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Conservatives plan to 'keep under the radar' to win seats
The Conservatives plan to increase the number of Westminster seats they hold in Scotland by keeping "under the radar" at the next General Election.

Cameron reveals reforms ?to tackle web porn
David Cameron has threatened to impose tough new laws on internet firms if they fail to blacklist key search terms for horrific images by October as part a crackdown on online porn unveiled yesterday.

Call for probe into Crossrail 'blacklisting'
The Government has been urged to launch a probe into claims of blacklisting against workers on the prestigious Crossrail project after "clear proof" the practice is continuing.

Peer apologises for DVLA comments
A CONSERVATIVE peer has apologised in the House of Lords after he suggested he was able to trace the details of drivers he spotted throwing rubbish out of their cars.

Lord Touhig accuses Government of 'cheapskate' methods over Army cuts
The Government is making soldiers redundant in a "cheapskate" way to save "a few bob in petty cash", a former defence minister has claimed.

EU membership benefits outweigh loss of independence, report claims
The economic benefits of Britain's European Union membership outweigh the loss of independence on policy, the government said yesterday in a review that will underpin Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to renegotiate EU ties and hold a referendum.

Miliband to put union reforms to the vote at special conference
Ed Miliband is to hold a special conference of the Labour Party to ratify his plans for a radical new relationship with trade unions in the wake of the Falkirk allegations.

MPs warn over shortage of school places for Forces families
MPs yesterday warned there could be too few school places for the thousands of children of Forces personnel due to return from Germany over the next three years.

NHS crises prompt plan for new watchdog with teeth
Plans for a tough new health service watchdog have been unveiled following The Herald's NHS Time for Action campaign.

Herald campaign can bring about decisive action and give hope to those most i...
THE Herald's NHS "Time For Action" campaign has shone a light on problems and is giving a much-needed voice to those professionals and patients who care about the health service.

Majority not ready for referendum
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding?independence and the?referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found.

Heseltine senses mood of optimism on recovery
HOPES Britain's ailing ?economy is beginning to mount a sustained recovery should receive a boost this week with official figures set to show a second quarter of growth.

Cameron dreams of liberation in Tory-only government
DAVID Cameron has ?indicated taxes could be cut as the economy recovers after the 2015 General Election and said he looked forward to being liberated ?in a Conservative-only government.

Wait must go on before Labour announces Falkirk candidate
LABOUR'S troubled Falkirk West constituency party is likely to remain in "special measures" for another two months, it has emerged, delaying efforts to select a candidate.

Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum
THE level of taxpayer funding for research projects into the potential effects of Scottish independence is set to top £1.5 million.

 

Scotsman

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Scots law ?more lenient on rapists of partners?

RAPISTS of partners or ex-partners receive lower sentences than those who attack strangers, Scottish judges have admitted.



Tory adviser Crosby: ?Cigarette lobby claim false?

CONSERVATIVE election adviser Lynton Crosby today denied that he has had “any conversation or discussion” with Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue of plain packaging of cigarettes.



Developer loses Aberdeen council HQ legal challenge

ONE of the unsuccessful bidders competing to transform the former headquarters of Aberdeen City Council today lost its legal challenge aimed at blocking the development.



12% of Unite union members would join Labour - poll

JUST 12% of Unite members would sign up as full Labour Party members if reforms to the way the political levy on trade unions is operated went through, according to new polling from former Conservative deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft.



Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil

Scotland’s oil industry will be offered a low-tax future and an open door to government after independence, Alex Salmond declared yesterday.



Sam Ghibaldan: A flawed response that fools no-one

Public scepticism over who influences government policy is unlikely to be appeased by the latest manoeuvres on lobbying, writes Sam Ghibaldan



Tony Lodge: A brand new role for coal

A technique by which the black stuff is burned below the ground to produce gas for electricity generation could make a big contribution to our looming energy shortfall, writes Tony Lodge



David Maddox: Turning a deaf ear to the sex trade

SOMETIMES things happen that are so far outside the accepted political narrative that politicians, and often the national media, simply choose to ignore them and carry on as if it had not happened at all.



Leaders: Salmond wise to view oil as a bonus

Just how much oil is left in the North Sea? And how much of that will actually be extracted? These questions have been seen as central to the debate about independence, for the answers bear heavily on the public finances of an independent Scotland.



