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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Cybernat attack on BBC poll www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk 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...
A fifth of Scotch want Cyberbastard Rev. Stu in charge www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk 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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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
Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 6 pm Bulletin www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk 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 ...
Natz Fairy Tale finally published : 1 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 Edinburgh society
Chancellor Osborne: Scotlandshire White Paper cap will protect loyal Unionists www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk Mr Osborne said the cap on the cost of separatist white papers would make sure that all blissfully ignorant No voters are protected.
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...
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...
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 ›
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...
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 ...
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 (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 ... 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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 ... 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? ...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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 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 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...
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) 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...