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Aberdeen MP Doran to stand down
Aberdeen North MP Frank Doran has announced that he is to stand down at the next General Election.

Immigration text messages spark complaints
More than 140 complaints have been received by the Home Office and a private contractor over communications sent to suspected illegal immigrants.

Sacked Lib Dem warns over Clegg
Nick Clegg faces being pulled away from the centre-ground of British politics by the Liberal Democrats, a minister he sacked has warned.

Cameron plan in crisis as UK fails business-friendly test
DAVID Cameron's pledge to make the UK one of the world's leading five ­business-friendly countries is in crisis, according to top-level civil service warnings.

Oil refinery staff 'given ultimatum'
UNION leaders accused the owners of Scotland's largest oil refinery of cynical blackmail after workers were told to accept new contracts or have the changes imposed on them.

Downing Street denies Tibet policy change
Downing Street has denied changing its stance on Tibet to secure lucrative Chinese business contracts.

Comissioner wades into Plebgate
A POLICE and crime commissioner has lashed out at the police watchdog over suggestions officers deliberately altered a report on a meeting held with former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell at the height of the so-called Plebgate row.

Minister positive on high-speed rail
HIGH Speed 2 will be delivered on budget, the former 2012 Olympic chief turned UK Government Infrastructure Minister has insisted.

Tories close in on Labour poll rating
WITH just 18 months to go before the next General Election, Labour has lost its lead over the Conservatives, according to a new poll.

Labour MP in plea over teen pictures
A member of Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet has issued a plea to the media to "call off the hunt" for topless photos she posed for as a teenager.

Tories and Labour battle over disposable income
Labour and the Conservatives are at loggerheads after David Cameron appeared to suggest people were better off now than they were last year.

Scottish MP Laing is elected Deputy Speaker of Commons
Scots-born Conservative MP Eleanor Laing has been elected as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

PM seeks apology for Mitchell
David Cameron has raised the stakes in the "plebgate" saga calling on police to apologise to former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

Inquiry into activities of spy agencies to be broadened
AN intelligence watchdog inquiry into the intercept activities of UK spy agencies will take evidence from members of the public in the wake of widespread concern over "snooping".

First Minister to give England 'lots of support' at World Cup
ALEX Salmond has ­reassured Scots that he will not be wearing an England shirt during next year's World Cup tournament, although he did admit that in some games he would be giving the team "lots of support".


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The key to mediation is to find the real issue
20 Oct 2013 at 2:18pm

Identifying all the possible ways forward and assessing these rationally is the hallmark of good mediation, says John Sturrock



Jane Devine: Independence debate and outsiders
20 Oct 2013 at 2:06pm

We need the debate on Scotland’s future to involve outsiders, or we risk it becoming narrow and insular, writes Jane Devine



Scottish independence: ?Yesmo? mobile app launched
20 Oct 2013 at 11:30am

Scottish nationalists have been told to strike-up “yes conversations” with the public to collect money and record opinions on handheld electronic devices for the independence campaign.



Grangemouth: Hundreds of workers rally at plant
20 Oct 2013 at 9:55am

Hundreds of workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery have attended a rally at the plant as the dispute over the future of the site continues.



Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan
20 Oct 2013 at 8:28am

Alex Salmond must reveal his secret “Plan B” for Scotland’s independent currency if negotiations for a sterling-zone with the remainder of the UK fail, Better Together chief Alistair Darling has demanded.



SNP conference: Loan increase for Scots students
20 Oct 2013 at 8:11am

SCOTTISH postgraduate students will get a loan of up to £4,500 in 2015/16, Education Secretary Michael Russell has said.



SNP conference: ?No direct entry to police?
20 Oct 2013 at 7:00am

KENNY MacAskill ruled out supermarket managers getting direct entry into the highest ranks of Scotland’s police force when he spoke at the SNP conference.



Alex Salmond unveils £60m jobs package
19 Oct 2013 at 3:39pm

ALEX Salmond yesterday announced a £60 million package supporting more than 3,000 Scottish jobs when he spoke at the SNP conference.



SNP conference: party urged to focus on unifying Nation
19 Oct 2013 at 3:36pm

THE SNP must change from being a Scottish nationalist party to being a National party capable of uniting the country, one of its leading figures argued yesterday.



Scottish independence: Russell rues lack of unionist novel
19 Oct 2013 at 2:43pm

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell has lamented the lack of a great contemporary unionist novel, arguing it would add richness to the independence referendum debate.



Glasgow: Mike Tyson show to attack rape victim
19 Oct 2013 at 2:38pm

MIKE Tyson is expected to criticise his rape victim when the former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion returns to Glasgow as it prepares to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.



Scottish independence: SNP pledge on minimum wage
19 Oct 2013 at 2:30pm

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would provide workers with a higher minimum wage, Alex Salmond pledged yesterday, as he used his final conference speech before next year’s referendum to urge voters not to pass up a “priceless moment” by voting No.



Blair McDougall: SNP conference and independence
19 Oct 2013 at 1:38pm

LISTENING to the speeches at SNP conference over the past couple of days I have been struck by how much of their worldview rests on the idea that us Scots who have made the judgment that Scotland’s interests are better served as part of a bigger Union somehow think less of Scotland.



Gerald Warner: Obamanomics bodes ill for the US
19 Oct 2013 at 1:36pm

VIEWED from this side of the pond, the US government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations formed part of a simple – more accurately, simplistic – narrative, as one would expect of reportage dominated by the BBC and allied Barack Obama cheerleaders, which played to a liberal worldview so out of touch with the real world as to be extraterrestrial.



