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Coalition in veto warning over currency union plans
THE Coalition will today send the strongest signal yet that the UK could veto a currency union with an independent Scotland as the "significant economic risks" would be too great for it to bear.

Lords critical of proposal to opt out of European policing measures
BRITAIN'S security would be adversely affected in a significant way if the UK Government went ahead with opting out of a raft of European police and justice measures, a highly critical House of Lords report has said.

Row over ferry performance
Campaigners seeking improvements to a Clyde ferry service that receives a subsidy of £1.7 million a year, say new figures disprove official claims it achieves near-100% performance.

Holyrood prepares way for UK press regulation
THE Scottish Government has prepared the way for Scotland's newspapers to be included in a UK-wide system of press regulation, it has emerged.

Murphy guarded about Labour spending
LABOUR may not match spending plans set by the Coalition at the next election, a shadow Cabinet minister has suggested.

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

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.

 

Scotsman

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Taskforce to look at future of Scots coal industry

A TASKFORCE has been set up to look at how the coal industry can be sustained following major job losses.



Court refuses Westminster?s Abu Qatada appeal

THE Government suffered another blow today in its long-running battle to deport hate preacher Abu Qatada from the UK.



Nigel Farage calls for greater devolution in UK

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called for greater devolution in the UK but argued that SNP First Minister Alex salmond’s dreams of independence are “just dreamland” and have been “comprehensively lost.”



McCluskey press regulation report ?exceeded remit?

A judge-led expert group into the Leveson proposals on newspaper regulation in Scotland “most definitely” overstepped its mark, the culture secretary today said.



George Osborne answers BBC?s Thatcher tears quiz

GEORGE Osborne has responded to questions about his emotional reaction to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral last week by joking that the BBC’s radio coverage brings him to tears, it emerged today.



Scottish parliament building defects to cost £49k

SCOTTISH Parliament bosses have been left with a £49,000 bill after experts found cladding panels on the Holyrood building had not been fitted properly.



MSP Jim Eadie urges bigger fines in ERI crisis

AN MSP is demanding bigger fines for the private firm in charge of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after branding the running of the hospital a “major public scandal”.



Anti-sectarianism law to be assessed by law chief

SCOTLAND’S top law officer will be asked to assess the implementation of a controversial anti-sectarianism law amid concerns about “overzealous” police enforcement and confusion in the courtroom.



Scottish independence: Orange Order?s no vote plan

THE Orange Order has begun preparations to convince its members to vote against Scottish independence next year, it has emerged.



Political advert ban ?does not breach human rights?

A LEGAL move which would have resulted in political adverts being allowed on British television was narrowly thrown out by a European court yesterday.



Poll stokes fears over influx of EU migrants

More than a quarter of Bulgarians questioned in a BBC survey said they intend to come to the United Kingdom to work.



Downing Street backs civil servant over bankers meeting

DOWNING Street has defended the government’s most senior civil servant over comments at a private meeting with bankers in which he reportedly discussed differences in emphasis between senior ministers on economic policy.



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.



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Are you ready to be heartbroken?
An alert reader pointed us this morning to an Ipsos Mori poll from last week that seemed to escape most of the media’s attention. As well as mirroring numerous recent surveys showing Labour’s lead over the Conservatives collapsing, it asked a rather more specific question. Long-time readers may recall a piece this site wrote back [...]

A definitive position
Here’s some more from Johann Lamont’s recent BBC interview (18m 20s). BRIAN TAYLOR: Will a Labour government repeal the bedroom tax? JOHANN LAMONT: Well, what we’ve been very clear about is that this is, em, deeply damaging to very many families. I’ve had examples of young people with learning disabilities living in supported accommodation who [...]

From the cradle to the grave
Johann Lamont, interviewed on the BBC last weekend: “You can understand the desirability of people having access to medicines, but everybody knows there are tough choices being made now.” (10m 19s) That’s the “leader of the Labour Party in Scotland”, there, seemingly equivocal on the principle of “people having access to medicines”. Nye Bevin must [...]

Recycle, repackage, repeat
It would appear that we’ve reached the point where the anti-independence campaign has officially run out of arguments, and is being forced to reissue its Greatest Hits. The headline on the left is from January 2012, the one on the right is yesterday’s. It hardly seems worth even addressing the issue, because the prospect of [...]

A simple guide

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 [...]

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'Uncharted waters' on currency plans
The case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound in a currency pact with the rest of the UK is not clear, according to Treasury analysis.

Press regulation: Parties to decide
Leaders of Scotland's main political parties will decide on Thursday whether to back a royal charter for the regulation of the press regulation.

Scottish coal jobs taskforce set up
A government taskforce is set up to try to retain jobs at Scotland's biggest coal-mining firm after it went into administration.

