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Scottish jobless total edges up
UNEMPLOYMENT in Scotland has risen for the first time this year following a surge in the number of women out of work.

Edinburgh Council under attack over chief's part-time, £57,000, position
EDINBURGH City Council has come under fire after its most senior official was encouraged to accept a second job as a non-executive director of utility giant SSE.

Cameron preparing to holiday in west of Scotland
DAVID CAMERON is heading to the west coast of Scotland for his annual summer holidays.

'Scandal' was word of the day for leaders at despatch boxes
Scandal was the talk of Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Decline in workplace checks not acceptable, says MP
THERE has been a large decline in the number of workplace inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland over the past three years, according to new figures.

Internet surveillance laws inquiry
THE parliamentary intelligence watchdog is to look at if laws around interception of private communications are adequate to control the UK's spy agencies in the internet age.

Miliband demand for Crosby inquiry
ED Miliband has sought to up the ante in the row over David Cameron's relationship with his election guru Lynton Crosby by demanding a top-level inquiry into whether or not the Prime Minister has broken the ministerial code.

Ageing population strain on healthcare
BRITAIN'S ageing population and strained healthcare system mean an extra £19†billion of spending cuts or tax hikes are needed to combat an "unsustainable" pressure on public finances, the Coalition's independent forecaster has warned.

Island councils seek independence answers
SCOTLAND'S island councils have asked First Minister Alex Salmond, Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to respond to a list of questions about life after the independence referendum.

LibDems isolated over calls to scale back Trident deterrent
THE Liberal Democrats have called for a historic scaling-back of the Trident nuclear deterrent, despite warnings it could put the UK at risk and claims it would save just £50 million a year.

Increasing numbers of Scots become homeless after defaulting on mortgages
THE number of Scots becoming homeless after defaulting on their mortgage has risen sharply, according to official government figures.

Taxpayers still out of pocket over bank rescues
Publicly owned shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds are still £34billion below the the cost of financing the purchases ? more than half the initial outlay.

Deportation appeals have risen 40% year-on-year
The number of appeals lodged by immigrants against decisions to remove them from the country rose more than 40% year-on-year, MPs heard yesterday.

Tories under fire over Crosby connections
DOWNING Street and a number of Coalition ministers have had to rebuff yet more questions about the Conservatives' election strategist Lynton Crosby with the latest concerns raised about his lobbying firm's links to the Syrian opposition.

Bedroom tax call to Scottish Government
THE Scottish Government has "more flexibility" than local councils to provide additional help so people can cope with the effects of the so-called bedroom tax, MPs have been told.

 

Scotsman

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Same-sex marriage: David Cameron proud of new Act

Prime Minister David Cameron today said he was “proud” to have brought in legislation which will allow same-sex marriages in England and Wales from next summer.



The Open: Cameron leads Muirfield criticism

THE Prime Minister has waded into the row over men- only golf clubs, leading senior politicians in condemning Muirfield’s membership policy as the Open Championship got under way at the course.



Future of Lossiemouth ?Dambusters? secured by MoD

THE future of the most famous squadron in the Royal Air Force - the Lossiemouth-based “Dambusters” - was today secured by the Ministry of Defence.



Ian Swanson: Salmond boycott aims for female votes

AS the First Minister snubs the Muirfield golf, Political Editor Ian Swanson says it may be an effort to appeal to the fairer sex



Wimbledon sexism row: Culture Secretary speaks out

CULTURE Secretary Maria Miller has raised concerns with BBC chiefs over John Inverdale’s comments that Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”.



The Scotsman cartoon - 18/07/13

The councils of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more powers for their communities to protect their culture and make the most of renewable resources.



The ?Badas? bill will be tough on debtors

The forthcoming Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill is already known as the “Badas” bill. While an acronym, this is also an apt moniker as the bill represents the Scottish Government’s adoption of a “bad ass” attitude towards debtors.



Leaders: Time for R&A review of golfing misogyny

THE sport of golf may be about to join the 21st century. And not before time. Yesterday the chief executive of the R&A, Peter Dawson, signalled that golf’s governing body would be reviewing its policy on men-only clubs.



Tavish Scott: Public pays hidden profits of projects

WHEN is private finance used to build public projects not private money? And when is a profit deemed to be too much? When it is something called the non-profit distributing model, or NPD for short.



Christine Jardine: Salmond?s unsportsmanlike conduct

We should be thankful that the First Minister will not be attending the Open, writes Christine Jardine



Michael Kelly: Indifference to independence

America’s fight for freedom was based on an issue of substance – something that is lacking in the Scottish debate, writes Michael Kelly



Comment: Island revenues should benefit community

We want constitutional recognition of local government in each of the island groups with powers to secure the economic, social, and cultural wellbeing of our communities.



