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Reform 'encourages people to look for jobs'
UNIVERSAL credit is encouraging more people to look for jobs, according to new Government figures.

Calls for Big Six to pass on green levy savings to customers
The "Big Six" energy giants are under pressure to pass on every penny of fuel savings expected to be announced by ministers next week.

Ex-police chief elected as councillor
AN area's former police chief has been elected its new councillor after winning a by-election triggered by the resignation of Highland Council's youngest ever member.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
Mood Music I

No 10 celebrates St Andrew's Day
The Prime Minister has hailed Scotland as "the land of innovation and enterprise" in his St Andrew's Day message.

Miliband launching energy market plan
ED Miliband will today launch Labour's plan to "reset" Britain's energy market and seek to make more political capital from his popular plan to freeze gas and electricity bills for 20 months.

Parental leave rights 'will help women'
WOMEN across the UK will no longer feel they have to choose between having a career and having children, Nick Clegg will insist today, as the Coalition publishes the final details of its landmark reform of parental leave.

Falkirk claims councillor loses selection battle
A LABOUR councillor who helped raise the alarm about alleged membership irregularities in Falkirk has been blocked from trying to stand as a Westminster candidate in the seat.

Migrant controls will not be ready
FAR-REACHING immigration controls will not be in place before an expected new wave of Romanian and Bulgarian immigration begins in five weeks, the Coalition has admitted.

Gulf in council spending 'may divide society'
LOCAL government spending cuts are creating a more divided society by leaving councils in the poorest parts of Scotland around £100 worse off per person than the richest, research has found.

Miliband prepares Labour for battle
ED Miliband will today put Labour on a General Election footing, telling the party's staff that it is winning the battle of ideas with the Tories and that Labour's message to the electorate will be - "choose hope over fear".

Call for new financial watchdog
The UK Government's financial watchdog does not have a full understanding of Scotland's economy, according to an expert.

Ministers defend Royal Mail share pricing
GOVERNMENT ministers have defended the privatisation of Royal Mail amid questions over whether they were "conned" over the share price.

Cameron to miss No 10 St Andrew's Day party
David Cameron looks set to snub his own star-studded St Andrew's Day celebration in Downing Street later today.

Relations with Spain strained in diplomatic bag search
The Foreign Office has demanded an explanation after a British diplomatic bag was opened and searched by Spanish Guardia Civil officers on the border with Gibraltar.


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David Cameron vows to cut energy bills
30 Nov 2013 at 6:31pm

DAVID Cameron and Nick Clegg reveal a new pledge ­today to take £50 off the average household energy bill, in an effort to limit spiralling costs in electricity and gas charges being paid by families.



Scottish independence: SNP call for budget clarity
30 Nov 2013 at 6:30pm

ALEX Salmond has urged the Prime Minister to guarantee that Scotland’s budget will not be slashed if voters reject independence next year.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon: Independence currency
30 Nov 2013 at 3:13pm

The currency question still looms large over the Scottish independence debate as the Scottish Government try to convince voters that their keynote proposal on a shared currency area is feasible.



Emma Cowing: Music to our ears
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

After months of campaigning by Scotland on Sunday, the Government is overhauling instrumental tuition, writes Emma Cowing



Eddie Barnes: Foes in high places
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

The independence White Paper has received a barrage of objections, but are its eminent critics just scaremongering?



Emma Cowing: ?Moldova is having an election, Alan?
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

ON HIS Twitter profile, the actor Alan Cumming describes himself as a “Scottish elf trapped inside a middle aged man’s body”. I’m not so sure.



Andrew Wilson: Politics of past sings same old song
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

LISTEN very carefully to the rhetoric and bluster of the referendum campaign and you will hear, with crystal clarity, the song of the politics of the past rhyming with the ever current power politics of vested interest.



Dani Garavelli: Childcare stuck in the nursery
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

IT’S weird how quickly you forget the trauma of those early years of working motherhood. Not that it’s easy later on. Even when your kids are in secondary school, you still have to fit your working hours around their time tables.



Drumlanrig: Singing from independence song sheet
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

QUESTION Time viewers were regaled last week by singer Eddi Reader’s unique take on political events in Scotland, and which kept Twitter entertained for a good 24 hours thereafter (t-shirts with her adamant declaration “I LIVE HERE!!!” are surely only a few days off).



Euan McColm: Don?t abandon all hope just yet
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

WHAT a wonderful feeling is hope. It’s so much better than fear, and the great news is that there’s an endless supply, what with hope’s insistence of springing eternal.



Gerald Warner: Eleventh hour ?fightback? on immigration
30 Nov 2013 at 2:04pm

WOULD you credit it? In spite of Dave’s robust rhetoric, immigration has risen again.



The Scotsman cartoon: Energy row
29 Nov 2013 at 7:07pm

THE UK government has denied that it asked energy companies to delay further price increases until 2015.



Westminster denies energy prices plea
29 Nov 2013 at 7:05pm

THE UK government has denied that it asked energy companies to delay further price increases until 2015.



Call to delay UK election for a year after Yes vote
29 Nov 2013 at 3:55pm

THE SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has said there is a “very good case” for postponing the UK general election for a year in the event of a Yes vote.



Plan for parents to have equal share of baby care
29 Nov 2013 at 3:24pm

NEW laws offering both ­parents more flexibility in taking ­parental leave will “shatter” the “old-fashioned assumption” women should stay home to look after their children, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.




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The most interesting election in history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2013 at 6:04am
Today’s Sunday Herald has a rather low-key piece (it’s just the 7th-placed story in their “Referendum News” section) on the ramifications for a Yes vote of the 2015 UK general election. It comes the day after several papers carried vitriolic attacks from Unionist politicians on the SNP’s Angus Robertson for suggesting that the UK government [...]

Standing room only
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2013 at 7:04pm
We’re going to enjoy this one while we can, because there’s a big barren fortnight across the last week of December and the first week of January when no politics happens at all, so we probably won’t see these sorts of numbers again for a while. Crivvens. So, that’s not bad. Compared to October we’ve [...]

The Captain?s Abyss
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2013 at 8:38am
The realisation that the No camp’s reaction to the independence White Paper has been based on a massive, scarcely-believable misunderstanding (or misrepresentation) of reality has thrown a new light on all sorts of things from the past week. The most recent “BLACK HOLE!” story is a case in point. We shouldn’t, obviously, be surprised that [...]

We made a mistake
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2013 at 3:47am
This morning we’ve been double- and triple-checking our story from last night, because we were so sure we must have missed something. Even given the low esteem in which we hold the integrity of the hapless “Better Together” campaign, we felt that they surely couldn’t have made such an idiotic and fundamental error, and that instead [...]

