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Labour bid to quell candidate row
A troubleshooter has been drafted in to sort out the "gigantic mess" in Labour's selection process to replace disgraced MP Eric Joyce.

Medal for veterans of Arctic convoys
A Scottish veteran of the Second World War Arctic Convoys will today be one of the first to receive a new medal in recognition of the bravery of thousands who endured "the worst journey in the world".

Fundraiser Martha meets President at Livingstone event
A schoolgirl blogger and charity fundraiser has met the President of Malawi as part of a week of celebrations marking 200 years since the birth of missionary David Livingstone.

Government failure on media requests
The Scottish Government's failure to comply with its legal requirement to make information public is a cause for concern, the freedom of information watchdog has said.

Press regulation changes explained
Why is this happening?

Troops in Cyprus 'will not lose their savings'
BRITISH soldiers and civil servants working in Cyprus who face losing part of their bank savings because of the proposed £9 billion EU bailout levy will be compensated by the UK taxpayer, Chancellor George Osborne has promised.

Labour hopeful in Eric Joyce's seat plotted Thatcher death party
THE front-runner to be Labour's candidate in the seat held by disgraced MP Eric Joyce is facing questions over her judgment after she said she would throw a party when Margaret Thatcher dies.

Backbencher's warning adds to pressure on PM
CONSERVATIVE discontent with David Cameron's leadership has been laid bare again at Westminster with Adam Afriyie, the Tory MP recently touted as a potential leader of his party, steadfastly refusing to say if the Prime Minister would lead the Conservatives into the 2015 General Election.

Parties unable to agree on regulation of press
THE chances of a last-minute deal on press regulation at Westminster have suffered a setback, with Labour making it clear it will not accept the Conservative plans for a Royal Charter and will go ahead with today's Commons vote.

Matheson attacked for George Sq fiasco
THE key role played by the Labour leader of Glasgow City Council in the abandoned £15 million overhaul of George Square has been laid bare in a scathing leaked report from the professional body which ran the design contest.

Health inspector quits over buried report
A fourth inspector has quit Scotland's hospital watchdog in protest at the burying of a report into patients waiting on trolleys for treatment.

Crony university row over Prof's business links
ABERTAY University's former vice-principal helped a business associate's firm secure unadvertised consultancy work worth more than £300,000.

VICTIMS OF THE BEDROOM TAX
l Mr A has lived in the family home for 30 years.

Cops' cooks strike over pay
CATERING staff at Police Scotland's temporary headquarters in Fife are due to go on strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Angry LibDems slap down Rennie over bedroom tax
DELEGATES at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference delivered a humiliating snub to their leadership yesterday, voting overwhelmingly against the Coalition's bedroom tax.

 

Scotsman

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Highland councillors back offshore wind plans

HIGHLAND councillors are backing controversial plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast – saying the economic benefits far outweigh objectors’ concerns about visual and environmental impact.



Press regulation: Cameron confidence in new system

THE PRIME Minister David Cameron said today that he is convinced a new press regulator will “work and endure” as newspapers considered whether to sign up to the royal charter.



Highland councillor censured after rule breaking

A HIGHLAND councillor has been censured by a standards watchdog for breaking public office rules for opposing a controversial planning development while acting as a lawyer for objectors.



Council pay £800k to chase statutory notices £22m

CRITICS have rounded on council plans to spend £800,000 on auditing experts to bill homeowners for unpaid statutory notices work.



Scottish independence: case for wider devolution

Advocates of wider devolution still have much work to do to turn the widespread sympathy for enhanced self-government into real enthusiasm, write Rachel Ormston and John Curtice



Boris Johnson ?would take on PM job?

London mayor Boris Johnson has admitted that he would like to be prime minister but insisted “it’s not going to happen”.



New support for action on forced marriages

Teachers, social workers and charity staff are to be given a new “learning resources pack” to help identify forced marriage between young people.



Comment: Newspapers have nothing to fear

The adoption of a royal charter for regulation of the press represents a welcome step in redressing the balance between the public interest and that of the press.



Sky journalist in clear on canoe couple e-mails

A JOURNALIST accused of hacking into the e-mails of fake canoe-death couple John and Anne Darwin will face no further action, prosecutors have announced.



Sun pays out after MP Siobhain McDonagh phone hacked

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has accepted “very substantial” damages and a public apology from the Sun over phone-hacking.



Phone hacking: Chris Eubank set for big fight

Retired boxer Chris Eubank has told the High Court he is looking forward to a “gargantuan battle” over phone-hacking.



Falklands: Pope asked to intervene in row

THE Pope has been asked by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to intervene in the ongoing Falklands dispute.



