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Opposition fury over evictions law vote
SNP MSPs have voted down a proposal to ban evictions based on council tax arrears, prompting a furious reaction from Opposition parties.

McLeish 'misguided' over views
HENRY McLeish, the former First Minister, has been branded "misguided" after he suggested David Cameron was more hated in Scotland than Margaret Thatcher.

OECD upgrades UK growth forecast
BRITAIN'S growth forecast has been upgraded by more than any other G7 country over the next two years.

Cameron speaks to Iranian president
David Cameron has become the first British Prime Minister to call an Iranian president in more than a decade in a fresh sign of thawing relations.

Sri Lanka row threat to Games
David Cameron can act to ensure next year's Commonwealth Games are not overshadowed by an ongoing row over Sri Lanka, Labour sources have said.

Hammond appeals to rebels on Army plans
Conservative Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has appealed to his own MPs not to "damage" his controversial plans to reorganise the Army.

Legal system reforms 'risk increases in miscarriages of justice'
Proposed reforms to the legal system could undermine confidence in the courts, risk increases in miscarriages of justice and prove disastrous for those wrongly convicted, the body representing solicitors has warned.

Warning as it emerges Sri Lanka will be welcome at 2014 Games
Campaigners have warned that next year's Commonwealth Games risk being overshadowed by an inter­national outcry after it emerged Sri Lanka will be welcome at the event.

Plebgate row cost stands at £248,000
The cost of the police investigation into the plebgate row rose more than £10,000 in just over a month and now stands at nearly a quarter of a million pounds.

Anti-Europe Tories 'are unpatriotic'
NICK Clegg and Danny ­Alexander have stepped up their campaign against Conservative eurosceptics, denouncing them as "unpatriotic".

Ashdown calls for privacy inquiry
MASS surveillance of citizens by the secret service is "out of control", according to the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, as he called for an inquiry into privacy.

Banks cite correction as main risk
A correction in UK housing prices was the fastest-growing risk cited by banks in a survey published by the Bank of England.

Shadow Chancellor plays down Labour 'rift'
SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls has played down reports of a rift with Labour Party leader Ed Miliband but has acknowledged that they disagreed on some issues.

Hints Osborne is poised to implement oligarch tax windfall
CHANCELLOR George Osborne appears poised to introduce an "oligarch tax", stinging wealthy foreigners who have forced up high-end property prices in the UK, and which will produce a new pre-election windfall for the Treasury.

MSPs to propose changes for crime victims
VICTIMS should be allowed to explain in person the impact a crime has had on them at the point of sentencing and when parole decisions are being made, according to an amendment to be proposed by MSPs tomorrow.


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Scottish independence: TV licence fee pledge
20 Nov 2013 at 9:48am

SCOTLAND’S culture secretary insists income from the existing licence fee would be enough to run a new national public service broadcaster in the event of independence.



Westminster amendment on army reserves defeated
20 Nov 2013 at 8:32am

AN attempt by Tory rebels to give Parliament the power to scrutinise plans to replace regular Army soldiers with reservists failed tonight.



Firms ?must admit blacklisting to get public work?
20 Nov 2013 at 8:16am

COMPANIES caught up in blacklisting will be forced to declare their involvement if they want to win public sector work with bodies like councils and the NHS in Scotland, Alex Salmond today revealed.



Moray Council libraries vote: Four to close
20 Nov 2013 at 6:26am

MORAY Council today sealed the fate of four of the area’s 15 libraries by a single vote.



Call for review of corroboration abolition plan
20 Nov 2013 at 5:36am

Scotland’s most senior judge has urged politicians to pull plans to abolish corroboration out of the current justice bill.



Gibraltar minister calls for Royal Navy deterrent
20 Nov 2013 at 5:17am

The British Government should increase the Royal Navy’s presence in Gibraltar in response to Spanish incursions into its territorial waters, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said.



Scottish oil and gas exports worth £30 billion
20 Nov 2013 at 4:59am

Scotland’s exports of oil and gas to the rest of the UK and international markets were worth an estimated £30 billion in 2012, official figures today showed.



Shake-up to make NHS ?open and honest?
19 Nov 2013 at 5:19pm

THE NHS in England needs to undergo a “profound transformation” to create a more open and honest culture, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.



EU approves first ever spending cut
19 Nov 2013 at 5:11pm

BOWING to pressure from austerity-hit member states, the European Union’s parliament has finally approved the first spending cut in the history of the 28-nation group.



Independence: Fury over white paper launch plans
19 Nov 2013 at 5:08pm

OPPOSITION parties have reacted with fury to SNP plans to launch next week’s independence white paper at an event in Glasgow rather than at the Scottish Parliament, saying the decision not to present it first to MSPs is an “affront” to democracy.



Ban payday loan advertisement at sports matches call
19 Nov 2013 at 3:47pm

PAYDAY loan companies should be banned from advertising at sports matches in the same way that tobacco firms are, a senior MSP has claimed.



The Scotsman cartoon: Independent Scotland?s economy
19 Nov 2013 at 3:28pm

Independence could give Scotland “tremendous economic opportunities” while remaining part of the UK would “almost certainly” result in cuts to public spending, a new Scottish Government report has claimed.



Leaders: SNP should tell voters economy gains mean pain
19 Nov 2013 at 3:08pm

DOES the SNP’s latest economic policy document stack up? Former Chancellor Alistair Darling thinks not.



Let?s fight pensioner poverty
19 Nov 2013 at 3:00pm

THE welfare state is going through its biggest change in a generation with the roll-out of the Welfare Reform Act.



Allan Massie: Farage between rock and a hard place
19 Nov 2013 at 2:42pm

THINGS are stirring on what is commonly called the “far right”. The validity of the description may be questionable, for you might argue that the real “far right” in politics today is represented by the City of London and global finance, with which so-called far-right parties such as Ukip and the French FN (Front National) have no connection, and which they tend to regard with distrust and dislike.




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A narrow escape
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2013 at 12:37pm
We’re busy watching the mostly-inspiring equal marriage debate at the moment (Ruth Davidson’s speech was especially good), so in the absence of a more substantial post here’s our Unionist Of The Day – the failed Labour candidate, and still Labour councillor, for Aberdeen Donside, Willie Young. Looks like you dodged a bullet there, Aberdeen. The [...]

