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Payments delays are 'unacceptable'
17 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
THE delays facing some claimants of a flagship government welfare scheme are "unacceptable", a minister admitted as the latest update was published.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Scottish independence: Celebrities speak out
18 Sep 2014 at 9:59am

CELEBRITIES took to social media sites to send messages to would-be voters.



Scottish independence video: Edinburgh voter reaction
18 Sep 2014 at 9:19am

IT’S a day which has been long in the waiting for both supporters and opponents of Scottish independence and now the talking is over and the time has come for voters to cast their ballots.



Scottish independence: Poll gives No slender lead
18 Sep 2014 at 8:36am

A NEW POLL has shown the No campaign edging ahead with a slender lead hours before polling stations close in the Scottish independence referendum.



Scottish Enterprise apologise for Yes vote tweet
18 Sep 2014 at 7:34am

SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE was today forced to apologise after its Twitter account was hacked by a member of staff posting in support of the independence campaign.



Scottish independence: Voters turn out in droves
18 Sep 2014 at 6:03am

SCOTS have turned out to vote in their droves as the nation decides whether or not it will end its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom.



Jean McFadden: Class, not nationality, is key
18 Sep 2014 at 5:23am

THE impending referendum forces me to reflect on who I am. What is my identity? Have I had a constant identity or has it changed over the years? Am I Scottish or British or both? Or am I something more? Does identity have to be equated with nationality?



UK warning over far-right extremists
18 Sep 2014 at 4:13am

MINISTERS should not ignore the threat of violence from far-right extremists who are growing in number in the wake of Islamic State terrorism and crimes involving Muslims in Britain, a senior Home Office adviser has said.



Scottish independence: How Yes vote affects sport
18 Sep 2014 at 3:27am

HOW A ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland would affect the face of British sport:



Scottish independence: Poll gives No narrow lead
18 Sep 2014 at 1:09am

THE NO CAMPAIGN has retained a narrow lead ahead of today’s Scottish independence referendum, according to the latest opinion polls.



Scottish independence: Andy Murray supports Yes
18 Sep 2014 at 12:45am

TENNIS PLAYER Andy Murray has declared his support for the Yes campaign in the independence referendum.



Scottish independence: Decision day arrives
18 Sep 2014 at 12:31am

THE POLLS have opened on a historic day for Scotland as voters determine whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom.



Moderator calls for ?cool heads and calm hearts?
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has called for voters to have “cool heads and calm hearts” when they vote today.



Scottish independence: Our day of destiny
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

THE people of Scotland will go to the polls in record numbers today when two and a half years of campaigning culminate in the most important vote in the country’s history.



Scottish independence: Carmichael?s final plea
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael yesterday said he believed Scotland stands taller as part of the UK.



Scottish independence: Final message from No camp
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Why a No vote can bring change to Scotland, without taking a leap into the unknown




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Us, now, or never
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
We have fifteen hours. The next fifteen hours mark the only ones in the entire history of time in which the fate of Scotland has rested democratically in the hands of its people. In 1707 the country was sold from under its people’s feet by a tiny handful of “nobles”. Before that it was won […]

If I don?t fight, I can?t go home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm
It’s Thursday in one minute. Here we go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Millions in historic Scottish vote
18 Sep 2014 at 9:55am
Millions of people in Scotland are heading to the polls to vote on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.


How to vote in the Scottish referendum
17 Sep 2014 at 4:47pm
The future of Scotland will be decided in the referendum on independence on 18 September. Here's a brief guide on how to make sure your vote is counted.


Guide to Scotland referendum night
15 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
Voters in Scotland will go to the polls in the independence referendum on 18 September. But what will happen, when? And what time is a result expected?


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


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


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


Referendum round-up
17 Sep 2014 at 12:03pm
It's one day to go until the referendum. For one last time, we round-up everything which happened on today's campaign trail.


Mass rallies mark referendum climax
17 Sep 2014 at 1:03pm
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign hold rallies as they make their final efforts to win over undecided voters.


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


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


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
20 Aug 2014 at 12:12pm
MSPs take part in a debate on increasing opportunities for women.