The Red Face Gang
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2013 at 3:30pm
We saw this graphic on the “Better Together” website yesterday, but we dismissed it as uninteresting even by their playground-propaganda standards, amounting as it does to nothing more than some startlingly feeble carping along the lines of “These are their forecasts, but we’ve made different forecasts so theirs must be wrong!” But an alert reader observed [...]

For use as required
by Andrew Leslie
29 Nov 2013 at 1:08pm
With our compliments and best wishes. The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP Dear Johann/Willie/Ruth, [delete as applicable] It is with deep regret that I am writing to let you know that I am resigning the party whip with immediate effect. I have hitherto been a loyal member of the party, as you know, and used [...]

Free subbing service available
by Douglas Daniel
29 Nov 2013 at 6:59am
Alert commuters using Scotland’s railway stations may this week have received a “newspaper” from the official No campaign containing a splendid crossword and a recipe for raspberry brownies, amongst some political rubbish. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but we hope the recipe was a bit less inaccurate than the political sections, or a lot of [...]

A tonic for the troops
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2013 at 3:48am
As a living embodiment of the posh, braying public-school Tory-boy stereotype, Fraser Nelson of the Spectator used to reside in our “Zany Comedy Relief” links bar until we kicked him out for rarely lowering himself to write about Scotland. But his guest appearance in today’s Telegraph we enjoyed at least parts of. “It was way [...]

What Mariano Rajoy didn?t say
by Paul Kavanagh
28 Nov 2013 at 2:50pm
In ?breaking news? during a dull ding-dong of a debate on Wednesday’s Newsnight Scotland, we were breathlessly told that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had made an important intervention in the debate about whether Scotland should keep paying for railway lines between London and Birmingham, weapons of mass destruction and Ian Davidson?s expenses. (We paraphrase.) [...]

About last night
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Nov 2013 at 3:54am
If you missed it, Nicola Sturgeon’s extraordinary cross-examination demolition job on Alistair “Crybaby” Carmichael can now be seen on the STV website. And if you’re pushed for time and can’t spare the full 19 minutes, here’s the gist of it:


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Carney 'welcomes' currency talks
29 Nov 2013 at 5:56am
The governor of the Bank of England "welcomes" the chance to discuss the Scottish government's plan to share the pound under independence.


Former PM gives independence warning
28 Nov 2013 at 4:21pm
Former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major warns that there can be no "quasi independence or half-way house" when it comes to Scottish independence.


Council in Games tickets giveaway
29 Nov 2013 at 10:47am
Glasgow City Council is to give 6,000 Commonwealth Games tickets to children, community groups and over 60s.


Council opposes energy firm plans
29 Nov 2013 at 7:06am
Stirling Council says it will oppose controversial plans to extract gas from coal beds in the Forth Valley.


Cameron 'snubs' St Andrew's bash
28 Nov 2013 at 11:32am
SNP MP Pete Wishart accuses David Cameron of "snubbing his own St Andrew's Day bash" at 10 Downing Street.


Salmond rejects EU membership fears
28 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond accuses rivals of "scaremongering" in the face of further concern over an independent Scotland's EU status.


Lochhead makes 'billion euro' claim
28 Nov 2013 at 8:10am
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead claims Scottish farmers would have received a "billion euro boost" if Scotland was already independent.


Plans for Highlands' biggest school
28 Nov 2013 at 7:06pm
A planning application is submitted to Highland Council for the proposed new £34m, 1,420-pupil Inverness Royal Academy.


Police to 'look into' Unite protests
28 Nov 2013 at 5:50am
Scotland's chief constable is "looking into" protests staged by the Unite union at the homes of Grangemouth refinery bosses.


Dismissal case manager wins appeal
28 Nov 2013 at 10:38am
A council manager who won an unfair dismissal case claiming he was forced to quit for complaining about workplace sex claims a new victory.


Public sector 'has lost 26,000 jobs'
27 Nov 2013 at 7:30pm
More than 26,000 fewer people are working for councils, the NHS and other public bodies in Scotland than four years ago, a public spending watchdog says.


Concern over poultry plant contracts
28 Nov 2013 at 11:05am
Poultry farmers who supply the 2 Sisters processing plants in Perth and Kinross and Angus are told their contracts will be cancelled.


Hill tracks 'damaging countryside'
28 Nov 2013 at 2:13am
Unregulated construction of hill tracks on remote Scottish hillsides has resulted in "environmental vandalism", campaigners claim


Falkirk whistleblower not on MP list
28 Nov 2013 at 6:19am
The Labour councillor who blew the whistle on claims of vote-rigging to select a general election candidate in Falkirk fails to make the final shortlist to be the town's next MP.


Salmond outlines childcare 'savings'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:54am
Childcare plans set out in the independence White Paper would see families save up to £4,600 per child each year, First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs.


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Road-map For The Union: A Modest Proposal
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2013 at 5:59am

By Alan Bissett
 
A blow was dealt last night to the SNP's plans for an independent Scotland, after the publication of a report which sets out a future for the Union in the aftermath of a No vote.  Professor Douglas McLeish of the University of Aberdeen has researched the viability of a bold, new 'road-map' for Britain, which has been warmly welcomed by the Unionist parties.



'Lifted from the internet' - The poisoning of the independence debate
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Nov 2013 at 7:59am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Friday saw the continued erosion of political journalism in Scotland.  A story exclusively revealed by Newsnet Scotland in October finally made it onto the pages of newspapers and the airwaves of the BBC.
 



Non, mes amis
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Nov 2013 at 5:57pm

By Derek Bateman
 
The good thing about forcing an issue is that you find out who your friends are. Mariano Rajoy appears to be using us as a way of beating his own people with self government aspirations in Catalonia and is relying on the agreed line that Brussels doesn't want people who vote against the big states.
 
And it is now painfully obvious that the European Union which has enjoyed sustained popularity in Scotland is not among them either. The wilful silence of the institutions on the real legal situation of an independent Scotland is threatening to become a cause celebre of failed democracy and contempt for the rights of European citizens.



Independence White Paper places childcare centre stage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Nov 2013 at 4:24pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Has the White Paper's childcare proposals finally sealed the deal with Scotswomen swithering over the merits independence?  It's not at all clear.
 
Certainly the prominence given to childcare at Thursday's White Paper launch was unmistakable - if mildly discomfiting for the heavyweight political journalists up from London for the day.



