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Salmond: Corbyn's 'divided' Labour will help push Scotland towards second ind...
17 Sep 2015 at 11:17am
Jeremy Corbyn's "divided" Labour party will help push Scotland firmly towards another independence referendum, Alex Salmond has said.

Sturgeon under cross-party fire over fracking
17 Sep 2015 at 4:57pm
NICOLA Sturgeon is under pressure to tell voters before next May's Holyrood election whether she intends to allow fracking in Scotland, after she confirmed that a timetable for a long-awaited public consultation will be published within weeks.

Mundell: Scots will have to choose between new powers for Holyrood and indepe...
17 Sep 2015 at 12:10am
DAVID Mundell has said that the public will have to choose between new powers for Holyrood set out in the Scotland Bill or independence, as he suggested a line in the sand had been drawn on devolution.

Generation indyref: the teenage first time voters who embraced politics
17 Sep 2015 at 12:08am
EVA O'Donovan and Nina Candido Charley became symbols of the defeat of the Yes campaign last September. Images of the despondent teenagers in a barren George Square, draped in Saltires and faces covered in Yes stickers, were beamed across the world.

Scottish income tax rate will increase costs, warns seafood boss
16 Sep 2015 at 7:37pm
THE boss of one of Scotland's biggest food companies has issued a warning about the impact of raising income in tax Scotland when new powers come into force.

Salmond was ready to declare 'new and unbreakable relationship' with British ...
16 Sep 2015 at 10:58am
Alex Salmond was ready to declare a "new and unbreakable relationship" with the British isles if Scotland had voted Yes to independence in a prepared victory speech that he would never deliver.

New book claims Kezia Dugdale helped Ed Miliband prepare for general election...
16 Sep 2015 at 2:38pm
Scottish Labour's new leader Kezia Dugdale played a major role in Ed Miliband's preparations for the televised general election debates - by impersonating Nicola Sturgeon.

Read Alex Salmond's undelivered indyref winning speech in full
16 Sep 2015 at 11:05am
Here is the full text of Alex Salmond's prepared victory speech if Scotland had voted Yes to independence on September 18 2014.

Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson: Sturgeon should appoint independence campaig...
16 Sep 2015 at 12:16pm
Nicola Sturgeon should appoint a Scottish independence campaign director immediately to prepare for the next referendum, according to a former SNP leader.

Labour calls for all Vat in Scotland to be given to Holyrood
16 Sep 2015 at 10:07am
Labour is calling for all the cash raised from VAT in Scotland to be assigned to Holyrood, giving MSPs even greater financial power.

Campaigners call for more public say in devolution process
16 Sep 2015 at 2:57pm
Democracy campaigners have called for greater public consultation on the next stage of Scottish devolution amid claims it is being stitched up by politicians "behind closed doors".

Sir Sean Connery: Scottish independence is only a matter of time
15 Sep 2015 at 10:43am
Scottish independence is "only a matter of time", Sir Sean Connery has said.

Australian jailed for killing Scottish woman Cariad Anderson-Slater
16 Sep 2015 at 2:46pm
An 86-year old man who faced four trials over the death of a Scottish woman more than two decades ago has been jailed.

Westminster rejects Darling's calls for Scots to be allowed second indyref
15 Sep 2015 at 12:15pm
Downing Street has rejected Alistair Darling?s call for Scots to be allowed a second independence referendum if they want one.

Creative Scotland chief 'confident' national film studio plan will become a r...
15 Sep 2015 at 12:58pm
There is "increasing confidence" that a national film studio will become a reality, the boss of Scotland's creative industries body has told MSPs.

 

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?Unusual alliance? of voters secured indyref No vote
18 Sep 2015 at 10:14am

THE NO vote in last year’s referendum was delivered by an unusual alliance of Scotland’s youngest voters, its average earners, Protestants and women, a newly published study by academics has found.



David Cameron in Holyrood devolution pledge
18 Sep 2015 at 9:47am

DEVOLUTION legislation is to be changed to make it “crystal clear” that the Scottish Parliament is a permanent part of the UK’s politics, David Cameron has pledged.



Labour MP charged with Yes voter attack in Glasgow
18 Sep 2015 at 9:11am

A LABOUR MP has been charged with attacking a woman at a polling station on September 18 last year as Scotland voted in the independence referendum.



Greens plan independent Scottish currency research
18 Sep 2015 at 7:16am

THE Scottish Greens intend to commission detailed research into how an independent Scotland could set up its own currency.



Jeremy Corbyn facing defections by Labour MPs
18 Sep 2015 at 3:29am

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned he faces the prospect of defections by MPs as Labour struggles to come to terms with his leadership.



Andy Murray donates £50 for every ace to refugees
18 Sep 2015 at 12:52am

FOR his fans watching on from courtside seats or living rooms across the country, it is an added incentive to cheer Andy Murray on to continued success.



Nicola Sturgeon: UK living on ?borrowed time?
18 Sep 2015 at 12:19am

Nicola Sturgeon will warn today that the UK is living on “borrowed time” in a speech to mark the first anniversary of the independence referendum.



Scotland split down middle on independence - polls
18 Sep 2015 at 12:12am

SCOTLAND is “split down the middle” on the prospect of independence, according to the latest polling.



Trump berates Republican rivals in second debate
18 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

Front-runnER Donald Trump began the second Republican presidential debate with a bang, throwing barbs in all directions, but was quiet for long stretches as 10 fellow candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination bore down on serious 
issues.



Leaders: No place for inflammatory talk in indy debate
18 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

A YEAR ago today we voted for the status quo, but it was an odd status quo, which paradoxically, would mean nothing would be the same again.



Japanese politicians scuffle during ?war? debate
18 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

Japan’s ruling party pushed contentious security bills through a legislative committee yesterday, catching the opposition by surprise and causing chaos in the chamber.



David Torrance: Unionists paid price for saving UK
17 Sep 2015 at 10:02pm

BETTER Together won the referendum but the fight derailed the political careers of many leading lights writes David Torrance



Joyce McMillan: Beware the fetish of independence
17 Sep 2015 at 10:00pm

STURGEON must ignore the siren indyref voices and get on with the business of governing, writes Joyce McMillan



SNP government ?antagonistic? to scientific advice
17 Sep 2015 at 5:12pm

THE SNP government’s “antagonism” to scientific advice is deterring the country’s top experts from working with ministers, leading scientists have warned.