The Holey Bible
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2013 at 8:00am
Keen media watchers could have been forgiven for stifling a yawn this week as the Scottish press leapt eagerly on a think-tank report which bravely professed itself able to see no less than half a century into the future of the Scottish economy. The Scotsman’s take was fairly typical. But it had a certain ring [...]

SNP wins 2016 Holyrood election
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2013 at 5:59am
We realise that while all the polls still have Alex Salmond’s party a long way in front, and the First Minister himself still enjoys record approval ratings for a leader midway through his second term of office, it’s a little early to be calling the result of the 2016 Scottish Parliament vote at this stage. [...]

The privilege of stupid
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Nov 2013 at 3:01am
Even as a supporter of independence with little interest in their wellbeing, sometimes you just can’t help slumping face-first onto your desk in sheer helpless despair at the spectacular idiocy of the Scottish Parliament’s clownish, dim-witted opposition parties. Scotland, to coin a phrase, deserves better. Today’s demonstration appears, as it so often does, in the Telegraph. [...]

Bungalow Bill
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm
Earlier today, “Better Together” put out this bizarre graphic, before hastily deleting it. At the time of writing it hasn’t reappeared on their Facebook page. We’re not sure why it was pulled – perhaps they were just embarrassed by the sheer absurdity of this latest “too wee, too poor, too stupid effort”, or the ease [...]

Do not adjust your sets
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2013 at 11:19am
There is no technical fault. This is really happening. Anas Sarwar, there, raging about people not voting to abolish the bedroom tax. Yes, THAT Anas Sarwar. Don’t pinch yourself. You’re not dreaming. He’s actually doing it.  Go and see.

Stacking the deck
by Scott Minto
19 Nov 2013 at 6:59am
Yesterday, right-wing think-tank the Institute of Fiscal Studies issued a document entitled “Fiscal sustainability in an independent Scotland“. It’s rather less than glowing about the prospects of an independent Scottish economy. For seekers of facts, the most important aspect of the report is not its findings but rather what data was used and from where [...]

The mask slips, part 476
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2013 at 5:30am
Remember how the No camp is conducting a positive campaign, and definitely NOT saying that Scotland is too wee, too poor and too stupid to thrive as an independent country, and that only evil cybernats ever suggest that they’re saying that? Here’s Danny Alexander on Sky News this morning. We’re not sure he got the [...]

Contractual obligation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Nov 2013 at 4:01am
We weren’t going to bother even tackling the Institute for Fiscal Studies report from yesterday on the economics of an independent Scotland, because, y’know, our readers aren’t idiots and it’s all a bit “file under B for Bleeding Obvious”. But we suppose we ought to at least outline a quick one-stop list of bullet points. [...]

The positive face of the Union
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
Sadly we don’t have the ability to capture video here. Or rather, we don’t have the technical knowhow, or the time to acquire it. That’s not usually a problem, because we can capture audio and often other people more savvy than us will archive video clips before they vanish into the inaccessible vaults of broadcasting [...]


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Judge says corroboration should stay
20 Nov 2013 at 9:35am
Scotland's most senior judge tells MSPs the concept of corroboration in the criminal justice system is a hallmark of the law and should not be abolished.


Gay marriage to pass first hurdle
20 Nov 2013 at 11:00am
Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland is expected to clear its first parliamentary hurdle.


VIDEO: Motion of Condolence, Helen Eadie
20 Nov 2013 at 9:48am
Scotland's party leaders remember Labour Helen Eadie MSP, following her death earlier this month.


Scotland 'would have licence fee TV'
20 Nov 2013 at 11:44am
An independent Scotland would have a new licence fee funded broadcaster based on the assets and staff of BBC Scotland, a Holyrood minister pledges.


Police force tension 'constructive'
20 Nov 2013 at 8:42am
Scotland's police chief dismisses claims of a power struggle with the head of the police authority, classing it as "constructive tension".


Prisons are 'not for punishment'
20 Nov 2013 at 5:27am
Scotland's prisons should be used "as a punishment" and "not for punishment", according to the head of the service.


Council makes benefits help plea
20 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
Council tenants in Edinburgh who have been affected by housing benefit changes are being urged to apply for extra help to pay their rent.


New rules to tackle blacklisting
20 Nov 2013 at 11:10am
The Scottish government has published new guidelines to prevent the blacklisting of workers involved in public contracts.


Four libraries in Moray to close
20 Nov 2013 at 6:15am
Councillors in Moray vote to retain three libraries that were earmarked for closure, but four others are to shut.


'Super school' project to be dropped
20 Nov 2013 at 6:47am
Plans for a "super school" serving all students in Dumfries in S4 and above are set to be dropped by the local authority.


Firearms offences fall by a third
20 Nov 2013 at 7:00am
The number of firearms offences recorded in Scotland fell by a third in the past year, according to Scottish government statistics.


Jones urges Scots to stay in UK
20 Nov 2013 at 12:57pm
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, is to give a speech calling on Scottish voters to reject independence and stay in a "strong UK".


Hull to be UK City of Culture 2017
20 Nov 2013 at 5:01am
Hull is named the UK's next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017.


Oil and gas exports put at £30bn
20 Nov 2013 at 12:35am
Scottish sales of oil, gas and refined products to the rest of the world are estimated at £30.3bn by Scottish government economists.


Independence 'could spark jobs boom'
19 Nov 2013 at 9:22am
The Scottish government suggests that cutting corporation tax in an independent Scotland would lead to a "jobs boom".


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Plus ça change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Nov 2013 at 12:06pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
I have to say that the Institute for Fiscal Studies has always been respected and the only time I remember doubts about its work was when it reported on Scotland's economy and happily quoted oil statistics from the Office of Budget Responsibility which had already been questioned as unduly pessimistic. 
 
The money for this latest effort comes from the Economic and Social Research Council which is in fact a non departmental government body with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, so make up your own mind about motivation.



Why Scotland needs a strong independent online news media
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 3:51pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Last week was quite a week on the political scene.  The referendum was finally set in stone and BAE?s Scottish workers learned the timetable within which 835 of them will lose their jobs.

