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LibDems call for better off to pay higher rate of tax in leaked memo
The Liberal Democrats have called for the better off to pay more tax after leaked proposals suggested the party plans to target workers earning above £50,000.

Poster boy continues to enjoy a charmed life
THE LibDem poster boy emerged from the wings and liberal hearts immediately began to melt.

Cable attacks Tories as 'nasty party that has reverted to type'
VINCE Cable has unleashed a withering attack on the Liberal Democrats' Coalition partners, branding Tory policies "ugly", "cynical" and "callous".

Clegg sees off challenge from party members
Nick Clegg has won a series of crunch votes on the economy, but not before members of his own party accused him of an "ideological merger" with the Tories.

Carers should fly for free, says committee
Carers should fly for free if an airline requires them to travel with the disabled people they look after, a group of MPs have said.

Childcare a luxury, claims charity
CHILDCARE is a luxury that only well-off families can comfortably afford, meaning work is an unrealistic option for poorer parents, a survey suggests.

Rennie says Scots MPs can defy poll predictions
The Liberal Democrats can defy predictions of electoral wipeout and keep all 11 of their Westminster seats north of the border, says Scottish party leader Willie Rennie.

LibDems vow to scrap 'go home' campaign
There will be no repeat of the ­controversial "go home" posters on display in immigration centres including Glasgow's, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has promised.

SNP 'does not know meaning of independence in practice'
AFTER 80 years of promoting Scottish independence, the SNP still does not know what it would mean in practice, Danny Alexander has insisted, describing the United Kingdom as the "most successful alliance between countries ever in world history".

All to play for in referendum, says Sturgeon
THERE is "all to play for" in the independence campaign, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed after the Yes camp seized on polls, which continued to show a headline lead for the No campaign, but suggested the don't-knows could significantly narrow the gap.

Labour selects councillor for Walker contest
Scottish Labour has launched its campaign for the Dunfermline seat vacated by disgraced former MSP Bill Walker.

Progress in harassment fight 'too slow'
Liberal Democrat activists have hit out at senior figures for failing to engage with a drive to tackle sexual harassment in the party.

One LibDem appears to be more equal than others
Equality reigns at the Liberal Democrat conference.

Coalition is best for UK, says Clegg
NICK Clegg has laid out his pitch for the 2015 General Election, claiming neither Labour nor the Conservatives can be trusted to govern alone and only the Liberal Democrats in a second coalition government could produce a fairly-based economic recovery.

Cable's house-bubble warning angers Clegg
TENSIONS have mounted at the top of the Liberal Democrats after Vince Cable's warning of a housing bubble was slapped down by senior colleagues and the Business Secretary was said to be sympathetic to a rebel amendment in today's key economic debate.


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Taxpayers make £61m profit from Lloyds shares
17 Sep 2013 at 5:21pm

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed the taxpayer’s £61 million profit on the sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group as further evidence that the economy is “turning a corner”.



MSP expenses cost taxpayers £12.2m in past year
17 Sep 2013 at 5:07pm

MSPs claimed a total of £12.2 million in expenses in the past 12 months, down £500,000 on the previous year.



?No spending bonanza? if Lib Dems retain power
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

DANNY Alexander has warned there will be “no spending bonanza” if his party remains in power after the next General Election.



Scottish independence: 365 days to go
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

The campaigns have devised their sound-bites, booked the billboards, posed for their team photos, and printed off millions of leaflets.



English school kids to get free school meals
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

Children in English infant schools will be eligible for free school meals under a £600 million plan announced by Nick Clegg.



Scottish independence rivals a million miles apart
17 Sep 2013 at 4:57pm

THE offices of the two campaigns in the independence referendum, in Glasgow city centre, are near enough to share the same sandwich shop on their lunch-hour.



Matt Qvortrup: History shows Yes campaign can win
17 Sep 2013 at 3:34pm

Alex Salmond appears to be taking notes from Harold Wilson’s 1975 referendum victory, writes Matt Qvortrup



Allan Massie: Referendum fall out affects us all
17 Sep 2013 at 3:33pm

Opposing views on independence may be sincerely held, but the final decision will impact permanently, writes Allan Massie



Leaders: Temper referendum passion with respect
17 Sep 2013 at 3:33pm

A year from today, Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether the United Kingdom has had its day, or is to be given a new lease of life.