SNP members form anti-fracking group called Smaug
17 Sep 2015 at 2:33pm

SNP members have formed a lobby group to encourage the Scottish Government to extend its temporary moratorium on fracking - and named it after a dwarf-slaying literary dragon.



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The Persuader
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2015 at 8:57am
Nobody else is going to do this, so we’ll do it ourselves. On August 11 last year, this site published a document called The Wee Blue Book. Over 800,000 copies of it were downloaded directly from this site alone in the weeks before the independence referendum, and uncountable numbers from other places. It was converted into all […]

Vote Labour, get Tory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2015 at 3:42pm
There’s a remarkable story on the BBC News website today about the latest findings of the British Election Study, last seen destroying the myth that fear of the SNP damaged Labour in England. The piece focuses on the discovery that being seen as “too left-wing” does NOT, in fact, cost Labour votes, despite the hysterical warnings […]

Forces of darkness ride south
by Chris Cairns
17 Sep 2015 at 12:51pm

Better not together
by Jeremy Gilbert
16 Sep 2015 at 3:45pm
Dear Blairite MP, I?m writing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members; some new, and some, like me, who have been loyal party members throughout our adult lives. I?m not writing to any one of you in particular. The ones I?m addressing will know who they are. It?s time to talk about […]

Movin? on up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2015 at 6:03pm
All five of the opinion pollsters who regularly poll on Scottish politics (Panelbase, YouGov, TNS, Ipsos Mori and Survation) have now published surveys in the past two weeks asking the independence question. So it seems reasonable to expect there’ll be no more polls before the anniversary of the referendum on Friday. Given the conventional wisdom that the […]

Your half and their half
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2015 at 2:13pm
There’s been a veritable flurry of polls commissioned to mark the impending one-year anniversary of the independence referendum. In the last 48 hours alone we’ve seen ones from Survation, YouGov and Panelbase, making a variety of interesting findings. As ever, though, the trick is in the interpretation. Yesterday’s Scottish Daily Mail ran a big piece on the […]

Indyref finances at a glance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2015 at 12:04pm
As we were poking around with this, we thought it’d be useful to have all the basic donations and spending information about the referendum in one place. It’s normally scattered around different places and hard to access easily, and it’s quite interesting. TOTAL DONATIONS (includes official campaigns and other registered participants) Yes side: £2,812,080 No […]

Alan Cochrane is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
Comedy buffoon Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph: Actual donations received: No campaign £4.3 million, Yes campaign £2.8 million. The Union side, in other words, actually had a whopping 54% more money available to spend than the Yes side. (And was, incidentally, also responsible for significantly more “vilification”, whether on social media, in real-life violence or in the press.) Then […]

The Experts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2015 at 2:00pm
Turns out it’s not just Scotland the media commentariat knows nothing about. (of the Telegraph) (The Independent) (The Times) (Guardian, New Statesman, Independent, others) (The Times) (Conservative party worker at Greater London Assembly reassures above chums.) (Disgraced former Labour MP Denis “Slobodan Salmond” MacShane identifies Steve Richards of the Independent and Helen Lewis, deputy editor of […]

Target location repositioned
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Sep 2015 at 10:24am
This happened last night: Despite having only raised £5,470 of its £50,000 target, the fundraiser set up by a veteran Lib Dem activist (or, in BBC language, an “Aberdeen woman”) was suddenly closed down, with no explanation offered. So what do we know? It’s known that several people had complained to the fundraising platform GoFundMe that […]

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UK on borrowed time, says Sturgeon
18 Sep 2015 at 10:42am
Nicola Sturgeon marks the anniversary of the independence referendum by saying David Cameron is "on borrowed time".

Study examines referendum demographics
18 Sep 2015 at 7:40am
A study suggests the 'No' vote in the referendum was due to an unusual alliance of Scotland's youngest voters, its average earners, Protestants and women.


Panel to conduct planning system review
17 Sep 2015 at 5:29pm
An independent panel is set up by the Scottish government to conduct a review of Scotland's planning system.


Council warns of 2,000 job cuts
17 Sep 2015 at 10:09pm
Edinburgh city council is warning 2,000 jobs could go over the next two years as it seeks to balance its books.


SNP holds South Ayrshire Council ward
18 Sep 2015 at 10:35am
The SNP holds the South Ayrshire Council ward of Ayr East following a by-election on Thursday.

SNP members call for fracking ban
17 Sep 2015 at 10:57am
A new anti-fracking campaign has been launched by a group of SNP members in the run-up to the party's autumn conference next month.

Mundell attacks SNP referendum stance
17 Sep 2015 at 12:51pm
Scottish Secretary accuses Nicola Sturgeon of setting aside the "sovereign will" of the people over a second independence referendum.


Move to fill top science advisory post
17 Sep 2015 at 5:33pm
The Scottish government announces plans to re-advertise the post of chief scientific officer for Scotland by the end of the year.


Flight path trial to be halted early
17 Sep 2015 at 1:18pm
The trial of a new flight path from Edinburgh Airport is to be halted two months early after intervention from Scotland's transport minister.


Swinney threatens to block new powers
16 Sep 2015 at 5:17pm
Finance minister John Swinney warns that the Scottish government will block new powers for Holyrood unless there is an acceptable deal on money.

Crofters call for improved support
17 Sep 2015 at 11:25am
A group of Sutherland crofters have appealed to the Scottish government to introduce a fairer subsidy system for hill farmers.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
17 Sep 2015 at 1:34pm
Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition party leaders during first minister's questions


What is Scotland's place in the UK?
18 Sep 2015 at 6:22am
Has Scotland's position in the UK changed since the 'No' vote?


Did key referendum moments matter?
18 Sep 2015 at 12:50am
Did key moments in the referendum campaign really matter to the "No" result?


Polling and the Scottish independence debate
18 Sep 2015 at 6:44am
Are polls suggesting independence could still happen?

Scot Goes pop

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Corbyn might be deposed before 2020, but he might not be
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2015 at 8:16am

Keiran Pedley works for the polling organisation GfK NOP, which for many years now has not conduc...



Breaking : Survation telephone poll underway
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2015 at 6:01pm

I've been contacted by a reader whose daughter has just been polled by Survation over the phone. ...



Has the new question transformed the EU referendum campaign?
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2015 at 4:17pm
It's become clear from two online polls in recent days that the new question for the EU referendu...

Corbyn's top appointments may all have been male, but they all made logical s...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2015 at 9:02pm

I feel a bit sorry for Jeremy Corbyn after the flak he's taken over failing to appoint women to s...



