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Scottish Labour in dark over Falkirk investigation report
A rift has opened up between Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour after members of the party's governing body north of the Border demanded a copy of the secret report into the Falkirk selection fiasco.

SNP: indy Scotland will get oil bonus, but it won't be basis for economy
THE SNP Government will this week reiterate its belief that an independent Scotland will be in line for an oil boom.

Salmond under fire for role at all-male Burns clubs
ALEX Salmond's boycott of the Open at Muirfield due to the golf club's ban on female members has been questioned after it emerged he addressed an all-male Robert Burns society.

Doubts over Miliband as PM
ONLY one in five people think Ed Miliband will be Prime Minister in 2015, according to a poll.

Majority against air gun licensing proposal
Air guns should not be subject to strict licensing restrictions according to the majority of respondents to a Government consultation.

Church denounces fracking
The Church of Scotland has joined environmental groups in saying tax breaks for fracking ? shale gas extraction ? will cause needless damage to communities and the environment.

Former MP Sarwar to quit UK for political career in Pakistan
FORMER Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar is to quit Britain and surrender his citizenship to enter public office in Pakistan.

The blame Games
DAVID Cameron has been accused of lying to the people of Britain by an angry woman at a celebration in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Miliband has much to do to overcome Tories
AS MPs head off to their summer palaces, it seems the leader who has the sunniest smile on his face is David William Donald Cameron.

Borrowing climbs to deal blow to Osborne
Chancellor George Osborne's debt-busting plans were dealt a blow yesterday when figures showed underlying Government borrowing rose £500 million in June.

New rules target major firms in tax crackdown
Loopholes allowing multinational companies to slash their tax bills to little or nothing are to be closed under an international crackdown.

Cable defends Games boost claim
The UK Government has defended a study showing a near £10 billion trade and investment boost to the UK economy as a result of last year's London Olympic and Paralympic Games, creating thousands of new jobs.

Cameron aide links examined
THE war of words over David Cameron's relationship with his election guru Lynton Crosby continues, with Labour now raising concerns over his lobby firm's links to shale gas exploration.

'Torture victim' home from Dubai
One of three men who allege they were tortured in Dubai has been released and is back in the UK, campaigners Reprieve said yesterday.

Calls to cut benefits for immigrants
More than three-quarters of Britons think immigrants who cannot speak English should be banned from claiming benefits, a survey has found.

 

Scotsman

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Scottish Independence vote: 46% don?t know enough

Less than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found.



Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears

SCOTTISH scientists risk losing access to internationally renowned facilities should voters back independence in next year’s referendum, experts have warned.



Trident: MPs want replacement deal signed soon

A CROSS-PARTY group of MPs is to launch a campaign to force the UK government to sign the contract for the replacement Trident submarines before the next election.



Scottish Independence: Oil ?a bonus? in Scotland

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will benefit from a North Sea oil “boom” but will not become over-reliant on the offshore industry, a Scottish Government paper will claim this week.



Sectarianism a Scotland-wide issue, report warns

SCOTLAND should stop denying the existence of sectarianism and start a national push to eradicate it, the leader of a Scottish Government taskforce set up to rid the country of religious hatred says today.



Drumlanrig: Susan Boyle | Alyn Smith | Pete Wishart

ONE could be forgiven for thinking that the Yes campaign must be reeling from Susan Boyle’s heartfelt declaration in favour of the Union last week.



Comment: Create a vision of the Scotland you want

JUST over a year ago I wrote in this paper that the decision we will all make in September 2014 is a decision about whether the Scotland we want to live in is best served by independence or by staying part of the UK.



Gerald Warner: Dave?s ill-conceived bid to join PC club

‘THE Prime Minister has a great deal of sympathy with the view that exclusive memberships of this sort look more to the past than they do to the future.”



Euan McColm: Behind political leaders? smokescreens

THE irony is that political strategist Lynton Crosby is supposed to be the master of the clear message.



Scottish independence: McCrone wary of ?upheaval?

A FORMER senior government adviser has warned that independence would be a “major upheaval” and believes now is not the time for a vote on the issue.



MSP calls for probe into ERI Consort deal

A CITY MSP is demanding an investigation into the private finance initiative at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after “utterly scandalous” behaviour by the company which runs the hospital.



?Lack of government funding? cost Aberdeen crack at culture title

Aberdeen’s failure to make the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2017 was down to a lack of Scottish Government funding, a senior councillor has claimed.



