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Labour step up calls for oil and gas summit
23 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
LABOUR has insisted the need for an intergovernmental summit on the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is even more pressing following the remarks of the de facto leader of Opec that the oil producers' cartel will not cut production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.

Mandelson urges shadow cabinet to raise its game
21 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
One of the architects of New Labour has called on shadow cabinet members to raise their game as all the party leaders, including Nicola Sturgeon, gear up for next year's general election.

Be warned: the General Election campaign begins today.
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
JUST when you thought it was safe to tuck into the mince pies confident the political ups and downs of referendum year were over, today is officially the start of the 2015 General Election campaign.

Coalition admits crisis facing North Sea oil and gas industry deeply worrying
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
THE crisis facing the North Sea oil and gas industry, with predictions of tens of thousands of job losses generated by the slump in the oil price, is "deeply worrying," a senior member of the Cabinet has admitted.

Ukip matched Tory spending in run-up to Euro poll.
17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
UKIP matched the Conservatives almost pound for pound in this year's European election campaign spending and paid out nearly three times as much as Labour, official records show.

Fall in UK unemployment to below 2m and rising wages are "important moment" f...
17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has insisted the fall in UK unemployment to below two million and the return to rising wages above inflation represent "an important moment for our country" as he warned Scottish voters not to vote SNP at the General Election because the Nationalists would do a deal to help Labour into power.

Claims of murder, mutilation by UK troops in Iraq thrown out as 'baseless lie...
17 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
ALLEGATIONS of murder, mutilation and torture made against British soldiers, including Scottish troops, by Iraqi detainees were "deliberate lies", a five-year public inquiry has finally ruled.

Sketch: Dave goads Ed over Labour MPs looking forward to a Silent Night.
17 Dec 2014 at 1:40pm
THE season of goodwill bypasses the old gasworks by the Thames; political point-scoring at Westminster doesn't take a holiday.

Cameron: I feel sorry for Labour
17 Dec 2014 at 6:40am
David Cameron has said he feels "sorry" for Labour MPs for whom Christmas would be a "silent night" in his latest Commons clash with Ed Miliband.

Labour calls for immediate scrapping of bedroom tax in Commons vote.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
LABOUR will today seek to put the Conservatives and their Liberal Democrat Coalition partners on the spot in a Commons vote, that will call for the immediate abolition of the bedroom tax.

Hague defends Cameron's decision on EVEL, insisting it has not boosted SNP su...
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
WILLIAM Hague has signalled that the Conservatives could seek to force an early vote on banning Scottish MPs from so-called England only laws before the next General Election.

Hague hints at early Commons vote on English Vote for English Laws.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
ENGLISH MPs would have the power to kick out UK Government Bills under plans announced by William Hague to tackle the "crucial" issue of English votes for English laws(EVEL).

Four EVEL options.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
The UK Government paper presents four options for English Votes for England Laws; three from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats.

Labour and Conservatives lock horns on cutting the deficit.
15 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
A war of words has broken out over deficit reduction with Labour and the Conservatives accusing each other of shifting position on the key General Election battleground.

No scrapping of Trident renewal, no deal on propping up minority Labour Gover...
15 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
Trident will be a central issue in the General Election campaign in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has indicated, making clear that Labour's agreement not to renew the nuclear weapons system would be a pre-condition of any SNP deal to prop up a minority Miliband Government.


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Joyce McMillan: We?re not so selfish after all
25 Dec 2014 at 4:58pm

David Cameron’s notion of a ‘Big Society’ can’t compete with the civilising influence of a welfare state, says Joyce McMillan



John McTernan: Passion needed in modern government
25 Dec 2014 at 4:38pm

Passion and dreams are short in modern government; studying poetry rather than PPE might help put them back, writes John McTernan



Would SNP want to prop up a Labour UK government?
25 Dec 2014 at 4:31pm

Would the SNP really want to prop up a Labour UK government, asks Andrew Whitaker



John Kerry hopes for peace after deal
24 Dec 2014 at 12:33pm

NORTHERN Ireland’s political deal will help build a peaceful future, US secretary of state John Kerry has said.



Black teenager shot dead by St Louis police
24 Dec 2014 at 5:58am

AN 18-year-old black male was shot and killed by police at a gas station late last night in a St Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said.



David Grimason welcomes new arms treaty
24 Dec 2014 at 3:41am

A FATHER whose young son was shot dead on holiday more than 10 years ago has welcomed the introduction of a new arms treaty which could “save many lives”.



