John Swinney?s former chief of staff vows to vote No to independence after cl...
by David Clegg
16 Aug 2014 at 3:23am
STUART Borrowman, now a West Lothian councillor, said his old party failed to put together a convincing case - made even worse by confusion over our future currency.


John Reid blasts Alex Salmond over bid to woo businesses with tax breaks whil...
by Andy Philip
15 Aug 2014 at 10:45am
THE former Labour home secretary hit out at the SNP's contradictory plans to give tax breaks to companies while promising there would be no consequent cuts in services.


No vote on independence will put number of Scottish police at risk says forme...
by dailyrecord
15 Aug 2014 at 8:42am
ALLAN Burnett, ex-head of counter-terrorism in Scotland, said Yes vote would consolidate record number of officers north of border.


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U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splitt...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 1:35pm
U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splittist debate - without a single sign of bigotry.


Deal with the Devil - Scots satanic plot uncovered
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Darling Could Scotlandshire be a prosperous Satanist Country? It is stronger within the inconceiv...

BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism. This C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism.

This Cybernat attempts to intimidate Scotlandshire voters on how they should think about the separation referendum question.

Jackie Baillie MSP was kind enough to tell us how she felt watching this video: "MONSTERED!"





As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the respo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 4:29pm
As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the response in Oz, and have a new poll on when their new MPs should join Westminster.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/792-outrage-in-oz.html


Outrage in Oz
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We are unsure how much cr...

On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 8:04am
On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equalise scare stories and fear raising between the two campaigns.


BBC Scotlandshire to be 'Fairly Scary'
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BBC Scotlandshire is to strive even more earnestly to provide balanced coverage of both the ...

Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Aug 2014 at 8:38am
Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!


New occult group supports the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Those voicing their support for Scotlandshire voting No Bloody Thanks! include such luminaries as Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra, Geronimo, Gandhi, Elvis Presley an...

U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Aug 2014 at 1:04pm
U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.


Has U-KOK got enough cash to buy enough people to win?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Among those who could actually be arsed to vote, the Yes vote had increased

Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Aug 2014 at 2:18pm
Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.


Whisper it - Britain would be nothing without Scotland
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More love bombing! Thanks, Daily Mail.

Alecsammin further humiliated on sterling, as a leaked film is released. Watc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2014 at 1:31pm
Alecsammin further humiliated on sterling, as a leaked film is released. Watch - and laugh!


See Salmond Stumble and Stutter over Sterling
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Currency Union wasn't Alecsammin's own idea at all!

Dateline Scotland Edition 3 now available. Specially commissioned by BBC Sc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
Dateline Scotland Edition 3 now available.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 3

This week's headlines: Ruth Davidson in FMQs advert shocker, the official Alex Salmond fan club enters the referendum debate, and Better Together's new press...

BREAKING NEWS! - Johann breaks cover! Our exclusive report on her speech to a...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
BREAKING NEWS! - Johann breaks cover! Our exclusive report on her speech to a mass audience.


Johann Lamont says Separation would bring a 'wave of lost territory' to Labour
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sadly, on this occasion, Johann Lamont WAS available for comment.

An explosive exposé on the vile virus of nationalism at the Edinburgh Fe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Aug 2014 at 10:44am
An explosive exposé on the vile virus of nationalism at the Edinburgh Festival and how it is infecting our media.

"We have, not infrequently, indeed every bloody day, exposed the foul frothing of the racist nationalist. We apologise to our more sensitive readers, who will wince at the xenophobi...

"Give us this day our daily bread" sayeth the Good Book, but Alexsammin corru...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Aug 2014 at 12:23pm
"Give us this day our daily bread" sayeth the Good Book, but Alexsammin corrupts even that. Next, he'll be demanding that our debts be forgiven!


Crumpets for Yes
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Anyone finding a 'Crumpet for Yes' should contact Johann Lamont immediately.

So the Poultice master stroke destroyed Alecsammin. But more needs to be done...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Aug 2014 at 2:19pm
So the Poultice master stroke destroyed Alecsammin. But more needs to be done. We report on our poll.


Our tactics worked!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any simil...

Dateline Scotland Edition 2 now available. Specially commissioned by BBC Sc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Aug 2014 at 11:38am
Dateline Scotland Edition 2 now available.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 2

This week's headlines: Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling go head to head, we have detailed analysis, yet another Yes group is announced, and the pressure on ...