Brian Wilson: Royal Mail must dodge attack
17 Sep 2013 at 3:32pm

The British postal system is threatened not just by privatisation but also by independence. Nationalists are no fans of the Royal Mail, writes Brian Wilson



Eddie Barnes: Lib Dems? election strategy
17 Sep 2013 at 3:32pm

Could the Lib Dems’ self-parodied and much-maligned indecisiveness become an election strategy, asks Eddie Barnes



Scotsman cartoon 18/09: Independence referendum
17 Sep 2013 at 12:56pm

Scotland’s First Minister and the Scottish Secretary have hailed the independence referendum as an opportunity of a lifetime on the day that marks exactly a year until the historic vote.



Cameron: Let Tottenham Hotsput fans say ?Yid?
17 Sep 2013 at 11:28am

Tottenham Hotspur fans who use the word “Yid” in chants should not face prosecution, David Cameron said.



Lib Dem Conference: Trident alternative backed
17 Sep 2013 at 8:30am

THE Liberal Democrats have backed a scaled down version of Trident as the party conference voted in favour of ending the UK’s continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrence and instead adopting a “contingency posture”.



Scottish independence: Oil for debt swap proposed
17 Sep 2013 at 8:29am

AN independent Scotland could offer an “oil for debt” swap in order to write down the £153 billion debt burden it would inherit if Scots voted to leave the UK in next year’s referendum, an influential economic think-tank has suggested.




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by Chris Cairns
17 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm

Anas Sarwar lie update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2013 at 10:45am
We’ve just had a response from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to our article of this morning. The Foundation has confirmed on the record, through its Twitter account, that the deputy leader of Labour in Scotland misrepresented its views on the BBC Radio 5 Live debate yesterday morning. Its reaction is below. Just to reiterate: our [...]

The levers of the Common Weal
by Scott Minto
17 Sep 2013 at 7:37am
The accusation that the Yes campaign proposes an impossible Scotland of low tax and high spend (often mocked as “Scandinavian spending with American taxation”) is a tactic frequently used by ?Better Together? to undermine the economic case for independence, with the implication that services would be cut due to lack of funds. (Of course, they [...]

Lying liars tell more lies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2013 at 4:27am
Yesterday we pointed out a pretty disgraceful misrepresentation by Labour of the findings of an impartial, non-political research study which found that an independent Scotland would be far better placed to reduce inequality. But it wasn’t the only one. Here’s the party’s deputy leader in Scotland, Anas Sarwar, speaking at yesterday’s interesting two-hour BBC Radio 5 [...]

Love and monsters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 5:12pm
In all the hoo-ha today about the poll figures which showed a clear majority for Yes if people thought they’d be £500 a year better off with independence, nobody seems to have paid much attention to what seems to us to be a rather more significant figure. We should passingly note, of course, the oddity [...]

Turning the truth upside down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 10:25am
There’s a fascinating, if rather dry, report published today on the website of the Economic and Social Research Council today. Written by David Bell, David Comerford and David Eiser and entitled “Constitutional Change and Inequality in Scotland”, it specifically concerns itself with whether the Scottish Government has the tools already to deal with inequality, particularly through an [...]

Good news, everyone!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 7:34am
We don’t like to reprint old posts here as a rule, but with the Scotsman today reporting that the prospect of Scots being £500 a year better off would give the Yes camp a 10-point lead, it seems timely and appropriate to revisit this one from back in July: (Link and link.) Or put simply: [...]

His country needs him
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2013 at 5:12am
But which country? “The room is full of campaign paraphernalia. A noticeboard bears pictures of staff dressed as Kitchener in ‘your country needs you’ poses.” A fine hero for all of us, I’m sure we agree. “During the Second Boer War, Kitchener arrived in South Africa with Lord Roberts on the RMS Dunottar Castle along with massive British reinforcements in [...]

The useless Samaritans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2013 at 3:53pm
We’ve been meaning to nag someone to present this data in a super-snappy visual form for ages, then what do you know except that the splendid Stewart Bremner just pops up out of nowhere and does it without even being asked. Independence will NOT “abandon England to the Tories”. If the people of the rest of [...]

