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Equal pay row engulfs Labour council
SECRET files unlocked by the UK's highest court prove a Labour-run council discriminated against its female staff by paying them less than men then tried to cover up its wrongdoing, it was claimed yesterday.

'Missing' Tory donor attends party's lavish ball despite multi-million debts
A bankrupt former Scottish Tory treasurer who left a multi-million-pound trail of debts has resurfaced at a Conservative ball where tickets were sold for more than £1000.

Common Weal: more shopping won't boost economy ... just keep us poor
GLASGOW'S focus on shopping and the retail sector as a route to regeneration and prosperity is actually keeping many of its citizens poor and miserable, according to a new report.

How Ukip's big spend backfired
NIGEL Farage's UK Independence Party was the biggest financial loser in the recent Aberdeen Donside by-election, failing to keep its deposit after spending almost £17 per vote - twice the level the SNP spent to win the seat.

Civil service pay-offs cost almost £300m
SEVENTEEN central Government departments spent almost £300 million on civil servant pay-offs last year, official figures show.

Labour 'rejected bedroom tax suggestion'
The last Labour government ruled out introducing the so-called bedroom tax when it was in power, senior party sources have said.

Cameron satisfied as Tories and LibDems hand share of bequest to Treasury
David Cameron has said it is "right" that the Tories and Liberal Democrats give up a £520,000 bequest from a former nurse amid confusion over whether she actually meant the money to go to the Government.

Glasgow MP defends 'ruthless' Miliband
ONE of Ed Miliband's own MPs has defended the party leader - as he dubbed him a "ruthless bastard".

£7m bill for Parliament catering
THE bill for subsidising the UK Parliament's exclusive bars and restaurants was more than £7 million last year.

No further action for ex-MSP in inquiry
A FORMER MSP has been told that no further action will be taken against him after a lengthy police financial probe.

Labour Party received more than £2.4m from trade unions
THE size of Labour's gamble over Falkirk has been highlighted by figures which show the party received more than £2.4 million from trade unions in just three months earlier this year.

Scottish military could be 60% cheaper than current spending on defence
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland's armed forces could cost up to 60% less than the country's present share of UK defence spending, according to an expert.

Tributes after death of former Scottish Conservative leader
TRIBUTES have flooded in from across the political spectrum for the former Holyrood Conservative leader David McLetchie after he lost a long battle against cancer.

England v Scotland: Cameron, fearing own goal, declines to pin colours to mast
IT IS the political football some leaders do not want to be passed.

Demand to scrap zero-hour contracts
Union leaders have called on Government ministers to scrap controversial "zero-hour" contracts after a poll showed that more than half of the public now support a ban.

 

Scotsman

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Leaders: Business boost sends encouraging signals

AFTER so many baleful warnings from the Confederation of British Industry about poor economic performance and rock-bottom business confidence, news that it has lifted its forecast for this year and next is truly encouraging.



Brian Monteith: Libertarian view not convincing

The best chance of extending personal freedoms is still at UK level, writes Brian Monteith



Brian Ferguson: Independence won?t get EIF listing

IT IS amazing who you find yourself agreeing with. I could be wrong, but I suspect Brian Monteith and Kevin Williamson have little in common, other than a much-tested devotion for Hibernian Football Club.



Lesley Riddoch: The ill-health of a sick society

Unequal, top-down ‘democracy’ is making us so unwell we may not recover without radical surgery, writes Lesley Riddoch



Economic forecast is ?good news for Scotland?

The prospect of an end to the economic gloom of recent years has been given a fresh boost after the UK’s leading business organisation upgraded its prediction for growth this year.



Gibraltar: Spanish armada stopped by UK military

SPANISH fishermen yesterday sailed into Gibraltar’s waters as a flotilla of almost 50 vessels staged a protest over an artificial reef that prevents them from fishing, the latest move in an escalating diplomatic row between Britain and Spain over the territory.



Scottish shoppers are back out in force

The number of shoppers hitting Scotland’s high streets has been rising in recent months, retail chiefs have found.



£1m benefit fraud Scots couple named and shamed

A SCOTTISH couple who swindled nearly £1 million in benefits from the public purse have been named and shamed by the government in a fresh crackdown of welfare fraud.



