Chap-Chap.com
Scottish Politics and Referendum News - aggregated

About and Contact | Scottish products store | Archive

Share this:


The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

PM ready to let in Syria refugees
DAVID Cameron appears to be edging his way towards a formal acceptance that the UK will take some Syrian refugees as pressure from within and outwith the Coalition mounts ahead of a Commons vote next week.

Warning on police search tactics
POLICE tactics on using stop-and-search powers risk "alienating a generation" and an overhaul of their use must be ordered, MSPs have been told.

Drivers in six more rural areas to get cheaper fuel
DRIVERS in another six rural areas in Scotland could benefit from lower fuel prices under plans to be unveiled today.

Job boom as firms 'reshore' work, says Cameron
Billions of pounds worth of jobs could be "reshored" back to the UK from abroad, David Cameron will say today.

PM urged to apologise for calling union official 'rogue'
David Cameron should appear before MPs to apologise for labelling a union official a "rogue", Parliament has been told.

Salmond under par over Ryder Cup £50,000
IT'S not every golfer who picks up an albatross at the Ryder Cup, but Alex Salmond bagged a beauty in Chicago in 2012.

First Minister travel row
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has provoked anger after rejecting calls to explain a £54,000 travel bill as "ridiculous frippery".

Interest rate rise more likely after drop in jobless
THE prospect of households facing higher mortgage rates sooner rather than later has been raised with the unexpectedly sharp fall in unemployment across Britain.

Labour votes to support Government spending proposals
Labour has voted to support the SNP's spending plans for the year ahead after talks on how to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax.

Miliband performs strongly on weekly PMQs
KEEP calm and look prime ministerial.

LibDems 'strongly deny' Lord Rennard cover-up
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael has strongly denied any Liberal Democrat cover-up in the Lord Rennard harassment row as a court battle looms.

Swinney grapples with bedroom tax
TALKS are to continue between finance secretary Johns Swinney and his Labour counterpart Iain Gray on how to direct more money into the bedroom tax crisis, after the Budget Bill was given initial approval last night.

Lord Steel urges fellow peer and his party leader to 'get a grip'
NICK Clegg and the Liberal Democrat leadership should "get a grip" and sort out the crisis engulfing the party, former leader Lord Steel of Aikwood has urged.

Debate to address Coalition cutbacks
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney has pledged today's Budget debate will do everything possible to tackle the effects of what he described as Westminster's cuts.

Images of Syria killings are smuggled to UK
WAR crimes experts say they have received a huge cache of photographs documenting the killing of 11,000 detainees by Syrian authorities.


Newsfeed display by CaRP

 

Scotsman

The Scotsman - Politics Feed

John Curtice: MEP vote may tell more than Fife
24 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

IN TRUTH, a parliamentary by-election in a safe Labour seat such as Cowdenbeath would normally attract little attention. However, with the country having to decide its constitutional future, times are not normal.



Scots ?may face rape trial on word of accuser?
24 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

A RAPE suspect could be put on trial in future even when the victim is the only person placing him at the scene of the crime, the Lord Advocate has indicated.



Scottish independence: ?More Holyrood powers? plan
24 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND’S main pro-union leaders are poised to establish the “bones of an agreement” on handing more powers to Holyrood before the referendum as an alternative to independence.



Leaders: Cowdenbeath | Pakistan blasphemy
24 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ONCE the votes in a parliamentary by-election are counted and tallied, it is always tempting to pore over them in search of something which can be declared to be evidence of a seismic upheaval in politics, that voters are demanding a new direction.



Alf Young: Fiscal explanations are lost in space
24 Jan 2014 at 4:02pm

TO UNDERSTAND complex problems we need a language, but in the case of the economy the message is being lost, writes Alf Young



Gerry Hassan: Scotland heading for seismic shift
24 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm

WE are moving in the opposite direction to the UK, but will it be divorce or a more open kind of marriage, asks Gerry Hassan



Pete Martin: Newspapers united on the referendum
24 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm

THE mainstream press don’t usually speak with a single voice. But there is a disappointing unanimity on the most crucial question Scots have faced for years, writes Pete Martin



The Scotsman cartoon, 25/01/14 - Cowdenbeath
24 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm

LABOUR’S win in the Cowdenbeath by-election is the subject of today’s cartoon.



Scottish independence: ?American-led wars risk?
24 Jan 2014 at 8:49am

GEORGE Galloway has warned that an independent Scotland would be dragged into American-led wars like the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts under the SNP’s plans to join defence pact Nato.



Scottish independence: River City star voting Yes
24 Jan 2014 at 7:04am

ONE OF the stars of soap opera River City has announced she will be voting Yes in the independence referendum.



Sir Ian Wood withdraws £50m gift to Aberdeen
24 Jan 2014 at 2:45am

OIL tycoon Sir Ian Wood today announced his offer of a £50 million gift to help transform the heart of Aberdeen city centre had been formally withdrawn.



Johann Lamont hails ?significant? Cowdenbeath win
23 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm

LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has hailed her party’s success in the Cowdenbeath by-election as “a very significant result”.



Stop and search ?risks alienating generation?
23 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

THE spiralling use of stop and search by Scottish police risks the “alienation of a generation”, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned.



Scottish independence: Border passport check claim
23 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond’s plans to attract immigrants to an independent Scotland would result in passports having to be presented at the English border, the UK government has suggested.



Leaders: SSE | Alex Salmond
23 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

ENERGY giant SSE’s customers will feel understandably embittered by news from the Perth-based company that it is on course to make record profits of £1.5 billion in the year to the end of March.




Newsfeed display by CaRP

Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

The Day After
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jan 2014 at 10:00am
Something annoyed us a great deal this week, and for once it wasn’t some fatuous statement from Alistair Darling or Alistair Carmichael or Ruth Davidson (though all of those were in plentiful supply too). Rather, it was a comment from a distinguished academic and professional in what was otherwise a good-news story. The chap in [...]

What lives under rocks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jan 2014 at 6:59am
When someone sent us a collection of tweets in the immediate aftermath of the Clutha tragedy late last year, we decided not to use them. It wasn’t for any great moral reason – we’ve previously highlighted despicable No-camp scumbags making political capital out of the deaths of innocent people - but we were just too sickened [...]

