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Miliband promises workers a 'race to the top' under Labour
ONE Nation Labour would seek to unify Britain, defend workers' rights and improve their pay in a "race to the top" while the Conservatives would continue to pursue divide-and-rule policies that attacked workers' rights and diminished their pay in a "race to the bottom".

SNP hits out over NHS claim in speech
THE Labour leader's emotional appeal for Labour to "win the battle for the United Kingdom" by illustrating the health case of a Glaswegian supermarket worker has been branded a major gaffe by the SNP.

Trade union reforms 'must not jeopardise the party's finances'
Ed Miliband's reforms of trade union funding must not be allowed to jeopardise Labour's finances, the party's treasurer has warned.

Peer urges Labour to stick with HS2
Former transport secretary Lord Adonis warned Labour not to ditch its principles for short-term political gain, amid speculation it will drop its support for HS2.

Miliband gets all energised
ED Miliband has set Labour on a collision course with Britain's energy giants with his boldest and most populist proposal to date - a 20-month freeze on gas and electricity bills.

Unions join Kirk in plea for free meals
TRADE unions and the Church of Scotland have joined a call for all children in primaries one, two and three in Scotland to receive free school meals.

Doing better, but is Ed heading for No 10?
Before the last election, one April Fool's Day news story had it that Gordon Brown planned to start an argument during the upcoming TV debates so that he could challenge David Cameron to "step outside, posh boy".

Brown 'warned about McBride tactics'
Gordon Brown admitted he had been warned about Damian McBride's underhand tactics as early as 2005, according to the spin doctor's memoirs.

Pledge to put rail travellers before profit
Rail passengers will be put before profit under a Labour government to "end the racket on our railways", shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle has said.

Miliband to spell out how he will help small businesses
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband will today set out his vision of a "one nation economy" based on high skills, high wages and entrepreneurship.

TODAY in Holyrood
THE Scottish Government will today hold a debate on learning disabilities, highlighting its new Key to Life strategy.

Former PM refuses to comment on claims by spin doctor
GORDON BROWN has reportedly stonewalled questions about Damian McBride as his former top spin doctor defended publishing his explosive memoirs.

UK weakened abroad, warns Alexander
Douglas Alexander has accused the Tories of diminishing the UK's global reputation as he hit back at claims Labour had abandoned Syria following last month's Commons vote.

Lives 'not improved by devolution'
Devolution has failed to improve the lives of too many Scots, shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran has warned.

Protection for Armed Forces bid
Attacking a member of the Armed Forces would become a specific criminal offence under plans outlined yesterday.


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Lord Carloway under fire over corroboration plans
24 Sep 2013 at 5:59pm

One of Scotland’s most senior judges has come under fire from MSPs over controversial plans to scrap the centuries-old need for corroboration in criminal cases.



Scottish independence: Patient makes case for Union
24 Sep 2013 at 5:39pm

A WOMAN who was introduced to the conference by Ed Miliband as one of the reasons why Scotland should stay in the UK has spoken of her fears for the future of health care should voters back independence.



Scottish independence: McAvoy to stay out of debate
24 Sep 2013 at 5:10pm

ONE of the nation’s leading acting talents has vowed to steer clear of the debate on Scottish independence - saying it would be “counter-productive” to his work.



Scottish independence: Deadline to reveal next steps
24 Sep 2013 at 4:27pm

THE UK elections watchdog has recommended the Scottish and Westminster Governments set out what will happen after next year’s referendum by 20 December this year.



Police will need more money, warns senior officer
24 Sep 2013 at 3:42pm

POLICE Scotland will need more money if it is to maintain the present record-high number of officers, the Scottish Government has been warned.



The Scotsman cartoon - Labour Party Conference
24 Sep 2013 at 2:50pm

The Labour Party Conference continued yesterday in Brighton.



Brian Wilson: Mind the SNP?s credibility gap
24 Sep 2013 at 2:01pm

Renationalising Royal Mail and pensions plan based on poorer life expectancy almost belie belief, writes Brian Wilson



Allan Massie: Considering Brown & McBride revelations
24 Sep 2013 at 1:29pm

Damian McBride’s shocking revelations raise questions about how much his master knew of the underhand tactics used to crush rivals, writes Allan Massie



Eddie Barnes: Independence, inequality and the economy
24 Sep 2013 at 1:23pm

ONE of the Yes campaign’s key themes over the last year has been to argue that Scottish independence will reduce the country’s growing inequality gap.



Emma Cowing: Bloom?s lasting stain on Ukip image
24 Sep 2013 at 1:21pm

SO, FAREWELL then Godfrey Bloom, lover of “sluts”, ambassador to “bongo bongo land” and patroller of that bit behind the fridge that’s the very devil to get clean.



Comment: Scotland going for global growth
24 Sep 2013 at 1:18pm

Scotland’s economy needs more companies to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ and attain an international reach, write Prof Colin Mason and Dr Ross Brown



Graduations ?gatecrashed? by Mike Russell video
24 Sep 2013 at 10:27am

EDUCATION secretary Michael Russell has been accused of “supreme self-importance” after making a video of himself to be played at college graduations.



Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom will sit as independent
24 Sep 2013 at 9:39am

Godfrey Bloom will no longer represent Ukip in the European Parliament after accepting he must sit as an independent in the wake of comments calling women “sluts” and an altercation with a TV reporter.



Miliband:Energy bills freeze if Labour win in 2015
24 Sep 2013 at 9:13am

ENERGY bills will be frozen by Labour for 20 months if the party wins power at the 2015 general election, Ed Miliband announced on Tuesday in his boldest policy move since becoming leader three years ago.



Leith Walk to get £3.6m bike safety upgrade
24 Sep 2013 at 5:48am

“LAGGARD” councils which are not spending enough to improve cycling must be chased up by transport minister Keith Brown, Green MSP Alison Johnstone demanded today.