VIDEO: Voting on a small Scottish island
17 Sep 2014 at 12:00pm
Deputy counting officer Charles Reppke explains the logistics of how islanders will vote on Thursday's referendum.


VIDEO: Scotland gets ready to vote
17 Sep 2014 at 5:07pm
Sophie Raworth outlines how the voting process will work in the Scottish referendum.


VIDEO: Jeremy Vine to track the results
17 Sep 2014 at 5:18am
Jeremy Vine looks at how the Scottish referendum results will come in and how the campaign has developed,


VIDEO: 'Blabbermouth' marks referendum
17 Sep 2014 at 2:05am
The theatre production company marks the eve of the referendum with a 12 hour live event in Edinburgh celebrating Scottish culture.


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Vote No for Devo-Something ? Sometime
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Sep 2014 at 5:38am

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring in constitutional change as long as Scotland votes No.  Really, really.
 
The offer ? in a letter carried on the front of today's Daily Record ? has been described as unprecedented -- and it is.  Unprecedented for its sheer brassneck and cynicism.



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

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

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



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

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

Jim Sillars' final public meeting 15/09/2014



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

By Alex Mooney

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

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



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

By Mark McNaught

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

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



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

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



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

By an Usdaw member, reporting from her union branch debate

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



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

By Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP

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

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



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

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



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

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




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Today is Referendum Day ? What might History Show?
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 10:17am

We need to vote Yes today.



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Editorial: Once in a Lifetime Opportunity ? Vote Yes | Fife News Online
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 9:56am

Today is polling day for the long-awaited Scottish independence referendum and Fife News Online are coming out in favour of a Yes vote.

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Scotland Should Vote Yes for Independence, Yes for the Future of the Scottish...
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 9:48am

The proud words of Scotland's unofficial national anthem, "O Flower of Scotland" are a lot like the American anthem -- if we'd lost the Revolutionary War to the British....

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Joan Burnie on why she is voting yes for independence
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 9:46am

I abhor the male dominated ya boo, London centric Westminster politics which has become fatally corrupt and above all divorced from those they are supposed to represent.

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Vote Yes for the NHS - independence is the best chance to protect Scotland's NHS
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 9:43am

Caroline Molloy is Editor of OurNHS and a freelance writer. In 2011/12 she was part of a successful campaign which reversed one of the largest planned NHS privatisations in the country, involving 9 Gloucestershire hospitals. Since then she has been campaigning alongside local and national groups ...



Brian Baglow: I Won?t Try To Tell You How Much Opportunity We Have, You Know ...
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

I’m not even going to begin trying to encapsulate just how much hope, how much opportunity we have. You know this.

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Westminster will return to business as usual if it is No
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 5:44am

Be afraid; be very afraid.



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Tory Minister Leads Anti-Scots Revolt In Call For No More 'Goodies'
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 5:32am

Tory minister Claire Perry has thrown her weight behind a brewing backbench rebellion against giving Scotland more powers in the event of a No vote in today's independence referendum.

The revolt is highly awkward for Prime Minister David Cameron, ...

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Today is the Day
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 5:28am

Last night I gave an interview to BBC News Live from Holyrood. It felt like a pointless affair. But after, on the way up the Canongate, an amazing thing happened. Through the haar cam...



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Scotland's day of reckoning: the polls are open
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 4:20am
The polls have opened on a historic day for Scotland as voters determine whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Good to see that Gordon Brown's media manipulators are still on the job. That guff about him being "a leading figure in the No campaign who ...



This is the Day
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 4:12am

To the future children of Scotland. This is the day. This is the day I have been waiting for all my life. This is the day when we the people of Scotland decide on our future. ...



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Andy Murray backs Yes vote in referendum
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 4:04am

Tennis hero Andy Murray has come out in support of a Yes vote in today's referendum.



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Scottish independence: Our day of destiny
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 3:53am
THE people of Scotland will go to the polls in record numbers today when two and a half years of campaigning culminate in the most important vote in the country’s history.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I was at Perth Concert Hall last night for Alex Salmond' s final speech of the campaign. The atmosphere...



