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Police prepared to offer Mitchell apology
Police leaders said they would apologise to Andrew Mitchell if he was wrongly accused over the "plebgate" affair, hours after officers arrested and questioned a second man.

Promise over water shortages
Scotland will not seek to exploit water shortages around the world for economic gain, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Boost to housing spending
HOUSING and local government will be the main beneficiaries of more than £200 million of capital spending announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney.

New ferry plan will see fares increase by up to 10%
FERRY fares on lifeline routes to the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree will increase by up to 10% next year, with even bigger hikes being considered during the busy summer season.

Independence would not stop Clyde orders
THE SNP insists a Royal navy chief has "blown a hole" in what it regards as a Westminster committee's wild scaremongering after he said the UK Government could place warship orders with the Clyde shipyards in an independent Scotland.

Security costs for 2014 Games triple to £90m
The security bill for Glasgow 2014 has soared to £90 million after recommendations from Scotland's top police officer.

Rise in elderly 'should be treated like climate change'
THE architect of Scotland's policy of free personal care for the elderly said the demographic shift towards an older population across the developed world should get the same priority as climate change.

Stitch-up claims over 'Plebgate'
TORY ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell has insisted he was stitched up after it was claimed a corroborative witness in the "Plebgate" row turned out to be a serving policeman ? who has since admitted he was not there.

Scots MP compares Google to actions of News International
Google's UK tax avoidance was likened to the actions of News International by a Scots MP.

Queen given tablemats during historic Cabinet meeting visit
QUESTION ? what do you give the woman who has everything?

Coalition slash period for talks over job cuts
THE UK Government was accused of having a Scrooge mentality after it said the 90-day period for enacting large-scale redundancies is to be cut to 45 days.

Lamont calls for an end to free tuition at university
A debate is required over whether students should pay a modest contribution towards their education, according to Labour leader Johann Lamont.

Clegg benefits call is rejected by Tories
NICK Clegg has been slapped down by David Cameron over the Liberal Democrat leader's repeated declaration that better off pensioners should not get universal benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance, worth up to £300.

Lochhead urges common sense approach in EU fishing quota talks
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead called for a "common sense" EU fish catch deal which balances conservation with the preservation of beleaguered fishing communities.

MSP group to investigate underemployment impact
MSPS will today launch an investigation into claims 270,000 Scots are underemployed, and the impact this has on their families.

 

Scotsman

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Cartoons of the week 15 - 21 December

A LOOK AT the past week in politics, in cartoons.



Arthur Scargill loses fight for union to pay for his London flat

FORMER miners’ leader Arthur Scargill has lost his fight to have the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continue to meet the costs of his London flat for his lifetime.



Education and pensions chiefs miss deadline on eight out of ten FOI requests

EDUCATION and pensions chiefs have failed to respond on time to more than eight out of ten Freedom of Information requests, the Information Commisioner’s Office has revealed.



Artur Mas re-elected President of Catalonia

REGIONAL parliament legislators in Catalonia have voted back into office a president who has promised to stage a hugely controversial referendum on independence from Spain.

  



Budget deficit dealt blow as borrowing sees unexpected increase

CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s plan to bring down the budget deficit was dealt another blow today after it emerged borrowing unexpectedly increased last month.

  



Second man arrested in connection with Andrew Mitchell ?plebgate? affair

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested over the so-called Plebgate affair – the alleged altercation between Downing Street police and Tory MP Andrew Mitchell which led to his resignation as chief whip.



Johann Lamont accuses SNP of starving colleges of cash

THE SNP’s flagship policy of free university tuition is starving colleges of cash, Labour leader Johann Lamont claimed in the final First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood before Christmas.



George Osborne warned over benefit cuts

GEORGE Osborne’s plan for a real-terms cut in working-age benefits could increase poverty and have a “devastating” effect, Oxfam has warned.



Culture Secretary denies plans to legislate for stricter press regulation

CULTURE Secretary Maria Miller has poured cold water on claims she is preparing to legislate for tighter regulation of the press.



MPs? staff concern at expenses quirk

MPs and their staff risk falling out over their expenses because of a “ridiculous” rule which means claims are only paid to parliamentarians, Labour’s Tom Harris has said.



Joyce McMillan: Gun culture is biggest target of all

TO ANYONE who was here in Scotland, at the time of the Dunblane shooting of 1996, there’s been something almost unbearably familiar about the pattern of horror, disbelief, and searing grief surrrounding last week’s shocking massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.