Peter Jones: Boost for those banking on No vote

Events unfolding in Cyprus may yet wrong foot economic arguments in the campaign for independence, writes Peter Jones



UK sends £37m to fight Malawi?s HIV

MALAWI will receive £37 million in UK aid to help tackle HIV and boost the supply of vital medication, Justine Greening announced yesterday.



All in all, it has been an equitable recession

Tomorrow’s Budget comes, of course, at a difficult time for the economy and for households. Five years after the recession started, national income is still lower than it was in 2007. So is productivity. So are household incomes. And government borrowing remains at exceptionally high levels.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

The law is what we say it is
This article puts our feelings about the actions of the three London parties in the House Of Commons today better (or at the very least, more concisely and with considerably more restraint) than we could ourselves. The SNP, Plaid Cymru, the sole Green and about 40 of 258 Labour MPs opposed the motion, which was [...]

Cringeing down the road
An alert viewer directs us to the Scottish FA’s “Supporter Registration Page”. Click the image below for a bigger picture, but a much smaller sense of self-worth. We have a vague nagging sensation that something seems to be missing from that list of nationalities, but we just can’t quite put our finger on it. We’re [...]

Work makes you free
The usage of Nazi terminology to refer to any actions of a democratically-elected UK government is nearly always an absurd and unhelpful exaggeration. Today, however, one such analogy is absolutely literally justified. The words “Arbeit Macht Frei” were emblazoned, usually in iron, over the gates of numerous concentration and extermination camps in 1930s and 1940s [...]

Labour policies finally revealed

Action versus rhetoric
Diligent readers will know that this site is engaged in a lonely and difficult quest to find out what Labour’s actual policy on the Bedroom Tax is. And in attempting to establish the facts of the matter, it’s important to differentiate a policy from an opinion. The latter are in plentiful supply – Labour, we’re [...]

A different outlook
Only the special ineptitude of the Scotsman could make the task of downloading a simple PDF into a near-impossible trial suitable for the Krypton Factor. We don’t advise you bother trying to get yourself a copy of “Scotland Decides” (the paper’s compilation of its eight-week series of pro- and anti-independence essays) from its own website [...]

Neither Brigadoon nor GERSland
Brigadoon is the story of a Scottish village which only appears for one day every hundred years. GERSland, on the other hand, is a country – similar to Scotland in many ways – which has appeared, albeit fleetingly, every year since 1999. GERSland too suffers from Caledonian Antisyzygy – it is simultaneously like Scotland and [...]

Pity, not hate
Over time, and particularly since the turn of 2013, this site’s attitude to the Unionist media in Scotland (which is to say, ALL of the media in Scotland) has undergone something of a shift. Previously we held its partisan spin and naked dishonesty in professional contempt, but more recently it’s become increasingly hard not to [...]

There?s no need to be afraid
We haven’t studied the McCluskey report in detail, and we’re awfully tempted – after 16 months of scrutinising the many abysmal failings of Scotland’s media – to cynically assume that if it’s got them so uniformly up in arms it must be a good thing. But we’ll try to resist the kneejerk reaction. For now [...]

Medicine without frontiers
Recent claims made by Jackie Baillie (Labour?s shadow health spokeswoman and Better Together campaign director) suggested that Scots would be unable to gain access post-independence to medical treatment in England, because a Yes vote would lead to cross-border reciprocal healthcare becoming bogged down by red tape, complexity and costs, leading to treatment being delayed or [...]

BBC Scotland

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Consensus sought on press regulation
Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says her government will seek consensus over regulation of the press north of the border.

Supporters 'losing trust in police'
Labour MSPs have warned that Old Firm fans are in danger of losing trust in the police over the implementation of the law to crack down on sectarianism.

Jedi 'could perform marriages'
Proposed changes to marriage would open the way for Star Wars Jedi to perform ceremonies, says a church.

Activists lobby for free school meals
Child poverty campaigners in Scotland tell MSPs that no one should miss out on services such as free school meals as a result of changes to the UK welfare system.

Councillor censured in allotment row
A councillor has been censured by the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland after he took part in a debate about allotments.

Childcare plan 'better for parents'
The government has promised to create a "better" childcare system for parents, by allowing them to claim back up to £1,200 a year in costs per child.

Events mark Livingstone's birth date
Events are being held in Scotland and London to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone.

Gregory's Girl school closure review
Scottish ministers are to review a decision to close a North Lanarkshire secondary school immortalised in the film Gregory's Girl.

Action wanted on hidden charges
Consumers need more protection against hidden charges tucked away in the small print, say the two law commissions responsible for promoting legal reform.

Scots impact of press deal sought
The Scottish government has asked Westminster to clarify the Scottish impact of plans for press regulation.

Website for rating NHS care endorsed
A website which allows patients to rate the care they have received on the NHS is being formally supported by the Scottish government.