Stirring Survation survey suggests virtual dead heat on independence
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2015 at 10:49pm
We now almost have a full house of pollsters producing pre-anniversary polls on independence - of...

Why does the new Labour leader think Scotland is a lesser nation than Ireland?
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2015 at 3:26pm
A second quick note of the day, this time to let you know I have a new article at the Internation...

Caledonian Consequences of Corbyn
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2015 at 2:09am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at The National, about the potential ...

Yonder YouGov poll sees SNP lead growing even further
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2015 at 1:06am
Here's a paradox - we were much happier with the independence figures in the TNS poll than in the...

Panoramic Panelbase poll produces steady picture on independence
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2015 at 11:54am
Panelbase have become the fourth pollster to conduct an independence poll to mark the run-up to t...

YouGov poll shows statistical tie on independence
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2015 at 12:56pm

There were two schools of thought in the wake of the extraordinary recent polls from TNS and Ipso...



It was convincing, it was captivating, and it was Corbyn
by James Kelly
12 Sep 2015 at 11:16am

Labour leadership election result :

Jeremy Corbyn 251,417 (59.5%)
Andy Burnham 80,462 (19%)
Yvette C...



Walkover in Leith Walk as SNP ease to by-election win
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2015 at 7:57am

There was a real oddity yesterday - a by-election in a ward where there was more than one vacancy...



Political earthquake as TNS agrees with Ipsos-Mori : there is now a majority ...
by James Kelly
9 Sep 2015 at 11:24am

You might remember that when the sensational Ipsos-Mori poll came out last week showing a Yes maj...



Will the Labour leadership result be leaked early?
by James Kelly
9 Sep 2015 at 10:58am

We're just three days away from an announcement that should see Jeremy Corbyn become leader of th...



Sinister Survation survey suggests Scotland may need to leave the UK to stay ...
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2015 at 10:34am

Survation poll (Britain-wide) :

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or...



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When Angry met Alex
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Edinburgh Council warns of 2,000 job cuts
18 Sep 2015 at 7:59am
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Sturgeon: scrap cuts and Trident or face another vote on independence
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BSL Bill to become Act in Scotland
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Anyone know where I can watch Mountain Goats online?
17 Sep 2015 at 10:49pm

Really enjoyed the show while I was home, back in the states now, can't find it online...

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Nicola Sturgeon warns David Cameron that failure to deliver more powers to Ho...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 FIRST MINISTER will use anniversary of the historic vote to give hope to her army of suppor...


Independence referendum one year on: Alex Salmond insists Daily Record?s fron...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 THE former First Minister made the statement a day after the historic result. We examine th...


Independence referendum one year on: Alistair Darling insists Yes campaign wo...
by David Clegg
18 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
IN an interview to mark a year since the referendum, the Better Together leader told the Daily Re...


Independence referendum one year on: Nicola Sturgeon insists an independent S...
by Nicola Sturgeon
18 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
AFTER the crushing disappointment of defeat, the First Minister tells Daily Record readers why sh...


Inside THE VOW: How historic Daily Record front page which changed the course...
by Murray Foote
17 Sep 2015 at 9:26pm

 DAILY Record Editor MURRAY FOOTE lifts the lid on how The Vow - the historic front page whi...


Susan Riddell: Jeremy Corbyn anthem row is a song and dance about nothing
by Susan Riddell
17 Sep 2015 at 8:00pm

 SUSAN says the new Labour leader was damned if he did sing the national anthem at a service...


John Swinney threatens to pull plug on plans to transfer new powers to Scotland
by Andy Philip
17 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 THE Deputy First Minister aimed his warning at Westminster as MSPs debated the future of Sc...


World War II RAF veteran backs Jeremy Corbyn's decision not to sing national ...
by Charlie Gall
17 Sep 2015 at 6:00am
THE new Labour leader stayed silent during the national anthem at a service to mark the 75th anni...


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn marks his debut PMQs with Cameron by asking real ...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

 CORBYN lived up to his campaign pledge of “a new kind of politics” by crowd-sourcing his fi...


Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move o...
by Record Reporter
17 Sep 2015 at 12:01am
THE leading entrepreneur believes politicians must respect the result of last year's vote as he c...


Kezia Dugdale impersonated Nicola Sturgeon to help Ed Miliband prepare for TV...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2015 at 2:58pm

 THE new Scottish Labour leader was tasked with portraying 'fiery First Minister' and 'state...


'Are you frit?': David Cameron and SNP's Angus Robertson in fierce Commons cl...
by Richard Wheeler
16 Sep 2015 at 1:59pm

 THE Prime Minister reacted angrily when SNP Westminster leader Robertson asked: "When ...


Prison release dates to be made more "flexible" in a bid to curb number of in...
by Katrine Bussey
16 Sep 2015 at 1:55pm

 THE Scottish Government has made 18 pledges for improvements to the way offenders are reint...


Jeremy Corbyn uses first PMQs to deliver some of the 40,000 questions emailed...
by dailyrecord
16 Sep 2015 at 12:59pm
CORBYN told David Cameron that voters viewed PMQs and Parliament generally as "too theatrical" an...


Jeremy Corbyn's first PMQs RECAP: How Labour?s leader got on in his head-to-h...
by John Ferguson
16 Sep 2015 at 12:47pm

 CORBYN is facing Cameron in a historic showdown as he leads his first ever Prime Minister's...

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We Remember
by derekbateman1
18 Sep 2015 at 8:19am
Monthly Archives: September 2014 September 17, 2014 It?s Time? Last post before voting?a couple of salient points occur. The first is about you. You are part of Scottish history now, woven into the national story as one of those who resisted, objected, debated and won the argument. The books may not record your name, but […]

Just Desserts
by derekbateman1
17 Sep 2015 at 11:49am
Remembering the tumultuous events of 2014, I have a bagful of images, from the Japanese TV crew filming our Yes meeting on a summer?s evening at Luss beside Loch Lomond, or saltires flying in George Square to faces ? thousands of them ? laughing and cheering in a prolonged carnival of optimism. But the abiding […]

The People?s Question Time
by derekbateman1
16 Sep 2015 at 5:50pm
My first response is Who Cares? PMQ?s? Haud me back?a platform for the bully boys and bigots to bawl at each other, point like cricket umpires as a wicket falls and wave their order papers like students on Putney Bridge watching the Boat Race. It is an arena for public schoolboys and Cameron, after his […]

