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Interview: Caroline Lucas MP: the honourable outsider
28 Feb 2015 at 6:15pm
THIS time five years ago, few people had heard of Caroline Lucas.

George Osborne under fire over claims of victory in EU rebate battle
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have halved a £1.7 billion EU surcharge in negotiations in Brussels last year is "not supported by the facts", a report has found.

Balls hits out at Chancellor's 'radio silence' on oil taxes
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm

Cameron and Clegg in pledge on 'landmark' new powers for Cardiff Assembly
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
New powers will be devolved to Wales under "landmark" plans being announced by David Cameron and Nick Clegg ahead of Sunday's St David's Day celebrations.

Cameron defends MPs ''second jobs' following cash for access allegations
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron defended politicians' "second jobs" as a Labour bid to ban MPs from holding paid directorships or consultancies was defeated in the Commons in the wake of the Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw 'cash for access' allegations.

Osborne hails plan to devolve healthcare budget to Manchester
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Plans to devolve £6 billion a year of health spending to Greater Manchester will lead to closer integration between the NHS and social care and improve results for patients, George Osborne has claimed.

Balls to reject Sturgeon's call for extra £180bn in public spending
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to reject First Minister Nicola Surgeon's call to change his party's economic plans and announce an extra £180billion in public spending during a visit to Scotland.

Cameron: I'm optimistic and fun
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron has described himself as "optimistic and fun" as he made a pitch to win over women voters.

8 in 10 new jobs 'in low pay industries'
25 Feb 2015 at 6:05pm
More than eight in 10 jobs created in Scotland since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government came to power are in low pay industries, according to new figures.

Sketch: Who are you calling a crackpot?
25 Feb 2015 at 12:05pm
'Unparliamentary language' can hog the limelight, but its close cousin is often more interesting and illuminating.

The battle for Kensington
24 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Sir Malcolm's resignation ignites a battle for one of the most coveted Conservative seats at Westminster, Kensington.

Insurers warn over pension changes
24 Feb 2015 at 6:10pm
Crucial details of exactly how the Government's retirement savings revolution is set to work are still missing with less than six weeks to go before people are handed new freedoms over their pension pots, insurers are warning.

Rifkind: "Nobody pays me a salary, I have to earn my income'
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Five years after the original scandal, two more highly experienced politicians were secretly recorded by undercover reporters in a sting that has again led to allegations of 'cash for access' .

Rifkind under pressure over security role
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to stand down from his key role scrutinising national security after becoming embroiled in allegations of 'cash for access'.

MPs 'make hundreds of thousands of pounds outside parliament'
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron rejected Labour's call for a cap on MPs' outside earnings and a ban on directorships and consultancies as it emerged that some MPs made hundreds of thousands of pounds last year.


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Disgraced MPs must not go to Lords, says SNP
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

THE SNP yesterday sought assurances that the two MPs caught up in “cash for access” allegations should not be elevated to the House of Lords once they leave the Commons.



Labour urges rejection of anti-SNP alliance
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

LABOUR last night urged its supporters to reject a new grassroots campaign set up to combat the rise of the SNP by providing advice on tactical voting.



Supermarkets asked to help with milk in schools
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

Daily break will boost learning and help dairy industry, says MSP



Arrests as Galloway condemns ?Nazi? Pegida rally
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

A BRITISH rally organised by a German anti-Islam group led to five arrests after clashes with a counter demonstration.



Tories must be champions of underdog - Davidson
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

RUTH Davidson yesterday said that the Conservatives should “take on” establishment power, claiming her party should champion the “underdog and the outsider”.



Danny Alexander?s appeal ?smacks of desperation?
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

DANNY Alexander has been accused of making a desperate attempt to woo Tory voters in his constituency by sending them letters claiming the Lib Dems are best placed to defeat the SNP.



First time buyers in England boosted by discount
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

YOUNG first time buyers in England will be able to steal a march on their Scottish counterparts when it comes to taking their place on the housing ladder thanks to a “game- changing” government scheme that launches tomorrow.



Drumlanrig: Danny, Champion of the Glens
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

DANNY Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, is gearing up for the May elections, as the latest issue of his newsletter Talk of The Glens dropping through the letterboxes of his constituents proves. And a right riveting read it is, too.



