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Last chance to nominate your local heroes for awards
THE Herald is seeking nominations for the Public Campaign or Campaigner category of the Scottish Politician of the Year awards, which take place next month.

Publishers to take on politicians in court amid regulation row
Newspaper and magazine publishers are to take politicians to court over a decision they warn could imperil press freedoms.

Mandelson criticises 'trophy' HS2 project
FORMER business secretary Lord Mandelson has branded plans for a high speed train line between London and the north a "political trophy project".

Former defence secretary warns over Army manpower challenge
FORMER Defence Secretary Liam Fox has warned that Coalition ministers may have to "reverse" plans to replace tens of thousands of regular soldiers with reservists.

Minister praises charities' work
THE efforts of Scottish charities to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria have been praised by the International Development Secretary.

Postal union wants Cable to resign
The union representing more than 100,000 postal workers has called on Business Secretary Vince Cable to resign as the row over the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail intensified.

Green tax row engulfs PM and Coalition after Major challenge
DAVID Cameron has "lost control" of the UK Government, Ed Miliband claimed, after the biggest economic row of the Lib-Con Coalition broke out in public.

Police officers in 'plebgate' row deny any wrongdoing
POLICE officers at the centre of claims they misrepresented comments by the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell on the "plebgate" scandal have insisted that they did nothing wrong.

Queen urged not to sign press charter
A group of the world's leading press freedom organisations have written to the Queen urging her not to sign a Royal Charter to govern regulation of the press in Britain.

'Red Sir John' makes PM sitting duck
After "seat gate" this week's Prime Minister's Questions was an episode of "seat watch".

Cameron defends summit move amid human rights concerns
David Cameron has defended the decision to attend a high-profile international summit in Sri Lanka despite his concerns over the country's human rights record.

Voters go to polls to elect MSP to replace Walker
VOTERS will go to the polls in Dunfermline today to elect a new MSP to replace Bill Walker, who resigned after being imprisoned for serial domestic abuse.

Campbell says he will play role in Miliband's election campaign
Former New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has indicated he will play a role in helping Ed Miliband at the 2015 general election - and still thinks about becoming an MP.

Royal Mail sell-off faces inquiry by watchdog
The National Audit Office is to carry out a value for money examination of the Government's privatisation of the Royal Mail.

Major calls for cold-weather windfall tax on energy firms
ENERGY companies should be hit by a windfall tax on excess profits to help hard-hit households with rising energy bills if Britain is hit by a cold snap this winter, Sir John Major has suggested.


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Gerry Hassan: Reading into London-centric media
25 Oct 2013 at 1:07pm

Growing irrelevance of much of the London-centric media is beginning to dawn on more ascerbic of the commentariat, writes Gerry Hassan



Alan Cumming?s Edinburgh flat faces electoral quiz
25 Oct 2013 at 6:00am

A flat purchased by Scottish actor Alan Cumming is facing an investigation by an electoral authority after questions were raised about the star’s eligibility to vote.



Lamont: Dunfermline win shows Labour fighting back
24 Oct 2013 at 8:01pm

JOHANN Lamont has claimed that Labour’s Dunfermline by-election victory was a sign that the party is fighting back after its crushing defeat by the SNP in 2011.



Grangemouth: Factors in bringing site back from brink
24 Oct 2013 at 6:12pm

THE future of the Scotland’s biggest industrial site at Grangemouth is hanging in the balance.



Grangemouth analysis: Nationalising fraught with problems
24 Oct 2013 at 5:19pm

THE Scottish Government’s recent decision to bring Prestwick airport into public ownership has raised the question of why the same could not be done to save Grangemouth.



Grangemouth analysis: A basis from which union can work
24 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm

Questioned by a journalist outside the Grangemouth plant yesterday Len McCluskey was asked if Unite had been humiliated by Ineos.



Joyce McMillan: The sorry story of Grangemouth
24 Oct 2013 at 3:11pm

The sorry tale of Grangemouth simply marks the logical progression of an economy welded to market forces, writes Joyce McMillan



Stuart Waiton: 16-year-olds and the referendum
24 Oct 2013 at 2:59pm

The arguments as to why under-18s should get a say in the referendum fall apart when you take a look at them, writes Stuart Waiton



The Scotsman cartoon: Grangemouth | ScottishPower
24 Oct 2013 at 2:32pm

Today’s cartoon focuses on the Grangemouth dispute and ScottishPower’s price hike.



There is room for religious tolerance
24 Oct 2013 at 1:45pm

THERE is a clear and present danger to Scotland’s children. It is something that is so serious that it requires new laws, press campaigns and parental vigilantes to ensure that our children are not infected with this epidemic.



Tom Peterkin: Food for thought at SNP conference
24 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm

SNP activists mulling over events at their recent conference in Perth will perhaps be reflecting on an erudite contribution by John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University.



George Kerevan: JFK inspired a generation to cynicism
24 Oct 2013 at 1:28pm

As the anniversary of his death approaches, there is little worthy of being honoured in JFK’s political legacy, writes George Kerevan



Press regulation: Publishers want judicial review
24 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

NEWSPAPER and magazine publishers are applying to the High Court for judicial review of the Privy Council’s decision to reject their proposals for a new royal charter to govern the regulation of the press.



Highland councillor Billy Barclay dies aged 62
24 Oct 2013 at 8:57am

TRIBUTES have been paid to Billy Barclay, the Highland councillor who died after falling ill while calving a cow on his farm.



Aberdeen council trams plan rubbished by opponents
24 Oct 2013 at 5:50am

ABERDEEN City Council’s ruling coalition administration was today accused of ‘pie in the sky’ politics after unveiling proposals for trams to run again in the city - 55 years after Britain’s most northerly municipal tramway was finally closed.




