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Brown to confirm he will stand down as MP at General Election
1 Dec 2014 at 5:50am
Gordon Brown will tonight call time on his 32-year distinguished career at Westminster, confirming to his constituents in Fife that he will stand down at the May General Election.

Johnson offered frontline Labour role
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
ALAN Johnson has disclosed that he was sounded out by Ed Miliband about a possible return to Labour's top team.

Osborne's tax break to shore up North Sea oil industry
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
NORTH Sea oil and gas companies are to receive a tax boost from the Treasury this week in a major boon to the multibillion-pound industry.

Cameron immigration threat leads to dispute on EU future
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron suggested he could back calls for the UK to leave the European Union yesterday as he unveiled plans to bar EU workers from receiving benefits or council housing for four years.

Cameron's immigration speech held up by alarm
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron was forced to pause his long-awaited speech on immigration after he was drowned out by an alarm at the factory where he had chosen to make the announcement.

Paxman: I would not be London mayor for all the eclairs in Paris
28 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has admitted he was approached about standing as Conservative candidate for the mayor of London but said he would not do the job for "all the eclairs in Paris".

Evel: backlash after Cameron moves to ban Scottish MPs voting on English inco...
27 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is facing an angry backlash following suggestions he wants to use Scotland's proposed new powers to ban Scottish MPs voting on income tax.

Cameron to unveil immigration crackdown amid failure to curb arrivals to UK
27 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron will today set out his long-awaited proposals for a crackdown on immigration as the Conservatives attempt to outflank Ukip.

Jon Cruddas: the British state is no longer fit for purpose
27 Nov 2014 at 10:33am
The British state is no longer fit for purpose and political parties are "in danger of being past their sell-by date", Labour's policy review chief has said.

Carmichael: home rule for all part of UK can be achieved following historic d...
27 Nov 2014 at 6:01am
Home rule for all parts of the United Kingdom can be achieved following the "historic" devolution proposals for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael has said.

Labour must not vacate the centre ground, warns Blair
26 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
Tony Blair has warned of the dangers of leaving the political centre ground, in comments the Conservatives seized on as a veiled criticism of Ed Miliband.

Terror Tsar voices concerns over jihadists exclusion proposals
26 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
Proposals to prevent would-be jihadists coming back to the UK have been significantly watered down because they were unworkable, according to the Coalition's terror Tsar.

Rompuy: EU would get over UK exit
26 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
The European Union could survive if the UK left, but not if it lost France, outgoing European Council president Herman van Rompuy said.

Blair: EU exit is an extraordinary act of self-destruction
26 Nov 2014 at 8:23am
A British exit from the European Union would be viewed as an "extraordinary act of self-destruction", former prime minister Tony Blair said as he warned Labour not to try to "out-Ukip" Nigel Farage's party.

Labour MP: Royal Navy chief should be sacked for suggesting warships may not ...
26 Nov 2014 at 7:45am
The chief of Britain's naval staff should be sacked for suggesting that Royal Navy warships may not be built in the UK, an MP has said.


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Scotsman

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London poses ?benefits and challenges? to Scotland
1 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm

LONDON offers benefits as well as significant challenges to Scotland’s economy, Nicola Sturgeon has said in her first major economic speech since becoming First Minister.



Germany not UK main destination for EU migrants
1 Dec 2014 at 12:42pm

GERMANY - not the UK - is the main destination of free movement within the European Union, an international economic organisation has said.



Lack of cash cuts Edinburgh Lectures to one speech
1 Dec 2014 at 11:28am

THE prestigious Edinburgh Lectures series which has featured talks by international speakers such as Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev and F W De Klerk is to be reduced to just one keynote event due to a lack of funding.



Margo MacDonald Holyrood portrait bid launched
1 Dec 2014 at 8:57am

A BID to have a portrait of the independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who died in April, hang in the Scottish Parliament has been launched.



UK?s new warships ?will be built on Clyde?
1 Dec 2014 at 6:56am

THE Defence Secretary has confirmed the UK’s new warships will be built on the Clyde after fears the contract could go abroad.



Republican dissidents ?plan Xmas terror blitz?
1 Dec 2014 at 6:48am

DISSIDENT republicans are planning a Christmas terror blitz in Northern Ireland, a senior police commander has warned.



Profile: Gordon Brown exits after No vote swansong
1 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

GORDON Brown has been a towering and often maligned figure in British politics for over 30 years.



Gordon Brown ?to stand down as MP?
1 Dec 2014 at 5:49am

FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to announce later that he is stepping down as an MP, according to sources.



London brings benefits and challenges - Sturgeon
1 Dec 2014 at 5:18am

SCOTLAND’S First Minister has acknowledged that London brings benefits as well as significant challenges to the country’s economy.