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


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Debate marks one year to referendum
17 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will lead a debate at Holyrood exactly a year before voters take part in the Scottish independence referendum.


Taking stock a year from referendum
17 Sep 2013 at 6:11pm
BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor takes stock exactly a year before the people in Scotland vote in the independence referendum.


Analysis: What the opinion polls say
17 Sep 2013 at 6:20pm
Prof John Curtice tries to make sense of opinion poll data which, at first glance, looks very confusing.


New currency urged for independence
17 Sep 2013 at 12:43pm
An academic think tank claims that a separate currency would be the "prudent option" for an independent Scotland.


MSP expenses claims fall by £500,000
17 Sep 2013 at 5:25am
Expenses claims made by MSPs fall by more than half-a-million pounds in the last year, according to the latest official figures.


BBC introduces Generation 2014 panel
17 Sep 2013 at 3:18am
A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014.


College started in barn marks 40th
17 Sep 2013 at 2:01pm
First Minister Alex Salmond praises a college that was started in an old stone barn 40 years ago for its work promoting the Gaelic language.


Trams 'will be running by next May'
17 Sep 2013 at 3:55am
Edinburgh's trams will be running by May 2014, after six years of construction work, the city council announces.


Dairy review urges exports drive
17 Sep 2013 at 10:27am
Scotland's dairy producers should expand into international markets to end reliance on UK sales, according to a review.


Parties pick by-election candidates
16 Sep 2013 at 4:25pm
Labour picks Cara Hilton and SNP selects Shirley-Anne Somerville to fight the Dunfermline by-election


Coal sector consultation announced
17 Sep 2013 at 1:02pm
The Scottish government announces that it will consult on more effective regulation of the mining industry following the collapse of Scottish Coal earlier this year.


Childcare is 'luxury for well-off'
17 Sep 2013 at 4:34am
A survey of parents in Scotland suggests that childcare is a luxury that only well-off families can comfortably afford.


Council to charge for care services
17 Sep 2013 at 4:43am
People who use non residential care services in Clackmannanshire could face charges under new rules being introduced.


Stirling unveils 2014 programme
16 Sep 2013 at 7:14pm
Stirling unveils a programme of events aimed at putting the city at the heart of Scotland's 2014 Year of Homecoming.


SMS alert to test emergency response
16 Sep 2013 at 6:55pm
Glasgow is selected as one of three places where the UK government will carry out tests for people to receive mobile alerts in emergencies.


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Why is St Andrews so reluctant to recognise one of its most renowned students?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2013 at 3:58pm

  By Ashley Husband Powton
 
The Opening Ceremony of the University of St Andrews instills in the new students a sense of the history, responsibility and privilege that comes with joining a 600 year old tradition of learning.  This programme of inspiration includes many a reference to the giants who have studied and served at the institution and in whose footsteps they are about to walk.



Anonymity for rape accused
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
15 Sep 2013 at 11:51am

By Aamer Anwar

Following the acquittal of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell on child rape charges, the debate on whether anonymity should be granted to an accused (unless  convicted) has reignited once again.

For over two years the Corrie actor was convicted in the court of public opinion long before he had a chance to prove his innocence.



The attacks on Jim Spence are an attack on democracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2013 at 11:38am

  By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin
 
I was not surprised to learn of the harassment directed at BBC Scotland's Jim Spence last week by supporters of a particular football club.
 
As well as vile abuse on social media, Spence and his wife were confronted while out walking in Dundee.  After the incident he called the police.



The media is to blame for the state of Scottish Labour
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 5:06am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Are we watching the death of the Labour party in Scotland?  Two episodes, one on Thursday at First Minister's Questions and the other on Saturday's Good Morning Scotland, suggests we might.
 
When Johann Lamont stood up and began speaking after a summer of silence it heralded yet another moment of ignominy that has plagued the party since it lost power to the SNP in 2007.  The attempted smear of the SNP and Yes Scotland was so poorly executed that one has to question the ability of Lamont to lead and resurrect her Scottish Labour group.