Drumlanrig: Kenny MacAskill | Alex Salmond
19 Oct 2013 at 1:33pm

KENNY MacAskill was the main speaker at the annual media reception at SNP conference on Friday night.




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Reinventing the right
by Andrew Leslie
20 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
In the 1979 general election, the Scottish Conservatives received 916,000 votes. In 1984, only a few years later, the US historian Barbara Tuchman wrote The March of Folly which explored the bizarre fact that governments sometimes act directly against their own interest, and lose the American colonies or the Vietnam war as a result. She [...]

Cracking under the strain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2013 at 5:30am
We’ve noted a few times recently that the increasingly bitter, angry and even violent tone of the “Better Together” campaign isn’t the sort of thing you’d normally expect from a movement confident and relaxed about its chances of victory. But over the space of just the last few days – perhaps enraged by the positivity [...]

Cuckoo in the nest
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2013 at 4:24pm
On the day of the march and rally for independence in Edinburgh last month, the BBC’s coverage was token to the point of openly contemptuous. As 20,000 people marched through the nation’s capital to hear the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and others speak in public, the state broadcaster grudgingly provided a few seconds of [...]

High stakes
by Chris Cairns
19 Oct 2013 at 11:01am

Speking there branez
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2013 at 6:54am
Experienced readers will know that it’s a rare and special day when the BBC deigns to open up a Scottish story on its website to reader comments. The results are invariably to be cherished, as our friends elsewhere in the UK share their considered, informed and thoughtful views on why we’re all better together. “Luther_Wesley-Baxter “Let the [...]

The trickle down effect
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2013 at 4:36am
By now most of you will probably have seen the BBC’s revelations about HS2, and how the government tried to conceal the predicted negative economic effects on areas not served by the new line. A Freedom Of Information request revealed the plan would see almost £320m a year sucked out of the Aberdeen and Dundee [...]

You have a choice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
Next year, you can decide to always get the government you vote for. Or you can pick one of these three. Your call.

Gutter press aspired to
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm
We forget who, but someone we read this week – in the Herald, we think – referenced a line spoken by Jennifer Aniston’s character in an old episode of Friends (which we’ve managed to identify as S02E01, “The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend”): “When I saw him get off that plane with her, I really [...]

Margaret Curran is a liar
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2013 at 7:30am
We haven’t had one in this series for a wee while, have we? That’s Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran, accusing the First Minister of “misleading” Scots by suggesting she wants to scrap the Barnett Formula. The only possible implication can be that she doesn’t want such a thing. Let us help [...]

The soot-covered cockerel
by Scott Minto
18 Oct 2013 at 5:50am
This week, the University and College Union (UCU) have set out their manifesto for higher and further education in anticipation of the independence referendum. It denounces the funding system preferred by the big three Westminster parties and offers full backing to the Scottish Government’s policy of free tuition, while calling for immigration changes in order [...]


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Grangemouth deal response 'positive'
20 Oct 2013 at 11:55am
The owners of the Grangemouth complex claim the response of employees to their survival plan letters has been "extremely positive" so far.


Corroboration 'must go' for justice
20 Oct 2013 at 7:11am
Scotland's justice secretary voices his determination to get rid of the need for evidence in criminal trials to come from two sources, despite opposition.


Loan offer for postgraduate living
20 Oct 2013 at 10:26am
Postgraduate students will be able to get a loan of up to £4,500 to help towards living expenses, the Scottish education secretary announces.


Salmond: 'Scotland's time is now'
19 Oct 2013 at 12:43pm
SNP leader Alex Salmond tells his party conference it is "time for independence" and that the case for voting yes will be made on 26 November.


Rent arrears amnesty 'needs caution'
19 Oct 2013 at 7:05pm
Any rent arrears amnesty as part of efforts to mitigate changes to the welfare system should be approached with caution, an economist says.


'Buffer zones' for shale projects
19 Oct 2013 at 11:39am
Planning rules governing the extraction of onshore shale gas and oil in Scotland will be made more robust, the Scottish government announces.


Thousands wait years for allotments
20 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens say.


Labour MP Doran announces retirement
19 Oct 2013 at 4:39am
The Labour MP for Aberdeen North, Frank Doran, announces he will not fight the next general election in 2015.


HS2 will benefit UK, says minister
19 Oct 2013 at 10:24am
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says the HS2 project will benefit the whole UK, after figures suggested some areas would be worse off if it was built.


RBS decision imminent, says Osborne
19 Oct 2013 at 2:03am
George Osborne expects to make a decision about how to break up the state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in "the next two or three weeks", he tells the Daily Telegraph.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
10 Oct 2013 at 7:25am
Alex Salmond is accused of being "simply dishonest" over plans to set up two oil funds.


VIDEO: Anti-nuclear timetable - Salmond
20 Oct 2013 at 5:14am
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says nuclear submarines would be from Faslane Naval Base as safely as possible.


VIDEO: Questions to answer for Scottish voters
17 Oct 2013 at 6:01am
SNP leader Alex Salmond opens his party's conference in Perth on Thursday afternoon insisting next year's Scottish referendum can be won if it can convince voters independence would bring economic prosperity.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'We're the Yes generation'
19 Oct 2013 at 10:20am
Scottish National Party Leader Alex Salmond has made his keynote speech to the final SNP conference before voters in Scotland take part in an independence referendum next year.


VIDEO: Sturgeon: We have got work to do
17 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
Even their political opponents no longer challenge the SNP claim that Scotland was one of the wealthiest countries in the worlds, said the deputy leader of the SNP, just before the opening of her party's conference.


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Can the SNP ensure independence puts people before business?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 5:08pm

By Jo Edwards
 
High on the agenda at this week's 79th SNP conference in Perth was Westminster austerity and the highly controversial increase in the use of food-banks.
 