The Rajoy 'intervention' and why the traditional media cannot now be trusted
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Nov 2013 at 5:07am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The following piece is lengthy, but readers are urged to read it carefully then consider whether purchasing newspapers and paying the BBC licence fee is consistent with a desire for a fair and open democratic society underpinned by honest and ethical journalism.
 
Most followers of the referendum debate will by now have been alerted to apparent comments from Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who - if the BBC is to be believed - has stated unequivocally that a Yes vote will leave Scotland outside the EU.



Currency Wars ? The Empire Strikes Back
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2013 at 4:39pm

  By George Kerevan
 
THE independence white paper has landed on the political runway ? all 670 pages of it.  In rebuttal, the boss of Project Fear, Mr A. Darling, was quick to take to the BBC airwaves parroting what has become the central line of the No campaign: the white paper has not answered the fundamental question of what happens if rUK rejects a common sterling currency zone. 
 
What, demanded the Chancellor in charge when the City of London imploded, is the SNP's currency Plan B?



An independence white paper with an eye on the 2016 Scottish elections
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Nov 2013 at 2:55pm

  By David Torrance

I suppose I run the risk of provoking the Mandy Rice-Davies defence ('well he would say that, wouldn't he?') in saying I found the Scottish Government's white paper underwhelming, but it's nevertheless true.  Sure, it's difficult to make any government document truly exciting ? even the 1997 Scottish Office white paper ('There shall be a Scottish Parliament') was rather dry and technical.



Colin Fox gives the SSP response to the Independence White Paper
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm

Scottish Socialist Party?s response to ?Scotland?s Future ? Your Guide
to an Independent Scotland?.

1 The Scottish Socialist Party welcomes the publication of the Scottish Governments Independence White Paper ?Scotland?s Future ? Your Guide to an Independent Scotland?. We believe it is a comprehensive and timely addition to the most important debate the people of Scotland have faced in decades.



Referendum 2014 ? BBC ramping up the coverage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2013 at 5:21pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

Last Spring BBC Scotland announced its intention to ramp up its coverage of the independence referendum as we entered the final year of campaigning.  An extra £5 million was pledged by the new DG of the BBC Tony Hall. 

This would fund fifty temporary roles, some new documentaries as well as referendum debates.



Darling left red-faced as 'bust' nations overtake UK in world prosperity index
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Nov 2013 at 4:45pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
Head of the anti-independence campaign Alistair Darling has been left red faced today after the latest prosperity table showed the UK has been overtaken by two countries he claimed this week were ?bust?.
 
According to the latest publication from the Legatum Prosperity Index, Ireland and Iceland have now overtaken the United Kingdom in the most prosperous league table.




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The most interesting election in history
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 7:39am

Today's Sunday Herald has a rather low-key piece (it's just the 7th-placed story in their "Referendum News" section) on the ramifications for a Yes vote of the 2015 UK general election. It comes th...

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Andrew Wilson: Politics of past sings same old song
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 5:54am

LISTEN very carefully to the rhetoric and bluster of the referendum campaign and you will hear, with crystal clarity, the song of the politics of the past rhyming with the ever current power politics of vested interest.

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Hacker took over Yes email to taunt top campaigners
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 5:30am

A mystery figure seized control of the email account at the centre of the Yes Scotland hacking row and taunted the organisation's board members.

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At last ... a real chance to transform childcare in Scotland
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 5:23am
Every woman in ­Scotland should welcome the commitment to a

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Now you know our vision for the future ... where is the No campaign's?
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 5:19am

THIS past week has marked a decisive moment in the debate over which path our nation should choose in next year's referendum.

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From the Province of the Cat #22 - Because a fire was inside my head
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 5:10am

by George Gunn When the Houses of Parliament in London burned down on 16th October 1834 it was a great event in British history which, although it has been captured in several paintings by Turner, ...

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Euan McColm: Don?t abandon all hope just yet
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 4:47am

WHAT a wonderful feeling is hope. It’s so much better than fear, and the great news is that there’s an endless supply, what with hope’s insistence of springing eternal.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What constitutes a "reasonable assumption"? An assumption arrived at by a process of reasoning might be a ...



Scottish independence: SNP call for budget clarity
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 3:49am

ALEX Salmond has urged the Prime Minister to guarantee that Scotland’s budget will not be slashed if voters reject independence next year.

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Scotland mourns
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 3:46am

The first victim of the helicopter crash in Glasgow was named last night as Gary Arthur, 48, from the Paisley area.

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A Union of Poverty
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 3:42am

In the first of our series exploring responses to the White Paper, Mike Small summarises the mood. The week when we saw the launch of a historic vision of the future of our country, the Better Toge...

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The poverty of the Better Together campaign
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 3:39am

Kevin McKenna: The week of 24 November could go down as the point at which the tide turned in favour of Scottish Independence

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The Captain's Abyss
by Peter A Bell
1 Dec 2013 at 3:21am

The realisation that the No camp's reaction to the independence White Paper has been based on a massive, scarcely-believable misunderstanding (or misrepresentation) of reality has thrown a new ligh...

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We made a mistake
by Peter A Bell
30 Nov 2013 at 4:01am

This morning we’ve been double- and triple-checking our story from last night, because we were so sure we must have missed something. Even given the low esteem in which we hold the integrity of the hapless “Better Together” campaign, we felt that they surely couldn’t have made such an idiotic and...



Cameron and Rajoy consult on Scotland and Catalonia
by Peter A Bell
30 Nov 2013 at 3:49am

DAVID Cameron and the Spanish Prime Minister have held talks on independence movements in Scotland and Catalonia, it has been reported.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those of us who long since ceased to rely on the mainstream media for honest reporting and reasoned analysis of Scotland's politics were al...



SNP chief calls for UK General Election delay
by Peter A Bell
30 Nov 2013 at 2:55am
AN SNP MP has called for the Conservative-led Coalition to stay in power for an extra year - to complete independence negotiations.

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SNP plan to keep the pound after independence could wreck Alex Salmond's hope...
by Mark Aitken
1 Dec 2013 at 4:36am
RETAINING Sterling as Scotland's currency will hand fiscal control back to Westminster and force Holyrood to go along with Tory economic policy.


Record View: Postponing the next UK general election would simply mean puttin...
by Record View
30 Nov 2013 at 6:39am
WE should be focusing our attentions on what independence would mean for the people of Scotland, and not the dry details of the actual vote.


Westminster MPs table motion condemning Celtic fans who waved banners promoti...
by David Clegg
30 Nov 2013 at 6:08am
PAISLEY MP Jim Sheridan is one of a number of representatives to have slammed Hoops fans who "promote terror".