Comment: Why my union is out to fight for the Union

Despite Alex Salmond’s claims to the contrary, the referendum campaign has been under way for over a year. Yet in that time we have heard relatively little about the views of trade unions and the working people we represent across the country.



Scotland will restrict airguns despite opposition to move

AIRGUNS should not be subject to strict licensing restrictions according to the vast majority of respondents to a government consultation.



Scottish independence: Call to publish donations

BOTH referendum campaigns should publish all significant donations instantly to avoid a damaging row over political finance, a senior MSP has claimed.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

If you build it
In the whole of 2012, Wings Over Scotland was visited by 141,012 unique users, who made just under 2.6 million pageviews. In 2013 so far, we’ve reached 285,581 unique users who between them racked up over 6.6m pageviews. Just wait until we really get started.

One loud noise
In Alan Moore’s legendary graphic novel “V For Vendetta”, the central character tells co-protagonist Evey: “Silence is a fragile thing. One loud noise, and it’s gone”. Yesterday we ran a guest post from the Scrap Trident Coalition calling for an end to the Johann Lamont and the Scottish branch of the Labour Party to end [...]

The independent deterrent
Scotland doesn’t need a nuclear missile system. All we need to do is stick a few of these at strategic points around the coastline and see who wants to mess with us. I think we all know the answer to that question.

Guest post: No more silence
It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week?s Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition. But what of the Labour Party? The Blair government imposed [...]

Some areas still cloudy

Ideological arithmetic
ComRes for ITV News, 20 July 2013: “After a fortnight which included high-profile debates around Labour and Ed Miliband?s relations with the trade unions, Britons are saying they do not believe that the Labour leader will be the next Prime Minister. Fewer than one in four (22%) expect Ed Miliband to be the Prime Minister [...]

The devils you know
Careful readers will be aware that this site primarily concerns itself with the activities of politicians and the media. Doing so can of course leave the way open to accusations of paranoia and conspiracy theorising. So we thought it might be interesting to share with you the findings of Transparency International’s 2013 survey into the [...]

Everyone?s a winner
Here’s a nice wee feelgood story to end the week, found by one of our covert field agents this afternoon. (Codename “Maw”.) Despite the extreme financial pressures on the British economy, the UK government has managed to stumble across a significant cash windfall – over half a billion pounds, in fact. We’ll pass you over [...]

In half with a knife
This must be a sad day for the deputy leader of the Labour Party in Scotland. After all, we’ve spent much of the last few weeks hearing how very uncomfortable Scottish Labour types are with the idea of their relatives becoming “foreigners”. So the news that Anas Sarwar’s dad has decided to renounce being a [...]

Britain?s Got Cannon Fodder
We can’t say we were especially upset late last night when the Scottish Sun revealed that Susan Boyle is anti-independence. We doubt her views, or any celebrity’s, will dramatically shape the electorate’s opinions. All the same, the unseemly haste with which the No camp leapt on the news left an unpleasant taste in our mouths. [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Oil revenues 'bonus not basis'
Alex Salmond says oil would be a bonus but not the basis of an independent Scotland's economy, ahead of a government paper on the issue.

Air gun licence plan 'draconian'
Most of those who responded to a Scottish government consultation on licensing air weapons oppose the plan.

Aberdeen Culture bid 'lacked vision'
Aberdeen's bid to become UK City of Culture 2017 lacked a "coherent vision" and a "wow factor", according to judges.

Sarwar set for Pakistani politics
Former Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar is to give up British citizenship to take up a role in Pakistani politics.

Project funding shortfall warning
A report warns that significant local projects could face a funding shortfall in Dumfries and Galloway in the next year.

Pro-Union group will target 'tribes'
The group campaigning for a no vote in Scotland's independence referendum plans to divide voters into so-called "tribes".

Sound of Barra to be protected
A controversial plan to designate the Sound of Barra in the Western Isles as a site of Special Area of Conservation is approved.

Aerial surveys of A9 and A96 roads
A £590,000 contract is awarded for aerial surveys of where the A9 and A96 are to be upgraded to dual carriageway.

750 million plastic bags used a year
Scottish shoppers are using 750 million plastic bags each year which amounts to 12 bags per person every month.

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

AUDIO: Currency union 'best for both countries'
Alex Salmond says a currency union in an independent Scotland is 'best for both countries'.

VIDEO: Referendum: Summer review
The referendum campaigns kicked off just over a year ago so let's have a summer round-up of how its going.