Scottish islands say ?we want to control destiny?

SCOTLAND’S largest island groups have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more powers for their communities to protect their culture and make the most of renewable resources.



Minimum pricing: Scots go it alone after UK U-turn

THE UK government has performed a U-turn on introducing minimum pricing in England and Wales – meaning Scotland will go it alone in introducing the measure.



Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn

THE predictions for Scotland’s future oil wealth until 2041 have been downgraded by £11 billion by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), a fall of more than 15 per cent on previous estimates.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

Late delivery
We blame the inefficient private-sector monopoly (ie me). But we think we’ve finally ironed out various technical and procedural hitches, and are finally ready to send out the special rewards for the most generous contributors to the excitingly successful fundraiser we ran back in, er, well, let’s call it “Spring”. If that wasn’t you, don’t [...]

Fairway and balanced
Credit where it’s due to the Scotsman today, which has been impeccably even-handed in its coverage of the furore around the issue of men-only membership at the Muirfield golf club, current host to the sport’s flagship event, the Open. Here’s this morning’s edition discussing Alex Salmond’s stance, for example: “The way he has performed this [...]

Crystal bollocks
Apologies if the headline falls fouls of anyone’s work filter (although it shouldn’t, as it’s officially legally not a swear word), but we can’t think of a more concise and accurate way of describing the phenomenon illustrated by the comically absurd story that’s being blared all over the Scottish media this morning like news of [...]

Picture/caption synergy
From Russia Today. “…sends in dispensable penal battalion first.”

Down the plughole
Watchful readers will know that one of the recurring themes on this site is the impossibility of finding any real ideological differences between the three main Westminster-based parties. But to be scrupulously fair, we think we might finally have uncovered one now, in the light of this week’s bizarre Lib Dem policy paper on Trident. [...]

The home front
An alert reader today pointed us towards internet traffic analysis site Alexa.com, and in particular its statistics for the Yes and No campaigns’ official websites. There was an interesting quirk (or at least one that might pass for interesting in the silly season). Can you spot it? (Mind you, Alexa also provides the slightly surprising [...]

Silly season
Today the Scottish Sun is almost entirely devoted to things idiot celebrities have said to each other on Twitter (or stories about Rihanna’s earrings), while the Daily Record relegates the Lib Dem Trident fiasco to a couple of small side columns in order to splash a double-page “EXCLUSIVE!” spread with the shock revelation that the [...]

Smoke without fire
Having done it for 22-and-a-half years now, we’re unable to recommend a career in journalism. While there are upsides, it’s a largely arduous and thankless task, and one where pay rates were on a downward slope long before the financial crisis. However, if for some unfathomable reason you’re really determined that it’s the job for [...]

Confused old man speaks
Lord George “Devolution will kill nationalism stone dead” Robertson of Port Ellen is among several ennobled former Defence Secretaries who’ve been busying themselves with writing to the press this week. And for once, it’s not about dog dirt and potholes. As well as being co-signatory with several other Conservative and Labour peers to a letter [...]

Bananas republic
We’ve noted recently how the No camp likes to huffily deny that it ever portrays Scotland as incapable of thriving as an independent country. Here’s a fairly typical example from the Scotsman back in April (our emphasis): “SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has claimed the ‘No’ campaign is based on the idea that Scots are [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Child poverty 'costs city £395m'
Child poverty costs Scotland's largest council almost £400m a year - the third highest in the UK, a new report claims.

750 million plastic bags used a year
Scottish shoppers are using 750 million plastic bags each year which amounts to 12 bags per person every month.

Oil tax revenue forecast lowered
The body that provides independent economic forecasts ahead of UK budgets lowers its estimate of revenue from offshore oil and gas.

Geese 'greatest threat' to crofters
Geese could end an entire way of life on the Western Isles, according to the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Scottish unemployment rises by 8,000
Unemployment in Scotland has increased for the first time this year, according to Office for National Statistics data.

'No plans' to update donor lists
Neither of the organisations campaigning to win the Scottish independence referendum will give details of when they plan to update their financial donor lists.

Scottish economy grows by 0.4%
The Scottish economy grew by 0.4% in the first three months of this year, slightly faster than in the UK as a whole.

Longannet 'could operate until 2025'
The huge coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife could continue to operate until 2025, Scotland's energy minister says.

Leaders' view sought on isles powers
Scotland's three island councils are seeking the views of political leaders on their campaign for great control over their resources.