Bank of England governor is ready to meet with the First Minister to discuss ...
by dailyrecord
29 Nov 2013 at 7:04am
MARK Carney says he would "welcome" talks with Alex Salmond to look at the future of the pound and reveals initial discussions on the issue have already taken place.


Alex Salmond accused of 'government by google' after pinning an independent S...
by David Clegg
29 Nov 2013 at 1:51am
THE First Minister quoted a letter, believed to be from a European Commission official, which stated it would be "legally possible" for Scotland to negotiate EU membership after a Yes vote.


First Minister Alex Salmond hits back at EU claims and insists Scotland will ...
by Lindsey Archibald
28 Nov 2013 at 10:47am
THE First Minister said if there was a Yes vote in next year's referendum Scotland would be "negotiating its position from within the European Union" - citing a letter from the European Commission in support of this.


Woman who blew whistle on Falkirk vote-rigging claims fails to make election ...
by dailyrecord
28 Nov 2013 at 8:02am
LINDA Gow, former Falkirk Council Leader, is said to be disappointed by decision taken by senior party officials.


Maggie Thatcher would 'see off' Alex Salmond if she were PM today says Boris ...
by dailyrecord
28 Nov 2013 at 6:14am
LONDON Mayor tells think tank Maggie would have been fighting like lioness to maintain the union.


Alex Salmond urged to increase free nursery places in Scotland now.. not wait...
by David Clegg
28 Nov 2013 at 2:51am
THE First Minister has been accused of playing "cynical games" on childcare as the debate over an independent Scotland heats up.


Alistair Darling: Scottish Government's blueprint for independence contains £...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Nov 2013 at 2:19am
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hit back claiming the former Chancellor of the Exchequer has been "panicked" into a "rattled and feeble" response.


David Cameron claims Alex Salmond's White Paper fails to answer any problems ...
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2013 at 8:04am
THE Prime Minister said the blueprint presented the people of Scotland with 670-pages of false promise and no answer on currency, EU membership or Nato.


Vince Cable quizzed by MPs over accusations Royal Mail was sold off on the cheap
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2013 at 7:12am
THE Business Secretary defended the government's valuation of Royal Nail and insisted the sale was for the good of the taxpayer.


David Cameron vows to crackdown on benefits received by Romanian and Bulgaria...
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2013 at 6:49am
THE Prime Minister said any EU migrant found begging or sleeping rough could be deported and banned from re-entering the UK for 12 months.


Ofgem chief claims his hands are tied over rising fuel bills unless Governmen...
by dailyrecord
27 Nov 2013 at 3:46am
AS Ofgem chief executive Andrew Wright was quizzed by MPs over energy suppliers' price hikes, he defended suggestions regulators are "not fit for purpose".


Record View: Nationalist White Paper bluster is badly in need of a healthy do...
by Record View
27 Nov 2013 at 2:02am
AS the Scottish Government unveil their blueprint for independence - RECORD VIEW discusses the key points of the 670-page document.


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There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2013 at 9:27am
There are times when politics should take a back seat. This is one of them. Clutha.



Dastardly cybernat attempt to disrupt polling has been foiled by brilliant in...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2013 at 2:34pm
Dastardly cybernat attempt to disrupt polling has been foiled by brilliant intercept question.


Cybernat attack on BBC poll
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The survey, which asked 10 questions on subjects ranging from North Sea oil to chocolate biscuits, follows in the footsteps of almost-weekly polls be...

We are sad to announce that after suffering a severe bout of double sturgeoni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2013 at 12:17am
We are sad to announce that after suffering a severe bout of double sturgeonitis, Secretary of State Alistair Crymichaelmoore is indisposed.



We bring you the first startling results of our YouGuff poll.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2013 at 1:17pm
We bring you the first startling results of our YouGuff poll.


A fifth of Scotch want Cyberbastard Rev. Stu in charge
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Jackie Baillie said: ?64% is almost 9 out of 10 people declaring their backing for MSPs like Johann Lamont. It?s an incredible achievement, but after winni...

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27 Nov 2013 at 6:17am

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Here is the 10 O'Clock News.
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 4:30pm
Here is the 10 O'Clock News.


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 10 pm Bulletin
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We didn't have time to hear any other views, and security were keeping Natz away from us to keep us safe. However, we have brought you a fair cross-section of Dundee society

Here is the Six O'Clock News.
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 12:02pm
Here is the Six O'Clock News.


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 6 pm Bulletin
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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 Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national ...

Head of Dundee's "Marra Questions than Answers" Unit, Professor Chris Whatthe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 9:33am
Head of Dundee's "Marra Questions than Answers" Unit, Professor Chris Whatthef..., expressed astonishment at the content of the Scottish Government's White Paper


Too many answers
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As a professional journalist, I'm trained to deliver bias out of any source material - though...

Here is the One O'Clock News
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 7:37am
Here is the One O'Clock News


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 1 pm Bulletin
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We didn't have time to hear any other views, and security were keeping Natz away from us to keep us safe. However, we have brought you a fair cross-section of Edinburgh society

White Paper Special. Osborne speaks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 5:12am
White Paper Special. Osborne speaks.


Chancellor Osborne: Scotlandshire White Paper cap will protect loyal Unionists
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Mr Osborne said the cap on the cost of separatist white papers would make sure that all blissfully ignorant No voters are protected.

Good Morning Scotlandshire. Here is the Nine O'clock News on Paper Chase Day ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2013 at 3:10am
Good Morning Scotlandshire. Here is the Nine O'clock News on Paper Chase Day 2013.


Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 9 am Bulletin
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Surprisingly, a number of voters seemed to take a different view, but we didn't have time to hear their views, and anyway security were kee...

You are commanded to share this image widely so your friends can also benefit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2013 at 6:22pm
You are commanded to share this image widely so your friends can also benefit from Scotlandshire's premier news source.



Poultice reveals your views on the White Paper.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm
Poultice reveals your views on the White Paper.


The Lies in the Natz White Paper ? Our readers? views
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tomorrow, we will be giving you regular updates, on the opinions of a wide cross-section of opinion in Scotlandshire. Better Together have assured us that they have peopl...

The separatists were accused of gross disrespect to the memory of 33 American...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Nov 2013 at 1:17pm
The separatists were accused of gross disrespect to the memory of 33 American miners as they unveiled the date of Scotlandshire?s ?independence day? in the unlikely event people in Scotlandshire are stupid enough to vote to run their own affairs.


Outrage at Salmond?s ?separation day? slur to Ameri...