The new Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael made his first keynote speech in which he attacked - surprise, surprise - independence and we learned of the effects of the Bedroom Tax on Scotland?s most vulnerable.



The continuing relevance of solidarity and class
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 5:55am

By Gerry Hassan
 
Scotland has been informed by the experiences and memories of working class life and culture since the time of the industrial revolution.
 
A majority of Scots see themselves as working class and more people do now than over a generation ago in 1979.



EnQuest confirm's North Sea's long future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Nov 2013 at 4:04am

  By George Kerevan
 
News of the giant £4 billion Kraken oil field development east of Shetland was not unexpected ? indy oil producer EnQuest has been biting its corporate fingernails for months in anticipation of a go-ahead from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
 
Nevertheless, the formal announcement yesterday [Friday] triggers one of the UK's biggest capital investment programmes and underlines the fact that the North Sea is far from dead as an oil gusher.



Amateur at Work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Nov 2013 at 2:11am

By Derek Bateman
 
When I started this blogging thing it was to put my view out there and add my voice to the greatest debate of our lives?for the independence of our country. I?m not a policy expert or a party adherent, clued up on minutiae, but I?ve been around the scene long enough to know my own mind and to judge my ideas against those who are paid to proselytise.

I?ve seen and heard their weaknesses and observed how they operate and it helps me form opinions on the political class and the way we are governed.



What?s your Plan B, Mr Carmichael?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Nov 2013 at 1:05am

  By George Kerevan
 
Our new Lib Dem Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, is a solicitor by trade. I have a modest and well-intended piece of advice for Mr Carmichael ? stick to the elegance of the law and don?t venture into the treacherous waters of economics.
 
Mr Carmichael has just given his first major speech on constitutional matters. Readers will remember that he got his new post when the former incumbent, Michael Moore, was summarily fired after being bested in a televised debate by the SNP?s Nicola Sturgeon.



Good Evening, Good Morning...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Nov 2013 at 12:56pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Did I get this right? I turn on the telly on late Sunday morning and see Gary Robertson presenting Sunday Politics.  I turn over to Radio Scotland on Monday morning to hear Gary Robertson presenting Good Morning Scotland. 
 
I tune into Newsnight on Monday night and there is...Gary Robertson.  A mere six hours later I listen to the news on GMS and there he is ? again ? Gary bloody Robertson.



Just who is using the shipyard workers as political footballs?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 5:51pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
This week BAE Systems confirmed that 835 Scottish workers were surplus to requirements at the company's yards on the Clyde.
 
The naval orders which have helped sustain Govan and Scotstoun have now all but dried up.  The UK is broke and the days of MoD spending on big money projects is over.



Best of British ? Is it being shoved down our throats?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
9 Nov 2013 at 8:33am

  By Jo Edwards

Did you know that Lucozade recently ran a Yes campaign?  It's true, they had bottles of the fizzy energy drink emblazoned with the word 'Yes' and promotional Yes videos on youtube.
 
There's also a chocolate coffee-bean type confectionary from a company called Britt, if you have a sweet tooth.



The Missing Voices of Public Life and How We Create a Different Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Nov 2013 at 4:27pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
To many of the tribes and partisans who inhabit our public life, all that matters is the contest and defeating their opponents. Democracy and politics in this mindset are in fine working order, beyond the difficulty of trying to get your own way!
 




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ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon talks about the SNP's White Pape...
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 12:04pm

Read the latest Border stories, ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon talks about the SNP's White Paper announcement on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Border news
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm not sure anybody outside the Holyrood bubble gives a toss about this. And those that do...



Licence fee pledge as minister sets out independence TV plans
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 11:40am

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop outlined proposals for broadcasting in the event of a Yes vote.

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Your name's not on the list...
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 11:36am

The UK government already runs roughshod over the lives of the less fortunate in society, and now it's ruining the lives of people who they think can simply be forgotten about because they've been ...

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History in the Making: The Battle for Scotland?s Future | National Collective
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 11:29am

The campaign on Scottish independence has reached new levels – a battle of competing specialist documents – firstly, there has been an Institute for Fiscal Studies report, matched by a Scottish Government paper on the economic independence, and next week the much anticipated White Paper on Scotti...



Two reports, Two futures - opportunity or stagnation for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 11:22am

Building a better economy In the last two days Scotland's economic choice has been made clear. On Monday the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicted deficits and stagnation if Scotland continues with Westminster's economic policies.

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Life saving charity forced to withdraw from Yes event after complaints it was...
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 8:41am

News that a charity was forced to withdraw from demonstrating life saving use of a defibrillator to North East Fife people because they might vote YES in the referendum has caused anger in a local community.




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The Holey Bible
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 8:28am

Keen media watchers could have been forgiven for stifling a yawn this week as the Scottish press leapt eagerly on a think-tank report which bravely professed itself able to see no less than half a century into the future of the Scottish economy.



Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair Darling and his Tory...



Economic vision at heart of SNP's plan for future
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 7:51am

DETAILED policies to transform the economy by getting more women into work, doubling exports and dramatically increasing Scotland's population will be at the heart of the SNP's independence blueprint.
Peter A Bell's insight:

When reading Darling's dire, doleful doom-mongering one must constantly re...



SNP wins 2016 Holyrood election
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 6:21am

We realise that while all the polls still have Alex Salmond’s party a long way in front, and the First Minister himself still enjoys record approval ratings for a leader midway through his second term of office, it’s a little early to be calling the result of the 2016 Scottish Parliament vote at ...



The privilege of stupid
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 5:45am

Even as a supporter of independence with little interest in their wellbeing, sometimes you just can’t help slumping face-first onto your desk in sheer helpless despair at the spectacular idiocy of the Scottish Parliament’s clownish, dim-witted opposition parties. Scotland, to coin a phrase, deser...



OECD predicts Brent at $190 by 2020 - FT.com
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 5:16am

Brent oil prices have found a new normal: the five-year forward futures have been anchored in the $90-$110 per barrel range for some time.


Peter A Bell's insight:

The OECD forecasts make a nonsense of the OBR figures which underpinned the now totally discredited recent report from the Institute for...