Party leaders in festive call for reconciliation
23 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

Political rivals have urged Scots to use the Christmas spirit to heal divisions caused by the independence referendum and to put political differences aside during the festive season.



Landlords cash in as Scottish rents surge
23 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH rents have reached an all-time high, pushing more tenants into arrears while landlords reap greater financial returns, a letting agent has found.



Review of 2014: Sport puts Scotland centre stage
23 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

Stephen McGinty continues his look at the momentous year that is ending by turning his attention to July and August



SNP hits out at retired peers bar plan
23 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

PERMITTING retired Lords to entertain business contacts in Westminster’s taxpayer-subsidised bars and restaurants will mean “the festive season never ends for peers”, the SNP has complained.



The Scotsman cartoon: Peace and goodwill in politics
23 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

The festive season brings peace to politics in Scotland as the leaders down tools for at least a couple of days.



Leaders: A nation divided is reunited in grief
23 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

EVEN in the world of Scottish politics, Christmas has its effect. For a few days, at least, the snipers fall silent.



Chris Marshall: Questions from a year of change
23 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

THIS was the year Scotland decided – for the time being at least – that its fate lay with the United Kingdom. But 2014 has also been a momentous year in matters of crime and justice.



Allan Massie: The Christmas paradox
23 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

Few, believers or otherwise, would dispute the value of the festive message of peace on Earth, writes Allan Massie.



George Kerevan: ?You got it wrong again, Balthazar?
23 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

Imagine the three Magi were still traipsing around the Middle East trying to find the Prince of Peace. By George Kerevan




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Scottish independence, plus jokes.

War, hide yourself
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm
Merry Christmas, readers. Have a good one and we’ll see you soon.

Granny?s at the gin again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We missed this on Sunday, because it was 17 minutes into on the short-lived and unlamented “Crossfire” (now binned for a Sunday edition of “Good Morning Scotland”) and therefore pretty much everyone in Scotland missed it. It’s former Labour minister Helen Liddell, or as we should properly address her, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke. We’ve spared […]

Asymmetric warfare
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 5:26am
From last night’s actually rather good “2014 – The Rory Review”: BBC Scotland has 1,250 staff and an annual budget of just over £100 million. Yikes. We’re going to need a bigger fundraiser.

God loves an optimist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Dec 2014 at 1:00am
The Independent, 22 December 2014: “Labour?s newly-elected Scottish leader, Jim Murphy, has told his party?s major donors and fundraisers that he needs to find £1m to combat the rising fortunes of the SNP. The call to arms ahead of next year?s general election is Mr Murphy?s first acknowledgement that Labour will struggle to hold on […]

The dangers of skimming
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Dec 2014 at 4:11pm
Libby Brooks in today’s Guardian: “The recently elected leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a daunting challenge to lift his party?s fortunes before next May?s general election as a poll shows support for Labour in Scotland is now half of that for the SNP. A Survation poll for Monday?s Daily Record, the first to […]

The alpha ned
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Dec 2014 at 5:59am
Fans of the bewildering in Scottish politics don’t look set to be disappointed in 2015. Jim Murphy’s only been the Scottish Labour “leader” for a week, but already he seems hell-bent on hurling the party’s North British branch into the padded walls of its cell with more vigour than ever before, heroically ignoring the open […]

The Legacy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Dec 2014 at 5:08am
Iain Macwhirter in “Disunited Kingdom” (Cargo Publishing, 8 December 2014): “It seems clear that the newspapers allowed their editorial agendas to get in the way of their communication with their readers. And this has had very serious consequences. There is now a very large body of people in Scotland who are deeply disillusioned with the […]

Behind the magic
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We thought you might like a wee glimpse into the machinery.

Batteries not included
by Chris Cairns
20 Dec 2014 at 2:35am

An economy with the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Dec 2014 at 10:00am
By now readers will probably be familiar with STV News reporter Stephen Daisley’s superbly withering review of Alan Cochrane’s referendum diaries. One quote from the book aroused particular interest: “There are one or two interesting tidbits. He shares a story that Bank of England governor Mark Carney fired a warning shot at Alex Salmond when […]


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


Councils pay out millions in damages
23 Dec 2014 at 3:44am
Scottish councils fork out £15.5m in damages over the last five years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.


'Real change' in Scots NHS urged
21 Dec 2014 at 6:04pm
The chairman of the BMA in Scotland calls for "real change" to ensure the NHS in Scotland is sustainable for future generations.


Builders issue skills funding call
21 Dec 2014 at 6:06pm
Scottish construction firms call for increased funding to help recruit and train more apprentices.


