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PM pledges to hold out to stop Juncker
17 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has vowed to oppose the installation of Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Union's top job "right up to the end" amid reports that Germany is pushing to have the appointment confirmed.

Tough code of conduct planned for fiscal commission members
17 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Finance Secretary is offering to make members of the proposed Scottish Fiscal Commission, the planned equivalent of Whitehall's Office for Budget Responsibility, subject to a tough code of conduct.

Jihadist threat to UK safety
17 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
THE threat of British-born jihadists returning home after fighting in Iraq and Syria poses the biggest security risk facing the UK today, David Cameron has warned.

Talks with Iran over threat
16 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
IRAN and the West have common interests in seeing the defeat of extremists who have swept into Iraq, the Foreign Secretary has told MPs as it was confirmed he has spoken to his counterpart in Tehran about the crisis.

Leaders claim China relations have thawed
16 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
DOWNING Street has insisted the UK's delicate diplomatic relationship with China is improving despite Nick Clegg risking Beijing's ire by appearing to praise the Dalai Lama on the eve of a visit by the Chinese premier.

Holyrood presiding officer to sit out review of ban on MSPs hiring family mem...
15 Jun 2014 at 9:05pm
HOLYROOD's presiding officer is to absent herself from a review of the ban on MSPs employing their relatives over a potential conflict of interest.

Scotland's economy 'to exceed forecasts'
15 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTLAND'S economy is set to exceed previous growth expectation, prompted by a revival in consumer confidence and the prospect of an improved global economy, an Ernst and Young report claims

Promote British values, says PM
15 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Extremism and division is flourishing in the UK because of a "worrying" failure to push British values, David Cameron said, as he set out plans to teach school pupils in England about the Magna Carta.

Clegg: LibDem manifesto will have independent policies
15 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg will vow today not to design his party's 2015 General Election manifesto simply to appeal to the Conservatives or Labour.

Prescott's Chinese warning over EU
15 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Investment in Britain will only remain attractive to China if the nation stays in the EU, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has warned.

Unspun - the politics diary
13 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
1966 and all that

Miliband says sorry for posing with The Sun
13 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
ED Miliband has apologised after Labour figures in ­Liverpool expressed anger at his decision to pose with a copy of The Sun.

MPs in call for more action to tackle illicit cigarette smuggling
13 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
MPs have complained of a "farcical" lack of action against tobacco manufacturers in a stinging assessment of Government efforts to tackle smuggling.

Salmond defies call to axe aide in e-mail attack row
12 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond is facing mounting pressure to sack a senior spin doctor after he admitted the aide acted inappropriately when he contacted a newspaper about a No campaigner.

Miliband in minimum wage vow
12 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged that the party will increase the minimum wage if it wins the General Election.


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Bill Jamieson: Difficulties with raising rates
18 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

A more optimistic picture is emerging of our economic progress to challenge the doubters, writes Bill Jamieson



Leaders: Work no guarantee of staying out of poverty
18 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

The latest report on poverty in Britain is a sobering read for those of us lucky enough to live relatively comfortable lives with a reliable income that is enough to cover life’s necessities.



Tom Peterkin: Devolution and question that won?t die
18 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

It IS now almost 40 years since Tam Dalyell posed the West Lothian Question. It is a conundrum which still has the power to vex.



China newspaper calls UK ?old declining empire?
18 Jun 2014 at 1:28pm

A CHINESE newspaper owned by the ruling Communist Party has marked Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to London with an editorial branding the UK an “old declining empire”.



Comments of the week: Opinion polls | Constitution
18 Jun 2014 at 10:54am

WE round up some of the best contributions made in comments on Scotsman.com in the past seven days, in this feature first published on our {http://scotsman.com/scottish-independence|Scottish independence site|Link to article}.



David Cameron: Iraq crisis is ?real threat? to UK
18 Jun 2014 at 9:49am

DAVID Cameron is holding talks with his most senior security advisers to discuss the crisis in Iraq after he warned Islamist militants challenging the Baghdad government represented “a real threat to our country”.



Referendum round-up: Borders poll | BBC radio row
18 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

CATCH up on the latest opinion poll results and news of a new row over the BBC’s handling of the referendum in this round-up from our dedicated Scottish independence website.



Scottish independence: Clan chiefs to stay neutral
18 Jun 2014 at 7:03am

SCOTLAND’S clan chiefs are to maintain a neutral position ahead of September’s referendum on Scottish independence.



Alex Salmond talks with Ukrainians ?constructive?
18 Jun 2014 at 4:23am

Alex Salmond has had a “warm and constructive” meeting with members of the Ukrainian community who were offended by remarks the First Minister made about Vladimir Putin.



Half of Scots believe No vote means more powers
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

HALF of Scots believe that Holyrood will get more powers after a No vote in the referendum, a major study has found.



SNP stirring up anti-Englishness - John Major
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

SIR John Major yesterday accused the SNP of holding the referendum around the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in an attempt to stir-up anti-Englishness.



Independence: BBC criticised for MSP Indyref role
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

BBC Scotland has been criticised for paying a Labour MSP to co-present a new programme which will debate key independence referendum issues.



Glasgow 2014: Hague calls for Team GB success
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

William Hague yesterday insisted he is confident Team GB will deliver “another spectacular performance” at the Commonwealth Games, despite the home nations competing separately.



The Scotsman cartoon: England World Cup songs
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

SUPERMARKET chain Morrisons has been forced to stop playing England World Cup songs at its Scottish stores after complaints from customers.



Leaders: UK military has no role in Iraq
17 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

THE age-old adage of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” cannot have a more exemplary demonstration than the sight of the US and UK cosying up to Iran in the battle against chaos in Iraq.




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Lies and replies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jun 2014 at 8:59am
We suppose, then, that we’d better deal with the UK government’s bizarre propaganda booklet that’s about to slither through every letterbox in Scotland at taxpayers’ expense whether they like it or not. We’ve been having some fun with the cover image in the last couple of days, but astonishingly enough this is the real version: […]

Chinese PM speaks out for Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jun 2014 at 6:05am
The 25th anniversary of the massacre was just two weeks ago, and little has changed about China’s attitude to dissent since then, but when you’re desperate pretty much any celebrity endorsement will do. Next week, we’re expecting the media to excitedly report backing for a No vote from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Un and the daughter of Pol Pot […]

Let?s get this started
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm

More stuff that doesn?t matter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jun 2014 at 12:34pm
The big story in most of today’s papers is the British Social Attitudes survey, which has discovered a whole bunch of stuff of absolutely no importance whatsoever. The Scotsman, for example, highlights the fact that while Scottish people don’t want the UK to have nuclear weapons, if they’re going to exist then a sizeable number […]

The people?s champion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
We know only a few of you sit through these long video clips, but for the benefit of those who do this is a slightly unusual debate organised by the Prospect trade union and chaired by Magnus Gardham of the Herald, which took place at the union’s conference in Glasgow last month and saw Anas […]

Another paranoid cybernat
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jun 2014 at 3:42am
Charlie Brooker in the Guardian, 17 June 2014: “David Cameron has responded to [the 'Trojan Horse' schools] crisis by declaring we need to celebrate ‘Britishness’ with more enthusiasm. More enthusiasm? More? We’ve been celebrating Britishness with the strained determination of a man desperately trying to shit a cricket ball for the past five years. There’s a Union […]

Better ourselves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jun 2014 at 10:05am
In the course of debunking some No-camp myths about “high taxes” and the cost of living in Scandinavian countries, we’ve often mentioned that in addition to average real incomes being far higher in places like Norway and Denmark (even after adjusting for the cost of living), that average is itself misleading, because the poor distribution of […]

More help for Scottish journalists
by Keith Aitchison
16 Jun 2014 at 4:44am
This morning’s papers report that Labour, the Tories and a small fringe party whose name has slipped our minds for a moment will this week release a statement about their shared commitment to further devolution of powers to Holyrood after a No vote. We’re sure that Scotland’s journalists are all on top of the situation as […]

Stories of the week, 15/6/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2014 at 4:33pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. Voters less ordinary Housewife turns out to be activist. What could go wrong? 2. Inaudible mumble amplified A good week to bury someone calling a million Scots racists. 3. Becoming the story Smearing the messenger. 4. To the editor of the Scotsman Standing by […]

The evolution of tone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jun 2014 at 7:51am
WEDNESDAY: Panini “politics sticker album” jokes are evidence of vile abuse: SUNDAY: Panini “politics sticker album” jokes are light-hearted comedy material: The BBC: you have to pay for this or you go to jail, readers.