Faster than we can write
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jan 2014 at 5:16am
So, last night we mooted the idea of running a book on which “Better Together” scare story would crumble to dust next. We didn’t even have time to come up with odds for “the Clyde shipyards will close because the UK doesn’t build warships abroad”, and now it’s too late. We really need to move quicker. [...]

My cyber shame
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jan 2014 at 4:19am
Tell you what, readers – say what you like about the Daily Mail, but you certainly can’t accuse them of not really going for it once they get an idea into their heads. These are all just from the last week or so, and there’s more to come. The paper has been going around doorstepping [...]

Walls come tumbling down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2014 at 1:46pm
“Better Together” must be nearly out of green bottles by now. 2014 has seen a bonfire of the scare stories. First to go was the terror of debt, which also all but guaranteed that there WILL be a Sterling currency union after independence (because the last thing the UK government needs is to have whatever [...]

A frightened man
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2014 at 8:55am
The Daily Mail is proving an even more consistent source of comedy than usual of late, nowhere more so than its superb “Cybernat Watch” column (which we were delighted to find ourselves in this morning, on only its second day). Today the collection of partial, out-of-context quotes from random tweets was nestled into a bizarre [...]

The monsters of Foreignland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2014 at 5:30am
If it’s Thursday, it must be foreigners. Today’s terror attack on the independence movement is an attempted pincer movement, themed (again) around the dire menace posed to us by those swarthy, primitive, untrustworthy devils who don’t even speak the Queen’s English. And no, Glaswegian readers, we don’t mean people from Dundee. We’re talking about the [...]

Making Britain great again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jan 2014 at 3:39am
The front page of this morning’s Telegraph. We can’t decide which part we’re the most proud of.

No-one actually dies
by Julie McDowall
22 Jan 2014 at 1:00pm
The headline above comes, with a small twist of artistic licence, from Philip Larkin?s brilliant poem ?Toads?, and it?s easy to believe it if you should ever find yourself reading the Mail Online website. Those paddling in its perfumed waters would be forgiven for thinking Earth a bright, spangly place full of luscious women and rich [...]

Revealed: the price of independence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jan 2014 at 5:34am
Today’s release of the 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey results provided an interesting pair of stats. Scottish people told pollsters ScotCen that they’d favour independence by a very big margin (52% to 30%, or 63 to 37 excluding Don’t Knows) if they could be assured that they’d be personally £500 a year better off. However, [...]


Newsfeed display by CaRP

BBC Scotland

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


Women's voices 'need to be heard'
24 Jan 2014 at 6:58pm
The deputy first minister and shadow Scottish secretary address a convention on Scottish independence amid concerns women's voices are not being heard.


Labour wins Cowdenbeath by-election
24 Jan 2014 at 6:31am
Alex Rowley holds the Scottish Parliament seat of Cowdenbeath for Labour in a by-election sparked by the death of sitting MSP Helen Eadie.


Police control room cuts proposed
24 Jan 2014 at 12:22pm
Proposals from Police Scotland suggest reducing the number of control rooms it operates across the country.


Lords to examine independence
24 Jan 2014 at 11:48am
A new inquiry into the implications of Scottish independence has been launched by peers in the House of Lords.


Labour 'could run post yes Scotland'
23 Jan 2014 at 3:37pm
Labour could form the first government of an independent Scotland in the event of a "yes" vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars says.


Consent for major energy projects
24 Jan 2014 at 9:06am
Major renewables projects in Fife and the Highlands are given planning consent by the Scottish Ministers.


Scotland 'benefits from UK border'
22 Jan 2014 at 7:44pm
The UK government has said that Scotland benefits from border protection and international influence as part of the Union.


Row over 'stifling democracy' claim
24 Jan 2014 at 4:23am
A council's administration asks a councillor to apologise for her accusation that the local authority is "stifling democracy".


Lawyers divided over Scotland in EU
23 Jan 2014 at 11:22am
MSPs find lawyers, including a former European Court judge, at loggerheads over what Scotland's EU status might be in the event of independence.


Right-to-buy plea for football fans
23 Jan 2014 at 3:27am
Football fans should have the first right-to-buy their clubs, according to the Scottish Green Party.


Council could quit umbrella group
23 Jan 2014 at 5:18am
Dumfries and Galloway Council tables plans which could pave the way for it to leave Scotland's local authority umbrella group Cosla.


Pre-referendum budget backed by MSPs
22 Jan 2014 at 11:54am
The Scottish government's final budget before the independence referendum is backed in principle by parliament.


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


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


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


Newsfeed display by CaRP

Newsnet Scotland

News Scotland | News - Scottish, Politics, Economy and Culture
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

Sillars could woo Left to Yes camp
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Jan 2014 at 1:29am

By George Kerevan

The name of Aneurin ?Nye? Bevan has receded into history and with it his political reputation ? radical Welsh firebrand, theoretical maverick, spell-bounding orator. At best, Bevan is remembered as founder of the NHS, but he was lots more. He brought a rare sense of passion, humanity and intellectual questioning to post-war British politics, even if his political gyrations irritated friends as well as foes, and his relentless individualism strained personal relationships.



Robert Burns on Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Jan 2014 at 2:23pm

By Patrick Scott Hogg

Thus bold, independent, unconquer?d and free
Her bright course of glory forever shall run
For Brave Caledonia immortal must be
I?ll prove it from Euclid as clear as the sun!
Robert Burns.

The answer to whether or not Robert Burns would be a YES or a NO voter in this year?s Referendum lies in our understanding of his principles, values and passionately held beliefs which thread through his poetry and letters like golden thread. 



Newsnet Scotland interview with Dr. Mark McNaught
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Jan 2014 at 9:29am

  In this interview American Dr Mark McNaught reflects on his motivation for writing for Newsnet Scotland and participating in the independence referendum debate. 

Given the deep yet understandable cynicism many Scots express towards politics, but also given the magnitude of the historical opportunity granted to Scots, he laments on the simplistic and puerile way in which the media has been covering it.



Be Clear Who Britain is Great For
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Jan 2014 at 1:00am

By Gerry Hassan
 
The independence debate is about many things ? politics, practicalities, personalities.
 
More than this it is about emotions ? ranging from hope and fear, to anger, indignation and even incomprehension.
 