MP makes helicopter meeting call
22 Dec 2014 at 4:02am
An MP expresses disappointed that the UK transport minister has declined to meet North Sea helicopter crash survivors and families of victims.


FBI talks over Lockerbie bombing
21 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Scotland's top law officer has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.


Winter fuel payment increase urged
20 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm
Immediate action is needed to ensure pensioners in Scotland are not afraid to put their heating on this winter, according to the SNP.


Nurses in training 'at six-year low'
20 Dec 2014 at 6:09pm
The number of nurses being trained in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level for six years, according to the Scottish Conservatives.


North Sea oil summit announced
21 Dec 2014 at 12:52pm
A plan for a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry is announced by Aberdeen City Council.


Murphy backs alcohol at football
21 Dec 2014 at 7:01am
The new leader of Scottish Labour says football fans should be allowed to drink alcohol in Scottish stadiums.


Jobs go as Pelamis sale bid fails
20 Dec 2014 at 7:16am
The remaining staff at a collapsed wave power company are to lose their jobs after no buyer was found for the business.


Salmond calls for English referendum
20 Dec 2014 at 10:14am
Alex Salmond calls for England to hold a "peasants' revolt type referendum" on its own constitutional future.


Animal bite incidents revealed
19 Dec 2014 at 6:19pm
More than 10 people a day are admitted to hospital in Scotland after being bitten or attacked by an animal, figures reveal.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
18 Dec 2014 at 8:03am
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders and representatives.


VIDEO: First same-sex marriages take place
16 Dec 2014 at 8:41am
The first same-sex marriages take place in Scotland following a change in the law by the Scottish government.


VIDEO: Murphy says he will run for FM
14 Dec 2014 at 8:29am
Scottish Labour's new leader Jim Murphy says he will be an MSP and Labour's candidate for first minister by 2016.


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The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:13pm

Analysis by Mike Danson

Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.

It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.

Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.



Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Dec 2014 at 9:59am

By Thomas Connolly

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.

The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.



Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

By Thomas Connolly

The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.

Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.

The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's  "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.



BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".



Welcome to the fray Mr Murphy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:15am

By Derek Bateman

Be lucky is the most common piece of advice in politics. (Richard Nixon preferred: Never pass up a chance to go to the men?s room). And being lucky in your opponent is the best advice of all. Think of Tony Blair?s adversaries?John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith. When the cast changes to Brown versus Cameron, the game changes too.

So with Salmond confronting McConnell, Gray and Lamont. How lucky is that? Well, from today Nicola? Sturgeon?s luck turned. In Jim Murphy she has a full-size problem with the capacity to disconcert and derail, if not handled carefully.



Hounded out for revealing torture in the 'war on terror'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Dec 2014 at 7:22pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

A former top diplomat has told the inside story of how he was hounded out of the British Foreign Office after raising concerns of torture linked to the US led and UK supported "war on terror".

Craig Murray, the UK's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, reported to London that Uzbeki secret police were torturing Al Quaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003 at the chest of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with the knowledge of its British equivalent, MI6.

In an exclusive interview with Bateman Broadcasting's Derek Bateman, Mr Murray believes that his complaint was communicated directly to the then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, but ignored.



Why Britain shares America's torture shame
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Dec 2014 at 2:26pm

Commentary by Derek Bateman

If America?s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is shared by the UK?

From the handwringing and teeth-sucking there is a cloud of hypocrisy rising from those who prefer not to interfere in the United States? actions and, if necessary, will participate in it, but then pretend ignorance.

At every level the orchestrated state torture of individuals, illegal and unconstitutional, is massaged by the guilty into self-serving convenience. So the President can shake his head at the anti-American morality of it all while simultaneously offering pardon to the culpable and the CIA can say of its barbarism  the ?programme had shortcomings?.



Salmond still manages to shake up his critics
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Dec 2014 at 1:53pm

Analysis by Thomas Connolly

Whatever your opinion of Alex Salmond - and there are few people with no opinion - his every move continues to fascinate supporters and critics alike.

The former First Minister confirmed the worst-kept secret in Scottish politics earlier today when he told supporters at a SNP rally in Ellon that he intends to stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster seat of Gordon in the UK General Election next May.




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

A Queen-sized error of judgement
by James Kelly
25 Dec 2014 at 1:58pm

I didn't watch the Queen's speech today (I haven't bothered with it for years - paint dries in a ...



A stupid (and possibly malicious) mythology about the referendum polls which ...
by James Kelly
24 Dec 2014 at 1:54am
I wasn't intending to post again until after Christmas, but there's an article on Political Betti...