Dani Garavelli: Jim Murphy the dynamic underdog
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

Scottish Labour sorely needs the relentless energy that drove a boy from the schemes to seize a safe Tory seat. But can Jim Murphy lay to rest doubts over his sincerity, asks Dani Garavelli



Alison Johnstone: Equality will be sunk by TTIP
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

TRICKLE-down economics. It’s a catchy phrase. Revived, I gather, by Democrats in the States to slate Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts for the rich, it’s come to mean the idea that if you make big business more profitable and give wealthy individuals more cash in their pockets somehow the rest of society will enjoy a commensurate boost. Of course, we know only too well that this kind of economic thinking hasn’t delivered. For too long governments have been pushing the trickle-down button and all the while inequality has been growing.



Leaders: Tactical vote would backfire
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

Attempts by pro-UK campaigners to damage the SNP are naive in the extreme



Andrew Tickell: SNP slouching towards Westminster
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

‘GOOD grief, you aren’t a Scottish Nationalist, are you?” The massive, tweedy don inspected me, eyes twinkling with surprise and a kind of benevolent contempt. Determined to skewer this odd specimen of humanity, after a fortifying slurp of claret, he patiently explained to me that I was wrongheaded and mistaken. Like a dim undergraduate in a tricky tutorial, he said, if I thought matters through, I would soon realise the absurdity of the Nationalists and my position.



Euan McColm: No excuses for vile killer Jihadi John
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

WHEN former prime minister John Major said that, when it came to crime, society needed “to condemn a little more and understand a little less”, his words seemed to sum up just how out of touch his Conservative Party had become.



Alistair Carmichael rules out leadership bid
28 Feb 2015 at 6:11am

SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael appears to have ruled out a future bid to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.



Fears over Holyrood child abuse inquiry direction
27 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

SURVIVORS have claimed a Scottish Government inquiry into historical child abuse cases appears to be moving away from holding to account those who were responsible for crimes against them.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The sharpest bulb in the packet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2015 at 11:44am
Scottish Labour’s mustard-keen Kezia “Deputy” Dugdale bravely tried a tweet all on her own on Friday without running it past Labour central office in London first. It didn’t go too well. Luckily, several dozen friendly internet users were on hand to helpfully point out to Kezia the unfortunate flaws in her analogy. Nobody in Scotland produces […]

Underhand service
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2015 at 5:29am
The categorical support of Andy Murray for Scottish independence, though only finally unambiguously revealed in today’s Sunday Times (the tennis star’s day-of-poll tweet backing Yes could by a strict semantic interpretation have been said to be somewhat equivocal), isn’t much of a surprise. So it’s perhaps worth reminding ourselves what the media told us. “True […]

Labour reaches out to voters again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2015 at 5:20pm
Scottish Labour MEP David Martin chats to the audience about TTIP.

Toys found some distance from pram
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2015 at 11:31am
Perhaps we’re just being over-sensitive, readers, but we think the Daily Record might be a little bit upset with us. That’s the editor of the semi-popular Scottish Labour fanzine, Murray Foote, pictured above this afternoon apparently issuing his own very special honours list, but it’s not the crankiest thing the Record’s published in the last […]

Soaring ever higher
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2015 at 6:09am
29 days remaining. Total at 9am today: £83,677 (Last 24 hours: £11,583)

Keep talking until you?re right
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Feb 2015 at 5:21am
Alert readers may recall that five weeks ago we pointed out a whole bunch of Scottish media outlets reporting as fact that Jim Murphy would definitely stand for the East Renfrewshire seat at May’s general election – despite Murphy having actually made no such announcement, just repeating his weeks-old fudge that he was currently the […]

Reflex test
by Chris Cairns
28 Feb 2015 at 12:00am

It?s what he would have wanted
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2015 at 4:12pm

All the high times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2015 at 1:03pm
We’ve posted this video before, but right now it’s all we’ve got to say.

It?s that time of year again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Feb 2015 at 3:05am
Please give as generously as you can, readers. It’ll really upset the Daily Record. Click the image to go to the 2015 Wings fundraiser site.


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


Robison call to stop mesh implants
1 Mar 2015 at 6:20am
Health Secretary Shona Robison urges health boards to suspend mesh implant operations until an independent review into their use is published.


Union jack set for public works
1 Mar 2015 at 9:56am
Plaques featuring the union jack will mark publicly-funded projects across Britain - but the SNP attacks the scheme as a "silly gimmick".


Sturgeon calls for wind power boost
1 Mar 2015 at 11:58am
UK government budgets for offshore wind are unlikely to support Scotland's future ambitions to develop the industry, the first minister says.


Child mental health wait increases
1 Mar 2015 at 5:08am
The number of young people waiting more than a year to be treated by mental health services has increased 10-fold in a year, figures reveal.


East Coast rail back in private hands
1 Mar 2015 at 2:47am
Services on the East Coast rail route between London and Scotland return to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.