"We almost no longer existed"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Sep 2013 at 3:13pm

  By Mark McNaught

Last September 12, I had the honour of attending a reception at the Catalonian Delegation office in Paris, where I heard a talk by the former President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Jordi Puyol.  On la Diada Nacional one day before, 1.6 million people formed a human chain stretching the length of Catalonia in anticipation of the referendum to be held in 2014.  A region of 7.5 million people just held one of the largest, if not the largest peaceful demonstration in human history.



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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




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Scottish independence campaigners plan final push before referendum vote
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 5:59pm

With a year to go before the referendum, Yes Scotland and Alex Salmond's SNP are confident of winning over sceptical Scots

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Scottish independence: currency oil plan proposed
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 4:00pm

AN independent Scotland could pass its oil revenues to the UK to write down the £153 billion debt burden that would be inherited should the Scottish people decide to go their own way this time next year.
Peter A Bell's insight:

When I read the phrase "economic risks of independence" I immediately a...



Anas Sarwar lie update
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 11:30am

We’ve just had a response from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to our article of this morning. The Foundation has confirmed on the record that the deputy leader of Labour in Scotland misrepresented its views on the BBC Radio 5 Live debate yesterday morning. Its reaction is below.



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The Scottish media and half-truths about Scotland, Catalonia and the EU
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 11:24am

On Tuesday the Scotsman newspaper reported that Joaquin Alumnia, vice-president of the European Commission, had warned that an independent Catalonia would be forced out of the EU and would have to re-apply for membership, the paper implied this would also apply to Scotland.



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Westminster 2015 - will the SNP shake things up? | openDemocracy
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 9:16am

Scotland's potential independence now stands firmly on the horizon. But one must wonder: if it is to happen, how will the event affect the 2015 general elections? We must examine the facts to find out.


Peter A Bell's insight:

An interesting and not unreasonable analysis. I would question only two p...



?I might move there? ? comedian Mark Thomas ?fascinated? by possibilities of ...
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 8:33am

‘I might move there’ — comedian Mark Thomas ‘fascinated’ by possibilities of Scottish independence

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Joan McAlpine: We?ll spend our bread on the sandwich generation
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 8:24am
JOAN says she feels for those who are having to support their kids as well as their ageing parents due to the state of the UK pension.

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The levers of the Common Weal
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 8:11am

The accusation that the Yes campaign proposes an impossible Scotland of low tax and high spend (often mocked as “Scandinavian spending with American taxation”) is a tactic frequently used by ‘Better Together’ to undermine the economic case for independence, with the implication that services woul...



Scottish independence: ?collective clout? warning
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 7:15am
Independence could diminish the UK’s voice on the world stage and deprive Scotland of the benefits of its collective clout, former Chancellor Ken Clarke has told business leaders.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Mr Clarke needs to learn some basic arithmetic. You can't possibly have less "clout" than no "c...



BBC introduces Generation 2014 panel
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 6:30am

A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014.

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Lying liars tell more lies
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 4:41am

Yesterday we pointed out a pretty disgraceful misrepresentation by Labour of the findings of an impartial, non-political research study which found that an independent Scotland would be far better ...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Sarwar talks. Sarwar lies.



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Darling: I speak for Scotland, not David Cameron
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 4:08am
ALISTAIR DARLING today insists
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair Darling may be right. Cameron may be irrelevant to the debate on Scotland's constitutional future. Although Cameron's pompous rhetoric about fighting to preserve the British state "with every fibre I have" suggests that he might not be...



The case for an independent socialist Scotland
by Peter A Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 2:49am

With a year to go until the referendum the Scottish Socialist Party are to publish a booklet entitled 'The case for an independent, socialist Scotland' written by Colin Fox.



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Catalan EU claim may impact on Scots independence
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2013 at 7:35pm

A SENIOR European Commissioner has suggested Catalonia would have to leave the European Union if it seceded from Spain, a claim which could have an impact on the future status of an independent Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I suppose we have to sort of admire the ability of the British national...



Comment: Building better future more independently
by Peter A Bell
16 Sep 2013 at 6:57pm

The argument that the Union offers a utopia of jobs and growth fails to stand up to any real scrutiny, writes Jim Mather
Peter A Bell's insight:

A masterful dismantling of unionist arguments from Jim Mather.



