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Ministers urged to extend free school meals for pupils
CAMPAIGNERS are calling on ­ministers to extend free meals to all pupils in Scotland during the first three years of school.

Downing Street union inquiry on Grangemouth is condemned
DAVID CAMERON has been accused of trying to "delegitimise" trade unions after ordering an inquiry into their tactics in the wake of the bitter dispute at the Grangemouth petrochemicals plant last month.

MSPs recommend charities play bigger role in social care
MSPS will today call for charities and voluntary organisations to play a greater role in caring for elderly and disabled people following the planned merger of some NHS and council services.

Ukip vote 'shambles' as candidates quit
UKIP in Scotland is in "turmoil" after six of its nine European candidates quit amid allegations of dirty tricks and claims an ally of UK leader Nigel Farage was unfairly helped.

Neglect of patients could be criminal offence
THE wilful neglect of patients could become a criminal offence in Scotland, the Health Secretary has said.

No 10 rejects call for age of consent to be 15
DOWNING Street has rejected a call from a leading public health expert to consider lowering the age of consent for sex to 15.

Fashion chiefs join mannequin debate
FASHION industry experts have backed a politician's call for retailers to ditch skinny mannequins and use larger sizes.

Miliband's adviser criticises Balls
ED Miliband is too weak to sack "nightmare" Ed Balls, senior Conservative Grant Shapps said after leaked emails revealed apparent Labour tensions.

Irish head to make UK state visit
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK.

Countries which fail to collect taxes may face funding cuts
INTERNATIONAL Development Secretary Justine Greening has hinted the Government may look at reducing aid funding for countries that are not properly collecting taxes.

Clegg calls for levy on Britain's super wealthy
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is urging his Tory coalition partners to impose a levy on Britain's super wealthy to fund a £1 billion tax giveaway for ordinary families.

Bedroom tax gets blamed for rise in aid claims
FRESH evidence of the impact of the so-called bedroom tax has emerged after a local authority reported a 400% rise in applications by tenants for extra financial support.

Row over credit for North Sea oil billions bonanza
A POLITICAL row has broken out after Edinburgh and London both attempted to claim credit for a new £4 billion investment in a North Sea oil field.

Labour MSP poll plan may backfire
LABOUR'S new selection process for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections is expected to see high-profile casualties, the return of anonymous MSPs, and bitter infighting among potential candidates.

Cameron clash with Sri Lanka president
DAVID Cameron clashed with the Sri Lankan president after witnessing emotional protests on a dramatic visit to the war-torn north of the island.


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Hacking trial: ?Brooks didn?t pay Mulcaire? claim
18 Nov 2013 at 1:07pm

REBEKAH Brooks could not be shown to have authorised payments to private investigator Glenn Mulcaire during her editorship at the News of the World, it was claimed in court today.



Law on Scottish school closures to be changed
18 Nov 2013 at 9:45am

EDUCATION Secretary Mike Russell stressed the educational benefit to pupils of shutting a school must remain a “central part of the decision-making process”, as the Scottish Government announced plans to change the law on closures.



Glasgow Uni to carry out ?Go Home? van research
18 Nov 2013 at 8:25am

THE Westminster government’s controversial “Go Home” immigration campaign is to be investigated by a project run by a Scottish university.



Denis MacShane admits bogus MPs expenses claims
18 Nov 2013 at 7:42am

FORMER Labour minister Denis MacShane today pleaded guilty to making nearly £13,000 of bogus expenses claims.



?Use credit unions? urges government debt campaign
18 Nov 2013 at 7:07am

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to encourage people to consider using credit unions instead of payday lenders as Christmas approaches.



Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided
18 Nov 2013 at 4:49am

ANDY Murray has yet to make a decision on which side to back in next year’s Scottish independence referendum.



Scottish independence: ?Fiscal black hole? warning
18 Nov 2013 at 4:03am

AN independent Scotland would be left with a multi-billion pound black hole in its public finances and forced to embark on further austerity-style cuts or hike up taxes, a leading think tank has warned.



Google, Microsoft to block child abuse images
18 Nov 2013 at 2:38am

Internet searches for child abuse images will be blocked for the first time by Microsoft and Google after months of mounting pressure.



Ministers reject call to cut age of consent
17 Nov 2013 at 5:19pm

HOLYROOD and Westminster governments have rejected a call from a leading public health expert to consider lowering the age of consent for sex to 15.



Law change bid to cut use of rape victims? sexual history
17 Nov 2013 at 5:03pm

A LEGAL bid to restrict the use of rape victims’ sexual history in court trials will be launched at Holyrood.



?Green roofs? may help cut flooding, say experts
17 Nov 2013 at 4:56pm

THE havoc caused by floods could be reduced by techniques such as building “green roofs” and rainwater collectors and slowing down rainwater flow from roads, scientists will tell the Scottish Parliament today.



MSP?s skinny mannequin ban ?has industry support?
17 Nov 2013 at 3:06pm

A politician campaigning for retailers to ditch skinny mannequins and use larger sizes has claimed support from within the industry.



Leaders: United in search of a fairer inquiry
17 Nov 2013 at 2:45pm

There can be little doubt that the Unite trade union has questions to answer, both in its conduct over the Grangemouth refinery dispute and on the role it played in allegedly seeking to influence the ballot for the selection of a parliamentary candidate in the Falkirk constituency.



Brian Monteith: Imagine devolution for all
17 Nov 2013 at 2:43pm

Britain could be better governed if regional devolution extended South of the Border writes Brian Monteith



Jane Devine: Assisted suicide debate about having choices
17 Nov 2013 at 2:22pm

We’re all entitled to a good death. It may be a subject some people find hard to talk about, but we’re all gonna die.




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The positive face of the Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
Sadly we don’t have the ability to capture video here. Or rather, we don’t have the technical knowhow, or the time to acquire it. That’s not usually a problem, because we can capture audio and often other people more savvy than us will archive video clips before they vanish into the inaccessible vaults of broadcasting [...]