We have heard enough about the supposedly ?Braveheart? idea of Scottish independence, but what of the emotional case for Britain and the union?



Why did Better Together silence itself?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Jan 2014 at 7:46am

   By Lynda Williamson Editor of Newsnet Scotland

Now that the festive season is behind us, here at Newsnet we're keen to get cracking with renewed vigour on our quest to shine a light on the big issues surrounding the referendum.  Welfare, currency, the EU and the future of Scotland?s funding under Barnett ? or whatever replaces it, are all issues that deserve scrutiny.

Whatever you think about independence, the very process of making the choice has reinvigorated Scottish politics.



Winning workers to Yes is key to indy victory
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
18 Jan 2014 at 8:09am

By Colin Fox

The 1.2 per cent growth in the UK economy heralded by Tory Chancellor George Osborne in his 'Autumn Statement' is unlikely to provide much relief for working people any time soon.

That was the stark message from the Office for Budget Responsibility at New Year. Their report on the state of the UK economy pointed out, among other things, that the purchasing power of average wages has fallen by 17 per cent in real terms since 2008 and shows no signs of recovery before 2017.
The average Scots family therefore faces a loss of £61 a week in median earnings compared to 2008 by 2018.



Failure at the BBC
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jan 2014 at 4:21pm

By Derek Bateman
 
It won?t come as a surprise to anyone consuming the news and following the national debate closely but the academic study of broadcast output in Scotland published today is a serious blow to the credibility of our national broadcasters. The numbers make worrying reading for the guardians of balance in the news on our screens and they demand a response.
 
The work by the University of West of Scotland is exactly what BBC Scotland should have been doing itself as part of its duty to the Scots to provide balanced and fair coverage. If even a token accounting had been started a year ago, they would have realised quickly there was a problem that needed to be addressed.



An academic study into TV news reporting of the Scottish Independence Referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jan 2014 at 2:49pm

  Fairness in the First Year? BBC and ITV Coverage of the Scottish Referendum Campaign from September 2012 to September 2013

John Robertson, University of the West of Scotland

The Scottish electorate will vote in an independence referendum on Thursday 18th September 2014. They will be asked ?Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or No.? The Referendum Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 21st March 2013.



Payday loans ? are we taking our eye off the ball?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Jan 2014 at 5:56am

  By Lynn Malone
 
Payday loans reared their ugly head in the news this week again.  It was widely reported in the media that one million people in the UK had taken a payday loan to fund their housing costs.
 
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) reported that that bureaus across Scotland see over 100 victims of payday loans each week.  And on Thursday the Scottish government announced plans to convene a summit to look at halting the growth of payday lenders on the high street.



Is a people's co-op ScotRail possible?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
16 Jan 2014 at 4:19pm

By Roz Paterson

Happy new year to all public transport users! Alas, your numbers are dwindling, as new figures show that two thirds of working Scots eschew buses and trains in favour of commuting by car, a depressingly downward trend in public transport usage at a time when the effects of climate change are literally on our doorsteps, and a serious change in travel habits is urgently required.




Newsfeed display by CaRP

Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Leaders: SSE | Alex Salmond
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 11:17am

ENERGY giant SSE’s customers will feel understandably embittered by news from the Perth-based company that it is on course to make record profits of £1.5 billion in the year to the end of March.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Sometimes there's nothing more to say to The Scotsman than shut the f*** up! Won...



What lives under rocks
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 10:58am

When someone sent us a collection of tweets in the immediate aftermath of the Clutha tragedy late last year, we decided not to use them. It wasn't for any great moral reason - we've previously high...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

The Day After
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 10:35am

Something annoyed us a great deal this week, and for once it wasn't some fatuous statement from Alistair Darling or Alistair Carmichael or Ruth Davidson (though all of those were in plentiful suppl...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

The World Is Not Scottish
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 10:20am

One of the souvenirs to be reliably found in the gift emporia on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, alongside the See You Jimmy hats and the Princess Diana memorial tartan, is a nasty litt...



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Faster than we can write
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 9:31am

So, last night we mooted the idea of running a book on which "Better Together" scare story would crumble to dust next. We didn't even have time to come up with odds for "the Clyde shipyards will cl...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

My cyber shame
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 4:51am

Tell you what, readers - say what you like about the Daily Mail, but you certainly can't accuse them of not really going for it once they get an idea into their heads. These are all just from the l...
Peter A Bell's insight:

With apologies for the strong expletives...



See it on Scoop.it, via Referen...

EU states could add 18 months to timescale to join
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 3:41am
COUNTRIES already in the EU could add a long delay to an independent Scotland's plans to join the union, a top academic has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

How come they are always "top academics" so long as they are peddling the British nationalist line? There is certainly little in Professor Kenn...



River City's Kelly-Marie: I'm voting Yes in indyref
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 2:38am
One of the stars of soap opera River City has announced she will be voting Yes in the independence referendum.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

No campaign claims on indy Scotland EU membership are "not realistic" says ex...
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 2:13am

A leading expert on the European Union has described as "not realistic" claims from opponents of independence who say a newly independent Scotland would have to join a queue of new applicants before re-entering the EU.




See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Scottish independence: Sillars slams White Paper
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 2:06am

FORMER SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars attacked Alex Salmond’s independence white paper as a plan for a “mini UK” as he called for a Socialist alternative to the nationalist’s blueprint for leaving Britain.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The fact that Jim Sillars disagrees with aspects of SNP policy is hard...



Scottish independence: Border passport check claim
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 1:19am

ALEX Salmond’s plans to attract immigrants to an independent Scotland would result in passports having to be presented at the English border, the UK government has suggested.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is interesting, if unsurprising, that The Scotsman contrived to ignore arguably the most signific...



Analysis: what Cowdenbeath says about the parties as 18/9/14 looms
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 1:03am

As the first set-piece contest of 2014, the Year of the Referendum, all the party strategists are today trying to read the runes from Cowdenbeath in terms of September. So what does it mean for the individual parties?
Peter A Bell's insight:

I doubt if any "party strategists" are foolish enough to ...



UK government says immigration policy caters for Scottish needs
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 12:47am

Claim made in the latest Scotland Analysis paper on case for keeping country in UK.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Sarwar's "dismissive arrogance" condemned
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 12:24am

Labour MP Anas Sarwar has come under fire amid claims he was dismissive, arrogant and showed contempt for Scottish people on BBC2 Scotland's independence referendum debate, last night.