Grants awarded to historic buildings
1 Mar 2015 at 11:34am
The house where author JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan is among several historic sites across Scotland to share £1.7m of restoration funding.


Murphy will stand for Westminster
27 Feb 2015 at 2:48pm
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is the party's candidate for East Renfrewshire at the general election in May.


Carmichael rules out leadership bid
27 Feb 2015 at 6:03pm
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael says he has no interest in leading the Liberal Democrats if Nick Clegg is ousted.


Nicola Sturgeon marks 100 days as FM
27 Feb 2015 at 10:34am
Nicola Sturgeon says she is proud of her achievements after 100 days as first minster but admits there is "much more to do".


New chief medical officer appointed
27 Feb 2015 at 1:49pm
Dr Catherine Calderwood, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, is named Scotland's new chief medical officer.


'Living wage' for all public workers
28 Feb 2015 at 8:37am
The Conservatives would seek to pay every public sector worker in Wales the living wage if the party wins next year's assembly election, Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies has promised.


'Significant' rise in school meals
26 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm
About three quarters of children in the early years of primary school are now taking school dinners, according to figures seen by BBC Scotland.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
26 Feb 2015 at 7:24am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backs Police Scotland boss Sir Stephen House during FMQs.


VIDEO: Rifkind: A career forged in Scotland
25 Feb 2015 at 5:24am
Tory MP and former Scottish secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, is to bow out of frontline politics. BBC Westminster correspondent David Porter looks back at his time in Scotland.


VIDEO: PM tells of his 'ultimate nightmare'
20 Feb 2015 at 9:39am
Prime Minister David Cameron describes his "ultimate nightmare scenario" as a Labour and SNP coalition following May's general election.


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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.

Month of destiny
by James Kelly
28 Feb 2015 at 10:24pm
Welcome to March - the month in which the wretched Westminster parliament of 2010-2015 will final...

Links to important SNP election fundraisers, and an Ashcroft update
by James Kelly
27 Feb 2015 at 8:20pm
I know many of you will already have done your philanthropic duty for the month by donating to th...

Murphy's comfort blanket melts away as SNP race to 16% lead in terrific TNS-B...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 4:22pm
Although the last full-scale Scottish poll from TNS-BMRB was ludicrously misreported as showing a...

I've heard of the zealotry of a convert, but this is ridiculous
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 12:20pm
You might remember a chap called Alex Massie, who took part in a high-profile TV debate last year...

SNP extend lead to 20% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 12:39am
It hasn't been long since the last update of the Poll of Polls, but I think another one is probab...

Do the SNP have a genuine chance of beating Alistair Carmichael in Orkney & S...
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 9:46pm
As you may have heard, Danus Skene was unveiled as the SNP's candidate for Orkney & Shetland a fe...

Light a candle for Robert
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 2:06pm

I was tickled earlier to see the characteristically inventive line of defence that Scottish Labou...



SNP lead by 17% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 11:42am
Today's update of the Poll of Polls is based on one full-scale Scottish poll from Survation, plus...

Riddle of the Rifkind Rib-tickler
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2015 at 11:36pm
George Galloway, the Respect MP and former official spokesman for David Cameron's anti-independen...

This is how stupid Labour think you are - they want you to believe that a 1 i...
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2015 at 10:06am
You might remember that a few weeks ago, the Labour party lied through their teeth in an attempt ...

Nicola and the Amazing Technicolor Vow-Coat
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2015 at 4:26pm
In the light of Nicola Sturgeon urging SNP supporters to "chap every door" in Scotland before the...

Scottish voters pulverise Cameron's "it's over for a lifetime" arrogance even...
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2015 at 6:16pm
More details from last night's Survation poll have now emerged, and of particular interest are th...

Swashbuckling SNP seize 17.8% lead in splendid Survation survey
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2015 at 3:37pm
This month's full-scale Scottish poll from Survation has just been released...

Scottish voting int...

SNP lead by 21% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2015 at 12:31pm

Today's update of the Poll of Polls is based on ten Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -...



Poll results : Flower of Scotland is your choice for an independent Scotland'...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2015 at 7:42pm
Many thanks to the 507 people who voted in this blog's national anthem poll over the last 24 hour...


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The SNP and the general election
1 Mar 2015 at 1:34pm

A quick survey on your opinion on the possibility of an SNP/Labour coalition and your view of the...



How difficult is it to go to University for 9 years and still not graduate?
1 Mar 2015 at 10:35am

Just read this excerpt from Jim Murphy's Wikipedia page:

"In 1985, Murphy returned to Scotland ag...