Borders railway police team launched
Transport Minister Keith Brown officially launches a dedicated British Transport Police team to patrol the Borders to Edinburgh railway project.

Consent refused for 23-turbine farm
Plans for a 23-turbine wind farm near Drumnadrochit are refused consent by the Scottish government.

Lib Dems and Tories in Trident clash
The coalition parties clash after a Lib Dem-prompted government report sets out options for replacing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system.

Salmond restates currency pledge
First Minister Alex Salmond restates the case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound during a speech in the Isle of Man.

BBC's Naughtie takes referendum role
Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.

Timescale for Faroe fish sanctions
European sanctions over herring fishing will be brought in against the Faroe Islands by the end of the month, it is confirmed.

Newsnet Scotland

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Hang the lime soaked sheets again ? this time to keep the smell in

† By Tommy Sheridan

It was exactly 155 years ago today.† London was in the midst of a heat wave and it's population was growing in response to rapid economic growth.† The Prime Minister of the day, Disraeli, had parliamentary business suspended to introduce emergency legislation.

The River Thames was overflowing with human excrement as no sewage system existed and the rapid population growth was matched with associated human waste dumped in an untreated Thames.† It was called the Great Stink.



If you hate Alex Salmond clap your hands ? or phone Call Kaye

† By a Newsnet reporter

It's national 'Hate Salmond Week'.††Not since Fred the Shred took the wrap for destroying Gordon Brown's pledge to end boom and bust has so much ire been aimed at one man.

Salmond's crimes include waving a Scottish flag, having his photo taken with a US golfer and suggesting golf clubs ought to accept women as members - shocking.



Britain has become an Unequal and Unfair Society

† By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, July 13th 2013

Britain has been mired by scandal this week: MPs proposed pay rise, BBC Executive payouts, and the controversy of G4S and Serco engaging in corporate abuse of power.

Yet through all this people tell themselves that one of the central characteristics of being a civilised country is progressive taxation and the degree to which we successfully redistribute resources from those who have the most to those who have the least.



Unions - Time to break the ties with Labour

† By Aamer Anwar

It's not often I agree with Ed Miliband but I can see why he thinks it's wrong that the financial contributions of millions of trade union members should automatically fill the coffers of the Labour Party without their say so.

But sharpening his 'bogeyman' knife for the Trade Unions, Ed claimed that the Falkirk selection battle was the 'death throes of the old politics', but every Labour leader has said the same for the last 40 years.



Weapons of mass self-destruction

†† By Paul T Kavanagh

You can always tell when Project Fear is about to go into overdrive.† It happens whenever Alistair Darling embarks on yet another relaunch of the Better Together campaign, and promises to start making a positive case for the Union.† And this time he means it.† No, really, honest.† It will be along very shortly.



Acquired Brain Injury

† A special feature series by Lynn Malone

When people first hear my son has a brain injury their initial reaction is one of horror, quickly followed by sympathy then embarrassment; an awkward silence usually follows.

I can understand this response because the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) like my son?s can range from the relatively mild to the catastrophic, so people?s reaction is a knee jerk one, assuming the worst.



Project Duggy Dug - A Sneak Preview

† How do you combat fear?† What's the best way to deal with terror?

The independence campaign has seen the No side swamp the media with a relentless barrage of scare stories.† According to 'Project Fear', independence will see oil running out, barriers will be erected between Scotland and England, NATO and the EU will reject Scotland and we will be forced into joining the euro.



Representative Democracy Impossible in UK Feudal System

By Mark McNaught

A few months ago, I was reading about the palace intrigue surrounding London Mayor Boris Johnson's purported ambitions to depose David Cameron as Prime Minister.† I wondered, "Wait, how is this possible if he is not even a member of the House of Commons?"

The author helpfully suggested that the Conservative party could easily find him some safe seat somewhere to run for and win, even if he never lived or even visited there, so that he could be eligible to become Prime Minister.†



FLAGGING UP OFFENCE

† By G.A.Ponsonby

The question that†sits beneath both images†ought to be simple to answer.† A Swastika or the First Minister holding a saltire?

But this is Scotland and in this Alice through the Looking Glass environment that is the Scottish media, what may appear offensive is acceptable whilst what may appear innocuous is in fact offensive.



Saying It Loud ? Principled, Equal and Proud

† By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, July 6th 2013

The Scotland of today is a land vastly changed and different from that of even a few decades ago.

Curiously, Scots whether in politics, public life or private conversation, often don?t recognise this.