Brian Wilson: Scots tradition of dissent in peril
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 3:41am

People in Scotland must be able to speak freely in the coming months without fear of retribution, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Credit where it's due. At least compared to the foot-shooting ineptitude of Blair McDougall, this latest offering on behalf of Project Fear from Brian Wilson...



Independence: Fury over white paper launch plans
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 2:39am

OPPOSITION parties have reacted with fury to SNP plans to launch next week’s independence white paper at an event in Glasgow rather than at the Scottish Parliament, saying the decision not to present it first to MSPs is an...
Peter A Bell's insight:

More faux outrage from the British parties. Anyth...



Scottish independence ?could lead to job creation?
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 2:29am

SCOTTISH independence could lead to the creation of almost 200,000 jobs by transforming the country’s economy, according to a report published by the SNP.

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Be the Media
by Peter A Bell
20 Nov 2013 at 2:25am

Are you sick of the daily diet of dreadful news about Scotland? Each day we wake to be told about a new inability.  We have such a wide-ranging set of incompetence...



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Anas Sarwar: SNP want us to pay for tax cuts for big business
by Anas Sarwar
20 Nov 2013 at 8:44am
ANAS SARWAR, Labour MP for Glasgow Central, believes that the SNP's plans for the economy in an independent Scotland, are robbing the poor to pay the rich.


Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar: SNP want us to pay for tax cuts for big bus...
by dailyrecord
20 Nov 2013 at 8:44am
SARWAR has dismissed Alex Salmond's claim that lowering corporation tax could create almost 180,000 jobs in Scotland.


Scotland's same-sex marriage Bill set to pass its first Holyrood hurdle
by dailyrecord
20 Nov 2013 at 6:51am
HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil urged MSPs to back the Scottish Government's proposed gay marriage legislation ahead of the Holyrood debate.


Scottish oil and gas exports worth more than £30bn last year, says new report
by dailyrecord
20 Nov 2013 at 6:28am
THE biggest single customer of Scotland's oil and gas was the remainder of the UK, making up £12.8billion of sales.


Record View: Two problems that will not go away
by Record View
20 Nov 2013 at 3:10am
AS Alex Salmond promises three per cent corporation tax cut in an independent Scotland, RECORD VIEW discusses the major problems this cut would create.


Scottish Independence could create 178,000 jobs and boost economic growth, ac...
by David Clegg
20 Nov 2013 at 1:43am
ALEX SALMOND outlined plans to "reindustrialise" Scotland and get more women into work in a report unveiled yesterday.


Independence could increase economic growth and boost jobs, according to Scot...
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2013 at 6:30am
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond outlined plans for improving growth, increasing exports and promoting manufacturing in a report published today.


Scottish Government to launch paper on economics of independence later today
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2013 at 4:30am
ALEX Salmond and John Swinney will unveil plans 'to create a stronger and more prosperous Scotland'.


Martin Bashir issues 'unreserved apology' to Sarah Palin after calling her an...
by Jessica Best
19 Nov 2013 at 2:14am
The British broadcaster admitted his comments had been "deeply offensive" and unworthy of anyone with an interest in politics


Fury as right-wing Tory group plans to slap VAT on food and kids' clothes and...
by dailyrecord
19 Nov 2013 at 1:42am
SHOCKED critics have slammed the Free Enterprise Group for vicious measures which would punish the poorest families.


Patrick Harvie: Independence referendum campaigns more complex than just yes ...
by Patrick Harvie
18 Nov 2013 at 12:03pm
PATRICK HARVIE, speaking ahead of the Radical Independence Campaign?s conference, makes the point that there are far more nuances to the referendum campaigns than a simple yes or no.


Former MP Denis MacShane admits £12,900 false expenses con
by dailyrecord
18 Nov 2013 at 7:15am
THE ex-Labour minister appeared at the Old Bailey today and admitted submitting fake receipts for almost £13,000 of "research and translation" services.


Scotland can't afford independence without cuts, warns economic think tank
by dailyrecord
18 Nov 2013 at 7:03am
THE Institute for Fiscal Studies paper warns that Scotland would need to cut pubic spending, increase taxes or even both if the nation votes for independence next year.


Anger as millionaire health secretary Jeremy Hunt claims for 5p paper clip an...
by James Lyons
18 Nov 2013 at 4:06am
THE MP's claims came to light as it was revealed he will shortly pocket £17million by selling his 49 per cent stake in an education publishing firm.


Andy Murray declares love for Scotland and Britain as he refuses to take side...
by David Taylor
18 Nov 2013 at 2:11am
THE Wimbledon champion refused to nail his colours to the mast as he spoke on BBC's Andrew Marr show.


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by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Nov 2013 at 1:34am

I-FFS : The accuracy of an acronym
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The whole point is that Scots were persuaded to vote Labour, which meant that either we, or our New Labour partners, have been in power in London. You bought into the 'London knows best' and allowed my pals to rip you guys off. 'Tough t...

Complaints from viewers are normally ignored and dismissed. Occasionally, how...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2013 at 3:11pm
Complaints from viewers are normally ignored and dismissed. Occasionally, however, an alert reader can draw our attention to something that we have missed.


A complaint has breached our defences!
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All subliminal messages must reinforce our message only.

The totally co-incidental publication of the I-FFS paper, immediately prior t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2013 at 7:49am
The totally co-incidental publication of the I-FFS paper, immediately prior to the Natz paper on its bawbee prospects, confirms that Scotlandshire is too wee and too poor to split from London


I-FFS : The accuracy of an acronym
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The whole point is that Scots were persuaded ...

Unionist politicians last week lined up to show Alex Salmond up for the &#x20...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm
Unionist politicians last week lined up to show Alex Salmond up for the ?fool? he is after he asserted Scots would definitely still be able to enjoy Gregg?s sausage rolls, pasties and pies after separation.


Salmond slammed as ?a fool? over Greggs promise
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Surely this is the worst boy band in history. Click to see what the X-Factor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 3:42pm
Surely this is the worst boy band in history.

Click to see what the X-Factor judges thought...

then help Simon Cowell choose a name for the band.