Applying topspin
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
There’s a fascinating piece in today’s Daily Record about Andy Murray, and we’re not talking about the gormless expression Andrew Marr pulls in the accompanying photo. It’s fascinating because it’s a gold-medal example of the art of reporting exclusively true facts while simultaneously saying flatly untrue things about them. We were watching Marr’s show as [...]

Quoted for faith
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Nov 2013 at 4:51pm
As a counterpoint to this unpleasantness from a couple of weeks ago, this is Kevin McKenna in this week’s edition of the Scottish Catholic Observer: “The difference between Scotland and the rest of the UK at this moment is the difference between “Come to me all ye who are heavy burden’d and I will set [...]

The Holyrood Hillbillies
by Scott Minto
17 Nov 2013 at 6:59am
So you find oil and want to make life better for your people. It?s an asset that makes you fabulously wealthy and provides the sort of financial security that people normally can only dream of. But you get coerced and cajoled into giving it to your neighbour to look after on your behalf. The neighbour [...]

The elusive pimpernel
by Chris Cairns
17 Nov 2013 at 4:23am
ADDENDUM An alert reader has in fact found where Anas was this week. ?Mr. Anas Sarwar made an inspiring and motivational speech on the challenges of being an Entrepreneur and the positive role that youth can play for a progressive Pakistan. He also spoke on how he saw things from UK, being a Muslim and [...]

By their works shall you know them
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2013 at 2:39pm
Something rather odd happened over on our Facebook page this week. It’s the most sparsely-populated outpost of the Wings empire, (because it’s mostly just links to articles here), and the average post there is doing well if it’s seen by 2000 people and gets five or six comments. But yesterday, after running this article, we [...]

The certain death of the Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2013 at 7:11am
We haven’t mentioned the Telegraph’s blustery old colonel Alan Cochrane for a while, because his columns in the right-wing broadsheet have recently veered from, well, let’s say Nigel Farage to Nick Griffin. Not in content, you understand – for all Mr Cochrane’s unpleasant faults we see no suggestion of racism – but in tone. Gone [...]

Burning the lifeboats
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Nov 2013 at 2:45am
The Herald’s lead story this morning is a fascinating piece from the always-interesting Gerry Braiden. Under the headline “MSP poll plan may backfire”, it reveals: “Labour’s new selection process for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections is expected to see high-profile casualties, the return of anonymous MSPs, and bitter infighting among potential candidates. The party will [...]

Two simple questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2013 at 5:31am
A protest is taking place today from 3pm at 9 Scotland Street, Glasgow G5 8NB, the location of Anas Sarwar MP‘s constituency office. The purpose of the protest is to register people’s disapproval at Mr Sarwar’s failure to attend this week’s House of Commons division on a motion proposing to abolish the so-called “bedroom tax”, [...]

Better together in the UK
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Nov 2013 at 1:57am
The bit they always leave out is who it’s better for. Click either image for the story. “The best of both worlds” there, readers.


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Scots face independence 'fiscal gap'
18 Nov 2013 at 9:54am
An independent Scotland would need to cut spending or increase taxes for its finances to be sustainable in the long-term, a think tank warns.


Salmond criticises union inquiry
18 Nov 2013 at 4:12am
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond criticises the UK government over its inquiry into trade union tactics during the Grangemouth dispute.


Scots 'can take climate change lead'
18 Nov 2013 at 4:29am
Scotland's environment minister attends the UN climate change conference and insists the country can still provide leadership on the issue.


Council must learn from Square row
18 Nov 2013 at 9:12am
Scotland's largest council needs to learn lessons from the debacle over the redevelopment of George Square, the public spending watchdog says.


Benefits 'do not promote laziness'
18 Nov 2013 at 12:36am
High levels of benefits for the unemployed do not lead to a lack of motivation to find work, a Europe-wide study has found.


School closure changes outlined
18 Nov 2013 at 12:10pm
Education Secretary Mike Russell sets out the government's planned changes to the law covering school closures in Scotland.


Call for '24/7' hospital expertise
17 Nov 2013 at 6:37am
Senior hospital medics should be available round the clock and patients must be treated in the right wards in the shortest time, doctors urge.


Support claimed over mannequins call
16 Nov 2013 at 6:21pm
An MSP whose daughter died from anorexia claims fashion industry support for his call for shops to use larger-sized mannequins.


Independence tax plan to be outlined
17 Nov 2013 at 5:42am
The SNP says it would introduce a tax regime to "support" business if Scotland votes for independence and it is in government.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
14 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
MSPs unanimously pass the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill.


VIDEO: IFS: Scotland faces 'greater' challenge
18 Nov 2013 at 8:01am
The financial challenges for an independent Scotland would be "significantly greater" than for the rest of UK due to declining oil revenues and an ageing population, said the independent think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).


VIDEO: Sketching the roots of cartoon satire
17 Nov 2013 at 8:35am
Newspaper cartoonist Steve Bell discusses political satire as two exhibitions trace the history of sketching the great and powerful.


VIDEO: Experts answer your questions
15 Nov 2013 at 3:24pm
Robin McAlpine, Prof John Struthers, Prof Mike Danson and Ben Thomson answer your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


VIDEO: MSPs vote to pass referendum bill
15 Nov 2013 at 5:20am
MSPs unanimously vote to pass the bill setting out the rules for the referendum on Scottish independence.


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5 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
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The continuing relevance of solidarity and class
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 5:55am

By Gerry Hassan
 
Scotland has been informed by the experiences and memories of working class life and culture since the time of the industrial revolution.
 
A majority of Scots see themselves as working class and more people do now than over a generation ago in 1979.



EnQuest confirm's North Sea's long future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 4:04am

  By George Kerevan
 
News of the giant £4 billion Kraken oil field development east of Shetland was not unexpected ? indy oil producer EnQuest has been biting its corporate fingernails for months in anticipation of a go-ahead from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
 
Nevertheless, the formal announcement yesterday [Friday] triggers one of the UK's biggest capital investment programmes and underlines the fact that the North Sea is far from dead as an oil gusher.