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Quoted for irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2013 at 11:00am
In a piece entitled “Scottish Labour leader says nationalism is a virus”, the Courier yesterday reported that Johann Lamont’s speech to the Labour conference “appeared to allude to the European 20th century fascist movement”. And it did, although perhaps not in the way the Courier probably meant. “The discovery of the Jewish virus is one [...]

Throwing mud in glass houses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2013 at 6:59am
There’s been a certain amount of hoo-haa within the independence camp this morning about a Telegraph piece reporting comments by Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran in which she appears to cast doubt on whether devolution has been a good thing for Scotland at all. We’re not sure why, because they’re nothing we weren’t telling [...]

Filling in the blanks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2013 at 3:38am
Daily Record hack Torcuil Crichton has had another curious memory lapse in the paper today, in a dramatic piece headlined “Labour will axe Atos if we return to power, vows shadow work and pensions minister Liam Byrne”. A Record insider leaked us this redacted image of the original draft version: Can you supply the missing [...]

We?ve got five minutes spare
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2013 at 4:36pm
Arch-Unionist and BBC-favoured pundit (hey, what a freakish coincidence! What are the odds?) Professor Adam Tomkins of Glasgow University has a blog post up today. A reader asked us to go and tackle it, but Prof. Tomkins has one of those infinitely irritating twatblogs that won’t let you post comments unless you hand over all [...]

A flavour of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2013 at 2:34pm
Okay, one last thing. This is the best footage of Saturday we’ve seen: (Oh, and the Scottish Police Federation are now tweeting a crowd figure of 20,000.)

Normal service coming soon
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2013 at 4:46am
Okay, we’ve got a LOT of housekeeping-type stuff to get on with, so the next couple of days might be a wee bit quiet. We’ll need to be dealing with the ridiculous goings-on at the Labour conference this weekend at some point, but for now let’s just round up the last few issues regarding Saturday’s [...]

Readers? lives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2013 at 5:20am
We’ve already run a small collection of our own ham-fisted snapshots, but here are just a few of our favourite pics of yesterday’s rally in Edinburgh that were taken and sent to us by Wings Over Scotland readers. Click all the pics for larger versions. A shot from the main body of the crowd. And [...]

And now over to the state broadcaster
by Chris Cairns
22 Sep 2013 at 3:57am

Handshakes, hugs and hope
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2013 at 1:39pm
I didn’t take nearly enough photos. But there’ll be more coming from others. What a day that was. In the end, despite the last-minute scrog-up with the assembly point, I reckon I managed to meet about 300 Wings readers either on the High Street or on Calton Hill. Here’s some of our team coming down [...]

London calling
by Julie McDowall
21 Sep 2013 at 2:35am
[We've got something special for those of you who can't make it to the march in Edinburgh today (or are reading en route). Julie McDowall pens the Herald's brilliant online dating blog, but there's a lot more to her writing than that.] There is a groove on my skull. I can run my fingertip along [...]


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Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
24 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns.


Complaints recorded against NHS rise
24 Sep 2013 at 7:16am
There is a 13% rise in complaints against the NHS in Scotland, according to figures released by the Scottish government.


Details of cycling plan revealed
24 Sep 2013 at 5:51am
A multi-million pound scheme for Leith Walk is included in the Scottish government's £20m cycling infrastructure plan.


New funding to help exams overhaul
24 Sep 2013 at 6:02pm
The Scottish government announces an additional £1.4m for schools to support the introduction of new qualifications.


More students at Scots universities
24 Sep 2013 at 6:34am
There has been a substantial rise in the number of students starting courses at Scottish universities, according to university admissions agency Ucas.


Council dropped from 'toxic' action
24 Sep 2013 at 12:14pm
North Lanarkshire Council is no longer being pursued for compensation over claims homes in Motherwell were built on toxic land.


'Extinction' warning over seabirds
23 Sep 2013 at 6:38pm
Some of Scotland's important seabird colonies may become extinct unless action is taken to protect them, RSPB Scotland warns.


Small dip in methadone prescriptions
24 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
A month after the Scottish government said it would continue the methadone programme, official figures show the number of prescriptions fall.


Bomber justice group raises concerns
24 Sep 2013 at 3:48am
A group lobbying for the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber to be re-examined has raised concerns about the conduct of key Scottish officials.


Missed outpatient appointments fall
24 Sep 2013 at 5:38am
The number of patients in Scotland who did not attend their hospital appointment falls slightly compared with the previous year.


Guarantee made on post-Yes pensions
23 Sep 2013 at 9:49am
The basic state pension would continue to be paid "on time and in full" if voters in Scotland were to back independence in next year's referendum.


Fake goods link to crime highlighted
23 Sep 2013 at 5:42am
The links between the trade in counterfeit goods and organised crime in Scotland are being highlighted by those involved in tackling the problem.


New effort to save Scottish wildcats
24 Sep 2013 at 4:30am
Five areas of Scottish wildcat habitat are to be targeted in a new £2m Scottish Natural Heritage-led conservation project.


Nominations close for by-election
23 Sep 2013 at 12:18pm
Scotland's main political parties are all fielding candidates in the Scottish Parliament's Dunfermline by-election.


Talks follow coalition resignations
23 Sep 2013 at 4:56am
Negotiations are set to start on the future ruling coalition of Dumfries and Galloway Council after seven members of its Conservative group resigned.


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The UK is not skint ? it is a playground for the rich and privileged
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Sep 2013 at 4:54pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
It has been Scotland?s week in the news with British and world media flocking north to cover the story of one year to the referendum.
 
Such coverage paints a particular Scottish story by necessity and tends to leave the wider picture of what has changed and what needs to change at a British level.



Scottish Independence - Just why are Scots so poorly informed?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Sep 2013 at 5:16pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's the new referendum tag-line - the undecided voters need more information.  The independence debate is all about point scoring we are told and both sides have to "do more" in order to up the standard of debate.
 
Well, I agree with the sentiment in part, the Scottish electorate - aside from the political anoraks - are indeed poorly informed.  But just whose fault is it?