People understand that the Empire has gone, the rise and fall of the welfare state, and that the ?Sunday Post? isn?t the force in the land it once was. But there is so much more that we don?t seem to understand including the scale of transformation and its consequences.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Fairway and balanced

Credit where it’s due to the Scotsman today, which has been impeccably even-handed in its coverage of the furore around the issue of men-only membership at the Muirfield golf club, current host to the sport’s flagship event, the Open.




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A Time For Troublemakers | National Collective

It is not often that a generation of people are offered the opportunity to decide the future course of a nation. In a little over a year around four million people living across Scotland will be afforded the monumental chance to decide whether the place they call home should be an independent cou...



2014 vote result will be close, claims TV presenter

ANDREW Marr has questioned the tactics of both the pro and anti-independence camps and predicted the outcome of next year's referendum could be closer than many outside Scotland think.


Peter A Bell's insight:

The real questions is how might we justify the gamble of remaining in the UK.



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SNP accused of 'madness' to base separation case on oil

THE SNP Government's case for building the economic future of an independent Scotland on oil and gas has been branded "absolute madness" by the pro-UK campaign after revised figures showed a cumulative downgrade in North Sea income of £11 billion over the coming decades.



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Crystal bollocks

Apologies if the headline falls fouls of anyone’s work filter (although it shouldn’t, as it’s officially legally not a swear word), but we can’t think of a more concise and accurate way of describing the phenomenon illustrated by the comically absurd story that’s blared all over the Scottish medi...



Latest 'No Campaign' scare ridiculed as it emerges Darling questioned OBR cre...

The anti-independence campaign has today been described as a "laughing stock" after yet another pessimistic oil revenue forecast was published by a body, Better Together head Alistair Darling has already complained lacks credibility.




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Scottish islands say ?we want to control destiny?

SCOTLAND’S largest island groups have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more powers for their communities to protect their culture and make the most of renewable resources.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Scotland may well be "facing major constitutional change regardless of the referend...



Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn

THE predictions for Scotland’s future oil wealth until 2041 have been downgraded by £11 billion by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), a fall of more than 15 per cent on previous estimates.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If you don't like this forecast, don't worry! There'll be another...



Outside influences that may drive Yes vote in 2014

From the Guardian and ICM: a poll that turns the No camp's predictions on the Scottish Independence referendum result on their head, and it's absolutely nothing to do with the Scottish Referendum!

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SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson: Trident is an affront to democracy

THE SNP MP gives his opinion on the UK Government's review of their nuclear deterrent

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A response to our own London Scot Alastair Darling (extended)

London Scot Alastair Darling is our favourite because he’s more deluded than devil – despite flipping his home so he could claim expenses and taking tens of thousands each year from financial interests. But believing what you say doesn’t make it right. We’ve read through his latest speech and her...



?Independent Scotland credit equal to Switzerland?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could have the same “credit-worthiness” as Switzerland, Alex Salmond claimed when he delivered a keynote speech on the Isle of Man last night.

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Brian Wilson: Niggling doubts over a real future

The First Minister’s recent attempt to rewrite Scotland’s economic history is no laughing matter, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another protracted whine from the rancid pen of Brian Wilson. The bitter hatred of Alex Salmond, whose political success stands in stark contrast to his own ...



Smoke without fire

Having done it for 22-and-a-half years now, we’re unable to recommend a career in journalism. While there are upsides, it’s a largely arduous and thankless task, and one where pay rates were on a downward slope long before the financial crisis.




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The Real Choice: Common Weal vs Big Society

As we get closer to next year’s vote all activists in the independence campaign are faced with the task of making the results of that choice as clear as possible.


Thankfully we now have two sharply contrasting policy slogans that outline with an unusual clarity the political options that a yes or ...



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Video: New drive aimed at boosting disabled workforce is launched
THE Government say the campaign will help support businesses to become more confident at recruiting people with disabilities.

Delay in probe into Scotland's £36m methadone scandal suggests report could m...
AN independent panel of experts, ordered to probe the use of the heroin substitute in Scotland, were meant to give their findings to MSPs by spring.

Declining North Sea oil and gas revenue forecasts could ruin SNP's economic c...
A GAP of £24million divides the Office of Budget Responsibility's prediction and the SNP's most optimistic prediction for North Sea oil and gas revenues

UK Green Investment Bank set to provide £1.2m towards new biomass boiler at I...
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore said the investment deal struck with Tomatin Distillery demonstrates how the green bank can benefit businesses and local communities.

Lib Dem plans to reduce Trident submarine fleet slammed by Conservative coali...
THE Tories turned on their coalition allies to savage Danny Alexander's proposal to end "Cold War thinking" and reduce Britain's nuclear deterrent fleet from four boats to three.