Labour needs Fergie hairdryer treatment - Prescott

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has become the latest senior Labour figure to voice concern that the party is not getting its message through to voters, in a new blow to Ed Miliband’s leadership.



Scottish independence: Festival plan backed

Political interference with the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) would be almost “tantamount to state intervention”, one of its main funders has warned.



Fracking ?is in the national interest?

Hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas is “in the national purpose” and right for Britain’s energy security, the chairman of Cuadrilla said.



Secret files: ?90% male staff paid more than women?

A SCOTTISH Labour council leader is facing demands that he resign for allegedly paying 90 per cent of male staff more money than their female counterparts.



The Scotsman cartoon - 19/08/13

Lord Prescott said the Labour party had “massively failed” to get its case across and hold the Conservatives to account over the summer



Prince Charles? staff working in Whitehall

Members of the Prince of Wales’s staff have been working in Whitehall departments, it has been confirmed.



£40m spent on staff severance in college sector

MORE than £40 million has been spent on staff severance pay as part of a series of mergers designed to cut costs in Scotland’s college sector.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

The best wee politics site in Scotland?
We’ve been in a bit of a stat-wading frame of mind generally today, readers, so we hope you’ll forgive us for one last toot on the trumpet after a fortnight that’s seen every readership record on the site trashed in spectacular style. It’s not even our fault – an alert reader on Twitter pointed out [...]

Quoted for truth #29
Ben Riley-Smith in the Telegraph, 15 August 2013: “Prof Jim Gallagher understands the intricacies of picking and choosing powers to be devolved. He was secretary of the Calman Commission, whose recommendation formed the basis of the Scotland Act, and has co-authored a book about what will happen after the referendum. According to Prof Gallagher, the [...]

Fair comments?
We’ve been getting quite a lot of emails and other messages recently from people complaining about what they perceive to be heavily biased moderation of comments on the website of the Herald. We haven’t done anything about them because most of them lacked any supporting evidence, but today we decided to gather some. And what [...]

The Sunday matinees
As we’ve already noted today, Wings Over Scotland has the internet’s most excellent readers. Two of them have been working together over the last week or so to share some fascinating Scottish history with the rest of us. Click the two images in this post for an intriguing hour-and-three-quarters. First up is “Scotland: A Time [...]

The muted witness
While the Scottish print media continues to almost totally blank our Panelbase opinion poll, it’s nice to know that they’re nevertheless paying close attention to its findings. In the Herald, Ian Bell highlights the Scottish public’s scepticism about more powers, and the difference between the media narrative that they’re inevitable and the reality. (Our survey [...]

A better way
On the subject of Trident, which we more or less were, here’s an interesting thing. It’s a page from the Scottish TUC website. Or at least, it used to be. An alert reader contacted us this week to ask if we know what had happened to a piece on the trade union organisation’s site entitled [...]

The limits of democracy
We’ve already noted part of Willie Rennie’s appearance on Newnight Scotland this week, reinforcing the strange phenomenon by which the Unionist parties continue to suggest that an independent Scotland would be a dictatorial state more reminiscent of Zimbabwe than a modern western democracy with a proportionally-elected parliament. But the full transcript of the segment (provided by [...]

Lies on Marr
Below is the headline of a story from this morning’s Independent. We’ve read the article in question several times now looking for the supposed “bad news” for the Scottish First Minister, and we’re having no luck at all. Perhaps you can help us out with it, readers. It’s maybe worth noting, before you start, that [...]

A professional appraisal
If you weren’t up at 8.45am or so (it’s the weekend), click the image below to hear the interview on Good Morning Scotland on the subject of our Panelbase opinion poll. The poll was also discussed (again) by prominent psephologist Professor John Curtice, who made a few helpful comments by way of expert advice. We’re new [...]

Blood from a stone
We might have to transcribe the whole thing, because it’s remarkable. But for now here’s just a brief flavour of Willie Rennie on the subject of an independent Scotland’s membership of NATO, from last night’s Newsnight Scotland (from 5m 30s). WILLIE RENNIE: Independence might well be inconsistent with being a member of NATO. RAYMOND BUCHANAN: [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Figures highlight racism in schools
Almost 1,300 racist incidents have taken place in Scottish schools in the past two years, according to freedom of information figures.

Sleeper train improvements outlined
Rail companies competing for the Caledonian sleeper franchise are told the service must be "emblematic of the best of Scotland"

Nato talks over Scots independence
Nato sources confirm a meeting was held last month with Scottish government officials to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence.