Whitewash claims over NHS waiting list figures

THE Scottish Government is facing claims of a “whitewash” over “fiddled” NHS waiting times after it emerged some hospital staff felt pressurised into removing patients from lists to meet targets.



David Cameron?s pledge to parents over internet pornography

PARENTS will find it easier to protect their children against internet pornography under government proposals that will prompt them to tailor settings to choose what youngsters can access online, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.



Scrapping corroboration will result in more jailed rapists, says top officer

SCOTLAND’S most powerful police officer has backed scrapping corroboration, arguing it will help to bring more rapists and other sex offenders to justice.



Michael Russell: We will not fail to deliver on education

I WAS very pleased to see Brian Wilson’s recognition of the excellence of our university sector (Perspective, 17 December) and the achievement of Strathclyde University in becoming the THES UK University of the Year.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
the stories in Scotland's newspapers tomorrow, today

Rushing to judgement
When we wrote a story earlier today about another piece of embarrassing evidence falling off the Scottish Labour website, we thought it was nothing more than the latest in a long line of attempts by the party to clumsily cover its tracks over policy U-turns. But when we did a little digging, we found something [...]

Last chance to see
Yesterday we noted how Scottish Labour deleted evidence of an embarrassing policy U-turn from its website after it was highlighted by Alex Salmond at First Minister’s Questions. We suspected that it wouldn’t be the last example of the phenomenon, and sure enough we happened to stumble across this page earlier this morning. It’s a press [...]

Monkeys obscured by peanuts
There’s been much hot air unleashed in Holyrood in recent weeks over various “wastes” of money by the Scottish Government. First the opposition accused the SNP of spending £100,000 (which turned out to be a wild piece of back-of-a-fag-packet guesswork vastly overestimating the actual £4,000 cost) in fighting a Freedom Of Information request over EU [...]

Scottish Labour policy adjustment
This was the “Education” page of the Scottish Labour website this morning: After Alex Salmond referred to it at FMQs, the page has now been deftly amended to fall in line with the rest of party policy, as you can see in the image below: Bless ‘em. If you’re looking for your horse, Labour chums, [...]

Trivial pursuits
Okay, so here’s a fun teaser you can try out around the table after your Christmas dinner. What do the following far-flung countries have in common: Canada, Togo, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gabon, Panama, Zambia, Haiti, Libya and the Cape Verde Islands? Give up? Here’s a clue: Yep – all of them, and 60 other [...]

The condensed Lamont
We don’t often get to see Johann Lamont on the telly, so when she made one of her rare appearances in a five-minute interview with STV’s excellent Bernard Ponsonby this week we couldn’t only do half a job. As we’re still stuck in the house fighting off this year’s unusually-horrible and persistent germs – and [...]

A letter to the Herald
21st November 2012 Dear Sir, The Herald was the daily newspaper in our house when I was a child. My parents took both it and the Evening Times. When I started to outgrow the Bunty I eschewed the Jackie and its like and graduated straight to the newspapers. My father cancelled his Evening Times subscription [...]

Jackie Baillie is a liar
We’ve spent the last 90 minutes watching an incredible video someone linked us to in a reader comment earlier today. It’s a public meeting of the Clydebank Trades Union Council on November 29th, headed by a panel comprising Gil Paterson (SNP MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie), Jackie Baillie (Labour MSP for Dumbarton), chairman Tom Paterson [...]

The Christmas spirit?
To be honest, we’re still trying to work out what happened here. The Secretary of State for Scotland was well and truly slapped up and down the room yesterday by a panel of peers in the House Of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, every one of whom was a Unionist. One after another lined up to [...]

Stupid, stupid, stupid
Supporters of independence often level the accusation at Unionists that they think Scotland is “too wee, too poor and too stupid” to thrive on its own. Unionists generally affect great insult at the suggestion, and have taken to being much more circumspect about the first two, nowadays tending to claim that Scotland could survive without [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Libya to release Lockerbie files
The new Libyan government in Tripoli is prepared to open all files relating to the Lockerbie bombing, the country's ambassador to the UK confirms.

Call to end music tuition charges
Scotland's largest teaching union is calling on local authorities to end music lesson charges for thousands of pupils sitting SQA music exams.

Correction rules changed for MSPs
Changes are made to the procedure used by MSPs to correct inaccurate statements made in Holyrood.

NHS staff felt 'targets pressure'
Health staff in Scotland reported that they felt under pressure to say patients were "unavailable" for appointments in order to meet waiting times targets.

Renewable power target 'exceeded'
Renewable energy sources in Scotland have passed interim targets for meeting the nation's demand for power, figures show.

