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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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PM and Chancellor to set out £36bn projects
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron and George Osborne will today highlight how the UK Government's multi-billion infrastructure programme is at the heart of its economic recovery plan.

Ukip poster campaign is branded racist
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred Ukip poster campaign as "a hard-hitting reflection of reality" after it was attacked as "racist."

Straw backs Cameron in row over Christian country claim
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
JACK Straw, the former Labour Foreign Secretary, has come to the defence of David Cameron after the Prime Minister was attacked for describing Britain as a Christian country.

Crackdown on tax evasion
20 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
LEGISLATION requiring companies to declare publicly their true owners is set to be included in the Queen's Speech in a crackdown on tax evasion and money-laundering, said Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Bankrupt has to quit as chief of £60 billion quango
20 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
A BUSINESSMAN appointed by David Cameron to head a £60 billion quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.

Joyce to stay as MP despite new conviction
20 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
THE SCOTS MP fined last month over a drink-fuelled rant at airport staff has said he will not stand down before next year's General Election despite political pressure to quit.

What did your MSP do for a living before being elected to Holyrood?
20 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
POLITICS used to be dominated by the professions.

Obama strategist hiring backed
18 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The hiring of one of Barack Obama's top strategists will help Ed Miliband win against a Conservative campaign based on "fear and smear" at the next general election, Labour has said.

Government to fast-track proposals cracking down on 'dodgy directors'
18 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Government is set to bring forward proposals aiming to implement more restrictions and punishments for so-called "dodgy directors".

Female MPs leave PMQs to the men
17 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
FEMALE MPs are refusing to take part in Prime ≠Minister's Questions in the Commons because it has become so raucous, Speaker John Bercow has revealed.

Lamont in attack on SNP policies
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has claimed Alex Salmond acts in the interests of big business bosses rather than their workers.

Gordon Brown 'to remain MP'
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
Gordon Brown's office has insisted he has no plans to stand down as MP, but stopped short of saying he would fight the next General Election.

'Russia has pushed Ukraine to brink'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation, William Hague has warned.

MP raises questions over role of aide
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
SIR Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, has been asked by Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore to investigate whether or not Nick Clegg's aide Ryan Coetzee has broken the Whitehall code of conduct for special advisers.

Party 'knew nothing of Smith child abuse'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has again insisted the Liberal Democrats had no knowledge of the child abuse scandal involving the party's former MP Sir Cyril Smith.


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Scottish independence: ?Scots should vote on EU?
22 Apr 2014 at 12:36am

SCOTS should be given a referendum on membership of the European Union if the country votes Yes to independence, a former SNP leader will say today.



Pensions: Millions face hardship in retirement
21 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

The average annual income drops by two-thirds on retirement and the average person finishes work with an annual income almost a quarter less than the minimum wage, says a major financial provider.



Actors call for Scottish broadcaster and the BBC
21 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND should have its own national TV and radio broadcaster whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, the acting union Equity will tell MSPs.



Scottish independence: ?Third way? is a minefield
21 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

The “permitted participant” role which the CBI has formally taken up on the No side of the referendum campaign has already been at the centre of controversy.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Scottish independence and CBI
21 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Yesterday three of Scotland’s universities quit the CBI over the business group registering with the Electoral Commission backing a “no” vote in the independence referendum.



Hugh Reilly: Career MSPs don?t live in real world
21 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

MPs and MSPs who have never had a job in another discipline won’t provide better representation, writes Hugh Reilly



David Maddox: Miliband reshuffle brings in Docherty
21 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

RESHUFFLES, however minor, usually point to something more significant going on in the background.



Peter Jones: On balance, business will vote No
21 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

A small number of businesses control a lot of Scottish jobs and they see difficult trading times ahead, writes Peter Jones



Leaders: CBI criticism more about politics
21 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Questions could be asked about the processes by which the CBI came to the conclusion it should not just issue statements critical of independence, but should actively campaign against it. Such questions, however, would be picking at nits rather than exposing grave failures of representation.



Scottish independence: Universities quit CBI
21 Apr 2014 at 10:02am

THREE of Scotland’s leading universities have quit business organisation the CBI as the row escalates over its formal support for the No campaign in the referendum.



100 weeks of Scotland: Hydro-electric power
21 Apr 2014 at 7:25am

IT’S Good Friday, and it is the nicest day of the year so far. Not a single cloud intrudes upon the perfect cornflower blue of the sky. The road into the mountains which I thought would have been busy with holiday traffic is thankfully quiet.



EU membership could move independence date
21 Apr 2014 at 6:52am

THE SNP government should be prepared to delay its planned date of Scottish independence earmarked for March 2016 to avoid disruption to the nation’s formal EU membership, a leading pro-European body has said.



Scottish independence: CBI head defends No stance
21 Apr 2014 at 6:26am

THE head of the CBI has expressed “considerable regret” at the withdrawal of Scottish Government agencies as members of the business group after it registered with the Electoral Commission backing a “no” vote in the independence referendum.



Tories could lose Scottish MEP seat to Ukip
21 Apr 2014 at 6:09am

Ukip is closing in on the Conservatives in Scotland and could take the only Scottish European Parliament seat held by David Cameron’s party in elections next month, according to a new poll.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Independence lottery winners
20 Apr 2014 at 7:12pm

Euromillions lottery winners Colín and Christine Weir have agreed to donate a seven-figure sum to the pro-independence campaign.