As the minutes tick down to the Big Fight, the question on everyone's lips is...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Aug 2014 at 10:22am
As the minutes tick down to the Big Fight, the question on everyone's lips is "Who'll blink first? John Poultice brings you an exclusive foretaste of the action - and a new poll!


Poultice: Darling needs to give Scotlandshire viewers what they want
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BBC Scotlandshire - All ...


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It's time to get above ourselves


Chan eil ach Bu chòir a? toirt cothrom airson Alba ùr
by bellacaledonia
18 Aug 2014 at 10:01am
San alt Gàidhlig seo, tha Art MacCarmaig a’ bruidhinn air na dòchasan aige airson Alba san àm ri teachd, mun a’ phàirt chudthromach a tha e a’ cluich san Iomairt Yes air Ghàidhealtachd, agus mun an amharas a th’ aige... Read More ›

Independent Film Makers Release Indyref Film Online
by bellacaledonia
18 Aug 2014 at 5:04am
Scotland Yet, a film about independence, has been released online in an effort to shift the focus of the referendum away from party politics. Rough Justice Films, an Edinburgh based film company, has opted to make the feature available for... Read More ›


The People We Could Be
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 4:50pm
By Alex Bell What is the state we are in? We have two official versions ? an old nationalist tale of identity, history and sentiment from the Brits and a half-formed promise of something better from the Scottish Government. Neither... Read More ›


Iraq, Oil and the Blair Ego
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 3:48pm
By Mike Small Are we going back to Iraq? For how long this time? What for? To clear up the mess created by Tony Blair’s regime? It’s time to reclaim our discredited foreign policy shambles. The low-level madness of British Foreign... Read More ›


Of Literature, Art, Canons and Constitutions
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 1:15pm
Bella Caledonia introduces a visually stunning new work by Scottish artist Helen MacAlister/Eilidh Nic Alasdair, based on Alan Riach?s ?open canon? of Scottish literature. “It?s a drawing. It?s one piece made up of 6 sheets. The basis of it, in... Read More ›


Mum, What was the Indyref Like?
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 6:46am
Scott Hames looks ahead to a conference that looks back at what we are in the midst of, if you follow? If Scotland August 23 -24 history, politics , literature   After years of looking forward, we grow weary of... Read More ›


The Plan B Phoney War
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 4:35am
By John S Warren No human being would decide the destiny of their country on the existential basis of a ?Plan B? for currency union. For Better Together the issue is, however crucial because, as demonstrated by Alistair Darling?s single-mindedness;... Read More ›


Scotland?s All Campaign Media Call
by bellacaledonia
15 Aug 2014 at 11:52am
  What does the Yes campaign have that No doesn’t? Arguably, No doesn’t have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear. It remains the world?s first manifesto for mass-inertia. The... Read More ›


Eckenaccio
by bellacaledonia
15 Aug 2014 at 10:21am
By Alistair Davidson And Eck was cast into a furnace of fire: there was wailing and gnashing of teeth. To Britain?s journalists there was no question, Darling bested Salmond. To many Yes activists it felt the same. During a gruelling... Read More ›


If the case for independence is so strong, why isn?t Yes winning?
by bellacaledonia
14 Aug 2014 at 10:10am
By Jonathan Rowson As fatigue kicks in, tensions rise, nerves fray, and morale on the ground is repeatedly confounded by aggravating opinion polls, the Yes campaign needs to go beyond wishful thinking and find an authentically positive strategy. To get... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England? - BBC News
18 Aug 2014 at 3:04pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England?
BBC News
Cornwall is about as far away from Scotland as it is possible to get by land in the UK and has a vibrant nationalist identity. But does it share more with Scotland than England? And does it have a greater interest ...


Scottish independence: One month to go in referendum campaign - BBC News
18 Aug 2014 at 9:36am

BBC News

Scottish independence: One month to go in referendum campaign
BBC News
Both sides in the Scottish independence debate have held events with one month of the campaign left to go. First Minister Alex Salmond visited Arbroath, which has historical significance for nationalists. Better Together...


Scotland's independence fever is contagious - USA TODAY
17 Aug 2014 at 5:06am

USA TODAY

Scotland's independence fever is contagious
USA TODAY
This autumn is looking like national divorce season in Europe, beginning with Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum on breaking up with the United Kingdom. "There is no question that in Spain and elsewhere, they are looking very closely at thi...