Warning over North Sea oil cash
The value of North Sea oil to Scotland's economy is becoming more erratic and difficult to predict, according to a think tank report.

Scottish 'building boom' promised
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney promises a "building boom" under a £205m plan for projects which will support 2,000 jobs.

Health issue is 'biggest problem'
Health inequality is the biggest issue facing Scotland right now, the chief medical officer warns MSPs.

'No beds' at two city hospitals
A letter to West Lothian GPs warns them there were no available beds for admissions at two hospitals in Edinburgh.

Businessman wins SNP court order
An Aberdeen businessman secures a court order against the SNP and former city council leader Callum McCaig.

Uni places for 'poorer students'
Glasgow University is to create up to 800 places over the next four years for students from low-income backgrounds.

Not proven verdict to be examined
The Scottish government is seeking views on whether the "not proven" verdict should be abolished from court trials in Scotland.

£29m pledge after plant closure
Up to £29m is being invested to support workers and communities affected by the closure of the Hall's of Broxburn food factory.

Skipper's wife criticises FAIs
A woman whose husband died when a tugboat capsized five years ago backs reforms to the "deficient" fatal accident inquiry (FAI) system.

Right-to-buy challenge rejected
Three judges have thrown out a claim by an island landowner that right-to-buy legislation infringed his human rights.

Newsnet Scotland

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We will all benefit from a genuine debate

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Two years ahead of the biggest political event in 21st century Britain, the Scottish press should be having a ball.  Since David Cameron announced ?game on? in January, there?ve been headlines, scoops, news stories and meaty issues aplenty.

Sure advertising has crashed.  Certainly a near triple-dip recession hasn't helped.  Admittedly the remorseless growth of a Google News generation is scary.  Thank God then for the independence referendum.



Prepare for incoming mortar shills targeting independence

By Mark McNaught

The Herald and the Scotsman have just simultaneously published their ?findings? of a report issued by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, which the Herald claims demonstrates that ?FALLING oil revenues will leave Scotland worse off than the rest of the UK by the time voters go to the polls in the independence referendum, a report warns today?.

Citing the same report, The Scotsman ominously states that ?AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be worse off financially than the remainder of the UK as projections for oil and gas revenues plummet, a leading think tank has warned?.



Catalonia: The moment we've been waiting centuries for

By Vicent Partal

The massive demonstration on September 11th has had direct and concrete results three months and one week later. The agreement signed between CiU and ERC means that the cry of the people on the streets that day in Barcelona has now been transformed into ACTION, with a capital A.

And thanks to the agreement, the citizens of the Principality of Catalonia will vote on independence in 2014, if nothing goes awry. It is, therefore, a historic accord that was difficult to construct and that will probably also be difficult to hold together. But I insist that above all other considerations, it is a historic accord: this agreement marks the end of the autonomous government and the immediate beginning of the possibility of becoming an independent Republic. Which is nothing to sneeze at.



Uncertainty - favourite word of the NO campaign

By Dr Willie Wilson

Monday's stockmarket reported a serious fall (21.5%) in the value of shares in Aggreko, the power company based in Dumbarton.  Aggreko has been doing very well for some years, supplying temporary power generation for headline events such as the Olympic Games. 

This recent fall, due to investors suddenly realising the company's expectations of future profit are not so rosy as previously predicted, must remind the directors what uncertainty there is in the stockmarket at the best of times.



CiU and ERC come to an agreement in Catalonia: Referendum in 2014

By a Vilaweb reporter

The governability accord between CiU and ERC has become a reality. Artur Mas (CiU) and Oriol Junqueras (ERC) have come to terms in a meeting at the Palace of the Generalitat. Artur Mas' investiture, for which Oriol Junqueras has once again pledged support, will take place Thursday and Friday, as was confirmed by the President of the Parliament, Núria De Gispert.



Unionists certain only about uncertainty

By Mark McNaught

The core of many of the arguments put forth by the Unionists, the better together campaign, as well as the Westminster parliament against independence revolve around the assertion that a ?yes? vote would lead to a period of great uncertainty for Scotland.

Could Scots remain in Europe? Could they keep the pound? Not knowing the precise and detailed answers to questions in advance will purportedly lead to economic chaos, businesses would leave, investors would not invest, unemployment would soar, yadda yadda, you know the tune. 



Time to have an equality for all citizens

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, December 15th 2012

The issue of same sex marriage has become a major political controversy both sides of the border.

Both the Scottish and UK Governments are planning to legislate and at the same time try to balance freedom and equality of sexual orientation with freedom of religious expression.