VIDEO: What chance of sporting legacy?
What kind of record do we have of delivering on funding and legacy promises after sporting success?

AUDIO: UK government accused of bullying
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accuses the UK government of bullying after it emerged Ministry of Defence officials are looking at the idea of retaining a Scottish naval base as sovereign UK territory in the event of a "yes" to independence.

Audience plea for TV debate
Newsnight seeking independence debate audience members

Newsnet Scotland

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Recovering from Brain Injury

† The second in a two part series by Lynn Malone [Part One Here]

When my son regained consciousness following an accident my immediate response was relief but it was short-lived when it transpired he had a ticking time bomb in his head.

Mike, 28, who was studying social work while working with disadvantaged young people, lost his balance going up stairs to his tenement flat, falling onto concrete steps and landing on his head in November 2011.† He suffered a bleed on his brain and an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and had been placed on a ventilator.



Terrorism, Double Standards and the EDL

† By Aamer Anwar

You may be shocked to learn that over the last 4 weeks a bombing campaign appears to taken place in England but there was 'no cause for alarm'.

In Walsall a nail bomb was found and exploded by bomb disposal squad with the police denying at first that it was an 'act of terror', a week later in Tipton the wrong timing meant only seven people were in a building when a bomb exploded strewing nails, debris across the adjacent car park and shattering windows.



Scottish Labour must clarify its stance on Trident

† By Steven Griffiths

It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week's Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition.† But what of the Labour party?

The Blair government imposed a three-line whip on a Westminster vote on the issue back in 14 March 2007, and Jim Murphy, currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, stated earlier this year on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that, "We're in favour of the UK retaining a nuclear capability".



Economic growth gives Scots a warm feeling

† By George Kerevan

Scotland?s economy has been basking in summer sunshine this week. New data showed that the economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, faster than in the UK as a whole.

In fact, on an annualised basis, Scottish GDP grew by what counts as fast these days: 1.2 per cent. That compares with an anaemic 0.3 per cent for the UK as a whole.



Dithering over Heathrow damages Scotland

† By George Kerevan

YEARS ago Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a play whose basic premise is that hell is being locked up with other people.

These days he would probably have a different premise: hell is spending time in any major airport. Yet here?s the curious thing: airports are now the central fulcrum around which the global economy is hinged.



The Independence Referendum - Ignorance is not an option

† By Rob Connell

As Stephen Noon has written about so convincingly, it is important that the pro-Independence campaign be a positive one.† After all, the goal is not Independence in itself, rather it is the positive effect self-determination can have on the people of Scotland's lives.†

But, purely on a personal basis, I feel that some of the people of Scotland are letting themselves, and the rest of us, down badly ? and frankly it's not bloody good enough.



Hang the lime soaked sheets again ? this time to keep the smell in

† By Tommy Sheridan

It was exactly 155 years ago today.† London was in the midst of a heat wave and it's population was growing in response to rapid economic growth.† The Prime Minister of the day, Disraeli, had parliamentary business suspended to introduce emergency legislation.

The River Thames was overflowing with human excrement as no sewage system existed and the rapid population growth was matched with associated human waste dumped in an untreated Thames.† It was called the Great Stink.



If you hate Alex Salmond clap your hands ? or phone Call Kaye

† By a Newsnet reporter

It's national 'Hate Salmond Week'.††Not since Fred the Shred took the wrap for destroying Gordon Brown's pledge to end boom and bust has so much ire been aimed at one man.

Salmond's crimes include waving a Scottish flag, having his photo taken with a US golfer and suggesting golf clubs ought to accept women as members - shocking.



Britain has become an Unequal and Unfair Society

† By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, July 13th 2013

Britain has been mired by scandal this week: MPs proposed pay rise, BBC Executive payouts, and the controversy of G4S and Serco engaging in corporate abuse of power.

Yet through all this people tell themselves that one of the central characteristics of being a civilised country is progressive taxation and the degree to which we successfully redistribute resources from those who have the most to those who have the least.



Unions - Time to break the ties with Labour

† By Aamer Anwar

It's not often I agree with Ed Miliband but I can see why he thinks it's wrong that the financial contributions of millions of trade union members should automatically fill the coffers of the Labour Party without their say so.

But sharpening his 'bogeyman' knife for the Trade Unions, Ed claimed that the Falkirk selection battle was the 'death throes of the old politics', but every Labour leader has said the same for the last 40 years.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Independence: Oil ?a bonus? in independent Scotland

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will benefit from a North Sea oil “boom” but will not become over-reliant on the offshore industry, a Scottish Government paper will claim this week.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Guest post: No more silence

It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week’s Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition. But what of the Labour Party?