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Anthology Of Interest #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2013 at 1:03pm
As all the cool, good-looking people who follow us on Twitter will already know, the results of our second crowd-funded poll are in. The data tables only arrived around teatime, so we won’t be publishing anything until Sunday, because we have to analyse a great big mountain of info, write some posts about it and [...]

Did we miss something?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2013 at 8:53am
We were a little confused as we caught up with our Twitter timeline this morning. Brilliant result? What? “Paid off”? In what sense? The Tories came 4th in Dunfermline in 2007, 4th in 2011, and 4th last night. That seems to us to be the exact opposite of paying off. It seems to be a [...]

An early night
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Oct 2013 at 2:35am
We couldn’t be bothered staying up for the Dunfermline by-election result. Roughly 60 seconds into the coverage we switched over to Family Guy on BBC3, and then – faced with the unwelcome prospect of all the same old faces spouting all the same old guff as they filled dead air with deathly waffle for a [...]

Filter feeders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
With the sickening developments at Grangemouth understandably dominating the news, readers perhaps won’t have fallen quite so far off their seats with surprise at the Scottish media’s total failure to so far breathe a single word about “Better Together” apparently running an illegal fundraising lottery. (After all, you can’t have two stories in one newspaper [...]

Latvian lessons
by Douglas Lennox
24 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
Latvia has been ruled by others for most of the past thousand years, with Riga even being the largest city in Sweden until they carelessly lost it to Peter the Great in 1710. Independence from Russia came in 1918 and then from the Soviet Union in 1991. I arrived in Riga a few months later [...]

The Countdown Conundrum
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
The Spectator: as subtle as it is classy.

Grangemouth: the facts as known
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 7:36am
We’ve been digging around behind the scenes for the last few days now trying to make sense of the labyrinthine tangle of claim and counter-claim over what’s going on at the Ineos refinery and petro-chemical plant at Grangemouth. The press is full of competing assertions from the various parties involved, so we’re just going to [...]

Quoted for truth #32
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 5:08am
Eric Joyce, MP for Falkirk, 23 October 2013: “The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth?s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news. Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly. The loss of a significant element of Scotland?s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but [...]

Return Of The Abstainers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2013 at 4:11am
The coalition government’s horrific new immigration bill passed its first hurdle in the House Of Commons last night by 303 votes to 18. The administration that brought us vans touring cities telling foreigners to leave or be arrested, gangs of armed officers sweeping tube stations for any dark-skinned undesirables, British citizens being harassed by text [...]

The hyper-visible hypothetical
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2013 at 4:43pm
Our big story today could almost have been designed as the perfect test of the Scottish media’s professional integrity. The revelation that “Better Together” appears to have broken the law – again – by conducting an unlicensed lottery to raise funds isn’t all that dramatic in itself, though it would demonstrate an attitude entirely in [...]


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Grangemouth plant to stay open
25 Oct 2013 at 11:45am
The Grangemouth petrochemical plant near Falkirk is to stay open after a new deal was struck with workers.


Labour wins Dunfermline by-election
24 Oct 2013 at 9:28pm
Scottish Labour's Cara Hilton wins the Dunfermline by-election for the Scottish Parliament, taking the seat from the SNP.


Sharp rise in council's rent arrears
25 Oct 2013 at 8:00am
North Lanarkshire Council claims more than 2,000 of its tenants are in rent arrears for the first time after housing benefit changes.


Stirling council strike called off
25 Oct 2013 at 10:09am
Staff at Stirling Council call off industrial action set to take place from Monday to allow further negotiations to take place.


Body raises post-vote pension issues
24 Oct 2013 at 6:31pm
Debate about pension provision in an independent Scotland still lacks clarity in key areas, according to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.


Rent arrears up since benefit reform
24 Oct 2013 at 12:29am
Rent arrears owed to housing associations and local authorities rose in the three months after the spare room subsidy was abolished, according to a study.


Trams option proposed for Aberdeen
24 Oct 2013 at 5:56am
Trams could return to the streets of Aberdeen under proposals revealed by the city council.


New ministers visit fishing town
24 Oct 2013 at 6:38am
The UK's new fisheries minister George Eustice and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael visit Peterhead to meet skippers and industry leaders.


Tributes to Highland councillor
24 Oct 2013 at 8:52am
Tributes are paid to a Highland councillor and Black Isle farmer Billy Barclay who has died at the age of 62.


Six Edinburgh saunas lose licences
23 Oct 2013 at 3:04pm
Almost half of Edinburgh's licensed saunas are to close after the city council refused to grant licences.


Borders brae wind farm site sized up
24 Oct 2013 at 4:02am
A renewable energy firm is in the "very early stages" of plans which could see up to 22 turbines built on a Borders brae.


Council restructuring to save money
24 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
A local authority is to align teams of workers into five services from the current seven in a move to save £350,000 a year.


Road casualties at an all-time low
23 Oct 2013 at 6:20am
The number of road casualties in Scotland are at the lowest level according to figures released by Transport Scotland.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
10 Oct 2013 at 7:25am
Alex Salmond is accused of being "simply dishonest" over plans to set up two oil funds.


VIDEO: Grangemouth 'will remain open'
25 Oct 2013 at 5:30am
The Grangemouth petrochemical plant will remain open after a new deal is struck with workers at the plant.


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Would You Adam 'n Eve It?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Oct 2013 at 4:39pm

By Derek Bateman

Good news...the economy is bounding ahead and doing better even than it was before the Crash. Except only in London.

It seems that the consistent message from everywhere outside the South-east ? that the country's resources are concentrated on one privileged corner ? is being proven to be 100 per cent correct.



Astroturf corruption comes to Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
The recent formation of scotlandagainstspin shows that there are no national barriers to astroturf corruption masquerading as the 'will of the people'. 

This group held a protest at the SNP conference on Saturday 19 October, presumably with remarkably similar placards to those in the image below. 



