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Journalist Flanders shrugs off dates with Labour elite
BBC journalist Stephanie Flanders has said that past dates with Labour leader Ed Miliband and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls do not affect her work.

Labour voters turn on Miliband
One in three Labour voters think Ed Miliband should not lead the party into the next general election, according to a new poll.

PM weighs up retaliation in Gibraltar row
THE UK Government has signalled it might take retaliatory action against Spain if Madrid does not cease its "totally disproportionate and politically motivated" Border checks in Gibraltar.

Zero-hours staff 'earn £6 less'
INSECURE Britain is on the rise, Labour insisted today, claiming that workers on controversial zero-hours contracts were being paid 40% or £6 less per hour than other employees.

Partner of Snowden interviewer quizzed
The partner of a Guardian journalist at the centre of revelations about US and British security services has spoken of being questioned by six agents on his "entire life" while travelling through Heathrow.

Miliband pressed for new shake-up
ED Miliband is under pressure to shake up his shadow cabinet amid continuing concern within the Labour ranks the party is not getting through to voters.

Equal pay row engulfs Labour council
SECRET files unlocked by the UK's highest court prove a Labour-run council discriminated against its female staff by paying them less than men then tried to cover up its wrongdoing, it was claimed yesterday.

'Missing' Tory donor attends party's lavish ball despite multi-million debts
A bankrupt former Scottish Tory treasurer who left a multi-million-pound trail of debts has resurfaced at a Conservative ball where tickets were sold for more than £1000.

Common Weal: more shopping won't boost economy ... just keep us poor
GLASGOW'S focus on shopping and the retail sector as a route to regeneration and prosperity is actually keeping many of its citizens poor and miserable, according to a new report.

How Ukip's big spend backfired
NIGEL Farage's UK Independence Party was the biggest financial loser in the recent Aberdeen Donside by-election, failing to keep its deposit after spending almost £17 per vote - twice the level the SNP spent to win the seat.

Civil service pay-offs cost almost £300m
SEVENTEEN central Government departments spent almost £300 million on civil servant pay-offs last year, official figures show.

Labour 'rejected bedroom tax suggestion'
The last Labour government ruled out introducing the so-called bedroom tax when it was in power, senior party sources have said.

Cameron satisfied as Tories and LibDems hand share of bequest to Treasury
David Cameron has said it is "right" that the Tories and Liberal Democrats give up a £520,000 bequest from a former nurse amid confusion over whether she actually meant the money to go to the Government.

Glasgow MP defends 'ruthless' Miliband
ONE of Ed Miliband's own MPs has defended the party leader - as he dubbed him a "ruthless bastard".

£7m bill for Parliament catering
THE bill for subsidising the UK Parliament's exclusive bars and restaurants was more than £7 million last year.

 

Scotsman

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?UK should have created oil fund? says Darling

ALISTAIR Darling has acknowledged that the UK should have invested its North Sea oil bounty for future generations, but warned voters that remaining reserves cannot be both “spent and saved” by future governments.



North Sea oil bosses call for political unity

TOTAL spending by Britain’s oil and gas industry soared past the £20 billion barrier last year for the first time since black gold was discovered in the North Sea almost 50 years ago.



£2m fund for Commonwealth Games legacy project

Forty projects encouraging people to be more active are to share almost £2 million in funding, the First Minister has announced.



Labour critics call for McLeish to join SNP

SENIOR Labour figures were dismayed yesterday by Henry McLeish’s prediction that a crisis in unionist politics could lead to a Nationalist referendum victory.



Scottish independence: Charities launch vote drive

CHARITY chiefs are to launch a campaign to ensure Scots use their vote in the independence referendum next year, amid concerns many will be frozen out.



Scottish independence: ?Decade of Trident? claim

THE UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system could remain in Scotland for ten years after independence, a leading think tank has said.



The Scotsman cartoon - 21/08/13

ALEX Salmond gets to grips with oil in today’s cartoon



Margaret Curran: Nationalism is a cultural threat

TALENT and experience are all that matters – not where a person comes from, writes Margaret Curran



Scott Macnab: Labour?s fate post-2014 unclear

LABOUR in Scotland is facing a crossroads in the year ahead. Johann Lamont’s party is still undergoing a healing process of sorts after its humbling in the 2011 Holyrood elections left it deposed as the dominant party of Scottish politics, a title the SNP now holds.



Sam Ghibaldan: Can SNP snatch poll victory?