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Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition

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

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Ideological arithmetic

ComRes for ITV News, 20 July 2013:

“After a fortnight which included high-profile debates around Labour and Ed Miliband’s relations with the trade unions, Britons are saying they do not believe that the Labour leader will be the next Prime Minister. Fewer than one in four (22%) expect Ed Miliband ...



Tribes and How to Win Them

Today everybody’s gone tribal. Prompted by Gerry’s account of Labour’s extended huff (A nation defined by more than party prejudice) and this rather generous advert by the BBC for the No campaign (Scottish independence: Better Together targets voter ‘tribes’) Bella brings you a breakdown of the v...



Anas Sarwar: Nicola Sturgeon has not defeated a Sarwar in an election yet and...

THE deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party has pledged to step out of the shadow of his former MP father as the big vote on Scotland's future draws nearer.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The Daily Record has long been barely distinguishable from a British Labour propaganda leaflet. But this piece plum...



Scottish independence: Call to publish donations

BOTH referendum campaigns should publish all significant donations instantly to avoid a damaging row over political finance, a senior MSP has claimed.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Everyone's a winner

Here’s a nice wee feelgood story to end the week, found by one of our covert field agents this afternoon. (Codename “Maw”.) Despite the extreme financial pressures on the British economy, the UK government has managed to stumble across a significant cash windfall – over half a billion pounds, in ...



Loki: Kicking the Habit ? Why I?ll Be Voting Yes | National Collective

If you have decided to pick up this document, read it online or even downloaded it onto your computer then thanks.  Some people are put off when they see certain topics or lots of words splurged on a page.  If you live in Scotland then the contents of this article may be of interest to you.  My n...



Britain's Got Cannon Fodder

We can’t say we were especially upset late last night when the Scottish Sun revealed that Susan Boyle is anti-independence. We doubt her views, or any celebrity’s, will dramatically shape the electorate’s opinions. All the same, the unseemly haste with which the No camp leapt on the news left an ...



Trade unionism is not about creating even more divisions based on nationality

Trade unions are about solidarity. The very name of our movement is symbolic of the fact that we are bound together by ties that go beyond nationality or location.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A truly dreadful article riddled with lies and distortions. But worth a look for the comments.



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SNP lifted by UK-Ireland common visa plan

MOVES to develop the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland have been welcomed by the SNP as a sign of possible future co-operation with an independent Scotland.



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Fairway and balanced

Credit where it’s due to the Scotsman today, which has been impeccably even-handed in its coverage of the furore around the issue of men-only membership at the Muirfield golf club, current host to the sport’s flagship event, the Open.




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A Time For Troublemakers | National Collective

It is not often that a generation of people are offered the opportunity to decide the future course of a nation. In a little over a year around four million people living across Scotland will be afforded the monumental chance to decide whether the place they call home should be an independent cou...



2014 vote result will be close, claims TV presenter

ANDREW Marr has questioned the tactics of both the pro and anti-independence camps and predicted the outcome of next year's referendum could be closer than many outside Scotland think.


Peter A Bell's insight:

The real questions is how might we justify the gamble of remaining in the UK.



See it on Sco...

Daily Record

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Tony Blair's greatest achievement after six years as special envoy to the Mid...
THE former Labour PM has failed to make any progress on a peace deal and is unpopular in the region for having neither power nor expertise.

Anas Sarwar: Nicola Sturgeon has not defeated a Sarwar in an election yet and...
THE deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party has pledged to step out of the shadow of his former MP father as the big vote on Scotland's future draws nearer.

First Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar set to quit Britain for new political challen...
THE former MP for Glasgow Govan is set to be appointed governor of the Punjab - a job which could lead to him being in the running to become president of Pakistan.

Health experts claim minimum pricing on alcohol could put end to young women ...
MEDICS reckon alcohol price plans could be an effective way of stopping women binge drinking as new report reveals shocking surge of alcohol-related deaths in females born in 1970s.

Former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar set to give up British citizenship for poli...
MR SARWAR, 60, is tipped to take on the role of governor of the Punjab region in the hope of becoming a presidential nominee for the whole country.

MPs skive off work early ahead of 45-day holiday.. and just after getting £70...
THE Commons chamber was nearly empty yesterday as the country's leaders cried off for an early start to their summer holidays.

