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Tories call for tough laws on strikes
Tories have demanded a clampdown on trade unions in a show of "Thatcherite zeal" aimed at stopping a wave of industrial unrest.

Business leaders back bid for new EU deal
Hundreds of British business leaders have called on Westminster to negotiate a better deal for the UK with Brussels.

Sarwar calls for inquiry on employment blacklists
SCOTTISH Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar has called for a Leveson-style inquiry into employment blacklisting, as his party sought to reach out to trade unionists.

Galloway cools talk of comeback
GEORGE Galloway has played down claims Labour leader Ed Miliband is trying to engineer his return to the party.

Battle on youth unemployment
SCOTLAND'S Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance has vowed to "fight tooth and nail" to avoid a lost generation of jobless young people.

Economy teeters on edge of triple-dip recession
Crucial economic figures will this week reveal if the UK managed to dodge a triple-dip recession amid mounting warnings over the strength of the recovery and the latest downgrade blow.

Sheridan juror escapes legal action
PROSECUTORS?have decided?not?to?launch criminal?proceedings against?a?juror?in?the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial who posted comments about the case on Facebook.

IMF tells Osborne: ease the austerity
CHANCELLOR George Osborne is under increasing pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease his austerity programme.

Lamont rounds on Salmond's 'dishonest, rotten politics'
JOHANN?Lamont yesterday?accused Alex?Salmond?of dishonest?"rotten politics" and predicted voters would give him a "hell of a knockback" in the independence referendum.

Clegg: there will be no lurch to the right
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told his party colleagues yesterday that the UK Government would not "lurch to the right" while he remained in the Cabinet.

Promise of new health watchdog
LABOUR will create a new independent health watchdog with the power to send troubleshooting "Change Teams" into failing hospitals if it wins the next Holyrood election, the party's health spokeswoman said.

Labour leader's husband defends Atos role in Glasgow 2014
THE husband of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont yesterday waded into the row over the controversial welfare benefits test company Atos sponsoring the Commonwealth Games.

Court closures given go-ahead
THE Justice Secretary has sparked fury by pressing ahead with local court closures just days after the move was recommended to widespread dismay.

Lamont: Scotland needs a second boom in education
SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont will today call for a "second education boom" as she commits her party to a 20-year plan to transform schools, colleges and universities.

Unions want positive reasons to vote in independence debate
Union members will not be "bounced" into picking sides in the independence referendum, the Labour leadership has been warned.

 

Scotsman

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UK budget deficit eases but still among highest in EU

THE UK continues to have one of the highest budget deficits in the European Union despite years of austerity measures, newly released figures have shown.



Scotland to join UK-wide press regulator

THE Scottish Government is poised to abandon the prospect of a separate Scottish press regulator and back a UK-wide system in the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking.



Thatcher?s anti-miner plot ?began on day one?

Margaret Thatcher began plotting to defeat the coal miners from the day she took office, according to her official biography published today.



Independence: UK ?set to reject a sterling zone?

CHANCELLOR George Osborne will today give the strongest signal yet that the UK would not allow an independent Scotland to join a sterling currency zone because of the high economic risks involved.



Ministers get security warning over EU opt-out

OPTING out of European police and justice measures could have “significant negative repercussions” for Britain’s security, peers have warned.



Joining sterling zone would be best option - Swinney

FINANCE secretary John Swinney has insisted that a sterling zone would give an independent Scotland the powers and flexibility it needed.



Irene Maver: Big hand for the wee society

THE Big Society was David Cameron’s big idea, forming a central theme of the 2010 Conservative manifesto.



Hugh Reilly: TV hinders foreign tongues? Crazy talk

Last week, minutes after Johann Lamont delivered an emotional speech laying bare the hard times she endured as a youngster, A&E departments across the country were flooded with hundreds of visually impaired people complaining that their glass eyes were floating in their sockets, as if orbs of cork.



Stuart Waiton: The real reason Big Brother is watching you

AS THIS paper reported recently, CCTV monitoring in Scotland has trebled in the last decade, and it costs more than £8 million each year to maintain this system of surveillance.



David Maddox: Internal politics is casting a shadow over Labour on both sides...

THERE was much chuntering last week among Scottish Labour MPs about a strong-willed woman politician called Maggie.



Christine Jardine: Time has come for ?right to die? to become law

TWO years ago during the Scottish parliamentary election campaign in Inverness, I was asked whether, if Margo MacDonald brought forward a second bill on assisted dying, I would support it? And I said yes.



Scottish independence: Banknotes safe - Swinney

SCOTTISH banknotes will remain in a post-independence currency union with the rest of the UK, the Finance Secretary has insisted as the Bank of England was expected to warn Scotland of a “fundamental transformation” in its relationship in the event of a Yes vote.



Peter Jones: Devolved tax power could cost £bns

ALL the major unionist parties now seem to be feeling their way, albeit fitfully, towards agreement in principle, although not in detail, that Holyrood should gain more tax powers if Scots reject independence in 2014.