The regressive politics of quantitative easing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Oct 2013 at 10:29am

By Jeremy Green, University of Sheffield

When financial markets stood on the verge of collapse in the summer of 2008, two of the world?s most important central banks, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, began considering unorthodox policy measures. They turned to Quantitative Easing, or QE: injecting money into the economy by purchasing assets from the private sector, in the hope of boosting spending and staving off the threat of deflation. These were desperate measures for desperate times.



Workers' rights and national independence are part of the same struggle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Oct 2013 at 5:46pm

By Ken Ferguson

Faced with the Neo-Thatcherite assault on workers' rights at Grangemouth by a shadowy Swiss based oligarch, those of us who also support a Yes vote need to say clearly that this is not the Scotland we seek.

The early indications are that a clear majority of the workers have stuck with their union UNITE and faced down the company's blackmail.



Time to Be Bold in Making a New Scottish Democracy!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Oct 2013 at 4:31pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
We hear all the time that a 'historic decision' awaits Scots next year but so far this has seemed like a typical Scots campaign as nervous forces of change face a techy displaced establishment and a media unsure of its role.
 
All this in the context of traditional institutions declining, new ways of organising and social media emerging, and a country dramatically changed in the last three decades, which 'official Scotland' finds difficult to fully grasp.



Sturgeon on cuts
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
19 Oct 2013 at 5:39am

By Withered Vine, BBC Scotlandshire's London Fashion and New Trends Correspondent

At the Natz annual Braveheart convention in Perth, Deputy Eck, Nicola Sturgeon, made a devastating attack on the cuts being made in the UK, and warned that there was worse to come.

The attack came in the opening part of her speech, which was only audible to those in the hall, because some numptie from the spoof channel was rabitting on over it in the TV broadcast.



Can the SNP ensure independence puts people before business?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 5:08pm

By Jo Edwards
 
High on the agenda at this week's 79th SNP conference in Perth was Westminster austerity and the highly controversial increase in the use of food-banks.
 
The shocking figures released last week by the Trussell Trust show that a total of 23,073 people in Scotland, including 6,608 children, were in need of emergency food support between April and September.  Six times the number that needed help in the same period last year.



Why the SSP will support the Grangemouth workers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2013 at 4:17pm

By Colin Fox
 
Scottish Socialist Party members will join today's mass protest called by workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery. 

The workers are angry after a turbulent few weeks when first their union convenor was threatened with dismissal and then they were all presented with an ultimatum to accept an enormous cut in their wages and pension rights or see the plant closed with the loss of thousands of highly skilled jobs.



Saying Yes to Scottish Independence: An opportunity for social justice
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Oct 2013 at 12:44pm

16 year old Michael Scott, who will vote in next year's Independence referendum, writes about why he will vote YES.
 
Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation - Alasdair Gray[1]
 
Do you want the chance to create a better Scotland? In the 2014 referendum on independence you'll get that opportunity.  Given the choice, I for one will be saying yes.  Too many important matters are still controlled, and I would argue controlled badly, by Westminster.



Great War saw Maclean emerge as key socialist leader
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
17 Oct 2013 at 1:59pm

By Campbell Martin

Throughout the years of the First World War and the ascent of Red Clydeside, one man stood out as a great socialist leader ? John Maclean.

Maclean was born in Glasgow on 24 August 1879 to Highland parents and grew up in Pollokshaws as part of a poor, working class family.  After completing his schooling he trained as a teacher and embarked on part-time study at Glasgow University, from where he graduated in 1904 with a Master of Arts degree.




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A Post First Past the Post Scotland
by Peter A Bell
25 Oct 2013 at 11:24am

Explaining the rise of the SNP has always been problematic for unionists. The most commonly used method is to decouple support for the party with support for its central aim of independence. This was Willie Ross’s response in the seventies and the landslide in 2011 was explained in exactly the sa...



Alan Cumming buys Edinburgh flat for Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
25 Oct 2013 at 2:47am

Scottish film star Alan Cumming has bought a flat in Edinburgh in order to enable him to vote in the independence referendum next year.

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Would You Adam 'n Eve It?
by Peter A Bell
25 Oct 2013 at 2:21am

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

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SNP mounts EU challenge to opponents after senior Lib Dems soften independenc...
by Peter A Bell
25 Oct 2013 at 1:36am

SNP mounts EU challenge to opponents after senior Lib Dems soften independence stance

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LibDems say independent Scotland can be in EU | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 12:04pm

The Scottish National Party has mounted a direct challenge to anti-independence politicians on their stance on Scotland in Europe, after two LibDem politicians suggested that Scotland can be independent and a member of the European Union.



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Latvian lessons
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 11:27am

Latvia has been ruled by others for most of the past thousand years, with Riga even being the largest city in Sweden until they carelessly lost it to Peter the Great in 1710. Independence from Russia came in 1918 and then from the Soviet Union in 1991.




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Michael Moore says no objections to Scottish EU membership
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 9:48am

Former Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore has said that he believes there will be no objections from EU member states to an independent Scotland being granted its own EU membership.



Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems Michael Moore had to get sacked to get honest.



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Not in this together, nor better together | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 9:28am



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British News
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 7:22am

Grangemouth doesn’t register on the British newsstand. Wrong country. It’s funny to see these front pages as a snap-shot. It makes me feel almost entirely cut-off from this political culture.




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Scottish independence referendum Q&A: key questions on the pros and cons
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 7:17am

With less than a year to go before 18 September poll, what are implications of Scotland going solo?

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Grangemouth could help shape the Scottish referendum
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 6:50am

Martin Kettle: The SNP has cast itself as defender of the economy from the icy wind of global markets. What's icier than closure on the Forth?
Peter A Bell's insight:

Congratulations and thanks are due to Martin Kettle for writing one of the most thoughtful and perceptive articles relating to Scotl...