MSPs to investigate Convener elections plan
1 Dec 2014 at 2:53am

MSPS ARE TO investigate the benefits and disadvantages of changing Holyrood’s systems so that committee conveners must be elected.



MSP feels heat after climate change targets missed
30 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

THE SCOTTISH Government’s progress in living up to “world-leading” climate change legislation has come under fire from MSPs after annual targets were repeatedly missed.



Councils in England demand their own devolution
30 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

COUNCIL leaders across England have joined forces to demand the government give them more powers to run their own affairs.



SNP wants more power for supporting Labour
30 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

Nicola Sturgeon has warned that Labour must up the powers on offer to Scotland in the Smith Commission as the price of SNP support to form the UK government in next year’s election.



Carnival atmosphere at Faslane Trident protest
30 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

HUNDREDS of demonstrators yesterday turned out to protest against the basing of the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Faslane.



Injured workers set to reclaim right to payouts
30 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

A LABOUR MSP will this week launch a “damages” bill that restores the right of automatic compensation for injured workers, after it was removed by the UK government.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The unwilling accomplices
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 1:05pm
As we’re talking about surveys, opinion polls and statistics today, it seemed worth mentioning another one that’s come to our attention. Conducted earlier in the year by YouGov but only released today, it’s a vast poll done on behalf of the Co-operative and canvassed over 180,000 people, most of them through the Co-op’s own website. […]

The ultimate irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 8:12am
We’ve long known that Labour’s attachment to the Union was founded on the belief – though a statistically erroneous one – that it couldn’t form a secure UK government without the block of MPs (currently 40) that it sends to Westminster from Scotland. But a fascinating article from YouGov president Peter Kellner on the YG website today suggests that […]

The conclusion not arrived at
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 4:35am
There’s a curious column in today’s Scottish Sun on the subject of the Smith Commission. We’re going to have to quote quite a large chunk of it to make our point. “Has everybody forgotten that, just 18 months ago Johann Lamont came up with a plan to give Scotland complete control of income tax? When […]

Let?s play Jocko Bingo!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
This really happened today: Bagpipes! Haggis! Tartan! Whisky! Pretty sure we just got trolled, folks. “Less than three months ago the people of Scotland voted to keep the UK together, and I was just one of the millions of people who were relieved, proud and delighted that Scotland decided to stay. There was one big message […]

Socialism, 2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2014 at 1:30pm
Here’s Jim Murphy, a self-proclaimed “socialist” and the hot favourite to be the next “leader” of Scottish Labour, interviewed in today’s Mail On Sunday while doubtless still fresh from his regular early-morning run-through of The Red Flag: To the barricades, comrades! You should be able to read the whole piece if you click on the image, but for […]

Objects in the mirror
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2014 at 11:00am
…are closer than they appear, runs a (slightly depressing) inscription that must by law be engraved on the door mirror of cars in the USA. Objects in the Telegraph, though, follow different rules. (Thanks, we’re here all week.) Here’s Alan Cochrane in said organ on 25 September: “It is truly a remarkable situation where the losers […]

The truth may out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2014 at 5:01am
As the Unionist press and parties indulge in orgasmic paroxysms this week about how “The Vow” has allegedly been delivered and exceeded, it rings even stranger that absolutely nobody wants to claim the credit for authoring the historic document that saved the UK. Our investigations continue. To: Prime Minister?s Office Subject: Internal review of Freedom […]

How to lie without even trying
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2014 at 9:48am
This is a headline from Thursday’s Guardian: You all know how it works by now, right? Headlines are what control the news agenda. We’ve previously detailed at length some of the studies that show the precipitious drop in readership between the title and the end of a newspaper article, and we’re not going to go […]

Telegram for Mr Brown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Nov 2014 at 4:50am
It needs saying as much today as it did last month.

The consolation prize
by Chris Cairns
29 Nov 2014 at 12:00am


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BBC Scotland

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


Gordon Brown to stand down as MP
1 Dec 2014 at 1:28pm
Former Labour PM Gordon Brown announces he will stand down as an MP after a career spanning nearly 32 years.


Sturgeon wants competitive Scotland
1 Dec 2014 at 12:42pm
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells business leaders that she has set her economic advisers the task of how to make Scotland more competitive.


Plan to cut voting age for 2016 poll
1 Dec 2014 at 10:01am
Holyrood could be given control of its own elections in time to give 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.


Warships 'will be built on Clyde'
1 Dec 2014 at 10:41am
The defence secretary confirms that the UK's new warships will be built on the Clyde, after fears the contract could go abroad.


Childcare costs 'a route to poverty'
30 Nov 2014 at 6:47pm
The cost of childcare in Scotland is a "route to in-work poverty" for many parents, according to a report.


MSPs to consider elected conveners
30 Nov 2014 at 6:49pm
MSPs are to investigate whether the conveners of Holyrood committees should be elected by the whole parliament rather than being appointed.