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Union flag to be plastered across Scottish bridges and roads with message 'Pa...
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Scotland's Sake vs Japan's - Can We Beat the Japanese at Sake-Distilling?
28 Feb 2015 at 9:18pm
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The Daily Record v Wings Feud Continues
28 Feb 2015 at 6:49pm
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David Martin MEP (SLab) tells voters to "piss off"
28 Feb 2015 at 6:35pm
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Still Game theme music download
28 Feb 2015 at 5:52pm

I've been searching to download the theme tune from Still Game, Cuban Boy by the Cuban Boys. I'm ...



Saturday Night Drunk Thread
28 Feb 2015 at 5:10pm

I don't know how long I'm going to last. I've been drinking slowly since about 6. But it wouldn't...



Question: How many people that voted No in the referendum are voting SNP in t...
28 Feb 2015 at 3:06pm

In particular, I'm curious if that total would include those who would still vote No regardless a...




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Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty backs fundraising for Mary Barbour statue...
by Lesley Roberts
1 Mar 2015 at 8:21am
THE Lord Provost remembers hearing about the political trailblazer when growing up developing her...


Curb fixed odds terminals: Jim Murphy urges bookies to set £2 limit on casino...
by Mark Aitken
1 Mar 2015 at 7:18am
THE Scottish Labour Leader has called for a £2 cap on stakes, which he thinks will curb problems ...


Mail Opinion: We need to trust our politicians but they need to deserve it first
by Mail Opinion
1 Mar 2015 at 6:38am
MAIL OPINION links bulging bankers' bonuses, bus lanes leaving motorists broke and statesmen frat...


Gerry Hassan: A new take on democracy could put power in the hands of the peo...
by Gerry Hassan
1 Mar 2015 at 12:00am
WE have seen an explosion in citizen activism in the independence referendum - so power to the pe...


SNP extend lead over Labour ahead of General Election, according to new poll
by dailyrecord
27 Feb 2015 at 6:20am
THE new poll shows the SNP has increased the gap with Labour from 10 percentage points to 16 in j...


Ranting cybernats who posted hate messages about young NHS nurse are slapped ...
by Mark McGivern
27 Feb 2015 at 5:32am
NICOLA Sturgeon said Suzanne Hunter was entitled to express her own views on the NHS - despite tr...


Forget 100 day landmark.. Nicola Sturgeon has had 3000 days to sort our crisi...
by Andy Philip
27 Feb 2015 at 5:32am
THE Scottish Labour deputy leader said the First Minister has had 3000 days in government to sort...


Record View: RBS are still shelling out massive bonuses to fatcats
by Record View
26 Feb 2015 at 5:28pm
THERE is no trickle down from the champagne glass pyramid inside RBS - and RECORD VIEW insists it...


Disgraceful cybernats brand hard-working nurse a liar and an actress after sh...
by Mark McGivern
25 Feb 2015 at 3:13pm
HOSPITAL nurse Suzanne Hunter suffers outrageous online attack after pro-independence website Win...


Scottish Government's childcare spending will double to £880m over next parli...
by Record Reporter
25 Feb 2015 at 12:10pm
FIRST Minister wants to increase childcare provision from 475 hours a year for three and four-yea...


Greedy Malcolm Rifkind quits after cash for access 'error of judgement' ends ...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Feb 2015 at 6:45am
DESPITE announcing he was quitting as a Tory MP, Malcolm Rifkind still insists he has done nothin...


East Kilbride Labour councillors stay quiet over leaked emails about MP Micha...
by Louise Reilly
25 Feb 2015 at 4:57am
COUNCILLORS Susan Kerr and Gerry Convery stated in leaked emails that they would not campaign for...


Smith Commission correction
by dailyrecord
25 Feb 2015 at 4:17am
REPORT in Daily Record on Smith Commission published November 27 2014.


Disgraced Scots Tory Malcolm Rifkind claimed 5p for paper clips on MP's £67,0...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Feb 2015 at 1:23am
THE British taxpayers have forked out 49p for his pint of milk, 70p for sticky notes and 55p for ...


Joan McAlpine: MPs' principles have foundations of Straw
by Joan McAlpine
25 Feb 2015 at 12:00am
AS Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw continue to come under criticism JOAN says the scary thing is t...


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TRENDING: A debate which has been dominating Scottish politics for months has...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Mar 2015 at 9:59am
TRENDING: A debate which has been dominating Scottish politics for months has now gone global as ...

Tucker creates new SLAB election strategy after shock poll cancellation.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Feb 2015 at 3:14pm
Tucker creates new SLAB election strategy after shock poll cancellation.