The Scotsman cartoon - 23/04/13

The Royal Charter and the press feature in today’s cartoon



Chris Huhne faces £100,000 legal bill

Disgraced former energy secretary Chris Huhne is facing a claim for more than £100,000 in prosecution costs, a court heard today.



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Odd comrade out
There’s something different about one of these pictures of all the big-name speakers at the Scottish Labour conference, but we can’t quite seem to put our finger on it. Can you help, readers? Actually, maybe two things.

Physician, heal thyself
We have a fun task for Scottish Labour’s exciting new “Truth Team”, which made its debut last week. Clearly it would be rather unseemly to go around proclaiming yourself an arbiter of truth if there was a great big lie at the heart of your very existence, so hopefully someone on the Team will be [...]

Fixed that for you
We’ve had a look at this troubling issue before. Click the image to solve the problem.

Exit, pursued by a bear
In a shock development surprising absolutely nobody on Earth, the Sunday Times today reports that “Scottish Labour plans to hand the Scottish parliament full control over income tax are expected to be shelved after a backlash from some of the party?s most senior figures.” The writing’s been on the wall for Johann Lamont’s policy brainwave [...]

You?ll have had your tea
Here’s Edinburgh MP Alistair Darling telling the Scottish Labour conference (around 1h 19m 40s) that in addition to an independent Scotland not being able to use the Euro or Sterling, it wouldn’t be able to have its own currency either. “Every time your granny or your uncle or your auntie came up here they’d have [...]

The deconstructed Lamont
A few days ago, our mole in Scottish Labour HQ sent us the first draft of Johann Lamont’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference. Oddly, a few lines seem to have gone missing from the version delivered to the hall yesterday afternoon. Here’s the full original text, so you can see what Johann was really [...]

Unsteady Eddie
We gather a few refreshments are usually taken at party conferences, so given that Eddie Barnes of the Scotsman is in Inverness covering the Scottish Labour gathering, perhaps a hangover explains his rather confused piece for Scotland on Sunday today. There are three particularly notable passages, which we’ll take you through quickly here so you [...]

Smile and the world smiles with you
We very much doubt we’ll ever tire of picture galleries of happy party-conference faces, and we know you like them too. So here’s a spirit-lifting selection from this weekend’s joyful gathering of Scottish Labour in Inverness. Caption suggestions in the comments as usual, please.

Pup for sale (very ill)
Scottish Labour’s record time for a policy U-turn was already pretty low. It took less than 24 hours from Johann Lamont’s infamous “something for nothing” speech before her MSPs were hastily popping up in the papers to insist that various universal services were in fact NOT under threat at all. (Despite the fact that the [...]

BBC Scotland

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Banknotes warning 'scaremongering'
A UK Treasury warning that an SNP plan for a currency union after independence could threaten Scottish banknotes is dismissed by Nationalists.

Labour's Sarwar in attack on SNP
The deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party attacks the Scottish National Party in his speech to conference.

Port task force gets progress report
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits Stranraer to hear about the progress of a major redevelopment of the town's waterfront.

NHS car parking savings 'pass £13m'
Patients and NHS staff have saved more than £13m since hospital car parking charges were abolished in 2008, the Scottish Government says.

Lamont pledges to work with SNP
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont tells her party's conference that she wants to work with the SNP government to protect the poor and vulnerable.

Scottish Coal cuts almost 600 jobs
A total of 590 people have been made redundant, following the collapse of one of Scotland's biggest coal-mining companies.

Sheriff court closure plans approved
Changes to the Scottish court system which will see 10 sheriff courts across the country closed are accepted by the Scottish government.

Labour accuse SNP of botched reforms
Scottish Labour's justice spokesman Lewis Macdonald accuses the SNP government of botching changes to the country's police and justice systems.

Britain needs 'new settlement'
Labour leader Ed Miliband tells Scottish Labour delegates there is need for change - comparable with that offered by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Lamont says donation 'appropriate'
The Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont backs the Better Together campaign's decision to accept £500,000 from oil trader Ian Taylor.

Darling attacks SNP pound policy
Alistair Darling attacks the SNP's plans for a currency union with the rest of the UK in the event of a yes to Scottish independence.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
The first minister is criticised over 17,000 "lost school leavers" by the Scottish Labour leader.

AUDIO: Darling and Hosie on currency union
Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, of the Better Together campaign, and the SNP's Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie clash over plans for a currency union if Scotland becomes independent.

VIDEO: Johann Lamont webcast
BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor puts your questions to Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont at the party's conference.

AUDIO: Lamont recognises tax plan concern
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont says she recognises the concerns expressed by Westminster colleagues on the tax plans outlined in a party document.

Newsnet Scotland

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Prospects for Scottish manufacturing: Finnish lessons

By Ivan McKee  

The train north from Helsinki takes about five hours to get to Ylivieska. From there another 30 minutes by road and you are in Sievi. With a population of 5,000 Sievi is closer to the Arctic Circle than it is to the capital 500km to the south. In the winter it stays below minus 30 for weeks at a time.