Video: New drive aimed at boosting disabled workforce is launched
THE Government say the campaign will help support businesses to become more confident at recruiting people with disabilities.

Delay in probe into Scotland's £36m methadone scandal suggests report could m...
AN independent panel of experts, ordered to probe the use of the heroin substitute in Scotland, were meant to give their findings to MSPs by spring.

Declining North Sea oil and gas revenue forecasts could ruin SNP's economic c...
A GAP of £24million divides the Office of Budget Responsibility's prediction and the SNP's most optimistic prediction for North Sea oil and gas revenues

UK Green Investment Bank set to provide £1.2m towards new biomass boiler at I...
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore said the investment deal struck with Tomatin Distillery demonstrates how the green bank can benefit businesses and local communities.

Lib Dem plans to reduce Trident submarine fleet slammed by Conservative coali...
THE Tories turned on their coalition allies to savage Danny Alexander's proposal to end "Cold War thinking" and reduce Britain's nuclear deterrent fleet from four boats to three.

Child abuse expert charged by police with fraud over allegations she falsely ...
GOVERNMENT advisor Susan Stewart has been charged by police over claims she had fraudulently claimed to have a medical qualification.

In pictures: Alex Salmond's series of 'grovelling letters' ignored by Scottis...
THE Scottish Government desperately tried to hide the letters sent by the First Minister to Andy Murray and a string of other Scottish sporting icons.

Homelessness applications in Scotland have decreased by 13 per cent but owner...
A SCOTTISH Government review also shows that councils are increasingly reliant on temporary accommodation.

Cutting back Britain's nuclear submarine fleet would be huge gamble with the ...
PHILIP HAMMOND has called for a like-for-like replacement of all four nuclear-armed submarines† in the aging Trident fleet.

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As part of the austerity drive David Cameron’s government intends to merge th...
As part of the austerity drive David Cameron?s government intends to merge the Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions.


Blood for Benefits
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The new department will be called the Department of Wealth from Health and is expected to be officially launched...

Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.
Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.


We're forever blowing bubbles
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn those warmongers we so desperately need away.

Our new briefs are hanging out to dry and fluttering in the breeze. "Better T...
Our new briefs are hanging out to dry and fluttering in the breeze.
"Better Together Seeking Literary Talent"
and
"Dictatorship could be flushed down the pan"


BBC Scotlandshire - Short news articles
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicro...

A shift towards a Yes in next year's poll on separation has led to parts of S...
A shift towards a Yes in next year's poll on separation has led to parts of Scotlandshire beginning to disappear from maps of the UK.


Google portents doom for Scotlandshire
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A separate Scotlandshire would have to re-apply to all map-makers to be re-included after a Yes vot...

The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of perf...
The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
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Greeks are foreigners. Scots would also become foreigners. It stands to reason.

Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Sco...
Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Greeks are foreigners. Scots would als...

For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation...
For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation for Scotlandshire.


Separatist Campaign Goes 'Tae The Dugs'
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic ...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?
T in the Park - How long could it survive in a separate Scotlandshire?


Future of T in the Park after separation ?uncertain? - A reminder
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do you want to see T in the Park consisting of Andy Stewart, Michelle McManus and not a whole lot else?

Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, “We are certain the people of ...
Defence secretary Phillip Hammond said, ?We are certain the people of Scotlandshire will have the good sense to reject separation."


Trident: huge cock at UKOK cocks up
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Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn ...

Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a fo...
Flag-waving maniac Alex Salmond is as good as gone from Bute House after a former Scottish Labour leader admitted Earth?s worst nightmare is set to hit Scotlandshire if a non-NO vote prevails next year.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/466-official-aliens-will-land-in-a-sepa...

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Wimbledon Special Report: After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murr...
Wimbledon Special Report:

After just over three hours of pressure, Andy Murray beat top seed Novak DJokovic in straight sets in a thrilling Wimbledon final in what became a fantastic display of British wonderfulness.


Serb & Volley: Djok beats Djokovic in Straight Sets
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Th...

We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by...
We profile the "acceptable face of Unionism" - the sort that is controlled by those not hidebound by silly things like Laws.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 8 - Vince Cable MP
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Was he involved with oranges, hoods, electric cable, and fishnet stockings, or simply n...

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Scotland and Independence

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Mr Salmond says an independent Scotland would reap the benefits from the oil ...