The gun aimed at the priest's house in sectarian Scotland

By Kenneth Roy

On a recent Sunday in Ayr bus station, a young, anxious-looking man in dark winter clothing was speaking to someone on his mobile phone when, to his astonishment and mine, he was approached by a tall, gaunt stranger pointing a mocking finger in his direction. I now know that the target was lucky. Better a finger pointed at you than a gun.



Barroso muddies the referendum waters

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Did you know that the word Barroso means muddy in Spanish?
 
Pretty apt name for the man who stepped up to Scotland?s constitutional debate, pulled on a pair of wellies, and jumped into the referendum pond.



A Turning Point in the Debate over Independence?

By Mark McNaught

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie?s recent concession that Scotland would not necessarily be ejected from the EU in the case if independence may mark a turning point in the debate.  Until now, the unionist parties have sought to put a united front against independence by belittling the assertions of Alex Salmond on many issues, perhaps most strongly on EU adhesion.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Cameron urges Falkland islanders to 'seize' referendum opportunity

David Cameron today urged Falkland Islanders to seize the opportunity presented by an upcoming referendum to send a ''definitive'' message to the international community about their wishes for the future of their homeland.
Peter A Bell's insight:
The sickening hypocrisy of British nationalism!

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CPPR claims on oil estimates challenged by leading academic

A Glasgow based think tank’s claim, that figures it used in a report into future north sea oil receipts were in line with those of a respected Professor of Economics, has been challenged by the academic.



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Prepare for incoming mortar shills targeting independence

The Herald and the Scotsman have just simultaneously published their ‘findings’ of a report issued by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, which the Herald claims demonstrates that “FALLING oil revenues will leave Scotland worse off than the rest of the UK by the time voters go to the polls in the independence referendum, a report warns today”.



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Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders Force Separatism Back on the EU Agenda

Peter A Bell's insight:
With the eurozone’s woes still dominating headlines four years after the crisis began, it would be natural to assume that the European Union’s economic challenges were the most significant issue affecting its member states. But while the euro crisis has been simmering, separatist movements championed by charismatic leaders have patiently gathered strength in places such as Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders.

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Union flag demonstrations to target Scottish Parliament | Herald Scotland

THE Scottish Parliament is the latest venue earmarked for demonstrations in support of the Loyalist Union flag dispute in Northern Ireland, with protesters claiming the events are now also anti-independence.



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Catalonia to Create Institutions for Independence Before 2014

Catalan President Artur Mas pledged to create the institutions needed for an independent state next year as he prepares for a referendum on secession from Spain.



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NATS ?HOLD BACK CASH TO BUY INDEPENDENCE?

THE Scottish Government was accused yesterday of withholding hundreds of ­millions of pounds that could be spent on vital construction projects until 2014, the year of the independence ­referendum.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Blatant lies from the Britnat press!

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Independence would not stop Clyde orders

THE SNP insists a Royal navy chief has "blown a hole" in what it regards as a Westminster committee's wild scaremongering after he said the UK Government could place warship orders with the Clyde shipyards in an independent Scotland.



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Hegemons resisting emergent nations

The world's hegemonic states have gone on the offensive against the emergence of new nations, says Wayne Madsen

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The Ghost of Too Wee, Too Poor, Too Stupid
“Too wee, too poor, too stupid”. This was the former staple diet of unionist propaganda in the old days, when the independence debate was composed of much simpler fare. Then there was no need for t...

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North Sea cash warning deals poll blow to SNP

FALLING oil revenues will leave Scotland worse off than the rest of the UK by the time voters go to the polls in the independence referendum, a report warns today.


Peter A Bell's insight:
It's my birthday today. As a special treat, I've decided not to read any of Magnus Gardham's shite.

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The jury should be out on Blair in 2014 campaign

FIRST it was David Cameron.

Now Tony Blair has entered the fray. He told journalists at a press gallery lunch this week that he stood ready and willing to come to the aid of Better Together's fight to keep Scotland in the UK. All we need is for Margaret Thatcher to come out of retirement to help save Britain and we'd have the set. The Scottish Nationalists are jubilant. "Christmas has come early,'' said Kenneth Gibson, MSP. In Nationalist demonology, there are no blacker figures than these with whom to scare the Scottish voters.



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Scotland ?will be poorer than UK? as projections for oil and gas revenues plu...

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be worse off financially than the remainder of the UK as projections for oil and gas revenues plummet, a leading think tank has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Even supposing this "volatility" in oil prices was the terrifying problem The Scotsman would have us believe it to be, what rational reason is there to imagine we would be better off allowing the UK government to manage that volatility on our behalf? Is their record of economic management so impressive?Are the Norwegians constantly on the phone to the UK government begging for advice on how to manage their oil revenues?