Tenants 'unaware' of deposit schemes
More than half of people renting from a private landlord are not aware of new deposit protection schemes, a survey suggests.

Labour 'open to Trident alternative'
The Labour Party may decide not to back a like-for-like replacement for the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system, if a review finds a cheaper, viable alternative.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
The first minister says Tony Blair is guilty of "gross deception" over the Iraq war.

AUDIO: Salmond to 'take a look' at press plan
First Minister Alex Salmond believes the UK government's agreed plans for press regulation should be looked at carefully.

Newsnet Scotland

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From 'Generation Self' to 'the Saltire Generation'

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 16th 2013
 
Scotland is to embrace giving 16-17 year olds the vote in next year?s independence referendum.

This is a powerful statement of intent of Scotland wanting to do something different, and enfranchise young people in the debate on Scotland?s future.



Scotland deserves debate on Europe

By Alex Orr 
 
The dust has now settled on Prime Minister Cameron?s notorious ?Bloomberg address?, pledging an ?In-Out? Referendum in 2017 on the UK?s European Union membership should the Tories win the next General Election.
 
The Prime Minister, under UKIP and Tory backbench pressure, said he wants to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU and then give people the "simple choice" between staying in under those new terms or leaving the EU.



Independence and socialist policies key to a renewed Scotland

By Campbell Martin

Those of us getting on a bit in years will recall a time when British governments strove to achieve full-employment.

The idea of creating work for the people was pursued by both Labour and Tory administrations following the Second World War.

There was sound reasoning behind the strategy: the more people in work, the more tax revenues accrued to the Treasury and the lower government-spend on welfare.



Labour was and is a pro-war party

By John McAllion

The Labour left has always tried to align itself with the peace movement. Michael Foot led the anti-H Bomb marches to Aldermaston in the 1950s, just as Tony Benn led the CND marches in London, in protest against the siting of US Cruise missiles in the 1980s.



The real disaster for Scotland

By Campbell Martin

I don?t often get the chance to watch First Minister?s Questions these days, but when I do, I am always struck by the paucity of talent in opposition parties.

The SNP?s landslide victory in 2011 saw the Labour Party, in particular, lose some of the MSPs it considered to be ?big-hitters?. However, under the dual-track electoral system used for Holyrood Elections, Labour?s polling in the regional vote saw it receive more ?List? members than had previously been the case. This did not do the party any favours.



Will the real Mervyn King please stand up

By George Kerevan

I?M WONDERING if there are two different Sir Mervyn Kings claiming to be governor of the Bank of England. Last November, the pessimistic Mervyn announced the UK was in for ?a period of persistently low growth? due to the ?unappealing combination of a subdued recovery, with inflation remaining above target?.



Trade Unionists for Independence going from strength to strength

By Richie Venton, Trade Unionists For Independence (TUFI) steering group   

Support for the aims of Trade Unionists for Independence (TUFI) is gathering pace. At its recent AGM, the civil service union in Cumbernauld Taxes voted for a motion written and proposed by SSP members in TUFI.



Historic Inchcolm

By Norrie Hunter

Inchcolm Island in the middle of the Firth of Forth may not be as well known as the Isles of Bute, Arran or Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde but this small outcrop has one of the best preserved 12th century ruined abbeys in Scotland ... and a history that many will find difficult to trace in traditional books on bygone Scotland.



Fighting talk fails to hold line on defence

  By George Kerevan
  
What are we to make of Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary? Mr Hammond has been visiting Scotland in a bid to deflect criticism over his decision to renege on a promise by his predecessor, Liam Fox, that 7,000 British troops returning from Germany would be based in Scotland, as a quid pro quo for the financial impact of the closure of RAF bases north of the Border. Instead, we are to get a mere 600 troops.



Environmentalists urge caution over Japanese Ice Gas breakthrough

By Lynda Williamson

The Japanese state-owned oil and gas company JOGMEC has announced that they have successfully extracted methane hydrate, known as 'ice gas', from marine sediments 300m beneath the seabed in the Nankai Trough approximately 80km off Japan's southern coast.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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'Home rule' for Shetland? You're on your own, Tavish Scott

Malachy Tallack: The Lib Dem MSP's call for more autonomy for the Northern Isles is outlandish but a debate about decentralisation is needed

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What Scots really think about devolution?

Scots currently aren’t keen on independence, but most of us would like all major powers – including welfare and tax – exercised in Edinburgh not Westminster.