Big Ishoo condemns BBC Sc...

Elite US University predicts a Great Dark will fall on Scotlandshire, unless ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Feb 2015 at 3:29pm
Elite US University predicts a Great Dark will fall on Scotlandshire, unless Sturgeon relents.


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Bathist warlord threatens the security of the world!
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Feb 2015 at 3:45pm
Bathist warlord threatens the security of the world!


Power to the Bathist Insurgency!
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EXCLUSIVE: Scotlandshire must build new power stations if it wants to keep th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Feb 2015 at 11:14am
EXCLUSIVE: Scotlandshire must build new power stations if it wants to keep the lights on in the H...

EXCLUSIVE. Shamed MSPs get paid to ask questions. We name names and probe the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2015 at 1:01pm
EXCLUSIVE. Shamed MSPs get paid to ask questions. We name names and probe their murky goings-on.


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Queen and UKIP combine to humiliate anonymous Nat MSP from Aberdeen Donside.
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2015 at 1:43pm
Queen and UKIP combine to humiliate anonymous Nat MSP from Aberdeen Donside.


Blow for SNP as Queen...

Are Labour prospects based on sex? Our eager investigator, Withered Vine inve...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Feb 2015 at 2:04pm
Are Labour prospects based on sex? Our eager investigator, Withered Vine investigates.


Labour - 'W...

Evil SNP condemned for keeping the elderly alive to vote Tory.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Feb 2015 at 1:19pm
Evil SNP condemned for keeping the elderly alive to vote Tory.


'Ruth-less' Tory vote holding up, s...

#CreepyJim Morphy says: I'm a lumberjack and I'm Oh-Kaaaaaaaaaaye
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Feb 2015 at 3:01pm
#CreepyJim Morphy says: I'm a lumberjack and I'm Oh-Kaaaaaaaaaaye




LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF OUR IMPERIAL MASTERS
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Feb 2015 at 3:45am
LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF OUR IMPERIAL MASTERS


Scottish Tory conference 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Attention has been focussed this week on the vanishing support of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Feb 2015 at 1:52pm
EXCLUSIVE: Attention has been focussed this week on the vanishing support of the Labour Party in ...

Our wee Jenny Marra took a terrible doin' today from that bully Shona Robison...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Feb 2015 at 11:59am
Our wee Jenny Marra took a terrible doin' today from that bully Shona Robison. But she found this...

From Scottish Militant Ninja Turtle Studios, creators of 'SLAB: Left 4 Dead',...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Feb 2015 at 11:36am
From Scottish Militant Ninja Turtle Studios, creators of 'SLAB: Left 4 Dead', comes Devolve, the ...

SHOCK NEWS! Scotlandshire to be 100% Tory by 2020.
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Feb 2015 at 2:04pm
SHOCK NEWS! Scotlandshire to be 100% Tory by 2020.


Daddy Dawgdale's shame
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independence - autonomy - self-determination

From the Province of the Cat #36 ? The Readiness Is All
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2015 at 3:00am
by George Gunn The disappointment, sadness and downright anger felt by the 16 to 17 year old, fir...


You?re Worth It
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2015 at 11:00am
Greg Moodie on the Malcolm Rifkind-Jack Straw circus.


Gold Dust
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2015 at 9:15am
“You may write me down in history, With your bitter twisted lies, You may tread me in the very di...


CycleHack
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2015 at 7:35am
We are Snook alerted us to this great idea which is making cycling easier in cities across the wo...


The Art of Satire with Greg Moodie
by bellacaledonia
26 Feb 2015 at 12:03pm
The Art of Satire in the Scottish Independence Referendum with Greg Moodie, brought to you by Pha...


A Message from the Dept for the Dereliction of Duty
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 11:05am
By Robin McAlpine This time of year brings two small joys ? the evenings are getting lighter and ...


Creating for Scotland
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 6:52am
By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin. All writing starts with an impulse. Last August I was on a plane to Gla...


Tax-Dodging is Theft
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 4:27am
UK Gold – Trailer and Soundtrack Think Britain’s a poor country in need of austerity cuts? Think ...


Walking Away: The Formation of British Foreign Policy
by bellacaledonia
24 Feb 2015 at 3:39am
Britain is to be led by Hammond and Rory Stewart to the leading-edge of a confrontation with Russ...


Silly Old Me
by bellacaledonia
23 Feb 2015 at 10:02am
By Mike Small After being stung in the latest Cash for Access ‘scandal’ at Westminster that’s bee...