Dear Scotland
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 3:22am

 When you wake up on Friday, don’t change. A lot will have changed by then, obviously. A line will have been crossed, you’ll find yourself thrown into a new space, perhaps a di...



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One Chance, Just One Chance
by Peter A Bell
18 Sep 2014 at 3:19am

We have a few hours to persuade no-leaning voters who might be swayed by a pernicious promise that they can keep the apparent safety and comfort of the UK, while also getting ‘fu...



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Live: Scottish independence referendum voting day - latest updates as 4.2mill...
by Jessica Best
18 Sep 2014 at 10:25am
Minute-by-minute updates and reaction as Scots decide the fate of nation


Independence referendum LIVE: Voting day latest news
by Tony McGuire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:29am
It's all been leading up to today. The polls are open and the future of your nation rests in your hands. Vote wisely Scotland.


Independence referendum: What happens if Scotland votes NO to independence - ...
by Jack Blanchard
18 Sep 2014 at 9:09am
POLITICAL correspondent Jack Blanchard, from our sister paper The Mirror, takes a look at what the consequences will be for Scotland whether they vote 'Yes' or 'No' today.


Independence referendum: No way back- Britain, with or without Scotland, is r...
by Kevin Maguire
18 Sep 2014 at 8:55am
KEVIN MAGUIRE, who is Assistant Editor of our sister newspaper The Mirror, looks to the future and says we should all be excited, whatever the result of the referendum.


Independence referendum: Duke of Bavaria in line to be next King of Scotland?
by Keir Mudie
18 Sep 2014 at 7:25am
HIS Royal Highness Franz Bonaventura Adalbert Maria von Bayern, Duke of Bavaria, Duke in Franconia and Swabia, and Count-Palatine of the Rhine, could inherit the Scottish throne


Independence Referendum: Councillor abused at No stall
by Julie Gilbert
18 Sep 2014 at 6:47am
Councillor Monica Lennon, pictured, was pursued by a man through the Regent Shopping Centre on Thursday, September 11.


Sir Tom Hunter's message to Scots on Referendum Day
by dailyrecord
18 Sep 2014 at 4:51am
THE Scots entrepreneur has urged the people of Scotland to think carefully before they make their decision whether it be a Yes or No vote.


Torcuil Crichton: Nationalists are driving a wedge between Scots
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Sep 2014 at 4:23am
TORCUIL CRICHTON warns that an independent Scotland will not be the solution to solving the country's problems.


Destiny Day: Timeline for the Scottish independence referendum
by dailyrecord
18 Sep 2014 at 3:16am
HERE is your exclusive region by region guide to how your vote will count and who will declare when.


Independence referendum: Crime writer and former Record reporter Anna Smith o...
by Anna Smith
18 Sep 2014 at 1:44am
ANNA Smith believes that Scotland will have a brighter future if it remains with the UK.


Independence referendum: Gordon Brown leads passionate pleas to save Union be...
by Jason Beattie
18 Sep 2014 at 1:33am
WITH the future of the United Kingdom in the hands of 4.2million Scots, the No campaign goes into polling day with a wafer-thin lead over the Yes.


Independence referendum: Andy Murray stuns fans by announcing support for Yes...
by Chris Clements
17 Sep 2014 at 7:36pm
THE Wimbledon hero said "negativity" from the Better Together campaign made his mind up as he took to Twitter and Facebook to reveal his support for independence.


Independence referendum: Don't let Salmond's loudmouths bully their way to a ...
by dailyrecord
17 Sep 2014 at 6:31pm
THE veteran TV football commentator says change can be brought without erecting needless borders and, by instead respecting the aspirations which emerge from different environments and mutual understandings.


Indy Hotline: Passions run high but no clear winner among bullish Record read...
by Gordon Robertson
17 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm
GORDON Robertson answers your calls and hears passionate pleas to voters not to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime chance - as well as heartfelt calls for Scots to keep the union together.