Osborne 'must commit to new powers'
30 Nov 2014 at 10:15am
George Osborne has been urged by the Scottish government to make an "early commitment" to transfer more powers over tax to Holyrood.


Tories brand land plans 'horrifying'
30 Nov 2014 at 7:15am
The Scottish Conservatives brand Scottish government plans to give children equal inheritance rights to land as "horrifying".


Sturgeon out to smash glass ceiling
29 Nov 2014 at 11:04am
Scotland's new first minister says that smashing to "smithereens" the glass ceiling faced by women is an important part of tackling inequality.


Politicians mark St Andrew's Day
29 Nov 2014 at 7:04pm
Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron reflect on the referendum campaign as they mark Scotland's national day.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
27 Nov 2014 at 7:42am
Nicola Sturgeon says she is "disappointed" by the Smith Commission proposals.


AUDIO: Sturgeon makes fairer society plea
1 Dec 2014 at 3:47am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell business leaders that she wants to work with them to make Scotland a fairer and "better country".


VIDEO: Scotland 'is moving forward' on devolution
30 Nov 2014 at 9:18am
Lord Smith says the commission report on more powers for the Scottish Parliament is moving Scotland forward.


VIDEO: MSP tribute to 'Little Willie Rennie'
25 Nov 2014 at 9:44am
Deputy Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw makes light of the gender balance among Scotland's party leaders.


VIDEO: Editor: It looks crazy, but in fact it's not
25 Nov 2014 at 7:27am
The UK's newest newspaper was launched on Monday and The National is taking a pro-Scottish independence line.


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Sturgeon spells out economic priorities
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2014 at 11:08am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today placed the strengthening of the Scottish economy at the heart of the Cabinet?s agenda at a speech before business leaders.

 

The Scottish Government?s Programme for Government, set out last week,  included a promise to extend the Small Business Bonus Scheme for the lifetime of the next parliament if the SNP is re-elected. This year Scottish Government rates relief will help two out of every five business properties to the tune of £600 million.

Plans to establish a Scottish Development Bank to support high growth firms were also announced, along with funds to support the building sector by adding £30 million to the £100 million already allocated to the Help to Buy scheme.



A Big Boy Did It ?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Nov 2014 at 5:55pm

Commentary By GA Ponsonby

The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back independence for Scotland sold well during its five day trial.

Newsquest, the company that owns the Herald and the Sunday Herald, hopes to reap the obvious business reward that was awaiting the first publisher to create a product that the 1.6 million Yes voters would support.



All hail the Stupid Party
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Nov 2014 at 12:31pm

By Derek Bateman


The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating bagpipes can be heard. If the drones could fashion a dirge it would be Smith?s Retreat from Devo Max.


God, but it?s embarrassing for old Scotland to have such a gang of spivs and chancers picking over her entrails to see what?s worth keeping and what can be safely consigned to the bin.


My own lament is simple: Why, in Heaven?s name, didn?t we have the courage of our forebears and bestow on our country what is rightfully hers ? sovereign independence.



Land reform finally tops the Holyrood agenda
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 3:09pm

By Andy Wightman

 

Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government?s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. Announcements of further proposals are expected in the consultation paper to be published next week.


After a decade of absence, it?s great to see the land question back on the political agenda. This is an important, substantial and meaningful set of proposals. Taken as a whole, they will hopefully shift the baseline of the debate ? that is to say the set of assumptions and norms that have too often been taken for granted and in which politicians have too often been reluctant to tackle.



BBC Scotland holds its breath on Holyrood accountability
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 2:42pm

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting

Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be paid to Lord Smith?s report this week.

The rest of the world may be rightly concerned about the high politics, and the detail of fiscal and welfare devolution. Our news department and its hangers-on will be telling the story in their usual way. The audience will have no problem discerning the Labour line, plus whatever the SNP government spinners have told Brian Taylor.



Surreal Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 11:08am

By Derek Bateman


Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could be St Patrick?s Day. ?Happy? Of course we?re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn?t the party grand??


Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we?d won the referendum? ?Cabinet members arrived for their first meeting dressed in assorted onesies. First Minister Sturgeon came in a panda outfit accompanied by the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band?The Cabinet sang Do They Know It?s Christmas before going into Bute House where they debagged Brian Taylor and threw his trousers on to the street. Reflecting off the windows were the flames of bonfires set by the mob in Charlotte Square gardens??



The legend of Gordon Brown
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 10:44am

Analysis by Maurice Smith


At the height of the independence campaign, as Gordon Brown paced the stage during his carefully-choreographed interventions, my attention was drawn to the faces of the party loyalists who had been co-opted into the act.


They sat behind him, dutifully holding their ?No Thanks? placards and seemingly engrossed while the Great Man burped and farted through a familiar litany of rhetorical threat and constitutional half-promise.