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Post-referendum agreement reached
18 Jun 2014 at 8:18am
The UK and Scottish governments finally agree a form of words to explain what will happen after the independence referendum.


Balls defends currency decision
18 Jun 2014 at 11:22am
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls defends the decision to rule out a currency union if Scotland votes for independence.


Parliament welcomes 'Buckfast Bees'
18 Jun 2014 at 7:27am
The Scottish Parliament takes delivery of its own batch of "Buckfast" variety honey bees.


Rate rise 'could hit Scots recovery'
18 Jun 2014 at 6:02am
Raising interest rates to counter booming London house prices could hit Scotland's economic recovery, according to an analysis.


Prestwick Airport to get £10m funds
18 Jun 2014 at 10:34am
Prestwick Airport is to receive nearly £10m of investment from the Scottish government, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces.


Extra 500 health visitors announced
18 Jun 2014 at 11:37am
The Scottish government confirms plans for 500 new health visitor posts which will be created over the next four years.


Salmond meets Ukrainians after row
18 Jun 2014 at 3:26am
First minister Alex Salmond holds 'warm and constructive' talks with Scottish Ukrainian community after a row over comments about President Putin.


Mesh implant suspension requested
17 Jun 2014 at 8:36am
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil requests a suspension in the use of mesh implants by the NHS in Scotland, pending investigations into their safety.


Chinese premier in 'united' UK call
17 Jun 2014 at 2:43pm
Chinese premier Li Keqiang said he wanted to see a "united United Kingdom" when questioned on Scotland's independence referendum.


John Major warns over 'Yes' vote
17 Jun 2014 at 12:13pm
The former prime minister Sir John Major says Scotland would trade international "influence" for "possible irrelevance" under independence.


Baby ashes report calls for new laws
17 Jun 2014 at 10:54am
A report into the cremation of babies recommends new laws and guidelines to protect and support bereaved families.


PE targets met by 96% of schools
17 Jun 2014 at 7:50am
The vast majority of schools in Scotland are meeting government physical education targets, according to the Scottish government.


Scots and English 'willing to share'
17 Jun 2014 at 2:53am
People across the UK appear willing to continue sharing institutions after Scottish independence, according to the British Social Attitudes survey.


Scots council tax collection at 95%
17 Jun 2014 at 4:17am
Council tax collection rates in Scotland in the last year come in at 95%, generating more than £2bn to fund local services.


Positive outcome for school leavers
17 Jun 2014 at 6:00am
Record levels of pupils have achieved a positive career or educational outcome after leaving school this year, Scottish government figures reveal.


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24 Carat Poppycock
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
18 Jun 2014 at 8:55am

By Andrew Tickell

I coughed. I sputtered. I spat my Earl Gray down the wall. In awed silence, I goggled, caught between astonishment and incredulity.

Last night on the BBC's Scotland 2014 programme, Alistair Carmichael dumped a clanger.  Around four and a half minutes into the broadcast, the following exchange occurred between the host, Sarah Smith, and the Secretary of State for Scotland.



Meanwhile in Lilliput
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Jun 2014 at 7:26am

By Derek Bateman

Some mixed emotions on seeing the images of crazed jihadists executing Iraqi police. The revulsion reminded me of old footage of the Nazis shooting civilians on the edge of the graves they themselves had been forced to dig. I don?t think anything hit me harder as graphic proof of the chilling reality of humans gone mad.

Then it contrasted with the weekend experience of watching our people, Scots, enacting ancient rites and ceremonies at Selkirk Common Riding commemorating the war dead and the defeat at Flodden 500 years ago with solemnity and dignity and not a trace of resentment, let alone violence.



Scotland Forever ... if that's OK with you
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm

By Stephen Bowman
 
The Proclaimers have a pro-independence song called 'Cap in Hand', one small part of which neatly sums up what it is to be Scottish.  The line 'We boast ? then we cower' captures the essence of a nation that spends half its time bragging about its distinctiveness and its achievements, and the rest of the time suffering from a crippling lack of self-confidence.

"Sure I've got 'Scotland Forever' tattooed on my backside, but we're too wee and too stupid to become independent.  Can't I just listen to the bagpipes and wax lyrical about how pretty the mountains are?  All this self-government stuff?"



Trolling, Trolling, Trolling, Dear Ms. JK Rowling...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jun 2014 at 8:08am

Dear Joanne
 
We haven?t met but since we?re both writers, indeed both members of the same writers' association, I thought I?d drop you a line. We both live in Perthshire, you in a castle, me in a flat.
 
You used to work for Amnesty International; I used to be a member and still campaign on human rights. I?m sure we have lots of other things in common though my book sales, income and public profile are, well, let?s be kind and say a wee bitty less than yours.



Unionism and a sense of Déjà vu
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Jun 2014 at 6:06am

By Hamish Scott
 
It is over 300 years since the Unionist campaign of the 1700s to bring about the Union between Scotland and England.  We now have a Unionist campaign in the 2010s to retain that Union in the coming independence referendum.  Scotland, England and the world, have all changed hugely in the intervening period. 
 
Yet despite that change, we might be forgiven for feeling a strong sense of déjà vu when comparing the current campaign to that of the 1700s, for both campaigns bear considerable similarities in both their circumstances and characteristics.



We are intolerant, we are out of control ... we must be dealt with
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Jun 2014 at 12:52am

  By G.A.Ponsonby

If Pat Lally has a daughter-in-law then she's probably hoping the brouhaha over Campbell Gunn's email blows over soon so that she can come out of hiding.

I've watched the latest media circus with a wry smile as yet another one of my end-of-year predictions comes true.



Is There A War On?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Jun 2014 at 12:08am

By Derek Bateman
 
Let's lay this nazi thing while the apologists squirm their way this way and that. When a politician is asked if the SNP is a civic nationalist movement, there is only one answer. It is this. 'Of course they are. They couldn?t have garnered 45 per cent of the popular vote in a mature democracy like Scotland and been elected to government if they were anything else.

We?re actually quite proud in Scotland that our debate is not ethnically based and has been conducted in civilised terms. Our nationalists only want political independence. I disagree with them.'



BBC's back to front news and why we should be worried
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jun 2014 at 5:00pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday the world according to BBC Scotland turned upside down.  I tuned in to Good Morning Scotland to be regaled with the news that Scotland was set to deprive the north of England of jobs.
 