Council 'interfering' in pay row
Stirling council has been accused by the Unison union of interfering in national pay bargaining negotiations.

Island living increases in Scotland
The number of people living on Scottish islands has increased to more than 100,000, the latest Scottish census figures say.

Preferred travellers' site selected
A new permanent halting site for travellers in Aberdeen - in Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn - is selected.

New body to oversee trams and buses
A new organisation called Transport for Edinburgh is to be created to oversee the capital's tram and bus services.

More Scots secure university places
Nearly 3,000 Scots have found a place at university since the exam results were published last week, according to official figures.

Raids 'will not stop' new saunas
Police action against licensed saunas in Edinburgh will not prevent similar premises opening in the future, according to the city council.

Employment figures at four-year high
The number of Scots in work reaches its highest level for more than four years, according to new official figures.

PM offers Commonwealth Games help
The prime minister is to hold a cabinet meeting in Scotland later this year to "take stock" of preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Senior politicians row over A9 plan
Two senior politicians get embroiled in a row over plans to install average speed cameras on a long stretch of the notorious A9.

Scottish exports 'to outstrip UK'
Exports of Scottish goods are forecast to grow faster than the rest of the UK over the next four years.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Scots Tory David McLetchie dies
David McLetchie, the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, dies from cancer at the age of 61.

Newsnet Scotland

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Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

Japanese and Chinese sabre-rattling

  By George Kerevan  
 
THE Japanese navy has just launched a new ?destroyer?, named Izumo. Mind you, it?s a very strange-looking kind of destroyer.
 
For a start, it has a flat top like an aircraft carrier. It?s also much bigger than any normal destroyer. In fact, it?s bigger than HMS Invincible, the carrier Britain sent to the Falklands war complete with Sea Harrier jets. When pressed, the Japanese claim the new Izumo will carry helicopters to ferry troops in amphibious warfare operations. Which is odd as the Izumo lacks troop accommodation.



Labour's UK crisis will boost Yes vote

By John McAllion
 
We are now into the fourth year of a government that has arguably the worst record in office of any government elected since the end of the Second World War.  After three full years in power, output in the UK economy is still nearly 4 per cent below pre-recession levels.  The levels of growth the government has achieved have been a third of those under the Labour government that was kicked out in 2010 for economic failure.



Nate Silver's rash and uninformed prediction

  By Mark McNaught
 
Reports by the Scotsman and the Telegraph over US polling guru Nate Silver's contention that there is 'no chance' that Scotland will vote 'Yes' in 2014 reveal not only his casual ignorance of the Scotland referendum debate, but also reminds us how vague polls and a sycophantic unionist media regrettably continue to dominate the independence debate.
 
Nate Silver built an innovative and effective method of statistical analysis to predict the results of US elections.



The Scottish media and the poll that never was

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
In a weekend devoid of news, save for the tribulations at Ibrox and calls for Charles Green to go, a poll appeared that offered up all sorts of juicy titbits for a media looking for a story.
 
The poll was carried out by a reputable organisation - Panelbase - and details were published by the company on Friday.



Unionists, come out and declare your 'nationalism'

  By Gerry Hassan 
 
The story is familiar: there is a pesky, partisan, immature nationalism out and about influencing our body politic.
 
This is the account of Scottish nationalism put forward by a range of commentators and public figures. Yet it could as easily be articulated about the ideas of unionism because unionism is at its heart a form of nationalism ? British state nationalism.



Newsnet Scotland presents ... Duggy Dug in ... Scotland's Oil

  Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in presenting the first in a series of animations that will take an off beat look at some of the key issues surrounding the independence debate.

Duggy Dug is our animated cartoon character who will raise a smile and a chuckle whilst providing his own inimitable commentary.



Red Ed closes British road to Socialism

By John McAllion
 
The British left have long since ceased to have any faith in the leadership of the Labour Party.

The Communist Party in its "Open Letter to Workers Socialists and the Labour Movement" (2011) frankly admitted that the movement goes largely unrepresented in the House of Commons because the Labour Party leadership refuses to fight for policies that would defend public services, jobs, wages and pensions.



Central bankers and politics

By George Kerevan
 
IN the Good Old Days (ie from 1997 till last Wednesday) the Governor of the Bank of England was supposed to be a plumber rather than a politician.
 