Tony: My Hero
by derekbateman1
14 Sep 2015 at 4:31pm
The real failure of Labour wasn?t Blair, it was marketing. If they had known how to sell rather than spin and if they?d had the courage of their own policies, Labour could have told a story to avoid both a Tory government and a Corbyn leadership. No, this isn?t a guest column by John McTernan. […]

The Outsider
by derekbateman1
13 Sep 2015 at 8:03pm
If you didn?t know who it was, you?d still think the man speaking must be leader of the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn did his voters the justice of sounding like a reformer with socialist zeal in his acceptance speech and was a reminder of the last leader who displayed rhetorical passion ? before sliding into […]

Bella Caledonia

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The Day Before a Year Ago
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Sep 2015 at 10:54am
In Whisky and Scotland (1935) Neil Gunn wrote: “any effort on the part of any section – such as Ireland or Wales or Scotland – of the Celtic fringe to form itself into a nation is not merely opposed but bitterly resented as if it were something in the nature of a betrayal of human […]

Die Stamp Patriots and the English Left
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2015 at 5:54pm
One of the most disappointing things about the independence referendum was the response of large parts of the English left to the Yes campaign. Although pockets of sympathy existed on the radical fringes of the English commentariat – Tariq Ali, George Monbiot and Anthony Barnett all came out for Yes – the broad consensus, encompassing […]

MoodieVision: Rise Of The Separatists
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Sep 2015 at 12:32pm
Series 2 Episode 9 of MoodieVision animation. PROJECT FEAR: Rise Of The Separatists The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x […]

Scotland?s Future #oneyearon
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2015 at 9:06pm
It?s not often that Bernard Ponsonby, STV?s grizzled political correspondent (and let it not be forgotten, LibDem candidate in the 1988 Govan by-election), is responsible for moving me to tears. But there I was, in the final few scenes of his STV documentary Scotland What Next? – overcome by that grief I remember regularly seizing […]

Women on the Land
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2015 at 4:53pm
Can Land Reform create new opportunities for women? Our traditional view of a land worker is a fairly male stereotype. The crofter, farmer or shepherd, work worn and wise, tending his land with generational knowledge built into the genetic pool. It is still not unusual to hear the comment: ?It?s good to see a woman […]

Torture on your Doorstep
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2015 at 10:12am

The D:Ream is Over
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Sep 2015 at 10:05am
News that Neil Young has taken down The Donald for using his song ?Rockin? in the Free World? as he strode down an escalator to kick off his presidential campaign (and has now offered his song to socialist Bernie Sanders instead) showed that there is perhaps limits to the exploitation of music. Not since Thom Yorke threatened […]

Common Ground
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Sep 2015 at 3:27pm
The Labour Party’s in such a ‘burnt out shell’ that 14000 people joined it today. The political elite is in total disarray it is reduced to puerile abuse. The Times yesterday said that Labour had elected ‘Caligula’s Horse’. The Telegraph today headlines “Corbyn has just appointed a Nutjob’. The STV’s poor Stephen Daisley was hyper-ventilating: […]

Corbyn?s victory: A second front opens against the British Establishment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Sep 2015 at 10:07pm
The result of the Labour leadership contest is a political earthquake that ranks up there with any in British political history. The tremors will be felt for a long time to come. It opens up a second front in the battle against the neoliberal establishment in Westminster the first front being the independence referendum and […]

Corbyn Victory a Great Boost for Labour
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Sep 2015 at 12:03pm
Jeremy Corbyn?s victory might have seemed to be a foregone conclusion by the end of the race, in itself a remarkable achievement. In the most open democratic internal election the Labour Party have seen, Corbyn had a clear lead from very early in the campaign. The more his opponents scrambled around looking for a response, […]

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What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence? - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 6:45am

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What are the latest polls saying about Scottish independence?
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A year ago Scotland voted "No" to independence by 55% to 45%. It looked as though what the Scottish National Party itself had said was a "once in a generation" event had indeed delivered the "decisive" verdict for which the UK government at least had ...
David Cameron: no need for second referendum on Scottish independenceTelegraph.co.uk
Alex Salmond: BBC bias was 'significant factor' in deciding Scottish ...The Independent
Cameron rules out second Scottish independence voteReuters UK
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Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
17 Sep 2015 at 12:39am

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Scottish independence debate far from over
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The independence campaign of 2014 was almost entirely prosaic, with advocates focusing on what the late Professor Sir Neil McCormick called a "utilitarian nationalism" which desired independence as "the best means to the well-being of the Scottish ...
Scottish independence: A yes vote would have plunged Scotland into a deep ...City A.M.
Opinion: Scotland and Quebec, a tale of two independence movementsMontreal Gazette
Scottish Independence: Secretary Of State David Mundell Says Separation Is Not ...Huffington Post UK
Scotsman -BuzzFeed N...


One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union .....
18 Sep 2015 at 6:40am

One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union ...
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Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ....
14 Sep 2015 at 8:31am

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Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ...
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Recent polls have suggested that a majority of Scots now support independence, which Ms Sturgeon said did not surprise her ?in the slightest?. She ascribed the change to the actions of the Conservative Government, accusing it of failing to deliver the ...
Scottish independence 'inevitable by 2045' - pollScotsman
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Scottish independence: Low oil prices would have been of benefit to an ...
City A.M.
The fact that 98 per cent of the remaining 24bn barrels of oil in the North Sea lay in the Scottish part of the UK Continental Shelf was dismissed as being more of a liability than an asset in an independent Scotland. The argument used was that the oil ...
Scottish energy minister warns Jeremy Corbyn's nationalisation plans would ...The Courier

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Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move o...
17 Sep 2015 at 6:24am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move on ...
Scottish Daily Record
"With only 9 per cent of people in Scotland believing the vow has been delivered and with an out-of-touch Tory government we didn't elect engaged in a relentless assault on the most vulnerable people in Scotland, it's no wonder support for independence ...
Scotland will become poorer under new devolved powers, report claimsThe Independent

all 21 news articles »


Digital currency may have solved Scottish independence issue - Scotsman
10 Sep 2015 at 12:05am

Scotsman

Digital currency may have solved Scottish independence issue
Scotsman
Duncan McCann, a researcher in economy and finance at NEF, said: ?Last year's independence referendum kick-started an important debate on Scotland's relationship with sterling. ?But in fact, even under devolution, Holyrood has the power to transform ...