The lakes freeze over with a foot of ice that doesn?t melt until April. In mid-summer sun still shines brightly at 2am. Getting a good night sleep can be hard for those unaccustomed to the midnight sun.  Road signs warn of moose, up to 2m tall, that can appear from the forest with no warning.



Co-op Party Chair breakfast bombshell for Labour delegates

  By Ken Ferguson
 
Whether New Labour croissants or the more traditional cooked fare, Labour delegates to their Inverness conference had some indigestible breakfast reading in Scotland on Sunday with the news that Co-op party chair Mary Lockhart intends to vote YES in next year?s referendum.
 
A Labour stalwart and supporter of the left wing Campaign for Socialism pressure group which presents - sometimes with some intellectual arrogance - the case for voting No and seeking an increasingly illusory British Road to Socialism, her decision is a blow for Labour but will be particularly stinging for the small, forces of the CFS.



'Better Together' Campaign Increasingly Nixonian

By Mark McNaught

At first glance it may seem far-fetched to compare the campaign tactics of a disgraced late US President to an anti-independence campaign in Scotland.  They take place in different times, different countries, and in very different political cultures.

However, closer examination of Richard Nixon?s political tactics reveal several disturbing similarities with what we have recently seen from the 'Better Together' campaign.



Devolved tax step in right direction

By George Kerevan
 
I CHOKED in my porridge, metaphorically at least. According to the report from Labour?s (latest) internal commission on the future of devolution, there is a ?strong case for devolving income tax in full? to the control of the Scottish Parliament.
 
As the commission included both Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour leader, and Margaret Curran, the shadow secretary of state, this suggests Labour might be getting serious about offering a counter bid to independence, or at least to the confederal version of Scottish autonomy being offered by the SNP. Could Mohamed and the proverbial mountain be about to meet somewhere in the middle?



Never mind Scottish jobs growth outpaces UK, our growth rate is 4.6 times US ...

By Russell Bruce

The first thing that struck me about the latest welcome figures in the growth of employment in Scotland was how that seemed to compare rather well with the recent disappointing figures for the US.

In the 3 months December to February 39,000 jobs were created in Scotland.  The latest US Labour market statistics showed jobs growth of 88,000 in March.  Now that is not comparing like with like, one month against three, and March for the US and December to February for Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures.



The Dug - A Tory state funeral

By Paul T Kavanagh

My Mammy always taught me that you should only speak good of the dead, so when the news was announced that Thatcher was dead, I said: "Good."  It's the only time she ever gave the working classes what they wanted.

Thatcher died a frail old woman.  They tell us that toward the end she was unable to remember any of her great achievements ? but then neither can any of the rest of us.  Those of us who feel no sadness that Attila will Handbag no more may well stand accused of a lack of compassion  ? but that's what Maggie would have wanted.



March TNS-BMRB poll: an analysis

By Dave Taylor

The latest poll suggests that the independence debate still hasn?t fired the population. Other polling has suggested that most Scots don?t feel they have enough information to make up their minds yet, and the status quo is the normal default position for most people.

The three TNS polls in 2013 have Yes at 28%, 33% and now 30% : Noes at 48%, 52%, 51% : Don?t Knows at 24%, 15%, 19%. With a 3% margin of error in polls of this size, that implies little change in the underlying opinion that polls try to measure ? no matter how much the rival campaigns try to spin any result that seems to be in their favour.



Workers need independence

By Ritchie Venton, Trade Unionists for Independence steering group

The Scottish TUC congress meets in the wake of Margaret Thatcher?s departure from the scene of her multiple crimes against working class communities.

As millions curse the day she was born and celebrate her passing, trade unionists also need to assess the best ways to confront and defeat the multiple assaults by the government of Thatcher?s spawn, David Cameron.

 



How did Newsnight Scotland get it so wrong on the Better Together donation?

   By a Newsnet reporter

It was nearly obscured by the death of Margaret Thatcher, but social media and citizen journalism has forced the controversial Better Together donation onto the Scottish news agenda.

Scotland on Sunday followed the Sunday Herald and gave the story a prominent position.  This follows Herald journalist Robbie Dinwoodie?s decision to cover an issue which has forced the Better Together campaign onto the back foot.



The No campaign gets its figures wrong again

By Gordon McIntyre-Kemp 
 
Ian Taylor, the No Campaign?s largest donor, wrote an article in The Sunday Herald last week explaining ?Why he gave the No Campaign £500,000?. 

The donation itself has caused some heated political debate (around the fact that he is not registered to vote in Scotland), but since this site is a professional business and economics online magazine, we will focus on the economic claims Mr Taylor makes.
 



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Danny Alexander latest to be challenged over Better Together donation

The row over a controversial donation made to the official ‘No’ campaign has taken a new twist with claims that the Unionist alliance, Better Together, is benefiting from the proceeds of tax avoidance.