One of the poorest regions of the UK, said a concerned BBC reporter, stood to lose a significant number jobs due to a controversial policy being pursued by the SNP.



Michael Gove's schooldays
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Jun 2014 at 2:26pm

By George Kerevan
 
Michael Gove is the Scots born cabinet minister who finds himself in charge of schools in England.  But what was Gove like in his younger days.
 
Here George Kerevan takes an offbeat look at what classroom exchanges may have been like.



He's Escaped?!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Jun 2014 at 9:27am

  By Derek Bateman
 
I?m not buying the Clever Conspiracy line over Gordon Brown messing up the No strategy. He has mined key initiatives carefully crafted over the months which have had to be held together in the face of glaring inconsistency and sometimes ridicule. He has left the Better Together leadership facing awkward questions and created a fissure in the united front for Unionism.




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Lies and replies
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 9:10am

We suppose, then, that we'd better deal with the UK government's bizarre propaganda booklet that's about to slither through every letterbox in Scotland at taxpayers' expense whether they like it or...

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What Are Project Fear So Afraid Of?
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 8:51am

In this weary atmosphere of nihilism and wealth accumulation, the words “In Scotland, the People are sovereign” are not only treasonable, they are revolutionary.

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Warning over flagship policy to expand free childcare places
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 8:17am

A FLAGSHIP policy to expand free childcare places to Scottish families will not improve levels of education on its own, a major new report has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Hang on a minute! Yesterday it was removing Trident that was the "flagship policy". It seems that the Scottish Government do...



Half of Scots believe No vote means more powers
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 7:50am

HALF of Scots believe that Holyrood will get more powers after a No vote in the referendum, a major study has found.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is probably not surprising that many people have been taken in by the British parties' deceitful propaganda on the matter of "more powers". In fact, given ...



China in boost to No camp as premier backs UK
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 7:09am

The premier of China has suggested that the fastest growing economy in the world would prefer a
Peter A Bell's insight:

Premier Li Keqiang of China says he will respect the choice of Scotland's people. Let us hope that the British state manages to demonstrate the same regard for democracy.



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SNP stirring up anti-Englishness - John Major
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

SIR John Major yesterday accused the SNP of holding the referendum around the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in an attempt to stir-up anti-Englishness.
Peter A Bell's insight:

And so yet another blinkered, pathologically parochial British politician proudly flaunts his near-perfect ignorance of S...



Chinese PM speaks out for Union
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 6:40am

The 25th anniversary of the massacre was just two weeks ago, and little has changed about China's attitude to dissent since then, but when you're desperate pretty much any celebrity endorsement wil...

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Surveys leave a bitter taste and an unpalatable truth
by Peter A Bell
18 Jun 2014 at 5:39am
The argument over Scotland's future grows steadily more intense.

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Devo plus option wins widespread support in new indy study
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 12:56pm

Nearly three-quarters of Scots want more political powers and half think they will come without independence, a major study has found.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Why would people believe that devo-max will be delivered when neither devo-max nor any other form of devolution is being offered?

Wakey! Wake...



More stuff that doesn't matter
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 12:39pm

The big story in most of today's papers is the British Social Attitudes survey, which has discovered a whole bunch of stuff of absolutely no importance whatsoever. The Scotsman, for example, highli...

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Trident polls
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 12:15pm
The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament works for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in Britain as a step toward the global elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.

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Peter Jones: Independence promises don?t add up
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 12:02pm

John Swinney says he’ll turn his back on Osborne’s agenda, but he will not have the means to do so, writes Peter Jones
Peter A Bell's insight:

Peter Jones effectively makes the argument that binds the British parties into one indistinguishable mess. The argument that "there is no there way". It is ...



Scots? views sought on declaration of independence
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 9:16am

LANDMARK proposals for the creation of an independent Scottish state were launched yesterday with Scots being urged to seize the “historic opportunity” to help shape the new country.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is the sort of thing that causes unionists most discomfort. They can hope to deceive at...



Trident: survey shows Scotland and rUK are split on its future
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 8:05am

MORE Scots believe Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent should continue to be based north of the Border after ­independence than want it removed, research published today shows.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A survey appears which can be spun as suggesting most people in Scotland want to keep Trident and ...



Dismantling Scottish Education
by Peter A Bell
17 Jun 2014 at 7:15am

Gordon Brown has entered the referendum campaign with the subtlety and strategic wit of a wrecking ball. As the No campaign pose for a photo-opp in front of a building known as 'Edinb...



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Humza Yousaf: Refugee Week Scotland's warm welcome a fitting theme for Glasgo...
by Humza Yousaf
18 Jun 2014 at 9:22am
HUMZA YOUSAF reflects on how refugees and asylum seekers have become a welcome and integral part of Glasgow and Scotland.


A tenth of Scots have fallen out with friends or family over the referendum c...
by dailyrecord
18 Jun 2014 at 8:13am
THE YOUGOV survey said the September 18 vote on the future of Scotland has caused friction.


Buckfast bees take up residence in two new beehives at Holyrood
by dailyrecord
18 Jun 2014 at 6:31am
THE Buckfast variety of bee, which shares its name with the tonic wine, is known for its calm temperament and productivity.


Chilcot report: Blair decision on Iraq war cost thousands of lives
by James Lyons
18 Jun 2014 at 3:15am
INQUIRY is set to blame former Prime Minister for failure to plan for aftermath of war against Saddam in 2003.


John Major accuses SNP of coinciding referendum with Bannockburn anniversary ...
by David Clegg
17 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
THE former prime minister said Alex Salmond had deliberately set the referendum date for this year to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.


Joan McAlpine: Get shot of Trident and save us a bomb
by Joan McAlpine
17 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
IN the event of a Yes vote in September JOAN says the Scottish Government will ensure Faslane remains a major employer but without the threat of Trident.


Nearly three-quarters of Scots want more political powers and half think they...
by dailyrecord
17 Jun 2014 at 8:51am
UNIONIST pledges of more devolution if Scotland votes No "could pay off" in keeping the UK together, the survey of around 4,000 Scottish voters found.


41% of Scots 'want Trident to stay' in the country if it becomes independent,...
by dailyrecord
17 Jun 2014 at 2:42am
TWO-FIFTHS of people north of the border said that if there is a Yes vote in September's referendum, Britain's nuclear submarines, could continue to be based on the Clyde.


UK-wide survey reveals English voters disagree with SNP's plans to retain pou...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Jun 2014 at 9:00pm
THE British Social Attitudes Survey revealed just 38 per cent of voters in England and Wales agree that Scotland should be allowed to share the pound in the event of a Yes vote.


Welfare cuts and bedroom tax are forcing poverty-stricken families into homle...
by Keith McLeod
16 Jun 2014 at 6:02pm
THE report also found some families are refusing homes through housing associations because they can't afford to buy furniture.


Ann McKechin: Queen's Speech show Tories have run out of steam and ideas
by Ann McKechin
16 Jun 2014 at 12:13pm
ANN MCKECHIN says the opening of Parliament reveals that the coalition government lacks the vision and drive that Britain requires.


Patrick Harvie: Draft constitution is symbol of how vibrant an independent Sc...
by Patrick Harvie
16 Jun 2014 at 11:52am
PATRICK HARVIE reflects on how Scotland can renew itself as a modern nation free of the archaisms of the past should we return a yes vote come September.


Better protection urged from online trolls following abuse JK Rowling receive...
by dailyrecord
16 Jun 2014 at 9:54am
THE Harry Potter author was the subject of a social media backlash after coming out last week in support of the continuation of the United Kingdom in its present form.