Scotland's remote outpost splits on independence vote - USA TODAY
17 Aug 2014 at 5:21pm

USA TODAY

Scotland's remote outpost splits on independence vote
USA TODAY
Like the rest of Scotland, where polls show a close split on the independence referendum, the issue divides folks here in the Shetlands' capital. "Most of the boys that I work with are against it," says Fraser Leask, 53, an oi...


Independence referendum: Here's why Scotland will vote No (probably) - Telegr...
18 Aug 2014 at 7:47am

Telegraph.co.uk

Independence referendum: Here's why Scotland will vote No (probably)
Telegraph.co.uk
In one month exactly, we will know the result of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. What will it be? Much of the discourse around it has focused on the difficulty of predicting the outcome. B...


Scottish independence: Australian PM Tony Abbott's comments 'offensive' - BBC...
16 Aug 2014 at 7:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Australian PM Tony Abbott's comments 'offensive'
BBC News
Scotland's first minister has said the Australian prime minister's comments on Scottish independence were "foolish, hypocritical and offensive". Alex Salmond was speaking after Tony Abbott told the Times it was...


The Chasm Tilting Scots Toward Independence - New York Times
17 Aug 2014 at 8:03pm

New York Times

The Chasm Tilting Scots Toward Independence
New York Times
The joke has stuck because it speaks to a central fact driving the debate over whether Scotland should vote for independence from the United Kingdom: There is a vast ideological chasm between Scotland, whose political center o...


Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes - BBC News
17 Aug 2014 at 9:57pm

BBC News

Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes
BBC News
Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French government favours Scottish independence. Far from it. There is a l...


David Tennant on Scottish Independence: 'Don't ask me, I don't live there any...
18 Aug 2014 at 2:53am

The Independent

David Tennant on Scottish Independence: 'Don't ask me, I don't live there any ...
The Independent
Scottish Independence: For and against. "As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss," the...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to clarify currency stance - BBC News
17 Aug 2014 at 12:48pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to clarify currency stance
BBC News
Alex Salmond has said he could have made his position on the currency of an independent Scotland clearer during a recent TV debate. The first minister went head-to-head with Better Together leader Alistair Darling in th...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel - Memphis Daily News
18 Aug 2014 at 3:33pm

Memphis Daily News

Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel
Memphis Daily News
Details: SNP Investments has filed a $3.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a four-story, 85-room Holiday Inn Express at 3411 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven...


Scottish Independence: All you need to know before 2014's referendum - Yahoo ...
18 Aug 2014 at 11:51am

Yahoo News UK

Scottish Independence: All you need to know before 2014's referendum
Yahoo News UK
Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National party (SNP), cruised to a historic victory north of the border in the 2011 election. Scottish independence never figured very prominently in the campaign...


'Place CalMac orders with Ferguson's', says Bute MP - Buteman
18 Aug 2014 at 10:26am

Buteman

'Place CalMac orders with Ferguson's', says Bute MP
Buteman
The SNP are planning to exempt busy sailings from Road Equivalent Tariff fares to cut demand. ?It is so obvious that new ferries are needed. Ferguson's showed their ability to win orders for modern ferries by successfully bidding fo...


FM outlines 'opportunity of a lifetime' of Yes - SNP (press release)
18 Aug 2014 at 10:15am

FM outlines 'opportunity of a lifetime' of Yes
SNP (press release)
One reason for that is that successive Scottish Governments ? not just this SNP one ? worked hard to attract people to study and then work. ?Every single person in this country will know family members or friends who have had to lea...


SNP's Alex Neil: we'll recruit 500 new NHS apprentices - Herald Scotland
18 Aug 2014 at 11:50am

Herald Scotland

SNP's Alex Neil: we'll recruit 500 new NHS apprentices
Herald Scotland
SNP's Alex Neil: we'll recruit 500 new NHS apprentices. Monday 18 August 2014. The NHS will recruit 500 new apprentices over the next three years, Health Secretary Alex Neil announced. The NHS will recruit 500 new...


Comrie Primary closure critics told 'show us your alternatives' - The Courier
18 Aug 2014 at 9:47am

Comrie Primary closure critics told 'show us your alternatives'
The Courier
An observer at meeting, Mr Poole added: ?Whilst Douglas has seen the need to reduce the capacity in our schools for some time, unfortunately his colleagues in the Fife SNP group do not seem to agree with him, given they hav...