THE independence referendum is the unionists’ to lose, but Labour must provide credible opposition to the Tories to keep Scottish supporters onside, says former Lib Dem adviser Sam Ghibaldan



Brian Wilson: Miliband needs to look in the mirror

THE Labour leader must ask himself tough questions if he is to be at the helm for the general election, writes Brian Wilson



Leaders: Oil boost | Castlebrae

A STRONG oil and gas sector in the North Sea is good news for Scottish jobs and good news for Scotland as a whole. Today’s impressive figures on new investment will play a significant role in efforts to build growth back into the Scottish economy.



Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP

THE SNP has said an independent Scotland will remain part of the Commonwealth, amid suggestions by a top official that membership would not be automatic.



Yes Scotland make email hacking complaint to police

THE Yes Scotland campaign has filed a police complaint after private emails were allegedly accessed.



David McLetchie funeral: Hundreds pay respects

Political leaders have joined hundreds of mourners to pay their last respects to former Scottish Conservative Party leader David McLetchie at his funeral.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

Yet another Union dividend
An alert reader (what would we do without them?) sent us this interesting graph today: It comes from a page on the website of a heating-oil supplier, and had both our reader and ourselves scratching our heads trying to explain it. Scotland is an oil-producing nation, and almost all of the UK’s oil comes ashore [...]

More meta-polling
General consensus among the Wings Over Scotland readership seems to be that our Panelbase poll was a resounding success. Despite an almost-total media blackout, traffic to the site has seen a large spike since we undertook the project, and the survey’s findings have bled into the narrative of the debate even when the press didn’t [...]

The beam in your own eye
The Scotsman goes big this morning on a story revealing that John Swinney has admitted accidentally misinterpreting a report from Lloyds Banking Group which said that the oil and gas industry would create 34,000 new jobs in the UK over the next two years. A Scottish Government paper in July originally said the jobs would [...]

What women don?t want
Forgive us another rummage around in our poll data, but we didn’t do a lot of study into gender differences in our first wave of analysis, and we were struck by something this morning as we idly browsed through the question about what Scots were scared of. Along with the fact that women were almost [...]

You spend a fiver, we?ll spend a tenner
Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran is quoted in the Herald today presenting the award of £300m of contracts for the navy’s innovative new aircraft-free aircraft carriers as a benefit of the Union, and continuing the well-worn scare story that the Clyde and Rosyth shipyards would close in an independent Scotland. We’ve already dealt with [...]

Reassuring news relocated
Even moderately alert readers will recall our expressing slight concern on Saturday at the recent disappearance of a page from the Scottish TUC website, in which the trade-union organisation outlined its view that the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system would result in a net loss of thousands of jobs in Scotland – a position [...]

The best wee politics site in Scotland?
We’ve been in a bit of a stat-wading frame of mind generally today, readers, so we hope you’ll forgive us for one last toot on the trumpet after a fortnight that’s seen every readership record on the site trashed in spectacular style. It’s not even our fault – an alert reader on Twitter pointed out [...]

Quoted for truth #29
Ben Riley-Smith in the Telegraph, 15 August 2013: “Prof Jim Gallagher understands the intricacies of picking and choosing powers to be devolved. He was secretary of the Calman Commission, whose recommendation formed the basis of the Scotland Act, and has co-authored a book about what will happen after the referendum. According to Prof Gallagher, the [...]

Fair comments?
We’ve been getting quite a lot of emails and other messages recently from people complaining about what they perceive to be heavily biased moderation of comments on the website of the Herald. We haven’t done anything about them because most of them lacked any supporting evidence, but today we decided to gather some. And what [...]

The Sunday matinees
As we’ve already noted today, Wings Over Scotland has the internet’s most excellent readers. Two of them have been working together over the last week or so, after we put them in touch, to share some fascinating Scottish history with the rest of us. Click the two images in this post for an intriguing hour-and-three-quarters. [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Mourners pay respects to McLetchie
Political leaders join hundreds of mourners to pay their last respects to former Scottish Conservative Party leader David McLetchie at his funeral.

'No change' to Commonwealth status
The SNP believes an independent Scotland would remain part of the Commonwealth, amid suggestions membership would not be automatic.

Scots 'still drinking too much'
Health chiefs warn that Scots are "drinking too much", despite figures showing a fall in the amount of alcohol sold per person.

Yes Scotland email account 'hacked'
Police are asked to investigate the "unauthorised access" of an email account linked to the Yes Scotland campaign.

Officials 'erred' over oil jobs data
Scottish ministers say officials incorrectly interpreted data in a paper forecasting future oil and gas industry jobs.

Rail line extension contingency call
Rail campaigners urge the Scottish government to start planning an 18-mile extension of the Borders to Edinburgh railway due to reopen in 2015.