See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Breaking News?BBC threatens academic
by Peter A Bell
24 Jan 2014 at 12:18am

Fascinating to see the BBC's priorities revealed so nakedly tonight when Pacific Quay management contacted the University of the West of Scotland to object to the UWS Bias in Broadcasting report which, as far as I can see, they didn't have the courage to broadcast.




See it on Scoop.it, via Referend...


Newsfeed display by CaRP

Daily Record

dailyrecord - Politics
RSS feed from Daily Record


House of Lords launches new inquiry into constitutional implications of Scott...
by dailyrecord
24 Jan 2014 at 9:50am
PEERS to probe whether Scottish Government's proposed timetable on independence is realistic.


Cowdenbeath by-election: Labour victory is a very important message from vote...
by dailyrecord
24 Jan 2014 at 7:25am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Lamont hailed the margin of her party's victory - almost double the votes of the SNP - and said voters were "telling Alex Salmond to get on with his day job".


Scottish Government approve two renewable energy projects for construction in...
by dailyrecord
24 Jan 2014 at 6:51am
A NEW 20-turbine wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a heat and power biomass plant at the Port of Rosyth have been approved by ministers.


Torcuil Crichton: Lib Dems' existence as electoral force called into question...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Jan 2014 at 2:59am
TORCUIL reflects on another miserable night for the Lib Dems as they win just 425 votes in the Cowdenbeath by-election and asks: "Is this the end for the party in Scotland?"


More than 10m Brits living below breadline, new study reveals
by Mark Ellis
24 Jan 2014 at 1:25am
THE number of British families who are scraping by on less than the minimum income needed to live adequately has soared from 3.8million to 4.7million.


Cowdenbeath by-election result: Alex Rowley holds seat for Scottish Labour
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2014 at 7:46pm
ALEX ROWLEY has held the Scottish Parliament Cowdenbeath seat for Labour with 11,192 votes in the by-election which was called following the death of sitting MSP Helen Eadie.


Former Labour MPs claim voting Yes in referendum is not a vote for the SNP
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
JIM SILLARS and Dennis Canavan have backed independence and believe the move could help secure the election of a Labour government in Scotland.


Alex Salmond under fire for staying at celebrity hotel favoured by Beyonce an...
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2014 at 9:33am
THE First Minister faced a heated exchange between Labour leader Johann Lamont during Questions at Holyrood over the trip to America.


SNP veteran Jim Sillars insists blueprint for independence can be 'ignored' a...
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2014 at 7:33am
THE former SNP deputy said he and others may join Labour if it "rediscovers" its socialism after a Yes vote on September 18.


Plans to give football fans first right to buy their clubs are unveiled by Sc...
by dailyrecord
23 Jan 2014 at 5:39am
GREEN MSP Alison Johnstone brought forward amendments to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill to help fans buy football clubs.


Record View: Come down to earth over latest unemployment figures
by Record View
23 Jan 2014 at 3:38am
WHILE the latest unemployment figures are to be commended RECORD VIEW insists there is still more work to be done to improve job security in Scotland.


Over 30,000 young Scots have found work since appointment of minister to tack...
by David Clegg
23 Jan 2014 at 3:05am
SINCE Angela Constance's appointment as Youth Employment Minister in December 2011, the number of young people out of work has fallen by 34,000.


Justice Secretary says the requirement of corroboration in criminal trials ha...
by dailyrecord
22 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
KENNY MacAskill insists the rule, which means there needs to be evidence against an accused from more than one source, has prevented cases being brought to court.


Chef Albert Roux dishes up his view on independence and asks: If Scotland vot...
by dailyrecord
22 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
THE food guru was on good form at an event in Scotland this week as he said: ?Not just the prime ministers but chancellors, heads of the Army ? all Scottish.?


Finance Secretary urges MSPs to support budget for 2014/2015 which will inclu...
by dailyrecord
22 Jan 2014 at 4:21am
THE Budget Bill has confirmed plans for £59million over a two year period which would enable more childcare places, and £55 million over the same period for free school meals.


Newsfeed display by CaRP

BBC Scotlandshire's Facebook feed

BBC Scotlandshire's Facebook Wall
BBC Scotlandshire's Facebook Wall

"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little ex...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2014 at 1:38pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's insensitive Cyberarmy turn me into a useless waste of space.
Share it and see how uncaring and unkind those Cybernats can be!"



Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury and incompetence to a report about the BBC and STV.


Spoof BBC knickers get twisted
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do what Nixon should have done, and BURN THE FUC*ING TAPES, so that there is no evidence.

New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesyawn.


Spoof BBC deploys the yawn weapon
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Panellists were forced to comment repeatedly that the choice of questions directed vaguely in their direction were largely irrelevant to the debate on split...

"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 5:35pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's tree-tossing Cyberarmy turn me too into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty those pinko Cabernats c...

STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 1:03pm
STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.


Dead poets to decide splittist referendum!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Some politicians spread clouds of misery, fogs of obscurity and deep depressions wherever they go.

Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jan 2014 at 2:55pm
Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their own.


Blow for Salmond; Scots have not invented a thing, report finds
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Andy Murray left Scotlandshire to train in better environments. His greatest achievements were in England and the US.

"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a li...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's Cyberarmy turn me into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty the Cabernats can be!"



Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising Eng...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 3:46pm
Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising England.


Yes vote will cost families in Scotlandshire £billions
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It is therefore inconceivable, if Scotland's 5 million were to become a separate country, that they could keep their bit of the UK's r...

Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was alleged...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jan 2014 at 3:28pm
Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was allegedly in tears today when he flew north to Glasgow to make a speech, which was then covered as sparsely as his head.


Hague's 'rape case' overshadowed by Babe Ruth's caber obsession
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Trees, telephone ...

Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Ministe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Jan 2014 at 5:08pm
Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Minister announced that he had been passed over as Minister for Portsmouth


Carmichaelmoore's 'positive case' overshadowed by his demotion
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
When Carmichaelmoore declared, The NHS, the BBC, our sporting ev...

We regret having accidentally published this England only article. DO NOT REA...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jan 2014 at 12:40pm
We regret having accidentally published this England only article. DO NOT READ IT!