I'm Thinking of Leaving My Husband
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 4:53am

“Unionism’s Better Together line carries with it the not-so-subtle subtext of a married couple pondering the upheavals of divorce. Of course, unless there are four people in this marriage – a domestic arrangement that not even the most liberal Cameroon would sanction – then that relegates those o...



Bill Jamieson: Voter beware the political pledge
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 4:07am

Events at Grangemouth remind us just how quickly government promises can be derailed, writes Bill Jamieson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Yet again we have a journalist writing about the referendum campaign as if it was all about the SNP. As if it was no more than a party political contest between the SNP...



Vote for independence would spark review of top art award
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 3:03am
THE director of one of the UK's major art institutions, Tate Britain, has said the prospect of Scottish independence will lead to a rethink of the leading contem-porary art award, the Turner Prize.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I wonder if, when she spoke to The Scotsman, Ms Curtis was aware that her rem...



Scottish independence: ?Be blunt?, says Carmichael
by Peter A Bell
24 Oct 2013 at 2:46am

THE pro-UK message to Scots ahead of next year’s referendum needs to be “blunter” and “more real to people’s everyday lives”, Alistair Carmichael has warned in his first appearance as Scottish Secretary before a...
Peter A Bell's insight:

For all Alistair Carmichael's talk of a fresh approach from ...




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You must be off your trolley to want trams back in Aberdeen, politicians spli...
by dailyrecord
25 Oct 2013 at 1:42am
THE Labour-led council in the Granite City want Scottish Government investment to build a tram network to connect the airport in Dyce to the harbour.


Dunfermline by-election: Labour's Cara Hilton wins race to replace shamed Bil...
by David Clegg
24 Oct 2013 at 6:36pm
HILTON claimed a comfortable victory over SNP rival Shirley-Anne Somerville, securing 10,275 votes to be elected the new MSP for Dunfermline.


Dunfermline by-election: Labour & SNP hoping to take seat as voters go to the...
by dailyrecord
24 Oct 2013 at 3:37am
THE election was triggered when Bill Walker stood down in the face of fierce pressure after he was convicted of beating his ex-wives.


Grangemouth crisis: Union in final desperate bid to save complex and 800 jobs...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Oct 2013 at 12:52am
WORKERS at the Grangemouth petrochemicals site are expected to learn today whether last-ditch union proposals could salvage the plant and save 800 jobs.


Grangemouth crisis: Oil giant Ineos to close petro-chemical plant with the lo...
by dailyrecord
23 Oct 2013 at 4:24am
THE news follows the passing of a deadline on a survival plan put to employees which asked them to accept changes to pensions and other terms and conditions.


Grangemouth crisis: Calls made to bring the Ineos plant into public ownership...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Oct 2013 at 1:14am
UNION leaders have called on the UK and Scottish governments to take control of the plant which has been closed since last week.


Scottish Government in discussions with potential buyers for the troubled Gra...
by dailyrecord
22 Oct 2013 at 4:05am
JOHN Swinney warned that the dispute between current owner Ineos and the Unite union was heading for a stalemate and said "alternative options" were being considered.


Joan McAlpine: Labour's battle plan is to rewrite history by regaining seats ...
by Joan McAlpine
22 Oct 2013 at 2:23am
JOAN McAlpine discusses the Labour campaign strategy and why they are not doing themselves any favours in their bid to claw back votes.


Grangemouth crisis: Two thirds of staff turn down latest offer from oil bosses
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Oct 2013 at 1:33am
A 6pm deadline passed on Monday night with staff knocking back the firm's attempts to buy them off in exchange for poorer terms.


New report by Scottish Parliament brands hated bedroom tax as 'massive failure'
by Annie Brown
21 Oct 2013 at 2:00am
BEDROOM tax was supposed to free up social housing and save money but new report claims it does neither and labels it an epic fail.


SNP Conference: Party members' passion can swing vote for Yes campaign, says ...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2013 at 1:56am
SALMOND believes the "ambition and passion" of the SNP is key in helping Scotland gain independence ahead of next year's referendum. 


Teen shot by Taliban inspires Scottish scholarship scheme that will see 40 yo...
by dailyrecord
20 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
THE scholarship was inspired by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head while travelling on a school bus in Pakistan last October after her outspoken views on education.


Alex Salmond urges Scots to seize the chance for independence as he wows SNP ...
by Mark Aitken
20 Oct 2013 at 4:27am
FIRST Minister announces plans to increase the minimum wage, repeats his demand for David Cameron to face him in a TV debate and reveals that the White Paper on independence will be out next month.


Revealed: Energy firms' hidden exit fees mean thousands of families won't be ...
by Norman Silvester
20 Oct 2013 at 3:51am
CUSTOMERS face massive cancellation costs if they take David Cameron's advice and try to change their gas and electricity suppliers.


David Cameron hires ex drug dealer to run his security at top Tory party summit
by Simon Wright
19 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm
Security firm boss Gordon McLean was exposed as a central figure in a network of drug-dealing bouncers on ITV?s World In Action


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Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25am
Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.


Splittist Disaster in Dunfermline
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other termina...

In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate the foul personal attacks on calm, reasoned and decent people made by CyberNats and their interweb based "news" outlets like the despicable Newsnet Scotlandshire.


Chairchoob wounded by CyberNat character assassination
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The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on thi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on this site in order to convey the channel's heart-felt thanks to those members of the Main Stream Media (that's all of you) who work so hard to keep the spurious arguments of the separatist Natz safely away from the as-yet u...

This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...

Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Oct 2013 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.


Sturgeon on cuts
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Fortunately, Sturgeon showed a brief touch of compassion in her speech. Obviously she had understood that only the Prime Minister's dyspepsia has prevented him debating with Dic...

Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm
Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.


