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Salmond facing questions over MacAskill legal U-turn
23 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond is expected to face questions about the role of Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill after he bowed to pressure and shelved plans to end the historic requirement for corroboration in Scottish criminal cases.

Clegg to challenge 'myths' about EU LibDems are 'claim his is the 'party of in'
23 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
THE Deputy Prime Minister will return to his claim the Liberal Democrats are the "party of in" during European debates, warning the fight is on at the launch of the European election campaign.

Ministers are pressed over the Living Wage
23 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Plans to change the laws on public sector contracts to boost the Living Wage have been announced by the Scottish Government.

LibDems 'will not back a minority'
23 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Danny Alexander has ruled out Liberal Democrat support for a minority government at Westminster after 2015 - but not becoming his party's next leader.

Cameron and Osborne crack tax team
22 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron and George Osborne have pitched themselves as the economic team to win the next election as they defended their record on tax and set out their vision for infrastructure-led growth.

Labour accuse SNP of fuel poverty failure
22 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour is accusing the Scottish Government of failing to act on fuel poverty.

Clegg calls for new attitudes to family-friendly working
22 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
NICK CLEGG will today demand a culture change across British industry to tackle "old-fashioned attitudes" to flexible, family- friendly working practices.

Sturgeon: Put more females into top posts
22 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Nicola Sturgeon has challenged the First Minister to appoint even more women to senior government posts following the confirmation of two more female cabinet secretaries.

Farage rejects criticism as Ukip posters are branded 'racist'
22 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
NIGEL Farage brushed aside a wave of criticism over "racist" posters launching Ukip's European elections campaign as he was forced to defend employing his German wife as his secretary.

Politicians share memories of the late Margo MacDonald
22 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
Political leaders have shared their memories of former MSP Margo MacDonald, who died on April 4.

PM and Chancellor to set out £36bn projects
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron and George Osborne will today highlight how the UK Government's multi-billion infrastructure programme is at the heart of its economic recovery plan.

Ukip poster campaign is branded racist
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred Ukip poster campaign as "a hard-hitting reflection of reality" after it was attacked as "racist."

Straw backs Cameron in row over Christian country claim
21 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
JACK Straw, the former Labour Foreign Secretary, has come to the defence of David Cameron after the Prime Minister was attacked for describing Britain as a Christian country.

Crackdown on tax evasion
20 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
LEGISLATION requiring companies to declare publicly their true owners is set to be included in the Queen's Speech in a crackdown on tax evasion and money-laundering, said Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Bankrupt has to quit as chief of £60 billion quango
20 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
A BUSINESSMAN appointed by David Cameron to head a £60 billion quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.


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Labour MP?s video ?most embarrassing of all time?
24 Apr 2014 at 10:09am

AT first glance, a short video that introduces visitors to a Labour MP’s website does not sound like a source of mirth.



Labour set to end Co-op Bank relationship
24 Apr 2014 at 10:03am

THE Labour Party looks set to end a relationship with the Co-op Bank which has lasted almost a century in a move which has been seen as a vote of no-confidence in the beleaguered financial institution which has been beset by scandal.



FMQs: Salmond slammed over corroboration ?climbdown?
24 Apr 2014 at 7:50am

ALEX Salmond has come under pressure over the performance of his Justice Secretary, with questions raised over whether Kenny MacAskill can stay in the job after he made an “embarrassing climbdown” on plans to scrap the law of corroboration.



Scottish independence: BBC suspends CBI membership
24 Apr 2014 at 6:37am

THE BBC has announced it has suspended its membership of the CBI following the business lobbying organisation’s decision to register as a supporter of the No campaign.



Scottish independence: Noam Chomsky backing Yes
24 Apr 2014 at 6:34am

POLITICAL thinker and academic Noam Chomsky has revealed his support for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.



Scots Tories warn of ?rush? if right-to-buy ends
24 Apr 2014 at 3:04am

NEW legislation which would abolish the right-to-buy for those living in council and housing association properties in Scotland will result in a “rush to buy” from tenants, the Tories have claimed.



Scottish independence: Westminster pension concern
24 Apr 2014 at 12:53am

THE UK Government has raised more concerns about the future cost of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland in new analysis published by the Department for Work and Pensions.



Councils save £71m through procurement changes
24 Apr 2014 at 12:37am

SCOTLAND’S councils could do “a lot more“ to get better value for the £5.4 billion of taxpayers’ cash spent annually on goods and services procurement, spending watchdog the Accounts Commission has said.



Scotland would beat UK to high speed rail - Salmond
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Ambitious proposals which could see a Scottish high speed rail (HSR) link built and operating decades before the current UK plans were unveiled by Alex Salmond last night.



Tension as Russia issues veiled threat to Ukraine
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Russia’s foreign minister yesterday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine – after Ukraine announced a renewal of its “anti-terrorist” campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.



UK borrowing hits lowest level for decade
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

GEORGE Osborne yesterday welcomed figures showing that UK public sector borrowing is at its lowest level in a decade.



Asylum seekers left to suffer by Home Office
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

THE standard of asylum seeker accommodation has often been “unacceptably poor” because of a failure to properly manage new contracts with the private sector, a damning report by MPs has concluded.



Tony Blair: West must strike Syrian deal
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Tony Blair has warned the West faces a “titanic” struggle against radical Islam and urged governments to focus their international efforts on tackling religious extremism.



The Scotsman Cartoon: MacAskill?s U-turn
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Kenny MacAskill has made a U-turn in his controversial plans to scrap Scotland’s centuries-old principle of corroboration, delaying the final decision until after the referendum amid mounting criticism from the legal establishment.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Renewable energy and bills
23 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Eight renewable energy projects have been given Government contracts. The move will increase household bills by 2 per cent, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said.




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The bulldog whistle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2014 at 10:57am
Earlier this week we mentioned a nasty bit of politics from Scottish Labour MP Gregg McClymont warning that Scotland would need “a million immigrants” to be able to fund old-age pensions in the future. We were too busy picking holes in Gordon Brown to look into the story in depth, but when it handily appeared […]

Bring me sunshine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
Remember how the No campaign was definitely going to be much more positive from now on, pushing a feelgood “sunshine strategy” to persuade Scots that the UK was the best of both worlds? Let’s see how that’s going, shall we? - Split ‘may cost Scots £400m for welfare IT’ An independent Scotland would have to spend […]

The independence debate at a glance
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2014 at 5:34am
Three years summed up in two tweets: (We’re kidding, of course. Normally the media isn’t nearly that balanced.)