Salmond Seeks To Take On Critics Over Pound - Sky News
18 Aug 2014 at 9:25am

Salmond Seeks To Take On Critics Over Pound
Sky News
The SNP is coming under sustained pressure to reveal what its "Plan B" on currency would be. But Mr Salmond told Sky News: "The other Westminster parties can't stop Scotland using the pound, using sterling. "What they could do is deny us access t...


Scottish Independence: the issues concerning voters - Telegraph.co.uk
18 Aug 2014 at 5:00am

Scottish Independence: the issues concerning voters
Telegraph.co.uk
Although a yes vote would give the SNP the mandate to get rid of Trident from Scotland it is still unclear whether it is technically feasible to move the submarines to another UK location in a reasonable time and the negotiations o...


Scotland's selfie generation cool on independence - Rappler
18 Aug 2014 at 9:07am

Rappler

Scotland's selfie generation cool on independence
Rappler
One YouTube video by the SNP's youth wing shows an irritating neighbor visiting local teenagers and telling them where they are going wrong with activities like learning to drive and playing the guitar. "Imagine if 'can't do' became '...


Author James Robertson: SNP would cease to exist five years after a Yes vote ...
18 Aug 2014 at 8:09am

Herald Scotland

Author James Robertson: SNP would cease to exist five years after a Yes vote
Herald Scotland
The lauded writer of books such as And The Land Lay Still and The Testament of Gideon Mack told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that the SNP would likely dissolve aft...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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In Scottish Referendum, a Push for Young Voters - New York Times
17 Aug 2014 at 6:17pm

New York Times

In Scottish Referendum, a Push for Young Voters
New York Times
In the lead-up to the referendum on Scotland's independence on Sept. 18, both official campaigns have reached out to students ? on their campuses and through social media ? explaining what the vote could mean for tuition f...


Scottish independence: NHS becomes referendum battleground - BBC News
16 Aug 2014 at 6:11pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: NHS becomes referendum battleground
BBC News
The Scottish government claimed that "wholesale privatisation" of the NHS in England threatened Scottish funding. A UK government spokesman denied this, saying Scotland's NHS was totally devolved and all policy and spending...


Referendum Record Points to Scotland No: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg
18 Aug 2014 at 1:10am

Referendum Record Points to Scotland No: Chart of the Day
Bloomberg
Scottish nationalists pressing for a Yes to independence in a referendum one month from today can add historical precedent to opinion polls that suggest the campaign to keep the U.K. intact will prevail. The CHART OF THE DAY shows ...


Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious ....
15 Aug 2014 at 11:53am

The Independent

Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious ...
The Independent
?As women go to the polls, they'll be faced with two choices for Scotland's future. One of continued uncertainty that will come with increased Westminster cuts, cuts that would see Scotlan...


Scottish theatres lukewarm over referendum - BBC News
17 Aug 2014 at 2:33am

BBC News

Scottish theatres lukewarm over referendum
BBC News
"It was always likely that in my time here Scotland would face this choice," says O'Loughlin, who is from London. "As artistic director, I waited to see what would come in. I can't say I was besieged with scripts about the referendum or in...


Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England? - BBC News
18 Aug 2014 at 3:04pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England?
BBC News
Cornwall is about as far away from Scotland as it is possible to get by land in the UK and has a vibrant nationalist identity. But does it share more with Scotland than England? And does it have a greater interest ...


Scotland's referendum: Eight things that connect Scotland and Northern Irelan...
15 Aug 2014 at 12:33am

Scotsman

Scotland's referendum: Eight things that connect Scotland and Northern Ireland
BBC News
On a recent visit to Ireland to discuss future collaboration, the Scottish government's external affairs secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said: "The fact that the most recent figures show almost 55,000 Irish peo...


One month until Scots go to polls for independence referendum - stv.tv
18 Aug 2014 at 4:41am

One month until Scots go to polls for independence referendum
stv.tv
Voters in Scotland will go to the polls to say yes or no to independence from the United Kingdom in exactly one month. On Thursday September 18 the electorate will be asked to answer the single question "Should Scotland be an inde...


Scotland's pro-independence movement will outlive next month's referendum - T...
14 Aug 2014 at 11:35am

The Economist

Scotland's pro-independence movement will outlive next month's referendum
The Economist
DAVID CAMERON reckons people should think jolly hard before they vote in Scotland's upcoming referendum on independence. As he and other unionist leaders often argue, the result on September 18th wi...