The shocking figures released last week by the Trussell Trust show that a total of 23,073 people in Scotland, including 6,608 children, were in need of emergency food support between April and September.  Six times the number that needed help in the same period last year.



Why the SSP will support the Grangemouth workers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 4:17pm

By Colin Fox
 
Scottish Socialist Party members will join today's mass protest called by workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery. 

The workers are angry after a turbulent few weeks when first their union convenor was threatened with dismissal and then they were all presented with an ultimatum to accept an enormous cut in their wages and pension rights or see the plant closed with the loss of thousands of highly skilled jobs.



Saying Yes to Scottish Independence: An opportunity for social justice
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Oct 2013 at 12:44pm

16 year old Michael Scott, who will vote in next year's Independence referendum, writes about why he will vote YES.
 
Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation - Alasdair Gray[1]
 
Do you want the chance to create a better Scotland? In the 2014 referendum on independence you'll get that opportunity.  Given the choice, I for one will be saying yes.  Too many important matters are still controlled, and I would argue controlled badly, by Westminster.



Great War saw Maclean emerge as key socialist leader
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Oct 2013 at 1:59pm

By Campbell Martin

Throughout the years of the First World War and the ascent of Red Clydeside, one man stood out as a great socialist leader ? John Maclean.

Maclean was born in Glasgow on 24 August 1879 to Highland parents and grew up in Pollokshaws as part of a poor, working class family.  After completing his schooling he trained as a teacher and embarked on part-time study at Glasgow University, from where he graduated in 1904 with a Master of Arts degree.



Threat and fear ? scare and smear: the ugly side of Great Britain plc
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Oct 2013 at 2:42pm

By Ken Ferguson

Just as the days shorten and the leaves fall, the annual ritual begins of the power profiteers hiking prices as they wring their hands in regret for their poor customers.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is first in the field with an 8 per cent rise.  British Gas has now followed and we can be sure they will not be the last, as any notion that gas and electricity are offered to the public by fiercely competing firms serving their interest ceased to fool the long-suffering public years ago.



Nothing Interesting Here: Changing Scotland?s Media Desert
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Oct 2013 at 1:53pm

By Christopher Silver

Scotland is bristling with a will to experiment.  It's shrugging off an older, staler incarnation of itself and tentatively seeking out new possibilities.  This process began long before next year?s referendum and will continue regardless of its result.

The looming vote does provide a focus for those in the business of seeking alternatives.



Unionist Potemkin edifice crumbling to dust
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Oct 2013 at 3:52pm

By Mark McNaught

Former Labour Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish should have the courage of his convictions and declare his full support for independence.  While still insisting that he will vote 'No' in 2014, in a Scotsman editorial he makes one of the most compelling cases for independence I have read.



BBC Scotland targets council tax freeze the week before a crucial by-election
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Oct 2013 at 1:00am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Most of Scotland's journalistic fraternity have been transfixed by the revelatory blog of former BBC Scotland presenter Derek Bateman.  Mr Bateman's articles ? one satirical and one serious ? have, amongst other things, shone a light on the goings on at Pacific Quay.
 



Business as Usual?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Oct 2013 at 4:26pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
The easy option for critics is, by definition, to criticise.  Pointing out where it all goes wrong is the privilege of the observer.  Actually solving the problem is the preserve of the decision-maker and that is much the harder part of the deal.
 
So having criticised the BBC for its failings, what would I have done about the referendum if I'd had executive power?



The Dangers of the Right-Wing Revolutionaries in the UK and US
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2013 at 1:06pm

By Gerry Hassan

The world as we know it stands on the brink of extinction. It could literally come to an end next Thursday on October 17th.

This is not some Nostradamus style prediction but the stand-off between Democrats and Republicans in the US over whether to raise the debt ceiling.




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For the First Minister's next trick ... can he make independence as popular ...
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 2:46pm

The SNP's final annual conference before Scotland's Day of Destiny, as Alex Salmond calls the independence referendum, went rather better than expected.

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Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 12:25pm

First minister says SNP would have to win a post-independence election before removing nuclear weapons from Scotland
Peter A Bell's insight:

What is so surprising about this? Surely it a fact so obvious as to need no expression or clarification that the present administration has no mandate to nego...



We can build a better Scotland | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 10:40am

A Yes vote in next year’s referendum will rid Scotland of the corrosive and cynical world of Westminster and allow us to build a better and fairer nation, Yes Scotland Chief Executive Blair Jenkins said today.



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Reinventing the right
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 10:17am

In the 1979 general election, the Scottish Conservatives received 916,000 votes. In 1984, only a few years later, the US historian Barbara Tuchman wrote The March of Folly which explored the bizarre fact that governments sometimes act directly against their own interest, and lose the American col...



Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 9:23am

Alex Salmond must reveal his secret “Plan B” for Scotland’s independent currency if negotiations for a sterling-zone with the remainder of the UK fail, Better Together chief Alistair Darling has demanded.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Some people will read Alistair Darling's latest inane rant and wonder,...



ianssmart: Eck's Speech
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 8:44am

To be fair, I have met one solitary person who said that they might vote Yes if they were certain that the Tories would win the 2015 General Election but in September 2014 even the most optimistic Tory will not be certain of that. And even the one person who did express that opinion in Lefty/libe...



Cracking under the strain
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 6:56am

We’ve noted a few times recently that the increasingly bitter, angry and even violent tone of the “Better Together” campaign isn’t the sort of thing you’d normally expect from a movement confident and relaxed about its chances of victory.