Actually lost for words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2014 at 1:16am
Tomorrow: “‘Eat that pie and you’ll get fat’, says Pickles”.

One step closer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2014 at 11:35am
Earlier this week we did a little poking and prodding of the Scotsman’s last ICM poll, and now the full data tables are in for the latest one, so to while away an hour before tea we figured we may as well do a bit of comparing and see how things had changed. Wait! Come […]

Untied with Labour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2014 at 8:38am
We’ve just endured Gordon Brown’s 45-minute “old man shouting out a series of random unconnected facts from Wikipedia” speech at Glasgow University. (You should be able to find it later on the iPlayer under the programme title “Briefings”, if you really want to.) It doesn’t bear a lot of analysis, being just the same old […]

A nice easy one
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2014 at 4:35am
Here’s the Scottish Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray on last night’s Newsnight Scotland, discussing Gordon Brown’s speech in Glasgow on pensions because Mr Brown himself refused to answer any questions about it. As ever with Mr Gray, he packs a lot of entertainment into a short space of time. The first interesting thing about the […]

The empty helicopter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2014 at 4:17pm
We’re still trying to make sense of some confusing arithmetic in Gordon Brown’s latest doomspeech about pensions, which was delivered this evening at Glasgow University and which we examined in some detail here. One part in particular had us scratching our heads in bafflement, so we’ve pulled it out for some closer scrutiny by itself. […]

Politics for vegans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2014 at 10:23am
If you’ve ever found yourselves in a situation where you’re dating someone from the hardcore militant wing of vegetarianism, readers, you’ll know that their life – and by extension yours – quickly becomes defined by what’s missing. Whether shopping or going out to a restaurant or a surprisingly large number of other things, hazards you’d […]

This is how dumb
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2014 at 7:15am
… they think you are. (UK edition on the left, Scottish edition on the right.)


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Miliband in Scotland to make UK case
24 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm
Scottish independence would leave working people north and south of the border worse off, Ed Miliband claims.


BBC suspends its CBI membership
24 Apr 2014 at 3:30pm
The BBC announces it is to suspend its membership of the employers' organisation the CBI during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.


Salmond defends justice secretary
24 Apr 2014 at 8:45am
First Minister Alex Salmond is forced to defend his justice secretary over the handling of controversial Scottish government legal reforms.


Governments clash over pension costs
24 Apr 2014 at 1:50am
The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.


Councils too distant, report claims
23 Apr 2014 at 8:42pm
Scotland needs local councils with a greater range of powers relevant to their areas in order to fully represent constituents, a new report says.


Plan to end corroboration on hold
23 Apr 2014 at 4:29pm
Controversial plans to end the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources are put on hold for at least a year.


Anger over baby ashes report move
23 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm
Edinburgh council chiefs confirm that a report into the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall is to be published next week.


Yes vote 'boon' for northern England
23 Apr 2014 at 3:08pm
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond insists Scottish independence would be a boon for the north of England because it would rebalance the UK economy.


Oxfam calls for indy alternative
23 Apr 2014 at 11:14am
A senior adviser to Oxfam says the Scottish government's White Paper on independence does not offer a "radical alternative" to UK policies.


Watchdog names referendum campaigns
23 Apr 2014 at 11:11am
The elections watchdog officially names Yes Scotland and Better Together the two main campaign groups ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.


Referendum pleas on St George's Day
23 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron use the English feast day of St George to make their Scottish independence referendum appeals.


Brown: UK 'protects' Scots' pensions
22 Apr 2014 at 2:02pm
Gordon Brown says Scottish pensioners are "better protected" in UK, comments the SNP describes as "ludicrous".


More bodies quit CBI over referendum
23 Apr 2014 at 8:35am
Nine more organisations announce they are leaving the CBI business lobby group over its stance in the Scottish independence debate.


Warning over 'free' BBC services
22 Apr 2014 at 11:19am
Access to BBC services in an independent Scotland "would require a great deal of negotiation", according to former BBC Trust member Jeremy Peat.


Progress at under-fire health board
22 Apr 2014 at 6:59am
A health board whose patient care was slated after a probe into above-average mortality rates is making progress, the Scottish government says.


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Trident will be gone from Scotland after a Yes vote, possibly scrapped entirely
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Apr 2014 at 2:51pm

By Mark McNaught
 
I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the meetings between UK defence minister Phillip Hammond and US defense officials during his recent visit to Washington.  The evidence is growing that a part of the UK is going to vote for independence later this year, a nation which happens to house the totality of the UK nuclear arsenal and is determined to definitely remove it from its territory.



Pension off Brown?s warnings
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Apr 2014 at 1:01am

  By George Kerevan
 
IF HISTORY tells us anything it is don?t trust Gordon Brown with your pension. In 1997, in one of his first acts as chancellor, Brown abolished tax relief on advance corporation tax (ACT). Unfortunately, this technical move penalised pension funds, robbing £5 billion from their annual income, and producing a £100bn loss in value. True, Mr Brown?s dawn raid on the pension funds did let him reduce the headline rate of corporation tax, boosting bank profits. We all know where that led.



Twisting the truth on pensions
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Apr 2014 at 1:21pm

  By Stephen Noon
 
Gordon Brown is not a stupid man.  He knows that what he is saying today on pensions is nonsense and he has specifically selected his statistics to present a picture that is wildly far from reality.  That is a clear and deliberate choice. 

It is the cheapest sort of negative campaigning, twisting the truth with the sole aim of frightening people.



Making a Difference
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Apr 2014 at 1:08am

By Derek Bateman

I was girdin? masel  for a hurl at Gordon Brown with no little distaste I have to say since I can?t think of the sulking beast of Fife without a sense of dread and longing for a talent so wasted.

So I was pleased enough to be side tracked by the latest attack on my good self in the mainstream media. The latest appears in?can you guess? Yes, the Daily Telegraph which not only omitted the context of my remarks but lifted them straight from Britain?s house magazine of doctrinaire bigotry, the Daily Express.



Scottish Labour ... what happens if we vote Yes?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Apr 2014 at 4:56pm

By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy authored an article which appeared in the Scottish Sunday Express at the weekend.  The piece was the Labour MP's latest contribution to the independence debate.

Murphy's article was the appetiser for UK Labour's cavalry ride into Scotland this week in order to save the beleaguered Better Together campaign.  Gordon Brown will follow on Tuesday and Ed Miliband will bring the circus to a close on Friday.



Yes vote must do more than put a kilt on neoliberalism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 4:26pm

By John McAllion

During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be ?no cold water Cuba?.  It was the only point during the debate that George's arguments connected to reality.