Christmas Poll of Polls shows SNP leading by 18%
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2014 at 7:01pm
Remember how I said last night that "unless any newspaper is crazy enough to publish a poll on Ch...

Support for independence reaches 50% for the first time ever in a Survation poll
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2014 at 6:38pm
I'll keep this relatively brief, because after the tragedy in Glasgow only ten hours ago, I know ...

Mega Murphy meltdown as SNP rocket to 24-point lead in scorching Survation su...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2014 at 4:08pm
There's a question I'd rather like one of the nation's journalists to ask Jim Murphy some time so...

Less than limitless levity looms for Lousy Libs as yummy year-end YouGov yiel...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2014 at 4:05am

After the false alarm on Friday, it looks like this morning's Britain-wide YouGov poll really is ...



The ideal result?
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2014 at 4:11pm
I was amused the other night to see Flockers (our occasional visitor from Stormfront Lite) appare...

Murphy cries into his patriotic beer as new Poll of Polls gives the SNP a 16%...
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2014 at 1:53am
There have been some suggestions that today's YouGov poll might be the last word from the firm fo...

A heartfelt plea to the imaginary Scotsmen in Dan Hodges' head - please stop ...
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 7:38pm
I still haven't got around to doing my Top of the Pops list of the stupidest things said by union...

SNP hold 17% lead in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 10:57am
There's still no sign at all that the elusive "Murphy honeymoon" is having any effect whatever on...

More damning evidence that the independence referendum was not fairly conduct...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2014 at 9:19pm
One of the favourite tactics of the No campaign as the referendum approached was to portray their...

Despair for Jim Murphy as early straws in the wind suggest his coronation has...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2014 at 2:15am

Jackanory Jim's investiture as the High Priest of Patriotism was, according to his most devoted a...



Is David Maddox at it again?
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2014 at 7:35pm
There's a short piece in the Scotsman by David Maddox which attempts to weave a narrative of (and...

Perhaps we should give Treasury civil servant Mario Pisani something to cry a...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2014 at 11:43am
You've probably already seen it on Newsnet Scotland, but this is nothing short of astonishing.  A...

Misery for Murphy as sparkling SNP seize sizeable Scottish Parliament lead in...
by James Kelly
14 Dec 2014 at 9:58am
I've only got a couple of minutes to spare before I pop out for the rest of the day, but I though...


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Joan McAlpine: Glaswegians showed their compassion as horrific accident showe...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Dec 2014 at 3:00pm
THE horror of the freak accident in George Square has touched thousands of people across the whol...


Gordon Brown on the scourge of poverty this Christmas: Plight of cold and hun...
by Gordon Brown
23 Dec 2014 at 3:04am
WITH more than 200,000 children in poverty this Christmas, former PM GORDON BROWN says more needs...


Revealed: Daily Record poll shows Scotland more divided than ever while SNP e...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Dec 2014 at 4:01pm
THREE months after Scotland's historic referendum vote, our Survation poll shows a majority want ...


Slump in oil prices would have left an independent Scotland facing huge finan...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2014 at 4:54am
HAD Scotland voted Yes to independence, it would be looking at oil revenues of £1.25bn instead of...


Kezia Dugdale: Christmas is hardest day of the year for kids without love
by Kezia Dugdale
22 Dec 2014 at 2:34am
KEZIA praises the work of Who Cares Scotland who are raising funds to ensure every looked-after c...


Revealed: Daily Record poll shows Jim Murphy faces huge uphill task to return...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
THE Record survey shows that the SNP continue to dominate the voting intentions of ordinary Scots...


Jobs & families are the best medicine: New public health specialist Harry Bur...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
21 Dec 2014 at 6:40am
BURNS will have his first meeting with Nicola Sturgeon's Council of Economic Advisors in the New ...


Sunday Mail Opinion: Sturgeon's appointment of Harry Burns is a welcome one
by Mail Opinion
21 Dec 2014 at 6:18am
HARRY Burns is a man with the skills, experience and passion needed to sit on Nicola Sturgeon's C...


Alex Salmond believes he will get a second chance to hold an independence ref...
by dailyrecord
20 Dec 2014 at 6:39am
SALMOND had previously said independence was a "once in a generation opportunity", but the 59-yea...


Salmond suggests Scots votes on English laws in bid to boost SNP influence af...
by David Clegg
20 Dec 2014 at 3:13am
FORMER first minister Alex Salmond has suggested he will set aside the SNP principle of not votin...