Why Labour voters should support independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Sep 2013 at 8:41am

  By John McAllion

The British left inside the Labour Party has resolutely raged against the idea of Scottish independence.  For them, breaking up Britain means wrecking the solidarity of the British working class.

As they see it, Scottish self-determination means sacrificing Britain?s capacity to redistribute wealth across its nations and regions. They accuse those on the nationalist left of wrapping themselves in a flag and ignoring class issues such as inequality and the power of capital.



Yes is not a vote for Alex Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Sep 2013 at 3:20pm

  By Campbell Martin

Last Wednesday (September 18) saw us pass the year marker until the Independence Referendum.
 
This time next year, Scotland will either have retaken its place as a normal, independent nation or we will have decided to remain just a region of the United Kingdom, with all that entails, such as Tory-led Governments in London imposing savage cuts and policies like the Bedroom Tax.



Independence will empower the people
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Sep 2013 at 10:16am

By Dennis Canavan

I RECENTLY came across an old election leaflet which was used by me as a Labour candidate during the 1979 general election.

It began: "The result of this election will determine the kind of society we shall have for many years to come.

"Do we want a greedy, grasping rat-race where only the strongest survive and the weakest go to the wall?  Or do we want a caring, sharing society based on the principle that most help should go to those who are most in need ?"



Generation X
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Sep 2013 at 3:00pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
There was an eccentric bloke at the Glasgow Herald many years ago who confused me by changing his style every time I saw him.  Collar and tie one day then tee shirt to work; one day pony tail, next day not.  One of the hacks summed him up: "He opens the wardrobe in the morning, looks along the hangers and selects a persona for the day."
 
He came to mind when I heard a Yes voter say the referendum isn't about identity, a view supported by the No side who complain about a false choice between Scottish and British.



The Fear Factor 3: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
19 Sep 2013 at 3:16pm

Part 3 of the video series The Fear Factor, 'The Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth' has now been published on Youtube and Vimeo.  The Fear Factor is a series of 6 short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid, about what?s in store for their poor wee country.

The series was created by film-maker Jack Foster, previously responsible for Precious Few Heroes and the Top 10 Unionist Myths, and writer Christopher Silver.



Treaty scission: the solution to the EU membership conundrum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Sep 2013 at 3:14pm

By Mark McNaught
 
Recent comments by the vice President of the EU commission Joaquim Almunia suggest that if Catalonia votes for independence in 2014, they would be expelled from the EU. The Catalan government would then have to reapply for membership to be unanimously approved by all member states, thereby granting a veto to the Spanish government, who has promised to use every means at its disposal to make life hell for Catalonia if they vote for independence.



First Minister's Questions - 19 Sep 2013 - video
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Sep 2013 at 1:32pm

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



Only a year to go...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

By Derek Bateman
 
At last ... there are only 365 days left before Scots answer the most momentous question of our time which will have long-lasting repercussions for democracy in these islands - what will happen to Jim Murphy after independence?
 
While the national focus has been on constitutional change and the economy, the political parties and the army of camp followers they employ are obsessed with a bigger question ? will I have a job?




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The Eclipse Of Scottish Nationalism | National Collective
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 7:45pm

There are two schools of thought on what it means to be Scottish today.


The first contends that Scottish identity and culture should be treasured, that Scotland is ‘the best country in the world’ as it is, but that the independence movement is only perpetuating regressive ideas of Scotland and cul...



Campbell Martin: The best Labour could come up with to defend their British U...
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 7:33pm

Clearly Labour Party leader Ed Miliband thinks everyone in Scotland is stupid. 



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Improving Scotland's pension system
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 1:51pm

Scotland's pension system would benefit from being tailored specifically to the needs of pensioners in Scotland.

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Quoted for irony
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 11:22am

In a piece entitled “Scottish Labour leader says nationalism is a virus”, the Courier yesterday reported that Johann Lamont’s speech to the Labour conference “appeared to allude to the European 20th century fascist movement”.



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Arriving at Yes: My Personal Journey
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 11:13am
It was about a year and a half ago that I did something radical, something extraordinarily off-the-wall. I don't know what prompted me to do it, but do it I did.

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Yes Scotland answers your questions
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 11:03am

We asked people from around Scotland to send in questions for our chief executive, Blair Jenkins, to answer in front of an audience from across the political spectrum. In the first video from the event, here are some of his answers.



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We need full powers, not limited devolution, for Scotland?s wealth to work fo...
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 11:01am

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has questioned the ability of devolution to deliver for the people of Scotland – yet fails to recognise that it is the limits placed on devolution that prevent us from putting in place the policies to make Scotland’s wealth work for all.



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Independence attack backfires on Miliband | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 10:55am

Commenting on Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour Party conference, Scottish National Party Westminster leader Mr Angus Robertson MP said:
 
"For Ed Miliband to use the NHS as a reason to attack independence shows an astonishing lack of knowledge both about the National Health Service and about Scot...



Amy Westwell: only independence can reflect Scotland's common cultural values
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 10:46am

National Collective is the non-party campaign of 'artists and creatives' for independence, which seeks to engage and inspire the people of Scotland through the creative arts; its members are writers, artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers,...

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Stewart Hosie MP » YES Secure Debate Turnaround at Abertay University
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 10:33am

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie secured a huge turnaround today in a debate at Abertay University, gaining 30% extra votes to secure 51% in support of independence in a debate in front of almost 200 first-year students.



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Margaret Curran's doubts over Scottish devolution - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 9:21am

Serious doubts must be raised over whether the Scottish Parliament has improved the education system or NHS north of the Border, a senior Labour politician has said.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Many of us arrived at the conclusion some time ago that British Labour and its Tory allies had come to regret...



Throwing mud in glass houses
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 8:38am

There's been a certain amount of hoo-haa within the independence camp this morning about a Telegraph piece reporting comments by Labour's shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran in which she appe...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Stu Campbell correctly identifies two conditions which must be met if loca...