A Yes vote will herald the break-up of the British state and the birth of a new Scotland.  However, it is no guarantee that politics in the new Scotland will shift decisively to the left.



Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Apr 2014 at 3:31pm

By Colin Fox

Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch event in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Many 'wise' people had written the Scottish Socialist Party's political obituary back then referring to Scotland's 'post-SSP' political landscape. But then people have been writing off the SSP since we were founded 15 years ago.



Some thoughts on the Scottish Affairs Committee report on the impact on highe...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Apr 2014 at 5:57am

By Bryan D MacGregor and Murray Pittock
 
When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of the Union produces a report entitled ?Referendum on Separation for Scotland: the impact on higher education, research and tuition fees?, the starting assumption of a reader should not be of an objective, evidence-based analysis. 



Get the Claymores out the Thatches?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

By Derek Bateman
 
Damn! I?ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else?s hare again.
 
Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle?s column? ?Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places??



George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Apr 2014 at 12:58am

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour?s other lost leader, Smith?s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.
 
His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour?s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.




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Scottish independence: Noam Chomsky backing Yes
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 3:28pm

POLITICAL thinker and academic Noam Chomsky has revealed his support for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Scottish independence: plans to loosen immigration controls 'need debate'
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 2:31pm

Yvette Cooper questions Alex Salmond's proposal to pursue a more liberal policy to offset a predicted pensions deficit because of Scotland's ageing population
Peter A Bell's insight:

If Yvette Cooper genuinely wants an "open, honest debate" then she could start by being honest herself. She talks ab...



Yes supporter gets on bike to cycle from Rome to home | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 1:52pm

A keen campaigner for Scottish independence is getting on his bike in a bid to raise funds for Yes Scotland’s local groups.



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Perspective: Yes is an opportunity to better manage Scotland's resources | Ye...
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 1:47pm

There is an old adage that "you can choose your friends but not your family". The same is true about nationality; you can’t choose where you were born but you can choose where you live.



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40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 1-3 | openDemocracy
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 1:41pm

The first three of forty reasons to support Scottish independence - geography, numbers, and sociology...



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Yvette Cooper says an independent Scotland would need immigration rise of a m...
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 11:57am

The Shadow Home Secretary has called on Alex Salmond to
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is shamefully dishonest stuff*. But Yvette Cooper's Tory bosses at Better Together are obviously quite proud of their lies. This is the second time this week the same pernicious claptrap has been given an outing.


I ...



The bulldog whistle
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 11:15am

Earlier this week we mentioned a nasty bit of politics from Scottish Labour MSP Gregg McClymont warning that Scotland would need "a million immigrants" to be able to fund old-age pensions in the fu...

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COMMENT: Cynical, pompous Alex Salmond has no sense of shame
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 10:44am

IF you were a Cumbrian business leader, you may have been mildly flattered to be invited to Alex Salmond's St George's Day speech in Carlisle Cathedral last night. An hour or so later, you could have been forgiven for spitting tacks.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I wonder how far in advance this rubbish ...



Bring me sunshine
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 8:29am

Remember how the No campaign was definitely going to be much more positive from now on, pushing a feelgood "sunshine strategy" to persuade Scots that the UK was the best of both worlds? Let's see h...

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Cornish to be recognised as a national minority along with Scots, Welsh and I...
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 8:25am

Raise the flag of St Piran. A millennium after they were subsumed into the English state and 15 years since efforts began to have them formally declared a distinct people, the Cornish are to be recognised as a national minority.

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Independence: RGU ?suspends? CBI membership
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 7:24am

ABERDEEN’S Robert Gordon University has “suspended” its membership of the CBI over the industry body’s stance on the Scottish independence referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A blind man could have seen this coming. But apparently Ferdinand von Prondzynski suffers from a particular kind of blindnes...



BBC under pressure over CBI stance
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 7:16am

Supporters of Scottish independence have questioned why the BBC has not resigned from the CBI over the business group's referendum stance.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Rather than being urged to resign from the CBI, would it not be more appropriate if the BBC was required to join it in registering as an...



UK shoppers may neglect Scots goods
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 6:16am

MORE than one-third of UK consumers would be less likely to buy Scottish products or deal with firms based north of the Border if the country becomes independent, according to a new poll.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If we were to make the mistake of taking all of this too seriously then the obvious res...



The Nationhood Bypass
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 5:54am

I detect a change of language…I’m sure I heard Johann refer to independence as ‘an honourable position’ or somesuch. It was certainly a long way from her previous efforts, suggesting almost linguis...

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The third Scotland: self-organising, self-determining, suspicious of the SNP
by Peter A Bell
24 Apr 2014 at 5:41am

Gerry Hassan: Establishment visions rejected by the young, authority figures crumbling – Scotland has unambiguously become another country
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How refreshing to read an analysis of the referendum campaign* which isn't mired in the lazy prejudices of the London-based media. At la...




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The BBC suspends membership of the CBI after it backs "no" vote in independen...
by dailyrecord
24 Apr 2014 at 1:55pm
THE station's bosses said the move had been made to protect the BBC's neutrality.


Broadcaster Esther Rantzen calls for society to place more value on older peo...
by dailyrecord
24 Apr 2014 at 9:58am
RANTZEN described senior citizens as "our national treasure" as she promoted the work of the Silver Line charity which she founded.


Alex Salmond comes under pressure over performance of his Justice Secretary f...
by dailyrecord
24 Apr 2014 at 8:13am
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont branded Mr MacAskill's handling of the issue "disgraceful" as she raised doubts about whether it would be possible for a consensus to be reached on the change while he was in the post.


Life of Margo MacDonald MSP to be celebrated at special event in Edinburgh th...
by dailyrecord
24 Apr 2014 at 7:29am
FAMILY, friends, fellow politicians and members of the public will gather at the Mound tomorrow for the event and have been asked to turn up in bright clothing.


Yvette Cooper says an independent Scotland would need immigration rise of a m...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Apr 2014 at 4:18am
The Shadow Home Secretary has called on Alex Salmond to "come clean" on what an independent Scotland's immigration policy would be.


Scottish Government set out plans to slash the number of payday loan shops an...
by John Ferguson
24 Apr 2014 at 3:55am
LOCAL Government Minister Derek Mackay outlined the plans yesterday and said removing some of the loan lenders and bookies will stop more people being driven into poverty and also help make our town centres more attractive.

Record View: Common sense has prevailed at last over corroboration Bill
by Record View
24 Apr 2014 at 3:24am
RECORD View welcomes the news that the Justice Secretary has put plans to end the need for corroboration in criminal trials on hold as there are still too many doubts over the proposal's merits.