His job was to ensure that inflation was squeezed out of the economy by raising interest rates whenever banks lent consumers too much on their credit cards, or funded speculative property developers. If inflation was under control, the theory went, business would have the confidence to invest and create jobs.



Identity charade

  By Elliot Bulmer
 
RECENTLY I have been paying very close attention to the referendum campaign.
 
It has all the elements of a political epic: a hardy people, inhabiting a windswept land at the fringes of the known world, bravely determining their future by democratic means. I refer, of course, not to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, but to the referendum held in the Falkland Islands in March this year. The result was a predictable landslide in favour of retaining existing ties with the UK. "Like UKIP with penguins", was one friend's dismissive verdict after seeing the mass ranks of Union flags waving on the BBC news.



A Tough but Worthy Road towards Catalonian Independence

By Mark McNaught
 
Having spent the last week in Catalonia, I am struck both by the difficulty of the task ahead for their independence movement, yet also the fierce determination of Catalans to see it through and chart their own destiny.
 
The Spanish government has steadfastly refused to engage with the Catalonian government over the referendum, citing as justification the 'indivisibility' clause of the Spanish constitution.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

What happens after the demise of ?the Holy Trinity? of Britishness?

It has been a week of momentous events. The unfolding Egyptian tragedy, the restarting of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and in our corner of the world, the first Scotland v. England match in over a decade.



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15 key questions on independence answered by Alex Salmond ? First Minister. S...

15 key questions on independence answered by Alex Salmond – First Minister. Sound clips



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Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...

I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcast on Good Morning Scotland yesterday.  Based on what I'd read about it, I was slightly unprepared for the overwhelmingly patronising tone of the exchange between the presenter and Professor John Curti...



Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are already congratulating themselves on victory in next year's referendum. Indeed, the US statistician and election forecaster, Nate Silver, told the Edinburgh book festival last week that the yes campaign had "virtua...



'Sidelined and silenced' Lamont ridiculed by SNP as Sarwar's role increases

The SNP has attacked what it has described as Johann Lamont's "summer of silence" as the invisibility of the Scottish Labour leader continues to raise eyebrows.



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Lallands Peat Worrier: Devosomething: a dormouse aria...

Things we know: if asked, most Scots currently do not support independence, but a large percentage of folk are undecided. If polled, most Scots express positive views about Holyrood taking decisions - in a broad thematic sense, mind you - on welfare and taxation, with less enthusiasm respecting d...



Fair comments?

We’ve been getting quite a lot of emails and other messages recently from people complaining about what they perceive to be heavily biased moderation of comments on the website of the Herald. We haven’t done anything about them because most of them lacked any supporting evidence, but today we dec...



BBC referendum show under fire

BBC SCOTLAND is under fire from Labour for making a TV programme about how an independent Scotland could learn from the perceived enlightened economic and social policies of Scandinavia.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Just when you think George Foulkes couldn't possibly cut a more ridiculous figure he con...



Foulkes mocked over 'luvvie' comment | Scottish National Party

SNP MP Pete Wishart has mocked reports Labour Peer Lord George Foulkes has complained to the BBC over plans to produce a programme about how an independent Scotland could learn from the economic and social policies of Scandinavia, as reported in today's Sunday Herald.



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UK gov refuses to go head-to-head on live TV | Scottish National Party

The Coalition parties have been accused of being too scared to defend their controversial welfare reforms, after opting out of a televised debate on the independence referendum, as reported in today’s Sunday Herald.



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The Sunday matinees

As we’ve already noted today, Wings Over Scotland has the internet’s most excellent readers. Two of them have been working together over the last week or so to share some fascinating Scottish history with the rest of us.




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Andrew Marr: The broadcaster reveals the potential risks and rewards for both...

ANDREW Marr discusses the issues surrounding the independence debate and the reasons for his views on the referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I got as far as the bit where Marr mindlessly regurgitates the unionist media lies about the anti-UKIP demonstration in Edinburgh and came to the conclusion ...



Play-Doh: Yes campaign's secret weapon
YES Scotland's spending decisions have been questioned after it emerged the organisation hired a consultant who gave a presentation to staff involving Play-Doh.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It may be argued that this wind and pish is progress given that to date the mainstream media has been desperately ...