Child abuse expert charged by police with fraud over allegations she falsely ...
GOVERNMENT advisor Susan Stewart has been charged by police over claims she had fraudulently claimed to have a medical qualification.

In pictures: Alex Salmond's series of 'grovelling letters' ignored by Scottis...
THE Scottish Government desperately tried to hide the letters sent by the First Minister to Andy Murray and a string of other Scottish sporting icons.

Homelessness applications in Scotland have decreased by 13 per cent but owner...
A SCOTTISH Government review also shows that councils are increasingly reliant on temporary accommodation.

Cutting back Britain's nuclear submarine fleet would be huge gamble with the ...
PHILIP HAMMOND has called for a like-for-like replacement of all four nuclear-armed submarines† in the aging Trident fleet.

Alex Salmond set to restate his argument for retaining the pound
IF Scotland was to be become independent following the 2014 referendum, the SNP have said that they would keep the pound.

Scandal-hit councillor Sohan Singh involved in new row over unpaid bill which...
SOHAN Singh's Lorne Hotel finally cleared their four-month-old, £1400 tab after being approached by the Daily Record.

SNP slammed for failure to deal with unsafe A&E departments despite being warn...
EMERGENCY medicine experts told the Scottish Government a drastic shortage of beds was causing chaos in April last year.

Alex Salmond orders speechwriters to make him funnier after recent comedic at...
FIRST Minister wants civil servants to get him laughs after Phil Mickelson gag ends up in the rough.

Bedroom tax: Lifeline payments soar by millions as more families appeal for s...
SOME councils have seen a tenfold increase in discretionary housing payment applications since the introduction of the benefit cut earlier this year.

Unite bosses say sorry for their blunder over Falkirk membership list
THE union's Scottish regional secretary admits they had wrongly been given the Labour membership details by the constituency local party.

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The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of perf...
The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
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Greeks are foreigners. Scots would also become foreigners. It stands to reason.

Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Sco...
Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
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Greeks are foreigners. Scots would als...

For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation...
For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation for Scotlandshire.


Separatist Campaign Goes 'Tae The Dugs'
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic ...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?
T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?


Future of T in the Park after separation ?uncertain? - A reminder
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Do you want to see T in the Park consisting of Andy Stewart, Michelle McManus and not a whole lot else?

Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, “We are certain the people of ...
Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, ?We are certain the people of Scotlandshire will have the good sense to reject separation."


Trident: huge cock at UKOK cocks up
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Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn ...

Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a fo...
Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a former Scottish Labour leader admitted Earth?s worst nightmare is set to hit Scotlandshire if a non-NO vote prevails next year.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/466-official-aliens-will-land-in-a-sepa...

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Wimbledon Special Report: After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murr...
Wimbledon Special Report:

After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murray beat top seed Novak DJokovic in straight sets in a thrilling Wimbledon final in what became a fantastic display of British wonderfulness.


Serb & Volley: Djok beats Djokovic in Straight Sets
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Th...

We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by...
We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by those not hidebound by silly things like Laws.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 8 - Vince Cable MP
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Was he involved with oranges, hoods, electric cable, and fishnet stockings, or simply n...

It is with deep regret that we record yet another Unionist critic of the Proj...
It is with deep regret that we record yet another Unionist critic of the Project Fear programme.


Cockers U-cocks it up!
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Better Together and their allies are simply casting perils before swine.

An exciting job opportunity has arisen within Better Together, the campaign t...
An exciting job opportunity has arisen within Better Together, the campaign to save our glorious union!


Job opportunity : Possibly for life
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The post carries an excellent salary (£s higher than the New Cumnock average wage)

HOPE and DYLAN Auchenshoogle were front page news 12 months ago after being b...
HOPE and DYLAN Auchenshoogle were front page news 12 months ago after being born two hours apart, and on different sides of the Scotlandshire - England black hole anomaly on the border.


Love and Theft : Cross-border twins Dylan and Hope celebrate 1st Birthday as opponents
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.u...

Sadly, the BBC Scotlandshire readership misunderstood the wording of our poll.
Sadly, the BBC Scotlandshire readership misunderstood the wording of our poll.


Poultice on our poll
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The positive case for the Union is overwhelming. How many times have you seen it articulated?

Bella Caledonia


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Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn
Scotsman
He writes: ?Should the Scots vote for independence, happen they will shake the rest of Britain rather more than we are generally told. The remaining UK will have less punch inside Europe and in international terms, quite possibly lose...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
1913: A Scottish Home Rule Bill is introduced in parliament, a year before the Irish Home Rule Bill, but the progress of both is hampered by the outbreak of the First World War, and Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence i...