Gregor Gall: United in confusion over referendum

Labour and their trades union allies must have a coherent policy in the event of a No vote, writes Gregor Gall



Hugh Reilly: Schools faith policy away with fairies

When I was young, I was a true believer in The Tooth Fairy. Unlike my peers who openly expressed a degree of agnosticism in the sanctum of our den, my faith in the celestial philanthropist was steadfast.



Peter Jones: Rocky road for Scottish exporters

Evidence suggests businesses prefer to sell within their own country, bad news for an independent Scotland, writes Peter Jones



Scottish independence: Oil predictions ?too low?

UK GOVERNMENT predictions for the future of North Sea oil are based on “very low” forecasts which are well below independent analysis, an expert in the field said yesterday.



Families get choice on blocking internet porn

Every household in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it, David Cameron promised yesterday.



Foreign Office warns of EU counter-moves

Britain must be prepared for counter-moves by the European Parliament to gain more control over EU foreign policy, a government review warned yesterday.



Wingsland Blog

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Scotland's largest political party

Meta-polling #1
Okay, we’re cracking on with this poll thing. Now we need your opinion. We want to put a question that will make people really think about the prospects of extra powers for the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote. Which of these do you think is the best way of wording it? [...]

Down with this sort of thing
We’re still mentally paralysed from this morning’s horrific TV, sorry. So here’s a wee screenshot that we took while setting up yesterday’s ludicrously successful fundraiser. Vote Yes to stop this happening in the future, folks.

Please make it stop
Woke up this morning and accidentally switched on the news, foolishly thinking “It happened yesterday afternoon, surely they’ll have run out of completely inane drivel to say about it by now”. Brain now turned to semolina. Can barely construct sentences, let alone analyse anything. Be with you in a bit.

Stag night
Our hardworking and still-undiscovered mole at “Better Together” HQ reveals the extent to which the No campaign is becoming demoralised and irritable over the Scottish media’s increasing weariness – and sometimes outright mockery – of “Project Fear”. (Five bonus points if you spot what’s extra-special about this one.)

Let?s get a thing done
Okay, it seems safe to say already that reaction to the idea is very positive, so why waste time? The new fundraiser page is now live. The more money we raise the more questions we can ask, so let’s see what we can find out. [EDIT: Base target crushed in 70 minutes. Wow. But keep [...]

Let?s do a thing
Recently we’ve seen quite a few people on social media wondering why there hadn’t been any opinion polls on independence published in a while. We thought it was a bit curious ourselves, so we rang a few polling companies with a view to commissioning our own one, but Panelbase told us they were doing fieldwork [...]

The hopeless case
We linked you yesterday to a quite startling display of cognitive dissonance, as a dedicated Labour activist struggled to reconcile his party’s position on Trident with his own belief in disarmament, reaching some quite extraordinary contortions of logic in an attempt to convince himself that staying in the Union represented the best way of ridding [...]

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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Ministers set out oil industry plans
Ministers are to set up an expert commission to examine how an independent Scotland could maximise North Sea returns.

Planning threat to £2bn green plans
Scottish Renewables say proposals from Holyrood to block wind power developments in parts of the country jeopardise £2bn in green energy investment.

One year to go to Commonwealth Games
Sir Chris Hoy joins events in Glasgow to mark the one-year countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

St Nicholas House plan is 'lawful'
A legal challenge to plans for the re-development of former council headquarters in Aberdeen is rejected by the Court of Session.

Seabird colony numbers decimated
The coldest spring in more than 50 years is taking its toll on Scotland?s seabirds with colony numbers down by up to 87%.

South Scotland ITV overhaul unveiled
Television regulator Ofcom announces details of the overhaul it wants to see in the ITV service for the south of Scotland.

Holyrood's £3m Malawi aid package
The Scottish government is providing more than £3m in aid to help fund nine separate projects in poverty-stricken Malawi.

McConnell to chair funding panel
Former first minister Lord McConnell is to head up a new body which could allocate about £90m to local communities over the next 25 years.

Cycle safety 'ghost bike' protest
Two "ghost bikes" are left outside the Scottish Parliament by campaigners calling for investment into cycle safety measures.

Blast quarry a 'potential nuisance'
A report into Lomond Quarry in Leslie, Fife, says operations which have attracted complaints from local residents are "potentially a nuisance".

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

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

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

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

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

Newsnet Scotland

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Recovering from Brain Injury

  The second in a two part series by Lynn Malone [Part One Here]
 
When my son regained consciousness following an accident my immediate response was relief but it was short-lived when it transpired he had a ticking time bomb in his head.
 