Fracking England!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Since fracking is likely to pollute the water, it seems likely that Whitehall has its head up its collective arse again. I'm hoping to get a job in Dalwhinnie

While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 1:23pm
While the world's media on the activities of President Hollande, we bring you the exciting expose of James Kelly MSP.


James Kelly MSP - A Transparent Profile
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
James is too humble to boast, but is content for his admirers to praise his low profile. Indeed, his profile is so...

Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2014 at 9:13am
Shock News - Articles by the splittist agitator "Rev Stu" shown to corrupt the minds of infants.



Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 1:11pm
Research confirms poor people are to blame (for everything).


Feckless wasters cause recessions - leading academic
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
TV companies have been given money to create programmes such as ?Benefits Street?, and ?You?re a Scrounger spending my money, you Bastard?

Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
Where's the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Darlings when its needed?




Newsfeed display by CaRP

Bella Caledonia



Scotland's other national blog


The World Is Not Scottish
by bellacaledonia
24 Jan 2014 at 9:50am
By Fraser MacDonald One of the souvenirs to be reliably found in the gift emporia on Edinburgh?s Royal Mile, alongside the See You Jimmy hats and the Princess Diana memorial tartan, is a nasty little tea towel bearing that old... Read More ›


Red Star or Dark Star?
by bellacaledonia
23 Jan 2014 at 3:02pm
By Mike Small The week began with Will Hutton (‘Britain (sic)is scared to face the real issue’) warning: “Societies as unequal as Britain’s are profoundly dysfunctional. The inequality that drove the last crash is even greater now and, ominously, the same forces... Read More ›


Bigotry, Football and Scotland
by bellacaledonia
23 Jan 2014 at 7:39am
By Dominic Brown Scots in general love football, but we?re not very good at it. Football talk in this country frequently centres around off-field issues, touching on social and political topics. In this context belongs Bigotry, Football and Scotland, a... Read More ›


Fame
by bellacaledonia
21 Jan 2014 at 11:21am
By Mike Small Andy Warhol included the words “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” in the program for a 1968 exhibition of his work at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, to which Banksy replied 36 years later:... Read More ›

Celebrate Robert Burns
by bellacaledonia
20 Jan 2014 at 11:21am
Yes Scotland will celebrate the life of Robert Burns on Friday 24th January 2014 in Edinburgh. The fundraiser Gala Dinner will be held at The Hub venue on the Royal Mile, 7pm til midnight. The contemporary Burns Supper will feature special performances... Read More ›


Robert Burns for Independence
by bellacaledonia
19 Jan 2014 at 1:52pm
By Patrick Scott Hogg, author of  The Patriot Bard and The Canongate Burns (with Andrew Noble). In this article I show the unbound Scottish patriotism of Robert Burns and argue he would have been a leading voice of the Yes... Read More ›

Scotland?s Good Neighbour
by bellacaledonia
19 Jan 2014 at 5:43am
As the Nordic countries have discovered, small countries need to find kindred spirits who can present a common image and message to a world too often dominated by hegemonic ideas from the large and powerful nations.


Austerity Britain?s Tackety Boots
by bellacaledonia
18 Jan 2014 at 3:37pm
Jim Sillars being interviewed about his new book, “from 10am to 7pm, 18/9/14, Scotland will have all its power in its own hands” … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Jim Sillars

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
by bellacaledonia
18 Jan 2014 at 1:32pm
By Ishbel Flett No age group has more to gain ? or lose ? from the forthcoming referendum than the 16 and 17 year-olds who will be voting for the first time. So why are we ignoring them? As the... Read More ›

Restoring the Commons
by bellacaledonia
17 Jan 2014 at 10:11am
By Andy Wightman (who blogs at Land Matters) The task at hand appears overwhelming. To restore the common ownership of the land & natural resources has been a goal of reformers down the ages but it has often met with... Read More ›


Newsfeed display by CaRP

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Lawyers divided over Scotland's post-yes EU plans - BB...
23 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lawyers divided over Scotland's post-yes EU plans
BBC News
Lawyers, including a former European Court judge, have clashed over what Scotland's EU status might be in the event of independence. A Holyrood committee questioned four legal figures on the Scottish governmen...


Scottish independence: Border passport check claim - Scotsman
23 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Border passport check claim
Scotsman
The SNP administration's aim to increase the Scottish population would preclude an independent Scotland from remaining part of the Common Travel Area (CTA), which allows for an open border between the UK and Ireland, it was claimed...


Scottish independence: Alex Massie - Scotland is not a Tory-free zone - BBC News
23 Jan 2014 at 2:02am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Alex Massie - Scotland is not a Tory-free zone
BBC News
Scotland will go to the polls on 18 September to decide on the country's constitutional future. The first in a series of BBC special debates on the Scottish independence referendum has been held in Greenock. Blog...


Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker? - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker?
BBC News
Could a seemingly random sum of money help voters make their decision in the Scottish independence referendum? Since 2011, the authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes have been asking the same key questions based ...


Scottish independence: Jim Sillars says Labour 'could lead post yes Scotland'...
23 Jan 2014 at 6:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Jim Sillars says Labour 'could lead post yes Scotland'
BBC News
Labour could form the first government of an independent Scotland in the event of a "Yes" vote in the referendum, a former SNP deputy leader has said. Jim Sillars made the comments as he launched a new bo...


Scottish independence: 'More Holyrood powers' plan - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'More Holyrood powers' plan
Scotsman
SCOTLAND'S main pro-union leaders are poised to establish the ?bones of an agreement? on handing more powers to Holyrood before the referendum as an alternative to independence. However, the prospect of a formal ?joint position? be...


As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 5:51am

As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate
BBC News
The first in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Greenock. On the panel: Actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fion...


The House of Lords committee will examine the implications of independence - ...
24 Jan 2014 at 11:52am

stv.tv

The House of Lords committee will examine the implications of independence
BBC News
A new inquiry into the implications of Scottish independence has been launched by peers in the House of Lords. The Lords Constitution Committee has invited submissions from "interested parties" in the run up t...


Scottish independence: 'American-led wars risk' - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 8:51am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'American-led wars risk'
Scotsman
Mr Galloway, who is now the Respect MP for Bradford West, said American officials in Nato would also resist the SNP's plans to scrap Trident within the first term of the Scottish Parliament following independence. He said: ?The SNP's ...