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John Swinney: Keeping pound in everyone?s interest

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will retain the pound, and the existing situation relating to Scottish banknotes – underpinned by the 2009 Banking Act – will remain in place within a post-independence currency union.

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Scottish independence: Banknotes safe - Swinney

SCOTTISH banknotes will remain in a post-independence currency union with the rest of the UK, the Finance Secretary has insisted as the Bank of England was expected to warn Scotland of a “fundamental transformation” in its relationship in the event...

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Leave the UK, Leave the UK Pound

Peter A Bell's insight:
This is all nonsense, of course. Not the least of the clues to this is the use of the overly contrived rather than term "Eurozone-style currency union" instead of simply referring to a currency union or sterling zone.Because the focus has been entirely on trying to spin yet another silly scare story rather than on informing the debate on Scotland's constitutional future, some rather important points are not addressed. For example, there is no explanation of why the government of rUK would go out of its way to render impossible an arrangement that would be in the best interests of all parties. The assumption appears to be that the rUK would indulge the same sort of pettiness as we see from Better Together even at some cost to its own economy.Alistair Darling may well genuinely believe that this is the level at which UK Governments operate. If so, he might like to explain why he cannot aspire to better for Scotland.And suppose we put in enough effort of imagination to take these scaremongering claims seriously for a moment. The worst-case scenario is that Scotland would have its own independent currency. The immediate question that springs to minds not paralysed by fear and blind prejudice is, so what? Having your own currency is normal for nations. This has proved to be no impediment at all to international trade.I have not the slightest doubt that Scotland will continue to trade with other countries whatever currency we use using the systems and procedures that are already well established. It is for Alistair Darling to explain why he thinks rUK would be as incapable of dealing with such a situation as he suggests.Returning to the silly use of the term "Eurozone-style currency union", we might ask what similarities Alistair Darling sees between the Eurozone and the kind of currency union being proposed by the SNP? Given the proven budgetary prudence of the Scottish Government we can only suppose that he he envisages rUK being the problem. In which case, he really needs to explain why he wants to entrust Scotland's economy to an administration that he seems to consider innately incompetent - even without his own hand on the tiller.While our imaginations are already stretched by the effort required to take this article seriously, let's consider another point. Let's imagine that we can give some credence to the various mealy-mouthed "jam tomorrow" promises sort of oozing out of some bits of British Labour and their Tory allies. Were something approaching what has been called "devo-max" actually to be delivered, would this not itself produce something even worse than a "Eurozone-style currency union"? We would have a situation where Scotland and rUK would be implementing distinct fiscal policies alongside a common monetary policy. The very fiscal autonomy+currency union that Alistair Darling is going to great lengths to persuade us would be a disaster for Scotland. But without the advantage of Scotland being in a position to negotiate the terms of that currency union or leave it should that be what best serves Scotland's interests.Mr Darling has a lot of questions to answer.

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Swinney - banknotes scare story "an insult" | Scottish National Party

Commenting on the Treasury’s scare story regarding Scottish banknotes, Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

“The Treasury are insulting people’s intelligence if they expect them to swallow these claims. No one will seriously believe that we can have our own Scottish banknotes under Westminster rule – as we have already had for so many years – and will not be able to do so as an independent country."



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Osborne's threats play into Yes campaign's hands | Scottish National Party

Commenting ahead of the visit to Scotland by Chancellor George Osborne to lecture the people of Scotland about currency, SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing, who sits on the Referendum Bill Committee, said:



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Website in donations row back online | Holyrood Magazine

A pro-independence website at the heart of a donations row in the independence debate has gone back online, despite a legal dispute.



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The Social Union is Already in Action | National Collective

From the many metaphors molded to symbolise the Scottish independence referendum this is my favourite. It represents the social union. Other comparisons – with their origins in the idea of the family – are used to frame Scotland’s future. To some independence is the process of growing up and standing on your own two feet: such as Alex Salmond’s phrase “England will lose a surly lodger and gain a good neighbour.” To others ‘separation’ is like a divorce or an upsetting break up. We are entrenching competition and division, they say.



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Yes Scotland hails Lockhart intervention

YES Scotland has welcomed comments from a senior Labour figure declaring support for independence.



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John Swinney: Keeping pound in everyone?s interest

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will retain the pound, and the existing situation relating to Scottish banknotes – underpinned by the 2009 Banking Act – will remain in place within a post-independence currency union.

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Banknotes warning 'scaremongering'

A UK Treasury warning that an SNP plan for a currency union after independence could result in the end of Scottish banknotes is dismissed by Nationalists.

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Co-operative party chief backs Scottish independence

A long-standing Labour figure stunned her party by revealing she is supporting independence.



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Scottish banknotes at risk under Yes vote, warns Treasury

SCOTLAND'S historic banknotes could be lost if the country opts for independence, the Treasury will warn tomorrow.