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Scotland and Independence

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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two - Scotsman
24 Feb 2015 at 4:03pm

Scotsman

Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two
Scotsman
The carefully crafted line ? that ...


Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spend...
1 Mar 2015 at 10:00am

Scottish Daily Record

Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spen...


Scottish independence: Vow had 'no impact' on vote - Scotsman
11 Feb 2015 at 5:47am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vow had 'no impact' on vote
Scotsman
Other key results reveal that t...


Stephen Daisley on Wings over Scotland, News Shaft, independence politics - s...
27 Feb 2015 at 8:01am

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Stephen Daisley on Wings over Scotland, News Shaft, independence politics
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The Wings ov...


Scottish independence: when, not if -- how Westminster lost Scotland - Links ...
3 Feb 2015 at 6:49pm

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Scottish independence: when, not if -- how Westmi...


Scottish independence: 'No' groups outspent 'Yes' - Scotsman
3 Feb 2015 at 9:46am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'No' groups outspent 'Yes'
Scotsman
On the Yes side, Business for Sc...


Banks dust off plans for Scottish independence as SNP coalition forecast ... ...
5 Feb 2015 at 2:16am

CITY A.M.

Banks dust off plans for Scottish independence as SNP coalition forecast ...
CITY A.M.
Bri...


Ukip vow to cut £8 billion of Scotland's funding - Scotsman
27 Feb 2015 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Ukip vow to cut £8 billion of Scotland's funding
Scotsman
This is despite pressure from som...


Sunday Herald sales boom after backing independence - Herald Scotland
28 Feb 2015 at 6:19pm

Sunday Herald sales boom after backing independence
Herald Scotland
The Sunday Herald declared its ...


Scottish Independence: 'No' voter fined for abuse - Edinburgh Evening News
5 Feb 2015 at 2:47am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence: 'No' voter fined for abuse
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SNP To Introduce Tough New Rules Requiring Strict Loyalty From MPs - BuzzFeed...
1 Mar 2015 at 12:42pm

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SNP To Introduce Tough New Rules Requiring Strict Loyalty From MPs
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Chair resigns to keep politics out of the arts - Shetland News
1 Mar 2015 at 12:39pm

Chair resigns to keep politics out of the arts
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SHETLAND Arts Development Agency (SADA...


Union jack established for general public operates - Beacon Review
1 Mar 2015 at 12:19pm

Beacon Review

Union jack established for general public operates
Beacon Review
But it has sparked sp...


Union jack to be displayed on publicly-funded projects - BBC News
1 Mar 2015 at 12:17pm

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Union jack to be displayed on publicly-funded projects
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The SNP's deputy leader and...


Union jack set for public works - Beacon Review
1 Mar 2015 at 12:00pm

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Union jack set for public works
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The goal was to recognise United kingdom...


Union Jacks to be displayed on public infrastructure projects - Belfast Teleg...
1 Mar 2015 at 11:50am

Belfast Telegraph

Union Jacks to be displayed on public infrastructure projects
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Union Flag plaques a "silly gimmick" say SNP - Herald Scotland
1 Mar 2015 at 11:09am

Union Flag plaques a "silly gimmick" say SNP
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NEW Union Flag plaques are to appear o...


SNP slams Treasury scheme to plaster Union Jack flag on taxpayer funded ... -...
1 Mar 2015 at 10:26am

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SNP slams Treasury scheme to plaster Union Jack flag on taxpayer funded ...
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Union Jack flags and slogan 'Funded by UK Government' to be posted in Scotlan...
1 Mar 2015 at 10:09am

Herald Scotland

Union Jack flags and slogan 'Funded by UK Government' to be posted in Scotland
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Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spend...
1 Mar 2015 at 10:00am

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Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spending
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Scotland referendum: Better Together 'No' campaigners outspent pro ... - Scot...
3 Feb 2015 at 11:21am

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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two - Scotsman
24 Feb 2015 at 4:03pm

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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two
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The carefully crafted line ? that ...


Scotland: Politics transformed post-referendum - Green Left Weekly
7 Feb 2015 at 1:09am

Scotland: Politics transformed post-referendum
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As Scots gathered together at Chri...


This Scottish Man Quit His Job To Vote Yes In The Referendum And Has Been ......
17 Feb 2015 at 7:18am

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This Scottish Man Quit His Job To Vote Yes In The Referendum And Has Been ...
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Aberdeen councillors 'warned over referendum letter' - BBC News
11 Feb 2015 at 6:42am

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Aberdeen councillors 'warned over referendum letter'
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Scotland Would Vote Yes To Independence If There Was A Referendum Today - Buz...
3 Feb 2015 at 1:16pm

Scotland Would Vote Yes To Independence If There Was A Referendum Today
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Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spend...
1 Mar 2015 at 10:00am

Scottish Daily Record

Union flag to be plastered across bridges and roads to highlight public spen...