BBC News

Mr Salmond says an independent Scotland would reap the benefits from the oil ...
BBC News
Oil revenues will be a "bonus" but not the basis of the economy in an independent Scotland, the first minister has said. Alex Salmond made the comments ahead of the publication of a Scottish government...


Scottish Independence vote: 46% don't know enough - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish Independence vote: 46% don't know enough
Scotsman
Less than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. A survey commissioned by the organisation revealed t...


Scottish Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in Scotland - Scotland on Sunday

Scottish Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in Scotland
Scotland on Sunday
Looking ahead to the publication of the paper on Tuesday, the First Minister Alex Salmond said: ?If oil is taken out of the equation, then Scotland's economic output per head is almost identical to that of the UK. The benefit we ge...


Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears
Scotsman
Scotland's universities are already facing the threat of losing millions of pounds of research funding following independence due to doubts over access to the funds of Research Councils UK. The IOP said an independent Scotland would a...


Scottish independence: McCrone wary of 'upheaval' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: McCrone wary of 'upheaval'
Scotsman
Mr McCrone, whose advice that North Sea oil could transform an independent Scotland's fortunes was suppressed by the UK Government in the mid-1970s, writes that 2014 is not the best time for independence in the wake of a recession, ...


Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in independent Scotland - Scotland on Sunday

Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in independent Scotland
Scotland on Sunday
The paper will argue that offshore revenue should be treated as a ?bonus? after independence, meaning that Scotland would not have to become an oil-based economy. Looking ahead to the publication of the paper on Tuesday, the Fir...


Scottish independence: Susan Boyle will vote 'No' - Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Susan Boyle will vote 'No'
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTTISH singer Susan Boyle has voiced her support for the pro-Union Better Together campaign, saying that she thinks Scottish Independence isn't economically viable. The West Lothian entertainer, who found fame after winning Brit...


Scottish independence: Better Together targets voter 'tribes' - BBC News

Scottish independence: Better Together targets voter 'tribes'
BBC News
The group campaigning for a no vote in Scotland's independence referendum has said it will embark on the most sophisticated targeting of voters seen in British political history. Pro-union Better Together has launched its new "P...


Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Oil forecasts down £11bn
Scotland on Sunday
He writes: ?Should the Scots vote for independence, happen they will shake the rest of Britain rather more than we are generally told. The remaining UK will have less punch inside Europe and in international terms,...


Scottish independence: Call to publish donations - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call to publish donations
Scotsman
A spokesman for Yes Scotland said: ?This suggestion is certainly one that we would be prepared to discuss. Yes Scotland is committed to publishing details of donations and has already done so for the period from our launch in May of ...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Labour economic strategist aims to learn from SNP - SNP (press release)

Labour economic strategist aims to learn from SNP
SNP (press release)
?Lord Adonis' honest recognition that Scotland under the SNP is forging ahead of the rUK in terms of economic development is most welcome. As he rightly points out this Scottish Government is delivering, in spite of the UK govern...


SNP: indy Scotland will get oil bonus, but it won't be basis for economy - He...

SNP: indy Scotland will get oil bonus, but it won't be basis for economy
Herald Scotland
THE SNP Government will this week reiterate its belief that an independent Scotland will be in line for an oil boom. THE SNP Government will this week reiterate its belief that an independent Scotland will be i...


No vote warning after Welsh devolution delay - SNP (press release)

No vote warning after Welsh devolution delay
SNP (press release)
The SNP has said the glacial pace at which Westminster progresses the devolution of further powers in Wales underlines how a No vote in the referendum is a vote for no change. Plaid Cymru has expressed disappointment at Westminster's ...


MEP candidacy is an open process - Herald Scotland

MEP candidacy is an open process
Herald Scotland
What a pity that you chose to portray a model system of accountability and involvement as a "Cabinet split" with rumours of "tensions" between MSPs (SNP split over candidates for Euro election, News, July 14). It is normal practice in internal SNP el...


Scotland defined by more than party prejudice - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scotland defined by more than party prejudice
Scotsman
McIntyre's victory gave the SNP hope at the height of the two-party system. Then there is the coming of Polaris to the Clyde in the 1960s, the rise of the anti-nuclear movement and Labour's first abandonment of it. There then follows Wi...


SNP aide under fire over Herald job loss tweets - The Courier

The Courier

SNP aide under fire over Herald job loss tweets
The Courier
He tweeted: ?I expressed myself badly but my position clear ? job losses at Herald very concerning & sympathy for all affected.? An SNP spokesperson said: ?Labour have distorted Mr Will's position ? he has made his position clea...