Independence referendum: Top Scots historian claims the foundations of Union ...
18 Aug 2014 at 4:23am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: Top Scots historian claims the foundations of Union ...
Scotland Now
He has been a regular contributor to the referendum debate, most recently during a public conversation with former prime minister Gordon Brown to mark his retirement, when he warned unionist po...



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Yvonne Hama
18 Aug 2014 at 3:34pm

Thank you Yvonne Hama. Doing your bit for the Yes campaign. Cheers Easy !!!!



#indyref Weekly Review #11
18 Aug 2014 at 3:08pm

the latest edition probably his best work especially after the 6 minute mark

 

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Any Computer Boffins Out There
18 Aug 2014 at 1:51pm

anybody help with computer problem ?

 

It would appear I have downloaded something I don't want,M...



Deid
18 Aug 2014 at 12:47pm

James Alexander Gordon, the voice of classified football results for 40 years on BBC radio, has d...



Liverpool Enters The Debate
18 Aug 2014 at 12:30pm
Hmmm... could swing me towards a No!



Doorstep/phone Tactics
18 Aug 2014 at 12:22pm

They're going to contact every household in Scotland in the next 4 weeks, 4 times if you're undec...



Votenoborders Campaign Song
18 Aug 2014 at 10:48am

This is a fantastic piece of work, I dare you not to watch this and laugh your face off.  All tha...



Among Labour Voters, 37 Per Cent Intend To Vote Yes
18 Aug 2014 at 9:43am

www.politicalbetting.com

 

2010 GE. Labour vote in Scotland: 1,035,528

 

37% = 383,145 Labour YES...



"advanced [Raf] Rivet Joint Surveillance Aircraft [Over Iraq]"
18 Aug 2014 at 9:26am

www.telegraph.co.uk They are really Boeing 707s. The three RAF Rivets sold by USA first flew in 1...



Yougov Poll
18 Aug 2014 at 9:00am

If this has already been noted, then just ignore this...

 

YouGov poll (12–15 Aug): Yes 43%; No 5...




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The Guardian
Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Scottish independence referendum week in review: pandas, the pound, and an un...
by Libby Brooks
15 Aug 2014 at 5:14am

The First Minister references Moulin Rouge, while the Better Together campaign begs for the donat...



Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling: the debate for Scotland
by Ben Quinn and Paul Owen
5 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

ICM/Guardian poll identifies Alistair Darling as winner of the Scottish Independence debate
Salm...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: trains, teacakes and telly
by Libby Brooks
1 Aug 2014 at 3:34am

Your hand-picked selection of news, commentary and funny stuff

Weve been a bit quiet this week, wh...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from cairns to Cymru
by Libby Brooks
25 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

This weekly round-up is brought to you f...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: the campaign belongs to Fred...
by Libby Brooks
18 Jul 2014 at 4:04am

Weekly round-up including Let's Stay Together, Jean-Claude Juncker and Murphy the dog

Regular read...



Alex Salmond tries to woo Liverpool - with help from a Labour heavyweight
by Helen Pidd northern editor
18 Jul 2014 at 2:51am

The Scottish first minister took a trip on the Mersey ferry with a new supporter, former defence ...



Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
by Libby Brooks
11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...



Scottish independence referendum campaigners' donations published
by Libby Brooks
8 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

Both camps trade insults as the Electoral Commission publishes its first report on donations to r...



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...




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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 surges to record high in astonishing poll from the No-friendly polls...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2014 at 2:16am

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 38% (+3)
No 51% (-4)

With Don't Know...



"Best YouGov poll for Yes" about to be published
by James Kelly
17 Aug 2014 at 5:11pm

Thanks to Denise for pointing me in the direction of Kevin Pringle's tweet, revealing that YouGov...



Panicked No campaign "need game-changer" as Yes juggernaut rolls on in two ne...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 11:16pm

We finally have an end to the mystery...

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Panelbase :

Yes ...



Reading the runes for tonight's polls
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm

I've just arrived in Brussels, and I've barely had a chance to catch breath, but this is how I se...



"Darling win" proves to be myth as Yes vote surges to 48% in sensational Pane...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 10:12am

New Panelbase poll :

Yes 48%
No 52%

More to follow...



Testing, testing, one, two, three, four...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 9:38am

I'm sitting in Dover Pier, waiting to catch a ferry (you probably would have guessed that), and a...



Pro-independence campaign stand on brink of victory in new study after 'undec...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2014 at 7:50am
A new study (as opposed to a conventional poll) conducted by the Economic and Social Research Cou...