David Cameron suffers 'bad back'
Prime Minister David Cameron tells the BBC he is suffering from a "phenomenally bad back" while holidaying on the isle of Jura.

Dancing is 'good for your health'
Cultural activities such as dancing, reading and going to the theatre have a "positive impact" on the health of Scots, new research suggests.

Fresh call for Salmond visit probe
The leader of Aberdeen City Council asks the UK's top civil servant to investigate whether the first minister broke the ministerial code during a recent by-election.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Pupils start learning for new exams
Pupils in Scotland have begun courses for the new curriculum for excellence exams which are replacing the old standard grade.

VIDEO: Commonwealth heads 'decide membership'
The Commonwealth's Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma suggests to Newsnight Scotland that an independent Scotland may have to apply for membership of the organisation.

VIDEO: PM's Scottish island holiday retreat
BBC political correspondent Glenn Campbell talks to the prime minister at his Hebridean holiday retreat on the Isle of Jura in Argyll.

VIDEO: Scots Tory David McLetchie dies
David McLetchie, the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, dies from cancer at the age of 61.

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Newsnet Scotland

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The real reason for all that stuff in the papers about Andrew Marr

By Kenneth Roy

I have had a vision ? a sort of nightmare. It threatens to be a recurring one. In the first half of 'An Audience With James Naughtie' ? coming soon, to a theatre near us ? the former chief political correspondent of the Scotsman (James Naughtie) interviews the former parliamentary correspondent of the Scotsman (Andrew Marr) about the latter's opinion of Scottish affairs.

There is an interval for the consumption of strong drink. In this nightmare, I'm having a large one.



What happens after the demise of 'the Holy Trinity' of Britishness?

  By Gerry Hassan

It has been a week of momentous events. The unfolding Egyptian tragedy, the restarting of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and in our corner of the world, the first Scotland v. England match in over a decade.

It feels inappropriate and insensitive to mention a mere football match in the company of such historic events. Yet, I think with that caveat the game mattered because it offered a glimpse of future possible arrangements. Two neighbours and friends with a rich, shared history, but who have slowly drifted apart. And in this slow semi-detachment, they have begun to appreciate each other in a new light. At least, that?s what I thought about the football.



Anti-social media & General Sisi the new Pharaoh

By Aamer Anwar

My friends visiting this week asked us for help with their teenage daughter. I thought she must be in serious trouble as they spoke in hushed tones until they said she was on Social Media.

When me and my wife stopped laughing, they told us that she was addicted to her phone, was up to the early hours of the morning, slept with it under pillow and that they didn?t even know their 12 year old?s pin number.



Japanese and Chinese sabre-rattling

  By George Kerevan  
 
THE Japanese navy has just launched a new ?destroyer?, named Izumo. Mind you, it?s a very strange-looking kind of destroyer.
 
For a start, it has a flat top like an aircraft carrier. It?s also much bigger than any normal destroyer. In fact, it?s bigger than HMS Invincible, the carrier Britain sent to the Falklands war complete with Sea Harrier jets. When pressed, the Japanese claim the new Izumo will carry helicopters to ferry troops in amphibious warfare operations. Which is odd as the Izumo lacks troop accommodation.



Labour's UK crisis will boost Yes vote

By John McAllion
 
We are now into the fourth year of a government that has arguably the worst record in office of any government elected since the end of the Second World War.  After three full years in power, output in the UK economy is still nearly 4 per cent below pre-recession levels.  The levels of growth the government has achieved have been a third of those under the Labour government that was kicked out in 2010 for economic failure.



Nate Silver's rash and uninformed prediction

  By Mark McNaught
 
Reports by the Scotsman and the Telegraph over US polling guru Nate Silver's contention that there is 'no chance' that Scotland will vote 'Yes' in 2014 reveal not only his casual ignorance of the Scotland referendum debate, but also reminds us how vague polls and a sycophantic unionist media regrettably continue to dominate the independence debate.
 
Nate Silver built an innovative and effective method of statistical analysis to predict the results of US elections.



The Scottish media and the poll that never was

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
In a weekend devoid of news, save for the tribulations at Ibrox and calls for Charles Green to go, a poll appeared that offered up all sorts of juicy titbits for a media looking for a story.
 
The poll was carried out by a reputable organisation - Panelbase - and details were published by the company on Friday.



Unionists, come out and declare your 'nationalism'

  By Gerry Hassan 
 
The story is familiar: there is a pesky, partisan, immature nationalism out and about influencing our body politic.
 
This is the account of Scottish nationalism put forward by a range of commentators and public figures. Yet it could as easily be articulated about the ideas of unionism because unionism is at its heart a form of nationalism ? British state nationalism.