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Barely worth the bother
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2014 at 3:54am
Even the faithful Scottish media can scarely rouse itself to hype up Gordon Brown’s latest lumbering “intervention” in the independence debate this morning. The Scotsman buries the story in a corner of page 5, below a big spread about the ongoing implosion of CBI Scotland, and it doesn’t make the Herald’s online front page at […]

The razor?s edge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2014 at 6:58am
We’re still waiting for the†full data tables†for the ICM/Scotland on Sunday poll that got everyone a little excited at the weekend, and whose findings closely mirrored the Panelbase/Wings Over Scotland one two weeks ago that the same publisher crudely smeared and cast aspersions (which it later retracted) on the credibility of. In the meantime, even […]

Laughter, the best medicine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2014 at 5:24am
From today’s Herald: “Both sides of the independence debate will attempt to win over undecided voters this week with poster campaigns as senior Coalition sources admitted they have to have a more ‘explicitly’ positive pro-Union message. The Tory-LibDem Government rejected accusations that its campaign is on the wrong track or scaremongering but a government source […]

A reliable source
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2014 at 6:00am
If there’s one person we know Unionists treat as an unimpeachable fount of definitive information when it comes to the subject of the EU, it’s European Commission president Jose-Manuel Barroso. Time and again they cite his opinions with regard to an independent Scotland’s status, and they almost exploded with joy when he made unusually explicit […]

Something to ponder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2014 at 1:10am
There are a couple of opinion polls in the papers this morning, of which independence campaigners are naturally paying most attention to the ICM one for Scotland on Sunday which shows referendum voting at a hair’s-breadth 48% Yes to 52% No (after removing Don’t Knows). But perhaps more revealing is one in the Sunday Telegraph […]

Crowd surfing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
As alert readers will know, we’re slacking off a bit over the holiday weekend, although today we’re hoping to combine pleasure with business – more on that later. But we’d also like to have a go at getting you to do some work for us. The Reference section of the site has been massively expanded […]

The sultans of swing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2014 at 4:31am
We’ve yet to hear of a single public debate where Yes/No polls were taken at the start and the end which HASN’T resulted in a swing towards Yes. Here’s a recent example, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. (The introductory waffle goes on for about 17 minutes if you want to […]

Strong enough is too strong
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2014 at 10:14am
The estimable James Kelly of Scot Goes Pop! wrote an excellent blog post†the other day deconstructing a laughably skewed and leading poll which was commissioned by “Better Together” this month. Blair McDougall’s Beleaguered Billy Boys, as hardly anyone calls them, had loudly and bizarrely trumpeted figures which actually showed a 6% swing to Yes, but […]

A breath of outside air
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2014 at 7:01am
When you’ve been wading in the Scottish and UK media for two and a half years, it’s easy to develop a siege mentality and believe that the entire rest of the world buys into its cataclysmic view of independence. So it’s a relief when you realise that beyond the borders of Britain, most people are […]

The good old days
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer, 8 April 2007: “With fewer than 30 days until the elections, Labour is displaying its nerves by sounding increasingly hysterical about the prospect of an SNP government. When they did their rather grim double-act in Glasgow, the Prime Minister and Chancellor came laden with apocalyptic predictions about the consequences of […]


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Brown: UK 'protects' Scots' pensions
21 Apr 2014 at 10:11pm
Gordon Brown will say Scottish pensioners are "better protected" while Scotland shares "risks and resources" with the rest of the UK.


Scottish universities leave CBI
22 Apr 2014 at 12:21am
Three Scottish universities become the latest organisations to quit the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate.


Women-only Scottish cabinet event
19 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm
The Scottish government announces a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.


More funding for green energy scheme
17 Apr 2014 at 1:40pm
The Scottish government announces £4m of extra funding for a scheme which helps Scottish households generate their own green energy.


Bill Walker loses conviction appeal
17 Apr 2014 at 7:38am
Ex-MSP Bill Walker loses a bid to overturn his convictions for assaulting a former wife during a catalogue of domestic abuse.


Scotland 'has worst mobile coverage'
17 Apr 2014 at 8:10am
The Federation of Small Businesses says Scotland has the worst mobile coverage in the UK and calls for planning laws to be relaxed to improve it.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


VIDEO: Salmond 'ducking big questions'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:26am
A white paper setting out a blueprint for an independent Scotland contains nothing new, according to former UK chancellor Alistair Darling.


VIDEO: Shared currency 'best for UK'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:55am
The SNP has rebuffed criticism of a white paper which sets out what it calls a "mission statement" for Scotland's future.


VIDEO: Scotland's self-rule poll explained
25 Nov 2013 at 7:43pm
As the Scottish government prepares to publish a White Paper which has been described as a "blueprint" for independence, Laura Bicker explains how the referendum is going to work.


VIDEO: Swinney: Scotland 'can keep the pound'
26 Nov 2013 at 8:41am
An independent Scottish nation could keep the pound, and that would be in "the overwhelming interest of both Scotland and the rest of the UK", said John Swinney.


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Yes vote must do more than put a kilt on neoliberalism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 4:26pm

By John McAllion

During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be ?no cold water Cuba?.† It was the only point during the debate that George's arguments connected to reality.

A Yes vote will herald the break-up of the British state and the birth of a new Scotland.† However, it is no guarantee that politics in the new Scotland will shift decisively to the left.



Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 3:31pm

By Colin Fox

Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch event in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Many 'wise' people had written the Scottish Socialist Party's political obituary back then referring to Scotland's 'post-SSP' political landscape. But then people have been writing off the SSP since we were founded 15 years ago.



Some thoughts on the Scottish Affairs Committee report on the impact on highe...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Apr 2014 at 5:57am

By Bryan D MacGregor and Murray Pittock

When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of the Union produces a report entitled ?Referendum on Separation for Scotland: the impact on higher education, research and tuition fees?, the starting assumption of a reader should not be of an objective, evidence-based analysis.†



Get the Claymores out the Thatches?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

By Derek Bateman

Damn! I?ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else?s hare again.

Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle?s column? ?Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places??



George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Apr 2014 at 12:58am

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour?s other lost leader, Smith?s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.

His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour?s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.



This i(indy)Tune is for Labour ears
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 1:15pm

† By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.