Association of tumor necrosis factor-alpha promoter variants with risk of HPV...

Association of tumor necrosis factor-alpha promoter variants with risk of HPV ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Results: We found that HPV16 seropositivity alone was associated with an increased risk of OSCC (OR, 3.1; 95% CI, 2.1--4.6), and such risk of HPV16-associated OSCC was modified by ...


Monopoly on language of positive politics - Herald Scotland

Monopoly on language of positive politics
Herald Scotland
A couple of days later, the SNP made the perfectly reasonable point that a plan to develop the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland was perhaps a sign of possible future co-operation with an independent Scotland. But, again, the poi...


Debate should be magnanimous - Herald Scotland

Debate should be magnanimous
Herald Scotland
I WOULD expect more magnanimity from both the SNP and the No campaign on this coming historic referendum. I WOULD expect more magnanimity from both the SNP and the No campaign on this coming historic referendum. Custom byline text: Let us be ...



Genetics of coronary artery calcification among African Americans, a meta-ana...

Genetics of coronary artery calcification among African Americans, a meta-analysis
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
The most significant SNPs among AAs were evaluated in European Ancestry (EA) CAC data; conversely, the significance of published SNPs for CAC/CHD in EA was queried within our AA m...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Less than half of Scots feel well-informed on referendum issues - stv.tv

Less than half of Scots feel well-informed on referendum issues
stv.tv
Less than half of Scots feel well-informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, new research has found. A survey commissioned by by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland revealed that, of t...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
1913: A Scottish Home Rule Bill is introduced in parliament, a year before the Irish Home Rule Bill, but the progress of both is hampered by the outbreak of the First World War, and Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence i...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

Evening Standard

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland two days a week beginn...


BBC Scotland on hunt for trainee journalists to assist in referendum coverage...

allmediascotland.com (press release)

BBC Scotland on hunt for trainee journalists to assist in referendum coverage
allmediascotland.com (press release)
BBC Scotland is on the hunt for trainee journalists to assist in its coverage of next year's referendum vote on Scotland's constitutional future. Sa...


Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign - stv.tv

BBC News

Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign
stv.tv
Scotland's island communities have challenged both sides of the referendum debate to give them greater powers and resources. The Our Islands, Our Future campaign hopes to ensure that the "special position" of such as Orkney...


Scottish independence: Call to publish donations - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call to publish donations
Scotsman
Ms MacDonald insisted that Scots need to know ?who's paying what for the referendum? with every donation of £5,000 or more made public immediately. Better Together and Yes Scotland both published a list of donations this spring, alth...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable - BBC News

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable
BBC News
Scottish independence will "destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk", according to a paper produced by the UK government. The threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's si...


What will be the Scottish independence referendum question? - Scotsman

Scotsman

What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?
Scotsman
Mr Salmond accepted that the Electoral Commission should be handed a role in helping to frame the referendum question, as part of the ?Edinburgh Agreement? signed last October by the UK and Scottish governments to allow a ...


The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope - BBC News

Herald Scotland

The think tank has questioned how a Scotland-only army would cope
BBC News
This latest one, titled Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland, had input from armed forces personnel, defence academics, former secretaries of defence and senior officials from Nato, UK MOD and the E...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Another Interesting Article From Mc Kenna
 Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition

The Better Together campaign uses the ...



Working In A Heatwave

after listening to jeremy vine this week one of the topics was about working in a heatwave. the m...



Alas Jones
Mel smith the comedian's agent reports the death of mel today aged 60

Scotland's Music Hall Of Fame

Sounds like a great idea. 

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/music/stars-in-their-eyes-sc...



Target For The Night...

 



Gavin Mccrone's Take On Independence

He's got a book coming out on August 1st . From the Herald -

 

Gavin McCrone, former chief econom...



If You Go Down To The Shops Today...

You might get a chance to ask United with labour why Scotland has to be united with a Westminster...



Irn Bru

... does not cure hangovers - official.  



Bbc Scotland's Political Stance

Very disappointing to hear the level of the debate today on the new GMS since the departure of th...



Detroit

Detroit. City. World renowned automobile manufacturers, the home of hip-hop, and now a first in t...



Better Nation

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

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

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

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft †published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

You may continue to pay for sex
Well, you probably don’t. Maybe you do, though: some people clearly do. Perhaps you do but you wo...

A sickness at the heart of Westminster
The Tories’ latest wheeze to head the racists in blazers off at the pass is this: to make Johnny ...