Scots asked for views on how the nation would be governed in the event of ind...
by dailyrecord
16 Jun 2014 at 9:22am
THE Scottish Government has published a draft Scottish Independence Bill and invited feedback through a public consultation over the next four months.


£15 million earmarked to help thousands of Scotland's most disadvantaged chil...
by dailyrecord
16 Jun 2014 at 3:10am
IT will be used to support initiatives such as projects to tackle poverty, promote parenting skills and encourage family support for learning.


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UK Ministers have today revealed their plans for the refurbishment of the Pal...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jun 2014 at 3:13pm
UK Ministers have today revealed their plans for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. Work will begin in 2015 and is expected to take 5 years and cost over £3 billion. The proposals will also require the peers and MPs to move out while the renovation is underway.


BBC Repeat: Cameron giv...

Gordon Brown MP(retd): living proof that there is something deeply wrong with...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jun 2014 at 1:58pm
Gordon Brown MP(retd): living proof that there is something deeply wrong with Scottish Education.




In the end, it's all a matter of trust, isn't it?
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jun 2014 at 2:11am
In the end, it's all a matter of trust, isn't it?




The glorious, highly positive and totally truthful Unionist political parties...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Jun 2014 at 2:09am
The glorious, highly positive and totally truthful Unionist political parties, who're fighting the Natz to Save the Empire, will come together today to supply more detail on their DEVO-EVERYTHING option.

Try to forget they fought tooth and nail to keep DEVOMAX off the #indyref ballot paper in t...

BBC researchers have finally unmasked the evil SNP puppet master who has been...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:53pm
BBC researchers have finally unmasked the evil SNP puppet master who has been coordinating a torrent of vile online abuse by hordes of unwashed keyboard warriors known as cybernats.


Vile cybernat puppet master is unmasked by BBC
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond really is exactly like Lord Voldemo...

Finally, Salmond's cyberhenchman is uncovered.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:01pm
Finally, Salmond's cyberhenchman is uncovered.


Vile cybernat puppet master is unmasked by BBC
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond really is exactly like Lord Voldemort, except he's not imaginary and you CAN speak his name and anyway the SNP has always refused to send anyone to the House of Lords. Bu...

Red Toly, Blue Toly, Yellow Toly - Better Together? Mixing may change the col...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 10:38am
Red Toly, Blue Toly, Yellow Toly - Better Together?
Mixing may change the colour, but it can't hide the smell.




In an historic shift, the Orange Order has honoured the Pope's recent convers...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:50am
In an historic shift, the Orange Order has honoured the Pope's recent conversion to U-KOK membership by adding the Holy 'C' to the spelling of Pollokshaws.

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/760-orange-order-qappalled-and-dismayedq-as-pope-becomes-latest-u-kok-campaigner.html...

BBC Scotlandshire refutes the accusation that our coverage of the Pope's inte...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2014 at 4:18am
BBC Scotlandshire refutes the accusation that our coverage of the Pope's intervention to save the Union has been partial in any way whatsoever.

Our loyal readers will know our true motives in all that we do and the need to crush lying splittist scum like NewsNatz Scotland [spit].

How they per...

Members of the anti-independence Friends of the Union Better Together U-KOK L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm
Members of the anti-independence Friends of the Union Better Together U-KOK Labour United No Thanks campaign could hardly contain themselves on Friday when his Holiness Pope Francis declared that he will be campaigning alongside them.


Orange Order 'appalled and dismayed' as Pope becomes latest U-K...

Seems like this has been going on for some time...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 10:13am
Seems like this has been going on for some time...




EXCLUSIVE: U-KOK advert filmed in BBC studios "not exactly a one-off incident...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jun 2014 at 4:24am
EXCLUSIVE: U-KOK advert filmed in BBC studios "not exactly a one-off incident" claims insider. #IndyRef




It's all that Salmond's fault, say Westminster Boffins.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2014 at 4:32pm
It's all that Salmond's fault, say Westminster Boffins.


Alex Salmond to blame for abusive BritNat tweets, say ONS
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Natslanders carry the highest Cybernat Hyperbolic Index of Badness (CHIB) - a scale of nastiness which goes from 1 (anodyne) all the way to 11 (Full Separatis...

Coming soon to an overly-large, secret location near you. Be afraid. Be very...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2014 at 12:42pm
Coming soon to an overly-large, secret location near you.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And keep your hands on your pensions at all times.




In an article published on the Better Together website, Blare McDougall, who ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jun 2014 at 2:18pm
In an article published on the Better Together website, Blare McDougall, who is the official head of U-KOK, said that a narrow victory for Yes would be "the worst of both worlds" and would leave a "deeply divided Scotland".


Extraordinarily, U-KOK head backs a vote for Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshi...


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It's time to get above ourselves


Open Community in the New Scotland?
by bellacaledonia
18 Jun 2014 at 2:56pm
Angela Haggerty on the need for diversity and openness in the Yes campaign as a reflection of the wider aspiration for a diverse and multicultural Scotland. Whenever I bring up the question of Irish the community in an independent Scotland,... Read More ›


What Are Project Fear So Afraid Of?
by bellacaledonia
18 Jun 2014 at 8:23am
In this weary atmosphere of nihilism and wealth accumulation, the words ?In Scotland, the People are sovereign? are not only treasonable, they are revolutionary.


Dismantling Scottish Education
by bellacaledonia
17 Jun 2014 at 7:06am
By Mike Small Gordon Brown has entered the referendum campaign with the subtlety and strategic wit of a wrecking ball. As the No campaign pose for a photo-opp in front of a building known as ‘Edinburgh’s Disgrace’ (thanks for that... Read More ›


Shocking Rise in Inequality
by bellacaledonia
17 Jun 2014 at 6:20am
A new film from the High Pay centre shows the shocking rise of inequality in Britain: “Inequality has been rising rapidly in Britain for the past 30 years. The gap between rich and poor has widened and the share of... Read More ›


Supporting Carers in Scotland
by bellacaledonia
17 Jun 2014 at 4:09am
By Sandra Webster Carer’s Week is upon us again. It is one of the few times of the years that our stories are in the news. We even get some celebrity endorsements – Richard Branson raised a cup of tea... Read More ›


Cringing Language Cultural Change
by bellacaledonia
16 Jun 2014 at 4:24pm
By J Simon Jones One of the hallmarks of the referendum debate, as I?ve written before, is the tendency of those on the No side to try to delegitimise Yes arguments; either as whimsical childishness or a malevolent expression of... Read More ›


The Assurance of Self
by bellacaledonia
16 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm
Thig toradh aobhneis tron fhèin-mhisneachd seo ? ge bith a bhlas a bhi Gàidhlig, Doric, Weigie, Glaschu na h-Èireann, Gallach, Sealltainneach ? toradh ealain gu cinnteach mar a tha buailteach tachairt ann an dùthaich ùr (!) a? tighinn gu bith agus a? dearbhadh àite san t-saoghal mhòr a-muigh.