Peter A Bell's insight:
A clear winner for unionist scare story of the day.

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The deconstructed Lamont

A few days ago, our mole in Scottish Labour HQ sent us the first draft of Johann Lamont’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference. Oddly, a few lines seem to have gone missing from the version delivered to the hall yesterday afternoon.



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Lamont income-tax plans in shreds as UK party refuses to back proposals

Plans by Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont for full control over income tax to be devolved to the Scottish parliament appear to lie in tatters today after reports claimed her UK leader Ed Miliband is set to distance himself from the proposals.



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Daily Record

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Warning that Scottish banknotes could be ditched in an independent Scotland
CHANCELLOR George Osborne will warn that Scotland's 300-year tradition of issuing its own money could be at jeopardy if the nation votes Yes for independence.

How to beat the bedroom tax: Legal advice gives hope to those hit by brutal cuts
THOUSANDS of Scots have been hit by the bedroom tax, which was introduced this month, and now Govan Law Centre have drawn up easy-to-understand advice to help those affected beat the cuts.

Alex Salmond's attempts to 'chat voters up' over independence are destined fo...
SNP promises over tax cuts and increased public spending are empty, Johann Lamont tells party conference in Inverness.

Labour party conference is told more must be done for the victims of crime
ATTENDEES heard from a woman whose sister was killed by her husband in an axe attack about the poor treatment the family received following the tragic death.

Leaders warn Labour that union members may ignore party line and vote for ind...
POWERFUL figures including Unite?s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty urged Scots Labour leader Johann Lamont to provide ?positive reasons? why people should vote to stay in Britain.

Don't take Yes core support for granted
SCOTLAND'S most powerful union figures warned Labour their workers may vote for independence.

Ed carves out a fresh vision
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband wants the party to help re-regulate banking and energy sectors and confront mistakes made by his predecessors.

Ed Miliband vows to destroy Thatcherism and set right New Labour's mistakes
IN an exclusive interview with the Daily Record, the Labour leader admitted mistakes had been made by his party, and vowed to turn Britain around with a new deal.

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg slap down Cameron's Thatcherite accusation
THE Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders denied the Prime Minister's claim that everyone in politics was a Thatcherite.

Scottish Parliament debate on legacy of former prime minister Margaret Thatch...
MSPs on the Green-Independent group agreed to change the timing after hearing claims that it was "provocative and insensitive".

Free nursery care to be extended to 600 hours per year under new Scottish gov...
THE legislation, if passed, will see the SNP deliver on a pledge announced at its spring conference in March last year.

Let's bury this divisive legacy of Margaret Thatcher
OLD wounds have been opened and a divide has split the UK in the wake of the death of the former prime minister.

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Cheers and jeers as the Iron Lady divides the nati...
EVEN as she made her final journey, the former Prime Minister continued to be a cause of division across the country.

Atos official defends her company's fit-for-work tests and says they are 'mee...
LISA COLEMAN, who is in charge of Atos's contract with the Department for Work and Pensions, said she was always willing to listen to any grievances and make improvements where necessary.

MP John Robertson blasts power companies for using 'smoke and mirrors' accoun...
THE MP made the comments as SSE deputy chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies was being grilled at the Houses of Parliament.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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An independent Scotland could endanger sterling, Treasury warns

Whitehall says that unless Scottish public spending and debts are heavily cut, the currency could be threatened by speculators

The Treasury has warned that it could refuse to agree a formal currency...



Scottish currency options: not a simple matter

First minister Alex Salmond favours using sterling in a formal currency union, but he faces a fight

Those pressing for a yes vote in next year's referendum on Scottish independence need to convince ...



Labour and Scotland: a tie that binds | Editorial

If the rhetoric of one nation is to mean something, much is to be said for caution over cutting such a strong link

Ed Miliband made a confident speech to the Scottish Labour party conference at the ...



Scottish independence: Alex Salmond given currency ultimatum

Scotland may have to join euro or create new currency if first minister fails to accept Treasury's terms for joining sterling

The Treasury has launched a direct attack on Alex Salmond's plans for Sc...



Scottish Labour leader backs call for income tax powers

Johann Lamont says proposals for Holyrood to set rates are 'a good piece of work', after criticism from within her party

The Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, has slapped down MPs who condemned...



Scottish Labour leaders face revolt over income-tax proposals

Senior Labour figures resist plans to pass full income-tax powers to Scottish parliament

The Scottish Labour leadership is fighting to contain a rebellion by senior party figures who are resisting p...



Ed Miliband urges one nation unity in Scottish speech

Labour leader criticises 'divisive' politics of Conservatives at Westminster and SNP at Holyrood, at party conference

Ed Miliband will call for a "new economic settlement" that unites Britain. In a ...



Labour seeks more Holyrood control over income tax in Scotland

Report rejects significant devolution of welfare spending despite popular support for giving Scottish parliament greater control

The Scottish parliament could increase taxes on the rich and cut thos...