Each intervention was billed as a major one, of course. Here was the Saviour of the Union, called in at the 11th hour to seize Scotland back from the jaws of narrow nationalism.


A desperate Westminster establishment had projected the Bat-sign over Gotham,  and there was mighty Brownman ready to leap from his den in faraway Fife, where he took his rest from saving the world.



Review: Sturgeon plays to a packed house at the Hydro
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Nov 2014 at 9:32am

By Robert Given

I joined the SNP 24 years ago. I have carried the card ever since.

I liked them when it seemed very few people did. I canvassed with Nicola and remember Alex and Kenny from the poll tax campaign days.  In rock and roll terms I bought the first single, watched them play the student union. Now that they have double platinum-selling albums, play stadiums with an international fan base and have changed lead singer a couple of times, is it still possible to love the SNP?

To The Hydro!



Celtic partly concede to pressure to pay the "Living Wage"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Nov 2014 at 3:45pm

By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

Shareholder pressure has forced one of Scotland?s sporting institutions ? Celtic Football Club ? to back down partly in a two year battle over the ?Living Wage?.

Club chairman Ian Bankier signalled a change of heart at the opening of its annual general meeting when he announced that 180 permanent staff currently on the minimum wage can expect their pay to improve to the ?living wage? level of £7.85 an hour.



Swinney promoted as others go in Cabinet shuffle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Nov 2014 at 3:27pm

By Thomas Connolly

Finance Secretary John Swinney was promoted as two long-standing colleagues lost their Cabinet posts in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's new government today.

As expected, Swinney will combine his finance role with that of Deputy First Minister, a role for which he was tipped heavily.




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Scot Goes pop

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

Do UKIP's threats to scupper the Smith package with an "Axis of EVEL" have th...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 8:02pm
UKIP's David Coburn, aka "the Pride of Scotland", renowned for brilliant insights such as his cla...

Early straw in the wind suggests SNP's support has remained rock solid in the...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 12:58am
It's still very early days, but it looks possible that the Labour wind-up merchant who graced us ...

What impact (if any) will the Smith report have on the SNP's enormous opinion...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2014 at 11:27am
Since it became clear in the immediate post-referendum period that the SNP had racked up a huge a...

Thoughts on Smith
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2014 at 5:16am
I'm in a mad rush at the moment, but I'll jot down my thoughts on the Smith recommendations as an...

Jackanory Jim's reaction when someone points out that it's going to be Decemb...
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2014 at 3:37pm

Hi, I'm Sarah Smith, and THIS is Murphy 2014.  Joining me tonight is Scottish Labour leader Jim.....



15% of British voters would prefer the SNP as a coalition partner at Westminster
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm
I overlooked a fascinating supplementary question in one of the two Britain-wide YouGov polls on ...


An incomplete list?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2014 at 9:35pm

Perhaps to prove to myself that the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup weren't the only chances...

The National
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 7:40pm

As I'm sure everyone and his auntie knows by now, tomorrow (Monday) will see the launch of The Na...



SNP just 2% behind Liberal Democrats in Britain-wide Opinium poll
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 3:25pm

It's probably worth mentioning this poll individually, because I won't be able to make use of it ...



Heads I win, tails you're a Liberal Democrat
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 1:11am
There's a very curious article on Reuters, which has a perfectly sound basic premise (that the UK...

Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2014 at 2:41pm

We've discussed this before, but by-election upsets are much more important when they happen just...



Scot Goes Pop fundraiser closes with £5937 raised
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2014 at 9:24am
I'm delighted (and slightly relieved!) to say that the second Scot Goes Pop fundraiser has finall...

Confirmed : Survation found more supporters of independence than ever before ...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2014 at 1:25am
I've finally had a chance to look at the datasets for this week's Survation poll, and as I suspec...

Should Scotland seek self-governing Crown Dependency status, like the Isle of...
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
A guest post by Gavin Falconer

One of the results of the independence referendum is that it makes ...

Respecting democracy and abolishing democracy are not the same thing
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2014 at 12:17pm
Last night I got into one of my occasional spats on Twitter, and this time it involved someone wh...


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Patrick Harvie: Smith Commission devolution plans will leave No voters wonder...
by Patrick Harvie
1 Dec 2014 at 11:24am
PATRICK HARVIE gives his view that Labour brought a weak offering to devolution talks, and that a...


Former prime minister Gordon Brown expected to announce later he is standing ...
by Andy Philip
1 Dec 2014 at 5:55am
IT is understood that the 63-year-old will announce in a speech in his Kirkcaldy constituency ton...


Scottish Government urged to help working families by ensuring affordable chi...
by dailyrecord
1 Dec 2014 at 5:35am
A CITIZENS Advice Scotland report warned that high childcare bills are a "route to in-work povert...