Newsnet Scotland presents ... Duggy Dug in ... Scotland's Oil

  Newsnet Scotland has pleasure in presenting the first in a series of animations that will take an off beat look at some of the key issues surrounding the independence debate.

Duggy Dug is our animated cartoon character who will raise a smile and a chuckle whilst providing his own inimitable commentary.



Red Ed closes British road to Socialism

By John McAllion
 
The British left have long since ceased to have any faith in the leadership of the Labour Party.

The Communist Party in its "Open Letter to Workers Socialists and the Labour Movement" (2011) frankly admitted that the movement goes largely unrepresented in the House of Commons because the Labour Party leadership refuses to fight for policies that would defend public services, jobs, wages and pensions.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Scottish Independence and The Second Enlightenment

On the 18th of September, 2014, we in Scotland will be given the historical chance to vote for, and reclaim, our Independence. 


Independent from the other two nations in ‘Great’ Britain – England and Wales – that along with Northern Ireland, make up the constituent parts of the ‘United’ Kingdom, r...



Commonwealth Games

Yesterday’s announcement of the Commonwealth Games tickets going on sale was rather spoiled by today’s announcement that – in the event of us deciding our own government – we would be cast out of the Commonwealth. The comments by Kamalesh Sharma were beyond ridiculous prompting someone on twitter...



Yet another Union dividend

An alert reader (what would we do without them?) sent us this interesting graph today:


It comes from a page on the website of a heating-oil supplier, and had both our reader and ourselves scratching our heads trying to explain it. Scotland is an oil-producing nation, and almost all of the UK’s oil...



Clydeside loses out to South Korea to build £½bn Royal Navy tankers

A CLYDE shipyard has been snubbed over a £452 million contract to build four tankers for the Royal Navy, raising question marks over claims of the UK defence dividend for Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Not much advantage to being part of the UK then.



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Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP

THE SNP has said an independent Scotland will remain part of the Commonwealth, amid suggestions by a top official that membership would not be automatic.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is rather disturbing how much these British nationalists relish what they perceive to be problems for Scotland. They r...



Hacking claims as Yes Scotland email account accessed

The independence debate has taken a sinister new twist today after claims were made that an email account of the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign group has been illegally accessed.




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The beam in your own eye

The Scotsman goes big this morning on a story revealing that John Swinney has admitted accidentally misinterpreting a report from Lloyds Banking Group which said that the oil and gas industry would create 34,000 new jobs in the UK over the next two years. A Scottish Government paper in July origi...



PM's role in 2014 campaign defended
DAVID Cameron is playing a prominent role in the independence campaign, No 10 has insisted, as the SNP renewed the challenge for the Prime Minister to go head to head with Alex Salmond in a live TV debate.

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Henry McLeish: Unionists sunk by a perfect storm?

The rise of the political right south of the Border coupled with complacency among the unionist parties may sink the Better Together campaign, warns Henry McLeish
Peter A Bell's insight:

Henry McLeish offers a reasoned and insightful analysis. I would take issue with only one point - his characteri...



Scotland would have to 'reapply to Commonwealth' after independence

Organisation's secretary general says Scotland would not have any automatic right of membership despite being part of UK

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John Swinney admits oil jobs data error

SCOTTISH Government officials incorrectly interpreted data and claimed that the oil and gas industry would create 34,000 jobs in Scotland over the next two years, Finance Secretary John Swinney has said.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A genuine error promptly acknowledged is infinitely less objectionable ...



Cuts after 1979 Referendum highlight Westminster threat to Scotland's finances

Scotland was singled out for draconian cuts by Westminster after Scots failed to back devolution by a large enough margin in the 1979 referendum, newly discovered UK Cabinet papers have shown.

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Video: Sarah Jane Walls on fairness and enterprise

Successful businesswoman Sarah Jane Walls talks about how prosperity and fairness are two sides of the same coin. She also says that her experience of being an entrepreneur has taught her the importance of being in control of your own decisions.



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Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed

Campaigners for Scottish independence kid themselves that Scotland and England have distinct political cultures. In fact the similarities are acute.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I do love the quaintly naive notion that devolution was born of a desire to reform the British state rather than of a wish to ...



What women don't want

Forgive us another rummage around in our poll data, but we didn’t do a lot of study into gender differences in our first wave of analysis, and we were struck by something this morning as we idly browsed through the question about what Scots were scared of.



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Daily Record

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Family and colleagues pay tribute to former Scots Tory leader David McLetchie...
SON James described him as a "brilliant father and friend" at a service packed with leading politicians.

SNP says an independent Scotland will remain part of Commonwealth
THE assurance follows claims by Commonwealth chief Kamalesh Sharma that membership will not be automatic.