Blow for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill as flagship SNP policy to scrap co...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Apr 2014 at 2:43am
QUESTION marks hang over the Justice Secretary's credibility after he put plans to scrap the need for corroboration of evidence in criminal trials on hold having previously driven them through Holyrood.

Record View: Big guns unite on UK staying together
by Record View
23 Apr 2014 at 4:54am
RECORD VIEW reckons former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's arrival in the referendum debate is welcome news for the Better Together campaign.


Edinburgh writer CJ Sansom enters independence debate and explains why he'll ...
by dailyrecord
23 Apr 2014 at 4:35am
SANSOM has donated more than quarter of a million pounds to the Better Together campaign and believes the SNP offer only a failed dream that never delivers for the people.


Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown lays out five major positives for...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Apr 2014 at 4:03am
BROWN swung into action for the Better Together campaign at Glasgow Uni yesterday and said pensions, the NHS, jobs, a stable currency and cultural links were five big reasons to vote No in September.


Joan McAlpine: Word of CBI is gospel according to the Tories
by Joan McAlpine
23 Apr 2014 at 3:03am
JOAN McAlpine discusses the mystery behind the CBI, and says they do not represent the majority of employers in Scotland.


Holyrood unites to share their memories of former MSP Margo MacDonald who die...
by dailyrecord
22 Apr 2014 at 10:01am
ALEX Salmond led a motion of condolence at the Scottish Parliament, joined by leaders of Labour, Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and the Green and independent group.


Independence referendum: Gordon Brown set to campaign to 'keep our pensions B...
by dailyrecord
22 Apr 2014 at 3:48am
THE former prime minister will use unpublished Department for Work and Pensions figures to highlight that Scots are in line to get £120 more in pension benefits than everyone else.


Record View: Champagne set are fooling no one
by Record View
22 Apr 2014 at 2:38am
RECORD VIEW says the Oxfam report on poverty in Scotland reveals real people are suffering in a perfect storm of welfare cuts and rising prices.


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Shh! Don't tell Gordy, but everyone can see right through his pensions BS.
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Apr 2014 at 1:38pm
Shh! Don't tell Gordy, but everyone can see right through his pensions BS.



REVEALED: The secret source of Gordon Brown's pension figures.
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Apr 2014 at 6:42am
REVEALED: The secret source of Gordon Brown's pension figures.



A desperate search has begun to find an effective UKOK leader. Your help is n...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Apr 2014 at 3:17pm
A desperate search has begun to find an effective UKOK leader. Your help is needed. Plus results of our recent poll and a CBI update.


Search begins for a new U-KOK head
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived...

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will focus on the security of his pensions...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
Former prime minister Gordon Brown will focus on the security of his pensions as an ex-politician.


Separation will destroy our pensions, claims Gordon Brown
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Keeping Scotlandshire in the UK doesn't just PROTECT my pension plan, it IS my pension plan.

Philip Hammond has proven to be something of a Space Cadet!
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm
Philip Hammond has proven to be something of a Space Cadet!



Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warnin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Apr 2014 at 1:49pm
Philip Hammond MP, has claimed the Highlands & Islands power cut was a warning shot fired from outer space.


Highland power cut was a warning strike from space, claims MoD
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I can't imagine anything more unpleasant the jellyfish later told reporters.

La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm
La-Mont confirms Martian threat, but promises exciting new policies as a result.


Mars Attacks! Fifth Columnist revealed
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our mandatory euthanasia policy for the elderly, bonded slavery for students and organ harvesting off the sick

Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Apr 2014 at 2:05pm
Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.


SNP promise Super-Beer and Uber-Boobs
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Our beer goggles are now firmly deployed to defend the Empire

Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to bui...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Apr 2014 at 2:39pm
Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to build 2,300 turbines to feed the English market.


fUK fU*Ked by Irish splittists, while Hammond has a bad trip
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Putin - showing the Scotch how a bullying big neighbour will crush them under our jackbo...

Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.


Too many windfarms built in windy places, claims Tory moron
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Tory MSPs in Scotlandshire are benefiting far more from renewable energy payments than their landed MP counterparts in England

Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Apr 2014 at 9:07am
Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution would be the end of independence, has now claimed that independence would be the end of HIM.


Robertson warns independence would be 'the end of my world as we know it'
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Robertson told a packed confe...

Splittist debate descends into violence.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Apr 2014 at 1:10pm
Splittist debate descends into violence.


Natz politician in pub brawl
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Should the polls still deteriorate, UKOK will apologise for the damage done to Scotlandshire, and promise to be much nicer people in future

Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
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We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
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Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
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"They can cut all the flowers, but they cannot stop the coming of spring" Pablo Neruda


The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
by bellacaledonia
24 Apr 2014 at 11:01am
By Andy Wightman Forty-one years ago today, the play that revitalised Scottish theatre had its first theatrical performance in public at Aberdeen Arts Centre on 24 April 1973.(1) Above is the BBC?s Play for Today version ? a fascinating mix... Read More ›


Third Scotland
by bellacaledonia
24 Apr 2014 at 4:54am
"The scale of change in Scotland in recent years has been of historic proportions. One consequence of this has been the sense of incomprehension and even loss in parts of pro-union Scotland along with UK elites, who have seen all this as the work of Salmond and the SNP."


I Shall Vote Yes
by bellacaledonia
23 Apr 2014 at 6:57am
The last in the series of referendum poems by A.R. Frith. Read his sonnet for the Undecided here and his I Shall Vote No here. I Shall Vote Yes I shall vote Yes because I just think that, in a... Read More ›


Here Comes Boo Radley
by bellacaledonia
23 Apr 2014 at 4:22am
By Mike Small Here comes the Boo Radley of Scottish politics again. If Gordon Brown did a tour like Gorgeous George it would be called ‘Stepping Out of the Shadows’. Last night GB stood on the Better Together platform for... Read More ›


Christian Britain? and the New Right
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 10:34am
Has David Cameron been moved by the spirit of Lent or is he playing on the latent racism of a New Right? UKIPs posters are just a step on from the Tories own brand of xenophobia...


Alan Bissett at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 7:38am
Alan Bissett speaks to Yes Kirkcaldy, March 2014 “The Better Together campaign is about the right of the elites to continue to rule Britain” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Alan Bissett, Kirkcaldy, Yes Kirkcaldy, YES Scotland


Carolyn Leckie at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2014 at 4:55am
Women for Independence representative Carolyn Leckie discusses what Independence means for Women across Scotland. “Independence gives us the chance t have a blank page …” Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Carolyn Leckie, Independence, Scotland, SNP, Women for Independence, Yes Kirkcaldy, YES... Rea...