A response to Professor Colin Kidd's interview in the St Andrews student news...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 2:50pm

By Ashley Husband Powton

Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper.†



The Case for a Scottish Secular Republic
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 11:28am

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.



Better Together ... or Oops for short
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

† By Dave Taylor

This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.† YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.

The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival.†



Cataclysm and Armageddon ? Referendum lessons from Scottish football
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 3:50pm

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.† For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.




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A Key Test for International Law
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm


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Universities quit CBI in protest at Scottish independence stance
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen say CBI Scotland's registration as a no campaigner conflicts with their need to remain neutral

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An independent Scotland's first annual pension bill would be 'three times the...
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 3:53pm

PENSIONS will be more secure and cheaper to administer if Scotland remains in the UK, the Scottish Labour MP will say in his first speech for the cross-party Better Together campaign.
Peter A Bell's insight:

When did the SNP Government say the case for independence should be judged on whether Scotl...



Hearts and mines: It's not about flags, labels or the past. A Yes vote is abo...
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 2:33pm

A poll in today's Scotland on Sunday suggests that English born Scots currently intend to vote 2:1 against independence.I was born in England and I will once again be supporting England in this summer's World Cup finals. Having moved to Scotland 38 years ago, I think of myself as neither English ...

Poll shows Yes boost as SNP remain party of choice | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 2:13pm



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Scotlands Referendum - We have a Vision, they don't! - bigHvan
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 1:57pm

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Is the CBI Being Honest? New revelations in CBI crisis
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 1:48pm

The CBI led the anti-devolution business campaign. History shows they were wrong then and it will show they are wrong now. When the Electoral Commission contacted Business for Scotland in 2013 to say that they had identified Business for Scotland as a possible campaigning body that may need to be...

SCOT goes POP!: Recalculating the Poll of Polls and long-term trend figures w...
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 1:17pm

First things first - Survation have released the datasets for yesterday's referendum poll, and they show that on the unrounded figures (or rather the figures rounded to one decimal place), the No lead has indeed fallen to the lowest level that the firm has reported so far -



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Pensioning off the Union
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 12:48pm
The Naw Ye Cannae campaign is sending Gordie Broon to Glasgow on Tuesday to lovebomb us. Because sending Gordie to show his neoclassical endogenous growth theory to an invited audience of Labour lo...

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Christian Britain? and the New Right
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 11:57am

Has David Cameron been moved by the spirit of Lent or is he playing on the latent racism of a New Right? UKIPs posters are just a step on from the Tories own brand of xenophobia...

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The razor's edge
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 11:33am

We're still waiting for the full data tables for the ICM/Scotland on Sunday poll that got everyone a little excited at the weekend, and whose findings closely mirrored the Panelbase/Wings Over Scot...

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Positive change of wording could grab more No votes
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 8:59am

Today Better Together launches a new "positive" advertising campaign.



Peter A Bell's insight:

Business as usual for Project Fear. Scaremongering and lies. The only way jobs might be threatened after independence is if the rUK Government imposes travel and work restrictions - which would almost cert...



Laughter, the best medicine
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 8:36am

From today's Herald: "Both sides of the independence debate will attempt to win over undecided voters this week with poster campaigns as senior Coalition sources admitted they have to have a more '...

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Carolyn Leckie at Yes Kirkcaldy
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 8:33am

Women for Independence representative Carolyn Leckie discusses what Independence means for Women across Scotland. "Independence gives us the chance t have a blank page ..."

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Darling's pro-union campaign 'dismal': Senior Tories alarmed
by Peter A Bell
21 Apr 2014 at 6:34am

One poll yesterday found the pro-independence Yes campaign, which once trailed by a wide margin, is now only three points behind – raising the prospect of a majority vote to break up the union in September.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's not often I get the chance to agree with "Senior Tories", but t...




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Record View: Champagne set are fooling no one
by Record View
22 Apr 2014 at 2:38am
RECORD VIEW says the Oxfam report on poverty in Scotland reveals real people are suffering in a perfect storm of welfare cuts and rising prices.


Independence referendum: Scots universities set to quit business group CBI ov...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Apr 2014 at 1:28am
GLASGOW University announced their decision to quit yesterday in a bid to maintain their impartiality in the debate, while Edinburgh and Aberdeen are also set to leave.


An independent Scotland's first annual pension bill would be 'three times the...
by dailyrecord
21 Apr 2014 at 9:51am
PENSIONS will be more secure and cheaper to administer if Scotland remains in the UK, the Scottish Labour MP will say in his first speech for the cross-party Better Together campaign.


Independence Referendum: YES and NO votes are neck and neck as the poll race ...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Apr 2014 at 1:27am
WITH only 149 days to go until the Scottish referendum in September, the latest figures show there's only four per cent between Yes and No votes, prompting bookies to slash the odds of a Yes vote to a lowly 9/4.


Jackie Bird: As independence referendum looms both campaigns have realised wo...
by Jackie Bird
20 Apr 2014 at 5:30am
JACKIE explains why many Scottish women are frustrated with politicians on both sides of the independence debate.


Gordon Brown warns of a £1.5 billion pensions blackhole if Scotland votes YES...
by Mark Aitken
20 Apr 2014 at 4:53am
THE former British Prime Minister has warned against a possible deficit in pension funds reaching in to the billions if the Scottish population votes YES to independence in Septembers referendum.


Business group CBI is backing 'no' vote in the independence referendum
by dailyrecord
18 Apr 2014 at 6:59am
THE Confederation of British Industry (CBI)†Scotland†represents many businesses across the country, and has already stated its support for the pro-union campaign.


David Cameron is told food banks are no myth after being accused of trying to...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 9:00pm
PRIME Minister's smear tactics against a Christian charity are condemned as Labour MP says Britain is the hungry man of Europe.