We strongly suggest that all loyal subjects avoid this page and go nowhere ne...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Nov 2013 at 11:49am
We strongly suggest that all loyal subjects avoid this page and go nowhere near any of the advertised events. We have discovered that they are little more than a front for the SNP and may well be used to spread the separatist virus.


ReelYES
A series of traditional Scottish music concerts and ceilid...


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From the Province of the Cat #22 ? Because a fire was inside my head
by bellacaledonia
1 Dec 2013 at 4:00am
by George Gunn When the Houses of Parliament in London burned down on 16th October 1834 it was a great event in British history which, although it has been captured in several paintings by Turner, has been largely forgotten. The... Read More ›

A Union of Poverty
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2013 at 5:49pm
In the first of our series exploring responses to the White Paper, Mike Small summarises the mood. The week when we saw the launch of a historic vision of the future of our country, the Better Together’s response was muted.... Read More ›


A Community, a Society and a Nation
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2013 at 9:43am
“Who will tell us our hands are strong enough our hearts are not brave enough?” RIC13 statement read by David Hayman Filed under: Commentary

Future Folk (Us)
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
Today on St Andrews Day we’re inviting readers and contributors to write for us on the themes of the White Paper (available here as an eBook in all formats): Economy; Health and and Wellbeing; Education, Skills and Employment; International Relations... Read More ›

St Andrew?s Night at African Caribbean Centre, Glasgow
by bellacaledonia
29 Nov 2013 at 7:39am
If you’re in Glasgow on Saturday evening Africans for an Independent Scotland have teamed up with Graham Campbell and National Collective to celebrate St Andrew’s Night.  Each of them will be contributing to a cultural feast (see poster above) to... Read More ›

Independent Minds: Prison, Poems and Politics
by bellacaledonia
28 Nov 2013 at 3:24am
by Kevin Williamson Earlier this year I spent three months working with the prisoners in HMP Kilmarnock on a series of poetry workshops. The project was supported by the NTS and The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and was... Read More ›

Facing the Facts
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2013 at 4:15pm
Britain betrays its people, the establishment around the City and Westminster do not deserve our obedience ...

St Andrew?s Night Artists For YES: Introducing TeenCanteen
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
This Saturday promises to be a landmark day.  It’s the last St Andrew’s Day before the Indyref and in Edinburgh it will be marked by a celebratory party for YES featuring some of the brightest young talents emerging right now... Read More ›


One Way Ticket
by bellacaledonia
26 Nov 2013 at 9:37am
You are invited to Bella at the Voodoo Rooms: to celebrate 10,000 followers on Twitter – and in aid of our fundraising campaign - Edinburgh, Sunday 8th December 8 till late. This is a fund-raising reception, a One way Ticket to... Read More ›

Reflections on RIC2013
by bellacaledonia
25 Nov 2013 at 1:12pm
by Kevin Williamson Tomorrow’s launch of the Scottish Government’s White Paper will take political centre stage.  As Dennis Canavan said at the opening of RIC 2013 there may be disagreements on the content but “we need to keep our eye... Read More ›


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The pitch for an independent Scotland has a fundamental problem - The Economist
29 Nov 2013 at 1:44am

Telegraph.co.uk

The pitch for an independent Scotland has a fundamental problem
The Economist
THOSE who attended the launch of Scotland's independence campaign on November 26th might have failed to detect any evidence of national oppression. No police checked their papers. Nor, if they wandered fart...


Scottish independence: SNP call for budget clarity - Scotland on Sunday
30 Nov 2013 at 6:37pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP call for budget clarity
Scotland on Sunday
Salmond called for clarity on what a No vote means for Scotland's finances after his government published its plans for independence in its 649-page White Paper, ?Scotland's Future?. The APTG report argued that ...


Scottish independence: There's a kind of magic in our united kingdom - Telegr...
30 Nov 2013 at 12:31pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: There's a kind of magic in our united kingdom
Telegraph.co.uk
I'm getting a bit fed up. The discussion over Scottish independence is endlessly presented as an argument between Scotland and England, to be thrashed out between the two of them. Scottish nationalis...


Scotland independence plan shows 'position of strength,' government says - CNN
26 Nov 2013 at 9:35am

Scotland independence plan shows 'position of strength,' government says
CNN
(CNN) -- An independent Scotland would retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, keep the pound sterling currency, and remain within the European Union, according to a policy document presented by Scotland's devolved gov...


Poll reveals just a QUARTER of Scots want to leave UK following launch of ......
30 Nov 2013 at 9:20pm

Poll reveals just a QUARTER of Scots want to leave UK following launch of ...
Daily Mail
It means that support for Scottish independence is still trailing far behind the pro-Union campaign ? and remains at the same level as an identical Mail on Sunday poll carried out in September. The poll was the...


Scottish independence: The road and miles to Dundee's decision - BBC News
28 Nov 2013 at 9:36am

BBC News

Scottish independence: The road and miles to Dundee's decision
BBC News
As every schoolchild in Dundee knows, the city made its name in jute, jam and journalism. And amid the rocking of the looms and the rolling of the presses, radical politics flourished and socialism thrived. Today though...


Scottish independence: MoD reject defence proposal - Scotsman (blog)
28 Nov 2013 at 12:28pm

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: MoD reject defence proposal
Scotsman (blog)
UK ministers have already indicated that the Scotstoun and Govan yards will win the contracts to build the new Type 26 frigates should Scotland reject independence but signalled their intention to use English yards if...


Scottish independence: BoE offers currency talks - Scotsman
28 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: BoE offers currency talks
Scotsman
But the policy, which lies at the heart of the Scottish Government's white paper on independence, received a fresh blow last night as Sir John Major, the former prime minister, used a speech in London to warn that the Bank of England...


Scottish Independence: Better Childcare Pledge - Sky News
26 Nov 2013 at 4:24am

Scottish Independence: Better Childcare Pledge
Sky News
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Sky News: "This is a document for the people of Scotland; it is their guide to independence, and it will provide both a vision for Scotland's future and the answers on independence that peo...


Scottish independence: Why Northern Ireland should be fearful if the proposal...
28 Nov 2013 at 3:08am

Belfast Telegraph (blog)

Scottish independence: Why Northern Ireland should be fearful if the proposal ...
Belfast Telegraph (blog)
Alex Salmond did not mention Northern Ireland once during his hour-long Press conference in Glasgow yesterday as he launched his long-awaited blueprint for Scottish ind...