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Scottish independence: case for wider devolution

Advocates of wider devolution still have much work to do to turn the widespread sympathy for enhanced self-government into real enthusiasm, write Rachel Ormston and John Curtice
Peter A Bell's insight:
More devolution is off the table. The British parties and the UK Government rejected that option. To now try and pretend that a NO vote is a vote for what has already been rejected is a blatant deceit.The truth is that we do not know what a NO vote means. We cannot know, because those urging us to reject independence refuse to tell us. Better Together nominally stands for the status quo, not devo-whatever. And for all the talk of "enhanced devolution" coming from the British parties there is nothing of any substance.Nor will there be. They have only been induced to even talk about more powers for the Scottish Parliament by the threat of a YES vote. Once that threat is removed, Scotland has no leverage at all. London will hold all the power. And that power will be used to shore up the British state, not empower the people of Scotland.Let us not be fooled. A NO vote is a vote for the end of devolution. Realise this now. Because after the referendum it will be too late.

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For A' That 18 - From Shetland To Cyprus

For the 18th episode of the For A' That podcast Andrew and I were joined once more by Natalie McGarry who is standing for the European Parliament this week.

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After the Referendum

The debate over Scottish independence has turned recently to discussion of the post-referendum landscape. On 5 February the Scottish Government published Scotland’s Future: from the Referendum to Independence and a Written Constitution  which suggests that a two stage process would follow upon a majority Yes vote. From the date of the referendum until March 2016 a period of constitutional negotiations with the UK Government is proposed, culminating in the formal grant of independence by Westminster. Following the Scottish parliamentary elections in May 2016 a constitution-framing process, internal to Scotland only, would then take place. Although the prospect of a Yes vote is, to say the least, far from certain with support failing to rise above 35% in most polls, each of these proposed stages is interesting, not least for the questions left unanswered in the Scotland’s Future paper.



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Scottish independence: North sea oil clean up cost
TAXPAYERS in Scotland will not know how much of the estimated £17 billion cost of cleaning up North Sea oil will fall on their shoulders until after Yes vote, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
Peter A Bell's insight:
I'm surely not the only one wondering how the corrupt and incompetent British state so arranged things that the cost of clean-up is to be borne by tax-payers rather than the oil companies who have profited massively from operations in Scotland's waters

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Post independence surplus ?could run to billions?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could “abolish the bedroom tax” and still be better off than the remainder of the UK, finance secretary John Swinney has said.

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Lesley Riddoch: Lesson in islands? bid for autonomy

SHOULD Orkney and Shetland be allowed to opt for a large degree of autonomy if Scots vote for independence?
Peter A Bell's insight:
Nobody should mistake the rejection of Tavish Scott's dangerous dalliance with imperialist partition for dismissal of the concept of localism. But those who favour enhanced status and powers for local government had better be realistic enough to understand that this will not happen without a YES vote in next year's referendum.They should also realise that that the vultures of the British state are circling, waiting to descend on the corpse of devolution should Scotland vote NO.

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MEPs: SNP face EU problems if they win indyref

Peter A Bell's insight:
Another day! Another inane scare-story from British Labour. It seems to have come as something of a shock to Catherine Stihler that negotiations seldom result in either party getting everything they want. Most grown-ups would already be well aware that negotiation, by definition, involves making the making of concessions BY ALL INVOLVED.As a fairly typical British nationalist with characteristic contempt for Scotland, Stihler assumes, on the basis of nothing more than her blind prejudice, that it will be Scotland that will be making all the concessions. People like Stihler simply cannot conceive of a Scotland that is as capable and competent as any other nation. In the minds of British nationalists like her, Scotland will always be inferior.The question that the people of Scotland must ask themselves is whether they can afford to have their country represented by cringers like Stihler, or whether they would be better served by those who are committed to Scotland having the status and powers that other nations assume to be theirs by right.

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Alex Salmond 'should name September referendum date'

Alex Salmond should stage the independence referendum in early September 2014, Britain’s leading elections expert has advised ahead of the official announcement later this week.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Utterly pointless speculation. But thanks for reminding us about the abhorrent plans to celebrate the outbreak of one of the most horrific conflicts in history for no more worthy purpose than to provide an excuse for yet another outpouring of banal British nationalist jingoism in the run-up to Scotland's independence referendum.

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Independence is about the future not the past
The final part of a very good series of essays, three for independence and three against, it gave a wearily familiar view of why Scotland should stay in the UK, one we've heard quite a lot of from ...

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Jane Devine: Age does not denote the ability to take responsibility for voting

AT WHAT age do we become responsible? Last week the SNP lodged their bill to reduce the voting age from 18 to 16 in the 2014 referendum on independence.

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Wings Over Scotland | A different outlook

Only the special ineptitude of the Scotsman could make the art of downloading a simple PDF into a near-impossible task suitable for the Krypton Factor. We don’t advise you bother trying to get yourself a copy of “Scotland Decides” (the paper’s compilation of its eight-week series of pro- and anti-independence essays) from its own website unless you have a fetish for frustration, but thanks to the sterling efforts of Peter Bell we have a local copy here for you without all the dicking around.