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The First Minister's conference speech suggests the cause is not lost
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 6:40am

So, I didn’t make it to any conferences this autumn.  Long story, let’s not bother.  Claiming to be a blogger when your recent output suggests otherwise played a part though.




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SCOT goes POP!: Is it just me, or...
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 6:23am


Peter A Bell's insight:

This wins my Blog of the Day award.



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Conference backing for Common weal
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 3:53am
Delegates at the SNP conference backed further work on the Common Weal concept promoted by the left-wing Jimmy Reid Foundation.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's always amusing when reading articles such as this to play a little game of "Spot the Unionist Lie". Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamo...



Salmond in confident mood at euphoric SNP conference
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 3:31am
ALEX Salmond named the day for his long-awaited blueprint for a new Scotland yesterday, as he promised the time had come for Scotland's

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Scottish independence: Russell rues lack of unionist novel
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 3:18am

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell has lamented the lack of a great contemporary unionist novel, arguing it would add richness to the independence referendum debate.

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Scottish independence: White paper out in November
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 3:04am

ALEX Salmond has revealed the Scottish Government will publish its blueprint for independence on Tuesday 26 November.

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SNP to reveal independence vision
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 2:56am

The SNP will set out its vision for an independent Scotland at a special referendum rally today.

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Quebec sovereigntists prepare for battle with Ottawa over right to secede
by Peter A Bell
20 Oct 2013 at 2:54am

Leaders of Quebec's sovereignty movement are gearing up for a fight with the federal government over its decision to intervene in a provincial court case challenging a law at the heart of their cause.




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Teen shot by Taliban inspires Scottish scholarship scheme that will see 40 yo...
by dailyrecord
20 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
THE scholarship was inspired by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head while travelling on a school bus in Pakistan last October after her outspoken views on education.


Alex Salmond urges Scots to seize the chance for independence as he wows SNP ...
by Mark Aitken
20 Oct 2013 at 4:27am
FIRST Minister announces plans to increase the minimum wage, repeats his demand for David Cameron to face him in a TV debate and reveals that the White Paper on independence will be out next month.


Revealed: Energy firms' hidden exit fees mean thousands of families won't be ...
by Norman Silvester
20 Oct 2013 at 3:51am
CUSTOMERS face massive cancellation costs if they take David Cameron's advice and try to change their gas and electricity suppliers.


David Cameron hires ex drug dealer to run his security at top Tory party summit
by Simon Wright
19 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm
Security firm boss Gordon McLean was exposed as a central figure in a network of drug-dealing bouncers on ITV?s World In Action


Nicola Sturgeon: Vote for an independent Scotland in 2014 and the average fam...
by David Clegg
19 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
THE Deputy First Minister told the SNP Conference in Perth that, if there's a Yes vote next year, her party will remove various green charges footed by consumers and cut their costs.


Britons worried about how they'll face winter as energy prices soar told to p...
by James Lyons
19 Oct 2013 at 4:22am
THE Prime Minister faced furious backlash after the comment, which political rivals said shows how little the Government stands up for hard-working people.


Measures to safeguard and benefit Armed Forces in independent Scotland backed...
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2013 at 12:22pm
DEFENCE spokesman Angus Robertson vows to ban compulsory redundancies and boost terms and conditions.


SNP Conference: Finance Minister John Swinney warns Scotland will suffer UK d...
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2013 at 7:49am
SWINNEY blasted what he said were "reckless deficits Westminster has built up" and claimed the Scottish economy would benefit from independence.


Hope for Bedroom Tax victims as Nicola Sturgeon to announce £20m Scottish Gov...
by David Clegg
17 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
TODAY the Deputy First Minister will reveal plans for a massive cash boost for local councils to help those punished by the controversial welfare reform.


Alex Salmond to debate independence with Better Together leader Alistair Darl...
by dailyrecord
17 Oct 2013 at 12:05pm
NICOLA STURGEON has said debates between the three politicians would happen, despite Mr Salmond's as yet unfulfilled desire to lock horns with Prime Minister David Cameron.


First Minister hosts emergency talks with union chiefs and Grangemouth oil re...
by Lindsey Archibald
17 Oct 2013 at 10:01am
ALEX Salmond left the first day of the SNP annual conference in Perth for the discussions in Edinburgh.


Scottish independence polls can be turned around in time for next year's vote...
by dailyrecord
17 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
THE Deputy First Minister spoke ahead of the SNP national conference in Perth - the party's last autumn conference before the nation votes on independence.


Alex Salmond says he WILL support the Auld Enemy in next year's World Cup
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Oct 2013 at 2:33am
THE First Minister has taken the advice of David Cameron to get behind the team ahead of their bid for glory in Brazil next year.


Grangemouth crisis: Oil Firm threatens to shut down refinery for good
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Oct 2013 at 2:25am
BILLIONAIRE oil boss Jim Ratcliffe has been blasted for continuing a plan for a 'cold' shutdown of the plant despite a strike being called off.


Prime Minister David Cameron: All of the United Kingdom should get behind Eng...
by dailyrecord
16 Oct 2013 at 8:41am
THE Prime Minister insists football fans from all the home nations will get behind Roy Hodgson's side in Brazil - but will you? Take our poll here.


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This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...

Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Oct 2013 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.


Sturgeon on cuts
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Fortunately, Sturgeon showed a brief touch of compassion in her speech. Obviously she had understood that only the Prime Minister's dyspepsia has prevented him debating with Dic...

Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm
Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.


Danny Alexander woos bankers
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Now is not the time for Scotlandshire to give in to narrow nationalism. That must be left to the UK.

BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul splittist campaign.


The obvious lies of the Natz : Falsehood 1
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We will provide balance by publishing splittist articles that attempt to portray a vision of a separate Scotlandshire that its propon...

Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 3:33pm
Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the Scotch-English border, has now expanded to place all of England in a time warp.


Dr Who - a Natz conspiracy to take over the universe
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They failed to comprehend the glory of Empire, however. Loyal...

Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 7:34am
Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are being taught to sing for separation, our London-based culture correspondent pays a visit to Scotlandshire to go undercover and investigate the propaganda being used by separatists.


Fascists in a fash over feis
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Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an his...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Oct 2013 at 3:51pm
Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an historic win in the Govan council by-election.


Govan: 'We'll keep the red (white & blue) flag flying here'
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Conservative cash, Better Together footsoldiers and United with Labour stalwarts, all worki...

As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 3:26pm
As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, we bring you an even greater threat!


Independent Scotland At Greater Risk Of Defeat By Alien Invasion Warning
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When asked for comment, George Foulkes said that Lord Norvincciax of the Yazvidian gal...

What a nice guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 12:50pm
What a nice guy...



Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 8:11am
Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of applications for posts at BBC Scotlandshire.

Committed, as we are, to satisfying the demands of our readership (other than those that are illegal or that would require us to become contortionists) we seek your guidance...

SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council lead...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 3:40pm
SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council leaders and has a warning for England's northernmost county.


HP?s SoS ? You?ve had your chips, Stirlingshire
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
So watch out, residents of England's most Northerly county. Ally's not so tartan army will...

As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 6:45am
As Ming is skewered by the nose cone of time's spaceship, we bid him a fond farewell.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 9 - Ming Campbell
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We look forward to the day when Lord Ming of that place in my old constituency that I can't pronounce takes his seat among the ...

A regrettable lack of punctuation, in the MoD press briefing about Hammond's ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Oct 2013 at 4:35pm
A regrettable lack of punctuation, in the MoD press briefing about Hammond's visit to Scotlandshire, will be misinterpreted we fear.


Hammond itinerary - Eats Shits and Leaves
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Those building the aircraft carriers, and those putting the bits together, will need to find othe...

We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate...
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Oct 2013 at 2:03pm
We are sometimes unjustly accused of publishing scare stories. To demonstrate our innocence, this is the kind of stuff we reject.


Scotlandshire to be destroyed in horrific terror attack if it votes Yes to separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sometimes we are sent stories that are simply too silly ...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


Backing Bella for 2014
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 3:52pm
Bella Caledonia has been publishing since Autumn 2007 and now, as we enter the referendum year, it’s time to step-up our focus, our quality and our output. To do this we’re asking for your support, so next week launching a... Read More ›

Laying Down a Marker
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Bella thinks Nicola Sturgeon’s speech yesterday represents a significant political moment. She has re-framed the independence debate and is thinking beyond the referendum. A very interesting contribution (win or lose) it represents both a strategy for the next 12 months... Read More ›

Newco Britain?
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2013 at 3:17pm
We continue our series of views from round the rUK and Ireland – with Phil Mac Giolla Bháin writing from Ireland… Two weeks ago I voted as a citizen of my Republic. I was asked if I wanted our upper... Read More ›

Wales First?
by bellacaledonia
17 Oct 2013 at 9:16am
In the first of a series of articles we look at the impact of the Scottish constitutional movement from around the rUK and Ireland, Stewart McDonald reports from Aberystwyth. What’s happening elsewhere and what are the connections? Plaid Cymru?s tanks... Read More ›

A Lesson in Self-Hatred
by bellacaledonia
16 Oct 2013 at 11:32am
By Mike Small Hot on the heels of Lord Robertson’s claim that we are a cultural void-space comes Allan Massie claiming that we are bereft of language too. Massie, who campaigned unsuccessfully against devolution, seems to be joining the growing... Read More ›

Both Sides of the Tweed
by bellacaledonia
14 Oct 2013 at 2:49pm
Dick Gaughan has been at the heart of Scottish cultural revival through an uncompromising firebrand folk for thirty years and more. Iain Robson of the Scotland Pages asked him about the coming politics: The idea that Independence will solve anything... Read More ›

Hit the North
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2013 at 4:34pm
By Fiona MacInnes Orkney has been a safe Liberal and then Lib-Dem seat for as long as anyone up here has political memories. There was a time before Liberals and that was Tory or rather Conservative and Unionist? The isles... Read More ›

The Snarling of the Euro Right
by bellacaledonia
13 Oct 2013 at 5:26am
By Alyn Smith Nigel Farage took his snake oil circus to Manchester for the Tory conference a couple of weeks ago. UKIP, the Bruges Group, the Forest pro-smoking group and the ‘Freedom Association’ were all in one room like a... Read More ›

The Wit and Wisdom of No
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2013 at 11:01am
Bella is responding to the brand new Scottish Secretary’s call for more ?passion and wit? to win over voters. Which of the following are your favourite campaign gaffs by the collective wisdom that is our beloved NO bodies? 1. The... Read More ›


Power Sharing
by bellacaledonia
10 Oct 2013 at 6:22am
On the day Scottish Southern Energy hikes gas and electricity bills by up to 10% for millions of households Bella explores a different path. The stranglehold of private utilities means only one thing, more fuel poverty whilst Alistair Philips-Davies CEO of... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain - Tel...
20 Oct 2013 at 6:56am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain
Telegraph.co.uk
But he grew increasingly irate during an interview on the Andrew Marr show when challenged that most people consider Great Britain a ?familiar entity? that would be destroyed by Scottish independe...


Alex Salmond challenges David Cameron to TV debate over Scottish ... - Telegr...
19 Oct 2013 at 10:43am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond challenges David Cameron to TV debate over Scottish ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Cameron last month ruled out a televised debate ahead of next year's referendum on independence, saying that the issue was a matter for ?Scots living in Scotland?. He suggested the ?no? camp shoul...