David Cameron stung by jellyfish whilst on luxury holiday in Lanzarote
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 4:19pm
"No shortage of volunteers" to aid the PM using the traditional method of treatment for the painful sting ? peeing on the affected area!


Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still hel...
by Humza Yousaf
17 Apr 2014 at 9:53am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that Holyrood still have their eyes on the ball when it comes to the day to day running of Scotland.


Shamed former MSP Bill Walker has appeal against domestic abuse conviction th...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 7:46am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September for a string of abuse against three former wives and his stepdaughter and today three appeal judges rejected his appeal against the conviction.


Wife beating former MSP Bill Walker attempts to have his conviction for domes...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 1:57am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace which spanned decades.


Shadow chancellor Ed Balls in police probe after driving off following collis...
by Richard Hartley-Parkinson
16 Apr 2014 at 4:24am
The Labour MP later apologised to his constituent following the incident earlier this month stressing he did not know any damage had been caused to the black Peugeot 306.


Gap continues to narrow between voters on both sides of the referendum debate...
by dailyrecord
16 Apr 2014 at 3:11am
THE lead held by the Better Together campaign for a No vote in September has shrunk from 19% in September to 12% in the latest survey, according to pollsters TNS.


Record View: It's too soon to brag about recovery
by Record View
16 Apr 2014 at 2:43am
RECORD VIEW warns that there is a long way to go before Britain can claim to be on the road to recovery despite falling inflation and figures showing that wages have kept pace with the cost of living.


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Former prime minister Gordon Brown will focus on the security of his pensions...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
Former prime minister Gordon Brown will focus on the security of his pensions as an ex-politician.


Separation will destroy our pensions, claims Gordon Brown
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Keeping Scotlandshire in the UK doesn't just PROTECT my pension plan, it IS my pension plan.

Philip Hammond has proven to be something of a Space Cadet!
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm
Philip Hammond has proven to be something of a Space Cadet!



Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warnin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Apr 2014 at 1:49pm
Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warning shot fired from outer space.


Highland power cut was a warning strike from space, claims MoD
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I can't imagine anything more unpleasant the jellyfish later told reporters.

La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm
La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.


Mars Attacks! Fifth Columnist revealed
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our mandatory euthanasia policy for the elderly, bonded slavery for students and organ harvesting off the sick

Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Apr 2014 at 2:05pm
Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.


SNP promise Super-Beer and Uber-Boobs
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Our beer goggles are now firmly deployed to defend the Empire

Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to bui...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Apr 2014 at 2:39pm
Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to build 2,300 turbines to feed the English market.


fUK fU*Ked by Irish splittists, while Hammond has a bad trip
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Putin - showing the Scotch how a bullying big neighbour will crush them under our jackbo...

Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.


Too many windfarms built in windy places, claims Tory moron
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Tory MSPs in Scotlandshire are benefiting far more from renewable energy payments than their landed MP counterparts in England

Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Apr 2014 at 9:07am
Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution would be the end of independence, has now claimed that independence would be the end of HIM.


Robertson warns independence would be 'the end of my world as we know it'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Robertson told a packed confe...

Splittist debate descends into violence.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Apr 2014 at 1:10pm
Splittist debate descends into violence.


Natz politician in pub brawl
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Should the polls still deteriorate, UKOK will apologise for the damage done to Scotlandshire, and promise to be much nicer people in future

Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcasters is entirely unfortunate.

Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcast...


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"They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop the coming of spring" Pablo Neruda


Christian Britain? and the New Right
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 10:34am
Has David Cameron been moved by the spirit of Lent or is he playing on the latent racism of a New Right? UKIPs posters are just a step on from the Tories own brand of xenophobia...


Alan Bissett at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 7:38am
Alan Bissett speaks to Yes Kirkcaldy, March 2014 “The Better Together campaign is about the right of the elites to continue to rule Britain” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Alan Bissett, Kirkcaldy, Yes Kirkcaldy, YES Scotland


Carolyn Leckie at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 4:55am
Women for Independence representative Carolyn Leckie discusses what Independence means for Women across Scotland. “Independence gives us the chance t have a blank page …” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Carolyn Leckie, Independence, Scotland, SNP, Women for Independence, Yes Kirkcaldy, YES... Rea...


Mike Small at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
20 Apr 2014 at 2:56pm
Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia. This is the first of three talks, with Carolyn Leckie and Alan Bissett (March 2014 ) at Yes Kirkcaldy. “It’s time to throw off the pathological deference of Unionism …” Filed under: Film and... Read More ›


Information, Please
by bellacaledonia
19 Apr 2014 at 3:46pm
By A.R. Frith Something I need to know is: will the formerly-British Museum be giving back the chessmen to Lewis, and the marbles to Elgin? Something I need to know is, when Westminster politicians say we won?t be allowed to... Read More ›


Mentalists in Newtonmore
by bellacaledonia
18 Apr 2014 at 4:25pm
A report from John Campbell of Aviemore of the Danny Alexander No meeting at Newtonmore Community Hall, Friday 11 April 2014 at the unusual starting time of 5:30 pm. Danny Alexander made a rare appearance on behalf of the “Better... Read More ›


Utah Saints
by bellacaledonia
18 Apr 2014 at 4:10am
By Mike Small “Time is not Money; time is Life. When more people can be persuaded to think along these lines we will have taken a real step forward …” – Why Work? (Freedom Press, 1990) In 2008, amid the... Read More ›


The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
By Robin McAlpine A simple guide for people who want to write about nationalism: Ethnic Nationalism: is the belief that the nation is based (wholly or in large part) on people from the same ethnic background. For example ‘Serbs out’.... Read More ›


Torrance Response
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 8:13am
Bella agreed to a right to reply for David Torrance to Alan Bissett’s article ‘Ethnic Cleanse’. It seems my use of the word ?ethnic? in the context of a column exploring the balance between civic and non-civic Nationalism in Scotland... Read More ›

Making a Spectacle out of a Crisis: Glasgow?s New Housing Blitzkrieg
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 7:05am
By Neil Gray On 13th April Commonwealth Games 2014 organisers announced that they were dropping the demolition spectacle from the opening ceremony amid fears of ?safety and security?. At a certain level we should celebrate a semblance of ?people power?... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Glasgow and Aberdeen universities leave CBI - BBC News
21 Apr 2014 at 8:20am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Glasgow and Aberdeen universities leave CBI
BBC News
It comes after the business lobby group registered with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the pro-Union campaign in the Scottish independence referendum debate. Glasgow University said it had to resign its mem...