Scottish independence: Labour retain Cowdenbeath seat - BBC News
24 Jan 2014 at 9:57am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Labour retain Cowdenbeath seat
BBC News
Labour has retained the Scottish Parliamentary seat of Cowdenbeath, in Fife, after Alex Rowley won with a majority of more than 5,000 votes. The party increased its majority in the by-election caused by the death of the MSP Hele...



Newsfeed display by CaRP

SNP

SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Leaders: Cowdenbeath | Pakistan blasphemy - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Cowdenbeath | Pakistan blasphemy
Scotsman
Nonetheless, it is also reasonable to think that if there is a growing momentum towards a Yes vote, as the SNP claims there is, then there would have been rather more enthusiasm to demonstrate that by voting SNP and kicking the unionist par...


John Curtice: MEP vote may tell more than Fife - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

John Curtice: MEP vote may tell more than Fife
Scotsman
In the six previous Holyrood by-elections held since 1999 (excluding two fought in parallel with a UK general election) the vote of the senior party in government, be it Labour or SNP, fell on average by ten points. Against that backdr...


Countdown to separation poll doesn't quite add up - The Times (subscription)
24 Jan 2014 at 4:02pm

Countdown to separation poll doesn't quite add up
The Times (subscription)
It showed that Scottish Labour's candidate, Alex Rowley, had managed a resounding 11 per cent swing from the SNP to increase the party's majority in the Scottish parliament seat to 5,488. The other was announced by the SNP. ...


Video: Labour leader Johann Lamont hails by-election victor - Belfast Telegraph
24 Jan 2014 at 3:40pm

Video: Labour leader Johann Lamont hails by-election victor
Belfast Telegraph
Labour leader Johann Lamont has hailed her party's success in the Cowdenbeath by-election as "a very significant result". Alex Rowley held the Fife seat for the party with 56% of the vote, beating Scottish National Party ...


Lighting the path to Yes - SNP (press release) (blog)
24 Jan 2014 at 3:38pm

Lighting the path to Yes
SNP (press release) (blog)
It's an odd feeling when you're a resident as well as an SNP campaigner in a high profile by-election. I live with my husband and two young children in North Queensferry, in the Cowdenbeath constituency, so we had a chance to vote ourselves as wel...


Johann Lamont hails 'significant' Cowdenbeath win - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 10:27am

Johann Lamont hails 'significant' Cowdenbeath win
Scotsman
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has hailed her party's success in the Cowdenbeath by-election as ?a very significant result?. Alex Rowley held the Fife seat for the party with 56 per cent of the vote, beating Scottish National Party (SNP) candi...


SNP Spring Conference, 11-12 April 2014, Aberdeen - SNP (press release)
24 Jan 2014 at 9:00am

SNP Spring Conference, 11-12 April 2014, Aberdeen
SNP (press release)
The SNP Spring Conference will be held on 11-12 April 2014 in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, in Europe's energy capital. As we get ever closer to the historic referendum on our nation's future, we'll be urging peo...


Scottish independence: 'American-led wars risk' - Scotsman
24 Jan 2014 at 8:51am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'American-led wars risk'
Scotsman
GEORGE Galloway has warned that an independent Scotland would be dragged into American-led wars like the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts under the SNP's plans to join defence pact Nato. The MP who famously confronted US Senate members ...


SNP crushed by Labour in Cowdenbeath - Left Foot Forward
24 Jan 2014 at 8:45am

Left Foot Forward

SNP crushed by Labour in Cowdenbeath
Left Foot Forward
The former leader of Fife council Alex Rowley held the seat with an 11 per cent swing from the SNP to Labour on a turnout of almost 35 per cent, in the first significant electoral battle of the year that Scotland will vote on i...


SNP suffers by-election setback - Financial Times
24 Jan 2014 at 7:57am

SNP suffers by-election setback
Financial Times
... historic referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK. Labour won 56 per cent of the vote in the safe seat of Cowdenbeath, up from 47 per cent it recorded during the 2011 Scottish election, while the SNP fell to 28 per cent from 42 per cent ...



Newsfeed display by CaRP

Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker? - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

ITV News

Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker?
BBC News
Could a seemingly random sum of money help voters make their decision in the Scottish independence referendum? Since 2011, the authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes have been asking the same key questions based ...


As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 5:51am

As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate
BBC News
The first in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Greenock. On the panel: Actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fion...


Scottish budget plan backed in principle - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 11:57am

BBC News

Scottish budget plan backed in principle
BBC News
The Scottish government's final budget before the independence referendum has been backed in principle by parliament. Finance Secretary John Swinney said the 2014-15 spending plans would boost the economy and counter "Westminster cuts".
Swinn...


Scottish independence: Lawyers divided over Scotland's post-yes EU plans - BB...
23 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lawyers divided over Scotland's post-yes EU plans
BBC News
"That is ignored by Barroso, Van Rompuy and all those who talk about it." The scrutiny of Scotland's EU future comes ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence. On Thursday 18 September, voters will be a...


Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue' - BB...
19 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vladimir Putin says referendum 'a domestic issue'
BBC News
The president of Russia has said the Scottish independence debate is a domestic matter for the United Kingdom and not one for his country. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Vladimir Putin said e...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose - BBC News
3 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Herald Scotland

Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose
BBC News
Timing matters in politics. The referendum on Scottish independence - and its associated campaign - coincide with the European elections in May this year and the run-up to the UK General Election in May next year. This ...


Rab C Nesbitt: The Govan philosopher on the 2014 Scottish referendum debate -...
22 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm

The List

Rab C Nesbitt: The Govan philosopher on the 2014 Scottish referendum debate
The List
From Durham jail he opined that the Scots were the best footballers in the prison yard but usually lost because they would end up fighting amongst themselves. The independence referendum voting paper has be...


Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate - BBC News
17 Jan 2014 at 3:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence: William Hague joins Scots-EU debate
BBC News
The Scottish government has argued that, in the event of a "Yes" vote in the 18 September independence referendum, Scotland's EU membership would be negotiated "from within" ahead of its planned "independence day", in March...



Newsfeed display by CaRP

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

'member That Time Jamiroquai Got Nutted?
24 Jan 2014 at 5:45pm
Arguably the most satisfying footage on line...