Is this the worst boy band ever?
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It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Bla...

Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 1:48pm
Glasgow bedroom tax protestors go for the Anus...



Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2013 at 7:57am
Ed Miliband's attempts to bury the Falkirk vote-rigging enquiry have left an open goal for Cameron. Expect more union-bashing legislation to result from this when the 2015 manifestos appear.



Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV? You decide...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2013 at 5:35pm
Could this be the worst boy band in the history of reality TV?

You decide...


Blare and the UKOKers hit the big time
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It is the Autumn of the year 2016 AD. The day of the Glasgow auditions. Late afternoon. Blare and the UKOK boys are out of a job, and desperately looking f...

UPDATED UPDATE GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a per...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 4:08pm
UPDATED UPDATE

GCHQ have supplied us with a surveillance photograph of a person who is alleged to be the technical genius behind the cybernat attack.



UPDATE It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat V...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 3:56pm
UPDATE

It now appears that the technical problem was exactly the same Nat Virus that has wiped out so many fantastic speeches from the Tory and Labour websites. We were especially distressed when Johann's "Something for Nothing" speech was wiped from history. It would have been one of our favou...

Professor John Curtice has said that the only in depth polling that can be af...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 2:15pm
Professor John Curtice has said that the only in depth polling that can be afforded from the pollsters nowadays, is crowd funded by activists.
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to announce the largest crowd ever have funded this new unbiased poll to counteract the drug crazed splittists who imagine tha...

Alistair Carmichaelmoore, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotlandshi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2013 at 8:37am
Alistair Carmichaelmoore, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotlandshire has launched his campaign to be recognised.


Take up the Scotsman's burden
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Carmichaelmoore then handed out a cyclostyled sheet, written by the Good Blare McDougall, containing three questions f...

A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 5:52pm
A dirty pair of pants tonight, we fear.


BBC Scotlandshire - Short news articles
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national ...

Cone-gate scandal begs the question ‘why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Nov 2013 at 11:16am
Cone-gate scandal begs the question ?why the fu*k is there a statue of Wellington in Glasgow anyway??


Conetroversy as Glasgae statue retains iconic look
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?After all, you know what they say ? here today, cone tomorrow.?

You are very welcome, Shug..........
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Nov 2013 at 3:24pm
You are very welcome, Shug..........


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It's time to get above ourselves

Independence and the rise of the cultural salon
by bellacaledonia
20 Nov 2013 at 10:24am
by Kevin Williamson In an interview in The Herald last week Scott Hutchison, lead singer in Frightened Rabbit, claimed, ?Scotland?s creative output is one of the finest in the world.? Right here, right now, it would be hard to disagree.... Read More ›

Be the Media
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 6:11pm
Are you sick of the daily diet of dreadful news about Scotland? Each day we wake to be told about a new inability.  We have such a wide-ranging set of incompetence: Oil will make us poor. Universities will be drained... Read More ›

Deleted Speech
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 9:58am
This seems to be poetry week all of a sudden. In case you missed the Tories attempt to delete 10 years of speeches and press releases from the internet, they did. It didn’t work. Computer Weekly said the effect of... Read More ›

Open the doors and begin
by bellacaledonia
19 Nov 2013 at 8:08am
By Stewart MacDonald We must ditch the ?droopy mantra? of Scotland on pause. Around about a year ago I read, for the first time ever, ?Open the Doors?, which was authored by our late Makar, Edwin Morgan for the opening... Read More ›

No More Mr Nice Guy
by bellacaledonia
18 Nov 2013 at 1:53am
Are women actually going to vote yes or no to independence on the basis of a cuddly or less-cuddly man or on the perception of what a ?nice guy? is?

Unionism and the English Language
by bellacaledonia
16 Nov 2013 at 4:33am
By Christopher Silver But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language Bad language is... Read More ›

How Ed Balls could wreck Salmond?s ?sterlingzone?
by bellacaledonia
15 Nov 2013 at 10:02am
By Jamie Maxwell Speaking in Glasgow a few months ago, George Osborne said currency union would impose ?significant constraints on [an independent Scotland?s] economic sovereignty?. SNP leaders were quick to dismiss this warning in public, but privately they must have... Read More ›


Backing Bella
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 12:54pm
It’s clear that Scotland’s media is dominated by pro-Union corporate newspapers and broadcasters. But the time for complaining about it is over, now it’s time to change that. In October we reached our highest readership figures ever – that was... Read More ›


Bedroom Tax Hypocrisy
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 10:42am
Gordon Brown, Anas Sarwar, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy were among 10 of the Labour Party’s Scots MPs who did not vote against the Bedroom Tax yesterday Jack Foster tries to make sense of it. The fact that Labour?s motion... Read More ›


Reclaiming Our Democracy
by bellacaledonia
14 Nov 2013 at 5:25am
On the eve of the launch of the Scottish Greens Yes Campaign, Justin Kenrick, comments on the shifting forces within Scottish politics: This is an extraordinary medium, where comments are as important (often more important) than the articles that precede... Read More ›


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"Independence will give us the chance to build an economy that takes advantage of Scotland's unique strengths and size to deliver a more outward focussed, fairer and resilient economy, boostin...


Scottish independence: Scotland 'would have licence fee funded TV' - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 9:56am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Scotland 'would have licence fee funded TV'
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She told the gathering that the current level of licence fee "would be more than sufficient to provide a high-quality service". However, pro-Union backers said they feared a loss of service. People in Scotlan...


Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 1:00pm

BBC News

Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence
BBC News
First Minister Carwyn Jones has called on Scottish voters to reject independence and stay in a "strong UK". Mr Jones defended the union as a "positive choice" in next year's referendum in a speech in Edinburgh. He said he think...


Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision? - BBC News
18 Nov 2013 at 6:37pm

Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision?
BBC News
But the UK government says it's not credible to base the case for independence on something that's going to eventually run out, and questions have been raised about when and how an independent Scotland could start paying into a...


Scottish independence: prepare for a fiscal squeeze - BBC News
18 Nov 2013 at 10:49pm

Scottish independence: prepare for a fiscal squeeze
BBC News
So while academics raise concerns about the pressure not to make awkward contributions to the Scottish independence debate, here's one group of pointy-heads who are not being intimidated. From the point of view of nationalists, it's certa...