Scotland referendum: Better Together campaigners outspent pro-independence .....
5 Feb 2015 at 4:03am

Scotland Now

Scotland referendum: Better Together campaigners outspent pro-independence ...
Scotlan...


Labour urges rejection of anti-SNP alliance - Scotsman (blog)
28 Feb 2015 at 6:05pm

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Labour urges rejection of anti-SNP alliance
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Set up by prominent No a...


Stephen Daisley on Wings over Scotland, News Shaft, independence politics - s...
27 Feb 2015 at 8:01am

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Stephen Daisley on Wings over Scotland, News Shaft, independence politics
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New British Union Of Facsists
1 Mar 2015 at 9:28am
Anybody heard of this mob before?

Apparently looking to hold some kind of rally in Elgin and ther...

Flag Waving
1 Mar 2015 at 8:02am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974273/Union-flag-plastered-Scottish-bridges-roads-messa...

Concert Hall Steps
1 Mar 2015 at 2:54am

Only just realised that GCC are intent on getting rid of these.  Seems a bit of a pity. When I vi...



David Martin Mep
1 Mar 2015 at 2:49am

I've just seen this clip doing the rounds.  Anyone know when it was from?  I can understand the g...



Independence Rally's
28 Feb 2015 at 3:59pm

Freedom square April 25th. Looking forward to it. Any one else going. We could have a TAMB get to...



Dubrovnik War Museum
28 Feb 2015 at 2:16pm
Went today. Very moving to see what the Croatians went through to gain their independence.

'We' o...

Placebo In Edinburgh Tonight
28 Feb 2015 at 11:16am

Very late in the day...but..

A mate of ours has pulled out of this one very late, so I have one s...



Uk Ambassador For The Arctic
28 Feb 2015 at 5:34am

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/arcticcom/news/report-pu...



Ukip Would Cut Billions From Scottish Budget
28 Feb 2015 at 5:27am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-would-cut-billions-from-scottish-budget-to-fun...



Mastermind Tonight (Fri)
27 Feb 2015 at 2:09pm

Fat wifie, on first, gets questions on Agatha Christie and manages 12 - no passes. (One wrong.)

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Our misused miners must have justice 30 years on | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
28 Feb 2015 at 6:04pm
Scotland has the chance to right some of the hideous wrongs done to men whose lives have been laid to waste by an establishment conspiracy

When Britain?s miners, beaten, wound their weary way back t...



Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
26 Feb 2015 at 12:31pm

Labour refuses to rule out post-election agreement but shadow chancellor says coalition governments are now very unpopular

Ed Balls has sought to quash speculation that Labour could strike a formal ...



How will Scotland?s social policy change with further devolution?
by Bernard Harris
25 Feb 2015 at 1:30am
There is nothing inherently English or Scottish (or Welsh or Northern Irish) about a desire for social justice. The same problems are seen throughout the UK

As we approach the next general election,...



The National?s Richard Walker: ?We can and will be critical of the SNP?
by Libby Brooks
22 Feb 2015 at 12:02pm

Editor of new daily newspaper and Sunday Herald on being radical and the challenges of covering independence

Richard Walker doesn?t do weary willingly. The 59-year-old, who has combined editing Scot...



Nicola Sturgeon says SNP should join pre-election civil service briefings
by Frances Perraudin
22 Feb 2015 at 10:04am

First minister of Scotland says opposition?s traditional invitation to policy talks should be extended to Scottish National party, indicating it could join UK coalition

The first minister of Scotlan...



SNP surge would please David Cameron, says Labour frontbencher
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
18 Feb 2015 at 6:01pm

Margaret Curran says Labour voters considering switching to Scottish nationalists represent PM?s best chance of staying in power

David Cameron will be ?secretly pleased? at the prospect of Labour lo...



Scottish Labour leader deletes YouTube video after getting NHS stats wrong
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
17 Feb 2015 at 8:35am

Jim Murphy deletes video and tweet after making false claims about cancelled hospital operations in Scotland based on misread figures

Jim Murphy has been forced to delete a YouTube video and tweet a...



Nicola Sturgeon urges tax cuts to aid ailing North Sea oil
by Press Association
16 Feb 2015 at 7:04pm

First minister calls for government action to help ensure future production of the estimated 24bn remaining barrels of North Sea oil

Calls for urgent tax changes that could spark a ?resurgence? in ...