Been Thinking About Time
24 Jan 2014 at 12:45pm

Apologies, I'm going to get deep on yo ass.

 

(Not deep in yo ass).

 

Had a job interview today, ...



What Did You Do At Work Today?
24 Jan 2014 at 11:46am

I made a BEE-nana! awesome or what!?!?! 

 



Scots To Have Dual Nationality On Independence
24 Jan 2014 at 8:48am

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/scots-to-stay-british-despite-vote.2325747...



Latest Revamped Glasgow Subway Station Unveiled
24 Jan 2014 at 8:40am

http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/latest-revamped-glasgow-subway-station-unveiled-1-3281208

...

Occupational Therapists & Human Resources Type People.
24 Jan 2014 at 5:54am
Looking for some advice. Contract is soon coming to an end with work and won't be renewed due to...

King Salmond To Declare War On Canada
24 Jan 2014 at 4:38am

What's all this nonsense about??

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25867613

 

 



Wheelie Bins In Orkney
24 Jan 2014 at 4:20am

Ooops

 


 

 

A spokesman said that "in hindsight some of the planning assumptions that had underpi...



Well Done Aberdeen City Council
24 Jan 2014 at 3:47am

Couldn't organise a bun fight in a bakers

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/sir...



Forth Road Bridge 50Th Anniversary
23 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm

.Howdy,

 

As per the email below, if anyone has anything they could share/contribute then post he...




Newsfeed display by CaRP

Better Nation

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

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...


Newsfeed display by CaRP

Scot Goes pop

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

Professional buffoon Ian Dunt thrills the nation with another vintage gaffe, ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 9:36pm
Ian Dunt, fondly known to millions across Scotland as "the thinking woman's Richard Madeley", has...

Wisdom on Wednesday : There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"It's just possible that you've been given a series of orders while you've been asleep. You know,...

William Hague and the illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2014 at 10:17pm
I doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement at the sight of an academic study showing that...

Alex Massie, and primary school debating points
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2014 at 12:22am
I overlooked Alex Massie's defence of Chris Deerin's widely-ridiculed "independence supporters ar...

More statistical proof that Yes can win (courtesy of Fraser Nelson)
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 9:50pm
One of the hoary old myths that has occasionally been trotted out in this campaign is that there ...

Warning on Wednesday : The true meaning of the UK's 'best of both worlds'
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"The first thing is to stop the Scots grumbling. Emasculate them. That would concentrate their mi...

This is one Scot who will not shirk his moral duty
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2014 at 10:02pm
Whenever Blair McDougall takes some rare time out from his internet trolling career to laud an an...

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...

Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-informed than Yes vo...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm
Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from th...

Political predictions for 2014
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2014 at 11:37am
Just over a year ago when I was coming home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, I was rathe...

New ComRes poll of referendum voting intentions in the Borders and Dumfries &...
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 7:15pm
The anti-independence campaign have spent the evening making an unconvincing attempt at looking t...

David Aaronovitch loses the plot a bit further
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 12:11pm
I've just had this bizarre exchange on Twitter with the ultra-Blairite commentator David Aaronovi...

Do you think Alex Salmond should give you a free wok?
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2014 at 8:20pm
After hearing the results of the poll on childcare that was commissioned by the anti-independence...

Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by publishing YouGov ...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 8:06pm
Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutiona...


Newsfeed display by CaRP

 

Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes is a vote to empower the people of Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
24 Jan 2014 at 7:30am
Part of Labour?s problem in Scotland stems from the fact that the Scottish party is not an indepe...

Yes Daily Digest: Traditional values of social justice
by Stuart McDonald
24 Jan 2014 at 5:36am

A successful Labour for Independence meeting in Glasgow yesterday evening heard Yes Scotland Advi...



River City star says Yes to independence
by Sean Lafferty
24 Jan 2014 at 2:53am
The Paisley-born actress, who plays Kelly-Marie Adams in the popular TV soap, is convinced indepe...

This is the Year of Yes: 2016 can be the Year of Labour
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jan 2014 at 11:45am

Addressing a rally in Glasgow organised by Labour for Independence, Yes Scotland's advisory board...



They won?t erect a border. For a start, they couldn?t get it to work
by Stuart McDonald
23 Jan 2014 at 6:32am
Yes Scotland has published a recent potted history of UK incompetence on operating borders ? and ...

The cost of Westminster
by Peter Dempsie
22 Jan 2014 at 6:57am
We have what it takes to prosper as an independent country and can share that wealth more fairly ...

Yes Scotland - Response to Social Attitudes Survey
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jan 2014 at 4:37pm

Responding to ScotCen Social Research?s annual Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Blair Jenkins, C...



'If this is the way the UK is really heading, I would rather get out?
by Sean Lafferty
21 Jan 2014 at 6:05am
A Labour Party member for 67 years has declared for Yes because of concerns about what a No vote ...

Scotland can get a triple-win from tidal energy
by Peter Dempsie
20 Jan 2014 at 6:34am
Scotland has what it takes to produce around half of its electricity needs from tidal power in th...

Experts undermine #EU scares
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jan 2014 at 7:59am
William Hague has been arguing that Scotland would find it difficult to achieve a smooth transiti...

False barriers to independence will vanish after a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jan 2014 at 5:30am
The UK Government?s ?imagined barrier? to a currency union with Scotland will ?disappear like sno...

Hague: wrong in 1997, wrong now
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
17 Jan 2014 at 4:44am
As Tory leader in 1997, William Hague warned that a devolved Scottish Parliament would turn Scotl...

Every local #indyref debate producing a swing to Yes Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jan 2014 at 9:50am

Yes Scotland?s contention that the more people learn about independence the more they are attract...



Perspective: Independence means that people of Scotland would get the governm...
by Peter Dempsie
16 Jan 2014 at 5:41am
The main benefit of independence is that people in Scotland would get only the governments they v...

PM's refusal to debate 'bizarre' as Hague sent north
by Sean Lafferty
16 Jan 2014 at 5:06am
David Cameron?s claim that Scotland?s future is a matter solely for people in Scotland rings even...


Newsfeed display by CaRP

Pie and Bovril forum

Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Allistar Carmichael
23 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm
Apparently saying and independent Scotland may need border controls with England,,,honestly! You ...