Record View: We Scots can build a better Scotland and a better Britain
by Record View
17 Sep 2014 at 4:48pm
AS Scotland stands at the crossroads of history RECORD VIEW insists it will not tell you how to vote ? but whatever the outcome it will steadfastly support the settled will of the Scottish people.


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Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
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Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

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


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mummy likes lots of gin

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


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

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

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

Today's episode will be the last!


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

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


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

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


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

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


UK pledge: Vote no and you?ll get more than anyone else!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Unionist proposals Grrate

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


Secret betrothal for Scotlandshire me...

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


A Referendum tale for wee folk
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We bring you a classic tale to terrify the weans

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


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


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Today is the Day
by bellacaledonia
18 Sep 2014 at 5:07am
By Mike Small Last night I gave an interview to BBC News Live from Holyrood. It felt like a pointless affair. But after, on the way up the Canongate, an amazing thing happened. Through the haar came thousands of people. The chant... Read More ›


This is the Day
by bellacaledonia
18 Sep 2014 at 3:41am
By Clare MacGillivray To the future children of Scotland. This is the day. This is the day I have been waiting for all my life. This is the day when we the people of Scotland decide on our future. Today... Read More ›


Dear Scotland
by bellacaledonia
17 Sep 2014 at 12:18pm
By Christopher Silver When you wake up on Friday, don?t change. A lot will have changed by then, obviously. A line will have been crossed, you?ll find yourself thrown into a new space, perhaps a different mindset. Either way, in... Read More ›


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Scotland Independence Vote Commences - Huffington Post
18 Sep 2014 at 7:57am

New York Times

Scotland Independence Vote Commences
Huffington Post
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) ? Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire bu...


Scottish Vote Weighs Pride Against Risk - New York Times
18 Sep 2014 at 2:20am

New York Times

Scottish Vote Weighs Pride Against Risk
New York Times
Alyn Smith, a pro-independence Scottish member of the European Parliament and a former corporate lawyer, said that the British government did what was best for the United Kingdom, not necessarily for Scotland. ?The U.K. does not i...


Scottish independence vote begins - USA TODAY
18 Sep 2014 at 1:41am

USA TODAY

Scottish independence vote begins
USA TODAY
EDINBURGH -- Voters across Scotland have started casting ballots that will decide the future make-up of the United Kingdom amid polls that show the race between unionists and nationalists is too close to call. Around 4.2 million Scots are voting ...



Record Turnout Is Expected for Scotland's Independence Vote - Wall Street Jou...
18 Sep 2014 at 2:56am

Record Turnout Is Expected for Scotland's Independence Vote
Wall Street Journal
If Scotland votes for independence, the Scottish National Party has said it would like Scotland to formally secede from the U.K. by March 2016. In the interim, the Scottish government and politicians in Westminster, whe...


Obama Tweets Message Against Scottish Independence Ahead Of Vote - Huffington...
18 Sep 2014 at 12:02am

Obama Tweets Message Against Scottish Independence Ahead Of Vote
Huffington Post
"But, you know, as the president himself said, we have an interest in seeing the United Kingdom remain strong, robust, united and an effective partner." Former President Bill Clinton has also spoken out against Scottis...


30 questions on Scotland's independence which remain unanswered - Daily Mail
18 Sep 2014 at 6:27am

Daily Mail

30 questions on Scotland's independence which remain unanswered
Daily Mail
If Scotland votes Yes to independence in today's referendum, families north and south of the border face profound changes to their everyday lives. The nationalists have set out plans for how an independent Scotland...


16-, 17-year-olds get to vote on Scottish independence - USA TODAY
18 Sep 2014 at 1:50am

USA TODAY

16-, 17-year-olds get to vote on Scottish independence
USA TODAY
LONDON ? To misquote a famous British rock group, they are talking and voting about their generation. Scotland's independence vote Thursday represents the first time voters in the United Kingdom as young as 16 will help decid...


Scotland independence vote: The idiot's guide - Stuff.co.nz
17 Sep 2014 at 5:39pm

Stuff.co.nz

Scotland independence vote: The idiot's guide
Stuff.co.nz
It might sound simple, but the issue of Scottish independence is a bit like a complicated divorce (well, that's how British Prime Minister David Cameron is describing it). The relationship between Scotland and the United Kingdom g...