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A Scottish Liberal: Are we a party that supports Northern Isles separatism?

Supposedly we are, after yesterday's vote at the Scottish Liberal Democrats' conference.

It's a conference I haven't been able to attend personally, due to work commitments. Unusually, the agenda was more daring, if not ambitious, than has generally been the case in recent years - with significant debates on secret courts (at which the government position was roundly defeated, again) and mental health issues (in which, even as an absentee member, I feel proud that our party had the courage to discuss this matter so openly and even prouder that we appear to understand many of the issues faced by people with mental ill-health). Unfortunately, what excites the membership doesn't necessarily excite the media and - rather than hailing our progressive attitudes on tackling Scotland's mental health problems - today's headlines are focused on what Scotland on Sunday calls a "Northern Isles devolution bid".


Peter A Bell's insight:
The man Scotland's Liberal Democrats should be listening to instead of Tavish Scott.

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Wings Over Scotland | Neither Brigadoon nor GERSland

Brigadoon is the story of a Scottish village which only appears for one day every hundred years. GERSland, on the other hand, is a country – similar to Scotland in many ways – which has appeared, albeit fleetingly, every year since 1999.



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Daily Record

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Iraq invasion anniversary sparks Holyrood debate as Alex Salmond calls on pro...
THE First Minister challenged MSPs to publicly change their minds and "admit their mistake" 10 years on from the invasion but Labour leader Johann Lamont accused him of turning the debate "into an argument for independence".

More than half of Scots who rent are unaware of deposit protection scheme
THE Government scheme was brought in to prevent landlords keeping people's deposits on false grounds.

Devolving more powers to Holyrood could make people think differently about i...
AN official poll has found a third of Scots back "devo max" which would see politicians in Scotland given more responsibility.

Labour U-turn on plans to replace UK'S £20billion Trident fleet
PARTY advisers are working with leader Ed Milliband to try and cut the cost of replacing country's nuclear deterrent.

Pressure growing on the First Minister to scrap press crackdown which could k...
ALEX Salmond wants Scotland to have an additional press regulator despite Westminster MPs agreeing to a UK-wide press code.

Listen to people on nuke weapons
THE SNP have tabled two deabates, one on the Iraq War and another on Trident weapons on the Clyde, for this week but Labour have branded them a waste of time.

No room in civilised nation for this cruel tax on poor
MOVING home is one of the most stressful events any of us will go through in our lives - yet this is being imposed on the sick and vulnerable.

Leveson report: Alex Salmond requests meeting with David Cameron to discuss r...
THE Scottish Government has called for clarity from Westminster on the Scottish impact of plans for press regulation.

New Forth bridge compensation fears raised by Edinburgh Council
EDINBURGH Council fear they'll be liable for compensation claims for noise, disturbances and smells from the construction of the M9 spur.

Alex Salmond urged to explain his intentions for the Scottish press following...
OPPOSITION parties are calling on the First Minister to outline his plans for the Scottish press in the wake Lord McCluskey's standards report.

Councils told to use legal loophole in a bid to help tenants avoid bedroom tax
SNP ministers urging authorities to follow the lead of Dundee City Council, who are protecting families by ruling that their spare rooms are not bedrooms.

Alex Salmond marks birth of David Livingstone by announcing new funding for M...
SCOTLAND'S First Minister made the announcement at the explorer's birthplace in Blantyre, as he welcome Malawi president Joyce Banda to Scotland.

Deputy Prime Minister faces rebellion from Lib Dems over his failure to call ...
NICK Clegg is under fire at party's Scottish conference as delegates queue up to blast 'mean-spirited' policy which will force people from their homes.

First Minister's plans for control of newspapers are ridiculed by critics who...
ALEX Salmond has watered down 'oppressive' and 'draconian' report recommendations and says he will shelve calls for compulsory measures.

Brawl shame MP Eric Joyce refuses to resign but admits visit to social club '...
SHAMED MP Eric Joyce yesterday insisted he would not resign. The wildman politician said he had nothing to apologise for after being arrested in a fracas with police at the House of Commons.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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'Home rule' for Shetland? You're on your own, Tavish Scott | Malachy Tallack

The Lib Dem MSP's call for more autonomy for the Northern Isles is outlandish but a debate about decentralisation is needed

Viewers of the recent BBC crime drama Shetland may have been surprised to ...



Scottish independence: islands consider their own 'home rule'

Leaders of Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles are looking at plans to split from UK and Scottish governments

As the first minister, Alex Salmond, looks south and campaigns for an independent Scotlan...



Scottish press regulation plans under threat

Consensus around separate Scottish regulatory system looks fragile after expert panel's unexpectedly tough proposals

A cross-party consensus around separate press regulation in Scotland is showing s...