Scottish independence: currency union ?best? for UK - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: currency union ?best? for UK
Scotsman
A Treasury report, published earlier this year, stated: ?In the event of Scottish independence, the economic rationale for the continuing UK to enter a formal sterling union with another state is not clear.? But in a speech in the...


BBC's Naughtie in Scottish independence role - Scotsman

Scotsman

BBC's Naughtie in Scottish independence role
Scotsman
?I am thrilled at this enhancement of my role in Today,? Mr Naughtie said. ?Constitutional debate and decision next year has great historic importance for Scotland and the whole of the UK, so I am excited to be in the thick of it, on bot...


Island councils seek independence answers - Herald Scotland

Scotsman

Island councils seek independence answers
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND'S island councils have asked First Minister Alex Salmond, Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to respond to a list of questions about life after the independence referendum. SCOTLAND'S island co...


'No plans' to update donor lists - BBC News

'No plans' to update donor lists
BBC News
... Ministers receive EU legal advice. Neither of the companies campaigning to win the Scottish independence referendum will give details of when they plan to update their list of financial backers. Details were last made public in the spring. Both the ...



Scottish independence: Salmond 'currency union best for both countries' - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond 'currency union best for both countries'
BBC News
Alex Salmond has said the Isle of Man is a good example of how a "small country" can retain its AAA credit rating within "a sterling zone". Mr Salmond had been speaking in the Isle of Man when he restated the c...


Scottish independence: Analysing the campaign - BBC News

Scottish independence: Analysing the campaign
BBC News
The thinking and the ideas behind the campaign for Scottish independence are being examined in a documentary on BBC Radio 4. "Analysis" is looking at the ideology and the story-telling that has influenced the SNP on the road to the referendum. ...


Scottish independence: SNP's literary white paper - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP's literary white paper
Scotland on Sunday
The most significant cultural voice to emerge in the referendum debate so far has been the pro-independence National Collective, which was founded two years ago by a group of Edinburgh-based artists and writers a...


Scottish independence: negative campaign failing? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: negative campaign failing?
Scotsman
Despite clearly defined editorial positions, it is not credible that journalists accept as veritas any information from either side of the independence debate. Just this weekend a Sunday newspaper disproved UK government assertions ...


SNP

SNP - Google News
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Nats' Indy black hole - The Scottish Sun

Nats' Indy black hole
The Scottish Sun
He said: ?It is absolute madness for the SNP to base their case for separation around a commodity that is declining and volatile. Alex Salmond must explain how all his promises would be funded if his forecasts turn out to be wrong. What services would be cut ....


Leader calls for resignation of surgery-shy politician - Greenock Telegraph

Leader calls for resignation of surgery-shy politician
Greenock Telegraph
The SNP politician defended his position by saying he is in favour of surgeries but claims poor health has restricted his ability to meet with constituents face to face. He also says he does a lot of work on his computer at h...


Ian Swanson: Salmond boycott aims for female votes - Scotsman

Scotsman

Ian Swanson: Salmond boycott aims for female votes
Scotsman
And there has been a string of Scottish Government announcements designed to appeal to female voters, such as Mr Salmond's promise in his speech at the SNP conference that a ?transformational? shift in childcare provision would be ...


Declining North Sea oil and gas revenue forecasts could ruin SNP's economic ....

Declining North Sea oil and gas revenue forecasts could ruin SNP's economic ...
Scottish Daily Record
?The SNP promise the earth on public services, welfare, pensions and an oil fund off the back of oil and gas revenues ? yet the OBR's figures make clear that revenue from the North Sea is declining...


SNP presses on with drink charges plan - Aberdeen Press and Journal

SNP presses on with drink charges plan
Aberdeen Press and Journal
The SNP is to press ahead with a minimum price for alcohol despite the idea being dropped by the UK Government. Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne announced yesterday there was not enough ?concrete evidence? the move would curb probl...


Hate mail stalker council wife dodges jail - The Scottish Sun

Hate mail stalker council wife dodges jail
The Scottish Sun
Bitter Joan Stewart, 59, launched a ?campaign of intimidation? against Carolle Ralph after she pipped SNP colleague David to a local authority seat. Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday heard his ?world collapsed? after he lost the Moray Council ...


GOLF hero Gary Player has slammed Alex Salmond's Open boycott. - The Scottish...

GOLF hero Gary Player has slammed Alex Salmond's Open boycott.
The Scottish Sun
But South African legend Player, an anti-sexism campaigner, told the SNP leader: ?Don't protest, communicate.? The three-time Open champ said ahead of today's big tee-off: ?The Scottish minister is wrong because every p...