Amateur at Work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Nov 2013 at 2:11am

By Derek Bateman
 
When I started this blogging thing it was to put my view out there and add my voice to the greatest debate of our lives?for the independence of our country. I?m not a policy expert or a party adherent, clued up on minutiae, but I?ve been around the scene long enough to know my own mind and to judge my ideas against those who are paid to proselytise.

I?ve seen and heard their weaknesses and observed how they operate and it helps me form opinions on the political class and the way we are governed.



What?s your Plan B, Mr Carmichael?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Nov 2013 at 1:05am

  By George Kerevan
 
Our new Lib Dem Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, is a solicitor by trade. I have a modest and well-intended piece of advice for Mr Carmichael ? stick to the elegance of the law and don?t venture into the treacherous waters of economics.
 
Mr Carmichael has just given his first major speech on constitutional matters. Readers will remember that he got his new post when the former incumbent, Michael Moore, was summarily fired after being bested in a televised debate by the SNP?s Nicola Sturgeon.



Good Evening, Good Morning...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Nov 2013 at 12:56pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Did I get this right? I turn on the telly on late Sunday morning and see Gary Robertson presenting Sunday Politics.  I turn over to Radio Scotland on Monday morning to hear Gary Robertson presenting Good Morning Scotland. 
 
I tune into Newsnight on Monday night and there is...Gary Robertson.  A mere six hours later I listen to the news on GMS and there he is ? again ? Gary bloody Robertson.



Just who is using the shipyard workers as political footballs?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 5:51pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
This week BAE Systems confirmed that 835 Scottish workers were surplus to requirements at the company's yards on the Clyde.
 
The naval orders which have helped sustain Govan and Scotstoun have now all but dried up.  The UK is broke and the days of MoD spending on big money projects is over.



Best of British ? Is it being shoved down our throats?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 8:33am

  By Jo Edwards

Did you know that Lucozade recently ran a Yes campaign?  It's true, they had bottles of the fizzy energy drink emblazoned with the word 'Yes' and promotional Yes videos on youtube.
 
There's also a chocolate coffee-bean type confectionary from a company called Britt, if you have a sweet tooth.



The Missing Voices of Public Life and How We Create a Different Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Nov 2013 at 4:27pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
To many of the tribes and partisans who inhabit our public life, all that matters is the contest and defeating their opponents. Democracy and politics in this mindset are in fine working order, beyond the difficulty of trying to get your own way!
 



Bedroom tax a tool for mass disenfranchisement
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 1:37pm

By Mark McNaught
 
How could Iain Duncan Smith possibly justify a policy so unspeakably barbaric as the 'spare room subsidy' which could potentially render hundreds of thousands homeless across the UK? How could Tory efforts to 'de-toff' and shed their image as the Dickensian 'nasty party' fail so miserably?
 
While the seeming purpose of the feral 'skivers vs. strivers' and 'something for nothing culture' focus-group-tested rhetoric parroted by Labour and Tories alike is to punish the poor for not having the opportunities to make a decent life for themselves, its effect is to potentially disenfranchise millions of voters.



Duggy Dug - Borders and Identity
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Nov 2013 at 12:27pm

  The wee Scottish Terrier is back and keen to travel.  But will he need a passport if he wants to cross the border to visit his owner?s family in England or Ireland?

What about identity, what will Scots call themselves after independence?




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?There shall be a Scottish tax system? (and it will be better!)
by Peter A Bell
18 Nov 2013 at 8:21am

I am concentrating on one matter in this article and that is the publication by the Scottish Government of its latest independence paper: “Principles for a Modern and Efficient Tax System in an Independent Scotland”.  The paper can be found here.  I prefer my title for this paper found above.




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Labour's Bedroom Tax no-show raises questions over Lamont leadership says MSP
by Peter A Bell
18 Nov 2013 at 7:53am

An SNP MSP has today accused the Labour party of downplaying the importance of the Bedroom Tax after forty seven of the party's MPs, including ten from Scotland, stayed away from a vote calling for the legislation to be scrapped.




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Another Labour stalwart joins campaign for a Yes vote | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
17 Nov 2013 at 7:43am

A former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow has thrown his weight behind a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.

Alex Mosson, an influential and powerful Labour figure for nearly four decades, believes independence is the key to "unlocking Scotland’s potential, talent and expertise to the full".



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Scottish independence: Labour grandee backs Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
17 Nov 2013 at 5:06am

A SCOTTISH Labour grandee has declared he will vote for independence next year, insisting that the referendum is “not a time for party politics”.

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Ministers: vote Yes to get tax breaks
by Peter A Bell
17 Nov 2013 at 4:35am
SCOTTISH firms could look forward to a series of tax breaks to help them invest and recruit new staff after independence, ministers will claim this week.

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By their works shall you know them
by Peter A Bell
17 Nov 2013 at 4:21am

Something rather odd happened over on our Facebook page this week. It’s the most sparsely-populated outpost of the Wings empire, (because it’s mostly just links to articles here), and the average post there is doing well if it’s seen by 2000 people and gets five or six comments.




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Scottish independence: the Union is endangered by premature and misguided com...
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 11:21am

Some Unionists seem to believe Alex Salmond is sunk already. That's premature. Scottish independence remains a real possibility.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alex Massie identifies two "particular" enemies faced by the campaign to deny Scotland's rightful constitutional status: complacency and the natio...



David Cameron has played a blinder on the Scottish referendum ? Telegraph Blogs
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 10:31am

There will now follow a short interval during which I will blog (with only one caveat) enthusiastically in defence of David Cameron. I am aware that this is a somewhat rare event.
Peter A Bell's insight:

One can only stare in slack-jawed astonishment at the depth of delusion displayed by British na...



The certain death of the Union
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 8:10am

We haven’t mentioned the Telegraph’s blustery old colonel Alan Cochrane for a while, because his columns in the right-wing broadsheet have recently veered from, well, let’s say Nigel Farage to Nick Griffin. Not in content, you understand – for all Mr Cochrane’s unpleasant faults we see no suggest...