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Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence -...
2 Sep 2015 at 5:40pm

BBC News

Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence
BBC News
Political parties have been reacting to a poll suggesting that 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum. The SNP said the Ipsos Mori survey for STV was a "sensational" endorsement. The poll also indicated that ...
Scotland Independence: 53% In Poll Support Leaving The U.K.Headlines & Global News
New poll shows majority backing for Scottish independenceBerwick Today

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Scottish independence referendum: The SNP's lead is narrowing - but it's stil...
9 Sep 2015 at 3:16pm

City A.M.

Scottish independence referendum: The SNP's lead is narrowing - but it's still ...
City A.M.
The poll found that 58 per cent of voters in Scotland would back the SNP in the May 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, down from 62 per cent from last month. Labour, meanwhile, saw a modest increase in support, with 23 per cent of voters saying they ...
Second poll puts support for Scottish Independence AHEAD of backing for the ...Scottish Daily Record
Majority of Scots back independence, poll findsScotsman
New poll shows Scots still split on independenceLeft Foot Forward

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Ex-EU chief Herman Van Rompuy: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and...
10 Sep 2015 at 8:40pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Ex-EU chief Herman Van Rompuy: Brexit could trigger Scottish independence and ...
Telegraph.co.uk
... public may vote to leave the EU because they are influenced by emotional, confused and irrational arguments about immigration, the former president of the European Council said, as he suggested that a Brexit vote could trigger Scottish independence.



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New oil discovery in North Sea - Holyrood.com
18 Sep 2015 at 10:49am

New oil discovery in North Sea
Holyrood.com
Callum McCaig MP, the SNP's Energy and Climate Change spokesperson, said: ?This discovery is just across the water from Scottish shores in the Norwegian North Sea where there have been several recent success stories including the Johan Sverdrup field ...

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'Holyrood is here to stay' says David Cameron - The Week UK
18 Sep 2015 at 10:45am

The Week UK

'Holyrood is here to stay' says David Cameron
The Week UK
She is expected to tell the Prime Minister that the future of the UK relies on him listening to the 56 SNP Westminster MPs that were elected in the May General Election. "Right now, you are living on borrowed time," Sturgeon is expected to say. "If you ...

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Mhairi Black to lead SNP youth campaign as Nicola Sturgeon puts 16 and 17-yea...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:39am

The Independent

Mhairi Black to lead SNP youth campaign as Nicola Sturgeon puts 16 and 17-year ...
The Independent
Ms Sturgeon congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on his election as Labour leader, inviting him to join forces with the SNP to ?take on and defeat the Tories? on issues such as austerity and opposition to Britain's nuclear deterrent and hit out at Ed Miliband's ...

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Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely - Bel...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:39am

Belfast Telegraph

Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely
Belfast Telegraph
The SNP manifesto for next year's Holyrood elections will set out more detail about the timing and circumstances that could trigger a possible second independence referendum. But there has been speculation the nationalists could use a vote to renew the ...

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Scottish referendum revisited: Nicola Sturgeon claims David Cameron is "livin...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:39am

City A.M.

Scottish referendum revisited: Nicola Sturgeon claims David Cameron is "living ...
City A.M.
Her broadside comes as Cameron told the SNP it was time to "move on" from the independence debate, saying the party should respect the outcome of the referendum last year, in which Scotland voted 55 per cent in favour of remaining part of the union.

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Nicola Sturgeon: UK is on 'borrowed time' - Telegraph.co.uk
18 Sep 2015 at 10:37am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: UK is on 'borrowed time'
Telegraph.co.uk
But earlier this week she disclosed she will set out in the SNP's 2016 Holyrood election manifesto the circumstances that could trigger a second vote and Yes campaigners are today scheduled to stage rallies across Scotland. Better Together supporters ...

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SNP holds South Ayrshire Council ward in by-election - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 10:36am

BBC News

SNP holds South Ayrshire Council ward in by-election
BBC News
The SNP has held a South Ayrshire Council ward following a by-election which was called after the previous incumbent was elected as an MP. The SNP's John Wallace won the Ayr East ward after the vote on Thursday. Turnout for the by-election was 34.4%, ...



Nicola Sturgeon's threat to Tories: We'll demand independence again if you do...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:36am

Mirror.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon's threat to Tories: We'll demand independence again if you don ...
Mirror.co.uk
Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain September 18, 2015. The United Kingdom is "living on borrowed time" if the British government fails to listen to ...

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Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely - The...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:33am

The Star

Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely
The Star
But the SNP leader added: " It was a mood and a moment that was spectacularly misjudged by David Cameron, as he stood on the steps of Downing Street and chose to make Scotland's expression of self determination all about a Tory obsession with English ...

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Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely - Lan...
18 Sep 2015 at 10:31am

Lancashire Evening Post

Sturgeon: Wrong to rule out new Scotland independence vote indefinitely
Lancashire Evening Post
But the SNP leader added: " It was a mood and a moment that was spectacularly misjudged by David Cameron, as he stood on the steps of Downing Street and chose to make Scotland's expression of self determination all about a Tory obsession with English ...

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The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It - BuzzFeed News
17 Sep 2015 at 5:30pm

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The Story Of Scotland's Referendum Told By The People Who Led It
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Polls show support for independence is slowly rising, and Nicola Sturgeon, who took over as SNP leader following the resignation of Alex Salmond, has said there could be a repeat referendum in the next Scottish parliament. To mark the anniversary of ...
Mundell attacks SNP referendum stanceBBC News
Independence referendum one year on: nothing is settled in ScotlandThe Conversation UK
FMQs: Referendum opponents fear 'verdict of Scots'Scotsman
Montreal Gazette -Politico -Yahoo News
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Independence referendum one year on: Nicola Sturgeon insists an independent ....
18 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum one year on: Nicola Sturgeon insists an independent ...
Scottish Daily Record
But from that devastating low has emerged a new spirit of hope, optimism and belief that I think is the true legacy of the extraordinary referendum campaign which captivated Scotland throughout last year. The campaign was an utter revelation. People ...
Battle over Scotland's future rages year after referendumYahoo News
EU referendum campaign to learn lessons from ScotlandFinancial Times
Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron 'living on borrowed time'BBC News
Newsweek -stv.tv -The In...


One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union .....
18 Sep 2015 at 6:40am

One year on from Scotland's independence referendum: how to save the union ...
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Michael Keating does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.



UKIP to launch campaign to rename referendum anniversary 'Union Day' - stv.tv
17 Sep 2015 at 5:21pm

stv.tv

UKIP to launch campaign to rename referendum anniversary 'Union Day'
stv.tv
UKIP is to launch a campaign to make the September 18 anniversary of the independence referendum "Union Day." Arthur Misty Thackeray, the party's Scottish chairman, is to launch the campaign at an event in George Square, Glasgow on Friday. The event ...