New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells companies they have ?nothing to fear...
by Amanda Keenan
1 Dec 2014 at 1:36am
SOME business leaders are concerned that as head of a resurgent ruling Scottish National party, S...


The Vow delivered: Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy says Smith paper me...
by Jim Murphy
1 Dec 2014 at 12:00am
WRITING exclusively for the Daily Record, the Labour leadership candidate says the Smith paper me...


Record View: Top lawman Frank Mulholland needs praise for pursuit of murderer...
by Record View
30 Nov 2014 at 6:01pm
FRANK Mulholland deserves recognition for his relentless pursuit of convicted murderer Angus Sinc...


Kezia Dugdale: Scotland doesn't need a 'can't do' minister, they want a 'can ...
by Kezia Dugdale
30 Nov 2014 at 2:00pm
THIS week KEZIA looks back at 2014 politics, applauding to the 10 politicians who clubbed togethe...


Gordon Brown urges Yes voters to back Labour to kick of 2015 election campaign
by Mark Aitken
30 Nov 2014 at 5:35am
POLITICIANS fired the opening shots of next year?s Westminster election campaign as Labour and SN...


Sunday Mail Opinion: We've talked it over, it's time to get to work now
by Mail Opinion
30 Nov 2014 at 3:22am
IT'S time for Nicola Sturgeon to get on with building a legacy of achievement.


Scotland's national poet Liz Lochhead announces she has joined the SNP
by Ross Crae
29 Nov 2014 at 8:01am
POET and dramatist Lochhead has announced that she's joining the party having campaigned for a Ye...


Record View: Mansion tax makes the most of the wealth of nations
by Record View
29 Nov 2014 at 2:18am
RECORD VIEW says a Labour government's mansion tax policy could show the true value of the union ...


Gordon Brown claims mansion tax will pump £250million extra into Scotland's NHS
by Andy Philip
29 Nov 2014 at 1:34am
FORMER prime minister Brown claims the windfall under a Labour government shows the benefit of sh...


Pro-Union parties hail Smith Commission recommendations and tell SNP: If you'...
by Andy Philip
28 Nov 2014 at 4:01am
AS the SNP claimed the new powers did not go nearly far enough, pro-Union parties insisted the Sm...


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused of souring Smith Commission recommenda...
by Andy Philip
28 Nov 2014 at 3:27am
OPPOSITION parties hit out at Sturgeon as she claimed the ultimate devolution package fell short ...


Record View: A powerhouse must use great strength wisely
by Record View
28 Nov 2014 at 3:07am
GIVEN what has been devolved RECORD VIEW says the SNP should embrace the Smith Commission as some...


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Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...

The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Nov 2014 at 5:49am
The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications for the real true st...

"Vooote for me! Vooote for me! 3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
"Vooote for me! Vooote for me!
3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."




The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 6:24am
The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire.

Who said devolution ...

Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists. Dictator Sturgeon'...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists.

Dictator Sturgeon's loyal troops claim...

In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Ale...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2014 at 4:13pm
In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Alexander, has challeng...

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTEND...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTENDING THE MATCH TONIGH...

EXCLUSIVE: Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 1:49pm
EXCLUSIVE:
Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans to BBC Scotlandshire'...

Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders fo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders for the Scottish Labou...

NATZ RALLY The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestria...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2014 at 4:49am
NATZ RALLY

The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestrial TV and online agai...

BREAKING NEWS New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2014 at 4:28am
BREAKING NEWS

New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and deputy dictator electe...

BREAKING: In one of his final acts as First Minister, outgoing premier Alex S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
BREAKING:
In one of his final acts as First Minister, outgoing premier Alex Salmond has announced...


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Bella Caledonia



it's time to get above ourselves


Can Lima be a Stepping Stone to a Climate Treaty?
by bellacaledonia
1 Dec 2014 at 5:04am
Two weeks of UN climate negotiations open in Lima today. The talks in Peru are intended to delive...


Smithy: the Phenomenon
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 4:10pm
By Mike Small The ICM polls out today clearly show that the public mood in Scotland far outstrips...

The Smith Commission and the Westminster Cartel
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 3:10pm
By John S Warren In order to understand the Smith Commission Report, the conventional wisdom is t...


For a Yes Alliance in May
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 3:01pm
By Gordon Morgan Peter Arnott?s very insightful post last Sunday highlighted the tension between ...

One Nation Onesie
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 2:38pm
Is this the perfect gift for your Better Together loved one at Christmas? The Union Jack Onesie b...

Remembrance Day for Lost Species
by bellacaledonia
29 Nov 2014 at 3:49am
When we burst into flight we so filled the sky That the sun was darkened and day became dusk. Hum...


Lord Smith and the Giant Fudge
by bellacaledonia
28 Nov 2014 at 10:51am
Greg Moodie on the perils of Smithy and the consequentials for all ...