Danny Alexander woos bankers
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Now is not the time for Scotlandshire to give in to narrow nationalism. That must be left to the UK.

BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul splittist campaign.


The obvious lies of the Natz : Falsehood 1
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We will provide balance by publishing splittist articles that attempt to portray a vision of a separate Scotlandshire that its propon...

Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 3:33pm
Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the Scotch-English border, has now expanded to place all of England in a time warp.


Dr Who - a Natz conspiracy to take over the universe
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They failed to comprehend the glory of Empire, however. Loyal...

Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 7:34am
Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are being taught to sing for separation, our London-based culture correspondent pays a visit to Scotlandshire to go undercover and investigate the propaganda being used by separatists.


Fascists in a fash over feis
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Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an his...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Oct 2013 at 3:51pm
Better Together, the campaign for Scottish dependence, are celebrating an historic win in the Govan council by-election.


Govan: 'We'll keep the red (white & blue) flag flying here'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Conservative cash, Better Together footsoldiers and United with Labour stalwarts, all worki...

As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 3:26pm
As Cameron warns of the imminent terror threat to a separate Scotlandshire, we bring you an even greater threat!


Independent Scotland At Greater Risk Of Defeat By Alien Invasion Warning
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
When asked for comment, George Foulkes said that Lord Norvincciax of the Yazvidian gal...

What a nice guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 12:50pm
What a nice guy...



Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Oct 2013 at 8:11am
Following the Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet reshuffles we have received a number of applications for posts at BBC Scotlandshire.

Committed, as we are, to satisfying the demands of our readership (other than those that are illegal or that would require us to become contortionists) we seek your guidance...

SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council lead...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Oct 2013 at 3:40pm
SoS Alistair Carmichaelmoore condemns the weakness of Stirling's Council leaders and has a warning for England's northernmost county.


HP?s SoS ? You?ve had your chips, Stirlingshire
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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Will Scotland Take the First Tentative Steps Towards a Modern Digital Democracy?
by bellacaledonia
25 Oct 2013 at 1:44pm
In the latest extract from the autumn edition of Closer, Kevin Williamson explores an e-democracy for Scotland. The Life and Death of Democracy by Professor John Keane is a mighty tome. Epic, informative and opinionated, it takes democracy as its... Read More ›

A Post First Past the Post Scotland
by bellacaledonia
25 Oct 2013 at 9:02am
By Christopher Silver Explaining the rise of the SNP has always been problematic for unionists. The most commonly used method is to decouple support for the party with support for its central aim of independence. This was Willie Ross?s response... Read More ›

Exist Strategy
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 1:14pm
The second of a series of posters and materials we’re producing – available soon in print form … Filed under: Identity Tagged: #indyref, Posters

British News
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 6:11am
By Mike Small Grangemouth doesn’t register on the British newsstand. Wrong country. It’s funny to see these front pages as a snap-shot. It makes me feel almost entirely cut-off from this political culture. But Martin Kettle, over at the Guardian... Read More ›

I?m Thinking of Leaving My Husband
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Writing recently for the Guardian, Adam Price has noted: “Unionism’s Better Together line carries with it the not-so-subtle subtext of a married couple pondering the upheavals of divorce. Of course, unless there are four people in this marriage ? a... Read More ›


Grangemouth and Privatisation
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2013 at 10:36am
By J Simon Jones This past few days has seen one of the most illuminating news cycles of recent times for anyone remotely concerned with the workings of the British state. Last week it emerged that N:Power was raising prices... Read More ›

Nuclear Meltdown
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small Brian Wilson in standard mode this week: apoplectic. The sense of self-importance and enshrined right-to-rule is most evident with Unionist politicians like Wilson but the sheer hypocrisy is breathtaking. Last week he used his regular platform in... Read More ›


Altered State
by bellacaledonia
22 Oct 2013 at 3:11am
We continue our series publishing extracts from Closer. Mike Small argues that with cultural revival, growing consciousness of the roots of economic inequality and a democratic renewal, we are entering an altered state through the independence movement. Closer to what?... Read More ›


Backing Bella for 2014
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 3:52pm
Bella Caledonia has been publishing since Autumn 2007 and now, as we enter the referendum year, it’s time to step-up our focus, our quality and our output. To do this we’re asking for your support, so next week launching a... Read More ›

Laying Down a Marker
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Bella thinks Nicola Sturgeon’s speech yesterday represents a significant political moment. She has re-framed the independence debate and is thinking beyond the referendum. A very interesting contribution (win or lose) it represents both a strategy for the next 12 months... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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State of the Union: Artists and Scottish independence - Deutsche Welle
25 Oct 2013 at 8:35am

State of the Union: Artists and Scottish independence
Deutsche Welle
They came instead to listen to a debate about what is fast becoming this season's hottest topic among Scottish artists: independence. In September 2014, Scotland will go to the polls in a referendum on whether or not to leave the ...


Scottish independence: Pension provision 'lacks clarity' - BBC News
24 Oct 2013 at 6:33pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Pension provision 'lacks clarity'
BBC News
Debate about pension provision in an independent Scotland still lacks clarity in key areas, according to a professional body. European status and what currency would be used were among the main issues at stake, the Institute ...


Asterix An Unlikely Scottish Independence Hero - Sky News
24 Oct 2013 at 1:06pm

CTV News

Asterix An Unlikely Scottish Independence Hero
Sky News
Asterix writer Jean-Yves Ferri has denied using the comic hero's first new adventure in eight years to promote the campaign for Scottish independence. Malt whisky, bagpipes and the Loch Ness monster all feature in Asterix chez les Pict...


Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain - Tel...
20 Oct 2013 at 6:56am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond: Scottish independence would not mean end of Great Britain
Telegraph.co.uk
But he grew increasingly irate during an interview on the Andrew Marr show when challenged that most people consider Great Britain a ?familiar entity? that would be destroyed by Scottish independe...