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Holyrood MSPs tighten their belts as expenses claims fall by £500,000 in a year
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2013 at 8:41am
THERE was a major drop in the amount of expenses claimed by members at Holyrood last year, it's been revealed.


Dame Anne Begg hits out at hotel that couldn't be bothered to provide facilit...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2013 at 4:20am
THE politician, who has used a wheelchair for 29 years, says that businesses failing to cater properly for their disabled guests are just doing themselves damage.


Lib Dems caught in two minds as they vote to axe hated bedroom tax.. but back...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Sep 2013 at 3:18am
DELEGATES at the party's conference in Glasgow yesterday voted overwhelmingly to review the controversial tax policy.


Alex Salmond: Wife-beater Bill Walker has harmed Holyrood's image.. but publi...
by David Clegg
17 Sep 2013 at 2:01am
THE First Minister believes that despite the damage done to the reputation of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP will not be hindered in the upcoming by-election in Dunfermline.


Tight immigration rules making business difficult for oversea investors, says...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2013 at 9:50am
THE Business Secretary told the Lib-Dem Conference in Glasgow that investors were turning to Germany and France instead of the UK.


Syria: William Hague to attend further talks with US and France on troubled c...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2013 at 8:01am
THE Foreign Secretary will meet with his American and French counterparts in Paris to discuss a deal to take control of Syrian chemical weapons.


Lib Dem stalwart Baroness Shirley Williams says party's backing of the bedroo...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Sep 2013 at 3:15am
COMMENTS by party grandee are backed by campaigner Julie Pörksen who says the policy is akin to "kicking people when they are down".


Bedroom tax: Tenants in Glasgow in Catch-22 situation as housing chiefs ban t...
by David Taylor
16 Sep 2013 at 2:07am
WELLHOUSE Housing Association, who previously said they opposed the charges, threaten to remove those in arrears from their waiting list for smaller properties.


Record View: Shirley Williams admits Lib Dems' support of bedroom tax was a '...
by Record View
15 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW agrees the Lib Dems' support of the bedroom tax was a mistake but going into coalition with the Tories was an even bigger error.


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


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


Mail Opinion: Why the Nats must go for it and explain why independence is wor...
by Mail Opinion
14 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
IT'S time for Alex Salmond to drop the "don't scare the unionists" line and spell out why the risk of becoming independent is worth it.


John Niven: Why whacking Grant Shapps in the face is a task that should be ha...
by John Niven
14 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
THIS week JOHN has been particularly impressed by the amazing work done by our leaders in the Con-Dem government. Not.


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


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


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Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 confidently expect their agents to significantly outnumber the splittists.


Splittists ridiculed for inability to replicate Catalanshire rally
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The Scotsman?s extensive coverage of the non-event ca...

Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 6:10am
Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.


Bird watchers let down in Glasgow
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Like many immature males, he had not yet learned that birds in Scotlandshire don?t appreciate that kind of performance. As a result, his ?performance? is never ...

BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2013 at 6:09pm
BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses of Labour in Scotlandshire has reached the bottom ? of the barrel.


Labour in Scotlandshire probed ? Anus exposed ? Salmond smeared
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Mr Sarwar was exposed as a hopeless and hapless fibber after bra...

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


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

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

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

and

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


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

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


The Fear Factor
www.bbc.scotlandshir...

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


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

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


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

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


Yes Scotland thinks outside the box
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 simi...

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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it's time to get above ourselves


Saffron for Yes!
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2013 at 5:38am
“We don’t want supremacy, we want equality!” This is why 16 Year olds get the Vote. This is brilliant. “We won’t be silenced by your ideology!” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Saffron Dickson

The Winds of Change
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2013 at 4:52am
By Mike Small It’s often sidelined in the media, but the energy focus we should be having – because it’s about our future – has just taken a massive step forward. Scotland now has the world?s biggest wave farm and... Read More ›

Why Willie?
by bellacaledonia
16 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small The question ‘What is Willie Rennie for?’ has troubled political philosophers for years. The question was raised again this weekend as the Liberals Democrats met in Glasgow. Rather than map-out the prospectus for recovery under the Union,... Read More ›

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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Scottish independence: Academics urge new Scots currency - BBC News
17 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish independence: Academics urge new Scots currency
BBC News
An academic think tank has claimed that a separate currency would be the "prudent option" for an independent Scotland. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) worked with the Economic and Social R...