Scottish debate on Thatcher's legacy moved after objections over timing

Holyrood debate switched from afternoon of Thatcher's funeral after heavy opposition from Tories and Lib Dems

A coalition of Scottish Green and independent nationalist MSPs has moved a debate at Hol...



Nato rejects Alex Salmond claim over Scottish membership

Nato official says an independent Scotland would have to be treated as a new applicant after leaving UK

Nato has rejected Alex Salmond's claim that an independent Scotland would automatically become...



PM challenged on Trident's future in runup to Scottish independence vote

Senior Tory peers tell Cameron he has to answer questions about impact of independence on Trident base near Glasgow

David Cameron has been warned by senior Tory peers that he has to answer questions...



Scotland was Margaret Thatcher's mission impossible | Charles Kennedy

Thatcher never understood why the Scots despised her. We reckoned it was because we understood her only too well

When I started knocking on Highland doors in May 1983, two things struck me more than...



Letters: Scottish identity

I agree with Elliot Bulmer (Response, 1 April) that a British constitution should be based on the principle of popular sovereignty, not parliamentary sovereignty. Indeed, it would be pointless to e...



Margaret Thatcher: US cables detail her resistance to Scottish devolution

Wikileaks has published 1.7m originally classified and secret US cables from the 1970s, where diplomats describe the then Tory leader as rigid, right wing and leader of an English backlash on devol...



Better Together first to declare donors, and ignores 'Scotland only' challenge

After ignoring an offer from Yes Scotland to agree a timetable for publishing donations, Better Together has released its biggest backers' names, including large sums from outside Scotland

The pro-U...



Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
"Ian Taylor is a respected figure in Scotland." - Alistair Darling MP

The Irn Lady
By Mike Small As Jimmy Reid famously said, he didn’t leave the Labour Party – the Labour Party left him. This is a week where that statement echoed down the Continue reading

Watchmen
By Mike Small “Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended Continue reading

Thatcher?s Disputed Legacy
By Kate Higgins Watching the interminable coverage of Thatcher?s death was absorbing. It was particularly fascinating to see how her acolytes and apologists worked furiously to cement her reputatio...

For A? That 22 ? Labouring Away
For episode 22 of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I were joined by New Statesman contributor James Maxwell and Huffington Post blogger and Labour Party member Andrew Smith. The Labour party was ...

Ed in Inverness
This is the actual speech given by Ed Milband, leader of the Labour Party. It’s worth reading, if only to pay witness to the continuity with Blair-language styles and structures. Continue reading →...

After Britain
The first of a series of book reviews and features over the coming weeks. This recalls ‘After Britain’ by Tom Nairn, here reviewed by Neal Ascherson. After Britain: New Labour Continue reading

State of Donation
By Mike Small The No campaign’s credibility was left in tatters this morning after the National Collective responded by attempts to bully and intimidate them, saying: “We stand by our Continue read...

Brutalism of the Iron Lady
By Jamie Maxwell Thatcher managed to unite nationalists and unionists in shared enmity against her. In addition to the death of Margaret Thatcher, last week marked the 15th anniversary of Continue ...

Beyond Austerity Unionism
By Jonathon Shafi Thatchers funeral was a gathering of the ruling class. All of the corrupt ?sirs?, proven war criminals like Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger and the millionaire Tory Continue readin...

Post Chavismo
By Callum McCormick In the aftermath of his electoral success on Sunday night, the new President-Elect of Venezuela made what has to be one of the most downbeat victory speeches Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: SNP dismisses threat to banknotes as 'scaremongering'
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A UK Treasury warning that an SNP plan for a currency union after independence could result in the end of...


Scottish independence: Osborne and Alexander dismiss SNP currency plan - BBC ...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Osborne and Alexander dismiss SNP currency plan
BBC News
UK Chancellor George Osborne believes the SNP "are tying themselves in knots" over plans to retain the pound in...


Co-operative party chief backs Scottish independence - The Courier

The Courier

Co-operative party chief backs Scottish independence
The Courier
She added: ?A resolve to vote Yes in the referendum for Scottish independence. ?It won't deliver Utopia, but it will delive...


Scottish independence: George Osborne attacks SNP - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: George Osborne attacks SNP
Scotsman
They go on: ?We can understand why the proponents of independence wish a separate Scotland to enter into a formal currency union wit...


We can have a parliament full of love or a Bullingdon Club full of stone-cold...

Scottish Daily Record

We can have a parliament full of love or a Bullingdon Club full of stone-cold ...
Scottish Daily Record
Here's the decision first ? Scotland should undoubtedly vote yes for indep...


Scottish independence: Labour's Lamont says Taylor donation was appropriate -...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Labour's Lamont says Taylor donation was appropriate
BBC News
The Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has backed the Better Together campaign's decision to accept £500...