So, John Barrowman's a No vote...oh Yes he is
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 7:56am

LEADING Scots entertainer John Barrowman has spoken out against independence for Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I have to admit that I have no idea who John Barrowman is. Perhaps because I'm not the sort of person who looks to X Factor or Eastenders for enlightenment or political insight. Neithe...



Scottish independence: ?Voters in dark over pensions?
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 7:07am

PENSIONS experts say voters in Scotland are being left in the dark over how a post-independence system would be run.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Note the inherent contradiction in this article. The headline trumpets the assertion that voters are being "kept in the dark" about pensions, but the article ...



You are a Virus
by Peter A Bell
24 Sep 2013 at 5:05am

‘Zombie Nationalist accuses Democracy Movement of being a Contagion’. Okay, that needs to be filed under the heading ‘Headlines from an Imaginary Press’ but yesterday marked a new low as Johann Lamont littered her speech at Labour Conference with some extraordinary language about Salmond v Scotla...




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Labour Conference 2013: Ed Miliband vows to freeze gas and electricity prices...
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2013 at 10:53am
MILIBAND pledged to freeze energy prices from May 2015 to January 2017 and break up the "Big Six" energy companies if Labour get into power.


Lockerbie bombing: Independent inquiry into Al-Megrahi's conviction could sti...
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2013 at 8:18am
THE Justice for Megrahi group alleges four breaches, covering independence, impartiality, professional conduct and role in criminal proceeding.


Lockerbie bombing: Concerns raised about how inquiry into the 1988 disaster w...
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2013 at 5:52am
THE group Justice for Megrahi want the International Association of Prosecutors to look at the law officials' "objectivity and independence" in dealing with allegations against the police and Crown Office.


Labour conference 2013: Ed Miliband will use emotional speech to set out reas...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Sep 2013 at 2:20am
THE Labour leader will set out reasons why Scotland should remain part of the UK, with the NHS being one of them.


Record View: Labour leader Ed Miliband faces his biggest ever test
by Record View
24 Sep 2013 at 2:02am
RECORD VIEW discusses the importance of Miliband's keynote speech at Brighton and how it could help or hinder his aim to become Prime Minister.


Nicola Sturgeon vows pensions will be safe in an independent Scotland
by David Clegg
24 Sep 2013 at 1:55am
THE Deputy First Minister met with OAPs in Glasgow yesterday and insisted that the basic state pension would continue to be "paid on time and in full".


Joan McAlpine: Stop treating Scots like second-class citizens over the Royal ...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN says the coalition government's proposed plans to sell the Royal Mail is a complete travesty of democracy - particularly because Scotland owns a population share of the mail service.


Scottish Government say they will give pensioners £160 per week if independen...
by dailyrecord
23 Sep 2013 at 5:46am
ASSUMING a Yes vote next year, the SNP government said they would give pensioners a boost to their entitlement which would ensure the pension keeps up with earnings and rising costs.


Labour will axe Atos if we return to power, vows shadow work and pensions min...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Sep 2013 at 1:19am
THE Labour MP has said that the healthcare assessment firm which has failed the sick and disabled, is part of the problem and not the solution.


Record View: Labour's news is music to our ears
by Record View
22 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW says it is important to remember the original plan to reform welfare benefits and move disabled people into work was Labour's.


Revealed: £4000 of taxpayers' money blown on posh Chinese banquet during trad...
by David Clegg
22 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
SNP minister Humza Yousaf hosted the dinner at which 17 people were treated to a £220-per-head meal - which included scallops, prime beef and wine - in Hong Kong in June.


Benefit axemen Atos is a "disgrace" and should be stripped of its contract, L...
by dailyrecord
22 Sep 2013 at 8:56am
SHADOW work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne will tell the Labour conference that Atos is getting too much wrong and should be sacked immediately.


Singer Pat Kane: Voting yes in the independence referendum will let Scotland'...
by dailyrecord
22 Sep 2013 at 8:11am
THE Hue And Cry star says this is our chance to determine our own destiny and have a radically more equal country.


Ed Miliband: I have no regrets over the battle of Falkirk
by Mark Aitken
22 Sep 2013 at 6:08am
AS party conference in Brighton kicks off, the Labour leader hits the streets and insists he made the right decisions in row with Unite union.


Thousands of independence supporters gather in Edinburgh as Alex Salmond vows...
by Mark Aitken
22 Sep 2013 at 3:47am
FIRST Minister insists they can win vote as more than 10,000 fans of Yes Scotland join politicians and celebrities at rally in capital.


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Real Scots will face certain hardship in uncertain times if the Natz get thei...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2013 at 1:36pm
Real Scots will face certain hardship in uncertain times if the Natz get their way.
Our darling Darling writes -


Salmond lacks the write stuff
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Has Salmond even told us how much a pencil will cost in an independent Scotlandshire? If he can?t do that, he?s clearly not fit t...

Curran - "In that cynical view of politics, the politician and the party does...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Sep 2013 at 4:01pm
Curran - "In that cynical view of politics, the politician and the party does not exist to serve the country. The country exists to serve the politician and the party."


Curran ? Scotlandshire must protect Labour
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I want to send a clear message from this conference: That af...

100% of valid votes have been cast for abolishing the Scottish Parliament, Lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2013 at 1:57pm
100% of valid votes have been cast for abolishing the Scottish Parliament, Local Authorities, Community Councils, the Catholic Hierarchy and the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotlandshire and the Free Church of Scotlandshire.


Poultice - on our poll and being traduced
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Speaking to a deserted Calton Hill today, poet Alan Bisset apologised to the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2013 at 8:02am
Speaking to a deserted Calton Hill today, poet Alan Bisset apologised to the few attendees (including a couple of Pandas) for having been wrong about Scotlandshire.


Poet recants his former errors - Vote Britain he says
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(you didn?t really want the unions, industries or cou...

Our respected head of News and Bias warns the nation!
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2013 at 5:37pm
Our respected head of News and Bias warns the nation!