Scottish Independence Is 'Common Sense' Alex Salmond Argues At SNP ... - Huff...
19 Oct 2013 at 10:14am

Scottish Independence Is 'Common Sense' Alex Salmond Argues At SNP ...
Huffington Post UK
Next month the Scottish government will set out its prospectus for independence in a white paper, while on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, voters in the referendum will be asked the straight yes/no question: "Sh...


Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan - Scotsman
20 Oct 2013 at 8:35am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Darling blasts currency plan
Scotsman
The Scottish Government must set out all of the currency options in its White Paper for independence, which Mr Salmond announced for release on November 26 at the SNP Conference in Perth on Saturday. Mr Darling said: ?The people o...


Scottish independence: Russell rues lack of unionist novel - Scotsman
19 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Scottish independence: Russell rues lack of unionist novel
Scotsman
In his chapter, Russell suggests that James Robertson's ?magnificent novel? And The Land Lay Still could mark a Scottish literary renaissance based on the potential for political change. But alongside those artists who argue for in...


Blueprint for Scottish independence to be published on November 26 - stv.tv
19 Oct 2013 at 10:13am

Blueprint for Scottish independence to be published on November 26
stv.tv
The Scottish Government has announced the date that it will publish its blueprint for an independent Scotland. The White Paper, which will detail the look of Scotland under independence, will be published on November 26. The ...


Scottish independence: 'Yesmo' mobile app launched - Scotsman
20 Oct 2013 at 11:35am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Yesmo' mobile app launched
Scotsman
Scottish nationalists have been told to strike-up ?yes conversations? with the public to collect money and record opinions on handheld electronic devices for the independence campaign. The SNP has launched a mobile app called 'Yesm...


Head of Yes Scotland campaign delivers rallying cry for independence - Herald...
20 Oct 2013 at 11:10am

Herald Scotland

Head of Yes Scotland campaign delivers rallying cry for independence
Herald Scotland
The head of the official Scottish independence campaign has described Westminster as "corrosive, cynical and remote", the Lords as "ridiculous" and attacked "smears" from the no campaign. The head of...


Alex Salmond urges Scots to seize the chance for independence as he wows ... ...
20 Oct 2013 at 4:30am

Scottish Daily Record

Alex Salmond urges Scots to seize the chance for independence as he wows ...
Scottish Daily Record
Less than a third of Scots currently back Scotland leaving the UK but Salmond said the Yes campaign would win if people had more information about independence. He said this would...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon promises lower energy bills in independent .....
18 Oct 2013 at 6:14pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon promises lower energy bills in independent ...
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon, deputy leader of the SNP, has announced measures to tackle fuel poverty should the SNP win a Yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence. Ms Sturgeon was speaking at the SNP part...



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Salmond would delay Trident deal until 2016 - Channel 4 News
20 Oct 2013 at 2:54pm

Channel 4 News

Salmond would delay Trident deal until 2016
Channel 4 News
Salmond would delay Trident deal until 2016. Tweet. SNP Leader Alex Salmond says a final deal on removing Trident nuclear submarines under an independent Scotland would be delayed until 2016 - and be conditional on his party b...


What Does Alex Salmond Think Nationalist's 'Ace Card' Will Be?281 - Huffingto...
20 Oct 2013 at 2:45pm

What Does Alex Salmond Think Nationalist's 'Ace Card' Will Be?281
Huffington Post UK
Alex Salmond closed the SNP final annual conference before that key vote by telling activists that when the ballot is held in 2014 it will be "Scotland's day and Scotland's hour". He spoke out during a referendum r...


Postgraduates to get cash help - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
20 Oct 2013 at 2:23pm

Postgraduates to get cash help
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
The help for postgraduate students was one of a package of measures of improved student support that Mr Russell unveiled at the SNP annual conference in Perth. article_mpuAdvertisement. Cash for student bursaries will rise next year to £105 ...


Darling in currency 'Plan B' call - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
20 Oct 2013 at 2:23pm

Darling in currency 'Plan B' call
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Alex Salmond must reveal his secret "Plan B" for Scotland's independent currency if negotiations for a sterling-zone with the remainder of the UK fail, Better Together chief Alistair Darling has demanded. The SNP wants to keep the pound i...


Sturgeon tells SNP conference: ?This is our moment? - Edinburgh Evening News
20 Oct 2013 at 2:20pm

Sturgeon tells SNP conference: ?This is our moment?
Edinburgh Evening News
SCOTTISH Nationalists have ended their annual conference with pledges of determination to win next year's independence referendum. At a closing rally, First Minister Alex Salmond said trust, passion and commitment were the k...


Not being England isn't a big enough vision for Scotland - The Times (subscri...
20 Oct 2013 at 2:14pm

Not being England isn't a big enough vision for Scotland
The Times (subscription)
This was the exam question that Alex Salmond addressed in his speech to the SNP annual conference last weekend. His answer? We wouldn't be England. To elaborate, we wouldn't be Tory either. Voters might have expected ...


All the 'A's: The A Team and the announcements at the SNP conference - For Ar...
20 Oct 2013 at 1:17pm

For Argyll

All the 'A's: The A Team and the announcements at the SNP conference
For Argyll
There were a lot of things that were interesting about the SNP's annual party conference in Perth over the past few days. The party's A Team for this last set piece before the September 2014 Independence Refer...