Question Time from Dundee - 23/1/14
23 Jan 2014 at 10:07am
Question Time tonight is coming from Dundee, and the make-up of the panel suggests it'll be refer...

Referendum Debate - Greenock
21 Jan 2014 at 12:51pm

BBC Two tonight at 9pm. Thread to discuss the show.

 

Not sure how the debate is going to be stru...



A chance to rid ourselves of the House of Lords and FPTP
21 Jan 2014 at 7:23am

One of the most persuasive arguments for independence is that an independent Scotland would be fa...



New to here
16 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm
Just joined up because I wanted to see what the general feeling on the referendum was on here.

Are...

Will you move............
12 Jan 2014 at 1:59pm

Whatever the outcome is in September, I'm pretty sure no-one in Scotland will die of starvation o...



Childcare
12 Jan 2014 at 11:27am
The Scottish Government is making it a huge issue for the referendum; but not a trace or limited ...

George Galloway
12 Jan 2014 at 5:17am
Really struggling to find any logic to Mr. Galloway when it comes to Scottish Independence. He tr...

Putin
11 Jan 2014 at 6:10pm



Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm

Let's hope he starts to talk more about the financial black hole or suchlike facing an independen...



Glasgow 2014 shouldn't be used for political gain says Joke McConn
7 Jan 2014 at 8:25pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25645859

 

He must have missed the OTT po...



The Economic Case for an Independent Scotland
7 Jan 2014 at 1:37pm

Interesting post from Business for Scotland with plenty of citations.

 

http://businessforscotlan...



English celebs to "lovebomb" Scotland
5 Jan 2014 at 6:07pm

http://t.co/kBNYiSMN96

 

Yet, David Cameron still refuses to debate Salmond as it should be a deb...



View from afar
5 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
I just want to say upfront that I don't personally care which way the vote goes but as someone wh...

Yet another senior Labour figure comes out for YES
4 Jan 2014 at 7:17pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-labour-figure-joins-yes-1...




Newsfeed display by CaRP

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Of course Robert Burns would vote for Scottish independence | Liz Lochhead
by Liz Lochhead
24 Jan 2014 at 11:45am

As we prepare for Burns Night, at the start of referendum year, I'm reminded of a lover of freedom and autonomy

I'll be at a big charity Burns supper in Glasgow on Saturday night. I'll be joining va...




Devolve power to England's regions | Billy Bragg
by Billy Bragg
24 Jan 2014 at 3:59am

An English parliament would still be dominated by the City's economic imperatives, so a regional solution is required

Whatever the result of the coming referendum on Scottish independence, one thing...




Salmond's Scottish immigration plans 'would mean border posts with UK'
by Severin Carrell
23 Jan 2014 at 12:56pm

Alistair Carmichael, the Scotland secretary, says SNP leader's liberal stance would render open borders deal unworkable

The Home Office has warned Alex Salmond he would have to abandon plans for a l...




Scotland's Labour traditions are the real battleground for the yes vote | Pet...
by Pete Ramand, James Foley
23 Jan 2014 at 4:15am

The independence referendum reflects longstanding divisions over the British state's direction. Voting yes is about keeping what remains of social democratic decency

This week's Scottish Social Atti...




Scotland's independence activists use crowdfunding to dig into their supporte...
by Severin Carrell
22 Jan 2014 at 10:38am

Crowdfunding has become a significant source of income for independence activists and bloggers, as they dodge disputes over rich donors, raise their own profiles and even earn a living

It seems fitt...




Scottish independence: confidence in economy falling, poll finds
by Severin Carrell
21 Jan 2014 at 4:30pm

Scottish Social Attitudes survey finds only 9% of voters think independence would make them better off

Scottish voters are becoming more worried about the economic risks of leaving the UK, with conf...




Welcome to Scotland, the SNP's police state | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Kenny MacAskill, justice secretary, has apparently handed over to Stephen House, chief of police

Scotland's SNP government has adopted a curious approach to showcasing the nation's qualities ahead o...




William Hague: independence would see Scotland lose billions in EU funding
by Severin Carrell
17 Jan 2014 at 10:13am

Foreign Office analysis suggests Scotland would face extra bill of between £1.65bn and £3.5bn if it becomes independent

An independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds in EU funds and could be...




Independent Scotland could get special EU deal, says Foreign Office
by Severin Carrell
16 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm

Paper shows significant softening of UK position but warns that process for Scotland would be long and complex

An independent Scotland could win special concessions on joining the EU, the UK governm...



Scots reject Chris Deerin's magical-thinking tour of British history | @guard...
14 Jan 2014 at 2:59pm

Chris Deerin (For us Scots the moral duty is clear: stay British, 14 January), newly repatriated to Scotland, has some way to go, I fear, before his metropolitan mindset is recalibrated. What he ch...




Legality of Alex Salmond's tuition fees pledge for Scotland called into question
by Severin Carrell
14 Jan 2014 at 12:50pm

European commission says plan to charge English, Welsh and Northern Irish students could breach treaties

The European commission has cast serious doubt on the legality of Alex Salmond's plans to con...




UK Treasury had no choice but to give Scottish independence debt pledge
by Katie Allen
14 Jan 2014 at 8:27am

UK credit rating will almost inevitably be hit if Scotland becomes independent

In reality, the Treasury had little choice but to take responsibility for the UK's entire debt stock in the event of Sc...




Treasury promises to honour UK debts up to date of Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
13 Jan 2014 at 3:48am

Statement is intended to calm anxieties about risk that Scotland could refuse to pay share of debt in quarrel over sterling

The Treasury has pledged to honour all UK debts up to the date of Scotlan...




Alistair Darling interview: 'It's going to get more unpleasant'
by Rachel Cooke
12 Jan 2014 at 2:00am

With nine months still to go, the battle for Scottish independence is turning nasty, says Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign. And as a veteran of the Blair-Brown wars, the for...




Alistair Darling denounces internet 'cyber-nats' in Scottish vote
by Daniel Boffey
11 Jan 2014 at 6:57pm

Labour MP leading campaign for Scotland to remain part of Britain says Alex Salmond could stop 'vile abuse' if he wanted to

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor who is leading the campaign agains...




Newsfeed display by CaRP

 

   

Chap Chap.com : Home | Contact and About


Newsfeed display by CaRP | New server