Mike, 28, who was studying social work while working with disadvantaged young people, lost his balance going up stairs to his tenement flat, falling onto concrete steps and landing on his head in November 2011.  He suffered a bleed on his brain and an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and had been placed on a ventilator.



Terrorism, Double Standards and the EDL

  By Aamer Anwar
 
You may be shocked to learn that over the last 4 weeks a bombing campaign appears to taken place in England but there was 'no cause for alarm'.
 
In Walsall a nail bomb was found and exploded by bomb disposal squad with the police denying at first that it was an 'act of terror', a week later in Tipton the wrong timing meant only seven people were in a building when a bomb exploded strewing nails, debris across the adjacent car park and shattering windows.



Scottish Labour must clarify its stance on Trident

  By Steven Griffiths

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

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



Economic growth gives Scots a warm feeling

  By George Kerevan
 
Scotland?s economy has been basking in summer sunshine this week. New data showed that the economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, faster than in the UK as a whole.
 
In fact, on an annualised basis, Scottish GDP grew by what counts as fast these days: 1.2 per cent. That compares with an anaemic 0.3 per cent for the UK as a whole.



Dithering over Heathrow damages Scotland

  By George Kerevan
 
YEARS ago Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a play whose basic premise is that hell is being locked up with other people.
 
These days he would probably have a different premise: hell is spending time in any major airport. Yet here?s the curious thing: airports are now the central fulcrum around which the global economy is hinged.



The Independence Referendum - Ignorance is not an option

  By Rob Connell
 
As Stephen Noon has written about so convincingly, it is important that the pro-Independence campaign be a positive one.  After all, the goal is not Independence in itself, rather it is the positive effect self-determination can have on the people of Scotland's lives. 
 
But, purely on a personal basis, I feel that some of the people of Scotland are letting themselves, and the rest of us, down badly ? and frankly it's not bloody good enough.



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

  By Tommy Sheridan

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

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



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

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
It's national 'Hate Salmond Week'.  Not since Fred the Shred took the wrap for destroying Gordon Brown's pledge to end boom and bust has so much ire been aimed at one man.
 
Salmond's crimes include waving a Scottish flag, having his photo taken with a US golfer and suggesting golf clubs ought to accept women as members - shocking.



Britain has become an Unequal and Unfair Society

  By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, July 13th 2013

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

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



Unions - Time to break the ties with Labour

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

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Peter Jones: Rocky road for Scottish exporters

Evidence suggests businesses prefer to sell within their own country, bad news for an independent Scotland, writes Peter Jones
Peter A Bell's insight:

A quite cleverly contrived scare story for a change. What is missed, of course, is the fact that it took a lot of work to uncover this "border effec...



Comment: Scottish monarchy depends on people?s will

The future king would be wise to forge stronger ties with Scotland, writes Michael Fry
Peter A Bell's insight:

Michael Fry seems to imagine that the birth of this child somehow signals hope of a change in the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty that is at the very core of the British state and fr...



Salmond attacks Westminster 'fibs' over North Sea oil

First Minister Alex Salmond will today attack UK Government "fibs" about the potential value of North Sea oil to an independent Scotland.



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Scottish independence: Oil predictions ?too low?

UK GOVERNMENT predictions for the future of North Sea oil are based on “very low” forecasts which are well below independent analysis, an expert in the field said yesterday.
Peter A Bell's insight:

These "oil figures" make no difference whatever. I'll be voting Yes.



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5 Artists in Search of a Country

For one day only five very different artists are meeting to share thoughts on Scotland’s future, what it means and what they hope for, what role art and culture can and should play in the historic debate.


The panel includes MC Solareye from Stanley Odd, the award-winning poet Jenny Lindsay, compos...



First Minister labelled 'hypocrite' over Open sexism boycott
Labour councillors in Aberdeen claim next year's venue for the Scottish Open also has sexist policy.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Desperate barrel-scraping by British Labour. Next they'll be claiming that separate toilets for men and women is "sexist".



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Constituency News

The SNP are committed to a Scottish NHS that is publically funded and publically delivered. We will not follow the privatisation agenda of Westminster.




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The hopeless case

We linked you yesterday to a quite startling display of cognitive dissonance, as a dedicated Labour activist struggled to reconcile his party’s position on Trident with his own belief in disarmament, reaching some quite extraordinary contortions of logic in an attempt to convince himself that sta...