Hundreds of mourners attend funeral of former Scottish Conservatives Party le...
THE 61-year-old Lothian MSP died from cancer last week and leading politicians from both sides of the border attended his funeral at Blackhall St Columba's Parish Church in Edinburgh this morning.

Police to investigate complaint from Yes Scotland campaigners over hacked emails
AN inquiry has been launched following media questions which appeared to contain facts gleaned from internal correspondence.

Mail Opinion: Nate Silver and his opinion on the Independence debate may not ...
THE statistician was appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival when he offered his rather unwanted opinion on the referendum.

Question mark over Ed Miliband as poll reveals less than half of Labour suppo...
BUT those polled admitted they felt the embattled Opposition Leader needed more backing from his Shadow Cabinet, while he also came out ahead of his brother David.

Joan McAlpine: Scotland needs own welfare state to protect people against Wes...
JOAN says that the brutal cuts imposed by the coalition Government can only be defended against if Scotland has full control over her own welfare state.

Record View: Ed Miliband may have egg on his face, but he's on the path to th...
RECORD VIEW criticises John Prescott for not supporting his party leader, and says that while Miliband may be keeping a low profile at the minute, he still has time before the election to win voters' support.

Energy company SSE to scrap cheap deals for thousands of households as David ...
SOME customers face shelling out more than £100 extra a year in their energy bills as experts warn households with low usage of gas or electricity could face sharp rises in bills as ?two-tier? tariffs are replaced by alternatives.

Pressure mounts on Labour leader Ed Miliband as former guru tells him to 'gro...
LORD Glasman's message comes in the wake of former deputy leader John Prescott's stinging volley in which he demanded Miliband get rid of under-performing shadow cabinet members.

Andrew Marr: The broadcaster reveals the potential risks and rewards for both...
ANDREW Marr discusses the issues surrounding the independence debate and the reasons for his views on the referendum.

Former Labour leader Iain Gray: SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney's credibil...
GRAY has returned to politics after a few years absence. He isn't pulling any punches and insists SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney is saying things he doesn't believe.

Former First Minister Jack McConnell tells ScotRail to 'get a grip' in angry ...
Lord McConnell tells the firm they might need an ambulance because elderly passengers on the train were almost passing out.

Lib Dem MP says bedroom tax is 'absurd' and will split communities and give t...
BACKBENCHER Andrew George claims the policy will force rural tenants out of villages and take them away from their families.

Broadcaster Andrew Marr angers Nationalists by claiming Scots? hatred of the ...
MARR, who is recovering from a stroke, made the Anglophobia claim while speaking about the independence debate at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

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Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who has called to collect his Livingroom tax, or Jeremy Kyle subsidy as it is more properly known in government circles.

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Where is Johann? A nation's concern
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Our final sample, therefore, which (at 147) is statistically valid, was divided between those who considered that she was .....

Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshi...
Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster?"

This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the indep...
This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the independent nation of Nauru. Find out why they wanted to know where Johann is.


Where is Johann? A nation's concern
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Our final sample, therefore, which (at 147) is statistically valid, was divided betwe...

Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behavio...
Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.


Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who ha...

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Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tories 1. Result!

Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasti...
Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasting a piece featuring a notorious separatist blogger on their satirical morning news show, Good Morning Scotlandshire.


Crowd-funded Poll a front for Alien Invasion, says Prof. Poultice.
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The the al...

The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinbu...
The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinburgh zoo.


Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
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Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tor...

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separa...
A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separate Scotlandshire, and he's no sucker.


'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
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Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
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Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a tiny little country like Scotlandshire? If Scotlandshire separates from the UK the festival will be gone faster than the pandas!

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I'd rather have a panda than a prince

Commonwealth Games
By Mike Small Yesterday’s announcement of the Commonwealth Games tickets going on sale was rather spoiled by today’s announcement that – in the event of us deciding our own government – we would be cast out of the Commonwealth. The... Read More ›

The After Party
Part ceilidh, part cabaret, the After Party offers refreshment and respite after the Rally for Independence. Bring everybody. Saturday 21 September, 7.00 – 10.00 pm, Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. Tickets £5.00 Buy your tickets here. * * * * *... Read More ›

What do I know about the role of the media on the road to the referendum?
By Kate Higgins Earlier this year, I took part in a panel debate about the role of the media in the referendum debate at Dundee university. And in a Scottish Constitutional Forum one on its future at the Scottish Parliament.... Read More ›

5 Artists in Search of a Country
For those of you who missed this great event at the Assembly Rooms, we asked two playwrights, a poet, a musician, an actor about the future of Scotland. What kind of country are you in search of? How’s the search... Read More ›