Can we believe the polls (or the pollsters)?
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 7:54pm
A guest post by Scott Hamilton

In the referendum campaign we are being presented with polling data...

BREAKING : Have the BBC decided to involve No-friendly pollster Ipsos-Mori in...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
I've just received this very disturbing email -

"Was just phoned by Ipsos Mori asking for the view...

There's just one thing I don't understand, Professor
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
See if you can reconcile two statements from Professor John Curtice, made within the same blogpos...

No lead slumps by 3% among women in new female-only Survation poll
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:49pm
A rather odd new referendum poll from Survation is out, conducted among women only, who of course...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Calling a spade a spade
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"As an imperialist class-based state the UK is poorly equipped to meet the divergent needs of its...

Yes vote soars to yet another record high among definite voters in new poll f...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2014 at 6:08pm
It's been a bruising few days for Blair McDougall and the other Abominable No-Men, as their hopes...

Mystery of "new TNS poll" showing another boost for Yes
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2014 at 9:39am
A number of media outlets were seen to briefly report a new poll a few hours ago, seemingly from ...

Boost for Yes as the gap narrows by 2% among definite voters in new poll from...
by James Kelly
11 Aug 2014 at 10:45am
As I pointed out in last night's post, YouGov are unusual in that they don't filter or weight the...


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Former Labour defence minister backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jul 2014 at 7:33am

Former Labour defence minister Peter Kilfoyle has backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence ...



Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Disabled People for Yes join growing Yes movement
by Toni Giugliano
18 Aug 2014 at 10:50am
Changes brought in by the current coalition include downgrading the amount of money a disabled pe...

One month to go - one opportunity to protect the NHS and build a better Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
18 Aug 2014 at 6:12am

The opportunity Scotland has on September 18 to protect our NHS, free us of nuclear weapons and b...



An opportunity that's too good to miss
by Angus Millar
18 Aug 2014 at 5:55am

By Blair Jenkins

In just one month?s time, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a be...



People agree with Scottish Government on currency union
by Peter Dempsie
18 Aug 2014 at 4:08am
The majority of people in Scotland - encompassing both men and women, and including Labour voters...

A Yes vote is Scotland?s one opportunity to protect the NHS
by Sean Lafferty
17 Aug 2014 at 8:47am

A majority of Scots are likely to vote Yes next month on the prospect of the privatisation of the...



Leading historian Sir Tom Devine joins growing number of Scots moving to Yes
by Sean Lafferty
17 Aug 2014 at 5:03am

Scotland?s foremost historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine,? has revealed he ?is? voting Yes after c...



New poll shows referendum is on a knife edge
by Sean Lafferty
17 Aug 2014 at 1:35am

Yes Scotland welcomes the findings of a new opinion poll - which puts the referendum result on a ...



Study shows gap just 5 points when people are asked for probable vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
16 Aug 2014 at 4:26am
With Monday marking one month until the independence referendum, Yes Scotland focused on new rese...

We don?t have to march to protect our NHS ? we just have to vote Yes
by Angus Millar
15 Aug 2014 at 12:06pm
Today hundreds of people are embarking on a march to London from Jarrow in the North East of Engl...

Only a Yes can protect our NHS
by Angus Millar
15 Aug 2014 at 11:56am
Independence is all about how we can make Scotland better, and having a strong NHS that?s free fo...

Senior former police figures declare support for a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
15 Aug 2014 at 2:51am
James Fraser, former Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, David Ross former Vice-Chair and...

Two weeks before first postal ballots are cast, we still don't know Darling's...
by Sean Lafferty
14 Aug 2014 at 3:14pm
Only a fortnight before the first referendum postal ballot papers are cast, the anti-independence...

Expert Economist moves from Devo Plus to Yes
by Angus Millar
14 Aug 2014 at 7:27am
An opponent of devolution in the 1997 referendum on the Scottish Parliament, Sir Donald has latte...


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Voting intentions post Independence result Yes or No
18 Aug 2014 at 1:18pm

Do you think the outcome of the Independence referendum will change the way you vote at the next ...



The BBC at it again with it's Unionist bias
18 Aug 2014 at 4:53am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28739399

Carrying the headline "Why Paris doesn't want a Scotti...

The NHS
18 Aug 2014 at 2:17am
Here's an actual GP's thoughts. Quite scary reading, tbf.

http://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2014/0...