Scottish independence: 'Fiscal gap would lead to spending cuts', says IFS - B...
18 Nov 2013 at 6:21am

Scottish independence: 'Fiscal gap would lead to spending cuts', says IFS
BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney said the analysis "underlines the case for an independent Scotland". But Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-Union Better Together campaign, said the report left the SNP's economic case...


Scottish independence 'could offer opportunities' - Scotsman
19 Nov 2013 at 9:25am

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'could offer opportunities'
Scotsman
INDEPENDENCE could give Scotland ?tremendous economic opportunities? while remaining part of the UK would ?almost certainly? result in cuts to public spending, a new Scottish Government report has claimed. The key document, publishe...


Scottish independence: '£3bn black hole' warns IFS - Scotland on Sunday
18 Nov 2013 at 9:09am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: '£3bn black hole' warns IFS
Scotland on Sunday
The outlook for public borrowing in Scotland after independence also looks gloomy because of the country's ageing population and the likely decline of revenues from the North Sea over the longer-term. The new IF...


Scottish independence: Salmond on 'blueprint for a better Scotland' - BBC News
19 Nov 2013 at 8:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond on 'blueprint for a better Scotland'
BBC News
The paper proposes a new corporation tax designed to help small and medium-size businesses; with a growth in exports one of the economic levers that would enable growth to occur. First Minister Alex Salmond told Br...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided - Scotland on Sunday
18 Nov 2013 at 9:09am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided
Scotland on Sunday
ANDY Murray has yet to make a decision on which side to back in next year's Scottish independence referendum. The Wimbledon champion said he was torn as he appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr show to discuss the pros...



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20 Nov 2013 at 1:34pm

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Analysis: SNP's Jekyll and Hyde Arguments on Scottish Independence
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He is extremely adept at pressing the case for Scottish independence while omitting points which could be detrimental to his case. But the latest publicity salvo from the SNP, Building Security and Creatin...


Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence - BBC News
20 Nov 2013 at 1:00pm

BBC News

Carwyn Jones argues case against Scottish independence
BBC News
But the SNP said Mr Jones wanted changes to the way devolved governments are funded which would harm Scotland if it voted No in the poll next September. Mr Jones had warned he could not defend the union while UK ministers' resp...


MSPs clash in shipbuilding debate - The Paisley Daily Express
20 Nov 2013 at 12:26pm

MSPs clash in shipbuilding debate
The Paisley Daily Express
Scottish unionists have been branded "a disgrace" by the SNP for insisting that independence will be "the death knell" of shipbuilding in Scotland. Labour leader Johann Lamont was called "a disgrace to Scotland" by an SNP MSP during a rowd...


Geneticists Receive Funding to Improve Citrus Production and Health - UC Rive...
20 Nov 2013 at 12:15pm

Geneticists Receive Funding to Improve Citrus Production and Health
UC Riverside
Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) refers to a genetic variation at a single position in a DNA sequence among individuals. As is now commonly known, a DNA sequence is formed from a chain of four nucleotide bases: A, ...


Scottish Independence Report to be launched in Glasgow - Celtic News
20 Nov 2013 at 12:14pm

Scottish Independence Report to be launched in Glasgow
Celtic News
The long awaited Scottish National Party (SNP) vision for an independent, due for its publication next week, is expected to be launched in Glasgow and not at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, it was announced this week. The Whit...


Clyde shipbuilding crisis leads to angry exchanges at Holyrood - Herald Scotland
20 Nov 2013 at 11:19am

Clyde shipbuilding crisis leads to angry exchanges at Holyrood
Herald Scotland
Labour leader Johann Lamont was called "a disgrace to Scotland" by an SNP MSP during a rowdy Labour-led debate at Holyrood. An SNP minister also described Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael's promotion of Portsmouth'...


Carwyn Jones criticised ahead of Scotland speech - ITV News
20 Nov 2013 at 11:17am

Carwyn Jones criticised ahead of Scotland speech
ITV News
Carwyn Jones has been criticised by the SNP ahead of his speech in Edinburgh this evening in which he's expected to make the case for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom. But MSP Linda Fabiani says Carwyn Jones had until recently h...


Scottish Nationalists: Corporation Tax Cuts will Fund Jobs after Independence...
20 Nov 2013 at 11:09am

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish Nationalists: Corporation Tax Cuts will Fund Jobs after Independence
IBTimes.co.uk
At an event in Dundee to launch a 200-page document outlining its economic plans, the ruling SNP highlighted what it would do if it won the "yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum in Se...


Anas Sarwar on the SNP's economic plans - Scottish Daily Record
20 Nov 2013 at 9:36am

Anas Sarwar on the SNP's economic plans
Scottish Daily Record
While the SNP tax cuts mean bigger bonuses for bankers and bigger profits for energy companies the rest of us will have to pay the price of less money for schools, less money for the NHS and higher taxes. That's not fair. But it's not ju...


Crazy Stocks: Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE ......
20 Nov 2013 at 9:01am

Crazy Stocks: Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE ...
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Crazy Stocks: Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB), China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR)(NYSE:SNP). By Sebastian Gomes ? November 20, 2013 ?. Lakeway, NY ? (MARKET NEWS CALL) ...



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The SNP-run government believes Scots will be better off if they back change in next year's referendum. However, opponents have insisted a go-alone Scotland would struggle to cope. Former chancellor and le...


Cabinet warned over referendum - Herald Scotland
19 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Cabinet warned over referendum
Herald Scotland
The Scottish Secretary said that despite positive polling figures there was still a long way to go before next September and events could turn against the pro-UK forces. One insider said:"He told them it was all to play for, that the referendum was not...


Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill - BBC News
14 Nov 2013 at 11:06am

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Scottish independence: MSPs pass Scottish referendum bill
BBC News
Legislation to hold the Scottish independence referendum has been passed unanimously by the Holyrood parliament. The Scottish government's bill sets out the referendum rules, such as the question and campaign spending limits...


Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision? - BBC News
18 Nov 2013 at 6:37pm

Scottish independence: What do we know about the SNP's vision?
BBC News
Financial strife in the Eurozone means the SNP's plan of an independent Scotland joining the single currency (subject to a referendum) is off the table for now. Instead, they've proposed continuing to use the pound as part of a...


Scottish independence referendum bill passed - Scotland on Sunday
14 Nov 2013 at 6:07pm

Scottish independence referendum bill passed
Scotland on Sunday
MSPs across the parties last night called for the referendum campaigns to be conducted in a constructive manner when they voted through the legislation that will deliver the poll on 18 September next year. Deputy First Minister Nicola ...


Scottish independence: MSPs pass referendum bill - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 5:25am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs pass referendum bill
BBC News
MSPs have unanimously voted to pass the bill setting out the rules for the referendum on Scottish independence. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was historic legislation which would ensure a "robust and fair" referendum....


Scottish parliament passes referendum bill - Press TV
15 Nov 2013 at 12:20pm

Press TV

Scottish parliament passes referendum bill
Press TV
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) unanimously approved on Thursday the bill, which sets out the independence referendum rules, including campaign spending limits and the question that will be put to voters. The law confirms that Sc...


Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll' - BBC News
15 Nov 2013 at 3:48am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BAE Systems job cuts 'not about poll'
BBC News
The job losses come at a crucial time in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. A number of pro-union politicians have argued an independent Scotland would not be able to bid for British defence contracts - c...


No pledge on currency in upcoming referendum White Paper - Herald Scotland
13 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

No pledge on currency in upcoming referendum White Paper
Herald Scotland
Throughout the referendum debate Mr Salmond has stated an independent Scotland will keep sterling in a currency union with the UK, arguing the arrangement would be in the UK's best interests. But Mr McKay said different levels...


Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
6 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

Voters demand more details before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
THE importance of the SNP's independence White Paper is underlined today by a new poll showing half of all voters want more information on the economy and jobs as the debate on Scotland's future progresses. THE importa...



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Cycling In London
20 Nov 2013 at 12:48pm
Not very safe, 6 cyclists killed in last 2 weeks,

A "thing" Called Sue....
20 Nov 2013 at 11:39am

Contestant with a difference on the show at the moment, still to get a shot as main contestant......



Mesmorizing............
20 Nov 2013 at 10:47am

http://youtu.be/x-WI7Ucrqe0



Where Is Hull?
20 Nov 2013 at 7:41am

After being named the new City of Culture for 2017 lets play a little game among the TAMB and poi...



Welsh First Minister Supporting Better Together
20 Nov 2013 at 6:55am

Listening to BBC Scotland this morning that the Welsh Minister is up doing a speech today in supp...



Dundee Misses Out
20 Nov 2013 at 2:48am
Hull named UK City of Culture for 2017...

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25008856

I l...

Sarwar Proves Without Doubt That He Is A Scumbag
19 Nov 2013 at 1:53pm
http://wingsoverscotland.com/do-not-adjust-your-sets/

Wallace Monument In Glasgow
19 Nov 2013 at 8:56am
Good article in the times yesterday, fingers crossed we get planning permission confirmed by the ...

Awkward....
19 Nov 2013 at 5:19am

Just meant to send an email to my mate in work slagging off the boss for phoning in sick......and...



Original London Tour Plus London Eye
19 Nov 2013 at 3:26am

Just wondering if anyone knows of any promo codes for said tours as I am off down with wee man at...




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The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...

Sustainable shipbuilding needs Caledonian Mac-Brains
by Dom
11 Nov 2013 at 5:07am
  The West Coast can be a vicious place to set out by ferry. One of the defining memories of my c...

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

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...


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

Wisdom on Wednesday : I suppose we all thought that, one way or another...
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
"I seem to remember that OGH's last lauding of a Scottish Lib Dem was to say that Willie Rennie w...

Why do some sections of the media seem unable to take 'Don't Know' for an ans...
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2013 at 12:38pm
We all know that the London media love to count Don't Knows in independence referendum polls as f...

Advantage Independence
by James Kelly
17 Nov 2013 at 12:17pm
One piece of advice you sometimes hear tennis commentators giving is that if you get your opponen...

What to look out for in the independence referendum polls
by James Kelly
15 Nov 2013 at 11:56am
Because there has only been one poll so far this year showing an outright lead for the pro-indepe...

Practically identical, yet again
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 12:44pm
Those among the anti-independence commentariat who like to peddle the idea that there's nothing m...


Questions to which the answer is 'do you know what, I would LOVE to answer yo...
by James Kelly
13 Nov 2013 at 10:01am
As has been pointed out by several people already, Labour's excuse for dozens of their MPs (inclu...

The Donaldson files
by James Kelly
9 Nov 2013 at 11:02pm
Back in the halcyon days when, by sheer luck, I hadn't yet been banned by the delightful Stormfro...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as the gap continues to close in latest T...
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 8:36pm
I know that a number of us have separately come to the conclusion that Blair McDougall is a thoro...

The Rangers vote
by James Kelly
7 Nov 2013 at 12:35pm
A quick story for your delectation. I was on the same bus last night as a group of four ever-so-...

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...

Kilclooney's baloney, part 2
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2013 at 7:02am
Lord Kilclooney, aka former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party John Taylor, has made yet ...

Yeah, Blair, what have the nationalists ever done for Wales?
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm
Those ever-delightful anti-independence chaps on Twitter seem to be terribly excited about events...

Questions to which the answer is "Me!"
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
We're all hugely indebted to Andrew Morton for his illuminating report for Wings from behind enem...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...


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A Bright Future for Manufacturing and Jobs with Yes
by Stuart McDonald
20 Nov 2013 at 8:08am

Under successive Westminster governments, manufacturing across the UK and Scotland has shrunk by ...



Yes wins Strathclyde independence debate
by sean.lafferty
19 Nov 2013 at 10:09am
Yes has won an independence debate at the University of Strathclyde

Positive choices and a better future with Yes
by Stuart McDonald
19 Nov 2013 at 9:20am
The Scottish Government has published a detailed document on the opportunities open to an indepen...

Listen: George Kerevan on the IFS report
by Kevin Gilmartin
19 Nov 2013 at 8:21am
Economist and media commentator, George Kerevan, has said that the key points raised by the IFS r...