Scottish independence: ?collective clout? warning - Scotland on Sunday
17 Sep 2013 at 6:33am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: ?collective clout? warning
Scotland on Sunday
Independence could diminish the UK's voice on the world stage and deprive Scotland of the benefits of its collective clout, former Chancellor Ken Clarke has told business leaders. He focused on the impact of inde...


One year to go, Scotland? It's only 12 months until the independence vote ......
17 Sep 2013 at 1:53pm

The Independent

One year to go, Scotland? It's only 12 months until the independence vote ...
The Independent
?But if the argument for independence is made, if it becomes possible that Scotland might vote 'Yes', then English voters will say 'Hang on, you'd better start planning, because how is this ...


Catalan EU claim may impact on Scots independence - Scotland on Sunday
16 Sep 2013 at 6:51pm

Herald Scotland

Catalan EU claim may impact on Scots independence
Scotland on Sunday
The SNP Government hopes to negotiate its EU membership ? including opt-outs from the euro, free travel areas and a budget cut ? in the period between the referendum in September 2014 and its proposed independence d...


Scottish independence: Economy the key says Hyslop - Scotland on Sunday
16 Sep 2013 at 6:51pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Economy the key says Hyslop
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTLAND'S economic strength is the key to the push for independence, external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop has said. Her remarks follow evidence in a Scotsman poll yesterday which indicated that a majority of...


Scottish independence: 365 days to go - Scotsman
17 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 365 days to go
Scotsman
The campaigns have devised their sound-bites, booked the billboards, posed for their team photos, and printed off millions of leaflets. Today, the marathon run up to the referendum on Scottish independence marks one year to go until voters get ...


Scottish independence: Post must be renationalised - Scotsman
16 Sep 2013 at 4:07am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Post must be renationalised
Scotsman
He said Scotland should renationalise the Royal Mail if it gains independence, but added: ?Nobody can know how much it's going to cost because we don't know how much is going to be sold off, we don't know the price, we don't...


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

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


When Scottish independence is only a question away - Financial Times
17 Sep 2013 at 9:55am

When Scottish independence is only a question away
Financial Times
For pro-union campaigners, there can be few more graphic examples of the risk of complacency than Quebec's 1995 referendum on separation from Canada. As in Scotland, the campaign against separation started with a hefty lead and poll...


Nicola Sturgeon believes persuading women is key to winning independence ... ...
17 Sep 2013 at 11:54am

Nicola Sturgeon believes persuading women is key to winning independence ...
Metro
Nicola Sturgeon believes persuading women of the benefits of going it alone will see Scotland vote for independence a year today. Scotland's deputy first minister believes recent polls are starting to show the Scotti...



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Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum - BBC News
17 Sep 2013 at 6:13pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Taking stock a year before the referendum
BBC News
The supporters of Union know the answers, of course. Alex Salmond is taking the longer view in pursuit of his carefully nurtured ambition of Scottish independence. Quite understandably from his perspective, as the lea...


First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver his pitch for independence with a ye...
17 Sep 2013 at 6:06pm

BBC News

First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver his pitch for independence with a year to ...
BBC News
Ahead of the debate, the SNP ministers said Scotland, with its natural resources and talent, could "more than afford" to be independent. They also claimed successive UK governments had created on...


Scottish independence: 365 days to go - Scotsman
17 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 365 days to go
Scotsman
Already two years in the making, since the SNP government won its landslide victory in the Holyrood elections, the referendum now moves from phoney-war stage into countdown mode. A frenzied year of campaigning is set to follow, with the two cam...


Matt Qvortrup: History shows Yes campaign can win - Scotsman
17 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Matt Qvortrup: History shows Yes campaign can win
Scotsman
According to a report last week, the SNP income in 2012 was £2.3 million, with estimated reserves of about £503,396. While the SNP's finances dwarfed those of the Scottish Labour Party, which had an income of £530,387 last year, the...