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56% oppose independence, poll says - The Paisley Daily Express
1 Dec 2013 at 10:03am

56% oppose independence, poll says
The Paisley Daily Express
The poll, by Progressive Scottish Opinion, was carried out shortly after First Minister Alex Salmond launched the Scottish Government's White Paper for independence. The document, which runs to almost 670 pages, sets out the SNP administr...


Andrew Eaton-Lewis: Scots film industry in 'a terrible state' - Scotland on S...
1 Dec 2013 at 9:51am

Scotland on Sunday

Andrew Eaton-Lewis: Scots film industry in 'a terrible state'
Scotland on Sunday
At the exact moment the SNP was unveiling its Independence White Paper, Creative Scotland was being cross-examined on its recent performance by Holyrood's culture committee. I spent the morning readin...


Scottish Government orders extra copies of independence blueprint - stv.tv
1 Dec 2013 at 9:04am

Scottish Government orders extra copies of independence blueprint
stv.tv
It also indicates what an SNP government would do if re-elected in 2016, including pledges to improve childcare, scrap the "bedroom tax" and remove Trident nuclear missiles from Scotland. Alistair Darling, leader of the Better...


Polling, Panelbase, VisitScotland and the Glasgow powerplay - For Argyll
1 Dec 2013 at 8:50am

For Argyll

Polling, Panelbase, VisitScotland and the Glasgow powerplay
For Argyll
The SNP have repeatedly insisted that the polls conducted by Panelbase ? which steadily presents around 35% in favour of independence and around 45% in favour of the Union ? are the most reliable. This opinion is buttr...


Mail Opinion on the independence White Paper - Scottish Daily Record
1 Dec 2013 at 7:53am

Mail Opinion on the independence White Paper
Scottish Daily Record
Certainly, few of the SNP's opponents got to the end ? or even the end of the beginning ? before putting the boot into last week's White Paper, the party's blueprint for independence. In truth, Alex Salmond could have revealed Sherg...


SNP plan to keep the pound after independence could wreck Alex Salmond's ... ...
1 Dec 2013 at 4:48am

Scottish Daily Record

SNP plan to keep the pound after independence could wreck Alex Salmond's ...
Scottish Daily Record
But the UK Government and financial experts say the SNP would need to curb their plans for economic autonomy if they want to keep sterling. A Coalition spokeswoman said: ?A curren...


New indyref poll: Yes 27, No 56, Don't Know 17 - Herald Scotland
1 Dec 2013 at 6:09am

Herald Scotland

New indyref poll: Yes 27, No 56, Don't Know 17
Herald Scotland
The document, which runs to almost 670 pages, sets out the SNP administration's aims for negotiating terms if there is a Yes vote in the referendum, to be held on September 18 next year. The paper also indicates what an S...


The SNP needs a thriving Scottish newpaper market - The Guardian
1 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

The Guardian

The SNP needs a thriving Scottish newpaper market
The Guardian
A long-suppressed nation, sensing freedom, prepares for the greatest political test of its lifetime. Debate about 600-page guidebooks from Alex Salmond resounds. Democratic existence doesn't come much more fervent than this....


A hit: all 20K indy White Papers go, along with 30K e-books - Herald Scotland
1 Dec 2013 at 1:40am

A hit: all 20K indy White Papers go, along with 30K e-books
Herald Scotland
The online version of the paper, which sets out the SNP administration's aims in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum on September 18, notched up 368,466 page views as of Friday morning. Loading article content. It has...


Scottish independence is a matter for the whole of the Union - Telegraph.co.uk
1 Dec 2013 at 1:00am

Scottish independence is a matter for the whole of the Union
Telegraph.co.uk
... and would have to be regarded as a new applicant, whatever the Scottish National Party argues). In light of this, how can the SNP expect to retain sterling, the Bank of England and EU membership as an automatic right? ...



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Poll reveals just a QUARTER of Scots want to leave UK following launch of ......
30 Nov 2013 at 9:20pm

Daily Mail

Poll reveals just a QUARTER of Scots want to leave UK following launch of ...
Daily Mail
An exclusive poll of more than 1100 Scots for The Mail on Sunday has revealed that only 27 per cent of voters plan to vote yes in next year's referendum, while 56 per cent intend to vote no and 17 per...


Scotland sets out blueprint for independence ahead of 2014 referendum - CTV News
26 Nov 2013 at 10:22am

CTV News

Scotland sets out blueprint for independence ahead of 2014 referendum
CTV News
In the first detailed outline of Scotland's political future as an independent country, First Minister Alex Salmond's administration set out the ways it said the nation would prosper if it left the United Kingdom...


Setback for Scottish independence as poll reveals just a QUARTER of voters .....
30 Nov 2013 at 9:28pm

Daily Mail

Setback for Scottish independence as poll reveals just a QUARTER of voters ...
Daily Mail
An exclusive poll of more than 1100 Scots for The Mail on Sunday has revealed that only 27 per cent of voters plan to vote yes in next year's referendum, while 56 per cent intend to vote no and 17 pe...


Scottish independence: Referendum library - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 6:09pm

Scottish independence: Referendum library
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum, on 18 September 2014, has generated a large amount of discussion over the nation's future. Continue reading the main story. For more on the Scottish independence referendum go to the BBC's Scotland's Future pag...


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

BBC News

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


Catalans look to Scots to lead the way towards independence - Financial Times
28 Nov 2013 at 8:03am

Catalans look to Scots to lead the way towards independence
Financial Times
The hope among Catalan activists now is that the build-up to the Scottish referendum on September 18 next year will raise the pressure on the Spanish government to follow the UK example and allow a vote to go ahead. What is...


Referendum White Paper: Immigration in an independent Scotland - stv.tv
26 Nov 2013 at 5:24am

Referendum White Paper: Immigration in an independent Scotland
stv.tv
Immigration has been little discussed so far in the referendum campaign but the value of skilled migrants and public attitudes about the impact on jobs and demography are questions central to the economics and culture of an indep...


Scottish referendum library: Vote arrangements - BBC News
28 Nov 2013 at 9:21am

Scottish referendum library: Vote arrangements
BBC News
Your Scotland, Your Referendum (Scottish government) (January 25, 2012) - The Scottish government asked for views on what should be on the referendum ballot paper, campaign spending limits and how the referendum should be run. A consultation o...


Scottish independence referendum White Paper revealed - DigitalJournal.com
27 Nov 2013 at 7:33am

DigitalJournal.com

Scottish independence referendum White Paper revealed
DigitalJournal.com
Mr Salmond showed pride in the document declaring that it is the "most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation". He ...