Tennis Champ Andy Murray is Backing Scottish Independence - TIME
18 Sep 2014 at 2:38am

TIME

Tennis Champ Andy Murray is Backing Scottish Independence
TIME
Game, set and match to Scottish independence? Hours before polling stations opened in Scotland this morning, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray finally revealed his support for the Yes campaign, saying that the negative campaign tacti...


Northern Ireland and Wales Feel Kinda Funny About Scotland's Independence ......
17 Sep 2014 at 2:54pm

The Wire

Northern Ireland and Wales Feel Kinda Funny About Scotland's Independence ...
The Wire
With the too-close-to-call poll numbers for the Yes and No camps, the U.K. heads into Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence with nervous anticipation. Will Scotland achieve independence three centuri...



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Gordon Brown's Better Together speech. Full video and transcript - CITY A.M.
18 Sep 2014 at 10:26am

CITY A.M.

Gordon Brown's Better Together speech. Full video and transcript
CITY A.M.
Real risk one: the uncertainty about the currency, unaddressed by the SNP. Real risk two: the default from debt that they threaten, unaddressed by the SNP. Real risk three: having to build 30 billion of reserves at ...


Salmond, persistent champion of Scottish independence - euronews
18 Sep 2014 at 9:51am

euronews

Salmond, persistent champion of Scottish independence
euronews
The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader (since September 2004, as well as during an earlier ten-year period) has a Masters degree in Economics and Medieval History from the University of St Andrews. He began government service ...


Ten ways the Scottish referendum is just like the American revolution ? and t...
18 Sep 2014 at 9:49am

The Guardian

Ten ways the Scottish referendum is just like the American revolution ? and three ...
The Guardian
?The SNP have hopelessly underestimated the scale and complexity of this,? said Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader. ?They would have to negotiate over 14,000 international...


The final countdown - Scottish Daily Record
18 Sep 2014 at 9:20am

Scottish Daily Record

The final countdown
Scottish Daily Record
Members of the No campaign yesterday urged voters across Renfrewshire to reject independence...and warned the SNP ?can't be trusted? when it comes to the NHS. Activists were out and about in Paisley town centre as the referendum campaig...


Op-Ed: Scotland votes over independence today - DigitalJournal.com
18 Sep 2014 at 9:15am

DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Scotland votes over independence today
DigitalJournal.com
Then, the independence-supporting Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate Winnie Ewing won a by-election in Hamilton, near Glasgow, a traditionally safe Labour seat in the West of Scotland. In subsequent UK general e...


Combative independence icon Salmond divides Scotland's 'Yes' camp - FRANCE 24
18 Sep 2014 at 9:14am

Combative independence icon Salmond divides Scotland's 'Yes' camp
FRANCE 24
But this picturesque medieval town on the shores of the loch that bears its name has been in one sense pivotal to bringing Scotland to this point ? it is the birthplace of the man seen as the driving force behind independen...


Getting to yes: What to watch for on Scottish referendum night - The Globe an...
18 Sep 2014 at 8:57am

Getting to yes: What to watch for on Scottish referendum night
The Globe and Mail
In particular, we can use levels of support for the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) in these elections as a way to estimate the differences in support for Scottish independence between different areas. ...


Quebec sovereigntists learning from Scotland's 'yes' campaign - CTV News
18 Sep 2014 at 8:54am

Quebec sovereigntists learning from Scotland's 'yes' campaign
CTV News
It's no longer an SNP movement, it's a population movement.? Cloutier is among a group of PQ and Bloc Quebecois members who are observing not only the referendum but the campaign tactics of both sides. One of the key factors tha...


The new statesman awaits the call - The Sunday Times
18 Sep 2014 at 8:51am

The Sunday Times

The new statesman awaits the call
The Sunday Times
An assured Alex Salmond leaves aside his usual put-downs to deny he is promising Scotland unicorns and rainbows. The SNP leader is so confident of winning, finds Jason Allardyce, that he has already set up a team of negotiators to u...