Jingo Unchained
Not respecting †?our? troops is one of the biggest taboos in politics. Armed Forces Day is a most...

When civil partnership was radical
Just over ten years ago, the Rainbow Parliament came to town, full of Greens, Socialists and inde...

Scot Goes pop

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

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

Underground, overground, Scowimbling free, the Scowimblian of Scowimbledon Ce...
When Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a best-of-five-set match on Wimbledon Centre Court to ...

Want to know how to help the world take a small step towards averting nuclear...
If so, click HERE to read my 1000-word potted guide over at the International Business Times. If...

Is the painful 117-year Scowimblian drought about to end?
This is from Ethan Grant at the Bleacher Report -

"When it comes to Sunday's matchup, Djokovic a...

YouGov's attention to detail
I got mildly excited a few minutes ago when I checked the YouGov website and saw the words "Scott...

A tale of one Scowimblian and one Scolionian
On Saturday, Richie Gray will become the third different Scolionian in as many weeks to serve as ...

Who's talking the most nonsense about Edward Snowden? Rod Liddle.
Our old friend Rod "Scotland is NOT a nation" Liddle has penned a piece in the Spectator with the...

When is a bet not a bet?
Just a very quick postscript to what I wrote on Thursday. Last year I entered into two private b...

Advantage Scotland
It's slightly mind-boggling that YouGov appear to have devoted more effort to tracking public opi...

Political Betting's Smithson embarks on another "I will not be defied!!!!" ra...
Apologies for anyone getting bored by this, but as you know I made a promise to the PB moderation...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

Increasing numbers of people are planning to vote Yes in next year's referendum as they become be...



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

Child poverty costs Scotland?s local authorities £2.1 billion every year, new research has reveal...



Social media users view a No vote as 'fear of change'

People planning to vote No in the independence referendum may be doing so for 'emotive' and 'irra...



The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...

A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation, has confirmed that the most...



5 Things to Tell Your Friends and Family About Oil & Gas & Renewables ? and a...

1. Regardless of the differing views about how to best use these resources the fact that we've st...



Only a Yes vote can deliver a Scotland free of weapons of mass destruction.

The long-awaited review of options for new nuclear weapons was published by the Westminster gover...



Perspectives: 'The hunt for the positive case for the Union continues'

It was billed as a relaunch of Better Together, setting out the ?positive case? for Westminste...



Perspectives: 'British constitution has always been a mess'

Constitutional expert Elliot Bulmer says that, thanks to "Westminster?s constitutional jerry-buil...



VIDEO: An independent Scotland will more closely reflect the values of the Sc...

Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, tells a very well-attended meeting of Yes Mus...



Scotland?s newest MSP makes the French connection with latest independence group

Scotland?s newest MSP Christian Allard is aiming to add a Gallic touch to Scotland?s independence...



First Minister Alex Salmond outlines the case for Yes

Speaking at the Nigg Energy Park in Easter Ross, Scotland?s First Minister Alex Salmond today out...



The Ministry of Defence isn?t working for Scotland

Today the Guardian broke the astonishing news†that the MoD is considering plans to ?designate? as...



Once in a lifetime opportunity

Writing in today?s Scotsman, Yes Scotland?s Chief Executive Blair Jenkins has emphasised the ?onc...



Denmark would welcome Scotland into the EU

In a series of interviews published today, senior politicians and academics from Denmark have sai...



UK Government announces plans to privatise the Royal Mail

Today the UK Government has announced plans to privatise the Royal Mail, in a move that has been ...



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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-emptive Policing
I am deeply concerned about pre-emptive policing,† or arresting people who might be going to do s...

Lack of Intelligence
I am astonished that still none of our pusillanimous media has published the simple fact that NSA...

The Omniscient State
It is not whether the individual had done anything wrong: it is whether the state has done anythi...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

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

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

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



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

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

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



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last? | Martin Kettle

The English identity is much more complex and progressive than the saloon-bar Farageism it is too often depicted as

Who are we? And what identity do we want our institutions to express? The question...



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

The cost of relocating the Trident fleet and finding an alternative base to Faslane is a very pricey headache

Of all the difficult questions that would arise if Scotland voted yes in the referendum ...



MoD fears for Trident base if Scotland says yes to independence

Whitehall looking at plan to designate home of nuclear fleet as sovereign United Kingdom territory

The British government is examining plans to designate the Scottish military base that houses the T...



 

   

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