EU referendum bill shows hypocrisy of No campaign - SNP (press release)
29 Nov 2013 at 11:23am

EU referendum bill shows hypocrisy of No campaign
SNP (press release)
The prospect of a referendum on the UK's EU membership in 2017 means that Scotland could find itself dragged out of the EU against the wishes of people living here in the event of a No vote in next year's referendum on Scotland b...



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The Scotland Song
1 Dec 2013 at 9:05am

The Scotland Song by The Tenements is now available on iTunes!

They're gunning for a Christmas n...

Irvine - Pie In The Sky?
1 Dec 2013 at 6:40am

http://www.voicesofeastanglia.com/2013/09/space-age-design-irvine-new-town.html

 

Then there's th...



Paul Walker Killed
30 Nov 2013 at 10:32pm

Always loved the Fast and Furious films growing up and still do. 

 

Tragically Paul Walker, who p...



Panorama Programme On Comic Relief
30 Nov 2013 at 3:55pm
and other charities

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/29/bbc-panorama-investiation-comic-...

Check These Out...
30 Nov 2013 at 3:23pm
http://www.caganer.com/alex-salmond-p-831.html?language=en Seemingly a great honour in Cataloni...

Drugs
30 Nov 2013 at 2:15pm

Despite Living in London for 4 years now, I am very much a fan of independence. However, I have n...



Gluten Free
30 Nov 2013 at 12:28pm

Was hoping to make gluten free muffins for pal with Crohn's disease but looks more complicated th...



St Andrew's Day
29 Nov 2013 at 6:36pm
best wishes for what will be an interesting time

Helicopter Crash In Glasgow
29 Nov 2013 at 4:42pm
Some folk saying into the Clutha Vaults

Buckfast Sorbet..............wtf?
29 Nov 2013 at 4:18pm

Just got the menu in for our family Christmas day dinner at a local hotel. All seemed pretty stan...




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

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Polling boost for pro-independence campaign after the White Paper, as the No ...
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2013 at 11:11am
It's very difficult to know whether it's worth the bother of reporting referendum polling figures...

A visit to the Scottish Parliament
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2013 at 8:51pm
I know many readers of this blog will have visited the Scottish Parliament on countless occasions...

Sturgeon v the Lib Dems' third choice
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2013 at 6:57pm
I wonder just how much of a realist Alistair Carmichael is. It won't have been a surprise to any...

Listen, Darling. No, this time, actually LISTEN.
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2013 at 7:09pm
What in general has been a very uplifting day was only very marginally blighted by the unavoidabl...

Peter Kellner - an 'impartial polling expert'?
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2013 at 10:40am
I just despair (again). Earlier this afternoon, Peter Kellner of YouGov was trotted out by the B...

#Indyplan Eve Poetry (aka Burns Will Be Turning In His Grave, Part 2)
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2013 at 7:36pm
A little-known fact about myself (ie. no-one actually gives a monkey's) is that in 2008 I was one...

Support for independence increases in latest Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
24 Nov 2013 at 9:24am
Broadly speaking, it's 'steady as she goes' in the latest Panelbase poll on independence referend...

Has Peter Capaldi 'gone English' for Doctor Who?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2013 at 8:17pm
I said back in August that if Peter Capaldi followed David Tennant's example, and spoke his first...

Sorry to be so repetitive..
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
...but if the No campaign and their friends in the media can't help themselves, why should I? Fr...

Compare and contrast
by James Kelly
21 Nov 2013 at 9:48am
Scenario A - The SNP First Minister of devolved Scotland expresses a mere opinion on the likeliho...

A few more constructive things you can do with your time and money
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2013 at 9:54pm
These Indiegogo fundraising campaigns for pro-independence causes seem to be sprouting up all ove...

Wisdom on Wednesday : I suppose we all thought that, one way or another...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
"I seem to remember that OGH's last lauding of a Scottish Lib Dem was to say that Willie Rennie w...

Why do some sections of the media seem unable to take 'Don't Know' for an ans...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2013 at 12:38pm
We all know that the London media love to count Don't Knows in independence referendum polls as f...

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

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


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes vote triumph in Scottish Labour leader's own backyard
by Peter Dempsie
29 Nov 2013 at 10:19am

A schools debate in the heart of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont?s Glasgow constituency has ...



A ?Yes? Scotland with a valued and well-rewarded workforce
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Nov 2013 at 6:43am
The goal of good quality and well-rewarded employment is at the heart of the independence debate ...

'Putting Scotland's economy first'
by Kevin Gilmartin
29 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
Video of yAUT_AlutqU An independent Scotland gives us a range of new opportunities to grow Scot...

'Yes best for farming, best for Scotland'
by sean.lafferty
28 Nov 2013 at 10:58am

Yes Scotland welcomes the public declaration of support for independence by beef farmer Jim Brown...



A better deal for Scotland?s farming communities
by Stuart McDonald
28 Nov 2013 at 8:32am
A Yes vote will enable Scotland to win a better deal for our farming and rural communities, with ...

Did Alistair Carmichael provide clarity?
by Cailean Gallagher
28 Nov 2013 at 7:04am

Last night Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked the Coalition?s Scottish Secretary, Alista...



'Stronger pension protections year after year'
by Peter Dempsie
28 Nov 2013 at 6:22am
Video of Xl0ujMeBwWw Pauline and Thomas Higgins, both 61, are nearing retirement and depend on ...

'More opportunities here in Scotland'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
27 Nov 2013 at 11:53am
Video of bVIYsAGBsPE

The Scottish Government's white paper says that an independent Scotland ca...



What an independent Scotland can mean for you
by Peter Dempsie
27 Nov 2013 at 10:27am

The Scottish Government has outlined what an independent Scotland will look like. Based on its wh...



A 'Yes' Scotland: A fairer future for Scotland's families
by Peter Dempsie
27 Nov 2013 at 7:24am

by Angus Millar

Childcare for families with young children in Scotland would almost double with in...



Reacting to 'Scotland's Future'
by Peter Dempsie
27 Nov 2013 at 6:49am
Video of SwvRr958DAc

Yes supporter Mairi McAllan and Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenk...



Video: 'A better life for our children'
by Kevin Gilmartin
26 Nov 2013 at 1:05pm

The Scottish Government's white paper says that an independent Scotland can deliver a transformat...



A choice between two futures
by Peter Dempsie
26 Nov 2013 at 10:02am

A new and better path forward for Scotland has been set out as the Scottish Government unveiled S...



White paper: 'Childcare is particularly important'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
26 Nov 2013 at 9:00am
Video of _jWTt-rvOlo

Academic Dr David Small gives his reaction to the Scottish Government's bl...