SNP accused of 'madness' to base separation case on oil - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP accused of 'madness' to base separation case on oil
Herald Scotland
THE SNP Government's case for building the economic future of an independent Scotland on oil and gas has been branded "absolute madness" by the pro-UK campaign after revised figures showed a cumulative downgrade ...


It will be good for the Union if SNP becomes more assertive - Herald Scotland

It will be good for the Union if SNP becomes more assertive
Herald Scotland
Secondly, I am disturbed that Mr Mann proposes a more aggressive posture for the SNP on the matter of independence. If the issue of promoting independence demands pre-emptive aggression it must surely be both morally and in...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
1934-39: The SNP initially focuses on home rule through a devolved Scottish Assembly within the UK, based on the differing views of the pro-independence NPS and the pro-devolution Scottish Party. Independence is adopted as the main goal...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
1913: A Scottish Home Rule Bill is introduced in parliament, a year before the Irish Home Rule Bill, but the progress of both is hampered by the outbreak of the First World War, and Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence i...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign - stv.tv

Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign
stv.tv
Scotland's island communities have challenged both sides of the referendum debate to give them greater powers and resources. The Our Islands, Our Future campaign hopes to ensure that the "special position" of such as Orkney, Shetla...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Scottish islands say 'we want to control destiny' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish islands say 'we want to control destiny'
Scotsman
With Scotland facing major constitutional change regardless of the referendum outcome, the councils of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles are flexing their muscles in the hope that power can be transferred to Lerwick, Kirkwall a...


Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable - BBC News

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable
BBC News
Scottish independence will "destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk", according to a paper produced by the UK government. The threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's si...


What will be the Scottish independence referendum question? - Scotsman

Scotsman

What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?
Scotsman
Mr Salmond accepted that the Electoral Commission should be handed a role in helping to frame the referendum question, as part of the ?Edinburgh Agreement? signed last October by the UK and Scottish governments to allow a ...


Cameron: bring on the referendum as SNP is losing the fight - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Cameron: bring on the referendum as SNP is losing the fight
Herald Scotland
DAVID Cameron has boasted that Alex Salmond and the Scottish Nationalists are losing the battle for independence. DAVID Cameron has boasted that Alex Salmond and the Scottish Nationalists are losing the battl...


The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope - BBC News

Herald Scotland

The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope
BBC News
This latest one, titled Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland, had input from armed forces personnel, defence academics, former secretaries of defence and senior officials from Nato, UK MOD and the E...


Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds -...

International Business Times

Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds
Minneapolis Star Tribune
LONDON ? Scotland's Parliament has voted to allow 16 and 17 year olds to cast ballots in next year's independence referendum. The measure, passed Thursday by a vote of 10...


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Bournemouth And Real Madrid

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Like a cross between "Jam" by Chris ...



Nhs Problems
For two days the bbc and sky have been nonstop NHS crisis. But it appears its NHS England only (t...

The Union: An Historical Perspective

is it Better Together or is Independence the answer?

interesting Edinburgh Uni lecture by Tom Dev...



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Tell All Your Anti-Tory No Voting Friends...

...that the Tories are taking their votes for granted and think they've won already.

 

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Eddie Mcguire

Anyone heard of this fellow before?

 

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'world's Oldest Calendar' Discovered

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Who's Up For A Supper
Does anyone want to share a pizza crunch supper with me? My girl friend isn't want a munch....

Better Nation

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

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft †published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

You may continue to pay for sex
Well, you probably don’t. Maybe you do, though: some people clearly do. Perhaps you do but you wo...

A sickness at the heart of Westminster
The Tories’ latest wheeze to head the racists in blazers off at the pass is this: to make Johnny ...

Jingo Unchained
Not respecting †?our? troops is one of the biggest taboos in politics. Armed Forces Day is a most...

When civil partnership was radical
Just over ten years ago, the Rainbow Parliament came to town, full of Greens, Socialists and inde...

Scot Goes pop

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

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
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Underground, overground, Scowimbling free, the Scowimblian of Scowimbledon Ce...
When Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a best-of-five-set match on Wimbledon Centre Court to ...

Want to know how to help the world take a small step towards averting nuclear...
If so, click HERE to read my 1000-word potted guide over at the International Business Times. If...

Is the painful 117-year Scowimblian drought about to end?
This is from Ethan Grant at the Bleacher Report -

"When it comes to Sunday's matchup, Djokovic a...