Banal Retentive - 1 - Alistair Carmichael
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 7:11am

Welcome to the beginning of a new series. The Banal Retentive series will give quotes from those giving the most spurious reasons against Scottish Independence and in favour of retaining the union....

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Unionism and the English Language
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 7:08am

Bad language is becoming a recurring theme in the referendum debate. Yet  it is not so much the predictable vitriol and smearing that we need to worry about. Nor is it about how we define ‘Scottishness’. Rather, it’s the fact that so much of today’s political lexicon is almost entirely devoid of ...



Why an SNP plan B could never satisfy Unionist critics
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 7:00am
ONE thing in Scottish life is certain.

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Row over credit for North Sea oil billions bonanza
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 6:22am

A POLITICAL row has broken out after Edinburgh and London both attempted to claim credit for a new £4 billion investment in a North Sea oil field.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The curious thing is that British nationalists seem to genuinely imagine that a No vote in next year's referendum will end such ...



No-show Labour MP running scared of Bedroom Tax protestors
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 6:13am

Glasgow Central Labour MP Anas Sarwar failed to show up for his own advertised constituency surgery on Friday after a small number of people gathered outside his office demanding an explanation for his failure to attend a crucial vote on the Bedroom Tax.



Peter A Bell's insight:

Sarwar's Subway mome...



Burning the lifeboats
by Peter A Bell
16 Nov 2013 at 6:05am

The Herald's lead story this morning is a fascinating piece from the always-interesting Gerry Braiden. Under the headline "MSP poll plan may backfire", it reveals: "Labour's new selection process f...

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Patrick Harvie: Independence referendum campaigns more complex than just yes ...
by Patrick Harvie
18 Nov 2013 at 12:03pm
PATRICK HARVIE, speaking ahead of the Radical Independence Campaign?s conference, makes the point that there are far more nuances to the referendum campaigns than a simple yes or no.


Former MP Denis MacShane admits £12,900 false expenses con
by dailyrecord
18 Nov 2013 at 7:15am
THE ex-Labour minister appeared at the Old Bailey today and admitted submitting fake receipts for almost £13,000 of "research and translation" services.


Scotland can't afford independence without cuts, warns economic think tank
by dailyrecord
18 Nov 2013 at 7:03am
THE Institute for Fiscal Studies paper warns that Scotland would need to cut pubic spending, increase taxes or even both if the nation votes for independence next year.


Anger as millionaire health secretary Jeremy Hunt claims for 5p paper clip an...
by James Lyons
18 Nov 2013 at 4:06am
THE MP's claims came to light as it was revealed he will shortly pocket £17million by selling his 49 per cent stake in an education publishing firm.


Andy Murray declares love for Scotland and Britain as he refuses to take side...
by David Taylor
18 Nov 2013 at 2:11am
THE Wimbledon champion refused to nail his colours to the mast as he spoke on BBC's Andrew Marr show.


Former Glasgow lord provost and Labour heavyweight Alex Mosson reveals he wil...
by Mark Aitken
17 Nov 2013 at 6:32am
MOSSON, a former Clyde shipyard worker, said the recent announcement by BAE Systems to cut more than 800 jobs in Scotland had strengthened his belief in independence.


Prime Minister David Cameron orders inquiry into union tactics in the wake of...
by dailyrecord
17 Nov 2013 at 3:16am
DOWNING Street said the wide-ranging review will investigate allegations of the use of so-called "leverage" tactics by the unions as well as the impact of such disputes on the critical national infrastructure.


Welfare cuts could see further 60,000 Scots kids being dragged into poverty, ...
by Chris Clements
15 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
A SCATHING report from the Deep End Steering Group and authorised by 360 GPs in deprived areas says the bed tax and work capability assessments are damaging the health and lives of the country's most vulnerable people.


The independence referendum could go either way - we can't get complacent, sa...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
THE LIBERAL Democrats' Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, says he and those championing the No vote can't take their consistent lead in the polls for granted as it's "a race that can still be lost."


Independence referendum: Scottish Green Party launch 'Yes' campaign
by dailyrecord
15 Nov 2013 at 5:58am
PATRICK HARVIE and his party will outline why they believe Scotland would have a better future outside of the UK.


Shipyards: First Minister urges workers who lose jobs to look to success of B...
by dailyrecord
14 Nov 2013 at 7:53am
ALEX SALMOND says around 1000 jobs have been secured by a scheme in East Lothian which was set-up after 1700 workers lost their jobs at the Halls of Broxburn meat plant seven months ago.


MSP Margo Macdonald launches new bid to change assisted suicide law in Scotland
by dailyrecord
14 Nov 2013 at 6:45am
THE Lothians MSP said a rise in public support and a change in political circumstances indicate the Bill has a better chance of success this time round.


Scottish Independence: Referendum Bill to be passed by MSPs in vote at Holyrood
by dailyrecord
14 Nov 2013 at 6:38am
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the bill would put "Scotland's future in Scotland's hands" when the ballot is held on September 18.


Scots Labour MPs slammed after almost a quarter fail to vote against bedroom ...
by David Clegg
14 Nov 2013 at 1:54am
IN total, 46 Labour MPs failed to show up for vote on spare room policy - including influential members such as Gordon Brown and Anas Sarwar.


Humza Yousaf: Politicians must unite to protect BAE shipyard jobs in Govan an...
by Humza Yousaf
13 Nov 2013 at 8:41am
HUMZA YOUSAF calls on politicians of all stripes to work together to protect shipbuilding jobs, and says the Scottish yards' future have nothing to do with Scottish independence.


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Surely this is the worst boy band in history. Click to see what the X-Factor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 3:42pm
Surely this is the worst boy band in history.

Click to see what the X-Factor judges thought...

then help Simon Cowell choose a name for the band.


Is this the worst boy band ever?
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It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Bla...

Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm
Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...



Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 7:57am
Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an open goal for Cameron. Expect more union-bashing legislation to result from this when the 2015 manifestos appear.



Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV? You decide...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2013 at 5:35pm
Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV?

You decide...