Mike Small at Yes Kirkcaldy
by bellacaledonia
20 Apr 2014 at 2:56pm
Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia. This is the first of three talks, with Carolyn Leckie and Alan Bissett (March 2014 ) at Yes Kirkcaldy. “It’s time to throw off the pathological deference of Unionism …” Filed under: Film and... Read More ›


Information, Please
by bellacaledonia
19 Apr 2014 at 3:46pm
By A.R. Frith Something I need to know is: will the formerly-British Museum be giving back the chessmen to Lewis, and the marbles to Elgin? Something I need to know is, when Westminster politicians say we won?t be allowed to... Read More ›


Mentalists in Newtonmore
by bellacaledonia
18 Apr 2014 at 4:25pm
A report from John Campbell of Aviemore of the Danny Alexander No meeting at Newtonmore Community Hall, Friday 11 April 2014 at the unusual starting time of 5:30 pm. Danny Alexander made a rare appearance on behalf of the “Better... Read More ›


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Scottish Independence: What do the English think? - BBC News
23 Apr 2014 at 11:40pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: What do the English think?
BBC News
With a referendum on Scottish independence just five months away - both the Prime Minister and Scotland's first minister have marked Saint Georges Day with messages about independence. David Cameron has urged Scotland to remain unit...


Scottish independence: BBC suspends its CBI membership - BBC News
24 Apr 2014 at 12:42pm

Scottish independence: BBC suspends its CBI membership
BBC News
The BBC has announced that it is to suspend its membership of the employers' organisation the CBI. A statement said the suspension would cover the period of the CBI's registration as a supporter of the pro-UK Better Together campaign. ...


Scottish independence: Noam Chomsky backing Yes - Scotsman
24 Apr 2014 at 6:41am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Noam Chomsky backing Yes
Scotsman
POLITICAL thinker and academic Noam Chomsky has revealed his support for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. In an interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Professor Chomsky said he had 'been followi...


Scottish independence: Governments clash over pension costs - BBC News
23 Apr 2014 at 8:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Governments clash over pension costs
BBC News
She told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "Pensions and welfare are more affordable than in the rest of the UK, that would be the starting point of independence. "And why do a I say that, well they mak...


What do women want from Scotland's independence debate? - BBC News
22 Apr 2014 at 9:21pm

BBC News

What do women want from Scotland's independence debate?
BBC News
To investigate what the women of Scotland want from the independence debate - never mind the outcome - we decided to have an all-female cast of contributors. This wasn't to alienate the good men of Scotland but to ensure we cr...


Scottish independence: Cameron and Salmond make appeals on St George's Day - ...
23 Apr 2014 at 9:20am

Scottish independence: Cameron and Salmond make appeals on St George's Day
BBC News
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have used St George's Day to make pleas ahead of the independence referendum. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on 18 September. Mr Cameron...


Scottish independence: Oxfam adviser calls for 'radical alternative' - BBC News
23 Apr 2014 at 11:16am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oxfam adviser calls for 'radical alternative'
BBC News
The Scottish government's White Paper on independence does not offer a "radical alternative" to UK policies, a senior adviser to Oxfam has said. Katherine Trebeck told a Holyrood committee the document proposed a ...


Scottish independence: Gauging reaction in the home of William Shakespeare - ...
23 Apr 2014 at 1:56am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gauging reaction in the home of William Shakespeare
BBC News
The Scottish play and this cry by Macduff are heard almost daily in the gardens of Shakespeare's birthplace over the summer. But the constitutional drama being played out north of the border is largely passi...


Scottish independence: Three Scottish universities leave CBI - BBC News
22 Apr 2014 at 4:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Three Scottish universities leave CBI
BBC News
It comes after the business lobby group registered with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the pro-Union campaign in the Scottish independence referendum debate. Glasgow University said it had to resign its membershi...


BBC withdraws from UK business group over Scottish independence - Reuters UK
24 Apr 2014 at 3:55pm

Scotsman

BBC withdraws from UK business group over Scottish independence
Reuters UK
The fallout highlights the growing divisions in Scotland over the referendum as opinion polls show the race tightening, although the pro-independence campaign remains behind. "In order to protect the BBC's neutrality...



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Holyrood ending 'right to buy' in Scotland is a good thing says city centre M...
24 Apr 2014 at 1:53pm

The Edinburgh Reporter

Holyrood ending 'right to buy' in Scotland is a good thing says city centre MSP
The Edinburgh Reporter
The SNP has said that it welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that they will fast-track the end of Right to Buy. During a debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bil...


China Petroleum and Chemical Stock Rating Upgraded by BofA Merrill Lynch ... ...
24 Apr 2014 at 11:59am

China Petroleum and Chemical Stock Rating Upgraded by BofA Merrill Lynch ...
Watch List News (press release)
BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded shares of China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE:SNP) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, Analyst Rat...


Close of nominations as Euro election approaches - SNP (press release)
24 Apr 2014 at 12:37pm

Close of nominations as Euro election approaches
SNP (press release)
Following the close of nominations for candidates to the European Parliament at 4pm today, the SNP has highlighted that only a vote for a strong team of SNP MEPs will let Scotland make its mark in Europe. The SNP's team of MEPs ha...


Cumbria will remain Scotland's closest friend, Alex Salmond to tell Carlisle ...
24 Apr 2014 at 12:31pm

News & Star

Cumbria will remain Scotland's closest friend, Alex Salmond to tell Carlisle meeting
News & Star
Chancellor George Osborne said in March that an independent Scotland would not remain in a currency union with the rest of the UK ? a view rejected by the SNP. Were Scotland to adopt a differ...


SNP welcome fast-tracked end of right to buy - SNP (press release)
24 Apr 2014 at 12:21pm

SNP welcome fast-tracked end of right to buy
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming the announcement of Scottish Government action to fast-track the end of Right to Buy. During a debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced that the Scottish Government ...


Labour claims Alex Salmond has to 'come clean on immigration' - stv.tv
24 Apr 2014 at 12:19pm

stv.tv

Labour claims Alex Salmond has to 'come clean on immigration'
stv.tv
The SNP blueprint also promises to maintain the common travel area, maintain open borders for EU nationals as is currently the case across the UK, and implement a "controlled, transparent and efficient immigration system" fo...


Welfare plans 'risk well-being' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
24 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Welfare plans 'risk well-being'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
SNP policy pledges and the impact of an ageing population would add about £450 more per working-age person each year over the next two decades, according to an analysis by the Department for Work and Pe...