How independence may affect public spending in Scotland - Descrier
25 Oct 2013 at 11:41am

How independence may affect public spending in Scotland
Descrier
The referendum on Scottish independence is of course rather different to a general election. And the uncertainties regarding the medium term economic position of an independent Scotland are significant. But we can already say quite a ...


Scottish independence may boost Nordic partnership - Scotsman
22 Oct 2013 at 11:51am

Scottish independence may boost Nordic partnership
Scotsman
REGIONAL co-operation with countries such as Iceland, Denmark and Norway would improve significantly under Scottish independence, the SNP's leader at Westminster has told an audience in Reykjavik. Angus Robertson MP, the party's foreign af...


Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart? - FRANCE 24
23 Oct 2013 at 11:05am

Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart?
FRANCE 24
Even if the details of the book ?Asterix and the Picts? remain a closely guarded secret ahead of Thursday's release, the new publication has aroused a great deal of interest in modern Scotland. Its arrival will be relished by the country's pro .....


Scottish independence: SNP pledge on minimum wage - Scotsman
19 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP pledge on minimum wage
Scotsman
The plan ? five days before the SNP takes on Labour in the Dunfermline by-election this week ? was a clear attempt to provide evidence of ?bread and butter? gains from independence and to woo left-of-centre voters in Scotland who wa...


SNP - 'High North' focus outlined in Iceland - SNP (press release)
22 Oct 2013 at 7:12am

SNP - 'High North' focus outlined in Iceland
SNP (press release)
"Scottish independence will bring significant improvements to regional cooperation with neighbours such as Iceland, Denmark and Norway. "Environmental challenges to the High North and Arctic will impact on us all most directly. We hav...


Scottish independence: Alasdair Gray slams BBC - Scotland on Sunday
21 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm

Scottish independence: Alasdair Gray slams BBC
Scotland on Sunday
The Glasgow-born artist, who is to be honoured with a major exhibition in the city to mark his 80th birthday next year, said the BBC no longer offered an ?impartial? service and its opposition to Scottish independence could be traced...



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Grangemouth: a bitter step back from the brink - The Guardian
25 Oct 2013 at 4:45pm

Grangemouth: a bitter step back from the brink
The Guardian
A seat that was almost always Labour was snatched by the SNP in 2011, who came from third place as part of the shock landslide that carried Alex Salmond to majority rule. After its previous member resigned in disgrace, the SNP threw everyt...


Labour beats SNP to reclaim shamed Bill Walker's former seat - Express.co.uk
25 Oct 2013 at 4:42pm

Labour beats SNP to reclaim shamed Bill Walker's former seat
Express.co.uk
The party's Cara Hilton snatched the Dunfermline seat, won by Walker for the SNP in 2011, by nearly 3,000 votes. Walker is currently serving a 12 month sentence for abusing his three ex-wives. Winning candidate Ms Hilton sai...


Brodies LLP | White Paper on Scottish Independence: Remember Remember ... - L...
25 Oct 2013 at 12:08pm

Brodies LLP | White Paper on Scottish Independence: Remember Remember ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
First Minister Alex Salmond named the date at the SNP conference in Perth at the weekend, following Nicola Sturgeon's earlier confirmation that it would be published in November. So ...


When Britain leaves Europe, Scotland will leave Britain - gulfnews.com
25 Oct 2013 at 12:04pm

gulfnews.com

When Britain leaves Europe, Scotland will leave Britain
gulfnews.com
Received wisdom has it that Salmond's Scottish National Party (SNP) will fail in its first bid for separation. A pro-union alliance of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has notched up successes in challenging...


Labour regain seat in Dunfermline by-election - Evening Telegraph
25 Oct 2013 at 10:59am

Evening Telegraph

Labour regain seat in Dunfermline by-election
Evening Telegraph
The SNP had taken the seat in the 2011 Scottish election, finishing with 590 more votes than Labour. But Walker's actions meant the party was forced to defend the west Fife constituency mid-way through its second term ...


Party 'competing politically again' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
25 Oct 2013 at 10:55am

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Party 'competing politically again'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
He won the seat for the SNP with a 590 majority over runner-up Labour but was kicked out of the party when the allegations surfaced. Walker clung on to the constituency as an Independent, even after...


Labour's Cara Hilton wins Dunfermline by-election - BBC News
25 Oct 2013 at 10:08am

BBC News

Labour's Cara Hilton wins Dunfermline by-election
BBC News
The party were ahead of the second-placed SNP by almost 3,000 votes, representing a 7% swing from the SNP in the last turn-out. Scottish Liberal Democrats came third in the contest, with the Conservatives fourth. The by-election was...


Cara Hilton wins Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Labour - stv.tv
24 Oct 2013 at 8:20pm

Cara Hilton wins Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Labour
stv.tv
But the party's opponents tried to argue the SNP was centralising local services and spending too much time on the independence referendum. Scottish Labour said its campaign focused on who would be a "local champion" and on the que...


SNP Genotyping and Analysis Market is Expected to Reach to USD 9.5 Billion .....
25 Oct 2013 at 9:19am

SNP Genotyping and Analysis Market is Expected to Reach to USD 9.5 Billion ...
Sacramento Bee
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "SNP Genotyping and Analysis Market (GeneChips, Taqman Allelic Discrimination, Pyrosequencing, AB SNPlex, Sequenom MassARRAY MALDI...


Dunfermline - No significant progress by Labour - SNP (press release)
25 Oct 2013 at 8:32am

Dunfermline - No significant progress by Labour
SNP (press release)
"Professor Curtice's analysis puts the Dunfermline result into context. We know from experience that by-election results are never replicated nationwide, but even if that did happen the SNP would still be ahead in the Scottish Parl...