The Scotsmans ?Arts? Coverage
By Mike Small The 5 Artists in Search of a Country event at the Assembly Rooms was an antidote to the widely recognised absence of focus on the referendum at this years festival. Theories vary about why this might be... Read More ›

Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish
An extract from Lesley Riddoch’s new book: Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know ? the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve... Read More ›

George Davie: Life and significance
An excerpt from the Introduction to the new edition of George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect, Edinburgh University Press, 2013. By Murdo Macdonald George Davie?s The Democratic Intellect: Scotland and her Universities in the Nineteenth Century was first published in 1961.... Read More ›

One Nationism Unleashed
By Mike Small Our Kingdom recently published an article by David Rickard on English politics and identity. It’s an extraordinary piece (‘We can’t resist privatisation until we restore the national’) We are the nation referenced in the very name of... Read More ›

A No vote won?t save England from the English
By Jamie Maxwell Mrs Thatcher may not have governed Scotland ?like a province?, as the signatories to Charter 88 claimed towards the end of her premiership, but she certainly entertained a profound disregard for Scottish opinion. Her insistence on implementing... Read More ›

The Sea Inside
The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives,... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Yes Scotland email account 'hacked' - BBC News

The Independent

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland email account 'hacked'
BBC News
Police have been asked to investigate the "unauthorised access" of an email account linked to the Yes Scotland campaign. The Daily Telegraph reported that police advised Yes Scotland to call in BT after the pro-indep...


Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP
Scotsman
SNP constitution spokesman Pete Wishart MP said Scotland would be expected to have discussions with a range of multinational organisations after independence but that its memberships will ultimately be secured. He said: ?It's like ...


Scottish independence: Tories could swing yes vote - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Tories could swing yes vote
Scotsman
FORMER Labour first minister Henry McLeish has warned of a ?crisis? within unionist politics in Scotland and a ?perfect storm? brewing among voters which could see the independence campaign win the referendum. He said Scots could v...


Scottish independence: Commonwealth status 'not automatic' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Commonwealth status 'not automatic'
BBC News
The Commonwealth's top official has suggested to Newsnight Scotland that an independent Scotland may have to apply for membership of the organisation. SNP ministers have reiterated that they would want an independent Scotla...


Scottish Independence Case Clouded by Oil Industry Growth Drag - Bloomberg

Upstream Online

Scottish Independence Case Clouded by Oil Industry Growth Drag
Bloomberg
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says North Sea oil and gas is a boon for Scotland's economy, helping it outperform the rest of Britain and making the case for independence. Official U.K. economic data sugge...


Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Mills on festival's 2014 role
Scotsman
He adds: ?[They] are entirely relevant to the debates surrounding the question of Scottish independence.? But cultural commentator Pat Kane said that Mills was being ?a bit naive in thinking that either the Commonwealth, or the a...


Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato
BBC News
A meeting was held last month between Scottish government officials and Nato to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence. The talks were held at Nato's headquarters in Brussels. Senior Scotti...


Scotland's independence - The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune

Scotland's independence
The Express Tribune
I believe that the issue of Scottish independence has been raised by the Scottish National Party to gain political support in Scotland and mobilise people against the UK parliament at Westminster. There is no reasonable and sound politi...


Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Scots face uphill battle for independence
Aljazeera.com
Glasgow, Scotland - A referendum on Scottish independence, due to take place on September 18, 2014, will mark the most important constitutional event in British history since the Act of Union united Scotland and England in 1707. B...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Pyloric Stenosis Linked to Low Serum Lipids in Infants - Medscape

Pyloric Stenosis Linked to Low Serum Lipids in Infants
Medscape
In the second step of the project, the validation phase, the investigators retested the 5 most significant SNPs identified in the discovery phase in 3 independent case-control sample sets from Denmark, Sweden, and the United States, to...


Circulating cholesterol inversely linked to infantile hypertrophic pyloric st...

Circulating cholesterol inversely linked to infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
Healio
Results from the first stage indicated SNPs at four loci significantly associated with IHPS (P<1 x 10-7), with two novel loci on the 11q23.3 and 19p13.2 chromosomes and two confirmed loci on the 3q25.1 and 5q...


Gene analysis yields prognostic information in pediatric ALL - Curetoday.com ...

Gene analysis yields prognostic information in pediatric ALL
Curetoday.com (press release)
"Performing SNP array analyses on every child with ALL would contribute tremendously (until next generation sequencing can take over)," Dr. Linda Olsson from Lund University told Reuters Health. "It is rather...