It's not about Mr Salmond - Hawick News
24 Apr 2014 at 10:22am

It's not about Mr Salmond
Hawick News
Regarding Robert Halliday's comments about Alex Salmond in last week's letters section, he starts off by saying he has no political inclination. But by the end of his verbal assault on Mr Salmond and Little Miss Echo [SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon], ...



Scotland 'faces tough choices' - The Courier
24 Apr 2014 at 11:05am

The Courier

Scotland 'faces tough choices'
The Courier
The race to the referendum is "neck and neck" but Scotland faces some "tough choices", Capital Economics (CE) said. The SNP has promised unconstrained decision-making, tax cuts and increased spending but it may initially have to align with the r...


Carmichael has head in the sand on welfare cuts - SNP (press release)
24 Apr 2014 at 10:10am

Carmichael has head in the sand on welfare cuts
SNP (press release)
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling on Alistair Carmichael to justify his claim that the Westminster welfare system is ?fantastic? ? as thousands of children face poverty at the hands of the UK Government. Scottish Sec...



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Scottish Independence: What do the English think? - BBC News
23 Apr 2014 at 11:40pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: What do the English think?
BBC News
With a referendum on Scottish independence just five months away - both the Prime Minister and Scotland's first minister have marked Saint Georges Day with messages about independence. David Cameron has urged Scotland to remain unit...


Scottish independence: More bodies leave CBI over referendum stance - BBC News
22 Apr 2014 at 8:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: More bodies leave CBI over referendum stance
BBC News
Nine more organisations have left the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) over its stance in the Scottish independence debate. Several bodies quit the business after it registered with the Electoral Commission ...


Scottish independence: Main referendum campaigns named by commission - BBC News
23 Apr 2014 at 11:15am

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish independence: Main referendum campaigns named by commission
BBC News
The elections watchdog has officially named Yes Scotland and Better Together the two main campaign groups ahead of the Scottish independence referendum. They will each be subject to a £1.5m spending ...


Scottish independence: Cameron and Salmond make appeals on St George's Day - ...
23 Apr 2014 at 9:20am

Scottish independence: Cameron and Salmond make appeals on St George's Day
BBC News
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have used St George's Day to make pleas ahead of the independence referendum. Voters in Scotland go to the polls on 18 September. Mr Cameron...


BBC withdraws from CBI over Scottish referendum - Financial Times
24 Apr 2014 at 3:06pm

Scotsman

BBC withdraws from CBI over Scottish referendum
Financial Times
The BBC has announced the suspension of its membership of the CBI employers' group amid fallout from the business lobby's decision to sign up as a participant in the campaign against Scottish independence. The CBI has long supp...


Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides - Scotsman
19 Apr 2014 at 6:13pm

Scotsman

Referendum race on knife edge as No support slides
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is on the brink of securing a historic victory in the referendum, according to an exclusive poll suggesting Yes Scotland needs a swing of just over 2 per cent to win independence. A landmark ICM survey for today's Scot...


Scottish independence: Gauging reaction in the home of William Shakespeare - ...
23 Apr 2014 at 1:56am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gauging reaction in the home of William Shakespeare
BBC News
As they cut out folds of foam icing, I pop an unexpected question: Have you heard about the Scottish independence referendum? Forty-two year-old Katherine Hill looked at me nervously. "Erm, not really. I kno...


Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Independence Referendum: YES and NO votes are neck and neck as the poll ... -...
21 Apr 2014 at 1:35am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence Referendum: YES and NO votes are neck and neck as the poll ...
Scottish Daily Record
WITH only 149 days to go until the Scottish referendum in September, the latest figures show there's only four per cent between Yes and No votes, prompting bookies to slash the odd...


Orkney TV referendum debate - BBC News
16 Apr 2014 at 5:38am

BBC News

Orkney TV referendum debate
BBC News
Female vote · Tweets, quotes , comments · As-it-happened. Twitter icons. Ahead of Scotland's 18 September independence referendum, BBC Scotland headed to Orkney to give voters a chance to quiz politicians and commentators at the heart of the debate.




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Anything Goes

Oasis Reformed
24 Apr 2014 at 2:54pm

Liam been tweeting O A S I S for the last hour and apparently just been confirmed.



Bbc To Suspend Membership Of Cbi
24 Apr 2014 at 12:13pm

Just breaking



"lord" Mcconnell
24 Apr 2014 at 11:38am

so I see that Graeme Spiers has teamed up with Union Jack on twitter in some charity BS vanity pr...



Out For A Swally In Peurto Banus?
24 Apr 2014 at 6:25am

The high price of a pint is the least of your worries...

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl...



Noam Chomsky Says Yes
24 Apr 2014 at 5:45am

That's any undecided old punks to Yes then.

 

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140424/189345058/INTERVIEW...



Russian Planes Near Scottish Coast
23 Apr 2014 at 5:08pm

"unidentified aircraft" flying near the north of somewhere ... "were flying in international airs...



No Campaign - Positive Story Of The Day
23 Apr 2014 at 4:17pm
You may think this thread has been started in jest but I don't think I have ever seen the nationa...

Yes In The Park, 7Th Of June
23 Apr 2014 at 2:30pm
Got some tickets for the YES in the park event on Saturday 7th of June. Headline act is the tarta...

Not Fussy, Anyone Will Do.
23 Apr 2014 at 1:59pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27129817

 

Lib Dems are a bunch of whores.




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Work as if you live in the early days of a

National or Northern? One is far healthier than the other
by Dom
21 Apr 2014 at 4:21pm
There was, for a space of about six months between the release of the White Paper on Independence...

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...


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

ITV's position is untenable - if this was a UK-wide referendum, everyone know...
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2014 at 12:19pm
Make no mistake - if the CBI had registered as an official supporter of either the Yes or No camp...


The mad, mad world of Rory Stewart MP
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2014 at 10:10pm
You've really got to hand it to Rory Stewart, the half-Scottish Tory MP for Penrith.  There aren'...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The eleventh commandment was missing for a good reason
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"But no man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation. No man has a right to sa...

Concerns mount over the pollsters' apparent failure to weight by country of b...
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2014 at 12:56pm

In some quarters, ICM's Martin Boon has been widely praised for his piece in Scotland on Sunday e...




Recalculating the Poll of Polls and long-term trend figures with Angus Reid e...
by James Kelly
21 Apr 2014 at 9:23am
First things first - Survation have released the datasets for yesterday's referendum poll, and th...