Sturgeon Coup Plot
17 Aug 2014 at 6:18pm
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/500284/Sturgeon-coup-plot-within-days-of-a-No-vote

Any idea who ...

Vote No to be dragged into another "illegal" war.
17 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11038121/David-Cameron-Isil-poses-a-dir...

Undecided Voters
17 Aug 2014 at 10:51am
Apologies if this has been dobe before.

If there are any genuinely undecided voters on here, wha...

Referendum coverage in schools
17 Aug 2014 at 8:49am

I was just wondering if any teachers, pupils or parents could enlighten us as to how schools are ...



Why I am voting 'No'
17 Aug 2014 at 1:21am

I posted this on facebook and then cut and paste it on another thread on here but it ended up hij...



Yet another "briefed" politician sticks his oar in...
16 Aug 2014 at 2:15am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28814936

 

Amongst his "not for a moment ...



Shipyard goes bust...
15 Aug 2014 at 9:57am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-28803561

 

 

But hey! I though being part of '...



Salmond vs Darling: Round 2 (25th Aug)
14 Aug 2014 at 3:25pm
Couldn't see another thread for this.

The second live debate will be on the BBC on 25th Aug and b...

Cameron to quit if it's a Yes?
14 Aug 2014 at 7:31am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724372/Cameron-forced-quit-Scots-vote-Yes-David-Davis-sa...



Thursday September 18th 2014 - Scotland
14 Aug 2014 at 6:49am

Just five weeks away now.

 

The Polling cards are getting sent out today/tomorrow

 

http://www.b...



What would Scotland look like if...
14 Aug 2014 at 6:29am

we had been independent from 1979.

 

Would we have had:

Reductions of the top level income tax in...



One for the Glasgow Law Squad to get their Teeth in to.
13 Aug 2014 at 2:36pm

Interesting alternative view to messrs Crawford & Boyle in this paper from the London Review of I...




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David Cameron dismisses 'desperate' Alex Salmond's NHS claims
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
18 Aug 2014 at 3:07pm
PM says warning on NHS funds 'doesn't stack up' and only the first minister has the power to change health service in Scotland

David Cameron has dismissed Alex Salmond as a "desperate man" making a ...




Clydesdale Bank warns against Scottish independence
by Press Association
18 Aug 2014 at 8:52am
The owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks is the latest business to warn of the risks of a yes vote in the referendum

The owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has become the latest business to ...




Scottish independence: how would it affect university research funding?
by Adrian Bird and Bryan MacGregor
18 Aug 2014 at 1:00am
Two senior academics debate whether independence would be good or bad for research funding in Scotland

Why Scottish universities must remain neutral in the independence debate

The referendum on Scot...



Ali Smith, Phill Jupitus and Roger Scruton: Edinburgh international book fest...
by Marta Bausells
17 Aug 2014 at 2:57pm

From poetry to provocation, on film and in person, catch up with the highlights of a packed and wide-ranging weekend

Welcome to our round-up of the last three days at the Edinburgh international boo...




Alex Salmond puts focus on NHS as poll shows pro-independence gain
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
17 Aug 2014 at 8:37am
No campaign leads by 55% to 45% excluding undecideds, and first minister accused of scaremongering over healthcare

The future of the health service is set to be the key battleground in the Scottish ...




The James Plays review Rona Munro's timely game of thrones
by Susannah Clapp
16 Aug 2014 at 6:06pm
This historic Anglo-Scottish co-production delivers epic sweep but insufficient psychological depth

Ae fond kiss, and then they sever? The National Theatre of Scotland and the London-based National ...




The Village; Kate Adie's Women of World War One; Scotland Votes; Boomers TV ...
by Euan Ferguson
16 Aug 2014 at 12:15pm
The return of Sunday- night flagship show The Village sees BBC1 making a move for Downton Abbey territory

The Village (BBC1) | iPlayer

Kate Adie's Women of World War One (BBC2) | iPlayer

Continue rea...


Scotland's 'passionate engagement' with the referendum seems like a mirage | ...
by Ian Jack
16 Aug 2014 at 2:00am
If you weren't paying attention to the media, you might imagine that ordinary people were refusing to concern themselves with what has been decided is the great issue of the day

Gauging a country's ...




Gordon Brown: independent Scotland would have 'neo-colonial' ties with UK
by Mark Brown
15 Aug 2014 at 2:30pm
Former prime minister, promoting his book My Scotland, Our Britain, calls independence 'worst possible outcome for Scotland'

An independent Scotland that kept the pound would have a neo-colonial rel...




Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson: 'I'm quite a cussed person'
by Libby Brooks
15 Aug 2014 at 1:37pm
Ruth Davidson is 35, a working-class Glaswegian, a kickboxer and a lesbian. Are these unlikely credentials just what the party needs to rescue it from 25 years of stagnation?

This is not a day for a...



The case for Trident is absurd. Scotland may help us get rid of it | Simon Je...
by Simon Jenkins
15 Aug 2014 at 1:00am
Prestige, not defence, is the only reason to keep this £100bn albatross. We may yet give thanks for Alex Salmonds posturing

I just cannot get enough of the Scottish referendum debate. On every side ...



Eimear McBride, Alasdair Gray and a spy opera: day six at the Edinburgh book ...
by Marta Bausells
14 Aug 2014 at 2:39pm

The Baileys prize-winner in quotes, beautiful festival portraits, Alasdair Gray and advice from agony aunt Irma Kurtz are among the highlights of the sixth day of literary action

Welcome to our late...




Independent Scotland's economy 'would crash if it tried to use sterling'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
14 Aug 2014 at 11:08am
Leading economist Ronald MacDonald says SNP's plans to use the pound after a yes vote are fundamentally flawed

One of the world's top economists has warned that an independent Scotland's economy wou...




Trident missiles 'could be relocated to Plymouth from independent Scotland'
by Richard Norton-Taylor
13 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
Devonport is obvious alternative to Faslane for Britain's nuclear missiles, says Rusi thinktank, despite risk of 'accidental ignition'

There would be no insurmountable technical or financial obstacl...




Second Scottish independence debate to be screened live across UK by BBC
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
13 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond will go head to head on 25 August, as 700,000 postal votes are sent out for the referendum

The next televised clash between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling on Sco...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The dug you can trust
by weegingerdug
18 Aug 2014 at 11:34am
It’s another great debate next Monday, the totes unbiased and completely neutral Beeb version whoo-hoo. But we can all save ourselves the bother – Alistair is going to bang on about the currency an...

Free cradle to grave healthcare in NHS Scotland or the Great British NHS Sell...
by weegingerdug
17 Aug 2014 at 11:37am
A guest post by Dr Nancy Burge Did you know that in England the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 made the most fundamental change to the English NHS in since its inception by removing the UK gove...

Changing the world with a Yes cake in Shettleston
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 7:36pm
The dug and me, well mainly the dug but I got to tag along too, had a great time on Friday evening meeting the enthusiastic and committed volunteers at Yes Shettleston in the East End of Glasgow.  ...

All over the world ? it?s a YES!
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 3:48pm
So who cares what a right wing Australian Prime Minister with chronic foot in mouth disease has to say after being briefed by a UK Conservative cabinet minister, people all over the world have been...

Wee Ginger Care Needs ? a thank you
by weegingerdug
15 Aug 2014 at 11:00am
Not much in the way of an update today, so apologies to everyone who was looking for words about the independence referendum. I’m off to a meeting of Yes Shettleston this evening, they’re having a ...

The audacity of Yes
by weegingerdug
14 Aug 2014 at 1:01pm
I went to church last night but I was among the converted they were preaching to, which was a novel experience for me. Canon Peter McBride of St Thomas church in Riddrie had organised a debate on t...

Make a video with Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
14 Aug 2014 at 6:16am
Solidarity with Scotland are planning a wee video to show Scots that we have love and support from all around the world. And if you live in furren pairts, they want your help. Take a short video of...

From inequality to enlightenment
by weegingerdug
13 Aug 2014 at 4:18pm
A guest post by Steve Asaneilean On September 18th we will all have our own reasons for voting Yes. That?s as it should be. There is no over-arching ideology at work here. There is no unitary path ...

Shy bunnies
by weegingerdug
12 Aug 2014 at 5:37pm
Are you shy and retiring, a wee bit of a wall-flower?   When your best pal asks you if her outfit makes her bum look big do you cower in fear like a straight man?  When watching Eurovision do you r...

My Scotland, your Scotland, everyone?s Scotland
by weegingerdug
12 Aug 2014 at 8:39am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Its been a rubbish week in the referendum and the press have gone into overdrive trying to beat us senseless with their usual melange of ever so helpful conde...


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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 ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five for our rolling sequence of Survation polls, conducted as always in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The June results are here, and the...

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

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

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


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