Salmond: 'The bedroom tax is becoming a symbol of why independence is ... - F...
20 Oct 2013 at 1:07pm

For Argyll

Salmond: 'The bedroom tax is becoming a symbol of why independence is ...
For Argyll
'The Bedroom Tax' has become a mantra repeated endlessly by SNP speechmakers in and outwith the conference ? and the First Minister was at it again in his unfocused appearance on Andrew Marr;' BBC ONE sho...


First Minister shadow boxes in the ring - For Argyll
20 Oct 2013 at 12:46pm

For Argyll

First Minister shadow boxes in the ring
For Argyll
The SNP conference speeches were familiarly heavy on emotive rhetoric, none more so than the First Minister's final address. One ought always to feel uncomfortable in the presence of a clear drive to affect one's emotions, to cause them t...


Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date - The Guardian
20 Oct 2013 at 12:18pm

The Guardian

Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
The Guardian
The SNP wants to officially declare independence in March 2016 after a deal with the rest of the UK on a new sterling currency union, splitting up the UK's debt and taking control of North Sea oil fields, followed by the fir...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero - Scotsman
19 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero
Scotsman
The First Minister was impressive in his focus, and also in the calm and measured way he spelled out his vision for Scotland becoming an independent country. This was not independence as revolution, nor independence as insurrec...


SNP should be bold and call pre-referendum convention - Herald Scotland
16 Oct 2013 at 9:10pm

SNP should be bold and call pre-referendum convention
Herald Scotland
The opinion polls refuse to move. Professor John Curtice's authoritative polling blog,What Scotland Thinks has been struggling to find anything new to say as survey after survey tells the same story: that Scotland thinks it shoul...


Festival will debate 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
15 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Scotland on Sunday

Festival will debate 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
They will feature musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Quebec and Catalonia who will discuss the poll and its implications for Scotland's culture. Loading article content. Shaw, who is in favour of Scottish independence, sa...


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 12:06pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels
BBC News
The prospect of a Norwegian-sized oil fund is a powerful way of making the case for Scottish independence. That's why it's playing a prominent role in the independence referendum campaign. The Scottish government asked economists ...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
They will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Electoral registration officers will now begin gathering information for the roll which will be used for the referend...


Scottish independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march - The Indep...
22 Sep 2013 at 4:55am

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march
The Independent
Thousands of people have joined a march and rally in Scotland's capital, calling for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum. The event in Edinburgh appeared to draw crowds from across ...


Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ... - D...
23 Sep 2013 at 1:40pm

Daily Mail

Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ...
Daily Mail
The referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK is still a year away - but a group of craftsmen have already started the job of dividing England from its northern neighbour. Four dryliners from Cum...


Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress so far. But he called f...


Scotland's referendum, Britain's identity crisis - The World Outline
25 Sep 2013 at 2:02am

The World Outline

Scotland's referendum, Britain's identity crisis
The World Outline
This time next year, Britain will still be coming to terms with the outcome of Scotland's referendum on independence. Whether or not she chooses to break with the United Kingdom, there will be long-lasting repercuss...


Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference - Scotland on Sunday
13 Oct 2013 at 6:08pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 50 diplomats to SNP conference
Scotland on Sunday
?The number of diplomats attending this year is a clear reflection of the interest around the world in Scotland's referendum and the decision that people living here will make next year.? AN SNP government in...



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First Minister To Prime Minister Debate
20 Oct 2013 at 2:19pm

Why is Eck obsessed with having a First Minister to Prime Minister debate? It could be argued tha...



5:2 Fasting - Anyone Done It?
20 Oct 2013 at 2:05pm
Any views, things to watch out for etc?

No Campaign - Liars
20 Oct 2013 at 1:54pm

They just cannae help themselves! 

 

http://wingsoverscotland.com/blair-mcdougall-is-a-liar/



Dispute With Paddy Power
20 Oct 2013 at 9:15am
Opened a new account yesterday, forgot that I closed an account with them years ago and must have...

Will The White Paper Be A Game Changer?
20 Oct 2013 at 3:56am

Published on 26th November, although there will no doubt be countless leaks before hand.

Will the...



Fa Commission Criticised For Having No Female Or Ethnic Members
19 Oct 2013 at 11:20am

Is it just me or are issues of race, colour or sex being brought up in just about every situation...



Talentless & Annoying
19 Oct 2013 at 10:06am

Karl Pilkington (some talentless bunny rabbit that kens another talentless bunny rabbit)

One Dire...



A Divine Comedy Appreciation Thread
19 Oct 2013 at 9:03am

For Mrs Johnnie X and Wolfie and any other fans of Neil Hannon's music...

 

 

Sweden:

 

 

The S...



Uefa & Greenpeace - Free The Arctic 30
19 Oct 2013 at 5:31am

I read today that FC Basel have just been fined 30,000 Euros by UEFA for not doing more to preven...



Hs2
19 Oct 2013 at 2:18am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24589652

Apparently the projections are that NE of Scotland will be ...




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Better Nation

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

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...


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

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...

TNS-BMRB poll shows swing in favour of independence
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 8:15am
Some very welcome news on the referendum front today - the latest TNS-BMRB poll has shown the No ...

Are Labour now standing candidates on behalf of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition?
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 7:29am
It's long been obvious that the Tory/Lib Dem government are desperate for Labour people to speak ...

What will you spend your money on today?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
I was contacted last night by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, who asked me to give a mention to the fu...

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Let's close Westminster's £35bn tax gap
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 8:04am

 



We can build a better Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
20 Oct 2013 at 8:30am

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum will rid Scotland of the corrosive and cynical world of West...



In less than 12 months time, we will all make a choice.
by Peter Dempsie
18 Oct 2013 at 10:15am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference in Perth today that on...