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Scottish papers: One year on from indyref and M9 crash - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 7:10am

BBC News

Scottish papers: One year on from indyref and M9 crash
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon will today claim the Union is "living on borrowed time" exactly a year after Scots voted to reject independence, writes the Herald. The Scotsman also leads with that story, a year on from the referendum on Scottish independence. "Still ...



Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move o...
17 Sep 2015 at 6:24am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter says it's time for Scotland to move on ...
Scottish Daily Record
The Smith Commission, which was set up after the referendum, recommended Holyrood get new tax and welfare powers, with legislation currently going through Westminster. But Prof Bell's report warned that "overall the transfer of the new powers will be ...
Time to move on from independence referendum, Sir Tom Hunter saysexpressandstar.com

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Did key referendum moments matter? - BBC News
18 Sep 2015 at 12:55am

BBC News

Did key referendum moments matter?
BBC News
Last year's Scottish independence referendum campaign, as well the as buzz of day-to-day campaigning, was known for a series of key, headline-grabbing events. But did any of these high-profile, slickly-produced photo calls and big-name speeches have ...



Scotland a year on from the referendum - BBC News
14 Sep 2015 at 12:47am

BBC News

Scotland a year on from the referendum
BBC News
As soon as it became apparent that Scotland had voted against independence by 55% to 45% in the referendum on 18 September 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be setting up a cross-party commission headed by Lord Smith ...
Second Scottish independence referendum could come within five years if SNP ...The Independent
SNP manifesto to pledge 2nd Scottish independence referendumRT
SNP Holyrood manifesto will include timescale for second referendumstv.tv
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Divided Labour will lead to 2nd referendum - Salmond - Scotsman
18 Sep 2015 at 12:29am

Scotsman

Divided Labour will lead to 2nd referendum - Salmond
Scotsman
A Downing Street spokesman said yesterday that the referendum was ?fair, legal and decisive.? ?The people of Scotland voted decisively to remain part of the United Kingdom and the Edinburgh Agreement committed both governments to respecting that ...
Alex Salmond: 'Divided' Labour will push Scotland to another independence voteGlasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Alistair Darling: there's no 'silver lining' to Jeremy Corbyn's leadershipSpectator.co.uk (blog)

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Almost 60% of Scots firms would vote yes in EU referendum, survey finds - exp...
17 Sep 2015 at 12:26am

expressandstar.com

Almost 60% of Scots firms would vote yes in EU referendum, survey finds
expressandstar.com
Research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that almost 60% of members in Scotland would vote yes in a referendum on EU membership. The figure is significantly higher than the UK-wide figure who would vote yes, which stands at 47%, ...
Poll: Support for EU membership far greater among small businesses in Scotland ...Herald Scotland
Small firms split over European Union referendum voteBBC News

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nicola Sturgeon: don't rule out new independence referendum indefinitely
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent and Rowena Mason
18 Sep 2015 at 9:52am

First minister welcomes Cameron?s pledge to enshrine Holyrood parliament in law but says he must go further on Scotland bill

Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the UK government?s promise to enshrine the Scottish parliament in law, but said it would be wrong to rule out another referendum on independenc...



Alex Salmond reignites row with Nick Robinson over ?bias?
by Alasdair Glennie
18 Sep 2015 at 9:34am

Ex-SNP leader claims BBC reporting was a ?significant factor? in Scottish public voting against independence in last year?s referendum

Alex Salmond has reheated his row with the BBC?s ex-political editor Nick Robinson, claiming the Corporation?s ?biased? reporting was a ?significant factor? in Sco...



Corbyn has re-energised Labour in Scotland ? but is it too late?
by Ewen MacAskill
18 Sep 2015 at 7:00am

A third of Labour voters in Scotland voted yes to independence and most went on to vote SNP. The Labour leader has a tough task luring them back

Jeremy Corbyn still speaks about it wistfully ? a rally in Glasgow?s Old Fruitmarket that turned into one of the most emotional moments of his leadership...



John McDonnell apologises profusely on Question Time for comments praising IR...
by Andrew Sparrow
18 Sep 2015 at 12:38am

Rolling coverage of tonight?s BBC Question Time (#bbcqt), with John McDonnell, the new shadow chancellor, Alex Salmond, Liz Truss, Sandi Toksvig, and Tim Stanley, with comment and analysis

12.38am BST

For the key news lines from tonight?s Question Time, see 10.30pm and 11.35pm.

But it is not just ...



Sturgeon: scrap cuts and Trident or face another vote on independence
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

Ignore our voice and people will conclude that Westminster can?t deliver for Scotland, first minister warns Cameron on anniversary of referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has threatened to demand a second independence referendum unless David Cameron reverses his welfare cuts and halts plans to renew Triden...



How does Scotland feel a year on from the independence referendum?
by James Walsh
17 Sep 2015 at 10:47am

Tell us the mood in Scotland one year on from a Scottish independence referendum that energised politics north of the border

Friday marks the anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, an event which energised Scottish politics. Though Scotland voted to stay in the union, the rise of the...



Scottish secretary accuses Nicola Sturgeon of hypocrisy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 Sep 2015 at 12:01am

SNP mocks David Mundell?s claim that if the union between Scotland and England did not exist, it would have to be invented

David Mundell, the Scottish secretary, has accused Nicola Sturgeon of sweeping aside the votes of 2 million Scots who voted against independence as if they ?counted for nothin...



Charities fear threat to £100m Scottish gift aid due to income tax devolution
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Sep 2015 at 7:01pm

Shadow Scottish secretary urges review of possible risks to donation cash from emergence of separate tax system

Charity executives fear that more than £100m raised through gift aid in Scotland for charities around the UK is at risk because of problems over Scotland?s new income tax powers.

The Scot...



Home rule for Scotland is the only way forward for the UK | Alun Evans
by Alun Evans
16 Sep 2015 at 10:01am
A year on from the referendum, a bold, generous and mature offer to the Scots, enshrined in a new treaty of union, can forestall a second independence vote

A year ago today the three main UK party leaders published their famous vow, making a commitment to further devolution to Scotland in the even...