How ithers see us
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You have been warned!

Part 3 of The Fear Factor is now on the ayePlayer http://www.bbc.scotlandshir...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2013 at 8:43am
Part 3 of The Fear Factor is now on the ayePlayer
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/520-the-fear-factor.html

Speak for yourself, little man! Cameron speaks for Scotland (in 130 word soun...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2013 at 7:38pm
Speak for yourself, little man! Cameron speaks for Scotland (in 130 word sound bites).



We have some advice for David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2013 at 11:27am
We have some advice for David Cameron and Nick Clegg.


Disgraceful lack of fibre in UK leadership
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Send us the money (all of it) and we'll do the job for you, and keep Scotlandshire in the Union - for our sake, if not for its.

Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Exclusive - Scotlandshire splittists fail to rally to their cause, while MI5 confidently expect their agents to significantly outnumber the splittists.


Splittists ridiculed for inability to replicate Catalanshire rally
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The Scotsman?s extensive coverage of the non-event ca...

Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2013 at 6:10am
Long-tailed ducks disappoint in Glasgow, but the Anas genus performs to type.


Bird watchers let down in Glasgow
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Like many immature males, he had not yet learned that birds in Scotlandshire don?t appreciate that kind of performance. As a result, his ?performance? is never ...

BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Sep 2013 at 6:09pm
BBC Scotlandshire can today reveal that it's probe into the deepest recesses of Labour in Scotlandshire has reached the bottom ? of the barrel.


Labour in Scotlandshire probed ? Anus exposed ? Salmond smeared
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mr Sarwar was exposed as a hopeless and hapless fibber after bra...

Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countrie...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 4:01pm
Tory housing minister Grant Schnapps hits out at UN interfering with countries rights to abuse human rights in their own way.


UN report breaches human rights - say Brits
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
One of the English visits was to a poor city filled with slums and scroungers. And the other was to Ma...

A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem gr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
A fresh pair of pants will have the splittists shitting theirs and Lib Dem groupies throwing their Union Jack ones at Wullie Rennie.

"Bateman blows the gaff on the splittists and the spoof channel"

and

"Lib Dems slam smear report on eve of their Glasgow Conference"


BBC Scotlandshire - Short new...

'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Sep 2013 at 3:46am
'Part of the Union', the second part of the BBC Scotlandshire series made by Rough Justice, is now on the ayePlayer.

This episode examines the huge benefits of being part of the world's most successful political and economic union. Viewer discretion is advised.


The Fear Factor
www.bbc.scotlandshir...

High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's pow...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
High Noon : the remake was premiered in Glasgow last week. We review it's powerful message.


Do Not Forsake Me - Oh My Darlin'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alastair stares at the crowd, contemptuously throws his marshal's star in the dirt, and leaves for town (London) with his bank balance considerabl...


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it's time to get above ourselves

You are a Virus
by bellacaledonia
24 Sep 2013 at 4:02am
By Mike Small ‘Zombie Nationalist accuses Democracy Movement of being a Contagion’. Okay, that needs to be filed under the heading ‘Headlines from an Imaginary Press’ but yesterday marked a new low as Johann Lamont littered her speech at Labour... Read More ›

Life During Peacetime
by bellacaledonia
23 Sep 2013 at 2:49pm
This is the first of a series or articles from Closer. The many dividends of living in a non-nuclear Scotland would include genuine security, democratic accountability and massive savings in costs. By Isobel Lindsay ?In the councils of government, we... Read More ›

Closer Launch
by bellacaledonia
23 Sep 2013 at 9:28am
Closer launched on Saturday at the Bongo Club. It’s a beta newspaper – we’re still testing how to distribute it and fund it. Our aim would be to have it as a collaborative off-shoot of Bella, publishing a few times... Read More ›

News from Nowhere
by bellacaledonia
23 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
News from Nowhere: Everywhere is peripheral; Everywhere is foreign; Welcome to the world; There is no centre, just place.


A Cultural Powerhouse
by bellacaledonia
23 Sep 2013 at 4:24am
Stewart Henderson from Chemikal Underground on why he’s voting Yes … Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: Chemikal Underground, Stewart Henderson


Vote for change, Vote for your freedom
by bellacaledonia
23 Sep 2013 at 3:08am
Saffron Dickson (who you may have seen here speak here) is a 15 year old first-time voter in next year’s referendum. Here’s why she’ll be voting Yes: When it comes the independence debate, there are two sides  ? those who... Read More ›


Calton Calling
by bellacaledonia
22 Sep 2013 at 10:58am
By Mike Small Get inspired … aspirational and inspirational talks from Calton Hill … all with thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados from Saor Alba Pictures. HARDEEP KOHLI & ELAINE C SMITH: FM ALEX SALMOND: NICOLA STURGEON: ALLAN GROGAN: DENNIS CANAVAN: MARGO... Read More ›

The Hill, Filled
by bellacaledonia
22 Sep 2013 at 9:14am
Some great photos from Calton Hill …   Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: Calton Hill, Indy Rally 2013


Fear Factor 3
by bellacaledonia
20 Sep 2013 at 6:45am
Scared at the prospect of running your own country? Terrified about what the future holds? Haunted by nightmarish visions of deep uncertainty? The Fear Factor is a series of short films looking at why Scottish people are afraid, very afraid,... Read More ›

Preserving the Union
by bellacaledonia
20 Sep 2013 at 5:24am
By Mike Small Today we’re jammin’ with Michael Moore and Douglas Alexander. What exactly is the point of even discussing the Liberal Democrats you might ask? A party that was dipping at 3% in Scotland only in 2011and who spent... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: People in Scotland 'could get pensions earlier' - BBC ...
22 Sep 2013 at 6:04am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: People in Scotland 'could get pensions earlier'
BBC News
Independence could mean people in Scotland get state pensions earlier than the rest of the UK, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suggested. A Scottish government paper will say the Scottish Parliament wi...