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We are Scotland - East Kilbride ? Una?s story

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

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Uncertainty - favourite word of the NO campaign
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Lockerbie bombing: Campaigners wary of Libyan moves to release files
THE new government in Libya has said it will release all files relating to the 1988 bombing - but not until the country is stable.

Scots councils run up £150m credit card bill on items including hairdryers, s...
A MACHINE to repel dangerous dogs was also among the items bought on council credit cards, according to official figures.

Holyrood row over 'fiddled' NHS waiting list figures
HEALTH SECRETARY Alex Neil yesterday rejected accusations of major problems as the results of internal investigations into Scotland?s 14 health boards were published.

Labour brands NHS waiting times probe a 'whitewash' as investigation rules ou...
HEALTH SECRETARY Alex Neil said the investigation found no widespread fiddling of waiting times across the NHS in Scotland.

Alex Salmond says no to free nursery places for two-year-olds after claims En...
THE First Minister told Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie that the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 600 hours of nursery education to three and four-year-olds is better than England and will actually be delivered.

Second man arrested in connection with Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' investigation
POLICE have arrested a second man as part of Scotland Yard's investigation into the 'plebgate' row which forced Andrew Mitchell to resign from the government.

Scots war hero says Arctic Convoy medal gesture is a case of too little, too ...
GEORGE GRAY says many of his Arctic Convoy friends have died waiting on Prime Minister David Cameron recognising the sailors and seamen who took part in the operation.

SNP miss a day on their Dundee calendar
AN SNP calendar that?s being distributed to 66,000 homes is set to cause mass confusion ? because it?s missing a day.

UK goverment urged to keep records of foodbanks as British families struggle ...
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband and Lindsay Roy MP insist the coalition must keep track of the numbers after it was revealed the number of foodbanks in Scotland will have doubled this year.

No room at inn for Osborne
AT a time where many Brits are feeling the strain from cuts to their benefits, George Osborne revealed he'd never starred in a nativity play during his time at school.

Controversial not proven verdict could be axed under new plans
A NUMBER of changes to Scotland's judicial system could come into place, including whether or not the number of jurors should rise from eight.

Hope for axed Remploy workers as SNP offer bosses £5000 to take on disabled s...
SCOTLAND'S Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing outlined the ?recruitment subsidy? just weeks after Remploy sites in Motherwell, Aberdeen and Edinburgh closed with the Springburn factory set to follow.

Alex Salmond expresses his 'shock and deep sadness' at Sandy Hook school mass...
THE First Minister has written to the US President in the wake of last Friday's shootings in which 20 children and six teachers were killed.

MSPs highlight exam results worries
OPPOSITION parties have raised concerns about the wide discrepancies in exam results being achieved in Scotland's best and worst-performing schools.

Hospital bed numbers fall to 16,091 under SNP rule, opposition parties claim
THE Scottish Government has come under attack after the number of hospital beds fell to just over 16,000.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Johann Lamont: Facing up to Scotland's 'stark choice'

Scotland's Labour leader wants free healthcare, not the independence debate, to dominate the political agenda

When Johann Lamont, Scotland's Labour leader, called for a mature debate on the funding ...



Stonewall unapologetic over Scottish cardinal's 'bigot of the year' award

Gay rights group says it will retain category in next year's awards, after criticism from politicians and Catholic church

The gay rights group Stonewall has refused to back down after it provoked a ...



Westminster rejects Alex Salmond claim on Scotland's EU membership

UK government issues statement fuelling row over an independent Scotland's status in the European Union

The UK government says an independent Scotland would have to apply as a new member state to jo...



Nick Clegg attacks Philip Hammond for 'jumping the gun' on Trident

Deputy PM shows anger at defence secretary's plans for deterrent renewal without coalition-agreed study of alternatives

Nick Clegg has accused the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, of "jumping the ...



Donald Trump is a joke, but not a harmless one | Anthony Baxter

As I learned while making my film, You've Been Trumped, the billionaire uses his celebrity and wealth to get his own way

There was something bizarre, sad and deeply unsettling about Donald Trump's m...



Scottish independence could threaten Trident, MPs warn

Report suggests Westminster government could be forced to disarm and find new home for Clyde-based nuclear weapons

A vote for Scottish independence could force the UK to "unilaterally disarm" its Tr...