The muted witness

While the Scottish print media continues to almost totally blank our Panelbase opinion poll, it’s nice to know that they’re nevertheless paying close attention to its findings.




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We must know consequences before we can make a choice
THE story so far: the one thing we know for sure is that we don't know enough.If the opinion polls are to be believed, there is an information drought, a dearth of facts, a statistical famine. In the matter of independence, informed choice has been rendered impossible, so they say, for swathes of...

Daily Record

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Andrew Marr: The broadcaster reveals the potential risks and rewards for both...
ANDREW Marr discusses the issues surrounding the independence debate and the reasons for his views on the referendum.

Former Labour leader Iain Gray: SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney's credibil...
GRAY has returned to politics after a few years absence. He isn't pulling any punches and insists SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney is saying things he doesn't believe.

Former First Minister Jack McConnell tells ScotRail to 'get a grip' in angry ...
Lord McConnell tells the firm they might need an ambulance because elderly passengers on the train were almost passing out.

Lib Dem MP says bedroom tax is 'absurd' and will split communities and give t...
BACKBENCHER Andrew George claims the policy will force rural tenants out of villages and take them away from their families.

Broadcaster Andrew Marr angers Nationalists by claiming Scots? hatred of the ...
MARR, who is recovering from a stroke, made the Anglophobia claim while speaking about the independence debate at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Record View: A tax that will cost us dearly
LIB DEM MP Andrew George deserves lots of praise for speaking out against the bedroom tax, says RECORD VIEW.

NATO chiefs warns SNP they will be barred from joining alliance if they force...
NATIONALIST party's defence policy for an independent Scotland is holed below the waterline by officials in Brussels.

Scottish Government officials have had talks with Nato in advance of independ...
NO campaigners warn that independent Scots bid to join Nato could be thwarted by threat to remove Trident subs from Clyde.

Tories and Lib Dems hand back half-million pound donation after outcry over w...
SHAMED ConDems give Joan Edward's bequest to Treasury after grabbing it as political donation.

Revealed: Workers on Government?s flagship £294m Borders rail link project ar...
THE Daily Record has been contacted by irate workers who have been told to stay at home for days without pay when work dried up on the project.

David Cameron ducks questions on bedroom tax and other big issues as he makes...
DAILY Record blocked by barricade of spin doctors as we try to grill Prime Minister.

VIDEO: Watch as Ed Miliband is egged during campaign visit to London street m...
He had hoped to use his first public foray after a two-week break to highlight Britain?s cost of living crisi

Transport Minister Keith Brown comes under fire for deciding to install avera...
HIGHLAND MP Danny Alexander says the move to spend £2.5 million on the cameras between Dunblane and Inverness is 'knee jerk'.

Half of unemployed youngsters have NEVER had a job, new study reveals
THE study found that since 1998 the number of 16-24-year-olds who have never had a job has almost doubled to 640,000.

Record View: David Cameron's refusal to back England against Scotland is plai...
RECORD VIEW insists David Cameron is no Rod Stewart and can't claim split loyalties ahead of Scotland's friendly against England.

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Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behavio...
Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.


Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
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The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who ha...

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Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tories 1. Result!

Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasti...
Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasting a piece featuring a notorious separatist blogger on their satirical morning news show, Good Morning Scotlandshire.


Crowd-funded Poll a front for Alien Invasion, says Prof. Poultice.
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The the al...

The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinbu...
The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinburgh zoo.


Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
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Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tor...

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separa...
A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separate Scotlandshire, and he's no sucker.


'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh Internat...
There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, its outgoing director announced yesterday.


Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Timeline Photos
Read what our new guest blogger, Blare MacDugall, has to say.

Specially selected tasters for lovers of pure mince.

BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel...
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel 4 to the Office of Communications (OFCOM) for high treason and aiding and abetting the separatist cause.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/500-demands-that-ofcom-investigate-channel-4.
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Catalonian Independence Movement an SNP front, claims BT
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Any invading aliens would clearly be coming here to avail themselves of 'the best of both worlds', a phrase to which we own the copyright and which the separatists have already attempted to steal from us

Bella Caledonia


it's time to get above ourselves

What do I know about the role of the media on the road to the referendum?
By Kate Higgins Earlier this year, I took part in a panel debate about the role of the media in the referendum debate at Dundee university. And in a Scottish Constitutional Forum one on its future at the Scottish Parliament.... Read More ›

5 Artists in Search of a Country
For those of you who missed this great event at the Assembly Rooms, we asked two playwrights, a poet, a musician, an actor about the future of Scotland. What kind of country are you in search of? How’s the search... Read More ›

The Scotsmans ?Arts? Coverage
By Mike Small The 5 Artists in Search of a Country event at the Assembly Rooms was an antidote to the widely recognised absence of focus on the referendum at this years festival. Theories vary about why this might be... Read More ›

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish
An extract from Lesley Riddoch’s new book: Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know ? the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve... Read More ›

George Davie: Life and significance
An excerpt from the Introduction to the new edition of George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect, Edinburgh University Press, 2013. By Murdo Macdonald George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect: Scotland and her Universities in the Nineteenth Century was first published in 1961.... Read More ›

One Nationism Unleashed
By Mike Small Our Kingdom recently published an article by David Rickard on English politics and identity. It’s an extraordinary piece (‘We can’t resist privatisation until we restore the national’) We are the nation referenced in the very name of... Read More ›

A No vote won?t save England from the English
By Jamie Maxwell Mrs Thatcher may not have governed Scotland ?like a province?, as the signatories to Charter 88 claimed towards the end of her premiership, but she certainly entertained a profound disregard for Scottish opinion. Her insistence on implementing... Read More ›

The Sea Inside
The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives,... Read More ›

Jonathan Mills? Declaration of Dependence
In fact, one might categorise Mills predilection for being what he calls ?politically neutral? and avoiding the biggest decision affecting Scotland for 400 years as actually being a commercial decision: one that presses the buttons for a government?s public funding... Read More ›

For Jon Brookes
“Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role
Scotsman
He adds: ?[They] are entirely relevant to the debates surrounding the question of Scottish independence.? But cultural commentator Pat Kane said that Mills was being ?a bit naive in thinking that either the Commonwealth, or the a...


Scottish Independence Case Clouded by Oil Industry Growth Drag - Bloomberg

Scottish Independence Case Clouded by Oil Industry Growth Drag
Bloomberg
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says North Sea oil and gas is a boon for Scotland's economy, helping it outperform the rest of Britain and making the case for independence. Official U.K. economic data suggest otherwise. A...


Scotland's independence - The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune

Scotland's independence
The Express Tribune
I believe that the issue of Scottish independence has been raised by the Scottish National Party to gain political support in Scotland and mobilise people against the UK parliament at Westminster. There is no reasonable and sound politi...


Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato
BBC News
A meeting was held last month between Scottish government officials and Nato to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence. The talks were held at Nato's headquarters in Brussels. Senior Scotti...


Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP keep McIlvanney in dark
Scotsman
Earlier during the book festival event, Mr McIlvanney signalled his intention to back the pro-independence camp at next year's referendum, saying he would like Scotland to ?have control of its own destiny?. He issued a warning abou...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


Scottish independence: Tory businessman backs Yes - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Tory businessman backs Yes
Scotsman
A PROMINENT Conservative Party donor and businessman has told David Cameron he will be voting Yes in next year's referendum on Scottish Independence. Laurie Clark, the owner and managing director of Paisley-based firm Anglo-Scottish...


Scottish independence: 44% still undecided - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 44% still undecided
Scotsman
Almost half of Scots remain undecided over how, or if, they will vote in next year's independence referendum, new research has shown, with pollsters saying the result is ?not cut and dried?. Ipsos Mori yesterday released fresh analysis rev...


How Tories in Scotland say the SNP is merely 'paying lip service' to having ....

Daily Mail

How Tories in Scotland say the SNP is merely 'paying lip service' to having ...
Daily Mail
Like Edinburgh Zoo's panda-mating programme, his efforts to bring 'independence' to Scotland are fraught with difficulty. For a start, most Scots (if polls are to be believed) are not interested. Th...


Scotland's 'Tartan army' takes London - GlobalPost

GlobalPost

Scotland's 'Tartan army' takes London
GlobalPost
Facing the ?Auld Enemy,? as Scots call the English, at Wembley Stadium was good symbolic timing for the leading Scottish National Party (SNP), which has spearheaded the push for independence. Scotland defeated a World Cup-winning English si...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Brian Monteith: Libertarian view not convincing - Scotsman

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: Libertarian view not convincing
Scotsman
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the organisation Labour for Independence, and how it had lost credibility as a Labour organisation due to the involvement of senior SNP figures in giving it hands-on support. Without the life-suppor...