Nigel Farage backs ex-UKIP candidate in radio rant over 'c*****' racial slur
by Alex Wellman
19 Dec 2014 at 10:01am
KERRY SMITH was forced to stand down after word leaked out of his comments, but Farage asked list...


David Clegg: Dugdale goes head-to-head with Sturgeon over North Sea oil crisis
by David Clegg
19 Dec 2014 at 3:18am
DAVID Clegg says Dugdale's likeable demeanour and debating style was a good foil to Sturgeon's ge...


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged to take action as North Sea oil industry...
by Andy Philip
19 Dec 2014 at 2:36am
STURGEON was accused by newly-elected Scottsih Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale of trying to pi...


Record View: Euro court ruling too heavy-handed
by Record View
19 Dec 2014 at 2:18am
RECORD View says the latest move to have severe obesity classed as a disability will do no favour...


SNP councillor sparks outrage after claiming £6.45 in expenses to attend a co...
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2014 at 7:36am
ALASTAIR Cranston charged taxpayers £6.45 for the 17-mile return trip to the funeral of fellow wa...


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IN PICTURES: His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Dec 2014 at 6:08am
IN PICTURES:
His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's first FMQs
#RemoteCo...

APOLOGIA: The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Dec 2014 at 11:46am
APOLOGIA:
The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire's Deputy Dawgdale f...

That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim. BBC Scotlandshire will run relentl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 10:40pm
That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim.

BBC Scotlandshire will run relentless *cough* "stories...

Oor Jim won. Least said about us fixing it, best mended.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 4:50am
Oor Jim won.

Least said about us fixing it, best mended.

Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on the other side of the ...

As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take g...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 2:28am
As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take great pride in repres...

BUSINESS NEWS: Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who woul...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm
BUSINESS NEWS:
Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who would decry the process ...

Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.




BREAKING: A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 3:08pm
BREAKING:
A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC Scotlandshire that th...

Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 2:24pm
Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed another helpful roa...

EXCLUSIVE: The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
EXCLUSIVE:

The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown almost pressed the ...

Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...


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Bella?s Indyref Awards 2014
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:54pm
To celebrate 2014 Bella is hosting our own Christmas holiday Indyref Awards. Your nominations are...

EFI Statement on Women?s Prison
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:34pm
By Maggie Mellon Edinburgh Women for Independence call for campaign to halt building of huge new ...


On Colonialism and Lesser Britain
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:26pm
By John S Warren   Behind the bluster that has sought, somewhat over-anxiously, to articulate the...


Leasachadh-Fearainn: Bląr airson Tģr is Inntinn
by bellacaledonia
21 Dec 2014 at 7:07am
In this Gaelic article, Daibhidh Rothach argues that a change in the way we look at the instituti...


The Messenger
by bellacaledonia
20 Dec 2014 at 5:09am
By Mike Small Gerry Hassan’s article ‘Message to the Messengers’  chimed with several recent outb...


The Toaster?s Apprentice
by bellacaledonia
19 Dec 2014 at 9:18am
Greg Moodie on the new deputy leader of Labour's Scottish branch.


The Vitality of Yes
by bellacaledonia
19 Dec 2014 at 8:10am
By Blair Jenkins At the end of this remarkable year, what stands out most clearly for me is that ...


A No to Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
19 Dec 2014 at 6:41am
As part of our #noway series by No voters, John Patrick Harvey on the tribal turn-off of national...


Mibbes Aye Mibbes Naw ? No Voters Reflect
by bellacaledonia
18 Dec 2014 at 9:49am
A selection of shorter pieces in our #noway series. Dave Cullen First of all, I think it is an ex...


Murphy?s Law
by bellacaledonia
18 Dec 2014 at 5:56am
Robin McAlpine on the changing media and the problems it poses for Scottish Labour’s new man. On ...


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence .....
25 Dec 2014 at 9:28am

Herald Scotland

Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence ...
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Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum - H...
20 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referend...


Call for Queen's censure over Scotland independence remark - Aberdeen Press a...
18 Dec 2014 at 2:04am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Call for Queen's censure over Scotland independence remark
Aberdeen Pres...


Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 7:16am

Globalnews.ca

Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament
Globalnews...


Scottish Independence support at 48 percent - Edinburgh Evening News
23 Dec 2014 at 3:20am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence support at 48 percent
Edinburgh Evening News
The Survat...


New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52% - Scotsman
13 Dec 2014 at 7:24am

Scotsman

New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52%
Scotsman
Labour, who today announced Jim Mur...