3000 Trees speak to BellaVision about new play inspired by Willie MacRae
by bellacaledonia
16 Jun 2014 at 10:27am
Producer Mark MacNicol and Director Libby McArthur speak to BellaVision about their forthcoming Fringe Play, 3000 Trees, written by poet and playwright George Gunn and which is inspired by the life and death of SNP activist Willie MacRae. For more... Read More ›


Why Vote Yes?
by bellacaledonia
15 Jun 2014 at 4:44pm
With Jonathon Shafi … Filed under: Film and Animation Tagged: Jonathon Shafi, RIC


The F Word
by bellacaledonia
14 Jun 2014 at 8:16am
By Mike Small It’s constitutional Sesame Street on Bella today. Today’s letter is F. In an attempt to give credibility to the Devo Nano proposals that lie about the constitutional house like bits of broken furniture, many articles have been... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Post-referendum agreement reached - BBC News
18 Jun 2014 at 8:20am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Post-referendum agreement reached
BBC News
The UK and Scottish governments have finally agreed a form of words to explain what will happen after the independence referendum. Their explanation of the processes that will be followed in the event of either a "Yes" or a "...


Scottish independence poll: Borders 61% No - Scotsman
18 Jun 2014 at 4:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll: Borders 61% No
Scotsman
Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign, said: ?Three other polls in recent days have recorded a significant increase in backing for Yes, with average national support for independence at 47% - putt...


John Major warns over 'Yes' vote - BBC News
17 Jun 2014 at 12:14pm

BBC News

John Major warns over 'Yes' vote
BBC News
The former prime minister Sir John Major has said Scotland would trade "real influence" for "possible irrelevance" under independence. Sir John said Scottish government plans to remove nuclear weapons from Scotland in the event of a referendum "Yes"...


Scottish independence: China's premier says he wants a 'united United Kingdom...
18 Jun 2014 at 12:04am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: China's premier says he wants a 'united United Kingdom'
Telegraph.co.uk
Alex Salmond suffered another rebuttal on the world stage on Tuesday after China's premier became the latest international leader to urge Scots to reject independence. Speaking at a joint p...


China signals opposition to Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk
17 Jun 2014 at 4:19pm

China signals opposition to Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
China has signalled its opposition to Scottish independence, with the country's premier saying that he wants to see a ?united, United Kingdom?. In yet another boost for the No campaign ahead of September's Scottish independence refer...


Scottish independence: Scots and English 'willing to share institutions' - BB...
16 Jun 2014 at 6:37pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scots and English 'willing to share institutions'
BBC News
People across the UK appear willing to continue sharing institutions after Scottish independence, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey. The survey indicated almost 70% of people in England a...


Polls Show Scottish Independence Vote Is Closer Than Ever - Newsweek
15 Jun 2014 at 4:05pm

Newsweek

Polls Show Scottish Independence Vote Is Closer Than Ever
Newsweek
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The campaign for Scottish independence continues to gain ground against its pro-union rival, two surveys showed on Sunday, as pollsters near consensus that the race is getting ever-tighter ahead of the ...


Scottish independence: Islands to get seabed income - BBC News
16 Jun 2014 at 8:15am

Scottish independence: Islands to get seabed income
BBC News
Scotland's island communities would get all money generated from leasing the seabed in the event of independence, First Minister Alex Salmond has said. The move came as he outlined plans to give authorities in Orkney, Shetland and the Wes...


Scottish independence: Clan chiefs to stay neutral - Scotsman
18 Jun 2014 at 7:08am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Clan chiefs to stay neutral
Scotsman
SCOTLAND'S clan chiefs are to maintain a neutral position ahead of September's referendum on Scottish independence. The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (SCSC), which comprises the vast majority of the current leaders of Scotlan...


Only a Few Will Decide on What Could Be a Big Shift for Britain - New York Times
12 Jun 2014 at 9:26am

New York Times

Only a Few Will Decide on What Could Be a Big Shift for Britain
New York Times
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, the leaders of the Scottish National Party, in front of a sign indicating the date of Scotland's independence referendum outside Parliament in Edinburgh. Credit David Moir/...



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SNP Nato insistence 'unconvincing' - The Courier
18 Jun 2014 at 4:03pm

The Courier

SNP Nato insistence 'unconvincing'
The Courier
The SNP's insistence that Nato would need to accept an independent Scotland to prevent a defence gap is "a silly and unconvincing assertion", according to a former Tory defence secretary. The Scottish Government says an independent Scotland ...


Yes vote 'will impoverish Scotland' - The Courier
18 Jun 2014 at 4:03pm

The Courier

Yes vote 'will impoverish Scotland'
The Courier
A Yes vote in the independence referendum will "impoverish" Scotland, she told MSPs, as she accused the SNP of making unaffordable promises to secure victory. But Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hit back, saying Ms Lamont had displaye...


Scottish Parliament debates Scotland's future - DeHavilland (press release) (...
18 Jun 2014 at 3:54pm

Scottish Parliament debates Scotland's future
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP): After that litany of how poor we are all going to be, can the member tell me what the trade position of Scotland is compared with the trade position of the UK? Johann Lamont:...


Rifkind says SNP's claims on NATO membership are 'unconvincing' - stv.tv
18 Jun 2014 at 1:12pm

stv.tv

Rifkind says SNP's claims on NATO membership are 'unconvincing'
stv.tv
The SNP's insistence that Nato would need to accept an independent Scotland to prevent a defence gap is "a silly and unconvincing assertion", according to a former Tory defence secretary. The Scottish Government says an in...


Scottish Affairs Committee - Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Cathy Jamieson MP - Currency...
18 Jun 2014 at 11:03am

Scottish Affairs Committee - Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Cathy Jamieson MP - Currency ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Following this, the Shadow Chancellor said that the SNP's starting position was that a currency union would not be a permanent arrangement, unless the Scottish people decided...


SNP urge Danny Alexander to back A9 speed cameras - Scotsman
18 Jun 2014 at 10:48am

Scotsman

SNP urge Danny Alexander to back A9 speed cameras
Scotsman
HIGHLAND MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander was today urged by the SNP to end his opposition to average speed cameras on the A9 after figures showed their mere presence had significantly cut speeding. Skye Lochab...


Scottish Labour MP 'common sense' on APD welcomed - SNP (press release)
18 Jun 2014 at 10:02am

Scottish Labour MP 'common sense' on APD welcomed
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today welcomed a common sense contribution from Scottish Labour MP Brian Donohoe who has indicated that he supports cutting APD to entice more flights in and out of Scotland to help grow the economy. Speaking on BBC R...


SNP urge Danny Alexander to allow A9 speed cameras - Scotsman (blog)
18 Jun 2014 at 9:33am

Scotsman (blog)

SNP urge Danny Alexander to allow A9 speed cameras
Scotsman (blog)
HIGHLAND MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander was today urged by the SNP to end his opposition to average speed cameras on the A9 after figures showed their mere presence had significantly cut speedi...


A Latin American Pope and Europe's Separatists - The Commentator
18 Jun 2014 at 7:39am

A Latin American Pope and Europe's Separatists
The Commentator
In the face of its own heavy-handed rule at home, the Scottish National Party (SNP) struggles increasingly to persuade many citizens elsewhere in the world that it is a modern and mature movement expressing the desire of Scots to escape...


John Major accuses SNP of coinciding referendum with Bannockburn ... - Scotti...
18 Jun 2014 at 1:48am

Scottish Daily Record

John Major accuses SNP of coinciding referendum with Bannockburn ...
Scottish Daily Record
The former prime minister said the SNP had deliberately set the referendum date for this year to co-incide with celebrations marking Robert the Bruce's victory against English invaders. M...



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Scottish independence: Post-referendum agreement reached - BBC News
18 Jun 2014 at 8:20am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Post-referendum agreement reached
BBC News
The UK and Scottish governments have finally agreed a form of words to explain what will happen after the independence referendum. Their explanation of the processes that will be followed in the event of either a "Yes" or a "...