Scottish independence: Deadline to reveal next steps - Scotland on Sunday
24 Sep 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Deadline to reveal next steps
Scotland on Sunday
THE UK elections watchdog has recommended the Scottish and Westminster Governments set out what will happen after next year's referendum by 20 December this year. A report published today by the Electoral Comm...


Scottish independence: McAvoy to stay out of debate - Scotland on Sunday
24 Sep 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: McAvoy to stay out of debate
Scotland on Sunday
ONE of the nation's leading acting talents has vowed to steer clear of the debate on Scottish independence - saying it would be ?counter-productive? to his work. James McAvoy, who refused to say if he was in fa...


Scottish independence: Patient makes case for Union - Scotsman
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Patient makes case for Union
Scotsman
A WOMAN who was introduced to the conference by Ed Miliband as one of the reasons why Scotland should stay in the UK has spoken of her fears for the future of health care should voters back independence. Glaswegian Cathy Murphy, 6...


Scottish independence: Defence cut by 25% - Murphy - Scotsman
22 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

Scottish independence: Defence cut by 25% - Murphy
Scotsman
Mr Murphy will quote a report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that says £3.4 billion is currently spent by the UK government on defence in Scotland but, under SNP plans for independence, it would be reduced to £2.5bn. The attack o...


Scottish independence: Post-Yes state pension would be paid 'on time and in f...
23 Sep 2013 at 5:30am

Scottish independence: Post-Yes state pension would be paid 'on time and in full'
BBC News
... make improvements where necessary. "We are giving an absolute guarantee to those living in Scotland, in receipt of the UK state pension at the time of independence, that their pensions will continue to be...


Scottish independence: Yes campaigners rally in Edinburgh - BBC News
21 Sep 2013 at 4:52pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes campaigners rally in Edinburgh
BBC News
Thousands of pro-independence campaigners have marched through the streets of Edinburgh in support of their cause. The march began on the High Street and ended on the city's Calton Hill with the Rally for Scottish Independen...


Scottish independence: writers will be 'foreign' - Scotland on Sunday
23 Sep 2013 at 3:01am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: writers will be 'foreign'
Scotland on Sunday
A key player in the Scottish literary world has issued a warning about the impact of independence on the industry north of the border. Hugh Andrew, managing director of Birlinn publishing house in Edinburgh, said ...


Monster march for Scottish independence seethes with working class anger at ....
24 Sep 2013 at 11:56am

Socialist Worker

Monster march for Scottish independence seethes with working class anger at ...
Socialist Worker
A 25,000-strong march for Scottish independence filled the streets of Edinburgh last Saturday?more than double last year. A variety of pro?independence groups were present including trad...


Firms face political pressure on Scotland independence debate - The Independent
22 Sep 2013 at 7:03pm

Firms face political pressure on Scotland independence debate
The Independent
Major employers that work in both England and Scotland are being ?reverse lobbied? by politicians to reveal their position on independence, according to a senior director at aerospace defence giant Eurocopter. The civil a...



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NHS complaints rise amid crisis of too few beds and nurses - Express.co.uk
24 Sep 2013 at 9:51pm

NHS complaints rise amid crisis of too few beds and nurses
Express.co.uk
The 13 per cent rise comes after the number of beds plummeted over the last nine years, prompting accusations that SNP ministers have been wielding the axe on frontline services, leading to chronic staff shortages. There are n...


Prudent move would be to ask the watchdog - Herald Scotland
24 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Prudent move would be to ask the watchdog
Herald Scotland
As a cynical journalist, I view any politician's budgets and plans with distrust - and it is clear that a large number of Scots worry about the SNP's projects and if they are affordable after a Yes vote. Loading article content. If the Offic...


Highlands councillor charged in expenses inquiry - Herald Scotland
24 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Highlands councillor charged in expenses inquiry
Herald Scotland
Mr MacLeod became secretary of the SNP group on the council, but in December, then 20, he resigned from the party to sit as an independent while police investigated allegations over his electoral expenses. It was understood that one e...


SNP hits out over NHS claim in speech - Herald Scotland
24 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

SNP hits out over NHS claim in speech
Herald Scotland
THE Labour leader's emotional appeal for Labour to "win the battle for the United Kingdom" by illustrating the health case of a Glaswegian supermarket worker has been branded a major gaffe by the SNP. THE Labour leader's emotional appeal for Lab...


Clarity required amid the Government's promise of a land of milk and honey - ...
24 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Clarity required amid the Government's promise of a land of milk and honey
Herald Scotland
As someone trying to follow the financial side of SNP promises I have become ever more convinced that those charged with controlling the finances in the Scottish Government, and the promises to come with inde...


SNP Group Press Release on political developments at council - For Argyll
24 Sep 2013 at 4:13pm

For Argyll

SNP Group Press Release on political developments at council
For Argyll
The following press release has just been issued by Councillor Sandy Taylor on behalf of the SNP Group at Argyll and Bute Council. It fuses on the recent developments in political management arrangements at the counci...


SNP admits EU role in resolving pensions puzzle - Express.co.uk
24 Sep 2013 at 6:09pm

SNP admits EU role in resolving pensions puzzle
Express.co.uk
Yesterday, in its Pensions In An Independent Scotland document, which, critics say, lacks crucial financial details, the SNP states that the Scottish Government would negotiate for transitional arrangements and argues a special deal woul...


Dumfries and Galloway Council resignation impact assessed - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

BBC News

Dumfries and Galloway Council resignation impact assessed
BBC News
A council is to meet to discuss the political make-up of its committees after seven Conservative councillors resigned from their group. The move has left the ruling Conservative-SNP alliance of Dumfries and Galloway Council ...