Bella Caledonia


GET ABOVE OURSELVES

Reasons to be Cheerful
As it’s announced that ‘Director of Creative Development’ Venu Dhupa is ‘standing down’, Ruth Wishart looks at the future. If you had a taste for masochism there could have been [...]

What connects Alasdair Gray, Dirty Dancing and Gary Tank Commander?
But the question still remains. Do Scots run Scotland? It?s a subjective argument and a cultural one. That doesn't make it any less important or real. Just much, much more sensitive.

Spreading a despicable anti-English meme: The dirty war continues?
by Kevin Williamson Noam Chomsky wrote extensively and perceptively about the “manufacture of consent”.  It’s a process whereby an idea which can have little basis in reality, is not subjected [......

Unanswered questions have been raised about Scotland?s cultural institutions
by Kevin Williamson Scotland has a long and justifiably proud history of cultural exchange with creative artists from every corner of the globe.  Film festivals, writers festivals, music festivals ...

WHY ALASDAIR GRAY MATTERS (AND WHY HE MUST BE SMEARED)
by Kevin Williamson and Mike Small When the Tory government were re-elected for a fourth term in 1992 Scotland was plunged into a constitutional crisis. An unelected unwanted government with [...]

The Right to Health
By Michael Roy Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health, and wellbeing [...]

Forms of Protest 4
Continuing our series on forms of protest, this from Chile …     Filed under: Forms of Protest

Can We Reinvent Ourselves?
By Chris Thomson As the possibility of independence draws nearer, some of us are wondering whether this will be the moment when Scotland re-invents herself. The precedents for this are [...]

Patsy versus Ryan
Sometimes you’ve got to hand it to the No people. Despite getting a bad press for relentlessly flooding their media with scare stories (today we hear the price of energy [...]

Culloden via Tesco?
A preview of Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence, ed. Scott Hames This book (which I think and hope will enliven the whole debate) started in discussion between Bella Caledonia and [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak' - The Guard...

The Guardian (blog)

Brussels is hostile to Scottish independence 'because it is weak'
The Guardian (blog)
In the matter of Scottish independence, the interest of the bloc is deemed relatively clear: i...


Nicola Sturgeon faces accusation of backtracking over Scotland's EU future - ...

The Guardian

Nicola Sturgeon faces accusation of backtracking over Scotland's EU future
The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon has signalled that an independent Scotland could be forced to negotiate with the EU...


A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum - Liberal Democr...

A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum
Liberal Democrat Voice
This time last year, it looked like it was all going wrong for the Scotland Bill that Secretary of State for Scotla...


Scottish independence: Age auld question - Post Online

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Scottish independence: Age auld question
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The debate on Scottish independence took a step forward in October when Alex Salmond and David Cameron signed an agreement allowing the...


Scottish independence: North Sea oil revenue 'becoming more erratic' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: North Sea oil revenue 'becoming more erratic'
BBC News
The value of North Sea oil to Scotland's economy is becoming more erratic and difficult to predict, according to ...


Scottish independence: Fresh warning over Clyde warship contracts if Scotland...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Fresh warning over Clyde warship contracts if Scotland ...
Scotsman
He added: ?It is a reasonable assumption to make that in the event of Scottish independence, it woul...


Scottish independence: Scotland 'will be poorer than UK' as projections for o...

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Scottish independence: Scotland 'will be poorer than UK' as projections for oil ...
Scotsman
The SNP government's claim that independence will help protect Scotland from the worst of the aust...


Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary - The Courier

The Courier

Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary
The Courier
?Instead of spending their time spreading smears about Scottish independence and trotting the globe talking Scotland down, they should...


Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market - Uti...

Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market
Utility Week
19 December 2012. Scottish Government denies independence would damage electricity market. The Scottish Government...


Referendum vote is for those who live in this country - Herald Scotland

Referendum vote is for those who live in this country
Herald Scotland
JACK Irvine laments that his children will not have a vote in the independence referendum because they no longer live in Scotland...


SNP

SNP - Google News
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That was 2012: The highs and lows in the world of Scottish politics - stv.tv

That was 2012: The highs and lows in the world of Scottish politics
stv.tv
May's council elections left Scottish politics a two-horse race between the SNP and Labour as the Tories declined and the Li...


AsianMarkets Settles Lower asBudget Deal Optimism Disappears (HKG:0386 ... - ...

AsianMarkets Settles Lower asBudget Deal Optimism Disappears (HKG:0386 ...
Gaining Green
Energy Companies were weighing in Hong Kong, with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp(HKG:0386)(NYSE:SNP)dropped 1...