Scotland mobilizes youth vote in run-up to referendum - CBC.ca
17 Jun 2014 at 6:36pm

CBC.ca

Scotland mobilizes youth vote in run-up to referendum
CBC.ca
Studies have indicated this group tends to have a strong British identity that coexists with a Scottish one, more so than the older generations. Grabbing their attention is all the more important because in this referendum, youth co...


Unison official to publicly state support for referendum Yes vote - stv.tv
18 Jun 2014 at 4:16am

stv.tv

Unison official to publicly state support for referendum Yes vote
stv.tv
With exactly three months to go until the referendum on September 18, the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign published new poll findings showing most people in Scotland want decisions over economic policy and welfare...


Referendum: Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie reveals he will vote .....
18 Jun 2014 at 3:45am

Scotland Now

Referendum: Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie reveals he will vote ...
Scotland Now
Colin Montgomerie. SCOTTISH golfer Colin Montgomerie has revealed he will be voting No in September's independence referendum. The former Ryder Cup-winning captain came out against splitting the ...


Independence referendum: English voters disagree with Scots wishes to share ....
17 Jun 2014 at 4:26am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: English voters disagree with Scots wishes to share ...
Scotland Now
THE majority of Scots want to continue sharing the Queen and the pound if Scotland becomes independent after September's referendum. However, while most English people agree with the Scots desir...


Scottish independence poll: Borders 61% No - Scotsman
18 Jun 2014 at 4:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll: Borders 61% No
Scotsman
A majority of Scots in the Borders area plan to vote to stay in the UK in September's independence referendum, a poll has found. A ComRes survey for ITV Border News of voters in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders council areas ...


Scottish independence: Referendum debate 'tearing families apart' - The Indep...
15 Jun 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: Referendum debate 'tearing families apart'
The Independent
The ICM poll also found that 21 per cent admitted that discussions about how they should vote in the independence referendum had degenerated into rows with friends or relatives. The poll, for the Scotla...


Scotland independence debate heats up ahead of referendum - CNN
10 Jun 2014 at 9:51am

Stanford University News

Scotland independence debate heats up ahead of referendum
CNN
It's a vote that could end Scotland's 300-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Activists on both sides are ste...


Stephen Smellie of Unison in Scotland to back referendum Yes vote - stv.tv
17 Jun 2014 at 6:11pm

Stephen Smellie of Unison in Scotland to back referendum Yes vote
stv.tv
With exactly three months to go until the referendum on September 18, the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign published new poll findings showing most people in Scotland want decisions over economic policy and welfare to be...


Scottish referendum: Clan chiefs agree to stay neutral on independence - The ...
17 Jun 2014 at 12:12pm

The Independent

Scottish referendum: Clan chiefs agree to stay neutral on independence
The Independent
?2014 will be a great year for clanship for many people and a momentous year with the referendum,? it read. ?There are varying views amongst chiefs and clans over what is best for Scotland. Because...



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Bbc Hires Labour Msp To Host Indy Radio Show.
18 Jun 2014 at 4:02pm

Heard about this a few weeks ago, the excellent headlines programme with Ken MacDonald on Sunday ...



Native Or A Redskin?
18 Jun 2014 at 2:10pm

http://abc7chicago.com/sports/redskins-lose-trademark-on-name/121315/

Has political correctness g...



We Get Adrian Chiles And The Mexicans Get Ines Sainz
17 Jun 2014 at 3:21pm















Westminster's Trojan Horse
17 Jun 2014 at 2:23pm

"Gordon Brown calls for end to Scotland's distinct education system"

Will this be one of the fir...

After A Possible Yes Vote
17 Jun 2014 at 10:49am

What would happen if a region or small area,for sake of argument the Hebrides had returned a mass...



British T V Shows
17 Jun 2014 at 10:32am

An alert reader recently sent Wings Over Scotland a list of TV shows with “Britain” or “British” ...



How To Help Create A Middle-East Hellhole Filled With Homicidal Madmen
17 Jun 2014 at 2:26am

1. Find an oil-rich, militarily weak middle eastern country run by a dictator.

 

2. Hang onto the...



Isis
17 Jun 2014 at 2:09am

Is it just me who is wondering where this group ISIS have suddenly appeared from and how the medi...



Queens Baton And Olympic Torch
16 Jun 2014 at 4:38pm

I'm always gobsmacked as to why loads of people come out to watch someone running past with a sti...



New Powers Guaranteed
16 Jun 2014 at 3:30pm

Now, is it just me or have they actually put "No more powers for Scotland - guaranteed"?

 




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Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Scottish independence referendum: moderator calls time on online abuse
by Libby Brooks
16 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Moderator of the church of Scotland warns that a tiny minority of cyberbullies is drowning out th...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from JK Rowling to Hillary C...
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 8:52am

With 100-ish days to go, light and shade from another seven days of campaigning

Cannae be arsed th...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of comp...



Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron TV ...
by Severin Carrell
10 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm

The former prime minister has gone off-script by backing proposals from his arch enemy Alex Salmo...



Scottish independence referendum: here come the pledge cards
by Libby Brooks
9 Jun 2014 at 11:48am

With one hundred days to go until the vote, the campaigns have brought out their pocket-sized gui...



Obama's Scottish independence intervention gets a cautious reaction
by Libby Brooks Severin Carrell
7 Jun 2014 at 5:21am

Campaigners on both sides of referendum debate remain uncertain about long-term impact of US pre...



Scottish independence week in review: from Obama to Lego via Kim Jong-il
by Libby Brooks
6 Jun 2014 at 9:23am

Highs and lows from another seven days of referendum campaigning, plus an exclusive new rap from ...



What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?
by Libby Brooks
4 Jun 2014 at 8:17am

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits syst...



Scottish independence, Gordon Brown and the power of no
by Libby Brooks
4 Jun 2014 at 2:55am

Campaign bites: United With Labour launch their referendum campaign at the City Halls, Glasgow

"He...



Scottish independence: this week in the referendum campaign
by Libby Brooks
23 May 2014 at 3:19am

What went down while you were out - inequality, religion, European elections and the Proclaimers

M...



Scottish independence referendum by phone: 'Even yes voters were polite'
by Libby Brooks
21 May 2014 at 5:45am

Campaign Bites: an evening of Blether Together telephone canvassing with pro-union volunteers fro...



This week in the #indyref campaign
by Libby Brooks
16 May 2014 at 3:29am

Mixed boilings, Darling dismay and David Cameron's two-day trip: highlights from the week's Scott...



"They reminded me of a couple of fishwives"
by Libby Brooks
15 May 2014 at 5:02am

Largs residents on negativity in the Scottish referendum campaign

Largs is one of a handful of sea...




Healing and reconciliation become new buzzwords in Scottish independence battle
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 May 2014 at 8:47am
The anniversary of the opening of the Scottish parliament and the death of John Smith, have coinc...

Campaign Bites: the Radical Independence Campaign in Inverness
by Libby Brooks
12 May 2014 at 3:35am

Members of the young, green, socialist campaign for Scottish independence explain what they're ab...




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

YouGov poll shows swing to Yes among definite voters
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2014 at 9:59am
Blair McDougall and his Abominable No-Men will be thanking their lucky stars today that YouGov ar...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Rachel Reeves, look away now
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
"We are called upon at the beginning of the 20th century to decide the question propounded in the...