Partial vision - Scotsman
24 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

Partial vision
Scotsman
In its grand, exciting vision of an ?independent? Scotland, the SNP depicts our nation as a state where the Scottish people will be in charge, dedicated to our national wellbeing, and will call the shots. There will be fewer taxes, no illegal wars, no nuclear ...

and more »


Brian Wilson: Mind the SNP's credibility gap - Scotland on Sunday
24 Sep 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Brian Wilson: Mind the SNP's credibility gap
Scotland on Sunday
(In fairness, the SNP spokesman, Mike Weir, seemed to know as little about it as John Swinney had been told about Royal Mail renationalisation). When the supposed rationale for this latest nonsense was explained, the ...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress ...


Independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march in Scotland - The In...
21 Sep 2013 at 9:16am

The Edinburgh Reporter

Independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march in Scotland
The Independent
Thousands of people have joined a march and rally in Scotland's capital, calling for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum. The event in Edinburgh appeared to draw crowds from acro...


Scottish independence: Are pensions a referendum decider? - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 5:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Are pensions a referendum decider?
BBC News
The SNP has racked up the referendum tension another notch by bringing up the question of pensions. The majority party in Holyrood has said state pensions will be secure in an independent Scotland. It has also claimed that p...


Scottish referendum: First time voters write about their Scotland - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 12:23pm

BBC News

Scottish referendum: First time voters write about their Scotland
BBC News
When voters in Scotland go to the polls they will be asked a straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" For the first time the franchise will include 16 and 17-year-olds. Fifty young peopl...


Scottish independence: BBC debate on referendum choices - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 3:18pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: BBC debate on referendum choices
BBC News
The independence referendum offers Scots a unique opportunity to decide the future of their country, a BBC Scotland debate has heard. The debate between four leading politicians was held in front of a public audience in Invern...


Humza Yousaf: Scottish Independence referendum gives us chance to control ......
20 Sep 2013 at 6:19am

Scottish Daily Record

Humza Yousaf: Scottish Independence referendum gives us chance to control ...
Scottish Daily Record
TODAY marks a year to go until Scotland's independence referendum. It is hugely exciting to think that on Setember 18 next year, we will have the chance to choose a different and...


Mock Scottish independence referendum sees Aberdeenshire 'no' vote - BBC News
18 Sep 2013 at 9:00am

BBC News

Mock Scottish independence referendum sees Aberdeenshire 'no' vote
BBC News
... time on 18 September, 2014. Many of the teenagers will take part for real, with those aged 16 and 17 able to vote in the referendum. When voters go to the polls they will be asked a straight yes/no question: "Sh...


Islands want greater voice in Europe after 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland
19 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

Islands want greater voice in Europe after 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
He said allowing the islands to be treated equally with other parts of Scotland would promote good relations between local and central government. The councils also want the Scottish Parliament to treat remoteness and insula...


Hadrian's Wall rebuild starts ahead of Scottish independence referendum - Dai...
23 Sep 2013 at 1:27pm

Daily Mail

Hadrian's Wall rebuild starts ahead of Scottish independence referendum
Daily Mail
The referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK is still a year away - but a group of craftsmen have already started the job of dividing England from its northern neighbour. Four dryliners from Cumbr...


The Scotland referendum: 18th September 2014: one year away - Lexology (regis...
19 Sep 2013 at 10:09am

IBTimes.co.uk

The Scotland referendum: 18th September 2014: one year away
Lexology (registration)
The referendum will be held on 18th September 2014 - a year today. Here is a reminder of the issues we wrote about 8 months ago. Last week, the UK Parliament adopted an Order in Council under Section 30...



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Anything Goes

Being Paul Gascoigne
24 Sep 2013 at 3:58pm
Anyone else watching this / see this ?

Rock The Rovers And The Tartan Specials
24 Sep 2013 at 2:31pm

I organise a fundraiser every year called ROCK THE ROVERS at a club in kirkcaldy called KITTYS wh...



Iain Dale
24 Sep 2013 at 8:47am
What a disgrace of a man... After attacking this old man who was clearly protesting in a very pea...

The Kiltwalk- Machu Pichu
24 Sep 2013 at 3:39am
Is anybody doing it?

I am, but don't know of anyone else.

It may be a lonely 12 days!!!!

Vehicle Graphic Application
24 Sep 2013 at 3:23am
Long shot but . . . can anyone recommend a good quality, reliable vehicle graphic application com...

Buy To Let
24 Sep 2013 at 1:21am
Looking into investing into property, but got a million and 1 choices/decisions to make.

Looking ...

Fao: Eddard - Dennis Canavan On Telly
23 Sep 2013 at 12:51pm
ScotlandTonight ‏@ScotlandTonight1m

We'll be joined by Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan and L...



Pies
23 Sep 2013 at 8:16am

Living in England - I can only get Bells pies in Morrisons supermarket and they are very ordinary...



Arch And Rally For Independence. Saturday 30Th August 2014
23 Sep 2013 at 7:27am

Date for your diaries. Make sure you're there, persuade as many people to go as possible, spread ...



Wigan Casino
23 Sep 2013 at 6:26am

Was great to see so many Scots and good few from my hometown o Dundee at the all-nighter at the B...




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

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...


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

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

We need full powers, not limited devolution, for Scotland?s wealth to work fo...
by Kevin Gilmartin
24 Sep 2013 at 10:41am

by Angus Millar

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has questioned the ability of devolution...



Video of the march and rally for independence
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
24 Sep 2013 at 7:18am
Video of F0jupS_D__Q

More than 20,000 people marched in Edinburgh on 21 September, 2014, to sho...



Fairer pensions, tailor-made for Scotland
by Stuart McDonald
23 Sep 2013 at 10:22am

The Scottish Government has published a comprehensive paper outlining pensions policy proposals f...



Yes Scotland answers your questions
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
23 Sep 2013 at 7:36am
Video of 6-M4LNtDnhI

We asked people from around Scotland to send in questions for our chief ex...



Stewart Henderson: 'Scotland is a cultural powerhouse'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
22 Sep 2013 at 3:47am
Video of tXczbcRK_M0

Stewart Henderson of Chemikal Underground records explains why he'll be vo...