Talks fail on ferry staff's pay
A ferry operator says talks with union representatives on plans to change allowances and bonuses for shore staff failed to reach an agreement.

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.

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.

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.

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
Culture Secretary says party leaders will meet to decide on press regulation.

VIDEO: Salmond: 'Sterling is the best option'
First Minister Alex Salmond tells BBC Scotland political correspondent Glenn Campbell that sterling would work in an independent country.

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Seven Suggestions for Scottish Labour to be the Party of Change

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, April 20th 2013

It seems to be the age of seven questions as Tony Blair once again acts as an uncomfortable sage for Labour and Ed Miliband.

With Labour meeting in Inverness this weekend and the party?s Devolution Commission interim report out, it is time for Scottish Labour to assess where it is and what it needs to do to change and to start shaping the political weather.

Here then are my seven observations and suggestions for you Johann:



How the European Union is helping to protect children online

By Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh
 
Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh is and SNP candidate in next year?s Euro elections. She is the only woman on the list of six. As National Women?s Officer for the Party, she is acutely aware of the need to open up politics for women and as a mother herself of the need to protect children online.
 
The Internet has opened up a vast resource of information to all of us, one that shifts and changes literally by the second.



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.

 



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish finance secretary tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

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Scotland: Treasury wants a pound for a pound

Would it be workable for an independent Scotland to share the pound with the remainder of the UK?

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Answering your questions on currency

How much weight should we give to George Osborne’s Speech and the UK Treasury Report?


Peter A Bell's insight:
“George Osborne would be better off revisiting his misguided and failing policies for growth rather than scaremongering to the people of Scotland.”

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Are you ready to be heartbroken?

An alert reader pointed us this morning to an Ipsos Mori poll from last week that seemed to escape most of the media’s attention. As well as mirroring numerous recent surveys showing Labour’s lead over the Conservatives collapsing, it asked a rather more specific question.



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Tahir Mohammed shares his views - A prosperous Scotland

I believe that Scotland is in a stronger financial position than the rest of the UK by £1000 for each Scottish household. That’s because we generate 9.6% of UK taxes but receive just 9.3% of UK spending. This will give us firm financial foundations as an independent country.



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Northern Exposure

We're celebrating George Osbourne's visit to Scotland to threaten us with a look at some of the spectacular distortions and confusions by the London commentariat on independence and w...



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Salmond says 'scaremongering'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said that it is in the interests of the whole of the UK for Scotland to retain sterling.

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Danny Alexander challenged on Ian Taylor money | Scottish National Party

Speaking in advance of the publication by the Treasury of an anti-independence paper on currency policy, the Scottish National Party challenged the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, over the £500,000 donation to the ‘No’ campaign by the president and chief executive of Vitol, Mr Ian Taylor.



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From the cradle to the grave

Johann Lamont, interviewed on the BBC last weekend: "You can understand the desirability of people having access to medicines, but everybody knows there are tough choices being made now." (10m 19s)...

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Orange Order in No vote campaign

THE Orange Order has begun the mobilisation of its members across Scotland as part of its campaign against independence.


Peter A Bell's insight:
As if Better Together didn't have enough problems with the dodgy donations scandal.

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Downgraded Osborne : Drowning in Debt | Scottish National Party

Commenting on the publication of the UK’s debt figures this morning, SNP Treasury Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said that the Chancellor’s credibility was in tatters.



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Treasury would retain ?control? over pound

An independent Scotland would have to give up control over key elements of its economy if it wants to keep on using the pound, Chancellor George Osborne warned today.
Peter A Bell's insight:
I wonder how the markets will react to Osborne's public declaration that the Bank of England does not, in fact, operate as an independent central bank but is subject to political control.

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Osborne and the ?unlikely? currency union with Scotland | Gary Gibbon on Poli...

In a speech in Glasgow,George Osborne says a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK would be unlikely.

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Recycle, repackage, repeat

It would appear that we've reached the point where the anti-independence campaign has officially run out of arguments, and is being forced to reissue its Greatest Hits. The headline on the left is ...

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Treasury queries Scots currency pact

The case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound in a currency pact with the rest of the UK is not clear, according to Treasury analysis.

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Labour calls for powers to increase council tax in bid to aid those facing cu...
THE party's health spokeswoman has called on the Scottish Government to use the powers it has to mitigate the impact of UK welfare reform.

Chancellor George Osborne warns Scotland would have little control over its e...
THE Tory minister says the UK will not agree to a shared currency and Scotland would have no control over the monetary policy that drives our economy.

Atos benefits tests: Retired Royal Navy commodore warns his autistic son face...
TONY Milkinski says his 27-year-old son Sandy has already been hit hard because of a lack of understanding about his condition and now he fears things will get worse when disability living allowance is replaced.