Landmark Survation poll confirms that pro-independence campaign have closed t...
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2014 at 6:38am
As it's Easter Sunday, I'll just keep this brief and give you the figures -

Should Scotland be an ...

Independence rises this Easter, as Yes campaign close the gap to just 3% in e...
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Santa was rather kind to us by delivering a swing to Yes in the last batch of polls before Christ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The remarkably simple basis for nationhood
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2014 at 5:00pm
"Nations are nations if they feel themselves to be a nation. And Scotland overwhelmingly feels it...

Dramatic TNS-BMRB poll shows pro-independence campaign closing the gap to the...
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2014 at 7:36pm

This is hugely significant, more so than any Panelbase or even ICM poll. TNS-BMRB are different b...



What Better Together would be saying about their YouGov poll if they had just...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
What Better Together actually said : This latest poll, which saw 1148 adults surveyed in Scotland...

Sagacity on Saturday : A Non-Sagacity Special
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."

Said by f...

Poll commissioned by anti-independence campaign backfires catastrophically, w...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm

One day, very very soon, we're going to start calling a brass neck a 'McDougall'. Just 24 hours a...



YouGov continues to cynically mislead its own respondents - but still finds a...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Terribly mysterious thing, this - Blair McDougall has decided to ignore the results of a new poll...



Two new referendum polls put support for independence at the heady heights of...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Well, that's the last time I take anything the Political Editor of the Daily Record says on Twitt...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The biggest 'known unknown' is that we know we're going...
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"I believe...that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if ...


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Yes supporter gets on bike to cycle from Rome to home
by Sean Lafferty
24 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
A keen campaigner for Scottish independence is getting on his bike in a bid to raise funds for Ye...

Daily Digest: Welfare scare stories, High-Speed Rail study and Welsh Barnett ...
by Stuart McDonald
24 Apr 2014 at 6:21am

Westminster welfare scares ignore the grim reality of Tory cuts

In a startling display of hypocris...



Perspective: Yes is an opportunity to better manage Scotland's resources
by Kevin Gilmartin
24 Apr 2014 at 4:02am

By John Howell

There is an old adage that "you can choose your friends but not your family". The s...



Daily Digest: St. George's Day, Gordon Brown and more CBI resignations
by Stuart McDonald
23 Apr 2014 at 8:18am
Happy St George?s Day! First Minister Alex Salmond is taking the independence case to Carlisle t...

From Scunthorpe Conservative to Yes campaigner
by Sean Lafferty
23 Apr 2014 at 3:54am

In an article in Scotland on Sunday last weekend, Yes activist Andy Lythgoe, born and brought up ...



The patron saint of optimism
by Sean Lafferty
23 Apr 2014 at 3:45am
I have long held that St George?s Day falls at the best time of year for any of the patron saints...

Julie Fowlis: A once in a lifetime opportunity - Scotland's #IndyRef
by Peter Dempsie
22 Apr 2014 at 11:23am
Julie Fowlis, an artist who sings almost exclusively in Gaelic and performed on the soundtrack of...

Daily Digest: Britain is sleepwalking towards a retirement timebomb
by Stuart McDonald
22 Apr 2014 at 6:09am
The Daily Express ? except in Scotland ? leads with the headline ?pensions shock for millions ? n...

Daily Digest: Momentum continues to build towards ?Yes?
by Stuart McDonald
21 Apr 2014 at 7:15am
An ICM opinion poll for Scotland on Sunday confirms the campaign momentum continues to be with Ye...

Carolyn Leckie: 'Bercow has exposed culture of sexism at Westminster'
by Sean Lafferty
21 Apr 2014 at 6:51am
Many female MPs are no longer willing to take part in Prime Minister?s Questions according the sp...

Yes Scotland asks No campaign to detail guaranteed new powers
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 9:17am

Dennis Canavan, Chairman of Yes Scotland?s Advisory Board, has written to Alistair Darling, of th...



New poster shows we CAN be a thriving independent country
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:40am

The new phase of the Yes Scotland promotional campaign - which was launched at the beginning of M...



Polls shows highest support for Yes so far
by Sean Lafferty
20 Apr 2014 at 3:15am

Yes Scotland welcomes an ICM poll in Scotland on Sunday and a Survation poll in the Sunday Post t...



Why I'll move to Scotland after I graduate if it votes yes
by Stewart Bremner
19 Apr 2014 at 3:54am
One Durham University student explains why he'll be moving north if it's a yes vote in Scotland.

STUC sets priorities as Yes momentum builds in Scotland?s trade union movement
by Cailean Gallagher
18 Apr 2014 at 3:30am
Key issues were the doubling in zero hours contracts highlighted by the STUC, and the catastrophe...


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Does the BBC have a pipe band?
24 Apr 2014 at 1:05pm

Temporarily suspended its CBI membership



Voting system in an independent Scotland
23 Apr 2014 at 7:29am

Something I was thinking about today, basically we currently have 129 MSPs, doing the work of a d...



Your Vote – Scotland: We want to know what you think...
22 Apr 2014 at 1:01am

Hello, My name is Graham and I would like to introduce you to our new free mobile app 'Your Vote ...



Does the CBI have a flute band?
21 Apr 2014 at 12:17pm
Campaigning against Scotland's interests. What a duplicitous bunch of fannys.

BetterTogether's diminishing lead
20 Apr 2014 at 12:47pm

From Scot Goes Pop based on Poll of Poll statistics, shows the No campaign's lead since September...



Ian Hamilton QC/ Tommy Sheridan speech in Oban
19 Apr 2014 at 3:45am

I would urge every don't know/ No voter to watch this, with impartial eyes and tell me why, after...



Football fans and the vote
18 Apr 2014 at 8:24am

From the poll on here and the one on Black & White Army it seems it will be a landslide yes.........



Civil war
18 Apr 2014 at 8:06am

A complete zoomer in my work today said that there would be a civil war in the event of a 'No' vo...



UCAS
17 Apr 2014 at 4:46pm
I had an S4 pupil ask me what would happen with university applications in the event of a Yes vot...

Old devolution campaigns repeated
17 Apr 2014 at 8:53am

Just a thought, but if you look back at some of the dross we're being fed by Better Together, it ...



Aliens threaten an independent Scotland!
16 Apr 2014 at 12:51pm

Following hot on from the forces of darkness, the forces of the empire are now headed our way......



peace & prosperity
12 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
what is the longest period of peace in scottish history?
what period encompasses the scottish enli...

So I finally found the elusive ATOS figures
11 Apr 2014 at 6:23pm

http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/atos-is-pulling-out-of-its-contract/

...