Scottish Independence Yes Vote Gains Ground On No Campaign - Huffington Post UK
21 Apr 2014 at 4:48pm

RT (blog)

Scottish Independence Yes Vote Gains Ground On No Campaign
Huffington Post UK
The campaign for Scottish independence is gaining ground with five months to go until the referendum, according to new polls. The gap between the two sides has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enou...


What do women want from Scotland's independence debate? - BBC News
21 Apr 2014 at 7:03pm

BBC News

What do women want from Scotland's independence debate?
BBC News
To investigate what the women of Scotland want from the independence debate - never mind the outcome - we decided to have an all-female cast of contributors. This wasn't to alienate the good men of Scotland but to ensure we cr...


CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence - Reuters UK
21 Apr 2014 at 1:06pm

BBC News

CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - Three of Scotland's oldest universities have joined an exit from Britain's leading business lobby group after it registered to campaign against Scottish independence, saying they wanted to stay neutral in the i...


Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI - BBC...
20 Apr 2014 at 3:29am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI
BBC News
Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against independence. A statement from Scottish Enterprise sai...


Scottish independence: Brown warning over pensions - Scotsman
21 Apr 2014 at 11:57am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Brown warning over pensions
Scotsman
?It is clear that pensioners are better protected when the risks are spread across the UK and it is also clear that, in the year the SNP want independence, the Scots pension bill alone is three times the income from oil revenues. ?...


Scottish independence: 'Third way' is a minefield - Scotsman
21 Apr 2014 at 6:38pm

Scottish independence: 'Third way' is a minefield
Scotsman
Electoral law puts limits on what can be spent on either side of the independence campaign, including the various organisations' outlay on such expenditure as advertising, mailshots, rallies, temporary paid staff, media relations and transp...


Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots ......
20 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots ...
The Independent
Gordon Brown will this week spearhead an attempt by opponents of Scottish independence to regain the momentum by warning the country would face a £1.5bn pensions and benefits black hole if i...


Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll - WalesOnline
19 Apr 2014 at 12:02am

WalesOnline

Wales says no to Scottish independence: our exclusive YouGov poll
WalesOnline
A huge majority of Welsh people do not want Scotland to vote for independence and think it would be bad for Wales, the results of an exclusive poll have revealed. The results of the YouGov survey, which questio...


Scottish independence: Lotto winners' £1m for Yes - Scotsman
20 Apr 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Lotto winners' £1m for Yes
Scotsman
The Weirs agreed to pay a seven-figure sum to the pro-independence campaign, although nationalist bosses would not say whether the cash would go to Yes Scotland or to the SNP. However, The Scotsman learned last night that the donati...



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How could Scottish independence affect us in the South West? - Western Mornin...
22 Apr 2014 at 3:50am

Western Morning News

How could Scottish independence affect us in the South West?
Western Morning News
And with devolved powers already afforded to the Scottish Parliament, it was only a matter of time before an SNP administration, in a position of majority, had to bite the bullet and go for a strai...


Independent Scotland's pension bill would be 'three times oil income' - stv.tv
22 Apr 2014 at 2:56am

stv.tv

Independent Scotland's pension bill would be 'three times oil income'
stv.tv
"If the SNP deny there is a problem, they have to explain why they have set up a working party on 'the affordability' of future pensions. "Scottish public sector pension liabilities of £100bn, while also higher, are ...


Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign - New Statesman
22 Apr 2014 at 2:27am

New Statesman

Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign
New Statesman
The SNP has responded by denouncing Brown for joining "the Tory No campaign" but it is precisely his involvement that will make it harder to portray Better Together as a Conservative front. Brown will largely fo...


SNP urged to delay 'independence day' - Aberdeen Press and Journal
22 Apr 2014 at 2:21am

SNP urged to delay 'independence day'
Aberdeen Press and Journal
A leading pro-Europe group has urged the SNP to delay its proposed Scottish ?independence day?. According to European Movements in Scotland (EMiS), the Scottish Government's 18-month timescale from a possible Yes vote on September 18 ...


Scots 'should have EU vote too' - The Courier
22 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

The Courier

Scots 'should have EU vote too'
The Courier
Mr Wilson, who led the SNP in the 1980s, said: "If the peoples of the former UK are to be given a vote on their future in the European Union, the Scottish people must have their say, too. It is too big a decision to be decided by the Parliament...


Scottish Independence Campaign Hit by Gordon Brown's 'UK Protected Pension .....
22 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence Campaign Hit by Gordon Brown's 'UK Protected Pension ...
International Business Times UK
"It is clear that pensioners are better protected when the risks are spread across the UK and it is also clear that in the year the SNP want independence the...


Brown steps up his bid to keep Scotland in UK - Times of Malta
22 Apr 2014 at 1:40am

Brown steps up his bid to keep Scotland in UK
Times of Malta
Brown has acknowledged most of Scotland's 5.3 million population want change although not necessarily separation as advocated by the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) that trounced Labour at the 2011 Scottish parliament elections. An I...


Pensions 'better protected with risks spread across UK' - ITV News
21 Apr 2014 at 10:50pm

Pensions 'better protected with risks spread across UK'
ITV News
It is clear that pensioners are better protected when the risks are spread across the UK and it is also clear that, in the year the SNP want independence, the Scots pension bill alone is three times the income from oil revenues. Indee...