According to Better Together's own logic, the No lead has slumped by 3% in to...
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2014 at 4:07pm
The results of tonight's YouGov referendum poll have just been released, and they show the firm c...

New ComRes poll shows swing to independence in the Borders and Dumfries & Gal...
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2014 at 11:00am
The political editor of ITV Border has just tweeted the results of a "south of Scotland" poll.  I...

No, Andrew Neil, this "new" poll does not show that Scots are pro-Trident
by James Kelly
17 Jun 2014 at 8:41am
I didn't see it, but Mick Pork has mentioned on the previous thread that Andrew Neil has been abu...

ICM poll : Yes vote at 46.4% after 'undecided leaners' are taken into account
by James Kelly
16 Jun 2014 at 10:28am
The datasets for yesterday's ICM poll are now up, and just like last month they make for fascinat...

The unrounded Panelbase figures are even better for Yes
by James Kelly
15 Jun 2014 at 10:38am
Panelbase have got into the rather refreshing habit of releasing the datasets for their Sunday po...

Pro-independence campaign close the gap to just 7% in dramatic poll from "gol...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 6:18pm
The second referendum poll of this evening is now out, from the firm that is often regarded as th...

Pro-independence campaign surge to 48% in spectacular new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm
The Sunday Herald have just tweeted the results of this weekend's new Panelbase poll (with Don't ...

Coming soon, to a blog near you...
by James Kelly
14 Jun 2014 at 3:48pm
In case you haven't heard, we'll shortly be discovering the results of two new referendum polls -...

Is it time for the Yes campaign to play hardball against gutter journalism?
by James Kelly
12 Jun 2014 at 10:41pm
VICTORIA : It's a fossil.

THE DOCTOR : Victoria, be careful. Let me see that. Yes, it's certainly...

Pro-independence campaign close the gap to just 5% in sensational new Survati...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 5:10pm
Based only on some very insubstantial straws in the wind, I've had a slight feeling that the dire...

TNS-BMRB poll : Support for independence stands at 45% among definite voters ...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 9:42am
As I said last night, the aspect of the new TNS-BMRB poll that will be of most interest to the Ye...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The more things change, the more they stay the same...
by James Kelly
11 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
"The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name ...

TNS-BMRB poll suggests Yes campaign have retained their big gains among defin...
by James Kelly
10 Jun 2014 at 6:30pm
This month's edition of the TNS-BMRB referendum poll has just been released, and it shows an almo...


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Six in 10 people trust Holyrood more than Westminster to make best decisions ...
by Peter Dempsie
18 Jun 2014 at 4:15am
This is one of the key findings of a new poll commissioned by Yes Scotland. Six in 10 people (60%...

Equal Pay: Poll highlights #indyref Opportunity
by Peter Dempsie
18 Jun 2014 at 3:57am
A new poll by the Scottish Green MSPs highlights how a Yes vote three months today would present ...

Top Unison official and Labour member says Yes to a fairer Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
18 Jun 2014 at 3:29am
One of Scotland?s top union officials will today declare his support for a Yes vote in September?...

The power to close the wealth gap should be in Scotland?s hands
by Cailean Gallagher
18 Jun 2014 at 3:22am
Scotland is full of wealth, diverse production and services for every need, yet the poorest milli...

'Young people have the most to gain from independence'
by Kevin Gilmartin
17 Jun 2014 at 5:33am
Video of og2rQTzxgk0

Scotland's young people want to secure the best possible prospects for the...



Young people will be better off with a Yes
by Angus Millar
17 Jun 2014 at 5:07am
A Yes vote will put Scotland's great wealth and resources in Scotland's hands, meaning we can saf...

The people will be sovereign
by Angus Millar
16 Jun 2014 at 8:35am
In an independent Scotland, the people will be sovereign. Scotland?s permanent written constituti...

Making our island wealth work better for our island communities
by Stuart McDonald
16 Jun 2014 at 7:02am
Just as independence will better enable Scotland to address the issues we face as a nation ?so au...

Poll: Only a third trust Westminster to deliver more powers for Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jun 2014 at 6:36am
Video of HQWPhrPzMIw

Only a third of people trust the Westminster parties to deliver more power...



Gains of Yes for Families
by Stuart McDonald
16 Jun 2014 at 5:16am
Scotland is a wealthy country - but too many families are struggling to make ends meet due to ris...

Quebec experience says Scots will ?pay a price? after No vote
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jun 2014 at 4:36am
An academic from a respected university in the province explained that Scotland will ?pay a price...

With a Yes we can feel more of the benefit of our nation's great wealth
by Stephen Noon
15 Jun 2014 at 2:58pm
Video of m4-kwTwr3nY

With independence we can turn a wealthy country into a rich society so tha...



Scotland is one of the world's wealthiest nations
by Stephen Noon
15 Jun 2014 at 2:52pm
Video of SxaQxZBXPpI

Here are sixteen key facts which add up to a bright and successful future ...



Cameron McNeish: Why I?m voting Yes
by Peter Dempsie
15 Jun 2014 at 5:44am
IN 45 years of climbing mountains and exploring wild places in all corners of the world I?ve lear...

Former STUC president and leading Labour figure declares support for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
15 Jun 2014 at 3:12am
Pat Kelly, a former president of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and prominent Labour Party me...


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Debunking the latest BritNat paraphernalia
18 Jun 2014 at 10:47am
http://wingsoverscotland.com/lies-and-replies/#more-57069

Ignorning the usual little rays of sunsh...

You are better together.......just like us and Tibet.
18 Jun 2014 at 4:39am
The premier of China that bastion of fairness, equality and unequivocal access to democracy has c...

Plurality of Scots want to keep Trident on the Clyde after indy
17 Jun 2014 at 5:14am

http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/news/279363-survey-finds-more-scots-want-trident-to-stay-than...



Brazil v Me-hee-co
17 Jun 2014 at 2:21am
Baws, wrong thread.

After the bickering of the past couple of days..
12 Jun 2014 at 12:55pm

.. here's something beautiful. Enjoy.

 



The Independence Vote, Afterwards.
12 Jun 2014 at 11:35am

Having lived away from Scotland for over 18 years and not eligible to vote I haven't taken as muc...



'NO' vote. No More Scottish fitba' team
11 Jun 2014 at 4:51pm
The Brits aren't too popular on planet FIFA. Especially among African and Carribean countries. I...

another rich english toff sticking their nose in
11 Jun 2014 at 4:57am

another member of the english elite who has no idea what its like to be a working class person li...



No Thanks!
10 Jun 2014 at 3:28pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27779131

 

 

The No camp really do seem t...



Registering to vote
10 Jun 2014 at 6:29am
I'll be a 1st time voter in September but I'm not sure how to go about registering. I printed off...

Alistair Darling telt on the news
9 Jun 2014 at 4:24pm
Did anyone see stv news today?
Darling was campaigning in Edinburgh and some wee jake ball did th...

Common Weal
9 Jun 2014 at 11:49am

I'm surprised that there isn't already a thread on this, but I would imagine that it merited one ...



100 days to go
9 Jun 2014 at 4:05am
Right, 100 days left, official campaigning just started the other week.

What can we expect to se...

Good Kevin McKenna article
8 Jun 2014 at 12:06pm

I agree with a lot of the point he parsed about here, illustrating why defending the union is bec...