Scottish independent military plan a fantasy, says defence secretary

Philip Hammond rubbishes proposals for Scottish defence force, saying officers would miss opportunities of British military

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of offering "woefully thin" and...



Letter: Bruce Millan was quietly impressive and much admired

Bruce Millan was that rarity among the ministerial class: a secretary of state (for Scotland) who could not be wrong-footed on the finer detail of a Scottish Office budget, down to the minutiae of ...



Scotland to compile secret list of teenage voters for referendum

Names and addresses of 16- and 17-year-olds eligible to vote on independence to remain confidential under data protection laws

Scottish councils are to compile a secret, one-off list of teenage vote...



Scottish finance figures spark row over North Sea oil and independence

SNP claims oil revenues would have made Scotland better off than rest of UK last year but opponents disagree with analysis

The Scottish independence movement has seized on new figures showing that S...



Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister

Westminster would control Bank of England decisions even if Scotland kept sterling as its currency, says Michael Moore

An independent Scotland would not be allowed a role in setting policy for the B...



Scotland: Britain's real referendum | Editorial

Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape

It is about time that British politics got real about the referendum. Not the hypothetical referendum on th...



SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon says independent Scotland could begin 15 months after a 'yes' vote but critics dismiss timetable as 'absurd'

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged David Cameron to start talks on an "order...



Steve Bell on the wording of the Scottish independence referendum question ? ...

Alex Salmond accepts election watchdog's criticism of original wording as well as its proposed campaign spending limits

Steve Bell



Alex Salmond's Scottish independence referendum question rejected

Electoral Commission says SNP leader's choice of wording was biased in favour of a yes vote and should be dropped

Alex Salmond's preferred referendum question on Scottish independence has been rejec...



Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



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Real Freedom Sounds Like Many Voices
... freedom of the press is only one freedom and it does not offer blanket immunity to the media to trample over other fundamental rights...

For A? That 18 ? From Shetland To Cyprus (with Natalie McGarry)
For the 18th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I were joined once more by Natalie McGarry who is standing for the European Parliament this week. We discussed a rather unfair [...]

The Gallowgate Blues
This eyewitness report of heavy-handed policing of a peaceful protest on Saturday by journalist Angela Haggerty (see also “Police were ?commendable? at banned demonstration by UAF with no arrests ?...

Ten Years On
"This conflict is not yet history. It is entrenched and pervasive. In major regions of the country armed violence continues to exact a remorseless toll on human life ? young and old, male and femal...

WMD Found
"With devolution you get to ban air-rifles, with independence you can cancel Trident" ...

McCluskey Brothers
We’ve seen what light touch regulation gets you in food (donkey burgers). We’ve seen what light touch regulation gets you in banking (Stephen Hester). We’ve seen decades of abuse by [...]

On the Road
By Gregor Gall Seven years ago, the Scottish Left Review Press (SLRP) published the original Is There a Scottish Road to Socialism? Its purpose was to examine how a road [...]

Break Up or Break Out?
Amicable Separation? Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not attempting old-style nation-statehood: they are (and indeed, can?t help being) in search of a new mode of distinctive development. ...

Better Together Top 10
This from our friends over at the National Collective … Top Ten better Together Blunders The UK Government warned Scots they would be £1 worse off (yes, a whole £1) [...]

The Belt
By Carole Ewart. Carole Ewart is a public policy and human rights consultant and currently works with CHILDREN 1ST on the campaign to end the physical punishment of children in [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: case for wider devolution
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The option of a more powerful Scottish Parliament that is still part of the United Kingdom will not appear on the ballot paper of the...


Scottish independence: More Holyrood powers call - Scotsman

Scottish independence: More Holyrood powers call
Scotsman
All three pro-Union parties have indicated they will back further devolution to the Scottish Parliament if Scots vote against independence in...


Scottish independence EU negotiations 'not 100%' - Scotsman

Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Scottish independence EU negotiations 'not 100%'
Scotsman
The Scottish Government concedes that Scotland's continuing membership of the EU after independence requires ne...


Ed Davey warns wind farm companies about Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Ed Davey warns wind farm companies about Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
Ed Davey warns wind farm companies about Scottish independence. A separate Scotland's wind farm companies...


Scottish independence: North sea oil clean up cost - Scotsman

Scottish independence: North sea oil clean up cost
Scotsman
TAXPAYERS in Scotland will not know how much of the estimated £17 billion cost of cleaning up North Sea oil will fall on their shoulders un...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Scottish independence: SNP vow on human rights - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP vow on human rights
Scotsman
A Scottish Government spokesman said: ?The constitutional platform coming into place on independence day will consolidate the protectio...


Scottish independence: Northern Isles devolution bid - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Northern Isles devolution bid
Scotland on Sunday
Shetland Islands Council last week held a seminar looking at options for constitutional change as Scotland bu...


Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: Scottish independence a 'significant ... - ...

Evening Standard

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: Scottish independence a 'significant ...
Evening Standard
In a speech in Edinburgh today, Mr Hammond will describe the SNP's plans for the defence of...


Scottish independence: Vince Cable's oil warning - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vince Cable's oil warning
Scotsman
Mr Salmond used that document to suggest that Scotland would benefit from a second oil boom over the coming years ? boosting his argu...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

'Energy policy mess needs overhaul' - ic Scotland.co.uk

'Energy policy mess needs overhaul'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Options for Scotland, a group set up by former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, put forward nine ideas for how a post-independent Scotland might reform ...


Labour slammed for 'abandoning workers' rights' - SNP (press release)

Labour slammed for 'abandoning workers' rights'
SNP (press release)
SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Work and Pensions Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has slammed Labour for abandoning their principles as the...


Scottish Government 'call-in' Abronhill closure - SNP (press release)

Scottish Government 'call-in' Abronhill closure
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn has welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to call-in North Lanarkshire Council's proposal to close Abro...


Call for transparency on Hinkley nuclear plant - SNP (press release)

Call for transparency on Hinkley nuclear plant
SNP (press release)
SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Energy Mike Weir MP has called for transparency following an announcement from Energy Secretary Ed ...


Ericsson Strengthens its 4th Generation IP Portfolio - WebWire (press release)

Ericsson Strengthens its 4th Generation IP Portfolio
WebWire (press release)
The Ericsson SNP 4000 brings to the market industry-leading packet processing capacity with an ASIC solution that integrat...


The world's first high-density view of the marker patterns in the Atlantic sa...

The world's first high-density view of the marker patterns in the Atlantic salmon
Fish Farmer Magazine
Aqua Gen and CIGENE partnered with Affymetrix to develop the salmon genotyping screening array w...


SNP hail apprenticeship achievements - SNP (press release)

SNP hail apprenticeship achievements
SNP (press release)
Scottish employers value Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) as being important to their business and are keen to continue offering and increase oppo...


Change course now or lose a decade of growth - SNP (press release)

Change course now or lose a decade of growth
SNP (press release)
SNP Westminster Treasury Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has warned of a 'lost decade for UK growth' ahead of the Chancellor's budget an...


ÅS, Norway & SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- - Fort Mills Times

Fort Mills Times

ÅS, Norway & SANTA CLARA, Calif. --
Fort Mills Times
Aqua Gen and CIGENE partnered with Affymetrix to develop the salmon genotyping screening array which consists of 923,627 SNP (Sing...


Ericsson strengthens 4th generation IP portfolio - Telecompaper (subscription)

Ericsson strengthens 4th generation IP portfolio
Telecompaper (subscription)
Ericsson announced at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress in Paris two key developments that reinforce its commitment to de...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Devolving more powers to Holyrood could make people think differently about ....

Scottish Daily Record

Devolving more powers to Holyrood could make people think differently about ...
Scottish Daily Record
But next year's independence referendum will not ask voters if they favour m...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Deny referendum vote to criminals - Herald Scotland

Deny referendum vote to criminals
Herald Scotland
I am not convinced that in the case of the coming historic and irreversible referendum on an independent Scotland that the normal inclusive voting ru...


I will be voting Yes. - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

I will be voting Yes.
Herald Scotland
I believe that we need full independence over all our taxation and spending to realise the potential of the people living and working in Scotland....


Pupils back plans to drop referendum voting age to 16 - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Pupils back plans to drop referendum voting age to 16
Herald Scotland
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marked the introduction of the Scottish Referendum (Franchise) Bill by visit...


Sturgeon outlines 'votes at 16' referendum plans - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Sturgeon outlines 'votes at 16' referendum plans
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Referendum (Franchise) Bill, published at Holyrood yesterday, paves the way for everyone aged 16 and...


Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote - BBC News

BBC News

Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote
BBC News
A bill that will pave the way for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scotland's independence referendum is to go before the Scottish ...


Independence: 'Scots could see second referendum' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence: 'Scots could see second referendum'
Scotsman
Mr Wilson would like to see the subject of a multi-option referendum giving the Scottish people a say on Europe, defence and the cur...


Scottish referendum franchise to be extended to 16 and 17 year olds - Ekklesia

Scottish referendum franchise to be extended to 16 and 17 year olds
Ekklesia
A Bill to give every 16 and 17 year old a vote in the 2014 independence referendum has been formally introduced to the Sco...


Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote
BBC News
A mock referendum among students on Scottish independence has resulted in a large majority in favour of staying w...


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Death Star Destruction - An Inside Job?