Give voters ability to ‘sack’ MSPs - Sturgeon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/give-voters-ability-to-sack-msps-sturgeon-1-33722...

Neutral Idea
9 Apr 2014 at 3:02pm

Many people on this forum may have read my posts and hopefully noticed I am an undecided voter.  ...




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Scottish independence: plans to loosen immigration controls 'need debate'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Apr 2014 at 12:32pm
Yvette Cooper questions Alex Salmond's proposal to pursue a more liberal policy to offset a predicted pensions deficit because of Scotland's ageing population

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretar...




BBC suspends CBI membership over its no campaign in Scottish referendum
by Severin Carrell
24 Apr 2014 at 2:20pm
Corporation temporarily suspends membership to protect its neutrality after CBI registers as an official no campaign

The BBC has joined the exodus from the CBI after the employers' organisation regi...




The third Scotland: self-organising, self-determining and suspicious of the S...
by Gerry Hassan
24 Apr 2014 at 3:00am
Establishment visions rejected by the young, authority figures crumbling Scotland has unambiguously become another country

In the past few months the polls for the Scottish independence referendum ...




Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
23 Apr 2014 at 6:05pm
Work and pensions secretary says Scottish government has not explained how independent Scotland would afford spending

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has challenged first ministe...




Scottish referendum groups officially confirmed by Electoral Commission
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
23 Apr 2014 at 5:05pm
Yes Scotland and Better Together designated as lead campaigns as commissioner urges other, smaller groups to register quickly

The Electoral Commission has officially designated the two main referend...




Scottish independence and civic nationalism | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
23 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

I cannot be the only reader mystified by Tom Morton's referring to "civic nationalism" as a "myth" (I believe in solidarity with folk living south of Carlisle, 22 April). This may be because he thi...




Ratings agency: banks in independent Scotland risk Iceland-style meltdown
by Larry Elliott and Jill Treanor
23 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm
S&P says it would be 'challenging' for Edinburgh government to support its banks without backing of London

An independent Scotland would need the support of the UK Treasury and the Bank of England t...




People of Scotland vote yes, and set us English free | Billy Bragg
by Billy Bragg
23 Apr 2014 at 9:45am
Instead of condemning us to perpetual Tory rule, independence may reinvigorate Labour and bring us the devolution we crave

Scottish referendum: yes, it could happen

As the debate over Scottish indep...




Scotland has 'five big positives' to staying in UK, Gordon Brown says
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
22 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
Former prime minister claims no vote would secure state pensions and NHS funding and 600,000 jobs reliant on UK trade

Gordon Brown told Scottish voters there are "five big positives" to remaining in...




David Cameron calls on Scots to remain united with England
by Press Association
22 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
Prime minister issues plea on St George's Day, describing the UK as the world's 'greatest family of nations'

David Cameron has issued a St George's Day plea for the people of Scotland to remain unit...



Gordon Brown: union man | Editorial
by Editorial
22 Apr 2014 at 4:32pm
Former PM has challenged the idea that politics and society can be neatly separated, by raising pensions in the Scotland debate

It is a measure of the downbeat tone of Scotland's Better Together cam...




Law Society joins exodus from CBI over Scottish independence stance
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
22 Apr 2014 at 12:39pm
Two more universities among latest organisations to quit business lobby to protect their political neutrality

The CBI is facing a mounting crisis in its membership, with the Law Society of Scotland ...




Scots are not morally superior. That's why I believe in solidarity with the f...
by Tom Morton
22 Apr 2014 at 12:00am
Whatever the Scottish separatists claim, our shared beliefs in equality and social justice don't stop at the border

"Your morality," thundersqueaked Nicola Sturgeon at the recent SNP conference in A...




Scottish independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions 'timebomb'
by Larry Elliott and Andrew Sparrow
21 Apr 2014 at 5:44pm
Ex-prime minister enters increasingly tight battle over independence as yes campaign gains momentum

Gordon Brown is to highlight Scotland's age "timebomb" on Tuesday as he makes his first public for...




Universities quit CBI in protest at Scottish independence stance
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
21 Apr 2014 at 11:07am
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen say CBI Scotland's registration as a no campaigner conflicts with their need to remain neutral

Three of Scotland's leading universities have quit the CBI employers' f...




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Lies, damned lies, and Iain Duncan Smith
by weegingerdug
23 Apr 2014 at 11:25pm
Today Scotland got a stern warning from Iain Duncan Smith, who runs a dept where the admin costs of his new pet benefit vastly exceed the amount actually paid out to claimants, that Scotland will h...

The Messiah by the Squinty Bridge
by weegingerdug
22 Apr 2014 at 9:24pm
If devolution is a journey, can Dougie Alexander please tell us the destination? Otherwise we’re on a mystery tour. I went on a mystery tour once. It was all very exciting. We got on the coach and ...

A special kind of stupid
by weegingerdug
22 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
It’s never entirely clear whether Better Together have embarked on a new phase of their masterplan to save the Union, or whether they’re just flailing around in a blind panic. Because they manage t...

Pensioning off the Union
by weegingerdug
21 Apr 2014 at 8:30am
The Naw Ye Cannae campaign is sending Gordie Broon to Glasgow on Tuesday to lovebomb us. Because sending Gordie to show his neoclassical endogenous growth theory to an invited audience of Labour lo...

CBBye Bye
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 10:48pm
In news which was as big a surprise as the revelations that Davie Cameron is a posh Tory, Johann Lamont hates alicsammin, and Danny Alexander is on work release from the Muppet Show, the CBI’s Nort...

No?s problem with men
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2014 at 8:23am
There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the supposed problem that the Yes campaign has attracting the support of women. All opinion polls have consistently shown that men are c...

The Great British Bake Off
by weegingerdug
17 Apr 2014 at 7:14pm
It’s going to be easy, everyone says so. You’re a top chef, you’re pals with the owners of the TV channel and the owners of the newspapers. They’re all on your side. The food critics agree to pick ...

The Great British Mortality Race
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm
New statistics have shown that Glasgow continues to sit at the top of British league tables, the city’s residents have the shortest life expectancy in the UK. It’s about the only competition Scotla...

Rum, sodomy, and the lash
by weegingerdug
15 Apr 2014 at 8:15pm
It’s another of Project Fear’s carefully coordinated frightnights. It’s another drive-by Tory. This time it’s Tory Defence Minister Philip Hammond, again. Phil has come to Scotland to make a positi...

Hysterical history
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Rory Stewart’s unionist propaganda thinly disguised as a BBC history documentary has provoked the ire of SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who has attacked the BBC for yet another of its exercises in compul...


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