Pictures from the march and rally
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
21 Sep 2013 at 9:11am

More than 20,000 people joined the 2013 Rally for Scottish Independence today. Here are some pict...



'Let's make Scotland's wealth work for its people'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
21 Sep 2013 at 7:51am

With a Yes vote next year we can unlock Scotland's vast wealth and resources and make sure they d...



Alex Arthur: 'Why I'm voting Yes on 18 September, 2014'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
21 Sep 2013 at 3:15am
Video of S1uN3kLA_ww

Former world champion boxer Alex ?Amazing? Arthur has thrown his weight be...



Most Scots want Holyrood to have full powers
by Stuart McDonald
20 Sep 2013 at 8:35am

Opinion polls continue to show that Scotland?s people want real and significant new powers transf...



March and rally for Scottish independence
by Stuart McDonald
20 Sep 2013 at 6:50am

The second March and Rally for Scottish Independence tomorrow will see thousands of Yes supporter...



Yes Scotland call for minority communities to be at forefront of debate
by sean.lafferty
19 Sep 2013 at 9:49am

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh will tell an audience at Glasgow's Langside Halls on Sunday that she believe...



Only Yes will deliver further powers to Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
19 Sep 2013 at 9:17am

With one year to go until the referendum, as summer turns to autumn and political parties enter t...



A Yes vote could prompt a surge of interest from overseas
by Peter Dempsie
19 Sep 2013 at 8:00am

A Yes vote could prompt a surge of interest from overseas organisations wanting to visit the worl...



Seven corrections for Simon Heffer
by Stephen Noon
19 Sep 2013 at 5:50am
In a piece for the London Daily Mail which did not appear in its Scottish edition, commentator Si...

Nicola Sturgeon on the countdown to the referendum
by Peter Dempsie
19 Sep 2013 at 4:00am
Video of JT2THGOEvlQ

Nicola Sturgeon's blog, marking one year to go until the Scottish independ...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...


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


Labour conference diary: battling Boris and a Falklands war in reverse
by Michael White
24 Sep 2013 at 12:57pm

Eddie Izzard is serious about the London mayoral race and Lord Falconer spreads fear about Scottish independence

? Who will be Labour's candidate to fight Boris Johnson (unless he is PM by then) to ...




Alistair Darling: the Tories 'are doing things I don't like'
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2013 at 2:00am

The former Labour chancellor takes a delicate line on the difficulties of an alliance with the Tories to defend the UK: 'By definition any government is doing something which offends somebody'

So ho...




Scottish independence could mean earlier retirement, says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
23 Sep 2013 at 11:54am

Deputy first minister accused of 'glossing' report as UK pensions department says move would cost Scotland £6bn by 2030

Nicola Sturgeon has promised that a yes vote in next year's Scottish independe...




I'm in a Stirling prize winner ? get me out of here!
by Oliver Wainwright
23 Sep 2013 at 1:00am

It is the most coveted award in British architecture. But what's it like to live or work in a building that won it? Our critic uncovers a story of leaky roofs, sweltering space-bubbles, windows tha...




Yes to Scottish independence. No to nationalism | Catherine Bennett
by Catherine Bennett
22 Sep 2013 at 12:50am

Even those of us sympathetic to Scotland's right to rule itself are repelled by the chauvinistic yes campaign

Understandably, some supporters of Scottish independence want nothing to do with the sou...




Scotland splits on the economic benefits of freedom
by Phillip Inman
21 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

A year before the vote, nationalists say independence will bring new wealth while unionists caution against the cost of going solo

Glasgow's west end is blessed with bohemian sophistication, good tr...




How do Scotland's business leaders line up on independence?
by Phillip Inman
21 Sep 2013 at 6:03pm

A year before the referendum, Scottish companies are divided as to how independence might affect economic fortunes

Such is the pressure on companies to stay out of the independence debate that the p...




Alex Salmond tells rally Scotland has 'natural majority' for independence
21 Sep 2013 at 10:39am

SNP leader says he would keep Royal Mail public, ban bedroom tax and scrap nuclear weapons in an independent Scotland

The Scottish first minister told thousands of pro-independence marchers in Edinb...




Former MSP Bill Walker jailed over violent domestic abuse
20 Sep 2013 at 5:20am

Disgraced ex-SNP politician handed sentence over attacks on former wives and stepdaughter over 28-year period

Disgraced former MSP Bill Walker has been jailed for 12 months for a string of attacks a...




Douglas Alexander: a 'no' vote on Scotland would be a chance for reform
by Severin Carrell
19 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

Shadow foreign secretary calls for talks with SNP on radical reform of political structures if Alex Salmond loses referendum

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, is to urge Labour to inv...




Independent Scotland 'will face instant spending cuts' says thinktank
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 2:55pm

SNP leader Alex Salmond suffers blow as group says yes vote at 2014 referendum would mean cuts of £2.4bn in first two years

Alex Salmond's hopes of inspiring Scotland's voters to embrace independenc...




Scottish independence: Alex Salmond makes emotional appeal to voters
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 12:50pm

First minister Alex Salmond says independence would be the natural progression of Scotland's 'constitutional journey'

Alex Salmond has issued a sweeping, emotional appeal for Scotland's voters to ba...




Scottish secretary warns against splitting up UK 'family of nations'
by Severin Carrell
18 Sep 2013 at 7:12am

Michael Moore says Britain is more successful united in Lib Dem conference speech marking one year until referendum

Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary, has raised the spectre of an uncomfortable,...



In praise of? the return of the Darling | Editorial
by Editorial
17 Sep 2013 at 3:03pm

If the SNP campaign to cut Scotland loose fails, then the former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling will get much of the credit

A year from today, Scotland will vote on independence. If the SNP camp...




Alex Salmond former aide attacks 'tired, tedious' independence campaign
by Severin Carrell
17 Sep 2013 at 1:25pm

Alex Bell accuses SNP leader of singing the 'old songs' and failing to offer radical reforms a year before referendum

One of Alex Salmond's former closest advisers has attacked the Scottish independ...




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