'We will still be in Commonwealth' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

'We will still be in Commonwealth'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Pete Wishart MP, the SNP's constitution spokesman, argued it that is " nonsense in the absolute extreme to say that Scotland would not be a member of the Commonwealth". He spoke out after Co mmonweal...


Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP
Scotsman
SNP constitution spokesman Pete Wishart MP said Scotland would be expected to have discussions with a range of multinational organisations after independence but that its memberships will ultimately be secured. He said: ?It's like ...


'No change' to Commonwealth status - BBC News

BBC News

'No change' to Commonwealth status
BBC News
The SNP believes an independent Scotland would remain part of the Commonwealth, amid suggestions membership would not be automatic. Commonwealth secretary general, Kamalesh Sharma, suggested Scotland would need to reapply post "yes".

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SNP says an independent Scotland will remain part of Commonwealth - Scottish ...

Scottish Daily Record

SNP says an independent Scotland will remain part of Commonwealth
Scottish Daily Record
SNP constitution spokesman Pete Wishart MP said Scotland would be expected to have discussions with a range of multinational organisations after independence but that its memberships will ul...


SNP Group Leader not even sure which day it is - For Argyll

For Argyll

SNP Group Leader not even sure which day it is
For Argyll
With the agenda for the council meeting on 29th August also to be discussed, the inference is that we can expect changes to be put forward at the meeting ? at which the SNP will finally effect their planned retiral from frontline l...


SNP 'tried to hide' energy jobs error - Aberdeen Press and Journal

SNP 'tried to hide' energy jobs error
Aberdeen Press and Journal
SNP ministers have been accused of trying to hide an ?error? in a major document which inflated Scottish oil and gas jobs figures. A paper on the Scottish Government's plans for the offshore sector in an independent Scotland claimed 3...


PM's role in 2014 campaign defended - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

PM's role in 2014 campaign defended
Herald Scotland
DAVID Cameron is playing a prominent role in the independence campaign, No 10 has insisted, as the SNP renewed the challenge for the Prime Minister to go head to head with Alex Salmond in a live TV debate. DAVID Cameron is playing a...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Marr warns of Anglophobia risks in referendum run-up - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Marr warns of Anglophobia risks in referendum run-up
Herald Scotland
Dismissing claims by US polling guru Nate Silver that the Nationalists stood no chance of winning the referendum, he insisted the result would be much closer than the polls suggest and there was still a lot to play ...


Scottish independence: Tories could swing yes vote - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Tories could swing yes vote
Scotsman
FORMER Labour first minister Henry McLeish has warned of a ?crisis? within unionist politics in Scotland and a ?perfect storm? brewing among voters which could see the independence campaign win the referendum. He said Scots could v...


'Robot' referendum team slated - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

'Robot' referendum team slated
Herald Scotland
Loading article content. His call came in what he described as a mid-term report card on the referendum battle, produced for the pro-independence Options for Scotland think-tank. In a withering analysis, Mr Wilson gave the pro-independen...


Mills defends ban on independence referendum works - Scotsman

Scotsman

Mills defends ban on independence referendum works
Scotsman
Writing in Scotland on Sunday today, Sir Jonathan Mills claims that those calling for an explicit debate about the referendum ? held the month after the festival ? misunderstood the role of the world-famous event. Although the fest...


Just one decision at the referendum - Herald Scotland

Just one decision at the referendum
Herald Scotland
Having read all kinds of "facts" and "statistics" relating to whether Scotland should be a completely separate country or not I thought that I would add my tuppence- worth to the discussion. Having read all kinds of \"facts\" and \"statistics ...



Scots face uphill battle for independence - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Scots face uphill battle for independence
Aljazeera.com
Glasgow, Scotland - A referendum on Scottish independence, due to take place on September 18, 2014, will mark the most important constitutional event in British history since the Act of Union united Scotland and England in 1707. B...


BBC referendum show under fire - Herald Scotland

BBC referendum show under fire
Herald Scotland
BBC SCOTLAND is under fire from Labour for making a TV programme about how an independent Scotland could learn from the perceived enlightened economic and social policies of Scandinavia. BBC SCOTLAND is under fire from Labour for making a TV ...



Referendum 'ban' defended - Herald Scotland

Scotsman

Referendum 'ban' defended
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND'S Culture Secretary has defended the Edinburgh International Festival's decision not to commission referendum-themed shows next year, telling critics of the event's director to "relax". SCOTLAND'S Culture Secretary has defended the Edinburg...


Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No chance for Yes - Silver
Scotsman
The Yes campaign has ?virtually no chance? of victory in next year's referendum on Scottish independence, according to one of America's most-respected polling experts. Nate Silver, the award-winning statistician who shot to fame whe...


Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe - Herald Scotland

Decision to ignore referendum a consequence of cultural cringe
Herald Scotland
I AGREE with Alasdair Gray that we are suffering from what he calls Scottification, or the cultural cringe: the belief that anyone from outside Scotland must be better than someone from inside the country ("Leading write...


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Parking In Edinburgh

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Glasgow 1974

Glasgow 1974.

 

Series of still images of people, places, buildings, streets, cranes, ships, subw...



Commonwealth Games Tickets

Interesting pricing for some of the more high profile events - just the £90 for the good seats at...



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Road To The Referendum

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Scary Photos Thread

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Better Nation

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

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Scot Goes pop

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

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Scotland has an abundance of natural and human resources

Earlier this year Yes Scotland launched our Prosperity campaign, outlining Scotland?s economic st...



Cuts after 1979 Referendum highlight Westminster threat to Scotland's finances

Scotland was singled out for draconian cuts by Westminster after Scots failed to back devolution ...



Video: Sarah Jane Walls on fairness and enterprise

Successful businesswoman Sarah Jane Walls talks about how prosperity and fairness are two sides o...



Independence is the right option for Scotland and the UK

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

Laurie Clark, owner and managing director of Anglo-Scott...



Yes vote would allow Scotland to better protect consumers - and act on "legal...

A new discussion paper by the Scottish Government has outlined how an independent Scotland would ...



Independent Scotland could act to protect people against cold calls

An independent Scotland would be able to act to protect families and individuals against cold cal...



Westminster?s failing people who work in Scotland

Working people in Scotland and across the UK are being failed by Westminster.

Wages have fallen f...



Yes LGBT steps up campaign for equal rights in written constitution

A campaign to enshrine equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in a writt...



Poll finds majority would vote No to Scotland joining the UK

Just 18% of Scots would vote to join the Union if Scotland was already an independent country cho...



Reports highlight opportunities of a Yes vote

Two Reports published today shine a light on our economic direction over the coming years, and hi...



Perspectives: Bedroom tax is causing misery for 80,000 of our most vulnerable...

People cannot fail to have been moved by reports this week of how the hated ?bedroom tax? is caus...



Crofting for Yes launches at Black Isle Show

Crofting for Yes, the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence, will be launched to...



Scotland can do better on Welfare and Pensions

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum on an independent Scotland ?would give the opportunity for m...



Independence is a chance to build a fairer and affordable welfare system

Responding to an IFS report on benefits spending, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland,...



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Should Scotland be an independent country? - five-minute video debate

Labour MP Gregg McClymont takes on independence advocate Pat Kane on the question that will be put to Scots in a referendum

Phil MaynardGregg McClymontPat KaneElliot Smith



Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that | Iain Macw...

Unionist triumphalism is premature ? regardless of the referendum, Scotland is heading towards independence anyway

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are ...



William McIlvanney 'in the dark' about Scottish independence manifesto offer

Author shares stage with Alex Salmond at Edinburgh book festival, but says he has not been asked to write foreward

William McIlvanney, the award-winning Scottish novelist credited with creating the ...



Andrew Marr 'very worried' by tone of Scottish independence debate

Broadcaster talks 'toxic' anglophobia at Edinburgh international book festival, in first public appearance since stroke

It was a frail figure who gingerly made his way on to the stage at the Edinbur...



Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Trident base promises

Both political opponents and allies of Scottish government say pledge to join Nato is at odds with stance on nuclear disarmamant

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of misleading voters over ...



Lanark author slams 'Scotophobic' culture agenda

Alasdair Gray says appointment of English people to cultural jobs in Scotland is part of part of anti-independence strategy

Alasdair Gray, author of the classic novel Lanark and one of Scotland's ou...



Scottish independence campaign has almost no chance, says Nate Silver

Political polling guru says data on referendum is 'pretty definitive' unless there is a major crisis in England

The campaign for Scottish independence has "virtually no chance" of victory, according...



The Edinburgh festival's attempt to keep politics out in 2014 is farcical | M...

With the Scottish independence referendum looming, any attempt to artificially separate art and politics is likely to fail

On Monday the Scottish Independence Convention hosted the first major Scott...



David McLetchie

Former Scottish Conservative leader held in high regard by colleagues and constituents

David McLetchie, who has died of cancer aged 61, belonged to a threatened species, as a leading Scottish Tory p...



David McLetchie, former Scottish Conservative leader, dies aged 61

Tributes from across the political spectrum to former lawyer who became MSP in 1999

Former Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie has died, aged 61.

McLetchie led the Scottish Tories for seven ...



Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



 

   

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