Brown fires pensions alert on Glasgow visit - Glasgow Evening Times
22 Apr 2014 at 1:09am

Brown fires pensions alert on Glasgow visit
Glasgow Evening Times
Mr Brown believes the SNP recognises pensions is a difficulty for an independent Scotland. He will say: "If the SNP deny there is a problem they have to explain why they have set up a working party on 'the affordability' of future pe...


I've never voted Conservative, but Scotland's anti-Tory hatefest fills me wit...
22 Apr 2014 at 1:02am

I've never voted Conservative, but Scotland's anti-Tory hatefest fills me with shame
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
The SNP and the Labour Party are in a race to see who can paint the Tories in the most lurid colours. The SNP of course is ahead because it is the most uninhibited force and Labour is linked ...



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Scottish independence: Glasgow and Aberdeen universities leave CBI - BBC News
21 Apr 2014 at 11:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Glasgow and Aberdeen universities leave CBI
BBC News
It comes after the business lobby group registered with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the pro-Union campaign in the Scottish independence referendum debate. Glasgow University said it had to resign its mem...


STV quits CBI over referendum stance - BBC News
19 Apr 2014 at 7:00pm

BBC News

STV quits CBI over referendum stance
BBC News
Broadcaster STV has become the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence. In a statement, STV said rules on impartiality meant it had "no choice" but to resign from the ....


Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides - Scotsman
19 Apr 2014 at 6:13pm

Scotsman

Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today's Scot...


Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory - Scotsman
20 Apr 2014 at 9:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll:Yes on brink of victory
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today's Scot...


Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Orkney TV referendum debate - BBC News
16 Apr 2014 at 5:38am

Orkney TV referendum debate
BBC News
Female vote · Tweets, quotes , comments · As-it-happened. Twitter icons. Ahead of Scotland's 18 September independence referendum, BBC Scotland headed to Orkney to give voters a chance to quiz politicians and commentators at the heart of the debate.



Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI - BBC...
20 Apr 2014 at 3:29am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland leave CBI
BBC News
The university said it would "continue to maintain its neutral stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate" and its position would be considered by the executive board on Tuesday. Balhousie chairman T...


Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes - stv.tv
18 Apr 2014 at 1:28am

Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes
stv.tv
Tapping into this sizeable demographic has become a priority mission for the Yes Scotland campaign. And at the SNP conference, Nicola Sturgeon made a direct appeal to their rival party's disaffected voters. Labour leaders clai...


Referendum debate in Picky Centre - The Orcadian
15 Apr 2014 at 3:36am

Referendum debate in Picky Centre
The Orcadian
BBC Scotland's The Referendum Debate television programme will be recorded at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, today, Tuesday. The programme will be presented and chaired by James Cook and on the panel will be Alistair Carmichael MP, Secretary of ...

and...



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A Rang Ma
21 Apr 2014 at 8:07am

ALIAS TIRING LARD

RIGID ANAL TRAILS
TRAILING LIARS AD

 

 

DO RID CAVEMAN

VINO ARMED CAD
DAVID M...



Amusing Or Abusive ?
21 Apr 2014 at 8:03am

Help settle a argument between me and my mate. Are these prank calls featured mildly amusing or d...



Scotland Cut Out
21 Apr 2014 at 7:01am

from carnival de paris 2014.

 

It would bring tears to a Scottish glass eye.

 

Our bit was the be...



'hurricane' Dies
21 Apr 2014 at 6:58am

Another one of the good guys dies – an innocent man who did 19 years for a triple murder and stil...



Ever Run Away From Home?
21 Apr 2014 at 6:46am

Not like this I'll wager!....

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/us/hawaii-plane-stowaway/

 



To Keep With The Tv Theme - Your Tv Porn
21 Apr 2014 at 4:06am
In keeping with the TV theme, was it is your guilty pleasure on TV? The type of show that you wat...

Are The Mods Ok?
20 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Was thinking earlier I've not seen the Mods or Admin intervene in a thread for ages. Has anyone c...

Fargo
20 Apr 2014 at 4:27pm
Anyone watch it? Could go either way. Has some of the feel of the film, and I've really got no id...

Any Tamber's With A 12"er?
20 Apr 2014 at 3:04pm

Vinyl sales at a 15 year high in the UK apparently. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/musi...



Microsoft Surface Pro
20 Apr 2014 at 2:55pm

Could anyone give me any feedback on whether a Microsoft Surface pro is a reasonable substitute f...




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

National or Northern? One is far healthier than the other
by Dom
21 Apr 2014 at 4:21pm
There was, for a space of about six months between the release of the White Paper on Independence...

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from†Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...


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


Recalculating the Poll of Polls and long-term trend figures with Angus Reid e...
by James Kelly
21 Apr 2014 at 9:23am
First things first - Survation have released the datasets for yesterday's referendum poll, and th...

Landmark Survation poll confirms that pro-independence campaign have closed t...
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2014 at 6:38am
As it's Easter Sunday, I'll just keep this brief and give you the figures -

Should Scotland be an ...

Independence rises this Easter, as Yes campaign close the gap to just 3% in e...
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Santa was rather kind to us by delivering a swing to Yes in the last batch of polls before Christ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The remarkably simple basis for nationhood
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 5:00pm
"Nations are nations if they feel themselves to be a nation. And Scotland overwhelmingly feels it...

Dramatic TNS-BMRB poll shows pro-independence campaign closing the gap to the...
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2014 at 7:36pm

This is hugely significant, more so than any Panelbase or even ICM poll. TNS-BMRB are different b...



What Better Together would be saying about their YouGov poll if they had just...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
What Better Together actually said : This latest poll, which saw 1148 adults surveyed in Scotland...