Slump in oil prices would have left an independent Scotland facing huge ... -...
22 Dec 2014 at 5:04am

Scottish Daily Record

Slump in oil prices would have left an independent Scotland facing huge ...
S...


Scottish independence: £50000 on monitoring media - Scotsman
11 Dec 2014 at 10:12am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: £50000 on monitoring media
Scotsman
Travelling on two wheels appears...


Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014 - ...
9 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014
Daily Mail
Sco...


Independence referendum causes slump in market for Scotland's sporting estate...
7 Dec 2014 at 6:45pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Independence referendum causes slump in market for Scotland's sporting estates
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Would SNP want to prop up a Labour UK government? - Scotsman (blog)
25 Dec 2014 at 4:35pm

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Would SNP want to prop up a Labour UK government?
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A FLAGSHIP pledge ...


SNP blame welfare cuts for rise in food banks - The Edinburgh Reporter
25 Dec 2014 at 12:42am

SNP blame welfare cuts for rise in food banks
The Edinburgh Reporter
The SNP has said that families...


SNP MP: Christmas will never really end for the House of Lords - The i100
24 Dec 2014 at 5:26pm

SNP MP: Christmas will never really end for the House of Lords
The i100
The SNP - whose long-standi...


The SNP are on the up, but what does 2015 hold for them ? - HITC
24 Dec 2014 at 11:48am

HITC

The SNP are on the up, but what does 2015 hold for them ?
HITC
The SNP lost the referendum, but...


SNP: Christmas never ends for the House of Lords - The Independent
24 Dec 2014 at 7:44am

SNP: Christmas never ends for the House of Lords
The Independent
The SNP - whose long-standing posi...


Foodbanks expecting a rise in demand over Christmas - STV Dundee
24 Dec 2014 at 6:57am

STV Dundee

Foodbanks expecting a rise in demand over Christmas
STV Dundee
The SNP says foodbanks are...


Foodbanks expecting rise in demand over festive period - STV Aberdeen
24 Dec 2014 at 6:47am

STV Aberdeen

Foodbanks expecting rise in demand over festive period
STV Aberdeen
The SNP says foodba...


Foodbank use expected to rise over Christmas period - STV Glasgow
24 Dec 2014 at 6:39am

STV Glasgow

Foodbank use expected to rise over Christmas period
STV Glasgow
Foodbanks are expecting ...


MP Jo's tweet sparks a furious reaction online - Milngavie Herald
24 Dec 2014 at 5:50am

Milngavie Herald

MP Jo's tweet sparks a furious reaction online
Milngavie Herald
On December 12, the...


Food banks prepare to open on Christmas day as demand set to rise over festiv...
24 Dec 2014 at 4:52am

Scottish Daily Record

Food banks prepare to open on Christmas day as demand set to rise over festi...



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UK's Queen Elizabeth urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland - Reuters
25 Dec 2014 at 10:05am

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UK's Queen Elizabeth urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland
Reuters
"Of course, re...


Longford man pens book on Scottish referendum - Longford Leader
24 Dec 2014 at 5:04am

Longford Leader

Longford man pens book on Scottish referendum
Longford Leader
Published earlier this...


The independence fire still burns in post-referendum Scotland - The National
22 Dec 2014 at 10:29am

The National

The independence fire still burns in post-referendum Scotland
The National
Three months...


TV review: Rory Bremner looks at the referendum - Herald Scotland
24 Dec 2014 at 5:38am

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TV review: Rory Bremner looks at the referendum
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Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 5:40am

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Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum
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Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014 - ...
9 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014
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Sco...


10 reasons why the Scottish referendum was the most talked about thing on ......
9 Dec 2014 at 4:43pm

Irish Examiner

10 reasons why the Scottish referendum was the most talked about thing on ...
Irish ...


The Queen is right to focus on the pain caused by the Scottish referendum - S...
25 Dec 2014 at 10:01am

The Queen is right to focus on the pain caused by the Scottish referendum
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Sh...


Scottish referendum: things are certain to be uncertain - EveryInvestor
22 Dec 2014 at 9:49pm

EveryInvestor

Scottish referendum: things are certain to be uncertain
EveryInvestor
Despite all the ...


A Third Of Scots Think The Independence Referendum Was Rigged - BuzzFeed News
16 Dec 2014 at 1:28pm

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A Third Of Scots Think The Independence Referendum Was Rigged
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I Never Realised How Much Middle-Class, English W@nk There Was On Christmas Tv
25 Dec 2014 at 11:19am

In no particular order :

 

To the Manor born

The Proms

Military Wives

Mrs von Windsor's lecture

U...