Blare and the UKOKers hit the big time
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It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Blare and the UKOK boys are out of a job, and desperately looking f...

UPDATED UPDATE GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a per...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 4:08pm
UPDATED UPDATE

GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a person who is alleged to be the technical genius behind the cybernat attack.



UPDATE It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat V...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 3:56pm
UPDATE

It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat Virus that has wiped out so many fantastic speeches from the Tory and Labour websites. We were especially distressed when Johann's "Something for Nothing" speech was wiped from history. It would have been one of our favou...

Professor John Curtice has said that the only in depth polling that can be af...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 2:15pm
Professor John Curtice has said that the only in depth polling that can be afforded from the pollsters nowadays, is crowd funded by activists.
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to announce the largest crowd ever have funded this new unbiased poll to counteract the drug crazed splittists who imagine tha...

Alistair Carmichaelmoore, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotlandshi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 8:37am
Alistair Carmichaelmoore, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotlandshire has launched his campaign to be recognised.


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Carmichaelmoore then handed out a cyclostyled sheet, written by the Good Blare McDougall, containing three questions f...

A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 5:52pm
A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.


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Cone-gate scandal begs the question ‘why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 11:16am
Cone-gate scandal begs the question ?why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellington in Glasgow anyway??


Conetroversy as Glasgae statue retains iconic look
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?After all, you know what they say ? here today, cone tomorrow.?

You are very welcome, Shug..........
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2013 at 3:24pm
You are very welcome, Shug..........


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BBC Scotlandshire has been reliably informed that today is Polish Separation ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
BBC Scotlandshire has been reliably informed that today is Polish Separation Day.

All the staff at Atlantic Quay would like to wish the Polish people who've came to Scotlandshire a "Happy" Separation Day.

Perhaps splittism hasn't been so good for Poland if all their working age adults are over...

Davidson has called for thousands of his own constituents to be sacked if Sco...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Nov 2013 at 4:16pm
Davidson has called for thousands of his own constituents to be sacked if Scots vote in favour of self-determination next year. (That's Ian, not Ruth. Despite her claim on Any Questions, she doesn't have a constituency).


Davidson: 'Govan workers must share my separashun fate'
www.bbc.scotlandshire....

Poultice says Scotlandshire Labour to win overwhelmingly at next election.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2013 at 2:24pm
Poultice says Scotlandshire Labour to win overwhelmingly at next election.


Poultice provides proper perusal of poll
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to well established practice, the votes of the 839 (85%) who said that ?none of the useless bastirts? should grace our halls, or even deck them wi...

Folk for Freedom! YES SCOTLAND Benefit Concert. Smelly, bearded natz in wool...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Nov 2013 at 7:08am
Folk for Freedom! YES SCOTLAND Benefit Concert.

Smelly, bearded natz in wooly jumpers are intending to meet up and sing rebel songs. Maybe they should all get jobs instead.

Do not patronise this event as you risk contamination by the nat virus.

https://www.facebook.com/.../610175982374842/...




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It's time to get above ourselves

No More Mr Nice Guy
by bellacaledonia
18 Nov 2013 at 1:53am
Are women actually going to vote yes or no to independence on the basis of a cuddly or less-cuddly man or on the perception of what a ?nice guy? is? … Continue reading

Unionism and the English Language
by bellacaledonia
16 Nov 2013 at 4:33am
By Christopher Silver But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language Bad language is becoming a recurring theme in the referend...

How Ed Balls could wreck Salmond?s ?sterlingzone?
by bellacaledonia
15 Nov 2013 at 10:02am
By Jamie Maxwell Speaking in Glasgow a few months ago, George Osborne said currency union would impose ?significant constraints on [an independent Scotland?s] economic sovereignty?. SNP leaders were quick to dismiss this warning in public, but privately they must have known it was far from an emp...


Backing Bella
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 12:54pm
It’s clear that Scotland’s media is dominated by pro-Union corporate newspapers and broadcasters. But the time for complaining about it is over, now it’s time to change that. In October we reached our highest readership figures ever – that was over 370,000 views and more than 267,000 unique visit...


Bedroom Tax Hypocrisy
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 10:42am
Gordon Brown, Anas Sarwar, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy were among 10 of the Labour Party’s Scots MPs who did not vote against the Bedroom Tax yesterday Jack Foster tries to make sense of it. The fact that Labour?s motion to scrap the controversial bedroom tax failed to garner enough votes to...


Reclaiming Our Democracy
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 5:25am
On the eve of the launch of the Scottish Greens Yes Campaign, Justin Kenrick, comments on the shifting forces within Scottish politics: This is an extraordinary medium, where comments are as important (often more important) than the articles that precede them. This is what democracy looks like. M...


Coney No Do That?
by bellacaledonia
13 Nov 2013 at 8:47am
By Svenja Meyerricks Glasgow City Council has declared war to the famous ?Wellington Cone?. The news have been met by a wave of joyful citizen activism that any town planning team bantering about the buzzword ?participation? can only dream of. Glasgow City Council proposed to revamp the monument ...


An Easterhouse Epiphany
by bellacaledonia
12 Nov 2013 at 9:53am
By Mike Small We are sticking to the task. But that doesn’t just mean making difficult decisions on public spending. It also means something more profound. It means building a leaner, more efficient state. We need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently. - Prime Minister, David Camero...

The Fairly Big Society
by bellacaledonia
11 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
From our ongoing series of extracts from Closer, here Dougald Hine reflects on the Big Society. Whatever became of the Big Society? It still gets mentioned, sometimes, as a joke: its humourless punchline, the lengthening queues at volunteer-run food banks. At Westminster, the Tories forgot their ...

Careful What You Wish For
by bellacaledonia
11 Nov 2013 at 3:47am
By Mike Small Moaning about celebrity culture has become a bit of an art form at Bella. We just about succeed in resisting the urge to write about the TOWIE star Mark Wright being paid five grand to flick a switch in Perth as the end of Western civilisation, but we thought we might actually … … C...