George Osborne mocks SNP over independence pound plan - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

George Osborne mocks SNP over independence pound plan
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Osborne was speaking out ahead of the publication on Tuesday of a UK Government paper examining the currency op...


Scottish independence: go figure - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: go figure
BBC News
Well, the political intention is clear: to kill off the notion that Scotland is incapable of paying its way. That used to be an argument often made a...


Topic of the week remembering Maggie Thatcher's legacy: independence? - Heral...

Topic of the week remembering Maggie Thatcher's legacy: independence?
Herald Scotland
Dennis Canavan fails to make a convincing case for Scottish independence, despite his attempt to jump on the anti...


Whether Scotland could keep pound as currency after independence: Osborne - B...

Business Recorder (blog)

Whether Scotland could keep pound as currency after independence: Osborne
Business Recorder (blog)
LONDON: British finance minister George Osborne cast doubt on Sunday on whet...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

'Sterling zone' questions raised - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

'Sterling zone' questions raised
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has already dismissed "insulting" claims in it that Scottish banknotes could be lost under ...


U.K. Scorns Pound for Independent Scotland Citing Euro Lessons - Bloomberg

U.K. Scorns Pound for Independent Scotland Citing Euro Lessons
Bloomberg
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who leads the SNP, said last year that a currency union would work because the ?tensions...


Joining sterling zone would be best option - Swinney - Scotsman

Joining sterling zone would be best option - Swinney
Scotsman
And on a day when a Treasury paper appeared to signal that the rest of the UK might reject such an move, Mr Swinney made clear the SNP wo...


Scottish currency options: not a simple matter - The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)

Scottish currency options: not a simple matter
The Guardian (blog)
That's why the SNP favours continuing to use sterling in a formal currency union if the referendum goes its way. ...


Leaders: Lack of detail is poor currency in pound debate | NHS out of tune on...

Scotsman

Leaders: Lack of detail is poor currency in pound debate | NHS out of tune on ...
Scotsman
It is of little surprise that Chancellor George Osborne, in Scotland today to launch the Treasury pa...


Independence: UK 'set to reject a sterling zone' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence: UK 'set to reject a sterling zone'
Scotsman
But the Treasury report attacks the SNP's preferred option, saying ?the economic rationale for UK to agree to enter a formal sterling...


Economic rationale for post-Independence currency union 'not clear' - stv.tv

Economic rationale for post-Independence currency union 'not clear'
stv.tv
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has already dismissed "insulting" claims in it that Scottish banknotes could be lost...


Experts rubbish oil wealth boasts - Express.co.uk

Experts rubbish oil wealth boasts
Express.co.uk
SNP claims that an independent Scotland would be the sixth wealthiest nation in the world were in tatters yesterday after a new report revealed much of...


UK currency union would be 'unstable' - Financial Times

UK currency union would be 'unstable'
Financial Times
On the SNP's preferred option of Scotland sharing the pound, the chancellor and his chief secretary will argue that it will create an unstable un...


SNP Councillor resigns from council group and from the party - For Argyll

For Argyll

SNP Councillor resigns from council group and from the party
For Argyll
In the light of the situation within the SNP group at Argyll and Bute Council that we have just described, a very abl...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m
BBC News
The latest estimated cost of holding the Scottish independence referendum stands at £13.3m, a rise of about £3m on previous...


George Osborne questions currency of an independent Scotland - gulfnews.com

Yahoo! News

George Osborne questions currency of an independent Scotland
gulfnews.com
London: British finance minister George Osborne cast doubt on Sunday on whether Scotland could keep the pound as i...


Scotland 'must have own currency' after Yes vote - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Scotland 'must have own currency' after Yes vote
Herald Scotland
... reversed before the referendum. In a report for the left-wing Jimmy Reid Foundation he argued that SNP plans to kee...


The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Yes campaign gains ground in latest independence referendum poll - stv.tv

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Yes campaign gains ground in latest independence referendum poll
stv.tv
Annabelle Ewing MSP, an SNP member of Holyrood's Referendum Bill Committee, said: "Almost two y...


Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes Scotland reveals donor list
BBC News
The campaign for a Yes vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has r...


SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with...

The Independent

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with ...
The Independent
News International's top selling title in Scotland, The Scottish Sun ? whose support i...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner
Herald Scotland
He is currently working on a one-off political comedy for BBC Scotland, called Rory Goes to Holyrood. Which way will you be voting in...


Call for UK revamp if Scots vote No in 2014 - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Call for UK revamp if Scots vote No in 2014
Herald Scotland
The Herald has been told there is a growing expectation across all three main parties at Westminster that the promise of a c...


No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum - BBC News

BBC News

No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum
BBC News
Prime Minister David Cameron has said there will be no decision on devolving corporation tax until after the Scottish inde...


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Annual Cat Sh*te Problem

Just emptied load of the neighbours cat sh*te back intae his own garden and getting pissed aff wae this so I realise we have this discussion each year but are there any up to date solutions to avoi...