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Asterix steps unwittingly into Scottish referendum debate - Reuters
24 Oct 2013 at 7:48am

CTV News

Asterix steps unwittingly into Scottish referendum debate
Reuters
Scottish nationalists campaigning ahead of a referendum on independence next year have seized upon the book as an allegory for their struggle to break free of the UK - a theory the author dismisses. "Asterix chez les Pictes" ...


Asterix steps into Scottish referendum debate - Marlborough Express
24 Oct 2013 at 8:22pm

Asterix steps into Scottish referendum debate
Marlborough Express
Malt whisky, bagpipes and the Loch Ness Monster take center stage in the newest Asterix comic, as the yellow-mustached Gaul and his portly buddy Obelix travel to ancient Scotland to drive back the Romans. Scottish nationalists campai...


Flat refusal of star Alan Cumming's referendum vote plan - Express.co.uk
24 Oct 2013 at 6:11pm

Scotland on Sunday

Flat refusal of star Alan Cumming's referendum vote plan
Express.co.uk
The Scots-born actor bought a flat in Polwarth, Edinburgh, so he could vote in the referendum. But it was revealed that, even after this move, the X-Men and Goldeneye star, who has dual British-American citizen...


Scottish independence: Pension provision 'lacks clarity' - BBC News
24 Oct 2013 at 6:33pm

Scottish independence: Pension provision 'lacks clarity'
BBC News
The people of Scotland will vote in the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September next year. They will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country." Martin Potter, leader of the Scottish...


Peter Jones: Preparing for the unexpected - Scotsman
21 Oct 2013 at 3:04pm

Scotsman

Peter Jones: Preparing for the unexpected
Scotsman
Discussing the Scottish independence referendum with a mixed crew of German and Scottish academics in Germany is bound to throw up unexpected insights. But in Germersheim, south-west of Frankfurt, last week, what came up, to bowdlerize the ...


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 12:06pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels
BBC News
The prospect of a Norwegian-sized oil fund is a powerful way of making the case for Scottish independence. That's why it's playing a prominent role in the independence referendum campaign. The Scottish government asked economists ...


Scottish Independence Referendum ? View from Alyn Smith MEP - The Edinburgh R...
21 Oct 2013 at 4:07pm

The Edinburgh Reporter

Scottish Independence Referendum ? View from Alyn Smith MEP
The Edinburgh Reporter
Do you want to stay part of the UK with all that's likely to happen there or do you want to renew Scotland, take the power to build a better nation, and be independent? That's the question the r...


Vote for independent Scotland: Salmond - SBS
19 Oct 2013 at 5:16pm

ITV News

Vote for independent Scotland: Salmond
SBS
Scotland will hold its first elections for an independent parliament in 2016 if voters opt to leave the UK in a referendum next year, First Minister Alex Salmond says. Addressing the annual conference of his Scottish National Party on Saturday, Sal...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
They will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Electoral registration officers will now begin gathering information for the roll which will be used for the referendum. In a...


Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart? - FRANCE 24
23 Oct 2013 at 11:05am

Is new Asterix Scotland's next Braveheart?
FRANCE 24
Its arrival will be relished by the country's pro-independence movement as the countdown begins to next September's referendum on whether Scotland should stay or leave the British Union. The pro-independence "Yes Scotland" campaign said in a stat...



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Christmas Night Out
25 Oct 2013 at 4:02pm
It is with great trepidation that I have agreed, with a little bullying, to offer to organise a T...

Happy Halloween!
25 Oct 2013 at 2:22pm
To fellow Kilmarnockians everywhere

Silverlight Plug In Crash
25 Oct 2013 at 1:23pm

Any one know how to fix silverlight plug in after crash. Can't get any football on laptop from sk...



The Privatisation Of Nhs England By Simon Stevens
24 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm

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Despite having worked in the US for the pas...



Ufc: Whiteford V Hettes
24 Oct 2013 at 3:05am
This Saturday sees Dinky Ninja Robert Whiteford become Scotland's first ever UFC fighter. Main ev...

Blair Jenkins Q & A - Aberdeen Tonight
24 Oct 2013 at 2:11am

 



Hoc Scottish Affairs Committee: The Referendum On Separation For Scotland
23 Oct 2013 at 12:38pm

I don't know if any of you watched this today, if you're interested you can watch it here . A mee...



Stuart Hall
23 Oct 2013 at 11:55am
Including rape according to bbc news

Write On Bookies Slip
23 Oct 2013 at 10:54am

Probably just me being stupid but it's ok to write on a bookies slip to make it easier to keep tr...



Still Game
23 Oct 2013 at 6:42am

4 nights at the Hydro at the end of September 2014.  £45 a ticket!!  As much as I loved it when i...




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Better Nation

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

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

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...


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

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...

TNS-BMRB poll shows swing in favour of independence
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 8:15am
Some very welcome news on the referendum front today - the latest TNS-BMRB poll has shown the No ...

Are Labour now standing candidates on behalf of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition?
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 7:29am
It's long been obvious that the Tory/Lib Dem government are desperate for Labour people to speak ...

What will you spend your money on today?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
I was contacted last night by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, who asked me to give a mention to the fu...

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes vote will underline Aberdeen?s status as economic powerhouse
by Peter Dempsie
24 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm
Aberdeen and the North-East will have its position as an economic powerhouse fully recognised and...

Not in this together, nor better together
by Stuart McDonald
24 Oct 2013 at 7:10am
As the UK drags itself out of recession (despite George Osborne?s austerity economics), new resea...

Only a Yes vote can deliver a vision for a better Scotland
by Stuart McDonald
24 Oct 2013 at 5:19am
As Lib Dem duo Alistair Carmichael and Danny Alexander appeared before their Labour and Tory alli...

Perspective: Independence and full employment offer route out of poverty
by Kevin Gilmartin
23 Oct 2013 at 8:38am
Colin Fox, Scottish Socialist Party joint national spokesperson and a Yes Scotland Advisory Board...