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.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish finance secretary tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independen...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland


  



Currency union with Scotland may not be in UK's interest, says Osborne

Chancellor says abandoning current currency arrangements 'would represent a very deep dive indeed into uncharted waters'

An independent Scotland would be forced to adopt new currency arrangements th...



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 ...



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...



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...



Bella Caledonia

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

Northern Exposure
By Mike Small We’re celebrating George Osborne’s visit to Scotland to threaten us with a look at some of the spectacular distortions and confusions by the London commentariat on independence Contin...

The probable results of Iceland?s upcoming elections?
by Alda Sigmundsdóttir This coming Saturday, Icelanders head to the polls in national elections. The last elections, four years ago, were historic. We had just had an economic meltdown, and the Con...

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 ...

Scotland and Independence

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Government links Scotland independence push to euro problems - Reuters UK

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Government links Scotland independence push to euro problems
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LONDON (Reuters) - The government raised the prospect of euro-style financial problems if Scotland votes for independen...


Scottish independence: Political battle over currency - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Political battle over currency
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It is a statistical squabble. It is an economic engagement. But, assisted by those two disciplines, the contest over the currenc...


Scottish independence: SNP dismisses threat to banknotes as 'scaremongering' ...

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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: Take Note - BBC News

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Scottish Independence: Take Note
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My wallet currently contains pictures of Sir Walter Scott, the Forth Bridge, Culzean Castle and the Glenfinnan Viaduct. One of the banknotes has been...


Scottish independence: Orange Order's no vote plan - Scotsman

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Scottish independence: Orange Order's no vote plan
Scotsman
However, members have to realise this isn't Northern Ireland and we don't have the same clout in the Scottish context.? A spokesman...


Scottish independence: Banknotes safe - Swinney - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Banknotes safe - Swinney
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTTISH banknotes will remain in a post-independence currency union with the rest of the UK, the Finance Secretar...


George Osborne: Scottish independence 'a deep dive into uncharted waters' - T...

George Osborne: Scottish independence 'a deep dive into uncharted waters'
Telegraph.co.uk
George Osborne: Scottish independence 'a deep dive into uncharted waters'. The Chancellor has said that break...


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

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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...


Scottish independence: SNP pound freedom warning - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP pound freedom warning
Scotsman
The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has entered the row over Scotland's use of the pound in the event of independence, ...


Scotland risks losing the pound if it wins bid for independence, George ... -...

Scotland risks losing the pound if it wins bid for independence, George ...
Express.co.uk
Scotland risks losing the pound if it wins bid for independence, George Osborne warns. AN independent Scotlan...


SNP

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The first battle at Thursday's council meeting ? and predictions - For Argyll

For Argyll

The first battle at Thursday's council meeting ? and predictions
For Argyll
The first ? and possibly the decisive battle ? at Thursday's meeting of Argyll and Bute Council will be on an app...


Scottish independence: 'no guarantees' on currency union - Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News

Scottish independence: 'no guarantees' on currency union
Channel 4 News
Scotland's SNP government, which wants to keep the pound in the event of a yes vote in the referendum, dismissed ...


Osborne in pound 'limits' warning - ic Solihull.co.uk

Osborne in pound 'limits' warning
ic Solihull.co.uk
The SNP leader went on to claim that if there was a "resounding" vote for independence, the Chancellor would "sing an entirely different tune". But...


Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union - The Gua...

The Guardian

Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union
The Guardian
But Margaret Curran, Labour's shadow Scottish secretary, supported Osborne's criticisms of the Scottish go...


How can Salmond argue Scotland shouldn't have its own currency? - The Indepen...

The Independent

How can Salmond argue Scotland shouldn't have its own currency?
The Independent
Yet Salmond does not base his appeal for independence on pure nationalist sentiment ? that was more the ...


Scottish Government summer cabinet heads to Hawick in August - The Southern R...

The Southern Reporter

Scottish Government summer cabinet heads to Hawick in August
The Southern Reporter
Scottish Government summer cabinet heads to Hawick in August. SNP ON TOUR IN MELROSE , SCOTTISH...


Independence: Pound pact 'not worth it' - Osborne - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence: Pound pact 'not worth it' - Osborne
Scotsman
Unveiling a major new UK Treasury paper on the currency and monetary options for an independent Scotland, the Chancellor used a spee...


Faced with hard fact the SNP can't offer any answers - Curran - Labour Party

Faced with hard fact the SNP can't offer any answers - Curran
Labour Party
?The SNP are making a promise to Scots that they know they can't keep. Just a few years ago, Alex Salmond said the pound was...


Anti-sectarianism law to be assessed by law chief - Scotsman

Scotsman

Anti-sectarianism law to be assessed by law chief
Scotsman
Committee members were divided on the need for a review, with Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative and independent MSPs suggesting...