Gordon Brown Scottish referendum speech: Read full transcript of the former ....
18 Sep 2014 at 8:39am

Gordon Brown Scottish referendum speech: Read full transcript of the former ...
Mirror.co.uk
Tell them that Scotland does not belong to the SNP, Scotland does not belong to the Yes campaign, Scotland does not belong to any politician ? Mr Salmon, Mr Swinney, me, or any other politician ? Scotland b...



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Scotland's voters make their choice in independence referendum - CNN
18 Sep 2014 at 9:22am

CNN

Scotland's voters make their choice in independence referendum
CNN
Glasgow, Scotland (CNN) -- Scotland's voters are heading to the polls Thursday to cast their ballots in a landmark referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. There, they will face a straightforward yes/no question: Shoul...


Scottish referendum different than those in Quebec: Siddiqui - Toronto Star
18 Sep 2014 at 10:04am

Montreal Gazette

Scottish referendum different than those in Quebec: Siddiqui
Toronto Star
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Toronto Star was the first newspaper in North America to call for the recognition of Ukraine and other former Soviet territories as independent states. During the v...


Scotland's referendum count: When to expect what - Financial Times
18 Sep 2014 at 3:49am

Mirror.co.uk

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


The Scottish referendum - The Economist (blog)
17 Sep 2014 at 5:05pm

The Economist (blog)

The Scottish referendum
The Economist (blog)
JUST 48 hours to go before Scots will vote on whether to become independent and thus break-up a 300 year old entity, the United Kingdom. Those gambling their own money are betting heavily on a No vote (you can get 3-1 on a Yes vote) b...


Scottish independence referendum - RT
18 Sep 2014 at 1:00am

RT

Scottish independence referendum
RT
Scottish voters go to the polls on Thursday to choose whether or not to break away from the UK and form an independent state. The 'Yes' and 'No' campaigns have been neck-and-neck in the pre-ballot polls. Both sides in the referendum debate are making ...



The Economist explains - The Economist (blog)
18 Sep 2014 at 4:46am

The Economist (blog)

The Economist explains
The Economist (blog)
How does framing affect the Scottish referendum? The Electoral Commission was right to remove "Do you agree that?". The clause implies that whoever is asking is a nationalist and that it would be contrarian to disagree. But the Yes cam...


Scotland independence vote could be as close as Quebec referendum: Éric ... -...
17 Sep 2014 at 7:49pm

Scotland independence vote could be as close as Quebec referendum: Éric ...
CBC.ca
WATCH LIVE: CBC News will provide live coverage of Scotland referendum results online and on CBC News Network, starting at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. On Thursday, Scots will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom and...


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

Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum
Foreign Policy
But the effects on Scottish independence for U.S. security policy aren't only long term. A "Yes" vote in the referendum will immediately cause chaos within the RUK's defense and foreign-policy apparatus. There are no official f...


John Oliver Wades Into The Scottish Referendum Debate, Begs Scotland To ... -...
18 Sep 2014 at 8:12am

John Oliver Wades Into The Scottish Referendum Debate, Begs Scotland To ...
Huffington Post UK
"Scotland and England have been involved in something of a 300-year arranged marriage... and I will be the first one to acknowledge: England has been a little bit of a dick since the honeymoon," says John...


Scottish independence: How to vote in the referendum - BBC News
18 Sep 2014 at 12:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: How to vote in the referendum
BBC News
Scotland's Chief Counting Officer, Mary Pitcaithly, has advised: "Polling places are busiest during the early morning and in the evening as people vote on their way to and from work. If you are able to avoid these times, I would ...



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Today's Tunes
18 Sep 2014 at 9:16am

"Let me write the songs of a nation," said Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, "and I care naught who wri...



Assault In Clydebank
18 Sep 2014 at 9:04am
Sky News reporting a 44 year old man has been arrested for assault at a Clydebank (Fairlie Road??...

Is There Anybody Who Really Couldnt Give A Donald Duck?
18 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

or is it just me



Independence Rejected 2:1
18 Sep 2014 at 8:56am

Sorry, you'd better all stay at home and/or get on with your work.   