Former Scotland Office director argues for home rule
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Sep 2015 at 7:00am

Alun Evans says the UK government needs to make ?big bold offer? in response to SNP surge

A former civil servant who played a pivotal role in Whitehall?s campaign against Scottish independence has said Scotland should be offered ?home rule? within the UK, to kill off continuing calls for another r...



Labour for Independence fined for breaking spending rules
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Sep 2015 at 1:37pm

Scottish referendum yes campaign group fined £1,500 by Electoral Commission for failing to file any accounts

Labour for Independence, a small but energetic campaign set up for last year?s Scottish referendum, has been fined £1,500 by the Electoral Commission for failing to submit any accounts.

The ...



What will Jeremy Corbyn's impact be on key issues the UK faces?
by Guardian writers
13 Sep 2015 at 2:25pm

Guardian writers assess likely Labour positions on main policy areas, including foreign affairs, defence and Scotland

Europe

Continue reading...

Nicola Sturgeon considering second Scottish independence vote
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
13 Sep 2015 at 11:11am

SNP leader says 2016 manifesto will set out triggers for second referendum following party?s spectacular gains in general election

A list of ?triggers? for a second referendum on Scottish independence will be set out in the SNP?s Holyrood manifesto, according to Nicola Sturgeon, raising the possib...



Carmichael acted 'dishonourably' in denying Sturgeon memo leak, court told
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Sep 2015 at 6:45pm

Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland put his reputation on the line when he denied knowledge of leak, election court hears

Alistair Carmichael?s denial of his involvement in leaking a memo intended to damage Nicola Sturgeon amounted to ?fundamental, dishonourable conduct?, according to the lawyer re...



Scottish Tories suspend councillor over Nicola Sturgeon tweet
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Sep 2015 at 5:26pm

Gordon McCaskill said he would like to see Isis moles infiltrate Scottish first minister?s home, after her comments on refugees

A Scottish Conservative councillor has been suspended by the party after tweeting that he would like to see members of Islamic State infiltrate the home of the first mini...



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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Independence of mind
by weegingerdug
17 Sep 2015 at 6:50pm
It’s a year on from the big vote, and everything has changed and nothing has changed. Scotland has changed forever, Westminster hasn’t changed at all. Scotland buzzed with energy, with hope, and found a new self-confidence and inner strength. It wasn’t enough to win the vote, but it was enough to win independence of spirit […]

How now Brown?s Vow ? 12 months on
by weegingerdug
16 Sep 2015 at 3:03pm
This week the Daily Record, a newspaper with all the self-awareness of a Labour MP in Scotland just before the last election staring at the oncoming headlights of the SNP freight train and thinking the bright lights are going to make them a star, claims that the infamous Vow has been fulfilled. It has been […]

Solidarity is not submission
by weegingerdug
14 Sep 2015 at 9:07pm
Jeremy Corbyn’s feet are hardly under the table and the UK media has already started a full scale onslaught on the Labour party. Democratic socialism cannot be allowed in the UK. It’s an insanity, cry those who believed in WMDs that didn’t exist and took the country to war on lies and tall tales. Madness, […]

The Jezzajism and the earthquake that shakes Scotland loose
by weegingerdug
13 Sep 2015 at 1:20am
Jeremy Corbyn has been overwhelmingly elected as leader of the Labour party. Scotland was already skiting along on the ice road to independence, through the cold Tory winter, but Corbyn’s victory puts it on a jet ski. Independence here we come. You might think, if you were a semi-literate Labour MSP, that the Jezzajism of […]

Why Scots is a language
by weegingerdug
11 Sep 2015 at 6:45pm
The Scottish Government has recently announced measures to support the Scots language. The measures are mild, and the Government has specifically stated that no extra funding is being made available. In a normal country they’d attract criticism on the grounds that they go nowhere near far enough and are a ridiculous tokenism for a language […]

Liz the Last takes the train
by weegingerdug
9 Sep 2015 at 5:53pm
On Wednesday the Queen of Scots took a trip on the new Borders Railway, and some elderly wummin from Windsor joined Nicola Sturgeon on the journey. The BBC has been having a collective royorgasm over the fact that an 89 year old woman with a permanently sour expression hasn’t died yet. She’s now the longest […]

Summary justice is no justice at all
by weegingerdug
8 Sep 2015 at 3:02pm
I have no sympathy for Reyaad Khan or Ruhul Amin, the British citizens fighting for the so-called Islamic State who were killed by an RAF drone strike. I’m sad for their families, who never asked for any of this. But Khan and Amin were foolish and arrogant young men who signed up to an organisation […]

The Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug ? pre-ordering now
by weegingerdug
7 Sep 2015 at 7:47pm
The Wee Ginger books are almost ready for publication, Volumes 1 and 2 of the Collected Yaps of the Wee Ginger Dug will be published on 28th September. Volume 1 contains the best of the Wee Ginger Dug blog from the blog’s beginning in October 2013 until April 2014. Volume 2 contains blog posts from […]

The precious little princess
by weegingerdug
6 Sep 2015 at 5:06pm
Increasingly you wake up in the morning, turn on the TV news, hold your head in your hands and cringe saying to yourself and to no one in particular and the world in general – “Oh for God’s sake.” That’s if you’re not hurling abuse and invective, which is never a good way to start […]

Refugees are welcome here
by weegingerdug
3 Sep 2015 at 1:16pm
Aylan Kurdi never knew peace, in his short and tragic life, he never knew safety. He met his death on a Turkish beach as his family tried to escape the death that stalks Syria. His undeserved fate is to become a symbol of a tragedy that he was too young to comprehend. The UK media […]

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New oil discovery in North Sea
by Liam.Kirkaldy
18 Sep 2015 at 10:30am

EU exit would justify second referendum, says senior Tory
by Liam.Kirkaldy
18 Sep 2015 at 9:37am

SNP should 'move on' from talk of a second referendum
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18 Sep 2015 at 8:54am

Chris Yiu, SCVO Digital Director
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18 Sep 2015 at 8:09am

Connect Tech 100 launched
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17 Sep 2015 at 1:50pm

University of St Andrews CIO on getting the institution fighting fit
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17 Sep 2015 at 12:59pm

Financial deal for Scotland ?must be public?, says Labour
by Tom.Freeman
17 Sep 2015 at 8:55am

Local authorities given 'absolutely hee-haw' resources as part of community j...
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16 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

First signs of Labour dissent during Corbyn?s first week as leader
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16 Sep 2015 at 9:01am

Columbo or conduit ? Has Jeremy Corbyn?s new approach to PMQs been effective?
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16 Sep 2015 at 5:08pm

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One year ago today
18 Sep 2015 at 5:04am

In the year of our Lord 2014, patriots of Scotland, starving (there were some pretty big queues outside the polling stations, tbf) and outnumbered (just), charged the polling stations of Scotland. They voted like warrior poets. They (just under half) voted like Scotsmen. And (almost) won their fr...