Allan Massie: Referendum fall out affects us all - Scotsman
17 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Allan Massie: Referendum fall out affects us all
Scotsman
One thing looks clear at present: people are quite happy to have an SNP government at Holyrood, without being persuaded that independence is best for Scotland. Yet even this apparently clear picture is blurred by the fact that turn-o...


Anne McLaughlin: Time to tackle the myths about Scottish independence - Yorks...
17 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

Anne McLaughlin: Time to tackle the myths about Scottish independence
Yorkshire Post
More importantly, I believe Scotland voting ?yes? will kick start a resurgence in England of, at least the social democratic type of politics the SNP is known for. The wonderful Billy Bragg was interviewed for The ...


Scottish independence campaigners plan final push before referendum vote - Th...
17 Sep 2013 at 5:19pm

The Guardian

Scottish independence campaigners plan final push before referendum vote
The Guardian
And despite the 80-year quest by the SNP to convince them, opinion polls suggest Scotland's 4 million voters remain as sceptical or as opposed as ever. A series of recent surveys suggest as many as 65%...


Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving? - The Guardian
17 Sep 2013 at 5:18pm

The Guardian

Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving?
The Guardian
As head of policy to Salmond from the SNP's landslide election victory in 2011 to this summer, I spent two years considering the white paper that will set out the Scottish government's case for voting yes. Had the s...


One year to go and 'Yes' camp behind by 20 points - The Times (subscription)
17 Sep 2013 at 5:06pm

The Times (subscription)

One year to go and 'Yes' camp behind by 20 points
The Times (subscription)
SNP supporters are divided by 85 per cent in favour of independence and 15 per cent against, while supporters of other parties prefer the Union by much the same overwhelming margin. If Mr Salmond can ...


At last, the main course is about to be served - Telegraph.co.uk
17 Sep 2013 at 4:29pm

At last, the main course is about to be served
Telegraph.co.uk
Incredibly, he also has a civil service content to dance to whatever tune he whistles; indeed, its permanent secretary has been accused by all the opposition leaders of having ?gone native? in his support of the SNP. However, in spite o...



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

The Independent

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


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

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


Generation 2014: BBC Scotland introduces panel of young Scots - BBC News
17 Sep 2013 at 3:19am

BBC News

Generation 2014: BBC Scotland introduces panel of young Scots
BBC News
A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014. The 50 boys and girls from throughout the country will be eligible to vote in next year's Scottish i...


Why Scotland should embrace independence - Pat Kane - Channel 4 News
17 Sep 2013 at 1:18am

The Independent

Why Scotland should embrace independence - Pat Kane
Channel 4 News
One year ahead of the independence referendum, Scotland is modern, wealthy and competent enough to embrace the prospect of independence, says writer and musician Pat Kane. One year ahead of the independence referendum...


Scottish Independence Campaign Underway As Referendum, Economic ... - Huffing...
15 Sep 2013 at 9:17pm

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


Businesses 'relaxed' about referendum - Herald Scotland
15 Sep 2013 at 9:10pm

Businesses 'relaxed' about referendum
Herald Scotland
MOST businesses in the UK are relaxed about the prospect of the referendum on Scottish Independence scheduled for next September although many are uncertain about what impact it could have on their operations, a survey found. MOST businesses in ...


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

Scottish independence: Economic case to be outlined with one year to go
BBC News
David Cameron has urged Scots not to reduce the "unique union of nations". The people of Scotland go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. They will be asked the...


Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:36am

BBC News

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


All to play for in referendum, says Sturgeon - Herald Scotland
15 Sep 2013 at 9:10pm

All to play for in referendum, says Sturgeon
Herald Scotland
THERE is "all to play for" in the independence campaign, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed after the Yes camp seized on polls, which continued to show a headline lead for the No campaign, but suggested the don't-knows could significantly narrow...


Referendum debate must live up to its historic importance - Herald Scotland
14 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Referendum debate must live up to its historic importance
Herald Scotland
What no-one can deny, however, is that the Scottish Government has a mandate to hold the referendum. When the Scottish National Party won a majority at Holyrood in 2011 that was inevitable. It was the culmination of decades o...



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Anything Goes

Newsnight Live Vote...
17 Sep 2013 at 5:13pm

Interesting...



Danish Sector Offshore
17 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm
I know there's quite a few on here working offshore, any worked in Danish sector?