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Scottish independence: 'Fiscal gap would lead to spending cuts', says IFS - B...
18 Nov 2013 at 6:21am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Fiscal gap would lead to spending cuts', says IFS
BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney said the analysis "underlines the case for an independent Scotland". But Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-Union Better Together campaign, said the report left the S...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided - Scotsman
18 Nov 2013 at 4:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided
Scotsman
ANDY Murray has yet to make a decision on which side to back in next year's Scottish independence referendum. The Wimbledon champion said he was torn as he appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show to discuss the prospect of the break-up...


Scottish independence: SNP plan to be quizzed - Scotsman
17 Nov 2013 at 10:21am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP plan to be quizzed
Scotsman
Mr Salmond said: ?The publication of the Scottish Government's White Paper on independence will be a significant moment in the referendum campaign as we set out a detailed prospectus for an independent Scotland, providing answers to the...


Scottish independence: Labour grandee backs Yes vote - Scotsman
16 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour grandee backs Yes vote
Scotsman
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael declared yesterday that the race ?can still be lost? for the pro-UK side, despite consistent polling showing opposition to independence. He said that, at a meeting of the UK cabinet later th...


Scottish independence: Currency demands 'should be set out' - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 2:51am

Scottish independence: Currency demands 'should be set out'
BBC News
The Scottish government should explain what conditions it would accept in order to secure a sterling currency union after independence, a committee of MPs has said. The Scottish Affairs Committee said it was concerned the SNP admi...


Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll' - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 3:48am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll'
BBC News
A cabinet minister has denied accusations that shipbuilding jobs were sacrificed in Portsmouth to protect the industry in Scotland. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the redundancies - 940 in Portsmouth against 835 mostly in...


Scottish independence: Economic experts answer your questions - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 4:32pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Economic experts answer your questions
BBC News
The latest BBC Scotland news webcast focusing on the future of Scotland has been looking at the economy and independence. Robin McAlpine of the Jimmy Reid Foundation, Professor John Struthers of the University of the Wes...


Scottish independence: 'Speak out', says uni chief - Scotsman
15 Nov 2013 at 4:54am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Speak out', says uni chief
Scotsman
THE principal of the University of St Andrews has vowed to protect her staff from 'any external pressure' following reports of an SNP minister complaining about a Scots-based academic backing the UK. Professor Louise Richardson wro...


Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn - Scotsman
12 Nov 2013 at 7:15pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Armed forces to cost £2.5bn
Scotsman
The paper, which gives a detailed breakdown of an independent Scotland's defence capability, was published yesterday by the Scottish Global Forum (SGF), a think tank associated with prominent independence supporters. The vision of ...


Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill - BBC News
14 Nov 2013 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill
BBC News
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish government's bill sets out the referendum rules, such as the question and campaign spending limits...



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Scottish independence: 'Fiscal black hole' warning - Scotland on Sunday
18 Nov 2013 at 12:57pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Fiscal black hole' warning
Scotland on Sunday
The SNP Government insists the scenario illustrates the future Scotland would face if it stayed within the UK - and that independence would bring the ability to make different decisions and allow the country's e...


Moray libraries: Plan to reduce closures revealed - Scotland on Sunday
18 Nov 2013 at 12:47pm

Scotland on Sunday

Moray libraries: Plan to reduce closures revealed
Scotland on Sunday
They announced a potential compromise as opposition SNP councillors tabled an emergency motion for Wednesday's full meeting of Moray Council, calling on the council to drop the closure plans entirely ?in light of...


Independent Scotland would face greater fiscal pressure - Financial Times
18 Nov 2013 at 12:14pm

Independent Scotland would face greater fiscal pressure
Financial Times
Pro-union campaigners seized on the IFS report to pile pressure on SNP leaders, who have suggested that an independent Scotland would be able to cut corporate taxes, give stronger guarantees for state pensions and establish a s...


Should we mind the gap, the "fiscal gap" that is? - ITV News
18 Nov 2013 at 11:56am

Should we mind the gap, the "fiscal gap" that is?
ITV News
However, the SNP's minister for finance, John Swinney, challenges this conclusion. Mr Swinney says that the IFS report only reinforces the SNP's case for independence. It proves, he says, that Scotland needs to have control over the fiscal ...


Independence Is a Risk That We Don't Need to Take - Huffington Post UK
18 Nov 2013 at 11:39am

Independence Is a Risk That We Don't Need to Take
Huffington Post UK
Not only do the SNP's own economic advisers say that Scotland has spent more money than we've raised in every year in the last 21 except one, but now independent and impartial experts at the IFS have said that we'd have to raise t...


Scots warned on independence choice - The Paisley Daily Express
18 Nov 2013 at 11:28am

Scots warned on independence choice
The Paisley Daily Express
IFS public finance economist Rowena Crawford said SNP plans for two oil funds, one to stabilise the economy and the other to save for the future, were possible even if the country is in deficit, but it would have to come from other parts...


Moray libraries: Emergency council motion tabled - Scotland on Sunday
18 Nov 2013 at 10:14am

Scotland on Sunday

Moray libraries: Emergency council motion tabled
Scotland on Sunday
OPPOSITION SNP councillors have tabled an emergency motion for Wednesday's full meeting of Moray Council in a bid to end to the bitter row over the administration's controversial decision to axe almost half the li...


Scotland warned: mind the fiscal gap - Channel 4 News (blog)
18 Nov 2013 at 8:30am

Channel 4 News (blog)

Scotland warned: mind the fiscal gap
Channel 4 News (blog)
This is a particularly potent event in the independence referendum because so much is coming down to the numbers and affordability of independence (the SNP government publishes its prospectus, or white paper, for indepe...


Spending choices warning for Scots - Kincardineshire Observer
18 Nov 2013 at 8:26am

Spending choices warning for Scots
Kincardineshire Observer
"It shows that there would have to be a dramatic level of cuts in public spending in Scotland if Scotland were to become independent in the way in which the SNP envisages. It amounts in the best-case scenario, according to the IFS, to a 6%...