 

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After Seeing This Tweet Today.........
18 Sep 2014 at 8:54am
User Actions   Follow Ailish McCafferty‏@awishhh

After being a firm no voter for the past 18 mo...



Enjoy This Historic Day Everyone!
18 Sep 2014 at 8:39am

I'm heading to work just now and will be completely out of touch with the day's happenings until ...



The #indyref Drinking Game
18 Sep 2014 at 7:58am

You're all welcome to play.

 

Rule #1: Anybody says "too close to call" - take a drink.



Bitter Battered
18 Sep 2014 at 7:40am
Job done

How Many Times Have You Pooed Today
18 Sep 2014 at 7:34am

about to do my second.

 

arse like a fish's mouth.



Turnout
18 Sep 2014 at 6:29am

Anyone on the ground have any numbers for turnout so far in their local areas?

 

Trying to call t...




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

Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

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



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

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

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

Th...



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Scots expected to be...




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

Last night's Survation poll was better for Yes on the unrounded numbers
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 8:06am
A small piece of good polling news as we all wait (or hopefully as we get on with the Get Out The...

Final Ipsos-Mori poll puts Yes just 3% from victory
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 6:07am

Ipsos-Mori's last word is -

Yes 47%
No 53%

Not quite as good as yesterday's poll from the same firm,...



One Opportunity
by James Kelly
18 Sep 2014 at 5:27am

I have a little referendum day article at the International Business Times, reflecting on the his...



The 2001 Irish Referendum and parallels to the Indyref
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 10:15pm
A guest post by Scott Hamilton

As we move into referendum day, it is instructive to look at an int...

Final YouGov poll puts Yes just 2% away from victory
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2014 at 4:04pm
YouGov's final word of the campaign is -

Yes 48% (n/c)No 52% (n/c)

Meanwhile, there's a phone poll ...

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

These are the extraordinary numbers that will be beamed to STV viewers across the country at 6pm....



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

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 48% (-1)
No ...

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

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

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

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

So all thr...

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

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

Remember tha...

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

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

The percentage changes...

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


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

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

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


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I predict a riot.
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Debate on Scottish independence and the future of the nation-state
18 Sep 2014 at 10:28am
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UK Bracing to Jet Union Jack as Scots Vote in Historic Referendum
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Independence can protect the Scottish NHS - letter from a Scottish pharmacist
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Why are there no exit polls for the referendum?
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As an American, i have no stake in the matter, but just wanted to say how ins...
18 Sep 2014 at 10:32am

i hope you guys achieve your goal, whatever it may result in. hopefully you guys join us as a "Fo...



Hi, I'm and Australian and I just wanted to to tell you
18 Sep 2014 at 10:29am

I once met a Scottish guy.

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Intimidation at polling stations
18 Sep 2014 at 10:26am
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I'm confused on how this works..
18 Sep 2014 at 10:24am

If there are more yes by tomorrow, does it mean instant independence? Or is there more to it than...



How do you use the facebook plugin which says that you have voted?
18 Sep 2014 at 10:21am

so far atleast 30 of my mates have used it and have ended up with similar windows to this, but I ...



Can I wear my amazing Scotland shorts to go vote?
18 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

My sister said something about saltires not being allowed, just wondered if that rule extended to...



Reading about the referendum is like watching the Berlin Wall fall
18 Sep 2014 at 10:19am

Even if the No's have it, watching people mobilise with such passion is thrilling.

I remember the...



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Andy Murray on Scottish independence vote: 'Let's do this!'
by Kevin Rawlinson
18 Sep 2014 at 12:20am

Wimbledon champion tweets apparent endorsement of yes vote in referendum, criticising negativity of the no side

He may not have liked Alex Salmonds Saltire-waving as he won the Wimbledon championshi...



Scottish independence: voters turn out for Scotland's historic referendum - live
by Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Richard Adams in London
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am

Rolling coverage throughout the day as Scotland votes to decide whether to stay part of the United Kingdom

Read the latest summaryFinal poll puts yes on 47% and no on 53%
Andy Murray: Lets do this!Ar...