Alex Salmond runs up white flag to Tartan Army

ALEX Salmond was last night accused of running scared of Scotland’s football fans – the famous Tartan Army.

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Scottish Independence: Key questions answered

WELCOME to The Scotsman’s comprehensive guide to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

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The Limits of Labour and Nationalist Scotland

The Scotland of the present is a product of how we understand our past; and the past is always been made, remade and contested.




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BBC Scotland questioned over £5m funding for referendum spend

Questions are being asked over the way BBC bosses are divvying up the extra £5m set aside for next year's referendum output.




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Comment: Create a vision of the Scotland you want

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

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Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears

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

Another day, another scare story from Project Fear.



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Mini-Schengen bites the dust

The Financial Times revealed this week that the governments of London and Dublin plan to implement a “mini-Schengen” area. They plan to implement a visa-free common travel area for the two islands in order to boost their economies, extending the common travel area which has existed between both i...



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Paedophiles will laugh at David Cameron's pornography crackdown, expert warns
FORMER Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre chief Jim Gamble says the Prime Minister's proposals are too little, too late, to protect the nation's children.

Record View: It's time to end the Atos witchhunt against the disadvantaged
RECORD VIEW says that the news the ConDem coalition Government is finally criticising Atos is a significant step forward.

Prime Minister David Cameron warns of tough crackdown and legal reforms for o...
THE government is looking to impose stiff new laws to restrict access to online porn and all internet users will comply unless they choose an opt-out service.

David Cameron warns internet giants to crack down on child porn or face tough...
THE Prime Minister will tell search engine companies like Google that they have a moral duty to stop paedophiles from accessing vile images of youngsters being abused.

Billy Connolly: Comedians should stay out of influencing people in independen...
THE veteran funnyman, who has spoken out against independence in the past, has vowed not to stay out of the debate in the run-up to next year's vote.

Record View: David Cameron is right to demand that it's time to close the net...
THE least we owe the victims of child pornography whose lives have been tainted by sick adults is an internet clampdown, argues RECORD VIEW.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Agony Aunt has problems of his own! Here's a sad letter from my uppity nephew Scott, who thinks he can run his own affairs better than Dave and I can."


How do you solve a problem like a Scott?
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Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.
Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.


Hysteria in Auchenshoogle at Royal birth
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UKOK head, Alastair Darling, attempted to sneak into the viewing enclosure of the pigsty and unfurl a large Union Flag behind Princess as she delivered her final triumphant push.

EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the ...
EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the Natz answer.


First 50 questions from UKOK Black Paper revealed.
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We present a preview of the first 50 major Black Paper questions here.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
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Greeks are foreigners. Scots would als...

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
It's time to get above ourselves

Power in the Darkness
By Mike Small This week we saw the biggest benefit scrounging family in the land have another baby and a huge % of the population revealed as morons, a massive Al Qaida breakout, this travesty, and FINALLY conclusive proof of God’s existence. So, lots of good news. But if you find your self just ...

5 Artists in Search of a Country
For one day only five very different artists are meeting to share thoughts on Scotland’s future, what it means and what they hope for, what role art and culture can and should play in the historic debate. The panel includes MC Solareye from Stanley Odd, the award-winning poet Jenny Lindsay, compo...

Couch Surfing and Crowd-Surfing
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking. Ahead of the festival we found this funny and moving about the nature of performance, faith in humanity, crowd funding, ninja master-level fan-connection and random intimacy  … See more about Amanda P here. Filed under: Arts & Culture, Autonomism Tagged: Amanda P...

Feeling UK:OK? They?ve Just Sold Our Blood Supply
By Tom Walker The Tory government has just sold off state-owned NHS blood supplier Plasma Resources UK to US private equity company Bain Capital for £230 million. Hang on ? Bain, that name rings a bell? Bain Capital is perhaps best known for having been set up by former US presidential candidate ...

For Scottish Wildness
By Alan McCombes In a recent column in the West Highland Free Press, former Labour Cabinet Minster Brian Wilson led the charge against the Scottish Government?s proposal to provide a degree of protection from large scale development for 43 areas of core wild land as mapped by Scottish Natural Her...

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

Mary, Queen of Scots
By Paul Cockburn This summer?s big exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, focuses on the life and death of Mary (or, given her French upbringing, should that be Marie?) Stewart, Queen Regnant of Scotland from 1542 to 1587. Significant loans from public and pr...