The ?No? future ? failure on child poverty and poverty pay
by Stuart McDonald
17 Oct 2013 at 5:40am

Today is international day for the eradication of poverty.  And yet, with impeccable timing, the ...



The Westminster penalty ? fivefold increase in Scots using foodbanks
by Peter Dempsie
16 Oct 2013 at 6:45am

By Angus Millar

The number of people in Scotland forced to rely on food banks has increased fivefo...



Scotland?s recovery continues ? let?s make it work for all
by Stuart McDonald
16 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

New official figures published today show Scotland?s economy continues to grow and levels of empl...



Public services 'central to union members' view of independence'
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 10:38am

A trade union survey shows that the future of public services is central to members? views on the...



Yes Scotland answers your questions: the Constitution
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
15 Oct 2013 at 7:59am
Video of 6-I2axKqCjU

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, recently answered questions...



Reports of US accidents show risks of Scotland's nuclear weapons
by Stuart McDonald
15 Oct 2013 at 6:09am
Recent reports about the very large number of "significant incidents" involving American nuclear ...

Yes Scotland answers your questions: young voters
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 10:38am
Video of ZjNV72S8D1o

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, answering questions sent in...



Closing Westminster?s £35bn tax gap
by Stuart McDonald
14 Oct 2013 at 6:04am

Official figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs last week revealed a ?tax gap? ? the diff...



'Yes campaign is one of optimism and aspiration'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Oct 2013 at 5:39am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh spoke at the Plaid Cymru conference in Ab...



Red Cross to step in with food aid for UK ? still ?all in this together??
by Stuart McDonald
11 Oct 2013 at 8:02am
The Independent reports today that for the first time since the Second World War the Red Cross is...

Perspective: 'The benefit of equality and self-determination'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
11 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
It seems that one decisive issue for the outcome of the referendum will be "the economy". People ...

Abertay Uni debate shows momentum with Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
11 Oct 2013 at 4:24am
Video of A5oHTBvidgc Stuart Hosie MP and Lord George Robertson debated independence as part of ...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 11:57am

First minister says SNP would have to win a post-independence election before removing nuclear weapons from Scotland

Alex Salmond has suggested a final deal on removing Trident nuclear submarines fr...




Trident deal would be delayed until 2016, says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 5:44am

First minister says that if Scotland votes yes in referendum and if SNP wins re-election, he will ask for nuclear fleet to be moved

Alex Salmond has said a final deal on removing Trident nuclear sub...




Alex Salmond sets date for Scottish independence white paper
by Kevin McKenna
19 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Slimmed down but fired up, SNP leader reveals 26 November publication date at final autumn conference before referendum

Some have already dubbed it the Scottish Magna Carta, the most important parch...




Alex Salmond: vote for Scottish independence is act of self-belief
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

First minister will say Scotland has already had taste of self-rule thanks to 14 years of devolution

Alex Salmond will argue on Saturday that supporting independence in next year's referendum is a n...




Scottish National party conference: the descant of political reality | Martin...
by Martin Kettle
18 Oct 2013 at 1:23pm

Try as the SNP machine might to spin a more favourable story, the polls continue to point solidly towards a no vote next year

The clock is ticking for the Scottish National party. Literally. Behind ...




Alex Salmond derided for stay at Gleneagles for SNP conference
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 12:01pm

Scottish first minister mocked for staying in opulent golf resort as Scottish National party conference debates bedroom tax

As Scottish National party ministers railed against the "despicable" bedro...




Evidence for independence as Scotland has best-run regional economy in UK
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 7:43am

John Swinney says recent figures show the devolved government can build dynamic, successful economy

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has said the strong case for independence has been p...




Alex Salmond hints at using English strikes in referendum battle
by Severin Carrell
17 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm

First minister tells SNP conference that contrasting levels of trust in UK and Scottish governments will be pivotal issue

Alex Salmond has signalled that he plans to use the public service strikes i...




The SNP must convince Scots that independence is safer | James Mitchell
by James Mitchell
16 Oct 2013 at 2:15pm

The yes camp can turn the debate around by focusing on the dismantling of the welfare state south of the border

The Scottish National party meets tomorrow in Perth for its last conference before th...




Limits on use of North Sea oil vital to protect climate, warns Mary Robinson
by Severin Carrell
9 Oct 2013 at 10:42am

Former Irish president criticises Scottish and UK governments for claiming to be greener yet promising more oil and gas

Mary Robinson, one of the world's senior diplomats, has warned that Scottish a...




Scottish government clashes with Philip Hammond over defence strategy
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 4:39pm

Defence secretary's claims that armed forces' presence in Scotland will increase are a misrepresentation, says SNP

The armed forces' presence in Scotland is set to increase despite the overall cuts ...




Prestwick airport set to be nationalised
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 12:31pm

Scottish government in talks to buy loss-making airport that was put up for sale last year by New Zealand-based owner

Scottish ministers are to take Prestwick airport into public ownership in an att...




Scotland's human trafficking bill could make it a 'beacon to the world'
8 Oct 2013 at 10:03am

MSP Jenny Marra points out there are more trafficking victims in Scottish jails than perpetrators, as she launches consultation

It's a cold March morning in Aberdeen. A woman in her mid-20s is shopp...




Scottish independence would risk 12,000 defence jobs, says Hammond
by Severin Carrell
8 Oct 2013 at 1:00am

UK defence secretary accuses SNP of being 'insultingly vague' about its proposals for an independent defence force

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a new row over Scottish indepen...




SNP demands debate with Philip Hammond after job loss claims
by Severin Carrell
7 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Defence secretary claims 12,000 jobs would be jeopardised by a yes vote in 2014 Scottish independence referendum

The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has provoked a fresh row over Scottish indepen...




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