700+ new jobs in North Sea Oil - SNP (press release)

700+ new jobs in North Sea Oil
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming the creation of 700 jobs and the news that Japanese oil and gas explorer JX Nippon are ready to invest billions in the No...


Johann Lamont accuses SNP of starving colleges of cash - Scotsman

Johann Lamont accuses SNP of starving colleges of cash
Scotsman
THE SNP's flagship policy of free university tuition is starving colleges of cash, Labour leader Johann Lamont claimed in the final Fir...


NATS 'HOLD BACK CASH TO BUY INDEPENDENCE' - Express.co.uk

NATS 'HOLD BACK CASH TO BUY INDEPENDENCE'
Express.co.uk
Huge sums of taxpayers' money, which could generate jobs and kickstart the economy, were being held back to improve the SNP's chances of a refe...


Tom Peterkin: Season's greetings offered through gritted-teeth are all part o...

Scotsman

Tom Peterkin: Season's greetings offered through gritted-teeth are all part of the ...
Scotsman
Coupled with this have been the SNP's efforts to constantly portray Labour as a party entangled...


Salmond hails free higher education - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

Salmond hails free higher education
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
The SNP leader attacked her stance as he pointed out that Scottish Labour's website still contained the commitment that there sh...


Scotland's free higher education is 'not just for Christmas' - stv.tv

Scotland's free higher education is 'not just for Christmas'
stv.tv
The SNP leader pointed out Scottish Labour's website still contained the commitment that there should be "no up-front or back-end t...


SNP's free tuition is starving colleges of cash, Johann Lamont claims - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP's free tuition is starving colleges of cash, Johann Lamont claims
Scotsman
THE SNP's flagship policy of free university tuition is starving colleges of cash, Labour leader Johann Lamont c...


Council proposes £30m of savings - Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Council proposes £30m of savings
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
But deputy leader, the SNP's Brian Collins, insisted it was not the right time for talks given the information had just been given to m...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

That was 2012: The highs and lows in the world of Scottish politics - stv.tv

That was 2012: The highs and lows in the world of Scottish politics
stv.tv
It was the year of fall-outs and agreements on the independence referendum, tough issues tackled at Holyrood and the finding...


AV referendum cost £75 million - Politics.co.uk

AV referendum cost £75 million
Politics.co.uk
... and analyse over Scottish Independence. With a referendum on Scottish Independence due to be held in 2014, the Economic and Social Research Council (...


North Sea cash warning deals poll blow to SNP - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

North Sea cash warning deals poll blow to SNP
Herald Scotland
FALLING oil revenues will leave Scotland worse off than the rest of the UK by the time voters go to the polls in the indep...


Scottish independence: Age auld question - Post Online

Post Online

Scottish independence: Age auld question
Post Online
The outcome of Scotland's independence referendum is uncertain, but the debate will undoubtedly raise issues affecting the insurance in...


Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary - The Courier

The Courier

Lords criticise 'weak' Scottish Secretary
The Courier
During his evidence, Mr Moore said the UK Government would make detailed arguments over the next year, but would not ?pre-negotiate? t...


A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum - Liberal Democr...

A year in the life of?..the Scottish independence referendum
Liberal Democrat Voice
This time last year, it looked like it was all going wrong for the Scotland Bill that Secretary of State for Scotla...


Referendum vote is for those who live in this country - Herald Scotland

Referendum vote is for those who live in this country
Herald Scotland
JACK Irvine laments that his children will not have a vote in the independence referendum because they no longer live in Scotland...


Blair ready to battle against independence - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Blair ready to battle against independence
Herald Scotland
FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has raised the prospect of taking a prominent role in the fight against independence after s...


Ben Thomson: Carving out a new union - Scotsman

Scotsman

Ben Thomson: Carving out a new union
Scotsman
After the surprise majority win by the SNP in the last election, Westminster and the Scottish Government together could have delivered some varia...


U.K. Lack of Planning for Scots Independence Is 'Unsustainable' - Bloomberg

U.K. Lack of Planning for Scots Independence Is 'Unsustainable'
Bloomberg
Lawson, 80, was speaking at a House of Lords hearing into the economic implications for the rest of the U.K. should Scotland ...


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Thatcher In Hospital
She has had an operation to remove a growth in her bladder.

David Begg
Heads up, There is a Radio Scotland documentary on BBC Sportsound on Sunday at 3pm.