9 things the indyref campaign has taught us | Rafael Behr
by Rafael Behr
18 Sep 2014 at 10:34am
Whatever the result, the Scottish referendum has shaken things up. Here are the sometimes surprising lessons weve learned

Anyone who has canvassed opinion in recent elections will have met people wh...




Man arrested over alleged assault outside Scottish polling station
by Severin Carrell and Shiv Malik
18 Sep 2014 at 9:39am
Man understood to be yes campaign supporter held over alleged attack on pro-union Labour councillor in Clydebank

Live blog: Scotland votes in independence referendum

A man has been arrested over an ...



Ten ways the Scottish referendum is just like the American revolution  and th...
by Tom McCarthy
18 Sep 2014 at 9:38am

Tax, debt, English arrogance, the oeuvre of Mel Gibson the independence vote bears striking similarities to Americas breaking away

Scotlands day of destiny follow all the latest

The American govern...




Scottish independence: decision day arrives with many still undecided
by Steven Morris, Libby Brooks, Esther Addley, Ewen MacAskill and Caroline Davies
18 Sep 2014 at 8:48am
These are the British isles even if Scotland goes independent, says one voter, as many wait till last minute to decide UK's fate

Scottish referendum latest developments

Decision day has arrived in ...



Scottish referendum: with no exit poll, isnt there a democratic deficit? | Ja...
by James Ball
18 Sep 2014 at 8:44am
The absence of an exit poll means well be robbed of a post-vote analysis of how this momentous referendum was decided

Anyone whos sat up watching the TV on election night knows theres a pattern to h...




Final poll of Scottish referendum campaign shows six-point lead for no
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
18 Sep 2014 at 7:39am
Ipsos Mori reports slight strengthening of no's lead, with yes voters mainly motivated by hope and no voters by fear
Live blog: Scotland votes in independence referendum

The campaign against Scottis...



BuzzFeed cant resist dicking about with the Scottish Sun | Media Monkey
by Monkey
18 Sep 2014 at 6:45am
Website cant help adding its own knob gag to its roundup of the Twitter reaction to the tabloids social media shout-out

Its a bit of mischief-making the old Current Bun itself would be proud of. Buz...



Scotland decides - in pictures
by Matt Fidler
18 Sep 2014 at 6:26am

It is Scotlands day of destiny. Voters go to the polls in the historic referendum on independence from the United Kingdom

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English local radio station tries and fails to get away Scot free
by Monkey
18 Sep 2014 at 6:17am

A radio station that banned Scottish artists from its playlist until the referendum result is known has prompted nearly 50 complaints to media regulator Ofcom. Bob FM in Hertfordshire declared it w...




Tory minister Claire Perry joins rebellion over Scottish funding pledge
by Patrick Wintour
18 Sep 2014 at 5:52am
Rail minister warns against trying to appease yes voters with 'raft of goodies' that would have to be paid for by other parts of UK

Live blog: Scotland goes to the polls

Claire Perry, the rail minis...



Scottish independence would bring Wales out of the margins | Richard Wyn Jones
by Richard Wyn Jones
18 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
The Welsh political class is united against a Scottish yes though it could end their powerlessness, and boost Welsh finances by billions

Live blog: Thursdays Scottish referendum developments

Whispe...



Scottish referendum - English newspapers publish dramatic front pages
by Roy Greenslade
18 Sep 2014 at 4:38am

Just in case people were unaware of the import of today's referendum on Scottish independence, the London-based English national newspapers have reminded them.

They have published an unprecedented s...




Scottish independence referendum: polls open and voting begins video
by Guardian Staff
18 Sep 2014 at 4:20am
Scotland's voters head to the polls to vote in the country's historic referendum, which could see a break from the 300-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. Polls opened at 7am on Thu...


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Scotland be brave
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33pm
I look to my past. Afraid and scared. Pushing gingerly at the closet door, fearful of doom and rejection. Fearful of myself. But I came out into the light, and discovered I already had the tools to...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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