Xmas Is Shyte - Roll On Boxing Day
25 Dec 2014 at 10:28am

With working over the xmas period , Ive just not got into it all - first xmas on my own in Newcas...



What Is The Snp's Policy On Coalition?
24 Dec 2014 at 3:01pm
Just wondering after reading the latest poll results.

I know nicola has said no deal with the tor...

Barrell Bombs
24 Dec 2014 at 5:00am

The Syrian army are using these things indiscriminately against the civilian population in the fr...



Dear Rouge
23 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm

'Dear Rouge' are an up and coming band based out of Vancouver.

 

(The name is a play on the guita...



Ios8
23 Dec 2014 at 3:17pm


I only 'upgraded' on my iPad so I could download 4OD. As I'm not sinister handed it has made usi...

Christmas Cracker Jokes
23 Dec 2014 at 12:29pm

What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?












Chess nut...

Britain - Great Britain - U K
23 Dec 2014 at 2:21am

Here's a thing.

 

"Great Britain is the official collective name of of England, Scotland and Wale...



Merry Christmas, Everyone!
22 Dec 2014 at 9:00pm

If I could be allowed to use this holiday of pagan origin come secular celebration of drinking/sh...



Ever Had A Kicking Fae Yer Maw?
22 Dec 2014 at 8:03pm
Now the proud owner of a cut, black eye, thanks tae my maw. As if bringing her a salmon wisna goo...


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Heroes of 2014: Alistair Darling, the man who helped save the union | Rafael ...
by Rafael Behr
24 Dec 2014 at 7:00am
Despite personal abuse from nationalists and the difficulty of leading a cross-party campaign, Darling saw the no vote home

Before the Scottish independence referendum, the Labour party knew everyth...



5 things we've learnt from the Cochrane/Macwhirter/Torrance books about the S...
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Dec 2014 at 11:16am

5 things we?ve learnt from Alan Cochrane and David Torrance?s Scottish referendum diaries, and Ian Macwhirter?s Disunited Kingdom

At least three books have come out in the last few weeks about the S...



Support for Labour in Scotland half that of SNP, poll finds
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Dec 2014 at 7:51am
Survation poll finds 29% of Labour supporters say Jim Murphy?s election as leader makes it more likely they will vote for party

The recently elected leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a da...



Mark Fisher?s top 10 theatre of 2014
by Mark Fisher
21 Dec 2014 at 2:00am

An online monologue lasting minutes, an epic historical trilogy and an Ivor Cutler musical are this year?s highlights on and off Scotland?s stages
? Lyn Gardner?s top 10 shows of 2014
? Michael Billi...



Politics 2014: lots of donkeys but no lions in a year of trench warfare | And...
by Andrew Rawnsley
21 Dec 2014 at 12:05am
With neither side able to solve their weaknesses, a breakthrough has eluded both David Cameron and Ed Miliband

In a country that loves a centenary, even a grim one, we have spent a lot of the year r...



Oil price fall poses challenge for North Sea industry ? and Scottish national...
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
Independence blueprint was predicated on an oil price of $110 barrel, but many forecast a decline to nearly $50

If there is one thing guaranteed to punch a hole in the Scottish economy it is a plung...



Unite and the ongoing debate in Scotland | Letters
by Guardian Staff
19 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm

The recent attack on Unite (Editorial, 15 December) ought to be beneath your paper. It made incorrect accusations and in doing so exposed a fundamental lack of understanding of how trade unions fun...



BBC Radio Scotland to put politics at its core after independence referendum
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
19 Dec 2014 at 6:41am
Kaye Adams to host new daily three-hour programme as station chief acknowledges content needs to be ?quicker and cleverer?

BBC Radio Scotland has announced a new schedule that puts politics and curr...



Salmond hints at SNP backing for minority Labour government
by Press Association
19 Dec 2014 at 2:34am
Former SNP leader suggests party could set aside convention of not voting on English matters to put Miliband in No 10

Alex Salmond has hinted that the Scottish National party would be prepared to se...



How Farage and Salmond ? but not Miliband ? ran Cameron ragged
by John Crace
18 Dec 2014 at 1:31pm

John Crace?s review of the year: from sorry apology to solemn vow, 2014 was not a vintage year of political accomplishment

Politicians rarely find it easy to say sorry but, in April, culture secreta...