Scottish councils claim government-imposed teacher freeze is illegal
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
15 Feb 2015 at 6:01pm

Ministers have threatened to withhold £51m in education funding unless teacher numbers maintained

Scottish councils have accused Nicola Sturgeon?s government of breaking the law after it threatened ...



The Guardian view on the new electoral landscape: the stakes could hardly be ...
by Editorial
12 Feb 2015 at 1:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon offers austerity lite, the DUP warns of the threat the SNP poses to the union, and Ukip wants a swift EU referendum

Slowly the contours of a political landscape that is made up not o...



Nicola Sturgeon attacks Westminster's 'morally unjustifiable' austerity policy
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
11 Feb 2015 at 11:34am

Scotland?s first minister says alternative approach could result in £180bn more extra being spent on public services by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish government will help to halt ?the d...



Google search data 'could predict election results'
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
11 Feb 2015 at 8:19am

Economists say methodology that helped forecast Scottish referendum result could be used to predict general elections

Economists in Glasgow believe they can predict future election results using Goo...



SNP set to double its vote in general election, poll finds
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Feb 2015 at 11:00pm

New TNS poll suggests the party?s lead over Scottish Labour has dropped to 10 points, still putting half of the latter?s 41 Westminster seats at risk

The Scottish National party is on course to doub...



Has Labour lost Glasgow? Jim Murphy's battle to woo back 'Glasgow Man'
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
9 Feb 2015 at 6:31am

After a century of Red Clydeside, Scotland?s biggest city turned its back on Labour to vote for independence, and polls are predicting huge swings to the SNP in the May election. But can the new le...



Scotland?s fast politics leave the parties in the slow lane | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
7 Feb 2015 at 11:05pm
The fervour of the referendum campaign seems to have signalled the death of conventional politics

Such is the scale of the catastrophe that may be about to engulf the Labour party in Scotland that c...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

I?m a Nat ? I?m a Natalist
by weegingerdug
28 Feb 2015 at 9:20pm
On Friday evening I went to a fundraiser in Shettleston for the SNP’s candidate for Glasgow East Westminster seat in May. A hall full of highly motivated people, all of whom are going to give up th...

Vote SNP, get Dettol
by weegingerdug
26 Feb 2015 at 5:55pm
Ed Balls was in Edinburgh yesterday and together with Mr Hi Jumpy AKA Jim Smugurphy visited an engineering factory in Glasgow. The visit was mainly notable for its absence of anything of note, and ...

Big lies and wee lies
by weegingerdug
25 Feb 2015 at 8:58am
I got a Labour election leaflet through the door yesterday, it’s been popping through doors all over Scotland this week. It would appear that Jim Murphy’s Accounting Unit wants us to vote for them ...

Westminster?s Francie and Josie
by weegingerdug
23 Feb 2015 at 6:28am
Scotland had a wee visit on Friday from Davie the Pee Em, that’s his new official title because he’s dahn wiv da yoot. Being dahn wiv da yoot is also the same reason that Osborne got that new hairc...

Making Magrit sad
by weegingerdug
19 Feb 2015 at 8:38pm
She’s at it again, but with just two pay cheques between now and an ignominious end to her undistinguished career as an expenses claimant, you’ve got to expect the lovely Magrit Curran to keep open...

The coyote looks down
by weegingerdug
17 Feb 2015 at 9:44pm
There’s a country perched at the northern end of the island of Britain which is unnaturally blessed. You might even say it was blesséd with an accent and everything, because the diacritic makes it ...

A stair heid rammy with ma mammy
by weegingerdug
12 Feb 2015 at 6:59pm
I’ve not been too well this past week, loaded with a bad cold while at the same time I’ve started a new part time job because I’m still not working for your other national newspaper. Meanwhile I am...

Pole-axed by the polls
by weegingerdug
4 Feb 2015 at 8:10pm
The Tory peer Lord Ashcroft has released his long awaited polls of individual constituencies and shows that the new clearances are about to commence. Labour will be turfed out of the croft and left...

Vow Academy, the sequel
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2015 at 9:38pm
There’s really no need for anyone to be confused about Labour’s stance on devolution, it’s really quite simple. During the early part of the referendum campaign Labour wasn’t going to offer Scotlan...

Magrit fracks with the truth
by weegingerdug
27 Jan 2015 at 8:59pm
Magrit Curran, my lovely MP, has a tangential relationship to truth, reality, and indeed her electorate. On Monday the fragrant one – she reeks of hypocrisy and stinks of the rot of a socialism tha...


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