Victory speech
16 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm
Salmond has revealed his speech he had ready for if it was a yes vote.


"In the early hours of this morning, Scotland voted Yes. We are a nation reborn.

"The community of this realm has spoken. Scotland shall be independent once again. To those who voted No, I extend an immediate hand of friendshi...

Will the Blairites defect?
16 Sep 2015 at 2:16pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34267886

 

Just speculation for the moment, but there is chatter regarding several of the more Blairite MPs crossing the floor, as they feel politically closer to Gideon & Call Me Dave than Corbyn & McDonnell.

 

Thoughts? Also, who do you think may defect if it ...



The 56: Knights in tainted armour?
15 Sep 2015 at 10:47am

Jim Sillars spoke last week about the dangers of the 56 SNP MP's at Westminster being enticed by the shiny, shiny of that there London, and slipping into bad ways. How long before the first reports of MP's hitching a ride on the gravy train they are apparently there to derail?



Injocktrination
15 Sep 2015 at 10:07am

Injocktrination: The process of slowly eradicating Scottishnesss from the collective psyche and introducing a sense of Britishness

 

I was in Edinburgh on Sunday I watched the around 250 horses and riders take part in the Riding of the Marches which proceeded up the Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross...



The Trade Union Bill
15 Sep 2015 at 9:29am

I'm sure that the irony is not lost on many people of a Conservative government elected on around 23% of the total amount of people registered to vote, implementing legislation to prevent workers going on strike if they fail to have the support of over 50% (or 60% depending on which sources you f...



Scottish Labour Hall of Fame
15 Sep 2015 at 8:22am

Following Kezia's display on TV last night, where she said that Labour didn't campaign with the Tories during Indyref and where she described Trident as one of Labour's "bad bits", I wonder which individual, for you, embodies what has went so hilariously wrong for the Scottish Branch of London La...



Tony Abbott
14 Sep 2015 at 1:17pm
The horrible, hypocritical c**t who barged into the indyref debate has been disposed of like a pair of shit-covered old shoes.

Humiliated.



Tony Abbott unseated
14 Sep 2015 at 1:11pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34245005

 

Australia is to have a new prime minister after Tony Abbott was ousted as leader of the Liberal Party by cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the hastily-arranged party leadership ballot, Mr Abbott, who had been plagued by poor opinion polls, ...



International Aid.
12 Sep 2015 at 11:34pm
Apparently, the UK is meeting its 0.7% target by recruiting someone to persuade Scots of the benefits of the Union. Are we "international" now?

Story here: http://www.cumbernauld-news.co.uk/news/scottish-news/overseas-aid-money-to-promote-benefits-of-the-union-1-3883334

Spain are offering Catalunya a vow and more powers
11 Sep 2015 at 8:58am

http://www.france24.com/en/20150910-spain-minister-proposes-more-powers-catalonia?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=editorial&aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&aef_campaign_date=2015-09-10&dlvrit=66745#20150910-spain-minister-proposes-more-powers-catalonia?ns...



Opt in/out organ donation scheme
10 Sep 2015 at 5:55pm
I see a labour back bencher (can't remember her name) is introducing a private members bill at Holyrood to change the current set up to an 'opt-out' scheme for organ donation. BMA and other organisations are all for it.

She is looking for views taking this forward.

I think it is long overdue and ...

IndyRef2
9 Sep 2015 at 8:32pm

Can't see a thread here on this yet. If so, merge away.

 

The figures and recent polling suggest IndyRef2 will be won. Roll on.

 

Age grps -

16-24: 77%

25-34: 66%

35-44: 54%

45-54: 68%

55-64: 57%

65+: 36%

 



Lizzie
9 Sep 2015 at 9:16am
Is there a better example of how little we have progressed as a nation that today, we are apparently celebrating having the longest serving monarch in our history?

Are you delighted to have such a world renowned and respected head of state or are you seething that we have to pay our hard-earned t...

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8 Sep 2015 at 7:29pm
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Which Century Are We In?
17 Sep 2015 at 10:11pm

From today's Evening Standard:

"Mr Corbyn’s position on the Monarchy also continued to be dogged by controversy as he declined to say whether he will kneel before the Queen in the traditional ceremony for senior figures to join the Privy Council."  Did we not have a civil war to sort this one out...



Learning Bagpipes
17 Sep 2015 at 8:34pm

I have always fancied playing the bagpipes so decided to take the plunge and get on with it. I am looking into buying a practice chanter to get myself started and have asked the gf for lessons for Christmas.

 

I am completely clueless as to what to buy though. Looking for a good quality chanter w...



Hillsborough Memorial At Sheff. Wednesday
17 Sep 2015 at 1:46pm

Was in Sheffield at the weekend and went to pay my respects at the memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989.

 

Am I right in thinking that Sheffield Wednesday were not in favour of a memorial and had to be pressured into erecting one?

 

 



Unionist Billboards
17 Sep 2015 at 1:32pm
Anyone know who is behind this?



Let The Right One In
17 Sep 2015 at 1:31pm

Finally caught this film the other night and have to admit it wis good, really good.

 

Ah hear the Yanks done a re-make, anyone know if it wis as good as the original?



Vindicated
17 Sep 2015 at 12:06pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34279476

 

Great to see that Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw have been cleared of any wrong doing.

 

Obviously they done nothing wrong given the telly show what went out made them have to not run again as MP or get a peerage respectively.

 

Them wrong uns at C...



Who's The Greatest Ever Tv Actor?
16 Sep 2015 at 8:40pm
I'm nominating this handsome bastard of a man.


Lenny Henry...
16 Sep 2015 at 7:21pm
I've just seen him on TV and he's apparently reinventing himself as a blues singer? If that performance is anything to go by he's as good a singer as he is a comedian. Are we that short of entertainment that talentless z list comedians
get to just churn out shyte and no one says, hold on Lenny, ...

Could Greet Reading This!
16 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-34267778



Well Done Corbyn For Not Singing Gstq
16 Sep 2015 at 11:24am

I wouldn't either and Nicola shouldn't have either last week. Its a sham of a song in a sham of a union. We should be standing up to these fascist murdering scum in the UK.



 

 

 

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