Old Firm Absence Leads To Drop In Domestic Violence

http://www.scotsman.com/news/old-firm-absence-leads-to-drop-in-domestic-violence-1-2841538



The Challenger

Watched this last night:-

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00zstkn/The_Challenger/

 

Thought William Hurt did a great job of Richard Feynman (although he should maybe have smiled more).

A ve...



Living History Group Needs Your Help

Adam Watters lives in the Panns and for some years now has built the Prestonpans reenactment up to the great event it is today.

 

http://www.battleofprestonpans1745.org/heritagetrust/

 

It looks li...



Street Pastors

http://www.streetpastors.co.uk/Home/tabid/255/Default.aspx

 

 

Anyone involved with this ?

 

I see that they're now active in quite a few places in Scotland....seems like a very worthwhile voluntee...



Tory Childcare Proposal

After attacking benefits that are needed by the poorest and most vulnerable.

 

After means testing child benefit.

 

And after a lot more, they are now proposing that for families where both, or one...



Yahoooooo

Actually delighted to have this,feel part of the board now,never realised that I've had it since february.

 

Could you PM me please mod 11,can't remember who I called a lovely cuddly bunny,wanna lo...



Dr Who 50Th Anniversary

Following the trip to Minecon with the young yin last year he has decided that he wants to go to see the Doctor Who 50th anniversary 3 day event in London. Anybody else going to this ?



Press Regulation - Salmond V Tories

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/03/16/news-round-response-lord-mccluskey-s-press-regulation-recommendations?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Drum+Weekend+Newsletter%3A+16%2...



Captain Peacock

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21828965



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

Further evidence that Scotland is more pro-European than the rest of the UK
The supplementary questions in today's YouGov poll add to the substantial body of evidence that Scotland is more enthusiastic about membership of the European Union than the rest of the UK...

Do y...

From ultra-unionist to separatist - the Tavish Scott story
Willie Rennie has established himself as such a political colossus of late that, by all accounts, primary school children routinely ask their teachers if non-Willies are even allowed to become lead...

Canavan would be your choice for Falkirk
Thanks for all your votes in yesterday's poll - by an overwhelming margin you feel that Dennis Canavan, rather than an SNP candidate, should fly the flag for independence in any Falkirk by-election...

Poll : Who should carry the independence banner in a Falkirk by-election?
Without wanting to get into any legally sensitive matters, it seems there is a renewed chance (albeit probably still an outside one) that there will be another Falkirk by-election over the coming m...

Yet another poll shows a swing in favour of independence
Cornish sex memoirist, "Thatcherite outlaw" and all-round Brit Nat extraordinaire Sean Thomas (aka "international thriller writer Tom Knox") gleefully brandished the latest TNS-BMRB poll on indepen...

The Falklands referendum was a massive missed opportunity, but the result mus...
It's something of a red-letter day when I find myself agreeing with any part of a ranting by Mr Nile Gardiner, director of the 'Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom' (yuck), so I thought I ought to...

Ashcroft poll : SNP hold clear lead in Lib Dem-held seats
The latest Ashcroft vanity-fest megapoll is out, and perhaps of most interest to us are the figures for Lib Dem-held seats in Scotland, and for Labour v SNP battleground seats.  Hold onto your hats...

Is Scotland even more anti-Tory than we realised?
YouGov have provided some timely food for thought for those who still delude themselves that the political centre of gravity in Scotland isn't fundamentally different to the rest of the UK...

Perc...

Moving in the right direction
My latest article for the International Business Times is now up, on the subject of an encouraging few weeks for the Yes campaign, and how two of the No side's favourite scare stories have bitten t...

What's an anti-nuclear country to do?
I gather from a newspaper report today that the UK government has decreed (in its usual self-effacing manner) that an independent Scotland would be 'banned' from possessing nuclear weapons.  So let...

And you dare me to face the attack
Yes folks, it's that time of the year already, when I pointlessly alienate 99% of regular readers by reminding you that this is (theoretically at least) a Eurovision blog as well as a Scottish poli...

Plaid Cymru surge to joint lead for Assembly list vote in dramatic YouGov poll
Here is the type of bizarre poll that we used to see in Scotland when people still thought that the list vote was a second preference vote. But the Additional Member System has been operating in W...

Comment is free (at least here)
I'll start by apologising in advance, because the majority of you won't have a clue what this post is all about. But as a matter of principle, I object strongly to being censored, especially when ...

Will the Tories rebrand themselves as 'Scotland for Socialism'?
I received a glossy No2AV-style purple leaflet the other day from an organisation calling itself 'Scotland for Marriage', and yet curiously their main preoccupation seems to be with preventing cert...

Yes voters who were born outside Scotland
I'm not sure if this has been commented upon elsewhere yet, but one feature of last week's Ipsos-Mori poll on independence that struck me as particularly interesting was the breakdown of voting int...

 

     

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