Yes Scotland hails independence blueprint as 'exciting and visionary'
by Peter Dempsie
26 Nov 2013 at 6:14am

The Yes campaign today hailed the Scottish Government's blueprint for independence as an 'excitin...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Another Reason For Independence
1 Dec 2013 at 7:40am
If we pull out of the union then the union jack would change rendering all their bigoted tat usel...

St Andrew's Day Message
29 Nov 2013 at 2:43pm

The St Andrew's Day Message from the First Minister 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlGXDALlpyc...



Social Policy/Welfare
29 Nov 2013 at 11:57am

A Tory government we did not vote for is imposing these kinds of things on the most vulnerable in...



Scots, subsidised?
28 Nov 2013 at 12:44pm

Do we receive a subsidy from the UK government? There are lots of different figures bandied about...



Eurovision song contest
28 Nov 2013 at 10:53am

Surely the biggest factor in voting yes. We'd get to fire in our own entrant and not have to look...



Independence discussed on 'The Wright Stuff'
28 Nov 2013 at 8:29am

Enjoy!

 



Scotland's Wealth
27 Nov 2013 at 7:29pm

Very interesting read.

 

http://www.businessforscotland.co.uk/where-does-scotlands-wealth-go/

 

S...



Sturgeon - Carmichael Debate, Scotland Tonight.
27 Nov 2013 at 4:32pm

Let's discuss the debate in here as it happens! I really dislike Carmichael, grrr!



Question Time from Falkirk - 28/11
27 Nov 2013 at 12:20pm
Anyone going? I have been accepted onto the audience, question askers are determined on the night...

Poll watch
27 Nov 2013 at 10:49am

Two new polls this week, comes with the health warning that both were conducted before the white ...



Pre School Childcare Provision in Scotland
27 Nov 2013 at 4:33am

Might as well start a thread dedicated to Pre School Childcare Provision as it appears to be the ...



Challenge for those staunchly pro union or staunch pro independence
27 Nov 2013 at 3:17am
I would imagine that like me there are thousands of people undecided on whether to vote yes or no...

Electoral process in an independent Scotland
26 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

I haven't seen anyone mention that the White Paper sets out a plan for 100% proportional represen...



Alex Salmond's BMI
26 Nov 2013 at 5:48pm

I thought Alex was looking a little bit leaner today than of late, for this reason I'm edging tow...



The direct contradictions thread
26 Nov 2013 at 5:04pm
If this doesn't merit its own thread please feel free to chop but I thought it may be worthwhile ...


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Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


The SNP needs a thriving Scottish newpaper market
by Peter Preston
1 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

As the independence debate intensifies, Scotland's own press is declining fast or being outsold by London titles

A long-suppressed nation, sensing freedom, prepares for the greatest political test o...




The poverty of the Better Together campaign | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
30 Nov 2013 at 1:30pm

The week of 24 November could go down as the point at which the tide turned in favour of Scottish Independence

If Scotland opts to become an independent nation next September, then the week beginnin...




Would I choose a British or Scottish passport? It's fast becoming a reality| ...
by Ian Jack
29 Nov 2013 at 1:00pm

The white paper on Scottish independence understands that the old, hard edges of nationhood are irrelevant to many

Whichever way next year's referendum goes, the prospect of an independent Scotland ...




Could an independent Scotland liberate all Britons? | Neal Ascherson
by Neal Ascherson
29 Nov 2013 at 9:45am

The Scotland being proposed by Salmond now is the Britain voted for by millions in 1997 ? a moderate social democracy

It was 1977 when Tom Nairn spooked the political world with his famous book, The...




Scotland belongs in the EU, and independence won't change that | John Palmer
by John Palmer
29 Nov 2013 at 7:42am

The no campaigners are floating scare stories about the EU denying the Scots full membership, but that will not happen

Opponents of Scottish independence must be more nervous than they are admitting...




Independent Scotland should stay in EU, says judicial expert
by Severin Carrell
28 Nov 2013 at 12:30pm

Former EU judge boosts Alex Salmond's case by saying ejecting Scotland from union would cause unacceptable damage

Alex Salmond's case for an independent Scotland remaining in the EU received a boost...




Labour announces shortlist for Falkirk candidacy
28 Nov 2013 at 5:55am

List drawn up centrally after row over claims of vote-rigging involving Unite union

Labour has revealed the shortlist from which it will select its candidate for the Falkirk seat. Local party member...




Scottish independence: Spain blocks Alex Salmond's hopes for EU transition
by Severin Carrell, Ashifa Kassam
27 Nov 2013 at 4:57pm

No automatic welcome for independent Scotland, says Mariano Rajoy, who expects UK to take same stance on Catalonia

Alex Salmond's plans for an independent Scotland to smoothly join the European Unio...




Tough choices over Scottish independence | @guardianletters
27 Nov 2013 at 3:00pm

John Harris (If I were Scottish I'd grab the chance of independence, 25 November) identifies the problem, but then optimistically posits the flourish of a constitutionalist's pen as the solution to...




Alistair Darling accuses Salmond of 'back of envelope' data for Scotland
by Severin Carrell
27 Nov 2013 at 11:52am

Former chancellor criticises Scottish government over debt burden and oil forecasts if independence achieved by 2016

Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor, has accused Alex Salmond of publi...




Could SuBo write a new Scottish national anthem?
by Peter Robinson
27 Nov 2013 at 11:23am

Alex Salmond's independence manifesto is oddly quiet on what will happen if Scotland drops God Save the Queen. Could Calvin Harris or Emeli Sandé pen a new tune? We look at some contenders

The Scott...




Scottish government funding for Brave 'harmed rest of country's film industry'
by Ben Child
27 Nov 2013 at 7:27am

£7m tourism promotion deal would have been better spent backing local economy and film-makers, producer tells MSPs

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Scotland: assertions of independence | Editorial
by Editorial
26 Nov 2013 at 6:07pm

There should be no underestimating the importance of the document Mr Salmond and his deputy have released

According to one overexcited nationalist politician, the Scottish independence white paper t...




Salmond's independence white paper is a bargaining position not a pledge
by Martin Kettle
26 Nov 2013 at 5:50pm

Tuesday's launch did not feel like a transformative moment. But it was the nationalists' chance to grab the spotlight

It was the most detailed blueprint for a nation's independence ever produced any...




Alex Salmond softens hardline stance over Nato's nuclear weapons
by Nicholas Watt, Severin Carrell
26 Nov 2013 at 3:04pm

Independent Scotland would operate 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, says UK government as SNP tries to allay Washington's fears

An independent Scotland would allow submarines and warships armed with ...




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