Perspective: Farmers, rural communities and independence
by Peter Dempsie
23 Oct 2013 at 6:35am
MEP George Lyon does his best with the hand he?s got to set out the issues for farmers and rural ...

Bright future for renewables after Yes
by Stuart McDonald
22 Oct 2013 at 11:55pm

The head of Spanish wind turbine group Gamesa has ?blown a hole? in the unionist argument that UK...



Growing bedroom tax arrears highlight necessity of Yes
by Peter Dempsie
22 Oct 2013 at 5:05am
A "worryingly" large number of people subjected to the Bedroom Tax in Scotland are building up ar...

SNP conference highlights the potential of Yes
by Stuart McDonald
21 Oct 2013 at 11:07am

SNP members meeting at their party conference in Perth this weekend discussed a variety of policy...



Perspective: Greater responsibility for shaping our own future
by Peter Dempsie
21 Oct 2013 at 10:35am
Many of us who support the idea of an independent Scotland but would prefer not to be described a...

The Scottish Police Federation tells politicians to be honest about Westminst...
by sean.lafferty
21 Oct 2013 at 7:30am
Devolution has shielded the police in Scotland from 'pernicious' reforms that have ripped the hea...

We can build a better Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
20 Oct 2013 at 8:30am

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum will rid Scotland of the corrosive and cynical world of West...



'In less than 12 months time, we will all make a choice'
by Peter Dempsie
18 Oct 2013 at 10:15am

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference in Perth today that on...



The 'No' future ? failure on child poverty and poverty pay
by Stuart McDonald
17 Oct 2013 at 5:40am

Today is international day for the eradication of poverty.  And yet, with impeccable timing, the ...



The Westminster penalty ? fivefold increase in Scots using foodbanks
by Peter Dempsie
16 Oct 2013 at 6:45am

By Angus Millar

The number of people in Scotland forced to rely on food banks has increased fivefo...



Scotland?s recovery continues ? let?s make it work for all
by Stuart McDonald
16 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

New official figures published today show Scotland?s economy continues to grow and levels of empl...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

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...


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


I first saw Grangemouth's flames as a boy. It's a relief they still burn for ...
by Ian Jack
25 Oct 2013 at 1:00pm

Grangemouth was one of the places that made Scotland seem modern when I was a boy ? it survives for now, but the spectre of cheap shale gas from the US remains

Contrary to the idea that Jim Ratcliff...




Independence, Scottish or Kashmiri, is about owning your own problems | Debor...
by Deborah Orr
25 Oct 2013 at 12:30pm

As a Scot travelling in Srinagar, I found it hard not to compare the yearning in Kashmir with that of my own country

Imagine a city in a valley, surrounded by beautiful, imposing mountain peaks and ...




Grangemouth could help shape the Scottish referendum | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
24 Oct 2013 at 12:00am

The SNP has cast itself as defender of the economy from the icy wind of global markets. What's icier than closure on the Forth?

Only one UK voter in 11 lives in Scotland. So if you are one of the la...




The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots | Adam...
by Adam Price
22 Oct 2013 at 2:32pm

The future for every Briton is another country ? as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are

It's no accident that only the Scottish are holding an independence r...




John Major: a closet leftie after all?
by Michael White
22 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

Energy profits tax plea was vintage Major, but it's hard to square 'passionate conservatism' bit with what happened under Mrs T

John Major knew what he was doing on Tuesday when he urged David Came...



Scotland: independency culture | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Oct 2013 at 3:59pm

If the SNP is to have a chance of securing independence, a dynamic and organic mood change is required

The Scottish National party annual conference that finished in Perth on Sunday had an urgency t...




Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 11:57am

First minister says SNP would have to win a post-independence election before removing nuclear weapons from Scotland

Alex Salmond has suggested a final deal on removing Trident nuclear submarines fr...




Trident deal would be delayed until 2016, says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 5:44am

First minister says that if Scotland votes yes in referendum and if SNP wins re-election, he will ask for nuclear fleet to be moved

Alex Salmond has said a final deal on removing Trident nuclear sub...




Alex Salmond sets date for Scottish independence white paper
by Kevin McKenna
19 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Slimmed down but fired up, SNP leader reveals 26 November publication date at final autumn conference before referendum

Some have already dubbed it the Scottish Magna Carta, the most important parch...




Alex Salmond: vote for Scottish independence is act of self-belief
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

First minister will say Scotland has already had taste of self-rule thanks to 14 years of devolution

Alex Salmond will argue on Saturday that supporting independence in next year's referendum is a n...




Scottish National party conference: the descant of political reality | Martin...
by Martin Kettle
18 Oct 2013 at 1:23pm

Try as the SNP machine might to spin a more favourable story, the polls continue to point solidly towards a no vote next year

The clock is ticking for the Scottish National party. Literally. Behind ...




Alex Salmond derided for stay at Gleneagles for SNP conference
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 12:01pm

Scottish first minister mocked for staying in opulent golf resort as Scottish National party conference debates bedroom tax

As Scottish National party ministers railed against the "despicable" bedro...




Evidence for independence as Scotland has best-run regional economy in UK
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 7:43am

John Swinney says recent figures show the devolved government can build dynamic, successful economy

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has said the strong case for independence has been p...




Alex Salmond hints at using English strikes in referendum battle
by Severin Carrell
17 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm

First minister tells SNP conference that contrasting levels of trust in UK and Scottish governments will be pivotal issue

Alex Salmond has signalled that he plans to use the public service strikes i...




The SNP must convince Scots that independence is safer | James Mitchell
by James Mitchell
16 Oct 2013 at 2:15pm

The yes camp can turn the debate around by focusing on the dismantling of the welfare state south of the border

The Scottish National party meets tomorrow in Perth for its last conference before th...




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