Sagacity on Saturday : A Non-Sagacity Special
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."

Said by f...

Poll commissioned by anti-independence campaign backfires catastrophically, w...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm

One day, very very soon, we're going to start calling a brass neck a 'McDougall'. Just 24 hours a...



YouGov continues to cynically mislead its own respondents - but still finds a...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Terribly mysterious thing, this - Blair McDougall has decided to ignore the results of a new poll...



Two new referendum polls put support for independence at the heady heights of...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Well, that's the last time I take anything the Political Editor of the Daily Record says on Twitt...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The biggest 'known unknown' is that we know we're going...
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"I believe...that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if ...

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Daily Digest: Momentum continues to build towards ?Yes?
by Stuart McDonald
21 Apr 2014 at 7:15am
An ICM opinion poll for Scotland on Sunday confirms the campaign momentum continues to be with Ye...

Carolyn Leckie: 'Bercow has exposed culture of sexism at Westminster'
by Sean Lafferty
21 Apr 2014 at 6:51am
Many female MPs are no longer willing to take part in Prime Minister?s Questions according the sp...

Yes Scotland asks No campaign to detail guaranteed new powers
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 9:17am

Dennis†Canavan, Chairman of Yes Scotland?s Advisory Board, has written to Alistair Darling, of th...



New poster shows we CAN be a thriving independent country
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:40am

The new phase of the Yes Scotland promotional campaign - which was launched at the beginning of M...



Polls shows highest support for Yes so far
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:15am

Yes Scotland welcomes an ICM poll in†Scotland on Sunday†and a Survation poll in the†Sunday Post†t...



Why I'll move to Scotland after I graduate if it votes yes
by Stewart Bremner
19 Apr 2014 at 3:54am
One Durham University student explains why he'll be moving north if it's a yes vote in Scotland.

STUC sets priorities as Yes momentum builds in Scotland?s trade union movement
by Cailean Gallagher
18 Apr 2014 at 3:30am
Key issues were the doubling in zero hours contracts highlighted by the STUC, and the catastrophe...

Daily Digest: Yes to help our universities attract top talent and Expert expl...
by Stuart McDonald
17 Apr 2014 at 6:02am
?To summarise some very complex arguments, as a result of the coalition government?s decision to ...

David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.
by Peter Dempsie
17 Apr 2014 at 3:10am
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that - David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.

Defence Secretary claimed that an independent Scotland would be open to attac...
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 4:11pm
As The Sun comments ? ?there surely must come a point when those trying to save the UK realise th...

Green Yes ? ?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 10:29am
?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights? is the latest policy proposals from the Green Yes campaign, hig...

Scottish foreign policy will see world through a more ?ethical lens?
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:47am
An independent Scotland can ?mimic the soft power credentials? of other small nations to create a...

Soaring foodbank use ?the tip of the iceberg in terms of UK food poverty?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 7:39am
The Trussell Trust has given out over 900,000 emergency food parcels in the last year in the UK ?...

Overwhelming majority want more positive campaign from 'No' - poll
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29am
Yes Scotland published new findings from an opinion poll commissioned by the pro-independence cam...

The scandal that shames Britain
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 6:13am

More than 900,000 people were given emergency food in the past year, an increase of 163 per cent ...




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Your Vote Ė Scotland: We want to know what you think...
22 Apr 2014 at 1:01am

Hello, My name is Graham and I would like to introduce you to our new free mobile app 'Your Vote ...



Does the CBI have a flute band?
21 Apr 2014 at 12:17pm
Campaigning against Scotland's interests. What a duplicitous bunch of fannys.

BetterTogether's diminishing lead
20 Apr 2014 at 12:47pm

From Scot Goes Pop based on Poll of Poll statistics, shows the No campaign's lead since September...



Ian Hamilton QC/ Tommy Sheridan speech in Oban
19 Apr 2014 at 3:45am

I would urge every don't know/ No voter to watch this, with impartial eyes and tell me why, after...



Football fans and the vote
18 Apr 2014 at 8:24am

From the poll on here and the one on Black & White Army it seems it will be a landslide yes.........



Civil war
18 Apr 2014 at 8:06am

A complete zoomer in my work today said that there would be a civil war in the event of a 'No' vo...



UCAS
17 Apr 2014 at 4:46pm
I had an S4 pupil ask me what would happen with university applications in the event of a Yes vot...

Old devolution campaigns repeated
17 Apr 2014 at 8:53am

Just a thought, but if you look back at some of the dross we're being fed by Better Together, it ...



Aliens threaten an independent Scotland!
16 Apr 2014 at 12:51pm

Following hot on from the forces of darkness, the forces of the empire are now headed our way......



peace & prosperity
12 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
what is the longest period of peace in scottish history?
what period encompasses the scottish enli...

So I finally found the elusive ATOS figures
11 Apr 2014 at 6:23pm

http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/atos-is-pulling-out-of-its-contract/

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Give voters ability to ‘sack’ MSPs - Sturgeon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/give-voters-ability-to-sack-msps-sturgeon-1-33722...

Neutral Idea
9 Apr 2014 at 3:02pm

Many people on this forum may have read my posts and hopefully noticed I am an undecided voter.  ...



Euro elections
9 Apr 2014 at 4:51am

Looks like the SNP are going to top the poll by 10%+

 

 

 

Great news for the yes campaign



What if....
8 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm

it's a draw? Could we have a penalty shoot-out & who's going to take 'em.

 

Anyone care to name t...




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Scottish independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions 'timebomb'
by Larry Elliott and Andrew Sparrow
21 Apr 2014 at 5:44pm
Ex-prime minister enters increasingly tight battle over independence as yes campaign gains momentum

Gordon Brown is to highlight Scotland's age "timebomb" on Tuesday as he makes his first public for...