Lounge Lizards
By Helen Wright Like many a Scottish queer, I?ve drunk a fair volume of vodka and coke and danced nights away on sticky floors in The Polo Lounge. In its own words, ?Glasgow?s best gay and lesbian party? has been a stalwart of the city?s ?scene? since time immemorial. In recent years, I?ve become...

Get Out Ma Headspace
Stanley Odd & The Electric String Orchestra perform Get Out Ma Headspace at the Fruitmarket Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2013. Catch Stanley Odd performing with The Electric String Orchestra once more on Friday 2nd August at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fr...

Against Scottish Wildness
By Fraser MacDonald I?ll say it upfront and get it out of the way: I?ve never had much time for John Muir. He has become one of Scotland?s revered secular saints ? a founding figure of modern environmentalism and, most recently, the poster boy for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013. His name has b...

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil
Scotsman
Scotland's oil industry will be offered a low-tax future and an open door to government after independence, Alex Salmond declared yesterday. ? Scottish Government announces commission on maximising oil and gas reserves. ? Funds fr...


Scottish independence: Oil industry plans outlined - Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Oil industry plans outlined
Scotland on Sunday
Scotland's oil industry will be offered a low tax future and an open door to government after independence, Alex Salmond declared yesterday. ? Scottish Government announces commission on maximising oil and gas reserves. ? Funds f...


Scottish independence: Oil commission planned - Scotsman

Scottish independence: Oil commission planned
Scotsman
First Minister Alex Salmond said: ?Almost all oil production and more than half of total gas production over the next three decades will take place in Scottish waters. And of course, only through independence would Scotland receive the tax reve...


Scottish independence: McCrone wary of 'upheaval' - Scotsman

Scotsman

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


Scottish independence: Oil predictions 'too low' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Oil predictions 'too low'
Scotsman
The pro-independence campaign aims to convince voters there is enough remaining oil to support an independent Scotland in the medium term. More than 40 billion barrels has already been extracted from UK waters, and oil production is ...


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

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


Billy Connolly: Comedians should stay out of influencing people in ... - Scot...

Scottish Daily Record

Billy Connolly: Comedians should stay out of influencing people in ...
Scottish Daily Record
COMEDIANS have no business telling people how to vote in next year's independence referendum, says Billy Connolly. The Big Yin, in Scotland to film What We Did On Our Holiday with David...


Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

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


EU membership benefits outweigh loss of independence, report claims - Herald ...

EU membership benefits outweigh loss of independence, report claims
Herald Scotland
The economic benefits of Britain's European Union membership outweigh the loss of independence on policy, the government said yesterday in a review that will underpin Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to renegotia...


Scottish independence: Susan Boyle will vote 'No' - Scotsman

Scotsman

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


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil
Scotsman
Scottish independence: SNP sweeten deal for big oil. The Scottish Government has announced plans for an oil and gas commission. Picture: TSPL. by EDDIE BARNES. Published on the 23 July 2013 22:44. Published 23/07/2013 22:44. 133 c...


SNP Security deploys ComOps Microster workforce management solution - Ferret

Ferret

SNP Security deploys ComOps Microster workforce management solution
Ferret
SNP Security, one of the largest privately-owned security enterprises in Australasia is implementing the proven workforce management solution from ComOps . A leading provider of workforce management solutions, ComOps h...


Alex Salmond 'needs Scotland to thrash England at football' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond 'needs Scotland to thrash England at football'
Telegraph.co.uk
He thinks that sport could prove as important in the SNP's campaign for independence as North Sea oil and gas and has organised a national conference titled: ?The Scotland-England Match ? Football and Nationa...


SNP Lay Out Oil And Gas Plan For Independent Scotland - 4RFV

SNP Lay Out Oil And Gas Plan For Independent Scotland
4RFV
The SNP have published a paper detailing the administration's plan for the industry in an independent Scotland, highlighting that it would not increase the sectors tax burden. It also stresses that no changes would be made to the fiscal reg...


Darling oil blunder reveals Project Fear panic - SNP (press release)

Darling oil blunder reveals Project Fear panic
SNP (press release)
Alistair Darling has been challenged to withdraw his 'ridiculous' claim that there are only 2 billion barrels of oil left in the North Sea, after the SNP accused the No campaign of 'panicking' over the success of Scotland's North Se...