Aurthur Scargill - Man Of The People
Lost his high court battle today for his London flat to be paid by the NUM for the rest of his life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/21/arthur-scargill-battle-union-flat

Another Shooting In America
4 reported dead

And on the day the NRA said the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Lost Dog
To all you lovely tambers in the tollcross and surrounding areas,


My pals daughter lost her Lhasa apso last night, only 6 months old, she was out walking and some guy made a loud noise , she go...

Neon Roberts
The young 7 year old lad. I see the High Court has ruled not only for him to have his treatment for cancer but also for him to reside with his dad for the remainder of his treatment. This is a stra...

So Who Else Is Finished Up Now For Christmas?
I finished at 3 today and don't need to think about work now until 7th January. No emergency cover for me this year. Plan to make the most of it!

Anyone else finished for a well deserved break?

Tartan And Formal Wear For Sale
Looking for some Tartan Wear, I am down sizing and have the following for sale:
Black Watch Jacket size 48R with Trousers size 40” x 31” £50.00.
Dinner Suit Jacket 50S with Trousers £50.00.
Dress G...

In These Times Of Austerity
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21 December 2012 Last updated at 11:38
Major jobs boost in UK North Sea

Statoil is to invest £4.3bn in a North Sea oil field, bringing hundreds of jobs to the north east of Scot...


Political Betting - Scotland section

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much of an influence will money have on the Independence referendum?
and the 2015 General election? The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that no campaign was in disarray, due to major unionist parties donors not willing to donate to the no campaign. Willie Hau...

Is Alex Salmond one of the day?s big losers?
Why did the SNP make Glasgow their key target? In our PB prediction poll a couple of weeks ago a reasonable majority of participants said that the SNP would win control of the city of Glasgow. That...

Will being called ?Skintland? boost the YES or NO campaigns?
What’ll the “Economist cover” do to the referendum? Above is a version of what’s said to be the front cover of the latest Economist which hasn’t going down too well in nationalist circles overnight...

Scot Goes pop

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

In wake of Newtown, Baker goes sinister
Question : If you were an American libertarian blogger who had spent almost every waking moment over the last decade advancing the fantastical notion that a gun free-for-all has made your country s...

Why the Northern Ireland demographic shift does matter
Ten years ago, the results of the Northern Ireland census were greeted with a not inconsiderable amount of unionist gloating. All the expectations had been that there would be evidence of a signif...

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...

Open questions
Leaving aside the obvious jibe that 'Open Unionism' is a contradiction in terms, my eye was caught by this article of the 'anyone to the left of Enoch Powell is a Marxist' variety -

"It became mor...

Response to Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex
Having got into the swing of responding to consultations earlier in the year, I thought I'd have another go with Labour MSP Rhoda Grant's consultation on criminalising the purchase of sex (ie. the ...

Ashcroft poll : SNP lead in Westminster voting intention
The Tories' billionaire puppet-master Lord Ashcroft recently conducted a UK-wide mega-poll of Westminster voting intention, with a sample size some eight times larger than a regular poll. That mea...

Special appeal : Scots Wikipedia contributors needed!
I've just found myself writing a rather impatient email reply to someone whose heart is in the right place, but who I think is lashing out in entirely the wrong direction. Basically, he's one of o...

Clinton doesn't just oppose "separatism" - he opposes democratic self-determi...
Our old friend Duncan Hothersall was full of beans yesterday about the supposed 'endorsement' of the No campaign by Bill Clinton. In truth, of course, it was no such thing - the comment Clinton ma...

Today is Thursday 15th November 2012...
Remember that date. It will live in infamy.

Just eighteen months ago, brave men and women across the United Kingdom raised their hands in defiance, and said: "No. This shall not be." In doing s...

It's been a while...
There was a time (in 2009, I think) when this blog was primarily a round-up of Scottish subsamples from UK opinion polls of Westminster voting intention. It would be a bit difficult to sustain tha...

The black hole where the US media's coverage of third party candidates should be
It was an interesting experience watching CNN's election coverage as one of the roughly 1% of voters who had plumped for someone other than Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Although I'd been in that p...

It's independence referendum day...
...in Puerto Rico.  The fact that you probably didn't know that (no offence to anyone who did!) should perhaps cause us to question our assumption that any independence referendum is bound to attra...

Questions to which the answer is 'if you don't stop asking these horrid quest...
Gordon Brown may not have been the greatest ever PM, but it's now clear that was not the summit of his political career. No, the role that history has been preparing him for is to resurrect Labour...

Phil's Fallout Feeds My Five-Year-Old
Brit Nuke chief Phil Hammond today BLASTED the parochial Jock First Minister for his "crazy obsession" with averting global nuclear catastrophe.

Speaking on flagship radio show Mornings Are Bett...