Scots are not morally superior. That's why I believe in solidarity with the f...
by Tom Morton
22 Apr 2014 at 12:00am
Whatever the Scottish separatists claim, our shared beliefs in equality and social justice don't stop at the border

"Their morality," thundersqueaked Nicola Sturgeon at the recent SNP conference in ...




Universities quit CBI in protest at Scottish independence stance
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
21 Apr 2014 at 11:07am
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen say CBI Scotland's registration as a no campaigner conflicts with their need to remain neutral

Three of Scotland's leading universities have quit the CBI employers' f...




Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show
by Press Association
20 Apr 2014 at 9:46am
Gap between yes and no camps has narrowed with five months to go until referendum

The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.

With five months to go b...




So what do the English think of Scottish independence? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
20 Apr 2014 at 2:05am
Kevin McKenna, a Scot so fond of England he has occasionally been moved to support its football team, canvasses opinion from Manchester to London on the bid to go it alone

Here, in the eye of an edg...




What price Scottish independence for an army of cross-border workers?
by Patrick Collinson
19 Apr 2014 at 1:00am
Around 100,000 people live on one side of the Scotland-England border and earn on the other. We look at what a yes vote may mean for tax and pensions

Bill Parkin is on the front line of the independ...




CBI backs no vote in Scottish independence referendum
by Staff and agencies
18 Apr 2014 at 1:17pm
Business lobby group accused of failing to consult members before formally registering position, with two firms resigning

The CBI has registered with the Electoral Commission to formally back a no v...




Games host Glasgow shown to have worst life expectancy in UK
by Caroline Davies
16 Apr 2014 at 1:13pm
Office for National Statistics finds just 75% of boys and 85% of girls in Scottish city can expect to reach their 65th birthday

As the countdown to the Commonwealth Games begins, figures reveal that...




Everything up for negotiation if Scots vote for independence, Hammond says
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
Defence secretary appears to undermine no camp, saying: 'You can't go into any negotiation with things that are non-negotiable'

The campaign against Scottish independence has been thrown into confus...



Scottish referendum: yes, it could happen | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Apr 2014 at 5:01pm
Ever since Osborne went to Scotland and argued against a future currency union, it is the yes campaign that has prospered

As the vote in September nears, the argument about Scottish independence is ...




Alex Salmond brands anti-Scottish independence campaign 'miserable'
by Severin Carrell Scotland Correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 11:43am
First minister tells SNP the pro-independence movement is instead a 'beacon of hope' for Scotland

Alex Salmond has attacked the campaign against Scottish independence as "the most miserable, negativ...




'Team Scotland': Salmond calls on Labour voters to back independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 3:27am
SNP leader says a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could lead to a Labour government in Edinburgh

Alex Salmond has appealed to Scotland's voters to ignore him and the Scottish National party...



The future of Scotland's currency continues to divide opinion, polls show
by Leila Haddou
11 Apr 2014 at 9:37am

YouGov poll finds 53% of Britons outside Scotland oppose the country keeping the pound and believe it has no viable alternative to sterling should it vote for independence

As currency continues to d...




Scottish independence: no campaign's scare tactics backfiring, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason and Severin Carrell
11 Apr 2014 at 5:35am
First minister attacks 'apocalyptic' claims of risks to global security and says support for yes vote in referendum is rising

Alex Salmond has said attempts by UK ministers and a former Nato secreta...




Scotland likely to choose independence, foreign diplomats believe
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
10 Apr 2014 at 12:02pm
Sources in diplomatic corps in Edinburgh say tide of opinion has shifted, while opinion polls show increase in support for yes vote

Foreign diplomats believe Scotland is likely to vote for independe...




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Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Pensioning off the Union
by weegingerdug
21 Apr 2014 at 8:30am
The Naw Ye Cannae campaign is sending Gordie Broon to Glasgow on Tuesday to lovebomb us. Because sending Gordie to show his neoclassical endogenous growth theory to an invited audience of Labour lo...

CBBye Bye
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 10:48pm
In news which was as big a surprise as the revelations that Davie Cameron is a posh Tory, Johann Lamont hates alicsammin, and Danny Alexander is on work release from the Muppet Show, the CBI’s Nort...

No?s problem with men
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 8:23am
There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the supposed problem that the Yes campaign has attracting the support of women. All opinion polls have consistently shown that men are c...

The Great British Bake Off
by weegingerdug
17 Apr 2014 at 7:14pm
It’s going to be easy, everyone says so. You’re a top chef, you’re pals with the owners of the TV channel and the owners of the newspapers. They’re all on your side. The food critics agree to pick ...

The Great British Mortality Race
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm
New statistics have shown that Glasgow continues to sit at the top of British league tables, the city’s residents have the shortest life expectancy in the UK. It’s about the only competition Scotla...

Rum, sodomy, and the lash
by weegingerdug
15 Apr 2014 at 8:15pm
It’s another of Project Fear’s carefully coordinated frightnights. It’s another drive-by Tory. This time it’s Tory Defence Minister Philip Hammond, again. Phil has come to Scotland to make a positi...

Hysterical history
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Rory Stewart’s unionist propaganda thinly disguised as a BBC history documentary has provoked the ire of SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who has attacked the BBC for yet another of its exercises in compul...

Project Fear?s gumsy midgie
by weegingerdug
13 Apr 2014 at 10:50pm
Another day, another scare story. Now we’re told (copyright Justine Greening the Tory International Development Secretary) that Scottish independence will rip the bread from the mouths of the poore...

Stuff to waste time on a Sunday
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm
Yesterday’s appeal for translation help for Solidarity with Scotland produced a fantastic response.† Huge thanks to everyone who offered to help or made suggestions.† It also produced an interestin...

Labouring the point of independence
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 8:49pm
Alicsammin has made an appeal for Labour voters to remember something that Better Together and the Unionist media are desperate for them to forget – the referendum in September is not an election a...


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