The Professor of Angry
by bellacaledonia
28 Nov 2014 at 8:40am
By Mike Small When Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry tweeted her terrible tweet h...


Broadcast Media as Centralised Control
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 10:57am
Dave Rushton analyses the media demands and devolution of powers from Smith and beyond. When the ...


Bernadette McAliskey RIC 2014
by bellacaledonia
27 Nov 2014 at 9:58am
Continuing or reporting from RIC2024 we have this talk from the inspirational Bernadette McAliske...


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Scotland and Independence

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Scots gather in Edinburgh, call for independence - Press TV
29 Nov 2014 at 5:38pm

Scots gather in Edinburgh, call for independence
Press TV
Scots celebrate their national day which ...


Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime' - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Nov 2014 at 4:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime'
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Asked about...


Scottish Independence Will Happen in 20 Years Says SNP's Alex Salmond - Inter...
3 Nov 2014 at 8:35am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence Will Happen in 20 Years Says SNP's Alex Salm...


Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence - Telegra...
14 Nov 2014 at 11:51am

Telegraph.co.uk

Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk...


Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen - NPR (blog)
10 Nov 2014 at 5:22am

NPR (blog)

Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen
NPR (blog)
But turnout was l...


Andy Murray wants to win back any fans lost by his public support for Scottis...
8 Nov 2014 at 4:37am

Scottish Daily Record

Andy Murray wants to win back any fans lost by his public support for Scotti...


New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin - CryptoCoinsNews
3 Nov 2014 at 5:57am

CryptoCoinsNews

New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin
CryptoCoinsNews
Scotland The r...


The Scottish Editor Of The Telegraph Rewrote David Cameron's Referendum ... -...
1 Dec 2014 at 11:44am

Telegraph.co.uk

The Scottish Editor Of The Telegraph Rewrote David Cameron's Referendum ...
BuzzFee...


Queen Accused Of Deliberately Intervening On Scottish Referendum - Breitbart ...
1 Dec 2014 at 7:18am

Breitbart News

Queen Accused Of Deliberately Intervening On Scottish Referendum
Breitbart News
The Q...


Former PM Gordon Brown set to leave political life - RTE.ie
1 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm

Scotland Now

Former PM Gordon Brown set to leave political life
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... most unpopular prime mini...



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Projected Scotland vote could cost Miliband Number 10, says poll guru - stv.tv
1 Dec 2014 at 11:44am

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Projected Scotland vote could cost Miliband Number 10, says poll guru
stv.tv
The projected vo...


Time to quiz the council ? at 7pm tonight! - The Edinburgh Reporter
1 Dec 2014 at 10:59am

The Edinburgh Reporter

Time to quiz the council ? at 7pm tonight!
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Councillor ...


Business speech a clear signal of priorities - SNP (press release)
1 Dec 2014 at 10:35am

Business speech a clear signal of priorities
SNP (press release)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's s...


After the Scottish independence referendum: Changin Scotland - The Guardian (...
1 Dec 2014 at 9:42am

The Guardian (blog)

After the Scottish independence referendum: Changin Scotland
The Guardian (blog...


Ukip Chairman Sparks Backlash After Comparing SNP to Nazis - Newsweek
1 Dec 2014 at 9:39am

Newsweek

Ukip Chairman Sparks Backlash After Comparing SNP to Nazis
Newsweek
Ukip's chairman for Sco...


Ukip Spark Backlash After Comparing SNP to Nazis - Newsweek
1 Dec 2014 at 8:43am

Newsweek

Ukip Spark Backlash After Comparing SNP to Nazis
Newsweek
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Development of EST-based SNP and InDel markers and their utilization in ... -...
1 Dec 2014 at 7:57am

Development of EST-based SNP and InDel markers and their utilization in ...
7thSpace Interactive (...


Comedy boss wants to Stand for Parliament - Chortle
1 Dec 2014 at 7:48am

Comedy boss wants to Stand for Parliament
Chortle
Comedy club boss Tommy Sheppard has launched a bi...


Sturgeon: London brings benefits and challenges to Scotland's economy - stv.tv
1 Dec 2014 at 7:26am

stv.tv

Sturgeon: London brings benefits and challenges to Scotland's economy
stv.tv
The SNP leader m...


Time for Labour to unite, Murphy tells Highland hustings - Ross-Shire Journal
1 Dec 2014 at 7:05am

Ross-Shire Journal

Time for Labour to unite, Murphy tells Highland hustings
Ross-Shire Journal
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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

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Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 5:40am

Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum
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Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum - The Conversatio...
29 Nov 2014 at 2:00am

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Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum
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While England goes back to taking the union for granted, Scotland remains at ...
1 Dec 2014 at 4:58am

The Independent

While England goes back to taking the union for granted, Scotland remains at war
Th...


Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum' - Daily Mail
13 Nov 2014 at 4:54am

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum'
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'For us all in pol...


Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters UK
7 Nov 2014 at 8:19am

Reuters UK

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
Reuters UK
As soon as the refere...


Gordon Brown says Scottish politics should be 'reset' after referendum - stv.tv
29 Nov 2014 at 5:51am

Herald Scotland

Gordon Brown says Scottish politics should be 'reset' after referendum
stv.tv
Former...


Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign - stv.tv
28 Nov 2014 at 6:10pm

stv.tv

Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign
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The debate about S...


Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ... - ...
16 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ...
Sc...


The Scottish Nationalists Lost the Referendum, So Stop Treating Edinburgh as ...
28 Nov 2014 at 9:15am

Breitbart News

The Scottish Nationalists Lost the Referendum, So Stop Treating Edinburgh as ...
Bre...


Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years - Huf...
2 Nov 2014 at 9:12am

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Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years
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Anything Goes

Happy 1St Of December
1 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=uZFM9rsPfLI

Kiltwalk 2015
1 Dec 2014 at 11:07am

Howdy all.

 

I did the Kiltwalk this year for the first time and was really keen to do it again n...



Stonehenge Tunnel
1 Dec 2014 at 10:56am

Why?

 

It wont improve traffic flow, it will just stick it out of view, what a waste of money.



Scotland Ts
1 Dec 2014 at 7:17am

I've been asked to take two Scotland tops over to Spain with me next week. one for a 2-3 year old...



Strange Hogmanay Venues
30 Nov 2014 at 9:55pm

This year I fancied a road trip somewhere different for Hogmanay so after scanning a radius of wh...



The Demise
30 Nov 2014 at 8:43pm

I'm 32 and I think last year I began noticing it.

 

Not just mentality, but mannerisms, actions/i...



Buses
30 Nov 2014 at 6:23pm
Hate the fucjers but sometimes they come in handy. Queue like an execution for a taxi in Gordon S...

Alan Cochrane
30 Nov 2014 at 11:08am
...is a despicable khunt.

He's published his Indyref diaries, "Alex Salmond, my part in his downf...

Antikythera Mechanism
30 Nov 2014 at 8:14am

Been following this since i knew about it a few years back, it's so interesting in what it reveal...



How Are Yessers Coping With No Voters
30 Nov 2014 at 6:44am

Yessers ,whats the atmosphere like between your friends and colleagues who voted No

 

90% of my f...




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Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish blogs: what next for alternative media post-referendum?
by Aisha Gani
1 Dec 2014 at 5:57am

Citizens journalists came to the fore during the Scottish independence campaign ? we take a look at the direction blogs have taken since the vote

? Scotland?s National newspaper is here to stay

? The...



David Cameron has sold Scotland down the river | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Nov 2014 at 8:04pm
The Smith report confirms little ? other than that Tory leader is the undoubted politician of the year

In the Scottish higher modern studies exam paper for the class of 2025, I would not be surprise...



Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
28 Nov 2014 at 10:54am
Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

Proposals for Scotland to have greater independence over billions of pounds w...




David Cameron vows to slash migrants' benefits ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Tom Clark and produced by Phil Maynard
28 Nov 2014 at 9:30am
James Ball, Alan Travis and Polly Toynbee join Tom Clark to discuss David Cameron's major speech on immigration and the welfare state. Plus: Severin Carrell looks at new proposals for post-referend...

Ten things we learned this week
by Aisha Gani
28 Nov 2014 at 9:27am

From Black Friday mayhem to bum-breathing turtles facing extinction, here is a round-up of the week?s news

Continue reading...


Steve Bell on Scottish politics ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
27 Nov 2014 at 4:44pm
Continue reading...

David Cameron reignites English votes row as Scotland gets new tax powers
by Severin Carrell and Nicholas Watt
27 Nov 2014 at 2:44pm
Prime minister wants to bar Scots MPs from parts of budget vote, as Labour is accused of being ?duped? by Tories

David Cameron is risking a fresh constitutional clash with Labour and the Liberal Dem...



The SNP?s negative response to Smith could set it adrift from Scottish people...
by Martin Kettle
27 Nov 2014 at 2:15pm
The report on Scotland speaks for the 75% who want more devolution. It may shift the political centre of gravity

Lord Smith?s commission was set up by David Cameron to consider the devolution of fur...



Scotland faces confusion on the slippery slope to formal separation
by David Torrance
27 Nov 2014 at 1:22pm
The Scottish government has to keep the process alive. Hence Nicola Sturgeon?s description of the Smith commission report as an ?opening offer?

It all started with a ?vow?. Although nationalist car...



Alex Salmond presses the right buttons; Theresa May can?t
by John Crace
27 Nov 2014 at 12:29pm
Home secretary discovers that if there?s one thing guaranteed to make a poor joke worse, it?s a major technology fail

?Let?s hope your finger is never on the nuclear button,? Alex Salmond said genia...