Scotsman Poll - Is Johann Lamont A Credible Candidate For First Minister?

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-snp-pound-freedom-warning-1-2904279

 

VERY worrying that there are 205 people that think she is!? although most pleasing and ...



Mars Colonists Sought

So, just one required.

 

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/hunt-for-mars-colonists-to-launch-today-092707749.html

 

I'm too old and my pilot's licence only allows me to fly aircraft at the shows at Portie.

...

Any Orthodox Jews Out There ?

This should come in handy (fnar fnar)

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22152700

 

 

 



Yes? No? Don't Care?
This video refers to the US. But for US, just substitute UK.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw2z9lV3W1g
 
The striking bit, is that we ALL know the problem. Being Scottish, just makes the problem eve...

Broadchurch

For those of you who have been watching, how do you think this will end? I haven't a scooby but will miss it next week when it isn't on.



Gangs Of Britain
Channel 553 now.

Glasgow.

London Marathon



Aye Write

Last day today. Went to see a few authors but John Gordon Sinclair today was great. Funny, lovely, interesting,  lovely, informative, lovely and lovely too. 

Seventy Times Seven, good book and not ...



Think Yer Hard? Watch Oot Fer The Wee Fat Guy...

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Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

Poll : Which Presiding Officer has been best?
Bit of a random one, this, but I've been thinking about how the reputation of Commons Speakers at Westminster has so rarely matched up to my own assessment. For example, Betty Boothroyd was treate...

Warning : Jock-bashing buffoon ahead
I've long suspected that the editor of the blogs section of the Telegraph website is running some kind of internal contest to see which writer can demonstrate the greatest lack of knowledge and sel...

If any "prominent pollsters" from Ipsos-Mori happen to be passing by, feel fr...
Well, it's been far too long since I last offended Craig Gallagher's sensibilities by reposting one of my exchanges from Political Betting. "The Screaming Eagles" is the most prominent of the site...

Did the Bishop of London feel something on his shoulder?
Compare and contrast (well, perhaps not the latter)...

Tony Blair at the negotiations that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement -

"A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really - we can l...

Ding-a-dong listen to it, maybe it's a big hit, even when your lover is gone ...
I couldn't quite make up my mind how I felt about the controversy over whether Radio 1 should broadcast Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead on its official charts show yesterday. On the one hand, we're f...

The "international socialist movement" and its curious obsession with boundaries
Duncan Hothersall, leading Twitter propagandist for what he fondly describes as "the international labour movement" (better known to us as the UK Labour Party, an esteemed former member party of th...

YouGov poll on attitudes to Mrs Thatcher shows sharp Scottish divergence
Here is the regional breakdown of the YouGov poll from a couple of days ago on public perceptions of Mrs Thatcher following her death. There won't be any great surprises here, except for those who...

We are all National Collective
I've got a very soft spot for National Collective, partly because I was a contributor to the site in its early days, but mainly because it's since developed into an all-round class act, which does ...

Lib Dems' Moore deliberately lies in the Huffington Post - no ifs, no buts, n...
Michael Moore (aka "the man who gave us votes at 16 by opposing it") furiously spins for Blighty in the US edition of the Huffington Post -

"Scotland is facing an historic decision in 2014: whethe...

TNS-BMRB poll : Decrease in opposition to independence
Doubtless the above headline will be seen as spin, but when we have Magnus Gardham and his ilk perpetually spinning in the opposite direction on behalf of the 'mainstream media', I'm not going to a...

Did Mrs Thatcher do any good things?
Above all else, today is a terribly sad day for Margaret Thatcher's family, her friends, and all those who feel a sense of loss as a result of her passing. I'm beginning to wonder if the former PM...

Are you called David?
I've just stumbled across a Twitter campaign that unaccountably has just nine followers at present. Called 'Davids for Indy', it seeks to identify every David in Scotland who will be voting Yes in...

More befuddlement on Scotland from the London media - it's the Independent's ...
In 2011, the Scottish Sun came out in support of the SNP, but made clear that they remained firmly opposed to independence. They were probably hoping (and expecting) that the SNP would win, but no...

Tavish didn't "save our p'lice" - but did he save Rennie's skin?
This seems almost uncannily topical on the day that the merger of Scotland's police forces finally takes effect, but a YouGov survey of leading political strategists and advertising executives has ...

YouGov poll : Scots reject No campaign's wish for key powers to remain at Wes...
YouGov have released the details of an SNP-commissioned poll that primarily inquired into where people think that key decision-making powers should lie.

Which government do you think should be res...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



A simple guide
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Odd comrade out
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Physician, heal thyself
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Dear George, don?t hide behind bank notes
Dear George, Sometimes with you, it?s difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. On the eve of your visit to Scotland, though, we have to admit to having a bit of a giggle at your expense.   ...

Fixed that for you
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Fixed that for you
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Exit, pursued by a bear
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You?ll have had your tea
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The deconstructed Lamont
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Unsteady Eddie
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