Wind farm developments threatened by SNP's proposed planning policies - stv.tv

Wind farm developments threatened by SNP's proposed planning policies
stv.tv
Wind power developments could be blocked across much of Scotland by new planning policies, a leading green energy group has claimed. Under Scottish Government proposals, progress towards climate change targets could be jeo...


MSP welcomes improved South Scotland ITV coverage - SNP (press release)

MSP welcomes improved South Scotland ITV coverage
SNP (press release)
Joan McAlpine MSP has welcomed today's announcement from Ofcom on the future of channel 3 TV in Southern Scotland as a step in the right direction. The SNP MSP said that the regulator's decision to instruct ITV to provide relevan...


SNP cabinet visit: housing debt and constitution top of SIC's agenda - Shetla...

Shetland Times Online

SNP cabinet visit: housing debt and constitution top of SIC's agenda
Shetland Times Online
SIC convener Malcolm Bell says the local authority hopes to use this week's visit of senior Scottish Government figures to make the case for its historic housing debt to be dropped ? and ...


Rapid and robust phylotyping of spa t003, a dominant MRSA clone in ... - 7thS...

Rapid and robust phylotyping of spa t003, a dominant MRSA clone in ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Real-time PCR assays were designed around target SNPs and validated using a repository of 240 previously sub-typed and epidemiologically characterized Luxembourg MRSA isolates, including 153 ...


Study of how independent Scotland could maximise oil revenue - STV Local

Study of how independent Scotland could maximise oil revenue
STV Local
The SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Maureen Watt, said: "We should be working with our industry, not against it, and the Scottish Government's commitment to do so stands in stark contrast to some of the recent d...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

Majority not ready for referendum
Herald Scotland
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues .....


Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
Already, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) has appointed seven one-year fellowships, which will look into various aspects of Scottish independence. But in a parliamentary answer, David Willetts...


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

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


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


NHS boss must put referendum before patients - Express.co.uk

NHS boss must put referendum before patients
Express.co.uk
The Scottish Government has been criticised after a post advertising the role of NHS Scotland chief executive and director general of health and social care outlined commitments for driving independence before mentioning healthcare and hosp...


Gregor Gall: United in confusion over referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Gregor Gall: United in confusion over referendum
Scotsman
United with Labour, launched by former prime minister, Gordon Brown, was the product of growing dissatisfaction within the Scottish Labour Party and its affiliated trades unions that the Better Together Vote No campaign was both inap...


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

allmediascotland.com (press release)

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


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

allmediascotland.com (press release)

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


Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign - stv.tv

The Times (subscription)

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


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

IBTimes.co.uk

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


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Woody Allen Documentary Tonight 10.35Pm

On BBC1 at 10.35pm after the news. Could be quite interesting/funny for any Woody Allen fans.



Arm Stuck In A Bucket Of Dog Crap

Finally the embarrassment of the guy from Aberdeen who was termed 'bucket heid' after he got his ...



More Investment In Scotland.

Can't wait to read how the Hootsmon reports this:

 

http://www.railway-technology.com/news/newshe...



Stun Guns

http://news.stv.tv/west-central/233695-glasgow-carer-who-bought-stun-gun-to-protect-mother-jailed...



Scottish Sports Radio Station To Launch

A ROUND-the-clock radio station devoted to Scottish sport is to launch within the next few weeks....



Thunderstorms

Nice big one in Edinburgh right now. I work on the top of Blackford Hill so I'm right in the midd...



Royal Bairn - What Is More Tedious...

...the media coverage and those people actually interested in the occasion? Or people who say the...



It's A Boy!

.... well, that's about it.

 

 

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80S Rewind
looking for one ticket for this on sat , PM me if you know of anyone selling one let me know

Dennis Farina Rip

Star of many a movie - namely Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and numerous top TV shows has pass...



Better Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

Whatever way you think we should use our immense oil and gas resources, one thing is increasingly...



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

Jeane Freeman, co-founder of Women for Independence writing in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday 

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

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



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



Perspectives: 'British constitution has always been a mess'

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



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

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



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

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



First Minister Alex Salmond outlines the case for Yes

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



The Ministry of Defence isn?t working for Scotland

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



Once in a lifetime opportunity

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



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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



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

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

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



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

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

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



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

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

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



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

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

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



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

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

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



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

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

Steve Bell



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

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

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



 

   

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