Andrew Mitchell loses plebgate libel case ? live coverage
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Nov 2014 at 11:54am

Judge gives decision in former chief whip Andrew Mitchell?s libel trial against News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, over what MP allegedly said at gates of Downing Street in 2012

Smith Comm...

Nicola Sturgeon: Smith commission fails to deliver ?powerhouse parliament?
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
27 Nov 2014 at 10:46am

Scotland?s first minister wants control over minimum wage, income tax, national insurance and universal credit

Nicola Sturgeon has accused the Smith commission of failing to deliver the ?powerhouse ...



Sales of Scotland?s new paper the National dip to 50,000
by Mark Sweney
27 Nov 2014 at 10:09am

Newsquest executives step up pagination of pro-independence tabloid by 25% for Friday?s edition after Smith Commission report

Sales of the second edition of the new Scottish pro-independence daily p...



Devolution of tax powers won?t shut down the Scottish independence debate | R...
by Ruth Wishart
27 Nov 2014 at 9:37am
We don?t know the winners and losers yet but the Smith commission?s proposals are already being questioned

First, some chronology. On 22 November some 3,000 people attended the Radical Independence ...



David Cameron on Scotland devolution: 'A good day for the UK' ? video
by Guardian Staff
27 Nov 2014 at 6:35am
The prime minister welcomes his government's announcement that more powers are to be devolved to Scotland. David Cameron says he is delighted to see Scotland take control of £14bn of income tax and...


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newest submissions : Scotland
newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Ruth Davidson MSP kicks Scottish Labour whilst their down by giving Gordon "B...
1 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm
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It's that time of year again
1 Dec 2014 at 12:43pm
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What is the Union for?: The "pooling and sharing" Union's last throw of the d...
1 Dec 2014 at 12:35pm
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Italian student thinking about studying in Scotland. A few questions!
1 Dec 2014 at 12:23pm

Hey boys, I am an italian student who is soon to graduate, and I was thinking about where to study. At the moment I am thinking about Paris, Italy (don't you say) and Scotland. I was wondering what...



Dedication
1 Dec 2014 at 11:24am
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Nicola Sturgeon wants Scotland to be more competitive
1 Dec 2014 at 10:20am
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UK's New Warships Will Be Built In Scotland
1 Dec 2014 at 9:55am
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Scottish Film talent Network information sessions across Scotland this week. ...
1 Dec 2014 at 9:21am
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Liz's Referendum Intervention Staged?
1 Dec 2014 at 8:43am

Alleges The Telegraph's arch Unionist Cockrane in new book detailing his Campaign diary.

"September 14 2014: 4 days before the vote

Brilliant, brilliant story. The Queen, after the weekly service ...



Dundee wins City of Design status from UNESCO
1 Dec 2014 at 7:31am
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The alternate version of David Camerons "St Andrews day speech". Replace "Aus...
1 Dec 2014 at 7:20am
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Gordon Brown to stand down as MP
1 Dec 2014 at 7:00am
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Can I study in Scotland with my dual US and EU (LT) citizenship if I grew up ...
1 Dec 2014 at 5:29am

Hey, r/Scotland. I grew up in the US and went to school here; however, my parents were both born in Lithuania so I got Lithuanian (EU) citizenship recently.

I want to go to college in Scotland so ...



Destroying the state is no accident
1 Dec 2014 at 4:36am
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How could the council tax be replaced?
30 Nov 2014 at 8:25pm
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10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this blog. Thanks Malc! Taking a leaf out of the book of John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furn...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader Of Labour In the Scottish Parliament, a mere LOLITSP. Iain Gray, a much better politician than he e...

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion calling for free public transport. I don’t know why conference opposed it, but I know why I did, and why I...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...

Portillo moments on steroids
by weegingerdug
17 Nov 2014 at 6:52pm
So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties f...

Still a reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
15 Nov 2014 at 5:22am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Well we?re eight weeks on from the vote and the world hasn?t come to a crashing halt. The sky isn?t raining blood. Sulphrous pits haven?t opened under our hom...

The oncoming train
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2014 at 6:53pm
According to the Herald, Jim Murphy has promised that if he wins the election for manager of Labour’s Scottish dead meat counter he’s going to wrest power back from the London office. What he reall...

I want my devo max
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2014 at 3:14pm
So where’s my devo max then? Like most people in Scotland who have been following political developments over the past few years – which is most people in Scotland – I fancy I have quite a good ide...

Up in smoke
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
It’s only after you break a bad habit that you realise just how bad it was for you. Like giving up smoking or voting Labour in Scotland. That’s been a vicious addiction that hundreds of thousands h...

Jim Murphy?s BOGOF
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
Less than two months after the referendum, you know, that vote that was supposed to establish the settled will of the Scottish people until the Sun expands in a ball of hot gas and consumes the Ear...


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