Rumour is that'...

Alex Salmond Calls For Royal Mail Flotation Delay Until After Referendum
17 Sep 2013 at 1:12pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24100362

 

Scottish First Minister Alex S...



Fancy Dress Theme - Must Include Kilt
17 Sep 2013 at 10:08am

I'm going to a theme (any theme will do    ) 'do' in darkest east Lancashire next month and want ...



Scotland Should Promote London
17 Sep 2013 at 10:05am
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/14/spend-tourist-cash-on-london

Unbelievable

Grand Theft Auto V
16 Sep 2013 at 9:54pm

Anybody got the eagerly awaited game yet? Popped in to town to get my copy today and been glued t...



12 Dead In Navy Shooting
16 Sep 2013 at 1:15pm
Washington Navy yard.Reports a bit all over the place.3 shooters,1 of them dead.

Indepedence Debate -Bbc 5 Live
16 Sep 2013 at 5:00am

anyone been listening to this today? I will listen later but was wondering how it has been going....



Queen's Corgis Get Fillet Steaks For Dinner.
16 Sep 2013 at 2:34am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421037/Queens-corgis-fed-fillet-steaks-chicken-breast-co...



'bought And Sold For English Gold'
16 Sep 2013 at 12:53am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-new-poll-gives-yes-camp-h...




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

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Scotland's got what it takes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 9:21am

'One year to Yes'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 9:00am
Video of bm42RI5IfG4

Yes Scotland's Chief Executive Blair Jenkins explains why he thinks 2014 w...



How to help Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Sep 2013 at 8:51am

Here are a few quick and easy things you can do right now to help us:



A relationship between equal nations with mutual respect
by Peter Dempsie
16 Sep 2013 at 10:45am
This week the governments of the UK and Ireland will be further strengthening the ties between th...

Leading environmental campaigner Richard Dixon backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
15 Sep 2013 at 4:00am

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



Momentum is with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
14 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm

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



Small independent nations are the world?s happiest
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Sep 2013 at 6:51am
Small independent nations of comparable size to Scotland are the world?s happiest, figures from t...

Ensuring our older people get a fair share with a Yes vote
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
13 Sep 2013 at 10:00am
A Yes vote offers us the opportunity to build a fairer pensions system in an independent Scotland...

16 years on ? it?s time for another Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Sep 2013 at 10:38am

by Blair Jenkins

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



The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...
by Kevin Gilmartin
9 Sep 2013 at 8:28am
A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation,has confirmed that the most ...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on UK immigration policy
by Kevin Gilmartin
7 Sep 2013 at 7:49am

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



How UK is falling behind Europe in Wages
by Peter Dempsie
5 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm

Yes wins LGBT debate
by Peter Dempsie
5 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm

by Kirsty MacAlpine

Those in favour of an independent Scotland side won a debate last night betwee...



We all agree - Scotland's got what it takes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
3 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
Today?s treasury report is a welcome contribution which moves the referendum debate to precisely ...

Norway proves independence can help increase living standards
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
2 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm
George Osborne is launching a Treasury paper which says that ending Westminster government "could...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

In praise of? the return of the Darling | Editorial
by Editorial
17 Sep 2013 at 3:03pm

If the SNP campaign to cut Scotland loose fails, then the former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling will get much of the credit

A year from today, Scotland will vote on independence. If the SNP camp...




Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving? | Alex Bell
by Alex Bell
17 Sep 2013 at 12:41pm

Alex Salmond's vision for an independent Scotland is too narrow. We need more than old songs and tired policies

A year from today people will vote on the apparently straightforward question: should ...




Scottish independence campaigners plan final push before referendum vote
by Severin Carrell
17 Sep 2013 at 11:18am

With a year to go before the referendum, Yes Scotland and Alex Salmond's SNP are confident of winning over sceptical Scots

This Saturday, campaigners for Scotland's independence will be on the march...




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

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

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




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

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

Alex Salmond has stepped up his challenge t...




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

A fresh round of salvos ...




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

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

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




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

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

Alistair Darling has admitted that...




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

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

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




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

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

Amongst Ale...




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

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

A new "super po...




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

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

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




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

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

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




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