Labour MP supports independence
6 Jun 2014 at 9:40am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27737476




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Ed Balls refuses any role in currency union with an independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
18 Jun 2014 at 12:12pm
Shadow chancellor says proposed sterling zone, on back of a yes vote, would be flawed, unstable and may make him resign

Ed Balls has hinted that if he were chancellor in a future Labour government h...




China's Li Keqiang speaks out against Scottish independence
by Press Association
17 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm
Asked about referendum at press conference, premier says that he wants to see a 'united United Kingdom'

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has said he wants to see a "united United Kingdom", in an app...




The Scottish constitution shows what the UK is missing | Elliot Bulmer
by Elliot Bulmer
17 Jun 2014 at 12:48pm
With popular sovereignty at it core, Scotland's draft constitution offers a mature, democratic contrast to Downing Street's obsessions

"In Scotland, the people are sovereign". This is the foundation...




Independent Scotland has 'nil' chance of keeping UK's EU opt-outs Major
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
17 Jun 2014 at 12:08pm
Former PM who negotiated euro opt-out at Maastricht in 1991 says it would be very difficult for Scotland to expect special treatment

An independent Scotland has "nil" chance of keeping the UK's spec...



British social attitudes survey - views on immigration, Scotland and nationality
by George Arnett
16 Jun 2014 at 6:05pm

In the run up to the Scottish referendum, this year's results show that most people's definition of Britishness has become stricter than ever

DATA: download the full spreadsheet

In the year when Scot...




Scotland police to investigate online abuse of JK Rowling
by Press Association
16 Jun 2014 at 2:18pm
Action follows complaint by Labour peer that Harry Potter author was targeted after donating £1m to Better Together campaign

Police in Scotland are considering a complaint of online crime targeting ...




SNP publishes draft of first constitution for an independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
16 Jun 2014 at 9:14am
Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon releases online document enshrining terms of sovereignty of Scottish people, with Queen as head of state
Read the draft Scottish constitution

A draft of the fir...




Scottish independence yes campaign attacked by John Reid as race tightens
by Libby Brooks
15 Jun 2014 at 7:37am
Former Labour minister accuses yes campaign of 'fantasies and wishful thinking' as polls show two sides almost neck and neck

The former Labour cabinet minister John Reid has accused the campaign for...




The referendum campaign's not toxic, but intoxicating | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
14 Jun 2014 at 2:05pm
As the Scottish independence vote nears, Better Together is getting desperate and making embarrassing mistakes

Fewer than 100 sunsets now until dawn breaks on Scotland's fateful day and the campaig...




Gordon Brown: independence could hit lottery funding for Scottish projects
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
Former prime minster says many Scottish cultural institutions would be unable to access millions of pounds of grants

Gordon Brown has predicted that major Scottish arts, community and cultural proje...




Pope enters Scottish independence debate with warning against division
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 11:15am
Pope Francis says every independence movement is different, but separation of countries must be 'handled with tweezers'

A papal warning about the consequences of national division has been interpret...




Scottish independence would change England more than Scotland | Deborah Orr
by Deborah Orr
13 Jun 2014 at 8:31am
JK Rowling is right that kneejerk, sentimental patriotism is unappealing but why wouldn't Scotland want to govern itself, with UK democracy in such a parlous state?

Alarmed by the aggressive timbre ...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of company and quango boards but what about the Scottish parliament, where her own party lags behind on gen...




Hillary Clinton: I would hate Britain to lose Scotland
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 6:01am
Former US secretary of state says she believes a yes vote in the independence referendum would be a loss for both sides

Hillary Clinton has become the latest significant international figure to offe...




What's good for Scotland is good for Britain too | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
12 Jun 2014 at 3:01pm

While it was good to see the Better Together campaign finally being urged to accept that its negative campaign has not worked in Scotland (It's not Scotland v Britain, 10 June), Gordon Brown contin...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Starstruck irrelevancies
by weegingerdug
17 Jun 2014 at 9:34pm
Davie Cameron got his Chinese takeaway on Tuesday. The Chinese premier Li Keqiang is on a state visit to the UK, and it was predicted last week by some cynical independence supporters that he would...

Wee Ginger Care Needs
by weegingerdug
17 Jun 2014 at 7:23am
I’ve registered a crowd funding campaign with Indiegogo.  At the moment it is set up to accept donations by credit card only. I am trying to add an option to donate by Paypal, and will shortly add ...

The great Caledonian rain forest
by weegingerdug
16 Jun 2014 at 4:59pm
The Unionist parties are getting together to issue a “declaration of intent” on extra powers for the Scottish Parliament in the event of a no vote. It’s a non-binding, non-specific, non-statement, ...

Crowd funding and care
by weegingerdug
16 Jun 2014 at 7:47am
I don’t usually blog about carer’s needs. Doing this blog is my wee escape from the 24 hour round of caring. But following my blog post last week in response to the Clare Lally issue, many of you h...

Indy weather forecast
by weegingerdug
15 Jun 2014 at 6:36pm

Groupthink
by weegingerdug
15 Jun 2014 at 10:47am
There was an interesting interview with Scottish journalist Iain MacWhirter published today in the Basque newspaper Deia. In the interview, Iain talks about the decision taken by the Sunday Herald ...

Searching for a miracle
by weegingerdug
14 Jun 2014 at 7:14am
Better Together No Thanks, shortly to be rerebranded as BeTNoTh because the perfect brand image for the Union is casino capitalism presented by a BBC weather announcer, are in a spot of betterbothe...

Not caring
by weegingerdug
13 Jun 2014 at 8:21am
There have been a number of interesting developments in the independence debate over the past few days. Gordie Broon drove his clunking fist through the middle of the tissue of lies, wishful thinki...

Yes please
by weegingerdug
12 Jun 2014 at 11:33am
Several of you have asked for “Yes please” buttons and posters. Happy to oblige. Update: Added several more “Yes Please” slogans. So many reasons, I could go on for days doing this … Update 2: Frid...

Revenge of the 1980s VW camper van ? Taking back no thanks
by weegingerdug
11 Jun 2014 at 5:38pm
The most famous “No Thanks” slogan was “Nuclear power, No thanks”.  Auld Eurohippies everywhere would be horrified to see what Better Together – fans of nuclear weapons and nuclear power stations –...


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

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

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear stance is one of the few pieces of political radicalism, along wi...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburgh and London, and a shared frame that could have been designed between them to drive down turnout. T...

Who might Scotland have elected under STV?
by James
27 May 2014 at 10:31am
This excellent question was asked this morning by ERS Scotland, and it’s of course impossible to tell, because we all (well, a third of us) filled in a ballot paper with a single X on it, and becau...

Swedish pluralism means Nigel might get some friends in Brussels and the Gree...
by Dom
27 May 2014 at 1:48am
How the European elections play out in different countries is highly dependent on which system of election the member state uses. The British regional list system (including Wales and Scotland, but...

Final YouGov poll for Scotland is utterly clear
by James
22 May 2014 at 4:22am
Last night I blogged about the downsides of the Euro electoral system and the tactical voting it encourages. I argued that there were two seats in contention, and they could be between any of the T...

Tomorrow?s forgotten voters
by James
21 May 2014 at 3:41pm
The very roughly proportional electoral system for the Euro elections gives us no more nuanced a vote than Westminster, a simple crude X with not even a second preference. As with all systems that ...

Have we reached peak Guardian?
by Dom
16 May 2014 at 8:55am
For a while I was the only one reading the Guardian, or so I thought. It started off with me reading the paper Guardian with a cup of coffee. Occasionally I?d laugh at the odd meta-article that cre...


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