More evidence of failure to grasp the meaning of Scottish independence - For ...
18 Nov 2013 at 7:57am

For Argyll

More evidence of failure to grasp the meaning of Scottish independence
For Argyll
A press release received from SNP sources this morning focused on the role of the Scottish Secretary ? whose current incumbent is Alastair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland. In highly c...



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Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill - BBC News
14 Nov 2013 at 11:06am

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Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill
BBC News
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish government's bill sets out the referendum rules, such as the question and campaign spending limits...


Scottish parliament passes referendum bill - Press TV
15 Nov 2013 at 12:20pm

Press TV

Scottish parliament passes referendum bill
Press TV
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) unanimously approved on Thursday the bill, which sets out the independence referendum rules, including campaign spending limits and the question that will be put to voters. The law confirms that Sc...


Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll' - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 3:48am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll'
BBC News
The job losses come at a crucial time in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. A number of pro-union politicians have argued an independent Scotland would not be able to bid for British defence contracts - c...


Legislation to hold Scottish independence referendum passed - Metro
14 Nov 2013 at 3:18pm

Metro

Legislation to hold Scottish independence referendum passed
Metro
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed in a landmark vote at Holyrood. MSPs unanimously approved the bill which sets out the rules and the confirms the question which will be put to voters in Sc...


Referendum legislation passed - Herald Scotland
14 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Referendum legislation passed
Herald Scotland
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by MSPs in a landmark vote at Holyrood. Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by MSPs in a landmark vote at ...



Scottish independence: MSPs pass referendum bill - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 5:25am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs pass referendum bill
BBC News
MSPs have unanimously voted to pass the bill setting out the rules for the referendum on Scottish independence. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was historic legislation which would ensure a "robust and fair" referendum....


Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
6 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
THE importance of the SNP's independence White Paper is underlined today by a new poll showing half of all voters want more information on the economy and jobs as the debate on Scotland's future progresses. THE importa...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided - Scotsman
18 Nov 2013 at 4:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided
Scotsman
ANDY Murray has yet to make a decision on which side to back in next year's Scottish independence referendum. The Wimbledon champion said he was torn as he appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show to discuss the prospect of the break-up...


Scotland sets stage for vote on independence - UPI.com
14 Nov 2013 at 9:03am

Scotland sets stage for vote on independence
UPI.com
Sturgeon said the referendum puts Scotland's future in its own hands for the first time in more than 300 years. In July, Scottish Veterans Minister Keith Brown said Scotland has a strategic position in the North Atlantic and will maintain an effe...


Row over UK warships work on Clyde post-referendum - BBC News
11 Nov 2013 at 7:58pm

BBC News

Row over UK warships work on Clyde post-referendum
BBC News
Former Defence Secretary Lord Reid has warned UK warships will not be built in Scotland if there is a "Yes" vote in next year's independence referendum. It comes after BAE Systems announced plans earlier this week to cut 1,775 jobs...



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"sparks" Live - Glasgow
18 Nov 2013 at 11:52am

Emdy on here going tae see them?

 



Newsreader Bloopers....
18 Nov 2013 at 6:19am

http://youtu.be/USPvVR1IuMU

 

 

 



Tattoos
18 Nov 2013 at 2:43am
Having a mid life crisis and can't afford a red porche or do I want a ponytail.

Was thinking of ...

Where To Live In Central Scotland
17 Nov 2013 at 2:46pm
Always planned to move back up to Scotland and now decided 2014 will be the year. After 10 years ...

Takes Some Balls
17 Nov 2013 at 1:10pm

political performance art or just a bawbag?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24896784



A Bawbag In A Transit
17 Nov 2013 at 10:41am
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qPpRAay8HLE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqPpRAay8HLE

The Arches Venue
17 Nov 2013 at 10:33am

Recently had shoulder operation and arm just out of sling however if bumped pain is incredible......



Former Glasgow Provost Backs Yes
17 Nov 2013 at 3:06am

Alex Mosson the latest to jump



Miss Bumbum 2013
16 Nov 2013 at 9:59am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2507274/Miss-BumBum-2013-winner-Brazilian-beauty-Dai-Mace...



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The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...


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

Advantage Independence
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2013 at 12:17pm
One piece of advice you sometimes hear tennis commentators giving is that if you get your opponen...

What to look out for in the independence referendum polls
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2013 at 11:56am
Because there has only been one poll so far this year showing an outright lead for the pro-indepe...

Practically identical, yet again
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 12:44pm
Those among the anti-independence commentariat who like to peddle the idea that there's nothing m...


Questions to which the answer is 'do you know what, I would LOVE to answer yo...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 10:01am
As has been pointed out by several people already, Labour's excuse for dozens of their MPs (inclu...

The Donaldson files
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2013 at 11:02pm
Back in the halcyon days when, by sheer luck, I hadn't yet been banned by the delightful Stormfro...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as the gap continues to close in latest T...
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 8:36pm
I know that a number of us have separately come to the conclusion that Blair McDougall is a thoro...

The Rangers vote
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
A quick story for your delectation. I was on the same bus last night as a group of four ever-so-...

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...

Kilclooney's baloney, part 2
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2013 at 7:02am
Lord Kilclooney, aka former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party John Taylor, has made yet ...

Yeah, Blair, what have the nationalists ever done for Wales?
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm
Those ever-delightful anti-independence chaps on Twitter seem to be terribly excited about events...

Questions to which the answer is "Me!"
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
We're all hugely indebted to Andrew Morton for his illuminating report for Wings from behind enem...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...


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New Report Illustrates Why We Can?t Afford a No Vote
by Stuart McDonald
18 Nov 2013 at 10:00am

A report published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) highlights the dangers of cont...



Alex Mosson - "Independence is not about any one party"
by Kevin Gilmartin
18 Nov 2013 at 5:27am
Video of 6IXThanIaHQ

Alex Mosson, former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow, tells us that independe...



Another Labour stalwart joins campaign for a Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
17 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
A former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow has thrown his weight behind a Yes vote in next year?s re...