New Report Illustrates Why We Can?t Afford a No Vote
by Stuart McDonald
18 Nov 2013 at 10:00am

A report published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) highlights the dangers of cont...



Alex Mosson - "Independence is not about any one party"
by Kevin Gilmartin
18 Nov 2013 at 5:27am
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Alex Mosson, former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow, tells us that independe...



Another Labour stalwart joins campaign for a Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
17 Nov 2013 at 5:00am
A former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow has thrown his weight behind a Yes vote in next year?s re...

Frightened Rabbit indie-rockers back independent Scotland
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
16 Nov 2013 at 11:12am
Brothers Scott and Grant Hutchison of indie-rock group Frightened Rabbit have said that they're i...

Louise Batchelor: Westminster isn't working for energy, fishing or farming
by Kevin Gilmartin
15 Nov 2013 at 10:50am
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Louise Batchelor, a former BBC news presenter and environmental correspond...



Yes wins Napier referendum
by Toni Giugliano
15 Nov 2013 at 8:31am
Yesterday?s Edinburgh Napier University referendum debate was a huge success for the Yes movement...

Green Yes unveils vision for independent Scotland
by Stuart McDonald
14 Nov 2013 at 9:59am
Green Yes launched in Edinburgh today with a host of high profile speakers and a wide ranging dis...

Referendum Bill passed by Scottish Parliament
by Stuart McDonald
14 Nov 2013 at 9:31am
The Scottish Independence Referendum Bill has today passed the final hurdle of its passage throug...

It's time to Rock the Referendum
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
14 Nov 2013 at 6:58am
St Andrew's Day will launch the 2014 Social Club National Tour featuring performances from some o...

Westminster votes to keep the Bedroom Tax opposed by Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
13 Nov 2013 at 8:25am

This Bedroom Tax is opposed in Scotland but imposed by Westminster. Last night Westminster MPs vo...



Alison Johnstone: 'Scotland can be a very successful independent country'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
13 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
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Scottish Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone tells us that governance is an i...




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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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Scottish independence will create jobs boom, Alex Salmond predicts
by Severin Carrell
19 Nov 2013 at 1:26pm

First minister says Scotland's growth had been stifled by UK governments as SNP publishes paper on economic choices

Alex Salmond on Tuesday promised that Scottish independence would lead to a jobs ...




Ukip could be the midwife of Scottish independence | David Gow
by David Gow
19 Nov 2013 at 4:50am

A triumph by the anti-EU party in European elections would propel Tory Eurosceptics into overdrive and swell the nationalist vote in Scotland

The Scottish government will publish its white paper on ...



Scottish independence: counting the cost
by Editorial
18 Nov 2013 at 4:11pm

The IFS has constructed an enviable reputation for objectivity. Chancellors tremble at its verdicts. So should Alex Salmond and the yes campaign

A range of different feelings and judgments will shap...




Independent Scotland would face choice of tax rises or deep cuts, says IFS
by Severin Carrell
18 Nov 2013 at 12:09pm

Scottish government contests Institute for Fiscal Studies report that predicts 'significant additional fiscal tightening'

An independent Scotland would face decades of higher taxes and deeper spendi...




Scotland's referendum is not democratic if prisoners are excluded | Tony Kelly
by Tony Kelly
18 Nov 2013 at 6:11am

Banning prisoners from voting is internationally discredited, yet Scotland is preventing their involvement in a profoundly important decision

In September 2014, some of the people of Scotland will p...




Scottish Greens seek citizen's wage, halt to oil drilling and Trident nuclear...
by Severin Carrell
15 Nov 2013 at 9:44am

'Green Yes' campaign for Scottish independence also proposes state-owned renewable energy, land tax, and cheaper childcare

The Scottish Green party is to press for a cap on North Sea oil drilling, a...




Alex Salmond under pressure over currency plan
by Severin Carrell
14 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Cross-party Scottish affairs committee urges Alex Salmond to give voters honest picture of risks and benefits of independence

Alex Salmond has been urged by MPs to give Scotland's voters a "full, op...



Singalong with the No More Page 3 choir...
by Roy Greenslade
14 Nov 2013 at 3:02am

Song follows special Scottish parliamentary debate

Roy Greenslade




Falkirk Labour hopeful admits paying for mass recruitment to party
by Rajeev Syal
13 Nov 2013 at 4:00pm

Labour concern after former election strategy manager Gregor Poynton wrote single cheque for 11 new members

A Labour rightwinger who had hoped to be selected as the party's candidate in the embattl...




Scottish academics 'would lose billions in funding' after independence
by Severin Carrell
11 Nov 2013 at 1:55pm

Science minister warns Scotland's universities that their generous share of UK research grants would end if country separates

Scientists and academics in Scotland would lose access to billions of po...




Could an independent Scotland be just what northern England needs?
by Julian Coman
9 Nov 2013 at 6:06pm

Would a yes vote in the Scottish referendum leave the English left stranded? Or give the north a valuable new counterweight to London?

In an entertaining cultural résumé entitled The Scots' Crisis o...




Independence is not about burning Scotland's boats | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Nov 2013 at 6:05pm

Unionist factions are engaged in a race to the bottom of the barrel for fresh ways to scare Scotland off independence

On a soft Monday night in Glasgow's Candleriggs district, George Galloway MP, le...



Letters: Scotland, shipbuilding and the Tories' political trump card
7 Nov 2013 at 3:01pm

Malcolm Chalmers writes: "With or without a special defence relationship, an independent Scotland would remain profoundly dependent on its southern neighbour for security, even while absent when vi...




Falkirk row: we have very, very clear legal evidence, says Ed Miliband
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 8:48am

Key figure in row has given sworn affidavit saying he bought group membership of Labour party for his family, Miliband says

Ed Miliband has deflected new allegations about the Falkirk Labour members...




Royal Navy's threat to pull shipyard contract 'preposterous', says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
7 Nov 2013 at 5:44am

Scotland's deputy first minister says Philip Hammond was trying to use BAE shipyard decision to punish 'yes' voters

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has insisted the Royal Navy cou...




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