Do Scottish 16- and 17-year-olds want to vote?
by Martin Boon
18 Dec 2014 at 4:39am

What do young Scots make of allowing 16-and17-year-olds to vote? ICM?s Martin Boon explains what the Electoral Commission survey tells us

Now that the Scottish independence referendum has set the p...



We must heed calls for self-rule, or the union is doomed | Simon Jenkins
by Simon Jenkins
17 Dec 2014 at 2:56pm

The UK is stumbling chaotically down the path to disintegration, guided by an inept Westminster

It?s not fair, cries every child. ?Life?s not fair,? retorts every parent. Both sides then wrestle wit...



English devolution: better to get it right than get it quickly | Michael White
by Michael White
17 Dec 2014 at 6:32am
Is David Cameron sleepwalking into a breakup of the United Kingdom for the sake of tactical party advantage?

States go wrong when statesmen make avoidable mistakes. Southern backwoodsmen tried to br...



Scottish independence: Queen was asked to intervene amid yes vote fears
by Nicholas Watt, Patrick Wintour and Severin Carrell
16 Dec 2014 at 3:23pm
Amid No 10 meltdown, cabinet secretary and monarch?s private secretary crafted words that voters should ?think very carefully?

? The long read: insiders reveal the full story of how the union was wo...

The real story of the Scottish referendum: the final days of the fight for in...
by Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour
16 Dec 2014 at 3:17pm

As the vote neared, Britain?s breakup seemed a real possibility. In the second part of their series, based on extensive interviews with key players, Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Winto...




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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Annual Xmas moan plus John Muir flaggate in Dunbar. Yes - DUNBAR HAS MADE THE...
25 Dec 2014 at 5:56pm
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r/Scotland, given the Queen's Christmas speech emphasising reconciliation, sa...
25 Dec 2014 at 2:39pm
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Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message
25 Dec 2014 at 12:39pm
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[link] [24 comments]

Only In Scotland (44 pics) | good ideas just here
25 Dec 2014 at 8:47am
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[link] [11 comments]

Christmas BBQ
25 Dec 2014 at 8:22am
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[link] [20 comments]

Christmas at Cramond
25 Dec 2014 at 7:15am
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[link] [3 comments]

Nicola Sturgeon in row over first gay wedding
25 Dec 2014 at 3:24am
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[link] [18 comments]

This was the first thing to happen after Santa visited (merry Christmas ya ar...
24 Dec 2014 at 9:12pm
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[link] [9 comments]

MERRY FUCKING XMAS
24 Dec 2014 at 7:59pm
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[link] [27 comments]

Merry Christmas r/Scotland!
24 Dec 2014 at 6:37pm

Happy Jesus day. May all your dreams come true... Apart from that one.

submitted by MrLime93
[link] [27 comments]

Scotland Trip Planning Help
24 Dec 2014 at 5:24pm

Hey everyone,

I was hoping people here could help me by giving me some ideas for my Scotland trip planning. There's no defined date I'm coming yet but hopefully in the next year. I would like my tr...



DemonEggy's Getting Drunk
24 Dec 2014 at 12:09pm

Just thought I'd warn ya.

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Christmas Arguments
24 Dec 2014 at 11:00am

Since you Gentlecunts love arguing so much (both here, and I assume at home) I thought it a would be a fitting christmas gift to share some excerpts from the writings of Arthur Schopenhauer- specif...



Bad Christmas presents?
24 Dec 2014 at 7:44am

What were the worst pressies you've had? I was told today of a ten year old girl given a make your own candles kit. She heated the big pan of wax on the stove and made loads of lovely candles. Once...



Scotsman nasty cookie warning
24 Dec 2014 at 5:08am

I mentioned this in another thread, but if you read the Scotsman you might want to use something like Ghostery in your browser, because that newspaper uses AddThis, a particularly nasty technology ...




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The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump
by weegingerdug
22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...

Running down Shettleston Road naked with a red rose up my bum
by weegingerdug
13 Dec 2014 at 1:23pm
I’ve come over all Labour party this week, scabby, lazy, and only interested in my own comfort.  I’ve got an excuse – my psoriasis has flared up again – but the Labour party’s condition is terminal...

Alicsammin?s part in Alan Cochrane?s downfall
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2014 at 9:01pm
How many Alan Cochranes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  He doesn’t have to, he just holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him.  Alan has a very high conceit of himself, and indeed ...

Wullie Rennie?s letter to Santa
by weegingerdug
4 Dec 2014 at 12:15pm
Just three months after the referendum, and for much of the Scottish political class and their media hingers oan it’s back to business as usual. This consists of finding things to accuse the SNP of...

iScot launches today
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...


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