Should Scotland have its own currency? Our panel's verdict - Observer

Observer

Should Scotland have its own currency? Our panel's verdict
Observer
The SNP cannot guarantee Scotland would keep the pound after independence. The pound is the UK's currency. If we walk away,...


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...


Comment:Should local Scots referendums be revived? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Comment:Should local Scots referendums be revived?
Scotsman
Local referendums giving voice to the ?wee society? have been held in Scotland since the 19th century. In some cases, they were hel...


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...


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

The Independent

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 ...


Scottish independence: more information or more questions? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: more information or more questions?
BBC News
The Scottish Tories re-opened the door to the transfer of further powers. There was continued delay, until after Scotland's...


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...


Referendum poll boost shows narrowest gap so far - SNP (press release)

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Referendum poll boost shows narrowest gap so far
SNP (press release)
The Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio has shown a dramatic narrowing in the polls...


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...


The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they would choose to vo...


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Sending Food Abraod

Does anyone know if there is a law regarding sending food to the USA?

 

We are going to do a project at school with a school in the US and are going to send each other boxes. I was wanting to put i...



Orange Order 'mobilises' It's Members

The comments are funny

 

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/orange-order-in-no-vote-campaign.20885828

 

 

THE Orange Order has begun the mobilisation of its members across Scotland as ...



I Did Have A Good Chuckle...

....at Flure closing his own thead over on football related.

 

And commenting on himself....



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.

Better Nation

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

The Kind of Country I Want To Live In
A longer guest post today, from Martin Burns, who blogs here. We don’t normally publish old stuff from elsewhere, but this deserves a bigger audience.  The Pragmatic Argument for Independence Let m...

Scotland should now get a grip and get over Thatcher
A guest-style crosspost today from Douglas McLellan, who has a new blog here and who describes himself, amongst other things, as the most right-wing member of the Scottish Greens (as discussed on L...

Over your cities Green grass will grow
The Labour party have looked about them, taken stock of the post-Blair wasteland and identified the enemy. which apparently is those well-known destroyers of democracy and oppressors of the common ...

The War of the Roses
In 1999 I wrote a dissertation for my CSYS Modern Studies entitled: The Autonomy of The Scottish Labour Party. In conclusion, I realised that ?or lack thereof? should have been included in the titl...

Abolishing the ?progressive? hate tendency
A wee guest post today from Duncan Thorp, who’s previously written for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! Here?s a simple experiment. Have a think about the names of political campaigns, pr...

If you can?t take the heat don?t post defamatory articles
NationalCollective is back online today, with an amended article repeating allegations about Ian Taylor which were already in the public domain. While taking a highly principled position about thei...

Is Margaret Thatcher?s greatest achievement still to come?
The delayed debate on Thatcher’s famous quote about society (and no, there’s no amount of context which excuses it) will be taken this afternoon at Holyrood, and the reaction to the debate topic at...

Don?t wrestle pigs in the mud
As has been widely noted, the tone of the debate about independence has gradually gone from bad to worse, and yesterday’s heavy-handed legal action against National Collective hasn’t helped at all ...

Press support, democracy and well resourced media.
Following on from James calling attention to the plight of National Collective and the need for diverse media voices, a link to a post by myself on the Edinburgh based Green media project POST, and...

I am National Collective
Today sees the first threatened legal actions of the independence referendum campaign, with the following notice going up on National Collective’s Facebook page – their main site being down altoget...

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



Orange Order In No Vote Campaign.
THE Orange Order has begun the mobilisation of its members across Scotland as part of its campaign against independence. It has applied to join community councils and is involved in a series of roa...

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 avoida...

Call For Wealthy Scots To Pay More Council Tax.
LEADING academics have called for wealthy Scots living in bigger homes to pay more council tax, in an attempt to ease the impact of the planned bedroom tax on thousands of vulnerable households. Th...

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
From Wings Over ScotlandFixed that for youhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/fixed-that-for-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fixed-that-for-youhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over ...

Fixed that for you
From Wings Over ScotlandFixed that for youhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/fixed-that-for-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fixed-that-for-youhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over ...

Exit, pursued by a bear
From Wings Over ScotlandExit, pursued by a bearhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/exit-pursued-by-a-bear/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exit-pursued-by-a-bearhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/fee...

You?ll have had your tea
From Wings Over ScotlandYou?ll have had your teahttp://wingsoverscotland.com/youll-have-had-your-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=youll-have-had-your-teahttp://wingsoverscotland.com/...

The deconstructed Lamont
From Wings Over ScotlandThe deconstructed Lamonthttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-deconstructed-lamont/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-deconstructed-lamonthttp://wingsoverscotland.co...

Unsteady Eddie
From Wings Over ScotlandUnsteady Eddiehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/unsteady-eddie/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unsteady-eddiehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland W...

Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
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...

 


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