Frightened Rabbit indie-rockers back independent Scotland
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
16 Nov 2013 at 11:12am
Brothers Scott and Grant Hutchison of indie-rock group Frightened Rabbit have said that they're i...

Louise Batchelor: Westminster isn't working for energy, fishing or farming
by Kevin Gilmartin
15 Nov 2013 at 10:50am
Video of PYqVDhfH-9E

Louise Batchelor, a former BBC news presenter and environmental correspond...



Yes wins Napier referendum
by Toni Giugliano
15 Nov 2013 at 8:31am
Yesterday?s Edinburgh Napier University referendum debate was a huge success for the Yes movement...

Green Yes unveils vision for independent Scotland
by Stuart McDonald
14 Nov 2013 at 9:59am
Green Yes launched in Edinburgh today with a host of high profile speakers and a wide ranging dis...

Referendum Bill passed by Scottish Parliament
by Stuart McDonald
14 Nov 2013 at 9:31am
The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill has today passed the final hurdle of its passage throug...

It's time to Rock the Referendum
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Nov 2013 at 6:58am
St Andrew's Day will launch the 2014 Social Club National Tour featuring performances from some o...

Westminster votes to keep the Bedroom Tax opposed by Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
13 Nov 2013 at 8:25am

This Bedroom Tax is opposed in Scotland but imposed by Westminster. Last night Westminster MPs vo...



Alison Johnstone: 'Scotland can be a very successful independent country'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
13 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
Video of xFw2fsPubAY

Scottish Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone tells us that governance is an i...



Bang goes the great unionist myth of subsidised Scotland
by Kevin Gilmartin
13 Nov 2013 at 5:46am
The myth that the UK subsidises Scotland is one of the greatest confidence tricks in modern polit...

Scottish Defence Force 'would be better and cost less'
by Stuart McDonald
12 Nov 2013 at 10:53am
An expert report published today concludes that a Scottish Defence Force has the potential to ?de...

Government by the people and the path to independence
by Cailean Gallagher
12 Nov 2013 at 3:49am
A new report called ?Government by the People?, published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, reviews t...

Scottish farmers get a bad deal as part of the UK
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Nov 2013 at 9:10am

Scottish farmers are getting a bad deal as part of the UK, with Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 payments fa...




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Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Independent Scotland would face choice of tax rises or deep cuts, says IFS
by Severin Carrell
18 Nov 2013 at 12:09pm

Scottish government contests Institute for Fiscal Studies report that predicts 'significant additional fiscal tightening'

An independent Scotland would face decades of higher taxes and deeper spendi...




Scotland's referendum is not democratic if prisoners are excluded | Tony Kelly
by Tony Kelly
18 Nov 2013 at 6:11am

Banning prisoners from voting is internationally discredited, yet Scotland is preventing their involvement in a profoundly important decision

In September 2014, some of the people of Scotland will p...




Scottish Greens seek citizen's wage, halt to oil drilling and Trident nuclear...
by Severin Carrell
15 Nov 2013 at 9:44am

'Green Yes' campaign for Scottish independence also proposes state-owned renewable energy, land tax, and cheaper childcare

The Scottish Green party is to press for a cap on North Sea oil drilling, a...




Alex Salmond under pressure over currency plan
by Severin Carrell
14 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Cross-party Scottish affairs committee urges Alex Salmond to give voters honest picture of risks and benefits of independence

Alex Salmond has been urged by MPs to give Scotland's voters a "full, op...



Singalong with the No More Page 3 choir...
by Roy Greenslade
14 Nov 2013 at 3:02am

Song follows special Scottish parliamentary debate

Roy Greenslade




Falkirk Labour hopeful admits paying for mass recruitment to party
by Rajeev Syal
13 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm

Labour concern after former election strategy manager Gregor Poynton wrote single cheque for 11 new members

A Labour rightwinger who had hoped to be selected as the party's candidate in the embattl...




Scottish academics 'would lose billions in funding' after independence
by Severin Carrell
11 Nov 2013 at 1:55pm

Science minister warns Scotland's universities that their generous share of UK research grants would end if country separates

Scientists and academics in Scotland would lose access to billions of po...




Could an independent Scotland be just what northern England needs?
by Julian Coman
9 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

Would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum leave the English left stranded? Or give the north a valuable new counterweight to London?

In an entertaining cultural résumé entitled The Scots' Crisis o...




Independence is not about burning Scotland's boats | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

Unionist factions are engaged in a race to the bottom of the barrel for fresh ways to scare Scotland off independence

On a soft Monday night in Glasgow's Candleriggs district, George Galloway MP, le...



Letters: Scotland, shipbuilding and the Tories' political trump card
7 Nov 2013 at 3:01pm

Malcolm Chalmers writes: "With or without a special defence relationship, an independent Scotland would remain profoundly dependent on its southern neighbour for security, even while absent when vi...




Falkirk row: we have very, very clear legal evidence, says Ed Miliband
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 8:48am

Key figure in row has given sworn affidavit saying he bought group membership of Labour party for his family, Miliband says

Ed Miliband has deflected new allegations about the Falkirk Labour members...




Royal Navy's threat to pull shipyard contract 'preposterous', says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

Scotland's deputy first minister says Philip Hammond was trying to use BAE shipyard decision to punish 'yes' voters

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has insisted the Royal Navy cou...




Steve Bell on shipyards and Scottish independence ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
6 Nov 2013 at 5:44pm

Ministers face claims that they were playing politics with UK jobs

Steve Bell




Clyde shipyard workers express sympathy for Portsmouth colleagues
by Severin Carrell
6 Nov 2013 at 2:41pm

Govan and Scotstoun will not escape BAE's planned job cuts, but both are protected from closure unlike south-coast sister

Govan's shipyard workers hunched their shoulders, eyes cast down and noncomm...




Scotland, shipyards and security | Malcolm Chalmers
by Malcolm Chalmers
6 Nov 2013 at 1:32pm

The coming Scottish referendum weighed heavily on these job cuts. But a yes vote will have huge implications for UK defence

The Scottish referendum loomed over yesterday's announcement that cuts in ...




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