Foulkes mocked over 'luvvie' comment - SNP (press release)

Foulkes mocked over 'luvvie' comment
SNP (press release)
SNP MP Pete Wishart has mocked reports Labour Peer Lord George Foulkes has complained to the BBC over plans to produce a programme about how an independent Scotland could learn from the economic and social policies of Scandinavia, as reported...


UK gov refuses to go head-to-head on live TV - SNP (press release)

UK gov refuses to go head-to-head on live TV
SNP (press release)
The Coalition parties have been accused of being too scared to defend their controversial welfare reforms, after opting out of a televised debate on the independence referendum, as reported in today's Sunday Herald. Both the Conservat...


Andrew Marr: The broadcaster reveals the potential risks and rewards for both...

Scottish Daily Record

Andrew Marr: The broadcaster reveals the potential risks and rewards for both ...
Scottish Daily Record
The opinion polls have been quite strongly in favour of the Union and the assumption that a vote for the SNP in Holyrood is simply the latest wheeze to put pressure on London...


Household bills rocket while Council Tax is frozen - SNP (press release)

Household bills rocket while Council Tax is frozen
SNP (press release)
Between 2007 and 2012 - while Council Tax bills have remained static in Scotland thanks to the SNP - household energy bills have increased on average by 61.1%. Meanwhile, the cost of petrol has gone up by 44.7% and average food ...


Lamont's second "summer of silence" - SNP (press release)

Lamont's second "summer of silence"
SNP (press release)
As Johann Lamont's second ?summer of silence? stretches on, the questions on her leadership are mounting following her invisibility during Labour's Falkirk selection fiasco and her party's continued poor performance in the polls. Despite claim...


How Ukip's big spend backfired - Herald Scotland

How Ukip's big spend backfired
Herald Scotland
Sunday 18 August 2013. NIGEL Farage's UK Independence Party was the biggest financial loser in the recent Aberdeen Donside by-election, failing to keep its deposit after spending almost £17 per vote - twice the level the SNP spent to win the seat.



Bust Britain … we're all living in Skintland now - Herald Scotland

Bust Britain … we're all living in Skintland now
Herald Scotland
Today, the SNP will publish figures showing that household bills have risen in Scotland by 61% over the past five years. Today, the SNP will publish figures showing that household bills have risen in Scotland by 61% over the pas...


Paying more and earning less … the reality of life today - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Paying more and earning less … the reality of life today
Herald Scotland
Household bills in Scotland have soared by almost as much as two-thirds in the past five years, according to new figures published today by the SNP. However, wages have not kept pace with spiralling prices...


BBC referendum show under fire - Herald Scotland

BBC referendum show under fire
Herald Scotland
The documentary is expected to air around the time the SNP government's white paper on the mechanics of independence is published in November. Labour peer Lord George Foulkes said the idea smacked of BBC "luvvies". Loading article content.

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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Marr warns of Anglophobia risks in referendum run-up - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Marr warns of Anglophobia risks in referendum run-up
Herald Scotland
Dismissing claims by US polling guru Nate Silver that the Nationalists stood no chance of winning the referendum, he insisted the result would be much closer than the polls suggest and there was still a lot to play ...


BBC referendum show under fire - Herald Scotland

BBC referendum show under fire
Herald Scotland
BBC SCOTLAND is under fire from Labour for making a TV programme about how an independent Scotland could learn from the perceived enlightened economic and social policies of Scandinavia. BBC SCOTLAND is under fire from Labour for making a TV ...
Foulkes...


Festival director defends decision on independence referendum - stv.tv

Scotsman

Festival director defends decision on independence referendum
stv.tv
The director of the Edinburgh International Festival has defended his decision not to include productions addressing Scotland's independence referendum in next year's programme. The 2014 festival will take place just weeks...


'Robot' referendum team slated - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

'Robot' referendum team slated
Herald Scotland
Loading article content. His call came in what he described as a mid-term report card on the referendum battle, produced for the pro-independence Options for Scotland think-tank. In a withering analysis, Mr Wilson gave the pro-independen...


Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Scots face uphill battle for independence
Aljazeera.com
Glasgow, Scotland - A referendum on Scottish independence, due to take place on September 18, 2014, will mark the most important constitutional event in British history since the Act of Union united Scotland and England in 1707. B...


Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe - Herald Scotland

Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe
Herald Scotland
I AGREE with Alasdair Gray that we are suffering from what he calls Scottification, or the cultural cringe: the belief that anyone from outside Scotland must be better than someone from inside the country ("Leading write...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


Just one decision at the referendum - Herald Scotland

Just one decision at the referendum
Herald Scotland
Having read all kinds of "facts" and "statistics" relating to whether Scotland should be a completely separate country or not I thought that I would add my tuppence- worth to the discussion. Having read all kinds of \"facts\" and \"statistics ...



Scottish independence: 44% still undecided - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 44% still undecided
Scotsman
Almost half of Scots remain undecided over how, or if, they will vote in next year's independence referendum, new research has shown, with pollsters saying the result is ?not cut and dried?. Ipsos Mori yesterday released fresh analysis rev...


Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role
Scotsman
Writing in Scotland on Sunday today, Sir Jonathan Mills claims that those calling for an explicit debate about the referendum ? held the month after the festival ? misunderstood the role of the world-famous event. Although the fe...


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Anything Goes

What Could You Do With £80Bn?

Because thats what the HS2 high speed link from London to Birmingham cost is now estimated to be ...



This'll Make Yer Feet Sweat....

http://www.thebrojob.com/video.html?link5

 



'scottish Defence League' In Edinburgh...



Forgotten Gems From Tv

In the early 1990s I remember watching a series on video at my friend's house. It starred Rowland...



Al-Fayed To Get Excited?

Cops investigating new information about Diana's death

 

The information, thought to include the ...



Football Coupons
Today marks the start of the football coupon season for me since the epl kicks off. What kind of ...

Bt Sport Panel
WGS on good form

Celtic Fans Pineapple Test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zd_NSbZOLsU#at=26

 

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Why Aren't There Any Full Cooked Breakfast Home Delivery Companies?
I reckon you could make a fortune.

Free business idea. Anyone who wants to use it can do so witho...

Samsung S4

Just got my upgrade through, never used one, is it any good (Currently using a nokia lumia window...



Better Nation

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

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

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...

Scot Goes pop

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

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

 

Yes Scotland


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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

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
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

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...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics

Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that | Iain Macw...

Unionist triumphalism is premature ? regardless of the referendum, Scotland is heading towards independence anyway

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are ...



William McIlvanney 'in the dark' about Scottish independence manifesto offer

Author shares stage with Alex Salmond at Edinburgh book festival, but says he has not been asked to write foreward

William McIlvanney, the award-winning Scottish novelist credited with creating the ...



Andrew Marr 'very worried' by tone of Scottish independence debate

Broadcaster talks 'toxic' anglophobia at Edinburgh international book festival, in first public appearance since stroke

It was a frail figure who gingerly made his way on to the stage at the Edinbur...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Trident base promises

Both political opponents and allies of Scottish government say pledge to join Nato is at odds with stance on nuclear disarmamant

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of misleading voters over ...



Lanark author slams 'Scotophobic' culture agenda

Alasdair Gray says appointment of English people to cultural jobs in Scotland is part of part of anti-independence strategy

Alasdair Gray, author of the classic novel Lanark and one of Scotland's ou...



Scottish independence campaign has almost no chance, says Nate Silver

Political polling guru says data on referendum is 'pretty definitive' unless there is a major crisis in England

The campaign for Scottish independence has "virtually no chance" of victory, according...



The Edinburgh festival's attempt to keep politics out in 2014 is farcical | M...

With the Scottish independence referendum looming, any attempt to artificially separate art and politics is likely to fail

On Monday the Scottish Independence Convention hosted the first major Scott...



David McLetchie

Former Scottish Conservative leader held in high regard by colleagues and constituents

David McLetchie, who has died of cancer aged 61, belonged to a threatened species, as a leading Scottish Tory p...



David McLetchie, former Scottish Conservative leader, dies aged 61

Tributes from across the political spectrum to former lawyer who became MSP in 1999

Former Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie has died, aged 61.

McLetchie led the Scottish Tories for seven ...



Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



 

   

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