YouGov's attention to detail
I got mildly excited a few minutes ago when I checked the YouGov website and saw the words "Scott...

A tale of one Scowimblian and one Scolionian
On Saturday, Richie Gray will become the third different Scolionian in as many weeks to serve as ...

Who's talking the most nonsense about Edward Snowden? Rod Liddle.
Our old friend Rod "Scotland is NOT a nation" Liddle has penned a piece in the Spectator with the...

When is a bet not a bet?
Just a very quick postscript to what I wrote on Thursday. Last year I entered into two private b...

Advantage Scotland
It's slightly mind-boggling that YouGov appear to have devoted more effort to tracking public opi...

Political Betting's Smithson embarks on another "I will not be defied!!!!" ra...
Apologies for anyone getting bored by this, but as you know I made a promise to the PB moderation...

Yet another problem that London rule "isn't to blame for"
Well, I've had another highly instructive day. As you probably know, life expectancy in Scotland...

 

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The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...

A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation, has confirmed that the most...



5 Things to Tell Your Friends and Family About Oil & Gas & Renewables ? and a...

1. Regardless of the differing views about how to best use these resources the fact that we've st...



Only a Yes vote can deliver a Scotland free of weapons of mass destruction.

The long-awaited review of options for new nuclear weapons was published by the Westminster gover...



Perspectives: 'The hunt for the positive case for the Union continues'

It was billed as a relaunch of Better Together, setting out the ?positive case? for Westminste...



Perspectives: 'British constitution has always been a mess'

Constitutional expert Elliot Bulmer says that, thanks to "Westminster?s constitutional jerry-buil...



VIDEO: An independent Scotland will more closely reflect the values of the Sc...

Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, tells a very well-attended meeting of Yes Mus...



Scotland?s newest MSP makes the French connection with latest independence group

Scotland?s newest MSP Christian Allard is aiming to add a Gallic touch to Scotland?s independence...



First Minister Alex Salmond outlines the case for Yes

Speaking at the Nigg Energy Park in Easter Ross, Scotland?s First Minister Alex Salmond today out...



The Ministry of Defence isn?t working for Scotland

Today the Guardian broke the astonishing news†that the MoD is considering plans to ?designate? as...



Once in a lifetime opportunity

Writing in today?s Scotsman, Yes Scotland?s Chief Executive Blair Jenkins has emphasised the ?onc...



Denmark would welcome Scotland into the EU

In a series of interviews published today, senior politicians and academics from Denmark have sai...



UK Government announces plans to privatise the Royal Mail

Today the UK Government has announced plans to privatise the Royal Mail, in a move that has been ...



Perspectives: This week will see the establishment of TradYES
The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the view...

Video: 'Independence debate is about your living standards and your kids' edu...

In this video Colin Fox co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party and Yes Scotland Advisory...



Perspectives: ?The unbelievable scares of the No camp?

As the public scrutiny of the No campaign?s ?Project Fear? tactics continues, here is a list of j...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
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Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.† Ready to think about other things now.† I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.† I appear to be back on full †fighting form again and...

Blog Down
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Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.† I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.† Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.† I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Pre-emptive Policing
I am deeply concerned about pre-emptive policing,† or arresting people who might be going to do s...

Lack of Intelligence
I am astonished that still none of our pusillanimous media has published the simple fact that NSA...

The Omniscient State
It is not whether the individual had done anything wrong: it is whether the state has done anythi...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
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Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last? | Martin Kettle

The English identity is much more complex and progressive than the saloon-bar Farageism it is too often depicted as

Who are we? And what identity do we want our institutions to express? The question...



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

The cost of relocating the Trident fleet and finding an alternative base to Faslane is a very pricey headache

Of all the difficult questions that would arise if Scotland voted yes in the referendum ...



MoD fears for Trident base if Scotland says yes to independence

Whitehall looking at plan to designate home of nuclear fleet as sovereign United Kingdom territory

The British government is examining plans to designate the Scottish military base that houses the T...



As a political force Englishness is on the rise ? and Labour mustn't forget i...

This week the party's headache is Falkirk. But its long-term problems will be south of the border

Ed Miliband may be currently enduring a headache over goings-on in Scotland. But, as a report launch...



The Labour party selection process is no model for progressive politics | Joh...

Labour's bitter feud with Unite over goings-on in Falkirk shows that both the party and union are out of touch

What a sorry mess. If you're one of those entirely rational people who tend to avert th...



Let us Scottish 'expats' vote on independence | Anne Miller

Those of us who have only been away a few years will miss out on a decision that could vastly change Scotland

Scotland's approaching independence referendum means that next year could see its bigges...



 

   

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